1 In the Lord have I taken refuge; ♦︎
how then can you say to me,
Flee like a bird to the hills,
2 For see how the wicked bend the bow
and fit their arrows to the string, ♦︎
to shoot from the shadows at the true of heart.
3 When the foundations are destroyed, ♦︎
what can the righteous do?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple; ♦︎
the Lords throne is in heaven.
5 His eyes behold, ♦︎
his eyelids try every mortal being.
6 The Lord tries the righteous as well as the wicked, ♦︎
but those who delight in violence his soul abhors.
7 Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire
and burning sulphur; ♦︎
scorching wind shall be their portion to drink.
8 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds, ♦︎
and those who are upright shall behold his face.
1 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? ♦︎
Who may rest upon your holy hill?
2 Whoever leads an uncorrupt life ♦︎
and does the thing that is right;
3 Who speaks the truth from the heart ♦︎
and bears no deceit on the tongue;
4 Who does no evil to a friend ♦︎
and pours no scorn on a neighbour;
5 In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed, ♦︎
but who honours those who fear the Lord.
6 Whoever has sworn to a neighbour ♦︎
and never goes back on that word;
7 Who does not lend money in hope of gain, ♦︎
nor takes a bribe against the innocent;
8 Whoever does these things ♦︎
shall never fall.
Praise the Lord from the heavens; ♦︎
praise him in the heights.
2 Praise him, all you his angels; ♦︎
praise him, all his host.
3 Praise him, sun and moon; ♦︎
praise him, all you stars of light.
4 Praise him, heaven of heavens, ♦︎
and you waters above the heavens.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, ♦︎
for he commanded and they were created.
6 He made them fast for ever and ever; ♦︎
he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ♦︎
you sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and mist, ♦︎
tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;
9 Mountains and all hills, ♦︎
fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Wild beasts and all cattle, ♦︎
creeping things and birds on the wing;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, ♦︎
princes and all rulers of the world;
12 Young men and women,
old and young together; ♦︎
let them praise the name of the Lord.
13 For his name only is exalted, ♦︎
his splendour above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up the horn of his people
and praise for all his faithful servants, ♦︎
the children of Israel, a people who are near him.