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PSALMS , 51
To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.

51:1 When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have pity on me, O God, in your mercy ; out of a full heart, take away my sin.
2 Let all my wrongdoing be washed away, and make me clean from evil.
3 For I am conscious of my error ; my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I done wrong, working that which is evil in your eyes ; so that your words may be seen to be right, and you may be clear when you are judging.
5 Truly, I was formed in evil, and in sin did my mother give me birth.
6 Your desire is for what is true in the inner parts : in the secrets of my soul you will give me knowledge of wisdom.
7 Make me free from sin with hyssop : let me be washed whiter than snow.
8 Make me full of joy and rapture ; so that the bones which have been broken may be glad.
9 Let your face be turned from my wrongdoing, and take away all my sins.
10 Make a clean heart in me, O God; give me a right spirit again.
11 Do not put me away from before you, or take your holy spirit from me.
12 Give me back the joy of your salvation ; let a free spirit be my support.
13 Then will I make your ways clear to wrongdoers ; and sinners will be turned to you.
14 Be my saviour from violent death, O God, the God of my salvation ; and my tongue will give praise to your righteousness.
15 O Lord, let my lips be open, so that my mouth may make clear your praise.
16 You have no desire for an offering or I would give it ; you have no delight in burned offerings.
17 The offerings of God are a broken spirit ; a broken and sorrowing heart, O God, you will not put from you.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure, building up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will have delight in the offerings of righteousness, in burned offerings and offerings of beasts ; then they will make offerings of oxen on your altar.

PSALMS , 52
To the chief music-maker. Maschil. Of David.

52:1 WhenWhen Doeg the Edomite came to Saul saying, David has come to the house of Ahimelech. Why do you take pride in wrongdoing, lifting yourself up against the upright man all the day ? 2 Purposing destruction, using deceit ; your tongue is like a sharp blade. 3 You have more love for evil than for good, for deceit than for works of righteousness. (Selah.) 4 Destruction is in all your words, O false tongue.
52:5 But God will put an end to you for ever ; driving you out from your tent, uprooting you from the land of the living. (Selah.) 6 The upright will see it with fear, and will say, laughing at you : 7 See, this is the man who did not make God his strength, but had faith in his goods and his property, and made himself strong in his wealth.
52:8 But I am like a branching olive-tree in the house of God ; I have put my faith in his mercy for ever and ever. 9 I will give you praise without end for what you have done ; I will give honour to your name before your saints, for it is good.

PSALMS , 53
To the chief music-maker; put to Mahalath. Maschil. Of David.

53:1 The foolish man has said in his heart, God will not do anything. They are unclean, they have done evil works ; there is not one who does good.
2 God was looking down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who had wisdom, searching after God.
3 Every one of them has gone back ; they are unclean : there is not one who does good, no, not one.
4 Have the workers of evil no knowledge ? they take my people for food, as they would take bread ; they make no prayer to God.
5 They were in great fear, where there was no cause for fear : for the bones of those who make war on you have been broken by God ; you have put them to shame, because God has no desire for them.
6 May the salvation of Israel come out of Zion ! When the fate of his people is changed by God, Jacob will have joy, and Israel will be glad.

PSALMS , 54
To the chief music-maker; on Neginoth. Maschil. Of David.

54:1 When the Ziphites came and said to Saul, Is not David keeping himself secret among us ? Let your name be my salvation, O God ; let my cause be judged by your strength. 2 Let my prayer come before you, O God ; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For men who are going after me have come out against me, violent men are purposing to take my soul ; they have not put God before their eyes. (Selah.)
54:4 See, God is my helper : the Lord is the great supporter of my soul. 5 Let the evil works of my haters come back on them again ; let them be cut off by your good faith. 6 Freely will I make my offerings to you ; I will give praise to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 7 Because it has been my saviour from all my trouble ; and my eyes have seen the punishment of my haters.

PSALMS , 55
To the chief music-maker, on Neginoth. Maschil. Of David.

55:1 Give hearing to my prayer, O God ; and let not your ear be shut against my request. 2 Give thought to me, and let my prayer be answered : I have been made low in sorrow; 3 I am troubled because of the voice of the cruel ones, because of the loud cry of the evil-doers ; for they put a weight of evil on me, and they are cruel in their hate for me.
55:4 My heart is deeply wounded, and the fear of death has come on me. 5 Fear and shaking have come over me, with deep fear I am covered. 6 And I said, If only I had wings like a dove ! for then I would go in flight from here and be at rest. 7 I would go wandering far away, living in the waste land. (Selah.) 8 I would quickly take cover from the driving storm and from the violent wind.
55:9 Send destruction on them, O Lord, make a division of tongues among them : for I have seen fighting and violent acts in the town. 10 By day and night they go round the town, on the walls ; trouble and sorrow are in the heart of it. 11 Evil is there; cruel rule and deceit are ever in the streets.
55:12 For it was not my hater who said evil of me ; that would have been no grief to me; it was not one outside the number of my friends who made himself strong against me, or I would have kept myself from him in a secret place ; 13 But it was you, my equal, my guide, my well-loved friend. 14 We had loving talk together, and went to the house of God in company. 15 Let the hand of death come on them suddenly, and let them go down living into the underworld ; because evil is in their houses and in their hearts.
55:16 As for me, I will make my prayer to God, and he will be my saviour. 17 In the evening and in the morning and in the middle of the day I will make my prayer with sounds of grief ; and my voice will come to his ears. 18 He has taken my soul away from the attack which was made against me, and given it peace ; for great numbers were against me. 19 God will give thought to me ; he who from early times is strong will send pain and trouble on them.     (Selah.) Because they are unchanged, they have no fear of God.
55:20 He has put out his hand against those who were at peace with him ; he has not kept his agreement. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart ; his words were softer than oil, but they were sharp swords.
55:22 Put your cares on the Lord, and he will be your support ; he will not let the upright man be moved.
55:23 But you, O God, will send them down into the underworld ; the cruel and the false will be cut off before half their days are ended ; but I will have faith in you.

PSALMS , 56
To the chief music-maker; put to Jonath elem rehokim. Of David. Michtam.

56:1 When the Philistines took him in Gath. Have mercy on me, O God, for man is attempting my destruction ; every day he makes cruel attacks against me. 2 My haters are ever ready to put an end to me ; great numbers are lifting themselves up against me. 3 In the time of my fear, I will have faith in you. 4 In God will I give praise to his word ; in God have I put my hope ; I will have no fear of what flesh may do to me.
56:5 Every day they make wrong use of my words ; all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They come together, they are waiting in secret places, they take note of my steps, they are waiting for my soul. 7 By evil-doing they will not get free from punishment. In wrath, O God, let the peoples be made low.
56:8 You have seen my wanderings ; put the drops from my eyes into your bottle ; are they not in your record ? 9 When I send up my cry to you, my haters will be turned back ; I am certain of this, for God is with me. 10 In God will I give praise to his word ; in the Lord will I give praise to his word. 11 In God have I put my hope, I will have no fear of what man may do to me.
56:12 I keep the memory of my debt to you, O God ; I will give you the offerings of praise. 13 Because you have taken my soul from the power of death ; and kept my feet from falling, so that I may be walking before God in the light of life.

PSALMS , 57
To the chief music-maker; put to Al-tashheth. Michtam. Of David.

57:1 When he went in flight from Saul, in the hole of the rock. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me; for the hope of my soul is in you : I will keep myself safely under the shade of your wings, till these troubles are past. 2 I will send up my cry to the Most High God ; to God who does all things for me. 3 He will send from heaven, and take me from the power of him whose desire is for my destruction. God will send out his mercy and his good faith.
57:4 My soul is among lions ; I am stretched out among those who are on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and whose tongue is a sharp sword. 5 O God, be lifted up higher than the heavens ; let your glory be over all the earth.
57:6 They have made ready a net for my steps ; my soul is bent down; they have made a great hole before me, and have gone down into it themselves. (Selah.)
57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed ; I will make songs, and give praise. 8 You are my glory ; let the instruments of music be awake ; I myself will be awake with the dawn. 9 I will give you praise, O Lord, among the peoples ; I will make songs to you among the nations. 10 For your mercy is great, stretching up to the heavens, and your righteousness goes up to the clouds. 11 Be lifted up, O God, higher than the heavens, let your glory be over all the earth.

PSALMS , 58
To the chief music-maker; put to Al-tashheth. Michtam. Of David.

58:1 Is there righteousness in your mouths, O you gods ? are you upright judges, O you sons of men ? 2 The purposes of your hearts are evil ; your hands are full of cruel doings on the earth.
58:3 The evil-doers are strange from the first ; from the hour of their birth they go out of the true way, saying false words. 4 Their poison is like the poison of a snake ; they are like the adder, whose ears are shut ; 5 Who will not be moved by the voice of the wonder-worker, however great are his powers.
58:6 O God, let their teeth be broken in their mouths ; let the great teeth of the young lions be pulled out, O Lord. 7 Let them be turned to liquid like the ever-flowing waters ; let them be cut off like the grass by the way. 8 Let them be like an after-birth which is turned to water and comes to an end ; like the fruit of a woman who gives birth before her time, let them not see the sun. 9 Before they are conscious of it, let them be cut down like thorns ; let a strong wind take them away like waste growth.
58:10 The upright man will be glad when he sees their punishment ; his feet will be washed in the blood of the evil-doer. 11 So that men will say, Truly there is a reward for righteousness ; truly there is a God who is judge on the earth.

PSALMS , 59
To the chief music-maker; put to At-tashheth. Michtam. Of David.
When Saul sent, and they were watching the house, to put him to death.

59:1 Take me out of the hands of the cruel ones, O my God ; keep me safe from those who come up against me. 2 Take me out of the power of the workers of evil, and keep me safe from the men of blood.
3   For see, they are watching in secret for my soul ; the strong have come together against me ? but not because of my sin, or my evil-doing, O Lord. 4 For no sin of mine they go quickly and get themselves ready ; be awake and come to my help, and see. 5 You, O Lord God of armies, are the God of Israel ; come now and give punishment to the nations ; have no mercy on any workers of deceit.   (Selah.)
6   They come back in the evening ; they make a noise like a dog, and go round the town. 7 See, hate is dropping from their lips ; curses are on their tongues : they say, Who gives attention to it ?
8   But you are laughing at them, O Lord ; you will make sport of all the nations. 9 O my strength, I will put my hope in you ; because God is my strong tower. 10 The God of my mercy will go before me : God will let me see my desire effected on my haters.
11   Put them not to death, for so my people will keep the memory of them : let them be sent in all directions by your power ; make them low, O Lord our saviour. 12 Because of the sin of their mouths and the word of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride ; and for their curses and their deceit, 13 Put an end to them in your wrath, put an end to them, so that they may not be seen again ; let them see that God is ruling in Jacob and to the ends of the earth.   (Selah.)
14   And in the evening let them come back, and make a noise like a dog, and go round the town. 15 Let them go wandering up and down in search of food, and be there all night if they have not enough.
16   But I will make songs of your power ; yes, I will give cries of joy for your mercy in the morning ; because you have been my strength and my high tower in the day of my trouble. 17 To you, O my strength, will I make my song : because God is my high tower, even the God of my mercy.

PSALMS , 60
To the chief music-maker; put to Shushan-eduth. Michtam. Of David. For teaching.
When he was fighting against Aram-naharaim and Aramzobah, when Joab came back, and put twelve thousand of the Edomites to death, in the Valley of Salt.

60:1 God, you have put us away from you, you have sent us in all directions, you have been angry ; O be turned to us again. 2 By the power of your hand the earth is shaking and broken ; make it strong again, for it is moved. 3 You have made the people see hard times ; you have given us the wine of shaking for our drink.
4   Give a safe place to those who have fear of you, where they may go in flight from before the bow.   (Selah.) 5 So that your loved ones may be made safe, let your right hand be my salvation, and give me an answer.
6   God has said in his holy place, I will be glad : I will make a division of Shechem, and the valley of Succoth will be measured out. 7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine ; and Ephraim is the strength of my head ; Judah is my law-giver ; 8 Moab is my washpot ; over Edom will I put out my shoe ; over Philistia will a glad cry be sounded.
9   Who will take me into the strong town ? who will be my guide into Edom ? 10 Have not you put us away, O God ? and you have not gone out with our armies. 11 Give us help in our trouble ; for there is no help in man. 12 Through God we will do great things, for through him our haters will be crushed under our feet.

PSALMS , 61
To the chief music-maker. On a corded instrument. Of David.

61:1 Let my cry come to you, O God ; let your ears be open to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I send up my cry to you, when my heart is overcome : take me to the rock which is over-high for me. 3 For you have been my secret place, and my high tower from those who made war on me.
4   I will make your tent my resting-place for ever : I will keep myself under the cover of your wings. (Selah.) 5 For you, O God, have made answer to my prayers ; you have given me the heritage of those who give honour to your name.
6   You will give the king long life ; and make his years go on through the generations. 7 May the seat of his authority be before God for ever ; may mercy and righteousness keep him safe.
8   So will I make songs in praise of your name for ever, giving to God that which is right day by day.

PSALMS , 62
To the chief music-maker. After Jeduthun. A Psalm. Of David.

62:1   My soul, put all your faith in God ; for from him comes my salvation. 2 He only is my Rock and my salvation; he is my high tower ; I will not be greatly moved.
62:3 How long will you go on designing evil against a man ? running against him as against a broken wall, which is on the point of falling ? 4 Their only thought is to put him down from his place of honour ; their delight is in deceit : blessing is in their mouths but cursing in their hearts.   (Selah.)
5   My soul, put all your faith in God ; for from him comes my hope. 6 He only is my Rock and my salvation ; he is my high tower ; I will not be greatly moved. 7 In God is my salvation, and my glory ; the Rock of my strength, and my safe place.
8   Have faith in him at all times, you people ; let your hearts go flowing out before him : God is our safe place.   (Selah.)
9   Truly men of low birth are nothing, and men of high position are not what they seem; if they are put in the scales together they are less than a breath. 10 Have no faith in the rewards of evil-doing, or in profits wrongly made : if your wealth is increased, do not put your hopes on it.
11   Once has God said, twice has it come to my ears, that power is God's : 12 And mercy, O Lord, is yours, for you give to every man the reward of his work.

PSALMS , 63
A Psalm. Of David.

63:1 When he was in the waste land of Judah. O God, you are my God ; early will I make my search for you : my soul is dry for need of you, my flesh is wasted with desire for you, as a dry and burning land where no water is ; 2 To see your power and your glory, as I have seen you in the holy place. 3 Because your mercy is better than life, my lips will give you praise. 4 So will I go on blessing you all my life, lifting up my hands in your name.
63:5   My soul will be comforted, as with good food ; and my mouth will give you praise with songs of joy ; 6 When the memory of you comes to me on my bed, and when I give thought to you in the night-time. 7 Because you have been my help, I will have joy in the shade of your wings. 8 My soul keeps ever near you : your right hand is my support. 9 But those whose desire is my soul's destruction will go down to the lower parts of the earth. 10 They will be cut off by the sword; they will be food for foxes. 11 But the king will have joy in God ; everyone who takes an oath by him will have cause for pride ; but the false mouth will be stopped.

PSALMS , 64
To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.

64:1   God, let the voice of my grief come to your ear : keep my life from the fear of those who are against me. 2 Keep me safe from the secret purpose of wrongdoers ; from the band of the workers of evil ; 3 Who make their tongues sharp like a sword, and whose arrows are pointed, even bitter words ; 4 So that in secret they may let loose their arrows at the upright, suddenly and unseen. 5 They make themselves strong in an evil purpose ; they make holes for secret nets ; they say, Who will see it, 6 Or make discovery of our secret purpose ? The design is framed with care ; and the inner thought of a man, and his heart, is deep.
7   But God sends out an arrow against them ; suddenly they are wounded. 8 The evil of their tongues is the cause of their fall ; all those who see them are shaking their heads at them. 9 And in fear men make public the works of God ; and giving thought to his acts they get wisdom.
10  The upright will be glad in the Lord and have hope in him ; and all the lovers of righteousness will give him glory.

PSALMS , 65
To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David. A Song.

65:1   It is right for you, O God, to have praise in Zion : to you let the offering be made. 2 To you, O hearer of prayer, let the words of all flesh come. 3 Evils have overcome us : but as for our sins, you will take them away. 4 Happy is the man of your selection, to whom you give a resting-place in your house ; we will be full of the good things out of your holy place.
5   You will give us an answer in righteousness by great acts of power, O God of our salvation ; you who are the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of the far-off lands of the sea ; 6 The God by whose strength the mountains are fixed ; who is robed with power : 7 Who makes the loud voice of the sea quiet, and puts an end to the sound of its waves. 8 Those in the farthest parts of the earth have fear when they see your signs : the outgoings of the morning and evening are glad because of you.
9   You have given your blessing to the earth, watering it and making it fertile ; the river of God is full of water : and having made it ready, you give men grain. 10 You make the ploughed lands full of water ; you make smooth the slopes : you make the earth soft with showers, sending your blessing on its growth. 11 The year is crowned with the good you give ; life-giving rain is dropping from your footsteps, 12 Falling on the grass of the waste land : and the little hills are glad on every side. 13 The grass-land is thick with flocks ; the valleys are full of grain ; they give glad cries and songs of joy.

PSALMS , 66
To the chief music-maker. A Song. A Psalm.

66:1   Send up a glad cry to God, all the earth : 2 Make a song in honour of his name : give praise and glory to him. 3 Say to God, How greatly to be feared are your works ! because of your great power your haters are forced to put themselves under your feet. 4 Let all the earth give you worship, and make songs to you ; let them make songs to your name.   (Selah.)
5   Come and see the works of God : he is to be feared in all he does to the children of men. 6 The sea was turned into dry land : they went through the river on foot : there did we have joy in him. 7 He is ruling in power for ever ; his eyes are watching the nations : may his haters have no strength against him.   (Selah.)
8   Give blessings to our God, O you peoples, let the voice of his praise be loud ; 9 Because he gives us life, and has not let our feet be moved. 10 For you, O God, have put us to the test : testing us by fire like silver. 11 You let us be put in prison ; chains were put on our legs. 12 You let men go driving over our heads ; we went through fire and through water ; but you took us out into a wide place.
66:13   I will come into your house with burned offerings, I will make payment of my debt to you, 14 Keeping the word which came from my lips, and which my mouth said, when I was in trouble. 15 I will give you burned offerings of fat beasts, and the smoke of sheep ; I will make offerings of oxen and goats.   (Selah.)   16 Come, give ear to me, all you God-fearing men, so that I may make clear to you what he has done for my soul. 17 My voice went up to him, and I was lifted up from the underworld. 18 I said in my heart, The Lord will not give ear to me : 19 But truly God's ear has been open ; he has give attention to the voice of my prayer.
20   Praise be to God who has not taken away his good faith and his mercy from me.

PSALMS , 67
To the chief music-maker. With corded instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

67:1 May God give us mercy and blessing, and let the light of his face be shining on us ;   (Selah.)
2   So that men may see your way on the earth, and your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples give you praise, O God ; let all the peoples give you praise. 4 O let the nations be glad, and make song of joy ; for you will be the judge of the peoples in righteousness, guiding the nations of the earth.   (Selah.)
5   Let the peoples give you praise, O God ; let all the peoples give you praise. 6 The earth has given her increase ; and God, even our God, will give us his blessing. 7 God will give us his blessing ; so let all the ends of the earth be in fear of him.

PSALMS , 68
To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.

68:1 Let God be seen, and let his haters be put to flight ; let those who are against him be turned back before him. 2 Let them be like smoke before the driving wind ; as wax turning soft before the fire, so let them come to an end before the power of God. 3 But let the upright be glad ; let them have delight before God; let them be full of joy.
68:4   Make songs to God, make songs of praise to his name ; make a way for him who comes through the waste lands ; his name is Jah ; be glad before him.
68:5 A father to those who have no father, a judge of the widows, is God in his holy place. 6 Those who are without friends, God puts in families ; he makes free those who are in chains ; but those who are turned away from him are given a dry land.
68:7 O God, when you went out before your people, wandering through the waste land ;   (Selah.)   8 The earth was shaking and the heavens were streaming, because God was present ; even Sinai itself was moved before God, the God of Israel. 9 You, O God, did freely send the rain, giving strength to the weariness of your heritage. 10 Those whose resting-place was there, even the poor, were comforted by your good things, O God.
68:11   The Lord gives the word ; great is the number of the women who make it public. 12 Kings of armies quickly go in flight : and the women in the houses make a division of their goods. 13 Will you take your rest among the flocks ? like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and its feathers with yellow gold. 14 When the Most High put the kings to flight, it was as white as snow in Salmon.
68:15   A hill of God is the hill of Bashan ; a hill with high tops is the hill of Bashan. 16 Why are you looking with envy, you high hills, on the hill desired by God as his resting-place ? truly, God will make it his house for ever.
68:17   The war-carriage of God is among Israel's thousands ; the Lord has come from Sinai to the holy place. 18 You have gone up on high, taking your prisoners with you; you have taken offerings from men ; the Lord God has taken his place on the seat of his power.
68:19 Praise be to the Lord, who is our support day by day, even the God of our salvation.   (Selah.)   20 Our God is for us a God of salvation ; his are the ways out of death.
68:21   The heads of the haters of God will be crushed ; even the head of him who still goes on in his evil ways. 22 The Lord said, I will make them come back from Bashan, and from the deep parts of the sea ; 23 So that your foot may be red with blood, and the tongues of your dogs with the same.
68:24  We see your going, O God : even the going of my God, my King, into the holy place. 25 The makers of songs go before, the players of music come after, among the young girls playing on brass instruments. 26 Give praise to God in the great meeting ; even the Lord, you who come from the fountain of Israel. 27 There is little Benjamin ruling them, the chiefs of Judah and their army, the rulers of Zebulun and the rulers of Naphtali.
68:28   O God, send out your strength ; the strength, O God, with which you have done great things for us, 29 Out of your Temple in Jerusalem. 30 Say sharp words to the beast among the water-plants, the band of strong ones, with the lords of the peoples, put an end to the people whose delight is in war. 31 Kings will give you offerings, they will come out of Egypt ; from Pathros will come offerings of silver ; Ethiopia will be stretching out her hands to God.
68:32 Make songs to God, you kingdoms of the earth ; O make songs of praise to the Lord ;   (Selah.)   33 To him who goes or the clouds of heaven, the heaven which was from earliest times ; he sends out his voice of power. 34 Make clear that strength is God's : he is lifted up over Israel, and his power is in the clouds. 35 O God, you are to be feared in your holy place : the God of Israel gives strength and power to his people.
Praise be to God.

PSALMS , 69
To the chief music-maker; put to Shoshannim. Of David.

69:1 Be my saviour, O God ; because the waters have come in, even to my neck. 2 My feet are deep in the soft earth, where there is no support ; I have come into deep waters, the waves are flowing over me. 3 I am tired with my crying; my throat is burning : my eyes are wasted with waiting for my God. 4 Those who have hate for me without cause are greater in number than the hairs of my head ; those who are against me, falsely desiring my destruction, are very strong ; I gave back what I had not taken away. 5 O God, you see how foolish I am ; and my wrongdoing is clear to you.
69:6   Let not those who have hope in you be put to shame because of me, O Lord God of armies : let not those who are waiting for you be made low because of me, O God of Israel. 7 I have been wounded with sharp words because of you; my face has been covered with shame. 8 I have become strange to my brothers, and like a man from a far country to my mother's children.
69:9   I am on fire with passion for your house ; and the hard things which are said about you have come on me. 10 My bitter weeping, and my going without food, were turned to my shame. 11 When I put on the clothing of grief, they said evil of me. 12 I am a cause of wonder to those in authority ; a song to those who are given to strong drink.
69:13   But as for me, let my prayer be made to you, O Lord, at a time when you are pleased ; O God, give me an answer in your great mercy, for your salvation is certain. 14 Take me from the grip of the sticky earth, so that I may not go down into it ; let me be lifted up from the deep waters. 15 Let me not be covered by the flowing waters ; let not the deep waters go over my head, and let me not be shut up in the underworld.
69:16   Give an answer to my words, O Lord ; for your mercy is good : be turned to me, because of your great pity. 17 Let not your face be covered from your servant, for I am in trouble ; quickly give me an answer. 18 Come near to my soul, for its salvation : be my saviour, because of those who are against me.
69:19   You have seen my shame, how I was laughed at and made low ; my haters are all before you. 20 My heart is broken by bitter words, I am full of grief ; I made a search for some to have pity on me, but there was no one; I had no comforter. 21 They gave me poison for my food ; and bitter wine for my drink.
69:22   Let their table before them be for their destruction ; let their feasts become a net to take them. 23 Let their eyes be blind so that they may not see ; let their bodies for ever be shaking. 24 Let your curse come on them ; let the heat of your wrath overtake them. 25 Give their houses to destruction, and let there be no one in their tents. 26 Because they are cruel to him against whom your hand is turned ; they make bitter the grief of him who is wounded by you. 27 Let their punishment be increased ; let them not come into your righteousness. 28 Let their names be taken from the book of the living, let them not be numbered with the upright.
69:29   But I am poor and full of sorrow ; let me be lifted up by your salvation, O Lord.
69:30   I will give praise to the name of God with a song ; I will give glory to him for what he has done. 31 This will be more pleasing to the Lord than an ox, or a young ox of full growth. 32 The poor will see it and be glad : you who are lovers of God, let your hearts have life. 33 For the ears of the Lord are open to the poor, and he takes thought for his prisoners.
69:34   Let the heavens and the earth give praise to him, the seas, and everything moving in them. 35 For God will be the saviour of Zion, and the builder of the towns of Judah ; so that it may be their resting-place and heritage. 36 The seed of his servants will have their part in it, and there the lovers of his name will have rest.

PSALMS , 70
To the chief music-maker. Of David. To keep in memory.

70:1   Let your salvation come quickly, O God ; come quickly to my help, O Lord. 2 Let those who go after my soul have shame and trouble ; let those who have evil designs against me be turned back and made foolish. 3 Let those who say Aha, aha ! be turned back as a reward of their shame.
70:4   Let all those who are looking for you be glad and have joy in you ; let the lovers of your salvation ever say, May God be great. 5 But I am poor and in need ; come to me quickly, O God ; you are my help and my saviour ; let there be no waiting, O Lord.

PSALMS , 71
To the chief music-maker ; put to Al-tashheth. A Psalm. Of Asaph. A Song.

71:1     In you, O Lord, have I put my hope ; let me never be shamed. 2 Keep me safe in your righteousness, and come to my help; give ear to my voice, and be my saviour. 3 Be my strong Rock, the strong place of my salvation ; for you are my Rock, and my safe place. 4 O my God, take me out of the hand of the sinner, out of the hand of the evil and cruel man. 5 For you are my hope, O Lord God ; I have had faith in you from the time when I was young. 6 You have been my support from the day of my birth ; you took me out of my mother's body ; my praise will be ever of you.
71:7   I am a wonder to all ; but you are my strong tower. 8 My mouth will be full of your praise and glory all the day. 9 Do not give me up when I am old ; be my help even when my strength is gone. 10 For my haters are waiting secretly for me ; and those who are watching for my soul are banded together in their evil designs, 11 Saying, God has given him up ; go after him and take him, for he has no helper.
71:12   O God, be not far from me ; O my God, come quickly to my help. 13 Let those who say evil against my soul be overcome and put to shame ; let my haters be made low and have no honour. 14 But I will go on ever hoping, and increasing in all your praise. 15 My mouth will make clear your righteousness and your salvation all the day; for they are more than may be measured. 16 I will give news of the great acts of the Lord God ; my words will be of your righteousness, and of yours only.
71:17   O God, you have been my teacher from the time when I was young ; and I have been talking of your works of wonder even till now. 18 Now when I am old and grey-headed, O God, give me not up ; till I have made clear your strength to this generation, and your power to all those to come. 19 Your righteousness, O God, is very high ; you have done great things ; O God, who is like you? 20 You, who have sent great and bitter troubles on me, will give me life again, lifting me up from the deep waters of the underworld. 21 You will make me greater than before, and give me comfort on every side.
71:22   I will give praise to you with instruments of music, O my God, for you are true ; I will make songs to you with music, O Holy One of Israel. 23 Joy will be on my lips when I make melody to you ; and in my soul, to which you have given salvation. 24 My tongue will be talking of your righteousness all the day ; for those whose purpose is to do me evil have been crushed and put to shame.

PSALMS , 72
A psalm of Solomon

72:1     Of Solomon. Give the king your authority, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son. 2 May he be a judge of your people in righteousness, and make true decisions for the poor. 3 May the mountains give peace to the people, and the hills righteousness. 4 May he be a judge of the poor among the people, may he give salvation to the children of those who are in need ; by him let the violent be crushed.
72:5   May his life go on as long as the sun and moon, through all generations. 6 May he come down like rain on the cut grass ; like showers watering the earth. 7 In his days may the upright do well, living in peace as long as there is a moon in heaven. 8 Let his kingdom be from sea to sea, from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 Let those who are against him go down before him ; and let his haters be low in the dust. 10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands come back with offerings ; let the kings of Sheba and Seba give of their stores. 11 Yes, let all kings go down before him ; let all nations be his servants.
72:12 For he will be a saviour to the poor in answer to his cry ; and to him who is in need, without a helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor, and be the saviour of those who are in need. 14 He will keep their souls free from evil designs and violent attacks ; and their blood will be of value in his eyes.
72:15 May he have long life, and may gold from Sheba be given to him : may prayers be made for him at all times; may blessings be on him every day. 16 May there be wide-stretching fields of grain in the land, shaking on the top of the mountains, full of fruit like Lebanon : may its stems be unnumbered like the grass of the earth. 17 May his name go on for ever, as long as the sun : may men be blessing themselves by him ; may all nations be blessing his name.
72:18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, the only doer of wonders. 19 Praise to the glory of his noble name for ever ; let all the earth be full of his glory. So be it, So be it.

72:20   The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

BOOK III

PSALMS , 73  
A Psalm of Asaph

73:1     Truly, God is good to Israel, even to such as are clean in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost gone from under me ; I was near to slipping; 3 Because of my envy of the men of pride, when I saw the well-being of the wrongdoers.
73:4   For they have no pain ; their bodies are fat and strong. 5 They are not in trouble as others are ; they have no part in the unhappy fate of men. 6 For this reason pride is round them like a chain ; they are clothed with violent behaviour as with a robe. 7 Their eyes are bursting with fat ; they have more than their heart's desire. 8 Their thoughts are deep with evil designs ; their talk from their seats of power is of cruel acts. 9 Their mouth goes up to heaven ; their tongues go walking through the earth.
73:10   For this reason they are full of bread ; and water is ever flowing for them. 11 And they say, How will the Lord see this ? is there knowledge in the Most High ? 12 Truly, such are the sinners ; they do well at all times, and their wealth is increased. 13 As for me, I have made my heart clean to no purpose, washing my hands in righteousness ; 14 For I have been troubled all the day ; every morning have I undergone punishment.
73:15   If I would make clear what it is like, I would say, You are false to the generation of your children. 16 When my thoughts were turned to see the reason of this, it was a weariness in my eyes ; 17 Till I went into God's holy place, and saw the end of the evil-doers. 18 You put their feet where there was danger of slipping, so that they go down into destruction. 19 How suddenly are they wasted ! fears are the cause of their destruction. 20 As a dream when one is awake, they are ended; they are like an image gone out of mind when sleep is over.
73:21   My heart was made bitter, and I was pained by the bite of grief : 22 As for me, I was foolish, and without knowledg ; I was like a beast before you. 23 But still I am ever with you ; you have taken me by my right hand. 24 Your wisdom will be my guide, and later you will put me in a place of honour. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you ? and having you I have no desire for anything on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart are wasting away : but God is the Rock of my heart and my eternal heritage.
73:27   For those who are far away from you will come to destruction : you will put an end to all those who have not kept faith with you. 28 But it is good for me to come near to God : I have put my faith in the Lord God, so that I may make clear all his works.

PSALMS , 74
A Maschil. Of Asaph.

74:1     Of God, why have you put us away from you for ever ? why is the fire of your wrath smoking against the sheep who are your care ? 2 Keep in mind your band of worshippers, for whom you gave payment in the days which are past, whom you took for yourself as the people of your heritage ; even this mountain of Zion, which has been your resting-place. 3 Go up and see the unending destruction ; all the evil which your haters have done in the holy place;
74:4   Sending out their voices like lions among your worshippers ; they have put up their signs to be seen. 5 They are cutting down, like a man whose blade is lifted up against the thick trees. 6 Your doors are broken down with hammers and iron blades. 7 They have put on fire your holy place ; they have made the place of your name unclean, pulling it down to the earth. 8 They have said in their hearts, Let us put an end to them all together ; they have given over to the fire all God's places of worship in the land.
74:9   We do not see our signs : there is no longer any prophet, or anyone among us to say how long. 10 O God, how long will those who are against us say cruel things ? will the hater go on looking down on your name for ever? 11 Why are you keeping back your hand, and covering your right hand in your robe ?
74:12   For from the past God is my King, working salvation in the earth. 13 The sea was parted in two by your strength ; the heads of the great sea-beasts were broken. 14 The heads of the great snake were crushed by you ; you gave them as food to the fishes of the sea. 15 You made valleys for fountains and springs ; you made the ever-flowing rivers dry. 16 The day is yours and the night is yours : you made the light and the sun. 17 By you all the limits of the earth were fixed ; you have made summer and winter.
74:18   Keep this in mind, O Lord, that your haters have said cruel things, and that your name has been looked down on by a people of evil behaviour. 19 O give not the soul of your dove to the hawk ; let not the life of the poor go out of your memory for ever. 20 Keep in mind your undertaking ; for the dark places of the earth are full of pride and cruel acts. 21 O let not the crushed be turned back in shame ; let the low man and the poor give praise to your name.
74:22   Up ! O God, be the judge of your cause ; keep in mind the bitter things which the man of evil behaviour says against you every day. 23 Keep in mind the voice of your haters ; the outcry of those who come against you goes up every day.

PSALMS , 75
To the chief music-maker ; put to Al-tashheth. A Psalm. Of Asaph. A Song.

75:1     To you, O God, we give praise, to you we give praise : and those who give honour to your name make clear your works of power. 2 When the right time has come, I will be the judge in righteousness. 3 When the earth and all its people become feeble, I am the support of its pillars. (Selah.) 4 I say to the men of pride, Let your pride be gone : and to the sinners, Let not your horn be lifted up. 5 Let not your horn be lifted up : let no more words of pride come from your outstretched necks.
75:6     For honour does not come from the east, or from the west, or uplifting from the south ; 7 But God is the judge, putting down one, and lifting up another. 8 For in the hand of the Lord is a cup, and the wine is red ; it is well mixed, overflowing from his hand : he will make all the sinners of the earth take of it, even to the last drop. 9 But I will ever be full of joy, making songs of praise to the God of Jacob. 10 By him will all the horns of the sinners be cut off ; but the horns of the upright will be lifted up.
 (Selah.) -- Forever, a refrain of praise.

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