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3 My soul, also, is sore troubled ;
And thou, O Lord, how long – 4 Return, O Lord, and deliver me;
O save me according to thy mercy! 5 For in death no praise ascends to thee;
In the grave, who can give thee thanks ? 6 I am weary with groaning ;
All the night I make my bed to swim,
And drench my couch with my tears. 7 Mine eye is wasted with grief;
It hath become old because of all my enemies.
8 Depart from me, all ye that do iniquity;
For Jehovah heareth the voice of my weeping. 9 Jehovah heareth my supplication ;
Jehovah accepteth my prayer. 10 All my enemies shall be ashamed, and utterly con
founded; They shall be turned back and put to shame sud
V. 3. How long, i. e. How long wilt thou delay to help me!
A psalm of David, which he sang to Jehovah, on account of
the reproaches of Cush the Benjamite. 1 O JEHOVAH, my God, to thee do I look for help!
Save me from them that persecute me, and deliver me ! 2 Lest mine enemy tear me like a lion ;
Lest he rend me in pieces, while there is none to help.
3 O Jehovah, my God! If I have done this ;
If there be iniquity upon my hands, 4 If I have rendered evil to my friend, Or have despoiled him, that without cause is mine en
Let him trample me to the ground,
6 Arise, O Lord, in thine anger ;
Lift thyself up against the rage of mine enemies ;
Awake for me! Ordain judgment ! 7 Let the assembly of the nations compass thee about,
And on their account ascend thy throne ! 8 The Lord judgeth the nations ;
Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,
And requite me according to my integrity!
But establish the righteous ;
10 My shield is with God,
Who saveth the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge ;
And God is ever angry with the wicked. 12 If he do not desist, he sharpeneth his sword;
He bendeth his bow, and maketh it ready; 13 He prepareth for him the instruments of death;
He shooteth his burning arrows.
14 Behold, he travailed with iniquity,
And conceived mischief,
15 He made a pit and digged it,
And is fallen into the ditch, which he made. 16 His mischief returneth upon his own head,
And his violence descendeth upon his own pate. 17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness;
I will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high. V 3. If I have done this, i. e. that with which my enemies charge me. — V. 12. If he do not desist, i. e. If the wicked do not desist from his purpose. He sharpeneth, i. e. God sharpeneth, &c.
The greatness of the Creator, and his goodness to mar.
For the leader of the music; to be accompanied with the git
tith.* A psalm of David. 1 O Jehovah, our Lord,
How excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Thou hast set thy glory above the heavens ! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou
ordained praise ;
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him,
And the son of man, that thou carest for him ! 5 Yet thou hast made him little lower than the angels;
Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor. 6 Thou hast given him dominion over the works of
7 All sheep and oxen,
Yea, and the beasts of the forest; 8 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea,
And whatever passeth through the paths of the deep. 9 O Jehovah, our Lord,
How excellent is thy name in all the earth! * A musical instrument. V.5. The angels : or, than God.
A thanksgiving ode for victory and deliverance from enemies; with prayers
for future help. Supposed to have been composed after the wars mentioned in 2 Samuel, ch. viii.
For the leader of the music. To be sung in the manner, or
with the voice of virgins. To the Benites. A psalm of David. 1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will show forth all thy marvellous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee ;
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High ! 3 All my enemies are turned back;
They fall and perish at thy presence. 4 For thou dost defend my right, and my cause ;
Thou sittest upon the throne, a righteous judge. 5 Thou rebukest the nations ;
Thou destroyest the wicked ;
Thou blottest out their name for evermore ! 6 The destruction of the enemy is complete ;
Thou, O Jehovah, hast destroyed their cities!
7 Jehovah reigneth for ever;
He hath prepared his throne for judgment. 8 He judgeth the world in righteousness; He administereth judgment to the nations with up
rightness. 9 Jehovah is also the refuge of the oppressed ;
A refuge in times of trouble. 10 They, who know thy name, put their trust in thee;
For thou, O Lord, forsakest not them that seek thee!
11 Sing praises to Jehovah, who reigneth in Zion;
Declare his doings among the people. 12 As the avenger of blood, he remembereth the
13 “Have pity upon me, [said I,] O Lord !
“ Look upon my affliction from them that hate me ;
“List me up from the gates of death! 14 “ That I may show forth all thy praise in the gates
of the daughter of Zion;
The nations have sunk into the pit which they made;
In the net, which they hid, is their own foot taken. 16 Thus it is known that Jehovah executeth judgment ; The wicked are ensnared in the work of their
own hands. 17 The wicked shall be driven into Hades;
Yea, all the nations that forget God. 18 For the poor shall not always be forgotten;
The hopes of the afflicted shall not perish for ever.