1 You who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Omnipotent:
2 I say of the Lord who is my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust,
3 that He will save you from the ensnaring trap, from the destructive pestilence.
4 He will cover you with His pinions and you will find refuge under His wings; His truth is a shield and an armor.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day;
6 the pestilence that prowls in the darkness, nor the destruction that ravages at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your [left] side, and ten thousand at your right, but it shall not reach you.
8 You need only look with your eyes, and you will see the retribution of the wicked.
9 Because you [have said,] “The Lord is my shelter,” and you have made the Most High your haven,
10 no evil will befall you, no plague will come near your tent.
11 For He will instruct His angels in your behalf, to guard you in all your ways.
12 They will carry you in their hands, lest you injure your foot upon a rock.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the viper; you will trample upon the young lion and the serpent.
14 Because he desires Me, I will deliver him; I will fortify him, for he knows My Name.
15 When he calls on Me, I will answer him; I am with him in distress. I will deliver him and honor him.
16 I will satiate him with long life, and show him My deliverance.
1 For the Conductor, with instrumental music for the eight-stringed harp, a psalm by David.
2 Lord, do not punish me in Your anger, nor chastise me in Your wrath.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I languish away; heal me, O Lord, for my bones tremble in fear.
4 My soul is panic-stricken; and You, O Lord, how long [before You help]?
5 Relent, O Lord, deliver my soul; save me for the sake of Your kindness.
6 For there is no remembrance of You in death; who will praise You in the grave?
7 I am weary from sighing; each night I drench my bed, I melt my couch with my tears.
8 My eye has grown dim from vexation, worn out by all my oppressors.
9 Depart from me, all you evildoers, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
10 The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.
11 All my enemies will be shamed and utterly terrified; they will then repent and be shamed for a moment.
1 A michtam, by David. Watch over me, O God, for I have put my trust in You.
2 You, [my soul,] have said to God, “You are my Master; You are not obligated to benefit me.”
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.
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.
5 The Lord is my allotted portion and my share; You guide my destiny.
6 Portions have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, a beautiful inheritance is mine.
7 I bless the Lord Who has advised me; even in the nights my intellect admonishes me.
8 I have set the Lord before me at all times; because He is at my right hand, I shall not falter.
9 Therefore my heart rejoices and my soul exults; my flesh, too, rests secure.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to the grave, You will not allow Your pious one to see purgatory.
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.
1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David.
2 Fortunate is he who is thoughtful of the poor, [for] the Lord will save him on the day of evil.
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.
4 The Lord will support him on the bed of illness; You will turn him over in his bed all throughout his sickness.
5 I said, “Lord, be gracious to me! Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You!”
6 My foes say that evil [awaits] me: “When will he die, and his name perish?”
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.
8 Together they whisper against me-all my enemies; against me they devise my harm, [saying]:
9 “Let his wickedness pour into him; now that he lies down, he shall rise no more.”
10 Even my ally in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has raised his heel over me.
11 But you, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, and I will repay them.
12 With this I shall know that You desire me, when my enemies will not shout gleefully over me.
13 And I, because of my integrity, You upheld me; You set me before You forever.
14 Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, to all eternity, Amen and Amen.
1 A song, a psalm by the sons of Korach, for the Conductor, upon the machalat le’anot; a maskil for Heiman the Ezrachite.
2 O Lord, God of my deliverance, by day I cried out [to You], by night I [offer my prayer] before You.
3 Let my prayer come before You; turn Your ear to my supplication.
4 For my soul is sated with affliction, and my life has reached the grave.
5 I was reckoned with those who go down to the pit, I was like a man without strength.
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.
7 You have put me into the lowest pit, into the darkest places, into the depths.
8 Your wrath has weighed heavily upon me, and all the waves [of Your fury] have constantly afflicted me.
9 You have estranged my friends from me, You have made me abhorrent to them; I am imprisoned and unable to leave.
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.
11 Do You perform wonders for the deceased? Do the dead stand to offer You praise? Selah.
12 Is Your kindness recounted in the grave, your faithfulness in the place of perdition?
13 Are Your wondrous deeds known in the darkness [of the grave], or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?
14 But, I, to You, O Lord, I cry; each morning my prayer comes before You.
15 Why, O Lord, do You forsake my soul? Why do You conceal Your countenance from Me?
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.
17 Your furies have passed over me; Your terrors have cut me down.
18 They have engulfed me like water all day long, they all together surrounded me.
19 You have estranged from me beloved and friend; I have been rejected by my intimates.
1 A prayer by Moses, the man of God. My Lord, You have been a shelter for us in every generation.
2 Before the mountains came into being, before You created the earth and the world-for ever and ever You are Almighty God.
3 You diminish man until he is crushed, and You say, “Return, you children of man.”
4 Indeed, a thousand years are in Your eyes like yesterday that has passed, like a watch of the night.
5 The stream of their life is as but a slumber; in the morning they are like grass that sprouts anew.
6 In the morning it thrives and sprouts anew; in the evening it withers and dries.
7 For we are consumed by Your anger, and destroyed by Your wrath.
8 You have set our wrongdoings before You, our hidden sins before the light of Your countenance.
9 For all our days have vanished in Your wrath; we cause our years to pass like a fleeting sound.
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.
11 Who can know the intensity of Your anger? Your wrath is commensurate with one’s fear of You.
12 Teach us, then, to reckon our days, that we may acquire a wise heart.
13 Relent, O Lord; how long [will Your anger last]? Have compassion upon Your servants.
14 Satiate us in the morning with Your kindness, then we shall sing and rejoice throughout our days.
15 Give us joy corresponding to the days You afflicted us, the years we have seen adversity.
16 Let Your work be revealed to Your servants, and Your splendor be upon their children.
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.
1 By David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, His holy Name.
2 My soul, bless the Lord; forget not all His favors:
3 Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your illnesses;
4 Who redeems your life from the grave, Who crowns you with kindness and mercy;
5 Who satisfies your mouth with goodness; like the eagle, your youth is renewed.
6 The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made His ways known to Moses, His deeds to the Children of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 He will not contend for eternity, nor harbor ill will forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our transgressions, nor requited us according to our sins.
11 For as high as heaven is above the earth, so has His kindness been mighty over those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so has He distanced our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so has the Lord had compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our nature; He is mindful that we are but dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; like a flower of the field, so he sprouts.
16 When a wind passes over him, he is gone; his place recognizes him no more.
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,
18 to those who keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commands to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingship has dominion over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels who are mighty in strength, who do His bidding to obey the voice of His speech.
21 Bless the Lord, all His hosts, His servants who do His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works, in all the places of His dominion. My soul, bless the Lord!
1 By David, a maskil. Fortunate is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Fortunate is the man to whom the Lord does not reckon his sin, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I was silent, my limbs wore away through my wailing all day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my marrow became [dry] as the droughts of summer, Selah.
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.
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.
7 You are a refuge to me; protect me from distress; surround me with songs of deliverance forever.
8 I will enlighten you and educate you in the path you should go; I will advise you with what I have seen.
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.
10 Many are the agonies of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord is surrounded by kindness.
11 Rejoice in the Lord and exult, you righteous ones! Sing joyously, all you upright of heart!
1 A psalm by David, to remind.
2 O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chastise me in Your wrath.
3 For Your arrows have landed in me, Your hand descended upon me.
4 There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your rage, no peace in my bones because of my sin.
5 For my iniquities have flooded over my head; like a heavy load, they are too heavy for me.
6 My wounds are rotted; they reek because of my foolishness.
7 I am bent and extremely bowed; all day I go about in gloom.
8 My sides are inflamed; there is no soundness in my flesh.
9 I am weakened and extremely depressed; I howl from the moaning of my heart.
10 My Lord, all that I desire is before You; my sighing is not hidden from You.
11 My heart is engulfed, my strength has left me; the light of my eyes they, too, are not with me.
12 My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction; my intimates stand afar.
13 The seekers of my life have laid traps; those who seek my harm speak destructiveness; they utter deceits all day long.
14 But I am like a deaf man, I do not hear; like a mute that does not open his mouth.
15 I was like a man that does not perceive, and in whose mouth there are no rebuttals.
16 Because for You, O Lord, I wait; You will answer, my Lord, my God.
17 For I said, “Lest they rejoice over me; when my foot falters they will gloat over me.”
18 For I am accustomed to limping, and my pain is constantly before me.
19 For I admit my iniquity; I worry because of my sin.
20 But my enemies abound with life; those who hate me without cause flourish.
21 Those who repay evil for good resent me for my pursuit of good.
22 Do not forsake me, O Lord; do not be distant from me, my God.
23 Hurry to my aid, O my Lord, my Salvation.
1 For the Conductor, by David, to remind.
2 O God, [come] to rescue me; O Lord, hurry to my aid.
3 Let those who seek my life be shamed and disgraced; let those who wish me harm retreat and be humiliated.
4 Let those who say, “Aha! Aha!” be turned back in return for their shaming [me].
5 Let all who seek You rejoice and delight in You, and let those who love Your deliverance say always, “May God be exalted!”
6 But I am poor and needy; hurry to me, O God! You are my help and deliverer; O God, do not delay!
1 I have taken refuge in You, O Lord; I will never be shamed.
2 Rescue me and deliver me in Your righteousness; incline Your ear to me and save me.
3 Be for me a sheltering rock, to enter always. You have ordered my salvation, for You are my rock and my fortress.
4 O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked, from the palm of the scheming and violent.
5 For You are my hope, O my Lord, God, my security since my youth.
6 I have relied on You from the womb; You drew me from my mother’s innards; my praise is of You always.
7 I became an example to the masses, yet You were my mighty refuge.
8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, all day long with Your glory.
9 Do not cast me aside in old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails;
10 for my enemies say of me, and those who watch my soul conspire together,
11 saying, “God has forsaken him. Give chase and catch him, for there is no rescuer.”
12 O God, do not distance Yourself from me; my God, hurry to my aid.
13 Let the adversaries of my soul be shamed and consumed; let those who seek my harm be enwrapped in disgrace and humiliation.
14 But as for me, I will always hope; I will add to all Your praises.
15 My mouth will tell of Your righteousness, all day long of Your deliverance, for I do not know their number.
16 I come with the strength of my Lord, God; I mention Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17 O God, You have taught me since my youth, and to this day I tell of Your wonders.
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.
19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens, for You do great things; O God, who is like You!
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.
21 You will increase my greatness; You will turn and console me.
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.
23 My lips will rejoice when I sing to you, as well as my soul which You have redeemed.
24 My tongue will also utter Your righteousness all day, for those who seek my harm are shamed and disgraced.
1 A song of ascents. I lift my eyes to the mountains-from where will my help come?
2 My help will come from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot falter; your guardian does not slumber.
4 Indeed, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
5 The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your protective shade at your right hand.
6 The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will guard you from all evil; He will guard your soul.
8 The Lord will guard your going and your coming from now and for all time.
1 A song of ascents by David. Were it not for the Lord Who was with us-let Israel declare-
2 were it not for the Lord Who was with us when men rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us alive in their burning rage against us.
4 Then the waters would have inundated us, the torrent would have swept over our soul;
5 then the raging waters would have surged over our soul.
6 Blessed is the Lord, Who did not permit us to be prey for their teeth.
7 Our soul is like a bird which has escaped from the fowler’s snare; the snare broke and we escaped.
8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
1 For the Conductor, by the sons of Korach, on the alamot, a song.
2 God is our refuge and strength, a help in distress, He is most accessible.
3 Therefore, we will not be afraid when the earth is transformed, when mountains collapse in the heart of the seas;
4 when its waters roar and are muddied, and mountains quake before His grandeur, Selah.
5 The river-its streams will bring joy to the city of God, the sacred dwelling of the Most High.
6 God is in her midst, she will not falter; God will help her at the approach of morning.
7 Nations clamor, kingdoms stumble; He raises His voice and the earth dissolves.
8 The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold forever.
9 Go and see the works of the Lord, Who has wrought devastation in the land.
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.
11 Stop [waging war]! And know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, exalted upon the earth.
12 The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold forever.
1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David,
2 when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba.
3 Be gracious to me, O God, in keeping with Your kindness; in accordance with Your abounding compassion, erase my transgressions.
4 Cleanse me thoroughly of my wrongdoing, and purify me of my sin.
5 For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
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.
7 Indeed, I was begotten in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
8 Indeed, You desire truth in the innermost parts; teach me the wisdom of concealed things.
9 Purge me with hyssop and I shall be pure; cleanse me and I shall be whiter than snow.
10 Let me hear [tidings of] joy and gladness; then the bones which You have shattered will rejoice.
11 Hide Your face from my sins, and erase all my trespasses.
12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew within me an upright spirit.
13 Do not cast me out of Your presence, and do not take Your Spirit of Holiness away from me.
14 Restore to me the joy of Your deliverance, and uphold me with a spirit of magnanimity.
15 I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.
16 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, God of my deliverance; my tongue will sing Your righteousness.
1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David.
2 The heavens recount the glory of the Almighty; the sky proclaims His handiwork.
3 Day to day speech streams forth; night to night expresses knowledge.
4 There is no utterance, there are no words; their voice is inaudible.
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,
6 which is like a groom coming forth from his bridal canopy, like a strong man rejoicing to run the course.
7 Its rising is at one end of the heavens, and its orbit encompasses the other ends; nothing is hidden from its heat.
8 The Torah of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making wise the simpleton.
9 The precepts of the Lord are just, rejoicing the heart; the command of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes.
10 The fear of the Lord is pure, abiding forever; the judgments of the Lord are true, they are all righteous together.
11 They are more desirable than gold, than much fine gold; sweeter than honey or the drippings of honeycomb.
12 Indeed, Your servant is scrupulous with them; in observing them there is abundant reward.
13 Yet who can discern inadvertent wrongs? Purge me of hidden sins.
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.
15 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
1 A prayer of the poor man when he is faint [with affliction], and pours out his tale of woe before the Lord.
2 O Lord, hear my prayer, let my cry reach You!
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.
4 For my days have vanished with the smoke; my bones are dried up as a hearth.
5 Smitten like grass and withered is my heart, for I have forgotten to eat my bread.
6 From the voice of my sigh, my bone cleaves to my flesh.
7 I am like the bird of the wilderness; like the owl of the wasteland have I become.
8 In haste I fled; I was like a bird, alone on a roof.
9 All day my enemies disgrace me; those who ridicule me curse using my name.
10 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,
11 because of Your anger and Your wrath-for You have raised me up, then cast me down.
12 My days are like the fleeting shadow; I wither away like the grass.
13 But You, Lord, will be enthroned forever, and Your remembrance is for all generations.
14 You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her; the appointed time has come.
15 For Your servants cherish her stones, and love her dust.
16 Then the nations will fear the Name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory,
17 when [they see that] the Lord has built Zion, He has appeared in His glory.
18 He turned to the entreaty of the prayerful, and did not despise their prayer.
19 Let this be written for the last generation, so that the newborn nation will praise the Lord.
20 For He looked down from His holy heights; from heaven, the Lord gazed upon the earth,
21 to hear the cry of the bound, to untie those who are doomed to die,
22 so that the Name of the Lord be declared in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem,
23 when nations and kingdoms will gather together to serve the Lord.
24 He weakened my strength on the way; He shortened my days.
25 I would say: “My God, do not remove me in the midst of my days! You Whose years endure through all generations.”
26 In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.
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.
28 But You remain the same; Your years will not end.
29 The children of Your servants will abide; their seed shall be established before You.
1 A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call to You, O Lord.
2 My Lord, hearken to my voice; let Your ears be attentive to the sound of my pleas.
3 God, if You were to preserve iniquities, my Lord, who could survive?
4 But forgiveness is with You, that You may be held in awe.
5 I hope in the Lord; my soul hopes, and I long for His word.
6 My soul yearns for the Lord more than those awaiting the morning wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is kindness; with Him there is abounding deliverance.
8 And He will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
1 A maskil by David, when he was in the cave, a prayer.
2 With my voice I will cry out to the Lord; with my voice I will call to the Lord in supplication.
3 I will pour out my plea before Him; I will declare my distress in His presence.
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.
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.
6 I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
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.
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
1 For the Conductor, a psalm by David.
2 May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob fortify you.
3 May He send your help from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion.
4 May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices.
5 May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill your every counsel.
6 We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your wishes.
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.
8 Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our God.
9 They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm.
10 Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.
1 For the Conductor, on the ayelet hashachar, a psalm by David.
2 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me! So far from saving me, from the words of my outcry?
3 My God, I call out by day, and You do not answer; at night-but there is no respite for me.
4 Yet You, Holy One, are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
5 In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You saved them.
6 They cried to You and were rescued; they trusted in You and were not shamed.
7 And I am a worm and not a man; scorn of men, contempt of nations.
8 All who see me mock me; they open their lips, they shake their heads.
9 But one that casts [his burden] upon the Lord-He will save him; He will rescue him, for He desires him.
10 For You took me out of the womb, and made me secure on my mother’s breasts.
11 I have been thrown upon You from birth; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.
12 Be not distant from me, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.
13 Many bulls surround me, the mighty bulls of Bashan encircle me.
14 They open their mouths against me, like a lion that ravages and roars.
15 I am poured out like water, all my bones are disjointed; my heart has become like wax, melted within my innards.
16 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my palate; You set me in the dust of death.
17 For dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers enclose me; my hands and feet are like a lion’s prey.
18 I count all my limbs, while they watch and gloat over me.
19 They divide my garments amongst them; they cast lots upon my clothing.
20 But You, Lord, do not be distant; my Strength, hurry to my aid!
21 Save my life from the sword, my soul from the grip of dogs.
22 Save me from the lion’s mouth, as You have answered me from the horns of wild beasts.
23 I will recount [the praises of] Your Name to my brothers; I will extol You amidst the congregation.
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!
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.
26 My praise comes from You, in the great congregation; I will pay my vows before those that fear Him.
27 Let the humble eat and be satisfied; let those who seek the Lord praise Him-may your hearts live forever!
28 All the ends of the earth will remember and return to the Lord; all families of nations will bow down before You.
29 For sovereignty is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations.
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.
31 The progeny of those who serve Him will tell of the Lord to the latter generations.
32 They will come and relate His righteousness-all that He has done-to a newborn nation.
1 For the Conductor, on the shoshanim, by David.
2 Deliver me, O God, for the waters have reached until my soul!
3 I have sunk in muddy depths without foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the current sweeps me away.
4 I am wearied by my crying, my throat is parched; my eyes pined while waiting for my God.
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.
6 O God, You know my folly, and my wrongs are not hidden from You.
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,
8 because for Your sake I have borne humiliation, disgrace covers my face.
9 I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons,
10 for the envy of Your House has consumed me, and the humiliations of those who scorn You have fallen upon me.
11 And I wept while my soul fasted, and it was a humiliation to me.
12 I made sackcloth my garment, and became a byword for them.
13 Those who sit by the gate speak of me, and [of me] are the songs of drunkards.
14 May my prayer to You, Lord, be at a gracious time; God, in Your abounding kindness, answer me with Your true deliverance.
15 Rescue me from the mire, so that I not sink; let me be saved from my enemies and from deep waters.
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.
17 Answer me, Lord, for Your kindness is good; according to Your abundant mercies, turn to me.
18 Do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress-hurry to answer me.
19 Draw near to my soul and liberate it; redeem me, so that my enemies [not feel triumphant].
20 You know my humiliation, my shame, and my disgrace; all my tormentors are before You.
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.
22 They put gall into my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
23 Let their table become a trap before them, and [their] serenity, a snare.
24 Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and let their loins continually falter.
25 Pour Your wrath upon them, and let the fierceness of Your anger overtake them.
26 Let their palace be desolate, let there be no dweller in their tents,
27 for they persecute the one whom You struck, and tell of the pain of Your wounded ones.
28 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not enter into Your righteousness.
29 May they be erased from the Book of Life, and let them not be inscribed with the righteous.
30 But I am poor and in pain; let Your deliverance, O God, streng-then me.
31 I will praise the Name of God with song, I will extol Him with thanksgiving!
32 And it will please the Lord more than [the sacrifice of] a mature bull with horns and hooves.
33 The humble will see it and rejoice; you seekers of God, [see] and your hearts will come alive.
34 For the Lord listens to the needy, and He does not despise His prisoners.
35 Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that moves within them,
36 for God will deliver Zion and build the cities of Judah, and they will settle there and possess it;
37 and the seed of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His Name will dwell in it.
1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His holiness; praise Him in the firmament of His strength.
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His abundant greatness.
3 Praise Him with the call of the shofar; praise Him with harp and lyre.
4 Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.
5 Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clanging cymbals.
6 Let every soul praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!