PSALMS 119--150


a [Aleph.]

1 a Blessed are those who are upright in their way, Walking in the law of Jehovah.

2 a Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, Who with their whole heart seek him.

3 a, Surely they do not work iniquity, Who in his ways do walk.

4 a Thou hast commanded That thy statutes be kept carefully.

5 a O that my ways may be directed To the keeping of thy statutes!

6 a Then shall I not be ashamed, When I shall have been attentive to all thy commandments.

7 a I will celebrate thee with uprightness of heart, When I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.

8 a, Thy statutes I will keep: Do not thou forsake me very far.

b [Beth.]

9 b By what [means] shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to thy word.

10 b With my whole heart have I sought thee; Let me not go astray from thy commandments.

11 b In my heart I have hidden thy word, That I might not sin against thee.

12 b Blessed art thou, O Jehovah! Teach me thy statutes.

13 b With my lips have I declared All the judgments of thy mouth.

14 b In the way of thy testimonies I have taken delight, As much as in all riches.

15 b Upon thy statutes will I meditate, And I will consider thy paths.

16 b In thy commandments will I delight myself; I will not forget thy words.

g [Gimel.]

17 g Do good to thy servant, And I shall live and keep thy word.

18 g Open mine eyes, And I shall behold the wonders of thy law.

19 g I am a stranger on the earth: Hide not from me thy commandments.

20 g Broken is my soul with the desire it hath To thy judgments at all times.

21 g Thou hast destroyed the proud ones; Cursed are those who decline from thy commandments.

22 g Remove from me reproach and contempt; For thy testimonies I have kept.

23 g Princes also have sat, against me they have spoken: Thy servant meditated upon thy statutes.

24 g Also thy testimonies are my delights, The men of my counsel.

d [Daleth.]

25 d Cleave to the dust doth my soul: Quicken me according to thy word.

26 d I have declared my ways, and thou hast answered me: Teach me thy statutes.

27 d The way of thy commandments make me to understand, And I will meditate upon thy wonders.

28 d Drop away doth my soul for grief: Raise me up according to thy word.

29 d The way of falsehood remove from me, And thy law grant me graciously.

30 d The way of truth I have chosen; Thy judgments I have set before me.

31 d I have cleaved to thy testimonies, O Jehovah Let me not be put to shame.

32 d The way of thy statutes I will run, When thou shalt have enlarged my heart.

h [He.]

33 h Teach me, O Jehovah! the way of thy statutes, And I will keep it unto the end.

34 h Make me to understand, and I will observe thy law, And keep it with my whole heart.

35 h Direct me in the way of thy statutes; For in it is my delight.

36 h Incline my heart to thy testimonies, And not to covetousness.

37 h Turn away my eyes from seeing vanity; In thy way quicken me.

38 h Confirm to thy servant thy word, Who to thy fear is devoted.

39 h Remove my reproach which I have dreaded, For thy judgments are good.

40 h Behold! I have longed after thy commandments: In thy righteousness quicken me.


41 w And let come to me thy mercies, O Jehovah! Thy salvation according to thy word.

42 w And I will answer a word to him who reproacheth me; For I have trusted in thy word.

43 w And take not from my mouth the word of truth utterly: Because for thy judgments I wait.

44 w And I will keep thy law continually, For ever and ever.

45 w And I will walk at large; For thy statutes I have sought.

46 w And I will speak of thy testimonies before kings, And will not be ashamed.

47 w And I will delight myself in thy commandments Which I have loved.

48 w And I will lift up my hands to thy commandments Which I have loved; And I will meditate upon thy statutes.

z [Zain.]

49 z Remember thy word to thy servant, Upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

50 z This is my consolation in my affliction; For thy word revives me.

51 z The proud ones have derided me exceedingly: From thy law I have not declined.

52 z I remembered thy judgments of old, O Jehovah! And comforted myself.

53 z Terror hath seized upon me, Because of the ungodly who forsake thy law.

54 z Thy statutes have been songs to me In the house of my pilgrimage.

55 z I remembered in the night thy name, O Jehovah! And I will keep thy law.

56 z This is done to me, Because thy statutes I have observed.

x [Cheth.]

57 x Thou art my portion, O Jehovah! I have said that I will keep thy words. 1

58 x I have sought thy face with my whole heart; Have mercy upon me according to thy word.

59 x I thought upon my ways, And turned my feet to thy testimonies.

60 x I made haste and delayed not To keep thy commandments.

61 x The cords of the ungodly have caught hold of me; Thy law I have not forgotten.

62 x At midnight I will rise to praise thee, Because of the judgments of thy righteousness.

63 x A companion am I to all who fear thee, And who keep thy statutes.

64 x Of thy mercy, O Jehovah! the earth is full: Thy statutes teach thou me.

t [Teth.]

65 t Kindly hast thou dealt with thy servant, O Jehovah! According to thy word.

66 t Goodness of taste and knowledge teach me; For thy commandments I have believed.

67 t Before I was brought low I went astray; But now thy word I keep.

68 t Good art thou, and beneficent: Teach me thy statutes.

69 t Weaved a lie 2 against me have the proud ones; But as for me I with my whole heart will keep statutes.

70 t Fat as grease is their heart; But as for me I in thy law do delight.

71 t It hath been good for me that I have been afflicted, That I might learn thy statutes.

72 t Better to me is the law of thy mouth Than thousands of gold and silver.

y [Yod.]

73 y Thy hands have made and formed me; Make me to understand, and I shall learn thy commandments.

74 y Those who fear thee shall see me and rejoice; Because for thy word I have waited.

75 y I have known, O Jehovah! that righteousness are thy judgments; And in truth thou hast humbled me.

76 y To thy word to thy servant.

77 y Let come to me thy compassions, and I shall live; For thy law is my delight.

78 y Ashamed let be the proud, for they have falsely wronged me: As for me I will meditate upon thy precepts.

79 y Let those turn unto me who fear thee, And have known thy testimonies.

80 y Let my heart be sound in thy statutes, That I may not be put to shame.

k [Caph.]

81 k Fainted for thy salvation hath my soul: For thy word I wait.

82 k Failed have my eyes [in looking] for thy word, While I say, "When wilt thou comfort me?"

83 k For I have been as a bottle in the smoke; And yet thy statutes I have not forgotten.

84 k How many are the days of thy servant? When wilt thou execute judgment on my persecutors?

85 k The proud have digged pits for me, Which is not according to thy law.

86 k All thy commandments are truth: Deceitfully do they persecute me; therefore help thou me.

87 k Almost have they consumed me upon the earth; Yet I have not forsaken thy statutes.

88 k According to thy goodness quicken me; And I will keep the testimony of thy mouth.

l [Lamed.]

89 l For ever, O Jehovah! Thy word endureth in the heavens.

90 l From generation to generation is thy truth: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 l By thy judgments they continue to this day; For all are thy servants.

92 l Unless thy law had been my delight, Then should I have perished in my affliction.

93 l Never will I forget thy statutes, For in them thou hast quickened me.

94 l Thine I am; O save me! For thy statutes I have sought.

95 l For me wait do the ungodly to destroy me: But I consider thy testimonies.

96 l In all perfection I have seen an end: Broad is thy commandment exceedingly.

m [Mem.]

97 m O how have I loved thy law! All the day it is my meditation.

98 m Than my adversaries thou hast made me wiser by thy commandments; Because for ever they are with me.

99 m Than all my teachers thou hast made me wiser; Because thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 m Than the aged I have more understanding; Because thy statutes I have observed.

101 m From every evil path I have restrained my feet, That I may keep thy word.

102 m From thy judgments I have not declined; For thou thyself hast taught me.

103 m How sweet to my palate have been thy words! More [sweet] than honey to my mouth!

104 m By thy statutes I have gotten understanding; Therefore I have hated every path of falsehood.

n [Nun.]

105 n A lamp to my feet is thy word, And a light to my path.

106 n I have sworn and will make sure, To observe the judgments of thy righteousness.

107 n I am afflicted exceedingly, O Jehovah! Quicken me according to thy word.

108 n I Let the freewill offerings of my mouth, I pray thee, be pleasing to thee, O Jehovah! And thy judgments teach me.

109 n My soul is in my hand continually; And thy law I have not forgotten.

110 n Laid have the ungodly a snare for me: Yet from thy statutes I have not erred.

111 n I have as [my] inheritance thy testimonies for ever; For the joy of my heart are they.

112 n I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes For ever, and even to the end.

o [Samech.]

113 o Crooked thoughts I have hated; But thy law I have loved.

114 o My hiding-place and my shield art thou: In thy word I have trusted.

115 o Depart from me, ye wicked men! And I will keep the commandments of my God.

116 o Sustain me by thy word, and I shall live: And make me not ashamed of my expectation.

117 o Establish me, and I shall be safe, And I will consider thy statutes continually.

118 o Thou hast trodden down all who go astray from thy statutes; For falsehood is their deceit.

119 o As dross thou hast made to cease all the ungodly of the earth; Therefore I have loved thy testimonies.

120 o Tremble 3 for fear of thee did my flesh, And of thy judgments I was afraid.

e [Ain.]

121 e I have done judgment and righteousness: Give me not up to my oppressors.

122 e Become surety for thy servant for good, That the proud may not oppress me.

123 e My eyes have failed for thy salvation, And for the word of thy righteousness.

124 e Deal with thy servant according to thy goodness, And thy statutes teach thou me.

125 e Thy servant am I, give me understanding, That I may learn thy testimonies.

126 e It is time [for thee] to work, O Jehovah! For they have destroyed thy law.

127 e Therefore I have loved thy statutes Mere than gold and fine gold.

128 e Therefore all thy commandments I have esteemed to be altogether right: Every way of falsehood I have hated:

p [Phe.]

129 p Marvelous things are thy testimonies; Therefore observed them hath my soul.

130 p The entrance of thy words is light, Giving understanding to the little ones.

131 p My mouth I opened and panted, Because thy commandments I loved.

132 p Look upon me and have pity upon me, According to thy judgment towards those who love thy name.

133 p My steps direct thou according to thy word, And let not any iniquity have dominion in me.

134 p Redeem me from the oppression of men, And I will keep thy precepts.

135 p Thy face cause thou to shine upon thy servant, And teach me thy statutes.

136 p Rivers of waters run from my eyes, Because they have not kept thy law.

U [Tsadde.]

137 U Righteous art thou, O Jehovah! And right are thy judgments.

138 U Thou hast commanded righteousness in thy testimonies, And truth exceedingly.

139 U Consumed me hath my zeal, Because forgotten thy words have my adversaries.

140 U Refined is thy word exceedingly: And thy servant hath loved it.

141 U Small am I, and despised; [Yet] thy precepts I have not forgotten.

142 U Thy righteousness is righteousness for ever, And thy law is truth.

143 U Trouble and anguish have come upon me; But thy commandments have been my delights.

144 U The righteousness of thy testimonies endureth for ever; Make me to understand, and I shall live.

q [Koph.]

145 q I have cried with my whole heart; Answer me, O Jehovah! And thy statutes I will keep.

146 q I have called upon thee, save me, And I will keep thy testimonies.

147 q I have prevented the dawn of the morning,4 and have cried: To thy word I have looked up.

148 q Prevented have my eyes the watches of the night, To meditate upon thy word.

149 q My voice hear thou, according to thy mercy, O Jehovah According to thy judgment quicken me.

150 q Drawn near have the pursuers of malice; From thy law they have departed.

151 q Near art thou, O Jehovah! And all thy commandments are truth.

152 q From the beginning I have known from thy testimonies, That for ever thou hast founded them.

r [Resh.]

153 r Behold my affliction, and rescue me; For thy law I have not forgotten.

154 r Debate my cause, and redeem me; According to thy word quicken me.

155 r Far from the ungodly is safety; Because thy statutes they have not sought.

156 r Thy compassions are great, O Jehovah! According to thy judgments quicken me.

157 r Many are my persecutors and my oppressors: From thy testimonies I have not declined.

158 r I saw the perfidious, and chid them; Because thy word they have not kept.

159 r Behold how thy commandments I have loved: According to thy clemency quicken me.

160 r The beginning of thy word is truth; And to everlasting is all the judgment of thy righteousness.

s [Shin.]

161 s Princes have persecuted me without a cause Yet at thy word afraid hath been my heart.

162 s Joyful am I over thy word, As he who hath found much spoil.

163 s Deceit I have hated and abhorred; Thy law I have loved.

164 s Seven times a day have I praised thee, Because of the judgments of thy righteousness.

165 s Much peace have those who love thy law, And they have no stumbling-block.

166 s I have waited for thy salvation, O Jehovah! And thy commandments I have done.

167 s Kept hath my soul thy testimonies, And I have loved them exceedingly.

168 s I have kept thy commandments and thy testimonies; For all my ways are before thee.

t [Thau.]

169 t Come let my cry into thy presence, O Jehovah! According to thy word give me understanding.

170 t Come let my prayer into thy presence: According to thy word deliver me.

171 t Speak shall my lips praise, When thou shalt have taught me thy statutes.

172 t Speak shall my tongue of thy word; For all thy precepts are righteousness.

173 t Let thy hand be to succor me; For thy commandments I have chosen.

174 t I have longed for thy salvation, O Jehovah! And thy law hath been my delights.

175 t Live let my soul, and let it praise thee; And let thy judgments succor me.

176 t I have wandered like a lost sheep; Seek thy servant, for thy statutes I have not forgotten.


A Song of Degrees

1 To Jehovah in my distress I cried, And he answered me.

2 O Jehovah! deliver my soul from the lip of falsehood, From the tongue of deceit.

3 What give thee, and what avail thee Shall the tongue of deceit?

4 The arrows of a strong man sharpened, With coals of junipers.

5 Alas for me! that I have been a sojourner in Meseeh, And have dwelt among the tents of Kedar.

6 Long dwelt hath my soul with him who hateth peace.

7 I [am for] peace; But when I speak, they [are] for war.


A Song of Degrees

1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains, Whence come shall my help.

2 My help cometh from Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to stumble; Slumber not shall thy guardian.

4 Behold! slumber not nor sleep Shall the guardian of Israel.

5 Jehovah is thy guardian; Jehovah is thy defense on thy right hand.

6 By day the sun shall not smite thee, Nor the moon by night.

7 Jehovah shall keep thee from all evil; He shall keep thy soul.

8 Jehovah shall keep thy going out and thy coming in, From this time, and for ever.


A Song of Degrees Of David

1 I was glad when they said to me, "Into the house of Jehovah we will go.

2 "Our feet shall be standing in thy gates, O Jerusalem!"

3 Jerusalem built as a city, compact in itself together.

4 Thither ascended the tribes, the tribes of God, For a testimony to Israel, To celebrate the name of Jehovah.

5 For there have sat 5 thrones for judgment, The thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray ye for the peace of Jerusalem: Prosper may those who love thee!

7 Peace be within thy bulwark! Prosperity within thy towers!

8 For the sake of my brethren and my neighbors, I will say now, "Peace [be] within thee! "

9 For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God, I will seek good for thee.


A Song of Degrees

1 To thee will I lift up mine eyes, [O thou] who dwellest in the heavens!

2 Behold! as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters; As the eyes of a handmaid look to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes [look] to Jehovah our God, Until he have mercy upon us.

3 Have mercy upon us, O Jehovah! have mercy upon us; For we are exceedingly filled with reproach.

4 Exceedingly filled in itself is our soul With the mockery of the rich, With the contempt of the proud.


A Song of Degrees. Of David

1 "But for Jehovah who was on our side" -- Say now may Israel:

2 "But for Jehovah who was on our side, "When men rose up against us;

3 "Then alive had they swallowed us up, "When kindled was their wrath against us;

4 "Then the waters had overwhelmed us, "The torrent had gone over our soul:

5 "Then had gone over our soul the proud waters."

6 Blessed be Jehovah, Who gave us not for a prey to their teeth.

7 Our soul as a bird, hath been rescued 6 from the snare of the fowlers; The snare hath been broken, and we have been delivered.

8 Our help is in the name of Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth.


A Song of Degrees

1 They who confide in Jehovah are as mount Zion, Which shall not be removed, but shall abide for ever.

2 As the mountains are about Jerusalem, So Jehovah is round about his people, From henceforth, and for ever.

3 For rest not shall the scepter of the ungodly ones upon the lot of the just, Lest the just ones should put forth to iniquity their hands.

4 Do good, O Jehovah! to the good, And to those who are upright in their hearts.

5 But those who turn aside into their crooked paths, Jehovah shall make them walk with the workers of iniquity: But there shall be peace upon Israel.


A Song of Degrees

1 When bring back did Jehovah the captivity of Zion, We were like those that dream.

2 Now filled with laughter shall be our mouth, And our tongue with exultation: Now shall they say among the heathen, "Great things Jehovah hath done for them."

3 Great things Jehovah hath done for us, Whereof we have been made glad.

4 Bring back, O Jehovah! our captivity, As rivers in the South.

5 They who sow in tears In exultation shall reap.

6 Going forth, he shall go and weep, Carrying the price of the seed: Returning he shall return with exultation, Bearing his sheaves.


A Song of Degrees. Of Solomon

1 Except Jehovah build the house, In vain they labor that build it; Except Jehovah keep the city, In vain watcheth the watchman.

2 Vain is it for you early to hasten to rise, To go late to rest, To eat the bread of sorrows: For thus will he give to his beloved one sleep.

3 Lo! the heritage of Jehovah are children: The reward which he bestows is the fruit of the womb.

4 As arrows in the hand of a strong man, So are the sons of youth.

5 Blessed is the man who shall have filled his quiver with them; For they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.


A Song of Degrees

1 Blessed is the man who feareth Jehovah, Who walketh in his ways.

2 The labor of thy hands when thou shalt eat thou shalt be blessed, And it shall be well with thee.

3 Thy wife shall be as a vine fruitful on the sides of thy house: Thy children as plants of olives around thy table.

4 Lo! surely, thus blessed shall be the man who feareth Jehovah.

5 Bless thee shall Jehovah from Zion; And thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

6 And thou shalt see thy children's children, And peace upon Israel.


A Song of Degrees

1 "Often have they afflicted me from my youths" Say now let Israel:

2 "Often have they afflicted me from my youth; "Yet they have not prevailed against me.

3 "Upon my back ploughed have the ploughers; "They have made long their furrows.

4 "Jehovah, who is righteous, hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked."

5 Confounded and turned backward shall be all who hate Zion.

6 They shall be as the grass of the housetops, Which before it cometh forth is withered:

7 With which the mower hath not filled his hand, Nor his bosom he who gathereth handfuls.

8 Nor have they said who pass by, "The blessing of Jehovah be upon you, "We bless you in the name of Jehovah."


A Song of Degrees

1 Out of the depths have I cried to thee, O Jehovah!

2 O Lord! hear my voice; Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my prayers.

3 If iniquities thou shouldest mark, O God! O Lord! who shall stand?

4 For with thee is forgiveness that thou mayest be feared.

5 I have waited for Jehovah, waited hath my soul; And in his word have I hoped.

6 My soul [hath waited] for the Lord Before the watchers of the morning, the watchers of the morning.

7 But 7 hope let Israel in Jehovah; For with Jehovah there is mercy, And with him there is plenteous redemption.

8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


A Song of Degrees. Of David

1 O Jehovah! my heart hath not been elated, Nor lifted up have been my eyes, Nor have I exercised myself in great matters, Or in things hidden from me.

2 If I have not framed [or set] and quieted my soul, Like one that is weaned from his mother, -- 8 Like a child that is weaned is my soul upon me.

3 Hope shall Israel in Jehovah From henceforth, and for ever.


A Song of Degrees

1 Remember, O Jehovah! David With all his affliction:

2 Who sware to Jehovah, [Who] vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:

3 "If I shall enter into the tabernacle of my house, "If I shall go up upon the covering of my bed,

4 "If I give sleep to my eyes, "To my eyelids slumber,

5 "Until I find a place for Jehovah, "Habitations for the mighty God of Jacob," -- 9

6 Lo! we heard of it at Ephratha; We found it in the fields of the wood.

7 We will enter into his habitations, We will worship at his footstool.

8 Arise, O Jehovah! into thy rest, Thou and the ark of thy strength.

9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness, And let thy meek ones exult.

10 For the sake of David thy servant Turn not away the face of thy Christ.

11 Sworn hath Jehovah to David in truth, Nor will he turn from it: "Of the fruit of thy belly will I set upon thy throne.

12 "If thy children shall keep my covenant, "And my testimonies, which I will teach them; "Also their children for ever shall sit upon thy throne."

13 For chosen hath Jehovah Zion; He hath desired her for a habitation to himself.

14 "This is my rest for ever; "Here will I dwell, because I have loved her.

15 "Her provision blessing I will bless; "Her poor I will satisfy with bread; .

16 "And her priests I will clothe with salvation; "And her merciful ones with exultation shall exult.

17 "There will I make to bud the horn of David: "I have prepared a lamp for my Christ.

18 "His enemies will I clothe with shame, "And upon him flourish shall his crown."


A Song of Degrees. Of David

1 Behold! how good, and how becoming, That brethren should even dwell together!

2 Like the precious oil upon the head, Which descendeth 10 upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, Which descendeth upon the skirt of his garments.

3 Like the dew of Hermon, Which descendeth upon the mountains of Zion: For there commanded hath Jehovah the blessing, Life for evermore.


A Song of Degrees

1 Behold! bless ye Jehovah, All ye servants of Jehovah! Who stand in the house of Jehovah nightly.

2 Lift up your hands to the sanctuary, And bless ye Jehovah.

3 May Jehovah bless thee out of Zion, [Even he] who hath made heaven and earth.



1 Praise ye the name of Jehovah; Praise [it] O ye servants of Jehovah!

2 Who stand in the house of Jehovah, [And ye who stand] in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Praise God; for good is Jehovah: Sing to his name; for it is pleasant:

4 For God hath chosen Jacob to himself, Israel for his own possession.

5 For I know that great is Jehovah, And that our God is above all gods.

6 All things which Jehovah pleaseth, lie doeth in the heavens and on the earth, In the sea and in all the deeps.

7 Causing the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth: The lightnings for the rain he maketh, Bringing forth the wind out of his secret places.

8 He smote the first born of Egypt, From man even unto beast.

9 He sent signs and wonders in the midst of thee, O Egypt! On Pharaoh and on all his servants.

10 He smote great nations, And slew mighty kings.

11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, And Og the king of Basham, And all the kingdoms of Canaan.

12 And gave their land for an heritage, An heritage to Israel, his people.

13 O Jehovah! thy name is for ever; O Jehovah! thy memorial is from generation to generation.

14 For judge will Jehovah his people, And concerning his servants he will repent himself.

15 The images of the nations are silver and gold, The work of the hands of man.

16 A mouth have they, and they will not speak; 11 Eyes have they, and they will not see.

17 Ears have they, and they will not hear: Also, there is no breath in their mouth.

18 Like unto them are those who make them, And every one who trusteth in them.

19 O house of Israel! bless ye Jehovah; O house of Aaron! bless ye Jehovah;

20 O house of Levi! bless ye Jehovah; O ye who fear Jehovah! bless ye Jehovah.

21 Blessed be Jehovah out of Zion, Who dwelleth at Jerusalem. Hallelujah.


1 Praise Jehovah, for he is good, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

2 Praise the God of gods, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

3 Praise the Lord of lords, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

4 Who hath done wonders great alone, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

5 Who hath made the heavens in wisdom, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

6 Who hath stretched out the earth above the waters, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

7 Who hath made the great lights, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

8 The sun for rule by day, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

9 The moon and stars for rule by night, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

10 Who smote the Egyptians in their first born, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

11 And brought out Israel from the midst of them, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

12 With a hand of strength and an arm stretched out, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

13 Who divided the Red Sea into divisions, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

15 And cast Pharaoh and his host headlong into the Red Sea, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

16 And led his people through the wilderness, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

17 Who smote great kings, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

18 And slew renowned kings, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

19 Sihon, king of the Arnorites, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

20 And Og, the king of Bashan, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

21 And gave their land for an heritage, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

22 An heritage to Israel his servant, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

23 Who in our humiliation remembered us, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

24 And rescued us from our oppressors, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.

26 Make acknowledgments to the God of heavens, For to everlasting endureth his mercy.


1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, Yea we wept when we remembered thee, O Zion!

2 Upon the willows, in the midst thereof, We hanged our harps.

3 Then they required of us, they who carried us away captive, the words of a song, And, when we were in suspense, mirth, [Saying] Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

4 How shall we sing the song of Jehovah, In a strange land?

5 If I shall forget thee, O Jerusalem! Forget let my right hand [its cunning.]

6 Cleave let my tongue to my palate, If I do not remember thee, If I do not raise Jerusalem above my highest joy.12

7 Remember, O Jehovah! the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem: 'Who said, "Lay it bare -- "Lay it bare, even to the foundations thereof."

8 O daughter of Babylon laid waste! Happy he who shall repay thee The retribution with which thou hast retributed us!

9 Happy he who shall take And dash thy little ones against the stones.


Of David

1 I will celebrate thee with my whole heart; Before the gods! will sing psalms to thee.

2 I will worship thee towards the temple of thy holiness, And sing to thy name for thy mercy and for thy truth; For thou hast magnified above all things thy name by thy word.

3 In the day when, I cried to thee, then thou heardest me, Thou didst abundantly minister to me strength in my soul.

4 Celebrate thee, O Jehovah! let all the kings of the earth; For they have heard the words of thy mouth.

5 And let them sing in the ways of Jehovah, For great is the glory of Jehovah.

6 For high is Jehovah; yet the lowly he will regard; And being high will know afar off:

7 If I shall walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me; Against the wrath of my enemies thou wilt put forth thy hand, And save me shall thy right hand.

8 Jehovah will perform in me his work, O Jehovah! thy mercy is from everlasting; The works of thy hands thou wilt not forsake.


To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David

1 O Jehovah! thou hast searched me and known me.

2 Thou hast known my down sitting and my uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.

3 My path and my lying down thou besiegest, And with all my ways thou art acquainted.

4 For there is not a word in my tongue [But] lo! O God! thou knowest it altogether.

5 Behind and before thou hast shut me up, And hast laid upon me thy hand.

6 Wonderful is thy knowledge above me; It is high, I cannot attain to it.

7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? And whither from thy time shall I flee?

8 If I ascend up into the heavens, there thou art; If I lie down 13 in the sepulcher, behold! thou [art there.]

9 Should I take the wings of the morning, That I may dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 Even there thy hand shall lead me, And hold me shall thy right hand.

11 If I should say: "At least the darkness shall cover me; "And the night shall be light for me; "

12 Even the darkness shall not hide from the And the night as the day shall shine, And the darkness as the light.

13 For thou hast possessed my reins; Thou hast covered me in the womb of my mother.

14 I will celebrate thee; for I have been fearfully and wonderfully made: 14 Marvelous are thy works, And my soul shall know them full well.

15 Not hidden is my strength from thee, Which thou hast made in secret: I was woven together in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 My shapelessness see did thine eyes;15 In thy book all shall be written; They were formed in many days, And there was not one of them.

17 And towards me how precious are thy thoughts, O God! How great are the sums of them!

18 If I should count them; above the sand they shall be multiplied: I am awakened, and still I am with thee.

19 If thou shalt slay, O God! the wicked, Then ye men of bloods depart from me.

20 Who have spoken of thee wickedly: Taken thy name falsely have thy adversaries.

21 Thy haters, O Jehovah! shall not I hate? And with those that rise up against thee shall I not strive?

22 With perfect hatred I have hated them, As my enemies I have held them.

23 Search me, O God! and know my heart: Examine me and know my thoughts.

24 And know whether the way of wickedness be in me, And lead me in the way of this life.


To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David

1 Deliver me, O Jehovah! from the evil man: From the man of injuries do thou preserve me.

2 Who devise mischiefs in their heart; Daily do they congregate for wars.

3 Sharpened have they their tongue like a serpent: The poison of an asp is under their lips. Selah.

4 Keep me, O Jehovah! from the hands of the ungodly: From the man of injuries preserve me; Who plot to overthrow my goings.

5 Laid have the proud a snare for me: And with cords they have spread a net: By the wayside traps have they set for me. Selah.

6 I said, O Jehovah! my God are thou: Listen, O Jehovah! to the voice of my supplication.

7 O Jehovah, my Lord! the strength of my salvation, Thou hast put a covering on my head in the day of arms.

8 Grant not, O Jehovah! the desires of the ungodly man: They have devised, consummate thou not, they shall be exalted. Selah.

9 [As for] the head of those who encompass me, Let the mischief of his lips cover him.

10 Fall upon them let coals with fire: He shall cast them into deep pits, They shall not rise again.

11 The man of tongue shall not be established in the earth: The man of violence, evil shall hunt him to banishments.

12 I have known that accomplish will Jehovah the judgment of the poor one, The judgment of the afflicted one.

13 Surely the righteous ones will celebrate thy name, Dwell shall the upright ones before thy face.


A Psalm of David

1 O Jehovah! I have cried to thee: Haste thou to me: Listen to my voice when I cry to thee.

2 Directed let my prayer be as incense before thy face: [Let] the lifting up of my hands [be] as the sacrifice of the evening.

3 Set, O Jehovah! a watch to my mouth; Keep a guard upon the door of my lips.

4 Incline not my heart to an evil thing, To commit works of ungodliness with the men who work iniquity; And let me not eat of their dainties.

5 Smite me let the righteous man, [it shall be] a kindness; And let him chastise me, [it shall be] an oil that is precious, It shall not break my head: For yet also my prayer shall be in their calamities.

6 Cast down on stony places have been their judges: And they shall hear my words, for they are sweet.

7 As he who breaketh and cutteth on the earth, Scattered have been our bones at the mouth of the grave.

8 Because to thee, O Jehovah! my Lord! are my eyes, In thee I have hoped: do not leave destitute my soul.

9 Keep me from the hands of the snare which they have spread for me. From the nets of those who work iniquity.

10 Fall into his nets let the ungodly ones together, Until I escape.


Maschil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer

1 With my voice to, Jehovah I cried; With my voice to. Jehovah I made supplication.

2 I poured out before his face my meditation; My affliction before his face I declare.

3 When perplexed within me was my spirit, And thou knewest my path: In the way wherein I walked, they laid a snare for me.

4 On looking to the right hand, and beholding, None there was who would know me, Perish did refuge from me, [There was] no man seeking after my soul.

5 I cried to thee, O Jehovah! I said, Thou art my hope, My portion in the land of the living.

6 Attend to my cry, For under affliction I labor exceedingly: Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are too strong for me.

7 Rescue from prison my soul, That I may celebrate thy name: Crown me shall the righteous ones, For thou shalt recompense me.


A Psalm of David

1 O Jehovah! hear my prayer; Give ear to my supplication; In thy truth answer me, in thy righteousness.

2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant, For there shall not be justified in thy sight any living man.

3 For persecuted hath the enemy my soul; He hath prostrated on the earth my life; He hath set me in dark places, as the dead of an age.

4 And perplexed within me is my spirit Within me astonished is my heart.

5 I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all thy doings; Upon the work of thy hands I meditated.

6 I spread out my hearts to thee; My soul, as the earth without water, is to thee. Selah.

7 Hasten, answer me, O Jehovah! Fail doth my spirit: Hide not thy face from me, Because I shall be like to those who descend into the pit.

8 Cause me to hear in the morning thy mercy, For in thee have I hoped: Show me the way in which I may walk, For to thee have I lifted up my soul.

9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Jehovah! With thee have I hidden [myself.]

10 Teach me to do thy will, For thou art my God: Let thy good Spirit lead me into the right land.

11 Because of thy name, O Jehovah I thou wilt quicken me: In thy righteousness bring out of trouble my soul.

12 And in thy mercy thou wilt scatter my enemies, And wilt destroy all those who afflict my soul; Because I am thy servant.


Of David

1 Blessed be Jehovah, my strength, Who teacheth my hands for the fight, My fingers for the battle.

2 My goodness, and my fortress, My citadel, my deliverer for me, My shield, and in him I have hoped, Who subdueth my people under me.

3 O Jehovah! what is man that thou acknowledgest him? The son of man that thou thinkest of him?

4 Man to vanity is like, His days [are] as a shadow that is passing.

5 O Jehovah! bow thy heavens and descend: Touch the mountains and they shall smoke.

6 Thunder forth thunderings and scatter them; Shoot out thy arrows, and destroy them.

7 Send thy hand from on high; Rescue me and deliver me from waters great, From the hand of the sons of the alien.

8 For their mouth hath spoken falsehood, And their right hand is a right hand of deceit.

9 O God! a song that is new I will sing to thee: Upon the nablum, upon the psaltery I will sing psalms to thee

10 Who givest salvation to kings, Who redeemest David his servant from the hurtful sword.

11 Redeem me, and rescue me, From the hand of the sons of the alien, Whose mouth hath spoken falsehood, And their right hand is a right hand of deceit.

12 Because our sons are as plants Which have grown up in their youth; Our daughters as corners polished After the similitude of a palace.

13 Our recesses full, Supplying all kinds of good things. Our sheep bringing forth thousands, [Yea] ten thousands in our streets.

14 Our oxen to the burden accustomed; No breach, nor going out, Nor cry in our streets.

15 Happy the people to whom it is so, To whom Jehovah is their God.


Praise of David

1 I will exalt thee, my God, my King! And will bless thy name for ever and ever.

2 Every day will I bless thee, And praise thy name for ever and ever.

3 Great is Jehovah, and to be praised greatly, And his greatness is incomprehensible.

4 Generation to generation shall praise thy works, And thy power they shall declare.

5 Upon the majesty of the glory of thy excellence, And upon the words of thy wonders, I will meditate.

6 And the might of thy terrible works shall they recount; And thy greatness I will declare.

7 The memory of the greatness of thy goodness they shall speak forth; And of thy righteousness they shall sing.

8 Gracious and compassionate is Jehovah, Slow to anger and great in clemency.

9 Good is Jehovah to all, And his compassions are over all his works.

10 Celebrate thee, O Jehovah! shall all thy works, And thy meek ones shall bless thee.

11 Of the glory of thy kingdom they shall tell, And of thy power they shall speak:

12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, And the glory of the beauty of his kingdom.

13 Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages, And thy dominion is throughout generations of generations.

14 Uphold doth Jehovah all the falling, He raiseth up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all in thee do hope, And thou givest them their food in its season.

16 Thou openest thy hand And satisfiest every living creature by thy good pleasure.

17 Righteous is Jehovah in all his ways, And merciful in all his works.

18 Near is Jehovah to all who call upon him, To all who call upon him in truth.

19 The desire of those who fear him he will perform, And their cry he will hear, told he will save then,.

20 Keep doth Jehovah all who love him, And all the wicked he will destroy.

21 The praise of Jehovah speak shall my mouth: And bless shall all flesh his holy name for ever and ever.



1 Praise, O my soul! Jehovah.

2 I will praise Jehovah in my life; I will sing psalms to my God, while I have being.

3 Confide not in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is not help.

4 Go forth shall his breath, He shall return to his earth, In that day perish shall his thoughts.

5 Blessed is he who hath for his help the God of Jacob; Whose hope is in Jehovah, his God:

6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them: Who keepeth truth for ever:

7 Who doeth judgment for those who are unrighteously oppressed: Who giveth bread to the hungry: Jehovah looseth the prisoners;

8 Jehovah enlighteneth the blind; Jehovah raiseth up those who are bowed down; Jehovah loveth the righteous;

9 Jehovah keepeth the strangers; The orphan and the widow he succoureth; And the way of the ungodly he will destroy.

10 Reign shall Jehovah for ever: Thy God, O Zion, is from generation to generation. Hallelujah.


1 Praise ye God; For it is a good thing to sing psalms to our God, For it is pleasant, comely is praise.

2 Build up Jerusalem doth Jehovah, The dispersed of Israel he will gather.

3 He healeth the contrite in heart; He bindeth their sorrows.16

4 He counteth the multitude of the stars: To each of them names doth he give.

5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power, His understanding is infinite.

6 Raise up the afflicted ones doth Jehovah, He casteth down the ungodly ones to the ground.

7 Sing to Jehovah in praise, Sing psalms to our God upon the harp.

8 Who covereth the heavens with clouds, Who prepareth for the earth rain, Who maketh to spring up grass upon the mountains,

9 Who giveth to the cattle their food, To the young ones 17 of the ravens which cry to him.

10 Nor in the strength of the horse will he take pleasure, Nor in the legs of man will he delight.

11 Delight doth Jehovah in those who fear him, [In those] who hope in his mercy.

12 Celebrate, O Jerusalem! Jehovah; Praise thy God, O Zion!

13 For he strengtheneth the bars of thy gates; He blesseth thy children in the midst of thee.

14 Who maketh in thy borders peace; With the fatness of wheat he satisfieth thee.

15 When he sendeth forth his word upon the earth, Very swiftly run doth his word.

16 Who giveth snow white as wool; The hoarfrost as ashes he scattereth.

17 He casteth forth his ice as morsels: Before his cold who shall stand?

18 He shall send his word: red shall melt them: Blow shall his breath, and flow shall the waters.

19 He announceth his words to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

20 He hath not done so to every nation, And his judgments he hath not made known to them. Hallelujah.



1 Praise ye Jehovah from the heavens; Praise him in the heights.

2 Praise him, all ye his angels! Praise him, all ye his armies!

3 Praise him, ye Sun and Moon! Praise him, all ye shining stars!

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens! And ye waters above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For he commanded and they were created:

6 And he established them for ever: For ever he hath set for them a decree, and it shall not pass beyond.

7 Praise Jehovah, ye creatures from the earth! Dragons, and all deeps!

8 Fire and hail, snow and ice! Wind of storm, executing his word!

9 Mountains, and all hills! The tree bearing fruit, and all cedars!

10 Wild beasts, and all cattle! Reptile, and winged birds!

11 Kings of the earth, and all peoples! Princes, and all judges of the earth!

12 Young men, and also maidens! Old men with children!

13 Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For high is his name alone; His praise is above the earth and heavens.

14 And he hath exalted the horn of his people: Praise is to all his merciful ones, To the children of Israel, A people which is near to him. Hallelujah.



1 Sing ye to Jehovah a song that is new: His praise is in the assembly of the merciful ones.

2 Rejoice let Israel in his Maker; Let the children of Zion exult in their king:

3 Let them praise his name on the pipe: On the timbrel and the harp let them sing psalms to him.

4 For taken pleasure hath Jehovah in his people: He will glorify the poor ones unto salvation.

5 Exult let the merciful ones in glory; Let them shout with joy on their couches.

6 The exaltations of God are in their mouth, And a sword of two edges in their hand;

7 To execute vengeance on the heathen, Chastisements on the nations:

8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron:

9 To execute upon them the judgment written. This honor is to all his merciful ones. Hallelujah.



1 Praise God in his sanctuary; Praise him in the firmament of his power.

2 Praise him in his might; Praise him for the multitude of his greatness:

3 Praise him with sound of trumpet; Praise him with nablum and harp.

4 Praise him with timbrel and pipe; Praise him with strings and organ.

5 Praise him with cymbals of sound; Praise him with cymbals of shouting.

6 Let every thing that breatheth praise God. Hallelujah.

1 Here the reading in the Latin text is ambiguous. The above is the reading in the French version; and as determined by Calvin in the Commentary.

2 In the French version it is, "have forged lies."

3 "Horruit." -- Lat.

4 Literally, "I have prevented the twilight." -- But see the Commentary.

5 In the French version it is, "for there are set."

6 "Is escaped." -- Fr.

7 This supplement is in the Latin version but not in the French.

8 These two lines which are David's oath are in the abrupt form in which the Jews were accustomed to swear.

9 These two verses have also the abrupt termination characteristic of the Jewish form of swearing.

10 "Descendit." -- Lat. "Descend." -- Fr.

11 In the French version the verb for "speak" in this line; and the verbs for "see" and "hear" in the two next lines, are in the present tense.

12 Literally, "above the head of my joy."

13 "If I make my bed" -- Fr.

14 Literally, "for terribly I have been made wonderful."

15 "Thine eyes did see me when I was yet without form." -- Fr.

16 "Their wounds." -- Fr.

17 Literally, "to the sons."



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