PSALMS

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who has not walked in the counsel of the wicked, neither stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the malevolent; 2 but his will is in the law of the Lord; and in his law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like the tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and will not cast off its leaf; and everything, whatever he may do, shall be prospered. 4 Not so the wicked, not so; but are like dust, which the wind drives away from the face of the earth. 5 Therefore the wicked will not rise up in judgment, nor sinners in the counsel of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Why have the heathen raged, and the peoples meditated vain things? 2 The kings of the earth made a stand; and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. (Pause). 3 Let us burst their bonds, and cast off their yoke from us. 4 He who dwells in the heavens shall laugh at them; the Lord holds them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak to them in his wrath, and trouble them in his fury. 6 As for me, he appointed me king upon Zion, his holy mountain, 7 proclaiming the Lord’s decree: The Lord said to me, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee nations for thine inheritance; and for thy possession, the uttermost parts of the earth. 9 Thou shalt rule them with an iron sceptre; like a potter’s vessel shalt thou break them in pieces.” 10 And now, O kings, understand; be instructed, all you that judge the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice in him with trembling. 12 Lay hold of instruction, lest the Lord be angry, and you perish from the way of the righteous. 13 When his wrath is quickly kindled, blessed are all who have put their trust in him.

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, when he fled from the face of Absalom his son:

O Lord, how they are increased who afflict me; many are rising up against me. 3 Many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in his God.” (Pause). 4 But thou, O Lord, art my helper, my glory, and the lifter up of my head. 5 I cried to the Lord with my voice, and he heard me from his holy mountain. (Pause). 6 I laid down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. 7 I will not be afraid of ten thousands, of a people who have set themselves against me round about. 8 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God. For thou hast smitten all who without cause are my enemies; the teeth of sinners hast thou broken in pieces. 9 Salvation is of the Lord; and thy blessing is upon thy people.

Psalm 4

To the end, with psalms; a song of David:

When I called upon thee, thou didst hear me, O God of my righteousness. In my affliction, thou hast enlarged me; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 3 O sons of men, how long will you be slow of heart? Why do you love vanity, and seek falsehood? (Pause). 4 But know that the Lord has magnified his holy one; the Lord will hear me when I cry to him. 5 Be angry, but do not sin; speak within your hearts; upon your beds be pierced with sorrow. (Pause). 6 Offer a sacrifice of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. 7 Many are saying, “Who will show us good things?” The light of thy countenance is manifest upon us, O Lord. 8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart; from the fruit of their corn, wine, and oil have they been filled. 9 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for thou, O Lord, alone causest me to dwell in hope.

Psalm 5

To the end, concerning her who shall inherit; a psalm of David:

Give ear to my words, O Lord; attend to my cry. 3 Hearken to the voice of my supplication, my King and my God; for to thee, O Lord, will I pray. 4 In the morning thou shalt hear my voice; in the morning I shall stand before thee, and thou shalt look upon me. 5 For thou art not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; an evildoer shall not dwell with thee. 6 Nor shall the wicked continue before thine eyes; thou hatest all the workers of iniquity. 7 Thou destroyest all who speak falsehood; a bloody and deceitful man will the Lord abhor. 8 As for me, in the abundance of thy mercy will I enter thy house; I shall worship toward thy holy temple in fear of thee. 9 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness for the sake of my enemies; keep my way straight before thee. 10 For there is no truth in their mouth; their heart is vain, their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have spoken deceit. 11 Judge them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels. According to the multitude of their iniquities cast them out; for they have provoked thee, O Lord. 12 But let all who hope in thee rejoice. They shall exult for ever, and thou wilt dwell among them; and all shall glory in thee who love thy name. 13 For thou wilt bless the righteous. As with a shield of good will, O Lord, hast thou crowned us.

Psalm 6

To the end, in hymns, above the eighth; a psalm of David:

O Lord, do not rebuke me in thine anger, nor chastise me in thy wrath. 3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. 4 My soul also is exceedingly troubled; but thou, O Lord, how long? 5 Return, O Lord; deliver my soul; save me for thy mercy’s sake. 6 For in death there is no remembrance of thee; in the grave, who shall confess thee? 7 I am weary with my groaning; every night I wash my bed; I soak my couch with my tears. 8 My eye is stirred up with anger; it has grown old among all my enemies. 9 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 10 The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord has received my prayer. 11 Let all my enemies be put to shame and greatly troubled; let them be turned away and speedily put to great shame.


Psalm 7

A psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, son of Jemeni:

O Lord my God, in thee have I put my trust; save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me; 3 lest he should ravish my soul like a lion, there being none to redeem nor save. 4 O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is unrighteousness in my hands; 5 if I have repaid them who repay me with evil, then let me fall back from my enemies empty handed. 6 Then let the enemy follow hard upon my soul, and take it; let him trample my life into the earth, and lay down my glory in the dust. (Pause). 7 Arise, O Lord, in thine anger; be exalted in the boundaries of thine enemies. Be raised up, O Lord my God, in the ordinances which thou hast commanded, 8 and a gathering of the peoples shall surround thee; for their sake therefore return thou on high. 9 The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity that is in me. 10 Let the wickedness of sinners be brought to an end, but direct thou the righteous; God has appointed the hearts and kidneys. 11 Righteous is my help from God, who saves the upright of heart. 12 God is a judge righteous and strong; longsuffering, and not bringing down wrath every day. 13 Unless you turn back, his sword glistens; he has bent his bow, and made it ready. 14 He has made ready for him the instruments of death; he has prepared his arrows against them who rage. 15 Behold, he has laboured with unrighteousness, conceived distress, and brought forth lawlessness. 16 He has made a pit, dug it up, and is fallen into the hole which he made. 17 His misery shall return upon his own head; and upon his own crown shall come down his unrighteousness. 18 I will confess the Lord according to his righteousness; I will sing to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 8

To the end, concerning the winepress; a psalm of David:

O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is thy name in all the earth; for thy majesty is exalted above the heavens. 3 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou perfected praise because of thine enemies, to destroy the enemy and the avenger. 4 When I behold the heavens, the work of thy fingers; the moon and the stars, which thou hast established; 5 what is man, that thou shouldst remember him; or the son of man, that thou shouldst visit him? 6 Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels; thou hast crowned him with glory and honour. 7 Thou hast set him over the works of thy hands; thou hast placed all things under his feet: 8 all sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field; 9 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea; whatever shall pass through the paths of the seas. 10 O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is thy name in all the earth!

Psalm 9 (MT 9 & 10)

To the end, concerning the hidden things of the Son; a psalm of David:

I will confess thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will describe all thy wonders. 3 I will rejoice and be glad in thee; I will sing praise to thy name, thou Most High. 4 When my enemies are turned back, they shall stumble and perish from thy presence. 5 For thou hast maintained my justice and my cause; thou hast sat upon a throne, O thou who judgest righteousness. 6 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the wicked; thou hast blotted out his name for ever, even to the ages of ages. 7 The swords of the enemy have failed utterly, and thou hast destroyed cities; his remembrance and fame are together perished. 8 But the Lord remains for ever; in justice he has prepared his throne. 9 He judges the world in righteousness; he judges peoples in uprightness. 10 The Lord also has become a refuge for the poor; a help both in good times, and in times of trouble. 11 And let those who know thy name put their trust in thee; for thou hast not forsaken them who seek thee, O Lord. 12 Sing to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; tell forth his ways among the heathen. 13 For in avenging their blood, he remembered; he has not forgotten the entreaties of the poor. 14 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; behold my abasement by my enemies, O thou who liftest me up from the gates of death, 15 that I may tell forth all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion; I will rejoice in thy salvation. 16 The heathen are ensnared in the pit which they have made; in this net which they have hidden is their foot caught. 17 The Lord is known by the judgments which he makes; by the works of his hands is the wicked caught. (Song of pause). 18 The wicked shall be turned away into hades; all the nations that forget God. 19 For the needy shall not be forgotten for ever; the perseverance of the poor will not perish for ever. 20 Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before thee. 21 Set a lawgiver over them, O Lord; let the heathen know that they are men. (Pause). 22 Why, O Lord, dost thou stand afar off, showing disdain both in good times, and in times of trouble? 23 In his arrogance, the wicked sets the poor on fire; let them be caught in the intrigues which they devise. 24 For the sinner boasts of his soul’s desires, and the doer of unrighteousness takes the blessing for himself. 25 The sinner provokes the Lord to wrath; through the abundance of his anger, he does not seek; God is not before him. 26 He pollutes his ways in every season; he removes thy judgments from his presence; he will have dominion over all his enemies; 27 for he has said in his heart, “I will not be shaken; from generation to generation I shall be without evil.” 28 He fills his mouth with cursing, and with bitterness and deceit; under his tongue are pain and grief. 29 He lies in ambush with the rich in hidden places to destroy the innocent; his eyes are watching the poor. 30 He lies in wait in the secret place like a lion in his den; he lies in wait to seize the poor, to seize the poor by drawing him in. 31 He will humble him in his snare; he will bow down and fall in his domineering over the poor. 32 For he has said in his heart, “God has forgotten; he has turned away his face continually that he may not see.” 33 Arise, O Lord God, let thy hand be lifted high; do not forget the poor. 34 Why has the wicked provoked God, for he has said in his heart, “He will not demand account”? 35 Thou seest, for thou observest grief and anger, that they may be delivered into thy hand. The poor has committed himself to thee; thou hast been a help to the fatherless. 36 Break thou the arm of the sinner and the evil one; his sin shall be sought, but it will not be found. 37 The Lord will reign for ever, even to the ages of ages; the heathen will be destroyed from his land. 38 The Lord has heard the yearning of the poor; thine ear has been attentive to the preparation of their heart, 39 to plead for the fatherless and the oppressed, lest man should continue to boast upon the earth.

Psalm 10 (MT 11)

To the end; a psalm of David:

In the Lord have I put my trust; how shall you say to my soul, “Flee to the mountains like a sparrow”? 2 For behold, the sinners have bent their bow; they have prepared their arrows in the quiver, that they may shoot in the darkness at the upright of heart. 3 For what thou hast perfected, they have destroyed; and the righteous, what has he done? 4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord whose throne is in heaven. His eyes look upon the poor; his eyelids examine the sons of men. 5 The Lord tries the righteous and the wicked, but he who loves unrighteousness hates his own soul. 6 He will rain snares upon sinners; fire and brimstone, and a stormy wind shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the Lord is righteous, and has loved righteousness; his face has looked upon the upright.

Psalm 11 (MT 12)

To the end, above the eighth; a psalm of David:

Save me, O Lord, for the devout has deserted; for truth has passed away from the sons of men. 3 Each one speaks vanities to his neighbour; deceitful lips are in his heart, and in his heart he has spoken evil things. 4 May the Lord destroy utterly the deceitful lips, and the boastful tongue, 5 which have said, “We magnify our tongue; our lips are our own, who is our Lord?” 6 “Because of the suffering of the poor, and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” saith the Lord. “I will establish him in safety; I will speak with him freely.” 7 The words of the Lord are pure words; silver burned with fire, tested in the earth, and purified sevenfold. 8 Thou, O Lord, shalt guard us and keep us from this generation, and for ever. 9 All around the wicked are walking; according to thy exaltation thou hast shown great care for the sons of men.

Psalm 12 (MT 13)

To the end; a psalm of David:

How long, O Lord? Wilt thou forget me completely? How long wilt thou turn thy face away from me? 3 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having pain in my heart day and night? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 4 Look upon me and hear me, O Lord my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I fall asleep into death; 5 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him”; and they who afflict me rejoice when I am shaken. 6 As for me, I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing to the Lord, who shows kindness to me; I will sing to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 13 (MT 14)

To the end; a psalm of David:

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God." They are corrupt, and have become abominable in their pursuits; there is none who does good, not even one. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any who understood, and sought after God. 3 They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. [Their throat is an open sepulchre; they have dealt treacherously with their tongues. The poison of asps is under their lips, whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and distress are in their ways, and the way of peace they have not known; there is no fear of God before their eyes.] 4 Do they not know, they who work iniquity? They who eat up my people as they eat bread have not called upon the Lord. 5 There they feared greatly, where there was no fear; for God is in the generation of the righteous. 6 The counsel of the poor have you put to shame, because the Lord is his hope. 7 Who will bring out of Zion the salvation of Israel? When the Lord has turned back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalm 14 (MT 15)

A psalm of David:

O Lord, who shall sojourn in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy mountain? 2 He who goes blameless, and works righteousness, speaking truth in his heart; 3 who has neither deceived with his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour, nor taken up a reproach against those nearest him; 4 before whom an evildoer is despised, but he honours those who fear the Lord; who swears to his neighbour, and does not recant; 5 who has not given his money for interest, nor taken a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

Psalm 15 (MT 16)

A monumental inscription of David:

Preserve me, O Lord, for in thee have I put my trust. 2 I said to the Lord, “Thou art my Lord, for of my good things thou hast no need.” 3 As for the saints who are in his land, the Lord has magnified all his desires among them. 4 Their infirmities were multiplied; after these things they hastened. I will not bring together their assemblies of blood, nor will I mention their names with my lips. 5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; thou art he who restores my inheritance to me. 6 Portions have fallen to me among the best, for my inheritance also is most excellent to me. 7 I will bless the Lord, who has given me understanding; furthermore, until night even my kidneys instructed me. 8 I have seen the Lord always before me; for he is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart was gladdened, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not abandon my soul to hades; nor wilt thou allow thy holy one to see corruption. 11 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt fill me with joy by thy presence; in thy right hand are everlasting pleasures.

Psalm 16 (MT 17)

A prayer of David:

Hearken, O Lord of my righteousness; attend to my supplication. Give ear to my prayer, that does not come from deceitful lips. 2 Let my judgement come forth from thy presence; let my eyes behold uprightness. 3 Thou hast tried my heart; thou hast visited me by night. Thou hast tried me by fire, and no unrighteousness has been found in me. 4 That my mouth might not speak of the works of men, by the words of thy lips I have kept difficult ways. 5 Establish my steps in thy paths, that my steps might not be shaken. 6 I cried out, for thou hast heard me, O God; incline thine ear to me, and hear my words. 7 Magnify thy mercies, O thou who savest them that trust in thee by thy right hand from those who stand against them. 8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; protect me in the shelter of thy wings, 9 from the face of the wicked who afflict me. My enemies have encompassed my soul; 10 their fat has shut them in; their mouth has spoken arrogance. 11 Casting me out, they have now surrounded me; they have set their eyes to turn aside in the earth. 12 They took me up like a lion ready for its prey, and like a young lion dwelling in hidden places. 13 Arise, O Lord, overtake and overthrow them. Rescue my soul from the wicked, thy sword from the enemies of thy hand. 14 O Lord, from the few of the earth, separate them in their life. With thy hidden things was their belly filled; they were satisfied with sons, and left the remnants to their children. 15 As for me, in righteousness I shall see thy face; I shall be satisfied by the appearance of thy glory.

Psalm 52 (MT 53)

To the end, upon Mahalath; for understanding, by David:

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God." They are corrupt, and have become abominable in their iniquities; there is none who does good. 3 God looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any who understood, and sought after God. 4 They have all turned aside; they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. 5 Do they not know, all the workers of iniquity? They who eat up my people as they eat bread have not called upon the Lord. 6 There they feared greatly, where there was no fear, for God has scattered the bones of men-pleasers; they have been put to shame, for God has scorned them. 7 Who will bring out of Zion the salvation of Israel? When the Lord has turned back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalm 53 (MT 54)

To the end, in hymns; for understanding, by David; 2 when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Behold, is David not hiding with us?”:

O God, in thy name, save me; and in thy strength, judge me. 4 O God, hear my prayer; hearken to the words of my mouth. 5 For strangers have risen up against me; and the strong have sought out my soul, and have not put God before themselves. (Pause). 6 For behold, God helps me; and the Lord is the protector of my soul. 7 He will return the evil to my enemies; in thy truth destroy them utterly. 8 Willingly shall I sacrifice to thee; I will confess thy name, O Lord, for it is good. 9 For out of every affliction hast thou delivered me; and my eye has watched over my enemies.

Psalm 72 (MT 73)

A psalm of Asaph:

How good is God to Israel, to those who are are upright of heart. 2 As for me, my feet were almost shaken; my steps had almost slipped; 3 for I was jealous of the wicked, considering the prosperity of sinners. 4 For there is no refusal in their death, but firmness in their scourge. 5 They do not have the troubles of men, nor will they be scourged in common with men. 6 Therefore arrogance has possessed them; they have clothed themselves with unrighteousness and ungodliness. 7 Their unrighteousness shall go forth as from fat; they have achieved the intent of their heart. 8 They have purposed and spoken evil; they have spoken unrighteousness to the utmost. 9 They have set their mouth against heaven, and their tongue prevails upon the earth. 10 Therefore my people shall return here, and fullness of days shall be found in them. 11 But they say, “How does God know?” and, “Is there knowledge in the Most High?” 12 Behold, these are the sinners, and they who prosper; forever they have possessed riches. 13 And I said, “Surely in vain have I justified my heart, and washed my hands in innocence." 14 And I have been scourged all the day, and reproved every morning. 15 If I had said, “I shall tell it like this," behold, I should have been faithless in the generation of thy sons. 16 When I thought to have known these things, trouble was before me, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood to the last of them. 18 Surely because of their deceits hast thou appointed to them evil; thou hast cast them down in their exaltation. 19 How they have been brought suddenly to desolation; they have ceased, they have perished in their wickedness. 20 Like a dream when being awakened, O Lord, in thy city thou shalt despise their image. 21 For my heart was kindled, and my kidneys were scorched. 22 As for me, being despised and not knowing it, I became like a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless, I am continually with thee; thou hast taken hold of my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me by thy counsel; and with glory shalt thou receive me. 25 For what is there for me in heaven, and what do I desire upon earth besides thee? 26 My heart and my flesh have failed; but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For behold, they who keep themselves far from thee shall perish; thou hast utterly destroyed all them who prostitute themselves away from thee. 28 As for me, it is good for me to join myself to God; I have put my trust in the Lord, that I may tell forth all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion.

Psalm 99 (MT 100)

A  psalm of thanksgiving:

Shout aloud to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with rejoicing. 3 Know that the Lord, he is our God; it is he who made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; give thanks to him, and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth is to all generations.

Psalm 109 (MT 110)

A psalm of David:

The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make thine enemies a footstool for thy feet." 2 The Lord sends thee a sceptre of authority out of Zion; have dominion in the midst of thine enemies. 3 The government is with thee in the day of thy power, amid the splendour of thy saints. Before the morning star did I beget thee from the womb. 4 The Lord has sworn, and will not repent: thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 5 The Lord at thy right hand has crushed kings in the day of his wrath. 6 He judges among the nations; he shall fill up with dead bodies; he shall break in pieces the heads of many upon the earth. 7 He shall drink of the brook by the way, therefore shall he lift up the head.

Psalm 110 (MT 111)

Alleluia:

I will confess thee, O Lord, with my whole heart in the counsel of the upright, and in the congregation. 2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out for all his designs. 3 Confession and majesty are his work; and his righteousness endures to the ages of ages. 4 He made remembrance of his wonders; the Lord is merciful and compassionate. 5 He has given food to those who fear him; he will remember his covenant for ever. 6 He proclaimed to his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the nations. 7 Truth and justice are the works of his hands; all his commandments are sure. 8 They stand fast to the ages of ages, being made in truth and uprightness. 9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant for ever. Holy and terrible is his name. 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and all who observe it have good understanding. His praise endures to the ages of ages.

Psalm 116 (MT 117)

Alleluia:

Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise him, all you peoples. 2 For his mercy has prevailed over us, and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.

Psalm 117 (MT 118)

Alleluia:

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever. 2 Let the house Israel now say that he is good; for his mercy endures for ever. 3 Let the house of Aaron now say that he is good; for his mercy endures for ever. 4 Let all who fear the Lord now say that he is good; for his mercy endures for ever. 5 In distress, I called upon the Lord; and he heard me, and brought me into a broad place. 6 The Lord is my helper; I will not fear what man can do to me. 7 The Lord is my helper; as for me, I shall observe my enemies. 8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man. 9 It is better to hope in the Lord than to hope in princes. 10 All the nations surrounded me; but in the name of the Lord I repelled them. 11 They surely surrounded me; but in the name of the Lord I repelled them. 12 They surrounded me like bees on a honeycomb, and burned like a fire among thorns; but in the name of the Lord I repelled them. 13 Being pushed, I was disheartened lest I fall; but the Lord came to my help. 14 The Lord is my strength and my song, and has become my salvation. 15 The sound of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the Lord's right hand has wrought strength. 16 The Lord's right hand has raised me up; the Lord's right hand has wrought strength. 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. 18 The Lord has chastened me severely; but he has not delivered me up to death. 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will enter in by them and praise the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter in by it. 21 I will praise thee; for thou hast heard me, and have become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner. 23 This is of the Lord, and it is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 O Lord, save now! O Lord, prosper our way! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; from the house of the Lord have we blessed you. 27 God is the Lord, and has appeared to us; set out the feast with garlands, even to the horns of the altar. 28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee; thou art my God, and I will exalt thee. I will praise thee, for thou hast heard me, and hast become my salvation. 29 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 119 (MT 120)

A song of the steps:

In my distress I cried to the Lord, and he heard me. 2 Deliver my soul from unrighteous lips, and from a deceitful tongue. 3 What shall be given thee, or what shall be added to thee, besides a deceitful tongue? 4 The arrows of the mighty are sharpened, together with the coals of the desolate. 5 Woe is me, that my sojourn is prolonged, that my dwelling is with the tents of Kedar! 6 My soul has sojourned much 7 with those who hate peace. I was for peace, but when I spoke to them, they made war against me without cause.

Psalm 120 (MT 121)

A song of the steps:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills, whence is my help. 2 My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 Do not let your foot be moved, and may he who keeps you not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord will keep you; the Lord is your shelter at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not burn you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; the Lord shall preserve your soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve your coming in and your going out, henceforth, and forever.

Psalm 121 (MT 122)

A song of the steps:

I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet shall stand within thy doors, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built as a city whose members are together. 4 For there do the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord; a testimony to Israel, confessing the name of the Lord. 5 For set there are thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray now for the peace of Jerusalem, and prosperity for those who love thee. 7 Let there now be peace in thine army, and prosperity in thy citadels. 8 For the sake of my brethren and companions, I spoke peace concerning thee. 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I sought thy good.

Psalm 122 (MT 123)

A song of the steps:

Unto thee do I lift up my eyes, O thou who dwellest in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants are toward the hand of their masters, and the eyes of a maidservant toward the hand of her mistress, so are our eyes toward the Lord our God, until he shall have compassion upon us. 3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us; for we are abundantly filled with contempt. 4 Our soul is thoroughly filled with reproach for the prosperous, and contempt for the proud.

Psalm 123 (MT 124)

A song of the steps:

"If the Lord had not been among us," let Israel now say, 2 "if the Lord had not been among us, when men rose up against us, 3 then would they have swallowed us alive, when their anger raged against us; 4 then would the waters have destroyed us, the stream would have passed over our soul; 5 then would the overwhelming waters have passed over our soul." 6 Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth. 7 Our soul has escaped like a sparrow from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken in pieces, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 124 (MT 125)

A song of the steps:

They who trust in the Lord are like mount Zion; he who inhabits Jerusalem will never be shaken. 2 The mountains are round about her; and the Lord is round about his people, henceforth and for ever. 3 For the Lord will not let the rod of sinners be upon the portion of the righteous, lest the righteous stretch forth their hands in wickedness. 4 Do good, O Lord, to the good, and to the upright of heart. 5 But them who turn aside into their crooked ways, shall the Lord lead away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 125 (MT 126)

A song of the steps:

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we became like those who were comforted. 2 Then our mouth was filled with joy, and our tongue with rejoicing. Then shall they say among the heathen, "The Lord has magnified his dealings with them." 3 The Lord has magnified his dealings with us; we have been gladdened. 4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, like the torrents in the south. 5 They who sow with tears shall reap with rejoicing. 6 Going forth, they went weeping, and casting their seed; but they shall surely return with rejoicing, bearing their sheaves.

Psalm 126 (MT 127)

A song of the steps:

Unless the Lord builds the house, they who build it labour in vain. Unless the Lord keeps the city, the watchman lies awake in vain. 2 In vain do you rise up early, awakening with the seated; them who eat the bread of sorrow, when he gives sleep to his loved ones. 3 Behold, sons are the heritage of the Lord, the reward of the fruit of the womb. 4 Like arrows in the hand of the strong, even so are the sons of the outcasts. 5 Blessed is he who fulfils his desire with them. They shall not be put to shame, when they speak with their enemies in the gates.

Psalm 127 (MT 128)

A song of the steps:

Blessed are all they who fear the Lord; those who walk in his ways. 2 The labours of thy hands shalt thou eat; blessed art thou, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall flourish like a vine at the sides of thy house; thy sons like a newly planted olive grove around thy table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man who fears the Lord be blessed. 5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion; and see thou the good things of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 See thou also the sons of thy sons; and may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 128 (MT 129)

A song of the steps:

"Many times have they made war on me from my youth," let Israel now say. 2 Many times have they made war on  me from my youth; but they have not prevailed against me. 3 Behind my back the sinners contrived; they prolonged their lawlessness. 4 The Lord is righteous; he has cut asunder the necks of sinners. 5 Let them be put to shame and turned backward, all who hate Zion. 6 Let them be like the grass on the housetops, that withered before it was cut down; 7 with which the reaper did not fill his hand, nor the gatherer of sheaves his arm. 8 Nor did they who pass by say, "The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord."

Psalm 129 (MT 130)

A song of the steps:

Out of the depths I cried to thee, O Lord. 2 O Lord, hear my voice; let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3 If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4 But with thee there is forgiveness. 5 For the sake of thy name I waited for thee, O Lord; my soul waited for thy word. 6 My soul hoped in the Lord from the morning watch until night; from the morning watch, let Israel hope in the Lord. 7 For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption; 8 and he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 130 (MT 131)

A song of the steps:

O Lord, my heart has not been exalted, nor have my eyes been lifted up; nor have I walked in great things, or in things too wonderful for me. 2 If I have not been humble-minded, but have exalted my soul, like the child who has been weaned against his mother; even so shalt thou recompense my soul. 3 Let Israel hope in the Lord henceforth and for ever.

Psalm 131 (MT 132)

A song of the steps:

Remember David, O Lord, and all of his meekness; 2 how he swore to the Lord, and vowed to the God of Jacob, 3 "I will not come into the habitation of my house; I will not go up to the couch of my bed; 4 I will not give sleep to my eyes, nor drowsiness to my eyelids and rest to my temples; 5 until I find a place for the Lord, a habitation for the God of Jacob." 6 Behold, we heard it in Ephrath; we found it in the plains of the thicket. 7 We will enter into his tabernacles; we will worship at the place where his feet have stood. 8 Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy holiness. 9 Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness; and thy saints shall rejoice. 10 For thy servant David's sake, do not turn away the face of thine anointed. 11 The Lord has sworn to David in truth, and will not turn from it: "Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. 12 If thy sons will keep my covenant and these, my testimonies, which I shall teach them; their sons also shall sit upon thy throne for ever." 13 For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has chosen her for his own habitation. 14 "She is my rest to the ages of ages; here will I dwell, because I have chosen her. 15 Her door will I abundantly bless; I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16 Her priests will I clothe with salvation; and her saints shall rejoice exceedingly. 17 There will I cause to spring up the horn of David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. 18 His enemies will I clothe with shame; but upon him shall my sanctity flourish."

Psalm 132 (MT 133)

A song of the steps:

Behold now, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together. 2 It is like the ointment upon the head, running down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron; running down to the border of his garment. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Psalm 133 (MT 134)

A song of the steps:

Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. 2 By night, lift up your hands to the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. 3 The Lord will bless thee out of Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 145 (MT 146)

Alleluia; of Haggai and Zechariah:

Praise the Lord, O my soul. 2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing to my God while I have being. 3 Do not put your trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation. 4 His breath shall depart, and he shall return to his earth; on that day his thoughts will perish. 5 Blessed is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God; 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth for ever, 7 executing justice for the oppressed, giving food to the hungry. The Lord looses those who are bound; 8 the Lord makes wise the blind. The Lord restores those who are broken; the Lord loves the righteous. 9 The Lord preserves the strangers; he lifts up the orphan and widow, but the way of sinners he will destroy. 10 The Lord shall reign for ever; thy God, O Zion, to generation and generation.

Psalm 146 (MT 147a)

Alleluia; of Haggai and Zechariah:

Praise the Lord, for a psalm is good; may praise be pleasing to our God. 2 The Lord builds Jerusalem; he gathers together the dispersed of Israel. 3 He heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds. 4 He numbers the multitude of the stars; and calls them all by their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power; his understanding is beyond measure. 6 The Lord lifts up the humble, bringing sinners down to the ground. 7 Lead in thanksgiving to the Lord; sing to our God with the lyre; 8 who clothes the heavens with clouds; who prepares rain for the ground; who causes the herb to spring up on the mountains, and tender grass for the service of man; 9 who gives the beasts their food, and the young ravens which call upon him. 10 He neither delights in the power of the horse, nor takes pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who trust in his mercy.

Psalm 147 (MT 147b)

Alleluia; of Haggai and Zechariah:

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. 2 For he has strengthened the bars of thy gates; he has blessed thy sons within thee; 3 who establishes thy borders in peace, and fills thee with the fat of the wheat; 4 who sends forth his message to the earth, swiftly his word shall run; 5 who gives snow like wool, and scatters mist like ashes; 6 who casts his ice like morsels; before the face of his cold, who can stand? 7 He shall send forth his word, and shall melt them; he shall breathe his wind, and the waters shall flow; 8 he who proclaims his word to Jacob, his decrees and his judgments to Israel. 9 He has not dealt like this with any nation, nor has he made known to them his judgements.

Psalm 148

Alleluia; of Haggai and Zechariah:

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights. 2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his powers. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all the stars and light. 4 Praise him, heaven of heavens, and waters that are above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord; for he spoke, and they were born; he commanded, and they were called into being. 6 He has established them for ever, and to the ages of ages; he has laid down an ordinance that will not pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons, and all depths; 8 fire, hail, snow, ice, and stormy wind that carry out his word; 9 mountains and all hills; fruit-bearing trees and all cedars; 10 beasts and all cattle; reptiles and winged birds; 11 kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; 12 young men and virgins; elders together with the younger. 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted. His praise is over earth and heaven; 14 he will exalt the horn of his people. A hymn for all his saints, for the sons of Israel, and for a people drawing near to him.

Psalm 149

Alleluia:

Sing to the Lord a new song, and his praise in the assembly of saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in him who made him; let the sons of Zion be glad in their King. 3 Let them praise his name in the dance; with tambourine and harp let them sing his praise. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he will exalt the meek with salvation. 5 Let the saints rejoice in glory; let them be glad upon their beds. 6 Let the exaltation of God be in their throat, and a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 to execute vengeance among the heathen, and reproofs among the peoples; 8 to bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with handcuffs of iron; 9 to execute written judgement among them. All his saints have this honour. Alleluia.

Psalm 150

Alleluia:

Praise God among his saints; praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts; praise him according to the riches of his greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the harp and lyre. 4 Praise him with the tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and musical instruments. 5 Praise him with melodious cymbals; praise him with loud cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Alleluia.

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This psalm is written by David's own hand, but excluded from the number; when he fought Goliath in single combat:

Little was I among my brethren, and youngest in my father’s house; I kept the sheep of my father. 2 My hands made an instrument, and my fingers tuned a harp; 3 but who will tell it to my Lord? He is the Lord, he will hear. 4 He sent forth his angel, and took me from my father's sheep; he anointed me with his anointing oil. 5 My brethren were fair and strong, but the Lord was not well-pleased with them. 6 I went out to meet the foreigner, and he cursed me by his idols. 7 As for me, drawing the sword at his side, I cut off his head; and took away reproach from the sons of Israel.


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