The Psalms of Solomon

 

Introduction

The Psalms of Solomon is a collection of eighteen Psalms, attributed to King Solomon. Although they are not present in the manuscript as it exists today, these psalms were included as an appendix to the Codex Alexandrinus, a fifth century copy of the Septuagint. They are known further from both Greek and Syriac manuscripts, from which the edition presented here has been translated, by both G. Buchanan Gray (1913) and Rendel Harris. (1909)

This revision has been diligently prepared by J. Jury, and is copyright (2017) by Torah Driven Life Publications.

 

Psalm One

A Psalm of Solomon

1 I cried to the LORD when I was in distress, to God when sinners came against me. 2 Suddenly, I heard the alarm of war; I said, “He will listen to me, for I am full of righteousness.” 3 I thought in my heart that I was full of righteousness, because I was well off, and had become rich in children.

4 Their wealth was spread to the whole earth, and their glory to the end of the earth. 5 They were exalted as high as the stars; they said they would never fall. 6 But they became insolent in their prosperity, and they were without understanding. 7 Their sins were done in secret, and I did not know them. 8 Their transgressions went beyond those of the nations that had been before them; for they completely polluted the holy things of the LORD.

 

Psalm Two

A Psalm of Solomon, Concerning Jerusalem

1 When the sinner grew proud, he cast down fortified walls with a battering ram, and You did not restrain him. 2 Foreign nations ascended Your altar; they trampled it proudly with their sandals, 3 because the sons of Jerusalem had defiled the holy things of the LORD, and had profaned the offerings of God with iniquities. 4 He therefore said, “Cast them far from Me.”

5 It was set at nothing before God; it was utterly dishonored. 6 The sons and the daughters were in grievous captivity; their necks were sealed, and were branded among the nations. 7 He has done to them according to their sins, for He has left them in the hands of them that prevailed. 8 He has turned His face away from pitying them, young and old and their children together; 9 for they had done evil one and all, in not listening. 10 And the heavens were angry, and the earth detested them; 11 for no man upon it had done what they did, 12 and the earth recognized all Your righteous judgments, O God. 13 They set the sons of Jerusalem to be mocked in return for the harlots in her; every traveler entered in the full light of day. 14 They made mockery with their transgressions, as they themselves were prone to do; in the full light of day they revealed their iniquities. The daughters of Jerusalem were defiled in accordance with Your judgment, 15 because they had defiled themselves with unnatural intercourse.

I am pained in my bowels and in my inward parts for these things; 16 yet I will justify You, O God, in uprightness of heart, for Your righteousness is displayed in Your judgments, O God. 17 For You have rendered to the sinners according to their deeds; yes, according to their sins, which were very wicked. 18 You have uncovered their sins, that Your judgment might be manifest; 19 You have wiped out their memorial from the earth.

God is a righteous judge, and He is no respecter of persons; 20 for the nations reproached Jerusalem, trampling it down, and her beauty was dragged down from the throne of glory. 21 She girded on sackcloth instead of beautiful clothing, and a rope was about her head instead of a crown. 22 She put off the glorious diadem which God had set upon her, 23 and her her beauty was cast upon the ground in dishonor.

24 I saw, and pleaded with the LORD, and said, “Long enough, O LORD, has Your hand been heavy on Israel, in bringing the nations upon them; 25 for they have made sport unsparingly in wrath and fierce anger, 26 and they will make a complete end, unless You, O LORD, rebuke them in Your wrath. 27 For they have done it not in zeal, but in lust of soul, 28 pouring out their wrath upon us with intent to plunder. 29 Do not delay, O God, to repay them on their heads, to turn the pride of the dragon into dishonor.”

30 And I did not have long to wait before God showed me the insolent one, slain on the mountains of Egypt, esteemed on less account than the least on land and sea; 31 his body, likewise, borne here and there on the billows, with much insolence, with no one to bury him, because He had rejected him with dishonor. He did not reflect that he was man, 32 nor did he reflect on the latter end; 33 he said, “I will be lord of land and sea,” and he did not recognize that it is God who is great, and mighty in His great strength.

34 He is king over the heavens, and judges kings and kingdoms. 35 It is He who sets me up in glory, and brings down the proud to eternal destruction in dishonor, because they did not know Him. 36 And now, behold, you princes of the earth, the judgment of the LORD; for He is a great and righteous king, judging all that is under heaven. 37 Bless God, you that fear the LORD with wisdom; for the mercy of the LORD will be upon them that fear Him, in the Judgment, 38 so that He will distinguish between the righteous and the sinner, and repay the sinners forever, according to their deeds; 39 and have mercy on the righteous, delivering him from the affliction of the sinner, and repaying the sinner for what he has done to the righteous. 40 For the LORD is good to them that call on Him in patience, doing according to His mercy to His devout ones, establishing them, at all times, before Him in strength.

41 Blessed be the LORD forever before His servants.

 

Psalm Three

A Psalm of Solomon, Concerning the Righteous.

1 Why do you sleep, O my soul, and not bless the LORD? 2 Sing a new song to God, who is worthy to be praised; sing and be alert concerning His awaking, for a song that is sung to God from a glad heart is a good thing.

3 The righteous always remember the LORD, with thanksgiving and declaration of the righteousness of the LORD’s judgments. 4 The righteous do not despise the discipline of the LORD; his will is always before the LORD. 5 The righteous stumbles, and holds the LORD as righteous; he falls, and looks out for what God will do to him. 6 He seeks out from where his deliverance will come from.

7 The steadfastness of the righteous is from God, their deliverer; sin upon sin does not lodge in the house of the righteous. 8 The righteous continually searches his house, to completely remove all iniquity done by him in error. 9 He makes atonement for sins of ignorance by fasting and by afflicting his soul, 10 and the LORD counts every devoted man and his house as guiltless.

11 But the sinner stumbles and curses his life, and the day when he was born, and his mother’s labor. 12 He adds sins to sins, while he lives; 13 he falls– and his fall is truly grievous– and he does not rise again. The destruction of the sinner is forever, 14 and he shall not be remembered, when the righteous is visited. 15 This is the portion of sinners forever; 16 but they that fear the LORD shall rise to life eternal, and their life shall be in the light of the LORD, and shall no longer come to an end.

 

Psalm Four

A Conversation of Solomon with the Men Pleasers

1 Why do you sit, you who are profane, in the council of the devout, since your heart is far removed from the LORD, provoking the God of Israel with transgressions– 2 exceedingly by your words, and exceedingly by your outward signs, more than all men? For he that is severe in words, condemning sinners in judgment, 3 and his hand is the first to be upon him, as though he had acted in zeal– yet he himself is guilty of various sins and self indulgence. 4 His eyes are upon every woman without distinction, and his tongue lies when he makes a contract with an oath. 5 By night and in secret, he sins as though he is unseen, and with his eyes he talks to every woman in the cunning of wickedness. 6 He is swift to enter every house with cheerfulness, as though he is innocent.

7 Let God remove those that live in hypocrisy in the company of the devout, even the life of one like this, with corruption of his flesh and with destitution. 8 Let God reveal the deeds of the men pleasers, the deeds of one like this with laughter and ridicule, 9 so that the devout may count the judgment of their God as righteous, when sinners are removed from before the righteous, 10 even the man pleaser who speaks the Torah with deceit. 11 For their eyes are fixed upon any man’s house that is still secure, so that they may, like the Serpent, destroy the wisdom of others with words of transgressors. 12 His words are deceitful, so that he may accomplish his wicked desire. 13 He never ceases from scattering families, as though they were orphans; yes, he lays waste to a house because of his lawless desire. 14 He deceives with words, saying, “There is no one that sees, or judges.” 15 He fills one house with lawlessness, and then his eyes are fixed on the next house, to destroy it with words that give rise to desire. Yet like Sheol, his soul is not satisfied with all these.

16 Let his portion, O LORD, be dishonored before you; let him go forth groaning, and come home cursed. 17 Let his life be spent in anguish, and destitution, and want, O LORD; let his sleep be afflicted with pains, and his awaking with perplexities. 18 Let sleep be withdrawn from his eyelids at night; let him fail dishonorably in every work of his hands. 19 Let him come home to his house empty handed, and let his house be void of everything with which he could satisfy his appetite. 20 Let his old age be spent in childless loneliness, until he is removed by death. 21 Let the flesh of the men pleasers be torn by wild beasts, and let the bones of the lawless lie dishonored in the sight of the sun. 22 Let ravens peck out the eyes of the hypocrites; 23 for they have laid waste many houses of men, in dishonor, and have scattered them in their lust. 24 They have not remembered God, nor have they feared God in all these things; 25 but they have provoked God’s anger, and have vexed Him. May He remove them from off the earth, because with lies they deceived the souls of the innocent.

26 Blessed are they that fear the LORD in their innocence; 27 for the LORD shall deliver them from deceitful men and sinners, and shall deliver us from every stumbling block of the lawless. 28 May God destroy them that arrogantly work all unrighteousness, for the LORD our God is a great and mighty judge in righteousness. 29 May Your mercy, O LORD, be upon all them that love You.

 

Psalm Five

A Psalm of Solomon

1 O LORD God, I will praise Your name with joy, in the midst of them that know Your righteous judgments; 2 for You are good and merciful, the refuge of the poor; 3 and when I cry to You, You do not silently disregard me. 4 For no man takes spoil from a mighty man; 5 who, then, can take anything of all that You have made, except if Your Yourself gives it? 6 For man and his portion are before You in the balance; he cannot add to, so as to enlarge, what has been assigned by You, O God.

7 When we are in distress, we call on You for help, and You do not turn back our petition, for You are our God. 8 Do not cause Your hand to be heavy upon us, lest we sin through necessity. 9 Even though You do not restore us, we will not keep away; but we will come to You. 10 For if I hunger, then I will cry to You, O God; and You will give to me. 11 You nourish birds and fish when You give rain to the wilderness, so that green grass may spring up, to prepare fodder in the wilderness for every living thing; 12 and if they hunger, then they lift up their face to You. 13 You nourish kings, and rulers, and peoples, O God; and who is the help of the poor and needy, if not You, O LORD? 14 And You will listen, and will make glad the soul of the humble by opening Your hand in mercy– for who is good and gentle, but You?

15 Man’s goodness is given grudgingly, and if he repeats it without murmuring, even that is marvelous. 16 But Your gift is great in goodness and wealth, and he whose hope is set on You shall have no lack of gifts. 17 Your mercy is upon the whole earth, O LORD, in kindness. 18 Blessed is he whom God remembers in granting due sufficiency to him; 19 but if a man abounds over much, then he will sin. 20 Sufficient are moderate means with righteousness, and by this the blessing of the LORD becomes abundance with righteousness. 21 They that fear the Lord rejoices in good gifts, and Your goodness is upon Israel in Your kingdom.

Blessed is the glory of the LORD, for He is our King.

 

Psalm Six

Of Solomon, in Hope

1 Blessed is the man whose heart is fixed to call on the name of the LORD; 2 when he remembers the name of the LORD, he will be saved. 3 His ways are made even by the LORD, and the works of his hands are preserved by the LORD his God. 4 His soul shall not be troubled by what he sees in his bad dreams, 5 and when he passes through rivers and the tossing of the seas, he shall not be dismayed. 6 He arises from his sleep, and blesses the name of the LORD; 7 when his heart is at peace, he sings to the Name of his God, and he pleads with the LORD for all his house.

8 The LORD hears the prayer of everyone that fears God, and the LORD accomplishes every request from the soul that hopes for Him. 9 Blessed is the LORD, who shows mercy to those who love Him in sincerity.

 

Psalm Seven

Of Solomon, of Turning

1 Do not make Your tabernacle far off from us, O God, lest they that hate us without cause come against us. 2 For You have rejected them, O God; do not let their foot trample on Your holy inheritance. 3 Discipline us Yourself in Your good pleasure, but do not give us up to the nations; 4 for, if You send pestilence, then You Yourself command it, concerning us. For You are merciful, and will not be angry to the point of consuming us.

5 While Your Name dwells in our midst, we shall find mercy, 6 and the nations shall not prevail against us. For You are our shield, 7 and when we call upon You, You listen to us; 8 for You will be gracious to the seed of Israel forever, and You will not reject them. But we shall be under Your yoke forever, and under the rod of Your discipline. 9 You will establish us in the time that You help us, showing mercy to the House of Jacob on the day in which You promised to help them.

 

Psalm Eight

Of Solomon, of the Chief Musician.

1 My ear has heard distress and the sound of war; the sound of a trumpet announcing slaughter and calamity, 2 the sound of many people, like an exceedingly high wind, as a tempest with mighty fire sweeping through the Negeb. 3 And I said in my heart, “Surely God judges us.”

4 I hear a sound moving towards Jerusalem, the Holy City. 5 My loins were broken at what I heard, and my knees were shaken; 6 my heart was afraid, and my bones were dismayed like flax. 7 I said, “They establish their ways in righteousness.”

I thought about the judgments of God since the creation of heaven and earth, and I considered God to be righteous in His judgments, which have been from of old. 8 God laid bare their sins in the full light of day, and all the earth came to know the righteous judgments of God. 9 In secret places, underground, their iniquities were committed to provoke Him to anger. 10 They created confusion, son with mother, and father with daughter; 11 they committed adultery, every man with his neighbor’s wife; and they created covenants with one another, with an oath concerning these things. 12 They plundered the sanctuary of God, as though there was no avenger. 13 They trampled the altar of the LORD in all manners of uncleanness; and with menstrual blood they defiled the sacrifices, as if they were common flesh. 14 They left no sin undone in which they did not surpass the nations.

15 Therefore God mixed a spirit of wandering for them, and gave them to drink a cup of undiluted wine, so that they might become drunken. 16 He brought him that is from the end of the earth, that strikes mightily, 17 who decreed war against Jerusalem, and against her land. 18 The princes of the land went to meet him with joy; they said to him, “Blessed be your way! Come, enter in with peace.” 19 They made the rough ways smooth, before his entering in; they opened the gates to Jerusalem, and they crowned its walls. 20 As a father enters the house of his sons, so did he enter Jerusalem in peace, and established his feet there in great safety. 21 He captured her fortresses and the wall of Jerusalem, 22 for God Himself led him in safety, while they wandered. 23 He destroyed their princes, and everyone wise in counsel; he poured out the blood of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, like the water of uncleanness. 24 He led away their sons and daughters, whom they had brought forth in defilement. 25 They did according to their uncleanness, even as their fathers had done; 26 they defiled Jerusalem, and the things that had been made holy to the Name of God.

27 But God has shown Himself righteous in His judgments on the nations of the earth; 28 and the devout servants of God are like innocent lambs in their midst. 29 Worthy to be praised is the LORD that judges the whole earth in His righteousness.

30 Behold, now, O God; You have shown us Your judgment in Your righteousness, 31 and our eyes have seen Your judgments, O God. We have justified Your Name that is honored forever; 32 for You are the God of righteousness, judging Israel with discipline. 33 Turn, O God, Your mercy upon us, and be gracious to us; 34 gather together the dispersed of Israel, with mercy and goodness; 35 for Your faithfulness is with us. And although we have stiffened our neck, You are still our discipliner. 36 Do not overlook us, O our God, lest the nations swallow us up, as though there were none to deliver.

37 You are our God from the beginning, and our hope is set upon You, O LORD, 38 and we will not depart from You; for Your judgments upon us are good. 39 Your good pleasure is upon us and upon our children, forever; O LORD our Savior, we shall never again be shaken. 40 The LORD is worthy to be praised for His judgments with the mouth of His devout ones; and blessed be Israel by the LORD forever.

 

Psalm Nine

Of Solomon, for Rebuke

1 When Israel was led away captive into a strange land, when they fell away from the LORD who redeemed them, 2 they were cast away from the inheritance, which LORD had given them. The dispersed of Israel were among every nation, according to the Word of God, 3 so that You might be justified, O God, in Your righteousness because of our transgressions; 4 for You are a just judge over all the peoples of the earth. 5 For no one that does unjustly is hidden from Your knowledge, 6 and the righteous deeds of Your devout ones are before You, O LORD; where, then, can a man hide himself from Your knowledge, O God? 7 Our works are subject to our own choice and power to do right or wrong in the works of our hands; 8 and You visit the sons of men in Your righteousness.

9 He that does righteousness lays up life for himself with the LORD, and he that does wrongly forfeits his life to destruction; 10 for the judgments of the LORD are given in righteousness to every man, and to his house.

11 With whom will You deal graciously, O God, except to them that call upon the LORD? 12 He cleanses a soul from sins when it makes confession, when it makes acknowledgment; 13 for shame is upon us, and upon our faces, because of all these things. 14 To whom does He forgive sins, except to them that have sinned? 15 You bless the righteous, and do not reprove them for the sins that they have committed; for Your goodness is upon them that sin, when they repent.

16 And, now, You are our God, and we are the people whom You have loved. Behold, and show mercy, O God of Israel, for we are Yours; and do not remove Your compassion from us, lest they come against us. 17 For You chose the seed of Abraham before all the nations, and set Your name upon us, O LORD, 18 and You will not reject us forever. You made a covenant with our fathers concerning us, 19 and we hope in You, when our soul turns to You.

May the mercy of the LORD be upon the House of Israel, forever and ever.

 

Psalm Ten

A Hymn of Solomon

1 Happy is the man whom the LORD remembers with reproving, and whom He restrains from the way of evil with lashes, so that he may be cleansed from sin, that it may not be multiplied. 2 He that makes ready his back for lashes shall be cleansed, for the LORD is good to them that endure discipline; 3 for He makes straight the ways of the righteous, and does not pervert them by His discipline; 4 and the mercy of the LORD is upon them that love Him in truth. The LORD remembers His servants in mercy; for the testimony is in the Torah of the eternal covenant. 5 The testimony of the LORD is on the ways of men in His visitation.

6 Our LORD is just and kind in His judgments, forever, and Israel shall praise the Name of the LORD in gladness. 7 The devout shall give thanks in the assembly of the people, and God shall have mercy on the poor in the gladness of Israel; 8 for good and merciful is God forever, and the Assemblies of Israel shall glorify the Name of LORD.

May the salvation of the LORD be upon the House of Israel, to everlasting gladness!

 

Psalm Eleven

Of Solomon, to Expectation

1 Blow the trumpet in Zion to summon the holy ones, 2 and cause the voice of him that brings good tidings to be heard in Jerusalem; for God has had pity on Israel in visiting them. 3 Stand on the height, O Jerusalem, and behold your children, from the East and the West, gathered together by the LORD; 4 from the North they come in the gladness of their God, and from the isles far off God has gathered them. 5 He has leveled high mountains into a plain for them; 6 and the hills fled at their entrance. The woods gave them shelter as they passed by; 7 and God caused every sweet smelling tree to spring up for them, so that Israel might pass by in the visitation of the glory of their God.

8 Put on your glorious garments, O Jerusalem, and make ready your holy robe; for God has spoken good concerning Israel, forever and ever. 9 Let the LORD do what He has spoken concerning Israel and Jerusalem; let the LORD raise up Israel by His glorious name.

May the mercy of the LORD be on Israel, forever and ever.

 

Psalm Twelve

Of Solomon, Against the Tongue of Transgressors

1 O LORD, deliver my soul from the lawless and wicked man, from the tongue that is lawless and slanderous, and speaks lies and deceit. 2 The words of the tongue of the wicked man are twisted in many ways, even as a fire among a people that burns up their beauty. 3 So he delights to fill houses with a lying tongue, to cut down the trees of gladness which sets transgressors on fire, 4 to involve households in warfare by slanderous lips.

May God remove the lips of transgressors far from the innocent by bringing them to want, and may the bones of slanderers be scattered far away from them that fear the LORD! 5 Perish the slanderous tongue in flaming fire, far away from the devout!

6 May the LORD preserve the quiet soul that hates the unrighteous, and may the LORD establish the man that follows peace at home. 7 May the salvation of the LORD be upon Israel, His servant, forever; and let the sinners perish together at the presence of the LORD; but let the LORD’s devout ones inherit the promises of the LORD.

 

Psalm Thirteen

Of Solomon, a Psalm of Comfort for the Righteous

1 The right hand of the LORD has covered me; the right hand of the LORD has spared us. 2 The arm of the LORD has saved us from the sword that passed through, from famine and the death of sinners. 3 Noisome beasts ran upon them; they tore their flesh with their teeth, and crushed their bones with their molars. But the LORD delivered us from all these things.

4 The righteous was troubled because of his errors, lest he should be taken away along with the sinners; 5 for terrible is the overthrow of the sinner; but not one of all these things touches the righteous. 6 For the discipline of the righteous for sins committed in ignorance, and the overthrow of the sinners, are not alike; 7 but the righteous is disciplined secretly, lest the sinner rejoice over the righteous. 8 For He corrects the righteous as a beloved son, and his discipline is as that of a firstborn. 9 For the LORD spares His devout ones, and blots out their errors by His discipline.

For the life of the righteous shall be forever; 10 but sinners shall be taken away into destruction, and their memorial shall not be found any longer. 11 But upon the devout is the mercy of the LORD, and He will cherish all them that fear Him.

 

Psalm Fourteen

A Hymn of Solomon

1 Faithful is the LORD to them that love Him in truth, to them that endure His discipline, to them that walk in the righteousness of His commandments, in the Torah which He commanded us, that we might live. 2 The devout of the LORD shall live by it forever; the Paradise of the LORD, the trees of life, are His devout ones. 3 Their planting is rooted forever, and they shall not be plucked up all the days of heaven; for Israel is the portion and the inheritance of God.

4 But this is not so for the sinners and transgressors, who love the brief day spent in companionship with their sin; their delight is in fleeting corruption, 5 and they did not remember God. For the ways of men are known before Him at all times, and He knows the secrets of the heart before they come to pass. 6 Therefore their inheritance is Sheol, and darkness, and destruction, and they shall not be found in the day when the righteous obtain mercy; 7 but the devout of the LORD shall inherit life in gladness.

 

Psalm Fifteen

A Psalm of Solomon, with a Song

1 When I was in distress, I called upon the Name of the LORD. I hoped for the help of the God of Jacob, and was saved; 2 for You, O God, are the hope and refuge of the poor. 3 For who, O God, is strong, except to give thanks to You in truth? 4 In what is a man powerful, except in giving thanks to Your name?

5 A new psalm with song in gladness of heart, the fruit of the lips with the well tuned instrument of the tongue, the firstfruits of the lips from a devout and righteous heart: 6 he that offers these things shall never be shaken by evil; for the flame of fire and the wrath against the unrighteous shall not touch him, 7 when it goes forth from the face of the LORD against sinners, to destroy all the substance of sinners; 8 for the mark of God is upon the righteous, that they may be saved.

Famine, and sword, and pestilence shall be far from the righteous, 9 for they shall flee from the devout as men are pursued in war; but they shall pursue sinners and overtake them, and they that do lawlessness shall not escape the judgment of God. They shall be overtaken by enemies experienced in war, 10 for the mark of destruction is upon their forehead. 11 The inheritance of sinners is destruction and darkness, and their iniquities shall pursue them to Sheol beneath. 12 Their inheritance shall not be found by their children, 13 for sins shall lay waste the houses of sinners. Sinners shall perish forever in the day of the LORD’s judgment, 14 when God visits the earth with His judgment; 15 but they that fear the LORD shall find mercy in them, and shall live by the compassion of their God; but sinners shall perish forever.

 

Psalm Sixteen

A Hymn of Solomon, for Help to the Devout.

1 When my soul slumbered, being far off from the LORD, I had all but slipped down to the pit; when I was far from God, 2 my soul had been very nearly poured out to the point of death. I had been near to the gates of Sheol with the sinner, 3 when my soul departed from the LORD God of Israel– had not the LORD helped me with His everlasting mercy. 4 He pricked me, as a horse is pricked, so that I might serve Him.

My savior and helper at all times saved me, 5 and I will give thanks to You, O God, for You have helped me to my salvation, and have not counted me with sinners, to my destruction. 6 Do not remove Your mercy from me, O God, nor Your memorial from my heart, until I die. 7 Rule me, O God, and keep me back from wicked sin, and from every wicked woman that causes the simple to stumble. 8 Do not let the beauty of a lawless woman deceive me, nor anyone that is subject to unprofitable sin. 9 Establish the works of my hands before You, and preserve my goings in Your remembrance. 10 Protect my tongue and my lips with words of truth, and put anger and unreasoning wrath far from me. 11 Remove murmuring and impatience in affliction far from me; and if I sin, You discipline me, so that I may return to You.

12 Support my soul with goodwill and cheerfulness; for when You strengthen my soul, what is given to me will be sufficient for me; 13 for if You do not give strength, then who can endure discipline with poverty? 14 When a man is rebuked by his corruption, Your testing of him is in his flesh, and in the affliction of poverty. 15 If the righteous endure in all these trials, then he shall receive mercy from the LORD.

 

Psalm Seventeen

A Psalm of Solomon with Song, of the King

1 O LORD, You are our King, forever and ever; for in You, O God, our soul glories. 2 How long are the days of man’s life upon the earth? As are his days, so is the hope set upon him. 3 But we hope in God, our deliverer; for the might of our God is forever with mercy, 4 and the kingdom of our God is forever over the nations in judgment.

5 You, O LORD, chose David as king over Israel, and swore to him, concerning his seed, that his kingdom should never fail before You. 6 But for our sins, sinners rose up against us; they came against us, and thrust us out. What You had not promised to them, they took from us with violence; 7 they did not, in any way, glorify Your honorable name. They set a worldly monarchy in place of their excellency, 8 and they laid waste the throne of David in unruly arrogance. But You, O God, cast them down, and removed their seed from the earth, 9 so that there rose up against them a man that was foreign to our race. 10 You repaid them according to their sins, O God, so that it came upon them according to their deeds. 11 God showed them no pity; He sought out their seed, and did not let even one of them go free.

12 The LORD is faithful in all His judgments which He does upon the earth. 13 The lawless one laid our land to waste, so that no one inhabited it; they destroyed young and old, and their children together. 14 In the heat of His anger, He sent them away, even to the west, and He exposed the rulers of the land unsparingly to ridicule. 15 Being a foreigner, the enemy acted proudly, and his heart was foreign to our God; 16 and he did in Jerusalem all the same things which the nations to their gods in their cities. 17 And the children of the covenant, in the midst of the mixed peoples, surpassed them in evil; for there was not even one among them that performed mercy and truth in the midst of Jerusalem. 18 They that loved the congregations of the devout fled from them, as sparrows that fly from their nest. 19 They wandered in deserts, so that their lives might be saved from harm; and any that escaped from them alive was considered precious in the eyes of them that lived abroad. 20 They were scattered over the whole earth by the lawless; 21 for the heavens withheld the rain from dropping upon the earth, and springs were stopped from out of the deeps, and from lofty mountains. From the chief of them to the least, all were sinful; 22 the king was a transgressor, the judge was disobedient, and the were people sinful.

23 Behold, O LORD, and raise up to them their king, the Son of David, at the time in the which You see, O God, that he may reign over Your servant, Israel. 24 Gird him with strength, that he may shatter unrighteous rulers, 25 and that he may purge Jerusalem from nations that trample her down to destruction. 26 He shall wisely and righteously thrust out sinners from the inheritance; he shall destroy the pride of the sinner as a potter’s vessel. He shall break all their substance in pieces with a rod of iron, 27 and he shall destroy the godless nations with the word of his mouth; at his rebuke, nations shall flee before him, and he shall reprove sinners for the thoughts of their heart. 28 He shall gather together a holy people, whom he shall lead in righteousness, and he shall judge the tribes of the people that has been sanctified by the LORD his God. 29 He shall not suffer unrighteousness to dwell in their midst any longer, nor shall any man that knows wickedness dwell with them; 30 for he shall know them, that they are all sons of their God. And he shall divide them according to their tribes upon the land, 31 and neither sojourners nor foreigners shall sojourn with them any longer. He shall judge peoples and nations in the wisdom of his righteousness.

Selah.

32 He shall possess a people from among the nations, and they shall serve him under his yoke; and he shall glorify the LORD in a place to be seen by all the earth; 33 and he shall purge Jerusalem, making it holy, as it was in the beginning, 34 so that nations shall come from the ends of the earth to see his glory, bringing as gifts her sons who had fainted, 35 and to see the glory of the LORD, by which God has glorified her. And he shall be a righteous king over them, taught by God, 36 and there shall be no unrighteousness in his days in their midst; for all shall be holy, and their king shall be the anointed of the LORD. 37 For he shall not put his trust in horse, and rider, and bow, nor shall he multiply gold and silver for war for himself, nor shall he gather confidence from a multitude for the day of battle. 38 The LORD Himself is his king, the hope of him that is mighty through hope in God. All nations shall be in fear before him, 39 for he will strike the earth with the word of his mouth forever. 40 He will bless the people of the LORD with wisdom and gladness, 41 and he himself will be pure from sin, so that he may rule a great people. He will rebuke rulers, and will remove sinners by the might of his word; 42 and he will not stumble throughout his days, by relying on his God; for God will make him mighty by means of His Holy Spirit, and wise by means of the Spirit of Understanding, with strength and righteousness. 43 And the blessing of the LORD will be with him; he will be strong, and will not stumble; 44 for his hope will be in the LORD. Who, then, can prevail against him? He will be mighty in his works, and strong in the fear of God; 45 he will be shepherding the flock of the LORD faithfully and righteously, and will now permit any among them to stumble in their pasture. 46 He will lead them all rightly, and there will be no pride among them, that any among them should be oppressed. 47 This will be the majesty of the king of Israel, whom God knows; He will raise him up over the House of Israel to correct him. 48 His words shall be more refined than the choicest costly gold; in the assemblies he will judge the peoples, the tribes of the sanctified; 49 and his words shall be like the words of the holy ones in the midst of sanctified peoples.

50 Blessed are they that shall be in those days, when they shall see the good fortune of Israel which God shall bring to pass in the gathering together of the tribes. 51 May the LORD hasten His mercy upon Israel! May He deliver us from the uncleanness of unholy enemies! The LORD Himself is our king, forever and ever.

 

Psalm Eighteen

A Psalm of Solomon, of the LORD’s Anointed

1 O LORD, Your mercy is over the works of Your hands, forever; and Your goodness is over Israel with a rich gift. 2 Your eyes look upon them, so that none of them suffers want; 3 and Your ears listen to the hopeful prayer of the poor. Your judgments are executed upon the whole earth in mercy; 4 and Your love is given toward the seed of Abraham, the children of Israel. Your discipline is upon us as upon a firstborn, only begotten son, 5 to turn back the obedient soul from folly done in ignorance.

6 May God cleanse Israel against the day of mercy and blessing, against the day of choice, when He brings back His anointed. 7 Blessed shall they be that shall live in those days, for they shall see the goodness of the LORD which He shall perform for the generation that is to come, 8 under the rod of discipline of the LORD’s anointed in the fear of his God, in the Spirit of Wisdom, and righteousness, and strength, 9 so that he may direct every man in the works of righteousness by the fear of God, that he may establish them all before the LORD 10 as a good generation, living in the fear of God in the days of mercy.

Selah.

11 Great and glorious is our God, dwelling in the highest. 12 It is He who has established the lights of heaven in their courses for determining seasons from year to year, and they have not turned aside from the way which He appointed them. 13 They follow their path every day in the fear of God, from the day God created them, and forevermore, 14 and they have not erred since the day He created them. Since the generations of old they have not withdrawn from their path, unless God commanded them by the command of His servants.

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