To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.
81O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.8.2 ordained: Heb. founded
3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;8.7 All…: Heb. Flocks and oxen all of them
8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.
91I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
2I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
3When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
4For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.9.4 maintained…: Heb. made my judgment9.4 judging right: Heb. judging in righteousness
5Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
6O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.9.6 O thou…: or, The destructions of the enemy are come to a perpetual end: and their cities hast thou destroyed, etc
7But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
8And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
9The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.9.9 a refuge: Heb. an high place
10And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
11Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
12When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.9.12 humble: or, afflicted
13Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
14That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
15The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
16The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.9.16 Higgaion: that is, Meditation
17The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
18For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
20Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
101Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.10.2 The wicked…: Heb. In the pride of the wicked he doth persecute
3For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.10.3 heart’s: Heb. soul’s10.3 blesseth…: or, the covetous blesseth himself, he abhorreth the LORD
4The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.10.4 God is…: or, all his thoughts are, There is no God
5His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.10.6 never: Heb. unto generation and generation
7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.10.7 deceit: Heb. deceits10.7 vanity: or, iniquity
8He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.10.8 are…: Heb. hide themselves
9He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.10.9 secretly: Heb. in the secret places
10He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.10.10 He…: Heb. He breaketh himself10.10 by…: or, into his strong parts
11He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.10.12 humble: or, afflicted
13Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
14Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.10.14 committeth: Heb. leaveth
15Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
16The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
17LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:10.17 prepare: or, establish
18To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.10.18 oppress: or, terrify