Psalm 21

The King’s Victory

For the choir director. A psalm of David.

Lord, the king finds joy in your strength.
How greatly he rejoices in your victory!(A)
You have given him his heart’s desire(B)
and have not denied the request of his lips.(C)Selah
For you meet him with rich blessings;
you place a crown of pure gold on his head.(D)
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days forever and ever.(E)
His glory is great through your victory;
you confer majesty and splendor on him.(F)
You give him blessings forever;(G)
you cheer him with joy in your presence.(H)
For the king relies on the Lord;
through the faithful love of the Most High
he is not shaken.(I)

Your hand will capture all your enemies;
your right hand will seize those who hate you.(J)
You will make them burn
like a fiery furnace when you appear;
the Lord will engulf them in his wrath,
and fire will devour them.(K)
10 You will wipe their progeny from the earth
and their offspring from the human race.[a](L)
11 Though they intend to harm[b] you
and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail.(M)
12 Instead, you will put them to flight
when you ready your bowstrings to shoot at them.(N)

13 Be exalted, Lord, in your strength;
we will sing and praise your might.(O)

Psalm 22

From Suffering to Praise

For the choir director: according to “The Deer of the Dawn.” A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?(P)
Why are you so far from my deliverance(Q)
and from my words of groaning?(R)
My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
by night, yet I have no rest.(S)
But you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.(T)
Our ancestors trusted in you;
they trusted, and you rescued them.(U)
They cried to you and were set free;
they trusted in you and were not disgraced.(V)

But I am a worm and not a man,(W)
scorned by mankind and despised by people.(X)
Everyone who sees me mocks me;
they sneer[c] and shake their heads:(Y)
“He relies on[d] the Lord;
let him save him;
let the Lord[e] rescue him,
since he takes pleasure in him.”(Z)

It was you who brought me out of the womb,
making me secure at my mother’s breast.(AA)
10 I was given over to you at birth;[f]
you have been my God from my mother’s womb.(AB)

11 Don’t be far from me, because distress is near
and there’s no one to help.(AC)

12 Many bulls surround me;
strong ones of Bashan encircle me.(AD)
13 They open their mouths against me—
lions, mauling and roaring.(AE)
14 I am poured out like water,(AF)
and all my bones are disjointed;(AG)
my heart is like wax,
melting within me.(AH)
15 My strength is dried up like baked clay;(AI)
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.(AJ)
You put me into the dust of death.(AK)
16 For dogs have surrounded me;(AL)
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me;
they pierced[g] my hands and my feet.(AM)
17 I can count all my bones;
people[h] look and stare at me.(AN)
18 They divided my garments among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing.(AO)

19 But you, Lord, don’t be far away.(AP)
My strength, come quickly to help me.(AQ)
20 Rescue my life from the sword,(AR)
my only life[i] from the power of these dogs.
21 Save me from the lion’s mouth,(AS)
from the horns of wild oxen.
You answered me![j]
22 I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters;
I will praise you in the assembly.(AT)
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!(AU)
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
All you descendants of Israel, revere him!(AV)
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
the torment of the oppressed.(AW)
He did not hide his face from him(AX)
but listened when he cried to him for help.(AY)

25 I will give praise in the great assembly
because of you;(AZ)
I will fulfill my vows
before those who fear you.[k](BA)
26 The humble will eat and be satisfied;(BB)
those who seek the Lord will praise him.
May your hearts live forever!(BC)

27 All the ends of the earth will remember
and turn to the Lord.
All the families of the nations
will bow down before you,(BD)
28 for kingship belongs to the Lord;
he rules the nations.(BE)
29 All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down;
all those who go down to the dust
will kneel before him—
even the one who cannot preserve his life.(BF)
30 Their descendants will serve him;
the next generation will be told about the Lord.(BG)
31 They will come and declare his righteousness;
to a people yet to be born
they will declare what he has done.(BH)

Psalm 23

The Good Shepherd

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;(BI)
I have what I need.(BJ)
He lets me lie down in green pastures;(BK)
he leads me beside quiet waters.(BL)
He renews my life;
he leads me along the right paths[l]
for his name’s sake.(BM)
Even when I go through the darkest valley,[m]
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;(BN)
your rod and your staff—they comfort me.(BO)

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;(BP)
my cup overflows.(BQ)
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me
all the days of my life,(BR)
and I will dwell in[n] the house of the Lord
as long as I live.[o](BS)

Psalm 24

The King of Glory

A psalm of David.

The earth and everything in it,
the world and its inhabitants,
belong to the Lord;(BT)
for he laid its foundation on the seas
and established it on the rivers.(BU)

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?(BV)
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,(BW)
who has not appealed to[p] what is false,(BX)
and who has not sworn deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord,(BY)
and righteousness[q] from the God of his salvation.(BZ)
Such is the generation of those who inquire of him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.[r](CA)Selah

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.(CB)
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle.(CC)
Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord of Armies,
he is the King of glory.(CD)Selah

Psalm 25

Dependence on the Lord

Of David.

Lord, I appeal to you.[s](CE)
My God, I trust in you.
Do not let me be disgraced;(CF)
do not let my enemies gloat over me.(CG)
No one who waits for you
will be disgraced;(CH)
those who act treacherously without cause
will be disgraced.(CI)

Make your ways known to me, Lord;
teach me your paths.(CJ)
Guide me in your truth and teach me,(CK)
for you are the God of my salvation;(CL)
I wait for you all day long.(CM)
Remember, Lord, your compassion
and your faithful love,
for they have existed from antiquity.[t](CN)
Do not remember the sins of my youth(CO)
or my acts of rebellion;(CP)
in keeping with your faithful love, remember me
because of your goodness, Lord.(CQ)

The Lord is good and upright;(CR)
therefore he shows sinners the way.(CS)
He leads the humble in what is right(CT)
and teaches them his way.(CU)
10 All the Lord’s ways show faithful love and truth
to those who keep his covenant and decrees.(CV)
11 Lord, for the sake of your name,
forgive my iniquity, for it is immense.(CW)

12 Who is this person who fears the Lord?(CX)
He will show him the way he should choose.(CY)
13 He will live a good life,
and his descendants will inherit the land.[u](CZ)
14 The secret counsel of the Lord
is for those who fear him,
and he reveals his covenant to them.(DA)
15 My eyes are always on the Lord,
for he will pull my feet out of the net.(DB)

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am alone and afflicted.(DC)
17 The distresses of my heart increase;[v](DD)
bring me out of my sufferings.(DE)
18 Consider my affliction and trouble,(DF)
and forgive all my sins.(DG)
19 Consider my enemies; they are numerous,(DH)
and they hate me violently.(DI)
20 Guard me and rescue me;(DJ)
do not let me be disgraced,
for I take refuge in you.(DK)
21 May integrity and what is right
watch over me,
for I wait for you.(DL)

22 God, redeem Israel, from all its distresses.(DM)


  1. 21:10 Or the descendants of Adam
  2. 21:11 Lit they stretch out harm against
  3. 22:7 Lit separate with the lip
  4. 22:8 Or Rely on
  5. 22:8 Lit let him
  6. 22:10 Lit was cast on you from the womb
  7. 22:16 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read me; like a lion
  8. 22:17 Lit they
  9. 22:20 Lit my only one
  10. 22:21 Or oxen you rescued me
  11. 22:25 Lit him
  12. 23:3 Or me in paths of righteousness
  13. 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death
  14. 23:6 LXX, Sym, Syr, Tg, Vg, Jer; MT reads will return to
  15. 23:6 Lit Lord for length of days; traditionally Lord forever
  16. 24:4 Lit not lifted up his soul to
  17. 24:5 Or vindication
  18. 24:6 LXX; some Hb mss, Syr read seek your face, God of Jacob; some Hb mss read seek your face, Jacob
  19. 25:1 Or To you, Lord, I lift up my soul
  20. 25:6 Or everlasting
  21. 25:13 Or earth
  22. 25:17 Or Relieve the distresses of my heart

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