Bible: Psalms 73-89
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,
73:4 For they suffer no pain; 7
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
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
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
and my insides felt sharp pain. 39
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
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
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,
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
they set up their battle flags. 65
74:5 They invade like lumberjacks
swinging their axes in a thick forest. 66
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
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
74:17 You set up all the boundaries 92 of the earth;
you created the cycle of summer and winter. 93
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
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
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
they “fell asleep.” 137
All the warriors were helpless. 138
76:6 At the sound of your battle cry, 139 O God of Jacob,
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)
you reveal your anger in full measure. 147
76:11 Make vows to the
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
77:11 I will remember the works of the
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.
the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah)
77:16 The waters 172 saw you, O God,
the waters saw you and trembled. 173
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 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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
78:64 Their 268 priests fell by the sword,
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
he led them with skill. 280
Psalm 79 281
79:1 A psalm of Asaph.
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
You must not worship a foreign god.
81:10 I am the
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.”
May they be permanently humiliated!) 367
81:16 “I would feed Israel the best wheat, 368
Psalm 82 371
82:1 A psalm of Asaph.
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,
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.”
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
83:13 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,
83:17 May they be humiliated and continually terrified! 418
May they die in shame! 419
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
84:2 I desperately want to be 427
in the courts of the
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
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
84:7 They are sustained as they travel along; 439
each one appears 440 before God in Zion.
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
he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity. 450
how blessed are those who trust in you! 452
Psalm 85 453
85:1 For the music director; written by the Korahites, a psalm.
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!
Bestow on us your deliverance!
85:8 I will listen to what God the
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
and our land will yield 470 its crops.
85:13 Deliverance goes 471 before him,
Psalm 86 474
86:1 A prayer of David.
Listen 475 O
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
and show great faithfulness to all who cry out to you.
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.
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
86:14 O God, arrogant men attack me; 491
86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God.
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
Psalm 87 500
87:1 Written by the Korahites; a psalm, a song.
more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
87:3 People say wonderful things about you, 502
O city of God. (Selah)
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,
“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
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
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
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
or your deliverance in the land of oblivion? 537
88:13 As for me, I cry out to you, O
in the morning my prayer confronts you.
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
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
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have made a promise on oath to David, my servant:
89:4 ‘I will give you an eternal dynasty 552
and establish your throne throughout future generations.’” 553 (Selah)
as well as your faithfulness in the angelic assembly. 555
89:6 For who in the skies can compare to the
Who is like the
and more awesome than 559 all who surround him?
Who is strong like you, O
Your faithfulness surrounds you.
89:9 You rule over the proud sea. 561
When its waves surge, 562 you calm them.
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,
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
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
our king to the Holy One of Israel. 577
“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.
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,
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
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.
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
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)
the ones performed in accordance with your reliable oath to David? 628
and of how I must bear so many insults from people! 631
89:51 Your enemies, O
they insult your chosen king as they dog his footsteps. 63289:52 633
We agree! We agree! 635