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14 From his dwelling-place he beholdeth all the inhabi
tants of the earth ; 15 He, that formed the hearts of all,
And observeth all their works. 16 A king is not saved by the number of his forces,
Nor a hero by the greatness of his strength. 17 The horse is a vain thing for safety,
Nor can he deliver his master by his great strength.
Behold, the eye of Jehovah is upon them that fear
Upon them, that trust, in his goodness; 19 To secure them from the power of death,
And keep them alive in famine. 20 The hope of our souls is in Jehovah ;
He is our help and our shield. 21 Yea, in him doth our heart rejoice;
In his holy name we have confidence.
22 May thy goodness be upon us, O Jehovah,
According as we trust in thee!
This is the second alphabetical psalm. It contains thanksgiving for deliver
ance from distress, and a description of the happiness of the good and the misery of the wicked.
A psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour be
fore Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed. 1 I WILL bless the Lord at all times ;
His praise shall be continually in my mouth.
2 In the Lord doth my soul boast;
Let the afflicted hear, and rejoice! 3 O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt his name together!
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. 5 Look up to him, and ye shall have light;
Your faces shall never be ashamed. 6 This afflicted man cried, and Jehovah heard,
And saved him from all his troubles. 7 The angels of Jehovah encamp around those who fear
him, And deliver them. 8 O taste, and see, how good is the Lord !
Happy the man, who trusteth in him ! 9 O fear the Lord, ye his servants !
For to those, who fear him, there shall be no want. 10 Young lions want and suffer hunger ;
But they who fear the Lord want no good thing.
11 Come, ye children, listen to me!
I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Who is he that loveth life,
And desireth many days, in which he may see good ? 13 Guard well thy tongue from evil,
And thy lips from speaking guile.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
And his ears are open to their cry. 16 But the face of the Lord is against evil-doers,
To cut off their remembrance from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth,
And delivereth them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to them, that are of a broken heart,
And saveth such as are of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous;
But the Lord delivereth him from them all. 20 He guardeth all his bones;
Not one of them shall be broken. 21 Adversity destroyeth the wicked,
And they who hate the righteous suffer for it. 22 Jehovah redeemeth the life of his servants,
And none that put their trust in him will repent of it. V. 6. This afflicted man, i. e. I myself.
A prayer for help against enemies; commonly supposed to relate to the per
secution of David by Saul and his courtiers.
A psalm of David. 1 CONTEND, O Lord, with them that contend with
me ; Fight against them that fight against me! 2 Take hold of the shield and buckler,
And stand up for my help! 3 Draw forth the spear and the axe against my perse
cutors ; Say to me, “I am thy salvation." 4 May they be confounded and put to shame, who seek
May they be turned back with disgrace, who devise
my hurt !
5 May they be like dust before the wind;
May the angel of the Lord drive them! 6 May their way be dark and slippery,
And may the angel of the Lord pursue them! 7 For without cause they have laid for me a snare;
Without cause they have digged for me a pit. 8 May unforeseen destruction come upon them ! May the snare, which they have laid, lay hold on
themselves, And may they fall into destruction ! 9 Then my soul shall rejoice in Jehovah;
It shall exult in his protection. 10 All my bones shall say, Who, O Jehovah, is like thee,
Who dost rescue the afflicted from the oppressor;
11 False witnesses have risen up; They charge me with crimes, which never entered my
mind. 12 They repay me 'evil for good;
They bereave me of my all. 13 And yet I, during their sickness, clothed myself with
And my prayer was turned to my bosom. 14 I conducted myself, as if he had been a friend, or a
brother ; I bowed down in sadness, as one mourning for his
mother. 15 But at my fall they rejoice, and gather themselves to
gether; Unsuspected revilers assemble themselves against me; They tear me without ceasing.
16 With base men, who mock for their bread,
They gnash at me with their teeth.
17 How long, O Lord, wilt thou look on ?
O rescue my life from the destruction they plot for me;
My precious life from those young lions ! 18 I will thank thee in the great assembly ;
Before a numerous people. I will praise thee. 19 Let not them, that without provocation are my ene
mies, triumph over me; Let them not wink with the eye, who hate me without
cause ! 20 For they speak not peace ; They devise deceit against them that are quiet in the
land. 21 Yea, they open their mouths wide against me ;
Aha, aha, our eye seeth it!” 22 Thou seest it, O Jehovah, be not silent !
O Lord, be not far from me! 23 Arouse thyself; awake for my defence !
My God and my Lord, awake to my cause ! 24 Judge me according to thy righteousness, O Jehovah,
Let them not triumph over me! 25 Let them not say in their hearts, “ Aha! we have
Let them not say,
“ We have swallowed him up!” 26 May they all be confounded, and brought to shame.
Who rejoice at my calamity!