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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

emy ;
5 Let my adversary pursue, and take me ;

Let him trample me to the ground,
And lay me prostrate in the dust!

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!
9 O let the wickedness of the wicked be at an end;

But establish the righteous ;
For thou, O God of justice, triest the heart and the

reins !

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,
But hath brought forth disappointment.

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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 ;
To thine adversaries to shame,
And to silence the






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

thy hands;
Thou hast put all things under his feet;

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!
Their memory is perished with them,

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

distressed ;
He forgetteth not their complaint.

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;
“ That I may rejoice in salvation by thee.”


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.

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