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.
Sin speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts;
they reject God and have no reverence for him.
2Because they think so highly of themselves,
they think that God will not discover their sin and condemn it.
3Their speech is wicked and full of lies;
they no longer do what is wise and good.
4They make evil plans as they lie in bed;
nothing they do is good,
and they never reject anything evil.
5LORD, your constant love reaches the heavens;
your faithfulness extends to the skies.
6Your righteousness is towering like the mountains;
your justice is like the depths of the sea.
People and animals are in your care.
7How precious, O God, is your constant love!
We find36.7 precious, O God, is… find; or precious is your constant love! Gods and people find. protection under the shadow of your wings.
8We feast on the abundant food you provide;
you let us drink from the river of your goodness.
9You are the source of all life,
and because of your light we see the light.
10Continue to love those who know you
and to do good to those who are righteous.
11Do not let proud people attack me
or the wicked make me run away.
12See where evil people have fallen.
There they lie, unable to rise.