1Rejoice in Jehovah, O ye righteous:
Praise is comely for the upright.
2Give thanks unto Jehovah with the harp:
Sing praises unto him with the psaltery of ten strings.
Play skilfully with a loud noise.
4For the word of Jehovah is right;
And all his work is done in faithfulness.
5He loveth righteousness and justice:
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of Jehovah.
6By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made,
And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap:
He layeth up the deeps in store-houses.
8Let all the earth fear Jehovah:
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9For he spake, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
10Jehovah bringeth the counsel of the nations to nought;
He maketh the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.
11The counsel of Jehovah standeth fast for ever,
The thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah,
The people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
13Jehovah looketh from heaven;
He beholdeth all the sons of men;
14From the place of his habitation he looketh forth
Upon all the inhabitants of the earth,
15He that fashioneth the hearts of them all,
That considereth all their works.
16There is no king saved by the multitude of a host:
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17A horse is a vain thing for safety;
Neither doth he deliver any by his great power.
18Behold, the eye of Jehovah is upon them that fear him,
Upon them that hope in his lovingkindness;
19To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.
20Our soul hath waited for Jehovah:
He is our help and our shield.
21For our heart shall rejoice in him,
Because we have trusted in his holy name.
22Let thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in thee.
About American Standard Version
The ASV has long been regarded by many scholars as the most literal English translation since the King James Version—maybe the most literal translation ever. This has made the translation very popular for careful English Bible study, but not for ease of reading. While the KJV was translated entirely from “western manuscripts,” the ASV 1901 was influenced also by the older “eastern manuscripts” that form the basis for most of our modern English translations. Because the ASV 1901 is very difficult to find in print, Logos is pleased to be able to preserve and distribute this significant work. This is an excellent choice for comparative English study.