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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
A Psalm of Thanksgiving for God’s Justice
For the Chief Musician; set to Muth-Labben. A Psalm of David.
[1]  I WILL give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart;
I will show forth all thy marvellous works.
[2]  I will be glad and exult in thee;
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou Most 1 High.
[3]  When mine enemies turn back,
They stumble and perish at thy presence.
[4]  For thou hast maintained my right and my cause;
Thou sittest in the throne judging righteously.
[5]  Thou hast rebuked the nations, 2 thou hast destroyed the wicked;
Thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.
[6]  The 3 enemy are come to an end, they are desolate for ever;
And 4 the cities which thou hast overthrown,  5
The very remembrance of them is perished.
[7]  But Jehovah sitteth as king for ever:
He hath prepared his throne for judgment;
[8]  And he will judge the world in righteousness,
He will minister judgment to the peoples 6 in uprightness.
[9]  Jehovah also will be a high tower for the oppressed,
A high tower in times of trouble;
[10]  And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee;
For thou, Jehovah hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
[11]  Sing praises to Jehovah, who dwelleth in Zion:
Declare among the people 7 his doings.
[12]  For 8 he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth them;
He forgetteth not the cry of the poor. 9
[13]  Have mercy upon me, O Jehovah;
Behold my affliction which I suffer of them that hate me,
Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;
[14]  That I may show forth all thy praise.
In the gates of the daughter of Zion
I will rejoice in thy salvation. 10
[15]  The nations are sunk down in the pit that they made:
In the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
[16]  Jehovah hath made himself known, he hath executed judgment:
The 11 wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. [Higgaion. Selah
[17]  The wicked shall be turned back unto Sheol,
Even all the nations that forget God.
[18]  For the needy shall not alway be forgotten,
Nor the expectation of the poor 12 perish for ever.
[19]  Arise, O Jehovah; let not man prevail:
Let the nations be judged in thy sight.
[20]  Put them in fear, O Jehovah:
Let the nations know themselves to be but men.  [Selah
Note 1. Or, Most High; Because mine &c. [back]
Note 2. Or, heathen. [back]
Note 3. Or, O thou enemy, desolutions are come to perpetual end. [back]
Note 4. Or, And their cities thou hast overthrown. [back]
Note 5. Heb. plucked up. [back]
Note 6. Or, people. [back]
Note 7. Or, peoples. [back]
Note 8. Or, For when he maketh … he remembereth. [back]
Note 9. Or, meek. [back]
Note 10. Or, saving help. [back]
Note 11. Or, He snareth the wicked. [back]
Note 12. Or, meek. [back]


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