A Protestation of Integrity
26 1 By David. Judge me, O Jehovah, for I in mine integrity have walked, And in Jehovah I have trusted, I slide not. 2 Try me, O Jehovah, and prove me, Purified 'are' my reins and my heart. 3 For Thy kindness 'is' before mine eyes, And I have walked habitually in Thy truth. 4 I have not sat with vain men, And with dissemblers I enter not. 5 I have hated the assembly of evil doers, And with the wicked I sit not.
6 I wash in innocency my hands, And I compass Thine altar, O Jehovah. 7 To sound with a voice of confession, And to recount all Thy wonders. 8 Jehovah, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, And the place of the tabernacle of Thine honour. 9 Do not gather with sinners my soul, And with men of blood my life, 10 In whose hand 'is' a wicked device, And their right hand 'is' full of bribes. 11 And I, in mine integrity I walk, Redeem me, and favour me. 12 My foot hath stood in uprightness, In assemblies I bless Jehovah!
The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation
27 1 By David. Jehovah 'is' my light and my salvation, Whom do I fear? Jehovah 'is' the strength of my life, Of whom am I afraid? 2 When evil doers come near to me to eat my flesh, My adversaries and mine enemies to me, They have stumbled and fallen. 3 Though a host doth encamp against me, My heart doth not fear, Though war riseth up against me, In this I 'am' confident. 4 One 'thing' I asked of Jehovah—it I seek. My dwelling in the house of Jehovah, All the days of my life, To look on the pleasantness of Jehovah, And to inquire in His temple. 5 For He hideth me in a tabernacle in the day of evil, He hideth me in a secret place of His tent, On a rock he raiseth me up. 6 And now, lifted up is my head, Above my enemies—my surrounders, And I sacrifice in His tent sacrifices of shouting, I sing, yea, I sing praise to Jehovah.
7 Hear, O Jehovah, my voice—I call, And favour me, and answer me. 8 To Thee said my heart 'They sought my face, Thy face, O Jehovah, I seek.' 9 Hide not Thy face from me, Turn not aside in anger Thy servant, My help Thou hast been. Leave me not, nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother Have forsaken me, then doth Jehovah gather me. 11 Shew me, O Jehovah, Thy way, And lead me in a path of uprightness, For the sake of my beholders. 12 Give me not to the will of my adversaries, For risen against me have false witnesses, And they breathe out violence to me. 13 I had not believed to look on the goodness of Jehovah In the land of the living! 14 Look unto Jehovah—be strong, And He doth strengthen thy heart, Yea, look unto Jehovah!
A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer
28 1 By David. Unto Thee, O Jehovah, I call, My rock, be not silent to me! Lest Thou be silent to me, And I have been compared With those going down to the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my supplications, In my crying unto Thee, In my lifting up my hands toward thy holy oracle. 3 Draw me not with the wicked, And with workers of iniquity, Speaking peace with their neighbours, And evil in their heart. 4 Give to them according to their acting, And according to the evil of their doings. According to the work of their hands give to them. Return their deed to them. 5 For they attend not to the doing of Jehovah, And unto the work of His hands. He throweth them down, And doth not build them up.
6 Blessed 'is' Jehovah, For He hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7 Jehovah 'is' my strength, and my shield, In Him my heart trusted, and I have been helped. And my heart exulteth, And with my song I thank Him. 8 Jehovah 'is' strength to him, Yea, the strength of the salvation of His anointed 'is' He. 9 Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance, And feed them, and carry them to the age!
The Voice of the LORD in the Storm
29 1 Ascribe to Jehovah, ye sons of the mighty, Ascribe to Jehovah honour and strength. 2 Ascribe to Jehovah the honour of His name, Bow yourselves to Jehovah, In the beauty of holiness. 3 The voice of Jehovah 'is' on the waters, The God of glory hath thundered, Jehovah 'is' on many waters. 4 The voice of Jehovah 'is' with power, The voice of Jehovah 'is' with majesty, 5 The voice of Jehovah 'is' shivering cedars, Yea, Jehovah shivers the cedars of Lebanon. 6 And He causeth them to skip as a calf, Lebanon and Sirion as a son of Reems, 7 The voice of Jehovah is hewing fiery flames, 8 The voice of Jehovah paineth a wilderness, Jehovah paineth the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of Jehovah paineth the oaks, And maketh bare the forests, And in His temple every one saith, 'Glory.' 10 Jehovah on the deluge hath sat, And Jehovah sitteth king—to the age, 11 Jehovah strength to his people giveth, Jehovah blesseth His people with peace!
Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death
30 1 I exalt Thee, O Jehovah, For Thou hast drawn me up, and hast not let mine enemies rejoice over me. 2 Jehovah my God, I have cried to Thee, And Thou dost heal me. 3 Jehovah, Thou hast brought up from Sheol my soul, Thou hast kept me alive, From going down 'to' the pit. 4 Sing praise to Jehovah, ye His saints, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness, 5 For—a moment 'is' in His anger, Life 'is' in His good-will, At even remaineth weeping, and at morn singing.
6 And I—I have said in mine ease, 'I am not moved—to the age. 7 O Jehovah, in Thy good pleasure, Thou hast caused strength to remain for my mountain,' Thou hast hidden Thy face—I have been troubled. 8 Unto Thee, O Jehovah, I call, And unto Jehovah I make supplication. 9 'What gain 'is' in my blood? In my going down unto corruption? Doth dust thank Thee? doth it declare Thy truth? 10 Hear, O Jehovah, and favour me, O Jehovah, be a helper to me.' 11 Thou hast turned my mourning to dancing for me, Thou hast loosed my sackcloth, And girdest me 'with' joy. 12 So that honour doth praise Thee, and is not silent, O Jehovah, my God, to the age I thank Thee!
A Profession of Trust
31 1 In Thee, O Jehovah, I have trusted, Let me not be ashamed to the age, In Thy righteousness deliver me. 2 Incline unto me Thine ear hastily, deliver me, Be to me for a strong rock, For a house of bulwarks to save me. 3 For my rock and my bulwark 'art' Thou, For Thy name's sake lead me and tend me. 4 Bring me out from the net that they hid for me, For Thou 'art' my strength. 5 Into Thy hand I commit my spirit, Thou hast redeemed me, Jehovah God of truth. 6 I have hated the observers of lying vanities, And I toward Jehovah have been confident. 7 I rejoice, and am glad in Thy kindness, In that Thou hast seen mine affliction, Thou hast known in adversities my soul. 8 And Thou hast not shut me up, Into the hand of an enemy, Thou hast caused my feet to stand in a broad place.
9 Favour me, O Jehovah, for distress 'is' to me, Mine eye, my soul, and my body Have become old by provocation. 10 For my life hath been consumed in sorrow And my years in sighing. Feeble because of mine iniquity hath been my strength, And my bones have become old. 11 Among all mine adversaries I have been a reproach, And to my neighbours exceedingly, And a fear to mine acquaintances, Those seeing me without—fled from me. 12 I have been forgotten as dead out of mind, I have been as a perishing vessel. 13 For I have heard an evil account of many, Fear 'is' round about. In their being united against me, To take my life they have devised, 14 And I on Thee—I have trusted, O Jehovah, I have said, 'Thou 'art' my God.' 15 In Thy hand 'are' my times, Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from my pursuers. 16 Cause Thy face to shine on Thy servant, Save me in Thy kindness. 17 O Jehovah, let me not be ashamed, For I have called Thee, let the wicked be ashamed, Let them become silent to Sheol. 18 Let lips of falsehood become dumb, That are speaking against the righteous, Ancient sayings, in pride and contempt.
19 How abundant is Thy goodness, That Thou hast laid up for those fearing Thee, 20 Thou hast wrought for those trusting in Thee, Before sons of men. Thou hidest them in the secret place of Thy presence, From artifices of man, Thou concealest them in a tabernacle, From the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed 'is' Jehovah, For He hath made marvellous His kindness To me in a city of bulwarks. 22 And I—I have said in my haste, 'I have been cut off from before Thine eyes,' But Thou hast heard the voice of my supplications, In my crying unto Thee. 23 Love Jehovah, all ye His saints, Jehovah is keeping the faithful, And recompensing abundantly a proud doer. 24 Be strong, and He strengtheneth your heart, All ye who are waiting for Jehovah!