Psalms 13-17 - Prayer for Help in Trouble; Folly and Wickedness of Men.

Psalm 13

Prayer for Help in Trouble.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.


1 How long, O LORD? Will You forget

me forever?

How long will You hide Your face from me?

2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,

Having sorrow in my heart all the day?

How long will my enemy be exalted over me?


3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;

Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep

of death,

4 And my enemy will say, "I have overcome him,"

And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.


5 But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;

My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

6 I will sing to the LORD,

Because He has dealt bountifully with me.


Psalm 14

Folly and Wickedness of Men.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.


1 The fool has said in his heart, "There is

no God."

They are corrupt, they have committed

abominable deeds;

There is no one who does good.

2 The LORD has looked down from heaven

upon the sons of men

To see if there are any who understand,

Who seek after God.

3 They have all turned aside, together they

have become corrupt;

There is no one who does good, not

even one.


4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know,

Who eat up my people as they eat bread,

And do not call upon the Lord?

5 There they are in great dread,

For God is with the righteous generation.

6 You would put to shame the counsel of

the afflicted,

But the LORD is his refuge.


7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come

out of Zion!

When the LORD restores His captive people,

Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.


Psalm 15

Description of a Citizen of Zion.

Psalm of David.


1 O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?

Who may dwell on Your holy hill?

2 He who walks with integrity, and works

righteousness,

And speaks truth in his heart.

3 He does not slander with his tongue,

Nor does evil to his neighbor,

Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,

But who honors those who fear the LORD;

He swears to his own hurt and does not

change;

5 He does not put out his money at interest,

Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things will never be shaken.


Psalm 16

The LORD the Psalmist's Portion in Life and Deliverer in Death.

Mikhtam of David.


1 Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge

in You.

2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord;

I have no good besides You."

3 As for the saints who are in the earth,

They are the majestic ones in whom is all

my delight.

4 The sorrows of those who have bartered

for another god will be multiplied;

I shall not pour out their drink offerings

of blood,

Nor will I take their names upon my lips.


5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance

and my cup;

You support my lot.

6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant

places;

Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled

me;

Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

8 I have set the LORD continually before me;

Because He is at my right hand, I will not

be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory

rejoices;

My flesh also will dwell securely.

10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo

decay.

11 You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.


Psalm 17

Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.

Prayer of David.


1 Hear a just cause, O LORD, give heed

to my cry;

Give ear to my prayer, which is not from

deceitful lips.

2 Let my judgment come forth from Your

presence;

Let Your eyes look with equity.

3 You have tried my heart;

You have visited me by night;

You have tested me and You find nothing;

I have purposed that my mouth will not

transgress.

4 As for the deeds of men, by the word of

Your lips

I have kept from the paths of the violent.

5 My steps have held fast to Your paths.

My feet have not slipped.


6 I have called upon You, for You will answer

me, O God;

Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.

7 Wondrously show Your lovingkindness,

O Savior of those who take refuge at Your

right hand

From those who rise up against them.

8 Keep me as the apple of the eye;

Hide me in the shadow of Your wings

9 From the wicked who despoil me,

My deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They have closed their unfeeling heart,

With their mouth they speak proudly.

11 They have now surrounded us in our

steps;

They set their eyes to cast us down to

the ground.

12 He is like a lion that is eager to tear,

And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.


13 Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him

low;

Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your

sword,

14 From men with Your hand, O LORD,

From men of the world, whose portion is

in this life,

And whose belly You fill with Your treasure;

They are satisfied with children,

And leave their abundance to their babes.

15 As for me, I shall behold Your face in

righteousness;

I will be satisfied with Your likeness when

I awake.

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