1I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.2I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.3My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.4For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.5You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.6Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.7The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.8He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.9The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.10Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.11Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.12For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.13LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,14that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation.15The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.16The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.17The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.18But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.19Arise, LORD, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.20Strike them with terror, LORD; let the nations know they are only mortal.
1Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?2In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.3He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.4In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.5His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.6He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”7His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.8He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims;9like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.10His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.11He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”12Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.13Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”?14But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.15Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.16The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.17You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,18defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
1In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.2For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.3When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”4The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.5The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.6On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.7For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
1Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.2Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.3May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—4those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”5“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”6And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.7You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,8who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.
1How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?3Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.5But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.6I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.
1The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.2The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.3All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.4Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD.5But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.6You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.7Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
1LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?2The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;3whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;4who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;5who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
1Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.2I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”3I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”4Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.5LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.6The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.7I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.8I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.9Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,10because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.11You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
1Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips.2Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.3Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.4Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.5My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.6I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.7Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings9from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.10They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.11They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.12They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.13Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.14By your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.15As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.