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!
151LORD, who may enter your Temple?
Who may worship on Zion, your sacred hill?15.1 sacred hill: See 2.6.
2Those who obey God in everything
and always do what is right,
whose words are true and sincere,
3and who do not slander others.
They do no wrong to their friends
nor spread rumours about their neighbours.
4They despise those whom God rejects,
but honour those who obey the LORD.
They always do what they promise,
no matter how much it may cost.
5They make loans without charging interest
and cannot be bribed to testify against the innocent.
Whoever does these things will always be secure.
161Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.
2I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
all the good things I have come from you.”
3How excellent are the LORD's faithful people!
My greatest pleasure is to be with them.
4Those who rush to other gods
bring many troubles on themselves.16.4 Probable text Those… themselves; Hebrew unclear.
I will not take part in their sacrifices;
I will not worship their gods.
5You, LORD, are all I have,
and you give me all I need;
my future is in your hands.
6How wonderful are your gifts to me;
how good they are!
7I praise the LORD, because he guides me,
and in the night my conscience warns me.
I am always aware of the LORD's presence;
he is near, and nothing can shake me.
9And so I am thankful and glad,
and I feel completely secure,
because you protect me from the power of death.
I have served you faithfully,
and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.
11You will show me the path that leads to life;
your presence fills me with joy
and brings me pleasure for ever.