Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

[a] Of David, when he (A)changed his behavior before (B)Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

34 I will bless the Lord (C)at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul (D)makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and (E)be glad.
Oh, (F)magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I (G)sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are (H)radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
(I)This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and (J)saved him out of all his troubles.
(K)The angel of the Lord (L)encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, (M)taste and see that (N)the Lord is good!
    (O)Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 (P)The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who (Q)seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 (R)Come, O children, listen to me;
    (S)I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 (T)What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may (U)see good?
13 (V)Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from (W)speaking deceit.
14 (X)Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and (Y)pursue it.

15 (Z)The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    (AA)and his ears toward their cry.
16 (AB)The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to (AC)cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 (AD)When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to (AE)the brokenhearted
    and saves (AF)the crushed in spirit.

19 (AG)Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    (AH)but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
    (AI)not one of them is broken.
21 (AJ)Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord (AK)redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be (AL)condemned.

Great Is the Lord

Of David.

35 Contend, O Lord, with those who (AM)contend with me;
    (AN)fight against those who fight against me!
Take hold of (AO)shield and buckler
    and rise for my help!
Draw the spear and javelin[b]
    against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
    “I am your salvation!”

(AP)Let them be (AQ)put to shame and dishonor
    who seek after my life!
Let them be (AR)turned back and disappointed
    who devise evil against me!
Let them be like (AS)chaff before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord driving them away!
Let their way be dark and (AT)slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!

For (AU)without cause (AV)they hid their net for me;
    without cause they dug (AW)a pit for my life.[c]
Let (AX)destruction come upon him (AY)when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
    let him fall into it—to his destruction!

Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord,
    (AZ)exulting in his salvation.
10 All my (BA)bones shall say,
    “O Lord, (BB)who is like you,
delivering the poor
    from him who is too strong for him,
    the poor and needy from him who robs him?”

11 (BC)Malicious[d] witnesses rise up;
    they ask me of things that I do not know.
12 (BD)They repay me evil for good;
    my soul is bereft.[e]
13 But I, (BE)when they were sick—
    I (BF)wore sackcloth;
    I (BG)afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed (BH)with head bowed[f] on my chest.
14     I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
    I (BI)bowed down in mourning.

15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
    they gathered together against me;
(BJ)wretches whom I did not know
    tore at me without ceasing;
16 like profane mockers at a feast,[g]
    they (BK)gnash at me with their teeth.

17 How long, O Lord, will you (BL)look on?
    Rescue me from their destruction,
    (BM)my precious life from the lions!
18 I will thank you in (BN)the great congregation;
    in the mighty throng I will praise you.

19 (BO)Let not those rejoice over me
    who are (BP)wrongfully my foes,
and let not those (BQ)wink the eye
    who (BR)hate me (BS)without cause.
20 For they do not speak peace,
    but against those who are quiet in the land
    they devise words of deceit.
21 They (BT)open wide their mouths against me;
    they say, (BU)“Aha, Aha!
    Our eyes have seen it!”

22 (BV)You have seen, O Lord; (BW)be not silent!
    O Lord, (BX)be not far from me!
23 Awake and (BY)rouse yourself for (BZ)my vindication,
    for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24 (CA)Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
    according to your righteousness,
    and (CB)let them not rejoice over me!
25 Let them not say in their hearts,
    (CC)“Aha, our heart's desire!”
Let them not say, (CD)“We have swallowed him up.”

26 Let them be (CE)put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be (CF)clothed with shame and dishonor
    who (CG)magnify themselves against me!

27 Let those who delight in my righteousness
    shout for joy and be glad
    (CH)and say evermore,
(CI)“Great is the Lord,
    who (CJ)delights in the welfare of his servant!”
28 Then my (CK)tongue shall tell of your righteousness
    and of your praise all the day long.

How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love

To the choirmaster. Of David, the (CL)servant of the Lord.

36 Transgression speaks to the wicked
    deep in his heart;[h]
(CM)there is no fear of God
    before his eyes.
(CN)For he flatters himself in his own eyes
    that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are (CO)trouble and deceit;
    (CP)he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He (CQ)plots (CR)trouble while on his bed;
    he sets himself in (CS)a way that is not good;
    (CT)he does not reject evil.

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
(CU)Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    (CV)your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you (CW)save, O Lord.

(CX)How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge (CY)in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on (CZ)the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from (DA)the river of (DB)your delights.
For with you is (DC)the fountain of life;
    (DD)in your light do we see light.

10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who (DE)know you,
    and your righteousness to (DF)the upright of heart!
11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There (DG)the evildoers lie fallen;
    they are thrust down, (DH)unable to rise.

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

[i] Of David.

37 (DI)Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not (DJ)envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon (DK)fade like (DL)the grass
    and wither (DM)like the green herb.

(DN)Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    (DO)dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[j]
(DP)Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will (DQ)give you the desires of your heart.

(DR)Commit your way to the Lord;
    (DS)trust in him, and he will act.
(DT)He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as (DU)the noonday.

(DV)Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    (DW)fret not yourself over the one who (DX)prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!

(DY)Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    (DZ)Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
(EA)For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall (EB)inherit the land.

10 In (EC)just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
    though you look carefully at (ED)his place, he will not be there.
11 But (EE)the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in (EF)abundant peace.

12 The wicked (EG)plots against the righteous
    and (EH)gnashes his teeth at him,
13 but the Lord (EI)laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his (EJ)day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword and (EK)bend their bows
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose (EL)way is upright;
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their (EM)bows shall be broken.

16 (EN)Better is the little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For (EO)the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
    but the Lord (EP)upholds the righteous.

18 The Lord (EQ)knows the days of the blameless,
    and their (ER)heritage will remain forever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times;
    in (ES)the days of famine they have abundance.

20 But the wicked will perish;
    the enemies of the Lord are like (ET)the glory of the pastures;
    they vanish—like (EU)smoke they vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
    but the righteous (EV)is generous and gives;
22 for those blessed by the Lord[k] shall (EW)inherit the land,
    but those cursed by him (EX)shall be cut off.

23 The (EY)steps of a man are (EZ)established by the Lord,
    when he delights in his way;
24 (FA)though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord (FB)upholds his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children (FC)begging for bread.
26 He is ever (FD)lending generously,
    and his children become a blessing.

27 (FE)Turn away from evil and do good;
    so shall you (FF)dwell forever.
28 For the Lord (FG)loves justice;
    he will not forsake his (FH)saints.
They are preserved forever,
    but the children of the wicked shall be (FI)cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land
    and (FJ)dwell upon it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.
31 (FK)The law of his God is in his heart;
    his (FL)steps do not slip.

32 The wicked (FM)watches for the righteous
    and seeks to put him to death.
33 The Lord will not (FN)abandon him to his power
    or let him (FO)be condemned when he is brought to trial.

34 (FP)Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
    and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
    you will look on (FQ)when the wicked are cut off.

35 (FR)I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
    spreading himself like (FS)a green laurel tree.[l]
36 But he passed away,[m] and behold, (FT)he was no more;
    though I sought him, he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
    for there is a future for the man of (FU)peace.
38 But (FV)transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
    the future of the wicked (FW)shall be cut off.

39 (FX)The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in (FY)the time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and (FZ)delivers them;
    (GA)he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they (GB)take refuge in him.

Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord

A Psalm of David, (GC)for the memorial offering.

38 O Lord, (GD)rebuke me not in your anger,
    nor discipline me in your wrath!
For your (GE)arrows have sunk into me,
    and your hand (GF)has come down on me.

There is (GG)no soundness in my flesh
    because of your indignation;
there is no health in my (GH)bones
    because of my sin.
For my (GI)iniquities have gone over my head;
    like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

My wounds stink and fester
    because of my foolishness,
I am (GJ)utterly bowed down and (GK)prostrate;
    all the day I (GL)go about mourning.
For my sides are filled with burning,
    and there is (GM)no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and crushed;
    I (GN)groan because of the tumult of my heart.

O Lord, all my longing is before you;
    my (GO)sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
    and (GP)the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My (GQ)friends and companions (GR)stand aloof from my (GS)plague,
    and my nearest kin (GT)stand far off.

12 Those who seek my life (GU)lay their snares;
    those who seek my hurt (GV)speak of ruin
    and meditate (GW)treachery all day long.

13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
    like (GX)a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like a man who does not hear,
    and in whose mouth are no (GY)rebukes.

15 But for (GZ)you, O Lord, do I wait;
    it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I said, “Only (HA)let them not rejoice over me,
    who (HB)boast against me when my (HC)foot slips!”

17 For I am (HD)ready to fall,
    and my pain is ever before me.
18 I (HE)confess my iniquity;
    I am (HF)sorry for my sin.
19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
    and many are those who hate me (HG)wrongfully.
20 Those who (HH)render me evil for good
    (HI)accuse me because I (HJ)follow after good.

21 Do not forsake me, O Lord!
    O my God, be not (HK)far from me!
22 (HL)Make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my (HM)salvation!

What Is the Measure of My Days?

To the choirmaster: to (HN)Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

39 I said, “I will (HO)guard my ways,
    that I (HP)may not sin with my tongue;
I will (HQ)guard my mouth with a muzzle,
    so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
I was (HR)mute and silent;
    I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
    My (HS)heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“O Lord, (HT)make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
    and (HU)my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely (HV)all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
    Surely a man (HW)goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing[n] they are in turmoil;
    man (HX)heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
    (HY)My hope is in you.
Deliver me from all my transgressions.
    (HZ)Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
(IA)I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
    (IB)for it is you who have done it.
10 (IC)Remove your stroke from me;
    I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
11 When you discipline a man
    with (ID)rebukes for sin,
you (IE)consume like a (IF)moth what is dear to him;
    (IG)surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah

12 (IH)“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
    and give ear to my cry;
    hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am (II)a sojourner with you,
    (IJ)a guest, like all my fathers.
13 (IK)Look away from me, that I may smile again,
    (IL)before I depart and (IM)am no more!”

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

40 I (IN)waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and (IO)heard my cry.
He drew me up from (IP)the pit of destruction,
    out of (IQ)the miry bog,
and (IR)set my feet upon a rock,
    (IS)making my steps secure.
He put (IT)a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will (IU)see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who (IV)makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who (IW)go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your (IX)wondrous deeds and your (IY)thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are (IZ)more than can be told.

(JA)In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open (JB)ear.[o]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written (JC)of me:
(JD)I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is (JE)within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance[p]
    in (JF)the great congregation;
behold, I have not (JG)restrained my lips,
    (JH)as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your (JI)steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
12 For evils have (JJ)encompassed me
    beyond number;
my (JK)iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot (JL)see;
they are (JM)more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart (JN)fails me.

13 (JO)Be pleased, O Lord, to (JP)deliver me!
    O Lord, (JQ)make haste to help me!
14 (JR)Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be (JS)turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who (JT)say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    (JU)say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am (JV)poor and needy,
    but (JW)the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!

O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

41 (JX)Blessed is the one who considers the poor![q]
    (JY)In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you (JZ)do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.[r]

As for me, I said, “O Lord, (KA)be gracious to me;
    (KB)heal me,[s] for I have sinned against you!”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
And when one comes to see me, (KC)he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.[t]

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out[u] on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Even my (KD)close friend in whom I trusted,
    who (KE)ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
    and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11 By this I know that (KF)you delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But (KG)you have upheld me because of (KH)my integrity,
    and (KI)set me in your presence (KJ)forever.

13 (KK)Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 34:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  2. Psalm 35:3 Or and close the way
  3. Psalm 35:7 The word pit is transposed from the preceding line; Hebrew For without cause they hid the pit of their net for me; without cause they dug for my life
  4. Psalm 35:11 Or Violent
  5. Psalm 35:12 Hebrew it is bereavement to my soul
  6. Psalm 35:13 Or my prayer shall turn back
  7. Psalm 35:16 The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
  8. Psalm 36:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Jerome (compare Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts in my heart
  9. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  10. Psalm 37:3 Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture
  11. Psalm 37:22 Hebrew by him
  12. Psalm 37:35 The identity of this tree is uncertain
  13. Psalm 37:36 Or But one passed by
  14. Psalm 39:6 Hebrew Surely as a breath
  15. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me
  16. Psalm 40:9 Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10
  17. Psalm 41:1 Or weak
  18. Psalm 41:3 Hebrew you turn all his bed
  19. Psalm 41:4 Hebrew my soul
  20. Psalm 41:7 Or they devise evil against me
  21. Psalm 41:8 Or has fastened

Psalm 34[a][b]

Of David. When he pretended to be insane(A) before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;(B)
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory(C) in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.(D)
Glorify the Lord(E) with me;
    let us exalt(F) his name together.

I sought the Lord,(G) and he answered me;
    he delivered(H) me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;(I)
    their faces are never covered with shame.(J)
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.(K)
The angel of the Lord(L) encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers(M) them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;(N)
    blessed is the one who takes refuge(O) in him.
Fear the Lord,(P) you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.(Q)
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.(R)
11 Come, my children, listen(S) to me;
    I will teach you(T) the fear of the Lord.(U)
12 Whoever of you loves life(V)
    and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue(W) from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.(X)
14 Turn from evil and do good;(Y)
    seek peace(Z) and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord(AA) are on the righteous,(AB)
    and his ears are attentive(AC) to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against(AD) those who do evil,(AE)
    to blot out their name(AF) from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears(AG) them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close(AH) to the brokenhearted(AI)
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,(AJ)
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;(AK)
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.(AL)

21 Evil will slay the wicked;(AM)
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue(AN) his servants;
    no one who takes refuge(AO) in him will be condemned.

Psalm 35

Of David.

Contend,(AP) Lord, with those who contend with me;
    fight(AQ) against those who fight against me.
Take up shield(AR) and armor;
    arise(AS) and come to my aid.(AT)
Brandish spear(AU) and javelin[c](AV)
    against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
    “I am your salvation.(AW)

May those who seek my life(AX)
    be disgraced(AY) and put to shame;(AZ)
may those who plot my ruin
    be turned back(BA) in dismay.
May they be like chaff(BB) before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord(BC) driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

Since they hid their net(BD) for me without cause(BE)
    and without cause dug a pit(BF) for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise—(BG)
    may the net they hid entangle them,
    may they fall into the pit,(BH) to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice(BI) in the Lord
    and delight in his salvation.(BJ)
10 My whole being will exclaim,
    “Who is like you,(BK) Lord?
You rescue the poor from those too strong(BL) for them,
    the poor and needy(BM) from those who rob them.”

11 Ruthless witnesses(BN) come forward;
    they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good(BO)
    and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth(BP)
    and humbled myself with fasting.(BQ)
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14     I went about mourning(BR)
    as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
    as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;(BS)
    assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
    They slandered(BT) me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;[d](BU)
    they gnashed their teeth(BV) at me.

17 How long,(BW) Lord, will you look on?
    Rescue me from their ravages,
    my precious life(BX) from these lions.(BY)
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;(BZ)
    among the throngs(CA) I will praise you.(CB)
19 Do not let those gloat over me
    who are my enemies(CC) without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason(CD)
    maliciously wink the eye.(CE)
20 They do not speak peaceably,
    but devise false accusations(CF)
    against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer(CG) at me and say, “Aha! Aha!(CH)
    With our own eyes we have seen it.”

22 Lord, you have seen(CI) this; do not be silent.
    Do not be far(CJ) from me, Lord.
23 Awake,(CK) and rise(CL) to my defense!
    Contend(CM) for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
    do not let them gloat(CN) over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha,(CO) just what we wanted!”
    or say, “We have swallowed him up.”(CP)

26 May all who gloat(CQ) over my distress(CR)
    be put to shame(CS) and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me(CT)
    be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication(CU)
    shout for joy(CV) and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
    who delights(CW) in the well-being of his servant.”(CX)

28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,(CY)
    your praises all day long.(CZ)

Psalm 36[e]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.

I have a message from God in my heart
    concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[f](DA)
There is no fear(DB) of God
    before their eyes.(DC)

In their own eyes they flatter themselves
    too much to detect or hate their sin.(DD)
The words of their mouths(DE) are wicked and deceitful;(DF)
    they fail to act wisely(DG) or do good.(DH)
Even on their beds they plot evil;(DI)
    they commit themselves to a sinful course(DJ)
    and do not reject what is wrong.(DK)

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness(DL) to the skies.(DM)
Your righteousness(DN) is like the highest mountains,(DO)
    your justice like the great deep.(DP)
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.(DQ)
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!(DR)
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(DS)
They feast on the abundance of your house;(DT)
    you give them drink from your river(DU) of delights.(DV)
For with you is the fountain of life;(DW)
    in your light(DX) we see light.

10 Continue your love(DY) to those who know you,(DZ)
    your righteousness to the upright in heart.(EA)
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
    nor the hand of the wicked(EB) drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
    thrown down, not able to rise!(EC)

Psalm 37[g]

Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious(ED) of those who do wrong;(EE)
for like the grass they will soon wither,(EF)
    like green plants they will soon die away.(EG)

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land(EH) and enjoy safe pasture.(EI)
Take delight(EJ) in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.(EK)

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him(EL) and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward(EM) shine like the dawn,(EN)
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still(EO) before the Lord
    and wait patiently(EP) for him;
do not fret(EQ) when people succeed in their ways,(ER)
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.(ES)

Refrain from anger(ET) and turn from wrath;
    do not fret(EU)—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,(EV)
    but those who hope(EW) in the Lord will inherit the land.(EX)

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;(EY)
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land(EZ)
    and enjoy peace and prosperity.(FA)

12 The wicked plot(FB) against the righteous
    and gnash their teeth(FC) at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he knows their day is coming.(FD)

14 The wicked draw the sword(FE)
    and bend the bow(FF)
to bring down the poor and needy,(FG)
    to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,(FH)
    and their bows will be broken.(FI)

16 Better the little that the righteous have
    than the wealth(FJ) of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,(FK)
    but the Lord upholds(FL) the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,(FM)
    and their inheritance will endure forever.(FN)
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
    in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:(FO)
    Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
    they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.(FP)

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
    but the righteous give generously;(FQ)
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
    but those he curses(FR) will be destroyed.(FS)

23 The Lord makes firm the steps(FT)
    of the one who delights(FU) in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,(FV)
    for the Lord upholds(FW) him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
    yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken(FX)
    or their children begging(FY) bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;(FZ)
    their children will be a blessing.[h](GA)

27 Turn from evil and do good;(GB)
    then you will dwell in the land forever.(GC)
28 For the Lord loves the just
    and will not forsake his faithful ones.(GD)

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[i];
    the offspring of the wicked will perish.(GE)
29 The righteous will inherit the land(GF)
    and dwell in it forever.(GG)

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,(GH)
    and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;(GI)
    their feet do not slip.(GJ)

32 The wicked lie in wait(GK) for the righteous,(GL)
    intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
    or let them be condemned(GM) when brought to trial.(GN)

34 Hope in the Lord(GO)
    and keep his way.(GP)
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
    when the wicked are destroyed,(GQ) you will see(GR) it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
    flourishing(GS) like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
    though I looked for him, he could not be found.(GT)

37 Consider the blameless,(GU) observe the upright;(GV)
    a future awaits those who seek peace.[j](GW)
38 But all sinners(GX) will be destroyed;(GY)
    there will be no future[k] for the wicked.(GZ)

39 The salvation(HA) of the righteous comes from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in time of trouble.(HB)
40 The Lord helps(HC) them and delivers(HD) them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves(HE) them,
    because they take refuge(HF) in him.

Psalm 38[l]

A psalm of David. A petition.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.(HG)
Your arrows(HH) have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health(HI) in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones(HJ) because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed(HK) me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.(HL)

My wounds(HM) fester and are loathsome(HN)
    because of my sinful folly.(HO)
I am bowed down(HP) and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.(HQ)
My back is filled with searing pain;(HR)
    there is no health(HS) in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;(HT)
    I groan(HU) in anguish of heart.(HV)

All my longings(HW) lie open before you, Lord;
    my sighing(HX) is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds,(HY) my strength fails(HZ) me;
    even the light has gone from my eyes.(IA)
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;(IB)
    my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,(IC)
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;(ID)
    all day long they scheme and lie.(IE)

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,(IF)
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait(IG) for you;
    you will answer,(IH) Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat(II)
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”(IJ)

17 For I am about to fall,(IK)
    and my pain(IL) is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;(IM)
    I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies(IN) without cause[m];
    those who hate me(IO) without reason(IP) are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil(IQ)
    lodge accusations(IR) against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;(IS)
    do not be far(IT) from me, my God.
22 Come quickly(IU) to help me,(IV)
    my Lord and my Savior.(IW)

Psalm 39[n]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

I said, “I will watch my ways(IX)
    and keep my tongue from sin;(IY)
I will put a muzzle on my mouth(IZ)
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,(JA)
    not even saying anything good.
But my anguish(JB) increased;
    my heart grew hot(JC) within me.
While I meditated,(JD) the fire(JE) burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;(JF)
    let me know how fleeting(JG) my life is.(JH)
You have made my days(JI) a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,(JJ)
    even those who seem secure.[o]

“Surely everyone goes around(JK) like a mere phantom;(JL)
    in vain they rush about,(JM) heaping up wealth(JN)
    without knowing whose it will finally be.(JO)

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.(JP)
Save me(JQ) from all my transgressions;(JR)
    do not make me the scorn(JS) of fools.
I was silent;(JT) I would not open my mouth,(JU)
    for you are the one who has done this.(JV)
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow(JW) of your hand.(JX)
11 When you rebuke(JY) and discipline(JZ) anyone for their sin,
    you consume(KA) their wealth like a moth(KB)
    surely everyone is but a breath.(KC)

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;(KD)
    do not be deaf(KE) to my weeping.(KF)
I dwell with you as a foreigner,(KG)
    a stranger,(KH) as all my ancestors were.(KI)
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”(KJ)

Psalm 40[p](KK)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

I waited patiently(KL) for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.(KM)
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,(KN)
    out of the mud(KO) and mire;(KP)
he set my feet(KQ) on a rock(KR)
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song(KS) in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord(KT)
    and put their trust(KU) in him.

Blessed is the one(KV)
    who trusts in the Lord,(KW)
who does not look to the proud,(KX)
    to those who turn aside to false gods.[q](KY)
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders(KZ) you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare(LA) with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many(LB) to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—(LC)
    but my ears you have opened[r](LD)
    burnt offerings(LE) and sin offerings[s] you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.[t](LF)
I desire to do your will,(LG) my God;(LH)
    your law is within my heart.”(LI)

I proclaim your saving acts(LJ) in the great assembly;(LK)
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.(LL)
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness(LM) and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.(LN)

11 Do not withhold your mercy(LO) from me, Lord;
    may your love(LP) and faithfulness(LQ) always protect(LR) me.
12 For troubles(LS) without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.(LT)
They are more than the hairs of my head,(LU)
    and my heart fails(LV) within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.(LW)

14 May all who want to take my life(LX)
    be put to shame and confusion;(LY)
may all who desire my ruin(LZ)
    be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”(MA)
    be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you(MB)
    rejoice and be glad(MC) in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”(MD)

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;(ME)
    may the Lord think(MF) of me.
You are my help(MG) and my deliverer;(MH)
    you are my God, do not delay.(MI)

Psalm 41[u]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed(MJ) are those who have regard for the weak;(MK)
    the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.(ML)
The Lord protects(MM) and preserves them—(MN)
    they are counted among the blessed in the land—(MO)
    he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.(MP)
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed(MQ)
    and restores them from their bed of illness.(MR)

I said, “Have mercy(MS) on me, Lord;
    heal(MT) me, for I have sinned(MU) against you.”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die and his name perish?(MV)
When one of them comes to see me,
    he speaks falsely,(MW) while his heart gathers slander;(MX)
    then he goes out and spreads(MY) it around.

All my enemies whisper together(MZ) against me;
    they imagine the worst for me, saying,
“A vile disease has afflicted him;
    he will never get up(NA) from the place where he lies.”
Even my close friend,(NB)
    someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
    has turned[v] against me.(NC)

10 But may you have mercy(ND) on me, Lord;
    raise me up,(NE) that I may repay(NF) them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,(NG)
    for my enemy does not triumph over me.(NH)
12 Because of my integrity(NI) you uphold me(NJ)
    and set me in your presence forever.(NK)

13 Praise(NL) be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(NM)
    from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.(NN)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 34:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 34:1 In Hebrew texts 34:1-22 is numbered 34:2-23.
  3. Psalm 35:3 Or and block the way
  4. Psalm 35:16 Septuagint; Hebrew may mean Like an ungodly circle of mockers,
  5. Psalm 36:1 In Hebrew texts 36:1-12 is numbered 36:2-13.
  6. Psalm 36:1 Or A message from God: The transgression of the wicked / resides in their hearts.
  7. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  8. Psalm 37:26 Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessed
  9. Psalm 37:28 See Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever
  10. Psalm 37:37 Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterity
  11. Psalm 37:38 Or posterity
  12. Psalm 38:1 In Hebrew texts 38:1-22 is numbered 38:2-23.
  13. Psalm 38:19 One Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript; Masoretic Text my vigorous enemies
  14. Psalm 39:1 In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.
  15. Psalm 39:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.
  16. Psalm 40:1 In Hebrew texts 40:1-17 is numbered 40:2-18.
  17. Psalm 40:4 Or to lies
  18. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts but a body you have prepared for me
  19. Psalm 40:6 Or purification offerings
  20. Psalm 40:7 Or come / with the scroll written for me
  21. Psalm 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.
  22. Psalm 41:9 Hebrew has lifted up his heel

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