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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 ;
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 man.
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 ;
3 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 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 !
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;
15 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.