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.
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.
Fools say to themselves,
“There is no God.”
They are all corrupt,
and they have done terrible things;
there is no one who does what is right.
2The LORD looks down from heaven at human beings
to see if there are any who are wise,
any who worship him.
3But they have all gone wrong;
they are all equally bad.
Not one of them does what is right,
not a single one.
4“Don't they know?” asks the LORD.
“Are all these evildoers ignorant?
They live by robbing my people,
and they never pray to me.”
5But then they will be terrified,
for God is with those who obey him.
6Evildoers frustrate the plans of the humble,
but the LORD is their protection.
7How I pray that victory
will come to Israel from Zion.
How happy the people of Israel will be
when the LORD makes them prosperous again!