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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God
A Psalm of David.
[1]  JEHOVAH is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
Jehovah is the strength 1 of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
[2]  When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh,
Even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.
[3]  Though a host should encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear:
Though war should rise against me,
Even 2 then will I be confident.
[4]  One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after:
That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life,
To behold the 3 beauty of Jehovah,
And to inquire 4 in his temple.
[5]  For in the day of trouble he will keep me secretly in his pavilion:
In the covert of his tabernacle 5 will he hide me;
He will lift me up upon a rock.
[6]  And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me;
And I will offer in his tabernacle 6 sacrifices of joy; 7
I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto Jehovah.
[7]  Hear, O Jehovah, when I cry with my voice:
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
[8]  When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,
Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek.
[9]  Hide not thy face from me;
Put not thy servant away in anger:
Thou hast been my help;
Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
[10]  When 8 my father and my mother forsake me,
Then Jehovah will take me up.
[11]  Teach me thy way, O Jehovah;
And lead me in a plain path,
Because of mine 9 enemies.
[12]  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine adversaries:
For false witnesses are risen up against me,
And such as breathe out cruelty.
[13]  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah
In the land of the living.
[14]  Wait for Jehovah:
Be strong, and let thy heart take courage;
Yea, wait thou for Jehovah.
Note 1. Or, stronghold. [back]
Note 2. Or, In this. [back]
Note 3. Or, the pleasantness. [back]
Note 4. Or, consider his temple. [back]
Note 5. Heb. tent. [back]
Note 6. Heb. tent. [back]
Note 7. Or, shouting.Or, trumpet-sound. [back]
Note 8. Or, For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But Jehovah &c. [back]
Note 9. Or, them that lie in wait for me. [back]


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