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Psalm 131 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 131

A Childlike Spirit

A Davidic song of ascents.

Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I do not get involved with things
too great or too difficult for me.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself
like a little weaned child with its mother;
I am like a little child.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
both now and forever.

Psalm 133 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 133

Living in Harmony

A Davidic song of ascents.

How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
It is like fine oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down Aaron’s beard
onto his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon[a]
falling on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord has appointed the blessing—
life forevermore.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 133:3 The tallest mountain in the region, noted for its abundant precipitation

Psalm 138-141 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 138

A Thankful Heart

Davidic.

I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings.[a]
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
and give thanks to Your name
for Your constant love and truth.
You have exalted Your name
and Your promise above everything else.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You increased strength within me.[b]

All the kings on earth will give You thanks, Lord,
when they hear what You have promised.[c]
They will sing of the Lord’s ways,
for the Lord’s glory is great.
Though the Lord is exalted,
He takes note of the humble;
but He knows the haughty from a distance.

If I walk into the thick of danger,
You will preserve my life
from the anger of my enemies.
You will extend Your hand;
Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.
Lord, Your love is eternal;
do not abandon the work of Your hands.

Psalm 139

The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
You understand my thoughts from far away.
You observe my travels and my rest;
You are aware of all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue,
You know all about it, Lord.
You have encircled me;
You have placed Your hand on me.
This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.

Where can I go to escape Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
If I go up to heaven, You are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.
If I live at the eastern horizon
or settle at the western limits,[d]
10 even there Your hand will lead me;
Your right hand will hold on to me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be night”
12 even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;[e]
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.[f][g]
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.
15 My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.

17 God, how difficult[h] Your thoughts are
for me to comprehend;
how vast their sum is!
18 If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand;
when I wake up,[i] I am still with You.

19 God, if only You would kill the wicked—
you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me
20 who invoke You deceitfully.
Your enemies swear by You falsely.
21 Lord, don’t I hate those who hate You,
and detest those who rebel against You?
22 I hate them with extreme hatred;
I consider them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns.
24 See if there is any offensive[j] way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way.

Psalm 140

Prayer for Rescue

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

Rescue me, Lord, from evil men.
Keep me safe from violent men
who plan evil in their hearts.
They stir up wars all day long.
They make their tongues
as sharp as a snake’s bite;
viper’s venom is under their lips.Selah

Protect me, Lord,
from the clutches of the wicked.
Keep me safe from violent men
who plan to make me stumble.[k]
The proud hide a trap with ropes for me;
they spread a net along the path
and set snares for me.Selah

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
Listen, Lord, to my cry for help.
Lord God, my strong Savior,
You shield my head on the day of battle.
Lord, do not grant the desires of the wicked;
do not let them achieve their goals.
Otherwise, they will become proud.Selah

When those who surround me rise up,[l]
may the trouble their lips cause overwhelm them.
10 Let hot coals fall on them.
Let them be thrown into the fire,
into the abyss, never again to rise.
11 Do not let a slanderer stay in the land.
Let evil relentlessly[m] hunt down a violent man.

12 I[n] know that the Lord upholds
the just cause of the poor,
justice for the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise Your name;
the upright will live in Your presence.

Psalm 141

Protection from Sin and Sinners

A Davidic psalm.

Lord, I call on You; hurry to help me.
Listen to my voice when I call on You.
May my prayer be set before You as incense,
the raising of my hands as the evening offering.

Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing
or perform wicked acts
with men who commit sin.
Do not let me feast on their delicacies.
Let the righteous one strike me—
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me—
it is oil for my head;
let me[o] not refuse it.
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.[p]
When their rulers[q] will be thrown off
the sides of a cliff,
the people[r] will listen to my words,
for they are pleasing.

As when one plows and breaks up the soil,
turning up rocks,
so our[s] bones have been scattered
at the mouth of Sheol.

But my eyes look to You, Lord God.
I seek refuge in You; do not let me die.[t]
Protect me from[u] the trap they have set for me,
and from the snares of evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 138:1 Or before the gods, or before judges, or before kings; Hb elohim
  2. Psalm 138:3 Hb obscure
  3. Psalm 138:4 Lit hear the words of Your mouth
  4. Psalm 139:9 Lit I take up the wings of the dawn; I dwell at the end of the sea
  5. Psalm 139:13 Lit my kidneys
  6. Psalm 139:14 DSS, some LXX mss, Syr, Jer read because You are remarkable and wonderful
  7. Psalm 139:14 Hb obscure
  8. Psalm 139:17 Or precious
  9. Psalm 139:18 Some Hb mss read I come to an end
  10. Psalm 139:24 Or idolatrous
  11. Psalm 140:4 Lit to trip up my steps
  12. Psalm 140:9 Lit Head of those who surround me
  13. Psalm 140:11 Hb obscure
  14. Psalm 140:12 Alt Hb tradition reads You
  15. Psalm 141:5 Lit my head
  16. Psalm 141:5 Lit of them
  17. Psalm 141:6 Or judges
  18. Psalm 141:6 Lit cliff, and they
  19. Psalm 141:7 DSS reads my; some LXX mss, Syr read their
  20. Psalm 141:8 Or not pour out my life
  21. Psalm 141:9 Lit from the hands of

Psalm 143 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 143

A Cry for Help

A Davidic psalm.

Lord, hear my prayer.
In Your faithfulness listen to my plea,
and in Your righteousness answer me.
Do not bring Your servant into judgment,
for no one alive is righteous in Your sight.

For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing me to the ground,
making me live in darkness
like those long dead.
My spirit is weak within me;
my heart is overcome with dismay.

I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all You have done;
I reflect on the work of Your hands.
I spread out my hands to You;
I am like parched land before You.Selah

Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Don’t hide Your face from me,
or I will be like those
going down to the Pit.
Let me experience
Your faithful love in the morning,
for I trust in You.
Reveal to me the way I should go
because I long for You.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I come to You for protection.[a]
10 Teach me to do Your will,
for You are my God.
May Your gracious Spirit
lead me on level ground.

11 Because of Your name, Yahweh,
let me live.
In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble,
12 and in Your faithful love destroy my enemies.
Wipe out all those who attack me,
for I am Your servant.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 143:9 One Hb ms, LXX; some Hb mss read I cover myself to You
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