Cast Your Burden on the Lord

To the choirmaster: with (A)stringed instruments. A Maskil[a] of David.

55 (B)Give ear to my prayer, O God,
    and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
Attend to me, and answer me;
    I am restless (C)in my complaint and I (D)moan,
because of the noise of the enemy,
    because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they (E)drop trouble upon me,
    and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    (F)the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
    and (G)horror (H)overwhelms me.
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest;
(I)yes, I would wander far away;
    I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
I would hurry to find a shelter
    from (J)the raging wind and tempest.”

Destroy, O Lord, (K)divide their tongues;
    for I see (L)violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around it
    on its walls,
and (M)iniquity and trouble are within it;
11     ruin is in its midst;
(N)oppression and fraud
    do not depart from its marketplace.

12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
    then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who (O)deals insolently with me—
    then I could hide from him.
13 (P)But it is you, a man, my equal,
    my companion, my familiar friend.
14 We used to take sweet counsel together;
    within God's house we walked in (Q)the throng.
15 Let death steal over them;
    let them go down to Sheol (R)alive;
    for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

16 But I call to God,
    and the Lord will save me.
17 (S)Evening and (T)morning and at (U)noon
    I (V)utter my complaint and moan,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He redeems my soul in safety
    from the battle that I wage,
    for (W)many are arrayed against me.
19 God will give ear and humble them,
    he who is (X)enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not (Y)change
    and do not fear God.

20 My companion[b] (Z)stretched out his hand against his friends;
    he violated his covenant.
21 His (AA)speech was (AB)smooth as butter,
    yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
    yet they were (AC)drawn swords.

22 (AD)Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and he will sustain you;
(AE)he will never permit
    the righteous to be moved.

23 But you, O God, (AF)will cast them down
    into (AG)the pit of destruction;
men of (AH)blood and treachery
    shall not (AI)live out half their days.
But I will (AJ)trust in you.

In God I Trust

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A (AK)Miktam[c] of David, when the (AL)Philistines seized him in Gath.

56 (AM)Be gracious to me, O God, for man (AN)tramples on me;
    all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
    for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
    I (AO)put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; (AP)I shall not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?

All day long they injure my cause;[d]
    all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They (AQ)stir up strife, they (AR)lurk;
    they (AS)watch my steps,
    as they have waited for my life.
For their crime will they escape?
    (AT)In wrath (AU)cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings;[e]
    (AV)put my tears in your bottle.
    (AW)Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
    (AX)in the day when I call.
    This I know, that[f] (AY)God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; (AZ)I shall not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I must perform my (BA)vows to you, O God;
    I will (BB)render thank offerings to you.
13 (BC)For you have delivered my soul from death,
    yes, my feet from falling,
(BD)that I may walk before God
    (BE)in the light of life.

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to (BF)Do Not Destroy. A (BG)Miktam[g] of David, when he fled from Saul, in (BH)the cave.

57 (BI)Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul (BJ)takes refuge;
in (BK)the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
    (BL)till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
    to God who (BM)fulfills his purpose for me.
(BN)He will send from heaven and save me;
    he will put to shame (BO)him who tramples on me. Selah
(BP)God will send out (BQ)his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

My soul is in the midst of (BR)lions;
    I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose (BS)teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose (BT)tongues are sharp swords.

(BU)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

They set (BV)a net for my steps;
    my soul was (BW)bowed down.
They (BX)dug a pit in my way,
    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
(BY)My heart is (BZ)steadfast, O God,
    my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
    (CA)Awake, (CB)my glory![h]
Awake, (CC)O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your (CD)steadfast love is great to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 (CE)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

God Who Judges the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to (CF)Do Not Destroy. A (CG)Miktam[i] of David.

58 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[j]
    Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
    your hands (CH)deal out violence on earth.

The wicked are (CI)estranged from the womb;
    they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
(CJ)They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
    like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
so that it (CK)does not hear the voice of charmers
    or of the cunning enchanter.

O God, (CL)break the teeth in their mouths;
    tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
Let them (CM)vanish like water that runs away;
    when he (CN)aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
Let them be like the snail (CO)that dissolves into slime,
    like (CP)the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of (CQ)thorns,
    whether green or ablaze, may he (CR)sweep them away![k]

10 (CS)The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
    he will (CT)bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Mankind will say, “Surely there is (CU)a reward for the righteous;
    surely there is a God who (CV)judges on earth.”

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to (CW)Do Not Destroy. A (CX)Miktam[l] of David, (CY)when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

59 (CZ)Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
    (DA)protect me from those who (DB)rise up against me;
deliver me from (DC)those who work evil,
    and save me from (DD)bloodthirsty men.

For behold, they (DE)lie in wait for my life;
    fierce men (DF)stir up strife against me.
(DG)For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
    for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
(DH)Awake, come to meet me, and see!
    You, (DI)Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
    spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah

Each evening they (DJ)come back,
    howling like dogs
    and prowling about the city.
There they are, (DK)bellowing with their mouths
    with (DL)swords in their lips—
    for (DM)“Who,” they think,[m] “will hear us?”

But you, O Lord, (DN)laugh at them;
    you hold all the nations in derision.
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
    for you, O God, are (DO)my fortress.
10 (DP)My God in his steadfast love[n] (DQ)will meet me;
    God will let me (DR)look in triumph on my enemies.

11 Kill them not, lest my people forget;
    make them totter[o] by your power and (DS)bring them down,
    O Lord, our (DT)shield!
12 For (DU)the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
    let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13     (DV)consume them in wrath;
    consume them till they are no more,
that they may (DW)know that God rules over Jacob
    to (DX)the ends of the earth. Selah

14 (DY)Each evening they come back,
    howling like dogs
    and prowling about the city.
15 They (DZ)wander about for food
    and growl if they do not get their fill.

16 But I will sing of your strength;
    I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me (EA)a fortress
    and (EB)a refuge in (EC)the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
    for you, O God, (ED)are my fortress,
    (EE)the God who shows me steadfast love.

He Will Tread Down Our Foes

To the choirmaster: according to (EF)Shushan Eduth. A (EG)Miktam[p] of David; (EH)for instruction; when he (EI)strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

60 O God, (EJ)you have rejected us, (EK)broken our defenses;
    you have been angry; (EL)oh, restore us.
You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
    (EM)repair its breaches, for it totters.
(EN)You have made your people see hard things;
    (EO)you have given us (EP)wine to drink that made us stagger.

You have set up (EQ)a banner for those who fear you,
    that they may flee to it (ER)from the bow.[q] Selah
(ES)That your (ET)beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

God has spoken (EU)in his holiness:[r]
    “With exultation (EV)I will divide up (EW)Shechem
    and portion out the Vale of (EX)Succoth.
(EY)Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    (EZ)Ephraim is (FA)my helmet;
    Judah is my (FB)scepter.
(FC)Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I (FD)cast my shoe;
    over (FE)Philistia I shout in triumph.”[s]

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    (FF)Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have you not (FG)rejected us, O God?
    You (FH)do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
11 Oh, grant us help against the foe,
    for (FI)vain is the salvation of man!
12 With God we shall (FJ)do valiantly;
    it is he who will (FK)tread down our foes.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 55:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 55:20 Hebrew He
  3. Psalm 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  4. Psalm 56:5 Or they twist my words
  5. Psalm 56:8 Or wanderings
  6. Psalm 56:9 Or because
  7. Psalm 57:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  8. Psalm 57:8 Or my whole being
  9. Psalm 58:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  10. Psalm 58:1 Or you mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)
  11. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
  12. Psalm 59:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  13. Psalm 59:7 Hebrew lacks they think
  14. Psalm 59:10 Or The God who shows me steadfast love
  15. Psalm 59:11 Or wander
  16. Psalm 60:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
  17. Psalm 60:4 Or that it may be displayed because of truth
  18. Psalm 60:6 Or sanctuary
  19. Psalm 60:8 Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, O Philistia, shout in triumph

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