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The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

psalm 71

Read Psalm 71 at Bible Gateway.

This psalm forms a chiasitc structure:

Psa 71:1-24
1a) Psa 71:1, In You I put my trust, let me never be put to shame;
1b) Psa 71:2a, Deliver me in Your righteousness;
1c) Psa 71:2b, Incline Your ear to me and save me;
1d) Psa 71:3, You are my strong refuge, You are my rock and my fortress;
1e) Psa 71:4, Deliver me out of the hand of the wicked
1f) Psa 71:5-6, In You I have trusted from my youth + You took me from my mother’s womb;
1g) Psa 71:7-8, I have become a wonder to many + Let my mouth be filled with Your praise;
1h) Psa 71:9, Do not cast me off in time of old age;
1i) Psa 71:10-11, My enemies speak against me + that God has forsaken me;
central axis) Psa 71:12-13, “My God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! Let them be confounded and consumed who are adversaries of my life; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor who seek my hurt;”
2i) Psa 71:14-16, I will praise You more and more + speak of Your righteousness and salvation;
2h) Psa 71:17-18, Now also when I am old and grayheaded do not forsake me;
2g) Psa 71:19, You who have done great things + who is like You?;
2f) Psa 71:20, You shall revive me again and bring me up from the depths of the earth;
2e) Psa 71:21, You shall increase my greatness and comfort me on every side;
2d) Psa 71:22-23a, Praise of God’s faithfulness;
2c) Psa 71:23b, You have redeemed my soul;
2b) Psa 71:24a, My tongue shall also talk of Your righteousness all day long;
2a) Psa 71:24b, They are brought to shame who seek my hurt.

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