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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book II
Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance
[1]  IN thee, O Jehovah, do I take refuge:
Let me never be put to shame.
[2]  Deliver me in thy righteousness, and rescue me:
Bow down thine ear unto me, and save me.
[3]  Be thou to me a rock of habitation, whereunto I may continually resort:
Thou hast given commandment to save me;
For thou art my rock and my fortress.
[4]  Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
[5]  For thou art my hope, O Lord Jehovah:
Thou art my trust from my youth.
[6]  By thee have I been holden up from the womb;
Thou art 1 he that took me out of my mother’s bowels:
My praise shall be continually of thee.
[7]  I am as a wonder unto many;
But thou art my strong refuge.
[8]  My mouth shall be filled with thy praise,
And with thy honor all the day.
[9]  Cast me not off in the time of old age;
Forsake me not when my strength faileth.
[10]  For mine enemies speak concerning me;
And they that watch for my soul take counsel together,
[11]  Saying, God hath forsaken him:
Pursue and take him; for there is none to deliver.
[12]  O God, be not far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me.
[13]  Let them be put to shame and consumed that are adversaries to my soul;
Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor that seek my hurt.
[14]  But I will hope continually,
And will praise thee yet more and more.
[15]  My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness,
And of thy salvation all the day;
For I know not the numbers thereof.
[16]  I will come with 2 the mighty acts of the Lord Jehovah:
I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
[17]  O God, thou hast taught me from my youth;
And hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
[18]  Yea, even when 3 I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not,
Until I have declared thy 4 strength unto the next generation,
Thy might to every one that is to come.
[19]  Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high;
Thou who hast done great things,
O God, who is like unto thee?
[20]  Thou, who hast showed us 5 many and sore troubles,
Wilt quicken us 6 again,
And wilt bring us 7 up again from the depths of the earth.
[21]  Increase thou my greatness,
And turn again and comfort me.
[22]  I will also praise thee with the psaltery,
Even thy truth, O my God:
Unto thee will I sing praises with the harp,
O thou Holy One of Israel.
[23]  My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises unto thee;
And my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
[24]  My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long;
For they are put to shame, for they are confounded, that seek my hurt.
Note 1. Or, hast been my benefactor from &c. [back]
Note 2. Or, in the strength. [back]
Note 3. Heb. unto old age and gray hairs. [back]
Note 4. Heb. thine arm. [back]
Note 5. Another reading is, me. [back]
Note 6. Another reading is, me. [back]
Note 7. Another reading is, me. [back]


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