JEWISH PSALMS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

From the Book of Pslam, helpful passages for spiritual guidance concerning:

1.  A JOURNEY

2.  HEALING

3.  LOVE

4.  PEACE

5.  REPENTANCE

6.  SPECIAL OCCASIONS

7.  TIMES OF DISTRESS

A JOURNEY

NEW JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA TANAKH (NJPS) TRANSLATION

Psalm 91:1-16

1 O you who dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the protection of Shaddai— 2 I say of the LORD, my refuge and stronghold, my God in whom I trust, 3 that He will save you from the fowler’s trap, from the destructive plague. 4 He will cover you with His pinions; you will find refuge under His wings; His fidelity is an encircling shield. 5 You need not fear the terror by night, or the arrow that flies by day, 6 the plague that stalks in the darkness, or the scourge that ravages at noon. 7 A thousand may fall at your left side, ten thousand at your right, but it shall not reach you. 8 You will see it with your eyes, you will witness the punishment of the wicked. 9 Because you took the LORD—my refuge, the Most High—as your haven, 10 no harm will befall you, no disease touch your tent. 11 For He will order His angels to guard you wherever you go. 12 They will carry you in their hands lest you hurt your foot on a stone. 13 You will tread on cubs and vipers; you will trample lions and asps. 14 “Because he is devoted to Me I will deliver him; I will keep him safe, for he knows My name. 15 When he calls on Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in distress; I will rescue him and make him honored; 16 I will let him live to a ripe old age, and show him My salvation.”

HEALING

NEW JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA TANAKH (NJPS) TRANSLATION

Psalm 6:1-11

1 -For the leader; with instrumental music on the sheminith. A psalm of David. 2 O LORD, do not punish me in anger, do not chastise me in fury. 3 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I languish; heal me, O LORD, for my bones shake with terror. 4 My whole being is stricken with terror, while You, LORD—O, how long! 5 O LORD, turn! Rescue me! Deliver me as befits Your faithfulness. 6 For there is no praise of You among the dead; in Sheol, who can acclaim You? 7 I am weary with groaning; every night I drench my bed, I melt my couch in tears. 8 My eyes are wasted by vexation, worn out because of all my foes. 9 Away from me, all you evildoers, for the LORD heeds the sound of my weeping. 10 The LORD heeds my plea, the LORD accepts my prayer. 11 All my enemies will be frustrated and stricken with terror; they will turn back in an instant, frustrated.

Psalm 16:1-11

1 A michtam of David. Protect me, O God, for I seek refuge in You. 2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord, my benefactor; there is none above You.” 3 As to the holy and mighty ones that are in the land, my whole desire concerning them is that 4 those who espouse another god may have many sorrows! I will have no part of their bloody libations; their names will not pass my lips. 5 The LORD is my allotted share and portion; You control my fate. 6 Delightful country has fallen to my lot; lovely indeed is my estate. 7 I bless the LORD who has guided me; my conscience admonishes me at night. 8 I am ever mindful of the LORD’s presence; He is at my right hand; I shall never be shaken. 9 So my heart rejoices, my whole being exults, and my body rests secure. 10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol, or let Your faithful one see the Pit. 11 You will teach me the path of life. In Your presence is perfect joy; delights are ever in Your right hand.

Psalm 41:1-14

1 For the leader. A psalm of David. 2 Happy is he who is thoughtful of the wretched; in bad times may the LORD keep him from harm. 3 May the LORD guard him and preserve him; and may he be thought happy in the land. Do not subject him to the will of his enemies. 4 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed; You shall wholly transform his bed of suffering. 5 I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me, heal me, for I have sinned against You.” 6 My enemies speak evilly of me, “When will he die and his name perish?” 7 If one comes to visit, he speaks falsely; his mind stores up evil thoughts; once outside, he speaks them. 8 All my enemies whisper together against me, imagining the worst for me. 9 “Something baneful has settled in him; he’ll not rise from his bed again.” 10 My ally in whom I trusted, even he who shares my bread, has been utterly false to me. 11 But You, O LORD, have mercy on me; let me rise again and repay them. 12 Then shall I know that You are pleased with me: when my enemy cannot shout in triumph over me. 13 You will support me because of my integrity, and let me abide in Your presence forever. 14 Blessed is the LORD, God of Israel, from eternity to eternity. Amen and Amen.

Psalm 88:1-19

1 A song. A psalm of the Korahites. For the leader; on maḥalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. 2 O LORD, God of my deliverance, when I cry out in the night before You, 3 let my prayer reach You; incline Your ear to my cry. 4 For I am sated with misfortune; I am at the brink of Sheol. 5 I am numbered with those who go down to the Pit; I am a helpless man 6 abandoned among the dead, like bodies lying in the grave of whom You are mindful no more, and who are cut off from Your care. 7 You have put me at the bottom of the Pit, in the darkest places, in the depths. 8 Your fury lies heavy upon me; You afflict me with all Your breakers. Selah. 9 You make my companions shun me; You make me abhorrent to them; I am shut in and do not go out. 10 My eyes pine away from affliction; I call to You, O LORD, each day; I stretch out my hands to You. 11 Do You work wonders for the dead? Do the shades rise to praise You? Selah. 12 Is Your faithful care recounted in the grave, Your constancy in the place of perdition? 13 Are Your wonders made known in the netherworld, Your beneficent deeds in the land of oblivion? 14 As for me, I cry out to You, O LORD; each morning my prayer greets You. 15 Why, O LORD, do You reject me, do You hide Your face from me? 16 From my youth I have been afflicted and near death; I suffer Your terrors wherever I turn. 17 Your fury overwhelms me; Your terrors destroy me. 18 They swirl about me like water all day long; they encircle me on every side. 19 You have put friend and neighbor far from me and my companions out of my sight.

Psalm 90:1-17

1 A prayer of Moses, the man of God. O Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation. 2 Before the mountains came into being, before You brought forth the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity You are God. 3 You return man to dust; You decreed, “Return you mortals!” 4 For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that has passed, like a watch of the night. 5 You engulf men in sleep; at daybreak they are like grass that renews itself; 6 at daybreak it flourishes anew; by dusk it withers and dries up. 7 So we are consumed by Your anger, terror-struck by Your fury. 8 You have set our iniquities before You, our hidden sins in the light of Your face. 9 All our days pass away in Your wrath; we spend our years like a sigh. 10 The span of our life is seventy years, or, given the strength, eighty years; but the best of them are trouble and sorrow. They pass by speedily, and we are in darkness. 11 Who can know Your furious anger? Your wrath matches the fear of You. 12 Teach us to count our days rightly, that we may obtain a wise heart. 13 Turn, O LORD! How long? Show mercy to Your servants. 14 Satisfy us at daybreak with Your steadfast love that we may sing for joy all our days. 15 Give us joy for as long as You have afflicted us, for the years we have suffered misfortune. 16 Let Your deeds be seen by Your servants, Your glory by their children. 17 May the favor of the Lord, our God, be upon us; let the work of our hands prosper, O prosper the work of our hands!

Psalm 103:1-22

1 Of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, all my being, His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul and do not forget all His bounties. 3 He forgives all your sins, heals all your diseases. 4 He redeems your life from the Pit, surrounds you with steadfast love and mercy. 5 He satisfies you with good things in the prime of life, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD executes righteous acts and judgments for all who are wronged. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the children of Israel. 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not contend forever, or nurse His anger for all time. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor has He requited us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him. 12 As east is far from west, so far has He removed our sins from us. 13 As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear Him. 14 For He knows how we are formed; He is mindful that we are dust. 15 Man, his days are like those of grass; he blooms like a flower of the field; 16 a wind passes by and it is no more, its own place no longer knows it. 17 But the LORD’s steadfast love is for all eternity toward those who fear Him, and His beneficence is for the children’s children 18 of those who keep His covenant and remember to observe His precepts. 19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His sovereign rule is over all. 20 Bless the LORD, O His angels, mighty creatures who do His bidding, ever obedient to His bidding; 21 bless the LORD, all His hosts, His servants who do His will; 22 bless the LORD, all His works, through the length and breadth of His realm; bless the LORD, O my soul.

LOVE

NEW JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA TANAKH (NJPS) TRANSLATION

Psalm 32:1-11

1 Of David. A maskil. Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered over. 2 Happy the man whom the LORD does not hold guilty, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 As long as I said nothing, my limbs wasted away from my anguished roaring all day long. 4 For night and day Your hand lay heavy on me; my vigor waned as in the summer drought. Selah. 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to You; I did not cover up my guilt; I resolved, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. 6 Therefore let every faithful man pray to You upon discovering his sin, that the rushing mighty waters not overtake him. 7 You are my shelter; You preserve me from distress; You surround me with the joyous shouts of deliverance. Selah. 8 Let me enlighten you and show you which way to go; let me offer counsel; my eye is on you. 9 Be not like a senseless horse or mule whose movement must be curbed by bit and bridle; far be it from you! 10 Many are the torments of the wicked, but he who trusts in the LORD shall be surrounded with favor. 11 Rejoice in the LORD and exult, O you righteous; shout for joy, all upright men!

Psalm 38:1-23

1 A psalm of David. Lehazkir. 2 O LORD, do not punish me in wrath; do not chastise me in fury.