Fools say to themselves,
“There is no God.”
They are all corrupt,
and they have done terrible things;
there is no one who does what is right.
2God looks down from heaven at the human race
to see if there are any who are wise,
any who worship him.
3But they have all turned away;
they are all equally bad.
Not one of them does what is right,
not a single one.
4“Don't they know?” God asks.
“Are these evildoers ignorant?
They live by robbing my people,
and they never pray to me.”
5But then they will be terrified,
as they have never been before,
for God will scatter the bones of the enemies of his people.
God has rejected them,
and so Israel will totally defeat them.
6How I pray that victory
will come to Israel from Zion.
How happy the people of Israel will be
when God makes them prosperous again!
541Save me by your power, O God;
set me free by your might!
2Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to my words!
3Proud men are coming to attack me;
cruel men are trying to kill me —
men who do not care about God.
4But God is my helper.
The Lord is my defender.
5May God use their own evil to punish my enemies.
He will destroy them because he is faithful.
6I will gladly offer you a sacrifice, O LORD;
I will give you thanks
because you are good.
7You have rescued me from all my troubles,
and I have seen my enemies defeated.
551Hear my prayer, O God;
don't turn away from my plea!
2Listen to me and answer me;
I am worn out by my worries.
3I am terrified by the threats of my enemies,
crushed by the oppression of the wicked.
They bring trouble on me;
they are angry with me and hate me.
4I am terrified,
and the terrors of death crush me.
5I am gripped by fear and trembling;
I am overcome with horror.
6I wish I had wings, like a dove.
I would fly away and find rest.
7I would fly far away
and make my home in the desert.
8I would quickly find myself a shelter
from the raging wind and the storm.
9Confuse the speech of my enemies, O Lord!
I see violence and riots in the city,
10surrounding it day and night,
filling it with crime and trouble.
11There is destruction everywhere;
the streets are full of oppression and fraud.
12If it were an enemy that mocked me,
I could endure it;
if it were an opponent boasting over me,
I could hide myself from him.
13But it is you, my companion,
my colleague and close friend.
14We had intimate talks with each other
and worshipped together in the Temple.
15May my enemies die before their time;
may they go down alive into the world of the dead!
Evil is in their homes and in their hearts.
16But I call to the LORD God for help,
and he will save me.
17Morning, noon, and night
my complaints and groans go up to him,
and he will hear my voice.
18He will bring me safely back
from the battles that I fight
against so many enemies.
19God, who has ruled from eternity,
will hear me and defeat them;
for they refuse to change,
and they do not fear him.
20My former companion attacked his friends;
he broke his promises.
21His words were smoother than cream,
but there was hatred in his heart;
his words were as soothing as oil,
but they cut like sharp swords.
22Leave your troubles with the LORD,
and he will defend you;
he never lets honest people be defeated.
23But you, O God, will bring those murderers and liars to their graves
before half their life is over.
As for me, I will trust in you.