Good News Translation (GNB)
75

God the JudgePs 75 Hebrew title: A psalm by Asaph; a song.

751We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks to you!

We proclaim how great you are

and tell of75.1 Some ancient translations We proclaim how great you are and tell of; Hebrew Your name is near and they tell of. the wonderful things you have done.

2“I have set a time for judgement,” says God,

“and I will judge with fairness.

3Though every living creature tremble

and the earth itself be shaken,

I will keep its foundations firm.

4I tell the wicked not to be arrogant;

5I tell them to stop their boasting.”

6Judgement does not come from the east or from the west,

from the north or from the south;75.6 Probable text from the north or from the south; Hebrew from the wilderness of the mountains.

7it is God who is the judge,

condemning some and acquitting others.

8The LORD holds a cup in his hand,

filled with the strong wine of his anger.

He pours it out, and all the wicked drink it;

they drink it down to the last drop.

9But I will never stop speaking of the God of Jacob

or singing praises to him.

10He will break the power of the wicked,

but the power of the righteous will be increased.

76

God the VictorPs 76 Hebrew title: A psalm by Asaph; a song.

761God is known in Judah;

his name is honoured in Israel.

2He has his home in Jerusalem;

he lives on Mount Zion.

3There he broke the arrows of the enemy,

their shields and swords, yes, all their weapons.

4How glorious you are, O God!

How majestic, as you return from the mountains

where you defeated your foes.

5Their brave soldiers have been stripped of all they had

and now are sleeping the sleep of death;

all their strength and skill was useless.

6When you threatened them, O God of Jacob,

the horses and their riders fell dead.

7But you, LORD, are feared by all.

No one can stand in your presence

when you are angry.

8You made your judgement known from heaven;

the world was afraid and kept silent,

9when you rose up to pronounce judgement,

to save all the oppressed on earth.

10Human anger only results in more praise for you;

those who survive the wars will keep your festivals.76.10 One ancient translation will keep your festivals; verse 10 in Hebrew is unclear.

11Give the LORD your God what you promised him;

bring gifts to him, all you nearby nations.

God makes everyone fear him;

12he humbles proud princes

and terrifies great kings.

77

Comfort in Time of DistressPs 77 Hebrew title: A psalm by Asaph.

771I cry aloud to God;

I cry aloud, and he hears me.

2In times of trouble I pray to the Lord;

all night long I lift my hands in prayer,

but I cannot find comfort.

3When I think of God, I sigh;

when I meditate, I feel discouraged.

4He keeps me awake all night;

I am so worried that I cannot speak.

5I think of days gone by

and remember years of long ago.

6I spend the night in deep thought;77.6 Some ancient translations deep thought; Hebrew song.

I meditate, and this is what I ask myself:

7“Will the Lord always reject us?

Will he never again be pleased with us?

8Has he stopped loving us?

Does his promise no longer stand?

9Has God forgotten to be merciful?

Has anger taken the place of his compassion?”

10Then I said, “What hurts me most is this —

that God is no longer powerful.”77.10 Verse 10 in Hebrew is unclear.

11I will remember your great deeds, LORD;

I will recall the wonders you did in the past.

12I will think about all that you have done;

I will meditate on all your mighty acts.

13Everything you do, O God, is holy.

No god is as great as you.

14You are the God who works miracles;

you showed your might among the nations.

15By your power you saved your people,

the descendants of Jacob and of Joseph.

16When the waters saw you, O God, they were afraid,

and the depths of the sea trembled.

17The clouds poured down rain;

thunder crashed from the sky,

and lightning flashed in all directions.

18The crash of your thunder rolled out,

and flashes of lightning lit up the world;

the earth trembled and shook.

19You walked through the waves;

you crossed the deep sea,

but your footprints could not be seen.

20You led your people like a shepherd,

with Moses and Aaron in charge.