Psalm 21-25 World English Bible

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Praise for Deliverance from the Enemy

21 1  The king rejoices in your strength, Yahweh!
How greatly he rejoices in your salvation! 2  You have given him his heart’s desire,
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. 3  For you meet him with the blessings of goodness.
You set a crown of fine gold on his head. 4  He asked life of you, you gave it to him,
even length of days forever and ever. 5  His glory is great in your salvation.
You lay honor and majesty on him. 6  For you make him most blessed forever.
You make him glad with joy in your presence.

7  For the king trusts in Yahweh.
Through the loving kindness of the Most High, he shall not be moved. 8  Your hand will find out all of your enemies.
Your right hand will find out those who hate you. 9  You will make them as a fiery furnace in the time of your anger.
Yahweh will swallow them up in his wrath.
The fire shall devour them. 10  You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
their posterity from among the children of men. 11  For they intended evil against you.
They plotted evil against you which cannot succeed. 12  For you will make them turn their back,
when you aim drawn bows at their face. 13  Be exalted, Yahweh, in your strength,
so we will sing and praise your power.

A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise

22 1  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? 2  My God, I cry in the daytime, but you don’t answer;
in the night season, and am not silent. 3  But you are holy,
you who inhabit the praises of Israel. 4  Our fathers trusted in you.
They trusted, and you delivered them. 5  They cried to you, and were delivered.
They trusted in you, and were not disappointed. 6  But I am a worm, and no man;
a reproach of men, and despised by the people. 7  All those who see me mock me.
They insult me with their lips. They shake their heads, saying, 8  “He trusts in Yahweh;
let him deliver him.
Let him rescue him, since he delights in him.” 9  But you brought me out of the womb.
You made me trust at my mother’s breasts. 10  I was thrown on you from my mother’s womb.
You are my God since my mother bore me.

11  Don’t be far from me, for trouble is near.
For there is none to help. 12  Many bulls have surrounded me.
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me. 13  They open their mouths wide against me,
lions tearing prey and roaring. 14  I am poured out like water.
All my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax;
it is melted within me. 15  My strength is dried up like a potsherd.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You have brought me into the dust of death. 16  For dogs have surrounded me.
A company of evildoers have enclosed me.
They have pierced my hands and feet. [1] 17  I can count all of my bones.
They look and stare at me. 18  They divide my garments among them.
They cast lots for my clothing. 19  But don’t be far off, Yahweh.
You are my help: hurry to help me. 20  Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog. 21  Save me from the lion’s mouth!
Yes, from the horns of the wild oxen, you have answered me.

22  I will declare your name to my brothers.
In the midst of the assembly, I will praise you. 23  You who fear Yahweh, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him!
Stand in awe of him, all you descendants of Israel! 24  For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted,
Neither has he hidden his face from him;
but when he cried to him, he heard. 25  Of you comes my praise in the great assembly.
I will pay my vows before those who fear him. 26  The humble shall eat and be satisfied.
They shall praise Yahweh who seek after him.
Let your hearts live forever. 27  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to Yahweh.
All the relatives of the nations shall worship before you. 28  For the kingdom is Yahweh’s.
He is the ruler over the nations. 29  All the rich ones of the earth shall eat and worship.
All those who go down to the dust shall bow before him,
even he who can’t keep his soul alive. 30  Posterity shall serve him.
Future generations shall be told about the Lord. 31  They shall come and shall declare his righteousness to a people that shall be born,
for he has done it.

The LORD Is My Shepherd

23 1  Yahweh is my shepherd:
I shall lack nothing. 2  He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. 3  He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runs over. 6  Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.

The King of Glory

24 1  The earth is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;
the world, and those who dwell therein. 2  For he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the floods.

3  Who may ascend to Yahweh’s hill?
Who may stand in his holy place? 4  He who has clean hands and a pure heart;
who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood,
and has not sworn deceitfully. 5  He shall receive a blessing from Yahweh,
righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6  This is the generation of those who seek Him,
who seek your face—even Jacob. Selah.

7  Lift up your heads, you gates!
Be lifted up, you everlasting doors,
and the King of glory will come in. 8  Who is the King of glory?
Yahweh strong and mighty,
Yahweh mighty in battle. 9  Lift up your heads, you gates;
yes, lift them up, you everlasting doors,
and the King of glory will come in. 10  Who is this King of glory?
Yahweh of Armies is the King of glory! Selah.

A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection

25 1  To you, Yahweh, do I lift up my soul. 2  My God, I have trusted in you.
Don’t let me be shamed.
Don’t let my enemies triumph over me. 3  Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed.
They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause. 4  Show me your ways, Yahweh.
Teach me your paths. 5  Guide me in your truth, and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation,
I wait for you all day long. 6  Yahweh, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,
for they are from old times. 7  Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.
Remember me according to your loving kindness,
for your goodness’ sake, Yahweh.

8  Good and upright is Yahweh,
therefore he will instruct sinners in the way. 9  He will guide the humble in justice.
He will teach the humble his way. 10  All the paths of Yahweh are loving kindness and truth
to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 11  For your name’s sake, Yahweh,
pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 12  What man is he who fears Yahweh?
He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose. 13  His soul shall dwell at ease.
His seed shall inherit the land. 14  The friendship of Yahweh is with those who fear him.
He will show them his covenant.

15  My eyes are ever on Yahweh,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net. 16  Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
for I am desolate and afflicted. 17  The troubles of my heart are enlarged.
Oh bring me out of my distresses. 18  Consider my affliction and my travail.
Forgive all my sins. 19  Consider my enemies, for they are many.
They hate me with cruel hatred. 20  Oh keep my soul, and deliver me.
Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you. 21  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you. 22  Redeem Israel, God,
out all of his troubles.

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Footnotes

[1] 22:16 So Dead Sea Scrolls. Masoretic Text reads, “Like a lion, they pin my hands and feet.”

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