1[For the choirmaster Psalm Of David] In you, Yahweh, I have taken refuge, let me never be put toshame, in your saving justice deliver me, rescue me, 2turn your ear to me, make haste. Be for me a rock-fastness, a fortified citadel to save me. 3You are my rock, my rampart; true to your name, lead me and guide me! 4Draw me out of the net they have spread for me, for you are my refuge; 5to your hands I commit my spirit, by you have I been redeemed. God of truth, 6you hate those who serve useless idols; but my trust is in Yahweh: 7I will delight and rejoice in your faithful love! You, who have seen my misery, and witnessed themiseries of my soul, 8have not handed me over to the enemy, but have given me freedom to roam at large. 9Take pity on me, Yahweh, for I am in trouble. Vexation is gnawing away my eyes, my soul deep within me. 10For my life is worn out with sorrow, and my years with sighs. My strength gives way under my misery,and my bones are al wasted away. 11The sheer number of my enemies makes me contemptible, loathsome to my neighbours, and myfriends shrink from me in horror. When people see me in the street they take to their heels. 12I have no more place in their hearts than a corpse, or something lost. 13Al I hear is slander -- terror wherever I turn -- as they plot together against me, scheming to take mylife. 14But my trust is in you, Yahweh; I say, 'You are my God,' 15every moment of my life is in your hands, rescue me from the clutches of my foes who pursue me; 16let your face shine on your servant, save me in your faithful love. 17I cal on you, Yahweh, so let disgrace fal not on me, but on the wicked. Let them go down to Sheol insilence, 18muzzles on their lying mouths, which speak arrogantly against the upright in pride and contempt. 19Yahweh, what quantities of good things you have in store for those who fear you, and bestow onthose who make you their refuge, for al humanity to see. 20Safe in your presence you hide them, far from human plotting, shielding them in your tent, far fromcontentious tongues. 21Blessed be Yahweh who works for me miracles of his faithful love (in a fortified city)! 22In a state of terror I cried, 'I have been cut off from your sight!' Yet you heard my plea for help when Icried out to you. 23Love Yahweh, al his faithful: Yahweh protects his loyal servants, but he repays the arrogant withinterest. 24Be brave, take heart, al who put your hope in Yahweh.
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