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The Psalms

BOOK I

(Psalms 1-41)

Psalm 1

The Two Ways


1 Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.


4 The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

God’s Promise to His Anointed


1 Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
3 ‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’


4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 ‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’


7 I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’


10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling 12kiss his feet,*
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled.


Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

Trust in God under Adversity

A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
1Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying to me,
   ‘There is no help for you* in God.’
          Selah


3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
4 I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.
          Selah


5 I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.
6 I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around.


7 Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked.


8 Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
          Selah

Psalm 4

Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.


2 How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
          Selah
3 But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him.


4 When you are disturbed,* do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
          Selah
5 Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord.


6 There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’
7 You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound.


8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 5

Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord;
   give heed to my sighing.
2 Listen to the sound of my cry,
   my King and my God,
   for to you I pray.
3Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
   in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.


4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
   evil will not sojourn with you.
5 The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
   you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
   the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.


7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
   will enter your house,
I will bow down towards your holy temple
   in awe of you.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
   because of my enemies;
   make your way straight before me.


9 For there is no truth in their mouths;
   their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
   they flatter with their tongues.
10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;
   let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
   for they have rebelled against you.


11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
   let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
   so that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
   you cover them with favour as with a shield.

Psalm 6

Prayer for Recovery from Grave Illness

To the leader: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
   or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
   O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3 My soul also is struck with terror,
   while you, O Lord—how long?


4 Turn, O Lord, save my life;
   deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
   in Sheol who can give you praise?


6 I am weary with my moaning;
   every night I flood my bed with tears;
   I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eyes waste away because of grief;
   they grow weak because of all my foes.


8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
   for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my supplication;
   the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
   they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.

Psalm 7

Plea for Help against Persecutors

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
1Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
2 or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.


3Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands,
4 if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause,
5 then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.
          Selah


6 Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high.
8 The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me.


9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God.
10 God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day.


12 If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow;
13 he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies.
15 They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made.
16 Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends.


17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Psalm 8

Divine Majesty and Human Dignity

To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
1Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!


You have set your glory above the heavens.
2   Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger.


3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
   mortals* that you care for them?


5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,*
   and crowned them with glory and honour.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
   you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas.


9Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 9

God’s Power and Justice

To the leader: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
   I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
   I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.


3 When my enemies turned back,
   they stumbled and perished before you.
4 For you have maintained my just cause;
   you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgement.


5 You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked;
   you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins;
   their cities you have rooted out;
   the very memory of them has perished.


7 But the Lord sits enthroned for ever,
   he has established his throne for judgement.
8 He judges the world with righteousness;
   he judges the peoples with equity.


9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
   a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
   for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.


11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
   Declare his deeds among the peoples.
12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
   he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.


13 Be gracious to me, O Lord.
   See what I suffer from those who hate me;
   you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death,
14 so that I may recount all your praises,
   and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
   rejoice in your deliverance.


15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
   in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgement;
   the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
          Higgaion. Selah


17 The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
   all the nations that forget God.


18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
   nor the hope of the poor perish for ever.


19 Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail;
   let the nations be judged before you.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord;
   let the nations know that they are only human.
          Selah

Psalm 10

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies


1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
   Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
   let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.


3 For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
   those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
4 In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, ‘God will not seek it out’;
   all their thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’


5 Their ways prosper at all times;
   your judgements are on high, out of their sight;
   as for their foes, they scoff at them.
6 They think in their heart, ‘We shall not be moved;
   throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.’


7 Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
   under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
8 They sit in ambush in the villages;
   in hiding-places they murder the innocent.


Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9   they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
   they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.


10 They stoop, they crouch,
   and the helpless fall by their might.
11 They think in their heart, ‘God has forgotten,
   he has hidden his face, he will never see it.’


12 Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
   do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God,
   and say in their hearts, ‘You will not call us to account’?


14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
   that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
   you have been the helper of the orphan.


15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
   seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king for ever and ever;
   the nations shall perish from his land.


17Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
   you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
   so that those from earth may strike terror no more.*

Psalm 11

Song of Trust in God

To the leader. Of David.
1 In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
   ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains;*
2 for look, the wicked bend the bow,
   they have fitted their arrow to the string,
   to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed,
   what can the righteous do?’


4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
   the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
   His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.
5 The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
   and his soul hates the lover of violence.
6 On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulphur;
   a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
   the upright shall behold his face.

Psalm 12

Plea for Help in Evil Times

To the leader: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1 Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
   the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
2 They utter lies to each other;
   with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.


3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
   the tongue that makes great boasts,
4 those who say, ‘With our tongues we will prevail;
   our lips are our own—who is our master?’


5 ‘Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
   I will now rise up,’ says the Lord;
   ‘I will place them in the safety for which they long.’
6 The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
   silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
   purified seven times.


7 You, O Lord, will protect us;
   you will guard us from this generation for ever.
8 On every side the wicked prowl,
   as vileness is exalted among humankind.

Psalm 13

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
   How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I bear pain* in my soul,
   and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?


3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
   Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
4 and my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed’;
   my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.


5 But I trusted in your steadfast love;
   my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
   because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 14

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader. Of David.
1 Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’
   They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
   there is no one who does good.


2 The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
   to see if there are any who are wise,
   who seek after God.


3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
   there is no one who does good,
   no, not one.


4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
   who eat up my people as they eat bread,
   and do not call upon the Lord?


5 There they shall be in great terror,
   for God is with the company of the righteous.
6 You would confound the plans of the poor,
   but the Lord is their refuge.


7 O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
   When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
   Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

Psalm 15

Who Shall Abide in God’s Sanctuary?

A Psalm of David.
1Lord, who may abide in your tent?
   Who may dwell on your holy hill?


2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
   and speak the truth from their heart;
3 who do not slander with their tongue,
   and do no evil to their friends,
   nor take up a reproach against their neighbours;
4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
   but who honour those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
5 who do not lend money at interest,
   and do not take a bribe against the innocent.


Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 16

Song of Trust and Security in God

A Miktam of David.
1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
   I have no good apart from you.’*


3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
   in whom is all my delight.


4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;*
   their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out
   or take their names upon my lips.


5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a goodly heritage.


7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
   in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.


9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your faithful one see the Pit.


11 You show me the path of life.
   In your presence there is fullness of joy;
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors

A Prayer of David.
1 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
2 From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right.


3 If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress.
4 As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped.


6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words.
7 Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O saviour of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand.


8 Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings,
9 from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11 They track me down;* now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush.


13 Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,
14 from mortals—by your hand, O Lord
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones.


15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Psalm 18

Royal Thanksgiving for Victory

To the leader. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:
1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
   my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
   so I shall be saved from my enemies.


4 The cords of death encompassed me;
   the torrents of perdition assailed me;
5 the cords of Sheol entangled me;
   the snares of death confronted me.


6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
   to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
   and my cry to him reached his ears.


7 Then the earth reeled and rocked;
   the foundations also of the mountains trembled
   and quaked, because he was angry.
8 Smoke went up from his nostrils,
   and devouring fire from his mouth;
   glowing coals flamed forth from him.
9 He bowed the heavens, and came down;
   thick darkness was under his feet.
10 He rode on a cherub, and flew;
   he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering around him,
   his canopy thick clouds dark with water.
12 Out of the brightness before him
   there broke through his clouds
   hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
   and the Most High uttered his voice.*
14 And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
   he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.
15 Then the channels of the sea were seen,
   and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
   at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.


16 He reached down from on high, he took me;
   he drew me out of mighty waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,
   and from those who hated me;
   for they were too mighty for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity;
   but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a broad place;
   he delivered me, because he delighted in me.


20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
   according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
   and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his ordinances were before me,
   and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23 I was blameless before him,
   and I kept myself from guilt.
24 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
   according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.


25 With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
   with the blameless you show yourself blameless;
26 with the pure you show yourself pure;
   and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
27 For you deliver a humble people,
   but the haughty eyes you bring down.
28 It is you who light my lamp;
   the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
29 By you I can crush a troop,
   and by my God I can leap over a wall.
30 This God—his way is perfect;
   the promise of the Lord proves true;
   he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.


31 For who is God except the Lord?
   And who is a rock besides our God?—
32 the God who girded me with strength,
   and made my way safe.
33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer,
   and set me secure on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for war,
   so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation,
   and your right hand has supported me;
   your help* has made me great.
36 You gave me a wide place for my steps under me,
   and my feet did not slip.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
   and did not turn back until they were consumed.
38 I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise;
   they fell under my feet.
39 For you girded me with strength for the battle;
   you made my assailants sink under me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
   and those who hated me I destroyed.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
   they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them fine, like dust before the wind;
   I cast them out like the mire of the streets.


43 You delivered me from strife with the peoples;*
   you made me head of the nations;
   people whom I had not known served me.
44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
   foreigners came cringing to me.
45 Foreigners lost heart,
   and came trembling out of their strongholds.


46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
   and exalted be the God of my salvation,
47 the God who gave me vengeance
   and subdued peoples under me;
48 who delivered me from my enemies;
   indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
   you delivered me from the violent.


49 For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations,
   and sing praises to your name.
50 Great triumphs he gives to his king,
   and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
   to David and his descendants for ever.

Psalm 19

God’s Glory in Creation and the Law

To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament* proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice* goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world.


In the heavens* he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
   and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them;
   and nothing is hidden from its heat.


7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
   making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
   enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
   and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
   and drippings of the honeycomb.


11 Moreover by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;*
   do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression.


14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 20

Prayer for Victory

To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
   The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary,
   and give you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your offerings,
   and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices.
          Selah


4 May he grant you your heart’s desire,
   and fulfil all your plans.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory,
   and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfil all your petitions.


6 Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
   he will answer him from his holy heaven
   with mighty victories by his right hand.
7 Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
   but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They will collapse and fall,
   but we shall rise and stand upright.


9 Give victory to the king, O Lord;
   answer us when we call.*

Psalm 21

Thanksgiving for Victory

To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1 In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord,
   and in your help how greatly he exults!
2 You have given him his heart’s desire,
   and have not withheld the request of his lips.
          Selah
3 For you meet him with rich blessings;
   you set a crown of fine gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life; you gave it to him—
   length of days for ever and ever.
5 His glory is great through your help;
   splendour and majesty you bestow on him.
6 You bestow on him blessings for ever;
   you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord,
   and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.


8 Your hand will find out all your enemies;
   your right hand will find out those who hate you.
9 You will make them like a fiery furnace
   when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
   and fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
   and their children from among humankind.
11 If they plan evil against you,
   if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12 For you will put them to flight;
   you will aim at their faces with your bows.


13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
   We will sing and praise your power.

Psalm 22

Plea for Deliverance from Suffering and Hostility

To the leader: according to The Deer of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest.


3 Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.


6 But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
8 ‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’


9 Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
10 On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help.


12 Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion.


14 I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast;
15 my mouth* is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death.


16 For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;*
17 I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots.


19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life* from the power of the dog!
21   Save me from the mouth of the lion!


From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued* me.
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,*
   but heard when I* cried to him.


25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26 The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever!


27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.*
28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations.


29 To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.*
30 Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord,
31 and* proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.

Psalm 23

The Divine Shepherd

A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2   He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;*
3   he restores my soul.*
He leads me in right paths*
   for his name’s sake.


4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,*
   I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff—
   they comfort me.


5 You prepare a table before me
   in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows.
6 Surely* goodness and mercy* shall follow me
   all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
   my whole life long.*

Psalm 24

Entrance into the Temple

Of David. A Psalm.
1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it;
2 for he has founded it on the seas,
   and established it on the rivers.


3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully.
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation.
6 Such is the company of those who seek him,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob.*
          Selah


7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord, strong and mighty,
   the Lord, mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.
          Selah

Psalm 25

Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance

Of David.
1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
   do not let me be put to shame;
   do not let my enemies exult over me.
3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
   let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.


4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
   teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
   for you are the God of my salvation;
   for you I wait all day long.


6 Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
   for they have been from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
   according to your steadfast love remember me,
   for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!


8 Good and upright is the Lord;
   therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
   and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
   for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.


11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
   pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who are they that fear the Lord?
   He will teach them the way that they should choose.


13 They will abide in prosperity,
   and their children shall possess the land.
14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
   and he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever towards the Lord,
   for he will pluck my feet out of the net.


16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart,
   and bring me* out of my distress.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
   and forgive all my sins.


19 Consider how many are my foes,
   and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 O guard my life, and deliver me;
   do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
   for I wait for you.


22 Redeem Israel, O God,
   out of all its troubles.

Psalm 26

Plea for Justice and Declaration of Righteousness

Of David.
1 Vindicate me, O Lord,
   for I have walked in my integrity,
   and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
   test my heart and mind.
3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
   and I walk in faithfulness to you.*


4 I do not sit with the worthless,
   nor do I consort with hypocrites;
5 I hate the company of evildoers,
   and will not sit with the wicked.


6 I wash my hands in innocence,
   and go around your altar, O Lord,
7 singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
   and telling all your wondrous deeds.


8Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
   and the place where your glory abides.
9 Do not sweep me away with sinners,
   nor my life with the bloodthirsty,
10 those in whose hands are evil devices,
   and whose right hands are full of bribes.


11 But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
   redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;
   in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.

Psalm 27

Triumphant Song of Confidence

Of David.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
   whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold* of my life;
   of whom shall I be afraid?


2 When evildoers assail me
   to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
   they shall stumble and fall.


3 Though an army encamp against me,
   my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
   yet I will be confident.


4 One thing I asked of the Lord,
   that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
   all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
   and to inquire in his temple.


5 For he will hide me in his shelter
   in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
   he will set me high on a rock.


6 Now my head is lifted up
   above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
   sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.


7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
   be gracious to me and answer me!
8 ‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’
   Your face, Lord, do I seek.
9   Do not hide your face from me.


Do not turn your servant away in anger,
   you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
   O God of my salvation!
10 If my father and mother forsake me,
   the Lord will take me up.


11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
   and lead me on a level path
   because of my enemies.
12 Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
   for false witnesses have risen against me,
   and they are breathing out violence.


13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
   in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
   be strong, and let your heart take courage;
   wait for the Lord!

Psalm 28

Prayer for Help and Thanksgiving for It

Of David.
1 To you, O Lord, I call;
   my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
   I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplication,
   as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
   towards your most holy sanctuary.*


3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
   with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbours,
   while mischief is in their hearts.
4 Repay them according to their work,
   and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
   render them their due reward.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
   or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more.


6 Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
   in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
   and with my song I give thanks to him.


8 The Lord is the strength of his people;
   he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
9 O save your people, and bless your heritage;
   be their shepherd, and carry them for ever.

Psalm 29

The Voice of God in a Great Storm

A Psalm of David.
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,*
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
   worship the Lord in holy splendour.


3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
   the God of glory thunders,
   the Lord, over mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
   the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.


5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
   and Sirion like a young wild ox.


7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.


9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,*
   and strips the forest bare;
   and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’


10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
   the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
   May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Psalm 30

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Grave Illness

A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the temple. Of David.
1 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
   and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
2Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
   and you have healed me.
3Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
   restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.*


4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
   and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment;
   his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning.


6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
   ‘I shall never be moved.’
7 By your favour, O Lord,
   you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
   I was dismayed.


8 To you, O Lord, I cried,
   and to the Lord I made supplication:
9 ‘What profit is there in my death,
   if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
   Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!’


11 You have turned my mourning into dancing;
   you have taken off my sackcloth
   and clothed me with joy,
12 so that my soul* may praise you and not be silent.
   O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.

Psalm 31

Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
   do not let me ever be put to shame;
   in your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline your ear to me;
   rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
   a strong fortress to save me.


3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
   for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
   for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
   you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.


6 You hate* those who pay regard to worthless idols,
   but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
   because you have seen my affliction;
   you have taken heed of my adversities,
8 and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
   you have set my feet in a broad place.


9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
   my eye wastes away from grief,
   my soul and body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
   and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,*
   and my bones waste away.


11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
   a horror* to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
   those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
   I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
   terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me,
   as they plot to take my life.


14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
   I say, ‘You are my God.’
15 My times are in your hand;
   deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
   save me in your steadfast love.
17 Do not let me be put to shame, O Lord,
   for I call on you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
   let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be stilled
   that speak insolently against the righteous
   with pride and contempt.


19 O how abundant is your goodness
   that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
   in the sight of everyone!
20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
   from human plots;
you hold them safe under your shelter
   from contentious tongues.


21 Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
   when I was beset as a city under siege.
22 I had said in my alarm,
   ‘I am driven far* from your sight.’
But you heard my supplications
   when I cried out to you for help.


23 Love the Lord, all you his saints.
   The Lord preserves the faithful,
   but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
   all you who wait for the Lord.

Psalm 32

The Joy of Forgiveness

Of David. A Maskil.
1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
   whose sin is covered.
2 Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
   and in whose spirit there is no deceit.


3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away
   through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
   my strength was dried up* as by the heat of summer.
          Selah


5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
   and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’,
   and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
          Selah


6 Therefore let all who are faithful
   offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress,* the rush of mighty waters
   shall not reach them.
7 You are a hiding-place for me;
   you preserve me from trouble;
   you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
          Selah


8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
   I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
   whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
   else it will not stay near you.


10 Many are the torments of the wicked,
   but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
   and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Psalm 33

The Greatness and Goodness of God


1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
   Praise befits the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre;
   make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to him a new song;
   play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.


4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
   and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.


6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
   he put the deeps in storehouses.


8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm.


10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands for ever,
   the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
   the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.


13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
   he sees all humankind.
14 From where he sits enthroned he watches
   all the inhabitants of the earth—
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all,
   and observes all their deeds.
16 A king is not saved by his great army;
   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
   and by its great might it cannot save.


18 Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
   on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 to deliver their soul from death,
   and to keep them alive in famine.


20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
   he is our help and shield.
21 Our heart is glad in him,
   because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
   even as we hope in you.

Psalm 34

Praise for Deliverance from Trouble

Of David, when he feigned madness before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
   his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
   let the humble hear and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
   and let us exalt his name together.


4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
   and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Look to him, and be radiant;
   so your* faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
   and was saved from every trouble.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
   happy are those who take refuge in him.
9 O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
   for those who fear him have no want.
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger,
   but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.


11 Come, O children, listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Which of you desires life,
   and covets many days to enjoy good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
   and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil, and do good;
   seek peace, and pursue it.


15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
   to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
   and rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
   and saves the crushed in spirit.


19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
   but the Lord rescues them from them all.
20 He keeps all their bones;
   not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil brings death to the wicked,
   and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
   none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 35

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

Of David.
1 Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
   fight against those who fight against me!
2 Take hold of shield and buckler,
   and rise up to help me!
3 Draw the spear and javelin
   against my pursuers;
say to my soul,
   ‘I am your salvation.’


4 Let them be put to shame and dishonour
   who seek after my life.
Let them be turned back and confounded
   who devise evil against me.
5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,
   with the angel of the Lord driving them on.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery,
   with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.


7 For without cause they hid their net* for me;
   without cause they dug a pit* for my life.
8 Let ruin come on them unawares.
And let the net that they hid ensnare them;
   let them fall in it—to their ruin.


9 Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord,
   exulting in his deliverance.
10 All my bones shall say,
   ‘O Lord, who is like you?
You deliver the weak
   from those too strong for them,
   the weak and needy from those who despoil them.’


11 Malicious witnesses rise up;
   they ask me about things I do not know.
12 They repay me evil for good;
   my soul is forlorn.
13 But as for me, when they were sick,
   I wore sackcloth;
   I afflicted myself with fasting.
I prayed with head bowed* on my bosom,
14   as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;
I went about as one who laments for a mother,
   bowed down and in mourning.


15 But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,
   they gathered together against me;
ruffians whom I did not know
   tore at me without ceasing;
16 they impiously mocked more and more,*
   gnashing at me with their teeth.


17 How long, O Lord, will you look on?
   Rescue me from their ravages,
   my life from the lions!
18 Then I will thank you in the great congregation;
   in the mighty throng I will praise you.


19 Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,
   or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.
20 For they do not speak peace,
   but they conceive deceitful words
   against those who are quiet in the land.
21 They open wide their mouths against me;
   they say, ‘Aha, Aha,
   our eyes have seen it.’


22 You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent!
   O Lord, do not be far from me!
23 Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defence,
   for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24 Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
   according to your righteousness,
   and do not let them rejoice over me.
25 Do not let them say to themselves,
   ‘Aha, we have our heart’s desire.’
Do not let them say, ‘We have swallowed you* up.’


26 Let all those who rejoice at my calamity
   be put to shame and confusion;
let those who exalt themselves against me
   be clothed with shame and dishonour.


27 Let those who desire my vindication
   shout for joy and be glad,
   and say evermore,
‘Great is the Lord,
   who delights in the welfare of his servant.’
28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
   and of your praise all day long.

Psalm 36

Human Wickedness and Divine Goodness

To the leader. Of David, the servant of the Lord.
1 Transgression speaks to the wicked
   deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
   before their eyes.


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