New King James Version
The Glory of the Lord in Creation
To the Chief Musician. [a]On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David.
3 When I (E)consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 (F)What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You (G)visit[c] him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than [d]the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 (H)You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
(I)You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.
9 (J)O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgments
To the Chief Musician. To the tune of [e]“Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David.
3 When my enemies turn back,
They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
4 For You have maintained my right and my cause;
You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
5 You have rebuked the [f]nations,
You have destroyed the wicked;
You have (M)blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever!
And you have destroyed cities;
Even their memory has (N)perished.
7 (O)But the Lord shall endure forever;
He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8 (P)He shall judge the world in righteousness,
And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.
9 The Lord also will be a (Q)refuge[g] for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
10 And those who (R)know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
13 Have mercy on me, O Lord!
Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 That I may tell of all Your praise
In the gates of [i]the daughter of Zion.
I will (U)rejoice in Your salvation.
15 (V)The [j]nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16 The Lord is (W)known by the judgment He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.
A Song of Confidence in God’s Triumph over Evil
5 His ways [r]are always prospering;
Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.
6 (AF)He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
(AG)I shall never be in adversity.”
7 (AH)His mouth is full of cursing and (AI)deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.
8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
9 He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
He lies in wait to catch the poor;
He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 So [s]he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his [t]strength.
11 He has said in his heart,
“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”
14 But You have (AL)seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless (AM)commits[u] himself to You;
(AN)You are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 (AO)The Lord is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.
17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
18 To [v]do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may [w]oppress no more.
- Psalm 8:1 Heb. Al Gittith
- Psalm 8:2 established
- Psalm 8:4 give attention to or care for
- Psalm 8:5 Heb. Elohim, God; LXX, Syr., Tg., Jewish tradition angels
- Psalm 9:1 Heb. Muth Labben
- Psalm 9:5 Gentiles
- Psalm 9:9 Lit. secure height
- Psalm 9:12 afflicted
- Psalm 9:14 Jerusalem
- Psalm 9:15 Gentiles
- Psalm 9:16 Heb. Higgaion
- Psalm 9:17 Gentiles
- Psalm 9:19 Gentiles
- Psalm 9:20 Gentiles
- Psalm 10:2 hotly pursues
- Psalm 10:3 Or The greedy man curses and spurns the Lord
- Psalm 10:4 Or All his thoughts are, “There is no God”
- Psalm 10:5 Lit. are strong
- Psalm 10:10 Or he is crushed, is bowed
- Psalm 10:10 Or mighty ones
- Psalm 10:14 Lit. leaves, entrusts
- Psalm 10:18 vindicate
- Psalm 10:18 terrify