301I praise you, LORD, because you have saved me
and kept my enemies from gloating over me.
2I cried to you for help, O LORD my God,
and you healed me;
3you kept me from the grave.
I was on my way to the depths below,30.3 the depths below: The world of the dead (see 6.5).
but you restored my life.
4Sing praise to the LORD,
all his faithful people!
Remember what the Holy One has done,
and give him thanks!
5His anger lasts only a moment,
his goodness for a lifetime.
Tears may flow in the night,
but joy comes in the morning.
6I felt secure and said to myself,
“I will never be defeated.”
7You were good to me, LORD;
you protected me like a mountain fortress.
But then you hid yourself from me,
and I was afraid.
8I called to you, LORD;
I begged for your help:
9“What will you gain from my death?
What profit from my going to the grave?
Are dead people able to praise you?
Can they proclaim your unfailing goodness?
10Hear me, LORD, and be merciful!
Help me, LORD!”
11You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance;
you have taken away my sorrow
and surrounded me with joy.
12So I will not be silent;
I will sing praise to you.
LORD, you are my God,
I will give you thanks for ever.
311I come to you, LORD, for protection;
never let me be defeated.
You are a righteous God;
save me, I pray!
2Hear me! Save me now!
Be my refuge to protect me;
my defence to save me.
3You are my refuge and defence;
guide me and lead me as you have promised.
4Keep me safe from the trap that has been set for me;
shelter me from danger.
I place myself in your care.
You will save me, LORD;
you are a faithful God.
6You hate those who worship false gods,
but I trust in you.
7I will be glad and rejoice
because of your constant love.
You see my suffering;
you know my trouble.
8You have not let my enemies capture me;
you have given me freedom to go where I wish.
9Be merciful to me, LORD,
for I am in trouble;
my eyes are tired from so much crying;
I am completely worn out.
10I am exhausted by sorrow,
and weeping has shortened my life.
I am weak from all my troubles;31.10 Some ancient translations troubles; Hebrew iniquity.
even my bones are wasting away.
11All my enemies, and especially my neighbours,
treat me with contempt;
those who know me are afraid of me;
when they see me in the street, they run away.
12Everyone has forgotten me, as though I were dead;
I am like something thrown away.
13I hear many enemies whispering;
terror is all round me.
They are making plans against me,
plotting to kill me.
14But my trust is in you, O LORD;
you are my God.
15I am always in your care;
save me from my enemies,
from those who persecute me.
16Look on your servant with kindness;
save me in your constant love.
17I call to you, LORD;
don't let me be disgraced.
May the wicked be disgraced;
may they go silently down to the world of the dead.
18Silence those liars —
all the proud and arrogant
who speak with contempt about the righteous.
19How wonderful are the good things
you keep for those who honour you!
Everyone knows how good you are,
how securely you protect those who trust you.
20You hide them in the safety of your presence
from the plots of others;
in a safe shelter you hide them
from the insults of their enemies.
21Praise the LORD!
How wonderfully he showed his love for me
when I was surrounded and attacked!
22I was afraid and thought
that he had driven me out of his presence.
But he heard my cry,
when I called to him for help.
23Love the LORD, all his faithful people.
The LORD protects the faithful,
but punishes the proud as they deserve.
24Be strong, be courageous,
all you that hope in the LORD.
Happy are those whose sins are forgiven,
whose wrongs are pardoned.
2Happy is the one whom the LORD does not accuse of doing wrong
and who is free from all deceit.
3When I did not confess my sins,
I was worn out from crying all day long.
4Day and night you punished me, LORD;
my strength was completely drained,
as moisture is dried up by the summer heat.
5Then I confessed my sins to you;
I did not conceal my wrongdoings.
I decided to confess them to you,
and you forgave all my sins.
6So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need;32.6 Some ancient translations need; Hebrew finding only.
when a great flood of trouble comes rushing in,
it will not reach them.
7You are my hiding place;
you will save me from trouble.
I sing aloud of your salvation,
because you protect me.
8The LORD says, “I will teach you the way you should go;
I will instruct you and advise you.
9Don't be stupid like a horse or a mule,
which must be controlled with a bit and bridle
to make it submit.”
10The wicked will have to suffer,
but those who trust in the LORD
are protected by his constant love.
11You that are righteous, be glad and rejoice
because of what the LORD has done.
You that obey him, shout for joy!