The Two Ways
1Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;2but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.3They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
4The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;6for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.Chapter 2God's Promise to His Anointed
1Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?2The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and his anointed, saying,3“Let us burst their bonds asunder,
and cast their cords from us.”
4He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord has them in derision.5Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,6“I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
7I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have begotten you.8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.9You shall break them with a rod of iron,
and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.11Serve the Lord with fear,
with trembling12kiss his feet,
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Happy are all who take refuge in him.Chapter 3Trust in God under Adversity
A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
1O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;2many are saying to me,
“There is no help for you in God.” Selah
3But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.4I cry aloud to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
5I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.6I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7Rise up, O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
may your blessing be on your people! SelahChapter 4Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
1Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
2How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah3But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah5Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
6There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”7You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
8I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.Chapter 5Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
1Give ear to my words, O Lord;
give heed to my sighing.2Listen to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.3O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.
4For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil will not sojourn with you.5The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.6You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.
7But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house,
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in awe of you.8Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.
9For there is no truth in their mouths;
their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
they flatter with their tongues.10Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
11But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
so that those who love your name may exult in you.12For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover them with favor as with a shield.Chapter 6Prayer for Recovery from Grave Illness
To the leader: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
or discipline me in your wrath.2Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.3My soul also is struck with terror,
while you, O Lord—how long?
4Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.5For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who can give you praise?
6I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.7My eyes waste away because of grief;
they grow weak because of all my foes.
8Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.9The Lord has heard my supplication;
the Lord accepts my prayer.10All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.Chapter 7Plea for Help against Persecutors
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
1O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,2or like a lion they will tear me apart;
they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.
3O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,4if I have repaid my ally with harm
or plundered my foe without cause,5then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
trample my life to the ground,
and lay my soul in the dust. Selah
6Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
and over it take your seat on high.8The Lord judges the peoples;
judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
9O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God.10God is my shield,
who saves the upright in heart.11God is a righteous judge,
and a God who has indignation every day.
12If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and strung his bow;13he has prepared his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.14See how they conceive evil,
and are pregnant with mischief,
and bring forth lies.15They make a pit, digging it out,
and fall into the hole that they have made.16Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
and on their own heads their violence descends.
17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.Chapter 8Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.2Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.
3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;4what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
5Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.6You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,7all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!Chapter 9God's Power and Justice
To the leader: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
1I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.2I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3When my enemies turned back,
they stumbled and perished before you.4For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment.
5You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.6The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins;
their cities you have rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
7But the Lord sits enthroned forever,
he has established his throne for judgment.8He judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with equity.
9The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.10And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
Declare his deeds among the peoples.12For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13Be gracious to me, O Lord.
See what I suffer from those who hate me;
you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death,14so that I may recount all your praises,
and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
rejoice in your deliverance.
15The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.16The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. [Higgaion. Selah]
17The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
18For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor perish forever.
19Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail;
let the nations be judged before you.20Put them in fear, O Lord;
let the nations know that they are only human. SelahChapter 10Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
1Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?2In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.4In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;
all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5Their ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of their sight;
as for their foes, they scoff at them.6They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;
throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”
7Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.8They sit in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places they murder the innocent.
Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;9they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.
10They stoop, they crouch,
and the helpless fall by their might.11They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
do not forget the oppressed.13Why do the wicked renounce God,
and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?
14But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
you have been the helper of the orphan.
15Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
seek out their wickedness until you find none.16The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
17O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear18to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.Chapter 11Song of Trust in God
To the leader. Of David.
1In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains;2for look, the wicked bend the bow,
they have fitted their arrow to the string,
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.3If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord's throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.5The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
and his soul hates the lover of violence.6On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulfur;
a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.7For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.Chapter 12Plea for Help in Evil Times
To the leader: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
the faithful have disappeared from humankind.2They utter lies to each other;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,4those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail;
our lips are our own—who is our master?”
5“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord;
“I will place them in the safety for which they long.”6The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
7You, O Lord, will protect us;
you will guard us from this generation forever.8On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among humankind.Chapter 13Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?2How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,4and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
5But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.6I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.Chapter 14Denunciation of Godlessness
To the leader. Of David.
1Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is no one who does good.
2The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
to see if there are any who are wise,
who seek after God.
3They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
there is no one who does good,
no, not one.
4Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon the Lord?
5There they shall be in great terror,
for God is with the company of the righteous.6You would confound the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
7O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.Chapter 15Who Shall Abide in God's Sanctuary?
A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?
2Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart;3who do not slander with their tongue,
and do no evil to their friends,
nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;4in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
but who honor those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;5who do not lend money at interest,
and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
Those who do these things shall never be moved.Chapter 16Song of Trust and Security in God
A Miktam of David.
1Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.2I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
3As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
in whom is all my delight.
4Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names upon my lips.
5The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.6The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a goodly heritage.
7I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.8I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.10For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.
11You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.Chapter 17Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors
A Prayer of David.
1Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.2From you let my vindication come;
let your eyes see the right.
3If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
my mouth does not transgress.4As for what others do, by the word of your lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.5My steps have held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped.
6I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me, hear my words.7Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O savior of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at your right hand.
8Guard me as the apple of the eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings,9from the wicked who despoil me,
my deadly enemies who surround me.10They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they speak arrogantly.11They track me down; now they surround me;
they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.12They are like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.
13Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,14from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
may their children have more than enough;
may they leave something over to their little ones.
15As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.Chapter 18Royal Thanksgiving for Victory
To the leader. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:
1I love you, O Lord, my strength.2The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.3I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
so I shall be saved from my enemies.
4The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of perdition assailed me;5the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
7Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.8Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.9He bowed the heavens, and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.10He rode on a cherub, and flew;
he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.11He made darkness his covering around him,
his canopy thick clouds dark with water.12Out of the brightness before him
there broke through his clouds
hailstones and coals of fire.13The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice.14And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.15Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
16He reached down from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of mighty waters.17He delivered me from my strong enemy,
and from those who hated me;
for they were too mighty for me.18They confronted me in the day of my calamity;
but the Lord was my support.19He brought me out into a broad place;
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.21For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.22For all his ordinances were before me,
and his statutes I did not put away from me.23I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from guilt.24Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
with the blameless you show yourself blameless;26with the pure you show yourself pure;
and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.27For you deliver a humble people,
but the haughty eyes you bring down.28It is you who light my lamp;
the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.29By you I can crush a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.30This God—his way is perfect;
the promise of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
31For who is God except the Lord?
And who is a rock besides our God?—32the God who girded me with strength,
and made my way safe.33He made my feet like the feet of a deer,
and set me secure on the heights.34He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.35You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand has supported me;
your help has made me great.36You gave me a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.37I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
and did not turn back until they were consumed.38I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise;
they fell under my feet.39For you girded me with strength for the battle;
you made my assailants sink under me.40You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
and those who hated me I destroyed.41They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.42I beat them fine, like dust before the wind;
I cast them out like the mire of the streets.
43You delivered me from strife with the peoples;
you made me head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.44As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
foreigners came cringing to me.45Foreigners lost heart,
and came trembling out of their strongholds.
46The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation,47the God who gave me vengeance
and subdued peoples under me;48who delivered me from my enemies;
indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
you delivered me from the violent.
49For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing praises to your name.50Great triumphs he gives to his king,
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.Chapter 19God's Glory in Creation and the Law
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.2Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.3There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;4yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,5which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hid from its heat.
7The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;8the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;9the fear of the Lord is pure,
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.10More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.12But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.13Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.Chapter 20Prayer for Victory
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you!2May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion.3May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah
4May he grant you your heart's desire,
and fulfill all your plans.5May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
6Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories by his right hand.7Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.8They will collapse and fall,
but we shall rise and stand upright.
9Give victory to the king, O Lord;
answer us when we call.Chapter 21Thanksgiving for Victory
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord,
and in your help how greatly he exults!2You have given him his heart's desire,
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah3For you meet him with rich blessings;
you set a crown of fine gold on his head.4He asked you for life; you gave it to him—
length of days forever and ever.5His glory is great through your help;
splendor and majesty you bestow on him.6You bestow on him blessings forever;
you make him glad with the joy of your presence.7For the king trusts in the Lord,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
8Your hand will find out all your enemies;
your right hand will find out those who hate you.9You will make them like a fiery furnace
when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
and fire will consume them.10You will destroy their offspring from the earth,
and their children from among humankind.11If they plan evil against you,
if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.12For you will put them to flight;
you will aim at their faces with your bows.
13Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power.Chapter 22Plea for Deliverance from Suffering and Hostility
To the leader: according to The Deer of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
3Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.4In you our ancestors trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.5To you they cried, and were saved;
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
6But I am a worm, and not human;
scorned by others, and despised by the people.7All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;8“Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”
9Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe on my mother's breast.10On you I was cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.11Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
12Many bulls encircle me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;13they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;15my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16For dogs are all around me;
a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;17I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;18they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
19But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!20Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!21Save me from the mouth of the lion!
From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.22I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:23You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!24For he did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
but heard when I cried to him.
25From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.26The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
May your hearts live forever!
27All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.28For dominion belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for him.30Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,31and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.Chapter 23The Divine Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;3he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name's sake.
4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.Chapter 24Entrance into the Temple
Of David. A Psalm.
1The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;2for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
3Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?4Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.5They will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.6Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
7Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.8Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle.9Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.10Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory. SelahChapter 25Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance
1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.2O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.3Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.5Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
6Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.7Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness' sake, O Lord!
8Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.9He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.10All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
11For your name's sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.12Who are they that fear the Lord?
He will teach them the way that they should choose.
13They will abide in prosperity,
and their children shall possess the land.14The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes his covenant known to them.15My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.17Relieve the troubles of my heart,
and bring me out of my distress.18Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
19Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.20O guard my life, and deliver me;
do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.21May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
22Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all its troubles.Chapter 26Plea for Justice and Declaration of Righteousness
1Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.2Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
test my heart and mind.3For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in faithfulness to you.
4I do not sit with the worthless,
nor do I consort with hypocrites;5I hate the company of evildoers,
and will not sit with the wicked.
6I wash my hands in innocence,
and go around your altar, O Lord,7singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
and telling all your wondrous deeds.
8O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
and the place where your glory abides.9Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with the bloodthirsty,10those in whose hands are evil devices,
and whose right hands are full of bribes.
11But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.12My foot stands on level ground;
in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.Chapter 27Triumphant Song of Confidence
1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.
3Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
4One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
5For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
6Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
7Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!8“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, do I seek.9Do not hide your face from me.
Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!10If my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will take me up.
11Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.12Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.
13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.14Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!Chapter 28Prayer for Help and Thanksgiving for It
1To you, O Lord, I call;
my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.2Hear the voice of my supplication,
as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your most holy sanctuary.
3Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors,
while mischief is in their hearts.4Repay them according to their work,
and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
render them their due reward.5Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more.
6Blessed be the Lord,
for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.7The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
8The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.9O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd, and carry them forever.Chapter 29The Voice of God in a Great Storm
A Psalm of David.
1Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.2Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
3The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.4The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
10The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.11May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!Chapter 30Thanksgiving for Recovery from Grave Illness
A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the temple. Of David.
1I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.2O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.3O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
4Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.5For his anger is but for a moment;
his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”7By your favor, O Lord,
you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
8To you, O Lord, I cried,
and to the Lord I made supplication:9“What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?10Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
11You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,12so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.Chapter 31Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.2Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
3You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name's sake lead me and guide me,4take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.5Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
6You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.7I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have taken heed of my adversities,8and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
9Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.10For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.
11I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.12I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.13For I hear the whispering of many—
terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.
14But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”15My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.16Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.17Do not let me be put to shame, O Lord,
for I call on you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.18Let the lying lips be stilled
that speak insolently against the righteous
with pride and contempt.
19O how abundant is your goodness
that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of everyone!20In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from human plots;
you hold them safe under your shelter
from contentious tongues.
21Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was beset as a city under siege.22I had said in my alarm,
“I am driven far from your sight.”
But you heard my supplications
when I cried out to you for help.
23Love the Lord, all you his saints.
The Lord preserves the faithful,
but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.24Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord.Chapter 32The Joy of Forgiveness
Of David. A Maskil.
1Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.2Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3While I kept silence, my body wasted away
through my groaning all day long.4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
6Therefore let all who are faithful
offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
shall not reach them.7You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
8I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.9Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
else it will not stay near you.
10Many are the torments of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.11Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.Chapter 33The Greatness and Goodness of God
1Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright.2Praise the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.3Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.5He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
6By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.7He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
he put the deeps in storehouses.
8Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.9For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.11The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the thoughts of his heart to all generations.12Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.
13The Lord looks down from heaven;
he sees all humankind.14From where he sits enthroned he watches
all the inhabitants of the earth—15he who fashions the hearts of them all,
and observes all their deeds.16A king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.17The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
and by its great might it cannot save.
18Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,19to deliver their soul from death,
and to keep them alive in famine.
20Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and shield.21Our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.22Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.Chapter 34Praise for Deliverance from Trouble
Of David, when he feigned madness before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.
1I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.2My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.3O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
4I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.5Look to him, and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.6This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
and was saved from every trouble.7The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.8O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.9O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
for those who fear him have no want.10The young lions suffer want and hunger,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.12Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?13Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.14Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
15The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their cry.16The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.17When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.18The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
19Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.20He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.21Evil brings death to the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.22The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.Chapter 35Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
1Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me!2Take hold of shield and buckler,
and rise up to help me!3Draw the spear and javelin
against my pursuers;
say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.”
4Let them be put to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life.
Let them be turned back and confounded
who devise evil against me.5Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them on.6Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
7For without cause they hid their net for me;
without cause they dug a pit for my life.8Let ruin come on them unawares.
And let the net that they hid ensnare them;
let them fall in it—to their ruin.
9Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord,
exulting in his deliverance.10All my bones shall say,
“O Lord, who is like you?
You deliver the weak
from those too strong for them,
the weak and needy from those who despoil them.”
11Malicious witnesses rise up;
they ask me about things I do not know.12They repay me evil for good;
my soul is forlorn.13But as for me, when they were sick,
I wore sackcloth;
I afflicted myself with fasting.
I prayed with head bowed on my bosom,14as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;
I went about as one who laments for a mother,
bowed down and in mourning.
15But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,
they gathered together against me;
ruffians whom I did not know
tore at me without ceasing;16they impiously mocked more and more,
gnashing at me with their teeth.
17How long, O Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages,
my life from the lions!18Then I will thank you in the great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
19Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,
or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.20For they do not speak peace,
but they conceive deceitful words
against those who are quiet in the land.21They open wide their mouths against me;
they say, “Aha, Aha,
our eyes have seen it.”
22You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent!
O Lord, do not be far from me!23Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense,
for my cause, my God and my Lord!24Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
according to your righteousness,
and do not let them rejoice over me.25Do not let them say to themselves,
“Aha, we have our heart's desire.”
Do not let them say, “We have swallowed you up.”
26Let all those who rejoice at my calamity
be put to shame and confusion;
let those who exalt themselves against me
be clothed with shame and dishonor.
27Let those who desire my vindication
shout for joy and be glad,
and say evermore,
“Great is the Lord,
who delights in the welfare of his servant.”28Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
and of your praise all day long.Chapter 36Human Wickedness and Divine Goodness
To the leader. Of David, the servant of the Lord.
1Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
before their eyes.2For they flatter themselves in their own eyes
that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.3The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit;
they have ceased to act wisely and do good.4They plot mischief while on their beds;
they are set on a way that is not good;
they do not reject evil.
5Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.6Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
7How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.8They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.9For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
10O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright of heart!11Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
or the hand of the wicked drive me away.12There the evildoers lie prostrate;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.Chapter 37Exhortation to Patience and Trust
1Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not be envious of wrongdoers,2for they will soon fade like the grass,
and wither like the green herb.
3Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.4Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.6He will make your vindication shine like the light,
and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
7Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices.
8Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
Do not fret—it leads only to evil.9For the wicked shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
10Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.11But the meek shall inherit the land,
and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
12The wicked plot against the righteous,
and gnash their teeth at them;13but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that their day is coming.
14The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to kill those who walk uprightly;15their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.
16Better is a little that the righteous person has
than the abundance of many wicked.17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
and their heritage will abide forever;19they are not put to shame in evil times,
in the days of famine they have abundance.
20But the wicked perish,
and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21The wicked borrow, and do not pay back,
but the righteous are generous and keep giving;22for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
23Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
when he delights in our way;24though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
for the Lord holds us by the hand.
25I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.26They are ever giving liberally and lending,
and their children become a blessing.
27Depart from evil, and do good;
so you shall abide forever.28For the Lord loves justice;
he will not forsake his faithful ones.
The righteous shall be kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.29The righteous shall inherit the land,
and live in it forever.
30The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak justice.31The law of their God is in their hearts;
their steps do not slip.
32The wicked watch for the righteous,
and seek to kill them.33The Lord will not abandon them to their power,
or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial.
34Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look on the destruction of the wicked.
35I have seen the wicked oppressing,
and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.36Again I passed by, and they were no more;
though I sought them, they could not be found.
37Mark the blameless, and behold the upright,
for there is posterity for the peaceable.38But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.
39The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their refuge in the time of trouble.40The Lord helps them and rescues them;
he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.Chapter 38A Penitent Sufferer's Plea for Healing
A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.
1O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
or discipline me in your wrath.2For your arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand has come down on me.
3There is no soundness in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
because of my sin.4For my iniquities have gone over my head;
they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.
5My wounds grow foul and fester
because of my foolishness;6I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
all day long I go around mourning.7For my loins are filled with burning,
and there is no soundness in my flesh.8I am utterly spent and crushed;
I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
9O Lord, all my longing is known to you;
my sighing is not hidden from you.10My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
as for the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.11My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction,
and my neighbors stand far off.
12Those who seek my life lay their snares;
those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin,
and meditate treachery all day long.
13But I am like the deaf, I do not hear;
like the mute, who cannot speak.14Truly, I am like one who does not hear,
and in whose mouth is no retort.
15But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.16For I pray, “Only do not let them rejoice over me,
those who boast against me when my foot slips.”
17For I am ready to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.18I confess my iniquity;
I am sorry for my sin.19Those who are my foes without cause are mighty,
and many are those who hate me wrongfully.20Those who render me evil for good
are my adversaries because I follow after good.
21Do not forsake me, O Lord;
O my God, do not be far from me;22make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation.Chapter 39Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness
To the leader: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1I said, “I will guard my ways
that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
as long as the wicked are in my presence.”2I was silent and still;
I held my peace to no avail;
my distress grew worse,3my heart became hot within me.
While I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4“Lord, let me know my end,
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.5You have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Selah6Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
they heap up, and do not know who will gather.
7“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you.8Deliver me from all my transgressions.
Do not make me the scorn of the fool.9I am silent; I do not open my mouth,
for it is you who have done it.10Remove your stroke from me;
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
11“You chastise mortals
in punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
surely everyone is a mere breath. Selah
12“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
do not hold your peace at my tears.
For I am your passing guest,
an alien, like all my forebears.13Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
before I depart and am no more.”Chapter 40Thanksgiving for Deliverance and Prayer for Help
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
1I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.2He drew me up from the desolate pit,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.3He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
4Happy are those who make
the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods.5You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be more than can be counted.
6Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.7Then I said, “Here I am;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me.8I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.10I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
11Do not, O Lord, withhold
your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
keep me safe forever.12For evils have encompassed me
my iniquities have overtaken me,
until I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.
13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me.14Let all those be put to shame and confusion
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire my hurt.15Let those be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”17As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God.Chapter 41Assurance of God's Help and a Plea for Healing
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1Happy are those who consider the poor;
the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.2The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
they are called happy in the land.
You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.3The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
in their illness you heal all their infirmities.
4As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”5My enemies wonder in malice
when I will die, and my name perish.6And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,
while their hearts gather mischief;
when they go out, they tell it abroad.7All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me.
8They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,
that I will not rise again from where I lie.9Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.10But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them.
11By this I know that you are pleased with me;
because my enemy has not triumphed over me.12But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
and set me in your presence forever.
13Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.