Prayer for Cleansing and Pardon
To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
1Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.4Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.5Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.8Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.9Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.11Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.14Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
15O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.16For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.17The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,19then you will delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.Chapter 52Judgment on the Deceitful
To the leader. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came to Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”
1Why do you boast, O mighty one,
of mischief done against the godly?
All day long2you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
you worker of treachery.3You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah4You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
5But God will break you down forever;
he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah6The righteous will see, and fear,
and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,7“See the one who would not take
refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
and sought refuge in wealth!”
8But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.9I will thank you forever,
because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
I will proclaim your name, for it is good.Chapter 53Denunciation of Godlessness
To the leader: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.
1Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts;
there is no one who does good.
2God looks down from heaven on humankind
to see if there are any who are wise,
who seek after God.
3They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;
there is no one who does good,
no, not one.
4Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon God?
5There they shall be in great terror,
in terror such as has not been.
For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly;
they will be put to shame, for God has rejected them.
6O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.Chapter 54Prayer for Vindication
To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is in hiding among us.”
1Save me, O God, by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.2Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For the insolent have risen against me,
the ruthless seek my life;
they do not set God before them. Selah
4But surely, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.5He will repay my enemies for their evil.
In your faithfulness, put an end to them.
6With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.7For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.Chapter 55Complaint about a Friend's Treachery
To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.
1Give ear to my prayer, O God;
do not hide yourself from my supplication.2Attend to me, and answer me;
I am troubled in my complaint.
I am distraught3by the noise of the enemy,
because of the clamor of the wicked.
For they bring trouble upon me,
and in anger they cherish enmity against me.
4My heart is in anguish within me,
the terrors of death have fallen upon me.5Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me.6And I say, “O that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;7truly, I would flee far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah8I would hurry to find a shelter for myself
from the raging wind and tempest.”
9Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech;
for I see violence and strife in the city.10Day and night they go around it
on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;11ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
do not depart from its marketplace.
12It is not enemies who taunt me—
I could bear that;
it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me—
I could hide from them.13But it is you, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend,14with whom I kept pleasant company;
we walked in the house of God with the throng.15Let death come upon them;
let them go down alive to Sheol;
for evil is in their homes and in their hearts.
16But I call upon God,
and the Lord will save me.17Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he will hear my voice.18He will redeem me unharmed
from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.19God, who is enthroned from of old, Selah
will hear, and will humble them—
because they do not change,
and do not fear God.
20My companion laid hands on a friend
and violated a covenant with me21with speech smoother than butter,
but with a heart set on war;
with words that were softer than oil,
but in fact were drawn swords.
22Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
23But you, O God, will cast them down
into the lowest pit;
the bloodthirsty and treacherous
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.Chapter 56Trust in God under Persecution
To the leader: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. Of David. A Miktam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
1Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;
all day long foes oppress me;2my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many fight against me.
O Most High,3when I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.4In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I am not afraid;
what can flesh do to me?
5All day long they seek to injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.6They stir up strife, they lurk,
they watch my steps.
As they hoped to have my life,7so repay them for their crime;
in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your record?9Then my enemies will retreat
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.10In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,11in God I trust; I am not afraid.
What can a mere mortal do to me?
12My vows to you I must perform, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.13For you have delivered my soul from death,
and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
in the light of life.Chapter 57Praise and Assurance under Persecution
To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.
1Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
until the destroying storms pass by.2I cry to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.3He will send from heaven and save me,
he will put to shame those who trample on me. Selah
God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.
4I lie down among lions
that greedily devour human prey;
their teeth are spears and arrows,
their tongues sharp swords.
5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let your glory be over all the earth.
6They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path,
but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah7My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and make melody.8Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.9I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.10For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
your faithfulness extends to the clouds.
11Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let your glory be over all the earth.Chapter 58Prayer for Vengeance
To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam.
1Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?
Do you judge people fairly?2No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands deal out violence on earth.
3The wicked go astray from the womb;
they err from their birth, speaking lies.4They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,5so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.
6O God, break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!7Let them vanish like water that runs away;
like grass let them be trodden down and wither.8Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime;
like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.9Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!
10The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.11People will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who judges on earth.”Chapter 59Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when Saul ordered his house to be watched in order to kill him.
1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.2Deliver me from those who work evil;
from the bloodthirsty save me.
3Even now they lie in wait for my life;
the mighty stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!5You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Awake to punish all the nations;
spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah
6Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.7There they are, bellowing with their mouths,
with sharp words on their lips—
for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”
8But you laugh at them, O Lord;
you hold all the nations in derision.9O my strength, I will watch for you;
for you, O God, are my fortress.10My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
11Do not kill them, or my people may forget;
make them totter by your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.12For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,13consume them in wrath;
consume them until they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob. Selah
14Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.15They roam about for food,
and growl if they do not get their fill.
16But I will sing of your might;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been a fortress for me
and a refuge in the day of my distress.17O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.Chapter 60Prayer for National Victory after Defeat
To the leader: according to the Lily of the Covenant. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
1O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
you have been angry; now restore us!2You have caused the land to quake; you have torn it open;
repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.3You have made your people suffer hard things;
you have given us wine to drink that made us reel.
4You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
to rally to it out of bowshot. Selah5Give victory with your right hand, and answer us,
so that those whom you love may be rescued.
6God has promised in his sanctuary:
“With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
and portion out the Vale of Succoth.7Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim is my helmet;
Judah is my scepter.8Moab is my washbasin;
on Edom I hurl my shoe;
over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
9Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?10Have you not rejected us, O God?
You do not go out, O God, with our armies.11O grant us help against the foe,
for human help is worthless.12With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes.Chapter 61Assurance of God's Protection
To the leader: with stringed instruments. Of David.
1Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.2From the end of the earth I call to you,
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I;3for you are my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
4Let me abide in your tent forever,
find refuge under the shelter of your wings. Selah5For you, O God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
6Prolong the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!7May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
8So I will always sing praises to your name,
as I pay my vows day after day.Chapter 62Song of Trust in God Alone
To the leader: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.2He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
3How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?4Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah
5For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.6He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.7On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
8Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
9Those of low estate are but a breath,
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.10Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,12and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.Chapter 63Comfort and Assurance in God's Presence
A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.
1O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.3Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.4So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
5My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips6when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;7for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.8My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;10they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
they shall be prey for jackals.11But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.Chapter 64Prayer for Protection from Enemies
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
preserve my life from the dread enemy.2Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
from the scheming of evildoers,3who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,4shooting from ambush at the blameless;
they shoot suddenly and without fear.5They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see us?6Who can search out our crimes?
We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.”
For the human heart and mind are deep.
7But God will shoot his arrow at them;
they will be wounded suddenly.8Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake with horror.9Then everyone will fear;
they will tell what God has brought about,
and ponder what he has done.
10Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him.
Let all the upright in heart glory.Chapter 65Thanksgiving for Earth's Bounty
To the leader. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1Praise is due to you,
O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,2O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.3When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions.4Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
your holy temple.
5By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas.6By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.7You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples.8Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
9You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide the people with grain,
for so you have prepared it.10You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.11You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with richness.12The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,13the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.Chapter 66Praise for God's Goodness to Israel
To the leader. A Song. A Psalm.
1Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;2sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise.3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.4All the earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
sing praises to your name.” Selah
5Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.6He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him,7who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah
8Bless our God, O peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard,9who has kept us among the living,
and has not let our feet slip.10For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.11You brought us into the net;
you laid burdens on our backs;12you let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.
13I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
I will pay you my vows,14those that my lips uttered
and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.15I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings,
with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
16Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for me.17I cried aloud to him,
and he was extolled with my tongue.18If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.19But truly God has listened;
he has given heed to the words of my prayer.
20Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me.Chapter 67The Nations Called to Praise God
To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
1May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah2that your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
6The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.7May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere him.Chapter 68Praise and Thanksgiving
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.
1Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
let those who hate him flee before him.2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
as wax melts before the fire,
let the wicked perish before God.3But let the righteous be joyful;
let them exult before God;
let them be jubilant with joy.
4Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds —
his name is the Lord—
be exultant before him.
5Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.6God gives the desolate a home to live in;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a parched land.
7O God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness, Selah8the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.9Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
you restored your heritage when it languished;10your flock found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
11The Lord gives the command;
great is the company of those who bore the tidings:12“The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!”
The women at home divide the spoil,13though they stay among the sheepfolds—
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
its pinions with green gold.14When the Almighty scattered kings there,
snow fell on Zalmon.
15O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan;
O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!16Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain,
at the mount that God desired for his abode,
where the Lord will reside forever?
17With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands,
the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place.18You ascended the high mount,
leading captives in your train
and receiving gifts from people,
even from those who rebel against the Lord God's abiding there.19Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah20Our God is a God of salvation,
and to GOD, the Lord, belongs escape from death.
21But God will shatter the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crown of those who walk in their guilty ways.22The Lord said,
“I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,23so that you may bathe your feet in blood,
so that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the foe.”
24Your solemn processions are seen, O God,
the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—25the singers in front, the musicians last,
between them girls playing tambourines:26“Bless God in the great congregation,
the Lord, O you who are of Israel's fountain!”27There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
the princes of Judah in a body,
the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28Summon your might, O God;
show your strength, O God, as you have done for us before.29Because of your temple at Jerusalem
kings bear gifts to you.30Rebuke the wild animals that live among the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
Trample under foot those who lust after tribute;
scatter the peoples who delight in war.31Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out its hands to God.
32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
sing praises to the Lord, Selah33O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.34Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel;
and whose power is in the skies.35Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!Chapter 69Prayer for Deliverance from Persecution
To the leader: according to Lilies. Of David.
1Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.2I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.3I am weary with my crying;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
with waiting for my God.
4More in number than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without cause;
many are those who would destroy me,
my enemies who accuse me falsely.
What I did not steal
must I now restore?5O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
6Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me,
O Lord GOD of hosts;
do not let those who seek you be dishonored because of me,
O God of Israel.7It is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that shame has covered my face.8I have become a stranger to my kindred,
an alien to my mother's children.
9It is zeal for your house that has consumed me;
the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.10When I humbled my soul with fasting,
they insulted me for doing so.11When I made sackcloth my clothing,
I became a byword to them.12I am the subject of gossip for those who sit in the gate,
and the drunkards make songs about me.
13But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.
With your faithful help14rescue me
from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
and from the deep waters.15Do not let the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or the Pit close its mouth over me.
16Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.17Do not hide your face from your servant,
for I am in distress—make haste to answer me.18Draw near to me, redeem me,
set me free because of my enemies.
19You know the insults I receive,
and my shame and dishonor;
my foes are all known to you.20Insults have broken my heart,
so that I am in despair.
I looked for pity, but there was none;
and for comforters, but I found none.21They gave me poison for food,
and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22Let their table be a trap for them,
a snare for their allies.23Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and make their loins tremble continually.24Pour out your indignation upon them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.25May their camp be a desolation;
let no one live in their tents.26For they persecute those whom you have struck down,
and those whom you have wounded, they attack still more.27Add guilt to their guilt;
may they have no acquittal from you.28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;
let them not be enrolled among the righteous.29But I am lowly and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, protect me.
30I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.31This will please the Lord more than an ox
or a bull with horns and hoofs.32Let the oppressed see it and be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive.33For the Lord hears the needy,
and does not despise his own that are in bonds.
34Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and everything that moves in them.35For God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah;
and his servants shall live there and possess it;36the children of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall live in it.Chapter 70Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.
1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O Lord, make haste to help me!2Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.3Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
4Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”5But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!Chapter 71Prayer for Lifelong Protection and Help
1In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.2In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.3Be to me a rock of refuge,
a strong fortress, to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
4Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.5For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.6Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
it was you who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.
7I have been like a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.8My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all day long.9Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
do not forsake me when my strength is spent.10For my enemies speak concerning me,
and those who watch for my life consult together.11They say, “Pursue and seize that person
whom God has forsaken,
for there is no one to deliver.”
12O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!13Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
let those who seek to hurt me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.14But I will hope continually,
and will praise you yet more and more.15My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all day long,
though their number is past my knowledge.16I will come praising the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD,
I will praise your righteousness, yours alone.
17O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.18So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might
to all the generations to come.
Your power19and your righteousness, O God,
reach the high heavens.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?20You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.21You will increase my honor,
and comfort me once again.
22I will also praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.23My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have rescued.24All day long my tongue will talk of your righteous help,
for those who tried to do me harm
have been put to shame, and disgraced.Chapter 72Prayer for Guidance and Support for the King
1Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to a king's son.2May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.3May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.4May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
5May he live while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.6May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.7In his days may righteousness flourish
and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
8May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.9May his foes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust.10May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts.11May all kings fall down before him,
all nations give him service.
12For he delivers the needy when they call,
the poor and those who have no helper.13He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.14From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
and precious is their blood in his sight.
15Long may he live!
May gold of Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be made for him continually,
and blessings invoked for him all day long.16May there be abundance of grain in the land;
may it wave on the tops of the mountains;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field.17May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun.
May all nations be blessed in him;
may they pronounce him happy.
18Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.19Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.
20The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.