Psalm 91

1    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High  

and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

2    Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold,  

my God, in whom I put my trust.’

3    For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler  

and from the deadly pestilence.

4    He shall cover you with his wings

    and you shall be safe under his feathers;  

his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.

5    You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,  

nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6    Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,  

nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

   Though a thousand fall at your side

    and ten thousand at your right hand,  

yet it shall not come near you.

8    Your eyes have only to behold  

to see the reward of the wicked.

9    Because you have made the Lord your refuge  

and the Most High your stronghold,

10  There shall no evil happen to you,  

neither shall any plague come near your tent.

11  For he shall give his angels charge over you,  

to keep you in all your ways.

12  They shall bear you in their hands,  

lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13  You shall tread upon the lion and adder;  

the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14  Because they have set their love upon me,

    therefore will I deliver them;  

I will lift them up, because they know my name.

15  They will call upon me and I will answer them;  

I am with them in trouble,

    I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

16  With long life will I satisfy them  

and show them my salvation.


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