Bible: Psalms 1-6

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!

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