Lead Me in Your Righteousness

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
    consider my (A)groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
    my (B)King and my God,
    for (C)to you do I pray.
O Lord, in (D)the morning you hear my voice;
    in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[a] and (E)watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
    evil may not dwell with you.
The (F)boastful shall not (G)stand before your eyes;
    you (H)hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak (I)lies;
    the Lord abhors (J)the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
    will enter your house.
I will (K)bow down (L)toward your (M)holy temple
    in the fear of you.
(N)Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies;
    (O)make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
    their inmost self is (P)destruction;
(Q)their throat is (R)an open grave;
    they (S)flatter with their tongue.
10 (T)Make them bear their guilt, O God;
    let them (U)fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
    for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who (V)take refuge in you (W)rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may (X)exult in you.
12 For you (Y)bless the righteous, O Lord;
    you (Z)cover him with favor as with (AA)a shield.

O Lord, Deliver My Life

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to (AB)The Sheminith.[b] A Psalm of David.

O Lord, (AC)rebuke me not in your anger,
    nor (AD)discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
    (AE)heal me, O Lord, (AF)for my bones are troubled.
My (AG)soul also is greatly troubled.
    But you, O Lord(AH)how long?

Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
    save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in (AI)death there is no remembrance of you;
    in Sheol who will give you praise?

I am (AJ)weary with my (AK)moaning;
    every night I flood my bed with tears;
    I drench my couch with my weeping.
My (AL)eye wastes away because of grief;
    it grows weak because of all my foes.

(AM)Depart from me, all you (AN)workers of evil,
    for the Lord (AO)has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my (AP)plea;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
    they shall (AQ)turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

In You Do I Take Refuge

A (AR)Shiggaion[c] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

O Lord my God, in you do I (AS)take refuge;
    (AT)save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
lest like (AU)a lion they tear my soul apart,
    rending it in pieces, with (AV)none to deliver.

O Lord my God, (AW)if I have done this,
    if there is (AX)wrong in my hands,
if I have repaid (AY)my friend[d] with evil
    or (AZ)plundered my enemy without cause,
let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
    and let him (BA)trample my life to the ground
    and lay my glory in the dust. Selah

(BB)Arise, O Lord, in your anger;
    (BC)lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
    (BD)awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
    over it return on high.

The Lord (BE)judges the peoples;
    (BF)judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
    and according to the integrity that is in me.
Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
    and may you establish the righteous—
you who (BG)test (BH)the minds and hearts,[e]
    O righteous God!
10 My shield is (BI)with God,
    who saves (BJ)the upright in heart.
11 God is (BK)a righteous judge,
    and a God who feels (BL)indignation every day.

12 If a man[f] does not repent, God[g] will (BM)whet his sword;
    he has (BN)bent and (BO)readied his bow;
13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
    making his (BP)arrows (BQ)fiery shafts.
14 Behold, the wicked man (BR)conceives evil
    and is (BS)pregnant with mischief
    and gives birth to lies.
15 He makes (BT)a pit, digging it out,
    and falls into the hole that he has made.
16 His (BU)mischief returns upon his own head,
    and on his own skull his violence descends.

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
    and I will (BV)sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

How Majestic Is Your Name

To the choirmaster: according to The (BW)Gittith.[h] A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your (BX)name in all the earth!
You have set your (BY)glory above the heavens.
    (BZ)Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established (CA)strength because of your foes,
    to still (CB)the enemy and the avenger.

When I (CC)look at your heavens, the work of your (CD)fingers,
    the moon and the stars, (CE)which you have set in place,
(CF)what is man that you are (CG)mindful of him,
    and (CH)the son of man that you (CI)care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than (CJ)the heavenly beings[i]
    and crowned him with (CK)glory and honor.
You have given him (CL)dominion over the works of your hands;
    (CM)you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

[j] To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben.[k] A Psalm of David.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your (CN)wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and (CO)exult in you;
    I will (CP)sing praise to your name, (CQ)O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
    they stumble and perish before[l] your presence.
For you have (CR)maintained my just cause;
    you have (CS)sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

You have (CT)rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
    you have (CU)blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
    their cities you rooted out;
    the very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
and he (CV)judges the world with righteousness;
    he (CW)judges the peoples with uprightness.

The Lord is (CX)a stronghold for (CY)the oppressed,
    a stronghold in (CZ)times of trouble.
10 And those who (DA)know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who (DB)sits enthroned in Zion!
    Tell among the peoples his (DC)deeds!
12 For he who (DD)avenges blood is mindful of them;
    he (DE)does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13 (DF)Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from (DG)the gates of death,
14 that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of (DH)the daughter of Zion
    I may (DI)rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have sunk in (DJ)the pit that they made;
    in (DK)the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself (DL)known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion.[m] Selah

17 The wicked shall (DM)return to Sheol,
    all the nations that (DN)forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and (DO)the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

19 (DP)Arise, O Lord! Let not (DQ)man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
20 Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but (DR)men! Selah

Why Do You Hide Yourself?

10 Why, O Lord, do you stand (DS)far away?
    Why (DT)do you hide yourself in (DU)times of trouble?

In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
    let them (DV)be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
For the wicked (DW)boasts of the desires of his soul,
    and the one greedy for gain (DX)curses[n] and (DY)renounces the Lord.
In the pride of his face[o] the wicked does not (DZ)seek him;[p]
    all his thoughts are, (EA)“There is no God.”
His ways prosper at all times;
    your judgments are on high, (EB)out of his sight;
    as for all his foes, he (EC)puffs at them.
He (ED)says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
    throughout all generations I (EE)shall not meet adversity.”
(EF)His mouth is filled with cursing and (EG)deceit and (EH)oppression;
    (EI)under his tongue are (EJ)mischief and (EK)iniquity.
He sits in ambush in the villages;
    in (EL)hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
    he lurks in ambush like (EM)a lion in his (EN)thicket;
he (EO)lurks that he may seize the poor;
    he seizes the poor when he draws him into his (EP)net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
    and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
    he has (EQ)hidden his face, he (ER)will never see it.”

12 (ES)Arise, O Lord; O God, (ET)lift up your hand;
    (EU)forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked (EV)renounce God
    and say in his heart, “You will not (EW)call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you (EX)note mischief and vexation,
    that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless (EY)commits himself;
    you have been (EZ)the helper of the fatherless.
15 (FA)Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
    (FB)call his wickedness to account till you find none.

16 (FC)The Lord is king forever and ever;
    the (FD)nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you will (FE)strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to (FF)do justice to the fatherless and (FG)the oppressed,
    so that (FH)man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.


  1. Psalm 5:3 Or I direct my prayer to you
  2. Psalm 6:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  3. Psalm 7:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  4. Psalm 7:4 Hebrew the one at peace with me
  5. Psalm 7:9 Hebrew the hearts and kidneys
  6. Psalm 7:12 Hebrew he
  7. Psalm 7:12 Hebrew he
  8. Psalm 8:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  9. Psalm 8:5 Or than God; Septuagint than the angels
  10. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 together follow an acrostic pattern, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they form one psalm
  11. Psalm 9:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  12. Psalm 9:3 Or because of
  13. Psalm 9:16 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  14. Psalm 10:3 Or and he blesses the one greedy for gain
  15. Psalm 10:4 Or of his anger
  16. Psalm 10:4 Or the wicked says, “He will not call to account”

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