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\h Psalms
\mt2 The
\mt Psalms
\rem ORIGINAL BASE TEXT
\rem McFadyens, Isaiah in Modern Speach
\rem TAGS
\rem us cth (spelling)
\rem masc neut (gender)
\rem STATUS
\rem IN RELEASE
\rem Checked as marked
\rem Versification (nrsv jps) not marked
\c 1
\ms Book One
\s Psalm 1 – The Way of Happiness
\rem Revision 2
\q
\v 1 Happy [neut:are those|masc:the man who goes on his way,]
\q2 [neut:who do not follow the counsel of the wicked|masc:unheeding the counsels that wicked men offer],
\q not halting in ways frequented by sinners,
\q2 nor taking [neut:a|masc:his] seat in a gathering of scoffers.
\q
\v 2 But the law of the \nd Lord\nd* is [neut:their|masc:his] joy,
\q2 [neut:they study|masc:he studies] it day and night.
\q
\v 3 [neut:They are like trees|masc:For he is like a tree]
\q2 planted by runlets of water,
\q yielding fruit in due season,
\q2 leaves never fading.
\q2 In all that [neut:they do|masc:he does], [neut:they prosper|masc:he prospers].
\b
\q
\v 4 Not so fare the wicked, not so;
\q2 like chaff are they, blown by the wind.
\q
\v 5 So the wicked will not stand firm in the judgment,
\q2 nor sinners appear, when the righteous are gathered.
\q
\v 6 For the way of the righteous is dear to the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 but the way of the wicked will end in ruin.
\c 2
\s Psalm 2 – The Lord's Chosen King
\rem Revision 2
\q
\v 1 Why this turmoil of nations,
\q2 this futile plotting of peoples,
\q
\v 2 with kings of the earth conspiring,
\q2 and rulers consulting together,
\q2 against the \nd Lord\nd* and against his anointed,
\q
\v 3 to snap their bonds
\q2 and fling their cords away?
\b
\q
\v 4 He whose throne is in heaven laughs,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* mocks them.
\q
\v 5 Then he speaks to them in his wrath,
\q2 and in his hot anger confounds them.
\q
\v 6 “This my king is installed by me,
\q2 on Zion my holy mountain.”
\b
\q
\v 7 I will tell of the \nd Lord\nd*'s decree.
\q He said to me: “You are my son,
\q2 this day I became your father.
\q
\v 8 Only ask, and I make you the heir of the nations,
\q2 and lord of the world to its utmost bounds.
\q
\v 9 You will break them with sceptre of iron,
\q2 shatter them like pottery.”
\b
\q
\v 10 So now, you kings, be wise:
\q2 be warned, you rulers of earth.
\q
\v 11 Serve the \nd Lord\nd* in awe,
\q2 kiss his feet with trembling,
\q
\v 12 lest, angry, he hurl you to ruin;
\q2 for soon will his fury blaze.
\q2 Happy all who take refuge in him.
\c 3
\s Psalm 3 – A Morning Prayer for Protection
\rem Revision 2
\d A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
\q
\v 1 How many, \nd Lord\nd*, are my foes!
\q2 Those who rise up against me are many.
\q
\v 2 Many are those who say of me,
\q2 “There is no help for him in his God.” \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 3 But you, \nd Lord\nd*, are shield about me,
\q2 my glory, who lifts up my head.
\q
\v 4 When loudly I call to the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 from his holy hill he gives answer. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 5 I laid down and slept:
\q2 now I wake, for the \nd Lord\nd* sustains me.
\q
\v 6 I fear not the myriads of people
\q2 who beset me on every side.
\b
\q
\v 7 Arise, \nd Lord\nd*: save me, my God,
\q2 who strikes all my foes on the cheek,
\q2 and shatters the teeth of the wicked.
\q
\v 8 Victory belongs to the \nd Lord\nd*:
\q2 let your blessing descend on your people. \qs Selah\qs*
\c 4
\s Psalm 4 – An Evening Prayer
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader, with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 Answer my cry,
\q2 God, my defender.
\q Often from straits you have brought me
\q2 to spacious places.
\q So now show me your [us:favor|cth:favour]
\q2 and hear my prayer.
\b
\q
\v 2 How long, you proud [neut:people|masc:men],
\q2 will my [us:honor|cth:honour] be stained
\q by the slanders you love,
\q2 and the lies that you follow? \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 3 See! The \nd Lord\nd* has shown me
\q2 his wonderful kindness:
\q the \nd Lord\nd* hears,
\q2 when I call to him.
\b
\q
\v 4 Sin not in your anger:
\q2 but speak in your heart
\q2 on your bed, and be still. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 5 Offer true sacrifice,
\q2 trust in the \nd Lord\nd*.
\b
\q
\v 6 Many are longing
\q2 for fortune to smile.
\q Lift upon us
\q2 the light of your face.
\q
\v 7 You have put in my heart, \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 a deeper joy
\q than was theirs who had corn
\q2 and wine in abundance.
\b
\q
\v 8 So in peace I will
\q2 lie down and sleep;
\q for you, \nd Lord\nd*, keep me
\q2 safe.
\c 5
\s Psalm 5 – A Prayer for Guidance
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute.
\q
\v 1 Hear my words, \nd Lord\nd*:
\q2 give heed to my whisper.
\q
\v 2 Attend to my loud cry for help,
\q2 my king and my God.
\q
\v 3 When I pray to you, \nd Lord\nd*, in the morning,
\q2 hear my voice.
\q I make ready for you in the morning,
\q2 and look for a sign.
\b
\q
\v 4 For you are no God who takes pleasure in wickedness:
\q2 no one of evil can be your guest.
\q
\v 5 No braggarts can stand in your presence,
\q2 you hate all workers of wrong.
\q
\v 6 You destroy all speakers of lies,
\q2 [neut:people|masc:men] of blood and deceit you abhor.
\q
\v 7 But I, through your kindness abundant,
\q2 may enter your house,
\q and towards the shrine of your temple
\q2 may reverently bow.
\b
\q
\v 8 Lead me, \nd Lord\nd*, in your righteousness
\q2 because of my enemies.
\q2 Make your way level before me.
\q
\v 9 For their mouth is a stranger to truth,
\q2 their heart is a pit of destruction.
\q Their throat is a wide open grave,
\q2 their tongue the smooth tongue of the hypocrite.
\b
\q
\v 10 Condemn them, God;
\q2 let their schemes bring them down to the ground.
\q For their numberless crimes thrust them down
\q2 for playing the rebel against you.
\q
\v 11 But let all who take refuge in you
\q2 ring out their gladness forever.
\q Protect those who love your name,
\q2 so they may exult in you.
\q
\v 12 For you give your blessing, \nd Lord\nd*, to the godly,
\q2 and the shield of your [us:favor|cth:favour] protects them.
\c 6
\s Psalm 6 – A Cry for Help in Time of Trouble
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader; with instrumental music on the sheminith. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 Rebuke me not, \nd Lord\nd*, in your anger,
\q2 punish me not in your wrath.
\q
\v 2 \nd Lord\nd*, be gracious to me
\q2 in my weakness.
\q Heal me \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 for racked is my body;
\q
\v 3 all of me utterly racked.
\q2 Why do you wait so long, \nd Lord\nd*?
\b
\q
\v 4 Turn, \nd Lord\nd*, rescue me;
\q2 save me, because of your love.
\q
\v 5 For in death none can call you to mind;
\q2 in Sheol who can praise you?
\b
\q
\v 6 I am so weary of sighing.
\q2 All the night I make my bed swim,
\q2 and wet my couch with my tears.
\q
\v 7 My eyes swollen with grief;
\q2 from weeping caused by my foes.
\b
\q
\v 8 Begone, workers of wrong,
\q2 for the \nd Lord\nd* has heard my loud weeping,
\q
\v 9 the \nd Lord\nd* has heard my entreaty,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* accepts my prayer.
\q
\v 10 My foes will be stricken with terror,
\q2 brought to shame and dismay in a moment.
\c 7
\s Psalm 7 – A Prayer to the God of Justice
\rem Revision 2
\d A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the \nd Lord\nd* about Cush, the Benjamite.
\q
\v 1 \nd Lord\nd* my God, I take refuge in you.
\q Deliver me, save me from all who pursue me;
\q2
\v 2 or like lions they will tear me to pieces,
\q2 and rend me, past hope of rescue.
\b
\q
\v 3 \nd Lord\nd*, my God, if my life has been such
\q2 if my hands have been stained with guilt,
\q2
\v 4 if friends I paid back with evil,
\q2 if I plundered my foes without cause,
\q
\v 5 may the enemy chase [neut:and|masc:till he] find me,
\q2 [neut:|masc:may he] trample my life to the ground,
\q2 my [us:honor|cth:honour] leave in the dirt! \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 6 Arise, \nd Lord\nd*, in anger,
\q2 against my foes rise in fury.
\q Awake for my help:
\q2 let justice be done.
\q
\v 7 Gather the nations about you,
\q2 and sit on your lofty throne,
\q2
\v 8 as the \nd Lord\nd*, the judge of the peoples.
\q Judge me, \nd Lord\nd*, in my innocence
\q2 and according to my integrity.
\b
\q
\v 9 Put an end to the wrong of the wicked,
\q2 protect the righteous.
\q Searcher of hearts and minds,
\q2 righteous God.
\q
\v 10 God is my shield:
\q2 he saves the upright in heart.
\b
\q
\v 11 God is a just judge,
\q2 constant in righteous anger.
\q
\v 12 He will sharpen his sword without fail,
\q2 his bow is bent and ready,
\q
\v 13 his deadly weapons are ready,
\q2 his arrows he makes of flame.
\b
\q
\v 14 The enemy who conceives evil;
\q2 pregnant with mischief,
\q2 giving birth to lies,
\q
\v 15 a pit [neut:they have|masc:he has] made and dug;
\q2 but into the hole that [neut:they|masc:he] made [neut:they|masc:he] will fall.
\q
\v 16 On [neut:their|masc:his] own [neut:heads|masc:head] [neut:their|masc:his] mischief comes back;
\q2 on [neut:their|masc:his] own [neut:skulls|masc:skull] [neut:their|masc:his] violence comes down.
\q
\v 17 I will give thanks to the \nd Lord\nd* for his justice,
\q2 and sing to the name of the \nd Lord\nd* Most High.
\c 8
\s Psalm 8 – God's Glory in Nature
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.
\q
\v 1 \nd Lord\nd* our God!
\q2 How glorious in all the earth is your name!
\q Your praise reaches as high as the heavens,
\q2
\v 2 from the mouths of children and infants.
\b
\q You have built a fortress
\q2 against your enemies,
\q to silence the foe and the rebel.
\b
\q
\v 3 When I look at your heavens,
\q2 the work of your fingers,
\q the moon and the stars,
\q2 which you have set there,
\q
\v 4 what are mortals,
\q2 that you think of them,
\q humans,
\q2 that you visit them?
\b
\q
\v 5 Yet you made them little less than divine,
\q2 crowned them with glory and majesty,
\q
\v 6 made them lord of the works of your hands,
\q2 put all things under their feet –
\q
\v 7 sheep and oxen,
\q2 all of them;
\q and the wild beasts also:
\q2
\v 8 birds of the air,
\q2 and fish of the sea,
\q2 and all that crosses the paths of the ocean.
\b
\q
\v 9 \nd Lord\nd* our God!
\q2 How glorious in all the earth is your name!
\c 9
\s Psalm 9 – A Song of Praise the Lord's Justice
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader; 'almuth labben. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 With all my heart I will praise the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 all your wonders I will rehearse.
\q
\v 2 I will rejoice and exult in you,
\q2 singing praise to your name, Most High;
\q
\v 3 because backward my foes were turned,
\q2 they stumbled and perished before you.
\b
\q
\v 4 My right and my claim you have upheld,
\q2 you did sit on the throne as a fair judge,
\q
\v 5 rebuking the nations, destroying the wicked,
\q2 and blotting their name out forever and ever.
\q
\v 6 The foe is vanished, ruined forever,
\q2 their cities destroyed, their memory perished.
\b
\q
\v 7 See! The \nd Lord\nd* is seated forever
\q2 on the throne he established for judgment,
\q
\v 8 ruling the world with justice,
\q2 and judging the nations with equity.
\b
\q
\v 9 So the \nd Lord\nd* proves a haven to the oppressed,
\q2 a haven in times of trouble.
\q
\v 10 Well may they trust you who know your name,
\q2 for those who seek you, you never abandon.
\b
\q
\v 11 Sing praise to the \nd Lord\nd*, whose home is in Zion,
\q2 declare his deeds among the nations.
\q
\v 12 As avenger of blood, he keeps them in mind,
\q2 he does not forget the cry of the wretched.
\b
\q
\v 13 Show me [us:favor|cth:favour], \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 see how my foes afflict me,
\q2 lift me up from the gates of death;
\q
\v 14 so I may, in your help exulting,
\q2 tell forth your praise at the gates of Zion.
\b
\q
\v 15 The nations are sunk in the pit which they made,
\q2 in the net that they hid, their own foot is entangled.
\q
\v 16 The \nd Lord\nd* is revealed in the judgment he wrought,
\q2 the wicked are snared in their own handiwork. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 17 Let the wicked depart to Sheol,
\q2 all the nations that live forgetful of God.
\q
\v 18 For the needy will not be always forgotten,
\q2 nor the hope of the helpless be lost forever.
\b
\q
\v 19 Arise, \nd Lord\nd*; don't let them triumph:
\q2 before your face let the nations be judged.
\q
\v 20 Strike them with fear, \nd Lord\nd*:
\q2 show the nations how frail they are. \qs Selah\qs*
\c 10
\s Psalm 10 – A Prayer for Help
\rem Revision 2
\q
\v 1 Why do you stand, \nd Lord\nd*, so far away,
\q2 hiding yourself in times of trouble?
\q
\v 2 The wicked, in their pride, are pursuing the helpless:
\q2 let them be caught in the schemes they have plotted.
\b
\q
\v 3 For the wicked boasts of [neut:their|masc:his] wanton greed;
\q2 the robber despises the \nd Lord\nd*, and curses him,
\q
\v 4 in[neut:|masc: his] wicked pride, thinks:
\q2 God doesn't care,
\q2 God doesn't call to account.
\b
\q
\v 5 Never a season that [neut:they do|masc:he does] not prosper;
\q2 your judgments are far above out of [neut:their|masc:his] sight:
\q2 [neut:they scoff at their foes|masc:as for his foes, he scoffs at them all].
\b
\q
\v 6 [neut:Each|masc:He] says in [neut:their|masc:his] heart,
\q2 “I will never be shaken;
\q I will live for all time
\q2 untouched by misfortune.”
\q
\v 7 [neut:Their mouths are|masc:His mouth is] full of deceit and oppression:
\q2 under [neut:their tongues lurks|masc:his tongue lurk] mischief and wrong.
\b
\q
\v 8 Lying in secret in some village ambush,
\q2 and stealthily watching, [neut:they murder|masc:he murders] the innocent.
\q
\v 9 Like a lion [neut:that|masc:he] lurks in [neut:a|masc:his] secret lair
\q2 [neut:they lurk|masc:lurks] intending to catch the defenceless;
\q2 to seize them, to drag them away in [neut:their|masc:his] net.
\b
\q
\v 10 [neut:Their|masc:His] victims are crushed,
\q2 sink down to the ground.
\q Under [neut:their|masc:his] claws
\q2 the hapless fall.
\q
\v 11 [neut:The wicked say in their hearts|masc:He says in his heart]
\q2 that God has forgotten,
\q has hidden his face,
\q2 will see nothing.
\b
\q
\v 12 Arise, \nd Lord\nd*, lift up your hand,
\q2 do not forget the cry of the wretched.
\q
\v 13 Why do the wicked treat God with contempt,
\q2 and say in their hearts, “God doesn't care”?
\b
\q
\v 14 You have seen the trouble and sorrow;
\q2 you mark it all, and will take it in hand.
\q The hapless can count on you,
\q2 helper of orphans.
\b
\q
\v 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil:
\q2 search out [neut:their|masc:his] sin, till no more be found.
\q
\v 16 The \nd Lord\nd* is king forever and ever:
\q2 the nations will vanish from his land.
\b
\q
\v 17 \nd Lord\nd*, you have heard the desire of the humble,
\q2 inclining your ear, strengthening their hearts,
\q
\v 18 rights you have won for the crushed and the orphan,
\q2 so no one on earth may strike terror again.
\c 11
\s Psalm 11 – Trust in the Lord
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. Of David.
\q
\v 1 In the \nd Lord\nd* I take refuge.
\q2 How can you tell me
\q to flee like a bird to the mountains?
\b
\q
\v 2 “See! The wicked are bending the bow,
\q2 their arrow is set on the string,
\q2 to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
\q
\v 3 In this tearing down of foundations
\q2 what good can [neut:a good person|masc:the just man] do?”
\b
\q
\v 4 The \nd Lord\nd* in his holy temple,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* in heaven, enthroned.
\q His eyes watch the world,
\q2 they see everyone.
\q
\v 5 The \nd Lord\nd* examines the righteous and wicked,
\q2 and the lover of violence he hates.
\q
\v 6 On the wicked he rains coals of fire and brimstone,
\q2 and their drink will be scorching wind.
\q
\v 7 For the \nd Lord\nd* is just, and justice he loves;
\q2 so the upright will see his face.
\c 12
\s Psalm 12 – A Prayer for the Faithful in a False World
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader; on the sheminith. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 Help, \nd Lord\nd*, for the good are all gone,
\q2 faithful people have vanished.
\q
\v 2 One lies to another, speaking empty lies,
\q2 with flattering lips and false hearts they speak.
\b
\q
\v 3 May the \nd Lord\nd* cut off all the flattering lips,
\q2 and the tongue that utters arrogance,
\q
\v 4 they declare, “Our tongue is our strength,
\q2 our allies our lips: who is lord over us?”
\b
\q
\v 5 “The poor are despoiled, and the needy are sighing;
\q2 so now I will act,” the \nd Lord\nd* declares
\q2 “And place them in the safety they long for.”
\b
\q
\v 6 The words of the \nd Lord\nd* are words that are pure,
\q2 silver smelted, seven times refined.
\q
\v 7 You will keep us, \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and guard us from this generation forever,
\q
\v 8 in a world where the wicked prowl,
\q2 and worthless people exalted.
\c 13
\s Psalm 13 – A Prayer for Help in Trouble
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 How long, \nd Lord\nd*, will you forget me forever?
\q2 How long will you hide your face from me?
\q
\v 2 How long must I nurse grief inside me,
\q2 and in my heart a daily sorrow?
\q2 How long are my foes to exult over me?
\b
\q
\v 3 Look at me, answer me, \nd Lord\nd* my God.
\q Fill my eyes with your light,
\q2 lest I sleep in death,
\q2
\v 4 lest my enemies claim to have triumphed,
\q2 lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.
\b
\q
\v 5 But I trust in your kindness:
\q2 my heart will rejoice in your help.
\q2
\v 6 I will sing to the \nd Lord\nd* who was good to me.
\c 14
\s Psalm 14 – The Folly of Denying God
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. Of David.
\q
\v 1 Fools say in their heart,
\q2 “There is no God.”
\q Vile, hateful their life is;
\q2 not one does good.
\b
\q
\v 2 From heaven the \nd Lord\nd* looks out
\q2 on humans, to see
\q if any are wise,
\q2 and care for God.
\b
\q
\v 3 But all have turned bad,
\q2 the taint is on all;
\q not one does good,
\q2 no, not one.
\b
\q
\v 4 Have they learned their lesson,
\q2 those workers of evil?
\q Who ate up my people,
\q2 eating, devouring,
\q2 never calling to the \nd Lord\nd*.
\b
\q
\v 5 Sore afraid will they be;
\q2 for God is among
\q2 those who are righteous,
\q
\v 6 you may mock the plans of the poor,
\q2 but the \nd Lord\nd* is their refuge.
\b
\q
\v 7 If only help from Zion
\q2 would come for Israel!
\q When the \nd Lord\nd* brings his people
\q2 a change of fortune,
\q how glad will be Jacob,
\q2 and Israel how joyful!
\c 15
\s Psalm 15 – Standing Firm
\rem Revision 2
\d A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 \nd Lord\nd*, who can be guest in your tent?
\q2 Who may live on your holy mountain?
\b
\q
\v 2 [neut:The person|masc:He] whose walk is blameless,
\q2 whose conduct is right,
\q whose words are true and sincere;
\q2
\v 3 on whose tongue there sits no slander,
\q who will not harm [neut:a|masc:his] friend,
\q2
\v 4 nor cruelly insult [neut:a|masc:his] [us:neighbor|cth:neighbour],
\q [neut:who|masc:he] regards with contempt those rejected by God;
\q2 but [us:honors|cth:honours] those who obey the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q [neut:who|masc:he] keeps [neut:an|masc:his] oath, whatever the cost,
\q2
\v 5 [neut:whose money is lent|masc:his money he lends] without interest,
\q [neut:and|masc:he] never takes a bribe to hurt the innocent.
\b
\q [neut:The person|masc:He] who does these things will always stand firm.
\c 16
\s Psalm 16 – The Joy of Fellowship with God
\rem Revision 2
\d A michtam of David.
\q
\v 1 Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
\q2
\v 2 I said to the \nd Lord\nd*, “You are my \nd Lord\nd*,
\q my happiness rests in you alone.
\q
\v 3 Those who are holy in the land,
\q2 they, they alone, are the noble ones;
\q2 all my delight is in them.”
\b
\q
\v 4 Those who choose other gods
\q2 find endless sorrow.
\q In their offerings of blood I will have no part
\q2 nor take their name on my lips.
\q
\v 5 The \nd Lord\nd* is my share and my portion,
\q2 my fate is in your strong hands.
\b
\q
\v 6 The boundary lines of my life
\q2 mark out delightful country,
\q2 my heritage pleases me well.
\q
\v 7 I praise the \nd Lord\nd* for his counsel,
\q2 which so stirs my heart in the night.
\q
\v 8 I keep the \nd Lord\nd* always in mind:
\q2 with him at my hand, I can never be moved.
\b
\q
\v 9 So my heart is glad, there is joy inside me;
\q2 and in safety of body I live.
\q
\v 10 For you will not give me up to Sheol
\q2 nor let any who love you see the pit.
\q
\v 11 You will show me the path that leads to life,
\q2 to that fulness of joy which is in your presence,
\q2 and the pleasures dispensed by your hand evermore.
\c 17
\s Psalm 17 – A Prayer for Deliverance
\rem Revision 2
\d A prayer of David.
\q
\v 1 Listen, O \nd Lord\nd*, to my innocence;
\q2 attend to my piercing cry.
\q Give heed to my prayer
\q2 out of lips unfeigned.
\q
\v 2 Let my vindication come from you,
\q2 your eyes see the truth.
\b
\q
\v 3 When you test my heart when you visit at night,
\q2 and assay me like silver – you can find no evil.
\q I am determined that my mouth should not lie.
\q2
\v 4 I gave earnest heed to the words of your lips.
\q
\v 5 My steps have held fast to the paths of your precepts
\q2 and in your tracks have my feet never stumbled.
\b
\q
\v 6 So I call you, O God, with assurance of answer;
\q2 bend down your ear to me, hear what I say.
\q
\v 7 Show your [us:marvelous|cth:marvellous] love, you who save from enemies
\q2 those who take refuge at your right hand.
\b
\q
\v 8 Keep me as the apple of the eye,
\q2 hide me in the shelter of your wings.
\q
\v 9 From wicked [neut:people|masc:men] who do me violence,
\q2 from deadly foes who crowd around me.
\b
\q
\v 10 They have closed their hearts to pity,
\q2 the words of their mouths are haughty.
\q
\v 11 Now they dog us at every step,
\q2 keenly watching, to hurl us to the ground,
\q
\v 12 like a lion, longing to tear,
\q2 like a young lion, lurking in secret.
\b
\q
\v 13 Arise, \nd Lord\nd*, face [neut:them|masc:him] and fell [neut:them|masc:him].
\q2 By your sword set me free from the wicked,
\q
\v 14 by your hand, O \nd Lord\nd*, from [neut:those|masc:the men] –
\q2 whose portion of life is but of this world.
\q But let your treasured ones have food in plenty
\q may their children be full and their children satisfied.
\b
\q2
\v 15 In my innocence I will see your face,
\q awake I am filled with a vision of you.
\c 18
\s Psalm 18 – A King's Song of Gratitude
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. Of David, the servant of the \nd Lord\nd*, who recited the words of this song to the \nd Lord\nd* after the \nd Lord\nd* had saved him from the power of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:
\q
\v 1 I love you, O \nd Lord\nd*, my strength.
\q
\v 2 The \nd Lord\nd* is my rock, my fortress, deliverer,
\q2 my God, my rock, where I take refuge,
\q2 my shield, my defender, my tower.
\q
\v 3 Worthy of praise is the \nd Lord\nd* whom I call on,
\q2 he rescues me from all my foes.
\b
\q
\v 4 The waves of death broke about me,
\q2 fearful floods of chaos.
\q
\v 5 Sheol threw cords around me,
\q2 snares of death came to meet me.
\q
\v 6 In distress I cried to the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and shouted for help to my God;
\q in his temple he heard my voice,
\q2 into his ears came my cry.
\b
\q
\v 7 Then the earth shook and quaked,
\q2 mountains trembled to their foundations,
\q2 and quaked because of his wrath.
\q
\v 8 Smoke went up from his nostrils,
\q2 devouring fire from his mouth,
\q2 coals were kindled by it.
\b
\q
\v 9 Then he bent the sky and came down,
\q2 thick darkness was under his feet.
\q
\v 10 He rode on a cherub and flew,
\q2 darting on wings of wind,
\q
\v 11 with his screen of darkness about him,
\q2 in thick dark clouds of water.
\b
\q
\v 12 At the radiance before him there passed
\q2 hailstones and coals of fire.
\q
\v 13 The \nd Lord\nd* thundered from heaven,
\q2 the Most High uttered his voice.
\q
\v 14 He shot his arrows and scattered them,
\q2 flashed lightnings, and routed them.
\q
\v 15 The channels of the sea were revealed,
\q2 the world was laid bare to its base,
\q at your rebuke, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
\b
\q
\v 16 He stretched from on high, he seized me,
\q2 drew me up from the mighty waters,
\q
\v 17 and saved me from those who hated me –
\q2 fierce foes, too mighty for me.
\q
\v 18 In my day of distress they assailed me,
\q2 but the \nd Lord\nd* proved my support.
\q
\v 19 To a spacious place he brought me,
\q2 and, for love of me, he saved me.
\b
\q
\v 20 The \nd Lord\nd* repays my innocence,
\q2 he rewards my cleanness of hands.
\q
\v 21 For I kept the ways of the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 nor have wickedly strayed from my God.
\q
\v 22 His commandments were all before me,
\q2 his statutes I put not away.
\q
\v 23 And I was blameless before him,
\q2 guarding myself from sin.
\q
\v 24 So the \nd Lord\nd* repaid my innocence,
\q2 my cleanness of hands in his sight.
\b
\q
\v 25 With the loyal you are loyal,
\q2 and with the blameless blameless.
\q
\v 26 With the pure you show yourself pure,
\q2 but shrewd with the devious.
\q
\v 27 For the lowly people you save,
\q2 but haughty eyes you abase.
\q
\v 28 You are my lamp, \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 my God who enlightens my darkness.
\q
\v 29 With you I can storm a rampart,
\q2 with my God I can leap a wall.
\q
\v 30 As for God, his way is perfect;
\q2 the word of the \nd Lord\nd* is pure.
\q2 He is shield to all who take refuge in him.
\b
\q
\v 31 For who is God but the \nd Lord\nd*?
\q2 And who is a rock but our God?
\q
\v 32 The God who arms me with strength,
\q2 who cleared and smoothed my way.
\q
\v 33 He made my feet like hinds' feet,
\q2 and set me up on the heights.
\q
\v 34 He taught my hands how to fight,
\q2 and my arms how to bend a bronze bow.
\b
\q
\v 35 The shield of your help you gave me,
\q2 your right hand supports me,
\q2 you stoop down to make me great.
\q
\v 36 In your strength I took giant strides,
\q2 and my feet never slipped.
\q
\v 37 So I chased the foe till I caught them,
\q2 and turned not, till I made an end of them.
\q
\v 38 I smashed them, they could not rise,
\q2 they fell beneath my feet.
\b
\q
\v 39 You did arm me with strength for war,
\q2 you did bow my assailants beneath me.
\q
\v 40 You made my foes turn their back to me,
\q2 and those who did hate me I finished.
\q
\v 41 They cried for help, but none saved them;
\q2 to the \nd Lord\nd*, but he answered them not.
\q
\v 42 I beat them like dust of the market-place,
\q2 stamped them like mud of the streets.
\b
\q
\v 43 From the strife of the peoples you saved me,
\q2 you made me head of the nations,
\q2 peoples I knew not did serve me.
\q
\v 44 On the instant they hear, they obey me,
\q2 foreigners come to me cringing.
\q
\v 45 Foreigners lose courage,
\q2 and come out of their strongholds trembling.
\b
\q
\v 46 The \nd Lord\nd* is alive! Blest be my rock!
\q2 Exalted be God, my protector!
\q
\v 47 The God who gave me revenge,
\q2 and brought down nations beneath me,
\q
\v 48 who saved me from angry foes,
\q2 and set me above my assailants,
\q2 safe from the violent[neut:|masc: man].
\b
\q
\v 49 For this I will praise you among the nations,
\q2 making music, O \nd Lord\nd*, to your name:
\q
\v 50 for great triumphs he grants to his king,
\q2 and faithful love he shows his anointed,
\q2 to David and his seed evermore.
\c 19
\s Psalm 19 – The Glory of God in the Heavens
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 The heavens declare God's glory,
\q2 the sky tells what his hands have done.
\q
\v 2 Day tells it to day,
\q2 night reveals it to night,
\q
\v 3 without speaking, without words;
\q2 without the sound of voices.
\q
\v 4 But through all the world their voice carries
\q2 their words to the ends of the earth.
\b
\q He has pitched a tent for the sun in the sky,
\q2
\v 5 it comes out like a bridegroom from his bridal chamber,
\q it joyfully runs its course like a hero.
\q2
\v 6 From one end of the heavens it rises,
\q and [us:around|cth:round] it runs to the other,
\q2 and nothing hides from its heat.
\s In Praise of the Law
\q
\v 7 The law of the \nd Lord\nd* is perfect,
\q2 renewing life.
\q The decrees of the \nd Lord\nd* are trusty,
\q2 making the simple wise.
\b
\q
\v 8 The behests of the \nd Lord\nd* are right,
\q2 rejoicing the heart.
\q The command of the \nd Lord\nd* is pure,
\q2 giving light to the eyes.
\b
\q
\v 9 The fear of the \nd Lord\nd* is clean,
\q2 it endures forever.
\q The \nd Lord\nd*'s judgments are true
\q2 and right altogether.
\b
\q
\v 10 More precious are they than gold –
\q2 than fine gold in plenty,
\q and sweeter they are than honey,
\q2 that drops from the comb.
\b
\q
\v 11 By them is your servant warned;
\q2 who keeps them has rich reward.
\q
\v 12 Who can know their flaws?
\q2 Absolve me from those I know not.
\b
\q
\v 13 Keep your servant from wilful sins –
\q2 from falling under their sway:
\q then blameless and clear will I be
\q2 from great [us:offense|cth:offence].
\b
\q
\v 14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
\q2 be pleasing to you, \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 my rock and redeemer.
\c 20
\s Psalm 20 – A Prayer for Victory
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 The \nd Lord\nd* answer you in the day of distress,
\q2 the name of the Jacob's God protect you,
\q
\v 2 sending you help from the temple,
\q2 out of Zion supporting you.
\b
\q
\v 3 All your meal-offerings may he remember,
\q2 your burnt-offerings look on with [us:favor|cth:favour]. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 4 May he grant you your heart's desire,
\q2 and bring all your plans to pass.
\q
\v 5 We will shout then for joy at your victory,
\q2 and rejoice in the name of our God.
\q2 May the \nd Lord\nd* grant your every request.
\b
\q
\v 6 Now I am sure that the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 will help his anointed.
\q From his temple in heaven he will answer
\q2 by his mighty triumphant right hand.
\q
\v 7 Some in chariots are strong, some in horses;
\q2 but our strength is the \nd Lord\nd* our God.
\q
\v 8 They will totter and fall,
\q2 while we rise and stand firm.
\b
\q
\v 9 Give victory, \nd Lord\nd*, to the king,
\q2 and answer us when we call.
\c 21
\s Psalm 21 – A Prayer after a Victory
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 The king rejoices, \nd Lord\nd*, in your might,
\q2 how he exults because of your help!
\q
\v 2 You have granted to him his heart's desire,
\q2 you have not withheld his lips' request. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 3 You came to meet him with rich blessings,
\q2 you set on his head a golden crown.
\q
\v 4 He asked you for life, you gave it –
\q2 many long days, forever and ever.
\b
\q
\v 5 Great is his glory because of your help,
\q2 [us:honor|cth:honour] and majesty you lay upon him.
\q
\v 6 For you make him most blessed forever,
\q2 you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
\b
\q
\v 7 For the king puts always his trust in the \nd Lord\nd*;
\q2 the Most High, in his love, will preserve him unshaken.
\q
\v 8 Your hand will reach all your foes,
\q2 your right hand, all who hate you.
\q
\v 9 You will make them like a furnace of fire,
\q2 when you appear, \nd Lord\nd*.
\q The \nd Lord\nd* will swallow them up in his wrath.
\q2 The fire will devour them.
\q
\v 10 You will sweep their offspring from the earth,
\q2 their children from humanity.
\q
\v 11 When they scheme against you
\q2 and hatch evil plots – they will fail.
\q
\v 12 For you aim your bow at their faces,
\q2 make them turn in flight.
\b
\q
\v 13 Be exalted, \nd Lord\nd*, in your strength,
\q to your might we shall sing and make music.
\c 22
\s Psalm 22 – The Sufferer's Triumph
\d For the leader; set to ‘Deer of the Dawn’. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 My God, my God, why have you left me,
\q2 my rescue so far from the words of my roaring?
\q
\v 2 I cry in the day, you do not answer,
\q I cry in the night but find no rest.
\b
\q
\v 3 You are the Holy One,
\q2 throned on the praises of Israel.
\q
\v 4 In you [neut:our ancestors trusted|masc:did our fathers trust],
\q2 they trusted and you delivered them.
\q
\v 5 They cried to you, and found safety,
\q2 in you did they trust and were not put to shame.
\b
\q
\v 6 But I am a worm, [neut:not a person|masc:and no man];
\q2 insulted by [neut:others,|masc:men and] despised by the people.
\q
\v 7 All who see me mock me,
\q2 with mouths wide open and wagging heads:
\q
\v 8 “He relies on the \nd Lord\nd*; let him save him.
\q2 Let him rescue the one he holds dear!”
\b
\q
\v 9 But you drew me from the womb,
\q2 laid me safely on my mother's breasts.
\q
\v 10 On your care was I cast from my very birth,
\q2 you are my God from my mother's womb.
\q
\v 11 Be not far from me, for trouble is nigh,
\q and there is none to help.
\b
\q
\v 12 I am circled by many bulls,
\q2 beset by the mighty of Bashan,
\q
\v 13 who face me with gaping jaws,
\q2 like ravening roaring lions.
\q
\v 14 Poured out am I like water,
\q2 and all my bones are loosened.
\q My heart is become like wax,
\q2 melted within me.
\b
\q
\v 15 My palate is dry as a sherd,
\q2 my tongue sticks to my jaws;
\q2 in the dust of death you lay me.
\q
\v 16 For dogs are round about me,
\q2 a band of knaves encircles me,
\q2 gnawing my hands and my feet.
\q
\v 17 I can count my bones, every one.
\q2 As for them, they feast their eyes on me.
\q
\v 18 They divide my garments among them,
\q2 and over my raiment cast lots.
\b
\q
\v 19 But you, O \nd Lord\nd*, be not far,
\q2 O my strength, hasten to help me.
\q
\v 20 Deliver my life from the sword
\q2 my life from the power of the dogs.
\q
\v 21 Save me from the jaws of the lion,
\q2 from the horns of the wild oxen help me.
\b
\q
\v 22 I will tell of your fame to my kindred,
\q2 and in the assembly will praise you.
\q
\v 23 Praise the \nd Lord\nd*, you who fear him.
\q2 All Jacob's seed, give him glory.
\q2 All Israel's seed, stand in awe of him.
\b
\q
\v 24 For he has not despised nor abhorred
\q2 the sorrow of [neut:the|masc:him who was] sorrowful.
\q He hid not his face from [neut:me|masc:him],
\q2 but he listened to [neut:my|masc:his] cry for help.
\b
\q
\v 25 Of you is my praise in the great congregation;
\q2 my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
\q
\v 26 The afflicted will eat to their heart's desire,
\q2 and those who seek after the \nd Lord\nd* will praise him.
\q2 Lift up your hearts forever.
\q
\v 27 All will call it to mind, to the ends of the earth,
\q2 and turn to the \nd Lord\nd*;
\q and all tribes of the nations will bow down before you.
\q
\v 28 For the kingdom belongs to the \nd Lord\nd*:
\q2 he is the \nd Lord\nd* of the nations.
\q
\v 29 To him will bow down all who sleep in the earth,
\q2 and before him bend all who go down to the dust,
\q2 and those who could not preserve their lives.
\q
\v 30 [neut:My descendants|masc:The sons of his servants] will tell of the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 to the next generation;
\q
\v 31 [neut:they will declare his righteousness|masc:and men will declare to people yet unborn]
\q2 [neut:to people yet to be born:
\q2 He has done it.|masc:of the victory he wrought.]
\c 23
\s Psalm 23 – The Good Shepherd
\rem Revision 2
\d A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 The \nd Lord\nd* is my shepherd: I am never in need.
\q2
\v 2 He lays me down in green pastures.
\q He gently leads me to waters of rest,
\q2
\v 3 he refreshes my life.
\q He guides me along paths that are straight,
\q2 true to his name.
\b
\q
\v 4 And when my way lies through a valley of gloom,
\q2 I fear no evil, for you are with me.
\q Your rod and your staff comfort me.
\b
\q
\v 5 You spread a table for me
\q2 in face of my foes;
\q with oil you anoint my head,
\q2 and my cup runs over.
\q
\v 6 Surely goodness and love will pursue me –
\q2 all the days of my life.
\q In the house of the \nd Lord\nd* I will live
\q2 through the length of the days.
\c 24
\s Psalm 24 – The True Worshipper
\d Of David. A psalm.
\q
\v 1 The earth is the \nd Lord\nd*'s and all that it holds,
\q2 the world and those who live in it.
\q
\v 2 For he founded it on the seas,
\q2 and on the floods he sustains it.
\b
\q
\v 3 Who may ascend the hill of the \nd Lord\nd*?
\q2 Who may stand in his holy place?
\q
\v 4 The clean of hands, the pure of heart,
\q2 who sets not [neut:their|masc:his] heart upon sinful things,
\q2 nor swears with intent to deceive:
\q
\v 5 [neut:they win|masc:this is he who wins] from the \nd Lord\nd* a blessing:
\q2 God is [neut:their|masc:his] champion and [us:savior|cth:saviour].
\q
\v 6 Such must be those who resort to him,
\q2 and seek the face of the God of Jacob. \qs Selah\qs*
\s The Lords's Triumphal Entry into the Sanctuary
\q
\v 7 Lift high your heads, you gates –
\q2 Higher, you ancient doors;
\q2 welcome the glorious king.
\q
\v 8 “Who is the glorious king?”
\q2 “The \nd Lord\nd* strong and heroic,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* heroic in battle.”
\b
\q
\v 9 Lift high your heads, you gates –
\q2 Higher, you ancient doors;
\q2 welcome the glorious king.
\q
\v 10 “Who is the glorious king?”
\q2 “The \nd Lord\nd*, the God of hosts,
\q2 he is the glorious king.” \qs Selah\qs*
\c 25
\s Psalm 25 – A Prayer for Forgiveness and Protection
\d A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 To you, O \nd Lord\nd*, I lift up my heart:
\q2 all the day I wait for you.
\q
\v 2 In you I trust, put me not to shame;
\q2 let not my foes exult over me.
\q
\v 3 None will be shamed who wait for you,
\q2 but shame will fall upon wanton traitors.
\q
\v 4 Make me, O \nd Lord\nd*, to know your ways:
\q2 teach me your paths.
\q
\v 5 In your faithfulness guide me and teach me,
\q2 for you are my God and my [us:savior|cth:saviour].
\q
\v 6 Remember your pity, O \nd Lord\nd*, and your kindness,
\q2 for they have been ever of old.
\q
\v 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth;
\q2 remember me in kindness,
\q2 because of your goodness, \nd Lord\nd*.
\q
\v 8 Good is the \nd Lord\nd* and upright,
\q2 so he teaches sinners the way.
\q
\v 9 The humble he guides in the right,
\q2 he teaches the humble his way.
\q
\v 10 All his ways are loving and loyal
\q2 to those who observe his charges and covenant.
\q
\v 11 Be true to your name \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 forgive my many sins.
\q
\v 12 Who then is the [neut:person|masc:man] who fears the \nd Lord\nd*?
\q2 He will teach [neut:them|masc:him] the way to choose.
\q
\v 13 [neut:They|masc:He himself] will live in prosperity,
\q2 [neut:their children|masc:and his seed] will inherit the land.
\q
\v 14 The \nd Lord\nd* gives guidance to those who fear him,
\q2 and with his covenant he makes them acquainted.
\q
\v 15 My eyes are ever toward the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 for out of the net he brings my foot.
\q
\v 16 Turn to me with your [us:favor|cth:favour],
\q2 for I am lonely and crushed
\q
\v 17 In my heart are strain and storm;
\q2 bring me out of my distresses.
\q
\v 18 Look on my misery and trouble,
\q2 and pardon all my sins,
\q
\v 19 look on my foes oh, so many!
\q2 And their cruel hatred towards me.
\q
\v 20 Deliver me, keep me, and shame not
\q2 one who takes refuge in you.
\q
\v 21 May integrity and innocence preserve me,
\q2 for I wait for you, O \nd Lord\nd*.
\b
\q
\v 22 Redeem Israel, O God,
\q2 from all [neut:its|masc:his] distresses.
\c 26
\s Psalm 26 – Prayer of a Devout Worshipper
\d A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 Defend me, O \nd Lord\nd*, for my walk has been blameless;
\q2 in the \nd Lord\nd* have I trusted unswervingly:
\q
\v 2 Examine me, \nd Lord\nd*, and test me;
\q2 test my heart and my mind.
\q
\v 3 For your love is before my eyes,
\q2 and your faithfulness governs my way.
\b
\q
\v 4 I never sat down with the worthless,
\q2 nor companied with dissemblers.
\q
\v 5 I hate the assembly of knaves,
\q2 I would never sit down with the wicked;
\q
\v 6 but, with hands washed in innocence,
\q2 I would march round your altar, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q
\v 7 singing loud songs of thanks,
\q2 and telling of all your wonders.
\q
\v 8 O \nd Lord\nd*, I love your house,
\q2 the place where your glory lives.
\b
\q
\v 9 Do not gather me up with sinners;
\q2 slay me not with [neut:people|masc:men] of blood,
\q
\v 10 whose hands are stained with villainy,
\q2 and whose right hand is filled with bribes.
\q
\v 11 But my walk is blameless!
\q2 O redeem me, be gracious to me.
\q
\v 12 My foot stands on even ground,
\q2 in the choirs I will bless the \nd Lord\nd*.
\c 27
\s Psalm 27 – If God is for Me
\d A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 The \nd Lord\nd* is my light and my [us:savior|cth:saviour];
\q2 whom then should I fear?
\q The \nd Lord\nd* protects my life;
\q2 whom then should I dread?
\b
\q
\v 2 When the wicked drew near to assail me
\q2 and eat up my flesh,
\q it was those who distressed and opposed me
\q2 who stumbled and fell.
\b
\q
\v 3 Though against me a host should encamp,
\q2 yet my heart would be fearless:
\q though battle should rise up against me,
\q2 still would I be trustful.
\b
\q
\v 4 One thing have I asked of the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and that do I long for –
\q To live in the house of the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 all the days of my life,
\q to gaze on the grace of the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 and inquire in his temple.
\b
\q
\v 5 For he will hide me in his shelter
\q2 in the day of misfortune.
\q In his sheltering tent he hides me:
\q2 he lifts me up on a rock.
\b
\q
\v 6 And now that my head he has lifted
\q above my encircling foes,
\q I will march round the altar and sacrifice,
\q2 shouting with joy, in his tent,
\q2 making music and song to the \nd Lord\nd*.
\s The Serenity of Faith
\q
\v 7 Hear, O \nd Lord\nd*, my loud cry,
\q2 and graciously answer me.
\q
\v 8 My heart has said to you,
\q2 “Your face, O \nd Lord\nd*, I seek.”
\b
\q
\v 9 Hide not your face from me,
\q2 reject not your servant in anger:
\q2 for you have been my help.
\q Abandon me not, nor forsake me,
\q2 O God of my help:
\q
\v 10 for father and mother have left me;
\q2 but the \nd Lord\nd* will take me up.
\b
\q
\v 11 Teach me your way, O \nd Lord\nd*:
\q2 lead me in an even path,
\q2 because of my enemies.
\q
\v 12 Give me not up, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 unto the rage of my foes;
\q for against me have risen false witnesses,
\q2 breathing out cruelty.
\b
\q
\v 13 Firm is the faith I cherish,
\q2 that I, in the land of the living,
\q2 will yet see the goodness of God.
\q
\v 14 Let your heart be courageous and strong,
\q2 and wait on the \nd Lord\nd*.
\c 28
\s Psalm 28 – An Answered Prayer for Help
\d Of David.
\q
\v 1 Unto you, O \nd Lord\nd*, do I cry;
\q2 my rock, be not deaf to me:
\q lest, through holding your peace, I become
\q2 like those who go down to the pit.
\q
\v 2 Hear my loud entreaty,
\q2 as I cry for help to you,
\q lifting my hands, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 towards your holy chancel.
\b
\q
\v 3 Take me not off with the wicked,
\q2 nor with the workers of wrong,
\q whose speech to their [us:neighbors|cth:neighbours] is friendly,
\q2 while evil is in their heart.
\q
\v 4 Give them as they have done,
\q2 as their wicked deeds deserve.
\q As their hands have wrought, so give to them:
\q2 requite to them their deserts.
\q
\v 5 They are blind to all that the \nd Lord\nd* does,
\q2 to all that his hands have wrought;
\q and so he will tear them down,
\q2 to build them up no more.
\b
\q
\v 6 Blest be the \nd Lord\nd*, who has heard
\q2 my voice as I plead for mercy.
\q
\v 7 The \nd Lord\nd* is my strength and my shield;
\q2 my heart trusts in him.
\q I was helped: so my heart is exultant,
\q2 and in my song I will praise him.
\b
\q
\v 8 The \nd Lord\nd* is the strength of his people,
\q2 the fortress who saves his anointed.
\q
\v 9 O save your people,
\q2 and bless your inheritance.
\q Be their shepherd
\q2 and carry them forever.
\c 29
\s Psalm 29 – The Lord's Glory in the Storm
\d A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 Ascribe to the \nd Lord\nd*, you [neut:heavenly beings|masc:sons of the gods],
\q2 ascribe to the \nd Lord\nd* glory and power
\q
\v 2 Ascribe to the \nd Lord\nd* the glory he manifests:
\q2 bow to the \nd Lord\nd* in holy array.
\b
\q
\v 3 The \nd Lord\nd*'s voice peals on the waters.
\q2 The God of glory has thundered.
\q2 He peals o'er the mighty waters.
\q
\v 4 The \nd Lord\nd*'s voice sounds with strength,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd*'s voice sounds with majesty.
\b
\q
\v 5 The \nd Lord\nd*'s voice breaks the cedars,
\q2 he breaks the cedars of Lebanon,
\q
\v 6 making Lebanon dance like a calf,
\q2 Sirion like a young wild ox.
\b
\q
\v 7 The \nd Lord\nd*'s voice hews out flames of fire.
\q
\v 8 The \nd Lord\nd*'s voice rends the desert,
\q2 he rends the desert of Kadesh.
\b
\q
\v 9 The \nd Lord\nd*'s voice whirls the oaks,
\q2 and strips the forests bare;
\q2 and all in his temple say “Glory.”
\b
\q
\v 10 The \nd Lord\nd* was king at the flood,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* sits throned forever.
\q
\v 11 The \nd Lord\nd* gives strength to his people,
\q2 he blesses his people with peace.
\c 30
\s Psalm 30 – A Song of Thanksgiving for Deliverance
\d A psalm of David. A song for the dedication of the Temple.
\q
\v 1 I will extol you, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 because you have lifted me up,
\q and not suffered my foes to rejoice over me.
\b
\q
\v 2 I cried to you for help,
\q2 O \nd Lord\nd* my God, and you healed me.
\q
\v 3 You have brought me up, \nd Lord\nd*, from Sheol,
\q2 from my way to the pit back to life you have called me.
\b
\q
\v 4 Sing praise to the \nd Lord\nd*, faithful people;
\q2 give thanks to his holy name.
\q
\v 5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
\q2 his [us:favor|cth:favour] endures for a lifetime.
\q Weeping may lodge for the night,
\q2 but the morning brings shouts of joy.
\b
\q
\v 6 When all went well, I imagined
\q2 that never should I be shaken.
\q
\v 7 For by your [us:favor|cth:favour], O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 you had set me on mountains strong:
\q but you hide your face,
\q2 and I was confounded.
\b
\q
\v 8 Then to you, \nd Lord\nd*, I cried,
\q2 to the \nd Lord\nd* I begged for mercy,
\q
\v 9 “What profit is there in my blood,
\q2 if I go down to the pit?
\q Can you be praised by dust?
\q2 Can it tell of your faithfulness?
\q
\v 10 Hear, \nd Lord\nd*, and show me your [us:favor|cth:favour],
\q2 \nd Lord\nd* be a helper to me.”
\b
\q
\v 11 You have turned my mourning to dancing;
\q2 my sackcloth you have unloosed,
\q2 and clothed me with joy:
\q
\v 12 that unceasingly I should sing your praise,
\q2 and give thanks to you, \nd Lord\nd* my God, forever.
\c 31
\s Psalm 31 – A Prayer for Deliverance from Troubles
\d For the leader. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 In you, O \nd Lord\nd*, I take refuge;
\q2 let me never be put to shame.
\q Rescue me in your faithfulness;
\q2
\v 2 incline to me your ear.
\q Deliver me speedily.
\q2 Be to me a rock of defence,
\q a fortified house, to save me.
\q2
\v 3 For my rock and my fortress are you;
\q lead me and guide me so your name will be [us:honored|cth:honoured].
\q2
\v 4 Draw me out of the net they have hid for me,
\q for you yourself are my refuge.
\q2
\v 5 Into your hand I commend my spirit:
\q2 you ransom me, \nd Lord\nd*, faithful God.
\q
\v 6 I hate those devoted to worthless idols;
\q2 I trust in the \nd Lord\nd*.
\q
\v 7 I will rejoice and be glad in your love,
\q2 because you have looked on my misery,
\q2 and cared for me in my distress.
\q
\v 8 You have not given me into the enemy's hand,
\q2 you have set my feet in a spacious place.
\b
\q
\v 9 Be gracious to me, \nd Lord\nd*, for I am distressed;
\q2 my eye is wasted away with sorrow.
\q
\v 10 For my life is consumed with grief,
\q2 and my years with sighing.
\q My strength is broken with misery,
\q2 my bones waste away.
\q
\v 11 The scorn of all my foes,
\q2 the butt of my [us:neighbors|cth:neighbours] am I,
\q2 a terror to my acquaintance.
\q At the sight of me in the street
\q2 [neut:people|masc:men] turn quickly away.
\q
\v 12 I am clean forgotten like the dead,
\q2 am become like a ruined vessel.
\q
\v 13 I hear the whispers of many –
\q2 terror on every side –
\q scheming together against me,
\q2 plotting to take my life.
\b
\q
\v 14 But my trust is in you, \nd Lord\nd*.
\q2 “You are my God,” I say;
\q
\v 15 my times are in your hand, save me
\q2 from the hand of the foes who pursue me.
\q
\v 16 Make your face to shine on your servant,
\q2 save me in your love.
\q
\v 17 Put me not, O \nd Lord\nd*, to shame,
\q2 for I have called upon you.
\q Let the wicked be put to shame
\q2 silent in Sheol.
\q
\v 18 Strike the false lips dumb,
\q2 that speak proudly against the righteous
\q2 with haughtiness and contempt.
\b
\q
\v 19 How great is the goodness
\q2 you have treasured for those who fear you,
\q and wrought for those who take refuge in you,
\q2 [neut:in plain sight of all|masc:before the children of men]!
\q
\v 20 In your sheltering wings you hide them
\q2 from plottings of [neut:people|masc:men],
\q you keep them safe in a bower
\q2 from the chiding of tongues.
\b
\q
\v 21 Blest be the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 for the wonderful love he has shown me
\q2 in time of distress.
\q
\v 22 For I had said in panic,
\q2 “I am driven clean out of your sight.”
\q But you heard my plea,
\q2 when I cried to you for help.
\b
\q
\v 23 Love the \nd Lord\nd*, all you faithful;
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* protects the loyal,
\q but repays the haughty in full.
\q
\v 24 Let your hearts be courageous and strong,
\q2 all you who wait on the \nd Lord\nd*.
\c 32
\s Psalm 32 – A Prayer of Confession and Joy
\d Of David. A maskil.
\q
\v 1 Happy [neut:those|masc:he] whose transgression is pardoned,
\q2 whose sin is covered.
\q
\v 2 Happy [neut:are those|masc:the man], free from falseness of spirit,
\q2 to whom the \nd Lord\nd* reckons no debt of guilt.
\b
\q
\v 3 When I held my peace, my bones wore away
\q2 with my endless groaning;
\q
\v 4 for day and night did your hand
\q2 lie heavy upon me.
\q The sap of my life was dried up
\q2 as with fierce summer-heat. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 5 I began to acknowledge my sin,
\q2 not concealing my guilt;
\q and the moment I vowed to confess
\q2 to the \nd Lord\nd* my transgression,
\q then you yourself did pardon
\q2 the guilt of my sin. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 6 For this cause let all who are faithful
\q2 pray to you in the time of distress;
\q then, when the great waters rush,
\q2 they will not reach to him.
\q
\v 7 For you are my shelter,
\q2 you protect me from trouble,
\q2 and surround me with deliverance. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 8 “With my eye steadfastly upon you,
\q2 I will instruct and teach you
\q2 The way you should go.
\q
\v 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
\q2 that have no understanding,
\q but need bridle and halter to curb them,
\q2 else they will not come near to you.”
\b
\q
\v 10 The godless have many sorrows,
\q2 but [neut:those who trust|masc:he who trusts] in the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 will be compassed about by his kindness.
\q
\v 11 Be glad in the \nd Lord\nd*, and rejoice, you righteous;
\q2 and ring out your joy, all you upright in heart.
\c 33
\s Psalm 33 – A Hymn of Thanksgiving
\q
\v 1 Shout for joy in the \nd Lord\nd*, you righteous:
\q2 praise for the upright is seemly.
\q
\v 2 Give thanks to the \nd Lord\nd* on the lyre,
\q2 play to him on a ten-stringed harp.
\q
\v 3 Sing to him a new song,
\q2 play skilfully and shout merrily.
\q
\v 4 For the \nd Lord\nd* is straight in his promise;
\q2 and all that he does is in faithfulness.
\q
\v 5 Justice and right he loves;
\q2 the earth is full of his kindness.
\b
\q
\v 6 By his word the heavens were made,
\q2 all their host by the breath of his mouth.
\q
\v 7 He gathers the sea in a bottle,
\q2 the ocean he puts into store-houses.
\q
\v 8 Let the whole world [us:honor|cth:honour] the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 let all who live on earth be in awe.
\q
\v 9 For at his word it came into being,
\q2 at his command it stood forth.
\b
\q
\v 10 The \nd Lord\nd* frustrates the designs of the nations,
\q2 what the peoples have purposed, he brings to nought,
\q
\v 11 but the \nd Lord\nd*'s own design will stand forever,
\q2 and what his heart has purposed, through all generations.
\q
\v 12 Happy the nation whose God is the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 the people he chose for himself as his own.
\b
\q
\v 13 The \nd Lord\nd* looks down from heaven,
\q2 he sees all [neut:of humanity|masc:the children of men];
\q
\v 14 from where he rules he gazes
\q2 on all who inhabit the earth.
\q
\v 15 He fashions the hearts of them all,
\q2 and gives heed to all that they do.
\b
\q
\v 16 It is not by great armies that kings are victorious,
\q2 it is not by great strength that a warrior saves himself;
\q
\v 17 false hope is the war-horse to usher in victory,
\q2 for all its great might it can provide no escape.
\b
\q
\v 18 See! The eye of the \nd Lord\nd* is on those who fear him,
\q2 on those who hope in his kindness;
\q
\v 19 to deliver their life from death,
\q2 and to keep them alive in famine.
\b
\q
\v 20 We wait for the \nd Lord\nd*:
\q2 he is our help and our shield.
\q
\v 21 For in him our heart is glad,
\q2 we trust in his holy name.
\b
\q
\v 22 Let your kindness, O \nd Lord\nd*, be upon us,
\q2 as is our hope in you.
\c 34
\s Psalm 34 – The Lord is Mindful of His Own
\d Of David, when he feigned madness in the presence of Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.
\q
\v 1 I will bless the \nd Lord\nd* at all times,
\q2 in my mouth will his praise be forever.
\q
\v 2 In the \nd Lord\nd* will my heart make her boast,
\q2 the humble will hear and be glad.
\q
\v 3 O magnify the \nd Lord\nd* with me
\q2 and let us extol his name together.
\q
\v 4 I sought the \nd Lord\nd*, and, in answer,
\q2 he saved me from all my terrors.
\q
\v 5 Look to him and you will be radiant,
\q2 with faces unashamed.
\q
\v 6 Here is [neut:one|masc:a man] who was crushed,
\q2 but[neut:|masc: he] cried and was heard by the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and brought safe out of [neut:every trouble|masc:all his distresses].
\q
\v 7 The \nd Lord\nd*'s angel encamps
\q2 about those who fear him, and rescues them.
\q
\v 8 O taste and see that the \nd Lord\nd* is good,
\q2 happy [neut:those who take|masc:the man who takes] refuge in him.
\q
\v 9 Fear the \nd Lord\nd*, all his people,
\q2 for they who fear him lack nothing.
\q
\v 10 Even young lions may be poor and hungry,
\q2 but those who seek the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 will not lack any good thing.
\b
\q
\v 11 Come, children, listen to me.
\q2 I will teach you the fear of the \nd Lord\nd*.
\q
\v 12 [neut:Which of you|masc:What man] is desirous of life,
\q2 loves many and happy days?
\q
\v 13 Then guard your tongue from evil,
\q2 and your lips from speaking deceit.
\q
\v 14 Depart from evil, and do good;
\q2 seek peace, and pursue it.
\q
\v 15 The eyes of the \nd Lord\nd* are towards the righteous,
\q2 his ears are towards their cry for help.
\q
\v 16 The \nd Lord\nd* sets his face against those who do evil,
\q2 to root their memory out of the earth.
\q
\v 17 When righteous cry, they are heard by the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and he saves them from all their distresses.
\q
\v 18 The \nd Lord\nd* is near to the broken-hearted,
\q2 he helps those whose spirit is crushed.
\q
\v 19 Many misfortunes befall the righteous,
\q2 but the \nd Lord\nd* delivers [neut:them|masc:him] out of them all.
\q
\v 20 He guards all [neut:their|masc:his] bones,
\q2 none are broken.
\q
\v 21 Misfortune will slay the ungodly;
\q2 those who hate the righteous are doomed.
\q
\v 22 The \nd Lord\nd* ransoms the life of his servants,
\q2 and none will be doomed who takes refuge in him.
\c 35
\s Psalm 35 – A Prayer for Deliverance from Malicious Foes
\d Of David.
\q
\v 1 Contend, \nd Lord\nd*, with those who contend with me,
\q2 do battle with those who do battle with me.
\q
\v 2 Grasp shield and buckler,
\q2 and rise up as my help.
\q
\v 3 Draw spear and battle-axe,
\q2 confront those who pursue me.
\q2 Assure me that you will help me.
\q
\v 4 [us:Dishonor|cth:Dishonour] and shame be on those
\q2 who are seeking my life!
\q Defeat and confusion on those
\q2 who are planning my hurt!
\q
\v 5 As chaff before wind may they be,
\q2 with the \nd Lord\nd*'s angel pursuing them.
\q
\v 6 Slippery and dark be their way,
\q2 with his angel thrusting them on.
\q
\v 7 For they wantonly hid their net for me,
\q2 and dug a pit to destroy me.
\b
\q
\v 8 Upon them may ruin come unawares;
\q may the net which they hid catch themselves,
\q2 and into the pit may they fall.
\q
\v 9 Then I will exult in the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and be joyful because of his help;
\q
\v 10 and all my being will say,
\q2 “Who, O \nd Lord\nd*, is like you,
\q who save the helpless from those too strong for them,
\q2 the poor and the helpless from those who despoil them?”
\b
\q
\v 11 Violent witnesses rise,
\q2 and ask of me things that I know not.
\q
\v 12 Evil for good they requite me,
\q2 leaving me inwardly comfortless.
\b
\q
\v 13 But when \em they\em* were sick, \em I\em* put on sackcloth,
\q2 and chastened myself with fasting.
\q I prayed with head bowed low,
\q2
\v 14 as if for my friend or my brother.
\q I went about bowed and in mourning,
\q2 as one who laments his mother.
\b
\q
\v 15 When I stumbled, they gleefully gathered,
\q2 strangers gathered around me,
\q2 and tore at me without ceasing,
\q
\v 16 impiously mocking and mocking,
\q2 bearing their teeth at me.
\b
\q
\v 17 How long, \nd Lord\nd*, will you look on?
\q2 Rescue me from their roaring,
\q2 my precious life from the lions.
\q
\v 18 I will then give you thanks in the great congregation,
\q2 and praise you before many people.
\q
\v 19 Suffer not those to rejoice over me
\q2 who are falsely my foes,
\q suffer not those who without cause abhor me
\q2 to wink with the eye.
\b
\q
\v 20 For it is not peace that they speak
\q2 of those who are quiet in the land;
\q but treacherous charges they plot.
\q2
\v 21 With wide open mouths they shout,
\q “Hurrah! Hurrah!
\q2 With our own eyes we saw it.”
\b
\q
\v 22 But you have seen, too, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 keep not silence, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 be not far from me.
\q
\v 23 Bestir you, awake, for my right
\q2 my God, my \nd Lord\nd*, for my cause.
\b
\q
\v 24 You are just, \nd Lord\nd*: win for me justice,
\q2 let them not rejoice over me,
\q
\v 25 inwardly saying, “Hurrah!
\q2 The desire of our hearts at last!
\q2 Now we have swallowed him up.”
\q
\v 26 Shame and confusion together
\q2 on those who rejoice at my hurt!
\q Clothed with shame and [us:dishonor|cth:dishonour]
\q2 be those who are haughty to me!
\b
\q
\v 27 Let such as delight in my cause
\q ring out their gladness,
\q2 and say evermore,
\q “Great is the \nd Lord\nd* whose delight
\q2 is the well-being of his servant.”
\q
\v 28 Then my tongue will tell of your justice,
\q2 and all the day long of your praise.
\c 36
\s Psalm 36 – The Triumphant Power of God's Love
\d For the leader. Of the servant of the \nd Lord\nd*, of David.
\q
\v 1 Sin whispers within [neut:the heart of the wicked|masc:the bad man's heart],
\q2 who [neut:have|masc:has] no dread of God before [neut:their|masc:his] eyes.
\q
\v 2 It flatters [neut:them in their|masc:him in his] eyes
\q2 that [neut:their|masc:his] sin will not be found out.
\b
\q
\v 3 First, [neut:their|masc:his] speech becomes wicked and false,
\q2 [neut:they give|masc:he gives] up acting wisely and well.
\q
\v 4 Then [neut:they plot|masc:he plots] deliberate wrong,
\q2 [neut:take their|masc:takes his] stand on the wicked way,
\q2 without the least shrinking from evil.
\b
\q
\v 5 Your love, O \nd Lord\nd*, touches the heavens,
\q2 your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
\q
\v 6 Your justice is like the great mountains,
\q2 your judgments are like the broad sea.
\q2 \nd Lord\nd*, you save [neut:people|masc:men] and animals.
\q
\v 7 How precious your love, O God!
\q2 [neut:All may|masc:Men] seek shelter in the shadow of your wings.
\q
\v 8 They feast on the fat of your house,
\q2 they drink of your brook of delights.
\q
\v 9 For with you is the fountain of life,
\q2 in the light that is yours we see light.
\b
\q
\v 10 O continue your grace to the faithful,
\q2 your love to the upright in heart.
\q
\v 11 Let no arrogant foot tread upon me,
\q2 no wicked hand drive me to exile.
\b
\q
\v 12 There the workers of wrong lie prostrate,
\q2 thrust down to rise up no more.
\c 37
\s Psalm 37 – Trust in the Lord and Do Good
\d Of David.
\q
\v 1 Be not kindled to wrath at the wicked,
\q2 nor envious of those who work wrong;
\q
\v 2 for, like grass, they will speedily wither,
\q2 and fade like the green of young grass.
\b
\q
\v 3 Trust in the \nd Lord\nd*, and do good;
\q2 remain in the land, and deal faithfully:
\q
\v 4 then the \nd Lord\nd* will be your delight,
\q2 he will grant you your heart's petitions.
\b
\q
\v 5 Commit your way to the \nd Lord\nd*;
\q2 trust in him, and he will act,
\q
\v 6 making clear as the light your right,
\q2 and your just cause clear as the noon-day.
\b
\q
\v 7 In silence and patience wait on the \nd Lord\nd*.
\q2 Be not kindled to anger at those who prosper.
\q2 At those who execute evil devices.
\b
\q
\v 8 Desist from anger, abandon wrath:
\q2 be not kindled to anger it leads but to evil:
\q
\v 9 for evildoers will be cut off,
\q2 but the land will be theirs, who wait on the \nd Lord\nd*.
\b
\q
\v 10 Yet but a little, and the wicked vanish:
\q2 look at [neut:their place|masc:his place]: [neut:they are|masc:he is] there no more.
\q
\v 11 But the humble will have the land,
\q2 and the rapture of peace in abundance.
\b
\q
\v 12 The wicked plots against the righteous,
\q2 [neut:|masc:he] snarls like a wild animal;
\q
\v 13 the \nd Lord\nd* laughs,
\q2 for he sees that his day is coming.
\b
\q
\v 14 The wicked have drawn the sword, and bent the bow,
\q2 to fell the poor, to slay [neut:those|masc:men] who walk uprightly;
\q
\v 15 but their sword will pierce their own heart,
\q2 and their bows will be broken in pieces.
\b
\q
\v 16 Better is the righteous [neut:person's|masc:man's] little
\q2 than the wealth of many wicked.
\q
\v 17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
\q2 but the \nd Lord\nd* upholds the righteous.
\b
\q
\v 18 The \nd Lord\nd* watches over the days of the blameless,
\q2 their heritage will continue forever.
\q
\v 19 They will not be shamed in the evil time,
\q2 in the days of famine they will be satisfied.
\b
\q
\v 20 Because the wicked will perish:
\q but the foes of the \nd Lord\nd*, like a brand in the oven,
\q2 will vanish, like smoke they will vanish.
\b
\q
\v 21 The wicked must borrow and cannot pay back,
\q2 but the righteous is lavish and gives.
\q
\v 22 For those blest by the \nd Lord\nd* inherit the land,
\q2 while those whom he curses will be cut off.
\b
\q
\v 23 The \nd Lord\nd* supports the steps
\q2 of [neut:those|masc:the man] with whom he is pleased.
\q
\v 24 Though [neut:they|masc:he] fall, [neut:they|masc:he] will not be cast headlong,
\q2 for the \nd Lord\nd* holds [neut:their hands|masc:his hand].
\b
\q
\v 25 Never, from youth to age,
\q2 have I seen the righteous forsaken,
\q2 or [neut:their|masc:his] children begging bread.
\q
\v 26 [neut:They are|masc:He is] ever lavishly lending,
\q2 and [neut:their|masc:his] children are fountains of blessing.
\b
\q
\v 27 Turn away from evil and do good
\q2 and you will live in the land forever.
\q
\v 28 For the \nd Lord\nd* loves justice,
\q2 he does not forsake his friends.
\b
\q The unrighteous will be destroyed forever,
\q2 and the seed of the wicked will be cut off.
\q
\v 29 But the land will belong to the righteous,
\q2 they will live upon it forever,
\b
\q
\v 30 The mouth of the righteous murmurs wisdom,
\q2 and words of justice are on [neut:their tongues|masc:his tongue].
\q
\v 31 The law of [neut:their|masc:his] God is in [neut:their|masc:his] heart,
\q2 [neut:their|masc:his] steps are never unsteady.
\b
\q
\v 32 The wicked watches the righteous,
\q2 and seeks to put [neut:them|masc:him] to death.
\q
\v 33 But the \nd Lord\nd* leaves [neut:them|masc:him] not in [neut:their|masc:his] hand:
\q2 at [neut:their|masc:his] trial [neut:they|masc:he] will not be held guilty.
\b
\q
\v 34 Wait on the \nd Lord\nd*, and observe his way:
\q2 he will lift you to [us:honor|cth:honour] the land will be yours,
\q2 you will feast your eyes on the doom of the wicked.
\b
\q
\v 35 I have seen the wicked exultant,
\q2 lifting [neut:themselves|masc:himself] like a cedar of Lebanon.
\q
\v 36 But the moment I passed, [neut:they|masc:he had] vanished!
\q2 I sought for [neut:them|masc:him], but [neut:they|masc:he] could not be found.
\b
\q
\v 37 Preserve your [us:honor|cth:honour] and practise uprightness,
\q2 for such a [neut:person|masc:man] fares well in the end.
\q
\v 38 But transgressors will perish together.
\q2 Cut off are the wicked forever.
\b
\q
\v 39 The righteous are saved by the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 who in time of distress is their refuge:
\q
\v 40 the \nd Lord\nd* helps and rescue them,
\q2 from the wicked he rescues and saves them,
\q2 because they take refuge in him.
\c 38
\s Psalm 38 – A Confession and Prayer for Deliverance
\d A Psalm of David. A lament.
\q
\v 1 Reprove me not, \nd Lord\nd*, in your anger,
\q2 and chasten me not in your wrath;
\q
\v 2 for your arrows have sunk into me,
\q2 and your hand lies heavy upon me.
\b
\q
\v 3 In my flesh is no soundness
\q2 because of your anger,
\q no health in my bones,
\q2 because of my sin.
\q
\v 4 For that my guilt
\q2 is gone over my head:
\q it weighs like a burden
\q2 too heavy for me.
\b
\q
\v 5 My wounds stink and fester,
\q2 for my foolishness I am tormented.
\q
\v 6 Bent and bowed am I utterly,
\q2 all the day going in mourning.
\b
\q
\v 7 My loins are filled with burning,
\q2 and in my flesh is no soundness.
\q
\v 8 I am utterly crushed and numb;
\q2 I cry louder than lion roars.
\b
\q
\v 9 \nd Lord\nd*, you know all that I long for,
\q2 my groans are not hidden from you.
\q
\v 10 My heart is throbbing,
\q2 my strength has failed me.
\q The light of my eyes –
\q2 even it is gone from me.
\b
\q
\v 11 My dear ones and friends keep aloof,
\q2 and my [us:neighbors|cth:neighbours] stand afar off.
\q
\v 12 They who aim at my life lay their snares,
\q2 they who seek my hurt speak of ruin,
\q2 nursing treachery all the day long.
\b
\q
\v 13 But I turn a deaf ear and hear not;
\q2 like the dumb I open not my mouth.
\q
\v 14 I am [neut:like one|masc:as a man] without hearing,
\q2 with no arguments in [neut:my|masc:his] mouth.
\b
\q
\v 15 For my hope, O \nd Lord\nd*, is in you.
\q2 You will answer, O \nd Lord\nd* my God,
\q
\v 16 when I utter the hope that those
\q2 who made scorn of my tottering feet
\q2 may not rejoice over me.
\b
\q
\v 17 For I am ready to fall,
\q2 my pain forsakes me never.
\q
\v 18 I acknowledge my guilt,
\q2 I am anxious because of my sin:
\b
\q
\v 19 My wanton assailants are strong,
\q2 those who wrongfully hate me are many,
\q
\v 20 who render me evil for good,
\q2 and oppose me, because I make good my goal.
\b
\q
\v 21 Do not forsake me, O \nd Lord\nd*;
\q2 my God, be not far from me.
\q
\v 22 Hasten to help me,
\q2 O \nd Lord\nd* my [us:savior|cth:saviour].
\c 39
\s Psalm 39 – The Pathos of Life
\d For the leader; for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 I vowed to watch my words,
\q2 and sin not with my tongue,
\q but to put on my mouth a muzzle,
\q2 while the wicked were in my presence.
\q
\v 2 I was silent and dumb,
\q2 speechless:
\q2 but my pain was stirred up.
\q
\v 3 My heart grew hot within me;
\q2 as I mused, the fire was kindled,
\q2 till at last the words came to my tongue.
\b
\q
\v 4 “Teach me, O \nd Lord\nd*, my end,
\q2 and the sum of my days what it is.
\q2 Let me know how transient I am.
\q
\v 5 See! My days you have made but a span,
\q2 and my life is as nothing before you.
\q It is but as a breath that [neut:everyone|masc:every man] stands: \qs Selah\qs*
\q2
\v 6 it is but in mere semblance [neut:we walk|masc:man walks] to and fro,
\q and all [neut:our|masc:his] noise is for nothing.
\q2 [neut:We heap|masc:He heaps] up, and [neut:know|masc:knows] not who will gather.”
\b
\q
\v 7 And now, what wait I for, \nd Lord\nd*?
\q2 My hope is in you.
\q
\v 8 From all my transgressions deliver me;
\q2 make me not the scorn of the fool.
\q
\v 9 I am dumb, never opening my mouth,
\q2 for this is your own doing.
\q
\v 10 Remove your stroke from off me:
\q2 by the might of your hand I am spent.
\q
\v 11 When you rebuke [neut:someone|masc:a man] to punish [neut:their|masc:his] sins,
\q2 you consume, like a moth, what [neut:they|masc:he] treasures.
\q2 [neut:Everyone|masc:Every man] is only a breath. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 12 Hear my prayer, O \nd Lord\nd*;
\q2 attend to my cry for help.
\q2 Hold not your peace at my tears.
\q For I am but a guest of yours,
\q2 a stranger visiting, like all my [neut:ancestors|masc:fathers].
\q
\v 13 Look away from me, let me smile again,
\q2 before I die and am gone.
\c 40
\s Psalm 40 – Thanksgiving and Petition
\d For the leader. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 For the \nd Lord\nd* I waited and waited,
\q2 till, inclining to me,
\q2 he heard my cry.
\q
\v 2 From the horrible pit he drew me,
\q2 up out of the miry clay;
\q he set my feet on a rock,
\q2 and my steps he made firm.
\q
\v 3 He put a new song in my mouth,
\q2 of praise to our God.
\q Many see it, and, filled with awe,
\q2 put their trust in the \nd Lord\nd*.
\b
\q
\v 4 Happy the [neut:person|masc:man] who has put
\q2 in the \nd Lord\nd* [neut:their|masc:his] trust,
\q not looking to false gods
\q2 or turning to idols.
\q
\v 5 With us you have wrought in rich measure,
\q2 O \nd Lord\nd* our God,
\q your marvels and purposes for us –
\q2 none may compare with you –
\q were I to declare or to tell them,
\q2 past counting are they.
\b
\q
\v 6 In offerings bloody or bloodless
\q2 you have no delight,
\q but with open ears you have made me.
\q Burnt-offering and offering for sin
\q2 are not what you ask.
\q
\v 7 Then said I, “Here I am,
\q2 as the roll of the book has enjoined.
\q
\v 8 My delight, O God, is to do your will,
\q2 and your law is within my heart.”
\q
\v 9 Well, O \nd Lord\nd*, you know
\q2 that, with lips unrestrained,
\q your righteousness I told
\q2 in the great congregation,
\q
\v 10 not hiding it in my heart.
\q2 I have told of your steadfast help,
\q from the great congregation I hid not
\q2 your love and your faithfulness.
\q
\v 11 So do not restrain, \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 your pity from us.
\q Your love and your faithfulness – ever
\q2 may they be our shield.
\b
\q
\v 12 For evils that cannot be numbered
\q2 have compassed me round.
\q My transgressions have followed me up –
\q2 I can bear it no more.
\q They are more than the hairs of my head,
\q2 and my heart has forsaken me.
\q
\v 13 O \nd Lord\nd*, be pleased to deliver me,
\q2 haste to my help, O \nd Lord\nd*.
\q
\v 14 May those who are seeking my life
\q2 be ashamed and confounded together;
\q may those who delight in my hurt
\q2 be defeated and brought to [us:dishonor|cth:dishonour].
\q
\v 15 May those who hurrah over me
\q2 be dumbfounded because of their shame.
\q
\v 16 But may all who seek after you
\q2 rejoice and be glad in you.
\q May all those eager for your aid,
\q2 say, “Great is the \nd Lord\nd*” evermore.
\q
\v 17 I am weak and needy,
\q2 yet the \nd Lord\nd* cares for me.
\q You are my help and deliverer;
\q2 don't delay, my God.
\c 41
\s Psalm 41 – A Prayer for Healing and Vindication
\d For the leader; for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 Happy [neut:are those|masc:is he] who [neut:consider|masc:considers] the weak;
\q2 in the day of misfortune the \nd Lord\nd* will deliver [neut:them|masc:him].
\q
\v 2 He will keep [neut:them|masc:him] safe, happy, and long in the land,
\q2 and not give [neut:them|masc:him] up to the rage of [neut:their|masc:his] foes.
\q
\v 3 The \nd Lord\nd* will sustain [neut:them|masc:him] on bed of languishing;
\q2 tending [neut:their|masc:his] sickness, as long as [neut:they lie|masc:he lies].
\b
\q
\v 4 For this cause I say, “\nd Lord\nd*, show me your [us:favor|cth:favour];
\q2 heal me, because I have sinned against you.”
\q
\v 5 My enemies speak of me nothing but evil,
\q2 “When will he die, and his name pass away?”
\q
\v 6 When one comes to see me, [neut:their|masc:his] words ring hollow;
\q2 [neut:their|masc:his] heart keeps gathering mischief the while;
\q2 and when [neut:they go|masc:he goes] out, [neut:they give|masc:he gives] it speech.
\q
\v 7 In secret they whisper together against me,
\q2 all those who hate me plot evil against me.
\q
\v 8 “Some fatal disease has fastened upon him;
\q2 and now that he lies, he will rise up no more.”
\q
\v 9 My most trusted friend, on whom I relied,
\q2 who ate of my bread, has turned against me.
\b
\q
\v 10 But do you, \nd Lord\nd*, graciously raise me up,
\q2 that I may pay them their due reward.
\q
\v 11 By this will I know you delight in me:
\q2 if my foes may not shout over me in triumph.
\q
\v 12 For my innocence you uphold me,
\q2 and set me forever before your face.
\b
\b
\b
\q3
\v 13 \em Blessed be the \+nd Lord\+nd*, the God of Israel,\em*
\q3 \em from everlasting to everlasting,\em*
\q3 \em Amen and Amen.\em*
\c 42
\ms Book Two
\s Psalm 42 – Yearning for God
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. A maskil of the Korahites.
\q
\v 1 Like the hart which longs
\q2 for brooks of water,
\q I long
\q2 for you, God.
\b
\q
\v 2 I thirst for God,
\q2 for my living God.
\q When shall I enter in,
\q2 and see the face of God?
\q
\v 3 My tears have been my food
\q2 by day and by night;
\q for they say to me all the day long,
\q2 “Where is your God?”
\b
\q
\v 4 My heart floods with sorrow,
\q2 as I call to mind:
\q how I used to pass on with the throng,
\q2 at their head, to the house of God,
\q with glad shouts and giving of thanks,
\q2 in the throng who kept festival.
\b
\q
\v 5 Why am I downcast?
\q2 Why this moaning within me?
\q Hope in God;
\q2 for yet will I praise him,
\q2 my help, my God.
\b
\q
\v 6 I am sunk in my misery;
\q2 I will therefore call you to mind
\q from the land of Jordan and Hermon,
\q2 the mountain Mizar.
\q
\v 7 Flood is calling to flood
\q2 at the noise of your cataracts;
\q all your waves and your breakers
\q2 have passed over me.
\b
\q
\v 8 In the day I cry to the \nd Lord\nd*
\q2 to summon his kindness;
\q and the song that I sing in the night
\q2 is a prayer to the living God.
\q
\v 9 I say to God my rock,
\q2 “Why have you forgotten me?
\q Why must I walk so sadly,
\q2 so hard pressed by the foe?”
\q
\v 10 It pierces me to the heart
\q2 to hear the enemy's taunts,
\q as all the day long they say to me,
\q2 “Where is your God?”
\b
\q
\v 11 Why am I downcast?
\q2 Why this moaning within me?
\q Hope in God;
\q2 for yet will I praise him,
\q2 my help, my God.
\c 43
\s Psalm 43 – Plea for Help
\q
\v 1 Right me, defend my cause
\q2 against a pitiless people.
\q From [neut:the|masc:] crafty and crooked[neut:|masc: men],
\q2 O God, deliver me.
\q
\v 2 For you are God my protector:
\q2 why have you cast me off?
\q Why must I walk so sadly,
\q2 so hard pressed by the foe?
\q
\v 3 Send forth your light and your truth,
\q2 let them be my guides:
\q to your holy hill let them bring me,
\q2 to the place where you live.
\q
\v 4 Then will I go to God's altar,
\q2 to God my rejoicing;
\q and with joy on the lyre I will praise you,
\q2 O God, my God.
\b
\q
\v 5 Why am I downcast?
\q2 Why this moaning within me?
\q Hope in God;
\q2 for yet will I praise him,
\q2 my help, my God.
\c 44
\s Psalm 44 – A Lament in Defeat
\d For the leader. Of the Korahites. A maskil.
\q
\v 1 O God, we have heard with our ears,
\q2 all our [neut:ancestors|masc:fathers] have told us
\q of the work that you wrought in their day,
\q2 your wonders in days of old,
\q
\v 2 uprooting and crushing the nations,
\q2 then planting and settling them.
\q For it wasn't their own sword that won them the land,
\q2
\v 3 it was not their own arm that brought them the victory.
\q Yours was the hand and the arm,
\q2 yours was the face that shone on them with [us:favor|cth:favour].
\q
\v 4 It was you, my king and my God,
\q2 that ordained the victories of Jacob.
\b
\q
\v 5 Through you we can thrust back our foes,
\q2 and by your name tread down our assailants:
\q
\v 6 for not in my bow do I trust,
\q2 nor can my sword win me the victory.
\q
\v 7 Our victory comes from you,
\q2 and confusion to those who hate us.
\q
\v 8 In God we boast all the day long,
\q2 and your name will we praise forever. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 9 Yet you have spurned and disgraced us,
\q2 in not going forth with our armies,
\q
\v 10 and in making us flee from the foe,
\q2 so that those who hated us plundered us.
\q
\v 11 You have let us be eaten like sheep,
\q2 you have scattered us over the world,
\q
\v 12 sold your people for a pittance,
\q2 and getting no gain from their price.
\q
\v 13 You have made us the butt of our [us:neighbors|cth:neighbours],
\q2 the derision and scorn of all round us.
\q
\v 14 O'er the world you have made us a byword,
\q2 the nations at us shake their heads.
\q
\v 15 My disgrace is forever before me,
\q2 my face is covered with shame,
\q
\v 16 at the words of blasphemer and scoffer,
\q2 at the sight of the foe and the vengeful.
\b
\q
\v 17 All this has come upon us,
\q2 yet we have not forgotten you
\q2 nor falsely dealt with your covenant.
\q
\v 18 Our heart has not turned back,
\q2 nor our steps declined from your way,
\q
\v 19 that you thus should have crushed us down,
\q2 and covered us over with gloom,
\q2 in the place where the jackals roam.
\q
\v 20 Had we forgotten the name of our God,
\q2 or stretched out our hands to a god that was strange,
\q
\v 21 would God not have searched this out?
\q2 For he knows the heart and its secrets.
\q
\v 22 But in your cause it is we are killed all the day,
\q2 and counted as sheep for the slaughter.
\b
\q
\v 23 Rouse yourself, why do you sleep Lord?
\q2 Awake, cast us not off forever.
\q
\v 24 Why do you hide your face,
\q2 forgetting our stress and our misery?
\q
\v 25 For we have sunk down to the dust,
\q2 our bodies cling to the ground.
\q
\v 26 Arise, come to our help:
\q2 for your love's sake, ransom us.
\c 45
\s Psalm 45 – Song for the Marriage of a King
\d For the leader; on shoshannim. Of the Korahites. A maskil. A love song.
\q
\v 1 My heart is astir with beautiful words:
\q2 I will sing a song, concerning the king,
\q with tongue like the pen of a ready writer.
\b
\q2
\v 2 Your beauty is more than mortal,
\q2 grace is shed over your lips:
\q therefore God has blessed you forever.
\q2
\v 3 Warrior, strap your sword on your thigh.
\q What glory and [us:splendor|cth:splendour]!
\b
\q2
\v 4 Good fortune attend you, as forth you ride
\q in the cause of good faith, and as champion of justice.
\q2 May your arm instruct you in deeds of dread.
\q
\v 5 Sharp are your arrows; nations fall under you:
\q2 pierced to the heart are the foes of the king.
\b
\q
\v 6 Your throne shall endure for ever and ever
\q2 your royal sceptre a sceptre of equity.
\q
\v 7 Right you love and wrong you hate:
\q2 therefore the \nd Lord\nd* your God anoints you
\q2 With oil of gladness above your fellows.
\b
\q
\v 8 With myrrh, aloes, and cassia your robes are all fragrant,
\q2 you are gladdened by music of ivory harps.
\q
\v 9 King's daughters stand ready with jewels for you,
\q2 at your right hand the queen in gold of Ophir.
\b
\q
\v 10 Listen, daughter, and see; and incline your ear:
\q2 forget your folk and your father's house.
\q
\v 11 And when the king desires your beauty,
\q2 bow to him, for he is your lord.
\q
\v 12 So shall the Tyrians come with gifts,
\q2 and the richest of people will do you homage.
\b
\q
\v 13 The king's daughter is glorious altogether,
\q2 with dress of pearls inwrought with gold.
\q
\v 14 In [us:many-coloured|cth:many-coloured] robes she is led to the king,
\q2 with the virgin companions she brought in her train.
\q2
\v 15 The king's palace they enter with joy and rejoicing.
\b
\q
\v 16 May sons of yours take the place of your fathers,
\q2 whom you will make princes in all the land.
\q
\v 17 Your name will I celebrate world without end,
\q2 so that nations shall praise you for ever and ever.
\c 46
\s Psalm 46 – Our God is a Mighty Fortress
\d For the leader. Of the Korahites, on alamoth. A song.
\q
\v 1 God is our refuge and strength,
\q2 a very present help in trouble.
\q
\v 2 So we have no fear, though earth should change,
\q2 and the hills totter into the heart of the ocean.
\q
\v 3 Let its waters roar and foam,
\q2 let the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
\q On our side is the \nd Lord\nd* of hosts,
\q2 our sure defence is the God of Jacob. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 4 A river there is, whose streams make glad
\q2 God's city, the home the Most High has hallowed.
\q
\v 5 God is within her: she cannot be shaken.
\q2 God helps her at the turn of the morning.
\q
\v 6 Nations roared, kingdoms tottered:
\q2 he uttered his voice, earth melted away.
\q
\v 7 On our side is the \nd Lord\nd* of hosts,
\q2 our sure defence is the God of Jacob.
\b
\q
\v 8 Come and see what the \nd Lord\nd* has done,
\q2 working appallingly in the earth.
\q
\v 9 He stills wars to the ends of the earth –
\q2 breaking the bow, snapping the spear,
\q2 burning the chariots in the fire.
\q
\v 10 “Refrain; and know surely that I am God,
\q2 high over the nations, high over the world.”
\q
\v 11 On our side is the \nd Lord\nd* of Hosts,
\q2 our sure defence is the God of Jacob. \qs Selah\qs*
\c 47
\s Psalm 47 – The Lord's Universal Sovereignty
\d For the leader. Of the Korahites. A psalm.
\q
\v 1 Clap your hands, all you peoples:
\q2 shout to God in ringing cries.
\q
\v 2 For the \nd Lord\nd* is most high and dread,
\q2 a great king over all the earth.
\b
\q
\v 3 He subdues the peoples under us,
\q2 the nations under our feet;
\q
\v 4 he chooses our heritage for us,
\q2 the glory of Jacob whom he loves. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 5 God is gone up with a shout,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* with the sound of a trumpet.
\q
\v 6 Sing praise to our God, sing praises:
\q2 sing praise to our king, sing praises.
\b
\q
\v 7 For king of all earth is he:
\q2 praise God in a skilful song.
\q
\v 8 God is king over all the nations,
\q2 God sits on his holy throne.
\b
\q
\v 9 Princes of nations gather
\q2 with the people of Abraham's God:
\q for the shields of the earth are God's;
\q2 greatly exalted is he.
\c 48
\s Psalm 48 – The [us:Marvelous|cth:Marvellous] Deliverance of Zion
\d A song. A psalm of the Korahites.
\q
\v 1 Great is the \nd Lord\nd* and worthy all praise
\q2 in the city of our God.
\q His holy mountain,
\v 2 that rises so fair,
\q2 is the joy of all the world.
\q Like the mount of the gods is Mount Zion,
\q2 the city of the great king.
\b
\q
\v 3 Once God made himself known
\q2 as the defence of her palaces.
\q
\v 4 For see! A concert of kings
\q2 passed over the frontier together.
\q
\v 5 But one glance, and they were astounded;
\q2 they hastened away in dismay.
\q
\v 6 Trembling took hold of them there,
\q2 like the pains of a woman in [us:labor|cth:labour].
\q
\v 7 They were shattered, as east wind shatters
\q2 the giant ships in pieces.
\q
\v 8 What we heard, we now have seen
\q2 in the city of the \nd Lord\nd* of hosts,
\q the city of our God.
\q2 God will uphold her forever. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 9 We think, O God, of your love,
\q2 in the midst of your temple.
\q
\v 10 Your fame, O God, like your name, shall extend
\q2 to the ends of the earth.
\q Victory fills your hand.
\q2
\v 11 Let mount Zion be glad;
\q let the daughters of Judah rejoice
\q2 because of your judgments.
\q
\v 12 Walk about Zion, go round her;
\q2 count her towers.
\q
\v 13 Set your mind on her ramparts,
\q2 consider her palaces;
\q that you tell to the next generation
\q2
\v 14 That such is God,
\q our God he it is who shall guide us
\q2 for ever and ever.
\c 49
\s Psalm 49 – The Problem of the Prosperity of the Wicked
\d For the leader. Of the Korahites. A psalm.
\q
\v 1 Hear this, you peoples all;
\q2 give ear, all you who live in the world
\q
\v 2 [neut:people|masc:men] of low degree and high,
\q2 the rich and the poor together.
\q
\v 3 My mouth shall utter wisdom,
\q2 the thoughts of a seeing heart.
\q
\v 4 I incline my ear to a proverb,
\q2 on the lyre I will open my riddle.
\b
\q
\v 5 Why should I be afraid in the days of misfortune,
\q2 when circled by wicked and cunning [neut:foes|masc:men],
\q
\v 6 who put their trust in their wealth,
\q2 and boast of their boundless riches?
\b
\q
\v 7 For assuredly no [neut:one|masc:man] can ransom [neut:themselves|masc:himself],
\q2 or give to God the price of [neut:their|masc:his] life,
\q
\v 8 for the ransom of a life is costly,
\q2 no payment is ever enough,
\q
\v 9 to keep [neut:them|masc:him] alive for ever and ever,
\q2 so as never to see the pit at all.
\b
\q
\v 10 But see it [neut:they|masc:he] will. Even wise [neut:people|masc:men] die,
\q2 the fool and the brutish perish alike,
\q2 and abandon their wealth to others.
\q
\v 11 The grave is their everlasting home,
\q2 the place they shall live in for ever and ever,
\q2 though after their own names they called whole lands.
\q
\v 12 Despite their wealth,
\q2 they perish like dumb animals.
\b
\q
\v 13 This is the fate of the confident fool,
\q2 and the end of those who are pleased with their portion. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 14 Like sheep they descend to Sheol
\q2 with Death for their shepherd;
\q down they go straight to the grave,
\q2 and their form wastes away in their home below.
\b
\q
\v 15 But God will assuredly ransom my life
\q2 from the hand of Sheol;
\q2 for he will receive me. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 16 So be not afraid when [neut:someone|masc:a man] grows rich,
\q2 when the wealth of [neut:their|masc:his] house increases.
\q
\v 17 Not a shred of it all can [neut:they|masc:he] take when [neut:they die|masc:he dies],
\q2 wealth cannot follow [neut:them|masc:him] down.
\q
\v 18 Though [neut:they count themselves|masc:he counts himself] happy, when [neut:they are|masc:he is] alive,
\q2 and [neut:win|masc:wins] praise from [neut:many|masc:men] for faring so well,
\q
\v 19 [neut:they|masc:he] must join [neut:their ancestors|masc:the race of his fathers],
\q2 who see the light nevermore.
\q
\v 20 The wealthy are without understanding,
\q2 they perish like dumb animals.
\c 50
\s Psalm 50 – True Worship
\d A psalm of Asaph.
\q
\v 1 The \nd Lord\nd* God has spoken: He summons the earth
\q2 from sunrise to sunset.
\q
\v 2 From Zion, perfection of beauty,
\q2 God's glory shines forth.
\q
\v 3 Our God comes, he cannot keep silence,
\q devouring fire is before him,
\q2 and furious tempest around him.
\q
\v 4 He summons the heavens above
\q2 and the earth to judge his people.
\q
\v 5 Gather to him his saints
\q2 by covenant-sacrifice bound to him;
\q
\v 6 that the heavens may declare his justice,
\q2 for a God of justice is he. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
\q2 and protest to you, O Israel:
\q2 I am the \nd Lord\nd*, your God.
\q
\v 8 Not for your sacrifices will I reprove you
\q2 your burnt-offerings are ever before me
\q
\v 9 Not a bullock will I take from your house,
\q2 nor he-goats out of your folds;
\q
\v 10 for all beasts of the forest are mine,
\q2 and the kine on a thousand hills.
\q
\v 11 I know all the birds of the air,
\q2 all that moves on the fields is mine.
\q
\v 12 Were I hungry, I would not tell you,
\q2 for the world and its fulness are mine.
\q
\v 13 Am I such as to eat bulls' flesh,
\q2 or drink the blood of goats?
\q
\v 14 Offer to God a thank-offering,
\q2 pay the Most High your vows.
\q
\v 15 Summon me in the day of distress,
\q2 I will rescue you, so will you [us:honor|cth:honour] me.”
\b
\q
\v 16 But to the wicked God says:
\q2 “What right have you to talk of my statutes,
\q2 or take my covenant into your mouth
\q
\v 17 while you yourself hate correction,
\q2 and cast my words behind you?
\q
\v 18 When you see a thief, you run with [neut:them|masc:him];
\q2 with adulterers you keep company.
\q
\v 19 You let your mouth loose for evil,
\q2 your tongue contrives deceit.
\q
\v 20 You shamefully speak of your [neut:kin|masc:brother],
\q2 and slander your own mother's son.
\q
\v 21 And because I kept silence at this,
\q2 you did take me for one like yourself.
\q2 But I will convict you and show you plainly.
\b
\q
\v 22 “Now you who forget God, mark this,
\q2 lest I rend you, past hope of deliverance.
\q
\v 23 [neut:Those|masc:He] who [neut:bring|masc:brings] a thank-offering [us:honor|cth:honour][neut:|masc:s] me;
\q2 but to [neut:those:|masc:him] who [neut:follows|masc:follow] my way,
\q2 I will show the salvation of God.”
\c 51
\s Psalm 51 – God be Merciful to Me, the Sinner
\d For the leader. A psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet come to him after he had been with Bathsheba.
\q
\v 1 In your kindness, O God, be gracious to me,
\q2 in your own great pity blot out my transgressions.
\q
\v 2 Wash me clean of my guilt,
\q2 make me pure of my sin.
\b
\q
\v 3 For well I know my transgressions,
\q2 my sin is ever before me.
\q
\v 4 Against you, only you, have I sinned,
\q2 and done that which is wrong in your sight:
\q you therefore are just when you speak,
\q2 and clear when you utter judgment.
\q
\v 5 See! In guilt was I brought to the birth,
\q2 and in sin did my mother conceive me.
\q
\v 6 It's the innermost truth you desire,
\q2 give me therefore true wisdom of heart.
\b
\q
\v 7 Purge me clean with hyssop,
\q2 wash me whiter than snow.
\q
\v 8 Fill me with joy and gladness,
\q2 let the bones you have broken rejoice.
\q
\v 9 Hide your face from my sins,
\q2 and blot out my guilt altogether.
\b
\q
\v 10 Create me a clean heart, O God,
\q2 put a new steadfast spirit within me.
\q
\v 11 Cast me not forth from your presence,
\q2 withdraw not your holy spirit.
\q
\v 12 Give me back the joy of your help,
\q2 with a willing spirit sustain me.
\b
\q
\v 13 I will teach your ways to transgressors,
\q2 and sinners shall turn to you.
\q
\v 14 Save me from blood, O God,
\q2 and my tongue shall ring out your faithfulness.
\q
\v 15 Open my lips, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and my mouth shall declare your praise.
\b
\q
\v 16 For in sacrifice you have no pleasure,
\q2 in gifts of burnt-offering no delight.
\q
\v 17 The sacrifice pleasing to God
\q2 is a spirit that is broken;
\q a heart that is crushed, O God,
\q2 you will not despise.
\b
\q
\v 18 Do good in your pleasure to Zion,
\q2 build the walls of Jerusalem.
\q
\v 19 Then will you welcome the due forms of sacrifice,
\q2 then on your altars shall bullocks be offered.
\c 52
\s Psalm 52 – The Doom of Arrogance
\d For the leader. A maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul that David had gone to Abimelech's house.
\q
\v 1 Why glory in mischief, you hero?
\q2 God's kindness is all the day.
\q
\v 2 Engulfing ruin you plot,
\q2 your tongue like a razor sharpened,
\q2 you practiser of deceit.
\q
\v 3 Evil, not good, you love,
\q2 and falsehood, not words of truth. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 4 But you love all words that devour,
\q2 and a tongue that is given to deceit.
\b
\q
\v 5 But God, on his part, shall destroy you forever,
\q2 grasp you and pluck you out of your tent,
\q2 and root you out of the land of the living. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 6 Smitten with awe at the sight,
\q2 the righteous shall laugh at [neut:you|masc:him].
\q
\v 7 “Look” (they will say) “at the hero
\q2 who did not make God his stronghold,
\q but trusted in his great wealth
\q2 and in the strength of his riches.”
\b
\q
\v 8 But I am like a fresh olive-tree
\q2 in the house of God.
\q I trust in the kindness of God
\q2 for ever and evermore.
\q
\v 9 I will render you thanks for ever
\q2 for what you have done.
\q I will tell how good you are
\q2 in the presence of those who love you.
\c 53
\s Psalm 53 – The Folly of Denying God
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. On mahalath. A maskil of David.
\q
\v 1 Fools say in their heart,
\q2 “There is no God.”
\q Vile, hateful their life is;
\q2 not one does good.
\b
\q
\v 2 From heaven God looks out
\q2 on humans, to see
\q if any are wise,
\q2 and care for God.
\b
\q
\v 3 But all have turned bad,
\q2 the taint is on all;
\q not one does good,
\q2 no, not one.
\b
\q
\v 4 Have they learned their lesson,
\q2 those workers of evil?
\q Who ate up my people,
\q2 eating, devouring,
\q2 never calling to the \nd Lord\nd*.
\b
\q
\v 5 Sore afraid will they be,
\q2 where no fear was;
\q when God scatters the bones
\q2 of the godless people.
\q They will be put to shame,
\q2 when God rejects them.
\b
\q
\v 6 If only help from Zion
\q2 would come for Israel!
\q When God brings his people
\q2 a change of fortune,
\q how glad will be Jacob,
\q2 and Israel how joyful!
\c 54
\s Psalm 54 – A Prayer for Deliverance from Oppression
\d For the leader. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, ‘David is in hiding among us’.
\q
\v 1 Save me, O God, by your name,
\q2 by your power secure for me justice.
\q
\v 2 Listen, O God, to my prayer,
\q2 give ear to the words of my mouth.
\q
\v 3 For proud men have risen against me,
\q2 and terrible men seek my life,
\q2 men who do not set God before them. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 4 But see! God is my helper,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* is sustaining my life.
\q
\v 5 Let their evil fall back on my foes:
\q2 cut them off in your faithfulness, \nd Lord\nd*.
\b
\q
\v 6 Then will I bring you glad sacrifice,
\q2 praising your gracious name;
\q
\v 7 for from all distress you have saved me,
\q2 and feasted my eyes on my foes.
\c 55
\s Psalm 55 – Betrayed by a Friend
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David.
\q
\v 1 Listen, God, to my prayer.
\q2 Don't hide yourself from my pleading.
\q
\v 2 Hear me, and answer;
\q2 for bitter is my lament.
\q
\v 3 I am wild with the noise of the foe,
\q2 with the [us:clamor|cth:clamour] of the ungodly;
\q for they hurl disaster upon me,
\q2 and attack me with fury.
\q
\v 4 My heart shudders within me,
\q2 terrors of deaths press on me,
\q
\v 5 fear and trembling attack me,
\q2 and horror wraps me round.
\q
\v 6 O for the wings of a dove:
\q2 I would fly away and rest.
\q
\v 7 I would wander far away,
\q2 find refuge in the wilderness. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 8 I would find myself a shelter
\q2 from raging wind and tempest.
\b
\q
\v 9 Confuse them, \nd Lord\nd*, upset their plans;
\q2 for I see violence and strife in the city.
\q
\v 10 By day and by night they make their rounds
\q2 on the city walls,
\q while within is crime and trouble,
\q2
\v 11 within is ruin.
\q Her market-place is never free
\q2 of deceit and tyranny.
\s The Treacherous Friend
\q
\v 12 The taunts were not those of a foe
\q2 that I could have borne;
\q the disdain was not that of an enemy
\q2 I could have shunned [neut:them|masc:him]:
\q
\v 13 but it was you, my equal,
\q2 my dear and familiar friend.
\q
\v 14 We used to be so close,
\q2 together we walked in God's house with the crowd.
\q
\v 15 May death suddenly take them,
\q2 may they go down to Sheol alive,
\q2 for evil lives in their homes and their hearts.
\b
\q
\v 16 But I will call on God,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* will save me.
\q
\v 17 Evening and morning and noon
\q2 I lament and moan.
\q He will hear my voice;
\q2
\v 18 though I am attacked by many
\q he will rescue me,
\q2 unharmed from the war.
\q
\v 19 God, who sits on his ancient throne
\q2 will hear and will humble them,
\q for they never change,
\q2 they never fear God. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 20 My friend turned against me,
\q2 betrayed his word.
\q
\v 21 His mouth was smoother than butter,
\q2 but war filled his heart.
\q His words were softer than oil,
\q2 but sharper than swords.
\q
\v 22 Cast your burden on the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and he will sustain you.
\q He will never let the righteous
\q2 be shaken.
\q
\v 23 But you, God, will hurl them down
\q2 to the deepest pit.
\q Bloody and treacherous [neut:people|masc:men]
\q2 will not live out half their days;
\q2 but I will trust you.
\c 56
\s Psalm 56 – A Prayer of Trust in God
\d For the leader. On jonath elem rehokim. Of David. A michtam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
\q
\v 1 O God, be gracious to me,
\q2 for [neut:people|masc:mortal men] trample upon me,
\q2 all the day righting and pressing me.
\q
\v 2 All the day enemies trample me;
\q2 many there be
\q2 who contend with me bitterly.
\q
\v 3 In the day of my terror
\q2 I trust in you.
\q
\v 4 In God I maintain my cause,
\q2 in God I fearlessly trust.
\q2 What can flesh do to me?
\b
\q
\v 5 They torture me all the day,
\q2 they ceaselessly plan to hurt me,
\q
\v 6 banded together in secret,
\q2 watching my every step,
\q2 as those who hope for my death.
\q
\v 7 Pay them out for their sin, O God,
\q2 hurl down the strong in your anger.
\q
\v 8 You yourself count my wanderings.
\q2 Put in your bottle my tears
\q2 are they not in your book?
\q
\v 9 Then shall my foes be turned back
\q2 in the day that I call.
\q Of this I am sure,
\q2 because God is for me.
\q
\v 10 In God I maintain my cause,
\q2 in the \nd Lord\nd* I maintain my cause.
\q
\v 11 In God I fearlessly trust,
\q2 what can [neut:people|masc:man] do to me?
\b
\q
\v 12 Your vows are upon me, O God,
\q2 I will render thank-offerings to you;
\q
\v 13 because you have saved me from death,
\q2 my feet from stumbling,
\q to the end that I walk before God
\q2 in the light of the living.
\c 57
\s Psalm 57 – A Prayer for Protection from Persecution
\d For the leader. Al tashheth. A michtam of David, when he fled from Saul into a cave.
\q
\v 1 Be gracious, O God, be gracious to me,
\q2 for in you I take shelter.
\q In your sheltering wings I take refuge,
\q2 till ruin be over past.
\q
\v 2 I cry to the Most High God,
\q2 to the God who accomplishes for me.
\q
\v 3 He will send me his succour from heaven,
\q2 he will thrust away those who would trample me. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 4 In the midst of lions I lie,
\q2 who devour [neut:human prey|masc:the children of men].
\q Their teeth are spears and arrows,
\q2 and their tongue is a sharpened sword.
\q
\v 5 Be exalted, God, o'er the heavens,
\q2 and your glory o'er all the earth.
\b
\q
\v 6 They set a net for my feet,
\q2 but in it was their own foot caught.
\q Before me they dug a pit,
\q2 but they fell into it themselves. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
\q2 my heart is steadfast.
\q I would sing, I would make music;
\q2
\v 8 awake, my soul.
\q Awake, harp and lyre;
\q2 I would wake the dawn.
\q
\v 9 I would praise you among the peoples, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and make music among the nations to you;
\q
\v 10 for great to heaven is your love,
\q2 and your faithfulness to the clouds.
\q
\v 11 Be exalted, God, o'er the heavens,
\q2 and your glory o'er all the earth.
\c 58
\s Psalm 58 – A Prayer for Vengeance on Unjust Judges
\d For the leader. Al tashheth. Of David. A michtam.
\q
\v 1 Do you speak what is right, you gods?
\q2 With equity judge you [neut:your people|masc:the children of men]?
\q
\v 2 In the land you practise iniquity – all of you;
\q2 violence do you dispense with your hands.
\q
\v 3 The wicked go astray from the womb
\q2 liars take the wrong path from their birth.
\q
\v 4 Venom have they like the venom of snakes,
\q2 they are like the deaf adder that stops her ears,
\q
\v 5 and refuses to listen to the voice of the charmer,
\q2 or binder of spells, no matter how cunning.
\b
\q
\v 6 O God, break to pieces the teeth in their mouth,
\q2 tear out the great teeth of the young lions, \nd Lord\nd*.
\q
\v 7 May they melt away like running water!
\q2 Like tender grass, cut down may they be!
\q
\v 8 Like the snail that dissolves on its crawling path,
\q2 like the birth untimely which sees not the sunlight.
\q
\v 9 Faster than a thorn-fire heats your pots,
\q2 he will come with his tempest and sweep them away.
\q
\v 10 The sight of such vengeance will gladden the righteous;
\q2 [neut:their|masc:his] feet [neut:they|masc:he] will wash in the blood of the wicked.
\q
\v 11 [neut:People|masc:Men] will say, “Yes, the just are rewarded:
\q2 yes, on the earth is a God who is Judge.”
\c 59
\s Psalm 59 – A Prayer for Safety
\d For the leader. Al tashheth. Of David. A michtam, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.
\q
\v 1 Save me, O God, from my enemies;
\q2 secure me from my assailants.
\q
\v 2 Save me from those who do wrong,
\q2 save me from [neut:the bloodthirsty|masc:men of blood].
\q
\v 3 For see! They lay ambush for me,
\q2 strong men are banded against me
\q not for sin or transgression of mine,
\q2 for no guilt of mine, O \nd Lord\nd*,
\q
\v 4 they run and make ready. Awake!
\q2 Come forth to meet me, and see!
\q
\v 5 You, O \nd Lord\nd* of hosts,
\q2 God of Israel, awake!
\q And punish the proud, every one;
\q2 spare none of the traitors vile. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q3
\v 6 At evening they come,
\q3 and, howling like dogs,
\q3 make their round in the city.
\q
\v 7 Look at their venomous mouths,
\q2 tongues like swords,
\q they think no one
\q2 hears them.
\q
\v 8 But you, \nd Lord\nd*, laugh at them,
\q2 you mock all the insolent.
\q
\v 9 My strength, I will sing to you,
\q2 for God is my sure retreat.
\q
\v 10 My God with his love will meet me,
\q2 and feast my eyes on my foes.
\b
\q
\v 11 Slay them not, lest my people forget,
\q2 let your hosts keep them roaming and wandering.
\q
\v 12 In their sinful speech snare them, O \nd Lord\nd*;
\q2 and may they be trapped in their pride,
\q for the curses and lies that they utter.
\q2
\v 13 In your wrath make a clean end of them,
\q that [neut:people|masc:men], to the ends of the earth,
\q2 may know that God rules in Jacob. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q3
\v 14 At evening they come,
\q3 and, howling like dogs,
\q3 make their round in the city.
\q
\v 15 They roam about for a feast,
\q2 and snarl, if they get not their fill.
\q
\v 16 But I will sing of your might;
\q2 I will ring out your love in the morning.
\q For to me you have been a sure refuge,
\q2 a retreat in the day of my trouble.
\q
\v 17 My strength, I will sing praise to you,
\q2 for God is my sure retreat,
\q2 my faithful God.
\c 60
\s Psalm 60 – A Prayer after Defeat in Battle
\d For the leader. On shushan eduth. A michtam of David (for teaching), when he fought with Aram-naharaim and Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and defeated twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
\q
\v 1 O God, you have spurned and broken us,
\q2 routing us in your wrath – restore us!
\q
\v 2 You have shaken the land and cleft it;
\q2 heal its tottering breaches.
\q
\v 3 You have made your people drink hardship,
\q2 and given us wine of reeling.
\b
\q
\v 4 You have given those who fear you a banner,
\q2 a rallying-place from the bow, \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 5 for the rescue of your beloved.
\q2 Save by your right hand and answer us.
\b
\q
\v 6 God did solemnly swear:
\q2 “As victor will I divide Shechem,
\q2 and mete out the valley of Succoth.
\q
\v 7 Mine is Gilead, mine is Manasseh,
\q2 Ephraim is the defence of my head,
\q2 Judah my sceptre of rule,
\q
\v 8 Moab the pot that I wash in,
\q2 Edom – I cast my shoe over it,
\q2 I shout o'er Philistia in triumph.”
\b
\q
\v 9 O to be brought to the fortified city!
\q2 O to be led into Edom!
\q
\v 10 Have you not spurned us, O God?
\q2 You do not march forth with our armies.
\q
\v 11 Grant us help from the foe,
\q2 for human help is worthless.
\q
\v 12 With God we shall yet do bravely:
\q2 he himself will tread down our foes.
\c 61
\s Psalm 61 – Our God is a Strong Tower
\d For the leader. On stringed instruments. Of David.
\q
\v 1 Hear my cry, O God,
\q2 be attentive to my prayer.
\q
\v 2 From the ends of the earth I call
\q2 unto you, when my heart is faint:
\q lead me to the rock
\q2 that is high above me.
\q
\v 3 For you are a refuge to me,
\q2 a strong tower in face of the foe.
\b
\q
\v 4 O to be guest in your tent forever,
\q2 hiding beneath your sheltering wings! \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 5 For you, O God, do hear my vows,
\q2 and grant the desires of those who fear you.
\q
\v 6 Add many days to the life of the king;
\q2 may his years endure throughout all generations.
\q
\v 7 In the presence of God be he throned forever;
\q2 may kindness and faithfulness watch over him.
\q
\v 8 And I will sing praise to your name forever,
\q2 paying my vows day after day.
\c 62
\s Psalm 62 – Quietness and Confidence
\d For the leader. On jeduthun. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 I wait alone in silence for God;
\q2 From him comes my help.
\q
\v 2 Yes, he is my rock, my help, my retreat,
\q2 I shall not be shaken too sorely.
\q
\v 3 How long will you, all of you, batter a man,
\q2 as one might a leaning wall?
\q
\v 4 From his height
\q2 they are planning to topple him.
\q They take pleasure in falsehood; they bless with their mouth,
\q2 but inwardly they curse. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 5 I wait alone in silence for God;
\q2 for from him comes my hope.
\q
\v 6 Yes, he is my rock, my help, my retreat,
\q2 I shall not be shaken too sorely.
\q
\v 7 On God rests my [us:honor|cth:honour] and safety,
\q2 in God is my strong rock, my refuge.
\q
\v 8 Trust in him, all you people assembled,
\q2 pour out your heart in his presence;
\q2 God is a refuge for us. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 9 The lowly are nought but a breath,
\q2 the lofty are but an illusion:
\q in the balances up they go,
\q2 they are lighter than breath altogether.
\q
\v 10 Trust not in gain of extortion,
\q2 set no vain hopes in robbery.
\q As for wealth, if it bears fruit,
\q2 set not your heart upon it.
\b
\q
\v 11 One thing God has uttered,
\q2 two things there are which I heard
\q that power belongs to God,
\q2
\v 12 and to you, too, O \nd Lord\nd*, belongs kindness;
\q for you requite each [neut:person|masc:man]
\q2 according to what [neut:they have|masc:he has] done.
\c 63
\s Psalm 63 – Athirst for God
\d A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
\q
\v 1 O God, my God, you, you do I seek:
\q2 my heart thirsts for you,
\q my body faints for you
\q2 in a parched and waterless land.
\b
\q
\v 2 As I in the temple have seen you,
\q2 beholding your power and your glory,
\q
\v 3 for better than life is your kindness:
\q2 my lips shall utter your praise.
\b
\q
\v 4 So, while I live, I will bless you,
\q2 and lift up my hands in your name.
\q
\v 5 As with marrow and fat am I feasted;
\q2 with joyful lips I will praise you.
\b
\q
\v 6 I call you to mind on my bed,
\q2 and muse on you in the night watches;
\q
\v 7 for you have been my help,
\q2 I joyfully sing in the shadow of your wings.
\q
\v 8 I cling close after you,
\q2 your right hand holds me up.
\b
\q
\v 9 But those who seek after my life
\q2 shall go down to the depths of the earth,
\q
\v 10 given o'er to the power of the sword,
\q2 or as prey for jackals to devour.
\b
\q
\v 11 But the king shall rejoice in God:
\q2 all who own his allegiance will glory.
\q2 For the mouth of the false shall be stopped.
\c 64
\s Psalm 64 – A Prayer for Deliverance from Malicious Foes
\d For the leader. A psalm of David.
\q
\v 1 Hear, O my God, the voice of my lament:
\q2 guard my life from the foe who affrights me.
\q
\v 2 Hide me from villains who secretly plot,
\q2 from the blustering throng of the workers of evil,
\q
\v 3 who have sharpened their tongue like a sword,
\q2 and aimed bitter words like arrows,
\q
\v 4 which from ambush they launch at the blameless,
\q2 shooting swiftly and unafraid.
\b
\q
\v 5 They strengthen their wicked purpose,
\q2 they tell of the snares they have hidden,
\q2 they say to themselves, “Who can see?”
\q
\v 6 They think out their crimes full cunningly
\q2 hidden deep in their crafty hearts.
\b
\q
\v 7 But God with his arrow will shoot them,
\q2 swiftly shall they be smitten.
\q
\v 8 For their tongue he will bring them to ruin,
\q2 all will shudder with horror at the sight of them.
\b
\q
\v 9 Then every [neut:person|masc:man], touched to awe,
\q2 as [neut:they ponder|masc:he ponders] what God has wrought,
\q2 will tell the tale of his deeds.
\q
\v 10 In the \nd Lord\nd* shall the righteous rejoice,
\q2 in him shall they take refuge;
\q2 and all the true-hearted shall glory.
\c 65
\s Psalm 65 – Hymn for a Thanksgiving Festival
\d For the leader. A psalm of David. A song.
\q
\v 1 It is seemly to praise you, O God, in Zion,
\q2 and to you shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem.
\q
\v 2 O you who hear prayer,
\q2 unto you shall all flesh come.
\q
\v 3 Our sins are too mighty for us,
\q2 our transgressions you only can cover them.
\q
\v 4 Happy the [neut:person who|masc:man whom] you choose
\q2 to live beside you in your courts.
\q O may we be filled with the joys
\q2 of your house, of your holy temple.
\b
\q
\v 5 In dread deeds you loyally answer us,
\q2 O God of our salvation,
\q whom all ends of the earth put their trust in,
\q2 and islands far away.
\q
\v 6 By your strength you establish the hills,
\q2 you are armed with might;
\q
\v 7 you still the roaring of seas,
\q2 and the turmoil of nations,
\q
\v 8 so that those who live at earth's bounds
\q2 are awed at your signs:
\q the lands of the sunrise and sunset
\q2 you make to ring with joy.
\b
\q
\v 9 You visit and water the earth;
\q2 you greatly enrich her
\q with the river of God, which is full of water.
\q2 You prepare the corn thereof,
\q
\v 10 watering her furrows,
\q2 settling her ridges;
\q you make her soft with showers,
\q2 and bless what grows thereon.
\q
\v 11 You crown the year with your goodness,
\q2 your chariot-tracks drip with fatness.
\q
\v 12 The desert pastures are lush,
\q2 the hills greened with joy.
\q
\v 13 The meadows are clothed with flocks,
\q2 the valleys are covered with corn;
\q2 they shout to each other and sing.
\c 66
\s Psalm 66 – Thanksgiving for National Deliverance
\d For the leader. A song. A psalm.
\q
\v 1 Shout to God, all the earth,
\q2
\v 2 sing praise to his glorious name,
\q2 sing his glorious praise.
\q
\v 3 Say to God, “How dread are your works,
\q2 so great is your might that your enemies cringe to you.
\q
\v 4 All the earth does homage to you,
\q2 singing praises to you,
\q2 singing praise to your name.” \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 5 Come and see what God has done,
\q2 awe-inspiring is he in his works among [neut:people|masc:men].
\q
\v 6 He turns the sea into dry land,
\q2 and [neut:people|masc:men] cross the river on foot.
\q Let us therefore rejoice in him,
\q2
\v 7 the mighty Ruler eternal,
\q whose eyes keep watch on the nations,
\q2 that no rebel lift up his head. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 8 O bless our God, you peoples;
\q2 sound aloud his praise,
\q
\v 9 who keeps us in life,
\q2 and keeps our feet from slipping.
\q
\v 10 For you, God, have tested us,
\q2 have tried us, as silver is tried.
\q
\v 11 You did bring us into prison,
\q2 and put chains upon us,
\q
\v 12 you did let [neut:people|masc:men] ride over our head.
\q2 We went through fire and through water,
\q2 but you led us out to a spacious place.
\b
\q
\v 13 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings,
\q2 I will pay to you my vows,
\q
\v 14 which my open lips have uttered,
\q2 arid my mouth has declared in my straits.
\q
\v 15 I will offer you offerings of fatlings,
\q2 with the odour of burning rams,
\q2 I will sacrifice bullocks with goats. \qs Selah\qs*
\b
\q
\v 16 Come and hear my story
\q2 all who fear God –
\q2 of what he has done for me.
\q
\v 17 For my mouth had no sooner invoked him
\q2 than his praise was under my tongue.
\q
\v 18 Had I cherished sin in my heart,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* would never have listened.
\q
\v 19 But assuredly God has listened,
\q2 and attended to my loud prayer.
\b
\q
\v 20 Blessed be God, who turned not aside
\q2 my prayer, nor withdrew his kindness from me.
\c 67
\s Psalm 67 – A Harvest Thanksgiving
\d For the leader. On stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.
\q
\v 1 Bless us, O God, with your [us:favor|cth:favour],
\q2 let the light of your face fall upon us; \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 2 that the world may know your way,
\q2 and all nations your power to save.
\b
\q
\v 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
\q2 let the peoples all of them praise you.
\q
\v 4 Let the nations ring out their joy;
\q2 for you govern the peoples with equity,
\q2 and guide the nations on earth. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God,
\q2 let the peoples, all of them, praise you.
\b
\q
\v 6 The earth has yielded her increase
\q2 by the blessing of God, our God.
\q
\v 7 May this blessing of ours win [neut:people|masc:men] to him
\q2 to all the ends of the earth.
\c 68
\s Psalm 68 – Victory
\d For the leader. Of David. A psalm. A song.
\q
\v 1 God arises, his enemies scatter:
\q2 they who hate him flee before him.
\q
\v 2 As smoke before wind is driven,
\q2 as wax melts before fire,
\q2 so before God vanish the wicked.
\q
\v 3 But the righteous rejoice in God's presence,
\q2 they exult with exceeding joy.
\b
\q
\v 4 Sing to God, make music to his name,
\q2 his name is the \nd Lord\nd*, praise him who rides on the clouds,
\q3 and exult in his presence.
\q
\v 5 Father of orphans, defender of widows,
\q2 is God in his holy abode.
\q
\v 6 God brings home the lonely,
\q2 he leads forth the prisoner to comfort,
\q2 so that none but the rebel lives cheerless.
\b
\q
\v 7 God, when you went in front of your people
\q2 in your march through the desert, \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 8 earth shook, the heavens poured rain
\q2 at the presence of God, Sinai's God
\q at the presence of God, Israel's God.
\q
\v 9 Rain in abundance, God, you did sprinkle,
\q2 restoring the languishing land of your heritage.
\q
\v 10 A dwelling therein your people found:
\q2 in your goodness, O God, you did care for the poor.
\b
\q
\v 11 The \nd Lord\nd* spoke the glad tidings of victory,
\q2 a great army of women proclaim it:
\q
\v 12 “Kings of armies they flee, they flee,
\q2 and the housewife divides the spoil:
\q
\v 13 dove's wings covered with silver
\q2 and pinions with shimmer of gold,
\q2
\v 14 set with stones, like snow upon Zalmon.”
\b
\q
\v 15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan,
\q2 a mountain of peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
\q
\v 16 You high-peaked mountains, why look you askance
\q2 at the mountain which God has desired for his home
\q2 whereon the \nd Lord\nd* will live forever?
\q
\v 17 The chariots of God are twice ten thousand:
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* came from Sinai, his holy place.
\q
\v 18 You did mount the height with trains of your captives,
\q2 and gifts that you had received [neut:from the people|masc:among men].
\q2 The rebels shall live with the \nd Lord\nd* God.
\b
\q
\v 19 Blest be the \nd Lord\nd* who sustains us daily,
\q2 the God who is also our [us:savior|cth:saviour]. \qs Selah\qs*
\q2
\v 20 Our God is a God who is [us:savior|cth:saviour].
\q The ways of escape from death
\q2 are known to the \nd Lord\nd* God.
\q
\v 21 Yes, God will shatter the head of his foes
\q2 the rough scalp of [neut:those who strut on in their|masc:him who struts on in his] sins.
\q
\v 22 The \nd Lord\nd* said: “I will bring you home from Bashan,
\q2 home from the depths of the sea,
\q
\v 23 that your feet you may bathe in blood,
\q2 and your dogs lick their share of the foe.”
\b
\q
\v 24 In the temple appear God's triumphal processions,
\q2 processions in praise of my king and my God,
\q
\v 25 with singers in front, and minstrels behind,
\q2 and maidens with timbrels between them, singing,
\q
\v 26 “You of the well-spring of Israel,
\q2 bless the \nd Lord\nd* God in the dance.”
\q
\v 27 There, in front, is Benjamin the little,
\q2 the princes of Judah beside them,
\q2 the princes of Zebulon, princes of Naphtali.
\b
\q
\v 28 God, show your strength,
\q2 your godlike might,
\q as you did in the past,
\q2
\v 29 from your temple that crowns Jerusalem.
\q Kings shall bring tribute to you.
\q2
\v 30 Rebuke the beast of the reed,
\q the herd of bulls, with the calves of the peoples.
\q2 Trample down the lovers of lies.
\q2 Scatter the nations whose joy is in war.
\q
\v 31 May they come from Egypt with gifts of oil,
\q2 Ethiopia haste with full hands to God.
\b
\q
\v 32 Sing to God, O you kingdoms of earth,
\q2 make melody to the \nd Lord\nd*. \qs Selah\qs*
\q
\v 33 Praise him who rides on the ancient heavens.
\q2 See! He utters his voice, his mighty voice.
\q
\v 34 Ascribe strength to the God over Israel,
\q2 whose strength and majesty live in the skies.
\q
\v 35 Awe-inspiring is God in his holy place,
\q2 it is Israel's God
\q2 who gives strength and might to his people.
\q3 Blessed be God.
\c 69
\s Psalm 69 – A Prayer for Deliverance and Vengeance
\d For the leader. On shoshannim. Of David.
\q
\v 1 Save me, O God; for the waters
\q2 are threatening my life.
\q
\v 2 I am sunk in depths of mire,
\q2 where ground there is none.
\q I am come into deep deep waters,
\q2 the flood overwhelms me.
\q
\v 3 I am weary of crying, my throat is parched,
\q2 my eyes are wasted with waiting for God.
\b
\q
\v 4 More than the hairs of my head
\q2 are those who wantonly hate me.
\q More than my bones in number
\q2 are those who are falsely my foes.
\q That which I never robbed,
\q2 how am I then to restore?
\q
\v 5 O God, you know my folly,
\q2 my guilt is not hidden from you.
\q
\v 6 Through me let not any be shamed,
\q2 who wait for you, \nd Lord\nd* God of hosts.
\q Through me let not those be confounded
\q2 who seek you, O God of Israel.
\q
\v 7 It's in your cause that I have borne taunts,
\q2 and my face has been covered with shame;
\q
\v 8 I became to my [neut:kindred|masc:brothers] a foreigner,
\q2 to my mother's sons a stranger.
\b
\q
\v 9 It was zeal for your house that consumed me,
\q2 and the insults they hurled at you fell upon me.
\q
\v 10 When I chastened myself with fasting,
\q2 they took occasion to taunt me.
\q
\v 11 When I put on a garment of sackcloth,
\q2 they made me the theme of a taunt-song.
\q
\v 12 Those who sit in the gate make sport of me
\q2 in the music of drunken songs.
\b
\q
\v 13 But I pray to you, \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 for a time of [us:favor|cth:favour].
\q In your great love answer me;
\q2 with your loyal help, save me
\q
\v 14 from sinking down in the mire.
\q2 Lift me out of the deep deep waters,
\q
\v 15 that the rushing flood may not drown me,
\q2 that the deep may not swallow me up,
\q2 nor the pit close her mouth upon me.
\q
\v 16 Answer me, \nd Lord\nd*, in your gracious kindness,
\q2 turn to me in your great compassion.
\q
\v 17 Hide not your face from your servant,
\q2 for I am in trouble; O answer me speedily.
\q
\v 18 Draw near to me, redeem me;
\q2 because of my enemies, ransom me.
\b
\q
\v 19 You know how I am insulted;
\q2 in your sight are all my foes.
\q
\v 20 Insult has broken my heart,
\q2 past cure are my shame and confusion.
\q For pity I looked – there was none!
\q2 And for comforters, but I found none.
\q
\v 21 Poison they gave me for food,
\q2 and to slake my thirst they gave vinegar.
\b
\q
\v 22 May their table, outspread, be a trap to them,
\q2 and their peace-offerings be a snare.
\q
\v 23 May their eyes be darkened and blind,
\q2 make them shake without ceasing.
\q
\v 24 Pour your indignation upon them,
\q2 let your burning wrath overtake them.
\q
\v 25 May their camp be a desolation,
\q2 in their tents be there none to live.
\q
\v 26 For [neut:those|masc:him] whom you struck, they persecute,
\q2 and those whom you wounded, they pain yet more.
\q
\v 27 Charge them with sin upon sin,
\q2 may they not be acquitted by you.
\q
\v 28 From the book of life be they blotted,
\q2 may their names not be written with the righteous.
\b
\q
\v 29 Lift me, O God, by your help
\q2 above my pain and misery.
\q
\v 30 Then will I praise God in song
\q2 and magnify him with thanksgiving,
\q
\v 31 which shall please the \nd Lord\nd* better than ox,
\q2 or than bullock with horns and hoofs.
\q
\v 32 The oppressed shall rejoice at the sight.
\q2 You who seek after God, let your heart revive.
\q
\v 33 For the \nd Lord\nd* listens to the poor,
\q2 he does not despise his prisoners.
\b
\q
\v 34 Let the heavens and the earth sing his praises,
\q2 the seas, and all creatures that move in them.
\q
\v 35 For God will bring help to Zion,
\q2 and build up the cities of Judah,
\q2 his people shall live there in possession.
\q
\v 36 His servants' children shall have it for heritage,
\q2 and those who love him shall live therein.
\c 70
\s Psalm 70 – A Cry for Help in Persecution
\rem Revision 2
\d For the leader. Of David. For commemoration.
\q
\v 1 Quickly, God, deliver me,
\q2 hasten to help me, \nd Lord\nd*.
\q
\v 2 May those who are seeking my life,
\q2 be ashamed and confounded.
\q
\v 3 May those who delight in my hurt
\q2 be defeated and brought to [us:dishonor|cth:dishonour].
\q
\v 4 But may all who seek after you
\q2 rejoice and be glad in you.
\q May all who love your salvation
\q2 say, “Glory to God,” evermore.
\q
\v 5 I am weak and needy:
\q2 make haste, God, to me.
\q You are my help and deliverer;
\q2 \nd Lord\nd*, don't delay.
\c 71
\s Psalm 71 – Forsake me not, when I am Old
\q
\v 1 In you, O \nd Lord\nd*, I take refuge,
\q2 let me never be put to shame.
\q
\v 2 In your faithfulness save me and rescue me,
\q2 bend your ear to me and save me.
\q
\v 3 Be to me a rock of defence,
\q2 a fortified house, to save me;
\q2 for my rock and my fortress are you.
\b
\q
\v 4 Save me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
\q2 from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
\q
\v 5 For you, \nd Lord\nd*, are my hope,
\q2 in whom from my youth I have trusted.
\q
\v 6 On you have I leaned from my birth;
\q2 from my mother's womb it was you who did draw me.
\q2 In you is my hope evermore.
\b
\q
\v 7 I have been as a wonder to many,
\q2 for you are my refuge and strength.
\q
\v 8 All the day long my mouth
\q2 is filled with your praise and your glory.
\q
\v 9 Cast me not off in the time of old age;
\q2 when my strength is spent, forsake me not.
\q
\v 10 For my foes whisper against me,
\q2 they who watch me take counsel together;
\q
\v 11 “God has left him,” they say: “pursue
\q2 and seize him, for he is helpless.”
\b
\q
\v 12 O God, be not far from me,
\q2 haste, O my God, to my help.
\q
\v 13 Put my foes to shame and [us:dishonor|cth:dishonour],
\q2 with insult and shame be they covered.
\q
\v 14 But I will never stop hoping,
\q2 and more and yet more will I praise you.
\q
\v 15 All the day long shall my mouth
\q2 tell your faithfulness and your salvation,
\q2 though I know not how they may be counted.
\b
\q
\v 16 I will tell of the might of the \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and your faithfulness praise, you alone.
\q
\v 17 You have taught me, O God, from my youth,
\q2 and till now have I told of your wonders.
\q
\v 18 Even in old age and grey hair,
\q2 O God, do not forsake me.
\q Still would I tell of your might
\q2 unto all generations to come.
\b
\q
\v 19 Your power and your justice, O God,
\q2 extend as far as the heavens:
\q for great are the things you have done.
\q2 Who is like you, O God?
\q
\v 20 You have caused us to see troubles many,
\q2 but you will revive us again.
\q From the depths of the earth
\q2 you will bring me up again.
\q
\v 21 You will multiply my greatness,
\q2 and comfort me again.
\b
\q
\v 22 So with harp I will praise you,
\q2 and your faithfulness, O my God;
\q and make music to you on the lyre,
\q2 O you Holy One of Israel.
\q
\v 23 My lips shall ring out their joy,
\q2 my mouth shall sing praises to you;
\q2 all of me, which you have redeemed.
\q
\v 24 Yes, all the day long shall my tongue
\q2 utter your righteousness;
\q for ashamed and confounded are they
\q2 who were seeking my hurt.
\c 72
\s Psalm 72 – A Prayer for a Just and Glorious Reign
\d Of Solomon.
\q
\v 1 Give the king, O God, your own spirit of justice
\q2 your spirit of right to the son of the king,
\q
\v 2 that with right he may judge your people,
\q2 and your downtrodden ones with justice.
\b
\q
\v 3 May the mountains bear weal for the people,
\q2 and the hills yield fruits of justice.
\q
\v 4 The weak may he help to their rights,
\q2 may he save the sons of the needy
\q2 and crush the oppressor in pieces.
\b
\q
\v 5 May he live as long as the sun,
\q2 while the moon shines – for ages and ages.
\q
\v 6 May he be like the rain on the meadow,
\q2 like showers that water the earth.
\b
\q
\v 7 In his days may justice flourish,
\q2 and welfare abound, till the moon be no more.
\q
\v 8 May he reign from ocean to ocean,
\q2 from the river to the ends of the earth.
\b
\q
\v 9 May his foes bow down before him,
\q2 his enemies lick the dust.
\q
\v 10 May tribute be rendered by kings
\q2 of the isles and of Tarshish;
\q may gifts be brought by the kings
\q2 of Sheba and Seba.
\b
\q
\v 11 May all kings fall prostrate before him,
\q2 and all nations yield him their service.
\q
\v 12 For he saves the poor when he cries,
\q2 the helpless and the downtrodden.
\b
\q
\v 13 He pities the weak and the poor,
\q2 he saves the lives of the poor.
\q
\v 14 He redeems them from wrong and from violence,
\q2 for dear is their blood in his sight.
\b
\q
\v 15 Long may he live;
\q2 and may gold of Sheba be given him;
\q prayer, too, be made for him ceaselessly,
\q2 all the day long may men bless him.
\b
\q
\v 16 May the land have abundance of corn,
\q2 to the tops of the hills may it wave.
\q May the fruit thereof flourish like Lebanon,
\q2 may men spring from the city like grass of the earth.
\b
\q
\v 17 May his name be blessed forever,
\q2 may his fame endure as the sun.
\q May all nations envy his blessedness,
\q2 all tribes of the earth call him happy.
\b
\b
\b
\q3
\v 18 \em Blest be the \+nd Lord\+nd* God, Israel's God,\em*
\q3 \em who alone does wonders;\em*
\q3
\v 19 \em And blest be forever his glorious name.\em*
\q3 \em Let all the earth be filled with his glory.\em*
\q3 \em Amen and Amen.\em*
\b
\q3
\v 20 Here end the prayers of David, son of Jesse.
\c 73
\ms Book Three
\s Psalm 73 – Fellowship with God Here and Hereafter
\d A psalm of Asaph.
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\v 1 Yes, God is good to the upright,
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* to the pure in heart.
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\v 2 But my feet were almost gone,
\q2 my steps had nearly slipped,
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\v 3 through envy of godless braggarts,
\q2 when I saw how well they fared.
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\v 4 For never a pang have they,
\q2 their body is sound and sleek.
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\v 5 They have no trouble like mortals,
\q2 no share in human pain.
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\v 6 So they wear their pride like a necklace,
\q2 they put on the garment of wrong,
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\v 7 their eyes stand out with fatness,
\q2 their heart swells with riotous fancies.
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\v 8 Their speech is mocking and evil,
\q2 condescending and crooked their speech.
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\v 9 They have set their mouth in the heavens,
\q2 while their tongue struts about on the earth.
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\v 10 Small wonder that people resort to them,
\q2 and drink deep draughts of their lore.
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\v 11 “How does God know?” they say,
\q2 “And has the Most High any knowledge?”
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\v 12 See! These are the godless,
\q2 with wealth and ease ever increasing.
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\v 13 Yes, in vain have I kept my heart pure,
\q2 and washed my hands in innocence;
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\v 14 for all the day long was I plagued
\q2 not a morning but I was chastised.
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\v 15 But to resolve to speak like they do
\q2 would be treachery to your children.
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\v 16 So I sought to understand it,
\q2 but a wearisome task it seemed:
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\v 17 till I entered the holy world of God
\q2 and saw clearly their destiny.
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\v 18 Yes, you set them on slippery places;
\q2 down to destruction you hurl them.
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\v 19 One moment and then what a horror of ruin!
\q2 They are finished and ended in terrors.
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\v 20 Like a dream, when one wakes, shall they be,
\q2 whose phantoms the waker despises.
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\v 21 So my bitterness of mind
\q2 and the pain that stabbed my heart
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\v 22 show how dull I was and stupid
\q2 just like a beast before you.
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\v 23 But I am always with you,
\q2 you have hold of my right hand.
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\v 24 By a plan of yours you guide me
\q2 and will afterward take me to glory.
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\v 25 Whom have I in the heavens but you?
\q2 And on earth there is none I desire beside you.
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\v 26 Though flesh and heart waste away,
\q2 yet God is the rock of my heart,
\q2 yet God is my portion forever.
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\v 27 For see! Those who are far from you must perish,
\q2 you destroy all who are false to you.
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\v 28 But I am happy when close to God;
\q2 the \nd Lord\nd* my God I have made my refuge,
\q2 that I may recount all the things you have done.
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\s Psalm 74 – Lament on the Devastation of the Temple
\d A maskil of Asaph.
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\v 1 Why, O God, have you spurned us forever?
\q2 Why smokes your wrath against the sheep of your pasture?
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\v 2 Remember the community you purchased of old
\q2 to become by redemption the tribe of your heritage,
\q2 Zion, the mountain you made your home.
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\v 3 Rouse yourself, visit its ruins complete.
\q2 In the temple the foe has made havoc of all things.
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\v 4 Like lions your enemies roared through your house,
\q2 replacing our symbols by signs of their own,
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\v 5 hacking, like woodsmen who lift
\q2 axes on thickets of trees,
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\v 6 smashing with hatchets and hammers
\q2 all of its carved work together.
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\v 7 They have set your temple on fire,
\q2 to the very ground they have outraged
\q2 the place where lives your name.
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\v 8 They have said in their heart, “Let us utterly crush them.”
\q2 They have burned all the houses of God in the land.
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\v 9 No symbol of ours do we see any more:
\q2 no prophet is there any more,
\q2 none is with us who knows how long.
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\v 10 How long, O God, is the foe to insult?
\q2 Shall the enemy spurn your name forever?
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\v 11 Why, O \nd Lord\nd*, do you hold back your hand,
\q2 why keep your right hand in the folds of your robe?
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\v 12 Yet God is our king from the ancient days,
\q2 in the midst of the earth working deeds of salvation.
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\v 13 It was you who did cleave the sea by your might,
\q2 and shatter the heads of the ocean monsters.
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\v 14 It was you who did crush many-headed Leviathan,
\q2 and give him as food to the beasts of the wilderness.
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\v 15 It was you who did cleave the fountains and torrents;
\q2 it was you who did dry the perennial streams.
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\v 16 Yours is the day; yours, too, is the night,
\q2 it was you who did establish the sun and the star.
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\v 17 It was you who did fix all the borders of earth:
\q2 summer and winter it's you who have made them.
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\v 18 Yet, for all this, the foe has insulted you, \nd Lord\nd*,
\q2 and a nation of fools has reviled your name.
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\v 19 Do not give your dove to the beasts,
\q2 do not forget your afflicted forever.
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\v 20 Look to the sleek ones – how full they are:
\q2 the dark places of earth are the dwellings of violence.
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\v 21 O let not the downtrodden turn back ashamed:
\q2 let the poor and the needy sing praise to your name.
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\v 22 Arise, God, and defend your cause:
\q2 remember how fools all the day insult you.
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\v 23 Do not forget the uproar of your enemies,
\q2 the din of your foes that ascends evermore.
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\s Psalm 75 – God the Judge
\d For the leader; al tashheth. A psalm of Asaph, a song.
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\v 1 We praise you, God, we praise you:
\q2 we would call on your name and declare your wonders.
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\v 2 “At the time I choose,
\q2 I will judge fairly.
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\v 3 Though earth melt and all her inhabitants,
\q2 it is I who keep steady her pillars.” \qs Selah\qs*
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\v 4 I say to the boasters, “Boast not”;
\q2 to the wicked, “Lift not up your horn:
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\v 5 lift not your horn on high,
\q2 speak not boldly against the Rock.”
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\v 6 For not from east nor west,
\q2 not from desert nor mountains;
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\v 7 but God himself is the judge,
\q2 humbling one and exalting another.
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\v 8 In the hand of the \nd Lord\nd* is a cup
\q2 foaming wine, richly spiced.
\q Out of this he pours a draught,
\q2 and all the wicked of earth
\q2 must drain it down to the dregs.
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\v 9 But I will rejoice forever,
\q2 singing praise to the God of Jacob.
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\v 10 I will hew all the horns of the wicked,
\q2 but the horns of the just shall be lifted.
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\s Psalm 76 – A Song of Victory
\d For the leader. With instrumental music. A psalm of Asaph, a song.
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