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In You Do I Take Refuge

A Shiggaion[1] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

7:1 O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, 2lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

3O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, 4if I have repaid my friend[2] with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, 5let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust.   Selah

6Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. 7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.

8The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. 9Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts,[3] O righteous God! 10My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. 11God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

12If a man[4] does not repent, God[5] will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; 13he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 14Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. 15He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. 16His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.

17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

[1] Probably a musical or liturgical term  [2] Hebrew the one at peace with me  [3] Hebrew the hearts and kidneys  [4] Hebrew he  [5] Hebrew he

Psalm 8

How Majestic Is Your Name

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.[6] A Psalm of David.

8:1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2  Out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

5Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings[7] and crowned him with glory and honor. 6You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

[6] Probably a musical or liturgical term  [7] Or than God; Septuagint than the angels

Psalm 9

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

[8]To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben.[9] A Psalm of David.

9:1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

3When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before[10] your presence. 4For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

5You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. 6The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.

7But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, 8and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.

9The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! 12For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13Be gracious to me, O Lord! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, 14that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.

15The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid their own foot has been caught. 16The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion.[11] Selah

17The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.

18For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

19Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! 20Put them in fear, O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

[8] Psalms 9 and 10 together follow an acrostic pattern, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they form one psalm  [9] Probably a musical or liturgical term  [10] Or because of  [11] Probably a musical or liturgical term

Psalm 10  

Why Do You Hide Yourself?

10:1 Why, O Lord, do you stand afar off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

2In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. 3For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses[12] and renounces the Lord. 4In the pride of his face[13] the wicked does not seek him;[14] all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” 5His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. 6He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.” 7His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 9  he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. 10The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. 11He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

12Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 13Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? 14But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. 15Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

16The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. 17O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

[12] Or he blesses the one greedy for gain  [13] Or of his anger  [14] Or the wicked says, “He will not call to account”

Psalm 11  

The Lord Is in His Holy Temple

To the choirmaster. Of David.

 1:1 In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, 2for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 3if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”[15]

4The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test, the children of man. 5The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 6Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 7For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

[15] Or for the foundations will be destroyed; what has the righteous done?

Psalm 12  

The Faithful Have Vanished

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.[16] A Psalm of David.

12:1 Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. 2Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, 4those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

5“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” 6The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

7You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us[17] from this generation forever. 8On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

[16] Probably a musical or liturgical term  [17] Or guard him

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