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Psalm 7

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Psalm 7

Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies

A aMeditation 1Of David, Which He Sang to the Lord bConcerning the Words of Cush, a Benjamite.

1 O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; cSave me from all those who persecute me;

And deliver me,

2 dLest they tear me like a lion,

eRending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

3 O Lord my God, fif I have done this:

If there is giniquity in my hands,

4 If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,

Or hhave plundered my enemy without cause,

5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;

Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,

And lay my honor in the dust.


6 Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;

iLift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies;

jRise up 2for me to the judgment You have commanded!

7 So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You;

For their sakes, therefore, return on high.

8 The Lord shall judge the peoples;

kJudge me, O Lord, laccording to my righteousness,

And according to my integrity within me.

9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,

But establish the just;

mFor the righteous God tests the hearts and 3minds.

10 4My defense is of God,

Who saves the nupright in heart.

11 God is a just judge,

And God is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If he does not turn back,

He will osharpen His sword;

He bends His bow and makes it ready.

13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;

He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

14 pBehold, the wicked brings forth iniquity;

Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.

15 He made a pit and dug it out,

qAnd has fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 rHis trouble shall return upon his own head,

And his violent dealing shall come down on 5his own crown.

17 I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,

And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

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Psalm 27

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Psalm 27

An Exuberant Declaration of Faith

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my alight and my salvation;

Whom shall I fear?

The bLord is the strength of my life;

Of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked came against me

To ceat 1up my flesh,

My enemies and foes,

They stumbled and fell.

3 dThough an army may encamp against me,

My heart shall not fear;

Though war may rise against me,

In this I will be confident.

4 eOne thing I have desired of the Lord,

That will I seek:

That I may fdwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life,

To behold the 2beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in His temple.

5 For gin the time of trouble

He shall hide me in His pavilion;

In the secret place of His tabernacle

He shall hide me;

He shall hset me high upon a rock.

6 And now imy head shall be 3lifted up above my enemies all around me;

Therefore I will offer sacrifices of 4joy in His tabernacle;

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!

Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When You said, “Seek My face,”

My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

9 jDo not hide Your face from me;

Do not turn Your servant away in anger;

You have been my help;

Do not leave me nor forsake me,

O God of my salvation.

10 kWhen my father and my mother forsake me,

Then the Lord will take care of me.

11 lTeach me Your way, O Lord,

And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;

For mfalse witnesses have risen against me,

And such as breathe out violence.

13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed

That I would see the goodness of the Lord

nIn the land of the living.

14 oWait 5on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!

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Psalm 31

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Psalm 31

The Lord A Fortress in Adversity

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 In aYou, O Lord, I 1put my trust; Let me never be ashamed;

Deliver me in Your righteousness.

2 bBow down Your ear to me,

Deliver me speedily;

Be my rock of 2refuge,

A 3fortress of defense to save me.

3 cFor You are my rock and my fortress;

Therefore, dfor Your name’s sake,

Lead me and guide me.

4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,

For You are my strength.

5 eInto Your hand I commit my spirit;

You have redeemed me, O Lord God of ftruth.

6 I have hated those gwho regard useless idols;

But I trust in the Lord.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy,

For You have considered my trouble;

You have hknown my soul in 4adversities,

8 And have not ishut 5me up into the hand of the enemy;

jYou have set my feet in a wide place.

9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;

kMy eye wastes away with grief,

Yes, my soul and my 6body!

10 For my life is spent with grief,

And my years with sighing;

My strength fails because of my iniquity,

And my bones waste away.

11 lI am a 7reproach among all my enemies,

But mespecially among my neighbors,

And am repulsive to my acquaintances;

nThose who see me outside flee from me.

12 oI am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;

I am like a 8broken vessel.

13 pFor I hear the slander of many;

qFear is on every side;

While they rtake counsel together against me,

They scheme to take away my life.

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in Your shand;

Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,

And from those who persecute me.

16 tMake Your face shine upon Your servant;

Save me for Your mercies’ sake.

17 uDo not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You;

Let the wicked be ashamed;

vLet them be silent in the grave.

18 wLet the lying lips be put to silence,

Which xspeak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 yOh, how great is Your goodness,

Which You have laid up for those who fear You,

Which You have prepared for those who trust

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Psalm 34

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Psalm 34

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God

A Psalm of David aWhen He Pretended Madness Before Abimelech, Who Drove Him Away, and He Departed.

1 I will bbless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.

4 I csought the Lord, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

5 They looked to Him and were radiant,

And their faces were not ashamed.

6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,

And saved him out of all his troubles.

7 dThe 1angel of the Lord eencamps all around those who fear Him,

And delivers them.

8 Oh, ftaste and see that the Lord is good;

gBlessed is the man who trusts in Him!

9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!

There is no 2want to those who fear Him.

10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;

hBut those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

11 Come, you children, listen to me;

iI will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 jWho is the man who desires life,

And loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil,

And your lips from speaking kdeceit.

14 lDepart from evil and do good;

mSeek peace and pursue it.

15 nThe eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

And His ears are open to their cry.

16 oThe face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

pTo 3cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and qthe Lord hears,

And delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 rThe Lord is near sto those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as 4have a contrite spirit.

19 tMany are the afflictions of the righteous,

uBut the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20 He guards all his bones;

vNot one of them is broken.

21 wEvil shall slay the wicked,

And those who hate the righteous shall be 5condemned.

22 The Lord xredeems the soul of His servants,

And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

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Psalm 52

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Psalm 52

The End of the Wicked and the Peace of the Godly

To the Chief Musician. A 1Contemplation of David aWhen Doeg the Edomite Went and bTold Saul, and Said to Him, “David Has Gone to the House of Ahimelech.”

1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?

The goodness of God endures continually.

2 Your tongue devises destruction,

Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

3 You love evil more than good,

Lying rather than speaking righteousness.


4 You love all devouring words,

You deceitful tongue.

5 God shall likewise destroy you forever;

He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place,

And uproot you from the land of the living.


6 The righteous also shall see and fear,

And shall laugh at him, saying,

7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength,

But trusted in the abundance of his riches,

And strengthened himself in his 2wickedness.”

8 But I am clike a green olive tree in the house of God;

I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

9 I will praise You forever,

Because You have done it;

And in the presence of Your saints

I will wait on Your name, for it 3is good.

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Heb. Maschil


Lit. desire, in evil sense


Or has a good reputation