Psalm 71:9
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New International Version
Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.

New Living Translation
And now, in my old age, don't set me aside. Don't abandon me when my strength is failing.

English Standard Version
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.

New American Standard Bible
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.

King James Bible
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't discard me in my old age; as my strength fails, do not abandon me.

International Standard Version
Don't throw me away when I am old; do not abandon me when my strength fails.

NET Bible
Do not reject me in my old age! When my strength fails, do not abandon me!

New Heart English Bible
Do not reject me in my old age. Do not forsake me when my strength fails.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not cast me off at the time of old age; when my power fails, do not leave me

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not reject me when I am old or abandon me when I lose my strength.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Cast me not off in the time of old age; When my strength faileth, forsake me not.

New American Standard 1977
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
            Do not forsake me when my strength fails.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.

King James 2000 Bible
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.

American King James Version
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.

American Standard Version
Cast me not off in the time of old age; Forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cast me not off in the time of old age: when my strength shall fail, do not thou forsake me.

Darby Bible Translation
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

English Revised Version
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

World English Bible
Don't reject me in my old age. Don't forsake me when my strength fails.

Young's Literal Translation
Cast me not off at the time of old age, According to the consumption of my power forsake me not.
Study Bible
In You, O Lord, I Take Refuge
8My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long. 9Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. 10For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together,…
Cross References
Job 26:2
"What a help you are to the weak! How you have saved the arm without strength!

Psalm 71:18
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.

Psalm 92:14
They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green,

Psalm 119:8
I shall keep Your statutes; Do not forsake me utterly! Beth.

Psalm 138:8
The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
Treasury of Scripture

Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.

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Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until …

Psalm 92:13-15 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in …

Isaiah 46:4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry …

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve …

old age. This determines the period when this Psalm was composed; for it was in David's [old age] the rebellion of Absalom took place.

when

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, …

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason …

2 Samuel 19:35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good …

2 Samuel 21:15-17 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David …

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil …

(9-11) This piece may be compared with Psalm 41:6-8. The formal "saying" (Psalm 71:11), introducing a quotation, is an indication of a late date, the early literature employing no signs of quotation. (See, e.g., Psalm 68:12; Psalm 68:26.)

Verse 9. - Cast me not off in the lime of old age. This expression, combined with the allusion to old age and grey hairs in ver. 18, indicates that the writer was drawing near to the natural term of human life, and already felt the infirmities of old age creeping upon him. This note of date suits better the time of Adonijah's rebellion than that of Absalom's. Forsake me not when my strength faileth. An appeal to the Divine compassion. If God was his "Rock and Fortress" (ver. 3), his "strong Refuge" (ver. 7), when he was in his full vigour, much more will he support and befriend him when be is weak and helpless. Cast me not off in the time of old age,.... The Lord never casts off nor casts away his people, whom he foreknew; they are near unto him; they are on his heart, and are engraven on the palms of his hands; and they shall never be removed from his heart's love, nor out of his arms, nor out of his covenant, and shall always be the objects of his care: he bears and carries them to old age, and even to hoary hairs: the Lord had been the guide of David's youth, and his trust then, Psalm 71:5; and now he desires he would be the staff of his old age; at which age he was when Absalom rebelled against him;

forsake me not when my strength faileth: as it does when old age comes on; then the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow themselves, and especially at death, when flesh and heart fail; but God will never forsake his people, neither in youth nor in old age, neither in life nor at death. 9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together.

11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

12 God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

Psalm 71:9

"Cast me not off in the time of old age." David was not tired of his Master, and his only fear was lest his Master should be tired of him. The Amalekite in the Bible history left his Egyptian servant to famish when he grew old and sick, but not so the Lord of saints; even to hoar hairs he bears and carries us. Alas for us, if we were abandoned by our God, as many a courtier has been by his prince! Old age robs us of personal beauty, and deprives us of strength for active service; but it does not lower us in the love and favour of God. An ungrateful country leaves its worn-out defenders to starve upon a scanty pittance, but the pensioners of heaven are satisfied with good things. "Forsake me not when my strength faileth." Bear with me, and endure my infirmities. To be forsaken of God is the worst Of all conceivable ills, and if the believer can be but clear of that grievous fear, he is happy: no saintly heart need be under any apprehension upon this point.

Psalm 71:10

"For mine enemies speak against me." Dogs howl over a dying lion. When David's arm was able to chastise his foes, they were yet impudent enough to slander him, and he fears that now they will take fresh license in the hour of his weakness. The text most probably means that his enemies had said that God would forsake him; and, therefore, he is the more earnest that the Lord's faithful dealings may give them the lie. "And they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together." The Psalmist had enemies, and these were most malicious; seeking his utter destruction, they were very persevering, and staid long upon the watch; to this they added cunning, for they lay in ambush to surprise him, and take aim at a disadvantage: and all this they did with the utmost unanimity and deliberation, neither spoiling their design by want of prudence, nor marring its accomplishment by a lack of unity. The Lord our God is our only and all-sufficient resort from every form of persecution.

Psalm 71:11

"Saying, God hath forsaken him." O bitter taunt! There is no worse arrow in all the quivers of hell. Our Lord felt this barbed shaft and it is no marvel if his disciples feel the same. Were this exclamation the truth, it were indeed an ill day for us; but, glory be to God, it is a barefaced lie. "Persecute and take him." Let loose the dogs of persecution upon him, seize him, worry him, "for there is none to deliver him." Down with him, for he has no friends. It is safe to insult him, for none will come to his rescue, O cowardly boasts of a braggart foe, how do ye wound the soul of the believer; and only when his faith cries to his Lord is he able to endure your cruelty.

Psalm 71:12

"O God, be not far from me." Nearness to God is our conscious security. A child in the dark is comforted by grasping its father's hand. "O my God, make haste for my help." To call God ours, as having entered into covenant with us, is a mighty plea in prayer, and a great stay to our faith. The cry of "make haste" has occurred many times in this portion of the Psalms, and it was evoked by the sore pressure of affliction. Sharp sorrows soon put an end to procrastinating prayers.

Psalm 71:13

continued...71:1-13 David prays that he might never be made ashamed of dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may come boldly to the throne of grace. The gracious care of Divine providence in our birth and infancy, should engage us to early piety. He that was our Help from our birth, ought to be our Hope from our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world. Those who love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; men wondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has been their strong refuge. The faithful servants of God may be assured that he will not cast them off in old age, nor forsake them when their strength fails.
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