King James Version

Psalm 31

1In 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.

10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

11 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.

12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

13 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.

14 But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.

15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.

17 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.

18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 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!

20 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.

21 Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

22 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.

23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 31

Psalm 31

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Lord, I have come to you for safety.
    Don’t let me ever be put to shame.
    Save me, because you do what is right.
Pay attention to me.
    Come quickly to help me.
Be the rock I go to for safety.
    Be the strong fort that saves me.
You are my rock and my fort.
    Lead me and guide me for the honor of your name.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me.
    You are my place of safety.
Into your hands I commit my very life.
    Lord, set me free. You are my faithful God.

I hate those who worship worthless statues of gods.
    But I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and full of joy because you love me.
    You saw that I was hurting.
    You took note of my great pain.
You have not handed me over to the enemy.
    You have put me in a wide and safe place.

Lord, have mercy on me. I’m in deep trouble.
    I’m so sad I can hardly see.
    My whole body grows weak with sadness.
10 Pain has taken over my life.
    My years are spent in groaning.
I have no strength because I’m hurting so much.
    My body is getting weaker and weaker.
11 My neighbors make fun of me
    because I have so many enemies.
My closest friends are afraid of me.
    People who see me on the street run away from me.
12 No one remembers me. I might as well be dead.
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 I hear many people whispering,
    “There is terror all around him!”
Many have joined together against me.
    They plan to kill me.

14 But I trust in you, Lord.
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My whole life is in your hands.
    Save me from the hands of my enemies.
    Save me from those who are chasing me.
16 May you look on me with favor.
    Save me because your love is faithful.
17 Lord, I have cried out to you.
    Don’t let me be put to shame.
But let sinners be put to shame.
    Let them lie silent in the place of the dead.
18 Their lips tell lies. Let them be silenced.
    They speak with pride against those who do right.
    They make fun of them.

19 You have stored up so many good things.
    You have stored them up for those who have respect for you.
You give those things while everyone watches.
    You give them to people who run to you for safety.
20 They are safe because you are with them.
    You hide them from the evil plans of their enemies.
In your house you keep them safe
    from those who bring charges against them.

21 Give praise to the Lord.
    He showed me his wonderful love
    when my enemies attacked the city I was in.
22 I was afraid and said,
    “I’ve been cut off from you!”
But you heard my cry for your favor.
    You heard me when I called out to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you who are faithful to him!
    The Lord keeps safe those who are faithful to him.
    But he completely pays back those who are proud.
24 Be strong, all you who put your hope in the Lord.
    Never give up.