The LORD Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.
Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
1 O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and
2 Or he will tear my soul like a lion,
Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this,
If there is injustice in my hands,
4 If I have rewarded evil to my friend,
Or have plundered him who without cause
was my adversary,
5 Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it;
And let him trample my life down to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger;
Lift up Yourself against the rage of my
And arouse Yourself for me; You have
7 Let the assembly of the peoples encompass
And over them return on high.
8 The LORD judges the peoples;
Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my
righteousness and my integrity that
is in me.
9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an
end, but establish the righteous;
For the righteous God tries the hearts and
10 My shield is with God,
Who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
And a God who has indignation every day.
12 If a man does not repent, He will
sharpen His sword;
He has bent His bow and made it ready.
13 He has also prepared for Himself deadly
He makes His arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, he travails with wickedness,
And he conceives mischief and brings
15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
16 His mischief will return upon his own head,
And his violence will descend upon his own pate.
17 I will give thanks to the LORD according
to His righteousness
And will sing praise to the name of the LORD
The LORD'S Glory and Man's Dignity.
For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David.
1 O LORD, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above
2 From the mouth of infants and nursing
babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of
The moon and the stars, which You have
4 What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
5 Yet You have made him a little lower than
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
6 You make him to rule over the works of
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the heavens and the fish
of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
A Psalm of Thanksgiving for God's Justice.
For the choir director; on Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all
I will tell of all Your wonders.
2 I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turn back,
They stumble and perish before You.
4 For You have maintained my just cause;
You have sat on the throne judging
5 You have rebuked the nations, You have
destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever
6 The enemy has come to an end in perpetual
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very memory of them has perished.
7 But the LORD abides forever;
He has established His throne for judgment,
8 And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with
9 The LORD also will be a stronghold for the
A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And those who know Your name will put
their trust in You,
For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those
who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in
Declare among the peoples His deeds.
12 For He who requires blood remembers
He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, O LORD;
See my affliction from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 That I may tell of all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in Your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk down in the pit
which they have made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot
has been caught.
16 The LORD has made Himself known;
He has executed judgment.
In the work of his own hands the wicked
is snared. Higgaion Selah.
17 The wicked will return to Sheol,
Even all the nations who forget God.
18 For the needy will not always be forgotten,
Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.
19 Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged before You.
20 Put them in fear, O LORD;
Let the nations know that they are but men.
A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.
1 Why do You stand afar off, O LORD?
Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?
2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;
Let them be caught in the plots which they
3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire,
And the greedy man curses and spurns
4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his
countenance, does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are, "There is no God."
5 His ways prosper at all times;
Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
6 He says to himself, "I will not be moved;
Throughout all generations I will not be in
7 His mouth is full of curses and deceit and
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.
9 He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
He lurks to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him
into his net.
10 He crouches, he bows down,
And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.
11 He says to himself, "God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it."
12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
13 Why has the wicked spurned God?
He has said to himself, "You will not require it."
14 You have seen it, for You have beheld
mischief and vexation to take it into Your
The unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 The LORD is King forever and ever;
Nations have perished from His land.
17 O LORD, You have heard the desire of the
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline
18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer
The LORD a Refuge and Defense.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
1 In the LORD I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul,
"Flee as a bird to your mountain;
2 For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?"
4 The LORD is in His holy temple; the
LORD'S throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons
5 The LORD tests the righteous and
And the one who loves violence His
6 Upon the wicked He will rain snares;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind
will be the portion of their cup.
7 For the LORD is righteous, He loves
The upright will behold His face.
God, a Helper against the Treacherous.
For the choir director; upon an eight-stringed lyre.
A Psalm of David.
1 Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases
For the faithful disappear from among
the sons of men.
2 They speak falsehood to one another;
With flattering lips and with a double heart
3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
The tongue that speaks great things;
4 Who have said, "With our tongue we
Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"
5 "Because of the devastation of the
afflicted, because of the groaning of
Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set
him in the safety for which he longs."
6 The words of the LORD are pure words;
As silver tried in a furnace on the earth,
refined seven times.
7 You, O LORD, will keep them;
You will preserve him from this generation
8 The wicked strut about on every side
When vileness is exalted among the sons