A Prayer for Protection from Enemies
54 1 To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David; when the Ziphites came, and said to Saul, Is not David hiding himself with us? O God, by thy name save me, and by thy strength do me justice. 2 O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers are risen up against me, and the violent seek after my life: they have not set God before them. Selah.
4 Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is among them that uphold my soul. 5 He will requite evil to mine enemies: in thy truth cut them off. 6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee; I will praise thy name, O Jehovah, because it is good. 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble; and mine eye hath seen [its desire] upon mine enemies.
A Prayer for the Destruction of the Deceitful
55 1 To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 2 Attend unto me, and answer me: I wander about in my plaint, and I moan aloud, 3 Because of the voice of the enemy; because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in anger they persecute me. 4 My heart is writhing within me, and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away, and be at rest; 7 Behold, I would flee afar off, I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah; 8 I would hasten my escape from the stormy wind, from the tempest.
9 Swallow [them] up, Lord; divide their tongue: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; and iniquity and mischief are in the midst of it. 11 Perversities are in the midst thereof; and oppression and deceit depart not from its streets. 12 For it is not an enemy that hath reproached me—then could I have borne it; neither is it he that hateth me that hath magnified [himself] against me—then would I have hidden myself from him; 13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, mine intimate, my familiar friend. ... 14 We who held sweet intercourse together. To the house of God we walked amid the throng. 15 Let death seize upon them, let them go down alive into Sheol. For wickedness is in their dwellings, in their midst.
16 As for me, unto God will I call; and Jehovah will save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray and moan aloud; and he will hear my voice. 18 He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle against me: for there were many about me. 19 God will hear, and afflict them: he that is seated of old, (Selah) ... because there is no change in them, and they fear not God. 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as are at peace with him; he hath profaned his covenant. 21 Smooth were the milky [words] of his mouth, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23 And thou, O God, wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. But as for me, I will confide in thee.
A Prayer of Trust
56 1 To the chief Musician. On Jonathelem-rechokim. Of David. Michtam; when the Philistines took him in Gath. Be gracious unto me, O God; for man would swallow me up: all the day long fighting he oppresseth me. 2 Mine enemies would swallow [me] up all the day long; for they are many that fight against me haughtily. 3 In the day that I am afraid, I will confide in thee. 4 In God will I praise his word, in God I put my confidence: I will not fear; what can flesh do unto me? 5 All the day long they wrest my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves; they mark my steps, because they wait for my soul. 7 Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God.
8 Thou countest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 9 Then shall mine enemies return backward in the day when I call: this I know, for God is for me. 10 In God will I praise [his] word; in Jehovah will I praise [his] word. 11 In God have I put my confidence: I will not fear; what can man do unto me? 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render thanks unto thee. 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death; [wilt thou] not [keep] my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?
3 1 What then [is] the superiority of the Jew? or what the profit of circumcision? 2 Much every way: and first, indeed, that to them were entrusted the oracles of God. 3 For what? if some have not believed, shall their unbelief make the faith of God of none effect? 4 Far be the thought: but let God be true, and every man false; according as it is written, So that thou shouldest be justified in thy words, and shouldest overcome when thou art in judgment. 5 But if our unrighteousness commend God's righteousness, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak according to man. 6 Far be the thought: since how shall God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God, in my lie, has more abounded to his glory, why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8 and not, according as we are injuriously charged, and according as some affirm that we say, Let us practise evil things, that good ones may come? whose judgment is just.
There Is None Righteous
9 What then? are we better? No, in no wise: for we have before charged both Jews and Greeks with being all under sin: 10 according as it is written, There is not a righteous [man], not even one; 11 there is not the [man] that understands, there is not one that seeks after God. 12 All have gone out of the way, they have together become unprofitable; there is not one that practises goodness, there is not so much as one: 13 their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; asps' poison [is] under their lips: 14 whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; 15 swift their feet to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery [are] in their ways, 17 and way of peace they have not known: 18 there is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that whatever the things the law says, it speaks to those under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world be under judgment to God. 20 Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin.
Righteousness through Faith
21 But now without law righteousness of God is manifested, borne witness to by the law and the prophets; 22 righteousness of God by faith of Jesus Christ towards all,and upon all those who believe: for there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption which [is] in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God has set forth a mercy-seat, through faith in his blood, for [the] shewing forth of his righteousness, in respect of the passing by the sins that had taken place before, through the forbearance of God; 26 for [the] shewing forth of his righteousness in the present time, so that he should be just, and justify him that is of [the] faith of Jesus. 27 Where then [is] boasting? It has been excluded. By what law? of works? Nay, but by law of faith; 28 for we reckon that a man is justified by faith, without works of law. 29 Is [God] the God of Jews only? is he not of [the] nations also? Yea, of nations also: 30 since indeed [it is] one God who shall justify [the] circumcision on the principle of faith, and uncircumcision by faith. 31 Do we then make void law by faith? Far be the thought: [no,] but we establish law.