1 Lord, rescue me from evil people; protect me from cruel people 2 who make evil plans, who always start fights. 3 They make their tongues sharp as a snake's; their words are like snake poison.Selah 4 Lord, guard me from the power of wicked people; protect me from cruel people who plan to trip me up. 5 The proud hid a trap for me. They spread out a net beside the road; they set traps for me.Selah 6 I said to the Lord, "You are my God." Lord, listen to my prayer for help. 7 Lord God, my mighty savior, you protect me in battle. 8 Lord, do not give the wicked what they want. Don't let their plans succeed, or they will become proud.Selah 9 Those around me have planned trouble. Now let it come to them. 10 Let burning coals fall on them. Throw them into the fire or into pits from which they cannot escape. 11 Don't let liars settle in the land. Let evil quickly hunt down cruel people. 12 I know the Lord will get justice for the poor and will defend the needy in court. 13 Good people will praise his name; honest people will live in his presence. A psalm of David.
1 Lord, I call to you. Come quickly. Listen to me when I call to you. 2 Let my prayer be like incense placed before you, and my praise like the evening sacrifice. 3 Lord, help me control my tongue; help me be careful about what I say. 4 Take away my desire to do evil or to join others in doing wrong. Don't let me eat tasty food with those who do evil. 5 If a good person punished me, that would be kind. If he corrected me, that would be like perfumed oil on my head. I shouldn't refuse it. But I pray against those who do evil. 6 Let their leaders be thrown down the cliffs. Then people will know that I have spoken correctly: 7 "The ground is plowed and broken up. In the same way, our bones have been scattered at the grave." 8 God, I look to you for help. I trust in you, Lord. Don't let me die. 9 Protect me from the traps they set for me and from the net that evil people have spread. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, but let me pass by safely. A maskil of David when he was in the cave. A prayer.
1 I cry out to the Lord; I pray to the Lord for mercy. 2 I pour out my problems to him; I tell him my troubles. 3 When I am afraid, you, Lord, know the way out. In the path where I walk, a trap is hidden for me. 4 Look around me and see. No one cares about me. I have no place of safety; no one cares if I live. 5 Lord, I cry out to you. I say, "You are my protection. You are all I want in this life." 6 Listen to my cry, because I am helpless. Save me from those who are chasing me, because they are too strong for me. 7 Free me from my prison, and then I will praise your name. Then good people will surround me, because you have taken care of me. A psalm of David.
1 Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for mercy. Answer me because you are loyal and good. 2 Don't judge me, your servant, because no one alive is right before you. 3 My enemies are chasing me; they crushed me to the ground. They made me live in darkness like those long dead. 4 I am afraid; my courage is gone. 5 I remember what happened long ago; I consider everything you have done. I think about all you have made. 6 I lift my hands to you in prayer. As a dry land needs rain, I thirst for you. Selah 7 Lord, answer me quickly, because I am getting weak. Don't turn away from me, or I will be like those who are dead. 8 Tell me in the morning about your love, because I trust you. Show me what I should do, because my prayers go up to you. 9 Lord, save me from my enemies; I hide in you. 10 Teach me to do what you want, because you are my God. lead me on level ground. 11 Lord, let me live so people will praise you. In your goodness save me from my troubles. 12 In your love defeat my enemies. Destroy all those who trouble me, because I am your servant. Of David.
1 Praise the Lord, my Rock, who trains me for war, who trains me for battle. 2 He protects me like a strong, walled city, and he loves me. He is my defender and my Savior, my shield and my protection. He helps me keep my people under control. 3 Lord, why are people important to you? Why do you even think about human beings? 4 People are like a breath; their lives are like passing shadows. 5 Lord, tear open the sky and come down. Touch the mountains so they will smoke. 6 Send the lightning and scatter my enemies. Shoot your arrows and force them away. 7 Reach down from above. Save me and rescue me out of this sea of enemies, from these foreigners. 8 They are liars; they are dishonest. 9 God, I will sing a new song to you; I will play to you on the ten-stringed harp. 10 You give victory to kings. You save your servant David from cruel swords. 11 Save me, rescue me from these foreigners. They are liars; they are dishonest. 12 Let our sons in their youth grow like plants. Let our daughters be like the decorated stones in the Temple. 13 Let our barns be filled with crops of all kinds. Let our sheep in the fields have thousands and tens of thousands of lambs. 14 Let our cattle be strong. Let no one break in. Let there be no war, no screams in our streets. 15 Happy are those who are like this; happy are the people whose God is the Lord. A psalm of praise. Of David.
1 I praise your greatness, my God the King; I will praise you forever and ever. 2 I will praise you every day; I will praise you forever and ever. 3 The Lord is great and worthy of our praise; no one can understand how great he is. 4 Parents will tell their children what you have done. They will retell your mighty acts, 5 wonderful majesty, and glory. And I will think about your miracles. 6 They will tell about the amazing things you do, and I will tell how great you are. 7 They will remember your great goodness and will sing about your fairness. 8 The Lord is kind and shows mercy. He does not become angry quickly but is full of love. 9 The Lord is good to everyone; he is merciful to all he has made. 10 Lord, everything you have made will praise you; those who belong to you will bless you. 11 They will tell about the glory of your kingdom and will speak about your power. 12 Then everyone will know the mighty things you do and the glory and majesty of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom will go on and on, and you will rule forever. The Lord will keep all his promises; he is loyal to all he has made. 14 The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble. 15 All living things look to you for food, and you give it to them at the right time. 16 You open your hand, and you satisfy all living things. 17 Everything the Lord does is right. He is loyal to all he has made. 18 The Lord is close to everyone who prays to him, to all who truly pray to him. 19 He gives those who respect him what they want. He listens when they cry, and he saves them. 20 The Lord protects everyone who loves him, but he will destroy the wicked. 21 I will praise the Lord. Let everyone praise his holy name forever.