To the Chief Musician; on [a]Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
9 I will give thanks and praise the Lord, with all my heart; I will tell aloud all Your wonders and marvelous deeds. 2 I will rejoice and exult in you; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You. 4 For You have maintained my right and my cause; You have sat on the throne judging righteously. 5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked and unrepentant; You have wiped out their name forever and ever. 6 The enemy has been cut off and has vanished in everlasting ruins, You have uprooted their cities; The very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord will remain and sit enthroned forever; He has prepared and established His throne for judgment. 8 And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the nations with fairness (equity). 9 The Lord also will be a refuge and a stronghold for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble; 10 And those who know Your name [who have experienced Your precious mercy] will put their confident trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His [great and wondrous] deeds. 12 For He who avenges blood [unjustly shed] remembers them (His people); He does not forget the cry of the afflicted and abused. 13 Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O Lord; See how I am afflicted by those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, 14 That I may tell aloud all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion (Jerusalem) I may rejoice in Your salvation and Your help. 15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught. 16 The Lord has made Himself known; He executes judgment; The wicked are trapped by the work of their own hands. Higgaion (meditation) Selah.
17 The wicked will turn to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), Even all the nations who forget God. 18 For the poor will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the burdened perish forever. 19 Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged before You. 20 Put them in [reverent] [b]fear of You, O Lord, So that the nations may know they are but [frail and mortal] men. Selah.
A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.
10 Why do You stand far away, O Lord? Why do You hide [Yourself, veiling Your eyes] in times of trouble? 2 In pride and arrogance the wicked hotly pursue and persecute the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts and sings the praises of his heart’s desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns [and even despises] the Lord. 4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his face, will not seek nor inquire for Him; All his thoughts are, “There is no God [so there is no accountability or punishment].”
5 His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments [Lord] are on high, out of his sight [so he never thinks about them]; As for all his enemies, he sneers at them. 6 He says to himself, “I will not be moved; For throughout all generations I will not be in adversity [for nothing bad will happen to me].” 7 His mouth is full of curses and deceit (fraud) and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness [injustice and sin]. 8 He lurks in ambush in the villages; In hiding places he kills the innocent; He lies in wait for the unfortunate [the unhappy, the poor, the helpless]. 9 He lurks in a hiding place like a lion in his lair; He lies in wait to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net. 10 He crushes [his prey] and crouches; And the unfortunate fall by his mighty claws. 11 He says to himself, “God has [quite] forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see my deed.”
12 Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand [in judgment]; Do not forget the suffering. 13 Why has the wicked spurned and shown disrespect to God? He has said to himself, “You will not require me to account.” 14 You have seen it, for You have noted mischief and vexation (irritation) to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, Seek out his wickedness until You find no more.
16 The Lord is King forever and ever; The nations will perish from His land. 17 O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble and oppressed; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to hear, 18 To vindicate and obtain justice for the fatherless and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer terrify them.
The Lord a Refuge and Defense.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
11 In the Lord I take refuge [and put my trust]; How can you say to me, “Flee like a bird to your mountain; 2 For look, the wicked are bending the bow; They take aim with their arrow on the string To shoot [by stealth] in darkness at the upright in heart. 3 “If the foundations [of a godly society] are destroyed, What can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes see, His eyelids test the children of men. 5 The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, And His soul hates the [malevolent] one who loves violence. 6 Upon the wicked (godless) He will rain coals of fire; Fire and [c]brimstone and a dreadful scorching wind will be the portion of their cup [of doom]. 7 For the Lord is [absolutely] righteous, He loves righteousness (virtue, morality, justice); The upright shall see His face.
God, a Helper against the Treacherous.
To the Chief Musician; [d]set an octave below. A Psalm of David.
12 Save and help and rescue, Lord, for godly people cease to be, For the faithful vanish from among the sons of men. 2 They speak deceitful and worthless words to one another; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things [in boasting]; 4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord and master over us?” 5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, Like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will preserve and keep them; You will protect him from this [evil] generation forever. 8 The wicked strut about [in pompous self-importance] on every side, As vileness is exalted and baseness is prized among the sons of men.
Prayer for Help in Trouble.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
13 How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2 How long must I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy exalt himself and triumph over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; Give light (life) to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, 4 And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your lovingkindness and faithfulness; My heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Folly and Wickedness of Men.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
14 The [spiritually ignorant] fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed repulsive and unspeakable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the children of men To see if there are any who understand (act wisely), Who [truly] seek after God, [longing for His wisdom and guidance]. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Have all the workers of wickedness and injustice no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord? 5 There they tremble with great fear, For God is with the [consistently] righteous generation. 6 You [evildoers] shamefully plan against the poor, But the Lord is his safe refuge.
7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, Then Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
Description of a Citizen of Zion.
A Psalm of David.
15 O Lord, who may lodge [as a guest] in Your tent? Who may dwell [continually] on Your holy hill? 2 He who walks with integrity and strength of character, and works righteousness, And speaks and holds truth in his heart. 3 He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 In his eyes an evil person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord [and obediently worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder]. He keeps his word even to his own disadvantage and does not change it [for his own benefit]; 5 He does not put out his money at interest [to a fellow Israelite], And does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Deliverer in Death.
A [e]Mikhtam of David [probably intended to record memorable thoughts].
16 Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have placed my trust and found refuge. 2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.” 3 As for the saints (godly people) who are in the land, They are the majestic and the noble and the excellent ones in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows [pain and suffering] of those who have chosen another god will be multiplied [because of their idolatry]; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance, my cup [He is all I need]; You support my lot. 6 The [boundary] lines [of the land] have fallen for me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my heart (mind) instructs me in the night. 8 I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my innermost self] rejoices; My body too will dwell [confidently] in safety, 10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. 11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 9:1A transliteration of the Hebrew, whose meaning is unknown. Possibly referring to a tune titled “Death to the Son.” Perhaps for soprano voices.
Psalm 9:20The “fear” of God is a common concept in the OT, but is difficult to translate into English. It is not simply a matter of “fear” in the modern English sense. Nor is it only a sentiment of deep reverence. It implies obedience, as well.
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