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Psalm 144 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Prayer for National Deliverance and Security

A Psalm of David.

144 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
my rock[a] and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues the peoples under him.[b]

O Lord, what is man that thou dost regard him,
    or the son of man that thou dost think of him?
Man is like a breath,
    his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down!
    Touch the mountains that they smoke!
Flash forth the lightning and scatter them,
    send out thy arrows and rout them!
Stretch forth thy hand from on high,
    rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand of aliens,
whose mouths speak lies,
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to thee, O God;
    upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to thee,
10 who givest victory to kings,
    who rescuest David thy[c] servant.
11 Rescue me from the cruel sword,
    and deliver me from the hand of aliens,
whose mouths speak lies,
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth
    be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13 may our garners be full,
    providing all manner of store;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
    and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young,
    suffering no mischance or failure in bearing;
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
15 Happy the people to whom such blessings fall!
    Happy the people whose God is the Lord!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 144:2 With Ps 18.2, 2 Sam 22.2: Heb my steadfast love
  2. Psalm 144:2 Another reading is my people under me
  3. Psalm 144:10 Heb his
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Psalm 144 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 144

Of David.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples[a] under me.

Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
    mere mortals that you think of them?
They are like a breath;
    their days are like a fleeting shadow.

Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;
    touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;
    shoot your arrows and rout them.
Reach down your hand from on high;
    deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters,
    from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies,
    whose right hands are deceitful.

I will sing a new song to you, my God;
    on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings,
    who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;
    rescue me from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies,
    whose right hands are deceitful.

12 Then our sons in their youth
    will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars
    carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled
    with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
    by tens of thousands in our fields;
14     our oxen will draw heavy loads.[b]
There will be no breaching of walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cry of distress in our streets.
15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 144:2 Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls, Aquila, Jerome and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text subdues my people
  2. Psalm 144:14 Or our chieftains will be firmly established
New International Version (NIV)

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