Psalm 71. In te, Domine, speravi.
IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to
confusion, * but rid me and deliver me in thy righteousness;
incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
2 Be thou my stronghold, whereunto I may alway resort: * thou
hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and
3 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly, * out
of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
4 For thou, O Lord GOD, art the thing that I long for: * thou
art my hope, even from my youth.
5 Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born: *
thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb: my praise shall
be alway of thee.
6 I am become as it were a monster unto many, * but my sure trust
is in thee.
7 O let my mouth be filled with thy praise, * that I may sing
of thy glory and honour all the day long.
8 Cast me not away in the time of age; * forsake me not when
my strength faileth me.
9 For mine enemies speak against me; * and they that lay wait
for my soul take their counsel together, saying,
10 God hath forsaken him; * persecute him, and take him, for
there is none to deliver him.
11 Go not far from me, O God; * my God, haste thee to help me.
12 Let them be confounded and perish that are against my soul;
* let them be covered with shame and dishonour that seek to do
13 As for me, I will patiently abide alway, * and will praise
thee more and more.
14 My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and salvation;
* for I know no end thereof.
15 I will go forth in the strength of the Lord GOD, * and will
make mention of thy righteousness only.
16 Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now; *
therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.
17 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray-headed,
* until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and
thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
18 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high, * and great things
are they that thou hast done: O God, who is like unto thee!
19 O what great troubles and adversities hast thou showed me
! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me; * yea, and broughtest
me from the deep of the earth again.
20 Thou hast brought me to great honour, * and comforted me on
21 Therefore will I praise thee, and thy faithfulness, O God,
playing upon an instrument of music: * unto thee will I sing
upon the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
22 My lips will be glad when I sing unto thee; * and so will
my soul whom thou hast delivered.
23 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day
long; * for they are confounded and brought unto shame that seek
to do me evil.