Psalm 61 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 61[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

  1. Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
  2. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
  3. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
  4. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b]
  5. For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
  6. Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations.
  7. May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.
  8. Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day.


a. Psalm 61:1 In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.
b. Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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Psalm 61 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.

  1. Hear my cry, O God; Attend unto my prayer.
  2. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, When my heart is overwhelmed: ead me to the rock that is higher than I.
  3. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
  4. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
  5. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
  6. Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: And his years as many generations.
  7. He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
  8. So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, That I may daily perform my vows.