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How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love
To the choirmaster. Of David, the (A)servant of the Lord.
36 Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in his heart;[a]
(B)there is no fear of God
before his eyes.
2 (C)For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
3 The words of his mouth are (D)trouble and deceit;
(E)he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
4 He (F)plots (G)trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in (H)a way that is not good;
(I)he does not reject evil.
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 (J)Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
(K)your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you (L)save, O Lord.
7 (M)How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge (N)in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on (O)the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from (P)the river of (Q)your delights.
9 For with you is (R)the fountain of life;
(S)in your light do we see light.
10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who (T)know you,
and your righteousness to (U)the upright of heart!
11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There (V)the evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, (W)unable to rise.
He Will Not Forsake His Saints
[b] Of David.
10 In (AR)just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at (AS)his place, he will not be there.
11 But (AT)the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in (AU)abundant peace.
14 The wicked draw the sword and (AZ)bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose (BA)way is upright;
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their (BB)bows shall be broken.
27 (BT)Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall you (BU)dwell forever.
28 For the Lord (BV)loves justice;
he will not forsake his (BW)saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be (BX)cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land
and (BY)dwell upon it forever.
39 (CM)The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in (CN)the time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and (CO)delivers them;
(CP)he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they (CQ)take refuge in him.
Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord
A Psalm of David, (CR)for the memorial offering.
3 There is (CV)no soundness in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no health in my (CW)bones
because of my sin.
4 For my (CX)iniquities have gone over my head;
like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and fester
because of my foolishness,
6 I am (CY)utterly bowed down and (CZ)prostrate;
all the day I (DA)go about mourning.
7 For my sides are filled with burning,
and there is (DB)no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and crushed;
I (DC)groan because of the tumult of my heart.
9 O Lord, all my longing is before you;
my (DD)sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
and (DE)the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My (DF)friends and companions (DG)stand aloof from my (DH)plague,
and my nearest kin (DI)stand far off.
17 For I am (DS)ready to fall,
and my pain is ever before me.
18 I (DT)confess my iniquity;
I am (DU)sorry for my sin.
19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
and many are those who hate me (DV)wrongfully.
20 Those who (DW)render me evil for good
(DX)accuse me because I (DY)follow after good.
What Is the Measure of My Days?
To the choirmaster: to (EC)Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
39 I said, “I will (ED)guard my ways,
that I (EE)may not sin with my tongue;
I will (EF)guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2 I was (EG)mute and silent;
I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
3 My (EH)heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4 “O Lord, (EI)make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and (EJ)my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely (EK)all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
6 Surely a man (EL)goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing[g] they are in turmoil;
man (EM)heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
(EN)My hope is in you.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.
(EO)Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
9 (EP)I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
(EQ)for it is you who have done it.
10 (ER)Remove your stroke from me;
I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
11 When you discipline a man
with (ES)rebukes for sin,
you (ET)consume like a (EU)moth what is dear to him;
(EV)surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah
12 (EW)“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am (EX)a sojourner with you,
(EY)a guest, like all my fathers.
13 (EZ)Look away from me, that I may smile again,
(FA)before I depart and (FB)am no more!”
- Psalm 36:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Jerome (compare Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts in my heart
- Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
- Psalm 37:3 Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture
- Psalm 37:22 Hebrew by him
- Psalm 37:35 The identity of this tree is uncertain
- Psalm 37:36 Or But one passed by
- Psalm 39:6 Hebrew Surely as a breath