Monday, September 8, 2014

Psalm 89


1 [Poem For Ethan the native-born] I shall sing the faithful love of Yahweh for ever, from age to age my lips shall declare your constancy,
2 for you have said: love is built to last for ever, you have fixed your constancy firm in the heavens.
3 'I have made a covenant with my Chosen One, sworn an oath to my servant David:
4 I have made your dynasty firm for ever, built your throne stable age after age.'
5 The heavens praise your wonders, Yahweh, your constancy in the gathering of your faithful.
6 Who in the skies can compare with Yahweh? Who among the sons of god can rival him?
7 God, awesome in the assembly of holy ones, great and dreaded among all who surround him,
8 Yahweh, God Sabaoth, who is like you? Mighty Yahweh, your constancy is all round you!
9 You control the pride of the ocean, when its waves ride high you calm them.
10 You split Rahab in two like a corpse, scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 Yours are the heavens and yours the earth, the world and all it holds, you founded them;
12 you created the north and the south, Tabor and Hermon hail your name with joy.
13 Yours is a strong arm, mighty your hand, your right hand raised high;
14 Saving Justice and Fair Judgement the foundations of your throne, Faithful Love and Constancy march before you.
15 How blessed the nation that learns to acclaim you! They will live, Yahweh, in the light of your presence.
16 In your name they rejoice all day long, by your saving justice they are raised up.
17 You are the flower of their strength, by your favor our strength is triumphant;
18 for to Yahweh belongs our shield, to the Holy One of Israel our king.
19 Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful you said: 'I have given strength to a warrior, I have raised up a man chosen from my people.
20 'I have found David my servant, and anointed him with my holy oil.
21 My hand will always be with him, my arm will make him strong.
22 'No enemy will be able to outwit him, no wicked man overcome him;
23 I shall crush his enemies before him, strike his opponents dead.
24 'My constancy and faithful love will be with him, in my name his strength will be triumphant.
25 I shall establish his power over the sea, his dominion over the rivers.
26 'He will cry to me, "You are my father, my God, the rock of my salvation!"
27 So I shall make him my first-born, the highest of earthly kings.
28 'I shall maintain my faithful love for him always, my covenant with him will stay firm.
29 I have established his dynasty for ever, his throne to be as lasting as the heavens.
30 'Should his descendants desert my law, and not keep to my rulings,
31 should they violate my statutes, and not observe my commandments,
32 'then I shall punish their offences with the rod, their guilt with the whip,
33 but I shall never withdraw from him my faithful love, I shall not belie my constancy.
34 'I shall not violate my covenant, I shall not withdraw the word once spoken.
35 I have sworn by my holiness, once and for all, never will I break faith with David.
36 'His dynasty shall endure for ever, his throne like the sun before me,
37 as the moon is established for ever, a faithful witness in the skies.'
38 Yet you yourself -- you have spurned and rejected, and have vented your wrath on your anointed,
39 you have repudiated the covenant with your servant, dishonored his crown in the dust.
40 You have pierced all his defenses, and laid his strongholds in ruins,
41 everyone passing by plunders him, he has become the butt of his neighbors.
42 You have raised high the right hand of his opponents, have made all his enemies happy;
43 you have snapped off his sword on a rock, and failed to support him in battle.
44 You have stripped him of his splendid scepter, and toppled his throne to the ground.
45 You have aged him before his time, enveloped him in shame.
46 How long, Yahweh, will you remain hidden? Forever? Is your anger to go on smoldering like a fire?
47 Remember me; how long have I left? For what pointless end did you create all the children of Adam?
48 Who can live and never see death? Who can save himself from the clutches of Sheol?
49 Lord, what of those pledges of your faithful love? You made an oath to David by your constancy.
50 Do not forget the insults to your servant; I take to heart the taunts of the nations,
51 which your enemies have leveled, Yahweh, have leveled at the footsteps of your anointed!
52 Blessed be Yahweh for ever. Amen, Amen.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Psalm 88


1 [Song Psalm Of the sons of Korah In sickness In suffering Poem For Heman the native-born] Yahweh, God of my salvation, when I cry out to you in the night,
2 may my prayer reach your presence, hear my cry for help.
3 For I am filled with misery, my life is on the brink of Sheol;
4 already numbered among those who sink into oblivion, I am as one bereft of strength,
5 left alone among the dead, like the slaughtered lying in the grave, whom you remember no more, cut off as they are from your protection.
6 You have plunged me to the bottom of the grave, in the darkness, in the depths;
7 weighted down by your anger, kept low by your waves.
8 You have deprived me of my friends, made me repulsive to them, imprisoned, with no escape;
9 my eyes are worn out with suffering. I call to you, Yahweh, all day, I stretch out my hands to you.
10 Do you work wonders for the dead, can shadows rise up to praise you?
11 Do they speak in the grave of your faithful love, of your constancy in the place of perdition?
12 Are your wonders known in the darkness, your saving justice in the land of oblivion?
13 But, for my part, I cry to you, Yahweh, every morning my prayer comes before you;
14 why, Yahweh, do you rebuff me, turn your face away from me?
15 Wretched and close to death since childhood, I have borne your terrors -- I am finished!
16 Your anger has overwhelmed me, your terrors annihilated me.
17 They flood around me all day long, close in on me all at once.
18 You have deprived me of friends and companions, and all that I know is the dark.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Psalm 87


1 [Of the sons of Korah Psalm Song] With its foundations on the holy mountains,
2 Yahweh loves his city, he prefers the gates of Zion to any dwelling-place in Jacob.
3 He speaks of glory for you, city of God,
4 'I number Rahab and Babylon among those that acknowledge me; look at Tyre, Philistia, Ethiopia, so and so was born there.'
5 But of Zion it will be said, 'Every one was born there,' her guarantee is the Most High.
6 Yahweh in his register of peoples will note against each, 'Born there',
7 princes no less than native-born; all make their home in you.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Psalm 86


1 [Prayer Of David] Listen to me, Yahweh, answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard me, for I am faithful, save your servant who relies on you. You are my God,
3 take pity on me, Lord, for to you I cry all the day.
4 Fill your servant's heart with joy, Lord, for to you I raise up my heart.
5 Lord, you are kind and forgiving, rich in faithful love for all who call upon you.
6 Yahweh, hear my prayer, listen to the sound of my pleading.
7 In my day of distress I call upon you, because you answer me, Lord;
8 among the gods there is none to compare with you, no great deeds to compare with yours.
9 All nations will come and adore you, Lord, and give glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds, you, God, and none other.
11 Teach me, Yahweh, your ways, that I may not stray from your loyalty; let my heart's one aim be to fear your name.
12 I thank you with all my heart, Lord my God, I will glorify your name for ever,
13 for your faithful love for me is so great that you have rescued me from the depths of Sheol.
14 Arrogant men, God, are rising up against me, a brutal gang is after my life, in their scheme of things you have no place.
15 But you, Lord, God of tenderness and mercy, slow to anger, rich in faithful love and loyalty,
16 turn to me and pity me. Give to your servant your strength, to the child of your servant your saving help,
17 give me a sign of your kindness.
18 My enemies will see to their shame that you, Yahweh, help and console me.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Psalm 85


1 [For the choirmaster Of the sons of Korah Psalm] Yahweh, you are gracious to your land, you bring back the captives of Jacob,
2 you take away the guilt of your people, you blot out all their sin.
3 You retract all your anger, you renounce the heat of your fury.
4 Bring us back, God our Savior, appease your indignation against us!
5 Will you be angry with us for ever? Will you prolong your wrath age after age?
6 Will you not give us life again, for your people to rejoice in you?
7 Show us, Lord, your faithful love, grant us your saving help.
8 I am listening. What is God's message? Yahweh's message is peace for his people, for his faithful, if only they renounce their folly.
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in our land.
10 Faithful Love and Loyalty join together, Saving Justice and Peace embrace.
11 Loyalty will spring up from the earth, and Justice will lean down from heaven.
12 Yahweh will himself give prosperity, and our soil will yield its harvest.
13 Justice will walk before him, treading out a path.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Psalm 84


1 [For the choirmaster On the . . . of Gath Of the sons of Korah Psalm] How lovely are your dwelling-places, Yahweh Sabaoth.
2 My whole being yearns and pines for Yahweh's courts, My heart and my body cry out for joy to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a nest to place its young: your altars, Yahweh Sabaoth, my King and my God.
4 How blessed are those who live in your house; they shall praise you continually. 
5 Blessed those who find their strength in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of the Balsam, they make there a water-hole, and -- a further blessing -- early rain fills it.
7 They make their way from height to height, God shows himself to them in Zion.
8 Yahweh, God Sabaoth, hear my prayer, listen, God of Jacob.
9 God, our shield, look, and see the face of your anointed.
10 Better one day in your courts than a thousand at my own devices, to stand on the threshold of God's house than to live in the tents of the wicked.
11 For Yahweh God is a rampart and shield, he gives grace and glory; Yahweh refuses nothing good to those whose life is blameless.
12 Yahweh Sabaoth, blessed is he who trusts in you.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Psalm 83


1 [Song Psalm Of Asaph] God, do not remain silent, do not stay quiet or unmoved, God!
2 See how your enemies are in uproar, how those who hate you are rearing their heads.
3 They are laying plans against your people, conspiring against those you cherish;
4 they say, 'Come, let us annihilate them as a nation, the name of Israel shall be remembered no more!'
5 They conspire with a single mind, they conclude an alliance against you,
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia and the Tyrians;
8 even Assyria has joined them to reinforce the children of Lot.
9 Treat them like Midian and Sisera, like Jabin at the river Kishon;
10 wiped out at En-Dor, they served to manure the ground.
11 Treat their leaders like Oreb and Zeeb, all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 for they said, 'Let us take for ourselves God's settlements.'
13 My God, treat them like thistledown, like chaff at the mercy of the wind.
14 As fire devours a forest, as a flame sets mountains ablaze,
15 so drive them away with your tempest, by your whirlwind fill them with terror.
16 Shame written all over their faces, let them seek your name, Yahweh!
17 Dishonour and terror be always theirs, death also and destruction.
18 Let them know that you alone bear the name of Yahweh, Most High over all the earth.