To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of
In you, O Lord, have I put my hope; let me
never be shamed; keep me safe in your righteousness.
Let your ear be turned to me; take me
quickly out of danger; be my strong Rock, my place of
strength where I may be safe.
For you are my Rock and my strong tower;
go in front of me and be my guide, because of your name.
Take me out of the net which they have put
ready for me secretly; for you are my strength.
Into your hands I give my spirit; you are
my saviour, O Lord God for ever true.
I am full of hate for those who go after
false gods; but my hope is in the Lord.
I will be glad and have delight in your
mercy; because you have seen my trouble; you have had pity
on my soul in its sorrows;
And you have not given me into the hand of
my hater; you have put my feet in a wide place.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in
trouble; my eyes are wasted with grief, I am wasted in soul
My life goes on in sorrow, and my years
in weeping; my strength is almost gone because of my sin,
and my bones are wasted away.
Because of all those who are against me,
I have become a word of shame to my neighbours; a cause of
shaking the head and a fear to my friends: those who saw me
in the street went in flight from me.
I have gone from men's minds and memory
like a dead man; I am like a broken vessel.
False statements against me have come to
my ears; fear was on every side: they were talking together
against me, designing to take away my life.
But I had faith in you, O Lord; I said,
You are my God.
The chances of my life are in your hand;
take me out of the hands of my haters, and of those who go
Let your servant see the light of your
face; in your mercy be my saviour.
Let me not be shamed, O Lord, for I have
made my prayer to you; let the sinners be shamed, and let
their mouths be shut in the underworld.
Let the false lips be shut, which say
evil against the upright, looking down on him in their
O how great is your grace, which you have put in store for
your worshippers, and which you have made clear to those who
had faith in you, before the sons of men!
You will keep them safe in your house
from the designs of man; in the secret of your tent will you
keep them from angry tongues.
May the Lord be praised, because he has
made clear to me the wonder of his grace in a strong town.
And as for me, I said in my fear, I am
cut off from before your eyes; but you gave ear to the voice
of my prayer, when my cry went up to you.
O have love for the Lord, all you his
saints; for the Lord keeps safe from danger all those who
are true to him, and gives the workers of pride their right
Put away fear and let your heart be strong, all you whose
hope is in the Lord.