17 A prayer of David.
Lord, consider my just cause! 2
Pay attention to my cry for help!
Listen to the prayer
I sincerely offer! 3
2 Make a just decision on my behalf! 4
Decide what is right! 5
3 You have scrutinized my inner motives; 6
you have examined me during the night. 7
You have carefully evaluated me, but you find no sin.
I am determined I will say nothing sinful. 8
4 As for the actions of people 9 –
just as you have commanded,
I have not followed in the footsteps of violent men. 10
5 I carefully obey your commands; 11
I do not deviate from them. 12
6 I call to you for you will answer me, O God.
Listen to me! 13
Hear what I say! 14
7 Accomplish awesome, faithful deeds, 15
you who powerfully deliver those who look to you for protection from their enemies. 16
8 Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye! 17
Hide me in the shadow of your wings! 18
9 Protect me from 19 the wicked men who attack 20 me,
my enemies who crowd around me for the kill. 21
10 They are calloused; 22
they speak arrogantly. 23
11 They attack me, now they surround me; 24
they intend to throw me to the ground. 25
12 He 26 is like a lion 27 that wants to tear its prey to bits, 28
like a young lion crouching 29 in hidden places.
13 Rise up, Lord!
Confront him! 30 Knock him down! 31
Use your sword to rescue me from the wicked man! 32
14 Lord, use your power to deliver me from these murderers, 33
from the murderers of this world! 34
They enjoy prosperity; 35
you overwhelm them with the riches they desire. 36
They have many children,
and leave their wealth to their offspring. 37
15 As for me, because I am innocent I will see your face; 38
when I awake you will reveal yourself to me. 39
18 For the music director; by the Lord’s servant David, who sang 2 to the Lord the words of this song when 3 the Lord rescued him from the power 4 of all his enemies, including Saul. 5
He said: 6
“I love 7 you, Lord, my source of strength! 8
2 The Lord is my high ridge, 9 my stronghold, 10 my deliverer.
My God is my rocky summit where 11 I take shelter, 12
my shield, the horn that saves me, 13 and my refuge. 14
3 I called 15 to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, 16
and I was delivered from my enemies.
4 The waves 17 of death engulfed me,
the currents 18 of chaos 19 overwhelmed me. 20
5 The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, 21
the snares of death trapped me. 22
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried out to my God. 23
From his heavenly temple 24 he heard my voice;
he listened to my cry for help. 25
7 The earth heaved and shook; 26
the roots of the mountains 27 trembled; 28
they heaved because he was angry.
8 Smoke ascended from 29 his nose; 30
fire devoured as it came from his mouth; 31
he hurled down fiery coals. 32
9 He made the sky sink 33 as he descended;
a thick cloud was under his feet.
10 He mounted 34 a winged angel 35 and flew;
he glided 36 on the wings of the wind. 37
11 He shrouded himself in darkness, 38
in thick rain clouds. 39
12 From the brightness in front of him came
hail and fiery coals. 40
13 The Lord thundered 41 in 42 the sky;
the sovereign One 43 shouted. 44
14 He shot his 45 arrows and scattered them, 46
many lightning bolts 47 and routed them. 48
15 The depths 49 of the sea 50 were exposed;
the inner regions 51 of the world were uncovered
by 52 your battle cry, 53 Lord,
by the powerful breath from your nose. 54
16 He reached down 55 from above and took hold of me;
he pulled me from the surging water. 56
17 He rescued me from my strong enemy, 57
from those who hate me,
for they were too strong for me.
18 They confronted 58 me in my day of calamity,
but the Lord helped me. 59
19 He brought me out into a wide open place;
he delivered me because he was pleased with me. 60
20 The Lord repaid 61 me for my godly deeds; 62
he rewarded 63 my blameless behavior. 64
21 For I have obeyed the Lord’s commands; 65
I have not rebelled against my God. 66
22 For I am aware of all his regulations, 67
and I do not reject his rules. 68
23 I was innocent before him,
and kept myself from sinning. 69
24 The Lord rewarded me for my godly deeds; 70
he took notice of my blameless behavior. 71
25 You prove to be loyal 72 to one who is faithful; 73
you prove to be trustworthy 74 to one who is innocent. 75
26 You prove to be reliable 76 to one who is blameless,
but you prove to be deceptive 77 to one who is perverse. 78
27 For you deliver oppressed 79 people,
but you bring down those who have a proud look. 80
28 Indeed, 81 you are my lamp, Lord. 82
My God 83 illuminates the darkness around me. 84
29 Indeed, 85 with your help 86 I can charge against 87 an army; 88
by my God’s power 89 I can jump over a wall. 90
30 The one true God acts in a faithful manner; 91
the Lord’s promise 92 is reliable; 93
he is a shield to all who take shelter 94 in him.
31 Indeed, 95 who is God besides the Lord?
Who is a protector 96 besides our God? 97
32 The one true God 98 gives 99 me strength; 100
he removes 101 the obstacles in my way. 102
33 He gives me the agility of a deer; 103
he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 104
34 He trains my hands for battle; 105
my arms can bend even the strongest bow. 106
35 You give me your protective shield; 107
your right hand supports me; 108
your willingness to help 109 enables me to prevail. 110
36 You widen my path; 111
my feet 112 do not slip.
37 I chase my enemies and catch 113 them;
I do not turn back until I wipe them out.
38 I beat them 114 to death; 115
they fall at my feet. 116
39 You give me strength 117 for battle;
you make my foes kneel before me. 118
40 You make my enemies retreat; 119
I destroy those who hate me. 120
41 They cry out, but there is no one to help them; 121
they cry out to the Lord, 122 but he does not answer them.
42 I grind them as fine windblown dust; 123
I beat them underfoot 124 like clay 125 in the streets.
43 You rescue me from a hostile army; 126
you make me 127 a leader of nations;
people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects. 128
44 When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. 129
Foreigners are powerless 130 before me;
45 foreigners lose their courage; 131
they shake with fear 132 as they leave 133 their strongholds. 134
46 The Lord is alive! 135
My protector 136 is praiseworthy! 137
The God who delivers me 138 is exalted as king! 139
47 The one true God 140 completely vindicates me; 141
he makes nations submit to me. 142
48 He delivers me 143 from my enemies;
you snatch me away 144 from those who attack me; 145
you rescue me from violent men.
49 So I will give you thanks before the nations, 146 O Lord!
I will sing praises to you! 147
50 He 148 gives his chosen king magnificent victories; 149
he is faithful 150 to his chosen ruler, 151
to David and his descendants 152 forever.” 153
19 For the music director; a psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God; 2
the sky displays his handiwork. 3
2 Day after day it speaks out; 4
night after night it reveals his greatness. 5
3 There is no actual speech or word,
nor is its 6 voice literally heard.
4 Yet its voice 7 echoes 8 throughout the earth;
its 9 words carry 10 to the distant horizon. 11
In the sky 12 he has pitched a tent for the sun. 13
5 Like a bridegroom it emerges 14 from its chamber; 15
like a strong man it enjoys 16 running its course. 17
6 It emerges from the distant horizon, 18
and goes from one end of the sky to the other; 19
nothing can escape 20 its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect
and preserves one’s life. 21
The rules set down by the Lord 22 are reliable 23
and impart wisdom to the inexperienced. 24
8 The Lord’s precepts are fair 25
and make one joyful. 26
The Lord’s commands 27 are pure 28
and give insight for life. 29
9 The commands to fear the Lord are right 30
and endure forever. 31
The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy
and absolutely just. 32
10 They are of greater value 33 than gold,
than even a great amount of pure gold;
they bring greater delight 34 than honey,
than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.
11 Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there; 35
those who obey them receive a rich reward. 36
12 Who can know all his errors? 37
Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of. 38
13 Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant 39 sins;
do not allow such sins to control me. 40
Then I will be blameless,
and innocent of blatant 41 rebellion.
14 May my words and my thoughts
be acceptable in your sight, 42
O Lord, my sheltering rock 43 and my redeemer. 44