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The Book of
PSALMS 1 - 20

1:1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

1:2

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

1:3

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

1:4

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

1:5

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

1:6

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

2:1

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2:2

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

2:3

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

2:4

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

2:5

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

2:6

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

2:7

I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

2:8

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

2:9

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

2:10

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

2:11

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

2:12

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

3:1

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

3:2

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

3:3

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

3:4

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

3:5

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

3:6

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

3:7

Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

3:8

Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

4:1

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

4:2

O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

4:3

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

4:4

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

4:5

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

4:6

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

4:7

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

4:8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

5:1

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

5:2

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

5:3

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

5:4

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

5:5

The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

5:6

Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

5:7

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

5:8

Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

5:9

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

5:10

Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

5:11

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

5:12

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

6:1

O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

6:2

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

6:3

My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?

6:4

Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

6:5

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

6:6

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

6:7

Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

6:8

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.

6:9

The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

6:10

Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

7:1

O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

7:2

Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

7:3

O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

7:4

If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

7:5

Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

7:6

Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

7:7

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

7:8

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

7:9

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

7:10

My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

7:11

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

7:12

If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

7:13

He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

7:14

Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

7:15

He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

7:16

His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

7:17

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

8:1

O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

8:2

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

8:3

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

8:4

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

8:5

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

8:6

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

8:7

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

8:8

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

8:9

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

9:1

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

9:2

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

9:3

When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

9:4

For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

9:5

Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

9:6

O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

9:7

But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

9:8

And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

9:9

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

9:10

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

9:11

Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

9:12

When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

9:13

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

9:14

That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

9:15

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

9:16

The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

9:17

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

9:18

For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

9:19

Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

9:20

Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

10:1

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

10:2

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

10:3

For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

10:4

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

10:5

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

10:6

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

10:7

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

10:8

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

10:9

He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10:10

He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

10:11

He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

10:12

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

10:13

Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

10:14

Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

10:15

Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

10:16

The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

10:17

LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

10:18

To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

11:1

In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

11:2

For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

11:3

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

11:4

The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

11:5

The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

11:6

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

11:7

For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

12:1

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

12:2

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

12:3

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

12:4

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

12:5

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

12:6

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

12:7

Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

12:8

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

13:1

How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

13:2

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

13:3

Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

13:4

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

13:5

But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

13:6

I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

14:1

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

14:2

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

14:3

They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

14:4

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

14:5

There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

14:6

Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

14:7

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

15:1

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

15:2

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

15:3

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

15:4

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

15:5

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

16:1

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

16:2

O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

16:3

But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

16:4

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

16:6

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

16:7

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

16:8

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

16:9

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

16:10

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

17:1

Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

17:2

Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

17:3

Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

17:4

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

17:5

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

17:6

I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

17:7

Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

17:8

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

17:9

From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

17:10

They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

17:11

They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

17:12

Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

17:13

Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

17:14

From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

17:15

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

18:1

I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

18:2

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

18:3

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

18:4

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

18:5

The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

18:6

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

18:7

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

18:8

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

18:9

He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

18:10

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

18:11

He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

18:12

At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

18:13

The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

18:14

Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

18:15

Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

18:16

He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

18:17

He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

18:18

They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

18:19

He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

18:20

The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

18:21

For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

18:22

For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

18:23

I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

18:24

Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

18:25

With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

18:26

With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

18:27

For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

18:28

For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

18:29

For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

18:30

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

18:31

For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

18:32

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

18:33

He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

18:34

He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

18:35

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

18:36

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

18:37

I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

18:38

I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

18:39

For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

18:40

Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

18:41

They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

18:42

Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

18:43

Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

18:44

As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

18:45

The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

18:46

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

18:47

It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

18:48

He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

18:49

Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

18:50

Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

19:2

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

19:3

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

19:4

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

19:5

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

19:6

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

19:7

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

19:8

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

19:9

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

19:10

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

19:11

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

19:12

Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

19:13

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

19:14

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

20:1

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

20:2

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

20:3

Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

20:4

Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

20:5

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

20:6

Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

20:7

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

20:8

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

20:9

Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

 

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