Psalms 9

Psalm 91

For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style;2 a psalm of David.

9:1 I will thank the Lord with all my heart!

I will tell about all your amazing deeds!3

9:2 I will be happy and rejoice in you!

I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One!4

9:3 When my enemies turn back,

they trip and are defeated5 before you.

9:4 For you defended my just cause;6

from your throne you pronounced a just decision.7

9:5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry;8

you destroyed the wicked;9

you permanently wiped out all memory of them.10

9:6 The enemy’s cities have been reduced to permanent ruins;11

you destroyed their cities;12

all memory of the enemies has perished.13

9:7 But the Lord14 rules15 forever;

he reigns in a just manner.16

9:8 He judges the world fairly;

he makes just legal decisions for the nations.17

9:9 Consequently18 the Lord provides safety for the oppressed;19

he provides safety in times of trouble.20

9:10 Your loyal followers trust in you,21

for you, Lord, do not abandon those who seek your help.22

9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules23 in Zion!

Tell the nations what he has done!24

9:12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed;25

he did not overlook26 their cry for help27

9:13 when they prayed:28

“Have mercy on me,29 Lord!

See how I am oppressed by those who hate me,30

O one who can snatch me away31 from the gates of death!

9:14 Then I will32 tell about all your praiseworthy acts;33

in the gates of Daughter Zion34 I will rejoice because of your deliverance.”35

9:15 The nations fell36 into the pit they had made;

their feet were caught in the net they had hidden.37

9:16 The Lord revealed himself;

he accomplished justice;

the wicked were ensnared by their own actions.38 (Higgaion.39 Selah)

9:17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol;40

this is the destiny of41 all the nations that ignore42 God,

9:18 for the needy are not permanently ignored,43

the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed.44

9:19 Rise up, Lord!45

Don’t let men be defiant!46

May the nations be judged in your presence!

9:20 Terrify them, Lord!47

Let the nations know they are mere mortals!48 (Selah)

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