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Prayer on Time of Ordeal.  Psalm 31(v30)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1In you, O Yahweh, do I seek refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
In your righteousness deliver me!
2Incline your ear to me, rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

3Yea, you are my rock and my fortress;
for your name's sake lead me and guide me,
4take me out of the net which is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Yahweh, faithful God.

6You hate those who pay regard to vain idols;
but I trust in Yahweh.
7I will rejoice and be glad for your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction,
you have taken heed of my adversities,
8and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.

9Be gracious to me, O Yahweh, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief, my soul and my body also.
10For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.

11I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13Yea, I hear the whispering of many - terror on every side!
- as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

14But I trust in you, O Yahweh,
I say, "You are my God."
15My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!
16Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
17Let me not be put to shame, O Yahweh, for I call on you;
let the wicked be put to shame, let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.
18Let the lying lips be dumb,
which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

19O how abundant is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear you,
and wrought for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the sons of men!
20In the covert of your presence you hide them from the plots of men;
you hold them safe under your shelter from the strife of tongues.

21Blessed be Yahweh,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was beset as in a besieged city.
22I had said in my alarm, "I am driven far from your sight."
But you heard my supplications, when I cried to you for help.

23Love Yahweh, all you his saints!
Yahweh preserves the faithful,
but abundantly requites him who acts haughtily.
24Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for Yahweh!

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