The Blessedness of Forgiveness
321 By David.—An Instruction. O the happiness of him whose transgression 'is' forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 O the happiness of a man, To whom Jehovah imputeth not iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I have kept silence, become old have my bones, Through my roaring all the day. 4 When by day and by night Thy hand is heavy upon me, My moisture hath been changed Into the droughts of summer. Selah. 5 My sin I cause Thee to know, And mine iniquity I have not covered. I have said, 'I confess concerning My transgressions to Jehovah,' And Thou—Thou hast taken away, The iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6 For this doth every saintly one pray to Thee, As the time to find. Surely at an overflowing of many waters, Unto him they come not.
7 Thou 'art' a hiding-place for me, From distress Thou dost keep me, 'With' songs of deliverance dost compass me. Selah. 8 I cause thee to act wisely, And direct thee in the way that thou goest, I cause mine eye to take counsel concerning thee. 9 Be ye not as a horse—as a mule, Without understanding, With bridle and bit, its ornaments, to curb, Not to come near unto thee. 10 Many 'are' the pains of the wicked; As to him who is trusting in Jehovah, Kindness doth compass him. 11 Be glad in Jehovah, and rejoice, ye righteous, And sing, all ye upright of heart!
Praise to the Creator and Preserver
331 Sing, ye righteous, in Jehovah, For upright ones praise 'is' comely. 2 Give ye thanks to Jehovah with a harp, With psaltery of ten strings sing praise to Him, 3 Sing ye to Him a new song, Play skilfully with shouting. 4 For upright 'is' the word of Jehovah, And all His work 'is' in faithfulness. 5 Loving righteousness and judgment, Of the kindness of Jehovah is the earth full. 6 By the word of Jehovah The heavens have been made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. 7 Gathering as a heap the waters of the sea, Putting in treasuries the depths. 8 Afraid of Jehovah are all the earth, Of Him are all the inhabitants of the world afraid. 9 For He hath said, and it is, He hath commanded, and it standeth. 10 Jehovah made void the counsel of nations, He disallowed the thoughts of the peoples. 11 The counsel of Jehovah to the age standeth, The thoughts of His heart to all generations.
12 O the happiness of the nation whose God 'is' Jehovah, Of the people He did choose, For an inheritance to Him. 13 From the heavens hath Jehovah looked, He hath seen all the sons of men. 14 From the fixed place of His dwelling, He looked unto all inhabitants of the earth; 15 Who is forming their hearts together, Who is attending unto all their works. 16 The king is not saved by the multitude of a force. A mighty man is not delivered, By abundance of power. 17 A false thing 'is' the horse for safety, And by the abundance of his strength He doth not deliver. 18 Lo, the eye of Jehovah 'is' to those fearing Him, To those waiting for His kindness, 19 To deliver from death their soul, And to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul hath waited for Jehovah, Our help and our shield 'is' He, 21 For in Him doth our heart rejoice, For in His holy name we have trusted. 22 Let Thy kindness, O Jehovah, be upon us, As we have waited for Thee!
Praise for Deliverance from Troubles
341 By David, in his changing his behaviour before Abimelech, and he driveth him away, and he goeth. I do bless Jehovah at all times, Continually His praise 'is' in my mouth. 2 In Jehovah doth my soul boast herself, Hear do the humble and rejoice. 3 Ascribe ye greatness to Jehovah with me, And we exalt His name together. 4 I sought Jehovah, and He answered me, And from all my fears did deliver me. 5 They looked expectingly unto Him, And they became bright, And their faces are not ashamed. 6 This poor 'one' called, and Jehovah heard, And from all his distresses saved him. 7 A messenger of Jehovah is encamping, Round about those who fear Him, And He armeth them. 8 Taste ye and see that Jehovah 'is' good, O the happiness of the man who trusteth in Him. 9 Fear Jehovah, ye His holy ones, For there is no lack to those fearing Him. 10 Young lions have lacked and been hungry, And those seeking Jehovah lack not any good,
11 Come ye, children, hearken to me, The fear of Jehovah I do teach you. 12 Who 'is' the man that is desiring life? Loving days to see good? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking deceit. 14 Turn aside from evil and do good, Seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of Jehovah 'are' unto the righteous, And His ears unto their cry. 16 (The face of Jehovah 'is' on doers of evil, To cut off from earth their memorial.) 17 They cried, and Jehovah heard, And from all their distresses delivered them. 18 Near 'is' Jehovah to the broken of heart, And the bruised of spirit He saveth. 19 Many 'are' the evils of the righteous, Out of them all doth Jehovah deliver him. 20 He is keeping all his bones, One of them hath not been broken. 21 Evil doth put to death the wicked, And those hating the righteous are desolate. 22 Jehovah redeemeth the soul of His servants, And none trusting in Him are desolate!
A Prayer for Rescue from Enemies
351 By David. Strive, Jehovah, with my strivers, fight with my fighters, 2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise for my help, 3 And draw out spear and lance, To meet my pursuers. Say to my soul, 'Thy salvation I 'am'.' 4 They are ashamed and blush, those seeking my soul, Turned backward and confounded, Those devising my evil. 5 They are as chaff before wind, And a messenger of Jehovah driving away. 6 Their way is darkness and slipperiness, And a messenger of Jehovah their pursuer. 7 For without cause they hid for me their netpit, Without cause they digged for my soul. 8 Meet him doth desolation—he knoweth not, And his net that he hid catcheth him, For desolation he falleth into it. 9 And my soul is joyful in Jehovah, It rejoiceth in His salvation. 10 All my bones say, 'Jehovah, who is like Thee, Delivering the poor from the stronger than he, And the poor and needy from his plunderer.'
11 Violent witnesses rise up, That which I have not known they ask me. 12 They pay me evil for good, bereaving my soul, 13 And I—in their sickness my clothing 'is' sackcloth, I have humbled with fastings my soul, And my prayer unto my bosom returneth. 14 As 'if' a friend, as 'if' my brother, I walked habitually, As a mourner for a mother, Mourning I have bowed down. 15 And—in my halting they have rejoiced, And have been gathered together, Gathered against me were the smiters, And I have not known, They have rent, and they have not ceased; 16 With profane ones, mockers in feasts, Gnashing against me their teeth.
17 Lord, how long dost thou behold? Keep back my soul from their desolations, From young lions my only one. 18 I thank Thee in a great assembly, Among a mighty people I praise Thee. 19 Mine enemies rejoice not over me 'with' falsehood, Those hating me without cause wink the eye. 20 For they speak not peace, And against the quiet of the land, Deceitful words they devise, 21 And they enlarge against me their mouth, They said, 'Aha, aha, our eye hath seen.' 22 Thou hast seen, O Jehovah, Be not silent, O Lord—be not far from me, 23 Stir up, and wake to my judgment, My God, and my Lord, to my plea. 24 Judge me according to Thy righteousness, O Jehovah my God, And they do not rejoice over me. 25 They do not say in their heart, 'Aha, our desire.' They do not say, 'We swallowed him up.' 26 They are ashamed and confounded together, Who are rejoicing at my evil. They put on shame and confusion, Who are magnifying themselves against me. 27 They sing and rejoice, who are desiring my righteousness, And they say continually, 'Jehovah is magnified, Who is desiring the peace of His servant.' 28 And my tongue uttereth Thy righteousness, All the day Thy praise!