The Old Hymns (Psalms)

The Old Hymns (Psalms)   Book 1 1 [1-6] Happy are those who don’t stand with the ungodly or take the advice of unchanged sinners, nor sit with those who ridicule others, but their happiness is in the Word of Yahweh; they think on Your Word day and night. They’re like an evergreen tree growing by the river that yields fruit in season; whatever they do will do well. The ungodly aren’t so, but are like trash that blows away in the wind. The ungodly or sinful won’t stand in the judgment, or with good people. For Yahweh knows the way of godly people, but the way of the ungodly will come to an end.   2 [1-9] Why do the ungodly fight in anger, and people imagine meaningless things? The rulers of the earth set themselves up, taking counsel together against Yahweh and against God’s Chosen One, saying, “Let’s break away from them, and reject what they say to us.” You, oh God, who sits in heaven, will laugh;  Yahweh will hate them. Then You’ll speak to them in Your anger, and overcome them with great unhappiness, saying, “I’ve set My Savior on My holy hill of Jerusalem.” I’ll announce “Yahweh has said to Me, You are My Firstborn; Today, I’ve brought You forth. Ask of Me, and I’ll give You the peoples of the world for Your inheritance, and the furthermost parts of the earth for Your own. You’ll break them with a strong hand; You’ll break them in pieces like a broken jug.” [10-12] So be wise now, you who are in power; learn, you judges of the earth. Minister to Yahweh and celebrate with fear and trembling, showing a reverent respect. Kiss the Firstborn, or God may become angry, and you’ll die in the way, when you make God angry only a little. Happy are all those that put their trust in the Firstborn of God.   3 [1-4] A Hymn of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. Yahweh, how they’ve multiplied that trouble me! There are so many that stand up against me. There are so many that say of me, “There’s no help for you in God.” Selah! But You, oh Yahweh, keep me safe; You are my light, for You lift my spirits. I cried out to Yahweh, who heard me from the holy hill of God. Selah! [5-8] I lay down and slept, and then I awoke; for it was Yahweh who kept me safe. So I won’t be afraid of all the people that have surrounded me and set themselves against me. Awake, oh Yahweh; save me, oh my God; for You’ve slapped all my enemies in the face; You’ve broken the teeth of the ungodly. Only Yahweh can save; Your blessings are on Your people. Selah!   4 [1-3] To the first musician for stringed instruments, A Hymn of David. Listen to me when I call, oh God, who helps me to do what’s right; You’ve made me great when I was troubled; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. Oh children of humanity, how long will you turn my fame into shame? How long will you love meaningless things, and look for lies? Selah! But know that Yahweh has set apart those that are godly for God’s own people;  Yahweh, You’ll Listen to me when I call on You. [4-8] Stand in awe, and don’t sin; think with your own heart when you’re in your bed, and be still. Selah! Give your gifts of goodness, and put your trust in Yahweh. There are many that say, “Who will show us what’s good?” Yahweh, shine the light of Your face on us. You’ve made my heart glad, even more than when my money increased. I’ll lie down peacefully and sleep, because only You, oh Yahweh, can make me safe.        5 [1-6] To the first musician for flutes, A Hymn of David. Listen to the words of my prayer, oh Yahweh, think on my plans. Listen to my voice, my Savior, and my God; for I’ll only pray to You. You’ll hear my voice in the morning, oh Yahweh; in the morning I’ll look up and pray to You, because You aren’t a God that enjoys sinfulness, nor will You allow unchanged sinners to come into Your presence. Stupid people won’t stand in Your sight, because You hate all those who do evil. You’ll destroy those who don’t tell the truth, hating those bloodthirsty and lying people. [7-12] But as for me, I’ll come into the Place of Worship in the greatness of Your mercy, and in awe of You, I’ll worship in the holy Place of Worship. Lead me, oh Yahweh, show me the right way.  Because of my enemies; make Your way clear to me. There’s no loyalty in their words; they’re sinful to the core of their being; their mouths are as open graves, flattering others with their words. Destroy them, oh God; let them fall by their own plans; throw them out for the sins they’ve stored up; for they’ve rebelled against You. But let all those that put their trust in You celebrate; let them shout for happiness always, because You defend them; let them that love Your Name be happy in You. You, oh Yahweh will bless godly people; with grace You’ll come to their defense.   6 [1-5] To the first musician for stringed instruments, A Hymn of David. Oh Yahweh, don’t warn me in Your anger, nor punish me in Your great anger. Have mercy on me, oh Yahweh; for I’m weak; oh Yahweh, heal me; for my body is full of aches and pains. My soul is also very confused; oh Yahweh, but how long will You wait? Return, oh Yahweh, save my soul; oh save me for Your mercies’ sake. For in death there’s no memory of You; in the grave who will give You thanks? [6-10] I’m tired of groaning; all night long I drench my bed with tears. Me are burning because of grief; they age because of all my enemies. Leave me alone, all you mean spirited people; for Yahweh has heard the sound of my crying. Yahweh has heard what I asked; Yahweh will accept my prayer. Let all my enemies be ashamed and frustrated; let them turn back and be unexpectedly ashamed.   7 [1-5] A poem of David, which he sang to Yahweh, about the words of Cush, the Benjamite. Oh Yahweh my God, in You I put my trust; free me and save me from all those that abuse me, in case they tear my soul like a lion, ripping it in pieces, while there’s no one to save me. Oh Yahweh my God, if I’ve done this thing; if there’s sin in my hands; if I’ve done evil to those that were at peace with me; then let my enemies destroy my soul, and take it; yes, let them take my life from the earth, and lay my respect in the dust, even though I’ve saved those who are my enemies without cause. Selah! [6-8] Awake, oh Yahweh, in Your anger, raise Yourself up because of the great anger of my enemies, and awake for me to the judgment that You’ve allowed, so the congregation of the church will surround You and for their sakes take back Your power. Yahweh will judge the people; judge me, oh Yahweh, according to what I’ve done right, and according to my honesty. [9-17] Oh let the evil of the sinful come to an end; but set up good people; for those who do what’s right, God tests the hearts and minds of godly people. My only defense is God, who saves good-hearted people. God judges godly people, but is always angry with the ungodly. If they don’t change their ways, You’ll sharpen and prepare Your weapons, making them ready. You’ve also prepared instruments of death; planning their aim against those who abuse me. See, they play with sin, having conceived trouble, and birthed lies. They made a grave, and dug it, and have fallen into the very hole they dug. The trouble they caused will comeback to them, and their violence will be repaid to them. I’ll praise You, oh Yahweh according to Your goodness, and will sing praise to the Name of Yahweh, Most High.   8 [1-4] To the first musician on harp, A Hymn of David. Oh Yahweh, our God, how amazing is Your Name in the whole world! You’ve made Your brightness brighter than the heavens! You’ve ordained praise to boldly come out of the mouths of babies and nursing children, because of Your enemies, to stop their sinful judgments. When I think on Your heavens, the creations of Your hands, the moon and the stars, which You’ve put into place, I wonder, “What are human beings that You think of us? And the children of human beings, that You come to them?” [5-9] For You’ve made us a little lower than the angels, and have crowned us with victory and respect. You give us power over the creations of Your hands; You’ve put everything in our control, the wild animals of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever else lives in the seas. Oh Yahweh, our God, how amazing is Your Name in the whole world!        9 [1-7] To the first musician, to the tune of; To Die for the Son, A Hymn of David. I’ll praise You, oh Yahweh, with my whole heart; I’ll tell of all Your awesome acts. I’ll be glad and celebrate in You; I’ll sing praise to Your Name, oh Yahweh, Most High. When my enemies are turned back, they fall down as dead at Your presence. For You’ve maintained my right and my cause; You judge rightly from Your throne. You’ve corrected the ungodly, You’ve destroyed the sinful, and You’ve erased their name forever. Everything You’ve destroyed will come to an everlasting end, and You’ve destroyed the cities of Your enemies and their memory has died with them, but Yahweh will live forever and has set up the throne for judgment. [8-11] Yahweh will judge the world rightly, honestly ministering judgment to the people. Yahweh will be a place of safety for those who are kept down, a safe haven in times of trouble. And those that know Your Name will put their trust in You; for You, oh Yahweh, haven’t abandoned those that look for You. We sing praises to Yahweh, who inhabits Jerusalem; Tell the people everything Yahweh does. [12-15] When blood is called for, Yahweh remembers those who don’t think too much of themselves, never forgetting their cry. Have mercy on me, oh Yahweh; think on my trouble which I suffer of those that hate me, You, who have lifted me up from the doors of death, so that I can bring You praise in the public places of the people of Jerusalem; I’ll celebrate in how You saved me. The ungodly are put in the grave that they made; their own feet are taken in the trap which they hid. [16-20] Yahweh, You are known by the judgment You make; the sinful are caught in the acts of their own hands. Selah! The sinful will have their share of Hell, along with all the nations that forget God. The needy won’t always be forgotten; the hopes of the poor won’t rest forever. Awake, oh Yahweh; don’t let evil people win; let the ungodly be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, oh Yahweh; that the leaders of nations will know themselves to be but human beings. Selah!   10 [1-10] Why are You so far away, oh Yahweh? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble? In their pride, the sinful abuse the poor, so let them be taken by their own plans they expect to happen to others. For the sinful bragged about what they wanted to happen, and approved the greedy ones, which Yahweh hated. The sinful, through their prideful ways, won’t look for God, who isn’t in their thoughts at all. Their ways are always terrible; they can’t understand Your judgments; they mocked at all of their enemies. They’ve said in their heart, I won’t be overcome; for I’ll never have any trouble. Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and fraud; trouble and emptiness are in their words. They sit in the hang outs of the cities; in secret places they murder the innocent. Their eyes are set against the poor to take advantage of them. They secretly wait as a lion in a den to catch the poor, catching them, when they lure them into their trap. They crouch, hiding themselves, so that the poor will fall by their strongest. [11-18] They’ve said in their hearts, “God has forgotten; the face of God is turned away and will never see it.” Awake, oh Yahweh; oh God, lift up Your hand and don’t forget those who don’t think too much of themselves. Why do the sinful reject God? They’ve said in their hearts, “Yahweh won’t call for justice.” You’ve seen it; You watch the trouble they cause and their spite in order to pay them back for what they’ve done; the poor put themselves in Yahweh’s hands; You are the helper of the single parent’s child. Break the strength of the ungodly evil ones; look for their evil till You find none left. Yahweh is the Savior forever and ever; the ungodly will all die out of the land. Yahweh, You’ve heard what those who don’t think too much of themselves want. You get their heart ready; You listen, in order to do justice for the single parent’s child and those who are kept down, so that the people of the earth can’t keep them down any more.   11 [1-3] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. I put my trust in Yahweh , so why do you say to me, “Fly away like a bird to the mountaintop?” See, the sinful get their weapons ready, taking aim, so that they can secretly shoot at godly people. If they won’t fight fair, what can godly people do? [4-7] Yahweh, whose eyes see and watch humanity, is in the holy Place of Worship; yes, Yahweh’s throne is in heaven. Yahweh tests godly people, but hates the sinful and those that love violence. Yahweh will rain fire and burning sulfur with a horrible downpour to catch the sinful, which will be only what they deserve. Yahweh, who isn’t prejudiced, loves fairness; Certainly, God’s face sees godly people.   12 [1-4] To the first musician on lyre, A Hymn of David. Help us, oh Yahweh; for the godly people are disappearing and the faithful are dying out from among humanity. Evil people lie to others, talking with flattering words and a double heart. Yahweh will shut up all flattering words and mouths that speak meaningless things, who have said, “We’ll win with our mouths; nothing but our own words rule over us! “ [5-8] Yahweh says, “Now I’ll awake, because of the poor who are kept down and the sighing of the needy, and I’ll make them safe from those that take advantage of them.” The Words of Yahweh are good words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, that has been purified seven times. You’ll keep Your Word, oh Yahweh; You’ll save them from this evil generation forever. When evil people are in power, the evil ones are everywhere.   13 [1-2] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Will You forget me forever, oh Yahweh? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long will I counsel myself, my heart sorrowing daily? How long will my enemies have power over me? [3-6] Listen to me and think about me, oh Yahweh, my God; lift up Me, before I die, or my enemy might say, “I’ve won against you;” and those that abuse me celebrate when I’m gone. But I’ve trusted in Your mercy; and my heart will celebrate in Your saving grace. I’ll sing praises to Yahweh, because You’ve been gracious to me.   14 [1-3] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Stupid people have said in their heart, “There is no God.” They’re evil, and have done horrible things; none of them does any good. Yahweh looks down from heaven on humanity, to see if anyone understands, and searches for God. They’ve all turned away, and are all together filthy. No one does any good; no, not even one. [4-7] Are all those who keep on sinning stupid, who consume my people like eating a piece of bread, and never call on Yahweh? They’re in great fear; for they know God only stays with godly people. The sinful shamefully disgrace all the plans of the poor, but Yahweh is their safe haven. Oh that the saving grace of Israel would come out of Jerusalem! When You, oh Yahweh, bring freedom back to Your people, they will all be glad and celebrate.   15 [1-5] A Hymn of David. Yahweh, who will grace Your Place of Worship? Who will stay on Your holy hill? Those that are faultless, acting well, and who have honest hearts; Those that don’t backstab, nor act badly toward others, nor accuse others falsely; and in whose eyes evil persons are judged as evil; but those that respect Yahweh are respected; Those that keep their promises without changing their minds, even when it hurts them; Those that lend out their money without charging interest, and don’t take bribes against the innocent; Those that do these kinds of things will never be overcome.        16 [1-4] A Poem of David. Keep me safe, oh God; for I place all my trust in You. Oh my soul, you’ve said to Yahweh, “You are my God; my goodness is nothing without You; But all my happiness is in the worthy ones, the saintly people, who are here on earth.” Those who worship other things will have much sorrow; I’ll never taste what they offer, nor speak their names with my mouth. [5-11] Yahweh is my inheritance and my reward; You always keep what I’ve earned safe. The boundary lines are set for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a very good heritage. I’ll bless Yahweh, who talks to my heart all night long. I keep Yahweh always before me; God is at my side, so I won’t be overcome. So my heart is glad and my soul celebrates; my body will rest in hope also; for You won’t leave My soul in Hell; nor will You let Your Holy One decay. You’ll show me the path of life; in Your presence is complete happiness; at Your side is everlasting pleasure. 17 [1-5] A Prayer of David. Listen, oh Yahweh, pay attention to the goodness of my cry, hear my prayer, words that aren’t made in untruthfulness. Let me be judged in Your presence; let Your eyes see that things are fair. You’ve proved my heart; You’ve visited me in my dreams; You’ve tried me, and have found nothing; I’ve settled in my heart that my mouth won’t sin. By Your Word, I’ve kept myself from the ways of the devil, as I thought about the words of other people. Keep me going in Your ways, so that my footsteps are sure. [6-12] I’ve called on You, because I know You’ll listen to me, God; so listen to me, and hear my prayer. Show Your awesome loving kindness, God, who saves by Your strong hand those who put their trust in You, from all those that come against them. Let me be favored in Your sight and hide me in the shadow of Your Spirit, from the sinful who keep me down and from the deadly enemies that surround me. They speak proudly with their stubborn hearts. They’ve overcome me in my steps; crouching low; like young lions greedy for prey, and as if they were stalking in hidden places. [13-15] Awake, oh Yahweh, disappoint them and overthrow them; save my soul from the sinful by Your judgment, from people which are in Your power, oh Yahweh, from the people of the world which have their portion in this life and whose belly You’ve filled with good things, who having many children, leave the rest of their inheritance to their grandchildren. As for me, I’ll see Your face because I’ve done what’s right, and I’ll be satisfied when I awake with Your likeness.   18 [1-3] To the first musician, A Hymn of David, the child of God, that spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that God saved him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul, who said, “I love You, oh Yahweh, my strength.” Yahweh, You are my rock to stand on, and my refuge which surrounds me, and my deliverer from my enemies; my God, my strength, in whom I trust; my belt that protects me, the horn I blow to save me, and my safe haven. I’ll call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised; so I’ll be saved from my enemies. [4-15] The sorrows of death overtook me, and the rush of ungodly people made me afraid. The sorrows of Hell overtook me; the traps of death captured me. In my trouble I called on Yahweh, and cried out to my God, who heard my voice out of the Place of Worship, and listened to my cry. Then the earth quaked; the foundations of the hills were opened and shaken, because God was angry. Then God exhaled smoke and fire, in which the flames burned everything started by them. God opened the heavens, coming down with dark smoke underneath, riding on a heavenly thing, and flying on the wind, making darkness the hiding place of God, with a cloak of dark waters and the thick clouds of the skies all around. But the brightness that surrounded God was followed by the thick clouds that passed, with hail stones and flashes of lightning. The noise of Yahweh rumbled in the heavens, and then the voice of the Most High God spoke through the hail stones and flashes of light. Yes, God sent out bolts of electricity, scattering the enemies, shooting out like flashes of lightning, and destroyed them. Then the outlets of water were seen, and the heart of the earth was uncovered at Your Word, oh Yahweh, from the release of Your exhaust. [16-24] God sent from above, taking hold of me, and drawing me up out of much water, delivering me from my strong enemies, and from those who hated me, which were too strong for me, and who had shamed me in the day of my misfortune, but You, oh Yahweh, were my stay. You brought me out into a large place and saved me, because You delighted in me. Yahweh, You rewarded me according to my goodness; according to the cleanness of my heart You’ve repaid me, because I’ve kept the ways of Yahweh, and haven’t done evil by not worshiping my God. For all Your Words were with me, and I didn’t put any of them away from me. I was also good before You, and I kept myself from my sin. So You, oh Yahweh, have repaid me according to my goodness, according to the cleanness of my heart in Your eyes. [25-30] With the merciful, You show Yourself to be merciful; with those who do what’s right You show Yourself to be perfectly good; With the blameless You show Yourself to be blameless; and with those who won’t change their ways You’ll show Yourself to be unmercifully just. For You save the people who are abused; and bring down those who think they’re better than others. You burn like a candle in my soul; Yahweh, my God, brightens my darkness. For by You I’ve run through many enemies; and by my God I’ve jumped over many barriers. The way of God is perfect; the Words of Yahweh have been tried; You are a covering to all those that trust in You. [31-40] For who is God but Yahweh? or who can be a rock but our God? God provides me with strength, and makes my way perfect. Yahweh makes my feet like a deer’s hoofs, and keeps me safe on my mountaintops. God teaches my hands to fight, so that my arms are strengthened. You’ve also covered me with Your saving grace, Your hand holds me up, and You come to my aid to make me great. You’ve multiplied my steps under me, so that my feet have never slipped. I’ve chased my enemies, and overtaken them and I didn’t turn back until they were all gone. I’ve wounded those that weren’t able to rise, who were fallen under my feet. For You’ve provided me with the strength for all my struggles; You’ve put down those that came agaisnt me. You’ve also given me the rulers of my enemies; that I might destroy those that hate me. [41-45] They cried, but there was none to save them; they even cried to Yahweh, but You didn’t answer them. Then I beat them as small as the dust before the wind and I threw them out as dust in the street. You’ve saved me from the great anger of those people; and You’ve given me control over them; a people that I never would have thought would have to answer to me. As soon as they hear of me, they obey my orders; the ungodly obey me. The ungodly will lose heart, and be scared out of their hiding places. [46-50] Yahweh lives; my rock is blessed; let praise come only to the God who saves me. It’s God that takes revenge for me, and disciplines the people under me. You free me from those of my enemies who keep me down; yes, You lift me up above those that come against me; You’ve taken me away from violent people. So I’ll give thanks to You, oh Yahweh, among the people, and we’ll sing praises to Your Name. You give great freedom and mercy to Your chosen ruler, David, and to his descendants forever.   19 [1-6] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. The heavens show the wonder of God; and the environment reveals all Your creations. Daily, its story is told, and nightly it shows all its wonderful knowledge. There’s no dialect or language, where it can’t be understood. Its announcement goes out through the whole world and calls out to the end of the world. You’ve set in it a covering for the light, which is as a bridegroom coming out of the wedding room, and celebrates as a champion running a race, going from one end of heaven to the other, its course all the way to the end of the sky, and nothing is untouched by its rays. [7-10] The Word of Yahweh God is perfect, changing the soul; the laws of Yahweh are sure, making the immature wise. The judgments of Yahweh are right, celebrating the heart; the testimony of Yahweh is pure, enlightning the eyes. The respect of Yahweh is holy, and lasts forever; the judgments of Yahweh are completely true and good. They’re to be wanted more than gold, yes, more than much fine gold; They’re sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. [11-14] In the same way, your children are warned by them, and there’s great reward in the keeping them. Who can understand their own errors? Cleanse me from my unknown faults. Keep me from the sins that I keep on doing also; don’t let them have power over me; then I’ll be good, and I’ll be innocent from great sins. Let the words of my mouth, and the prayers of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, oh Yahweh, my strength, and my Savior.   20 [1-5] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Let Yahweh hear you in the day of trouble; Let the Name of God defend you; sending you help from the Place of Worship, and strengthening you out of Jerusalem; and remember all your offerings, fully accepting your holy sacrifices; Selah! May Yahweh give you the hopes of your heart, and perfect all your plans. We’ll celebrate when you’re saved, and set up our signs in the Name of our God; May Yahweh God give you everything you ask. [6-9] Now I know that You save Your chosen ones and will answer from the holy heavens with a strong hand of lifesaving strength. Some trust in armored vehicles, and some in fast transportation, but we’ll trust in the Name of Yahweh, our God. They’re fallen down, but we’re raised up; and we will stand strong in goodness. Give victory, oh Yahweh, may You hear us when we call.   21 [1-7] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. I’ll celebrate in Your strength, oh Yahweh; how greatly I’ll celebrate when You save me! You’ve given me the very thing my heart wanted, and haven’t withheld any of my requests. Selah! For You amaze me with blessings of goodness; You set a golden crown on my head. I asked life of You, and You gave it to me, even everlasting life. My name is made great in how You saved me; You’ve given me respect and fame. You’ve made me very happy forever; You’ve made me very glad with Your look of kindness. For I trust in Yahweh, and through the mercy of the Most High God, I won’t be overcome. [8-17] Your hand will find all Your enemies; Your strong hand will find all those that hate You. You’ll make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; Yahweh, You’ll overcome them with Your anger, and the fire will burn them up. You’ll destroy their children from the earth, and their grandchildren from among humanity. For they intended evil against You; they made mischievous plans, which they weren’t able to do, so You’ll make them turn back, when You prepare Your weapons against them. May You be made well known, oh Yahweh, for Your strong power; so we’ll sing and praise Your victory.        22 [1-5] To the first musician, to the tune of The Doe of the Dawn, A Hymn of David. My God, My God, why have You left Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the sound of My voice? Oh My God, I cry in the daytime, but You don’t hear; and in the night and I’m still not silent. But You are holy, the One who lives in the praises of Your people. Our parents trusted in You; they trusted, and You saved them. They cried to You, and were set free; they trusted in You, and were never confused. [6-10] But I’m a spineless creature, and no human being; blamed and hated by these people. All those that see Me laugh at me; sticking out their lips, shaking their heads saying, “You trusted on Yahweh, thinking that God would save You; let Yahweh save You, seeing God is pleased with You.” But You are the One who took Me out of the womb; You made Me hope when I nursed on My mother’s breasts. I was dedicated to You from the womb; You are My God from My conception. [11-21] Don’t be far from Me; for trouble is near; and there’s no one to help. Many strong ones have overtaken Me; and they’ve surrounded Me. Their mouths spread wide at Me, as ravenous, roaring lions. I’m poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax, melted in the middle of My bowels. My strength is dried up like a piece of pottery; and My mouth clings to My jaws; and You’ve brought Me into the dust of death. For these dogs have overtaken Me; the assembly of the sinful has surrounded Me; they pierced My hands and My feet. I can see all My bones as they look and stare at Me. They divided My clothes among them, and placed bets on My coat. But don’t be far from Me, oh Yahweh; oh My strength, help Me quickly. Deliver My soul from the blade; My very life from the power of these sinners. Save Me from these lion’s mouths; for You’ve heard Me cry out from the power of these monstrous wild animals. [22-31] I’ll tell Your Name to My people; I’ll praise You in the congregation. You who respect Yahweh, all you children of God, praise, worship, and respect God. Yahweh, You haven’t hated them, nor hated the troubles of those who are abused; nor have You turned Your face away from them; but when they cried to You, You heard. So I’ll praise You in the great congregation; I’ll keep My promises before those that respect You. Those who don’t think too much of themselves will eat and be satisfied; those that look for Yahweh will praise God and their spirit will live forever. Everyone in the world will remember and turn to Yahweh, and all the people of the nations will worship before You. The ends of the earth are Yahweh’s, and God rules among all the nations. All those that are living on the earth will eat and worship; all those who are buried in the earth will bow before You, no one keeping their own soul alive. The children of generations yet to come will minister to You and be counted as children of God. They’ll come and speak of Your goodness to a people that’s still to be born in the future, saying that You alone have done all this.   23 [1-4] A Hymn of David. Yahweh, You are my life saver, so I need nothing else. I rest in a peaceful land, for You bring me to calm and refreshing waters. You revive my soul, leading me in the right direction for Your Name’s sake. Yes, even if I walk through the deepest valley, in the darkest shadows, even to the brink of death, I won’t be afraid of anything; for You always walk with me, leading, defending, and comforting me. You keep me safe in the sight of all my enemies, anointing me with Your Spirit as with oil; helping me until my blessings overflow. Your grace and mercy will certainly chase after me for the rest of my life, and I’ll stay in Your presence, oh Yahweh, forever.        24 [1-5] A Hymn of David. The earth and everything it’s filled with is Yahweh’s; the whole world, and all those that live in it. For God has founded it on the seas, and settled it on the ocean floor. Who will climb the hill of Yahweh? Or who will stand in the Place of Worship? The One who has clean hands, and an innocent heart; that hasn’t been proud, or made lying promises. The One who will receive the blessing from Yahweh, and goodness from the God who saves. [6-10] This is the generation of those that look for the Savior, that look for Your face, oh Jacob. Selah! Open the gates; open up the doors of eternity; and the wonderful Savior will come in. Who is this wonderful Savior? Yahweh, strong and powerful; Yahweh, victorious in crusades. Open the gates; open up the doors of eternity; and the wonderful Savior will come in. Who is this wonderful Savior? Yahweh, the God of All Creation, is the wonderful Savior. Selah!   25 [1-5] A Hymn of David. Oh Yahweh, I lift up my soul to You. Oh my God, I trust in You; Don’t let me be ashamed, don’t let my enemies triumph over me. Yes, let none that pray to You be ashamed; only let those who are immoral and without excuse be ashamed. Show me Your paths, oh Yahweh; teach me Your ways. Lead me in Your truth, and teach me; for You are the God who saves me; I pray to You all day long. [6-10] Remember, oh Yahweh, Your tender mercies and Your love; which are everlasting. Don’t remember the sins of my childhood, nor my rebellions; according to Your mercy, remember me for Your goodness’ sake, oh Yahweh. Yahweh, You are the Good and Perfect One, who teaches the sinful Your way. You guide those who don’t think too much of themselves in their good judgments, and teach them the way of godliness. All the ways of Yahweh are mercy and truth to those that keep the words of Your promises. [11-16] For Your Name’s sake, oh Yahweh, forgive my sins; for they’re too many to count. Who are those that respect Yahweh? Yahweh, You’ll teach them in the way You choose. Their souls will do well; and their children will be given ownership of the land. Yahweh, Your secrets are with those that respect You, who makes known to them the truths of the Promise. Me are forever looking toward Yahweh; for You’ll bring me out of trouble. Turn to me, and have mercy on me; for I’m lonely and abused. [17-22] The troubles of my heart are many; oh Yahweh, bring me out of my troubles. See all my suffering and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Think about my many enemies; who hate me with a cruel hatred. Oh keep my soul, and save me; Don’t let me be ashamed; for I put my trust in You. Let my goodness and my honesty save me; for I serve You. Redeem Your people, oh God, out of all their troubles.        26 [1-7] A Hymn of David. Judge me, oh Yahweh; for I’ve done what was right; I’ve trusted in You so I won’t slip up. Watch me, oh Yahweh, and prove me; test my mind and my heart. For I see Your everlasting love, and I walk in Your truth. I haven’t sat with people who think they’re better than others, nor do I go with lying ones. I hate the gatherings of evildoers; and I won’t sit with unchanged sinners. I’ll wash my hands in innocence, so I may come to Your altar, oh Yahweh; So that I can publish with a voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all the wonderful things You’ve done. [8-12] Yahweh, I’ve loved the environment of Your Place of Worship, and the place where You are made known. Don’t take my soul with the sinful, or my life with bloodthirsty people, whose hands are full of trouble and bribery. As for me, I’ll do what’s right, so save me and be merciful to me. My feet stand in a holy place; I’ll bless Yahweh God in the congregation of the people.   27 [1-5] A Hymn of David. Yahweh is my light and the One who saves me; so who should I fear?  Yahweh is the strength of my life; so of what should I be afraid? When the sinful, yes, my enemies and those who come against me, came to attack my body, they stumbled and fell. Though many come against me, my heart won’t fear; though disputes rise against me, in this I’ll be confident; I’ve wanted of Yahweh one thing and that I’ll look for; that I can come into the Place of Worship everyday of my life, to ask for, and to see the loveliness of Yahweh God in the Place of Worship. For in the time of trouble You’ll hide me in Your shelter; in the safe haven of Your Place of Worship, You’ll hide me and set me up on a rock. [6-11] And when I’m lifted up above my enemies who surround me, I’ll offer in Your Place of Worship, offerings of happiness; I’ll sing, yes, I’ll sing praises to Yahweh. Listen, oh Yahweh, when I cry aloud; have mercy also on me, and answer me. When You said, “Look for my face;” my heart said to You, “Your face, oh Yahweh, I’ll look for.” Don’t hide Your face far from me; Don’t put the one who worship’s You away in anger; You’ve been my help; Don’t leave me, or give up on me, oh God, for You are the One who saves me. When my parents give up on me, then Yahweh will take me up. Teach me Your way, oh Yahweh, and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies. [12-14] Don’t hand me over to the will of my enemies; for false witnesses have risen up against me, along with those who speak cruelly of me. I’d have given up, if I hadn’t believed I’d see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living. Have courage and wait on Yahweh, and God will strengthen your heart. So wait, I say, on Yahweh.   28 [1-5] A Hymn of David. Oh Yahweh, my rock, I’ll cry to You; Don’t be silent to me, because if You are, I’ll be just like those that are buried in a grave. Listen to the sound of my prayer when I cry to You, when I lift up my hands in Your holy Place of Worship. Don’t lead me away with the sinful, who speak peacefully to others, yet with lies and trouble waiting in their hearts. Punish them for what they’ve done, according to all the evil things they’ve done; reward them for their actions; give them just what they deserve. They don’t respect what You’ve done or the creations of Your hands, Yahweh, so destroy them forever. [6-9] Yahweh, may You be blessed, because You’ve heard the sound of my prayer. Yahweh is my strength and my defense; my heart trusted in You, and I’m helped. So my heart greatly celebrates; and I’ll praise You with my song. Yahweh, You are the strength of Your people, and the saving strength of Your chosen. Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; provide for them and uphold them forever.   29 [1-5] A Hymn of David. Give to Yahweh, You, who are strong, give to Yahweh, the praise of your strength. Give to Yahweh the praise due to the Name of God; worship Yahweh in the loveliness of holiness. The voice of Yahweh is heard across the oceans; the God of glory rumbles, echoing over the seas. The voice of Yahweh is strong and powerful. The voice of Yahweh snaps the cedars in half; yes, Yahweh snaps the cedars of Lebanon completely in half. [6-11] Yahweh makes the volcanoes erupt. The voice of Yahweh spews fiery flames. The voice of Yahweh shakes the desert; the countryside rumbles. The voice of Yahweh makes the doe to have her young, and the forests to drop their leaves, and everybody tells of the beauty of God in the Place of Worship. Yahweh rules over the waves of the sea; yes, oh Yahweh sits a Savior forever. Yahweh, You give strength to Your people; Yahweh, You bless Your people with peace.   30 [1-6] A Hymn sung at the dedication of the family of David. I’ll worship You, oh Yahweh; for You’ve held me up, and haven’t allowed my enemies to celebrate over me. Oh Yahweh my God, I cried to You, and You’ve healed me. Oh Yahweh, You’ve raised up my soul from death; You’ve kept me alive, that I wouldn’t be buried in the grave. Sing to Yahweh, You people of God, and give thanks when you remember the holiness of God. For God’s anger lasts only a little while; but in God’s grace is life; tears may last through the night, but happiness comes with the new dawn. When I did well, I said, I’ll never be overcome. [7-12] Yahweh, by Your grace You’ve made my mountain to stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried to You and prayed, oh Yahweh; What good is there in my death, when I die? Shall the dust praise You? Will it tell Your truth? Listen, oh Yahweh, and have mercy on my soul; Yahweh, help me. You’ve turned my sadness into dancing; You’ve taken my mourning clothes from me, and strengthened me with gladness; to the end that I can sing praise to You when I’m made known, and I won’t be silent. Oh Yahweh, my God, I’ll give thanks to You forever.   31 [1-5] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. In You, oh Yahweh, I place my trust; let me never be ashamed; save me in Your goodness. Listen to me; save me quickly; be my rock, a safe haven to defend me. For You are my rock and my stronghold; so for Your Name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me out of the trap that’s been secretly set for me; for You are my strength. I place My spirit into Your hands; You’ve bought Me back, oh Yahweh, God of truth. [6-10] I’ve hated those that listen to empty lies, but I trust in Yahweh. I’ll be glad and celebrate in Your mercy; for You’ve thought about my trouble; You’ve known my soul in hard times and haven’t let me be caught by the hand of the enemy; You’ve let me go free. Have mercy on me, oh Yahweh, for I’m in trouble; Me are burning with grief, yes, my soul and my body. For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails me because of my sin, and my body is destroyed. [11-14] I was accused by my enemies, but especially by my neighbors, and all my acquaintances were afraid of me; those that saw me outside fled from me. I’m forgotten as a dead person out of mind; I’m like a broken jar. I’ve heard the lies of many, fear being everywhere, while they all made their plans together against me, and planned how to take my life. But I trusted in You, oh Yahweh; I said, “You are my God.” [15-20] My time is in Your hand; save me from the hand of my enemies, and from those that abuse me. Make Your face to shine on me; save me for Your mercies’ sake. Don’t let me be ashamed, oh Yahweh; for I’ve called on You; let the sinful be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. Let lying words be silenced; which proudly and critically speak terrible things against godly people. Oh how great are Your mercies, which You’ve laid up for those who respect You; which You’ve created for those people that trust in You! You’ll hide them in the shadow of Your Spirit from those who think they’re better than others, secretly keeping them in a safe haven from the troubles of evil words. [21-24] May Yahweh be blessed; for You’ve shown me Your awesome kindness when I was attacked in my city. For I said in my haste, I’m hidden from Your eyes; Yet You heard the voice of my prayer when I cried to You. Oh love Yahweh, people of God; for Yahweh saves the faithful, and more than repays those who think they’re better than others. Have good courage, and God will strengthen Your heart, all You that hope in Yahweh.   32 [1-5] A Hymn of David, A Poem of Teaching. Happy are those whose sins are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Happy are the people to whom Yahweh doesn’t accuse of sin, and in whose spirit there’s no lies. When I kept silent, my body grew old through my loud crying all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my sweat turned into the drought of summer. Selah! I acknowledged my sin to You, my sin I haven’t hid. I said, “I’ll confess my sins to Yahweh;” and You forgave the wrongs of my sin. Selah! [6-11] For this, everyone that’s godly should pray to You while You can still be found; surely when the flood waters of the ocean waves rises; it won’t Come close to them. You are my hiding place; You’ll save me from trouble; You’ll surround me with songs of Your saving grace. Selah! Yahweh says, “I’ll train You and teach You in the way which You should go; I’ll guide You with my watchful eye.” So don’t be like a horse or a mule, having no understanding, whose mouth must be harnessed with the bit and bridle, for anyone to come near you. The sinful will have many sorrows, but those that trust in Yahweh, will have mercy encamp around them. Be glad in Yahweh, and celebrate, you who are good, and shout for happiness, all you goodhearted people.   33 [1-5] Celebrate in Yahweh, good people; for praises are pleasant for godly people. Praise Yahweh with the harp; sing to God with the violin and all the stringed instruments. Sing to Yahweh a new song, playing skillfully and loudly. For the Words of Yahweh are right; and all the acts of God are done in truth. God loves goodness and good judgment; the earth is full of the goodness of Yahweh. [6-9] By the word of Yahweh the heavens were made, and everything in them by the breath of God. God set the boundaries of the seas and the oceans in their places. Let the whole world respect Yahweh; let all the people of the world stand in awe of You. For You spoke and it was done; You said it, and it stood fast. [10-15] Yahweh brings the advice of the ungodly to naught, making their plans come to nothing. The counsel of Yahweh stands forever, the thoughts of God’s heart to all generations. Happy are the nations whose God is Yahweh, and the people that God has chosen for an inheritance. Yahweh looks from heaven and watches all humanity. From the heavens You look on all the people of the earth. You make their hearts alike and think about all their acts. [16-22] There’s no ruler that’s saved by the greatness of an army, neither is a strong person saved by great strength. It’s an arrogant thing to depend on fast transportation for safety; and none will be saved by their great strength. See, the eyes of Yahweh are on those that respect God, on those that hope in God’s mercy to save their soul from death, and to keep them alive when there’s a lack of food. Our souls wait for Yahweh; You are our help and our defense. For our hearts will celebrate in You, because we’ve trusted in Your holy Name. Let Your mercy, oh Yahweh, be on us, according to our hope in You.   34 [1-7] A Hymn of David, when God changed his behavior before Abimelech; who drove him away when he left. I’ll bless Yahweh at all times; Your praises will always be in my mouth. My soul will brag in Yahweh; those who don’t think too much of themselves will be glad when they hear it. Oh praise Yahweh with me, and let’s make God’s Name known together. I searched for You, oh Yahweh, and You heard me, and saved me from all my fears. Their hoping faces looked to God, and weren’t ashamed. The poor people cried, and Yahweh heard them, and saved them out of all their troubles. The angel of Yahweh encamps around those that respect God, and saves them. [8-14] Experience God and see that Yahweh is good; blessed are the people that trust in God. Respect Yahweh, people of God; for there’s no lack to those that give their respect to God. Even young lions may lack, and suffer hunger, but those that look for Yahweh won’t lack any good thing. Come, children, and listen to me; I’ll teach you the respect of Yahweh. Who are those that want life, and want many days, so that they can see good times? Keep your mouth from evil, and your words from speaking lies. Stop doing evil, do good things, and keep looking for peace. [15-22] Yahweh watches over godly people and listens to their cry. The face of Yahweh is against those that do evil, in order to remove any memory of them from the earth. Godly people cry, and Yahweh hears, and saves them out of all their troubles. Yahweh comes near to those that have broken hearts; and saves those that have changed spirits. Many are the troubles of godly people, but Yahweh saves them from all of them. You keep safe all the bones of My body; none of them are broken. Evil will kill the sinful, and those that hate godly people will be separated from them. Yahweh saves the souls of the people of God, and none of those that trust in You will be lost.   35 [1-9] A Hymn of David. Plead my case, oh Yahweh, with those that dispute with me; fight against those that attack me. Take hold of Your weapons, and stand up for my help. Draw them out, and block the way of those that abuse me; say to my soul, “I’ll save you.” Let them be confused and put to shame, all those that want my soul; make those that try to hurt me turn back and be brought to confusion. Let them be as trash in the wind, and let the avenging angel of Yahweh chase them. Let their way be dark and dangerous, and let the angel of Yahweh punish them. They’ve hid a trap for me in a grave for no reason, which they’ve dug for my soul without cause. Let destruction come on them unexpectedly; and let the trap that they’ve hid catch them; into that very destruction let them fall. And my soul will be happy in Yahweh; I’ll celebrate when You save me. [10-16] My very soul will say, oh Yahweh, who is like You, who saves the poor from those who are too strong for them, yes, the poor and the needy from those that would ruin them? False witnesses rose up and accused me of things that I had nothing to do with. They rewarded me evil for good to the ruin of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, I mourned and brought low my soul with fasting; and when my prayers came back unanswered, I behaved myself as though they had been my best friend or family; I grieved, as those that mourn for their own parents. But in my trouble they celebrated, and gathered themselves together; yes, these abusive people gathered themselves together against me, and I didn’t know it; they come at me to no end; Like hypocritical troublemakers at a feast, they grit their teeth at me. [17-22] My God, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul from their destruction, my very life from these wild animals. I’ll give You thanks in the great congregations; I’ll praise You among many people. Don’t let those that are my enemies wrongfully celebrate over me; or let them, who hate me with no reason wink their eye. They don’t speak peace, but make lying plans against the peaceful people in this land. Yes, they openly accused me, saying, Aha, aha, we saw it. You’ve seen this, oh Yahweh, so don’t keep silent; oh God, don’t be far from me. [23-28] Awake Yourself, awake to judge my case, my God, my Savior. Judge me, oh Yahweh my God, according to Your goodness; and don’t let them celebrate over me. Don’t let them say in their hearts, “Yes, this is exactly what we wanted:” Don’t let them say, “We’ve put You in Your place.” Let those that celebrate my hurt be ashamed and brought together in confusion; let those who make themselves great against me be decorated with shame and disrespect. Let those who favor my good cause shout for happiness, and be glad; yes, let those who are pleased with the well-being of God’s worker, say always, “Let Yahweh be praised;” and my mouth will speak of Your goodness and of Your praise always.   36 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn of David, the worker of Yahweh. I say in my heart, concerning the evil of sinners, who have no respect for God in their eyes; “They flatter themselves in their own eyes, until people find out how disgusting their sin is. The words of their mouth are full of sin and lies; they’ve stopped trying to be wise, or to do anything good. They plan trouble on their bed, setting themselves up in ways that aren’t good; not hating evil.”      [5-9] Your mercy, oh Yahweh, is stretched out like the heavens; and Your faithfulness is as far reaching as the clouds. Your goodness is as high as the great mountains; Your judgments are as deep as the oceans; oh Yahweh, You save both people and wild animals. How excellent is Your love, oh God! So humanity put their trust in the shadow of Your Spirit. They’re greatly filled with the goodness of Your Place of Worship; and You’ll give them drink from the river of Your happiness. You are the fountain of life; for it’s by Your light that we see. [10-12] Oh continue to love those that know You; and give Your goodness to goodhearted people. Don’t let the prideful come against me, and don’t let the sinful overcome me. See there, those who practice sin have fallen down; and when they’re down, they won’t be able to get up again.   37 [1-7] A Hymn of David. Don’t worry because of evildoers, or be jealous of those who practice sin, for they’ll soon be cut down like the grass, and withered as a dry herb. Trust in Yahweh, and do good things; so that you’ll stay in the land and not be hungry. Celebrate also in Yahweh; and God will give you everything your heart wants. Give your plans to Yahweh; trusting in God; and God will bring it to pass, and bring forward your goodness and your judgment as the light of midday. Rest in Yahweh, waiting patiently; Don’t worry about those who do well in their sinful ways, bringing sinful plans to pass. [8-15] Don’t be angry, and stop your ranting and raving; Don’t allow yourself to do evil in any way. For evildoers will be moved out of their place, but those that pray to Yahweh, will be given ownership of the land. Just a little while longer, and the sinful won’t exist; yes, you’ll carefully think about their place, and it won’t exist. But those who don’t think too much of themselves will be given ownership of the land; and will enjoy themselves in great peace. The sinful plot against good people, and grit their teeth at them. My God will laugh at them; for God sees that their day is coming. The sinful have drawn out blades, and have weapons ready, to keep down the poor and needy, and to destroy those who act well. Their blade will enter into their own heart, and their weapons will be broken. [16-22] The little that a good person has is better than the riches of many sinful people. The sinful will lose their control, but Yahweh upholds godly people. Yahweh knows the days of godly people, and they’ll keep the land forever. They won’t be ashamed in evil times, and in the days of need they will be satisfied. But the sinful will die, and the enemies of Yahweh will be as a burning field; They will be smothered by smoke, and die out. The sinful borrows, and doesn’t pay it back, but godly people show mercy, and give. For those who are blessed will be given ownership of the land; and those that are punished will be moved out of it. [23-28] The steps of godly people are ordered by Yahweh, who is pleased with their way. Though they fall, they won’t be all together disheartened; for You, oh Yahweh uphold them with Your strong hand. I’ve been young, and now I’m old; yet I haven’t seen godly people given up on, or their children begging for food. They’re always merciful, and lend to those in need; and their children are happy. Stop doing evil things, and do good things; and live forever, for Yahweh loves good judgment, and doesn’t give up on the people of God; they’re saved forever, but the children of the sinful will be moved out of their place. [29-34] Godly people will be given ownership of the land, and stay in it forever. The mouth of godly people speaks wisdom, and their words have good judgment. The Word of God is in their heart; so none of their steps will slip. The sinful watch godly people, and try to destroy them, but Yahweh won’t leave them in their hand, nor let them be found guilty when they’re judged. Wait on Yahweh, and keep your way, and God will uplift you to be given ownership of the land when the sinful are moved out of their place; Wait, you’ll see it. [35-40] I’ve seen the sinful in great power, and spreading themselves like an evergreen tree. Yet they passed away, and weren’t there anymore; yes, I searched for them, but they couldn’t be found. Mark the godly, and watch them; for those people will end with a peaceful life. The sinful will be destroyed together in the end; they’ll be completely moved out of their place. But the saving grace of godly people is of Yahweh; You are their strength in the time of trouble. Yahweh, You’ll help them and save them; You’ll save them from the sinful, and free them, because they trust in You.   38 [1-7] A Hymn of David, to bring to remembrance. Oh Yahweh, don’t warn me in Your anger or discipline me in Your great anger. For You pierce my soul and Your hand puts great pressure on me. There’s no wellness in my body because of Your anger; nor is there any rest in my body because of my sin. For my sins are over my head; as a heavy load, they’re too heavy for me. My wounds have a stench and are rotten because of my stupidity. I’m troubled; I’m ashamed of myself; I go about mourning all day long. For my insides are filled with a horrible disease, and there’s no health in my body. [8-12] I’m very tired and broken; I moan because of the bitterness of my heart. My God, I’ve asked for everything I need from You; and my complaints aren’t hidden from You. My heart pants, my strength fails me, and the light of Me is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand away from me; and my family stand far away, as well. Those who want to end my life set traps for me, and those that try to hurt me speak mischievous things, while planning their lies all day long. [13-22] But I, as a deaf person, didn’t hear; and I was as a dumb person that doesn’t speak. So I was as those that don’t Listen, and in whose mouth is no shame. For I hope in You, oh Yahweh; You’ll Listen, oh Yahweh, my God. For I said, “Listen to me, or they’ll celebrate over me; whenever my foot slips, they’ll come against me. For I’m ready to break, and my sorrows are always before me. So, I’ll tell of my sin; I’ll be sorry for my sin.” But my enemies are lively and strong, and those that hate me wrongfully are many. They that give back evil for good are also my enemies; because I follow the things that are good. Don’t leave me, Yahweh; oh my God, don’t be far from me. Help me quickly, oh my God, my saving grace.        39 [1-5] To the first musician, a laudatory, A Hymn of David. I said, “I’ll be careful of my ways that I don’t sin with my mouth; I’ll keep my mouth as if it was harnessed with a bridle, while the sinful are around me.” I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from speaking good things; and my sorrow troubled me. My heart was hot within me, and while I was thinking, I burned with great anger and then spoke, “Yahweh, make me to know my end, and the length of my days, whatever it is; so that I can know how frail I am. See, You’ve made my days short; and my age is as nothing before You; everybody at their best state is altogether dying.” Selah! [6-11] Surely everybody walks in an arrogant show, uselessly storing up worldly goods, not knowing who will get them. And now, my God, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Save me from all my sins; don’t make me the blame of stupid people. I was dumb, and didn’t open my mouth; because it was You who did it. Remove this punishment from me, for I’m destroyed by the blow of Your hand. You make beauty grow old and disappear like a moth eaten piece of clothing, when with a warning, You correct people for sin, and surely everybody is worthless. Selah! [12-13] Listen to my prayer, oh Yahweh, and hear my cry; don’t hold Your peace at my tears; for I’m like a stranger with You, and a wanderer, as all my ancestors were. Oh spare me, so that I can recover my strength, before I die, and live no more.   40 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. I waited patiently for You, oh Yahweh; and You listened to me, and heard my cry. You brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, and settled my way. You’ve put a new song in my mouth, even praises to my God; many will see it, and be warned, and will trust in Yahweh. Happy are the people who make Yahweh their trust, and don’t favor those who think they’re better than others, nor those who turn away to lies. [5-10] Oh Yahweh, my God, many are the wonderful acts which You’ve done, and Your thoughts which are toward us can’t be recalled in order to You; for if I tried to tell them all, they’re more than I can count. You didn’t want sacrifice and offerings; You’ve opened my ears; sacrifice and offerings You never required. Then I said, “See, I come; in the volume of the book it’s written of me, I enjoy doing Your will, oh my God; yes, Your Words are within my heart. I’ve preached goodness in the great congregation, not holding back my words, oh Yahweh, for You know it. I haven’t hid Your goodness in my heart; I’ve told of Your faithfulness and Your saving grace; I haven’t hidden Your love and Your truth from the great congregation.      [11-17] Don’t withhold Your tender mercies from me, oh Yahweh; let Your love and Your truth always save me. More evils than I can count have overtaken me, my sins have taken hold of me so that I’m not able to look up; They’re more than the hairs of my head, so my heart fails me. Be pleased, oh Yahweh, to save me; oh Yahweh, hurry to help me. Let those who look for my soul to destroy it be ashamed and confused; let those that wish evil on me be driven back and put to shame. Let those that say to me, “Aha, aha” be deserted for the punishment of their shame. Let all those that look for You celebrate and be glad in You; let those who love the fact that You’ve saved them say always, “Oh Yahweh, let us make You well known.” But I’m poor and needy; yet my God thinks of me. You are my help and the One who saves me; Don’t be long, my God.   41 [1-3] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Happy are those that have compassion on the poor; Yahweh will save them in their time of trouble. Yahweh will save them, keeping them alive and blessing them on the earth, and won’t leave them to the will of their enemies. Yahweh will strengthen them on the bed of suffering, making up their beds in their sickness. [4-8] I said, oh Yahweh, be merciful to me; heal my soul; for I’ve sinned against You. My enemies speak evil of me, so when will they die and their name die out? And if they come to see me, they speak arrogant lies, collecting sins in their hearts, and when they go away, they tell it all. All those that hate me whisper together against me, planning to hurt me. They say that I’ve got an evil disease; and now that I’m sick, they say I won’t live much longer. [9-13] Yes, even My own close friend that I always trusted in, which ate of My food, has come against Me. But You, oh Yahweh, be merciful to Me, and raise Me up, that I can avenge Myself of them. By this I know, that You are gracious to Me, because My enemies won’t triumph over Me. And as for Me, You uphold Me in My goodness, and set Me before Your face forever. May Yahweh be blessed, God of Israel, from eternity, to eternity. So be it and so be it.   Book 2 42 [1-4] To the first musician, A Poem of Teaching, for the children of Korah. As the deer pants after the waters of a stream, so my soul craves for You, oh God. My soul thirsts for You, for the living God; when will I come and appear before You? I have nothing but tears day and night, while they always say to me, “Where is your God?” When I remember these things, I pour my soul out within me; for I had gone in with the congregation, I went with them into Your Place of Worship, Yahweh, with the voice of happiness and praise, with all those that kept Your day of worship. [5-11] Why are you depressed, oh my soul? And why are you troubled in me? Hope in God; for I’ll yet praise You when You look at me and help me. Oh my God, I am so depressed, yet I’ll remember You all the times You helped me on my journey. Deep water calls to the rapids at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your misty waves are washing over me. Yahweh, the law of Your love is with me in the daytime, and in the night Your song will be with me, and my prayer is to the God of my life. I’ll say to God, my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because my enemy keeps me down?” As if I had a blade in my body, my enemies accuse me, saying daily to me, “Where is your God?” Why are you depressed, oh my soul? And why are you troubled within me? Hope in God; for I’ll yet praise You, who brings me health and happiness, You are my God.   43 [1-5] Judge me, oh God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; oh save me from lying and unfair people. For You are the God of my strength; why do You throw me away? Why do I mourn because my enemy keeps me down? Oh send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill, and to Your Place of Worship. Then I’ll go to the altar of God, to Yahweh God with great happiness; yes, I’ll praise You on the harp, oh Yahweh God, my God. Why are You depressed, oh my soul? And why are You troubled within me? Hope in God; for I’ll yet praise You, who brings me health and happiness, You are my God.   44 [1-3] To the first musician for the children of Korah, A Poem of Teaching.We’ve heard with our ears, oh God, our parents have told us of the acts You did before in their days. How You drove out the ungodly with Your hand, and planted them; how You troubled the people, and threw them out. For they didn’t take ownership of the land by their own weapons, nor did their own strength save them, but the strong hand of Your power, and the way You looked at them and shined on them, because You had mercy on them. [4-8] You are my Savior, oh God; give freedom to Your people. Through You, we will push back our enemies; through Your Name we will stomp those that come against us. For I won’t trust in weapons, nor will my strength save me, but You’ve saved us from our enemies, and have put them to shame that hated us. We always brag about how God saved us, and we praise Your Name forever. Selah! [9-14] But You’ve thrown us away, and put us to shame; and no longer go with our armies. You make us turn back from the enemy, and those who hate us take our things for themselves. You’ve given us to be like animals going for butchering; and have scattered us among the ungodly. You sell Your people for nothing, and don’t increase Your wealth by their price. You make us an object of accusation to our neighbors, a ridicule and mockery to those that are around us. You make us an example among the ungodly, a shaking of the head among the other people. [15-19] I’m always confused, and shame covers my face, because of the voice of those that accuse and curse me; because of my enemy and abuser. All this has come on us; yet we haven’t forgotten You, nor have we dealt falsely with Your Promise. Our hearts haven’t left, nor have our steps left from Your way; though You’ve greatly broken us in a land of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death. [20-26] If we’ve forgotten the Name of our God, or stretched out our hands to make ungodly things our objects of worship won’t You know it? For You know all the secrets of the heart. Yes, for Your sake we’re destroyed all day long, counted as animals for the slaughter. Awake, why do You sleep, oh my God? Awake, don’t throw us away forever. Why do You hide Your face, and forget our suffering and keep us down? We lay in the dust; our bellies cling to the earth. Awake for our help, and free us for Your mercies’ sake.   45 [1-7] To the first musician on trumpet, for the children of Korah, A Poem of Teaching, A Wedding Song of loves.  My heart is trusted with a good thing; I speak of the things which I’ve written about the Savior. My words are from the pen of a poetic writer. You are most fair among humanity and grace is poured into Your Words, so God has blessed You forever. Fasten your weapon on your thigh, oh Most High, with Your brightness and Your fame. And in Your fame, do well because of Your truth, gentleness and goodness; and Your hands will teach You awesome things. Your weapons are sharp in the heart of the Savior’s enemies; by which the people fall under You. Your reign, oh God, is forever and ever; the reign of Your realm is a good reign. You love goodness, and hate evil; so God, Your God, has chosen You with the oil of gladness above all Your people. [8-17] All your garments smell of spices, out of the great ivory houses, by which they’ve made You glad. Your children are among Your respectable people; Your bride will stand clothed in gold at Your side. Pay attention, oh children, think about it and listen; forget your own people, and your parent’s house; For the One who is your Savior greatly wants your loveliness; so you should respect the Savior. And the children of the mountain nations will be there with gifts; even the rich among the people will beg Your favor. The children of the Savior are all wonderful inside and out; their clothing is woven with threads of pure gold. They’ll be brought to the Savior in clothing of fine needlework; their young followers will be brought to You, as well. With gladness and celebrating they’ll be brought, entering into Your great house. Your children will replace Your ancestors, so that You can have crowned heads in the whole world. I’ll make Your Name to be remembered in all generations, so the people will praise You forever and ever.   46 [1-3] To the first musician for the children of Korah, A Song in soprano. God is our safe haven and strength, here to help in all our stressful times. So we won’t fear, even if the earth quakes and the islands fall into the sea; Even if the oceans roar and the ocean waves are stirred up, even if the volcanoes explosively erupt. Selah! [4-7] There’s a river, the streams of which will make glad the city of God, the holy place of the sanctuaries of the Most High. God is in the middle of the city, which will never be overcome; God will soon help it. The ungodly boiled with rage, when their nations were overcome; You spoke Your voice, and the earth melted. Yahweh, the God of All Creation is with us; our God is our safe haven. Selah! [8-11] Come see the acts of Yahweh! What suffering You’ve made in the earth. You make wars to stop until the end of the earth; You break the weapons in half; You burn their vehicles in the fire, saying; Be still, and know that I am God! I’ll be praised among the ungodly; I’ll be praised in the whole world. Yahweh, the God of All Creation is with us; our God is our safe haven. Selah!   47 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn for the children of Korah. Clap your hands everybody; shout to God with the voice of triumph. For Yahweh, the Most High God is awesome; God is the great Savior over the whole world. You’ll put the people and the nations under our control. You’ll choose our inheritance for us, the greatness of the people that You’ve loved. Selah! [5-9] You’ll go up to the throne with a shout, oh Yahweh, with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our Savior, sing praises. For God is the Savior of the whole world; Sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the ungodly, sitting on the throne of holiness. The rulers of the people are gathered together, even the people of God; for the boundaries of the earth belong to God, who is very well known. 48 [1-3] A Song and Hymn for the children of Korah. You are great, oh Yahweh, and greatly to be praised in the holy city, and in the holy mountain. The north side of the mount of Jerusalem, the city of the great Savior is a beautiful setting, the happiness of the whole earth. God is known in their great houses as a safe haven. [4-8] For rulers were assembled, passing by together. They saw it, wondering and troubled, and ran away. Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as a woman in childbirth. You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. As we’ve heard, so we’ve seen in the city of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, in the city of our God; God will set it up forever. Selah! [9-14] We’ve thought of Your love, oh God, in the middle of Your Place of Worship. According to Your Name, oh Yahweh, so Your praises will ring to the ends of the earth; Your strong hands are full of goodness. Let the mount of Jerusalem celebrate; let the children of God be glad, because of Your judgments. Walk around Jerusalem, going around it, and telling about its towers. Mark well their defenses; think about their great houses, so that you can tell it to the generation which follows you. For this God is our God forever and ever; You’ll be our Guide even to our death.        49 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn for the children of Korah. Listen to this, everybody; listen, people of the world; Those of both low and high class, rich and poor, together. I’ll speak with wisdom; and my innermost thoughts will be of understanding. I’ll listen to a story; I’ll play my mysterious sayings on the harp. [5-11] Why should I fear in the days of evil, when my sins are about to catch up with me and overcome me? Those that trust in their wealth, and brag about themselves in the greatness of their worldly goods; none of them can by any means free their own family members, nor give to God a ransom for them; For the saving of their soul is precious, and forever finished, so that they should live forever, and not see evil. For they see that wise people die, and in the same way, stupid people and the rebellious die, and leave their wealth to others. They’relieve that their lineage will continue forever, and that their resting places will be left for generations after them, calling their lands after their own names. [12-14] Yet, even though people are respected, they won’t stay alive, but are like the wild animals that die. Their way is stupidity, yet their children that follow them approve of their sayings. Selah! Like animals they’re put in their graves; death will feast on them; and godly people will rule over them in the morning, their loveliness being destroyed in the home of their grave. [15-20] But God will free My soul from the power of the grave and will take me. Selah! Don’t be afraid when someone is made rich and the fame of their house increases, because when they die, they’ll carry nothing with them and their fame won’t follow them. Even though while they lived they blessed their own soul; as people will praise you when you do well for yourself, they’ll go to their ancestors never seeing the light, and though they’re respected, they don’t understand that they’re like the wild animals that die.   50 [1-6] A Hymn of Asaph. The powerful God, even Yahweh, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Jerusalem, the perfection of loveliness, God has shined. Our God will come, and won’t keep silent; a fire will burn before You, and it’ll be very intense around You. You’ll call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, so that You can judge Your people. Gather My people together to Me, those that have made a Promise with Me by sacrificial offerings, and the heavens will tell of Your goodness; for You, oh God, will be judge Yourself. Selah! [7-15] Listen, My people, and I’ll speak; I’ll testify against You, My people; “I am God, even Your God. I won’t criticize you for your offerings or your sacrifices, which were to have been placed always before Me. I’ll take no offering out of your house, nor sacrifices out of what’s yours.  For all the creatures of the forest are mine, along with the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and the wild animals of the fields are mine as well. If I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you; for the world is mine, and everything in it. Will I eat the meat of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God thanksgiving; and keep your promises to the Most High; And call on Me in the day of trouble; I’ll save you, and you’ll make Me well known.” [16-23] But to the sinful God says, “Seeing you hate teaching, and have ignored My words, what do you have to do with My words, that you should let My Promise come out of your mouth? When you saw a thief, then you helped, and you’ve been with those who are sexually unfaithful, also. You give your mouth to evil, and your words create lies. You sit and speak against your family; You slander your own mother’s child. You’ve done these things, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like yourself, but I’ll correct you, and set them right before your eyes. Now think about this, you who forget God; or I’ll tear you in pieces, and there’ll be no one to save you. Whoever offers praise makes Me well known, and all those who act well, I, Yahweh God, will save.”    51 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn of David, when Nathan the preacher came to him, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, oh God, according to Your love, according to the greatness of Your tender mercies, forgive my sins. Wash me thoroughly from my sin, and cleanse me, for I acknowledge my sins, which are always before me. Against You, and You only, have I sinned, doing this evil in Your sight; so that You’ll be justified when You speak, and be clear when You judge. [5-12] See, I was a sinner from my birth and even from my conception. You want truth in my inmost mind, and in the secret parts of my soul You’ll teach me wisdom. Cleanse me from my sins, and I’ll be clean; wash me, and I’ll be whiter than snow. Let me hear happiness and gladness; that my body which You’ve broken can celebrate. Hide Your face from my sins, and forget them all. Create in me a new heart, oh God; and refresh Your spirit within me. Don’t throw me out from Your presence; and don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me. Bring me back the happiness of when you first saved me; and keep me freely with Your Spirit. [13-17] Then I’ll teach the sinful Your ways; and the sinful will be brought to You. Save me from the guiltiness of blood, oh God, You are the God who saved me, and my mouth will sing aloud of Your goodness. Oh my God, train my words; and my mouth will praise You. For You don’t want sacrifice, or else I’d give it; You don’t celebrate in offerings. The only sacrifice that You want, God, is a broken spirit; You won’t turn away from a broken and changed heart, oh God. [18-19] Do great things in Your good pleasure to Jerusalem; build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then You’ll be pleased with the offerings of goodness, with both the small sacrifices and the large sacrifices; then they’ll give offerings on Your altar.   52 [1-6] To the first musician, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said to him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why do you brag about yourself when you’re in trouble, oh powerful ones? The goodness of God is forever. Your mouths plan trouble; like a sharp razor, always lying. You love evil more than good; and lying rather than speaking what’s right. Selah! You love words that destroy others, oh you lying mouths. In the same way, God will destroy you forever; God will take you away, kicking you out of your homes, and uprooting you out of the land of the living. Selah! [6-9] Godly people will see, and fear, and laugh at you, saying; “So this is the people that refuse to make God their strength; but trusted in all their worldly goods, and strengthened themselves in their evil.”  But I’m like a green olive tree in Your Place of Worship; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I’ll praise You forever, because You’ve done it, and I’ll minister to Your Name, Yahweh; for it’s good for Your people to know it.   53 [1-3] To the first musician, to the tune of The sickness, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David. Stupid people have said in their hearts, “There is no God.” They’re evil, and have done horrible sins; not one of them does any good. God looked down from heaven on humanity, to see if there were any that understand or looked for God. All of them have turned away, and have become altogether filthy; there’s no one that does good, no, not one of them. [4-6] Have the sinful any knowledge, who chew up my people like they eat food? They’ve never even called on God. There they were in great fear, where there was nothing to fear; for You scattered the bodies of those that encamped against You. You’ve put them to shame, because You hated them. Oh that Israel would be saved out of Jerusalem! When You bring back Your people from where they’reen taken, they will celebrate and be happy.   54 [1-7] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doesn’t David hide himself with us? Save me, oh Yahweh God, by Your Name, and judge me by Your strength. Listen to my prayer, oh God; hear my words. For the ungodly have come against me, and keep me down, looking for my soul; they don’t follow God. Selah! See, God is my helper; You are with those that uphold my life, and will repay evil to my enemies, destroying them with Your truth; so I’ll freely sacrifice to You, praising Your Name, oh Yahweh; because it’s so good. God, You have saved me out of all my trouble; and I‘ve now seen everything I wanted to happen to my enemies.   55 [1-8] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David.Listen to me, oh God; and don’t hide Yourself from my prayer. Pay attention to me, and listen to me. I mourn, complaining and groaning because of the voice of the enemy, because of the sinful who keep me down. They place sin on me, and hate me in great anger. My heart aches within me, and I’m scared to death. I’m shaking in fear, and horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I could fly away, and be at rest.” See, then I’d wander far away, and stay in the countryside. Selah! I’d quickly escape from the windy storm and great anger. [9-15] Destroy them, oh my God, and divide their tongues; for I’ve seen violence and trouble in this city. Day and night they go about on its borders; trouble and sorrow are here also. Evil is here; lies and more lies don’t leave its streets. It wasn’t an enemy that blamed me, for then I could have outlasted it; nor was it those that hated me that came against me, then I’d have hid myself from them; but it was my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance. We took friendly encouragement from each other, and walked into Your Place of Worship together. Let death take them, and let them quickly go to Hell; for evil is in their houses, and among them. [16-21] As for me, I’ll call on Yahweh God, who’ll save me. Evening, morning, and at noon, I’ll pray, and cry aloud, and God will hear my voice. God has saved my soul in peace from those who came against me to fight; for there were many with me. God will Listen, and trouble them, even those that are old, because they haven’t changed their ways; They’re unchanged and don’t respect God. Selah! They’ve used their hands against those that are at peace with them, breaking their promises. The words of their mouths were smoother than butter, but fighting was in their hearts; their words were softer than oil, yet they were as drawn blades. [22-23] Give all your problems to Yahweh, and God will keep you; God will never let good people be overcome. But You, oh God, will bring bloodthirsty and lying people down into the grave of destruction; they won’t live out half their days; but I’ll trust in You.   56 [1-7] To the first musician, to the tune of Dove of the Silence, A Poem of David, when the Philistines took him in Goth. Be merciful to me, oh God; for the people will overwhelm me. Their fighting daily keeps me down. My enemies overwhelm me daily; for there are many that fight against me. Most High God, whenever I’m afraid, I’ll trust in You. In God, I’ll praise Your Word; I’ve put my trust in God, so I won’t be afraid of what people might do to me. They change my words all day long; all their thoughts are evil towards me. They gather together, hiding themselves and marking my steps, while they wait for my very soul. Will they escape by sin? No, You’ll destroy them, oh God, in Your anger. [8-13] You know where I’ve been and You’ve saved all my tears into Your bottle, and You’ve written them all down in Your book. When I cry to You, then my enemies turn back. God is for me; this I know. In God, I’ll praise Your Word; in Yahweh God, I’ll praise Your Word. In God, I’ve put my trust, so I won’t be afraid of what people might do to me. Your promises are on me, so I’ll praise You, oh God. You’ve saved my soul from death; won’t You keep my feet from falling, so that I can walk before You in the light of life?   57 [1-4] To the first musician, You must not destroy, A Poem of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful to me, oh God, be merciful to me; for my soul trusts in You. Yes, in the shadow of Your Spirit I’ll make my safe haven, until these misfortunes are over. I’ll cry to Yahweh God Most High; to God who does all things for me. God will send from heaven, and save me from the accusations of those that try to overwhelm me. Selah! God will send mercy and truth. My soul is as if I were among lions, and I’m even among those that are boiling with rage, human beings, whose teeth are as sharp as spikes and arrows, and their mouths speak cutting words. [5-11] Be praised, oh Yahweh God, above the heavens; let Your brightness shine above the whole world. They’ve set a trap for my steps; my soul is brought low. They’ve dug a grave for me, into which they themselves are fallen. Selah! My heart is set, oh God, my heart is set; and I’ll sing and give You praise. Awake, my light; awake, instruments and harp; I myself will awake early. I’ll praise You, oh my God, among the people; I’ll sing to You among the nations. For Your mercy stretches across the heavens and Your truth reaches to the clouds. Be praised, oh God, above the heavens; let Your brightness be seen above the whole world.   58 [1-6] To the first musician, You must not destroy, A Poem of David. Do you really speak goodness, oh congregation? Do you judge uprightly, oh you children of humanity? Yes, in your heart you do evil; you measure the violence of your hands in the earth. The sinful come out of the womb, going astray and speaking lies as soon as they’re born. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; like deaf snakes that stop their ears, which won’t listen to the voice of charmers, charming ever so wisely. Break their teeth, oh God, in their mouth; break out the great teeth of the young lions, oh Yahweh. [7-11] Let them melt away as water that always runs; when they get their weapons ready, let them be as if they were cut in pieces. As a snail which melts, let everyone of them die, just like the untimely birth of a stillborn baby. Before your pots can feel the heat from the burning thorns, God will take them away in living and burning anger as a furious hurricane. Godly people will celebrate when they see them punished; God will wash their feet in the blood of the sinful so that they’ll say, Truly, there’s a reward for godly people. God is a God that judges in the earth.   59 [1-4] To the first musician, You must not destroy, A Poem of David; when Saul sent, and watched the Place of Worship to kill him. Save me from my enemies, oh my God; defend me from those that come against me. Save me from those who practice sin, and save me from bloodthirsty people. See, they want to kill me; the strong are gathered against me, but not for my offense, nor for my sin, oh Yahweh. They run and make themselves ready for no reason, so awake to help me, and see what they do. [5-8] You, oh Yahweh, God of All Creation, God of Your people, Israel, awake to visit all the ungodly; Don’t be merciful to any sinful people. Selah! They return at evening, growling like dogs around the city. See, they’re disgustingly loud with their mouth; sharpness is in their words and for that, they say, “Who hears?” But You, oh Yahweh, will laugh at them; You hate all the ungodly people. [9-13] Because You are my strength, I’ll minister to You; for You, God, are my defense. The God of my mercy will keep me and let me see the judgment on my enemies. Don’t kill them, or my people will forget, but scatter them by Your power; and bring them down, oh my God, our defense. For the sin of their mouth, and the words that they say, and for the cursing and lies which they speak, let them be taken in their pride. Destroy them in anger, destroy them so that they won’t live any longer, and let them know that God rules in Israel and even to the ends of the earth. Selah! [14-17] At evening let them return; and let them growl like dogs, going around the city. Let them wander up and down for meat, and howl if they aren’t satisfied. But I’ll sing of Your power; yes, in the morning I’ll sing aloud of Your mercy.  You’ve been my defense and safe haven in the day of my trouble. To You, oh my strength, I’ll sing; for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy.   60 [1-5] To the first musician on the trumpet of the congregation, A Poem of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, when Joab came back, and struck twelve thousand of Edom (Arab Nations) in the valley of salt. Oh God, You’ve thrown us away, scattering us. You’ve been displeased; oh return to us again. You’ve made the earth shake, breaking it; heal its division, for it quakes. You’ve shown Your people hard things; You’ve completely shocked us. You’ve given a flag to those that respect You, to be displayed because it bears the truth. Selah! Save with Your strong hand, and listen to me so that Your beloved can be saved. [6-8] God has spoken in holiness; I’ll celebrate, I’ll divide Shechem, and allot the valley of Succoth. Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim is also the strength of My head; Judah is My lawgiver; Moab is My wash pot; over Edom I’ll place My shoe; Philistia, you’ll triumph because of Me. [9-12] Who will bring me into the strong city that will lead me into Edom? Won’t You, oh God, who had thrown us away? And You, oh God, who didn’t go out with our armies? Give us help from trouble, because the help of people is no help at all. Through God, we’ll have victory; for it’s You, God, that will bring down our enemies.   61 [1-4] To the first musician on stringed instrument, A Hymn of David. Listen to my cry, oh God; pay attention to my prayer. I’ll cry to You from the ends of the earth, whenever my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I am. You’ve been a shelter for me, and a safe haven from my enemies, so I’ll stay in Your Place of Worship forever and I’ll trust in the protection of Your Spirit. Selah! [5-8] For You, Yahweh, have heard my promises; You’ve given me the heritage of those that respect Your Name. You’ll prolong my life, and my years will be as many generations. I’ll live for God forever; Get Your mercy and truth ready, which saves me. I’ll sing praise to Your Name forever, so that I’ll keep my promises daily.   62 [1-4] To the first musician, to Laudatory, A Hymn of David. Truly my soul waits patiently on God, who saves me. God is my rock, who alone saves me; God is my only defense; so I won’t be greatly overcome. How long will you imagine trouble against me? Don’t you know you’ll be killed, everyone of you; you’ll be as a sagging wall, and as a leaning fence, because you make plans to throw me down from my greatness, enjoying telling your lies. And you bless me with your mouth, but inwardly you curse me. Selah! [5-7] Wait patiently, my soul, on God; for my hope is from God only. God is my rock, who alone saves me. God is my only defense; so I won’t be greatly overcome. God saves me and makes me known; God is the Rock of my strength.  God alone is my safe haven. [8-12] Trust in God at all times; you people, speak from your hearts to God, who is a safe haven for us. Selah! Surely people of low class are full of emptiness, and people of high class are full of lies; all to be weighed in the balance, and they’re altogether lighter than air. You people shouldn’t trust in keeping others down, and believe you can get by with thievery; even if you get rich, don’t set your heart on it. I’ve heard it said once or twice that all power belongs to God. Mercy belongs also to You, oh my God; for You judge everybody according to their own acts.   63 [1-4] A Hymn of David, when he was in the countryside of Judah. Oh God, You are my God; I’ll look for You early. My soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there’s no water. I’ll see Your power and Your light, like I’ve seen in Your Place of Worship. Your love is better than life, so my words will praise You. I’ll praise You as long as I live; I’ll lift up my hands in Your Name, Yahweh. [5-11] My soul will have everything I need; and my mouth will praise You with happy words when I remember You while I lay in my bed, and think of You in the night. In the shadow of Your Spirit I’ll celebrate because You’ve been my help. My soul follows firmly after You; Your strong hand upholds me. But those that look for my soul, only to destroy it, will go to Hell. They’ll fall by war and be a meal for foxes. But I’ll celebrate victory in God; because everyone that keeps the promises of God will celebrate, but the words of those that lie will soon end.   64 [1-5] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Listen to my voice, oh God, in my prayer; save my life from the fear of my enemies. Hide me from the secret plans of the sinful; from the rebellion of those who practice sin, who sharpen their mouths like a blade, and get their weapons of bitter words ready, so they can secretly shoot at the godly, shooting at them unexpectedly, without fear. They encourage themselves in evil things, talking together of secretly laying traps; They say, “Who will see us?” [6-10] They search out sins, completing a thorough search; the minds of everyone of them, and their hearts, are beyond understanding. But God will unexpectedly repay them and they’ll be wounded. So they themselves will fall by the words of their own mouth, and everybody that sees them will run away. And all people will respect God, and tell others what God has done; for they’ll think about the acts of God wisely. Godly people will celebrate in Yahweh, trusting in God; and all the goodhearted people will praise God.   65 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn, the Song of David. We praise You, oh God, in Jerusalem, and to You God, we’ll keep our promises. You are the One who hears our prayers, to You everybody will come. My sins overwhelm me, yet You’ll take them all away. Happy are the people that You choose, and cause to come to You, so that they can stay in Your house. We’ll be satisfied with the goodness of Your Place of Worship, yes, Your holy Place of Worship. [5-8] By awesome things, You’ll answer us in goodness, oh God, who saves us. You are the hope of everybody here and of those that are in faraway places across the sea. By Your strength, You set the mountains fast; being strengthened with Your power, which quiets the sound of the seas, the roaring of the waves, and the uproar of the people. And those who live in the parts of the earth that are far away are afraid at Your signs; You make the dawn of the morning and the setting of the evening sun to celebrate. [9-13] You visit the earth, and water it; You greatly enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water. When You’ve so provided for it, the grain grows. You water the rows very much; settling its furrows, making it soft with rain showers and blessing its springing up. You crown the year with Your goodness; and Your ways always bring many blessings. You drop rain on the pastures of the countryside, and the little hills celebrate with wildflowers everywhere. The pastures are filled with herds; the valleys also are covered with grain. They shout for happiness, and sing.        66 [1-4] To the first musician, A Song or Hymn. Let the whole land make a happy sound to Yahweh God; Let them sing out the respect of Your Name and make Your praise wonderful. Say to God, How awesome You are in Your acts! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies obey You. The whole world will worship and praise You, singing to Your Name. Selah! [5-9] Come and see the acts of God, which are awesomely done for humanity. You turned the Red Sea into dry land, where they celebrated in God after going through the waters on foot. You rule by Your power forever, watching the nations; so don’t let the rebellious make themselves great. Selah! Oh bless our God, everybody, and make the sound of God’s praise be heard; Who keeps our souls alive, and doesn’t let us fall. [10-15] For You, oh God, have proved us, trying us, as silver is tried. You led us into a trap, making us miserable. You’ve caused people to rule over us, taking us through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a wonderful place. So I’ll go into Your Place of Worship with sacrifices, paying my promises to You, who spoke to me, when I was in trouble. I’ll offer to You the wholeness of youth, with the smell of strength; I’ll give You my best sacrifices along with my offerings. Selah! [16-20] Come and Listen, all You that respect Yahweh God, and I’ll tell you what God has done for my soul. I cried aloud to God, and I praised God. If I allow sin in my heart, my God won’t listen to me; but truly You’ve heard me and listened to my prayers. May God be blessed, for You haven’t turned away my prayer or Your mercy from me.   67 [1-2] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Hymn or Song. God be merciful to us, and bless us; and let the light of Your face shine on us; Selah! So that Your ways can be known on earth, and Your saving health among all the nations. Let the people praise You, oh God; let all the people praise You. [4-7] Oh let the nations be glad and sing for happiness; for You judge us rightly, and rule every nation on earth. Selah! Let the people praise You, oh God; let all the people praise You. Then the earth will be better; and You, our own God, will bless us. You’ll bless us; and the whole world will respect You, Oh God.   68 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn or Song of David. Awake, Oh God, let Your enemies be scattered; let them that hate You run from Your presence. Drive them away as smoke is driven away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the sinful die at the presence of God. But let godly people be glad, celebrating before God; yes, let them have a great time singing to God and celebrating before You, singing praises to Your Name and making You known, who journeys through the heavens by Your Name, Yahweh. [5-8] God, in Your holiness, You are like a Parent to those who don’t have a parent, and give right judgment to the single parents. You God put the lonely ones in families; You bring out those who are kept down, but the rebellious stay in a dreary place. Oh God, when You went forward before Your people, Israel, when You marched with them through the countryside, Selah, the earth shook and the clouds descended at Your presence; even Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Your people, Israel. [9-13] You, oh God, sent much rain, by which You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was nearly destroyed. Your people stand in it; You, oh God, have provided Your goodness for the poor. My God gave the Word and those who published it were made great. Leaders of armies ran away, and those who stayed at home received the benefits. Though You’ve been as lifeless as a pot, yet you’ll fly as the silver wings of a dove, with feathers of yellow gold. [14-18] When the Almighty scattered rulers in it, it was white as the snow on Salmon. The hill of God is as the hill east of the Jordon River; as high as the hill Bashan, of Palestine. Why do you rise up, you high hills? This is the hill that God wants to stay in; yes, Yahweh will stay in it forever. The vehicles of God are twenty thousand, in which there are thousands of angels. My Yahweh God is among them, as in Mt. Sinai, in the holy place. You’ve gone up into heaven, leading those who were prisoner with You; You’ve received gifts for all people, yes, even for the rebellious also, so that my Yahweh God will live among them. [19-26] Happy is my Yahweh God, who daily fills us with blessings, even the God who saves us. Selah! The One who is our God is the God who saves us; and Yahweh, yes, my Yahweh God, helps us escape from death. You’ll wound the heads of Your enemies, and the scalps of those that still go on in their sin. My Yahweh God said, “I’ll bring My people back from Bashan, I’ll bring My people back from the depths of the sea; so that your feet may walk in the blood of your enemies, and the mouth of your dogs in the same.” They’ve seen Your ways, oh God; even the ways of my God, my Savior, in the Place of Worship. The singers went first, with the instrument players following after them; and among them, were the tambourine players. Bless You, oh God, in the assemblies, even my Yahweh God, from the beginning of Israel. [27-31] There’s little Benjamin with their ruler, the rulers of Judah and their council, the rulers of Zebulun, and the rulers of Naphtali. Your God has given you your strength; strengthen, oh God, what You’ve already done for us. Because of Your Place of Worship at Jerusalem, rulers will bring gifts to You. Punish those that fight, the great ones, along with the young people, till everyone of them give themselves, along with monetary gifts, and You scatter the people that enjoy fighting. Leaders will come out of Egypt; Ethiopians will soon stretch out their hands to God. [32-35] Sing to God, You nations of the earth; oh sing praises to Yahweh, Selah, to the Great One who rides on the heaven of heavens, which are everlasting. See, the strong voice of God sounds out. Our strength is from You, God; Your greatness is above Your people, Israel, and Your strength is in the skies. Oh God, You are awesome coming out of Your holy places; it’s You, God, who gives strength and power to Your people, Israel. God be blessed!   69 [1-4] To first musician on trumpet, A Hymn of David. Save me, oh God; for my soul is drowning. I’m sinking in deep mud, where I can’t stand up. I’m in deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I’m tired of my tears; my throat is dry and Me grow weak while I wait for my God. Those that hate me for no reason are more than the hairs of my head; those that would destroy me, who are wrongfully my enemies, are strong; so I’ve even given them back what I haven’t taken. [5-9] Oh God, You know my stupidity; and my sins aren’t hid from You. Don’t let Your people, oh Savior, God of all Creation, be ashamed for my sake; Don’t let those that look for You become confused for my sake, oh God of Israel, because for Your sake I’ve been accused of many things and shame has covered my face. I’m as a stranger to my family members, and am as a foreigner to my brothers and sisters. For the passion of Your Place of Worship has overwhelmed me; and the accusations of those that accused You are fallen on me. [10-15] When I wept, and disciplined my soul with fasting, I was put down for it. I wore mourning clothes and I became a mockery to them. Those that sat in public spoke against me; and I was the song of drunks. But as for me, my prayer is to You, oh Yahweh. In an acceptable time, oh God, in the greatness of Your mercy listen to me, in the truth of Your saving grace. Pick me up out of the mud, and don’t let me sink; let me be saved from those that hate me, and out of the flooding waters. Don’t let the water overflow me, nor let the flood drown me, and don’t let the grave shut its mouth on me. [16-20] Listen to me, oh Yahweh; for Your love is good. Turn to me according to the greatness of Your tender mercies, and don’t hide Your face from Me; for I’m in trouble. Listen to me quickly. Come near, and save my soul; save me from my enemies. You’ve known that I’ve been hated, shamed, and disrespected; my enemies are all before You. Their criticisms have broken my heart; and I’m very depressed. I looked for someone to feel sorry for me, but no one had any mercy; I looked for comforters, but I found none. [21-26] They gave Me a bitter plant for My food; and in my thirst they gave Me sour vinegar to drink. Let their table trap them, and what should have been for their welfare, let it become a snare. Blind their eyes, so that they don’t see; and make their stomachs always rumble. Pour out Your just anger on them, and let Your great anger catch them. Let their surroundings be loneliness; and let no one stay in their house. For they abuse the one who You’ve struck down; and they take advantage of the grief of those that You’ve wounded. [27-32] Add sin to their sin, and don’t let them come into Your goodness. Let them be marked out of the book of the living, and not be written down with the names of godly people. But I’m poor and unhappy; let Your saving grace, oh God, give me my place in heaven. I’ll praise the Name of God with a song, and make Yahweh great with thanksgiving. This pleases Yahweh better than sacrifices and offerings. The common people see this, and are glad, and the spirits of those that look for God will live. [33-36] For You, Yahweh hear the poor, and don’t hate those of Yours who are kept down. Let heaven and earth, the seas, and every thing living in them praise God. For God will save Jerusalem, and will build the cities of Judah, so that they can live there, and take ownership of it. The descendents of Your people will also be given it; those that love the Name of Yahweh God will stay there.   70 [1-3] To the first musician, A Hymn of David, to bring to remembrance. Hurry, oh God, and save me; Hurry up and help me, oh Yahweh. Let those that try to destroy me be ashamed and confused; let those that hope for my harm be turned back and confused. Let their shame come back on them to repay those that say, “Aha, aha.” [4-6] Let all those that look for You celebrate and be glad in You, and let those who love Your saving grace always say, “Let God become well known.” But now I’m poor and needy, so hurry and come to me, oh God; You are my help and my Savior, oh Yahweh, so don’t be long.   71 [1-4] In You, oh Yahweh, I place my trust; let me never be confused. Save me in Your goodness, and help me escape. Listen to me, and save me. Be my safe haven, to where I can always go. You’ve given Your Word to save me; for You are my rock and my defense. Save me, oh my God, out of the power of the sinful, out of the power of ungodly and cruel people. [5-9] You are my hope, my Savior; I’ve trusted You from my childhood. I’ve been held from the womb by You; You are the One that brought me safely out of my mother’s womb, so my praise will always be of You. Many wonder about me; but You are my strong safe haven. Let my mouth be full of Your praise and with Your respect all day long. Don’t throw me away in my old age; Don’t give up on me when my strength fails me. [10-13] For my enemies speak against me; and those that wait around for my soul make their plans, saying to me, “God has given up on you; we’ll abuse you and take you and there’s no one to save you.” Oh God, don’t be far from me; oh my God, hurry to help me. Let those that are enemies to my soul be confused and destroyed; Let those that hope for my harm be shamed and disrespected. [14-19] But I’ll always hope in You, and will yet praise You even more. I’ll tell of Your goodness and Your saving grace all day long; for I don’t even know the extent of it. I’ll go in the strength of Yahweh God, making mention of Your goodness, and Yours only. Oh God, You’ve taught me from my childhood, and until now I’ve told everybody of all the amazing things You do. Now that I’m old and grey headed, oh God, don’t give up on me, until I’ve made Your strength known to this generation, and Your power to everyone that is yet to come. Your goodness is great also, oh God, You, who have done great things! Oh God, who is like You? [20-24] You, who have shown me severe and terrible troubles, will yet bring life to me, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You’ll make me greater and greater, and surround me with comfort. I’ll praise You with the instruments, too, even Your truth, oh my God; I’ll sing with the harp to You, oh Holy One of Israel. My soul, which You’ve bought back, will celebrate greatly whenever I sing my words to You. My mouth will talk of Your goodness also, all day long; for those who hope for my harm are confused and brought to shame.        72 [1-5] A Hymn for Solomon. Give the Ruler Your judgments, oh God, and Your goodness to the Ruler’s Descendant, who’ll judge Your people with goodness, and Your poor with good judgment. The mountains and small hills will bring peace to the people, by Your goodness. The Savior, who’ll judge the poor people, saving the children of the needy, will destroy those who keep them down. They’ll respect You as long as the sun and moon last, throughout all generations. [6-9] You, our Savior will come down on the cut grass like a gentle rain; as the rain that waters the earth. In those days, godly people will do well with great peace, as long as the moon lasts. You’ll reign from sea to sea, also, and from the Euphrates river to the whole world. Those that stay in the countryside will bow before You, the Savior, whose enemies will fall in the dust. [10-14] The rulers of Tarshish and of all the nations will bring You presents; the rulers of Sheba and Seba will offer You gifts. Yes, all the rulers will fall down before You, the Savior, to whom all the nations will be subject. You’ll save the poor and needy when they cry, sparing them and saving their souls, and also those that have no one to help them. Their blood will be precious in Your sight, who will free their soul from lies and violence. [15-20] And You’ll live, and be given of the gold of Sheba; our Savior, for whom continual prayer and praise will be made daily. There will be a handful of grain in the earth on the mountaintops; the fruit of it will shake like Lebanon, and they of the city will do well like the grass of the earth. Your Most Holy Name, Yahweh, lasts forever; Your Name will last as long as the sun; and the people will be blessed in You, all nations calling You blessed. May Yahweh God be blessed, the God of Your people, Israel, who alone does wonderful things, and blessed be Your wonderful Name forever, and may You be well known in the whole earth; So be it, and so be it. The prayers of David, the descendant of Jesse, are ended. Book 3 73 [1-6] A Hymn of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to Your people who have clean hearts. But as for me, my feet had almost fallen; my steps had nearly slipped. I was jealous of stupid people, when I saw how well those sinful ones were doing. For death doesn’t keep them out of trouble; their strength outlasts it. They don’t suffer as other people; nor are they troubled as others are. So pride holds them like a chain and violence covers them like clothes. [7-12] They keep getting more, even though they have more than a heart could hope for already. They’re evil, talking proudly, and cruelly keep others down. They even speak against the heavens, as they walk through the earth. So their people return here, and take all their punishment for them. And they ask, “How does God know?” and “Does the Most High know it?” See, these are the ungodly people that do well in the world, which get more and more riches. [13-20] Truthfully, I’ve cleansed my heart for no reason, and washed my hands in innocence. I’ve been troubled all day long, and disciplined every morning. If I say, “I’ll speak this;” I’d offend the whole generation of Your children. And when I knew this, it was too troubling for me, until I went into God’s Place of Worship and understood what would happen to them in the end. Surely You put them in tricky places, throwing them into ruin. In a moment, they’re brought into suffering! They’re all together horrified. As a nightmare when a person awakes; so my God, when You awake, You hate what you see. [21-28] So my heart was grieved, and I was torn in my mind. I was so stupid and ignorant, like a dumb animal before You. Yet I stay with You, because You’ve held me by my hand. You’ll guide me with Your wisdom, and afterward take me up to heaven. Who have I in heaven but You? And there’s no one on earth that I long for but You, God. My body and my heart fails, but You, God are the strength of my spirit, and my fortune forever. See, those that are far from You die; You destroy all those that are unfaithful to You. But it’s good for me to draw near to God; I’ve put my trust in Yahweh God, so that I can tell everybody of all Your acts.   74 [1-3] A Poem of Teaching of Asaph. Oh God, why have You left us forever? Why does Your anger burn against Your children? Remember Your people, which You’ve bought back long ago; the strength of Your inheritance, which You’ve saved; this mount Zion, where You’ve always been. Lift up Your feet from where You sleep and awake to see we’re continually destroyed; See all the evil that the enemy has done in the Place of Worship. [4-8] Your enemies shout in the middle of Your congregations, setting up their flags for signs. People were famous if they had axed down thick trees, but now they break down its carved works at once with axes and hammers. They’ve thrown fire into Your Place of Worship, polluting it by burning the resting place of Your Name, Yahweh, down to the ground. They said in their hearts, “Let’s destroy them”, while burning up all the Places of Worship in the land. [9-12] We don’t see our signs; there’s not a preacher any more, nor are there any among us that knows how long. Oh God, how long will the enemy accuse us? Yahweh, will the enemy curse Your Name forever? Why do You withdraw Your power, even Your strong hand? Take it out of Your lap. For You, God, are my Everlasting Savior, bringing Your saving grace to the earth.     [13-17] You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the dragons in the oceans. You broke the heads of Leviathan (likely a plesiosaur-type dinosaur), the great sea monster, in pieces, and gave them for meat to the people living in the countryside. You opened up the sources of water and the flood and dried up strong rivers. The day is Yours; the night is Yours also; You made the sun and the moon. You set all the boundaries of the earth and made every season. [18-23] Remember this, that the enemy has accused, oh Yahweh, and that stupid people have cursed Your Name. Oh don’t give the soul of Your beloved to all the sinful people; Don’t forget the poor of Your people forever. Keep Your promise; for the secret places of the earth are full of cruel lands. Don’t let those of us who are kept down come back ashamed; let the poor and needy praise Your Name, Yahweh. Awake, oh God, plead Your own case; remember how stupid people accuse You daily. Don’t forget the voice of Your enemies; the uproar of those that stand up against You keeps getting louder.   75 [1-5] To the first musician, you must not destroy, A Hymn or Song of Asaph. To You, oh God, we give thanks, to You we give thanks, for Your wonderful creations tell us that You are near. When I lead God’s people I’ll judge matters fairly. The earth and all of its people are broken, but I’ll support it. Selah! I said to stupid people, “Don’t be stupid,” and to the sinful, “Don’t think too much of yourself, lifting up your pride to heaven, and don’t speak stubbornly.” [6-10] Promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south, but God is the judge, putting one down, and setting another up. For in the hand of Yahweh there’s a penalty, and the wine of wrath is blood red; full of mixture; and God pours it out, but all the sinful of the earth will drink it, and even drink the sediment of it, as well. But I’ll speak out forever; I’ll sing praises to the God of Israel. All the strength of the sinful will be taken away; but the strength of godly people will be uplifted.   76 [1-7] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Hymn or Song of Asaph. God is known in Judah; Your Name is great in Israel. Your Place of Worship is in Salem and Your resting place is in Jerusalem also. There You break the bows and arrows, the shields, the blades, and the whole battle. Selah! You are more wonderful and excellent than mountains full of prey. The tough-hearted are spoiled, they’ve gotten their sleep, and none of the strong have found their strength. At Your teaching, oh God of Israel, both the rider and the horse are still. You, oh God, are to be feared, and who can stand in Your sight when You are angry? [8-12] You, God, heard judgment from heaven; the earth feared, and stood still, when You arose to judgment, to save those of the earth with humility. Selah! Surely the people’s anger will turn to praise You, and what’s left of their anger You’ll keep under control. Keep your promise, and pay what’s due to Yahweh, Your God; let everybody around bring offerings to the One that ought to be respected. You God will remove the spirit of the rulers; You’re awful to the rulers of the earth.   77 [1-6] To the first musician, to Laudatory, A Hymn of Asaph. I cried aloud to God, to God with my own voice; and You listened to me. In the day of my trouble, when I ached all night with never-ending pain, and my soul refused to be comforted, I searched for the Savior. I was troubled when I remembered God and complained, but my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah! You keep me awake; I’m so troubled that I can’t even speak. I’ve thought about the past, the years long ago. I remembered my song in the night as I thought about it in my heart, my spirit carefully searching for it. [7-12] I asked, “Will the Savior throw me away forever? And won’t God be gracious anymore? Is Your mercy completely gone forever? Will Your promises fail forever? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Have You shut up Your tender mercies in anger?” Selah! And then I said, “This is only what I deserved, but I remember the years the Most High was at my side.” I’ll remember the acts of Yahweh; surely I’ll remember Your wonderful things from the past. I’ll think about all Your creations, and talk also of what You’ve done. [13-20] Your way, oh Yahweh, is in the Place of Worship; and who is as great as our God? You are the God that does wonderful things, showing Your strength among the people. You’ve bought back Israel, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah! The waters felt You, oh God, the waters felt You overcome them and the depths were troubled as well. The clouds poured rain, the skies thundered, and Your lightning flashed also. The sound of Your thunder was in the heavens; the lightning lit up the world and the earth trembled and shook. Your way is in the sea; Your path is in the great oceans, and no one knows where You go. You led Israel like a herd of animals by the hand of Moses and Aaron.        78 [1-11] A Poem of Teaching of Asaph. Listen, oh my people, to my word; listen to the words of my mouth and I’ll tell you a story, speaking of mysterious sayings of the past, which we’ve heard and known, and our parents have told us. We won’t hide them from our children, and will show the praises of Yahweh to the next generation, along with the strength of God, and the wonderful things that God has done. For You left a testimony in Jacob, and made a law in Israel, which You told our parents to make them known to their children, so the generation to come would know them; and even their children that will be born to them to tell it to their children, so that they would put their hope in God, and not forget the acts of God, but keep Your laws; and not be as their parents, who were a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that refused to change their hearts, and whose spirits weren’t committed to God, as the children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying weapons, turned back in the day of battle. They didn’t keep the Promise of God, and refused to walk in Your Word, forgetting the acts of God, and the wonderful things that You had shown them. [12-20] You did wonderful things in the sight of their parents, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. You divided the Red Sea, and allowed them to pass through it; making the waters to stand up as a mountain pass. You also led them with a cloud in the daytime, and through the night with the light of fire. You split the rock in the countryside, and gave them water to drink from a deep source. You, God, brought streams of water out of the rock also, causing it to run down like rivers. And they sinned all the more against You by provoking the Most High God in the countryside. They tempted God in their hearts by asking for meat to satisfy their appetites. Yes, they even spoke against God and said, “Can God provide for us in the countryside? Look, God split the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; Can God give us food also? Can God provide meat for the people as well?” [21-33] Yahweh heard this, and was angry, so God’s anger burned against Jacob, whose anger was also against Israel, because they didn’t believe God, and didn’t trust in Your saving grace, though You had told the clouds from above to open the doors of heaven, and had rained down manna on them to eat, and had given them of the bread of heaven. People ate the food of angels, and You, God, sent them enough meat to fill them. You caused an east wind to blow in the heavens, and powerfully brought in the south wind, raining meat on them as dust, and quail like the sand of the sea, and let them fall right in the middle of their camp, all around their tents. So they ate and were well filled, because You gave them what they wanted. They weren’t kept from their appetites, but while their meat was yet in their mouths, the anger of God came down on them, and killed the fattest of them, and brought down the chosen people of Israel. For all this they still sinned, and didn’t believe the wonderful acts of God, so You passed their days with emptiness, and their years in trouble. [34-39] But when You killed some of them, then the rest searched for God, and they came back and soon asked for God. And they remembered that God was their Rock, the Most High God, their Savior. Yet they flattered You with their mouths, but lied to You with their words. Their hearts weren’t right with God, nor were they committed to Your Promised Agreement with them. But You, God, being full of compassion, forgave their sin, and didn’t destroy them all. Yes, many times You put aside Your anger, never even stirring it up. You remembered that they were only human, like a wind that passes away, and doesn’t come again. [40-51] How often they provoked You in the countryside, and grieved You in the desert! Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited what You, the Holy One of Israel, would do among them. They didn’t remember God’s power, or the day when You saved them from the enemy. How God had made signs in Egypt, and wonderful things in the field of Zoan, turning their rivers into blood, making it so that they couldn’t drink it. You sent different sorts of flies among them, which ate at them; and frogs, which destroyed them, giving their crops to the caterpillar, and their work to the locust also; destroying their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost; destroying their cattle also in the hail, and their flocks with hot lightning bolts; giving them the fierceness of Your anger, all Your rage, Your just anger, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them; making way for Your anger; not sparing their soul from death, but giving their lives over to deadly diseases; and striking all the firstborn in Egypt, their strongest rulers, in the families of Ham. [52-61] But You made Your own people go forward like animals, guiding them in the countryside like a herd, leading them safely on, so that they weren’t afraid, while the sea overwhelmed their enemies. You brought them to the border of Your Place of Worship, even to this mountain, which the hand of God had bought. You also threw out the ungodly before them, and divided to them an inheritance by their families, and made the people of Israel to stay in their houses. Yet they tempted and provoked the Most High God, and didn’t keep Your Words, but unfaithfully turned back, doing just like their parents, who dishonestly turned away. They made You, God, angry with their places of false worship, and made You jealous because of their false worship of other things. When You, oh God, heard this, You were angry, and greatly hated Israel; so much that You left the Place of Worship of Shiloh, the tent which You placed among the people, and allowed the Chest of the Promise to be taken, and the glory of God was in the enemy’s control. [62-66] You gave the people of God over to war; being angry with Your inheritance. The fire burned their young people, even before they were married. Their preachers fell in war; and their survivors weren’t allowed to mourn. Then the Savior awaked as one out of sleep, and like a drunk person who shouts, struck the rear of the enemy, and made them greatly ashamed. [67-72] Besides this, You refused the family of Joseph, and didn’t choose the family of Ephraim, but chose instead the tribe of Judah, mount Zion, which God loved. And built Yahweh’s Place of Worship like a high great house, like the earth which You settled forever. You chose David also, who served You, oh God, taking him from caring for the animals, and from following those that were pregnant with young, to feed Jacob, Your people, and Israel, Your inheritance. So David led them with a true heart; and guided them with skilful hands.   79 [1-5] A Hymn of Asaph. Oh God, the ungodly have come into Your inheritance, polluting Your holy Place of Worship, and Jerusalem is in ruins. The dead bodies of Your people they’ve given for food to the birds of heaven, the bodies of Your saints to the wild animals of the earth. They’ve shed their blood like water around Jerusalem; and there was no one to bury them. We’ve become a curse to our neighbors, a mockery, and the ridicule of those around us. How long, oh Yahweh? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire? [6-9] Pour out Your anger on the ungodly that haven’t known You, Yahweh, and on the nations that haven’t called on Your Name, because they’ve destroyed Israel, and their homes. Oh don’t remember our past sins, but let Your tender mercies quickly come to us; for we’re very ashamed. Help us, Yahweh, You are the God who saves us, for the fame of Your Name; save us and take away our sins, for Your Name’s sake. [10-13] Why should the ungodly say, “Where is their God?” Let God be known among the ungodly in our sight, by the avenging of the shed blood of Your people. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before You; according to the greatness of Your power save those that are about to die; and put blame into the lap of those who accused You seven times, my God. So we, Your people, those of Your realm, will give You thanks forever! We’ll praise You to all generations.   80 [1-6] To the first musician on the trumpet of the people, A Hymn of Asaph. Listen, oh Shepherd of Israel, who leads the people of Joseph like a flock; You, oh God, who is between the Cherubim (winged angelic creatures), shine forward. Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, let Your strength rise up to come and save us. Return us to You, oh God, and cause Your face to shine on us; and we’ll be saved. Oh Yahweh, God of All Creation, how long will You be angry against the prayer of Israel? You feed them with the bread of sorrow; and give them many tears to drink. You make us a trouble to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh about us among themselves. [7-11] Return us to You, oh God of All Creation, and cause Your face to shine on us; and we’ll be saved. You’ve brought a vine out of Egypt; You’ve thrown out the ungodly, and planted it. You made room for it, and caused it to take root deeply, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with its shadow, and its branches were like the good cedars. They sent them out to the sea, their branches to the river. [12-19] Why have You then broken down their boundaries, so that all those which pass by pick on them? The wild pigs in the woods waste it, and other wild animals eat it. Return, we beg You, oh God of All Creation, look down from heaven, and see; visit this vine and the vineyard which Your hand has planted, and the branch that You made strong for Yourself. It’s burned with fire and cut down, wilting at the look of Your face. Let Your hand be on Your chosen people, on the children of those that You made strong for Yourself. Revive us, so we won’t turn away from You; and we’ll call on Your Name. Return us to our former state, oh Yahweh, God of All Creation, cause Your face to shine on us; and we’ll be saved.    81 [1-5] To the first musician on harp, a Hymn of Asaph. Sing aloud to God, who is our strength, and make a happy sound to the God of Israel. Take a hymn, and bring the tambourine, and the pleasant sounding harp, along with all the other instruments. Sound the trumpet at the new moon, in the time set aside for our formal holiday. For this was told to Israel, a law of the God of Israel. This was ordained by God for a witness in Joseph, when God went out through the land of Egypt, where I heard a language that I didn’t understand. [6-10] I took the load from your shoulders and your hands were saved from the work.  When you called out in trouble, and I saved you; I answered you in the refuge of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah!  Listen, My people, and I’ll testify to you, Israel, if you’ll only listen to Me; You will have no false gods; nor are you to worship anything else but Me. I’m Yahweh, your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I’ll fill it.      [11-16] But My people wouldn’t listen to My voice; and Israel wouldn’t have Me. So I gave them up to what they themselves wanted, and they walked in their own ways. Oh that My people would have listened to Me, and Israel would have walked in My ways! I’d have quickly held back their enemies, and turned My strength against their enemies. Those who hate Yahweh should have obeyed Me; you shouldn’t have quit. I’d have fed you with the finest of the wheat; and I’d have satisfied you with honey out of the rock face.   82 [1-4] A Hymn of Asaph. God stands in the assembly of the strong; God judges among the great ones. How long will you judge wrongly, and accept the persons of the sinful? Selah! Defend the poor and the death survivors’ children and do justice to the abused and needy. Deliver the poor and needy, removing them from the power of the sinful. [5-8] They don’t know or understand, walking on in darkness; and all the foundations of the earth are off course. I’ve said, “You’re gods; and all of you are children of the Most High God. But you’ll die as mere humans, and fall like one of the rulers. Awake, oh God, judge the earth; You’ll inherit all the people of the nations.     83 [1-4] A Song or Hymn of Asaph. Don’t be silent, oh God; Don’t hold Your peace, and don’t be still, oh God. See, Your enemies are in an uproar, and those that hate You have proudly put themselves in high places. They’ve made crafty plans against Israel, and consulted against Your chosen ones. They’ve said, “Come and let’s destroy their nation so that the name of Israel will be forgotten.” [5-12] With one consent they’ve planned together and are united against You; These worshipers of Edom (Arab Nations), the Ishmaelites, Moabites, and the Hagarenes, the people of Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek, and the Philistines along with the people of Tyre; the people of Assur also joined with them, who helped the descendents of Lot. Selah! Do to them as You did to the Midianites; and to Sisera, and as to Jabin, who died at Endor at the creek of Kison, and became as manure for the earth. Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeeb; yes, all their rulers as Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let’s take the Places of Worship for ourselves.” [13-18] Oh my God, make them like the sagebrush; rolling as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burns through a forest, and as the flames set the mountains on fire; punish them with Your tempest, and let Your storm make them afraid. Fill them with shame; so that they’ll call on Your Name, oh Yahweh. Let them be confused and troubled forever; yes, let them be ashamed and die, so that people can know that You alone, whose Name is Yahweh, are the Most High God over the whole earth.    84 [1-5] To the first musician on harp, A Hymn for the children of Korah. How pleasing are Your Places of Worship, oh Yahweh, God of All Creation! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the House of God, my heart and strength crying out for the living God. Yes, the sparrow and the swallow have found nests for themselves, where they can lay their eggs, even on Your altars, oh Yahweh, God of All Creation, my Savior and my God. Happy are those that stay in the Place of Worship and are still praising You. Selah! Happy are the people whose strength is in You, in whose heart are their ways known. [6-12] You, who passing through the valley of Baca, make it spring up; with the rain filling the pools also. They go from one strength to another, everyone of them in Jerusalem appearing before God. Oh Yahweh, God of All Creation, hear my prayer; Listen, oh God of Israel. Selah! See, oh God, our defense, and look on the face of Your chosen. For a day in Your house is better than a thousand anywhere else. I had rather be a caretaker in the House of my God, than to stay in the house of evil. For Yahweh, my God, who gives grace and fame, is a light and a defense; God won’t keep anything good from those who do what’s right. Oh Yahweh, God of All Creation, the people that trust in You are truly blessed.     85 [1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn for the children of Korah. Yahweh, You’ve been gracious to Your nation, Israel; You’ve given us back our freedom. You’ve forgiven the sin of Your people, covering them all. Selah! You’ve taken Your anger away, turning from all its fierceness. Turn us back to You, oh God who saves us, and let Your anger toward us come to an end. [5-9] Will You be angry with us forever? Will You extend Your anger to all generations? Revive us again and let Your people celebrate in You! Show us Your mercy, oh Yahweh, and grant us Your saving grace. I’ll hear what Yahweh God will speak, for You’ll speak peace to Your people, to the saints of God, but don’t let them turn again to stupidity. Surely You’ll save those that respect You; so that You’ll be well known in our land forever. [10-13] Mercy and truth have come together; goodness and peace have greeted each other with a kiss. Truth will spring out of the earth; and goodness will look down from heaven. Yes, Yahweh will give us what’s good; and our land will produce its crops. Goodness will go before You; and lead us in the path of Your steps.   86 [1-5] A Prayer of David. Listen, oh Yahweh, listen to me; for I’m poor and needy. Save my soul; for I’m dedicated to You, oh my God; save me, the one who trusts in You. Oh my God, be merciful to me, for I cry to You daily. Oh my God, let my soul celebrate as I lift up my soul to You. For You, my God, are good, and ready to forgive; and have great mercy to all those that call on You. [6-10] Listen, oh Yahweh, to my prayer; and pay attention to what I ask. In the day of my trouble I’ll call on You and You’ll answer me. Among the great ones there’s none like You, oh my God; nor is there anything like Your creations. All the nations that You’ve made will come and worship before You, oh my God; and will make Your Name well known. For You are great, and do wonderful things; You, alone, are God. [11-17] Teach me Your way, oh Yahweh, and I’ll walk in Your truth; make my heart undivided to fully respect Your Name. I’ll praise You, oh Savior, my God, with all my heart, and I’ll make Your Name well known forever. For great is Your mercy toward me; You’ve saved my soul from the depths of Hell. Oh God, people who think they’re better than me come against me, and violent people want to take my life; and haven’t respected You. But You, oh my God, are a God full of compassion, gracious, patient, and have plenty of mercy and truth. Oh turn to me, and have mercy on me; give me Your strength, and save the child of one of Your people. Show me a token for good; that those who hate me can see it, and be ashamed; because You, oh Yahweh, have helped me, and comforted me.   87 [1-7] A Hymn or Song for the children of Korah. Yahweh, Your foundation is in the holy mountains. Yahweh, You love the gates of Jerusalem more than all the homes of Israel. Wonderful things are spoken of the city of God. Selah! I’ll make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those that know me, or Philistia, or Tyre, or Ethiopia; and they’ll reply, “I was born there.” But of Jerusalem it’ll be said, “This one and that one was born there, and the Most High God will make it safe.” Yahweh will consider, when writing up its citizens, that I was born there. Selah! The singers as well as the players of instruments will be there; all my heart is in Jerusalem.        88 [1-6] A Song or Hymn for the children of Korah, to the first musician, to The Sickness, to sing loudly, a poem of teaching of Heman, the Ezrahite. Oh Yahweh, You’re the God who saved me, and I’ve cried day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; listen to my cry. My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to death. I’m as good as dead; I don’t have any more strength; I’m given up on like the dead, like one who has been killed and is in the grave, that You remember no more, and they’re removed from Your hand. You’ve laid me in the grave, in the depths of darkness. [7-12] Your anger is hard on me, and You’ve troubled me with all Your pressure. Selah! You’ve put my acquaintances far away from me; You’ve made me an insult to them; I’m hiding, and I can’t come out. Me cry because of my suffering, Yahweh; I’ve called on You daily, I’ve stretched out my hands to You. Will You show wonderful things to the dead? Will the dead awake and praise You? Selah! Shall Your love be talked about in the grave; or Your faithfulness in death? Shall Your wonderful things be known in the dark and Your goodness in the place of forgetfulness? [13-18] But to You I’ve cried, oh Yahweh; and in the morning I’ll pray to You. Yahweh, why do You throw my soul away? Why do You hide Your face from me? I’ve been abused and wanted to die from my childhood up, worrying and afraid from all my suffering. Your fierce anger overwhelms me; Your terrors have all but finished me. They came around me daily like water; together they overtook me. You put lover and friend, and even all my acquaintances far away from me where I can’t even see them.    89 [1-4] A poem of teaching of Ethan the Ezrahite. I’ll sing of the mercies of Yahweh forever, making known Your faithfulness to all generations. I’ve said, “Mercy will be settled forever; Your faithfulness will be respected even in heaven.” As You’ve said, “I’ve made a Promise with My chosen ones, I’ve sworn to David, who serves Me, I’ll set up your descendents forever, and make you reign in every generation.” Selah! [5-10] And the angels of heaven will praise Your wonderful things, oh Yahweh; Your faithfulness will be praised in the people of God, also. For who in heaven can be compared to Yahweh? Who among the descendants of the great ones can be likened to Yahweh? You are greatly respected among the people of God, and held in respect by all those that come to You. Oh Yahweh, God of all Creation, who is strong like You? Or who else has the faithfulness which surrounds You? You rule the raging sea and when its waves are troubled, You still them. You’ve divided Rahab (the sea monster) in pieces as a dead one; You’ve scattered Your enemies with Your strength. [11-14] The heavens and the earth are Yours, and the whole universe; You settled them all. You’ve created the north and the south; The mountains of Tabor and Hermon will celebrate; Your Name is written upon them. You are strong and powerful; Your hand is lifted high. Justice and good judgment are the signs of Your reign; mercy and truth are with You. [15-18] Happy are those that know the wonderful announcement of Your presence; They walk in the light of Your face, oh Yahweh. They celebrate all day in Your Name, and they’re uplifted in Your goodness. For You are the praise of our strength, and our instruments sound out by Your grace. For Yahweh is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our ruler. [19-26] Then in a vision You spoke to Your preacher, and said, “I’ll send help by a powerful one; I’ve lifted up a chosen one from the people. I’ve set up David, who serves Me; who I’ve chosen with My holy oil; and who I’ll set up and strengthen. Who won’t be threatened by the enemy; nor be troubled by the offspring of evil. And I’ll put down his enemies before his face, and trouble those that hate him. But My faithfulness and My mercy will be with him, and in My Name will the trumpet call be raised. I’ll give him control in the sea, and in the rivers. And he will cry to Me, ‘You are My Creator, My God, and the Rock, who saves me.’ [27-37] I’ll make him as My Firstborn, higher than rulers on the earth. My mercy will keep him forever, and My Promise will stay with him. Also I’ll make his descendents to last forever; and their reign will be as the everlasting days of heaven. If their descendents give up on My word, and don’t walk in My judgments; If they break My judgments, and don’t keep My laws; Then I’ll visit their sins with punishment and defeat. Yet I won’t take My love from them all together, nor let My faithfulness fail them. I won’t break My Promise, nor change what has gone out of My mouth. Once I promised by My holiness that I wouldn’t lie to David. His descendents lasts forever, and their reign as the sunlight.  It’ll be settled forever as the moon, as a faithful witness in heaven.” Selah! [38-44] But You’ve hated me and thrown me away, being angry with Your chosen one. You’ve voided the Promise with me; You’ve undermined my reign, tossing my crown to the ground. You’ve broken down all my boundaries; You’ve brought my strongholds to ruin. All that pass by the way defeat me; my neighbors bring accusations against me. You’ve given strength to my enemies; You’ve made all my enemies celebrate. You’ve disabled my defenses, and haven’t given me any victory. You’ve brought my light to an end, and undermined my reign. [45-52] You’ve shortened my youth, covering me with shame. Selah! How long will You hide Yourself, oh Yahweh? Will Your anger burn like fire forever? Remember how short my time is. Have You made us all for nothing? Who is it that will live, and not see death? Will God save any soul from the power of the grave? Selah! My God, where is Your former kindheartedness, which You promised to David in Your truth? Remember, my God, the accusations against me; how I bear in my heart the blame of all the great people, in which Your enemies have accused, oh Yahweh; in which they’ve blamed the ways of Your chosen. May Yahweh be blessed forever. So be it and so be it. Book 4  90 [1-4] A Prayer of Moses, the Preacher of God. My God, You’ve been our resting place in all generations. Before the mountains were created, or before You had formed the earth and the universe, even from eternity, You are God. You turn us over to destruction; and say, “Repent, you children of humanity.” For a thousand years in Your sight is only as yesterday when it’s over and only as a watch in the night. [5-10] You carry us away like in a flood; we’re just as if we’re asleep. In the morning we’re like grass which grows up in the night. In the morning it does well, and grows up; in the evening it’s cut down, and withers. We’re destroyed by Your great anger, and we’re troubled when You’re angry. You’ve exposed our sins; our secret sins are made clear in the light of Your face. For all our days are destroyed by Your anger; we spend our years as a story tale. We may live to be seventy years old; and if we’re strong, maybe eighty years, yet even in our strength, is nothing but pain and sorrow; for it soon passes, and our souls soar away. [11-17] Who knows the power of Your anger? Even those who respect You greatly fear Your anger. So teach us that our days are numbered, so that we can apply our hearts to know wisdom. Oh Yahweh, how long before You return to us? May You change Your mind when it concerns Your people. Oh comfort us with Your mercy soon, so that we can be glad and celebrate all our days. As many days as You’ve allowed us to be abused, and as many years as we’ve seen evil, make us happy. Let Your people see Your creations, and let Your light appear to their children. And let the loveliness of Yahweh our God be reflected in our look, and may You inspire the creations of our hands in us; yes, You inspire the creations of our hands.   91 [1-6] The One who inhabits the secret place of the Most High will be in the shadow of the Spirit of the Almighty. I’ll say of Yahweh, “God is my safe haven and my fortress, my God; in whom I trust.” Surely God will save You from the trap of the hunter, and from the deadly disease. God will protect You, and You’ll trust in the Spirit of God; the truth of God will be Your defense and weapon. You won’t be afraid of terror by night, or of weapons that shoot by day, or for the pests that crawl about in darkness; or for any destruction that ruins at noon. [7-16] A thousand will fall at Your side, and ten thousand on Your other side; but it won’t come near You. With Your eyes only, You’ll watch and see the punishment of the sinful, because You’ve made Yahweh, the Most High, who is my safe haven, Your resting place; No evil will touch You, nor will any deadly disease come near where You are, for the angels of God will have charge over You, to keep You in all Your ways. They’ll pick You up in their hands, if You should stump Your foot on a stone. You’ll stomp on the lion and the snake; the young lion and the dragon You’ll trample under foot. And God said, “Because You’ve set Your love on Me, I’ll save You; I’ll bring You to heaven, because You’ve known My Name. You’ll call on Me, and I’ll answer; I’ll be with You in trouble; I’ll save You, and bring You respect. With everlasting life I’ll satisfy You, and show You My saving grace.”    92 [1-5] A Hymn or Song for the Holy Day. It’s a good thing to give thanks to You, Yahweh, and to sing praises to Your Name, oh Most High, on a stringed instrument, on the lyre, and on the harp with a solemn sound, showing Your graciousness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night. For You, oh Yahweh, have made me glad through Your actions; I’ll triumph in what You do. Oh Yahweh, how great are Your acts! Your thoughts are very deep. [6-9] A defiant person doesn’t know; nor does a stupid person understand this. When the sinful grow like grass, and when all those who practice sin do well; it’s they who are destroyed forever; But You, oh Yahweh, are Most High forever. See, Your enemies, oh Yahweh, Your enemies will die; all those who practice sin will be scattered. [10-15] But You’ll lift up my strength like the horn of a unicorn and anoint me with fresh oil. My eye will see what I asked of my enemies, and my ears will hear what I wanted of the sinful that come against me. Godly people will do well like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that are rooted in the Place of Worship of Yahweh will do well in God’s house. They’ll still have children in their old age; They’re healthy and do well to show that Yahweh is Good. God is my rock, in whom there’s no evil.   93 [1-5] Yahweh reigns and is clothed with fame; Yahweh is clothed with strength, which You restrain; the world is settled also, so that it can’t be moved out of place. Your reign is settled from eternity; You are Everlasting. The floods have risen up, oh Yahweh, the waters are roaring; the ocean waves rise up. Yahweh in heaven is stronger than the sound of many rushing waters, yes, than the strongest waves of the sea. Your Words are very certain; holiness makes Your house beautiful forever, oh Yahweh.    94 [1-7] Oh Yahweh, God, revenge belongs to You; oh God, revenge belongs to You, show Yourself. Lift up Yourself, judge of the earth; repay those who think they’re better than others with their punishment. Yahweh, how long will the sinful, how long will the sinful triumph? How long will they talk and speak harsh things; and all those who practice sin brag about themselves? They destroy Israel, oh Yahweh, and trouble Your heritage. They destroy the single parent and the foreigner, and murder the death survivors’ children. Yet they say, “Yahweh won’t see it, nor will the God of Israel care about it.” [8-13] Understand, you defiant among the people, and you stupid ones; When will you get smart? Won’t the One that created the ear hear it? Won’t the One that formed the eye see it? Won’t the One that punishes the ungodly correct them? Won’t the One that teaches people knowledge know it? Yahweh knows the thoughts of all people, that they’re nothing. The ones that You discipline are happy, oh Yahweh; You teach them out of Your Word, so that You can give them rest from the days of trouble, until the grave for the sinful is dug. [14-18] For You, Oh Yahweh won’t throw away Your people; neither will You give up on Your inheritance. But judgment will return to goodness, and all goodhearted people will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the evil ones; or who will stand up for me against the sinful ones? Unless Yahweh had been my help, my soul had almost lived in silence. When I said, “My foot is slipping;” Your mercy, oh Yahweh, held me up. [19-23] In the many thoughts within me, Your comforts thrill my soul. Will the reign of sin, which supports its trouble by law, have friendship with You? They gather themselves together against the souls of godly people, calling guilty those who are innocent. But Yahweh is my defense; and my God is the foundation of my safe haven. God will bring on them the consequences of their own sin, and will destroy them in their own evil; yes, Yahweh our God will destroy them.   95 [1-7] Oh come, let’s sing to Yahweh; Let’s sing happily to the Rock who saves us. Let’s come into God’s presence with thanksgiving, making a happy sound with hymns. For Yahweh is a great God, and the Savior above all great ones. The deep places of the earth are in Your hands; the strength of the hills is Yours also. The sea is Yours; You made it, and You formed the dry land. Oh come, let’s worship and bow down; Let’s kneel before Yahweh our maker. For You are our God; and we’re the flock of Your pasture, whose little ones are cradled in Your arms. [8-11] Today, if you’ll hear the voice of God, who says; “Don’t be hardhearted, as the days I was provoked and tempted in the countryside; As when Your parents tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My miracles. I was grieved forty long years with this generation, and said, “These people are wrong in their hearts, and they don’t know my ways;” To whom I promised in my anger that they wouldn’t enter into my restfulness.   96 [1-6] Oh sing to Yahweh a new song; sing to Yahweh, all you people of the earth. Sing to Yahweh, and bless God’s Name; Teach of God’s saving grace everyday. Tell of the glory of God among the ungodly, the wonderful things of God among all people. For Yahweh is great, and to be greatly praised; God is to be respected above all great ones, because worshiping any of the great ones of the nations is false worship, but Yahweh made the heavens. Respect and fame are God’s; strength and loveliness are in God’s Place of Worship. [7-13] People of every race give to Yahweh, yes, give to Yahweh praise and strength. Give to Yahweh the praise due to God’s Name; bring an offering, and come into the Place of Worship. Oh worship Yahweh in the beauty of holiness; all you people of the earth respect God. Tell the ungodly that Yahweh reigns, so that the world will be settled and that it won’t be moved out of place; and God will judge the people rightly. Let the heavens celebrate, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and everything in it. Let the fields be happy, and everything in them; then all the trees of the woods will celebrate before Yahweh; for God comes, for God comes to judge the earth and will rightly judge the world and the people with truth.        97 [1-6] Yahweh reigns; let the people of the earth celebrate; let the masses of the nations be glad of it. Clouds and darkness are around You; goodness and judgment are the symbols of Your reign. A fire goes before You, and burns up Your enemies everywhere. Your lightning brightened the world; the people of earth saw, and shook in fear. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Savior, at the presence of the Most High Savior of the whole earth. The heavens tell Your goodness, and everybody sees Your light. [7-12] Let all those that worship other things and brag to themselves of their false worship be confused; worship Yahweh God, all you great ones. Jerusalem heard, and was glad; and the children of Judah celebrated because of Your judgments, oh Yahweh. For You, oh Yahweh, are high above the whole world; You are praised far above all great ones. You that love Yahweh, hate anything evil, for God saves the souls of the saints of God, delivering them out of the power of the sinful. God’s light shines on godly people and goodhearted people are glad. Celebrate in Yahweh, you who are good; and give thanks at the remembrance of God’s holiness.    98 [1-3] A Hymn. Oh sing to Yahweh a new song; for God has done awesome things; Your strong hand and holy arm have claimed You the victory. Yahweh, You’ve made known Your saving grace; You’ve openly shown Your goodness in the sight of the ungodly. You’ve remembered Your mercy and Your truth toward the people of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen how our God saves us. [4-9] Make a happy sound to Yahweh, all you people of the earth; make a loud noise and celebrate, and singing praises. Sing to Yahweh with the harp, with the harp, and the song of a hymn. With the sound of trumpets and cornet make a happy sound before Yahweh, the Savior. Let the sea roar and everything in it, the world, and all those who live in it. Let the flood waves lap; let the hills be happy together because of Yahweh; for God comes to judge the earth; God will judge the world and the people with goodness and with equality.    99 [1-5] Yahweh reigns; let the people shake with the fear of the God who sits between the Cherubim (winged angelic creatures); let the earth be troubled. Yahweh is great in Jerusalem; and God is high above all the people. Let us praise Your great and awesome Name, Yahweh, because it’s holy. The ruler’s strength is to love good judgment; You set up equality, You carry out good judgment and goodness in Israel. We praise You, oh Yahweh our God, and worship at the footstool of God; for You are holy. [6-9] Moses and Aaron were among their preachers, and Samuel was among those that call on Your Name; They called on Yahweh, and You answered them. You spoke to them in the cloudy pillar, and they kept Your Words, and the laws that You gave them. You answered them, oh Yahweh our God; You were a God that forgave them, though You punished their evil actions. Praise Yahweh, our God, and worship at the holy hill; for Yahweh our God is holy.   100 [1-5] A Hymn of praise. Make a happy sound to Yahweh, all you nations. Serve Yahweh with happiness; come before the presence of God with singing. Don’t you know that Yahweh is God? You are the One that has made us, and not we ourselves; we’re God’s people, and the flock of Your pasture. We enter Your Place of Worship with thanksgiving, and into Your presence with praise. Be thankful to God, and bless the Name of God. Yahweh is good, whose mercy is everlasting, and whose truth will last to all generations.   101 [1-4] A Hymn of David. I’ll sing of mercy and judgment; to You, oh Yahweh, I’ll sing. I’ll behave myself wisely in a perfect way. Oh when will You come to me? I’ll walk in my house with a perfect heart. I’ll put nothing sinful before Me; I hate what those that turn aside from Your way do. I won’t have a sinful heart because I won’t keep company with a person who practices sin. [5-8] I’ll take those who secretly lie about others from their place; I won’t allow those that have a proud look and an arrogant heart to come near me. My heart will be on the faithful of the land so that they can stay with me; those that walk in a perfect way, they’ll be my people. Those that act dishonestly won’t stay in my house; those that tell lies won’t be in my sight long. Soon I’ll ruin all the sinful of the land; so that I can remove all the sinful from the city of Yahweh.   102 [1-5] A Prayer of the abused, when they’re overwhelmed, and pour out their complaint before Yahweh. Listen to my prayer, oh Yahweh, hear my cry. Don’t hide Your face from me on the day when I’m in trouble; listen to me, answering me quickly on the day when I call. My days are gone like smoke, and my body is burned as a hearth. My heart is cut and withered like grass; so badly that I forget to eat my food. Because of the sound of my groaning, my skin clings to my bones. [6-11] I’m like a pelican of the countryside or like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone on the rooftop. My enemies accuse me all day; and those that are mad at me have spoken against me angrily. For I’ve eaten ashes like food, and mixed my drink with tears, because of Your just anger and Your rage; for You’ve lifted me up, and thrown me back down. My days are like a shadow that fades; and I’m withered like grass. [12-17] But You, oh Yahweh, are forever; and all generations will remember You. You’ll awake, and have mercy on Jerusalem; for the time of grace is theirs, yes, the set time has come. For we take pleasure in its stones, and favor the dust of its streets, so the ungodly will respect the Name of Yahweh and all rulers on the earth will see Your light. When You build up Jerusalem, You, Yahweh, Oh God, will appear in Your glory. You, God, will have favor on the prayer of the poor, not hating to hear their words. [18-22] This will be written for the generation to come, and the people born in the future will praise Yahweh. For God has looked down from the height of the Place of Worship; even from heaven Yahweh has seen the earth; to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to free those who are about to die, to tell the Name of Yahweh in Zion, and praise You in Jerusalem, when the people and the nations are gathered together to minister to Yahweh. [23-28] You weakened my strength in the way, God, and shortened my days. So I said, “Oh my God; don’t take me away in the middle of my life; Your years are throughout all generations. From time everlasting You’ve laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are Your own creation. They’ll all come to an end, but You are everlasting; yes, all of them will grow old like clothing; You’ll change them as a piece of clothes, and they’ll be changed; But You are the same, and Your years will have no end. The children of your people lasts forever, and their children will be made known before You.”   103 [1-5] A Hymn of David. Bless Yahweh, oh my soul; I bless Your holy Name with all that’s in me. Bless Yahweh, oh my soul, and never forget all that God does for you; Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases; Who saved your life from being destroyed and graces you with love and tender mercies; Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s strength. [6-12] Yahweh brings goodness and judgment for all that are kept down. God, You’ve made known Your ways to Moses, Your acts to the children of Israel. Yahweh, You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and have more than enough compassion. You won’t always accuse us; You won’t be angry forever. God, You haven’t given us what we deserve for our sins; nor punished us for our faults. Just as the heavens are high above the earth, so Your mercy toward those that respect You is great. As far as the east is from the west, You, God, have taken our sins from us. [13-22] Like parents pity their children, so You pity those that respect You, Yahweh. You know, God, what we’re made of and remember that we’re only dust. As for humans, their days are as grass; as flowers of the field, so they do well. The wind passes over them, and they’re gone; and their beauty won’t be seen in their place anymore. But the mercy of Yahweh is everlastingly on those that respect God; and the goodness of God is on their grandchildren; and on those who keep the Promise; and to those that remember to do Your laws. The reign of Yahweh is ready in the heavens; Your power rules over all things. Bless Yahweh, you strong angels, which do what God says, when you hear the sound of God’s Word. Bless Yahweh, all you heavenly hosts; the ministers of God that do whatever God wants them to do. Bless Yahweh, all creation everywhere; bless Yahweh, oh my soul.   104 [1-5] Bless Yahweh, oh my soul. Oh Yahweh, my God, You are very great; You are clothed with respect and fame, covering Yourself with light as with clothes; You, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain; Who lays the shafts of Your rooms in the waters and makes the clouds Your vehicle, moving on the wings of the wind; Who makes the angels spirits; and Your ministers to shine like flaming fire; Who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it wouldn’t ever be moved out of its place. [6-11] You covered it with the floods as with clothes; the waters stood above the mountain tops. At Your command it fled; at the voice of Your thunder it rushed away. It goes up by the mountains and goes down by the valleys to the place which You made for it. You’ve set a boundary that it can’t pass over, so that it won’t cover the earth again. God sends the creeks into the valleys, which flow among the hills. God gives drink to every animal of the field; even the wild donkeys quench their thirst. [12-17] The birds of heaven which sing among the branches have their nests beside them. God waters the hills from the heavens; the earth is satisfied with everything Your creation provides. God, You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and herbs for the people’s benefit, so that all of them can get food from the earth; And wine that makes the people’s hearts glad, and oil to make their faces shine, and food to strengthen their hearts. The trees of Yahweh, You, God, have planted; the cedars of Lebanon, where the birds make their nests, and the fir trees that are the home of the stork are all full of sap. [18-23] The high hills are a safe haven for the wild goats; and the rocks for the badgers. God, You appointed the moon for the seasons and the sun goes down at the right time. You make darkness, and the night comes in which all the wild animals of the forest creep out. The young lions roar after their prey, and look for their meat from God. The sun rises, they gather together, and lay down in their dens. People go to their work and to their place of employment until the evening.     [24-30] Oh Yahweh, how many are Your creations! In wisdom You’ve made them all; the earth is full of Your treasures. So is this great and wide sea, in which are innumerable living things, both small and great. There go the ships and there’s Leviathan (likely a plesiosaur-type dinosaur), that great sea monster that You’ve made to play in it. These all wait for You to give them their food at the right time. They gather whatever You give them; You open Your hand, and they’re all filled with good things. You hide Your face, and they’re troubled; You take away their breath, and they die, and return to the dust. You send Your spirit, they’re created, and You renew the face of the earth with them. [31-35] You, Yahweh, will be made known forever; You’ll celebrate in Your creation, oh Yahweh. God, You look on the earth, and it quakes; God, You touch the volcanoes, and they smoke. I’ll sing to Yahweh as long as I live; I’ll sing praises to my God as long as my spirit exists. My thoughts of You will be sweet; I’ll celebrate in Yahweh God. Let the sinful be removed from the earth, and let them be no more. Bless You, oh Yahweh, oh my soul. Praise Yahweh!   105 [1-6] Oh give thanks to Yahweh, calling on the Name of God; and make known God’s acts among the people. Sing to God, sing hymns to God; talk of all the wonderful acts of God. Celebrate in God’s Holy Name; let the heart of them that look for Yahweh celebrate. Look for the strength of Yahweh; watch for Yahweh’s face forever. Remember the awesome acts that God has done; the wonderful things, and the judgments of God’s mouth; Oh you people of Abraham, who served God, people of Jacob, God’s chosen. [7-15] God is Yahweh, our God, who judges all the people of the earth. You’ve remembered Your Promise forever, the word which You told to a thousand generations, which You made with Abraham, and gave Your promise to Isaac; and confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting Promise, saying, “To You I’ll give the land of Canaan, the lot of Your inheritance,” when they were only a few people in number; yes, very few, and the ungodly were in it, as well. When they went from one nation to another, from one people to another; God let no one do them wrong; yes, God corrected rulers for their sakes, saying, “Don’t touch my chosen, and do no harm to my preachers.” [16-22] Besides this, God called for a famine on the land, withering the whole stalk of grain. God sent someone before them, even Joseph that was sold for a slave, whose feet they hurt with shackles when he was bound in iron until the time that God’s Word came, the Word of Yahweh, to try Joseph. The ruler of the people sent word to let Joseph go free. The ruler then made Joseph the head manager of all their lands and stuff; to imprison the rulers as he wanted and teach wisdom to the governors. [23-29] Israel came into Egypt; and Jacob traveled to the land of Ham. God increased their people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies. God turned the Egyptians’ hearts to hate their people, to trick their children. God sent Moses, God’s own minister; and Aaron who also had been chosen, who showed the signs of God among them, and wonderful things in the land of Ham. God sent darkness, and made it very dark; and they didn’t rebel against the Word of God. God turned their waters into blood, and killed their fish. [30-36] Their land was troubled with many frogs, even in the rooms of their rulers. God spoke, and there came different sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts. God gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. God struck their vines also and their fig trees; and broke the trees of their coasts. God spoke, and the locusts came, and caterpillars, so many they couldn’t be counted, which attacked every green thing in their land, and ate all the produce of their ground. God struck also all the firstborn in their land, the first of all their strength. [37-45] God brought them out with silver and gold, and there was not one weak person among them. Egypt was glad when they left, because they feared them. God spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and God brought quails, and satisfied them with the food of heaven. God split open the rock, making water gush out and run in dry places like a river. You remembered Your holy promise, and Abraham, God’s worker. You brought forward Your people with happiness, and Your chosen ones with gladness, giving them the lands of the ungodly, and they inherited the work of another people; so that they could learn Your Words, and keep Your laws. Praise Yahweh!   106 [1-5] Praise Yahweh! Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for God is good; for Your mercy lasts forever. Who can tell of the powerful acts of Yahweh? Who can show all Your respect? Those that judge wisely are happy; and those that practice good ways all the time are happy as well. Remember me, oh Yahweh, with the grace that You give to Israel; oh visit me with Your saving grace, so that I can see the good of Your chosen ones, and celebrate in the gladness of Your nation, and triumph with Your inheritance. [6-11] We’ve sinned along with our parents; we’ve sinned, doing evil. Our parents didn’t understand the wonderful things You did in Egypt; they didn’t remember the greatness of Your mercies; but provoked You at the Red Sea. Yet, You saved them, God, for Your Name’s sake, in order to make Your strong power  known. You divided the Red Sea also, and it was dried up, and led them through the depths, as through the countryside. And You saved them from the power of those that hated them, and saved them from the hand of their enemies, which the waters overcame till there was none left. [12-18] Then they’relieved Your Words and sang Your praise. But they soon forgot Your acts and didn’t wait for Your counsel, always complaining in the countryside, and tempting God in the desert. And You gave them what they wanted; but sent sadness into their soul. They were jealous of Moses and Aaron, the saints of Yahweh, also in the camp. The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, and buried the followers of Abiram. And a fire was started in the middle of them, burning up those sinful ones. [19-23] They made a golden calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molded image, changing their glory into the likeness of a cow that eats grass. They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt; wonderful things in the land of Ham, and awesome things by the Red Sea. So You said that You would destroy them, yet if Moses, Your chosen, hadn’t begged for mercy before You to turn away Your anger, You would have destroyed them all. [24-31] Yes, they hated the promised land and didn’t believe Your Word; but complained in their homes and didn’t listen to the voice of Yahweh. So You lifted up Your hand against them, to overthrow them in the countryside; To overthrow their children also among the nations, and to scatter them throughout the lands. They joined themselves also to the false god, Baal-peor, and ate offerings made for the dead. So they provoked You to anger with their actions, and a deadly disease came on them. Then Phinehas stood up with wise judgment, so the deadly disease was stopped. And that was counted to him for goodness for all generations forever. [32-38] They angered You also at the waters of trouble, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes, because they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unwise words. They didn’t destroy the nations, who Yahweh told them to wipe out; But intermixed with the ungodly, and learned their evil ways. They served other things, which were a trap to them. Yes, they sacrificed their own children to demons, shedding innocent blood, even the blood of their own children, so that they sacrificed to the false gods of Canaan, polluting the land with innocent blood. [39-42] So they were made filthy with their own acts, and made up their own things to worship falsely. Your anger, Yahweh, burned against Your people, so much that You hated Your own inheritance. And You gave them into the power of the ungodly; and those that hated them had rule over them. Their enemies also kept them down, and they were put under their enemies’ control. [43-48] Many times You saved them, oh God; but they provoked You with their words, and they were brought low for their sin. Yet, You thought about their suffering, oh God, when You heard their cry, remembering Your Promise with them, and changed Your mind according to the greatness of Your mercies. You even made all those that took them prisoner feel sorry for them. Save us, oh Yahweh, our God, and gather us from among the ungodly, to give thanks to Your Holy Name, and to triumph in Your praise. May Yahweh be blessed, God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting, and let all the people say, So be it. Praise Yahweh! Book 5 107 [1-5] Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for God is good; Your mercy lasts forever. Let those who are saved by Yahweh say that God has saved them from the power of the enemy, and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, west, north, and south. They wandered alone in the countryside, finding no city to stay in, their souls fainting in hunger and thirst. Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble, and God saved them out of their troubles. And God led them forward by the right way so that they could go to live in a city. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh, for Your goodness, and for the wonderful things You’ve done for humanity! [9-15] For God satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. God brought down the hearts of those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death with hard work. They were bound in suffering and shackles because they rebelled against the Words of God, and condemned the advice of the Most High; and when they fell down, there was no one to help. Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble, and God saved them out of it all. God brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, breaking open their shackles. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh, for Your goodness, and for the wonderful things You’ve done for humanity! [16-22] For God has broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in half. Stupid people are made miserable because of their offenses, and their sins. They hate all kinds of meat, even drawing near to the gates of death. Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble, and God saves them out of it all. God sent word, and healed them, and saved them from being destroyed. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh, for Your goodness, and for the wonderful things You’ve done for humanity! Let them sacrifice the offerings of thanksgiving, telling of what You’ve done with great celebrations. [23-32] Those that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in the great oceans, see the acts of Yahweh and the wonderful things done in the oceans. For You command, and raise the stormy winds that lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to heaven and go down again to the depths; their souls are overcome because of trouble. They drift back and forth, and stagger like drunks, and don’t know what to do. Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble, and You bring them out of it all. You calm the storm, and still the waves. Then they’re glad because the waves are quiet; so You bring them to the safe haven where they wanted to go. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh, for Your goodness, and for the wonderful things You’ve done for humanity! Let them praise You in the congregation also, and praise You in the meetings of the elders. [33-43] God turns rivers into barren countryside and the creeks into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness, for the evil of those that live in it. God turns the countryside into pools of water, and dry ground into creeks of water. And there God makes the hungry to stay, so that they can build a place to live in; and sow the fields, and plant the vineyards, which produce their fruits. God blesses them also, so that they’re families grow large; and doesn’t let their animals decrease in number. Again, they’re made fewer and brought low by those keeping them down with their suffering and sorrow. God pours out hatred on rulers, and causes them to wander in the countryside, where there’s no way out. Yet God uplifts the poor from their suffering, and makes their families as large as a flock. Godly people will see it and celebrate, and all sin will stop coming from their mouths. Whoever is wise and will observe these things will understand the love of Yahweh.   108 [1-6] A Song or Hymn of David. Oh God, my heart is fixed; I’ll sing and give praise even in my triumph. Awake, stringed instruments and harp; I myself will awake early. I’ll praise You, oh Yahweh, among the people, and I’ll sing praises to You among the nations. For Your mercy is as wide as the heavens and Your truth stretches up to the clouds. Be praised, oh God, above the heavens, and let Your light shine above the whole world; Save with Your strong hand, and answer me, so that Your beloved can be saved. [7-13] God, You’ve spoken in Your holiness; “I’ll celebrate, as I divide Shechem, and give out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Judah is my lawgiver; I’ll wash myself at Moab; I’ll lay out my shoes over Edom (Arab Nations); I’ll triumph over Philistia.” Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me into Edom? Won’t You, oh God, who has thrown us away? And won’t You, oh God, go forward with our people? Give us help from our troubles, for what help people give is useless. Through God we’ll triumph, for it’s God that will put down our enemies.   109 [1-5] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Don’t hold Your peace, oh God of my praise, for the mouths of the sinful and the lying are opened against me, speaking against me with their lies. They overtook me with words of hatred; and fought against me wrongly. Even though I gave them my love, they’re my enemies, but I give myself to prayer. They’ve rewarded me evil for good, and hated me for my love to them. [6-16] So set a sinful person over them, and let Satan stand at their side. When they’re judged, let them be found guilty, and let their prayer become sin. Let their days be few; and let others take their places. Let their children be orphaned, and their spouses become death survivors. Let their children always be homeless, and beg; let them look for food out of their gloomy places also. Let thieves take everything they have; and let the ungodly ruin all their efforts. Let no one be there to extend mercy to them, nor let there be any to help their orphaned children. Let them have no grandchildren; and in the generation following let their name be forgotten. Let the sin of their parents be remembered by Yahweh; and don’t let their sins be forgotten. Let them always be ashamed before Yahweh, so that God can remove their memory from the earth, because they didn’t show mercy, but abused the poor and needy, that they would even destroy the broken hearted. [17-20] As they loved cursing, so let it come to them; and as they didn’t enjoy their blessings, so let it be far from them. As they decorated themselves with cursing like putting on the clothes they wear, so let it come into them like the water they drink, and like the rich foods they eat. Let it be to them as the clothes that cover them, or like the belt they wear. Let this be the punishment from Yahweh of my enemies, those who speak evil against my soul. [21-25] But do this for me, oh Yahweh, my God, for Your Name’s sake; because Your mercy is good, save me. I’m poor and needy, and my heart is broken. I’m gone like the passing shadow when it fades; I’m tossed up and down as the locust in the wind. My knees shake from fasting; and my body is thin. I was disgusting to them when they looked on me and shook their heads. [26-31] Help me, oh Yahweh my God; oh save me according to Your mercy, so that they can know that this is Your hand; that You, oh Yahweh, have done it. Let them curse me, but when You bless me they’ll awake and be ashamed; and let me celebrate. Let my enemies be covered with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a shroud. I’ll greatly praise Yahweh with my mouth; yes, I’ll praise You among the people. God will stand at the side of the poor, to save them from those that would condemn them.   110 [1-7] A Hymn of David. Yahweh said to my Savior, Sit at My side in the place of respect, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.  Yahweh, You’ll send the rod of Your strength out of Jerusalem; so take control in the middle of Your enemies. Your people will support You in the day of Your rule; from the dawning of day in the beauty of holiness You’ll have the freshness of Your youth. You, Yahweh have promised, and won’t change Your mind; “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” With Yahweh at Your side, You’ll overthrow rulers in the day of God’s anger. You’ll judge the ungodly, filling their places with the dead bodies; You’ll wound the rulers over many countries, and drink of the creek in the way; so You’ll lift up Your head in triumph.   111 [1-5] Praise Yahweh! I’ll praise Yahweh with my whole heart, in the congregation of the godly, when the people gather together. The creations of Yahweh are great, searched out by all those that enjoy them. Your actions are respectable and worthy of praise and your goodness is forever. You’ve made Your wonderful acts to be remembered; Yahweh is gracious and full of compassion. You’ve given food to those that respect You. God will be ever mindful of our Promised Agreement. [6-10] You’ve shown Your people the power of Your acts, so that You can give them what belonged to the ungodly. The acts of Your hands are true and good; all Your laws are sure, standing fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and honesty. God, You saved Your people, authorizing the Promise forever; Your Name is holy and worthy of respect. The respect of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; all those that keep Your laws have a good understanding; Your praise lasts forever.   112 [1-5] Praise Yahweh! Happy are those that respect Yahweh, the ones that enjoy keeping Your laws. Their children will be strong on earth, for the lives of godly people will be blessed. They’ll have more than enough in their houses; and their goodness lasts forever. Light will shine in the darkness for godly people because they’re gracious, and full of compassion and goodness. Godly people show grace, and lend, always using good judgment in what they do. [6-10] They’ll never be overcome, and will always be remembered. They won’t be afraid of bad news, for their hearts are set on Yahweh. Their hearts are set, and not afraid, until they see justice come to their enemies. They’ll be given respect because they’ve given to the poor; their goodness lasts forever. The sinful will see it, and be grieved; and will grit their teeth, pining away until everything they want is gone.   113 [1-4] Praise Yahweh! Praise, oh people of Yahweh, praise the Name of Yahweh. Happy is the Name of Yahweh from this time forward and forever. From the dawning of the sun to its setting again, Yahweh’s Name is to be praised. Yahweh, You are the Savior over all the nations, and Your brightness is above the heavens. [5-9] Who is like You, oh Yahweh our God, who lives in heaven, and who comes down to see the things that are in heaven and in earth! And who picks up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the trash pile; so that You can put them with rulers, even with the rulers of Your people. You even make the barren to keep house, and to be a happy mother of children. Praise Yahweh!   114 [1-7] When Israel went out of Egypt, and the people of Jacob went from a strange speaking foreign people, Judah was their Place of Worship and Israel was their land. The Red Sea saw it and pulled back; the Jordan river was driven back. The mountains and the little hills shook. What overcame you, oh sea, that you pulled back? And you Jordan, that was driven back? And you mountains and little hills that shook? Shake earth, at the presence of the Savior, at the presence of our God, which turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint-rock into a stream of water.   115 [1-7] Not us, oh Yahweh, not us, but make Your Name well known, for Your mercy, and Your truth’s sake. Why should the ungodly say, “Where is their God now?” But our God is in the heavens; You’ve done whatever You wanted. They worship their false gods of silver and gold, the things made from human hands. Their false gods have mouths, but don’t speak, and eyes, but don’t see; They have ears, but don’t Listen, and noses, but don’t smell; They have hands, but don’t hold anything, and feet, but don’t walk; nor do they speak. [8-13] Those that make them are as dumb as they are and so is everyone that trusts in them. Oh Israel, trust in Yahweh; God is our help and our defense. Oh people of Aaron, trust in Yahweh; God is our help and our defense. You that respect God trust in Yahweh; God is your help and your defense. Yahweh has been thinking of us; God will bless us; God will bless the people of Israel; God will bless the people of Aaron. God will bless those that respect Yahweh, both small and great. [14-18] Yahweh will increase you more and more, you and your children. You are blessed of Yahweh which made heaven and earth. The heavens, even the heavens, are Yahweh’s, but God has given the earth to humanity. The dead don’t praise Yahweh, or anyone that goes down into the silence of the grave. But we’ll bless Yahweh now and forever. Praise Yahweh.   116 [1-6] I love Yahweh because God has heard my voice and my prayer. I’ll call on God as long as I live because Yahweh has listened to me. The sorrows of death overtook me, and the pains of Hell got hold of me and I found nothing but trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the Name of Yahweh; oh God, I beg You, save my soul. Yahweh is gracious and good; yes, our God is merciful. Yahweh saves those who are young and stupid; for I was brought low and God helped me. [7-14] Return to your rest, oh my soul; for Yahweh has been very good to you. For You’ve saved my soul from death, Me from tears, and my feet from falling; and I’ll walk with Yahweh in the land of the living. I believed, so I’ve spoken; I was greatly troubled because I said in my haste, everybody is a liar. What will I give to Yahweh in exchange for all the blessings given me? I’ll take the reward of Your saving grace, and call on the Name of Yahweh. I’ll pay my promises to Yahweh now in the presence of all Your people. [15-19] The death of the people of God is precious in the sight of Yahweh. Oh Yahweh, truly I belong to You; I belong to you, and I’m the child of one who belongs to You; You’ve saved me from everything that kept me down. I’ll offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call on the Name of Yahweh. I’ll pay my promises to Yahweh now in the presence of all Your people. Praise Yahweh in the Place of Worship, in Jerusalem!   117 [1-2] Praise Yahweh, all you nations; praise God, everybody. God’s merciful kindness has blessed us greatly, and the truth of Yahweh lasts forever. Praise Yahweh! 118 [1-4] Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for God is good; Your mercy lasts forever. Let Israel say now, “Your mercy lasts forever.” Let the people of Aaron say now, “Your mercy lasts forever.” Let those who respect Yahweh say now, “Your mercy lasts forever.” [5-11] I called on Yahweh in my trouble; You answered me, and put me in a great place. Yahweh is on my side, so I won’t be afraid; What can humans do to me? Yahweh takes my side with those that help me; so I’ll see justice on those that hate me. It’s better to trust in Yahweh than to put your faith in any other. It’s better to trust in Yahweh than to put your faith in the government. All nations overtook me, but in the Name of Yahweh, I’ll destroy them. They overtook me; yes, they overtook me, but in the Name of Yahweh, I’ll overcome them. [12-16] They overtook me like bees; they’re quenched as a fire of thorns; for in the Name of Yahweh, I’ll overcome them. They’ve pushed me roughly so that I’d fall, but Yahweh helped me up. Yahweh is my strength and song, and is my saving grace. The sound of celebration and of saving grace is in the homes of godly people; the strong hand of Yahweh is triumphant. The strong hand of Yahweh is wonderful; the strong hand of Yahweh is triumphant. [17-23] I won’t die, but I’ll live to tell the acts of Yahweh. Yahweh has greatly disciplined me, but hasn’t let me die yet. Open to me the gates of goodness, this gate of Yahweh, in which godly people will enter, and I’ll also go in praising Yahweh. I’ll praise You; for You’ve heard me, and are my saving grace. The stone which the builders refused has become the main cornerstone. This is Yahweh’s doing and it’s awesome in our eyes. [24-29] This is the day which Yahweh has made; in which we’ll celebrate and be glad. Save us now, I beg You, oh Yahweh; I beg You, send now Your blessings, oh Yahweh. Happy is the One that comes in the Name of Yahweh; we’ve blessed You from Your Place of Worship, oh Yahweh. Yahweh is God, who has given us light; we will lay our sacrifices on top of the altar. You are my God, and I’ll praise You; You are my God, so I’ll praise You. Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for God is good; for Your mercy lasts forever.   119 [1-8] Those who walk purely in the way of the Word of Yahweh are happy. Those that keep Your Words, and that look for God with their whole heart are happy. They don’t practice sin, because they walk in the ways of God. You’ve told us to carefully keep Your teachings. Oh that my ways were always aimed to do what You tell me! When I have respect for all Your Words then I won’t be ashamed. And when I’ve learned Your good judgments I’ll praise You with an honest heart. I’ll follow Your directions; oh don’t give up on me all together. [9-16] Young people know the right way to go by paying attention to Your Word. I searched for You with my whole heart; oh don’t let me wander from Your Words. I treasure Your Word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against You. You are blessed, oh Yahweh; teach me Your Words. I’ve told of all Your judgments with my words. I’ve celebrated in the way of Your Words, as much as in riches. I’ll think on Your teachings, and have respect for Your ways. I’m happy in Your Words; I won’t forget Your Word. [17-24] Bless me, so that I can live, and keep Your Word. Open Me, so that I can see wonderful things from out of Your Word. I’m a foreigner in the earth; don’t hide Your Words from me. My heart breaks all the time, longing for Your judgments. You’ve corrected those that are cursed, who stopped following Your Words. Save me from those who accuse me and hate me; for I’ve kept Your Words. Leaders sat and spoke against me, but I reflected on Your Words. Your Words are my happiness and my counselors. [25-32] My soul lays in the dust; revive me according to Your Word. I’ve confessed my ways, and You heard me; now teach me Your Words. Help me understand the way of Your teachings; so I can talk of all the wonderful things You’ve done. My soul faints for heaviness; strengthen me according to Your Word. Remove from me lying ways, and graciously give me Your Word. I’ve chosen the way of truth and followed Your judgments. I’ve stuck to Your Words, oh Yahweh, so don’t shame me. When You enlarge my heart, I’ll quickly follow all of Your Words. [33-40] Teach me, oh Yahweh, the way of Your Words; and I’ll keep it to the end of my days. Give me understanding, and I’ll keep Your Word, yes, studying it with my whole heart. Make me walk in Your Words; for my happiness is in them. Lean my heart toward Your Words, and never to greed. Turn Me away from seeing worthless things; and revive me in Your way. Keep Your Word in me, the one who is faithful to You. Turn my shame away, which I fear; for Your judgments are good. See, I’ve longed after Your teachings, so revive me in Your goodness. [41-48] Let Your mercies come to me also, oh Yahweh, even Your saving grace, according to Your Word, so I’ll have something to say to those that accuse me; for I trust in Your Word. And don’t take the word of truth out of my mouth all together; for I’ve hoped in Your judgments. So I’ll keep Your Word always and forever. I’ll walk in freedom, for I look to Your teachings. I’ll speak of Your Words before rulers, and won’t be ashamed. I’ll celebrate in Your Words, which I’ve loved. I’ll lift up my hands to Your Words also, which I’ve loved; and I’ll think about them. [49-56] Help me, the one who serves You, to remember Your Word, on which You’ve caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my suffering; Your Word has revived me. People who think they’re better than me have greatly disrespected me; yet I haven’t given up on Your Word. I remembered Your past judgments, oh Yahweh; and have comforted myself. I’m horrified by the sinful that give up on Your Word. Your Words have been my songs in the Place of Worship through out life’s journey. I’ve remembered Your Name, oh Yahweh, in the night, and have kept Your Word. This I was able to do, only because I followed Your teachings. [57-64] Oh Yahweh, You are my lot in life, so I’ve said that I’d keep Your Words. I asked for Your grace with my whole heart, so be merciful to me according to Your Word. I thought on my ways, and turned my ways to Your Words. I didn’t delay, but quickly followed Your Words. Evil people have stolen from me, but I haven’t forgotten Your Word. At midnight I’ll rise to give thanks to You, because of Your good judgments. I’m a friend of all those that respect You and keep Your teachings. The earth, oh Yahweh, is full of Your mercy; teach me Your Words. [65-72] You’ve dealt with me well, oh Yahweh, according to Your Word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your Words. Even before I was abused, I went astray, but now I keep Your Word. You are good, and do good things; so teach me Your Words. People who think they’re better than me have told lies against me, but I’ll keep Your teachings with my whole heart. Their hearts are full of emptiness; but I have happiness in Your Word. It has worked out for my good that I’ve been abused; because I learned Your Words from my suffering. Your Word is better than a wealth of riches to me. [73-80] Your hands have created me and designed me, so give me understanding to learn Your Words. Those that respect You will be glad when they see me; because I’ve hoped in Your Word. I know, oh Yahweh, that Your judgments are right, and that You have allowed me to be abused in faithfulness. Let Your merciful kindness, I pray, be for my comfort according to Your Word to me. Let Your tender mercies come to me so that I can live, for Your Word is my happiness. Let those people who think they’re better than others be ashamed; for they treated me harshly for no reason, but I’ll reflect on Your teachings. Let those that respect You and that have known Your Words turn to me. Let my heart know Your Words well, so that I won’t be ashamed. [81-88] My soul faints for Your saving grace, but I hope in Your Word. I grow old as I wait for Your Word, saying, “When will You comfort me?” For I’m smudged like a bottle in the smoke; yet I don’t forget Your Words. How long are my days? When will You judge those that abuse me? People who think they’re better than me, who don’t follow after Your Word, have tried to make me fall. All Your laws are faithful, but they abuse me wrongfully; so help me. They almost took me from this earth; but I never left Your teachings. Revive me out of Your love; so I’ll keep Your Word. [89-96] Oh Yahweh, Your Word is forever settled in heaven. Your faithfulness is to all generations, for You’ve created the earth, and it’s still here. They continue today according to Your laws, for everything follows Your plan. Unless Your Word had been my happiness, I’d have died in my suffering. I’ll never forget Your teachings, for You’ve revived me with them. I’m Yours, save me; for I’ve searched out Your teachings. The sinful have waited to destroy me, but I believe Your Words. I’ve seen all good things come to an end, but Your Word outlasts them all. [97-104] Oh how I love Your Word! It’s in my thoughts all day long. You, through Your Words, have made me wiser than my enemies, for they’re ever with me. I understand more than all my teachers, because I think on Your Words. I understand more than the wise ones of the past, because I keep Your teachings. I’ve kept myself from going any evil way, so that I can keep Your Word. I haven’t left from Your judgments, for it was You who taught them to me. How sweet are Your Words! Yes, sweeter than honey to the taste! Through Your teachings I’ve come to understand, and so I hate every way that’s untrue. [105-112] Your Word shines its light for my feet and brightens my pathway. I promised that I’ll keep Your good judgments, and I’ll do it. I’m abused very much; revive me, oh Yahweh, according to Your Word. Accept, I beg You, the offerings of my mouth, which are of my own free will, oh Yahweh, and teach me Your judgments. My life is always at risk in my own hands; yet I don’t forget Your Word. The sinful have tried to trap me; yet I haven’t stopped following Your teachings. Your Words I’ve taken for my own forever, for they’re my heart’s happiness. My heart is set to do Your Words always, even to the end of my days. [113-120] I hate those who think themselves better than others, but I love Your Word. You are my refuge and my defense, so I hope in Your Word. Leave me alone, you evil people, for I’ll keep the words of my God. Keep me according to Your Word so that I can live and not be ashamed of my hope. Keep me, and I’ll be safe, and I’ll have respect for Your Words always. You’ve crushed all those that stopped following Your Words for the falseness of their lies. You throw away all the sinful of the earth like trash, so I love Your Words. My body shakes for fear of You; and I’m afraid of Your judgments. [121-128] I’ve given good judgments and justice so don’t leave me to those who come against me. Be my safe haven for good and don’t let those who think they’re better than me put me down. I grow old waiting for Your saving grace, and for the word of Your goodness. Deal with me according to Your mercy, and teach me Your Words. Because I serve You, give me understanding so that I can know Your Words. It’s time for You to act, oh Yahweh, for they’ve made Your Word of no effect. I love Your Words more than riches, yes, even more than the finest gold. I highly respect all Your teachings about all the things which are right; and I hate every way that’s false. [129-136] Your Words are wonderful, so my soul keeps them. The opening of Your Word gives light, bringing understanding to the young and stupid, so I waited in hope, longing for Your Word. Yahweh, look on me, and be merciful to me, as You used to do to those that loved Your Name. Guide my steps by Your Word, and don’t let any sin have control of me. Save me from those who would keep me down, and I’ll keep Your teachings. Let Your face smile on me, while You teach me all Your Words. Me flow rivers of tears, because others don’t keep Your Word. [137-144] You are good, oh Yahweh and Your judgments are good as well. Your Words are good and true. I’m overcome by my passion, because my enemies have forgotten Your Words. Your Words are perfect, so I love them. I’m unimportant and hated, yet I don’t forget Your teachings. Your goodness is an everlasting goodness, and Your Word is the truth. Trouble and grief have overwhelmed me, yet Your Words are my happiness. The goodness of Your Words is everlasting, so give me understanding, and I’ll live. [145-152] I cried with my whole heart, “Listen to me, oh Yahweh and I’ll keep Your Words.” I cried to You, “Save me, and I’ll keep Your Words.” The dawning of the morning was slow in coming, and I cried, “I hoped in Your Word.” Me don’t sleep in the night as I think on Your Word. Listen to my voice according to Your love, oh Yahweh, revive me according to Your judgment. Those who try to cause trouble are chasing after me, being far from Your Word. You are near, oh Yahweh; and all Your Words are truth. I’ve always known that You created Your Words to last forever. [153-160] Think on my suffering and save me, for I haven’t forgotten Your Word. Plead my case and save me; revive me according to Your Word. Your saving grace is far from the sinful, for they don’t follow Your Words. Great are Your tender mercies, oh Yahweh, so revive me according to Your judgments. I have many who come against me, who are my enemies; yet I don’t reject Your Words. I saw the sinful and was grieved, because they haven’t kept Your Word. Think about how I love Your teachings, and revive me, oh Yahweh, according to Your love. Your Word is true from the beginning of creation, and everyone of Your good judgments will last for eternity. [161-168] Leaders have abused me wrongly, but my heart is in awe of Your Word. I celebrate in Your Word, as one that finds great treasure. I hate and look down on lying, but I love Your Word. I praise You seven times a day because of Your good judgments. Those who love Your Word have great peace, and nothing offends them. Yahweh, I’ve hoped for Your saving grace and followed Your laws. I’ve kept Your Words, which I love very much. I’ve kept Your teachings and Your Words, for You know all my ways. [169-176] Let my cry come to Your hearing, oh Yahweh; give me understanding according to Your Word. Let my prayer be heard by You and save me according to Your Word. My words will speak Your praise, when You’ve taught me all Your Words. My mouth will tell of Your Word, for all Your Words are good. Let Your hand help me, for I’ve chosen Your ways. I’ve longed for Your saving grace, oh Yahweh; and Your Words are my happiness. Let my soul live, and it’ll praise You; and let Your judgments help me. I’ve gone astray like a lost animal; find me, for I haven’t forgotten Your Words.   120 [1-7] A Song of Ascents. In my trouble I cried to Yahweh, and God heard me. Deliver my soul, oh Yahweh, from lying words and lying mouths. What penalty will be given or what punishment will be done to those who lie? The consequence of their ways will be the weapons of their own mouths which destroy others. Why must I stay here, staying in this house? My soul has lived too long with those that hate peace. My aim is peace, but when I speak of it, they only want to fight.   121 [1-8] A Song of Ascents. I’ll set Me on the mountains of God, from where my help comes. My help comes from Yahweh God, who made heaven and earth. God won’t let your foot slip, because the One that keeps you won’t sleep. See, the One that keeps Israel, the people of God, won’t slumber, nor sleep. Yahweh is your keeper; Yahweh will overshadow you. The sunlight won’t expose you by day, nor will the moon by night. Yahweh will free you from all evil, yes, God will save your soul. Yahweh will save you when you leave out and when you enter any place from this time forward, and forever.   122 [1-9] A Song of Ascents of David. I was glad when they said to me, “Let’s go into Yahweh’s Place of Worship.” Our feet will stand within Your gates, oh Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a city that’s built tightly together, where the people go up, that is, the people of Yahweh, to give the testimony of Israel, and to give thanks to the Name of Yahweh. For there, the seat of judgment is set, the reign of the family of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; for those who love it will do well. Let peace be within its walls, and let its great houses do well. For my family and friends’ sakes, I’ll say now, “Let peace be on Jerusalem.” I’ll watch for its good, because of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, our God.   123 [1-4] A Song of Ascents. I lift up Me to You, the One who lives in the heavens. See, as the eyes of people look to their overseers for direction, and as the eyes of daughters to their mother; so our eyes look to Yahweh our God, until God has mercy on us. Have mercy on us, oh Yahweh, have mercy on us, for we’re much disgraced. Our souls are greatly shamed by those that have an easy life, and by their proud hatred of us.   124 [1-8] A Song of Ascents of David. If it hadn’t been for Yahweh being on our side, let Israel say now; if it hadn’t been for Yahweh being on our side, when people rose up against us, and when their anger burned against us, they would have quickly overcome us. When the waters would have overwhelmed us, then the river would have gone over our heads. Yes, the flood waters would have gone over our heads. May Yahweh be blessed, who hasn’t let us be overcome. Our souls escaped as a bird out of the hunter’s trap; for the trap was broken, and we’ve escaped. Our help is in the Name of Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.   125 [1-5] A Song of Ascents. Those that trust in Yahweh will be as mount Zion, which can’t be shaken and will always be there. As the mountains that surround Jerusalem, so Yahweh surrounds the people of God from now to eternity. For the rule of the sinful won’t last in the land given to godly people; or else they would be tempted to sin. Do good things, oh Yahweh, to those that do good things, to those whose hearts are good. As for those that practice sinful things, Yahweh will take them away with the sinful, but let peace stay on Israel.   126 [1-6] A Song of Ascents. When Yahweh freed the people of Jerusalem from captivity, we were in a dream-like state. We were filled with laughter, and singing, and then we said among the ungodly, “Yahweh has done great things for us. Yahweh has done great things for us; for which we’re glad.” Free us again from the captivity of our sin, oh Yahweh, as the streams that flow in the south. Those that sow seeds of tears will reap a harvest of happiness. Those that go on with the precious seed of changed hearts will doubtless come again with celebrating, bringing a good harvest with them.    127 [1-5] A Song of Ascents for Solomon. Unless Yahweh builds the house, those that build it work for nothing. Unless Yahweh keeps the city, the night watchman stays awake for no reason. It’s of no use for you to rise up early, or to sit up late, only to worry about your own sorrows; for God gives sleep to those who are beloved. See, children are the inheritance of Yahweh, and the child in the womb is God’s gift. As a strong hunter powerfully handles weapons; so the children of their youth are their strength. Those who have lots of children will be happily rewarded; and they won’t be publicly shamed, but will have an answer to their enemies’ accusations.        128 [1-6] A Song of Ascents. Everyone that respects Yahweh is blessed, all those who walk in the ways of God. You’ll eat from the work of your hands and be happy, and it’ll be well with you. Your spouse will be as a fruitful vine beside your house and Your children will sprout up like olive plants around your table. See, the people that respect Yahweh will be blessed. Yahweh will bless you out of Zion, and you’ll see the good of Jerusalem all the days of Your life. Yes, you’ll see your grandchildren, and peace in Israel.   129 [1-8] A Song of Ascents. Many times they’ve abused me from my childhood, God’s people can now say; Many times they’ve abused me from my childhood; yet they haven’t overcome me. The farmers plowed on my back, making long furrows. God is good, for Yahweh has cut the cords of the sinful in half. Let those that hate Jerusalem all be confused and turn back. Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, and in which the mowers don’t fill their hands; or those that bind the bundles fill their arms. And those who go by won’t say, “The blessing of Yahweh be on You; bless You in the Name of Yahweh.”   130 [1-8] A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths of my soul I’ve cried to You, oh Yahweh. My God, hear my voice; let Your ears listen to the sound of my prayer. If You, oh Yahweh, should keep a record of sins, oh my God, who could stand before You? But forgiveness is with You, so that You can be respected. I wait for Yahweh, my soul waits, and it’s in Your Word that I hope. My soul watches for the Savior more than those that watch for the morning; yes I say, more than those that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in Yahweh; for with Yahweh there’s more than enough mercy to save us from our sin. And God will save Israel from all their sins.   131 [1-3] A Song of Ascents of David. Yahweh, my heart isn’t proud, nor do Me look down on anyone; nor do I involve myself in great matters or in things too hard for me to understand. Surely I’ve behaved and comforted myself, as a weaned child; even my soul is as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in Yahweh now and forever.   132 [1-7] A Song of Ascents. Yahweh, remember all the troubles of David; How he promised to Yahweh, and promised to the powerful God of Israel, “Surely I won’t come into the safety of my house, nor go to my bed; I won’t let Me sleep or even close my eyelids, until I discover a place for Yahweh, a house for the powerful God of Jacob.” See, we heard of it at Ephratah and found it in the fields of the woods. So we’ll go into the Place of Worship and worship at the footstool of God. [8-12] Arise, oh Yahweh, into Your resting place; You, and Your powerful chest. Let Your preachers shine with Your goodness; and let the people of God celebrate loudly. For David’s sake, who served You, don’t turn the face of Your chosen away. Yahweh has sworn in truth to David, and won’t break this promise, “I’ll set on Your throne One of your own descendants. If your children will keep My Promise and My testimony that I’ll teach them, their children also will sit on your throne continuously.” [13-18] For Yahweh has chosen Jerusalem; God has wanted it for a resting place saying, “This is My resting place; I’ll stay here forever; for this is what I’ve wanted. I’ll bless what they have even more, satisfying the poor with food. I’ll also cover the preachers with My saving grace, and the people of God will loudly celebrate. There I’ll make the strength of David to grow; I’ve made My Chosen One to reflect My light, whose enemies I’ll cover with shame, but the crown of the One I anoint will outshine them all.”   133 [1-3] A Song of Ascents of David. See how good and enjoyable it is for the family of God to be together as one!  It’s like the precious oil on Aaron’s head, which ran down on his beard, flowing all the way down to the skirts of his garments, as the dew of Mt. Hermon that fell on the mountains of Jerusalem; for there Yahweh gave the blessing of everlasting life.        134 [1-3] A Song of Ascents. Bless Yahweh, everybody who worships by night in the Place of Worship. Lift up your hands in the Place of Worship, and worship Yahweh, who made heaven and earth, and who will bless you from Jerusalem.   135 [1-5] Praise Yahweh! Praise the Name of Yahweh; Praise God, oh people of Yahweh. All you who worship in the house of Yahweh, in the sanctuary of the house of our God, praise Yahweh; for Yahweh is good; Sing praises to the Name of God, which sounds sweet to our ears. Yahweh, You have chosen Jacob for Yourself and Israel for Your particular treasure. I know that Yahweh is great, and that our God is above all great ones. [6-12] Whatever Yahweh wanted was done in heaven, and on earth, in the seas, and in every deep place. God causes the water to evaporate, rising from all over the earth; God makes the lightning in the rain; God brings the wind out of its places in heaven; Yes, God, who struck the firstborn of Egypt, both people and animal; and who sent signs and did awesome things in Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his people; and who struck great nations and slaughtered rulers; Sihon, ruler of the Amorites, and Og, ruler of Bashan, and all the nations of Canaan, giving their land for an inheritance, a heritage to the people of Israel. [13-21] Your Name, oh Yahweh, lasts forever; and You will be remembered, oh Yahweh, throughout all generations. For You, Yahweh will judge Your people, and will be compassionate toward Your children. The ungodly worship their false gods of silver and gold, creations of human hands, having mouths, but not speaking; having eyes, but not seeing; having ears, but not hearing; nor is there any life in them. Those that make them are as dumb as they are, and so is everyone who trusts in them. Bless Yahweh, oh house of Israel; bless Yahweh, oh house of Aaron; Bless Yahweh, oh house of Levi, and all you who respect God, bless Yahweh. May Yahweh be blessed from out of Zion, whose resting place is at Jerusalem. Praise Yahweh!        136 [1-9] Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for God is good; for the mercy of God lasts forever. Oh give thanks to the God of all great ones; for the mercy of God lasts forever. Oh give thanks to the Savior of saviors; for the mercy of God lasts forever. To the One, who alone does great and wonderful things; for the mercy of God lasts forever. To the One that by wisdom made the heavens; for the mercy of God lasts forever. To the One that brought the earth out of the waters; for the mercy of God lasts forever. To the One that made the great lights; for the mercy of God lasts forever; The sunlight to rule by day; for the mercy of God lasts forever; The moon and starlight to rule by night; for the mercy of God lasts forever. [10-21] To the One that struck Egypt’s firstborns; for the mercy of God lasts forever; and brought Israel out from among them; for the mercy of God lasts forever; with a strong hand, and with an out stretched arm; for the mercy of God lasts forever. To the One, who split the Red Sea in half; for the mercy of God lasts forever; and made Israel to walk through it; for the mercy of God lasts forever; but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea; for the mercy of God lasts forever. To the One, who led the people of God through the countryside; for the mercy of God lasts forever. To the One, who struck great rulers; for the mercy of God lasts forever; and killed famous rulers; for the mercy of God lasts forever; Sihon, the ruler of the Amorites; for the mercy of God lasts forever; and Og, the ruler of Bashan; for the mercy of God lasts forever; and gave their land for a heritage; for the mercy of God lasts forever. [22-26] Even a heritage to the people of God, to Israel; for the mercy of God lasts forever. Who remembered us in our humility; for the mercy of God lasts forever; and has bought us back from our enemies; for the mercy of God lasts forever. Who gives food to everybody; for the mercy of God lasts forever. Oh give thanks to the God of heaven; for the mercy of God lasts forever.        137 [1-6] We sat down and wept by the rivers of Babylon (Iraq, Iran), when we remembered Jerusalem. We hung our harps on the willows beside it. For there, those that carried us away prisoner, demanded us to sing a song to amuse them, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Jerusalem.” How can we sing Yahweh’s song in a foreign land? If I forget Jerusalem let my hands forget their skill. If I don’t remember you; if I don’t prefer Jerusalem above my favorite enjoyment, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth. [7-9] Remember, oh Yahweh, the people of Edom (Arab Nations) in the day of Jerusalem; that said, “Destroy it, destroy it, even to the foundation of it”. Oh people of Babylon, who will be destroyed, God, who punishes you as you’ve punished us, will be happy. God will be happy, who takes revenge against you and your children.   138 [1-3] A Hymn of David. I’ll praise You with my whole heart; I’ll sing praise to You before the great ones. I’ll worship toward Your holy Place of Worship and praise Your Name, Yahweh, for Your love, and for Your truth, because You’ve made Your Word known even above Your Name. In the day when I cried, You answered me, and built me up with strength in my soul. [4-8] All rulers on the earth will praise You, oh Yahweh, when they hear Your Words. Yes, they’ll sing in the ways of Yahweh; for great is the glory of Yahweh. Though Yahweh is the Savior, God respects those who don’t think too much of themselves, but barely knows those who think they’re better than everybody else. Though I’m in trouble where I walk, You’ll revive me. You’ll stretch out Your hand against the rage of my enemies, and Your strong hand will save me. Yahweh will complete everything that concerns me, for Your mercy, oh Yahweh, is forever; so don’t give up on the creation of Your own hands.   139 [1-6] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Oh Yahweh, You’ve examined me, and know me well. You know when I sit down and when I get up; You understand my thoughts from where You are. You come to me whether I am awake or asleep, and know all my ways. There isn’t a word in my mouth, oh Yahweh, that You don’t thoroughly know. You’ve come behind me and before me, and laid Your hand on me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it’s so wonderful, I can’t even imagine it. [7-12] Where can I go away from Your spirit? Or where can I run from Your presence? If I go up into heaven, You are there, or if I make my bed in Hell, You are even there. If I were to leave first thing in the morning, and live on an island in the farthest part of the sea; even there Your hand will lead me, and Your strong hand will hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me,” even the night will be light around me. Yes, the darkness won’t hide me from You; but the night would shine as the light of day, because to You, the darkness and light are both alike. [13-16] You’ve made my mind passionate for You, protecting me from my mother’s womb. I’ll praise You; for I’m powerfully and wonderfully made; Your creations are awesome; as my soul knows so well. My essence wasn’t hid from You, when I was conceived in private, and so interestingly created. Your eyes saw my substance, while I was still imperfect; and all my members were noted in Your book, which were formed each in their turn, before any of them were even formed. [17-24] How precious and how great, oh God, are Your thoughts of me! If I should count them, they’re more numerous than the grains of sand; and when I awake, I’m still with You. Surely You’ll destroy the sinful, oh God; so leave me alone, you bloodthirsty people. For they speak wickedly against You, and Your enemies vainly misuse Your Name. Don’t I hate them, oh Yahweh, those that hate You? And am not I grieved with those that come against You? I hate them with complete hatred, counting them my own enemies. Look me over, oh God, and see my heart; question me, and know my thoughts. See if there is any sinfulness in me, and lead me to eternity.        140 [1-5] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Save me, oh Yahweh, from evil people; save me from the violent people who imagine trouble in their hearts; and always come together for a fight. They’ve sharpened their tongues like the fangs of a serpent, whose poison is in their words. Selah! Keep me, oh Yahweh, from the power of the sinful; save me from violent people who want to stop what I do. People who think they’re better than me have hid their traps for me, spreading a net in the wayside and ropes with a noose to hang me. Selah! [6-13] I said to Yahweh, “You are my God, so hear the voice of my prayer, oh Yahweh. Oh God, my Savior, the strength of the grace that saves me, You’ve protected me in the days of fighting. Yahweh, don’t give the sinful what they want and don’t further their sinful plans; or they’ll praise themselves. Selah! Let the trouble of their own words fall on the heads of those that surround me. Let them be thrown into a fire with burning coals falling on them; or into deep pits in which they can’t get out of again. Don’t let those who speak evil become well known in the earth; let evil hunt violent people and overthrow them. I know that Yahweh will uphold the case of the abused, and the right of the poor. Surely godly people will give thanks to Your Name, and always stay in Your presence.”   141 [1-4] A Hymn of David. Yahweh, I’m crying to You; hurry to me; hear my voice, when I cry to You. Let my prayer be set before You like burning incense; and my uplifted hands as the evening sacrifice. Watch my mouth, oh Yahweh, set a guard on the doors of my lips and keep them. Don’t let my heart lean toward anything evil, to do what’s sinful with those who practice sin, and don’t let me share in their excesses. [5-10] If godly people punish me; it’ll be a kindness, and if they warn me; it’ll be excellent ointment, which won’t harm me, for even in their troubles, I’ll still pray for them. When their judges are overthrown in rough places, they’ll finally acknowledge that my words are good. Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, as when wood lay chopped and split on the ground. But Me look to You, oh God, my Savior; my trust is in You, so don’t leave my soul without hope. Keep me from the traps which they’ve set for me, and from the noose of those who practice sin. Let the sinful fall into their own traps, while I escape out of them.   142 [1-4] A poem of teaching of David; A prayer when he was in the cave. I cried to You, Yahweh, praying aloud to You. I made my complaints to You, telling You all my troubles. When my spirit was overwhelmed in me, then You knew my way. They secretly set a trap for me in the way that I walked. I looked to my side, but there was no one that knew me; safety failed me, and no one cared for me. [5-7] I cried to You, oh Yahweh; saying, “You are my safe haven and my lot in life. Pay attention to me; for I’m brought very low; save me from those who try to hurt me; for they’re stronger than I am. Bring my soul out of its prison, so that I can praise Your Name; let godly people surround me; for You greatly help me always.”   143 [1-6] A Hymn of David. Listen to my prayer, oh Yahweh, listen to my prayer. In Your faithfulness and goodness answer me. And don’t judge the one who serves You, for in Your sight, no one living would be justified. For the enemy has abused my soul and has beaten my life down to the ground, making me stay in darkness, as those that are dead. My spirit’s overwhelmed in me and my heart’s lonely. I think on everything You’ve done as I remember the days of the past; I reflect over all Your hands have done. I raise my hands up to You, my soul thirsting after You, as the dry land thirsts for water. Selah! [7-12] Listen to me soon, oh Yahweh; my spirit fails, so don’t hide Your face from me, or I’ll be like a dead person. Cause me to hear Your loving voice in the morning; for I trust in You. Cause me to know the way I should walk; for I lift up my heart to You. Save me, oh Yahweh, from my enemies, for I run to You to protect me. Teach me to do Your will; for You are my God; Your Spirit’s good; lead me into the way of honesty. Revive me, oh Yahweh, for Your Name’s sake; and bring my soul out of trouble for Your goodness’ sake. And by Your mercy take away my enemies, and destroy all those that torment my soul; for I faithfully serve You.   144 [1-4] A Hymn of David. May Yahweh be blessed, who is my strength, who teaches me how to fight; My goodness and my stronghold; my strong tower that protects me; my defense, the God in whom I trust forever, and that quiets my people for me. Yahweh, what are human beings, that You take note of them! Or the children of humanity, that You take account of them! People are as nothing, for their days are as a shadow that passes away. [5-9] Open Your heavens, oh Yahweh, and come down; You touch the mountains and they smoke. Make lightning, shooting out Your lightning bolts; scatter them and destroy them. Send Your power from above; free me, and save me out of the floods, from the power of the ungodly, whose mouths speak proudly, and their hands are hands of falsehood. I’ll sing a new song to You, oh God; on a musical instrument and an instrument of ten strings I’ll sing praises to You. [10-15] It’s You, who gives saving grace to rulers, who saved David, who served You, from the hurtful blade. Free me, and save me from the power of the ungodly, whose mouths speak proudly, and their hands are hands of falsehood; so that our sons and daughters can be as young plants who have grown up; or as corner stones, polished like those on a great house; so that our cabinets can be full, holding all kinds of stuff; and that our animals can bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets; so that our cattle can be strong to work; and that there be no thieves breaking in, nor our people going out; and that there be no complaining in our streets. Those kind of people are happy; yes, the ones, whose God is Yahweh, are happy.    145 [1-7] David’s Hymn of praise. I’ll worship You, my God, my Savior; and I’ll bless Your Name forever and ever. All day long I’ll bless You; and I’ll praise Your Name forever and ever. Yahweh is great, and deserves to be greatly praised; Your greatness is unsearchable. One generation will praise You to another, telling of Your powerful acts. I’ll think of the wonderful brilliance of Your glory, and of Your wonderful creations. And people will speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I’ll tell them how great You are. They’ll remember Your great goodness, and will sing of Your goodness. [8-13] Yahweh is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Yahweh is good to all; You have tender mercy for all Your creations. All Your creations will praise You, oh Yahweh; Your people, Israel, will bless You as well. They speak of the glory of Your realm and talk of Your power, so that they can make Your powerful acts known and the wonderful fame of Your dominion known to humanity. Your realm is an everlasting realm, and Your power lasts throughout all generations. [14-21] Yahweh holds up all those that fall, and lifts up all those that are knocked down. The eyes of all people will look to You, because You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand, and give every living thing what it needs. Yahweh, You are good in all Your ways and holy in all Your acts. Yahweh, You’re near to all those who call on You, yes, to all those who call on You in truth. You give those who respect You what they want, hearing their cry, and saving them. Yahweh, You save all those who love You, but all the sinful You’ll destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh; Let everybody bless Your holy Name forever and ever.    146 [1-7] Praise Yahweh! Praise Yahweh, oh my soul. As long as I live I’ll praise Yahweh; I’ll sing praises to my God as long as I have any breath. Don’t put your trust in the government, nor in humanity, in whom is no help at all. Their breath leaves them, they return to the earth; and in that very day their thoughts are gone. Happy are those that have God for their help, whose hope is in Yahweh their God; Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that’s in them and who keeps truth forever; Who gives good judgment for those who are put down, who gives food to the hungry. Yes, Yahweh sets the prisoners free. [8-10] Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind and raises those that are brought low, because Yahweh loves godly people. Yahweh keeps the foreigner safe; God relieves a single parent’s child and the death survivor, but God overcomes the way of the sinful. Yahweh will reign forever; yes even Your God, oh Zion(New Jerusalem), to all generations. Praise Yahweh!    147 [1-6] Praise Yahweh! For it’s good to sing praises to our God; It’s pleasant and praise is beautiful. You build up Jerusalem, Yahweh, gathering together the outcasts of Your people, Israel. God heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds. God tells the number of the stars, calling them all by Name. Great is our God, and of great power, whose understanding is endless. Yahweh lifts up those with humility, and casts down the sinful. [7-12] Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving; sing praise on the harp to our God, who clothes the heavens with clouds, and prepares rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow on the mountains. God gives the wild animals and the young ravens that cry their food. God isn’t happy with the strength of the horse, and doesn’t enjoy their legs. Yahweh, Your happy with those that respect You, and in those that hope in Your mercy. Praise Yahweh, ohNew Jerusalem; Praise your God, oh Zion. [13-20] For God has strengthened the bars of your gates; God has blessed your children within you. God makes peace all around you, and fills you with the finest of wheat. God sends out the law on earth; Your Word, Yahweh, acts very quickly. You give snow like wool, scattering the frost like ashes. You scatter ice like bread crumbs; who can stand before the cold? You send out the word, and melt them, causing the wind to blow, and the waters to flow. You show Your Word to Jacob, Your Words and judgments to Your people, Israel. You haven’t dealt this way with any other people, and as for Your judgments, others have never known them. Praise Yahweh!        148 [1-6] Praise Yahweh! Praise Yahweh from the heavens; Praise God in the heights of heaven. Praise God, all you angels; Praise God, with all the heavenly hosts. Praise God, sun and moon; Praise God, all you stars of light. Praise God, heaven of heavens, and waters above the heavens. Let them praise the Name of Yahweh; for God spoke, and they were all created. God settled them forever and ever, making a law which won’t ever pass away. [7-14] Praise Yahweh from the earth, you dragons (dinosaurs) in the depths of the oceans; Fire and hail, snow and vapors, and the stormy wind, all fulfill God’s word. Mountains and hills, fruitful trees and cedars, wild animals and cattle, reptiles and birds, the rulers of the earth, and all people, the leaders and all the judges of the earth, both young and old people, and even little children; Let them all praise the Name of Yahweh; for God’s Name alone is excellent; Your brightness shines above the earth and heaven. You uphold the strength of Your people, the praise of all Your saintly people; even of the people of Israel, a people near to Your heart. Praise Yahweh!   149 [1-4] Praise Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh a new song, with praises in the congregation of the saints of God. Let Israel celebrate in the One that made them; let the people of Zion, the New Jerusalem, be happy in their Savior. Let them praise God’s Name in the dance; let them sing praises to God with the tambourine and harp. For Yahweh enjoys the people of God, making those with humility well known by God’s saving grace for them. [5-9] Let the saints of God be happy in their fame; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let their mouths lift up the praises of God, and give them a double-edged blade to do vengeance on the nations, and bring punishments on the peoples, to bind their rulers with chains, and their leaders with iron shackles; All the people of God have the honor of executing on them the written judgment. Praise Yahweh!       150 [1-6] Praise Yahweh! Sing praises to God in the Place of Worship; We Praise You, God, in Your great heaven! We praise You for Your powerful acts; We praise You because of Your perfect power. We praise You with the sound of the trumpet; We praise You with the instruments and harp. We praise You with the tambourine and dance; We praise You with stringed instruments and organs. We praise You on the loud cymbals; We praise You on the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that has breath praise God. Praise Yahweh!

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