1 Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint; ♦︎
listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.
2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; ♦︎
let your eyes behold what is right.
3 Weigh my heart, examine me by night, ♦︎
refine me, and you will find no impurity in me.
4 My mouth does not trespass for earthly rewards; ♦︎
I have heeded the words of your lips.
5 My footsteps hold fast in the ways of your commandments; ♦︎
my feet have not stumbled in your paths.
6 I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; ♦︎
incline your ear to me, and listen to my words.
7 Show me your marvellous loving-kindness, ♦︎
O Saviour of those who take refuge at your right hand
from those who rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; ♦︎
hide me under the shadow of your wings,
9 From the wicked who assault me, ♦︎
from my enemies who surround me to take away my life.
10 They have closed their heart to pity ♦︎
and their mouth speaks proud things.
11 They press me hard, they surround me on every side, ♦︎
watching how they may cast me to the ground,
12 Like a lion that is greedy for its prey, ♦︎
like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13 Arise, Lord; confront them and cast them down; ♦︎
deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
14 Deliver me, O Lord, by your hand ♦︎
from those whose portion in life is unending,
15 Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, ♦︎
who are well supplied with children
and leave their wealth to their little ones.
16 As for me, I shall see your face in righteousness; ♦︎
when I awake and behold your likeness, I shall be satisfied.
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God ♦︎
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 One day pours out its song to another ♦︎
and one night unfolds knowledge to another.
3 They have neither speech nor language ♦︎
and their voices are not heard,
4 Yet their sound has gone out into all lands ♦︎
and their words to the ends of the world.
5 In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun, ♦︎
that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber
and rejoices as a champion to run his course.
6 It goes forth from the end of the heavens
and runs to the very end again, ♦︎
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; ♦︎
the testimony of the Lord is sure
and gives wisdom to the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart; ♦︎
the commandment of the Lord is pure
and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; ♦︎
the judgements of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
more than much fine gold, ♦︎
sweeter also than honey,
dripping from the honeycomb.
11 By them also is your servant taught ♦︎
and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often they offend? ♦︎
O cleanse me from my secret faults!
13 Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins
lest they get dominion over me; ♦︎
so shall I be undefiled,
and innocent of great offence.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight, ♦︎
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.