Good News Translation (GNB)
70

A Prayer for HelpPs 70 Hebrew title: A psalm by David; a lament.

(Ps 40.13–17)

701Save me, O God!

LORD, help me now!

2May those who try to kill me

be defeated and confused.

May those who are happy because of my troubles

be turned back and disgraced.

3May those who jeer at me

be dismayed by their defeat.

4May all who come to you

be glad and joyful.

May all who are thankful for your salvation

always say, “How great is God!”

5I am weak and poor;

come to me quickly, O God.

You are my saviour, O LORD

hurry to my aid!

71

An Old Person's Prayer

711LORD, I have come to you for protection;

never let me be defeated!

2Because you are righteous, help me and rescue me.

Listen to me and save me!

3Be my secure shelter

and a strong fortress71.3 One ancient translation a strong fortress; Hebrew to go always you commanded. to protect me;

you are my refuge and defence.

4My God, rescue me from the wicked,

from the power of those who are cruel and evil.

5Sovereign LORD, I put my hope in you;

I have trusted in you since I was young.

6I have relied on you all my life;

you have protected71.6 Some ancient translations protected; Hebrew unclear. me since the day I was born.

I will always praise you.

7My life has been an example to many,

because you have been my strong defender.

8All day long I praise you

and proclaim your glory.

9Do not reject me now that I am old;

do not abandon me now that I am feeble.

10My enemies want to kill me;

they talk and plot against me.

11They say, “God has abandoned him;

let's go after him and catch him;

there is no one to rescue him.”

12Don't stay so far away, O God;

my God, hurry to my aid!

13May those who attack me

be defeated and destroyed.

May those who try to hurt me

be shamed and disgraced.

14I will always put my hope in you;

I will praise you more and more.

15I will tell of your goodness;

all day long I will speak of your salvation,

though it is more than I can understand.

16I will go in the strength of the LORD God;

I will proclaim your goodness, yours alone.

17You have taught me ever since I was young,

and I still tell of your wonderful acts.

18Now that I am old and my hair is grey,

do not abandon me, O God!

Be with me while I proclaim your power and might

to all generations to come.

19Your righteousness, God, reaches the skies.

You have done great things;

there is no one like you.

20You have sent troubles and suffering on me,

but you will restore my strength;

you will keep me from the grave.

21You will make me greater than ever;

you will comfort me again.

22I will indeed praise you with the harp;

I will praise your faithfulness, my God.

On my harp I will play hymns to you,

the Holy One of Israel.

23I will shout for joy as I play for you;

with my whole being I will sing

because you have saved me.

24I will speak of your righteousness all day long,

because those who tried to harm me

have been defeated and disgraced.

72

A Prayer for the KingPs 72 Hebrew title: By Solomon.

721Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;

share with him your own justice,

2so that he will rule over your people with justice

and govern the oppressed with righteousness.

3May the land enjoy prosperity;

may it experience righteousness.

4May the king judge the poor fairly;

may he help the needy

and defeat their oppressors.

5May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,

as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.

6May the king be like rain on the fields,

like showers falling on the land.

7May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,

and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.

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72.8:
Zech 9.10
His kingdom will reach from sea to sea,

from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.

9The peoples of the desert will bow down before him;

his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.

10The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;

the kings of Sheba and Seba72.10; 72.15 Sheba and Seba: Sheba was towards the south in Arabia and Seba was on the opposite side of the Red Sea. will bring him offerings.

11All kings will bow down before him;

all nations will serve him.

12He rescues the poor who call to him,

and those who are needy and neglected.

13He has pity on the weak and poor;

he saves the lives of those in need.

14He rescues them from oppression and violence;

their lives are precious to him.

15Long live the king!

May he be given gold from Sheba72.15; 72.10 Sheba and Seba: Sheba was towards the south in Arabia and Seba was on the opposite side of the Red Sea.;

may prayers be said for him at all times;

may God's blessings be on him always!

16May there be plenty of corn in the land;

may the hills be covered with crops,

as fruitful as those of Lebanon.

May the cities be filled with people,

like fields full of grass.

17May the king's name never be forgotten;

may his fame last as long as the sun.

May all nations ask God to bless them

as he has blessed the king.72.17 as heking; or and may they wish happiness for the king.

18Praise the LORD, the God of Israel!

He alone does these wonderful things.

19Praise his glorious name for ever!

May his glory fill the whole world.

Amen! Amen!

20This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.