Good News Translation (GNB)
11

Confidence in the LORDPs 11 Hebrew title: By David.

111I trust in the LORD for safety.

How foolish of you to say to me,

“Fly away like a bird to the mountains,11.1 Some ancient translations like a bird to the mountains; Hebrew bird, to your (plural) mountains.

2because the wicked have drawn their bows and aimed their arrows

to shoot from the shadows at good people.

3There is nothing a good person can do

when everything falls apart.”

4The LORD is in his holy temple;

he has his throne in heaven.

He watches people everywhere

and knows what they are doing.

5He examines the good and the wicked alike;

the lawless he hates with all his heart.

6He sends down flaming coals11.6 One ancient translation coals; Hebrew traps. and burning sulphur on the wicked;

he punishes them with scorching winds.

7The LORD is righteous and loves good deeds;

those who do them will live in his presence.

12

A Prayer for HelpPs 12 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

121Help us, LORD!

There is not a good person left;

honest people can no longer be found.

2All of them lie to one another;

they deceive each other with flattery.

3Silence those flattering tongues, O LORD!

Close those boastful mouths that say,

4“With our words we get what we want.

We will say what we wish,

and no one can stop us.”

5“But now I will come,” says the LORD,

“because the needy are oppressed

and the persecuted groan in pain.

I will give them the security they long for.”

6The promises of the LORD can be trusted;

they are as genuine as silver

refined seven times in the furnace.

7-8The wicked are everywhere,

and everyone praises what is evil.

Keep us always safe, O LORD,

and preserve us from such people.

13

A Prayer for HelpPs 13 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

131How much longer will you forget me, LORD? For ever?

How much longer will you hide yourself from me?

2How long must I endure trouble?

How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night?

How long will my enemies triumph over me?

3Look at me, O LORD my God, and answer me.

Restore my strength; don't let me die.

4Don't let my enemies say, “We have defeated him.”

Don't let them gloat over my downfall.

5I rely on your constant love;

I will be glad, because you will rescue me.

6I will sing to you, O LORD,

because you have been good to me.