“1) Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
2) The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he shallbe blessed upon the earth; and Thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
3) The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing; Thou wilt turn him on his bed in his sickness.
4) I said, “Lord, be merciful unto me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee.”
5) Mine enemies speak evil of me and say, “When shall he die and his name perish?”
6) And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity; his heart gathereth iniquity to itself, and when he goeth out, he telleth it.
7) All that hate me whisper together against me; against me do they devise my hurt.
8) “An evil disease,” they say, “cleaveth fast unto him, and now that he lieth down, he shall rise up no more.”
9) Yea, mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, that ate of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
10) But Thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up that I may requite them.
11) By this I know that Thou favorest me: because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12) And as for me, Thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before Thy face for ever.
13) Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.”
“1) I waited patiently for the Lord; 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 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 the Lord.
4) Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5) Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done; and Thy thoughts which are directed toward us, they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
6) Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened; burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required.
7) Then said I, “Lo, I come: in the volume 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 preached righteousness in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, O Lord, 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 congregation.
11) Withhold not Thou Thy tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth continually preserve me.
12) For innumerable evils have compassed me about; mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up. They are more than the hairs of mine head; therefore my heart faileth me.
13) Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!
14) Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
15) Let them be desolate as a reward for their shame, that say unto me, “Aha, aha!”
16) Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; let those that love Thy salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”
17) But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh of me. Thou art my help and my deliverer; do not tarry, O my God!”
“1) I said, “I will take heed of 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 I spoke with my tongue:
4) “Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.
5) Behold, Thou hast made my days as a handbreadth, and mine age is as nothing before Thee; verily every man in his best state is altogether vanity. Selah
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, for what do I wait? 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 Thine hand.
11) When with rebukes Thou dost correct man for iniquity, Thou makest his beauty to be consumed away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah
12) “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not Thy peace at my tears; for I am a stranger with Thee and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13) O spare me, that I may recover strength before I go hence and am no more.””
“1) O Lord, 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 sorely.
3) There is no soundness in my flesh, because of Thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones, because of my sin.
4) For mine iniquities have gone over mine head; as a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
5) My wounds are foul and corrupt because of my foolishness.
6) I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
7) For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8) I am feeble and sorely broken; I have groaned because of the disquiet of my heart.
9) Lord, all my desires are known to Thee; and my groaning is not hidden from Thee.
10) My heart panteth, my strength faileth me; as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11) My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my sore, 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 devise deceits all the day long.
13) But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
14) Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15) For in Thee, O Lord, do I hope; Thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
16) For I said, “Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me; when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.”
17) For I am ready for halting, 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 alive and they are strong; and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
20) They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries, because I follow the thing that is good.
21) Forsake me not, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me!
22) Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
“1) Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2) For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3) Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4) Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5) Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
6) And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7) Rest in the Lord 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 in any wise to do evil.
9) For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10) For yet a little while and the wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently look for his place, and it shall not be.
11) But the meek shall inherit the earth, 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 shall laugh at him, for He seeth that his day is coming.
14) The wicked have drawn out the sword and have bent their bows to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright manner of living.
15) Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16) A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17) For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18) The Lord knoweth the days of the upright; and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19) They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20) But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall be consumed; into smoke shall they be consumed away.
21) The wicked borroweth and payeth not back, but the righteous showeth mercy and giveth:
22) forsuch as are blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but they that are cursed by Him shall be cut off.
23) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delighteth in his way.
24) Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord 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 for bread.
26) He is ever merciful and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27) Depart from evil and do good, and dwell for evermore.
28) For the Lord loveth judgment, 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 speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
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) But the Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34) Wait on the Lord and keep His way, and He shall 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 bay tree.
36) Yet he passed away, and lo, he was no more; yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37) Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.
38) But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39) But the salvation of the righteous is in the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40) And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked and save them, because they trust in Him.”
“1) The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2) For he flattereth himself in his own eyes until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
3) The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit; he hath ceased to be wise and to do good.
4) He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
5) Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6) Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; Thy judgments are a great deep; O Lord, Thou preservest man and beast.
7) How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.
8) They shall be abundantly satisfied with the bounty of Thy house, and Thou shalt 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) O 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 remove me.
12) There the workers of iniquity lie fallen; they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.”
“1) Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me.
2) Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3) Draw out also the spear, and block the way against them that persecute me. Say unto my soul, “I am thy salvation.”
4) Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul; let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
5) Let them be as chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the Lord chase them.
6) Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of the Lord persecute them.
7) For without cause they have hid their net for me in a pit, which without cause they have dug for my soul.
8) Let destruction come upon him unawares; and let the net which he hath hidden catch himself; into that very destruction let him fall.
9) Then my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His salvation.
10) All my bones shall say, “Lord, who is like unto Thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and needy from him that would plunder him?”
11) False witnesses rose up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12) They rewarded me evil for good, to the grieving of my soul.
13) But as for me, when they were sick my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned unto mine own bosom.
14) I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother; I bowed down in heaviness, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15) But in mine adversity they rejoiced and gathered themselves together; yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they tore at me and ceased not.
16) With hypocritical mockers at feasts they gnashed their teeth against me.
17) Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my precious soul from the lions.
18) I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise Thee among many 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 matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21) Yea, they opened their mouths wide against me and said, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it.”
22) This Thou hast seen, O Lord; keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me.
23) Stir up Thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24) Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25) Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so would we have it!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26) Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion 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, “Let the Lord be magnified who hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
28) And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness and of Thy praise all the day long.”