Psalm 63[a]

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,(A)
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.(B)

I have seen you in the sanctuary(C)
    and beheld your power and your glory.(D)
Because your love is better than life,(E)
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,(F)
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.(G)
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;(H)
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.(I)
Because you are my help,(J)
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.(K)
I cling to you;(L)
    your right hand upholds me.(M)

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;(N)
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.(O)
10 They will be given over to the sword(P)
    and become food for jackals.(Q)

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,(R)
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.(S)


  1. Psalm 63:1 In Hebrew texts 63:1-11 is numbered 63:2-12.

Proclaim this among the nations:
    Prepare for war!(A)
Rouse the warriors!(B)
    Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
    and your pruning hooks(C) into spears.(D)
Let the weakling(E) say,
    “I am strong!”(F)
11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side,
    and assemble(G) there.

Bring down your warriors,(H) Lord!

12 “Let the nations be roused;
    let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,(I)
for there I will sit
    to judge(J) all the nations on every side.
13 Swing the sickle,(K)
    for the harvest(L) is ripe.
Come, trample the grapes,(M)
    for the winepress(N) is full
    and the vats overflow—
so great is their wickedness!”

14 Multitudes,(O) multitudes
    in the valley(P) of decision!
For the day of the Lord(Q) is near
    in the valley of decision.(R)
15 The sun and moon will be darkened,
    and the stars no longer shine.(S)
16 The Lord will roar(T) from Zion
    and thunder from Jerusalem;(U)
    the earth and the heavens will tremble.(V)
But the Lord will be a refuge(W) for his people,
    a stronghold(X) for the people of Israel.

Blessings for God’s People

17 “Then you will know(Y) that I, the Lord your God,(Z)
    dwell in Zion,(AA) my holy hill.(AB)
Jerusalem will be holy;(AC)
    never again will foreigners invade her.(AD)

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,(AE)
    and the hills will flow with milk;(AF)
    all the ravines of Judah will run with water.(AG)
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house(AH)
    and will water the valley of acacias.[a](AI)
19 But Egypt(AJ) will be desolate,
    Edom(AK) a desert waste,
because of violence(AL) done to the people of Judah,
    in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20 Judah will be inhabited forever(AM)
    and Jerusalem through all generations.
21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?(AN)
    No, I will not.(AO)

The Lord dwells in Zion!(AP)

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  1. Joel 3:18 Or Valley of Shittim

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[a](A)

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[b] will mourn(B) when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven,(C) with power and great glory.[c] 31 And he will send his angels(D) with a loud trumpet call,(E) and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[d] is near, right at the door.(F) 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.(G) 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.(H)

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  1. Matthew 24:29 Isaiah 13:10; 34:4
  2. Matthew 24:30 Or the tribes of the land
  3. Matthew 24:30 See Daniel 7:13-14.
  4. Matthew 24:33 Or he

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