A Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble
6 1 O Lord, do not be bitter with me in your wrath; do not send punishment on me in the heat of your passion. 2 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am wasted away: make me well, for even my bones are troubled. 3 My soul is in bitter trouble; and you, O Lord, how long? 4 Come back, O Lord, make my soul free; O give me salvation because of your mercy. 5 For in death there is no memory of you; in the underworld who will give you praise? 6 The voice of my sorrow is a weariness to me; all the night I make my bed wet with weeping; it is watered by the drops flowing from my eyes. 7 My eyes are wasting away with trouble; they are becoming old because of all those who are against me.
8 Go from me, all you workers of evil; for the Lord has given ear to the voice of my weeping. 9 The Lord has given ear to my request; the Lord has let my prayer come before him. 10 Let all those who are against me be shamed and deeply troubled; let them be turned back and suddenly put to shame.
God's Glory and Man's Honor
8 1 O Lord, our Lord, whose glory is higher than the heavens, how noble is your name in all the earth! 2 You have made clear your strength even out of the mouths of babies at the breast, because of those who are against you; so that you may put to shame the cruel and violent man.
3 When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have put in their places; 4 What is man, that you keep him in mind? the son of man, that you take him into account? 5 For you have made him only a little lower than the gods, crowning him with glory and honour. 6 You have made him ruler over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet; 7 All sheep and oxen, and all the beasts of the field; 8 The birds of the air and the fish of the sea, and whatever goes through the deep waters of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how noble is your name in all the earth!
Thanksgiving for God's Justice
9 1 I will give you praise, O Lord, with all my heart; I will make clear all the wonder of your works. 2 I will be glad and have delight in you: I will make a song of praise to your name, O Most High. 3 When my haters are turned back, they will be broken and overcome before you. 4 For you gave approval to my right and my cause; you were seated in your high place judging in righteousness. 5 You have said sharp words to the nations, you have sent destruction on the sinners, you have put an end to their name for ever and ever. 6 You have given their towns to destruction; the memory of them has gone; they have become waste for ever. 7 But the Lord is King for ever: he has made ready his high seat for judging. 8 And he will be the judge of the world in righteousness, giving true decisions for the peoples. 9 The Lord will be a high tower for those who are crushed down, a high tower in times of trouble; 10 And those who have knowledge of your name will put their faith in you; because you, Lord, have ever given your help to those who were waiting for you.
11 Make songs of praise to the Lord, whose house is in Zion: make his doings clear to the people. 12 When he makes search for blood, he has them in his memory: he is not without thought for the cry of the poor. 13 Have mercy on me, O Lord, and see how I am troubled by my haters; let me be lifted up from the doors of death; 14 So that I may make clear all your praise in the house of the daughter of Zion: I will be glad because of your salvation. 15 The nations have gone down into the hole which they made: in their secret net is their foot taken. 16 The Lord has given knowledge of himself through his judging: the evil-doer is taken in the net which his hands had made. (Higgaion. Selah.) 17 The sinners and all the nations who have no memory of God will be turned into the underworld. 18 For the poor will not be without help; the hopes of those in need will not be crushed for ever. 19 Up! O Lord; let not man overcome you: let the nations be judged before you. 20 Put them in fear, O Lord, so that the nations may see that they are only men. (Selah.)
A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked
10 1 Why do you keep far away, O Lord? why are you not to be seen in times of trouble? 2 The evil-doer in his pride is cruel to the poor; let him be taken by the tricks of his invention. 3 For the evil-doer is lifted up because of the purpose of his heart, and he whose mind is fixed on wealth is turned away from the Lord, saying evil against him. 4 The evil-doer in his pride says, God will not make a search. All his thoughts are, There is no God. 5 His ways are ever fixed; your decisions are higher than he may see: as for his haters, they are as nothing to him. 6 He has said in his heart, I will not be moved: through all generations I will never be in trouble. 7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and false words: under his tongue are evil purposes and dark thoughts. 8 He is waiting in the dark places of the towns: in the secret places he puts to death those who have done no wrong: his eyes are secretly turned against the poor. 9 He keeps himself in a secret place like a lion in his hole, waiting to put his hands on the poor man, and pulling him into his net. 10 The upright are crushed and made low, and the feeble are overcome by his strong ones. 11 He says in his heart, God has no memory of me: his face is turned away; he will never see it.
12 Up! O Lord; let your hand be lifted: give thought to the poor. 13 Why has the evil-doer a low opinion of God, saying in his heart, You will not make search for it? 14 You have seen it; for your eyes are on sorrow and grief, to take it into your hand: the poor man puts his faith in you; you have been the helper of the child who has no father. 15 Let the arm of the sinner and the evil-doer be broken; go on searching for his sin till there is no more. 16 The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations are gone from his land. 17 Lord, you have given ear to the prayer of the poor: you will make strong their hearts, you will give them a hearing: 18 To give decision for the child without a father and for the broken-hearted, so that the man of the earth may no longer be feared.
The Folly and Wickedness of Men
14 1 The foolish man has said in his heart, God will not do anything. They are unclean, they have done evil works; there is not one who does good. 2 The Lord was looking down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who had wisdom, searching after God. 3 They have all gone out of the way together; they are unclean, there is not one who does good, no, not one.
4 Have all the workers of evil no knowledge? they take my people for food as they would take bread; they make no prayer to the Lord. 5 Then were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the upright. 6 You have put to shame the thoughts of the poor, but the Lord is his support. 7 May the salvation of Israel come out of Zion! when the fate of his people is changed by the Lord, Jacob will have joy and Israel will be glad.
A Goodly Heritage
16 1 Keep me safe, O God: for in you I have put my faith. 2 O my soul, you have said to the Lord, You are my Lord: I have no good but you. 3 As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the noble in whom is all my delight. 4 Their sorrows will be increased who go after another god: I will not take drink offerings from their hands, or take their names on my lips. 5 The Lord is my heritage and the wine of my cup; you are the supporter of my right. 6 Fair are the places marked out for me; I have a noble heritage. 7 I will give praise to the Lord who has been my guide; knowledge comes to me from my thoughts in the night.
8 I have put the Lord before me at all times; because he is at my right hand, I will not be moved. 9 Because of this my heart is glad, and my glory is full of joy: while my flesh takes its rest in hope. 10 For you will not let my soul be prisoned in the underworld; you will not let your loved one see the place of death. 11 You will make clear to me the way of life; where you are joy is complete; in your right hand there are pleasures for ever and ever.
The Works and Word of God
19 1 The heavens are sounding the glory of God; the arch of the sky makes clear the work of his hands. 2 Day after day it sends out its word, and night after night it gives knowledge. 3 There are no words or language; their voice makes no sound. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them has he put a tent for the sun, 5 Who is like a newly married man coming from his bride-tent, and is glad like a strong runner starting on his way. 6 His going out is from the end of the heaven, and his circle to the ends of it; there is nothing which is not open to his heat.
7 The law of the Lord is good, giving new life to the soul: the witness of the Lord is certain, giving wisdom to the foolish. 8 The orders of the Lord are right, making glad the heart: the rule of the Lord is holy, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and has no end; the decisions of the Lord are true and full of righteousness. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even than much shining gold; sweeter than the dropping honey. 11 By them is your servant made conscious of danger, and in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who has full knowledge of his errors? make me clean from secret evil. 13 Keep your servant back from sins of pride; let them not have rule over me: then will I be upright and free from great sin. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in your eyes, O Lord, my strength and my salvation.
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.