Psalm 71

Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent

1 In a You, O LORD, I put my trust;
Let me never be put to shame.
2 b Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape;
c Incline Your ear to me, and save me.
3 d Be my 1 strong refuge,
To which I may resort continually;
You have given the e commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

4 f Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For You are g my hope, O Lord GOD;
You are my trust from my youth.
6 h By You I have been 2 upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother's womb.
My praise shall be continually of You.

7 i I have become as a wonder to many,
But You are my strong refuge.
8 Let j my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the day.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
And those who lie in wait for my life k take counsel together,
11 Saying, "God has forsaken him;
Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him."

12 l O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, m make haste to help me!
13 Let them be 3 confounded and consumed
Who are adversaries of my life;
Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor
Who seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And Your salvation all the day,
For I do not know their limits.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

17 O God, You have taught me from my n youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
18 Now also o when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.
19 Also p Your righteousness, O God, is 4 very high,
You who have done great things;
q O God, who is like You?
20 r You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
s Shall revive me again,
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.

22 Also t with the lute I will praise You -
And Your faithfulness, O my God!
To You I will sing with the harp,
O u Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You,
And v my soul, which You have redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long;
For they are confounded,
For they are brought to shame
Who seek my hurt.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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