New International Version
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites(A) had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering(N) to you;
I will praise(O) your name, Lord, for it is good.(P)
7 You have delivered me(Q) from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.(R)
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[e] of David.
1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;(S)
2 hear me and answer me.(T)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(U)
3 because of what my enemy is saying,
because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(V)
and assail(W) me in their anger.(X)
4 My heart is in anguish(Y) within me;
the terrors(Z) of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling(AA) have beset me;
horror(AB) has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;[f](AC)
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,(AD)
far from the tempest and storm.(AE)”
9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(AF)
for I see violence and strife(AG) in the city.(AH)
10 Day and night they prowl(AI) about on its walls;
malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(AJ) are at work in the city;
threats and lies(AK) 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,(AL)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(AM)
at the house of God,(AN)
as we walked about
among the worshipers.
16 As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(AQ) morning(AR) and noon(AS)
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,(AT)
who does not change—
he will hear(AU) them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God.(AV)
20 My companion attacks his friends;(AW)
he violates his covenant.(AX)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(AY)
yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(AZ)
yet they are drawn swords.(BA)
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;(BB)
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.(BC)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
into the pit(BD) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(BE)
will not live out half their days.(BF)
But as for me, I trust in you.(BG)
For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.[h] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
5 All day long they twist my words;(BR)
all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire,(BS) they lurk,
they watch my steps,(BT)
hoping to take my life.(BU)
7 Because of their wickedness do not[i] let them escape;(BV)
in your anger, God, bring the nations down.(BW)
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?
- Psalm 54:1 In Hebrew texts 54:1-7 is numbered 54:3-9.
- Psalm 54:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
- Psalm 54:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
- Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
- Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
- Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.
- Psalm 56:1 In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14.
- Psalm 56:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
- Psalm 56:7 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have do not.
- Psalm 56:8 Or misery; / put my tears in your wineskin
New International Version
5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly,(H) what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)(I) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?(J) 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory,(K) why am I still condemned as a sinner?”(L) 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”?(M) Their condemnation is just!
No One Is Righteous
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”[b](P)
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”[c](Q)
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[d](R)
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[e](S)
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[f](T)
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g](U)
19 Now we know that whatever the law says,(V) it says to those who are under the law,(W) so that every mouth may be silenced(X) and the whole world held accountable to God.(Y) 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law;(Z) rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.(AA)
Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God(AB) has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.(AC) 22 This righteousness(AD) is given through faith(AE) in[h] Jesus Christ(AF) to all who believe.(AG) There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,(AH) 23 for all have sinned(AI) and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified(AJ) freely by his grace(AK) through the redemption(AL) that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i](AM) through the shedding of his blood(AN)—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished(AO)— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting?(AP) It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.(AQ) 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,(AR) 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.(AS) 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
- Romans 3:4 Psalm 51:4
- Romans 3:12 Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Eccles. 7:20
- Romans 3:13 Psalm 5:9
- Romans 3:13 Psalm 140:3
- Romans 3:14 Psalm 10:7 (see Septuagint)
- Romans 3:17 Isaiah 59:7,8
- Romans 3:18 Psalm 36:1
- Romans 3:22 Or through the faithfulness of
- Romans 3:25 The Greek for sacrifice of atonement refers to the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant (see Lev. 16:15,16).