Of David. A maskil.[a]
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;(M)
surely the rising(N) of the mighty waters(O)
will not reach them.(P)
7 You are my hiding place;(Q)
you will protect me from trouble(R)
and surround me with songs of deliverance.(S)
8 I will instruct(T) you and teach you(U) in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on(V) you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle(W)
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,(X)
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts(Y) in him.
11 Rejoice in the Lord(Z) and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
1 Sing joyfully(AA) to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting(AB) for the upright(AC) to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;(AD)
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.(AE)
3 Sing to him a new song;(AF)
play skillfully, and shout for joy.(AG)
6 By the word(AM) of the Lord the heavens were made,(AN)
their starry host(AO) by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters(AP) of the sea into jars[c];(AQ)
he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;(AR)
let all the people of the world(AS) revere him.(AT)
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded,(AU) and it stood firm.
10 The Lord foils(AV) the plans(AW) of the nations;(AX)
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm(AY) forever,
the purposes(AZ) of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,(BA)
the people he chose(BB) for his inheritance.(BC)
13 From heaven the Lord looks down(BD)
and sees all mankind;(BE)
14 from his dwelling place(BF) he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms(BG) the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.(BH)
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;(BI)
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse(BJ) is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes(BK) of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,(BL)
19 to deliver them from death(BM)
and keep them alive in famine.(BN)
20 We wait(BO) in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,(BP)
for we trust in his holy name.(BQ)
22 May your unfailing love(BR) be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
Of David. When he pretended to be insane(BS) before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;(BT)
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory(BU) in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.(BV)
3 Glorify the Lord(BW) with me;
let us exalt(BX) his name together.
4 I sought the Lord,(BY) and he answered me;
he delivered(BZ) me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;(CA)
their faces are never covered with shame.(CB)
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.(CC)
7 The angel of the Lord(CD) encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers(CE) them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;(CF)
blessed is the one who takes refuge(CG) in him.
9 Fear the Lord,(CH) you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.(CI)
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.(CJ)
11 Come, my children, listen(CK) to me;
I will teach you(CL) the fear of the Lord.(CM)
12 Whoever of you loves life(CN)
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue(CO) from evil
and your lips from telling lies.(CP)
14 Turn from evil and do good;(CQ)
seek peace(CR) and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord(CS) are on the righteous,(CT)
and his ears are attentive(CU) to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against(CV) those who do evil,(CW)
to blot out their name(CX) from the earth.
1 Contend,(DH) Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight(DI) against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield(DJ) and armor;
arise(DK) and come to my aid.(DL)
3 Brandish spear(DM) and javelin[f](DN)
against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
“I am your salvation.(DO)”
4 May those who seek my life(DP)
be disgraced(DQ) and put to shame;(DR)
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back(DS) in dismay.
5 May they be like chaff(DT) before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord(DU) driving them away;
6 may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
7 Since they hid their net(DV) for me without cause(DW)
and without cause dug a pit(DX) for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—(DY)
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit,(DZ) to their ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoice(EA) in the Lord
and delight in his salvation.(EB)
10 My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you,(EC) Lord?
You rescue the poor from those too strong(ED) for them,
the poor and needy(EE) from those who rob them.”
11 Ruthless witnesses(EF) come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good(EG)
and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth(EH)
and humbled myself with fasting.(EI)
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about mourning(EJ)
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;(EK)
assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
They slandered(EL) me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;[g](EM)
they gnashed their teeth(EN) at me.
17 How long,(EO) Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages,
my precious life(EP) from these lions.(EQ)
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;(ER)
among the throngs(ES) I will praise you.(ET)
19 Do not let those gloat over me
who are my enemies(EU) without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason(EV)
maliciously wink the eye.(EW)
20 They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations(EX)
against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer(EY) at me and say, “Aha! Aha!(EZ)
With our own eyes we have seen it.”
22 Lord, you have seen(FA) this; do not be silent.
Do not be far(FB) from me, Lord.
23 Awake,(FC) and rise(FD) to my defense!
Contend(FE) for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
do not let them gloat(FF) over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha,(FG) just what we wanted!”
or say, “We have swallowed him up.”(FH)
26 May all who gloat(FI) over my distress(FJ)
be put to shame(FK) and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me(FL)
be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication(FM)
shout for joy(FN) and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
who delights(FO) in the well-being of his servant.”(FP)