Psalm 108-114 New American Standard Bible

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A Prayer for Help against the Foe

108 My heart is steadfast , O God ; I will sing , I will sing praises , even with my soul . 2  Awake , harp and lyre ; I will awaken the dawn ! 3  I will give thanks to You, O Lord , among the peoples , And I will sing praises to You among the nations . 4  For Your lovingkindness is great above e the heavens , And Your truth reaches to the skies . 5  Be exalted , O God , above the heavens , And Your glory above all the earth .

6  That Your beloved may be delivered , Save with Your right hand , and answer me! 7  God has spoken in His holiness : "I will exult , I will portion out Shechem And measure out the valley of Succoth . 8  "Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head ; Judah is My scepter . 9  "Moab is My washbowl ; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe ; Over Philistia I will shout aloud ." 10  Who will bring me into the besieged city ? Who will lead me to Edom ? 11  Have not You Yourself, O God , rejected us? And will You not go forth with our armies , O God ? 12  Oh give us help against the adversary , For deliverance by man is in vain . 13  Through God we will do valiantly , And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries .

A Cry for Vengeance

109 O God of my praise , Do not be silent ! 2  For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue . 3  They have also surrounded me with words of hatred , And fought against me without cause . 4  In return for my love they act as my accusers ; But I am in prayer . 5  Thus they have repaid me evil for good And hatred for my love .

6  Appoint a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand . 7  When he is judged , let him come forth guilty , And let his prayer become sin . 8  Let his days be few ; Let another take his office . 9  Let his children be fatherless And his wife a widow . 10  Let his children wander about and beg ; And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes . 11  Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder the product of his labor . 12  Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children . 13  Let his posterity be cut off ; In a following generation let their name be blotted out. 14  Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord , And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15  Let them be before the Lord continually , That He may cut off their memory from the earth ; 16  Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness , But persecuted the afflicted and needy man , And the despondent in heart , to put them to death . 17  He also loved cursing , so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing , so it was far from him. 18  But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment , And it entered into his body like water And like oil into his bones . 19  Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself, And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself. 20  Let this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord , And of those who speak evil against my soul .

21  But You, O GOD , the Lord , deal kindly with me for Your name's sake ; Because Your lovingkindness is good , deliver me; 22  For I am afflicted and needy , And my heart is wounded within me. 23  I am passing like a shadow when it lengthens ; I am shaken off like the locust . 24  My knees are weak from fasting , And my flesh has grown lean , without fatness . 25  I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head . 26  Help me, O Lord my God ; Save me according to Your lovingkindness . 27  And let them know that this is Your hand ; You, Lord , have done it. 28  Let them curse , but You bless ; When they arise , they shall be ashamed , But Your servant shall be glad . 29  Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor , And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe . 30  With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord ; And in the midst of many I will praise Him. 31  For He stands at the right hand of the needy , To save him from those who judge his soul .

The LORD Gives Dominion to the King

110 The Lord says to my Lord : " Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool e for Your feet ." 2  The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion , saying, " Rule in the midst of Your enemies ." 3  Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power ; In holy array , from the womb of the dawn , Your youth are to You as the dew . 4  The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind , "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek ."

5  The Lord is at Your right hand ; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath . 6  He will judge among the nations , He will fill them with corpses , He will shatter the chief men over a broad country . 7  He will drink from the brook by the wayside ; Therefore e He will lift up His head .

The LORD's Care for His People

111 Praise the Lord ! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart , In the company of the upright and in the assembly . 2  Great are the works of the Lord ; They are studied by all who delight in them. 3  Splendid and majestic is His work , And His righteousness endures forever . 4  He has made His wonders to be remembered ; The Lord is gracious and compassionate . 5  He has given food to those who fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever .

6  He has made known to His people the power of His works , In giving them the heritage of the nations . 7  The works of His hands are truth and justice ; All His precepts are sure . 8  They are upheld forever and ever ; They are performed in truth and uprightness . 9  He has sent redemption to His people ; He has ordained His covenant forever ; Holy and awesome is His name . 10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom ; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever .

The Prosperity of Him Who Fears the LORD

112 Praise the Lord ! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord , Who greatly delights in His commandments . 2  His descendants will be mighty on earth ; The generation of the upright will be blessed . 3  Wealth and riches are in his house , And his righteousness endures forever . 4  Light arises in the darkness for the upright ; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous . 5  It is well with the man who is gracious and lends ; He will maintain his cause in judgment .

6  For he will never e be shaken ; The righteous will be remembered forever . 7  He will not fear evil tidings ; His heart is steadfast , trusting in the Lord . 8  His heart is upheld , he will not fear , Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries . 9  He has given freely to the poor , His righteousness endures forever ; His horn will be exalted in honor . 10  The wicked will see it and be vexed , He will gnash his teeth and melt away ; The desire of the wicked will perish .

Praise for Exalting the Humble

113 Praise the Lord ! Praise , O servants of the Lord , Praise the name of the Lord . 2  Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forever e . 3  From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the Lord is to be praised . 4  The Lord is high above all nations ; His glory is above the heavens . 5  Who is like the Lord our God , Who is enthroned on high , 6  Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth ? 7  He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap , 8  To make them sit with princes , With the princes of His people . 9  He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children . Praise the Lord !

The Wonders of the Exodus

114 When Israel went forth from Egypt , The house of Jacob from a people of strange language , 2  Judah became His sanctuary , Israel , His dominion . 3  The sea looked and fled ; The Jordan turned back . 4  The mountains skipped like rams , The hills , like lambs e . 5  What ails you, O sea , that you flee ? O Jordan , that you turn back ? 6  O mountains , that you skip like rams ? O hills , like lambs e ? 7  Tremble , O earth , before e the Lord , Before e the God of Jacob , 8  Who turned the rock into a pool of water , The flint into a fountain of water .

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