881LORD God, my saviour, I cry out all day,
and at night I come before you.
2Hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help!
3So many troubles have fallen on me
that I am close to death.
4I am like all others who are about to die;
all my strength is gone.88.4 all my strength is gone; or there is no help for me.
5I am abandoned among the dead;
I am like the slain lying in their graves,
those you have forgotten completely,
who are beyond your help.
6You have thrown me into the depths of the tomb,
into the darkest and deepest pit.
7Your anger lies heavy on me,
and I am crushed beneath its waves.
8You have caused my friends to abandon me;
you have made me repulsive to them.
I am closed in and cannot escape;
9my eyes are weak from suffering.
LORD, every day I call to you
and lift my hands to you in prayer.
10Do you perform miracles for the dead?
Do they rise up and praise you?
11Is your constant love spoken of in the grave
or your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12Are your miracles seen in that place of darkness
or your goodness in the land of the forgotten?
13LORD, I call to you for help;
every morning I pray to you.
14Why do you reject me, LORD?
Why do you turn away from me?
15Ever since I was young, I have suffered and been near death;
I am worn out88.15 Probable text I am worn out; Hebrew unclear. from the burden of your punishments.
16Your furious anger crushes me;
your terrible attacks destroy me.
17All day long they surround me like a flood;
they close in on me from every side.
18You have made even my closest friends abandon me,
and darkness is my only companion.
891O LORD, I will always sing of your constant love;
I will proclaim your faithfulness for ever.
2I know that your love will last for all time,
that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.
3You said, “I have made a covenant with the man I chose;
I have promised my servant David,
‘A descendant of yours will always be king;
I will preserve your dynasty for ever.’ ”
5The heavens sing of the wonderful things you do;
the holy ones sing of your faithfulness, LORD.
6No one in heaven is like you, LORD;
none of the heavenly beings is your equal.
7You are feared in the council of the holy ones;
and all of them stand in awe of you.
8LORD God Almighty, none is as mighty as you;
in all things you are faithful, O LORD.
9You rule over the powerful sea;
you calm its angry waves.
10You crushed the monster Rahab89.10 Rahab: A legendary sea monster which represented the forces of chaos and evil. and killed it;
with your mighty strength you defeated your enemies.
11Heaven is yours, the earth also;
you made the world and everything in it.
12You created the north and the south;
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing to you for joy.
13How powerful you are!
How great is your strength!
14Your kingdom is founded on righteousness and justice;
love and faithfulness are shown in all you do.
15How happy are the people who worship you with songs,
who live in the light of your kindness!
16Because of you they rejoice all day long,
and they praise you for your goodness.
17You give us great victories;
in your love you make us triumphant.
18You, O LORD, chose our protector;
you, the Holy God of Israel, gave us our king.
19In a vision long ago you said to your faithful servants,
“I have given help to a famous soldier;
I have given the throne to one I chose from the people.
I have made my servant David king
by anointing him with holy oil.
21My strength will always be with him,
my power will make him strong.
22His enemies will never succeed against him;
the wicked will not defeat him.
23I will crush his foes
and kill everyone who hates him.
24I will love him and be loyal to him;
I will make him always victorious.
25I will extend his kingdom
from the Mediterranean to the River Euphrates.
26He will say to me,
‘You are my father and my God;
you are my protector and saviour.’
I will make him my firstborn son,
the greatest of all kings.
28I will always keep my promise to him,
and my covenant with him will last for ever.
29His dynasty will be as permanent as the sky;
a descendant of his will always be king.
30“But if his descendants disobey my law
and do not live according to my commands,
31if they disregard my instructions
and do not keep my commandments,
32then I will punish them for their sins;
I will make them suffer for their wrongs.
33But I will not stop loving David
or fail to keep my promise to him.
34I will not break my covenant with him
or take back even one promise I made him.
35“Once and for all I have promised by my holy name:
I will never lie to David.
36He will always have descendants,
and I will watch over his kingdom as long as the sun shines.
37It will be as permanent as the moon,
that faithful witness in the sky.”
38But you are angry with your chosen king;
you have deserted and rejected him.
39You have broken your covenant with your servant
and thrown his crown in the mud.
40You have torn down the walls of his city
and left his forts in ruins.
41All who pass by steal his belongings;
all his neighbours laugh at him.
42You have given the victory to his enemies;
you have made them all happy.
43You have made his weapons useless
and let him be defeated in battle.
44You have taken away his royal sceptre89.44 Probable text royal sceptre; Hebrew purity.
and hurled his throne to the ground.
45You have made him old before his time
and covered him with disgrace.
46LORD, will you hide yourself for ever?
How long will your anger burn like fire?
47Remember how short my life is;
remember that you created all of us mortal!
48Who can live and never die?
How can human beings keep themselves from the grave?
49Lord, where are the former proofs of your love?
Where are the promises you made to David?
50Don't forget how I, your servant, am insulted,
how I endure all the curses89.50 Probable text curses; Hebrew crowds. of the heathen.
51Your enemies insult your chosen king, O LORD!
They insult him wherever he goes.
52Praise the LORD for ever!
901O Lord, you have always been our home.
2Before you created the hills
or brought the world into being,
you were eternally God,
and will be God for ever.
3You tell us to return to what we were;
you change us back to dust.
A thousand years to you are like one day;
they are like yesterday, already gone,
like a short hour in the night.
5You carry us away like a flood;
we last no longer than a dream.
We are like weeds that sprout in the morning,
6that grow and burst into bloom,
then dry up and die in the evening.
7We are destroyed by your anger;
we are terrified by your fury.
8You place our sins before you,
our secret sins where you can see them.
9Our life is cut short by your anger;
it fades away like a whisper.
10Seventy years is all we have —
eighty years, if we are strong;
yet all they bring us is trouble and sorrow;
life is soon over, and we are gone.
11Who has felt the full power of your anger?
Who knows what fear your fury can bring?
12Teach us how short our life is,
so that we may become wise.
13How much longer will your anger last?
Have pity, O LORD, on your servants!
14Fill us each morning with your constant love,
so that we may sing and be glad all our life.
15Give us now as much happiness as the sadness you gave us
during all our years of misery.
16Let us, your servants, see your mighty deeds;
let our descendants see your glorious might.
17LORD our God, may your blessings be with us.
Give us success in all we do!