Psalm 9-16 Revised Standard Version

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Thanksgiving for God's Justice

9 1  To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all thy wonderful deeds. 2  I will be glad and exult in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High. 3  When my enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished before thee. 4  For thou hast maintained my just cause; thou hast sat on the throne giving righteous judgment. 5  Thou hast rebuked the nations, thou hast destroyed the wicked; thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever. 6  The enemy have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities thou hast rooted out; the very memory of them has perished. 7  But the Lord sits enthroned for ever, he has established his throne for judgment; 8  and he judges the world with righteousness, he judges the peoples with equity. 9  The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10  And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.

11  Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! 12  For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 13  Be gracious to me, O Lord! Behold what I suffer from those who hate me, O thou who liftest me up from the gates of death, 14  that I may recount all thy praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in thy deliverance. 15  The nations have sunk in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid has their own foot been caught. 16  The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. [Higgaion. Selah] 17  The wicked shall depart to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. 18  For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever. 19  Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before thee! 20  Put them in fear, O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men! [Selah]

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked

10 1  Why dost thou stand afar off, O Lord? Why dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble? 2  In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised. 3  For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. 4  In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God." 5  His ways prosper at all times; thy judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. 6  He thinks in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity." 7  His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8  He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the hapless, 9  he lurks in secret like a lion in his covert; he lurks that he may seize the poor, he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. 10  The hapless is crushed, sinks down, and falls by his might. 11  He thinks in his heart, "God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it."

12  Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thy hand; forget not the afflicted. 13  Why does the wicked renounce God, and say in his heart, "Thou wilt not call to account"? 14  Thou dost see; yea, thou dost note trouble and vexation, that thou mayest take it into thy hands; the hapless commits himself to thee; thou hast been the helper of the fatherless. 15  Break thou the arm of the wicked and evildoer; seek out his wickedness till thou find none. 16  The Lord is king for ever and ever; the nations shall perish from his land. 17  O Lord, thou wilt hear the desire of the meek; thou wilt strengthen their heart, thou wilt incline thy ear 18  to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

The Refuge of the Upright

11 1  To the choirmaster. Of David. In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me, "Flee like a bird to the mountains; 2  for lo, the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted their arrow to the string, to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 3  if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do"?

4  The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids test, the children of men. 5  The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and his soul hates him that loves violence. 6  On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and brimstone; a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 7  For the Lord is righteous, he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

A Prayer for Help against the Wicked

12 1  To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Help, Lord; for there is no longer any that is godly; for the faithful have vanished from among the sons of men. 2  Every one utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3  May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, 4  those who say, "With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is our master?" 5  "Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the Lord; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs." 6  The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. 7  Do thou, O Lord, protect us, guard us ever from this generation. 8  On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

A Prayer for Help in Trouble

13 1  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O Lord? Wilt thou forget me for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? 2  How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3  Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; 4  lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him"; lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5  But I have trusted in thy steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. 6  I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

The Folly and Wickedness of Men

14 1  To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. 2  The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. 3  They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one.

4  Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord? 5  There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. 6  You would confound the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge. 7  O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

The Inhabitants of God's Holy Hill

15 1  A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in thy tent? Who shall dwell on thy holy hill? 2  He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart; 3  who does not slander with his tongue, and does no evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; 4  in whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5  who does not put out his money at interest, and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

A Goodly Heritage

16 1  A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge. 2  I say to the Lord, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee." 3  As for the saints in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight. 4  Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their libations of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips. 5  The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot. 6  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 7  I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

8  I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure. 10  For thou dost not give me up to Sheol, or let thy godly one see the Pit. 11  Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

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