Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42[a][b]

For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah.

As the deer(A) pants for streams of water,(B)
    so my soul pants(C) for you, my God.
My soul thirsts(D) for God, for the living God.(E)
    When can I go(F) and meet with God?
My tears(G) have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”(H)
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:(I)
how I used to go to the house of God(J)
    under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy(K) and praise(L)
    among the festive throng.(M)

Why, my soul, are you downcast?(N)
    Why so disturbed(O) within me?
Put your hope in God,(P)
    for I will yet praise(Q) him,
    my Savior(R) and my God.(S)

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember(T) you
from the land of the Jordan,(U)
    the heights of Hermon(V)—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep(W)
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.(X)

By day the Lord directs his love,(Y)
    at night(Z) his song(AA) is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.(AB)

I say to God my Rock,(AC)
    “Why have you forgotten(AD) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(AE)
    oppressed(AF) by the enemy?”(AG)
10 My bones suffer mortal agony(AH)
    as my foes taunt(AI) me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”(AJ)

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.(AK)

Psalm 43[e]

Vindicate me, my God,
    and plead my cause(AL)
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me(AM) from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.(AN)
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected(AO) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(AP)
    oppressed by the enemy?(AQ)
Send me your light(AR) and your faithful care,(AS)
    let them lead me;(AT)
let them bring me to your holy mountain,(AU)
    to the place where you dwell.(AV)
Then I will go(AW) to the altar(AX) of God,
    to God, my joy(AY) and my delight.(AZ)
I will praise you with the lyre,(BA)
    O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.(BB)

Psalm 44[f]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[g]

We have heard it with our ears,(BC) O God;
    our ancestors have told us(BD)
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.(BE)
With your hand you drove out(BF) the nations
    and planted(BG) our ancestors;
you crushed(BH) the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.(BI)
It was not by their sword(BJ) that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(BK) your arm,(BL)
    and the light(BM) of your face, for you loved(BN) them.

You are my King(BO) and my God,(BP)
    who decrees[h] victories(BQ) for Jacob.
Through you we push back(BR) our enemies;
    through your name we trample(BS) our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,(BT)
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory(BU) over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.(BV)
In God we make our boast(BW) all day long,(BX)
    and we will praise your name forever.[i](BY)

But now you have rejected(BZ) and humbled us;(CA)
    you no longer go out with our armies.(CB)
10 You made us retreat(CC) before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered(CD) us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep(CE)
    and have scattered us among the nations.(CF)
12 You sold your people for a pittance,(CG)
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach(CH) to our neighbors,(CI)
    the scorn(CJ) and derision(CK) of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword(CL) among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads(CM) at us.
15 I live in disgrace(CN) all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame(CO)
16 at the taunts(CP) of those who reproach and revile(CQ) me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(CR)

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten(CS) you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned(CT) back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed(CU) us and made us a haunt for jackals;(CV)
    you covered us over with deep darkness.(CW)

20 If we had forgotten(CX) the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,(CY)
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?(CZ)
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep(DA) to be slaughtered.(DB)

23 Awake,(DC) Lord! Why do you sleep?(DD)
    Rouse yourself!(DE) Do not reject us forever.(DF)
24 Why do you hide your face(DG)
    and forget(DH) our misery and oppression?(DI)

25 We are brought down to the dust;(DJ)
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up(DK) and help us;
    rescue(DL) us because of your unfailing love.(DM)

Psalm 45[j]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[k] A wedding song.(DN)

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,(DO)
    since God has blessed you forever.(DP)

Gird your sword(DQ) on your side, you mighty one;(DR)
    clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(DS)
In your majesty ride forth victoriously(DT)
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(DU)
    let your right hand(DV) achieve awesome deeds.(DW)
Let your sharp arrows(DX) pierce the hearts(DY) of the king’s enemies;(DZ)
    let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God,[l] will last for ever and ever;(EA)
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness(EB) and hate wickedness;(EC)
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing(ED) you with the oil of joy.(EE)
All your robes are fragrant(EF) with myrrh(EG) and aloes(EH) and cassia;(EI)
    from palaces adorned with ivory(EJ)
    the music of the strings(EK) makes you glad.
Daughters of kings(EL) are among your honored women;
    at your right hand(EM) is the royal bride(EN) in gold of Ophir.(EO)

10 Listen, daughter,(EP) and pay careful attention:(EQ)
    Forget your people(ER) and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(ES)
    honor(ET) him, for he is your lord.(EU)
12 The city of Tyre(EV) will come with a gift,[m](EW)
    people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(EX) is the princess within her chamber;
    her gown is interwoven with gold.(EY)
14 In embroidered garments(EZ) she is led to the king;(FA)
    her virgin companions(FB) follow her—
    those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(FC)
    they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
    you will make them princes(FD) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(FE)
    therefore the nations will praise you(FF) for ever and ever.(FG)

Psalm 46[n]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[o] A song.

God is our refuge(FH) and strength,(FI)
    an ever-present(FJ) help(FK) in trouble.(FL)
Therefore we will not fear,(FM) though the earth give way(FN)
    and the mountains fall(FO) into the heart of the sea,(FP)
though its waters roar(FQ) and foam(FR)
    and the mountains quake(FS) with their surging.[p]

There is a river(FT) whose streams(FU) make glad the city of God,(FV)
    the holy place where the Most High(FW) dwells.(FX)
God is within her,(FY) she will not fall;(FZ)
    God will help(GA) her at break of day.
Nations(GB) are in uproar,(GC) kingdoms(GD) fall;
    he lifts his voice,(GE) the earth melts.(GF)

The Lord Almighty(GG) is with us;(GH)
    the God of Jacob(GI) is our fortress.(GJ)

Come and see what the Lord has done,(GK)
    the desolations(GL) he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars(GM) cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow(GN) and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[q] with fire.(GO)
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;(GP)
    I will be exalted(GQ) among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob(GR) is our fortress.(GS)

Psalm 47[r]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Clap your hands,(GT) all you nations;
    shout to God with cries of joy.(GU)

For the Lord Most High(GV) is awesome,(GW)
    the great King(GX) over all the earth.
He subdued(GY) nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance(GZ) for us,
    the pride of Jacob,(HA) whom he loved.[s]

God has ascended(HB) amid shouts of joy,(HC)
    the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(HD)
Sing praises(HE) to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;(HF)
    sing to him a psalm(HG) of praise.

God reigns(HH) over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.(HI)
The nobles of the nations assemble
    as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[t] of the earth belong to God;(HJ)
    he is greatly exalted.(HK)

Psalm 48[u]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Great is the Lord,(HL) and most worthy of praise,(HM)
    in the city of our God,(HN) his holy mountain.(HO)

Beautiful(HP) in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[v](HQ) is Mount Zion,(HR)
    the city of the Great King.(HS)
God is in her citadels;(HT)
    he has shown himself to be her fortress.(HU)

When the kings joined forces,
    when they advanced together,(HV)
they saw her and were astounded;
    they fled in terror.(HW)
Trembling seized(HX) them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(HY)
You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(HZ)
    shattered by an east wind.(IA)

As we have heard,
    so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
    in the city of our God:
God makes her secure

Within your temple, O God,
    we meditate(IC) on your unfailing love.(ID)
10 Like your name,(IE) O God,
    your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(IF)
    your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
    the villages of Judah are glad
    because of your judgments.(IG)

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
    count her towers,(IH)
13 consider well her ramparts,(II)
    view her citadels,(IJ)
that you may tell of them
    to the next generation.(IK)

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
    he will be our guide(IL) even to the end.

Psalm 49[x]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Hear(IM) this, all you peoples;(IN)
    listen, all who live in this world,(IO)
both low and high,(IP)
    rich and poor alike:
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(IQ)
    the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(IR)
I will turn my ear to a proverb;(IS)
    with the harp(IT) I will expound my riddle:(IU)

Why should I fear(IV) when evil days come,
    when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth(IW)
    and boast(IX) of their great riches?(IY)
No one can redeem the life of another
    or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom(IZ) for a life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough—(JA)
so that they should live on(JB) forever
    and not see decay.(JC)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(JD)
    that the foolish and the senseless(JE) also perish,
    leaving their wealth(JF) to others.(JG)
11 Their tombs(JH) will remain their houses[y] forever,
    their dwellings for endless generations,(JI)
    though they had[z] named(JJ) lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;(JK)
    they are like the beasts that perish.(JL)

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(JM)
    and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[aa]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(JN) to die;(JO)
    death will be their shepherd
    (but the upright will prevail(JP) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
    far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(JQ)
    he will surely take me to himself.(JR)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
    when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(JS) with them when they die,
    their splendor will not descend with them.(JT)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(JU)
    and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(JV)
    who will never again see the light(JW) of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding(JX)
    are like the beasts that perish.(JY)

Psalm 50

A psalm of Asaph.

The Mighty One, God, the Lord,(JZ)
    speaks and summons the earth
    from the rising of the sun to where it sets.(KA)
From Zion,(KB) perfect in beauty,(KC)
    God shines forth.(KD)
Our God comes(KE)
    and will not be silent;(KF)
a fire devours(KG) before him,(KH)
    and around him a tempest(KI) rages.
He summons the heavens above,
    and the earth,(KJ) that he may judge his people:(KK)
“Gather to me this consecrated people,(KL)
    who made a covenant(KM) with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim(KN) his righteousness,
    for he is a God of justice.[ab][ac](KO)

“Listen, my people, and I will speak;
    I will testify(KP) against you, Israel:
    I am God, your God.(KQ)
I bring no charges(KR) against you concerning your sacrifices
    or concerning your burnt offerings,(KS) which are ever before me.
I have no need of a bull(KT) from your stall
    or of goats(KU) from your pens,(KV)
10 for every animal of the forest(KW) is mine,
    and the cattle on a thousand hills.(KX)
11 I know every bird(KY) in the mountains,
    and the insects in the fields(KZ) are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
    for the world(LA) is mine, and all that is in it.(LB)
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
    or drink the blood of goats?

14 “Sacrifice thank offerings(LC) to God,
    fulfill your vows(LD) to the Most High,(LE)
15 and call(LF) on me in the day of trouble;(LG)
    I will deliver(LH) you, and you will honor(LI) me.”

16 But to the wicked person, God says:

“What right have you to recite my laws
    or take my covenant(LJ) on your lips?(LK)
17 You hate(LL) my instruction
    and cast my words behind(LM) you.
18 When you see a thief, you join(LN) with him;
    you throw in your lot with adulterers.(LO)
19 You use your mouth for evil
    and harness your tongue to deceit.(LP)
20 You sit and testify against your brother(LQ)
    and slander your own mother’s son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,(LR)
    you thought I was exactly[ad] like you.
But I now arraign(LS) you
    and set my accusations(LT) before you.

22 “Consider this, you who forget God,(LU)
    or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:(LV)
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
    and to the blameless[ae] I will show my salvation.(LW)

Psalm 51[af]

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.(LX)

Have mercy(LY) on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;(LZ)
according to your great compassion(MA)
    blot out(MB) my transgressions.(MC)
Wash away(MD) all my iniquity
    and cleanse(ME) me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.(MF)
Against you, you only, have I sinned(MG)
    and done what is evil in your sight;(MH)
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.(MI)
Surely I was sinful(MJ) at birth,(MK)
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom(ML) in that secret place.(MM)

Cleanse(MN) me with hyssop,(MO) and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.(MP)
Let me hear joy and gladness;(MQ)
    let the bones(MR) you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins(MS)
    and blot out(MT) all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart,(MU) O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.(MV)
11 Do not cast me(MW) from your presence(MX)
    or take your Holy Spirit(MY) from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation(MZ)
    and grant me a willing spirit,(NA) to sustain me.(NB)

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,(NC)
    so that sinners(ND) will turn back to you.(NE)
14 Deliver me(NF) from the guilt of bloodshed,(NG) O God,
    you who are God my Savior,(NH)
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.(NI)
15 Open my lips, Lord,(NJ)
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice,(NK) or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice,(NL) O God, is[ag] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart(NM)
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,(NN)
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.(NO)
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,(NP)
    in burnt offerings(NQ) offered whole;
    then bulls(NR) will be offered on your altar.

Psalm 52[ah]

For the director of music. A maskil[ai] of David. When Doeg the Edomite(NS) had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
    Why do you boast(NT) all day long,(NU)
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,(NV)
    your tongue plots destruction;(NW)
    it is like a sharpened razor.(NX)
You love evil(NY) rather than good,
    falsehood(NZ) rather than speaking the truth.[aj]
You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue!(OA)

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck(OB) you from your tent;
    he will uproot(OC) you from the land of the living.(OD)
The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh(OE) at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
    who did not make God his stronghold(OF)
but trusted in his great wealth(OG)
    and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree(OH)
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust(OI) in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you(OJ)
    in the presence of your faithful people.(OK)
And I will hope in your name,(OL)
    for your name is good.(OM)

Psalm 53[ak](ON)

For the director of music. According to mahalath.[al] A maskil[am] of David.

The fool(OO) says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”(OP)
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

God looks down from heaven(OQ)
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,(OR)
    any who seek God.(OS)
Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.(OT)

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on God.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    where there was nothing to dread.(OU)
God scattered the bones(OV) of those who attacked you;(OW)
    you put them to shame,(OX) for God despised them.(OY)

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 54[an]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[ao] of David. When the Ziphites(OZ) had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

Save me(PA), O God, by your name;(PB)
    vindicate me by your might.(PC)
Hear my prayer, O God;(PD)
    listen to the words of my mouth.

Arrogant foes are attacking me;(PE)
    ruthless people(PF) are trying to kill me(PG)
    people without regard for God.[ap](PH)

Surely God is my help;(PI)
    the Lord is the one who sustains me.(PJ)

Let evil recoil(PK) on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness(PL) destroy them.

I will sacrifice a freewill offering(PM) to you;
    I will praise(PN) your name, Lord, for it is good.(PO)
You have delivered me(PP) from all my troubles,
    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.(PQ)

Psalm 55[aq]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[ar] of David.

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;(PR)
    hear me and answer me.(PS)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(PT)
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(PU)
    and assail(PV) me in their anger.(PW)

My heart is in anguish(PX) within me;
    the terrors(PY) of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling(PZ) have beset me;
    horror(QA) has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;[as](QB)
I would hurry to my place of shelter,(QC)
    far from the tempest and storm.(QD)

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(QE)
    for I see violence and strife(QF) in the city.(QG)
10 Day and night they prowl(QH) about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(QI) are at work in the city;
    threats and lies(QJ) never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
    I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
    I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,(QK)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(QL)
    at the house of God,(QM)
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;(QN)
    let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,(QO)
    for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(QP) morning(QQ) and noon(QR)
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(QS)
    who does not change—
he will hear(QT) them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.(QU)

20 My companion attacks his friends;(QV)
    he violates his covenant.(QW)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(QX)
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(QY)
    yet they are drawn swords.(QZ)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;(RA)
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.(RB)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
    into the pit(RC) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(RD)
    will not live out half their days.(RE)

But as for me, I trust in you.(RF)

Psalm 56[at]

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.[au] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

Be merciful to me,(RG) my God,
    for my enemies are in hot pursuit;(RH)
    all day long they press their attack.(RI)
My adversaries pursue me all day long;(RJ)
    in their pride many are attacking me.(RK)

When I am afraid,(RL) I put my trust in you.(RM)
    In God, whose word I praise—(RN)
in God I trust and am not afraid.(RO)
    What can mere mortals do to me?(RP)

All day long they twist my words;(RQ)
    all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire,(RR) they lurk,
    they watch my steps,(RS)
    hoping to take my life.(RT)
Because of their wickedness do not[av] let them escape;(RU)
    in your anger, God, bring the nations down.(RV)

Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll[aw](RW)
    are they not in your record?(RX)
Then my enemies will turn back(RY)
    when I call for help.(RZ)
    By this I will know that God is for me.(SA)

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows(SB) to you, my God;
    I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death(SC)
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.(SD)

Psalm 57[ax](SE)

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[ay] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.(SF)

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.(SG)
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings(SH)
    until the disaster has passed.(SI)

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.(SJ)
He sends from heaven and saves me,(SK)
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—[az](SL)
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.(SM)

I am in the midst of lions;(SN)
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.(SO)

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.(SP)

They spread a net for my feet(SQ)
    I was bowed down(SR) in distress.
They dug a pit(SS) in my path—
    but they have fallen into it themselves.(ST)

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;(SU)
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!(SV)
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.(SW)

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(SX)
    let your glory be over all the earth.(SY)

Psalm 58[ba]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[bb]

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(SZ)
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,(TA)
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(TB)

Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(TC)
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
that will not heed(TD) the tune of the charmer,(TE)
    however skillful the enchanter may be.

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;(TF)
    Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!(TG)
Let them vanish like water that flows away;(TH)
    when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(TI)
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(TJ)
    like a stillborn child(TK) that never sees the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(TL)
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[bc](TM)
10 The righteous will be glad(TN) when they are avenged,(TO)
    when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(TP)
11 Then people will say,
    “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(TQ)
    surely there is a God who judges the earth.”(TR)

Psalm 59[bd]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[be] When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house(TS) in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;(TT)
    be my fortress against those who are attacking me.(TU)
Deliver me from evildoers(TV)
    and save me from those who are after my blood.(TW)

See how they lie in wait for me!
    Fierce men conspire(TX) against me
    for no offense or sin of mine, Lord.
I have done no wrong,(TY) yet they are ready to attack me.(TZ)
    Arise to help me; look on my plight!(UA)
You, Lord God Almighty,
    you who are the God of Israel,(UB)
rouse yourself(UC) to punish all the nations;(UD)
    show no mercy to wicked traitors.[bf](UE)

They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,(UF)
    and prowl about the city.
See what they spew from their mouths(UG)
    the words from their lips are sharp as swords,(UH)
    and they think, “Who can hear us?”(UI)
But you laugh at them, Lord;(UJ)
    you scoff at all those nations.(UK)

You are my strength,(UL) I watch for you;
    you, God, are my fortress,(UM)
10     my God on whom I can rely.

God will go before me
    and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[bg](UN)
    or my people will forget.(UO)
In your might uproot them
    and bring them down.(UP)
12 For the sins of their mouths,(UQ)
    for the words of their lips,(UR)
    let them be caught in their pride.(US)
For the curses and lies they utter,
13     consume them in your wrath,
    consume them till they are no more.(UT)
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
    that God rules over Jacob.(UU)

14 They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food(UV)
    and howl if not satisfied.


  1. Psalm 42:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 42:1 In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.
  3. Psalm 42:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  4. Psalm 42:4 See Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
  5. Psalm 43:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.
  6. Psalm 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.
  7. Psalm 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  8. Psalm 44:4 Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew King, O God; / command
  9. Psalm 44:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  10. Psalm 45:1 In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.
  11. Psalm 45:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  12. Psalm 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.
  13. Psalm 45:12 Or A Tyrian robe is among the gifts
  14. Psalm 46:1 In Hebrew texts 46:1-11 is numbered 46:2-12.
  15. Psalm 46:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  16. Psalm 46:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 11.
  17. Psalm 46:9 Or chariots
  18. Psalm 47:1 In Hebrew texts 47:1-9 is numbered 47:2-10.
  19. Psalm 47:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  20. Psalm 47:9 Or shields
  21. Psalm 48:1 In Hebrew texts 48:1-14 is numbered 48:2-15.
  22. Psalm 48:2 Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.
  23. Psalm 48:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  24. Psalm 49:1 In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.
  25. Psalm 49:11 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain
  26. Psalm 49:11 Or generations, / for they have
  27. Psalm 49:13 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 15.
  28. Psalm 50:6 With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text for God himself is judge
  29. Psalm 50:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  30. Psalm 50:21 Or thought the ‘I am’ was
  31. Psalm 50:23 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; the meaning of the Masoretic Text for this phrase is uncertain.
  32. Psalm 51:1 In Hebrew texts 51:1-19 is numbered 51:3-21.
  33. Psalm 51:17 Or The sacrifices of God are
  34. Psalm 52:1 In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.
  35. Psalm 52:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  36. Psalm 52:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.
  37. Psalm 53:1 In Hebrew texts 53:1-6 is numbered 53:2-7.
  38. Psalm 53:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  39. Psalm 53:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  40. Psalm 54:1 In Hebrew texts 54:1-7 is numbered 54:3-9.
  41. Psalm 54:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  42. Psalm 54:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  43. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
  44. Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  45. Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.
  46. Psalm 56:1 In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14.
  47. Psalm 56:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  48. Psalm 56:7 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have do not.
  49. Psalm 56:8 Or misery; / put my tears in your wineskin
  50. Psalm 57:1 In Hebrew texts 57:1-11 is numbered 57:2-12.
  51. Psalm 57:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  52. Psalm 57:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.
  53. Psalm 58:1 In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
  54. Psalm 58:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  55. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
  56. Psalm 59:1 In Hebrew texts 59:1-17 is numbered 59:2-18.
  57. Psalm 59:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  58. Psalm 59:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 13.
  59. Psalm 59:11 Or sovereign

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