(73 in KJV) A Psalm for Asaph.
1 How good is God to Israel, to the upright in heart!
2 But my feet were almost overthrown; my goings very nearly slipped.
3 For I was jealous of the transgressors, beholding the tranquility of sinners.
4 For there is no sign of reluctance in their death: and they have firmness under their affliction.
5 They are not in the troubles of other men; and they shall not be scourged with other men.
6 Therefore pride has possessed them; they have clothed themselves with their injustice and ungodliness.
7 Their injustice shall go forth as out of fatness: they have fulfilled their intention.
8 They have taken counsel and spoken in wickedness: they have uttered unrighteousness loftily.
9 They have set their mouth against heaven, and their tongue has gone through upon the earth.
Therefore shall my people return hither: and full days shall be found *
And they said, How does God know? and †
is there knowledge in the Most High?
12 Behold, these are the sinners, and they that prosper always: they have possessed wealth.
13 And I said, Verily in vain have I justified my heart, and washed my hands in innocency.
14 For I was plagued all the day, and my reproof was every morning.
15 If I said, I will speak thus; behold, I should have broken covenant with the generation of your children.
16 And I undertook to understand this, but it is too hard for me,
17 until I go into the sanctuary of God; and so understand the latter end.
18 Surely you have appointed judgments to them because of their crafty dealings: you have cast them down when they were lifted up.
19 How have they become desolate! suddenly they have failed: they have perished because of their iniquity.
20 As the dream of one awakening, O Lord, in your city you will despise their image.
For my heart has rejoiced, and my reins have been ‡
22 But I was vile and knew not: I became brutish before you.
23 Yet I am continually with you: you have holden my right hand.
24 You have guided me by your counsel, and you have taken me to yourself with glory.
25 For what have I in heaven but you? and what have I desired upon the earth beside you?
26 My heart and my flesh have failed: but God is the strength of my heart, and God is my portion for ever.
27 For, behold, they that remove themselves far from you shall perish: you have destroyed every one that goes a whoring from you.
28 But it is good for me to cleave close to God, to put my trust in the Lord; that I may proclaim all your praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
(74 in KJV) A Psalm
instruction for Asaph.
1 Therefore have you rejected us, O God, for ever? therefore is your wrath kindled against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember your congregation which you have purchased from the beginning; you did ransom the rod of your inheritance; this mount Sion wherein you have lived.
3 Lift up your hands against their pride continually; because of all that the enemy has done wickedly in your holy places.
4 And they that hate you have boasted in the midst of your feast; they have set up their standards for signs,
5 ignorantly as it were in the entrance above;
6 they cut down its doors at once with axes as in a wood of trees; they have broken it down with hatchet and stone cutter.
They have burnt your sanctuary with fire to the ground; they have profaned the †
habitation of your name.
8 They have said in their heart, even all their kindred together, Come, let us abolish the feasts of the Lord from the earth.
9 We have not seen our signs; there is no longer a prophet; and God will not know us any more.
10 How long, O God, shall the enemy reproach? shall the enemy provoke your name forever?
11 Therefore turn you away your hand, and your right hand from the midst of your bosom for ever?
But God is our King ‡
of old; he has wrought salvation in the midst of the earth.
You did establish the sea, in your might, you did break to pieces the heads of the §
dragons in the water.
14 You did break to pieces the heads of the dragon; you did give him for meat to the Ethiopian nations.
You did cleave fountains and torrents; you dried up **
16 The day is your, and the night is your; you have prepared the sun and the moon.
17 You have made all the borders of the earth; you have made summer and spring.
18 Remember this your creation: an enemy has reproached the Lord, and a foolish people has provoked your name.
19 Deliver not to the wild beasts a soul that gives praise to you: forget not for ever the souls of your poor.
20 Look upon your covenant: for the dark places of the earth are filled with the habitations of iniquity.
21 let not the afflicted and shamed one be rejected: the poor and needy shall praise your name.
22 Arise, O God, plead your cause: remember your reproaches that come from the foolish one all the day.
23 Forget not the voice of your suppliants: let the pride of them that hate you continually ascend before you.
(75 in KJV) For the end, Destroy not, a Psalm of a Song for Asaph.
1 We will give thanks to you, O God, we will give thanks, and call upon your name: I will declare all your wonderful works.
2 When I shall take a set time, I will judge righteously.
3 The earth is dissolved, and all that dwell in it: I have strengthened its pillars. Pause.
4 I said to the transgressors, Do not transgress; and to the sinners, Lift not up the horn.
5 Lift not up your horn on high; speak not unrighteousness against God.
6 For good comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert mountains.
7 For God is the judge; he puts down one, and raises up another.
For there is
a cup in the hand of the Lord, full of unmingled wine; and he has *
from side to side, but its dregs have not been wholly poured out; all the sinners of the earth shall drink them
9 But I will exult for ever: I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 And I will break all the horns of sinners; but the horns of the righteous one shall be exalted.
(76 in KJV) For the end, among the Hymns, a Psalm for Asaph; a Song for the Assyrian.
1 God is known in Judea: his name is great in Israel.
And his place has been in *
peace, and his dwelling-place in Sion.
3 There he broke the power of the bows, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Pause.
4 You do wonderfully shine forth from the everlasting mountains.
5 All the simple ones in heart were troubled; all the men of wealth have slept their sleep, and have found nothing in their hands.
6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, the riders on horses slumbered.
7 You are terrible; and who shall withstand you, because of your anger?
8 You did cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
9 when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek in heart. Pause.
10 For the inward thought of man shall give thanks to you: and the memorial of his inward thought shall keep a feast to you.
11 Vow, and pay your vows to the Lord our God; all that are round about him shall bring gifts, even to him that is terrible,
12 and that takes away the spirits of princes; to him that is terrible among the kings of the earth.
(77 in KJV) For the end, for Idithun, a Psalm of Asaph.
1 I cried to the Lord with my voice, yes, my voice was addressed to God; and he gave heed to me.
2 In the day of my affliction I earnestly sought the Lord; even with my hands by night before him, and I was not deceived; my soul refused to be comforted.
3 I remembered God, and rejoiced; I poured out my complaint, and my soul fainted. Pause.
4 All my enemies set a watch against me: I was troubled, and spoke not.
5 I considered the days of old, and remembered ancient years.
6 And I meditated; I communed with my heart by night, and diligently searched my spirit, saying,
7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be well pleased no more?
8 Will he cut off his mercy for ever, even for ever and ever?
9 Will God forget to pity? or will he shut up his compassions in his wrath? Pause.
10 And I said, Now I have begun; this is the change of the right hand of the Most High.
11 I remembered the works of the Lord; for I will remember your wonders from the beginning.
12 And I will meditate on all your works, and will consider your doings.
13 O God, your way is in the sanctuary; who is a great God as our God?
14 You are the God that do wonders; you have made known your power among the nations.
15 You have with your arm redeemed your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Pause.
16 The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you, and feared; and the depths were troubled.
17 There was an abundant sound of waters: the clouds uttered a voice; for your arrows went abroad.
18 The voice of your thunder was abroad, and around your lightnings appeared to the world; the earth trembled a quaked.
19 Your way is in the sea, and your paths in many waters, and your footsteps can’t be known.
20 You did guide your people as sheep by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
(78 in KJV) A Psalm
instruction for Asaph.
1 Give heed, O my people, to my law: incline your ear to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in parables: I will utter dark sayings which have been
from the beginning.
3 All which we have heard and known, and our fathers have declared to us.
4 They were not hid from their children to a second generations; the fathers declaring the praises of the Lord, and his mighty acts, and his wonders which he wrought.
5 And he raised up a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, to make it known to their children:
6 that another generation might know, even the sons which should be born; and they should arise and declare them to their children.
7 That they might set their hope on God, and not forget the works of God, but diligently seek his commandments.
That they should not be as their fathers, a perverse and provoking generation; a generation which set not its heart aright, and its spirit was not †
steadfast with God.
9 The children of Ephraim, bending and shooting with the bow, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and would not walk in his law.
11 And they forgot his benefits, and his miracles which he had showed them;
12 the miracles which he wrought before their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the plain of Tanes.
13 He clave the sea, and led them through: he made the waters to stand as in a bottle.
14 And he guided them with a cloud by day, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 he clave a rock in the wilderness, and made them drink as in a great deep.
16 And he brought water out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down as rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him; they provoked the Most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their hearts, in asking meat for the desire of their souls.
19 They spoke also against God, and said, Will God be able to prepare a table in the wilderness?
20 Forasmuch as he struck the rock, and the waters flowed, and the torrents ran abundantly; will he be able also to give bread, or prepare a table for his people?
21 Therefore the Lord heard, and was provoked: and fire was kindled in Jacob, and wrath went up against Israel.
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation.
23 Yet he commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 and rained upon them manna to eat, and gave them the bread of heaven.
Man ate angels' bread; ✡
he sent them provision to the full.
26 He removed the south wind from heaven; and by his might he brought in the southwest wind.
27 And he rained upon them flesh like dust, and feathered birds like the sand of the seas.
28 And they fell into the midst of their camp, round about their tents.
29 So they ate, and were completely filled; and he gave them their desire.
30 They were not disappointed of their desire: but when their food was yet in their mouth,
31 then the indignation of God rose up against them, and killed the fattest of them, and overthrew the choice men of Israel.
32 In the midst of all this they sinned yet more, and believed not his miracles.
33 And their days were consumed in vanity, and their years with anxiety.
34 When he killed them, they sought him: and they returned and called betimes upon God.
35 And they remembered that God was their helper, and the most high God was their redeemer.
36 Yet they loved him only with their mouth, and lied to him with their tongue.
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant.
But he is compassionate, and will ‡
forgive their sins, and will not destroy them
: yes, he will frequently turn away his wrath, and will not kindle all his anger.
39 And he remembered that they are flesh; a wind that passes away, and returns not.
40 How often did they provoke him in the wilderness, and anger him in a dry land!
41 Yes, they turned back, and tempted God, and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They remembered not his hand, the day in which he delivered them from the hand of the oppressor.
43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Tanes:
and had changed their rivers into blood; and their §
streams, that they should not drink.
45 He sent against them the dog-fly, and it devoured them; and the frog, and it spoiled them.
46 And he gave their fruit to the canker worm, and their labors to the locust.
47 He killed their vines with hail, and their sycamores with frost.
48 And he gave up their cattle to hail, and their substance to the fire.
49 He sent out against them the fury of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and affliction, a message by evil angels.
50 He made a way for his wrath; he spared not their souls from death, but consigned their cattle to death;
51 and struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt; the first fruits of their labors in the tents of Cham.
52 And he removed his people like sheep; he led them as a flock in the wilderness.
53 And he guided them with hope, and they feared not: but the sea covered their enemies.
54 And he brought them in to the mountain of his sanctuary, this mountain which his right hand had purchased.
55 And he cast out the nations from before them, and made them to inherit by a line of inheritance, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies.
57 And they turned back, and broke covenant, even as also their fathers: they became like a crooked bow.
58 And they provoked him with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
God heard and **
lightly regarded them
, and greatly despised Israel.
60 And he rejected the tabernacle of Selom, his tent where he lived among men.
61 And he gave their strength into captivity, and their beauty into the enemy's hand.
And he ††
gave his people to the sword; and disdained his inheritance.
63 Fire devoured their young men; and their virgins mourned not.
64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows shall not be wept for.
65 So the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and as a mighty man who has been heated with wine.
66 And he struck his enemies in the hinder parts: he brought on them a perpetual reproach.
67 And he rejected the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but chose the tribe of Juda, the mount Sion which he loved.
69 And he built his sanctuary as the place of unicorns; he founded it for ever on the earth.
70 He chose David also his servant, and took him up from the flocks of sheep.
71 He took him from following the ewes great with young, to be the shepherd of Jacob his servant, and Israel his inheritance.
72 So he tended them in the innocency of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
(79 in KJV) A Psalm for Asaph.
1 O God, the heathen are come into your inheritance; they have polluted your holy temple; they have made Jerusalem a storehouse of fruits.
2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants to be food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your holy ones for the wild beasts of the earth.
3 They have shed their blood as water, round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
4 We are become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
5 How long, O Lord? will you be angry for ever? shall your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out your wrath upon the heathen that have not known you, and upon the kingdoms which have not called upon your name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid his place waste.
8 Remember not our old transgressions; let your tender mercies speedily prevent us; for we are greatly impoverished.
9 Help us, O God our Saviour; for the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us; and be merciful to our sins, for your name's sake.
10 Lets haply they should say among the heathen, Where is their God? and let the avenging of your servant's blood that has been shed be known among the heathen before our eyes.
Let the groaning of the prisoners come in before you; according to the greatness of your arm preserve the *
sons of the slain ones.
12 Repay to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, with which they have reproached you, O Lord.
13 For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture; we will give you thanks for ever; we will declare your praise throughout all generations.
(80 in KJV) For the *
end, for alternate strains
, a testimony for Asaph, a Psalm concerning the Assyrian.
1 Attend, O Shepherd of Israel, who guide Joseph like a flock; you who sit upon the cherubs, manifest yourself;
2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasse, stir up your power, and come to deliver us.
3 Turn us, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be delivered.
4 O Lord God of hosts, how long are you angry with the prayer of your servant?
5 You will feed us with bread of tears; and will cause us to drink tears by measure.
6 You have made us a strife to our neighbors; and our enemies have mocked at us.
7 Turn us, O Lord God of hosts, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved. Pause.
8 You have transplanted a vine out of Egypt: you have cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 You made a way before it, and did cause its roots to strike, and the land was filled with it.
Its shadow covered the mountains, and its shoots equalled
11 It sent forth its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the river.
12 Therefore have you broken down its hedge, while all that pass by the way pluck it?
13 The boar out of the wood has laid it waste, and the wild beast has devoured it.
14 O God of hosts, turn, we pray you: look on us from heaven, and behold and visit this vine;
15 and restore that which your right hand has planted: and look on the son of man whom you did strengthen for yourself.
16 It is
burnt with fire and dug up: they shall perish at the rebuke of your ‡
17 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, and upon the son of man whom you did strengthen for yourself.
18 So will we not depart from you: you shall quicken us, and we will call upon your name.
19 Turn us, O Lord God of hosts, and make your face to shine; and we shall be saved.
(81 in KJV) For the end, a Psalm for *
Asaph, concerning the wine presses.
1 Rejoice you° in God our helper; shout aloud to the God of Jacob.
2 Take a psalm, and produce the timbrel, the pleasant lute with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon, in the glorious day of †
4 For this is an ordinance for Israel, and a statute of the God of Jacob.
He made ‡
it to be
a testimony in Joseph, when he came forth out of the land of Egypt: he heard a language which he understood not.
6 He removed his back from burdens: his hands slaved in making the baskets.
You did call upon me in trouble, and I delivered you; I heard you in the secret place of the storm: I proved you at the water of §
8 Hear, my people, and I will speak to you, O Israel; and I will testify to you: if you will listen to me;
9 there shall be no new god in you; neither shall you worship a strange god.
10 For I am the Lord your God, that brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11 But my people listened not to my voice; and Israel gave no heed to me.
12 So I let them go after the ways of their own hearts: they will go on in their own ways.
13 If my people had listened to me, if Israel had walked in my ways,
14 I should have put down their enemies very quickly, and should have laid my hand upon those that afflicted them.
The Lord's enemies should have
lied to him: but **
their time shall be for ever.
16 And he fed them with the fat of wheat; and satisfied them with honey out of the rock.
(82 in KJV) A Psalm for Asaph.
1 God stands in the assembly of gods; and in the midst of them will judge gods.
2 How long will you° judge unrighteously, and accept the persons of sinners? Pause.
Judge the orphan and poor: *
do justice to the low and needy.
4 Rescue the needy, and deliver the poor out of the hand of the sinner.
5 They know not, nor understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth shall be shaken.
6 I have said, You° are gods; and all of you children of the Most High.
7 But you° die as men, and fall as one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for you shall inherit all nations.
(83 in KJV) A Song of a Psalm for Asaph.
1 O God, who shall be compared to you? be not silent, neither be still, O God.
2 For behold, your enemies have made a noise; and they that hate you have lifted up the head.
3 Against your people they have craftily imagined a device, and have taken counsel against your saints.
4 They have said, Come, and let us utterly destroy them out of the nation; and let the name of Israel be remembered no more at all.
5 For they have taken counsel together with one consent: they have made a confederacy against you;
6 even the tents of the Idumeans, and the Ismaelites; Moab, and the Agarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalec; the Philistines also, with them that dwell at Tyre.
8 Yes, Assur too is come with them: they have become a help to the children of Lot. Pause.
9 Do you to them as to Madiam, and to Sisera; as to Jabin at the brook of Kison.
10 They were utterly destroyed at Aendor: they became as dung for the earth.
11 Make their princes as Oreb and Zeb, and Zebee and Salmana; even all their princes:
who said, let us take to ourselves the *
altar of God as an inheritance.
13 O my God, make them as a wheel; as stubble before the face of the wind.
14 As fire which shall burn up a wood, as the flame may consume the mountains;
15 so shall you persecute them with your tempest, and trouble them in your anger.
16 Fill their faces with dishonor; so shall they seek your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be ashamed and troubled for evermore; yes, let them be confounded and destroyed.
18 And let them know that your name is Lord; that you alone are Most High over all the earth.
(84 in KJV) For the end, a Psalm for the sons of Core, concerning the wine presses.
1 How amiable are your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, and faints for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh have exulted in the living god.
3 Yes, the sparrow has found himself a home, and the turtle-dove a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in your house: they will praise you evermore. Pause.
5 Blessed is the man whose help is of you, O Lord; in his heart he has purposed to go up
6 the valley of weeping, to the place which he has appointed, for there the law-giver will grant blessings.
7 They shall go from strength to strength: the God of gods shall be seen in Sion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: listen, O God of Jacob. Pause.
9 Behold, O God our defender, and look upon the face of your anointed.
10 For one day in your courts is better than thousands. I would rather be an abject in the house of God, than dwell in the tents of sinners.
11 For the Lord loves mercy and truth: God will give grace and glory: the Lord will not withhold good things from them that walk in innocence.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.
(85 in KJV) For the end, a Psalm for the sons of Core.
1 O Lord, you have taken pleasure in your land: you have turned back the captivity of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven your people their transgressions; you have covered all their sins. Pause.
3 You have caused all your wrath to cease: you have turned from your fierce anger.
4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and turn your anger away from us.
5 Wouldest you be angry with us for ever? or will you continue your wrath from generation to generation?
6 O God, you will turn and quicken us; and your people shall rejoice in you.
7 Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
8 I will hear what the Lord God will say concerning me: for he shall speak peace to his people, and to his saints, and to those that turn their heart toward him.
9 Moreover his salvation is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth has sprung out of the earth; and righteousness has looked down from heaven.
12 For the Lord will give goodness; and our land shall yield her fruit.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set his steps in the way.
(86 in KJV) A Prayer of David.
1 O Lord, incline your ear, and listen to me; for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul, for I am holy; save your servant, O God, who hopes in you.
3 Pity me, O Lord: for to you will I cry all the day.
4 Rejoice the sold of your servant: for to you, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are kind, and gentle; and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon you.
6 Give ear to my prayer, o Lord; and attend to the voice of my supplication.
7 In the day of my trouble I cried to you: for you did hear me.
8 There is none like to you, O Lord, among the god; and there are no works like to your works.
9 All nations whom you have made shall come, and shall worship before you, O Lord; and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great, and do wonders: you are the only and the great God.
11 Guide me, O Lord, in your way, and I will walk in your truth: let my heart rejoice, that I may fear your name.
12 I will give you thanks, O Lord my God, with all my heart; and I will glorify your name for ever.
13 For your mercy is great toward me; and you have delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
14 O God, transgressors have risen up against me, and an assembly of violent men have sought my life; and have not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord God, are compassionate and merciful, longsuffering, and abundant in mercy and true.
16 Look you upon me, and have mercy upon me: give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your handmaid.
17 Establish with me a token for good; and let them that hate me see it and be ashamed; because you, O Lord, have helped me, and comforted me.
(87 in KJV) A Psalm of a Song for the sons of Core.
1 His foundations are in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loves the gates of Sion, more than all the tabernacles of Jacob.
3 Glorious things have been spoken of you, O city of God. Pause.
4 I will make mention of Raab and Babylon to them that know me: behold also the Philistines, and Tyre, and the people of the Ethiopians: these were born there.
5 A man shall say, Sion is my mother; and such a man was born in her; and the Highest himself has founded her.
The Lord shall recount it
in the writing of the people, and of these princes that *
were born in her.
7 The dwelling of all within you is as the dwelling of those that rejoice.
(88 in KJV) A song of a Psalm for the sons of Core for the end, upon Maeleth for responsive strains
, of *
instruction for Aeman the Israelite.
1 O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried by day and in the night before you.
2 Let my prayer come in before you; incline your ear to my supplication, O Lord.
3 For my soul is filled with troubles, and my life has drawn near to Hades.
4 I have been reckoned with them that go down to the pit; I became as a man without help;
free among the dead, as the slain ones †
cast out, who sleep in the tomb; whom you remember no more; and they are rejected from your hand.
6 They laid me in the lowest pit, in dark places, and in the shadow of death.
7 Your wrath has pressed heavily upon me, and you have brought upon me all your billows. Pause.
8 You have removed my acquaintance far from me; they have made me an abomination to themselves; I have been delivered up, and have not gone forth.
9 My eyes are dimmed from poverty; but I cried to you, O Lord, all the day; I spread forth my hands to you.
Will you work wonders for the dead? or shall ‡
physicians raise them
up, that they shall praise you?
11 Shall any one declare your mercy in the tomb? and your truth in destruction?
12 Shall your wonders be known in darkness? and your righteousness in a forgotten land?
13 But I cried to you, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent you.
Therefore, O Lord, do you reject my §
turn your face away from me?
I am poor and in troubles from my youth; and having been exalted, I was brought low and into **
16 Your wrath has passed over me; and your terrors have greatly disquieted me.
17 They compassed me like water; all the day they beset me together.
You have put far from me †† every
friend, and my acquaintances because of my
(89 in KJV) A Psalm of instruction for Aetham the Israelite.
1 I will sing of your mercies, O Lord, for ever: I will declare your truth with my mouth to all generations.
2 For you have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: your truth shall be established in the heavens.
3 I made a covenant with my chosen ones, I sware to David my servant.
I will *
establish your seed for ever, and build up your throne to all generations. Pause.
5 The heavens shall declare your wonders, O Lord; and your truth in the assembly of the saints.
For who in the †
heavens shall be compared to the Lord? and who shall be likened to the Lord among the sons of God?
7 God is glorified in the council of the saints; great and terrible toward all that are round about him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is like to you? you are mighty, O Lord, and your truth is round about you.
9 You rule the power of the sea; and you calm the tumult of its waves.
10 You have brought down the proud as one that is slain; and with the arm of your power you have scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are your, and the earth is your: you have founded the world, and the fullness of it.
You have created the north and the ‡
west: Thabor and Hermon shall rejoice in your name.
13 Your is the mighty arm: let your hand be strengthened, let your right hand be exalted.
14 Justice and judgment are the establishment of your throne: mercy and truth shall go before your face.
15 Blessed is the people that knows the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
16 And in your name shall they rejoice all the day: and in your righteousness shall they be exalted.
17 For you are the boast of their strength; and in your good pleasure shall our horn be exalted,
18 for our help is of the Lord; and of the Holy One of Israel, our king.
19 Then you spoke in vision to your children, and said, I have laid help on a mighty one; I have exalted one chosen out of my people.
I have found David my servant; I have anointed him by my
21 For my hand shall support him; and my arm shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall have no advantage against him; and the son of transgression shall not hurt him again.
23 And I will hew down his foes before him, and put to flight those that hate him.
24 But my truth and my mercy shall be with him; and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 And I will set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
26 He shall call upon me, saying, You are my Father, my God, and the helper of my salvation.
27 And I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
28 I will keep my mercy for him for ever, and my covenant shall be firm with him.
29 And I will establish his seed for ever and ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
30 If his children should forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
31 if they should profane my ordinances, and not keep my commandments;
32 I will visit their transgressions with a rod, and their sins with scourges.
33 But my mercy I will not utterly remove from him, nor wrong my truth.
34 Neither will I by any means profane my covenant; and I will not make void the things that proceed out of my lips.
35 Once have I sworn by my holiness, that I will not lie to David.
36 His see shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me;
37 and as the moon that is established for ever, and as the faithful witness in heaven. Pause.
38 But you have cast off and set at nothing, you have rejected your anointed.
39 You have overthrown the covenant of your servant; you have profaned his sanctuary, casting it to the ground.
40 You have broken down all his hedges; you have made his strong holds a terror.
41 All that go by the way have spoiled him: he is become a reproach to his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his enemies; you have made all his enemies to rejoice.
43 You have turned back the help of his sword, and have not helped him in the battle.
You have deprived him of **
glory: you have broken down his throne to the ground.
You have shortened the days of his ††
throne: you have poured shame upon him. Pause.
46 How long, O Lord, will you turn away, for ever? shall your anger flame out as fire?
47 Remember what my being is: for have you created all the sons of men in vain?
48 What man is there who shall live, and not see death? shall any one deliver his soul from the hand of Hades? Pause.
49 Where are your ancient mercies, O Lord, which you sware to David in your truth?
50 Remember, O Lord, the reproach of your servants, which I have borne in my bosom, even the reproach of many nations;
51 wherewith your enemies have reviled, O Lord: wherewith they have reviled the recompense of your anointed.
52 Blessed be the Lord for ever. So be it, so be it.