Psalm 11

1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. 
For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 
3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. 
5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
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Psalm 10

1 Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. 
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. 
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 
5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies. 
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” 
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; 
9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. 
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. 
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”
12 Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. 
13 Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? 
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. 
15 Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out. 
16 The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. 
17 You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, 
18 Defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.


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Psalm 9

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I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. 
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. 
3 My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. 
4For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge. 
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. 
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished. 
7 The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. 
8 He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. 
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 
10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. 
11 Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. 
12 For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
13 LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, 
14 that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation. 
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. 
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish. 
19 Arise, LORD, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. 
20 Strike them with terror, LORD; let the nations know they are only mortal.
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Psalm 8

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1 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 
4what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 
9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
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Psalm 7

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A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

1 LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, 
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. 
3 LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands— 
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust. 
6 Arise, LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice. 
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high. 
8 Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. 
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. 
10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. 
11 God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day. 
12 If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow. 
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows. 
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. 
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. 
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads. 
17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.
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Psalm 6

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1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 
2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long? 
4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. 
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave? 
6 I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. 
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. 
8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping. 
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. 
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.


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Psalm 5

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 A Psalm of David.

1 Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament. 
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 
3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. 
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; 
6 you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.
7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. 
Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me. 
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. 
10 Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 
12 Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
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Psalm 4

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Get Wisdom at Any Cost

1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. 
2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. 
3 For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. 
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. 
5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. 
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. 
8Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. 
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.” 
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. 
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. 
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. 
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. 
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. 
17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. 
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 
21Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
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Psalm 3

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A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

1 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 
2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 
But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 
7 Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 
8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
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Psalm 2

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Chapter 2

1  Why do the nations conspireand the peoples plot in vain? 
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, 
3  “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 
5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” 
7 I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. 
8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 
9 You will break them with a rod of iron ; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 
11 Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. 
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
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