The Holy Bible: The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapter 61-72

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       61[1-4] To the first musician on stringed instrument, A Hymn of David. Listen to my cry, oh God; pay attention to my prayer. I’ll cry to You from the ends of the earth, whenever my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I am. You’ve been a shelter for me, and a strong refuge from my enemies, so I’ll dwell in Your House of God forever: I’ll trust in the protection of Your Spirit. Selah!

     [5-8] For You, Yahweh, have heard my promises: You’ve given me the heritage of those that respect Your Name. You’ll prolong my life, and my years will be as many generations. I’ll live for God forever: Get Your mercy and truth ready, which saves me. I’ll sing praise to Your Name forever, so that I will keep my vows daily.

     62[1-4] To the first musician, to Laudatory, A Hymn of David. Truly my soul waits patiently on God, who saves me. God alone is my rock and saves me; God is my only defense; so I won’t be greatly upset. How long will you imagine mischief against me? Don’t you know you’ll be killed, every one of you: you’ll be as a sagging wall, and as a leaning fence, because you make plans to throw me down from my greatness, enjoying telling your lies. And you bless me with your mouth, but inwardly you curse me. Selah!

     [5-7] Wait patiently, my soul, on God; for my expectation is from God only. God is my rock and who alone saves me: God is my only defense; so I won’t be greatly upset. God saves me and makes me known, God is the Rock of my strength.  My safe haven is in God alone.

     [8-12] Trust in God at all times; you people, pour out your hearts to God: God is a safe haven for us. Selah! Surely people of low class are full of emptiness, and people of high class are full of lies: to be weighed in the balance, they are altogether lighter than air. You people shouldn’t trust in oppression, and become arrogant in thievery: even if your riches increase, don’t set your heart on them. I’ve heard it said once or twice that all power belongs to God. Mercy belongs also to You, oh my God: for You render to everyone according to their own acts.

      63 [1-2]A Hymn of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. Oh God, You are my God; I’ll seek You early: my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water; so I’ll see Your power and Your glory, like I’ve seen in Your House of God. Your love is better than life, so my words will praise You. I’ll bless You as long as I live: I’ll lift up my hands in Your Name, Yahweh.

     [5-11] My soul will have everything I need; and my mouth will praise You with joyful words when I remember You while I lay in my bed, and think of You in the night. In the shade of Your Spirit I’ll celebrate because You’ve been my help. My soul follows firmly after You: Your strong hand upholds me. But those that seek my soul, only to destroy it, will go to Hell. They’ll fall by the blade and be a meal for foxes. But I will celebrate victory in God; because every one that keeps the promises of God will celebrate, but the words of those that lie will soon end.

      64 [1]To the first musician, A Hymn of David.

    Listen to my voice, oh God, in my prayer: save my life from the fear of my enemies. Hide me from the secret plans of the sinful; from the rebellion of those who practice sin: who sharpen their mouths like a blade, and get ready their weapons of bitter words, so they can secretly shoot at the godly, shooting at them unexpectedly, without fear. They encourage themselves in evil matters, talking together of secretly laying traps; They say, Who will see us?

     [6-10] They search out sins, accomplishing a thorough search: the minds of every one of them, and their hearts, are beyond understanding. But God will unexpectedly repay them and they’ll be wounded. So they themselves will fall by the words of their own mouth, and everyone that sees them will run away. And all people will respect, and declare the actions of God; for the acts of God they’ll consider wisely. Godly people will celebrate in Yahweh, trusting in God; and all the goodhearted will praise God.

     65 [1]To the first musician, A Hymn, the Song of David. We praise You, oh God, in Jerusalem, and to You God, we will keep our vows. You are the One who hears our prayers, to You everybody will come. My sins overtake me, yet You’ll take them all away. Blessed are the people that You choose, and cause to come to You, so that they can stay in Your house: We’ll be satisfied with the goodness of Your House of God, yes, Your holy House of God.

     [5-8] By awesome things You’ll answer us in righteousness, oh God who saves us, who is the hope of everyone here, and of those that are in faraway places on the sea. By Your strength, You set the mountains fast; being strengthened with Your power, which quiets the sound of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the uproar of the people. And those who remain in the far off parts of the earth are afraid at Your signs: You make the dawn of the morning and the setting of the evening light to celebrate.

     [9-13] You visit the earth, and water it: You greatly enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water: You prepare the grain, when You’ve so provided for it. You water the rows abundantly; settling the furrows of it, making it soft with rain showers and blessing its springing up. You crown the year with Your goodness; and Your ways always bring abundance. You drop rain on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills celebrate everywhere. The pastures are filled with herds; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, and sing.

66[1-4] To the first musician, A Song or Hymn. Let the whole land make a joyful sound to Yahweh God: Let them sing out the honor of Your Name and make Your praise glorious. Say to God, How awesome You are in Your acts! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies submit themselves to You. The whole world will worship and praise You, singing to Your Name. Selah!

     [5-9] Come and see the acts of God, which are awesomely done for the children of humanity. You turned the Red sea into dry land, where they celebrated in God after going through the waters on foot. You rule by Your power forever, watching the nations; so don’t let the rebellious make themselves great. Selah! Oh bless our God, everyone, and make the sound of God’s praise be heard: Who keeps our souls alive, and doesn’t let us fall.

     [10-15] For You, oh God, have proved us, trying us, as silver is tried. You led us into a trap, making us miserable. You’ve caused people to rule over us, taking us through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a rich place. So I’ll go into Your House of God with sacrifices, paying my vows to You, who spoke to me, when I was in trouble. I’ll offer to You the wholeness of youth, with the aroma of strength; I’ll give You my best sacrifices along with my offerings. Selah!

     [16-20] Come and hear, all You that respect Yahweh God, and I’ll declare what God has done for my soul. I cried aloud to God, and I praised God. If I allow sin in my heart, my God won’t listen to me: but in truth You have heard me and listened to my prayers. Blessed be God, for You haven’t turned away my prayer or Your mercy from me.

     67[1-2] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Hymn or Song. God be merciful to us, and bless us; and let the light of Your face shine on us; Selah! So that Your way can be known on earth, and Your saving health among all the nations. Let the people praise You, oh God; let all the people praise You.

     [4-7] Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for You judge us righteously, and govern every nation on earth. Selah! Let the people praise You, oh God; let all the people praise You. Then the earth will be improved; and You, our own God, will bless us. You’ll bless us; and the whole world will respect You, Oh God.

     68 [1]To the first musician, A Hymn or Song of David. Awake God, let Your enemies be scattered: let them that hate You run from Your presence. Drive them away as smoke is driven away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the sinful die at the presence of God. But let godly people be glad, celebrating before God: yes, let them have a great time singing to God and celebrating before You, singing praises to Your Name and making You known, who journeys through the heavens by Your Name, Yahweh.

     [5-8] God, in Your holiness, You are a Parent to those who don’t have a parent, and give judgment to the single parents. God puts the lonely ones in families: You bring out those who are oppressed, but the rebellious stay in a dreary place. Oh God, when You went forward before Your people, Israel, when You marched with them through the wilderness; Selah: The earth shook and the clouds descended at Your presence: even Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Your people, Israel.

     [9-13] You, oh God, sent much rain, by which You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was nearly destroyed. Your people stand in it: You, oh God, have provided Your goodness for the poor. My God gave the Word and those who published it were made great. Leaders of armed forces ran away, and our dependents at home received the benefits. Though You’ve been as lifeless as a pot, yet you will fly as the silver wings of a dove, with feathers of yellow gold.  

     [14] When the Almighty scattered rulers in it, it was white as the snow on Salmon. The hill of God is as the hill east of the Jordon River; as high as the hill Bashan, of Palestine. Why do you rise up, you high hills? This is the hill that God wants to remain in; yes, Yahweh will remain in it forever. The vehicles of God are twenty thousand, in which there are thousands of angels: my Savior God is among them, as in Mt. Sinai, in the holy place. You’ve gone up into heaven, leading those in captivity captive: You’ve received gifts for all people; yes, even for the rebellious also, so that my Savior God will live among them.

     [19-26] Blessed be my Savior God, who fills us with blessings daily, even the God who saves us. Selah! The One who is our God is the God who saves us; and Yahweh, my Savior God, helps us escape from death. You’ll wound the heads of Your enemies, and the scalps of those that still go on in their sin. My Savior God said, I’ll bring back my people from Bashan, I’ll bring my people back from the depths of the sea: so that your feet may walk in the blood of your enemies, and the mouth of your dogs in the same. They’ve seen Your ways, oh God; even the ways of my God, my Savior, in the House of God. The singers went first, with the instrument players following after; and among them, were the tambourine players. Bless You, oh God, in the assemblies, even my Savior God, from the beginning of Israel.

     [27-31] There’s little Benjamin with their ruler, the rulers of Judah and their council, the rulers of Zebulun, and the rulers of Naphtali. Your God has given you your strength: strengthen, oh God, that which You’ve done for us. Because of Your House of God at Jerusalem, rulers will bring gifts to You. Rebuke those that fight, the great ones, along with the young people, till every one of them surrender themselves with monetary gifts, and You scatter the people that enjoy fighting. Leaders will come out of Egypt; Ethiopians will soon stretch out their hands to God.

     [32-35] Sing to God, You nations of the earth; oh sing praises to Yahweh; Selah: To the Great One who rides on the heaven of heavens, which are eternal; see, the mighty voice of God sounds out. Our strength is from You, God: Your greatness is above Your people, Israel, and Your strength is in the skies. Oh God, You are awesome coming out of Your holy places: it’s You, God, who gives strength and power to Your people, Israel. God be blessed!

      69[1-4] To first musician on trumpet, A Hymn of David. Save me, oh God; for my soul is drowning. I’m sinking in deep mud, where I can’t stand up: I’m in deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I’m tired of my tears: my throat is dry: my eyes grow weak while I wait for my God. Those that hate me for no reason are more than the hairs of my head: those that would destroy me, who are wrongfully my enemies, are mighty: so I’ve even restored to them that which I haven’t taken.

     [5-9] Oh God, You know my stupidity; and my sins aren’t hid from You. Don’t let Your people, oh Savior, God of the heavenly hosts, be ashamed for my sake: Don’t let those that seek You become confused for my sake, oh God of Israel, because for Your sake I’ve been accused of many things and shame has covered my face. I’m as a stranger to my family members, and am as a foreigner to my parent’s children. For the passion of Your House of God has overwhelmed me; and the accusations of those that accused You are fallen on me.    

     [10-15] When I wept, and disciplined my soul with fasting, I was put down for it. I wore mourning clothes and I became a mockery to them. Those that sat in public spoke against me; and I was the song of intoxicated drunks. But as for me, my prayer is to You, oh Yahweh, in an acceptable time: oh God, in the greatness of Your mercy listen to me, in the truth of Your saving grace. Pick me up out of the mud, and don’t let me sink: let me be delivered from those that hate me, and out of the flooding waters. Don’t let the water overflow me, nor let the flood drown me, and don’t let the grave shut its mouth on me.

     [16-20] Listen to me, oh Yahweh; for Your love is good: turn to me according to the greatness of Your tender mercies, and don’t hide Your face from Me; for I’m in trouble: listen to me quickly. Come near, and free my soul: save me from my enemies. You’ve known that I have been hated, shamed, and disrespected: my enemies are all before You. Their criticisms have broken my heart; and I’m very depressed: I looked for someone to feel sorry for me, but no one had any mercy; and for comforters, but I found none.

     [21-26] They gave Me a bitter plant for My food; and in my thirst they gave Me sour vinegar to drink. Let their table trap them, and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a snare. Blind their eyes, so that they don’t see; and make their stomachs continually rumble. Pour out Your righteous anger on them, and let Your great anger catch them. Let their surroundings be loneliness; and let no one remain in their house. For they persecute the one who You’ve struck down; and they take advantage of the grief of those that You’ve wounded.

     [27-32] Add sin to their sin, and don’t let them come into Your righteousness. Let them be marked out of the book of the living, and not be written down with the names of godly people. But I’m poor and unhappy: let Your saving grace, oh God, make my place in heaven. I’ll praise the Name of God with a song, and magnify Yahweh with thanksgiving. This pleases Yahweh better than sacrifices and offerings. The humble ones see this, and are glad, and the spirits of those that seek God will live.

     [33-36] For You, Yahweh hear the poor, and don’t hate those of Yours who are oppressed. Let heaven and earth praise God, the seas, and every thing living in them. For God will save Jerusalem, and will build the cities of Judah: so that they can live there, and possess it. The children of Your people will also inherit it, and those that love the Name of Yahweh God will stay there.

     70[1-3] To the first musician, A Hymn of David, to bring to remembrance. Hurry, oh God, and save me; Hurry up and help me, oh Yahweh. Let those that try to destroy me be ashamed and confused: let those that hope for my harm be turned back and confused. Let their shame come back on them to repay those that say, Aha, aha.

     [4] Let all those that seek You celebrate and be glad in You, and let those who love Your saving grace continually say, Let God become well- known. But now I’m poor and needy, so hurry and come to me, oh God: You are my help and my Savior; oh Yahweh, don’t be long.

      71[1-4] In You, oh Yahweh, I place my trust: let me never be confused. Free me in Your righteousness, and help me escape: Listen to me, and save me. Be my safe haven, somewhere I can always go to. You’ve given Your Word to save me; for You are my rock and my defense. Free me, oh my God, out of the hand of the sinful, out of the hand of ungodly and cruel people.

     [5-9] You are my hope, my Savior: You are my trust from my childhood. I’ve been held from the womb by You: You are the One that brought me safely out of my mother’s womb: my praise will be always of You. Many wonder about me; but You are my strong safe haven. Let my mouth be full of Your praise and with Your honor all day long. Don’t cast me off in my old age; Don’t give up on me when my strength fails me.

     [10-13] For my enemies speak against me; and those that wait around for my soul make their plans, saying to me, God has give up on you: we’ll persecute and take you; for there’s none to save you. Oh God, don’t be far from me: oh my God, hurry to help me. Let those that are enemies to my soul be confused and consumed; Let those that hope for my harm be shamed and disrespected.

     [14-19] But I’ll always hope in You, and will yet praise You even more. I’ll tell of Your righteousness and Your saving grace all day long; for I don’t even know the extent of it. I’ll go in the strength of the Savior God, making mention of Your righteousness, and Yours only. Oh God, You’ve taught me from my childhood, and until now I’ve told everyone of Your amazing acts. Now that I’m old and grey headed, oh God, don’t give up on me; until I’ve made Your strength known to this generation, and Your power to every one that is to come. Your righteousness is great also, oh God, who has done great things: oh God, who is like You!

     [20-24] You, who have shown me severe and terrible troubles, will yet bring life to me, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You’ll make me greater and greater, and surround me with comfort. I’ll praise You with the instruments, too, even Your truth, oh my God: I’ll sing with the harp to You, oh Holy One of Israel. My soul, which You’ve bought back, will celebrate greatly whenever I sing my words to You. My mouth will talk of Your righteousness also, all day long: for those who hope for my harm are confused and brought to shame.

72[1-5] A Hymn for Solomon. Give the ruler Your judgments, oh God, and Your righteousness to the ruler’s Descendant, who’ll judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with good sense. The mountains and small hills will bring peace to the people, by Your righteousness. The Savior who’ll judge the poor people, saving the children of the needy, will destroy the one who oppresses them. They’ll respect You as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

     [6] The Savior will come down on the cut grass like rain: as the rain that waters the earth. In those days godly people will flourish with an abundance of peace, as long as the moon endures. You’ll reign from sea to sea, also, and from the river to the whole world. Those that stay in the wilderness will bow before You, the Savior, whose enemies will fall in the dust.

     [10-14] The rulers of Tarshish and of the islands will bring presents: the rulers of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts. Yes, all rulers will fall down before the Savior: to whom all the nations will be subject and who will save the poor and needy when they cry, sparing them and saving their souls and also those that have no one to help them. Their blood will be precious in the Savior’s sight, who will free their soul from lies and violence.

     [15-20] And the Savior will live, who will be given of the gold of Sheba, and for whom continual prayer and praise will be made daily. There will be a handful of grain in the earth on the mountaintops; the fruit of it will shake like Lebanon, and they of the city will flourish like grass of the earth. Your Sovereign Name, Yahweh, will endure forever: Your Name will last as long as the sun; and the people will be blessed in You, all nations calling You blessed. Blessed be Yahweh God, the God of Your people, Israel, who alone does wonderful things, and blessed be Your glorious Name forever, and may the whole earth be filled with Your glory; Amen, and Amen. The prayers of David the descendant of Jesse are ended.


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