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)