Bible: Psalms 51-100

Psalm 51 1 

51:1 For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David’s affair with Bathsheba. 2 

Have mercy on me, O God, because of 3  your loyal love!

Because of 4  your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! 5 

51:2 Wash away my wrongdoing! 6 

Cleanse me of my sin! 7 

51:3 For I am aware of 8  my rebellious acts;

I am forever conscious of my sin. 9 

51:4 Against you – you above all 10  – I have sinned;

I have done what is evil in your sight.

So 11  you are just when you confront me; 12 

you are right when you condemn me. 13 

51:5 Look, I was guilty of sin from birth,

a sinner the moment my mother conceived me. 14 

51:6 Look, 15  you desire 16  integrity in the inner man; 17 

you want me to possess wisdom. 18 

51:7 Sprinkle me 19  with water 20  and I will be pure; 21 

wash me 22  and I will be whiter than snow. 23 

51:8 Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! 24 

May the bones 25  you crushed rejoice! 26 

51:9 Hide your face 27  from my sins!

Wipe away 28  all my guilt!

51:10 Create for me a pure heart, O God! 29 

Renew a resolute spirit within me! 30 

51:11 Do not reject me! 31 

Do not take your Holy Spirit 32  away from me! 33 

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

Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey! 34 

51:13 Then I will teach 35  rebels your merciful ways, 36 

and sinners will turn 37  to you.

51:14 Rescue me from the guilt of murder, 38  O God, the God who delivers me!

Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance. 39 

51:15 O Lord, give me the words! 40 

Then my mouth will praise you. 41 

51:16 Certainly 42  you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; 43 

you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. 44 

51:17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit 45 

O God, a humble and repentant heart 46  you will not reject. 47 

51:18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! 48 

Fortify 49  the walls of Jerusalem! 50 

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

then bulls will be sacrificed 52  on your altar. 53 

Psalm 52 54 

52:1 For the music director; a well-written song 55  by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: “David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech.” 56 

Why do you boast about your evil plans, 57  O powerful man?

God’s loyal love protects me all day long! 58 

52:2 Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; 59 

it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver. 60 

52:3 You love evil more than good,

lies more than speaking the truth. 61  (Selah)

52:4 You love to use all the words that destroy, 62 

and the tongue that deceives.

52:5 Yet 63  God will make you a permanent heap of ruins. 64 

He will scoop you up 65  and remove you from your home; 66 

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: 67 

52:7Look, here is the man who would not make 68  God his protector!

He trusted in his great wealth

and was confident about his plans to destroy others.” 69 

52:8 But I 70  am like a flourishing 71  olive tree in the house of God;

I continually 72  trust in God’s loyal love.

52:9 I will continually 73  thank you when 74  you execute judgment; 75 

I will rely 76  on you, 77  for your loyal followers know you are good. 78 

Psalm 53 79 

53:1 For the music director; according to the machalath style; 80  a well-written song 81  by David.

Fools say to themselves, 82 There is no God.” 83 

They sin and commit evil deeds; 84 

none of them does what is right. 85 

53:2 God looks down from heaven 86  at the human race, 87 

to see if there is anyone who is wise 88  and seeks God. 89 

53:3 Everyone rejects God; 90 

they are all morally corrupt. 91 

None of them does what is right, 92 

not even one!

53:4 All those who behave wickedly 93  do not understand 94 

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

and do not call out to God.

53:5 They are absolutely terrified, 95 

even by things that do not normally cause fear. 96 

For God annihilates 97  those who attack you. 98 

You are able to humiliate them because God has rejected them. 99 

53:6 I wish the deliverance 100  of Israel would come from Zion!

When God restores the well-being of his people, 101 

may Jacob rejoice, 102 

may Israel be happy! 103 

Psalm 54 104 

54:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song 105  by David. It was written when the Ziphites came and informed Saul: “David is hiding with us.” 106 

O God, deliver me by your name! 107 

Vindicate me 108  by your power!

54:2 O God, listen to my prayer!

Pay attention to what I say! 109 

54:3 For foreigners 110  attack me; 111 

ruthless men, who do not respect God, seek my life. 112  (Selah)

54:4 Look, God is my deliverer! 113 

The Lord is among those who support me. 114 

54:5 May those who wait to ambush me 115  be repaid for their evil! 116 

As a demonstration of your faithfulness, 117  destroy them!

54:6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice 118  to you!

I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good!

54:7 Surely 119  he rescues me from all trouble, 120 

and I triumph over my enemies. 121 

Psalm 55 122 

55:1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song 123  by David.

Listen, O God, to my prayer!

Do not ignore 124  my appeal for mercy!

55:2 Pay attention to me and answer me!

I am so upset 125  and distressed, 126  I am beside myself, 127 

55:3 because of what the enemy says, 128 

and because of how the wicked 129  pressure me, 130 

for they hurl trouble 131  down upon me 132 

and angrily attack me.

55:4 My heart beats violently 133  within me;

the horrors of death overcome me. 134 

55:5 Fear and panic overpower me; 135 

terror overwhelms 136  me.

55:6 I say, 137 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 138  and the gale.”

55:9 Confuse them, 139  O Lord!

Frustrate their plans! 140 

For I see violence and conflict in the city.

55:10 Day and night they walk around on its walls, 141 

while wickedness and destruction 142  are within it.

55:11 Disaster is within it;

violence 143  and deceit do not depart from its public square.

55:12 Indeed, 144  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, 145 

or else I could hide from him.

55:13 But it is you, 146  a man like me, 147 

my close friend in whom I confided. 148 

55:14 We would share personal thoughts with each other; 149 

in God’s temple we would walk together among the crowd.

55:15 May death destroy them! 150 

May they go down alive into Sheol! 151 

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, 152 

and he will hear 153  me. 154 

55:18 He will rescue 155  me and protect me from those who attack me, 156 

even though 157  they greatly outnumber me. 158 

55:19 God, the one who has reigned as king from long ago,

will hear and humiliate them. 159  (Selah)

They refuse to change,

and do not fear God. 160 

55:20 He 161  attacks 162  his friends; 163 

he breaks his solemn promises to them. 164 

55:21 His words are as smooth as butter, 165 

but he harbors animosity in his heart. 166 

His words seem softer than oil,

but they are really like sharp swords. 167 

55:22 Throw your burden 168  upon the Lord,

and he will sustain you. 169 

He will never allow the godly to be upended. 170 

55:23 But you, O God, will bring them 171  down to the deep Pit. 172 

Violent and deceitful people 173  will not live even half a normal lifespan. 174 

But as for me, I trust in you.

Psalm 56 175 

56:1 For the music director; according to the yonath-elem-rechovim style; 176  a prayer 177  of David, written when the Philistines captured him in Gath. 178 

Have mercy on me, O God, for men are attacking me! 179 

All day long hostile enemies 180  are tormenting me. 181 

56:2 Those who anticipate my defeat 182  attack me all day long.

Indeed, 183  many are fighting against me, O Exalted One. 184 

56:3 When 185  I am afraid,

I trust in you.

56:4 In God – I boast in his promise 186 

in God I trust, I am not afraid.

What can mere men 187  do to me? 188 

56:5 All day long they cause me trouble; 189 

they make a habit of plotting my demise. 190 

56:6 They stalk 191  and lurk; 192 

they watch my every step, 193 

as 194  they prepare to take my life. 195 

56:7 Because they are bent on violence, do not let them escape! 196 

In your anger 197  bring down the nations, 198  O God!

56:8 You keep track of my misery. 199 

Put my tears in your leather container! 200 

Are they not recorded in your scroll? 201 

56:9 My enemies will turn back when I cry out to you for help; 202 

I know that God is on my side. 203 

56:10 In God – I boast in his promise 204 

in the Lord I boast in his promise 205 

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

What can mere men 206  do to me? 207 

56:12 I am obligated to fulfill the vows I made to you, O God; 208 

I will give you the thank-offerings you deserve, 209 

56:13 when you deliver 210  my life from death.

You keep my feet from stumbling, 211 

so that I might serve 212  God as I enjoy life. 213 

Psalm 57 214 

57:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 215  a prayer 216  of David, written when he fled from Saul into the cave. 217 

Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me!

For in you I have taken shelter. 218 

In the shadow of your wings 219  I take shelter

until trouble passes.

57:2 I cry out for help to the sovereign God, 220 

to the God who vindicates 221  me.

57:3 May he send help from heaven and deliver me 222 

from my enemies who hurl insults! 223  (Selah)

May God send his loyal love and faithfulness!

57:4 I am surrounded by lions;

I lie down 224  among those who want to devour me; 225 

men whose teeth are spears and arrows,

whose tongues are a sharp sword. 226 

57:5 Rise up 227  above the sky, O God!

May your splendor cover the whole earth! 228 

57:6 They have prepared a net to trap me; 229 

I am discouraged. 230 

They have dug a pit for me. 231 

They will fall 232  into it! (Selah)

57:7 I am determined, 233  O God! I am determined!

I will sing and praise you!

57:8 Awake, my soul! 234 

Awake, O stringed instrument and harp!

I will wake up at dawn! 235 

57:9 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Master!

I will sing praises to you before foreigners! 236 

57:10 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, 237 

and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.

57:11 Rise up 238  above the sky, O God!

May your splendor cover the whole earth! 239 

Psalm 58 240 

58:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 241  a prayer 242  of David.

Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions? 243 

Do you judge people 244  fairly?

58:2 No! 245  You plan how to do what is unjust; 246 

you deal out violence in the earth. 247 

58:3 The wicked turn aside from birth; 248 

liars go astray as soon as they are born. 249 

58:4 Their venom is like that of a snake, 250 

like a deaf serpent 251  that does not hear, 252 

58:5 that does not respond to 253  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 254  like water that flows away! 255 

Let them wither like grass! 256 

58:8 Let them be 257  like a snail that melts away as it moves along! 258 

Let them be like 259  stillborn babies 260  that never see the sun!

58:9 Before the kindling is even placed under your pots, 261 

he 262  will sweep it away along with both the raw and cooked meat. 263 

58:10 The godly 264  will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out;

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

58:11 Then 265  observers 266  will say,

Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! 267 

Yes indeed, there is a God who judges 268  in the earth!

Psalm 59 269 

59:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 270  a prayer 271  of David, written when Saul sent men to surround his house and murder him. 272 

Deliver me from my enemies, my God!

Protect me 273  from those who attack me! 274 

59:2 Deliver me from evildoers! 275 

Rescue me from violent men! 276 

59:3 For look, they wait to ambush me; 277 

powerful men stalk 278  me,

but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord. 279 

59:4 Though I have done nothing wrong, 280  they are anxious to attack. 281 

Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me! 282 

59:5 You, O Lord God, the invincible warrior, 283  the God of Israel,

rouse yourself and punish 284  all the nations!

Have no mercy on any treacherous evildoers! (Selah)

59:6 They return in the evening;

they growl 285  like a dog

and prowl around outside 286  the city.

59:7 Look, they hurl insults at me

and openly threaten to kill me, 287 

for they say, 288 

“Who hears?

59:8 But you, O Lord, laugh in disgust at them; 289 

you taunt 290  all the nations.

59:9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 291 

For God is my refuge. 292 

59:10 The God who loves me will help me; 293 

God will enable me to triumph over 294  my enemies. 295 

59:11 Do not strike them dead suddenly,

because then my people might forget the lesson. 296 

Use your power to make them homeless vagabonds and then bring them down,

O Lord who shields us! 297 

59:12 They speak sinful words. 298 

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 299  like a dog

and prowl around outside 300  the city.

59:15 They wander around looking for something to eat;

they refuse to sleep until they are full. 301 

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 302 

and my place of shelter when I face trouble. 303 

59:17 You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you! 304 

For God is my refuge, 305  the God who loves me. 306 

Psalm 60 307 

60:1 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 308  a prayer 309  of David written to instruct others. 310  It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 311  12,000 Edomites 312  in the Valley of Salt. 313 

O God, you have rejected us. 314 

You suddenly turned on us in your anger. 315 

Please restore us! 316 

60:2 You made the earth quake; you split it open. 317 

Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall. 318 

60:3 You have made your people experience hard times; 319 

you have made us drink intoxicating wine. 320 

60:4 You have given your loyal followers 321  a rallying flag,

so that they might seek safety from the bow. 322  (Selah)

60:5 Deliver by your power 323  and answer me, 324 

so that the ones you love may be safe. 325 

60:6 God has spoken in his sanctuary: 326 

“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem;

the Valley of Succoth I will measure off. 327 

60:7 Gilead belongs to me,

as does Manasseh! 328 

Ephraim is my helmet, 329 

Judah my royal scepter. 330 

60:8 Moab is my washbasin. 331 

I will make Edom serve me. 332 

I will shout in triumph over Philistia.” 333 

60:9 Who will lead me into the fortified city?

Who will bring me to Edom? 334 

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. 335 

60:12 By God’s power we will conquer; 336 

he will trample down 337  our enemies.

Psalm 61 338 

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 339 

I call out to you in my despair. 340 

Lead me 341  up to an inaccessible rocky summit! 342 

61:3 Indeed, 343  you are 344  my shelter,

a strong tower that protects me from the enemy. 345 

61:4 I will be a permanent guest in your home; 346 

I will find shelter in the protection of your wings. 347  (Selah)

61:5 For you, O God, hear my vows;

you grant me the reward that belongs to your loyal followers. 348 

61:6 Give the king long life!

Make his lifetime span several generations! 349 

61:7 May he reign 350  forever before God!

Decree that your loyal love and faithfulness should protect him. 351 

61:8 Then I will sing praises to your name continually, 352 

as I fulfill 353  my vows day after day.

Psalm 62 354 

62:1 For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David.

For God alone I patiently wait; 355 

he is the one who delivers me. 356 

62:2 He alone is my protector 357  and deliverer.

He is my refuge; 358  I will not be upended. 359 

62:3 How long will you threaten 360  a man?

All of you are murderers, 361 

as dangerous as a leaning wall or an unstable fence. 362 

62:4 They 363  spend all their time planning how to bring him 364  down. 365 

They love to use deceit; 366 

they pronounce blessings with their mouths,

but inwardly they utter curses. 367  (Selah)

62:5 Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! 368 

For he is the one who gives me confidence. 369 

62:6 He alone is my protector 370  and deliverer.

He is my refuge; 371  I will not be upended. 372 

62:7 God delivers me and exalts me;

God is my strong protector and my shelter. 373 

62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people!

Pour out your hearts before him! 374 

God is our shelter! (Selah)

62:9 Men are nothing but a mere breath;

human beings are unreliable. 375 

When they are weighed in the scales,

all of them together are lighter than air. 376 

62:10 Do not trust in what you can gain by oppression! 377 

Do not put false confidence in what you can gain by robbery! 378 

If wealth increases, do not become attached to it! 379 

62:11 God has declared one principle;

two principles I have heard: 380 

God is strong, 381 

62:12 and you, O Lord, demonstrate loyal love. 382 

For you repay men for what they do. 383 

Psalm 63 384 

63:1 A psalm of David, written when he was in the Judean wilderness. 385 

O God, you are my God! I long for you! 386 

My soul thirsts 387  for you,

my flesh yearns for you,

in a dry and parched 388  land where there is no water.

63:2 Yes, 389  in the sanctuary I have seen you, 390 

and witnessed 391  your power and splendor.

63:3 Because 392  experiencing 393  your loyal love is better than life itself,

my lips will praise you.

63:4 For this reason 394  I will praise you while I live;

in your name I will lift up my hands. 395 

63:5 As if with choice meat 396  you satisfy my soul. 397 

My mouth joyfully praises you, 398 

63:6 whenever 399  I remember you on my bed,

and think about you during the nighttime hours.

63:7 For you are my deliverer; 400 

under your wings 401  I rejoice.

63:8 My soul 402  pursues you; 403 

your right hand upholds me.

63:9 Enemies seek to destroy my life, 404 

but they will descend into the depths of the earth. 405 

63:10 Each one will be handed over to the sword; 406 

their corpses will be eaten by jackals. 407 

63:11 But the king 408  will rejoice in God;

everyone who takes oaths in his name 409  will boast,

for the mouths of those who speak lies will be shut up. 410 

Psalm 64 411 

64:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

Listen to me, 412  O God, as I offer my lament!

Protect 413  my life from the enemy’s terrifying attacks. 414 

64:2 Hide me from the plots of evil men,

from the crowd of evildoers. 415 

64:3 They 416  sharpen their tongues like a sword;

they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 417 

64:4 in order to shoot down the innocent 418  in secluded places.

They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation. 419 

64:5 They encourage one another to carry out their evil deed. 420 

They plan how to hide 421  snares,

and boast, 422 Who will see them? 423 

64:6 They devise 424  unjust schemes;

they disguise 425  a well-conceived plot. 426 

Man’s inner thoughts cannot be discovered. 427 

64:7 But God will shoot 428  at them;

suddenly they will be 429  wounded by an arrow. 430 

64:8 Their slander will bring about their demise. 431 

All who see them will shudder, 432 

64:9 and all people will fear. 433 

They will proclaim 434  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 435  will boast. 436 

Psalm 65 437 

65:1 For the music director; a psalm of David, a song.

Praise awaits you, 438  O God, in Zion.

Vows made to you are fulfilled.

65:2 You hear prayers; 439 

all people approach you. 440 

65:3 Our record of sins overwhelms me, 441 

but you forgive 442  our acts of rebellion.

65:4 How blessed 443  is the one whom you choose,

and allow to live in your palace courts. 444 

May we be satisfied with the good things of your house

your holy palace. 445 

65:5 You answer our prayers by performing awesome acts of deliverance,

O God, our savior. 446 

All the ends of the earth trust in you, 447 

as well as those living across the wide seas. 448 

65:6 You created the mountains by your power, 449 

and demonstrated your strength. 450 

65:7 You calm the raging seas 451 

and their roaring waves,

as well as the commotion made by the nations. 452 

65:8 Even those living in the most remote areas are awestruck by your acts; 453 

you cause those living in the east and west to praise you. 454 

65:9 You visit the earth and give it rain; 455 

you make it rich and fertile 456 

with overflowing streams full of water. 457 

You provide grain for them, 458 

for you prepare the earth to yield its crops. 459 

65:10 You saturate 460  its furrows,

and soak 461  its plowed ground. 462 

With rain showers you soften its soil, 463 

and make its crops grow. 464 

65:11 You crown the year with your good blessings, 465 

and you leave abundance in your wake. 466 

65:12 The pastures in the wilderness glisten with moisture, 467 

and the hills are clothed with joy. 468 

65:13 The meadows are clothed with sheep,

and the valleys are covered with grain.

They shout joyfully, yes, they sing.

Psalm 66 469 

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! 470 

Give him the honor he deserves! 471 

66:3 Say to God:

“How awesome are your deeds!

Because of your great power your enemies cower in fear 472  before you.

66:4 All the earth worships 473  you

and sings praises to you!

They sing praises to your name!” (Selah)

66:5 Come and witness 474  God’s exploits! 475 

His acts on behalf of people are awesome! 476 

66:6 He turned the sea into dry land; 477 

they passed through the river on foot. 478 

Let us rejoice in him there! 479 

66:7 He rules 480  by his power forever;

he watches 481  the nations.

Stubborn rebels should not exalt 482  themselves. (Selah)

66:8 Praise 483  our God, you nations!

Loudly proclaim his praise! 484 

66:9 He preserves our lives 485 

and does not allow our feet to slip.

66:10 For 486  you, O God, tested us;

you purified us like refined silver.

66:11 You led us into a trap; 487 

you caused us to suffer. 488 

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. 489 

66:13 I will enter 490  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! 491 

I will declare what he has done for me.

66:17 I cried out to him for help 492 

and praised him with my tongue. 493 

66:18 If I had harbored sin in my heart, 494 

the Lord would not have listened.

66:19 However, God heard;

he listened to my prayer.

66:20 God deserves praise, 495 

for 496  he did not reject my prayer

or abandon his love for me! 497 

Psalm 67 498 

67:1 For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm, a song.

May God show us his favor 499  and bless us! 500 

May he smile on us! 501  (Selah)

67:2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like;

all nations will know how you deliver your people. 502 

67:3 Let the nations thank you, O God!

Let all the nations thank you! 503 

67:4 Let foreigners 504  rejoice and celebrate!

For you execute justice among the nations,

and govern the people living on earth. 505  (Selah)

67:5 Let the nations thank you, O God!

Let all the nations thank you! 506 

67:6 The earth yields its crops.

May God, our God, bless us!

67:7 May God bless us! 507 

Then all the ends of the earth will give him the honor he deserves. 508 

Psalm 68 509 

68:1 For the music director; by David, a psalm, a song.

God springs into action! 510 

His enemies scatter;

his adversaries 511  run from him. 512 

68:2 As smoke is driven away by the wind, so you drive them away. 513 

As wax melts before fire,

so the wicked are destroyed before God.

68:3 But the godly 514  are happy;

they rejoice before God

and are overcome with joy. 515 

68:4 Sing to God! Sing praises to his name!

Exalt the one who rides on the clouds! 516 

For the Lord is his name! 517 

Rejoice before him!

68:5 He is a father to the fatherless

and an advocate for widows. 518 

God rules from his holy palace. 519 

68:6 God settles those who have been deserted in their own homes; 520 

he frees prisoners and grants them prosperity. 521 

But sinful rebels live in the desert. 522 

68:7 O God, when you lead your people into battle, 523 

when you march through the desert, 524  (Selah)

68:8 the earth shakes,

yes, the heavens pour down rain

before God, the God of Sinai, 525 

before God, the God of Israel. 526 

68:9 O God, you cause abundant showers to fall 527  on your chosen people. 528 

When they 529  are tired, you sustain them, 530 

68:10 for you live among them. 531 

You sustain the oppressed with your good blessings, O God.

68:11 The Lord speaks; 532 

many, many women spread the good news. 533 

68:12 Kings leading armies run away – they run away! 534 

The lovely lady 535  of the house divides up the loot.

68:13 When 536  you lie down among the sheepfolds, 537 

the wings of the dove are covered with silver

and with glittering gold. 538 

68:14 When the sovereign judge 539  scatters kings, 540 

let it snow 541  on Zalmon!

68:15 The mountain of Bashan 542  is a towering mountain; 543 

the mountain of Bashan is a mountain with many peaks. 544 

68:16 Why do you look with envy, 545  O mountains 546  with many peaks,

at the mountain where God has decided to live? 547 

Indeed 548  the Lord will live there 549  permanently!

68:17 God has countless chariots;

they number in the thousands. 550 

The Lord comes from Sinai in holy splendor. 551 

68:18 You ascend on high, 552 

you have taken many captives. 553 

You receive tribute 554  from 555  men,

including even sinful rebels.

Indeed the Lord God lives there! 556 

68:19 The Lord deserves praise! 557 

Day after day 558  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. 559 

68:21 Indeed God strikes the heads of his enemies,

the hairy foreheads of those who persist in rebellion. 560 

68:22 The Lord says,

I will retrieve them 561  from Bashan,

I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,

68:23 so that your feet may stomp 562  in their blood,

and your dogs may eat their portion of the enemiescorpses.” 563 

68:24 They 564  see your processions, O God

the processions of my God, my king, who marches along in holy splendor. 565 

68:25 Singers walk in front;

musicians follow playing their stringed instruments, 566 

in the midst of young women playing tambourines. 567 

68:26 In your large assemblies praise God,

the Lord, in the assemblies of Israel! 568 

68:27 There is little Benjamin, their ruler, 569 

and the princes of Judah in their robes, 570 

along with the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.

68:28 God has decreed that you will be powerful. 571 

O God, you who have acted on our behalf, demonstrate your power,

68:29 as you come out of your temple in Jerusalem! 572 

Kings bring tribute to you.

68:30 Sound your battle cry 573  against the wild beast of the reeds, 574 

and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 575 

They humble themselves 576  and offer gold and silver as tribute. 577 

God 578  scatters 579  the nations that like to do battle.

68:31 They come with red cloth 580  from Egypt,

Ethiopia 581  voluntarily offers tribute 582  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! 583 

Look! He thunders loudly. 584 

68:34 Acknowledge God’s power, 585 

his sovereignty over Israel,

and the power he reveals in the skies! 586 

68:35 You are awe-inspiring, O God, as you emerge from your holy temple! 587 

It is the God of Israel 588  who gives the people power and strength.

God deserves praise! 589 

Psalm 69 590 

69:1 For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 591  by David.

Deliver me, O God,

for the water has reached my neck. 592 

69:2 I sink into the deep mire

where there is no solid ground; 593 

I am in 594  deep water,

and the current overpowers me.

69:3 I am exhausted from shouting for help;

my throat is sore; 595 

my eyes grow tired of looking for my God. 596 

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, 597  outnumber me. 598 

They make me repay what I did not steal! 599 

69:5 O God, you are aware of my foolish sins; 600 

my guilt is not hidden from you. 601 

69:6 Let none who rely on you be disgraced because of me,

O sovereign Lord and king! 602 

Let none who seek you be ashamed because of me,

O God of Israel!

69:7 For I suffer 603  humiliation for your sake 604 

and am thoroughly disgraced. 605 

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

they act as if I were a foreigner. 606 

69:9 Certainly 607  zeal for 608  your house 609  consumes me;

I endure the insults of those who insult you. 610 

69:10 I weep and refrain from eating food, 611 

which causes others to insult me. 612 

69:11 I wear sackcloth

and they ridicule me. 613 

69:12 Those who sit at the city gate gossip about me;

drunkards mock me in their songs. 614 

69:13 O Lord, may you hear my prayer and be favorably disposed to me! 615 

O God, because of your great loyal love,

answer me with your faithful deliverance! 616 

69:14 Rescue me from the mud! Don’t let me sink!

Deliver me 617  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 618  devour me! 619 

69:16 Answer me, O Lord, for your loyal love is good! 620 

Because of your great compassion, turn toward me!

69:17 Do not ignore 621  your servant,

for I am in trouble! Answer me right away! 622 

69:18 Come near me and redeem me! 623 

Because of my enemies, rescue me!

69:19 You know how I am insulted, humiliated and disgraced;

you can see all my enemies. 624 

69:20 Their insults are painful 625  and make me lose heart; 626 

I look 627  for sympathy, but receive none, 628 

for comforters, but find none.

69:21 They put bitter poison 629  into my food,

and to quench my thirst they give me vinegar to drink. 630 

69:22 May their dining table become a trap before them!

May it be a snare for that group of friends! 631 

69:23 May their eyes be blinded! 632 

Make them shake violently! 633 

69:24 Pour out your judgment 634  on them!

May your raging anger 635  overtake them!

69:25 May their camp become desolate,

their tents uninhabited! 636 

69:26 For they harass 637  the one whom you discipline; 638 

they spread the news about the suffering of those whom you punish. 639 

69:27 Hold them accountable for all their sins! 640 

Do not vindicate them! 641 

69:28 May their names be deleted from the scroll of the living! 642 

Do not let their names be listed with the godly! 643 

69:29 I am oppressed and suffering!

O God, deliver and protect me! 644 

69:30 I will sing praises to God’s name! 645 

I will magnify him as I give him thanks! 646 

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, 647  may you be encouraged! 648 

69:33 For the Lord listens to the needy;

he does not despise his captive people. 649 

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 650  will again live in them and possess Zion. 651 

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

and those who are loyal to him 652  will live in it. 653 

Psalm 70 654 

70:1 For the music director; by David; written to get God’s attention. 655 

O God, please be willing to rescue me! 656 

O Lord, hurry and help me! 657 

70:2 May those who are trying to take my life

be embarrassed and ashamed! 658 

May those who want to harm me

be turned back and ashamed! 659 

70:3 May those who say, “Aha! Aha!”

be driven back 660  and disgraced! 661 

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

May those who love to experience 662  your deliverance say continually, 663 

“May God 664  be praised! 665 

70:5 I am oppressed and needy! 666 

O God, hurry to me! 667 

You are my helper and my deliverer!

O Lord, 668  do not delay!

Psalm 71 669 

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

Never let me be humiliated!

71:2 Vindicate me by rescuing me! 670 

Listen to me! 671  Deliver me! 672 

71:3 Be my protector and refuge, 673 

a stronghold where I can be safe! 674 

For you are my high ridge 675  and my stronghold.

71:4 My God, rescue me from the power 676  of the wicked,

from the hand of the cruel oppressor!

71:5 For you give me confidence, 677  O Lord;

O Lord, I have trusted in you since I was young. 678 

71:6 I have leaned on you since birth; 679 

you pulled me 680  from my mother’s womb.

I praise you continually. 681 

71:7 Many are appalled when they see me, 682 

but you are my secure shelter.

71:8 I praise you constantly

and speak of your splendor all day long. 683 

71:9 Do not reject me in my old age! 684 

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. 685 

71:11 They say, 686 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! 687 

71:13 May my accusers be humiliated and defeated!

May those who want to harm me 688  be covered with scorn and disgrace!

71:14 As for me, I will wait continually,

and will continue to praise you. 689 

71:15 I will tell about your justice,

and all day long proclaim your salvation, 690 

though I cannot fathom its full extent. 691 

71:16 I will come and tell about 692  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 693  your amazing deeds.

71:18 Even when I am old and gray, 694 

O God, do not abandon me,

until I tell the next generation about your strength,

and those coming after me about your power. 695 

71:19 Your justice, O God, extends to the skies above; 696 

you have done great things. 697 

O God, who can compare to you? 698 

71:20 Though you have allowed me to experience much trouble and distress, 699 

revive me once again! 700 

Bring me up once again 701  from the depths of the earth!

71:21 Raise me to a position of great honor! 702 

Turn and comfort me! 703 

71:22 I will express my thanks to you with a stringed instrument,

praising 704  your faithfulness, O my God!

I will sing praises to you accompanied by a harp,

O Holy One of Israel! 705 

71:23 My lips will shout for joy! Yes, 706  I will sing your praises!

I will praise you when you rescue me! 707 

71:24 All day long my tongue will also tell about your justice,

for those who want to harm me 708  will be embarrassed and ashamed. 709 

Psalm 72 710 

72:1 For 711  Solomon.

O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions! 712 

Grant the king’s son 713  the ability to make fair decisions! 714 

72:2 Then he will judge 715  your people fairly,

and your oppressed ones 716  equitably.

72:3 The mountains will bring news of peace to the people,

and the hills will announce justice. 717 

72:4 He will defend 718  the oppressed among the people;

he will deliver 719  the children 720  of the poor

and crush the oppressor.

72:5 People will fear 721  you 722  as long as the sun and moon remain in the sky,

for generation after generation. 723 

72:6 He 724  will descend like rain on the mown grass, 725 

like showers that drench 726  the earth. 727 

72:7 During his days the godly will flourish; 728 

peace will prevail as long as the moon remains in the sky. 729 

72:8 May he rule 730  from sea to sea, 731 

and from the Euphrates River 732  to the ends of the earth!

72:9 Before him the coastlands 733  will bow down,

and his enemies will lick the dust. 734 

72:10 The kings of Tarshish 735  and the coastlands will offer gifts;

the kings of Sheba 736  and Seba 737  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 738  when they cry out for help,

and the oppressed 739  who have no defender.

72:13 He will take pity 740  on the poor and needy;

the lives of the needy he will save.

72:14 From harm and violence he will defend them; 741 

he will value their lives. 742 

72:15 May he live! 743  May they offer him gold from Sheba! 744 

May they continually pray for him!

May they pronounce blessings on him all day long! 745 

72:16 May there be 746  an abundance 747  of grain in the earth;

on the tops 748  of the mountains may it 749  sway! 750 

May its 751  fruit trees 752  flourish 753  like the forests of Lebanon! 754 

May its crops 755  be as abundant 756  as the grass of the earth! 757 

72:17 May his fame endure! 758 

May his dynasty last as long as the sun remains in the sky! 759 

May they use his name when they formulate their blessings! 760 

May all nations consider him to be favored by God! 761 

72:18 The Lord God, the God of Israel, deserves praise! 762 

He alone accomplishes amazing things! 763 

72:19 His glorious name deserves praise 764  forevermore!

May his majestic splendor 765  fill the whole earth!

We agree! We agree! 766 

72:20 This collection of the prayers of David son of Jesse ends here. 767 

Book 3
(Psalms 73-89)

Psalm 73 768 

73:1 A psalm by Asaph.

Certainly God is good to Israel, 769 

and to those whose motives are pure! 770 

73:2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped;

my feet almost slid out from under me. 771 

73:3 For I envied those who are proud,

as I observed 772  the prosperity 773  of the wicked.

73:4 For they suffer no pain; 774 

their bodies 775  are strong and well-fed. 776 

73:5 They are immune to the trouble common to men;

they do not suffer as other men do. 777 

73:6 Arrogance is their necklace, 778 

and violence their clothing. 779 

73:7 Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; 780 

their thoughts are sinful. 781 

73:8 They mock 782  and say evil things; 783 

they proudly threaten violence. 784 

73:9 They speak as if they rule in heaven,

and lay claim to the earth. 785 

73:10 Therefore they have more than enough food to eat,

and even suck up the water of the sea. 786 

73:11 They say, “How does God know what we do?

Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on? 787 

73:12 Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, 788 

those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 789 

73:13 I concluded, 790  “Surely in vain I have kept my motives 791  pure

and maintained a pure lifestyle. 792 

73:14 I suffer all day long,

and am punished every morning.”

73:15 If I had publicized these thoughts, 793 

I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 794 

73:16 When I tried to make sense of this,

it was troubling to me. 795 

73:17 Then I entered the precincts of God’s temple, 796 

and understood the destiny of the wicked. 797 

73:18 Surely 798  you put them in slippery places;

you bring them down 799  to ruin.

73:19 How desolate they become in a mere moment!

Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 800 

73:20 They are like a dream after one wakes up. 801 

O Lord, when you awake 802  you will despise them. 803 

73:21 Yes, 804  my spirit was bitter, 805 

and my insides felt sharp pain. 806 

73:22 I was ignorant 807  and lacked insight; 808 

I was as senseless as an animal before you. 809 

73:23 But I am continually with you;

you hold my right hand.

73:24 You guide 810  me by your wise advice,

and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 811 

73:25 Whom do I have in heaven but you?

I desire no one but you on earth. 812 

73:26 My flesh and my heart may grow weak, 813 

but God always 814  protects my heart and gives me stability. 815 

73:27 Yes, 816  look! Those far from you 817  die;

you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 818 

73:28 But as for me, God’s presence is all I need. 819 

I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter,

as 820  I declare all the things you have done.

Psalm 74 821 

74:1 A well-written song 822  by Asaph.

Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us? 823 

Why does your anger burn 824  against the sheep of your pasture?

74:2 Remember your people 825  whom you acquired in ancient times,

whom you rescued 826  so they could be your very own nation, 827 

as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!

74:3 Hurry and look 828  at the permanent ruins,

and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 829 

74:4 Your enemies roar 830  in the middle of your sanctuary; 831 

they set up their battle flags. 832 

74:5 They invade like lumberjacks

swinging their axes in a thick forest. 833 

74:6 And now 834  they are tearing down 835  all its engravings 836 

with axes 837  and crowbars. 838 

74:7 They set your sanctuary on fire;

they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 839 

74:8 They say to themselves, 840 

“We will oppress all of them.” 841 

They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land. 842 

74:9 We do not see any signs of God’s presence; 843 

there are no longer any prophets 844 

and we have no one to tell us how long this will last. 845 

74:10 How long, O God, will the adversary hurl insults?

Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?

74:11 Why do you remain inactive?

Intervene and destroy him! 846 

74:12 But God has been my 847  king from ancient times,

performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 848 

74:13 You destroyed 849  the sea by your strength;

you shattered the heads of the sea monster 850  in the water.

74:14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; 851 

you fed 852  him to the people who live along the coast. 853 

74:15 You broke open the spring and the stream; 854 

you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 855 

74:16 You established the cycle of day and night; 856 

you put the moon 857  and sun in place. 858 

74:17 You set up all the boundaries 859  of the earth;

you created the cycle of summer and winter. 860 

74:18 Remember how 861  the enemy hurls insults, O Lord, 862 

and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!

74:19 Do not hand the life of your dove 863  over to a wild animal!

Do not continue to disregard 864  the lives of your oppressed people!

74:20 Remember your covenant promises, 865 

for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 866 

74:21 Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame!

Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 867 

74:22 Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! 868 

Remember how fools insult you all day long! 869 

74:23 Do not disregard 870  what your enemies say, 871 

or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 872 

Psalm 75 873 

75:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 874  a psalm of Asaph; a song.

We give thanks to you, O God! We give thanks!

You reveal your presence; 875 

people tell about your amazing deeds.

75:2 God says, 876 

“At the appointed times, 877 

I judge 878  fairly.

75:3 When the earth and all its inhabitants dissolve in fear, 879 

I make its pillars secure.” 880  (Selah)

75:4 881 

I say to the proud, “Do not be proud,”

and to the wicked, “Do not be so confident of victory! 882 

75:5 Do not be so certain you have won! 883 

Do not speak with your head held so high! 884 

75:6 For victory does not come from the east or west,

or from the wilderness. 885 

75:7 For God is the judge! 886 

He brings one down and exalts another. 887 

75:8 For the Lord holds in his hand a cup full

of foaming wine mixed with spices, 888 

and pours it out. 889 

Surely all the wicked of the earth

will slurp it up and drink it to its very last drop.” 890 

75:9 As for me, I will continually tell what you have done; 891 

I will sing praises to the God of Jacob!

75:10 God says, 892 

“I will bring down all the power of the wicked;

the godly will be victorious.” 893 

Psalm 76 894 

76:1 For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of Asaph, a song.

God has revealed himself in Judah; 895 

in Israel his reputation 896  is great.

76:2 He lives in Salem; 897 

he dwells in Zion. 898 

76:3 There he shattered the arrows, 899 

the shield, the sword, and the rest of the weapons of war. 900  (Selah)

76:4 You shine brightly and reveal your majesty,

as you descend from the hills where you killed your prey. 901 

76:5 The bravehearted 902  were plundered; 903 

they “fell asleep.” 904 

All the warriors were helpless. 905 

76:6 At the sound of your battle cry, 906  O God of Jacob,

both rider 907  and horse “fell asleep.” 908 

76:7 You are awesome! Yes, you!

Who can withstand your intense anger? 909 

76:8 From heaven you announced what their punishment would be. 910 

The earth 911  was afraid and silent

76:9 when God arose to execute judgment,

and to deliver all the oppressed of the earth. (Selah)

76:10 Certainly 912  your angry judgment upon men will bring you praise; 913 

you reveal your anger in full measure. 914 

76:11 Make vows to the Lord your God and repay them!

Let all those who surround him 915  bring tribute to the awesome one!

76:12 He humbles princes; 916 

the kings of the earth regard him as awesome. 917 

Psalm 77 918 

77:1 For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of Asaph.

I will cry out to God 919  and call for help!

I will cry out to God and he will pay attention 920  to me.

77:2 In my time of trouble I sought 921  the Lord.

I kept my hand raised in prayer throughout the night. 922 

I 923  refused to be comforted.

77:3 I said, “I will remember God while I groan;

I will think about him while my strength leaves me.” 924  (Selah)

77:4 You held my eyelids open; 925 

I was troubled and could not speak. 926 

77:5 I thought about the days of old,

about ancient times. 927 

77:6 I said, “During the night I will remember the song I once sang;

I will think very carefully.”

I tried to make sense of what was happening. 928 

77:7 I asked, 929  “Will the Lord reject me forever?

Will he never again show me his favor?

77:8 Has his loyal love disappeared forever?

Has his promise 930  failed forever?

77:9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?

Has his anger stifled his compassion?

77:10 Then I said, “I am sickened by the thought

that the sovereign One 931  might become inactive. 932 

77:11 I will remember the works of the Lord.

Yes, I will remember the amazing things you did long ago! 933 

77:12 I will think about all you have done;

I will reflect upon your deeds!

77:13 934 

O God, your deeds are extraordinary! 935 

What god can compare to our great God? 936 

77:14 You are the God who does amazing things;

you have revealed your strength among the nations.

77:15 You delivered 937  your people by your strength 938 

the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah)

77:16 The waters 939  saw you, O God,

the waters saw you and trembled. 940 

Yes, the depths of the sea 941  shook with fear. 942 

77:17 The clouds poured down rain; 943 

the skies thundered. 944 

Yes, your arrows 945  flashed about.

77:18 Your thunderous voice was heard in the wind;

the lightning bolts lit up the world;

the earth trembled and shook. 946 

77:19 You walked through the sea; 947 

you passed through the surging waters, 948 

but left no footprints. 949 

77:20 You led your people like a flock of sheep,

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 78 950 

78:1 A well-written song 951  by Asaph.

Pay attention, my people, to my instruction!

Listen to the words I speak! 952 

78:2 I will sing a song that imparts wisdom;

I will make insightful observations about the past. 953 

78:3 What we have heard and learned 954 

that which our ancestors 955  have told us –

78:4 we will not hide from their 956  descendants.

We will tell the next generation

about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, 957 

about his strength and the amazing things he has done.

78:5 He established a rule 958  in Jacob;

he set up a law in Israel.

He commanded our ancestors

to make his deeds known to their descendants, 959 

78:6 so that the next generation, children yet to be born,

might know about them.

They will grow up and tell their descendants about them. 960 

78:7 Then they will place their confidence in God.

They will not forget the works of God,

and they will obey 961  his commands.

78:8 Then they will not be like their ancestors,

who were a stubborn and rebellious generation,

a generation that was not committed

and faithful to God. 962 

78:9 The Ephraimites 963  were armed with bows, 964 

but they retreated in the day of battle. 965 

78:10 They did not keep their covenant with God, 966 

and they refused to obey 967  his law.

78:11 They forgot what he had done, 968 

the amazing things he had shown them.

78:12 He did amazing things in the sight of their ancestors,

in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 969 

78:13 He divided the sea and led them across it;

he made the water stand in a heap.

78:14 He led them with a cloud by day,

and with the light of a fire all night long.

78:15 He broke open rocks in the wilderness,

and gave them enough water to fill the depths of the sea. 970 

78:16 He caused streams to flow from the rock,

and made the water flow like rivers.

78:17 Yet they continued to sin against him,

and rebelled against the sovereign One 971  in the desert.

78:18 They willfully challenged God 972 

by asking for food to satisfy their appetite.

78:19 They insulted God, saying, 973 

“Is God really able to give us food 974  in the wilderness?

78:20 Yes, 975  he struck a rock and water flowed out,

streams gushed forth.

But can he also give us food?

Will he provide meat for his people?

78:21 When 976  the Lord heard this, he was furious.

A fire broke out against Jacob,

and his anger flared up 977  against Israel,

78:22 because they did not have faith in God,

and did not trust his ability to deliver them. 978 

78:23 He gave a command to the clouds above,

and opened the doors in the sky.

78:24 He rained down manna for them to eat;

he gave them the grain of heaven. 979 

78:25 Man ate the food of the mighty ones. 980 

He sent them more than enough to eat. 981 

78:26 He brought the east wind through the sky,

and by his strength led forth the south wind.

78:27 He rained down meat on them like dust,

birds as numerous as the sand on the seashores. 982 

78:28 He caused them to fall right in the middle of their camp,

all around their homes.

78:29 They ate until they were stuffed; 983 

he gave them what they desired.

78:30 They were not yet filled up, 984 

their food was still in their mouths,

78:31 when the anger of God flared up against them.

He killed some of the strongest of them;

he brought the young men of Israel to their knees.

78:32 Despite all this, they continued to sin,

and did not trust him to do amazing things. 985 

78:33 So he caused them to die unsatisfied 986 

and filled with terror. 987 

78:34 When he struck them down, 988  they sought his favor; 989 

they turned back and longed for God.

78:35 They remembered that God was their protector, 990 

and that the sovereign God was their deliverer. 991 

78:36 But they deceived him with their words, 992 

and lied to him. 993 

78:37 They were not really committed to him, 994 

and they were unfaithful to his covenant.

78:38 Yet he is compassionate.

He forgives sin and does not destroy.

He often holds back his anger,

and does not stir up his fury. 995 

78:39 He remembered 996  that they were made of flesh,

and were like a wind that blows past and does not return. 997 

78:40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness,

and insulted him 998  in the desert!

78:41 They again challenged God, 999 

and offended 1000  the Holy One of Israel. 1001 

78:42 They did not remember what he had done, 1002 

how he delivered them from the enemy, 1003 

78:43 when he performed his awesome deeds 1004  in Egypt,

and his acts of judgment 1005  in the region of Zoan.

78:44 He turned their rivers into blood,

and they could not drink from their streams.

78:45 He sent swarms of biting insects against them, 1006 

as well as frogs that overran their land. 1007 

78:46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,

the fruit of their labor to the locust.

78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail,

and their sycamore-fig trees with driving rain.

78:48 He rained hail down on their cattle, 1008 

and hurled lightning bolts down on their livestock. 1009 

78:49 His raging anger lashed out against them, 1010 

He sent fury, rage, and trouble

as messengers who bring disaster. 1011 

78:50 He sent his anger in full force; 1012 

he did not spare them from death;

he handed their lives over to destruction. 1013 

78:51 He struck down all the firstborn in Egypt,

the firstfruits of their reproductive power 1014  in the tents of Ham.

78:52 Yet he brought out his people like sheep;

he led them through the wilderness like a flock.

78:53 He guided them safely along,

while the sea covered their enemies.

78:54 He brought them to the border of his holy land,

to this mountainous land 1015  which his right hand 1016  acquired.

78:55 He drove the nations out from before them;

he assigned them their tribal allotments 1017 

and allowed the tribes of Israel to settle down. 1018 

78:56 Yet they challenged and defied 1019  the sovereign God, 1020 

and did not obey 1021  his commands. 1022 

78:57 They were unfaithful 1023  and acted as treacherously as 1024  their ancestors;

they were as unreliable as a malfunctioning bow. 1025 

78:58 They made him angry with their pagan shrines, 1026 

and made him jealous with their idols.

78:59 God heard and was angry;

he completely rejected Israel.

78:60 He abandoned 1027  the sanctuary at Shiloh,

the tent where he lived among men.

78:61 He allowed the symbol of his strong presence to be captured; 1028 

he gave the symbol of his splendor 1029  into the hand of the enemy. 1030 

78:62 He delivered his people over to the sword,

and was angry with his chosen nation. 1031 

78:63 Fire consumed their 1032  young men,

and their 1033  virgins remained unmarried. 1034 

78:64 Their 1035  priests fell by the sword,

but their 1036  widows did not weep. 1037 

78:65 But then the Lord awoke from his sleep; 1038 

he was like a warrior in a drunken rage. 1039 

78:66 He drove his enemies back;

he made them a permanent target for insults. 1040 

78:67 He rejected the tent of Joseph;

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.

78:68 He chose the tribe of Judah,

and Mount Zion, which he loves.

78:69 He made his sanctuary as enduring as the heavens above; 1041 

as secure as the earth, which he established permanently. 1042 

78:70 He chose David, his servant,

and took him from the sheepfolds.

78:71 He took him away from following the mother sheep, 1043 

and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people,

and of Israel, his chosen nation. 1044 

78:72 David 1045  cared for them with pure motives; 1046 

he led them with skill. 1047 

Psalm 79 1048 

79:1 A psalm of Asaph.

O God, foreigners 1049  have invaded your chosen land; 1050 

they have polluted your holy temple

and turned Jerusalem 1051  into a heap of ruins.

79:2 They have given the corpses of your servants

to the birds of the sky; 1052 

the flesh of your loyal followers

to the beasts of the earth.

79:3 They have made their blood flow like water

all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury them. 1053 

79:4 We have become an object of disdain to our neighbors;

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 1054 

79:5 How long will this go on, O Lord? 1055 

Will you stay angry forever?

How long will your rage 1056  burn like fire?

79:6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you, 1057 

on the kingdoms that do not pray to you! 1058 

79:7 For they have devoured Jacob

and destroyed his home.

79:8 Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations! 1059 

Quickly send your compassion our way, 1060 

for we are in serious trouble! 1061 

79:9 Help us, O God, our deliverer!

For the sake of your glorious reputation, 1062  rescue us!

Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation! 1063 

79:10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants

be avenged among the nations! 1064 

79:11 Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners! 1065 

Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die! 1066 

79:12 Pay back our neighbors in full! 1067 

May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord! 1068 

79:13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,

will continually thank you. 1069 

We will tell coming generations of your praiseworthy acts. 1070 

Psalm 80 1071 

80:1 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 1072  a psalm of Asaph.

O shepherd of Israel, pay attention,

you who lead Joseph like a flock of sheep!

You who sit enthroned above the winged angels, 1073  reveal your splendor! 1074 

80:2 In the sight of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh reveal 1075  your power!

Come and deliver us! 1076 

80:3 O God, restore us!

Smile on us! 1077  Then we will be delivered! 1078 

80:4 O Lord God, invincible warrior! 1079 

How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you? 1080 

80:5 You have given them tears as food; 1081 

you have made them drink tears by the measure. 1082 

80:6 You have made our neighbors dislike us, 1083 

and our enemies insult us.

80:7 O God, invincible warrior, 1084  restore us!

Smile on us! 1085  Then we will be delivered! 1086 

80:8 You uprooted a vine 1087  from Egypt;

you drove out nations and transplanted it.

80:9 You cleared the ground for it; 1088 

it took root, 1089 

and filled the land.

80:10 The mountains were covered by its shadow,

the highest cedars 1090  by its branches.

80:11 Its branches reached the Mediterranean Sea, 1091 

and its shoots the Euphrates River. 1092 

80:12 Why did you break down its walls, 1093 

so that all who pass by pluck its fruit? 1094 

80:13 The wild boars of the forest ruin it; 1095 

the insects 1096  of the field feed on it.

80:14 O God, invincible warrior, 1097  come back!

Look down from heaven and take notice!

Take care of this vine,

80:15 the root 1098  your right hand planted,

the shoot you made to grow! 1099 

80:16 It is burned 1100  and cut down.

They die because you are displeased with them. 1101 

80:17 May you give support to the one you have chosen, 1102 

to the one whom you raised up for yourself! 1103 

80:18 Then we will not turn away from you.

Revive us and we will pray to you! 1104 

80:19 O Lord God, invincible warrior, 1105  restore us!

Smile on us! 1106  Then we will be delivered! 1107 

Psalm 81 1108 

81:1 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 1109  by Asaph.

Shout for joy to God, our source of strength!

Shout out to the God of Jacob!

81:2 Sing 1110  a song and play the tambourine,

the pleasant sounding harp, and the ten-stringed instrument!

81:3 Sound the ram’s horn on the day of the new moon, 1111 

and on the day of the full moon when our festival begins. 1112 

81:4 For observing the festival is a requirement for Israel; 1113 

it is an ordinance given by the God of Jacob.

81:5 He decreed it as a regulation in Joseph,

when he attacked the land of Egypt. 1114 

I heard a voice I did not recognize. 1115 

81:6 It said: 1116  “I removed the burden from his shoulder;

his hands were released from holding the basket. 1117 

81:7 In your distress you called out and I rescued you.

I answered you from a dark thundercloud. 1118 

I tested you at the waters of Meribah. 1119  (Selah)

81:8 I said, 1120  ‘Listen, my people!

I will warn 1121  you!

O Israel, if only you would obey me! 1122 

81:9 There must be 1123  no other 1124  god among you.

You must not worship a foreign god.

81:10 I am the Lord, your God,

the one who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it!’

81:11 But my people did not obey me; 1125 

Israel did not submit to me. 1126 

81:12 I gave them over to their stubborn desires; 1127 

they did what seemed right to them. 1128 

81:13 If only my people would obey me! 1129 

If only Israel would keep my commands! 1130 

81:14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,

and attack 1131  their adversaries.”

81:15 (May those who hate the Lord 1132  cower in fear 1133  before him!

May they be permanently humiliated!) 1134 

81:16I would feed Israel the best wheat, 1135 

and would satisfy your appetite 1136  with honey from the rocky cliffs.” 1137 

Psalm 82 1138 

82:1 A psalm of Asaph.

God stands in 1139  the assembly of El; 1140 

in the midst of the gods 1141  he renders judgment. 1142 

82:2 He says, 1143  “How long will you make unjust legal decisions

and show favoritism to the wicked? 1144  (Selah)

82:3 Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! 1145 

Vindicate the oppressed and suffering!

82:4 Rescue the poor and needy!

Deliver them from the power 1146  of the wicked!

82:5 They 1147  neither know nor understand.

They stumble 1148  around in the dark,

while all the foundations of the earth crumble. 1149 

82:6 I thought, 1150 You are gods;

all of you are sons of the Most High.’ 1151 

82:7 Yet you will die like mortals; 1152 

you will fall like all the other rulers.” 1153 

82:8 Rise up, O God, and execute judgment on the earth!

For you own 1154  all the nations.

Psalm 83 1155 

83:1 A song, a psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not be silent!

Do not ignore us! 1156  Do not be inactive, O God!

83:2 For look, your enemies are making a commotion;

those who hate you are hostile. 1157 

83:3 They carefully plot 1158  against your people,

and make plans to harm 1159  the ones you cherish. 1160 

83:4 They say, “Come on, let’s annihilate them so they are no longer a nation! 1161 

Then the name of Israel will be remembered no more.”

83:5 Yes, 1162  they devise a unified strategy; 1163 

they form an alliance 1164  against you.

83:6 It includes 1165  the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

Moab and the Hagrites, 1166 

83:7 Gebal, 1167  Ammon, and Amalek,

Philistia and the inhabitants of Tyre. 1168 

83:8 Even Assyria has allied with them,

lending its strength to the descendants of Lot. 1169  (Selah)

83:9 Do to them as you did to Midian 1170 

as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River! 1171 

83:10 They were destroyed at Endor; 1172 

their corpses were like manure 1173  on the ground.

83:11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, 1174 

and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna, 1175 

83:12 who said, 1176 Let’s take over 1177  the pastures of God!

83:13 O my God, make them like dead thistles, 1178 

like dead weeds blown away by 1179  the wind!

83:14 Like the fire that burns down the forest,

or the flames that consume the mountainsides, 1180 

83:15 chase them with your gale winds,

and terrify 1181  them with your windstorm.

83:16 Cover 1182  their faces with shame,

so they might seek 1183  you, 1184  O Lord.

83:17 May they be humiliated and continually terrified! 1185 

May they die in shame! 1186 

83:18 Then they will know 1187  that you alone are the Lord, 1188 

the sovereign king 1189  over all the earth.

Psalm 84 1190 

84:1 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 1191  written by the Korahites, a psalm.

How lovely is the place where you live, 1192 

O Lord who rules over all! 1193 

84:2 I desperately want to be 1194 

in the courts of the Lord’s temple. 1195 

My heart and my entire being 1196  shout for joy

to the living God.

84:3 Even the birds find a home there,

and the swallow 1197  builds a nest,

where she can protect her young 1198 

near your altars, O Lord who rules over all,

my king and my God.

84:4 How blessed 1199  are those who live in your temple

and praise you continually! (Selah)

84:5 How blessed are those who 1200  find their strength in you,

and long to travel the roads that lead to your temple! 1201 

84:6 As they pass through the Baca Valley, 1202 

he provides a spring for them. 1203 

The rain 1204  even covers it with pools of water. 1205 

84:7 They are sustained as they travel along; 1206 

each one appears 1207  before God in Zion.

84:8 O Lord, sovereign God, 1208 

hear my prayer!

Listen, O God of Jacob! (Selah)

84:9 O God, take notice of our shield! 1209 

Show concern for your chosen king! 1210 

84:10 Certainly 1211  spending just one day in your temple courts is better

than spending a thousand elsewhere. 1212 

I would rather stand at the entrance 1213  to the temple of my God

than live 1214  in the tents of the wicked.

84:11 For the Lord God is our sovereign protector. 1215 

The Lord bestows favor 1216  and honor;

he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity. 1217 

84:12 O Lord who rules over all, 1218 

how blessed are those who trust in you! 1219 

Psalm 85 1220 

85:1 For the music director; written by the Korahites, a psalm.

O Lord, you showed favor to your land;

you restored the well-being of Jacob. 1221 

85:2 You pardoned 1222  the wrongdoing of your people;

you forgave 1223  all their sin. (Selah)

85:3 You withdrew all your fury;

you turned back from your raging anger. 1224 

85:4 Restore us, O God our deliverer!

Do not be displeased with us! 1225 

85:5 Will you stay mad at us forever?

Will you remain angry throughout future generations? 1226 

85:6 Will you not revive us once more?

Then your people will rejoice in you!

85:7 O Lord, show us your loyal love!

Bestow on us your deliverance!

85:8 I will listen to what God the Lord says. 1227 

For he will make 1228  peace with his people, his faithful followers. 1229 

Yet they must not 1230  return to their foolish ways.

85:9 Certainly his loyal followers will soon experience his deliverance; 1231 

then his splendor will again appear in our land. 1232 

85:10 Loyal love and faithfulness meet; 1233 

deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss. 1234 

85:11 Faithfulness grows from the ground,

and deliverance looks down from the sky. 1235 

85:12 Yes, the Lord will bestow his good blessings, 1236 

and our land will yield 1237  its crops.

85:13 Deliverance goes 1238  before him,

and prepares 1239  a pathway for him. 1240 

Psalm 86 1241 

86:1 A prayer of David.

Listen 1242  O Lord! Answer me!

For I am oppressed and needy.

86:2 Protect me, 1243  for I am loyal!

O my God, deliver your servant, who trusts in you!

86:3 Have mercy on me, 1244  O Lord,

for I cry out to you all day long!

86:4 Make your servant 1245  glad,

for to you, O Lord, I pray! 1246 

86:5 Certainly 1247  O Lord, you are kind 1248  and forgiving,

and show great faithfulness to all who cry out to you.

86:6 O Lord, hear my prayer!

Pay attention to my plea for mercy!

86:7 In my time of trouble I cry out to you,

for you will answer me.

86:8 None can compare to you among the gods, O Lord!

Your exploits are incomparable! 1249 

86:9 All the nations, whom you created,

will come and worship you, 1250  O Lord.

They will honor your name.

86:10 For you are great and do amazing things.

You alone are God.

86:11 O Lord, teach me how you want me to live! 1251 

Then I will obey your commands. 1252 

Make me wholeheartedly committed to you! 1253 

86:12 O Lord, my God, I will give you thanks with my whole heart!

I will honor your name continually! 1254 

86:13 For you will extend your great loyal love to me, 1255 

and will deliver my life 1256  from the depths of Sheol. 1257 

86:14 O God, arrogant men attack me; 1258 

a gang 1259  of ruthless men, who do not respect you, seek my life. 1260 

86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God.

You are patient 1261  and demonstrate great loyal love and faithfulness. 1262 

86:16 Turn toward me and have mercy on me!

Give your servant your strength!

Deliver your slave! 1263 

86:17 Show me evidence of your favor! 1264 

Then those who hate me will see it and be ashamed, 1265 

for you, O Lord, will help me and comfort me. 1266 

Psalm 87 1267 

87:1 Written by the Korahites; a psalm, a song.

The Lord’s city is in the holy hills. 1268 

87:2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion

more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.

87:3 People say wonderful things about you, 1269 

O city of God. (Selah)

87:4 I mention Rahab 1270  and Babylon to my followers. 1271 

Here are 1272  Philistia and Tyre, 1273  along with Ethiopia. 1274 

It is said of them, “This one was born there.” 1275 

87:5 But it is said of Zion’s residents, 1276 

“Each one of these 1277  was born in her,

and the sovereign One 1278  makes her secure.” 1279 

87:6 The Lord writes in the census book of the nations, 1280 

“This one was born there.” 1281  (Selah)

87:7 As for the singers, as well as the pipers

all of them sing within your walls. 1282 

Psalm 88 1283 

88:1 A song, a psalm written by the Korahites; for the music director; according to the machalath-leannoth style; 1284  a well-written song 1285  by Heman the Ezrachite.

O Lord God who delivers me! 1286 

By day I cry out

and at night I pray before you. 1287 

88:2 Listen to my prayer! 1288 

Pay attention 1289  to my cry for help!

88:3 For my life 1290  is filled with troubles

and I am ready to enter Sheol. 1291 

88:4 They treat me like 1292  those who descend into the grave. 1293 

I am like a helpless man, 1294 

88:5 adrift 1295  among the dead,

like corpses lying in the grave,

whom you remember no more,

and who are cut off from your power. 1296 

88:6 You place me in the lowest regions of the pit, 1297 

in the dark places, in the watery depths.

88:7 Your anger bears down on me,

and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Selah)

88:8 You cause those who know me to keep their distance;

you make me an appalling sight to them.

I am trapped and cannot get free. 1298 

88:9 My eyes grow weak because of oppression.

I call out to you, O Lord, all day long;

I spread out my hands in prayer to you. 1299 

88:10 Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead?

Do the departed spirits 1300  rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)

88:11 Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave,

or your faithfulness in the place of the dead? 1301 

88:12 Are your amazing deeds experienced 1302  in the dark region, 1303 

or your deliverance in the land of oblivion? 1304 

88:13 As for me, I cry out to you, O Lord;

in the morning my prayer confronts you.

88:14 O Lord, why do you reject me,

and pay no attention to me? 1305 

88:15 I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth. 1306 

I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain. 1307 

88:16 Your anger overwhelms me; 1308 

your terrors destroy me.

88:17 They surround me like water all day long;

they join forces and encircle me. 1309 

88:18 You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance; 1310 

those who know me leave me alone in the darkness. 1311 

Psalm 89 1312 

89:1 A well-written song 1313  by Ethan the Ezrachite.

I will sing continually 1314  about the Lord’s faithful deeds;

to future generations I will proclaim your faithfulness. 1315 

89:2 For I say, “Loyal love is permanently established; 1316 

in the skies you set up your faithfulness.” 1317 

89:3 The Lord said, 1318 

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one;

I have made a promise on oath to David, my servant:

89:4I will give you an eternal dynasty 1319 

and establish your throne throughout future generations.’” 1320  (Selah)

89:5 O Lord, the heavens 1321  praise your amazing deeds,

as well as your faithfulness in the angelic assembly. 1322 

89:6 For who in the skies can compare to the Lord?

Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings, 1323 

89:7 a God who is honored 1324  in the great angelic assembly, 1325 

and more awesome than 1326  all who surround him?

89:8 O Lord, sovereign God! 1327 

Who is strong like you, O Lord?

Your faithfulness surrounds you.

89:9 You rule over the proud sea. 1328 

When its waves surge, 1329  you calm them.

89:10 You crushed the Proud One 1330  and killed it; 1331 

with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.

89:11 The heavens belong to you, as does the earth.

You made the world and all it contains. 1332 

89:12 You created the north and the south.

Tabor and Hermon 1333  rejoice in your name.

89:13 Your arm is powerful,

your hand strong,

your right hand 1334  victorious. 1335 

89:14 Equity and justice are the foundation of your throne. 1336 

Loyal love and faithfulness characterize your rule. 1337 

89:15 How blessed are the people who worship you! 1338 

O Lord, they experience your favor. 1339 

89:16 They rejoice in your name all day long,

and are vindicated 1340  by your justice.

89:17 For you give them splendor and strength. 1341 

By your favor we are victorious. 1342 

89:18 For our shield 1343  belongs to the Lord,

our king to the Holy One of Israel. 1344 

89:19 Then you 1345  spoke through a vision to your faithful followers 1346  and said:

“I have energized a warrior; 1347 

I have raised up a young man 1348  from the people.

89:20 I have discovered David, my servant.

With my holy oil I have anointed him as king. 1349 

89:21 My hand will support him, 1350 

and my arm will strengthen him.

89:22 No enemy will be able to exact tribute 1351  from him; 1352 

a violent oppressor will not be able to humiliate him. 1353 

89:23 I will crush his enemies before him;

I will strike down those who hate him.

89:24 He will experience my faithfulness and loyal love, 1354 

and by my name he will win victories. 1355 

89:25 I will place his hand over the sea,

his right hand over the rivers. 1356 

89:26 He will call out to me,

‘You are my father, 1357  my God, and the protector who delivers me.’ 1358 

89:27 I will appoint him to be my firstborn son, 1359 

the most exalted of the earth’s kings.

89:28 I will always extend my loyal love to him,

and my covenant with him is secure. 1360 

89:29 I will give him an eternal dynasty, 1361 

and make his throne as enduring as the skies above. 1362 

89:30 If his sons reject my law

and disobey my regulations,

89:31 if they break 1363  my rules

and do not keep my commandments,

89:32 I will punish their rebellion by beating them with a club, 1364 

their sin by inflicting them with bruises. 1365 

89:33 But I will not remove 1366  my loyal love from him,

nor be unfaithful to my promise. 1367 

89:34 I will not break 1368  my covenant

or go back on what I promised. 1369 

89:35 Once and for all I have vowed by my own holiness,

I will never deceive 1370  David.

89:36 His dynasty will last forever. 1371 

His throne will endure before me, like the sun, 1372 

89:37 it will remain stable, like the moon, 1373 

his throne will endure like the skies.” 1374  (Selah)

89:38 But you have spurned 1375  and rejected him;

you are angry with your chosen king. 1376 

89:39 You have repudiated 1377  your covenant with your servant; 1378 

you have thrown his crown to the ground. 1379 

89:40 You have broken down all his 1380  walls;

you have made his strongholds a heap of ruins.

89:41 All who pass by 1381  have robbed him;

he has become an object of disdain to his neighbors.

89:42 You have allowed his adversaries to be victorious, 1382 

and all his enemies to rejoice.

89:43 You turn back 1383  his sword from the adversary, 1384 

and have not sustained him in battle. 1385 

89:44 You have brought to an end his splendor, 1386 

and have knocked 1387  his throne to the ground.

89:45 You have cut short his youth, 1388 

and have covered him with shame. (Selah)

89:46 How long, O Lord, will this last?

Will you remain hidden forever? 1389 

Will your anger continue to burn like fire?

89:47 Take note of my brief lifespan! 1390 

Why do you make all people so mortal? 1391 

89:48 No man can live on without experiencing death,

or deliver his life from the power of Sheol. 1392  (Selah)

89:49 Where are your earlier faithful deeds, 1393  O Lord, 1394 

the ones performed in accordance with your reliable oath to David? 1395 

89:50 Take note, O Lord, 1396  of the way your servants are taunted, 1397 

and of how I must bear so many insults from people! 1398 

89:51 Your enemies, O Lord, hurl insults;

they insult your chosen king as they dog his footsteps. 1399 

89:52 1400 

The Lord deserves praise 1401  forevermore!

We agree! We agree! 1402 

Book 4
(Psalms 90-106)

Psalm 90 1403 

90:1 A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

O Lord, you have been our protector 1404  through all generations!

90:2 Even before the mountains came into existence, 1405 

or you brought the world into being, 1406 

you were the eternal God. 1407 

90:3 You make mankind return 1408  to the dust, 1409 

and say, “Return, O people!

90:4 Yes, 1410  in your eyes a thousand years

are like yesterday that quickly passes,

or like one of the divisions of the nighttime. 1411 

90:5 You bring their lives to an end and they “fall asleep.” 1412 

In the morning they are like the grass that sprouts up;

90:6 in the morning it glistens 1413  and sprouts up;

at evening time it withers 1414  and dries up.

90:7 Yes, 1415  we are consumed by your anger;

we are terrified by your wrath.

90:8 You are aware of our sins; 1416 

you even know about our hidden sins. 1417 

90:9 Yes, 1418  throughout all our days we experience your raging fury; 1419 

the years of our lives pass quickly, like a sigh. 1420 

90:10 The days of our lives add up to seventy years, 1421 

or eighty, if one is especially strong. 1422 

But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression. 1423 

Yes, 1424  they pass quickly 1425  and we fly away. 1426 

90:11 Who can really fathom the intensity of your anger? 1427 

Your raging fury causes people to fear you. 1428 

90:12 So teach us to consider our mortality, 1429 

so that we might live wisely. 1430 

90:13 Turn back toward us, O Lord!

How long must this suffering last? 1431 

Have pity on your servants! 1432 

90:14 Satisfy us in the morning 1433  with your loyal love!

Then we will shout for joy and be happy 1434  all our days!

90:15 Make us happy in proportion to the days you have afflicted us,

in proportion to the years we have experienced 1435  trouble!

90:16 May your servants see your work! 1436 

May their sons see your majesty! 1437 

90:17 May our sovereign God extend his favor to us! 1438 

Make our endeavors successful!

Yes, make them successful! 1439 

Psalm 91 1440 

91:1 As for you, the one who lives 1441  in the shelter of the sovereign One, 1442 

and resides in the protective shadow 1443  of the mighty king 1444 

91:2 I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold,

my God in whom I trust

91:3 he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter 1445 

and from the destructive plague.

91:4 He will shelter you 1446  with his wings; 1447 

you will find safety under his wings.

His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall. 1448 

91:5 You need not fear the terrors of the night, 1449 

the arrow that flies by day,

91:6 the plague that comes in the darkness,

or the disease that comes at noon. 1450 

91:7 Though a thousand may fall beside you,

and a multitude on your right side,

it 1451  will not reach you.

91:8 Certainly you will see it with your very own eyes

you will see the wicked paid back. 1452 

91:9 For you have taken refuge in the Lord,

my shelter, the sovereign One. 1453 

91:10 No harm will overtake 1454  you;

no illness 1455  will come near your home. 1456 

91:11 For he will order his angels 1457 

to protect you in all you do. 1458 

91:12 They will lift you up in their hands,

so you will not slip and fall on a stone. 1459 

91:13 You will subdue 1460  a lion and a snake; 1461 

you will trample underfoot a young lion and a serpent.

91:14 The Lord says, 1462 

“Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him;

I will protect him 1463  because he is loyal to me. 1464 

91:15 When he calls out to me, I will answer him.

I will be with him when he is in trouble;

I will rescue him and bring him honor.

91:16 I will satisfy him with long life, 1465 

and will let him see my salvation.

Psalm 92 1466 

92:1 A psalm; a song for the Sabbath day.

It is fitting 1467  to thank the Lord,

and to sing praises to your name, O sovereign One! 1468 

92:2 It is fitting 1469  to proclaim your loyal love in the morning,

and your faithfulness during the night,

92:3 to the accompaniment of a ten-stringed instrument and a lyre,

to the accompaniment of the meditative tone of the harp.

92:4 For you, O Lord, have made me happy by your work.

I will sing for joy because of what you have done. 1470 

92:5 How great are your works, O Lord!

Your plans are very intricate! 1471 

92:6 The spiritually insensitive do not recognize this;

the fool does not understand this. 1472 

92:7 When the wicked sprout up like grass,

and all the evildoers glisten, 1473 

it is so that they may be annihilated. 1474 

92:8 But you, O Lord, reign 1475  forever!

92:9 Indeed, 1476  look at your enemies, O Lord!

Indeed, 1477  look at how your enemies perish!

All the evildoers are scattered!

92:10 You exalt my horn like that of a wild ox. 1478 

I am covered 1479  with fresh oil.

92:11 I gloat in triumph over those who tried to ambush me; 1480 

I hear the defeated cries of the evil foes who attacked me. 1481 

92:12 The godly 1482  grow like a palm tree;

they grow high like a cedar in Lebanon. 1483 

92:13 Planted in the Lord’s house,

they grow in the courts of our God.

92:14 They bear fruit even when they are old;

they are filled with vitality and have many leaves. 1484 

92:15 So they proclaim that the Lord, my protector,

is just and never unfair. 1485 

Psalm 93 1486 

93:1 The Lord reigns!

He is robed in majesty,

the Lord is robed,

he wears strength around his waist. 1487 

Indeed, the world is established, it cannot be moved.

93:2 Your throne has been secure from ancient times;

you have always been king. 1488 

93:3 The waves 1489  roar, O Lord,

the waves roar,

the waves roar and crash. 1490 

93:4 Above the sound of the surging water, 1491 

and the mighty waves of the sea,

the Lord sits enthroned in majesty. 1492 

93:5 The rules you set down 1493  are completely reliable. 1494 

Holiness 1495  aptly adorns your house, O Lord, forever. 1496 

Psalm 94 1497 

94:1 O Lord, the God who avenges!

O God who avenges, reveal your splendor! 1498 

94:2 Rise up, O judge of the earth!

Pay back the proud!

94:3 O Lord, how long will the wicked,

how long will the wicked celebrate? 1499 

94:4 They spew out threats 1500  and speak defiantly;

all the evildoers boast. 1501 

94:5 O Lord, they crush your people;

they oppress the nation that belongs to you. 1502 

94:6 They kill the widow and the one residing outside his native land,

and they murder the fatherless. 1503 

94:7 Then they say, “The Lord does not see this;

the God of Jacob does not take notice of it.” 1504 

94:8 Take notice of this, 1505  you ignorant people! 1506 

You fools, when will you ever understand?

94:9 Does the one who makes the human ear not hear?

Does the one who forms the human eye not see? 1507 

94:10 Does the one who disciplines the nations not punish?

He is the one who imparts knowledge to human beings!

94:11 The Lord knows that

peoplesthoughts are morally bankrupt. 1508 

94:12 How blessed is the one 1509  whom you instruct, O Lord,

the one whom you teach from your law,

94:13 in order to protect him from times of trouble, 1510 

until the wicked are destroyed. 1511 

94:14 Certainly 1512  the Lord does not forsake his people;

he does not abandon the nation that belongs to him. 1513 

94:15 For justice will prevail, 1514 

and all the morally upright 1515  will be vindicated. 1516 

94:16 Who will rise up to defend me 1517  against the wicked?

Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? 1518 

94:17 If the Lord had not helped me,

I would have laid down in the silence of death. 1519 

94:18 If I say, “My foot is slipping,”

your loyal love, O Lord, supports me.

94:19 When worries threaten to overwhelm me, 1520 

your soothing touch makes me happy. 1521 

94:20 Cruel rulers 1522  are not your allies,

those who make oppressive laws. 1523 

94:21 They conspire against 1524  the blameless, 1525 

and condemn to death the innocent. 1526 

94:22 But the Lord will protect me, 1527 

and my God will shelter me. 1528 

94:23 He will pay them back for their sin. 1529 

He will destroy them because of 1530  their evil;

the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95 1531 

95:1 Come! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord!

Let’s shout out praises to our protector who delivers us! 1532 

95:2 Let’s enter his presence 1533  with thanksgiving!

Let’s shout out to him in celebration! 1534 

95:3 For the Lord is a great God,

a great king who is superior to 1535  all gods.

95:4 The depths of the earth are in his hand, 1536 

and the mountain peaks belong to him.

95:5 The sea is his, for he made it.

His hands formed the dry land.

95:6 Come! Let’s bow down and worship! 1537 

Let’s kneel before the Lord, our creator!

95:7 For he is our God;

we are the people of his pasture,

the sheep he owns. 1538 

Today, if only you would obey him! 1539 

95:8 He says, 1540  “Do not be stubborn like they were at Meribah, 1541 

like they were that day at Massah 1542  in the wilderness, 1543 

95:9 where your ancestors challenged my authority, 1544 

and tried my patience, even though they had seen my work.

95:10 For forty years I was continually disgusted 1545  with that generation,

and I said, ‘These people desire to go astray; 1546 

they do not obey my commands.’ 1547 

95:11 So I made a vow in my anger,

They will never enter into the resting place I had set aside for them.’ 1548 

Psalm 96 1549 

96:1 Sing to the Lord a new song! 1550 

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!

96:2 Sing to the Lord! Praise his name!

Announce every day how he delivers! 1551 

96:3 Tell the nations about his splendor!

Tell 1552  all the nations about his amazing deeds!

96:4 For the Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise;

he is more awesome than all gods. 1553 

96:5 For all the gods of the nations are worthless, 1554 

but the Lord made the sky.

96:6 Majestic splendor emanates from him; 1555 

his sanctuary is firmly established and beautiful. 1556 

96:7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the nations,

ascribe to the Lord splendor and strength!

96:8 Ascribe to the Lord the splendor he deserves! 1557 

Bring an offering and enter his courts!

96:9 Worship the Lord in holy attire! 1558 

Tremble before him, all the earth!

96:10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!

The world is established, it cannot be moved.

He judges the nations fairly.”

96:11 Let the sky rejoice, and the earth be happy!

Let the sea and everything in it shout!

96:12 Let the fields and everything in them celebrate!

Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy

96:13 before the Lord, for he comes!

For he comes to judge the earth!

He judges the world fairly, 1559 

and the nations in accordance with his justice. 1560 

Psalm 97 1561 

97:1 The Lord reigns!

Let the earth be happy!

Let the many coastlands rejoice!

97:2 Dark clouds surround him;

equity and justice are the foundation of his throne. 1562 

97:3 Fire goes before him;

on every side 1563  it burns up his enemies.

97:4 His lightning bolts light up the world;

the earth sees and trembles.

97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

before the Lord of the whole earth.

97:6 The sky declares his justice,

and all the nations see his splendor.

97:7 All who worship idols are ashamed,

those who boast about worthless idols.

All the gods bow down before him. 1564 

97:8 Zion hears and rejoices,

the towns 1565  of Judah are happy,

because of your judgments, O Lord.

97:9 For you, O Lord, are the sovereign king 1566  over the whole earth;

you are elevated high above all gods.

97:10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!

He protects 1567  the lives of his faithful followers;

he delivers them from the power 1568  of the wicked.

97:11 The godly bask in the light;

the morally upright experience joy. 1569 

97:12 You godly ones, rejoice in the Lord!

Give thanks to his holy name. 1570 

Psalm 98 1571 

98:1 A psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song, 1572 

for he performs 1573  amazing deeds!

His right hand and his mighty arm

accomplish deliverance. 1574 

98:2 The Lord demonstrates his power to deliver; 1575 

in the sight of the nations he reveals his justice.

98:3 He remains loyal and faithful to the family of Israel. 1576 

All the ends of the earth see our God deliver us. 1577 

98:4 Shout out praises to the Lord, all the earth!

Break out in a joyful shout and sing!

98:5 Sing to the Lord accompanied by a harp,

accompanied by a harp and the sound of music!

98:6 With trumpets and the blaring of the ram’s horn,

shout out praises before the king, the Lord!

98:7 Let the sea and everything in it shout,

along with the world and those who live in it!

98:8 Let the rivers clap their hands!

Let the mountains sing in unison

98:9 before the Lord!

For he comes to judge the earth!

He judges the world fairly, 1578 

and the nations in a just manner.

Psalm 99 1579 

99:1 The Lord reigns!

The nations tremble. 1580 

He sits enthroned above the winged angels; 1581 

the earth shakes. 1582 

99:2 The Lord is elevated 1583  in Zion;

he is exalted over all the nations.

99:3 Let them praise your great and awesome name!

He 1584  is holy!

99:4 The king is strong;

he loves justice. 1585 

You ensure that legal decisions will be made fairly; 1586 

you promote justice and equity in Jacob.

99:5 Praise 1587  the Lord our God!

Worship 1588  before his footstool!

He is holy!

99:6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests;

Samuel was one of those who prayed to him. 1589 

They 1590  prayed to the Lord and he answered them.

99:7 He spoke to them from a pillar of cloud; 1591 

they obeyed his regulations and the ordinance he gave them.

99:8 O Lord our God, you answered them.

They found you to be a forgiving God,

but also one who punished their sinful deeds. 1592 

99:9 Praise 1593  the Lord our God!

Worship on his holy hill,

for the Lord our God is holy!

Psalm 100 1594 

100:1 A thanksgiving psalm.

Shout out praises to the Lord, all the earth!

100:2 Worship 1595  the Lord with joy!

Enter his presence with joyful singing!

100:3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

He made us and we belong to him; 1596 

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give him thanks!

Praise his name!

100:5 For the Lord is good.

His loyal love endures, 1597 

and he is faithful through all generations. 1598 

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