1God is truly good to Israel. He is good to those who have pure hearts.2But my feet had almost slipped. I had almost tripped and fallen.3I saw that proud and sinful people were doing well. And I began to long for what they had.4They don't have any troubles. Their bodies are healthy and strong.5They don't have the problems others have. They don't suffer as other people do.6Their pride is like a necklace. They put on meanness as if it were their clothes.7Many sins come out of their hard and stubborn hearts. There is no limit to their proud and evil thoughts.8They laugh at others and speak words of hatred. They are proud. They warn others about the harm they can do to them.9They brag as if they owned heaven itself. They talk as if they controlled the earth.10So people listen to them. They lap up their words like water.11They say, "How can God know what we're doing? Does the Most High God really know that much?"12Here is what sinful people are like. They don't have a care in the world. They keep getting richer and richer.13It seems as if I have kept my heart pure without any reason. It didn't do me any good to wash my hands to show that I wasn't guilty of doing anything wrong.14Day after day I've been in pain. God has punished me every morning.15What if I had said, "I will speak as evil people do"? Then I wouldn't have been faithful to God's children.16I tried to understand it all. But it was more than I could handle.17It troubled me until I entered God's temple. Then I understood what will happen to bad people in the end.18God, I'm sure you will make them slip and fall. You will throw them down and destroy them.19It will happen very suddenly. A terrible death will take them away completely.20A dream goes away when a person wakes up. Lord, it will be like that when you rise up. It will be as if those people were only a dream.21At one time my heart was sad and my spirit was bitter.22I didn't have any sense. I didn't know anything. I acted like a wild animal toward you.23But I am always with you. You hold me by my right hand.24You give me wise advice to guide me. And when I die, you will take me away into the glory of heaven.25I don't have anyone in heaven but you. I don't want anything on earth besides you.26My body and my heart may grow weak. God, you give strength to my heart. You are everything I will ever need.27Those who don't want anything to do with you will die. You destroy all those who aren't faithful to you.28But I am close to you. And that's good. LORD and King, I have made you my place of safety. I will talk about everything you have done.
1I cried out to God for help. I cried out to God to hear me.2When I was in trouble, I looked to the Lord. During the night I lifted up my hands in prayer. But I refused to be comforted.3God, I remembered you, and I groaned. I thought about you, and I became weak. "Selah"4You kept me from going to sleep. I was so troubled I couldn't speak.5I thought about days gone by. I thought about the years of long ago.6I remembered how I used to sing praise to you in the night. I thought about it, and here is what I asked myself.7"Will the Lord turn away from us forever? Won't he ever show us his kindness again?8Has his faithful love disappeared forever? Has his promise failed for all time?9Has God forgotten to show us his favor? Has he held back his tender love because he was angry?" "Selah"10Then I thought, "Here is what I will make my appeal to. For many years the Most High God showed how powerful his right hand is."11Lord, I will remember what you did. Yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.12I will spend time thinking about everything you have done. I will consider all of your mighty acts.13God, everything you do is holy. What god is so great as our God?14You are the God who does miracles. You show your power among the nations.15With your mighty arm you set your people free. You set the children of Jacob and Joseph free. "Selah"16God, the water of the Red Sea saw you. It saw you and boiled up. The deepest waters were stirred up.17The clouds poured down rain. The skies rumbled with thunder. Lightning flashed back and forth like arrows.18Your thunder was heard in the windstorm. Your lightning lit up the world. The earth trembled and shook.19Your path led through the Red Sea. You walked through the mighty waters. But your footprints were not seen.20You led your people like a flock. You led them by the hands of Moses and Aaron.
1My people, listen to my teaching. Pay attention to what I say.2I will open my mouth and tell stories. I will speak about things that were hidden. They happened a long time ago.3We have heard about them and we know them. Our people who lived before us have told us about them.4We won't hide them from our children. We will tell them to those who live after us. We will tell them about what the LORD has done that is worthy of praise. We will talk about his power and the wonderful things he has done.5He gave laws to the people of Jacob. He gave Israel their law. He commanded our people who lived before us to teach his laws to their children.6Then those born later would know his laws. Even their children yet to come would know them. And they in turn would tell their children.7Then they would put their trust in God. They would not forget what he had done. They would obey his commands.8They would not be like their people who lived before them. Those people were stubborn. They refused to obey God. Their hearts were not true to him. Their spirits were not faithful to him.9The soldiers of Ephraim were armed with bows. But they ran away on the day of battle.10They didn't keep the covenant God had made with them. They refused to live by his law.11They forgot what he had done. They didn't remember the wonders he had shown them.12He did miracles right in front of our people who lived long ago. At that time they were living in the land of Egypt, in the area of Zoan.13God parted the Red Sea and led them through it. He made the water stand up like a wall.14He guided them with the cloud during the day. He led them with the light of a fire all night long.15He broke the rocks open in the desert. He gave them as much water as there is in the oceans.16He brought streams out of a rocky cliff. He made water flow down like rivers.17But they continued to sin against him. In the desert they refused to obey the Most High God.18They were stubborn and put God to the test. They ordered him to give them the food they longed for.19They spoke against God. They said, "Can God put food on a table in the desert?20When he struck the rock, streams of water poured out. Huge amounts of water flowed down. But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat for his people?"21When the LORD heard what they said, he was very angry. His anger broke out like fire against the people of Jacob. He became very angry with Israel.22That was because they didn't believe in God. They didn't trust in his power to save them.23But he gave a command to the skies above. He opened the doors of the heavens.24He rained down manna for the people to eat. He gave them the grain of heaven.25Mere men ate the bread of angels. He sent them all of the food they could eat.26He made the east wind blow from the heavens. By his power he caused the south wind to blow.27He rained meat down on them like dust. He sent them birds like sand on the seashore.28He made the birds come down inside their camp. The birds fell all around their tents.29People ate until they had more than enough. He gave them what they had longed for.30But even before they had finished eating, God acted. He did it while the food was still in their mouths.31His anger rose up against them. He put to death the strongest among them. He struck down Israel's young men.32But even after all that, they kept on sinning. Even after they had seen the miracles he did, they still didn't believe.33So he brought their days to an end like a puff of smoke. He ended their years with terror.34Every time God killed some of them, the others would look to him. They gladly turned back to him again.35They remembered that God was their Rock. They remembered that God Most High had set them free.36But they didn't mean it when they praised him. They lied to him when they spoke.37Their hearts were not true to him. They weren't faithful to the covenant he had made with them.38But he was full of tender love. He forgave their sins and didn't destroy his people. Time after time he held back his anger. He didn't let all of his burning anger blaze out.39He remembered that they were only human. He remembered they were only a breath of air that drifts by and doesn't return.40How often they refused to obey him in the desert! How often they caused him sorrow in that dry and empty land!41Again and again they put God to the test. They made the Holy One of Israel sad and angry.42They didn't remember his power. They forgot the day he set them free from those who had beaten them down.43They forgot how he had shown them his miraculous signs in Egypt. They forgot his miracles in the area of Zoan.44He turned the rivers of Egypt into blood. The people of Egypt couldn't drink water from their streams.45He sent large numbers of flies that bit them. He sent frogs that destroyed their land.46He gave their crops to the grasshoppers. He gave their food to the locusts.47He destroyed their vines with hail. He destroyed their fig trees with sleet.48He killed their cattle with hail. Their livestock were struck by lightning.49He brought great trouble on Egypt by pouring out his blazing anger. In his hot anger he sent destroying angels against them.50God prepared a path for his anger. He didn't spare their lives. He gave them over to the plague.51He killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt. He struck down the oldest son in every house in the land of Ham.52But he brought his people out like a flock. He led them like sheep through the desert.53He guided them safely, and they weren't afraid. But the Red Sea swallowed up their enemies.54He brought his people to the border of his holy land. He led them to the central hill country he had taken by his power.55He drove the nations out to make room for his people. He gave to each family a piece of land to pass on to their children. He settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.56But they put God to the test. They refused to obey the Most High God. They didn't keep his laws.57Like their people who lived before them, they turned away from him and were not faithful. They were like a bow that doesn't shoot straight. They couldn't be trusted.58They made God angry by going to their high places. They made him jealous by worshiping the statues of their gods.59When God saw what the people were doing, he was very angry. He turned away from them completely.60He deserted the holy tent at Shiloh. He left the tent he had set up among his people.61He allowed the ark to be captured. Into the hands of his enemies he sent the ark where his glory rested.62He let his people be killed with swords. He was very angry with them.63Fire destroyed their young men. Their young women had no one to get married to.64Their priests were killed with swords. Their widows weren't able to cry.65Then the Lord woke up as if he had been sleeping. He was like a man waking up from the deep sleep caused by wine.66He drove his enemies back. He put them to shame that will last forever.67He turned his back on the tents of the people of Joseph. He didn't choose to live in the tribe of Ephraim.68Instead, he chose to live in the tribe of Judah. He chose Mount Zion, which he loved.69There he built his holy place as secure as the heavens. He built it to last forever, like the earth.70He chose his servant David. He took him from the sheep pens.71He brought him from tending sheep to be the shepherd of his people Jacob. He made him the shepherd of Israel, his special people.72David cared for them with a faithful and honest heart. With skilled hands he led them.