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.
351Oppose those who oppose me, LORD,
and fight those who fight against me!
2Take your shield and armour
and come to my rescue.
3Lift up your spear and your axe
against those who pursue me.
Promise that you will save me.
4May those who try to kill me
be defeated and disgraced!
May those who plot against me
be turned back and confused!
5May they be like straw blown by the wind
as the angel of the LORD pursues them!
6May their path be dark and slippery
while the angel of the LORD strikes them down!
7Without any reason they laid a trap for me
and dug a deep hole to catch me.
8But destruction will catch them before they know it;
they will be caught in their own trap
and fall to their destruction!
9Then I will be glad because of the LORD;
I will be happy because he saved me.
10With all my heart I will say to the LORD,
“There is no one like you.
You protect the weak from the strong,
the poor from the oppressor.”
11Evil people testify against me
and accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12They pay me back evil for good,
and I sink in despair.
13But when they were sick, I dressed in mourning;
I deprived myself of food;
I prayed with my head bowed low,
14as I would pray for a friend or a brother.
I went about bent over in mourning,
as one who mourns for his mother.
15But when I was in trouble, they were all glad
and gathered round to mock me;
strangers beat me
and kept striking me.
16Like those who would mock a cripple,35.16 Probable text Like those… cripple; Hebrew unclear.
they glared at me with hate.
17How much longer, Lord, will you just look on?
Rescue me from their attacks;
save my life from these lions!
18Then I will thank you in the assembly of your people;
I will praise you before them all.
Don't let my enemies, those liars,
gloat over my defeat.
Don't let those who hate me for no reason
smirk with delight over my sorrow.
20They do not speak in a friendly way;
instead they invent all kinds of lies about peace-loving people.
21They accuse me, shouting,
“We saw what you did!”
22But you, O LORD, have seen this.
So don't be silent, Lord;
don't keep yourself far away!
23Rouse yourself, O Lord, and defend me;
rise up, my God, and plead my cause.
24You are righteous, O LORD, so declare me innocent;
don't let my enemies gloat over me.
25Don't let them say to themselves,
“We are rid of him!
That's just what we wanted!”
26May those who gloat over my suffering
be completely defeated and confused;
may those who claim to be better than I am
be covered with shame and disgrace.
27May those who want to see me acquitted
shout for joy and say again and again,
“How great is the LORD!
He is pleased with the success of his servant.”
28Then I will proclaim your righteousness,
and I will praise you all day long.