Psalms 1–41

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one(A)
    who does not walk(B) in step with the wicked(C)
or stand in the way(D) that sinners take(E)
    or sit(F) in the company of mockers,(G)
but whose delight(H) is in the law of the Lord,(I)
    and who meditates(J) on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree(K) planted by streams(L) of water,(M)
    which yields its fruit(N) in season
and whose leaf(O) does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.(P)

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff(Q)
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand(R) in the judgment,(S)
    nor sinners in the assembly(T) of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over(U) the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.(V)

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]
    and the peoples plot(W) in vain?
The kings(X) of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed,(Y) saying,
“Let us break their chains(Z)
    and throw off their shackles.”(AA)

The One enthroned(AB) in heaven laughs;(AC)
    the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger(AD)
    and terrifies them in his wrath,(AE) saying,
“I have installed my king(AF)
    on Zion,(AG) my holy mountain.(AH)

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;(AI)
    today I have become your father.(AJ)
Ask me,
    and I will make the nations(AK) your inheritance,(AL)
    the ends of the earth(AM) your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron[b];(AN)
    you will dash them to pieces(AO) like pottery.(AP)

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;(AQ)
    be warned, you rulers(AR) of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear(AS)
    and celebrate his rule(AT) with trembling.(AU)
12 Kiss his son,(AV) or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath(AW) can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed(AX) are all who take refuge(AY) in him.

Psalm 3[c]

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.(AZ)

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.(BA)[d]

But you, Lord, are a shield(BB) around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.(BC)
I call out to the Lord,(BD)
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.(BE)

I lie down and sleep;(BF)
    I wake again,(BG) because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear(BH) though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.(BI)

Arise,(BJ) Lord!
    Deliver me,(BK) my God!
Strike(BL) all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth(BM) of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.(BN)
    May your blessing(BO) be on your people.

Psalm 4[e]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me(BP) when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;(BQ)
    have mercy(BR) on me and hear my prayer.(BS)

How long will you people turn my glory(BT) into shame?(BU)
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[f]?[g](BV)
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant(BW) for himself;
    the Lord hears(BX) when I call to him.

Tremble and[h] do not sin;(BY)
    when you are on your beds,(BZ)
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.(CA)

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.(CB)
Fill my heart(CC) with joy(CD)
    when their grain and new wine(CE) abound.

In peace(CF) I will lie down and sleep,(CG)
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.(CH)

Psalm 5[i]

For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.

Listen(CI) to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.(CJ)
Hear my cry for help,(CK)
    my King and my God,(CL)
    for to you I pray.

In the morning,(CM) Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.(CN)
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people(CO) are not welcome.
The arrogant(CP) cannot stand(CQ)
    in your presence.
You hate(CR) all who do wrong;
    you destroy those who tell lies.(CS)
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
in reverence(CT) I bow down(CU)
    toward your holy temple.(CV)

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness(CW)
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight(CX) before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;(CY)
    with their tongues they tell lies.(CZ)
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,(DA)
    for they have rebelled(DB) against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.(DC)
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name(DD) may rejoice in you.(DE)

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;(DF)
    you surround them(DG) with your favor as with a shield.(DH)

Psalm 6[j]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.[k] A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger(DI)
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me,(DJ) Lord, for I am faint;(DK)
    heal me,(DL) Lord, for my bones are in agony.(DM)
My soul is in deep anguish.(DN)
    How long,(DO) Lord, how long?

Turn,(DP) Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.(DQ)
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?(DR)

I am worn out(DS) from my groaning.(DT)

All night long I flood my bed with weeping(DU)
    and drench my couch with tears.(DV)
My eyes grow weak(DW) with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me,(DX) all you who do evil,(DY)
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;(DZ)
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;(EA)
    they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.(EB)

Psalm 7[l]

A shiggaion[m](EC) of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

Lord my God, I take refuge(ED) in you;
    save and deliver me(EE) from all who pursue me,(EF)
or they will tear me apart like a lion(EG)
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue(EH) me.

Lord my God, if I have done this
    and there is guilt on my hands(EI)
if I have repaid my ally with evil
    or without cause(EJ) have robbed my foe—
then let my enemy pursue and overtake(EK) me;
    let him trample my life to the ground(EL)
    and make me sleep in the dust.[n](EM)

Arise,(EN) Lord, in your anger;
    rise up against the rage of my enemies.(EO)
    Awake,(EP) my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
    while you sit enthroned over them on high.(EQ)
    Let the Lord judge(ER) the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,(ES)
    according to my integrity,(ET) O Most High.(EU)
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
    and make the righteous secure—(EV)
you, the righteous God(EW)
    who probes minds and hearts.(EX)

10 My shield[o](EY) is God Most High,
    who saves the upright in heart.(EZ)
11 God is a righteous judge,(FA)
    a God who displays his wrath(FB) every day.
12 If he does not relent,(FC)
    he[p] will sharpen his sword;(FD)
    he will bend and string his bow.(FE)
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
    he makes ready his flaming arrows.(FF)

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth(FG) to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit(FH) they have made.(FI)
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;(FJ)
    I will sing the praises(FK) of the name of the Lord Most High.(FL)

Psalm 8[q]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[r] A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name(FM) in all the earth!

You have set your glory(FN)
    in the heavens.(FO)
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold(FP) against your enemies,
    to silence the foe(FQ) and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,(FR)
    the work of your fingers,(FS)
the moon and the stars,(FT)
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[s](FU)

You have made them[t] a little lower than the angels[u](FV)
    and crowned them[v] with glory and honor.(FW)
You made them rulers(FX) over the works of your hands;(FY)
    you put everything under their[w] feet:(FZ)
all flocks and herds,(GA)
    and the animals of the wild,(GB)
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,(GC)
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!(GD)

Psalm 9[x][y]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;(GE)
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.(GF)
I will be glad and rejoice(GG) in you;
    I will sing the praises(GH) of your name,(GI) O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right(GJ) and my cause,(GK)
    sitting enthroned(GL) as the righteous judge.(GM)
You have rebuked the nations(GN) and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name(GO) for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;(GP)
    even the memory of them(GQ) has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;(GR)
    he has established his throne(GS) for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness(GT)
    and judges the peoples with equity.(GU)
The Lord is a refuge(GV) for the oppressed,(GW)
    a stronghold in times of trouble.(GX)
10 Those who know your name(GY) trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken(GZ) those who seek you.(HA)

11 Sing the praises(HB) of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;(HC)
    proclaim among the nations(HD) what he has done.(HE)
12 For he who avenges blood(HF) remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.(HG)

13 Lord, see how my enemies(HH) persecute me!
    Have mercy(HI) and lift me up from the gates of death,(HJ)
14 that I may declare your praises(HK)
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,(HL)
    and there rejoice in your salvation.(HM)

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;(HN)
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.(HO)
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[z](HP)
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,(HQ)
    all the nations that forget God.(HR)
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope(HS) of the afflicted(HT) will never perish.

19 Arise,(HU) Lord, do not let mortals triumph;(HV)
    let the nations be judged(HW) in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror,(HX) Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.(HY)

Psalm 10[aa]

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?(HZ)
    Why do you hide yourself(IA) in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,(IB)
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts(IC) about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.(ID)
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.(IE)
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[ab] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”(IF)

His mouth is full(IG) of lies and threats;(IH)
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.(II)
He lies in wait(IJ) near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.(IK)
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;(IL)
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.(IM)
10 His victims are crushed,(IN) they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;(IO)
    he covers his face and never sees.”(IP)

12 Arise,(IQ) Lord! Lift up your hand,(IR) O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.(IS)
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?(IT)
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?(IU)
14 But you, God, see the trouble(IV) of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;(IW)
    you are the helper(IX) of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;(IY)
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;(IZ)
    the nations(JA) will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;(JB)
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,(JC)
18 defending the fatherless(JD) and the oppressed,(JE)
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

Psalm 11

For the director of music. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge.(JF)
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee(JG) like a bird to your mountain.(JH)
For look, the wicked bend their bows;(JI)
    they set their arrows(JJ) against the strings
to shoot from the shadows(JK)
    at the upright in heart.(JL)
When the foundations(JM) are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;(JN)
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.(JO)
He observes everyone on earth;(JP)
    his eyes examine(JQ) them.
The Lord examines the righteous,(JR)
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.(JS)
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;(JT)
    a scorching wind(JU) will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,(JV)
    he loves justice;(JW)
    the upright(JX) will see his face.(JY)

Psalm 12[ac]

For the director of music. According to sheminith.[ad] A psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;(JZ)
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies(KA) to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.(KB)

May the Lord silence all flattering lips(KC)
    and every boastful tongue—(KD)
those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;(KE)
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered(KF) and the needy groan,(KG)
    I will now arise,(KH)” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them(KI) from those who malign them.”
And the words of the Lord are flawless,(KJ)
    like silver purified(KK) in a crucible,(KL)
    like gold[ae] refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe(KM)
    and will protect us forever from the wicked,(KN)
who freely strut(KO) about
    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalm 13[af]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

How long,(KP) Lord? Will you forget me(KQ) forever?
    How long will you hide your face(KR) from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts(KS)
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?(KT)

Look on me(KU) and answer,(KV) Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes,(KW) or I will sleep in death,(KX)
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,(KY)
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.(KZ)

But I trust in your unfailing love;(LA)
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.(LB)
I will sing(LC) the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

Psalm 14(LD)

For the director of music. Of David.

The fool[ag] says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”(LE)
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven(LF)
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,(LG)
    any who seek God.(LH)
All have turned away,(LI) all have become corrupt;(LJ)
    there is no one who does good,(LK)
    not even one.(LL)

Do all these evildoers know nothing?(LM)

They devour my people(LN) as though eating bread;
    they never call on the Lord.(LO)
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    for God is present in the company of the righteous.
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.(LP)

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!(LQ)
    When the Lord restores(LR) his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell(LS) in your sacred tent?(LT)
    Who may live on your holy mountain?(LU)

The one whose walk is blameless,(LV)
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth(LW) from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,(LX)
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors(LY) those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath(LZ) even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;(MA)
    who does not accept a bribe(MB) against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.(MC)

Psalm 16

A miktam[ah] of David.

Keep me safe,(MD) my God,
    for in you I take refuge.(ME)

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;(MF)
    apart from you I have no good thing.”(MG)
I say of the holy people(MH) who are in the land,(MI)
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods(MJ) will suffer(MK) more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names(ML) on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion(MM) and my cup;(MN)
    you make my lot(MO) secure.
The boundary lines(MP) have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.(MQ)
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;(MR)
    even at night(MS) my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand,(MT) I will not be shaken.(MU)

Therefore my heart is glad(MV) and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,(MW)
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,(MX)
    nor will you let your faithful[ai] one(MY) see decay.(MZ)
11 You make known to me the path of life;(NA)
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,(NB)
    with eternal pleasures(NC) at your right hand.(ND)

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Hear me,(NE) Lord, my plea is just;
    listen to my cry.(NF)
Hear(NG) my prayer—
    it does not rise from deceitful lips.(NH)
Let my vindication(NI) come from you;
    may your eyes see what is right.(NJ)

Though you probe my heart,(NK)
    though you examine me at night and test me,(NL)
you will find that I have planned no evil;(NM)
    my mouth has not transgressed.(NN)
Though people tried to bribe me,
    I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
    through what your lips have commanded.
My steps have held to your paths;(NO)
    my feet have not stumbled.(NP)

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;(NQ)
    turn your ear to me(NR) and hear my prayer.(NS)
Show me the wonders of your great love,(NT)
    you who save by your right hand(NU)
    those who take refuge(NV) in you from their foes.
Keep me(NW) as the apple of your eye;(NX)
    hide me(NY) in the shadow of your wings(NZ)
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
    from my mortal enemies who surround me.(OA)

10 They close up their callous hearts,(OB)
    and their mouths speak with arrogance.(OC)
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,(OD)
    with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion(OE) hungry for prey,(OF)
    like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up,(OG) Lord, confront them, bring them down;(OH)
    with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
    from those of this world(OI) whose reward is in this life.(OJ)
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
    may their children gorge themselves on it,
    and may there be leftovers(OK) for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
    when I awake,(OL) I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.(OM)

Psalm 18[aj](ON)

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, Lord, my strength.(OO)

The Lord is my rock,(OP) my fortress(OQ) and my deliverer;(OR)
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,(OS)
    my shield[ak](OT) and the horn[al] of my salvation,(OU) my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,(OV)
    and I have been saved from my enemies.(OW)
The cords of death(OX) entangled me;
    the torrents(OY) of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death(OZ) confronted me.

In my distress(PA) I called to the Lord;(PB)
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;(PC)
    my cry came(PD) before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled(PE) and quaked,(PF)
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;(PG)
    they trembled because he was angry.(PH)
Smoke rose from his nostrils;(PI)
    consuming fire(PJ) came from his mouth,
    burning coals(PK) blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;(PL)
    dark clouds(PM) were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim(PN) and flew;
    he soared(PO) on the wings of the wind.(PP)
11 He made darkness his covering,(PQ) his canopy(PR) around him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence(PS) clouds advanced,
    with hailstones(PT) and bolts of lightning.(PU)
13 The Lord thundered(PV) from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.[am]
14 He shot his arrows(PW) and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning(PX) he routed them.(PY)
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations(PZ) of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke,(QA) Lord,
    at the blast of breath from your nostrils.(QB)

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.(QC)
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,(QD)
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.(QE)
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,(QF)
    but the Lord was my support.(QG)
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;(QH)
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.(QI)

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;(QJ)
    according to the cleanness of my hands(QK) he has rewarded me.(QL)
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;(QM)
    I am not guilty of turning(QN) from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;(QO)
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless(QP) before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,(QQ)
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful(QR) you show yourself faithful,(QS)
    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure(QT) you show yourself pure,
    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.(QU)
27 You save the humble(QV)
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.(QW)
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp(QX) burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.(QY)
29 With your help(QZ) I can advance against a troop[an];
    with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:(RA)
    The Lord’s word is flawless;(RB)
    he shields(RC) all who take refuge(RD) in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?(RE)
    And who is the Rock(RF) except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength(RG)
    and keeps my way secure.(RH)
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;(RI)
    he causes me to stand on the heights.(RJ)
34 He trains my hands for battle;(RK)
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains(RL) me;
    your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path(RM) for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.(RN)

37 I pursued my enemies(RO) and overtook them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them(RP) so that they could not rise;(RQ)
    they fell beneath my feet.(RR)
39 You armed me with strength(RS) for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries(RT) before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs(RU) in flight,
    and I destroyed(RV) my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them(RW)
    to the Lord, but he did not answer.(RX)
42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;(RY)
    I trampled them[ao] like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
    you have made me the head of nations.(RZ)
People I did not know(SA) now serve me,
44     foreigners(SB) cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;(SC)
    they come trembling(SD) from their strongholds.(SE)

46 The Lord lives!(SF) Praise be to my Rock!(SG)
    Exalted be God(SH) my Savior!(SI)
47 He is the God who avenges(SJ) me,
    who subdues nations(SK) under me,
48     who saves(SL) me from my enemies.(SM)
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man(SN) you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;(SO)
    I will sing(SP) the praises of your name.(SQ)

50 He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing love to his anointed,(SR)
    to David(SS) and to his descendants forever.(ST)

Psalm 19[ap]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens(SU) declare(SV) the glory of God;(SW)
    the skies(SX) proclaim the work of his hands.(SY)
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.(SZ)
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[aq] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.(TA)
In the heavens God has pitched a tent(TB) for the sun.(TC)
    It is like a bridegroom(TD) coming out of his chamber,(TE)
    like a champion(TF) rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens(TG)
    and makes its circuit to the other;(TH)
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord(TI) is perfect,(TJ)
    refreshing the soul.(TK)
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,(TL)
    making wise the simple.(TM)
The precepts of the Lord are right,(TN)
    giving joy(TO) to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.(TP)
The fear of the Lord(TQ) is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.(TR)

10 They are more precious than gold,(TS)
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,(TT)
    than honey from the honeycomb.(TU)
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.(TV)
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;(TW)
    may they not rule over me.(TX)
Then I will be blameless,(TY)
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing(TZ) in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock(UA) and my Redeemer.(UB)

Psalm 20[ar]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;(UC)
    may the name of the God of Jacob(UD) protect you.(UE)
May he send you help(UF) from the sanctuary(UG)
    and grant you support(UH) from Zion.(UI)
May he remember(UJ) all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[as](UK)
May he give you the desire of your heart(UL)
    and make all your plans succeed.(UM)
May we shout for joy(UN) over your victory
    and lift up our banners(UO) in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.(UP)

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.(UQ)
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.(UR)
Some trust in chariots(US) and some in horses,(UT)
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.(UU)


  1. Psalm 2:1 Hebrew; Septuagint rage
  2. Psalm 2:9 Or will rule them with an iron scepter (see Septuagint and Syriac)
  3. Psalm 3:1 In Hebrew texts 3:1-8 is numbered 3:2-9.
  4. Psalm 3:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 4 and 8.
  5. Psalm 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.
  6. Psalm 4:2 Or seek lies
  7. Psalm 4:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.
  8. Psalm 4:4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint)
  9. Psalm 5:1 In Hebrew texts 5:1-12 is numbered 5:2-13.
  10. Psalm 6:1 In Hebrew texts 6:1-10 is numbered 6:2-11.
  11. Psalm 6:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  12. Psalm 7:1 In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.
  13. Psalm 7:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  14. Psalm 7:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  15. Psalm 7:10 Or sovereign
  16. Psalm 7:12 Or If anyone does not repent, / God
  17. Psalm 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.
  18. Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  19. Psalm 8:4 Or what is a human being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him?
  20. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  21. Psalm 8:5 Or than God
  22. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  23. Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . . . ; / . . . his
  24. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  25. Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21.
  26. Psalm 9:16 The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.
  27. Psalm 10:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  28. Psalm 10:5 See Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from
  29. Psalm 12:1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.
  30. Psalm 12:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  31. Psalm 12:6 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth
  32. Psalm 13:1 In Hebrew texts 13:1-6 is numbered 13:2-6.
  33. Psalm 14:1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.
  34. Psalm 16:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  35. Psalm 16:10 Or holy
  36. Psalm 18:1 In Hebrew texts 18:1-50 is numbered 18:2-51.
  37. Psalm 18:2 Or sovereign
  38. Psalm 18:2 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  39. Psalm 18:13 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning
  40. Psalm 18:29 Or can run through a barricade
  41. Psalm 18:42 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out
  42. Psalm 19:1 In Hebrew texts 19:1-14 is numbered 19:2-15.
  43. Psalm 19:4 Septuagint, Jerome and Syriac; Hebrew measuring line
  44. Psalm 20:1 In Hebrew texts 20:1-9 is numbered 20:2-10.
  45. Psalm 20:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

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