The Righteous and the Ungodly
1 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked, and standeth not in the way of sinners, and sitteth not in the seat of scorners; 2 But his delight is in Jehovah's law, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he [is] as a tree planted by brooks of water, which giveth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf fadeth not; and all that he doeth prospereth.
4 The wicked are not so; but are as the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For Jehovah knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.
The Reign of the LORD's Anointed
2 1 Why are the nations in tumultuous agitation, and [why] do the peoples meditate a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the princes plot together, against Jehovah and against his anointed: 3 Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us! 4 He that dwelleth in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then will he speak to them in his anger, and in his fierce displeasure will he terrify them: 6 And I have anointed my king upon Zion, the hill of my holiness.
7 I will declare the decree: Jehovah hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; I this day have begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I will give thee nations for an inheritance, and for thy possession the ends of the earth: 9 Thou shalt break them with a sceptre of iron, as a potter's vessel thou shalt dash them in pieces.
10 And now, O kings, be ye wise, be admonished, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way, though his anger burn but a little. Blessed are all who have their trust in him.
The Inhabitants of God's Holy Hill
15 1 Jehovah, who shall sojourn in thy tent? who shall dwell in the hill of thy holiness? 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth from his heart. 3 [He that] slandereth not with his tongue, doeth not evil to his companion, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour; 4 In whose eyes the depraved person is contemned, and who honoureth them that fear Jehovah; who, if he have sworn to his own hurt, changeth it not; 5 [He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved.
A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise
22 1 To the chief Musician. Upon Aijeleth-Shahar. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou] far from my salvation, from the words of my groaning? 2 My God, I cry by day, and thou answerest not; and by night, and there is no rest for me: 3 And thou art holy, thou that dwellest amid the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers confided in thee: they confided, and thou didst deliver them. 5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered; they confided in thee, and were not confounded. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and the despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, [saying:] 8 Commit it to Jehovah—let him rescue him; let him deliver him, because he delighteth in him! 9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb; thou didst make me trust, upon my mother's breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb; thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 12 Many bulls have encompassed me; Bashan's strong ones have beset me round. 13 They gape upon me with their mouth, [as] a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is become like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my palate; and thou hast laid me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs have encompassed me; an assembly of evil-doers have surrounded me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may count all my bones. They look, they stare upon me; 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 But thou, Jehovah, be not far [from me]; O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my only one from the power of the dog; 21 Save me from the lion's mouth. Yea, from the horns of the buffaloes hast thou answered me.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 23 Ye that fear Jehovah, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and revere him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him: but when he cried unto him, he heard. 25 My praise is from thee, in the great congregation; I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise Jehovah that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto Jehovah, and all the families of the nations shall worship before thee: 28 For the kingdom is Jehovah's, and he ruleth among the nations. 29 All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him, and he that cannot keep alive his own soul. 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done [it].
The LORD Is My Shepherd
23 1 Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely, goodness and loving-kindness shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of Jehovah for the length of the days.
The King of Glory
3 Who shall ascend into the mount of Jehovah? and who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath blameless hands and a pure heart; who lifteth not up his soul unto vanity, nor sweareth deceitfully: 5 He shall receive blessing from Jehovah, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of them that seek unto him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, ye gates, and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? Jehovah strong and mighty, Jehovah mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, ye gates; yea, lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is he, this King of glory? Jehovah of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
God Is the King of All the Earth
47 1 To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. All ye peoples, clap your hands; shout unto God with the voice of triumph! 2 For Jehovah, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth. 3 He subdueth the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. 4 He hath chosen our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
5 God is gone up amid shouting, Jehovah amid the sound of the trumpet. 6 Sing psalms of God, sing psalms; sing psalms unto our King, sing psalms! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing psalms with understanding. 8 God reigneth over the nations; God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. 9 The willing-hearted of the peoples have gathered together, [with] the people of the God of Abraham. For unto God [belong] the shields of the earth: he is greatly exalted.
The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary
68 1 To the chief Musician. Of David. A Psalm: a Song. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered, and let them that hate him flee before him. 2 As smoke is driven, thou wilt drive them away; as wax melteth before the fire, the wicked shall perish at the presence of God. 3 But the righteous shall rejoice: they shall exult before God and be glad with joy. 4 Sing unto God, sing forth his name; cast up a way for him that rideth in the deserts: his name is Jah; and rejoice before him. 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. 6 God maketh the solitary into families; those that were bound he bringeth out into prosperity: but the rebellious dwell in a parched [land].
7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness—(Selah)— 8 The earth trembled, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God, yon Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 Thou, O God, didst pour a plentiful rain upon thine inheritance, and when it was weary thou strengthenedst it. 10 Thy flock hath dwelt therein: thou hast prepared in thy goodness, for the afflicted, O God! 11 The Lord gives the word: great the host of the publishers. 12 Kings of armies flee; they flee, and she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil. 13 Though ye have lain among the sheepfolds, [ye shall be as] wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with green gold. 14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it became snow-white as Zalmon.
15 [As] mount Bashan is the mount of God, a many-peaked mountain, [as] mount Bashan. 16 Why do ye look with envy, ye many-peaked mountains, upon the mount that God hath desired for his abode? yea, Jehovah will dwell [there] for ever. 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them: it is a Sinai in holiness. 18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts in Man, and even [for] the rebellious, for the dwelling [there] of Jah Elohim. 19 Blessed be the Lord: day by day doth he load us [with good], the God who is our salvation. Selah. 20 Our God is the God of salvation; and with Jehovah, the Lord, are the goings forth [even] from death. 21 Verily God will smite the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of him that goeth on still in his trespasses.
22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring [them] again from the depth of the sea; 23 That thou mayest dip thy foot in blood: the tongue of thy dogs has its portion from enemies. 24 They have seen thy goings, O God, the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary. 25 The singers went before, the players on stringed instruments after, in the midst of maidens playing on tabrets. 26 In the congregations bless ye God, the Lord,—[ye] from the fountain of Israel. 27 There is little Benjamin, their ruler; the princes of Judah, their company; the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us. 29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee. 30 Rebuke the beast of the reeds, the assembly of the strong, with the calves of the peoples: [every one] submitteth himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the peoples that delight in war. 31 Great ones shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall quickly stretch out her hands unto God.
32 Ye kingdoms of the earth, sing unto God; sing psalms of the Lord, (Selah,) 33 Of him that rideth upon the heavens, the heavens which are of old: lo, he uttereth his voice, a mighty voice. 34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds. 35 Terrible art thou, O God, out of thy sanctuaries,—the God of Israel! He it is that giveth strength and might unto the people. Blessed be God!