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Prayer of an old man for deliverance.

71 In thee, O Jehovah, do I take refuge:
Let me never be put to shame.
Deliver me in thy righteousness, and rescue me:
Bow down thine ear unto me, and save me.
Be thou to me a rock of habitation, whereunto I may continually resort:
Thou hast given commandment to save me;
For thou art my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
For thou art my hope, O Lord Jehovah:
Thou art my trust from my youth.
By thee have I been holden up from the womb;
Thou [a]art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels:
My praise shall be continually of thee.
I am as a wonder unto many;
But thou art my strong refuge.
My mouth shall be filled with thy praise,
And with thy honor all the day.
Cast me not off in the time of old age;
Forsake me not when my strength faileth.
10 For mine enemies speak concerning me;
And they that watch for my soul take counsel together,
11 Saying, God hath forsaken him:
Pursue and take him; for there is none to deliver.
12 O God, be not far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me.
13 Let them be put to shame and consumed that are adversaries to my soul;
Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor that seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually,
And will praise thee yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness,
And of thy salvation all the day;
For I know not the numbers thereof.
16 I will come [b]with the mighty acts of the Lord Jehovah:
I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth;
And hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
18 Yea, even [c]when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not,
Until I have declared [d]thy strength unto the next generation,
Thy might to every one that is to come.
19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high;
Thou who hast done great things, O God, who is like unto thee?
20 Thou, who hast showed [e]us many and sore troubles,
Wilt quicken [f]us again,
And wilt bring [g]us up again from the depths of the earth.
21 Increase thou my greatness,
And turn again and comfort me.
22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery,
Even thy truth, O my God:
Unto thee will I sing praises with the harp,
O thou Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises unto thee;
And my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long;
For they are put to shame, for they are confounded, that seek my hurt.

The reign of the righteous king.

A Psalm of Solomon.

72 Give the king thy judgments, O God,
And thy righteousness unto the king’s son.
[h]He will judge thy people with righteousness,
And thy poor with justice.
The mountains shall bring peace to the people,
And the hills, in righteousness.
He will judge the poor of the people,
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.
They shall fear thee while the sun endureth,
And [i]so long as the moon, throughout all generations.
He will come down like rain upon the mown grass,
As showers that water the earth.
In his days shall the righteous flourish,
And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River unto the ends of the earth.
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him;
And his enemies shall lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render tribute:
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him;
All nations shall serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy when he crieth,
And the poor, [j]that hath no helper.
13 He will have pity on the [k]poor and needy,
And the souls of the needy he will save.
14 He will redeem their soul from [l]oppression and violence;
And precious will their blood be in his sight:
15 And [m]they shall live; and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba:
And men shall pray for him continually;
They shall bless him all the day long.
16 There shall be [n]abundance of grain in the [o]earth upon the top of the mountains;
The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon:
And they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
17 His name shall endure for ever;
His name shall [p]be continued [q]as long as the sun:
And men shall [r]be blessed in him;
All nations shall call him happy.

18 Blessed be Jehovah God, the God of Israel,
Who only doeth wondrous things:
19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever;
And let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Book III

The end of the wicked contrasted with that of the righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

[s]73 Surely God is good to Israel,
Even to such as are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet were almost gone;
My steps had well nigh slipped.
For I was envious at the [t]arrogant,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pangs in their death;
But their strength is firm.
They are not [u]in trouble as other men;
Neither are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;
Violence covereth them as a garment.
Their eyes stand out with fatness:
[v]They have more than heart could wish.
They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression:
They speak [w]loftily.
They have set their mouth [x]in the heavens,
And their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 Therefore [y]his people return hither:
And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
11 And they say, How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.
13 Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,
And washed my hands in innocency;
14 For all the day long have I been plagued,
And [z]chastened every morning.
15 If I had said, I will speak thus;
Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.
16 When I thought how I might know this,
It was [aa]too painful for me;
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God,
And considered their latter end.
18 Surely thou settest them in slippery places:
Thou castest them down to [ab]destruction.
19 How are they become a desolation in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when one awaketh,
So, O Lord, [ac]when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.
21 For my soul [ad]was grieved,
And I was pricked in my [ae]heart:
22 So brutish [af]was I, and ignorant;
I was as a beast [ag]before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
Thou hast holden my right hand.
24 Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel,
And afterward receive me [ah]to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth that I desire [ai]besides thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth;
But God is the [aj]strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:
Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near unto God:
I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge,
That I may tell of all thy works.

A complaint over the devastation of the land by the enemy.

Maschil of Asaph.

74 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever?
Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old,
Which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thine inheritance;
And mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual ruins,
[ak]All the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary.
Thine adversaries have roared in the midst of thine assembly;
They have set up their ensigns for signs.
They [al]seemed as men that lifted up
Axes upon a thicket of trees.
And now all the carved work thereof
They break down with hatchet and hammers.
They have set thy sanctuary on fire;
They have profaned the dwelling-place of thy name by casting it to the ground.
They said in their heart, Let us make havoc of them altogether:
They have burned up all the [am]synagogues of God in the land.
We see not our signs:
There is no more any prophet;
Neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
10 How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach?
Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
11 Why drawest thou back thy hand, even thy right hand?
Pluck it out of thy bosom and consume them.

12 Yet God is my King of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 Thou didst [an]divide the sea by thy strength:
Thou brakest the heads of the sea-monsters in the waters.
14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces;
Thou gavest him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
15 Thou didst cleave fountain and flood:
Thou driedst up [ao]mighty rivers.
16 The day is thine, the night also is thine:
Thou hast prepared the [ap]light and the sun.
17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
Thou hast made summer and winter.
18 Remember this, that the enemy [aq]hath reproached, O Jehovah,
And that a foolish people hath blasphemed thy name.
19 Oh deliver not [ar]the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast:
Forget not the [as]life of thy poor for ever.
20 Have respect unto the covenant;
For the dark places of the [at]earth are full of the habitations of violence.
21 Oh let not the oppressed return ashamed:
Let the poor and needy praise thy name.
22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause:
Remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day.
23 Forget not the voice of thine adversaries:
The tumult of those that rise up against thee [au]ascendeth continually.

God abases the proud, but exalts the righteous.

For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.

75 We give thanks unto thee, O God;
We give thanks, [av]for thy name is near:
Men tell of thy wondrous works.
When I shall [aw]find the set time, I will judge uprightly.
[ax]The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved:
I have [ay]set up the pillars of it. Selah
I said unto the [az]arrogant, Deal not arrogantly;
And to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
Lift not up your horn on high;
Speak not [ba]with a stiff neck.
For neither from the east, nor from the west,
Nor yet [bb]from the [bc]south, cometh lifting up.
But God is the judge:
He putteth down one, and lifteth up another.
For in the hand of Jehovah there is a cup, and the wine [bd]foameth;
It is full of mixture, and he poureth out of the same:
Surely the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall drain them, and drink them.
But I will declare for ever,
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off;
But the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.


  1. Psalm 71:6 Or, hast been my benefactor from etc.
  2. Psalm 71:16 Or, in the strength
  3. Psalm 71:18 Hebrew unto old age and gray hairs.
  4. Psalm 71:18 Hebrew thine arm.
  5. Psalm 71:20 Another reading is, me.
  6. Psalm 71:20 Another reading is, me.
  7. Psalm 71:20 Another reading is, me.
  8. Psalm 72:2 Or, Let him (and so throughout the Psalm)
  9. Psalm 72:5 Hebrew before the moon.
  10. Psalm 72:12 Or, and him that hath
  11. Psalm 72:13 Or, weak
  12. Psalm 72:14 Or, fraud
  13. Psalm 72:15 Or, he
  14. Psalm 72:16 Or, a handful
  15. Psalm 72:16 Or, land
  16. Psalm 72:17 Or, have issue
  17. Psalm 72:17 Hebrew before the sun.
  18. Psalm 72:17 Or, bless themselves
  19. Psalm 73:1 Or, Only good is God
  20. Psalm 73:3 Or, fools
  21. Psalm 73:5 Hebrew in the trouble of men.
  22. Psalm 73:7 Or, The imaginations of their heart overflow
  23. Psalm 73:8 Or, from on high
  24. Psalm 73:9 Or, against
  25. Psalm 73:10 Another reading is, he will bring back his people.
  26. Psalm 73:14 Hebrew my chastisement was.
  27. Psalm 73:16 Hebrew labor in mine eyes.
  28. Psalm 73:18 Hebrew ruins.
  29. Psalm 73:20 Or, in the city
  30. Psalm 73:21 Hebrew was in a ferment.
  31. Psalm 73:21 Hebrew reins.
  32. Psalm 73:22 Or, am
  33. Psalm 73:22 Hebrew with thee.
  34. Psalm 73:24 Or, with
  35. Psalm 73:25 Or, with thee
  36. Psalm 73:26 Hebrew rock.
  37. Psalm 74:3 Or, The enemy hath wrought all evil
  38. Psalm 74:5 Or, made themselves known
  39. Psalm 74:8 Or, places of assembly
  40. Psalm 74:13 Hebrew break up.
  41. Psalm 74:15 Or, ever-flowing
  42. Psalm 74:16 Hebrew luminary.
  43. Psalm 74:18 Or, hath reproached Jehovah
  44. Psalm 74:19 Or, thy turtle-dove unto the greedy multitude
  45. Psalm 74:19 Or, multitude
  46. Psalm 74:20 Or, land
  47. Psalm 74:23 Or, which ascendeth
  48. Psalm 75:1 Or, for that thy name is near Thy wondrous works declare
  49. Psalm 75:2 Hebrew take.
  50. Psalm 75:3 Or, When the earth . . . I set up
  51. Psalm 75:3 Hebrew proportioned.
  52. Psalm 75:4 Or, fools
  53. Psalm 75:5 Or, insolently with a haughty neck
  54. Psalm 75:6 Or, from the wilderness of mountains cometh judgment
  55. Psalm 75:6 Hebrew wilderness.
  56. Psalm 75:8 Or, is red