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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Psalm 19

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PSALM 19

The Works and the Word of God.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 The aheavens are telling of the glory of God;

And their bexpanse is declaring the work of His hands.

2 Day to aday pours forth speech,

And bnight to night reveals knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words;

Their voice is not heard.

4 Their 1aline has gone out through all the earth,

And their utterances to the end of the world.

In them He has bplaced a tent for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;

It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 Its arising is from 1one end of the heavens,

And its circuit to the 2other end of them;

And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 aThe law of the Lord is 1bperfect, crestoring the soul;

The testimony of the Lord is dsure, making ewise the simple.

8 The precepts of the Lord are aright, brejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the Lord is cpure, denlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;

The judgments of the Lord are atrue; they are brighteous altogether.

10 They are more desirable than agold, yes, than much fine gold;

bSweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover, by them aYour servant is warned;

In keeping them there is great breward.

12 Who can adiscern his errors? bAcquit me of chidden faults.

13 Also keep back Your servant afrom presumptuous sins;

Let them not brule over me;

Then I will be 1cblameless,

And I shall be acquitted of dgreat transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and athe meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight,

O Lord, bmy rock and my cRedeemer.

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Psalm 14–17

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PSALM 14

Folly and Wickedness of Men.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 The fool has asaid in his heart, “There is no God.”

They are corrupt, they have committed abominable 1deeds;

There is bno one who does good.

2 The Lord has alooked down from heaven upon the sons of men

To see if there are any who 1bunderstand,

Who cseek after God.

3 They have all aturned aside, together they have become corrupt;

There is bno one who does good, not even one.

4 Do all the workers of wickedness anot know,

Who beat up my people as they eat bread,

And cdo not call upon the Lord?

5 There they are in great dread,

For God is with the arighteous generation.

6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted,

But the Lord is his arefuge.

7 Oh, that athe salvation of Israel 1would come out of Zion!

When the Lord 2brestores His captive people,

Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.

PSALM 15

Description of a Citizen of Zion.

A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, who may 1abide ain Your tent?

Who may dwell on Your bholy hill?

2 He who awalks with integrity, and works righteousness,

And bspeaks truth in his heart.

3 He adoes not slander 1with his tongue,

Nor bdoes evil to his neighbor,

Nor ctakes up a reproach against his friend;

4 In 1whose eyes a reprobate is despised,

But 2who ahonors those who fear the Lord;

He bswears to his own hurt and does not change;

5 He adoes not put out his money 1at interest,

Nor bdoes he take a bribe against the innocent.

cHe who does these things will never be shaken.

PSALM 16

The Lord the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Deliverer in Death.

A Mikhtam of David.

1 aPreserve me, O God, for bI take refuge in You.

2 1I said to the Lord, “You are 2my Lord;

I ahave no good besides You.”

3 As for the 1asaints who are in the earth,

2They are the majestic ones bin whom is all my delight.

4 The 1asorrows of those who have 2bartered for another god will be multiplied;

I shall not pour out their drink offerings of bblood,

Nor will I ctake their names upon my lips.

5 The Lord is the aportion of my inheritance and my bcup;

You support my clot.

6 The alines have fallen to me in pleasant places;

Indeed, my heritage is bbeautiful to me.

7 I will bless the Lord who has acounseled me;

Indeed, my 1bmind instructs me in the night.

8 aI have bset the Lord continually before me;

Because He is cat my right hand, dI will not be shaken.

9 Therefore amy heart is glad and bmy glory rejoices;

My flesh also will cdwell securely.

10 For You awill not abandon my soul to 1Sheol;

Nor will You 2ballow Your 3Holy One to 4undergo decay.

11 You will make known to me athe path of life;

In bYour presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are cpleasures forever.

PSALM 17

Prayer for Protection against Oppressors.

A Prayer of David.

1 Hear a ajust cause, O Lord, bgive heed to my cry;

cGive ear to my prayer, which is not from ddeceitful lips.

2 Let amy 1judgment come forth from Your presence;

Let Your eyes look with bequity.

3 You have atried my heart;

You have visited me by night;

You have btested me and cYou find 1nothing;

I have dpurposed that my mouth will not transgress.

4 As for the deeds of men, aby the word of Your lips

I have kept from the bpaths of the violent.

5 My asteps have held fast to Your 1paths.

My bfeet have not slipped.

6 I have acalled upon You, for You will answer me, O God;

bIncline Your ear to me, hear my speech.

7 aWondrously show Your lovingkindness,

O bSavior of those who take refuge 1at Your right hand

From those who rise up against them.

8 Keep me as 1the aapple of the eye;

Hide me bin the shadow of Your wings

9 From the awicked who despoil me,

My bdeadly enemies who surround me.

10 They have aclosed their 1unfeeling heart,

With their mouth they bspeak proudly.

11 They have now asurrounded us in our steps;

They set their eyes bto cast us down to the ground.

12 He is alike a lion that is eager to tear,

And as a young lion blurking in hiding places.

13 aArise, O Lord, confront him, bbring him low;

cDeliver my soul from the wicked with dYour sword,

14 From men with aYour hand, O Lord,

From men 1of the world, bwhose portion is in this life,

And whose belly You cfill with Your treasure;

They are satisfied with children,

And leave their abundance to their babes.

15 As for me, I shall abehold Your face in righteousness;

bI will be satisfied 1with Your clikeness when I awake.

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Or act wisely

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Or restores the fortunes of His people

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I.e. to a fellow Israelite

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Possibly, Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm

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I.e. sorrows due to idolatry

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Lit kidneys, figurative for inner man

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Or godly one

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Or see corruption or the pit

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I.e. vindication

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Or no evil device in me; My mouth

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Or from those who rise up … at Your right hand

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Or whose portion in life is of the world

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Or with beholding

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