Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Psalm 98

1 [Psalm] Sing a new song to Yahweh, for he has performed wonders, his saving power is in his right hand and his holy arm.
2 Yahweh has made known his saving power, revealed his saving justice for the nations to see,
3 mindful of his faithful love and his constancy to the House of Israel. The whole wide world has seen the saving power of our God.
4 Acclaim Yahweh, all the earth, burst into shouts of joy!
5 Play to Yahweh on the harp, to the sound of instruments;
6 to the sound of trumpet and horn, acclaim the presence of the King.
7 Let the sea thunder, and all that it holds, the world and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands, and the mountains shout for joy together,
9 at Yahweh's approach, for he is coming to judge the earth; he will judge the world with saving justice and the nations with fairness.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Psalm 97

1 Yahweh is king! Let earth rejoice, the many isles be glad!
2 Cloud, black cloud enfolds him, saving justice and judgement the foundations of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him, sets ablaze his enemies all around;
4 his lightning-flashes light up the world, the earth sees it and quakes.
5 The mountains melt like wax, before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his saving justice, all nations see his glory.
7 Shame on all who serve images, who pride themselves on their idols; bow down to him, all you gods!
8 Zion hears and is glad, the daughters of Judah exult, because of your judgments, Yahweh.
9 For you are Yahweh, Most High over all the earth, far transcending all gods.
10 Yahweh loves those who hate evil, he keeps safe his faithful, rescues them from the clutches of the wicked.
11 Light dawns for the upright, and joy for honest hearts.
12 Rejoice in Yahweh, you who are upright, praise his unforgettable holiness.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Psalm 96

1 Sing a new song to Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!
2 Sing to Yahweh, bless his name! Proclaim his salvation day after day,
3 declare his glory among the nations, his marvels to every people!
4 Great is Yahweh, worthy of all praise, more awesome than any of the gods.
5 All the gods of the nations are idols! It was Yahweh who made the heavens;
6 in his presence are splendor and majesty, in his sanctuary power and beauty.
7 Give to Yahweh, families of nations, give to Yahweh glory and power,
8 give to Yahweh the glory due to his name! Bring an offering and enter his courts,
9 adore Yahweh in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, 'Yahweh is king.' The world is set firm, it cannot be moved. He will judge the nations with justice.
11 Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad! Let the sea thunder, and all it holds!
12 Let the countryside exult, and all that is in it, and all the trees of the forest cry out for joy,
13 at Yahweh's approach, for he is coming, coming to judge the earth; he will judge the world with saving justice, and the nations with constancy.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Psalm 95

1 Come, let us cry out with joy to Yahweh, acclaim the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, acclaim him with music.
3 For Yahweh is a great God, a king greater than all the gods.
4 In his power are the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains are his;
5 the sea belongs to him, for he made it, and the dry land, molded by his hands.
6 Come, let us bow low and do reverence; kneel before Yahweh who made us!
7 For he is our God, and we the people of his sheepfold, the flock of his hand. If only you would listen to him today!
8 Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as at the time of Massah in the desert,
9 when your ancestors challenged me, put me to the test, and saw what I could do!
10 For forty years that generation sickened me, and I said, 'Always fickle hearts; they cannot grasp my ways.'
11 Then in my anger I swore they would never enter my place of rest.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Psalm 94

1 God of vengeance, Yahweh, God of vengeance, shine forth!
2 Arise, judge of the world, give back the proud what they deserve!
3 How long are the wicked, Yahweh, how long are the wicked to triumph?
4 They bluster and boast, they flaunt themselves, all the evil-doers.
5 They crush your people, Yahweh, they oppress your heritage,
6 they murder the widow and the stranger, bring the orphan to a violent death.
7 They say, 'Yahweh is not looking, the God of Jacob is taking no notice.'
8 Take notice yourselves, you coarsest of people! Fools, when will you learn some sense?
9 Shall he who implanted the ear not hear, he who fashioned the eye not see?
10 Shall he who instructs nations not punish? Yahweh, the teacher of all people,
11 knows human plans and how insipid they are.
12 How blessed are those you instruct, Yahweh, whom you teach by means of your law,
13 to give them respite in evil times, till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 Yahweh will not abandon his people, he will not desert his heritage;
15 for judgment will again become saving justice, and in its wake all upright hearts will follow.
16 Who rises up on my side against the wicked? Who stands firm on my side against all evil-doers?
17 If Yahweh did not come to my help, I should soon find myself dwelling in the silence.
18 I need only say, 'I am slipping,' for your faithful love, Yahweh, to support me;
19 however great the anxiety of my heart, your consolations soothe me.
20 Are you partner to a destructive court, that gives disorder the status of law?
21 They make an attack on the life of the upright, and condemn innocent blood.
22 No!  Yahweh is a stronghold to me, my God is my rock of refuge.
23 He turns back their guilt on themselves, annihilates them for their wickedness, he annihilates them, Yahweh our God.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Psalm 93

1 Yahweh is king, robed in majesty, robed is Yahweh and girded with power.
2 The world is indeed set firm, it can never be shaken; your throne is set firm from of old, from all eternity you exist.
3 The rivers lift up, Yahweh, the rivers lift up their voices, the rivers lift up their thunder.
4 Greater than the voice of many waters, more majestic than the breakers of the sea, Yahweh is majestic in the heights.
5 Your decrees stand firm, unshakable, holiness is the beauty of your house, Yahweh, for all time to come.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Psalm 92

1 [Psalm Song For the Sabbath] It is good to give thanks to Yahweh, to make music for your name, Most High,
2 to proclaim your faithful love at daybreak, and your constancy all through the night,
3 on the lyre, the ten-stringed lyre, to the murmur of the harp.
4 You have brought me joy, Yahweh, by your deeds, at the work of your hands I cry out,
5 'How great are your works, Yahweh, immensely deep your thoughts!'
6 Stupid people cannot realize this, fools do not grasp it.
7 The wicked may sprout like weeds, and every evil-doer flourish, but only to be eternally destroyed;
8 whereas you are supreme for ever, Yahweh.
9 Look how your enemies perish, how all evil-doers are scattered!
10 You give me the strength of the wild ox, you anoint me with fresh oil;
11 I caught sight of the ambush against me, overheard the plans of the wicked.
12 The upright will flourish like the palm tree, will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
13 Planted in the house of Yahweh, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 In old age they will still bear fruit, will remain fresh and green,
15 to proclaim Yahweh's integrity; my rock, in whom no fault can be found.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Psalm 91

1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the shelter of Shaddai,
2 saying to Yahweh, 'My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!'
3 He rescues you from the snare of the fowler set on destruction;
4 he covers you with his pinions, you find shelter under his wings. His constancy is shield and protection.
5 You need not fear the terrors of night, the arrow that flies in the daytime,
6 the plague that stalks in the darkness, the scourge that wreaks havoc at high noon.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, you yourself will remain unscathed.
8 You have only to keep your eyes open to see how the wicked are repaid,
9 you who say, 'Yahweh my refuge!' and make Elyon your fortress.
10 No disaster can overtake you, no plague come near your tent;
11 he has given his angels orders about you to guard you wherever you go.
12 They will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.
13 You will walk upon wild beast and adder, you will trample young lions and snakes.
14 'Since he clings to me I rescue him, I raise him high, since he acknowledges my name.
15 He calls to me and I answer him: in distress I am at his side, I rescue him and bring him honor.
16 I shall satisfy him with long life, and grant him to see my salvation.'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Psalm 90

1 [Prayer Of Moses, man of God] Lord, you have been our refuge from age to age.
2 Before the mountains were born, before the earth and the world came to birth, from eternity to eternity you are God.
3 You bring human beings to the dust, by saying, 'Return, children of Adam.'
4 A thousand years are to you like a yesterday which has passed, like a watch of the night.
5 You flood them with sleep -- in the morning they will be like growing grass:
6 in the morning it is blossoming and growing, by evening it is withered and dry.
7 For we have been destroyed by your wrath, dismayed by your anger.
8 You have taken note of our guilty deeds, our secrets in the full light of your presence.
9 All our days pass under your wrath, our lives are over like a sigh.
10 The span of our life is seventy years -- eighty for those who are strong -- but their whole extent is anxiety and trouble, they are over in a moment and we are gone.
11 Who feels the power of your anger, or who that fears you, your wrath?
12 Teach us to count up the days that are ours, and we shall come to the heart of wisdom.
13 Come back, Yahweh! How long must we wait? Take pity on your servants.
14 Each morning fill us with your faithful love, we shall sing and be happy all our days;
15 let our joy be as long as the time that you afflicted us, the years when we experienced disaster.
16 Show your servants the deeds you do, let their children enjoy your splendor!
17 May the sweetness of the Lord be upon us, to confirm the work we have done!

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.