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The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
1 Blessed is the man[a]
who (A)walks not in (B)the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in (C)the way of sinners,
nor (D)sits in (E)the seat of (F)scoffers;
2 but his (G)delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
and on his (H)law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like (I)a tree
planted by (J)streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its (K)leaf does not wither.
(L)In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like (M)chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked (N)will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in (O)the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord (P)knows (Q)the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The Reign of the Lord's Anointed
2 (R)Why do (S)the nations rage[c]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his (T)Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us (U)burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who (V)sits in the heavens (W)laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his (X)wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have (Y)set my King
on (Z)Zion, my (AA)holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, (AB)“You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and (AC)the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall (AD)break[d] them with (AE)a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like (AF)a potter's vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 (AG)Serve the Lord with (AH)fear,
and (AI)rejoice with (AJ)trembling.
12 (AK)Kiss (AL)the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his (AM)wrath is quickly kindled.
(AN)Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Save Me, O My God
A Psalm of David, (AO)when he fled from Absalom his son.
8 (BE)Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
Answer Me When I Call
2 O men,[f] how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after (BJ)lies? Selah
3 But know that the Lord has (BK)set apart (BL)the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
Lead Me in Your Righteousness
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
5 Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my (BW)groaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my (BX)King and my God,
for (BY)to you do I pray.
3 O Lord, in (BZ)the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[h] and (CA)watch.
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
5 The (CB)boastful shall not (CC)stand before your eyes;
you (CD)hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak (CE)lies;
the Lord abhors (CF)the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will (CG)bow down (CH)toward your (CI)holy temple
in the fear of you.
8 (CJ)Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
(CK)make your way straight before me.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is (CL)destruction;
(CM)their throat is (CN)an open grave;
they (CO)flatter with their tongue.
10 (CP)Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them (CQ)fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who (CR)take refuge in you (CS)rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may (CT)exult in you.
12 For you (CU)bless the righteous, O Lord;
you (CV)cover him with favor as with (CW)a shield.
O Lord, Deliver My Life
6 O Lord, (CY)rebuke me not in your anger,
nor (CZ)discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
(DA)heal me, O Lord, (DB)for my bones are troubled.
3 My (DC)soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—(DD)how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in (DE)death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
8 (DI)Depart from me, all you (DJ)workers of evil,
for the Lord (DK)has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my (DL)plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall (DM)turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
In You Do I Take Refuge
3 O Lord my God, (DS)if I have done this,
if there is (DT)wrong in my hands,
4 if I have repaid (DU)my friend[k] with evil
or (DV)plundered my enemy without cause,
5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him (DW)trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust. Selah
6 (DX)Arise, O Lord, in your anger;
(DY)lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
(DZ)awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
over it return on high.
8 The Lord (EA)judges the peoples;
(EB)judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and may you establish the righteous—
you who (EC)test (ED)the minds and hearts,[l]
O righteous God!
10 My shield is (EE)with God,
who saves (EF)the upright in heart.
11 God is (EG)a righteous judge,
and a God who feels (EH)indignation every day.
12 If a man[m] does not repent, God[n] will (EI)whet his sword;
he has (EJ)bent and (EK)readied his bow;
13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his (EL)arrows (EM)fiery shafts.
14 Behold, the wicked man (EN)conceives evil
and is (EO)pregnant with mischief
and gives birth to lies.
15 He makes (EP)a pit, digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.
16 His (EQ)mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.
17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will (ER)sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
How Majestic Is Your Name
8 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your (ET)name in all the earth!
You have set your (EU)glory above the heavens.
2 (EV)Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established (EW)strength because of your foes,
to still (EX)the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I (EY)look at your heavens, the work of your (EZ)fingers,
the moon and the stars, (FA)which you have set in place,
4 (FB)what is man that you are (FC)mindful of him,
and (FD)the son of man that you (FE)care for him?
5 Yet you have made him a little lower than (FF)the heavenly beings[p]
and crowned him with (FG)glory and honor.
6 You have given him (FH)dominion over the works of your hands;
(FI)you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
- Psalm 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface
- Psalm 1:2 Or instruction
- Psalm 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble
- Psalm 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule
- Psalm 3:2 The meaning of the Hebrew word Selah, used frequently in the Psalms, is uncertain. It may be a musical or liturgical direction
- Psalm 4:2 Or O men of rank
- Psalm 4:4 Or Be agitated
- Psalm 5:3 Or I direct my prayer to you
- Psalm 6:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
- Psalm 7:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
- Psalm 7:4 Hebrew the one at peace with me
- Psalm 7:9 Hebrew the hearts and kidneys
- Psalm 7:12 Hebrew he
- Psalm 7:12 Hebrew he
- Psalm 8:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
- Psalm 8:5 Or than God; Septuagint than the angels