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For the Chief Musician. For a stringed instrument. By David.
- Hear my cry, God.
- Listen to my prayer.
- From the end of the
earth, I will call to you, when my heart is overwhelmed.
- Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
- For you have been a
refuge for me,
- a strong tower from the enemy.
- I will dwell in your
- I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
- For you, God, have
heard my vows.
- You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
- You will prolong the
- his years shall be for generations.
- He shall be enthroned
in God’s presence forever.
- Appoint your loving kindness and truth, that they may preserve him.
- So I will sing praise
to your name forever,
- that I may fulfill my vows daily.
For the Chief Musician. To Jeduthan. A Psalm by David.
- My soul rests in God
- My salvation is from him.
- He alone is my rock
and my salvation, my fortress—
- I will never be greatly shaken.
- How long will you
assault a man,
- would all of you throw him down,
- Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
- They fully intend to
throw him down from his lofty place.
- They delight in lies.
- They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly.
- My soul, wait in
silence for God alone,
- for my expectation is from him.
- He alone is my rock
and my salvation, my fortress.
- I will not be shaken.
- With God is my
salvation and my honor.
- The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
- Trust in him at all
times, you people.
- Pour out your heart before him.
- God is a refuge for us.
- Surely men of low
degree are just a breath,
- and men of high degree are a lie.
- In the balances they will go up.
- They are together lighter than a breath.
- Don’t trust in
- Don’t become vain in robbery.
- If riches increase,
- don’t set your heart on them.
- God has spoken once;
- twice I have heard this,
- that power belongs to God.
- Also to you, Lord,
belongs loving kindness,
- for you reward every man according to his work.
A Psalm by David, when he was in the desert of Judah.
- God, you are my God.
- I will earnestly seek you.
- My soul thirsts for you.
- My flesh longs for you,
- in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
- So I have seen you in
- watching your power and your glory.
- Because your loving
kindness is better than life,
- my lips shall praise you.
- So I will bless you
while I live.
- I will lift up my hands in your name.
- My soul shall be
satisfied as with the richest food.
- My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
- when I remember you
on my bed,
- and think about you in the night watches.
- For you have been my
- I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
- My soul stays close
- Your right hand holds me up.
- But those who seek my
soul, to destroy it,
- shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
- They shall be given
over to the power of the sword.
- They shall be jackal food.
- But the king shall
rejoice in God.
- Everyone who swears by him will praise him,
- for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be silenced.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.
- Hear my voice, God,
in my complaint.
- Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
- Hide me from the
conspiracy of the wicked,
- from the noisy crowd of the ones doing evil;
- who sharpen their
tongue like a sword,
- and aim their arrows, deadly words,
- to shoot innocent men
- They shoot at him suddenly and fearlessly.
- They encourage
themselves in evil plans.
- They talk about laying snares secretly.
- They say, “Who will see them?”
- They plot injustice,
saying, “We have made a perfect plan!”
- Surely man’s mind and heart are cunning.
- But God will shoot at
- They will be suddenly struck down with an arrow.
- Their own tongues
shall ruin them.
- All who see them will shake their heads.
- All mankind shall be
- They shall declare the work of God,
- and shall wisely ponder what he has done.
- The righteous shall
be glad in Yahweh,
- and shall take refuge in him.
- All the upright in heart shall praise him!
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. A song.
- Praise waits for you,
God, in Zion.
- To you shall vows be performed.
- You who hear prayer,
- to you all men will come.
- Sins overwhelmed me,
- but you atoned for our transgressions.
- Blessed is one whom
you choose, and cause to come near,
- that he may live in your courts.
- We will be filled with the goodness of your house,
- your holy temple.
- By awesome deeds of
righteousness, you answer us,
- God of our salvation.
- You who are the hope of all the ends of the earth,
- of those who are far away on the sea;
- Who by his power
forms the mountains,
- having armed yourself with strength;
- who stills the
roaring of the seas,
- the roaring of their waves,
- and the turmoil of the nations.
- They also who dwell
in faraway places are afraid at your wonders.
- You call the morning’s dawn and the evening with songs of joy.
- You visit the earth,
and water it.
- You greatly enrich it.
- The river of God is full of water.
- You provide them grain, for so you have ordained it.
- You drench its
- You level its ridges.
- You soften it with showers.
- You bless it with a crop.
- You crown the year
with your bounty.
- Your carts overflow with abundance.
- The wilderness
- The hills are clothed with gladness.
- The pastures are
covered with flocks.
- The valleys also are clothed with grain.
- They shout for joy!
- They also sing.
For the Chief Musician. A song. A Psalm.
- Make a joyful shout
to God, all the earth!
- Sing to the glory of
- Offer glory and praise!
- Tell God, “How
awesome are your deeds!
- Through the greatness of your power, your enemies submit themselves to
- All the earth will
- and will sing to you;
- they will sing to your name.”
- Come, and see God’s
- awesome work on behalf of the children of men.
- He turned the sea
into dry land.
- They went through the river on foot.
- There, we rejoiced in him.
- He rules by his might
- His eyes watch the nations.
- Don’t let the rebellious rise up against him.
- Praise our God, you
- Make the sound of his praise heard,
- who preserves our
life among the living,
- and doesn’t allow our feet to be moved.
- For you, God, have
- You have refined us, as silver is refined.
- You brought us into
- You laid a burden on our backs.
- You allowed men to
ride over our heads.
- We went through fire and through water,
- but you brought us to the place of abundance.
- I will come into
your temple with burnt offerings.
- I will pay my vows to you, which my lips promised,
- and my mouth spoke, when I was in distress.
- I will offer to you
burnt offerings of fat animals,
- with the offering of rams,
- I will offer bulls with goats.
- Come, and hear, all
you who fear God.
- I will declare what he has done for my soul.
- I cried to him with
- He was extolled with my tongue.
- If I cherished sin
in my heart,
- the Lord wouldn’t have listened.
- But most certainly,
God has listened.
- He has heard the voice of my prayer.
- Blessed be God, who
has not turned away my prayer,
- nor his loving kindness from me.
For the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm. A song.
- May God be merciful
to us, bless us,
- and cause his face to shine on us.
- That your way may be
known on earth,
- and your salvation among all nations,
- let the peoples
praise you, God.
- Let all the peoples praise you.
- Oh let the nations be
glad and sing for joy,
- for you will judge the peoples with equity,
- and govern the nations on earth.
- Let the peoples
praise you, God.
- Let all the peoples praise you.
- The earth has yielded
- God, even our own God, will bless us.
- God will bless us.
- All the ends of the earth shall fear him.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David. A song.
- Let God arise!
- Let his enemies be scattered!
- Let them who hate him also flee before him.
- As smoke is driven
- so drive them away.
- As wax melts before the fire,
- so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
- But let the righteous
- Let them rejoice before God.
- Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
- Sing to God! Sing
praises to his name!
- Extol him who rides on the clouds:
- to Yah, his name!
- Rejoice before him!
- A father of the
fatherless, and a defender of the widows,
- is God in his holy habitation.
- God sets the lonely
- He brings out the prisoners with singing,
- but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.
- God, when you went
forth before your people,
- when you marched through the wilderness...
- The earth trembled.
- The sky also poured down rain at the presence of the God of Sinai—
- at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
- You, God, sent a
- You confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary.
- Your congregation
- You, God, prepared your goodness for the poor.
- The Lord announced
- The ones who proclaim it are a great company.
- “Kings of armies
flee! They flee!”
- She who waits at home divides the spoil,
- while you sleep
among the campfires,
- the wings of a dove sheathed with silver,
- her feathers with shining gold.
- When the Almighty
scattered kings in her,
- it snowed on Zalmon.
- The mountains of
Bashan are majestic mountains.
- The mountains of Bashan are rugged.
- Why do you look in
envy, you rugged mountains,
- at the mountain where God chooses to reign?
- Yes, Yahweh will dwell there forever.
- The chariots of God
are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands.
- The Lord is among them, from Sinai, into the sanctuary.
- You have ascended on
- You have led away captives.
- You have received gifts among men,
- yes, among the rebellious also, that Yah God might dwell there.
- Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears our burdens,
- even the God who is our salvation.
- God is to us a God
- To Yahweh, the Lord, belongs escape from death.
- But God will strike
through the head of his enemies,
- the hairy scalp of such a one as still continues in his guiltiness.
- The Lord said, “I
will bring you again from Bashan,
- I will bring you again from the depths of the sea;
- That you may crush
them, dipping your foot in blood,
- that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your
- They have seen your
- even the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
- The singers went
before, the minstrels followed after,
- in the midst of the ladies playing with tambourines,
- “Bless God in the
- even the Lord in the assembly of Israel!”
- There is little
Benjamin, their ruler,
- the princes of Judah, their council,
- the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
- Your God has
commanded your strength.
- Strengthen, God, that which you have done for us.
- Because of your
temple at Jerusalem,
- kings shall bring presents to you.
- Rebuke the wild
animal of the reeds,
- the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples.
- Being humbled, may it bring bars of silver.
- Scatter the nations that delight in war.
- Princes shall come
out of Egypt.
- Ethiopia shall hurry to stretch out her hands to God.
- Sing to God, you
kingdoms of the earth!
- Sing praises to the Lord!
- To him who rides on
the heaven of heavens, which are of old;
- behold, he utters his voice, a mighty voice.
- Ascribe strength to
- His excellency is over Israel,
- his strength is in the skies.
- You are awesome,
God, in your sanctuaries.
- The God of Israel gives strength and power to his people.
- Praise be to God!
For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Lilies.” By David.
- Save me, God,
- for the waters have come up to my neck!
- I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold.
- I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
- I am weary with my
- My throat is dry.
- My eyes fail, looking for my God.
- Those who hate me
without a cause are more than the hairs of my head.
- Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty.
- I have to restore what I didn’t take away.
- God, you know my
- My sins aren’t hidden from you.
- Don’t let those who
wait for you be shamed through me, Lord Yahweh of Armies.
- Don’t let those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, God
- Because for your
sake, I have borne reproach.
- Shame has covered my face.
- I have become a
stranger to my brothers,
- an alien to my mother’s children.
- For the zeal of your
house consumes me.
- The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
- When I wept and I
- that was to my reproach.
- When I made
sackcloth my clothing,
- I became a byword to them.
- Those who sit in the
gate talk about me.
- I am the song of the drunkards.
- But as for me, my
prayer is to you, Yahweh, in an acceptable time.
- God, in the abundance of your loving kindness, answer me in the truth
of your salvation.
- Deliver me out of
the mire, and don’t let me sink.
- Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
- Don’t let the
flood waters overwhelm me,
- neither let the deep swallow me up.
- Don’t let the pit shut its mouth on me.
- Answer me, Yahweh,
for your loving kindness is good.
- According to the multitude of your tender mercies, turn to me.
- Don’t hide your
face from your servant,
- for I am in distress.
- Answer me speedily!
- Draw near to my
soul, and redeem it.
- Ransom me because of my enemies.
- You know my
reproach, my shame, and my dishonor.
- My adversaries are all before you.
- Reproach has broken
my heart, and I am full of heaviness.
- I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;
- for comforters, but I found none.
- They also gave me
gall for my food.
- In my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
- Let their table
before them become a snare.
- May it become a retribution and a trap.
- Let their eyes be
darkened, so that they can’t see.
- Let their backs be continually bent.
- Pour out your
indignation on them.
- Let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
- Let their habitation
- Let no one dwell in their tents.
- For they persecute
him whom you have wounded.
- They tell of the sorrow of those whom you have hurt.
- Charge them with
crime upon crime.
- Don’t let them come into your righteousness.
- Let them be blotted
out of the book of life,
- and not be written with the righteous.
- But I am in pain and
- Let your salvation, God, protect me.
- I will praise the
name of God with a song,
- and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
- It will please
Yahweh better than an ox,
- or a bull that has horns and hoofs.
- The humble have seen
it, and are glad.
- You who seek after God, let your heart live.
- For Yahweh hears the
- and doesn’t despise his captive people.
- Let heaven and earth
- the seas, and everything that moves therein!
- For God will save
Zion, and build the cities of Judah.
- They shall settle there, and own it.
- The children also of
his servants shall inherit it.
- Those who love his name shall dwell therein.
For the Chief Musician. By David. A reminder.
- Hurry, God, to
- Come quickly to help me, Yahweh.
- Let them be
disappointed and confounded who seek my soul.
- Let those who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
- Let them be turned
because of their shame
- Who say, “Aha! Aha!”
- Let all those who
seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
- Let those who love your salvation continually say,
- “Let God be exalted!”
- But I am poor and
- Come to me quickly, God.
- You are my help and my deliverer.
- Yahweh, don’t delay.
Last updated: December 31, 1969
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