June 29

Psalms 64:1 — 68:35

To the director. A melody of David.

64 Hear, O God, my voice in my concern.

From the dreadfulness of the enemy may you safeguard my life.

 2 May you conceal me from the confidential talk of evildoers,

      From the tumult of practicers of hurtfulness,

 3 Who have sharpened their tongue just like a sword,

      Who have aimed their arrow, bitter speech,

 4 To shoot from concealed places at someone blameless.

      All of a sudden they shoot at him and do not fear.

 5 They hold themselves down to bad speech;

      They make statements about hiding traps.

      They have said: “Who sees them?”

 6 They keep searching out unrighteous things;

      They have hidden a shrewd device well searched out,

      And the inward part of each one, even [his] heart, is deep.

 7 But God will shoot at them with an arrow suddenly.

      Wounds have resulted to them,

 8 And they cause one to stumble.

       [But] their tongue is against their own selves.

      All those looking upon them will shake their head,

 9 And all earthling men will become afraid;

      And they will tell of the activity of God,

      And they will certainly have insight into his work.

10 And the righteous one will rejoice in Jehovah and will indeed take refuge in him;

      And all the upright in heart will boast.

To the director. A melody of David. A song.

65 For you there is praise—silence—, O God, in Zion;

And to you the vow will be paid.

 2 O Hearer of prayer, even to you people of all flesh will come.

 3 Things of error have proved mightier than I am.

      As for our transgressions, you yourself will cover them.

 4 Happy is the one you choose and cause to approach,

      That he may reside in your courtyards.

      We will certainly be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

      The holy place of your temple.

 5 With fear-inspiring things in righteousness you will answer us,

      O God of our salvation,

      The Trust of all the borders of the earth and those far away on the sea.

 6 He is firmly establishing the mountains with his power;

      He is indeed girded with mightiness.

 7 He is stilling the noise of the seas,

      The noise of their waves and the turmoil of the national groups.

 8 And the inhabitants of the uttermost parts will be afraid of your signs;

      The goings forth of the morning and evening you cause to cry out joyfully.

 9 You have turned your attention to the earth, that you may give it abundance;

      You enrich it very much.

      The stream from God is full of water.

      You prepare their grain,

      For that is the way you prepare the earth.

10 There is a drenching of its furrows, a leveling off of its clods;

      With copious showers you soften it; you bless its very sprouts.

11 You have crowned the year with your goodness,

      And your very tracks drip with fatness.

12 The pasture grounds of the wilderness keep dripping,

      And with joyfulness the very hills gird themselves.

13 The pastures have become clothed with flocks,

      And the low plains themselves are enveloped with grain.

      They shout in triumph, yes, they sing.

To the director. A song, a melody.

66 Shout in triumph to God, all [YOU people of] the earth.

 2 Make melody to the glory of his name.

      Render his praise glorious.

 3 Say to God: “How fear-inspiring your works are!

      Because of the abundance of your strength your enemies will come cringing to you.

 4 All [people of] the earth will bow down to you,

      And they will make melody to you, they will make melody to your name.” Selah.

 5 Come, YOU people, and see the activities of God.

      His dealing with the sons of men is fear-inspiring.

 6 He has changed the sea into dry land;

      Through the river they went crossing over on foot.

      There we began to rejoice in him.

 7 He is ruling by his mightiness to time indefinite.

      Upon the nations his own eyes keep watch.

      As for those who are stubborn, let them not be exalted in themselves. Selah.

 8 Bless our God, O YOU peoples,

      And cause the voice of praise to him to be heard.

 9 He is setting our soul in life,

      And he has not allowed our foot to totter.

10 For you have examined us, O God;

      You have refined us as when refining silver.

11 You have brought us into a hunting net;

      You have put pressure on our hips.

12 You have made mortal man to ride over our head;

      We have come through fire and through water,

      And you proceeded to bring us forth to relief.

13 I shall come into your house with whole burnt offerings;

      I shall pay to you my vows

14 That my lips have opened up to say

      And that my mouth has spoken when I was in sore straits.

15 Whole burnt offerings of fatlings I shall offer up to you,

      With the sacrificial smoke of rams.

      I shall render up a bull with he-goats. Selah.

16 Come, listen, all YOU who fear God, and I will relate

      What he has done for my soul.

17 To him I called with my mouth,

      And there was an extolling with my tongue.

18 If I have regarded anything hurtful in my heart,

      Jehovah will not hear [me].

19 Truly God has heard;

      He has paid attention to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, who has not turned aside my prayer,

      Nor his loving-kindness from me.

To the director on stringed instruments. A melody, a song.

67 God himself will show us favor and bless us;

He will make his face shine upon us—Selah

 2 That your way may be known in the earth,

      Your salvation even among all the nations.

 3 Let peoples laud you, O God;

      Let the peoples, all of them, laud you.

 4 Let national groups rejoice and cry out joyfully,

      For you will judge the peoples with uprightness;

      And as for national groups, on the earth you will lead them. Selah.

 5 Let peoples laud you, O God;

      Let peoples, all of them, laud you.

 6 The earth itself will certainly give its produce;

      God, our God, will bless us.

 7 God will bless us,

      And all the ends of the earth will fear him.

To the director. Of David. A melody, a song.

68 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered,

And let those who intensely hate him flee because of him.

 2 As smoke is driven away, may you drive [them] away;

      As wax melts because of the fire,

      Let the wicked ones perish from before God.

 3 But as for the righteous, let them rejoice,

      Let them be elated before God,

      And let them exult with rejoicing.

 4 Sing YOU to God, make melody to his name;

      Raise up [a song] to the One riding through the desert plains

      As Jah, which is his name; and jubilate before him;

 5 A father of fatherless boys and a judge of widows

      Is God in his holy dwelling.

 6 God is causing the solitary ones to dwell in a house;

      He is bringing forth prisoners into full prosperity.

      However, as for the stubborn, they have to reside in a scorched land.

 7 O God, when you went forth before your people,

      When you marched through the desert—Selah

 8 The earth itself rocked,

      Heaven itself also dripped because of God;

      This Sinai [rocked] because of God, the God of Israel.

 9 A copious downpour you began causing to fall, O God;

      Your inheritance, even when it was weary—you yourself reinvigorated it.

10 Your tent community—they have dwelt in it;

      With your goodness you proceeded to make it ready for the afflicted one, O God.

11 Jehovah himself gives the saying;

      The women telling the good news are a large army.

12 Even the kings of armies flee, they flee.

      As for her who abides at home, she shares in the spoil.

13 Although YOU men kept lying between the [camp] ash heaps,

      There will be the wings of a dove covered with silver

      And its pinions with yellowish-green gold.

14 When the Almighty One scattered abroad the kings in it,

      It began to snow in Zalmon.

15 The mountainous region of Bashan is a mountain of God;

      The mountainous region of Bashan is a mountain of peaks.

16 Why do YOU, O YOU mountains of peaks, keep watching enviously

      The mountain that God has desired for himself to dwell in?

      Even Jehovah himself will reside [there] forever.

17 The war chariots of God are in tens of thousands, thousands over and over again.

      Jehovah himself has come from Sinai into the holy place.

18 You have ascended on high;

      You have carried away captives;

      You have taken gifts in the form of men,

      Yes, even the stubborn ones, to reside [among them], O Jah God.

19 Blessed be Jehovah, who daily carries the load for us,

      The [true] God of our salvation. Selah.

20 The [true] God is for us a God of saving acts;

      And to Jehovah the Sovereign Lord belong the ways out from death.

21 Indeed God himself will break the head of his enemies in pieces,

      The hairy crown of the head of anyone walking about in his guiltiness.

22 Jehovah has said: “From Bashan I shall bring back,

      I shall bring [them] back from the depths of the sea,

23 In order that you may wash your foot in blood,

      That the tongue of your dogs may have its portion from the enemies.”

24 They have seen your processions, O God,

      The processions of my God, my King, into the holy place.

25 The singers went in front, the players on stringed instruments after them;

      In between were the maidens beating tambourines.

26 In congregated throngs bless God,

      Jehovah, [O YOU who are] from the Source of Israel.

27 There is little Benjamin subduing them,

      The princes of Judah with their shouting crowd,

      The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

28 Your God has laid command upon your strength.

      Do show strength, O God, you who have acted for us.

29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem,

      Kings will bring gifts to you yourself.

30 Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, the assembly of bulls,

      With the calves of the peoples, each one stamping down on pieces of silver.

      He has scattered the peoples that take delight in fights.

31 Bronzeware things will come out of Egypt;

      Cush itself will quickly stretch out its hands [with gifts] to God.

32 O YOU kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,

      Make melody to Jehovah—Selah

33 To the One riding on the ancient heaven of heavens.

      Lo! He sounds with his voice, a strong voice.

34 ASCRIBE strength to God.

      Over Israel his eminence is and his strength is in the clouds.

35 God is fear-inspiring out of your grand sanctuary.

      The God of Israel he is, giving strength, even might to the people.

      Blessed be God.