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How Long, O Lord?

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

13:1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.  

Psalm 14

The Fool Says, There Is No God

To the choirmaster. Of David.

14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

2The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand,[1] who seek after God.

3They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

4Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the Lord?

5There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. 6You would shame the plans of the poor, but[2] the Lord is his refuge.

7Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

[1] Or that act wisely  [2] Or for

Psalm 15

Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?

A Psalm of David.

15:1 O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

2He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; 3who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 16

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

A Miktam[3] of David.

16:1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

3As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.[4]

4The sorrows of those who run after[5] another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.

5The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.[6] 8I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

9Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[7] rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. [8]

11You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

[3] Probably a musical or liturgical term  [4] Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:  [5] Or who acquire  [6] Hebrew my kidneys instruct me  [7] Hebrew my glory  [8] Or see the pit

Psalm 17

In the Shadow of Your Wings

A Prayer of David.

17:1 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit! 2From your presence let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!

3You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress. 4With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. 5My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

6I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. 7Wondrously show[9] your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, 9from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.

10They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 11They have now surrounded our steps; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground. 12He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.

13Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, 14from men by your hand, O Lord, from men of the world whose portion is in this life.[10] You fill their womb with treasure;[11] they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.

15As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

[9] Or Distinguish me by  [10] Or from men whose portion in life is of the world  [11] Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb

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