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July 23 - Straight Thru the Bible


Psalms 141:1-145:7

Chapter 141

Psalm 141

A psalm of David.

1 I call to you, Lord , come quickly(a) to me;
     hear me(b) when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;(c)
     may the lifting up of my hands(d) be like the evening sacrifice.(e)

3 Set a guard over my mouth,(f) Lord ;
     keep watch over the door of my lips.(g)
4 Do not let my heart(h) be drawn to what is evil
     so that I take part in wicked deeds(i)
along with those who are evildoers;
     do not let me eat their delicacies.(j)

5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
     let him rebuke me(k)—that is oil on my head.(l)
My head will not refuse it,
     for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

6 Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,(m)
     and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
7 They will say, "As one plows(n) and breaks up the earth,(o)
     so our bones have been scattered at the mouth(p) of the grave."

8 But my eyes are fixed(q) on you, Sovereign Lord ;
     in you I take refuge(r)—do not give me over to death.
9 Keep me safe(s) from the traps set by evildoers,(t)
     from the snares(u) they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall(v) into their own nets,
     while I pass by in safety.(w)

Chapter 142

Psalm 142[a]

A maskil[b] of David. When he was in the cave.(a) A prayer.

1 I cry aloud(b) to the Lord ;
     I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.(c)
2 I pour out before him my complaint;(d)
     before him I tell my trouble.(e)

3 When my spirit grows faint(f) within me,
     it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
     people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
     no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;(g)
     no one cares(h) for my life.

5 I cry to you, Lord ;
     I say, "You are my refuge,(i)
     my portion(j) in the land of the living."(k)

6 Listen to my cry,(l)
     for I am in desperate need;(m)
rescue me(n) from those who pursue me,
     for they are too strong(o) for me.
7 Set me free from my prison,(p)
     that I may praise your name.(q)
Then the righteous will gather about me
     because of your goodness to me.(r)

Chapter 143

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

1  Lord , hear my prayer,(a)
     listen to my cry for mercy;(b)
in your faithfulness(c) and righteousness(d)
     come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
     for no one living is righteous(e) before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
     he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness(f)
     like those long dead.(g)
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
     my heart within me is dismayed.(h)
5 I remember(i) the days of long ago;
     I meditate(j) on all your works
     and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands(k) to you;
     I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

7 Answer me quickly,(l) Lord ;
     my spirit fails.(m)
Do not hide your face(n) from me
     or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,(o)
     for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way(p) I should go,
     for to you I entrust my life.(q)
9 Rescue me(r) from my enemies,(s) Lord ,
     for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me(t) to do your will,
     for you are my God;(u)
may your good Spirit
     lead(v) me on level ground.(w)

11 For your name's sake,(x) Lord , preserve my life;(y)
     in your righteousness,(z) bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;(aa)
     destroy all my foes,(ab)
     for I am your servant.(ac)

Chapter 144

Psalm 144

Of David.

1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock,(a)
     who trains my hands for war,
     my fingers for battle.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress,(b)
     my stronghold(c) and my deliverer,
my shield,(d) in whom I take refuge,
     who subdues peoples[a](e) under me.

3  Lord , what are human beings(f) that you care for them,
     mere mortals that you think of them?
4 They are like a breath;(g)
     their days are like a fleeting shadow.(h)

5 Part your heavens,(i) Lord , and come down;(j)
     touch the mountains, so that they smoke.(k)
6 Send forth lightning(l) and scatter(m) the enemy;
     shoot your arrows(n) and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high;(o)
     deliver me and rescue me(p)
from the mighty waters,(q)
     from the hands of foreigners(r)
8 whose mouths are full of lies,(s)
     whose right hands(t) are deceitful.(u)

9 I will sing a new song(v) to you, my God;
     on the ten-stringed lyre(w) I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings,(x)
     who delivers his servant David.(y)

From the deadly sword(z) 11 deliver me;
     rescue me(aa) from the hands of foreigners(ab)
whose mouths are full of lies,(ac)
     whose right hands are deceitful.(ad)

12 Then our sons in their youth
     will be like well-nurtured plants,(ae)
and our daughters will be like pillars(af)
     carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled(ag)
     with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
     by tens of thousands in our fields;
14       our oxen(ah) will draw heavy loads.[b]
There will be no breaching of walls,(ai)
     no going into captivity,
     no cry of distress in our streets.(aj)
15 Blessed is the people(ak) of whom this is true;
     blessed is the people whose God is the Lord .

Chapter 145

Psalm 145[a]

A psalm of praise. Of David.

1 I will exalt you,(a) my God the King;(b)
     I will praise your name(c) for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise(d) you
     and extol your name(e) for ever and ever.

3 Great(f) is the Lord and most worthy of praise;(g)
     his greatness no one can fathom.(h)
4 One generation(i) commends your works to another;
     they tell(j) of your mighty acts.(k)
5 They speak of the glorious splendor(l) of your majesty—
     and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b](m)
6 They tell(n) of the power of your awesome works—(o)
     and I will proclaim(p) your great deeds.(q)
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness(r)
     and joyfully sing(s) of your righteousness.(t)

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