72 For 1 Solomon.
O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions! 2
Grant the king’s son 3 the ability to make fair decisions! 4
2 Then he will judge 5 your people fairly,
and your oppressed ones 6 equitably.
3 The mountains will bring news of peace to the people,
and the hills will announce justice. 7
4 He will defend 8 the oppressed among the people;
he will deliver 9 the children 10 of the poor
and crush the oppressor.
5 People will fear 11 you 12 as long as the sun and moon remain in the sky,
for generation after generation. 13
6 He 14 will descend like rain on the mown grass, 15
like showers that drench 16 the earth. 17
7 During his days the godly will flourish; 18
peace will prevail as long as the moon remains in the sky. 19
8 May he rule 20 from sea to sea, 21
and from the Euphrates River 22 to the ends of the earth!
9 Before him the coastlands 23 will bow down,
and his enemies will lick the dust. 24
10 The kings of Tarshish 25 and the coastlands will offer gifts;
the kings of Sheba 26 and Seba 27 will bring tribute.
11 All kings will bow down to him;
all nations will serve him.
12 For he will rescue the needy 28 when they cry out for help,
and the oppressed 29 who have no defender.
13 He will take pity 30 on the poor and needy;
the lives of the needy he will save.
14 From harm and violence he will defend them; 31
he will value their lives. 32
15 May he live! 33 May they offer him gold from Sheba! 34
May they continually pray for him!
May they pronounce blessings on him all day long! 35
16 May there be 36 an abundance 37 of grain in the earth;
on the tops 38 of the mountains may it 39 sway! 40
May its 41 fruit trees 42 flourish 43 like the forests of Lebanon! 44
May its crops 45 be as abundant 46 as the grass of the earth! 47
17 May his fame endure! 48
May his dynasty last as long as the sun remains in the sky! 49
May they use his name when they formulate their blessings! 50
May all nations consider him to be favored by God! 51
18 The Lord God, the God of Israel, deserves praise! 52
He alone accomplishes amazing things! 53
19 His glorious name deserves praise 54 forevermore!
May his majestic splendor 55 fill the whole earth!
We agree! We agree! 56
20 This collection of the prayers of David son of Jesse ends here. 57
73 A psalm by Asaph.
Certainly God is good to Israel, 1
and to those whose motives are pure! 2
2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped;
my feet almost slid out from under me. 3
3 For I envied those who are proud,
as I observed 4 the prosperity 5 of the wicked.
4 For they suffer no pain; 6
their bodies 7 are strong and well-fed. 8
5 They are immune to the trouble common to men;
they do not suffer as other men do. 9
6 Arrogance is their necklace, 10
and violence their clothing. 11
7 Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; 12
their thoughts are sinful. 13
8 They mock 14 and say evil things; 15
they proudly threaten violence. 16
9 They speak as if they rule in heaven,
and lay claim to the earth. 17
10 Therefore they have more than enough food to eat,
and even suck up the water of the sea. 18
11 They say, “How does God know what we do?
Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?” 19
12 Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, 20
those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 21
13 I concluded, 22 “Surely in vain I have kept my motives 23 pure
and maintained a pure lifestyle. 24
14 I suffer all day long,
and am punished every morning.”
15 If I had publicized these thoughts, 25
I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 26
16 When I tried to make sense of this,
it was troubling to me. 27
17 Then I entered the precincts of God’s temple, 28
and understood the destiny of the wicked. 29
18 Surely 30 you put them in slippery places;
you bring them down 31 to ruin.
19 How desolate they become in a mere moment!
Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 32
20 They are like a dream after one wakes up. 33
O Lord, when you awake 34 you will despise them. 35
21 Yes, 36 my spirit was bitter, 37
and my insides felt sharp pain. 38
22 I was ignorant 39 and lacked insight; 40
I was as senseless as an animal before you. 41
23 But I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide 42 me by your wise advice,
and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 43
25 Whom do I have in heaven but you?
I desire no one but you on earth. 44
26 My flesh and my heart may grow weak, 45
but God always 46 protects my heart and gives me stability. 47
27 Yes, 48 look! Those far from you 49 die;
you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 50
28 But as for me, God’s presence is all I need. 51
I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter,
as 52 I declare all the things you have done.
74 A well-written song 1 by Asaph.
Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us? 2
Why does your anger burn 3 against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember your people 4 whom you acquired in ancient times,
whom you rescued 5 so they could be your very own nation, 6
as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!
3 Hurry and look 7 at the permanent ruins,
and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 8
4 Your enemies roar 9 in the middle of your sanctuary; 10
they set up their battle flags. 11
5 They invade like lumberjacks
swinging their axes in a thick forest. 12
6 And now 13 they are tearing down 14 all its engravings 15
with axes 16 and crowbars. 17
7 They set your sanctuary on fire;
they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 18
8 They say to themselves, 19
“We will oppress all of them.” 20
They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land. 21
9 We do not see any signs of God’s presence; 22
there are no longer any prophets 23
and we have no one to tell us how long this will last. 24
10 How long, O God, will the adversary hurl insults?
Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?
11 Why do you remain inactive?
Intervene and destroy him! 25
12 But God has been my 26 king from ancient times,
performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 27
13 You destroyed 28 the sea by your strength;
you shattered the heads of the sea monster 29 in the water.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; 30
you fed 31 him to the people who live along the coast. 32
15 You broke open the spring and the stream; 33
you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 34
16 You established the cycle of day and night; 35
you put the moon 36 and sun in place. 37
17 You set up all the boundaries 38 of the earth;
you created the cycle of summer and winter. 39
18 Remember how 40 the enemy hurls insults, O Lord, 41
and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!
19 Do not hand the life of your dove 42 over to a wild animal!
Do not continue to disregard 43 the lives of your oppressed people!
20 Remember your covenant promises, 44
for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 45
21 Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame!
Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 46
22 Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! 47
Remember how fools insult you all day long! 48
23 Do not disregard 49 what your enemies say, 50
or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 51