The Psalms: Book 1, Psalm 31

Psalm 31  •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 5
Book First
Chap. 30
1 To the chief musician; a Psalm of David.
2 In thee, O Jehovah, have I trusted; let me not be ashamed forever; in thy righteousness deliver me.
3 Incline thine ear unto me, deliver me speedily; be to me for a rock of strength, for a house of defense to save me.
4 For thou [art] my rock and my fortress, and for thy name's sake thou guidest and lewdest me.
5 Thou bringest me forth from the net which they hid for me, for thou [art] my fortress.
6 Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O Jehovah, God1 of truth.
7 I have hated those who observe lying vanities; but I have trusted in Jehovah.
8 I will exalt and rejoice in thy mercy, thou who hast seen my affliction; thou hast known my soul in distresses.
9 And thou hast not delivered me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast made my feet to stand in the wide place.
10 Be gracious unto me, O Jehovah, for I am distressed; consumed with grief [is] mine eye, my soul and my belly.
11 For my life hath been spent2 in sorrow, and my years in sighing; my strength hath been feeble through mine iniquity, and my bones have been consumed.
12 I have been a reproach among all mine adversaries, and especially to my neighbors; and a fear to mine acquaintances who see me without3; they fled from me.
13 I have been forgotten, as a dead man from the heart; I have been as a perishing vessel.
14 For I have heard the slander of many; fear [is] round about when they consult together against me; they have devised to take my life.
15 But I have trusted in thee, O Jehovah; I have said, Thou art my God.
16 My times [are] in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies and from my persecutors.
17 Cause thy face to shine upon thy servant; in thy mercy save me.
18 O Jehovah, I shall not be ashamed, for I have called on thee; the wicked shall be ashamed, they shall be silent in Sheol.4
19 The lips of falsehood shall be dumb, which speak against the righteous one insolently, with pride and contempt.
20 How great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for those who fear thee, thou hast wrought for those who trust in thee before the sons of men.
21 Thou hidest them in the secret place of thy presence from the plots of man, thou concealest them in a tabernacle from the strife of tongues.
22 Blessed [be] Jehovah, for he hath made his mercy wonderful to me in a city of defense.
23 As for me, I said in my haste, I have been cut off from before thine eyes; surely thou hast heard the voice of my supplication when I cried for help unto thee.
24 Love Jehovah, all ye his saints: Jehovah preserveth the faithful and abundantly requiteth the proud doer.
25 Be strong, and he will strengthen your heart; all ye who wait for Jehovah,