My Refuge and My Fortress

91 He who dwells in (A)the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in (B)the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say[a] to the Lord, “My (C)refuge and my (D)fortress,
    my God, in whom I (E)trust.”

For he will deliver you from (F)the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will (G)cover you with his pinions,
    and under his (H)wings you will (I)find refuge;
    his (J)faithfulness is (K)a shield and buckler.
(L)You will not fear (M)the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and (N)see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your (O)dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my (P)refuge[b]
10 (Q)no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    (R)no plague come near your tent.

11 (S)For he will command his (T)angels concerning you
    to (U)guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you (V)strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on (W)the lion and the (X)adder;
    the young lion and (Y)the serpent you will (Z)trample underfoot.

14 “Because he (AA)holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he (AB)knows my name.
15 When he (AC)calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and (AD)honor him.
16 With (AE)long life I will satisfy him
    and (AF)show him my salvation.”

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 91:2 Septuagint He will say
  2. Psalm 91:9 Or For you, O Lord, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your dwelling place

Book One

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Blessed is the man[a]
    who (A)walks not in (B)the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in (C)the way of sinners,
    nor (D)sits in (E)the seat of (F)scoffers;
but his (G)delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
    and on his (H)law he meditates day and night.

He is like (I)a tree
    planted by (J)streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its (K)leaf does not wither.
(L)In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like (M)chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked (N)will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in (O)the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord (P)knows (Q)the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface
  2. Psalm 1:2 Or instruction

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