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Psalm 1

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
1 Blessed is the man
        Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
           Nor stands in the path of sinners,
           Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
        2But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
           And in His law he meditates day and night.
        3He shall be like a tree
           Planted by the rivers of water,
           That brings forth its fruit in its season,
           Whose leaf also shall not wither;
        And whatever he does shall prosper.

        4The ungodly are not so,
        But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
        5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
        Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

        6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
        But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 2

The Messiah's Triumph and Kingdom
1 Why do the nations rage,
        And the people plot a vain thing?
        2The kings of the earth set themselves,
        And the rulers take counsel together,
        Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
        3"Let us break Their bonds in pieces
        And cast away Their cords from us."

        4He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
        The LORD shall hold them in derision.
        5Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
        And distress them in His deep displeasure:
        6"Yet I have set My King
        On My holy hill of Zion."

        7"I will declare the decree:
        The LORD has said to Me,
        "You are My Son,
        Today I have begotten You.
        8Ask of Me, and I will give You
        The nations for Your inheritance,
        And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
        9You shall break them with a rod of iron;
        You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel."'

        10Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
        Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
        11Serve the LORD with fear,
        And rejoice with trembling.
        12Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
        And you perish in the way,
        When His wrath is kindled but a little.
        Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Psalm 3

The LORD Helps His Troubled People
1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me!
        Many are they who rise up against me.
        2Many are they who say of me,
        "There is no help for him in God."Selah

        3But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
        My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
        4I cried to the LORD with my voice,
        And He heard me from His holy hill.Selah

        5I lay down and slept;
        I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
        6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
        Who have set themselves against me all around.

        7Arise, O LORD;
        Save me, O my God!
        For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
        You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
        8Salvation belongs to the LORD.
        Your blessing is upon Your people.Selah Psalm of David.

Psalm 4

The Safety of the Faithful
1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
        You have relieved me in my distress;
        Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

        2How long, O you sons of men,
        Will you turn my glory to shame?
        How long will you love worthlessness
        And seek falsehood?Selah
        3But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
        The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

        4Be angry, and do not sin.
        Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.Selah
        5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
        And put your trust in the LORD.

        6There are many who say,
        "Who will show us any good?"
        LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
        7You have put gladness in my heart,
        More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
        8I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
        For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. David.

Psalm 5

A Prayer for Guidance
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD,
        Consider my meditation.
        2Give heed to the voice of my cry,
        My King and my God,
        For to You I will pray.
        3My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
        In the morning I will direct it to You,
        And I will look up.

        4For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
        Nor shall evil dwell with You.
        5The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
        You hate all workers of iniquity.
        6You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
        The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

        7But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
        In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
        8Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
        Make Your way straight before my face.

        9For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
        Their inward part is destruction;
        Their throat is an open tomb;
        They flatter with their tongue.
        10Pronounce them guilty, O God!
        Let them fall by their own counsels;
        Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
        For they have rebelled against You.

        11But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
        Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
        Let those also who love Your name
        Be joyful in You.
        12For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
        With favor You will surround him as with a shield. eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David.

Psalm 6

A Prayer of Faith in Time of Distress
1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger,
        Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
        2Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak;
        O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
        3My soul also is greatly troubled;
        But You, O LORD--how long?

        4Return, O LORD, deliver me!
        Oh, save me for Your mercies' sake!
        5For in death there is no remembrance of You;
        In the grave who will give You thanks?

        6I am weary with my groaning;
        All night I make my bed swim;
        I drench my couch with my tears.
        7My eye wastes away because of grief;
        It grows old because of all my enemies.

        8Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;
        For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
        9The LORD has heard my supplication;
        The LORD will receive my prayer.
        10Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;
        Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly. LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.

Psalm 7

Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies
1 O LORD my God, in You I put my trust;
        Save me from all those who persecute me;
        And deliver me,
        2Lest they tear me like a lion,
        Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

        3O LORD my God, if I have done this:
        If there is iniquity in my hands,
        4If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,
        Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
        5Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;
        Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,
        And lay my honor in the dust.Selah

        6Arise, O LORD, in Your anger;
        Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies;
        Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded!
        7So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You;
        For their sakes, therefore, return on high.
        8The LORD shall judge the peoples;
        Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness,
        And according to my integrity within me.

        9Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,
        But establish the just;
        For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.
        10My defense is of God,
        Who saves the upright in heart.

        11God is a just judge,
        And God is angry with the wicked every day.
        12If he does not turn back,
        He will sharpen His sword;
        He bends His bow and makes it ready.
        13He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;
        He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

        14Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity;
        Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
        15He made a pit and dug it out,
        And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
        16His trouble shall return upon his own head,
        And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.

        17I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness,
        And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. A Psalm of David.

Psalm 8

The Glory of the LORD in Creation
1 O LORD, our Lord,
        How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
        Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

        2Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
        You have ordained strength,
        Because of Your enemies,
        That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

        3When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
        The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
        4What is man that You are mindful of him,
        And the son of man that You visit him?
        5For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
        And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

        6You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
        You have put all things under his feet,
        7All sheep and oxen--
        Even the beasts of the field,
        8The birds of the air,
        And the fish of the sea
        That pass through the paths of the seas.

        9O LORD, our Lord,
        How excellent is Your name in all the earth! Judgments Son." A Psalm of David.

Psalm 9

Prayer and Thanksgiving for the LORD's Righteous
1 I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart;
        I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
        2I will be glad and rejoice in You;
        I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

        3When my enemies turn back,
        They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
        4For You have maintained my right and my cause;
        You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
        5You have rebuked the nations,
        You have destroyed the wicked;
        You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

        6O enemy, destructions are finished forever!
        And you have destroyed cities;
        Even their memory has perished.
        7But the LORD shall endure forever;
        He has prepared His throne for judgment.
        8He shall judge the world in righteousness,
        And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

        9The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
        A refuge in times of trouble.
        10And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
        For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

        11Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!
        Declare His deeds among the people.
        12When He avenges blood, He remembers them;
        He does not forget the cry of the humble.

        13Have mercy on me, O LORD!
        Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
        You who lift me up from the gates of death,
        14That I may tell of all Your praise
        In the gates of the daughter of Zion.
        I will rejoice in Your salvation.

        15The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
        In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
        16The LORD is known by the judgment He executes;
        The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

        17The wicked shall be turned into hell,
        And all the nations that forget God.
        18For the needy shall not always be forgotten;
        The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

        19Arise, O LORD,
        Do not let man prevail;
        Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
        20Put them in fear, O LORD,
        That the nations may know themselves to be but men.Selah

Psalm 10

A Song of Confidence in God's Triumph over Evil
1 Why do You stand afar off, O LORD?
        Why do You hide in times of trouble?
        2The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor;
        Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

        3For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire;
        He blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD.
        4The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
        God is in none of his thoughts.

        5His ways are always prospering;
        Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
        As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.
        6He has said in his heart, "I shall not be moved;
        I shall never be in adversity."
        7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
        Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

        8He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
        In the secret places he murders the innocent;
        His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
        9He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
        He lies in wait to catch the poor;
        He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
        10So he crouches, he lies low,
        That the helpless may fall by his strength.
        11He has said in his heart,
        "God has forgotten;
        He hides His face;
        He will never see."

        12Arise, O LORD!
        O God, lift up Your hand!
        Do not forget the humble.
        13Why do the wicked renounce God?
        He has said in his heart,
        "You will not require an account."

        14But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
        To repay it by Your hand.
        The helpless commits himself to You;
        You are the helper of the fatherless.
        15Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
        Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

        16The LORD is King forever and ever;
        The nations have perished out of His land.
        17LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
        You will prepare their heart;
        You will cause Your ear to hear,
        18To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
        That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

Psalm 11

Faith in the LORD's Righteousness
1 In the LORD I put my trust;
        How can you say to my soul,
        "Flee as a bird to your mountain"?
        2For look! The wicked bend their bow,
        They make ready their arrow on the string,
        That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
        3If the foundations are destroyed,
        What can the righteous do?

        4The LORD is in His holy temple,
        The LORD's throne is in heaven;
        His eyes behold,
        His eyelids test the sons of men.
        5The LORD tests the righteous,
        But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
        6Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
        Fire and brimstone and a burning wind
        Shall be the portion of their cup.

        7For the LORD is righteous,
        He loves righteousness;
        His countenance beholds the upright. Psalm of David.

Psalm 12

Man's Treachery and God's Constancy
1 Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases!
        For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
        2They speak idly everyone with his neighbor;
        With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

        3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
        And the tongue that speaks proud things,
        4Who have said,
        "With our tongue we will prevail;
        Our lips are our own;
        Who is lord over us?"

        5"For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
        Now I will arise," says the LORD;
        "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns."

        6The words of the LORD are pure words,
        Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
        Purified seven times.
        7You shall keep them, O LORD,
        You shall preserve them from this generation forever.

        8The wicked prowl on every side,
        When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Psalm 13

Trust in the Salvation of the LORD
1 How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?
        How long will You hide Your face from me?
        2How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
        Having sorrow in my heart daily?
        How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

        3Consider and hear me, O LORD my God;
        Enlighten my eyes,
        Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
        4Lest my enemy say,
        "I have prevailed against him";
        Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

        5But I have trusted in Your mercy;
        My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
        6I will sing to the LORD,
        Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 14

Folly of the Godless, and God's Final Triumph
1 The fool has said in his heart,
        "There is no God."
        They are corrupt,
        They have done abominable works,
        There is none who does good.

        2The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
        To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
        3They have all turned aside,
        They have together become corrupt;
        There is none who does good,
        No, not one.

        4Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
        Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
        And do not call on the LORD?
        5There they are in great fear,
        For God is with the generation of the righteous.
        6You shame the counsel of the poor,
        But the LORD is his refuge.

        7Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
        When the LORD brings back the captivity of His people,
        Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

Psalm 15

The Character of Those Who May Dwell with the LORD
1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
        Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

        2He who walks uprightly,
           And works righteousness,
           And speaks the truth in his heart;
        3He who does not backbite with his tongue,
           Nor does evil to his neighbor,
           Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
        4In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
           But he honors those who fear the LORD;
        He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
        5He who does not put out his money at usury,
           Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

        He who does these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 16

The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah's Victory
1 Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

        2O my soul, you have said to the LORD,
        "You are my Lord,
        My goodness is nothing apart from You."
        3As for the saints who are on the earth,
        "They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight."

        4Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;
        Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
        Nor take up their names on my lips.

        5O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
        You maintain my lot.
        6The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
        Yes, I have a good inheritance.

        7I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel;
        My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
        8I have set the LORD always before me;
        Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

        9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
        My flesh also will rest in hope.
        10For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
        Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
        11You will show me the path of life;
        In Your presence is fullness of joy;
        At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 17

Prayer with Confidence in Final Salvation
1 Hear a just cause, O LORD,
        Attend to my cry;
        Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
        2Let my vindication come from Your presence;
        Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.

        3You have tested my heart;
        You have visited me in the night;
        You have tried me and have found nothing;
        I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
        4Concerning the works of men,
        By the word of Your lips,
        I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
        5Uphold my steps in Your paths,
        That my footsteps may not slip.

        6I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
        Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
        7Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
        O You who save those who trust in You
        From those who rise up against them.
        8Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
        Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
        9From the wicked who oppress me,
        From my deadly enemies who surround me.

        10They have closed up their fat hearts;
        With their mouths they speak proudly.
        11They have now surrounded us in our steps;
        They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,
        12As a lion is eager to tear his prey,
        And like a young lion lurking in secret places.

        13Arise, O LORD,
        Confront him, cast him down;
        Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,
        14With Your hand from men, O LORD,
        From men of the world who have their portion in this life,
        And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure.
        They are satisfied with children,
        And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.

        15As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
        I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:

Psalm 18

God the Sovereign Savior
1 I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
        2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
        My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
        My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
        3I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
        So shall I be saved from my enemies.

        4The pangs of death surrounded me,
        And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
        5The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
        The snares of death confronted me.
        6In my distress I called upon the LORD,
        And cried out to my God;
        He heard my voice from His temple,
        And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

        7Then the earth shook and trembled;
        The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
        Because He was angry.
        8Smoke went up from His nostrils,
        And devouring fire from His mouth;
        Coals were kindled by it.
        9He bowed the heavens also, and came down
        With darkness under His feet.
        10And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
        He flew upon the wings of the wind.
        11He made darkness His secret place;
        His canopy around Him was dark waters
        And thick clouds of the skies.
        12From the brightness before Him,
        His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.

        13The LORD thundered from heaven,
        And the Most High uttered His voice,
        Hailstones and coals of fire.
        14He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,
        Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
        15Then the channels of the sea were seen,
        The foundations of the world were uncovered
        At Your rebuke, O LORD,
        At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

        16He sent from above, He took me;
        He drew me out of many waters.
        17He delivered me from my strong enemy,
        From those who hated me,
        For they were too strong for me.
        18They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
        But the LORD was my support.
        19He also brought me out into a broad place;
        He delivered me because He delighted in me.

        20The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness;
        According to the cleanness of my hands
        He has recompensed me.
        21For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
        And have not wickedly departed from my God.
        22For all His judgments were before me,
        And I did not put away His statutes from me.
        23I was also blameless before Him,
        And I kept myself from my iniquity.
        24Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
        According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

        25With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
        With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
        26With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
        And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
        27For You will save the humble people,
        But will bring down haughty looks.

        28For You will light my lamp;
        The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
        29For by You I can run against a troop,
        By my God I can leap over a wall.
        30As for God, His way is perfect;
        The word of the LORD is proven;
        He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

        31For who is God, except the LORD?
        And who is a rock, except our God?
        32It is God who arms me with strength,
        And makes my way perfect.
        33He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
        And sets me on my high places.
        34He teaches my hands to make war,
        So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

        35You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
        Your right hand has held me up,
        Your gentleness has made me great.
        36You enlarged my path under me,
        So my feet did not slip.

        37I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them;
        Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.
        38I have wounded them,
        So that they could not rise;
        They have fallen under my feet.
        39For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
        You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
        40You have also given me the necks of my enemies,
        So that I destroyed those who hated me.
        41They cried out, but there was none to save;
        Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.
        42Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind;
        I cast them out like dirt in the streets.

        43You have delivered me from the strivings of the people;
        You have made me the head of the nations;
        A people I have not known shall serve me.
        44As soon as they hear of me they obey me;
        The foreigners submit to me.
        45The foreigners fade away,
        And come frightened from their hideouts.

        46The LORD lives!
        Blessed be my Rock!
        Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
        47It is God who avenges me,
        And subdues the peoples under me;
        48He delivers me from my enemies.
        You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
        You have delivered me from the violent man.
        49Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles,
        And sing praises to Your name.

        50Great deliverance He gives to His king,
        And shows mercy to His anointed,
        To David and his descendants forevermore.

Psalm 19

The Perfect Revelation of the LORD
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
        And the firmament shows His handiwork.
        2Day unto day utters speech,
        And night unto night reveals knowledge.
        3There is no speech nor language
        Where their voice is not heard.
        4Their line has gone out through all the earth,
        And their words to the end of the world.

        In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
        5Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
        And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
        6Its rising is from one end of heaven,
        And its circuit to the other end;
        And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

        7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
        The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
        8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
        The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
        9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
        The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
        10More to be desired are they than gold,
        Yea, than much fine gold;
        Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
        11Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
        And in keeping them there is great reward.

        12Who can understand his errors?
        Cleanse me from secret faults.
        13Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
        Let them not have dominion over me.
        Then I shall be blameless,
        And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

        14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
        Be acceptable in Your sight,
        O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Psalm 20

The Assurance of God's Saving Work
1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble;
        May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
        2May He send you help from the sanctuary,
        And strengthen you out of Zion;
        3May He remember all your offerings,
        And accept your burnt sacrifice.Selah

        4May He grant you according to your heart's desire,
        And fulfill all your purpose.
        5We will rejoice in your salvation,
        And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
        May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

        6Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
        He will answer him from His holy heaven
        With the saving strength of His right hand.

        7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
        But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
        8They have bowed down and fallen;
        But we have risen and stand upright.

        9Save, LORD!
        May the King answer us when we call.

Psalm 21

Joy in the Salvation of the LORD
1 The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;
        And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
        2You have given him his heart's desire,
        And have not withheld the request of his lips.Selah

        3For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
        You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
        4He asked life from You, and You gave it to him--
        Length of days forever and ever.
        5His glory is great in Your salvation;
        Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.
        6For You have made him most blessed forever;
        You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
        7For the king trusts in the LORD,
        And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.

        8Your hand will find all Your enemies;
        Your right hand will find those who hate You.
        9You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;
        The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath,
        And the fire shall devour them.
        10Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,
        And their descendants from among the sons of men.
        11For they intended evil against You;
        They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.
        12Therefore You will make them turn their back;
        You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

        13Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!
        We will sing and praise Your power. A Psalm of David.

Psalm 22

The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah
1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
        Why are You so far from helping Me,
        And from the words of My groaning?
        2O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
        And in the night season, and am not silent.

        3But You are holy,
        Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
        4Our fathers trusted in You;
        They trusted, and You delivered them.
        5They cried to You, and were delivered;
        They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.

        6But I am a worm, and no man;
        A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
        7All those who see Me ridicule Me;
        They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
        8"He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him;
        Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!"

        9But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
        You made Me trust while on My mother's breasts.
        10I was cast upon You from birth.
        From My mother's womb
        You have been My God.
        11Be not far from Me,
        For trouble is near;
        For there is none to help.

        12Many bulls have surrounded Me;
        Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
        13They gape at Me with their mouths,
        Like a raging and roaring lion.

        14I am poured out like water,
        And all My bones are out of joint;
        My heart is like wax;
        It has melted within Me.
        15My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
        And My tongue clings to My jaws;
        You have brought Me to the dust of death.

        16For dogs have surrounded Me;
        The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
        They pierced My hands and My feet;
        17I can count all My bones.
        They look and stare at Me.
        18They divide My garments among them,
        And for My clothing they cast lots.

        19But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me;
        O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
        20Deliver Me from the sword,
        My precious life from the power of the dog.
        21Save Me from the lion's mouth
        And from the horns of the wild oxen!

        You have answered Me.

        22I will declare Your name to My brethren;
        In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
        23You who fear the LORD, praise Him!
        All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
        And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
        24For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
        Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
        But when He cried to Him, He heard.

        25My praise shall be of You in the great assembly;
        I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
        26The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
        Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.
        Let your heart live forever!

        27All the ends of the world
        Shall remember and turn to the LORD,
        And all the families of the nations
        Shall worship before You.
        28For the kingdom is the LORD's,
        And He rules over the nations.

        29All the prosperous of the earth
        Shall eat and worship;
        All those who go down to the dust
        Shall bow before Him,
        Even he who cannot keep himself alive.

        30A posterity shall serve Him.
        It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation,
        31They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born,
        That He has done this.

Psalm 23

The LORD the Shepherd of His People
1 The LORD is my shepherd;
        I shall not want.
        2He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
        He leads me beside the still waters.
        3He restores my soul;
        He leads me in the paths of righteousness
        For His name's sake.

        4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
        I will fear no evil;
        For You are with me;
        Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

        5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
        You anoint my head with oil;
        My cup runs over.
        6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
        All the days of my life;
        And I will dwell in the house of the LORD

Psalm 24

The King of Glory and His Kingdom
1 The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness,
        The world and those who dwell therein.
        2For He has founded it upon the seas,
        And established it upon the waters.

        3Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
        Or who may stand in His holy place?
        4He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
        Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
        Nor sworn deceitfully.
        5He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
        And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
        6This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
        Who seek Your face.Selah

        7Lift up your heads, O you gates!
        And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
        And the King of glory shall come in.
        8Who is this King of glory?
        The LORD strong and mighty,
        The LORD mighty in battle.
        9Lift up your heads, O you gates!
        Lift up, you everlasting doors!
        And the King of glory shall come in.
        10Who is this King of glory?
        The LORD of hosts,
        He is the King of glory.Selah

Psalm 25

A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness
1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
        2O my God, I trust in You;
        Let me not be ashamed;
        Let not my enemies triumph over me.
        3Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
        Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

        4Show me Your ways, O LORD;
        Teach me Your paths.
        5Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
        For You are the God of my salvation;
        On You I wait all the day.

        6Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
        For they are from of old.
        7Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
        According to Your mercy remember me,
        For Your goodness' sake, O LORD.

        8Good and upright is the LORD;
        Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
        9The humble He guides in justice,
        And the humble He teaches His way.
        10All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth,
        To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
        11For Your name's sake, O LORD,
        Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

        12Who is the man that fears the LORD?
        Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
        13He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
        And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
        14The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
        And He will show them His covenant.
        15My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
        For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

        16Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,
        For I am desolate and afflicted.
        17The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
        Bring me out of my distresses!
        18Look on my affliction and my pain,
        And forgive all my sins.
        19Consider my enemies, for they are many;
        And they hate me with cruel hatred.
        20Keep my soul, and deliver me;
        Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
        21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
        For I wait for You.

        22Redeem Israel, O God,
        Out of all their troubles!

Psalm 26

A Prayer for Divine Scrutiny and Redemption
1 Vindicate me, O LORD,
        For I have walked in my integrity.
        I have also trusted in the LORD;
        I shall not slip.
        2Examine me, O LORD, and prove me;
        Try my mind and my heart.
        3For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
        And I have walked in Your truth.
        4I have not sat with idolatrous mortals,
        Nor will I go in with hypocrites.
        5I have hated the assembly of evildoers,
        And will not sit with the wicked.

        6I will wash my hands in innocence;
        So I will go about Your altar, O LORD,
        7That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,
        And tell of all Your wondrous works.
        8LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house,
        And the place where Your glory dwells.

        9Do not gather my soul with sinners,
        Nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
        10In whose hands is a sinister scheme,
        And whose right hand is full of bribes.

        11But as for me, I will walk in my integrity;
        Redeem me and be merciful to me.
        12My foot stands in an even place;
        In the congregations I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 27

An Exuberant Declaration of Faith
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
        Whom shall I fear?
        The LORD is the strength of my life;
        Of whom shall I be afraid?
        2When the wicked came against me
        To eat up my flesh,
        My enemies and foes,
        They stumbled and fell.
        3Though an army may encamp against me,
        My heart shall not fear;
        Though war may rise against me,
        In this I will be confident.

        4One thing I have desired of the LORD,
        That will I seek:
        That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
        All the days of my life,
        To behold the beauty of the LORD,
        And to inquire in His temple.
        5For in the time of trouble
        He shall hide me in His pavilion;
        In the secret place of His tabernacle
        He shall hide me;
        He shall set me high upon a rock.

        6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
        Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
        I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

        7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!
        Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
        8When You said, "Seek My face,"
        My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
        9Do not hide Your face from me;
        Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
        You have been my help;
        Do not leave me nor forsake me,
        O God of my salvation.
        10When my father and my mother forsake me,
        Then the LORD will take care of me.

        11Teach me Your way, O LORD,
        And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
        12Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
        For false witnesses have risen against me,
        And such as breathe out violence.
        13I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
        That I would see the goodness of the LORD
        In the land of the living.

        14Wait on the LORD;
        Be of good courage,
        And He shall strengthen your heart;
        Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Psalm 28

Rejoicing in Answered Prayer
1 To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock:
        Do not be silent to me,
        Lest, if You are silent to me,
        I become like those who go down to the pit.
        2Hear the voice of my supplications
        When I cry to You,
        When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

        3Do not take me away with the wicked
        And with the workers of iniquity,
        Who speak peace to their neighbors,
        But evil is in their hearts.
        4Give them according to their deeds,
        And according to the wickedness of their endeavors;
        Give them according to the work of their hands;
        Render to them what they deserve.
        5Because they do not regard the works of the LORD,
        Nor the operation of His hands,
        He shall destroy them
        And not build them up.

        6Blessed be the LORD,
        Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
        7The LORD is my strength and my shield;
        My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
        Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
        And with my song I will praise Him.

        8The LORD is their strength,
        And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
        9Save Your people,
        And bless Your inheritance;
        Shepherd them also,
        And bear them up forever.

Psalm 29

Praise to God in His Holiness and Majesty
1 Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones,
        Give unto the LORD glory and strength.
        2Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
        Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

        3The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
        The God of glory thunders;
        The LORD is over many waters.
        4The voice of the LORD is powerful;
        The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

        5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars,
        Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
        6He makes them also skip like a calf,
        Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
        7The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.

        8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
        The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
        9The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth,
        And strips the forests bare;
        And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!"

        10The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood,
        And the LORD sits as King forever.
        11The LORD will give strength to His people;
        The LORD will bless His people with peace. of David.

Psalm 30

The Blessedness of Answered Prayer
1 I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up,
        And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
        2O LORD my God, I cried out to You,
        And You healed me.
        3O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave;
        You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

        4Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His,
        And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
        5For His anger is but for a moment,
        His favor is for life;
        Weeping may endure for a night,
        But joy comes in the morning.

        6Now in my prosperity I said,
        "I shall never be moved."
        7LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
        You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

        8I cried out to You, O LORD;
        And to the LORD I made supplication:
        9"What profit is there in my blood,
        When I go down to the pit?
        Will the dust praise You?
        Will it declare Your truth?
        10Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me;
        LORD, be my helper!"

        11You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
        You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
        12To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
        O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Psalm 31

The LORD a Fortress in Adversity
1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
        Let me never be ashamed;
        Deliver me in Your righteousness.
        2Bow down Your ear to me,
        Deliver me speedily;
        Be my rock of refuge,
        A fortress of defense to save me.

        3For You are my rock and my fortress;
        Therefore, for Your name's sake,
        Lead me and guide me.
        4Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
        For You are my strength.
        5Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
        You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

        6I have hated those who regard useless idols;
        But I trust in the LORD.
        7I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy,
        For You have considered my trouble;
        You have known my soul in adversities,
        8And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy;
        You have set my feet in a wide place.

        9Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble;
        My eye wastes away with grief,
        Yes, my soul and my body!
        10For my life is spent with grief,
        And my years with sighing;
        My strength fails because of my iniquity,
        And my bones waste away.
        11I am a reproach among all my enemies,
        But especially among my neighbors,
        And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
        Those who see me outside flee from me.
        12I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
        I am like a broken vessel.
        13For I hear the slander of many;
        Fear is on every side;
        While they take counsel together against me,
        They scheme to take away my life.

        14But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD;
        I say, "You are my God."
        15My times are in Your hand;
        Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
        And from those who persecute me.
        16Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
        Save me for Your mercies' sake.
        17Do not let me be ashamed, O LORD, for I have called upon You;
        Let the wicked be ashamed;
        Let them be silent in the grave.
        18Let the lying lips be put to silence,
        Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

        19Oh, how great is Your goodness,
        Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
        Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
        In the presence of the sons of men!
        20You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
        From the plots of man;
        You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
        From the strife of tongues.

        21Blessed be the LORD,
        For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
        22For I said in my haste,
        "I am cut off from before Your eyes";
        Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
        When I cried out to You.

        23Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints!
        For the LORD preserves the faithful,
        And fully repays the proud person.
        24Be of good courage,
        And He shall strengthen your heart,
        All you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 32

The Joy of Forgiveness
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
        Whose sin is covered.
        2Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
        And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

        3When I kept silent, my bones grew old
        Through my groaning all the day long.
        4For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
        My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.Selah
        5I acknowledged my sin to You,
        And my iniquity I have not hidden.
        I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,"
        And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.Selah

        6For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
        In a time when You may be found;
        Surely in a flood of great waters
        They shall not come near him.
        7You are my hiding place;
        You shall preserve me from trouble;
        You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.Selah

        8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
        I will guide you with My eye.
        9Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
        Which have no understanding,
        Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
        Else they will not come near you.

        10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
        But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
        11Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous;
        And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 33

The Sovereignty of the LORD in Creation and History
1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous!
        For praise from the upright is beautiful.
        2Praise the LORD with the harp;
        Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
        3Sing to Him a new song;
        Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

        4For the word of the LORD is right,
        And all His work is done in truth.
        5He loves righteousness and justice;
        The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

        6By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
        And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
        7He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
        He lays up the deep in storehouses.

        8Let all the earth fear the LORD;
        Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
        9For He spoke, and it was done;
        He commanded, and it stood fast.

        10The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
        He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
        11The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
        The plans of His heart to all generations.
        12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
        The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

        13The LORD looks from heaven;
        He sees all the sons of men.
        14From the place of His dwelling He looks
        On all the inhabitants of the earth;
        15He fashions their hearts individually;
        He considers all their works.

        16No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
        A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
        17A horse is a vain hope for safety;
        Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

        18Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
        On those who hope in His mercy,
        19To deliver their soul from death,
        And to keep them alive in famine.

        20Our soul waits for the LORD;
        He is our help and our shield.
        21For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
        Because we have trusted in His holy name.
        22Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us,
        Just as we hope in You. before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

Psalm 34

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God
1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
        His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
        2My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
        The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
        3Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
        And let us exalt His name together.

        4I sought the LORD, and He heard me,
        And delivered me from all my fears.
        5They looked to Him and were radiant,
        And their faces were not ashamed.
        6This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him,
        And saved him out of all his troubles.
        7The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
        And delivers them.

        8Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
        Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
        9Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
        There is no want to those who fear Him.
        10The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
        But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

        11Come, you children, listen to me;
        I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
        12Who is the man who desires life,
        And loves many days, that he may see good?
        13Keep your tongue from evil,
        And your lips from speaking deceit.
        14Depart from evil and do good;
        Seek peace and pursue it.

        15The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
        And His ears are open to their cry.
        16The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
        To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

        17The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears,
        And delivers them out of all their troubles.
        18The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,
        And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

        19Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
        But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
        20He guards all his bones;
        Not one of them is broken.
        21Evil shall slay the wicked,
        And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
        22The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,
        And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

Psalm 35

The LORD the Avenger of His People
1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me;
        Fight against those who fight against me.
        2Take hold of shield and buckler,
        And stand up for my help.
        3Also draw out the spear,
        And stop those who pursue me.
        Say to my soul,
        "I am your salvation."

        4Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor
        Who seek after my life;
        Let those be turned back and brought to confusion
        Who plot my hurt.
        5Let them be like chaff before the wind,
        And let the angel of the LORD chase them.
        6Let their way be dark and slippery,
        And let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
        7For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit,
        Which they have dug without cause for my life.
        8Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
        And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
        Into that very destruction let him fall.

        9And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD;
        It shall rejoice in His salvation.
        10All my bones shall say,
        "LORD, who is like You,
        Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him,
        Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?"

        11Fierce witnesses rise up;
        They ask me things that I do not know.
        12They reward me evil for good,
        To the sorrow of my soul.
        13But as for me, when they were sick,
        My clothing was sackcloth;
        I humbled myself with fasting;
        And my prayer would return to my own heart.
        14I paced about as though he were my friend or brother;
        I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.

        15But in my adversity they rejoiced
        And gathered together;
        Attackers gathered against me,
        And I did not know it;
        They tore at me and did not cease;
        16With ungodly mockers at feasts
        They gnashed at me with their teeth.

        17Lord, how long will You look on?
        Rescue me from their destructions,
        My precious life from the lions.
        18I will give You thanks in the great assembly;
        I will praise You among many people.

        19Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies;
        Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.
        20For they do not speak peace,
        But they devise deceitful matters
        Against the quiet ones in the land.
        21They also opened their mouth wide against me,
        And said, "Aha, aha!
        Our eyes have seen it."

        22This You have seen, O LORD;
        Do not keep silence.
        O Lord, do not be far from me.
        23Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication,
        To my cause, my God and my Lord.
        24Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness;
        And let them not rejoice over me.
        25Let them not say in their hearts, "Ah, so we would have it!"
        Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up."

        26Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion
        Who rejoice at my hurt;
        Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
        Who exalt themselves against me.

        27Let them shout for joy and be glad,
        Who favor my righteous cause;
        And let them say continually,
        "Let the LORD be magnified,
        Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."
        28And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness
        And of Your praise all the day long. servant of the LORD.

Psalm 36

Man's Wickedness and God's Perfections
1 An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked:
        There is no fear of God before his eyes.
        2For he flatters himself in his own eyes,
        When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
        3The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
        He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
        4He devises wickedness on his bed;
        He sets himself in a way that is not good;
        He does not abhor evil.

        5Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens;
        Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
        6Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
        Your judgments are a great deep;
        O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

        7How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
        Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
        8They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
        And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
        9For with You is the fountain of life;
        In Your light we see light.

        10Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
        And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
        11Let not the foot of pride come against me,
        And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
        12There the workers of iniquity have fallen;
        They have been cast down and are not able to rise.

Psalm 37

The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked
1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
        Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
        2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
        And wither as the green herb.

        3Trust in the LORD, and do good;
        Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
        4Delight yourself also in the LORD,
        And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

        5Commit your way to the LORD,
        Trust also in Him,
        And He shall bring it to pass.
        6He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
        And your justice as the noonday.

        7Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
        Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
        Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
        8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
        Do not fret--it only causes harm.

        9For evildoers shall be cut off;
        But those who wait on the LORD,
        They shall inherit the earth.
        10For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
        Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
        But it shall be no more.
        11But the meek shall inherit the earth,
        And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

        12The wicked plots against the just,
        And gnashes at him with his teeth.
        13The Lord laughs at him,
        For He sees that his day is coming.
        14The wicked have drawn the sword
        And have bent their bow,
        To cast down the poor and needy,
        To slay those who are of upright conduct.
        15Their sword shall enter their own heart,
        And their bows shall be broken.

        16A little that a righteous man has
        Is better than the riches of many wicked.
        17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
        But the LORD upholds the righteous.

        18The LORD knows the days of the upright,
        And their inheritance shall be forever.
        19They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
        And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
        20But the wicked shall perish;
        And the enemies of the LORD,
        Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
        Into smoke they shall vanish away.

        21The wicked borrows and does not repay,
        But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
        22For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
        But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

        23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
        And He delights in his way.
        24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
        For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

        25I have been young, and now am old;
        Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
        Nor his descendants begging bread.
        26He is ever merciful, and lends;
        And his descendants are blessed.

        27Depart from evil, and do good;
        And dwell forevermore.
        28For the LORD loves justice,
        And does not forsake His saints;
        They are preserved forever,
        But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
        29The righteous shall inherit the land,
        And dwell in it forever.

        30The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
        And his tongue talks of justice.
        31The law of his God is in his heart;
        None of his steps shall slide.

        32The wicked watches the righteous,
        And seeks to slay him.
        33The LORD will not leave him in his hand,
        Nor condemn him when he is judged.

        34Wait on the LORD,
        And keep His way,
        And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
        When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
        35I have seen the wicked in great power,
        And spreading himself like a native green tree.
        36Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
        Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

        37Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
        For the future of that man is peace.
        38But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
        The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

        39But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
        He is their strength in the time of trouble.
        40And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;
        He shall deliver them from the wicked,
        And save them,
        Because they trust in Him.

Psalm 38

Prayer in Time of Chastening
1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath,
        Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure!
        2For Your arrows pierce me deeply,
        And Your hand presses me down.

        3There is no soundness in my flesh
        Because of Your anger,
        Nor any health in my bones
        Because of my sin.
        4For my iniquities have gone over my head;
        Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
        5My wounds are foul and festering
        Because of my foolishness.

        6I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly;
        I go mourning all the day long.
        7For my loins are full of inflammation,
        And there is no soundness in my flesh.
        8I am feeble and severely broken;
        I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.

        9Lord, all my desire is before You;
        And my sighing is not hidden from You.
        10My heart pants, my strength fails me;
        As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.

        11My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague,
        And my relatives stand afar off.
        12Those also who seek my life lay snares for me;
        Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction,
        And plan deception all the day long.

        13But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
        And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.
        14Thus I am like a man who does not hear,
        And in whose mouth is no response.

        15For in You, O LORD, I hope;
        You will hear, O Lord my God.
        16For I said, "Hear me, lest they rejoice over me,
        Lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me."

        17For I am ready to fall,
        And my sorrow is continually before me.
        18For I will declare my iniquity;
        I will be in anguish over my sin.
        19But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong;
        And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.
        20Those also who render evil for good,
        They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.

        21Do not forsake me, O LORD;
        O my God, be not far from me!
        22Make haste to help me,
        O Lord, my salvation! Psalm of David.

Psalm 39

Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness
1 I said, "I will guard my ways,
        Lest I sin with my tongue;
        I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
        While the wicked are before me."
        2I was mute with silence,
        I held my peace even from good;
        And my sorrow was stirred up.
        3My heart was hot within me;
        While I was musing, the fire burned.
        Then I spoke with my tongue:

        4"LORD, make me to know my end,
        And what is the measure of my days,
        That I may know how frail I am.
        5Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
        And my age is as nothing before You;
        Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.Selah
        6Surely every man walks about like a shadow;
        Surely they busy themselves in vain;
        He heaps up riches,
        And does not know who will gather them.

        7"And now, Lord, what do I wait for?
        My hope is in You.
        8Deliver me from all my transgressions;
        Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
        9I was mute, I did not open my mouth,
        Because it was You who did it.
        10Remove Your plague from me;
        I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
        11When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity,
        You make his beauty melt away like a moth;
        Surely every man is vapor.Selah

        12"Hear my prayer, O LORD,
        And give ear to my cry;
        Do not be silent at my tears;
        For I am a stranger with You,
        A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
        13Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength,
        Before I go away and am no more."

Psalm 40

Faith Persevering in Trial
1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
        And He inclined to me,
        And heard my cry.
        2He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
        Out of the miry clay,
        And set my feet upon a rock,
        And established my steps.
        3He has put a new song in my mouth--
        Praise to our God;
        Many will see it and fear,
        And will trust in the LORD.

        4Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust,
        And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
        5Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
        Which You have done;
        And Your thoughts toward us
        Cannot be recounted to You in order;
        If I would declare and speak of them,
        They are more than can be numbered.

        6Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
        My ears You have opened.
        Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
        7Then I said, "Behold, I come;
        In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
        8I delight to do Your will, O my God,
        And Your law is within my heart."

        9I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
        In the great assembly;
        Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
        O LORD, You Yourself know.
        10I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
        I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
        I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
        From the great assembly.

        11Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O LORD;
        Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
        12For innumerable evils have surrounded me;
        My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up;
        They are more than the hairs of my head;
        Therefore my heart fails me.

        13Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me;
        O LORD, make haste to help me!
        14Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion
        Who seek to destroy my life;
        Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor
        Who wish me evil.
        15Let them be confounded because of their shame,
        Who say to me, "Aha, aha!"

        16Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
        Let such as love Your salvation say continually,
        "The LORD be magnified!"
        17But I am poor and needy;
        Yet the LORD thinks upon me.
        You are my help and my deliverer;
        Do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 41

The Blessing and Suffering of the Godly
1 Blessed is he who considers the poor;
        The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
        2The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive,
        And he will be blessed on the earth;
        You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
        3The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
        You will sustain him on his sickbed.

        4I said, "LORD, be merciful to me;
        Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You."
        5My enemies speak evil of me:
        "When will he die, and his name perish?"
        6And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies;
        His heart gathers iniquity to itself;
        When he goes out, he tells it.

        7All who hate me whisper together against me;
        Against me they devise my hurt.
        8"An evil disease," they say, "clings to him.
        And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more."
        9Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
        Who ate my bread,
        Has lifted up his heel against me.

        10But You, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up,
        That I may repay them.
        11By this I know that You are well pleased with me,
        Because my enemy does not triumph over me.
        12As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
        And set me before Your face forever.

        13Blessed be the LORD God of Israel
        From everlasting to everlasting!
        Amen and Amen. Korah.

Psalm 42

Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
        So pants my soul for You, O God.
        2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
        When shall I come and appear before God?
        3My tears have been my food day and night,
        While they continually say to me,
        "Where is your God?"

        4When I remember these things,
        I pour out my soul within me.
        For I used to go with the multitude;
        I went with them to the house of God,
        With the voice of joy and praise,
        With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

        5Why are you cast down, O my soul?
        And why are you disquieted within me?
        Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
        For the help of His countenance.

        6O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
        Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
        And from the heights of Hermon,
        From the Hill Mizar.
        7Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
        All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
        8The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
        And in the night His song shall be with me--
        A prayer to the God of my life.

        9I will say to God my Rock,
        "Why have You forgotten me?
        Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
        10As with a breaking of my bones,
        My enemies reproach me,
        While they say to me all day long,
        "Where is your God?"

        11Why are you cast down, O my soul?
        And why are you disquieted within me?
        Hope in God;
        For I shall yet praise Him,
        The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 43

Prayer to God in Time of Trouble
1 Vindicate me, O God,
        And plead my cause against an ungodly nation;
        Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
        2For You are the God of my strength;
        Why do You cast me off?
        Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

        3Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
        Let them lead me;
        Let them bring me to Your holy hill
        And to Your tabernacle.
        4Then I will go to the altar of God,
        To God my exceeding joy;
        And on the harp I will praise You,
        O God, my God.

        5Why are you cast down, O my soul?
        And why are you disquieted within me?
        Hope in God;
        For I shall yet praise Him,
        The help of my countenance and my God. of Korah.

Psalm 44

Redemption Remembered in Present Dishonor
1 We have heard with our ears, O God,
        Our fathers have told us,
        The deeds You did in their days,
        In days of old:
        2You drove out the nations with Your hand,
        But them You planted;
        You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
        3For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
        Nor did their own arm save them;
        But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
        Because You favored them.

        4You are my King, O God;
        Command victories for Jacob.
        5Through You we will push down our enemies;
        Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
        6For I will not trust in my bow,
        Nor shall my sword save me.
        7But You have saved us from our enemies,
        And have put to shame those who hated us.
        8In God we boast all day long,
        And praise Your name forever.Selah

        9But You have cast us off and put us to shame,
        And You do not go out with our armies.
        10You make us turn back from the enemy,
        And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
        11You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
        And have scattered us among the nations.
        12You sell Your people for next to nothing,
        And are not enriched by selling them.

        13You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
        A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
        14You make us a byword among the nations,
        A shaking of the head among the peoples.
        15My dishonor is continually before me,
        And the shame of my face has covered me,
        16Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
        Because of the enemy and the avenger.

        17All this has come upon us;
        But we have not forgotten You,
        Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.
        18Our heart has not turned back,
        Nor have our steps departed from Your way;
        19But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals,
        And covered us with the shadow of death.

        20If we had forgotten the name of our God,
        Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
        21Would not God search this out?
        For He knows the secrets of the heart.
        22Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
        We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

        23Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
        Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
        24Why do You hide Your face,
        And forget our affliction and our oppression?
        25For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
        Our body clings to the ground.
        26Arise for our help,
        And redeem us for Your mercies' sake. Contemplation of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

Psalm 45

The Glories of the Messiah and His Bride
1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
        I recite my composition concerning the King;
        My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

        2You are fairer than the sons of men;
        Grace is poured upon Your lips;
        Therefore God has blessed You forever.
        3Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One,
        With Your glory and Your majesty.
        4And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
        And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.
        5Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies;
        The peoples fall under You.

        6Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
        A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
        7You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
        Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
        With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
        8All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,
        Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.
        9Kings' daughters are among Your honorable women;
        At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

        10Listen, O daughter,
        Consider and incline your ear;
        Forget your own people also, and your father's house;
        11So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
        Because He is your Lord, worship Him.
        12And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
        The rich among the people will seek your favor.

        13The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
        Her clothing is woven with gold.
        14She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;
        The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.
        15With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
        They shall enter the King's palace.

        16Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons,
        Whom You shall make princes in all the earth.
        17I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations;
        Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever. Korah. A Song for Alamoth.

Psalm 46

God the Refuge of His People and Conqueror of the Nations
1 God is our refuge and strength,
        A very present help in trouble.
        2Therefore we will not fear,
        Even though the earth be removed,
        And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
        3Though its waters roar and be troubled,
        Though the mountains shake with its swelling.Selah

        4There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
        The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
        5God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
        God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
        6The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
        He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

        7The LORD of hosts is with us;
        The God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah

        8Come, behold the works of the LORD,
        Who has made desolations in the earth.
        9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
        He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
        He burns the chariot in the fire.

        10Be still, and know that I am God;
        I will be exalted among the nations,
        I will be exalted in the earth!

        11The LORD of hosts is with us;
        The God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah Korah.

Psalm 47

Praise to God, the Ruler of the Earth
1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
        Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
        2For the LORD Most High is awesome;
        He is a great King over all the earth.
        3He will subdue the peoples under us,
        And the nations under our feet.
        4He will choose our inheritance for us,
        The excellence of Jacob whom He loves.Selah

        5God has gone up with a shout,
        The LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
        6Sing praises to God, sing praises!
        Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
        7For God is the King of all the earth;
        Sing praises with understanding.

        8God reigns over the nations;
        God sits on His holy throne.
        9The princes of the people have gathered together,
        The people of the God of Abraham.
        For the shields of the earth belong to God;
        He is greatly exalted.

Psalm 48

The Glory of God in Zion
1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised
        In the city of our God,
        In His holy mountain.
        2Beautiful in elevation,
        The joy of the whole earth,
        Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
        The city of the great King.
        3God is in her palaces;
        He is known as her refuge.

        4For behold, the kings assembled,
        They passed by together.
        5They saw it, and so they marveled;
        They were troubled, they hastened away.
        6Fear took hold of them there,
        And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs,
        7As when You break the ships of Tarshish
        With an east wind.

        8As we have heard,
        So we have seen
        In the city of the LORD of hosts,
        In the city of our God:
        God will establish it forever.Selah

        9We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness,
        In the midst of Your temple.
        10According to Your name, O God,
        So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
        Your right hand is full of righteousness.
        11Let Mount Zion rejoice,
        Let the daughters of Judah be glad,
        Because of Your judgments.

        12Walk about Zion,
        And go all around her.
        Count her towers;
        13Mark well her bulwarks;
        Consider her palaces;
        That you may tell it to the generation following.
        14For this is God,
        Our God forever and ever;
        He will be our guide
        Even to death. Korah.

Psalm 49

The Confidence of the Foolish
1 Hear this, all peoples;
        Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
        2Both low and high,
        Rich and poor together.
        3My mouth shall speak wisdom,
        And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.
        4I will incline my ear to a proverb;
        I will disclose my dark saying on the harp.

        5Why should I fear in the days of evil,
        When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
        6Those who trust in their wealth
        And boast in the multitude of their riches,
        7None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
        Nor give to God a ransom for him--
        8For the redemption of their souls is costly,
        And it shall cease forever--
        9That he should continue to live eternally,
        And not see the Pit.

        10For he sees wise men die;
        Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish,
        And leave their wealth to others.
        11Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,
        Their dwelling places to all generations;
        They call their lands after their own names.
        12Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain;
        He is like the beasts that perish.

        13This is the way of those who are foolish,
        And of their posterity who approve their sayings.Selah
        14Like sheep they are laid in the grave;
        Death shall feed on them;
        The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
        And their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling.
        15But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
        For He shall receive me.Selah

        16Do not be afraid when one becomes rich,
        When the glory of his house is increased;
        17For when he dies he shall carry nothing away;
        His glory shall not descend after him.
        18Though while he lives he blesses himself
        (For men will praise you when you do well for yourself),
        19He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
        They shall never see light.
        20A man who is in honor, yet does not understand,
        Is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 50

God the Righteous Judge
1 The Mighty One, God the LORD,
        Has spoken and called the earth
        From the rising of the sun to its going down.
        2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
        God will shine forth.
        3Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent;
        A fire shall devour before Him,
        And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.

        4He shall call to the heavens from above,
        And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
        5"Gather My saints together to Me,
        Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
        6Let the heavens declare His righteousness,
        For God Himself is Judge.Selah

        7"Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
        O Israel, and I will testify against you;
        I am God, your God!
        8I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices
        Or your burnt offerings,
        Which are continually before Me.
        9I will not take a bull from your house,
        Nor goats out of your folds.
        10For every beast of the forest is Mine,
        And the cattle on a thousand hills.
        11I know all the birds of the mountains,
        And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

        12"If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
        For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
        13Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
        Or drink the blood of goats?
        14Offer to God thanksgiving,
        And pay your vows to the Most High.
        15Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
        I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."

        16But to the wicked God says:
        "What right have you to declare My statutes,
        Or take My covenant in your mouth,
        17Seeing you hate instruction
        And cast My words behind you?
        18When you saw a thief, you consented with him,
        And have been a partaker with adulterers.
        19You give your mouth to evil,
        And your tongue frames deceit.
        20You sit and speak against your brother;
        You slander your own mother's son.
        21These things you have done, and I kept silent;
        You thought that I was altogether like you;
        But I will rebuke you,
        And set them in order before your eyes.

        22"Now consider this, you who forget God,
        Lest I tear you in pieces,
        And there be none to deliver:
        23Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
        And to him who orders his conduct aright
        I will show the salvation of God."

Psalm 51

A Prayer of Repentance
1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
        According to Your lovingkindness;
        According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
        Blot out my transgressions.
        2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
        And cleanse me from my sin.

        3For I acknowledge my transgressions,
        And my sin is always before me.
        4Against You, You only, have I sinned,
        And done this evil in Your sight--
        That You may be found just when You speak,
        And blameless when You judge.

        5Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
        And in sin my mother conceived me.
        6Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
        And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

        7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
        Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
        8Make me hear joy and gladness,
        That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
        9Hide Your face from my sins,
        And blot out all my iniquities.

        10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
        And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
        11Do not cast me away from Your presence,
        And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

        12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
        And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
        13Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
        And sinners shall be converted to You.

        14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
        The God of my salvation,
        And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
        15O Lord, open my lips,
        And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
        16For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
        You do not delight in burnt offering.
        17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
        A broken and a contrite heart--
        These, O God, You will not despise.

        18Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
        Build the walls of Jerusalem.
        19Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
        With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
        Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar. when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, "David has gone to the house of Ahimelech."

Psalm 52

The End of the Wicked and the Peace of the Godly
1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
        The goodness of God endures continually.
        2Your tongue devises destruction,
        Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
        3You love evil more than good,
        Lying rather than speaking righteousness.Selah
        4You love all devouring words,
        You deceitful tongue.

        5God shall likewise destroy you forever;
        He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place,
        And uproot you from the land of the living.Selah
        6The righteous also shall see and fear,
        And shall laugh at him, saying,
        7"Here is the man who did not make God his strength,
        But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
        And strengthened himself in his wickedness."

        8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
        I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
        9I will praise You forever,
        Because You have done it;
        And in the presence of Your saints
        I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Contemplation of David.

Psalm 53

Folly of the Godless, and the Restoration of Israel
1 The fool has said in his heart,
        "There is no God."
        They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
        There is none who does good.

        2God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
        To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
        3Every one of them has turned aside;
        They have together become corrupt;
        There is none who does good,
        No, not one.

        4Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
        Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
        And do not call upon God?
        5There they are in great fear
        Where no fear was,
        For God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you;
        You have put them to shame,
        Because God has despised them.

        6Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
        When God brings back the captivity of His people,
        Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad. Contemplation of David when the Ziphites went and said to Saul, "Is David not hiding with us?"

Psalm 54

Answered Prayer for Deliverance from Adversaries
1 Save me, O God, by Your name,
        And vindicate me by Your strength.
        2Hear my prayer, O God;
        Give ear to the words of my mouth.
        3For strangers have risen up against me,
        And oppressors have sought after my life;
        They have not set God before them.Selah

        4Behold, God is my helper;
        The Lord is with those who uphold my life.
        5He will repay my enemies for their evil.
        Cut them off in Your truth.

        6I will freely sacrifice to You;
        I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good.
        7For He has delivered me out of all trouble;
        And my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies. Contemplation of David.

Psalm 55

Trust in God Concerning the Treachery of Friends
1 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
        And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
        2Attend to me, and hear me;
        I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,
        3Because of the voice of the enemy,
        Because of the oppression of the wicked;
        For they bring down trouble upon me,
        And in wrath they hate me.

        4My heart is severely pained within me,
        And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
        5Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
        And horror has overwhelmed me.
        6So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
        I would fly away and be at rest.
        7Indeed, I would wander far off,
        And remain in the wilderness.Selah
        8I would hasten my escape
        From the windy storm and tempest."

        9Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
        For I have seen violence and strife in the city.
        10Day and night they go around it on its walls;
        Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it.
        11Destruction is in its midst;
        Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.

        12For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
        Then I could bear it.
        Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
        Then I could hide from him.
        13But it was you, a man my equal,
        My companion and my acquaintance.
        14We took sweet counsel together,
        And walked to the house of God in the throng.

        15Let death seize them;
        Let them go down alive into hell,
        For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.

        16As for me, I will call upon God,
        And the LORD shall save me.
        17Evening and morning and at noon
        I will pray, and cry aloud,
        And He shall hear my voice.
        18He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
        For there were many against me.
        19God will hear, and afflict them,
        Even He who abides from of old.Selah
        Because they do not change,
        Therefore they do not fear God.

        20He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
        He has broken his covenant.
        21The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
        But war was in his heart;
        His words were softer than oil,
        Yet they were drawn swords.

        22Cast your burden on the LORD,
        And He shall sustain you;
        He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

        23But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
        Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
        But I will trust in You. Lands." A Michtam of David when the Philistines captured him in Gath.

Psalm 56

Prayer for Relief from Tormentors
1 Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
        Fighting all day he oppresses me.
        2My enemies would hound me all day,
        For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.

        3Whenever I am afraid,
        I will trust in You.
        4In God (I will praise His word),
        In God I have put my trust;
        I will not fear.
        What can flesh do to me?

        5All day they twist my words;
        All their thoughts are against me for evil.
        6They gather together,
        They hide, they mark my steps,
        When they lie in wait for my life.
        7Shall they escape by iniquity?
        In anger cast down the peoples, O God!

        8You number my wanderings;
        Put my tears into Your bottle;
        Are they not in Your book?
        9When I cry out to You,
        Then my enemies will turn back;
        This I know, because God is for me.
        10In God (I will praise His word),
        In the LORD (I will praise His word),
        11In God I have put my trust;
        I will not be afraid.
        What can man do to me?

        12Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God;
        I will render praises to You,
        13For You have delivered my soul from death.
        Have You not kept my feet from falling,
        That I may walk before God
        In the light of the living? Michtam of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.

Psalm 57

Prayer for Safety from Enemies
1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
        For my soul trusts in You;
        And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
        Until these calamities have passed by.

        2I will cry out to God Most High,
        To God who performs all things for me.
        3He shall send from heaven and save me;
        He reproaches the one who would swallow me up.Selah
        God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

        4My soul is among lions;
        I lie among the sons of men
        Who are set on fire,
        Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
        And their tongue a sharp sword.
        5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
        Let Your glory be above all the earth.

        6They have prepared a net for my steps;
        My soul is bowed down;
        They have dug a pit before me;
        Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen.Selah

        7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
        I will sing and give praise.
        8Awake, my glory!
        Awake, lute and harp!
        I will awaken the dawn.

        9I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
        I will sing to You among the nations.
        10For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
        And Your truth unto the clouds.

        11Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
        Let Your glory be above all the earth. Michtam of David.

Psalm 58

The Just Judgment of the Wicked
1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?
        Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?
        2No, in heart you work wickedness;
        You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

        3The wicked are estranged from the womb;
        They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
        4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent;
        They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,
        5Which will not heed the voice of charmers,
        Charming ever so skillfully.

        6Break their teeth in their mouth, O God!
        Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
        7Let them flow away as waters which run continually;
        When he bends his bow,
        Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
        8Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes,
        Like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

        9Before your pots can feel the burning thorns,
        He shall take them away as with a whirlwind,
        As in His living and burning wrath.
        10The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
        He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
        11So that men will say,
        "Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
        Surely He is God who judges in the earth." Michtam of David when Saul sent men, and they watched the house in order to kill him.

Psalm 59

The Assured Judgment of the Wicked
1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
        Defend me from those who rise up against me.
        2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
        And save me from bloodthirsty men.

        3For look, they lie in wait for my life;
        The mighty gather against me,
        Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD.
        4They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.

        Awake to help me, and behold!
        5You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel,
        Awake to punish all the nations;
        Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors.Selah

        6At evening they return,
        They growl like a dog,
        And go all around the city.
        7Indeed, they belch with their mouth;
        Swords are in their lips;
        For they say, "Who hears?"

        8But You, O LORD, shall laugh at them;
        You shall have all the nations in derision.
        9I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
        For God is my defense.
        10My God of mercy shall come to meet me;
        God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.

        11Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
        Scatter them by Your power,
        And bring them down,
        O Lord our shield.
        12For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
        Let them even be taken in their pride,
        And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
        13Consume them in wrath, consume them,
        That they may not be;
        And let them know that God rules in Jacob
        To the ends of the earth.Selah

        14And at evening they return,
        They growl like a dog,
        And go all around the city.
        15They wander up and down for food,
        And howl if they are not satisfied.

        16But I will sing of Your power;
        Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
        For You have been my defense
        And refuge in the day of my trouble.
        17To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
        For God is my defense,
        My God of mercy. Testimony." A Michtam of David. For teaching. When he fought against Mesopotamia and Syria of Zobah, and Joab returned and killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

Psalm 60

Urgent Prayer for the Restored Favor of God
1 O God, You have cast us off;
        You have broken us down;
        You have been displeased;
        Oh, restore us again!
        2You have made the earth tremble;
        You have broken it;
        Heal its breaches, for it is shaking.
        3You have shown Your people hard things;
        You have made us drink the wine of confusion.

        4You have given a banner to those who fear You,
        That it may be displayed because of the truth.Selah
        5That Your beloved may be delivered,
        Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

        6God has spoken in His holiness:
        "I will rejoice;
        I will divide Shechem
        And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
        7Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine;
        Ephraim also is the helmet for My head;
        Judah is My lawgiver.
        8Moab is My washpot;
        Over Edom I will cast My shoe;
        Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me."

        9Who will bring me to the strong city?
        Who will lead me to Edom?
        10Is it not You, O God, who cast us off?
        And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?
        11Give us help from trouble,
        For the help of man is useless.
        12Through God we will do valiantly,
        For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. Psalm of David.

Psalm 61

Assurance of God's Eternal Protection
1 Hear my cry, O God;
        Attend to my prayer.
        2From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
        When my heart is overwhelmed;
        Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

        3For You have been a shelter for me,
        A strong tower from the enemy.
        4I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
        I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.Selah

        5For You, O God, have heard my vows;
        You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
        6You will prolong the king's life,
        His years as many generations.
        7He shall abide before God forever.
        Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!

        8So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
        That I may daily perform my vows. Psalm of David.

Psalm 62

A Calm Resolve to Wait for the Salvation of God
1 Truly my soul silently waits for God;
        From Him comes my salvation.
        2He only is my rock and my salvation;
        He is my defense;
        I shall not be greatly moved.

        3How long will you attack a man?
        You shall be slain, all of you,
        Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence.
        4They only consult to cast him down from his high position;
        They delight in lies;
        They bless with their mouth,
        But they curse inwardly.Selah

        5My soul, wait silently for God alone,
        For my expectation is from Him.
        6He only is my rock and my salvation;
        He is my defense;
        I shall not be moved.
        7In God is my salvation and my glory;
        The rock of my strength,
        And my refuge, is in God.

        8Trust in Him at all times, you people;
        Pour out your heart before Him;
        God is a refuge for us.Selah

        9Surely men of low degree are a vapor,
        Men of high degree are a lie;
        If they are weighed on the scales,
        They are altogether lighter than vapor.
        10Do not trust in oppression,
        Nor vainly hope in robbery;
        If riches increase,
        Do not set your heart on them.

        11God has spoken once,
        Twice I have heard this:
        That power belongs to God.
        12Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy;
        For You render to each one according to his work. of Judah.

Psalm 63

Joy in the Fellowship of God
1 O God, You are my God;
        Early will I seek You;
        My soul thirsts for You;
        My flesh longs for You
        In a dry and thirsty land
        Where there is no water.
        2So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
        To see Your power and Your glory.

        3Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
        My lips shall praise You.
        4Thus I will bless You while I live;
        I will lift up my hands in Your name.
        5My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
        And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

        6When I remember You on my bed,
        I meditate on You in the night watches.
        7Because You have been my help,
        Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
        8My soul follows close behind You;
        Your right hand upholds me.

        9But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
        Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
        10They shall fall by the sword;
        They shall be a portion for jackals.

        11But the king shall rejoice in God;
        Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
        But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

Psalm 64

Oppressed by the Wicked but Rejoicing in the LORD
1 Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation;
        Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
        2Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
        From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
        3Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
        And bend their bows to shoot their arrows--bitter words,
        4That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;
        Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.

        5They encourage themselves in an evil matter;
        They talk of laying snares secretly;
        They say, "Who will see them?"
        6They devise iniquities:
        "We have perfected a shrewd scheme."
        Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.

        7But God shall shoot at them with an arrow;
        Suddenly they shall be wounded.
        8So He will make them stumble over their own tongue;
        All who see them shall flee away.
        9All men shall fear,
        And shall declare the work of God;
        For they shall wisely consider His doing.

        10The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him.
        And all the upright in heart shall glory. Song.

Psalm 65

Praise to God for His Salvation and Providence
1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;
        And to You the vow shall be performed.
        2O You who hear prayer,
        To You all flesh will come.
        3Iniquities prevail against me;
        As for our transgressions,
        You will provide atonement for them.

        4Blessed is the man You choose,
        And cause to approach You,
        That he may dwell in Your courts.
        We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
        Of Your holy temple.

        5By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us,
        O God of our salvation,
        You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth,
        And of the far-off seas;
        6Who established the mountains by His strength,
        Being clothed with power;
        7You who still the noise of the seas,
        The noise of their waves,
        And the tumult of the peoples.
        8They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs;
        You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.

        9You visit the earth and water it,
        You greatly enrich it;
        The river of God is full of water;
        You provide their grain,
        For so You have prepared it.
        10You water its ridges abundantly,
        You settle its furrows;
        You make it soft with showers,
        You bless its growth.

        11You crown the year with Your goodness,
        And Your paths drip with abundance.
        12They drop on the pastures of the wilderness,
        And the little hills rejoice on every side.
        13The pastures are clothed with flocks;
        The valleys also are covered with grain;
        They shout for joy, they also sing.

Psalm 66

Praise to God for His Awesome Works
1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
        2Sing out the honor of His name;
        Make His praise glorious.
        3Say to God,
        "How awesome are Your works!
        Through the greatness of Your power
        Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
        4All the earth shall worship You
        And sing praises to You;
        They shall sing praises to Your name."Selah

        5Come and see the works of God;
        He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
        6He turned the sea into dry land;
        They went through the river on foot.
        There we will rejoice in Him.
        7He rules by His power forever;
        His eyes observe the nations;
        Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves.Selah

        8Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
        And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
        9Who keeps our soul among the living,
        And does not allow our feet to be moved.
        10For You, O God, have tested us;
        You have refined us as silver is refined.
        11You brought us into the net;
        You laid affliction on our backs.
        12You have caused men to ride over our heads;
        We went through fire and through water;
        But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

        13I will go into Your house with burnt offerings;
        I will pay You my vows,
        14Which my lips have uttered
        And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
        15I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals,
        With the sweet aroma of rams;
        I will offer bulls with goats.Selah

        16Come and hear, all you who fear God,
        And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
        17I cried to Him with my mouth,
        And He was extolled with my tongue.
        18If I regard iniquity in my heart,
        The Lord will not hear.
        19But certainly God has heard me;
        He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

        20Blessed be God,
        Who has not turned away my prayer,
        Nor His mercy from me! Psalm. A Song.

Psalm 67

An Invocation and a Doxology
1 God be merciful to us and bless us,
        And cause His face to shine upon us,Selah
        2That Your way may be known on earth,
        Your salvation among all nations.

        3Let the peoples praise You, O God;
        Let all the peoples praise You.
        4Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
        For You shall judge the people righteously,
        And govern the nations on earth.Selah

        5Let the peoples praise You, O God;
        Let all the peoples praise You.
        6Then the earth shall yield her increase;
        God, our own God, shall bless us.
        7God shall bless us,
        And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him. Song.

Psalm 68

The Glory of God in His Goodness to Israel
1 Let God arise,
        Let His enemies be scattered;
        Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
        2As smoke is driven away,
        So drive them away;
        As wax melts before the fire,
        So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
        3But let the righteous be glad;
        Let them rejoice before God;
        Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.

        4Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
        Extol Him who rides on the clouds,
        By His name YAH,
        And rejoice before Him.

        5A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
        Is God in His holy habitation.
        6God sets the solitary in families;
        He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
        But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

        7O God, when You went out before Your people,
        When You marched through the wilderness,Selah
        8The earth shook;
        The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
        Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
        9You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
        Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
        When it was weary.
        10Your congregation dwelt in it;
        You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.

        11The Lord gave the word;
        Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
        12"Kings of armies flee, they flee,
        And she who remains at home divides the spoil.
        13Though you lie down among the sheepfolds,
        You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
        And her feathers with yellow gold."
        14When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
        It was white as snow in Zalmon.

        15A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
        A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
        16Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks?
        This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in;
        Yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.

        17The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
        Even thousands of thousands;
        The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
        18You have ascended on high,
        You have led captivity captive;
        You have received gifts among men,
        Even from the rebellious,
        That the LORD God might dwell there.

        19Blessed be the Lord,
        Who daily loads us with benefits,
        The God of our salvation!Selah
        20Our God is the God of salvation;
        And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.

        21But God will wound the head of His enemies,
        The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
        22The Lord said, "I will bring back from Bashan,
        I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
        23That your foot may crush them in blood,
        And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies."

        24They have seen Your procession, O God,
        The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
        25The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
        Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
        26Bless God in the congregations,
        The Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
        27There is little Benjamin, their leader,
        The princes of Judah and their company,
        The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.

        28Your God has commanded your strength;
        Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
        29Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
        Kings will bring presents to You.
        30Rebuke the beasts of the reeds,
        The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
        Till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver.
        Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
        31Envoys will come out of Egypt;
        Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

        32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
        Oh, sing praises to the Lord,Selah
        33To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
        Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
        34Ascribe strength to God;
        His excellence is over Israel,
        And His strength is in the clouds.
        35O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
        The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.

        Blessed be God! Psalm of David.

Psalm 69

An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble
1 Save me, O God!
        For the waters have come up to my neck.
        2I sink in deep mire,
        Where there is no standing;
        I have come into deep waters,
        Where the floods overflow me.
        3I am weary with my crying;
        My throat is dry;
        My eyes fail while I wait for my God.

        4Those who hate me without a cause
        Are more than the hairs of my head;
        They are mighty who would destroy me,
        Being my enemies wrongfully;
        Though I have stolen nothing,
        I still must restore it.

        5O God, You know my foolishness;
        And my sins are not hidden from You.
        6Let not those who wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me;
        Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.
        7Because for Your sake I have borne reproach;
        Shame has covered my face.
        8I have become a stranger to my brothers,
        And an alien to my mother's children;
        9Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up,
        And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
        10When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting,
        That became my reproach.
        11I also made sackcloth my garment;
        I became a byword to them.
        12Those who sit in the gate speak against me,
        And I am the song of the drunkards.

        13But as for me, my prayer is to You,
        O LORD, in the acceptable time;
        O God, in the multitude of Your mercy,
        Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
        14Deliver me out of the mire,
        And let me not sink;
        Let me be delivered from those who hate me,
        And out of the deep waters.
        15Let not the floodwater overflow me,
        Nor let the deep swallow me up;
        And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.

        16Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good;
        Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
        17And do not hide Your face from Your servant,
        For I am in trouble;
        Hear me speedily.
        18Draw near to my soul, and redeem it;
        Deliver me because of my enemies.

        19You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor;
        My adversaries are all before You.
        20Reproach has broken my heart,
        And I am full of heaviness;
        I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none;
        And for comforters, but I found none.
        21They also gave me gall for my food,
        And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

        22Let their table become a snare before them,
        And their well-being a trap.
        23Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see;
        And make their loins shake continually.
        24Pour out Your indignation upon them,
        And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
        25Let their dwelling place be desolate;
        Let no one live in their tents.
        26For they persecute the ones You have struck,
        And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.
        27Add iniquity to their iniquity,
        And let them not come into Your righteousness.
        28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,
        And not be written with the righteous.

        29But I am poor and sorrowful;
        Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
        30I will praise the name of God with a song,
        And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
        31This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull,
        Which has horns and hooves.
        32The humble shall see this and be glad;
        And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.
        33For the LORD hears the poor,
        And does not despise His prisoners.

        34Let heaven and earth praise Him,
        The seas and everything that moves in them.
        35For God will save Zion
        And build the cities of Judah,
        That they may dwell there and possess it.
        36Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it,
        And those who love His name shall dwell in it. To bring to remembrance.

Psalm 70

Prayer for Relief from Adversaries
1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
        Make haste to help me, O LORD!

        2Let them be ashamed and confounded
        Who seek my life;
        Let them be turned back and confused
        Who desire my hurt.
        3Let them be turned back because of their shame,
        Who say, "Aha, aha!"

        4Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
        And let those who love Your salvation say continually,
        "Let God be magnified!"

        5But I am poor and needy;
        Make haste to me, O God!
        You are my help and my deliverer;
        O LORD, do not delay.

Psalm 71

God the Rock of Salvation
1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
        Let me never be put to shame.
        2Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape;
        Incline Your ear to me, and save me.
        3Be my strong refuge,
        To which I may resort continually;
        You have given the commandment to save me,
        For You are my rock and my fortress.

        4Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
        Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
        5For You are my hope, O Lord GOD;
        You are my trust from my youth.
        6By You I have been upheld from birth;
        You are He who took me out of my mother's womb.
        My praise shall be continually of You.

        7I have become as a wonder to many,
        But You are my strong refuge.
        8Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
        And with Your glory all the day.

        9Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
        Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
        10For my enemies speak against me;
        And those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together,
        11Saying, "God has forsaken him;
        Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him."

        12O God, do not be far from me;
        O my God, make haste to help me!
        13Let them be confounded and consumed
        Who are adversaries of my life;
        Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor
        Who seek my hurt.

        14But I will hope continually,
        And will praise You yet more and more.
        15My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
        And Your salvation all the day,
        For I do not know their limits.
        16I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
        I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

        17O God, You have taught me from my youth;
        And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
        18Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
        O God, do not forsake me,
        Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
        Your power to everyone who is to come.

        19Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high,
        You who have done great things;
        O God, who is like You?
        20You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
        Shall revive me again,
        And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
        21You shall increase my greatness,
        And comfort me on every side.

        22Also with the lute I will praise You--
        And Your faithfulness, O my God!
        To You I will sing with the harp,
        O Holy One of Israel.
        23My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You,
        And my soul, which You have redeemed.
        24My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long;
        For they are confounded,
        For they are brought to shame
        Who seek my hurt.

Psalm 72

Glory and Universality of the Messiah's Reign
1 Give the king Your judgments, O God,
        And Your righteousness to the king's Son.
        2He will judge Your people with righteousness,
        And Your poor with justice.
        3The mountains will bring peace to the people,
        And the little hills, by righteousness.
        4He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
        He will save the children of the needy,
        And will break in pieces the oppressor.

        5They shall fear You
        As long as the sun and moon endure,
        Throughout all generations.
        6He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
        Like showers that water the earth.
        7In His days the righteous shall flourish,
        And abundance of peace,
        Until the moon is no more.

        8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
        And from the River to the ends of the earth.
        9Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him,
        And His enemies will lick the dust.
        10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles
        Will bring presents;
        The kings of Sheba and Seba
        Will offer gifts.
        11Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him;
        All nations shall serve Him.

        12For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
        The poor also, and him who has no helper.
        13He will spare the poor and needy,
        And will save the souls of the needy.
        14He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
        And precious shall be their blood in His sight.

        15And He shall live;
        And the gold of Sheba will be given to Him;
        Prayer also will be made for Him continually,
        And daily He shall be praised.

        16There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
        On the top of the mountains;
        Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon;
        And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

        17His name shall endure forever;
        His name shall continue as long as the sun.
        And men shall be blessed in Him;
        All nations shall call Him blessed.

        18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
        Who only does wondrous things!
        19And blessed be His glorious name forever!
        And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
        Amen and Amen.

        20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended. God

Psalm 73

The Tragedy of the Wicked, and the Blessedness of Trust in
1 Truly God is good to Israel,
        To such as are pure in heart.
        2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
        My steps had nearly slipped.
        3For I was envious of the boastful,
        When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

        4For there are no pangs in their death,
        But their strength is firm.
        5They are not in trouble as other men,
        Nor are they plagued like other men.
        6Therefore pride serves as their necklace;
        Violence covers them like a garment.
        7Their eyes bulge with abundance;
        They have more than heart could wish.
        8They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression;
        They speak loftily.
        9They set their mouth against the heavens,
        And their tongue walks through the earth.

        10Therefore his people return here,
        And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
        11And they say, "How does God know?
        And is there knowledge in the Most High?"
        12Behold, these are the ungodly,
        Who are always at ease;
        They increase in riches.
        13Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain,
        And washed my hands in innocence.
        14For all day long I have been plagued,
        And chastened every morning.

        15If I had said, "I will speak thus,"
        Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
        16When I thought how to understand this,
        It was too painful for me--
        17Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
        Then I understood their end.

        18Surely You set them in slippery places;
        You cast them down to destruction.
        19Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!
        They are utterly consumed with terrors.
        20As a dream when one awakes,
        So, Lord, when You awake,
        You shall despise their image.

        21Thus my heart was grieved,
        And I was vexed in my mind.
        22I was so foolish and ignorant;
        I was like a beast before You.
        23Nevertheless I am continually with You;
        You hold me by my right hand.
        24You will guide me with Your counsel,
        And afterward receive me to glory.

        25Whom have I in heaven but You?
        And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
        26My flesh and my heart fail;
        But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

        27For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish;
        You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
        28But it is good for me to draw near to God;
        I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
        That I may declare all Your works.

Psalm 74

A Plea for Relief from Oppressors
1 O God, why have You cast us off forever?
        Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?
        2Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old,
        The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed--
        This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.
        3Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations.
        The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.
        4Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place;
        They set up their banners for signs.
        5They seem like men who lift up
        Axes among the thick trees.
        6And now they break down its carved work, all at once,
        With axes and hammers.
        7They have set fire to Your sanctuary;
        They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.
        8They said in their hearts,
        "Let us destroy them altogether."
        They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.

        9We do not see our signs;
        There is no longer any prophet;
        Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
        10O God, how long will the adversary reproach?
        Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?
        11Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
        Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.
        12For God is my King from of old,
        Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
        13You divided the sea by Your strength;
        You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters.
        14You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces,
        And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
        15You broke open the fountain and the flood;
        You dried up mighty rivers.
        16The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;
        You have prepared the light and the sun.
        17You have set all the borders of the earth;
        You have made summer and winter.

        18Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD,
        And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.
        19Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast!
        Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.
        20Have respect to the covenant;
        For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty.
        21Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed!
        Let the poor and needy praise Your name.

        22Arise, O God, plead Your own cause;
        Remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily.
        23Do not forget the voice of Your enemies;
        The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually. Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

Psalm 75

Thanksgiving for God's Righteous Judgment
1 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
        For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

        2"When I choose the proper time,
        I will judge uprightly.
        3The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved;
        I set up its pillars firmly.Selah

        4"I said to the boastful, "Do not deal boastfully,'
        And to the wicked, "Do not lift up the horn.
        5Do not lift up your horn on high;
        Do not speak with a stiff neck."'

        6For exaltation comes neither from the east
        Nor from the west nor from the south.
        7But God is the Judge:
        He puts down one,
        And exalts another.
        8For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup,
        And the wine is red;
        It is fully mixed, and He pours it out;
        Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth
        Drain and drink down.

        9But I will declare forever,
        I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

        10"All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,
        But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted." Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

Psalm 76

The Majesty of God in Judgment
1 In Judah God is known;
        His name is great in Israel.
        2In Salem also is His tabernacle,
        And His dwelling place in Zion.
        3There He broke the arrows of the bow,
        The shield and sword of battle.Selah

        4You are more glorious and excellent
        Than the mountains of prey.
        5The stouthearted were plundered;
        They have sunk into their sleep;
        And none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands.
        6At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
        Both the chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep.

        7You, Yourself, are to be feared;
        And who may stand in Your presence
        When once You are angry?
        8You caused judgment to be heard from heaven;
        The earth feared and was still,
        9When God arose to judgment,
        To deliver all the oppressed of the earth.Selah

        10Surely the wrath of man shall praise You;
        With the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.

        11Make vows to the LORD your God, and pay them;
        Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.
        12He shall cut off the spirit of princes;
        He is awesome to the kings of the earth. Psalm of Asaph.

Psalm 77

The Consoling Memory of God's Redemptive Works
1 I cried out to God with my voice--
        To God with my voice;
        And He gave ear to me.
        2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
        My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing;
        My soul refused to be comforted.
        3I remembered God, and was troubled;
        I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.Selah

        4You hold my eyelids open;
        I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
        5I have considered the days of old,
        The years of ancient times.
        6I call to remembrance my song in the night;
        I meditate within my heart,
        And my spirit makes diligent search.

        7Will the Lord cast off forever?
        And will He be favorable no more?
        8Has His mercy ceased forever?
        Has His promise failed forevermore?
        9Has God forgotten to be gracious?
        Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?Selah

        10And I said, "This is my anguish;
        But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High."
        11I will remember the works of the LORD;
        Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
        12I will also meditate on all Your work,
        And talk of Your deeds.
        13Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;
        Who is so great a God as our God?
        14You are the God who does wonders;
        You have declared Your strength among the peoples.
        15You have with Your arm redeemed Your people,
        The sons of Jacob and Joseph.Selah

        16The waters saw You, O God;
        The waters saw You, they were afraid;
        The depths also trembled.
        17The clouds poured out water;
        The skies sent out a sound;
        Your arrows also flashed about.
        18The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
        The lightnings lit up the world;
        The earth trembled and shook.
        19Your way was in the sea,
        Your path in the great waters,
        And Your footsteps were not known.
        20You led Your people like a flock
        By the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 78

God's Kindness to Rebellious Israel
1 Give ear, O my people, to my law;
        Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
        2I will open my mouth in a parable;
        I will utter dark sayings of old,
        3Which we have heard and known,
        And our fathers have told us.
        4We will not hide them from their children,
        Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
        And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.

        5For He established a testimony in Jacob,
        And appointed a law in Israel,
        Which He commanded our fathers,
        That they should make them known to their children;
        6That the generation to come might know them,
        The children who would be born,
        That they may arise and declare them to their children,
        7That they may set their hope in God,
        And not forget the works of God,
        But keep His commandments;
        8And may not be like their fathers,
        A stubborn and rebellious generation,
        A generation that did not set its heart aright,
        And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

        9The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows,
        Turned back in the day of battle.
        10They did not keep the covenant of God;
        They refused to walk in His law,
        11And forgot His works
        And His wonders that He had shown them.

        12Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers,
        In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
        13He divided the sea and caused them to pass through;
        And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
        14In the daytime also He led them with the cloud,
        And all the night with a light of fire.
        15He split the rocks in the wilderness,
        And gave them drink in abundance like the depths.
        16He also brought streams out of the rock,
        And caused waters to run down like rivers.

        17But they sinned even more against Him
        By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.
        18And they tested God in their heart
        By asking for the food of their fancy.
        19Yes, they spoke against God:
        They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
        20Behold, He struck the rock,
        So that the waters gushed out,
        And the streams overflowed.
        Can He give bread also?
        Can He provide meat for His people?|"

        21Therefore the LORD heard this and was furious;
        So a fire was kindled against Jacob,
        And anger also came up against Israel,
        22Because they did not believe in God,
        And did not trust in His salvation.
        23Yet He had commanded the clouds above,
        And opened the doors of heaven,
        24Had rained down manna on them to eat,
        And given them of the bread of heaven.
        25Men ate angels' food;
        He sent them food to the full.

        26He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens;
        And by His power He brought in the south wind.
        27He also rained meat on them like the dust,
        Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas;
        28And He let them fall in the midst of their camp,
        All around their dwellings.
        29So they ate and were well filled,
        For He gave them their own desire.
        30They were not deprived of their craving;
        But while their food was still in their mouths,
        31The wrath of God came against them,
        And slew the stoutest of them,
        And struck down the choice men of Israel.

        32In spite of this they still sinned,
        And did not believe in His wondrous works.
        33Therefore their days He consumed in futility,
        And their years in fear.

        34When He slew them, then they sought Him;
        And they returned and sought earnestly for God.
        35Then they remembered that God was their rock,
        And the Most High God their Redeemer.
        36Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth,
        And they lied to Him with their tongue;
        37For their heart was not steadfast with Him,
        Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
        38But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity,
        And did not destroy them.
        Yes, many a time He turned His anger away,
        And did not stir up all His wrath;
        39For He remembered that they were but flesh,
        A breath that passes away and does not come again.

        40How often they provoked Him in the wilderness,
        And grieved Him in the desert!
        41Yes, again and again they tempted God,
        And limited the Holy One of Israel.
        42They did not remember His power:
        The day when He redeemed them from the enemy,
        43When He worked His signs in Egypt,
        And His wonders in the field of Zoan;
        44Turned their rivers into blood,
        And their streams, that they could not drink.
        45He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them,
        And frogs, which destroyed them.
        46He also gave their crops to the caterpillar,
        And their labor to the locust.
        47He destroyed their vines with hail,
        And their sycamore trees with frost.
        48He also gave up their cattle to the hail,
        And their flocks to fiery lightning.
        49He cast on them the fierceness of His anger,
        Wrath, indignation, and trouble,
        By sending angels of destruction among them.
        50He made a path for His anger;
        He did not spare their soul from death,
        But gave their life over to the plague,
        51And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt,
        The first of their strength in the tents of Ham.
        52But He made His own people go forth like sheep,
        And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
        53And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear;
        But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
        54And He brought them to His holy border,
        This mountain which His right hand had acquired.
        55He also drove out the nations before them,
        Allotted them an inheritance by survey,
        And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.

        56Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God,
        And did not keep His testimonies,
        57But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers;
        They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
        58For they provoked Him to anger with their high places,
        And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.
        59When God heard this, He was furious,
        And greatly abhorred Israel,
        60So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,
        The tent He had placed among men,
        61And delivered His strength into captivity,
        And His glory into the enemy's hand.
        62He also gave His people over to the sword,
        And was furious with His inheritance.
        63The fire consumed their young men,
        And their maidens were not given in marriage.
        64Their priests fell by the sword,
        And their widows made no lamentation.

        65Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
        Like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.
        66And He beat back His enemies;
        He put them to a perpetual reproach.

        67Moreover He rejected the tent of Joseph,
        And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
        68But chose the tribe of Judah,
        Mount Zion which He loved.
        69And He built His sanctuary like the heights,
        Like the earth which He has established forever.
        70He also chose David His servant,
        And took him from the sheepfolds;
        71From following the ewes that had young He brought him,
        To shepherd Jacob His people,
        And Israel His inheritance.
        72So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
        And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Psalm 79

A Dirge and a Prayer for Israel, Destroyed by Enemies
1 O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance;
        Your holy temple they have defiled;
        They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
        2The dead bodies of Your servants
        They have given as food for the birds of the heavens,
        The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth.
        3Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem,
        And there was no one to bury them.
        4We have become a reproach to our neighbors,
        A scorn and derision to those who are around us.

        5How long, LORD?
        Will You be angry forever?
        Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
        6Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You,
        And on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.
        7For they have devoured Jacob,
        And laid waste his dwelling place.

        8Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us!
        Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us,
        For we have been brought very low.
        9Help us, O God of our salvation,
        For the glory of Your name;
        And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins,
        For Your name's sake!
        10Why should the nations say,
        "Where is their God?"
        Let there be known among the nations in our sight
        The avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed.

        11Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You;
        According to the greatness of Your power
        Preserve those who are appointed to die;
        12And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom
        Their reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.

        13So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
        Will give You thanks forever;
        We will show forth Your praise to all generations. Testimony of Asaph. A Psalm.

Psalm 80

Prayer for Israel's Restoration
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
        You who lead Joseph like a flock;
        You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth!
        2Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh,
        Stir up Your strength,
        And come and save us!

        3Restore us, O God;
        Cause Your face to shine,
        And we shall be saved!

        4O LORD God of hosts,
        How long will You be angry
        Against the prayer of Your people?
        5You have fed them with the bread of tears,
        And given them tears to drink in great measure.
        6You have made us a strife to our neighbors,
        And our enemies laugh among themselves.

        7Restore us, O God of hosts;
        Cause Your face to shine,
        And we shall be saved!

        8You have brought a vine out of Egypt;
        You have cast out the nations, and planted it.
        9You prepared room for it,
        And caused it to take deep root,
        And it filled the land.
        10The hills were covered with its shadow,
        And the mighty cedars with its boughs.
        11She sent out her boughs to the Sea,
        And her branches to the River.

        12Why have You broken down her hedges,
        So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit?
        13The boar out of the woods uproots it,
        And the wild beast of the field devours it.

        14Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts;
        Look down from heaven and see,
        And visit this vine
        15And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted,
        And the branch that You made strong for Yourself.
        16It is burned with fire, it is cut down;
        They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
        17Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
        Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
        18Then we will not turn back from You;
        Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.

        19Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
        Cause Your face to shine,
        And we shall be saved! Gath. A Psalm of Asaph.

Psalm 81

An Appeal for Israel's Repentance
1 Sing aloud to God our strength;
        Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.
        2Raise a song and strike the timbrel,
        The pleasant harp with the lute.

        3Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon,
        At the full moon, on our solemn feast day.
        4For this is a statute for Israel,
        A law of the God of Jacob.
        5This He established in Joseph as a testimony,
        When He went throughout the land of Egypt,
        Where I heard a language I did not understand.

        6"I removed his shoulder from the burden;
        His hands were freed from the baskets.
        7You called in trouble, and I delivered you;
        I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
        I tested you at the waters of Meribah.Selah

        8"Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you!
        O Israel, if you will listen to Me!
        9There shall be no foreign god among you;
        Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
        10I am the LORD your God,
        Who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
        Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

        11"But My people would not heed My voice,
        And Israel would have none of Me.
        12So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart,
        To walk in their own counsels.

        13"Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
        That Israel would walk in My ways!
        14I would soon subdue their enemies,
        And turn My hand against their adversaries.
        15The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him,
        But their fate would endure forever.
        16He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat;
        And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you."

Psalm 82

A Plea for Justice
1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
        He judges among the gods.
        2How long will you judge unjustly,
        And show partiality to the wicked?Selah
        3Defend the poor and fatherless;
        Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
        4Deliver the poor and needy;
        Free them from the hand of the wicked.

        5They do not know, nor do they understand;
        They walk about in darkness;
        All the foundations of the earth are unstable.

        6I said, "You are gods,
        And all of you are children of the Most High.
        7But you shall die like men,
        And fall like one of the princes."

        8Arise, O God, judge the earth;
        For You shall inherit all nations.

Psalm 83

Prayer to Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel
1 Do not keep silent, O God!
        Do not hold Your peace,
        And do not be still, O God!
        2For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
        And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
        3They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
        And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
        4They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
        That the name of Israel may be remembered no more."

        5For they have consulted together with one consent;
        They form a confederacy against You:
        6The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
        Moab and the Hagrites;
        7Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
        Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
        8Assyria also has joined with them;
        They have helped the children of Lot.Selah

        9Deal with them as with Midian,
        As with Sisera,
        As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
        10Who perished at En Dor,
        Who became as refuse on the earth.
        11Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
        Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
        12Who said, "Let us take for ourselves
        The pastures of God for a possession."

        13O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
        Like the chaff before the wind!
        14As the fire burns the woods,
        And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
        15So pursue them with Your tempest,
        And frighten them with Your storm.
        16Fill their faces with shame,
        That they may seek Your name, O LORD.
        17Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
        Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
        18That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD,
        Are the Most High over all the earth. Gath. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Psalm 84

The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God
1 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
        O LORD of hosts!
        2My soul longs, yes, even faints
        For the courts of the LORD;
        My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

        3Even the sparrow has found a home,
        And the swallow a nest for herself,
        Where she may lay her young--
        Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
        My King and my God.
        4Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
        They will still be praising You.Selah

        5Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
        Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
        6As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
        They make it a spring;
        The rain also covers it with pools.
        7They go from strength to strength;
        Each one appears before God in Zion.

        8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
        Give ear, O God of Jacob!Selah
        9O God, behold our shield,
        And look upon the face of Your anointed.

        10For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
        I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
        Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
        11For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
        The LORD will give grace and glory;
        No good thing will He withhold
        From those who walk uprightly.

        12O LORD of hosts,
        Blessed is the man who trusts in You! Korah.

Psalm 85

Prayer that the LORD Will Restore Favor to the Land
1 LORD, You have been favorable to Your land;
        You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.
        2You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people;
        You have covered all their sin.Selah
        3You have taken away all Your wrath;
        You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.

        4Restore us, O God of our salvation,
        And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
        5Will You be angry with us forever?
        Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
        6Will You not revive us again,
        That Your people may rejoice in You?
        7Show us Your mercy, LORD,
        And grant us Your salvation.

        8I will hear what God the LORD will speak,
        For He will speak peace
        To His people and to His saints;
        But let them not turn back to folly.
        9Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
        That glory may dwell in our land.

        10Mercy and truth have met together;
        Righteousness and peace have kissed.
        11Truth shall spring out of the earth,
        And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
        12Yes, the LORD will give what is good;
        And our land will yield its increase.
        13Righteousness will go before Him,
        And shall make His footsteps our pathway. LORD

Psalm 86

Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the
1 Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me;
        For I am poor and needy.
        2Preserve my life, for I am holy;
        You are my God;
        Save Your servant who trusts in You!
        3Be merciful to me, O Lord,
        For I cry to You all day long.
        4Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
        For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
        5For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
        And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

        6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
        And attend to the voice of my supplications.
        7In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
        For You will answer me.

        8Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
        Nor are there any works like Your works.
        9All nations whom You have made
        Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
        And shall glorify Your name.
        10For You are great, and do wondrous things;
        You alone are God.

        11Teach me Your way, O LORD;
        I will walk in Your truth;
        Unite my heart to fear Your name.
        12I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
        And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
        13For great is Your mercy toward me,
        And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

        14O God, the proud have risen against me,
        And a mob of violent men have sought my life,
        And have not set You before them.
        15But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
        Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.

        16Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!
        Give Your strength to Your servant,
        And save the son of Your maidservant.
        17Show me a sign for good,
        That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,
        Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 87

The Glories of the City of God
1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
        2The LORD loves the gates of Zion
        More than all the dwellings of Jacob.
        3Glorious things are spoken of you,
        O city of God!Selah

        4"I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me;
        Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia:
        "This one was born there.'|"

        5And of Zion it will be said,
        "This one and that one were born in her;
        And the Most High Himself shall establish her."
        6The LORD will record,
        When He registers the peoples:
        "This one was born there."Selah

        7Both the singers and the players on instruments say,
        "All my springs are in you." To the Chief Musician. Set to "Mahalath Leannoth." A Contemplation of Heman the Ezrahite.

Psalm 88

A Prayer for Help in Despondency
1 O LORD, God of my salvation,
        I have cried out day and night before You.
        2Let my prayer come before You;
        Incline Your ear to my cry.

        3For my soul is full of troubles,
        And my life draws near to the grave.
        4I am counted with those who go down to the pit;
        I am like a man who has no strength,
        5Adrift among the dead,
        Like the slain who lie in the grave,
        Whom You remember no more,
        And who are cut off from Your hand.

        6You have laid me in the lowest pit,
        In darkness, in the depths.
        7Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
        And You have afflicted me with all Your waves.Selah
        8You have put away my acquaintances far from me;
        You have made me an abomination to them;
        I am shut up, and I cannot get out;
        9My eye wastes away because of affliction.

        LORD, I have called daily upon You;
        I have stretched out my hands to You.
        10Will You work wonders for the dead?
        Shall the dead arise and praise You?Selah
        11Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave?
        Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
        12Shall Your wonders be known in the dark?
        And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

        13But to You I have cried out, O LORD,
        And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
        14LORD, why do You cast off my soul?
        Why do You hide Your face from me?
        15I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth;
        I suffer Your terrors;
        I am distraught.
        16Your fierce wrath has gone over me;
        Your terrors have cut me off.
        17They came around me all day long like water;
        They engulfed me altogether.
        18Loved one and friend You have put far from me,
        And my acquaintances into darkness. Blessings Ezrahite.

Psalm 89

Remembering the Covenant with David, and Sorrow for Lost
1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
        With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
        2For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever;
        Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens."

        3"I have made a covenant with My chosen,
        I have sworn to My servant David:
        4"Your seed I will establish forever,
        And build up your throne to all generations."'Selah

        5And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD;
        Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
        6For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?
        Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?
        7God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
        And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
        8O LORD God of hosts,
        Who is mighty like You, O LORD?
        Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
        9You rule the raging of the sea;
        When its waves rise, You still them.
        10You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain;
        You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

        11The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
        The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
        12The north and the south, You have created them;
        Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.
        13You have a mighty arm;
        Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.
        14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
        Mercy and truth go before Your face.
        15Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
        They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.
        16In Your name they rejoice all day long,
        And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
        17For You are the glory of their strength,
        And in Your favor our horn is exalted.
        18For our shield belongs to the LORD,
        And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

        19Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one,
        And said: "I have given help to one who is mighty;
        I have exalted one chosen from the people.
        20I have found My servant David;
        With My holy oil I have anointed him,
        21With whom My hand shall be established;
        Also My arm shall strengthen him.
        22The enemy shall not outwit him,
        Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
        23I will beat down his foes before his face,
        And plague those who hate him.

        24"But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
        And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
        25Also I will set his hand over the sea,
        And his right hand over the rivers.
        26He shall cry to Me, "You are my Father,
        My God, and the rock of my salvation.'
        27Also I will make him My firstborn,
        The highest of the kings of the earth.
        28My mercy I will keep for him forever,
        And My covenant shall stand firm with him.
        29His seed also I will make to endure forever,
        And his throne as the days of heaven.

        30"If his sons forsake My law
        And do not walk in My judgments,
        31If they break My statutes
        And do not keep My commandments,
        32Then I will punish their transgression with the rod,
        And their iniquity with stripes.
        33Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him,
        Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.
        34My covenant I will not break,
        Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
        35Once I have sworn by My holiness;
        I will not lie to David:
        36His seed shall endure forever,
        And his throne as the sun before Me;
        37It shall be established forever like the moon,
        Even like the faithful witness in the sky."Selah

        38But You have cast off and abhorred,
        You have been furious with Your anointed.
        39You have renounced the covenant of Your servant;
        You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
        40You have broken down all his hedges;
        You have brought his strongholds to ruin.
        41All who pass by the way plunder him;
        He is a reproach to his neighbors.
        42You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries;
        You have made all his enemies rejoice.
        43You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
        And have not sustained him in the battle.
        44You have made his glory cease,
        And cast his throne down to the ground.
        45The days of his youth You have shortened;
        You have covered him with shame.Selah

        46How long, LORD?
        Will You hide Yourself forever?
        Will Your wrath burn like fire?
        47Remember how short my time is;
        For what futility have You created all the children of men?
        48What man can live and not see death?
        Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave?Selah

        49Lord, where are Your former lovingkindnesses,
        Which You swore to David in Your truth?
        50Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants--
        How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,
        51With which Your enemies have reproached, O LORD,
        With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed.

        52Blessed be the LORD forevermore!
        Amen and Amen.

Psalm 90

The Eternity of God, and Man's Frailty
1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
        2Before the mountains were brought forth,
        Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
        Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

        3You turn man to destruction,
        And say, "Return, O children of men."
        4For a thousand years in Your sight
        Are like yesterday when it is past,
        And like a watch in the night.
        5You carry them away like a flood;
        They are like a sleep.
        In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
        6In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
        In the evening it is cut down and withers.

        7For we have been consumed by Your anger,
        And by Your wrath we are terrified.
        8You have set our iniquities before You,
        Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
        9For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
        We finish our years like a sigh.
        10The days of our lives are seventy years;
        And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
        Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
        For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
        11Who knows the power of Your anger?
        For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
        12So teach us to number our days,
        That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

        13Return, O LORD!
        How long?
        And have compassion on Your servants.
        14Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
        That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
        15Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
        The years in which we have seen evil.
        16Let Your work appear to Your servants,
        And Your glory to their children.
        17And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
        And establish the work of our hands for us;
        Yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalm 91

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
        Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
        2I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress;
        My God, in Him I will trust."

        3Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
        And from the perilous pestilence.
        4He shall cover you with His feathers,
        And under His wings you shall take refuge;
        His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
        5You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
        Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
        6Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
        Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

        7A thousand may fall at your side,
        And ten thousand at your right hand;
        But it shall not come near you.
        8Only with your eyes shall you look,
        And see the reward of the wicked.

        9Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
        Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
        10No evil shall befall you,
        Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
        11For He shall give His angels charge over you,
        To keep you in all your ways.
        12In their hands they shall bear you up,
        Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
        13You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
        The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

        14"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
        I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
        15He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
        I will be with him in trouble;
        I will deliver him and honor him.
        16With long life I will satisfy him,
        And show him My salvation."

Psalm 92

Praise to the LORD for His Love and Faithfulness
1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
        And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
        2To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
        And Your faithfulness every night,
        3On an instrument of ten strings,
        On the lute,
        And on the harp,
        With harmonious sound.
        4For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work;
        I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

        5O LORD, how great are Your works!
        Your thoughts are very deep.
        6A senseless man does not know,
        Nor does a fool understand this.
        7When the wicked spring up like grass,
        And when all the workers of iniquity flourish,
        It is that they may be destroyed forever.

        8But You, LORD, are on high forevermore.
        9For behold, Your enemies, O LORD,
        For behold, Your enemies shall perish;
        All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

        10But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox;
        I have been anointed with fresh oil.
        11My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies;
        My ears hear my desire on the wicked
        Who rise up against me.

        12The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
        He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
        13Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
        Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
        14They shall still bear fruit in old age;
        They shall be fresh and flourishing,
        15To declare that the LORD is upright;
        He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Psalm 93

The Eternal Reign of the LORD
1 The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
        The LORD is clothed,
        He has girded Himself with strength.
        Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
        2Your throne is established from of old;
        You are from everlasting.

        3The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
        The floods have lifted up their voice;
        The floods lift up their waves.
        4The LORD on high is mightier
        Than the noise of many waters,
        Than the mighty waves of the sea.

        5Your testimonies are very sure;
        Holiness adorns Your house,
        O LORD, forever.

Psalm 94

God the Refuge of the Righteous
1 O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs--
        O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
        2Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
        Render punishment to the proud.
        3LORD, how long will the wicked,
        How long will the wicked triumph?

        4They utter speech, and speak insolent things;
        All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves.
        5They break in pieces Your people, O LORD,
        And afflict Your heritage.
        6They slay the widow and the stranger,
        And murder the fatherless.
        7Yet they say, "The LORD does not see,
        Nor does the God of Jacob understand."

        8Understand, you senseless among the people;
        And you fools, when will you be wise?
        9He who planted the ear, shall He not hear?
        He who formed the eye, shall He not see?
        10He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct,
        He who teaches man knowledge?
        11The LORD knows the thoughts of man,
        That they are futile.

        12Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O LORD,
        And teach out of Your law,
        13That You may give him rest from the days of adversity,
        Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
        14For the LORD will not cast off His people,
        Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
        15But judgment will return to righteousness,
        And all the upright in heart will follow it.

        16Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
        Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
        17Unless the LORD had been my help,
        My soul would soon have settled in silence.
        18If I say, "My foot slips,"
        Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up.
        19In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
        Your comforts delight my soul.

        20Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
        Have fellowship with You?
        21They gather together against the life of the righteous,
        And condemn innocent blood.
        22But the LORD has been my defense,
        And my God the rock of my refuge.
        23He has brought on them their own iniquity,
        And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
        The LORD our God shall cut them off.

Psalm 95

A Call to Worship and Obedience
1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
        Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
        2Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
        Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
        3For the LORD is the great God,
        And the great King above all gods.
        4In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
        The heights of the hills are His also.
        5The sea is His, for He made it;
        And His hands formed the dry land.

        6Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
        Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
        7For He is our God,
        And we are the people of His pasture,
        And the sheep of His hand.

        Today, if you will hear His voice:
        8"Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
        As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
        9When your fathers tested Me;
        They tried Me, though they saw My work.
        10For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
        And said, "It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
        And they do not know My ways.'
        11So I swore in My wrath,
        "They shall not enter My rest.'|"

Psalm 96

A Song of Praise to God Coming in Judgment
1 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
        Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
        2Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
        Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
        3Declare His glory among the nations,
        His wonders among all peoples.

        4For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised;
        He is to be feared above all gods.
        5For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
        But the LORD made the heavens.
        6Honor and majesty are before Him;
        Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

        7Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
        Give to the LORD glory and strength.
        8Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
        Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
        9Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
        Tremble before Him, all the earth.

        10Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns;
        The world also is firmly established,
        It shall not be moved;
        He shall judge the peoples righteously."

        11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
        Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
        12Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
        Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD.
        13For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
        He shall judge the world with righteousness,
        And the peoples with His truth.

Psalm 97

A Song of Praise to the Sovereign LORD
1 The LORD reigns;
        Let the earth rejoice;
        Let the multitude of isles be glad!

        2Clouds and darkness surround Him;
        Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
        3A fire goes before Him,
        And burns up His enemies round about.
        4His lightnings light the world;
        The earth sees and trembles.
        5The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD,
        At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
        6The heavens declare His righteousness,
        And all the peoples see His glory.

        7Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
        Who boast of idols.
        Worship Him, all you gods.
        8Zion hears and is glad,
        And the daughters of Judah rejoice
        Because of Your judgments, O LORD.
        9For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth;
        You are exalted far above all gods.

        10You who love the LORD, hate evil!
        He preserves the souls of His saints;
        He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
        11Light is sown for the righteous,
        And gladness for the upright in heart.
        12Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous,
        And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. Judgment

Psalm 98

A Song of Praise to the LORD for His Salvation and
1 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
        For He has done marvelous things;
        His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
        2The LORD has made known His salvation;
        His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
        3He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
        All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

        4Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth;
        Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
        5Sing to the LORD with the harp,
        With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
        6With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
        Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King.

        7Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
        The world and those who dwell in it;
        8Let the rivers clap their hands;
        Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD,
        9For He is coming to judge the earth.
        With righteousness He shall judge the world,
        And the peoples with equity.

Psalm 99

Praise to the LORD for His Holiness
1 The LORD reigns;
        Let the peoples tremble!
        He dwells between the cherubim;
        Let the earth be moved!
        2The LORD is great in Zion,
        And He is high above all the peoples.
        3Let them praise Your great and awesome name--
        He is holy.

        4The King's strength also loves justice;
        You have established equity;
        You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
        5Exalt the LORD our God,
        And worship at His footstool--
        He is holy.

        6Moses and Aaron were among His priests,
        And Samuel was among those who called upon His name;
        They called upon the LORD, and He answered them.
        7He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar;
        They kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them.

        8You answered them, O LORD our God;
        You were to them God-Who-Forgives,
        Though You took vengeance on their deeds.
        9Exalt the LORD our God,
        And worship at His holy hill;
        For the LORD our God is holy.

Psalm 100

A Song of Praise for the Faithfulness to His People
1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
        2Serve the LORD with gladness;
        Come before His presence with singing.
        3Know that the LORD, He is God;
        It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
        We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

        4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
        And into His courts with praise.
        Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
        5For the LORD is good;
        His mercy is everlasting,
        And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 101

Promised Faithfulness to the LORD
1 I will sing of mercy and justice;
        To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.

        2I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
        Oh, when will You come to me?
        I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

        3I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
        I hate the work of those who fall away;
        It shall not cling to me.
        4A perverse heart shall depart from me;
        I will not know wickedness.

        5Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
        Him I will destroy;
        The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
        Him I will not endure.

        6My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
        That they may dwell with me;
        He who walks in a perfect way,
        He shall serve me.
        7He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
        He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
        8Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
        That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD. pours out his complaint before the LORD.

Psalm 102

The LORD's Eternal Love
1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,
        And let my cry come to You.
        2Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
        Incline Your ear to me;
        In the day that I call, answer me speedily.

        3For my days are consumed like smoke,
        And my bones are burned like a hearth.
        4My heart is stricken and withered like grass,
        So that I forget to eat my bread.
        5Because of the sound of my groaning
        My bones cling to my skin.
        6I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
        I am like an owl of the desert.
        7I lie awake,
        And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.

        8My enemies reproach me all day long;
        Those who deride me swear an oath against me.
        9For I have eaten ashes like bread,
        And mingled my drink with weeping,
        10Because of Your indignation and Your wrath;
        For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
        11My days are like a shadow that lengthens,
        And I wither away like grass.

        12But You, O LORD, shall endure forever,
        And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
        13You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
        For the time to favor her,
        Yes, the set time, has come.
        14For Your servants take pleasure in her stones,
        And show favor to her dust.
        15So the nations shall fear the name of the LORD,
        And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
        16For the LORD shall build up Zion;
        He shall appear in His glory.
        17He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
        And shall not despise their prayer.

        18This will be written for the generation to come,
        That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
        19For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
        From heaven the LORD viewed the earth,
        20To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
        To release those appointed to death,
        21To declare the name of the LORD in Zion,
        And His praise in Jerusalem,
        22When the peoples are gathered together,
        And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

        23He weakened my strength in the way;
        He shortened my days.
        24I said, "O my God,
        Do not take me away in the midst of my days;
        Your years are throughout all generations.
        25Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
        And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
        26They will perish, but You will endure;
        Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
        Like a cloak You will change them,
        And they will be changed.
        27But You are the same,
        And Your years will have no end.
        28The children of Your servants will continue,
        And their descendants will be established before You."

Psalm 103

Praise for the LORD's Mercies
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
        And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
        2Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        And forget not all His benefits:
        3Who forgives all your iniquities,
        Who heals all your diseases,
        4Who redeems your life from destruction,
        Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
        5Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
        So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

        6The LORD executes righteousness
        And justice for all who are oppressed.
        7He made known His ways to Moses,
        His acts to the children of Israel.
        8The LORD is merciful and gracious,
        Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
        9He will not always strive with us,
        Nor will He keep His anger forever.
        10He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
        Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

        11For as the heavens are high above the earth,
        So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
        12As far as the east is from the west,
        So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
        13As a father pities his children,
        So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
        14For He knows our frame;
        He remembers that we are dust.

        15As for man, his days are like grass;
        As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
        16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
        And its place remembers it no more.
        17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
        On those who fear Him,
        And His righteousness to children's children,
        18To such as keep His covenant,
        And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

        19The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
        And His kingdom rules over all.

        20Bless the LORD, you His angels,
        Who excel in strength, who do His word,
        Heeding the voice of His word.
        21Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
        You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
        22Bless the LORD, all His works,
        In all places of His dominion.

        Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Psalm 104

Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!

        O LORD my God, You are very great:
        You are clothed with honor and majesty,
        2Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
        Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

        3He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
        Who makes the clouds His chariot,
        Who walks on the wings of the wind,
        4Who makes His angels spirits,
        His ministers a flame of fire.

        5You who laid the foundations of the earth,
        So that it should not be moved forever,
        6You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
        The waters stood above the mountains.
        7At Your rebuke they fled;
        At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
        8They went up over the mountains;
        They went down into the valleys,
        To the place which You founded for them.
        9You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
        That they may not return to cover the earth.

        10He sends the springs into the valleys;
        They flow among the hills.
        11They give drink to every beast of the field;
        The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
        12By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
        They sing among the branches.
        13He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
        The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

        14He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
        And vegetation for the service of man,
        That he may bring forth food from the earth,
        15And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
        Oil to make his face shine,
        And bread which strengthens man's heart.
        16The trees of the LORD are full of sap,
        The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
        17Where the birds make their nests;
        The stork has her home in the fir trees.
        18The high hills are for the wild goats;
        The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.

        19He appointed the moon for seasons;
        The sun knows its going down.
        20You make darkness, and it is night,
        In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
        21The young lions roar after their prey,
        And seek their food from God.
        22When the sun rises, they gather together
        And lie down in their dens.
        23Man goes out to his work
        And to his labor until the evening.

        24O LORD, how manifold are Your works!
        In wisdom You have made them all.
        The earth is full of Your possessions--
        25This great and wide sea,
        In which are innumerable teeming things,
        Living things both small and great.
        26There the ships sail about;
        There is that Leviathan
        Which You have made to play there.

        27These all wait for You,
        That You may give them their food in due season.
        28What You give them they gather in;
        You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
        29You hide Your face, they are troubled;
        You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
        30You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
        And You renew the face of the earth.

        31May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
        May the LORD rejoice in His works.
        32He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
        He touches the hills, and they smoke.

        33I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
        I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
        34May my meditation be sweet to Him;
        I will be glad in the LORD.
        35May sinners be consumed from the earth,
        And the wicked be no more.

        Bless the LORD, O my soul!
        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 105

The Eternal Faithfulness of the LORD
1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
        Call upon His name;
        Make known His deeds among the peoples!
        2Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
        Talk of all His wondrous works!
        3Glory in His holy name;
        Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
        4Seek the LORD and His strength;
        Seek His face evermore!
        5Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
        His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
        6O seed of Abraham His servant,
        You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!

        7He is the LORD our God;
        His judgments are in all the earth.
        8He remembers His covenant forever,
        The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,
        9The covenant which He made with Abraham,
        And His oath to Isaac,
        10And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
        To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
        11Saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan
        As the allotment of your inheritance,"
        12When they were few in number,
        Indeed very few, and strangers in it.

        13When they went from one nation to another,
        From one kingdom to another people,
        14He permitted no one to do them wrong;
        Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,
        15Saying, "Do not touch My anointed ones,
        And do My prophets no harm."

        16Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
        He destroyed all the provision of bread.
        17He sent a man before them--
        Joseph--who was sold as a slave.
        18They hurt his feet with fetters,
        He was laid in irons.
        19Until the time that his word came to pass,
        The word of the LORD tested him.
        20The king sent and released him,
        The ruler of the people let him go free.
        21He made him lord of his house,
        And ruler of all his possessions,
        22To bind his princes at his pleasure,
        And teach his elders wisdom.

        23Israel also came into Egypt,
        And Jacob dwelt in the land of Ham.
        24He increased His people greatly,
        And made them stronger than their enemies.
        25He turned their heart to hate His people,
        To deal craftily with His servants.

        26He sent Moses His servant,
        And Aaron whom He had chosen.
        27They performed His signs among them,
        And wonders in the land of Ham.
        28He sent darkness, and made it dark;
        And they did not rebel against His word.
        29He turned their waters into blood,
        And killed their fish.
        30Their land abounded with frogs,
        Even in the chambers of their kings.
        31He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
        And lice in all their territory.
        32He gave them hail for rain,
        And flaming fire in their land.
        33He struck their vines also, and their fig trees,
        And splintered the trees of their territory.
        34He spoke, and locusts came,
        Young locusts without number,
        35And ate up all the vegetation in their land,
        And devoured the fruit of their ground.
        36He also destroyed all the firstborn in their land,
        The first of all their strength.

        37He also brought them out with silver and gold,
        And there was none feeble among His tribes.
        38Egypt was glad when they departed,
        For the fear of them had fallen upon them.
        39He spread a cloud for a covering,
        And fire to give light in the night.
        40The people asked, and He brought quail,
        And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
        41He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
        It ran in the dry places like a river.

        42For He remembered His holy promise,
        And Abraham His servant.
        43He brought out His people with joy,
        His chosen ones with gladness.
        44He gave them the lands of the Gentiles,
        And they inherited the labor of the nations,
        45That they might observe His statutes
        And keep His laws.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 106

Joy in Forgiveness of Israel's Sins
1 Praise the LORD!

        Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
        For His mercy endures forever.

        2Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD?
        Who can declare all His praise?
        3Blessed are those who keep justice,
        And he who does righteousness at all times!

        4Remember me, O LORD, with the favor You have toward Your people.
        Oh, visit me with Your salvation,
        5That I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones,
        That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
        That I may glory with Your inheritance.

        6We have sinned with our fathers,
        We have committed iniquity,
        We have done wickedly.
        7Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;
        They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies,
        But rebelled by the sea--the Red Sea.

        8Nevertheless He saved them for His name's sake,
        That He might make His mighty power known.
        9He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up;
        So He led them through the depths,
        As through the wilderness.
        10He saved them from the hand of him who hated them,
        And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
        11The waters covered their enemies;
        There was not one of them left.
        12Then they believed His words;
        They sang His praise.

        13They soon forgot His works;
        They did not wait for His counsel,
        14But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
        And tested God in the desert.
        15And He gave them their request,
        But sent leanness into their soul.

        16When they envied Moses in the camp,
        And Aaron the saint of the LORD,
        17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan,
        And covered the faction of Abiram.
        18A fire was kindled in their company;
        The flame burned up the wicked.

        19They made a calf in Horeb,
        And worshiped the molded image.
        20Thus they changed their glory
        Into the image of an ox that eats grass.
        21They forgot God their Savior,
        Who had done great things in Egypt,
        22Wondrous works in the land of Ham,
        Awesome things by the Red Sea.
        23Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
        Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach,
        To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.

        24Then they despised the pleasant land;
        They did not believe His word,
        25But complained in their tents,
        And did not heed the voice of the LORD.
        26Therefore He raised His hand in an oath against them,
        To overthrow them in the wilderness,
        27To overthrow their descendants among the nations,
        And to scatter them in the lands.

        28They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor,
        And ate sacrifices made to the dead.
        29Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds,
        And the plague broke out among them.
        30Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
        And the plague was stopped.
        31And that was accounted to him for righteousness
        To all generations forevermore.

        32They angered Him also at the waters of strife,
        So that it went ill with Moses on account of them;
        33Because they rebelled against His Spirit,
        So that he spoke rashly with his lips.

        34They did not destroy the peoples,
        Concerning whom the LORD had commanded them,
        35But they mingled with the Gentiles
        And learned their works;
        36They served their idols,
        Which became a snare to them.
        37They even sacrificed their sons
        And their daughters to demons,
        38And shed innocent blood,
        The blood of their sons and daughters,
        Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
        And the land was polluted with blood.
        39Thus they were defiled by their own works,
        And played the harlot by their own deeds.

        40Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against His people,
        So that He abhorred His own inheritance.
        41And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles,
        And those who hated them ruled over them.
        42Their enemies also oppressed them,
        And they were brought into subjection under their hand.
        43Many times He delivered them;
        But they rebelled in their counsel,
        And were brought low for their iniquity.

        44Nevertheless He regarded their affliction,
        When He heard their cry;
        45And for their sake He remembered His covenant,
        And relented according to the multitude of His mercies.
        46He also made them to be pitied
        By all those who carried them away captive.

        47Save us, O LORD our God,
        And gather us from among the Gentiles,
        To give thanks to Your holy name,
        To triumph in Your praise.

        48Blessed be the LORD God of Israel
        From everlasting to everlasting!
        And let all the people say, "Amen!"

        Praise the LORD! Deliverance

Psalm 107

Thanksgiving to the LORD for His Great Works of
1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
        For His mercy endures forever.
        2Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
        Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
        3And gathered out of the lands,
        From the east and from the west,
        From the north and from the south.

        4They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
        They found no city to dwell in.
        5Hungry and thirsty,
        Their soul fainted in them.
        6Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
        And He delivered them out of their distresses.
        7And He led them forth by the right way,
        That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
        8Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
        And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
        9For He satisfies the longing soul,
        And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

        10Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
        Bound in affliction and irons--
        11Because they rebelled against the words of God,
        And despised the counsel of the Most High,
        12Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
        They fell down, and there was none to help.
        13Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
        And He saved them out of their distresses.
        14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
        And broke their chains in pieces.
        15Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
        And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
        16For He has broken the gates of bronze,
        And cut the bars of iron in two.

        17Fools, because of their transgression,
        And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
        18Their soul abhorred all manner of food,
        And they drew near to the gates of death.
        19Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
        And He saved them out of their distresses.
        20He sent His word and healed them,
        And delivered them from their destructions.
        21Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
        And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
        22Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
        And declare His works with rejoicing.

        23Those who go down to the sea in ships,
        Who do business on great waters,
        24They see the works of the LORD,
        And His wonders in the deep.
        25For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
        Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
        26They mount up to the heavens,
        They go down again to the depths;
        Their soul melts because of trouble.
        27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
        And are at their wits' end.
        28Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble,
        And He brings them out of their distresses.
        29He calms the storm,
        So that its waves are still.
        30Then they are glad because they are quiet;
        So He guides them to their desired haven.
        31Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
        And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
        32Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people,
        And praise Him in the company of the elders.

        33He turns rivers into a wilderness,
        And the watersprings into dry ground;
        34A fruitful land into barrenness,
        For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
        35He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
        And dry land into watersprings.
        36There He makes the hungry dwell,
        That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,
        37And sow fields and plant vineyards,
        That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
        38He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly;
        And He does not let their cattle decrease.

        39When they are diminished and brought low
        Through oppression, affliction and sorrow,
        40He pours contempt on princes,
        And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;
        41Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,
        And makes their families like a flock.
        42The righteous see it and rejoice,
        And all iniquity stops its mouth.

        43Whoever is wise will observe these things,
        And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Psalm 108

Assurance of God's Victory over Enemies
1 O God, my heart is steadfast;
        I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
        2Awake, lute and harp!
        I will awaken the dawn.
        3I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples,
        And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
        4For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
        And Your truth reaches to the clouds.

        5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
        And Your glory above all the earth;
        6That Your beloved may be delivered,
        Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

        7God has spoken in His holiness:
        "I will rejoice;
        I will divide Shechem
        And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
        8Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine;
        Ephraim also is the helmet for My head;
        Judah is My lawgiver.
        9Moab is My washpot;
        Over Edom I will cast My shoe;
        Over Philistia I will triumph."

        10Who will bring me into the strong city?
        Who will lead me to Edom?
        11Is it not You, O God, who cast us off?
        And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?
        12Give us help from trouble,
        For the help of man is useless.
        13Through God we will do valiantly,
        For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm 109

Plea for Judgment of False Accusers
1 Do not keep silent,
        O God of my praise!
        2For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful
        Have opened against me;
        They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
        3They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
        And fought against me without a cause.
        4In return for my love they are my accusers,
        But I give myself to prayer.
        5Thus they have rewarded me evil for good,
        And hatred for my love.

        6Set a wicked man over him,
        And let an accuser stand at his right hand.
        7When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
        And let his prayer become sin.
        8Let his days be few,
        And let another take his office.
        9Let his children be fatherless,
        And his wife a widow.
        10Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg;
        Let them seek their bread also from their desolate places.
        11Let the creditor seize all that he has,
        And let strangers plunder his labor.
        12Let there be none to extend mercy to him,
        Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
        13Let his posterity be cut off,
        And in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

        14Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,
        And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
        15Let them be continually before the LORD,
        That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth;
        16Because he did not remember to show mercy,
        But persecuted the poor and needy man,
        That he might even slay the broken in heart.
        17As he loved cursing, so let it come to him;
        As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
        18As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
        So let it enter his body like water,
        And like oil into his bones.
        19Let it be to him like the garment which covers him,
        And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.
        20Let this be the LORD's reward to my accusers,
        And to those who speak evil against my person.

        21But You, O GOD the Lord,
        Deal with me for Your name's sake;
        Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
        22For I am poor and needy,
        And my heart is wounded within me.
        23I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens;
        I am shaken off like a locust.
        24My knees are weak through fasting,
        And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.
        25I also have become a reproach to them;
        When they look at me, they shake their heads.

        26Help me, O LORD my God!
        Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
        27That they may know that this is Your hand--
        That You, LORD, have done it!
        28Let them curse, but You bless;
        When they arise, let them be ashamed,
        But let Your servant rejoice.
        29Let my accusers be clothed with shame,
        And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.

        30I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth;
        Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.
        31For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor,
        To save him from those who condemn him.

Psalm 110

Announcement of the Messiah's Reign
1 The LORD said to my Lord,
        "Sit at My right hand,
        Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."
        2The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
        Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

        3Your people shall be volunteers
        In the day of Your power;
        In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
        You have the dew of Your youth.
        4The LORD has sworn
        And will not relent,
        "You are a priest forever
        According to the order of Melchizedek."

        5The Lord is at Your right hand;
        He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
        6He shall judge among the nations,
        He shall fill the places with dead bodies,
        He shall execute the heads of many countries.
        7He shall drink of the brook by the wayside;
        Therefore He shall lift up the head.

Psalm 111

Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice
1 Praise the LORD!

        I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
        In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

        2The works of the LORD are great,
        Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
        3His work is honorable and glorious,
        And His righteousness endures forever.
        4He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
        The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
        5He has given food to those who fear Him;
        He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
        6He has declared to His people the power of His works,
        In giving them the heritage of the nations.

        7The works of His hands are verity and justice;
        All His precepts are sure.
        8They stand fast forever and ever,
        And are done in truth and uprightness.
        9He has sent redemption to His people;
        He has commanded His covenant forever:
        Holy and awesome is His name.

        10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
        A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
        His praise endures forever.

Psalm 112

The Blessed State of the Righteous
1 Praise the LORD!

        Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
        Who delights greatly in His commandments.

        2His descendants will be mighty on earth;
        The generation of the upright will be blessed.
        3Wealth and riches will be in his house,
        And his righteousness endures forever.
        4Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
        He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
        5A good man deals graciously and lends;
        He will guide his affairs with discretion.
        6Surely he will never be shaken;
        The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
        7He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
        His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
        8His heart is established;
        He will not be afraid,
        Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

        9He has dispersed abroad,
        He has given to the poor;
        His righteousness endures forever;
        His horn will be exalted with honor.
        10The wicked will see it and be grieved;
        He will gnash his teeth and melt away;
        The desire of the wicked shall perish.

Psalm 113

The Majesty and Condescension of God
1 Praise the LORD!

        Praise, O servants of the LORD,
        Praise the name of the LORD!
        2Blessed be the name of the LORD
        From this time forth and forevermore!
        3From the rising of the sun to its going down
        The LORD's name is to be praised.

        4The LORD is high above all nations,
        His glory above the heavens.
        5Who is like the LORD our God,
        Who dwells on high,
        6Who humbles Himself to behold
        The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

        7He raises the poor out of the dust,
        And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
        8That He may seat him with princes--
        With the princes of His people.
        9He grants the barren woman a home,
        Like a joyful mother of children.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 114

The Power of God in His Deliverance of Israel
1 When Israel went out of Egypt,
        The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
        2Judah became His sanctuary,
        And Israel His dominion.

        3The sea saw it and fled;
        Jordan turned back.
        4The mountains skipped like rams,
        The little hills like lambs.
        5What ails you, O sea, that you fled?
        O Jordan, that you turned back?
        6O mountains, that you skipped like rams?
        O little hills, like lambs?

        7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
        At the presence of the God of Jacob,
        8Who turned the rock into a pool of water,
        The flint into a fountain of waters.

Psalm 115

The Futility of Idols and the Trustworthiness of God
1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
        But to Your name give glory,
        Because of Your mercy,
        Because of Your truth.
        2Why should the Gentiles say,
        "So where is their God?"

        3But our God is in heaven;
        He does whatever He pleases.
        4Their idols are silver and gold,
        The work of men's hands.
        5They have mouths, but they do not speak;
        Eyes they have, but they do not see;
        6They have ears, but they do not hear;
        Noses they have, but they do not smell;
        7They have hands, but they do not handle;
        Feet they have, but they do not walk;
        Nor do they mutter through their throat.
        8Those who make them are like them;
        So is everyone who trusts in them.

        9O Israel, trust in the LORD;
        He is their help and their shield.
        10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD;
        He is their help and their shield.
        11You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD;
        He is their help and their shield.

        12The LORD has been mindful of us;
        He will bless us;
        He will bless the house of Israel;
        He will bless the house of Aaron.
        13He will bless those who fear the LORD,
        Both small and great.

        14May the LORD give you increase more and more,
        You and your children.
        15May you be blessed by the LORD,
        Who made heaven and earth.

        16The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's;
        But the earth He has given to the children of men.
        17The dead do not praise the LORD,
        Nor any who go down into silence.
        18But we will bless the LORD
        From this time forth and forevermore.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 116

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death
1 I love the LORD, because He has heard
        My voice and my supplications.
        2Because He has inclined His ear to me,
        Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

        3The pains of death surrounded me,
        And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
        I found trouble and sorrow.
        4Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
        "O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!"

        5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
        Yes, our God is merciful.
        6The LORD preserves the simple;
        I was brought low, and He saved me.
        7Return to your rest, O my soul,
        For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

        8For You have delivered my soul from death,
        My eyes from tears,
        And my feet from falling.
        9I will walk before the LORD
        In the land of the living.
        10I believed, therefore I spoke,
        "I am greatly afflicted."
        11I said in my haste,
        "All men are liars."

        12What shall I render to the LORD
        For all His benefits toward me?
        13I will take up the cup of salvation,
        And call upon the name of the LORD.
        14I will pay my vows to the LORD
        Now in the presence of all His people.

        15Precious in the sight of the LORD
        Is the death of His saints.

        16O LORD, truly I am Your servant;
        I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant;
        You have loosed my bonds.
        17I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
        And will call upon the name of the LORD.

        18I will pay my vows to the LORD
        Now in the presence of all His people,
        19In the courts of the LORD's house,
        In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 117

Let All Peoples Praise the LORD
1 Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
        Laud Him, all you peoples!
        2For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
        And the truth of the LORD endures forever.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 118

Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy
1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
        For His mercy endures forever.

        2Let Israel now say,
        "His mercy endures forever."
        3Let the house of Aaron now say,
        "His mercy endures forever."
        4Let those who fear the LORD now say,
        "His mercy endures forever."

        5I called on the LORD in distress;
        The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.
        6The LORD is on my side;
        I will not fear.
        What can man do to me?
        7The LORD is for me among those who help me;
        Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
        8It is better to trust in the LORD
        Than to put confidence in man.
        9It is better to trust in the LORD
        Than to put confidence in princes.

        10All nations surrounded me,
        But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
        11They surrounded me,
        Yes, they surrounded me;
        But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
        12They surrounded me like bees;
        They were quenched like a fire of thorns;
        For in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
        13You pushed me violently, that I might fall,
        But the LORD helped me.
        14The LORD is my strength and song,
        And He has become my salvation.

        15The voice of rejoicing and salvation
        Is in the tents of the righteous;
        The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
        16The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
        The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
        17I shall not die, but live,
        And declare the works of the LORD.
        18The LORD has chastened me severely,
        But He has not given me over to death.

        19Open to me the gates of righteousness;
        I will go through them,
        And I will praise the LORD.
        20This is the gate of the LORD,
        Through which the righteous shall enter.

        21I will praise You,
        For You have answered me,
        And have become my salvation.

        22The stone which the builders rejected
        Has become the chief cornerstone.
        23This was the LORD's doing;
        It is marvelous in our eyes.
        24This is the day the LORD has made;
        We will rejoice and be glad in it.

        25Save now, I pray, O LORD;
        O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
        26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
        We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
        27God is the LORD,
        And He has given us light;
        Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
        28You are my God, and I will praise You;
        You are my God, I will exalt You.

        29Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
        For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 119

Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
        Who walk in the law of the LORD!
        2Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
        Who seek Him with the whole heart!
        3They also do no iniquity;
        They walk in His ways.
        4You have commanded us
        To keep Your precepts diligently.
        5Oh, that my ways were directed
        To keep Your statutes!
        6Then I would not be ashamed,
        When I look into all Your commandments.
        7I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
        When I learn Your righteous judgments.
        8I will keep Your statutes;
        Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

        9How can a young man cleanse his way?
        By taking heed according to Your word.
        10With my whole heart I have sought You;
        Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
        11Your word I have hidden in my heart,
        That I might not sin against You.
        12Blessed are You, O LORD!
        Teach me Your statutes.
        13With my lips I have declared
        All the judgments of Your mouth.
        14I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
        As much as in all riches.
        15I will meditate on Your precepts,
        And contemplate Your ways.
        16I will delight myself in Your statutes;
        I will not forget Your word.

        17Deal bountifully with Your servant,
        That I may live and keep Your word.
        18Open my eyes, that I may see
        Wondrous things from Your law.
        19I am a stranger in the earth;
        Do not hide Your commandments from me.
        20My soul breaks with longing
        For Your judgments at all times.
        21You rebuke the proud--the cursed,
        Who stray from Your commandments.
        22Remove from me reproach and contempt,
        For I have kept Your testimonies.
        23Princes also sit and speak against me,
        But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
        24Your testimonies also are my delight
        And my counselors.

        25My soul clings to the dust;
        Revive me according to Your word.
        26I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
        Teach me Your statutes.
        27Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
        So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
        28My soul melts from heaviness;
        Strengthen me according to Your word.
        29Remove from me the way of lying,
        And grant me Your law graciously.
        30I have chosen the way of truth;
        Your judgments I have laid before me.
        31I cling to Your testimonies;
        O LORD, do not put me to shame!
        32I will run the course of Your commandments,
        For You shall enlarge my heart.

        33Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,
        And I shall keep it to the end.
        34Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
        Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
        35Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
        For I delight in it.
        36Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
        And not to covetousness.
        37Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
        And revive me in Your way.
        38Establish Your word to Your servant,
        Who is devoted to fearing You.
        39Turn away my reproach which I dread,
        For Your judgments are good.
        40Behold, I long for Your precepts;
        Revive me in Your righteousness.

        41Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD--
        Your salvation according to Your word.
        42So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me,
        For I trust in Your word.
        43And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
        For I have hoped in Your ordinances.
        44So shall I keep Your law continually,
        Forever and ever.
        45And I will walk at liberty,
        For I seek Your precepts.
        46I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,
        And will not be ashamed.
        47And I will delight myself in Your commandments,
        Which I love.
        48My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,
        Which I love,
        And I will meditate on Your statutes.

        49Remember the word to Your servant,
        Upon which You have caused me to hope.
        50This is my comfort in my affliction,
        For Your word has given me life.
        51The proud have me in great derision,
        Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
        52I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD,
        And have comforted myself.
        53Indignation has taken hold of me
        Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
        54Your statutes have been my songs
        In the house of my pilgrimage.
        55I remember Your name in the night, O LORD,
        And I keep Your law.
        56This has become mine,
        Because I kept Your precepts.

        57You are my portion, O LORD;
        I have said that I would keep Your words.
        58I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;
        Be merciful to me according to Your word.
        59I thought about my ways,
        And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
        60I made haste, and did not delay
        To keep Your commandments.
        61The cords of the wicked have bound me,
        But I have not forgotten Your law.
        62At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
        Because of Your righteous judgments.
        63I am a companion of all who fear You,
        And of those who keep Your precepts.
        64The earth, O LORD, is full of Your mercy;
        Teach me Your statutes.

        65You have dealt well with Your servant,
        O LORD, according to Your word.
        66Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
        For I believe Your commandments.
        67Before I was afflicted I went astray,
        But now I keep Your word.
        68You are good, and do good;
        Teach me Your statutes.
        69The proud have forged a lie against me,
        But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.
        70Their heart is as fat as grease,
        But I delight in Your law.
        71It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
        That I may learn Your statutes.
        72The law of Your mouth is better to me
        Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

        73Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
        Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
        74Those who fear You will be glad when they see me,
        Because I have hoped in Your word.
        75I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right,
        And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
        76Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,
        According to Your word to Your servant.
        77Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
        For Your law is my delight.
        78Let the proud be ashamed,
        For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood;
        But I will meditate on Your precepts.
        79Let those who fear You turn to me,
        Those who know Your testimonies.
        80Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes,
        That I may not be ashamed.

        81My soul faints for Your salvation,
        But I hope in Your word.
        82My eyes fail from searching Your word,
        Saying, "When will You comfort me?"
        83For I have become like a wineskin in smoke,
        Yet I do not forget Your statutes.
        84How many are the days of Your servant?
        When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?
        85The proud have dug pits for me,
        Which is not according to Your law.
        86All Your commandments are faithful;
        They persecute me wrongfully;
        Help me!
        87They almost made an end of me on earth,
        But I did not forsake Your precepts.
        88Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
        So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.

        89Forever, O LORD,
        Your word is settled in heaven.
        90Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
        You established the earth, and it abides.
        91They continue this day according to Your ordinances,
        For all are Your servants.
        92Unless Your law had been my delight,
        I would then have perished in my affliction.
        93I will never forget Your precepts,
        For by them You have given me life.
        94I am Yours, save me;
        For I have sought Your precepts.
        95The wicked wait for me to destroy me,
        But I will consider Your testimonies.
        96I have seen the consummation of all perfection,
        But Your commandment is exceedingly broad.

        97Oh, how I love Your law!
        It is my meditation all the day.
        98You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
        For they are ever with me.
        99I have more understanding than all my teachers,
        For Your testimonies are my meditation.
        100I understand more than the ancients,
        Because I keep Your precepts.
        101I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
        That I may keep Your word.
        102I have not departed from Your judgments,
        For You Yourself have taught me.
        103How sweet are Your words to my taste,
        Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
        104Through Your precepts I get understanding;
        Therefore I hate every false way.

        105Your word is a lamp to my feet
        And a light to my path.
        106I have sworn and confirmed
        That I will keep Your righteous judgments.
        107I am afflicted very much;
        Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
        108Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD,
        And teach me Your judgments.
        109My life is continually in my hand,
        Yet I do not forget Your law.
        110The wicked have laid a snare for me,
        Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
        111Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
        For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
        112I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
        Forever, to the very end.

        113I hate the double-minded,
        But I love Your law.
        114You are my hiding place and my shield;
        I hope in Your word.
        115Depart from me, you evildoers,
        For I will keep the commandments of my God!
        116Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live;
        And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
        117Hold me up, and I shall be safe,
        And I shall observe Your statutes continually.
        118You reject all those who stray from Your statutes,
        For their deceit is falsehood.
        119You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross;
        Therefore I love Your testimonies.
        120My flesh trembles for fear of You,
        And I am afraid of Your judgments.

        121I have done justice and righteousness;
        Do not leave me to my oppressors.
        122Be surety for Your servant for good;
        Do not let the proud oppress me.
        123My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation
        And Your righteous word.
        124Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy,
        And teach me Your statutes.
        125I am Your servant;
        Give me understanding,
        That I may know Your testimonies.
        126It is time for You to act, O LORD,
        For they have regarded Your law as void.
        127Therefore I love Your commandments
        More than gold, yes, than fine gold!
        128Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things
        I consider to be right;
        I hate every false way.

        129Your testimonies are wonderful;
        Therefore my soul keeps them.
        130The entrance of Your words gives light;
        It gives understanding to the simple.
        131I opened my mouth and panted,
        For I longed for Your commandments.
        132Look upon me and be merciful to me,
        As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
        133Direct my steps by Your word,
        And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
        134Redeem me from the oppression of man,
        That I may keep Your precepts.
        135Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
        And teach me Your statutes.
        136Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
        Because men do not keep Your law.

        137Righteous are You, O LORD,
        And upright are Your judgments.
        138Your testimonies, which You have commanded,
        Are righteous and very faithful.
        139My zeal has consumed me,
        Because my enemies have forgotten Your words.
        140Your word is very pure;
        Therefore Your servant loves it.
        141I am small and despised,
        Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
        142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
        And Your law is truth.
        143Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
        Yet Your commandments are my delights.
        144The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting;
        Give me understanding, and I shall live.

        145I cry out with my whole heart;
        Hear me, O LORD!
        I will keep Your statutes.
        146I cry out to You;
        Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
        147I rise before the dawning of the morning,
        And cry for help;
        I hope in Your word.
        148My eyes are awake through the night watches,
        That I may meditate on Your word.
        149Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
        O LORD, revive me according to Your justice.
        150They draw near who follow after wickedness;
        They are far from Your law.
        151You are near, O LORD,
        And all Your commandments are truth.
        152Concerning Your testimonies,
        I have known of old that You have founded them forever.

        153Consider my affliction and deliver me,
        For I do not forget Your law.
        154Plead my cause and redeem me;
        Revive me according to Your word.
        155Salvation is far from the wicked,
        For they do not seek Your statutes.
        156Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD;
        Revive me according to Your judgments.
        157Many are my persecutors and my enemies,
        Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.
        158I see the treacherous, and am disgusted,
        Because they do not keep Your word.
        159Consider how I love Your precepts;
        Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.
        160The entirety of Your word is truth,
        And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

        161Princes persecute me without a cause,
        But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
        162I rejoice at Your word
        As one who finds great treasure.
        163I hate and abhor lying,
        But I love Your law.
        164Seven times a day I praise You,
        Because of Your righteous judgments.
        165Great peace have those who love Your law,
        And nothing causes them to stumble.
        166LORD, I hope for Your salvation,
        And I do Your commandments.
        167My soul keeps Your testimonies,
        And I love them exceedingly.
        168I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
        For all my ways are before You.

        169Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
        Give me understanding according to Your word.
        170Let my supplication come before You;
        Deliver me according to Your word.
        171My lips shall utter praise,
        For You teach me Your statutes.
        172My tongue shall speak of Your word,
        For all Your commandments are righteousness.
        173Let Your hand become my help,
        For I have chosen Your precepts.
        174I long for Your salvation, O LORD,
        And Your law is my delight.
        175Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
        And let Your judgments help me.
        176I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
        Seek Your servant,
        For I do not forget Your commandments.

Psalm 120

Plea for Relief from Bitter Foes
1 In my distress I cried to the LORD,
        And He heard me.
        2Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips
        And from a deceitful tongue.

        3What shall be given to you,
        Or what shall be done to you,
        You false tongue?
        4Sharp arrows of the warrior,
        With coals of the broom tree!

        5Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech,
        That I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
        6My soul has dwelt too long
        With one who hates peace.
        7I am for peace;
        But when I speak, they are for war.

Psalm 121

God the Help of Those Who Seek Him
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills--
        From whence comes my help?
        2My help comes from the LORD,
        Who made heaven and earth.

        3He will not allow your foot to be moved;
        He who keeps you will not slumber.
        4Behold, He who keeps Israel
        Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

        5The LORD is your keeper;
        The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
        6The sun shall not strike you by day,
        Nor the moon by night.

        7The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
        He shall preserve your soul.
        8The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
        From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Psalm 122

The Joy of Going to the House of the LORD
1 I was glad when they said to me,
        "Let us go into the house of the LORD."
        2Our feet have been standing
        Within your gates, O Jerusalem!

        3Jerusalem is built
        As a city that is compact together,
        4Where the tribes go up,
        The tribes of the LORD,
        To the Testimony of Israel,
        To give thanks to the name of the LORD.
        5For thrones are set there for judgment,
        The thrones of the house of David.

        6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
        "May they prosper who love you.
        7Peace be within your walls,
        Prosperity within your palaces."
        8For the sake of my brethren and companions,
        I will now say, "Peace be within you."
        9Because of the house of the LORD our God
        I will seek your good.

Psalm 123

Prayer for Relief from Contempt
1 Unto You I lift up my eyes,
        O You who dwell in the heavens.
        2Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
        As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
        So our eyes look to the LORD our God,
        Until He has mercy on us.

        3Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us!
        For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
        4Our soul is exceedingly filled
        With the scorn of those who are at ease,
        With the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 124

The LORD the Defense of His People
1 "If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,"
        Let Israel now say--
        2"If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
        When men rose up against us,
        3Then they would have swallowed us alive,
        When their wrath was kindled against us;
        4Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
        The stream would have gone over our soul;
        5Then the swollen waters
        Would have gone over our soul."

        6Blessed be the LORD,
        Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
        7Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
        The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
        8Our help is in the name of the LORD,
        Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 125

The LORD the Strength of His People
1 Those who trust in the LORD
        Are like Mount Zion,
        Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
        2As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
        So the LORD surrounds His people
        From this time forth and forever.

        3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
        On the land allotted to the righteous,
        Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.

        4Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
        And to those who are upright in their hearts.

        5As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways,
        The LORD shall lead them away
        With the workers of iniquity.

        Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 126

A Joyful Return to Zion
1 When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
        We were like those who dream.
        2Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
        And our tongue with singing.
        Then they said among the nations,
        "The LORD has done great things for them."
        3The LORD has done great things for us,
        And we are glad.

        4Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
        As the streams in the South.

        5Those who sow in tears
        Shall reap in joy.
        6He who continually goes forth weeping,
        Bearing seed for sowing,
        Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
        Bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 127

Laboring and Prospering with the LORD
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
        They labor in vain who build it;
        Unless the LORD guards the city,
        The watchman stays awake in vain.
        2It is vain for you to rise up early,
        To sit up late,
        To eat the bread of sorrows;
        For so He gives His beloved sleep.

        3Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
        The fruit of the womb is a reward.
        4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
        So are the children of one's youth.
        5Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
        They shall not be ashamed,
        But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 128

Blessings of Those Who Fear the LORD
1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
        Who walks in His ways.

        2When you eat the labor of your hands,
        You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
        3Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
        In the very heart of your house,
        Your children like olive plants
        All around your table.
        4Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
        Who fears the LORD.

        5The LORD bless you out of Zion,
        And may you see the good of Jerusalem
        All the days of your life.
        6Yes, may you see your children's children.

        Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 129

Song of Victory over Zion's Enemies
1 "Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth,"
        Let Israel now say--
        2"Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth;
        Yet they have not prevailed against me.
        3The plowers plowed on my back;
        They made their furrows long."
        4The LORD is righteous;
        He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.

        5Let all those who hate Zion
        Be put to shame and turned back.
        6Let them be as the grass on the housetops,
        Which withers before it grows up,
        7With which the reaper does not fill his hand,
        Nor he who binds sheaves, his arms.
        8Neither let those who pass by them say,
        "The blessing of the LORD be upon you;
        We bless you in the name of the LORD!"

Psalm 130

Waiting for the Redemption of the LORD
1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD;
        2Lord, hear my voice!
        Let Your ears be attentive
        To the voice of my supplications.

        3If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
        O Lord, who could stand?
        4But there is forgiveness with You,
        That You may be feared.

        5I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
        And in His word I do hope.
        6My soul waits for the Lord
        More than those who watch for the morning--
        Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

        7O Israel, hope in the LORD;
        For with the LORD there is mercy,
        And with Him is abundant redemption.
        8And He shall redeem Israel
        From all his iniquities.

Psalm 131

Simple Trust in the LORD
1 LORD, my heart is not haughty,
        Nor my eyes lofty.
        Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
        Nor with things too profound for me.

        2Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
        Like a weaned child with his mother;
        Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

        3O Israel, hope in the LORD
        From this time forth and forever.

Psalm 132

The Eternal Dwelling of God in Zion
1 LORD, remember David
        And all his afflictions;
        2How he swore to the LORD,
        And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
        3"Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
        Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
        4I will not give sleep to my eyes
        Or slumber to my eyelids,
        5Until I find a place for the LORD,
        A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."

        6Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
        We found it in the fields of the woods.
        7Let us go into His tabernacle;
        Let us worship at His footstool.
        8Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place,
        You and the ark of Your strength.
        9Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
        And let Your saints shout for joy.

        10For Your servant David's sake,
        Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed.

        11The LORD has sworn in truth to David;
        He will not turn from it:
        "I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body.
        12If your sons will keep My covenant
        And My testimony which I shall teach them,
        Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore."

        13For the LORD has chosen Zion;
        He has desired it for His dwelling place:
        14"This is My resting place forever;
        Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
        15I will abundantly bless her provision;
        I will satisfy her poor with bread.
        16I will also clothe her priests with salvation,
        And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
        17There I will make the horn of David grow;
        I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.
        18His enemies I will clothe with shame,
        But upon Himself His crown shall flourish."

Psalm 133

Blessed Unity of the People of God
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
        For brethren to dwell together in unity!

        2It is like the precious oil upon the head,
        Running down on the beard,
        The beard of Aaron,
        Running down on the edge of his garments.
        3It is like the dew of Hermon,
        Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
        For there the LORD commanded the blessing--
        Life forevermore.

Psalm 134

Praising the LORD in His House at Night
1 Behold, bless the LORD,
        All you servants of the LORD,
        Who by night stand in the house of the LORD!
        2Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
        And bless the LORD.

        3The LORD who made heaven and earth
        Bless you from Zion!

Psalm 135

Praise to God in Creation and Redemption
1 Praise the LORD!

        Praise the name of the LORD;
        Praise Him, O you servants of the LORD!
        2You who stand in the house of the LORD,
        In the courts of the house of our God,
        3Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
        Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.
        4For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself,
        Israel for His special treasure.

        5For I know that the LORD is great,
        And our Lord is above all gods.
        6Whatever the LORD pleases He does,
        In heaven and in earth,
        In the seas and in all deep places.
        7He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
        He makes lightning for the rain;
        He brings the wind out of His treasuries.

        8He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt,
        Both of man and beast.
        9He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt,
        Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
        10He defeated many nations
        And slew mighty kings--
        11Sihon king of the Amorites,
        Og king of Bashan,
        And all the kingdoms of Canaan--
        12And gave their land as a heritage,
        A heritage to Israel His people.

        13Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
        Your fame, O LORD, throughout all generations.
        14For the LORD will judge His people,
        And He will have compassion on His servants.

        15The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
        The work of men's hands.
        16They have mouths, but they do not speak;
        Eyes they have, but they do not see;
        17They have ears, but they do not hear;
        Nor is there any breath in their mouths.
        18Those who make them are like them;
        So is everyone who trusts in them.

        19Bless the LORD, O house of Israel!
        Bless the LORD, O house of Aaron!
        20Bless the LORD, O house of Levi!
        You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
        21Blessed be the LORD out of Zion,
        Who dwells in Jerusalem!

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 136

Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy
1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
           For His mercy endures forever.
        2Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
           For His mercy endures forever.
        3Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
           For His mercy endures forever:

        4To Him who alone does great wonders,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        5To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        6To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        7To Him who made great lights,
           For His mercy endures forever--
        8The sun to rule by day,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        9The moon and stars to rule by night,
           For His mercy endures forever.

        10To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        11And brought out Israel from among them,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        12With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        13To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        14And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        15But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        16To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        17To Him who struck down great kings,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        18And slew famous kings,
           For His mercy endures forever--
        19Sihon king of the Amorites,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        20And Og king of Bashan,
           For His mercy endures forever--
        21And gave their land as a heritage,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        22A heritage to Israel His servant,
           For His mercy endures forever.

        23Who remembered us in our lowly state,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        24And rescued us from our enemies,
           For His mercy endures forever;
        25Who gives food to all flesh,
           For His mercy endures forever.

        26Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
           For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 137

Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land
1 By the rivers of Babylon,
        There we sat down, yea, we wept
        When we remembered Zion.
        2We hung our harps
        Upon the willows in the midst of it.
        3For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
        And those who plundered us requested mirth,
        Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

        4How shall we sing the LORD's song
        In a foreign land?
        5If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
        Let my right hand forget its skill!
        6If I do not remember you,
        Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth--
        If I do not exalt Jerusalem
        Above my chief joy.

        7Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom
        The day of Jerusalem,
        Who said, "Raze it, raze it,
        To its very foundation!"

        8O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed,
        Happy the one who repays you as you have served us!
        9Happy the one who takes and dashes
        Your little ones against the rock!

Psalm 138

The LORD's Goodness to the Faithful
1 I will praise You with my whole heart;
        Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
        2I will worship toward Your holy temple,
        And praise Your name
        For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
        For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
        3In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
        And made me bold with strength in my soul.

        4All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD,
        When they hear the words of Your mouth.
        5Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
        For great is the glory of the LORD.
        6Though the LORD is on high,
        Yet He regards the lowly;
        But the proud He knows from afar.

        7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
        You will stretch out Your hand
        Against the wrath of my enemies,
        And Your right hand will save me.
        8The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
        Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever;
        Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Psalm 139

God's Perfect Knowledge of Man
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
        2You know my sitting down and my rising up;
        You understand my thought afar off.
        3You comprehend my path and my lying down,
        And are acquainted with all my ways.
        4For there is not a word on my tongue,
        But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
        5You have hedged me behind and before,
        And laid Your hand upon me.
        6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
        It is high, I cannot attain it.

        7Where can I go from Your Spirit?
        Or where can I flee from Your presence?
        8If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
        If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
        9If I take the wings of the morning,
        And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
        10Even there Your hand shall lead me,
        And Your right hand shall hold me.
        11If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me,"
        Even the night shall be light about me;
        12Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
        But the night shines as the day;
        The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

        13For You formed my inward parts;
        You covered me in my mother's womb.
        14I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
        Marvelous are Your works,
        And that my soul knows very well.
        15My frame was not hidden from You,
        When I was made in secret,
        And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
        16Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
        And in Your book they all were written,
        The days fashioned for me,
        When as yet there were none of them.

        17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
        How great is the sum of them!
        18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
        When I awake, I am still with You.

        19Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
        Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
        20For they speak against You wickedly;
        Your enemies take Your name in vain.
        21Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You?
        And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
        22I hate them with perfect hatred;
        I count them my enemies.

        23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
        Try me, and know my anxieties;
        24And see if there is any wicked way in me,
        And lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 140

Prayer for Deliverance from Evil Men
1 Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
        Preserve me from violent men,
        2Who plan evil things in their hearts;
        They continually gather together for war.
        3They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
        The poison of asps is under their lips.Selah

        4Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
        Preserve me from violent men,
        Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
        5The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords;
        They have spread a net by the wayside;
        They have set traps for me.Selah

        6I said to the LORD: "You are my God;
        Hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
        7O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
        You have covered my head in the day of battle.
        8Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
        Do not further his wicked scheme,
        Lest they be exalted.Selah

        9"As for the head of those who surround me,
        Let the evil of their lips cover them;
        10Let burning coals fall upon them;
        Let them be cast into the fire,
        Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
        11Let not a slanderer be established in the earth;
        Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him."

        12I know that the LORD will maintain
        The cause of the afflicted,
        And justice for the poor.
        13Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name;
        The upright shall dwell in Your presence.

Psalm 141

Prayer for Safekeeping from Wickedness
1 LORD, I cry out to You;
        Make haste to me!
        Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
        2Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
        The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

        3Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
        Keep watch over the door of my lips.
        4Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
        To practice wicked works
        With men who work iniquity;
        And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

        5Let the righteous strike me;
        It shall be a kindness.
        And let him rebuke me;
        It shall be as excellent oil;
        Let my head not refuse it.

        For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
        6Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff,
        And they hear my words, for they are sweet.
        7Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave,
        As when one plows and breaks up the earth.

        8But my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord;
        In You I take refuge;
        Do not leave my soul destitute.
        9Keep me from the snares they have laid for me,
        And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
        10Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
        While I escape safely. was in the cave.

Psalm 142

A Plea for Relief from Persecutors
1 I cry out to the LORD with my voice;
        With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
        2I pour out my complaint before Him;
        I declare before Him my trouble.

        3When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
        Then You knew my path.
        In the way in which I walk
        They have secretly set a snare for me.
        4Look on my right hand and see,
        For there is no one who acknowledges me;
        Refuge has failed me;
        No one cares for my soul.

        5I cried out to You, O LORD:
        I said, "You are my refuge,
        My portion in the land of the living.
        6Attend to my cry,
        For I am brought very low;
        Deliver me from my persecutors,
        For they are stronger than I.
        7Bring my soul out of prison,
        That I may praise Your name;
        The righteous shall surround me,
        For You shall deal bountifully with me."

Psalm 143

An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance
1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,
        Give ear to my supplications!
        In Your faithfulness answer me,
        And in Your righteousness.
        2Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
        For in Your sight no one living is righteous.

        3For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
        He has crushed my life to the ground;
        He has made me dwell in darkness,
        Like those who have long been dead.
        4Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
        My heart within me is distressed.

        5I remember the days of old;
        I meditate on all Your works;
        I muse on the work of Your hands.
        6I spread out my hands to You;
        My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.Selah

        7Answer me speedily, O LORD;
        My spirit fails!
        Do not hide Your face from me,
        Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
        8Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
        For in You do I trust;
        Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
        For I lift up my soul to You.

        9Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;
        In You I take shelter.
        10Teach me to do Your will,
        For You are my God;
        Your Spirit is good.
        Lead me in the land of uprightness.

        11Revive me, O LORD, for Your name's sake!
        For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
        12In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
        And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
        For I am Your servant. People

Psalm 144

A Song to the LORD Who Preserves and Prospers His
1 Blessed be the LORD my Rock,
        Who trains my hands for war,
        And my fingers for battle--
        2My lovingkindness and my fortress,
        My high tower and my deliverer,
        My shield and the One in whom I take refuge,
        Who subdues my people under me.

        3LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
        Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
        4Man is like a breath;
        His days are like a passing shadow.

        5Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down;
        Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
        6Flash forth lightning and scatter them;
        Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.
        7Stretch out Your hand from above;
        Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,
        From the hand of foreigners,
        8Whose mouth speaks lying words,
        And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

        9I will sing a new song to You, O God;
        On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
        10The One who gives salvation to kings,
        Who delivers David His servant
        From the deadly sword.

        11Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners,
        Whose mouth speaks lying words,
        And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood--
        12That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;
        That our daughters may be as pillars,
        Sculptured in palace style;
        13That our barns may be full,
        Supplying all kinds of produce;
        That our sheep may bring forth thousands
        And ten thousands in our fields;
        14That our oxen may be well laden;
        That there be no breaking in or going out;
        That there be no outcry in our streets.
        15Happy are the people who are in such a state;
        Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Psalm 145

A Song of God's Majesty and Love
1 I will extol You, my God, O King;
        And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
        2Every day I will bless You,
        And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
        3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
        And His greatness is unsearchable.

        4One generation shall praise Your works to another,
        And shall declare Your mighty acts.
        5I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
        And on Your wondrous works.
        6Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
        And I will declare Your greatness.
        7They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
        And shall sing of Your righteousness.

        8The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
        Slow to anger and great in mercy.
        9The LORD is good to all,
        And His tender mercies are over all His works.

        10All Your works shall praise You, O LORD,
        And Your saints shall bless You.
        11They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
        And talk of Your power,
        12To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
        And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
        13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
        And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

        14The LORD upholds all who fall,
        And raises up all who are bowed down.
        15The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
        And You give them their food in due season.
        16You open Your hand
        And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

        17The LORD is righteous in all His ways,
        Gracious in all His works.
        18The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
        To all who call upon Him in truth.
        19He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
        He also will hear their cry and save them.
        20The LORD preserves all who love Him,
        But all the wicked He will destroy.
        21My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD,
        And all flesh shall bless His holy name
        Forever and ever.

Psalm 146

The Happiness of Those Whose Help Is the LORD
1 Praise the LORD!

        Praise the LORD, O my soul!
        2While I live I will praise the LORD;
        I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

        3Do not put your trust in princes,
        Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
        4His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
        In that very day his plans perish.

        5Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
        Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
        6Who made heaven and earth,
        The sea, and all that is in them;
        Who keeps truth forever,
        7Who executes justice for the oppressed,
        Who gives food to the hungry.
        The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.

        8The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
        The LORD raises those who are bowed down;
        The LORD loves the righteous.
        9The LORD watches over the strangers;
        He relieves the fatherless and widow;
        But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

        10The LORD shall reign forever--
        Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 147

Praise to God for His Word and Providence
1 Praise the LORD!
        For it is good to sing praises to our God;
        For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

        2The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
        He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
        3He heals the brokenhearted
        And binds up their wounds.
        4He counts the number of the stars;
        He calls them all by name.
        5Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
        His understanding is infinite.
        6The LORD lifts up the humble;
        He casts the wicked down to the ground.

        7Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
        Sing praises on the harp to our God,
        8Who covers the heavens with clouds,
        Who prepares rain for the earth,
        Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
        9He gives to the beast its food,
        And to the young ravens that cry.

        10He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
        He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
        11The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
        In those who hope in His mercy.

        12Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!
        Praise your God, O Zion!
        13For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
        He has blessed your children within you.
        14He makes peace in your borders,
        And fills you with the finest wheat.

        15He sends out His command to the earth;
        His word runs very swiftly.
        16He gives snow like wool;
        He scatters the frost like ashes;
        17He casts out His hail like morsels;
        Who can stand before His cold?
        18He sends out His word and melts them;
        He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

        19He declares His word to Jacob,
        His statutes and His judgments to Israel.
        20He has not dealt thus with any nation;
        And as for His judgments, they have not known them.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 148

Praise to the LORD from Creation
1 Praise the LORD!

        Praise the LORD from the heavens;
        Praise Him in the heights!
        2Praise Him, all His angels;
        Praise Him, all His hosts!
        3Praise Him, sun and moon;
        Praise Him, all you stars of light!
        4Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
        And you waters above the heavens!

        5Let them praise the name of the LORD,
        For He commanded and they were created.
        6He also established them forever and ever;
        He made a decree which shall not pass away.

        7Praise the LORD from the earth,
        You great sea creatures and all the depths;
        8Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
        Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
        9Mountains and all hills;
        Fruitful trees and all cedars;
        10Beasts and all cattle;
        Creeping things and flying fowl;
        11Kings of the earth and all peoples;
        Princes and all judges of the earth;
        12Both young men and maidens;
        Old men and children.

        13Let them praise the name of the LORD,
        For His name alone is exalted;
        His glory is above the earth and heaven.
        14And He has exalted the horn of His people,
        The praise of all His saints--
        Of the children of Israel,
        A people near to Him.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 149

Praise to God for His Salvation and Judgment
1 Praise the LORD!

        Sing to the LORD a new song,
        And His praise in the assembly of saints.

        2Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
        Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
        3Let them praise His name with the dance;
        Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
        4For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
        He will beautify the humble with salvation.

        5Let the saints be joyful in glory;
        Let them sing aloud on their beds.
        6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
        And a two-edged sword in their hand,
        7To execute vengeance on the nations,
        And punishments on the peoples;
        8To bind their kings with chains,
        And their nobles with fetters of iron;
        9To execute on them the written judgment--
        This honor have all His saints.

        Praise the LORD!

Psalm 150

Let All Things Praise the LORD
1 Praise the LORD!

        Praise God in His sanctuary;
        Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

        2Praise Him for His mighty acts;
        Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

        3Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
        Praise Him with the lute and harp!
        4Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
        Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
        5Praise Him with loud cymbals;
        Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

        6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

        Praise the LORD!

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