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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 3 - Old & New Testament

 

Psalms 52,57,142

Psalm 52[a]

For the director of music. A maskil[b] of David. When Doeg the Edomite(a) had gone to Saul and told him: "David has gone to the house of Ahimelek."

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
     Why do you boast(b) all day long,(c)
     you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who practice deceit,(d)
     your tongue plots destruction;(e)
     it is like a sharpened razor.(f)
3 You love evil(g) rather than good,
     falsehood(h) rather than speaking the truth.[c]
4 You love every harmful word,
     you deceitful tongue!(i)

5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
     He will snatch you up and pluck(j) you from your tent;
     he will uproot(k) you from the land of the living.(l)
6 The righteous will see and fear;
     they will laugh(m) at you, saying,
7 "Here now is the man
     who did not make God his stronghold(n)
but trusted in his great wealth(o)
     and grew strong by destroying others!"

8 But I am like an olive tree(p)
     flourishing in the house of God;
I trust(q) in God's unfailing love
     for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you(r)
     in the presence of your faithful people.(s)
And I will hope in your name,(t)
     for your name is good.(u)

Psalm 53[a](a)

For the director of music. According to mahalath.[b] A maskil[c] of David.

1 The fool(b) says in his heart,
     "There is no God."(c)
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
     there is no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven(d)
     on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,(e)
     any who seek God.(f)
3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
     there is no one who does good,
     not even one.(g)

4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
     they never call on God.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
     where there was nothing to dread.(h)
God scattered the bones(i) of those who attacked you;(j)
     you put them to shame,(k) for God despised them.(l)

6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
     When God restores his people,
     let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 54[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites(a) had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?"

1 Save me(b), O God, by your name;(c)
     vindicate me by your might.(d)
2 Hear my prayer, O God;(e)
     listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;(f)
     ruthless people(g) are trying to kill me(h)
     people without regard for God.[c](i)

4 Surely God is my help;(j)
     the Lord is the one who sustains me.(k)

5 Let evil recoil(l) on those who slander me;
     in your faithfulness(m) destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering(n) to you;
     I will praise(o) your name, Lord , for it is good.(p)
7 You have delivered me(q) from all my troubles,
     and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.(r)

Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
     do not ignore my plea;(a)
2       hear me and answer me.(b)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(c)
3       because of what my enemy is saying,
     because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(d)
     and assail(e) me in their anger.(f)

4 My heart is in anguish(g) within me;
     the terrors(h) of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling(i) have beset me;
     horror(j) has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
     I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
     and stay in the desert;[c](k)
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,(l)
     far from the tempest and storm.(m)"

9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(n)
     for I see violence and strife(o) in the city.(p)
10 Day and night they prowl(q) about on its walls;
     malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(r) are at work in the city;
     threats and lies(s) never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
     I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
     I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
     my companion, my close friend,(t)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(u)
     at the house of God,(v)
as we walked about
     among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;(w)
     let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,(x)
     for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
     and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(y) morning(z) and noon(aa)
     I cry out in distress,
     and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
     from the battle waged against me,
     even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(ab)
     who does not change—
he will hear(ac) them and humble them,
     because they have no fear of God.(ad)

20 My companion attacks his friends;(ae)
     he violates his covenant.(af)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(ag)
     yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(ah)
     yet they are drawn swords.(ai)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
     and he will sustain you;(aj)
he will never let
     the righteous be shaken.(ak)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
     into the pit(al) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(am)
     will not live out half their days.(an)

But as for me, I trust in you.(ao)

Psalm 56[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A miktam.[b] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

1 Be merciful to me,(a) my God,
     for my enemies are in hot pursuit;(b)
     all day long they press their attack.(c)
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long;(d)
     in their pride many are attacking me.(e)

3 When I am afraid,(f) I put my trust in you.(g)
4       In God, whose word I praise—(h)
in God I trust and am not afraid.(i)
     What can mere mortals do to me?(j)

5 All day long they twist my words;(k)
     all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire,(l) they lurk,
     they watch my steps,(m)
     hoping to take my life.(n)
7 Because of their wickedness do not[c] let them escape;(o)
     in your anger, God, bring the nations down.(p)

8 Record my misery;
     list my tears on your scroll[d](q)
     are they not in your record?(r)
9 Then my enemies will turn back(s)
     when I call for help.(t)
     By this I will know that God is for me.(u)

10 In God, whose word I praise,
     in the Lord , whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
     What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows(v) to you, my God;
     I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death(w)
     and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
     in the light of life.(x)

Psalm 57[a](a)

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.(b)

1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
     for in you I take refuge.(c)
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings(d)
     until the disaster has passed.(e)

2 I cry out to God Most High,
     to God, who vindicates me.(f)
3 He sends from heaven and saves me,(g)
     rebuking those who hotly pursue me—[c](h)
     God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.(i)

4 I am in the midst of lions;(j)
     I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
     whose tongues are sharp swords.(k)

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
     let your glory be over all the earth.(l)

6 They spread a net for my feet(m)
     I was bowed down(n) in distress.
They dug a pit(o) in my path—
     but they have fallen into it themselves.(p)

7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,
     my heart is steadfast;(q)
     I will sing and make music.
8 Awake, my soul!
     Awake, harp and lyre!(r)
     I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
     I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
     your faithfulness reaches to the skies.(s)

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(t)
     let your glory be over all the earth.(u)

Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b]

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(a)
     Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,(b)
     and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(c)

3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
     from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(d)
     like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
5 that will not heed(e) the tune of the charmer,(f)
     however skillful the enchanter may be.

6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;(g)
     Lord , tear out the fangs of those lions!(h)
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;(i)
     when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(j)
8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(k)
     like a stillborn child(l) that never sees the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(m)
     whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c](n)
10 The righteous will be glad(o) when they are avenged,(p)
     when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(q)
11 Then people will say,
     "Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(r)
     surely there is a God who judges the earth."(s)

Psalm 59[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b] When Saul had sent men to watch David's house(a) in order to kill him.

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;(b)
     be my fortress against those who are attacking me.(c)
2 Deliver me from evildoers(d)
     and save me from those who are after my blood.(e)

3 See how they lie in wait for me!
     Fierce men conspire(f) against me
     for no offense or sin of mine, Lord .
4 I have done no wrong,(g) yet they are ready to attack me.(h)
     Arise to help me; look on my plight!(i)
5 You, Lord God Almighty,
     you who are the God of Israel,(j)
rouse yourself(k) to punish all the nations;(l)
     show no mercy to wicked traitors.[c](m)

6 They return at evening,
     snarling like dogs,(n)
     and prowl about the city.
7 See what they spew from their mouths(o)
     the words from their lips are sharp as swords,(p)
     and they think, "Who can hear us?"(q)
8 But you laugh at them, Lord ;(r)
     you scoff at all those nations.(s)

9 You are my strength,(t) I watch for you;
     you, God, are my fortress,(u)
10       my God on whom I can rely.

God will go before me
     and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[d](v)
     or my people will forget.(w)
In your might uproot them
     and bring them down.(x)
12 For the sins of their mouths,(y)
     for the words of their lips,(z)
     let them be caught in their pride.(aa)
For the curses and lies they utter,
13       consume them in your wrath,
     consume them till they are no more.(ab)
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
     that God rules over Jacob.(ac)

14 They return at evening,
     snarling like dogs,
     and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food(ad)
     and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing(ae) of your strength,(af)
     in the morning(ag) I will sing of your love;(ah)
for you are my fortress,(ai)
     my refuge in times of trouble.(aj)

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
     you, God, are my fortress,
     my God on whom I can rely.(ak)

Psalm 60[a](a)

For the director of music. To the tune of "The Lily of the Covenant." A miktam[b] of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim[c] and Aram Zobah,[d] and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.(b)

1 You have rejected us,(c) God, and burst upon us;
     you have been angry(d)—now restore us!(e)
2 You have shaken the land(f) and torn it open;
     mend its fractures,(g) for it is quaking.
3 You have shown your people desperate times;(h)
     you have given us wine that makes us stagger.(i)
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner(j)
     to be unfurled against the bow.[e]

5 Save us and help us with your right hand,(k)
     that those you love(l) may be delivered.
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary:
     "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem(m)
     and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.(n)
7 Gilead(o) is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
     Ephraim(p) is my helmet,
     Judah(q) is my scepter.(r)
8 Moab is my washbasin,
     on Edom I toss my sandal;
     over Philistia I shout in triumph.(s)"

9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
     Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us
     and no longer go out with our armies?(t)
11 Give us aid against the enemy,
     for human help is worthless.(u)
12 With God we will gain the victory,
     and he will trample down our enemies.(v)

Psalm 61[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God;(a)
     listen to my prayer.(b)

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,
     I call as my heart grows faint;(c)
     lead me to the rock(d) that is higher than I.
3 For you have been my refuge,(e)
     a strong tower against the foe.(f)

4 I long to dwell(g) in your tent forever
     and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b](h)
5 For you, God, have heard my vows;(i)
     you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.(j)

6 Increase the days of the king's life,(k)
     his years for many generations.(l)
7 May he be enthroned in God's presence forever;(m)
     appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.(n)

8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name(o)
     and fulfill my vows day after day.(p)

Psalm 62[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

1 Truly my soul finds rest(a) in God;(b)
     my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock(c) and my salvation;(d)
     he is my fortress,(e) I will never be shaken.(f)

3 How long will you assault me?
     Would all of you throw me down—
     this leaning wall,(g) this tottering fence?
4 Surely they intend to topple me
     from my lofty place;
     they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
     but in their hearts they curse.[b](h)

5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;(i)
     my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
     he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God[c];
     he is my mighty rock, my refuge.(j)
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;(k)
     pour out your hearts to him,(l)
     for God is our refuge.

9 Surely the lowborn(m) are but a breath,(n)
     the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance,(o) they are nothing;
     together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion(p)
     or put vain hope in stolen goods;(q)
though your riches increase,
     do not set your heart on them.(r)

11 One thing God has spoken,
     two things I have heard:
"Power belongs to you, God,(s)
12       and with you, Lord, is unfailing love";(t)
and, "You reward everyone
     according to what they have done."(u)

Psalm 63[a]

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

1 You, God, are my God,
     earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,(a)
     my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
     where there is no water.(b)

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary(c)
     and beheld your power and your glory.(d)
3 Because your love is better than life,(e)
     my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,(f)
     and in your name I will lift up my hands.(g)
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;(h)
     with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;
     I think of you through the watches of the night.(i)
7 Because you are my help,(j)
     I sing in the shadow of your wings.(k)
8 I cling to you;(l)
     your right hand upholds me.(m)

9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;(n)
     they will go down to the depths of the earth.(o)
10 They will be given over to the sword(p)
     and become food for jackals.(q)

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
     all who swear by God will glory in him,(r)
     while the mouths of liars will be silenced.(s)

Psalm 64[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;(a)
     protect my life from the threat of the enemy.(b)

2 Hide me from the conspiracy(c) of the wicked,(d)
     from the plots of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords(e)
     and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.(f)
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent;(g)
     they shoot suddenly, without fear.(h)

5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
     they talk about hiding their snares;(i)
     they say, "Who will see it[b]?"(j)
6 They plot injustice and say,
     "We have devised a perfect plan!"
     Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;
     they will suddenly be struck down.
8 He will turn their own tongues against them(k)
     and bring them to ruin;
     all who see them will shake their heads(l) in scorn.(m)
9 All people will fear;(n)
     they will proclaim the works of God
     and ponder what he has done.(o)

10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord (p)
     and take refuge in him;(q)
     all the upright in heart will glory in him!(r)

Psalm 65[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

1 Praise awaits[b] you, our God, in Zion;(a)
     to you our vows will be fulfilled.(b)
2 You who answer prayer,
     to you all people will come.(c)
3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,(d)
     you forgave[c] our transgressions.(e)
4 Blessed are those you choose(f)
     and bring near(g) to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,(h)
     of your holy temple.

5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,(i)
     God our Savior,(j)
the hope of all the ends of the earth(k)
     and of the farthest seas,(l)
6 who formed the mountains(m) by your power,
     having armed yourself with strength,(n)
7 who stilled the roaring of the seas,(o)
     the roaring of their waves,
     and the turmoil of the nations.(p)
8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
     where morning dawns, where evening fades,
     you call forth songs of joy.(q)

9 You care for the land and water it;(r)
     you enrich it abundantly.(s)
The streams of God are filled with water
     to provide the people with grain,(t)
     for so you have ordained it.[d]
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
     you soften it with showers(u) and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,(v)
     and your carts overflow with abundance.(w)
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;(x)
     the hills are clothed with gladness.(y)
13 The meadows are covered with flocks(z)
     and the valleys are mantled with grain;(aa)
     they shout for joy and sing.(ab)

Psalm 66

For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth!(a)
2       Sing the glory of his name;(b)
     make his praise glorious.(c)
3 Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!(d)
     So great is your power
     that your enemies cringe(e) before you.
4 All the earth bows down(f) to you;
     they sing praise(g) to you,
     they sing the praises of your name."[a]

5 Come and see what God has done,
     his awesome deeds(h) for mankind!
6 He turned the sea into dry land,(i)
     they passed through(j) the waters on foot—
     come, let us rejoice(k) in him.
7 He rules forever(l) by his power,
     his eyes watch(m) the nations—
     let not the rebellious(n) rise up against him.

8 Praise(o) our God, all peoples,
     let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives(p)
     and kept our feet from slipping.(q)
10 For you, God, tested(r) us;
     you refined us like silver.(s)
11 You brought us into prison(t)
     and laid burdens(u) on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;(v)
     we went through fire and water,
     but you brought us to a place of abundance.(w)

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings(x)
     and fulfill my vows(y) to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
     when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
     and an offering of rams;
     I will offer bulls and goats.(z)

16 Come and hear,(aa) all you who fear God;
     let me tell(ab) you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
     his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
     the Lord would not have listened;(ac)
19 but God has surely listened
     and has heard(ad) my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
     who has not rejected(ae) my prayer
     or withheld his love from me!

Psalm 67[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
     and make his face shine on us—[b](a)
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
     your salvation(b) among all nations.(c)

3 May the peoples praise you, God;
     may all the peoples praise you.(d)
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,(e)
     for you rule the peoples with equity(f)
     and guide the nations of the earth.(g)
5 May the peoples praise you, God;
     may all the peoples praise you.

6 The land yields its harvest;(h)
     God, our God, blesses us.(i)
7 May God bless us still,
     so that all the ends of the earth(j) will fear him.(k)

Psalm 68[a]

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

1 May God arise,(a) may his enemies be scattered;(b)
     may his foes flee(c) before him.
2 May you blow them away like smoke—(d)
     as wax melts(e) before the fire,
     may the wicked perish(f) before God.
3 But may the righteous be glad
     and rejoice(g) before God;
     may they be happy and joyful.

4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,(h)
     extol him who rides on the clouds[b](i);
     rejoice before him—his name is the Lord .(j)
5 A father to the fatherless,(k) a defender of widows,(l)
     is God in his holy dwelling.(m)
6 God sets the lonely(n) in families,[c](o)
     he leads out the prisoners(p) with singing;
     but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.(q)

7 When you, God, went out(r) before your people,
     when you marched through the wilderness,[d](s)
8 the earth shook,(t) the heavens poured down rain,(u)
     before God, the One of Sinai,(v)
     before God, the God of Israel.(w)
9 You gave abundant showers,(x) O God;
     you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your people settled in it,
     and from your bounty,(y) God, you provided(z) for the poor.

11 The Lord announces the word,
     and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:(aa)
12 "Kings and armies flee(ab) in haste;
     the women at home divide the plunder.(ac)
13 Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,[e](ad)
     the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
     its feathers with shining gold."
14 When the Almighty[f] scattered(ae) the kings in the land,
     it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.(af)

15 Mount Bashan,(ag) majestic mountain,(ah)
     Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
     at the mountain where God chooses(ai) to reign,
     where the Lord himself will dwell forever?(aj)
17 The chariots(ak) of God are tens of thousands
     and thousands of thousands;(al)
     the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.[g]
18 When you ascended(am) on high,(an)
     you took many captives;(ao)
     you received gifts from people,(ap)
even from[h] the rebellious(aq)
     that you,[i] Lord God, might dwell there.

19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,(ar)
     who daily bears our burdens.(as)
20 Our God is a God who saves;(at)
     from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.(au)
21 Surely God will crush the heads(av) of his enemies,
     the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22 The Lord says, "I will bring them from Bashan;
     I will bring them from the depths of the sea,(aw)
23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,(ax)
     while the tongues of your dogs(ay) have their share."

24 Your procession, God, has come into view,
     the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.(az)
25 In front are the singers,(ba) after them the musicians;(bb)
     with them are the young women playing the timbrels.(bc)
26 Praise God in the great congregation;(bd)
     praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.(be)
27 There is the little tribe(bf) of Benjamin,(bg) leading them,
     there the great throng of Judah's princes,
     and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.(bh)

28 Summon your power,(bi) God[j];
     show us your strength,(bj) our God, as you have done(bk) before.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
     kings will bring you gifts.(bl)
30 Rebuke the beast(bm) among the reeds,(bn)
     the herd of bulls(bo) among the calves of the nations.
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
     Scatter the nations(bp) who delight in war.(bq)
31 Envoys will come from Egypt;(br)
     Cush[k](bs) will submit herself to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,(bt)
     sing praise(bu) to the Lord,
33 to him who rides(bv) across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
     who thunders(bw) with mighty voice.(bx)
34 Proclaim the power(by) of God,
     whose majesty(bz) is over Israel,
     whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome(ca) in your sanctuary;(cb)
     the God of Israel gives power and strength(cc) to his people.(cd)

Praise be to God!(ce)

Psalm 69[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Lilies." Of David.

1 Save me, O God,
     for the waters(a) have come up to my neck.(b)
2 I sink in the miry depths,(c)
     where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
     the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;(d)
     my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,(e)
     looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me(f) without reason(g)
     outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,(h)
     those who seek to destroy me.(i)
I am forced to restore
     what I did not steal.

5 You, God, know my folly;(j)
     my guilt is not hidden from you.(k)

6 Lord, the Lord Almighty,
     may those who hope in you
     not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
     may those who seek you
     not be put to shame because of me.
7 For I endure scorn(l) for your sake,(m)
     and shame covers my face.(n)
8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
     a stranger to my own mother's children;(o)
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,(p)
     and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.(q)
10 When I weep and fast,(r)
     I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,(s)
     people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate(t) mock me,
     and I am the song of the drunkards.(u)

13 But I pray to you, Lord ,
     in the time of your favor;(v)
in your great love,(w) O God,
     answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
     do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
     from the deep waters.(x)
15 Do not let the floodwaters(y) engulf me
     or the depths swallow me up(z)
     or the pit close its mouth over me.(aa)

16 Answer me, Lord , out of the goodness of your love;(ab)
     in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face(ac) from your servant;
     answer me quickly,(ad) for I am in trouble.(ae)
18 Come near and rescue me;
     deliver(af) me because of my foes.

19 You know how I am scorned,(ag) disgraced and shamed;
     all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
     and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
     for comforters,(ah) but I found none.(ai)
21 They put gall in my food
     and gave me vinegar(aj) for my thirst.(ak)

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
     may it become retribution and[b] a trap.(al)
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
     and their backs be bent forever.(am)
24 Pour out your wrath(an) on them;
     let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;(ao)
     let there be no one to dwell in their tents.(ap)
26 For they persecute those you wound
     and talk about the pain of those you hurt.(aq)
27 Charge them with crime upon crime;(ar)
     do not let them share in your salvation.(as)
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life(at)
     and not be listed with the righteous.(au)

29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
     may your salvation, God, protect me.(av)

30 I will praise God's name in song(aw)
     and glorify him(ax) with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
     more than a bull with its horns and hooves.(ay)
32 The poor will see and be glad(az)
     you who seek God, may your hearts live!(ba)
33 The Lord hears the needy(bb)
     and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
     the seas and all that move in them,(bc)
35 for God will save Zion(bd)
     and rebuild the cities of Judah.(be)
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36       the children of his servants will inherit it,(bf)
     and those who love his name will dwell there.(bg)

Psalm 70[a](a)

For the director of music. Of David. A petition.

1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
     come quickly, Lord , to help me.(b)

2 May those who want to take my life(c)
     be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
     be turned back in disgrace.(d)
3 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"(e)
     turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you(f)
     rejoice and be glad(g) in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
     "The Lord is great!"(h)

5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;(i)
     come quickly to me,(j) O God.
You are my help(k) and my deliverer;(l)
     Lord , do not delay.(m)

Psalm 71(a)

1 In you, Lord , I have taken refuge;(b)
     let me never be put to shame.(c)
2 In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
     turn your ear(d) to me and save me.
3 Be my rock of refuge,
     to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
     for you are my rock and my fortress.(e)
4 Deliver(f) me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,(g)
     from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.(h)

5 For you have been my hope,(i) Sovereign Lord ,
     my confidence(j) since my youth.
6 From birth(k) I have relied on you;
     you brought me forth from my mother's womb.(l)
     I will ever praise(m) you.
7 I have become a sign(n) to many;
     you are my strong refuge.(o)
8 My mouth(p) is filled with your praise,
     declaring your splendor(q) all day long.

9 Do not cast(r) me away when I am old;(s)
     do not forsake(t) me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies(u) speak against me;
     those who wait to kill(v) me conspire(w) together.
11 They say, "God has forsaken(x) him;
     pursue him and seize him,
     for no one will rescue(y) him."
12 Do not be far(z) from me, my God;
     come quickly, God, to help(aa) me.
13 May my accusers(ab) perish in shame;(ac)
     may those who want to harm me
     be covered with scorn and disgrace.(ad)

14 As for me, I will always have hope;(ae)
     I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tell(af) of your righteous deeds,(ag)
     of your saving acts all day long—
     though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts,(ah) Sovereign Lord ;
     I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught(ai) me,
     and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.(aj)
18 Even when I am old and gray,(ak)
     do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power(al) to the next generation,
     your mighty acts to all who are to come.(am)

19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,(an)
     you who have done great things.(ao)
     Who is like you, God?(ap)
20 Though you have made me see troubles,(aq)
     many and bitter,
     you will restore(ar) my life again;
from the depths of the earth(as)
     you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor(at)
     and comfort(au) me once more.

22 I will praise you with the harp(av)
     for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,(aw)
     Holy One of Israel.(ax)
23 My lips will shout for joy(ay)
     when I sing praise to you—
     I whom you have delivered.(az)
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
     all day long,(ba)
for those who wanted to harm me(bb)
     have been put to shame and confusion.(bc)

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

1 Endow the king with your justice,(a) O God,
     the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,(b)
     your afflicted ones with justice.

3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
     the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted(c) among the people
     and save the children of the needy;(d)
     may he crush the oppressor.(e)
5 May he endure[a](f) as long as the sun,
     as long as the moon, through all generations.(g)
6 May he be like rain(h) falling on a mown field,
     like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish(i)
     and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

8 May he rule from sea to sea
     and from the River[b](j) to the ends of the earth.(k)
9 May the desert tribes bow before him
     and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish(l) and of distant shores(m)
     bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba(n) and Seba
     present him gifts.(o)
11 May all kings bow down(p) to him
     and all nations serve(q) him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
     the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity(r) on the weak and the needy
     and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue(s) them from oppression and violence,
     for precious(t) is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!
     May gold from Sheba(u) be given him.
May people ever pray for him
     and bless him all day long.(v)
16 May grain(w) abound throughout the land;
     on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops(x) flourish like Lebanon(y)
     and thrive[c] like the grass of the field.(z)
17 May his name endure forever;(aa)
     may it continue as long as the sun.(ab)

Then all nations will be blessed through him,[d]
     and they will call him blessed.(ac)

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,(ad)
     who alone does marvelous deeds.(ae)
19 Praise be to his glorious name(af) forever;
     may the whole earth be filled with his glory.(ag)
Amen and Amen.(ah)

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.(ai)

BOOK III

Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

1 Surely God is good to Israel,
     to those who are pure in heart.(a)

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;(b)
     I had nearly lost my foothold.(c)
3 For I envied(d) the arrogant
     when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.(e)

4 They have no struggles;
     their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
5 They are free(f) from common human burdens;
     they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride(g) is their necklace;(h)
     they clothe themselves with violence.(i)
7 From their callous hearts(j) comes iniquity[b];
     their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;(k)
     with arrogance(l) they threaten oppression.(m)
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
     and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
     and drink up waters in abundance.[c]
11 They say, "How would God know?
     Does the Most High know anything?"

12 This is what the wicked are like—
     always free of care,(n) they go on amassing wealth.(o)

13 Surely in vain(p) I have kept my heart pure
     and have washed my hands in innocence.(q)
14 All day long I have been afflicted,(r)
     and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
     I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand(s) all this,
     it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary(t) of God;
     then I understood their final destiny.(u)

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;(v)
     you cast them down to ruin.(w)
19 How suddenly(x) are they destroyed,
     completely swept away(y) by terrors!
20 They are like a dream(z) when one awakes;(aa)
     when you arise, Lord,
     you will despise them as fantasies.(ab)

21 When my heart was grieved
     and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless(ac) and ignorant;
     I was a brute beast(ad) before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
     you hold me by my right hand.(ae)
24 You guide(af) me with your counsel,(ag)
     and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?(ah)
     And earth has nothing I desire besides you.(ai)
26 My flesh and my heart(aj) may fail,(ak)
     but God is the strength(al) of my heart
     and my portion(am) forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;(an)
     you destroy all who are unfaithful(ao) to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.(ap)
     I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;(aq)
     I will tell of all your deeds.(ar)

Psalm 74

A maskil[a] of Asaph.

1 O God, why have you rejected(a) us forever?(b)
     Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?(c)
2 Remember the nation you purchased(d) long ago,(e)
     the people of your inheritance,(f) whom you redeemed(g)
     Mount Zion,(h) where you dwelt.(i)
3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,(j)
     all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

4 Your foes roared(k) in the place where you met with us;
     they set up their standards(l) as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes
     to cut through a thicket of trees.(m)
6 They smashed all the carved(n) paneling
     with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
     they defiled(o) the dwelling place(p) of your Name.(q)
8 They said in their hearts, "We will crush(r) them completely!"
     They burned(s) every place where God was worshiped in the land.

9 We are given no signs from God;(t)
     no prophets(u) are left,
     and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long(v) will the enemy mock(w) you, God?
     Will the foe revile(x) your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?(y)
     Take it from the folds of your garment(z) and destroy them!

12 But God is my King(aa) from long ago;
     he brings salvation(ab) on the earth.

13 It was you who split open the sea(ac) by your power;
     you broke the heads of the monster(ad) in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan(ae)
     and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.(af)
15 It was you who opened up springs(ag) and streams;
     you dried up(ah) the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
     you established the sun and moon.(ai)
17 It was you who set all the boundaries(aj) of the earth;
     you made both summer and winter.(ak)

18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord ,
     how foolish people(al) have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove(am) to wild beasts;
     do not forget the lives of your afflicted(an) people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant,(ao)
     because haunts of violence fill the dark places(ap) of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed(aq) retreat in disgrace;
     may the poor and needy(ar) praise your name.
22 Rise up,(as) O God, and defend your cause;
     remember how fools(at) mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor(au) of your adversaries,(av)
     the uproar(aw) of your enemies,(ax) which rises continually.

Psalm 75[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1 We praise you, God,
     we praise you, for your Name is near;(a)
     people tell of your wonderful deeds.(b)

2 You say, "I choose the appointed time;(c)
     it is I who judge with equity.(d)
3 When the earth and all its people quake,(e)
     it is I who hold its pillars(f) firm.[b]
4 To the arrogant(g) I say, ‘Boast no more,'(h)
     and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.[c](i)
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
     do not speak so defiantly.(j)'"

6 No one from the east or the west
     or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7 It is God who judges:(k)
     He brings one down, he exalts another.(l)
8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup
     full of foaming wine mixed(m) with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
     drink it down to its very dregs.(n)

9 As for me, I will declare(o) this forever;
     I will sing(p) praise to the God of Jacob,(q)
10 who says, "I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
     but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up."(r)

Psalm 76[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1 God is renowned in Judah;
     in Israel his name is great.(a)
2 His tent is in Salem,(b)
     his dwelling place in Zion.(c)
3 There he broke the flashing arrows,(d)
     the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b](e)

4 You are radiant with light,(f)
     more majestic than mountains rich with game.
5 The valiant(g) lie plundered,
     they sleep their last sleep;(h)
not one of the warriors
     can lift his hands.
6 At your rebuke,(i) God of Jacob,
     both horse and chariot(j) lie still.

7 It is you alone who are to be feared.(k)
     Who can stand(l) before you when you are angry?(m)
8 From heaven you pronounced judgment,
     and the land feared(n) and was quiet—
9 when you, God, rose up to judge,(o)
     to save all the afflicted(p) of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,(q)
     and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]

11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;(r)
     let all the neighboring lands
     bring gifts(s) to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
     he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Psalm 77[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

1 I cried out to God(a) for help;
     I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress,(b) I sought the Lord;
     at night(c) I stretched out untiring hands,(d)
     and I would not be comforted.(e)

3 I remembered(f) you, God, and I groaned;(g)
     I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b](h)
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
     I was too troubled to speak.(i)
5 I thought about the former days,(j)
     the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
     My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

7 "Will the Lord reject forever?(k)
     Will he never show his favor(l) again?
8 Has his unfailing love(m) vanished forever?
     Has his promise(n) failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?(o)
     Has he in anger withheld his compassion?(p)"

10 Then I thought, "To this I will appeal:
     the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.(q)
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord ;
     yes, I will remember your miracles(r) of long ago.
12 I will consider(s) all your works
     and meditate on all your mighty deeds."(t)

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
     What god is as great as our God?(u)
14 You are the God who performs miracles;(v)
     you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,(w)
     the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters(x) saw you, God,
     the waters saw you and writhed;(y)
     the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,(z)
     the heavens resounded with thunder;(aa)
     your arrows(ab) flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,(ac)
     your lightning(ad) lit up the world;
     the earth trembled and quaked.(ae)
19 Your path(af) led through the sea,(ag)
     your way through the mighty waters,
     though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people(ah) like a flock(ai)
     by the hand of Moses and Aaron.(aj)

Psalm 78

A maskil[a] of Asaph.

1 My people, hear my teaching;(a)
     listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;(b)
     I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
     things our ancestors have told us.(c)
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;(d)
     we will tell the next generation(e)
the praiseworthy deeds(f) of the Lord ,
     his power, and the wonders(g) he has done.
5 He decreed statutes(h) for Jacob(i)
     and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
     to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
     even the children yet to be born,(j)
     and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
     and would not forget(k) his deeds
     but would keep his commands.(l)
8 They would not be like their ancestors(m)
     a stubborn(n) and rebellious(o) generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
     whose spirits were not faithful to him.

9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,(p)
     turned back on the day of battle;(q)
10 they did not keep God's covenant(r)
     and refused to live by his law.(s)
11 They forgot what he had done,(t)
     the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did miracles(u) in the sight of their ancestors
     in the land of Egypt,(v) in the region of Zoan.(w)
13 He divided the sea(x) and led them through;
     he made the water stand up like a wall.(y)
14 He guided them with the cloud by day
     and with light from the fire all night.(z)
15 He split the rocks(aa) in the wilderness
     and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
     and made water flow down like rivers.

17 But they continued to sin(ab) against him,
     rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.
18 They willfully put God to the test(ac)
     by demanding the food they craved.(ad)
19 They spoke against God;(ae)
     they said, "Can God really
     spread a table in the wilderness?
20 True, he struck the rock,
     and water gushed out,(af)
     streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
     Can he supply meat(ag) for his people?"
21 When the Lord heard them, he was furious;
     his fire broke out(ah) against Jacob,
     and his wrath rose against Israel,
22 for they did not believe in God
     or trust(ai) in his deliverance.
23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above
     and opened the doors of the heavens;(aj)
24 he rained down manna(ak) for the people to eat,
     he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
     he sent them all the food they could eat.
26 He let loose the east wind(al) from the heavens
     and by his power made the south wind blow.
27 He rained meat down on them like dust,
     birds(am) like sand on the seashore.
28 He made them come down inside their camp,
     all around their tents.
29 They ate till they were gorged—(an)
     he had given them what they craved.
30 But before they turned from what they craved,
     even while the food was still in their mouths,(ao)
31 God's anger rose against them;
     he put to death the sturdiest(ap) among them,
     cutting down the young men of Israel.

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;(aq)
     in spite of his wonders,(ar) they did not believe.(as)
33 So he ended their days in futility(at)
     and their years in terror.
34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek(au) him;
     they eagerly turned to him again.
35 They remembered that God was their Rock,(av)
     that God Most High was their Redeemer.(aw)
36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,(ax)
     lying to him with their tongues;
37 their hearts were not loyal(ay) to him,
     they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he was merciful;(az)
     he forgave(ba) their iniquities(bb)
     and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger(bc)
     and did not stir up his full wrath.
39 He remembered that they were but flesh,(bd)
     a passing breeze(be) that does not return.

40 How often they rebelled(bf) against him in the wilderness(bg)
     and grieved him(bh) in the wasteland!
41 Again and again they put God to the test;(bi)
     they vexed the Holy One of Israel.(bj)
42 They did not remember(bk) his power—
     the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,(bl)
43 the day he displayed his signs(bm) in Egypt,
     his wonders(bn) in the region of Zoan.
44 He turned their river into blood;(bo)
     they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent swarms of flies(bp) that devoured them,
     and frogs(bq) that devastated them.
46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,(br)
     their produce to the locust.(bs)
47 He destroyed their vines with hail(bt)
     and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,
     their livestock(bu) to bolts of lightning.
49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,(bv)
     his wrath, indignation and hostility—
     a band of destroying angels.(bw)
50 He prepared a path for his anger;
     he did not spare them from death
     but gave them over to the plague.
51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,(bx)
     the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.(by)
52 But he brought his people out like a flock;(bz)
     he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;
     but the sea engulfed(ca) their enemies.(cb)
54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,
     to the hill country his right hand(cc) had taken.
55 He drove out nations(cd) before them
     and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;(ce)
     he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

56 But they put God to the test
     and rebelled against the Most High;
     they did not keep his statutes.
57 Like their ancestors(cf) they were disloyal and faithless,
     as unreliable as a faulty bow.(cg)
58 They angered him(ch) with their high places;(ci)
     they aroused his jealousy with their idols.(cj)
59 When God heard(ck) them, he was furious;(cl)
     he rejected Israel(cm) completely.
60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,(cn)
     the tent he had set up among humans.(co)
61 He sent the ark of his might(cp) into captivity,(cq)
     his splendor into the hands of the enemy.
62 He gave his people over to the sword;(cr)
     he was furious with his inheritance.(cs)
63 Fire consumed(ct) their young men,
     and their young women had no wedding songs;(cu)
64 their priests were put to the sword,(cv)
     and their widows could not weep.

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,(cw)
     as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66 He beat back his enemies;
     he put them to everlasting shame.(cx)
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
     he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;(cy)
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,(cz)
     Mount Zion,(da) which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary(db) like the heights,
     like the earth that he established forever.
70 He chose David(dc) his servant
     and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep(dd) he brought him
     to be the shepherd(de) of his people Jacob,
     of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;(df)
     with skillful hands he led them.

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;(a)
     they have defiled(b) your holy temple,
     they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.(c)
2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants
     as food for the birds of the sky,(d)
     the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.(e)
3 They have poured out blood like water
     all around Jerusalem,
     and there is no one to bury(f) the dead.(g)
4 We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
     of scorn(h) and derision to those around us.(i)

5 How long,(j) Lord ? Will you be angry(k) forever?
     How long will your jealousy burn like fire?(l)
6 Pour out your wrath(m) on the nations
     that do not acknowledge(n) you,
on the kingdoms
     that do not call on your name;(o)
7 for they have devoured(p) Jacob
     and devastated his homeland.

8 Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;(q)
     may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
     for we are in desperate need.(r)
9 Help us,(s) God our Savior,
     for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
     for your name's sake.(t)
10 Why should the nations say,
     "Where is their God?"(u)

Before our eyes, make known among the nations
     that you avenge(v) the outpoured blood(w) of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
     with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps(x) of our neighbors seven times(y)
     the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,(z)
     will praise you forever;(aa)
from generation to generation
     we will proclaim your praise.

Psalm 80[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "The Lilies of the Covenant." Of Asaph. A psalm.

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
     you who lead Joseph like a flock.(a)
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,(b)
     shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.(c)
Awaken(d) your might;
     come and save us.(e)

3 Restore(f) us,(g) O God;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.(h)

4 How long,(i) Lord God Almighty,
     will your anger smolder(j)
     against the prayers of your people?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears;(k)
     you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.(l)
6 You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
     and our enemies mock us.(m)

7 Restore us, God Almighty;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.(n)

8 You transplanted a vine(o) from Egypt;
     you drove out(p) the nations and planted(q) it.
9 You cleared the ground for it,
     and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
     the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[c]
     its shoots as far as the River.[d](r)

12 Why have you broken down its walls(s)
     so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage(t) it,
     and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
     Look down from heaven and see!(u)
Watch over this vine,
15       the root your right hand has planted,
     the son[e] you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;(v)
     at your rebuke(w) your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
     the son of man(x) you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
     revive(y) us, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.

Psalm 81[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of Asaph.

1 Sing for joy to God our strength;
     shout aloud to the God of Jacob!(a)
2 Begin the music, strike the timbrel,(b)
     play the melodious harp(c) and lyre.(d)

3 Sound the ram's horn(e) at the New Moon,(f)
     and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
4 this is a decree for Israel,
     an ordinance of the God of Jacob.(g)
5 When God went out against Egypt,(h)
     he established it as a statute for Joseph.

I heard an unknown voice say:(i)

6 "I removed the burden(j) from their shoulders;(k)
     their hands were set free from the basket.
7 In your distress you called(l) and I rescued you,
     I answered(m) you out of a thundercloud;
     I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[c](n)
8 Hear me, my people,(o) and I will warn you—
     if you would only listen to me, Israel!
9 You shall have no foreign god(p) among you;
     you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
     who brought you up out of Egypt.(q)
Open(r) wide your mouth and I will fill(s) it.

11 "But my people would not listen to me;
     Israel would not submit to me.(t)
12 So I gave them over(u) to their stubborn hearts
     to follow their own devices.

13 "If my people would only listen to me,(v)
     if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue(w) their enemies
     and turn my hand against(x) their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe(y) before him,
     and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;(z)
     with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

1 God presides in the great assembly;
     he renders judgment(a) among the "gods":(b)

2 "How long will you[a] defend the unjust
     and show partiality(c) to the wicked?[b](d)
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;(e)
     uphold the cause of the poor(f) and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
     deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5 "The ‘gods' know nothing, they understand nothing.(g)
     They walk about in darkness;(h)
     all the foundations(i) of the earth are shaken.

6 "I said, ‘You are "gods";(j)
     you are all sons of the Most High.'
7 But you will die(k) like mere mortals;
     you will fall like every other ruler."

8 Rise up,(l) O God, judge(m) the earth,
     for all the nations are your inheritance.(n)

Psalm 83[a]

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, do not remain silent;(a)
     do not turn a deaf ear,
     do not stand aloof, O God.
2 See how your enemies growl,(b)
     how your foes rear their heads.(c)
3 With cunning they conspire(d) against your people;
     they plot against those you cherish.(e)
4 "Come," they say, "let us destroy(f) them as a nation,(g)
     so that Israel's name is remembered(h) no more."

5 With one mind they plot together;(i)
     they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom(j) and the Ishmaelites,
     of Moab(k) and the Hagrites,(l)
7 Byblos,(m) Ammon(n) and Amalek,(o)
     Philistia,(p) with the people of Tyre.(q)
8 Even Assyria(r) has joined them
     to reinforce Lot's descendants.[b](s)

9 Do to them as you did to Midian,(t)
     as you did to Sisera(u) and Jabin(v) at the river Kishon,(w)
10 who perished at Endor(x)
     and became like dung(y) on the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,(z)
     all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,(aa)
12 who said, "Let us take possession(ab)
     of the pasturelands of God."

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
     like chaff(ac) before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest
     or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,(ad)
15 so pursue them with your tempest(ae)
     and terrify them with your storm.(af)
16 Cover their faces with shame,(ag) Lord ,
     so that they will seek your name.

17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;(ah)
     may they perish in disgrace.(ai)
18 Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord (aj)
     that you alone are the Most High(ak) over all the earth.(al)

Psalm 84[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,(a)
     Lord Almighty!
2 My soul yearns,(b) even faints,
     for the courts of the Lord ;
my heart and my flesh cry out
     for the living God.(c)
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
     and the swallow a nest for herself,
     where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,(d)
     Lord Almighty,(e) my King(f) and my God.(g)
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
     they are ever praising you.[c]

5 Blessed are those whose strength(h) is in you,
     whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.(i)
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
     they make it a place of springs;(j)
     the autumn(k) rains also cover it with pools.[d]
7 They go from strength to strength,(l)
     till each appears(m) before God in Zion.(n)

8 Hear my prayer,(o) Lord God Almighty;
     listen to me, God of Jacob.
9 Look on our shield,[e](p) O God;
     look with favor on your anointed one.(q)

10 Better is one day in your courts
     than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper(r) in the house of my God
     than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun(s) and shield;(t)
     the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold(u)
     from those whose walk is blameless.

12  Lord Almighty,
     blessed(v) is the one who trusts in you.

Psalm 85[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 You, Lord , showed favor to your land;
     you restored the fortunes(a) of Jacob.
2 You forgave(b) the iniquity(c) of your people
     and covered all their sins.[b]
3 You set aside all your wrath(d)
     and turned from your fierce anger.(e)

4 Restore(f) us again, God our Savior,(g)
     and put away your displeasure toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?(h)
     Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive(i) us again,
     that your people may rejoice(j) in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love,(k) Lord ,
     and grant us your salvation.(l)

8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;
     he promises peace(m) to his people, his faithful servants—
     but let them not turn to folly.(n)
9 Surely his salvation(o) is near those who fear him,
     that his glory(p) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(q) meet together;
     righteousness(r) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
     and righteousness(s) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(t)
     and our land will yield(u) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
     and prepares the way for his steps.

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

1 Hear me, Lord , and answer(a) me,
     for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
     save your servant who trusts in you.(b)
You are my God; have mercy(c) on me, Lord,
     for I call(d) to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
     for I put my trust(e) in you.

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
     abounding in love(f) to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord ;
     listen to my cry(g) for mercy.
7 When I am in distress,(h) I call(i) to you,
     because you answer(j) me.

8 Among the gods(k) there is none like you,(l) Lord;
     no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
     will come(m) and worship(n) before you, Lord;
     they will bring glory(o) to your name.
10 For you are great(p) and do marvelous deeds;(q)
     you alone(r) are God.

11 Teach me your way,(s) Lord ,
     that I may rely on your faithfulness;(t)
give me an undivided(u) heart,
     that I may fear(v) your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;(w)
     I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
     you have delivered me(x) from the depths,
     from the realm of the dead.(y)

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
     ruthless people are trying to kill me—
     they have no regard for you.(z)
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious(aa) God,
     slow to anger,(ab) abounding(ac) in love and faithfulness.(ad)
16 Turn to me(ae) and have mercy(af) on me;
     show your strength(ag) in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
     just as my mother did.(ah)
17 Give me a sign(ai) of your goodness,
     that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
     for you, Lord , have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

1 He has founded his city on the holy mountain.(a)
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion(b)
     more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

3 Glorious things are said of you,
     city of God:[a](c)
4 "I will record Rahab[b](d) and Babylon
     among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia(e) too, and Tyre(f), along with Cush[c]
     and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.'"[d](g)
5 Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
     "This one and that one were born in her,
     and the Most High himself will establish her."
6 The Lord will write in the register(h) of the peoples:
     "This one was born in Zion."

7 As they make music(i) they will sing,
     "All my fountains(j) are in you."

Psalm 88[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth.[b] A maskil[c] of Heman the Ezrahite.

1  Lord , you are the God who saves me;(a)
     day and night I cry out(b) to you.
2 May my prayer come before you;
     turn your ear to my cry.

3 I am overwhelmed with troubles(c)
     and my life draws near to death.(d)
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;(e)
     I am like one without strength.(f)
5 I am set apart with the dead,
     like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
     who are cut off(g) from your care.

6 You have put me in the lowest pit,
     in the darkest depths.(h)
7 Your wrath(i) lies heavily on me;
     you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.[d](j)
8 You have taken from me my closest friends(k)
     and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined(l) and cannot escape;(m)
9       my eyes(n) are dim with grief.

I call(o) to you, Lord , every day;
     I spread out my hands(p) to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
     Do their spirits rise up and praise you?(q)
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
     your faithfulness(r) in Destruction[e]?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
     or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13 But I cry to you for help,(s) Lord ;
     in the morning(t) my prayer comes before you.(u)
14 Why, Lord , do you reject(v) me
     and hide your face(w) from me?

15 From my youth(x) I have suffered(y) and been close to death;
     I have borne your terrors(z) and am in despair.(aa)
16 Your wrath(ab) has swept over me;
     your terrors(ac) have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood;(ad)
     they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend(ae) and neighbor—
     darkness is my closest friend.

Psalm 89[a]

A maskil[b] of Ethan the Ezrahite.

1 I will sing(a) of the Lord 's great love forever;
     with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known(b)
     through all generations.
2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
     that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.(c)
3 You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
     I have sworn to David my servant,
4 ‘I will establish your line forever
     and make your throne firm through all generations.'"[c](d)

5 The heavens(e) praise your wonders, Lord ,
     your faithfulness too, in the assembly(f) of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord ?
     Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?(g)
7 In the council(h) of the holy ones(i) God is greatly feared;
     he is more awesome than all who surround him.(j)
8 Who is like you,(k) Lord God Almighty?(l)
     You, Lord , are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

9 You rule over the surging sea;
     when its waves mount up, you still them.(m)
10 You crushed Rahab(n) like one of the slain;
     with your strong arm you scattered(o) your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours,(p) and yours also the earth;(q)
     you founded the world and all that is in it.(r)
12 You created the north and the south;
     Tabor(s) and Hermon(t) sing for joy(u) at your name.
13 Your arm is endowed with power;
     your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.(v)

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;(w)
     love and faithfulness go before you.(x)
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
     who walk(y) in the light(z) of your presence, Lord .
16 They rejoice in your name(aa) all day long;
     they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,(ab)
     and by your favor you exalt our horn.[d](ac)
18 Indeed, our shield[e](ad) belongs to the Lord ,
     our king(ae) to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Once you spoke in a vision,
     to your faithful people you said:
"I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
     I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David(af) my servant;(ag)
     with my sacred oil(ah) I have anointed(ai) him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
     surely my arm will strengthen him.(aj)
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;(ak)
     the wicked will not oppress(al) him.
23 I will crush his foes before him(am)
     and strike down his adversaries.(an)
24 My faithful love will be with him,(ao)
     and through my name his horn[f] will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
     his right hand over the rivers.(ap)
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,(aq)
     my God, the Rock(ar) my Savior.'(as)
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,(at)
     the most exalted(au) of the kings(av) of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
     and my covenant with him will never fail.(aw)
29 I will establish his line forever,
     his throne as long as the heavens endure.(ax)

30 "If his sons forsake my law
     and do not follow my statutes,
31 if they violate my decrees
     and fail to keep my commands,
32 I will punish their sin with the rod,
     their iniquity with flogging;(ay)
33 but I will not take my love from him,(az)
     nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
     or alter what my lips have uttered.(ba)
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
     and I will not lie to David—
36 that his line will continue forever
     and his throne endure before me like the sun;(bb)
37 it will be established forever like the moon,
     the faithful witness in the sky."(bc)

38 But you have rejected,(bd) you have spurned,
     you have been very angry with your anointed one.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant
     and have defiled his crown in the dust.(be)
40 You have broken through all his walls(bf)
     and reduced his strongholds(bg) to ruins.
41 All who pass by have plundered(bh) him;
     he has become the scorn of his neighbors.(bi)
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
     you have made all his enemies rejoice.(bj)
43 Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword
     and have not supported him in battle.(bk)
44 You have put an end to his splendor
     and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short(bl) the days of his youth;
     you have covered him with a mantle of shame.(bm)

46 How long, Lord ? Will you hide yourself forever?
     How long will your wrath burn like fire?(bn)
47 Remember how fleeting is my life.(bo)
     For what futility you have created all humanity!
48 Who can live and not see death,
     or who can escape the power of the grave?(bp)
49 Lord, where is your former great love,
     which in your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, Lord, how your servant has[g] been mocked,(bq)
     how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,
51 the taunts with which your enemies, Lord , have mocked,
     with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.(br)

52 Praise be to the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.(bs)

BOOK IV

Psalms 90–106

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place(a)
     throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born(b)
     or you brought forth the whole world,
     from everlasting to everlasting(c) you are God.(d)

3 You turn people back to dust,
     saying, "Return to dust, you mortals."(e)
4 A thousand years in your sight
     are like a day that has just gone by,
     or like a watch in the night.(f)
5 Yet you sweep people away(g) in the sleep of death—
     they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
     but by evening it is dry and withered.(h)

7 We are consumed by your anger
     and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
     our secret sins(i) in the light of your presence.(j)
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
     we finish our years with a moan.(k)
10 Our days may come to seventy years,(l)
     or eighty,(m) if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,(n)
     for they quickly pass, and we fly away.(o)
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
     Your wrath(p) is as great as the fear that is your due.(q)
12 Teach us to number our days,(r)
     that we may gain a heart of wisdom.(s)

13 Relent, Lord ! How long(t) will it be?
     Have compassion on your servants.(u)
14 Satisfy(v) us in the morning with your unfailing love,(w)
     that we may sing for joy(x) and be glad all our days.(y)
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
     for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
     your splendor to their children.(z)

17 May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us;
     establish the work of our hands for us—
     yes, establish the work of our hands.(aa)

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter(a) of the Most High
     will rest in the shadow(b) of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord , "He is my refuge(c) and my fortress,(d)
     my God, in whom I trust."

3 Surely he will save you
     from the fowler's snare(e)
     and from the deadly pestilence.(f)
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
     and under his wings you will find refuge;(g)
     his faithfulness will be your shield(h) and rampart.
5 You will not fear(i) the terror of night,
     nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
     nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
     ten thousand at your right hand,
     but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
     and see the punishment of the wicked.(j)

9 If you say, "The Lord is my refuge,"
     and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm(k) will overtake you,
     no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels(l) concerning you
     to guard you in all your ways;(m)
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
     so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.(n)
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
     you will trample the great lion and the serpent.(o)

14 "Because he[b] loves me," says the Lord , "I will rescue him;
     I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
     I will be with him in trouble,
     I will deliver him and honor him.(p)
16 With long life(q) I will satisfy him
     and show him my salvation.(r)"

Psalm 92[a]

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

1 It is good to praise the Lord
     and make music(a) to your name,(b) O Most High,(c)
2 proclaiming your love in the morning(d)
     and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre(e)
     and the melody of the harp.(f)

4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord ;
     I sing for joy(g) at what your hands have done.(h)
5 How great are your works,(i) Lord ,
     how profound your thoughts!(j)
6 Senseless people(k) do not know,
     fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass
     and all evildoers flourish,
     they will be destroyed forever.(l)

8 But you, Lord , are forever exalted.

9 For surely your enemies(m), Lord ,
     surely your enemies will perish;
     all evildoers will be scattered.(n)
10 You have exalted my horn[b](o) like that of a wild ox;(p)
     fine oils(q) have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
     my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.(r)

12 The righteous will flourish(s) like a palm tree,
     they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;(t)
13 planted in the house of the Lord ,
     they will flourish in the courts of our God.(u)
14 They will still bear fruit(v) in old age,
     they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, "The Lord is upright;
     he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.(w)"

Psalm 93

1 The Lord reigns,(a) he is robed in majesty;(b)
     the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;(c)
     indeed, the world is established,(d) firm and secure.(e)
2 Your throne was established(f) long ago;
     you are from all eternity.(g)

3 The seas(h) have lifted up, Lord ,
     the seas have lifted up their voice;(i)
     the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.(j)
4 Mightier than the thunder(k) of the great waters,
     mightier than the breakers(l) of the sea—
     the Lord on high is mighty.(m)

5 Your statutes, Lord , stand firm;
     holiness(n) adorns your house(o)
     for endless days.

Psalm 94

1 The Lord is a God who avenges.(a)
     O God who avenges, shine forth.(b)
2 Rise up,(c) Judge(d) of the earth;
     pay back(e) to the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, Lord , will the wicked,
     how long will the wicked be jubilant?(f)

4 They pour out arrogant(g) words;
     all the evildoers are full of boasting.(h)
5 They crush your people,(i) Lord ;
     they oppress your inheritance.(j)
6 They slay the widow(k) and the foreigner;
     they murder the fatherless.(l)
7 They say, "The Lord does not see;(m)
     the God of Jacob(n) takes no notice."

8 Take notice, you senseless ones(o) among the people;
     you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
     Does he who formed the eye not see?(p)
10 Does he who disciplines(q) nations not punish?
     Does he who teaches(r) mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;(s)
     he knows that they are futile.(t)

12 Blessed is the one you discipline,(u) Lord ,
     the one you teach(v) from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,(w)
     till a pit(x) is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;(y)
     he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,(z)
     and all the upright in heart(aa) will follow it.

16 Who will rise up(ab) for me against the wicked?
     Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?(ac)
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,(ad)
     I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.(ae)
18 When I said, "My foot is slipping,(af)"
     your unfailing love, Lord , supported me.
19 When anxiety(ag) was great within me,
     your consolation(ah) brought me joy.

20 Can a corrupt throne(ai) be allied with you—
     a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?(aj)
21 The wicked band together(ak) against the righteous
     and condemn the innocent(al) to death.(am)
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
     and my God the rock(an) in whom I take refuge.(ao)
23 He will repay(ap) them for their sins
     and destroy(aq) them for their wickedness;
     the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95

1 Come,(a) let us sing for joy(b) to the Lord ;
     let us shout aloud(c) to the Rock(d) of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him(e) with thanksgiving(f)
     and extol him with music(g) and song.

3 For the Lord is the great God,(h)
     the great King(i) above all gods.(j)
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,(k)
     and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
     and his hands formed the dry land.(l)

6 Come, let us bow down(m) in worship,(n)
     let us kneel(o) before the Lord our Maker;(p)
7 for he is our God
     and we are the people of his pasture,(q)
     the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
8 "Do not harden your hearts(r) as you did at Meribah,[a](s)
     as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,(t)
9 where your ancestors tested(u) me;
     they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years(v) I was angry with that generation;
     I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,(w)
     and they have not known my ways.'(x)
11 So I declared on oath(y) in my anger,
     ‘They shall never enter my rest.'"(z)

Psalm 96(a)

1 Sing to the Lord (b) a new song;(c)
     sing to the Lord , all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord , praise his name;(d)
     proclaim his salvation(e) day after day.
3 Declare his glory(f) among the nations,
     his marvelous deeds(g) among all peoples.

4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;(h)
     he is to be feared(i) above all gods.(j)
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,(k)
     but the Lord made the heavens.(l)
6 Splendor and majesty(m) are before him;
     strength and glory(n) are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the Lord ,(o) all you families of nations,(p)
     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
     bring an offering(q) and come into his courts.(r)
9 Worship the Lord (s) in the splendor of his[a] holiness;(t)
     tremble(u) before him, all the earth.(v)
10 Say among the nations, "The Lord reigns.(w)"
     The world is firmly established,(x) it cannot be moved;(y)
     he will judge(z) the peoples with equity.(aa)

11 Let the heavens rejoice,(ab) let the earth be glad;(ac)
     let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
     let all the trees of the forest(ad) sing for joy.(ae)
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord , for he comes,
     he comes to judge(af) the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness(ag)
     and the peoples in his faithfulness.(ah)

Psalm 97

1 The Lord reigns,(a) let the earth be glad;(b)
     let the distant shores(c) rejoice.
2 Clouds(d) and thick darkness(e) surround him;
     righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.(f)
3 Fire(g) goes before(h) him
     and consumes(i) his foes on every side.
4 His lightning(j) lights up the world;
     the earth(k) sees and trembles.(l)
5 The mountains melt(m) like wax(n) before the Lord ,
     before the Lord of all the earth.(o)
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,(p)
     and all peoples see his glory.(q)

7 All who worship images(r) are put to shame,(s)
     those who boast in idols(t)
     worship him,(u) all you gods!(v)

8 Zion hears and rejoices
     and the villages of Judah are glad(w)
     because of your judgments,(x) Lord .
9 For you, Lord , are the Most High(y) over all the earth;(z)
     you are exalted(aa) far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,(ab)
     for he guards(ac) the lives of his faithful ones(ad)
     and delivers(ae) them from the hand of the wicked.(af)
11 Light shines[a](ag) on the righteous(ah)
     and joy on the upright in heart.(ai)
12 Rejoice in the Lord ,(aj) you who are righteous,
     and praise his holy name.(ak)

Psalm 98

A psalm.

1 Sing to the Lord (a) a new song,(b)
     for he has done marvelous things;(c)
his right hand(d) and his holy arm(e)
     have worked salvation(f) for him.
2 The Lord has made his salvation known(g)
     and revealed his righteousness(h) to the nations.(i)
3 He has remembered(j) his love
     and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth(k) have seen
     the salvation of our God.(l)

4 Shout for joy(m) to the Lord , all the earth,
     burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,(n)
     with the harp and the sound of singing,(o)
6 with trumpets(p) and the blast of the ram's horn(q)
     shout for joy(r) before the Lord , the King.(s)

7 Let the sea(t) resound, and everything in it,
     the world, and all who live in it.(u)
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,(v)
     let the mountains(w) sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the Lord ,
     for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
     and the peoples with equity.(x)

Psalm 99

1 The Lord reigns,(a)
     let the nations tremble;(b)
he sits enthroned(c) between the cherubim,(d)
     let the earth shake.
2 Great is the Lord (e) in Zion;(f)
     he is exalted(g) over all the nations.
3 Let them praise(h) your great and awesome name(i)
     he is holy.(j)

4 The King(k) is mighty, he loves justice(l)
     you have established equity;(m)
in Jacob you have done
     what is just and right.(n)
5 Exalt(o) the Lord our God
     and worship at his footstool;
     he is holy.

6 Moses(p) and Aaron(q) were among his priests,
     Samuel(r) was among those who called on his name;
they called on the Lord
     and he answered(s) them.
7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;(t)
     they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

8  Lord our God,
     you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,(u)
     though you punished(v) their misdeeds.[a]
9 Exalt the Lord our God
     and worship at his holy mountain,
     for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy(a) to the Lord , all the earth.
2       Worship the Lord (b) with gladness;
     come before him(c) with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.(d)
     It is he who made us,(e) and we are his[a];
     we are his people,(f) the sheep of his pasture.(g)

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving(h)
     and his courts(i) with praise;
     give thanks to him and praise his name.(j)
5 For the Lord is good(k) and his love endures forever;(l)
     his faithfulness(m) continues through all generations.

Psalm 101

Of David. A psalm.

1 I will sing of your love(a) and justice;
     to you, Lord , I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life(b)
     when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs(c) of my house
     with a blameless heart.
3 I will not look with approval
     on anything that is vile.(d)

I hate what faithless people do;(e)
     I will have no part in it.
4 The perverse of heart(f) shall be far from me;
     I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

5 Whoever slanders their neighbor(g) in secret,
     I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes(h) and a proud heart,
     I will not tolerate.

6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
     that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless(i)
     will minister to me.

7 No one who practices deceit
     will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
     will stand in my presence.

8 Every morning(j) I will put to silence
     all the wicked(k) in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer(l)
     from the city of the Lord .(m)

Psalm 102[a]

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord .

1 Hear my prayer,(a) Lord ;
     let my cry for help(b) come to you.
2 Do not hide your face(c) from me
     when I am in distress.
Turn your ear(d) to me;
     when I call, answer me quickly.

3 For my days vanish like smoke;(e)
     my bones(f) burn like glowing embers.
4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass;(g)
     I forget to eat my food.(h)
5 In my distress I groan aloud(i)
     and am reduced to skin and bones.
6 I am like a desert owl,(j)
     like an owl among the ruins.
7 I lie awake;(k) I have become
     like a bird alone(l) on a roof.
8 All day long my enemies(m) taunt me;(n)
     those who rail against me use my name as a curse.(o)
9 For I eat ashes(p) as my food
     and mingle my drink with tears(q)
10 because of your great wrath,(r)
     for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;(s)
     I wither(t) away like grass.

12 But you, Lord , sit enthroned forever;(u)
     your renown endures(v) through all generations.(w)
13 You will arise(x) and have compassion(y) on Zion,
     for it is time(z) to show favor(aa) to her;
     the appointed time(ab) has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
     her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear(ac) the name of the Lord ,
     all the kings(ad) of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion(ae)
     and appear in his glory.(af)
17 He will respond to the prayer(ag) of the destitute;
     he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be written(ah) for a future generation,
     that a people not yet created(ai) may praise the Lord :
19 "The Lord looked down(aj) from his sanctuary on high,
     from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners(ak)
     and release those condemned to death."
21 So the name of the Lord will be declared(al) in Zion
     and his praise(am) in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
     assemble to worship(an) the Lord .

23 In the course of my life[b] he broke my strength;
     he cut short my days.(ao)
24 So I said:
"Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;
     your years go on(ap) through all generations.
25 In the beginning(aq) you laid the foundations of the earth,
     and the heavens(ar) are the work of your hands.(as)
26 They will perish,(at) but you remain;
     they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
     and they will be discarded.
27 But you remain the same,(au)
     and your years will never end.(av)
28 The children of your servants(aw) will live in your presence;
     their descendants(ax) will be established before you."

Psalm 103

Of David.

1 Praise the Lord ,(a) my soul;(b)
     all my inmost being, praise his holy name.(c)
2 Praise the Lord ,(d) my soul,
     and forget not(e) all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins(f)
     and heals(g) all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life(h) from the pit
     and crowns you with love and compassion,(i)
5 who satisfies(j) your desires with good things
     so that your youth is renewed(k) like the eagle's.(l)

6 The Lord works righteousness(m)
     and justice for all the oppressed.(n)

7 He made known(o) his ways(p) to Moses,
     his deeds(q) to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,(r)
     slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
     nor will he harbor his anger forever;(s)
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve(t)
     or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
     so great is his love(u) for those who fear him;(v)
12 as far as the east is from the west,
     so far has he removed our transgressions(w) from us.

13 As a father has compassion(x) on his children,
     so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,(y)
     he remembers that we are dust.(z)
15 The life of mortals is like grass,(aa)
     they flourish like a flower(ab) of the field;
16 the wind blows(ac) over it and it is gone,
     and its place(ad) remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
     the Lord 's love is with those who fear him,
     and his righteousness with their children's children(ae)
18 with those who keep his covenant(af)
     and remember(ag) to obey his precepts.(ah)

19 The Lord has established his throne(ai) in heaven,
     and his kingdom rules(aj) over all.

20 Praise the Lord ,(ak) you his angels,(al)
     you mighty ones(am) who do his bidding,(an)
     who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord , all his heavenly hosts,(ao)
     you his servants(ap) who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord , all his works(aq)
     everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord , my soul.(ar)

Psalm 104

1 Praise the Lord , my soul.(a)

Lord my God, you are very great;
     you are clothed with splendor and majesty.(b)

2 The Lord wraps(c) himself in light(d) as with a garment;
     he stretches(e) out the heavens(f) like a tent(g)
3       and lays the beams(h) of his upper chambers on their waters.(i)
He makes the clouds(j) his chariot(k)
     and rides on the wings of the wind.(l)
4 He makes winds his messengers,[a](m)
     flames of fire(n) his servants.

5 He set the earth(o) on its foundations;(p)
     it can never be moved.
6 You covered it(q) with the watery depths(r) as with a garment;
     the waters stood(s) above the mountains.
7 But at your rebuke(t) the waters fled,
     at the sound of your thunder(u) they took to flight;
8 they flowed over the mountains,
     they went down into the valleys,
     to the place you assigned(v) for them.
9 You set a boundary(w) they cannot cross;
     never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs(x) pour water into the ravines;
     it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water(y) to all the beasts of the field;
     the wild donkeys(z) quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky(aa) nest by the waters;
     they sing among the branches.(ab)
13 He waters the mountains(ac) from his upper chambers;(ad)
     the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.(ae)
14 He makes grass grow(af) for the cattle,
     and plants for people to cultivate—
     bringing forth food(ag) from the earth:
15 wine(ah) that gladdens human hearts,
     oil(ai) to make their faces shine,
     and bread that sustains(aj) their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord (ak) are well watered,
     the cedars of Lebanon(al) that he planted.
17 There the birds(am) make their nests;
     the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;(an)
     the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.(ao)

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,(ap)
     and the sun(aq) knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness,(ar) it becomes night,(as)
     and all the beasts of the forest(at) prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey(au)
     and seek their food from God.(av)
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
     they return and lie down in their dens.(aw)
23 Then people go out to their work,(ax)
     to their labor until evening.(ay)

24 How many are your works,(az) Lord !
     In wisdom you made(ba) them all;
     the earth is full of your creatures.(bb)
25 There is the sea,(bc) vast and spacious,
     teeming with creatures beyond number—
     living things both large and small.(bd)
26 There the ships(be) go to and fro,
     and Leviathan,(bf) which you formed to frolic(bg) there.(bh)

27 All creatures look to you
     to give them their food(bi) at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
     they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
     they are satisfied(bj) with good things.
29 When you hide your face,(bk)
     they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
     they die and return to the dust.(bl)
30 When you send your Spirit,(bm)
     they are created,
     and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord (bn) endure forever;
     may the Lord rejoice in his works(bo)
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,(bp)
     who touches the mountains,(bq) and they smoke.(br)

33 I will sing(bs) to the Lord all my life;
     I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
     as I rejoice(bt) in the Lord .
35 But may sinners vanish(bu) from the earth
     and the wicked be no more.(bv)

Praise the Lord , my soul.

Praise the Lord .[b](bw)

Psalm 105(a)

1 Give praise to the Lord ,(b) proclaim his name;(c)
     make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him,(d) sing praise to him;(e)
     tell of all his wonderful acts.(f)
3 Glory in his holy name;(g)
     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
     seek his face(h) always.

5 Remember the wonders(i) he has done,
     his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,(j)
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,(k)
     his chosen(l) ones, the children of Jacob.
7 He is the Lord our God;
     his judgments are in all the earth.

8 He remembers his covenant(m) forever,
     the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham,(n)
     the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it(o) to Jacob as a decree,
     to Israel as an everlasting covenant:(p)
11 "To you I will give the land of Canaan(q)
     as the portion you will inherit."(r)

12 When they were but few in number,(s)
     few indeed, and strangers in it,(t)
13 they wandered from nation to nation,(u)
     from one kingdom to another.
14 He allowed no one to oppress(v) them;
     for their sake he rebuked kings:(w)
15 "Do not touch(x) my anointed ones;
     do my prophets(y) no harm."

16 He called down famine(z) on the land
     and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
     Joseph, sold as a slave.(aa)
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,(ab)
     his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold(ac) came to pass,
     till the word(ad) of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him,
     the ruler of peoples set him free.(ae)
21 He made him master of his household,
     ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes(af) as he pleased
     and teach his elders wisdom.(ag)

23 Then Israel entered Egypt;(ah)
     Jacob resided(ai) as a foreigner in the land of Ham.(aj)
24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;
     he made them too numerous(ak) for their foes,
25 whose hearts he turned(al) to hate his people,
     to conspire(am) against his servants.
26 He sent Moses(an) his servant,
     and Aaron,(ao) whom he had chosen.(ap)
27 They performed(aq) his signs(ar) among them,
     his wonders(as) in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness(at) and made the land dark—
     for had they not rebelled against(au) his words?
29 He turned their waters into blood,(av)
     causing their fish to die.(aw)
30 Their land teemed with frogs,(ax)
     which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
31 He spoke,(ay) and there came swarms of flies,(az)
     and gnats(ba) throughout their country.
32 He turned their rain into hail,(bb)
     with lightning throughout their land;
33 he struck down their vines(bc) and fig trees(bd)
     and shattered the trees of their country.
34 He spoke,(be) and the locusts came,(bf)
     grasshoppers(bg) without number;(bh)
35 they ate up every green thing in their land,
     ate up the produce of their soil.
36 Then he struck down all the firstborn(bi) in their land,
     the firstfruits of all their manhood.
37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,(bj)
     and from among their tribes no one faltered.
38 Egypt was glad when they left,
     because dread of Israel(bk) had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloud(bl) as a covering,
     and a fire to give light at night.(bm)
40 They asked,(bn) and he brought them quail;(bo)
     he fed them well with the bread of heaven.(bp)
41 He opened the rock,(bq) and water gushed out;
     it flowed like a river in the desert.

42 For he remembered his holy promise(br)
     given to his servant Abraham.
43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,(bs)
     his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
44 he gave them the lands of the nations,(bt)
     and they fell heir to what others had toiled(bu) for—
45 that they might keep his precepts
     and observe his laws.(bv)

Praise the Lord .[a](bw)

Psalm 106(a)

1 Praise the Lord .[a](b)

Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good;(c)
     his love endures forever.(d)

2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts(e) of the Lord
     or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,(f)
     who always do what is right.(g)

4 Remember me,(h) Lord , when you show favor(i) to your people,
     come to my aid(j) when you save them,
5 that I may enjoy the prosperity(k) of your chosen ones,(l)
     that I may share in the joy(m) of your nation
     and join your inheritance(n) in giving praise.

6 We have sinned,(o) even as our ancestors(p) did;
     we have done wrong and acted wickedly.(q)
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
     they gave no thought(r) to your miracles;
they did not remember(s) your many kindnesses,
     and they rebelled by the sea,(t) the Red Sea.[b]
8 Yet he saved them(u) for his name's sake,(v)
     to make his mighty power(w) known.
9 He rebuked(x) the Red Sea, and it dried up;(y)
     he led them through(z) the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them(aa) from the hand of the foe;(ab)
     from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.(ac)
11 The waters covered(ad) their adversaries;
     not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
     and sang his praise.(ae)

13 But they soon forgot(af) what he had done
     and did not wait for his plan to unfold.(ag)
14 In the desert(ah) they gave in to their craving;
     in the wilderness(ai) they put God to the test.(aj)
15 So he gave them(ak) what they asked for,
     but sent a wasting disease(al) among them.

16 In the camp they grew envious(am) of Moses
     and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord .
17 The earth opened(an) up and swallowed Dathan;(ao)
     it buried the company of Abiram.(ap)
18 Fire blazed(aq) among their followers;
     a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf(ar)
     and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious God(as)
     for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God(at) who saved them,
     who had done great things(au) in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham(av)
     and awesome deeds(aw) by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy(ax) them—
     had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach(ay) before him
     to keep his wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised(az) the pleasant land;(ba)
     they did not believe(bb) his promise.
25 They grumbled(bc) in their tents
     and did not obey the Lord .
26 So he swore(bd) to them with uplifted hand
     that he would make them fall in the wilderness,(be)
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
     and scatter(bf) them throughout the lands.

28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor(bg)
     and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29 they aroused the Lord 's anger(bh) by their wicked deeds,(bi)
     and a plague(bj) broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas(bk) stood up and intervened,
     and the plague was checked.(bl)
31 This was credited to him(bm) as righteousness
     for endless generations(bn) to come.
32 By the waters of Meribah(bo) they angered the Lord ,
     and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelled(bp) against the Spirit(bq) of God,
     and rash words came from Moses' lips.[c](br)

34 They did not destroy(bs) the peoples
     as the Lord had commanded(bt) them,
35 but they mingled(bu) with the nations
     and adopted their customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,(bv)
     which became a snare(bw) to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons(bx)
     and their daughters to false gods.(by)
38 They shed innocent blood,
     the blood of their sons(bz) and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
     and the land was desecrated by their blood.
39 They defiled themselves(ca) by what they did;
     by their deeds they prostituted(cb) themselves.

40 Therefore the Lord was angry(cc) with his people
     and abhorred his inheritance.(cd)
41 He gave them into the hands(ce) of the nations,
     and their foes ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed(cf) them
     and subjected them to their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,(cg)
     but they were bent on rebellion(ch)
     and they wasted away in their sin.
44 Yet he took note of their distress
     when he heard their cry;(ci)
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant(cj)
     and out of his great love(ck) he relented.(cl)
46 He caused all who held them captive
     to show them mercy.(cm)

47 Save us,(cn) Lord our God,
     and gather us(co) from the nations,
that we may give thanks(cp) to your holy name(cq)
     and glory in your praise.

48 Praise be to the Lord , the God of Israel,
     from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, "Amen!"(cr)

Praise the Lord .

BOOK V

Psalms 107–150

Psalm 107

1 Give thanks to the Lord ,(a) for he is good;(b)
     his love endures forever.

2 Let the redeemed(c) of the Lord tell their story—
     those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered(d) from the lands,
     from east and west, from north and south.[a]

4 Some wandered in desert(e) wastelands,
     finding no way to a city(f) where they could settle.
5 They were hungry(g) and thirsty,(h)
     and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out(i) to the Lord in their trouble,
     and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way(j)
     to a city(k) where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks(l) to the Lord for his unfailing love(m)
     and his wonderful deeds(n) for mankind,
9 for he satisfies(o) the thirsty
     and fills the hungry with good things.(p)

10 Some sat in darkness,(q) in utter darkness,
     prisoners suffering(r) in iron chains,(s)
11 because they rebelled(t) against God's commands
     and despised(u) the plans(v) of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
     they stumbled, and there was no one to help.(w)
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
     and he saved them(x) from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness,(y) the utter darkness,(z)
     and broke away their chains.(aa)
15 Let them give thanks(ab) to the Lord for his unfailing love(ac)
     and his wonderful deeds(ad) for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
     and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools(ae) through their rebellious ways(af)
     and suffered affliction(ag) because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food(ah)
     and drew near the gates of death.(ai)
19 Then they cried(aj) to the Lord in their trouble,
     and he saved them(ak) from their distress.
20 He sent out his word(al) and healed them;(am)
     he rescued(an) them from the grave.(ao)
21 Let them give thanks(ap) to the Lord for his unfailing love(aq)
     and his wonderful deeds(ar) for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings(as)
     and tell of his works(at) with songs of joy.(au)

23 Some went out on the sea(av) in ships;(aw)
     they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord ,(ax)
     his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke(ay) and stirred up a tempest(az)
     that lifted high the waves.(ba)
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
     in their peril(bb) their courage melted(bc) away.
27 They reeled(bd) and staggered like drunkards;
     they were at their wits' end.
28 Then they cried(be) out to the Lord in their trouble,
     and he brought them out of their distress.(bf)
29 He stilled the storm(bg) to a whisper;
     the waves(bh) of the sea[b] were hushed.(bi)
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
     and he guided them(bj) to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks(bk) to the Lord for his unfailing love(bl)
     and his wonderful deeds(bm) for mankind.
32 Let them exalt(bn) him in the assembly(bo) of the people
     and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert,(bp)
     flowing springs(bq) into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,(br)
     because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water(bs)
     and the parched ground into flowing springs;(bt)
36 there he brought the hungry to live,
     and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards(bu)
     that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,(bv)
     and he did not let their herds diminish.(bw)

39 Then their numbers decreased,(bx) and they were humbled(by)
     by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles(bz)
     made them wander in a trackless waste.(ca)
41 But he lifted the needy(cb) out of their affliction
     and increased their families like flocks.(cc)
42 The upright see and rejoice,(cd)
     but all the wicked shut their mouths.(ce)

43 Let the one who is wise(cf) heed these things
     and ponder the loving deeds(cg) of the Lord .

Psalm 108[a](a)(b)

A song. A psalm of David.

1 My heart, O God, is steadfast;(c)
     I will sing(d) and make music with all my soul.
2 Awake, harp and lyre!(e)
     I will awaken the dawn.
3 I will praise you, Lord , among the nations;
     I will sing of you among the peoples.
4 For great is your love,(f) higher than the heavens;
     your faithfulness(g) reaches to the skies.(h)
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(i)
     let your glory be over all the earth.(j)

6 Save us and help us with your right hand,(k)
     that those you love may be delivered.
7 God has spoken(l) from his sanctuary:(m)
     "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem(n)
     and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.(o)
8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
     Ephraim is my helmet,
     Judah(p) is my scepter.
9 Moab(q) is my washbasin,
     on Edom(r) I toss my sandal;
     over Philistia(s) I shout in triumph."

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
     Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
     and no longer go out with our armies?(t)
12 Give us aid against the enemy,
     for human help is worthless.(u)
13 With God we will gain the victory,
     and he will trample down(v) our enemies.

Psalm 109

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 My God, whom I praise,(a)
     do not remain silent,(b)
2 for people who are wicked and deceitful(c)
     have opened their mouths against me;
     they have spoken against me with lying tongues.(d)
3 With words of hatred(e) they surround me;
     they attack me without cause.(f)
4 In return for my friendship they accuse me,
     but I am a man of prayer.(g)
5 They repay me evil for good,(h)
     and hatred for my friendship.

6 Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;
     let an accuser(i) stand at his right hand.
7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty,(j)
     and may his prayers condemn(k) him.
8 May his days be few;(l)
     may another take his place(m) of leadership.
9 May his children be fatherless
     and his wife a widow.(n)
10 May his children be wandering beggars;(o)
     may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.
11 May a creditor(p) seize all he has;
     may strangers plunder(q) the fruits of his labor.(r)
12 May no one extend kindness to him
     or take pity(s) on his fatherless children.
13 May his descendants be cut off,(t)
     their names blotted out(u) from the next generation.
14 May the iniquity of his fathers(v) be remembered before the Lord ;
     may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
15 May their sins always remain before(w) the Lord ,
     that he may blot out their name(x) from the earth.

16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,
     but hounded to death the poor
     and the needy(y) and the brokenhearted.(z)
17 He loved to pronounce a curse—
     may it come back on him.(aa)
He found no pleasure in blessing—
     may it be far from him.
18 He wore cursing(ab) as his garment;
     it entered into his body like water,(ac)
     into his bones like oil.
19 May it be like a cloak wrapped(ad) about him,
     like a belt tied forever around him.
20 May this be the Lord 's payment(ae) to my accusers,
     to those who speak evil(af) of me.

21 But you, Sovereign Lord ,
     help me for your name's sake;(ag)
     out of the goodness of your love,(ah) deliver me.(ai)
22 For I am poor and needy,
     and my heart is wounded within me.
23 I fade away like an evening shadow;(aj)
     I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees give(ak) way from fasting;(al)
     my body is thin and gaunt.(am)
25 I am an object of scorn(an) to my accusers;
     when they see me, they shake their heads.(ao)

26 Help me,(ap) Lord my God;
     save me according to your unfailing love.
27 Let them know(aq) that it is your hand,
     that you, Lord , have done it.
28 While they curse,(ar) may you bless;
     may those who attack me be put to shame,
     but may your servant rejoice.(as)
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace
     and wrapped in shame(at) as in a cloak.

30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord ;
     in the great throng(au) of worshipers I will praise him.
31 For he stands at the right hand(av) of the needy,
     to save their lives from those who would condemn them.

Psalm 110

Of David. A psalm.

1 The Lord says(a) to my lord:[a]

"Sit at my right hand(b)
     until I make your enemies
     a footstool for your feet."(c)

2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter(d) from Zion,(e) saying,
     "Rule(f) in the midst of your enemies!"
3 Your troops will be willing
     on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy splendor,(g)
     your young men will come to you
     like dew from the morning's womb.[b](h)

4 The Lord has sworn
     and will not change his mind:(i)
"You are a priest forever,(j)
     in the order of Melchizedek.(k)"

5 The Lord is at your right hand[c];(l)
     he will crush kings(m) on the day of his wrath.(n)
6 He will judge the nations,(o) heaping up the dead(p)
     and crushing the rulers(q) of the whole earth.
7 He will drink from a brook along the way,[d]
     and so he will lift his head high.(r)

Psalm 111[a]

1 Praise the Lord .[b]

I will extol the Lord (a) with all my heart(b)
     in the council(c) of the upright and in the assembly.(d)

2 Great are the works(e) of the Lord ;
     they are pondered by all(f) who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
     and his righteousness endures(g) forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
     the Lord is gracious and compassionate.(h)
5 He provides food(i) for those who fear him;(j)
     he remembers his covenant(k) forever.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works,(l)
     giving them the lands of other nations.(m)
7 The works of his hands(n) are faithful and just;
     all his precepts are trustworthy.(o)
8 They are established for ever(p) and ever,
     enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption(q) for his people;
     he ordained his covenant forever—
     holy and awesome(r) is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord (s) is the beginning of wisdom;(t)
     all who follow his precepts have good understanding.(u)
     To him belongs eternal praise.(v)

Psalm 112[a]

1 Praise the Lord .[b](a)

Blessed are those(b) who fear the Lord ,(c)
     who find great delight(d) in his commands.

2 Their children(e) will be mighty in the land;
     the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches(f) are in their houses,
     and their righteousness endures(g) forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns(h) for the upright,
     for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.(i)
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,(j)
     who conduct their affairs with justice.

6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;(k)
     they will be remembered(l) forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news;
     their hearts are steadfast,(m) trusting in the Lord .(n)
8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;(o)
     in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.(p)
9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,(q)
     their righteousness endures(r) forever;
     their horn[c] will be lifted(s) high in honor.

10 The wicked will see(t) and be vexed,
     they will gnash their teeth(u) and waste away;(v)
     the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.(w)

Psalm 113

1 Praise the Lord .[a](a)

Praise the Lord , you his servants;(b)
     praise the name of the Lord .
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,(c)
     both now and forevermore.(d)
3 From the rising of the sun(e) to the place where it sets,
     the name of the Lord is to be praised.

4 The Lord is exalted(f) over all the nations,
     his glory above the heavens.(g)
5 Who is like the Lord our God,(h)
     the One who sits enthroned(i) on high,(j)
6 who stoops down to look(k)
     on the heavens and the earth?

7 He raises the poor(l) from the dust
     and lifts the needy(m) from the ash heap;
8 he seats them(n) with princes,
     with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless(o) woman in her home
     as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord .

Psalm 114

1 When Israel came out of Egypt,(a)
     Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
2 Judah(b) became God's sanctuary,(c)
     Israel his dominion.

3 The sea looked and fled,(d)
     the Jordan turned back;(e)
4 the mountains leaped(f) like rams,
     the hills like lambs.

5 Why was it, sea, that you fled?(g)
     Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
6 Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
     you hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, earth,(h) at the presence of the Lord,
     at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turned the rock into a pool,
     the hard rock into springs of water.(i)

Psalm 115(a)

1 Not to us, Lord , not to us
     but to your name be the glory,(b)
     because of your love and faithfulness.(c)

2 Why do the nations say,
     "Where is their God?"(d)
3 Our God is in heaven;(e)
     he does whatever pleases him.(f)
4 But their idols are silver and gold,(g)
     made by human hands.(h)
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,(i)
     eyes, but cannot see.
6 They have ears, but cannot hear,
     noses, but cannot smell.
7 They have hands, but cannot feel,
     feet, but cannot walk,
     nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
8 Those who make them will be like them,
     and so will all who trust in them.

9 All you Israelites, trust(j) in the Lord
     he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron,(k) trust in the Lord
     he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him,(l) trust in the Lord
     he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers(m) us and will bless us:(n)
     He will bless his people Israel,
     he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear(o) the Lord
     small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,(p)
     both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord ,
     the Maker of heaven(q) and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord ,(r)
     but the earth he has given(s) to mankind.
17 It is not the dead(t) who praise the Lord ,
     those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord ,(u)
     both now and forevermore.(v)

Praise the Lord .[a](w)

Psalm 116

1 I love the Lord ,(a) for he heard my voice;
     he heard my cry(b) for mercy.(c)
2 Because he turned his ear(d) to me,
     I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death(e) entangled me,
     the anguish of the grave came over me;
     I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name(f) of the Lord :
     " Lord , save me!(g)"

5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;(h)
     our God is full of compassion.(i)
6 The Lord protects the unwary;
     when I was brought low,(j) he saved me.(k)

7 Return to your rest,(l) my soul,
     for the Lord has been good(m) to you.

8 For you, Lord , have delivered me(n) from death,
     my eyes from tears,
     my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the Lord (o)
     in the land of the living.(p)

10 I trusted(q) in the Lord when I said,
     "I am greatly afflicted";(r)
11 in my alarm I said,
     "Everyone is a liar."(s)

12 What shall I return to the Lord
     for all his goodness(t) to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
     and call on the name(u) of the Lord .
14 I will fulfill my vows(v) to the Lord
     in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight(w) of the Lord
     is the death of his faithful servants.(x)
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord ;(y)
     I serve you just as my mother did;(z)
     you have freed me from my chains.(aa)

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering(ab) to you
     and call on the name of the Lord .
18 I will fulfill my vows(ac) to the Lord
     in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts(ad) of the house of the Lord
     in your midst, Jerusalem.(ae)

Praise the Lord .[a]

Psalm 117

1 Praise the Lord ,(a) all you nations;(b)
     extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love(c) toward us,
     and the faithfulness of the Lord (d) endures forever.

Praise the Lord .[a]

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the Lord ,(a) for he is good;(b)
     his love endures forever.(c)

2 Let Israel say:(d)
     "His love endures forever."(e)
3 Let the house of Aaron say:(f)
     "His love endures forever."
4 Let those who fear the Lord (g) say:
     "His love endures forever."

5 When hard pressed,(h) I cried to the Lord ;
     he brought me into a spacious place.(i)
6 The Lord is with me;(j) I will not be afraid.
     What can mere mortals do to me?(k)
7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.(l)
     I look in triumph on my enemies.(m)

8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord (n)
     than to trust in humans.(o)
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
     than to trust in princes.(p)
10 All the nations surrounded me,
     but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.(q)
11 They surrounded me(r) on every side,(s)
     but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
12 They swarmed around me like bees,(t)
     but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;(u)
     in the name of the Lord I cut them down.(v)
13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
     but the Lord helped me.(w)
14 The Lord is my strength(x) and my defense[a];
     he has become my salvation.(y)

15 Shouts of joy(z) and victory
     resound in the tents of the righteous:
"The Lord 's right hand(aa) has done mighty things!(ab)
16       The Lord 's right hand is lifted high;
     the Lord 's right hand has done mighty things!"
17 I will not die(ac) but live,
     and will proclaim(ad) what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened(ae) me severely,
     but he has not given me over to death.(af)
19 Open for me the gates(ag) of the righteous;
     I will enter(ah) and give thanks to the Lord .
20 This is the gate of the Lord (ai)
     through which the righteous may enter.(aj)
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;(ak)
     you have become my salvation.(al)

22 The stone(am) the builders rejected
     has become the cornerstone;(an)
23 the Lord has done this,
     and it is marvelous(ao) in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
     let us rejoice today and be glad.(ap)

25  Lord , save us!(aq)
     Lord , grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes(ar) in the name of the Lord .
     From the house of the Lord we bless you.[b](as)
27 The Lord is God,(at)
     and he has made his light shine(au) on us.
With boughs in hand,(av) join in the festal procession
     up[c] to the horns of the altar.(aw)

28 You are my God, and I will praise you;
     you are my God,(ax) and I will exalt(ay) you.