A Prayer for Deliverance
70 1 O God , hasten to deliver me; O Lord , hasten to my help ! 2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my life ; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt . 3 Let those be turned back because e of their shame Who say , "Aha , aha !" 4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually , "Let God be magnified ." 5 But I am afflicted and needy ; Hasten to me, O God ! You are my help and my deliverer ; O Lord , do not delay .
The Prayer of an Old Man
71 1 In You, O Lord , I have taken refuge ; Let me never e be ashamed . 2 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come ; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress . 4 Rescue me, O my God , out of the hand of the wicked , Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man , 5 For You are my hope ; O Lord GOD , You are my confidence from my youth . 6 By You I have been sustained from my birth ; You are He who took me from my mother's womb ; My praise is continually of You. 7 I have become a marvel to many , For You are my strong refuge . 8 My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age ; Do not forsake me when my strength fails . 10 For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together , 11 Saying , " God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver ." 12 O God , do not be far from me; O my God , hasten to my help ! 13 Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed ; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor , who seek to injure me.
14 But as for me, I will hope continually , And will praise You yet more and more . 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them. 16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD ; I will make mention of Your righteousness , Yours alone . 17 O God , You have taught me from my youth , And I still e declare Your wondrous deeds . 18 And even when I am old and gray , O God , do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation , Your power to all who are to come . 19 For Your righteousness , O God , reaches to the heavens , You who have done great things ; O God , who is like You? 20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again , And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth . 21 May You increase my greatness And turn to comfort me. 22 I will also praise You with a harp , Even Your truth , O my God ; To You I will sing praises with the lyre , O Holy One of Israel . 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul , which You have redeemed . 24 My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed , for they are humiliated who seek my hurt .
The Reign of the Righteous King
72 1 Give the king Your judgments , O God , And Your righteousness to the king's son .
2 May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice . 3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people , And the hills , in righteousness . 4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people , Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor . 5 Let them fear You while the sun endures, And as long as the moon , throughout all generations . 6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth . 7 In his days may the righteous flourish , And abundance of peace till the moon is no more . 8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth . 9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust . 10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents ; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts . 11 And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him. 12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help , The afflicted also, and him who has no helper . 13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy , And the lives of the needy he will save . 14 He will rescue their life from oppression and violence , And their blood will be precious in his sight ; 15 So may he live , and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let them pray for him continually ; Let them bless him all day long. 16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains ; Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon ; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth . 17 May his name endure forever ; May his name increase as long as the sun shines; And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed .
18 Blessed be the Lord God , the God of Israel , Who alone works wonders . 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever ; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory . Amen , and Amen . 20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended .
The Fate of the Wicked
73 1 Surely God is good to Israel , To those who are pure in heart ! 2 But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling , My steps had almost slipped . 3 For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked . 4 For there are no pains in their death , And their body is fat . 5 They are not in trouble as other men , Nor are they plagued like mankind . 6 Therefore pride is their necklace ; The garment of violence covers them. 7 Their eye bulges from fatness ; The imaginations of their heart run riot . 8 They mock and wickedly speak of oppression ; They speak from on high . 9 They have set their mouth against the heavens , And their tongue parades through the earth . 10 Therefore his people return to this place , And waters of abundance are drunk by them. 11 They say , " How does God know ? And is there knowledge with the Most High ?" 12 Behold , these are the wicked ; And always at ease , they have increased in wealth . 13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence ; 14 For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning .
15 If I had said , "I will speak thus ," Behold , I would have betrayed the generation of Your children . 16 When I pondered to understand this , It was troublesome in my sight 17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God ; Then I perceived their end . 18 Surely You set them in slippery places ; You cast them down to destruction . 19 How they are destroyed in a moment ! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors ! 20 Like a dream when one awakes , O Lord , when aroused , You will despise their form .
21 When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within , 22 Then I was senseless and ignorant e ; I was like a beast before You. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand . 24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory . 25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth . 26 My flesh and my heart may fail , But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever . 27 For, behold , those who are far from You will perish ; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. 28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good ; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge , That I may tell of all Your works .