For the choir director; [a]upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.
12 Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. 2 They speak [b]falsehood to one another; With flattering [c]lips and with a double heart they speak. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things; 4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are [d]our own; who is lord over us?” 5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever. 8 The wicked strut about on every side When [e]vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Psalm 12:1Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
For the choir director. A [a]Maskil of the sons of Korah.
42 As the deer [b]pants for the water brooks, So my soul [c]pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and [d]appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While theysay to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and[e]lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you [f]in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? [g]Hope in God, for I shall [h]again praise [i]Him For the [j]help of His presence. 6 O my God, my soul is [k]in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan And the [l]peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. 8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning [m]because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you [n]in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? [o]Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The [p]help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 42:1Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
72 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son. 2 [a]May [b]he judge Your people with righteousness And [c]Your afflicted with justice. 3 [d]Let the mountains bring [e]peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4 [f]May he vindicate the [g]afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.
5 [h]Let them fear You while the sun endures, And [i]as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 [j]May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth. 7 In his days [k]may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 [l]Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust. 10 [m]Let the kings of Tarshish and of the [n]islands bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer [o]gifts. 11 [p]And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The [q]afflicted also, and him who has no helper. 13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the [r]lives of the needy he will save. 14 He will [s]rescue their [t]life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight; 15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let [u]them pray for him continually; Let [v]them bless him all day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains; Its fruit will wave like the cedars ofLebanon; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth. 17 May his name endure forever; May his name [w]increase [x]as long as the sun shines; And let menbless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion.
A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and [a]pours out his complaint before the Lord.
102 Hear my prayer, O Lord! And let my cry for help come to You. 2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly. 3 For my days have been [b]consumed in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth. 4 My heart has been smitten like [c]grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread. 5 Because of the [d]loudness of my groaning My bones [e]cling to my flesh. 6 I [f]resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places. 7 I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.
8 My enemies have reproached me all day long; Those who [g]deride me [h]have used my name as a curse. 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping 10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have lifted me up and cast me away. 11 My days are like a [i]lengthened shadow, And [j]I wither away like [k]grass.
12 But You, O Lord, [l]abide forever, And Your [m]name to all generations. 13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come. 14 Surely Your servants [n]find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust. 15 [o]So the [p]nations will fear the name of the Lord And all the kings of the earth Your glory. 16 For the Lord has built up Zion; He has appeared in His glory. 17 He has regarded the prayer of the [q]destitute And has not despised their prayer.
18 [r]This will be written for the generation to come, [s]That a people yet to be created [t]may praise [u]the Lord. 19 For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the Lord gazed [v]upon the earth, 20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free [w]those who were doomed to death, 21 That men may tell of the name of the Lord in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem, 22 When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.
23 He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days. 24 I say, “O my God, do not take me away in the [x]midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations. 25 “Of old You founded the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 “[y]Even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. 27 “But You are [z]the same, And Your years will not come to an end. 28 “The children of Your servants will continue, And their [aa]descendants will be established before You.”
Prayer for the Lord’s Blessing upon the Sanctuary.
A Song of Ascents.
132 Remember, O Lord, on David’s behalf, All his affliction; 2 How he swore to the Lord And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, 3 “Surely I will not [a]enter my house, Nor [b]lie on my bed; 4 I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, 5 Until I find a place for the Lord, [c]A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, We found it in the field of [d]Jaar. 7 Let us go into His [e]dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool. 8 Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. 9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy.
10 For the sake of David Your servant, Do not turn away the face of Your anointed. 11 The Lord has sworn to David A truth from which He will not turn back: “Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne. 12 “If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever.”
13 For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. 14 “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 15 “I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread. 16 “Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy. 17 “There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth; I have prepared a lamp for Mine anointed. 18 “His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon himself his crown shall shine.”
12 Whoever loves [a]discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man will obtain favor from the Lord, But He will condemn a man [b]who devises evil. 3 A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved. 4 An [c]excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse [d]mind will be despised. 9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread. 10 A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel. 11 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks [e]sense. 12 The wicked man desires the [f]booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. 13 [g]An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble. 14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his [h]words, And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. 16 A fool’s anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor. 17 He who [i]speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit. 18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21 No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the [j]slack hand will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. 26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 A [k]lazy man does not [l]roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence. 28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
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