Psalm 31:1-Psalm 32:1 - A Plea For Protection
1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. In You, O Jehovah, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness. 2 Bow down Your ear to me; deliver me quickly; be my strong rock, a fortress to save me. 3 For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your name's sake lead me and guide me. 4 Bring me out of the net that they hid for me, for You are my strength. 5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Jehovah, the God of truth.
6 I have hated those who take heed to lying vanities; but I trust in Jehovah. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy; for You have looked on my affliction; You have known my soul in troubles; 8 and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a broad place.
9 Have mercy on me, O Jehovah, for I am in trouble; my eye has become old with grief, my soul and my belly. 10 For my life is ending with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones have wasted away. 11 I was a reproach among all my foes, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to my friends; those who saw me outside fled from me. 12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind; I am like a broken vessel. 13 For I have heard the slander of many; fear is on every side; because of their plottings together against me, they planned to take away my life.
14 But I trusted in You, O Jehovah; I said, You are my God. 15 My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. 16 Make Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your mercy. 17 Let me not be ashamed, O Jehovah; for I have called on You; Let the wicked be ashamed; let them be silent in the grave. 18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; the lips which speak proudly against the righteous, with pride and scorn.
19 How great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You; You have worked for those who trust in You before the sons of men! 20 You shall hide them in the secrecy of Your presence from the pride of man; You shall hide them in a shelter away from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed is Jehovah; for He has worked His mercy wondrously in a besieged city. 22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before Your eyes; surely You heard the voice of my cries, when I cried to You.
1 A Psalm of David. A Contemplation. Blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.