Psalm Book 1: 1-41

 
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Psalm 1

Psalm 1 - ESV
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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
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but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
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He 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.
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The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
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Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
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for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Psalm 2 - ESV
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Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
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The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
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“Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
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He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
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Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
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“As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
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I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
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Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
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You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
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Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
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Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
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Kiss 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.

Psalm 3

Psalm 3 - ESV
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A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
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many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
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But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
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I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
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I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
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I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
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Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
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Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah

Psalm 4

Psalm 4 - ESV
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To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer 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!
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O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
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But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.
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Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
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Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
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There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
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You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
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In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 5

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To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning.
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Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
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O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
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For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
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The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
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You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
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But 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.
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Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
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For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
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Make 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.
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But 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.
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For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Psalm 6

Psalm 6 - ESV
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To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.
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Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
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My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD—how long?
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Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
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For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?
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I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
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My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.
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Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
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The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.
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All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Psalm 7

Psalm 7 - ESV
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A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite. O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
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lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
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O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,
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if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause,
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let 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
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Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
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Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.
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The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.
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Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!
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My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
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God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
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If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;
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he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.
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Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.
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He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.
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His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.
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I 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.

Psalm 8

Psalm 8 - ESV
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To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
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Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
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When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
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what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
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Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
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You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
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all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
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the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
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O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 9

Psalm 9 - ESV
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To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
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I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
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When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence.
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For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
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You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
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The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.
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But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,
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and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
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The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
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And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
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Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!
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For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
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Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
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that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.
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The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
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The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
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The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.
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For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
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Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you!
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Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

Psalm 10

Psalm 10 - ESV
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Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
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In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
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For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
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In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
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His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
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He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
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His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
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He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
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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.
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The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.
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He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
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Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.
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Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
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But 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.
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Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.
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The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.
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O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
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to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Psalm 11

Psalm 11 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. Of David. In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
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for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
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if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
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The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
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The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
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Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
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For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

Psalm 12

Psalm 12 - ESV
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To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
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Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
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May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,
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those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
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“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.”
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The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
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You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.
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On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

Psalm 13

Psalm 13 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
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How 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?
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Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
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lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
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But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
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I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 14

Psalm 14 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
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The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
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They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
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Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD?
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There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous.
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You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.
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Oh, 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.

Psalm 15

Psalm 15 - ESV
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A Psalm of David. O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
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He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;
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who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
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in 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;
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who 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

Psalm 16 - ESV
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A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
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I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
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As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
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The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
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The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
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The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
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I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
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I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
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Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
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For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
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You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 17

Psalm 17 - ESV
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A Prayer of David. Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
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From your presence let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!
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You 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.
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With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
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My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
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I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.
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Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
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Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
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from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.
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They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
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They have now surrounded our steps; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
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He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.
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Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
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from men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.
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As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

Psalm 18

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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O LORD, my strength.
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The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
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I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
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The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;
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the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
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In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
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Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.
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Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.
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He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.
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He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
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He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.
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Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.
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The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.
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And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
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Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
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He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
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He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
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They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.
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He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
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The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
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For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
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For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.
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I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.
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So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
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With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
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with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
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For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.
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For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
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For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
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This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
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For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—
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the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.
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He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
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He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
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You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.
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You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.
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I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed.
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I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.
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For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.
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You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed.
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They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
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I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets.
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You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.
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As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.
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Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.
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The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation—
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the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me,
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who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence.
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For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and sing to your name.
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Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.

Psalm 19

Psalm 19 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
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Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
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There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
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Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,
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which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
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Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
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The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
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the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
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the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
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More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
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Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
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Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
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Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 20

Psalm 20 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
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May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
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May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
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May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!
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May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
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Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
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They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
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O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call.

Psalm 21

Psalm 21 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
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You have given him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
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For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
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He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.
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His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
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For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
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For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
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Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.
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You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.
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You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.
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Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
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For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.
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Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.

Psalm 22

Psalm 22 - ESV
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To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
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O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
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Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
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In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
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To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
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But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
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All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
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“He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
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Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
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On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
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Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
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Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
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they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
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I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
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my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
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For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet—
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I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me;
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they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
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But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
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Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!
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Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
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I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
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You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
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For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
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From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
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The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!
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All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
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For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.
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All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive.
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Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
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they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 - ESV
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A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
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He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
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He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
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Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 24

Psalm 24 - ESV
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A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
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for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
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Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
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He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
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He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
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Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
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Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
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Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
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Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
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Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah

Psalm 25

Psalm 25 - ESV
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Of David. To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
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O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
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Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
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Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
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Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
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Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
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Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
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Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
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He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
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All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
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For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
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Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
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His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.
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The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
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My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
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Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
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The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
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Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
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Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
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Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
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May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
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Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 26

Psalm 26 - ESV
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Of David. Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
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Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
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For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.
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I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
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I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
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I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD,
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proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.
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O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.
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Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
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in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.
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But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.
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My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 27

Psalm 27 - ESV
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Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
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When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
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Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
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One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
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For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
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And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
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Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
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You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
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Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
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For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.
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Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
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Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
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I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
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Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Psalm 28

Psalm 28 - ESV
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Of David. To 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.
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Hear 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.
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Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts.
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Give 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.
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Because 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.
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Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
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The 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.
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The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
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Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Psalm 29

Psalm 29 - ESV
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A Psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
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Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
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The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters.
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The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
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The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
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He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
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The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
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The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
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The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
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The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
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May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Psalm 30

Psalm 30 - ESV
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A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
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O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
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O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
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Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
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For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
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As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
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By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
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To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
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“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
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Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!”
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You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
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that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Psalm 31

Psalm 31 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
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Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
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For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
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you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
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Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
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I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
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I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,
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and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
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Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
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For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
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Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
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I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
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For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
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But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
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My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
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Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!
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O LORD, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.
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Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
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Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
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In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
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Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
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I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.
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Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
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Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

Psalm 32

Psalm 32 - ESV
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A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
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Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
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For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
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For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
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I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
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Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
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You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
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Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
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Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
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Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 33

Psalm 33 - ESV
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Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
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Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
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Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
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For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
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He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
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By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
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He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses.
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Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
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For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
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The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
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The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.
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Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
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The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;
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from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
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he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
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The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
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The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
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Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
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that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
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Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
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For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
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Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Psalm 34

Psalm 34 - ESV
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Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
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My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
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Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
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I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
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Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
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This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
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The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
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Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
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Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
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The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
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Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
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What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?
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Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
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Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
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The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
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The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
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When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
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Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
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He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
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Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
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The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 35

Psalm 35 - ESV
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Of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!
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Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help!
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Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!”
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Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
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Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away!
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Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
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For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
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Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!
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Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation.
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All my bones shall say, “O LORD, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
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Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know.
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They repay me evil for good; my soul is bereft.
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But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
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I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning.
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But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered; they gathered together against me; wretches whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing;
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like profane mockers at a feast, they gnash at me with their teeth.
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How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions!
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I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.
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Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause.
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For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.
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They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!”
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You have seen, O LORD; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
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Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord!
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Vindicate me, O LORD, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me!
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Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart's desire!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
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Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me!
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Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
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Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

Psalm 36

Psalm 36 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
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For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
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The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
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He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
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Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
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Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.
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How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
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They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
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For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
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Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
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Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
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There the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Psalm 37

Psalm 37 - ESV
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Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
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For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
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Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
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Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
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Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
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He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
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Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
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For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
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In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
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But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
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The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him,
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but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
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The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright;
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their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
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Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.
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For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
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The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever;
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they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.
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But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
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The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;
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for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
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The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;
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though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
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I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
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He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.
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Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever.
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For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
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The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
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The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
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The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
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The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death.
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The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
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Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
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I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
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But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.
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Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.
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But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
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The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
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The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

Psalm 38

Psalm 38 - ESV
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A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering. O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath!
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For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.
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There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
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For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
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My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,
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I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning.
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For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
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I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
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O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.
10
My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
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My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.
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Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long.
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But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
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I have become like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no rebukes.
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But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
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For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!”
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For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.
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I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.
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But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
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Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good.
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Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me!
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Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!

Psalm 39

Psalm 39 - ESV
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To the choirmaster: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
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I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.
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My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
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“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!
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Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
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Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
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“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
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Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
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I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.
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Remove your stroke from me; I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
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When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah
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“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.
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Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”

Psalm 40

Psalm 40 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
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He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
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He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
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Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
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You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
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In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
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Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
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I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
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I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
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I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
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As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
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For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.
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Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!
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Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!
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Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
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But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
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As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Psalm 41

Psalm 41 - ESV
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;
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the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
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The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.
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As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
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My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?”
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And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
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All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.
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They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.”
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Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
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But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them!
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By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
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But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
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Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.