Psalm 70-73 New American Standard Bible

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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 .

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