12 For the music director; according to the sheminith style; 2 a psalm of David.
For the godly 3 have disappeared; 4
people of integrity 5 have vanished. 6
2 People lie to one another; 7
they flatter and deceive. 8
3 May the Lord cut off 9 all flattering lips,
and the tongue that boasts! 10
4 They say, 11 “We speak persuasively; 12
we know how to flatter and boast. 13
Who is our master?” 14
5 “Because of the violence done to the oppressed, 15
because of the painful cries 16 of the needy,
I will spring into action,” 17 says the Lord.
“I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.” 18
6 The Lord’s words are absolutely reliable. 19
They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,
where it is thoroughly refined. 20
7 You, Lord, will protect them; 21
you will continually shelter each one from these evil people, 22
8 for the wicked seem to be everywhere, 23
when people promote evil. 24
13 For the music director; a psalm of David.
How long, Lord, will you continue to ignore me? 2
How long will you pay no attention to me? 3
2 How long must I worry, 4
and suffer in broad daylight? 5
How long will my enemy gloat over me? 6
3 Look at me! 7 Answer me, O Lord my God!
Revive me, 8 or else I will die! 9
4 Then 10 my enemy will say, “I have defeated him!”
Then 11 my foes will rejoice because I am upended.
5 But I 12 trust in your faithfulness.
May I rejoice because of your deliverance! 13
6 I will sing praises 14 to the Lord
when he vindicates me. 15
14 For the music director; by David.
Fools say to themselves, 2 “There is no God.” 3
They sin and commit evil deeds; 4
none of them does what is right. 5
2 The Lord looks down from heaven 6 at the human race, 7
to see if there is anyone who is wise 8 and seeks God. 9
3 Everyone rejects God; 10
they are all morally corrupt. 11
None of them does what is right, 12
not even one!
4 All those who behave wickedly 13 do not understand – 14
those who devour my people as if they were eating bread,
and do not call out to the Lord.
5 They are absolutely terrified, 15
for God defends the godly. 16
6 You want to humiliate the oppressed, 17
even though 18 the Lord is their 19 shelter.
7 I wish the deliverance 20 of Israel would come from Zion!
When the Lord restores the well-being of his people, 21
may Jacob rejoice, 22
may Israel be happy! 23