6 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments, according to the sheminith style; 1 a psalm of David.
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger!
Do not discipline me in your raging fury! 2
2 Have mercy on me, 3 Lord, for I am frail!
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are shaking! 4
3 I am absolutely terrified, 5
and you, Lord – how long will this continue? 6
4 Relent, Lord, rescue me! 7
Deliver me because of your faithfulness! 8
5 For no one remembers you in the realm of death, 9
In Sheol who gives you thanks? 10
6 I am exhausted as I groan;
all night long I drench my bed in tears; 11
my tears saturate the cushion beneath me. 12
7 My eyes 13 grow dim 14 from suffering;
they grow weak 15 because of all my enemies. 16
8 Turn back from me, all you who behave wickedly, 17
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping! 18
9 The Lord has heard my appeal for mercy;
the Lord has accepted 19 my prayer.
10 May all my enemies be humiliated 20 and absolutely terrified! 21
May they turn back and be suddenly humiliated!
7 A musical composition 1 by David, which he sang to the Lord concerning 2 a Benjaminite named Cush. 3
O Lord my God, in you I have taken shelter. 4
Deliver me from all who chase me! Rescue me!
2 Otherwise they will rip 5 me 6 to shreds like a lion;
they will tear me to bits and no one will be able to rescue me. 7
3 O Lord my God, if I have done what they say, 8
or am guilty of unjust actions, 9
4 or have wronged my ally, 10
or helped his lawless enemy, 11
5 may an enemy relentlessly chase 12 me 13 and catch me; 14
may he trample me to death 15
and leave me lying dishonored in the dust. 16 (Selah)
6 Stand up angrily, 17 Lord!
Rise up with raging fury against my enemies! 18
Wake up for my sake and execute the judgment you have decreed for them! 19
7 The countries are assembled all around you; 20
take once more your rightful place over them! 21
8 The Lord judges the nations. 22
Vindicate me, Lord, because I am innocent, 23
because I am blameless, 24 O Exalted One! 25
9 May the evil deeds of the wicked 26 come to an end! 27
But make the innocent 28 secure, 29
O righteous God,
you who examine 30 inner thoughts and motives! 31
10 The Exalted God is my shield, 32
the one who delivers the morally upright. 33
11 God is a just judge;
he is angry throughout the day. 34
12 If a person 35 does not repent, God sharpens his sword 36
and prepares to shoot his bow. 37
13 He prepares to use deadly weapons against him; 38
he gets ready to shoot flaming arrows. 39
14 See the one who is pregnant with wickedness,
who conceives destructive plans,
and gives birth to harmful lies – 40
15 he digs a pit 41
and then falls into the hole he has made. 42
16 He becomes the victim of his own destructive plans 43
and the violence he intended for others falls on his own head. 44
17 I will thank the Lord for 45 his justice;
I will sing praises to the sovereign Lord! 46
8 For the music director, according to the gittith style; 1 a psalm of David.
O Lord, our Lord, 2
how magnificent 3 is your reputation 4 throughout the earth!
You reveal your majesty in the heavens above! 5
2 From the mouths of children and nursing babies
you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries, 6
so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy. 7
3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,
and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 8
4 Of what importance is the human race, 9 that you should notice 10 them?
Of what importance is mankind, 11 that you should pay attention to them, 12
5 and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? 13
You grant mankind 14 honor and majesty; 15
6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; 16
you have placed 17 everything under their authority, 18
7 including all the sheep and cattle,
as well as the wild animals, 19
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea
and everything that moves through the currents 20 of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord, 21
how magnificent 22 is your reputation 23 throughout the earth! 24