Psalm 1-41 Good News Translation (GNT)
1 Happy are those
4 But evil people are not like this at all;
God's Chosen King
2 Why do the nations plan rebellion?
4 From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs
7 “I will announce,” says the king, “what the Lord has declared.
10 Now listen to this warning, you kings;
Morning Prayer for Help[c]
3 I have so many enemies, Lord,
3 But you, O Lord, are always my shield from danger;
5 I lie down and sleep,
7 Come, Lord! Save me, my God!
Evening Prayer for Help[e]
4 Answer me when I pray,
2 How long will you people insult me?
3 Remember that the Lord has chosen the righteous for his own,
4 Tremble with fear and stop sinning;
6 There are many who pray:
8 When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace;
A Prayer for Protection[f]
5 Listen to my words, O Lord,
I pray to you, O Lord;
4 You are not a God who is pleased with wrongdoing;
7 But because of your great love
9 What my enemies say can never be trusted;
11 But all who find safety in you will rejoice;
A Prayer for Help in Time of Trouble[h]
6 Lord, don't be angry and rebuke me!
4 Come and save me, Lord;
6 I am worn out with grief;
8 Keep away from me, you evil people!
A Prayer for Justice[i]
7 O Lord, my God, I come to you for protection;
3-4 O Lord, my God, if I have wronged anyone,
6 Rise in your anger, O Lord!
10 God is my protector;
14 See how wicked people think up evil;
17 I thank the Lord for his justice;
God's Glory and Human Dignity[l]
8 O Lord, our Lord,
3 When I look at the sky, which you have made,
5 Yet you made them inferior only to yourself;[m]
9 O Lord, our Lord,
Thanksgiving to God for His Justice[n]
9 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
3 My enemies turn back when you appear;
5 You have condemned the heathen
7 But the Lord is king forever;
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
11 Sing praise to the Lord, who rules in Zion!
13 Be merciful to me, O Lord!
15 The heathen have dug a pit and fallen in;
17 Death is the destiny of all the wicked,
19 Come, Lord! Do not let anyone defy you!
A Prayer for Justice
10 Why are you so far away, O Lord?
3 The wicked are proud of their evil desires;
5 The wicked succeed in everything.
8 They hide themselves in the villages,
10 The helpless victims lie crushed;
12 O Lord, punish those wicked people!
14 But you do see; you take notice of trouble and suffering
15 Break the power of wicked and evil people;
16 The Lord is king forever and ever.
17 You will listen, O Lord, to the prayers of the lowly;
Confidence in the Lord[o]
11 I trust in the Lord for safety.
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
6 He sends down flaming coals[q] and burning sulfur on the wicked;
A Prayer for Help[r]
12 Help us, Lord!
3 Silence those flattering tongues, O Lord!
5 “But now I will come,” says the Lord,
6 The promises of the Lord can be trusted;
7-8 The wicked are everywhere,
A Prayer for Help[s]
13 How much longer will you forget me, Lord? Forever?
3 Look at me, O Lord my God, and answer me.
5 I rely on your constant love;
14 Fools say to themselves,
2 The Lord looks down from heaven at us humans
4 “Don't they know?” asks the Lord.
5 But then they will be terrified,
7 How I pray that victory
What God Requires[u]
15 Lord, who may enter your Temple?
2 Those who obey God in everything
Whoever does these things will always be secure.
A Prayer of Confidence[w]
16 Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.
3 How excellent are the Lord's faithful people!
4 Those who rush to other gods
5 You, Lord, are all I have,
7 I praise the Lord, because he guides me,
9 And so I am thankful and glad,
11 You will show me the path that leads to life;
The Prayer of an Innocent Person[y]
17 Listen, O Lord, to my plea for justice;
3 You know my heart.
6 I pray to you, O God, because you answer me;
8 Protect me as you would your very eyes;
Deadly enemies surround me;
13 Come, Lord! Oppose my enemies and defeat them!
15 But I will see you, because I have done no wrong;
David's Song of Victory[z]
18 How I love you, Lord!
2 The Lord is my protector;
4 The danger of death was all around me;
7 Then the earth trembled and shook;
13 Then the Lord thundered from the sky;
16 The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me;
20 The Lord rewards me because I do what is right;
25 O Lord, you are faithful to those who are faithful to you;
28 O Lord, you give me light;
30 This God—how perfect are his deeds!
35 O Lord, you protect me and save me;
43 You saved me from a rebellious people
46 The Lord lives! Praise my defender!
O Lord, you give me victory over my enemies
50 God gives great victories to his king;
God's Glory in Creation[ac]
19 How clearly the sky reveals God's glory!
The Law of the Lord
7 The law of the Lord is perfect;
12 None of us can see our own errors;
14 May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you,
A Prayer for Victory[ae]
20 May the Lord answer you when you are in trouble!
6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his chosen king;
9 Give victory to the king, O Lord;
Praise for Victory[ag]
21 The king is glad, O Lord, because you gave him strength;
3 You came to him with great blessings
5 His glory is great because of your help;
7 The king trusts in the Lord Almighty;
The Lord will devour them in his anger,
11 They make their plans, and plot against him,
13 We praise you, Lord, for your great strength!
A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise[ah]
22 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
6 But I am no longer a human being; I am a worm,
9 It was you who brought me safely through birth,
12 Many enemies surround me like bulls;
14 My strength is gone,
16 An evil gang is around me;
19 O Lord, don't stay away from me!
22 I will tell my people what you have done;
25 In the full assembly I will praise you for what you have done;
27 All nations will remember the Lord.
29 All proud people will bow down to him;[al]
The Lord Our Shepherd[am]
23 The Lord is my shepherd;
5 You prepare a banquet for me,
The Great King[an]
24 The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord;
3 Who has the right to go up the Lord's hill?[ao]
7 Fling wide the gates,
9 Fling wide the gates,
A Prayer for Guidance and Protection[ap]
25 To you, O Lord, I offer my prayer;
4 Teach me your ways, O Lord;
6 Remember, O Lord, your kindness and constant love
8 Because the Lord is righteous and good,
11 Keep your promise, Lord, and forgive my sins,
15 I look to the Lord for help at all times,
19 See how many enemies I have;
22 From all their troubles, O God,
The Prayer of a Good Person[aq]
26 Declare me innocent, O Lord,
4 I do not keep company with worthless people;
6 Lord, I wash my hands to show that I am innocent
8 I love the house where you live, O Lord,
11 As for me, I do what is right;
12 I am safe from all dangers;
A Prayer of Praise[as]
27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
2 When evil people attack me and try to kill me,
4 I have asked the Lord for one thing;
7 Hear me, Lord, when I call to you!
Don't be angry with me;
11 Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do,
13 I know that I will live to see
A Prayer for Help[au]
28 O Lord, my defender, I call to you.
4 Punish them for what they have done,
6 Give praise to the Lord;
8 The Lord protects his people;
The Voice of the Lord in the Storm[av]
29 Praise the Lord, you heavenly beings;
3 The voice of the Lord is heard on the seas;
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
7 The voice of the Lord makes the lightning flash.
10 The Lord rules over the deep waters;
A Prayer of Thanksgiving[ay]
30 I praise you, Lord, because you have saved me
4 Sing praise to the Lord,
6 I felt secure and said to myself,
8 I called to you, Lord;
11 You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance;
A Prayer of Trust in God[ba]
31 I come to you, Lord, for protection;
3 You are my refuge and defense;
6 You hate those who worship false gods,
9 Be merciful to me, Lord,
11 All my enemies, and especially my neighbors,
14 But my trust is in you, O Lord;
19 How wonderful are the good things
21 Praise the Lord!
23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people.
Confession and Forgiveness[bc]
32 Happy are those whose sins are forgiven,
3 When I did not confess my sins,
5 Then I confessed my sins to you;
6 So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need;[bd]
8 The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go;
10 The wicked will have to suffer,
A Song of Praise
33 All you that are righteous,
4 The words of the Lord are true,
6 The Lord created the heavens by his command,
8 Worship the Lord, all the earth!
10 The Lord frustrates the purposes of the nations;
13 The Lord looks down from heaven
16 A king does not win because of his powerful army;
18 The Lord watches over those who obey him,
20 We put our hope in the Lord;
22 May your constant love be with us, Lord,
In Praise of God's Goodness[be]
34 I will always thank the Lord;
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me;
8 Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.
11 Come, my young friends, and listen to me,
15 The Lord watches over the righteous
19 Good people suffer many troubles,
22 The Lord will save his people;
A Prayer for Help[bf]
35 Oppose those who oppose me, Lord,
4 May those who try to kill me
7 Without any reason they laid a trap for me
9 Then I will be glad because of the Lord;
11 Evil people testify against me
15 But when I was in trouble, they were all glad
17 How much longer, Lord, will you just look on?
19 Don't let my enemies, those liars,
20 They do not speak in a friendly way;
26 May those who gloat over my suffering
27 May those who want to see me acquitted
36 Sin speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts;
The Goodness of God
5 Lord, your constant love reaches the heavens;
7 How precious, O God, is your constant love!
10 Continue to love those who know you
12 See where evil people have fallen.
The Destiny of the Wicked and of the Good[bj]
37 Don't be worried on account of the wicked;
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
5 Give yourself to the Lord;
7 Be patient and wait for the Lord to act;
8 Don't give in to worry or anger;
10 Soon the wicked will disappear;
12 The wicked plot against good people
14 The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows
16 The little that a good person owns
18 The Lord takes care of those who obey him,
21 The wicked borrow and never pay back,
23 The Lord guides us in the way we should go
25 I am old now; I have lived a long time,
27 Turn away from evil and do good,
30 The words of good people are wise,
32 Wicked people watch good people
34 Put your hope in the Lord and obey his commands;
37 Notice good people, observe the righteous;
39 The Lord saves the righteous
The Prayer of a Sufferer[bm]
38 O Lord, don't punish me in your anger!
3 Because of your anger, I am in great pain;
5 Because I have been foolish,
9 O Lord, you know what I long for;
13 I am like the deaf and cannot hear,
15 But I trust in you, O Lord;
18 I confess my sins;
21 Do not abandon me, O Lord;
The Confession of a Sufferer[bn]
39 I said, “I will be careful about what I do
5 How short you have made my life!
7 What, then, can I hope for, Lord?
12 Hear my prayer, Lord,
A Song of Praise[bo]
40 I waited patiently for the Lord's help;
4 Happy are those who trust the Lord,
6 You do not want sacrifices and offerings;
9 In the assembly of all your people, Lord,
11 Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.
A Prayer for Help
12 I am surrounded by many troubles—
16 May all who come to you
17 I am weak and poor, O Lord,
A Prayer in Sickness[bq]
41 Happy are those who are concerned for the poor;
4 I said, “I have sinned against you, Lord;
10 Be merciful to me, Lord, and restore my health,
13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
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