New American Standard Bible
The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted.
1 Blessed is the person who (A)does not walk in the (B)counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the [a](C)path of sinners,
Nor (D)sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his (E)delight is (F)in the Law of the Lord,
And on His Law he meditates (G)day and (H)night.
3 He will be like (I)a tree planted by [b]streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its [c]leaf does not wither;
And [d]in whatever he does, (J)he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like (K)chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore (L)the wicked will not stand in the (M)judgment,
Nor sinners in (N)the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord [e](O)knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of (P)the wicked will perish.
The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed.
2 Why are (Q)the [f]nations restless
And the peoples (R)plotting in vain?
2 The (S)kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers conspire together
(T)Against the Lord and against His [g](U)Anointed, saying,
3 “Let’s (V)tear their shackles apart
And throw their ropes away from us!”
4 He who [h]sits in the heavens (W)laughs,
The Lord (X)scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His (Y)anger
And (Z)terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed (AA)My King
Upon Zion, (AB)My holy mountain.”
7 “I will announce the [i]decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are (AC)My Son,
Today I have fathered You.
8 Ask it of Me, and (AD)I will certainly give (AE)the [j]nations as Your inheritance,
And the (AF)ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 You shall [k](AG)break them with a [l]rod of iron,
You shall (AH)shatter them like [m]earthenware.’”
10 Now then, you kings, (AI)use insight;
Let yourselves be instructed, you [n]judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with [o](AJ)reverence
And rejoice with (AK)trembling.
12 [p]Kiss (AL)the Son, that He not be angry and you perish on the way,
For (AM)His wrath may be kindled quickly.
How blessed are all who (AN)take refuge in Him!
Morning Prayer of Trust in God.
A Psalm of David, when [q]he fled from his son Absalom.
3 But You, Lord, are (AQ)a shield around me,
My (AR)glory, and the One who (AS)lifts my head.
4 I was crying out to the Lord with my voice,
And He (AT)answered me from (AU)His holy [r]mountain. Selah
5 [s]I (AV)lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
6 I will (AW)not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have (AX)set themselves against me all around.
7 (AY)Arise, Lord; (AZ)save me, my God!
For You [t]have (BA)struck all my enemies on the [u]cheek;
You [v]have (BB)shattered the teeth of the wicked.
8 [w](BC)Salvation belongs to the Lord;
May Your (BD)blessing [x]be upon Your people! Selah
Evening Prayer of Trust in God.
[y]For the music director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
2 You sons of man, how long will (BJ)my [ab]honor be treated as (BK)an insult?
How long will you love (BL)what is worthless and strive for a (BM)lie? Selah
3 But know that the Lord has [ac](BN)set apart the (BO)godly person for Himself;
The Lord (BP)hears when I call to Him.
6 Many are saying, “(BV)Who will show us anything good?”
(BW)Lift up the light of Your face upon us, Lord!
7 You have put (BX)joy in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine are abundant.
8 In peace I will [ah]both (BY)lie down and sleep,
For You alone, Lord, have me (BZ)dwell in safety.
Prayer for Protection from the Wicked.
For the music director; for [ai]flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David.
5 (CA)Listen to my words, Lord,
Consider my (CB)sighing.
2 Listen to (CC)the sound of my cry for help, (CD)my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, [aj]You will hear my voice;
In the (CE)morning I will present my [ak]prayer to You and be on the (CF)watch.
4 For You are not a God (CG)who takes pleasure in wickedness;
(CH)No evil can dwell with You.
5 The (CI)boastful will not (CJ)stand before Your eyes;
You (CK)hate all who do injustice.
6 You (CL)destroy those who speak lies;
The Lord loathes (CM)the person of bloodshed and deceit.
7 But as for me, (CN)by Your abundant graciousness I will enter Your house,
[al]At Your holy temple I will (CO)bow in (CP)reverence for You.
8 Lord, (CQ)lead me (CR)in Your righteousness (CS)because of my enemies;
Make Your way [am]straight before me.
9 For there is (CT)nothing [an]trustworthy in [ao]their mouth;
Their (CU)inward part is destruction itself.
Their (CV)throat is an open grave;
They [ap]flatter with their tongue.
10 Make them pay, God;
(CW)Have them fall by their own schemes!
(CX)Scatter them in the multitude of their wrongdoings,
For they are (CY)rebellious against You.
11 But (CZ)rejoice, all who (DA)take refuge in You,
Sing for joy forever!
And [aq]may You (DB)shelter them,
That those who (DC)love Your name may rejoice in You.
12 For You (DD)bless the righteous person, Lord,
You (DE)surround him with favor as with a shield.
Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble.
For the music director; with stringed instruments, [ar]upon an eight-string lyre. A Psalm of David.
6 Lord, (DF)do not rebuke me in Your anger,
Nor discipline me in Your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am (DG)frail;
(DH)Heal me, Lord, for (DI)my bones are horrified.
3 And my (DJ)soul is greatly horrified;
But You, Lord—(DK)how long?
8 (DQ)Leave me, all you who practice injustice,
For the Lord (DR)has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord (DS)has heard my pleading,
The Lord (DT)receives my prayer.
10 All my enemies will (DU)be put to shame and greatly horrified;
They shall [av]turn back, they will (DV)suddenly be put to shame.
The Lord Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.
7 O Lord my God, (DW)in You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and (DX)rescue me,
2 Or he will tear [ay]my soul (DY)like a lion,
Dragging me away, while there is no one to rescue me.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is (DZ)injustice in my hands,
4 If I have (EA)done evil to [az]my friend,
Or have (EB)plundered [ba]my enemy for no reason,
5 Let the enemy pursue [bb]my soul and overtake [bc]it;
And let him trample my life to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust. Selah
6 (EC)Arise, Lord, in Your anger;
(ED)Raise Yourself against (EE)the rage of my enemies,
And (EF)stir Yourself [bd]for me; You have ordered judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the (EG)peoples encompass You,
And return on high over it.
8 The Lord (EH)judges the peoples;
[be](EI)Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
9 Please let (EJ)the evil of the wicked come to an end, but (EK)establish the righteous;
For the righteous God (EL)puts hearts and [bf]minds to the test.
10 My (EM)shield is [bg]with God,
Who (EN)saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a (EO)righteous judge,
And a God who (EP)shows indignation every day.
12 If one (EQ)does not repent, He will (ER)sharpen His sword;
He has (ES)bent His bow and taken aim.
13 He has also prepared deadly weapons for Himself;
He makes His (ET)arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, an evil person is pregnant with injustice,
And he (EU)conceives harm and gives birth to lies.
15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has (EV)fallen into the hole which he made.
16 His (EW)harm will return on his own head,
And his (EX)violence will descend on the top of his own head.
The Lord’s Glory and Mankind’s Dignity.
For the music director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David.
8 Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
You who have [bh](FA)displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
2 (FB)From the mouths of infants and nursing babies You have established [bi](FC)strength
Because of Your enemies,
To do away with (FD)the enemy and the revengeful.
3 When I [bj](FE)consider (FF)Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The (FG)moon and the stars, which You have set in place;
4 (FH)What is man that You think of him,
And a son of man that You are concerned about him?
5 Yet You have made him a (FI)little lower than [bk]God,
And (FJ)You crown him with (FK)glory and majesty!
6 You have him (FL)rule over the works of Your hands;
You have (FM)put everything under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen,
And also the animals of the field,
8 The birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
9 (FN)Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Thanksgiving for God’s Justice.
For the music director; on [bl]Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
3 When my enemies turn back,
They stumble and (FT)perish before You.
4 For You have (FU)maintained [bn]my just cause;
You have sat on the throne [bo](FV)judging righteously.
5 You have (FW)rebuked the nations, You have eliminated the wicked;
You have (FX)wiped out their name forever and ever.
6 [bp]The enemy has come to an end in everlasting ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very (FY)memory of them has perished.
7 But the (FZ)Lord [bq]sits as King forever;
He has established His (GA)throne for judgment,
8 And He will (GB)judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples fairly.
9 [br]The Lord will also be a (GC)stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And [bs]those who (GD)know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, Lord, have not (GE)abandoned those who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who (GF)dwells in Zion;
(GG)Declare His deeds among the peoples.
12 For (GH)He who [bt]requires blood remembers them;
He does not forget (GI)the cry of the needy.
13 Be gracious to me, Lord;
See my oppression from those (GJ)who hate me,
You who (GK)lift me up from the gates of death,
14 So that I may tell of (GL)all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may (GM)rejoice in Your [bu]salvation.
15 The nations have sunk down (GN)into the pit which they have made;
In the (GO)net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has (GP)made Himself known;
He has (GQ)executed judgment.
A wicked one is ensnared in the work of his own hands. [bv]Higgaion Selah
17 The wicked will [bw](GR)return to [bx]Sheol,
All the nations who (GS)forget God.
18 For the (GT)needy will not always be forgotten,
Nor the (GU)hope of the afflicted perish forever.
19 (GV)Arise, Lord, do not let mankind prevail;
Let the nations be (GW)judged before You.
20 Put them (GX)in fear, Lord;
Let the nations know that they are (GY)merely human. Selah
A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.
10 Why (GZ)do You stand far away, Lord?
Why (HA)do You hide [by]Yourself in times of trouble?
2 In (HB)arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the needy;
[bz]Let them be (HC)caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked (HD)boasts of his (HE)soul’s desire,
And [ca]the greedy person curses and (HF)shows disrespect to the Lord.
4 The wicked, [cb]in his haughtiness, (HG)does not seek Him.
(HH)There is no God in all his schemes.
5 His ways (HI)succeed at all times;
Yet Your judgments are on high, (HJ)out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he snorts at them.
6 He says to himself, “(HK)I will not be moved;
[cc]Throughout the generations (HL)I will not be in adversity.”
7 His (HM)mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and (HN)oppression;
(HO)Under his tongue is harm and injustice.
8 He sits in the (HP)lurking places of the villages;
He (HQ)kills the innocent in the secret places;
His eyes [cd]surreptitiously watch for the [ce](HR)unfortunate.
9 He lurks in secret like (HS)a lion in his [cf]lair;
He (HT)lurks to catch (HU)the needy;
He catches the needy when he pulls him into his (HV)net.
10 Then he crushes the needy one, who cowers;
And [cg]unfortunate people fall by his mighty power.
11 He (HW)says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”
12 Arise, Lord; God, (HX)lift up Your hand.
(HY)Do not forget the humble.
13 Why has the wicked (HZ)treated God disrespectfully?
He has said to himself, “[ch]You will not require an account.”
14 You have seen it, for You have looked at (IA)harm and provocation to [ci]take it into Your hand.
The [cj](IB)unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the (IC)helper of the orphan.
15 (ID)Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
[ck](IE)Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 The Lord is (IF)King forever and ever;
(IG)Nations have perished from His land.
17 Lord, You have heard the (IH)desire of the humble;
You will (II)strengthen their heart, (IJ)You will make Your ear attentive
18 To [cl]vindicate the (IK)orphan and the (IL)oppressed,
So that mankind, which is of the earth, will no longer cause (IM)terror.
The Lord, a Refuge and Defense.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
11 In the Lord I (IN)take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your (IO)mountain?
2 For, behold, the wicked (IP)bend the bow,
They have [cm](IQ)set their arrow on the string
To (IR)shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
3 If the (IS)foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in His (IT)holy temple; the [cn]Lord’s (IU)throne is in heaven;
His (IV)eyes see, His eyelids test the sons of mankind.
5 The Lord (IW)tests the righteous and (IX)the wicked,
And His soul hates one who loves violence.
6 He will (IY)rain [co]coals of fire upon the wicked,
(IZ)And brimstone and (JA)burning wind will be the portion of (JB)their cup.
7 For the Lord is (JC)righteous, (JD)He loves [cp]righteousness;
The upright will (JE)see His face.
God, a Helper against the Treacherous.
For the music director; [cq]upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.
12 Help, Lord, for (JF)the godly person has come to an end,
For the faithful have disappeared from the sons of mankind.
2 They (JG)speak [cr]lies to one another;
They speak with [cs](JH)flattering lips and a double heart.
3 May the Lord cut off all [ct]flattering lips,
The tongue that (JI)speaks great things;
4 Who (JJ)have said, “With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are [cu]our own; who is lord over us?”
5 “Because of the (JK)devastation of the poor, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now (JL)I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will (JM)put him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The (JN)words of the Lord are pure words;
Like silver (JO)refined in a furnace on the ground, filtered seven times.
7 You, Lord, will keep them;
You will (JP)protect him from this generation forever.
8 The (JQ)wicked strut about on every side
When [cv](JR)vileness is exalted among the sons of mankind.
Prayer for Help in Trouble.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
13 How long, Lord? Will You (JS)forget me forever?
How long (JT)will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long am I to (JU)feel anxious in my soul,
With (JV)grief in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3 (JW)Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
(JX)Enlighten my eyes, or I will (JY)sleep the sleep of death,
4 And my enemy will (JZ)say, “I have overcome him,”
And (KA)my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
Foolishness and Wickedness of People.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
14 The fool has (KF)said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed detestable acts;
There is (KG)no one who does good.
2 The Lord has (KH)looked down from heaven upon the sons of mankind
To see if there are any who [cw](KI)understand,
Who (KJ)seek God.
3 They have all (KK)turned aside, together they are corrupt;
There is (KL)no one who does good, not even one.
4 Do all the workers of injustice (KM)not know,
Who (KN)devour my people as they eat bread,
And (KO)do not call upon the Lord?
5 There they are in great dread,
For God is with a (KP)righteous generation.
6 You would put to shame the plan of the poor,
But the Lord is his (KQ)refuge.
Description of a Citizen of Zion.
A Psalm of David.
15 Lord, who may reside (KT)in Your tent?
Who may settle on Your (KU)holy hill?
2 One who (KV)walks with integrity, practices righteousness,
And (KW)speaks truth in his heart.
3 He (KX)does not slander [cx]with his tongue,
Nor (KY)do evil to his neighbor,
Nor (KZ)bring shame on his friend;
4 A despicable person is despised in his eyes,
But he (LA)honors those who fear the Lord;
He (LB)takes an oath to his own detriment, and does not change;
5 He (LC)does not [cy]lend his money [cz]at interest,
Nor (LD)does he take a bribe against the innocent.
(LE)One who does these things will never be shaken.
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Salvation in Death.
A [da]Mikhtam of David.
16 (LF)Protect me, God, for (LG)I take refuge in You.
2 [db]I said to the Lord, “You are [dc]my Lord;
I (LH)have nothing good besides You.”
3 As for the [dd](LI)saints who are on the earth,
[de]They are the majestic ones; (LJ)all my delight is in them.
4 [df]The (LK)pains of those who have acquired another god will be multiplied;
I will not pour out their drink offerings of (LL)blood,
Nor will I (LM)take their names upon my lips.
7 I will bless the Lord who has (LS)advised me;
Indeed, my [dg](LT)mind instructs me in the night.
8 (LU)I have (LV)set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is (LW)at my right hand, (LX)I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore (LY)my heart is glad and (LZ)my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will (MA)dwell securely.
10 For You (MB)will not abandon my soul to [dh]Sheol;
You will not [di](MC)allow Your [dj]Holy One to [dk]undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me (MD)the way of life;
In (ME)Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are (MF)pleasures forever.
- Psalm 1:1 Or way
- Psalm 1:3 Or canals
- Psalm 1:3 Or foliage
- Psalm 1:3 Or all that he does prospers
- Psalm 1:6 Or approves; or has regard to
- Psalm 2:1 Or Gentiles
- Psalm 2:2 Or Messiah
- Psalm 2:4 Or is enthroned
- Psalm 2:7 Or decree: The Lord said to Me
- Psalm 2:8 Or Gentiles
- Psalm 2:9 Another reading is rule
- Psalm 2:9 Or scepter; or staff
- Psalm 2:9 Lit potter’s ware
- Psalm 2:10 Or leaders
- Psalm 2:11 Or fear
- Psalm 2:12 I.e., probably kiss the feet of the Son
- Psalm 3 Title 2 Sam 15:13-17, 29
- Psalm 3:4 Or hill
- Psalm 3:5 Or As for me, I
- Psalm 3:7 Or strike
- Psalm 3:7 Or jaw
- Psalm 3:7 Or shatter
- Psalm 3:8 Or Deliverance
- Psalm 3:8 Or is
- Psalm 4 Title I.e., Belonging to the choir director’s anthology
- Psalm 4:1 I.e., who maintains my right
- Psalm 4:1 Lit made room for
- Psalm 4:2 Or glory
- Psalm 4:3 Another reading is dealt wonderfully with
- Psalm 4:4 I.e., with anger or fear
- Psalm 4:4 Or but
- Psalm 4:4 Lit Speak
- Psalm 4:5 Or righteous sacrifices
- Psalm 4:8 Or at the same time
- Psalm 5 Title Heb Nehiloth
- Psalm 5:3 Or May You hear
- Psalm 5:3 Or sacrifice
- Psalm 5:7 Or Toward
- Psalm 5:8 Or smooth
- Psalm 5:9 Or true
- Psalm 5:9 So ancient versions; MT his
- Psalm 5:9 Or make their tongue smooth
- Psalm 5:11 Or You shelter
- Psalm 6 Title Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
- Psalm 6:4 Or life
- Psalm 6:5 Or remembrance
- Psalm 6:5 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 6:10 Or again be abruptly put to shame
- Psalm 7 Title I.e., Dithyrambic rhythm; or wild, passionate song
- Psalm 7 Title Or concerning the words of
- Psalm 7:2 Or me
- Psalm 7:4 Lit him who was at peace with me
- Psalm 7:4 Or him who for no reason was my enemy,
- Psalm 7:5 Or me
- Psalm 7:5 Or me
- Psalm 7:6 One ancient version reads O my God
- Psalm 7:8 Lit Judge
- Psalm 7:9 Lit kidneys, figurative for inner man
- Psalm 7:10 Lit upon
- Psalm 8:1 Lit put
- Psalm 8:2 Or a strength
- Psalm 8:3 Or see
- Psalm 8:5 LXX angels
- Psalm 9 Title Meaning of the Heb uncertain
- Psalm 9:1 Or miracles
- Psalm 9:4 Lit my right and my cause
- Psalm 9:4 Or a righteous Judge
- Psalm 9:6 Or O enemy, desolations are finished forever; And their cities You have uprooted
- Psalm 9:7 Or remains forever
- Psalm 9:9 Or Let the Lord also be
- Psalm 9:10 Or let those...name put
- Psalm 9:12 I.e., avenges bloodshed
- Psalm 9:14 Or deliverance
- Psalm 9:16 Perhaps, resounding music or meditation
- Psalm 9:17 Or turn
- Psalm 9:17 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 10:1 Or Your eyes
- Psalm 10:2 Or They will be caught
- Psalm 10:3 Or blesses the greedy man
- Psalm 10:4 Lit the height of his nose
- Psalm 10:6 Lit To
- Psalm 10:8 Lit lie in wait
- Psalm 10:8 Or poor
- Psalm 10:9 Or thicket
- Psalm 10:10 Or unhappy
- Psalm 10:13 I.e., as though God will ignore it
- Psalm 10:14 Lit put, give
- Psalm 10:14 Or poor
- Psalm 10:15 Or May You seek
- Psalm 10:18 Lit judge
- Psalm 11:2 Or fixed
- Psalm 11:4 Lit Lord, His throne
- Psalm 11:6 As in a Gr version; MT snares; Fire and
- Psalm 11:7 Or righteous deeds
- Psalm 12 Title Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
- Psalm 12:2 Lit worthless speech
- Psalm 12:2 Lit a smooth lip
- Psalm 12:3 Lit a smooth lip
- Psalm 12:4 Lit with us
- Psalm 12:8 Or worthlessness
- Psalm 14:2 Or act wisely
- Psalm 15:3 Lit according to
- Psalm 15:5 Lit give
- Psalm 15:5 I.e., to a fellow Israelite
- Psalm 16 Title Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
- Psalm 16:2 Or O my soul, you said
- Psalm 16:2 Or the Lord
- Psalm 16:3 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
- Psalm 16:3 Lit They, even the
- Psalm 16:4 Lit Their pains, they who acquired
- Psalm 16:7 Lit kidneys, figurative for inner man
- Psalm 16:10 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 16:10 Lit give
- Psalm 16:10 Or godly one
- Psalm 16:10 Or see corruption; or the pit