Psalm 70; Psalm 71; Psalm 72; Psalm 73

1 God, deliver me. Hurry to help me, Lord! 2 Let those who seek my life be disgraced and confounded; let those who wish me harm be driven back and humiliated. 3 Let those who say, "Aha, aha!" retreat because of their shame. 4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love Your salvation continually say, "God is great!" 5 I am afflicted and needy; hurry to me, God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.
1 Lord, I seek refuge in You; never let me be disgraced. 2 In Your justice, rescue and deliver me; listen closely to me and save me. 3 Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress. 4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and oppressive. 5 For You are my hope, Lord God , my confidence from my youth. 6 I have leaned on You from birth; You took me from my mother's womb. My praise is always about You. 7 I have become an ominous sign to many, but You are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is full of praise and honor to You all day long. 9 Don't discard me in my old age: as my strength fails, do not abandon me. 10 For my enemies talk about me, and those who spy on me plot together, 11 saying, "God has abandoned him; chase him and catch him, for there is no one to rescue [him]." 12 God, do not be far from me; my God, hurry to help me. 13 May my adversaries be disgraced and confounded; may those who seek my harm be covered with disgrace and humiliation. 14 But I will hope continually and will praise You more and more. 15 My mouth will tell about Your righteousness and Your salvation all day long, though I cannot sum them up. 16 I come because of the mighty acts of the Lord God ; I will proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone. 17 God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. 18 Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me. Then I will proclaim Your power to [another] generation, Your strength to all who are to come. 19 Your righteousness reaches heaven, God, You who have done great things; God, who is like You? 20 You caused me to experience many troubles and misfortunes, but You will revive me again. You will bring me up again, even from the depths of the earth. 21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. 22 Therefore, with a lute I will praise You for Your faithfulness, my God; I will sing to You with a harp, Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You, because You have redeemed me. 24 Therefore, my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness all day long, for those who seek my harm will be disgraced and confounded.
1 God, give Your justice to the king and Your righteousness to the king's son. 2 He will judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted ones with justice. 3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, and the hills, righteousness. 4 May he vindicate the afflicted among the people, help the poor, and crush the oppressor. 5 May he continue while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 May he be like rain that falls on the cut grass, like spring showers that water the earth. 7 May the righteous flourish in his days, and prosperity abound until the moon is no more. 8 And may he rule from sea to sea and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth. 9 May desert tribes kneel before him and his enemies lick the dust. 10 May the kings of Tarshish and the coasts and islands bring tribute, the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. 11 And let all kings bow down to him, all nations serve him. 12 For he will rescue the poor who cry out and the afflicted who have no helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor and helpless and save the lives of the poor. 14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight. 15 May he live long! May gold from Sheba be given to him. May prayer be offered for him continually, and may he be blessed all day long. 16 May there be plenty of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains. May its crops be like Lebanon. May people flourish in the cities like the grass of the field. 17 May his name endure forever; as long as the sun shines, may his fame increase. May all nations be blessed by him and call him blessed. 18 May the Lord God, the God of Israel, be praised, who alone does wonders. 19 May His glorious name be praised forever; the whole earth is filled with His glory. Amen and amen. 20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are concluded. BOOK III (Psalms 73-89)
1 God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray. 3 For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well-fed. 5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment. 7 Their eyes bulge out from fatness; the imaginations of their hearts run wild. 8 They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression. 9 They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth. 10 Therefore His people turn to them and drink in their overflowing waters. 11 They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High know everything?" 12 Look at them-the wicked! They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth. 13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14 For I am afflicted all day long, and punished every morning. 15 If I had decided to say these things [aloud], I would have betrayed Your people. 16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless 17 until I entered God's sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18 Indeed You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin. 19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image. 21 When I became embittered and my innermost being was wounded, 22 I was a fool and didn't understand; I was an unthinking animal toward You. 23 Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards You will take me up in glory. 25 Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever. 27 Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. 28 But as for me, God's presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all You do.
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