1 I cry aloud to the Lord; ♦︎
to the Lord I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before him ♦︎
and tell him of my trouble.
3 When my spirit faints within me, you know my path; ♦︎
in the way wherein I walk have they laid a snare for me.
4 I look to my right hand, and find no one who knows me; ♦︎
I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry out to you, O Lord, and say: ♦︎
You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
6 Listen to my cry, for I am brought very low; ♦︎
save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
7 Bring my soul out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name; ♦︎
when you have dealt bountifully with me,
then shall the righteous gather around me.
1 Blessed be the Lord my rock, ♦︎
who teaches my hands for war and my fingers for battle;
2 My steadfast help and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield in whom I trust, ♦︎
who subdues the peoples under me.
3 O Lord, what are mortals that you should consider them; ♦︎
mere human beings, that you should take thought for them?
4 They are like a breath of wind; ♦︎
their days pass away like a shadow.
5 Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down; ♦︎
touch the mountains and they shall smoke.
6 Cast down your lightnings and scatter them; ♦︎
shoot out your arrows and let thunder roar.
7 Reach down your hand from on high; ♦︎
deliver me and take me out of the great waters,
from the hand of foreign enemies,
8 Whose mouth speaks wickedness ♦︎
and their right hand is the hand of falsehood.
9 O God, I will sing to you a new song; ♦︎
I will play to you on a ten-stringed harp,
10 You that give salvation to kings ♦︎
and have delivered David your servant.
11 Save me from the peril of the sword ♦︎
and deliver me from the hand of foreign enemies,
12 Whose mouth speaks wickedness ♦︎
and whose right hand is the hand of falsehood;
13 So that our sons in their youth
may be like well-nurtured plants, ♦︎
and our daughters like pillars
carved for the corners of the temple;
14 Our barns be filled with all manner of store; ♦︎
our flocks bearing thousands,
and ten thousands in our fields;
15 Our cattle be heavy with young: ♦︎
may there be no miscarriage or untimely birth,
no cry of distress in our streets.
16 Happy are the people whose blessing this is. ♦︎
Happy are the people who have the Lord for their God.