A Prayer for Vindication
7 1 Shiggaion of David, which he sang to Jehovah, concerning the words of Cush the Benjaminite. Jehovah my God, in thee have I trusted: save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me; 2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, crushing it while there is no deliverer. 3 Jehovah my God, if I have done this, if there be iniquity in my hands; 4 If I have rewarded evil to him that was at peace with me; (indeed I have freed him that without cause oppressed me;) 5 Let the enemy pursue after my soul, and take [it], and let him tread down my life to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah. 6 Arise, Jehovah, in thine anger; lift thyself up against the raging of mine oppressors, and awake for me: thou hast commanded judgment. 7 And the assembly of the peoples shall encompass thee; and for their sakes return thou on high. 8 Jehovah shall minister judgment to the peoples. Judge me, Jehovah, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity which is in me. 9 Oh let the wrong of the wicked come to an end, and establish thou the righteous [man]; even thou that triest the hearts and reins, the righteous God.
10 My shield is with God, who saveth the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who is indignant all the day. 12 If one turn not, he will sharpen his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready, 13 And he hath prepared for him instruments of death; his arrows hath he made burning. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, yea, he hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood: 15 He digged a pit, and hollowed it out, and is fallen into the hole that he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violence shall come down upon his own pate. 17 I will praise Jehovah according to his righteousness, and will sing forth the name of Jehovah the Most High.
The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation
27 1 Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil-doers, mine adversaries and mine enemies, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 If a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; if war rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One [thing] have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to inquire [of him] in his temple. 5 For in the day of evil he will hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tent will he keep me concealed: he will set me high upon a rock. 6 And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me; and I will offer in his tent sacrifices of shouts of joy: I will sing, yea, I will sing psalms unto Jehovah.
7 Hear, Jehovah; with my voice do I call; be gracious unto me, and answer me. 8 My heart said for thee, Seek ye my face. Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 For had my father and my mother forsaken me, then had Jehovah taken me up. 11 Teach me thy way, Jehovah, and lead me in an even path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over to the will of mine adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence. 13 Unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living ...! 14 Wait for Jehovah; be strong and let thy heart take courage: yea, wait for Jehovah.
A Profession of Trust
31 1 To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David. In thee, Jehovah, do I trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. 2 Incline thine ear to me, deliver me speedily; be a strong rock to me, a house of defence to save me. 3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; and, for thy name's sake, thou wilt lead me and guide me. 4 Draw me out of the net that they have hidden for me; for thou art my strength. 5 Into thy hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, Jehovah, [thou] God of truth. 6 I have hated them that observe lying vanities; and as for me, I have confided in Jehovah. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy loving-kindness, for thou hast seen mine affliction; thou hast known the troubles of my soul, 8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large place.
9 Be gracious unto me, Jehovah, for I am in trouble: mine eye wasteth away with vexation, my soul and my belly. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength faileth through mine iniquity, and my bones are wasted. 11 More than to all mine oppressors, I am become exceedingly a reproach, even to my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that see me without flee from me. 12 I am forgotten in [their] heart as a dead man; I am become like a broken vessel. 13 For I have heard the slander of many—terror on every side—when they take counsel together against me: they plot to take away my life. 14 But I confided in thee, Jehovah; I said, thou art my God. 15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from my persecutors. 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; save me in thy loving-kindness. 17 Jehovah, let me not be ashamed; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, let them be silent in Sheol. 18 Let the lying lips become dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
19 [Oh] how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee, before the sons of men! 20 Thou keepest them concealed in the secret of thy presence from the conspiracies of man; thou hidest them in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be Jehovah; for he hath shewn me wondrously his loving-kindness in a strong city. 22 As for me, I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes; nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. 23 Love Jehovah, all ye his saints. Jehovah preserveth the faithful, and plentifully requiteth the proud doer. 24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all ye that hope in Jehovah.
Praise for Deliverance from Troubles
34 1 [A Psalm] of David; when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless Jehovah at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make its boast in Jehovah: the meek shall hear, and rejoice. 3 Magnify Jehovah with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought Jehovah, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were enlightened, and their faces were not confounded. 6 This afflicted one called, and Jehovah heard [him], and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of Jehovah encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 Taste and see that Jehovah is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him! 9 Fear Jehovah, ye his saints; for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions are in need and suffer hunger; but they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good.
11 Come, ye sons, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of Jehovah. 12 What man is he that desireth life, [and] loveth days, that he may see good? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile; 14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 15 The eyes of Jehovah are upon the righteous, and his ears are toward their cry; 16 The face of Jehovah is against them that do evil, to cutoff the remembrance of them from the earth: 17 [The righteous] cry, and Jehovah heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 Jehovah is nigh to those that are of a broken heart, and saveth them that are of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the adversities of the righteous, but Jehovah delivereth him out of them all: 20 He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall destroy the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall bear their guilt. 22 Jehovah redeemeth the soul of his servants; and none of them that trust in him shall bear guilt.
The Futility of Boastful Wickedness
52 1 To the chief Musician: an instruction. Of David; when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David came to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in evil, thou mighty man? The loving-kindness of God [abideth] continually. 2 Thy tongue deviseth mischievous things, like a sharp razor, practising deceit. 3 Thou hast loved evil rather than good, lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. 4 Thou hast loved all devouring words, O deceitful tongue! 5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever; he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] tent, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him, [saying,] 7 Behold the man that made not God his strength, but put confidence in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his avarice. 8 But as for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: I will confide in the loving-kindness of God for ever and ever. 9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done [it]; and I will wait on thy name, before thy godly ones, for it is good.