JEWISH PSALMS

From the Book of Psalms, helpful scripture for spiritual guidance concerning:

1.  A JOURNEY

2.  HEALING

3.  LOVE

4.  PEACE

5.  REPENTENCE

6.  SPECIAL OCCASIONS

7.  TIMES OF DISTRESS

A JOURNEY

Psalms 91:1

1 You who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Omnipotent:

Psalms 91:2

2 I say of the Lord who is my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust,

Psalms 91:3

3 that He will save you from the ensnaring trap, from the destructive pestilence.

Psalms 91:4

4 He will cover you with His pinions and you will find refuge under His wings; His truth is a shield and an armor.

Psalms 91:5

5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day;

Psalms 91:6

6 the pestilence that prowls in the darkness, nor the destruction that ravages at noon.

Psalms 91:7

7 A thousand may fall at your [left] side, and ten thousand at your right, but it shall not reach you.

Psalms 91:8

8 You need only look with your eyes, and you will see the retribution of the wicked.

Psalms 91:9

9 Because you [have said,] “The Lord is my shelter,” and you have made the Most High your haven,

Psalms 91:10

10 no evil will befall you, no plague will come near your tent.

Psalms 91:11

11 For He will instruct His angels in your behalf, to guard you in all your ways.

Psalms 91:12

12 They will carry you in their hands, lest you injure your foot upon a rock.

Psalms 91:13

13 You will tread upon the lion and the viper; you will trample upon the young lion and the serpent.

Psalms 91:14

14 Because he desires Me, I will deliver him; I will fortify him, for he knows My Name.

Psalms 91:15

15 When he calls on Me, I will answer him; I am with him in distress. I will deliver him and honor him.

Psalms 91:16

16 I will satiate him with long life, and show him My deliverance.

HEALING

Psalms 6:1

1 For the Conductor, with instrumental music for the eight-stringed harp, a psalm by David.

Psalms 6:2

2 Lord, do not punish me in Your anger, nor chastise me in Your wrath.

Psalms 6:3

3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I languish away; heal me, O Lord, for my bones tremble in fear.

Psalms 6:4

4 My soul is panic-stricken; and You, O Lord, how long [before You help]?

Psalms 6:5

5 Relent, O Lord, deliver my soul; save me for the sake of Your kindness.

Psalms 6:6

6 For there is no remembrance of You in death; who will praise You in the grave?

Psalms 6:7

7 I am weary from sighing; each night I drench my bed, I melt my couch with my tears.

Psalms 6:8

8 My eye has grown dim from vexation, worn out by all my oppressors.

Psalms 6:9

9 Depart from me, all you evildoers, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

Psalms 6:10

10 The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Psalms 6:11

11 All my enemies will be shamed and utterly terrified; they will then repent and be shamed for a moment.

Psalms 16:1

1 A michtam, by David. Watch over me, O God, for I have put my trust in You.

Psalms 16:2

2 You, [my soul,] have said to God, “You are my Master; You are not obligated to benefit me.”

Psalms 16:3

3 For the sake of the holy ones who lie in the earth, and for the mighty-all my desires are fulfilled in their merit.

Psalms 16:4

4 Those who hasten after other [gods], their sorrows shall increase; I will not offer their libations of blood, nor take their names upon my lips.

Psalms 16:5

5 The Lord is my allotted portion and my share; You guide my destiny.

Psalms 16:6

6 Portions have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, a beautiful inheritance is mine.

Psalms 16:7

7 I bless the Lord Who has advised me; even in the nights my intellect admonishes me.

Psalms 16:8

8 I have set the Lord before me at all times; because He is at my right hand, I shall not falter.

Psalms 16:9

9 Therefore my heart rejoices and my soul exults; my flesh, too, rests secure.

Psalms 16:10

10 For You will not abandon my soul to the grave, You will not allow Your pious one to see purgatory.

Psalms 16:11

11 Make known to me the path of life, that I may be satiated with the joy of Your presence, with the bliss of Your right hand forever.

Psalms 41:1

1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David.

Psalms 41:2

2 Fortunate is he who is thoughtful of the poor, [for] the Lord will save him on the day of evil.

Psalms 41:3

3 The Lord will guard him and keep him alive; he will be praised throughout the land; You will not deliver him to the desires of his enemies.

Psalms 41:4

4 The Lord will support him on the bed of illness; You will turn him over in his bed all throughout his sickness.

Psalms 41:5

5 I said, “Lord, be gracious to me! Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You!”

Psalms 41:6

6 My foes say that evil [awaits] me: “When will he die, and his name perish?”

Psalms 41:7

7 And if one comes to see [me], he speaks insincerely, for his heart gathers iniquity for himself, and when he goes out he speaks of it.

Psalms 41:8

8 Together they whisper against me-all my enemies; against me they devise my harm, [saying]:

Psalms 41:9

9 “Let his wickedness pour into him; now that he lies down, he shall rise no more.”

Psalms 41:10

10 Even my ally in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has raised his heel over me.

Psalms 41:11

11 But you, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, and I will repay them.

Psalms 41:12

12 With this I shall know that You desire me, when my enemies will not shout gleefully over me.

Psalms 41:13

13 And I, because of my integrity, You upheld me; You set me before You forever.

Psalms 41:14

14 Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, to all eternity, Amen and Amen.

Psalms 88:1

1 A song, a psalm by the sons of Korach, for the Conductor, upon the machalat le’anot; a maskil for Heiman the Ezrachite.

Psalms 88:2

2 O Lord, God of my deliverance, by day I cried out [to You], by night I [offer my prayer] before You.

Psalms 88:3

3 Let my prayer come before You; turn Your ear to my supplication.

Psalms 88:4

4 For my soul is sated with affliction, and my life has reached the grave.

Psalms 88:5

5 I was reckoned with those who go down to the pit, I was like a man without strength.

Psalms 88:6

6 [I am regarded] among the dead who are free, like corpses lying in the grave, of whom You are not yet mindful, who are yet cut off by Your hand.

Psalms 88:7

7 You have put me into the lowest pit, into the darkest places, into the depths.

Psalms 88:8

8 Your wrath has weighed heavily upon me, and all the waves [of Your fury] have constantly afflicted me.

Psalms 88:9

9 You have estranged my friends from me, You have made me abhorrent to them; I am imprisoned and unable to leave.

Psalms 88:10

10 My eye is afflicted because of distress; I call to You, O Lord, every day; I have stretched out my hands [in prayer] to You.

Psalms 88:11

11 Do You perform wonders for the deceased? Do the dead stand to offer You praise? Selah.

Psalms 88:12

12 Is Your kindness recounted in the grave, your faithfulness in the place of perdition?

Psalms 88:13

13 Are Your wondrous deeds known in the darkness [of the grave], or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?

Psalms 88:14

14 But, I, to You, O Lord, I cry; each morning my prayer comes before You.

Psalms 88:15

15 Why, O Lord, do You forsake my soul? Why do You conceal Your countenance from Me?

Psalms 88:16

16 From my youth I have been afflicted and approaching death, yet I have borne the fear of You which is firmly established within me.

Psalms 88:17

17 Your furies have passed over me; Your terrors have cut me down.

Psalms 88:18

18 They have engulfed me like water all day long, they all together surrounded me.

Psalms 88:19

19 You have estranged from me beloved and friend; I have been rejected by my intimates.

Psalms 90:1

1 A prayer by Moses, the man of God. My Lord, You have been a shelter for us in every generation.

Psalms 90:2

2 Before the mountains came into being, before You created the earth and the world-for ever and ever You are Almighty God.

Psalms 90:3

3 You diminish man until he is crushed, and You say, “Return, you children of man.”

Psalms 90:4

4 Indeed, a thousand years are in Your eyes like yesterday that has passed, like a watch of the night.

Psalms 90:5

5 The stream of their life is as but a slumber; in the morning they are like grass that sprouts anew.

Psalms 90:6

6 In the morning it thrives and sprouts anew; in the evening it withers and dries.

Psalms 90:7

7 For we are consumed by Your anger, and destroyed by Your wrath.

Psalms 90:8

8 You have set our wrongdoings before You, our hidden sins before the light of Your countenance.

Psalms 90:9

9 For all our days have vanished in Your wrath; we cause our years to pass like a fleeting sound.

Psalms 90:10

10 The days of our lives number seventy years, and if in great vigor, eighty years; most of them are but travail and futility, passing quickly and flying away.

Psalms 90:11

11 Who can know the intensity of Your anger? Your wrath is commensurate with one’s fear of You.

Psalms 90:12

12 Teach us, then, to reckon our days, that we may acquire a wise heart.

Psalms 90:13

13 Relent, O Lord; how long [will Your anger last]? Have compassion upon Your servants.

Psalms 90:14

14 Satiate us in the morning with Your kindness, then we shall sing and rejoice throughout our days.

Psalms 90:15

15 Give us joy corresponding to the days You afflicted us, the years we have seen adversity.

Psalms 90:16

16 Let Your work be revealed to Your servants, and Your splendor be upon their children.

Psalms 90:17

17 May the pleasantness of the Lord our God be upon us; establish for us the work of our hands; establish the work of our hands.

Psalms 103:1

1 By David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, His holy Name.

Psalms 103:2

2 My soul, bless the Lord; forget not all His favors:

Psalms 103:3

3 Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your illnesses;

Psalms 103:4

4 Who redeems your life from the grave, Who crowns you with kindness and mercy;

Psalms 103:5

5 Who satisfies your mouth with goodness; like the eagle, your youth is renewed.

Psalms 103:6

6 The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

Psalms 103:7

7 He made His ways known to Moses, His deeds to the Children of Israel.

Psalms 103:8

8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and of great kindness.

Psalms 103:9

9 He will not contend for eternity, nor harbor ill will forever.

Psalms 103:10

10 He has not dealt with us according to our transgressions, nor requited us according to our sins.

Psalms 103:11

11 For as high as heaven is above the earth, so has His kindness been mighty over those who fear Him.

Psalms 103:12

12 As far as the east is from the west, so has He distanced our transgressions from us.

Psalms 103:13

13 As a father has compassion on his children, so has the Lord had compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalms 103:14

14 For He knows our nature; He is mindful that we are but dust.

Psalms 103:15

15 As for man, his days are like grass; like a flower of the field, so he sprouts.

Psalms 103:16

16 When a wind passes over him, he is gone; his place recognizes him no more.

Psalms 103:17

17 But the kindness of the Lord is forever and ever upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness is [secured] for children’s children,

Psalms 103:18

18 to those who keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commands to do them.

Psalms 103:19

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingship has dominion over all.

Psalms 103:20

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels who are mighty in strength, who do His bidding to obey the voice of His speech.

Psalms 103:21

21 Bless the Lord, all His hosts, His servants who do His will.

Psalms 103:22

22 Bless the Lord, all His works, in all the places of His dominion. My soul, bless the Lord!

LOVE

Psalms 32:1

1 By David, a maskil. Fortunate is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Psalms 32:2

2 Fortunate is the man to whom the Lord does not reckon his sin, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Psalms 32:3

3 When I was silent, my limbs wore away through my wailing all day long.

Psalms 32:4

4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my marrow became [dry] as the droughts of summer, Selah.

Psalms 32:5

5 My sin I made known to You, my iniquity I did not cover. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You have forgiven the iniquity of my transgression forever.

Psalms 32:6

6 For this let every pious man pray to You, at a time when You may be found; indeed, the flood of many waters will not reach him.

Psalms 32:7

7 You are a refuge to me; protect me from distress; surround me with songs of deliverance forever.

Psalms 32:8

8 I will enlighten you and educate you in the path you should go; I will advise you with what I have seen.

Psalms 32:9

9 Be not like a horse, like a mule, senseless, that must be muzzled with bit and bridle when being adorned, so that it not come near you.

Psalms 32:10

10 Many are the agonies of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord is surrounded by kindness.

Psalms 32:11

11 Rejoice in the Lord and exult, you righteous ones! Sing joyously, all you upright of heart!

Psalms 38:1

1 A psalm by David, to remind.

Psalms 38:2

2 O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chastise me in Your wrath.

Psalms 38:3

3 For Your arrows have landed in me, Your hand descended upon me.

Psalms 38:4

4 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your rage, no peace in my bones because of my sin.

Psalms 38:5

5 For my iniquities have flooded over my head; like a heavy load, they are too heavy for me.

Psalms 38:6

6 My wounds are rotted; they reek because of my foolishness.

Psalms 38:7

7 I am bent and extremely bowed; all day I go about in gloom.

Psalms 38:8

8 My sides are inflamed; there is no soundness in my flesh.

Psalms 38:9

9 I am weakened and extremely depressed; I howl from the moaning of my heart.

Psalms 38:10

10 My Lord, all that I desire is before You; my sighing is not hidden from You.

Psalms 38:11

11 My heart is engulfed, my strength has left me; the light of my eyes they, too, are not with me.

Psalms 38:12

12 My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction; my intimates stand afar.

Psalms 38:13

13 The seekers of my life have laid traps; those who seek my harm speak destructiveness; they utter deceits all day long.

Psalms 38:14

14 But I am like a deaf man, I do not hear; like a mute that does not open his mouth.

Psalms 38:15

15 I was like a man that does not perceive, and in whose mouth there are no rebuttals.

Psalms 38:16

16 Because for You, O Lord, I wait; You will answer, my Lord, my God.

Psalms 38:17

17 For I said, “Lest they rejoice over me; when my foot falters they will gloat over me.”

Psalms 38:18

18 For I am accustomed to limping, and my pain is constantly before me.

Psalms 38:19

19 For I admit my iniquity; I worry because of my sin.

Psalms 38:20

20 But my enemies abound with life; those who hate me without cause flourish.

Psalms 38:21

21 Those who repay evil for good resent me for my pursuit of good.

Psalms 38:22

22 Do not forsake me, O Lord; do not be distant from me, my God.

Psalms 38:23

23 Hurry to my aid, O my Lord, my Salvation.

Psalms 70:1

1 For the Conductor, by David, to remind.

Psalms 70:2

2 O God, [come] to rescue me; O Lord, hurry to my aid.

Psalms 70:3

3 Let those who seek my life be shamed and disgraced; let those who wish me harm retreat and be humiliated.

Psalms 70:4

4 Let those who say, “Aha! Aha!” be turned back in return for their shaming [me].

Psalms 70:5

5 Let all who seek You rejoice and delight in You, and let those who love Your deliverance say always, “May God be exalted!”

Psalms 70:6

6 But I am poor and needy; hurry to me, O God! You are my help and deliverer; O God, do not delay!

Psalms 71:1

1 I have taken refuge in You, O Lord; I will never be shamed.

Psalms 71:2

2 Rescue me and deliver me in Your righteousness; incline Your ear to me and save me.

Psalms 71:3

3 Be for me a sheltering rock, to enter always. You have ordered my salvation, for You are my rock and my fortress.

Psalms 71:4

4 O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked, from the palm of the scheming and violent.

Psalms 71:5

5 For You are my hope, O my Lord, God, my security since my youth.

Psalms 71:6

6 I have relied on You from the womb; You drew me from my mother’s innards; my praise is of You always.

Psalms 71:7

7 I became an example to the masses, yet You were my mighty refuge.

Psalms 71:8

8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, all day long with Your glory.

Psalms 71:9

9 Do not cast me aside in old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails;

Psalms 71:10

10 for my enemies say of me, and those who watch my soul conspire together,

Psalms 71:11

11 saying, “God has forsaken him. Give chase and catch him, for there is no rescuer.”

Psalms 71:12

12 O God, do not distance Yourself from me; my God, hurry to my aid.

Psalms 71:13

13 Let the adversaries of my soul be shamed and consumed; let those who seek my harm be enwrapped in disgrace and humiliation.

Psalms 71:14

14 But as for me, I will always hope; I will add to all Your praises.

Psalms 71:15

15 My mouth will tell of Your righteousness, all day long of Your deliverance, for I do not know their number.

Psalms 71:16

16 I come with the strength of my Lord, God; I mention Your righteousness, Yours alone.

Psalms 71:17

17 O God, You have taught me since my youth, and to this day I tell of Your wonders.

Psalms 71:18

18 Even into old age and hoariness, O God, do not abandon me, until I tell of Your might to the generations, and of Your strength to all who are to come.

Psalms 71:19

19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens, for You do great things; O God, who is like You!

Psalms 71:20

20 You, Who has shown me many and grievous troubles, You will revive me again; You will lift me again from the depths of the earth.

Psalms 71:21

21 You will increase my greatness; You will turn and console me.

Psalms 71:22

22 I too will thank You on the lyre for Your faithfulness, My God; I will sing to You on the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 71:23

23 My lips will rejoice when I sing to you, as well as my soul which You have redeemed.

Psalms 71:24

24 My tongue will also utter Your righteousness all day, for those who seek my harm are shamed and disgraced.

Psalms 121:1

1 A song of ascents. I lift my eyes to the mountains-from where will my help come?

Psalms 121:2

2 My help will come from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 121:3

3 He will not let your foot falter; your guardian does not slumber.

Psalms 121:4

4 Indeed, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.

Psalms 121:5

5 The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your protective shade at your right hand.

Psalms 121:6

6 The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

Psalms 121:7

7 The Lord will guard you from all evil; He will guard your soul.

Psalms 121:8

8 The Lord will guard your going and your coming from now and for all time.

Psalms 124:1

1 A song of ascents by David. Were it not for the Lord Who was with us-let Israel declare-

Psalms 124:2

2 were it not for the Lord Who was with us when men rose up against us,

Psalms 124:3

3 then they would have swallowed us alive in their burning rage against us.

Psalms 124:4

4 Then the waters would have inundated us, the torrent would have swept over our soul;

Psalms 124:5

5 then the raging waters would have surged over our soul.

Psalms 124:6

6 Blessed is the Lord, Who did not permit us to be prey for their teeth.

Psalms 124:7

7 Our soul is like a bird which has escaped from the fowler’s snare; the snare broke and we escaped.

Psalms 124:8

8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

PEACE

Psalms 46:1

1 For the Conductor, by the sons of Korach, on the alamot, a song.

Psalms 46:2

2 God is our refuge and strength, a help in distress, He is most accessible.

Psalms 46:3

3 Therefore, we will not be afraid when the earth is transformed, when mountains collapse in the heart of the seas;

Psalms 46:4

4 when its waters roar and are muddied, and mountains quake before His grandeur, Selah.

Psalms 46:5

5 The river-its streams will bring joy to the city of God, the sacred dwelling of the Most High.

Psalms 46:6

6 God is in her midst, she will not falter; God will help her at the approach of morning.

Psalms 46:7

7 Nations clamor, kingdoms stumble; He raises His voice and the earth dissolves.

Psalms 46:8

8 The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold forever.

Psalms 46:9

9 Go and see the works of the Lord, Who has wrought devastation in the land.

Psalms 46:10

10 To the end of the earth He causes wars to cease; He breaks the bow, snaps the spear, and burns the wagons in fire.

Psalms 46:11

11 Stop [waging war]! And know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, exalted upon the earth.

Psalms 46:12

12 The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold forever.

REPENTENCE

Psalms 51:1

1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David,

Psalms 51:2

2 when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba.

Psalms 51:3

3 Be gracious to me, O God, in keeping with Your kindness; in accordance with Your abounding compassion, erase my transgressions.

Psalms 51:4

4 Cleanse me thoroughly of my wrongdoing, and purify me of my sin.

Psalms 51:5

5 For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

Psalms 51:6

6 Against You alone have I sinned, and done that which is evil in Your eyes; [forgive me] so that You will be justified in Your verdict, vindicated in Your judgment.

Psalms 51:7

7 Indeed, I was begotten in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psalms 51:8

8 Indeed, You desire truth in the innermost parts; teach me the wisdom of concealed things.

Psalms 51:9

9 Purge me with hyssop and I shall be pure; cleanse me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psalms 51:10

10 Let me hear [tidings of] joy and gladness; then the bones which You have shattered will rejoice.

Psalms 51:11

11 Hide Your face from my sins, and erase all my trespasses.

Psalms 51:12

12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew within me an upright spirit.

Psalms 51:13

13 Do not cast me out of Your presence, and do not take Your Spirit of Holiness away from me.

Psalms 51:14

14 Restore to me the joy of Your deliverance, and uphold me with a spirit of magnanimity.

Psalms 51:15

15 I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.

Psalms 51:16

16 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, God of my deliverance; my tongue will sing Your righteousness.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Psalms 19:1

1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David.

Psalms 19:2

2 The heavens recount the glory of the Almighty; the sky proclaims His handiwork.

Psalms 19:3

3 Day to day speech streams forth; night to night expresses knowledge.

Psalms 19:4

4 There is no utterance, there are no words; their voice is inaudible.

Psalms 19:5

5 Their arc extends throughout the world; their message to the end of the earth. He set in them [the heavens] a tent for the sun,

Psalms 19:6

6 which is like a groom coming forth from his bridal canopy, like a strong man rejoicing to run the course.

Psalms 19:7

7 Its rising is at one end of the heavens, and its orbit encompasses the other ends; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Psalms 19:8

8 The Torah of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making wise the simpleton.

Psalms 19:9

9 The precepts of the Lord are just, rejoicing the heart; the command of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes.

Psalms 19:10

10 The fear of the Lord is pure, abiding forever; the judgments of the Lord are true, they are all righteous together.

Psalms 19:11

11 They are more desirable than gold, than much fine gold; sweeter than honey or the drippings of honeycomb.

Psalms 19:12

12 Indeed, Your servant is scrupulous with them; in observing them there is abundant reward.

Psalms 19:13

13 Yet who can discern inadvertent wrongs? Purge me of hidden sins.

Psalms 19:14

14 Also hold back Your servant from willful sins; let them not prevail over me; then I will be unblemished and keep myself clean of gross transgression.

Psalms 19:15

15 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.

Psalms 102:1

1 A prayer of the poor man when he is faint [with affliction], and pours out his tale of woe before the Lord.

Psalms 102:2

2 O Lord, hear my prayer, let my cry reach You!

Psalms 102:3

3 Hide not Your face from me on the day of my distress; turn Your ear to me; on the day that I call, answer me quickly.

Psalms 102:4

4 For my days have vanished with the smoke; my bones are dried up as a hearth.

Psalms 102:5

5 Smitten like grass and withered is my heart, for I have forgotten to eat my bread.

Psalms 102:6

6 From the voice of my sigh, my bone cleaves to my flesh.

Psalms 102:7

7 I am like the bird of the wilderness; like the owl of the wasteland have I become.

Psalms 102:8

8 In haste I fled; I was like a bird, alone on a roof.

Psalms 102:9

9 All day my enemies disgrace me; those who ridicule me curse using my name.

Psalms 102:10

10 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,

Psalms 102:11

11 because of Your anger and Your wrath-for You have raised me up, then cast me down.

Psalms 102:12

12 My days are like the fleeting shadow; I wither away like the grass.

Psalms 102:13

13 But You, Lord, will be enthroned forever, and Your remembrance is for all generations.

Psalms 102:14

14 You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her; the appointed time has come.

Psalms 102:15

15 For Your servants cherish her stones, and love her dust.

Psalms 102:16

16 Then the nations will fear the Name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory,

Psalms 102:17

17 when [they see that] the Lord has built Zion, He has appeared in His glory.

Psalms 102:18

18 He turned to the entreaty of the prayerful, and did not despise their prayer.

Psalms 102:19

19 Let this be written for the last generation, so that the newborn nation will praise the Lord.

Psalms 102:20

20 For He looked down from His holy heights; from heaven, the Lord gazed upon the earth,

Psalms 102:21

21 to hear the cry of the bound, to untie those who are doomed to die,

Psalms 102:22

22 so that the Name of the Lord be declared in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem,

Psalms 102:23

23 when nations and kingdoms will gather together to serve the Lord.

Psalms 102:24

24 He weakened my strength on the way; He shortened my days.

Psalms 102:25

25 I would say: “My God, do not remove me in the midst of my days! You Whose years endure through all generations.”

Psalms 102:26

26 In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Psalms 102:27

27 They will perish, but You will endure; all of them will wear out like a garment; You will exchange them like a robe, and they will vanish.

Psalms 102:28

28 But You remain the same; Your years will not end.

Psalms 102:29

29 The children of Your servants will abide; their seed shall be established before You.

Psalms 130:1

1 A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call to You, O Lord.

Psalms 130:2

2 My Lord, hearken to my voice; let Your ears be attentive to the sound of my pleas.

Psalms 130:3

3 God, if You were to preserve iniquities, my Lord, who could survive?

Psalms 130:4

4 But forgiveness is with You, that You may be held in awe.

Psalms 130:5

5 I hope in the Lord; my soul hopes, and I long for His word.

Psalms 130:6

6 My soul yearns for the Lord more than those awaiting the morning wait for the morning.

Psalms 130:7

7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is kindness; with Him there is abounding deliverance.

Psalms 130:8

8 And He will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalms 142:1

1 A maskil by David, when he was in the cave, a prayer.

Psalms 142:2

2 With my voice I will cry out to the Lord; with my voice I will call to the Lord in supplication.

Psalms 142:3

3 I will pour out my plea before Him; I will declare my distress in His presence.

Psalms 142:4

4 When my spirit is faint within me, You know my path. In the way in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.

Psalms 142:5

5 Look to my right and see, there is none that will know me; every escape is lost to me. No man cares for my soul.

Psalms 142:6

6 I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

Psalms 142:7

7 Listen to my song of prayer, for I have been brought very low. Deliver me from my pursuers, for they are too mighty for me.

Psalms 142:8

8 Release my soul from confinement, so that it may acknowledge Your Name. Because of me, the righteous will crown [You] when You will deal graciously with me.

TIMES OF DISTRESS

Psalms 20:1

1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David.

Psalms 20:2

2 May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob fortify you.

Psalms 20:3

3 May He send your help from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion.

Psalms 20:4

4 May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices.

Psalms 20:5

5 May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill your every counsel.

Psalms 20:6

6 We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your wishes.

Psalms 20:7

7 Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand.

Psalms 20:8

8 Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our God.

Psalms 20:9

9 They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm.

Psalms 20:10

10 Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.

Psalms 22:1

1 For the Conductor, on the ayelet hashachar, a psalm by David.

Psalms 22:2

2 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me! So far from saving me, from the words of my outcry?

Psalms 22:3

3 My God, I call out by day, and You do not answer; at night-but there is no respite for me.

Psalms 22:4

4 Yet You, Holy One, are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

Psalms 22:5

5 In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You saved them.

Psalms 22:6

6 They cried to You and were rescued; they trusted in You and were not shamed.

Psalms 22:7

7 And I am a worm and not a man; scorn of men, contempt of nations.

Psalms 22:8

8 All who see me mock me; they open their lips, they shake their heads.

Psalms 22:9

9 But one that casts [his burden] upon the Lord-He will save him; He will rescue him, for He desires him.

Psalms 22:10

10 For You took me out of the womb, and made me secure on my mother’s breasts.

Psalms 22:11

11 I have been thrown upon You from birth; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.

Psalms 22:12

12 Be not distant from me, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.

Psalms 22:13

13 Many bulls surround me, the mighty bulls of Bashan encircle me.

Psalms 22:14

14 They open their mouths against me, like a lion that ravages and roars.

Psalms 22:15

15 I am poured out like water, all my bones are disjointed; my heart has become like wax, melted within my innards.

Psalms 22:16

16 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my palate; You set me in the dust of death.

Psalms 22:17

17 For dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers enclose me; my hands and feet are like a lion’s prey.

Psalms 22:18

18 I count all my limbs, while they watch and gloat over me.

Psalms 22:19

19 They divide my garments amongst them; they cast lots upon my clothing.

Psalms 22:20

20 But You, Lord, do not be distant; my Strength, hurry to my aid!

Psalms 22:21

21 Save my life from the sword, my soul from the grip of dogs.

Psalms 22:22

22 Save me from the lion’s mouth, as You have answered me from the horns of wild beasts.

Psalms 22:23

23 I will recount [the praises of] Your Name to my brothers; I will extol You amidst the congregation.

Psalms 22:24

24 You that fear the Lord, praise Him! Glorify Him, all you progeny of Jacob! Stand in awe of Him, all you progeny of Israel!

Psalms 22:25

25 For He has not despised nor abhorred the entreaty of the poor, nor has He concealed His face from him; rather He heard when he cried to Him.

Psalms 22:26

26 My praise comes from You, in the great congregation; I will pay my vows before those that fear Him.

Psalms 22:27

27 Let the humble eat and be satisfied; let those who seek the Lord praise Him-may your hearts live forever!

Psalms 22:28

28 All the ends of the earth will remember and return to the Lord; all families of nations will bow down before You.

Psalms 22:29

29 For sovereignty is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations.

Psalms 22:30

30 All the fat ones of the earth will eat and bow down, all who descend to the dust shall kneel before Him, but He will not revive their soul.

Psalms 22:31

31 The progeny of those who serve Him will tell of the Lord to the latter generations.

Psalms 22:32

32 They will come and relate His righteousness-all that He has done-to a newborn nation.

Psalms 69:1

1 For the Conductor, on the shoshanim, by David.

Psalms 69:2

2 Deliver me, O God, for the waters have reached until my soul!

Psalms 69:3

3 I have sunk in muddy depths without foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the current sweeps me away.

Psalms 69:4

4 I am wearied by my crying, my throat is parched; my eyes pined while waiting for my God.

Psalms 69:5

5 More numerous than the hairs on my head are those who hate me without reason. Mighty are those who would cut me off, those who are my enemies without cause. What I have not stolen, I will then have to return.

Psalms 69:6

6 O God, You know my folly, and my wrongs are not hidden from You.

Psalms 69:7

7 Let not those who hope in You be shamed through me, O my Lord, God of Hosts; let not those who seek You be disgraced through me, O God of Israel,

Psalms 69:8

8 because for Your sake I have borne humiliation, disgrace covers my face.

Psalms 69:9

9 I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons,

Psalms 69:10

10 for the envy of Your House has consumed me, and the humiliations of those who scorn You have fallen upon me.

Psalms 69:11

11 And I wept while my soul fasted, and it was a humiliation to me.

Psalms 69:12

12 I made sackcloth my garment, and became a byword for them.

Psalms 69:13

13 Those who sit by the gate speak of me, and [of me] are the songs of drunkards.

Psalms 69:14

14 May my prayer to You, Lord, be at a gracious time; God, in Your abounding kindness, answer me with Your true deliverance.

Psalms 69:15

15 Rescue me from the mire, so that I not sink; let me be saved from my enemies and from deep waters.

Psalms 69:16

16 Let not the current of water sweep me away, nor the deep swallow me; and let not the pit close its mouth over me.

Psalms 69:17

17 Answer me, Lord, for Your kindness is good; according to Your abundant mercies, turn to me.

Psalms 69:18

18 Do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress-hurry to answer me.

Psalms 69:19

19 Draw near to my soul and liberate it; redeem me, so that my enemies [not feel triumphant].

Psalms 69:20

20 You know my humiliation, my shame, and my disgrace; all my tormentors are before You.

Psalms 69:21

21 Humiliation has broken my heart, and I have become ill. I longed for comfort, but there was none; for consolers, but I did not find.

Psalms 69:22

22 They put gall into my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Psalms 69:23

23 Let their table become a trap before them, and [their] serenity, a snare.

Psalms 69:24

24 Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and let their loins continually falter.

Psalms 69:25

25 Pour Your wrath upon them, and let the fierceness of Your anger overtake them.

Psalms 69:26

26 Let their palace be desolate, let there be no dweller in their tents,

Psalms 69:27

27 for they persecute the one whom You struck, and tell of the pain of Your wounded ones.

Psalms 69:28

28 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not enter into Your righteousness.

Psalms 69:29

29 May they be erased from the Book of Life, and let them not be inscribed with the righteous.

Psalms 69:30

30 But I am poor and in pain; let Your deliverance, O God, streng-then me.

Psalms 69:31

31 I will praise the Name of God with song, I will extol Him with thanksgiving!

Psalms 69:32

32 And it will please the Lord more than [the sacrifice of] a mature bull with horns and hooves.

Psalms 69:33

33 The humble will see it and rejoice; you seekers of God, [see] and your hearts will come alive.

Psalms 69:34

34 For the Lord listens to the needy, and He does not despise His prisoners.

Psalms 69:35

35 Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that moves within them,

Psalms 69:36

36 for God will deliver Zion and build the cities of Judah, and they will settle there and possess it;

Psalms 69:37

37 and the seed of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His Name will dwell in it.

Psalms 150:1

1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His holiness; praise Him in the firmament of His strength.

Psalms 150:2

2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His abundant greatness.

Psalms 150:3

3 Praise Him with the call of the shofar; praise Him with harp and lyre.

Psalms 150:4

4 Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.

Psalms 150:5

5 Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clanging cymbals.

Psalms 150:6

6 Let every soul praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

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