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.
171Listen, O LORD, to my plea for justice;
pay attention to my cry for help!
Listen to my honest prayer.
2You will judge in my favour,
because you know what is right.
3You know my heart.
You have come to me at night;
you have examined me completely
and found no evil desire in me.
4I speak no evil as others do;
I have obeyed your command
and have not followed paths of violence.
5I have always walked in your way
and have never strayed from it.
6I pray to you, O God, because you answer me;
so turn to me and listen to my words.
7Reveal your wonderful love and save me;
at your side I am safe from my enemies.
8Protect me as you would your very eyes;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9from the attacks of the wicked.
Deadly enemies surround me;
10they have no pity and speak proudly.
11They are round me now, wherever I turn,
watching for a chance to pull me down.
12They are like lions, waiting for me,
wanting to tear me to pieces.
13Come, LORD! Oppose my enemies and defeat them!
Save me from the wicked by your sword;
14save me from those who in this life have all they want.
Punish them with the sufferings you have stored up for them;
may there be enough for their children
and some left over for their children's children!
15But I will see you, because I have done no wrong;
and when I awake, your presence will fill me with joy.