1I will thank the Lord with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works. 2I will rejoice and boast about You; I will sing about Your name, Most High. 3When my enemies retreat, they stumble and perish before You. 4For You have upheld my just cause; You are seated on Your throne as a righteous judge. 5You have rebuked the nations: You have destroyed the wicked; You have erased their name forever and ever. 6The enemy has come to eternal ruin; You have uprooted the cities, and the very memory of them has perished. 7But the Lord sits enthroned forever; He has established His throne for judgment. 8He judges the world with righteousness; He executes judgment on the peoples with fairness. 9The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Lord. 11Sing to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; proclaim His deeds among the peoples. 12For the One who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 13Be gracious to me, Lord; consider my affliction at the hands of those who hate me. Lift me up from the gates of death, 14so that I may declare all Your praises. I will rejoice in Your salvation within the gates of Daughter Zion. 15The nations have fallen into the pit they made; their foot is caught in the net they have concealed. 16The Lord has revealed Himself; He has executed justice, striking down the wicked by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah 17The wicked will return to Sheol- all the nations that forget God. 18For the oppressed will not always be forgotten; the hope of the afflicted will not perish forever. 19Rise up, Lord! Do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your presence. 20Put terror in them, Lord; let the nations know they are only men. Selah
1Lord, why do You stand so far away? Why do You hide in times of trouble? 2In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the schemes they have devised. 3For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings; the one who is greedy curses and despises the Lord. 4In all his scheming, the wicked arrogantly thinks: "There is no accountability, [since] God does not exist." 5His ways are always secure; Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight; he scoffs at all his adversaries. 6He says to himself, "I will never be moved- from generation to generation without calamity." 7Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth; trouble and malice are under his tongue. 8He waits in ambush near the villages; he kills the innocent in secret places; his eyes are on the lookout for the helpless. 9He lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket. He lurks in order to seize the afflicted. He seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net. 10He crouches and bends down; the helpless fall because of his strength. 11He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He hides His face and will never see." 12Rise up, Lord God! Lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted. 13Why has the wicked despised God? He says to himself, "You will not demand an account." 14But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands. The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless. 15Break the arm of the wicked and evil person; call his wickedness into account until nothing remains of it. 16The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations will perish from His land. 17Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully, 18doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed, so that men of the earth may terrify [them] no more.
1I have taken refuge in the Lord. How can you say to me, "Escape to the mountain like a bird! 2For look, the wicked string the bow; they put the arrow on the bowstring to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" 4The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; He examines everyone. 5The Lord examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of violence. 6He will rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked; a scorching wind will be their portion. 7For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds. The upright will see His face.
1Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race. 2They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts. 3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks boastfully. 4They say, "Through our tongues we have power; our lips are our own-who can be our master?" 5"Because of the oppression of the afflicted and the groaning of the poor, I will now rise up," says the Lord. "I will put in a safe place the one who longs for it." 6The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times. 7You, Lord, will guard us; You will protect us from this generation forever. 8The wicked wander everywhere, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.
1Lord, how long will You continually forget me? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me? 3Consider me and answer, Lord, my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death, 4my enemy will say, "I have triumphed over him," and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 5But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance. 6I will sing to the Lord because He has treated me generously.
1The fool says in his heart, "God does not exist." They are corrupt; their actions are revolting. There is no one who does good. 2The Lord looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God. 3All have turned away; all alike have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one. 4Will evildoers never understand? They consume my people as they consume bread; they do not call on the Lord. 5Then they will be filled with terror, for God is with those who are righteous. 6You [sinners] frustrate the plans of the afflicted, but the Lord is his refuge. 7Oh, that Israel's deliverance would come from Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.
1Lord, who can dwell in Your tent? Who can live on Your holy mountain? 2The one who lives honestly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges the truth in his heart- 3who does not slander with his tongue, who does not harm his friend or discredit his neighbor, 4who despises the one rejected by the Lord, but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his word whatever the cost, 5who does not lend his money at interest or take a bribe against the innocent- the one who does these things will never be moved.
1Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You. 2I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; I have no good besides You." 3As for the holy people who are in the land, they are the noble ones in whom is all my delight. 4The sorrows of those who take another [god] for themselves multiply; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips. 5Lord, You are my portion and my cup [of blessing]; You hold my future. 6The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7I will praise the Lord who counsels me- even at night my conscience instructs me. 8I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9Therefore my heart is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely. 10For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see the Pit. 11You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.