20 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! 2 May He send you help from the sanctuary And support you from Zion! 3 May He remember all your meal offerings And find your burnt offering [a]acceptable! [b]Selah.
4 May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your [c]counsel! 5 [d]We will sing for joy over your [e]victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the Lordfulfill all your petitions.
6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the [f]saving strength of His right hand. 7 Some [g]boast in chariots and some in horses, But we [h]will boast in the name of the Lord, our God. 8 They have bowed down and fallen, But we have risen and stood upright. 9 [i]Save, O Lord; May the King answer us in the day we call.
50 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth. 3 May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him. 4 He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people: 5 “Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” 6 And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge. [b]Selah.
7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify [c]against you; I am God, your God. 8 “I do not reprove you for your sacrifices, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me. 9 “I shall take no young bull out of your house Nor male goats out of your folds. 10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. 11 “I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is [d]Mine. 12 “If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and [e]all it contains. 13 “Shall I eat the flesh of [f]bulls Or drink the blood of male goats? 14 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; 15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
16 But to the wicked God says, “What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth? 17 “For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you. 18 “When you see a thief, you [g]are pleased with him, And [h]you associate with adulterers. 19 “You [i]let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. 20 “You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. 21 “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.
22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver. 23 “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who [j]orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.”
God Implored to Rescue His People from Their Calamities.
For the choir director; set to[a]El Shoshannim; [b]Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph.
80 Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth! 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your power And come to save us! 3 O God, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, [c]and we will be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts, How long will You [d]be angry with the prayer of Your people? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, And You have made them to drink tears in [e]large measure. 6 You make us [f]an object of contention to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 O God of hosts, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, [g]and we will be saved.
8 You removed a vine from Egypt; You drove out the [h]nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground before it, And it took deep root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shadow, And [i]the cedars of God with its boughs. 11 It was sending out its branches to the sea And its shoots to the River. 12 Why have You broken down its [j]hedges, So that all who pass that way pick its fruit? 13 A boar from the forest eats it away And whatever moves in the field feeds on it.
14 O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You; Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine, 15 Even the [k]shoot which Your right hand has planted, And on the [l]son whom You have [m]strengthened for Yourself. 16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down; They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance. 17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. 18 Then we shall not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. 19 O Lord God of hosts, restore us; Cause Your face to shine upon us, [n]and we will be saved.
110 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” 2 The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” 3 Your people [a]will volunteer freely in the day of Your [b]power; In [c]holy array, from the womb of the dawn, [d]Your youth are to You as the dew.
4 The Lord has sworn and will not [e]change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at Your right hand; He [f]will shatter kings in the day of His wrath. 6 He will judge among the nations, He [g]will fill them with corpses, He [h]will shatter the [i]chief men over a broad country. 7 He will drink from the brook by the wayside; Therefore He will lift up His head.
140 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men 2 Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars. 3 They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. [a]Selah.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men Who have [b]purposed to [c]trip up my feet. 5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the [d]wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah.
6 I said to the Lord, “You are my God; Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications. 7 “O [e]God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of [f]battle. 8 “Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.
9 “As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them. 10 “May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into [g]deep pits from which they cannot rise. 11 “May a [h]slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man [i]speedily.”
12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor. 13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.
Psalm 140:3Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever [a]is intoxicated by it is not wise. 2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger [b]forfeits his own life. 3 [c]Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will [d]quarrel. 4 The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he [e]begs during the harvest and has nothing. 5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out. 6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man? 7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity— How blessed are his sons after him. 8 A king who sits on the throne of justice [f]Disperses all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”? 10 [g]Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the Lord. 11 It is by his deeds that a lad [h]distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right. 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made both of them. 13 Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with [i]food. 14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts. 15 There is gold, and an abundance of [j]jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing. 16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge. 17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 18 Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance. 19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with [k]a gossip. 20 He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in [l]time of darkness. 21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end. 22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. 23 [m]Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord, And a [n]false scale is not good. 24 Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way? 25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!” And after the vows to make inquiry. 26 A wise king winnows the wicked, And [o]drives the threshing wheel over them. 27 The [p]spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the [q]innermost parts of his being. 28 [r]Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by [s]righteousness. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the [t]honor of old men is their gray hair. 30 Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the [u]innermost parts.
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