JEWISH PSALMS

From the Book of Psalms, helpful scripture for spiritual guidance during times of distress…

1.  CHAPTER 20

2.  CHAPTER 22

3.  CHAPTER 69

4.  CHAPTER 150

CHAPTER 20

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.

CHAPTER 22

Psalms 22:11

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

Psalms 22:12

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

Psalms 22:13

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

Psalms 22:14

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

Psalms 22:15

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

Psalms 22:16

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

Psalms 22:17

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

Psalms 22:18

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

Psalms 22:19

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

Psalms 22:20

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

Psalms 22:21

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

Psalms 22:22

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

Psalms 22:23

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

Psalms 22:24

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

Psalms 22:25

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

Psalms 22:26

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

Psalms 22:27

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

Psalms 22:28

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

Psalms 22:29

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

Psalms 22:30

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

Psalms 22:31

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

Psalms 22:32

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

Psalms 22:33

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

Psalms 22:34

34 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 22:35

35 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 22:36

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

Psalms 22:37

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

Psalms 22:38

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

Psalms 22:39

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

Psalms 22:40

40 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 22:41

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

Psalms 22:42

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

CHAPTER 69

Psalms 69:43

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

Psalms 69:44

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

Psalms 69:45

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

Psalms 69:46

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

Psalms 69:47

47 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 69:48

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

Psalms 69:49

49 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 69:50

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

Psalms 69:51

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

Psalms 69:52

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

Psalms 69:53

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

Psalms 69:54

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

Psalms 69:55

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

Psalms 69:56

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

Psalms 69:57

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

Psalms 69:58

58 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 69:59

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

Psalms 69:60

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

Psalms 69:61

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

Psalms 69:62

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

Psalms 69:63

63 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 69:64

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

Psalms 69:65

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

Psalms 69:66

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

Psalms 69:67

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

Psalms 69:68

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

Psalms 69:69

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

Psalms 69:70

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

Psalms 69:71

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

Psalms 69:72

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

Psalms 69:73

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

Psalms 69:74

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

Psalms 69:75

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

Psalms 69:76

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

Psalms 69:77

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

Psalms 69:78

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

Psalms 69:79

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

CHAPTER 150

Psalms 150:80

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

Psalms 150:81

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

Psalms 150:82

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

Psalms 150:83

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

Psalms 150:84

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

Psalms 150:85

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

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