19 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. 4 Their [a]line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. 6 Its rising is from [b]one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the [c]other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is [d]perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. 13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be [e]blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
49 Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 2 Both low and high, Rich and poor together. 3 My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will beunderstanding. 4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will [a]express my riddle on the harp.
5 Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my [b]foes surrounds me, 6 Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches? 7 No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him— 8 For the redemption of [c]his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever— 9 That he should live on eternally, That he should not [d]undergo decay.
10 For he sees that evenwise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others. 11 Their [e]inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names. 12 But man in his[f]pomp will not endure; He is like the [g]beasts that [h]perish.
13 This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. [i]Selah. 14 As sheep they are appointed for [j]Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for [k]Sheol to consume [l]So that they have no habitation. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the [m]power of [n]Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.
16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, When the [o]glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His [p]glory will not descend after him. 18 Though while he lives he congratulates [q]himself— And though men praise you when you do well for yourself— 19 [r]He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see the light. 20 Man in his[s]pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the [t]beasts that [u]perish.
A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help.
A Psalm of Asaph.
79 O God, the nations have [a]invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2 They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem; And there was no one to bury them. 4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and derision to those around us. 5 How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You, And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name. 7 For they have devoured Jacob And laid waste his [b]habitation.
8 Do not remember [c]the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, For we are brought very low. 9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and [d]forgive our sins for Your name’s sake. 10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let there be known among the nations in our sight, Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed. 11 Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your [e]power preserve [f]those who are doomed to die. 12 And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom [g]The reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord. 13 So we Your people and the sheep of Your [h]pasture Will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.
109 O God of my praise, Do not be silent! 2 For they have opened the [a]wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken [b]against me with a lying tongue. 3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause. 4 In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer. 5 Thus they have [c]repaid me evil for good And hatred for my love.
6 Appoint a wicked man over him, And let an [d]accuser stand at his right hand. 7 When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin. 8 Let his days be few; Let another take his office. 9 Let his children be fatherless And his wife a widow. 10 Let his children wander about and beg; And let them seek sustenance[e]far from their ruined homes. 11 Let the creditor [f]seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder the product of his labor. 12 Let there be none to [g]extend lovingkindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children. 13 Let his posterity be [h]cut off; In a following generation let their name be blotted out.
14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered [i]before the Lord, And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15 Let them be before the Lord continually, That He may cut off their memory from the earth; 16 Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death. 17 He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him. 18 But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into [j]his body like water And like oil into his bones. 19 Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself, And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself. 20 [k]Let this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord, And of those who speak evil against my soul.
21 But You, O [l]God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake; Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me; 22 For I am afflicted and needy, And [m]my heart is wounded within me. 23 I am passing like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like the locust. 24 My knees [n]are weak from fasting, And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness. 25 I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head.
26 Help me, O Lord my God; Save me according to Your lovingkindness. 27 [o]And let them know that this is Your hand; You, Lord, have done it. 28 Let them curse, but You bless; When they arise, they shall be ashamed, But Your servant shall be glad. 29 [p]Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor, And [q]let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; And in the midst of many I will praise Him. 31 For He stands at the right hand of the needy, To save him from those who judge his soul.
139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3 You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 [e]Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Suchknowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” 12 Even the darkness is not dark [h]to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my [i]inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for [j]I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My [k]frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. 20 For they speak [l]against You wickedly, And Your enemies [m]take Your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any [n]hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
19 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in [a]speech and is a fool. 2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries [b]his footsteps [c]errs. 3 The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the Lord. 4 Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend. 5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who [d]tells lies will not escape. 6 Many will seek the favor of a [e]generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts. 7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are [f]gone. 8 He who gets [g]wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who [h]tells lies will perish. 10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes. 11 A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression. 12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass. 13 A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping. 14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord. 15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle [i]man will suffer hunger. 16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who [j]is careless of [k]conduct will die. 17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his [l]good deed. 18 Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire [m]his death. 19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty, For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again. 20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise [n]the rest of your days. 21 Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand. 22 What is desirable in a man is his [o]kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar. 23 The [p]fear of the Lordleads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, [q]untouched by evil. 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth. 25 Strike a scoffer and the [r]naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will [s]gain knowledge. 26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son. 27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked [t]spreads iniquity. 29 [u]Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.
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