The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

19 (A)The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
(B)Their (C)voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for (D)the sun,
    (E)which comes out like (F)a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

(G)The law of the Lord is perfect,[c]
    (H)reviving the soul;
(I)the testimony of the Lord is (J)sure,
    (K)making wise (L)the simple;
(M)the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is (N)pure,
    (O)enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules[d] of the Lord are (P)true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than (Q)gold,
    even much (R)fine gold;
(S)sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of (T)the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    (U)in keeping them there is great reward.

12 (V)Who can discern his errors?
    (W)Declare me innocent from (X)hidden faults.
13 (Y)Keep back your servant also from (Z)presumptuous sins;
    let them not have (AA)dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my (AB)rock and my (AC)redeemer.

Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

20 May the Lord (AD)answer you in the day of trouble!
    May (AE)the name of the God of Jacob (AF)protect you!
May he send you help from (AG)the sanctuary
    and give you support from (AH)Zion!
May he (AI)remember all your offerings
    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

May he (AJ)grant you your heart's desire
    and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over (AK)your salvation,
    and in the name of our God set up our (AL)banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
    he will answer him from his holy heaven
    with (AM)the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in (AN)chariots and some in (AO)horses,
    (AP)but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall,
    but we rise and stand upright.

O Lord, save (AQ)the king!
    May he answer us when we call.

The King Rejoices in the Lord's Strength

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

21 O Lord, in your (AR)strength the king rejoices,
    and in your (AS)salvation how greatly he exults!
You have (AT)given him his heart's desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For you (AU)meet him with rich blessings;
    you set (AV)a crown of (AW)fine gold upon his head.
He asked life of you; you (AX)gave it to him,
    (AY)length of days forever and ever.
His (AZ)glory is great through your salvation;
    (BA)splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
For you make him most blessed forever;[e]
    you make him glad with the (BB)joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
    and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be (BC)moved.

Your hand will (BD)find out all your enemies;
    your right hand will find out those who hate you.
You will make them as (BE)a blazing oven
    when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his (BF)wrath,
    and (BG)fire will consume them.
10 You (BH)will destroy their (BI)descendants from the earth,
    and their offspring from among the children of man.
11 Though they plan evil against you,
    though they (BJ)devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12 For you will put them (BK)to flight;
    you will (BL)aim at their faces with your bows.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
    We will sing and praise your power.

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

22 (BM)My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so (BN)far from saving me, from the words of my (BO)groaning?
O my God, I cry by (BP)day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are (BQ)holy,
    (BR)enthroned on (BS)the praises[f] of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they (BT)cried and were rescued;
    in you they (BU)trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am (BV)a worm and not a man,
    (BW)scorned by mankind and (BX)despised by the people.
All who see me (BY)mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they (BZ)wag their heads;
(CA)“He trusts in the Lord; let him (CB)deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he (CC)delights in him!”

Yet you are he who (CD)took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from (CE)my mother's womb you have been my God.
11 Be not (CF)far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is (CG)none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
    (CH)strong bulls of (CI)Bashan surround me;
13 they (CJ)open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am (CK)poured out like water,
    and all my bones are (CL)out of joint;
my (CM)heart is like (CN)wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is (CO)dried up like a potsherd,
    and my (CP)tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For (CQ)dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers (CR)encircles me;
they have (CS)pierced my hands and feet[g]
17 I can count all my bones—
they (CT)stare and gloat over me;
18 (CU)they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, (CV)do not be far off!
    O you my help, (CW)come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of (CX)the dog!
21     Save me from (CY)the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued[h] me from the horns of (CZ)the wild oxen!

22 (DA)I will tell of your name to my (DB)brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who (DC)fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, (DD)glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of (DE)the afflicted,
and he has not (DF)hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he (DG)cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great (DH)congregation;
    my (DI)vows I will (DJ)perform before those who fear him.
26 (DK)The afflicted[i] shall (DL)eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts (DM)live forever!

27 All (DN)the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all (DO)the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
28 For (DP)kingship belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All (DQ)the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall (DR)bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not (DS)keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming (DT)generation;
31 they shall (DU)come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet (DV)unborn,
    that he has done it.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my (DW)shepherd; I shall not (DX)want.
    He makes me lie down in green (DY)pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[j]
    He (DZ)restores my soul.
He (EA)leads me in (EB)paths of righteousness[k]
    for his (EC)name's sake.

Even though I (ED)walk through the valley of (EE)the shadow of death,[l]
    I will (EF)fear no evil,
for (EG)you are with me;
    your (EH)rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You (EI)prepare a table before me
    in (EJ)the presence of my enemies;
you (EK)anoint my head with oil;
    my (EL)cup overflows.
Surely[m] goodness and mercy[n] shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall (EM)dwell[o] in the house of the Lord

The King of Glory

A Psalm of David.

24 (EO)The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,[q]
    the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has (EP)founded it upon (EQ)the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.

(ER)Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his (ES)holy place?
(ET)He who has (EU)clean hands and (EV)a pure heart,
    who does not (EW)lift up his soul to (EX)what is false
    and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive (EY)blessing from the Lord
    and (EZ)righteousness from (FA)the God of his salvation.
Such is (FB)the generation of those who seek him,
    who (FC)seek the face of the God of Jacob.[r] Selah

(FD)Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that (FE)the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, (FF)mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And lift them up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
    (FG)The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory! Selah


  1. Psalm 19:1 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8
  2. Psalm 19:4 Or Their measuring line
  3. Psalm 19:7 Or blameless
  4. Psalm 19:9 Or just decrees
  5. Psalm 21:6 Or make him a source of blessing forever
  6. Psalm 22:3 Or dwelling in the praises
  7. Psalm 22:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts like a lion [they are at] my hands and feet
  8. Psalm 22:21 Hebrew answered
  9. Psalm 22:26 Or The meek
  10. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
  11. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
  12. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
  13. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
  14. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
  15. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
  16. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
  17. Psalm 24:1 Or and all that fills it
  18. Psalm 24:6 Septuagint, Syriac, and two Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text who seek your face, Jacob

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