Bible: Psalms 42-72
42:1 For the music director; a well-written song 2 by the Korahites.
so I long 5 for you, O God!
42:2 I thirst 6 for God,
for the living God.
42:3 I cannot eat, I weep day and night; 9
all day long they say to me, 10 “Where is your God?”
42:4 I will remember and weep! 11
For I was once walking along with the great throng to the temple of God,
shouting and giving thanks along with the crowd as we celebrated the holy festival. 12
Why are you upset? 15
Wait for God!
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention. 16
42:6 I am depressed, 17
so I will pray to you while I am trapped here in the region of the upper Jordan, 18
all your billows and waves overwhelm me. 23
42:8 By day the
and by night he gives me a song, 25
a prayer 26 to the living God.
“Why do you ignore 29 me?
Why must I walk around mourning 30
because my enemies oppress me?”
42:10 My enemies’ taunts cut into me to the bone, 31
as they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 32
Why are you upset? 35
Wait for God!
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention. 36
Psalm 43 37
43:1 Vindicate me, O God!
Fight for me 38 against an ungodly nation!
43:2 For you are the God who shelters me. 41
Why do you reject me? 42
because my enemies oppress me?
They will lead me, 47
and to the place where you live. 50
43:4 Then I will go 51 to the altar of God,
to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, 52
so that I express my thanks to you, 53 O God, my God, with a harp.
Why are you upset? 56
Wait for God!
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention. 57
Psalm 44 58
44:1 For the music director; by the Korahites, a well-written song. 59
O God, we have clearly heard; 60
our ancestors 61 have told us
what you did 62 in their days,
in ancient times. 63
44:3 For they did not conquer 69 the land by their swords,
and they did not prevail by their strength, 70
for you were partial to 74 them.
44:4 You are my 75 king, O God!
44:6 For I do not trust in my bow,
and I do not prevail by my sword.
44:7 For you deliver 83 us from our enemies;
you humiliate 84 those who hate us.
44:8 In God I boast all day long,
and we will continually give thanks to your name. (Selah)
44:9 But 85 you rejected and embarrassed us!
You did not go into battle with our armies. 86
44:10 You made us retreat 87 from the enemy.
Those who hate us take whatever they want from us. 88
44:11 You handed us 89 over like sheep to be eaten;
you scattered us among the nations.
you did not ask a high price for them. 92
44:13 You made us 93 an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 94
foreigners treat us with contempt. 97
44:15 All day long I feel humiliated 98
and am overwhelmed with shame, 99
44:16 before the vindictive enemy
who ridicules and insults me. 100
44:17 All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you 101
or violated your covenant with us. 102
44:18 We have not been unfaithful, 103
nor have we disobeyed your commands. 104
44:19 Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs; 105
you have covered us with darkness. 106
44:20 If we had rejected our God, 107
and spread out our hands in prayer to another god, 108
44:21 would not God discover it,
44:22 Yet because of you 111 we are killed all day long;
44:23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Wake up! 114 Do not reject us forever!
44:24 Why do you look the other way, 115
44:25 For we lie in the dirt,
with our bellies pressed to the ground. 118
44:26 Rise up and help us!
Rescue us 119 because of your loyal love!
Psalm 45 120
My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. 123
I say, “I have composed this special song 124 for the king;
my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” 125
45:2 You are the most handsome of all men! 126
You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! 127
45:3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! 130
Appear in your majestic splendor! 131
45:4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious! 132
Ride forth for the sake of what is right, 133
on behalf of justice! 134
Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts! 135
45:5 Your arrows are sharp
and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.
Nations fall at your feet. 136
The scepter 139 of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
45:8 All your garments are perfumed with 146 myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
45:10 Listen, O princess! 153
Observe and pay attention! 154
45:12 Rich people from Tyre 161
will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 162
decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. 165
45:14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.
Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,
are led before you. 166
45:15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession
and enter the royal palace. 167
you will make them princes throughout the land.
45:17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, 171
then the nations will praise you 172 forever.
Psalm 46 173
46:1 For the music director; by the Korahites; according to the alamoth style; 174 a song.
God is our strong refuge; 175
he is truly our helper in times of trouble. 176
and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 179
46:4 The river’s channels bring joy to the city of God, 184
46:6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are overthrown. 191
46:8 Come! Witness the exploits 198 of the
who brings devastation to the earth! 199
46:9 He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; 200
Psalm 47 213
47:1 For the music director; by the Korahites; a psalm.
All you nations, clap your hands!
Shout out to God in celebration! 214
he is the great king who rules the whole earth! 217
47:3 He subdued nations beneath us 218
and countries 219 under our feet.
47:4 He picked out for us a special land 220
47:6 Sing to God! Sing!
Sing to our king! Sing!
47:7 For God is king of the whole earth!
Sing a well-written song! 227
47:8 God reigns 228 over the nations!
God sits on his holy throne!
47:9 The nobles of the nations assemble,
along with the people of the God of Abraham, 229
for God has authority over the rulers 230 of the earth.
He is highly exalted! 231
Psalm 48 232
48:1 A song, a psalm by the Korahites.
in the city of our God, 233 his holy hill.
48:2 It is lofty and pleasing to look at, 234
a source of joy to the whole earth. 235
Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; 236
it is the city of the great king.
48:3 God is in its fortresses;
he reveals himself as its defender. 237
they advance together.
they are terrified, they quickly retreat. 242
48:6 Look at them shake uncontrollably, 243
like a woman writhing in childbirth. 244
48:7 With an east wind
48:8 We heard about God’s mighty deeds, now we have seen them, 247
in the city of the
in the city of our God.
God makes it permanently secure. 249 (Selah)
48:9 We reflect on your loyal love, O God,
within your temple.
48:10 The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth
is worthy of your reputation, O God. 250
You execute justice! 251
48:11 Mount Zion rejoices;
because of your acts of judgment. 254
48:12 Walk around 255 Zion! Encircle it!
Count its towers!
48:13 Consider its defenses! 256
Walk through 257 its fortresses,
so you can tell the next generation about it! 258
48:14 For God, our God, is our defender forever! 259
Psalm 49 262
49:1 For the music director, a psalm by the Korahites.
Listen to this, all you nations!
Pay attention, all you inhabitants of the world! 263
49:2 Pay attention, all you people, 264
both rich and poor!
49:3 I will declare a wise saying; 265
I will share my profound thoughts. 266
49:4 I will learn a song that imparts wisdom;
I will then sing my insightful song to the accompaniment of a harp. 267
49:5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, 268
when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me? 269
49:6 They trust 270 in their wealth
and boast 271 in their great riches.
49:7 Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; 272
he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price 273
49:8 (the ransom price for a human life 274 is too high,
and people go to their final destiny), 275
49:9 so that he might continue to live 276 forever
and not experience death. 277
fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away 281
and leave their wealth to others. 282
49:11 Their grave becomes their permanent residence,
their eternal dwelling place. 283
They name their lands after themselves, 284
49:12 but, despite their wealth, people do not last, 285
49:13 This is the destiny of fools, 288
and of those who approve of their philosophy. 289 (Selah)
49:14 They will travel to Sheol like sheep, 290
with death as their shepherd. 291
Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. 294
49:16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich 301
and his wealth multiplies! 302
49:17 For he will take nothing with him when he dies;
his wealth will not follow him down into the grave. 303
49:18 He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive:
“May men praise you, for you have done well!”
49:19 But he will join his ancestors; 304
they will never again see the light of day. 305
49:20 Wealthy people do not understand; 306
Psalm 50 309
50:1 A psalm by Asaph.
El, God, the
and summons the earth to come from the east and west. 311
50:2 From Zion, the most beautiful of all places, 312
God comes in splendor. 313
50:3 Our God approaches and is not silent; 314
consuming fire goes ahead of him
and all around him a storm rages. 315
50:4 He summons the heavens above,
as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people. 316
50:5 He says: 317
“Assemble my covenant people before me, 318
those who ratified a covenant with me by sacrifice!” 319
50:6 The heavens declare his fairness, 320
for God is judge. 321 (Selah)
50:7 He says: 322
“Listen my people! I am speaking!
Listen Israel! I am accusing you! 323
I am God, your God!
50:8 I am not condemning 324 you because of your sacrifices,
or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me. 325
50:9 I do not need to take 326 a bull from your household
or goats from your sheepfolds.
50:10 For every wild animal in the forest belongs to me,
as well as the cattle that graze on a thousand hills. 327
50:11 I keep track of 328 every bird in the hills,
and the insects 329 of the field are mine.
50:12 Even if I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and all it contains belong to me.
50:13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats? 330
50:14 Present to God a thank-offering!
Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 331
50:15 Pray to me when you are in trouble! 332
I will deliver you, and you will honor me!” 333
50:16 God says this to the evildoer: 334
“How can you declare my commands,
and talk about my covenant? 335
50:17 For you hate instruction
and reject my words. 336
50:18 When you see a thief, you join him; 337
you associate with men who are unfaithful to their wives. 338
50:19 You do damage with words, 339
and use your tongue to deceive. 340
50:20 You plot against your brother; 341
you slander your own brother. 342
50:21 When you did these things, I was silent, 343
so you thought I was exactly like you. 344
But now I will condemn 345 you
and state my case against you! 346
50:22 Carefully consider this, you who reject God! 347
Otherwise I will rip you to shreds 348
and no one will be able to rescue you.
50:23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. 349
To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.” 350
Psalm 51 351
51:1 For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David’s affair with Bathsheba. 352
Have mercy on me, O God, because of 353 your loyal love!
51:2 Wash away my wrongdoing! 356
Cleanse me of my sin! 357
51:3 For I am aware of 358 my rebellious acts;
I am forever conscious of my sin. 359
51:4 Against you – you above all 360 – I have sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
you are right when you condemn me. 363
51:5 Look, I was guilty of sin from birth,
a sinner the moment my mother conceived me. 364
you want me to possess wisdom. 368
51:8 Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! 374
51:9 Hide your face 377 from my sins!
Wipe away 378 all my guilt!
51:10 Create for me a pure heart, O God! 379
Renew a resolute spirit within me! 380
51:11 Do not reject me! 381
51:12 Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance!
Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey! 384
and sinners will turn 387 to you.
51:14 Rescue me from the guilt of murder, 388 O God, the God who delivers me!
Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance. 389
51:15 O Lord, give me the words! 390
Then my mouth will praise you. 391
you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. 394
51:17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit 395 –
51:18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! 398
51:19 Then you will accept 401 the proper sacrifices, burnt sacrifices and whole offerings;
Psalm 52 404
Why do you boast about your evil plans, 407 O powerful man?
God’s loyal love protects me all day long! 408
52:2 Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; 409
it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver. 410
52:3 You love evil more than good,
lies more than speaking the truth. 411 (Selah)
52:4 You love to use all the words that destroy, 412
and the tongue that deceives.
he will uproot you from the land of the living. (Selah)
52:6 When the godly see this, they will be filled with awe,
and will mock the evildoer, saying: 417
52:7 “Look, here is the man who would not make 418 God his protector!
He trusted in his great wealth
and was confident about his plans to destroy others.” 419
I continually 422 trust in God’s loyal love.
Psalm 53 429
They sin and commit evil deeds; 434
none of them does what is right. 435
53:3 Everyone rejects God; 440
they are all morally corrupt. 441
None of them does what is right, 442
not even one!
those who devour my people as if they were eating bread,
and do not call out to God.
53:5 They are absolutely terrified, 445
even by things that do not normally cause fear. 446
You are able to humiliate them because God has rejected them. 449
53:6 I wish the deliverance 450 of Israel would come from Zion!
When God restores the well-being of his people, 451
may Jacob rejoice, 452
may Israel be happy! 453
Psalm 54 454
O God, deliver me by your name! 457
Vindicate me 458 by your power!
54:2 O God, listen to my prayer!
Pay attention to what I say! 459
ruthless men, who do not respect God, seek my life. 462 (Selah)
54:4 Look, God is my deliverer! 463
The Lord is among those who support me. 464
As a demonstration of your faithfulness, 467 destroy them!
54:6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice 468 to you!
I will give thanks to your name, O
and I triumph over my enemies. 471
Psalm 55 472
55:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song 473 by David.
Listen, O God, to my prayer!
Do not ignore 474 my appeal for mercy!
55:2 Pay attention to me and answer me!
55:3 because of what the enemy says, 478
and angrily attack me.
55:4 My heart beats violently 483 within me;
the horrors of death overcome me. 484
55:5 Fear and panic overpower me; 485
terror overwhelms 486 me.
55:6 I say, 487 “I wish I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
55:7 Look, I will escape to a distant place;
I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)
55:8 I will hurry off to a place that is safe
from the strong wind 488 and the gale.”
55:9 Confuse them, 489 O Lord!
Frustrate their plans! 490
For I see violence and conflict in the city.
55:10 Day and night they walk around on its walls, 491
while wickedness and destruction 492 are within it.
55:11 Disaster is within it;
violence 493 and deceit do not depart from its public square.
55:12 Indeed, 494 it is not an enemy who insults me,
or else I could bear it;
it is not one who hates me who arrogantly taunts me, 495
or else I could hide from him.
my close friend in whom I confided. 498
55:14 We would share personal thoughts with each other; 499
in God’s temple we would walk together among the crowd.
55:15 May death destroy them! 500
May they go down alive into Sheol! 501
For evil is in their dwelling place and in their midst.
55:16 As for me, I will call out to God,
55:17 During the evening, morning, and noontime
I will lament and moan, 502
55:19 God, the one who has reigned as king from long ago,
will hear and humiliate them. 509 (Selah)
They refuse to change,
and do not fear God. 510
he breaks his solemn promises to them. 514
55:21 His words are as smooth as butter, 515
but he harbors animosity in his heart. 516
His words seem softer than oil,
but they are really like sharp swords. 517
55:22 Throw your burden 518 upon the
and he will sustain you. 519
He will never allow the godly to be upended. 520
But as for me, I trust in you.
Psalm 56 525
Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! 529
56:2 Those who anticipate my defeat 532 attack me all day long.
56:3 When 535 I am afraid,
I trust in you.
56:4 In God – I boast in his promise 536 –
in God I trust, I am not afraid.
56:5 All day long they cause me trouble; 539
they make a habit of plotting my demise. 540
they watch my every step, 543
56:7 Because they are bent on violence, do not let them escape! 546
56:8 You keep track of my misery. 549
Put my tears in your leather container! 550
Are they not recorded in your scroll? 551
56:9 My enemies will turn back when I cry out to you for help; 552
I know that God is on my side. 553
56:10 In God – I boast in his promise 554 –
56:11 in God I trust, I am not afraid.
56:12 I am obligated to fulfill the vows I made to you, O God; 558
I will give you the thank-offerings you deserve, 559
56:13 when you deliver 560 my life from death.
You keep my feet from stumbling, 561
Psalm 57 564
Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me!
For in you I have taken shelter. 568
In the shadow of your wings 569 I take shelter
until trouble passes.
57:2 I cry out for help to the sovereign God, 570
to the God who vindicates 571 me.
57:3 May he send help from heaven and deliver me 572
from my enemies who hurl insults! 573 (Selah)
May God send his loyal love and faithfulness!
57:4 I am surrounded by lions;
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are a sharp sword. 576
57:5 Rise up 577 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth! 578
57:6 They have prepared a net to trap me; 579
I am discouraged. 580
They have dug a pit for me. 581
They will fall 582 into it! (Selah)
57:7 I am determined, 583 O God! I am determined!
I will sing and praise you!
57:8 Awake, my soul! 584
Awake, O stringed instrument and harp!
I will wake up at dawn! 585
57:9 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Master!
I will sing praises to you before foreigners! 586
57:10 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, 587
and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
57:11 Rise up 588 above the sky, O God!
May your splendor cover the whole earth! 589
Psalm 58 590
Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions? 593
Do you judge people 594 fairly?
you deal out violence in the earth. 597
58:3 The wicked turn aside from birth; 598
liars go astray as soon as they are born. 599
58:4 Their venom is like that of a snake, 600
58:5 that does not respond to 603 the magicians,
or to a skilled snake-charmer.
58:6 O God, break the teeth in their mouths!
Smash the jawbones of the lions, O
Let them wither like grass! 606
58:9 Before the kindling is even placed under your pots, 611
58:10 The godly 614 will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out;
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
“Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! 617
Yes indeed, there is a God who judges 618 in the earth!”
Psalm 59 619
Deliver me from my enemies, my God!
59:2 Deliver me from evildoers! 625
Rescue me from violent men! 626
59:3 For look, they wait to ambush me; 627
powerful men stalk 628 me,
but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O
Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me! 632
59:5 You, O
rouse yourself and punish 634 all the nations!
Have no mercy on any treacherous evildoers! (Selah)
59:6 They return in the evening;
they growl 635 like a dog
and prowl around outside 636 the city.
59:7 Look, they hurl insults at me
and openly threaten to kill me, 637
for they say, 638
59:8 But you, O
you taunt 640 all the nations.
59:9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 641
For God is my refuge. 642
59:10 The God who loves me will help me; 643
59:11 Do not strike them dead suddenly,
because then my people might forget the lesson. 646
Use your power to make them homeless vagabonds and then bring them down,
O Lord who shields us! 647
59:12 They speak sinful words. 648
So let them be trapped by their own pride
and by the curses and lies they speak!
59:13 Angrily wipe them out! Wipe them out so they vanish!
Let them know that God rules
in Jacob and to the ends of the earth! (Selah)
59:14 They return in the evening;
they growl 649 like a dog
and prowl around outside 650 the city.
59:15 They wander around looking for something to eat;
they refuse to sleep until they are full. 651
59:16 As for me, I will sing about your strength;
I will praise your loyal love in the morning.
For you are my refuge 652
and my place of shelter when I face trouble. 653
59:17 You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you! 654
Psalm 60 657
60:1 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 658 a prayer 659 of David written to instruct others. 660 It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 661 12,000 Edomites 662 in the Valley of Salt. 663
O God, you have rejected us. 664
You suddenly turned on us in your anger. 665
Please restore us! 666
60:2 You made the earth quake; you split it open. 667
Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall. 668
60:3 You have made your people experience hard times; 669
you have made us drink intoxicating wine. 670
60:4 You have given your loyal followers 671 a rallying flag,
so that they might seek safety from the bow. 672 (Selah)
so that the ones you love may be safe. 675
60:6 God has spoken in his sanctuary: 676
“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem;
the Valley of Succoth I will measure off. 677
60:7 Gilead belongs to me,
as does Manasseh! 678
Ephraim is my helmet, 679
Judah my royal scepter. 680
60:8 Moab is my washbasin. 681
I will make Edom serve me. 682
I will shout in triumph over Philistia.” 683
60:9 Who will lead me into the fortified city?
Who will bring me to Edom? 684
60:10 Have you not rejected us, O God?
O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.
60:11 Give us help against the enemy,
for any help men might offer is futile. 685
60:12 By God’s power we will conquer; 686
he will trample down 687 our enemies.
Psalm 61 688
61:1 For the music director; to be played on a stringed instrument; written by David.
O God, hear my cry for help!
Pay attention to my prayer!
61:2 From the most remote place on earth 689
I call out to you in my despair. 690
a strong tower that protects me from the enemy. 695
61:4 I will be a permanent guest in your home; 696
I will find shelter in the protection of your wings. 697 (Selah)
61:5 For you, O God, hear my vows;
you grant me the reward that belongs to your loyal followers. 698
61:6 Give the king long life!
Make his lifetime span several generations! 699
61:7 May he reign 700 forever before God!
Decree that your loyal love and faithfulness should protect him. 701
61:8 Then I will sing praises to your name continually, 702
as I fulfill 703 my vows day after day.
Psalm 62 704
62:1 For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David.
For God alone I patiently wait; 705
he is the one who delivers me. 706
62:2 He alone is my protector 707 and deliverer.
62:3 How long will you threaten 710 a man?
All of you are murderers, 711
as dangerous as a leaning wall or an unstable fence. 712
They love to use deceit; 716
they pronounce blessings with their mouths,
but inwardly they utter curses. 717 (Selah)
62:5 Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! 718
For he is the one who gives me confidence. 719
62:6 He alone is my protector 720 and deliverer.
62:7 God delivers me and exalts me;
God is my strong protector and my shelter. 723
62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people!
Pour out your hearts before him! 724
God is our shelter! (Selah)
62:9 Men are nothing but a mere breath;
human beings are unreliable. 725
When they are weighed in the scales,
all of them together are lighter than air. 726
62:10 Do not trust in what you can gain by oppression! 727
Do not put false confidence in what you can gain by robbery! 728
If wealth increases, do not become attached to it! 729
62:11 God has declared one principle;
two principles I have heard: 730
God is strong, 731
62:12 and you, O Lord, demonstrate loyal love. 732
For you repay men for what they do. 733
Psalm 63 734
63:1 A psalm of David, written when he was in the Judean wilderness. 735
O God, you are my God! I long for you! 736
My soul thirsts 737 for you,
my flesh yearns for you,
in a dry and parched 738 land where there is no water.
and witnessed 741 your power and splendor.
my lips will praise you.
63:4 For this reason 744 I will praise you while I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands. 745
My mouth joyfully praises you, 748
63:6 whenever 749 I remember you on my bed,
and think about you during the nighttime hours.
63:7 For you are my deliverer; 750
under your wings 751 I rejoice.
your right hand upholds me.
63:9 Enemies seek to destroy my life, 754
but they will descend into the depths of the earth. 755
63:10 Each one will be handed over to the sword; 756
their corpses will be eaten by jackals. 757
63:11 But the king 758 will rejoice in God;
everyone who takes oaths in his name 759 will boast,
for the mouths of those who speak lies will be shut up. 760
Psalm 64 761
64:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.
Listen to me, 762 O God, as I offer my lament!
64:2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,
from the crowd of evildoers. 765
64:3 They 766 sharpen their tongues like a sword;
they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 767
64:4 in order to shoot down the innocent 768 in secluded places.
They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation. 769
64:5 They encourage one another to carry out their evil deed. 770
They plan how to hide 771 snares,
64:6 They devise 774 unjust schemes;
Man’s inner thoughts cannot be discovered. 777
64:7 But God will shoot 778 at them;
64:8 Their slander will bring about their demise. 781
All who see them will shudder, 782
64:9 and all people will fear. 783
They will proclaim 784 what God has done,
and reflect on his deeds.
64:10 The godly will rejoice in the
and take shelter in him.
Psalm 65 787
65:1 For the music director; a psalm of David, a song.
Praise awaits you, 788 O God, in Zion.
Vows made to you are fulfilled.
65:2 You hear prayers; 789
all people approach you. 790
65:3 Our record of sins overwhelms me, 791
but you forgive 792 our acts of rebellion.
65:4 How blessed 793 is the one whom you choose,
and allow to live in your palace courts. 794
May we be satisfied with the good things of your house –
your holy palace. 795
65:5 You answer our prayers by performing awesome acts of deliverance,
O God, our savior. 796
All the ends of the earth trust in you, 797
as well as those living across the wide seas. 798
65:6 You created the mountains by your power, 799
and demonstrated your strength. 800
65:7 You calm the raging seas 801
and their roaring waves,
as well as the commotion made by the nations. 802
65:8 Even those living in the most remote areas are awestruck by your acts; 803
you cause those living in the east and west to praise you. 804
65:9 You visit the earth and give it rain; 805
you make it rich and fertile 806
with overflowing streams full of water. 807
You provide grain for them, 808
for you prepare the earth to yield its crops. 809
65:10 You saturate 810 its furrows,
With rain showers you soften its soil, 813
and make its crops grow. 814
65:11 You crown the year with your good blessings, 815
and you leave abundance in your wake. 816
65:12 The pastures in the wilderness glisten with moisture, 817
and the hills are clothed with joy. 818
65:13 The meadows are clothed with sheep,
and the valleys are covered with grain.
They shout joyfully, yes, they sing.
Psalm 66 819
66:1 For the music director; a song, a psalm.
Shout out praise to God, all the earth!
66:2 Sing praises about the majesty of his reputation! 820
Give him the honor he deserves! 821
66:3 Say to God:
“How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power your enemies cower in fear 822 before you.
66:4 All the earth worships 823 you
and sings praises to you!
They sing praises to your name!” (Selah)
His acts on behalf of people are awesome! 826
66:6 He turned the sea into dry land; 827
they passed through the river on foot. 828
Let us rejoice in him there! 829
66:7 He rules 830 by his power forever;
he watches 831 the nations.
Stubborn rebels should not exalt 832 themselves. (Selah)
66:8 Praise 833 our God, you nations!
Loudly proclaim his praise! 834
66:9 He preserves our lives 835
and does not allow our feet to slip.
66:10 For 836 you, O God, tested us;
you purified us like refined silver.
66:11 You led us into a trap; 837
you caused us to suffer. 838
66:12 You allowed men to ride over our heads;
we passed through fire and water,
but you brought us out into a wide open place. 839
66:13 I will enter 840 your temple with burnt sacrifices;
I will fulfill the vows I made to you,
66:14 which my lips uttered
and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
66:15 I will offer up to you fattened animals as burnt sacrifices,
along with the smell of sacrificial rams.
I will offer cattle and goats. (Selah)
66:16 Come! Listen, all you who are loyal to God! 841
I will declare what he has done for me.
66:17 I cried out to him for help 842
and praised him with my tongue. 843
66:18 If I had harbored sin in my heart, 844
the Lord would not have listened.
66:19 However, God heard;
he listened to my prayer.
66:20 God deserves praise, 845
for 846 he did not reject my prayer
or abandon his love for me! 847
Psalm 67 848
67:1 For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm, a song.
May he smile on us! 851 (Selah)
67:2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like;
all nations will know how you deliver your people. 852
67:3 Let the nations thank you, O God!
Let all the nations thank you! 853
67:4 Let foreigners 854 rejoice and celebrate!
For you execute justice among the nations,
and govern the people living on earth. 855 (Selah)
67:5 Let the nations thank you, O God!
Let all the nations thank you! 856
67:6 The earth yields its crops.
May God, our God, bless us!
67:7 May God bless us! 857
Then all the ends of the earth will give him the honor he deserves. 858
Psalm 68 859
68:1 For the music director; by David, a psalm, a song.
God springs into action! 860
His enemies scatter;
68:2 As smoke is driven away by the wind, so you drive them away. 863
As wax melts before fire,
so the wicked are destroyed before God.
68:3 But the godly 864 are happy;
they rejoice before God
and are overcome with joy. 865
68:4 Sing to God! Sing praises to his name!
Exalt the one who rides on the clouds! 866
Rejoice before him!
68:5 He is a father to the fatherless
and an advocate for widows. 868
God rules from his holy palace. 869
68:6 God settles those who have been deserted in their own homes; 870
he frees prisoners and grants them prosperity. 871
But sinful rebels live in the desert. 872
68:7 O God, when you lead your people into battle, 873
when you march through the desert, 874 (Selah)
68:8 the earth shakes,
yes, the heavens pour down rain
before God, the God of Sinai, 875
before God, the God of Israel. 876
68:10 for you live among them. 881
You sustain the oppressed with your good blessings, O God.
68:11 The Lord speaks; 882
many, many women spread the good news. 883
68:12 Kings leading armies run away – they run away! 884
The lovely lady 885 of the house divides up the loot.
the wings of the dove are covered with silver
and with glittering gold. 888
let it snow 891 on Zalmon!
the mountain of Bashan is a mountain with many peaks. 894
at the mountain where God has decided to live? 897
68:17 God has countless chariots;
they number in the thousands. 900
The Lord comes from Sinai in holy splendor. 901
68:18 You ascend on high, 902
you have taken many captives. 903
including even sinful rebels.
68:19 The Lord deserves praise! 907
Day after day 908 he carries our burden,
the God who delivers us. (Selah)
68:20 Our God is a God who delivers;
68:21 Indeed God strikes the heads of his enemies,
the hairy foreheads of those who persist in rebellion. 910
68:22 The Lord says,
“I will retrieve them 911 from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
68:23 so that your feet may stomp 912 in their blood,
and your dogs may eat their portion of the enemies’ corpses.” 913
68:24 They 914 see your processions, O God –
the processions of my God, my king, who marches along in holy splendor. 915
68:25 Singers walk in front;
musicians follow playing their stringed instruments, 916
in the midst of young women playing tambourines. 917
68:26 In your large assemblies praise God,
68:27 There is little Benjamin, their ruler, 919
and the princes of Judah in their robes, 920
along with the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
68:28 God has decreed that you will be powerful. 921
O God, you who have acted on our behalf, demonstrate your power,
68:29 as you come out of your temple in Jerusalem! 922
Kings bring tribute to you.
and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 925
68:31 They come with red cloth 930 from Egypt,
68:32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God!
Sing praises to the Lord, (Selah)
68:33 to the one who rides through the sky from ancient times! 933
Look! He thunders loudly. 934
68:34 Acknowledge God’s power, 935
his sovereignty over Israel,
and the power he reveals in the skies! 936
68:35 You are awe-inspiring, O God, as you emerge from your holy temple! 937
It is the God of Israel 938 who gives the people power and strength.
God deserves praise! 939
Psalm 69 940
69:1 For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 941 by David.
Deliver me, O God,
for the water has reached my neck. 942
69:2 I sink into the deep mire
where there is no solid ground; 943
I am in 944 deep water,
and the current overpowers me.
69:3 I am exhausted from shouting for help;
my throat is sore; 945
my eyes grow tired of looking for my God. 946
69:4 Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs of my head.
They make me repay what I did not steal! 949
69:5 O God, you are aware of my foolish sins; 950
my guilt is not hidden from you. 951
69:6 Let none who rely on you be disgraced because of me,
Let none who seek you be ashamed because of me,
O God of Israel!
and am thoroughly disgraced. 955
69:8 My own brothers treat me like a stranger;
they act as if I were a foreigner. 956
I endure the insults of those who insult you. 960
69:10 I weep and refrain from eating food, 961
which causes others to insult me. 962
69:11 I wear sackcloth
and they ridicule me. 963
69:12 Those who sit at the city gate gossip about me;
drunkards mock me in their songs. 964
O God, because of your great loyal love,
answer me with your faithful deliverance! 966
69:14 Rescue me from the mud! Don’t let me sink!
Deliver me 967 from those who hate me,
from the deep water!
69:15 Don’t let the current overpower me!
Don’t let the deep swallow me up!
69:16 Answer me, O
Because of your great compassion, turn toward me!
69:17 Do not ignore 971 your servant,
for I am in trouble! Answer me right away! 972
69:18 Come near me and redeem me! 973
Because of my enemies, rescue me!
69:19 You know how I am insulted, humiliated and disgraced;
you can see all my enemies. 974
for comforters, but find none.
69:21 They put bitter poison 979 into my food,
and to quench my thirst they give me vinegar to drink. 980
69:22 May their dining table become a trap before them!
May it be a snare for that group of friends! 981
69:23 May their eyes be blinded! 982
Make them shake violently! 983
69:24 Pour out your judgment 984 on them!
May your raging anger 985 overtake them!
69:25 May their camp become desolate,
their tents uninhabited! 986
they spread the news about the suffering of those whom you punish. 989
69:27 Hold them accountable for all their sins! 990
Do not vindicate them! 991
69:28 May their names be deleted from the scroll of the living! 992
Do not let their names be listed with the godly! 993
69:29 I am oppressed and suffering!
O God, deliver and protect me! 994
69:30 I will sing praises to God’s name! 995
I will magnify him as I give him thanks! 996
69:31 That will please the
with horns and hooves.
69:32 The oppressed look on – let them rejoice!
69:33 For the
he does not despise his captive people. 999
69:34 Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
along with the seas and everything that swims in them!
69:35 For God will deliver Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah,
69:36 The descendants of his servants will inherit it,
Psalm 70 1004
70:1 For the music director; by David; written to get God’s attention. 1005
O God, please be willing to rescue me! 1006
70:2 May those who are trying to take my life
be embarrassed and ashamed! 1008
May those who want to harm me
be turned back and ashamed! 1009
70:3 May those who say, “Aha! Aha!”
70:4 May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!
70:5 I am oppressed and needy! 1016
O God, hurry to me! 1017
You are my helper and my deliverer!
Psalm 71 1019
71:1 In you, O
Never let me be humiliated!
71:2 Vindicate me by rescuing me! 1020
71:3 Be my protector and refuge, 1023
a stronghold where I can be safe! 1024
For you are my high ridge 1025 and my stronghold.
71:4 My God, rescue me from the power 1026 of the wicked,
from the hand of the cruel oppressor!
71:5 For you give me confidence, 1027 O Lord;
71:6 I have leaned on you since birth; 1029
you pulled me 1030 from my mother’s womb.
I praise you continually. 1031
71:7 Many are appalled when they see me, 1032
but you are my secure shelter.
71:8 I praise you constantly
and speak of your splendor all day long. 1033
71:9 Do not reject me in my old age! 1034
When my strength fails, do not abandon me!
71:10 For my enemies talk about me;
those waiting for a chance to kill me plot my demise. 1035
71:11 They say, 1036 “God has abandoned him.
Run and seize him, for there is no one who will rescue him!”
71:12 O God, do not remain far away from me!
My God, hurry and help me! 1037
71:13 May my accusers be humiliated and defeated!
May those who want to harm me 1038 be covered with scorn and disgrace!
71:14 As for me, I will wait continually,
and will continue to praise you. 1039
71:15 I will tell about your justice,
and all day long proclaim your salvation, 1040
though I cannot fathom its full extent. 1041
71:16 I will come and tell about 1042 the mighty acts of the sovereign
I will proclaim your justice – yours alone.
71:17 O God, you have taught me since I was young,
and I am still declaring 1043 your amazing deeds.
71:18 Even when I am old and gray, 1044
O God, do not abandon me,
until I tell the next generation about your strength,
and those coming after me about your power. 1045
71:19 Your justice, O God, extends to the skies above; 1046
you have done great things. 1047
O God, who can compare to you? 1048
71:20 Though you have allowed me to experience much trouble and distress, 1049
revive me once again! 1050
Bring me up once again 1051 from the depths of the earth!
71:21 Raise me to a position of great honor! 1052
Turn and comfort me! 1053
71:22 I will express my thanks to you with a stringed instrument,
praising 1054 your faithfulness, O my God!
I will sing praises to you accompanied by a harp,
O Holy One of Israel! 1055
71:23 My lips will shout for joy! Yes, 1056 I will sing your praises!
I will praise you when you rescue me! 1057
71:24 All day long my tongue will also tell about your justice,
Psalm 72 1060
72:1 For 1061 Solomon.
O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions! 1062
72:2 Then he will judge 1065 your people fairly,
and your oppressed ones 1066 equitably.
72:3 The mountains will bring news of peace to the people,
and the hills will announce justice. 1067
72:4 He will defend 1068 the oppressed among the people;
and crush the oppressor.
for generation after generation. 1073
72:7 During his days the godly will flourish; 1078
peace will prevail as long as the moon remains in the sky. 1079
and from the Euphrates River 1082 to the ends of the earth!
72:9 Before him the coastlands 1083 will bow down,
and his enemies will lick the dust. 1084
72:10 The kings of Tarshish 1085 and the coastlands will offer gifts;
72:11 All kings will bow down to him;
all nations will serve him.
72:12 For he will rescue the needy 1088 when they cry out for help,
and the oppressed 1089 who have no defender.
72:13 He will take pity 1090 on the poor and needy;
the lives of the needy he will save.
72:14 From harm and violence he will defend them; 1091
he will value their lives. 1092
May they continually pray for him!
May they pronounce blessings on him all day long! 1095
72:17 May his fame endure! 1108
May his dynasty last as long as the sun remains in the sky! 1109
May they use his name when they formulate their blessings! 1110
May all nations consider him to be favored by God! 1111
He alone accomplishes amazing things! 1113
72:19 His glorious name deserves praise 1114 forevermore!
May his majestic splendor 1115 fill the whole earth!
We agree! We agree! 1116
72:20 This collection of the prayers of David son of Jesse ends here. 1117