Bible: Psalms 73-89

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 

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