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Psalm 1:1-6

Book One

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

1Blessed is the man1

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2but his delight is in the law2 of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

3He is like a tree

planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

4The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

Footnotes

  • 1 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface
  • 2 1:2 Or instruction

Psalm 2:1-12

The Reign of the Lord's Anointed

1Why do the nations rage1

and the peoples plot in vain?

2The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

3“Let us burst their bonds apart

and cast away their cords from us.”

4He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord holds them in derision.

5Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6“As for me, I have set my King

on Zion, my holy hill.”

7I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you.

8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

9You shall break2 them with a rod of iron

and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”

10Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11Serve the Lord with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12Kiss the Son,

lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,

for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Footnotes

  • 1 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble
  • 2 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule

Psalm 3:1-8

Save Me, O My God

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

1O Lord, how many are my foes!

Many are rising against me;

2many are saying of my soul,

there is no salvation for him in God. Selah1

3But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,

my glory, and the lifter of my head.

4I cried aloud to the Lord,

and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

5I lay down and slept;

I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.

6I will not be afraid of many thousands of people

who have set themselves against me all around.

7Arise, O Lord!

Save me, O my God!

For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;

you break the teeth of the wicked.

8Salvation belongs to the Lord;

your blessing be on your people! Selah

Footnotes

  • 1 3:2 The meaning of the Hebrew word Selah, used frequently in the Psalms, is uncertain. It may be a musical or liturgical direction

Psalm 4:1-8

Answer Me When I Call

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!

You have given me relief when I was in distress.

Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

2O men,1 how long shall my honor be turned into shame?

How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah

3But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;

the Lord hears when I call to him.

4Be angry,2 and do not sin;

ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

5Offer right sacrifices,

and put your trust in the Lord.

6There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?

Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”

7You have put more joy in my heart

than they have when their grain and wine abound.

8In peace I will both lie down and sleep;

for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Footnotes

  • 1 4:2 Or O men of rank
  • 2 4:4 Or Be agitated

Psalm 5:1-12

Lead Me in Your Righteousness

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

1Give ear to my words, O Lord;

consider my groaning.

2Give attention to the sound of my cry,

my King and my God,

for to you do I pray.

3O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;

in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you1 and watch.

4For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;

evil may not dwell with you.

5The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;

you hate all evildoers.

6You destroy those who speak lies;

the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,

will enter your house.

I will bow down toward your holy temple

in the fear of you.

8Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness

because of my enemies;

make your way straight before me.

9For there is no truth in their mouth;

their inmost self is destruction;

their throat is an open grave;

they flatter with their tongue.

10Make them bear their guilt, O God;

let them fall by their own counsels;

because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,

for they have rebelled against you.

11But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

let them ever sing for joy,

and spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may exult in you.

12For you bless the righteous, O Lord;

you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Footnotes

  • 1 5:3 Or I direct my prayer to you