Bible: Psalms 73-150

Book 3
(Psalms 73-89)

Psalm 73 1 

73:1 A psalm by Asaph.

Certainly God is good to Israel, 2 

and to those whose motives are pure! 3 

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

my feet almost slid out from under me. 4 

73:3 For I envied those who are proud,

as I observed 5  the prosperity 6  of the wicked.

73:4 For they suffer no pain; 7 

their bodies 8  are strong and well-fed. 9 

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

they do not suffer as other men do. 10 

73:6 Arrogance is their necklace, 11 

and violence their clothing. 12 

73:7 Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; 13 

their thoughts are sinful. 14 

73:8 They mock 15  and say evil things; 16 

they proudly threaten violence. 17 

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

and lay claim to the earth. 18 

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

and even suck up the water of the sea. 19 

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

Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on? 20 

73:12 Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, 21 

those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 22 

73:13 I concluded, 23  “Surely in vain I have kept my motives 24  pure

and maintained a pure lifestyle. 25 

73:14 I suffer all day long,

and am punished every morning.”

73:15 If I had publicized these thoughts, 26 

I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 27 

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

it was troubling to me. 28 

73:17 Then I entered the precincts of God’s temple, 29 

and understood the destiny of the wicked. 30 

73:18 Surely 31  you put them in slippery places;

you bring them down 32  to ruin.

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

Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 33 

73:20 They are like a dream after one wakes up. 34 

O Lord, when you awake 35  you will despise them. 36 

73:21 Yes, 37  my spirit was bitter, 38 

and my insides felt sharp pain. 39 

73:22 I was ignorant 40  and lacked insight; 41 

I was as senseless as an animal before you. 42 

73:23 But I am continually with you;

you hold my right hand.

73:24 You guide 43  me by your wise advice,

and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 44 

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

I desire no one but you on earth. 45 

73:26 My flesh and my heart may grow weak, 46 

but God always 47  protects my heart and gives me stability. 48 

73:27 Yes, 49  look! Those far from you 50  die;

you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 51 

73:28 But as for me, God’s presence is all I need. 52 

I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter,

as 53  I declare all the things you have done.

Psalm 74 54 

74:1 A well-written song 55  by Asaph.

Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us? 56 

Why does your anger burn 57  against the sheep of your pasture?

74:2 Remember your people 58  whom you acquired in ancient times,

whom you rescued 59  so they could be your very own nation, 60 

as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!

74:3 Hurry and look 61  at the permanent ruins,

and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 62 

74:4 Your enemies roar 63  in the middle of your sanctuary; 64 

they set up their battle flags. 65 

74:5 They invade like lumberjacks

swinging their axes in a thick forest. 66 

74:6 And now 67  they are tearing down 68  all its engravings 69 

with axes 70  and crowbars. 71 

74:7 They set your sanctuary on fire;

they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 72 

74:8 They say to themselves, 73 

“We will oppress all of them.” 74 

They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land. 75 

74:9 We do not see any signs of God’s presence; 76 

there are no longer any prophets 77 

and we have no one to tell us how long this will last. 78 

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! 79 

74:12 But God has been my 80  king from ancient times,

performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 81 

74:13 You destroyed 82  the sea by your strength;

you shattered the heads of the sea monster 83  in the water.

74:14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; 84 

you fed 85  him to the people who live along the coast. 86 

74:15 You broke open the spring and the stream; 87 

you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 88 

74:16 You established the cycle of day and night; 89 

you put the moon 90  and sun in place. 91 

74:17 You set up all the boundaries 92  of the earth;

you created the cycle of summer and winter. 93 

74:18 Remember how 94  the enemy hurls insults, O Lord, 95 

and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!

74:19 Do not hand the life of your dove 96  over to a wild animal!

Do not continue to disregard 97  the lives of your oppressed people!

74:20 Remember your covenant promises, 98 

for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 99 

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

Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 100 

74:22 Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! 101 

Remember how fools insult you all day long! 102 

74:23 Do not disregard 103  what your enemies say, 104 

or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 105 

Psalm 75 106 

75:1 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 107  a psalm of Asaph; a song.

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

You reveal your presence; 108 

people tell about your amazing deeds.

75:2 God says, 109 

“At the appointed times, 110 

I judge 111  fairly.

75:3 When the earth and all its inhabitants dissolve in fear, 112 

I make its pillars secure.” 113  (Selah)

75:4 114 

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

and to the wicked, “Do not be so confident of victory! 115 

75:5 Do not be so certain you have won! 116 

Do not speak with your head held so high! 117 

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

or from the wilderness. 118 

75:7 For God is the judge! 119 

He brings one down and exalts another. 120 

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

of foaming wine mixed with spices, 121 

and pours it out. 122 

Surely all the wicked of the earth

will slurp it up and drink it to its very last drop.” 123 

75:9 As for me, I will continually tell what you have done; 124 

I will sing praises to the God of Jacob!

75:10 God says, 125 

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

the godly will be victorious.” 126 

Psalm 76 127 

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

God has revealed himself in Judah; 128 

in Israel his reputation 129  is great.

76:2 He lives in Salem; 130 

he dwells in Zion. 131 

76:3 There he shattered the arrows, 132 

the shield, the sword, and the rest of the weapons of war. 133  (Selah)

76:4 You shine brightly and reveal your majesty,

as you descend from the hills where you killed your prey. 134 

76:5 The bravehearted 135  were plundered; 136 

they “fell asleep.” 137 

All the warriors were helpless. 138 

76:6 At the sound of your battle cry, 139  O God of Jacob,

both rider 140  and horse “fell asleep.” 141 

76:7 You are awesome! Yes, you!

Who can withstand your intense anger? 142 

76:8 From heaven you announced what their punishment would be. 143 

The earth 144  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 145  your angry judgment upon men will bring you praise; 146 

you reveal your anger in full measure. 147 

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

Let all those who surround him 148  bring tribute to the awesome one!

76:12 He humbles princes; 149 

the kings of the earth regard him as awesome. 150 

Psalm 77 151 

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

I will cry out to God 152  and call for help!

I will cry out to God and he will pay attention 153  to me.

77:2 In my time of trouble I sought 154  the Lord.

I kept my hand raised in prayer throughout the night. 155 

I 156  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.” 157  (Selah)

77:4 You held my eyelids open; 158 

I was troubled and could not speak. 159 

77:5 I thought about the days of old,

about ancient times. 160 

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. 161 

77:7 I asked, 162  “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 163  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 164  might become inactive. 165 

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

Yes, I will remember the amazing things you did long ago! 166 

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

I will reflect upon your deeds!

77:13 167 

O God, your deeds are extraordinary! 168 

What god can compare to our great God? 169 

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

you have revealed your strength among the nations.

77:15 You delivered 170  your people by your strength 171 

the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah)

77:16 The waters 172  saw you, O God,

the waters saw you and trembled. 173 

Yes, the depths of the sea 174  shook with fear. 175 

77:17 The clouds poured down rain; 176 

the skies thundered. 177 

Yes, your arrows 178  flashed about.

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

the lightning bolts lit up the world;

the earth trembled and shook. 179 

77:19 You walked through the sea; 180 

you passed through the surging waters, 181 

but left no footprints. 182 

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

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 78 183 

78:1 A well-written song 184  by Asaph.

Pay attention, my people, to my instruction!

Listen to the words I speak! 185 

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

I will make insightful observations about the past. 186 

78:3 What we have heard and learned 187 

that which our ancestors 188  have told us –

78:4 we will not hide from their 189  descendants.

We will tell the next generation

about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, 190 

about his strength and the amazing things he has done.

78:5 He established a rule 191  in Jacob;

he set up a law in Israel.

He commanded our ancestors

to make his deeds known to their descendants, 192 

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. 193 

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

They will not forget the works of God,

and they will obey 194  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. 195 

78:9 The Ephraimites 196  were armed with bows, 197 

but they retreated in the day of battle. 198 

78:10 They did not keep their covenant with God, 199 

and they refused to obey 200  his law.

78:11 They forgot what he had done, 201 

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. 202 

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. 203 

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 204  in the desert.

78:18 They willfully challenged God 205 

by asking for food to satisfy their appetite.

78:19 They insulted God, saying, 206 

“Is God really able to give us food 207  in the wilderness?

78:20 Yes, 208  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 209  the Lord heard this, he was furious.

A fire broke out against Jacob,

and his anger flared up 210  against Israel,

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

and did not trust his ability to deliver them. 211 

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. 212 

78:25 Man ate the food of the mighty ones. 213 

He sent them more than enough to eat. 214 

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. 215 

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; 216 

he gave them what they desired.

78:30 They were not yet filled up, 217 

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. 218 

78:33 So he caused them to die unsatisfied 219 

and filled with terror. 220 

78:34 When he struck them down, 221  they sought his favor; 222 

they turned back and longed for God.

78:35 They remembered that God was their protector, 223 

and that the sovereign God was their deliverer. 224 

78:36 But they deceived him with their words, 225 

and lied to him. 226 

78:37 They were not really committed to him, 227 

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. 228 

78:39 He remembered 229  that they were made of flesh,

and were like a wind that blows past and does not return. 230 

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

and insulted him 231  in the desert!

78:41 They again challenged God, 232 

and offended 233  the Holy One of Israel. 234 

78:42 They did not remember what he had done, 235 

how he delivered them from the enemy, 236 

78:43 when he performed his awesome deeds 237  in Egypt,

and his acts of judgment 238  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, 239 

as well as frogs that overran their land. 240 

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, 241 

and hurled lightning bolts down on their livestock. 242 

78:49 His raging anger lashed out against them, 243 

He sent fury, rage, and trouble

as messengers who bring disaster. 244 

78:50 He sent his anger in full force; 245 

he did not spare them from death;

he handed their lives over to destruction. 246 

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

the firstfruits of their reproductive power 247  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 248  which his right hand 249  acquired.

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

he assigned them their tribal allotments 250 

and allowed the tribes of Israel to settle down. 251 

78:56 Yet they challenged and defied 252  the sovereign God, 253 

and did not obey 254  his commands. 255 

78:57 They were unfaithful 256  and acted as treacherously as 257  their ancestors;

they were as unreliable as a malfunctioning bow. 258 

78:58 They made him angry with their pagan shrines, 259 

and made him jealous with their idols.

78:59 God heard and was angry;

he completely rejected Israel.

78:60 He abandoned 260  the sanctuary at Shiloh,

the tent where he lived among men.

78:61 He allowed the symbol of his strong presence to be captured; 261 

he gave the symbol of his splendor 262  into the hand of the enemy. 263 

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

and was angry with his chosen nation. 264 

78:63 Fire consumed their 265  young men,

and their 266  virgins remained unmarried. 267 

78:64 Their 268  priests fell by the sword,

but their 269  widows did not weep. 270 

78:65 But then the Lord awoke from his sleep; 271 

he was like a warrior in a drunken rage. 272 

78:66 He drove his enemies back;

he made them a permanent target for insults. 273 

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; 274 

as secure as the earth, which he established permanently. 275 

78:70 He chose David, his servant,

and took him from the sheepfolds.

78:71 He took him away from following the mother sheep, 276 

and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people,

and of Israel, his chosen nation. 277 

78:72 David 278  cared for them with pure motives; 279 

he led them with skill. 280 

Psalm 79 281 

79:1 A psalm of Asaph.

O God, foreigners 282  have invaded your chosen land; 283 

they have polluted your holy temple

and turned Jerusalem 284  into a heap of ruins.

79:2 They have given the corpses of your servants

to the birds of the sky; 285 

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. 286 

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

those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 287 

79:5 How long will this go on, O Lord? 288 

Will you stay angry forever?

How long will your rage 289  burn like fire?

79:6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you, 290 

on the kingdoms that do not pray to you! 291 

79:7 For they have devoured Jacob

and destroyed his home.

79:8 Do not hold us accountable for the sins of earlier generations! 292 

Quickly send your compassion our way, 293 

for we are in serious trouble! 294 

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

For the sake of your glorious reputation, 295  rescue us!

Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation! 296 

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! 297 

79:11 Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners! 298 

Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die! 299 

79:12 Pay back our neighbors in full! 300 

May they be insulted the same way they insulted you, O Lord! 301 

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

will continually thank you. 302 

We will tell coming generations of your praiseworthy acts. 303 

Psalm 80 304 

80:1 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 305  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, 306  reveal your splendor! 307 

80:2 In the sight of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh reveal 308  your power!

Come and deliver us! 309 

80:3 O God, restore us!

Smile on us! 310  Then we will be delivered! 311 

80:4 O Lord God, invincible warrior! 312 

How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you? 313 

80:5 You have given them tears as food; 314 

you have made them drink tears by the measure. 315 

80:6 You have made our neighbors dislike us, 316 

and our enemies insult us.

80:7 O God, invincible warrior, 317  restore us!

Smile on us! 318  Then we will be delivered! 319 

80:8 You uprooted a vine 320  from Egypt;

you drove out nations and transplanted it.

80:9 You cleared the ground for it; 321 

it took root, 322 

and filled the land.

80:10 The mountains were covered by its shadow,

the highest cedars 323  by its branches.

80:11 Its branches reached the Mediterranean Sea, 324 

and its shoots the Euphrates River. 325 

80:12 Why did you break down its walls, 326 

so that all who pass by pluck its fruit? 327 

80:13 The wild boars of the forest ruin it; 328 

the insects 329  of the field feed on it.

80:14 O God, invincible warrior, 330  come back!

Look down from heaven and take notice!

Take care of this vine,

80:15 the root 331  your right hand planted,

the shoot you made to grow! 332 

80:16 It is burned 333  and cut down.

They die because you are displeased with them. 334 

80:17 May you give support to the one you have chosen, 335 

to the one whom you raised up for yourself! 336 

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

Revive us and we will pray to you! 337 

80:19 O Lord God, invincible warrior, 338  restore us!

Smile on us! 339  Then we will be delivered! 340 

Psalm 81 341 

81:1 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 342  by Asaph.

Shout for joy to God, our source of strength!

Shout out to the God of Jacob!

81:2 Sing 343  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, 344 

and on the day of the full moon when our festival begins. 345 

81:4 For observing the festival is a requirement for Israel; 346 

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. 347 

I heard a voice I did not recognize. 348 

81:6 It said: 349  “I removed the burden from his shoulder;

his hands were released from holding the basket. 350 

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

I answered you from a dark thundercloud. 351 

I tested you at the waters of Meribah. 352  (Selah)

81:8 I said, 353  ‘Listen, my people!

I will warn 354  you!

O Israel, if only you would obey me! 355 

81:9 There must be 356  no other 357  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; 358 

Israel did not submit to me. 359 

81:12 I gave them over to their stubborn desires; 360 

they did what seemed right to them. 361 

81:13 If only my people would obey me! 362 

If only Israel would keep my commands! 363 

81:14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,

and attack 364  their adversaries.”

81:15 (May those who hate the Lord 365  cower in fear 366  before him!

May they be permanently humiliated!) 367 

81:16I would feed Israel the best wheat, 368 

and would satisfy your appetite 369  with honey from the rocky cliffs.” 370 

Psalm 82 371 

82:1 A psalm of Asaph.

God stands in 372  the assembly of El; 373 

in the midst of the gods 374  he renders judgment. 375 

82:2 He says, 376  “How long will you make unjust legal decisions

and show favoritism to the wicked? 377  (Selah)

82:3 Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! 378 

Vindicate the oppressed and suffering!

82:4 Rescue the poor and needy!

Deliver them from the power 379  of the wicked!

82:5 They 380  neither know nor understand.

They stumble 381  around in the dark,

while all the foundations of the earth crumble. 382 

82:6 I thought, 383 You are gods;

all of you are sons of the Most High.’ 384 

82:7 Yet you will die like mortals; 385 

you will fall like all the other rulers.” 386 

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

For you own 387  all the nations.

Psalm 83 388 

83:1 A song, a psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not be silent!

Do not ignore us! 389  Do not be inactive, O God!

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

those who hate you are hostile. 390 

83:3 They carefully plot 391  against your people,

and make plans to harm 392  the ones you cherish. 393 

83:4 They say, “Come on, let’s annihilate them so they are no longer a nation! 394 

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

83:5 Yes, 395  they devise a unified strategy; 396 

they form an alliance 397  against you.

83:6 It includes 398  the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

Moab and the Hagrites, 399 

83:7 Gebal, 400  Ammon, and Amalek,

Philistia and the inhabitants of Tyre. 401 

83:8 Even Assyria has allied with them,

lending its strength to the descendants of Lot. 402  (Selah)

83:9 Do to them as you did to Midian 403 

as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River! 404 

83:10 They were destroyed at Endor; 405 

their corpses were like manure 406  on the ground.

83:11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, 407 

and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna, 408 

83:12 who said, 409 Let’s take over 410  the pastures of God!

83:13 O my God, make them like dead thistles, 411 

like dead weeds blown away by 412  the wind!

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

or the flames that consume the mountainsides, 413 

83:15 chase them with your gale winds,

and terrify 414  them with your windstorm.

83:16 Cover 415  their faces with shame,

so they might seek 416  you, 417  O Lord.

83:17 May they be humiliated and continually terrified! 418 

May they die in shame! 419 

83:18 Then they will know 420  that you alone are the Lord, 421 

the sovereign king 422  over all the earth.

Psalm 84 423 

84:1 For the music director; according to the gittith style; 424  written by the Korahites, a psalm.

How lovely is the place where you live, 425 

O Lord who rules over all! 426 

84:2 I desperately want to be 427 

in the courts of the Lord’s temple. 428 

My heart and my entire being 429  shout for joy

to the living God.

84:3 Even the birds find a home there,

and the swallow 430  builds a nest,

where she can protect her young 431 

near your altars, O Lord who rules over all,

my king and my God.

84:4 How blessed 432  are those who live in your temple

and praise you continually! (Selah)

84:5 How blessed are those who 433  find their strength in you,

and long to travel the roads that lead to your temple! 434 

84:6 As they pass through the Baca Valley, 435 

he provides a spring for them. 436 

The rain 437  even covers it with pools of water. 438 

84:7 They are sustained as they travel along; 439 

each one appears 440  before God in Zion.

84:8 O Lord, sovereign God, 441 

hear my prayer!

Listen, O God of Jacob! (Selah)

84:9 O God, take notice of our shield! 442 

Show concern for your chosen king! 443 

84:10 Certainly 444  spending just one day in your temple courts is better

than spending a thousand elsewhere. 445 

I would rather stand at the entrance 446  to the temple of my God

than live 447  in the tents of the wicked.

84:11 For the Lord God is our sovereign protector. 448 

The Lord bestows favor 449  and honor;

he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity. 450 

84:12 O Lord who rules over all, 451 

how blessed are those who trust in you! 452 

Psalm 85 453 

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. 454 

85:2 You pardoned 455  the wrongdoing of your people;

you forgave 456  all their sin. (Selah)

85:3 You withdrew all your fury;

you turned back from your raging anger. 457 

85:4 Restore us, O God our deliverer!

Do not be displeased with us! 458 

85:5 Will you stay mad at us forever?

Will you remain angry throughout future generations? 459 

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. 460 

For he will make 461  peace with his people, his faithful followers. 462 

Yet they must not 463  return to their foolish ways.

85:9 Certainly his loyal followers will soon experience his deliverance; 464 

then his splendor will again appear in our land. 465 

85:10 Loyal love and faithfulness meet; 466 

deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss. 467 

85:11 Faithfulness grows from the ground,

and deliverance looks down from the sky. 468 

85:12 Yes, the Lord will bestow his good blessings, 469 

and our land will yield 470  its crops.

85:13 Deliverance goes 471  before him,

and prepares 472  a pathway for him. 473 

Psalm 86 474 

86:1 A prayer of David.

Listen 475  O Lord! Answer me!

For I am oppressed and needy.

86:2 Protect me, 476  for I am loyal!

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

86:3 Have mercy on me, 477  O Lord,

for I cry out to you all day long!

86:4 Make your servant 478  glad,

for to you, O Lord, I pray! 479 

86:5 Certainly 480  O Lord, you are kind 481  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! 482 

86:9 All the nations, whom you created,

will come and worship you, 483  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! 484 

Then I will obey your commands. 485 

Make me wholeheartedly committed to you! 486 

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

I will honor your name continually! 487 

86:13 For you will extend your great loyal love to me, 488 

and will deliver my life 489  from the depths of Sheol. 490 

86:14 O God, arrogant men attack me; 491 

a gang 492  of ruthless men, who do not respect you, seek my life. 493 

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

You are patient 494  and demonstrate great loyal love and faithfulness. 495 

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

Give your servant your strength!

Deliver your slave! 496 

86:17 Show me evidence of your favor! 497 

Then those who hate me will see it and be ashamed, 498 

for you, O Lord, will help me and comfort me. 499 

Psalm 87 500 

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

The Lord’s city is in the holy hills. 501 

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, 502 

O city of God. (Selah)

87:4 I mention Rahab 503  and Babylon to my followers. 504 

Here are 505  Philistia and Tyre, 506  along with Ethiopia. 507 

It is said of them, “This one was born there.” 508 

87:5 But it is said of Zion’s residents, 509 

“Each one of these 510  was born in her,

and the sovereign One 511  makes her secure.” 512 

87:6 The Lord writes in the census book of the nations, 513 

“This one was born there.” 514  (Selah)

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

all of them sing within your walls. 515 

Psalm 88 516 

88:1 A song, a psalm written by the Korahites; for the music director; according to the machalath-leannoth style; 517  a well-written song 518  by Heman the Ezrachite.

O Lord God who delivers me! 519 

By day I cry out

and at night I pray before you. 520 

88:2 Listen to my prayer! 521 

Pay attention 522  to my cry for help!

88:3 For my life 523  is filled with troubles

and I am ready to enter Sheol. 524 

88:4 They treat me like 525  those who descend into the grave. 526 

I am like a helpless man, 527 

88:5 adrift 528  among the dead,

like corpses lying in the grave,

whom you remember no more,

and who are cut off from your power. 529 

88:6 You place me in the lowest regions of the pit, 530 

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. 531 

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. 532 

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

Do the departed spirits 533  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? 534 

88:12 Are your amazing deeds experienced 535  in the dark region, 536 

or your deliverance in the land of oblivion? 537 

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? 538 

88:15 I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth. 539 

I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain. 540 

88:16 Your anger overwhelms me; 541 

your terrors destroy me.

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

they join forces and encircle me. 542 

88:18 You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance; 543 

those who know me leave me alone in the darkness. 544 

Psalm 89 545 

89:1 A well-written song 546  by Ethan the Ezrachite.

I will sing continually 547  about the Lord’s faithful deeds;

to future generations I will proclaim your faithfulness. 548 

89:2 For I say, “Loyal love is permanently established; 549 

in the skies you set up your faithfulness.” 550 

89:3 The Lord said, 551 

“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 552 

and establish your throne throughout future generations.’” 553  (Selah)

89:5 O Lord, the heavens 554  praise your amazing deeds,

as well as your faithfulness in the angelic assembly. 555 

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

Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings, 556 

89:7 a God who is honored 557  in the great angelic assembly, 558 

and more awesome than 559  all who surround him?

89:8 O Lord, sovereign God! 560 

Who is strong like you, O Lord?

Your faithfulness surrounds you.

89:9 You rule over the proud sea. 561 

When its waves surge, 562  you calm them.

89:10 You crushed the Proud One 563  and killed it; 564 

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. 565 

89:12 You created the north and the south.

Tabor and Hermon 566  rejoice in your name.

89:13 Your arm is powerful,

your hand strong,

your right hand 567  victorious. 568 

89:14 Equity and justice are the foundation of your throne. 569 

Loyal love and faithfulness characterize your rule. 570 

89:15 How blessed are the people who worship you! 571 

O Lord, they experience your favor. 572 

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

and are vindicated 573  by your justice.

89:17 For you give them splendor and strength. 574 

By your favor we are victorious. 575 

89:18 For our shield 576  belongs to the Lord,

our king to the Holy One of Israel. 577 

89:19 Then you 578  spoke through a vision to your faithful followers 579  and said:

“I have energized a warrior; 580 

I have raised up a young man 581  from the people.

89:20 I have discovered David, my servant.

With my holy oil I have anointed him as king. 582 

89:21 My hand will support him, 583 

and my arm will strengthen him.

89:22 No enemy will be able to exact tribute 584  from him; 585 

a violent oppressor will not be able to humiliate him. 586 

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, 587 

and by my name he will win victories. 588 

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

his right hand over the rivers. 589 

89:26 He will call out to me,

‘You are my father, 590  my God, and the protector who delivers me.’ 591 

89:27 I will appoint him to be my firstborn son, 592 

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. 593 

89:29 I will give him an eternal dynasty, 594 

and make his throne as enduring as the skies above. 595 

89:30 If his sons reject my law

and disobey my regulations,

89:31 if they break 596  my rules

and do not keep my commandments,

89:32 I will punish their rebellion by beating them with a club, 597 

their sin by inflicting them with bruises. 598 

89:33 But I will not remove 599  my loyal love from him,

nor be unfaithful to my promise. 600 

89:34 I will not break 601  my covenant

or go back on what I promised. 602 

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

I will never deceive 603  David.

89:36 His dynasty will last forever. 604 

His throne will endure before me, like the sun, 605 

89:37 it will remain stable, like the moon, 606 

his throne will endure like the skies.” 607  (Selah)

89:38 But you have spurned 608  and rejected him;

you are angry with your chosen king. 609 

89:39 You have repudiated 610  your covenant with your servant; 611 

you have thrown his crown to the ground. 612 

89:40 You have broken down all his 613  walls;

you have made his strongholds a heap of ruins.

89:41 All who pass by 614  have robbed him;

he has become an object of disdain to his neighbors.

89:42 You have allowed his adversaries to be victorious, 615 

and all his enemies to rejoice.

89:43 You turn back 616  his sword from the adversary, 617 

and have not sustained him in battle. 618 

89:44 You have brought to an end his splendor, 619 

and have knocked 620  his throne to the ground.

89:45 You have cut short his youth, 621 

and have covered him with shame. (Selah)

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

Will you remain hidden forever? 622 

Will your anger continue to burn like fire?

89:47 Take note of my brief lifespan! 623 

Why do you make all people so mortal? 624 

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

or deliver his life from the power of Sheol. 625  (Selah)

89:49 Where are your earlier faithful deeds, 626  O Lord, 627 

the ones performed in accordance with your reliable oath to David? 628 

89:50 Take note, O Lord, 629  of the way your servants are taunted, 630 

and of how I must bear so many insults from people! 631 

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

they insult your chosen king as they dog his footsteps. 632 

89:52 633 

The Lord deserves praise 634  forevermore!

We agree! We agree! 635 

Book 4
(Psalms 90-106)

Psalm 90 636 

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

O Lord, you have been our protector 637  through all generations!

90:2 Even before the mountains came into existence, 638 

or you brought the world into being, 639 

you were the eternal God. 640 

90:3 You make mankind return 641  to the dust, 642 

and say, “Return, O people!

90:4 Yes, 643  in your eyes a thousand years

are like yesterday that quickly passes,

or like one of the divisions of the nighttime. 644 

90:5 You bring their lives to an end and they “fall asleep.” 645 

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

90:6 in the morning it glistens 646  and sprouts up;

at evening time it withers 647  and dries up.

90:7 Yes, 648  we are consumed by your anger;

we are terrified by your wrath.

90:8 You are aware of our sins; 649 

you even know about our hidden sins. 650 

90:9 Yes, 651  throughout all our days we experience your raging fury; 652 

the years of our lives pass quickly, like a sigh. 653 

90:10 The days of our lives add up to seventy years, 654 

or eighty, if one is especially strong. 655 

But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression. 656 

Yes, 657  they pass quickly 658  and we fly away. 659 

90:11 Who can really fathom the intensity of your anger? 660 

Your raging fury causes people to fear you. 661 

90:12 So teach us to consider our mortality, 662 

so that we might live wisely. 663 

90:13 Turn back toward us, O Lord!

How long must this suffering last? 664 

Have pity on your servants! 665 

90:14 Satisfy us in the morning 666  with your loyal love!

Then we will shout for joy and be happy 667  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 668  trouble!

90:16 May your servants see your work! 669 

May their sons see your majesty! 670 

90:17 May our sovereign God extend his favor to us! 671 

Make our endeavors successful!

Yes, make them successful! 672 

Psalm 91 673 

91:1 As for you, the one who lives 674  in the shelter of the sovereign One, 675 

and resides in the protective shadow 676  of the mighty king 677 

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 678 

and from the destructive plague.

91:4 He will shelter you 679  with his wings; 680 

you will find safety under his wings.

His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall. 681 

91:5 You need not fear the terrors of the night, 682 

the arrow that flies by day,

91:6 the plague that comes in the darkness,

or the disease that comes at noon. 683 

91:7 Though a thousand may fall beside you,

and a multitude on your right side,

it 684  will not reach you.

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

you will see the wicked paid back. 685 

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

my shelter, the sovereign One. 686 

91:10 No harm will overtake 687  you;

no illness 688  will come near your home. 689 

91:11 For he will order his angels 690 

to protect you in all you do. 691 

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

so you will not slip and fall on a stone. 692 

91:13 You will subdue 693  a lion and a snake; 694 

you will trample underfoot a young lion and a serpent.

91:14 The Lord says, 695 

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

I will protect him 696  because he is loyal to me. 697 

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, 698 

and will let him see my salvation.

Psalm 92 699 

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

It is fitting 700  to thank the Lord,

and to sing praises to your name, O sovereign One! 701 

92:2 It is fitting 702  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. 703 

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

Your plans are very intricate! 704 

92:6 The spiritually insensitive do not recognize this;

the fool does not understand this. 705 

92:7 When the wicked sprout up like grass,

and all the evildoers glisten, 706 

it is so that they may be annihilated. 707 

92:8 But you, O Lord, reign 708  forever!

92:9 Indeed, 709  look at your enemies, O Lord!

Indeed, 710  look at how your enemies perish!

All the evildoers are scattered!

92:10 You exalt my horn like that of a wild ox. 711 

I am covered 712  with fresh oil.

92:11 I gloat in triumph over those who tried to ambush me; 713 

I hear the defeated cries of the evil foes who attacked me. 714 

92:12 The godly 715  grow like a palm tree;

they grow high like a cedar in Lebanon. 716 

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. 717 

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

is just and never unfair. 718 

Psalm 93 719 

93:1 The Lord reigns!

He is robed in majesty,

the Lord is robed,

he wears strength around his waist. 720 

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

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

you have always been king. 721 

93:3 The waves 722  roar, O Lord,

the waves roar,

the waves roar and crash. 723 

93:4 Above the sound of the surging water, 724 

and the mighty waves of the sea,

the Lord sits enthroned in majesty. 725 

93:5 The rules you set down 726  are completely reliable. 727 

Holiness 728  aptly adorns your house, O Lord, forever. 729 

Psalm 94 730 

94:1 O Lord, the God who avenges!

O God who avenges, reveal your splendor! 731 

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? 732 

94:4 They spew out threats 733  and speak defiantly;

all the evildoers boast. 734 

94:5 O Lord, they crush your people;

they oppress the nation that belongs to you. 735 

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

and they murder the fatherless. 736 

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

the God of Jacob does not take notice of it.” 737 

94:8 Take notice of this, 738  you ignorant people! 739 

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? 740 

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. 741 

94:12 How blessed is the one 742  whom you instruct, O Lord,

the one whom you teach from your law,

94:13 in order to protect him from times of trouble, 743 

until the wicked are destroyed. 744 

94:14 Certainly 745  the Lord does not forsake his people;

he does not abandon the nation that belongs to him. 746 

94:15 For justice will prevail, 747 

and all the morally upright 748  will be vindicated. 749 

94:16 Who will rise up to defend me 750  against the wicked?

Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? 751 

94:17 If the Lord had not helped me,

I would have laid down in the silence of death. 752 

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

your loyal love, O Lord, supports me.

94:19 When worries threaten to overwhelm me, 753 

your soothing touch makes me happy. 754 

94:20 Cruel rulers 755  are not your allies,

those who make oppressive laws. 756 

94:21 They conspire against 757  the blameless, 758 

and condemn to death the innocent. 759 

94:22 But the Lord will protect me, 760 

and my God will shelter me. 761 

94:23 He will pay them back for their sin. 762 

He will destroy them because of 763  their evil;

the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95 764 

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

Let’s shout out praises to our protector who delivers us! 765 

95:2 Let’s enter his presence 766  with thanksgiving!

Let’s shout out to him in celebration! 767 

95:3 For the Lord is a great God,

a great king who is superior to 768  all gods.

95:4 The depths of the earth are in his hand, 769 

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! 770 

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. 771 

Today, if only you would obey him! 772 

95:8 He says, 773  “Do not be stubborn like they were at Meribah, 774 

like they were that day at Massah 775  in the wilderness, 776 

95:9 where your ancestors challenged my authority, 777 

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

95:10 For forty years I was continually disgusted 778  with that generation,

and I said, ‘These people desire to go astray; 779 

they do not obey my commands.’ 780 

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

They will never enter into the resting place I had set aside for them.’ 781 

Psalm 96 782 

96:1 Sing to the Lord a new song! 783 

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!

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

Announce every day how he delivers! 784 

96:3 Tell the nations about his splendor!

Tell 785  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. 786 

96:5 For all the gods of the nations are worthless, 787 

but the Lord made the sky.

96:6 Majestic splendor emanates from him; 788 

his sanctuary is firmly established and beautiful. 789 

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! 790 

Bring an offering and enter his courts!

96:9 Worship the Lord in holy attire! 791 

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, 792 

and the nations in accordance with his justice. 793 

Psalm 97 794 

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. 795 

97:3 Fire goes before him;

on every side 796  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. 797 

97:8 Zion hears and rejoices,

the towns 798  of Judah are happy,

because of your judgments, O Lord.

97:9 For you, O Lord, are the sovereign king 799  over the whole earth;

you are elevated high above all gods.

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

He protects 800  the lives of his faithful followers;

he delivers them from the power 801  of the wicked.

97:11 The godly bask in the light;

the morally upright experience joy. 802 

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

Give thanks to his holy name. 803 

Psalm 98 804 

98:1 A psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song, 805 

for he performs 806  amazing deeds!

His right hand and his mighty arm

accomplish deliverance. 807 

98:2 The Lord demonstrates his power to deliver; 808 

in the sight of the nations he reveals his justice.

98:3 He remains loyal and faithful to the family of Israel. 809 

All the ends of the earth see our God deliver us. 810 

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, 811 

and the nations in a just manner.

Psalm 99 812 

99:1 The Lord reigns!

The nations tremble. 813 

He sits enthroned above the winged angels; 814 

the earth shakes. 815 

99:2 The Lord is elevated 816  in Zion;

he is exalted over all the nations.

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

He 817  is holy!

99:4 The king is strong;

he loves justice. 818 

You ensure that legal decisions will be made fairly; 819 

you promote justice and equity in Jacob.

99:5 Praise 820  the Lord our God!

Worship 821  before his footstool!

He is holy!

99:6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests;

Samuel was one of those who prayed to him. 822 

They 823  prayed to the Lord and he answered them.

99:7 He spoke to them from a pillar of cloud; 824 

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. 825 

99:9 Praise 826  the Lord our God!

Worship on his holy hill,

for the Lord our God is holy!

Psalm 100 827 

100:1 A thanksgiving psalm.

Shout out praises to the Lord, all the earth!

100:2 Worship 828  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; 829 

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, 830 

and he is faithful through all generations. 831 

Psalm 101 832 

101:1 A psalm of David.

I will sing about loyalty and justice!

To you, O Lord, I will sing praises!

101:2 I will walk in 833  the way of integrity.

When will you come to me?

I will conduct my business with integrity in the midst of my palace. 834 

101:3 I will not even consider doing what is dishonest. 835 

I hate doing evil; 836 

I will have no part of it. 837 

101:4 I will have nothing to do with a perverse person; 838 

I will not permit 839  evil.

101:5 I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret.

I will not tolerate anyone who has a cocky demeanor and an arrogant attitude. 840 

101:6 I will favor the honest people of the land, 841 

and allow them to live with me. 842 

Those who walk in the way of integrity will attend me. 843 

101:7 Deceitful people will not live in my palace. 844 

Liars will not be welcome in my presence. 845 

101:8 Each morning I will destroy all the wicked people in the land,

and remove all evildoers from the city of the Lord.

Psalm 102 846 

102:1 The prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament before the Lord.

O Lord, hear my prayer!

Pay attention to my cry for help! 847 

102:2 Do not ignore me in my time of trouble! 848 

Listen to me! 849 

When I call out to you, quickly answer me!

102:3 For my days go up in smoke, 850 

and my bones are charred like a fireplace. 851 

102:4 My heart is parched 852  and withered like grass,

for I am unable 853  to eat food. 854 

102:5 Because of the anxiety that makes me groan,

my bones protrude from my skin. 855 

102:6 I am like an owl 856  in the wilderness;

I am like a screech owl 857  among the ruins. 858 

102:7 I stay awake; 859 

I am like a solitary bird on a roof.

102:8 All day long my enemies taunt me;

those who mock me use my name in their curses. 860 

102:9 For I eat ashes as if they were bread, 861 

and mix my drink with my tears, 862 

102:10 because of your anger and raging fury.

Indeed, 863  you pick me up and throw me away.

102:11 My days are coming to an end, 864 

and I am withered like grass.

102:12 But you, O Lord, rule forever, 865 

and your reputation endures. 866 

102:13 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion. 867 

For it is time to have mercy on her,

for the appointed time has come.

102:14 Indeed, 868  your servants take delight in her stones,

and feel compassion for 869  the dust of her ruins. 870 

102:15 The nations will respect the reputation of the Lord, 871 

and all the kings of the earth will respect 872  his splendor,

102:16 when the Lord rebuilds Zion,

and reveals his splendor,

102:17 when he responds to the prayer of the destitute, 873 

and does not reject 874  their request. 875 

102:18 The account of his intervention 876  will be recorded for future generations;

people yet to be born will praise the Lord.

102:19 For he will look down from his sanctuary above; 877 

from heaven the Lord will look toward earth, 878 

102:20 in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners,

and to set free those condemned to die, 879 

102:21 so they may proclaim the name of the Lord in Zion,

and praise him 880  in Jerusalem, 881 

102:22 when the nations gather together,

and the kingdoms pay tribute to the Lord. 882 

102:23 He has taken away my strength in the middle of life; 883 

he has cut short my days.

102:24 I say, “O my God, please do not take me away in the middle of my life! 884 

You endure through all generations. 885 

102:25 In earlier times you established the earth;

the skies are your handiwork.

102:26 They will perish,

but you will endure. 886 

They will wear out like a garment;

like clothes you will remove them and they will disappear. 887 

102:27 But you remain; 888 

your years do not come to an end.

102:28 The children of your servants will settle down here,

and their descendants 889  will live securely in your presence.” 890 

Psalm 103 891 

103:1 By David.

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

With all that is within me, praise 892  his holy name!

103:2 Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Do not forget all his kind deeds! 893 

103:3 He is the one who forgives all your sins,

who heals all your diseases, 894 

103:4 who delivers 895  your life from the Pit, 896 

who crowns you with his loyal love and compassion,

103:5 who satisfies your life with good things, 897 

so your youth is renewed like an eagle’s. 898 

103:6 The Lord does what is fair,

and executes justice for all the oppressed. 899 

103:7 The Lord revealed his faithful acts 900  to Moses,

his deeds to the Israelites.

103:8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful;

he is patient 901  and demonstrates great loyal love. 902 

103:9 He does not always accuse,

and does not stay angry. 903 

103:10 He does not deal with us as our sins deserve; 904 

he does not repay us as our misdeeds deserve. 905 

103:11 For as the skies are high above the earth,

so his loyal love towers 906  over his faithful followers. 907 

103:12 As far as the eastern horizon 908  is from the west, 909 

so he removes the guilt of our rebellious actions 910  from us.

103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, 911 

so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers. 912 

103:14 For he knows what we are made of; 913 

he realizes 914  we are made of clay. 915 

103:15 A person’s life is like grass. 916 

Like a flower in the field it flourishes,

103:16 but when the hot wind 917  blows by, it disappears,

and one can no longer even spot the place where it once grew.

103:17 But the Lord continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, 918 

and is faithful to their descendants, 919 

103:18 to those who keep his covenant,

who are careful to obey his commands. 920 

103:19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven;

his kingdom extends over everything. 921 

103:20 Praise the Lord, you angels of his,

you powerful warriors who carry out his decrees

and obey his orders! 922 

103:21 Praise the Lord, all you warriors of his, 923 

you servants of his who carry out his desires! 924 

103:22 Praise the Lord, all that he has made, 925 

in all the regions 926  of his kingdom!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 104 927 

104:1 Praise the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, you are magnificent. 928 

You are robed in splendor and majesty.

104:2 He covers himself with light as if it were a garment.

He stretches out the skies like a tent curtain,

104:3 and lays the beams of the upper rooms of his palace on the rain clouds. 929 

He makes the clouds his chariot,

and travels along on the wings of the wind. 930 

104:4 He makes the winds his messengers,

and the flaming fire his attendant. 931 

104:5 He established the earth on its foundations;

it will never be upended.

104:6 The watery deep covered it 932  like a garment;

the waters reached 933  above the mountains. 934 

104:7 Your shout made the waters retreat;

at the sound of your thunderous voice they hurried off –

104:8 as the mountains rose up,

and the valleys went down

to the place you appointed for them. 935 

104:9 You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross,

so that they would not cover the earth again. 936 

104:10 He turns springs into streams; 937 

they flow between the mountains.

104:11 They provide water for all the animals in the field;

the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

104:12 The birds of the sky live beside them;

they chirp among the bushes. 938 

104:13 He waters the mountains from the upper rooms of his palace; 939 

the earth is full of the fruit you cause to grow. 940 

104:14 He provides grass 941  for the cattle,

and crops for people to cultivate, 942 

so they can produce food from the ground, 943 

104:15 as well as wine that makes people feel so good, 944 

and so they can have oil to make their faces shine, 945 

as well as food that sustains people’s lives. 946 

104:16 The trees of the Lord 947  receive all the rain they need, 948 

the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,

104:17 where the birds make nests,

near the evergreens in which the herons live. 949 

104:18 The wild goats live in the high mountains; 950 

the rock badgers find safety in the cliffs.

104:19 He made the moon to mark the months, 951 

and the sun sets according to a regular schedule. 952 

104:20 You make it dark and night comes, 953 

during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around.

104:21 The lions roar for prey,

seeking their food from God. 954 

104:22 When the sun rises, they withdraw

and sleep 955  in their dens.

104:23 Men then go out to do their work,

and labor away until evening. 956 

104:24 How many living things you have made, O Lord! 957 

You have exhibited great skill in making all of them; 958 

the earth is full of the living things you have made.

104:25 Over here is the deep, wide sea, 959 

which teems with innumerable swimming creatures, 960 

living things both small and large.

104:26 The ships travel there,

and over here swims the whale 961  you made to play in it.

104:27 All of your creatures 962  wait for you

to provide them with food on a regular basis. 963 

104:28 You give food to them and they receive it;

you open your hand and they are filled with food. 964 

104:29 When you ignore them, they panic. 965 

When you take away their life’s breath, they die

and return to dust.

104:30 When you send your life-giving breath, they are created,

and you replenish the surface of the ground.

104:31 May the splendor of the Lord endure! 966 

May the Lord find pleasure in the living things he has made! 967 

104:32 He looks down on the earth and it shakes;

he touches the mountains and they start to smolder.

104:33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I exist! 968 

104:34 May my thoughts 969  be pleasing to him!

I will rejoice in the Lord.

104:35 May sinners disappear 970  from the earth,

and the wicked vanish!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 105 971 

105:1 Give thanks to the Lord!

Call on his name!

Make known his accomplishments among the nations!

105:2 Sing to him!

Make music to him!

Tell about all his miraculous deeds!

105:3 Boast about his holy name!

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

105:4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives!

Seek his presence continually!

105:5 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,

his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed, 972 

105:6 O children 973  of Abraham, 974  God’s 975  servant,

you descendants 976  of Jacob, God’s 977  chosen ones!

105:7 He is the Lord our God;

he carries out judgment throughout the earth. 978 

105:8 He always remembers his covenantal decree,

the promise he made 979  to a thousand generations

105:9 the promise 980  he made to Abraham,

the promise he made by oath to Isaac!

105:10 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as a lasting promise, 981 

105:11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion of your inheritance.”

105:12 When they were few in number,

just a very few, and resident aliens within it,

105:13 they wandered from nation to nation,

and from one kingdom to another. 982 

105:14 He let no one oppress them;

he disciplined kings for their sake,

105:15 saying, 983  “Don’t touch my chosen 984  ones!

Don’t harm my prophets!

105:16 He called down a famine upon the earth;

he cut off all the food supply. 985 

105:17 He sent a man ahead of them 986 

Joseph was sold as a servant.

105:18 The shackles hurt his feet; 987 

his neck was placed in an iron collar, 988 

105:19 until the time when his prediction 989  came true.

The Lord’s word 990  proved him right. 991 

105:20 The king authorized his release; 992 

the ruler of nations set him free.

105:21 He put him in charge of his palace, 993 

and made him manager of all his property,

105:22 giving him authority to imprison his officials 994 

and to teach his advisers. 995 

105:23 Israel moved to 996  Egypt;

Jacob lived for a time 997  in the land of Ham.

105:24 The Lord 998  made his people very fruitful,

and made them 999  more numerous than their 1000  enemies.

105:25 He caused them 1001  to hate his people,

and to mistreat 1002  his servants.

105:26 He sent his servant Moses,

and Aaron, whom he had chosen.

105:27 They executed his miraculous signs among them, 1003 

and his amazing deeds in the land of Ham.

105:28 He made it dark; 1004 

they did not disobey his orders. 1005 

105:29 He turned their water into blood,

and killed their fish.

105:30 Their land was overrun by frogs,

which even got into the rooms of their kings.

105:31 He ordered flies to come; 1006 

gnats invaded their whole territory.

105:32 He sent hail along with the rain; 1007 

there was lightning in their land. 1008 

105:33 He destroyed their vines and fig trees,

and broke the trees throughout their territory.

105:34 He ordered locusts to come, 1009 

innumerable grasshoppers.

105:35 They ate all the vegetation in their land,

and devoured the crops of their fields. 1010 

105:36 He struck down all the firstborn in their land,

the firstfruits of their reproductive power. 1011 

105:37 He brought his people 1012  out enriched 1013  with silver and gold;

none of his tribes stumbled.

105:38 Egypt was happy when they left,

for they were afraid of them. 1014 

105:39 He spread out a cloud for a cover, 1015 

and provided a fire to light up the night.

105:40 They asked for food, 1016  and he sent quails;

he satisfied them with food from the sky. 1017 

105:41 He opened up a rock and water flowed out;

a river ran through dry regions.

105:42 Yes, 1018  he remembered the sacred promise 1019 

he made to Abraham his servant.

105:43 When he led his people out, they rejoiced;

his chosen ones shouted with joy. 1020 

105:44 He handed the territory of nations over to them,

and they took possession of what other peoples had produced, 1021 

105:45 so that they might keep his commands

and obey 1022  his laws.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 106 1023 

106:1 Praise the Lord!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

and his loyal love endures! 1024 

106:2 Who can adequately recount the Lord’s mighty acts,

or relate all his praiseworthy deeds? 1025 

106:3 How blessed are those who promote justice,

and do what is right all the time!

106:4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people!

Pay attention to me, when you deliver,

106:5 so I may see the prosperity 1026  of your chosen ones,

rejoice along with your nation, 1027 

and boast along with the people who belong to you. 1028 

106:6 We have sinned like 1029  our ancestors; 1030 

we have done wrong, we have done evil.

106:7 Our ancestors in Egypt failed to appreciate your miraculous deeds,

they failed to remember your many acts of loyal love,

and they rebelled at the sea, by the Red Sea. 1031 

106:8 Yet he delivered them for the sake of his reputation, 1032 

that he might reveal his power.

106:9 He shouted at 1033  the Red Sea and it dried up;

he led them through the deep water as if it were a desert.

106:10 He delivered them from the power 1034  of the one who hated them,

and rescued 1035  them from the power 1036  of the enemy.

106:11 The water covered their enemies;

not even one of them survived. 1037 

106:12 They believed his promises; 1038 

they sang praises to him.

106:13 They quickly forgot what he had done; 1039 

they did not wait for his instructions. 1040 

106:14 In the wilderness they had an insatiable craving 1041  for meat; 1042 

they challenged God 1043  in the desert.

106:15 He granted their request,

then struck them with a disease. 1044 

106:16 In the camp they resented 1045  Moses,

and Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest. 1046 

106:17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

it engulfed 1047  the group led by Abiram. 1048 

106:18 Fire burned their group;

the flames scorched the wicked. 1049 

106:19 They made an image of a calf at Horeb,

and worshiped a metal idol.

106:20 They traded their majestic God 1050 

for the image of an ox that eats grass.

106:21 They rejected 1051  the God who delivered them,

the one who performed great deeds in Egypt,

106:22 amazing feats in the land of Ham,

mighty 1052  acts by the Red Sea.

106:23 He threatened 1053  to destroy them,

but 1054  Moses, his chosen one, interceded with him 1055 

and turned back his destructive anger. 1056 

106:24 They rejected the fruitful land; 1057 

they did not believe his promise. 1058 

106:25 They grumbled in their tents; 1059 

they did not obey 1060  the Lord.

106:26 So he made a solemn vow 1061 

that he would make them die 1062  in the desert,

106:27 make their descendants 1063  die 1064  among the nations,

and scatter them among foreign lands. 1065 

106:28 They worshiped 1066  Baal of Peor,

and ate sacrifices offered to the dead. 1067 

106:29 They made the Lord angry 1068  by their actions,

and a plague broke out among them.

106:30 Phinehas took a stand and intervened, 1069 

and the plague subsided.

106:31 This brought him a reward,

an eternal gift. 1070 

106:32 They made him angry by the waters of Meribah,

and Moses suffered 1071  because of them,

106:33 for they aroused 1072  his temper, 1073 

and he spoke rashly. 1074 

106:34 They did not destroy the nations, 1075 

as the Lord had commanded them to do.

106:35 They mixed in with the nations

and learned their ways. 1076 

106:36 They worshiped 1077  their idols,

which became a snare to them. 1078 

106:37 They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. 1079 

106:38 They shed innocent blood

the blood of their sons and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.

The land was polluted by bloodshed. 1080 

106:39 They were defiled by their deeds,

and unfaithful in their actions. 1081 

106:40 So the Lord was angry with his people 1082 

and despised the people who belong to him. 1083 

106:41 He handed them over to 1084  the nations,

and those who hated them ruled over them.

106:42 Their enemies oppressed them;

they were subject to their authority. 1085 

106:43 Many times he delivered 1086  them,

but they had a rebellious attitude, 1087 

and degraded themselves 1088  by their sin.

106:44 Yet he took notice of their distress,

when he heard their cry for help.

106:45 He remembered his covenant with them,

and relented 1089  because of his great loyal love.

106:46 He caused all their conquerors 1090 

to have pity on them.

106:47 Deliver us, O Lord, our God!

Gather us from among the nations!

Then we will give thanks 1091  to your holy name,

and boast about your praiseworthy deeds. 1092 

106:48 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise, 1093 

in the future and forevermore. 1094 

Let all the people say, “We agree! 1095  Praise the Lord! 1096 

Book 5
(Psalms 107-150)

Psalm 107 1097 

107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

and his loyal love endures! 1098 

107:2 Let those delivered by the Lord speak out, 1099 

those whom he delivered 1100  from the power 1101  of the enemy,

107:3 and gathered from foreign lands, 1102 

from east and west,

from north and south.

107:4 They wandered through the wilderness on a desert road;

they found no city in which to live.

107:5 They were hungry and thirsty;

they fainted from exhaustion. 1103 

107:6 They cried out to the Lord in their distress;

he delivered them from their troubles.

107:7 He led them on a level road, 1104 

that they might find a city in which to live.

107:8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his loyal love,

and for the amazing things he has done for people! 1105 

107:9 For he has satisfied those who thirst, 1106 

and those who hunger he has filled with food. 1107 

107:10 They sat in utter darkness, 1108 

bound in painful iron chains, 1109 

107:11 because they had rebelled against God’s commands, 1110 

and rejected the instructions of the sovereign king. 1111 

107:12 So he used suffering to humble them; 1112 

they stumbled and no one helped them up.

107:13 They cried out to the Lord in their distress;

he delivered them from their troubles.

107:14 He brought them out of the utter darkness, 1113 

and tore off their shackles.

107:15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his loyal love,

and for the amazing things he has done for people! 1114 

107:16 For he shattered the bronze gates,

and hacked through the iron bars. 1115 

107:17 They acted like fools in their rebellious ways, 1116 

and suffered because of their sins.

107:18 They lost their appetite for all food, 1117 

and they drew near the gates of death.

107:19 They cried out to the Lord in their distress;

he delivered them from their troubles.

107:20 He sent them an assuring word 1118  and healed them;

he rescued them from the pits where they were trapped. 1119 

107:21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his loyal love,

and for the amazing things he has done for people! 1120 

107:22 Let them present thank offerings,

and loudly proclaim what he has done! 1121 

107:23 1122 

Some traveled on 1123  the sea in ships,

and carried cargo over the vast waters. 1124 

107:24 They witnessed the acts of the Lord,

his amazing feats on the deep water.

107:25 He gave the order for a windstorm, 1125 

and it stirred up the waves of the sea. 1126 

107:26 They 1127  reached up to the sky,

then dropped into the depths.

The sailorsstrength 1128  left them 1129  because the danger was so great. 1130 

107:27 They swayed 1131  and staggered like a drunk,

and all their skill proved ineffective. 1132 

107:28 They cried out to the Lord in their distress;

he delivered them from their troubles.

107:29 He calmed the storm, 1133 

and the waves 1134  grew silent.

107:30 The sailors 1135  rejoiced because the waves 1136  grew quiet,

and he led them to the harbor 1137  they desired.

107:31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his loyal love,

and for the amazing things he has done for people! 1138 

107:32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people!

Let them praise him in the place where the leaders preside! 1139 

107:33 He turned 1140  streams into a desert,

springs of water into arid land,

107:34 and a fruitful land into a barren place, 1141 

because of the sin of its inhabitants.

107:35 As for his people, 1142  he turned 1143  a desert into a pool of water,

and a dry land into springs of water.

107:36 He allowed the hungry to settle there,

and they established a city in which to live.

107:37 They cultivated 1144  fields,

and planted vineyards,

which yielded a harvest of fruit. 1145 

107:38 He blessed 1146  them so that they became very numerous.

He would not allow their cattle to decrease in number. 1147 

107:39 As for their enemies, 1148  they decreased in number and were beaten down,

because of painful distress 1149  and suffering.

107:40 He would pour 1150  contempt upon princes,

and he made them wander in a wasteland with no road.

107:41 Yet he protected 1151  the needy from oppression,

and cared for his families like a flock of sheep.

107:42 When the godly see this, they rejoice,

and every sinner 1152  shuts his mouth.

107:43 Whoever is wise, let him take note of these things!

Let them consider the Lord’s acts of loyal love!

Psalm 108 1153 

108:1 A song, a psalm of David.

I am determined, 1154  O God!

I will sing and praise you with my whole heart. 1155 

108:2 Awake, O stringed instrument and harp!

I will wake up at dawn! 1156 

108:3 I will give you thanks before the nations, O Lord!

I will sing praises to you before foreigners! 1157 

108:4 For your loyal love extends beyond the sky, 1158 

and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.

108:5 Rise up 1159  above the sky, O God!

May your splendor cover the whole earth! 1160 

108:6 Deliver by your power 1161  and answer me,

so that the ones you love may be safe. 1162 

108:7 God has spoken in his sanctuary: 1163 

“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem,

the valley of Succoth I will measure off. 1164 

108:8 Gilead belongs to me,

as does Manasseh! 1165 

Ephraim is my helmet, 1166 

Judah my royal scepter. 1167 

108:9 Moab is my wash basin. 1168 

I will make Edom serve me. 1169 

I will shout in triumph over Philistia.”

108:10 Who will lead me into the fortified city?

Who will bring me to Edom? 1170 

108:11 Have you not rejected us, O God?

O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.

108:12 Give us help against the enemy,

for any help men might offer is futile. 1171 

108:13 By God’s power we will conquer; 1172 

he will trample down 1173  our enemies.

Psalm 109 1174 

109:1 For the music director, a psalm of David.

O God whom I praise, do not ignore me! 1175 

109:2 For they say cruel and deceptive things to me;

they lie to me. 1176 

109:3 They surround me and say hateful things; 1177 

they attack me for no reason.

109:4 They repay my love with accusations, 1178 

but I continue to pray. 1179 

109:5 They repay me evil for good, 1180 

and hate for love.

109:6 1181 

Appoint an evil man to testify against him! 1182 

May an accuser stand 1183  at his right side!

109:7 When he is judged, he will be found 1184  guilty! 1185 

Then his prayer will be regarded as sinful.

109:8 May his days be few! 1186 

May another take his job! 1187 

109:9 May his children 1188  be fatherless,

and his wife a widow!

109:10 May his children 1189  roam around begging,

asking for handouts as they leave their ruined home! 1190 

109:11 May the creditor seize 1191  all he owns!

May strangers loot his property! 1192 

109:12 May no one show him kindness! 1193 

May no one have compassion 1194  on his fatherless children!

109:13 May his descendants 1195  be cut off! 1196 

May the memory of them be wiped out by the time the next generation arrives! 1197 

109:14 May his ancestors 1198  sins be remembered by the Lord!

May his mother’s sin not be forgotten! 1199 

109:15 May the Lord be constantly aware of them, 1200 

and cut off the memory of his children 1201  from the earth!

109:16 For he never bothered to show kindness; 1202 

he harassed the oppressed and needy,

and killed the disheartened. 1203 

109:17 He loved to curse 1204  others, so those curses have come upon him. 1205 

He had no desire to bless anyone, so he has experienced no blessings. 1206 

109:18 He made cursing a way of life, 1207 

so curses poured into his stomach like water

and seeped into his bones like oil. 1208 

109:19 May a curse attach itself to him, like a garment one puts on, 1209 

or a belt 1210  one wears continually!

109:20 May the Lord repay my accusers in this way, 1211 

those who say evil things about 1212  me! 1213 

109:21 O sovereign Lord,

intervene on my behalf for the sake of your reputation! 1214 

Because your loyal love is good, deliver me!

109:22 For I am oppressed and needy,

and my heart beats violently within me. 1215 

109:23 I am fading away like a shadow at the end of the day; 1216 

I am shaken off like a locust.

109:24 I am so starved my knees shake; 1217 

I have turned into skin and bones. 1218 

109:25 I am disdained by them. 1219 

When they see me, they shake their heads. 1220 

109:26 Help me, O Lord my God!

Because you are faithful to me, deliver me! 1221 

109:27 Then they will realize 1222  this is your work, 1223 

and that you, Lord, have accomplished it.

109:28 They curse, but you will bless. 1224 

When they attack, they will be humiliated, 1225 

but your servant will rejoice.

109:29 My accusers will be covered 1226  with shame,

and draped in humiliation as if it were a robe.

109:30 I will thank the Lord profusely, 1227 

in the middle of a crowd 1228  I will praise him,

109:31 because he stands at the right hand of the needy,

to deliver him from those who threaten 1229  his life.

Psalm 110 1230 

110:1 A psalm of David.

Here is the Lord’s proclamation 1231  to my lord: 1232 

“Sit down at my right hand 1233  until I make your enemies your footstool! 1234 

110:2 The Lord 1235  extends 1236  your dominion 1237  from Zion.

Rule in the midst of your enemies!

110:3 Your people willingly follow you 1238  when you go into battle. 1239 

On the holy hills 1240  at sunrise 1241  the dew of your youth 1242  belongs to you. 1243 

110:4 The Lord makes this promise on oath 1244  and will not revoke it: 1245 

“You are an eternal priest 1246  after the pattern of 1247  Melchizedek.” 1248 

110:5 O sovereign Lord, 1249  at your right hand

he strikes down 1250  kings in the day he unleashes his anger. 1251 

110:6 He executes judgment 1252  against 1253  the nations;

he fills the valleys with corpses; 1254 

he shatters their heads over the vast battlefield. 1255 

110:7 From the stream along the road he drinks;

then he lifts up his head. 1256 

Psalm 111 1257 

111:1 Praise the Lord!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the assembly of the godly and the congregation.

111:2 The Lord’s deeds are great,

eagerly awaited 1258  by all who desire them.

111:3 His work is majestic and glorious, 1259 

and his faithfulness endures 1260  forever.

111:4 He does 1261  amazing things that will be remembered; 1262 

the Lord is merciful and compassionate.

111:5 He gives 1263  food to his faithful followers; 1264 

he always remembers his covenant. 1265 

111:6 He announced that he would do mighty deeds for his people,

giving them a land that belonged to other nations. 1266 

111:7 His acts are characterized by 1267  faithfulness and justice;

all his precepts are reliable. 1268 

111:8 They are forever firm,

and should be faithfully and properly carried out. 1269 

111:9 He delivered his people; 1270 

he ordained that his covenant be observed forever. 1271 

His name is holy and awesome.

111:10 To obey the Lord is the fundamental principle for wise living; 1272 

all who carry out his precepts acquire good moral insight. 1273 

He will receive praise forever. 1274 

Psalm 112 1275 

112:1 Praise the Lord!

How blessed is the one 1276  who obeys 1277  the Lord,

who takes great delight in keeping his commands. 1278 

112:2 His descendants 1279  will be powerful on the earth;

the godly 1280  will be blessed.

112:3 His house contains wealth and riches;

his integrity endures. 1281 

112:4 In the darkness a light 1282  shines for the godly,

for each one who is merciful, compassionate, and just. 1283 

112:5 It goes well for the one 1284  who generously lends money,

and conducts his business honestly. 1285 

112:6 For he will never be upended;

others will always remember one who is just. 1286 

112:7 He does not fear bad news.

He 1287  is confident; he trusts 1288  in the Lord.

112:8 His resolve 1289  is firm; he will not succumb to fear

before he looks in triumph on his enemies.

112:9 He generously gives 1290  to the needy;

his integrity endures. 1291 

He will be vindicated and honored. 1292 

112:10 When the wicked 1293  see this, they will worry;

they will grind their teeth in frustration 1294  and melt away;

the desire of the wicked will perish. 1295 

Psalm 113 1296 

113:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise, you servants of the Lord,

praise the name of the Lord!

113:2 May the Lord’s name be praised

now and forevermore!

113:3 From east to west 1297 

the Lord’s name is deserving of praise.

113:4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations;

his splendor reaches beyond the sky. 1298 

113:5 Who can compare to the Lord our God,

who sits on a high throne? 1299 

113:6 He bends down to look 1300 

at the sky and the earth.

113:7 He raises the poor from the dirt,

and lifts up the needy from the garbage pile, 1301 

113:8 that he might seat him with princes,

with the princes of his people.

113:9 He makes the barren woman of the family 1302 

a happy mother of children. 1303 

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 114 1304 

114:1 When Israel left Egypt,

when the family of Jacob left a foreign nation behind, 1305 

114:2 Judah became his sanctuary,

Israel his kingdom.

114:3 The sea looked and fled; 1306 

the Jordan River 1307  turned back. 1308 

114:4 The mountains skipped like rams,

the hills like lambs. 1309 

114:5 Why do you flee, O sea?

Why do you turn back, O Jordan River?

114:6 Why do you skip like rams, O mountains,

like lambs, O hills?

114:7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord

before the God of Jacob,

114:8 who turned a rock into a pool of water,

a hard rock into springs of water! 1310 

Psalm 115 1311 

115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us!

But to your name bring honor, 1312 

for the sake of your loyal love and faithfulness. 1313 

115:2 Why should the nations say,

Where is their God?

115:3 Our God is in heaven!

He does whatever he pleases! 1314 

115:4 Their 1315  idols are made of silver and gold

they are man-made. 1316 

115:5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,

eyes, but cannot see,

115:6 ears, but cannot hear,

noses, but cannot smell,

115:7 hands, but cannot touch,

feet, but cannot walk.

They cannot even clear their throats. 1317 

115:8 Those who make them will end up 1318  like them,

as will everyone who trusts in them.

115:9 O Israel, trust in the Lord!

He is their deliverer 1319  and protector. 1320 

115:10 O family 1321  of Aaron, trust in the Lord!

He is their deliverer 1322  and protector. 1323 

115:11 You loyal followers of the Lord, 1324  trust in the Lord!

He is their deliverer 1325  and protector. 1326 

115:12 The Lord takes notice of us, 1327  he will bless 1328 

he will bless the family 1329  of Israel,

he will bless the family of Aaron.

115:13 He will bless his loyal followers, 1330 

both young and old. 1331 

115:14 May he increase your numbers,

yours and your children’s! 1332 

115:15 May you be blessed by the Lord,

the creator 1333  of heaven and earth!

115:16 The heavens belong to the Lord, 1334 

but the earth he has given to mankind. 1335 

115:17 The dead do not praise the Lord,

nor do any of those who descend into the silence of death. 1336 

115:18 But we will praise the Lord

now and forevermore.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 116 1337 

116:1 I love the Lord

because he heard my plea for mercy, 1338 

116:2 and listened to me. 1339 

As long as I live, I will call to him when I need help. 1340 

116:3 The ropes of death tightened around me, 1341 

the snares 1342  of Sheol confronted me.

I was confronted 1343  with trouble and sorrow.

116:4 I called on the name of the Lord,

“Please Lord, rescue my life!

116:5 The Lord is merciful and fair;

our God is compassionate.

116:6 The Lord protects 1344  the untrained; 1345 

I was in serious trouble 1346  and he delivered me.

116:7 Rest once more, my soul, 1347 

for the Lord has vindicated you. 1348 

116:8 Yes, 1349  Lord, 1350  you rescued my life from death,

and kept my feet from stumbling.

116:9 I will serve 1351  the Lord

in the land 1352  of the living.

116:10 I had faith when I said,

I am severely oppressed.”

116:11 I rashly declared, 1353 

“All men are liars.”

116:12 How can I repay the Lord

for all his acts of kindness to me?

116:13 I will celebrate my deliverance, 1354 

and call on the name of the Lord.

116:14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord

before all his people.

116:15 The Lord values

the lives of his faithful followers. 1355 

116:16 Yes, Lord! I am indeed your servant;

I am your lowest slave. 1356 

You saved me from death. 1357 

116:17 I will present a thank offering to you,

and call on the name of the Lord.

116:18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord

before all his people,

116:19 in the courts of the Lord’s temple,

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117 1358 

117:1 Praise the Lord, all you nations!

Applaud him, all you foreigners! 1359 

117:2 For his loyal love towers 1360  over us,

and the Lord’s faithfulness endures.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 118 1361 

118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good

and his loyal love endures! 1362 

118:2 Let Israel say,

Yes, his loyal love endures!

118:3 Let the family 1363  of Aaron say,

Yes, his loyal love endures!

118:4 Let the loyal followers of the Lord 1364  say,

Yes, his loyal love endures!

118:5 In my distress 1365  I cried out to the Lord.

The Lord answered me and put me in a wide open place. 1366 

118:6 The Lord is on my side, 1367  I am not afraid!

What can people do to me? 1368 

118:7 The Lord is on my side 1369  as my helper. 1370 

I look in triumph on those who hate me.

118:8 It is better to take shelter 1371  in the Lord

than to trust in people.

118:9 It is better to take shelter in the Lord

than to trust in princes.

118:10 All the nations surrounded me. 1372 

Indeed, in the name of the Lord 1373  I pushed them away. 1374 

118:11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me.

Indeed, in the name of the Lord I pushed them away.

118:12 They surrounded me like bees.

But they disappeared as quickly 1375  as a fire among thorns. 1376 

Indeed, in the name of the Lord I pushed them away.

118:13You aggressively attacked me 1377  and tried to knock me down, 1378 

but the Lord helped me.

118:14 The Lord gives me strength and protects me; 1379 

he has become my deliverer.” 1380 

118:15 They celebrate deliverance in the tents of the godly. 1381 

The Lord’s right hand conquers, 1382 

118:16 the Lord’s right hand gives victory, 1383 

the Lord’s right hand conquers.

118:17 I will not die, but live,

and I will proclaim what the Lord has done. 1384 

118:18 The Lord severely 1385  punished me,

but he did not hand me over to death.

118:19 Open for me the gates of the just king’s temple! 1386 

I will enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

118:20 This is the Lord’s gate

the godly enter through it.

118:21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me,

and have become my deliverer.

118:22 The stone which the builders discarded 1387 

has become the cornerstone. 1388 

118:23 This is the Lord’s work.

We consider it amazing! 1389 

118:24 This is the day the Lord has brought about. 1390 

We will be happy and rejoice in it.

118:25 Please Lord, deliver!

Please Lord, grant us success! 1391 

118:26 May the one who comes in the name of the Lord 1392  be blessed!

We will pronounce blessings on you 1393  in the Lord’s temple. 1394 

118:27 The Lord is God and he has delivered us. 1395 

Tie the offering 1396  with ropes

to the horns of the altar! 1397 

118:28 You are my 1398  God and I will give you thanks!

You are my God and I will praise you!

118:29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good

and his loyal love endures! 1399 

Psalm 119 1400 

119:1 א (Alef)

How blessed are those whose actions are blameless, 1401 

who obey 1402  the law of the Lord.

119:2 How blessed are those who observe his rules,

and seek him with all their heart,

119:3 who, moreover, do no wrong,

but follow in his footsteps. 1403 

119:4 You demand that your precepts

be carefully kept. 1404 

119:5 If only I were predisposed 1405 

to keep your statutes!

119:6 Then I would not be ashamed,

if 1406  I were focused on 1407  all your commands.

119:7 I will give you sincere thanks, 1408 

when I learn your just regulations.

119:8 I will keep your statutes.

Do not completely abandon me! 1409 

119:9 ב (Bet)

How can a young person 1410  maintain a pure life? 1411 

By guarding it according to your instructions! 1412 

119:10 With all my heart I seek you.

Do not allow me to stray from your commands!

119:11 In my heart I store up 1413  your words, 1414 

so I might not sin against you.

119:12 You deserve praise, 1415  O Lord!

Teach me your statutes!

119:13 With my lips I proclaim

all the regulations you have revealed. 1416 

119:14 I rejoice in the lifestyle prescribed by your rules 1417 

as if 1418  they were riches of all kinds. 1419 

119:15 I will meditate on 1420  your precepts

and focus 1421  on your behavior. 1422 

119:16 I find delight 1423  in your statutes;

I do not forget your instructions. 1424 

119:17 ג (Gimel)

Be kind to your servant!

Then I will live 1425  and keep 1426  your instructions. 1427 

119:18 Open 1428  my eyes so I can truly see 1429 

the marvelous things in your law!

119:19 I am like a foreigner in this land. 1430 

Do not hide your commands from me!

119:20 I desperately long to know 1431 

your regulations at all times.

119:21 You reprimand arrogant people.

Those who stray from your commands are doomed. 1432 

119:22 Spare me 1433  shame and humiliation,

for I observe your rules.

119:23 Though rulers plot and slander me, 1434 

your servant meditates on your statutes.

119:24 Yes, I find delight in your rules;

they give me guidance. 1435 

119:25 ד (Dalet)

I collapse in the dirt. 1436 

Revive me with your word! 1437 

119:26 I told you about my ways 1438  and you answered me.

Teach me your statutes!

119:27 Help me to understand what your precepts mean! 1439 

Then I can meditate 1440  on your marvelous teachings. 1441 

119:28 I collapse 1442  from grief.

Sustain me by your word! 1443 

119:29 Remove me from the path of deceit! 1444 

Graciously give me 1445  your law!

119:30 I choose the path of faithfulness;

I am committed to 1446  your regulations.

119:31 I hold fast 1447  to your rules.

O Lord, do not let me be ashamed!

119:32 I run along the path of your commands,

for you enable me to do so. 1448 

119:33 ה (He)

Teach me, O Lord, the lifestyle prescribed by your statutes, 1449 

so that I might observe it continually. 1450 

119:34 Give me understanding so that I might observe your law,

and keep it with all my heart. 1451 

119:35 Guide me 1452  in the path of your commands,

for I delight to walk in it. 1453 

119:36 Give me a desire for your rules, 1454 

rather than for wealth gained unjustly. 1455 

119:37 Turn my eyes away from what is worthless! 1456 

Revive me with your word! 1457 

119:38 Confirm to your servant your promise, 1458 

which you made to the one who honors you. 1459 

119:39 Take away the insults that I dread! 1460 

Indeed, 1461  your regulations are good.

119:40 Look, I long for your precepts.

Revive me with your deliverance! 1462 

119:41 ו (Vav)

May I experience your loyal love, 1463  O Lord,

and your deliverance, 1464  as you promised. 1465 

119:42 Then I will have a reply for the one who insults me, 1466 

for I trust in your word.

119:43 Do not completely deprive me of a truthful testimony, 1467 

for I await your justice.

119:44 Then I will keep 1468  your law continually

now and for all time. 1469 

119:45 I will be secure, 1470 

for I seek your precepts.

119:46 I will speak 1471  about your regulations before kings

and not be ashamed.

119:47 I will find delight in your commands,

which I love.

119:48 I will lift my hands to 1472  your commands,

which I love,

and I will meditate on your statutes.

119:49 ז (Zayin)

Remember your word to your servant,

for you have given me hope.

119:50 This 1473  is what comforts me in my trouble,

for your promise revives me. 1474 

119:51 Arrogant people do nothing but scoff at me. 1475 

Yet I do not turn aside from your law.

119:52 I remember your ancient regulations, 1476 

O Lord, and console myself. 1477 

119:53 Rage takes hold of me because of the wicked,

those who reject your law.

119:54 Your statutes have been my songs 1478 

in the house where I live. 1479 

119:55 I remember your name during the night, O Lord,

and I will keep 1480  your law.

119:56 This 1481  has been my practice,

for I observe your precepts.

119:57 ח (Khet)

The Lord is my source of security. 1482 

I have determined 1483  to follow your instructions. 1484 

119:58 I seek your favor 1485  with all my heart.

Have mercy on me as you promised! 1486 

119:59 I consider my actions 1487 

and follow 1488  your rules.

119:60 I keep your commands

eagerly and without delay. 1489 

119:61 The ropes of the wicked tighten around 1490  me,

but I do not forget your law.

119:62 In the middle of the night I arise 1491  to thank you

for your just regulations.

119:63 I am a friend to all your loyal followers, 1492 

and to those who keep your precepts.

119:64 O Lord, your loyal love fills the earth.

Teach me your statutes!

119:65 ט (Tet)

You are good 1493  to your servant,

O Lord, just as you promised. 1494 

119:66 Teach me proper discernment 1495  and understanding!

For I consider your commands to be reliable. 1496 

119:67 Before I was afflicted I used to stray off, 1497 

but now I keep your instructions. 1498 

119:68 You are good and you do good.

Teach me your statutes!

119:69 Arrogant people smear my reputation with lies, 1499 

but I observe your precepts with all my heart.

119:70 Their hearts are calloused, 1500 

but I find delight in your law.

119:71 It was good for me to suffer,

so that I might learn your statutes.

119:72 The law you have revealed is more important to me

than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. 1501 

119:73 י (Yod)

Your hands made me and formed me. 1502 

Give me understanding so that I might learn 1503  your commands.

119:74 Your loyal followers will be glad when they see me, 1504 

for I find hope in your word.

119:75 I know, Lord, that your regulations 1505  are just.

You disciplined me because of your faithful devotion to me. 1506 

119:76 May your loyal love console me,

as you promised your servant. 1507 

119:77 May I experience your compassion, 1508  so I might live!

For I find delight in your law.

119:78 May the arrogant be humiliated, for they have slandered me! 1509 

But I meditate on your precepts.

119:79 May your loyal followers 1510  turn to me,

those who know your rules.

119:80 May I be fully committed to your statutes, 1511 

so that I might not be ashamed.

119:81 כ (Kaf)

I desperately long for 1512  your deliverance.

I find hope in your word.

119:82 My eyes grow tired as I wait for your promise to be fulfilled. 1513 

I say, 1514 When will you comfort me?

119:83 For 1515  I am like a wineskin 1516  dried up in smoke. 1517 

I do not forget your statutes.

119:84 How long must your servant endure this? 1518 

When will you judge those who pursue me?

119:85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, 1519 

which violates your law. 1520 

119:86 All your commands are reliable.

I am pursued without reason. 1521  Help me!

119:87 They have almost destroyed me here on the earth,

but I do not reject your precepts.

119:88 Revive me with 1522  your loyal love,

that I might keep 1523  the rules you have revealed. 1524 

119:89 ל (Lamed)

O Lord, your instructions endure;

they stand secure in heaven. 1525 

119:90 You demonstrate your faithfulness to all generations. 1526 

You established the earth and it stood firm.

119:91 Today they stand firm by your decrees,

for all things are your servants.

119:92 If I had not found encouragement in your law, 1527 

I would have died in my sorrow. 1528 

119:93 I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have revived me.

119:94 I belong to you. Deliver me!

For I seek your precepts.

119:95 The wicked prepare to kill me, 1529 

yet I concentrate on your rules.

119:96 I realize that everything has its limits,

but your commands are beyond full comprehension. 1530 

119:97 מ (Mem)

O how I love your law!

All day long I meditate on it.

119:98 Your commandments 1531  make me wiser than my enemies,

for I am always aware of them.

119:99 I have more insight than all my teachers,

for I meditate on your rules.

119:100 I am more discerning than those older than I,

for I observe your precepts.

119:101 I stay away 1532  from the evil path,

so that I might keep your instructions. 1533 

119:102 I do not turn aside from your regulations,

for you teach me.

119:103 Your words are sweeter

in my mouth than honey! 1534 

119:104 Your precepts give me discernment.

Therefore I hate all deceitful actions. 1535 

119:105 נ (Nun)

Your word 1536  is a lamp to walk by,

and a light to illumine my path. 1537 

119:106 I have vowed and solemnly sworn

to keep your just regulations.

119:107 I am suffering terribly.

O Lord, revive me with your word! 1538 

119:108 O Lord, please accept the freewill offerings of my praise! 1539 

Teach me your regulations!

119:109 My life is in continual danger, 1540 

but I do not forget your law.

119:110 The wicked lay a trap for me,

but I do not wander from your precepts.

119:111 I claim your rules as my permanent possession,

for they give me joy. 1541 

119:112 I am determined to obey 1542  your statutes

at all times, to the very end.

119:113 ס (Samek)

I hate people with divided loyalties, 1543 

but I love your law.

119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield.

I find hope in your word.

119:115 Turn away from me, you evil men,

so that I can observe 1544  the commands of my God. 1545 

119:116 Sustain me as you promised, 1546  so that I will live. 1547 

Do not disappoint me! 1548 

119:117 Support me, so that I will be delivered.

Then I will focus 1549  on your statutes continually.

119:118 You despise 1550  all who stray from your statutes,

for they are deceptive and unreliable. 1551 

119:119 You remove all the wicked of the earth like slag. 1552 

Therefore I love your rules. 1553 

119:120 My body 1554  trembles 1555  because I fear you; 1556 

I am afraid of your judgments.

119:121 ע (Ayin)

I do what is fair and right. 1557 

Do not abandon me to my oppressors!

119:122 Guarantee the welfare of your servant! 1558 

Do not let the arrogant oppress me!

119:123 My eyes grow tired as I wait for your deliverance, 1559 

for your reliable promise to be fulfilled. 1560 

119:124 Show your servant your loyal love! 1561 

Teach me your statutes!

119:125 I am your servant. Give me insight,

so that I can understand 1562  your rules.

119:126 It is time for the Lord to act –

they break your law!

119:127 For this reason 1563  I love your commands

more than gold, even purest gold.

119:128 For this reason I carefully follow all your precepts. 1564 

I hate all deceitful actions. 1565 

119:129 פ (Pe)

Your rules are marvelous.

Therefore I observe them.

119:130 Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines. 1566 

They give 1567  insight to the untrained. 1568 

119:131 I open my mouth and pant,

because I long 1569  for your commands.

119:132 Turn toward me and extend mercy to me,

as you typically do to your loyal followers. 1570 

119:133 Direct my steps by your word! 1571 

Do not let any sin dominate me!

119:134 Deliver me 1572  from oppressive men,

so that I can keep 1573  your precepts.

119:135 Smile 1574  on your servant!

Teach me your statutes!

119:136 Tears stream down from my eyes, 1575 

because people 1576  do not keep your law.

119:137 צ (Tsade)

You are just, O Lord,

and your judgments are fair.

119:138 The rules you impose are just, 1577 

and absolutely reliable.

119:139 My zeal 1578  consumes 1579  me,

for my enemies forget your instructions. 1580 

119:140 Your word is absolutely pure,

and your servant loves it!

119:141 I am insignificant and despised,

yet I do not forget your precepts.

119:142 Your justice endures, 1581 

and your law is reliable. 1582 

119:143 Distress and hardship confront 1583  me,

yet I find delight in your commands.

119:144 Your rules remain just. 1584 

Give me insight so that I can live. 1585 

119:145 ק (Qof)

I cried out with all my heart, “Answer me, O Lord!

I will observe your statutes.”

119:146 I cried out to you, “Deliver me,

so that I can keep 1586  your rules.”

119:147 I am up before dawn crying for help.

I find hope in your word.

119:148 My eyes anticipate the nighttime hours,

so that I can meditate on your word.

119:149 Listen to me 1587  because of 1588  your loyal love!

O Lord, revive me, as you typically do! 1589 

119:150 Those who are eager to do 1590  wrong draw near;

they are far from your law.

119:151 You are near, O Lord,

and all your commands are reliable. 1591 

119:152 I learned long ago that

you ordained your rules to last. 1592 

119:153 ר (Resh)

See my pain and rescue me!

For I do not forget your law.

119:154 Fight for me 1593  and defend me! 1594 

Revive me with your word!

119:155 The wicked have no chance for deliverance, 1595 

for they do not seek your statutes.

119:156 Your compassion is great, O Lord.

Revive me, as you typically do! 1596 

119:157 The enemies who chase me are numerous. 1597 

Yet I do not turn aside from your rules.

119:158 I take note of the treacherous and despise them,

because they do not keep your instructions. 1598 

119:159 See how I love your precepts!

O Lord, revive me with your loyal love!

119:160 Your instructions are totally reliable;

all your just regulations endure. 1599 

119:161 שׂ/שׁ (Sin/Shin)

Rulers pursue me for no reason,

yet I am more afraid of disobeying your instructions. 1600 

119:162 I rejoice in your instructions,

like one who finds much plunder. 1601 

119:163 I hate and despise deceit;

I love your law.

119:164 Seven 1602  times a day I praise you

because of your just regulations.

119:165 Those who love your law are completely secure; 1603 

nothing causes them to stumble. 1604 

119:166 I hope for your deliverance, O Lord,

and I obey 1605  your commands.

119:167 I keep your rules;

I love them greatly.

119:168 I keep your precepts and rules,

for you are aware of everything I do. 1606 

119:169 ת (Tav)

Listen to my cry for help, 1607  O Lord!

Give me insight by your word!

119:170 Listen to my appeal for mercy! 1608 

Deliver me, as you promised. 1609 

119:171 May praise flow freely from my lips,

for you teach me your statutes.

119:172 May my tongue sing about your instructions, 1610 

for all your commands are just.

119:173 May your hand help me,

for I choose to obey 1611  your precepts.

119:174 I long for your deliverance, O Lord;

I find delight in your law.

119:175 May I 1612  live and praise you!

May your regulations help me! 1613 

119:176 I have wandered off like a lost sheep. 1614 

Come looking for your servant,

for I do not forget your commands.

Psalm 120 1615 

120:1 A song of ascents. 1616 

In my distress I cried out

to the Lord and he answered me.

120:2 I said, 1617  “O Lord, rescue me 1618 

from those who lie with their lips 1619 

and those who deceive with their tongue. 1620 

120:3 How will he severely punish you,

you deceptive talker? 1621 

120:4 Here’s how! 1622  With the sharp arrows of warriors,

with arrowheads forged over the hot coals. 1623 

120:5 How miserable I am! 1624 

For I have lived temporarily 1625  in Meshech;

I have resided among the tents of Kedar. 1626 

120:6 For too long I have had to reside

with those who hate 1627  peace.

120:7 I am committed to peace, 1628 

but when I speak, they want to make war. 1629 

Psalm 121 1630 

121:1 A song of ascents. 1631 

I look up 1632  toward the hills.

From where 1633  does my help come?

121:2 My help comes from the Lord, 1634 

the Creator 1635  of heaven and earth!

121:3 May he not allow your foot to slip!

May your protector 1636  not sleep! 1637 

121:4 Look! Israel’s protector 1638 

does not sleep or slumber!

121:5 The Lord is your protector;

the Lord is the shade at your right hand.

121:6 The sun will not harm you by day,

or the moon by night. 1639 

121:7 The Lord will protect you from all harm;

he will protect your life.

121:8 The Lord will protect you in all you do, 1640 

now and forevermore.

Psalm 122 1641 

122:1 A song of ascents, 1642  by David.

I was glad because 1643  they said to me,

“We will go to the Lord’s temple.”

122:2 Our feet are 1644  standing

inside your gates, O Jerusalem.

122:3 Jerusalem 1645  is a city designed

to accommodate an assembly. 1646 

122:4 The tribes go up 1647  there, 1648 

the tribes of the Lord,

where it is required that Israel

give thanks to the name of the Lord. 1649 

122:5 Indeed, 1650  the leaders sit 1651  there on thrones and make legal decisions,

on the thrones of the house of David. 1652 

122:6 Pray 1653  for the peace of Jerusalem!

May those who love her prosper! 1654 

122:7 May there be peace inside your defenses,

and prosperity 1655  inside your fortresses! 1656 

122:8 For the sake of my brothers and my neighbors

I will say, “May there be peace in you!

122:9 For the sake of the temple of the Lord our God

I will pray for you to prosper. 1657 

Psalm 123 1658 

123:1 A song of ascents. 1659 

I look up 1660  toward you,

the one enthroned 1661  in heaven.

123:2 Look, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,

as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress, 1662 

so my eyes will look to the Lord, our God, until he shows us favor.

123:3 Show us favor, O Lord, show us favor!

For we have had our fill of humiliation, and then some. 1663 

123:4 We have had our fill 1664 

of the taunts of the self-assured,

of the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 124 1665 

124:1 A song of ascents, 1666  by David.

If the Lord had not been on our side” –

let Israel say this! –

124:2 if the Lord had not been on our side,

when men attacked us, 1667 

124:3 they would have swallowed us alive,

when their anger raged against us.

124:4 The water would have overpowered us;

the current 1668  would have overwhelmed 1669  us. 1670 

124:5 The raging water

would have overwhelmed us. 1671 

124:6 The Lord deserves praise, 1672 

for 1673  he did not hand us over as prey to their teeth.

124:7 We escaped with our lives, 1674  like a bird from a hunter’s snare.

The snare broke, and we escaped.

124:8 Our deliverer is the Lord, 1675 

the Creator 1676  of heaven and earth.

Psalm 125 1677 

125:1 A song of ascents. 1678 

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion;

it cannot be upended and will endure forever.

125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, 1679 

so the Lord surrounds his people,

now and forevermore.

125:3 Indeed, 1680  the scepter of a wicked king 1681  will not settle 1682 

upon the allotted land of the godly.

Otherwise the godly might

do what is wrong. 1683 

125:4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,

to the morally upright! 1684 

125:5 As for those who are bent on traveling a sinful path, 1685 

may the Lord remove them, 1686  along with those who behave wickedly! 1687 

May Israel experience peace! 1688 

Psalm 126 1689 

126:1 A song of ascents. 1690 

When the Lord restored the well-being of Zion, 1691 

we thought we were dreaming. 1692 

126:2 At that time we laughed loudly

and shouted for joy. 1693 

At that time the nations said, 1694 

“The Lord has accomplished great things for these people.”

126:3 The Lord did indeed accomplish great things for us.

We were happy.

126:4 O Lord, restore our well-being,

just as the streams in the arid south are replenished. 1695 

126:5 Those who shed tears as they plant

will shout for joy when they reap the harvest. 1696 

126:6 The one who weeps as he walks along, carrying his bag 1697  of seed,

will certainly come in with a shout of joy, carrying his sheaves of grain. 1698 

Psalm 127 1699 

127:1 A song of ascents, 1700  by Solomon.

If the Lord does not build a house, 1701 

then those who build it work in vain.

If the Lord does not guard a city, 1702 

then the watchman stands guard in vain.

127:2 It is vain for you to rise early, come home late,

and work so hard for your food. 1703 

Yes, 1704  he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep. 1705 

127:3 Yes, 1706  sons 1707  are a gift from the Lord,

the fruit of the womb is a reward.

127:4 Sons born during one’s youth

are like arrows in a warrior’s hand. 1708 

127:5 How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!

They will not be put to shame 1709  when they confront 1710  enemies at the city gate.

Psalm 128 1711 

128:1 A song of ascents. 1712 

How blessed is every one of the Lord’s loyal followers, 1713 

each one who keeps his commands! 1714 

128:2 You 1715  will eat what you worked so hard to grow. 1716 

You will be blessed and secure. 1717 

128:3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine 1718 

in the inner rooms of your house;

your children 1719  will be like olive branches,

as they sit all around your table.

128:4 Yes indeed, the man who fears the Lord

will be blessed in this way. 1720 

128:5 May the Lord bless you 1721  from Zion,

that you might see 1722  Jerusalem 1723  prosper

all the days of your life,

128:6 and that you might see 1724  your grandchildren. 1725 

May Israel experience peace! 1726 

Psalm 129 1727 

129:1 A song of ascents. 1728 

“Since my youth they have often attacked me,”

let Israel say.

129:2Since my youth they have often attacked me,

but they have not defeated me.

129:3 The plowers plowed my back;

they made their furrows long.

129:4 The Lord is just;

he cut the ropes of the wicked.” 1729 

129:5 May all who hate Zion

be humiliated and turned back!

129:6 May they be like the grass on the rooftops

which withers before one can even pull it up, 1730 

129:7 which cannot fill the reaper’s hand,

or the lap of the one who gathers the grain!

129:8 Those who pass by will not say, 1731 

“May you experience the Lord’s blessing!

We pronounce a blessing on you in the name of the Lord.”

Psalm 130 1732 

130:1 A song of ascents. 1733 

From the deep water 1734  I cry out to you, O Lord.

130:2 O Lord, listen to me! 1735 

Pay attention to 1736  my plea for mercy!

130:3 If you, O Lord, were to keep track of 1737  sins,

O Lord, who could stand before you? 1738 

130:4 But 1739  you are willing to forgive, 1740 

so that you might 1741  be honored. 1742 

130:5 I rely on 1743  the Lord,

I rely on him with my whole being; 1744 

I wait for his assuring word. 1745 

130:6 I yearn for the Lord, 1746 

more than watchmen do for the morning,

yes, more than watchmen do for the morning. 1747 

130:7 O Israel, hope in the Lord,

for the Lord exhibits loyal love, 1748 

and is more than willing to deliver. 1749 

130:8 He will deliver 1750  Israel

from all the consequences of their sins. 1751 

Psalm 131 1752 

131:1 A song of ascents, 1753  by David.

O Lord, my heart is not proud,

nor do I have a haughty look. 1754 

I do not have great aspirations,

or concern myself with things that are beyond me. 1755 

131:2 Indeed 1756  I am composed and quiet, 1757 

like a young child carried by its mother; 1758 

I am content like the young child I carry. 1759 

131:3 O Israel, hope in the Lord

now and forevermore!

Psalm 132 1760 

132:1 A song of ascents. 1761 

O Lord, for David’s sake remember

all his strenuous effort, 1762 

132:2 and how he made a vow to the Lord,

and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob. 1763 

132:3 He said, 1764  “I will not enter my own home, 1765 

or get into my bed. 1766 

132:4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep,

or my eyelids to slumber,

132:5 until I find a place for the Lord,

a fine dwelling place 1767  for the powerful ruler of Jacob.” 1768 

132:6 Look, we heard about it 1769  in Ephrathah, 1770 

we found it in the territory of Jaar. 1771 

132:7 Let us go to his dwelling place!

Let us worship 1772  before his footstool!

132:8 Ascend, O Lord, to your resting place,

you and the ark of your strength!

132:9 May your priests be clothed with integrity! 1773 

May your loyal followers shout for joy!

132:10 For the sake of David, your servant,

do not reject your chosen king! 1774 

132:11 The Lord made a reliable promise to David; 1775 

he will not go back on his word. 1776 

He said, 1777  “I will place one of your descendants 1778  on your throne.

132:12 If your sons keep my covenant

and the rules I teach them,

their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”

132:13 Certainly 1779  the Lord has chosen Zion;

he decided to make it his home. 1780 

132:14 He said, 1781  “This will be my resting place forever;

I will live here, for I have chosen it. 1782 

132:15 I will abundantly supply what she needs; 1783 

I will give her poor all the food they need. 1784 

132:16 I will protect her priests, 1785 

and her godly people will shout exuberantly. 1786 

132:17 There I will make David strong; 1787 

I have determined that my chosen king’s dynasty will continue. 1788 

132:18 I will humiliate his enemies, 1789 

and his crown will shine.

Psalm 133 1790 

133:1 A song of ascents, 1791  by David.

Look! How good and how pleasant it is

when brothers live together! 1792 

133:2 It is like fine oil poured on the head

which flows down the beard 1793 

Aaron’s beard,

and then flows down his garments. 1794 

133:3 It is like the dew of Hermon, 1795 

which flows down upon the hills of Zion. 1796 

Indeed 1797  that is where the Lord has decreed

a blessing will be available – eternal life. 1798 

Psalm 134 1799 

134:1 A song of ascents. 1800 

Attention! 1801  Praise the Lord,

all you servants of the Lord,

who serve 1802  in the Lord’s temple during the night.

134:2 Lift your hands toward the sanctuary

and praise the Lord!

134:3 May the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth,

bless you 1803  from Zion! 1804 

Psalm 135 1805 

135:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the name of the Lord!

Offer praise, you servants of the Lord,

135:2 who serve 1806  in the Lord’s temple,

in the courts of the temple of our God.

135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good!

Sing praises to his name, for it is pleasant! 1807 

135:4 Indeed, 1808  the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,

Israel to be his special possession. 1809 

135:5 Yes, 1810  I know the Lord is great,

and our Lord is superior to all gods.

135:6 He does whatever he pleases

in heaven and on earth,

in the seas and all the ocean depths.

135:7 He causes the clouds to arise from the end of the earth,

makes lightning bolts accompany the rain,

and brings the wind out of his storehouses.

135:8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

including both men and animals.

135:9 He performed awesome deeds 1811  and acts of judgment 1812 

in your midst, O Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.

135:10 He defeated many nations,

and killed mighty kings

135:11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

and Og, king of Bashan,

and all the kingdoms of Canaan.

135:12 He gave their land as an inheritance,

as an inheritance to Israel his people.

135:13 O Lord, your name endures, 1813 

your reputation, O Lord, lasts. 1814 

135:14 For the Lord vindicates 1815  his people,

and has compassion on his servants. 1816 

135:15 The nationsidols are made of silver and gold,

they are man-made. 1817 

135:16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,

eyes, but cannot see,

135:17 and ears, but cannot hear.

Indeed, they cannot breathe. 1818 

135:18 Those who make them will end up 1819  like them,

as will everyone who trusts in them.

135:19 O family 1820  of Israel, praise the Lord!

O family of Aaron, praise the Lord!

135:20 O family of Levi, praise the Lord!

You loyal followers 1821  of the Lord, praise the Lord!

135:21 The Lord deserves praise in Zion 1822 

he who dwells in Jerusalem. 1823 

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 136 1824 

136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his loyal love endures. 1825 

136:2 Give thanks to the God of gods,

for his loyal love endures.

136:3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his loyal love endures,

136:4 to the one who performs magnificent, amazing deeds all by himself,

for his loyal love endures,

136:5 to the one who used wisdom to make the heavens,

for his loyal love endures,

136:6 to the one who spread out the earth over the water,

for his loyal love endures,

136:7 to the one who made the great lights,

for his loyal love endures,

136:8 the sun to rule by day,

for his loyal love endures,

136:9 the moon and stars to rule by night,

for his loyal love endures,

136:10 to the one who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

for his loyal love endures,

136:11 and led Israel out from their midst,

for his loyal love endures,

136:12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,

for his loyal love endures,

136:13 to the one who divided 1826  the Red Sea 1827  in two, 1828 

for his loyal love endures,

136:14 and led Israel through its midst,

for his loyal love endures,

136:15 and tossed 1829  Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea,

for his loyal love endures,

136:16 to the one who led his people through the wilderness,

for his loyal love endures,

136:17 to the one who struck down great kings,

for his loyal love endures,

136:18 and killed powerful kings,

for his loyal love endures,

136:19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

for his loyal love endures,

136:20 Og, king of Bashan,

for his loyal love endures,

136:21 and gave their land as an inheritance,

for his loyal love endures,

136:22 as an inheritance to Israel his servant,

for his loyal love endures,

136:23 to the one who remembered us when we were down, 1830 

for his loyal love endures,

136:24 and snatched us away from our enemies,

for his loyal love endures,

136:25 to the one who gives food to all living things, 1831 

for his loyal love endures.

136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,

for his loyal love endures!

Psalm 137 1832 

137:1 By the rivers of Babylon

we sit down and weep 1833 

when we remember Zion.

137:2 On the poplars in her midst

we hang our harps,

137:3 for there our captors ask us to compose songs; 1834 

those who mock us demand that we be happy, saying: 1835 

“Sing for us a song about Zion! 1836 

137:4 How can we sing a song to the Lord

in a foreign land?

137:5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

may my right hand be crippled! 1837 

137:6 May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

and do not give Jerusalem priority

over whatever gives me the most joy. 1838 

137:7 Remember, O Lord, what the Edomites did

on the day Jerusalem fell. 1839 

They said, “Tear it down, tear it down, 1840 

right to its very foundation!

137:8 O daughter Babylon, soon to be devastated! 1841 

How blessed will be the one who repays you

for what you dished out to us! 1842 

137:9 How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies

and smashes them on a rock! 1843 

Psalm 138 1844 

138:1 By David.

I will give you thanks with all my heart;

before the heavenly assembly 1845  I will sing praises to you.

138:2 I will bow down toward your holy temple,

and give thanks to your name,

because of your loyal love and faithfulness,

for you have exalted your promise above the entire sky. 1846 

138:3 When 1847  I cried out for help, you answered me.

You made me bold and energized me. 1848 

138:4 Let all the kings of the earth give thanks 1849  to you, O Lord,

when they hear the words you speak. 1850 

138:5 Let them sing about the Lord’s deeds, 1851 

for the Lord’s splendor is magnificent. 1852 

138:6 Though the Lord is exalted, he takes note of the lowly,

and recognizes the proud from far away.

138:7 Even when I must walk in the midst of danger, 1853  you revive me.

You oppose my angry enemies, 1854 

and your right hand delivers me.

138:8 The Lord avenges me. 1855 

O Lord, your loyal love endures.

Do not abandon those whom you have made! 1856 

Psalm 139 1857 

139:1 For the music director, a psalm of David.

O Lord, you examine me 1858  and know.

139:2 You know when I sit down and when I get up;

even from far away you understand my motives.

139:3 You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; 1859 

you are aware of everything I do. 1860 

139:4 Certainly 1861  my tongue does not frame a word

without you, O Lord, being thoroughly aware of it. 1862 

139:5 You squeeze me in from behind and in front;

you place your hand on me.

139:6 Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension;

it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it. 1863 

139:7 Where can I go to escape your spirit?

Where can I flee to escape your presence? 1864 

139:8 If I were to ascend 1865  to heaven, you would be there.

If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be. 1866 

139:9 If I were to fly away 1867  on the wings of the dawn, 1868 

and settle down on the other side 1869  of the sea,

139:10 even there your hand would guide me,

your right hand would grab hold of me.

139:11 If I were to say, “Certainly the darkness will cover me, 1870 

and the light will turn to night all around me,” 1871 

139:12 even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, 1872 

and the night is as bright as 1873  day;

darkness and light are the same to you. 1874 

139:13 Certainly 1875  you made my mind and heart; 1876 

you wove me together 1877  in my mother’s womb.

139:14 I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. 1878 

You knew me thoroughly; 1879 

139:15 my bones were not hidden from you,

when 1880  I was made in secret

and sewed together in the depths of the earth. 1881 

139:16 Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. 1882 

All the days ordained for me

were recorded in your scroll

before one of them came into existence. 1883 

139:17 How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! 1884 

How vast is their sum total! 1885 

139:18 If I tried to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand.

Even if I finished counting them,

I would still have to contend with you. 1886 

139:19 If only 1887  you would kill the wicked, O God!

Get away from me, you violent men! 1888 

139:20 They 1889  rebel against you 1890  and act deceitfully; 1891 

your enemies lie. 1892 

139:21 O Lord, do I not hate those who hate you,

and despise those who oppose you? 1893 

139:22 I absolutely hate them, 1894 

they have become my enemies!

139:23 Examine me, and probe my thoughts! 1895 

Test me, and know my concerns! 1896 

139:24 See if there is any idolatrous tendency 1897  in me,

and lead me in the reliable ancient