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Daily Bible Reading

April 30 - Old & New Testament

 

1 Samuel 19

Chapter 19

Saul Tries to Kill David

1 Saul told his son Jonathan(a) and all the attendants to kill(b) David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding(c) and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I'll speak(d) to him about you and will tell you what I find out."

4 Jonathan spoke(e) well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong(f) to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his life(g) in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victory(h) for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent(i) man like David by killing him for no reason?"

6 Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: "As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be put to death."

7 So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.(j)

8 Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.

9 But an evil[a] spirit(k) from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre,(l) 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded(m) him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.

11 Saul sent men to David's house to watch(n) it and to kill him in the morning.(o) But Michal, David's wife, warned him, "If you don't run for your life tonight, tomorrow you'll be killed." 12 So Michal let David down through a window,(p) and he fled and escaped. 13 Then Michal took an idol(q) and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats' hair at the head.

14 When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said,(r) "He is ill."

15 Then Saul sent the men back to see David and told them, "Bring him up to me in his bed so that I may kill him." 16 But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats' hair.

17 Saul said to Michal, "Why did you deceive me like this and send my enemy away so that he escaped?"

Michal told him, "He said to me, ‘Let me get away. Why should I kill you?'"

18 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah(s) and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19 Word came to Saul: "David is in Naioth at Ramah"; 20 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets(t) prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on(u) Saul's men, and they also prophesied.(v) 21 Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. 22 Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Seku. And he asked, "Where are Samuel and David?"

"Over in Naioth at Ramah," they said.

23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying(w) until he came to Naioth. 24 He stripped(x) off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel's(y) presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"(z)

Psalms 23,59

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd,(a) I lack nothing.(b)
2       He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,(c)
3       he refreshes my soul.(d)
He guides me(e) along the right paths(f)
     for his name's sake.(g)
4 Even though I walk
     through the darkest valley,[a](h)
I will fear no evil,(i)
     for you are with me;(j)
your rod and your staff,
     they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table(k) before me
     in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;(l)
     my cup(m) overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love(n) will follow me
     all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
     forever.

Psalm 24

Of David. A psalm.

1 The earth is the Lord 's,(a) and everything in it,
     the world, and all who live in it;(b)
2 for he founded it on the seas
     and established it on the waters.(c)

3 Who may ascend the mountain(d) of the Lord ?
     Who may stand in his holy place?(e)
4 The one who has clean hands(f) and a pure heart,(g)
     who does not trust in an idol(h)
     or swear by a false god.[a]

5 They will receive blessing(i) from the Lord
     and vindication(j) from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
     who seek your face,(k) God of Jacob.[b][c]

7 Lift up your heads, you gates;(l)
     be lifted up, you ancient doors,
     that the King(m) of glory(n) may come in.(o)
8 Who is this King of glory?
     The Lord strong and mighty,(p)
     the Lord mighty in battle.(q)
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
     lift them up, you ancient doors,
     that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
     The Lord Almighty(r)
     he is the King of glory.

Psalm 25[a]

Of David.

1 In you, Lord my God,
     I put my trust.(a)

2 I trust in you;(b)
     do not let me be put to shame,
     nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
     will ever be put to shame,(c)
but shame will come on those
     who are treacherous(d) without cause.

4 Show me your ways, Lord ,
     teach me your paths.(e)
5 Guide me in your truth(f) and teach me,
     for you are God my Savior,(g)
     and my hope is in you(h) all day long.
6 Remember, Lord , your great mercy and love,(i)
     for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth(j)
     and my rebellious ways;(k)
according to your love(l) remember me,
     for you, Lord , are good.(m)

8 Good and upright(n) is the Lord ;
     therefore he instructs(o) sinners in his ways.
9 He guides(p) the humble in what is right
     and teaches them(q) his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful(r)
     toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.(s)
11 For the sake of your name,(t) Lord ,
     forgive(u) my iniquity,(v) though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord ?(w)
     He will instruct them in the ways(x) they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,(y)
     and their descendants will inherit the land.(z)
14 The Lord confides(aa) in those who fear him;
     he makes his covenant known(ab) to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord ,(ac)
     for only he will release my feet from the snare.(ad)

16 Turn to me(ae) and be gracious to me,(af)
     for I am lonely(ag) and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles(ah) of my heart
     and free me from my anguish.(ai)
18 Look on my affliction(aj) and my distress(ak)
     and take away all my sins.(al)
19 See how numerous are my enemies(am)
     and how fiercely they hate me!(an)

20 Guard my life(ao) and rescue me;(ap)
     do not let me be put to shame,(aq)
     for I take refuge(ar) in you.
21 May integrity(as) and uprightness(at) protect me,
     because my hope, Lord ,[c] is in you.(au)

22 Deliver Israel,(av) O God,
     from all their troubles!

Psalm 26

Of David.

1 Vindicate me,(a) Lord ,
     for I have led a blameless life;(b)
I have trusted(c) in the Lord
     and have not faltered.(d)
2 Test me,(e) Lord , and try me,
     examine my heart and my mind;(f)
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love(g)
     and have lived(h) in reliance on your faithfulness.(i)

4 I do not sit(j) with the deceitful,
     nor do I associate with hypocrites.(k)
5 I abhor(l) the assembly of evildoers
     and refuse to sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence,(m)
     and go about your altar, Lord ,
7 proclaiming aloud your praise(n)
     and telling of all your wonderful deeds.(o)

8  Lord , I love(p) the house where you live,
     the place where your glory dwells.(q)
9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
     my life with those who are bloodthirsty,(r)
10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,(s)
     whose right hands are full of bribes.(t)
11 I lead a blameless life;
     deliver me(u) and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;(v)
     in the great congregation(w) I will praise the Lord .

Psalm 27

Of David.

1 The Lord is my light(a) and my salvation(b)
     whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold(c) of my life—
     of whom shall I be afraid?(d)

2 When the wicked advance against me
     to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
     who will stumble and fall.(e)
3 Though an army besiege me,
     my heart will not fear;(f)
though war break out against me,
     even then I will be confident.(g)

4 One thing(h) I ask from the Lord ,
     this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
     all the days of my life,(i)
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
     and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble(j)
     he will keep me safe(k) in his dwelling;
he will hide me(l) in the shelter of his sacred tent
     and set me high upon a rock.(m)

6 Then my head will be exalted(n)
     above the enemies who surround me;(o)
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice(p) with shouts of joy;(q)
     I will sing(r) and make music(s) to the Lord .

7 Hear my voice(t) when I call, Lord ;
     be merciful to me and answer me.(u)
8 My heart says of you, "Seek his face!(v)"
     Your face, Lord , I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face(w) from me,
     do not turn your servant away in anger;(x)
     you have been my helper.(y)
Do not reject me or forsake(z) me,
     God my Savior.(aa)
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
     the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way,(ab) Lord ;
     lead me in a straight path(ac)
     because of my oppressors.(ad)
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
     for false witnesses(ae) rise up against me,
     spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
     I will see the goodness of the Lord (af)
     in the land of the living.(ag)
14 Wait(ah) for the Lord ;
     be strong(ai) and take heart
     and wait for the Lord .

Psalm 28

Of David.

1 To you, Lord , I call;
     you are my Rock,
     do not turn a deaf ear(a) to me.
For if you remain silent,(b)
     I will be like those who go down to the pit.(c)
2 Hear my cry for mercy(d)
     as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands(e)
     toward your Most Holy Place.(f)

3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
     with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
     but harbor malice in their hearts.(g)
4 Repay them for their deeds
     and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done(h)
     and bring back on them what they deserve.(i)

5 Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
     and what his hands have done,(j)
he will tear them down
     and never build them up again.

6 Praise be to the Lord ,(k)
     for he has heard my cry for mercy.(l)
7 The Lord is my strength(m) and my shield;
     my heart trusts(n) in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,(o)
     and with my song I praise him.(p)

8 The Lord is the strength(q) of his people,
     a fortress of salvation(r) for his anointed one.(s)
9 Save your people(t) and bless your inheritance;(u)
     be their shepherd(v) and carry them(w) forever.

Psalm 29

A psalm of David.

1 Ascribe to the Lord ,(a) you heavenly beings,(b)
     ascribe to the Lord glory(c) and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
     worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.(d)

3 The voice(e) of the Lord is over the waters;
     the God of glory(f) thunders,(g)
     the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.(h)
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;(i)
     the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
     the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.(j)
6 He makes Lebanon leap(k) like a calf,
     Sirion[b](l) like a young wild ox.(m)
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
     with flashes of lightning.(n)
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
     the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.(o)
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks[c](p)
     and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"(q)

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;(r)
     the Lord is enthroned as King forever.(s)
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;(t)
     the Lord blesses his people with peace.(u)

Psalm 30[a]

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.[b] Of David.

1 I will exalt(a) you, Lord ,
     for you lifted me out of the depths(b)
     and did not let my enemies gloat over me.(c)
2  Lord my God, I called to you for help,(d)
     and you healed me.(e)
3 You, Lord , brought me up from the realm of the dead;(f)
     you spared me from going down to the pit.(g)

4 Sing(h) the praises of the Lord , you his faithful people;(i)
     praise his holy name.(j)
5 For his anger(k) lasts only a moment,(l)
     but his favor lasts a lifetime;(m)
weeping(n) may stay for the night,
     but rejoicing comes in the morning.(o)

6 When I felt secure, I said,
     "I will never be shaken."(p)
7  Lord , when you favored me,
     you made my royal mountain[c] stand firm;
but when you hid your face,(q)
     I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord , I called;
     to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 "What is gained if I am silenced,
     if I go down to the pit?(r)
Will the dust praise you?
     Will it proclaim your faithfulness?(s)
10 Hear,(t) Lord , and be merciful to me;(u)
     Lord , be my help.(v)"

11 You turned my wailing(w) into dancing;(x)
     you removed my sackcloth(y) and clothed me with joy,(z)
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
     Lord my God, I will praise(aa) you forever.(ab)

Psalm 31[a](a)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 In you, Lord , I have taken refuge;(b)
     let me never be put to shame;
     deliver me in your righteousness.(c)
2 Turn your ear to me,(d)
     come quickly to my rescue;(e)
be my rock of refuge,(f)
     a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,(g)
     for the sake of your name(h) lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap(i) that is set for me,
     for you are my refuge.(j)
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;(k)
     deliver me, Lord , my faithful God.(l)

6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;(m)
     as for me, I trust in the Lord .(n)
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
     for you saw my affliction(o)
     and knew the anguish(p) of my soul.
8 You have not given me into the hands(q) of the enemy
     but have set my feet in a spacious place.(r)

9 Be merciful to me, Lord , for I am in distress;(s)
     my eyes grow weak with sorrow,(t)
     my soul and body(u) with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish(v)
     and my years by groaning;(w)
my strength fails(x) because of my affliction,[b](y)
     and my bones grow weak.(z)
11 Because of all my enemies,(aa)
     I am the utter contempt(ab) of my neighbors(ac)
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
     those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;(ad)
     I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,(ae)
     "Terror on every side!"(af)
They conspire against me(ag)
     and plot to take my life.(ah)

14 But I trust(ai) in you, Lord ;
     I say, "You are my God."
15 My times(aj) are in your hands;
     deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
     from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine(ak) on your servant;
     save me in your unfailing love.(al)
17 Let me not be put to shame,(am) Lord ,
     for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
     and be silent(an) in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips(ao) be silenced,
     for with pride and contempt
     they speak arrogantly(ap) against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things(aq)
     that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,(ar)
     on those who take refuge(as) in you.
20 In the shelter(at) of your presence you hide(au) them
     from all human intrigues;(av)
you keep them safe in your dwelling
     from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord ,(aw)
     for he showed me the wonders of his love(ax)
     when I was in a city under siege.(ay)
22 In my alarm(az) I said,
     "I am cut off(ba) from your sight!"
Yet you heard my cry(bb) for mercy
     when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord , all his faithful people!(bc)
     The Lord preserves those who are true to him,(bd)
     but the proud he pays back(be) in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,(bf)
     all you who hope in the Lord .

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.[a]

1 Blessed is the one
     whose transgressions are forgiven,
     whose sins are covered.(a)
2 Blessed is the one
     whose sin the Lord does not count against them(b)
     and in whose spirit is no deceit.(c)

3 When I kept silent,(d)
     my bones wasted away(e)
     through my groaning(f) all day long.
4 For day and night
     your hand was heavy(g) on me;
my strength was sapped(h)
     as in the heat of summer.[b]

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
     and did not cover up my iniquity.(i)
I said, "I will confess(j)
     my transgressions(k) to the Lord ."
And you forgave
     the guilt of my sin.(l)

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
     while you may be found;(m)
surely the rising(n) of the mighty waters(o)
     will not reach them.(p)
7 You are my hiding place;(q)
     you will protect me from trouble(r)
     and surround me with songs of deliverance.(s)

8 I will instruct(t) you and teach you(u) in the way you should go;
     I will counsel you with my loving eye on(v) you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
     which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle(w)
     or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,(x)
     but the Lord 's unfailing love
     surrounds the one who trusts(y) in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord (z) and be glad, you righteous;
     sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Psalm 33

1 Sing joyfully(a) to the Lord , you righteous;
     it is fitting(b) for the upright(c) to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;(d)
     make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.(e)
3 Sing to him a new song;(f)
     play skillfully, and shout for joy.(g)

4 For the word of the Lord is right(h) and true;(i)
     he is faithful(j) in all he does.
5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;(k)
     the earth is full of his unfailing love.(l)

6 By the word(m) of the Lord the heavens were made,(n)
     their starry host(o) by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters(p) of the sea into jars[a];(q)
     he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord ;(r)
     let all the people of the world(s) revere him.(t)
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
     he commanded,(u) and it stood firm.

10 The Lord foils(v) the plans(w) of the nations;(x)
     he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm(y) forever,
     the purposes(z) of his heart through all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ,(aa)
     the people he chose(ab) for his inheritance.(ac)
13 From heaven the Lord looks down(ad)
     and sees all mankind;(ae)
14 from his dwelling place(af) he watches
     all who live on earth—
15 he who forms(ag) the hearts of all,
     who considers everything they do.(ah)

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;(ai)
     no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse(aj) is a vain hope for deliverance;
     despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes(ak) of the Lord are on those who fear him,
     on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,(al)
19 to deliver them from death(am)
     and keep them alive in famine.(an)

20 We wait(ao) in hope for the Lord ;
     he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,(ap)
     for we trust in his holy name.(aq)
22 May your unfailing love(ar) be with us, Lord ,
     even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 34[a][b]

Of David. When he pretended to be insane(a) before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

1 I will extol the Lord at all times;(b)
     his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory(c) in the Lord ;
     let the afflicted hear and rejoice.(d)
3 Glorify the Lord (e) with me;
     let us exalt(f) his name together.

4 I sought the Lord ,(g) and he answered me;
     he delivered(h) me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;(i)
     their faces are never covered with shame.(j)
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
     he saved him out of all his troubles.(k)
7 The angel of the Lord (l) encamps around those who fear him,
     and he delivers(m) them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;(n)
     blessed is the one who takes refuge(o) in him.
9 Fear the Lord ,(p) you his holy people,
     for those who fear him lack nothing.(q)
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
     but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.(r)
11 Come, my children, listen(s) to me;
     I will teach you(t) the fear of the Lord .(u)
12 Whoever of you loves life(v)
     and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue(w) from evil
     and your lips from telling lies.(x)
14 Turn from evil and do good;(y)
     seek peace(z) and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord (aa) are on the righteous,(ab)
     and his ears are attentive(ac) to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against(ad) those who do evil,(ae)
     to blot out their name(af) from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears(ag) them;
     he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close(ah) to the brokenhearted(ai)
     and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,(aj)
     but the Lord delivers him from them all;(ak)
20 he protects all his bones,
     not one of them will be broken.(al)

21 Evil will slay the wicked;(am)
     the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue(an) his servants;
     no one who takes refuge(ao) in him will be condemned.

Psalm 35

Of David.

1 Contend,(a) Lord , with those who contend with me;
     fight(b) against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield(c) and armor;
     arise(d) and come to my aid.(e)
3 Brandish spear(f) and javelin[a](g)
     against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
     "I am your salvation.(h)"

4 May those who seek my life(i)
     be disgraced(j) and put to shame;(k)
may those who plot my ruin
     be turned back(l) in dismay.
5 May they be like chaff(m) before the wind,
     with the angel of the Lord (n) driving them away;
6 may their path be dark and slippery,
     with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

7 Since they hid their net(o) for me without cause(p)
     and without cause dug a pit(q) for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—(r)
     may the net they hid entangle them,
     may they fall into the pit,(s) to their ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoice(t) in the Lord
     and delight in his salvation.(u)
10 My whole being will exclaim,
     "Who is like you,(v) Lord ?
You rescue the poor from those too strong(w) for them,
     the poor and needy(x) from those who rob them."

11 Ruthless witnesses(y) come forward;
     they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good(z)
     and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth(aa)
     and humbled myself with fasting.(ab)
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14       I went about mourning(ac)
     as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
     as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;(ad)
     assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
     They slandered(ae) me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;[b](af)
     they gnashed their teeth(ag) at me.

17 How long,(ah) Lord, will you look on?
     Rescue me from their ravages,
     my precious life(ai) from these lions.(aj)
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;(ak)
     among the throngs(al) I will praise you.(am)
19 Do not let those gloat over me
     who are my enemies(an) without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason(ao)
     maliciously wink the eye.(ap)
20 They do not speak peaceably,
     but devise false accusations(aq)
     against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer(ar) at me and say, "Aha! Aha!(as)
     With our own eyes we have seen it."

22  Lord , you have seen(at) this; do not be silent.
     Do not be far(au) from me, Lord.
23 Awake,(av) and rise(aw) to my defense!
     Contend(ax) for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
     do not let them gloat(ay) over me.
25 Do not let them think, "Aha,(az) just what we wanted!"
     or say, "We have swallowed him up."(ba)

26 May all who gloat(bb) over my distress(bc)
     be put to shame(bd) and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me(be)
     be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication(bf)
     shout for joy(bg) and gladness;
may they always say, "The Lord be exalted,
     who delights(bh) in the well-being of his servant."(bi)

28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,(bj)
     your praises all day long.(bk)

Psalm 36[a]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord .

1 I have a message from God in my heart
     concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b](a)
There is no fear(b) of God
     before their eyes.(c)

2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves
     too much to detect or hate their sin.(d)
3 The words of their mouths(e) are wicked and deceitful;(f)
     they fail to act wisely(g) or do good.(h)
4 Even on their beds they plot evil;(i)
     they commit themselves to a sinful course(j)
     and do not reject what is wrong.(k)

5 Your love, Lord , reaches to the heavens,
     your faithfulness(l) to the skies.(m)
6 Your righteousness(n) is like the highest mountains,(o)
     your justice like the great deep.(p)
     You, Lord , preserve both people and animals.(q)
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!(r)
     People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(s)
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;(t)
     you give them drink from your river(u) of delights.(v)
9 For with you is the fountain of life;(w)
     in your light(x) we see light.

10 Continue your love(y) to those who know you,(z)
     your righteousness to the upright in heart.(aa)
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
     nor the hand of the wicked(ab) drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
     thrown down, not able to rise!(ac)

Psalm 37[a]

Of David.

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
     or be envious(a) of those who do wrong;(b)
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,(c)
     like green plants they will soon die away.(d)

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
     dwell in the land(e) and enjoy safe pasture.(f)
4 Take delight(g) in the Lord ,
     and he will give you the desires of your heart.(h)

5 Commit your way to the Lord ;
     trust in him(i) and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward(j) shine like the dawn,(k)
     your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still(l) before the Lord
     and wait patiently(m) for him;
do not fret(n) when people succeed in their ways,(o)
     when they carry out their wicked schemes.(p)

8 Refrain from anger(q) and turn from wrath;
     do not fret(r)—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,(s)
     but those who hope(t) in the Lord will inherit the land.(u)

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;(v)
     though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land(w)
     and enjoy peace and prosperity.(x)

12 The wicked plot(y) against the righteous
     and gnash their teeth(z) at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
     for he knows their day is coming.(aa)

14 The wicked draw the sword(ab)
     and bend the bow(ac)
to bring down the poor and needy,(ad)
     to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,(ae)
     and their bows will be broken.(af)

16 Better the little that the righteous have
     than the wealth(ag) of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,(ah)
     but the Lord upholds(ai) the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord 's care,(aj)
     and their inheritance will endure forever.(ak)
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
     in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:(al)
     Though the Lord 's enemies are like the flowers of the field,
     they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.(am)

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
     but the righteous give generously;(an)
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
     but those he curses(ao) will be destroyed.(ap)

23 The Lord makes firm the steps(aq)
     of the one who delights(ar) in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,(as)
     for the Lord upholds(at) him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
     yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken(au)
     or their children begging(av) bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;(aw)
     their children will be a blessing.[b](ax)

27 Turn from evil and do good;(ay)
     then you will dwell in the land forever.(az)
28 For the Lord loves the just
     and will not forsake his faithful ones.(ba)

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
     the offspring of the wicked will perish.(bb)
29 The righteous will inherit the land(bc)
     and dwell in it forever.(bd)

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,(be)
     and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;(bf)
     their feet do not slip.(bg)

32 The wicked lie in wait(bh) for the righteous,(bi)
     intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
     or let them be condemned(bj) when brought to trial.(bk)

34 Hope in the Lord (bl)
     and keep his way.(bm)
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
     when the wicked are destroyed,(bn) you will see(bo) it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
     flourishing(bp) like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
     though I looked for him, he could not be found.(bq)

37 Consider the blameless,(br) observe the upright;(bs)
     a future awaits those who seek peace.[d](bt)
38 But all sinners(bu) will be destroyed;(bv)
     there will be no future[e] for the wicked.(bw)

39 The salvation(bx) of the righteous comes from the Lord ;
     he is their stronghold in time of trouble.(by)
40 The Lord helps(bz) them and delivers(ca) them;
     he delivers them from the wicked and saves(cb) them,
     because they take refuge(cc) in him.

Psalm 38[a]

A psalm of David. A petition.

1  Lord , do not rebuke me in your anger
     or discipline me in your wrath.(a)
2 Your arrows(b) have pierced me,
     and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health(c) in my body;
     there is no soundness in my bones(d) because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed(e) me
     like a burden too heavy to bear.(f)

5 My wounds(g) fester and are loathsome(h)
     because of my sinful folly.(i)
6 I am bowed down(j) and brought very low;
     all day long I go about mourning.(k)
7 My back is filled with searing pain;(l)
     there is no health(m) in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;(n)
     I groan(o) in anguish of heart.(p)

9 All my longings(q) lie open before you, Lord;
     my sighing(r) is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds,(s) my strength fails(t) me;
     even the light has gone from my eyes.(u)
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;(v)
     my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,(w)
     those who would harm me talk of my ruin;(x)
     all day long they scheme and lie.(y)

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,(z)
     like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
     whose mouth can offer no reply.
15  Lord , I wait(aa) for you;
     you will answer,(ab) Lord my God.
16 For I said, "Do not let them gloat(ac)
     or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip."(ad)

17 For I am about to fall,(ae)
     and my pain(af) is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;(ag)
     I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies(ah) without cause[b];
     those who hate me(ai) without reason(aj) are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil(ak)
     lodge accusations(al) against me,
     though I seek only to do what is good.

21  Lord , do not forsake me;(am)
     do not be far(an) from me, my God.
22 Come quickly(ao) to help me,(ap)
     my Lord and my Savior.(aq)

Psalm 39[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

1 I said, "I will watch my ways(a)
     and keep my tongue from sin;(b)
I will put a muzzle on my mouth(c)
     while in the presence of the wicked."
2 So I remained utterly silent,(d)
     not even saying anything good.
But my anguish(e) increased;
3       my heart grew hot(f) within me.
While I meditated,(g) the fire(h) burned;
     then I spoke with my tongue:

4 "Show me, Lord , my life's end
     and the number of my days;(i)
     let me know how fleeting(j) my life is.(k)
5 You have made my days(l) a mere handbreadth;
     the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,(m)
     even those who seem secure.[b]

6 "Surely everyone goes around(n) like a mere phantom;(o)
     in vain they rush about,(p) heaping up wealth(q)
     without knowing whose it will finally be.(r)

7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for?
     My hope is in you.(s)
8 Save me(t) from all my transgressions;(u)
     do not make me the scorn(v) of fools.
9 I was silent;(w) I would not open my mouth,(x)
     for you are the one who has done this.(y)
10 Remove your scourge from me;
     I am overcome by the blow(z) of your hand.(aa)
11 When you rebuke(ab) and discipline(ac) anyone for their sin,
     you consume(ad) their wealth like a moth(ae)
     surely everyone is but a breath.(af)

12 "Hear my prayer, Lord ,
     listen to my cry for help;(ag)
     do not be deaf(ah) to my weeping.(ai)
I dwell with you as a foreigner,(aj)
     a stranger,(ak) as all my ancestors were.(al)
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
     before I depart and am no more."(am)

Psalm 40[a](a)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 I waited patiently(b) for the Lord ;
     he turned to me and heard my cry.(c)
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,(d)
     out of the mud(e) and mire;(f)
he set my feet(g) on a rock(h)
     and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song(i) in my mouth,
     a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord (j)
     and put their trust(k) in him.

4 Blessed is the one(l)
     who trusts in the Lord ,(m)
who does not look to the proud,(n)
     to those who turn aside to false gods.[b](o)
5 Many, Lord my God,
     are the wonders(p) you have done,
     the things you planned for us.
None can compare(q) with you;
     were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
     they would be too many(r) to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—(s)
     but my ears you have opened[c](t)
     burnt offerings(u) and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—
     it is written about me in the scroll.[e](v)
8 I desire to do your will,(w) my God;(x)
     your law is within my heart."(y)

9 I proclaim your saving acts(z) in the great assembly;(aa)
     I do not seal my lips, Lord ,
     as you know.(ab)
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
     I speak of your faithfulness(ac) and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
     from the great assembly.(ad)

11 Do not withhold your mercy(ae) from me, Lord ;
     may your love(af) and faithfulness(ag) always protect(ah) me.
12 For troubles(ai) without number surround me;
     my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.(aj)
They are more than the hairs of my head,(ak)
     and my heart fails(al) within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord ;
     come quickly, Lord , to help me.(am)

14 May all who want to take my life(an)
     be put to shame and confusion;(ao)
may all who desire my ruin(ap)
     be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"(aq)
     be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you(ar)
     rejoice and be glad(as) in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
     "The Lord is great!"(at)

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;(au)
     may the Lord think(av) of me.
You are my help(aw) and my deliverer;(ax)
     you are my God, do not delay.(ay)

Psalm 41[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Blessed(a) are those who have regard for the weak;(b)
     the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.(c)
2 The Lord protects(d) and preserves them—(e)
     they are counted among the blessed in the land—(f)
     he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.(g)
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed(h)
     and restores them from their bed of illness.(i)

4 I said, "Have mercy(j) on me, Lord ;
     heal(k) me, for I have sinned(l) against you."
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
     "When will he die and his name perish?(m)"
6 When one of them comes to see me,
     he speaks falsely,(n) while his heart gathers slander;(o)
     then he goes out and spreads(p) it around.

7 All my enemies whisper together(q) against me;
     they imagine the worst for me, saying,
8 "A vile disease has afflicted him;
     he will never get up(r) from the place where he lies."
9 Even my close friend,(s)
     someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
     has turned[b] against me.(t)

10 But may you have mercy(u) on me, Lord ;
     raise me up,(v) that I may repay(w) them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,(x)
     for my enemy does not triumph over me.(y)
12 Because of my integrity(z) you uphold me(aa)
     and set me in your presence forever.(ab)

13 Praise(ac) be to the Lord , the God of Israel,(ad)
     from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.(ae)

BOOK II

Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42[a][b]

For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah.

1 As the deer(a) pants for streams of water,(b)
     so my soul pants(c) for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts(d) for God, for the living God.(e)
     When can I go(f) and meet with God?
3 My tears(g) have been my food
     day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
     "Where is your God?"(h)
4 These things I remember
     as I pour out my soul:(i)
how I used to go to the house of God(j)
     under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy(k) and praise(l)
     among the festive throng.(m)

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?(n)
     Why so disturbed(o) within me?
Put your hope in God,(p)
     for I will yet praise(q) him,
     my Savior(r) and my God.(s)

6 My soul is downcast within me;
     therefore I will remember(t) you
from the land of the Jordan,(u)
     the heights of Hermon(v)—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep(w)
     in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
     have swept over me.(x)

8 By day the Lord directs his love,(y)
     at night(z) his song(aa) is with me—
     a prayer to the God of my life.(ab)

9 I say to God my Rock,(ac)
     "Why have you forgotten(ad) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(ae)
     oppressed(af) by the enemy?"(ag)
10 My bones suffer mortal agony(ah)
     as my foes taunt(ai) me,
saying to me all day long,
     "Where is your God?"(aj)

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
     Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
     for I will yet praise him,
     my Savior and my God.(ak)

Psalm 43[a]

1 Vindicate me, my God,
     and plead my cause(a)
     against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me(b) from those who are
     deceitful and wicked.(c)
2 You are God my stronghold.
     Why have you rejected(d) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(e)
     oppressed by the enemy?(f)
3 Send me your light(g) and your faithful care,(h)
     let them lead me;(i)
let them bring me to your holy mountain,(j)
     to the place where you dwell.(k)
4 Then I will go(l) to the altar(m) of God,
     to God, my joy(n) and my delight.(o)
I will praise you with the lyre,(p)
     O God, my God.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
     Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
     for I will yet praise him,
     my Savior and my God.(q)

Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

1 We have heard it with our ears,(a) O God;
     our ancestors have told us(b)
what you did in their days,
     in days long ago.(c)
2 With your hand you drove out(d) the nations
     and planted(e) our ancestors;
you crushed(f) the peoples
     and made our ancestors flourish.(g)
3 It was not by their sword(h) that they won the land,
     nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(i) your arm,(j)
     and the light(k) of your face, for you loved(l) them.

4 You are my King(m) and my God,(n)
     who decrees[c] victories(o) for Jacob.
5 Through you we push back(p) our enemies;
     through your name we trample(q) our foes.
6 I put no trust in my bow,(r)
     my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory(s) over our enemies,
     you put our adversaries to shame.(t)
8 In God we make our boast(u) all day long,(v)
     and we will praise your name forever.[d](w)

9 But now you have rejected(x) and humbled us;(y)
     you no longer go out with our armies.(z)
10 You made us retreat(aa) before the enemy,
     and our adversaries have plundered(ab) us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep(ac)
     and have scattered us among the nations.(ad)
12 You sold your people for a pittance,(ae)
     gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach(af) to our neighbors,(ag)
     the scorn(ah) and derision(ai) of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword(aj) among the nations;
     the peoples shake their heads(ak) at us.
15 I live in disgrace(al) all day long,
     and my face is covered with shame(am)
16 at the taunts(an) of those who reproach and revile(ao) me,
     because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(ap)

17 All this came upon us,
     though we had not forgotten(aq) you;
     we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned(ar) back;
     our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed(as) us and made us a haunt for jackals;(at)
     you covered us over with deep darkness.(au)

20 If we had forgotten(av) the name of our God
     or spread out our hands to a foreign god,(aw)
21 would not God have discovered it,
     since he knows the secrets of the heart?(ax)
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
     we are considered as sheep(ay) to be slaughtered.(az)

23 Awake,(ba) Lord! Why do you sleep?(bb)
     Rouse yourself!(bc) Do not reject us forever.(bd)
24 Why do you hide your face(be)
     and forget(bf) our misery and oppression?(bg)

25 We are brought down to the dust;(bh)
     our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up(bi) and help us;
     rescue(bj) us because of your unfailing love.(bk)

Psalm 45[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Lilies." Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.(a)

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
     as I recite my verses for the king;
     my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

2 You are the most excellent of men
     and your lips have been anointed with grace,(b)
     since God has blessed you forever.(c)

3 Gird your sword(d) on your side, you mighty one;(e)
     clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(f)
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously(g)
     in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(h)
     let your right hand(i) achieve awesome deeds.(j)
5 Let your sharp arrows(k) pierce the hearts(l) of the king's enemies;(m)
     let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;(n)
     a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness(o) and hate wickedness;(p)
     therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
     by anointing(q) you with the oil of joy.(r)
8 All your robes are fragrant(s) with myrrh(t) and aloes(u) and cassia;(v)
     from palaces adorned with ivory(w)
     the music of the strings(x) makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings(y) are among your honored women;
     at your right hand(z) is the royal bride(aa) in gold of Ophir.(ab)

10 Listen, daughter,(ac) and pay careful attention:(ad)
     Forget your people(ae) and your father's house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(af)
     honor(ag) him, for he is your lord.(ah)
12 The city of Tyre(ai) will come with a gift,[d](aj)
     people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(ak) is the princess within her chamber;
     her gown is interwoven with gold.(al)
14 In embroidered garments(am) she is led to the king;(an)
     her virgin companions(ao) follow her—
     those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(ap)
     they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
     you will make them princes(aq) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(ar)
     therefore the nations will praise you(as) for ever and ever.(at)

Psalm 46[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.

1 God is our refuge(a) and strength,(b)
     an ever-present(c) help(d) in trouble.(e)
2 Therefore we will not fear,(f) though the earth give way(g)
     and the mountains fall(h) into the heart of the sea,(i)
3 though its waters roar(j) and foam(k)
     and the mountains quake(l) with their surging.[c]

4 There is a river(m) whose streams(n) make glad the city of God,(o)
     the holy place where the Most High(p) dwells.(q)
5 God is within her,(r) she will not fall;(s)
     God will help(t) her at break of day.
6 Nations(u) are in uproar,(v) kingdoms(w) fall;
     he lifts his voice,(x) the earth melts.(y)

7 The Lord Almighty(z) is with us;(aa)
     the God of Jacob(ab) is our fortress.(ac)

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,(ad)
     the desolations(ae) he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars(af) cease
     to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow(ag) and shatters the spear;
     he burns the shields[d] with fire.(ah)
10 He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;(ai)
     I will be exalted(aj) among the nations,
     I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
     the God of Jacob(ak) is our fortress.(al)

Psalm 47[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Clap your hands,(a) all you nations;
     shout to God with cries of joy.(b)

2 For the Lord Most High(c) is awesome,(d)
     the great King(e) over all the earth.
3 He subdued(f) nations under us,
     peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance(g) for us,
     the pride of Jacob,(h) whom he loved.[b]

5 God has ascended(i) amid shouts of joy,(j)
     the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(k)
6 Sing praises(l) to God, sing praises;
     sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;(m)
     sing to him a psalm(n) of praise.

8 God reigns(o) over the nations;
     God is seated on his holy throne.(p)
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
     as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God;(q)
     he is greatly exalted.(r)

Psalm 48[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Great is the Lord ,(a) and most worthy of praise,(b)
     in the city of our God,(c) his holy mountain.(d)

2 Beautiful(e) in its loftiness,
     the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b](f) is Mount Zion,(g)
     the city of the Great King.(h)
3 God is in her citadels;(i)
     he has shown himself to be her fortress.(j)

4 When the kings joined forces,
     when they advanced together,(k)
5 they saw her and were astounded;
     they fled in terror.(l)
6 Trembling seized(m) them there,
     pain like that of a woman in labor.(n)
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(o)
     shattered by an east wind.(p)

8 As we have heard,
     so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
     in the city of our God:
God makes her secure
     forever.[c](q)

9 Within your temple, O God,
     we meditate(r) on your unfailing love.(s)
10 Like your name,(t) O God,
     your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(u)
     your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
     the villages of Judah are glad
     because of your judgments.(v)

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
     count her towers,(w)
13 consider well her ramparts,(x)
     view her citadels,(y)
that you may tell of them
     to the next generation.(z)

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
     he will be our guide(aa) even to the end.

Psalm 49[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Hear(a) this, all you peoples;(b)
     listen, all who live in this world,(c)
2 both low and high,(d)
     rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(e)
     the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(f)
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;(g)
     with the harp(h) I will expound my riddle:(i)

5 Why should I fear(j) when evil days come,
     when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth(k)
     and boast(l) of their great riches?(m)
7 No one can redeem the life of another
     or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom(n) for a life is costly,
     no payment is ever enough—(o)
9 so that they should live on(p) forever
     and not see decay.(q)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(r)
     that the foolish and the senseless(s) also perish,
     leaving their wealth(t) to others.(u)
11 Their tombs(v) will remain their houses[b] forever,
     their dwellings for endless generations,(w)
     though they had[c] named(x) lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;(y)
     they are like the beasts that perish.(z)

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(aa)
     and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(ab) to die;(ac)
     death will be their shepherd
     (but the upright will prevail(ad) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
     far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(ae)
     he will surely take me to himself.(af)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
     when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(ag) with them when they die,
     their splendor will not descend with them.(ah)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(ai)
     and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(aj)
     who will never again see the light(ak) of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding(al)
     are like the beasts that perish.(am)

Psalm 50

A psalm of Asaph.

1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord ,(a)
     speaks and summons the earth
     from the rising of the sun to where it sets.(b)
2 From Zion,(c) perfect in beauty,(d)
     God shines forth.(e)
3 Our God comes(f)
     and will not be silent;(g)
a fire devours(h) before him,(i)
     and around him a tempest(j) rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
     and the earth,(k) that he may judge his people:(l)
5 "Gather to me this consecrated people,(m)
     who made a covenant(n) with me by sacrifice."
6 And the heavens proclaim(o) his righteousness,
     for he is a God of justice.[a][b](p)

7 "Listen, my people, and I will speak;
     I will testify(q) against you, Israel:
     I am God, your God.(r)
8 I bring no charges(s) against you concerning your sacrifices
     or concerning your burnt offerings,(t) which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull(u) from your stall
     or of goats(v) from your pens,(w)
10 for every animal of the forest(x) is mine,
     and the cattle on a thousand hills.(y)
11 I know every bird(z) in the mountains,
     and the insects in the fields(aa) are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
     for the world(ab) is mine, and all that is in it.(ac)
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
     or drink the blood of goats?

14 "Sacrifice thank offerings(ad) to God,
     fulfill your vows(ae) to the Most High,(af)
15 and call(ag) on me in the day of trouble;(ah)
     I will deliver(ai) you, and you will honor(aj) me."

16 But to the wicked person, God says:

"What right have you to recite my laws
     or take my covenant(ak) on your lips?(al)
17 You hate(am) my instruction
     and cast my words behind(an) you.
18 When you see a thief, you join(ao) with him;
     you throw in your lot with adulterers.(ap)
19 You use your mouth for evil
     and harness your tongue to deceit.(aq)
20 You sit and testify against your brother(ar)
     and slander your own mother's son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,(as)
     you thought I was exactly[c] like you.
But I now arraign(at) you
     and set my accusations(au) before you.

22 "Consider this, you who forget God,(av)
     or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:(aw)
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
     and to the blameless[d] I will show my salvation.(ax)"

Psalm 51[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.(a)

1 Have mercy(b) on me, O God,
     according to your unfailing love;(c)
according to your great compassion(d)
     blot out(e) my transgressions.(f)
2 Wash away(g) all my iniquity
     and cleanse(h) me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
     and my sin is always before me.(i)
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned(j)
     and done what is evil in your sight;(k)
so you are right in your verdict
     and justified when you judge.(l)
5 Surely I was sinful(m) at birth,(n)
     sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
     you taught me wisdom(o) in that secret place.(p)

7 Cleanse(q) me with hyssop,(r) and I will be clean;
     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.(s)
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;(t)
     let the bones(u) you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins(v)
     and blot out(w) all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart,(x) O God,
     and renew a steadfast spirit within me.(y)
11 Do not cast me(z) from your presence(aa)
     or take your Holy Spirit(ab) from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation(ac)
     and grant me a willing spirit,(ad) to sustain me.(ae)

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,(af)
     so that sinners(ag) will turn back to you.(ah)
14 Deliver me(ai) from the guilt of bloodshed,(aj) O God,
     you who are God my Savior,(ak)
     and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.(al)
15 Open my lips, Lord,(am)
     and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice,(an) or I would bring it;
     you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice,(ao) O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
     a broken and contrite heart(ap)
     you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,(aq)
     to build up the walls of Jerusalem.(ar)
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,(as)
     in burnt offerings(at) offered whole;
     then bulls(au) will be offered on your altar.

Psalm 52[a]

For the director of music. A maskil[b] of David. When Doeg the Edomite(a) had gone to Saul and told him: "David has gone to the house of Ahimelek."

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
     Why do you boast(b) all day long,(c)
     you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who practice deceit,(d)
     your tongue plots destruction;(e)
     it is like a sharpened razor.(f)
3 You love evil(g) rather than good,
     falsehood(h) rather than speaking the truth.[c]
4 You love every harmful word,
     you deceitful tongue!(i)

5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
     He will snatch you up and pluck(j) you from your tent;
     he will uproot(k) you from the land of the living.(l)
6 The righteous will see and fear;
     they will laugh(m) at you, saying,
7 "Here now is the man
     who did not make God his stronghold(n)
but trusted in his great wealth(o)
     and grew strong by destroying others!"

8 But I am like an olive tree(p)
     flourishing in the house of God;
I trust(q) in God's unfailing love
     for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you(r)
     in the presence of your faithful people.(s)
And I will hope in your name,(t)
     for your name is good.(u)

Psalm 53[a](a)

For the director of music. According to mahalath.[b] A maskil[c] of David.

1 The fool(b) says in his heart,
     "There is no God."(c)
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
     there is no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven(d)
     on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,(e)
     any who seek God.(f)
3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
     there is no one who does good,
     not even one.(g)

4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
     they never call on God.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
     where there was nothing to dread.(h)
God scattered the bones(i) of those who attacked you;(j)
     you put them to shame,(k) for God despised them.(l)

6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
     When God restores his people,
     let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 54[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites(a) had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?"

1 Save me(b), O God, by your name;(c)
     vindicate me by your might.(d)
2 Hear my prayer, O God;(e)
     listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;(f)
     ruthless people(g) are trying to kill me(h)
     people without regard for God.[c](i)

4 Surely God is my help;(j)
     the Lord is the one who sustains me.(k)

5 Let evil recoil(l) on those who slander me;
     in your faithfulness(m) destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering(n) to you;
     I will praise(o) your name, Lord , for it is good.(p)
7 You have delivered me(q) from all my troubles,
     and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.(r)

Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
     do not ignore my plea;(a)
2       hear me and answer me.(b)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(c)
3       because of what my enemy is saying,
     because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(d)
     and assail(e) me in their anger.(f)

4 My heart is in anguish(g) within me;
     the terrors(h) of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling(i) have beset me;
     horror(j) has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
     I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
     and stay in the desert;[c](k)
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,(l)
     far from the tempest and storm.(m)"

9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(n)
     for I see violence and strife(o) in the city.(p)
10 Day and night they prowl(q) about on its walls;
     malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(r) are at work in the city;
     threats and lies(s) never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
     I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
     I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
     my companion, my close friend,(t)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(u)
     at the house of God,(v)
as we walked about
     among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;(w)
     let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,(x)
     for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
     and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(y) morning(z) and noon(aa)
     I cry out in distress,
     and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
     from the battle waged against me,
     even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(ab)
     who does not change—
he will hear(ac) them and humble them,
     because they have no fear of God.(ad)

20 My companion attacks his friends;(ae)
     he violates his covenant.(af)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(ag)
     yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(ah)
     yet they are drawn swords.(ai)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
     and he will sustain you;(aj)
he will never let
     the righteous be shaken.(ak)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
     into the pit(al) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(am)
     will not live out half their days.(an)

But as for me, I trust in you.(ao)

Psalm 56[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A miktam.[b] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

1 Be merciful to me,(a) my God,
     for my enemies are in hot pursuit;(b)
     all day long they press their attack.(c)
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long;(d)
     in their pride many are attacking me.(e)

3 When I am afraid,(f) I put my trust in you.(g)
4       In God, whose word I praise—(h)
in God I trust and am not afraid.(i)
     What can mere mortals do to me?(j)

5 All day long they twist my words;(k)
     all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire,(l) they lurk,
     they watch my steps,(m)
     hoping to take my life.(n)
7 Because of their wickedness do not[c] let them escape;(o)
     in your anger, God, bring the nations down.(p)

8 Record my misery;
     list my tears on your scroll[d](q)
     are they not in your record?(r)
9 Then my enemies will turn back(s)
     when I call for help.(t)
     By this I will know that God is for me.(u)

10 In God, whose word I praise,
     in the Lord , whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
     What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows(v) to you, my God;
     I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death(w)
     and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
     in the light of life.(x)

Psalm 57[a](a)

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.(b)

1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
     for in you I take refuge.(c)
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings(d)
     until the disaster has passed.(e)

2 I cry out to God Most High,
     to God, who vindicates me.(f)
3 He sends from heaven and saves me,(g)
     rebuking those who hotly pursue me—[c](h)
     God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.(i)

4 I am in the midst of lions;(j)
     I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
     whose tongues are sharp swords.(k)

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
     let your glory be over all the earth.(l)

6 They spread a net for my feet(m)
     I was bowed down(n) in distress.
They dug a pit(o) in my path—
     but they have fallen into it themselves.(p)

7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,
     my heart is steadfast;(q)
     I will sing and make music.
8 Awake, my soul!
     Awake, harp and lyre!(r)
     I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
     I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
     your faithfulness reaches to the skies.(s)

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(t)
     let your glory be over all the earth.(u)

Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b]

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(a)
     Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,(b)
     and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(c)

3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
     from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(d)
     like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
5 that will not heed(e) the tune of the charmer,(f)
     however skillful the enchanter may be.

6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;(g)
     Lord , tear out the fangs of those lions!(h)
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;(i)
     when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(j)
8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(k)
     like a stillborn child(l) that never sees the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(m)
     whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c](n)
10 The righteous will be glad(o) when they are avenged,(p)
     when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(q)
11 Then people will say,
     "Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(r)
     surely there is a God who judges the earth."(s)

Psalm 59[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b] When Saul had sent men to watch David's house(a) in order to kill him.

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;(b)
     be my fortress against those who are attacking me.(c)
2 Deliver me from evildoers(d)
     and save me from those who are after my blood.(e)

3 See how they lie in wait for me!
     Fierce men conspire(f) against me
     for no offense or sin of mine, Lord .
4 I have done no wrong,(g) yet they are ready to attack me.(h)
     Arise to help me; look on my plight!(i)
5 You, Lord God Almighty,
     you who are the God of Israel,(j)
rouse yourself(k) to punish all the nations;(l)
     show no mercy to wicked traitors.[c](m)

6 They return at evening,
     snarling like dogs,(n)
     and prowl about the city.
7 See what they spew from their mouths(o)
     the words from their lips are sharp as swords,(p)
     and they think, "Who can hear us?"(q)
8 But you laugh at them, Lord ;(r)
     you scoff at all those nations.(s)

9 You are my strength,(t) I watch for you;
     you, God, are my fortress,(u)
10       my God on whom I can rely.

God will go before me
     and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[d](v)
     or my people will forget.(w)
In your might uproot them
     and bring them down.(x)
12 For the sins of their mouths,(y)
     for the words of their lips,(z)
     let them be caught in their pride.(aa)
For the curses and lies they utter,
13       consume them in your wrath,
     consume them till they are no more.(ab)
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
     that God rules over Jacob.(ac)

14 They return at evening,
     snarling like dogs,
     and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food(ad)
     and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing(ae) of your strength,(af)
     in the morning(ag) I will sing of your love;(ah)
for you are my fortress,(ai)
     my refuge in times of trouble.(aj)

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
     you, God, are my fortress,
     my God on whom I can rely.(ak)

Luke 21:1-19

Chapter 21

The Widow's Offering(a)

1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.(b) 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."(c)

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times(d)(e)

5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another;(f) every one of them will be thrown down."

7 "Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"

8 He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,' and, ‘The time is near.' Do not follow them.(g) 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."

10 Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.(h) 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.(i)

12 "But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me.(j) 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.(k) 15 For I will give you(l) words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends,(m) and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me.(n) 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.(o) 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.(p)

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