Bible: Psalms 1-29

Book 1
(Psalms 1-41)

Psalm 1 1 

1:1 How blessed 2  is the one 3  who does not follow 4  the advice 5  of the wicked, 6 

or stand in the pathway 7  with sinners,

or sit in the assembly 8  of scoffers! 9 

1:2 Instead 10  he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands; 11 

he meditates on 12  his commands 13  day and night.

1:3 He is like 14  a tree planted by flowing streams; 15 

it 16  yields 17  its fruit at the proper time, 18 

and its leaves never fall off. 19 

He succeeds in everything he attempts. 20 

1:4 Not so with the wicked!

Instead 21  they are like wind-driven chaff. 22 

1:5 For this reason 23  the wicked cannot withstand 24  judgment, 25 

nor can sinners join the assembly of the godly. 26 

1:6 Certainly 27  the Lord guards the way of the godly, 28 

but the way of the wicked ends in destruction. 29 

Psalm 2 30 

2:1 Why 31  do the nations rebel? 32 

Why 33  are the countries 34  devising 35  plots that will fail? 36 

2:2 The kings of the earth 37  form a united front; 38 

the rulers collaborate 39 

against the Lord and his anointed king. 40 

2:3 They say, 41  “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us! 42 

Let’s free ourselves from 43  their ropes!

2:4 The one enthroned 44  in heaven laughs in disgust; 45 

the Lord taunts 46  them.

2:5 Then he angrily speaks to them

and terrifies them in his rage, 47  saying, 48 

2:6I myself 49  have installed 50  my king

on Zion, my holy hill.”

2:7 The king says, 51  “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to me: 52 

‘You are my son! 53  This very day I have become your father!

2:8 Ask me,

and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, 54 

the ends of the earth as your personal property.

2:9 You will break them 55  with an iron scepter; 56 

you will smash them like a potter’s jar!’ 57 

2:10 So now, you kings, do what is wise; 58 

you rulers of the earth, submit to correction! 59 

2:11 Serve 60  the Lord in fear!

Repent in terror! 61 

2:12 Give sincere homage! 62 

Otherwise he 63  will be angry, 64 

and you will die because of your behavior, 65 

when his anger quickly ignites. 66 

How blessed 67  are all who take shelter in him! 68 

Psalm 3 69 

3:1 A psalm of David, written when he fled from his son Absalom. 70 

Lord, how 71  numerous are my enemies!

Many attack me. 72 

3:2 Many say about me,

God will not deliver him.” 73  (Selah) 74 

3:3 But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me; 75 

you are my glory 76  and the one who restores me. 77 

3:4 To the Lord I cried out, 78 

and he answered me from his holy hill. 79  (Selah)

3:5 I rested and slept;

I awoke, 80  for the Lord protects 81  me.

3:6 I am not afraid 82  of the multitude of people 83 

who attack me from all directions. 84 

3:7 Rise up, 85  Lord!

Deliver me, my God!

Yes, 86  you will strike 87  all my enemies on the jaw;

you will break the teeth 88  of the wicked. 89 

3:8 The Lord delivers; 90 

you show favor to your people. 91  (Selah)

Psalm 4 92 

4:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of David.

When I call out, answer me,

O God who vindicates me! 93 

Though I am hemmed in, you will lead me into a wide, open place. 94 

Have mercy on me 95  and respond to 96  my prayer!

4:2 You men, 97  how long will you try to turn my honor into shame? 98 

How long 99  will you love what is worthless 100 

and search for what is deceptive? 101  (Selah)

4:3 Realize that 102  the Lord shows the godly special favor; 103 

the Lord responds 104  when I cry out to him.

4:4 Tremble with fear and do not sin! 105 

Meditate as you lie in bed, and repent of your ways! 106  (Selah)

4:5 Offer the prescribed sacrifices 107 

and trust in the Lord! 108 

4:6 Many say, “Who can show us anything good?”

Smile upon us, Lord! 109 

4:7 You make me happier 110 

than those who have abundant grain and wine. 111 

4:8 I will lie down and sleep peacefully, 112 

for you, Lord, make me safe and secure. 113 

Psalm 5 114 

5:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by wind instruments; 115  a psalm of David.

Listen to what I say, 116  Lord!

Carefully consider my complaint! 117 

5:2 Pay attention to my cry for help,

my king and my God,

for I am praying to you!

5:3 Lord, in the morning 118  you will hear 119  me; 120 

in the morning I will present my case to you 121  and then wait expectantly for an answer. 122 

5:4 Certainly 123  you are not a God who approves of evil; 124 

evil people 125  cannot dwell with you. 126 

5:5 Arrogant people cannot stand in your presence; 127 

you hate 128  all who behave wickedly. 129 

5:6 You destroy 130  liars; 131 

the Lord despises 132  violent and deceitful people. 133 

5:7 But as for me, 134  because of your great faithfulness I will enter your house; 135 

I will bow down toward your holy temple as I worship you. 136 

5:8 Lord, lead me in your righteousness 137 

because of those who wait to ambush me, 138 

remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me! 139 

5:9 For 140  they do not speak the truth; 141 

their stomachs are like the place of destruction, 142 

their throats like an open grave, 143 

their tongues like a steep slope leading into it. 144 

5:10 Condemn them, 145  O God!

May their own schemes be their downfall! 146 

Drive them away 147  because of their many acts of insurrection, 148 

for they have rebelled against you.

5:11 But may all who take shelter 149  in you be happy! 150 

May they continually 151  shout for joy! 152 

Shelter them 153  so that those who are loyal to you 154  may rejoice! 155 

5:12 Certainly 156  you reward 157  the godly, 158  Lord.

Like a shield you protect 159  them 160  in your good favor. 161 

Psalm 6 162 

6:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments, according to the sheminith style; 163  a psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger!

Do not discipline me in your raging fury! 164 

6:2 Have mercy on me, 165  Lord, for I am frail!

Heal me, Lord, for my bones are shaking! 166 

6:3 I am absolutely terrified, 167 

and you, Lordhow long will this continue? 168 

6:4 Relent, Lord, rescue me! 169 

Deliver me because of your faithfulness! 170 

6:5 For no one remembers you in the realm of death, 171 

In Sheol who gives you thanks? 172 

6:6 I am exhausted as I groan;

all night long I drench my bed in tears; 173 

my tears saturate the cushion beneath me. 174 

6:7 My eyes 175  grow dim 176  from suffering;

they grow weak 177  because of all my enemies. 178 

6:8 Turn back from me, all you who behave wickedly, 179 

for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping! 180 

6:9 The Lord has heard my appeal for mercy;

the Lord has accepted 181  my prayer.

6:10 May all my enemies be humiliated 182  and absolutely terrified! 183 

May they turn back and be suddenly humiliated!

Psalm 7 184 

7:1 A musical composition 185  by David, which he sang to the Lord concerning 186  a Benjaminite named Cush. 187 

O Lord my God, in you I have taken shelter. 188 

Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!

7:2 Otherwise they will rip 189  me 190  to shreds like a lion;

they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me. 191 

7:3 O Lord my God, if I have done what they say, 192 

or am guilty of unjust actions, 193 

7:4 or have wronged my ally, 194 

or helped his lawless enemy, 195 

7:5 may an enemy relentlessly chase 196  me 197  and catch me; 198 

may he trample me to death 199 

and leave me lying dishonored in the dust. 200  (Selah)

7:6 Stand up angrily, 201  Lord!

Rise up with raging fury against my enemies! 202 

Wake up for my sake and execute the judgment you have decreed for them! 203 

7:7 The countries are assembled all around you; 204 

take once more your rightful place over them! 205 

7:8 The Lord judges the nations. 206 

Vindicate me, Lord, because I am innocent, 207 

because I am blameless, 208  O Exalted One! 209 

7:9 May the evil deeds of the wicked 210  come to an end! 211 

But make the innocent 212  secure, 213 

O righteous God,

you who examine 214  inner thoughts and motives! 215 

7:10 The Exalted God is my shield, 216 

the one who delivers the morally upright. 217 

7:11 God is a just judge;

he is angry throughout the day. 218 

7:12 If a person 219  does not repent, God sharpens his sword 220 

and prepares to shoot his bow. 221 

7:13 He prepares to use deadly weapons against him; 222 

he gets ready to shoot flaming arrows. 223 

7:14 See the one who is pregnant with wickedness,

who conceives destructive plans,

and gives birth to harmful lies 224 

7:15 he digs a pit 225 

and then falls into the hole he has made. 226 

7:16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans 227 

and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head. 228 

7:17 I will thank the Lord for 229  his justice;

I will sing praises to the sovereign Lord! 230 

Psalm 8 231 

8:1 For the music director, according to the gittith style; 232  a psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord, 233 

how magnificent 234  is your reputation 235  throughout the earth!

You reveal your majesty in the heavens above! 236 

8:2 From the mouths of children and nursing babies

you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries, 237 

so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy. 238 

8:3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,

and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 239 

8:4 Of what importance is the human race, 240  that you should notice 241  them?

Of what importance is mankind, 242  that you should pay attention to them, 243 

8:5 and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? 244 

You grant mankind 245  honor and majesty; 246 

8:6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; 247 

you have placed 248  everything under their authority, 249 

8:7 including all the sheep and cattle,

as well as the wild animals, 250 

8:8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea

and everything that moves through the currents 251  of the seas.

8:9 O Lord, our Lord, 252 

how magnificent 253  is your reputation 254  throughout the earth! 255 

Psalm 9 256 

9:1 For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; 257  a psalm of David.

I will thank the Lord with all my heart!

I will tell about all your amazing deeds! 258 

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

I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One! 259 

9:3 When my enemies turn back,

they trip and are defeated 260  before you.

9:4 For you defended my just cause; 261 

from your throne you pronounced a just decision. 262 

9:5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry; 263 

you destroyed the wicked; 264 

you permanently wiped out all memory of them. 265 

9:6 The enemy’s cities have been reduced to permanent ruins; 266 

you destroyed their cities; 267 

all memory of the enemies has perished. 268 

9:7 But the Lord 269  rules 270  forever;

he reigns in a just manner. 271 

9:8 He judges the world fairly;

he makes just legal decisions for the nations. 272 

9:9 Consequently 273  the Lord provides safety for the oppressed; 274 

he provides safety in times of trouble. 275 

9:10 Your loyal followers trust in you, 276 

for you, Lord, do not abandon those who seek your help. 277 

9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules 278  in Zion!

Tell the nations what he has done! 279 

9:12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; 280 

he did not overlook 281  their cry for help 282 

9:13 when they prayed: 283 

“Have mercy on me, 284  Lord!

See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, 285 

O one who can snatch me away 286  from the gates of death!

9:14 Then I will 287  tell about all your praiseworthy acts; 288 

in the gates of Daughter Zion 289  I will rejoice because of your deliverance.” 290 

9:15 The nations fell 291  into the pit they had made;

their feet were caught in the net they had hidden. 292 

9:16 The Lord revealed himself;

he accomplished justice;

the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. 293  (Higgaion. 294  Selah)

9:17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; 295 

this is the destiny of 296  all the nations that ignore 297  God,

9:18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, 298 

the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed. 299 

9:19 Rise up, Lord! 300 

Don’t let men be defiant! 301 

May the nations be judged in your presence!

9:20 Terrify them, Lord! 302 

Let the nations know they are mere mortals! 303  (Selah)

Psalm 10 304 

10:1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble? 305 

10:2 The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; 306 

the oppressed are trapped 307  by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up. 308 

10:3 Yes, 309  the wicked man 310  boasts because he gets what he wants; 311 

the one who robs others 312  curses 313  and 314  rejects the Lord. 315 

10:4 The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks,

“God won’t hold me accountable; he doesn’t care.” 316 

10:5 He is secure at all times. 317 

He has no regard for your commands; 318 

he disdains all his enemies. 319 

10:6 He says to himself, 320 

“I will never 321  be upended,

because I experience no calamity.” 322 

10:7 His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words; 323 

his tongue injures and destroys. 324 

10:8 He waits in ambush near the villages; 325 

in hidden places he kills the innocent.

His eyes look for some unfortunate victim. 326 

10:9 He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; 327 

he lies in ambush, waiting to catch 328  the oppressed;

he catches the oppressed 329  by pulling in his net. 330 

10:10 His victims are crushed and beaten down;

they are trapped in his sturdy nets. 331 

10:11 He says to himself, 332 

“God overlooks it;

he does not pay attention;

he never notices.” 333 

10:12 Rise up, Lord! 334 

O God, strike him down! 335 

Do not forget the oppressed!

10:13 Why does the wicked man reject God? 336 

He says to himself, 337 You 338  will not hold me accountable.” 339 

10:14 You have taken notice, 340 

for 341  you always see 342  one who inflicts pain and suffering. 343 

The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; 344 

you deliver 345  the fatherless. 346 

10:15 Break the arm 347  of the wicked and evil man!

Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds, 348 

which he thought you would not discover. 349 

10:16 The Lord rules forever! 350 

The nations are driven out of his land. 351 

10:17 Lord, you have heard 352  the request 353  of the oppressed;

you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. 354 

10:18 You defend 355  the fatherless and oppressed, 356 

so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them. 357 

Psalm 11 358 

11:1 For the music director; by David.

In the Lord I have taken shelter. 359 

How can you say to me, 360 

“Flee to a mountain like a bird! 361 

11:2 For look, the wicked 362  prepare 363  their bows, 364 

they put their arrows on the strings,

to shoot in the darkness 365  at the morally upright. 366 

11:3 When the foundations 367  are destroyed,

what can the godly 368  accomplish? 369 

11:4 The Lord is in his holy temple; 370 

the Lord’s throne is in heaven. 371 

His eyes 372  watch; 373 

his eyes 374  examine 375  all people. 376 

11:5 The Lord approves of 377  the godly, 378 

but he 379  hates 380  the wicked and those who love to do violence. 381 

11:6 May the Lord rain down 382  burning coals 383  and brimstone 384  on the wicked!

A whirlwind is what they deserve! 385 

11:7 Certainly 386  the Lord is just; 387 

he rewards godly deeds; 388 

the upright will experience his favor. 389 

Psalm 12 390 

12:1 For the music director; according to the sheminith style; 391  a psalm of David.

Deliver, Lord!

For the godly 392  have disappeared; 393 

people of integrity 394  have vanished. 395 

12:2 People lie to one another; 396 

they flatter and deceive. 397 

12:3 May the Lord cut off 398  all flattering lips,

and the tongue that boasts! 399 

12:4 They say, 400 We speak persuasively; 401 

we know how to flatter and boast. 402 

Who is our master? 403 

12:5Because of the violence done to the oppressed, 404 

because of the painful cries 405  of the needy,

I will spring into action,” 406  says the Lord.

“I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.” 407 

12:6 The Lord’s words are absolutely reliable. 408 

They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,

where it is thoroughly refined. 409 

12:7 You, Lord, will protect them; 410 

you will continually shelter each one from these evil people, 411 

12:8 for the wicked seem to be everywhere, 412 

when people promote evil. 413 

Psalm 13 414 

13:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

How long, Lord, will you continue to ignore me? 415 

How long will you pay no attention to me? 416 

13:2 How long must I worry, 417 

and suffer in broad daylight? 418 

How long will my enemy gloat over me? 419 

13:3 Look at me! 420  Answer me, O Lord my God!

Revive me, 421  or else I will die! 422 

13:4 Then 423  my enemy will say, “I have defeated him!”

Then 424  my foes will rejoice because I am upended.

13:5 But I 425  trust in your faithfulness.

May I rejoice because of your deliverance! 426 

13:6 I will sing praises 427  to the Lord

when he vindicates me. 428 

Psalm 14 429 

14:1 For the music director; by David.

Fools say to themselves, 430 There is no God.” 431 

They sin and commit evil deeds; 432 

none of them does what is right. 433 

14:2 The Lord looks down from heaven 434  at the human race, 435 

to see if there is anyone who is wise 436  and seeks God. 437 

14:3 Everyone rejects God; 438 

they are all morally corrupt. 439 

None of them does what is right, 440 

not even one!

14:4 All those who behave wickedly 441  do not understand 442 

those who devour my people as if they were eating bread,

and do not call out to the Lord.

14:5 They are absolutely terrified, 443 

for God defends the godly. 444 

14:6 You want to humiliate the oppressed, 445 

even though 446  the Lord is their 447  shelter.

14:7 I wish the deliverance 448  of Israel would come from Zion!

When the Lord restores the well-being of his people, 449 

may Jacob rejoice, 450 

may Israel be happy! 451 

Psalm 15 452 

15:1 A psalm of David.

Lord, who may be a guest in your home? 453 

Who may live on your holy hill? 454 

15:2 Whoever lives a blameless life, 455 

does what is right,

and speaks honestly. 456 

15:3 He 457  does not slander, 458 

or do harm to others, 459 

or insult his neighbor. 460 

15:4 He despises a reprobate, 461 

but honors the Lord’s loyal followers. 462 

He makes firm commitments and does not renege on his promise. 463 

15:5 He does not charge interest when he lends his money. 464 

He does not take bribes to testify against the innocent. 465 

The one who lives like this 466  will never be upended.

Psalm 16 467 

16:1 A prayer 468  of David.

Protect me, O God, for I have taken shelter in you. 469 

16:2 I say to the Lord, “You are the Lord,

my only source of well-being.” 470 

16:3 As for God’s chosen people who are in the land,

and the leading officials I admired so much 471 

16:4 their troubles multiply,

they desire other gods. 472 

I will not pour out drink offerings of blood to their gods, 473 

nor will I make vows in the name of their gods. 474 

16:5 Lord, you give me stability and prosperity; 475 

you make my future secure. 476 

16:6 It is as if I have been given fertile fields

or received a beautiful tract of land. 477 

16:7 I will praise 478  the Lord who 479  guides 480  me;

yes, during the night I reflect and learn. 481 

16:8 I constantly trust in the Lord; 482 

because he is at my right hand, I will not be upended.

16:9 So my heart rejoices

and I am happy; 483 

My life is safe. 484 

16:10 You will not abandon me 485  to Sheol; 486 

you will not allow your faithful follower 487  to see 488  the Pit. 489 

16:11 You lead me in 490  the path of life; 491 

I experience absolute joy in your presence; 492 

you always give me sheer delight. 493 

Psalm 17 494 

17:1 A prayer of David.

Lord, consider my just cause! 495 

Pay attention to my cry for help!

Listen to the prayer

I sincerely offer! 496 

17:2 Make a just decision on my behalf! 497 

Decide what is right! 498 

17:3 You have scrutinized my inner motives; 499 

you have examined me during the night. 500 

You have carefully evaluated me, but you find no sin.

I am determined I will say nothing sinful. 501 

17:4 As for the actions of people 502 

just as you have commanded,

I have not followed in the footsteps of violent men. 503 

17:5 I carefully obey your commands; 504 

I do not deviate from them. 505 

17:6 I call to you for you will answer me, O God.

Listen to me! 506 

Hear what I say! 507 

17:7 Accomplish awesome, faithful deeds, 508 

you who powerfully deliver those who look to you for protection from their enemies. 509 

17:8 Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye! 510 

Hide me in the shadow of your wings! 511 

17:9 Protect me from 512  the wicked men who attack 513  me,

my enemies who crowd around me for the kill. 514 

17:10 They are calloused; 515 

they speak arrogantly. 516 

17:11 They attack me, now they surround me; 517 

they intend to throw me to the ground. 518 

17:12 He 519  is like a lion 520  that wants to tear its prey to bits, 521 

like a young lion crouching 522  in hidden places.

17:13 Rise up, Lord!

Confront him! 523  Knock him down! 524 

Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man! 525 

17:14 Lord, use your power to deliver me from these murderers, 526 

from the murderers of this world! 527 

They enjoy prosperity; 528 

you overwhelm them with the riches they desire. 529 

They have many children,

and leave their wealth to their offspring. 530 

17:15 As for me, because I am innocent I will see your face; 531 

when I awake you will reveal yourself to me. 532 

Psalm 18 533 

18:1 For the music director; by the Lord’s servant David, who sang 534  to the Lord the words of this song when 535  the Lord rescued him from the power 536  of all his enemies, including Saul. 537 

He said: 538 

“I love 539  you, Lord, my source of strength! 540 

18:2 The Lord is my high ridge, 541  my stronghold, 542  my deliverer.

My God is my rocky summit where 543  I take shelter, 544 

my shield, the horn that saves me, 545  and my refuge. 546 

18:3 I called 547  to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, 548 

and I was delivered from my enemies.

18:4 The waves 549  of death engulfed me,

the currents 550  of chaos 551  overwhelmed me. 552 

18:5 The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, 553 

the snares of death trapped me. 554 

18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord;

I cried out to my God. 555 

From his heavenly temple 556  he heard my voice;

he listened to my cry for help. 557 

18:7 The earth heaved and shook; 558 

the roots of the mountains 559  trembled; 560 

they heaved because he was angry.

18:8 Smoke ascended from 561  his nose; 562 

fire devoured as it came from his mouth; 563 

he hurled down fiery coals. 564 

18:9 He made the sky sink 565  as he descended;

a thick cloud was under his feet.

18:10 He mounted 566  a winged angel 567  and flew;

he glided 568  on the wings of the wind. 569 

18:11 He shrouded himself in darkness, 570 

in thick rain clouds. 571 

18:12 From the brightness in front of him came

hail and fiery coals. 572 

18:13 The Lord thundered 573  in 574  the sky;

the sovereign One 575  shouted. 576 

18:14 He shot his 577  arrows and scattered them, 578 

many lightning bolts 579  and routed them. 580 

18:15 The depths 581  of the sea 582  were exposed;

the inner regions 583  of the world were uncovered

by 584  your battle cry, 585  Lord,

by the powerful breath from your nose. 586 

18:16 He reached down 587  from above and took hold of me;

he pulled me from the surging water. 588 

18:17 He rescued me from my strong enemy, 589 

from those who hate me,

for they were too strong for me.

18:18 They confronted 590  me in my day of calamity,

but the Lord helped me. 591 

18:19 He brought me out into a wide open place;

he delivered me because he was pleased with me. 592 

18:20 The Lord repaid 593  me for my godly deeds; 594 

he rewarded 595  my blameless behavior. 596 

18:21 For I have obeyed the Lord’s commands; 597 

I have not rebelled against my God. 598 

18:22 For I am aware of all his regulations, 599 

and I do not reject his rules. 600 

18:23 I was innocent before him,

and kept myself from sinning. 601 

18:24 The Lord rewarded me for my godly deeds; 602 

he took notice of my blameless behavior. 603 

18:25 You prove to be loyal 604  to one who is faithful; 605 

you prove to be trustworthy 606  to one who is innocent. 607 

18:26 You prove to be reliable 608  to one who is blameless,

but you prove to be deceptive 609  to one who is perverse. 610 

18:27 For you deliver oppressed 611  people,

but you bring down those who have a proud look. 612 

18:28 Indeed, 613  you are my lamp, Lord. 614 

My God 615  illuminates the darkness around me. 616 

18:29 Indeed, 617  with your help 618  I can charge against 619  an army; 620 

by my God’s power 621  I can jump over a wall. 622 

18:30 The one true God acts in a faithful manner; 623 

the Lord’s promise 624  is reliable; 625 

he is a shield to all who take shelter 626  in him.

18:31 Indeed, 627  who is God besides the Lord?

Who is a protector 628  besides our God? 629 

18:32 The one true God 630  gives 631  me strength; 632 

he removes 633  the obstacles in my way. 634 

18:33 He gives me the agility of a deer; 635 

he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 636 

18:34 He trains my hands for battle; 637 

my arms can bend even the strongest bow. 638 

18:35 You give me your protective shield; 639 

your right hand supports me; 640 

your willingness to help 641  enables me to prevail. 642 

18:36 You widen my path; 643 

my feet 644  do not slip.

18:37 I chase my enemies and catch 645  them;

I do not turn back until I wipe them out.

18:38 I beat them 646  to death; 647 

they fall at my feet. 648 

18:39 You give me strength 649  for battle;

you make my foes kneel before me. 650 

18:40 You make my enemies retreat; 651 

I destroy those who hate me. 652 

18:41 They cry out, but there is no one to help them; 653 

they cry out to the Lord, 654  but he does not answer them.

18:42 I grind them as fine windblown dust; 655 

I beat them underfoot 656  like clay 657  in the streets.

18:43 You rescue me from a hostile army; 658 

you make me 659  a leader of nations;

people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects. 660 

18:44 When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. 661 

Foreigners are powerless 662  before me;

18:45 foreigners lose their courage; 663 

they shake with fear 664  as they leave 665  their strongholds. 666 

18:46 The Lord is alive! 667 

My protector 668  is praiseworthy! 669 

The God who delivers me 670  is exalted as king! 671 

18:47 The one true God 672  completely vindicates me; 673 

he makes nations submit to me. 674 

18:48 He delivers me 675  from my enemies;

you snatch me away 676  from those who attack me; 677 

you rescue me from violent men.

18:49 So I will give you thanks before the nations, 678  O Lord!

I will sing praises to you! 679 

18:50 He 680  gives his chosen king magnificent victories; 681 

he is faithful 682  to his chosen ruler, 683 

to David and his descendants 684  forever.” 685 

Psalm 19 686 

19:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God; 687 

the sky displays his handiwork. 688 

19:2 Day after day it speaks out; 689 

night after night it reveals his greatness. 690 

19:3 There is no actual speech or word,

nor is its 691  voice literally heard.

19:4 Yet its voice 692  echoes 693  throughout the earth;

its 694  words carry 695  to the distant horizon. 696 

In the sky 697  he has pitched a tent for the sun. 698 

19:5 Like a bridegroom it emerges 699  from its chamber; 700 

like a strong man it enjoys 701  running its course. 702 

19:6 It emerges from the distant horizon, 703 

and goes from one end of the sky to the other; 704 

nothing can escape 705  its heat.

19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect

and preserves one’s life. 706 

The rules set down by the Lord 707  are reliable 708 

and impart wisdom to the inexperienced. 709 

19:8 The Lord’s precepts are fair 710 

and make one joyful. 711 

The Lord’s commands 712  are pure 713 

and give insight for life. 714 

19:9 The commands to fear the Lord are right 715 

and endure forever. 716 

The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy

and absolutely just. 717 

19:10 They are of greater value 718  than gold,

than even a great amount of pure gold;

they bring greater delight 719  than honey,

than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.

19:11 Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there; 720 

those who obey them receive a rich reward. 721 

19:12 Who can know all his errors? 722 

Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of. 723 

19:13 Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant 724  sins;

do not allow such sins to control me. 725 

Then I will be blameless,

and innocent of blatant 726  rebellion.

19:14 May my words and my thoughts

be acceptable in your sight, 727 

O Lord, my sheltering rock 728  and my redeemer. 729 

Psalm 20 730 

20:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

May the Lord answer 731  you 732  when you are in trouble; 733 

may the God of Jacob 734  make you secure!

20:2 May he send you help from his temple; 735 

from Zion may he give you support!

20:3 May he take notice 736  of your offerings;

may he accept 737  your burnt sacrifice! (Selah)

20:4 May he grant your heart’s desire; 738 

may he bring all your plans to pass! 739 

20:5 Then we will shout for joy over your 740  victory;

we will rejoice 741  in the name of our God!

May the Lord grant all your requests!

20:6 Now I am sure 742  that the Lord will deliver 743  his chosen king; 744 

he will intervene for him 745  from his holy heavenly temple, 746 

and display his mighty ability to deliver. 747 

20:7 Some trust in chariots and others in horses, 748 

but we 749  depend on 750  the Lord our God.

20:8 They will fall down, 751 

but we 752  will stand firm. 753 

20:9 The Lord will deliver the king; 754 

he will answer us 755  when we call to him for help! 756 

Psalm 21 757 

21:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

O Lord, the king rejoices in the strength you give; 758 

he takes great delight in the deliverance you provide. 759 

21:2 You grant 760  him his heart’s desire;

you do not refuse his request. 761  (Selah)

21:3 For you bring him 762  rich 763  blessings; 764 

you place a golden crown on his head.

21:4 He asked you to sustain his life, 765 

and you have granted him long life and an enduring dynasty. 766 

21:5 Your deliverance brings him great honor; 767 

you give him majestic splendor. 768 

21:6 For you grant him lasting blessings;

you give him great joy by allowing him into your presence. 769 

21:7 For the king trusts 770  in the Lord,

and because of the sovereign Lord’s 771  faithfulness he is not upended. 772 

21:8 You 773  prevail over 774  all your enemies;

your power is too great for those who hate you. 775 

21:9 You burn them up like a fiery furnace 776  when you appear; 777 

the Lord angrily devours them; 778 

the fire consumes them.

21:10 You destroy their offspring 779  from the earth,

their descendants 780  from among the human race. 781 

21:11 Yes, 782  they intend to do you harm; 783 

they dream up a scheme, 784  but they do not succeed. 785 

21:12 For you make them retreat 786 

when you shoot your arrows at them. 787 

21:13 Rise up, O Lord, in strength! 788 

We will sing and praise 789  your power!

Psalm 22 790 

22:1 For the music director; according to the tune “Morning Doe;” 791  a psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? 792 

I groan in prayer, but help seems far away. 793 

22:2 My God, I cry out during the day,

but you do not answer,

and during the night my prayers do not let up. 794 

22:3 You are holy;

you sit as king receiving the praises of Israel. 795 

22:4 In you our ancestors 796  trusted;

they trusted in you 797  and you rescued them.

22:5 To you they cried out, and they were saved;

in you they trusted and they were not disappointed. 798 

22:6 But I 799  am a worm, 800  not a man; 801 

people insult me and despise me. 802 

22:7 All who see me taunt 803  me;

they mock me 804  and shake their heads. 805 

22:8 They say, 806 

“Commit yourself 807  to the Lord!

Let the Lord 808  rescue him!

Let the Lord 809  deliver him, for he delights in him.” 810 

22:9 Yes, you are the one who brought me out 811  from the womb

and made me feel secure on my mother’s breasts.

22:10 I have been dependent on you since birth; 812 

from the time I came out of my mother’s womb you have been my God. 813 

22:11 Do not remain far away from me,

for trouble is near and I have no one to help me. 814 

22:12 Many bulls 815  surround me;

powerful bulls of Bashan 816  hem me in.

22:13 They 817  open their mouths to devour me 818 

like a roaring lion that rips its prey. 819 

22:14 My strength drains away like water; 820 

all my bones are dislocated;

my heart 821  is like wax;

it melts away inside me.

22:15 The roof of my mouth 822  is as dry as a piece of pottery;

my tongue sticks to my gums. 823 

You 824  set me in the dust of death. 825 

22:16 Yes, 826  wild dogs surround me –

a gang of evil men crowd around me;

like a lion they pin my hands and feet. 827 

22:17 I can count 828  all my bones;

my enemies 829  are gloating over me in triumph. 830 

22:18 They are dividing up my clothes among themselves;

they are rolling dice 831  for my garments.

22:19 But you, O Lord, do not remain far away!

You are my source of strength! 832  Hurry and help me! 833 

22:20 Deliver me 834  from the sword!

Save 835  my life 836  from the claws 837  of the wild dogs!

22:21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lion, 838 

and from the horns of the wild oxen! 839 

You have answered me! 840 

22:22 I will declare your name to my countrymen! 841 

In the middle of the assembly I will praise you!

22:23 You loyal followers of the Lord, 842  praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

All you descendants of Israel, stand in awe of him! 843 

22:24 For he did not despise or detest the suffering 844  of the oppressed; 845 

he did not ignore him; 846 

when he cried out to him, he responded. 847 

22:25 You are the reason I offer praise 848  in the great assembly;

I will fulfill my promises before the Lord’s loyal followers. 849 

22:26 Let the oppressed eat and be filled! 850 

Let those who seek his help praise the Lord!

May you 851  live forever!

22:27 Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the Lord and turn to him! 852 

Let all the nations 853  worship you! 854 

22:28 For the Lord is king 855 

and rules over the nations.

22:29 All of the thriving people 856  of the earth will join the celebration and worship; 857 

all those who are descending into the grave 858  will bow before him,

including those who cannot preserve their lives. 859 

22:30 A whole generation 860  will serve him;

they will tell the next generation about the sovereign Lord. 861 

22:31 They will come and tell about his saving deeds; 862 

they will tell a future generation what he has accomplished. 863 

Psalm 23

23:1 A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,

I lack nothing.

23:2 He takes me to lush pastures,

he leads me to refreshing water.

23:3 He restores my strength.

He leads me down the right paths

for the sake of his reputation.

23:4 Even when I must walk through the darkest valley,

I fear no danger,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff reassure me. 864 

23:5 You prepare a feast before me 865 

in plain sight of my enemies.

You refresh 866  my head with oil;

my cup is completely full. 867 

23:6 Surely your goodness and faithfulness 868  will pursue 869  me all my days, 870 

and I will live in 871  the Lord’s house 872  for the rest of my life. 873 

Psalm 24 874 

24:1 A psalm of David.

The Lord owns the earth and all it contains,

the world and all who live in it.

24:2 For he set its foundation upon the seas,

and established 875  it upon the ocean currents. 876 

24:3 Who is allowed to ascend 877  the mountain of the Lord? 878 

Who may go up to his holy dwelling place?

24:4 The one whose deeds are blameless

and whose motives are pure, 879 

who does not lie, 880 

or make promises with no intention of keeping them. 881 

24:5 Such godly people are rewarded by the Lord, 882 

and vindicated by the God who delivers them. 883 

24:6 Such purity characterizes the people who seek his favor,

Jacob’s descendants, who pray to him. 884  (Selah)

24:7 Look up, 885  you gates!

Rise up, 886  you eternal doors!

Then the majestic king 887  will enter! 888 

24:8 Who is this majestic king? 889 

The Lord who is strong and mighty!

The Lord who is mighty in battle!

24:9 Look up, you gates!

Rise up, you eternal doors!

Then the majestic king will enter!

24:10 Who is this majestic king?

The Lord who commands armies! 890 

He is the majestic king! (Selah)

Psalm 25 891 

25:1 By David.

O Lord, I come before you in prayer. 892 

25:2 My God, I trust in you.

Please do not let me be humiliated;

do not let my enemies triumphantly rejoice over me!

25:3 Certainly none who rely on you will be humiliated.

Those who deal in treachery will be thwarted 893  and humiliated.

25:4 Make me understand your ways, O Lord!

Teach me your paths! 894 

25:5 Guide me into your truth 895  and teach me.

For you are the God who delivers me;

on you I rely all day long.

25:6 Remember 896  your compassionate and faithful deeds, O Lord,

for you have always acted in this manner. 897 

25:7 Do not hold against me 898  the sins of my youth 899  or my rebellious acts!

Because you are faithful to me, extend to me your favor, O Lord! 900 

25:8 The Lord is both kind and fair; 901 

that is why he teaches sinners the right way to live. 902 

25:9 May he show 903  the humble what is right! 904 

May he teach 905  the humble his way!

25:10 The Lord always proves faithful and reliable 906 

to those who follow the demands of his covenant. 907 

25:11 For the sake of your reputation, 908  O Lord,

forgive my sin, because it is great. 909 

25:12 The Lord shows his faithful followers

the way they should live. 910 

25:13 They experience his favor; 911 

their descendants 912  inherit the land. 913 

25:14 The Lord’s loyal followers receive his guidance, 914 

and he reveals his covenantal demands to them. 915 

25:15 I continually look to the Lord for help, 916 

for he will free my feet from the enemy’s net. 917 

25:16 Turn toward me and have mercy on me,

for I am alone 918  and oppressed!

25:17 Deliver me from my distress; 919 

rescue me from my suffering! 920 

25:18 See my pain and suffering!

Forgive all my sins! 921 

25:19 Watch my enemies, for they outnumber me;

they hate me and want to harm me. 922 

25:20 Protect me 923  and deliver me!

Please do not let me be humiliated,

for I have taken shelter in you!

25:21 May integrity and godliness protect me,

for I rely on you!

25:22 O God, rescue 924  Israel

from all their distress! 925 

Psalm 26 926 

26:1 By David.

Vindicate me, O Lord,

for I have integrity, 927 

and I trust in the Lord without wavering.

26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and test me!

Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! 928 

26:3 For I am ever aware of your faithfulness, 929 

and your loyalty continually motivates me. 930 

26:4 I do not associate 931  with deceitful men,

or consort 932  with those who are dishonest. 933 

26:5 I hate the mob 934  of evil men,

and do not associate 935  with the wicked.

26:6 I maintain a pure lifestyle, 936 

so I can appear before your altar, 937  O Lord,

26:7 to give you thanks, 938 

and to tell about all your amazing deeds. 939 

26:8 O Lord, I love the temple where you live, 940 

the place where your splendor is revealed. 941 

26:9 Do not sweep me away 942  with sinners,

or execute me along with violent people, 943 

26:10 who are always ready to do wrong 944 

or offer a bribe. 945 

26:11 But I have integrity! 946 

Rescue me 947  and have mercy on me!

26:12 I am safe, 948 

and among the worshipers I will praise the Lord.

Psalm 27 949 

27:1 By David.

The Lord delivers and vindicates me! 950 

I fear no one! 951 

The Lord protects my life!

I am afraid of no one! 952 

27:2 When evil men attack me 953 

to devour my flesh, 954 

when my adversaries and enemies attack me, 955 

they stumble and fall. 956 

27:3 Even when an army is deployed against me,

I do not fear. 957 

Even when war is imminent, 958 

I remain confident. 959 

27:4 I have asked the Lord for one thing –

this is what I desire!

I want to live 960  in the Lord’s house 961  all the days of my life,

so I can gaze at the splendor 962  of the Lord

and contemplate in his temple.

27:5 He will surely 963  give me shelter 964  in the day of danger; 965 

he will hide me in his home; 966 

he will place me 967  on an inaccessible rocky summit. 968 

27:6 Now I will triumph

over my enemies who surround me! 969 

I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy! 970 

I will sing praises to the Lord!

27:7 Hear me, 971  O Lord, when I cry out!

Have mercy on me and answer me!

27:8 My heart tells me to pray to you, 972 

and I do pray to you, O Lord. 973 

27:9 Do not reject me! 974 

Do not push your servant away in anger!

You are my deliverer! 975 

Do not forsake or abandon me,

O God who vindicates me!

27:10 Even if my father and mother abandoned me, 976 

the Lord would take me in. 977 

27:11 Teach me how you want me to live; 978 

lead me along a level path 979  because of those who wait to ambush me! 980 

27:12 Do not turn me over to my enemies, 981 

for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me. 982 

27:13 Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience

the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? 983 

27:14 Rely 984  on the Lord!

Be strong and confident! 985 

Rely on the Lord!

Psalm 28 986 

28:1 By David.

To you, O Lord, I cry out!

My protector, 987  do not ignore me! 988 

If you do not respond to me, 989 

I will join 990  those who are descending into the grave. 991 

28:2 Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to you for help,

when I lift my hands 992  toward your holy temple! 993 

28:3 Do not drag me away with evil men,

with those who behave wickedly, 994 

who talk so friendly to their neighbors, 995 

while they plan to harm them! 996 

28:4 Pay them back for their evil deeds!

Pay them back for what they do!

Punish them! 997 

28:5 For they do not understand the Lord’s actions,

or the way he carries out justice. 998 

The Lord 999  will permanently demolish them. 1000 

28:6 The Lord deserves praise, 1001 

for he has heard my plea for mercy! 1002 

28:7 The Lord strengthens and protects me; 1003 

I trust in him with all my heart. 1004 

I am rescued 1005  and my heart is full of joy; 1006 

I will sing to him in gratitude. 1007 

28:8 The Lord strengthens his people; 1008 

he protects and delivers his chosen king. 1009 

28:9 Deliver your people!

Empower 1010  the nation that belongs to you! 1011 

Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms 1012  at all times! 1013 

Psalm 29 1014 

29:1 A psalm of David.

Acknowledge the Lord, you heavenly beings, 1015 

acknowledge the Lord’s majesty and power! 1016 

29:2 Acknowledge the majesty of the Lord’s reputation! 1017 

Worship the Lord in holy attire! 1018 

29:3 The Lord’s shout is heard over the water; 1019 

the majestic God thunders, 1020 

the Lord appears over the surging water. 1021 

29:4 The Lord’s shout is powerful, 1022 

the Lord’s shout is majestic. 1023 

29:5 The Lord’s shout breaks 1024  the cedars,

the Lord shatters 1025  the cedars of Lebanon. 1026 

29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf

and Sirion 1027  like a young ox. 1028 

29:7 The Lord’s shout strikes 1029  with flaming fire. 1030 

29:8 The Lord’s shout shakes 1031  the wilderness,

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 1032 

29:9 The Lord’s shout bends 1033  the large trees 1034 

and strips 1035  the leaves from the forests. 1036 

Everyone in his temple says, “Majestic! 1037 

29:10 The Lord sits enthroned over the engulfing waters, 1038 

the Lord sits enthroned 1039  as the eternal king.

29:11 The Lord gives 1040  his people strength; 1041 

the Lord grants his people security. 1042 

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