To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust;
let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily:
be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
For thou art my rock and my fortress;
therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me:
for thou art my strength.
Into thine hand I commit my spirit:
thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
I have hated them that regard lying vanities:
but I trust in the LORD.
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:
for thou hast considered my trouble;
thou hast known my soul in adversities;
And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy:
thou hast set my feet in a large room.
Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble:
mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing:
my strength faileth because of mine iniquity,
and my bones are consumed.
I was a reproach among all mine enemies,
but especially among my neighbours,
and a fear to mine acquaintance:
they that did see me without fled from me.
I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind:
I am like a broken vessel.
For I have heard the slander of many:
fear was on every side:
while they took counsel together against me,
they devised to take away my life.
But I trusted in thee, O LORD:
I said, Thou art my God.
My times are in thy hand:
deliver me from the hand of mine enemies,
and from them that persecute me.
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant:
save me for thy mercies' sake.
Let me not be ashamed, O LORD;
for I have called upon thee:
let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
Let the lying lips be put to silence;
which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
Oh how great is thy goodness,
which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee;
which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man:
thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be the LORD:
for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes:
nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications
when I cried unto thee.
O love the LORD, all ye his saints:
for the LORD preserveth the faithful,
and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
Be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the LORD.
|Masada, ancient fortification in Israel.|