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Psalm 144-145 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 144

A King’s Prayer


May the Lord, my rock, be praised,
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.
He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him;
He subdues my people[a] under me.

Lord, what is man, that You care for him,
the son of man, that You think of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow.

Lord, part Your heavens and come down.
Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.
Flash Your lightning and scatter the foe;[b]
shoot Your arrows and rout them.
Reach down[c] from heaven;
rescue me from deep water, and set me free
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

God, I will sing a new song to You;
I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You
10 the One who gives victory to kings,
who frees His servant David
from the deadly sword.
11 Set me free and rescue me
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

12 Then our sons will be like plants
nurtured in their youth,
our daughters, like corner pillars
that are carved in the palace style.
13 Our storehouses will be full,
supplying all kinds of produce;
our flocks will increase by thousands
and tens of thousands in our open fields.
14 Our cattle will be well fed.[d]
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity,[e]
and no cry of lament in our public squares.
15 Happy are the people with such blessings.
Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.

Psalm 145

Praising God’s Greatness

A Davidic hymn.

I[f] exalt You, my God the King,
and praise Your name forever and ever.
I will praise You every day;
I will honor Your name forever and ever.

Yahweh is great and is highly praised;
His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation will declare Your works to the next
and will proclaim Your mighty acts.
I[g] will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty
and[h] Your wonderful works.
They will proclaim the power of Your awe-inspiring acts,
and I will declare Your greatness.[i]
They will give a testimony of Your great goodness
and will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and great in faithful love.
The Lord is good to everyone;
His compassion rests on all He has made.
10 All You have made will thank You, Lord;
the[j] godly will praise You.
11 They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom
and will declare Your might,
12 informing all people of Your mighty acts
and of the glorious splendor of Your[k] kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
Your rule is for all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all His words
and gracious in all His actions.[l]

14 The Lord helps all who fall;
He raises up all who are oppressed.[m]
15 All eyes look to You,
and You give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open Your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
and gracious in all His acts.
18 The Lord is near all who call out to Him,
all who call out to Him with integrity.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him;
He hears their cry for help and saves them.
20 The Lord guards all those who love Him,
but He destroys all the wicked.
21 My mouth will declare Yahweh’s praise;
let every living thing
praise His holy name forever and ever.


  1. Psalm 144:2 Some Hb mss, DSS, Aq, Syr, Tg, Jer read subdues peoples; 2Sm 22:48; Ps 18:47
  2. Psalm 144:6 Lit scatter them
  3. Psalm 144:7 Lit down Your hands
  4. Psalm 144:14 Or will bear heavy loads, or will be pregnant
  5. Psalm 144:14 Or be no plague, no miscarriage
  6. Psalm 145:1 The lines of this poem form an acrostic.
  7. Psalm 145:5 LXX, Syr read They
  8. Psalm 145:5 LXX, Syr read and they will tell of
  9. Psalm 145:6 Alt Hb tradition, Jer read great deeds
  10. Psalm 145:10 Lit Your
  11. Psalm 145:12 LXX, Syr, Jer; MT reads His
  12. Psalm 145:13 One Hb ms, DSS, LXX, Syr; some Hb mss omit The Lord is faithful in all His words and gracious in all His actions.
  13. Psalm 145:14 Lit bowed down

Psalm 88-89 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 88

A Cry of Desperation

A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out before You day and night.
May my prayer reach Your presence;
listen to my cry.

For I have had enough troubles,
and my life is near Sheol.
I am counted among those going down to the Pit.
I am like a man without strength,
abandoned[a] among the dead.
I am like the slain lying in the grave,
whom You no longer remember,
and who are cut off from Your care.[b]

You have put me in the lowest part of the Pit,
in the darkest places, in the depths.
Your wrath weighs heavily on me;
You have overwhelmed me with all Your waves.Selah
You have distanced my friends from me;
You have made me repulsive to them.
I am shut in and cannot go out.
My eyes are worn out from crying.
Lord, I cry out to You all day long;
I spread out my hands to You.

10 Do You work wonders for the dead?
Do departed spirits rise up to praise You?Selah
11 Will Your faithful love be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Will Your wonders be known in the darkness
or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?

13 But I call to You for help, Lord;
in the morning my prayer meets You.
14 Lord, why do You reject me?
Why do You hide Your face from me?
15 From my youth,
I have been afflicted and near death.
I suffer Your horrors; I am desperate.
16 Your wrath sweeps over me;
Your terrors destroy me.
17 They surround me like water all day long;
they close in on me from every side.
18 You have distanced loved one and neighbor from me;
darkness is my only friend.[c]

Psalm 89

Perplexity about God’s Promises

A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing about the Lord’s faithful love forever;
I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations
with my mouth.
For I will declare,
“Faithful love is built up forever;
You establish Your faithfulness in the heavens.”

The Lord said,
“I have made a covenant with My chosen one;
I have sworn an oath to David My servant:
‘I will establish your offspring forever
and build up your throne for all generations.’”Selah

Lord, the heavens praise Your wonders
Your faithfulness also—
in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can compare with the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings[d] is like the Lord?
God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
more awe-inspiring than[e] all who surround Him.
Lord God of Hosts,
who is strong like You, Lord?
Your faithfulness surrounds You.
You rule the raging sea;
when its waves surge, You still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one who is slain;
You scattered Your enemies with Your powerful arm.
11 The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours.
The world and everything in it—You founded them.
12 North and south—You created them.
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
Your hand is powerful;
Your right hand is lifted high.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation
of Your throne;
faithful love and truth go before You.
15 Happy are the people who know the joyful shout;
Yahweh, they walk in the light of Your presence.
16 They rejoice in Your name all day long,
and they are exalted by Your righteousness.
17 For You are their magnificent strength;
by Your favor our horn is exalted.
18 Surely our shield[f] belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 You once spoke in a vision to Your loyal ones
and said: “I have granted help to a warrior;
I have exalted one chosen[g] from the people.
20 I have found David My servant;
I have anointed him with My sacred oil.
21 My hand will always be with him,
and My arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not afflict[h] him;
no wicked man will oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
and strike those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and love will be with him,
and through My name
his horn will be exalted.
25 I will extend his power to the sea
and his right hand to the rivers.
26 He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, the rock of my salvation.’
27 I will also make him My firstborn,
greatest of the kings of the earth.
28 I will always preserve My faithful love for him,
and My covenant with him will endure.
29 I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as heaven lasts.[i]
30 If his sons forsake My instruction
and do not live by My ordinances,
31 if they dishonor My statutes
and do not keep My commands,
32 then I will call their rebellion
to account with the rod,
their sin with blows.
33 But I will not withdraw
My faithful love from him
or betray My faithfulness.
34 I will not violate My covenant
or change what My lips have said.
35 Once and for all
I have sworn an oath by My holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36 His offspring will continue forever,
his throne like the sun before Me,
37 like the moon, established forever,
a faithful witness in the sky.”Selah

38 But You have spurned and rejected him;
You have become enraged with Your anointed.
39 You have repudiated the covenant with Your servant;
You have completely dishonored his crown.[j]
40 You have broken down all his walls;
You have reduced his fortified cities to ruins.
41 All who pass by plunder him;
he has become an object of ridicule
to his neighbors.
42 You have lifted high the right hand of his foes;
You have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back his sharp sword
and have not let him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor[k] cease
and have overturned his throne.
45 You have shortened the days of his youth;
You have covered him with shame.Selah

46 How long, Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever?
Will Your anger keep burning like fire?
47 Remember how short my life is.
Have You created everyone for nothing?
48 What man can live and never see death?
Who can save himself from the power of Sheol?Selah
49 Lord, where are the former acts of Your faithful love
that You swore to David in Your faithfulness?
50 Remember, Lord, the ridicule against Your servants—
in my heart I carry abuse from all the peoples—
51 how Your enemies have ridiculed, Lord,
how they have ridiculed every step of Your anointed.

52 May the Lord be praised forever.
Amen and amen.


  1. Psalm 88:5 Or set free
  2. Psalm 88:5 Or hand
  3. Psalm 88:18 Or from me, my friends. Oh darkness!
  4. Psalm 89:6 Or the angels, or the sons of the mighty
  5. Psalm 89:7 Or ones, revered by
  6. Psalm 89:18 = the king
  7. Psalm 89:19 Or exalted a young man
  8. Psalm 89:22 Or not exact tribute from
  9. Psalm 89:29 Lit as days of heaven
  10. Psalm 89:39 Lit have dishonored his crown to the ground
  11. Psalm 89:44 Hb obscure

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