Day 127 of 365 – May 7 - Chronological Bible

Psalm 42

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?


To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.


As a deer pants for flowing streams,

so pants my soul for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food

day and night,

while they say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”

These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I would go with the throng

and lead them in procession to the house of God

with glad shouts and songs of praise,

a multitude keeping festival.


Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God;

for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.


My soul is cast down within me;

therefore I remember you

from the land of Jordan

and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep

at the roar of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and your waves

have gone over me.


By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.


I say to God, my rock:

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning

because of the oppression

of the enemy?”

As with a deadly wound in my bones,

my adversaries taunt me,

while they say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”


Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God;

for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.


Psalm 53

There Is None Who Does Good


To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.


The fool says in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;

there is none who does good.


God looks down from heaven

on the children of man

to see if there are any who understand,

who seek after God.

They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt;

there is none who does good,

not even one.


Have those who work evil no knowledge,

who eat up my people as they eat bread,

and do not call upon God?

There they are, in great terror,

where there is no terror!

For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;

you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.


Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

When God restores the fortunes of his people,

Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.


Psalm 58

God Who Judges the Earth


To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David.


Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?

Do you judge the children of man uprightly?

No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;

your hands deal out violence on earth.


The wicked are estranged from the womb;

they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

They have venom like the venom of a serpent,

like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

so that it does not hear the voice of charmers

or of the cunning enchanter.


O God, break the teeth in their mouths;

tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!

Let them vanish like water that runs away;

when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.

Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime,

like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.


Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,

whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!

The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;

he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.

Mankind will say,

“Surely there is a reward for the righteous;

surely there is a God who judges on earth.”


Psalm 81

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me


To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.


Sing aloud to God our strength;

shout for joy to the God of Jacob!

Raise a song; sound the tambourine,

the sweet lyre with the harp.


Blow the trumpet at the new moon,

at the full moon, on our feast day.

For it is a statute for Israel,

a rule of the God of Jacob.

He made it a decree in Joseph

when he went out over the land of Egypt.


I hear a language I had not known:


“I relieved your shoulder of the burden;

your hands were freed from the basket.

In distress you called, and I delivered you;

I answered you in the secret place of thunder;

I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah

Hear, O my people, while I admonish you!

O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

There shall be no strange god among you;

you shall not bow down to a foreign god.

I am the Lord your God,

who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.


“But my people did not listen to my voice;

Israel would not submit to me.

So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,

to follow their own counsels.


Oh, that my people would listen to me,

that Israel would walk in my ways!

I would soon subdue their enemies

and turn my hand against their foes.

Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him,

and their fate would last forever.

But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat,

and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”


Psalm 101

I Will Walk with Integrity


A Psalm of David.


I will sing of steadfast love and justice;

to you, O Lord, I will make music.

I will ponder the way that is blameless.

Oh when will you come to me?


I will walk with integrity

of heart within my house;

I will not set before my eyes

anything that is worthless.


I hate the work of those who fall away;

it shall not cling to me.

A perverse heart shall be far from me;

I will know nothing of evil.


Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly

I will destroy.

Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart

I will not endure.


I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,

that they may dwell with me;

he who walks in the way that is blameless

shall minister to me.


No one who practices deceit

shall dwell in my house;

no one who utters lies

shall continue before my eyes.


Morning by morning I will destroy

all the wicked in the land,

cutting off all the evildoers

from the city of the Lord.



Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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