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Psalm chapter 31

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[For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.] LORD, I seek refuge in You; let me never be disgraced. Save me by Your righteousness.
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Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly. Be a rock of refuge for me, a mountain fortress to save me.
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For You are my rock and my fortress; You lead and guide me because of Your name.
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You will free me from the net that is secretly set for me, for You are my refuge.
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Into Your hand I entrust my spirit; You redeem me, LORD, God of truth.
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I hate those who are devoted to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
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I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful love because You have seen my affliction. You have known the troubles of my life
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and have not handed me over to the enemy. You have set my feet in a spacious place.
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Be gracious to me, LORD, because I am in distress; my eyes are worn out from angry sorrow-- my whole being as well.
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Indeed, my life is consumed with grief, and my years with groaning; my strength has failed because of my sinfulness, and my bones waste away.
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I am ridiculed by all my adversaries and even by my neighbors. I am an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street run from me.
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I am forgotten: gone from memory like a dead person-- like broken pottery.
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I have heard the gossip of many; terror is on every side. When they conspired against me, they plotted to take my life.
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But I trust in You, LORD; I say, "You are my God."
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The course of my life is in Your power; deliver me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors.
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Show Your favor to Your servant; save me by Your faithful love.
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LORD, do not let me be disgraced when I call on You. Let the wicked be disgraced; let them be silent in Sheol.
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Let lying lips be quieted; they speak arrogantly against the righteous with pride and contempt.
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How great is Your goodness that You have stored up for those who fear You, and accomplished in the sight of everyone for those who take refuge in You.
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You hide them in the protection of Your presence; You conceal them in a shelter from the schemes of men, from quarrelsome tongues.
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May the LORD be praised, for He has wonderfully shown His faithful love to me in a city under siege.
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In my alarm I had said, "I am cut off from Your sight." But You heard the sound of my pleading when I cried to You for help.
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Love the LORD, all His faithful ones. The LORD protects the loyal, but fully repays the arrogant.
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Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD.

Psalm chapter 32

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[Davidic. A Maskil.] How happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
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How happy is the man the LORD does not charge with sin, and in whose spirit is no deceit!
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When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long.
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For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer's heat. Selah
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Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah
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Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may be found. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.
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You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance. Selah
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I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel.
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Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle, or else it will not come near you.
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Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the LORD will have faithful love surrounding him.
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Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Psalm chapter 33

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Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones; praise from the upright is beautiful.
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Praise the LORD with the lyre; make music to Him with a ten-stringed harp.
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Sing a new song to Him; play skillfully on the strings, with a joyful shout.
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For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is trustworthy.
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He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the LORD's unfailing love.
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The heavens were made by the word of the LORD, and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth.
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He gathers the waters of the sea into a heap; He puts the depths into storehouses.
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Let the whole earth tremble before the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
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For He spoke, and it came into being; He commanded, and it came into existence.
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The LORD frustrates the counsel of the nations; He thwarts the plans of the peoples.
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The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.
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Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord-- the people He has chosen to be His own possession!
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The LORD looks down from heaven; He observes everyone.
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He gazes on all the inhabitants of the earth from His dwelling place.
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He alone crafts their hearts; He considers all their works.
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A king is not saved by a large army; a warrior will not be delivered by great strength.
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The horse is a false hope for safety; it provides no escape by its great power.
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Now the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him-- those who depend on His faithful love
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to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine.
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We wait for the LORD; He is our help and shield.
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For our hearts rejoice in Him, because we trust in His holy name.
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May Your faithful love rest on us, LORD, for we put our hope in You.

Psalm chapter 34

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[Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech, who drove him out, and he departed.] I will praise the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
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I will boast in the LORD; the humble will hear and be glad.
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Proclaim with me the LORD's greatness; let us exalt His name together.
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I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
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Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.
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This poor man cried, and the LORD heard [him] and saved him from all his troubles.
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The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.
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Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!
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Fear the LORD, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing.
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Young lions lack food and go hungry, but those who seek the LORD will not lack any good thing.
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Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
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Who is the man who delights in life, loving a long life to enjoy what is good?
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Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.
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Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.
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The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help.
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The face of the LORD is set against those who do what is evil, to erase all memory of them from the earth.
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The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them from all their troubles.
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The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.
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Many adversities come to the one who is righteous, but the LORD delivers him from them all.
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He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken.
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Evil brings death to the sinner, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
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The LORD redeems the life of His servants, and all who take refuge in Him will not be punished.

Psalm chapter 35

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[Davidic.] Oppose my opponents, LORD; fight those who fight me.
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Take Your shields-- large and small-- and come to my aid.
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Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers, and assure me: "I am your deliverance."
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Let those who seek to kill me be disgraced and humiliated; let those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed.
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Let them be like husks in the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away.
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Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
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They hid their net for me without cause; they dug a pit for me without cause.
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Let ruin come on him unexpectedly, and let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it-- to his ruin.
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Then I will rejoice in the LORD; I will delight in His deliverance.
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My very bones will say, "LORD, who is like You, rescuing the poor from one too strong for him, the poor or the needy from one who robs him?"
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Malicious witnesses come forward; they question me about things I do not know.
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They repay me evil for good, making me desolate.
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Yet when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting, and my prayer was genuine.
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I went about [grieving] as if for my friend or brother; I was bowed down with grief, like one mourning a mother.
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But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; they gathered against me. Assailants I did not know tore at me and did not stop.
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With godless mockery they gnashed their teeth at me.
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Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my very life from the young lions.
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I will praise You in the great congregation; I will exalt You among many people.
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Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause look at me maliciously.
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For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive deceitful schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.
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They open their mouths wide against me and say, "Aha, aha! We saw it!"
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You saw it, LORD; do not be silent. Lord, do not be far from me.
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Wake up and rise to my defense, to my cause, my God and my LORD!
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Vindicate me, LORD, my God, in keeping with Your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me.
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Do not let them say in their hearts, "Aha! Just what we wanted." Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up!"
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Let those who rejoice at my misfortune be disgraced and humiliated; let those who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and reproach.
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Let those who want my vindication shout for joy and be glad; let them continually say, "The LORD be exalted, who wants His servant's well-being."
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And my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness, Your praise all day long.