The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapters 1-10

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The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapters 1-10

Book 1

     1[1-6] Blessed are those who don’t stand with the ungodly or take the advice of unrepentant sinners, nor sit with those who ridicule others, but their joy is in the Word of Yahweh; they consider Your Word day and night. They are like an evergreen tree growing by the river, that yields fruit in season; whatever they do will prosper. The ungodly aren’t so, but are like trash that blows away in the wind. The ungodly or sinful won’t stand in the judgment, or with good people. For Yahweh knows the way of godly people, but the way of the ungodly will come to an end.

     2[1-9] Why do the ungodly rage, and people imagine meaningless things? The rulers of the earth set themselves up, taking counsel together against Yahweh and against God’s Anointed One, saying, “Let’s break away from them, and reject their influence on us.” You, oh God, who sits in heaven, will laugh:  Yahweh will hate them. Then You will speak to them in Your anger, and disturb them with much displeasure, saying, “I have set My Savior on My holy hill of Jerusalem.” I’ll declare the decree “Yahweh has said to Me, You are My Firstborn; Today, I have brought You forth. Ask of Me, and I’ll give You the peoples of the world for Your inheritance, and the furthermost parts of the earth for Your possession. You’ll break them with a strong hand; You’ll break them in pieces like a broken jug.

    [10-12] So be wise now, you who are in power: be taught, you judges of the earth. Minister to Yahweh and celebrate with fear and trembling, showing a reverent respect. Kiss the Firstborn, or God may become angry, and you will die in the way, when the anger of God is provoked only a little. Blessed are all those that put their trust in the Firstborn of God.

     3[1-4] A Hymn of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. Yahweh, how they’ve multiplied that trouble me! There are so many that stand up against me. There are so many that say of me, “There’s no help for you in God.” Selah! But You, oh Yahweh, keep me safe; You are my glory, for You lift my spirits. I cried out to Yahweh, who heard me from the holy hill of God. Selah!

    [5] I lay down and slept, and then I awoke; for it was Yahweh who kept me safe. So I won’t be afraid of all the people that have surrounded me and set themselves against me. Awake, oh Yahweh; save me, oh my God: for You’ve slapped all my enemies in the face; You’ve broken the teeth of the ungodly. Only Yahweh can save: Your blessings are on Your people. Selah!

    4[1-3] To the first musician for stringed instruments, A Hymn of David. Listen to me when I call, oh God of my righteousness: You’ve made me great when I was upset; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. Oh children of humanity, how long will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love meaningless things, and seek after lies? Selah! But know that Yahweh has set apart those that are godly for God’s own people:  Yahweh, You will hear me when I call on You.

    [4-8] Stand in awe, and don’t sin: think with your own heart when you’re in your bed, and be still. Selah! Surrender to goodness, and put your trust in Yahweh. There are many that say, “Who will show us what’s good?” Yahweh, shine the light of Your face on us. You’ve made my heart glad, even more than when my income increased. I’ll lie down peacefully and sleep, because only You, oh Yahweh, can make me safe.

     5[1-6] To the first musician for flutes, A Hymn of David. Listen to the words of my prayer, oh Yahweh, consider my plans. Listen to my voice, my Savior, and my God: for I’ll only pray to You. You’ll hear my voice in the morning, oh Yahweh; in the morning I’ll look up and pray to You, because You aren’t a God that has pleasure in sinfulness, nor will You allow unrepentant sinners to come into Your presence. Stupid people won’t stand in Your sight, because You hate all those who practice evil. You’ll destroy those who don’t tell the truth, hating those bloodthirsty and lying people.

    [7-12] But as for me, I’ll come into the House of God in the greatness of Your mercy, and in awe of You, I’ll worship in the holy House of God. Lead me, oh Yahweh, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way clear to me. There’s no loyalty in their words; they are sinful to the core of their being; their mouths are as open graves, flattering others with their words. Destroy them, oh God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out for the accumulation of their sins; for they’ve rebelled against You. But let all those that put their trust in You celebrate: let them shout for joy always, because You defend them: let them that love Your Name be joyful in You. You, oh Yahweh will bless godly people; with grace You’ll come to their defense.

     6[1-5] To the first musician for stringed instruments, A Hymn of David. Oh Yahweh, don’t reprimand me in Your anger, nor punish me in Your fury. Have mercy on me, oh Yahweh; for I am weak: oh Yahweh, heal me; for my body is full of troubles. My soul is also very confused: oh Yahweh, but how long will You wait? Return, oh Yahweh, save my soul: oh save me for Your mercies’ sake. For in death there’s no remembrance of You: in the grave who will give You thanks?

    [6-10] I am tired of groaning; all night long I drench my bed with tears. My eyes are burning because of grief; they age because of all my enemies. Leave me alone, all you mean spirited people; for Yahweh has heard the sound of my crying. Yahweh has heard my request; Yahweh will receive my prayer. Let all my enemies be ashamed and frustrated: let them retreat and be unexpectedly ashamed.

     7[1-5] A poem of David,which he sang to Yahweh, about the words of Cush, the Benjamite. Oh Yahweh my God, in You I put my trust: free me and save me from all those that persecute me, in case they tear my soul like a lion, ripping it in pieces, while there’s no one to save me. Oh Yahweh my God, if I have done this thing; if there’s sin in my hands; if I have done evil to those that were at peace with me; then let my enemies persecute my soul, and take it; yes, let them trample down my life on the earth, and lay my honor in the dust, even though I have released those who are my enemies without cause. Selah!

    [6-8] Awake, oh Yahweh, in Your anger, raise Yourself up because of the fury of my enemies, and awake for me to the judgment that You’ve allowed, so the congregation of the church will surround You and for their sakes take back Your power. Yahweh will judge the people: judge me, oh Yahweh, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity.

    [9-17] Oh let the evil of the sinful come to an end; but establish good people: for the righteous God tries the hearts and minds of godly people. My only defense is God, who saves good-hearted people. God judges godly people, but is always angry with the ungodly. If they don’t change their ways, You will sharpen and prepare Your weapons, making them ready. You’ve also prepared instruments of death; ordaining their aim against the persecutors. See, they labor with sin, having conceived trouble, and birthed lies. They made a grave, and dug it, and have fallen into the very hole they dug. The trouble they caused will comeback to them, and their violence will be repaid to them. I’ll praise You, oh Yahweh according to Your goodness, and will sing praise to the Name of Yahweh, Most High.

     8[1-4] To the first musician on harp, A Hymn of David. Oh Yahweh, our God, how amazing is Your Name in all the earth! You’ve set Your glory above the heavens! You’ve ordained praise to boldly come out of the mouths of babies and nursing children, because of Your enemies, to stop their sinful judgments. When I consider Your heavens, the creations of Your hands, the moon and the stars, which You’ve put into place, I wonder, “What is humanity, that You are mindful of us? And the children of humanity, that You visit them?”

    [5-9] For You’ve made us a little lower than the angels, and have crowned us with glory and honor. You give us power over the creations of Your hands; You’ve put everything in our control, the wild animals of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever else lives in the seas. Oh Yahweh, our God, how amazing is Your Name in all the earth!

     9[1-7] To the first musician, to the tune of: To Die for the Son, A Hymn of David. I’ll praise You, oh Yahweh, with my whole heart; I’ll tell of all Your awesome acts. I’ll be glad and celebrate in You: I’ll sing praise to Your Name, oh Yahweh, Most High. When my enemies are turned back, they fall down as dead at Your presence. For You’ve maintained my right and my cause; You judge rightly from Your throne. You’ve corrected the ungodly, You’ve destroyed the sinful, and You’ve erased their name forever. Everything You’ve destroyed will come to an eternal end, and You’ve destroyed the cities of Your adversaries and their memory has died with them, but Yahweh will endure forever and has prepared the throne for judgment.

    [8-11] Yahweh will judge the world in righteousness, honestly ministering judgment to the people. Yahweh will be a refuge for the oppressed, a safe haven in times of trouble. And those that know Your Name will put their trust in You: for You, oh Yahweh, haven’t abandoned those that seek You. We sing praises to Yahweh, who inhabits Jerusalem: Tell the people everything Yahweh does.

    [12-15] When blood is called for, Yahweh remembers those who have humility, never forgetting their cry. Have mercy on me, oh Yahweh; consider my trouble which I suffer of those that hate me, You, who have lifted me up from the doors of death, so that I can bring You praise in the public places of the people of Jerusalem: I’ll celebrate in how You saved me. The ungodly are put in the grave that they made: in the trap which they hid, their own feet are taken.   

    [16-20] Yahweh, You are known by the judgment You make: the sinful are caught in the acts of their own hands. Selah! The sinful will have their share of hell, along with all the nations that forget God. For the needy won’t always be forgotten: the expectations of the poor won’t lie dormant forever. Awake, oh Yahweh; don’t let evil people win: let the ungodly be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, oh Yahweh: that the leaders of nations will know themselves to be but human beings. Selah!

     10[1-10] Why are You so far off, oh Yahweh? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble? In their pride, the sinful persecute the poor, so let them be taken by their own plans, which they expect to happen to others. For the sinful bragged about what they wanted to happen, and approved of the greedy ones, which Yahweh hated. The sinful, through their prideful ways, won’t seek after God, who isn’t in their thoughts at all. Their ways are always dreadful; they cannot understand Your judgments: they mocked at all of their enemies. They’ve said in their heart, I won’t be disturbed: for I’ll never have any trouble. Their mouths are full of cursing and lies and fraud: mischief and emptiness are in their words. They sit in the hang outs of the cities: in secret places they murder the innocent: their eyes are set against the poor to take advantage of them. They secretly wait as a lion in a den to catch the poor, catching them, when they lure them into their trap. They crouch, hiding themselves, so that the poor will fall by their strongest ones.

    [11-18] They’ve said in their hearts, “God has forgotten: the face of God is turned away and will never see it.” Awake, oh Yahweh; oh God, lift up Your hand and don’t forget those who have humility. Why do the sinful reject God? They’ve said in their hearts, “Yahweh won’t call for justice.” You’ve seen it; You watch the trouble they cause and their spite in order to pay them back for what they’ve done: the poor put themselves in Yahweh’s hands; You are the helper of the single parent’s child. Break the strength of the ungodly evil ones: seek out their evil till You find none left. Yahweh is the Savior forever and ever: the ungodly will all die out of the land. Yahweh, You’ve heard what those who have humility want: You prepare their heart; You listen, in order to do justice for the single parent’s child and the oppressed, so that the people of the earth can’t oppress them any more.


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