Bible: Psalms 1-41
or stand in the pathway 7 with sinners,
and its leaves never fall off. 19
He succeeds in everything he attempts. 20
1:4 Not so with the wicked!
nor can sinners join the assembly of the godly. 26
but the way of the wicked ends in destruction. 29
Psalm 2 30
the rulers collaborate 39
Let’s free ourselves from 43 their ropes!”
the Lord taunts 46 them.
2:5 Then he angrily speaks to them
on Zion, my holy hill.”
‘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.
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
Repent in terror! 61
2:12 Give sincere homage! 62
and you will die because of your behavior, 65
when his anger quickly ignites. 66
Psalm 3 69
3:1 A psalm of David, written when he fled from his son Absalom. 70
Many attack me. 72
3:2 Many say about me,
3:3 But you,
3:4 To the
and he answered me from his holy hill. 79 (Selah)
3:5 I rested and slept;
who attack me from all directions. 84
3:7 Rise up, 85
Deliver me, my God!
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
and search for what is deceptive? 101 (Selah)
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
4:6 Many say, “Who can show us anything good?”
Smile upon us,
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
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
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!
5:5 Arrogant people cannot stand in your presence; 127
I will bow down toward your holy temple as I worship you. 136
because of those who wait to ambush me, 138
remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me! 139
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
for they have rebelled against you.
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.
Do not discipline me in your raging fury! 164
6:2 Have mercy on me, 165
6:3 I am absolutely terrified, 167
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
6:8 Turn back from me, all you who behave wickedly, 179
May they turn back and be suddenly humiliated!
Psalm 7 184
Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!
they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me. 191
or am guilty of unjust actions, 193
7:4 or have wronged my ally, 194
or helped his lawless enemy, 195
may he trample me to death 199
and leave me lying dishonored in the dust. 200 (Selah)
7:6 Stand up angrily, 201
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
O righteous God,
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
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
I will sing praises to the sovereign
Psalm 8 231
8:1 For the music director, according to the gittith style; 232 a psalm of David.
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
8:5 and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? 244
8:6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; 247
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.
Psalm 9 256
9:1 For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; 257 a psalm of David.
I will thank the
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
he reigns in a just manner. 271
9:8 He judges the world fairly;
he makes just legal decisions for the nations. 272
he provides safety in times of trouble. 275
9:10 Your loyal followers trust in you, 276
9:11 Sing praises to the
Tell the nations what he has done! 279
9:12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; 280
9:13 when they prayed: 283
“Have mercy on me, 284
See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, 285
O one who can snatch me away 286 from the gates of death!
9:15 The nations fell 291 into the pit they had made;
their feet were caught in the net they had hidden. 292
he accomplished justice;
9:17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; 295
9:18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, 298
the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed. 299
9:19 Rise up,
Don’t let men be defiant! 301
May the nations be judged in your presence!
9:20 Terrify them,
Let the nations know they are mere mortals! 303 (Selah)
Psalm 10 304
Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble? 305
10:2 The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; 306
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;
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,
O God, strike him down! 335
Do not forget the oppressed!
10:13 Why does the wicked man reject God? 336
10:14 You have taken notice, 340
The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; 344
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
The nations are driven out of his land. 351
you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. 354
so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them. 357
Psalm 11 358
11:1 For the music director; by David.
How can you say to me, 360
“Flee to a mountain like a bird! 361
they put their arrows on the strings,
11:3 When the foundations 367 are destroyed,
A whirlwind is what they deserve! 385
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.
12:2 People lie to one another; 396
they flatter and deceive. 397
12:3 May the
and the tongue that boasts! 399
we know how to flatter and boast. 402
Who is our master?” 403
12:5 “Because 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
“I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.” 407
They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,
where it is thoroughly refined. 409
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 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
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
when he vindicates me. 428
Psalm 14 429
14:1 For the music director; by David.
They sin and commit evil deeds; 432
none of them does what is right. 433
14:3 Everyone rejects God; 438
they are all morally corrupt. 439
None of them does what is right, 440
not even one!
those who devour my people as if they were eating bread,
and do not call out to the
14:5 They are absolutely terrified, 443
for God defends the godly. 444
14:6 You want to humiliate the oppressed, 445
14:7 I wish the deliverance 448 of Israel would come from Zion!
may Jacob rejoice, 450
may Israel be happy! 451
Psalm 15 452
15:1 A psalm of David.
Who may live on your holy hill? 454
15:2 Whoever lives a blameless life, 455
does what is right,
and speaks honestly. 456
or do harm to others, 459
or insult his neighbor. 460
15:4 He despises a reprobate, 461
but honors the
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
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
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
yes, during the night I reflect and learn. 481
16:8 I constantly trust in the
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
I experience absolute joy in your presence; 492
you always give me sheer delight. 493
Psalm 17 494
17:1 A prayer of David.
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
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
like a young lion crouching 522 in hidden places.
17:13 Rise up,
Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man! 525
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
He said: 538
and I was delivered from my enemies.
18:4 The waves 549 of death engulfed me,
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
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
they heaved because he was angry.
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.
18:11 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
the inner regions 583 of the world were uncovered
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,
18:19 He brought me out into a wide open place;
he delivered me because he was pleased with me. 592
18:21 For I have obeyed the
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
he took notice of my blameless behavior. 603
18:26 You prove to be reliable 608 to one who is blameless,
18:27 For you deliver oppressed 611 people,
but you bring down those who have a proud look. 612
18:30 The one true God acts in a faithful manner; 623
he is a shield to all who take shelter 626 in him.
18:31 Indeed, 627 who is God besides the
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
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.
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
18:42 I grind them as fine windblown dust; 655
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
he makes nations submit to me. 674
18:48 He delivers me 675 from my enemies;
you rescue me from violent men.
18:49 So I will give you thanks before the nations, 678 O
I will sing praises to you! 679
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.
19:6 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
and preserves one’s life. 706
and impart wisdom to the inexperienced. 709
and make one joyful. 711
and give insight for life. 714
19:9 The commands to fear the
and endure forever. 716
The judgments given by the
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
Psalm 20 730
20:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.
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!
and display his mighty ability to deliver. 747
20:7 Some trust in chariots and others in horses, 748
20:8 They will fall down, 751
Psalm 21 757
21:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.
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)
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
your power is too great for those who hate you. 775
the fire consumes them.
21:10 You destroy their offspring 779 from the earth,
21:12 For you make them retreat 786
when you shoot your arrows at them. 787
21:13 Rise up, O
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
people insult me and despise me. 802
22:7 All who see me taunt 803 me;
22:8 They say, 806
“Commit yourself 807 to the
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.
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
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;
22:18 They are dividing up my clothes among themselves;
they are rolling dice 831 for my garments.
22:19 But you, O
22:20 Deliver me 834 from the sword!
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
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
All you descendants of Israel, stand in awe of him! 843
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
22:26 Let the oppressed eat and be filled! 850
Let those who seek his help praise the
May you 851 live forever!
22:27 Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the
22:28 For the
and rules over the nations.
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
23:1 A psalm of David.
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
Psalm 24 874
24:1 A psalm of David.
the world and all who live in it.
24:2 For he set its foundation upon the seas,
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
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!
24:8 Who is this majestic king? 889
24:9 Look up, you gates!
Rise up, you eternal doors!
Then the majestic king will enter!
24:10 Who is this majestic king?
He is the majestic king! (Selah)
Psalm 25 891
25:1 By David.
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
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
for you have always acted in this manner. 897
Because you are faithful to me, extend to me your favor, O
that is why he teaches sinners the right way to live. 902
May he teach 905 the humble his way!
to those who follow the demands of his covenant. 907
25:11 For the sake of your reputation, 908 O
forgive my sin, because it is great. 909
the way they should live. 910
25:13 They experience his favor; 911
and he reveals his covenantal demands to them. 915
25:15 I continually look to the
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
for I have integrity, 927
and I trust in the
26:2 Examine me, O
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,
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
26:7 to give you thanks, 938
and to tell about all your amazing deeds. 939
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
Psalm 27 949
27:1 By David.
I fear no one! 951
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
this is what I desire!
so I can gaze at the splendor 962 of the
and contemplate in his temple.
he will hide me in his home; 966
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
27:7 Hear me, 971 O
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
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
27:11 Teach me how you want me to live; 978
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
27:14 Rely 984 on the
Be strong and confident! 985
Rely on the
Psalm 28 986
28:1 By David.
To you, O
If you do not respond to me, 989
28:2 Hear my plea for mercy when I cry out to you for help,
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
or the way he carries out justice. 998
for he has heard my plea for mercy! 1002
I trust in him with all my heart. 1004
I will sing to him in gratitude. 1007
he protects and delivers his chosen king. 1009
28:9 Deliver your people!
Psalm 29 1014
29:1 A psalm of David.
29:2 Acknowledge the majesty of the
the majestic God thunders, 1020
29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf
Everyone in his temple says, “Majestic!” 1037
Psalm 30 1043
30:1 A psalm – a song used at the dedication of the temple; 1044 by David.
I will praise you, O
and did not allow my enemies to gloat 1046 over me.
I cried out to you and you healed me. 1047
you rescued me from among those descending into the grave. 1049
30:4 Sing to the
give thanks to his holy name. 1051
30:5 For his anger lasts only a brief moment,
and his good favor restores one’s life. 1052
One may experience sorrow during the night,
but joy arrives in the morning. 1053
30:6 In my self-confidence I said,
“I will never be upended.” 1054
Then you rejected me 1056 and I was terrified.
30:8 To you, O
I begged the Lord for mercy: 1057
in my descending into the Pit? 1060
Can the dust of the grave 1061 praise you?
Can it declare your loyalty? 1062
30:10 Hear, O
30:11 Then you turned my lament into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and covered me with joy. 1064
Psalm 31 1068
31:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.
In you, O
Never let me be humiliated!
Vindicate me by rescuing me! 1069
31:2 Listen to me! 1070
Quickly deliver me!
Be my protector and refuge, 1071
a stronghold where I can be safe! 1072
31:3 For you are my high ridge 1073 and my stronghold;
31:4 You will free me 1076 from the net they hid for me,
for you are my place of refuge.
31:5 Into your hand I entrust my life; 1077
you will rescue 1078 me, O
31:6 I hate those who serve worthless idols, 1079
but I trust in the
31:7 I will be happy and rejoice in your faithfulness,
because you notice my pain
and you are aware of how distressed I am. 1080
31:8 You do not deliver me over to the power of the enemy;
you enable me to stand 1081 in a wide open place.
31:9 Have mercy on me, for I am in distress!
I have lost my strength. 1084
31:10 For my life nears its end in pain;
my years draw to a close as I groan. 1085
My strength fails me because of 1086 my sin,
and my bones become brittle. 1087
31:11 Because of all my enemies, people disdain me; 1088
my neighbors are appalled by my suffering 1089 –
those who know me are horrified by my condition; 1090
those who see me in the street run away from me.
31:12 I am forgotten, like a dead man no one thinks about; 1091
I am regarded as worthless, like a broken jar. 1092
31:13 For I hear what so many are saying, 1093
the terrifying news that comes from every direction. 1094
When they plot together against me,
they figure out how they can take my life.
31:14 But I trust in you, O
I declare, “You are my God!”
31:15 You determine my destiny! 1095
Rescue me from the power of my enemies and those who chase me.
31:16 Smile 1096 on your servant!
Deliver me because of your faithfulness!
for I call out to you!
May evil men be humiliated!
May they go wailing to the grave! 1097
31:18 May lying lips be silenced –
with arrogance and contempt!
31:19 How great is your favor, 1100
which you store up for your loyal followers! 1101
you conceal them in a shelter, where they are safe from slanderous attacks. 1106
for he demonstrated his amazing faithfulness to me when I was besieged by enemies. 1108
31:22 I jumped to conclusions and said, 1109
“I am cut off from your presence!” 1110
But you heard my plea for mercy when I cried out to you for help.
31:23 Love the
but he pays back in full the one who acts arrogantly. 1112
31:24 Be strong and confident, 1113
all you who wait on the
Psalm 32 1114
32:1 By David; a well-written song. 1115
whose sin is pardoned! 1118
in whose spirit there is no deceit. 1121
32:3 When I refused to confess my sin, 1122
my whole body wasted away, 1123
while I groaned in pain all day long.
32:4 For day and night you tormented me; 1124
32:5 Then I confessed my sin;
I no longer covered up my wrongdoing.
I said, “I will confess 1128 my rebellious acts to the
And then you forgave my sins. 1129 (Selah)
32:6 For this reason every one of your faithful followers 1130 should pray to you
while there is a window of opportunity. 1131
it will not reach them. 1134
32:7 You are my hiding place;
you protect me from distress.
You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance. 1135 (Selah)
I will advise you as I look you in the eye. 1138
which will not obey you
unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit. 1141
32:10 An evil person suffers much pain, 1142
32:11 Rejoice in the
Shout for joy, all you who are morally upright! 1144
Psalm 33 1145
33:1 You godly ones, shout for joy because of the
It is appropriate for the morally upright to offer him praise.
33:2 Give thanks to the
Sing to him to the accompaniment of a ten-stringed instrument!
33:3 Sing to him a new song! 1146
Play skillfully as you shout out your praises to him! 1147
and everything he does is fair. 1151
33:6 By the
by a mere word from his mouth all the stars in the sky were created. 1155
33:7 He piles up the water of the sea; 1156
he puts the oceans 1157 in storehouses.
33:8 Let the whole earth fear 1158 the
Let all who live in the world stand in awe of him!
33:9 For he spoke, and it 1159 came into existence,
he issued the decree, 1160 and it stood firm.
he nullifies the plans 1162 of the peoples.
his plans abide throughout the ages. 1163
33:12 How blessed 1164 is the nation whose God is the
the people whom he has chosen to be his special possession. 1165
he sees all people. 1167
33:14 From the place where he lives he looks carefully
at all the earth’s inhabitants.
33:15 He is the one who forms every human heart, 1168
and takes note of all their actions.
33:16 No king is delivered by his vast army;
a warrior is not saved by his great might.
33:17 A horse disappoints those who trust in it for victory; 1169
despite its great strength, it cannot deliver.
33:18 Look, the
those who wait for him to demonstrate his faithfulness 1171
33:19 by saving their lives from death 1172
and sustaining them during times of famine. 1173
33:20 We 1174 wait for the
33:21 For our hearts rejoice in him,
for we trust in his holy name.
33:22 May we experience your faithfulness, O
for 1178 we wait for you.
Psalm 34 1179
34:1 Written by David, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, causing the king to send him away. 1180
I will praise 1181 the
my mouth will continually praise him. 1182
34:2 I will boast 1183 in the
let the oppressed hear and rejoice! 1184
34:3 Magnify the
Let’s praise 1185 his name together!
34:4 I sought the
he delivered me from all my fears.
34:5 Those who look to him for help are happy;
their faces are not ashamed. 1187
34:6 This oppressed man cried out and the
he saved him 1188 from all his troubles.
34:8 Taste 1192 and see that the
for his loyal followers 1198 lack nothing!
34:10 Even young lions sometimes lack food and are hungry,
but those who seek the
34:11 Come children! Listen to me!
I will teach you what it means to fear the
34:12 Do you want to really live? 1200
Would you love to live a long, happy life? 1201
34:13 Then make sure you don’t speak evil words 1202
or use deceptive speech! 1203
34:14 Turn away from evil and do what is right! 1204
Strive for peace and promote it! 1205
and hears their cry for help. 1206
34:16 But the
and wipes out all memory of them from the earth. 1207
34:17 The godly 1208 cry out and the
he saves them from all their troubles. 1209
not one of them is broken. 1218
34:21 Evil people self-destruct; 1219
those who hate the godly are punished. 1220
all who take shelter in him escape punishment. 1222
Psalm 35 1223
35:1 By David.
Attack those who attack me!
35:2 Grab your small shield and large shield, 1225
and rise up to help me!
Assure me with these words: 1228 “I am your deliverer!”
35:4 May those who seek my life be embarrassed and humiliated!
May those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed! 1229
35:5 May they be 1230 like wind-driven chaff,
35:6 May their path be 1233 dark and slippery,
35:7 I did not harm them, but they hid a net to catch me
and dug a pit to trap me. 1234
35:8 Let destruction take them by surprise! 1235
Let the net they hid catch them!
Let them fall into destruction! 1236
35:9 Then I will rejoice in the
and be happy because of his deliverance. 1237
35:10 With all my strength I will say, 1238
the oppressed and needy from those who try to rob them.” 1241
35:11 Violent men perjure themselves, 1242
and falsely accuse me. 1243
35:12 They repay me evil for the good I have done; 1244
I am overwhelmed with sorrow. 1245
35:13 When they were sick, I wore sackcloth, 1246
and refrained from eating food. 1247
(If I am lying, may my prayers go unanswered!) 1248
35:14 I mourned for them as I would for a friend or my brother. 1249
35:15 But when I stumbled, they rejoiced and gathered together;
they gathered together to ambush me. 1252
They tore at me without stopping to rest. 1253
35:16 When I tripped, they taunted me relentlessly, 1254
and tried to bite me. 1255
35:17 O Lord, how long are you going to just stand there and watch this? 1256
guard my life 1259 from the young lions!
35:18 Then I will give you thanks in the great assembly; 1260
I will praise you before a large crowd of people! 1261
Do not let those who hate me without cause carry out their wicked schemes! 1264
35:20 For they do not try to make peace with others, 1265
but plan ways to deceive those who are unsuspecting. 1266
35:21 They are ready to devour me; 1267
they say, “Aha! Aha! We’ve got you!” 1268
35:22 But you take notice, 1269
O Lord, do not remain far away from me!
My God and Lord, defend my just cause! 1272
35:24 Vindicate me by your justice, O
Do not let them gloat 1273 over me!
Do not let them say, “We have devoured him!”
35:26 May those who want to harm me be totally embarrassed and ashamed! 1276
May those who arrogantly taunt me be covered with shame and humiliation! 1277
35:27 May those who desire my vindication shout for joy and rejoice!
35:28 Then I will tell others about your justice, 1281
and praise you all day long. 1282
Psalm 36 1283
36:1 For the music director; written by the
An evil man is rebellious to the core. 1285
He does not fear God, 1286
36:2 for he is too proud
to recognize and give up his sin. 1287
36:3 The words he speaks are sinful and deceitful;
he does not care about doing what is wise and right. 1288
36:4 He plans ways to sin while he lies in bed;
he is committed to a sinful lifestyle; 1289
he does not reject what is evil. 1290
your faithfulness to the clouds. 1292
36:6 Your justice is like the highest mountains, 1293
your fairness like the deepest sea;
36:7 How precious 1296 is your loyal love, O God!
The human race finds shelter under your wings. 1297
36:8 They are filled with food from your house,
and you allow them to drink from the river of your delicacies.
36:9 For you are the one who gives
and sustains life. 1298
36:11 Do not let arrogant men overtake me,
or let evil men make me homeless! 1303
36:12 I can see the evildoers! They have fallen! 1304
They have been knocked down and are unable to get up! 1305
Psalm 37 1306
37:1 By David.
Do not envy evildoers!
37:2 For they will quickly dry up like grass,
and wither away like plants. 1309
37:3 Trust in the
Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! 1310
37:4 Then you will take delight in the
and he will answer your prayers. 1312
37:5 Commit your future to the
Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf. 1314
37:6 He will vindicate you in broad daylight,
and publicly defend your just cause. 1315
37:7 Wait patiently for the
Wait confidently 1317 for him!
Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner, 1318
a man who carries out wicked schemes!
37:8 Do not be angry and frustrated! 1319
Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!
but those who rely on the
37:10 Evil men will soon disappear; 1323
you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone. 1324
37:11 But the oppressed will possess the land
and enjoy great prosperity. 1325
37:12 Evil men plot against the godly 1326
and viciously attack them. 1327
37:13 The Lord laughs in disgust 1328 at them,
for he knows that their day is coming. 1329
37:14 Evil men draw their swords
and prepare their bows,
to bring down 1330 the oppressed and needy,
and to slaughter those who are godly. 1331
37:15 Their swords will pierce 1332 their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
37:16 The little bit that a godly man owns is better than
the wealth of many evil men, 1333
37:17 for evil men will lose their power, 1334
and they possess a permanent inheritance. 1337
37:19 They will not be ashamed when hard times come; 1338
when famine comes they will have enough to eat. 1339
37:20 But 1340 evil men will die;
they will go up in smoke. 1342
37:21 Evil men borrow, but do not repay their debt,
but the godly show compassion and are generous. 1343
whose behavior he finds commendable. 1348
37:25 I was once young, now I am old.
I have never seen a godly man abandoned,
37:26 All day long he shows compassion and lends to others, 1354
and his children 1355 are blessed.
37:27 Turn away from evil! Do what is right! 1356
Then you will enjoy lasting security. 1357
37:28 For the
and never abandons 1359 his faithful followers.
They are permanently secure, 1360
37:29 The godly will possess the land
and will dwell in it permanently.
37:30 The godly speak wise words
and promote justice. 1363
37:31 The law of their God controls their thinking; 1364
their 1365 feet do not slip.
37:32 Evil men set an ambush for the godly
and try to kill them. 1366
37:33 But the
or allow them to be condemned in a court of law. 1367
Then he will permit you 1370 to possess the land;
you will see the demise of evil men. 1371
37:35 I have seen ruthless evil men 1372
growing in influence, like a green tree grows in its native soil. 1373
37:36 But then one passes by, and suddenly they have disappeared! 1374
I looked for them, but they could not be found.
37:37 Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly! 1375
For the one who promotes peace has a future. 1376
37:38 Sinful rebels are totally destroyed; 1377
evil men have no future. 1378
37:39 But the
he protects them in times of trouble. 1380
he rescues them from evil men and delivers them, 1381
for they seek his protection.
Psalm 38 1382
38:1 A psalm of David, written to get God’s attention. 1383
Do not continue to punish me in your raging fury! 1384
38:2 For your arrows pierce 1385 me,
and your hand presses me down. 1386
38:3 My whole body is sick because of your judgment; 1387
I am deprived of health because of my sin. 1388
38:4 For my sins overwhelm me; 1389
like a heavy load, they are too much for me to bear.
because of my foolish sins. 1392
all day long I walk around mourning.
38:7 For I am overcome with shame 1395
and my whole body is sick. 1396
38:8 I am numb with pain and severely battered; 1397
I groan loudly because of the anxiety I feel. 1398
38:9 O Lord, you understand my heart’s desire; 1399
my groaning is not hidden from you.
38:10 My heart beats quickly;
my strength leaves me;
I can hardly see. 1400
my neighbors stand far away. 1403
38:12 Those who seek my life try to entrap me; 1404
those who want to harm me speak destructive words;
all day long they say deceitful things.
38:13 But I am like a deaf man – I hear nothing;
I am like a mute who cannot speak. 1405
38:14 I am like a man who cannot hear
and is incapable of arguing his defense. 1406
38:15 Yet 1407 I wait for you, O
You will respond, O Lord, my God!
38:16 I have prayed for deliverance, because otherwise they will gloat over me; 1408
when my foot slips they will arrogantly taunt me. 1409
38:17 For I am about to stumble,
and I am in constant pain. 1410
38:18 Yes, 1411 I confess my wrongdoing,
and I am concerned about my sins.
38:19 But those who are my enemies for no reason are numerous; 1412
those who hate me without cause outnumber me. 1413
38:20 They repay me evil for the good I have done;
though I have tried to do good to them, they hurl accusations at me. 1414
38:21 Do not abandon me, O
My God, do not remain far away from me!
38:22 Hurry and help me, 1415 O Lord, my deliverer!
Psalm 39 1416
39:1 For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David.
I decided, 1417 “I will watch what I say
and make sure I do not sin with my tongue. 1418
I will put a muzzle over my mouth
while in the presence of an evil man.” 1419
39:2 I was stone silent; 1420
I held back the urge to speak. 1421
My frustration grew; 1422
39:3 my anxiety intensified. 1423
As I thought about it, I became impatient. 1424
Finally I spoke these words: 1425
and the brevity of life! 1426
Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! 1427
39:5 Look, you make my days short-lived, 1428
and my life span is nothing from your perspective. 1429
Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor. 1430
39:6 Surely people go through life as mere ghosts. 1431
Surely they accumulate worthless wealth
without knowing who will eventually haul it away.” 1432
39:7 But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying?
You are my only hope! 1433
39:8 Deliver me from all my sins of rebellion!
Do not make me the object of fools’ insults!
39:9 I am silent and cannot open my mouth
because of what you have done. 1434
39:10 Please stop wounding me! 1435
You have almost beaten me to death! 1436
39:11 You severely discipline people for their sins; 1437
like a moth you slowly devour their strength. 1438
Surely all people are a mere vapor. (Selah)
39:12 Hear my prayer, O
Listen to my cry for help!
Do not ignore my sobbing! 1439
For I am dependent on you, like one residing outside his native land;
I am at your mercy, just as all my ancestors were. 1440
39:13 Turn your angry gaze away from me, so I can be happy
before I pass away. 1441
Psalm 40 1442
40:1 For the music director; By David, a psalm.
I relied completely 1443 on the
and he turned toward me
and heard my cry for help.
40:2 He lifted me out of the watery pit, 1444
out of the slimy mud. 1445
He placed my feet on a rock
and gave me secure footing. 1446
40:3 He gave me reason to sing a new song, 1447
praising our God. 1448
May many see what God has done,
so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the
you have done amazing things and carried out your purposes for us. 1455
No one can thwart you! 1456
I want to declare them and talk about them,
but they are too numerous to recount! 1457
40:6 Receiving sacrifices and offerings are not your primary concern. 1458
You make that quite clear to me! 1459
You do not ask for burnt sacrifices and sin offerings.
40:7 Then I say,
“Look! I come!
What is written in the scroll pertains to me. 1460
40:8 I want to do what pleases you, 1461 my God.
Your law dominates my thoughts.” 1462
Look! I spare no words! 1465
40:10 I have not failed to tell about your justice; 1466
I spoke about your reliability and deliverance;
I have not neglected to tell the great assembly about your loyal love and faithfulness. 1467
May your loyal love and faithfulness continually protect me! 1469
40:12 For innumerable dangers 1470 surround me.
My sins overtake me
so I am unable to see;
they outnumber the hairs of my head
so my strength fails me. 1471
40:13 Please be willing, O
40:14 May those who are trying to snatch away my life
be totally embarrassed and ashamed! 1473
May those who want to harm me
be turned back and ashamed! 1474
40:15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
40:16 May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!
40:17 I am oppressed and needy! 1480
May the Lord pay attention to me! 1481
You are my helper and my deliverer!
O my God, do not delay!
Psalm 41 1482
41:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.
41:2 May the
May he be blessed 1488 in the land!
you completely heal him from his illness. 1492
41:4 As for me, I said: 1493
Heal me, for I have sinned against you!
41:5 My enemies ask this cruel question about me, 1494
‘When will he finally die and be forgotten?’ 1495
he thinks of ways to defame me, 1498
and when he leaves he slanders me. 1499
41:7 All who hate me whisper insults about me to one another; 1500
they plan ways to harm me.
41:8 They say, 1501
and now that he is bed-ridden he will never recover.’ 1504
41:9 Even my close friend 1505 whom I trusted,
he who shared meals with me, has turned against me. 1506
41:10 As for you, O
so I can pay them back!” 1507
41:11 By this 1508 I know that you are pleased with me,
in the future and forevermore! 1516
We agree! We agree! 1517