Chapter 20

1. For the Conductor, a psalm by David.
2. May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob fortify you.
3. May He send your help from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion.
4. May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices.
5. May He grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill your every counsel.
6. We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your wishes.
7. Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand.
8. Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our God.
9. They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm.
10. Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.

Chapter 6

11. For the Conductor, with instrumental music for the eight-stringed harp, a psalm by David.
12. Lord, do not punish me in Your anger, nor chastise me in Your wrath.
13. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I languish away; heal me, O Lord, for my bones tremble in fear.
14. My soul is panic-stricken; and You, O Lord, how long [before You help]?
15. Relent, O Lord, deliver my soul; save me for the sake of Your kindness.
16. For there is no remembrance of You in death; who will praise You in the grave?
17. I am weary from sighing; each night I drench my bed, I melt my couch with my tears.
18. My eye has grown dim from vexation, worn out by all my oppressors.
19. Depart from me, all you evildoers, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
20. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.
21. All my enemies will be shamed and utterly terrified; they will then repent and be shamed for a moment.

Chapter 9

22. For the Conductor, upon the death of Labben, a psalm by David.
23. I will thank the Lord with all my heart; I will recount all Your wonders.
24. I will rejoice and exult in You; I will sing to Your Name, O Most High.
25. When my enemies retreat, they will stumble and perish from before You.
26. You have rendered my judgement and [defended] my cause; You sat on the throne, O righteous Judge.
27. You destroyed nations, doomed the wicked, erased their name for all eternity.
28. O enemy, your ruins are gone forever, and the cities you have uprooted—their very remembrance is lost.
29. But the Lord is enthroned forever, He established His throne for judgement.
30. And He will judge the world with justice, He will render judgement to the nations with righteousness.
31. The Lord will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
32. Those who know Your Name put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.
33. Sing to the Lord Who dwells in Zion, recount His deeds among the nations.
34. For the Avenger of bloodshed is mindful of them; He does not forget the cry of the downtrodden.
35. Be gracious to me, O Lord; behold my affliction at the hands of my enemies, You Who raises me from the gates of death,
36. so that I may relate all Your praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion, that I may exult in Your deliverance.
37. The nations sank into the pit that they made; in the net they concealed their foot was caught.
38. The Lord became known through the judgement He executed; the wicked one is snared in the work of his own hands; reflect on this always.
39. The wicked will return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.
40. For not for eternity will the needy be forgotten, nor will the hope of the poor perish forever.
41. Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your presence.
42. Set Your mastery over them, O Lord; let the nations know that they are but frail men, Selah.

Chapter 13

43. For the Conductor, a psalm by David.
44. How long, O Lord, will You forget me, forever? How long will You hide Your countenance from me?
45. How long must I seek counsel within my soul, [to escape] the grief in my heart all day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
46. Look! Answer me, O Lord, my God; give light to my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.
47. Lest my enemy say, "I have overcome him," [and] my oppressors rejoice when I falter.
48. I have placed my trust in Your kindness, my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance. I will sing to the Lord, for He has dealt kindly with me.

Chapter 16

49. A michtam,2 by David. Watch over me, O God, for I have put my trust in You.
50. You, [my soul,] have said to God, "You are my Master; You are not obligated to benefit me.”
51. For the sake of the holy ones who lie in the earth, and for the mighty-all my desires are fulfilled in their merit.
52. Those who hasten after other [gods], their sorrows shall increase; I will not offer their libations of blood, nor take their names upon my lips.
53. The Lord is my allotted portion and my share; You guide my destiny.
54. Portions have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, a beautiful inheritance is mine.
55. I bless the Lord Who has advised me; even in the nights my intellect admonishes me.3
56. I have set the Lord before me at all times; because He is at my right hand, I shall not falter.
57. Therefore my heart rejoices and my soul exults; my flesh, too, rests secure.
58. For You will not abandon my soul to the grave, You will not allow Your pious one to see purgatory.
59. Make known to me the path of life, that I may be satiated with the joy of Your presence, with the bliss of Your right hand forever.

Chapter 17

60. A prayer by David. Hear my sincere [plea], O Lord; listen to my cry; give ear to my prayer, expressed by guileless lips.
61. Let my verdict come forth from before You; let Your eyes behold uprightness.
62. You have probed my heart, examined it in the night, tested me and found nothing; no evil thought crossed my mind; as are my words so are my thoughts.
63. So that [my] human deeds conform with the words of Your lips, I guard myself from the paths of the lawbreakers.
64. Support my steps in Your paths, so that my feet shall not falter.
65. I have called upon You, for You, O Lord, will answer me; incline Your ear to me, hear what I say.
66. Withhold Your kindness-O You who delivers with Your right hand those who put their trust in You-from those who rise up against [You].
67. Guard me like the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings
68. from the wicked who despoil me, [from] my mortal enemies who surround me.
69. Their fat has closed [their hearts]; their mouths speak arrogantly.
70. They encircle our footsteps; they set their eyes to make us stray from the earth.
71. His appearance is like a lion longing to devour, like a young lion lurking in hiding.
72. Arise, O Lord! Confront him, bring him to his knees; rescue my soul from the wicked [who serves as] Your sword.
73. Let me be among those whose death is by Your hand, O Lord, among those who die of old age, whose portion is eternal life and whose innards are filled with Your concealed goodness; who are sated with sons and leave their abundance to their offspring.
74. Because of my righteousness, I shall behold Your countenance; in the time of resurrection, I will be sated by Your image.

Chapter 18

75. For the Conductor. By the servant of the Lord, by David, who chanted the words of this song to the Lord on the day the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.
76. He said, "I love You, Lord, my strength.
77. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my rescuer. My God is my strength in Whom I take shelter, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
78. With praises I call upon the Lord, and I am saved from my enemies.
79. For the pangs of death surrounded me, and torrents of evil people terrified me.
80. Pangs of the grave encompassed me; snares of death confronted me.
81. In my distress I called upon the Lord, I cried out to my God; and from His Sanctuary He heard my voice, and my supplication before Him reached His ears.
82. The earth trembled and quaked; the foundations of the mountains shook-they trembled when His wrath flared.
83. Smoke rose in His nostrils, devouring fire blazed from His mouth, and burning coals flamed forth from Him.
84. He inclined the heavens and descended, a thick cloud was beneath His feet.
85. He rode on a cherub and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind.
86. He made darkness His concealment, His surroundings His shelter-of the dense clouds with their dark waters.
87. Out of the brightness before Him, His clouds passed over, with hailstones and fiery coals.
88. The Lord thundered in heaven, the Most High gave forth His voice-hailstones and fiery coals.
89. He sent forth His arrows and scattered them; many lightnings, and confounded them.
90. The channels of water became visible, the foundations of the world were exposed-at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
91. He sent from heaven and took me; He brought me out of surging waters.
92. He rescued me from my fierce enemy, and from my foes when they had become too strong for me.
93. They confronted me on the day of my misfortune, but the Lord was my support.
94. He brought me into spaciousness; He delivered me because He desires me.
95. The Lord rewar-ded me in accordance with my righteousness; He repaid me according to the cleanliness of my hands.
96. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not transgressed against my God;
97. for all His laws are before me, I have not removed His statutes from me.
98. I was perfect with Him, and have guarded myself from sin.
99. The Lord repaid me in accordance with my righteousness, according to the cleanliness of my hands before His eyes.
100. With the kindhearted You act kindly, with the upright man You act uprightly.
101. With the pure You act purely, but with the crooked You act cun- ningly.
102. For the destitute nation You save, but haughty eyes You humble.
103. Indeed, You light my lamp; the Lord, my God, illuminates my darkness.
104. For with You I run against a troop; with my God I scale a wall.
105. The way of God is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
106. For who is God except the Lord, and who is a rock except our God!
107. The God Who girds me with strength, and makes my path perfect.
108. He makes my feet like deers', and stands me firmly on my high places.
109. He trains my hands for battle, my arms to bend a bow of bronze.
110. You have given me the shield of Your deliverance, Your right hand upheld me; Your humility made me great.
111. You have widened my steps beneath me, and my knees have not faltered.
112. I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back until I destroyed them.
113. I crushed them so that they were unable to rise; they are fallen beneath my feet.
114. You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued my adversaries beneath me.
115. You have made my enemies turn their backs to me, and my foes I cut down.
116. They cried out, but there was none to deliver them; to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
117. I ground them as the dust before the wind, I poured them out like the mud in the streets.
118. You have rescued me from the quarrelsome ones of the people, You have made me the head of nations; a nation I did not know became subservient to me.
119. As soon as they hear of me they obey me; strangers deny to me [their disloyalty].
120. Strangers wither away, they are terrified in their strongholds.
121. The Lord lives; blessed is my Rock; exalted is the God of my deliverance.
122. You are the God Who executes retribution for me, and subjugates nations under me.
123. Who rescues me from my enemies, Who exalts me above my adversaries, Who delivers me from the man of violence.
124. Therefore I will laud You, Lord, among the nations, and sing to Your Name.
125. He grants His king great salvations, and bestows kindness upon His anointed, to David and his descendants forever."

Chapter 22

126. For the Conductor, on the ayelet hashachar, a psalm by David.
127. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me! So far from saving me, from the words of my outcry?
128. My God, I call out by day, and You do not answer; at night-but there is no respite for me.
129. Yet You, Holy One, are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
130. In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You saved them.
131. They cried to You and were rescued; they trusted in You and were not shamed.
132. And I am a worm and not a man; scorn of men, contempt of nations.
133. All who see me mock me; they open their lips, they shake their heads.
134. But one that casts [his burden] upon the Lord-He will save him; He will rescue him, for He desires him.
135. For You took me out of the womb, and made me secure on my mother's breasts.
136. I have been thrown upon You from birth; from my mother's womb You have been my God.
137. Be not distant from me, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.
138. Many bulls surround me, the mighty bulls of Bashan encircle me.
139. They open their mouths against me, like a lion that ravages and roars.
140. I am poured out like water, all my bones are disjointed; my heart has become like wax, melted within my innards.
141. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my palate; You set me in the dust of death.
142. For dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers enclose me; my hands and feet are like a lion's prey.
143. I count all my limbs, while they watch and gloat over me.
144. They divide my garments amongst them; they cast lots upon my clothing.
145. But You, Lord, do not be distant; my Strength, hurry to my aid!
146. Save my life from the sword, my soul from the grip of dogs.
147. Save me from the lion's mouth, as You have answered me from the horns of wild beasts.
148. I will recount [the praises of] Your Name to my brothers; I will extol You amidst the congregation.
149. You that fear the Lord, praise Him! Glorify Him, all you progeny of Jacob! Stand in awe of Him, all you progeny of Israel!
150. For He has not despised nor abhorred the entreaty of the poor, nor has He concealed His face from him; rather He heard when he cried to Him.
151. My praise comes from You, in the great congregation; I will pay my vows before those that fear Him.
152. Let the humble eat and be satisfied; let those who seek the Lord praise Him-may your hearts live forever!
153. All the ends of the earth will remember and return to the Lord; all families of nations will bow down before You.
154. For sovereignty is the Lord's, and He rules over the nations.
155. All the fat ones of the earth will eat and bow down, all who descend to the dust shall kneel before Him, but He will not revive their soul.
156. The progeny of those who serve Him will tell of the Lord to the latter generations.
157. They will come and relate His righteousness-all that He has done-to a newborn nation.

Chapter 23

158. A psalm by David. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing.
159. He lays me down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.
160. He revives my soul; He directs me in paths of righteousness for the sake of His Name.
161. Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff-they will comfort me.
162. You will prepare a table for me before my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup is full.
163. Only goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord for many long years.

Chapter 28

164. By David. I call to You, O Lord; my Strength, do not be deaf to me; for should You be silent to me, I will be like those who descend to the pit.
165. Hear the sound of my pleas when I cry out to You, when I raise my hands toward Your holy Sanctuary.
166. Do not draw me along with the wicked, with evildoers who speak of peace with their companions, though evil is in their heart.
167. Give them according to their deeds, and the evil of their endeavors; give them according to their handiwork, render to them their just deserts.
168. For they pay no heed to the acts of the Lord, nor to the work of His hands; may He destroy them and not rebuild them.
169. Blessed is the Lord, for He has heard the voice of my pleas.
170. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusted and I was helped; my heart exulted, and with my song I praised Him.
171. The Lord is a strength to them; He is a stronghold of deliverance to His anointed.
172. Grant salvation to Your people and bless Your heritage; tend them and exalt them forever.

Chapter 30

173. A psalm, a song of dedication of the House, by David.
174. I exalt You, Lord, for You have uplifted me, and did not allow my enemies to rejoice over me.
175. Lord, my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.
176. Lord, You have brought up my soul from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not descend to the pit.
177. Sing to the Lord, you His pious ones, and praise His holy Name.
178. For His wrath endures but for a moment, when He is conciliated there is [long] life; when one retires at night weeping, joy will come in the morning.
179. In my security I thought, "I shall never falter.”
180. Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; when You concealed Your countenance I was alarmed.
181. I called to You, O Lord, and I made supplication to my Lord:
182. What profit is there in my death, in my going down to the grave? Can dust praise You? Can it proclaim Your truth
183. Lord, hear and be gracious to me; Lord, be a help to me.
184. You have turned my mourning into dancing; You have undone my sackcloth and girded me with joy.
185. Therefore my soul shall sing to You, and not be silent; Lord my God, I will praise You forever.

Chapter 31

186. For the Conductor, a psalm by David.
187. In You I have taken shelter, O Lord, I shall never be shamed; rescue me in Your righteousness.
188. Turn Your ear to me, save me quickly; be to me a rock of refuge, a fortress to deliver me.
189. For You are my rock and my fortress; for the sake of Your Name, direct me and lead me.
190. Remove me from the net they planted for me, for You are my stronghold.
191. I entrust my spirit into Your hand; You will redeem me, Lord, God of truth.
192. I despise those who anticipate worthless vanities; but I trust in the Lord.
193. I will rejoice and delight in Your kindness, for You have seen my affliction; You know the troubles of my soul.
194. You have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet on spacious ground.
195. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from vexation-my soul and my stomach.
196. For my life is spent in sorrow, my years in sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones are wasted away.
197. Because of my adversaries I have become a disgrace-exceedingly to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends; those who see me outside flee from me.
198. Like a dead man, I was forgotten from the heart; I became like a lost vessel.
199. For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side, when they assembled together against me and plotted to take my life.
200. But I trusted in You, O Lord; I said, "You are my God.”
201. My times are in Your hand; save me from the hands of my enemies and pursuers.
202. Shine Your countenance upon Your servant; deliver me in Your kindness.
203. O Lord, let me not be ashamed, for I have called You; let the wicked be shamed, let them be silent to the grave.
204. Let the lips of falsehood-which speak insolently against the righteous, with arrogance and contempt-be struck dumb.
205. How abundant is Your good that You have hidden for those who fear You; in the presence of man, You have acted for those who take refuge in You.
206. Conceal them from the haughtiness of man, in the shelter of Your countenance; hide them in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
207. Blessed is the Lord, for He has been wondrous in His kindness to me in a besieged city.
208. I said in my panic, "I am cut off from before Your eyes!" But in truth, You heard the voice of my pleas when I cried to You.
209. Love the lord, all His pious ones! The Lord preserves the faithful, and repays with exactness those who act haughtily.
210. Be strong and fortify your hearts, all who put their hope in the Lord!

Chapter 32

211. By David, a maskil.4Fortunate is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
212. Fortunate is the man to whom the Lord does not reckon his sin, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
213. When I was silent, my limbs wore away through my wailing all day long.
214. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my marrow became [dry] as the droughts of summer, Selah.
215. My sin I made known to You, my iniquity I did not cover. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You have forgiven the iniquity of my transgression forever.
216. For this let every pious man pray to You, at a time when You may be found; indeed, the flood of many waters will not reach him.
217. You are a refuge to me; protect me from distress; surround me with songs of deliverance forever.
218. I will enlighten you and educate you in the path you should go; I will advise you with what I have seen.
219. Be not like a horse, like a mule, senseless, that must be muzzled with bit and bridle when being adorned, so that it not come near you.
220. Many are the agonies of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord is surrounded by kindness.
221. Rejoice in the Lord and exult, you righteous ones! Sing joyously, all you upright of heart!

Chapter 33

222. Sing joyously to the Lord, you righteous ones; it is fitting for the upright to offer praise.
223. Extol the Lord with a harp; sing to Him with a ten-stringed lyre.
224. Sing to Him a new song; play well with sounds of jubilation.
225. For the word of the Lord is just; all His deeds are done in faithfulness.
226. He loves righteousness and justice; the kindness of the Lord fills the earth.
227. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their hosts.
228. He gathers the waters of the sea like a mound; He places the deep waters in vaults.
229. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world tremble before Him.
230. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it endured.
231. The Lord has annulled the counsel of nations; He has foiled the schemes of peoples.
232. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart throughout all generations.
233. Fortunate is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose as a heritage for Himself.
234. The Lord looks down from heaven; He beholds all mankind.
235. From His dwelling-place He looks intently upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
236. It is He Who fashions the hearts of them all, Who perceives all their actions.
237. The king is not saved by a great army, nor a warrior rescued by great might.
238. The horse is a false guarantee for victory; with all its great strength it offers no escape.
239. But the eye of the Lord is directed toward those who fear Him, toward those who hope for His kindness,
240. to save their soul from death and to sustain them during famine.
241. Our soul yearns for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
242. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, for we have put our trust in His Holy Name.
243. May Your kindness, Lord, be upon us, as we have placed our hope in You.

Chapter 37

244. By David. Do not compete with the wicked; do not envy doers of injustice.
245. For like grass they will be swiftly cut down; like green vegetation they will wither.
246. Trust in the Lord and do good; then will you abide in the land and be nourished by faith.
247. Delight in the Lord, and He will grant you the desires of your heart.
248. Cast your needs upon the Lord; rely on Him, and He will take care.
249. He will reveal your righteousness like the light, your justness like the high noon.
250. Depend on the Lord and hope in Him. Compete not with the prosperous, with the man who invents evil schemes.
251. Let go of anger, abandon rage; do not compete with [one who intends] only to harm.
252. For the evildoers will be cut down; but those who hope in the Lord, they will inherit the earth.
253. For soon the wicked one will not be; you will gaze at his place and he will be gone.
254. But the humble shall inherit the earth, and delight in abundant peace.
255. The wicked one plots against the righteous, and gnashes his teeth at him.
256. My Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day will come.
257. The wicked have drawn a sword and bent their bow to fell the poor and destitute, to slaughter those of upright ways.
258. But their sword shall enter their own hearts, and their bows shall break.
259. Better the little of the righteous, than the abundant wealth of the wicked.
260. For the strength of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous.
261. The Lord appreciates the days of the innocent; their inheritance will last forever.
262. They will not be shamed in times of calamity, and in days of famine they will be satisfied.
263. For the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord are as fattened sheep: consumed, consumed in smoke.
264. The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous man is gracious and gives.
265. For those blessed by Him will inherit the earth, and those cursed by Him will be cut off.
266. The steps of man are directed by God; He desires his way.
267. When he totters he shall not be thrown down, for the Lord supports his hand.
268. I have been a youth, I have also aged; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his offspring begging bread.
269. All day he is kind and lends; his offspring are a blessing.
270. Turn away from evil and do good, and you will dwell [in peace] forever.
271. For the Lord loves justice, he will not abandon his pious ones-they are protected forever; but the offspring of the wicked are cut off.
272. The righteous shall inherit the earth and dwell upon it forever.
273. The mouth of the righteous one utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
274. The Torah of his God is in his heart; his steps shall not falter.
275. The wicked one watches for the righteous man, and seeks to kill him.
276. But the Lord will not abandon him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
277. Hope in the Lord and keep His way; then He will raise you high to inherit the earth. When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
278. I saw a powerful wicked man, well-rooted like a vibrant, native tree.
279. Yet he vanished, behold he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found.
280. Watch the innocent, and observe the upright, for the future of such a man is peace.
281. But sinners shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked is cut off.
282. The deliverance of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in time of distress.
283. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they have put their trust in Him.

Chapter 38

284. A psalm by David, to remind.
285. O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chastise me in Your wrath.
286. For Your arrows have landed in me, Your hand descended upon me.
287. There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your rage, no peace in my bones because of my sin.
288. For my iniquities have flooded over my head; like a heavy load, they are too heavy for me.
289. My wounds are rotted; they reek because of my foolishness.
290. I am bent and extremely bowed; all day I go about in gloom.
291. My sides are inflamed; there is no soundness in my flesh.
292. I am weakened and extremely depressed; I howl from the moaning of my heart.
293. My Lord, all that I desire is before You; my sighing is not hidden from You.
294. My heart is engulfed, my strength has left me; the light of my eyes they, too, are not with me.
295. My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction; my intimates stand afar.
296. The seekers of my life have laid traps; those who seek my harm speak destructiveness; they utter deceits all day long.
297. But I am like a deaf man, I do not hear; like a mute that does not open his mouth.
298. I was like a man that does not perceive, and in whose mouth there are no rebuttals.
299. Because for You, O Lord, I wait; You will answer, my Lord, my God.
300. For I said, "Lest they rejoice over me; when my foot falters they will gloat over me.”
301. For I am accustomed to limping, and my pain is constantly before me.
302. For I admit my iniquity; I worry because of my sin.
303. But my enemies abound with life; those who hate me without cause flourish.
304. Those who repay evil for good resent me for my pursuit of good.
305. Do not forsake me, O Lord; do not be distant from me, my God.
306. Hurry to my aid, O my Lord, my Salvation.

Chapter 39

307. For the Conductor, for yedutun,5 a psalm by David.
308. I said that I would guard my ways from sinning with my tongue; I would guard my mouth with a muzzle, [even] while the wicked one is before me.
309. I became mute with stillness, I was silent [even] from the good, though my pain was crippling.
310. My heart grew hot within me, a fire blazed in my utterance, as I spoke with my tongue.
311. O Lord, let me know my end and what is the measure of my days, that I may know when I will cease.
312. Behold, like handbreadths You set my days; my lifetime is as naught before You. But all is futility, all mankind's existence, Selah.
313. Only in darkness does man walk, seeking only futility; he amasses riches and knows not who will reap them.
314. And now, what is my hope, my Lord? My longing is to You.
315. Rescue me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of the degenerate.
316. I am mute, I do not open my mouth, for You have caused [my suffering].
317. Remove Your affliction from me; I am devastated by the attack of Your hand.
318. In reproach for sin You chastened man; like a moth, You wore away that which is precious to him. All mankind is nothing but futility, forever.
319. Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry; do not be silent to my tears, for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner like all my forefathers.
320. Turn from me, that I may recover my strength, before I depart and I am no more.

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321. For the Conductor, a psalm by David.
322. Fortunate is he who is thoughtful of the poor, [for] the Lord will save him on the day of evil.
323. The Lord will guard him and keep him alive; he will be praised throughout the land; You will not deliver him to the desires of his enemies.
324. The Lord will support him on the bed of illness; You will turn him over in his bed all throughout his sickness.
325. I said, "Lord, be gracious to me! Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You!”
326. My foes say that evil [awaits] me: "When will he die, and his name perish?”
327. And if one comes to see [me], he speaks insincerely, for his heart gathers iniquity for himself, and when he goes out he speaks of it.
328. Together they whisper against me-all my enemies; against me they devise my harm, [saying]:
329. "Let his wickedness pour into him; now that he lies down, he shall rise no more.”
330. Even my ally in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has raised his heel over me.
331. But you, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, and I will repay them.
332. With this I shall know that You desire me, when my enemies will not shout gleefully over me.
333. And I, because of my integrity, You upheld me; You set me before You forever.
334. Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, to all eternity, Amen and Amen.

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335. For the Conductor, by the sons of Korach, a psalm.
336. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all you inhabitants of the world;
337. sons of common folk and sons of nobility, rich and poor alike.
338. My mouth speaks wisdom, and the thoughts of my heart are understanding.
339. I incline my ear to the parable; I will unravel my riddle upon the harp.
340. Why am I afraid in times of trouble? [Because] the sins I trod upon surround me.
341. There are those who rely on their wealth, who boast of their great riches.
342. Yet a man cannot redeem his brother, nor pay his ransom to God.
343. The redemption of their soul is too costly, and forever unattainable.
344. Can one live forever, never to see the grave?
345. Though he sees that wise men die, that the fool and the senseless both perish, leaving their wealth to others-
346. [nevertheless,] in their inner thoughts their houses will last forever, their dwellings for generation after generation; they have proclaimed their names throughout the lands.
347. But man will not repose in glory; he is likened to the silenced animals.
348. This is their way-their folly remains with them, and their descendants approve of their talk, Selah.
349. Like sheep, they are destined for the grave; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright will dominate them at morning; their form will rot in the grave, away from its abode.
350. But God will redeem my soul from the hands of the grave, for He will take me, Selah.
351. Do not fear when a man grows rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
352. for when he dies he will take nothing, his glory will not descend after him.
353. For he [alone] praises himself in his lifetime; but [all] will praise you if you better yourself.
354. He will come to the generation of his forefathers; they shall not see light for all eternity.
355. Man [can live] in glory but does not understand; he is likened to the silenced animals.

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356. For the Conductor, with instrumental music, a maskil by David.
357. Listen to my prayer, O God, do not hide from my pleas.
358. Pay heed to me and answer me, as I lament in my distress and moan -
359. because of the shout of the enemy and the oppression of the wicked; for they accuse me of evil and hate me passionately.
360. My heart shudders within me, and the terrors of death have descended upon me.
361. Fear and trembling penetrate me, and I am enveloped with horror.
362. And I said, "If only I had wings like the dove! I would fly off and find rest.
363. Behold, I would wander afar, and lodge in the wilderness forever.
364. I would hurry to find shelter for myself from the stormy wind, from the tempest.”
365. Consume, O Lord, confuse their tongue; for I have seen violence and strife in the city.6
366. Day and night they encircle her upon her walls, and iniquity and vice are in her midst.
367. Treachery is within her; fraud and deceit never depart from her square.
368. For it is not the enemy who taunts me-that I could bear; nor my foe who raises himself against me, that I could hide from him.
369. But it is you, a man of my equal, my guide and my intimate.
370. Together we took sweet counsel; we walked with the throng to the house of God.
371. May He incite death upon them, let them descend to the pit alive; for there is evil in their dwelling, within them.
372. As for me, I call to God, and the Lord will save me.
373. Evening, morning and noon, I lament and moan-and He hears my voice.
374. He redeemed my soul in peace from battles against me, because of the many who were with me.
375. May God-He who is enthroned from the days of old, Selah-hear and humble those in whom there is no change, and who do not fear God.
376. He extended his hands against his allies, he profaned his covenant.
377. Smoother than butter are the words of his mouth, but war is in his heart; his words are softer than oil, yet they are curses.
378. Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous man falter.
379. And You, O God, will bring them down to the nethermost pit; bloodthirsty and treacherous men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You.

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380. For the Conductor, of the mute dove7 far away. By David, a michtam, 8 when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
381. Favor me, O God, for man longs to swallow me; the warrior oppresses me every day.
382. My watchful enemies long to swallow me every day, for many battle me, O Most High!
383. On the day I am afraid, I trust in You.
384. [I trust] in God and praise His word; in God I trust, I do not fear-what can [man of] flesh do to me?
385. Every day they make my words sorrowful; all their thoughts about me are for evil.
386. They gather and hide, they watch my steps, when they hope [to capture] my soul.
387. Should escape be theirs in reward for their iniquity? Cast down the nations in anger, O God!
388. You have counted my wanderings; place my tears in Your flask-are they not in Your record?
389. When my enemies will retreat on the day I cry out, with this I will know that God is with me.
390. When God deals strictly, I praise His word; when the Lord deals mercifully, I praise His word.
391. In God I trust, I do not fear-what can man do to me?
392. My vows to You are upon me, O God; I will repay with thanksgiving offerings to You.
393. For You saved my soul from death-even my feet from stumbling-to walk before God in the light of life.

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394. For the Conductor, on the shoshanim,9 by David.
395. Deliver me, O God, for the waters have reached until my soul!
396. I have sunk in muddy depths without foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the current sweeps me away.
397. I am wearied by my crying, my throat is parched; my eyes pined while waiting for my God.
398. More numerous than the hairs on my head are those who hate me without reason. Mighty are those who would cut me off, those who are my enemies without cause. What I have not stolen, I will then have to return.
399. O God, You know my folly, and my wrongs are not hidden from You.
400. Let not those who hope in You be shamed through me, O my Lord, God of Hosts; let not those who seek You be disgraced through me, O God of Israel,
401. because for Your sake I have borne humiliation, disgrace covers my face.
402. I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother's sons,
403. for the envy of Your House has consumed me, and the humiliations of those who scorn You have fallen upon me.
404. And I wept while my soul fasted, and it was a humiliation to me.
405. I made sackcloth my garment, and became a byword for them.
406. Those who sit by the gate speak of me, and [of me] are the songs of drunkards.
407. May my prayer to You, Lord, be at a gracious time; God, in Your abounding kindness, answer me with Your true deliverance.
408. Rescue me from the mire, so that I not sink; let me be saved from my enemies and from deep waters.
409. Let not the current of water sweep me away, nor the deep swallow me; and let not the pit close its mouth over me.
410. Answer me, Lord, for Your kindness is good; according to Your abundant mercies, turn to me.
411. Do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress-hurry to answer me.
412. Draw near to my soul and liberate it; redeem me, so that my enemies [not feel triumphant].
413. You know my humiliation, my shame, and my disgrace; all my tormentors are before You.
414. Humiliation has broken my heart, and I have become ill. I longed for comfort, but there was none; for consolers, but I did not find.
415. They put gall into my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
416. Let their table become a trap before them, and [their] serenity, a snare.
417. Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and let their loins continually falter.
418. Pour Your wrath upon them, and let the fierceness of Your anger overtake them.
419. Let their palace be desolate, let there be no dweller in their tents,
420. for they persecute the one whom You struck, and tell of the pain of Your wounded ones.
421. Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not enter into Your righteousness.
422. May they be erased from the Book of Life, and let them not be inscribed with the righteous.
423. But I am poor and in pain; let Your deliverance, O God, streng-then me.
424. I will praise the Name of God with song, I will extol Him with thanksgiving!
425. And it will please the Lord more than [the sacrifice of] a mature bull with horns and hooves.
426. The humble will see it and rejoice; you seekers of God, [see] and your hearts will come alive.
427. For the Lord listens to the needy, and He does not despise His prisoners.
428. Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that moves within them,
429. for God will deliver Zion and build the cities of Judah, and they will settle there and possess it;
430. and the seed of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His Name will dwell in it.

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431. A prayer by David. Lord, turn Your ear, answer me, for I am poor and needy.
432. Guard my soul, for I am pious; You, my God, deliver Your servant who trusts in You.
433. Be gracious to me, my Lord, for to You I call all day.
434. Bring joy to the soul of Your servant, for to You, my Lord, I lift my soul.
435. For You, my Lord, are good and forgiving, and exceedingly kind to all who call upon You.
436. Lord, hear my prayer and listen to the voice of my supplications.
437. On the day of my distress I call upon You, for You will answer me.
438. There is none like You among the supernal beings, my Lord, and there are no deeds like Yours.
439. All the nations that You have made will come and bow down before You, my Lord, and give honor to Your Name,
440. for You are great and perform wonders, You alone, O God.
441. Lord, teach me Your way that I may walk in Your truth; unify my heart to fear Your Name.
442. I will praise You, my Lord, my God, with all my heart, and give honor to Your Name forever.
443. For Your kindness to me has been great; You have saved my soul from the depth of the grave.
444. O God, malicious men have risen against me; a band of ruthless men has sought my soul; they are not mindful of You.
445. But You, my Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in kindness and truth.
446. Turn to me and be gracious to me; grant Your strength to Your servant, and deliver the son of Your maidservant.
447. Show me a sign of favor, that my foes may see and be shamed, because You, Lord, have given me aid and consoled me.

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448. A song, a psalm by the sons of Korach, for the Conductor, upon the machalat le'anot; 10 a maskil11 for Heiman the Ezrachite.
449. O Lord, God of my deliverance, by day I cried out [to You], by night I [offer my prayer] before You.
450. Let my prayer come before You; turn Your ear to my supplication.
451. For my soul is sated with affliction, and my life has reached the grave.
452. I was reckoned with those who go down to the pit, I was like a man without strength.
453. [I am regarded] among the dead who are free, like corpses lying in the grave, of whom You are not yet mindful, who are yet cut off by Your hand.
454. You have put me into the lowest pit, into the darkest places, into the depths.
455. Your wrath has weighed heavily upon me, and all the waves [of Your fury] have constantly afflicted me.
456. You have estranged my friends from me, You have made me abhorrent to them; I am imprisoned and unable to leave.
457. My eye is afflicted because of distress; I call to You, O Lord, every day; I have stretched out my hands [in prayer] to You.
458. Do You perform wonders for the deceased? Do the dead stand to offer You praise? Selah.
459. Is Your kindness recounted in the grave, your faithfulness in the place of perdition?
460. Are Your wondrous deeds known in the darkness [of the grave], or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?
461. But, I, to You, O Lord, I cry; each morning my prayer comes before You.
462. Why, O Lord, do You forsake my soul? Why do You conceal Your countenance from Me?
463. From my youth I have been afflicted and approaching death, yet I have borne the fear of You which is firmly established within me.
464. Your furies have passed over me; Your terrors have cut me down.
465. They have engulfed me like water all day long, they all together surrounded me.
466. You have estranged from me beloved and friend; I have been rejected by my intimates.

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467. A maskil12 by Eitan the Ezrachite.
468. I will sing of the Lord's kindness forever; to all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.
469. For I have said, "The world is built with kindness; there in the heavens You establish Your faithfulness.”
470. I have made a covenant with My chosen one; I have sworn to David, My servant:
471. "I will establish Your descendants forever; I will build your throne for all generations," Selah.
472. Then the heavens will extol Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness, too, in the congregation of the holy ones.
473. Indeed, who in heaven can be compared to the Lord, who among the supernal beings can be likened to the Lord!
474. The Almighty is revered in the great assembly of the holy ones, awe-inspiring to all who surround Him.
475. O Lord, God of Hosts, who is mighty like You, O God! Your faithfulness surrounds You.
476. You rule the vastness of the sea; when its waves surge, You still them.
477. You crushed Rahav (Egypt) like a corpse; with Your powerful arm You scattered Your enemies.
478. Yours are the heavens, the earth is also Yours; the world and all therein-You established them.
479. The north and the south-You created them; Tabor and Hermon sing of [the greatness] of Your Name.
480. Yours is the arm which has the might; strengthen Your hand, raise high Your right hand.
481. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; kindness and truth go before Your countenance.
482. Fortunate is the people who know the sound of the shofar; Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.
483. They rejoice in Your Name all day, and they are exalted through Your righteousness.
484. Indeed, You are the splendor of their might, and in Your goodwill our glory is exalted.
485. For our protectors turn to the Lord, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.
486. Then You spoke in a vision to Your pious ones and said: "I have granted aid to [David] the mighty one; I have exalted the one chosen from among the people.
487. I have found David, My servant; I have anointed him with My holy oil.
488. It is he whom My hand shall be prepared [to assist]; My arm, too, shall strengthen him.
489. The enemy shall not prevail over him, nor shall the iniquitous person afflict him.
490. And I will crush his adversaries before him, and will strike down those who hate him.
491. Indeed, My faithfulness and My kindness shall be with him, and through My Name his glory shall be exalted.
492. I will set his hand upon the sea, his right hand upon the rivers.
493. He will call out to Me, 'You are my Father, my God, the strength of my deliverance.’
494. I will also make him [My] firstborn, supreme over the kings of the earth.
495. I will maintain My kindness for him forever; My covenant shall remain true to him.
496. And I will bestow [kingship] upon his seed forever, and his throne will endure as long as the heavens last.
497. If his children forsake My Torah and do not walk in My ordinances;
498. if they profane My statutes and do not observe My commandments,
499. then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their misdeeds with plagues.
500. Yet I shall not take away My kindness from him, nor betray My faithfulness.
501. I will not abrogate My covenant, nor change that which has issued from My lips.
502. One thing I have sworn by My holiness-I will not cause disappointment to David.
503. His seed will endure forever and his throne will be [resplendent] as the sun before Me.
504. Like the moon, it shall be established forever; [the moon] is a faithful witness in the sky for all time.”
505. Yet You have forsaken and abhorred; You became enraged at Your anointed.
506. You annulled the covenant with Your servant; You have profaned his crown [by casting it] to the ground.
507. You shattered all his fences; You turned all his strongholds into ruin.
508. All wayfarers despoiled him; he has become a disgrace to his neighbors.
509. You have uplifted the right hand of his adversaries; You have made all his enemies rejoice.
510. You also turned back the blade of his sword, and did not sustain him in battle.
511. You put an end to his splendor, and toppled his throne to the ground.
512. You have cut short the days of his youth; You have enclothed him with long-lasting shame.
513. How long, O Lord, will You conceal Yourself-forever? [How long] will Your fury blaze like fire?
514. O remember how short is my life span! Why have You created all children of man for naught?
515. What man can live and not see death, can save his soul forever from the grave?
516. Where are Your former deeds of kindness, my Lord, which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?
517. Remember, my Lord, the disgrace of Your servants, that I bear in my bosom from all the many nations;
518. that Your enemies have disgraced, O Lord, that they have disgraced the footsteps of Your anointed.
519. Blessed is the Lord forever, Amen and Amen.

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520. A prayer by Moses, the man of God. My Lord, You have been a shelter for us in every generation.
521. Before the mountains came into being, before You created the earth and the world-for ever and ever You are Almighty God.
522. You diminish man until he is crushed, and You say, "Return, you children of man.”
523. Indeed, a thousand years are in Your eyes like yesterday that has passed, like a watch of the night.
524. The stream of their life is as but a slumber; in the morning they are like grass that sprouts anew.
525. In the morning it thrives and sprouts anew; in the evening it withers and dries.
526. For we are consumed by Your anger, and destroyed by Your wrath.
527. You have set our wrongdoings before You, our hidden sins before the light of Your countenance.
528. For all our days have vanished in Your wrath; we cause our years to pass like a fleeting sound.
529. The days of our lives number seventy years, and if in great vigor, eighty years; most of them are but travail and futility, passing quickly and flying away.
530. Who can know the intensity of Your anger? Your wrath is commensurate with one's fear of You.
531. Teach us, then, to reckon our days, that we may acquire a wise heart.
532. Relent, O Lord; how long [will Your anger last]? Have compassion upon Your servants.
533. Satiate us in the morning with Your kindness, then we shall sing and rejoice throughout our days.
534. Give us joy corresponding to the days You afflicted us, the years we have seen adversity.
535. Let Your work be revealed to Your servants, and Your splendor be upon their children.
536. May the pleasantness of the Lord our God be upon us; establish for us the work of our hands; establish the work of our hands.

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537. You who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Omnipotent:
538. I say of the Lord who is my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust,
539. that He will save you from the ensnaring trap, from the destructive pestilence.
540. He will cover you with His pinions and you will find refuge under His wings; His truth is a shield and an armor.
541. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day;
542. the pestilence that prowls in the darkness, nor the destruction that ravages at noon.
543. A thousand may fall at your [left] side, and ten thousand at your right, but it shall not reach you.
544. You need only look with your eyes, and you will see the retribution of the wicked.
545. Because you [have said,] "The Lord is my shelter," and you have made the Most High your haven,
546. no evil will befall you, no plague will come near your tent.
547. For He will instruct His angels in your behalf, to guard you in all your ways.
548. They will carry you in their hands, lest you injure your foot upon a rock.
549. You will tread upon the lion and the viper; you will trample upon the young lion and the serpent.
550. Because he desires Me, I will deliver him; I will fortify him, for he knows My Name.
551. When he calls on Me, I will answer him; I am with him in distress. I will deliver him and honor him.
552. I will satiate him with long life, and show him My deliverance.

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553. A prayer of the poor man when he is faint [with affliction], and pours out his tale of woe before the Lord.
554. O Lord, hear my prayer, let my cry reach You!
555. Hide not Your face from me on the day of my distress; turn Your ear to me; on the day that I call, answer me quickly.
556. For my days have vanished with the smoke; my bones are dried up as a hearth.
557. Smitten like grass and withered is my heart, for I have forgotten to eat my bread.
558. From the voice of my sigh, my bone cleaves to my flesh.
559. I am like the bird of the wilderness; like the owl of the wasteland have I become.
560. In haste I fled; I was like a bird, alone on a roof.
561. All day my enemies disgrace me; those who ridicule me curse using my name.13
562. For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,
563. because of Your anger and Your wrath-for You have raised me up, then cast me down.
564. My days are like the fleeting shadow; I wither away like the grass.
565. But You, Lord, will be enthroned forever, and Your remembrance is for all generations.
566. You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for it is time to be gracious to her; the appointed time has come.
567. For Your servants cherish her stones, and love her dust.
568. Then the nations will fear the Name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory,
569. when [they see that] the Lord has built Zion, He has appeared in His glory.
570. He turned to the entreaty of the prayerful, and did not despise their prayer.
571. Let this be written for the last generation, so that the newborn nation will praise the Lord.
572. For He looked down from His holy heights; from heaven, the Lord gazed upon the earth,
573. to hear the cry of the bound, to untie those who are doomed to die,
574. so that the Name of the Lord be declared in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem,
575. when nations and kingdoms will gather together to serve the Lord.
576. He weakened my strength on the way; He shortened my days.
577. I would say: "My God, do not remove me in the midst of my days! You Whose years endure through all generations.”
578. In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.
579. They will perish, but You will endure; all of them will wear out like a garment; You will exchange them like a robe, and they will vanish.
580. But You remain the same; Your years will not end.
581. The children of Your servants will abide; their seed shall be established before You.

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582. By David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, His holy Name.
583. My soul, bless the Lord; forget not all His favors:
584. Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your illnesses;
585. Who redeems your life from the grave, Who crowns you with kindness and mercy;
586. Who satisfies your mouth with goodness; like the eagle, your youth is renewed.
587. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
588. He made His ways known to Moses, His deeds to the Children of Israel.
589. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and of great kindness.
590. He will not contend for eternity, nor harbor ill will forever.
591. He has not dealt with us according to our transgressions, nor requited us according to our sins.
592. For as high as heaven is above the earth, so has His kindness been mighty over those who fear Him.
593. As far as the east is from the west, so has He distanced our transgressions from us.
594. As a father has compassion on his children, so has the Lord had compassion on those who fear Him.
595. For He knows our nature; He is mindful that we are but dust.
596. As for man, his days are like grass; like a flower of the field, so he sprouts.
597. When a wind passes over him, he is gone; his place recognizes him no more.
598. But the kindness of the Lord is forever and ever upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness is [secured] for children's children,
599. to those who keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commands to do them.
600. The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingship has dominion over all.
601. Bless the Lord, you His angels who are mighty in strength, who do His bidding to obey the voice of His speech.
602. Bless the Lord, all His hosts, His servants who do His will.
603. Bless the Lord, all His works, in all the places of His dominion. My soul, bless the Lord!

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604. My soul, bless the Lord! Lord my God, You are greatly exalted; You have garbed Yourself with majesty and splendor.
605. You enwrap [Yourself] with light as with a garment; You spread the heavens as a curtain.
606. He roofs His heavens with water; He makes the clouds His chariot, He moves [them] on the wings of the wind.
607. He makes the winds His messengers, the blazing fire His servants.
608. He established the earth on its foundations, that it shall never falter.
609. The depths covered it as a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
610. At Your exhortation they fled; at the sound of Your thunder they rushed away.
611. They ascended mountains, they flowed down valleys, to the place which You have assigned for them.
612. You set a boundary which they may not cross, so that they should not return to engulf the earth.
613. He sends forth springs into streams; they flow between the mountains.
614. They give drink to all the beasts of the field; the wild animals quench their thirst.
615. The birds of the heavens dwell beside them; they raise their voice from among the foliage.
616. He irrigates the mountains from His clouds above; the earth is satiated from the fruit of Your works.
617. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and vegetation requiring the labor of man to bring forth food from the earth;
618. and wine that gladdens man's heart, oil that makes the face shine, and bread that sustains man's heart.
619. The trees of the Lord drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
620. wherein birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the cypress.
621. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rabbits.
622. He made the moon to calculate the festivals; the sun knows its time of setting.
623. You bring on darkness and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
624. The young lions roar for prey, and seek their food from God.
625. When the sun rises, they return and lie down in their dens.
626. Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.
627. How manifold are Your works, O Lord! You have made them all with wisdom; the earth is full of Your possessions.
628. This sea, vast and wide, where there are countless creeping creatures, living things small and great;
629. there ships travel, there is the Leviathan that You created to frolic therein.
630. They all look expectantly to You to give them their food at the proper time.
631. When You give it to them, they gather it; when You open Your hand, they are satiated with goodness.
632. When You conceal Your countenance, they are terrified; when You take back their spirit, they perish and return to their dust.
633. When You will send forth Your spirit they will be created anew, and You will renew the face of the earth.
634. May the glory of the Lord be forever; may the Lord find delight in His works.
635. He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
636. I will sing to the Lord with my soul; I will chant praise to my God with my [entire] being.
637. May my prayer be pleasant to Him; I will rejoice in the Lord.
638. May sinners cease from the earth, and the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!

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639. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His kindness is everlasting.
640. So shall say those redeemed by the Lord, those whom He redeemed from the hand of the oppressor.
641. He gathered them from the lands-from east and from west, from north and from the sea.
642. They lost their way in the wilderness, in the wasteland; they found no inhabited city.
643. Both hungry and thirsty, their soul languished within them.
644. They cried out to the Lord in their distress; He delivered them from their afflictions.
645. He guided them in the right path to reach an inhabited city.
646. Let them give thanks to the Lord, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man,
647. for He has satiated a thirsting soul, and filled a hungry soul with goodness.
648. Those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, bound in misery and chains of iron,
649. for they defied the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High-
650. He humbled their heart through suffering; they stumbled and there was none to help.
651. They cried out to the Lord in their distress; He saved them from their afflictions.
652. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and sundered their bonds.
653. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man,
654. for He broke the brass gates and smashed the iron bars.
655. Foolish sinners are afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings.
656. Their soul loathes all food, and they reach the gates of death.
657. They cried out to the Lord in their distress; He saved them from their afflictions.
658. He sent forth His command and healed them; He delivered them from their graves.
659. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man.
660. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and joyfully recount His deeds.
661. Those who go down to the sea in ships, who perform tasks in mighty waters;
662. they saw the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.
663. He spoke and caused the stormy wind to rise, and it lifted up the waves.
664. They rise to the sky, plunge to the depths; their soul melts in distress.
665. They reel and stagger like a drunkard, all their skill is to no avail.
666. They cried out to the Lord in their distress, and He brought them out from their calamity.
667. He transformed the storm into stillness, and the waves were quieted.
668. They rejoiced when they were silenced, and He led them to their destination.
669. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and [proclaim] His wonders to the children of man.
670. Let them exalt Him in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.
671. He turns rivers into desert, springs of water into parched land,
672. a fruitful land into a salt-marsh, because of the wickedness of those who inhabit it.
673. He turns a desert into a lake, and parched land into springs of water.
674. He settles the hungry there, and they establish a city of habitation.
675. They sow fields and plant vineyards which yield fruit and wheat.
676. He blesses them and they multiply greatly, and He does not decrease their cattle.
677. [If they sin,] they are diminished and cast down through oppression, misery, and sorrow.
678. He pours contempt upon distinguished men, and causes them to stray in a pathless wilderness.
679. He raises the needy from distress, and makes their families [as numerous] as flocks.
680. The upright observe this and rejoice, and all the wicked close their mouth.
681. Let him who is wise bear these in mind, and then the benevolent acts of the Lord will be understood.

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682. I would love if the Lord would listen to my voice, to my supplications;
683. if He would turn His ear to me on the days when I call.
684. The pangs of death encompassed me and the misery of the grave came upon me; I encounter trouble and sorrow.
685. I invoke the Name of the Lord, "Lord, I implore you, deliver my soul!”
686. The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate.
687. The Lord watches over the simpletons; I was brought low, and He saved me.
688. Return, my soul, to your tranquility, for the Lord has bestowed goodness upon you.
689. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
690. I shall walk before the Lord in the lands of the living.
691. I had faith even when I declared, "I am greatly afflicted";
692. [even when] I said in my haste, "All men are deceitful.”
693. How can I repay the Lord for all His beneficences to me?
694. I will raise the cup of deliverance and proclaim the Name of the Lord.
695. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.
696. Grievous in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His pious ones.
697. I thank you, Lord, that since I am Your servant, I am Your servant the son of Your maidservant, You have loosened my bonds.
698. To You I will bring an offering of thanksgiving, and proclaim the Name of the Lord.
699. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people,
700. in the courtyards of the House of the Lord, in the midst of Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

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701. Offer praise to the Lord for He is good, for His kindness is everlasting.
702. Let Israel declare that His kindness is everlasting.
703. Let the House of Aaron declare that His kindness is everlasting.
704. Let those who fear the Lord declare that His kindness is everlasting.
705. From out of distress I called to God; with abounding relief, God answered me.
706. The Lord is with me, I do not fear-what can man do to me?
707. The Lord is with me among my helpers, and I will see [the downfall of] my enemies.
708. It is better to rely on the Lord than to trust in man.
709. It is better to rely on the Lord than to trust in nobles.
710. All the nations surrounded me, but in the Name of the Lord I will cut them down.
711. They surrounded me, they encompassed me, but in the Name of the Lord I will cut them down.
712. They surrounded me like bees, yet they shall be extinguished like fiery thorns; in the Name of the Lord I will cut them down.
713. You [my foes] repeatedly pushed me to fall, but the Lord helped me.
714. God is my strength and song, and He has been a help to me.
715. The sound of rejoicing and deliverance reverberates in the tents of the righteous, "The right hand of the Lord performs deeds of valor.
716. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord performs deeds of valor!”
717. I shall not die, but I shall live and recount the deeds of God.
718. God has indeed chastised me, but He did not give me up to death.
719. Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them and praise God.
720. This is the gate of the Lord, the righteous will enter it.
721. I offer thanks to You, for You have answered me, and You have been my deliverance.
722. The stone which the builders scorned has become the chief cornerstone.
723. From the Lord has this come about; it is wondrous in our eyes.
724. This is the day which the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice on it.
725. We implore You, Lord, deliver us. We implore You, Lord, grant us success.
726. Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord; we bless you from the House of the Lord.
727. The Lord is a benevolent God and He has given us light; bind the festival offering with cords until [you bring it to] the horns of the altar.
728. You are my God and I will praise You, my God-and I will exalt You.
729. Praise the Lord for He is good, for His kindness is everlasting.

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730. A maskil14 by David, when he was in the cave, a prayer.
731. With my voice I will cry out to the Lord; with my voice I will call to the Lord in supplication.
732. I will pour out my plea before Him; I will declare my distress in His presence.
733. When my spirit is faint within me, You know my path. In the way in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.
734. Look to my right and see, there is none that will know me; every escape is lost to me. No man cares for my soul.
735. I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
736. Listen to my song of prayer, for I have been brought very low. Deliver me from my pursuers, for they are too mighty for me.
737. Release my soul from confinement, so that it may acknowledge Your Name. Because of me, the righteous will crown [You] when You will deal graciously with me.

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738. A psalm by David. O Lord, hear my prayer, lend Your ear to my supplications. With Your faithfulness answer me, and with Your righteousness.
739. Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for no living being would be vindicated before You.
740. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has set me down in dark places, like those who are eternally dead.
741. Then my spirit became faint within me; my heart was dismayed within me.
742. I remembered the days of old; I meditated on all Your deeds; I spoke of Your handiwork.
743. I spread out my hands to You; like a languishing land my soul yearns after You, Selah.
744. Answer me soon, O Lord, my spirit is spent; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who descend into the pit.
745. Let me hear Your kindness in the morning, for have I trusted in You. Let me know the way in which I should walk, for to You I have lifted my soul.
746. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord. I have concealed [my troubles from all, save] You.
747. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. Let Your good spirit lead me in an even path.
748. For the sake of Your Name, O Lord, give me life; in Your righteousness, take my soul out of distress.
749. And in Your kindness, cut off my enemies and obliterate all those who oppress my soul, for I am Your servant.

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750. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the celestial heights.
751. Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts.
752. Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all the shining stars.
753. Praise Him, hea-ven of heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens.
754. Let them praise the Name of the Lord, for He comman-ded and they were created.
755. He has established them forever, for all time; He issued a decree, and it shall not be transgressed.
756. Praise the Lord from the earth, sea-monsters and all [that dwell in] the depths;
757. fire and hail, snow and vapor, stormy wind carrying out His command;
758. the mountains and all hills, fruit-bearing trees and all cedars;
759. the beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged fowl;
760. kings of the earth and all nations, rulers and all judges of the land;
761. young men as well as maidens, elders with young lads.
762. Let them praise the Name of the Lord, for His Name is sublime, to Himself; its radiance [alone] is upon earth and heaven.
763. He shall raise the glory of His people, [increase] the praise of all His pious ones, the Children of Israel, the people close to Him. Praise the Lord!

Recite now the stanzas from Psalm 119 that correspond to the letters of the ill individual's Jewish name(s). (Psalm 119 is an acrostic containing twenty-two stanzas, each stanza consisting of eight verses that begin with the same letter from the Hebrew alphabet. The first eight verses all start with the letter aleph, the next eight begin with bet, the next eight with gimel, etc.) E.g., if the person's name is Moshe (משה), recite the stanzas that begin with mem, shin, and hey. If the person's name is Rachel (רחל), recite the stanzas that begin with resh, chet and lamed. (If you need help determining the Hebrew spelling of a specific name, drop a line to our Ask the Rabbi personnel.)

Then recite the six stanzas that correspond to the words קרע שטן ("destroy the Prosecutor"): kuf, resh, ayin, shin, tet, and nun.

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764. Fortunate are those whose way is artless, who walk with the Torah of the Lord.
765. Fortunate are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with all their hearts.
766. Indeed, they have not done iniquity; they walk in His ways.
767. You have commanded Your precepts to be observed diligently.
768. My wish is that my ways be directed to keep Your statutes.
769. Then I will not be ashamed, when I behold all Your commandments.
770. I will give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments.
771. I will keep Your statutes; do not utterly forsake me


772. How can a young man keep his way pure? By observing Your word.
773. With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me stray from Your commandments.
774. I have harbored Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
775. Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes.
776. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth.
777. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as I would with all riches.
778. I will speak of Your precepts, and gaze upon Your ways.
779. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.


780. Deal kindly with Your servant, that I may live to keep Your word.
781. Unveil my eyes, that I may behold wonders from Your Torah.
782. I am a sojourner on earth; do not hide Your commandments from me.
783. My soul is crushed with a longing for Your judgments every moment.
784. You have rebuked the accursed scoffers, those who stray from Your commandments.
785. Remove insult and contempt from me, for I have kept Your testimonies.
786. Though princes sat and spoke against me, Your servant speaks of Your statutes.
787. Indeed, Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counsellors.


788. My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me in accordance with Your word.
789. I have spoken of my ways, and You answered me; teach me Your statutes.
790. Make me understand the way of Your precepts, and I will speak of Your wonders.
791. My soul drips away out of grief; sustain me according to Your word.
792. Remove from me the way of falsehood, and graciously endow me with Your Torah.
793. I have chosen the way of faith; Your judgments have I laid before me.
794. I held fast to Your testimonies, O Lord; put me not to shame.
795. I will run on the path of Your commandments, for You will broaden my heart.


796. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I will keep it to the last.
797. Grant me understanding and I will keep Your Torah; I will observe it with all my heart.
798. Direct me in the path of Your commandments, for that is my desire.
799. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to greed.
800. Avert my eyes from seeing vanity; by Your ways give me life.
801. Fulfill for Your servant Your promise, which brings to the fear of You.
802. Remove my shame which I fear, for Your judgments are good.
803. Behold, I have longed for Your precepts; give me life in Your righteousness.


804. And let Your kindness come to fruition for me, O Lord, Your salvation as You promised.
805. I will offer a retort to those who taunt me, for I trust in Your word.
806. Do not at all remove the word of truth from my mouth, for I hope [to fulfill] Your judgments.
807. I will keep Your Torah continually, for ever and ever.
808. And I will walk in spacious paths, for I seek Your precepts.
809. I will speak of Your testimonies before kings, and I will not be ashamed.
810. And I will delight in Your commandments, which I love.
811. I will lift up my hands to Your commandments, which I love, and I will speak of Your statutes.


812. Remember the word [promised] to Your servant, by which You gave me hope.
813. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
814. [Though] the wicked ridicule me severely, I have not strayed from Your Torah.
815. When I remember Your judgments of old, O Lord, I take comfort.
816. Trembling seized me because of the wicked, those who forsake Your Torah.
817. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my wanderings.
818. At night I remembered Your Name, O Lord, and I kept Your Torah.
819. All this came to me because I kept Your precepts.


820. The Lord is my portion; I pledged to keep Your words.
821. I pleaded before You with all my heart: have compassion upon me according to Your word.
822. I contemplated my ways, and returned my feet to Your testimonies.
823. I hurried and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
824. Bands of wicked men plundered me, [but] I did not forget Your Torah.
825. At midnight, I rise to thank You for Your righteous judgments.
826. I am a friend to all who fear You, and to those who keep Your precepts.
827. Your kindness, O Lord, fills the earth; teach me Your statutes.


828. You have dealt goodness to Your servant, O Lord, in accord with Your promise.
829. Teach me the goodness and wisdom of the [Torah's] reasons, for I believe in Your commandments.
830. Before I afflicted myself, I would blunder; but now I observe Your word.
831. You are good and benevolent; teach me Your statutes.
832. The wicked have smeared me with lies, [when in truth] I keep Your precepts with all my heart.
833. Their hearts grew thick as fat; but as for me, Your Torah is my delight.
834. It is for my good that I was afflicted, so that I might learn Your statutes.
835. The Torah of Your mouth is better for me than thousands in gold and silver.


836. Your hands have made me and prepared me; grant me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
837. Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, because I hoped in Your word.
838. I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are just; righteously have You afflicted me.
839. Let Your kindness be my comfort, as You promised to Your servant.
840. Let Your mercies come upon me, that I may live, for Your Torah is my delight.
841. Let the scoffers be shamed, for they have maligned me with falsehood; but I will meditate upon Your precepts.
842. May those who fear You return to me, and those who know Your testimonies.
843. May my heart be perfect in Your statutes, so that I not be shamed.


844. My soul longs for Your salvation; I hope for Your word.
845. My eyes long for Your promise, saying, "When will You comfort me?”
846. Though I became [dried out] like a wineskin in smoke, I did not forget Your statutes.
847. How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment upon my pursuers?
848. The wicked have dug pits for me, in violation of Your Torah.
849. All Your commandments teach truth, [yet] they pursue me with lies, help me!
850. They nearly consumed me upon the earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts.
851. As befits Your kindness, grant me life, and I will keep the testimony of Your mouth.


852. Forever, O Lord, Your word stands firm in the heavens.
853. Your faithfulness persists for all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.
854. They stand ready today [to execute] Your judgments, for all are Your servants.
855. Had Your Torah not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
856. Never will I forget Your precepts, for through them You have sustained me.
857. I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts.
858. The wicked hope to destroy me, but I meditate upon Your testimonies.
859. To every goal I have seen a limit, but Your commandment is immensely broad.


97. O how I love Your Torah! All day it is my discussion.
98. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.
99. From all my teachers I have gained wisdom, for Your testimonies are my discussion.
100. I will be more perceptive than elders, because I have guarded Your precepts.
101. I have restrained my feet from every evil path, that I might keep Your word.
102. I have not turned away from Your judgments, for You have instructed me.
103. How sweet are Your words to my palate, [sweeter] than honey to my mouth!
104. From Your precepts I gain understanding, therefore I hate every path of falsehood.


105. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
106. I have sworn-and I will fulfill it-to keep Your righteous judgments.
107. I am afflicted to the extreme; grant me life, O Lord, according to Your promise.
108. Accept with favor, O Lord, the offerings of my lips, and teach me Your laws.
109. My soul is in danger always, yet I have not forgotten Your Torah.
110. The wicked laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
111. I have taken Your testimonies as an eternal heritage, for they are the joy of my heart.
112. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes, forever, to the last.


113. I despise vain thoughts, but I love Your Torah.
114. You are my refuge and my shield; I place hope in Your promise.
115. Turn away from me, you evildoers, and I will keep the commandments of my God.
116. Support me according to Your promise, and I will live; let me not be shamed because of my hope.
117. Sustain me, and I will be saved, and I will be engrossed in Your statutes always.
118. You trample all who stray from Your statutes, for their ploy is a lie.
119. You have purged all the wicked of the earth like dross, therefore I love Your testimonies.
120. My flesh bristles from fear of You, and I am in awe of Your judgments.


121. I practiced justice and righteousness; leave me not to my oppressors.
122. Guarantee Your servant goodness; let not the wicked exploit me.
123. My eyes long for Your salvation, and for the word of Your righteousness.
124. Treat Your servant according to Your kindness, and teach me Your statutes.
125. I am Your servant; grant me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies.
126. It is time to act for the Lord; they have abrogated Your Torah.
127. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, even fine gold.
128. Therefore I affirmed all Your precepts; I have hated every path of falsehood.


129. Your testimonies are wondrous, therefore does my soul guard them.
130. Your opening words illuminate, enlightening the simple.
131. I opened my mouth and swallowed, because I craved Your commandments.
132. Turn to me and favor me, as is [Your] law for those who love Your Name.
133. Set my steps in Your word, and let no iniquity rule over me.
134. Deliver me from the oppression of man, and I will keep Your precepts.
135. Let Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.
136. My eyes shed streams of water, because they do not keep Your Torah.


137. Righteous are you, O Lord, and Your judgments are upright.
138. You commanded Your testimonies in righteousness and great faithfulness.
139. My zeal consumes me, because my enemies have forgotten Your words.
140. Your word is very pure, and Your servant cherishes it.
141. I am young and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts.
142. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Torah is truth.
143. Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me, yet Your commandments are my delight.
144. Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding, that I may live.


145. I call out with all my heart; answer me, O Lord; I will keep Your statutes.
146. I call out to You; save me, and I will observe Your testimonies.
147. I rose before dawn and cried out; my hope is in Your word.
148. My eyes preceded the night watches, that I may discuss Your word.
149. Hear my voice in keeping with Your kindness; O Lord, grant me life as is Your practice.
150. Those who pursue mischief draw near; they are far from Your Torah.
151. You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are truth.
152. From the beginning I discerned from Your testimonies that You had established them forever.


153. Behold my affliction and deliver me, for I have not forgotten Your Torah.
154. Wage my battle and redeem me; grant me life for the sake of Your word.
155. Salvation is far from the wicked, for they seek not Your statutes.
156. Your mercies are great, O Lord; grant me life as is Your practice.
157. My pursuers and my enemies are many, yet I did not turn away from Your testimonies.
158. I saw traitors and I quarreled with them, because they do not keep Your words.
159. Behold how I love Your precepts; grant me life, O Lord, according to Your kindness.
160. The beginning of Your word is truth, and forever are all Your righteous judgements.


161. Princes have pursued me without cause, but it is Your word my heart fears.
162. I rejoice at Your word, like one who finds abundant spoil.
163. I hate falsehood and abhor it, but Your Torah I love.
164. Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments.
165. There is abundant peace for those who love Your Torah, and there is no stumbling for them.
166. I hoped for Your salvation, O Lord, and I performed Your commandments.
167. My soul has kept Your testimonies, and I love them intensely.
168. I have kept Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are before You


169. Let my prayer approach Your presence, O Lord; grant me understanding according to Your word.
170. Let my supplication come before You; save me according to Your promise.
171. My lips will utter praise, for You have taught me Your statutes.
172. My tongue will echo Your word, for all Your commandments are just.
173. Let Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.
174. I long for Your salvation, O Lord, and Your Torah is my delight.
175. Let my soul live, and it will praise You, and let Your judgment help me.
176. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commandments.