1Happy are those
who reject the advice of evil people,
who do not follow the example of sinners
or join those who have no use for God.
2Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD,
and they study it day and night.
3They are like trees that grow beside a stream,
that bear fruit at the right time,
and whose leaves do not dry up.
They succeed in everything they do.
4But evil people are not like this at all;
they are like straw that the wind blows away.
5Sinners will be condemned by God
and kept apart from God's own people.
6The righteous are guided and protected by the LORD,
but the evil are on the way to their doom.
1Why do the nations plan rebellion?
Why do people make their useless plots?
2Their kings revolt,
their rulers plot together against the LORD
and against the king he chose.
3“Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say;
“let us throw off their control.”
4From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs
and mocks their feeble plans.
5Then he warns them in anger
and terrifies them with his fury.
6“On Zion, my sacred hill,” he says,
“I have installed my king.”
7“I will announce,” says the king, “what the LORD has declared.
He said to me: ‘You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8Ask, and I will give you all the nations;
the whole earth will be yours.
9You will break them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.’ ”
10Now listen to this warning, you kings;
learn this lesson, you rulers of the world:
11Serve the LORD with fear;
12tremble and bow down to him;
or else his anger will be quickly aroused,
and you will suddenly die.
Happy are all who go to him for protection.
1I have so many enemies, LORD,
so many who turn against me!
2They talk about me and say,
“God will not help him.”
3But you, O LORD, are always my shield from danger;
you give me victory
and restore my courage.
4I call to the LORD for help,
and from his sacred hill he answers me.
5I lie down and sleep,
and all night long the LORD protects me.
6I am not afraid of the thousands of enemies
who surround me on every side.
7Come, LORD! Save me, my God!
You punish all my enemies
and leave them powerless to harm me.
8Victory comes from the LORD —
may he bless his people.
1Answer me when I pray,
O God, my defender!
When I was in trouble, you helped me.
Be kind to me now and hear my prayer.
2How long will you people insult me?
How long will you love what is worthless
and go after what is false?
3Remember that the LORD has chosen the righteous for his own,
and he hears me when I call to him.
4Tremble with fear and stop sinning;
think deeply about this,
when you lie in silence on your beds.
5Offer the right sacrifices to the LORD,
and put your trust in him.
6There are many who pray:
“Give us more blessings, O LORD.
Look on us with kindness!”
7But the joy that you have given me
is more than they will ever have
with all their corn and wine.
8When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace;
you alone, O LORD, keep me perfectly safe.
1Listen to my words, O LORD,
and hear my sighs.
2Listen to my cry for help,
my God and king!
I pray to you, O LORD;
3you hear my voice in the morning;
at sunrise I offer my prayer
and wait for your answer.
4You are not a God who is pleased with wrongdoing;
you allow no evil in your presence.
5You cannot stand the sight of the proud;
you hate all wicked people.
6You destroy all liars
and despise violent, deceitful people.
7But because of your great love
I can come into your house;
I can worship in your holy Temple
and bow down to you in reverence.
8LORD, I have so many enemies!
Lead me to do your will;
make your way plain for me to follow.
9What my enemies say can never be trusted;
they only want to destroy.
Their words are flattering and smooth,
but full of deadly deceit.
10Condemn and punish them, O God;
may their own plots cause their ruin.
Drive them out of your presence
because of their many sins
and their rebellion against you.
11But all who find safety in you will rejoice;
they can always sing for joy.
Protect those who love you;
because of you they are truly happy.
12You bless those who obey you, LORD;
your love protects them like a shield.
1LORD, don't be angry and rebuke me!
Don't punish me in your anger!
2I am worn out, O LORD; have pity on me!
Give me strength; I am completely exhausted
3and my whole being is deeply troubled.
How long, O LORD, will you wait to help me?
4Come and save me, LORD;
in your mercy rescue me from death.
5In the world of the dead you are not remembered;
no one can praise you there.
6I am worn out with grief;
every night my bed is damp from my weeping;
my pillow is soaked with tears.
7I can hardly see;
my eyes are so swollen
from the weeping caused by my enemies.
8Keep away from me, you evil people!
The LORD hears my weeping;
9he listens to my cry for help
and will answer my prayer.
10My enemies will know the bitter shame of defeat;
in sudden confusion they will be driven away.
1O LORD, my God, I come to you for protection;
rescue me and save me from all who pursue me,
2or else like a lion they will carry me off
where no one can save me,
and there they will tear me to pieces.
3-4O LORD, my God, if I have wronged anyone,
if I have betrayed a friend
or without cause done violence to my enemy —
if I have done any of these things —
5then let my enemies pursue me and catch me,
let them cut me down and kill me
and leave me lifeless on the ground!
6Rise in your anger, O LORD!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies;
rouse yourself and help me!
Justice is what you demand,
7so bring together all the peoples round you,
and rule over them from above.
8You are the judge of the whole human race.
Judge in my favour, O LORD;
you know that I am innocent.
9You are a righteous God
and judge our thoughts and desires.
Stop the wickedness of evildoers
and reward those who are good.
10God is my protector;
he saves those who obey him.
11God is a righteous judge
and always condemns the wicked.
12If they do not change their ways,
God will sharpen his sword.
He bends his bow and makes it ready;
13he takes up his deadly weapons
and aims his burning arrows.
14See how wicked people think up evil;
they plan trouble and practise deception.
15But in the traps they set for others,
they themselves get caught.
16So they are punished by their own evil
and are hurt by their own violence.
17I thank the LORD for his justice,
I sing praises to the LORD, the Most High.
1O LORD, our Lord,
your greatness is seen in all the world!
Your praise reaches up to the heavens;
2it is sung by children and babies.
You are safe and secure from all your enemies;
you stop anyone who opposes you.
3When I look at the sky, which you have made,
at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places —
4what are human beings, that you think of them;
mere mortals, that you care for them?
5Yet you made them inferior only to yourself;
you crowned them with glory and honour.
6You appointed them rulers over everything you made;
you placed them over all creation:
7sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too;
8the birds and the fish
and the creatures in the seas.
9O LORD, our Lord,