Psalm 101

Of David. A psalm.

I will sing of your love(A) and justice;
    to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life(B)
    when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs(C) of my house
    with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
    on anything that is vile.(D)

I hate what faithless people do;(E)
    I will have no part in it.
The perverse of heart(F) shall be far from me;
    I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

Whoever slanders their neighbor(G) in secret,
    I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes(H) and a proud heart,
    I will not tolerate.

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless(I)
    will minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
    will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
    will stand in my presence.

Every morning(J) I will put to silence
    all the wicked(K) in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer(L)
    from the city of the Lord.(M)

Psalm 6[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.[b] A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger(A)
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me,(B) Lord, for I am faint;(C)
    heal me,(D) Lord, for my bones are in agony.(E)
My soul is in deep anguish.(F)
    How long,(G) Lord, how long?

Turn,(H) Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.(I)
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?(J)

I am worn out(K) from my groaning.(L)

All night long I flood my bed with weeping(M)
    and drench my couch with tears.(N)
My eyes grow weak(O) with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me,(P) all you who do evil,(Q)
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;(R)
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;(S)
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.(T)

Psalm 7[c]

A shiggaion[d](U) of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

Lord my God, I take refuge(V) in you;
    save and deliver me(W) from all who pursue me,(X)
or they will tear me apart like a lion(Y)
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue(Z) me.

Lord my God, if I have done this
    and there is guilt on my hands(AA)
if I have repaid my ally with evil
    or without cause(AB) have robbed my foe—
then let my enemy pursue and overtake(AC) me;
    let him trample my life to the ground(AD)
    and make me sleep in the dust.[e](AE)

Arise,(AF) Lord, in your anger;
    rise up against the rage of my enemies.(AG)
    Awake,(AH) my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
    while you sit enthroned over them on high.(AI)
    Let the Lord judge(AJ) the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,(AK)
    according to my integrity,(AL) O Most High.(AM)
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
    and make the righteous secure—(AN)
you, the righteous God(AO)
    who probes minds and hearts.(AP)

10 My shield[f](AQ) is God Most High,
    who saves the upright in heart.(AR)
11 God is a righteous judge,(AS)
    a God who displays his wrath(AT) every day.
12 If he does not relent,(AU)
    he[g] will sharpen his sword;(AV)
    he will bend and string his bow.(AW)
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
    he makes ready his flaming arrows.(AX)

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth(AY) to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit(AZ) they have made.(BA)
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;(BB)
    I will sing the praises(BC) of the name of the Lord Most High.(BD)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 6:1 In Hebrew texts 6:1-10 is numbered 6:2-11.
  2. Psalm 6:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 7:1 In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.
  4. Psalm 7:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  5. Psalm 7:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  6. Psalm 7:10 Or sovereign
  7. Psalm 7:12 Or If anyone does not repent, / God

Daniel Interprets the Dream

19 Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified(A) him. So the king said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.”(B)

Belteshazzar answered, “My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! 20 The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth, 21 with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the wild animals, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds(C) 22 Your Majesty, you are that tree!(D) You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.(E)

23 “Your Majesty saw a holy one,(F) a messenger, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live with the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.’(G)

24 “This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree(H) the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched(I) with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High(J) is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.(K) 26 The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots(L) means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.(M) 27 Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.(N) It may be that then your prosperity(O) will continue.(P)

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