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Psalm 31:6-13

6-13I hate all this silly religion,

but you, God, I trust.

I'm leaping and singing in the circle of your love;

you saw my pain,

you disarmed my tormentors,

You didn't leave me in their clutches

but gave me room to breathe.

Be kind to me, God—

I'm in deep, deep trouble again.

I've cried my eyes out;

I feel hollow inside.

My life leaks away, groan by groan;

my years fade out in sighs.

My troubles have worn me out,

turned my bones to powder.

To my enemies I'm a monster;

I'm ridiculed by the neighbors.

My friends are horrified;

they cross the street to avoid me.

They want to blot me from memory,

forget me like a corpse in a grave,

discard me like a broken dish in the trash.

The street-talk gossip has me

"criminally insane"!

Behind locked doors they plot

how to ruin me for good.

14-18Desperate, I throw myself on you:

you are my God!

Hour by hour I place my days in your hand,

safe from the hands out to get me.

Warm me, your servant, with a smile;

save me because you love me.

Don't embarrass me by not showing up;

I've given you plenty of notice.

Embarrass the wicked, stand them up,

leave them stupidly shaking their heads

as they drift down to hell.

Gag those loudmouthed liars

who heckle me, your follower,

with jeers and catcalls.