June 20

Psalms 17:1 — 19:14

A prayer of David.

17 Do hear what is righteous, O Jehovah; do pay attention to my entreating cry;

    Do give ear to my prayer without lips of deception.

 2 From before you may my judgment go forth;

      May your own eyes behold uprightness.

 3 You have examined my heart, you have made inspection by night,

      You have refined me; you will discover [that] I have not schemed.

      My mouth will not transgress.

 4 As for the activities of men,

      By the word of your lips I myself have watched against the paths of the robber.

 5 Let my steps take hold on your tracks,

       [In which] my footsteps will certainly not be made to totter.

 6 I myself do call upon you, because you will answer me, O God.

      Incline your ear to me. Hear my saying.

 7 Make your acts of loving-kindnesses wonderful, O Savior of those seeking refuge

      From the revolters against your right hand.

 8 Keep me as the pupil of the eyeball,

      In the shadow of your wings may you conceal me,

 9 Because of the wicked who have despoiled me.

      The enemies against my soul themselves keep closing in upon me.

10 They have enclosed [themselves] with their own fat;

       With their mouth they have spoken in haughtiness;

11 As regards our steps, now they have surrounded us;

       They fix their eyes to incline to the earth.

12 His likeness is that of a lion that yearns to tear to pieces

       And that of a young lion sitting in concealed places.

13 Do rise up, O Jehovah; do confront him to the face;

       Make him bow down; do provide escape for my soul from the wicked one with your sword,

14 From men, [by] your hand, O Jehovah,

       From men of [this] system of things, whose share is in [this] life,

       And whose belly you fill with your concealed treasure,

       Who are satisfied with sons

       And who do lay up for their children what they leave over.

15 As for me, in righteousness I shall behold your face;

       I will be satisfied when awakening [to see] your form.

To the director. Of Jehovah’s servant, of David, who spoke to Jehovah the words of this song in the day that Jehovah had delivered him out of the palm of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul. And he proceeded to say:

18 I shall have affection for you, O Jehovah my strength.

 2 Jehovah is my crag and my stronghold and the Provider of escape for me.

      My God is my rock. I shall take refuge in him,

      My shield and my horn of salvation, my secure height.

 3 On the One to be praised, Jehovah, I shall call,

      And from my enemies I shall be saved.

 4 The ropes of death encircled me;

      Flash floods of good-for-nothing [men] also kept terrifying me.

 5 The very ropes of Sheol surrounded me;

      The snares of death confronted me.

 6 In my distress I kept calling upon Jehovah,

      And to my God I kept crying for help.

      Out of his temple he proceeded to hear my voice,

      And my own cry before him for help now came into his ears.

 7 And the earth began to shake and rock,

      And the foundations of the mountains themselves became agitated,

      And they kept shaking back and forth because he had been angered.

 8 Smoke went up at his nostrils, and fire itself from his mouth kept devouring;

      Coals themselves blazed forth from him.

 9 And he proceeded to bend the heavens down and descend.

      And thick gloom was beneath his feet.

10 And he came riding upon a cherub and came flying,

       And he came darting upon the wings of a spirit.

11 He then made darkness his concealment place,

       All around him as his booth,

       Dark waters, thick clouds.

12 Out of the brightness in front of him there were his clouds that passed by,

       Hail and burning coals of fire.

13 And in the heavens Jehovah began to thunder,

       And the Most High himself began to give his voice,

       Hail and burning coals of fire.

14 And he kept sending out his arrows, that he might scatter them;

       And lightnings he shot out, that he might throw them into confusion.

15 And the streambeds of waters became visible,

       And the foundations of the productive land became uncovered

       From your rebuke, O Jehovah, from the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

16 He was sending from on high, he was taking me,

       He was drawing me out of great waters.

17 He was delivering me from my strong enemy,

       And from those hating me; because they were stronger than I was.

18 They kept confronting me in the day of my disaster,

       But Jehovah came to be as a support for me.

19 And he proceeded to bring me out into a roomy place;

       He was rescuing me, because he had found delight in me.

20 Jehovah rewards me according to my righteousness;

       According to the cleanness of my hands he repays me.

21 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah,

       And I have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his judicial decisions are in front of me,

       And his statutes I shall not remove from myself.

23 And I will prove myself faultless with him,

       And I shall keep myself from error on my part.

24 And let Jehovah repay me according to my righteousness,

       According to the cleanness of my hands in front of his eyes.

25 With someone loyal you will act in loyalty;

       With the faultless, able-bodied man you will deal faultlessly;

26 With the one keeping clean you will show yourself clean;

       And with the crooked one you will show yourself tortuous;

27 Because the afflicted people you yourself will save;

       But the haughty eyes you will abase.

28 For you yourself will light my lamp, O Jehovah;

       My God himself will make my darkness shine.

29 For by you I can run against a marauder band;

       And by my God I can climb a wall.

30 As for the [true] God, perfect is his way;

       The saying of Jehovah is a refined one.

       A shield he is to all those taking refuge in him.

31 For who is a God besides Jehovah?

       And who is a rock except our God?

32 The [true] God is the One girding me closely with vital energy,

       And he will grant my way to be perfect,

33 Making my feet like those of the hinds,

       And upon places high for me he keeps me standing.

34 He is teaching my hands for warfare,

       And my arms have pressed down a bow of copper.

35 And you will give me your shield of salvation,

       And your own right hand will sustain me,

       And your own humility will make me great.

36 You will make room large enough for my steps under me,

       And my ankles will certainly not wobble.

37 I shall pursue my enemies and overtake them;

       And I shall not return until they are exterminated.

38 I shall break them in pieces so that they will not be able to rise up;

       They will fall under my feet.

39 And you will gird me with vital energy for warfare;

       You will make those rising against me collapse under me.

40 And as for my enemies, you will certainly give me the back of [their] neck;

       And as for those hating me intensely, I shall silence them.

41 They cry for help, but there is no savior,

       To Jehovah, but he actually does not answer them.

42 And I shall pound them fine like dust before the wind;

       Like the mire of the streets I shall pour them out.

43 You will provide me escape from the faultfinding of the people.

       You will appoint me the head of the nations.

       A people that I have not known—they will serve me.

44 At mere hearsay they will be obedient to me;

       Foreigners themselves will come cringing to me.

45 Foreigners themselves will fade away,

       And they will come quaking out from their bulwarks.

46 Jehovah is living, and blessed be my Rock,

       And let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 The [true] God is the Giver of acts of vengeance to me;

       And he subdues the peoples under me.

48 He is providing escape for me from my angry enemies;

       Above those who rise up against me you will lift me up,

       From the man of violence you will deliver me.

49 That is why I shall laud you among the nations, O Jehovah,

       And to your name I will make melody.

50 He is doing great acts of salvation for his king

       And exercising loving-kindness to his anointed one,

       To David and to his seed to time indefinite.

To the director. A melody of David.

19 The heavens are declaring the glory of God;

    And of the work of his hands the expanse is telling.

 2 One day after another day causes speech to bubble forth,

      And one night after another night shows forth knowledge.

 3 There is no speech, and there are no words;

      No voice on their part is being heard.

 4 Into all the earth their measuring line has gone out,

      And to the extremity of the productive land their utterances.

      In them he has set a tent for the sun,

 5 And it is like a bridegroom when coming out of his nuptial chamber;

      It exults as a mighty man does to run in a path.

 6 From one extremity of the heavens is its going forth,

      And its [finished] circuit is to their [other] extremities;

      And there is nothing concealed from its heat.

 7 The law of Jehovah is perfect, bringing back the soul.

      The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.

 8 The orders from Jehovah are upright, causing the heart to rejoice;

      The commandment of Jehovah is clean, making the eyes shine.

 9 The fear of Jehovah is pure, standing forever.

      The judicial decisions of Jehovah are true; they have proved altogether righteous.

10 They are more to be desired than gold, yes, than much refined gold;

       And sweeter than honey and the flowing honey of the combs.

11 Also, your own servant has been warned by them;

       In the keeping of them there is a large reward.

12 Mistakes—who can discern?

       From concealed sins pronounce me innocent.

13 Also from presumptuous acts hold your servant back;

       Do not let them dominate me.

       In that case I shall be complete,

      And I shall have remained innocent from much transgression.

14 Let the sayings of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

       Become pleasurable before you, O Jehovah my Rock and my Redeemer.