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Psalm 108-110 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 108[a]

A song. A psalm of David.

108 My heart is unwavering, God.
    I will sing and make music—
    yes, with my whole being!
Wake up, harp and lyre!
    I will wake the dawn itself!
I will give thanks to you, Lord, among all the peoples;
    I will make music to you among the nations,
    because your faithful love is higher than heaven;
    your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
Exalt yourself, God, higher than heaven!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!
    Save me by your power and answer me
    so that the people you love might be rescued.

God has spoken in his sanctuary:
“I will celebrate as I divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Succoth Valley.
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.
But Moab is my washbowl;
    I’ll throw my shoe at Edom.
    I shout in triumph over Philistia!
10 I wish someone would bring me to a fortified city!
    I wish someone would lead me to Edom!”

11 But you have rejected us, God, haven’t you?
    You, God, no longer accompany our armies.
12 Give us help against the enemy—
    human help is worthless.
13 With God we will triumph:
    God is the one who will trample our adversaries.

Psalm 109

To the leader. Of David. A psalm.

109 God of my praise, don’t keep quiet,
    because the mouths of wicked liars
    have opened up against me,
    talking about me with lying tongues.
Hateful words surround me;
    they attack me for no reason.
Instead of returning my love, they accuse me—
    but I am at prayer.
They repay me evil for good,
    hatred in return for my love.

“Appoint a wicked person to be against this person,” they say,
    “an accuser to stand right next to him.
When the sentence is passed, let him be found guilty—
    let his prayer be found sinful!
Let his days be few;
    let someone else assume his position.
Let his children become orphans;
    let his wife turn into a widow.
10 Let his children wander aimlessly, begging,
    driven out of their ruined homes.
11 Let a creditor seize everything he owns;
    let strangers plunder his wealth.
12 Let no one extend faithful love to him;
    let no one have mercy on his orphans.
13 Let his descendants be eliminated;
    let their names be wiped out in just one generation!
14 Let his father’s wrongdoing be remembered before the Lord;
    let his mother’s sin never be wiped out.
15 Let them be before the Lord always,
    and let God eliminate the very memory of them from the land.
16 All because this person didn’t remember to demonstrate faithful love,
    but chased after the poor and needy—
    even the brokenhearted—with deadly intent!
17 Since he loved to curse,
    let it come back on him!
Since he didn’t care much for blessing,
    let it be far away from him!
18 Since he wore curses like a coat,
    let them seep inside him like water,
    seep into his bones like oil!
19 Let them be like the clothes he wears,
    like a belt that is always around him.”

20 But let all that be the reward my accusers get from the Lord,
    the reward for those who speak evil against me!
21 But you, Lord, my Lord!—
    act on my behalf for the sake of your name;
    deliver me because your faithful love is so good;
22     because I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is broken.
23 Like a lengthening shadow, I’m passing away;
    I’m shaken off, like some locust.
24 My legs are weak from fasting;
    my body is skin and bones.
25 I’ve become a joke to my accusers;
    when they see me, they just shake their heads.

26 Help me, Lord my God!
    Save me according to your faithful love!
27 And let them know that this is by your hand—
    that you have done it, Lord!
28 Let them curse—but you, bless me!
    If they rise up, let them be disgraced,
        but let your servant celebrate!
29 Let my accusers be dressed in shame;
    let them wear their disgrace like a coat.
30 But I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth;
    among a great crowd I will praise God!
31 Because God stands right next to the needy,
    to save them from any who would condemn them.

Psalm 110

Of David. A psalm.

110 What the Lord says to my master:
“Sit right beside me
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet!”

May the Lord make your mighty scepter
    reach far from Zion!
    Rule over your enemies!
Your people stand ready
    on your day of battle.
    “In holy grandeur, from the dawn’s womb, fight![b]
        Your youthful strength is like the dew itself.”
The Lord has sworn a solemn pledge and won’t change his mind:
    “You are a priest forever in line with Melchizedek.”[c]
My master, by your strong hand,
    God has crushed kings on his day of wrath.[d]

God brings the nations to justice,
    piling the dead bodies, crushing heads throughout the earth.
God drinks from a stream along the way,
    then holds his head up high.[e]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 108:1 Ps 108:1-5 parallels Ps 57:7-11; Ps 108:6-13 parallels Ps 60:5-12.
  2. Psalm 110:3 Correction; or Go!; MT to you
  3. Psalm 110:4 Or a rightful king by my decree
  4. Psalm 110:5 Or My Lord (God), because of your (the king’s) strong hand, has crushed or The Lord is above your strong hand, crushing kings
  5. Psalm 110:7 Heb uncertain
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