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Psalm 119


Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the Torah of Adonai.
Happy are those who keep His testimonies,
who seek Him with a whole heart,
who also do no injustice, but walk in His ways.
You have commanded that Your precepts
be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways were steadfast
to observe Your decrees!
Then I would not be ashamed,
when I consider all Your mitzvot.
I will praise You with an upright heart
as I learn Your righteous judgments.
I will observe Your statutes.
Never abandon me utterly!


How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought You
—let me not stray from Your mitzvot.
11 I have treasured Your word in my heart,
so I might not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, Adonai.
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I rehearse
all the rulings of Your mouth.
14 I rejoice in the way of Your testimonies
above all wealth.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts,
and regard Your ways.
16 I will delight in Your decrees.
I will never forget Your word.


17 Do good to Your servant
that I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, so I may behold
wonders from Your Torah.
19 I am a temporary dweller on earth—
do not hide Your mitzvot from me.
20 My soul is crushed with longing
for Your judgments at all times.
21 You rebuke the proud, who are cursed,
who wander from Your mitzvot.
22 Take scorn and contempt away from me,
for I have kept Your testimonies.
23 Though princes sit and talk against me,
Your servant meditates on Your decrees.
24 For Your testimonies are my delight—
they are also my counselors.


25 My soul clings to the dust.
Revive me according to Your word!
26 I told of my ways and You answered me.
Teach me Your statutes.
27 Help me discern the way of Your precepts,
so I may meditate on Your wonders.
28 My soul weeps with grief.
Make me stand firm with Your word.
29 Turn me away from the deceitful way,
and be gracious to me with Your Torah.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness.
I have set my heart on Your judgments.
31 I cling to Your testimonies.
Adonai, do not put me to shame!
32 I run the course of Your mitzvot,
for You open wide my heart.


33 Teach me the way of Your decrees, Adonai,
and I will follow them to the end.
34 Give me understanding,
that I may keep Your Torah
and observe it with all my heart.
35 Help me walk in the path of Your mitzvot
for I delight in it.
36 Turn my heart to Your testimonies
and not to dishonest gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from gazing at vanity
but revive me in Your ways.
38 Fulfill Your word to Your servant,
which leads to reverence for You.
39 Make the disgrace I dread pass away,
for Your judgments are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts.
Revive me by Your righteousness.


41 May Your lovingkindnesses come to me, Adonai
Your salvation according to Your word—
42 so I may answer the one taunting me,
for I trust in Your word.
43 Never snatch out of my mouth a word of truth,
for I hope in Your judgments.
44 So I may always keep Your Torah,
forever and ever,
45 and walk about in freedom.
For I have sought Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your testimonies
before kings, and never be ashamed.
47 I delight in Your mitzvot,
    which I love.
48 I reach out my hands for Your mitzvot,
    which I love,
and meditate on Your decrees.


49 Remember the word to Your servant,
on which You have made me hope.
50 My comfort in my affliction is this:
Your word has kept me alive.
51 The arrogant have viciously ridiculed me,
yet I did not turn away from Your Torah.
52 I remember Your judgments from of old,
Adonai, and comfort myself.
53 Burning indignation grips me,
because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah.
54 Your decrees have become my songs
in the house where I dwell.
55 In the night I remember Your Name, Adonai,
and keep watching over Your Torah.
56 This is my own:
that I keep Your precepts.


57 Adonai is my portion.
I promised to guard Your words.
58 I have entreated Your favor with all my heart.
Be gracious to me according to Your word.
59 I have considered my ways
and turned my feet back to Your testimonies.
60 I hasten and do not delay
to obey Your mitzvot.
61 The ropes of the wicked are coiled around me,
but I did not forget Your Torah.
62 At midnight I rise to praise You,
because of Your righteous rulings.
63 I am a companion of all who fear You,
of those who observe Your precepts.
64 The earth is full of Your lovingkindness.
Adonai—teach me Your decrees.


65 You do good to Your servant,
Adonai, according to Your word.
66 Teach me good sense and knowledge,
for I trusted in Your mitzvot.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep Your word.
68 You are good and keep doing good—
teach me Your decrees.
69 Though the proud smeared a lie on me,
with all my heart I keep Your precepts.
70 Their minds are insensible,
but Your Torah is my delight.
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
so that I may learn Your decrees.
72 The Torah from Your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.


73 Your hands have made me and formed me.
Give me understanding that I may learn Your mitzvot.
74 Those in awe of You see me and rejoice,
because I put my hope in Your word.
75 I know, Adonai, Your judgments are just.
In faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 May Your lovingkindness comfort me,
according to Your promise to Your servant.
77 Let Your tender mercies reach me,
Let me live, for Your Torah is my delight.
78 May the proud be put to shame
for wronging me with a lie,
but I will meditate on Your precepts.
79 Let those in awe of You return to me—
those who know Your testimonies.
80 My heart will have integrity in following Your decrees,
so that I would not be ashamed.


81 My soul faints with longing for Your salvation,
but I still hope in Your word.
82 My eyes are worn out longing for Your promise,
    saying, “When will You comfort me?”
83 Though I became like a wineskin dried in smoke,
I do not forget Your decrees.
84 How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?
85 The proud have dug pits for me—
that is not in accord with Your Torah!
86 All Your mitzvot are faithful.
They persecute me with a lie—help me!
87 They almost finished me off on earth.
But I—I will not forsake Your precepts.
88 Revive me with Your lovingkindness,
so I may keep Your mouth’s testimony.


89 Forever, Adonai,
Your word stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation.
You established the earth, and it stands.
91 Your judgments stand today,
for all things are Your servants.
92 If Your Torah had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts.
For with them You have kept me alive.
94 I am Yours, save me!
For I have sought out Your precepts.
95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me.
But I will study Your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
yet Your commandment is boundless.


97 O how I love Your Torah!
It is my meditation all day.
98 Your mitzvot make me wiser than my enemies
—for they are mine forever.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I have gained more understanding than all my elders,
for I have kept Your precepts.
101 I kept my feet from every evil way,
in order to follow Your word.
102 I do not turn away from Your rulings,
for You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet is Your word to my taste—
yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 From Your precepts I get discernment,
therefore I hate every false way.


105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.[a]
106 I have sworn and confirmed
to observe Your righteous rulings.
107 I am severely afflicted.
Keep me alive, Adonai, according to Your word.
108 Please accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, Adonai,
and teach me Your rulings.
109 My soul is continually in danger,
yet I have not forgotten Your Torah.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
yet I did not stray from Your precepts.
111 Your testimonies I have as a heritage
forever, for they are my heart’s joy.
112 I turned my heart to do Your decrees,
forever, to the very end.


113 I hate double-minded ones,
but Your Torah I love.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield
—in Your word I hope.
115 Away from me, evildoers,
so I may keep the mitzvot of my God!
116 Sustain me according to Your word, so I may live,
and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Support me and I will be saved,
and study Your decrees continually.
118 You despise all who wander from Your decrees,
for their deceitfulness is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth You remove like dross.
Therefore I love Your testimonies.
120 My flesh shudders for fear of You,
and I am in awe of Your judgments.


121 I did what is just and right.
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee Your servant’s well-being.
Do not let arrogant ones oppress me.
123 My eyes fail, longing for Your salvation
and for Your righteous word.
124 Deal with Your servant as befits Your lovingkindness,
and teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant, give me discernment,
so I may understand Your testimonies.
126 It is time for Adonai to act—
they have violated Your Torah!
127 Therefore I love Your mitzvot
more than gold, more than pure gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all Your precepts as right in every way
—every false way I hate.

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129 Your testimonies are wonderful.
Therefore my soul obeys them.
130 The unfolding of Your words gives light,
giving understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
for I longed for Your mitzvot.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is fitting to those who love Your Name.
133 Direct my footsteps in Your word,
and let no iniquity get mastery over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
and I will keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine on Your servant,
and teach me Your decrees.
136 Streams of water run down from my eyes,
because they do not observe Your Torah.


137 Righteous are You, Adonai,
and Your judgments are upright.
138 You have commanded righteousness,
Your testimonies, and great faithfulness.
139 My zeal has consumed me,
because my foes forgot Your words.
140 Your word is thoroughly refined,
and Your servant loves it.
141 I am insignificant and despised,
yet I have not forgotten Your precepts.
142 Your justice is righteousness forever,
and Your Torah is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
yet Your mitzvot are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever
—make me understand, so I may live.


145 I cried out with all my heart,
“Answer me, Adonai!
I will keep Your decrees.”
146 I cried out to You, “Save me,
and I will keep Your testimonies.”
147 I am up before dawn, crying for help—
I put my hope in Your word.
148 My eyes are up before every night watch,
as I meditate on Your word.
149 Hear my voice with Your lovingkindness.
Revive me, Adonai, with Your judgments.
150 Pursuers of wicked schemes draw near—
they are far from Your Torah.
151 You are near, Adonai,
and all Your mitzvot are truth.
152 Long ago I learned from Your testimonies
that You founded them firmly forever.


153 See my affliction and rescue me,
for I do not forget Your Torah.
154 Defend my cause and redeem me.
Restore my life through Your word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek after Your decrees.
156 Great are Your mercies, Adonai.
Restore my life with Your judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and my foes.
Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.
158 I see the treacherous and loathe them,
because they do not keep Your word.
159 See how I loved Your precepts.
Restore my life, Adonai, with Your lovingkindness.
160 Truth is the essence of Your word,
and all Your righteous rulings are eternal.


161 Princes persecute me for no reason,
but my heart is in awe of Your words.
162 I rejoice in Your word,
as one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
but Your Torah I love.
164 Seven times a day I praise You,
because of Your righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they who love Your Torah,
and nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I hope for Your salvation, Adonai,
and do Your mitzvot.
167 My soul has observed Your testimonies
and I love them exceedingly.
168 I observe Your precepts and Your laws,
for all my ways are before You.


169 Let my cry come to You, Adonai.
Grant me understanding by Your word.
170 Let my supplication come before You.
Deliver me, according to Your promise.
171 My lips utter praise,
for You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue sings of Your word,
for all Your mitzvot are righteous.
173 Let Your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen Your precepts.
174 I long for Your deliverance, Adonai,
and Your Torah is my delight.
175 Let my soul live and praise You,
and may Your rulings help me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep—seek Your servant.
For I did not forget Your mitzvot.

I Am for Shalom

Psalm 120

A Song of Ascents.
In my trouble I cried out to Adonai,
    and He answered me.
Adonai, deliver my soul from lying lips,
from a deceitful tongue.
What can be given to you,
and what more can be done to you, O deceitful tongue?—
sharp arrows of the mighty,
    with burning coals of a broom tree!
Woe to me, for I sojourn in Meshech,
for I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
My soul has too long dwelt
with those who hate shalom.
I am for shalom and thus I speak,
but they are for war!

He Watches Over You

Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains—
from where does my help come?
My help comes from Adonai,
Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip.
Your Keeper will not slumber.
Behold, the Keeper of Israel
neither slumbers nor sleeps.
Adonai is your Keeper.
Adonai is your shadow at your right hand.
The sun will not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
Adonai will protect you from all evil.
He will guard your life.
Adonai will watch over your coming and your going
from this time forth and forevermore.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Psalm 122

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
I rejoiced when they said to me,
“Let us go to the House of Adonai.”
Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem—
Jerusalem, built as a city
joined together.
There the tribes go up,
the tribes of Adonai
—as a testimony to Israel—
to praise the Name of Adonai.
For there thrones for judgment are set up,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem—
“May those who love you be at peace!
May there be shalom within your walls—
quietness within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I now say: “Shalom be within you.”
For the sake of the House of Adonai our God,
I will seek your good.

Be Gracious to Your Servants

Psalm 123

A Song of Ascents.
To You I lift up my eyes—
You enthroned in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of slaves to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a slave-girl to the hand of her mistress—
so our eyes look to Adonai our God, till He shows us favor.
Show us favor, Adonai, show us favor!
For we have endured much contempt.
Our soul has had enough
of the scorn of those at ease,
the contempt of the proud.

Had He Not Been on Our Side

Psalm 124

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
“Had Adonai not been on our side”
—let Israel now say—
“Had Adonai not been on our side,
when men rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us alive,
when their wrath burned against us.
Then the waters would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over our soul,
then the raging waters
would have swept over our soul.”

Blessed be Adonai, who has not given us
as prey for their teeth.
Our soul has escaped like a bird
out of the snare of the trappers—
the snare is broken, and we escaped!
Our help is in the Name of Adonai,
Maker of heaven and earth.

Like the Mountains Around Jerusalem

Psalm 125

A Song of Ascents.
Those who trust in Adonai are like Mount Zion—
it cannot be moved, but endures forever.
As the mountains are around Jerusalem,
so Adonai is all around His people,
both now and forever.
For a scepter of wickedness will not rest
over the land of the righteous—
lest the righteous set their hands to evil.
Do good, Adonai, to the good,
and to those upright in their hearts.
But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways,
Adonai will lead them away with evildoers.
Shalom be upon Israel.

Joyful Restoration of Zion

Psalm 126

A Song of Ascents.
When Adonai restored the captives of Zion,
it was as if we were dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with a song of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
Adonai has done great things for them.”
Adonai has done great things for us
    —we are joyful!
Restore us from captivity, Adonai,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap with a song of joy.
Whoever keeps going out weeping,
    carrying his bag of seed,
will surely come back with a song of joy,
    carrying his sheaves.

He Gives Sleep to His Children

Psalm 127

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
Unless Adonai builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless Adonai watches over the city,
    the watchman stands guard in vain.
In vain you rise up early and stay up late,
    eating the bread of toil—
for He provides for His beloved ones even in their sleep.

Behold, children are a heritage of Adonai
—the fruit of the womb is a reward.
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man,
so are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they speak with their enemies at the gate.

Blessing on Those Who Fear God

Psalm 128

A Song of Ascents.
Happy is everyone in awe of Adonai,
    who walks in His ways,
for you will eat the labor of your hands.
You will be blessed
and it will be good for you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house.
Your children will be like olive saplings around your table.
Behold, thus will the man be blessed
who fears Adonai.
May Adonai bless you out of Zion,
and may you see Jerusalem in prosperity
    all the days of your life,
and may you live to see your children’s children.

Shalom be upon Israel!

Haters Won’t Prevail

Psalm 129

A Song of Ascents.
“How many times they have been hostile to me,
even from my youth”—let Israel now say—
“How greatly they have been
hostile to me, even from my youth.
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
Plowmen plowed on my back—
they made their furrows long!”
Adonai is righteous—
He has cut the ropes of the wicked.
May all who hate Zion
be driven back in disgrace.
Let them be like grass on the roofs,
which withers before it springs up—
with it a reaper cannot fill his hand,
nor can a binder of sheaves fill his lap.
So the passersby may never say:
“The blessing of Adonai be upon you—
    we bless you in the Name of Adonai.”

Forgiveness and Full Redemption

Psalm 130

A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths I cry to You, Adonai!
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive to the sound of my supplications.
If You, Adonai, kept a record of iniquities—
my Lord, who could stand?
For with You there is forgiveness,
so You may be revered.
I wait for Adonai, my soul waits,
and in His word I hope.
My soul waits for my Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning,
watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, wait for Adonai.
For with Adonai there is lovingkindness,
and with Him is full redemption,
and He will redeem Israel
    from all its iniquities.

Be Still My Soul

Psalm 131

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Adonai, my heart is not proud,
nor my eyes lofty,
nor do I go after things too great
or too difficult for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul—
like a weaned child with his mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in Adonai
from this time forth and forever.

Promise of Ben-David

Psalm 132

A Song of Ascents.
Adonai, remember David,
all his afflictions,
and how he swore to Adonai,
vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not enter the tent of my house
    nor lie on my bed,
nor will I will give sleep to my eyes,
    nor slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for Adonai,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Behold, we heard of it in Ephratha,
we found it in the fields of Joar.
Let us go into His dwelling place,
let us bow at His footstool.
Arise, Adonai, to Your resting place—
You, and the Ark of Your might.
Let Your kohanim wear righteousness,
and let Your godly ones sing for joy.
10 For Your servant David’s sake
do not turn away the face of Your anointed.[b]

11 Adonai has sworn to David
a true promise He will not revoke:
“From the fruit of your body
I will set one upon your throne—[c]
12 if your children keep My covenant
and My law that I will teach them,
then their sons will sit on your throne forever.”

13 For Adonai has chosen Zion,
He has desired it for His dwelling:
14 “This is My resting place forever.
Here I dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her food.
I will satisfy her needy ones with bread.
16 I will clothe her kohanim with salvation,
and her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.
17 There will I make a horn spring up for David,[d]
I have set up a lamp for My anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
but upon himself his crown will shine.”

Blessing of Unity

Psalm 133

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brothers to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
coming down upon the beard—Aaron’s beard—
coming down on the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
coming down upon the mountains of Zion.
For there Adonai commanded the blessing
—life forevermore!

Call to Evening Worship

Psalm 134

A Song of Ascents.
Behold, bless Adonai, all servants of Adonai,
who stand by night in the House of Adonai.
Lift up your hands to the Sanctuary
and bless Adonai.
May Adonai bless you out of Zion—
Maker of heaven and earth.

Jacob as His Treasure

Psalm 135

Halleluyah! Praise the Name of Adonai.
Give praise, O servants of Adonai
standing in the House of Adonai,
in the courts of the House of our God.
Praise Adonai, for Adonai is good.
Sing praises to His Name, for it is delightful.
For Adonai has chosen Jacob for Himself,
Israel as His treasured possession.[e]
For I have known that Adonai is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever Adonai pleases, He does,
in heaven and in earth,
in the seas and in all deeps.
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain.
He brings wind out of His storehouses.

He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
both man and beast.
He sent signs and wonders among you,
O Egypt, on Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations
and slew mighty kings:
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 and gave their land as an inheritance,
an inheritance to His people Israel.

13 Adonai, Your Name endures forever,
Your renown, Adonai, from generation to generation.
14 For Adonai will vindicate His people,
and have compassion on His servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see;
17 they have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them—
so will all who keep trusting in them.

19 O house of Israel, bless Adonai!
O house of Aaron, bless Adonai!
20 O house of Levi, bless Adonai!
You who revere Adonai, bless Adonai!
21 Blessed be Adonai out of Zion,
who dwells in Jerusalem. Halleluyah!

His Chesed Endures Forever!

Psalm 136

Praise Adonai, for He is good,
for His lovingkindness endures forever.
Praise the God of gods,
for His lovingkindness endures forever.
Praise the Lord of lords,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
who alone did great wonders,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
who made the heavens by wisdom,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
who spread the earth on the waters,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
who made great lights,
for His lovingkindness endures forever—
the sun to rule by day,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
the moon and stars to rule by night,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
10 who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
11 and led out Israel from among them,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
12 with a strong hand and outstretched arm,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
13 who cut the Sea of Reeds into parts,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
15 but hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Sea of Reeds,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
16 who led His people through the desert,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
17 who struck down great kings,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
18 and slew mighty kings,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
21 and gave their land for an inheritance,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
22 an inheritance for Israel His servant,
for His lovingkindness endures forever.
23 He remembered us in our lowly estate,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
24 and separated between us
and He delivered us from our adversaries,
for His lovingkindness endures forever,
25 who gives food to all flesh,
for His lovingkindness endures forever.
26 Praise the God of heaven,
for His lovingkindness endures forever!

By the Rivers of Babylon

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon,
we sat down and wept,
when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there
we hung up our harps.
For there our captors demanded songs
and our tormentors asked for joy:
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
How can we sing a song of Adonai in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand wither.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I cease to remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Remember, Adonai, the children of Edom,
what they said on the day Jerusalem fell:
“Strip her, strip her to her very foundation!”
O daughter of Babylon, the devastated one,
happy is the one who repays you
as you have paid us.
Happy is the one who seizes your little ones
and dashes them upon the rock.

Your Right Hand Delivers Me

Psalm 138

Of David.
I praise You with all my heart.
In the presence of the mighty I will sing praises to You.
I bow down toward Your holy Temple
and praise Your Name for Your love and Your faithfulness.
For You—magnified above all Your Name and Your word.
On the day I called, You answered me.
You made me bold with strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth will praise You, Adonai,
when they hear Your mouth’s speech.
So they will sing of the ways of Adonai,
for great is the glory of Adonai.
For though Adonai is exalted,
yet He looks upon the lowly,
but the haughty He knows from afar.
Though I walk amid trouble,
You revive me.
You stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and Your right hand delivers me.
Adonai will fulfill His purpose for me.
Your lovingkindness, Adonai, endures forever.
Do not abandon the work of Your hands.

How Precious Your Thoughts!

Psalm 139

For the music director: a psalm of David.
Adonai, You searched me and know me.
Whenever I sit down or stand up, You know it.
You discern my thinking from afar.
You observe my journeying and my resting
and You are familiar with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, Adonai, You know all about it.
You hemmed me in behind and before,
and laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from Your Ruach?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
If I go up to heaven, You are there,
and if I make my bed in Sheol,
look, You are there too.
If I take the wings of the dawn
and settle on the other side of the sea,
10 even there Your hand will lead me,
and Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say: “Surely darkness covers me,
night keeps light at a distance from me,”
12 even darkness is not dark for You,
    and night is as bright as day—
    darkness and light are alike.
13 For You have created my conscience.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You, for I am awesomely, wonderfully made!
Wonderful are Your works—
and my soul knows that very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was unformed,
and in Your book were written the days that were formed—
when not one of them had come to be.
17 How precious are Your thoughts, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand!
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 If only You would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloody men!
20 For they speak about You with wicked intent.
Your enemies reproach You in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, Adonai?
Do I not loathe those who rise against You?
22 I hate them with total hatred—
I consider them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Examine me, and know my anxious thoughts,
24 and see if there be any offensive way within me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Protection from the Wicked

Psalm 140

For the music director: a psalm of David.
Rescue me, Adonai, from the evil man.
Protect me from the violent men—
who devise evil in their heart—
    every day they stir up wars.
They sharpen their tongue like a serpent’s
—viper’s venom is under their lips.[f] Selah
Keep me safe, Adonai, from the clutches of the wicked.
Protect me from the man of violence who planned to push me off my feet.
The proud have hidden a trap and cords for me.
They spread out a net by the path.
They set snares for me. Selah
I said to Adonai: “You are my God!”
Hear, Adonai, the sound of my supplications.
God my Lord, the strength of my deliverance,
You shield my head in the day of battle.
Grant not, Adonai, the desires of the wicked.
Do not let their evil plan succeed,
or they will exalt themselves. Selah
10 As for the head of those surrounding me,
may the mischief of their lips overwhelm them.
11 Let burning coals fall upon them.
May they be cast into the fire, into deep pits,
never to rise again.[g]
12 May a slanderer not endure in the land.
May calamity hunt down a violent man.
13 I know Adonai will vindicate the poor,
and secure justice for the needy.
14 Surely, the righteous ones will praise Your name.
The upright will dwell in Your presence.

Evening Petition for Protection

Psalm 141

A psalm of David.
Adonai, I call to You—come quickly to me!
Hear my voice when I call to You.
May my prayer be set before You like incense.
May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard, Adonai, over my mouth.
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Let not my heart turn to any evil thing,
to practice deeds of wickedness
with men that work iniquity,
nor let me eat of their delicacies.
Let the righteous strike me—it is kindness.
Let him correct me—it is oil on my head
—my head will not refuse it.
Yet still my prayer is against their wickedness.
Their judges are thrown down from a cliff.
Then they will hear my words, since they are sweet.
As when one plows and breaks open the earth,
so our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
For my eyes are toward You, God my Lord.
In You I have taken refuge—do not expose my soul.
Keep me from the jaws of the trap they have laid for me,
and from the snares of the evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely.

A Refuge from Trouble

Psalm 142

A contemplative poem of David, when he was in the cave, a prayer.
I cry aloud with my voice to Adonai.
With my voice I seek favor from Adonai.
I pour out my complaint before Him,
before Him I tell my trouble.
When my spirit grows faint within me,
You know my path.
In the way where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
Look at my right hand and see,
for no one cares about me.
I have no refuge—
no one cares for my soul.
I have cried out to You, Adonai.
I said: “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”
Listen to my cry,
    for I am brought very low.
Rescue me from my persecutors,
    for they are too strong for me.
Bring my soul out of prison,
    so I may praise Your Name.
The righteous will triumph through me,
    for You will reward me.

Hide Not Your Face from Me

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.
Hear my prayer, Adonai,
give ear to my petitions.
In Your faithfulness and Your righteousness,
answer me!
Do not bring Your servant into judgment,
for in Your eyes no one living is righteous.
For an enemy pursues my soul.
He crushes my life down to the ground.
He makes me dwell in darkness, like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me.
My heart is shocked within me.
I remember the days of old.
I meditate on all You have done.
I ponder the work of Your hands.
I spread forth my hands to You.
My soul longs for You as a parched land. Selah
Answer me speedily, Adonai—my spirit fails.
Hide not Your face from me,
lest I become like those who go down into the Pit.
Make me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
for in You I trust.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to You I lift up my soul.
Deliver me from my enemies, Adonai.
I hide myself in You.
10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.
Let Your good Ruach lead me on level ground.
11 For Your Name’s sake, Adonai, revive me.
In Your justice bring my soul out of trouble.
12 In Your mercy cut off my enemies
and destroy all who harass my soul,
for I am Your servant.

Rescue from Battle

Psalm 144

Of David.
Blessed be Adonai my Rock—
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
He is my lovingkindness, my fortress,
my strong tower, and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues my people under me.
Adonai, what is man, that You take note of him?
Or the son of man, that You consider him?[h]
Man is like a breath—
his days are like a passing shadow.
Adonai, part Your heavens and come down.
Touch the mountains, so they smoke.
Flash forth lightning and scatter them.
Send out Your arrows and confuse them.
Stretch forth Your hands from on high.
Snatch me, deliver me out of deep waters,
    out of the hand of foreigners,
whose mouth speaks falsehood,
whose right hand is a right hand of deceit.
God, I sing a new song to You, on a ten-string harp
I sing praises to You—
10 who gives salvation to kings,
who rescues Your servant David from the evil sword.
11 Snatch me, deliver me
out of the hand of foreigners,
whose mouth speaks falsehood,
whose right hand is a right hand of deceit.
12 Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth,
our daughters like corner pillars carved for the construction of a palace.
13 Our storehouses are full,
supplying every kind of produce.
Our flocks increase by thousands
and ten thousands in our fields.
14 Our oxen bear a heavy load.
There is no breach,
no going into captivity,
no outcry in our streets.
15 Happy are such a people!
Blessed are the people whose God is Adonai!

Glory of the Kingdom

Psalm 145

A psalm of praise. Of David.
I will exalt You, my God, the King,
and I will bless Your Name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
and praise Your Name forever and ever!
Great is Adonai, and greatly to be praised
—His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation will praise Your works
to another and declare Your mighty acts.
I will meditate on the glorious splendor
of Your majesty and Your wonders.
They will speak of the might of Your awesome deeds,
and I will proclaim Your greatness.
They will pour out the renown of Your great goodness,
and sing joyfully of Your righteousness.
Adonai is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
Adonai is good to all.
He has compassion on all His creatures.
10 All Your works praise You, Adonai,
and Your kedoshim bless You.
11 They declare the glory of Your kingdom
and speak of Your might,
12 to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts
and the glory of the majesty of His kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and Your dominion endures from generation to generation.

14 Adonai upholds all who fall
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to You
and You give them their food on time.
16 You open Your hand
and satisfy every living thing with favor.
17 Adonai is righteous in all His ways
and kind in all His deeds.
18 Adonai is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him.
He will hear their cry and save them.
20 Adonai watches over all who love Him,
    but all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth declares the praise of Adonai.
Let all flesh bless His holy Name forever and ever!

Justice of the Kingdom

Psalm 146

Halleluyah! Praise Adonai, O my soul!
I will praise Adonai all my life.
I will praise my God yet again.
Do not put your trust in princes—
in man, in whom there is no salvation.
His breath departs,
he returns to his dust.
In that very day his plans perish.
Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in Adonai his God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps truth forever,
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives bread to the hungry.
Adonai sets the prisoners free.
Adonai opens the eyes of the blind.[i]
Adonai raises up those who are bowed down.
Adonai loves the righteous.
Adonai protects outsiders,
upholds the fatherless and the widow,
but thwarts the way of the wicked.
10 Adonai will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, from generation to generation.

He Builds Up Jerusalem

Psalm 147

How good it is to sing praises to our God.
How pleasant and fitting is praise.
Adonai builds up Jerusalem.
He gathers together the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars.
He gives them all their names.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power—
His understanding is infinite!
Adonai upholds the humble.
He brings the wicked to the ground.
Sing to Adonai with thanksgiving.
Sing praises to our God on the harp.
He covers the sky with clouds.
He provides rain for the earth.
He makes grass sprout on the hills.
He gives food to the cattle
and to the young ravens which cry.
10 He delights not in the horse’s strength,
nor takes pleasure in a man’s legs.
11 Adonai delights in those who revere Him,
in those who trust in His lovingkindness.

12 Exalt Adonai, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For He strengthens the bars of your gates.
He blesses your children within you.
14 He puts shalom within your borders.
He satisfies you with the finest wheat.
15 He sends earth His command—
His word runs swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool.
He scatters frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down His hail like pebbles—
    who can stand before His cold?
18 He sends forth His word and melts them.
He makes His wind blow and waters flow.
19 He declares His word to Jacob,
His decrees and His rulings to Israel.
20 He has not done so with any other nation.
They have not known His judgments.

Praise Him, All Creation!

Psalm 148

Praise Adonai from the heavens!
Praise Him in the highest!
Praise Him all His angels!
Praise Him all His armies.
Praise Him, sun and moon! 
Praise Him, all stars of light.
Praise Him, highest heavens,
and waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the Name of Adonai,
for He commanded and they were created.
He set them in place forever and ever.
He made a decree that will never pass away.
Praise Adonai from the earth,
sea monsters and all depths,
fire and hail, snow and vapor,
    storm wind doing His bidding,
mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 beasts and all cattle,
    crawling things and winged birds,
11 kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of earth,
12 both young men and maidens,
    old men and children.
13 Let them praise the Name of Adonai,
for His Name alone is exalted.
His glory is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for His people,
a praise for all His kedoshim,[j]
for the children of Israel—
    a people near to Him.

Praise with Singing and Dancing

Psalm 149

Halleluyah! Sing to Adonai a new song,
His praise in the assembly of the kedoshim.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker.
Let the children of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise His Name with dancing.
Let them sing praises to Him with tambourine and harp.
For Adonai takes pleasure in His people.
He crowns the humble with salvation.
Let the kedoshim exult in glory.
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let God’s high praises be in their mouth
and a two-edged sword in their hand—
to execute vengeance upon the nations
    and rebukes on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
    and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to carry out the sentence decreed—
    this is the glory of all His kedoshim.

Praise with Shofar and Cymbals

Psalm 150

Halleluyah! Praise God in His Sanctuary!
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His acts of power.
Praise Him for His enormous greatness.