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.
951Come, let us praise the LORD!
Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us!
2Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs of praise.
3For the LORD is a mighty God,
a mighty king over all the gods.
4He rules over the whole earth,
from the deepest caves to the highest hills.
5He rules over the sea, which he made;
the land also, which he himself formed.
6Come, let us bow down and worship him;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
He is our God;
we are the people he cares for,
the flock for which he provides.
Listen today to what he says:
“Don't be stubborn, as your ancestors were at Meribah,
as they were that day in the desert at Massah.
9There they put me to the test and tried me,
although they had seen what I did for them.
10For forty years I was disgusted with those people.
I said, ‘How disloyal they are!
They refuse to obey my commands.’
I was angry and made a solemn promise:
‘You will never enter the land
where I would have given you rest.’ ”
961Sing a new song to the LORD!
Sing to the LORD, all the world!
2Sing to the LORD, and praise him!
Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.
3Proclaim his glory to the nations,
his mighty deeds to all peoples.
4The LORD is great and is to be highly praised;
he is to be honoured more than all the gods.
5The gods of all other nations are only idols,
but the LORD created the heavens.
6Glory and majesty surround him;
power and beauty fill his Temple.
Praise the LORD, all people on earth;
praise his glory and might.
8Praise the LORD's glorious name;
bring an offering and come into his Temple.
9Bow down before the Holy One when he appears;96.9 when he appears; or in garments of worship.
tremble before him, all the earth!
10Say to all the nations, “The LORD is king!
The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with justice.”
11Be glad, earth and sky!
Roar, sea, and every creature in you;
12be glad, fields, and everything in you!
The trees in the woods will shout for joy
13when the LORD comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the peoples of the world
with justice and fairness.