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Psalm 63 Good News Translation (GNT)

Longing for God[a]

63 O God, you are my God,
    and I long for you.
My whole being desires you;
    like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,
    my soul is thirsty for you.
Let me see you in the sanctuary;
    let me see how mighty and glorious you are.
Your constant love is better than life itself,
    and so I will praise you.
I will give you thanks as long as I live;
    I will raise my hands to you in prayer.
My soul will feast and be satisfied,
    and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.

As I lie in bed, I remember you;
    all night long I think of you,
    because you have always been my help.
In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
I cling to you,
    and your hand keeps me safe.

Those who are trying to kill me
    will go down into the world of the dead.
10 They will be killed in battle,
    and their bodies eaten by wolves.
11 Because God gives him victory,
    the king will rejoice.
Those who make promises in God's name will praise him,
    but the mouths of liars will be shut.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 63:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David, when he was in the desert of Judea.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 63 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 63[a]

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
    and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 63:1 In Hebrew texts 63:1-11 is numbered 63:2-12.
New International Version (NIV)

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