8 For the music director, according to the gittith style; 1 a psalm of David.
O Lord, our Lord, 2
how magnificent 3 is your reputation 4 throughout the earth!
You reveal your majesty in the heavens above! 5
2 From the mouths of children and nursing babies
you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries, 6
so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy. 7
3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,
and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 8
4 Of what importance is the human race, 9 that you should notice 10 them?
Of what importance is mankind, 11 that you should pay attention to them, 12
5 and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? 13
You grant mankind 14 honor and majesty; 15
6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; 16
you have placed 17 everything under their authority, 18
7 including all the sheep and cattle,
as well as the wild animals, 19
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea
and everything that moves through the currents 20 of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord, 21
how magnificent 22 is your reputation 23 throughout the earth! 24
9 For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; 1 a psalm of David.
I will thank the Lord with all my heart!
I will tell about all your amazing deeds! 2
2 I will be happy and rejoice in you!
I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One! 3
3 When my enemies turn back,
they trip and are defeated 4 before you.
4 For you defended my just cause; 5
from your throne you pronounced a just decision. 6
5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry; 7
you destroyed the wicked; 8
you permanently wiped out all memory of them. 9
6 The enemy’s cities have been reduced to permanent ruins; 10
you destroyed their cities; 11
all memory of the enemies has perished. 12
7 But the Lord 13 rules 14 forever;
he reigns in a just manner. 15
8 He judges the world fairly;
he makes just legal decisions for the nations. 16
9 Consequently 17 the Lord provides safety for the oppressed; 18
he provides safety in times of trouble. 19
10 Your loyal followers trust in you, 20
for you, Lord, do not abandon those who seek your help. 21
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules 22 in Zion!
Tell the nations what he has done! 23
12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; 24
he did not overlook 25 their cry for help 26
13 when they prayed: 27
“Have mercy on me, 28 Lord!
See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, 29
O one who can snatch me away 30 from the gates of death!
14 Then I will 31 tell about all your praiseworthy acts; 32
in the gates of Daughter Zion 33 I will rejoice because of your deliverance.” 34
15 The nations fell 35 into the pit they had made;
their feet were caught in the net they had hidden. 36
16 The Lord revealed himself;
he accomplished justice;
the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. 37 (Higgaion. 38 Selah)
17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; 39
this is the destiny of 40 all the nations that ignore 41 God,
18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, 42
the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed. 43
19 Rise up, Lord! 44
Don’t let men be defiant! 45
May the nations be judged in your presence!
20 Terrify them, Lord! 46
Let the nations know they are mere mortals! 47 (Selah)
10 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble? 1
2 The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; 2
the oppressed are trapped 3 by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up. 4
3 Yes, 5 the wicked man 6 boasts because he gets what he wants; 7
the one who robs others 8 curses 9 and 10 rejects the Lord. 11
4 The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks,
“God won’t hold me accountable; he doesn’t care.” 12
5 He is secure at all times. 13
He has no regard for your commands; 14
he disdains all his enemies. 15
6 He says to himself, 16
“I will never 17 be upended,
because I experience no calamity.” 18
7 His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words; 19
his tongue injures and destroys. 20
8 He waits in ambush near the villages; 21
in hidden places he kills the innocent.
His eyes look for some unfortunate victim. 22
9 He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; 23
he lies in ambush, waiting to catch 24 the oppressed;
he catches the oppressed 25 by pulling in his net. 26
10 His victims are crushed and beaten down;
they are trapped in his sturdy nets. 27
11 He says to himself, 28
“God overlooks it;
he does not pay attention;
he never notices.” 29
12 Rise up, Lord! 30
O God, strike him down! 31
Do not forget the oppressed!
13 Why does the wicked man reject God? 32
He says to himself, 33 “You 34 will not hold me accountable.” 35
14 You have taken notice, 36
for 37 you always see 38 one who inflicts pain and suffering. 39
The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; 40
you deliver 41 the fatherless. 42
15 Break the arm 43 of the wicked and evil man!
Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds, 44
which he thought you would not discover. 45
16 The Lord rules forever! 46
The nations are driven out of his land. 47
17 Lord, you have heard 48 the request 49 of the oppressed;
you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. 50
18 You defend 51 the fatherless and oppressed, 52
so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them. 53