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Copyright 2011, R. Mark Shipp, from Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

 

 

Psalm 1

 

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, and in the way of sinners does not stand, and in the seat of scoffers does not sit.

2 Rather, in the instruction of the Lord is his delight and in his instruction he meditates by day and by night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, which produces its fruit in its season; its leaf does not wither, and everything that he does prospers.

 

4 The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment or sinners in the congregation of the righteous,

 

6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

Translation: R. Mark Shipp,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 2

 

1 Why are the nations in a tumult, and the peoples plan vainly?

2 The kings of the earth stationed themselves, and the rulers took counsel together against the Lord and against his Messiah:

3 “Let us tear off his bonds and let us cast his cords from us.”

 

4 The one who sits in heaven laughs; the Lord mocks them.

5 Then he will speak to them in his anger, and in his wrath he will terrify them:

6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

 

7 I will tell the statute of the Lord: he said to me, “You are my son, today I have begotten you.

8 Ask of me and I will give the nations as your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You will break them with a scepter of iron, you will shatter them like a potter’s vessel.”

 

10 And now, O kings, be wise; be warned, O judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and writhe with trembling;

12 Kiss the son, lest he be angry and you perish in the way, for his anger is kindled quickly. 

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

 

Translation: R. Mark Shipp,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 3

 

A song of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

1 O Lord, how my adversaries have become many; many are arising against me.

2 Many are saying to my soul, “There is no salvation for him with God!”

 

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head.

4 I cry out my voice to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.

5 I lie down and I sleep; I awaken, for the Lord sustains me.

6 I will not fear ten thousands of people who have set themselves round about against me.

 

7 Arise, O Lord; save me, my God, for you have smitten all my enemies on the cheek, you have broken the teeth of the wicked.

 

8 Salvation belongs to the Lord. Upon your people be your blessing.

 

Translation: R. Mark Shipp,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 4

 

For the choir master. With stringed instruments. A song of David.

1 Answer me when I call, O my righteous God! In distress, you made room for me. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

2 O sons of men, how long will my glory be shame? Will you love vanity and seek falsehood?

 

3 And know that the Lord separates the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

4 Be angry and do not sin; speak in your hearts upon your bed and be silent.

5 Sacrifice righteous sacrifices and trust in the Lord.

 

6 Many are saying, “Who will make us see good?” Lift upon us the light of your face, O Lord.

 

7 You put more joy in my heart than when their grain and their wine abound.

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell securely.

 

Translation: R. Mark Shipp,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 5

 

For the choir master. For the Nehiloth.  A song of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning.

2 Listen to the sound of my cry, my king and my God, for unto you I pray!

3 O Lord, in the morning you will hear my voice; I will prepare my argument to you and watch.

 

4 You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil will not abide with you.

5 The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate all who work iniquity.

6 You destroy those who speak lies; the man of blood and deceit the Lord detests.

 

7 But I, in the abundance of your steadfast loyalty, will come to your house; I will worship toward your holy temple in your reverence.

 

8 O Lord, lead me in your righteousness on account of my enemies; make straight your paths before me.

9 For there is nothing right in their mouth; within them is destruction. Their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.

10 Declare them guilty, O God; let their counsels fall and banish them because of the abundance of their transgressions, for they have rebelled against you.

 

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice forever; let them sing for joy. Overshadow them, and let those who love your name exult in you.

12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord; like a shield you surround them with favor.

 

Translation: R. Mark Shipp,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 6

 

For the leader with stringed instruments. A song of David.

1 O Lord, do not judge me in your anger and do not discipline me in your displeasure.

2 Be gracious to me Lord, for I am wasting away; heal me Lord, for I am fearful to the bone.

3 My soul is greatly anxious; yet you, Lord! How long?

4 Turn, Lord, and save me; deliver me on account of your steadfast love.

5 For in death there is no remembrance of you; when gone, who will praise you?

 

6 I am worn out from my groaning; every night I flood my bed, I drench it with my tears.

7 My eyes have gone bad from this vexation; they are weak from all my troubles.

 

8 Back off, evildoers; the Lord has heard my crying.

9 The Lord has heard my plea; he accepts my prayer.

 

10 All my enemies will be shamed and greatly fearful; they shall turn about and be shamed in a moment.

 

Translation: Andrew Dearman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 7

 

A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.

1 O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,

2 or like a lion they will tear me apart; snatch away, with no one to rescue.

 

3 O Lord, my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,

4 if I have treated a friend badly or acted without cause against a foe,

5 then let the enemy chase and catch me, smash me to the ground, and leave me in the dust.

 

6 Rise up, O Lord, in your anger. Stand up against the fury of my enemies.  Wake up, O my God; you have declared judgment. 

7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you, and over it take your seat on high.

 

8 The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.

9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but support the righteous, you who test the hearts and minds, O righteous God. 

 

10 God is my shield, he who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who is indignant about injustice every day. 

12 If one does not repent, God prepares his sword; he is ready to shoot his bow. 

13 He has prepared his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 

14 See how they conceive evil, and are pregnant with mischief, and give birth to lies!

15 They make a pit, digging it out, and fall into the hole that they have made. 

16 Their mischief comes back on them, and their violence falls on top of them.

 

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

 

Translation: Andrew Dearman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 8

 

For the leader: according to The Gittith. A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, our Lord, how great is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

 

2 From the mouths of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your foes, to bring enemy and avenger to halt.

3 When I look toward your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you set up;

4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

 

6 You have given them responsibility over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their control,

7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever makes its way in the seas.

 

9 O Lord, our Lord, how great is your name in all the earth!

 

Translation: Andrew Dearman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 9

 

For the leader: according to Mut-Labben. A psalm of David.

1 I will praise the Lord with all my heart; I will recount all your wonders. 

2 I will delight and be glad in you; I will sing praise to your name, Most High. 

3 When my foes turned around, they stumbled and perished before you,

4 for you have done justly in my case; you sit enthroned, judging rightly. 

5 You have rebuked the nations, you have vanquished the wicked; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. 

6 The foes are finished forever; their cities you have uprooted; their memory has perished.

7 The Lord is enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice.

8 He judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with rectitude. 

9 The Lord is a stronghold for the battered, a stronghold in times of trouble. 

10 Those who know your name trust you, for you have not forsaken those who seek you, O Lord. 

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who is enthroned in Zion. Make known his deeds among the peoples.

12 For he who avenges those murdered remembers them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 

 

13 Be gracious to me, Lord! See what I get from those who despise me! You are the one who raises me up from death’s entrance,

14 so that I may recount all your praises in daughter Zion’s gates, that I may rejoice in your deliverance. 

15 The nations are stuck in the pit that they made; their own foot has been caught in the net they hid.

16 The Lord has made himself known, he has carried out justice; the wicked are trapped in the work of their own hands.

17 The wicked will end up in Sheol, all the nations who forget God 

18 But the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor will the hope of the poor perish forever.

19 Rise up, Lord! Don’t let mortals prevail! May the nations be judged before you.

20 Lord, give them reason to fear! Let the nations know that they are only human.

 

Translation: Andrew Dearman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 10

 

1 Why, Lord, are you far away? Why do you hide yourself in troubled times?

 

2 In arrogance the wicked afflict the poor. May they be caught in their own traps.

3 For the wicked exalt their desires; greedy folk spurn the Lord.

4 The wicked say self-servingly, “God will not bother with it”; they think there is no God.

5 They seem to prosper all the time; your judgments are away from them. As for their foes, they poke fun at them.

6 They say to themselves, “We shall not be moved from generation to generation; no evil will befall us.”

7 Their mouths are full of cursing and deceit and oppression; on their tongues are trickery and iniquity.

8 They wait in ambush in settlements; from hiding places they murder the innocent. They keep watch for the vulnerable.

9 They hide themselves like a lion; they wait to ambush the poor; they grab them and drag them off in their net.

10 They crush their victims, and the helpless fall by their power.

11 They say to themselves, “God has forgotten; his face is hidden, he will never see it.”

12 Rise up, Lord! O God, lift up your hand! Do not forget the oppressed.

13 Why do the wicked reject God and say to themselves, “You, God, will not pursue the matter”?

14 You do see! Indeed, you see trouble and grief, and you take matters into your hands. The helpless commit themselves to you; you are the orphan’s helper.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers! Pursue their wickedness until it is gone!

 

16 The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations shall perish from his land.

17 You will hear the hope of the humble; you will strengthen their heart and listen to them,

18 to do right by the orphan and the oppressed, so that mortal foes may strike terror no more.

 

Translation: Andrew Dearman

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 11

 

For the choir director. A psalm of David.

1 In the Lord I have sought refuge; how can you say to me, “Flee as a bird to your mountain!

2 For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.

3 Indeed, the foundations are being destroyed; what can the righteous do?”

 

4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the sons of men.

5 The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence his soul hates.

 

6 Upon the wicked he rains down coals of fire and brimstone, and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

7 For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteousness. The upright will behold his face.

 

Translation: Craig Bowman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 12

 

For the choir director; upon an eight-stringed lyre. A psalm of David.

1 Help, O Lord, for the loyal one ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.

2 They speak deceitful lies to one another; with flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

 

3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaks great things,

4 who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”

 

5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the poor, now I will arise,” says the Lord  “I will set him in safety; I will shine forth for him.”

6 The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

7 You, O Lord, will keep them; you will preserve him from this generation forever.

8 All around the wicked strut about, as vileness among the sons of men is exalted.

 

Translation: Craig Bowman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 13

 

For the choir director. A psalm of David.

1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

 

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord, my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

4 Lest my enemy say, “I have overcome him,” lest my adversaries rejoice when I am shaken.

 

5 But I have trusted in your loyalty; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

 

 Translation: Craig Bowman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 14

 

For the choir director. A psalm of David.

1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.

2 The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if any act prudently, any who seek God.

3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is not one doing good, not even one.

4 Do not all the workers of wickedness know, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord?

5 There they are in great dread, for God is with the righteous generation.

6 You would put to shame the counsel of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.

 

7 Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores his captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.

 

Translation: Craig Bowman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 15

 

A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?

 

2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart;

3 who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;

4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt;

5 who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.

Those who do these things shall never be moved.

 

Translation: Craig Bowman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 16

 

A miktama of David.

1 Keep me, O God, for I trust in you.

2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord. There is nothing good for me except you.”

3 As for the saints who are in the land, they are the noble ones in whom is my pleasure.

4 As for those who multiply idols, they hasten after another one I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not lift up their names on my lips.

 

5 The Lord is the share of my portion and my cup. You hold onto my lot.

6 Ropes have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, an inheritance pleasing to me.

 

7 I will bless the Lord who counsels me; also my inward parts instruct me by night.

8 I always keep the Lord before me, so that at my right hand I shall not be shaken.

9 Therefore, my heart rejoices and my soul exults.  Also, my flesh dwells in security.

 

10 For you have not abandoned my life to Sheol.  You have not allowed your loyal one to see the pit.

11 You made known to me the path of life. Before you there is abundance of joy, and pleasant things are always in your right hand.

 

Translation: Mark Hamilton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 17

 

A prayer of David.

1 Hear, O Lord, a just cause. Pay attention to my song. Listen to my prayer, rather than complaining lips.

2 May a judgment for me come from your presence. May your eyes see the right.

 

3 You have tested my heart, investigated it by night. You have smelted me and not found anything—an evil purpose will not pass my mouth.

4 For human actions, by the word of your lips, I have kept the paths of a bandit.

5 My steps cling to your tracks; my treads do not slip.

 

6 I called you, because you have answered me, O God. Stretch out your ear to me. Hear my utterance.

7 Show the marvel of your steadfast love, O Savior of the ones trusting in your right hand more than they fear their adversaries.

8 Keep me like the pupil of the eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings

9 from the wicked who pillage me; my enemies, who cut down my life from me.

10 They shut up the fat of their hearts; with their mouth they speak haughty things.

11 They now surround our steps; they look around for ways to cast us down to the ground.

12 They are like a lion itching for prey; yes, like a young lion lying in its hideout.

13 Arise, O Lord, face them and subjugate them. Rescue my life from the wicked by your sword,

14 from those who die—by your hand, O Lord—from those who die, whose lifespan, whose portion is in life. But as for your treasured ones, may you fill their bellies. May their sons have enough, and may they leave enough behind for their offspring.

 

15 I, by loyalty, will see your face. I will have enough just in seeing your visage, on awaking.

 

Translation: Mark Hamilton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 18

 

For the leader. A psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.

1 He said: I love you, O Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

 

3 I called upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so I was saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of belial overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry for help reached his ears.

7 Then the earth shuddered and quaked; the foundations of the mountains trembled and shook, because he was angry.

8 Smoke went up from his nostrils and consuming fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.

9 He spread apart the heavens and came down, with cloudy darkness under his feet.

10 He rode on a cherub and flew; he soared upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his cloak, his canopy around him; thick clouds dark with water.

12 From the flashes before him burning hailstones broke through his clouds.

13 The Lord thundered in the heavens, and Elyonc uttered his voice.

14 And he sent forth his arrows and scattered them; he multiplied bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 Then the channels of the sea were exposed, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils

16 He reached down from on high; he took hold of me; he drew me out of mighty waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the Lord was my support.

19 He brought me out to a wide-open space; he delivered me, because he delighted in me

20 The Lord dealt bountifully with me according to my righteousness; according to the purity of my hands he rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his ordinances have been before me, and from his statutes I have not turned.

23 I have been blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt.

24 So the Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the purity of my hands in his sight.

25 With the loyal you show yourself loyal; with the blameless you show yourself blameless;

26 with the pure you show yourself pure; and with the twisted you are tortuously subtle.

27 For you deliver an afflicted people, but the eyes of the haughty you humiliate.

28 For you light my lamp; O Lord, O my God, you enlighten my darkness.

29 For with you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

30 This God—his way is blameless! The promise of the Lord is tried. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock besides our God,

32 the God who girds me with power and gives my way integrity?

33 It is he who makes my feet like the gazelle’s and makes me stand upon my crag.

34 It is he who trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand has supported me; your help has made me great.

36 You lengthened my stride under me, and my feet have not slipped.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them and did not turn back until they were finished.

38 I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.

39 For you girded me with strength for the battle; you made my assailants bow down under me.

40 You gave me the neck of my enemies, and those who hated me I annihilated.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them. They cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.

42 I beat them fine, like dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mud of the streets.

43 You delivered me from the dissension of the peoples; you made me head of the nations; people whom I never knew served me.

44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.

45 Foreigners fell and came trembling out of their strongholds.

 

46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted,

47 the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me;

48 who delivered me from my enemies. Indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries; you delivered me from the violent.

49 For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations and sing praises to your name.

50 Great deliverance he gives to his king and shows loyalty to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.

 

Translation: Craig Bowman,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 19

 

For the director. A psalm of David.

1 The skies recount God’s glory, and the sky tells of his hands’ work.

2 Day announces a word to day, and night declares knowledge to night.

3 No one speaks, no words exist, no voice of theirs is heard.

4 Yet, their sound echoes through all the earth, their words to the dry land’s end.  He has put a tent in them for the sun.

5 Yes, it is like a bridegroom going from his canopy, rejoicing like a warrior running down a path,

6 from the end of the skies where it goes, making a circuit back to their end, so that nothing is hidden from its warmth.

 

7 The Lord’s law is perfect, refreshing the spirit. The Lord’s counsel is certain, making the naive wise.

8 The Lord’s instructions are upright, making the heart rejoice.  The Lord’s command is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, standing forever.  The Lord’s judgments are true, doing justice in every respect.

10 All these things are more precious than gold, than a pile of pure gold, and sweeter than honey, than drippings of the honeycomb.

 

11 Also, your servant is warned by them.  In keeping them is great reward.  Who understands errors? Preserve me from unexamined faults.

12 Also, hide your servant from arrogant persons. May they not rule over me.  Then, I will be innocent of serious sin.

13 May my mouth’s words and my heart’s thoughts be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and rescuer.

 

 Translation: Mark Hamilton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 20

 

For the director. A psalm of David.

1 May the Lord answer you in a day of distress. May the name of the God of Jacob lift you up.

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, and may he support you from Zion.

3 May he commemorate all your gifts and pay attention to all your whole burnt offerings.

4 May he give you what your heart desires and fulfill all your plans.

5 May he rejoice in rescuing you when we set up banners in our God’s name. May the Lord fulfill all your requests.

 

6 Now, I know that the Lord will rescue his anointed one.  He will answer him from his holy heavens. With might shall his right hand save.

7 These trust in chariots and these in horses.  But we commemorate the name of the Lord our God.

8 They bow down and fall, but we rise up and stand tall

9 O Lord, rescue the king. He will answer us in the day we call.

 

Translation: Mark Hamilton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 21

 

For the director. A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, may the king rejoice in your strength. And in your salvation, how much he will celebrate!

2 You have given him his heart’s desire, and you have not refused the request of his lips. 

3 You make good gifts go in front of him; you put a golden crown on his head.

4 He asks life from you, and you give it to him—everlasting days, forever and ever.

5 His glory is great because of your rescue. You have placed on him splendor and majesty.

6 For you put before him everlasting gifts, and you made his face show joy.

7 For the king trusts in the Lord, and because of the Most High’s loyalty, he will not quake.

 

8 Your hand will find all your enemies; your right hand will find those who hate you.

9 You will make them like a fiery furnace when you show your presence, O Lord.  In his anger, he swallows them, and fire devours them.

10 Their offspring shall perish from the earth, and their lineage from among human beings.

11 For they plotted evil against you. They conspired on a project they could not carry out.

12 For you have turned a shoulder to them, with your bowstrings pointed at their faces.

 

13 Arise, O Lord, in your strength.  Let us sing and exult at your might.

 

Translation: Mark Hamilton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 22

 

For the director. To the tune, “Fallow Deer at Dawn.” A song of David.

1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? My screaming words are far from bringing about my rescue.

2 My God, I call out by day, and you do not answer; by night, and I never experience any silence.

 

3 But you are holy, dwelling upon Israel’s praises.

4 Our ancestors trusted you. They trusted and you rescued them.

5 They cried to you and were rescued. They trusted you and were not humiliated.

6 But I am a worm, not a human being; a disgrace of a man, an embarrassment to the people.

7 All who see me deride me. They curl their lip and shake their head.

8 “Let him commit himself to the Lord; let him rescue him. He will rescue him, for his pleasure is in him.”

9 For you drew me from the womb, made me trust the breasts of my mother.

10 On you was I cast from birth; from the womb of my mother, you were my God.

11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near, for there is no helper.

12 Many bulls surround me; wild oxen from Bashan box me in.

13 They open their mouths against me—a lion tearing and rending.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are dislocated.  My heart is like wax, melting within me.

15 My palate is dry as a shard; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth, and you commit me to the dust of death.

16 For dogs surround me, an evil pack circles me, like a lion would circle my hands and feet.

17 I count all my bones.  They stare; they gaze at me.

18 They divide my clothes among themselves and cast lots over my garment.

 

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away.  Hurry, oh my strength, to my aid.

20 Rescue my life from the sword, my precious life from the dog’s claw.

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth and deliver from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will recount your name to my brethren; in the middle of the congregation shall I praise you.

23 “Those who fear the Lord, praise him! All the lineage of Jacob, glorify him! Be in awe before him, all the offspring of Israel!

24 For he did not despise nor scorn the plea of the poor, nor did he hide his face from him.  When he cried to him, he listened.”

25 My prayer is with you in the great assembly.  I will perform my vows before those in awe of him.

26 The poor will eat and have enough. Those seeking him will praise the Lord. May your heart live forever.

27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord. Yes, all the families of the nations will bow down before you.

28 For sovereignty belongs to the Lord, even rule among the nations.

29 All the robust ones of the earth will eat and worship. All those going down to the dust, whose spirit will not revive, will bow before him.

30 Offspring will serve him; it will be numbered to the Lord for generations.

31 They will go forth and tell of his righteousness to people yet to be born, for he has acted.

 

Translation: Mark Hamilton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 23

 

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing.

2 He makes me recline in lush pastures; he leads me beside placid waters.

3 He restores my life; he conducts me along straight paths for the sake of his name.

4 Also, when I go in the valley of gloom, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.  Your rod and staff console me.

 

5 You spread out a table for me in front of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely good and steadfast love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the Lord’s house for a long time.

 

Translation: Mark Hamilton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 24

 

Of David.  A psalm.

1 The earth belongs to the Lord and its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it.

2 For on the seas he founded it, and on the rivers he established it.

 

3 Who shall go up to the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He who is clean of hands and pure of heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

 

7 Lift up your heads, O gates! Yea, be lifted up, O everlasting doors! And the king of glory will come in.

8 Who is this king of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty of battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O gates! Yea, be lifted up, O everlasting doors! And the king of glory will come in.

10 Who is this king of glory?

The Lord of Hosts, he is the king of glory.

 

Translation: John Willis,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 25

 

Of David.

1 Unto you, O Lord, my soul I lift up.

2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be shamed; do not let my enemies rejoice over me.

3 Also, all those who wait for you, let them not be shamed; let those who betray others’ confidence maliciously be shamed.

 

4 Your ways, O Lord, cause me to know; your paths, teach me.

5 Lead me in your faithfulness and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day.

6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they are from eternity.

7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

 

8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he teaches sinners in the way.

9 He leads humble people in justice, and teaches humble people his way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

 

11 For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, for it is great.

 

12 Who is the person who reveres the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he will choose.

13 His soul in goodness will lodge, and his descendants will inherit the land.

14 The secret of the Lord is for the ones revering him, and to cause them to know his covenant.

15 My eyes are continually toward the Lord, for he will bring my feet out of the net.

 

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for lonely and afflicted am I.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; from my distresses bring me out.

18 Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider my enemies, for they are many, and the violent hatred with which they hate me.

20 Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be shamed, for I take refuge in you.

21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, from all her troubles.

 

Translation: John Willis,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 26

 

Of David. 

1 Establish justice for me, O Lord, for in my complete devotion I have walked, and in the Lord I have trusted without wavering.

2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind.

3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I will walk in your faithfulness.

 

4 I do not sit with worthless ones, and with hypocrites I do not consort.

5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and with wicked ones I will not sit.

 

6 I wash my hands in innocence, and I will go around your altar, O Lord,

7 singing aloud with a voice of thanksgiving and telling all your wondrous deeds.

8 O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell and the place where your glory abides.

 

9 My soul, do not gather with sinners, nor with bloodthirsty ones, my life,

10 in whose hands are evil devices, and their right hands are full of bribes.

 

11 But in complete devotion I walk; redeem me, and be gracious to me.

12 My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the Lord.

 

Translation: John Willis,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 27

 

Of David.

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers come near against me to devour my flesh—my adversaries and my enemies—they shall stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will keep on trusting.

4 One thing I asked of the Lord; I will ask it: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to see the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide him in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will hide me in the shelter of his tent, on a rock he will set me high.

6 And now my head is lifted up above my enemies who are surrounding me, and I will sacrifice in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

 

7 Hear, O Lord, my voice; I will call; be gracious to me and answer me.

8 To you my heart said, “Seek my face.” Your face, O Lord, I will seek.

9 Do not hide your face from me; do not turn away your servant in anger. You have been my help; do not cast me off and do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 If my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will gather me.

11 Teach me, O Lord, your way, and lead me in a straight path because of my enemies.

12 Do not give me up to the will of my enemies, for false witnesses have arisen against me, and they breathe out violence.

 

13 I believe that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14 Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart be courageous; yea, wait for the Lord.

 

Translation: John Willis,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 28

 

Of David. 

1 Unto you, O Lord, I call; O my Rock, do not be silent from me, lest you be silent from me and I become like ones who go down to the Pit.

2 Hear the sound of my supplications, when I cry for help to you; when I lift up my hands unto your holy place.

 

3 Do not drag me away with wicked ones, with evildoers, who speak peace with their neighbors, but wickedness is in their heart.

4 Repay them according to their acts and according to the evil of their deeds; according to the work of their hands, give them their recompense.

5 For they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, nor the work of his hands; he will break them down, and he will not build them up.

 

6 Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my supplications.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped and my heart exults, and with my song I will give thanks to him.

 

8 The Lord is the strength of his people, and he is the refuge of the salvation of his anointed one.

9 Save your people, and bless your inheritance; yea, be their shepherd and carry them forever.

 

Translation: John Willis,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 29

 

A Song.  Of David.

1 Attribute to the Lord, O heavenly beings, attribute to the Lord glory and power;

2 Attribute to the Lord the glory due his name. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.

 

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters: the God of glory thunders; the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.

5 The voice of the Lord shatters the cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon prance like a calf and Hermon like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord ignites flashes of lightning.

8 The voice of the Lord rocks the wilderness. The Lord rocks the wilderness of Qadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to sway and strips the forest bare.  Meanwhile—in his temple—all are saying, “Glory!”

 

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits as king forever.

11 The Lord protects his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

 

Translation: Paul Watson,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 30

 

A psalm.  A song for the dedication of the temple.  Of David.

1 I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me up and did not allow my enemies to gloat over me.

2 O Lord, my God, I cried to you for help, and you made me well again

3 O Lord, you brought my soul up from Sheol; you exempted me from those going down to the Pit.

 

4 Sing praises to the Lord, you who are faithful to him; give thanks for the memory of his holiness.

5 For his anger lasts only a moment, while his favor lasts for a lifetime. Weeping may last all night long; but in the morning comes a shout of joy.

 

6 Now in my prosperity I would say, “Never will I be shaken—never.”

7 O Lord, it was by your favor that you had made me like a fortified peak.

 But when you turned your face away from me, I shook like a leaf.

8 Unto you, O Lord, I cried out; unto my Lord I pled for mercy.

9 What profit is there in my destruction, my going down to the Pit? Will the dust sing your praises? Will it declare your faithfulness?

10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me. O Lord, be my helper.

11 You turned my ritual mourning into joyful dancing; you removed my mourning clothes and refitted me with joy,

12 so that I might sing your praise from the bottom of my heart and never be silent 

O Lord, my God, to you forever will I give thanks.

 

Translation: Paul Watson,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 31

 

For the director.  A psalm of David.

1 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge. Let me never be made ashamed; by your righteousness, deliver me.

2 Turn your ear toward me. Rescue me—quickly. Be my rock, my fortress, my stronghold—deliver me.

3 For you are indeed my rock, my stronghold; lead me, guide me—for your name’s sake.

4 Free me from the net they have secretly set for me, for you are my fortress.

5 I am putting my life into your hands; redeem me, O Lord, faithful God.

6 I detest those who rely on worthless idols, for I trust in the Lord.

7 I will shout with joy, I will rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have observed my soul’s distress.

8 And you have not handed me over to my enemy; instead, you have set my feet in a wide-open place.

 

9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. My eyes have become weak with anguish, my soul and body as well.

10 For my life has been filled with troubles; my years, with groaning.  My strength fails because of my transgression, and my bones waste away.

11 To all my adversaries I have become an object of scorn—even more so to my neighbors; a source of dread to those who know me. Those who see me on the street avoid me.

12 I have been forgotten, like the dead. I have become like a broken utensil.

13 For I hear the rumors of many—horror all around! They plot against me; they conspire to take my life.

 

14 But I trust in you, O Lord; I confess, “You are my God.”

15 My life is in your hands; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, my pursuers.

16 Let your face shine upon your servant; save me by your steadfast love.

17 O Lord, do not put me to shame, for I am calling on you. Instead, let the wicked be put to shame; let them be silent in Sheol.

18 Silence their lying lips; they speak haughtily, contemptuously against the righteous.

 

19 How great is your goodness that you have reserved for those who fear you, that you perform for those who take refuge in you—in full view of everyone

20 With the refuge of your presence you protect them from the conspiracies of men; in your shelter you safeguard them from false accusations.

21 Blessed be the Lord, for he has marvelously shown his steadfast love to me when I was like a city under siege.

22 In my alarm I said, “I have been cut off from your sight ” But you heard my cry—“Save me!”—when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you faithful. The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but he repays in full those who act arrogantly.

24 So be strong, and take heart, all you who wait for the Lord.

 

Translation: Paul Watson,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 32

 

Of David.  A maskil.

1 Blessed is the one whose sin has been taken away, whose transgression has been covered.

2 Blessed is the one to whom the Lord attaches no guilt, the one in whose spirit there is no deceit.

 

3 While I remained silent, my body was exhausted from my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night your hand lay heavy upon me; my tongue shriveled up as if by summer drought.

 

5 Then I acknowledged my transgression to you; my guilt I no longer covered up. I said, “I will confess my sin to the Lord,” and you took away my guilt and my transgression.

 

6 Therefore, let everyone who is faithful praise you; in times of distress the floodwaters shall not reach him.

7 You are my hiding place. You protect me from harm; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

8 Now let me teach you, show you the path to take; let me advise you, for I have my eye on you.

9 Don’t be stubborn like a horse or mule whose attention must be restrained by bridle and bit, or else it will not stay near you.

10 The wicked have many woes; but the one who trusts in the Lord—steadfast love surrounds him!

 

11 Rejoice in the Lord and shout with joy, oh righteous ones; sing out, all you who are upright in heart.

 

Translation: Paul Watson,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 33

 

1 Sing out, you righteous ones, to the Lord; it is appropriate for the upright to offer praise.

2 Praise the Lord with the lyre; with the harp sing praise to him.

3 Sing to him a new song; play beautifully and shout for joy.

 

4 For the word of the Lord is upright.  He does all things faithfully.

5 He loves righteousness and justice.  The steadfast love of the Lord fills the earth.

 

6 By God’s word the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth, all their host.

7 He collected and dammed up the waters of the sea; he put the ocean depths into storehouses.

 

8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all humanity stand in awe of him.

9 For he spoke and it happened; he gave the order, and it appeared.

 

10 The Lord nullifies the plans of the nations; he thwarts the schemes of the peoples.

11 The plans of the Lord stand forever; his intentions, for all generations.

 

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his heritage.

 

13 From heaven the Lord looks down: he sees all mankind.

14 From his established dwelling place he watches intently all who inhabit the earth—

15 he who shapes the hearts of them all, he who observes everything they do.

 

16 No king is ever saved by a mighty army, nor a warrior by his own great strength.

17 A horse is hopeless for deliverance; for all its great power, it will not save.

 

18 Look—the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,

19 to deliver them from death, and to keep them alive in time of famine.

 

20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

21 For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust.

 

22 Let your steadfast love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we hope in you.

 

Translation: Paul Watson,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 34

 

Of David, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him out and he got away.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; forever shall his praise be on my lips.

2 My soul will boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice.

3 Magnify the Lord along with me; let us lift up his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; from all my fears he delivered me.

5 Those who look to him radiate joy; their faces never blush with shame.

6 This poor one called out, and the Lord listened; and from all distress he delivered him.

7 God’s messenger encamps around those who fear him, and he saves them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who seeks refuge in him.

9 Fear the Lord, you who are his holy ones; for those who fear him are never impoverished.

10 Young lions may go poor and hungry; but those who seek the Lord never lack any good thing.

 

11 Come, children, listen to me, and I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 Who among you enjoys life? Who longs to see good days?

13 Guard your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking falsehood.

14 Stay away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their outcries.

16 The face of the Lord is set against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out for help, and the Lord hears them; from all their troubles he rescues them.

18 The Lord is near to those whose hearts are broken; he saves those whose spirits are crushed.

19 A righteous person may have many problems, but from them all the Lord will deliver him.

20 He protects all his bones— not one of them will be broken.

 

21 Evil brings death to those who are evil, and those who hate the righteous will themselves be found guilty.

22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; all who take refuge in him will be found innocent.

 

Translation: Paul Watson,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 35

 

Of David.

1 Contend, O Lord, against those who contend with me; do battle with those who fight against me!

2 Take up shield and armor, and rise up to help me!

3 Uncover spear and weapon against my pursuers; say to me, “I am your salvation.”

4 May those who seek my life be dishonored and disgraced; may those who intend to harm me recoil with shame.

5 Let them be like chaff before the wind; let the angel of the Lord drive them away.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery; let the angel of the Lord drive them on.

7 For without cause they set their net to trap me; without cause they dug a pit for me.

8 Let ruin come upon them unexpectedly; let the net that they set for me capture them; let them fall into it—to their own ruin.

9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord; I will take delight in his deliverance.

10 All my bones shall say, “O Lord, who is like you? You rescue the weak from those who overpower them, the weak and the needy from those who take advantage of them.”

 

11 Violent witnesses come forward; they ask me things I know nothing about.

12 They repay me evil for good; they leave me empty.

13 Yet, when they were ill, I put on sackcloth.  I humbled myself by fasting, but my prayer came back unanswered.

14 As for a friend, as for my own brother, I walked about like someone lamenting his mother, wearing funeral clothes, bowed down with grief.

15 But when I stumbled, they got together and laughed; they ganged up on me—oppressors whom I did not even know—they tore into me and never stopped.

16 They mocked me unmercifully; they gnashed their teeth over me.

17 O Lord, how long will you watch? Rescue me from their assaults, my very being from these young lions.

18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among a throng of people will I sing your praise.

 

19 Do not allow my enemies to rejoice over me unreasonably, or those who hate me undeservedly to wink their eyes.

20 For they do not pronounce peace; instead, they devise deceitful words against those who live quietly in the land.

21 They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha! Aha! Our eyes have seen it.”

22 You have seen all this, O Lord; don’t be silent. O Lord, do not distance yourself from me.

23 Wake up, and come to my defense, my God, my Lord—take up my case!

24 Acquit me, according to your righteousness, O Lord my God, and do not allow them to rejoice on my account.

25 Do not let them say to themselves, “Aha! Just what we wanted.” Do not let them say, “We have eaten him alive.”

26 Instead, let them all be ashamed and humiliated—those who rejoice over my misfortune. Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor—those who exalt themselves over me.

27 Let those who delight in my righteousness shout with joy and rejoice; let them always say, “The Lord be exalted—he who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

28 My own tongue shall proclaim your righteousness and shall praise you all day long.

 

Translation: Paul Watson,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 36

 

For the director.  Of the servant of the Lord, of David.

1 An oracle: Transgression belongs to the wicked in the midst of his heart. He has no fear of God before his eyes. 

2 Because in his own eyes he flatters himself, he refuses to acknowledge his iniquity.

 

3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he no longer acts with wisdom or goodness.

4 He plans wicked things on his bed; he is set on a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.

 

5 O Lord, your steadfast love reaches into the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. You deliver humans and beasts, O Lord.

7 How precious is your steadfast love! The mighty and lowly find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

8 They feast on the rich abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

9 For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light, we see light.

 

10 Continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart.

11 Do not let the foot of the arrogant come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.

 

12 There they fall, those who do wicked things, thrown down and unable to rise.

 

Translation: Glen Pemberton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 37

 

Of David.

1 Do not worry about evil people; do not envy those doing wrong,

2 for like grass they will suddenly wither; like sprigs of green they will fade away.

 

3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desire.

 

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust him and he will act.

6 He will make your vindication shine like light and justice for you like the noonday sun.

 

7 Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for him. Do not worry about the successful, those who carry out schemes.

 

8 Avoid anger and abandon wrath; do not worry—it only leads to evil.

9 For those who do evil will be destroyed, but those who wait for the Lord will inherit the land.

 

10 Only a little time and the wicked will be gone; you will search for their place, but they will not be there.

11 The humble will inherit the land and delight in abundant peace.

 

12 The wicked plot against the righteous and bare their teeth against them.

13 The Lord laughs at them, for he sees that their day is coming.

 

14 The wicked draw their sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and weak, to slaughter the upright.

15 Their sword will pierce their own heart, and their bows will be shattered.

 

16 Better is the little that the righteous have than the great wealth of the wicked.

17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord sustains the righteous.

 

18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless; their heritage will last forever.

19 They will not be shamed in adverse times; in days of famine they will have abundance.

 

20 For the wicked will perish—the enemies of the Lord—; like the best pasture land they will vanish; they will vanish like smoke.

 

21 The wicked borrow and never repay, but the righteous are gracious and generous.

22 Those they bless will possess the land, but those they curse will be destroyed.

 

23 The Lord establishes a person’s steps; he takes pleasure in his way.

24 If he falls, he will not fall flat, for the Lord holds his hand.

 

25 I was young and now am old, but I have not seen the righteous abandoned or their children looking for food.

26 Every day they are gracious and lend; their offspring become a blessing.

27 Turn from evil and do good and live securely forever,

28 for the Lord loves justice and he will not abandon his faithful ones.

They will be kept forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be destroyed.

 

29 The righteous will possess the land, and they will live in it forever.

 

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and their tongue speaks justice.

31 The teaching of their God is in their heart, and their steps do not slip.

 

32 The wicked wait to ambush the righteous and seek to kill them.

33 The Lord will not abandon them into their hand, or let them be judged guilty when on trial.

 

34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to possess the land; you will see the wicked destroyed.

 

35 I have seen violent, wicked people flourishing like a well-watered tree.

36 Then I passed by and they were gone; I looked for them, but they were not to be found.

37 Observe the blameless, look at the upright, for a person of peace has a future. 

38 But transgressors will be completely destroyed, for destruction is the future of the wicked.

 

39 Deliverance of the righteous comes from the Lord, their strength in times of trouble.

40 The Lord helps them and rescues them; he rescues them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

 

Translation: Glen Pemberton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 38

 

A song of David, for the memorial offering.

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger; correct me not in your wrath.

2 Ah, your arrows have pierced me; your hand has come down hard on me.

3 My flesh has no health because of your indignation; my bones have no wholeness because of my sin.

 

4 Ah, my iniquities have piled up over my head, a burden too heavy for me.

5 My wounds fester and stink because of my follies. 

6 I am bent, stooped so low; all day long—darkness—I walk.

 

7 Ah, my loins are filled with burning pain; my flesh has no health. 

8 I am numb, completely crushed; I cry from the groaning within my heart.

 

9 O Master, all my desire is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you. 

10 My heart stutters; my strength abandons me; my sight even fails me.

11 My friends and my companions stand away from my affliction; those close to me stand far away.

 

12 Those seeking my life lay their traps, those wanting to hurt me discuss destruction; they plan deception all day long.

 

13 But I am like the deaf, who cannot hear; like the mute, who cannot speak.

14 Indeed, I am like a person who cannot hear, and who has no response in my mouth.

 

15 Ah, it is for you, O Lord, I wait; it is you who will answer, O Master my God.

 

16 Ah, I said, “Only do not let them rejoice over me, or when my feet stumble they will boast against me.”

 

17 Ah, I go on limping and limping, my pain always the next step before me.

 

18 Ah, I confess my iniquity, I am troubled by my sin.

 

19 I have so many foes without cause; so many who hate me for no reason. 

20 They repay evil for good; they are my adversaries though I pursue what is good. 

 

21 O Lord, do not abandon me! O my God, do not be so far from me!

22 Hurry to my aid, O Master, my Savior.

 

Translation: Glen Pemberton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 39

 

For the director.  Of Jeduthun.  A song of David.

1 I said, “I will guard my words so I do not sin with my tongue I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence.”

 

2 So I was mute and silent; I was quiet for no good reason! But when my pain was stirred up,

3 my heart grew hot within me. In my groaning a fire ignited so I spoke with my tongue:

 

4 “Tell me, O Lord, my end. What is the measure of my days? I know I am mortal.

5 Look, you set my days with mere hand-widths; my lifetime is nothing before you. All humanity together is only a vapor.”

 

6 People walk about as mere images; they heap up wealth, mere vapor; they don’t even know who will collect it.

7 Now, Master, what is my hope? My hope is set on you!

8 Save me from all my sins; don’t make me the fool’s jest.

9 I am mute; I will not open my mouth, for you have taken action.

10 Stop beating me; I am finished by the hostility of your hand.

11 You discipline a person with rebukes of iniquity; you consume his desires like a moth. All humanity is only vapor

 

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and listen to my cry for help; do not be silent to my tears, for I am an alien with you, a sojourner like all my ancestors.

13 Look away from me, so I may be cheerful before I go and am no more.

 

Translation: Glen Pemberton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 40

 

For the director.  A song of David.

1 I waited and waited for the Lord and he turned to me; he heard my cry for help.

2 He lifted me up from a desolate pit, from deep, deep mud; he set my feet on a rock, steadying my steps.

3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many saw and were amazed and put their trust in the Lord.

 

4 Blessed are those who have made the Lord their trust and do not turn to the proud or those entangled in lies. 

 

5 Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful deeds that you have done and your attention to us; no one compares to you. Were I to report and tell, they are beyond counting.

 

6 You do not desire sacrifices and gifts.  You have opened my ears. You do not ask for whole offerings or sin offerings.

7 Then I said, “Here I am! It is written about me in the scroll of the book. 

8 I desire to do your will, my God; your teaching is within me.”

 

9 I have told about the good news of victory in the great assembly; I have not restrained my lips, O Lord; you know this.

10 I did not hide your victory in my heart; I have spoken about your faithfulness and your salvation. I have not hidden your steadfast love or your truth from the great assembly.

 

11 Come, Lord, do not withhold your compassion from me; may your steadfast love and your truth always keep me. 

 

12 Troubles have gathered about me beyond number; my iniquities have overwhelmed me so that I am unable to see. They outnumber the hairs of my head so that I have lost heart. 

 

13 Be pleased, Lord, to deliver me! Lord, hurry to help me!

 

14 May those who seek to end my life be shamed and disgraced together. May those who want to hurt me be turned back and shamed.

15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled because of their shame.

 

16 But may all those who seek you exult and rejoice in you. May those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord.”

17 I am afflicted and needy; may the Lord consider me. You are my help and rescue, my God; do not delay.

 

Translation: Glen Pemberton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, Volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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Psalm 41

 

For the director: A song of David.

1 Blessed is the person who considers the poor; when he is in trouble the Lord will deliver him.

2 The Lord protects him and gives him life; he is blessed in the land. You do not hand him over to the desires of his enemy.

3 The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; you change every place he lies down when he is ill.

 

4 I myself said, “O Lord, have mercy on me! Heal me! I have sinned against you.”

5 My enemies say terrible things about me: “When will he die and his name be wiped out?”

6 When he comes to see me he imagines the worst; he collects malicious lies and then goes out to tell everyone. 

7 Everyone who hates me gossips about me; they invent terrible things about me:

8 “A devilish disease has been put on him! He will never get up from where he has lain down!”

9 Even my friend whom I trusted, who ate with me, is kicking me while I am down.

10 But you, O Lord, have mercy on me and lift me up; let me repay them!

11 By this I know that you are pleased with me, that my enemy does not shout victory over me.

12 And as for me, you uphold me in my integrity and set me in your presence forever.

 

13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting. Amen. Amen.

 

Translation: Glen Pemberton,

Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, volume One (Abilene: ACU Press, 2011)

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