Psalms Volume 1 (Ps.1-41) ENDS. Seraphim, April 2009.
JB PSALMS Volume 1 (1 - 41)
JB PSALMS Chapter 1
The two ways
1:1 Happy the man who never follows the advice of the wicked, or loiters on the way that sinners take, or sits about with scoffers,
1:2 but finds his pleasure in the Law of Yahweh, and murmurs his law day and night.
1:3 He is like a tree that is planted by water streams, yielding its fruit in season, its leaves never fading;
1:4 It is nothing like this with the wicked, nothing like this! No, these are like chaff blown away by the wind.
1:5 The wicked will not stand firm when Judgement comes, nor sinners when the virtuous assemble.
1:6 For Yahweh takes care of the way the virtuous go, but the way of the wicked is doomed.
JB PSALMS Chapter 2
The messianic drama
2:1 Why this uproar among the nations? Why this impotent muttering of pagans -
2:2 kings on earth rising in revolt, princes plotting against Yahweh and his Anointed,
2:3 'Now let us break their fetters! Now let us throw off their yoke!'
2:4 The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing, Yahweh derides them.
2:5 Then angrily he addresses them, in a rage he strikes them with panic,
2:6 'This is my king, installed by me on Zion, my holy mountain'.
2:7 Let me proclaim Yahweh's decree; he has told me, 'You are my son, today I have become your father.
2:8 Ask and I will give you the nations for your heritage, the ends of the earth for your domain.
2:9 With iron sceptre you will break them, shatter them like potter's ware.'
2:10 So now, you kings, learn wisdom, earthly rulers, be warned:
2:11 serve Yahweh, fear him,
2:12 tremble and kiss his feet, or he will be angry and you will perish, for his anger is very quick to blaze. Happy all who take shelter in him.
JB PSALMS Chapter 3
Morning prayer of the virtuous man under persecution
When he was escaping from his son Absalom
3:1 Yahweh, more and more are turning against me, more and more are rebelling against me,
3:2 more and more saying about me, 'There is no help from him in his God'. (pause)
3:3 But, Yahweh, my encircling shield, my glory, you help me hold up my head.
3:4 Loudly I cry to Yahweh, and he answers me from his holy mountain. (pause)
3:5 Now I can lie down and go to sleep and then awake, for Yahweh has hold of me:
3:6 no fear now of those tens of thousands posted against me wherever I turn.
3:7 Rise, Yahweh! Save me, my God! You hack all my enemies to the cheekbone, you break the teeth of the wicked.
3:8 From Yahweh, rescue. On your people, blessing! (pause)
JB PSALMS Chapter 4
For the choirmaster
4:1 God, guardian of my rights, you answer when I call, when I am in trouble, you come to my relief; now be good to me and hear my prayer.
4:2 You men, why shut your hearts so long, loving delusions, chasing after lies. (Pause)
4:3 Know this, Yahweh works wonders for those he loves, Yahweh hears me when I call to him.
4:4 Tremble: give up sinning, spend your night in quiet meditation. (Pause)
4:5 Offer sacrifice in a right spirit, and trust Yahweh.
4:6 'Who will give us sight of happiness?' many say. Show us the light of your face, turned towards us! Yahweh,
4:7 you have given more joy to my heart than others ever knew, for all their corn and wine.
4:8 In peace I lie down, and fall asleep at once, since you alone, Yahweh, make me rest secure.
JB PSALMS Chapter 5
For the choirmaster
5:1 Yahweh, let my words come to your ears, spare a thought for my sighs.
5:2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God! I say this prayer to you,
5:3 Yahweh, for at daybreak you listen for my voice. and at dawn I hold myself in readiness for you, I watch for you.
5:4 You are not a God who is pleased with wickedness, you have no room for the wicked;
5:5 boasters collapse under your scrutiny. You hate all evil men,
5:6 liars you destroy; murderers and frauds Yahweh detests.
5:7 But I, so great is your love, may come to your house, and before your holy Temple bow down in reverence to you.
5:8 Yahweh, lead me in the path of your righteousness, for there are men lying in wait for me; make your way plain before me.
5:9 Not a word from their lips can be trusted, deep within them lies ruin, their throats are yawning graves; they make their tongues so smooth!
5:10 Pronounce them guilty, God, make their intrigues their own downfall! Hound them for their countless crimes, since they have rebelled against you.
5:11 But joy for all who take shelter in you, endless shouts of joy! Since you protect them, they exult in you, those who love your name.
5:12 It is you who bless the virtuous man, Yahweh; your favour is like a shield covering him.
JB PSALMS Chapter 6
Prayer in ordeal
For the choirmaster
For strings, for the octachord
6:1 Yahweh, do not punish me in your rage, or reprove me in the heat of anger.
6:2 Pity me, Yahweh, I have no strength left, heal me, my bones are in torment,
6:3 my soul is in utter torment. Yahweh, how long will you be?
6:4 Come back, Yahweh, rescue my soul, save me, if you love me;
6:5 for in death there is no remembrance of you: who can sing your praises in Sheol?
6:6 I am worn out with groaning, every night I drench my pillow and soak my bed with tears;
6:7 my eye is wasted with grief, I have grown old with enemies all round me.
6:8 Away from me, all you evil men! For Yahweh has heard the sound of my weeping;
6:9 Yahweh has heard my petition, Yahweh will accept my prayer.
6:10 Let all my enemies, discredited, in utter torment, fall back in sudden confusion.
JB PSALMS Chapter 7
Prayer of the virtuous under persecution
Of David, who sang it to Yahweh about Cush the Benjaminite
7:1 Yahweh my God, I take shelter in you; from all who hound me, save me, rescue me,
7:2 or, like a lion, he will carry me off and tear me to pieces where no one can save me.
7:3 Yahweh my God, if I ever soiled my hands with fraud,
7:4 repaid a friend evil for good, spared a man who wronged me[*a],
7:5 then let the enemy hound me down and catch me, let him stamp my life into the ground, and leave my entrails lying in the dust! (pause)
7:6 Rise, Yahweh, in anger, awake, my God! Confront the raging of my enemies, you who demand that justice shall be done.
7:7 Let the nations muster round you in a body, and then return, high over them.
7:8 (Yahweh is arbiter of nations[*b].) Give judgement for me, Yahweh: as my virtue and my integrity deserve.
7:9 Bring the maliciousness of evil men to an end, set the virtuous on his feet, you righteous God, assessor of mind and heart.
7:10 God is the shield that protects me, he preserves upright hearts,
7:11 God the righteous judge is slow to show his anger, but he is a God who is always enraged
7:12 by those who refuse to repent. The enemy may sharpen his sword,
7:13 but the weapons he prepares will kill himself and his arrows turn into firebrands.
7:14 Look at him, pregnant with wickedness, conceiving Spite, he gives birth to Mishap.
7:15 He dug a pit, hollowed it out, only to fall into his own trap!
7:16 His spite recoils on his own head, his brutality falls back on his own skull.
7:17 I give thanks to Yahweh for his righteousness, I sing praise to the name of the Most High.
JB PSALMS Chapter 8
The munificence of the creator
For the choirmaster
On the ... of Gath[*a]
8:1 Yahweh, our Lord, how great your name throughout the earth! Above the heavens is your majesty chanted
8:2 by the mouths of children, babes in arms. You set your stronghold firm against your foes to subdue enemies and rebels.
8:3 I look up at your heavens, made by your fingers, at the moon and stars you set in place -
8:4 ah, what is man that you should spare a thought for him, the son of man that you should care for him?
8:5 Yet you have made him little less than a god, you have crowned him with glory and splendour,
8:6 made him lord over the work of your bands, set all things under his feet,
8:7 sheep and oxen, all these, yes, wild animals too,
8:8 birds in the air, fish in the sea travelling the paths of the ocean.
8:9 Yahweh, our Lord, how great your name throughout the earth!
JB PSALMS Chapter 9
God crushes the wicked and saves the humble[*a]
For the choirmaster
For oboe and harp
9:1 I thank you, Yahweh, with all my heart; I recite your marvels one by one,
9:2 I rejoice and exult in you, I sing praise to your name, Most High.
9:3 My enemies are in retreat, stumbling, perishing as you confront them:
9:4 you have upheld the justice of my cause from the throne where you sit as righteous judge.
9:5 You have checked the nations, you have crushed the wicked, blotted out their name for ever and ever;
9:6 the enemy is finished, in everlasting ruin, you have overthrown cities, their memory has perished.
9:7 See, Yahweh is enthroned for ever, he sets up his throne for judgement;
9:8 he is going to judge the world with justice, and pronounce a true verdict on the nations.
9:9 May Yahweh be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold when times are hard.
9:10 Those who acknowledge your name can rely on you, you never desert those who seek you, Yahweh.
9:11 To Yahweh with his home in Zion, sing praise, tell the nations of his mighty actions;
9:12 he, the avenger of blood, remembers them, he does not ignore the cry of the wretched.
9:13 Take pity on me, Yahweh, look on my suffering, you who lift me back from the gates of death,
9:14 that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may recite your praises one by one, rejoicing that you have saved me.
9:15 The nations have sunk into a pit of their own making, they are caught by the feet in the snare they set themselves.
9:16 Yahweh has made himself known, has given judgement, he has trapped the wicked in the work of their own hands. (Muted music)
9:17 May the wicked return to Sheol (pause), all the nations forgetful of God.
9:18 For the needy is not always forgotten, the hope of the poor is never brought to nothing.
9:19 Rise, Yahweh, let not man have the upper hand, let the nations stand trial before you!
9:20 Strike terror into them, Yahweh, let the nations know they are only men! (pause)
JB PSALMS Chapter 10
10:1 Yahweh, why do you stand aside, why hide from us now the times are hard?
10:2 The poor man is devoured by the pride of the wicked, he is caught in the wiles that the other has devised.
10:3 The evil man boasts of his soul's desires, the grasping man blasphemes[*a], the wicked spurns Yahweh.
10:4 'His anger is up there, he will not make me pay! There is no God!' This is the way his mind works.
10:5 At every moment his course is assured, your rulings are too lofty for his notice; his rivals? He sneers at them all.
10:6 'Nothing can shake me' he assures himself. Himself untouched by disaster,
10:7 he curses others.
Fraud and oppression fill his mouth,
spite and iniquity are under his tongue;
10:8 there in the reeds he lies in ambush to kill the innocent where no one can see.
Peering and prying for the out-of-luck,
10:9 lurking unseen like a lion in his hide, lurking to capture the poor man, the poor man seized, he drags him away in his net.
10:10 Questing of eye, he stoops, he crouches, and the luckless wretch falls into his power
10:11 as he thinks to himself, 'God forgets, he hides his face, he does not see at all'.
10:12 Rise, Yahweh, God raise your hand, do not forget the poor!
10:13 Why does the wicked man spurn God, assuring himself, 'He will not make me pay'?
10:14 You yourself have seen the distress and the grief, you watch and then take them into your hands; the luckless man commits himself to you, you, the orphan's certain help.
10:15 Break the power of the wicked, of the evil man, seek out his wickedness till there is none to be found!
10:16 Yahweh is king for ever and ever, the pagans are doomed to vanish from his country.
10:17 Yahweh, you listen to the wants of the humble, you bring strength to their hearts, you grant them a hearing,
10:18 judging in favour of the orphaned and exploited, so that earthborn man may strike fear no longer.
JB PSALMS Chapter 11
PSALM 11 (v 10 )
The confidence of the virtuous
For the choirmaster
11:1 In Yahweh I take shelter. How can you say to me, 'Bird, fly back to your mountain:
11:2 'see how the wicked are bending their bows and fitting their arrows to the string, ready to shoot the upright from the shadows.
11:3 When foundations fall to ruin, what can the virtuous do?'
11:4 Yahweh is in his holy Temple, Yahweh whose throne is in heaven; his eyes look down at the world, his searching gaze scans all mankind.
11:5 The virtuous and the wicked are under Yahweh's scrutiny, and his soul hates anyone who loves brutality.
11:6 He rains coals of fire and brimstone on the wicked, he serves them a scorching wind to swallow down.
11:7 Yahweh is righteous, he loves virtue, upright men will contemplate his face.
JB PSALMS Chapter 12
PSALM 12 (v 11)
Against a deceitful world
For the choirmaster
For the octachord
12:1 Save us, Yahweh! There are no devout men left, fidelity has vanished from mankind.
12:2 All they do is lie to one another, flattering lips, talk from a double heart.
12:3 May Yahweh slice off every flattering lip, each tongue so glib with boasts,
12:4 those who say, 'In our tongue lies our strength, our lips have the advantage; who can master us?'
12:5 'For the plundered poor, for the needy who groan, now will I act' says Yahweh. 'I will grant them the safety they sigh for.'
12:6 The words of Yahweh are without alloy, nature's silver coming from the earth seven times refined.
12:7 And you, Yahweh, hold us in your keeping, against that breed protect us always.
12:8 The wicked prowl on every side, baseness stands high among the sons of men.
JB PSALMS Chapter 13
PSALM 13 (v12)
A confident appeal
For the choirmaster
13:1 How much longer will you forget me, Yahweh? For ever? How much longer will you hide your face from me?
13:2 How much longer must I endure grief in my soul, and sorrow in my heart by day and by night? How much longer must my enemy have the upper hand of me?
13:3 Look and answer me, Yahweh my God! Give my eyes light, or I shall sleep in death,
13:4 and my enemy will say, 'I have beaten him', and my oppressors have the joy of seeing me stumble.
13:5 But I for my part rely on your love, Yahweh; let my heart rejoice in your saving help. Let me sing to Yahweh for the goodness he has shown me.
JB PSALMS Chapter 14
PSALM 14 (v 13)
The godless men
For the choirmaster
14:1 The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God!' Their deeds are corrupt and vile, there is not one good man left.
14:2 Yahweh is looking down from heaven at the sons of men, to see if a single one is wise, if a single one is seeking God.
14:3 All have turned aside, all alike are tainted; there is not one good man left, not a single one.
14:4 Are they so ignorant, all these evil men who swallow my people as though they were eating bread, and never invoke Yahweh?
14:5 They will be struck with fear, fear without reason, since God takes the side of the virtuous:
14:6 deride as you may the poor man's hopes, Yahweh is his shelter.
14:7 Who will bring Israel salvation from Zion? When Yahweh brings his people home, what joy for Jacob, what happiness for Israel!
JB PSALMS Chapter 15
PSALM 15 (v14)
The guest of Yahweh
15:1 Yahweh, who has the right to enter your tent, or to live on your holy mountain?
15:2 The man whose way of life is blameless, who always does what is right, who speaks the truth from his heart,
15:3 whose tongue is not used for slander, who does no wrong to his fellow, casts no discredit on his neighbour,
15:4 looks with contempt on the reprobate, but honours those who fear Yahweh; who stands by his pledge at any cost,
15:5 does not ask interest on loans, and cannot be bribed to victimise the innocent. - If a man does all this, nothing can ever shake him.
JB PSALMS Chapter 16
PSALM 16 (v15)
Yahweh, my heritage
16:1 Look after me, God, I take shelter in you.
16:2 To Yahweh you say, 'My Lord, you are my fortune, nothing else but you',
16:3 yet to those pagan deities in the land, 'My princes, all my pleasure is in you'.
16:4 Their idols teem, after these they run: shall I pour their blood-libations? - not I! Take their names on my lips ? - never!
16:5 Yahweh, my heritage, my cup, you, and you only, hold my lot secure;
16:6 the measuring line marks out delightful places for me, for me the heritage is superb indeed.
16:7 I bless Yahweh, who is my counsellor, and in the night my inmost self instructs me
16:8 I keep Yahweh before me always, for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me.
16:9 So my heart exults, my very soul rejoices, my body, too, will rest securely,
16:10 for you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, nor allow the one you love to see the Pit;
16:11 you will reveal the path of life to me, give me unbounded joy in your presence, and at your right hand everlasting pleasures.
JB PSALMS Chapter 17
PSALM 17 (v16)
The innocent man pleads his cause
17:1 Yahweh, hear the plea of virtue, listen to my appeal, lend an ear to my prayer, my lips free from dishonesty.
17:2 From your presence will my sentence come, your eyes are fixed on what is right.
17:3 You probe my heart, examine me at night, you test me yet find nothing, no murmuring from me: my mouth has never sinned
17:4 as most men's do. No, I have treasured the words from your lips; in the path prescribed
17:5 walking deliberately in your footsteps, so that my feet do not slip.
17:6 I invoke you, God, and you answer me; turn your ear to me, hear what I say,
17:7 display your marvellous kindness, saviour of fugitives! From those who revolt against you
17:8 guard me like the pupil of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
17:9 from the onslaughts of the wicked. My enemies cluster round me, breathing hostility;
17:10 entrenched in their fat, their mouths utter arrogant claims;
17:11 now they are closing in, they have eyes for nothing but to see me overthrown.
17:12 They look like a lion eager to tear to pieces, like a young lion crouching in its hide.
17:13 Rise, Yahweh, subdue him face to face, rescue my soul from the wicked with your sword,
17:14 with your hand, Yahweh, rescue me from men, from the sort of men whose lot is here and now. Cram their bellies from your stores, give them all the sons that they could wish for, let them have a surplus to leave their children!
17:15 For me the reward of virtue is to see your face, and, on waking, to gaze my fill on your likeness.
JB PSALMS Chapter 18
PSALM 18 (v17)
Song of triumph for the king
For the choirmaster
Of David, the servant of Yahweh, who addressed the words of this song to Yahweh at the time when Yahweh delivered him from the power of his enemies and of Saul. He said:
18:1 I love you, Yahweh, my strength (my saviour, you rescue me from violence.)
18:2 Yahweh is my rock and my bastion, my deliverer is my God. I take shelter in him, my rock, my shield, my horn of salvation, my stronghold and my refuge. From violence you rescue me.
18:3 He is to be praised; on Yahweh I call and am saved from my enemies.
18:4 The waves of death encircled me, the torrents of Belial burst on me;
18:5 the cords of Sheol girdled me, the snares of death were before me.
18:6 In my distress I called to Yahweh and to my God I cried; from his Temple he heard my voice, my cry came to his ears.
18:7 Then the earth quivered and quaked, the foundations of the mountains trembled (they quivered because he was angry);
18:8 from his nostrils a smoke ascended, and from his mouth a fire that consumed (live embers were kindled at it).
18:9 He bent the heavens and came down, a dark cloud under his feet;
18:10 he mounted a cherub and flew, and soared on the wings of the wind.
18:11 Darkness he made a veil to surround him, his tent a watery darkness, dense cloud;
18:12 before him a flash enkindled hail and fiery embers.
18:13 Yahweh thundered from heaven, the Most High made his voice heard;
18:14 he let his arrows fly and scattered them, launched the lightnings and routed them.
18:15 The bed of the seas was revealed, the foundations of the world were laid bare, at your muttered threat, Yahweh, at the blast of your nostrils' breath.
18:16 He sends from on high and takes me, he draws me from deep waters,
18:17 he delivers me from my powerful enemy, from a foe too strong for me.
18:18 They assailed me on my day of disaster, but Yahweh was my support;
18:19 he freed me, set me at large, he rescued me, since he loves me.
18:20 Yahweh requites me as I act justly, as my hands are pure so he repays me,
18:21 since I have kept the ways of Yahweh, nor fallen away from my God.
18:22 His judgements are all before me, his statutes I have not put from me;
18:23 I am blameless in his presence, I keep sin at arm's length.
18:24 And Yahweh repays me as I act justly, as my purity is in his sight.
18:25 Faithful you are with the faithful, blameless with the blameless,
18:26 pure with the one who is pure, but crafty with the devious,
18:27 you save a people that is humble and humiliate eyes that are haughty.
18:28 Yahweh, you yourself are my lamp, my God lights up my darkness;
18:29 with you I storm the barbican, with my God I leap the rampart.
18:30 This God, his way is blameless; the word of Yahweh is without dross. He it is who is the shield of all who take shelter in him.
18:31 Who else is God but Yahweh, who else a rock save our God?
18:32 This God who girds me with strength and makes my way without blame,
18:33 who makes my feet like the hinds' and holds me from falling on the heights,
18:34 who trains my hands for battle, my arms to bend a bow of bronze.
18:35 You give me your saving shield (your right hand upholds me), with care you train me,
18:36 wide room you make for my steps under me, my feet have never faltered.
18:37 I pursue my enemies and overtake them, nor turn back till an end is made of them;
18:38 I strike them down, and they cannot rise, they fall, they are under my feet:
18:39 You have girt me with strength for the fight, bent down my assailants beneath me,
18:40 made my enemies turn their backs to me; and those who hate me I destroy.
18:41 They cry out, there is no one to save, to Yahweh, but there is no reply;
18:42 I crush them fine as dust before the wind, trample them like the mud of the streets.
18:43 You deliver me from a people in revolt, you place me at the head of the nations, a people I did not know are now my servants,
18:44 foreigners come wooing my favour, no sooner do they hear than they obey me,
18:45 foreigners grow faint of heart, they come trembling out of their fastnesses.
18:46 Life to Yahweh! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be the God of my salvation,
18:47 the God who gives me vengeance and subjects the peoples to me,
18:48 who rescues me from my raging enemies. who attack me, you deliver me from the man of violence.
18:49 For this I will praise you, Yahweh, among the heathen and sing praise to your name.
18:50 His king he saves and saves again, displays his love for his anointed, for David and his heirs for ever.
JB PSALMS Chapter 19
PSALM 19 (v 18)
Yahweh, the sum of righteousness
For the choirmaster
19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, the vault of heaven proclaims his handiwork;
19:2 day discourses of it to day, night to night hands on the knowledge.
19:3 No utterance at all, no speech, no sound that anyone can hear;
19:4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of the world. High above, he pitched a tent for the sun,
19:5 who comes out of his pavilion like a bridegroom, exulting like a hero to run his race.
19:6 He has his rising on the edge of heaven, the end of his course is its furthest edge, and nothing can escape his heat.
19:7 The Law of Yahweh is perfect, new life for the soul; the decree of Yahweh is trustworthy, wisdom for the simple.
19:8 The precepts of Yahweh are upright, joy for the heart; the commandment of Yahweh is clear, light for the eyes.
19:9 The fear of Yahweh is pure, lasting for ever; the judgements of Yahweh are true, righteous, every one,
19:10 more desirable than gold, even than the finest gold; his words are sweeter than honey, even than honey that drips from the comb.
19:11 Thus your servant is formed by them, observance brings great reward.
19:12 But who can detect his own failings? Wash out my hidden faults.
19:13 And from pride preserve your servant, never let it dominate me. So shall I be above reproach, free from grave sin.
19:14 May the words of my mouth always find favour, and the whispering of my heart, in your presence, Yahweh, my Rock, my Redeemer!
JB PSALMS Chapter 20
PSALM 20 (v 19)
Prayer for the king
For the choirmaster
20:1 May Yahweh answer you in time of trouble, may the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
20:2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, give you support from Zion,
20:3 remember all your oblations and find your holocaust acceptable; (pause)
20:4 may he grant you your heart's desire, and crown all your plans with success;
20:5 may we shout with joy for your victory, and plant our banners in the name of our God! May Yahweh grant all your petitions!
20:6 Now I know that Yahweh saves his anointed, and answers him from his holy heaven with mighty victories from his own right hand.
20:7 Some boast of chariots, some of horses, but we boast about the name of Yahweh our God;
20:8 theirs to crumple and fall, but we shall stand, and stand firm!
20:9 Yahweh, save the king, answer us when we call.
JB PSALMS Chapter 21
PSALM 21 (v 20)
Thanksgiving for the king
For the choirmaster
21:1 Yahweh, the king rejoices in your power; what great joy your saving help gives him!
21:2 You have granted him his heart's desire, not denied him what his lips entreated. (pause)
21:3 For you have met him with choicest blessings, put a crown of pure gold on his head;
21:4 he asked for life, and you gave it him, length of days for ever and ever.
21:5 Great his glory through your saving help, you have loaded him with splendour and majesty;
21:6 yes, you confer on him everlasting blessings, you gladden him with the joy of your presence.
21:7 Yes, the king puts his trust in Yahweh, by grace of the Most High he reigns unshaken.
21:8 Your hand will unmask all your enemies, your right hand all who hate you;
21:9 you will make them like a blazing furnace, the day that you appear, Yahweh will engulf them in his anger, and fire will devour them;
21:10 you will wipe their children from the earth, their descendants from among the sons of men.
21:11 Plot though they do to harm you and weave their plan as they may, they cannot win;
21:12 since you will make them turntail, by shooting your arrows in their faces.
21:13 Rise, Yahweh, in your power! We will sing and play in honour of your strength.
JB PSALMS Chapter 22
PSALM 22 (v 21)
The sufferings and hope of the virtuous man
For the choirmaster
To the 'Doe of the Dawn'
22:1 My God, my God, why have you deserted me? How far from saving me, the words I groan!
22:2 I call all day, my God, but you never answer, all night long I call and cannot rest.
22:3 Yet, Holy One, you who make your home in the praises of Israel,
22:4 in you our fathers put their trust, they trusted and you rescued them;
22:5 they called to you for help and they were saved, they never trusted you in vain.
22:6 Yet here am I, now more worm than man, scorn of mankind, jest of the people,
22:7 all who see me jeer at me, they toss their heads and sneer,
22:8 'He relied on Yahweh, let Yahweh save him! If Yahweh is his friend, let Him rescue him!'
22:9 Yet you drew me out of the womb, you entrusted me to my mother's breasts;
22:10 placed on your lap from my birth, from my mother's womb you have been my God.
22:11 Do not stand aside: trouble is near, I have no one to help me!
22:12 A herd of bulls surrounds me, strong bulls of Bashan close in on me;
22:13 their jaws are agape for me, like lions tearing and roaring.
22:14 I am like water draining away, my bones are all disjointed, my heart is like wax, melting inside me;
22:15a my palate is drier than a potsherd
22:15b and my tongue is stuck to my jaw.
22:16 A pack of dogs surrounds me, a gang of Villains closes me in; they tie me hand and foot
22:15c and leave me lying in the dust of death.
22:17 I can count every one of my bones, and there they glare at me, gloating;
22:18 they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothes.
22:19 Do not stand aside, Yahweh. O my strength, come quickly to my help;
22:20 rescue my soul from the sword, my dear life from the paw of the dog,
22:21 save me from the lion's mouth, my poor soul from the wild bulls' horns!
22:22 Then I shall proclaim your name to my brothers, praise you in full assembly:
22:23 you who fear Yahweh, praise him! Entire race of Jacob, glorify him! Entire race of Israel, revere him!
22:24 For he has not despised or disdained the poor man in his poverty, has not hidden his face from him, but has answered him when he called.
22:25 You are the theme of my praise in the Great Assembly, I perform my vows in the presence of those who fear him.
22:26 The poor will receive as much as they want to eat. Those who seek Yahweh will praise him. Long life to their hearts!
22:27 The whole earth, from end to end, will remember and come back to Yahweh; all the families of the nations will bow down before him.
22:28 For Yahweh reigns, the ruler of nations!
22:29 Before him all the prosperous of the earth will bow down, before him will bow all who go down to the dust. And my soul will live for him,
22:30 my children will serve him; men will proclaim the Lord to generations
22:31 still to come, his righteousness to a people yet unborn. All this he has done.
JB PSALMS Chapter 23
PSALM 23 (v 22)
The Good Shepherd
23:1 Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
23:2 In meadows of green grass he lets me lie. To the waters of repose he leads me;
23:3 there he revives my soul. He guides me by paths of virtue for the sake of his name.
23:4 Though I pass through a gloomy Valley, beside me your rod and your staff are there, to hearten me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me under the eyes of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, my cup brims over.
23:6 Ah, how goodness and kindness pursue me, every day of my life, my home, the house of Yahweh, as long as I live!
JB PSALMS Chapter 24
PSALM 24 (v23)
Antiphonal psalm for solemn entry into the sanctuary
24:1 To Yahweh belong earth and all it holds, the world and all who live in it;
24:2 he himself founded it on the ocean, based it firmly on the nether sea
24:3 Who has the right to climb the mountain of Yahweh, who the right to stand in his holy place?
24:4 He whose hands are clean, whose heart is pure, whose soul does not pay homage to worthless things and who never swears to a lie.
24:5 The blessing of Yahweh is his, and Vindication from God his saviour.
24:6 Such are the people who seek him, who seek your presence, God of Jacob! (pause)
24:7 Gates, raise your arches, rise, you ancient doors, let the king of glory in!
24:8 Who is this king of glory? Yahweh the strong, the valiant, Yahweh valiant in battle!
24:9 Gates, raise your arches, rise you ancient doors, let the king of glory in!
24:10 Who is this king of glory? He is Yahweh Sabaoth, King of glory, he! (pause)
JB PSALMS Chapter 25
PSALM 25 (v24)
Prayer in Danger
25:1 To you, Yahweh, I lift up my soul,
25:2 O my God.
I rely on you, do not let me be shamed, do not let my enemies gloat over me!
25:3 No, those who hope in you are never shamed, shame awaits disappointed traitors.
25:4 Yahweh, make your ways known to me, teach me your paths.
25:5 set me in the way of your truth, and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I hope in you
25:7c because of your goodness, Yahweh.
25:6 Remember your kindness, Yahweh, your love, that you showed long ago.
25:7a Do not remember the sins of my youth;
25:7b but rather, with your love remember me.
25:8 Yahweh is so good, so upright, he teaches the way to sinners;
25:9 in all that is right he guides the humble, and instructs the poor in his way
25:10 All Yahweh's paths are love and truth for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
25:11 For the sake of your name, Yahweh, forgive my guilt, for it is great.
25:12 Everyone who fears Yahweh will be taught the course a man should choose;
25:13 his soul will live in prosperity, his children have the land for their own.
25:14 The close secret of Yahweh belongs to them who fear him, his covenant also, to bring them knowledge.
25:15 My eyes are always on Yahweh, for he releases my feet from the net.
25:16 Turn to me, take pity on me, alone and wretched as I am!
25:17 Relive the distress of my heart, free me from my sufferings.
25:18 See my misery and pain, forgive all my sins!
25:19 See how my enemies multiply, and how violent their hatred has grown.
25:20 Watch over my soul, rescue me; let me not be shamed: I take shelter in you.
25:21 Let innocence and integrity be my protection, since my hope is in you, Yahweh. Redeem Israel, God, from all his troubles.
JB PSALMS Chapter 26
PSALM 26 (v25)
Prayer of the blameless
26:1 Yahweh, be my judge! I go my way in my innocence, My trust in Yahweh never wavers.
26:2 Test me, Yahweh, and probe me, put me to the trial, loins and heart;
26:3 for your love is before my eyes, and I live my life in loyalty to you.
26:4 No sitting with wastrels for me, no associating with hypocrites;
26:5 I hate the society of evil men, I refuse to sit down with the wicked.
26:6 I wash my hands in innocence and join the procession round your altar,
26:7 singing a hymn of thanksgiving, proclaiming all your wonders.
26:8 I love the house where you live, the place where your glory makes its home.
26:9 Do not let my soul share the fate of sinners, or my life the doom of men of blood,
26:10 men with guilt on their hands, whose right hands are heavy with bribes.
26:11 But I live my life in innocence, redeem me, Yahweh, take pity on me;
26:12 my foot is set on the right path, I bless you, Yahweh, at the Assemblies.
JB PSALMS Chapter 27
PSALM 27 (v26)
In God's company there is no fear
27:1 Yahweh is my light and my salvation, whom need I fear? Yahweh is the fortress of my life, of whom should I be afraid?
27:2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, they, my opponents, my enemies, are the ones who stumble and fall.
27:3 Though an army pitched camp against me, my heart would not fear; though war were waged against me, my trust would still be firm.
27:4 One thing I ask of Yahweh, one thing I seek: to live in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh and to consult him in his Temple.
27:5 For he shelters me under his awning in times of trouble; he hides me deep in his tent, sets me high on a rock.
27:6 And now my head is held high over the enemies who surround me, in his tent I will offer exultant sacrifice. I will sing, I will play for Yahweh!
27:7 Yahweh, hear my voice as I cry! Pity me! Answer me!
27:8 My heart has said of you, 'Seek his face'. Yahweh, I do seek your face;
27:9 do not hide your face from me. Do not repulse your servant in anger; you are my help. Never leave me, never desert me, God, my saviour!
27:10 If my father and mother desert me, Yahweh will care for me still.
27:11 Yahweh, teach me your way, lead me in the path of integrity because of my enemies;
27:12 do not abandon me to the will of my foes - false witnesses have risen against me, and breathe out violence.
27:13 This I believe: I shall see the goodness of Yahweh, in the land of the living.
27:14 Put your hope in Yahweh, be strong, let your heart be bold, put your hope in Yahweh.
JB PSALMS Chapter 28
PSALM 28 (v27)
Petition and thanksgiving
28:1 I cry to you, Yahweh, my Rock! Do not be deaf to me, for if you are silent, I shall go down to the Pit like the rest.
28:2 Hear my voice, raised in petition, as I cry to you for help, as I raise my hands, Yahweh, toward your Holy of Holies.
28:3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, away with the evil men who talk of peace to their neighbours while malice is in their hearts.
28:4 Repay them for their actions, Yahweh, for the evil they commit, for their handiwork repay them, let them have what they deserve!
28:5 How blind they are to the works of Yahweh, to his own handiwork! May he pull them down and not rebuild them!
28:6 Blessed be Yahweh, for he hears the sound of my petition!
28:7 Yahweh is my strength, my shield, my heart puts its trust in him; I have been helped, my flesh has bloomed again, I thank him with all my heart.
28:8 Yahweh is the strength of his people, a saving fortress for his anointed.
28:9 Save your people! Bless your heritage! Shepherd them; carry them for ever!
JB PSALMS Chapter 29
PSALM 29 (v28)
Hymn to the lord of the storm
29:1 Pay tribute to Yahweh, you sons of God,[*a] tribute to Yahweh of glory and power,
29:2 tribute to Yahweh of the glory of his name, worship Yahweh in his sacred court.
29:3a The voice of Yahweh over the waters!
29:3c Yahweh over the multitudinous waters!
29:4 The voice of Yahweh in power! The voice of Yahweh in splendour!
29:5 The voice of Yahweh shatters the cedars, Yahweh shatters the cedars of Lebanon,
29:6 making Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion[*b] like a young wild bull.
29:7 The voice of Yahweh sharpens lightning shafts!
29:8 The voice of Yahweh sets the wilderness shaking. Yahweh shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
29:9a The voice of Yahweh sets the terebinths shuddering
29:9b stripping the forests bare.
29:3b The God of glory thunders.
29:9c In his palace everything cries, 'Glory!'
29:10 Yahweh sat enthroned for the Flood, Yahweh sits enthroned as a king for ever.
29:11 Yahweh gives strength to his people, Yahweh blesses his people with peace.
JB PSALMS Chapter 30
PSALM 30 (v29)
Thanksgiving after mortal danger
Canticle for the Dedication of the House
30:1 High praise, Yahweh, I give you, for you have helped me up, and not let my enemies gloat over me.
30:2 Yahweh, my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
30:3 Yahweh, you have brought my soul up from Sheol, of all those who go down to the Pit you have revived me.
30:4 Play music in Yahweh's honour, you devout, remember his holiness, and praise him.
30:5 His anger lasts a moment, his favour a lifetime; in the evening, a spell of tears, in the morning, shouts of joy.
30:6 In my prosperity, I used to say, 'Nothing can ever shake me!'
30:7 Your favour, Yahweh, stood me on a peak impregnable; but then you hid your face and I was terrified.
30:8 Yahweh, I call to you, I beg my God to pity me,
30:9 'What do you gain by my blood[*a] if I go down to the Pit? Can the dust praise you or proclaim your faithfulness?
30:10 'Hear, Yahweh, take pity on me; Yahweh, help me!'
30:11 You have turned my mourning into dancing, you have stripped off my sackcloth and wrapped me in gladness
30:12 and now my heart, silent no longer, will play you music; Yahweh, my God, I will praise you for ever.
JB PSALMS Chapter 31
PSALM 31 (v30)
Prayer in time of ordeal
For the choirmaster
31:1 In you, Yahweh, I take shelter; never let me be disgraced. In your righteousness deliver me, rescue me,
31:2 turn your ear to me, make haste! Be a sheltering rock for me, a walled fortress to save me!
31:3 For you are my rock, my fortress; for the sake of your name, guide me, lead me!
31:4 Pull me out of the net they have spread for me, for you are my refuge;
31:5 into your hands I commit my spirit, you have redeemed me, Yahweh. God of truth,
31:6 you hate those who serve worthless idols; but I put my trust in Yahweh:
31:7 I will exult, and rejoice in your love! You, who have seen my wretchedness, and known the miseries of my soul,
31:8 have not handed me over to the enemy, you have given my feet space and to spare.
31:9 Take pity on me, Yahweh, I am in trouble now. Grief wastes away my eye, my throat, my inmost parts.
31:10 For my life is worn out with sorrow, my years with sighs; my strength yields under misery, my bones are wasting away.
31:11 To every one of my oppressors I am contemptible, loathsome to my neighbours, to my friends a thing of fear. Those who see me in the street hurry past me;
31:12 I am forgotten, as good as dead in their hearts, something discarded.
31:13 I hear their endless slanders, threats from every quarter, as they combine against me, plotting to take my life.
31:14 But I put my trust in you, Yahweh, I say, 'You are my God'.
31:15 My days are in your hand, rescue me from the hands of my enemies and persecutors;
31:16 let your face smile on your servant, save me in your love.
31:17 I invoke you; Yahweh; do not let me be disgraced, let the disgrace fall on the wicked! May they go speechless to Sheol,
31:18 their lying lips struck dumb for those insolent slurs on the virtuous, for that arrogance and contempt.
31:19 Yahweh, how great your goodness, reserved for those who fear you, bestowed on those who take shelter in you, for all mankind to see!
31:20 Safe in your presence you hide them far from the wiles of men; inside your tent you shelter them far from the war of tongues.
31:21 Blessed be Yahweh, who performs marvels of love for me (in a fortress-city)!
31:22 In my alarm I exclaimed, 'I have been snatched out of your sight!' Yet you heard my petition when I called to you for help.
31:23 Love Yahweh, all you devout: Yahweh, protector of the faithful, will repay the arrogant with interest.
31:24 Be strong, let your heart be bold, all you who hope in Yahweh!
JB PSALMS Chapter 32
PSALM 32 (v31)
Candid admission of sin
32:1 Happy the man whose fault is forgiven, whose sin is blotted out;
32:2 happy the man whom Yahweh accuses of no guilt, whose spirit is incapable of deceit!
32:3 All the time I kept silent, my bones were wasting away with groans, day in, day out;
32:4 day and night your hand lay heavy on me; my heart grew parched as stubble in summer drought (Pause)
32:5 At last I admitted to you I had sinned; no longer concealing my guilt, I said, 'I will go to Yahweh and confess my fault'. And you, you have forgiven the wrong I did, have pardoned my sin. (Pause)
32:6 That is why each of your servants prays to you in time of trouble; even if floods come rushing down, they will never reach him.
32:7 You are a hiding place for me, you guard me when in trouble, you surround me with songs of deliverance. (Pause)
32:8 I will instruct you, and teach you the way to go; I will watch over you and be your adviser.
32:9 Do not be like senseless horse or mule that need bit and bridle to curb their spirit (to let you get near them).
32:10 Many torments await the wicked, but grace enfolds the man who trusts in Yahweh.
32:11 Rejoice in Yahweh, exult, you virtuous, shout for joy, all upright hearts.
JB PSALMS Chapter 33
PSALM 33 (v32)
Hymn to Providence
33:1 Shout for joy to Yahweh, all virtuous men, praise comes well from upright hearts;
33:2 give thanks to Yahweh on the lyre, play to him on the ten-string harp;
33:3 sing a new song in his honour, play with all your skill as you acclaim[*a] him!
33:4 The word of Yahweh is integrity itself, all he does is done faithfully;
33:5 he loves virtue and justice, Yahweh's love fills the earth.
33:6 By the word of Yahweh the heavens were made, their whole array by the breath of his mouth;
33:7 he collects the ocean waters as though in a wineskin, he stores the deeps in cellars.
33:8 Let the whole world fear Yahweh, let all who live on earth revere him!
33:9 He spoke, and it was created; he commanded, and there it stood.
33:10 Yahweh thwarts the plans of nations, frustrates the intentions of peoples;
33:11 but Yahweh's plans hold good for ever, the intentions of his heart from age to age.
33:12 Happy the nation whose God is Yahweh, the people he has chosen for his heritage.
33:13 Yahweh looks down from heaven, he sees the whole human race;
33:14 from where he sits he watches all who live on the earth,
33:15 he who moulds every heart and takes note of all men do.
33:16 A large army will not keep a king safe, nor does the hero escape by his great strength;
33:17 it is delusion to rely on the horse for safety, for all its power, it cannot save.
33:18 But see how the eye of Yahweh is on those who fear him, on those who rely on his love,
33:19 to rescue their souls from death and keep them alive in famine.
33:20 Our soul awaits Yahweh, he is our help and shield;
33:21 our hearts rejoice in him, we trust in his holy name.
33:22 Yahweh, let your love rest on us as our hope has rested in you.
JB PSALMS Chapter 34
PSALM 34 (v33)
In praise of God's justice
Of David. When, after pretending to be mad in front of Abimelech, he was dismissed by him and made his escape
34:1 I will bless Yahweh at all times, his praise shall be on my lips continually;
34:2 my soul glories in Yahweh, let the humble hear and rejoice.
34:3 Proclaim with me the greatness of Yahweh, together let us extol his name.
34:4 I seek Yahweh, and he answers me and frees me from all my fears.
34:5 Every face turned to him grows brighter and is never ashamed.
34:6 A cry goes up from the poor man, and Yahweh hears, and helps him in all his troubles.
34:7 The angel of Yahweh pitches camp round those who fear him; and he keeps them safe.
34:8 How good Yahweh is - only taste and see! Happy the man who takes shelter in him.
34:9 Fear Yahweh, you his holy ones: those who fear him want for nothing.
34:10 The young lion may go empty and hungry, but those who seek Yahweh lack nothing good.
34:11 Come, my sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of Yahweh.
34:12 Which of you wants to live to the full, who loves long life and enjoyment of prosperity?
34:13 Malice must be banished from your tongue, deceitful conversation from your lips;
34:14 never yield to evil, practise good, seek peace, pursue it.
34:16 The face of Yahweh frowns on evil men, to wipe their memory from the earth;
34:15 the eyes of Yahweh are turned towards the virtuous, his ears to their cry.
34:17 They cry for help and Yahweh hears and rescues them from all their troubles;
34:18 Yahweh is near to the broken-hearted, he helps those whose spirit is crushed.
34:19 Hardships in plenty beset the virtuous man, but Yahweh rescues him from them all;
34:20 taking care of every bone, Yahweh will not let one be broken.
34:21 Evil will bring death to the wicked, those who hate the virtuous will have to pay;
34:22 while Yahweh himself ransoms the souls of his servants, and those who take shelter in him have nothing to pay.
JB PSALMS Chapter 35
PSALM 35 (v34)
Prayer of a virtuous man under oppression
35:1 Accuse my accusers, Yahweh, attack my attackers;
35:2 grip shield and buckler, up, and help me;
35:3 brandish lance and pike in the faces of my pursuers. Tell my soul, 'I am your salvation'.
35:4 Shame and dishonour on those who are out to kill me! Back with them! Cover with confusion those who plot my downfall!
35:5 May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of Yahweh to chase them!
35:6 May their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of Yahweh to hound them!
35:7 Unprovoked they spread their net for me, they dug a pit for me;
35:8 but Ruin creeps on them unawares, the net they have spread will catch them instead, and into their own pit will they fall.
35:9 Then my soul will rejoice in Yahweh, exult that he has saved me.
35:10 All my bones will exclaim, 'Yahweh, who can compare with you in rescuing the poor man from the stronger, the needy from the man who exploits him?'
35:11 Lying witnesses take the stand, questioning me on things I know nothing about;
35:12 they repay my kindness with evil, there is desolation in my soul.
35:13 Yet, when they were sick, I put sackcloth on, I humbled my soul with fasting, murmuring prayers to my own breast
35:14 as though for a friend or brother; and, like a person mourning his mother, went about dejected and sorrowing.
35:15 Now I have fallen, they crowd round delighted, flocking to jeer at me; strangers I never even knew with loud cries tear me to pieces,
35:16 riddling me with gibe after gibe, grinding their teeth at me.
35:17 How much longer, Lord, will you look on? Rescue my soul from their onslaughts, my dear life from these lions.
35:18 I will give thanks in the Great Assembly, praise you where the people throng.
35:19 Do not let my lying enemies gloat over me, do not let those who hate me for no reason exchange sly glances.
35:20 Peace is not what they discuss with the peaceloving people of the land; they think out false accusations,
35:21 their mouths wide to accuse me, 'Aha! Aha!' they say 'With our own eyes we saw it!'
35:22 Now break your silence, Yahweh, you were looking too, Lord, do not stand aside,
35:23 up, wake up, come to my defence, Lord my God side with me!'
35:24 Yahweh my God, you are righteous, so give verdict for me, and do not let them gloat over me.
35:25 Do not let them think, 'Just as we hoped!' Do not let them say, 'Now we have got him down!'
35:26 Shame and dishonour on all who gloat over my misfortune; shame and discredit cover all who profit at my expense!
35:27 But shouts of joy and gladness for all who take pleasure in my virtue; give them constant cause to say, 'Great is Yahweh, who likes to see his servant at peace!'
35:28 Then my tongue will shout your goodness, and sing your praises all day long.
JB PSALMS Chapter 36
PSALM 36 (v35)
The wickedness of the sinner, the goodness of God
For the choirmaster
Of the servant of Yahweh, David
36:1 The wicked man's oracle is Sin in the depths of his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
36:2 He sees himself with too flattering an eye to detect and detest his guilt;
36:3 all he says tends to mischief and deceit, he has turned his back on wisdom. How best to work
36:4 mischief he plots, even when he is in bed; he persists in his evil course, he never rejects what is bad.
36:5 Your love, Yahweh, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds;
36:6 your righteousness is like the mountains of God, your judgements like the mighty deep. Yahweh, protector of man and beast,
36:7 how precious, God, your love! Hence the sons of men take shelter in the shadow of your wings.
36:8 They feast on the bounty of your house, you give them drink from your river of pleasure;
36:9 yes, with you is the fountain of life, by your light we see the light.
36:10 Do not stop loving those who know you, or being righteous to upright hearts.
36:11 Do not let arrogant feet crush me or wicked hands expel me.
36:12 The evil men have fallen, there they lie, beaten down, never to stand again!
JB PSALMS Chapter 37
PSALM 37 (v36)
The fate of the virtuous and the wicked
37:1 Do not worry about the wicked, do not envy those who do wrong.
37:2 Quick as the grass they wither, fading like the green in the field.
37:3 Trust in Yahweh and do what is good, make your home in the land and live in peace;
37:4 make Yahweh your only joy and he will give you what your heart desires.
37:5 Commit your fate to Yahweh, trust in him and he will act:
37:6 making your Virtue clear as the light, your integrity as bright as noon.
37:7 Be quiet before Yahweh, and wait patiently for him, not worrying about men who make their fortunes, about men who scheme
37:14c to bring the poor and needy down.
37:8 Enough of anger, leave rage aside, do not worry, nothing but evil can come of it:
37:9 for the wicked will be expelled, while those who hope in Yahweh shall have the land for their own.
37:10 A little longer, and the wicked will be no more, search his place well, he will not be there;
37:11 but the humble shall have the land for their own to enjoy untroubled peace.
37:12 The wicked man plots against the virtuous, and grinds his teeth at him;
37:13 but the Lord only laughs at the man, knowing his end is in sight.
37:14a Though the wicked draw the sword,
37:14b and bend their bow, to kill the upright,
37:15 their swords will only pierce their own hearts and their bows will be smashed.
37:16 The little the virtuous possesses outweighs all the wealth of the wicked,
37:17 since the arms of the wicked are doomed to break, and Yahweh will uphold the virtuous.
37:18 Yahweh takes care of good men's lives, and their heritage will last for ever;
37:19 they will not be at a loss when bad times come, in time of famine they will have more than they need.
37:20 As for the wicked-they will perish, these enemies of Yahweh; they will vanish like the beauty of the meadows, they will vanish in smoke.
37:21 The wicked man borrows without meaning to repay, but a virtuous man is generous and open-handed;
37:22 those he blesses will have the land for their own, those he curses will be expelled.
37:23 Yahweh guides a man's steps, they are sure, and he takes pleasure in his progress;
37:24 he may fall, but never fatally, since Yahweh supports him by the hand.
37:25 Now I am old, but ever since my youth I never saw a virtuous man deserted, or his descendants forced to beg their bread;
37:26 he is always compassionate, always lending: his children will be blessed.
37:27 Never yield to evil, practise good and you will have an everlasting home,
37:28 for Yahweh loves what is right, and never deserts the devout.
Those who do wrong will perish once and for all, and the children of the wicked shall be expelled;
37:29 the virtuous will have the land for their own, and make it their home for ever.
37:30 The mouth of the virtuous man murmurs wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is right;
37:31 with the Law of God in his heart his steps can never falter.
37:32 The wicked man spies on the virtuous, seeking to kill him;
37:33 Yahweh will never leave him in those clutches, or let him be condemned under trial.
37:34a Put your hope in Yahweh, keep his way,
37:40b and he will save you from the wicked,
37:34b raising you until you make the land your own and see the wicked expelled.
37:35 I have seen the wicked in his triumph towering like a cedar of Lebanon,
37:36 but when next I passed, he was not there, I looked for him and he was nowhere to be found.
37:37 Observe the innocent man, consider the upright: for the man of peace there are descendants,
37:38 but sinners shall be destroyed altogether, the descendants of the wicked shall be wiped out.
37:39 The salvation of the virtuous comes from Yahweh, he is their shelter when trouble comes;
37:40a Yahweh helps and rescues them, he saves them because they take shelter in him.
JB PSALMS Chapter 38
PSALM 38 (v37)
Prayer in distress
38:1 Yahweh, do not punish me in your rage, or reprove me in the heat of anger.
38:2 Your arrows have pierced deep, your hand has pressed down on me;
38:3 no soundness in my flesh now you are angry, no health in my bones, because of my sin.
38:4 My guilt is overwhelming me, it is too heavy a burden;
38:5 my wounds stink and are festering, the result of my folly;
38:6 bowed down, bent double, overcome, I go mourning all the day.
38:7 My loins are burnt up with fever, there is no soundness in my flesh:
38:8 numbed and crushed and overcome, my heart groans, I moan aloud.
38:9 Lord, all that I long for is known to you, my sighing is no secret from you;
38:10 my heart is throbbing, my strength deserting me, the light of my eyes itself has left me.
38:11 My friends and my companions shrink from my wounds, even the dearest of them keep their distance;
38:12 men intent on killing me lay snares, others, hoping to hurt me, threaten my ruin, hatching treacherous plots all day.
38:13 But I am like the deaf, I do not hear, like the dumb man who does not open his mouth;
38:14 I am like the man who, hearing nothing, gives no sharp answer in return.
38:15 For I put my trust in you, Yahweh, and leave you to answer for me, Lord my God.
38:16 I have already said, 'Stop them gloating over me, do not let them take advantage of me if my foot should slip'.
38:17 And now my fall is upon me, there is no relief from my pains
38:18 yes, I admit my guilt, I am sorry for having sinned.
38:19 There are more and more to hurt me for no reason, There are more to hate me unprovoked,
38:20 repaying my kindness with evil, arraigning me for trying to do right.
38:21 Yahweh, do not desert me, do not stand aside, my God!
38:22 Come quickly to my help, Lord, my saviour!
JB PSALMS Chapter 39
PSALM 39 (v38)
The insignificance of man before God
For the choirmaster
39:1 I said, 'I will watch how I behave, and not let my tongue lead me into sin; I will keep a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked man is near me'.
39:2 I stayed dumb, silent, speechless, though the sight of him thriving made torment increase.
39:3 My heart had been smouldering inside me, but it flared up at the thought of this and the words burst out,
39:4 'Tell me, Yahweh, when my end will be, how many days are allowed me, show me how frail I am.
39:5 'Look, you have given me an inch or two of life, my life-span is nothing to you; each man that stands on earth is only a puff of wind, (Pause)
39:6 every man that walks, only a shadow, and the wealth he amasses is only a puff of wind - he does not know who will take it next.'
39:7 So tell me, Lord, what can I expect? My hope is in you.
39:8 Free me from all my sins, do not make me the butt of idiots.
39:9 I am dumb, I speak no more, since you yourself have been at work.
39:10 Lay your scourge aside, I am worn out with the blows you deal me.
39:11 You punish man with the penalties of sin, like a moth you eat away all that gives him pleasure - man is indeed only a puff of wind! (Pause)
39:12 Yahweh, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for help, do not stay deaf to my crying. I am your guest, and only for a time, a nomad like all my ancestors.
39:13 Look away, let me draw breath, before I go away and am no more!
JB PSALMS Chapter 40
PSALM 40 (v39)
Song of praise and prayer for help
For the choirmaster
40:1 I waited and waited for Yahweh, now at last he has stooped to me and heard my cry for help.
40:2 He has pulled me out of the horrible pit, out of the slough of the marsh, has settled my feet on a rock and steadied my steps.
40:3 He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; dread will seize many at the sight, and they will put their trust in Yahweh.
40:4 Happy the man who puts his trust in Yahweh, and does not side with rebels who stray after false gods.
40:5 How many wonders you have done for us, Yahweh, my God! How many plans you have made for us; you have no equal! I want to proclaim them, again and again, but they are more than I can count.
40:6 You, who wanted no sacrifice or oblation, opened my ear, you asked no holocaust or sacrifice for sin;
40:7 then I said, 'Here I am! I am coming!' In the scroll of the book am I not commanded
40:8 to obey your will? My God, I have always loved your Law from the depths of my being.
40:9 I have always proclaimed the righteousness of Yahweh in the Great Assembly; nor do I mean to stop proclaiming, as you know well.
40:10 I have never kept your righteousness to myself, but have spoken of your faithfulness and saving help; I have made no secret of your love and faithfulness in the Great Assembly.
40:11 For your part, Yahweh, do not withhold your kindness from me! May your love and faithfulness constantly preserve me.
40:12 More misfortunes beset me than I can count, my sins close in on me until I can hardly see, they outnumber the hairs on my head; my courage is running out.
40:13 Oh come and rescue me, Yahweh, Yahweh come quickly and help me!
40:14 Shame and dishonour on all who are out to kill, to destroy me! Down with them! Disgrace on those who enjoy my misfortune!
40:15 May they be aghast with shame, those who say to me, 'Aha! Aha!'
40:16 But joy and gladness for all who seek you! To all who love your saving power give constant cause to say, 'God is great!'
40:17 To me, poor wretch, come quickly, Lord! My helper, my saviour, my God, come and do not delay!
JB PSALMS Chapter 41
PSALM 41 (v40)
Prayer of a sick and lonely man
For the choirmaster
41:1 Happy the man who cares for the poor and the weak: if disaster strikes, Yahweh will come to his help.
41:2 Yahweh will guard him, give him life and happiness in the land; ah, do not let his enemies treat him as they please!
41:3 Yahweh will be his comfort on his bed of sickness; most carefully you make his bed when he is sick.
41:4 I for my part said, 'Yahweh, take pity on me! Cure me, for I have sinned against you.'
41:5 My enemies say of me with malice, 'How long before he dies and his name perishes?'
41:6 They visit me, their hearts full of spite, they offer hollow comfort, and go out to spread the news.
41:7 All who hate me whisper to each other about me, reckoning I deserve the misery I suffer,
41:8 'This sickness is fatal that has overtaken him, he is down at last, he will never get up again'.
41:9 Even my closest and most trusted friend, who shared my table, rebels against me.
41:10 But Yahweh, take pity on me! Raise me up, and I will pay them back;
41:11 and by this I shall know that I enjoy your favour, if my enemy fails to triumph over me;
41:12 and I, whom you uphold, go unscathed, set by you in your presence for ever.
41:13 Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, from all eternity and for ever! Amen. Amen![*a]
JB PSALMS Chapter 42
PSALM 42-43 (v41-42)
Lament of a Levite in exile
For the choirmaster
Of the sons of Korah
42:1 As a doe longs for running streams, so longs my soul for you, my God.
42:2 My soul thirsts for God, the God of life; when shall I go to see the face of God?[*a]
42:3 I have no food but tears, day and night; and all day long men say to me, 'Where is your God?'
42:4 I remember, and my soul melts within me: I am on my way to the wonderful Tent, to the house of God, among cries of joy and praise and an exultant throng.
42:5 Why so downcast, my soul, why do you sigh within me? Put your hope in God: I shall praise him yet, my saviour,
42:6 my God. When my soul is downcast within me, I think of you; from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, of you, humble mountain![*b]
42:7 Deep is calling to deep as your cataracts roar; all your waves, your breakers, have rolled over me.
42:8 In the daytime may Yahweh command his love to come, and by night may his song be on my lips, a prayer to the God of my life!
42:9 Let me say to God my Rock, 'Why do you forget me? Why must I walk so mournfully, oppressed by the enemy?'
42:10 Nearly breaking my bones my oppressors insult me, as all day long they ask me, 'Where is your God?'
42:11 Why so downcast, my soul, why do you sigh within me? Put your hope in God: I shall praise him yet, my saviour, my God.
END OF JB PSALMS Volume 1 (1-41) [Total 150 Chapters].