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Common English Bible Book of Psalms
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Psalms 1 The truly happy person
doesn't follow wicked advice,
doesn't stand on the road of sinners,
and doesn't sit with the disrespectful.
2 Instead of doing those things,
these persons love the LORD's Instruction,
and they recite God's Instruction day and night!
3 They are like a tree replanted by streams of water,
which bears fruit at just the right time
and whose leaves don't fade.
Whatever they do succeeds.
4 That's not true for the wicked!
They are like dust that the wind blows away.
5 And that's why the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice—
neither will sinners
in the assembly of the righteous.
6 The LORD is intimately acquainted
with the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked is destroyed.
Psalms 2 Why do the nations rant?
Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
2 The earth's rulers take their stand;
the leaders scheme together
against the LORD and
against his anointed one.
3 "Come!" they say.
"We will tear off their ropes
and throw off their chains!"
4 The one who rules in heaven laughs;
my Lord makes fun of them.
5 But then God speaks to them angrily;
then he terrifies them with his fury:
6 "I hereby appoint my king on Zion,
my holy mountain!"
7 I will announce the LORD's decision:
He said to me, "You are my son,
today I have become your father.
8 Just ask me,
and I will make the nations your possession;
the far corners of the earth will be your property.
9 You will smash them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them like a pottery jar."
10So kings, wise up!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the LORD reverently—
trembling, 12 kiss his feet
or else he will become angry,
and your way will be destroyed
because his anger ignites in an instant.
But all who take refuge in the LORD are truly happy!
A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
Psalms 3 LORD, I have so many enemies!
So many are standing against me.
2 So many are talking about me:
"Even God won't help him."Selah
3 But you, LORD, are my shield!
You are my glory!
You are the one who restores me.
4 I cry out loud to the LORD,
and he answers me from his holy mountain. Selah
5 I lie down, sleep, and wake up
because the LORD helps me.
6 I won't be afraid of thousands of people
surrounding me on all sides.
7 Stand up, LORD!
Save me, my God!
In fact, hit all my enemies on the jaw;
shatter the teeth of the wicked!
8 Rescue comes from the LORD!
May your blessing be on your people! Selah
For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
Psalms 4 Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God!
Set me free from my troubles!
Have mercy on me!
Listen to my prayer!
2 How long, you people,
will my reputation be insulted?
How long will you continue
to love what is worthless
and go after lies? Selah
3 Know this: the LORD takes
personal care of the faithful.
The LORD will hear me
when I cry out to him.
4 So be afraid, and don't sin!
Think hard about it in your bed
and weep over it! Selah
5 Bring righteous offerings,
and trust the LORD!
6 Many people say,
"We can't find goodness anywhere.
The light of your face has left us, LORD!"
7 But you have filled my heart with more joy
than when their wheat and wine are everywhere!
8 I will lie down and fall asleep in peace
because you alone, LORD, let me live in safety.
For the music leader. For the flutes. A psalm of David.
Psalms 5 Hear my words, LORD!
Consider my groans!
2 Pay attention to the sound of my cries, my king and my God,
because I am praying to you!
3 LORD, in the morning you hear my voice.
In the morning I lay it all out before you.
Then I wait expectantly.
4 Because you aren't a God
who enjoys wickedness;
evil doesn't live with you.
5 Arrogant people won't last long
in your sight;
you hate all evildoers;
6 you destroy liars.
The LORD despises people who are violent and dishonest.
7 But me? I will enter your house
because of your abundant, faithful love;
I will bow down at your holy temple,
8 LORD, because of many enemies,
please lead me in your righteousness.
Make your way clear,
right in front of me.
9 Because there's no truth in my enemies' mouths,
all they have inside them is destruction.
Their throats are open graves;
their tongues slick with talk.
10 Condemn them, God!
Let them fail by their own plans.
Throw them out for their many sins
because they've rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you celebrate.
Let them sing out loud forever!
so that all who love your name
can rejoice in you.
12 Because you, LORD, bless the righteous.
You cover them with favor like a shield.
For the music leader. On stringed instruments. According to the eighth. A psalm of David.
Psalms 6 Please, LORD,
don't punish me when you are angry;
don't discipline me when you are furious.
2 Have mercy on me, LORD,
because I'm frail.
Heal me, LORD,
because my bones are shaking in terror!
3 My whole body is completely terrified!
But you, LORD! How long will this last?
4 Come back to me, LORD! Deliver me!
Save me for the sake of your faithful love!
5 No one is going to praise you
when they are dead.
Who gives you thanks
from the grave?
6 I'm worn out from groaning.
Every night, I drench my bed with tears;
I soak my couch all the way through.
7 My vision fails because of my grief;
it's weak because of all my distress.
8 Get away from me, all you evildoers,
because the LORD has heard me crying!
9 The LORD has listened to my request.
The LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be ashamed
and completely terrified;
they will be defeated
and ashamed instantly.
A shiggayon of David, which he sang to the LORD about Cush, a Benjaminite.
Psalms 7 I take refuge in you, LORD, my God.
Save me from all who chase me!
2 Otherwise, they will rip me apart,
dragging me off with no chance of rescue.
3 LORD, my God, if I have done this—
if my hands have done anything wrong,
4 if I have repaid a friend with evil
or oppressed a foe for no reason—
5 then let my enemy
not only chase but catch me,
trampling my life into the ground,
laying my reputation in the dirt. Selah
6 Get up, LORD; get angry!
Stand up against the fury of my foes!
Wake up, my God;
you command that justice be done!
7 Let the assembled peoples surround you.
Rule them from on high!
8 The LORD will judge the peoples.
Establish justice for me, LORD,
according to my righteousness
and according to my integrity.
9 Please let the evil of the wicked be over,
but set the righteous firmly in place
because you, the righteous God,
are the one who examines hearts and minds.
10 God is my shield;
he saves those whose heart is right.
11 God is a righteous judge,
a God who is angry at evil every single day.
12 If someone doesn't change their ways,
God will sharpen his sword,
will bend his bow,
will string an arrow.
13 God has deadly weapons in store
for those who won't change;
he gets his flaming arrows ready!
14 But look how the wicked hatch evil,
conceive trouble, give birth to lies!
15 They make a pit, dig it all out,
and then fall right into the hole that they've made!
16 The trouble they cause
will come back on their own heads;
the violence they commit
will come down on their own skulls.
17 But I will thank the LORD
for his righteousness;
I will sing praises
to the name of the LORD Most High.
For the music leader. According to the Gittith. A psalm of David.
Psalms 8 LORD, our Lord, how majestic
is your name throughout the earth!
You made your glory higher than heaven!
2 From the mouths of nursing babies
you have laid a strong foundation
because of your foes,
in order to stop vengeful enemies.
3 When I look up at your skies,
at what your fingers made—
the moon and the stars
that you set firmly in place—
4 what are human beings
that you think about them;
what are human beings
that you pay attention to them?
5 You've made them only slightly less than divine,
crowning them with glory and grandeur.
6 You've let them rule over your handiwork,
putting everything under their feet—
7 all sheep and all cattle,
the wild animals too,
8 the birds in the sky,
the fish of the ocean,
everything that travels the pathways of the sea.
9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!
For the music leader. According to Muth-labben. A psalm of David.
Psalms 9 I will thank you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will talk about all your wonderful acts.
2 I will celebrate and rejoice in you;
I will sing praises to your name, Most High.
3 When my enemies turn and retreat,
they fall down and die right in front of you
4 because you have established justice
for me and my claim,
because you rule from the throne,
establishing justice rightly.
5 You've denounced the nations,
destroyed the wicked.
You've erased their names for all time.
6 Every enemy is wiped out,
like something ruined forever.
You've torn down their cities—
even the memory of them is dead.
7 But the LORD rules forever!
He assumes his throne
for the sake of justice.
8 He will establish justice in the world rightly;
he will judge all people fairly.
9 The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed—
a safe place in difficult times.
10 Those who know your name trust you
because you have not abandoned
any who seek you, LORD.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who lives in Zion!
Proclaim his mighty acts among all people!
12 Because the one who avenges bloodshed
remembers those who suffer;
the LORD hasn't forgotten their cries for help.
13 Have mercy on me, LORD!
Just look how I suffer
because of those who hate me.
But you are the one who brings me back
from the very gates of death
14 so I can declare all your praises,
so I can rejoice in your salvation
in the gates of Daughter Zion.
15 The nations have fallen
into the hole they themselves made!
Their feet are caught
in the very net they themselves hid!
16 The LORD is famous for the justice he has done;
it's his own doing that the wicked are trapped. Higgayon. Selah
17 Let the wicked go straight to the grave,
the same for every nation that forgets God.
18 Because the poor won't be forgotten forever,
the hope of those who suffer won't be lost for all time.
19 Get up, LORD! Don't let people prevail!
Let the nations be judged before you.
20 Strike them with fear, LORD.
Let the nations know they are only human. Selah
Psalms 10 Why do you stand so far away, LORD,
hiding yourself in troubling times?
2 Meanwhile, the wicked are proudly
in hot pursuit of those who suffer.
Let them get caught
in the very same schemes they've thought up!
3 The wicked brag about their body's cravings;
the greedy reject the LORD, cursing.
4 At the peak of their wrath,
the wicked don't seek God:
There's no God—
that's what they are always thinking.
5 Their ways are always twisted.
Your rules are too lofty for them.
They snort at all their foes.
6 They think to themselves,
We'll never stumble.
We'll never encounter any resistance.
7 Their mouths are filled
with curses, dishonesty, violence.
Under their tongues lie
troublemaking and wrongdoing.
8 They wait in a place perfect for ambush;
from their hiding places
they kill innocent people;
their eyes spot those who are helpless.
9 They lie in ambush
in secret places,
like a lion in its lair.
They lie in ambush
so they can seize those who suffer!
They seize the poor, all right,
dragging them off in their nets.
10 Their helpless victims are crushed;
they collapse, falling prey to the strength of the wicked.
11 The wicked think to themselves:
God has forgotten.
God has hidden his face.
God never sees anything!
12 Get up, LORD!
Get your fist ready, God!
Don't forget the ones who suffer!
13 Why do the wicked reject God?
Why do they think to themselves
that you won't find out?
14 But you do see!
You do see troublemaking and grief,
and you do something about it!
The helpless leave it all to you.
You are the orphan's helper.
15 Break the arms of those
who are wicked and evil.
Seek out their wickedness
until there's no more to find.
16 The LORD rules forever and always!
The nations will vanish from his land.
17 LORD, you listen to the desires of those who suffer.
You steady their hearts;
you listen closely to them,
18 to establish justice
for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that people of the land
will never again be terrified.
For the music leader. Of David.
Psalms 11 I have taken refuge in the LORD.
So how can you say to me,
"Flee to the hills like a bird
2 because the wicked
have already bent their bows;
they've already strung their arrows;
they are ready to secretly shoot
those whose heart is right"?
3 When the very bottom of things falls out,
what can a righteous person possibly accomplish?
4 But the LORD is in his holy temple.
The LORD! His throne is in heaven.
His eyes see—
his vision examines all of humanity.
5 The LORD examines
both the righteous and the wicked;
his very being hates anyone who loves violence.
6 God will rain fiery coals and sulfur on the wicked;
their cups will be filled
with nothing but a scorching hot wind
7 because the LORD is righteous!
He loves righteous deeds.
Those whose heart is right will see God's face.
For the music leader. According to the Sheminith. A psalm of David.
Psalms 12 Help, LORD, because the godly are all gone;
the faithful have completely disappeared
from the human race!
2 Everyone tells lies to everyone else;
they talk with slick speech and divided hearts.
3 Let the LORD cut off all slick-talking lips
and every tongue that brags and brags,
4 that says, "We're unbeatable with our tongues!
Who could get the best of us with lips like ours?"
5 But the LORD says,
"Because the poor are oppressed,
because of the groans of the needy,
I'm now standing up.
I will provide the help they are gasping for."
6 The LORD's promises are pure,
like silver that's been refined in an oven,
purified seven times over!
7 You, LORD, will keep us,
protecting us from this generation forever.
8 The wicked roam all over the place,
while depravity is praised by human beings.
For the music leader. A song of David.
Psalms 13 How long will you forget me, LORD? Forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long will I be left to my own wits,
agony filling my heart? Daily?
How long will my enemy keep defeating me?
3 Look at me!
Answer me, LORD my God!
Restore sight to my eyes!
Otherwise, I'll sleep the sleep of death,
4 and my enemy will say, "I won!"
My foes will rejoice over my downfall.
5 But I have trusted in your faithful love.
My heart will rejoice in your salvation.
6 Yes, I will sing to the LORD
because he has been good to me.
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