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Psalm 31

The Lord A Fortress in Adversity

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 In aYou, O Lord, I 1put my trust; Let me never be ashamed;

Deliver me in Your righteousness.

2 bBow down Your ear to me,

Deliver me speedily;

Be my rock of 2refuge,

A 3fortress of defense to save me.

3 cFor You are my rock and my fortress;

Therefore, dfor Your name’s sake,

Lead me and guide me.

4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,

For You are my strength.

5 eInto Your hand I commit my spirit;

You have redeemed me, O Lord God of ftruth.

6 I have hated those gwho regard useless idols;

But I trust in the Lord.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy,

For You have considered my trouble;

You have hknown my soul in 4adversities,

8 And have not ishut 5me up into the hand of the enemy;

jYou have set my feet in a wide place.

9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;

kMy eye wastes away with grief,

Yes, my soul and my 6body!

10 For my life is spent with grief,

And my years with sighing;

My strength fails because of my iniquity,

And my bones waste away.

11 lI am a 7reproach among all my enemies,

But mespecially among my neighbors,

And am repulsive to my acquaintances;

nThose who see me outside flee from me.

12 oI am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;

I am like a 8broken vessel.

13 pFor I hear the slander of many;

qFear is on every side;

While they rtake counsel together against me,

They scheme to take away my life.

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in Your shand;

Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,

And from those who persecute me.

16 tMake Your face shine upon Your servant;

Save me for Your mercies’ sake.

17 uDo not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You;

Let the wicked be ashamed;

vLet them be silent in the grave.

18 wLet the lying lips be put to silence,

Which xspeak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 yOh, how great is Your goodness,

Which You have laid up for those who fear You,

Which You have prepared for those who trust in You

In the presence of the sons of men!

20 zYou shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence

From the plots of man;

aYou shall keep them secretly in a 9pavilion

From the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,

For bHe has shown me His marvelous kindness in a 1strong city!

22 For I said in my haste,

“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;

Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications

When I cried out to You.

23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!

For the Lord preserves the faithful,

And fully repays the proud person.

24 cBe of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart,

All you who hope in the Lord.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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