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Supplication for Help against Enemies

A Prayer of David.

1Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

2Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;

save your servant who trusts in you.

You are my God; 3be gracious to me, O Lord,

for to you do I cry all day long.

4Gladden the soul of your servant,

for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.

6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

listen to my cry of supplication.

7In the day of my trouble I call on you,

for you will answer me.

8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,

nor are there any works like yours.

9All the nations you have made shall come

and bow down before you, O Lord,

and shall glorify your name.

10For you are great and do wondrous things;

you alone are God.

11Teach me your way, O Lord,

that I may walk in your truth;

give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,

and I will glorify your name forever.

13For great is your steadfast love toward me;

you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14O God, the insolent rise up against me;

a band of ruffians seeks my life,

and they do not set you before them.

15But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

16Turn to me and be gracious to me;

give your strength to your servant;

save the child of your serving girl.

17Show me a sign of your favor,

so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,

because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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