Thanksgiving for God’s Justice.

For the music director; on [a]Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

I will give thanks to the Lord with all (A)my heart;
I will (B)tell of all Your [b]wonders.
I will rejoice and be (C)jubilant in You;
I will (D)sing praise to Your name, O (E)Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
They stumble and (F)perish before You.
For You have (G)maintained [c]my just cause;
You have sat on the throne [d](H)judging righteously.
You have (I)rebuked the nations, You have eliminated the wicked;
You have (J)wiped out their name forever and ever.
[e]The enemy has come to an end in everlasting ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very (K)memory of them has perished.

But the (L)Lord [f]sits as King forever;
He has established His (M)throne for judgment,
And He will (N)judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples fairly.
[g]The Lord will also be a (O)stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And [h]those who (P)know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, Lord, have not (Q)abandoned those who seek You.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who (R)dwells in Zion;
(S)Declare His deeds among the peoples.
12 For (T)He who [i]requires blood remembers them;
He does not forget (U)the cry of the needy.
13 Be gracious to me, Lord;
See my oppression from those (V)who hate me,
You who (W)lift me up from the gates of death,
14 So that I may tell of (X)all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may (Y)rejoice in Your [j]salvation.
15 The nations have sunk down (Z)into the pit which they have made;
In the (AA)net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has (AB)made Himself known;
He has (AC)executed judgment.
A wicked one is ensnared in the work of his own hands. [k]Higgaion Selah

17 The wicked will [l](AD)return to [m]Sheol,
All the nations who (AE)forget God.
18 For the (AF)needy will not always be forgotten,
Nor the (AG)hope of the afflicted perish forever.
19 (AH)Arise, Lord, do not let mankind prevail;
Let the nations be (AI)judged before You.
20 Put them (AJ)in fear, Lord;
Let the nations know that they are (AK)merely human. Selah

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

10 Why (AL)do You stand far away, Lord?
Why (AM)do You hide [n]Yourself in times of trouble?
In (AN)arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the needy;
[o]Let them be (AO)caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked (AP)boasts of his (AQ)soul’s desire,
And [p]the greedy person curses and (AR)shows disrespect to the Lord.
The wicked, [q]in his haughtiness, (AS)does not seek Him.
(AT)There is no God in all his schemes.

His ways (AU)succeed at all times;
Yet Your judgments are on high, (AV)out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he snorts at them.
He says to himself, “(AW)I will not be moved;
[r]Throughout the generations (AX)I will not be in adversity.”
His (AY)mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and (AZ)oppression;
(BA)Under his tongue is harm and injustice.
He sits in the (BB)lurking places of the villages;
He (BC)kills the innocent in the secret places;
His eyes [s]surreptitiously watch for the [t](BD)unfortunate.
He lurks in secret like (BE)a lion in his [u]lair;
He (BF)lurks to catch (BG)the needy;
He catches the needy when he pulls him into his (BH)net.
10 Then he crushes the needy one, who cowers;
And [v]unfortunate people fall by his mighty power.
11 He (BI)says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

12 Arise, Lord; God, (BJ)lift up Your hand.
(BK)Do not forget the humble.
13 Why has the wicked (BL)treated God disrespectfully?
He has said to himself, “[w]You will not require an account.”
14 You have seen it, for You have looked at (BM)harm and provocation to [x]take it into Your hand.
The [y](BN)unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the (BO)helper of the orphan.
15 (BP)Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
[z](BQ)Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16 The Lord is (BR)King forever and ever;
(BS)Nations have perished from His land.
17 Lord, You have heard the (BT)desire of the humble;
You will (BU)strengthen their heart, (BV)You will make Your ear attentive
18 To [aa]vindicate the (BW)orphan and the (BX)oppressed,
So that mankind, which is of the earth, will no longer cause (BY)terror.


  1. Psalm 9 Title Meaning of the Heb uncertain
  2. Psalm 9:1 Or miracles
  3. Psalm 9:4 Lit my right and my cause
  4. Psalm 9:4 Or a righteous Judge
  5. Psalm 9:6 Or O enemy, desolations are finished forever; And their cities You have uprooted
  6. Psalm 9:7 Or remains forever
  7. Psalm 9:9 Or Let the Lord also be
  8. Psalm 9:10 Or let put
  9. Psalm 9:12 I.e., avenges bloodshed
  10. Psalm 9:14 Or deliverance
  11. Psalm 9:16 Perhaps, resounding music or meditation
  12. Psalm 9:17 Or turn
  13. Psalm 9:17 I.e., the netherworld
  14. Psalm 10:1 Or Your eyes
  15. Psalm 10:2 Or They will be caught
  16. Psalm 10:3 Or blesses the greedy man
  17. Psalm 10:4 Lit the height of his nose
  18. Psalm 10:6 Lit To
  19. Psalm 10:8 Lit lie in wait
  20. Psalm 10:8 Or poor
  21. Psalm 10:9 Or thicket
  22. Psalm 10:10 Or unhappy
  23. Psalm 10:13 I.e., as though God will ignore it
  24. Psalm 10:14 Lit put, give
  25. Psalm 10:14 Or poor
  26. Psalm 10:15 Or May You seek
  27. Psalm 10:18 Lit judge

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