Psalm 31

1Lord, I depend on you. Don’t disappoint me. Be kind to me and save me. 2God, listen to me. Come quickly and save me. Be my Rock. Be my place of safety. Be my fortress. Protect me! 3God, you are my Rock, So, for the good of your name, lead me and guide me. 4˻My enemies have put a trap in front of me.˼ Save me from their trap. You are my place of safety. 5Lord, you are the God we can trust. I put my life in your hands. Save me! 6I hate people who worship false gods. I trust only in the Lord. 7God, your kindness makes me very happy. You have seen my suffering. You know about the troubles I have. 8You will not let my enemies take me. You will free me from their traps. 9Lord, I have many troubles. So be kind to me. I am so upset that my eyes are hurting. My throat and stomach are aching. 10My life is ending in sadness. My years are passing away in sighing. My troubles are taking away my strength. My strength is leaving me. 11My enemies hate me. And all my neighbors hate me, too. All my relatives see me in the street. They are afraid of me and avoid me. 12People have completely forgotten me, like some lost tool. 13I hear the terrible things people say about me. Those people turned against me. They plan to kill me. 14Lord, I trust you. You are my God. 15My life is in your hands. Save me from my enemies. Some people are chasing me. Save me from them. 16Please welcome and accept your servant. Be kind to me and save me! 17Lord, I prayed to you. So I will not be disappointed. Bad people will be disappointed. They will go to the grave in silence. 18Those bad people brag and tell lies about good people. Those bad people are very proud. But their lying lips will be silent. 19God, you have hidden away many wonderful things for your followers. You do good things in front of everyone for the people who trust you. 20Bad people join together to hurt good people. Those bad people try to start fights. But you hide those good people and protect them. You protect them in your shelter. 21Bless the Lord! He showed his true love for me in a wonderful way when the city was surrounded by enemies. 22I was afraid, and I said, ”I am in a place where God can’t see me.” But I prayed to you, God, and you heard my loud prayers for help. 23God’s followers, you should love the Lord! The Lord protects people that are loyal to him. But the Lord punishes people that brag about their own power. He gives them the punishment they deserve. 24Be strong and brave, all of you people that are waiting for the Lord’s help!

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