A Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble
6 1 O Jehovah, in Thine anger reprove me not, Nor in Thy fury chastise me. 2 Favour me, O Jehovah, for I 'am' weak, Heal me, O Jehovah, For troubled have been my bones, 3 And my soul hath been troubled greatly, And Thou, O Jehovah, till when? 4 Turn back, O Jehovah, draw out my soul, Save me for Thy kindness' sake. 5 For there is not in death Thy memorial, In Sheol, who doth give thanks to Thee? 6 I have been weary with my sighing, I meditate through all the night 'on' my bed, With my tear my couch I waste. 7 Old from provocation is mine eye, It is old because of all mine adversaries,
8 Turn from me all ye workers of iniquity, For Jehovah heard the voice of my weeping, 9 Jehovah hath heard my supplication, Jehovah my prayer receiveth. 10 Ashamed and troubled greatly are all mine enemies, They turn back—ashamed 'in' a moment!
God's Glory and Man's Honor
8 1 Jehovah, our Lord, How honourable Thy name in all the earth! Who settest thine honour on the heavens. 2 From the mouths of infants and sucklings Thou hast founded strength, Because of Thine adversaries, To still an enemy and a self-avenger.
3 For I see Thy heavens, a work of Thy fingers, Moon and stars that Thou didst establish. 4 What 'is' man that Thou rememberest him? The son of man that Thou inspectest him? 5 And causest him to lack a little of Godhead, And with honour and majesty compassest him. 6 Thou dost cause him to rule Over the works of Thy hands, All Thou hast placed under his feet. 7 Sheep and oxen, all of them, And also beasts of the field, 8 Bird of the heavens, and fish of the sea, Passing through the paths of the seas! 9 Jehovah, our Lord, How honourable Thy name in all the earth!
Thanksgiving for God's Justice
9 1 I confess, O Jehovah, with all my heart, I recount all Thy wonders, 2 I rejoice and exult in Thee, I praise Thy Name, O Most High. 3 In mine enemies turning backward, they stumble and perish from Thy face. 4 For Thou hast done my judgment and my right. Thou hast sat on a throne, A judge of righteousness. 5 Thou hast rebuked nations, Thou hast destroyed the wicked, Their name Thou hast blotted out to the age and for ever. 6 O thou Enemy, Finished have been destructions for ever, As to cities thou hast plucked up, Perished hath their memorial with them. 7 And Jehovah to the age abideth, He is preparing for judgment His throne. 8 And He judgeth the world in righteousness, He judgeth the peoples in uprightness. 9 And Jehovah is a tower for the bruised, A tower for times of adversity. 10 They trust in Thee who do know Thy name, For Thou hast not forsaken Those seeking Thee, O Jehovah.
11 Sing ye praise to Jehovah, inhabiting Zion, Declare ye among the peoples His acts, 12 For He who is seeking for blood Them hath remembered, He hath not forgotten the cry of the afflicted. 13 Favour me, O Jehovah, See mine affliction by those hating me, Thou who liftest me up from the gates of death, 14 So that I recount all Thy praise, In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I rejoice on Thy salvation. 15 Sunk have nations in a pit they made, In a net that they hid hath their foot been captured. 16 Jehovah hath been known, Judgment He hath done, By a work of his hands Hath the wicked been snared. Meditation. Selah. 17 The wicked do turn back to Sheol, All nations forgetting God. 18 For not for ever is the needy forgotten, The hope of the humble lost to the age. 19 Rise, O Jehovah, let not man be strong, Let nations be judged before Thy face. 20 Appoint, O Jehovah, a director to them, Let nations know they 'are' men! Selah.
A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked
10 1 Why, Jehovah, dost Thou stand at a distance? Thou dost hide in times of adversity, 2 Through the pride of the wicked, Is the poor inflamed, They are caught in devices that they devised. 3 Because the wicked hath boasted Of the desire of his soul, And a dishonest gainer he hath blessed, He hath despised Jehovah. 4 The wicked according to the height of his face, inquireth not. 'God is not!' 'are' all his devices. 5 Pain do his ways at all times, On high 'are' Thy judgments before him, All his adversaries—he puffeth at them. 6 He hath said in his heart, 'I am not moved,' To generation and generation not in evil. 7 Of oaths his mouth is full, And deceits, and fraud: Under his tongue 'is' perverseness and iniquity, 8 He doth sit in an ambush of the villages, In secret places he doth slay the innocent. His eyes for the afflicted watch secretly, 9 He lieth in wait in a secret place, as a lion in a covert. He lieth in wait to catch the poor, He catcheth the poor, drawing him into his net. 10 He is bruised—he boweth down, Fallen by his mighty ones hath the afflicted. 11 He said in his heart, 'God hath forgotten, He hath hid His face, He hath never seen.'
12 Arise, O Jehovah! O God, lift up Thy hand! Forget not the humble. 13 Wherefore hath the wicked despised God? He hath said in his heart, 'It is not required.' 14 Thou hast seen, For Thou perverseness and anger beholdest; By giving into Thy hand, On Thee doth the afflicted leave 'it', Of the fatherless Thou hast been an helper. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil, Seek out his wickedness, find none; 16 Jehovah 'is' king to the age, and for ever, The nations have perished out of His land! 17 The desire of the humble Thou hast heard, O Jehovah. Thou preparest their heart; Thou causest Thine ear to attend, 18 To judge the fatherless and bruised: He addeth no more to oppress—man of the earth!
The Folly and Wickedness of Men
14 1 To the Overseer.—By David. A fool hath said in his heart, 'God is not;' They have done corruptly, They have done abominable actions, There is not a doer of good. 2 Jehovah from the heavens Hath looked on the sons of men, To see if there is a wise one—seeking God. 3 The whole have turned aside, Together they have been filthy: There is not a doer of good, not even one.
4 Have all working iniquity not known? Those consuming my people have eaten bread, Jehovah they have not called. 5 There they have feared a fear, For God 'is' in the generation of the righteous. 6 The counsel of the poor ye cause to stink, Because Jehovah 'is' his refuge. 7 'Who doth give from Zion the salvation of Israel? When Jehovah doth turn back 'To' a captivity of His people, Jacob doth rejoice—Israel is glad!
A Goodly Heritage
16 1 A Secret Treasure of David. Preserve me, O God, for I did trust in Thee. 2 Thou hast said to Jehovah, 'My Lord Thou 'art';' My good 'is' not for thine own sake; 3 For the holy ones who 'are' in the land, And the honourable, all my delight 'is' in them. 4 Multiplied are their griefs, 'Who' have hastened backward; I pour not out their libations of blood, Nor do I take up their names on my lips. 5 Jehovah 'is' the portion of my share, and of my cup, Thou—Thou dost uphold my lot. 6 Lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, Yea, a beauteous inheritance 'is' for me. 7 I bless Jehovah who hath counselled me; Also 'in' the nights my reins instruct me.
8 I did place Jehovah before me continually, Because—at my right hand I am not moved. 9 Therefore hath my heart been glad, And my honour doth rejoice, Also my flesh dwelleth confidently: 10 For Thou dost not leave my soul to Sheol, Nor givest thy saintly one to see corruption. 11 Thou causest me to know the path of life; Fulness of joys 'is' with Thy presence, Pleasant things by Thy right hand for ever!
The Works and Word of God
19 1 The heavens 'are' recounting the honour of God, And the work of His hands The expanse 'is' declaring. 2 Day to day uttereth speech, And night to night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech, and there are no words. Their voice hath not been heard. 4 Into all the earth hath their line gone forth, And to the end of the world their sayings, For the sun He placed a tent in them, 5 And he, as a bridegroom, goeth out from his covering, He rejoiceth as a mighty one To run the path. 6 From the end of the heavens 'is' his going out, And his revolution 'is' unto their ends, And nothing is hid from his heat.
7 The law of Jehovah 'is' perfect, refreshing the soul, The testimonies of Jehovah 'are' stedfast, Making wise the simple, 8 The precepts of Jehovah 'are' upright, Rejoicing the heart, The command of Jehovah 'is' pure, enlightening the eyes, 9 The fear of Jehovah 'is' clean, standing to the age, The judgments of Jehovah 'are' true, They have been righteous—together. 10 They are more desirable than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; and sweeter than honey, Even liquid honey of the comb. 11 Also—Thy servant is warned by them, 'In keeping them 'is' a great reward.' 12 Errors! who doth understand? From hidden ones declare me innocent, 13 Also—from presumptuous ones keep back Thy servant, Let them not rule over me, Then am I perfect, And declared innocent of much transgression, 14 Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer!
Praise for Deliverance from the Enemy
21 1 Jehovah, in Thy strength is the king joyful, In Thy salvation how greatly he rejoiceth. 2 The desire of his heart Thou gavest to him, And the request of his lips Thou hast not withheld. Selah. 3 For Thou puttest before him blessings of goodness, Thou settest on his head a crown of fine gold. 4 Life he hath asked from Thee, Thou hast given to him—length of days, Age-during—and for ever. 5 Great 'is' his honour in Thy salvation, Honour and majesty Thou placest on him. 6 For Thou makest him blessings for ever, Thou dost cause him to rejoice with joy, By Thy countenance.
7 For the king is trusting in Jehovah, And in the kindness of the Most High He is not moved. 8 Thy hand cometh to all Thine enemies, Thy right hand doth find Thy haters. 9 Thou makest them as a furnace of fire, At the time of Thy presence. Jehovah in His anger doth swallow them, And fire doth devour them. 10 Their fruit from earth Thou destroyest, And their seed from the sons of men. 11 For they stretched out against Thee evil, They devised a wicked device, they prevail not, 12 For Thou makest them a butt, When Thy strings Thou preparest against their faces. 13 Be Thou exalted, O Jehovah in, Thy strength, We sing and we praise Thy might!