Good News Translation (GNB)
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A Prayer for Help in Time of TroublePs 6 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

61

6.1:
Ps 38.1
LORD, don't be angry and rebuke me!

Don't punish me in your anger!

2I am worn out, O LORD; have pity on me!

Give me strength; I am completely exhausted

3and my whole being is deeply troubled.

How long, O LORD, will you wait to help me?

4Come and save me, LORD;

in your mercy rescue me from death.

5In the world of the dead you are not remembered;

no one can praise you there.

6I am worn out with grief;

every night my bed is damp from my weeping;

my pillow is soaked with tears.

7I can hardly see;

my eyes are so swollen

from the weeping caused by my enemies.

8

6.8:
Mt 7.23
Lk 13.27
Keep away from me, you evil people!

The LORD hears my weeping;

9he listens to my cry for help

and will answer my prayer.

10My enemies will know the bitter shame of defeat;

in sudden confusion they will be driven away.

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A Prayer for JusticePs 7 Hebrew title: A song which David sang to the LORD because of Cush the Benjaminite.

71O LORD, my God, I come to you for protection;

rescue me and save me from all who pursue me,

2or else like a lion they will carry me off

where no one can save me,

and there they will tear me to pieces.

3-4O LORD, my God, if I have wronged anyone,

if I have betrayed a friend

or without cause done violence to my enemy7.3–4 withoutenemy; or shown mercy to someone who wronged me unjustly.

if I have done any of these things —

5then let my enemies pursue me and catch me,

let them cut me down and kill me

and leave me lifeless on the ground!

6Rise in your anger, O LORD!

Stand up against the fury of my enemies;

rouse yourself and help me!

Justice is what you demand,

7so bring together all the peoples round you,

and rule over them from above.7.7 Probable text rule over them from above; Hebrew return above over them.

8You are the judge of the whole human race.

Judge in my favour, O LORD;

you know that I am innocent.

9

7.9:
Rev 2.23
You are a righteous God

and judge our thoughts and desires.

Stop the wickedness of evildoers

and reward those who are good.

10God is my protector;

he saves those who obey him.

11God is a righteous judge

and always condemns the wicked.

12If they do not change their ways,

God will sharpen his sword.

He bends his bow and makes it ready;

13he takes up his deadly weapons

and aims his burning arrows.

14See how wicked people think up evil;

they plan trouble and practise deception.

15But in the traps they set for others,

they themselves get caught.

16So they are punished by their own evil

and are hurt by their own violence.

17I thank the LORD for his justice,

I sing praises to the LORD, the Most High.

8

God's Glory and Human DignityPs 8 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

81O LORD, our Lord,

your greatness is seen in all the world!

Your praise reaches up to the heavens;

2

8.2:
Mt 21.16
it is sung by children and babies.

You are safe and secure from all your enemies;

you stop anyone who opposes you.

3When I look at the sky, which you have made,

at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places —

4

8.4:
Job 7.17–18
Ps 144.3
Heb 2.6–8
what are human beings, that you think of them;

mere mortals, that you care for them?

5Yet you made them inferior only to yourself;8.5 yourself; or the gods, or the angels.

you crowned them with glory and honour.

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8.6:
1 Cor 15.27
Eph 1.22
Heb 2.8
You appointed them rulers over everything you made;

you placed them over all creation:

7sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too;

8the birds and the fish

and the creatures in the seas.

9O LORD, our Lord,

your greatness is seen in all the world!