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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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Verses 30–36

The psalmist concludes the psalm with holy joy and praise, which he began with complaints of his grief. It is a great comfort to us, that humble and thankful praises are more pleasing to God than the most costly, pompous sacrifices. The humble shall look to him, and be glad; those that seek him through Christ shall live and be comforted. God will do great things for the gospel church, in which let all who wish well to it rejoice. A seed shall serve him on earth, and his servants shall inherit his heavenly kingdom. Those that love his name shall dwell before him for ever. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Arise, thou great Restorer of the ancient places to dwell in, and turn away ungodliness from thy people.