The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
1 Blessed is the man1
who awalks not in bthe counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in cthe way of sinners,
nor dsits in ethe seat of fscoffers;
2 but his gdelight is in the law2 of the Lord,
and on his hlaw he meditates day and night.
3 He is like ia tree
planted by jstreams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its kleaf does not wither.
lIn all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like mchaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked nwill not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in othe congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord pknows qthe way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his tAnointed, saying,
3 “Let us uburst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who vsits in the heavens wlaughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his xwrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have yset my King
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, b“You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and cthe ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall dbreak2 them with ea rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like fa potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 gServe the Lord with hfear,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his lwrath is quickly kindled.
mBlessed are all who take refuge in him.
Save Me, O My God
A Psalm of David, nwhen he fled from Absalom his son.
3 O Lord, ohow many are my foes!
Many are prising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
3 But you, O Lord, are ra shield sabout me,
my glory, and tthe lifter of my head.
4 I ucried aloud to the Lord,
5 I xlay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I ywill not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have zset themselves against me all around.
7 aArise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you bstrike all my enemies on the cheek;
you cbreak the teeth of the wicked.
8 dSalvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
Answer Me When I Call
To the echoirmaster: with estringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
4 Answer me when I call, O God of my frighteousness!
You have ggiven me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
2 O men,1 how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after hlies? Selah
3 But know that the Lord has iset apart jthe godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
lponder in your own hearts mon your beds, and be silent. Selah
5 Offer nright sacrifices,
and put your otrust in the Lord.
6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
pLift up qthe light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
7 You have put rmore joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.
8 In peace I will both slie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me tdwell in safety.
Lead Me in Your Righteousness
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
5 Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my ugroaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my vKing and my God,
for wto you do I pray.
3 O Lord, in xthe morning you hear my voice;
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
5 The zboastful shall not astand before your eyes;
you bhate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak clies;
the Lord abhors dthe bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will ebow down ftoward your gholy temple
in the fear of you.
8 hLead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
imake your way straight before me.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is jdestruction;
ktheir throat is lan open grave;
they mflatter with their tongue.
10 nMake them bear their guilt, O God;
let them ofall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who ptake refuge in you qrejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rexult in you.
12 For you sbless the righteous, O Lord;