1I call out to the LORD when I'm in trouble, and he answers me.2Lord, save me from people whose lips tell lies. Save me from people whose tongues don't tell the truth.3What will the LORD do to you, you lying tongue? And what more will he do?4He will punish you with the sharp arrows of a soldier. He will punish you with burning wood from a desert tree.5How terrible it is for me to live in the tents of the people of Meshech! How terrible to live in the tents of the people of Kedar!6I have lived too long among those who hate peace.7I want peace. But when I speak, they want war.
1I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from?2My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.3He won't let your foot slip. He who watches over you won't get tired.4In fact, he who watches over Israel won't get tired or go to sleep.5The LORD watches over you. The LORD is like a shade tree at your right hand.6The sun won't harm you during the day. The moon won't harm you during the night.7The LORD will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life.8The LORD will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever.
1I was very glad when they said to me, "Let us go up to the house of the Lord."2Jerusalem, our feet are standing inside your gates.3Jerusalem is built like a city where everything is close together.4The tribes of the LORD go there to praise his name. They do it in keeping with the law he gave to Israel.5The thrones of the family line of David are there. That's where the people are judged.6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Say, "May those who love you be secure.7May there be peace inside your walls. May your people be kept safe."8I'm concerned for my family and friends. So I say to Jerusalem, "May you enjoy peace."9I'm concerned about the house of the LORD our God. So I pray that things will go well with Jerusalem.
1I look up and pray to you. Your throne is in heaven.2Slaves depend on their masters. Maids depend on the women they work for. In the same way, we depend on the LORD our God. We wait for him to show us his favor.3Lord, show us your favor. Show us your favor, because people have made so much fun of us.4We have had to put up with a lot from those who are proud. They were always laughing at us.
1Here is what Israel should say. Suppose the LORD had not been on our side.2Suppose the LORD had not been on our side when our enemies attacked us.3Suppose he had not been on our side when their anger blazed out against us. Then they would have swallowed us alive.4They would have been like a flood that drowned us. They would have swept over us like a rushing river.5They would have washed us away like a swollen stream.6Give praise to the Lord. He has not let our enemies chew us up.7We have escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap has been broken, and we have escaped.8Our help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.
1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion. They will always be secure. They will last forever.2Like the mountains around Jerusalem, the LORD is all around his people both now and forever.3Evil people will not always rule the land the LORD gave to those who do right. If they did, those who do right might do what is evil.4Lord, do good to those who are good. Do good to those whose hearts are honest.5But what about those who have taken paths that are crooked? The LORD will drive them out, along with those who do what is evil. May Israel enjoy peace.
1Our enemies took us away from Zion. But when the LORD brought us home, it seemed like a dream to us.2Our mouths were filled with laughter. Our tongues sang with joy. Then the people of other nations said, "The LORD has done great things for them."3The LORD has done great things for us. And we are filled with joy.4Lord, bless us with great success again, as rain makes streams flow in the Negev Desert.5Those who cry as they plant their crops will sing with joy when they gather them in.6Those who go out sobbing as they carry seeds to plant will come back singing with joy. They will bring the new crop back with them.
1If the LORD doesn't build a house, the work of its builders is useless. If the LORD doesn't watch over a city, it's useless for those on guard duty to stand watch over it.2It's useless for you to work from early morning until late at night just to get food to eat. God provides for those he loves even while they sleep.3Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from him.4Children who are born to people when they are young are like arrows in the hands of a soldier.5Blessed are those who have many children. They won't be put to shame when they go up against their enemies in court.
1Blessed are all those who have respect for the Lord. They live as he wants them to live.2Your work will give you what you need. Blessings and good things will come to you.3As a vine bears a lot of fruit, so your wife will have many children by you. They will sit around your table like young olive trees.4Only a man who has respect for the LORD will be blessed like that.5May the LORD bless you from Zion. May you enjoy the good things that come to Jerusalem all the days of your life.6May you live to see your grandchildren. May Israel enjoy peace.
1Here is what Israel should say. Many times my enemies have beaten me down ever since I was a young nation.2Many times my enemies have beaten me down ever since I was a young nation, but they haven't won the battle.3They have made deep wounds in my back. It looks like a field a farmer has plowed.4The LORD does what is right. Sinners had tied me up with ropes. But the LORD has set me free.5May all those who hate Zion be driven back in shame.6May they be like grass that grows on the roof of a house. It dries up before it can grow.7There isn't enough of it to fill a person's hand. There isn't enough to tie up and carry away.8May no one who passes by say to those who hate Zion, "May the blessing of the LORD be on you. We bless you in the name of the Lord."
1Lord, I cry out to you because I'm suffering so deeply.2Lord, listen to me. Pay attention to my cry for your favor.3Lord, suppose you kept a record of sins. Lord, who then wouldn't be found guilty?4But you forgive. So people have respect for you.5With all my heart I wait for the LORD to help me. I put my hope in his word.6I wait for the Lord to help me. I wait with more longing than those on guard duty wait for the morning. I'll say it again. I wait with more longing than those on guard duty wait for the morning.7Israel, put your hope in the Lord, because the LORD's love never fails. He sets his people completely free.8He himself will set Israel free from all of their sins.
1Lord, my heart isn't proud. My eyes aren't proud either. I don't concern myself with important matters. I don't concern myself with things that are too wonderful for me.2I have made myself calm and content like a young child in its mother's arms. Deep down inside me, I am as content as a young child.3Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forever.
1Lord, remember David and all of the hard times he went through.2Lord, he took an oath. Mighty One of Jacob, he made a promise to you.3He said, "I won't enter my house or go to bed.4I won't let my eyes sleep. I won't close my eyelids5until I find a place for the Lord. I want to build a house for the Mighty One of Jacob."6Here are the words we heard in Ephrathah. We heard them again in the fields of Kiriath Jearim.7"Let us go to the LORD's house. Let us worship at his feet.8Lord, rise up and come to your resting place. Come in together with the ark. It's the sign of your power.9May your priests put on godliness as if it were their clothes. May your faithful people sing with joy."10In honor of your servant David, don't turn your back on your anointed king.11The LORD took an oath and made a promise to David. It is a firm promise that he will never break. He said, "After you die, I will place one of your own sons on your throne.12If your sons keep my covenant and the laws I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever."13The LORD has chosen Zion. That's the place where he wants to live.14He has said, "This will be my resting place for ever and ever. Here I will sit on my throne, because that's what I want.15I will greatly bless Zion with everything it needs. I will give plenty of food to the poor people living there.16I will put salvation on its priests as if it were their clothes. God's faithful people will always sing with joy.17"Here in Jerusalem I will raise up a mighty king from the family of David. I will set up the lamp of David's kingdom for my anointed king. Its flame will burn brightly forever.18I will put shame on his enemies as if it were their clothes. But the royal crown he wears will shine with glory."