Psalms 34-36 - The LORD, a Provider and Deliverer; Prayer for Rescue from Enemies;

Psalm 34

The LORD, a Provider and Deliverer.

Psalm of David when he feigned madness

before Abimelech, who drove him away

and he departed.


1 I will bless the LORD at all times;

His praise shall continually be in

my mouth.

2 My soul will make its boast in the

LORD;

The humble will hear it and rejoice.

3 O magnify the LORD with me,

And let us exalt His name together.


4 I sought the LORD, and He answered me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

5 They looked to Him and were radiant,

And their faces will never be ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the LORD

heard him

And saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around

those who fear Him,

And rescues them.


8 O taste and see that the LORD is good;

How blessed is the man who takes refuge

in Him!

9 O fear the LORD, you His saints;

For to those who fear Him there is no want.

10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;

But they who seek the LORD shall not be in

want of any good thing.

11 Come, you children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 Who is the man who desires life

And loves length of days that he may see

good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil

And your lips from speaking deceit.

14 Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.


15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the

righteous

And His ears are open to their cry.

16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers,

To cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears

And delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted

And saves those who are crushed in spirit.


19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

20 He keeps all his bones,

Not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked,

And those who hate the righteous will be

condemned.

22 The LORD redeems the soul of His

servants,

And none of those who take refuge in Him

will be condemned.


Psalm 35

Prayer for Rescue from Enemies.

Psalm of David.


1 Contend, O LORD, with those who

contend with me;

Fight against those who fight against me.

2 Take hold of buckler and shield

And rise up for my help.

3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe

to meet those who pursue me;

Say to my soul, "I am your salvation."

4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored

who seek my life;

Let those be turned back and humiliated

who devise evil against me.

5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,

With the angel of the LORD driving them on.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery,

With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

7 For without cause they hid their net for me;

Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.

8 Let destruction come upon him unawares,

And let the net which he hid catch himself;

Into that very destruction let him fall.


9 And my soul shall rejoice in the LORD;

It shall exult in His salvation.

10 All my bones will say, "LORD, who is

like You,

Who delivers the afflicted from him who

is too strong for him,

And the afflicted and the needy from him

who robs him?"

11 Malicious witnesses rise up;

They ask me of things that I do not know.

12 They repay me evil for good,

To the bereavement of my soul.

13 But as for me, when they were sick, my

clothing was sackcloth;

I humbled my soul with fasting,

And my prayer kept returning to my bosom.

14 I went about as though it were my friend

or brother;

I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows

for a mother.

15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and

gathered themselves together;

The smiters whom I did not know gathered

together against me,

They slandered me without ceasing.

16 Like godless jesters at a feast,

They gnashed at me with their teeth.


17 Lord, how long will You look on?

Rescue my soul from their ravages,

My only life from the lions.

18 I will give You thanks in the great

congregation;

I will praise You among a mighty throng.

19 Do not let those who are wrongfully

my enemies rejoice over me;

Nor let those who hate me without cause

wink maliciously.

20 For they do not speak peace,

But they devise deceitful words against

those who are quiet in the land.

21 They opened their mouth wide

against me;

They said, "Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!"


22 You have seen it, O LORD, do not keep

silent;

O Lord, do not be far from me.

23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right

And to my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according

to Your righteousness,

And do not let them rejoice over me.

25 Do not let them say in their heart, "Aha,

our desire!"

Do not let them say, "We have swallowed

him up!"

26 Let those be ashamed and humiliated

altogether who rejoice at my distress;

Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor

who magnify themselves over me.


27 Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor

my vindication;

And let them say continually, "The LORD be

magnified,

Who delights in the prosperity of His servant."

28 And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness

And Your praise all day long.


Psalm 36

Wickedness of Men and Lovingkindness of God.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David

the servant of the LORD.


1 Transgression speaks to the ungodly

within his heart;

There is no fear of God before his eyes.

2 For it flatters him in his own eyes

Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and

the hatred of it.

3 The words of his mouth are wickedness

and deceit;

He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

4 He plans wickedness upon his bed;

He sets himself on a path that is not good;

He does not despise evil.


5 Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends

to the heavens,

Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

6 Your righteousness is like the mountains

of God;

Your judgments are like a great deep.

O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

7 How precious is Your lovingkindness,

O God!

And the children of men take refuge in

the shadow of Your wings.

8 They drink their fill of the abundance

of Your house;

And You give them to drink of the river

of Your delights.

9 For with You is the fountain of life;

In Your light we see light.


10 O continue Your lovingkindness to

those who know You,

And Your righteousness to the upright

in heart.

11 Let not the foot of pride come upon me,

And let not the hand of the wicked drive

me away.

12 There the doers of iniquity have fallen;

They have been thrust down and cannot rise.

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