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!
331All you that are righteous,
shout for joy for what the LORD has done;
praise him, all you that obey him.
2Give thanks to the LORD with harps,
sing to him with stringed instruments.
3Sing a new song to him,
play the harp with skill, and shout for joy!
4The words of the LORD are true
and all his works are dependable.
5The LORD loves what is righteous and just;
his constant love fills the earth.
6The LORD created the heavens by his command,
the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word.
7He gathered all the seas into one place;
he shut up the ocean depths in storerooms.
8Worship the LORD, all the earth!
Honour him, all peoples of the world!
9When he spoke, the world was created;
at his command everything appeared.
10The LORD frustrates the purposes of the nations;
he keeps them from carrying out their plans.
11But his plans endure for ever;
his purposes last eternally.
12Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD;
happy are the people he has chosen for his own!
13The LORD looks down from heaven
and sees the whole human race.
14From where he rules, he looks down
on all who live on earth.
15He forms all their thoughts
and knows everything they do.
16A king does not win because of his powerful army;
a soldier does not triumph because of his strength.
17War horses are useless for victory;
their great strength cannot save.
18The LORD watches over those who obey him,
those who trust in his constant love.
19He saves them from death;
he keeps them alive in times of famine.
20We put our hope in the LORD;
he is our protector and our help.
21We are glad because of him;
we trust in his holy name.
22May your constant love be with us, LORD,
as we put our hope in you.
341I will always thank the LORD;
I will never stop praising him.
2I will praise him for what he has done;
may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!
3Proclaim with me the LORD's greatness;
let us praise his name together!
4I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me;
he freed me from all my fears.
5The oppressed look to him and are glad;
they will never be disappointed.
6The helpless call to him, and he answers;
he saves them from all their troubles.
7His angel guards those who honour the LORD
and rescues them from danger.
Find out for yourself how good the LORD is.
Happy are those who find safety with him.
9Honour the LORD, all his people;
those who obey him have all they need.
10Even lions go hungry for lack of food,
but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good.
11Come, my young friends, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to honour the LORD.
Would you like to enjoy life?
Do you want long life and happiness?
13Then hold back from speaking evil
and from telling lies.
14Turn away from evil and do good;
strive for peace with all your heart.
15The LORD watches over the righteous
and listens to their cries;
16but he opposes those who do evil,
so that when they die, they are soon forgotten.
17The righteous call to the LORD, and he listens;
he rescues them from all their troubles.
18The LORD is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope.
19Good people suffer many troubles,
but the LORD saves them from them all;
the LORD preserves them completely;
not one of their bones is broken.
21Evil will kill the wicked;
those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22The LORD will save his people;
those who go to him for protection will be spared.