Psalm 58-65 King James Version

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A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

58 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2  Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 3  The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. 4  Their poison is like the poison [1] of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5  Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming [2] never so wisely.

6  Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord. 7  Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8  As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9  Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. 10  The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11  So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward [3] for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

A Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

59 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2  Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. 3  For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord. 4  They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help [4] me, and behold. 5  Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. 6  They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7  Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

8  But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. 9  Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. [5] 10  The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. [6] 11  Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12  For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. 13  Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. 14  And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 15  Let them wander up and down for meat, [7] and grudge if they be not satisfied. 16  But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. 17  Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

A Prayer for Help against the Foe

60 O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again. 2  Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. 3  Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment. 4  Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. 5  That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.

6  God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 7  Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; 8  Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph [8] thou because of me. 9  Who will bring me into the strong [9] city? who will lead me into Edom? 10  Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies? 11  Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. [10] 12  Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Confidence in God's Protection

61 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 4  I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust [11] in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

5  For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. 6  Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations. 7  He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. 8  So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

God the Only Refuge

62 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 2  He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; [12] I shall not be greatly moved. 3  How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. 4  They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. [13] Selah. 5  My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6  He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7  In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8  Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. 9  Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether [14] lighter than vanity. 10  Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. 11  God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power [15] belongeth unto God. 12  Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

God Satisfies the Thirsting Soul

63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty [16] land, where no water is; 2  To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 4  Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow [17] and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: 6  When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

7  Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. 8  My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. 9  But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. 10  They shall fall [18] by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. 11  But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

A Prayer for Protection from Hidden Enemies

64 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2  Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: 3  Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: 4  That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. 5  They encourage themselves in an evil matter: [19] they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? 6  They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

7  But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. 8  So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. 9  And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing. 10  The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Praise for God's Bounty in Nature

65 Praise waiteth [20] for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. 2  O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. 3  Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. 4  Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. 5  By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

6  Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: 7  Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. 8  They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. [21] 9  Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. 10  Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest [22] the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. 11  Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. 12  They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice [23] on every side. 13  The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

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Footnotes

[1] 58:4 like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc

[2] 58:5 charming...: or, be the charmer never so cunning

[3] 58:11 a reward...: Heb. fruit of the, etc

[4] 59:4 help: Heb. meet

[5] 59:9 defence: Heb. high place

[6] 59:10 enemies: Heb. observers

[7] 59:15 for meat: Heb. to eat

[8] 60:8 triumph...: or, triumph thou over me: (by an irony)

[9] 60:9 strong...: Heb. city of strength?

[10] 60:11 help of man: Heb. salvation, etc

[11] 61:4 trust: or, make my refuge

[12] 62:2 defence: Heb. high place

[13] 62:4 inwardly: Heb. in their inward parts

[14] 62:9 altogether: or, alike

[15] 62:11 power: or, strength

[16] 63:1 thirsty: Heb. weary

[17] 63:5 marrow: Heb. fatness

[18] 63:10 They shall fall...: Heb. They shall make him run out like water by the hands of

[19] 64:5 matter: or, speech

[20] 65:1 waiteth: Heb. is silent

[21] 65:8 rejoice: or, sing

[22] 65:10 settlest: or, causest rain to descend into

[23] 65:12 rejoice...: Heb. are girded with joy

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