Psalm 108-114 World English Bible

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A Prayer for Help against the Foe

108 1  My heart is steadfast, God.
I will sing and I will make music with my soul. 2  Wake up, harp and lyre!
I will wake up the dawn. 3  I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations.
I will sing praises to you among the peoples. 4  For your loving kindness is great above the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 5  Be exalted, God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth.

6  That your beloved may be delivered,
save with your right hand, and answer us. 7  God has spoken from his sanctuary: “In triumph,
I will divide Shechem, and measure out the valley of Succoth. 8  Gilead is mine. Manasseh is mine.
Ephraim also is my helmet.
Judah is my scepter. 9  Moab is my wash pot.
I will toss my sandal on Edom.
I will shout over Philistia.” 10  Who will bring me into the fortified city?
Who has led me to Edom? 11  Haven’t you rejected us, God?
You don’t go forth, God, with our armies. 12  Give us help against the enemy,
for the help of man is vain. 13  Through God, we will do valiantly.
For it is he who will tread down our enemies.

A Cry for Vengeance

109 1  God of my praise, don’t remain silent, 2  for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me.
They have spoken to me with a lying tongue. 3  They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
and fought against me without a cause. 4  In return for my love, they are my adversaries;
but I am in prayer. 5  They have rewarded me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.

6  Set a wicked man over him.
Let an adversary stand at his right hand. 7  When he is judged, let him come forth guilty.
Let his prayer be turned into 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 be wandering beggars.
Let them be sought from their ruins. 11  Let the creditor seize all that he has.
Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor. 12  Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
neither let there be any to have pity on his fatherless children. 13  Let his posterity be cut off.
In the generation following let their name be blotted out. 14  Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by Yahweh.
Don’t let the sin of his mother be blotted out. 15  Let them be before Yahweh continually,
that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth; 16  because he didn’t remember to show kindness,
but persecuted the poor and needy man,
the broken in heart, to kill them. 17  Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him.
He didn’t delight in blessing, and it was far from him. 18  He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment.
It came into his inward parts like water,
like oil into his bones. 19  Let it be to him as the clothing with which he covers himself,
for the belt that is always around him. 20  This is the reward of my adversaries from Yahweh,
of those who speak evil against my soul.

21  But deal with me, Yahweh the Lord, for your name’s sake,
because your loving kindness is good, deliver me; 22  for I am poor and needy.
My heart is wounded within me. 23  I fade away like an evening shadow.
I am shaken off like a locust. 24  My knees are weak through fasting.
My body is thin and lacks fat. 25  I have also become a reproach to them.
When they see me, they shake their head. 26  Help me, Yahweh, my God.
Save me according to your loving kindness; 27  that they may know that this is your hand;
that you, Yahweh, have done it. 28  They may curse, but you bless.
When they arise, they will be shamed,
but your servant shall rejoice. 29  Let my adversaries be clothed with dishonor.
Let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe. 30  I will give great thanks to Yahweh with my mouth.
Yes, I will praise him among the multitude. 31  For he will stand at the right hand of the needy,
to save him from those who judge his soul.

The LORD Gives Dominion to the King

110 1  Yahweh says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool for your feet.” 2  Yahweh will send forth the rod of your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of your enemies. 3  Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array.
Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth. 4  Yahweh has sworn, and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

5  The Lord is at your right hand.
He will crush kings in the day of his wrath. 6  He will judge among the nations.
He will heap up dead bodies.
He will crush the ruler of the whole earth. 7  He will drink of the brook in the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.

The LORD's Care for His People

111 1  Praise Yah! [1]
I will give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart,
in the council of the upright, and in the congregation. 2  Yahweh’s works are great,
pondered by all those who delight in them. 3  His work is honor and majesty.
His righteousness endures forever. 4  He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered.
Yahweh is gracious and merciful. 5  He has given food to those who fear him.
He always remembers his covenant.

6  He has shown 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 established forever and ever.
They are done in truth and uprightness. 9  He has sent redemption to his people.
He has ordained his covenant forever.
His name is holy and awesome! 10  The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.
All those who do his work have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!

The Prosperity of Him Who Fears the LORD

112 1  Praise Yah! [2]
Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh,
who delights greatly in his commandments. 2  His seed will be mighty in the land.
The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3  Wealth and riches are in his house.
His righteousness endures forever. 4  Light dawns in the darkness for the upright,
gracious, merciful, and righteous. 5  It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends.
He will maintain his cause in judgment.

6  For he will never be shaken.
The righteous will be remembered forever. 7  He will not be afraid of evil news.
His heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahweh. 8  His heart is established.
He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries. 9  He has dispersed, he has given to the poor.
His righteousness endures forever.
His horn will be exalted with honor. 10  The wicked will see it, and be grieved.
He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away.
The desire of the wicked will perish.

Praise for Exalting the Humble

113 1  Praise Yah!
Praise, you servants of Yahweh,
praise the name of Yahweh. 2  Blessed be the name of Yahweh,
from this time forth and forevermore. 3  From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same,
Yahweh’s name is to be praised. 4  Yahweh is high above all nations,
his glory above the heavens. 5  Who is like Yahweh, our God,
who has his seat on high, 6  Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth? 7  He raises up the poor out of the dust.
Lifts up the needy from the ash heap; 8  that he may set him with princes,
even with the princes of his people. 9  He settles the barren woman in her home,
as a joyful mother of children.
Praise Yah!

The Wonders of the Exodus

114 1  When Israel went forth out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language; 2  Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his dominion. 3  The sea saw it, and fled.
The Jordan was driven back. 4  The mountains skipped like rams,
the little hills like lambs. 5  What was it, you sea, that you fled?
You Jordan, that you turned back? 6  You mountains, that you skipped like rams;
you little hills, like lambs? 7  Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8  who turned the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of waters.

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Footnotes

[1] 111:1 Psalm 111 is an acrostic poem, with each verse after the initial “Praise Yah!” starting with a letter of the alphabet (ordered from Alef to Tav).

[2] 112:1 Psalm 112 is an acrostic poem, with each verse after the initial “Praise Yah!” starting with a letter of the alphabet (ordered from Alef to Tav).

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