Psalm 21-25 Bible in Basic English

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Praise for Deliverance from the Enemy

21 1  The king will be glad in your strength, O Lord; how great will be his delight in your salvation! 2  You have given him his heart's desire, and have not kept back the request of his lips. (Selah.) 3  For you go before him with the blessings of good things: you put a crown of fair gold on his head. 4  He made request to you for life, and you gave it to him, long life for ever and ever. 5  His glory is great in your salvation: honour and authority have you put on him. 6  For you have made him a blessing for ever: you have given him joy in the light of your face.

7  For the king has faith in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High he will not be moved. 8  Your hand will make a search for all your haters; your right hand will be hard on all those who are against you. 9  You will make them like a flaming oven before you; the Lord in his wrath will put an end to them, and they will be burned up in the fire. 10  Their fruit will be cut off from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. 11  For their thoughts were bitter against you: they had an evil design in their minds, which they were not able to put into effect. 12  Their backs will be turned when you make ready the cords of your bow against their faces. 13  Be lifted up, O Lord, in your strength; so will we make songs in praise of your power.

A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise

22 1  My God, my God, why are you turned away from me? why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my crying? 2  O my God, I make my cry in the day, and you give no answer; and in the night, and have no rest. 3  But you are holy, O you who are seated among the praises of Israel. 4  Our fathers had faith in you: they had faith and you were their saviour. 5  They sent up their cry to you and were made free: they put their faith in you and were not put to shame. 6  But I am a worm and not a man; cursed by men, and looked down on by the people. 7  I am laughed at by all those who see me: pushing out their lips and shaking their heads they say, 8  He put his faith in the Lord; let the Lord be his saviour now: let the Lord be his saviour, because he had delight in him. 9  But it was you who took care of me from the day of my birth: you gave me faith even from my mother's breasts. 10  I was in your hands even before my birth; you are my God from the time when I was in my mother's body.

11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near; there is no one to give help. 12  A great herd of oxen is round me: I am shut in by the strong oxen of Bashan. 13  I saw their mouths wide open, like lions crying after food. 14  I am flowing away like water, and all my bones are out of place: my heart is like wax, it has become soft in my body. 15  My throat is dry like a broken vessel; my tongue is fixed to the roof of my mouth, and the dust of death is on my lips. 16  Dogs have come round me: I am shut in by the band of evil-doers; they made wounds in my hands and feet. 17  I am able to see all my bones; their looks are fixed on me: 18  They make a division of my robes among them, by the decision of chance they take my clothing. 19  Do not be far from me, O Lord: O my strength, come quickly to my help. 20  Make my soul safe from the sword, my life from the power of the dog. 21  Be my saviour from the lion's mouth; let me go free from the horns of the cruel oxen.

22  I will give the knowledge of your name to my brothers: I will give you praise among the people. 23  You who have fear of the Lord, give him praise; all you seed of Jacob, give him glory; go in fear of him, all you seed of Israel. 24  For he has not been unmoved by the pain of him who is troubled; or kept his face covered from him; but he has given an answer to his cry. 25  My praise will be of you in the great meeting: I will make my offerings before his worshippers. 26  The poor will have a feast of good things: those who make search for the Lord will give him praise: your heart will have life for ever. 27  All the ends of the earth will keep it in mind and be turned to the Lord: all the families of the nations will give him worship. 28  For the kingdom is the Lord's; he is the ruler among the nations. 29  All the fat ones of the earth will give him worship; all those who go down to the dust will make themselves low before him, even he who has not enough for the life of his soul. 30  A seed will be his servant; the doings of the Lord will be made clear to the generation which comes after. 31  They will come and make his righteousness clear to a people of the future because he has done this.

The LORD Is My Shepherd

23 1  The Lord takes care of me as his sheep; I will not be without any good thing. 2  He makes a resting-place for me in the green fields: he is my guide by the quiet waters. 3  He gives new life to my soul: he is my guide in the ways of righteousness because of his name. 4  Yes, though I go through the valley of deep shade, I will have no fear of evil; for you are with me, your rod and your support are my comfort. 5  You make ready a table for me in front of my haters: you put oil on my head; my cup is overflowing. 6  Truly, blessing and mercy will be with me all the days of my life; and I will have a place in the house of the Lord all my days.

The King of Glory

24 1  The earth is the Lord's, with all its wealth; the world and all the people living in it. 2  For by him it was based on the seas, and made strong on the deep rivers.

3  Who may go up into the hill of the Lord? and who may come into his holy place? 4  He who has clean hands and a true heart; whose desire has not gone out to foolish things, who has not taken a false oath. 5  He will have blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6  This is the generation of those whose hearts are turned to you, even to your face, O God of Jacob. (Selah.)

7  Let your heads be lifted up, O doors; be lifted up, O you eternal doors: that the King of glory may come in. 8  Who is the King of glory? The Lord of strength and power, the Lord strong in war. 9  Let your heads be lifted up, O doors; let them be lifted up, O you eternal doors: that the King of glory may come in. 10  Who is the King of glory? The Lord of armies, he is the King of glory. (Selah.)

A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection

25 1  To you, O Lord, my soul is lifted up. 2  O my God, I have put my faith in you, let me not be shamed; let not my haters be glorying over me. 3  Let no servant of yours be put to shame; may those be shamed who are false without cause. 4  Make your steps clear to me, O Lord; give me knowledge of your ways. 5  Be my guide and teacher in the true way; for you are the God of my salvation; I am waiting for your word all the day. 6  O Lord, keep in mind your pity and your mercies; for they have been from the earliest times. 7  Do not keep in mind my sins when I was young, or my wrongdoing: let your memory of me be full of mercy, O Lord, because of your righteousness.

8  Good and upright is the Lord: so he will be the teacher of sinners in the way. 9  He will be an upright guide to the poor in spirit: he will make his way clear to them. 10  All the ways of the Lord are mercy and good faith for those who keep his agreement and his witness. 11  Because of your name, O Lord, let me have forgiveness for my sin, which is very great. 12  If a man has the fear of the Lord, the Lord will be his teacher in the way of his pleasure. 13  His soul will be full of good things, and his seed will have the earth for its heritage. 14  The secret of the Lord is with those in whose hearts is the fear of him; he will make his agreement clear to them.

15  My eyes are turned to the Lord at all times; for he will take my feet out of the net. 16  Be turned to me, and have mercy on me; for I am troubled and have no helper. 17  The troubles of my heart are increased: O take me out of my sorrows. 18  Give thought to my grief and my pain; and take away all my sins. 19  See how those who are against me are increased, for bitter is their hate of me. 20  O keep my soul, and take me out of danger: let me not be shamed, for I have put my faith in you. 21  For my clean and upright ways keep me safe, because my hope is in you. 22  Give Israel salvation, O God, out of all his troubles.

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