Psalms 70-72 - Prayer for Help against Persecutors

Psalm 70

Prayer for Help against Persecutors.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David;

for a memorial.

1 O God, hasten to deliver me;

O LORD, hasten to my help!

2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated

Who seek my life;

Let those be turned back and dishonored

Who delight in my hurt.

3 Let those be turned back because of

their shame

Who say, "Aha, aha!"

4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be

glad in You;

And let those who love Your salvation

say continually,

"Let God be magnified."

5 But I am afflicted and needy;

Hasten to me, O God!

You are my help and my deliverer;

O LORD, do not delay.

Psalm 71

Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance.

1 In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge;

Let me never be ashamed.

2 In Your righteousness deliver me and

rescue me;

Incline Your ear to me and save me.

3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which

I may continually come;

You have given commandment to save me,

For You are my rock and my fortress.

4 Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand

of the wicked,

Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and

ruthless man,

5 For You are my hope;

O Lord GOD, You are my confidence

from my youth.

6 By You I have been sustained from

my birth;

You are He who took me from my

mother's womb;

My praise is continually of You.

7 I have become a marvel to many,

For You are my strong refuge.

8 My mouth is filled with Your praise

And with Your glory all day long.

9 Do not cast me off in the time of

old age;

Do not forsake me when my strength


10 For my enemies have spoken

against me;

And those who watch for my life have

consulted together,

11 Saying, "God has forsaken him;

Pursue and seize him, for there is

no one to deliver."

12 O God, do not be far from me;

O my God, hasten to my help!

13 Let those who are adversaries of my

soul be ashamed and consumed;

Let them be covered with reproach and

dishonor, who seek to injure me.

14 But as for me, I will hope continually,

And will praise You yet more and more.

15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteous-


And of Your salvation all day long;

For I do not know the sum of them.

16 I will come with the mighty deeds

of the Lord GOD;

I will make mention of Your righteous-


Yours alone.

17 O God, You have taught me from

my youth,

And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.

18 And even when I am old and gray, O

God, do not forsake me,

Until I declare Your strength to this


Your power to all who are to come.

19 For Your righteousness, O God,

reaches to the heavens,

You who have done great things;

O God, who is like You?

20 You who have shown me many troubles

and distresses

Will revive me again,

And will bring me up again from the depths

of the earth.

21 May You increase my greatness

And turn to comfort me.

22 I will also praise You with a harp,

Even Your truth, O my God;

To You I will sing praises with the lyre,

O Holy One of Israel.

23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing

praises to You;

And my soul, which You have redeemed.

24 My tongue also will utter Your

righteousness all day long;

For they are ashamed, for they are

humiliated who seek my hurt.

Psalm 72

The Reign of the Righteous King.

Psalm of Solomon.

1 Give the king Your judgments, O God,

And Your righteousness to the king's son.

2 May he judge Your people with righteousness

And Your afflicted with justice.

3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people,

And the hills, in righteousness.

4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,

Save the children of the needy

And crush the oppressor.

5 Let them fear You while the sun endures,

And as long as the moon, throughout all


6 May he come down like rain upon the

mown grass,

Like showers that water the earth.

7 In his days may the righteous flourish,

And abundance of peace till the moon

is no more.

8 May he also rule from sea to sea

And from the River to the ends of the earth.

9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before


And his enemies lick the dust.

10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the

islands bring presents;

The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.

11 And let all kings bow down before him,

All nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy when he

cries for help,

The afflicted also, and him who has no


13 He will have compassion on the poor

and needy,

And the lives of the needy he will save.

14 He will rescue their life from oppression

and violence,

And their blood will be precious in his sight;

15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba

be given to him;

And let them pray for him continually;

Let them bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundance of grain in the

earth on top of the mountains;

Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon;

And may those from the city flourish like

vegetation of the earth.

17 May his name endure forever;

May his name increase as long as the sun


And let men bless themselves by him;

Let all nations call him blessed.

18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God

of Israel,

Who alone works wonders.

19 And blessed be His glorious name


And may the whole earth be filled with

His glory.

Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse

are ended.


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