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Psalm 43-45

Psalm 43[a]

Vindicate me, my God,
    and plead my cause(A)
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me(B) from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.(C)
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected(D) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(E)
    oppressed by the enemy?(F)
Send me your light(G) and your faithful care,(H)
    let them lead me;(I)
let them bring me to your holy mountain,(J)
    to the place where you dwell.(K)
Then I will go(L) to the altar(M) of God,
    to God, my joy(N) and my delight.(O)
I will praise you with the lyre,(P)
    O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.(Q)

Psalm 44[b]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[c]

We have heard it with our ears,(R) O God;
    our ancestors have told us(S)
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.(T)
With your hand you drove out(U) the nations
    and planted(V) our ancestors;
you crushed(W) the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.(X)
It was not by their sword(Y) that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(Z) your arm,(AA)
    and the light(AB) of your face, for you loved(AC) them.

You are my King(AD) and my God,(AE)
    who decrees[d] victories(AF) for Jacob.
Through you we push back(AG) our enemies;
    through your name we trample(AH) our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,(AI)
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory(AJ) over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.(AK)
In God we make our boast(AL) all day long,(AM)
    and we will praise your name forever.[e](AN)

But now you have rejected(AO) and humbled us;(AP)
    you no longer go out with our armies.(AQ)
10 You made us retreat(AR) before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered(AS) us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep(AT)
    and have scattered us among the nations.(AU)
12 You sold your people for a pittance,(AV)
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach(AW) to our neighbors,(AX)
    the scorn(AY) and derision(AZ) of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword(BA) among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads(BB) at us.
15 I live in disgrace(BC) all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame(BD)
16 at the taunts(BE) of those who reproach and revile(BF) me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(BG)

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten(BH) you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned(BI) back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed(BJ) us and made us a haunt for jackals;(BK)
    you covered us over with deep darkness.(BL)

20 If we had forgotten(BM) the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,(BN)
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?(BO)
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep(BP) to be slaughtered.(BQ)

23 Awake,(BR) Lord! Why do you sleep?(BS)
    Rouse yourself!(BT) Do not reject us forever.(BU)
24 Why do you hide your face(BV)
    and forget(BW) our misery and oppression?(BX)

25 We are brought down to the dust;(BY)
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up(BZ) and help us;
    rescue(CA) us because of your unfailing love.(CB)

Psalm 45[f]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[g] A wedding song.(CC)

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,(CD)
    since God has blessed you forever.(CE)

Gird your sword(CF) on your side, you mighty one;(CG)
    clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(CH)
In your majesty ride forth victoriously(CI)
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(CJ)
    let your right hand(CK) achieve awesome deeds.(CL)
Let your sharp arrows(CM) pierce the hearts(CN) of the king’s enemies;(CO)
    let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God,[h] will last for ever and ever;(CP)
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness(CQ) and hate wickedness;(CR)
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing(CS) you with the oil of joy.(CT)
All your robes are fragrant(CU) with myrrh(CV) and aloes(CW) and cassia;(CX)
    from palaces adorned with ivory(CY)
    the music of the strings(CZ) makes you glad.
Daughters of kings(DA) are among your honored women;
    at your right hand(DB) is the royal bride(DC) in gold of Ophir.(DD)

10 Listen, daughter,(DE) and pay careful attention:(DF)
    Forget your people(DG) and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(DH)
    honor(DI) him, for he is your lord.(DJ)
12 The city of Tyre(DK) will come with a gift,[i](DL)
    people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(DM) is the princess within her chamber;
    her gown is interwoven with gold.(DN)
14 In embroidered garments(DO) she is led to the king;(DP)
    her virgin companions(DQ) follow her—
    those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(DR)
    they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
    you will make them princes(DS) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(DT)
    therefore the nations will praise you(DU) for ever and ever.(DV)

Psalm 49

Psalm 49[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Hear(A) this, all you peoples;(B)
    listen, all who live in this world,(C)
both low and high,(D)
    rich and poor alike:
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(E)
    the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(F)
I will turn my ear to a proverb;(G)
    with the harp(H) I will expound my riddle:(I)

Why should I fear(J) when evil days come,
    when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth(K)
    and boast(L) of their great riches?(M)
No one can redeem the life of another
    or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom(N) for a life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough—(O)
so that they should live on(P) forever
    and not see decay.(Q)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(R)
    that the foolish and the senseless(S) also perish,
    leaving their wealth(T) to others.(U)
11 Their tombs(V) will remain their houses[b] forever,
    their dwellings for endless generations,(W)
    though they had[c] named(X) lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;(Y)
    they are like the beasts that perish.(Z)

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(AA)
    and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(AB) to die;(AC)
    death will be their shepherd
    (but the upright will prevail(AD) 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;(AE)
    he will surely take me to himself.(AF)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
    when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(AG) with them when they die,
    their splendor will not descend with them.(AH)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(AI)
    and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(AJ)
    who will never again see the light(AK) of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding(AL)
    are like the beasts that perish.(AM)

Psalm 84-85

Psalm 84[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

How lovely is your dwelling place,(A)
    Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns,(B) even faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.(C)
Even the sparrow has found a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,(D)
    Lord Almighty,(E) my King(F) and my God.(G)
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
    they are ever praising you.[c]

Blessed are those whose strength(H) is in you,
    whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.(I)
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
    they make it a place of springs;(J)
    the autumn(K) rains also cover it with pools.[d]
They go from strength to strength,(L)
    till each appears(M) before God in Zion.(N)

Hear my prayer,(O) Lord God Almighty;
    listen to me, God of Jacob.
Look on our shield,[e](P) O God;
    look with favor on your anointed one.(Q)

10 Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper(R) in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun(S) and shield;(T)
    the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold(U)
    from those whose walk is blameless.

12 Lord Almighty,
    blessed(V) is the one who trusts in you.

Psalm 85[f]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
    you restored the fortunes(W) of Jacob.
You forgave(X) the iniquity(Y) of your people
    and covered all their sins.[g]
You set aside all your wrath(Z)
    and turned from your fierce anger.(AA)

Restore(AB) us again, God our Savior,(AC)
    and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?(AD)
    Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive(AE) us again,
    that your people may rejoice(AF) in you?
Show us your unfailing love,(AG) Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.(AH)

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace(AI) to his people, his faithful servants—
    but let them not turn to folly.(AJ)
Surely his salvation(AK) is near those who fear him,
    that his glory(AL) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(AM) meet together;
    righteousness(AN) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness(AO) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(AP)
    and our land will yield(AQ) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps.

Psalm 87

Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

He has founded his city on the holy mountain.(A)
The Lord loves the gates of Zion(B)
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

Glorious things are said of you,
    city of God:[a](C)
“I will record Rahab[b](D) and Babylon
    among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia(E) too, and Tyre(F), along with Cush[c]
    and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”[d](G)
Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her,
    and the Most High himself will establish her.”
The Lord will write in the register(H) of the peoples:
    “This one was born in Zion.”

As they make music(I) they will sing,
    “All my fountains(J) are in you.”

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