My Rock and My Fortress

Of David.

144 Blessed be the Lord, my (A)rock,
    (B)who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
he is my (C)steadfast love and my (D)fortress,
    my (E)stronghold and my deliverer,
my (F)shield and he in whom I take refuge,
    who (G)subdues peoples[a] under me.

O Lord, (H)what is man that you (I)regard him,
    or the son of man that you think of him?
(J)Man is like a breath;
    his days are like (K)a passing (L)shadow.

(M)Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
    (N)Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
(O)Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
    (P)send out your arrows and rout them!
(Q)Stretch out your hand from on high;
    (R)rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand (S)of foreigners,
whose mouths speak (T)lies
    and whose right hand is (U)a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing (V)a new song to you, O God;
    upon (W)a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings,
    who (X)rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me
    from the hand (Y)of foreigners,
whose mouths speak (Z)lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth
    be like (AA)plants full grown,
our daughters like (AB)corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13 (AC)may our granaries be full,
    (AD)providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
    and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young,
    suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;[b]
may there be no (AE)cry of distress in our streets!
15 (AF)Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
    (AG)Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Great Is the Lord

[c] A Song of Praise. Of David.

145 (AH)I will extol you, my God and (AI)King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
    (AJ)and praise your name forever and ever.
(AK)Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his (AL)greatness is unsearchable.

(AM)One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
On (AN)the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of (AO)the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your (AP)abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is (AQ)gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is (AR)good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 (AS)All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your (AT)saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to (AU)make known to the children of man your[d] (AV)mighty deeds,
    and (AW)the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 (AX)Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.][e]
14 The Lord (AY)upholds all who are falling
    and (AZ)raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all (BA)look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You (BB)open your hand;
    you (BC)satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is (BD)righteous in all his ways
    and (BE)kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is (BF)near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him (BG)in truth.
19 He (BH)fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also (BI)hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord (BJ)preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and (BK)let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 144:2 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Dead Sea Scroll, Jerome, Syriac, Aquila; most Hebrew manuscripts subdues my people
  2. Psalm 144:14 Hebrew with no breaking in or going out
  3. Psalm 145:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  4. Psalm 145:12 Hebrew his; also next line
  5. Psalm 145:13 These two lines are supplied by one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac (compare Dead Sea Scroll)

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