921How good it is to give thanks to you, O LORD,
to sing in your honour, O Most High God,
2to proclaim your constant love every morning
and your faithfulness every night,
3with the music of stringed instruments
and with melody on the harp.
4Your mighty deeds, O LORD, make me glad;
because of what you have done, I sing for joy.
5How great are your actions, LORD!
How deep are your thoughts!
6This is something a fool cannot know;
a stupid person cannot understand:
7the wicked may grow like weeds,
those who do wrong may prosper;
yet they will be totally destroyed,
8because you, LORD, are supreme for ever.
9We know that your enemies will die,
and all the wicked will be defeated.
10You have made me as strong as a wild ox;
you have blessed me with happiness.
11I have seen the defeat of my enemies
and heard the cries of the wicked.
12The righteous will flourish like palm trees;
they will grow like the cedars of Lebanon.
13They are like trees planted in the house of the LORD,
that flourish in the Temple of our God,
14that still bear fruit in old age
and are always green and strong.
15This shows that the LORD is just,
that there is no wrong in my protector.
931The LORD is king.
He is clothed with majesty and strength.
The earth is set firmly in place
and cannot be moved.
2Your throne, O LORD, has been firm from the beginning,
and you existed before time began.
3The ocean depths raise their voice, O LORD;
they raise their voice and roar.
4The LORD rules supreme in heaven,
greater than the roar of the ocean,
more powerful than the waves of the sea.
5Your laws are eternal, LORD,
and your Temple is holy indeed,
for ever and ever.
941LORD, you are a God who punishes;
reveal your anger!
2You are the judge of all;
rise and give the proud what they deserve!
3How much longer will the wicked be glad?
How much longer, LORD?
4How much longer will criminals be proud
and boast about their crimes?
5They crush your people, LORD;
they oppress those who belong to you.
6They kill widows and orphans,
and murder the strangers who live in our land.
7They say, “The LORD does not see us;
the God of Israel does not notice.”
8My people, how can you be such stupid fools?
When will you ever learn?
9God made our ears — can't he hear?
He made our eyes — can't he see?
10He scolds the nations — won't he punish them?94.10 them?; or our wicked leaders?
He is the teacher of all — hasn't he any knowledge?
The LORD knows what they think;
he knows how senseless their reasoning is.
12LORD, how happy are those you instruct,
the ones to whom you teach your law!
13You give them rest from days of trouble
until a pit is dug to trap the wicked.
14The LORD will not abandon his people;
he will not desert those who belong to him.
15Justice will again be found in the courts,
and all righteous people will support it.
16Who stood up for me against the wicked?
Who took my side against the evildoers?
17If the LORD had not helped me,
I would have gone quickly to the land of silence.94.17 land of silence: The world of the dead (see 6.5).
18I said, “I am falling”;
but your constant love, O LORD, held me up.
19Whenever I am anxious and worried,
you comfort me and make me glad.
20You have nothing to do with corrupt judges,
who make injustice legal,
21who plot against good people
and sentence the innocent to death.
22But the LORD defends me;
my God protects me.
23He will punish them for their wickedness
and destroy them for their sins;
the LORD our God will destroy them.