Psalm 30[a]

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.[b] Of David.

I will exalt(A) you, Lord,
    for you lifted me out of the depths(B)
    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.(C)
Lord my God, I called to you for help,(D)
    and you healed me.(E)
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;(F)
    you spared me from going down to the pit.(G)

Sing(H) the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;(I)
    praise his holy name.(J)
For his anger(K) lasts only a moment,(L)
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;(M)
weeping(N) may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.(O)

When I felt secure, I said,
    “I will never be shaken.”(P)
Lord, when you favored me,
    you made my royal mountain[c] stand firm;
but when you hid your face,(Q)
    I was dismayed.

To you, Lord, I called;
    to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced,
    if I go down to the pit?(R)
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it proclaim your faithfulness?(S)
10 Hear,(T) Lord, and be merciful to me;(U)
    Lord, be my help.(V)

11 You turned my wailing(W) into dancing;(X)
    you removed my sackcloth(Y) and clothed me with joy,(Z)
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise(AA) you forever.(AB)

Psalm 31[d](AC)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;(AD)
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.(AE)
Turn your ear to me,(AF)
    come quickly to my rescue;(AG)
be my rock of refuge,(AH)
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,(AI)
    for the sake of your name(AJ) lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap(AK) that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.(AL)
Into your hands I commit my spirit;(AM)
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.(AN)

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;(AO)
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.(AP)
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction(AQ)
    and knew the anguish(AR) of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands(AS) of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.(AT)

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;(AU)
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,(AV)
    my soul and body(AW) with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish(AX)
    and my years by groaning;(AY)
my strength fails(AZ) because of my affliction,[e](BA)
    and my bones grow weak.(BB)
11 Because of all my enemies,(BC)
    I am the utter contempt(BD) of my neighbors(BE)
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;(BF)
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,(BG)
    “Terror on every side!”(BH)
They conspire against me(BI)
    and plot to take my life.(BJ)

14 But I trust(BK) in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times(BL) are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine(BM) on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.(BN)
17 Let me not be put to shame,(BO) Lord,
    for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
    and be silent(BP) in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips(BQ) be silenced,
    for with pride and contempt
    they speak arrogantly(BR) against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things(BS)
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,(BT)
    on those who take refuge(BU) in you.
20 In the shelter(BV) of your presence you hide(BW) them
    from all human intrigues;(BX)
you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord,(BY)
    for he showed me the wonders of his love(BZ)
    when I was in a city under siege.(CA)
22 In my alarm(CB) I said,
    “I am cut off(CC) from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry(CD) for mercy
    when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!(CE)
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,(CF)
    but the proud he pays back(CG) in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,(CH)
    all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.[f]

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.(CI)
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them(CJ)
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.(CK)

When I kept silent,(CL)
    my bones wasted away(CM)
    through my groaning(CN) all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy(CO) on me;
my strength was sapped(CP)
    as in the heat of summer.[g]

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.(CQ)
I said, “I will confess(CR)
    my transgressions(CS) to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.(CT)

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;(CU)
surely the rising(CV) of the mighty waters(CW)
    will not reach them.(CX)
You are my hiding place;(CY)
    you will protect me from trouble(CZ)
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.(DA)

I will instruct(DB) you and teach you(DC) in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on(DD) you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle(DE)
    or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,(DF)
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts(DG) in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord(DH) and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully(DI) to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting(DJ) for the upright(DK) to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;(DL)
    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.(DM)
Sing to him a new song;(DN)
    play skillfully, and shout for joy.(DO)

For the word of the Lord is right(DP) and true;(DQ)
    he is faithful(DR) in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;(DS)
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.(DT)

By the word(DU) of the Lord the heavens were made,(DV)
    their starry host(DW) by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters(DX) of the sea into jars[h];(DY)
    he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;(DZ)
    let all the people of the world(EA) revere him.(EB)
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded,(EC) and it stood firm.

10 The Lord foils(ED) the plans(EE) of the nations;(EF)
    he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm(EG) forever,
    the purposes(EH) of his heart through all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,(EI)
    the people he chose(EJ) for his inheritance.(EK)
13 From heaven the Lord looks down(EL)
    and sees all mankind;(EM)
14 from his dwelling place(EN) he watches
    all who live on earth—
15 he who forms(EO) the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.(EP)

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;(EQ)
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse(ER) is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes(ES) of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,(ET)
19 to deliver them from death(EU)
    and keep them alive in famine.(EV)

20 We wait(EW) in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,(EX)
    for we trust in his holy name.(EY)
22 May your unfailing love(EZ) be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 34[i][j]

Of David. When he pretended to be insane(FA) before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;(FB)
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory(FC) in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.(FD)
Glorify the Lord(FE) with me;
    let us exalt(FF) his name together.

I sought the Lord,(FG) and he answered me;
    he delivered(FH) me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;(FI)
    their faces are never covered with shame.(FJ)
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.(FK)
The angel of the Lord(FL) encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers(FM) them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;(FN)
    blessed is the one who takes refuge(FO) in him.
Fear the Lord,(FP) you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.(FQ)
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.(FR)
11 Come, my children, listen(FS) to me;
    I will teach you(FT) the fear of the Lord.(FU)
12 Whoever of you loves life(FV)
    and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue(FW) from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.(FX)
14 Turn from evil and do good;(FY)
    seek peace(FZ) and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord(GA) are on the righteous,(GB)
    and his ears are attentive(GC) to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against(GD) those who do evil,(GE)
    to blot out their name(GF) from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears(GG) them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close(GH) to the brokenhearted(GI)
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,(GJ)
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;(GK)
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.(GL)

21 Evil will slay the wicked;(GM)
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue(GN) his servants;
    no one who takes refuge(GO) in him will be condemned.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 30:1 In Hebrew texts 30:1-12 is numbered 30:2-13.
  2. Psalm 30:1 Title: Or palace
  3. Psalm 30:7 That is, Mount Zion
  4. Psalm 31:1 In Hebrew texts 31:1-24 is numbered 31:2-25.
  5. Psalm 31:10 Or guilt
  6. Psalm 32:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  7. Psalm 32:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 7.
  8. Psalm 33:7 Or sea as into a heap
  9. Psalm 34:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  10. Psalm 34:1 In Hebrew texts 34:1-22 is numbered 34:2-23.