New American Standard Bible
Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.
A Prayer of David.
17 Hear a (A)just cause, Lord, (B)give Your attention to my cry;
(C)Listen to my prayer, which is not from (D)deceitful lips.
2 Let (E)my [a]judgment come forth from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look with (F)integrity.
3 You have (G)put my heart to the test;
You have visited me by night;
You have (H)sifted me and (I)You find [b]nothing;
My (J)intent is that my mouth will not offend.
4 As for the works of mankind, (K)by the word of Your lips
I have kept from the (L)ways of the violent.
5 My (M)steps have held to Your [c]paths.
My (N)feet have not slipped.
6 I have (O)called upon You, for You will answer me, God;
(P)Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
7 (Q)Show Your wonderful faithfulness,
(R)Savior of those who take refuge [d]at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.
8 Keep me as [e]the (S)apple of the eye;
Hide me (T)in the shadow of Your wings
9 From the (U)wicked who deal violently with me,
My (V)deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They have (W)closed their [f]unfeeling hearts,
With their mouths they (X)speak proudly.
11 They have now (Y)surrounded us in our steps;
They set their eyes (Z)to cast us down to the ground.
12 He is (AA)like a lion that is eager to tear,
And as a young lion (AB)lurking in secret places.
13 (AC)Arise, Lord, confront him, (AD)make him bow down;
(AE)Save my soul from the wicked with (AF)Your sword,
14 From people by (AG)Your hand, Lord,
From people [g]of the world, (AH)whose portion is in this life,
And whose belly You (AI)fill with Your treasure;
They are satisfied with children,
And leave their abundance to their babies.
15 As for me, I shall (AJ)behold Your face in righteousness;
(AK)I shall be satisfied with Your (AL)likeness when I awake.
The Lord Praised for Rescuing David.
For the music director. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, [h]who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said,
18 “I love You, Lord, (AM)my strength.”
2 The Lord is (AN)my rock and (AO)my fortress and my (AP)savior,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My (AQ)shield and the (AR)horn of my salvation, my (AS)stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is (AT)worthy to be praised,
And I am (AU)saved from my enemies.
4 The (AV)ropes of death encompassed me,
And the (AW)torrents of [i]destruction [j]terrified me.
5 The (AX)ropes of [k]Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
6 In my (AY)distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice (AZ)from His temple,
And my (BA)cry for help before Him came into His ears.
7 Then the (BB)earth shook and quaked;
And the (BC)foundations of the mountains were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
8 Smoke went up [l]out of His nostrils,
And (BD)fire from His mouth was devouring;
Coals burned from it.
9 He also (BE)bowed the heavens down low, and came down
With thick (BF)darkness under His feet.
10 He rode on a (BG)cherub and flew;
And He sped on the (BH)wings of the wind.
11 He made (BI)darkness His hiding place, (BJ)His [m]canopy around Him,
Darkness of waters, thick clouds.
12 From the (BK)brightness before Him passed His thick clouds,
Hailstones and (BL)coals of fire.
13 The Lord also (BM)thundered in the heavens,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
14 He (BN)sent out His arrows, and scattered them,
And lightning flashes in abundance, and [n]routed them.
15 Then the (BO)channels of water appeared,
And the foundations of the world were exposed
By Your (BP)rebuke, Lord,
At the blast of the (BQ)breath of Your nostrils.
16 He (BR)sent from on high, He took me;
He drew me out of (BS)many waters.
17 He (BT)saved me from my strong enemy,
And from those who hated me, for they were (BU)too mighty for me.
18 They confronted me in (BV)the day of my disaster,
But (BW)the Lord was my support.
19 He also brought me out into an (BX)open place;
He rescued me, because (BY)He delighted in me.
20 The Lord has (BZ)rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the (CA)cleanness of my hands He has repaid me.
21 For I have (CB)kept the ways of the Lord,
And have (CC)not acted wickedly against my God.
22 For all (CD)His judgments were before me,
And I did not put away His (CE)statutes from me.
23 I was also [o](CF)blameless with Him,
And I (CG)kept myself from my wrongdoing.
24 Therefore the Lord has (CH)repaid me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.
25 With (CI)the faithful You show Yourself faithful;
With the [p]blameless (CJ)You prove Yourself blameless;
26 With the pure You show Yourself (CK)pure,
And with the crooked (CL)You show Yourself [q]astute.
27 For You (CM)save an afflicted people,
But You humiliate (CN)haughty eyes.
28 For You (CO)light my lamp;
The Lord my God (CP)illumines my darkness.
29 For by You I can (CQ)run at a [r]troop of warriors;
And by my God I can (CR)leap over a wall.
30 As for God, His way is [s](CS)blameless;
The (CT)word of the Lord is refined;
He is a (CU)shield to all who take refuge in Him.
31 For (CV)who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a (CW)rock, except our God,
32 The God who (CX)encircles me with strength,
And [t]makes my way [u](CY)blameless?
33 He (CZ)makes my feet like deer’s feet,
And (DA)sets me up on my high places.
34 He (DB)trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can (DC)bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have also given me (DD)the shield of Your salvation,
And Your (DE)right hand upholds me;
And (DF)Your [v]gentleness makes me great.
36 You (DG)enlarge my steps under me,
And my [w](DH)feet have not slipped.
37 I (DI)pursued my enemies and overtook them,
And I did not turn back (DJ)until they were consumed.
38 I shattered them, so that they were (DK)not able to rise;
They fell (DL)under my feet.
39 For You have (DM)encircled me with strength for battle;
You have forced those who rose up against me (DN)to bow down under me.
40 You have also made my enemies (DO)turn their backs to me,
And I [x](DP)destroyed those who hated me.
41 They cried for help, but there was (DQ)no one to save,
They cried to the Lord, but (DR)He did not answer them.
42 Then I beat them fine like the (DS)dust before the wind;
I emptied them out like the mud of the streets.
43 You have rescued me from the (DT)contentions of the people;
You have placed me as (DU)head of the nations;
A (DV)people whom I have not known serve me.
44 As soon as they hear, they obey me;
Foreigners (DW)pretend to obey me.
45 Foreigners (DX)lose heart,
And (DY)come trembling out of their [y]fortresses.
46 The Lord (DZ)lives, and blessed be (EA)my rock;
And exalted be (EB)the God of my salvation,
47 The God who (EC)executes vengeance for me,
And (ED)subdues peoples under me.
48 He (EE)rescues me from my enemies;
You indeed (EF)lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from a (EG)violent man.
49 Therefore I will (EH)give thanks to You among the nations, Lord,
And I will (EI)sing praises to Your name.
50 He gives great [z](EJ)salvation to His king,
And shows faithfulness to (EK)His anointed,
To David and (EL)his [aa]descendants forever.
The Works and the Word of God.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
19 The (EM)heavens tell of the glory of God;
And their (EN)expanse declares the work of His hands.
2 Day to (EO)day pours forth speech,
And (EP)night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their [ab](EQ)line has gone out into all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has (ER)placed a tent for the sun,
5 Which is like a groom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices like a strong person to run his course.
6 Its (ES)rising is from [ac]one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the [ad]other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 (ET)The Law of the Lord is [ae](EU)perfect, (EV)restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is (EW)sure, making (EX)wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are (EY)right, (EZ)rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is (FA)pure, (FB)enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are (FC)true; they are (FD)righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than (FE)gold, yes, than much pure gold;
(FF)Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, (FG)Your servant is warned by them;
In keeping them there is great (FH)reward.
12 Who can (FI)discern his errors? (FJ)Acquit me of (FK)hidden faults.
13 Also keep Your servant back (FL)from presumptuous sins;
Let them not (FM)rule over me;
Then I will be (FN)innocent,
And I will be blameless of (FO)great wrongdoing.
14 May the words of my mouth and (FP)the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
Lord, (FQ)my rock and my (FR)Redeemer.
Prayer for Victory over Enemies.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
20 May the Lord answer you (FS)on a day of trouble!
May the (FT)name of the (FU)God of Jacob [af]protect you!
2 May He send you help (FV)from the sanctuary,
And (FW)support you from Zion!
3 May He (FX)remember all your meal offerings
And [ag](FY)accept your burnt offering! Selah
4 May He grant you your (FZ)heart’s desire
And (GA)fulfill your whole plan!
5 [ah]We will (GB)sing for joy over your [ai]victory,
And in the name of our God we will (GC)set up our banners.
May the Lord (GD)fulfill all your desires.
6 Now (GE)I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will (GF)answer him from His holy heaven
With the [aj](GG)saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some praise their chariots and some their (GH)horses,
But (GI)we will praise the name of the Lord, our God.
8 They have (GJ)bowed down and fallen,
But we have (GK)risen and stood upright.
9 [ak](GL)Save, Lord;
May the (GM)King answer us on the day we call.
Praise for Salvation.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
21 Lord, in Your strength the king will (GN)be glad,
And in Your [al]salvation how greatly he will rejoice!
2 You have (GO)given him his heart’s desire,
And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
3 For You (GP)meet him with the blessings of good things;
You set a (GQ)crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked for life from You,
You (GR)gave it to him,
(GS)Length of days forever and ever.
5 His (GT)glory is great through Your [am]salvation,
(GU)Splendor and majesty You place upon him.
6 For You make him [an]most (GV)blessed forever;
You make him joyful (GW)with the joy of Your presence.
7 For the king (GX)trusts in the Lord,
And through the faithfulness of the Most High (GY)he will not be shaken.
8 Your hand will (GZ)find all your enemies;
Your right hand will find those who hate you.
9 You will make them (HA)as a fiery oven in the time [ao]of your anger;
The Lord will (HB)swallow them up in His wrath,
And (HC)fire will devour them.
10 You will eliminate their [ap]descendants from the earth,
And their [aq](HD)children from among the sons of mankind.
11 Though they [ar](HE)intended evil against You
And (HF)devised a plot,
They will not succeed.
12 For You will (HG)make them turn their back;
You will take aim at their faces (HH)with Your bowstrings.
13 Be exalted, Lord, in Your strength;
We will (HI)sing and praise Your power.
A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise.
For the music director; upon [as]Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David.
22 (HJ)My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
(HK)Far from my [at]help are the words of my [au](HL)groaning.
2 My God, I (HM)cry out by day, but You do not answer;
And by night, but [av]I have no rest.
3 Yet (HN)You are holy,
You who [aw]are enthroned upon (HO)the praises of Israel.
4 In You our fathers (HP)trusted;
They trusted and You (HQ)rescued them.
5 To You they cried out and they fled to safety;
(HR)In You they trusted and were not [ax]disappointed.
6 But I am a (HS)worm and not a person,
A (HT)disgrace of mankind and (HU)despised by the people.
7 All who see me (HV)deride me;
They [ay]sneer, they (HW)shake their heads, saying,
8 “[az]Turn [ba]him over to the Lord; (HX)let Him save him;
Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”
11 (IA)Do not be far from me, for [bc]trouble is near;
For there is (IB)no one to help.
12 Many (IC)bulls have surrounded me;
Strong bulls of (ID)Bashan have encircled me.
13 They (IE)open their mouths wide at me,
As a ravening and roaring (IF)lion.
14 I am (IG)poured out like water,
And all my (IH)bones are out of joint;
My (II)heart is like wax;
It is melted within [bd]me.
15 My (IJ)strength is dried up like a piece of pottery,
And (IK)my tongue clings to my jaws;
And You (IL)lay me [be]in the dust of death.
16 For (IM)dogs have surrounded me;
[bf]A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
[bg]They (IN)pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones.
(IO)They look, they stare at me;
18 They (IP)divide my garments among them,
And they cast lots for my clothing.
19 But You, Lord, (IQ)do not be far away;
You who are my help, (IR)hurry to my assistance.
20 Save my [bh]soul from (IS)the sword,
My (IT)only life from the [bi]power of the dog.
21 Save me from the (IU)lion’s mouth;
From the horns of the (IV)wild oxen You (IW)answer me.
22 I will (IX)proclaim Your name to my brothers;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
23 (IY)You who fear the Lord, praise Him;
All you [bj]descendants of Jacob, (IZ)glorify Him,
And (JA)stand in awe of Him, all you [bk]descendants of Israel.
24 For He has (JB)not despised nor scorned the suffering of the afflicted;
Nor has He (JC)hidden His face from him;
But (JD)when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
25 From You comes (JE)my praise in the great assembly;
I shall (JF)pay my vows before those who fear Him.
26 The [bl]afflicted will eat and (JG)be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will (JH)praise the Lord.
May your (JI)heart live forever!
27 All the (JJ)ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord,
And all the (JK)families of the nations will worship before [bm]You.
28 For the (JL)kingdom is the Lord’s
And He (JM)rules over the nations.
29 All the [bn](JN)prosperous of the earth will eat and worship,
All those who (JO)go down to the dust will kneel before Him,
Even he who [bo](JP)cannot keep his soul alive.
30 A [bp](JQ)posterity will serve Him;
It will be told of the Lord to (JR)the coming generation.
31 They will come and (JS)will declare His righteousness
To a people (JT)who will be born, that He has performed it.
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my (JU)shepherd,
I will (JV)not be in need.
2 He lets me lie down in (JW)green pastures;
He (JX)leads me beside [bq](JY)quiet waters.
3 He (JZ)restores my soul;
He (KA)guides me in the [br](KB)paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name.
4 Even though I (KC)walk through the [bs]valley of the shadow of death,
I (KD)fear no [bt]evil, for (KE)You are with me;
Your (KF)rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You (KG)prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [bu]have (KH)anointed my head with oil;
My (KI)cup overflows.
6 [bv]Certainly (KJ)goodness and [bw]faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life,
And my (KK)dwelling will be in the house of the Lord [bx]forever.
The King of Glory Entering Zion.
A Psalm of David.
24 The (KL)earth is the Lord’s, and [by]all it contains,
The (KM)world, and those who live in it.
2 For He has (KN)founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.
3 Who may (KO)ascend onto the (KP)hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy (KQ)place?
4 One who has (KR)clean hands and a (KS)pure heart,
Who has not (KT)lifted up his soul to deceit
And has not (KU)sworn deceitfully.
5 He will receive a (KV)blessing from the Lord
And [bz](KW)righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 [ca]This is the generation of those who (KX)seek Him,
Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah
7 (KY)Lift up your heads, you gates,
And be lifted up, you [cb]ancient doors,
That the King of (KZ)glory may come in!
8 Who is the King of glory?
The Lord (LA)strong and mighty,
The Lord (LB)mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates,
And lift them up, you [cc]ancient doors,
That the King of (LC)glory may come in!
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of (LD)armies,
He is the King of glory. Selah
Prayer for Protection, Guidance, and Pardon.
A Psalm of David.
25 To You, Lord, I (LE)lift up my soul.
2 My God, in You (LF)I trust,
Do not let me (LG)be ashamed;
Do not let my (LH)enemies rejoice over me.
3 Indeed, (LI)none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
[cd]Those who (LJ)deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
4 (LK)Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in (LL)Your truth and teach me,
For You are the (LM)God of my salvation;
For You I (LN)wait all the day.
6 (LO)Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithfulness,
For they have been [ce](LP)from of old.
7 Do not remember the (LQ)sins of my youth or my wrongdoings;
(LR)Remember me according to Your faithfulness,
For Your (LS)goodness’ sake, Lord.
8 (LT)The Lord is good and (LU)upright;
Therefore He (LV)instructs sinners in the way.
9 He (LW)leads the [cf]humble in justice,
And He (LX)teaches the [cg]humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are (LY)faithfulness and truth
To (LZ)those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For the (MA)sake of Your name, Lord,
(MB)Forgive my wrongdoing, for it is great.
12 Who is the person who (MC)fears the Lord?
He will (MD)instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will (ME)dwell in [ch]prosperity,
And his [ci]descendants will (MF)inherit the [cj]land.
14 The [ck](MG)secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
[cl]And He will (MH)make them know His covenant.
15 My (MI)eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will [cm](MJ)rescue my feet from the net.
16 (MK)Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am (ML)lonely and afflicted.
17 [cn]The (MM)troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me (MN)out of my distresses.
18 (MO)Look at my misery and my trouble,
And (MP)forgive all my sins.
19 Look at my enemies, for they (MQ)are many,
And they (MR)hate me with violent hatred.
20 (MS)Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me (MT)be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let (MU)integrity and uprightness protect me,
For (MV)I wait for You.
22 (MW)Redeem Israel, God,
From all his distress.
Protestation of Integrity and Prayer for Protection.
A Psalm of David.
26 [co](MX)Vindicate me, Lord, for I have (MY)walked in my integrity,
And I have (MZ)trusted in the Lord [cp](NA)without wavering.
2 (NB)Examine me, Lord, and put me to the test;
(NC)Refine my [cq]mind and my heart.
3 For Your (ND)[cr]goodness is before my eyes,
And I have (NE)walked in Your truth.
4 I do not (NF)sit with [cs]deceitful people,
Nor will I go with [ct](NG)pretenders.
5 I (NH)hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.
6 I will (NI)wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go around (NJ)Your altar, Lord,
7 That I may proclaim with the voice of (NK)thanksgiving
And declare all Your [cu]wonders.
8 Lord, I (NL)love the dwelling of Your house,
And the place [cv]where Your (NM)glory remains.
9 (NN)Do not [cw]take my soul away along with sinners,
Nor my life with (NO)men of bloodshed,
10 In whose hands is a (NP)wicked scheme,
And whose right hand is full of (NQ)bribes.
11 But as for me, I will (NR)walk in my integrity;
(NS)Redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 (NT)My foot stands on (NU)level ground;
In the (NV)congregations I will bless the Lord.
A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.
A Psalm of David.
27 The Lord is my (NW)light and my (NX)salvation;
Whom should I fear?
The Lord is the [cx](NY)defense of my life;
(NZ)Whom should I dread?
2 When evildoers came upon me to (OA)devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they (OB)stumbled and fell.
3 If an (OC)army encamps against me,
My heart will not fear;
If war arises against me,
In spite of this I am (OD)confident.
4 (OE)One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may (OF)dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold (OG)the [cy]beauty of the Lord
And to [cz](OH)meditate in His temple.
5 For on the (OI)day of trouble He will (OJ)conceal me in His [da]tabernacle;
He will (OK)hide me in the secret place of His tent;
He will (OL)lift me up on a rock.
6 And now (OM)my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer (ON)sacrifices in His tent [db]with shouts of joy;
I will (OO)sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7 (OP)Hear, Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and (OQ)answer me.
8 When You said, “(OR)Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“(OS)I shall seek Your face, Lord.”
9 (OT)Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in (OU)anger;
You have been (OV)my help;
(OW)Do not abandon me nor (OX)forsake me,
God of my salvation!
10 [dc]For my father and (OY)my mother have forsaken me,
But (OZ)the Lord will take me up.
11 (PA)Teach me Your way, Lord,
And lead me on a (PB)level path
Because of my enemies.
12 Do not turn me over to the [dd](PC)desire of my enemies,
For (PD)false witnesses have risen against me,
And the violent (PE)witness.
13 I certainly believed that I would see the (PF)goodness of the Lord
In the (PG)land of the living.
14 (PH)Wait for the Lord;
Be (PI)strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer.
A Psalm of David.
28 To You, Lord, I call;
My (PJ)rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You (PK)are silent to me,
I will become like those who (PL)go down to the pit.
2 Hear the (PM)sound of my pleadings when I cry to You for help,
When I (PN)raise my hands (PO)toward [de]Your holy (PP)sanctuary.
3 (PQ)Do not drag me away with the wicked
And with those who practice injustice,
Who (PR)speak peace with their neighbors,
While evil is in their hearts.
4 Give back to them (PS)according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
Give back to them according to the work of their hands;
Repay them what is due them.
5 Because they (PT)do not regard the works of the Lord
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.
6 Blessed be the Lord,
Because He (PU)has heard the sound of my pleading.
7 The Lord is my (PV)strength and my (PW)shield;
My heart (PX)trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore (PY)my heart triumphs,
And with (PZ)my song I shall thank Him.
8 The Lord is [df]their (QA)strength,
And He is a refuge of (QB)salvation to His anointed.
9 (QC)Save Your people and bless (QD)Your inheritance;
Be their (QE)shepherd also, and (QF)carry them forever.
The Voice of the Lord in the Storm.
A Psalm of David.
3 The (QI)voice of the Lord is on the waters;
The God of glory (QJ)thunders,
The Lord is over [di](QK)many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is (QL)powerful,
The voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
Yes, the Lord breaks (QM)the cedars of Lebanon in pieces.
6 He makes Lebanon (QN)skip like a calf,
And (QO)Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord divides [dj]flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord [dk]shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the wilderness of (QP)Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes (QQ)the deer give birth
And strips the forests bare;
And (QR)in His temple everything says, “Glory!”
Thanksgiving for Rescue from Death.
A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House. A Psalm of David.
30 I will (QW)exalt You, Lord, for You have (QX)lifted me up,
And have not let my (QY)enemies rejoice over me.
2 Lord my God,
I (QZ)cried to You for help, and You (RA)healed me.
3 Lord, You have (RB)brought up my soul from [dn]Sheol;
You have kept me alive, [do]that I would not (RC)go down to the pit.
4 (RD)Sing praise to the Lord, you (RE)His godly ones,
And (RF)praise the mention of His holiness.
5 For (RG)His anger is but for a moment,
His (RH)favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may (RI)last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
6 Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I will (RJ)never be moved.”
7 Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;
You (RK)hid Your face, I was dismayed.
8 To You, Lord, I called,
And to the Lord I pleaded for compassion:
9 “What gain is there in my blood, if I (RL)go down to the pit?
Will the (RM)dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
10 “(RN)Hear, Lord, and be gracious to me;
Lord, be my (RO)helper.”
11 You have turned (RP)my mourning into dancing for me;
You have (RQ)untied my sackcloth and encircled me with (RR)joy,
12 That my [dp](RS)soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will (RT)give thanks to You forever.
A Psalm of Complaint and of Praise.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
31 (RU)In You, Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never (RV)be [dq]put to shame;
(RW)In Your righteousness rescue me.
2 (RX)Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be a (RY)rock of [dr]strength for me,
A [ds]stronghold to save me.
3 For You are my rock and (RZ)my fortress;
For the (SA)sake of Your name You will lead me and guide me.
4 You will (SB)pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my (SC)strength.
5 (SD)Into Your hand I entrust my spirit;
You have (SE)redeemed me, Lord, (SF)God of [dt]truth.
6 I hate those who (SG)devote themselves to worthless [du]idols,
But I (SH)trust in the Lord.
7 I will (SI)rejoice and be glad in Your faithfulness,
Because You have (SJ)seen my misery;
You have known the troubles of my soul,
8 And You have not (SK)handed me over to the enemy;
You have set my feet in a large place.
9 Be gracious to me, Lord, for (SL)I am in distress;
My (SM)eye is wasted away from grief, (SN)my soul and my body too.
10 For my life is spent with (SO)sorrow
And my years with sighing;
My (SP)strength has failed because of my guilt,
And (SQ)my [dv]body has wasted away.
11 Because of all my adversaries, I have become a (SR)disgrace,
Especially to my (SS)neighbors,
And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
Those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I am (ST)forgotten like a dead person, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I have heard the [dw](SU)slander of many,
(SV)Terror is on every side;
While they (SW)took counsel together against me,
They (SX)schemed to take away my life.
14 But as for me, I trust in You, Lord,
I say, “(SY)You are my God.”
15 My (SZ)times are in Your hand;
(TA)Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.
16 Make Your (TB)face shine upon Your servant;
(TC)Save me in Your faithfulness.
17 Let me not be (TD)put to shame, Lord, for I call upon You;
Let the (TE)wicked be put to shame, let them (TF)be silent in [dx]Sheol.
18 Let the (TG)lying lips be speechless,
Which (TH)speak arrogantly against the righteous
With pride and contempt.
19 How great is Your (TI)goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have performed for those who (TJ)take refuge in You,
(TK)Before the sons of mankind!
20 You hide them in the (TL)secret place of Your presence from the (TM)conspiracies of mankind;
You keep them secretly in a [dy]shelter from the (TN)strife of tongues.
21 (TO)Blessed be the Lord,
For He has shown His (TP)marvelous faithfulness to me in a besieged (TQ)city.
22 As for me, (TR)I said in my alarm,
“I am (TS)cut off from Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You (TT)heard the sound of my pleadings
When I called to You for help.
23 Love the Lord, all (TU)His godly ones!
The Lord (TV)watches over the faithful
But fully (TW)repays the one who acts arrogantly.
24 (TX)Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who wait for the Lord.
Blessedness of Forgiveness and of Trust in God.
A Psalm of David. A [dz]Maskil.
3 When (UB)I kept silent about my sin, (UC)my [ea]body wasted away
Through my [eb](UD)groaning all day long.
4 For day and night (UE)Your hand was heavy upon me;
My [ec](UF)vitality failed as with the dry heat of summer. Selah
5 I (UG)acknowledged my sin to You,
And I (UH)did not hide my guilt;
I said, “(UI)I will confess my wrongdoings to the Lord”;
And You (UJ)forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [ed](UK)in a time when You may be found;
Certainly (UL)in a flood of great waters, they will not reach him.
7 You are (UM)my hiding place; You (UN)keep me from trouble;
You surround me with [ee](UO)songs of deliverance. Selah
8 I will (UP)instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will advise you (UQ)with My eye upon you.
9 Do not be (UR)like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 The (US)sorrows of the wicked are many,
But (UT)the one who trusts in the Lord, goodness will surround him.
11 Be (UU)glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are (UV)upright in heart.
- Psalm 17:2 I.e., vindication
- Psalm 17:3 Or no shameful act in me; My mouth
- Psalm 17:5 Lit tracks
- Psalm 17:7 Or from those who rise up...at Your right hand
- Psalm 17:8 Lit the pupil, the daughter of the eye
- Psalm 17:10 Lit fat
- Psalm 17:14 Or whose portion in life is of the world
- Psalm 18 Title 2 Sam 22:1-51
- Psalm 18:4 Or ungodliness; Heb Belial
- Psalm 18:4 Or were assailing; or terrifying
- Psalm 18:5 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 18:8 Or in His wrath
- Psalm 18:11 Or pavilion
- Psalm 18:14 Lit confused
- Psalm 18:23 Lit complete; or having integrity; or perfect
- Psalm 18:25 See note v 23
- Psalm 18:26 Lit twisted
- Psalm 18:29 Or wall
- Psalm 18:30 Or perfect
- Psalm 18:32 Or has made
- Psalm 18:32 Lit complete; or having integrity
- Psalm 18:35 Or condescension
- Psalm 18:36 Lit ankles
- Psalm 18:40 Or silenced
- Psalm 18:45 Or prisons
- Psalm 18:50 I.e., victories; lit salvations
- Psalm 18:50 Lit seed
- Psalm 19:4 Another reading is sound
- Psalm 19:6 Lit the end
- Psalm 19:6 Lit the ends
- Psalm 19:7 I.e., blameless
- Psalm 20:1 Lit make you high and inaccessible
- Psalm 20:3 Lit consider your...as fat
- Psalm 20:5 Or Let’s sing
- Psalm 20:5 Or salvation
- Psalm 20:6 Or mighty deeds of the victory of His right hand
- Psalm 20:9 Or O Lord, save the king; answer us
- Psalm 21:1 Or victory
- Psalm 21:5 Or victory
- Psalm 21:6 Lit blessings
- Psalm 21:9 Or of your presence
- Psalm 21:10 Lit fruit
- Psalm 21:10 Lit seed
- Psalm 21:11 Lit stretched out
- Psalm 22 Title Lit the doe of the morning
- Psalm 22:1 Or deliverance
- Psalm 22:1 Lit screaming
- Psalm 22:2 Lit there is no silence for me
- Psalm 22:3 Or inhabit the praises
- Psalm 22:5 Or ashamed
- Psalm 22:7 Lit open with the lip
- Psalm 22:8 Lit Roll...away to
- Psalm 22:8 Or it
- Psalm 22:10 Lit a womb
- Psalm 22:11 Or distress
- Psalm 22:14 Lit my inward parts
- Psalm 22:15 Lit to
- Psalm 22:16 Or An assembly
- Psalm 22:16 Another reading is Like a lion, my...
- Psalm 22:20 Or life
- Psalm 22:20 Lit paw
- Psalm 22:23 Lit seed
- Psalm 22:23 Lit seed
- Psalm 22:26 Or poor
- Psalm 22:27 Some ancient versions Him
- Psalm 22:29 Lit fat ones
- Psalm 22:29 Or did not
- Psalm 22:30 Lit seed
- Psalm 23:2 Lit waters of rest
- Psalm 23:3 Lit tracks
- Psalm 23:4 Or valley of deep darkness
- Psalm 23:4 Or harm
- Psalm 23:5 Or anoint
- Psalm 23:6 Or Only
- Psalm 23:6 Or mercy
- Psalm 23:6 Lit for length of days
- Psalm 24:1 Lit its fullness
- Psalm 24:5 I.e., as vindicated
- Psalm 24:6 Or Such
- Psalm 24:7 Lit everlasting
- Psalm 24:9 Lit everlasting
- Psalm 25:3 Or Let those...be ashamed
- Psalm 25:6 Or everlasting
- Psalm 25:9 Or afflicted
- Psalm 25:9 Or afflicted
- Psalm 25:13 Lit good
- Psalm 25:13 Lit seed
- Psalm 25:13 Or earth
- Psalm 25:14 Or counsel; or intimacy
- Psalm 25:14 Or And His covenant, to make them know it
- Psalm 25:15 Lit bring out
- Psalm 25:17 Some commentators Relieve the troubles of my heart
- Psalm 26:1 Lit Judge
- Psalm 26:1 Lit I do not slide
- Psalm 26:2 Lit kidneys, figurative for inner man
- Psalm 26:3 Or faithfulness
- Psalm 26:4 Or worthless men; lit men of falsehood
- Psalm 26:4 Or dissemblers, hypocrites
- Psalm 26:7 Or miracles
- Psalm 26:8 Lit of the tabernacle of Your glory
- Psalm 26:9 Lit gather
- Psalm 27:1 Or refuge
- Psalm 27:4 Lit delightfulness
- Psalm 27:4 Lit inquire
- Psalm 27:5 Or shelter
- Psalm 27:6 Lit of shouts
- Psalm 27:10 Or If my father...forsake me, Then the Lord
- Psalm 27:12 Lit soul
- Psalm 28:2 Lit the innermost place of Your sanctuary
- Psalm 28:8 A few mss and ancient versions the strength of His people
- Psalm 29:1 Lit sons of gods
- Psalm 29:2 Lit of His name
- Psalm 29:3 Or great
- Psalm 29:7 I.e., lightning
- Psalm 29:8 Or causes...to whirl
- Psalm 29:11 Or May the Lord give
- Psalm 29:11 Or May the Lord bless
- Psalm 30:3 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 30:3 Some mss from among those who go down
- Psalm 30:12 Lit glory
- Psalm 31:1 Or ashamed;
- Psalm 31:2 Or refuge, protection
- Psalm 31:2 Lit house of a stronghold
- Psalm 31:5 Or faithfulness
- Psalm 31:6 Lit futilities
- Psalm 31:10 Or bones, substance
- Psalm 31:13 Lit whispering
- Psalm 31:17 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 31:20 Or pavilion
- Psalm 32 Title Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
- Psalm 32:3 Or bones, substance
- Psalm 32:3 Lit roaring
- Psalm 32:4 Lit life juices were turned into the drought of summer
- Psalm 32:6 Lit in a time of finding out
- Psalm 32:7 Or shouts