A Protestation of Integrity
26 1 Judge me, O Jehovah, for I have walked in mine integrity, and I have confided in Jehovah: I shall not slip. 2 Prove me, Jehovah, and test me; try my reins and my heart: 3 For thy loving-kindness is before mine eyes, and I have walked in thy truth. 4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither have I gone in with dissemblers; 5 I have hated the congregation of evil-doers, and I have not sat with the wicked.
6 I will wash my hands in innocency, and will encompass thine altar, O Jehovah, 7 That I may cause the voice of thanksgiving to be heard, and declare all thy marvellous works. 8 Jehovah, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thy glory dwelleth. 9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood; 10 In whose hands are evil devices, and their right hand is full of bribes. 11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity. Redeem me, and be gracious unto me. 12 My foot standeth in an even place; in the congregations will I bless Jehovah.
Praise for Deliverance
40 1 To the chief Musician. Of David. A Psalm. I waited patiently for Jehovah; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 And he brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock; he hath established my goings: 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, praise unto our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall confide in Jehovah. 4 Blessed is the man that hath made Jehovah his confidence, and turneth not to the proud, and to such as turn aside to lies. 5 Thou, O Jehovah my God, hast multiplied thy marvellous works, and thy thoughts toward us: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee; would I declare and speak [them], they are more than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and oblation thou didst not desire: ears hast thou prepared me. Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not demanded; 7 Then said I, Behold, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of me— 8 To do thy good pleasure, my God, is my delight, and thy law is within my heart. 9 I have published righteousness in the great congregation: behold, I have not withheld my lips, Jehovah, thou knowest. 10 I have not hidden thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
11 Withhold not thou, Jehovah, thy tender mercies from me; let thy loving-kindness and thy truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head: and my heart hath failed me. 13 Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me; Jehovah, make haste to my help. 14 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be turned backward and confounded that take pleasure in mine adversity; 15 Let them be desolate, because of their shame, that say unto me, Aha! Aha! 16 Let all those that seek thee be glad and rejoice in thee; let such as love thy salvation say continually, Jehovah be magnified! 17 But I am afflicted and needy: the Lord thinketh upon me. Thou art my help and my deliverer: my God, make no delay.
A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked
58 1 To the chief Musician. 'Destroy not.' Of David. Michtam. Is righteousness indeed silent? Do ye speak it? Do ye judge with equity, ye sons of men? 2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth. 3 The wicked go astray from the womb; they err as soon as they are born, speaking lies. 4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder which stoppeth her ear; 5 Which doth not hearken to the voice of enchanters, of one charming ever so wisely.
6 O God, break their teeth in their mouth; break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Jehovah. 7 Let them melt away as waters that flow off; when he aimeth his arrows, let them be as blunted: 8 Let them be as a snail that melteth as it passeth away; [like] the untimely birth of a woman, let them not see the sun. 9 Before your pots feel the thorns, green or burning,—they shall be whirled away. 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the wicked: 11 And men shall say, Verily there is fruit for the righteous; verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Confidence in God's Protection
61 1 To the chief Musician. On a stringed instrument. [A Psalm] of David. Hear, O God, my cry; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my eart is overwhelmed: thou wilt lead me on to a rock which is too high for me. 3 For thou hast been a refuge for me, a strong tower from before the enemy. 4 I will sojourn in thy tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows; thou hast given [me] the inheritance of those that fear thy name. 6 Thou wilt add days to the days of the king: his years shall be as many generations. 7 He shall abide before God for ever: bestow loving-kindness and truth, that they may preserve him. 8 So will I sing forth thy name for ever, performing my vows from day to day.
God the Only Refuge
62 1 To the chief Musician. On Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. Upon God alone doth my soul rest peacefully; from him is my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation; my high fortress: I shall not be greatly moved. 3 How long will ye assail a man; will ye [seek], all of you, to break him down as a bowing wall or a tottering fence? 4 They only consult to thrust [him] down from his excellency; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but in their inward part they curse. Selah. 5 Upon God alone, O my soul, rest peacefully; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; my high fortress: I shall not be moved. 7 With God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Confide in him at all times, ye people; pour out your heart before him: God is our refuge. Selah. 9 Men of low degree are only vanity; men of high degree, a lie: laid in the balance, they go up together [lighter] than vanity. 10 Put not confidence in oppression, and become not vain in robbery; if wealth increase, set not your heart upon it. 11 Once hath God spoken, twice have I heard this, that strength [belongeth] unto God. 12 And unto thee, O Lord, [belongeth] loving-kindness; for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
A Prayer for Protection from Hidden Enemies
64 1 To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Hear, O God, my voice in my plaint; preserve my life from fear of the enemy: 2 Hide me from the secret counsel of evil-doers, from the tumultuous crowd of the workers of iniquity, 3 Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword, [and] have aimed their arrow, a bitter word; 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, they concert to hide snares; they say, Who will see them? 6 They devise iniquities: We have it ready, the plan is diligently sought out. And each one's inward [thought] and heart is deep.
7 But God will shoot an arrow at them: suddenly are they wounded; 8 By their own tongue they are made to fall over one another: all that see them shall flee away. 9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare God's doing; and they shall wisely consider his work. 10 The righteous shall rejoice in Jehovah, and trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.