For the worship leader. A song of David to the tune “Death of a Son.”[b]
In the Hebrew manuscripts, Psalms 9 and 10 work as a unit because together they form an acrostic poem, meaning each stanza begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This literary device has several functions. First, it provides a mnemonic device for easier memorization. Second, it is inherently beautiful; the rigid structure is a showcase for the author’s literary talents. Finally, it conveys the idea of completion by describing the reasons God is to be praised “from A to Z.” Psalm 9 offers David’s thanks and praise to God for defeating his enemies. Psalm 10, on the other hand, is a lament complaining that God is far off while the poor and helpless suffer.
1 All my heart will give thanks to You, Eternal One. I will tell others about Your amazing works. 2 I will be glad and celebrate You! I will praise You, O Most High!
3 When my adversaries turned and fled, they fell and died right in front of You, 4 For You supported my just cause. From Your throne, You have judged wisely.
5 You confronted the nations; You have destroyed the wicked. You have erased their names from history. 6 The enemy is finished, their time is up; their cities will lie in ruin forever; all memory of them is gone.
7 Still the Eternal remains and will reign forever; He has taken His place on His throne for judgment. 8 So He will judge the world rightly. He shall execute that judgment equally on all people.
9 For the Eternal will be a shelter for those who know misery, a refuge during troubling times. 10 Those who know Your name will rely on You, for You, O Eternal One, have not abandoned those who search for You.
11 Praise Him who lives on Zion’s holy hill. Tell the story of His great acts among the people! 12 For He remembers the victims of violence and avenges their blood; He does not turn a deaf ear to the cry of the needy.
13 Be gracious to me, O Eternal One. Notice the harm I have suffered because of my enemies, You who carry me safely away from death’s door, 14 So that I may rehearse Your deeds, declare Your praise, and rejoice in Your rescue when I take my stand in the gates of Zion.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others, their own feet caught, snared by the net they hid. 16 The Eternal is well known, for He has taken action and secured justice; He has trapped the wicked through the work of their own hands.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Try Bible Gateway Plus, a brand-new service that lets you experience Bible Gateway free of banner ads! It also gives you instant access to over 40 Bible study and inspirational devotional books, including the NIV Study Bible. With Bible Gateway Plus, you can experience and understand God's Word in life-changing new ways, without the distraction of ads. Try it free for 30 days—you can cancel at any time. Following your 30-day free trial, Bible Gateway Plus is only $3.99/month.