For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.
1 God is our refuge(A) and strength,(B)
an ever-present(C) help(D) in trouble.(E)
2 Therefore we will not fear,(F) though the earth give way(G)
and the mountains fall(H) into the heart of the sea,(I)
3 though its waters roar(J) and foam(K)
and the mountains quake(L) with their surging.[c]
4 There is a river(M) whose streams(N) make glad the city of God,(O)
the holy place where the Most High(P) dwells.(Q)
5 God is within her,(R) she will not fall;(S)
God will help(T) her at break of day.
6 Nations(U) are in uproar,(V) kingdoms(W) fall;
he lifts his voice,(X) the earth melts.(Y)
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,(AD)
the desolations(AE) he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars(AF) cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow(AG) and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.(AH)
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;(AI)
I will be exalted(AJ) among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
2 For the Lord Most High(AO) is awesome,(AP)
the great King(AQ) over all the earth.
3 He subdued(AR) nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance(AS) for us,
the pride of Jacob,(AT) whom he loved.[f]
5 God has ascended(AU) amid shouts of joy,(AV)
the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(AW)
6 Sing praises(AX) to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;(AY)
sing to him a psalm(AZ) of praise.
8 God reigns(BA) over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.(BB)
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[g] of the earth belong to God;(BC)
he is greatly exalted.(BD)
A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.
2 Beautiful(BI) in its loftiness,
the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[i](BJ) is Mount Zion,(BK)
the city of the Great King.(BL)
3 God is in her citadels;(BM)
he has shown himself to be her fortress.(BN)
4 When the kings joined forces,
when they advanced together,(BO)
5 they saw her and were astounded;
they fled in terror.(BP)
6 Trembling seized(BQ) them there,
pain like that of a woman in labor.(BR)
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(BS)
shattered by an east wind.(BT)
9 Within your temple, O God,
we meditate(BV) on your unfailing love.(BW)
10 Like your name,(BX) O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(BY)
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments.(BZ)
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide(CE) even to the end.
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 Hear(CF) this, all you peoples;(CG)
listen, all who live in this world,(CH)
2 both low and high,(CI)
rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(CJ)
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(CK)
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;(CL)
with the harp(CM) I will expound my riddle:(CN)
5 Why should I fear(CO) when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth(CP)
and boast(CQ) of their great riches?(CR)
7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom(CS) for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—(CT)
9 so that they should live on(CU) forever
and not see decay.(CV)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(CW)
that the foolish and the senseless(CX) also perish,
leaving their wealth(CY) to others.(CZ)
11 Their tombs(DA) will remain their houses[l] forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,(DB)
though they had[m] named(DC) lands after themselves.
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(DF)
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[n]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(DG) to die;(DH)
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevail(DI) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(DJ)
he will surely take me to himself.(DK)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(DL) with them when they die,
their splendor will not descend with them.(DM)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(DN)
and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(DO)
who will never again see the light(DP) of life.
A psalm of Asaph.
1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord,(DS)
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.(DT)
2 From Zion,(DU) perfect in beauty,(DV)
God shines forth.(DW)
3 Our God comes(DX)
and will not be silent;(DY)
a fire devours(DZ) before him,(EA)
and around him a tempest(EB) rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
and the earth,(EC) that he may judge his people:(ED)
5 “Gather to me this consecrated people,(EE)
who made a covenant(EF) with me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens proclaim(EG) his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.[o][p](EH)
7 “Listen, my people, and I will speak;
I will testify(EI) against you, Israel:
I am God, your God.(EJ)
8 I bring no charges(EK) against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings,(EL) which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull(EM) from your stall
or of goats(EN) from your pens,(EO)
10 for every animal of the forest(EP) is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.(EQ)
11 I know every bird(ER) in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields(ES) are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world(ET) is mine, and all that is in it.(EU)
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
16 But to the wicked person, God says:
“What right have you to recite my laws
or take my covenant(FC) on your lips?(FD)
17 You hate(FE) my instruction
and cast my words behind(FF) you.
18 When you see a thief, you join(FG) with him;
you throw in your lot with adulterers.(FH)
19 You use your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue to deceit.(FI)
20 You sit and testify against your brother(FJ)
and slander your own mother’s son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,(FK)
you thought I was exactly[q] like you.
But I now arraign(FL) you
and set my accusations(FM) before you.