9 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble;
My eye wastes away with grief,
Yes, my soul and my body!
10 For my life is spent with grief,
And my years with sighing;
My strength fails because of my iniquity,
And my bones waste away.
11 I am a reproach among all my enemies,
But especially among my neighbors,
And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
Those who see me outside flee from me.
12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the slander of many;
Fear is on every side;
While they take counsel together against me,
They scheme to take away my life.

Psalm 31:9-13
  • Lord, You are my hope when I am in trouble.
  • Have mercy on me in my tough times.
  • I feel as if my life is wasting away, with little hope or purpose.
  • Sometimes I grieve over the life I dreamt of for the future, but has never materialized.
  • I sigh when I think of lost opportunities and my own iniquity.
  • All my enemies laugh at and mock me.
  • I make my friends and neighbors sick because of my failure and the scorn of my enemies.
  • No one makes eye contact and I am shunned by everyone.
  • I am forgotten like a broken plate, swept away with the refuse.
  • I fear my enemies as they plot against me.
  • My foes seek ways to kill me and end my existence.
  • Help me, O LORD, for I am weak and I do not know how to turn the tide of my terrifying life!

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
17 Do not let me be ashamed, O LORD, for I have called upon You;
Let the wicked be ashamed;
Let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence,
Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Psalm 31:14-18
  • But I know that You are my God.
  • I trust You when I cannot see or feel You.
  • I place the days of my life, the times of my days, into Your capable hands.
  • Lord, deliver me from my enemies and my persecutors.
  • Shine on me in my darkness and let me know You are there.
  • Take away my terrible shame and save me.
  • Let those who oppose me find shame for their actions.
  • If necessary, stop them in their tracks and end their existence to save me.
  • Shut their mouths as they speak lies against me.
  • Reduce them to humility in their pride, and end their contempt for me.
  • Save the righteous and let us shine like the sun again.
  • Redeem us from the pit of despair and make us whole. I trust You, O LORD, for You are faithful to me.

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