Bible: Ps 42-49

Book 2
(Psalms 42-72)

Psalm 42 1 

42:1 For the music director; a well-written song 2  by the Korahites.

As a deer 3  longs 4  for streams of water,

so I long 5  for you, O God!

42:2 I thirst 6  for God,

for the living God.

I say, 7  “When will I be able to go and appear in God’s presence? 8 

42:3 I cannot eat, I weep day and night; 9 

all day long they say to me, 10 Where is your God?

42:4 I will remember and weep! 11 

For I was once walking along with the great throng to the temple of God,

shouting and giving thanks along with the crowd as we celebrated the holy festival. 12 

42:5 Why are you depressed, 13  O my soul? 14 

Why are you upset? 15 

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention. 16 

42:6 I am depressed, 17 

so I will pray to you while I am trapped here in the region of the upper Jordan, 18 

from Hermon, 19  from Mount Mizar. 20 

42:7 One deep stream calls out to another 21  at the sound of your waterfalls; 22 

all your billows and waves overwhelm me. 23 

42:8 By day the Lord decrees his loyal love, 24 

and by night he gives me a song, 25 

a prayer 26  to the living God.

42:9 I will pray 27  to God, my high ridge: 28 

“Why do you ignore 29  me?

Why must I walk around mourning 30 

because my enemies oppress me?

42:10 My enemiestaunts cut into me to the bone, 31 

as they say to me all day long, “Where is your God? 32 

42:11 Why are you depressed, 33  O my soul? 34 

Why are you upset? 35 

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention. 36 

Psalm 43 37 

43:1 Vindicate me, O God!

Fight for me 38  against an ungodly nation!

Deliver me 39  from deceitful and evil men! 40 

43:2 For you are the God who shelters me. 41 

Why do you reject me? 42 

Why must I walk around 43  mourning 44 

because my enemies oppress me?

43:3 Reveal 45  your light 46  and your faithfulness!

They will lead me, 47 

they will escort 48  me back to your holy hill, 49 

and to the place where you live. 50 

43:4 Then I will go 51  to the altar of God,

to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, 52 

so that I express my thanks to you, 53  O God, my God, with a harp.

43:5 Why are you depressed, 54  O my soul? 55 

Why are you upset? 56 

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention. 57 

Psalm 44 58 

44:1 For the music director; by the Korahites, a well-written song. 59 

O God, we have clearly heard; 60 

our ancestors 61  have told us

what you did 62  in their days,

in ancient times. 63 

44:2 You, by your power, 64  defeated nations and settled our fathers on their land; 65 

you crushed 66  the people living there 67  and enabled our ancestors to occupy it. 68 

44:3 For they did not conquer 69  the land by their swords,

and they did not prevail by their strength, 70 

but rather by your power, 71  strength 72  and good favor, 73 

for you were partial to 74  them.

44:4 You are my 75  king, O God!

Decree 76  Jacob’s 77  deliverance!

44:5 By your power 78  we will drive back 79  our enemies;

by your strength 80  we will trample down 81  our foes! 82 

44:6 For I do not trust in my bow,

and I do not prevail by my sword.

44:7 For you deliver 83  us from our enemies;

you humiliate 84  those who hate us.

44:8 In God I boast all day long,

and we will continually give thanks to your name. (Selah)

44:9 But 85  you rejected and embarrassed us!

You did not go into battle with our armies. 86 

44:10 You made us retreat 87  from the enemy.

Those who hate us take whatever they want from us. 88 

44:11 You handed us 89  over like sheep to be eaten;

you scattered us among the nations.

44:12 You sold 90  your people for a pittance; 91 

you did not ask a high price for them. 92 

44:13 You made us 93  an object of disdain to our neighbors;

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 94 

44:14 You made us 95  an object of ridicule 96  among the nations;

foreigners treat us with contempt. 97 

44:15 All day long I feel humiliated 98 

and am overwhelmed with shame, 99 

44:16 before the vindictive enemy

who ridicules and insults me. 100 

44:17 All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you 101 

or violated your covenant with us. 102 

44:18 We have not been unfaithful, 103 

nor have we disobeyed your commands. 104 

44:19 Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs; 105 

you have covered us with darkness. 106 

44:20 If we had rejected our God, 107 

and spread out our hands in prayer to another god, 108 

44:21 would not God discover it,

for he knows 109  one’s thoughts? 110 

44:22 Yet because of you 111  we are killed all day long;

we are treated like 112  sheep at the slaughtering block. 113 

44:23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?

Wake up! 114  Do not reject us forever!

44:24 Why do you look the other way, 115 

and ignore 116  the way we are oppressed and mistreated? 117 

44:25 For we lie in the dirt,

with our bellies pressed to the ground. 118 

44:26 Rise up and help us!

Rescue us 119  because of your loyal love!

Psalm 45 120 

45:1 For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 121  by the Korahites, a well-written poem, 122  a love song.

My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. 123 

I say, “I have composed this special song 124  for the king;

my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” 125 

45:2 You are the most handsome of all men! 126 

You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! 127 

For this reason 128  God grants you continual blessings. 129 

45:3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! 130 

Appear in your majestic splendor! 131 

45:4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious! 132 

Ride forth for the sake of what is right, 133 

on behalf of justice! 134 

Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts! 135 

45:5 Your arrows are sharp

and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.

Nations fall at your feet. 136 

45:6 Your throne, 137  O God, is permanent. 138 

The scepter 139  of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.

45:7 You love 140  justice and hate evil. 141 

For this reason God, your God 142  has anointed you 143 

with the oil of joy, 144  elevating you above your companions. 145 

45:8 All your garments are perfumed with 146  myrrh, aloes, and cassia.

From the luxurious palaces 147  comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy. 148 

45:9 Princesses 149  are among your honored guests, 150 

your bride 151  stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir. 152 

45:10 Listen, O princess! 153 

Observe and pay attention! 154 

Forget your homeland 155  and your family! 156 

45:11 Then 157  the king will be attracted by 158  your beauty.

After all, he is your master! Submit 159  to him! 160 

45:12 Rich people from Tyre 161 

will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 162 

45:13 The princess 163  looks absolutely magnificent, 164 

decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. 165 

45:14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.

Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,

are led before you. 166 

45:15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession

and enter the royal palace. 167 

45:16 Your 168  sons will carry 169  on the dynasty of your ancestors; 170 

you will make them princes throughout the land.

45:17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, 171 

then the nations will praise you 172  forever.

Psalm 46 173 

46:1 For the music director; by the Korahites; according to the alamoth style; 174  a song.

God is our strong refuge; 175 

he is truly our helper in times of trouble. 176 

46:2 For this reason we do not fear 177  when the earth shakes, 178 

and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 179 

46:3 when its waves 180  crash 181  and foam,

and the mountains shake 182  before the surging sea. 183  (Selah)

46:4 The river’s channels bring joy to the city of God, 184 

the special, holy dwelling place of 185  the sovereign One. 186 

46:5 God lives within it, 187  it cannot be moved. 188 

God rescues it 189  at the break of dawn. 190 

46:6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are overthrown. 191 

God 192  gives a shout, 193  the earth dissolves. 194 

46:7 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 195 

The God of Jacob 196  is our protector! 197  (Selah)

46:8 Come! Witness the exploits 198  of the Lord,

who brings devastation to the earth! 199 

46:9 He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; 200 

he shatters 201  the bow and breaks 202  the spear;

he burns 203  the shields with fire. 204 

46:10 He says, 205  “Stop your striving and recognize 206  that I am God!

I will be exalted 207  over 208  the nations! I will be exalted over 209  the earth!

46:11 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 210 

The God of Jacob 211  is our protector! 212  (Selah)

Psalm 47 213 

47:1 For the music director; by the Korahites; a psalm.

All you nations, clap your hands!

Shout out to God in celebration! 214 

47:2 For the sovereign Lord 215  is awe-inspiring; 216 

he is the great king who rules the whole earth! 217 

47:3 He subdued nations beneath us 218 

and countries 219  under our feet.

47:4 He picked out for us a special land 220 

to be a source of pride for 221  Jacob, 222  whom he loves. 223  (Selah)

47:5 God has ascended his throne 224  amid loud shouts; 225 

the Lord has ascended his throne amid the blaring of ram’s horns. 226 

47:6 Sing to God! Sing!

Sing to our king! Sing!

47:7 For God is king of the whole earth!

Sing a well-written song! 227 

47:8 God reigns 228  over the nations!

God sits on his holy throne!

47:9 The nobles of the nations assemble,

along with the people of the God of Abraham, 229 

for God has authority over the rulers 230  of the earth.

He is highly exalted! 231 

Psalm 48 232 

48:1 A song, a psalm by the Korahites.

The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise

in the city of our God, 233  his holy hill.

48:2 It is lofty and pleasing to look at, 234 

a source of joy to the whole earth. 235 

Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; 236 

it is the city of the great king.

48:3 God is in its fortresses;

he reveals himself as its defender. 237 

48:4 For 238  look, the kings assemble; 239 

they advance together.

48:5 As soon as they see, 240  they are shocked; 241 

they are terrified, they quickly retreat. 242 

48:6 Look at them shake uncontrollably, 243 

like a woman writhing in childbirth. 244 

48:7 With an east wind

you shatter 245  the large ships. 246 

48:8 We heard about God’s mighty deeds, now we have seen them, 247 

in the city of the Lord, the invincible Warrior, 248 

in the city of our God.

God makes it permanently secure. 249  (Selah)

48:9 We reflect on your loyal love, O God,

within your temple.

48:10 The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth

is worthy of your reputation, O God. 250 

You execute justice! 251 

48:11 Mount Zion rejoices;

the towns 252  of Judah are happy, 253 

because of your acts of judgment. 254 

48:12 Walk around 255  Zion! Encircle it!

Count its towers!

48:13 Consider its defenses! 256 

Walk through 257  its fortresses,

so you can tell the next generation about it! 258 

48:14 For God, our God, is our defender forever! 259 

He guides 260  us! 261 

Psalm 49 262 

49:1 For the music director, a psalm by the Korahites.

Listen to this, all you nations!

Pay attention, all you inhabitants of the world! 263 

49:2 Pay attention, all you people, 264 

both rich and poor!

49:3 I will declare a wise saying; 265 

I will share my profound thoughts. 266 

49:4 I will learn a song that imparts wisdom;

I will then sing my insightful song to the accompaniment of a harp. 267 

49:5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, 268 

when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me? 269 

49:6 They trust 270  in their wealth

and boast 271  in their great riches.

49:7 Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; 272 

he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price 273 

49:8 (the ransom price for a human life 274  is too high,

and people go to their final destiny), 275 

49:9 so that he might continue to live 276  forever

and not experience death. 277 

49:10 Surely 278  one sees 279  that even wise people die; 280 

fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away 281 

and leave their wealth to others. 282 

49:11 Their grave becomes their permanent residence,

their eternal dwelling place. 283 

They name their lands after themselves, 284 

49:12 but, despite their wealth, people do not last, 285 

they are like animals 286  that perish. 287 

49:13 This is the destiny of fools, 288 

and of those who approve of their philosophy. 289  (Selah)

49:14 They will travel to Sheol like sheep, 290 

with death as their shepherd. 291 

The godly will rule 292  over them when the day of vindication dawns; 293 

Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. 294 

49:15 But 295  God will rescue 296  my life 297  from the power 298  of Sheol;

certainly 299  he will pull me to safety. 300  (Selah)

49:16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich 301 

and his wealth multiplies! 302 

49:17 For he will take nothing with him when he dies;

his wealth will not follow him down into the grave. 303 

49:18 He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive:

“May men praise you, for you have done well!

49:19 But he will join his ancestors; 304 

they will never again see the light of day. 305 

49:20 Wealthy people do not understand; 306 

they are like animals 307  that perish. 308 

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