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Psalm 28

The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield

Of David.

1To you, O Lord, I call;

my rock, be not deaf to me,

lest, if you be silent to me,

I become like those who go down to the pit.

2Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,

when I cry to you for help,

when I lift up my hands

toward your most holy sanctuary.1

3Do not drag me off with the wicked,

with the workers of evil,

who speak peace with their neighbors

while evil is in their hearts.

4Give to them according to their work

and according to the evil of their deeds;

give to them according to the work of their hands;

render them their due reward.

5Because they do not regard the works of the Lord

or the work of his hands,

he will tear them down and build them up no more.

6Blessed be the Lord!

For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.

7The Lord is my strength and my shield;

in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;

my heart exults,

and with my song I give thanks to him.

8The Lord is the strength of his people;2

he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

9Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!

Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Footnotes

  • 1 28:2 Hebrew your innermost sanctuary
  • 2 28:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts is their strength

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord Glory

A Psalm of David.

1Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,1

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.2

3The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

the God of glory thunders,

the Lord, over many waters.

4The voice of the Lord is powerful;

the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;

the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

6He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,

and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth3

and strips the forests bare,

and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;

the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

11May the Lord give strength to his people!

May the Lord bless4 his people with peace!

Footnotes

  • 1 29:1 Hebrew sons of God, or sons of might
  • 2 29:2 Or in holy attire
  • 3 29:9 Revocalization yields makes the oaks to shake
  • 4 29:11 Or The Lord will give . . . The Lord will bless