Psalm 58-65 Darby’s Translation

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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.

A Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

59 1  To the chief Musician. 'Destroy not.' Of David. Michtam; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him. Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God; secure me on high from them that rise up against me. 2  Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from men of blood. 3  For behold, they lie in wait for my soul; strong ones are gathered against me: not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Jehovah. 4  They run and prepare themselves without [my] fault: awake to meet me, and behold. 5  Yea, do thou, Jehovah, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, arise to visit all the nations: be not gracious to any plotters of iniquity. Selah. 6  They return in the evening; they howl like a dog, and go round about the city: 7  Behold, they belch out with their mouth; swords are in their lips: for who [say they] doth hear?

8  But thou, Jehovah, wilt laugh at them; thou wilt have all the nations in derision. 9  Their strength! ... I will take heed to thee; for God is my high fortress. 10  God, whose loving-kindness will come to meet me,—God shall let me see [my desire] upon mine enemies. 11  Slay them not, lest my people forget; by thy power make them wander, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield. 12  [Because of] the sin of their mouth, the word of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride; and because of cursing and lying which they speak. 13  Make an end in wrath, make an end, that they may be no more; that they may know that God ruleth in Jacob, unto the ends of the earth. Selah. 14  And in the evening they shall return, they shall howl like a dog, and go round about the city. 15  They shall wander about for meat, and stay all night if they be not satisfied. 16  But as for me, I will sing of thy strength; yea, I will sing aloud of thy loving-kindness in the morning; for thou hast been to me a high fortress, and a refuge in the day of my trouble. 17  Unto thee, my strength, will I sing psalms; for God is my high fortress, the God of my mercy.

A Prayer for Help against the Foe

60 1  To the chief Musician. On Shushan. Testimony. Michtam of David; to teach: when he strove with the Syrians of Mesopotamia, and the Syrians of Zobah, and Joab returned, and smote the Edomites in the valley of salt, twelve thousand. O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased: restore us again. 2  Thou hast made the earth to tremble, thou hast rent it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. 3  Thou hast shewn thy people hard things; thou hast made us to drink the wine of bewilderment. 4  Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth, (Selah,) 5  That thy beloved ones may be delivered. Save with thy right hand, and answer me.

6  God hath spoken in his holiness: I will exult, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 7  Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine, and Ephraim is the strength of my head; Judah is my law-giver; 8  Moab is my wash-pot; upon Edom will I cast my sandal; Philistia, shout aloud because of me. 9  Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me unto Edom? 10  [Wilt] not thou, O God, who didst cast us off? and didst not go forth, O God, with our armies? 11  Give us help from trouble; for vain is man's deliverance. 12  Through God we shall do valiantly; and he it is that will tread down our adversaries.

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.

God Satisfies the Thirsting Soul

63 1  A Psalm of David; when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee. My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh languisheth for thee, in a dry and weary land without water: 2  To see thy power and thy glory, as I have beheld thee in the sanctuary;

3  For thy loving-kindness is better than life: my lips shall praise thee. 4  So will I bless thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5  My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise [thee] with joyful lips. 6  When I remember thee upon my bed, I meditate on thee in the night-watches:

7  For thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of thy wings will I sing for joy. 8  My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. 9  But those that seek my soul, to destroy [it], shall go into the lower parts of the earth; 10  They shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be the portion of foxes. 11  But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: for the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

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.

Praise for God's Bounty in Nature

65 1  To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David: a Song. Praise waiteth for thee in silence, O God, in Zion; and unto thee shall the vow be performed. 2  O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. 3  Iniquities have prevailed against me: our transgressions, thou wilt forgive them. 4  Blessed is he whom thou choosest and causest to approach: he shall dwell in thy courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, of thy holy temple. 5  By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation, thou confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the distant regions of the sea. ...

6  Who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with power; 7  Who stilleth the raging of the seas, the raging of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples. 8  And they that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens; thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. 9  Thou hast visited the earth, thou hast watered it; thou greatly enrichest it: the river of God is full of water; thou providest their corn, when thou hast so prepared it: 10  Thou dost satiate its furrows, thou smoothest its clods, thou makest it soft with showers; thou blessest the springing thereof. 11  Thou crownest the year with thy goodness, and thy paths drop fatness: 12  They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness, and the hills are girded with gladness. 13  The meadows are clothed with flocks, and the valleys are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, yea, they sing.

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