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Psalm 21

[1]The king shall joy in thy strength, O Jehovah; And in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! [2]Thou hast given him his heart's desire, And hast not withholden the request of his lips.


[3]For thou meetest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head. [4]He asked life of thee, thou gavest it him, Even length of days for ever and ever. [5]His glory is great in thy salvation: Honor and majesty dost thou lay upon him. [6]For thou makest him most blessed for ever: Thou makest him glad with joy in thy presence. [7]For the king trusteth in Jehovah; And through the lovingkindness of the Most High he shall not be moved. [8]Thy hand will find out all thine enemies; Thy right hand will find out those that hate thee. [9]Thou wilt make them as a fiery furnace in the time of thine anger: Jehovah will swallow them up in his wrath, And the fire shall devour them. [10]Their fruit wilt thou destroy from the earth, And their seed from among the children of men. [11]For they intended evil against thee; They conceived a device which they are not able to perform. [12]For thou wilt make them turn their back; Thou wilt make ready with thy bowstrings against their face. [13]Be thou exalted, O Jehovah, in thy strength: So will we sing and praise thy power.

Psalm 22

[1]My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [Why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my groaning? [2]O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou answerest not; And in the night season, and am not silent. [3]But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. [4]Our fathers trusted in thee: They trusted, and thou didst deliver them. [5]They cried unto thee, and were delivered: They trusted in thee, and were not put to shame. [6]But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised of the people. [7]All they that see me laugh me to scorn: They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, [saying], [8]Commit [thyself] unto Jehovah; Let him deliver him: Let him rescue him, seeing he delighteth in him. [9]But thou art he that took me out of the womb; Thou didst make me trust [when I was] upon my mother's breasts. [10]I was cast upon thee from the womb; Thou art my God since my mother bare me. [11]Be not far from me; for trouble is near; For there is none to help. [12]Many bulls have compassed me; Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. [13]They gape upon me with their mouth, [As] a ravening and a roaring lion. [14]I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. [15]My strength is dried up like a potsherd; And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; And thou hast brought me into the dust of death. [16]For dogs have compassed me: A company of evil-doers have inclosed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. [17]I may count all my bones; They look and stare upon me. [18]They part my garments among them, And upon my vesture do they cast lots. [19]But be not thou far off, O Jehovah: O thou my succor, haste thee to help me. [20]Deliver my soul from the sword, My darling from the power of the dog. [21]Save me from the lion's mouth; Yea, from the horns of the wild-oxen thou hast answered me. [22]I will declare thy name unto my brethren: In the midst of the assembly will I praise thee. [23]Ye that fear Jehovah, praise him; All ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; And stand in awe of him, all ye the seed of Israel. [24]For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Neither hath he hid his face from him; But when he cried unto him, he heard. [25]Of thee cometh my praise in the great assembly: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. [26]The meek shall eat and be satisfied; They shall praise Jehovah that seek after him: Let your heart live for ever. [27]All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto Jehovah; And all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. [28]For the kingdom is Jehovah's; And he is the ruler over the nations. [29]All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship: All they that go down to the dust shall bow before him, Even he that cannot keep his soul alive. [30]A seed shall serve him; It shall be told of the Lord unto the [next] generation. [31]They shall come and shall declare his righteousness Unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done it.

Psalm 23

[1]Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want. [2]He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters. [3]He restoreth my soul: He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. [4]Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. [5]Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup runneth over. [6]Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for ever.

Psalm 24

[1]The earth is Jehovah's, and the fulness thereof; The world, and they that dwell therein. [2]For he hath founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the floods. [3]Who shall ascend into the hill of Jehovah? And who shall stand in his holy place? [4]He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; Who hath not lifted up his soul unto falsehood, And hath not sworn deceitfully. [5]He shall receive a blessing from Jehovah, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. [6]This is the generation of them that seek after him, That seek thy face, [even] Jacob.


[7]Lift up your heads, O ye gates; And be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors: And the King of glory will come in. [8]Who is the King of glory? Jehovah strong and mighty, Jehovah mighty in battle. [9]Lift up your heads, O ye gates; Yea, lift them up, ye everlasting doors: And the King of glory will come in. [10]Who is this King of glory? Jehovah of hosts, He is the King of glory.


Psalm 25

[1]Unto thee, O Jehovah, do I lift up my soul. [2]O my God, in thee have I trusted, Let me not be put to shame; Let not mine enemies triumph over me. [3]Yea, none that wait for thee shall be put to shame: They shall be put to shame that deal treacherously without cause. [4]Show me thy ways, O Jehovah; Teach me thy paths. [5]Guide me in thy truth, and teach me; For thou art the God of my salvation; For thee do I wait all the day. [6]Remember, O Jehovah, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindness; For they have been ever of old. [7]Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: According to thy lovingkindness remember thou me, For thy goodness' sake, O Jehovah. [8]Good and upright is Jehovah: Therefore will he instruct sinners in the way. [9]The meek will he guide in justice; And the meek will he teach his way. [10]All the paths of Jehovah are lovingkindness and truth Unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. [11]For thy name's sake, O Jehovah, Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great. [12]What man is he that feareth Jehovah? Him shall he instruct in the way that he shall choose. [13]His soul shall dwell at ease; And his seed shall inherit the land. [14]The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear him; And he will show them his covenant. [15]Mine eyes are ever toward Jehovah; For he will pluck my feet out of the net. [16]Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; For I am desolate and afflicted. [17]The troubles of my heart are enlarged: Oh bring thou me out of my distresses. [18]Consider mine affliction and my travail; And forgive all my sins. [19]Consider mine enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred. [20]Oh keep my soul, and deliver me: Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in thee. [21]Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for thee. [22]Redeem Israel, O God, Out all of his troubles.

Psalm 26

[1]Judge me, O Jehovah, for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in Jehovah without wavering. [2]Examine me, O Jehovah, and prove me; Try my heart and my mind. [3]For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes; And I have walked in thy truth. [4]I have not sat with men of falsehood; Neither will I go in with dissemblers. [5]I hate the assembly of evil-doers, And will not sit with the wicked. [6]I will wash my hands in innocency: So will I compass thine altar, O Jehovah; [7]That I may make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard, And tell of all thy wondrous works. [8]Jehovah, I love the habitation of thy house, And the place where thy glory dwelleth. [9]Gather not my soul with sinners, Nor my life with men of blood; [10]In whose hands is wickedness, And their right hand is full of bribes. [11]But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: Redeem me, and be merciful unto me. [12]My foot standeth in an even place: In the congregations will I bless Jehovah.

Psalm 27

[1]Jehovah is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? [2]When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh, [Even] mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell. [3]Though a host should encamp against me, My heart shall not fear: Though war should rise against me, Even then will I be confident. [4]One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of Jehovah, And to inquire in his temple. [5]For in the day of trouble he will keep me secretly in his pavilion: In the covert of his tabernacle will he hide me; He will lift me up upon a rock. [6]And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me. And I will offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto Jehovah. [7]Hear, O Jehovah, when I cry with my voice: Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. [8][When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; My heart said unto thee, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek. [9]Hide not thy face from me; Put not thy servant away in anger: Thou hast been my help; Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. [10]When my father and my mother forsake me, Then Jehovah will take me up. [11]Teach me thy way, O Jehovah; And lead me in a plain path, Because of mine enemies. [12]Deliver me not over unto the will of mine adversaries: For false witnesses are risen up against me, And such as breathe out cruelty. [13][I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah In the land of the living. [14]Wait for Jehovah: Be strong, and let thy heart take courage; Yea, wait thou for Jehovah.

Psalm 28

[1]Unto thee, O Jehovah, will I call: My rock, be not thou deaf unto me; Lest, if thou be silent unto me, I become like them that go down into the pit. [2]Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, When I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. [3]Draw me not away with the wicked, And with the workers of iniquity; That speak peace with their neighbors, But mischief is in their hearts. [4]Give them according to their work, and according to the wickedness of their doings: Give them after the operation of their hands; Render to them their desert. [5]Because they regard not the works of Jehovah, Nor the operation of his hands, He will break them down and not build them up. [6]Blessed be Jehovah, Because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. [7]Jehovah is my strength and my shield; My heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped: Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; And with my song will I praise him. [8]Jehovah is their strength, And he is a stronghold of salvation to his anointed. [9]Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: Be their shepherd also, and bear them up for ever.

Psalm 29

[1]Ascribe unto Jehovah, O ye sons of the mighty, Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength. [2]Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due unto his name; Worship Jehovah in holy array. [3]The voice of Jehovah is upon the waters: The God of glory thundereth, Even Jehovah upon many waters. [4]The voice of Jehovah is powerful; The voice of Jehovah is full of majesty. [5]The voice of Jehovah breaketh the cedars; Yea, Jehovah breaketh in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. [6]He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox. [7]The voice of Jehovah cleaveth the flames of fire. [8]The voice of Jehovah shaketh the wilderness; Jehovah shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. [9]The voice of Jehovah maketh the hinds to calve, And strippeth the forests bare: And in his temple everything saith, Glory. [10]Jehovah sat [as King] at the Flood; Yea, Jehovah sitteth as King for ever. [11]Jehovah will give strength unto his people; Jehovah will bless his people with peace.

Psalm 30

[1]I will extol thee, O Jehovah; for thou hast raised me up, And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. [2]O Jehovah my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. [3]O Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol; Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. [4]Sing praise unto Jehovah, O ye saints of his, And give thanks to his holy memorial [name]. [5]For his anger is but for a moment; His favor is for a life-time: Weeping may tarry for the night, But joy [cometh] in the morning. [6]As for me, I said in my prosperity, I shall never be moved. [7]Thou, Jehovah, of thy favor hadst made my mountain to stand strong: Thou didst hide thy face; I was troubled. [8]I cried to thee, O Jehovah; And unto Jehovah I made supplication: [9]What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? [10]Hear, O Jehovah, and have mercy upon me: Jehovah, be thou my helper. [11]Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; [12]To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Jehovah my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psalm 31

[1]In thee, O Jehovah, do I take refuge; Let me never be put to shame: Deliver me in thy righteousness. [2]Bow down thine ear unto me; deliver me speedily: Be thou to me a strong rock, A house of defence to save me. [3]For thou art my rock and my fortress; Therefore for thy name's sake lead me and guide me. [4]Pluck me out of the net that they have laid privily for me; For thou art my stronghold. [5]Into thy hand I commend my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O Jehovah, thou God of truth. [6]I hate them that regard lying vanities; But I trust in Jehovah. [7]I will be glad and rejoice in thy lovingkindness; For thou hast seen my affliction: Thou hast known my soul in adversities; [8]And thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; Thou hast set my feet in a large place. [9]Have mercy upon me, O Jehovah, for I am in distress: Mine eye wasteth away with grief, [yea], my soul and my body. [10]For my life is spent with sorrow, And my years with sighing: My strength faileth because of mine iniquity, And my bones are wasted away. [11]Because of all mine adversaries I am become a reproach, Yea, unto my neighbors exceedingly, And a fear to mine acquaintance: They that did see me without fled from me. [12]I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel. [13]For I have heard the defaming of many, Terror on every side: While they took counsel together against me, They devised to take away my life. [14]But I trusted in thee, O Jehovah: I said, Thou art my God. [15]My times are in thy hand: Deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. [16]Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: Save me in thy lovingkindness. [17]Let me not be put to shame, O Jehovah; for I have called upon thee: Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol. [18]Let the lying lips be dumb, Which speak against the righteous insolently, With pride and contempt. [19]Oh how great is thy goodness, Which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, Which thou hast wrought for them that take refuge in thee, Before the sons of men! [20]In the covert of thy presence wilt thou hide them from the plottings of man: Thou wilt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. [21]Blessed be Jehovah; For he hath showed me his marvellous lovingkindness in a strong city. [22]As for me, I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: Nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications When I cried unto thee. [23]Oh love Jehovah, all ye his saints: Jehovah preserveth the faithful, And plentifully rewardeth him that dealeth proudly. [24]Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All ye that hope in Jehovah.

Psalm 32

[1]Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. [2]Blessed is the man unto whom Jehovah imputeth not iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no guile. [3]When I kept silence, my bones wasted away Through my groaning all the day long. [4]For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: My moisture was changed [as] with the drought of summer.


[5]I acknowledged my sin unto thee, And mine iniquity did I not hide: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Jehovah; And thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.


[6]For this let every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: Surely when the great waters overflow they shall not reach unto him. [7]Thou art my hiding-place; thou wilt preserve me from trouble; Thou wilt compass me about with songs of deliverance.


[8]I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee. [9]Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, [Else] they will not come near unto thee. [10]Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he that trusteth in Jehovah, lovingkindness shall compass him about. [11]Be glad in Jehovah, and rejoice, ye righteous; And shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalm 33

[1]Rejoice in Jehovah, O ye righteous: Praise is comely for the upright. [2]Give thanks unto Jehovah with the harp: Sing praises unto him with the psaltery of ten strings. [3]Sing unto him a new song; Play skilfully with a loud noise. [4]For the word of Jehovah is right; And all his work is [done] in faithfulness. [5]He loveth righteousness and justice: The earth is full of the lovingkindness of Jehovah. [6]By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. [7]He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap: He layeth up the deeps in store-houses. [8]Let all the earth fear Jehovah: Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. [9]For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. [10]Jehovah bringeth the counsel of the nations to nought; He maketh the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect. [11]The counsel of Jehovah standeth fast for ever, The thoughts of his heart to all generations. [12]Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah, The people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. [13]Jehovah looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men; [14]From the place of his habitation he looketh forth Upon all the inhabitants of the earth, [15]He that fashioneth the hearts of them all, That considereth all their works. [16]There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. [17]A horse is a vain thing for safety; Neither doth he deliver any by his great power. [18]Behold, the eye of Jehovah is upon them that fear him, Upon them that hope in his lovingkindness; [19]To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. [20]Our soul hath waited for Jehovah: He is our help and our shield. [21]For our heart shall rejoice in him, Because we have trusted in his holy name. [22]Let thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, be upon us, According as we have hoped in thee.

Psalm 34

[1]I will bless Jehovah at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. [2]My soul shall make her boast in Jehovah: The meek shall hear thereof, and be glad. [3]Oh magnify Jehovah with me, And let us exalt his name together. [4]I sought Jehovah, and he answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. [5]They looked unto him, and were radiant; And their faces shall never be confounded. [6]This poor man cried, and Jehovah heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. [7]The angel of Jehovah encampeth round about them that fear him, And delivereth them. [8]Oh taste and see that Jehovah is good: Blessed is the man that taketh refuge in him. [9]Oh fear Jehovah, ye his saints; For there is no want to them that fear him. [10]The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger; But they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good thing. [11]Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of Jehovah. [12]What man is he that desireth life, And loveth [many] days, that he may see good? [13]Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking guile. [14]Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it. [15]The eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteous, And his ears are [open] unto their cry. [16]The face of Jehovah is against them that do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. [17][The righteous] cried, and Jehovah heard, And delivered them out of all their troubles. [18]Jehovah is nigh unto 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 Jehovah delivereth him out of them all. [20]He keepeth all his bones: Not one of them is broken. [21]Evil shall slay the wicked; And they that hate the righteous shall be condemned. [22]Jehovah redeemeth the soul of his servants; And none of them that take refuge in him shall be condemned.

Psalm 35

[1]Strive thou, O Jehovah, with them that strive with me: Fight thou against them that fight against me. [2]Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for my help. [3]Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that pursue me: Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. [4]Let them be put to shame and brought to dishonor that seek after my soul: Let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt. [5]Let them be as chaff before the wind, And the angel of Jehovah driving [them] on. [6]Let their way be dark and slippery, And the angel of Jehovah pursuing them. [7]For without cause have they hid for me their net [in] a pit; Without cause have they digged [a pit] for my soul. [8]Let destruction come upon him unawares; And let his net that he hath hid catch himself: With destruction let him fall therein. [9]And my soul shall be joyful in Jehovah: It shall rejoice in his salvation. [10]All my bones shall say, Jehovah, who is like unto thee, Who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, Yea, the poor and the needy from him that robbeth him? [11]Unrighteous witnesses rise up; They ask me of things that I know not. [12]They reward me evil for good, [To] the bereaving of my soul. [13]But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I afflicted my soul with fasting; And my prayer returned into mine own bosom. [14]I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother: I bowed down mourning, as one that bewaileth his mother. [15]But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: The abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew [it] not; They did tear me, and ceased not: [16]Like the profane mockers in feasts, They gnashed upon me with their teeth. [17]Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, My darling from the lions. [18]I will give thee thanks in the great assembly: I will praise thee among much people. [19]Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; Neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. [20]For they speak not peace; But they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land. [21]Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me; They said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. [22]Thou hast seen it, O Jehovah; keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. [23]Stir up thyself, and awake to the justice [due] unto me, [Even] unto my cause, my God and my Lord. [24]Judge me, O Jehovah my God, according to thy righteousness; And let them not rejoice over me. [25]Let them not say in their heart, Aha, so would we have it: Let them not say, We have swallowed him up. [26]Let them be put to shame and confounded together that rejoice at my hurt: Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me. [27]Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, Jehovah be magnified, Who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. [28]And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness [And] of thy praise all the day long.

Psalm 36

[1]The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, There is no fear of God before his eyes. [2]For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, That his iniquity will not be found out and be hated. [3]The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: He hath ceased to be wise [and] to do good. [4]He deviseth iniquity upon his bed; He setteth himself in a way that is not good; He abhorreth not evil. [5]Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, is in the heavens; Thy faithfulness [reacheth] unto the skies. [6]Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God; Thy judgments are a great deep: O Jehovah, thou preservest man and beast. [7]How precious is thy lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings. [8]They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; And thou wilt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. [9]For with thee is the fountain of life: In thy light shall we see light. [10]Oh continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee, And thy righteousness to the upright in heart. [11]Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. [12]There are the workers of iniquity fallen: They are thrust down, and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 37

[1]Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness. [2]For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. [3]Trust in Jehovah, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on [his] faithfulness. [4]Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart. [5]Commit thy way unto Jehovah; Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass. [6]And he will make thy righteousness to go forth as the light, And thy justice as the noon-day. [7]Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. [8]Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: Fret not thyself, [it tendeth] only to evil-doing. [9]For evil-doers shall be cut off; But those that wait for Jehovah, they shall inherit the land. [10]For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and he shall not be. [11]But the meek shall inherit the land, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. [12]The wicked plotteth against the just, And gnasheth upon him with his teeth. [13]The Lord will laugh at him; For he seeth that his day is coming. [14]The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay such as are upright in the way. [15]Their sword shall enter into their own heart, And their bows shall be broken. [16]Better is a little that the righteous hath Than the abundance of many wicked. [17]For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; But Jehovah upholdeth the righteous. [18]Jehovah knoweth the days of the perfect; And their inheritance shall be for ever. [19]They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. [20]But the wicked shall perish, And the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the fat of lambs: They shall consume; In smoke shall they consume away. [21]The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again; But the righteous dealeth graciously, and giveth. [22]For such as are blessed of him shall inherit the land; And they that are cursed of him shall be cut off. [23]A man's goings are established of Jehovah; And he delighteth in his way. [24]Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For Jehovah upholdeth him with his hand. [25]I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread. [26]All the day long he dealeth graciously, and lendeth; And his seed is blessed. [27]Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell for evermore. [28]For Jehovah loveth justice, And forsaketh not his saints; They are preserved for ever: But the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. [29]The righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell therein for ever. [30]The mouth of the righteous talketh of wisdom, And his tongue speaketh justice. [31]The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide. [32]The wicked watcheth the righteous, And seeketh to slay him. [33]Jehovah will not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged. [34]Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way, And he will exalt thee to inherit the land: When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. [35]I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil. [36]But one passed by, and, lo, he was not: Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. [37]Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; For there is a [happy] end to the man of peace. [38]As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; The end of the wicked shall be cut off. [39]But the salvation of the righteous is of Jehovah; He is their stronghold in the time of trouble. [40]And Jehovah helpeth them, and rescueth them; He rescueth them from the wicked, and saveth them, Because they have taken refuge in him.

Psalm 38

[1]O Jehovah, rebuke me not in thy wrath; Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. [2]For thine arrows stick fast in me, And thy hand presseth me sore. [3]There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation; Neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin. [4]For mine iniquities are gone over my head: As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. [5]My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, Because of my foolishness. [6]I am pained and bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. [7]For my loins are filled with burning; And there is no soundness in my flesh. [8]I am faint and sore bruised: I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my heart. [9]Lord, all my desire is before thee; And my groaning is not hid from thee. [10]My heart throbbeth, my strength faileth me: As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. [11]My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off. [12]They also that seek after my life lay snares [for me]; And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, And meditate deceits all the day long. [13]But I, as a deaf man, hear not; And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. [14]Yea, I am as a man that heareth not, And in whose mouth are no reproofs. [15]For in thee, O Jehovah, do I hope: Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God. [16]For I said, Lest they rejoice over me: When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. [17]For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me. [18]For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. [19]But mine enemies are lively, [and] are strong; And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. [20]They also that render evil for good Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good. [21]Forsake me not, O Jehovah: O my God, be not far from me. [22]Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.

Psalm 39

[1]I said, I will take heed to my ways, That I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, While the wicked is before me. [2]I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; And my sorrow was stirred. [3]My heart was hot within me; While I was musing the fire burned: [Then] spake I with my tongue: [4]Jehovah, make me to know mine end, And the measure of my days, what it is; Let me know how frail I am. [5]Behold, thou hast made my days [as] handbreadths; And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity.


[6]Surely every man walketh in a vain show; Surely they are disquieted in vain: He heapeth up [riches], and knoweth not who shall gather them. [7]And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee. [8]Deliver me from all my transgressions: Make me not the reproach of the foolish. [9]I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; Because thou didst it. [10]Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thy hand. [11]When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, Thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: Surely every man is vanity.


[12]Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and give ear unto my cry; Hold not thy peace at my tears: For I am a stranger with thee, A sojourner, as all my fathers were. [13]Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, Before I go hence, and be no more.

Psalm 40

[1]I waited patiently for Jehovah; And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. [2]He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay; And he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. [3]And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, And shall trust in Jehovah. [4]Blessed is the man that maketh Jehovah his trust, And respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. [5]Many, O Jehovah my God, are the wonderful works which thou hast done, And thy thoughts which are to us-ward; They cannot be set in order unto thee; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered. [6]Sacrifice and offering thou hast no delight in; Mine ears hast thou opened: Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required. [7]Then said I, Lo, I am come; In the roll of the book it is written of me: [8]I delight to do thy will, O my God; Yea, thy law is within my heart. [9]I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great assembly; Lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Jehovah, thou knowest. [10]I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great assembly. [11]Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Jehovah; Let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. [12]For innumerable evils have compassed me about; Mine iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; And my heart hath failed me. [13]Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me: Make haste to help me, O Jehovah. [14]Let them be put to shame and confounded together That seek after my soul to destroy it: Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor That delight in my hurt. [15]Let them be desolate by reason of their shame That say unto me, Aha, aha. [16]Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: Let such as love thy salvation say continually, Jehovah be magnified. [17]But I am poor and needy; [Yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my help and my deliverer; Make no tarrying, O my God.