9 For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; 2 a psalm of David.
I will thank the Lord with all my heart!
I will tell about all your amazing deeds! 3
2 I will be happy and rejoice in you!
I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One! 4
3 When my enemies turn back,
they trip and are defeated 5 before you.
4 For you defended my just cause; 6
from your throne you pronounced a just decision. 7
5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry; 8
you destroyed the wicked; 9
you permanently wiped out all memory of them. 10
6 The enemy’s cities have been reduced to permanent ruins; 11
you destroyed their cities; 12
all memory of the enemies has perished. 13
7 But the Lord 14 rules 15 forever;
he reigns in a just manner. 16
8 He judges the world fairly;
he makes just legal decisions for the nations. 17
9 Consequently 18 the Lord provides safety for the oppressed; 19
he provides safety in times of trouble. 20
10 Your loyal followers trust in you, 21
for you, Lord, do not abandon those who seek your help. 22
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules 23 in Zion!
Tell the nations what he has done! 24
12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; 25
he did not overlook 26 their cry for help 27
13 when they prayed: 28
“Have mercy on me, 29 Lord!
See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, 30
O one who can snatch me away 31 from the gates of death!
14 Then I will 32 tell about all your praiseworthy acts; 33
in the gates of Daughter Zion 34 I will rejoice because of your deliverance.” 35
15 The nations fell 36 into the pit they had made;
their feet were caught in the net they had hidden. 37
16 The Lord revealed himself;
he accomplished justice;
the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. 38 (Higgaion. 39 Selah)
17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; 40
this is the destiny of 41 all the nations that ignore 42 God,
18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, 43
the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed. 44
19 Rise up, Lord! 45
Don’t let men be defiant! 46
May the nations be judged in your presence!
20 Terrify them, Lord! 47
Let the nations know they are mere mortals! 48 (Selah)
10 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble? 2
2 The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; 3
the oppressed are trapped 4 by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up. 5
3 Yes, 6 the wicked man 7 boasts because he gets what he wants; 8
the one who robs others 9 curses 10 and 11 rejects the Lord. 12
4 The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks,
“God won’t hold me accountable; he doesn’t care.” 13
5 He is secure at all times. 14
He has no regard for your commands; 15
he disdains all his enemies. 16
6 He says to himself, 17
“I will never 18 be upended,
because I experience no calamity.” 19
7 His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words; 20
his tongue injures and destroys. 21
8 He waits in ambush near the villages; 22
in hidden places he kills the innocent.
His eyes look for some unfortunate victim. 23
9 He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; 24
he lies in ambush, waiting to catch 25 the oppressed;
he catches the oppressed 26 by pulling in his net. 27
10 His victims are crushed and beaten down;
they are trapped in his sturdy nets. 28
11 He says to himself, 29
“God overlooks it;
he does not pay attention;
he never notices.” 30
12 Rise up, Lord! 31
O God, strike him down! 32
Do not forget the oppressed!
13 Why does the wicked man reject God? 33
He says to himself, 34 “You 35 will not hold me accountable.” 36
14 You have taken notice, 37
for 38 you always see 39 one who inflicts pain and suffering. 40
The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; 41
you deliver 42 the fatherless. 43
15 Break the arm 44 of the wicked and evil man!
Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds, 45
which he thought you would not discover. 46
16 The Lord rules forever! 47
The nations are driven out of his land. 48
17 Lord, you have heard 49 the request 50 of the oppressed;
you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. 51
18 You defend 52 the fatherless and oppressed, 53
so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them. 54
11 For the music director; by David.
In the Lord I have taken shelter. 2
How can you say to me, 3
“Flee to a mountain like a bird! 4
2 For look, the wicked 5 prepare 6 their bows, 7
they put their arrows on the strings,
to shoot in the darkness 8 at the morally upright. 9
3 When the foundations 10 are destroyed,
what can the godly 11 accomplish?” 12
4 The Lord is in his holy temple; 13
the Lord’s throne is in heaven. 14
His eyes 15 watch; 16
his eyes 17 examine 18 all people. 19
5 The Lord approves of 20 the godly, 21
but he 22 hates 23 the wicked and those who love to do violence. 24
6 May the Lord rain down 25 burning coals 26 and brimstone 27 on the wicked!
A whirlwind is what they deserve! 28
7 Certainly 29 the Lord is just; 30
he rewards godly deeds; 31
the upright will experience his favor. 32