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A Song for God’s Provision

144 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
    who trains my hands for battle
        and my fingers for warfare,
he is my gracious love and my fortress,
    my strong tower and my deliverer,
my shield and the one in whom I find refuge,
    who subdues[a] peoples[b] under me.

Lord, what are human beings,
    that you should care about them,
or mortal man,
    that you should think about him?
The human person is a mere empty breath;
    his days are like a fading shadow.

Bow your heavens, Lord, and descend;[c]
    touch the mountains, and they will smolder.
Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy,[d]
    shoot your arrows and confuse them.
Reach down your hand from your high place;
    rescue me and deliver me from mighty waters,
        from the control of foreigners.[e]
Their mouths speak lies,
    and their right hand deceives,[f]

God, I will sing a new song to you.
    On a harp of ten strings I will play to you—
10 to you who gives victory to kings,
    rescuing his servant David from cruel swords.
11 Rescue me and deliver me
    from the control of foreigners,[g]
whose mouths speak lies,
    and whose right hand deceives.[h]

12 May our sons in their youth be like full-grown plants,
    and our daughters like pillars
        destined to decorate a palace.
13 May our granaries be filled,
    storing produce in abundance;
may our sheep bring forth thousands,
    even tens of thousands in our fields.
14 May our cattle grow heavy with young,
    with no damage or loss.
May there be no cry of anguish in our streets!

15 Happy are the people to whom these things come;
    happy are the people whose God is the Lord.


  1. Psalm 144:2 So LXX; the Heb. lacks subdues
  2. Psalm 144:2 So DSS 11QPsa Sebir Aquila Syr Targ Hieronymus; cf. Psa 18:48; 2 Sam 22:48; LXX reads subdues my people
  3. Psalm 144:5 So MT (imperfect verb); LXX, DSS 11QPsa read and descend!; i.e. a verb of command
  4. Psalm 144:6 Lit. scatter them
  5. Psalm 144:7 Lit. the hand of the sons of strangers
  6. Psalm 144:8 I.e. they swear to false oaths
  7. Psalm 144:11 Lit. the hand of the sons of strangers
  8. Psalm 144:11 I.e. they swear to false oaths

10 ‘Your mother was like a vine
    entwining a pomegranate,[a]
planted by water, full of fruit,
    and full of branches
        because it had been watered generously.
11 Strong were its boughs,
    suitable for use in the scepter of a ruler.
It reached to the clouds,
    noticeable because of its height
        and its abundant branches.
12 Yet in anger it was uprooted
    and cast down to the earth.
An east wind desiccated its fruit;
    its strong branches broke off and withered,
        and a fire consumed them.
13 Now it is planted in the desert,
    in a dry and thirsty land!
14 Fire had burned through its branches,
    consuming its shoots and fruits.
No strong branches remain in it,
    and there is no scepter to rule!’

“This is a lamentation, and it is to be used in mourning.”

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  1. Ezekiel 19:10 So LXX; MT reads in your blood, misreading the Heb. a pomegranate

As you come to him, the living stone who was rejected by people but was chosen and precious in God’s sight, you, too, as living stones, are building yourselves up into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, so that you may offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus, the Messiah.[a] This is why it says in Scripture:

“Look! I am laying a chosen, precious cornerstone[b] in Zion.
    The one who believes in him will never be ashamed.”[c]

Therefore he is precious to you who believe, but to those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,[d]
a stone they stumble over
    and a rock they trip on.”[e]

They keep on stumbling because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds[f] of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 Once you were not a people,
    but now you are the people of God.
Once you had not received mercy,
    but now you have received mercy.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:5 Or Christ
  2. 1 Peter 2:6 Or capstone
  3. 1 Peter 2:6 Cf. Isa 28:16
  4. 1 Peter 2:7 Or capstone
  5. 1 Peter 2:8 Cf. Ps 118:22; Isa 8:14
  6. 1 Peter 2:9 Or the excellence; cf. Isa 43:21