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Prayer on Time of Ordeal. Psalm 31(v30)
1 With thee, O LORD, I have sought shelter,
let me never be put to shame.
Deliver me in thy righteousness;

2 bow down and hear me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be thou my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to keep me safe.

3 Thou art to me both rock and stronghold;
lead me and guide me for the honour of thy name.

4 Set me free from the net men have hidden for me;
thou art my refuge,

5 into thy keeping I commit my spirit.
Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD thou God of truth.

6 Thou hatest all who worship useless idols,
but I put my trust in the LORD.

7 I will rejoice and be glad in thy unfailing love;
for thou hast seen my affliction
and hast cared for me in my distress.

8 Thou hast not abandoned me to the power of the enemy
but hast set me free to range at will.

9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress,
and my eyes are dimmed with grief prob. rdg, Heb adds my soul and my body.

10 My life is worn away with sorrow
and my years with sighing;
strong as I am, I stumble under my load of misery;
there is disease in all my bones.

11 I have such enemies that all men scorn me I have ... scorn me: or I am scorned by all my enemies.;
my neighbours find me a burden,
my friends shudder at me;
when they see me in the street they turn quickly away.

12 I am forgotten, like a dead man out of mind;
I have come to be like something lost.
13 For I hear many men whispering
threats from every side,
in league against me as they are
and plotting to take my life.

14 But, LORD, I put my trust in thee,
I say, 'Thou art my God.'

15 My fortunes are in thy hand;
rescue me from my enemies and those who persecute me.

16 Make thy face shine upon thy servant;
save me in thy unfailing love.
17 O LORD, do not put me to shame when I call upon thee;
let the wicked be ashamed, let them sink into Sheol.

18 Strike dumb the lying lips
which speak with contempt against the righteous
in pride and arrogance.

19 How great is thy goodness,
stored up for those who fear thee,
made manifest before the eyes of men
for all who turn to thee for shelter.

20 Thou wilt hide them under the cover of thy presence
from men in league together;
thou keepest them beneath thy roof,
safe from contentious men.

21 Blessed be the LORD,
who worked a miracle of unfailing love for me
when I was in sore straits when ... straits: prob. rdg, Heb like a city besieged.

22 In sudden alarm I said,
'I am shut out from thy sight.'
But thou didst hear my cry for mercy
when I called to thee for help.

23 Love the LORD, all you his loyal servants.
The LORD protects the faithful
but pays the arrogant in full.

24 Be strong and take courage,
all you whose hope is in the LORD.

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