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Psalm 62New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 62[a]

Trust in God Alone

For the leader; ‘al Jeduthun.[b] A psalm of David.


My soul rests in God alone,
    from whom comes my salvation.
God alone is my rock and salvation,
    my fortress; I shall never fall.
How long will you set yourself against a man?
    You shall all be destroyed,
Like a sagging wall
    or a tumbled down fence!
Even highly placed people
    plot to overthrow him.
They delight in lies;
    they bless with their mouths,
    but inwardly they curse.


My soul, be at rest in God alone,
    from whom comes my hope.
God alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not fall.
My deliverance and honor are with God,
    my strong rock;
    my refuge is with God.
Trust God at all times, my people!
    Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!


10 Mortals are a mere breath,
    the sons of man but an illusion;
On a balance they rise;[c]
    together they weigh nothing.
11 Do not trust in extortion;
    in plunder put no empty hope.
On wealth that increases,
    do not set your heart.
12 [d]One thing God has said;
    two things I have heard:
Strength belongs to God;
13     so too, my Lord, does mercy,
For you repay each man
    according to his deeds.


  1. Psalm 62 A song of trust displaying serenity from experiencing God’s power (the refrains of Ps 62:2–3 and Ps 62:6–7) and anger toward unjust enemies (Ps 62:4–5). From the experience of being rescued, the psalmist can teach others to trust in God (Ps 62:9–12).
  2. 62:1 ‘Al Jeduthun: apparently the Hebrew name for the melody.
  3. 62:10 On a balance they rise: precious objects were weighed by balancing two pans suspended from a beam. The lighter pan rises.
  4. 62:12 One thing…two things: parallelism of numbers for the sake of variation, a common device in Semitic poetry. One should not literally add up the numbers, cf. Am 1:3; Prv 6:16–19; 30:15, 18, 21.
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