God's Eternity and Man's Transitoriness
90 1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, and thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from eternity to eternity thou art God. 3 Thou makest [mortal] man to return to dust, and sayest, Return, children of men. 4 For a thousand years, in thy sight, are as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night. 5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are [as] a sleep: in the morning they are like grass [that] groweth up: 6 In the morning it flourisheth and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down and withereth.
7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy fury are we troubled. 8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret [sins] in the light of thy countenance. 9 For all our days pass away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a [passing] thought. 10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if, by reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet their pride is labour and vanity, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? and thy wrath according to the fear of thee?
12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may acquire a wise heart. 13 Return, Jehovah: how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 14 Satisfy us early with thy loving-kindness; that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad according to the days [wherein] thou hast afflicted us, according to the years [wherein] we have seen evil. 16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy majesty unto their sons. 17 And let the beauty of Jehovah our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us: yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it.
Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty
91 1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I say of Jehovah, My refuge and my fortress; my God, I will confide in him. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the destructive pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou find refuge: his truth is a shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, for the arrow that flieth by day, 6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made Jehovah, my refuge, the Most High, thy dwelling-place, 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent. 11 For he shall give his angels charge concerning thee, to keep thee in all thy ways: 12 They shall bear thee up in [their] hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and the adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under foot. 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. 16 With length of days will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Praise for the LORD's Goodness
92 1 A Psalm, a Song, for the Sabbath day. It is good to give thanks unto Jehovah, and to sing psalms unto thy name, O Most High; 2 To declare thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness in the nights, 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings and upon the lute; upon the Higgaion with the harp. 4 For thou, Jehovah, hast made me glad through thy work; I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 5 Jehovah, how great are thy works! Thy thoughts are very deep: 6 A brutish man knoweth not, neither doth a fool understand it.
7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed for ever. 8 And thou, Jehovah, art on high for evermore. 9 For lo, thine enemies, O Jehovah, for lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. 10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like a buffalo's: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 11 And mine eye shall see [its desire] on mine enemies; mine ears shall hear [it] of the evil-doers that rise up against me. 12 The righteous shall shoot forth like a palm-tree; he shall grow like a cedar on Lebanon. 13 Those that are planted in the house of Jehovah shall flourish in the courts of our God: 14 They are still vigorous in old age, they are full of sap and green; 15 To shew that Jehovah is upright: [he is] my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
The Majesty of the LORD
93 1 Jehovah reigneth, he hath clothed himself with majesty: Jehovah hath clothed himself, he hath girded himself with strength; yea, the world is established, it shall not be moved. 2 Thy throne is established of old; thou art from eternity. 3 The floods lifted up, O Jehovah, the floods lifted up their voice; the floods lifted up their roaring waves. 4 Jehovah on high is mightier than the voices of many waters, than the mighty breakers of the sea. 5 Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thy house, O Jehovah, for ever.
A Prayer for Vengeance
94 1 O God of vengeances, Jehovah, God of vengeances, shine forth; 2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth, render the reward to the proud. 3 How long shall the wicked, O Jehovah, how long shall the wicked triumph? 4 [How long] shall they utter [and] speak insolence—all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? 5 They crush thy people, O Jehovah, and afflict thine inheritance; 6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless, 7 And say, Jah will not see, neither will the God of Jacob regard [it]. 8 Understand, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye be wise? 9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see? 10 He that instructeth the nations, shall not he correct—he that teacheth man knowledge? 11 Jehovah knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Jah, and whom thou teachest out of thy law; 13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of evil, until the pit be digged for the wicked. 14 For Jehovah will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance; 15 For judgment shall return unto righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it. 16 Who will rise up for me against the evil-doers? who will stand for me against the workers of iniquity? 17 If Jehovah had not been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. 18 When I said, My foot slippeth, thy loving-kindness, O Jehovah, held me up. 19 In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me thy comforts have delighted my soul. 20 Shall the throne of wickedness be united to thee, which frameth mischief into a law? 21 They band together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. 22 But Jehovah will be my high tower; and my God the rock of my refuge. 23 And he will bring upon them their iniquity, and will cut them off in their own evil: Jehovah our God will cut them off.
A Song of Praise and Worship
95 1 Come, let us sing aloud to Jehovah, let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation; 2 Let us come before his face with thanksgiving; let us shout aloud unto him with psalms. 3 For Jehovah is a great God, and a great king above all gods. 4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also: 5 The sea is his, and he made it, and his hands formed the dry [land]. 6 Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Jehovah our Maker.
7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. To-day if ye hear his voice, 8 Harden not your heart, as at Meribah, as [in] the day of Massah, in the wilderness; 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. 10 Forty years was I grieved with the generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways; 11 So that I swore in mine anger, that they should not enter into my rest.