1God, give Your justice to the king and Your righteousness to the king's son. 2He will judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted ones with justice. 3May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, and the hills, righteousness. 4May he vindicate the afflicted among the people, help the poor, and crush the oppressor. 5May he continue while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6May he be like rain that falls on the cut grass, like spring showers that water the earth. 7May the righteous flourish in his days, and prosperity abound until the moon is no more. 8And may he rule from sea to sea and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth. 9May desert tribes kneel before him and his enemies lick the dust. 10May the kings of Tarshish and the coasts and islands bring tribute, the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. 11And let all kings bow down to him, all nations serve him. 12For he will rescue the poor who cry out and the afflicted who have no helper. 13He will have pity on the poor and helpless and save the lives of the poor. 14He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight. 15May 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. 16May 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. 17May 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. 18May the Lord God, the God of Israel, be praised, who alone does wonders. 19May His glorious name be praised forever; the whole earth is filled with His glory. Amen and amen. 20The prayers of David son of Jesse are concluded. BOOK III (Psalms 73-89)
1God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart. 2But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray. 3For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well-fed. 5They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment. 7Their eyes bulge out from fatness; the imaginations of their hearts run wild. 8They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression. 9They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth. 10Therefore His people turn to them and drink in their overflowing waters. 11They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High know everything?" 12Look at them-the wicked! They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth. 13Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14For I am afflicted all day long, and punished every morning. 15If I had decided to say these things [aloud], I would have betrayed Your people. 16When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless 17until I entered God's sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18Indeed You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin. 19How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image. 21When I became embittered and my innermost being was wounded, 22I was a fool and didn't understand; I was an unthinking animal toward You. 23Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. 24You guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards You will take me up in glory. 25Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever. 27Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. 28But 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.
1I speak the truth in Christ-I am not lying; my conscience is testifying to me with the Holy Spirit-2that I have intense sorrow and continual anguish in my heart.3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from the Messiah for the benefit of my brothers, my countrymen by physical descent.4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises.5The forefathers are theirs, and from them, by physical descent, came the Messiah, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. 6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.7Neither are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants. On the contrary, in Isaac your seed will be called. 8That is, it is not the children by physical descent who are God's children, but the children of the promise are considered seed.9For this is the statement of the promise: At this time I will come, and Sarah will have a son. 10And not only that, but also when Rebekah became pregnant by Isaac our forefather11(for though they had not been born yet or done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to election might stand,12not from works but from the One who calls) she was told: The older will serve the younger. 13As it is written: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated. 14What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not!15For He tells Moses: I will show mercy to whom I show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.