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Psalm 61 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 61[a]

Prayer of the King in Time of Danger

For the leader; with stringed instruments. Of David.


Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer!
From the ends of the earth[b] I call;
    my heart grows faint.
Raise me up, set me on a rock,
    for you are my refuge,
    a tower of strength against the foe.
Let me dwell in your tent forever,
    take refuge in the shelter of your wings.


    For you, O God, have heard my vows,
    you have granted me the heritage of those who revere your name.
Add days to the life of the king;
    may his years be as from generation to generation;
May he reign before God forever;
    send your love and fidelity[c] to preserve him—
I will duly sing to your name forever,
    fulfill my vows day after day.


  1. Psalm 61 A lament of the king who feels himself at the brink of death (Ps 61:3) and cries out for the strong and saving presence of God (Ps 61:3b–5). The king cites the prayer being made for him (Ps 61:7–8), and promises to give thanks to God.
  2. 61:3 Ends of the earth: “earth” being taken in its occasional meaning “the underworld,” cf. Jon 2:3.
  3. 61:8 Send your love and fidelity: as in Ps 43:3 the psalmist asks God to send these two divine attributes like angels to protect the king.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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