16:1Preserve me, O God, for I did trust in Thee.
16:2Thou hast said to Jehovah, `My Lord Thou art;' My good is not for thine own sake;
16:3For the holy ones who are in the land, And the honourable, all my delight is in them.
16:4Multiplied are their griefs, Who have hastened backward; I pour not out their libations of blood, Nor do I take up their names on my lips.
16:5Jehovah is the portion of my share, and of my cup, Thou -- Thou dost uphold my lot.
16:6Lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, Yea, a beauteous inheritance is for me.
16:7I bless Jehovah who hath counselled me; Also in the nights my reins instruct me.
16:8I did place Jehovah before me continually, Because -- at my right hand I am not moved.
16:9Therefore hath my heart been glad, And my honour doth rejoice, Also my flesh dwelleth confidently:
16:10For Thou dost not leave my soul to Sheol, Nor givest thy saintly one to see corruption.
16:11Thou causest me to know the path of life; Fulness of joys is with Thy presence, Pleasant things by Thy right hand for ever!
17:1Hear, O Jehovah, righteousness, attend my cry, Give ear to my prayer, without lips of deceit.
17:2From before thee my judgment doth go out; Thine eyes do see uprightly.
17:3Thou hast proved my heart, Thou hast inspected by night, Thou hast tried me, Thou findest nothing; My thoughts pass not over my mouth.
17:4As to doings of man, Through a word of Thy lips I have observed The paths of a destroyer;
17:5To uphold my goings in Thy paths, My steps have not slidden.
17:6I -- I called Thee, for Thou dost answer me, O God, incline Thine ear to me, hear my speech.
17:7Separate wonderfully Thy kindness, O Saviour of the confiding, By Thy right hand, from withstanders.
17:8Keep me as the apple, the daughter of the eye; In shadow of Thy wings thou dost hide me.
17:9From the face of the wicked who spoiled me. Mine enemies in soul go round against me.
17:10Their fat they have closed up, Their mouths have spoken with pride:
17:11`Our steps now have compassed him;' Their eyes they set to turn aside in the land.
17:12His likeness as a lion desirous to tear, As a young lion dwelling in secret places.
17:13Arise, O Jehovah, go before his face, Cause him to bend. Deliver my soul from the wicked, Thy sword,
17:14From men, Thy hand, O Jehovah, From men of the world, their portion is in life, And with Thy hidden things Thou fillest their belly, They are satisfied with sons; And have left their abundance to their sucklings.
17:15I -- in righteousness, I see Thy face; I am satisfied, in awaking, with Thy form!
18:1I love Thee, O Jehovah, my strength.
18:2Jehovah is my rock, and my bulwark, And my deliverer, My God is my rock, I trust in Him: My shield, and a horn of my salvation, My high tower.
18:3The `Praised One' I call Jehovah, And from my enemies I am saved.
18:4Compassed me have cords of death, And streams of the worthless make me afraid.
18:5Cords of Sheol have surrounded me, Before me have been snares of death.
18:6In mine adversity I call Jehovah, And unto my God I cry. He heareth from His temple my voice, And My cry before Him cometh into His ears.
18:7And shake and tremble doth the earth, And foundations of hills are troubled, And they shake -- because He hath wrath.
18:8Gone up hath smoke by His nostrils, And fire from His mouth consumeth, Coals have been kindled by it.
18:9And He inclineth the heavens, and cometh down, And thick darkness is under His feet.
18:10And He rideth on a cherub, and doth fly, And He flieth on wings of wind.
18:11He maketh darkness His secret place, Round about Him His tabernacle, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
18:12From the brightness over-against Him His thick clouds have passed on, Hail and coals of fire.
18:13And thunder in the heavens doth Jehovah, And the Most High giveth forth His voice, Hail and coals of fire.
18:14And He sendeth His arrows and scattereth them, And much lightning, and crusheth them.
18:15And seen are the streams of waters, And revealed are foundations of the earth. From Thy rebuke, O Jehovah, From the breath of the spirit of Thine anger.
18:16He sendeth from above -- He taketh me, He draweth me out of many waters.
18:17He delivereth me from my strong enemy, And from those hating me, For they have been stronger than I.
18:18They go before me in a day of my calamity And Jehovah is for a support to me.
18:19And He bringeth me forth to a large place, He draweth me out, because He delighted in me.
18:20Jehovah doth recompense me According to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands, He doth return to me.
18:21For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not done wickedly against my God.
18:22For all His judgments are before me, And His statutes I turn not from me.
18:23And I am perfect with him, And I keep myself from mine iniquity.
18:24And Jehovah doth return to me, According to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands, Over-against his eyes.
18:25With the kind Thou showest Thyself kind, With a perfect man showest Thyself perfect.
18:26With the pure Thou showest Thyself pure, And with the perverse showest Thyself a wrestler,
18:27For Thou a poor people savest, And the eyes of the high causest to fall.
18:28For Thou -- Thou lightest my lamp, Jehovah my God enlighteneth my darkness.
18:29For by Thee I run -- a troop! And by my God I leap a wall.
18:30God! perfect is His way, The saying of Jehovah is tried, A shield is He to all those trusting in Him.
18:31For who is God besides Jehovah? And who is a rock save our God?
18:32God! who is girding me with strength, And He maketh perfect my way.
18:33Making my feet like hinds, And on my high places causeth me to stand.
18:34Teaching my hands for battle, And a bow of brass was brought down by my arms.
18:35And Thou givest to me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy right hand doth support me, And Thy lowliness maketh me great.
18:36Thou enlargest my step under me, And mine ankles have not slidden.
18:37I pursue mine enemies, and overtake them, And turn back not till they are consumed.
18:38I smite them, and they are not able to rise, They fall under my feet,
18:39And Thou girdest me with strength for battle, Causest my withstanders to bow under me.
18:40As to mine enemies -- Thou hast given to me the neck, As to those hating me -- I cut them off.
18:41They cry, and there is no saviour, On Jehovah, and He doth not answer them.
18:42And I beat them as dust before wind, As mire of the streets I empty them out.
18:43Thou dost deliver me From the strivings of the people, Thou placest me for a head of nations, A people I have not known do serve me.
18:44At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me, Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me,
18:45Sons of a stranger fade away, And are slain out of their close places.
18:46Jehovah liveth -- and blessed is my rock, And exalted is the God of my salvation.
18:47God -- who is giving vengeance to me, And He subdueth peoples under me,
18:48My deliverer from mine enemies, Above my withstanders Thou raisest me, From a man of violence dost deliver me.
18:49Therefore I confess Thee among nations, O Jehovah, And to Thy name I sing praise,
18:50Magnifying the salvation of His king, And doing kindness to His anointed, To David, and to his seed -- unto the age!