Psalm 39[a]

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

I said, “I will watch my ways(A)
    and keep my tongue from sin;(B)
I will put a muzzle on my mouth(C)
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,(D)
    not even saying anything good.
But my anguish(E) increased;
    my heart grew hot(F) within me.
While I meditated,(G) the fire(H) burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;(I)
    let me know how fleeting(J) my life is.(K)
You have made my days(L) a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,(M)
    even those who seem secure.[b]

“Surely everyone goes around(N) like a mere phantom;(O)
    in vain they rush about,(P) heaping up wealth(Q)
    without knowing whose it will finally be.(R)

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.(S)
Save me(T) from all my transgressions;(U)
    do not make me the scorn(V) of fools.
I was silent;(W) I would not open my mouth,(X)
    for you are the one who has done this.(Y)
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow(Z) of your hand.(AA)
11 When you rebuke(AB) and discipline(AC) anyone for their sin,
    you consume(AD) their wealth like a moth(AE)
    surely everyone is but a breath.(AF)

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;(AG)
    do not be deaf(AH) to my weeping.(AI)
I dwell with you as a foreigner,(AJ)
    a stranger,(AK) as all my ancestors were.(AL)
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”(AM)

Psalm 40[c](AN)

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

I waited patiently(AO) for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.(AP)
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,(AQ)
    out of the mud(AR) and mire;(AS)
he set my feet(AT) on a rock(AU)
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song(AV) in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord(AW)
    and put their trust(AX) in him.

Blessed is the one(AY)
    who trusts in the Lord,(AZ)
who does not look to the proud,(BA)
    to those who turn aside to false gods.[d](BB)
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders(BC) you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare(BD) with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many(BE) to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—(BF)
    but my ears you have opened[e](BG)
    burnt offerings(BH) and sin offerings[f] you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.[g](BI)
I desire to do your will,(BJ) my God;(BK)
    your law is within my heart.”(BL)

I proclaim your saving acts(BM) in the great assembly;(BN)
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.(BO)
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness(BP) and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.(BQ)

11 Do not withhold your mercy(BR) from me, Lord;
    may your love(BS) and faithfulness(BT) always protect(BU) me.
12 For troubles(BV) without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.(BW)
They are more than the hairs of my head,(BX)
    and my heart fails(BY) within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.(BZ)

14 May all who want to take my life(CA)
    be put to shame and confusion;(CB)
may all who desire my ruin(CC)
    be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”(CD)
    be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you(CE)
    rejoice and be glad(CF) in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”(CG)

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;(CH)
    may the Lord think(CI) of me.
You are my help(CJ) and my deliverer;(CK)
    you are my God, do not delay.(CL)

Psalm 41[h]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed(CM) are those who have regard for the weak;(CN)
    the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.(CO)
The Lord protects(CP) and preserves them—(CQ)
    they are counted among the blessed in the land—(CR)
    he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.(CS)
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed(CT)
    and restores them from their bed of illness.(CU)

I said, “Have mercy(CV) on me, Lord;
    heal(CW) me, for I have sinned(CX) against you.”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die and his name perish?(CY)
When one of them comes to see me,
    he speaks falsely,(CZ) while his heart gathers slander;(DA)
    then he goes out and spreads(DB) it around.

All my enemies whisper together(DC) against me;
    they imagine the worst for me, saying,
“A vile disease has afflicted him;
    he will never get up(DD) from the place where he lies.”
Even my close friend,(DE)
    someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
    has turned[i] against me.(DF)

10 But may you have mercy(DG) on me, Lord;
    raise me up,(DH) that I may repay(DI) them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,(DJ)
    for my enemy does not triumph over me.(DK)
12 Because of my integrity(DL) you uphold me(DM)
    and set me in your presence forever.(DN)

13 Praise(DO) be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(DP)
    from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.(DQ)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 39:1 In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.
  2. Psalm 39:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.
  3. Psalm 40:1 In Hebrew texts 40:1-17 is numbered 40:2-18.
  4. Psalm 40:4 Or to lies
  5. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts but a body you have prepared for me
  6. Psalm 40:6 Or purification offerings
  7. Psalm 40:7 Or come / with the scroll written for me
  8. Psalm 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.
  9. Psalm 41:9 Hebrew has lifted up his heel

Psalm 53[a](A)

For the director of music. According to mahalath.[b] A maskil[c] of David.

The fool(B) says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”(C)
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

God looks down from heaven(D)
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,(E)
    any who seek God.(F)
Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.(G)

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on God.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    where there was nothing to dread.(H)
God scattered the bones(I) of those who attacked you;(J)
    you put them to shame,(K) for God despised them.(L)

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 53:1 In Hebrew texts 53:1-6 is numbered 53:2-7.
  2. Psalm 53:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 53:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;(A)
    hear me and answer me.(B)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(C)
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(D)
    and assail(E) me in their anger.(F)

My heart is in anguish(G) within me;
    the terrors(H) of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling(I) have beset me;
    horror(J) has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;[c](K)
I would hurry to my place of shelter,(L)
    far from the tempest and storm.(M)

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(N)
    for I see violence and strife(O) in the city.(P)
10 Day and night they prowl(Q) about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(R) are at work in the city;
    threats and lies(S) never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
    I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
    I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,(T)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(U)
    at the house of God,(V)
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;(W)
    let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,(X)
    for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(Y) morning(Z) and noon(AA)
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(AB)
    who does not change—
he will hear(AC) them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.(AD)

20 My companion attacks his friends;(AE)
    he violates his covenant.(AF)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(AG)
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(AH)
    yet they are drawn swords.(AI)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;(AJ)
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.(AK)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
    into the pit(AL) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(AM)
    will not live out half their days.(AN)

But as for me, I trust in you.(AO)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.
  2. Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19.

Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b]

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(A)
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,(B)
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(C)

Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(D)
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
that will not heed(E) the tune of the charmer,(F)
    however skillful the enchanter may be.

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;(G)
    Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!(H)
Let them vanish like water that flows away;(I)
    when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(J)
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(K)
    like a stillborn child(L) that never sees the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(M)
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c](N)
10 The righteous will be glad(O) when they are avenged,(P)
    when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(Q)
11 Then people will say,
    “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(R)
    surely there is a God who judges the earth.”(S)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:1 In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
  2. Psalm 58:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.