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A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

  1 aIn You, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
  Let me never bbe ashamed;
  cIn Your righteousness deliver me.
  2 aIncline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
  Be to me a brock of Istrength,
  A stronghold to save me.
  3 For You are my Irock and amy fortress;
  For bYour name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
  4 You will apull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
  For You are my bstrength.
  5 aInto Your hand I commit my spirit;
  You have bransomed me, O LORD, cGod of Itruth.

[1] aPs 31:1-3; 71:1-3 bPs 25:2 cPs 143:1
[2] IOr refuge, protection aPs 17:6; 71:2; 86:1; 102:2 bPs 18:2; 71:3
[3] IOr crag aPs 18:2 bPs 23:3; 25:11
[4] aPs 25:15 bPs 46:1
[5] IOr faithfulness aLk 23:46; Ac 7:59 bPs 55:18; 71:23 cDt 32:4; Ps 71:22

  6 ¶ I hate those who aregard Ivain idols,
  But I btrust in the LORD.
  7 I will arejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
  Because You have bseen my affliction;
  You have known the troubles of my soul,
  8 And You have not agiven me over into the hand of the enemy;
  You have set my feet in a large place.

[6] ILit empty vanities aJna 2:8 bPs 52:8
[7] aPs 90:14 bPs 10:14
[8] aDt 32:30; Ps 37:33

  9 ¶ Be gracious to me, O LORD, for aI am in distress;
  My beye is wasted away from grief, cmy soul and my body [also].
  10 For my life is spent with asorrow
  And my years with sighing;
  My bstrength has failed because of my iniquity,
  And cmy Ibody has wasted away.
  11 Because of all my adversaries, I have become a areproach,
  Especially to my bneighbors,
  And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
  Those who see me in the street flee from me.
  12 I am aforgotten as a dead man, out of mind;
  I am like a broken vessel.
  13 For I have heard the Iaslander of many,
  bTerror is on every side;
  While they ctook counsel together against me,
  They dschemed to take away my life.

[9] aPs 66:14; 69:17 bPs 6:7 cPs 63:1
[10] IOr bones, substance aPs 13:2 bPs 39:11 cPs 32:3; 38:3; 102:3
[11] aPs 69:19 bJb 19:13; Ps 38:11; 88:8, 18
[12] aPs 88:5
[13] ILit whispering aPs 50:20; Jr 20:10 bLm 2:22 cPs 62:4; Mt 27:1 dPs 41:7

  14 ¶ But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
  I say, “aYou are my God.”
  15 My atimes are in Your hand;
  bDeliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.
  16 Make Your aface to shine upon Your servant;
  bSave me in Your lovingkindness.
  17 Let me not be aput to shame, O LORD, for I call upon You;
  Let the bwicked be put to shame, let them cbe silent in ISheol.
  18 Let the alying lips be mute,
  Which bspeak arrogantly against the righteous
  With pride and contempt.

[14] aPs 140:6
[15] aJb 14:5; 24:1 bPs 143:9
[16] aNu 6:25; Ps 4:6; 80:3 bPs 6:4
[17] II.e. the nether world aPs 25:2, 20 bPs 25:3 c1S 2:9; Ps 94:17; 115:17
[18] aPs 109:2; 120:2 b1S 2:3; Ps 94:4; Jde 15

  19 ¶ How great is Your agoodness,
  Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
  Which You have wrought for those who btake refuge in You,
  cBefore the sons of men!
  20 You hide them in the asecret place of Your presence from the bconspiracies of man;
  You keep them secretly in a Ishelter from the cstrife of tongues.
  21 aBlessed be the LORD,
  For He has made bmarvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged ccity.
  22 As for me, aI said in my alarm,
  “I am bcut off from before Your eyes”;
  Nevertheless You cheard the voice of my supplications
  When I cried to You.

[19] aPs 65:4; 145:7; Is 64:4; Ro 2:4; 11:22 bPs 5:11 cPs 23:5
[20] IOr pavilion aPs 27:5 bPs 37:12 cJb 5:21; Ps 31:13
[21] aPs 28:6 bPs 17:7 c1S 23:7; Ps 87:5
[22] aPs 116:11 bPs 88:5; Is 38:11, 12; Lm 3:54 cPs 18:6; 66:19; 145:19

  23 ¶ O love the LORD, all you aHis godly ones!
  The LORD bpreserves the faithful
  And fully crecompenses the proud doer.
  24 aBe strong and let your heart take courage,
  All you who Ihope in the LORD.

[23] aPs 30:4; 37:28; 50:5 bPs 145:20; Rv 2:10 cDt 32:41; Ps 94:2
[24] IOr wait for aPs 27:14


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David shewing his confidence in God craveth his help.

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. 2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. 3 For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. 4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength. 5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. 6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

[1] Ps 7:8; 22:4; 25:2; 43:1; 71:1; 143:1, 11; Is 49:23; Dn 9:16; Ro 5:5; 10:11.
[2] Dt 32:31; 2S 22:3; Jb 7:21; Ps 18:1; 40:17; 62:7; 69:17; 71:2, 3; 79:1; 86:1; 90:1; 91:9; 94:22; 102:2; 130:2; 143:7; Pv 22:17; Is 33:16; Lk 18:8; Jn 6:56; 1Jn 4:12, 15.
[3] Jsh 7:9; Ne 9:12, 19; Ps 23:2; 25:5, 9, 11; 43:3; 79:9; 139:24; 143:10; Is 49:10; Jr 14:7; Ezk 36:21; Lk 1:79; Jn 16:13; Ep 1:12.
[4] Ps 19:14; 25:15; 35:7; 57:6; 124:7; 140:5; Pv 29:5; 2Co 12:9; 2Ti 2:26.
[5] Gn 48:16; Lv 25:48; Dt 32:4; Ps 71:23; 130:8; Is 50:2; Lk 23:46; Ac 7:59; 2Ti 1:12; 2:13; Tit 1:2; 2:14; He 6:18; 1P 1:18; Rv 5:9.
[6] 1Ch 16:28; Ps 24:4; 26:5; 96:7; 139:2; Jr 10:8, 15; Jn 2:8; Ro 1:21; 1Co 8:4; 10:20.

He rejoiceth in his mercy.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; 8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

[7] Ne 9:32; Jb 10:9; 23:10; Ps 1:6; 9:13; 13:5; 25:18; 71:20; 119:153; 142:3; Is 43:2; 49:13; 63:9, 16; Jr 33:11; Lm 3:50; 5:1; Jn 10:27; 1Co 8:3; Ga 4:9; 2Ti 2:19.
[8] Dt 32:30; 1S 17:46; 24:18; 26:8; Jb 16:11; 36:16; Ps 4:1; 18:19; 88:8; Is 19:4.

He prayeth in his calamity.

9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly. 10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed. 11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without 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 [was] on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. 14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou [art] my God. 15 My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. 17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, [and] let them be silent in the grave. 18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

[9] Jb 17:7; 33:19; Ps 6:1, 7; 22:14; 38:1; 44:25; 73:14, 26; 88:3, 9; 102:3; 107:10; Lm 4:17; 5:17.
[10] Jb 3:24; Ps 32:3; 71:9; 78:33; 88:15; 102:3; Ro 9:2.
[11] Jb 6:21; 19:13; Ps 22:6; 38:11; 41:8; 64:8; 69:19; 88:8, 18; 89:50; Is 49:7; 53:4; Jr 12:6; Mi 7:6; Mt 10:21; 26:56, 74; 27:39; Ro 15:3; 2Ti 4:16; He 11:36; 13:13; 1P 4:14.
[12] Ps 2:9; 88:4; 119:83; Is 30:14; 38:11; Ro 9:21; Rv 2:27.
[13] 1S 19:10; 20:33; 22:8; 23:19; 24:9; 2S 17:1; Ps 55:10; 56:1; 57:4; 101:5; Jr 6:25; 11:19; 20:3, 10; Lm 2:22; Mt 26:3, 59; 27:1; Lk 23:1, 5.
[14] Ps 16:1; 18:2; 22:1; 43:5; 56:3; 63:1; 71:12, 22; Mt 26:39, 42; 27:46; Jn 20:17.
[15] 1S 26:10; 2S 7:12; Jb 24:1; Ps 17:8, 13; 71:10; 116:15; 142:6; 143:3, 12; Ec 3:1; Jr 15:20; Lk 9:51; Jn 7:6, 30; 12:27; 13:1; 17:1; Ac 1:7; 23:11; 27:24; 2Ti 4:6; 2P 1:14.
[16] Nu 6:25; Ps 4:6; 6:4; 30:7; 51:1; 67:1; 80:3, 7, 19; 106:45; Dn 9:9, 17, 18; Ro 9:15, 23; Ep 1:6; 2:4.
[17] 1S 2:9; Ps 6:10; 25:2; 31:1; 34:5; 35:4, 26; 40:14; 69:6; 70:2; 71:24; 83:16; 115:17; Is 41:11; 45:16; 50:6; 65:13; Jr 20:11; Dn 12:2; Jol 2:26; Mt 22:12.
[18] 1S 2:3; 2Ch 32:16; Ps 12:3; 59:12; 63:11; 64:3; 94:4; 123:3; 140:9; Pv 12:19; Is 37:22; 54:17; Mt 10:25; 12:24; Jn 8:44, 48; Ac 25:7; Jde 1:15; Rv 21:8; 22:15.

He praiseth God for his goodness.

19 [Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. 22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. 23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

[19] Nu 23:23; Ps 16:11; 36:7; 68:28; 73:1, 24; 126:2; 145:7; Is 26:12; 35:10; 64:4; Lm 3:23; Jn 3:21; Ac 15:12; 1Co 2:9; 2Co 5:5; Col 3:2; He 10:34; Jm 2:5; 1P 1:4; 1Jn 3:1.
[20] Ex 18:11; Jb 5:21; Ps 10:2; 27:5; 32:7; 36:11; 40:4; 64:2; 86:14; 91:1; 124:5; 140:3, 5; Ro 13:13; 2Co 12:20; Ga 5:20; 1Ti 6:4; Jm 3:5, 14; 4:6.
[21] 1S 23:7; Ps 17:7; 98:1; 118:23; Jr 1:18; 1P 2:9.
[22] 1S 23:26; 27:1; 2Ch 33:11; Jb 35:14; Ps 6:9; 31:17; 38:10; 49:14; 88:16; 116:11; Is 6:5; Lm 3:54; Ezk 37:11; Jna 2:4, 7; He 5:7.
[23] Dt 10:12; 30:16; 33:3; 1S 2:9; Ps 30:4; 34:9; 54:5; 89:7; 94:2; 97:10; 145:10; Is 56:6; Mk 12:23; Jn 10:27; 1Th 4:1; Jde 1:1; Rv 18:6; 19:5.
[24] Ps 27:14; 29:11; 138:3; 146:5; Is 35:3; Lk 22:31; Ro 15:12; Col 1:11; He 12:12; Jm 5:10; 1P 1:21.


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