Psalm 24

Of David. A psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s,(A) and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;(B)
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.(C)

Who may ascend the mountain(D) of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?(E)
The one who has clean hands(F) and a pure heart,(G)
    who does not trust in an idol(H)
    or swear by a false god.[a]

They will receive blessing(I) from the Lord
    and vindication(J) from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face,(K) God of Jacob.[b][c]

Lift up your heads, you gates;(L)
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King(M) of glory(N) may come in.(O)
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,(P)
    the Lord mighty in battle.(Q)
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty(R)
    he is the King of glory.

Psalm 25[d]

Of David.

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.(S)

I trust in you;(T)
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,(U)
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous(V) without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.(W)
Guide me in your truth(X) and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,(Y)
    and my hope is in you(Z) all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,(AA)
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth(AB)
    and my rebellious ways;(AC)
according to your love(AD) remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.(AE)

Good and upright(AF) is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs(AG) sinners in his ways.
He guides(AH) the humble in what is right
    and teaches them(AI) his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful(AJ)
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.(AK)
11 For the sake of your name,(AL) Lord,
    forgive(AM) my iniquity,(AN) though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?(AO)
    He will instruct them in the ways(AP) they should choose.[e]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,(AQ)
    and their descendants will inherit the land.(AR)
14 The Lord confides(AS) in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known(AT) to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,(AU)
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.(AV)

16 Turn to me(AW) and be gracious to me,(AX)
    for I am lonely(AY) and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles(AZ) of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.(BA)
18 Look on my affliction(BB) and my distress(BC)
    and take away all my sins.(BD)
19 See how numerous are my enemies(BE)
    and how fiercely they hate me!(BF)

20 Guard my life(BG) and rescue me;(BH)
    do not let me be put to shame,(BI)
    for I take refuge(BJ) in you.
21 May integrity(BK) and uprightness(BL) protect me,
    because my hope, Lord,[f] is in you.(BM)

22 Deliver Israel,(BN) O God,
    from all their troubles!

Psalm 26

Of David.

Vindicate me,(BO) Lord,
    for I have led a blameless life;(BP)
I have trusted(BQ) in the Lord
    and have not faltered.(BR)
Test me,(BS) Lord, and try me,
    examine my heart and my mind;(BT)
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love(BU)
    and have lived(BV) in reliance on your faithfulness.(BW)

I do not sit(BX) with the deceitful,
    nor do I associate with hypocrites.(BY)
I abhor(BZ) the assembly of evildoers
    and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,(CA)
    and go about your altar, Lord,
proclaiming aloud your praise(CB)
    and telling of all your wonderful deeds.(CC)

Lord, I love(CD) the house where you live,
    the place where your glory dwells.(CE)
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
    my life with those who are bloodthirsty,(CF)
10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,(CG)
    whose right hands are full of bribes.(CH)
11 I lead a blameless life;
    deliver me(CI) and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;(CJ)
    in the great congregation(CK) I will praise the Lord.

Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light(CL) and my salvation(CM)
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold(CN) of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?(CO)

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[g] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.(CP)
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;(CQ)
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.(CR)

One thing(CS) I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,(CT)
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble(CU)
    he will keep me safe(CV) in his dwelling;
he will hide me(CW) in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.(CX)

Then my head will be exalted(CY)
    above the enemies who surround me;(CZ)
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice(DA) with shouts of joy;(DB)
    I will sing(DC) and make music(DD) to the Lord.

Hear my voice(DE) when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.(DF)
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!(DG)
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face(DH) from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;(DI)
    you have been my helper.(DJ)
Do not reject me or forsake(DK) me,
    God my Savior.(DL)
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way,(DM) Lord;
    lead me in a straight path(DN)
    because of my oppressors.(DO)
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses(DP) rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord(DQ)
    in the land of the living.(DR)
14 Wait(DS) for the Lord;
    be strong(DT) and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 28

Of David.

To you, Lord, I call;
    you are my Rock,
    do not turn a deaf ear(DU) to me.
For if you remain silent,(DV)
    I will be like those who go down to the pit.(DW)
Hear my cry for mercy(DX)
    as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands(DY)
    toward your Most Holy Place.(DZ)

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.(EA)
Repay them for their deeds
    and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done(EB)
    and bring back on them what they deserve.(EC)

Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
    and what his hands have done,(ED)
he will tear them down
    and never build them up again.

Praise be to the Lord,(EE)
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.(EF)
The Lord is my strength(EG) and my shield;
    my heart trusts(EH) in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,(EI)
    and with my song I praise him.(EJ)

The Lord is the strength(EK) of his people,
    a fortress of salvation(EL) for his anointed one.(EM)
Save your people(EN) and bless your inheritance;(EO)
    be their shepherd(EP) and carry them(EQ) forever.


  1. Psalm 24:4 Or swear falsely
  2. Psalm 24:6 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts face, Jacob
  3. Psalm 24:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.
  4. Psalm 25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  5. Psalm 25:12 Or ways he chooses
  6. Psalm 25:21 Septuagint; Hebrew does not have Lord.
  7. Psalm 27:2 Or slander

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