Bible: Psalms 42-72

Book 2
(Psalms 42-72)

Psalm 42 1 

42:1 For the music director; a well-written song 2  by the Korahites.

As a deer 3  longs 4  for streams of water,

so I long 5  for you, O God!

42:2 I thirst 6  for God,

for the living God.

I say, 7  “When will I be able to go and appear in God’s presence? 8 

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 

42:5 Why are you depressed, 13  O my soul? 14 

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 

from Hermon, 19  from Mount Mizar. 20 

42:7 One deep stream calls out to another 21  at the sound of your waterfalls; 22 

all your billows and waves overwhelm me. 23 

42:8 By day the Lord decrees his loyal love, 24 

and by night he gives me a song, 25 

a prayer 26  to the living God.

42:9 I will pray 27  to God, my high ridge: 28 

“Why do you ignore 29  me?

Why must I walk around mourning 30 

because my enemies oppress me?

42:10 My enemiestaunts cut into me to the bone, 31 

as they say to me all day long, “Where is your God? 32 

42:11 Why are you depressed, 33  O my soul? 34 

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!

Deliver me 39  from deceitful and evil men! 40 

43:2 For you are the God who shelters me. 41 

Why do you reject me? 42 

Why must I walk around 43  mourning 44 

because my enemies oppress me?

43:3 Reveal 45  your light 46  and your faithfulness!

They will lead me, 47 

they will escort 48  me back to your holy hill, 49 

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.

43:5 Why are you depressed, 54  O my soul? 55 

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 

44:2 You, by your power, 64  defeated nations and settled our fathers on their land; 65 

you crushed 66  the people living there 67  and enabled our ancestors to occupy it. 68 

44:3 For they did not conquer 69  the land by their swords,

and they did not prevail by their strength, 70 

but rather by your power, 71  strength 72  and good favor, 73 

for you were partial to 74  them.

44:4 You are my 75  king, O God!

Decree 76  Jacob’s 77  deliverance!

44:5 By your power 78  we will drive back 79  our enemies;

by your strength 80  we will trample down 81  our foes! 82 

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.

44:12 You sold 90  your people for a pittance; 91 

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 

44:14 You made us 95  an object of ridicule 96  among the nations;

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,

for he knows 109  one’s thoughts? 110 

44:22 Yet because of you 111  we are killed all day long;

we are treated like 112  sheep at the slaughtering block. 113 

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 

and ignore 116  the way we are oppressed and mistreated? 117 

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 

45:1 For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 121  by the Korahites, a well-written poem, 122  a love song.

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 

For this reason 128  God grants you continual blessings. 129 

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 

45:6 Your throne, 137  O God, is permanent. 138 

The scepter 139  of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.

45:7 You love 140  justice and hate evil. 141 

For this reason God, your God 142  has anointed you 143 

with the oil of joy, 144  elevating you above your companions. 145 

45:8 All your garments are perfumed with 146  myrrh, aloes, and cassia.

From the luxurious palaces 147  comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy. 148 

45:9 Princesses 149  are among your honored guests, 150 

your bride 151  stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir. 152 

45:10 Listen, O princess! 153 

Observe and pay attention! 154 

Forget your homeland 155  and your family! 156 

45:11 Then 157  the king will be attracted by 158  your beauty.

After all, he is your master! Submit 159  to him! 160 

45:12 Rich people from Tyre 161 

will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 162 

45:13 The princess 163  looks absolutely magnificent, 164 

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 

45:16 Your 168  sons will carry 169  on the dynasty of your ancestors; 170 

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 

46:2 For this reason we do not fear 177  when the earth shakes, 178 

and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 179 

46:3 when its waves 180  crash 181  and foam,

and the mountains shake 182  before the surging sea. 183  (Selah)

46:4 The river’s channels bring joy to the city of God, 184 

the special, holy dwelling place of 185  the sovereign One. 186 

46:5 God lives within it, 187  it cannot be moved. 188 

God rescues it 189  at the break of dawn. 190 

46:6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are overthrown. 191 

God 192  gives a shout, 193  the earth dissolves. 194 

46:7 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 195 

The God of Jacob 196  is our protector! 197  (Selah)

46:8 Come! Witness the exploits 198  of the Lord,

who brings devastation to the earth! 199 

46:9 He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; 200 

he shatters 201  the bow and breaks 202  the spear;

he burns 203  the shields with fire. 204 

46:10 He says, 205  “Stop your striving and recognize 206  that I am God!

I will be exalted 207  over 208  the nations! I will be exalted over 209  the earth!

46:11 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 210 

The God of Jacob 211  is our protector! 212  (Selah)

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 

47:2 For the sovereign Lord 215  is awe-inspiring; 216 

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 

to be a source of pride for 221  Jacob, 222  whom he loves. 223  (Selah)

47:5 God has ascended his throne 224  amid loud shouts; 225 

the Lord has ascended his throne amid the blaring of ram’s horns. 226 

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.

The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise

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 

48:4 For 238  look, the kings assemble; 239 

they advance together.

48:5 As soon as they see, 240  they are shocked; 241 

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

you shatter 245  the large ships. 246 

48:8 We heard about God’s mighty deeds, now we have seen them, 247 

in the city of the Lord, the invincible Warrior, 248 

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;

the towns 252  of Judah are happy, 253 

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 

He guides 260  us! 261 

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 

49:10 Surely 278  one sees 279  that even wise people die; 280 

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 

they are like animals 286  that perish. 287 

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 

The godly will rule 292  over them when the day of vindication dawns; 293 

Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. 294 

49:15 But 295  God will rescue 296  my life 297  from the power 298  of Sheol;

certainly 299  he will pull me to safety. 300  (Selah)

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 

they are like animals 307  that perish. 308 

Psalm 50 309 

50:1 A psalm by Asaph.

El, God, the Lord 310  speaks,

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!

Because of 354  your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! 355 

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.

So 361  you are just when you confront me; 362 

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 

51:6 Look, 365  you desire 366  integrity in the inner man; 367 

you want me to possess wisdom. 368 

51:7 Sprinkle me 369  with water 370  and I will be pure; 371 

wash me 372  and I will be whiter than snow. 373 

51:8 Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! 374 

May the bones 375  you crushed rejoice! 376 

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 

Do not take your Holy Spirit 382  away from me! 383 

51:12 Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance!

Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey! 384 

51:13 Then I will teach 385  rebels your merciful ways, 386 

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 

51:16 Certainly 392  you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; 393 

you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. 394 

51:17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit 395 

O God, a humble and repentant heart 396  you will not reject. 397 

51:18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! 398 

Fortify 399  the walls of Jerusalem! 400 

51:19 Then you will accept 401  the proper sacrifices, burnt sacrifices and whole offerings;

then bulls will be sacrificed 402  on your altar. 403 

Psalm 52 404 

52:1 For the music director; a well-written song 405  by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: “David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech.” 406 

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.

52:5 Yet 413  God will make you a permanent heap of ruins. 414 

He will scoop you up 415  and remove you from your home; 416 

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 

52:7Look, 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 

52:8 But I 420  am like a flourishing 421  olive tree in the house of God;

I continually 422  trust in God’s loyal love.

52:9 I will continually 423  thank you when 424  you execute judgment; 425 

I will rely 426  on you, 427  for your loyal followers know you are good. 428 

Psalm 53 429 

53:1 For the music director; according to the machalath style; 430  a well-written song 431  by David.

Fools say to themselves, 432 There is no God.” 433 

They sin and commit evil deeds; 434 

none of them does what is right. 435 

53:2 God looks down from heaven 436  at the human race, 437 

to see if there is anyone who is wise 438  and seeks God. 439 

53:3 Everyone rejects God; 440 

they are all morally corrupt. 441 

None of them does what is right, 442 

not even one!

53:4 All those who behave wickedly 443  do not understand 444 

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 

For God annihilates 447  those who attack you. 448 

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 

54:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song 455  by David. It was written when the Ziphites came and informed Saul: “David is hiding with us.” 456 

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 

54:3 For foreigners 460  attack me; 461 

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 

54:5 May those who wait to ambush me 465  be repaid for their evil! 466 

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 Lord, for it is good!

54:7 Surely 469  he rescues me from all trouble, 470 

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!

I am so upset 475  and distressed, 476  I am beside myself, 477 

55:3 because of what the enemy says, 478 

and because of how the wicked 479  pressure me, 480 

for they hurl trouble 481  down upon me 482 

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.

55:13 But it is you, 496  a man like me, 497 

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,

and the Lord will deliver me.

55:17 During the evening, morning, and noontime

I will lament and moan, 502 

and he will hear 503  me. 504 

55:18 He will rescue 505  me and protect me from those who attack me, 506 

even though 507  they greatly outnumber me. 508 

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 

55:20 He 511  attacks 512  his friends; 513 

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 Lord,

and he will sustain you. 519 

He will never allow the godly to be upended. 520 

55:23 But you, O God, will bring them 521  down to the deep Pit. 522 

Violent and deceitful people 523  will not live even half a normal lifespan. 524 

But as for me, I trust in you.

Psalm 56 525 

56:1 For the music director; according to the yonath-elem-rechovim style; 526  a prayer 527  of David, written when the Philistines captured him in Gath. 528 

Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! 529 

All day long hostile enemies 530  are tormenting me. 531 

56:2 Those who anticipate my defeat 532  attack me all day long.

Indeed, 533  many are fighting against me, O Exalted One. 534 

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.

What can mere men 537  do to me? 538 

56:5 All day long they cause me trouble; 539 

they make a habit of plotting my demise. 540 

56:6 They stalk 541  and lurk; 542 

they watch my every step, 543 

as 544  they prepare to take my life. 545 

56:7 Because they are bent on violence, do not let them escape! 546 

In your anger 547  bring down the nations, 548  O God!

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 

in the Lord I boast in his promise 555 

56:11 in God I trust, I am not afraid.

What can mere men 556  do to me? 557 

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 

so that I might serve 562  God as I enjoy life. 563 

Psalm 57 564 

57:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 565  a prayer 566  of David, written when he fled from Saul into the cave. 567 

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;

I lie down 574  among those who want to devour me; 575 

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 

58:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 591  a prayer 592  of David.

Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions? 593 

Do you judge people 594  fairly?

58:2 No! 595  You plan how to do what is unjust; 596 

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 

like a deaf serpent 601  that does not hear, 602 

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 Lord!

58:7 Let them disappear 604  like water that flows away! 605 

Let them wither like grass! 606 

58:8 Let them be 607  like a snail that melts away as it moves along! 608 

Let them be like 609  stillborn babies 610  that never see the sun!

58:9 Before the kindling is even placed under your pots, 611 

he 612  will sweep it away along with both the raw and cooked meat. 613 

58:10 The godly 614  will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out;

they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

58:11 Then 615  observers 616  will say,

Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! 617 

Yes indeed, there is a God who judges 618  in the earth!

Psalm 59 619 

59:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 620  a prayer 621  of David, written when Saul sent men to surround his house and murder him. 622 

Deliver me from my enemies, my God!

Protect me 623  from those who attack me! 624 

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 Lord. 629 

59:4 Though I have done nothing wrong, 630  they are anxious to attack. 631 

Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me! 632 

59:5 You, O Lord God, the invincible warrior, 633  the God of Israel,

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 

“Who hears?

59:8 But you, O Lord, laugh in disgust at them; 639 

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 

God will enable me to triumph over 644  my enemies. 645 

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 

For God is my refuge, 655  the God who loves me. 656 

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)

60:5 Deliver by your power 673  and answer me, 674 

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 

Lead me 691  up to an inaccessible rocky summit! 692 

61:3 Indeed, 693  you are 694  my shelter,

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.

He is my refuge; 708  I will not be upended. 709 

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 

62:4 They 713  spend all their time planning how to bring him 714  down. 715 

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.

He is my refuge; 721  I will not be upended. 722 

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.

63:2 Yes, 739  in the sanctuary I have seen you, 740 

and witnessed 741  your power and splendor.

63:3 Because 742  experiencing 743  your loyal love is better than life itself,

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 

63:5 As if with choice meat 746  you satisfy my soul. 747 

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.

63:8 My soul 752  pursues you; 753 

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!

Protect 763  my life from the enemy’s terrifying attacks. 764 

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,

and boast, 772 Who will see them? 773 

64:6 They devise 774  unjust schemes;

they disguise 775  a well-conceived plot. 776 

Man’s inner thoughts cannot be discovered. 777 

64:7 But God will shoot 778  at them;

suddenly they will be 779  wounded by an arrow. 780 

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 Lord

and take shelter in him.

All the morally upright 785  will boast. 786 

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,

and soak 811  its plowed ground. 812 

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)

66:5 Come and witness 824  God’s exploits! 825 

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 God show us his favor 849  and bless us! 850 

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;

his adversaries 861  run from him. 862 

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 

For the Lord is his name! 867 

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 

68:9 O God, you cause abundant showers to fall 877  on your chosen people. 878 

When they 879  are tired, you sustain them, 880 

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.

68:13 When 886  you lie down among the sheepfolds, 887 

the wings of the dove are covered with silver

and with glittering gold. 888 

68:14 When the sovereign judge 889  scatters kings, 890 

let it snow 891  on Zalmon!

68:15 The mountain of Bashan 892  is a towering mountain; 893 

the mountain of Bashan is a mountain with many peaks. 894 

68:16 Why do you look with envy, 895  O mountains 896  with many peaks,

at the mountain where God has decided to live? 897 

Indeed 898  the Lord will live there 899  permanently!

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 

You receive tribute 904  from 905  men,

including even sinful rebels.

Indeed the Lord God lives there! 906 

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;

the Lord, the sovereign Lord, can rescue from death. 909 

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 enemiescorpses.” 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,

the Lord, in the assemblies of Israel! 918 

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.

68:30 Sound your battle cry 923  against the wild beast of the reeds, 924 

and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 925 

They humble themselves 926  and offer gold and silver as tribute. 927 

God 928  scatters 929  the nations that like to do battle.

68:31 They come with red cloth 930  from Egypt,

Ethiopia 931  voluntarily offers tribute 932  to God.

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.

Those who want to destroy me, my enemies for no reason, 947  outnumber me. 948 

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,

O sovereign Lord and king! 952 

Let none who seek you be ashamed because of me,

O God of Israel!

69:7 For I suffer 953  humiliation for your sake 954 

and am thoroughly disgraced. 955 

69:8 My own brothers treat me like a stranger;

they act as if I were a foreigner. 956 

69:9 Certainly 957  zeal for 958  your house 959  consumes me;

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 

69:13 O Lord, may you hear my prayer and be favorably disposed to me! 965 

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!

Don’t let the pit 968  devour me! 969 

69:16 Answer me, O Lord, for your loyal love is good! 970 

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 

69:20 Their insults are painful 975  and make me lose heart; 976 

I look 977  for sympathy, but receive none, 978 

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 

69:26 For they harass 987  the one whom you discipline; 988 

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 Lord more than an ox or a bull

with horns and hooves.

69:32 The oppressed look on – let them rejoice!

You who seek God, 997  may you be encouraged! 998 

69:33 For the Lord listens to the needy;

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,

and his people 1000  will again live in them and possess Zion. 1001 

69:36 The descendants of his servants will inherit it,

and those who are loyal to him 1002  will live in it. 1003 

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 

O Lord, hurry and help me! 1007 

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!”

be driven back 1010  and disgraced! 1011 

70:4 May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!

May those who love to experience 1012  your deliverance say continually, 1013 

“May God 1014  be praised! 1015 

70:5 I am oppressed and needy! 1016 

O God, hurry to me! 1017 

You are my helper and my deliverer!

O Lord, 1018  do not delay!

Psalm 71 1019 

71:1 In you, O Lord, I have taken shelter!

Never let me be humiliated!

71:2 Vindicate me by rescuing me! 1020 

Listen to me! 1021  Deliver me! 1022 

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;

O Lord, I have trusted in you since I was young. 1028 

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 Lord.

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,

for those who want to harm me 1058  will be embarrassed and ashamed. 1059 

Psalm 72 1060 

72:1 For 1061  Solomon.

O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions! 1062 

Grant the king’s son 1063  the ability to make fair decisions! 1064 

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;

he will deliver 1069  the children 1070  of the poor

and crush the oppressor.

72:5 People will fear 1071  you 1072  as long as the sun and moon remain in the sky,

for generation after generation. 1073 

72:6 He 1074  will descend like rain on the mown grass, 1075 

like showers that drench 1076  the earth. 1077 

72:7 During his days the godly will flourish; 1078 

peace will prevail as long as the moon remains in the sky. 1079 

72:8 May he rule 1080  from sea to sea, 1081 

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;

the kings of Sheba 1086  and Seba 1087  will bring tribute.

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 

72:15 May he live! 1093  May they offer him gold from Sheba! 1094 

May they continually pray for him!

May they pronounce blessings on him all day long! 1095 

72:16 May there be 1096  an abundance 1097  of grain in the earth;

on the tops 1098  of the mountains may it 1099  sway! 1100 

May its 1101  fruit trees 1102  flourish 1103  like the forests of Lebanon! 1104 

May its crops 1105  be as abundant 1106  as the grass of the earth! 1107 

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 

72:18 The Lord God, the God of Israel, deserves praise! 1112 

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 

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