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Psalm 31

Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

In You, O Yahweh, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness protect me.
Incline Your ear to me, deliver me quickly;
Be to me a rock of strength,
A fortress to save me.
For You are my high rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
You will bring me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O Yahweh, God of truth.

I hate those who regard worthless idols,
But I trust in Yahweh.
I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
Because You have seen my affliction;
You have known the troubles of my soul,
And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a large place.

Be gracious to me, O Yahweh, for I am in distress;
My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.
For my life is worn down with sorrow
And my years with sighing;
My strength fails because of my iniquity,
And my bones waste away.
Among all my adversaries, I have become a reproach,
Especially to my neighbors,
And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
Those who see me in the street flee from me.
I am forgotten like a dead man—out of mind—
I am like a broken vessel.
For I have heard the bad report of many,
Terror is on every side;
While they took counsel together against me,
They schemed to take my life.

But as for me, I trust in You, O Yahweh,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue me.
Make Your face to shine upon Your slave;
Save me in Your lovingkindness.
O Yahweh, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon You;
Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.
Let the lying lips be mute,
Which speak arrogantly against the righteous
With lofty pride and contempt.

How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have worked for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man;
You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be Yahweh,
For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.
As for me, I said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless, You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried to You for help.

Oh, love Yahweh, all you His holy ones!
Yahweh guards the faithful
But repays fully the one who acts in lofty pride.
Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who wait for Yahweh.