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[a] To the director: Use the Alamoth of Ben.[b] A song of David.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart.
    I will tell about the wonderful things you have done.
You make me happy, so I will rejoice in you.
    God Most High, I praise your name.
My enemies turned to run from you,
    but they fell and were destroyed.

You listened to me from your throne like a good judge,
    and you decided that I was right.
You told the nations how wrong they were.
    You destroyed those evil people.
    You erased their names from our memory forever and ever.
The enemy is finished!
    You destroyed their cities.
    There is nothing left to remind us of them.

The Lord set up his throne to bring justice,
    and he will rule forever.
He judges everyone on earth fairly.
    He judges all nations honestly.
Many people are suffering—
    crushed by the weight of their troubles.
But the Lord is a refuge for them,
    a safe place they can run to.

10 Lord, those who know your name
    come to you for protection.
And when they come,
    you do not leave them without help.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits as King in Zion.[c]
    Tell the nations about the great things he has done.
12 He punishes murderers
    and remembers those who are in need.
When suffering people cry for help,
    he does not ignore them.

13 I said this prayer: “Lord, be kind to me.
    See how my enemies are hurting me.
    Save me from the ‘gates of death.’
14 Then, at the gates of Jerusalem,[d] I can sing praises to you.
    I will be so happy because you saved me.”

15 Those other nations have fallen into the pit they dug to catch others.
    They have been caught in their own trap.
16 The Lord showed that he judges fairly.
    The wicked were caught by what they did to hurt others. Higgayon[e] Selah

17 The wicked will go to the place of death,
    as will all the nations that forget God.
18 It may seem that those who are poor and needy have been forgotten,
    but God will not forget them.
    He will not leave them without hope.

19 Lord, get up[f] and judge the nations.
    Don’t let anyone think they can win against you.
20 Teach them a lesson, Lord.
    Let them know they are only human. Selah


  1. Psalm 9:1 Psalm 9 In many Hebrew copies and in the ancient Greek version, Psalms 9 and 10 are combined as one psalm.
  2. Psalm 9:1 Psalm 9 Alamoth of Ben This might be the name of a tune, “On the Death of the Son,” a music style, or one of the orchestral groups in the Temple. See 1 Chron. 15:20.
  3. Psalm 9:11 Sing … Zion Or “Inhabitants of Zion, sing praises to the Lord.” See “Zion” in the Word List.
  4. Psalm 9:14 Jerusalem Literally, “daughter Zion.” See “Zion” in the Word List.
  5. Psalm 9:16 Higgayon Or “Meditation.” Together with Selah this may mean a time to pause and think quietly.
  6. Psalm 9:19 Lord, get up The people said this when they lifted the Box of the Agreement and took it into battle, showing that God was with them. See Num. 10:35-36. Also in Ps. 10:12.

Psalm 9[a][b]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;(A)
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.(B)
I will be glad and rejoice(C) in you;
    I will sing the praises(D) of your name,(E) O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right(F) and my cause,(G)
    sitting enthroned(H) as the righteous judge.(I)
You have rebuked the nations(J) and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name(K) for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;(L)
    even the memory of them(M) has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;(N)
    he has established his throne(O) for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness(P)
    and judges the peoples with equity.(Q)
The Lord is a refuge(R) for the oppressed,(S)
    a stronghold in times of trouble.(T)
10 Those who know your name(U) trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken(V) those who seek you.(W)

11 Sing the praises(X) of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;(Y)
    proclaim among the nations(Z) what he has done.(AA)
12 For he who avenges blood(AB) remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.(AC)

13 Lord, see how my enemies(AD) persecute me!
    Have mercy(AE) and lift me up from the gates of death,(AF)
14 that I may declare your praises(AG)
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,(AH)
    and there rejoice in your salvation.(AI)

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;(AJ)
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.(AK)
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[c](AL)
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,(AM)
    all the nations that forget God.(AN)
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope(AO) of the afflicted(AP) will never perish.

19 Arise,(AQ) Lord, do not let mortals triumph;(AR)
    let the nations be judged(AS) in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror,(AT) Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.(AU)


  1. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21.
  3. Psalm 9:16 The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.