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Psalm 9Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 9

Celebration of God’s Justice

For the choir director: according to Muth-labben.[a] A Davidic psalm.

I will thank Yahweh with all my heart;
I will declare all Your wonderful works.
I will rejoice and boast about You;
I will sing about Your name, Most High.

When my enemies retreat,
they stumble and perish before You.
For You have upheld my just cause;[b]
You are seated on Your throne as a righteous judge.
You have rebuked the nations:
You have destroyed the wicked;
You have erased their name forever and ever.
The enemy has come to eternal ruin;
You have uprooted the cities,
and the very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
He has established His throne for judgment.
He judges the world with righteousness;
He executes judgment on the nations with fairness.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
10 Those who know Your name trust in You
because You have not abandoned
those who seek You, Yahweh.

11 Sing to the Lord, who dwells in Zion;
proclaim His deeds among the nations.
12 For the One who seeks an accounting
for bloodshed remembers them;
He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13 Be gracious to me, Lord;
consider my affliction at the hands of those who hate me.
Lift me up from the gates of death,
14 so that I may declare all Your praises.
I will rejoice in Your salvation
within the gates of Daughter Zion.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they made;
their foot is caught in the net they have concealed.
16 The Lord has revealed Himself;
He has executed justice,
striking down[c] the wicked[d]
by the work of their hands.Higgaion. Selah

17 The wicked will return to Sheol
all the nations that forget God.
18 For the oppressed will not always be forgotten;
the hope of the afflicted[e] will not perish forever.

19 Rise up, Lord! Do not let man prevail;
let the nations be judged in Your presence.
20 Put terror in them, Lord;
let the nations know they are only men.Selah


  1. Psalm 9:1 Perhaps a musical term
  2. Psalm 9:4 Lit my justice and my cause
  3. Psalm 9:16 Or justice, snaring
  4. Psalm 9:16 LXX, Aq, Syr, Tg read justice, the wicked is trapped
  5. Psalm 9:18 Alt Hb tradition reads humble

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