Psalm 1-8 New Revised Standard Version

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The Righteous and the Ungodly

1 1  Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; 2  but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. 3  They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

4  The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6  for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

The Reign of the LORD's Anointed

2 1  Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? 2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 3  "Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us." 4  He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision. 5  Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6  "I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill."

7  I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, "You are my son; today I have begotten you. 8  Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9  You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

10  Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11  Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling 12  kiss his feet, [1] or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.

A Morning Prayer of Trust in God

3 1  O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2  many are saying to me, "There is no help for you in God." Selah 3  But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

4  I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah 5  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 6  I am not afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7  Rise up, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8  Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people! Selah

An Evening Prayer of Trust in God

4 1  Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 2  How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah 3  But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 4  When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah 5  Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.

6  There are many who say, "O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!" 7  You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound. 8  I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

A Prayer for Protection

5 1  Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing. 2  Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3  O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. 4  For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil will not sojourn with you. 5  The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 6  You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

7  But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house, I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you. 8  Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. 9  For there is no truth in their mouths; their hearts are destruction; their throats are open graves; they flatter with their tongues. 10  Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of their many transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you. 11  But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. 12  For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover them with favor as with a shield.

A Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble

6 1  O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath. 2  Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. 3  My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O Lord-how long? 4  Turn, O Lord, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love. 5  For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give you praise? 6  I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. 7  My eyes waste away because of grief; they grow weak because of all my foes.

8  Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 9  The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer. 10  All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror; they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.

A Prayer for Vindication

7 1  O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 2  or like a lion they will tear me apart; they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 3  O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, 4  if I have repaid my ally with harm or plundered my foe without cause, 5  then let the enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life to the ground, and lay my soul in the dust. Selah 6  Rise up, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment. 7  Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you, and over it take your seat on high. 8  The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. 9  O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous, you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God.

10  God is my shield, who saves the upright in heart. 11  God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. 12  If one does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and strung his bow; 13  he has prepared his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 14  See how they conceive evil, and are pregnant with mischief, and bring forth lies. 15  They make a pit, digging it out, and fall into the hole that they have made. 16  Their mischief returns upon their own heads, and on their own heads their violence descends. 17  I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

God's Glory and Man's Honor

8 1  O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2  Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3  When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; 4  what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? 5  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. 6  You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, 7  all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8  the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9  O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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Footnotes

[1] 2:12 Cn: Meaning of Heb of verses 11b and 12a is uncertain

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