New American Standard Bible
Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Favor.
A Psalm of David.
138 (A)I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing Your praises before the (B)gods.
2 I will bow down (C)toward Your holy temple
And (D)give thanks to Your name for Your mercy and Your [a]truth;
For You have (E)made Your [b]word great [c]according to all Your name.
3 On the day I (F)called, You answered me;
You made me bold with (G)strength in my soul.
4 (H)All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, Lord,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.
5 And they will (I)sing of the ways of the Lord,
For (J)great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For (K)the Lord is exalted,
Yet He (L)looks after the lowly,
But He knows the (M)haughty from afar.
7 Though I (N)walk in the midst of trouble, You will [d](O)revive me;
You will (P)reach out with Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will (Q)save me.
8 The Lord will (R)accomplish what concerns me;
Your (S)faithfulness, Lord, is everlasting;
(T)Do not abandon the (U)works of Your hands.
God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
139 Lord, You have (V)searched me and known me.
2 You (W)know [e]when I sit down and [f]when I get up;
You (X)understand my thought from far away.
3 You [g](Y)scrutinize my [h]path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 [i]Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, Lord, You (Z)know it all.
5 You have (AA)encircled me behind and in front,
And (AB)placed Your hand upon me.
6 Such (AC)knowledge is (AD)too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot comprehend it.
7 (AE)Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 (AF)If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [j]Sheol, behold, (AG)You are there.
9 If I take up the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will (AH)lead me,
And Your right hand will take hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the (AI)darkness will [k]overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even (AJ)darkness is not dark [l]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
(AK)Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You (AL)created my innermost parts;
You (AM)wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, because [m]I am awesomely and wonderfully made;
(AN)Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My [n](AO)frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully formed in the (AP)depths of the earth;
16 Your (AQ)eyes have seen my formless substance;
And in (AR)Your book were written
All the (AS)days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
19 If only You would (AW)put the wicked to death, God;
(AX)Leave me, (AY)you men of bloodshed.
20 For they (AZ)speak [o]against You wickedly,
And Your enemies [p](BA)take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not (BB)hate those who hate You, Lord?
And do I not (BC)loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
Prayer for Protection against the Wicked.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
140 (BI)Rescue me, Lord, from evil people;
Protect me from (BJ)violent men
2 Who (BK)devise evil things in their hearts;
They (BL)continually stir up wars.
3 They (BM)sharpen their tongues like a snake;
(BN)The venom of a viper is under their lips. Selah
4 (BO)Keep me, Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
(BP)Protect me from violent men
Who [r]intend to [s](BQ)trip up my feet.
5 The proud have (BR)hidden a trap for me, and snares;
They have spread a (BS)net at the [t]wayside;
They have set (BT)snares for me. Selah
6 I (BU)said to the Lord, “You are my God;
(BV)Listen, Lord, to the (BW)sound of my pleadings.
7 [u]God the Lord, (BX)the strength of my salvation,
You have (BY)covered my head on the day of [v]battle.
8 Do not grant, Lord, the (BZ)desires of the wicked;
Do not bring about (CA)his evil planning, so that they are not exalted. Selah
9 “As for the head of those who surround me,
May the (CB)harm of their lips cover them.
10 May (CC)burning coals fall upon them;
May they be (CD)cast into the fire,
Into bottomless pits from which they (CE)cannot rise.
11 May a [w]slanderer not endure on the earth;
(CF)May evil hunt a violent person [x]violently.”
12 I know that the Lord will (CG)maintain the cause of the afflicted,
And (CH)justice for the poor.
13 Certainly the (CI)righteous will give thanks to Your name;
The (CJ)upright will dwell in Your presence.
An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection.
A Psalm of David.
141 Lord, I call upon You; (CK)hurry to me!
(CL)Listen to my voice when I call to You!
2 May my prayer be [y]counted as (CM)incense before You;
The (CN)raising of my hands as the (CO)evening offering.
3 Set a (CP)guard, Lord, [z]over my mouth;
Keep watch over the (CQ)door of my lips.
4 (CR)Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice deeds [aa]of wickedness
With people who (CS)do wrong;
And (CT)may I not taste their delicacies.
5 May the (CU)righteous strike me with mercy and discipline me;
It is (CV)oil for the head;
My head shall not refuse it,
For my prayer (CW)is still against their evil deeds.
6 Their judges are (CX)thrown down by the sides of the rock,
And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one (CY)plows and breaks open the earth,
Our (CZ)bones have been scattered at the (DA)mouth of [ab]Sheol.
8 For my (DB)eyes are toward You, [ac]God, the Lord;
In You I (DC)take refuge; (DD)do not [ad]leave me defenseless.
9 Keep me from the [ae](DE)jaws of the trap which they have set for me,
And from the (DF)snares of those who do wrong.
10 May the wicked (DG)fall into their own nets,
While I pass by [af](DH)safely.
Prayer for Help in Trouble.
142 I (DI)cry out with my voice to the Lord;
With my voice I (DJ)implore the Lord for compassion.
2 I (DK)pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare my (DL)trouble before Him.
3 When (DM)my spirit felt weak within me,
You knew my path.
In the way where I walk
They have (DN)hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see;
For there is (DO)no one who regards me favorably;
[ai]There is no (DP)escape for me;
(DQ)No one cares for my soul.
5 I cried out to You, Lord;
I said, “You are (DR)my refuge,
My (DS)portion in the (DT)land of the living.
6 (DU)Give Your attention to my cry,
For I have been (DV)brought very low;
Rescue me from my persecutors,
For they are too (DW)strong for me.
7 (DX)Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will (DY)look after me.”
Prayer for Help and Guidance.
A Psalm of David.
143 Hear my prayer, Lord,
(DZ)Listen to my pleadings!
Answer me in Your (EA)faithfulness, in Your (EB)righteousness!
2 And (EC)do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For (ED)no person living is righteous in Your sight.
3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life (EE)to the ground;
He (EF)has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.
4 Therefore (EG)my spirit [aj]feels weak within me;
My heart is [ak](EH)appalled within me.
5 I (EI)remember the days of old;
I (EJ)meditate on all Your accomplishments;
I (EK)reflect on the work of Your hands.
6 I (EL)spread out my hands to You;
My (EM)soul longs for You, like a weary land. Selah
7 (EN)Answer me quickly, Lord, my (EO)spirit fails;
(EP)Do not hide Your face from me,
Or I will be the same as (EQ)those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear Your (ER)faithfulness (ES)in the morning,
For I trust (ET)in You;
Teach me the (EU)way in which I should walk;
For to You I (EV)lift up my soul.
9 (EW)Save me, Lord, from my enemies;
[al]I take refuge in You.
10 (EX)Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Let (EY)Your good Spirit (EZ)lead me on level [am]ground.
11 (FA)For the sake of Your name, Lord, (FB)revive me.
(FC)In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And in Your faithfulness, [an](FD)destroy my enemies,
And (FE)eliminate all those who attack my soul,
For (FF)I am Your servant.
Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity.
A Psalm of David.
144 Blessed be the Lord, (FG)my rock,
Who (FH)trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle;
2 My faithfulness and (FI)my fortress,
My (FJ)stronghold and my savior,
My (FK)shield and He in whom I take refuge,
Who (FL)subdues [ao]my people under me.
3 Lord, (FM)what is man, that You look after him?
Or a son of man, that You think of him?
4 (FN)Man is like the breath;
His (FO)days are like a passing shadow.
5 (FP)Bend down Your heavens, Lord, and (FQ)come down;
(FR)Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.
6 Flash forth (FS)lightning and scatter them;
Send out Your (FT)arrows and confuse them.
7 Reach out with Your hand (FU)from on high;
Rescue me and (FV)save me from great waters,
From the hand of (FW)foreigners
8 Whose mouths (FX)speak deceit,
And whose (FY)right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 God, I will sing a (FZ)new song to You;
On a (GA)harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10 Who (GB)gives salvation to kings,
Who (GC)rescues His servant David from the evil sword.
11 Rescue me and save me from the hand of (GD)foreigners,
Whose mouth (GE)speaks deceit
And whose (GF)right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 When our sons in their youth are like (GG)growing plants,
And our daughters like (GH)corner pillars [ap]fashioned for a palace,
13 Our (GI)granaries are full, providing every kind of produce,
And our flocks deliver thousands and ten thousands in our [aq]fields;
14 May our (GJ)cattle [ar]be bred
Without [as](GK)mishap and without [at](GL)loss,
May there be no (GM)outcry in our streets!
15 Blessed are the people who are so situated;
(GN)Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
The Lord Exalted for His Goodness.
A Psalm of Praise, of David.
145 I will (GO)exalt You, (GP)my God, the King,
And I will (GQ)bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will (GR)praise Your name forever and ever.
3 (GS)Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised;
And His (GT)greatness is unsearchable.
4 One (GU)generation will praise Your works to another,
And will declare Your mighty acts.
5 On the (GV)glorious [au]splendor of Your majesty
And (GW)on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6 People will speak of the [av]power of Your (GX)awesome acts,
And I will (GY)tell of Your greatness.
7 They will burst forth [aw]in speaking of Your (GZ)abundant goodness,
And will (HA)shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is (HB)gracious and compassionate;
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 The Lord is (HC)good to all,
And His (HD)mercies are over all His works.
10 (HE)All Your works will give thanks to You, Lord,
And Your (HF)godly ones will bless You.
11 They will speak of the (HG)glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your might,
12 To (HH)make known to the sons of mankind [ax]Your mighty acts,
And the (HI)glory of the majesty of [ay]Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is [az]an (HJ)everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[ba]The Lord is faithful in His words,
And holy in all His works.
14 The Lord (HK)supports all who fall,
And (HL)raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all [bb]look to You,
And You (HM)give them their food in due time.
16 You (HN)open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is (HO)righteous in all His ways,
And kind in all His works.
18 The Lord is (HP)near to all who call on Him,
To all who call on Him (HQ)in truth.
19 He will (HR)fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also (HS)hear their cry for help and save them.
20 The Lord (HT)watches over all who love Him,
But He will destroy all the (HU)wicked.
21 My (HV)mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And (HW)all flesh will (HX)bless His holy name forever and ever.
The Lord, an Abundant Helper.
146 [bc]Praise [bd]the Lord!
(HY)Praise the Lord, my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord (HZ)while I live;
I will (IA)sing praises to my God while I [be]have my being.
3 (IB)Do not trust in noblemen,
In [bf]mortal (IC)man, in whom there is (ID)no salvation.
4 His (IE)spirit departs, he (IF)returns to [bg]the earth;
On that very day his (IG)plans perish.
5 (IH)Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose (II)hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who (IJ)made heaven and earth,
The (IK)sea and everything that is in them;
Who (IL)keeps [bh]faith forever;
7 Who (IM)executes justice for the oppressed;
Who (IN)gives food to the hungry.
The Lord (IO)frees the prisoners.
8 The Lord (IP)opens the eyes of those who are blind;
The Lord (IQ)raises up those who are bowed down;
The Lord (IR)loves the righteous.
9 The Lord (IS)watches over strangers;
He [bi](IT)supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He [bj]thwarts (IU)the way of the wicked.
10 The Lord will (IV)reign forever,
Your God, Zion, to all generations.
[bk]Praise [bl]the Lord!
Praise for Jerusalem’s Restoration and Prosperity.
147 [bm]Praise [bn]the Lord!
For (IW)it is good to sing praises to our God;
For [bo]it is pleasant and praise is [bp](IX)beautiful.
2 The Lord (IY)builds up Jerusalem;
He (IZ)gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the (JA)brokenhearted
And (JB)binds up their [bq]wounds.
4 He (JC)counts the number of the stars;
He [br](JD)gives names to all of them.
5 (JE)Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;
His (JF)understanding is [bs]infinite.
6 The Lord [bt](JG)supports the afflicted;
He brings the wicked down to the ground.
7 (JH)Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre;
8 It is He who (JI)covers the heavens with clouds,
Who (JJ)provides rain for the earth,
Who (JK)makes grass sprout on the mountains.
9 It is He who (JL)gives an animal its food,
And feeds (JM)young ravens that cry.
10 He does not delight in [bu]the strength of the (JN)horse;
He (JO)does not take pleasure in the [bv]legs of a man.
11 The Lord (JP)favors those who fear Him,
(JQ)Those who wait for His [bw]faithfulness.
12 Praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Praise your God, Zion!
13 For He has strengthened the (JR)bars of your gates;
He has (JS)blessed your sons among you.
14 He (JT)makes [bx]peace in your borders;
He (JU)satisfies you with (JV)the [by]finest of the wheat.
15 He sends His (JW)command to the earth;
His (JX)word runs very swiftly.
16 He [bz]showers (JY)snow like wool;
He scatters the (JZ)frost like ashes.
17 He hurls His (KA)ice as fragments;
Who can stand before His (KB)cold?
18 He (KC)sends His word and makes them melt;
He (KD)makes His wind blow, and the waters flow.
19 He (KE)declares His words to Jacob,
His (KF)statutes and His judgments to Israel.
20 He (KG)has not dealt this way with any other nation;
And as for His judgments, [ca]they have (KH)not known them.
[cb]Praise [cc]the Lord!
The Whole Creation Invoked to Praise the Lord.
148 [cd]Praise [ce]the Lord!
Praise the Lord (KI)from the heavens;
Praise Him (KJ)in the heights!
2 Praise Him, (KK)all His angels;
Praise Him, (KL)all His heavenly armies!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!
4 Praise Him, [cf](KM)highest heavens,
And the (KN)waters that are above the heavens!
5 They are to praise the name of the Lord,
For (KO)He commanded and they were created.
6 He has also (KP)established them forever and ever;
He has made a (KQ)decree, and it will not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
(KR)Sea monsters, and all the ocean (KS)depths;
8 (KT)Fire and hail, (KU)snow and (KV)clouds;
(KW)Stormy wind, (KX)fulfilling His word;
9 (KY)Mountains and all hills;
Fruit (KZ)trees and all cedars;
10 (LA)Animals and all cattle;
(LB)Crawling things and winged fowl;
11 (LC)Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Rulers and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.
13 They are to praise the name of the Lord,
For His (LD)name alone is exalted;
His (LE)majesty is above earth and heaven.
14 And He has (LF)lifted up a horn for His people,
(LG)Praise for all His godly ones,
For the sons of Israel, a people (LH)near to Him.
[cg]Praise [ch]the Lord!
Israel Invoked to Praise the Lord.
149 [ci]Praise [cj]the Lord!
Sing a (LI)new song to the Lord,
And His praise (LJ)in the congregation of the godly ones.
2 Israel shall be joyful in (LK)his Maker;
The sons of Zion shall rejoice in their (LL)King.
3 They shall praise His name with (LM)dancing;
They shall sing praises to Him with (LN)tambourine and lyre.
4 For the Lord (LO)takes pleasure in His people;
He will (LP)glorify the lowly with salvation.
5 The (LQ)godly ones shall be jubilant in glory;
They shall (LR)sing for joy on their beds.
6 The (LS)high praises of God shall be in their [ck]mouths,
And a (LT)two-edged (LU)sword in their hands,
7 To (LV)execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishment on the peoples,
8 To bind their kings (LW)with chains,
And their (LX)dignitaries with shackles of iron,
9 To (LY)execute against them the judgment written.
This is an (LZ)honor for all His godly ones.
[cl]Praise [cm]the Lord!
A Psalm of Praise.
3 Praise Him with (ME)trumpet sound;
Praise Him with (MF)harp and lyre.
4 Praise Him with (MG)tambourine and dancing;
Praise Him with (MH)stringed instruments and (MI)flute.
5 Praise Him with loud (MJ)cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6 (MK)Everything that has breath shall praise [cq]the Lord.
[cr]Praise [cs]the Lord!
- Psalm 138:2 Or faithfulness
- Psalm 138:2 Or promise
- Psalm 138:2 Or together with
- Psalm 138:7 Or keep me alive
- Psalm 139:2 Lit my sitting
- Psalm 139:2 Lit my rising
- Psalm 139:3 Lit winnow
- Psalm 139:3 Or journeying
- Psalm 139:4 Lit For there is not
- Psalm 139:8 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 139:11 Lit bruise; some commentators cover
- Psalm 139:12 Lit from
- Psalm 139:14 Some ancient versions You are fearfully wonderful
- Psalm 139:15 Lit bones were
- Psalm 139:20 Or of
- Psalm 139:20 Some mss lift themselves up against You
- Psalm 139:24 Lit way of pain
- Psalm 140:4 Or devise
- Psalm 140:4 Lit push
- Psalm 140:5 Lit track
- Psalm 140:7 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
- Psalm 140:7 Lit weapons
- Psalm 140:11 Lit man of tongue
- Psalm 140:11 Lit blow upon blow
- Psalm 141:2 Lit fixed
- Psalm 141:3 Lit to
- Psalm 141:4 Lit in
- Psalm 141:7 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 141:8 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
- Psalm 141:8 Lit pour out my soul
- Psalm 141:9 Lit hands of the trap
- Psalm 141:10 Lit altogether
- Psalm 142 Title Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
- Psalm 142 Title 1 Sam 22:1; 24:3
- Psalm 142:4 Lit Escape has perished from me
- Psalm 143:4 Or faints within
- Psalm 143:4 Or desolate
- Psalm 143:9 Lit To You have I hidden
- Psalm 143:10 Lit land
- Psalm 143:12 Or silence
- Psalm 144:2 Another reading is peoples
- Psalm 144:12 Lit cut after the pattern of
- Psalm 144:13 Lit outside
- Psalm 144:14 Lit be laden
- Psalm 144:14 Lit breach
- Psalm 144:14 Lit going out; i.e., miscarriage
- Psalm 145:5 Or majesty of Your splendor
- Psalm 145:6 Or strength
- Psalm 145:7 Lit the mention of
- Psalm 145:12 Lit His
- Psalm 145:12 Lit His
- Psalm 145:13 Lit a kingdom of all ages
- Psalm 145:13 The Lord...His works in LXX (cf. DSS); not found in MT
- Psalm 145:15 Lit wait; or hope for
- Psalm 146:1 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 146:1 Heb Yah
- Psalm 146:2 Lit still am
- Psalm 146:3 Lit a son of man
- Psalm 146:4 Lit his earth
- Psalm 146:6 Or truth
- Psalm 146:9 Or relieves
- Psalm 146:9 Lit bends
- Psalm 146:10 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 146:10 Heb Yah
- Psalm 147:1 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 147:1 Heb Yah
- Psalm 147:1 Or He is delightful
- Psalm 147:1 Or fitting
- Psalm 147:3 Lit pains
- Psalm 147:4 Or calls them all by their names
- Psalm 147:5 Lit innumerable
- Psalm 147:6 Or relieves
- Psalm 147:10 I.e., as a military asset
- Psalm 147:10 I.e., as a military asset
- Psalm 147:11 Or mercy
- Psalm 147:14 Lit your borders peace
- Psalm 147:14 Lit fat
- Psalm 147:16 Lit gives
- Psalm 147:20 I.e., the other nations
- Psalm 147:20 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 147:20 Heb Yah
- Psalm 148:1 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 148:1 Heb Yah
- Psalm 148:4 Lit heavens of heavens
- Psalm 148:14 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 148:14 Heb Yah
- Psalm 149:1 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 149:1 Heb Yah
- Psalm 149:6 Lit throat
- Psalm 149:9 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 149:9 Heb Yah
- Psalm 150:1 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 150:1 Heb Yah
- Psalm 150:1 Or firmament; i.e., atmosphere and space
- Psalm 150:6 Heb Yah
- Psalm 150:6 Or Hallelujah!
- Psalm 150:6 Heb Yah