Tuesday, September 26, 2006

No Terror

9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for (A) I am in distress; my (B) eye is wasted away from grief, (C) my soul and my body also.

10 For my life is spent with (D) sorrow and my years with sighing; my (E) strength has failed because of my iniquity, and (F) my body has wasted away.

11 Because of all my adversaries, I have become a (G) reproach, especially to my (H) neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.

12 I am (I) forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.

13 For I have heard the (J) slander of many, (K) terror is on every side; while they (L) took counsel together against me, they (M) schemed to take away my life.

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, "(N) You are my God."

15 My (O) times are in Your hand; (P) deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.

16 Make Your (Q) face to shine upon Your servant; (R) save me in Your lovingkindness.

17 Let me not be (S) put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon You; let the (T) wicked be put to shame, let them (U) be silent in Sheol.

18 Let the (V) lying lips be mute, which (W) speak arrogantly against the righteous with pride and contempt.

19 How great is Your (X) goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who (Y) take refuge in You, (Z) before the sons of men!

20 You hide them in the (AA) secret place of Your presence from the (AB) conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the (AC) strife of tongues.

21 (AD) Blessed be the LORD, for He has made (AE) marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged (AF) city.

22 As for me, (AG) I said in my alarm, "I am (AH) cut off from before Your eyes"; nevertheless You (AI) heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to You.

23 O love the LORD, all you (AJ) His godly ones! The LORD (AK) preserves the faithful and fully (AL) recompenses the proud doer.

24 (AM) Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.

-Psalm 31:9-24