Psalm Book 3: 73-89

Psalms 73

Psalm 73 - NKJV
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Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart.
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But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped.
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For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
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For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm.
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They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men.
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Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.
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Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.
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They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily.
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They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.
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Therefore his people return here, And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
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And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?"
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Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches.
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Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence.
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For all day long I have been plagued, And chastened every morning.
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If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
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When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me;
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Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.
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Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
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Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
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As a dream when one awakes, So, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.
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Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.
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I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
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Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.
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You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
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Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
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My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
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For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
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But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.

Psalms 74

Psalm 74 - NKJV
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O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?
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Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed; This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.
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Lift up Your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.
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Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place; They set up their banners for signs.
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They seem like men who lift up Axes among the thick trees.
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And now they break down its carved work, all at once, With axes and hammers.
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They have set fire to Your sanctuary; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.
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They said in their hearts, "Let us destroy them altogether." They have burned up all the meeting places of God in the land.
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We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet; Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
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O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?
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Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.
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For God is my King from of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
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You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters.
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You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
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You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up mighty rivers.
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The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.
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You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.
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Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.
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Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.
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Have respect to the covenant; For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty.
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Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed! Let the poor and needy praise Your name.
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Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily.
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Do not forget the voice of Your enemies; The tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.

Psalms 75

Psalm 75 - NKJV
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We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.
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"When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.
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The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved; I set up its pillars firmly. Selah
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'I said to the boastful, 'Do not deal boastfully,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn.
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Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.'"
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For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south.
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But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.
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For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, And the wine is red; It is fully mixed, and He pours it out; Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth Drain and drink down.
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But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
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'All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted."

Psalms 76

Psalm 76 - NKJV
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In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel.
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In Salem also is His tabernacle, And His dwelling place in Zion.
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There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and sword of battle. Selah
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You are more glorious and excellent Than the mountains of prey.
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The stouthearted were plundered; They have sunk into their sleep; And none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands.
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At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both the chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep.
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You, Yourself, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence When once You are angry?
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You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still,
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When God arose to judgment, To deliver all the oppressed of the earth. Selah
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Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; With the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.
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Make vows to the LORD your God, and pay them; Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.
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He shall cut off the spirit of princes; He is awesome to the kings of the earth.

Psalms 77

Psalm 77 - NKJV
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I cried out to God with my voice; To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.
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In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.
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I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah
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You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
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I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times.
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I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search.
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Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more?
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Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore?
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Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah
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And I said, "This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High."
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I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
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I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.
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Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?
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You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.
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You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
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The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled.
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The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about.
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The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.
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Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known.
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You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalms 78

Psalm 78 - NKJV
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Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
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I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
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Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.
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We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
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For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;
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That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children,
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That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;
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And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
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The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.
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They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law,
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And forgot His works And His wonders that He had shown them.
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Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
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He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
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In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.
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He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths.
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He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.
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But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness.
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And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy.
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Yes, they spoke against God: They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
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Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?"
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Therefore the LORD heard this and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel,
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Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation.
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Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven,
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Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven.
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Men ate angels' food; He sent them food to the full.
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He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; And by His power He brought in the south wind.
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He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas;
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And He let them fall in the midst of their camp, All around their dwellings.
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So they ate and were well filled, For He gave them their own desire.
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They were not deprived of their craving; But while their food was still in their mouths,
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The wrath of God came against them, And slew the stoutest of them, And struck down the choice men of Israel.
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In spite of this they still sinned, AND did not believe in His wondrous works.
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Therefore their days He consumed in futility, And their years in fear.
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When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God.
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Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.
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Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue;
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For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
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But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath;
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For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again.
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How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert!
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Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.
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They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy,
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When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan;
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Turned their rivers into blood, And their streams, that they could not drink.
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He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, And frogs, which destroyed them.
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He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, And their labor to the locust.
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He destroyed their vines with hail, And their sycamore trees with frost.
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He also gave up their cattle to the hail, And their flocks to fiery lightning.
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He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, By sending angels of destruction among them.
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He made a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the plague,
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And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, The first of their strength in the tents of Ham.
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But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
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And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
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And He brought them to His holy border, This mountain which His right hand had acquired.
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He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them an inheritance by survey, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
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Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies,
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But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
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For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.
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When God heard this, He was furious, And greatly abhorred Israel,
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So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men,
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And delivered His strength into captivity, And His glory into the enemy's hand.
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He also gave His people over to the sword, And was furious with His inheritance.
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The fire consumed their young men, And their maidens were not given in marriage.
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Their priests fell by the sword, And their widows made no lamentation.
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Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, Like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.
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And He beat back His enemies; He put them to a perpetual reproach.
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Moreover He rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
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But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.
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And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has established forever.
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He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds;
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From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.
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So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Psalms 79

Psalm 79 - NKJV
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O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple they have defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
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The dead bodies of Your servants They have given as food for the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth.
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Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem, And there was no one to bury them.
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We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.
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How long, LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?
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Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You, And on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.
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For they have devoured Jacob, And laid waste his dwelling place.
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Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low.
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Help us, O God of our salvation, For the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, For Your name's sake!
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Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let there be known among the nations in our sight The avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
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Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your power Preserve those who are appointed to die;
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And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom Their reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
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So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.

Psalms 80

Psalm 80 - NKJV
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Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth!
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Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, Stir up Your strength, And come and save us!
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Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
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O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry Against the prayer of Your people?
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You have fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in great measure.
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You have made us a strife to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves.
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Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
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You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it.
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You prepared room for it, And caused it to take deep root, And it filled the land.
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The hills were covered with its shadow, And the mighty cedars with its boughs.
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She sent out her boughs to the Sea, And her branches to the River.
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Why have You broken down her hedges, So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit?
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The boar out of the woods uproots it, And the wild beast of the field devours it.
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Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts; Look down from heaven and see, And visit this vine
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And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, And the branch that You made strong for Yourself.
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It is burned with fire, it is cut down; They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
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Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
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Then we will not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
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Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!

Psalms 81

Psalm 81 - NKJV
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Sing aloud to God our strength; Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.
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Raise a song and strike the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the lute.
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Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, At the full moon, on our solemn feast day.
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For this is a statute for Israel, A law of the God of Jacob.
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This He established in Joseph as a testimony, When He went throughout the land of Egypt, Where I heard a language I did not understand.
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"I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets.
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You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
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"Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me!
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There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
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I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
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"But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me.
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So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.
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"Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!
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I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries.
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The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him, But their fate would endure forever.
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He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you."

Psalms 82

Psalm 82 - NKJV
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God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods.
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How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? Selah
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Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
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Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked.
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They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable.
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I said, "You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.
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But you shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes."
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Arise, O God, judge the earth; For You shall inherit all nations.

Psalms 83

Psalm 83 - NKJV
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Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God!
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For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
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They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
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They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more."
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For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You:
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The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites;
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Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
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Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
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Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera, As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
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Who perished at En Dor, Who became as refuse on the earth.
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Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb, Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
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Who said, "Let us take for ourselves The pastures of God for a possession."
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O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like the chaff before the wind!
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As the fire burns the woods, And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
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So pursue them with Your tempest, And frighten them with Your storm.
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Fill their faces with shame, That they may seek Your name, O LORD.
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Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
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That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth.

Psalms 84

Psalm 84 - NKJV
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How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts!
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My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
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Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young; Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God.
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Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah
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Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
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As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools.
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They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.
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O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
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O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed.
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For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
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For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
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O LORD of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Psalms 85

Psalm 85 - NKJV
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Lord, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.
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You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah
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You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.
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Restore us, O God of our salvation, And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
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Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
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Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?
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Show us Your mercy, LORD, And grant us Your salvation.
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I will hear what God the LORD will speak, For He will speak peace To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.
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Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.
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Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.
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Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
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Yes, the LORD will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase.
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Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

Psalms 86

Psalm 86 - NKJV
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Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; For I am poor and needy.
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Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save Your servant who trusts in You!
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Be merciful to me, O Lord, For I cry to You all day long.
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Rejoice the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
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For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
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Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications.
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In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.
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Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.
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All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name.
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For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God.
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Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
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I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
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For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
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O God, the proud have risen against me, And a mob of violent men have sought my life, And have not set You before them.
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But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
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Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your maidservant.
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Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalms 87

Psalm 87 - NKJV
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His foundation is in the holy mountains.
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The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob.
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Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! Selah
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"I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me; Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia: 'This one was born there.'"
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And of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one were born in her; And the Most High Himself shall establish her."
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The LORD will record, When He registers the peoples: "This one was born there." Selah
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Both the singers and the players on instruments say, "All my springs are in you."

Psalms 88

Psalm 88 - NKJV
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O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.
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Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.
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For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draws near to the grave.
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I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength,
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Adrift among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And who are cut off from Your hand.
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You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths.
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Your wrath lies heavy upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah
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You have put away my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot get out;
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My eye wastes away because of affliction. LORD, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You.
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Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah
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Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
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Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
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But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
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LORD, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?
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I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught.
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Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have cut me off.
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They came around me all day long like water; They engulfed me altogether.
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Loved one and friend You have put far from me, And my acquaintances into darkness.

Psalms 89

Psalm 89 - NKJV
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I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
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For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens."
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"I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David:
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'Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.' " Selah
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And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
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For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?
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God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
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O LORD God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
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You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.
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You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.
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The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
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The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.
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You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.
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Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.
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Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.
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In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
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For You are the glory of their strength, And in Your favor our horn is exalted.
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For our shield belongs to the LORD, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.
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Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, And said: "I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.
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I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him,
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With whom My hand shall be established; Also My arm shall strengthen him.
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The enemy shall not outwit him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
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I will beat down his foes before his face, And plague those who hate him.
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"But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
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Also I will set his hand over the sea, And his right hand over the rivers.
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He shall cry to Me, 'You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.'
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Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.
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My mercy I will keep for him forever, And My covenant shall stand firm with him.
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His seed also I will make to endure forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.
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"If his sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments,
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If they break My statutes And do not keep My commandments,
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Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.
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Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.
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My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
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Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David:
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His seed shall endure forever, And his throne as the sun before Me;
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It shall be established forever like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky." Selah
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But You have cast off and abhorred, You have been furious with Your anointed.
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You have renounced the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
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You have broken down all his hedges; You have brought his strongholds to ruin.
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All who pass by the way plunder him; He is a reproach to his neighbors.
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You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries; You have made all his enemies rejoice.
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You have also turned back the edge of his sword, And have not sustained him in the battle.
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You have made his glory cease, And cast his throne down to the ground.
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The days of his youth You have shortened; You have covered him with shame. Selah
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How long, LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire?
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Remember how short my time is; For what futility have You created all the children of men?
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What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? Selah
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Lord, where are Your former lovingkindnesses, Which You swore to David in Your truth?
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Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants; How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,
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With which Your enemies have reproached, O LORD, With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed.
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Blessed be the LORD forevermore! Amen and Amen.