Bible: Ps 9

Psalm 9 1 

9:1 For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; 2  a psalm of David.

I will thank the Lord with all my heart!

I will tell about all your amazing deeds! 3 

9:2 I will be happy and rejoice in you!

I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One! 4 

9:3 When my enemies turn back,

they trip and are defeated 5  before you.

9:4 For you defended my just cause; 6 

from your throne you pronounced a just decision. 7 

9:5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry; 8 

you destroyed the wicked; 9 

you permanently wiped out all memory of them. 10 

9:6 The enemy’s cities have been reduced to permanent ruins; 11 

you destroyed their cities; 12 

all memory of the enemies has perished. 13 

9:7 But the Lord 14  rules 15  forever;

he reigns in a just manner. 16 

9:8 He judges the world fairly;

he makes just legal decisions for the nations. 17 

9:9 Consequently 18  the Lord provides safety for the oppressed; 19 

he provides safety in times of trouble. 20 

9:10 Your loyal followers trust in you, 21 

for you, Lord, do not abandon those who seek your help. 22 

9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules 23  in Zion!

Tell the nations what he has done! 24 

9:12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; 25 

he did not overlook 26  their cry for help 27 

9:13 when they prayed: 28 

“Have mercy on me, 29  Lord!

See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, 30 

O one who can snatch me away 31  from the gates of death!

9:14 Then I will 32  tell about all your praiseworthy acts; 33 

in the gates of Daughter Zion 34  I will rejoice because of your deliverance.” 35 

9:15 The nations fell 36  into the pit they had made;

their feet were caught in the net they had hidden. 37 

9:16 The Lord revealed himself;

he accomplished justice;

the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. 38  (Higgaion. 39  Selah)

9:17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; 40 

this is the destiny of 41  all the nations that ignore 42  God,

9:18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, 43 

the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed. 44 

9:19 Rise up, Lord! 45 

Don’t let men be defiant! 46 

May the nations be judged in your presence!

9:20 Terrify them, Lord! 47 

Let the nations know they are mere mortals! 48  (Selah)

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