1Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.2You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?3Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.5Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
1We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago.2With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish.3It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.4You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob.5Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes.6I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory;7but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.8In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.9But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies.10You made us retreat before the enemy, and our adversaries have plundered us.11You gave us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us among the nations.12You sold your people for a pittance, gaining nothing from their sale.13You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us.14You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us.15I live in disgrace all day long, and my face is covered with shame16at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me, because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.17All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you; we had not been false to your covenant.18Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path.19But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals; you covered us over with deep darkness.20If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god,21would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?22Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.23Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.24Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression?25We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.26Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.
1My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.2You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.3Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.4In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.5Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.6Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.7You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.8All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.9Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.10Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house.11Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.12The city of Tyre will come with a gift,people of wealth will seek your favor.13All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.14In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her— those brought to be with her.15Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.16Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.17I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.
1Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,2both low and high, rich and poor alike:3My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.4I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:5Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me—6those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?7No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—8the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—9so that they should live on forever and not see decay.10For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.11Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.12People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.13This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.14They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.15But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.16Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;17for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.18Though while they live they count themselves blessed— and people praise you when you prosper—19they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life.20People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
1How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty!2My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.3Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.4Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.5Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.6As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.7They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.8Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob.9Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.10Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.11For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.12LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
1You, LORD, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.2You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.3You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.4Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.5Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?6Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?7Show us your unfailing love, LORD, and grant us your salvation.8I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.9Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.10Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.11Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.12The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.13Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
1He has founded his city on the holy mountain.2The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.3Glorious things are said of you, city of God:4“I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me— Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush — and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’ ”5Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.”6The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.”7As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.”