Psalm 31

1 To you, Lord, have I come for shelter:
    let me never be put to shame.
2 O deliver me in your righteousness:
    incline your ear to me and be swift to save me.
3 Be for me a rock of refuge, a fortress to defend me:
    for you are my high rock and my stronghold.
4 Lead me and guide me for your name's sake:
    bring me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me, for you are my strength.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit:
    you will redeem me, O Lord God of truth.
6 I hate those that clutch vain idols:
    but my trust is in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your loving-kindness:
    for you have looked on my distress and known me in adversity.
8 You have not given me over to the power of the enemy:
    you have set my feet where I may walk at liberty.
9 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble:
    my eye wastes away for grief, my throat also and my inward parts.
10 For my life wears out in sorrow, and my years with sighing:
    my strength fails me in my affliction, and my bones are consumed.
11 I am become the scorn of all my enemies:
    and my neighbours wag their heads in derision.
12 I am a thing of horror to my friends:
    and those that see me in the street shrink from me.
13 I am forgotten like one dead and out of mind:
    I have become like a broken vessel.
14 For I hear the whispering of many:
    and fear is on every side;
15 While they plot together against me:
    and scheme to take away my life.
16 But in you, Lord, have I put my trust:
    I have said 'You are my God.'
17 All my days are in your hand:
    O deliver me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors.
18 Make your face to shine upon your servant:
    and save me for your mercy's sake.
19 O Lord, let me not be confounded, for I have called upon you:
    but let the wicked be put to shame and brought to silence in the grave.
20 Let the lying lips be dumb:
    that in pride and contempt speak such insolence against the just.
21 O how plentiful is your goodness, stored up for those that fear you:
    and prepared in the sight of all for those who come to you for refuge.
22 You will hide them in the cover of your presence from the plots of their enemies:
    you will shelter them in your refuge from the strife of tongues.
23 Blessed be the Lord our God:
    for he has wonderfully shown me his steadfast love, when I was as a city besieged.
24 When I was afraid, I said in my haste:
    'I am cut off from your sight.'
25 But you heard the voice of my supplication:
    when I cried to you for help.
26 Love the Lord, all you his faithful ones:
    for the Lord guards the true, but fully requites the proud.
27 Be strong, and let your heart take courage:
    all you that hope in the Lord.