[a]For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
4 Answer me when I call, O God [b]of my righteousness! You have [c]relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
2 O sons of men, how long will my [d]honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? [e]Selah. 3 But know that the Lord has [f]set apart the godly man for Himself; The Lordhears when I call to Him.
4 [g]Tremble, [h]and do not sin; [i]Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer [j]the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the Lord.
6 Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord! 7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound. 8 In peace I will [k]both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:1I.e. Belonging to the choir director’s anthology
A Psalm of David when he [a]feigned madness before [b]Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed.
34 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord; The humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. 6 This [c]poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! 9 O fear the Lord, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want. 10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing. 11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth. 17 The righteouscry, and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lordis near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are [d]crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lorddelivers him out of them all. 20 He keeps all his bones, Not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be [e]condemned. 22 The Lordredeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be [f]condemned.
64 Hear my voice, O God, in my [a]complaint; Preserve my life from dread of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity, 3 Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow, 4 To shoot [b]from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear. 5 They [c]hold fast to themselves an evil purpose; They [d]talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who can see them?” 6 They [e]devise injustices, saying, “We are [f]ready with a well-conceived plot”; For the [g]inward thought and the heart of a man are [h]deep.
7 But God [i]will shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly [j]they will be wounded. 8 So [k]they [l]will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head. 9 Then all men [m]will fear, And they [n]will declare the work of God, And [o]will consider [p]what He has done. 10 The righteous man will be glad in the Lord and will take refuge in Him; And all the upright in heart will glory.
94 O Lord, God of [a]vengeance, God of [b]vengeance, [c]shine forth! 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud. 3 How long shall the wicked, O Lord, How long shall the wicked exult? 4 They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. 5 They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict Your heritage. 6 They slay the widow and the [d]stranger And murder the orphans. 7 They have said, “[e]The Lord does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.”
8 Pay heed, you senseless among the people; And when will you understand, stupid ones? 9 He who planted the ear, [f]does He not hear? He who formed the eye, [g]does He not see? 10 He who [h]chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who teaches man knowledge? 11 The Lordknows the thoughts of man, [i]That they are a mere breath.
12 Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O [j]Lord, And whom You teach out of Your law; 13 That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity, Until a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the Lord will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. 15 For [k]judgment [l]will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart [m]will follow it. 16 Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?
17 If the Lord had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence. 18 If I should say, “My foot has slipped,” Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up. 19 When my anxious thoughts [n]multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. 20 Can a [o]throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises [p]mischief by decree? 21 They band themselves together against the [q]life of the righteous And condemn [r]the innocent to death. 22 But the Lord has been my stronghold, And my God the rock of my refuge. 23 He has brought back their wickedness upon them And will [s]destroy them in their evil; The Lord our God will [t]destroy them.
124 “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say, 2 “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us, 3 Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us; 4 Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have [a]swept over our soul; 5 Then the raging waters would have [b]swept over our soul.”
6 Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us [c]to be torn by their teeth. 7 Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
4 Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may [a]gain understanding, 2 For I give you [b]sound teaching; Do not abandon my [c]instruction. 3 When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, 4 Then he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live; 5 Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. 7 “The [d]beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. 8 “Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. 9 “She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.”
10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many. 11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble. 13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life. 14 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on. 16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And [e]they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they [f]stumble.
20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all [g]their body. 23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious [h]speech far from you. 25 Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your [i]gaze be fixed straight in front of you. 26 Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. 27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.
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