14 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable [a]deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who [b]understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, Anddo not call upon the Lord? 5 There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. 6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the Lord is his refuge.
7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel [c]would come out of Zion! When the Lord[d]restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
For the choir director. A [a]Maskil of the sons of Korah.
44 O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old. 2 You with Your own hand drove out the nations; Then You planted them; You afflicted the peoples, Then You spread them abroad. 3 For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.
4 You are my King, O God; Command [b]victories for Jacob. 5 Through You we will push back our adversaries; Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us. 8 In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. [c]Selah.
9 Yet You have rejected us and brought us to dishonor, And do not go out with our armies. 10 You cause us to turn back from the adversary; And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves. 11 You give us as sheep [d]to be eaten And have scattered us among the nations. 12 You sell Your people [e]cheaply, And have not [f]profited by their sale. 13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and a derision to those around us. 14 You make us a byword among the nations, A [g]laughingstock among the peoples. 15 All day long my dishonor is before me And [h]my humiliation has overwhelmed me, 16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.
17 All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant. 18 Our heart has not turned back, And our steps have not deviated from Your way, 19 Yet You have crushed us in a place of jackals And covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God Or extended our [i]hands to a strange god, 21 Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. 22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. 23 Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not reject us forever. 24 Why do You hide Your face Andforget our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our soul has sunk down into the dust; Our body cleaves to the earth. 26 Rise up, be our help, And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.
Psalm 44:1Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
74 O God, why have You rejected us forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your [b]pasture? 2 Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance; And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt. 3 [c]Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins; The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary. 4 Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place; They have set up their own [d]standards for signs. 5 It seems as if one had lifted up His[e]axe in a [f]forest of trees. 6 And now [g]all its carved work They smash with hatchet and [h]hammers. 7 They have [i]burned Your sanctuary [j]to the ground; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name. 8 They said in their heart, “Let us [k]completely [l]subdue them.” They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land. 9 We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long. 10 How long, O God, will the adversary revile, And the enemy spurn Your name forever? 11 Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, destroy them!
12 Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth. 13 [m]You divided the sea by Your strength; [n]You broke the heads of the sea monsters [o]in the waters. 14 [p]You crushed the heads of [q]Leviathan; [r]You gave him as food for the [s]creatures of the wilderness. 15 [t]You broke open springs and torrents; [u]You dried up ever-flowing streams. 16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; [v]You have prepared the [w]light and the sun. 17 [x]You have established all the boundaries of the earth; [y]You have [z]made summer and winter.
18 Remember this, [aa]O Lord, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name. 19 Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast; Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever. 20 Consider the covenant; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence. 21 Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.
22 Arise, O God, andplead Your own cause; Remember [ab]how the foolish man reproaches You all day long. 23 Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries, The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.
Psalm 74:1Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
104 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. 3 [a]He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; [b]He makes the clouds His chariot; [c]He walks upon the wings of the wind; 4 [d]He makes [e]the winds His messengers, [f]Flaming fire His ministers.
5 He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not [g]totter forever and ever. 6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains. 7 At Your rebuke they fled, At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away. 8 The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them. 9 You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth.
10 [h]He sends forth springs in the valleys; They flow between the mountains; 11 They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 [i]Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; They [j]lift up their voices among the branches. 13 [k]He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.
14 [l]He causes the grass to grow for the [m]cattle, And vegetation for the [n]labor of man, So that [o]he may bring forth [p]food from the earth, 15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, And [q]food which sustains man’s heart. 16 The trees of the Lord[r]drink their fill, The cedars of Lebanon which He planted, 17 Where the birds build their nests, And the stork, whose home is the [s]fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the [t]shephanim. 19 He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting. 20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night, In which all the beasts of the forest [u]prowl about. 21 The young lions roar after their prey [v]And seek their food from God. 22 When the sun rises they withdraw And lie down in their dens. 23 Man goes forth to his work And to his labor until evening.
24 O Lord, how many are Your works! [w]In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your [x]possessions. 25 [y]There is the sea, great and [z]broad, In which are swarms without number, Animals both small and great. 26 There the ships move along, And[aa]Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.
27 They all wait for You To give them their food in [ab]due season. 28 You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good. 29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their [ac]spirit, they expire And return to their dust. 30 You send forth Your [ad]Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground.
31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever; Let the Lordbe glad in His works; 32 [ae]He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke. 33 [af]I will sing to the Lord[ag]as long as I live; [ah]I will sing praise to my God [ai]while I have my being. 34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord. 35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth And let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. [aj]Praise [ak]the Lord!
134 Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord, Who [a]serve by night in the house of the Lord! 2 Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the Lord. 3 May the Lordbless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.
14 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands. 2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him. 3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod [a]for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them. 4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. 5 A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness [b]utters lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not [c]discern [d]words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit. 9 Fools mock at [e]sin, But among the upright there is [f]good will. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied[g]with his. 15 The [h]naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. 16 A wise man [i]is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless. 17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated. 18 The [j]naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the [k]poor. 22 Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. 23 In all labor there is profit, But [l]mere talk leads only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, But he who [m]utters lies is [n]treacherous. 26 In the [o]fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And [p]his children will have refuge. 27 The [q]fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death. 28 In a multitude of people is a king’s glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin. 29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is [r]quick-tempered exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones. 31 He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him. 32 The wicked is thrust down by his [s]wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the [t]hearts of fools it is made known. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. 35 The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.
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