The Nations Exhorted to Praise God.

For the music director; with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

67 God be gracious to us and (A)bless us,
And (B)cause His face to shine [a]upon us— Selah
That (C)Your way may be known on the earth,
(D)Your salvation among all nations.
May the (E)peoples praise You, God;
May all the peoples praise You.
May the (F)nations be glad and sing for joy;
For You will (G)judge the peoples with fairness
And (H)guide the nations on the earth. Selah
May the (I)peoples praise You, God;
May all the peoples praise You.
The (J)earth has yielded its produce;
God, our God, (K)blesses us.
God blesses us,
[b]So that (L)all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the music director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

68 [c]May (M)God arise, [d]may His enemies be scattered,
And [e]may those who hate Him flee from His presence.
As (N)smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As (O)wax melts before a fire,
So the (P)wicked will perish before God.
But the (Q)righteous will be joyful; they will rejoice before God;
Yes, they will rejoice with gladness.
Sing to God, (R)sing praises to His name;
[f](S)Exalt Him who (T)rides through the deserts,
Whose (U)name is [g]the Lord, and be jubilant before Him.

A (V)father of the fatherless and a (W)judge [h]for the widows,
Is God in His (X)holy dwelling.
God [i](Y)makes a home for the lonely;
He (Z)leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only (AA)the rebellious live in parched lands.

God, when You (AB)went forth before Your people,
When You (AC)marched through the desert, Selah
The (AD)earth quaked;
The (AE)heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
[j](AF)Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You (AG)made plentiful rain fall, God;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was [k]parched.
10 Your creatures settled in it;
In Your kindness You (AH)provided for the poor, God.

11 The Lord gives the [l]command;
The (AI)women who proclaim good news are a great army:
12 (AJ)Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home will (AK)divide the spoils!”
13 [m]When you lie down (AL)among the sheepfolds,
You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with [n]glistening gold.
14 When the Almighty (AM)scattered the kings [o]there,
It was snowing in (AN)Zalmon.

15 (AO)The mountain of Bashan is a [p]mountain of God;
The mountain of Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.
16 Why do you look with envy, you mountains of many peaks,
At the mountain God has (AP)desired as His dwelling?
Indeed, (AQ)the Lord will dwell there forever.
17 The (AR)chariots of God are [q]myriads, (AS)thousands upon thousands;
[r]The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
18 You have (AT)ascended on high, You have (AU)led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among people,
Even among the rebellious as well, that [s]the Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily (AV)bears our burden,
(AW)The God who is our salvation. Selah
20 God is to us a (AX)God of salvation;
And (AY)to [t]God the Lord belong ways of escape [u]from death.
21 God certainly will (AZ)shatter the heads of His enemies,
The hairy [v]head of one who goes about in his guilt.
22 The Lord [w]said, “(BA)I will bring them back from Bashan.
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23 So that [x](BB)your foot may shatter them in blood,
And the tongue of your (BC)dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”

24 They have seen (BD)Your procession, God,
The procession of my God, my King, [y](BE)into the sanctuary.
25 The (BF)singers went on, the musicians after them,
[z]In the midst of the (BG)young women beating tambourines.
26 (BH)Bless God in the congregations,
Even the Lord, you who are of the (BI)fountain of Israel.
27 (BJ)Benjamin, the [aa]youngest, is there, [ab]ruling them,
The leaders of Judah in their company,
The leaders of (BK)Zebulun, the leaders of Naphtali.

28 [ac]Your God has (BL)commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, God, You (BM)who acted [ad]in our behalf.
29 [ae]Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
(BN)Kings will bring gifts to You.
30 Rebuke the (BO)animals [af]in the reeds,
The herd of (BP)bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling the pieces of silver;
He has (BQ)scattered the peoples who delight in war.
31 [ag]Messengers will come from (BR)Egypt;
[ah](BS)Cush will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

32 Sing to God, you (BT)kingdoms of the earth,
(BU)Sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 To Him who (BV)rides upon the [ai](BW)highest heavens, which are from ancient times;
Behold, (BX)He [aj]speaks with His voice, a (BY)mighty voice.
34 (BZ)Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel,
And (CA)His strength is in the [ak]skies.
35 [al]God, You are (CB)awesome from Your [am]sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself (CC)gives strength and power to the people.
(CD)Blessed be God!

A Cry of Distress and a Curse on Adversaries.

For the music director; according to [an]Shoshannim. A Psalm of David.

69 Save me, God,
For the (CE)waters have [ao]threatened my life.
I have sunk in deep (CF)mud, and there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and a [ap](CG)flood overflows me.
I am (CH)weary with my crying; my throat is parched;
My (CI)eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Those (CJ)who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
Those who would [aq]destroy me (CK)are powerful, those who oppose me with lies;
(CL)What I did not steal, I then have to restore.

God, You know (CM)my foolishness,
And (CN)my guilt is not hidden from You.
May those who wait for You not (CO)be ashamed because of me, Lord [ar]God of armies;
May those who seek You not be dishonored because of me, God of Israel,
Because (CP)for Your sake I have endured disgrace;
(CQ)Dishonor has covered my face.
I have become (CR)estranged [as]from my brothers,
And a stranger to my mother’s sons.
For (CS)zeal for Your house has consumed me,
And (CT)the taunts of those who taunt You have fallen on me.
10 When I wept (CU)in my soul with fasting,
It became my (CV)disgrace.
11 When I made (CW)sackcloth my clothing,
I became (CX)a proverb to them.
12 Those who (CY)sit in the gate talk about me,
And (CZ)songs of mockery by those habitually drunk are about me.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, Lord, (DA)at an acceptable time;
God, in the (DB)greatness of Your mercy,
Answer me with [at]Your saving truth.
14 Rescue me from the (DC)mud and do not let me sink;
May I be (DD)rescued from those who hate me, and from the (DE)depths of water.
15 May the [au](DF)flood of water not overflow me
Nor the deep swallow me up,
Nor the (DG)pit close its mouth on me.

16 Answer me, Lord, for (DH)Your mercy is good;
(DI)According to the greatness of Your compassion, (DJ)turn to me,
17 And (DK)do not hide Your face from Your servant,
For I am (DL)in distress; answer me quickly.
18 Come near to my soul and (DM)redeem it;
(DN)Ransom me because of my enemies!
19 You know my (DO)disgrace, my shame, and my dishonor;
All my enemies are [av]known to You.

20 Disgrace has (DP)broken my heart, and I am so sick.
And (DQ)I waited for sympathy, but there was none;
And for (DR)comforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave me [aw](DS)a bitter herb in my food,
And for my thirst they (DT)gave me vinegar to drink.

22 May (DU)their table before them become a snare;
And [ax](DV)when they are at peace, may it become a trap.
23 May their (DW)eyes grow dim so that they cannot see,
And make their (DX)hips shake continually.
24 (DY)Pour out Your indignation on them,
And may Your burning anger overtake them.
25 May their [ay](DZ)camp be desolated;
May there be none living in their tents.
26 For they have (EA)persecuted him whom (EB)You Yourself struck,
And they tell of the pain of those whom (EC)You have [az]wounded.
27 Add (ED)guilt to their guilt,
And (EE)may they not come into (EF)Your righteousness.
28 May they be (EG)wiped out of the (EH)book of life,
And may they not be [ba](EI)recorded with the righteous.

29 But I am (EJ)afflicted and in pain;
[bb]May Your salvation, God, (EK)set me safely on high.
30 I will (EL)praise the name of God with song,
And (EM)exalt Him with (EN)thanksgiving.
31 And it will (EO)please the Lord better than an ox
Or bull with horns and hoofs.
32 The (EP)humble [bc]have seen it and are glad;
You who seek God, (EQ)let your heart [bd]revive.
33 For (ER)the Lord hears the needy,
And (ES)does not despise those of His who are prisoners.

34 (ET)Heaven and earth shall praise Him,
The seas and (EU)everything that moves in them.
35 For God will (EV)save Zion and (EW)build the cities of Judah,
So that they may live there and (EX)possess it.
36 The [be](EY)descendants of His servants will inherit it,
And those who love His name (EZ)will live in it.

Prayer for Help against Persecutors.

For the music director. A Psalm of David; for a memorial.

70 (FA)God, hurry to save me;
Lord, hurry to help me!
(FB)May those who seek my [bf]life
Be put to shame and humiliated;
May those who delight [bg]in my harm
Be turned back and dishonored.
(FC)May those who say, “Aha, aha!” be [bh]turned back
Because of their shame.

May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
And may those who love Your salvation say continually,
“May God be exalted!”
But (FD)I am afflicted and needy;
(FE)Hurry to me, God!
You are my help and my savior;
Lord, do not delay.

Prayer of an Old Man for Rescue.

71 (FF)In You, Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be put to shame.
(FG)In Your righteousness rescue me and save me;
(FH)Extend Your ear to me and help me.
(FI)Be to me a rock of (FJ)dwelling to which I may continually come;
You have given the (FK)commandment to save me,
For You are (FL)my rock and my fortress.
(FM)Save me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
From the [bi]grasp of the wrongdoer and the ruthless,
For You are my (FN)hope;
Lord [bj]God, You are my (FO)confidence from my youth.
I have (FP)leaned on you since my birth;
You are He who (FQ)took me from my mother’s womb;
My (FR)praise is continually [bk]of You.

I have become a (FS)marvel to many,
For You are (FT)my strong refuge.
My (FU)mouth is filled with Your praise
And with (FV)Your glory all day long.
Do not cast me away at the (FW)time of my old age;
Do not abandon me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies have spoken [bl]against me;
And those who (FX)watch for my [bm]life (FY)have consulted together,
11 Saying, “(FZ)God has abandoned him;
Pursue and seize him, for there is (GA)no one to save him.”

12 God, (GB)do not be far from me;
My God, (GC)hurry to my aid!
13 May those who are enemies of my soul be (GD)put to shame and consumed;
May they be (GE)covered with disgrace and dishonor, who (GF)seek [bn]to injure me.
14 But as for me, I will (GG)wait continually,
And will [bo](GH)praise You yet more and more.
15 My (GI)mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of (GJ)Your salvation all day long;
For I (GK)do not know the art of writing.
16 I will come (GL)with the mighty deeds of the Lord [bp]God;
I will (GM)make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.

17 God, You (GN)have taught me from my youth,
And I still (GO)declare Your wondrous deeds.
18 And even when I am (GP)old and gray, God, do not abandon me,
Until I (GQ)declare Your [bq]strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come.
19 [br]For Your (GR)righteousness, God, reaches to the [bs]heavens,
You who have (GS)done great things;
God, (GT)who is like You?
20 You who have (GU)shown [bt]me many troubles and distresses
Will (GV)revive [bu]me again,
And will bring [bv]me up again (GW)from the depths of the earth.
21 May You increase my (GX)greatness
And turn to (GY)comfort me.

22 I will also praise You with [bw](GZ)a harp,
And Your [bx]truth, my God;
I will sing praises to You with the (HA)lyre,
(HB)Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will (HC)shout for joy when I sing praises to You;
And my (HD)soul, which You have redeemed.
24 My (HE)tongue also will tell of Your righteousness all day long;
For they are (HF)put to shame, for they are humiliated who seek [by]my harm.

The Reign of the Righteous King.

A Psalm of Solomon.

72 Give the king (HG)Your judgments, God,
And (HH)Your righteousness to the king’s son.
[bz]May [ca]he (HI)judge Your people with righteousness
And [cb](HJ)Your afflicted with justice.
[cc]May the mountains bring [cd](HK)peace to the people,
And the hills, in righteousness.
[ce]May he (HL)vindicate the [cf]afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy,
And crush the oppressor.

[cg]May they fear You (HM)while the sun shines,
And [ch]as long as the moon shines, throughout all generations.
[ci]May he come down (HN)like rain upon the mown grass,
Like (HO)showers that water the earth.
[cj]May the (HP)righteous flourish in his days,
As well as an (HQ)abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.

May he also rule (HR)from sea to sea,
And from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
[ck]May (HS)the nomads of the desert (HT)bow before him,
And his enemies (HU)lick the dust.
10 [cl]May the kings of (HV)Tarshish and of the [cm](HW)islands bring gifts;
May the kings of (HX)Sheba and (HY)Seba (HZ)offer tributes.
11 [cn]And may all (IA)kings bow down before him,
All (IB)nations serve him.

12 For he will (IC)save the needy when he cries for help,
The [co]afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will have (ID)compassion on the poor and needy,
And he will save the [cp]lives of the needy.
14 He will [cq](IE)rescue their [cr]life from oppression and violence,
And their blood will be (IF)precious in his sight;
15 So may he live, and may the (IG)gold of Sheba be given to him;
And [cs]they are to pray for him continually;
[ct]They are to bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth on top of the mountains;
Its fruit will wave like the cedars of (IH)Lebanon;
And may those from the city flourish like the (II)vegetation of the earth.
17 May his (IJ)name endure forever;
May his name produce descendants [cu](IK)as long as the sun shines;
And may people (IL)wish blessings on themselves by him;
(IM)May all nations call him blessed.

18 (IN)Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone (IO)works wonders.
19 And blessed be His (IP)glorious name forever;
And may the whole (IQ)earth be filled with His glory.
(IR)Amen and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.


The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

73 God certainly is (IS)good to Israel,
To those who are (IT)pure in heart!
But as for me, (IU)my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [cv]had almost slipped.
For I was (IV)envious of the [cw]arrogant
As I saw the (IW)prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their belly is fat.
They are (IX)not [cx]in trouble like other people,
Nor are they (IY)tormented together with the rest of mankind.
Therefore arrogance is (IZ)their necklace;
The (JA)garment of violence covers them.
Their eye [cy]bulges from (JB)fatness;
The imaginations of their heart overflow.
They (JC)mock and [cz]wickedly speak of oppression;
They (JD)speak from on high.
They have (JE)set their mouth [da]against the heavens,
And their tongue [db]parades through the earth.

10 Therefore [dc]his people return here,
And (JF)abundant waters are drunk by them.
11 They say, “(JG)How does God know?
And is there knowledge [dd]with the Most High?”
12 Behold, (JH)these are the wicked;
And always (JI)at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely (JJ)in vain I have [de]kept my heart pure
And (JK)washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken (JL)all day long,
And [df](JM)punished every morning.

15 If I had said, “I will speak this way,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the (JN)generation of Your children.
16 When I (JO)thought of understanding this,
It was [dg]troublesome in my sight
17 Until I entered the [dh](JP)sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their (JQ)end.
18 You indeed put them on (JR)slippery ground;
You dropped them into [di](JS)ruin.
19 How they are [dj](JT)destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by (JU)sudden terrors!
20 Like a (JV)dream when one awakes,
Lord, when (JW)stirred, You will (JX)despise their image.

21 When my (JY)heart was embittered
And I was (JZ)pierced [dk]within,
22 Then I was (KA)stupid and ignorant;
I was like an (KB)animal [dl]before You.
23 Nevertheless (KC)I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 You will (KD)guide me with Your plan,
And afterward (KE)receive me [dm]to glory.

25 (KF)Whom do I have in heaven but You?
And with You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My (KG)flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the [dn]strength of my heart and my (KH)portion forever.
27 For, behold, (KI)those who are far from You will (KJ)perish;
You have destroyed all those who [do](KK)are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, (KL)the nearness of God is good for me;
I have made the Lord [dp]God my (KM)refuge,
So that I may (KN)tell of all Your works.

An Appeal against the Devastation of the Land by the Enemy.

A [dq]Maskil of Asaph.

74 God, why have You (KO)rejected us forever?
Why does Your anger (KP)smoke against the (KQ)sheep of Your [dr]pasture?
Remember Your congregation, which You (KR)purchased of old,
Which You have (KS)redeemed to be the (KT)tribe of Your inheritance;
And this Mount (KU)Zion, where You have dwelt.
[ds]Step toward the [dt](KV)irreparable ruins;
The enemy (KW)has damaged everything in the sanctuary.
Your adversaries have (KX)roared in the midst of Your meeting place;
They have set up their (KY)own signs as (KZ)signs.
It [du]seems like one bringing up
His (LA)axe into a [dv]forest of trees.
And now they break down [dw]all its (LB)carved work
With axe and hammers.
They have [dx](LC)burned Your sanctuary [dy]to the ground;
They have (LD)defiled the dwelling place of Your name.
They (LE)said in their heart, “Let’s [dz]completely [ea]subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our (LF)signs;
There is (LG)no longer any prophet,
Nor is there anyone among us who knows (LH)how long.
10 How long, God, will the enemy (LI)taunt You?
Shall the enemy (LJ)treat Your name disrespectfully forever?
11 Why (LK)do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?
Extend it from Your chest and (LL)destroy them!

12 Yet God is (LM)my King from long ago,
Who performs acts of salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 [eb]You (LN)divided the sea by Your strength;
[ec]You (LO)broke the heads of the (LP)sea monsters [ed]in the waters.
14 [ee]You crushed the heads of [ef](LQ)Leviathan;
You gave him as food for the [eg]creatures (LR)of the wilderness.
15 [eh]You (LS)broke open springs and torrents;
[ei]You (LT)dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
[ej]You have (LU)prepared the [ek]light and the sun.
17 [el]You have (LV)established all the boundaries of the earth;
[em]You have [en]created (LW)summer and winter.

18 Remember this, [eo]Lord, that the enemy has (LX)taunted You,
And a (LY)foolish people has treated Your name disrespectfully.
19 Do not give the soul of Your (LZ)turtledove to the wild animal;
(MA)Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.
20 Consider the (MB)covenant;
For the (MC)dark places of the land are full of the places of violence.
21 May the (MD)oppressed person not return dishonored;
May the (ME)afflicted and the needy praise Your name.

22 Arise, God, and (MF)plead Your own cause;
Remember [ep]how the (MG)foolish person taunts You all day long.
23 Do not forget the voice of Your (MH)adversaries,
The (MI)uproar of those who rise against You, which ascends continually.

God Humbles the Proud, but Exalts the Righteous.

For the music director; set to [eq]Al-tashheth. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.

75 We (MJ)give thanks to You, God, we give thanks,
For Your name is (MK)near;
People declare (ML)Your wondrous works.
“When I select an (MM)appointed time,
It is I who (MN)judge fairly.
The (MO)earth and all who inhabit it [er]are unsteady;
It is I who have firmly set its (MP)pillars. Selah
I said to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
And to the wicked, ‘(MQ)Do not lift up the horn;
Do not lift up your horn on high,
(MR)Do not speak with insolent [es]pride.’”

For not from the east, nor from the west,
Nor from the [et](MS)desert comes exaltation;
But (MT)God is the Judge;
He (MU)puts down one and exalts another.
For a (MV)cup is in the hand of the Lord, and the wine foams;
It is [eu](MW)well mixed, and He pours out of this;
Certainly all the wicked of the earth must drain and (MX)drink its dregs.

But as for me, I will (MY)declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 And [ev]He will cut off all the (MZ)horns of the wicked,
But (NA)the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

The Victorious Power of the God of Jacob.

For the music director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.

76 God is (NB)known in Judah;
His name is (NC)great in Israel.
His [ew](ND)tabernacle is in (NE)Salem;
His (NF)dwelling place also is in Zion.
There He (NG)broke the [ex]flaming arrows,
The shield, the sword, and the [ey]weapons of war. Selah

You are resplendent,
[ez]More majestic than the mountains of prey.
The (NH)stouthearted were plundered,
[fa]They sank into sleep;
And none of the [fb]warriors could use his hands.
At Your (NI)rebuke, God of Jacob,
Both [fc](NJ)rider and horse were cast into a dead sleep.
You, You indeed are (NK)to be feared,
And (NL)who may stand in Your presence, [fd]once You are angry?

You caused judgment to be heard from heaven;
The earth (NM)feared and was still
When God (NN)arose to judgment,
To save all the humble of the earth. Selah
10 For the [fe](NO)wrath of mankind shall praise You;
You will encircle Yourself with a remnant of wrath.

11 (NP)Make vows to the Lord your God and (NQ)fulfill them;
All who are around Him are to (NR)bring gifts to Him who is to be feared.
12 He will cut off the spirit of princes;
He is [ff](NS)feared by the kings of the earth.

Comfort in Trouble from Recalling God’s Mighty Deeds.

For the music director; [fg]according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.

77 My voice rises to God, and I will (NT)cry aloud;
My voice rises to God, and He will listen to me.
In the (NU)day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
(NV)In the night my (NW)hand was stretched out and did not grow weary;
My soul (NX)refused to be comforted.
When I remember God, then I am (NY)restless;
When I (NZ)sigh, then (OA)my spirit feels weak. Selah
You have held my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I (OB)cannot speak.
I have considered the (OC)days of old,
The years of long ago.
I will remember my (OD)song in the night;
I (OE)will meditate with my heart,
And my spirit [fh]ponders:

Will the Lord (OF)reject forever?
And will He (OG)never be favorable again?
Has His (OH)favor ceased forever?
Has His [fi](OI)promise come to an end [fj]forever?
Has God (OJ)forgotten to be gracious,
Or has He in anger [fk]withdrawn His (OK)compassion? Selah
10 Then I said, “(OL)It is my [fl]grief,
That the (OM)right hand of the Most High has changed.”

11 I shall remember the (ON)deeds of [fm]the Lord;
I will certainly (OO)remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will (OP)meditate on all Your work,
And on Your deeds with thanksgiving.
13 Your way, God, is (OQ)holy;
(OR)What god is great like our God?
14 You are the (OS)God who works wonders;
You have (OT)made known Your strength among the peoples.
15 By Your [fn]power You have (OU)redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and (OV)Joseph. Selah

16 The (OW)waters saw You, God;
The waters saw You, they were in anguish;
The ocean depths also trembled.
17 The (OX)clouds poured out water;
The skies [fo](OY)sounded out;
Your (OZ)arrows [fp]flashed here and there.
18 The (PA)sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
The (PB)lightning lit up the world;
The (PC)earth trembled and shook.
19 Your (PD)way was in the sea
And Your paths in the mighty waters,
And Your footprints were not known.
20 You (PE)led Your people like a flock
By the hand of (PF)Moses and Aaron.

God’s Guidance of His People in Spite of Their Unfaithfulness.

A [fq]Maskil of Asaph.

78 (PG)Listen, my people, to my [fr]instruction;
(PH)Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will (PI)open my mouth in a parable;
I will tell (PJ)riddles of old,
Which we have heard and known,
And (PK)our fathers have told us.
We will (PL)not conceal them from their children,
But we will (PM)tell the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His power and His (PN)wondrous works that He has done.

For He established a (PO)testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a (PP)law in Israel,
Which He (PQ)commanded our fathers
That they were to [fs](PR)teach them to their children,
(PS)So that the generation to come would know, (PT)the children yet to be born,
That they would arise and (PU)tell them to their children,
So that they would put their confidence in God
And (PV)not forget the works of God,
But (PW)comply with His commandments,
And (PX)not be like their fathers,
A (PY)stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that (PZ)did not [ft]prepare its heart
And whose spirit was not (QA)faithful to God.

The sons of Ephraim [fu]were (QB)archers equipped with bows,
Yet (QC)they turned back on the day of battle.
10 They (QD)did not keep the covenant of God
And refused to (QE)walk in His Law;
11 They (QF)forgot His deeds
And His [fv]miracles that He had shown them.
12 (QG)He performed wonders before their fathers
In the land of Egypt, in the (QH)field of Zoan.
13 He (QI)divided the sea and caused them to pass through,
And He made the waters stand (QJ)up like a heap.
14 Then He led them with the cloud by (QK)day
And all the night with a (QL)light of fire.
15 He (QM)split the rocks in the wilderness
And gave them plenty to drink like the ocean depths.
16 He (QN)brought forth streams from the rock
And made waters run down like rivers.

17 Yet they still continued to sin against Him,
To (QO)rebel against the Most High in the desert.
18 And in their heart they (QP)put God to the test
By asking for (QQ)food [fw]that suited their taste.
19 Then they spoke against God;
They said, “(QR)Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, He (QS)struck the rock so that waters gushed out,
And streams were overflowing;
Can He also provide bread?
Will He prepare (QT)meat for His people?”

21 Therefore the Lord heard and [fx]was (QU)full of wrath;
And a fire was kindled against Jacob,
And anger also mounted against Israel,
22 Because they (QV)did not believe in God
And did not trust in His salvation.
23 Yet He commanded the clouds above
And (QW)opened the doors of heaven;
24 He (QX)rained down manna upon them to eat,
And gave them [fy](QY)food from heaven.
25 Man ate the bread of [fz]angels;
He sent them [ga]food [gb](QZ)in abundance.
26 He (RA)made the east wind blow in the sky
And by His [gc]power He directed the south wind.
27 When He rained meat upon them like the dust,
Even (RB)winged fowl like the sand of the seas,
28 He let them fall in the midst of [gd]their camp,
All around their dwellings.
29 So they (RC)ate and were well filled,
And He [ge]satisfied their longing.
30 [gf]Yet before they had abandoned their longing,
(RD)While their food was in their mouths,
31 The (RE)anger of God rose against them
And killed [gg]some of their (RF)strongest ones,
And [gh]subdued the choice men of Israel.
32 In spite of all this they (RG)still sinned
And (RH)did not believe in His wonderful works.
33 So He brought (RI)their days to an end in futility,
And their years to an end in sudden terror.

34 When He killed them, then they (RJ)sought Him,
And they returned and searched (RK)diligently for God;
35 And they remembered that God was their (RL)rock,
And the Most High God their (RM)Redeemer.
36 But they (RN)flattered Him with their mouth
And (RO)lied to Him with their tongue.
37 For their heart was not (RP)steadfast toward Him,
Nor were they faithful with His covenant.
38 But He, being (RQ)compassionate, [gi](RR)forgave their wrongdoing and did not destroy them;
And often He [gj](RS)restrained His anger
And did not stir up all His wrath.
39 So (RT)He remembered that they were only (RU)flesh,
A [gk](RV)wind that passes and does not return.

40 How often they (RW)rebelled against Him in the wilderness
And (RX)grieved Him in the (RY)desert!
41 Again and again they [gl](RZ)tempted God,
And pained the (SA)Holy One of Israel.
42 They (SB)did not remember (SC)His [gm]power,
The day when He (SD)redeemed them from the enemy,
43 When He performed His (SE)signs in Egypt
And His (SF)marvels in the field of Zoan,
44 And (SG)turned their rivers to blood,
And their streams, so that they could not drink.
45 He sent swarms of (SH)flies among them that devoured them,
And (SI)frogs that destroyed them.
46 He also gave their crops to the (SJ)grasshopper
And the product of their labor to the (SK)locust.
47 He [gn]destroyed their vines with (SL)hailstones
And their sycamore trees with frost.
48 He also turned their (SM)cattle over to the hailstones,
And their herds to bolts of lightning.
49 He (SN)sent His burning anger upon them,
Fury and indignation and trouble,
A band of [go]destroying angels.
50 He leveled a path for His anger;
He did not spare their souls from death,
But (SO)turned their lives over to the plague,
51 And (SP)struck all the firstborn in Egypt,
The (SQ)first and best of their vigor in the tents of (SR)Ham.
52 But He (SS)led His own people out like sheep,
And guided them in the wilderness (ST)like a flock;
53 He led them (SU)safely, so that they did not fear;
But (SV)the sea engulfed their enemies.

54 So (SW)He brought them to His holy [gp]land,
To this [gq](SX)hill country (SY)which His right hand had gained.
55 He also (SZ)drove out the nations from them
And (TA)apportioned them as an inheritance by measurement,
And had the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
56 Yet they [gr](TB)tempted and (TC)rebelled against the Most High God
And did not keep His testimonies,
57 But turned back and (TD)acted treacherously like their fathers;
They (TE)turned aside like a treacherous bow.
58 For they (TF)provoked Him with their (TG)high places
And (TH)moved Him to jealousy with their (TI)carved images.
59 When God heard them, He [gs]was filled with (TJ)wrath
And He utterly (TK)rejected Israel;
60 So that He (TL)abandoned the (TM)dwelling place at Shiloh,
The tent [gt]which He had pitched among people,
61 And He gave up His (TN)strength to captivity
And His glory (TO)into the hand of the enemy.
62 He also (TP)turned His people over to the sword,
And [gu]was filled with wrath at His inheritance.
63 (TQ)Fire devoured [gv]His young men,
And [gw]His (TR)virgins had no wedding songs.
64 [gx]His (TS)priests fell by the sword,
And [gy]His (TT)widows could not weep.

65 Then the Lord (TU)awoke as if from sleep,
Like a (TV)warrior [gz]overcome by wine.
66 He [ha](TW)drove His adversaries backward;
He put on them an everlasting disgrace.
67 He also (TX)rejected the tent of Joseph,
And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
68 But chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount (TY)Zion, which He loved.
69 And He (TZ)built His sanctuary like the heights,
Like the earth which He has established forever.
70 He also (UA)chose His servant David
And took him from the sheepfolds;
71 From [hb](UB)the care of the [hc]ewes (UC)with nursing lambs He brought him
To (UD)shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel (UE)His inheritance.
72 So he shepherded them according to the (UF)integrity of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands.


  1. Psalm 67:1 Lit with
  2. Psalm 67:7 Or And let fear Him
  3. Psalm 68:1 Or God shall
  4. Psalm 68:1 Or His enemies shall
  5. Psalm 68:1 Or those who hate Him shall
  6. Psalm 68:4 Or Prepare the way for Him
  7. Psalm 68:4 Heb Yah
  8. Psalm 68:5 Lit of
  9. Psalm 68:6 Lit makes the solitary to dwell in a house
  10. Psalm 68:8 Lit This is Sinai which
  11. Psalm 68:9 Lit weary
  12. Psalm 68:11 Lit word
  13. Psalm 68:13 Lit If
  14. Psalm 68:13 I.e., gold alloyed with silver
  15. Psalm 68:14 Lit in it
  16. Psalm 68:15 Or mighty mountain
  17. Psalm 68:17 Lit twice 10,000
  18. Psalm 68:17 Another reading is The Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary
  19. Psalm 68:18 Heb Yah
  20. Psalm 68:20 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  21. Psalm 68:20 I.e., in view of; lit for
  22. Psalm 68:21 Lit skull
  23. Psalm 68:22 Or says
  24. Psalm 68:23 Some ancient versions render, you may bathe your foot in blood
  25. Psalm 68:24 Or in holiness
  26. Psalm 68:25 Or The maidens in the midst
  27. Psalm 68:27 Or smallest
  28. Psalm 68:27 Or their ruler
  29. Psalm 68:28 Some mss Command, God
  30. Psalm 68:28 Lit for us
  31. Psalm 68:29 Or From Your temple
  32. Psalm 68:30 Lit of
  33. Psalm 68:31 As in LXX; MT uncertain, possibly, Articles of bronze; or Articles of red cloth
  34. Psalm 68:31 Or Ethiopia
  35. Psalm 68:33 Lit heaven of heavens of old
  36. Psalm 68:33 Lit gives forth
  37. Psalm 68:34 Lit clouds
  38. Psalm 68:35 Or Awesome is God from your sanctuary
  39. Psalm 68:35 Lit holy places
  40. Psalm 69 Title Or possibly Lilies
  41. Psalm 69:1 Lit come up to my soul
  42. Psalm 69:2 Lit flowing stream
  43. Psalm 69:4 Or silence
  44. Psalm 69:6 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  45. Psalm 69:8 Lit to
  46. Psalm 69:13 Or the faithfulness of Your salvation
  47. Psalm 69:15 Lit stream
  48. Psalm 69:19 Lit before You
  49. Psalm 69:21 Or poison
  50. Psalm 69:22 Lit for those who are secure
  51. Psalm 69:25 Lit encampment
  52. Psalm 69:26 Lit pierced
  53. Psalm 69:28 Lit written
  54. Psalm 69:29 Or Your salvation, O God, will set...
  55. Psalm 69:32 Some mss and ancient versions will see
  56. Psalm 69:32 Or live
  57. Psalm 69:36 Lit seed
  58. Psalm 70:2 Or soul
  59. Psalm 70:2 Or to injure me
  60. Psalm 70:3 Some mss appalled
  61. Psalm 71:4 Lit palm
  62. Psalm 71:5 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  63. Psalm 71:6 Lit in
  64. Psalm 71:10 Lit with reference to
  65. Psalm 71:10 Lit soul
  66. Psalm 71:13 Lit my injury
  67. Psalm 71:14 Lit add upon all Your praise
  68. Psalm 71:16 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  69. Psalm 71:18 Lit arm
  70. Psalm 71:19 Or And
  71. Psalm 71:19 Lit height
  72. Psalm 71:20 Another reading is us
  73. Psalm 71:20 Another reading is us
  74. Psalm 71:20 Another reading is us
  75. Psalm 71:22 Lit an instrument of a harp
  76. Psalm 71:22 Or faithfulness
  77. Psalm 71:24 Or to injure me
  78. Psalm 72:2 Or He will judge
  79. Psalm 72:2 Many of the pronouns in this Psalm may be rendered He since the typical reference is to the Messiah
  80. Psalm 72:2 Or Your humble
  81. Psalm 72:3 Or The mountains will bring
  82. Psalm 72:3 Or prosperity
  83. Psalm 72:4 Or He will vindicate
  84. Psalm 72:4 Or humble
  85. Psalm 72:5 Or They will fear
  86. Psalm 72:5 Lit before the moon
  87. Psalm 72:6 Or He will come down
  88. Psalm 72:7 Or The righteous will flourish
  89. Psalm 72:9 Or The nomads...will bow
  90. Psalm 72:10 Or The kings...will bring
  91. Psalm 72:10 Or coastlands
  92. Psalm 72:11 Or All kings will bow down
  93. Psalm 72:12 Or humble
  94. Psalm 72:13 Lit souls
  95. Psalm 72:14 Lit redeem
  96. Psalm 72:14 Lit soul
  97. Psalm 72:15 Lit he is to
  98. Psalm 72:15 Lit He is to
  99. Psalm 72:17 Lit before the sun
  100. Psalm 73:2 Lit were caused to slip
  101. Psalm 73:3 Or boasters
  102. Psalm 73:5 Lit in the trouble of people
  103. Psalm 73:7 Lit goes forth
  104. Psalm 73:8 Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
  105. Psalm 73:9 Or in
  106. Psalm 73:9 Lit walks
  107. Psalm 73:10 Or His
  108. Psalm 73:11 Lit in
  109. Psalm 73:13 Or cleansed my heart
  110. Psalm 73:14 Lit my punishment
  111. Psalm 73:16 Lit labor, trouble
  112. Psalm 73:17 Lit sanctuaries
  113. Psalm 73:18 Or deception
  114. Psalm 73:19 Lit become a desolation
  115. Psalm 73:21 Lit in my kidneys
  116. Psalm 73:22 Lit with You
  117. Psalm 73:24 Or with honor
  118. Psalm 73:26 Lit rock
  119. Psalm 73:27 Lit go to a whoring from
  120. Psalm 73:28 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  121. Psalm 74 Title Possibly, Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  122. Psalm 74:1 Or pasturing
  123. Psalm 74:3 Lit Lift Your footsteps
  124. Psalm 74:3 Lit ruins ruined for all time
  125. Psalm 74:5 Lit is known as
  126. Psalm 74:5 Lit thicket
  127. Psalm 74:6 Lit altogether
  128. Psalm 74:7 Lit set on fire
  129. Psalm 74:7 Or To the ground they...
  130. Psalm 74:8 Lit altogether
  131. Psalm 74:8 Or oppress
  132. Psalm 74:13 Or You Yourself
  133. Psalm 74:13 Or You Yourself
  134. Psalm 74:13 Lit on
  135. Psalm 74:14 Or You Yourself
  136. Psalm 74:14 Or sea monster
  137. Psalm 74:14 Lit people
  138. Psalm 74:15 Or You Yourself
  139. Psalm 74:15 Or You Yourself
  140. Psalm 74:16 Or You Yourself
  141. Psalm 74:16 Or luminary
  142. Psalm 74:17 Or You Yourself
  143. Psalm 74:17 Or You Yourself
  144. Psalm 74:17 Or formed
  145. Psalm 74:18 Or that the enemy has taunted the Lord
  146. Psalm 74:22 Lit Your reproach from the foolish man
  147. Psalm 75 Title Lit Do Not Destroy
  148. Psalm 75:3 Lit totter
  149. Psalm 75:5 Lit neck
  150. Psalm 75:6 Or mountainous desert
  151. Psalm 75:8 Lit full of mixture
  152. Psalm 75:10 Heb I
  153. Psalm 76:2 Lit shelter
  154. Psalm 76:3 Lit fiery shafts of the bow
  155. Psalm 76:3 Lit battle
  156. Psalm 76:4 Or Majestic from the mountains
  157. Psalm 76:5 Lit They slumbered their sleep
  158. Psalm 76:5 Lit men of might have found their hands
  159. Psalm 76:6 Lit chariot
  160. Psalm 76:7 Lit since Your anger
  161. Psalm 76:10 Lit wraths
  162. Psalm 76:12 Lit awesome to
  163. Psalm 77 Title 1 Chr 16:41
  164. Psalm 77:6 Lit searched
  165. Psalm 77:8 Lit word
  166. Psalm 77:8 Lit from generation to generation
  167. Psalm 77:9 Lit shut up
  168. Psalm 77:10 Or infirmity, the years of the right hand of the Most High
  169. Psalm 77:11 Heb Yah
  170. Psalm 77:15 Lit arm
  171. Psalm 77:17 Lit gave a sound
  172. Psalm 77:17 Lit went
  173. Psalm 78 Title Possibly, Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  174. Psalm 78:1 Or law, teaching
  175. Psalm 78:5 Lit make them known
  176. Psalm 78:8 Or put right
  177. Psalm 78:9 Or being
  178. Psalm 78:11 Or wonderful works
  179. Psalm 78:18 Lit to their soul
  180. Psalm 78:21 Or became infuriated
  181. Psalm 78:24 Lit grain
  182. Psalm 78:25 Lit mighty ones
  183. Psalm 78:25 Or provision
  184. Psalm 78:25 Lit to satiation
  185. Psalm 78:26 Or strength
  186. Psalm 78:28 Lit His
  187. Psalm 78:29 Lit brought to them their
  188. Psalm 78:30 Lit They did not turn away from their
  189. Psalm 78:31 Lit among their fat ones
  190. Psalm 78:31 Lit caused to bow down
  191. Psalm 78:38 Lit covered over, atoned for
  192. Psalm 78:38 Lit turned away
  193. Psalm 78:39 Or breath
  194. Psalm 78:41 Or put God to the test
  195. Psalm 78:42 Lit hand
  196. Psalm 78:47 Lit was killing
  197. Psalm 78:49 Lit angels of evil ones; another reading is evil angels
  198. Psalm 78:54 Lit border, territory
  199. Psalm 78:54 Or mountain
  200. Psalm 78:56 Or put to the test
  201. Psalm 78:59 Or became infuriated
  202. Psalm 78:60 Some ancient versions where He dwelt
  203. Psalm 78:62 Or became infuriated
  204. Psalm 78:63 Or their
  205. Psalm 78:63 Or their
  206. Psalm 78:64 Or their
  207. Psalm 78:64 Or their
  208. Psalm 78:65 Or sobered up from
  209. Psalm 78:66 Lit struck
  210. Psalm 78:71 Lit following
  211. Psalm 78:71 Lit ewes that wet-nurse, He

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