Psalm 3-4 Bible in Basic English

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A Morning Prayer of Trust in God

3 1 Lord, how greatly are they increased who make attacks on me! in great numbers they come against me. 2 Unnumbered are those who say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. (Selah.) 3 But your strength, O Lord, is round me, you are my glory and the lifter up of my head.

4 I send up a cry to the Lord with my voice, and he gives me an answer from his holy hill. (Selah.) 5 I took my rest in sleep, and then again I was awake; for the Lord was my support. 6 I will have no fear, though ten thousand have come round me, putting themselves against me. 7 Come to me, Lord; keep me safe, O my God; for you have given all my haters blows on their face-bones; the teeth of the evil-doers have been broken by you. 8 Salvation comes from the Lord; your blessing is on your people. (Selah.)

An Evening Prayer of Trust in God

4 1 Give answer to my cry, O God of my righteousness; make me free from my troubles; have mercy on me, and give ear to my prayer. 2 O you sons of men, how long will you go on turning my glory into shame? how long will you give your love to foolish things, going after what is false? (Selah.) 3 See how the Lord has made great his mercy for me; the Lord will give ear to my cry. 4 Let there be fear in your hearts, and do no sin; have bitter feelings on your bed, but make no sound. (Selah.) 5 Give the offerings of righteousness, and put your faith in the Lord.

6 There are numbers who say, Who will do us any good? the light of his face has gone from us. 7 Lord, you have put joy in my heart, more than they have when their grain and their wine are increased. 8 I will take my rest on my bed in peace, because you only, Lord, keep me safe.

Psalm 12-13 Bible in Basic English

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A Prayer for Help against the Wicked

12 1 Send help, Lord, for mercy has come to an end; there is no more faith among the children of men. 2 Everyone says false words to his neighbour: their tongues are smooth in their talk, and their hearts are full of deceit. 3 The smooth lips and the tongue of pride will be cut off by the Lord. 4 They have said, With our tongues will we overcome; our lips are ours: who is lord over us? 5 Because of the crushing of the poor and the weeping of those in need, now will I come to his help, says the Lord; I will give him the salvation which he is desiring. 6 The words of the Lord are true words: like silver tested by fire and burned clean seven times. 7 You will keep them, O Lord, you will keep them safe from this generation for ever. 8 The sinners are walking on every side, and evil is honoured among the children of men.

A Prayer for Help in Trouble

13 1 Will you for ever put me out of your memory, O Lord? will your face for ever be turned away from me? 2 How long is my soul to be in doubt, with sorrow in my heart all the day? how long will he who is against me be given power over me? 3 Let my voice come before you, and give me an answer, O Lord my God; let your light be shining on me, so that the sleep of death may not overtake me; 4 And he who is against me may not say, I have overcome him; and those who are troubling me may not be glad when I am moved. 5 But I have had faith in your mercy; my heart will be glad in your salvation. 6 I will make a song to the Lord, because he has given me my reward.

Psalm 28 Bible in Basic English

A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer

28 1 My cry goes up to you, O Lord, my Rock; do not keep back your answer from me, so that I may not become like those who go down into the underworld. 2 Give ear to the voice of my prayer, when I am crying to you, when my hands are lifted up to your holy place. 3 Do not take me away with the sinners and the workers of evil, who say words of peace to their neighbours, but evil is in their hearts. 4 Give them the right reward of their acts, and of their evil doings: give them punishment for the works of their hands, let them have their full reward. 5 Because they have no respect for the works of the Lord, or for the things which his hands have made, they will be broken down and not lifted up by him.

6 May the Lord be praised, because he has given ear to the voice of my prayer. 7 The Lord is my strength and my breastplate, my heart had faith in him and I am helped; for this cause my heart is full of rapture, and I will give him praise in my song. 8 The Lord is their strength, and a strong place of salvation for his king. 9 Be a saviour to your people, and send a blessing on your heritage: be their guide, and let them be lifted up for ever.

Psalm 55 Bible in Basic English

A Prayer for the Destruction of the Deceitful

55 1 Give hearing to my prayer, O God; and let not your ear be shut against my request. 2 Give thought to me, and let my prayer be answered: I have been made low in sorrow; 3 I am troubled because of the voice of the cruel ones, because of the loud cry of the evil-doers; for they put a weight of evil on me, and they are cruel in their hate for me. 4 My heart is deeply wounded, and the fear of death has come on me. 5 Fear and shaking have come over me, with deep fear I am covered. 6 And I said, If only I had wings like a dove! for then I would go in flight from here and be at rest. 7 I would go wandering far away, living in the waste land. (Selah.) 8 I would quickly take cover from the driving storm and from the violent wind.

9 Send destruction on them, O Lord, make a division of tongues among them: for I have seen fighting and violent acts in the town. 10 By day and night they go round the town, on the walls; trouble and sorrow are in the heart of it. 11 Evil is there; cruel rule and deceit are ever in the streets. 12 For it was not my hater who said evil of me; that would have been no grief to me; it was not one outside the number of my friends who made himself strong against me, or I would have kept myself from him in a secret place; 13 But it was you, my equal, my guide, my well-loved friend. 14 We had loving talk together, and went to the house of God in company. 15 Let the hand of death come on them suddenly, and let them go down living into the underworld; because evil is in their houses and in their hearts.

16 As for me, I will make my prayer to God, and he will be my saviour. 17 In the evening and in the morning and in the middle of the day I will make my prayer with sounds of grief; and my voice will come to his ears. 18 He has taken my soul away from the attack which was made against me, and given it peace; for great numbers were against me. 19 God will give thought to me; he who from early times is strong will send pain and trouble on them. (Selah.) Because they are unchanged, they have no fear of God. 20 He has put out his hand against those who were at peace with him; he has not kept his agreement. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, but they were sharp swords. 22 Put your cares on the Lord, and he will be your support; he will not let the upright man be moved. 23 But you, O God, will send them down into the underworld; the cruel and the false will be cut off before half their days are ended; but I will have faith in you.

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