For the end, a Psalm of David, concerning the secrets of the Son.
1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will recount all your wonderful works.
2 I will be glad and exult in you: I will sing to your name, O you Most High.
3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall be feeble and perish at your presence.
4 For you have maintained my cause and my right; you sat on the throne, that judge righteousness.
5 You have rebuked the nations, and the ungodly one has perished; you have blotted out their name for ever, even for ever and ever.
6 The swords of the enemy have failed utterly; and you have destroyed cities: their memorial has been destroyed with a noise,
7 but the Lord endures for ever: he has prepared his throne for judgment.
8 And he will judge the world in righteousness, he will judge the nations in uprightness.
9 The Lord also is become a refuge for the poor, a seasonable help, in affliction.
10 And let them that know your name hope in you: for you, O Lord, have not failed them that diligently seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Sion: declare his dealings among the nations.
12 For he remembered them, in making inquisition for blood: he has not forgotten the supplication of the poor.
13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; look upon my affliction which I suffer of mine enemies, you that lift me up from the gates of death:
14 that I may declare all your praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion: I will exult in your salvation.
15 The heathen are caught in the destruction which they planned: in the very snare which they hid is their foot taken.
16 The Lord is known as executing judgments: the sinner is taken in the works of his hands. A song of Pause.
17 Let sinners be driven away into Hades, even all the nations that forget God.
18 For the poor shall not be forgotten for ever: the patience of the needy ones shall not perish for ever.
19 Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged before you.
20 Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: let the heathen know that they are men. Pause.
Why stand you afar off, O Lord? why
do you overlook us
in times of need, in affliction?
While the ungodly one acts proudly, the poor is †
hotly pursued: the wicked
are taken in the crafty counsels which they imagine.
23 Because the sinner praises himself for the desires of his heart; and the unjust one blesses himself.
The sinner has provoked the Lord: according to the abundance of his ‡
pride he will not seek after him
: God is not before him.
His ways are §
profane at all times; your judgments are removed from before him: he will gain the mastery over all his enemies.
For he has said in his heart, I shall not be moved, continuing
without evil from generation to generation. ✡
27 Whose mouth is full of cursing, and bitterness, and fraud: under his tongue are trouble and pain.
He lies in wait with rich men
in secret places, in order to kill the innocent: his eyes are **
set against the poor.
29 He lies in wait in secret as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to ravish the poor, to ravish the poor when he draws him after him: he will bring him down in his snare.
30 He will bow down and fall when he has mastered the poor.
31 For he has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he has turned away his face so as never to look.
32 Arise, O Lord God; let your hand be lifted up: forget not the poor.
33 Therefore, has the wicked provoked God? for he has said in his heart, He will not require it.
34 You see it; for you do observe trouble and wrath, to deliver them into your hands: the poor has been left to you; you were a helper to the orphan.
35 Break you the arm of the sinner and wicked man: his sin shall be sought for, and shall not be found.
36 The Lord shall reign for ever, even for ever and ever: you° Gentiles shall perish out his land.
37 The Lord has heard the desire of the poor: your ear has inclined to the preparation of their heart;
38 to plead for the orphan and afflicted, that man may no more boast upon the earth.