Psalm 46-66New King James Version (NKJV)
God the Refuge of His People and Conqueror of the Nations
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.
46 God is our refuge and strength,
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
Praise to God, the Ruler of the Earth
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
47 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
5 God has gone up with a shout,
8 God reigns over the nations;
The Glory of God in Zion
A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
48 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
4 For behold, the kings assembled,
8 As we have heard,
9 We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness,
12 Walk about Zion,
The Confidence of the Foolish
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
49 Hear this, all peoples;
5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
10 For he sees wise men die;
13 This is the way of those who are foolish,
16 Do not be afraid when one becomes rich,
God the Righteous Judge
A Psalm of Asaph.
50 The Mighty One, God the Lord,
4 He shall call to the heavens from above,
7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
16 But to the wicked God says:
22 “Now consider this, you who forget God,
A Prayer of Repentance
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
51 Have mercy upon me, O God,
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
The End of the Wicked and the Peace of the Godly
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation[f] of David when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”
52 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
5 God shall likewise destroy you forever;
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
Folly of the Godless, and the Restoration of Israel
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Mahalath.” A Contemplation[g] of David.
53 The fool has said in his heart,
2 God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
Answered Prayer for Deliverance from Adversaries
To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments.[h] A Contemplation[i] of David when the Ziphites went and said to Saul, “Is David not hiding with us?”
54 Save me, O God, by Your name,
4 Behold, God is my helper;
6 I will freely sacrifice to You;
Trust in God Concerning the Treachery of Friends
55 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
4 My heart is severely pained within me,
9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
15 Let death seize them;
16 As for me, I will call upon God,
20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
23 But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Prayer for Relief from Tormentors
To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Silent Dove in Distant Lands.”[l] A Michtam of David when the Philistines captured him in Gath.
56 Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
3 Whenever I am afraid,
5 All day they twist my words;
8 You number my wanderings;
12 Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God;
Prayer for Safety from Enemies
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[m] A Michtam of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.
57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
2 I will cry out to God Most High,
4 My soul is among lions;
6 They have prepared a net for my steps;
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
The Just Judgment of the Wicked
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[n] A Michtam of David.
58 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?
3 The wicked are estranged from the womb;
6 Break their teeth in their mouth, O God!
9 Before your pots can feel the burning thorns,
The Assured Judgment of the Wicked
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[o] A Michtam of David when Saul sent men, and they watched the house in order to kill him.
59 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
3 For look, they lie in wait for my life;
Awake to help me, and behold!
6 At evening they return,
8 But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them;
11 Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
14 And at evening they return,
16 But I will sing of Your power;
Urgent Prayer for the Restored Favor of God
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Lily of the Testimony.”[s] A Michtam of David. For teaching. When he fought against Mesopotamia and Syria of Zobah, and Joab returned and killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
60 O God, You have cast us off;
4 You have given a banner to those who fear You,
6 God has spoken in His holiness:
9 Who will bring me to the strong city?
Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection
To the Chief Musician. On a stringed instrument.[u] A Psalm of David.
61 Hear my cry, O God;
3 For You have been a shelter for me,
5 For You, O God, have heard my vows;
8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
A Calm Resolve to Wait for the Salvation of God
To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
62 Truly my soul silently waits for God;
3 How long will you attack a man?
5 My soul, wait silently for God alone,
8 Trust in Him at all times, you people;
9 Surely men of low degree are a vapor,
11 God has spoken once,
Joy in the Fellowship of God
A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63 O God, You are my God;
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
6 When I remember You on my bed,
9 But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
Oppressed by the Wicked but Rejoicing in the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
64 Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation;
5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter;
7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow;
10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him.
Praise to God for His Salvation and Providence
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
65 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;
4 Blessed is the man You choose,
5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us,
9 You visit the earth and water it,
11 You crown the year with Your goodness,
Praise to God for His Awesome Works
To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.
66 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
5 Come and see the works of God;
8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings;
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
20 Blessed be God,
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