The Holy Bible: The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapter 51-60

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    51[1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn of David, when Nathan the preacher came to him, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, oh God, according to Your love, according to the greatness of Your tender mercies, forget my sins. Wash me thoroughly from my sin, and cleanse me, for I acknowledge my sins, which are always before me. Against You, and You only, have I sinned, doing this evil in Your sight; so that You’ll be justified when You speak, and be clear when You judge.

     [5-12] See, I was a sinner from my birth, and even from my conception. You want truth in my inmost mind, and in the secret parts of my soul You’ll teach me wisdom. Cleanse me from my sins, and I’ll be clean: wash me, and I’ll be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which You’ve broken can celebrate. Hide Your face from my sins, and forget them all. Create in me a new heart, oh God; and refresh Your spirit within me. Don’t cast me out from Your presence; and don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me. Bring me back the joy of when you first saved me; and sustain me freely with Your Spirit.

     [13-17] Then I’ll teach the sinful Your ways; and the sinful will be converted to You. Free me from the guiltiness of blood, oh God, You are the God who saved me, and my mouth will sing aloud of Your righteousness. Oh my God, train my words; and my mouth will praise You. For You don’t want sacrifice, or else I would give it; You don’t rejoice in offerings. The only sacrifice that God requires is a broken spirit: a broken and a repentant heart, oh God, that, You won’t hate.

     [18-19] Do great things in Your good pleasure to Jerusalem: build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then You’ll be pleased with the offerings of righteousness, with both the small sacrifices and the large sacrifices: then they’ll give offerings on Your altar.

       52[1-6] To the first musician, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said to him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boast yourself in mischief, oh mighty ones? The goodness of God endures eternally. Your mouths plan mischief; like a sharp razor, always lying. You love evil more than good; and lying rather than speaking righteously. Selah! You love all consuming words, oh you lying mouths. God will likewise destroy you forever, God will take you away, plucking you out of your homes, and uprooting you out of the land of the living. Selah!

     [6-9] Godly people will see, and fear, and laugh at you, saying: So this is the people that refuse to make God their strength; but trusted in the abundance of their riches, and strengthened themselves in their evil. But I’m like a green olive tree in Your House of God: I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I’ll praise You forever, because You’ve done it, and I’ll minister to Your Name, Yahweh; for it’s good for Your people.

     53[1-3] To the first musician, to the tune of The sickness, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David. Stupid people have said in their hearts, There is no God. They are evil, and have done horrible sins: no one does good. God looked down from heaven on the children of humanity, to see if there were any that understand or seek God. Every one of them has turned away, and has become altogether filthy; there’s none that does good, no, not one of them.

     [4-6] Have the sinful any knowledge, who consume my people like they eat food? They’ve never even called on God. There they were in great fear, where no fear was: for You scattered the bodies of those that encamped against You: You’ve put them to shame, because You hated them. Oh that Israel would be saved out of Jerusalem! When You bring back Your people from captivity, they will celebrate and be glad.

      54[1-7] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, doesn’t David hide himself with us? Save me, oh Yahweh God, by Your Name, and judge me by Your strength. Listen to my prayer, oh God; hear my words. For the ungodly are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they don’t keep God in their sight. Selah! See, God is my helper: You are with those that uphold my soul, and will repay evil to my enemies, destroying them with Your truth; so I’ll freely sacrifice for You, praising Your Name, oh Yahweh; because it is so good. God has delivered me out of all my trouble; and I‘ve seen everything I wanted to happen to my enemies.

      55[1-8] To the first musician on the stringed instrument, A Poem of Teaching, A Hymn of David. Listen to me, oh God; and don’t hide Yourself from my prayer. Pay attention to me, and listen to me: I mourn, complaining and groaning because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the sinful: for they place sin on me, and hate me in anger. My heart aches within me, and I’m scared to death. Fearfulness and trembling have come over me, and horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I could fly away, and be at rest. See, then I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah! I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

     [9-15] Destroy them, oh my God, and divide their tongues: for I’ve seen violence and conflict in this city. Day and night they go about on the borders of it: mischief and sorrow are in the midst of it also. Evil is in the midst of it: lies and more lies don’t leave its streets. It wasn’t an enemy that blamed me; for then I could have endured it: nor was it those that hated me that magnified themselves against me; then I would have hid myself from them: But it was my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance. We took friendly encouragement from each other, and walked into Your House of God together. Let death seize on them, and let them go down quick into hell: for evil is in their houses, and among them.

     [16-21] As for me, I’ll call on Yahweh God; and You’ll save me. Evening, morning, and at noon, I’ll pray, and cry aloud, and God will hear my voice. God has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. God will hear, and afflict them, even those that are old, because they’ve made no changes; They’re unrepentant and don’t respect God. Selah! They have used their hands against those that are at peace with them, breaking their promises. The words of their mouths were smoother than butter, but fighting was in their hearts: their words were softer than oil, yet they were as drawn blades.

     [22-23] Cast all your problems on Yahweh, and God will sustain you: God will never let good people be overturned. But You, oh God, will bring them down into the grave of destruction: bloodthirsty and lying people won’t live out half their days; but I’ll trust in You.

     56 [1]To the first musician, to the tune of Dove of the Silence, A Poem of David, when the Philistines took him in Goth. Be merciful to me, oh God: for the people will overwhelm me; their fighting oppresses me daily. My enemies overwhelm me daily: for there are many that fight against me, Most High God, but when I’m afraid, I’ll trust in You. In God, I’ll praise Your Word; I’ve put my trust in God; I won’t be afraid of what people can do to me. They change my words all day long: all their thoughts are evil towards me. They gather together, hiding themselves and marking my steps, while they wait for my very soul. Shall they escape by sin? No, You’ll destroy them, oh God, in Your anger.

     [8-13] You know where I’ve been and You’ve saved all my tears into Your bottle, and You’ve written them all down in Your book. When I cry to You, then my enemies retreat: God is for me; this I know. In God, I’ll praise Your Word: in Yahweh God, I’ll praise Your Word. In God, I’ve put my trust: I won’t be afraid of what people can do to me. Your promises are on me, so I’ll praise You, oh God. For You’ve delivered my soul from death: won’t You keep my feet from falling, so that I can walk before You in the light of life?

      57[1-4] To the first musician, You must not destroy, A Poem of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful to me, oh God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in You; yes, in the shade of Your Spirit I’ll make my safe haven, until these misfortunes are over. I’ll cry to Yahweh God Most High; to God who does all things for me. God will send from heaven, and save me from the accusations of those that try to overwhelm me. Selah! God will send mercy and truth. My soul is as if I were among lions, and I lie even among those that are set on fire with rage, even the children of humanity, whose teeth are as sharp as spikes and arrows, and their mouths speak as sharp blades.

     [5-11] Be praised, oh Yahweh God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth. They’ve prepared a trap for my steps; my soul is humbled: they’ve dug a grave for me, into which they themselves are fallen. Selah! My heart is set, oh God, my heart is set: I’ll sing and give You praise. Awake, my glory; awake, instruments and harp: I myself will awake early. I’ll praise You, oh my God, among the people: I’ll sing to You among the nations. For Your mercy stretches across the heavens and Your truth reaches to the clouds. Be praised, oh God, above the heavens: let Your glory be seen above all the earth.

       58[1-6] To the first musician, You must not destroy, A Poem of David. Do you indeed speak righteousness, oh congregation? Do you judge uprightly, oh you children of humanity? Yes, in your heart you do evil; you measure the violence of your hands in the earth. The sinful are separated from the womb, going astray and speaking lies as soon as they are born. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: like deaf snakes that stop their ears, which won’t listen to the voice of charmers, charming ever so wisely. Break their teeth, oh God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, oh Yahweh.

     [7-11] Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when they ready their weapons, let them be as if they were cut in pieces. As a snail which melts, let every one of them pass away: just like the untimely birth of a stillborn baby. Before your pots can feel the heat from the burning thorns, God will take them away in living and burning anger as a furious hurricane. Godly people will celebrate when they see the vengeance: God will wash their feet in the blood of the sinful so that they’ll say, Truly, there’s a reward for godly people: God is a God that judges in the earth.

      59 [1-4] To the first musician, You must not destroy, A Poem of David; when Saul sent, and watched the House of God to kill him. Free me from my enemies, oh my God: defend me from those that rise up against me. Free me from those who practice sin, and save me from bloodthirsty people. See, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; but not for my offense, nor for my sin, oh Yahweh. They run and prepare themselves unjustifiably: awake to help me, and see what they do.

     [5-8] You, oh Yahweh, God of heavenly hosts, God of Your people, Israel, awake to visit all the ungodly: Don’t be merciful to any sinful people. Selah! They return at evening, growling like dogs around the city. See, they are disgustingly loud with their mouth: sharpness is in their words: for that, they say, Who hears? But You, oh Yahweh, will laugh at them; You’ll hate all the ungodly people.

     [9-13] Because You are my strength, I’ll minister to You: for You, God, are my defense. The God of my mercy will keep me and let me see the judgment on my enemies. Don’t kill them, or my people will forget: scatter them by Your power; and bring them down, oh my God, our defense. For the sin of their mouth, the words they say, and for the cursing and lies which they speak, let them be taken in their pride. Consume them in anger, consume them so that they cannot exist any longer, and let them know that God rules in Israel and even to the ends of the earth. Selah!

     [14-17] And at evening let them return; and let them growl like dogs, going around the city. Let them wander up and down for meat, and howl if they aren’t satisfied. But I’ll sing of Your power; yes, in the morning I’ll sing aloud of Your mercy: for You’ve been my defense and safe haven in the day of my trouble. To You, oh my strength, I’ll sing: for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy.

     60 [1-5] To the first musician on the trumpet of the congregation, A Poem of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, when Joab returned, and struck twelve thousand of Edom in the valley of salt. Oh God, You’ve cast us off, scattering us, You’ve been displeased; oh return to us again. You’ve made the earth tremble, breaking it: heal its division; for it quakes. You’ve shown Your people hard things: You’ve made us drink the wine of astonishment. You’ve given a banner to those that respect You, to be displayed because it bears the truth. Selah! Save with Your strong hand, and listen to me so that Your beloved can be delivered.

     [6-8] God has spoken in holiness; I’ll celebrate, I’ll divide Shechem, and allot the valley of Succoth. Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim is also the strength of My head; Judah is My lawgiver; Moab is My wash pot; over Edom I’ll place my shoe: Philistia, you will triumph because of me.

     [9] Who will bring me into the strong city that will lead me into Edom? Won’t You, oh God, who had cast us off? And You, oh God, who didn’t go out with our armies? Give us help from trouble because the help of people is no help at all. Through God, we’ll have victory: for it’s God that will bring down our enemies.


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