201May the LORD answer you when you are in trouble!
May the God of Jacob protect you!
2May he send you help from his Temple
and give you aid from Mount Zion.
3May he accept all your offerings
and be pleased with all your sacrifices.
4May he give you what you desire
and make all your plans succeed.
5Then we will shout for joy over your victory
and celebrate your triumph by praising our God.
May the LORD answer all your requests.
6Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his chosen king;
he answers him from his holy heaven
and by his power gives him great victories.
7Some trust in their war chariots
and others in their horses,
but we trust in the power of the LORD our God.
8Such people will stumble and fall,
but we will rise and stand firm.
9Give victory to the king, O LORD;
answer20.9 Some ancient translations answer; Hebrew he will answer. us when we call.
211The king is glad, O LORD, because you gave him strength;
he rejoices because you made him victorious.
2You have given him his heart's desire;
you have answered his request.
3You came to him with great blessings
and set a crown of gold on his head.
4He asked for life, and you gave it,
a long and lasting life.
5His glory is great because of your help;
you have given him fame and majesty.
6Your blessings are with him for ever
and your presence fills him with joy.
7The king trusts in the LORD Almighty;
and because of the LORD's constant love
he will always be secure.
8The king will capture all his enemies;
he will capture everyone who hates him.
9He will destroy them like a blazing fire
when he appears.
The LORD will devour them in his anger,
and fire will consume them.
10None of their descendants will survive;
the king will kill them all.
11They make their plans, and plot against him,
but they will not succeed.
12He will shoot his arrows at them
and make them turn and run.
13We praise you, LORD, for your great strength!
We will sing and praise your power.
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I have cried desperately for help,
but still it does not come.
2During the day I call to you, my God,
but you do not answer;
I call at night,
but get no rest.
3But you are enthroned as the Holy One,
the one whom Israel praises.
4Our ancestors put their trust in you;
they trusted you, and you saved them.
5They called to you and escaped from danger;
they trusted you and were not disappointed.
6But I am no longer a human being; I am a worm,
despised and scorned by everyone!
All who see me jeer at me;
they stick out their tongues and shake their heads.
“You relied on the LORD,” they say.
“Why doesn't he save you?
If the LORD likes you,
why doesn't he help you?”
9It was you who brought me safely through birth,
and when I was a baby, you kept me safe.
10I have relied on you since the day I was born,
and you have always been my God.
11Do not stay away from me!
Trouble is near,
and there is no one to help.
12Many enemies surround me like bulls;
they are all round me,
like fierce bulls from the land of Bashan.
13They open their mouths like lions,
roaring and tearing at me.
14My strength is gone,
gone like water spilt on the ground.
All my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like melted wax.
15My throat22.15 Probable text throat; Hebrew strength. is as dry as dust,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You have left me for dead in the dust.
16An evil gang is round me;
like a pack of dogs they close in on me;
they tear at22.16 Some ancient translations they tear at; others they tie; Hebrew like a lion. my hands and feet.
17All my bones can be seen.
My enemies look at me and stare.
They gamble for my clothes
and divide them among themselves.
19O LORD, don't stay away from me!
Come quickly to my rescue!
20Save me from the sword;
save my life from these dogs.
21Rescue me from these lions;
I am helpless22.21 Some ancient translations I am helpless; Hebrew you answered me. before these wild bulls.
I will tell my people what you have done;
I will praise you in their assembly:
23“Praise him, you servants of the LORD!
Honour him, you descendants of Jacob!
Worship him, you people of Israel!
24He does not neglect the poor or ignore their suffering;
he does not turn away from them,
but answers when they call for help.”
25In the full assembly I will praise you for what you have done;
in the presence of those who worship you
I will offer the sacrifices I promised.
26The poor will eat as much as they want;
those who come to the LORD will praise him.
May they prosper for ever!
27All nations will remember the LORD.
From every part of the world they will turn to him;
all races will worship him.
28The LORD is king,
and he rules the nations.
29All proud people will bow down to him;22.29 Probable text will bow down to him; Hebrew will eat and bow down.
all mortals will bow down before him.
30Future generations will serve him;
they will speak of the Lord to the coming generation.
31People not yet born will be told:
“The Lord saved his people.”