Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud,(A) Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;(B)
I do not concern myself with great matters(C)
    or things too wonderful for me.(D)
But I have calmed and quieted myself,(E)
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.(F)

Israel, put your hope(G) in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.(H)

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together(A) in unity!(B)

It is like precious oil poured on the head,(C)
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew(D) of Hermon(E)
    were falling on Mount Zion.(F)
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,(G)
    even life forevermore.(H)

Psalm 138

Of David.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods”(A) I will sing(B) your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple(C)
    and will praise your name(D)
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,(E)
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
    that it surpasses your fame.(F)
When I called,(G) you answered me;(H)
    you greatly emboldened(I) me.

May all the kings of the earth(J) praise you, Lord,
    when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing(K) of the ways of the Lord,
    for the glory of the Lord(L) is great.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;(M)
    though lofty, he sees them(N) from afar.
Though I walk(O) in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.(P)
You stretch out your hand(Q) against the anger of my foes;(R)
    with your right hand(S) you save me.(T)
The Lord will vindicate(U) me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever(V)
    do not abandon(W) the works of your hands.(X)

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me,(Y) Lord,
    and you know(Z) me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;(AA)
    you perceive my thoughts(AB) from afar.
You discern my going out(AC) and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.(AD)
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.(AE)
You hem me in(AF) behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,(AG)
    too lofty(AH) for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee(AI) from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens,(AJ) you are there;
    if I make my bed(AK) in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,(AL)
    your right hand(AM) will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark(AN) to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;(AO)
    you knit me together(AP) in my mother’s womb.(AQ)
14 I praise you(AR) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,(AS)
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made(AT) in the secret place,
    when I was woven together(AU) in the depths of the earth.(AV)
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained(AW) for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a](AX) God!(AY)
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,(AZ)
    they would outnumber the grains of sand(BA)
    when I awake,(BB) I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!(BC)
    Away from me,(BD) you who are bloodthirsty!(BE)
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries(BF) misuse your name.(BG)
21 Do I not hate those(BH) who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor(BI) those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.(BJ)
23 Search me,(BK) God, and know my heart;(BL)
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way(BM) in me,
    and lead me(BN) in the way everlasting.

Psalm 140[b]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me,(BO) Lord, from evildoers;
    protect me from the violent,(BP)
who devise evil plans(BQ) in their hearts
    and stir up war(BR) every day.
They make their tongues as sharp as(BS) a serpent’s;
    the poison of vipers(BT) is on their lips.[c]

Keep me safe,(BU) Lord, from the hands of the wicked;(BV)
    protect me from the violent,
    who devise ways to trip my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a snare(BW) for me;
    they have spread out the cords of their net(BX)
    and have set traps(BY) for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”(BZ)
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.(CA)
Sovereign Lord,(CB) my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked(CC) their desires, Lord;
    do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
    may the mischief of their lips engulf them.(CD)
10 May burning coals fall on them;
    may they be thrown into the fire,(CE)
    into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;
    may disaster hunt down the violent.(CF)

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor(CG)
    and upholds the cause(CH) of the needy.(CI)
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,(CJ)
    and the upright will live(CK) in your presence.(CL)

Psalm 141

A psalm of David.

I call to you, Lord, come quickly(CM) to me;
    hear me(CN) when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;(CO)
    may the lifting up of my hands(CP) be like the evening sacrifice.(CQ)

Set a guard over my mouth,(CR) Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.(CS)
Do not let my heart(CT) be drawn to what is evil
    so that I take part in wicked deeds(CU)
along with those who are evildoers;
    do not let me eat their delicacies.(CV)

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me(CW)—that is oil on my head.(CX)
My head will not refuse it,
    for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,(CY)
    and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
They will say, “As one plows(CZ) and breaks up the earth,(DA)
    so our bones have been scattered at the mouth(DB) of the grave.”

But my eyes are fixed(DC) on you, Sovereign Lord;
    in you I take refuge(DD)—do not give me over to death.
Keep me safe(DE) from the traps set by evildoers,(DF)
    from the snares(DG) they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall(DH) into their own nets,
    while I pass by in safety.(DI)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 139:17 Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me
  2. Psalm 140:1 In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14.
  3. Psalm 140:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 8.

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,(A)
    listen to my cry for mercy;(B)
in your faithfulness(C) and righteousness(D)
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous(E) before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness(F)
    like those long dead.(G)
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.(H)
I remember(I) the days of long ago;
    I meditate(J) on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands(K) to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

Answer me quickly,(L) Lord;
    my spirit fails.(M)
Do not hide your face(N) from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,(O)
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way(P) I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.(Q)
Rescue me(R) from my enemies,(S) Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me(T) to do your will,
    for you are my God;(U)
may your good Spirit
    lead(V) me on level ground.(W)

11 For your name’s sake,(X) Lord, preserve my life;(Y)
    in your righteousness,(Z) bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;(AA)
    destroy all my foes,(AB)
    for I am your servant.(AC)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 143:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.