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Psalm 70

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.


Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.

O Lord, make haste to help me!


Let those be put to shame and confusion

who seek my life.

Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

who desire to hurt me.


Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”

turn back because of their shame.



Let all who seek you

rejoice and be glad in you.

Let those who love your salvation

say evermore, “God is great!”


But I am poor and needy;

hasten to me, O God!

You are my help and my deliverer;

O Lord, do not delay!

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Ps 70:1-5. This corresponds to Ps 40:13-17 with a very few variations, as "turn back" (Ps 70:3) for "desolate," and "make haste unto me" (Ps 70:5) for "thinketh upon me." It forms a suitable appendix to the preceding, and is called "a Psalm to bring to remembrance," as the thirty-eighth [see on Ps 38:1, title].