Give Ear to My Voice

A Psalm of David.

141 O Lord, I call upon you; (A)hasten to me!
    Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
Let (B)my prayer be counted as incense before you,
    and (C)the lifting up of my hands as (D)the evening sacrifice!

(E)Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
    (F)keep watch over the door of my lips!
(G)Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
    to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who (H)work iniquity,
    and (I)let me not eat of their delicacies!

(J)Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
    let my head not refuse it.
Yet (K)my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
When their judges are (L)thrown over the cliff,[a]
    then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
    so shall our bones (M)be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.[b]

But (N)my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;
    (O)in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless![c]
Keep me from (P)the trap that they have laid for me
    and from the snares of evildoers!
10 Let the wicked (Q)fall into their own nets,
    while I pass by safely.

You Are My Refuge

A Maskil[d] of David, when he was in (R)the cave. A Prayer.

142 With my voice I (S)cry out to the Lord;
    with my voice I (T)plead for mercy to the Lord.
I (U)pour out my complaint before him;
    I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit (V)faints within me,
    you know my way!
In the path where I walk
    they have (W)hidden a trap for me.
(X)Look to the (Y)right and see:
    (Z)there is none who takes notice of me;
(AA)no refuge remains to me;
    no one cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my (AB)refuge,
    my (AC)portion in (AD)the land of the living.”
(AE)Attend to my cry,
    for (AF)I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
    (AG)for they are too strong for me!
(AH)Bring me out of prison,
    that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
    for you will (AI)deal bountifully with me.

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

143 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    (AJ)give ear to my pleas for mercy!
    In your (AK)faithfulness answer me, in your (AL)righteousness!
(AM)Enter not into judgment with your servant,
    for no one living is righteous (AN)before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul;
    (AO)he has crushed my life to the ground;
    (AP)he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit (AQ)faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.

(AR)I remember the days of old;
    (AS)I meditate on all that you have done;
    I ponder the work of your hands.
(AT)I stretch out my hands to you;
    (AU)my soul thirsts for you like (AV)a parched land. Selah

(AW)Answer me quickly, O Lord!
    (AX)My spirit fails!
(AY)Hide not your face from me,
    (AZ)lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
(BA)Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
    for in you I (BB)trust.
(BC)Make me know the way I should go,
    (BD)for to you I lift up my soul.

(BE)Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
    I have fled to you for refuge.[e]
10 (BF)Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God!
(BG)Let your good Spirit (BH)lead me
    on (BI)level ground!

11 (BJ)For your name's sake, O Lord, (BK)preserve my life!
    In your righteousness (BL)bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will (BM)cut off my enemies,
    and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
    for I am your (BN)servant.

My Rock and My Fortress

Of David.

144 Blessed be the Lord, my (BO)rock,
    (BP)who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
he is my (BQ)steadfast love and my (BR)fortress,
    my (BS)stronghold and my deliverer,
my (BT)shield and he in whom I take refuge,
    who (BU)subdues peoples[f] under me.

O Lord, (BV)what is man that you (BW)regard him,
    or the son of man that you think of him?
(BX)Man is like a breath;
    his days are like (BY)a passing (BZ)shadow.

(CA)Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
    (CB)Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
(CC)Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
    (CD)send out your arrows and rout them!
(CE)Stretch out your hand from on high;
    (CF)rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand (CG)of foreigners,
whose mouths speak (CH)lies
    and whose right hand is (CI)a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing (CJ)a new song to you, O God;
    upon (CK)a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings,
    who (CL)rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me
    from the hand (CM)of foreigners,
whose mouths speak (CN)lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth
    be like (CO)plants full grown,
our daughters like (CP)corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13 (CQ)may our granaries be full,
    (CR)providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
    and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young,
    suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;[g]
may there be no (CS)cry of distress in our streets!
15 (CT)Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
    (CU)Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Great Is the Lord

[h] A Song of Praise. Of David.

145 (CV)I will extol you, my God and (CW)King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
    (CX)and praise your name forever and ever.
(CY)Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his (CZ)greatness is unsearchable.

(DA)One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
On (DB)the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of (DC)the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your (DD)abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is (DE)gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is (DF)good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 (DG)All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your (DH)saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to (DI)make known to the children of man your[i] (DJ)mighty deeds,
    and (DK)the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 (DL)Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.][j]
14 The Lord (DM)upholds all who are falling
    and (DN)raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all (DO)look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You (DP)open your hand;
    you (DQ)satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is (DR)righteous in all his ways
    and (DS)kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is (DT)near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him (DU)in truth.
19 He (DV)fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also (DW)hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord (DX)preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and (DY)let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.


  1. Psalm 141:6 Or When their judges fall into the hands of the Rock
  2. Psalm 141:7 The meaning of the Hebrew in verses 6, 7 is uncertain
  3. Psalm 141:8 Hebrew refuge; do not pour out my life!
  4. Psalm 142:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  5. Psalm 143:9 One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts To you I have covered
  6. Psalm 144:2 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Dead Sea Scroll, Jerome, Syriac, Aquila; most Hebrew manuscripts subdues my people
  7. Psalm 144:14 Hebrew with no breaking in or going out
  8. Psalm 145:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  9. Psalm 145:12 Hebrew his; also next line
  10. Psalm 145:13 These two lines are supplied by one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac (compare Dead Sea Scroll)

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