Additional psalms of David.

     Psalm 151

1.  I was the smallest among my brothers, and the youngest among the sons of my father, yet He made me a shepherd of His flocks, a ruler over His kids.

2.  My hands made a flute, my fingers a lyre, and I shall render glory to the Lord.

3.  I thought within myself, the mountains cannot witness Him nor the hills proclaim Him, nor the trees His words, nor the flocks His deeds.

4.  For who can proclaim or announce or recount the deeds of the Lord?  God has seen everything; He has heard and has listened.

5.  He sent His prophet Samuel to anoint me, to make me great, my brothers went out to meet him, handsome of figure in beauty of appearance.

6.  Their stature was tall; their hair handsome, yet the Lord God did not chose them.

7.  But He sent and took me from behind the flocks, and anointed me with holy oil, He made me a leader for his people, a ruler over the sons of his covenant.


     Psalm 152

1.  O Lord, O God, come to my help, assist me and save me, deliver me from the killers.

2.  Shall I descend to Sheol by the mouth of the lion, or shall the lion main me?

3.  Is it not sufficient for them to ambush my father's flocks, and to tear a sheep from his sheepfold?  They are even wishing to slay me.

4.  Spare O Lord Thy elect one, deliver Thy holy one from destruction so that he may continually praise Thee at all times.

5.  To praise Thy magnificent name, when Thou has saved him from the hands of the destroying death, when Thou has rescued me from my captivity, from the mouth of the beast.

6.  Quickly O Adonai, sent from Thy presence a Redeemer, and lift me up from the gaping abyss seeking to enclose me in its depth.


     Psalm 153

1.  Praise the Lord all you nations, glorify Him and bless his name, for He delivered the life of his elect one from the hands of death.

2.  He redeemed his Holy One from destruction; He saved me from the snares of Sheol, and brought me forth from the abyss.

3.  From the abyss that is inscrutable, for before my salvation could proceed from before Him, I almost became two parts by two beasts.

4.  He however sent his angel closing the gaping mouths before me, redeeming my life from destruction.

5.  My soul shall praise Him and exalt Him for all his grace, which He provided, and is providing for me.


     Psalm 154

1.  Glorify God with a great voice; proclaim his glory in the congregation of the many ones.

2.  Glorify his excellence among the multitude of the upright, and narrate his glory with the faithful.

3.  Associate yourselves with the good ones, and with the pure ones glorify the Most High.

4.  Join the innocent ones to announce his salvation, be not lax to announce his power and glory to all simple ones.

5.  For wisdom was given to announce the glory of the Lord, she was made known to humanity that his deeds may be recounted.

6.  To announce his power to the simple, to explain his greatness to those lacking understanding, to such as are far from her openings, to those banished from her entrances.

7.  Because, the Most High is the Lord of Jacob, and His magnificence is seen in all his deeds.

8.  The Most High accepts them that glorify Him, as one who brings a meal offering, and as one who offers he-goats and baby bulls, as one who anoints the altar with many burnt offerings, as sweet smelling fragrance from the hand of the righteous ones.

9.  His voice is heard from the speeches of the righteous ones, and through the songs of the pious ones in the congregation.

10.  He receives thankfulness when they eat to fill themselves, and when they drink in fellowship together.

11.  Their mediation is on the law of the Most High; their words announce his power.

12.  But she is far from the voice of the wicked ones, and from all haughtiness to come to know her.

13.  Behold, the eyes of the Lord will have compassion upon the good ones, He will increase his mercy upon those who glorify Him, in times of evil He will deliver them.

14.  Bless the Lord who redeems the poor one from the hand of strangers, who redeems the innocent ones from the hand of the evil ones.

15. The Lord raises the horn of Jacob and the Judge of the people of Israel so that He may prolong his dwelling in Zion and cause adornment in Jerusalem forever.


     Psalm 155

1.  O Lord I called unto Thee, be attentive to me, I spread forth my psalms towards Thy holy dwelling.

2.  Incline Thy ear, and grant me my request, at my petition do not hold back from me.

3.  Build me up, and do not cast me down, do not abandon me before the wicked ones, but may the Judge of truth remove from me the rewards of evil.

4.  Do not condemn me according to my sins O Lord, for no one living is righteous before Thee.

5.  Instruct me in Thy law O Lord, and teach me Thy statutes that many may hear of Thy deeds, and nations may honor Thy magnificence.

6.  Remember me, do not forget me, nor let me enter into that which is too great for me.

7.  Cast the sins of my youth far from me; do not remember my transgression against me.

8.  O Lord purify me from the evil plague, and let it not again turn back to me, dry up its roots from me, let it not bloom in me.

9.  Thou art magnificent O Lord, fulfill my request that is before Thee, for to whom may I cry that he would give unto me?

10.  What can the power of humans add?  From Thee O Lord is my trust, I called O Lord, and He answered me, and healed my broken heart.

11.  I slumbered and slept, but He aroused me, the Lord supported me, and I shall render thanks, for He delivered me.

12.  I shall behold their shame, because I trusted in Thee O Lord, and not be ashamed in myself.  Give honor to the Lord forever and ever.



     Song of David when Samuel anointed him.  (Pseudo Philo).

1.  From the ends of the earth I will begin my song of glory, from days long ago I will take up a hymn.

2.  When Abel first herded flocks, his sacrifice was more acceptable than that of his brother, and his brother being jealous, killed him.

3.   But with me it is not so, because God protected me, He delivered me to his angels, to his guardians that they should guard me.

4.  My brothers were jealous of me, and my father and my mother neglected me.

5.  They did not call me when the prophet came, when the anointed of the Lord was to be designated, they forgot me.

6.  But the Lord with his right hand and his mercy drew near to me; therefore will I not cease singing praises all the days of my life.


     The lamentation of Siela

     Daughter of Jephthah,  (Pseudo Philo)

1.  Hear you mountains my lamentation, and pay attention you hills to the tears of my eyes, and be a witness you rocks to the weeping of my soul.

2.  Behold how I am put to the test, but not in vain will my life be taken away.

3.  May my words go forth into the heavens, and my tears be written in the firmament, that a father did not refuse the daughter whom he had sworn to sacrifice, that a ruler granted his only daughter promised for sacrifice.

4.  I have not used my marriage chamber, I have not retrieved my wedding garlands, I have not been clothed in splendor sitting in my woman's chamber.

5.  Nor have I used the sweet smelling ointment, my soul has not rejoiced in the oil of anointing that was prepared for me.

6.  O mother in vain have you borne your only daughter, for Sheol has become my bridal chamber, on earth there is only a woman's chamber.

7.  May all the blends of oil that you have prepared for me be poured out, and the white robe that my mother wove let the moth eat it.

8.  May the crown of flowers, that my nurse plaited for me for the festival, wither, and let the worm devour the cover that she wove of Hyacinth, and the purple in my woman's chamber.

9. May my virgin companions tell of me in sorrow, and weep for me through the days.

10. Bow down your branches O you trees and weep over my youth, and you beast of the forest, come and bewail my virginity.

11. For my years have been cut off, and the time of my life has grown old in darkness.



     Psalm 1

1.  I cried unto the Lord when I was in distress, to God when sinners assailed me.

2.  Suddenly the alarm of war was heard before me, I said; He will listen to me, for I am full of righteousness.

3.  I thought in my heart that I was full of righteousness, since I had prospered and had become rich in children.

4.  Their wealth went over the whole world, their glory to the ends of the earth, they were exalted to the stars, and said that they would never fail.

5. They had become proud in their prosperity, they were without understanding, their sins were in secret as if I had no knowledge of them.

6. Their transgressions surpassed those of the nations before them; they utterly profaned the holy things of the Lord. 


     Psalm 2

1.  When the sinners became proud, they cast down the walls with battering rams, and Thou did not restrain them.

2.  Alien nations ascended Thy altar, proudly trampling upon it with their sandals, because the sons of Jerusalem had defiled the holy things of the Lord, with their iniquities they had profaned the offerings of God.

3.  Therefore He said; "Remove them far from Me, for they are not sweet smelling."  The beauty of his glory was despised before Him, it was completely disgraced.

4.  The sons and daughters were in hard captivity, their necks in a yoke, branded among the nations.

5.   He had done to them according to their sins, leaving them into the hands of those that prevailed.

6. He turned his face from having pity on them, both young and old together with their children.

7. For one and all had done evil - in not listening, and the heavens were angry and the earth abhorred them, for no man had done upon it what they did.

8. The earth recognized the righteous judgments of God, and set the sons of Jerusalem to be mocked in return for the whores within her.

9.  Every passerby entered into them in full daylight, and they sported with their lawless acts just as they mocked with their own.

10. In full light of day they revealed their iniquities, the daughters of Jerusalem were defiled and were judged accordingly, for they had defiled themselves with improper intercourse.

11. I am pained in my bowels, in my inward parts for these things, still I will justify Thee O Lord in uprightness of heart, for in Thy judgments Thy righteousness is displayed O God.

12. For Thou has rewarded the sinners according to their deeds, according to their sins that were very wicked.

13. Thou uncovered their sins that Thy judgment may be manifested, Thou wiped out their memorial from the earth.  God is a righteous judge, and not a respecter of persons.

14. The nations reproached Jerusalem trampling upon her, her beauty was brought down from the throne of glory.

15. She girded sackcloth instead of goodly raiment, upon her head was a rope instead of a crown.

16. She put off the glorious diadem, which God had set upon her, in dishonor her beauty was cast upon the ground.

17.  I saw, and entreated the Lord, saying; long enough O Lord has Thy hand been heavy on Israel in bringing the nations upon her.

18. Unsparingly they sported with her in wrath and in fierce anger, and they will utterly make an end unless Thou O Lord rebuke them in Thy wrath.

19. For they did it not in zeal, but in the lust of their soul, pouring their wrath upon us with a view to plunder.

20. Delay not O God to reward it upon their heads, to turn the pride of the dragon into dishonor.

21. And I did not have to wait long before God showed me the insolent one slain on the mountains of Egypt, esteemed of less account than the least on land or sea.

22. His body was carried about on the waves with much shame with none to bury him, for God had rejected him with contempt.

23. He did not consider that he was a man, nor did he reflect on the latter end, he said; I will be lord of land and sea, and did not recognize that it is God who is great.

24. Mighty in his great strength, King over the heavens, who judges kings and kingdoms.

25. It is He who raised me up in glory, and He brings down the proud to eternal destruction in dishonor, for they knew Him not.

26. And now behold you princes of the earth, the judgment of the Lord, for He is a great king, and righteous is He, judging all that is under heaven.

27. Bless God you that fear God with wisdom, for the mercy of the Lord will be upon them that fear Him in his judgments.

28. He will distinguish between the righteous and the sinner, and reward the sinners according to their deeds forever.

29. He will have mercy on the righteous delivering him from the afflictions of the sinner, and rewarding the sinner for what he has done to the righteous.

30.  For the Lord is good to them that call upon Him in patience to do according to his mercy, to his pious ones, establishing them at all times before Him in strength.

31. Blessed be the Lord forever before his servants.


     Psalm 3

1.  Why O my soul do you sleep and bless not the Lord?  Sing a new song unto Him who is worthy to be praised.

2.  Sing, and be awake knowing He is awake, for a psalm sung unto God is good from a glad heart.

3. The righteous remembers the Lord at all times with Thanksgiving, and with declarations of the righteousness of the Lord's judgments.

4. The righteous despise not the chastening of the Lord, his desire is always on the Lord.

5.  The righteous stumbles and holds the Lord righteous, he falls, and looks to see what God will do to him, he looks to see from where his deliverance will come.

6.  The steadfastness of the righteous is from the Lord their Deliverer, in the house of the righteous lodges not sin upon sin.

7.  The righteous continually searches his house to utterly remove all iniquity done by him in error.

8.  He atones for his sins of ignorance by fasting and humbling his soul, and the Lord considers him guiltless, every just man, and his house.

9.  The sinner stumbles and curses his life, the day that he was born, and his mothers travail; he adds sin to sin while he lives.

10. He falls, and his fall is grievous, nor shall he rise again, for the destruction of the sinner is forever, and shall not be remembered when the righteous are visited, this is the portion of sinners forever.

11. But they that fear the Lord shall rise to life eternal, their life shall be in the light of the Lord, and no more come to an end. 


     Psalm 4

1. Why do you sit in the counsel of the just O you profane person, seeing your heart is far from the Lord, proving the God of Israel with transgressions?

2. Extravagant in speech and in outward appearance beyond all men is he, and severe in words to condemn sinners in judgment.

3. His hand is first, as if he were acting in zeal, while all the while he is himself guilty of manifold sins and wantonness.

4. His eyes are upon every woman without distinction, his tongue lies when he makes a contract under oath.

5. By night, and in secret, he sins as if unseen, and with his eyes he talks to every woman of illicit affairs, he is swift to enter every house with cheerfulness as though he were without guilt.

6. Let God remove those that live in hypocrisy from the company of the just, may his flesh decay and his life be impoverished.

7. Let God reveal the deeds of men-pleasers, to expose their deeds with ridicule and contempt, that the just may count the judgments of God righteous, and rejoice when sinners are removed from before them, those that please men, who quote the law deceitfully.

8. Their eyes are upon every man's house that is still secure, so that like the serpent, they may destroy their wisdom with words of transgression.

9. His words are deceitful all in order to accomplish his wicked desire, he never stops from scattering families as though they were orphans, he wastes houses on account of his lawless desire.

10. He deceives with words saying; there is none who sees or judges, he fills one house with lawlessness, then his eyes are upon the next to destroy it with words giving wings to his desire.  And yet with this his soul, like hell, is not satisfied.

11. Let O Lord his portion be in disgrace before Thee, let him go forth and come home accursed, let his life be spend in anguish and in poverty and want O Lord.

12. Let his sleep be beset with pains, and his awakening with perplexities, let sleep withdraw from his eyelids at night.

13. Let him fall disgracefully in every work of his hands, and let him come home empty-handed, that his house be void of everything where-with to satisfy his appetite, and let his old age be spend in childless loneliness until his removal by death.

14. Let the flesh of men-pleasers be rent by wild beasts, and the bones of the lawless lie without honor in the sight of the sun.

15. Let the ravens pick out the eyes of the hypocrites in shame, for they have wasted many houses of men, scattering them in their lust.

16. They did not remember God, nor feared Him in all these things, but they provoked God's anger and vexed Him.

17. May He remove them from the earth, for with deceit they beguiled the souls of the innocent.

18. Blessed however are they that fear the Lord in innocence, the Lord shall deliver them from deceitful men and sinners, and from every stumbling-block of the lawless.

19. Let God destroy them that insolently work all unrighteousness, for a great and mighty Judge is the Lord our God in righteousness, let Thy mercy O Lord be upon all them that love Thee.


     Psalm 5

1.  I will praise Thee O Lord in the midst of them that know Thy righteous judgments, for Thou art good and merciful, the help of the poor.

2.  When I cry to Thee - do not silently disregard me, for since no man can take anything from a mighty man, who shall be able to take anything of all that Thou has except Thou give the same.

3. No man can balance before Thee on the scales, nor anything of what he is, he cannot enlarge that which is prescribed for him by Thee.

4. Unto Thee O Lord we call when we are in distress, for Thy help we call to Thee, and Thou does not turn back our petition, for Thou art our God.

5. Cause not Thy hand to be heavy on us - lest through necessity we sin, and Thou does not restore us - we will not depart - but come to Thee.

6. For if I hunger, it is to Thee that I will come O Lord, and Thou wilt give to me.

7. Thou does nourish all flesh, giving rain to the fields that the green grass may spring forth food for all that lives, it is unto Thee that they lift their face when they hunger.

8.  Thou does nourish kings and peoples, and who is the help of the poor and needy if not Thou O Lord?

9. And Thou wilt listen, for who is good and gentle other than Thou who makes the souls of the humble glad by opening Thy hand in mercy?

10. Man's goodness is bestowed grudgingly, and if he repeats it without murmuring - it is marvelous, but Thy gift is great in goodness and wealth.

11. He whose hope is set on Thee - shall not lack gifts, Thy mercy O Lord goes over the whole earth.

12. Happy is the man whom Thou remembers in granting him due sufficiency, for when a man abounds over much - he sins.

13. Sufficiency is moderate means with righteousness, for with it comes the blessing of the Lord in abundance of righteousness.

14. They that fear the Lord - rejoice in good gifts, and Thy goodness Lord is upon Israel Thy kingdom, blessed is the glory of the Lord, for He is our king.


     Psalm 6 

1. Happy is the man whose heart is fixed to call upon the name of the Lord, when he calls he will be saved.

2.  His ways are made straight by the Lord, and the works of his hands are preserved by the Lord his God.

3. His soul will not be troubled by what he sees in bad dreams, nor will he be dismayed when he passes through rivers and the tossing of the sea.

4. He arises from his sleep and blesses the name of the Lord, when his heart is at peace - he sings to the name of the Lord, he entreats the Lord for all his house.

5. And the Lord hears the prayer of everyone that fears Him, and fulfills the request of the soul that hopes on Him.

6. Blessed is the Lord who shows mercy to those who love Him in sincerity.


      Psalm 7 

1. Make not Thy dwelling far from us O God, lest they assail us that hate us without cause, For Thou has rejected them O God.

2. Let not their foot trample upon Thy holy inheritance, but chasten us Thyself in Thy good pleasure, and give us not up to the nations.

3. For if Thou send pestilence Thou Thyself charges it concerning us, for Thou art merciful, and will not be angry to the point of consuming us.

4. As long as Thy name dwells in our midst - we shall find mercy, and the nations shall not prevail against us, for Thou art our shield.

5. When we call on Thee, Thou listens to us, for Thou wilt pity the seed of Israel forever and not reject them, we shall be under Thy yoke forever, and under the rod of Thy chastening.

6. Thou wilt establish us in such time as Thou wilt help us, showing mercy to the house of Jacob, on the day wherein Thou did promise to help them.


     Psalm 8 

1. My ear has heard the sound of war and of distress, the sound of a trumpet announcing slaughter and destruction, the sound of many people as of a strong wind.

2. As a storm of fire sweeping through the Negeb, I said in my heart surely the Lord judges us.

3. I heard the sound moving towards Jerusalem, towards the holy city, and my loins were broken at what I heard, my knees weak, my heart afraid, and my bones shook like reeds.  I said; Thou Lord establish my way in righteousness.

4. I thought upon the judgments of God from since the creation of heaven and earth, I held God righteous in His judgments, which have been from of old.

5. God laid bare their sins in the full light of day; all the earth came to know the righteous judgments of God that were in secret places.

6. Even underground, their iniquities were committed to provoke Him to anger; they wrought confusion, son with mother and father with daughter.

7. They committed adultery every man with his neighbors wife, and made covenants with an oath with one another concerning these things.

8. They plundered the sanctuary of God as though there were no avenger; they trod upon the altar of the Lord coming straight from all sorts of uncleanliness.

9.  With menstrual blood they defiled the sacrifices as though they were mere common flesh, they left no sin undone wherein they did not surpass the heathen.

10. Therefore did God mingle for them a spirit of wandering, and gave them to drink a cup of undiluted wine, so they might become drunk.

11. He brought one from the ends of the earth that smites strongly; He decreed war against Jerusalem and her land.

12. The princes of the land went to meet him with joy, they said to him; may you be blessed, come enter in peace.

13. They made the rough roads smooth for his entrance, and opened the gates of Jerusalem, as a father entering the house of his son, so he entered Jerusalem in peace.

14. He established his feet securely, capturing her fortresses, and the wall of Jerusalem, for God himself led him in safely, while they wandered, God destroyed their princes, and everyone wise in counsel.

15. He poured out the blood of the inhabitants of Jerusalem like unclean water, and led away their sons and daughters which they had begotten in defilement.

16. They did according to their profanity, just as their fathers had done; they defiled Jerusalem and the things that were hallowed to the name of God.

17. God has showed himself righteous in His judgments upon the nations of the earth, with the just servants of the Lord as innocent lambs among them.

18. Worthy to be praised is the Lord, He that judges the whole earth in His righteousness.

19.  Behold, Thou has shown us Thy judgments in righteousness O God, our eyes have seen Thy judgment.

20. We have justified Thy name, which is honored forever, for Thou art the God of righteousness judging Israel with discipline.

21. Turn Thy mercy to us O Lord, have pity on us, gather the dispersed of Israel together with mercy and goodness,

22. For Thy faithfulness is with us, though we have stiffened our necks, Thou art our Chastener.

23. Do not over-look us O Lord, lest the nations swallow us as if there were no Redeemer.

24. For Thou art our God from the beginning, and our hope is set on Thee O Lord, nor will we depart from Thee, for Thy judgments are good to us.

25. We and our children are by Thy pleasure forever, and never more shall we be moved O Lord our Savior.

26. The Lord is worthy to be praised for the judgments in the mouth of His just ones, and blessed be Israel of the Lord forever.


     Psalm 9

1. When Israel was led captive into a strange land, when they fell away from the Lord who redeemed them, they were cast from their inheritance, which the Lord had given them.

2. The dispersed were among all nations according to the word of God, that Thou O Lord might be justified in Thy righteousness, because of our transgressions.

3. For Thou art a just Judge over all the peoples of the earth, for none is hidden which do unjustly.

4. The righteous deeds of Thy just ones are before Thee O Lord where then could a man hide himself from Thy knowledge O God?

5. Our works are subject to our choice and power, it is in our hands to do right or wrong, and in Thy righteousness Thou does visit the sons of men.

6. He that does righteousness lays up life for himself with the Lord, and he that does wrong - forfeits his life to destruction.

7. For the judgments of the Lord are given in righteousness to every man and his house.

8. Unto whom wilt Thou be good O Lord if not to them that call upon Thee?  He cleanses a soul from sin when it makes confession, when it acknowledges

9. For ours is the shame on account of these things, and the sins, which He forgives, are it not of those that have sinned?

10. Thou does bless the righteous, and reproves them for the sins, which they have committed, Thy goodness is upon them that sin - when they repent.

11. And now, Thou art our God, and we the people Thou has loved, show then pity O God of Israel, for we are Thine.

12. Remove not Thy mercy from us lest they assail us, for Thou choose the seed of Abraham above all nations, and set Thy name upon us O Lord.

13. Thou wilt not reject us forever, making a covenant with our fathers concerning us, and when our souls turn to Thee our hope is on Thee.

14. The mercy of the Lord be upon the house of Israel forever and ever.


     Psalm 10

1. Happy is the man that the Lord remembers with reprove, whom He restrains from the way of evil with strokes, that he may be cleansed from sin, and they not multiply.

2. He who readies his back for strokes - shall be cleansed, for the Lord is good to them that endure chastening.

3. He makes the ways of the righteous straight by chastening, and does not pervert them.

4. The mercy of the Lord is upon them that love Him in truth, and the Lord remembers his servants in mercy.

5. For the testimony is in the law of the eternal covenant, His covenant is on the ways of men in the day of their visitation.

6. Just and kind is our Lord in His judgments forever, and Israel shall praise the name of the Lord in gladness.

7. The just ones shall give thanks in the assembly of the people; the Lord will have mercy on the poor in the gladness of Israel.

8. For good and merciful is God forever, and the assemblies of Israel shall glorify the name of the Lord.

9. The salvation of the Lord be upon the house of Israel to everlasting gladness.


     Psalm 11

1. Blow the trumpets in Zion to summon the saints, cause the voice of him to be heard in Jerusalem, of him who brings good tidings.

2. For God will have pity on Israel in visiting them, stand therefore on the height O Jerusalem, and behold your children.

3. From the east and west gathered by the Lord, from the north they come in joy of their God, from the islands afar off God has gathered them.

4. He shall abase high mountains into a plain for them, and the hills flee at their coming.  The woods gave them shelter as they passed by, and the Lord caused every sweet smelling tree to spring up for them that Israel might pass by in the visitation of the glory of their God.

5. Put on your glorious garments O Jerusalem; ready your holy robe, for God has spoken good concerning Israel forever and ever.

6. Let the Lord perform what He has spoken concerning Israel and Jerusalem, let the Lord raise-up Israel by His glorious name.

7. The mercy of the Lord be upon Israel forever and ever.


     Psalm 12

1. Deliver my soul O Lord from the lawless and wicked man, from the tongue that is lawless and slanderous - speaking lies and deceit.

2. Manifold twisted are the words of the tongue of the wicked man, like as a fire burns away the beauty from the people, so he delights to fill houses with a false tongue.

3. He cuts down the trees of gladness - inflaming transgressors; he involves households in warfare by means of a slanderous tongue.

4. May God remove the lips of transgressors far from the innocent - by bringing want to them.

5. May the bones of the slanderers be scattered far from them that fear the Lord, and perish in flaming fire far from the just.

6. May the Lord preserve the quiet soul that hates the unrighteous, and may He establish the man that follows peace at home.

7. The salvation of the Lord be upon Israel His servant forever, and let sinners perish together at the presence of the Lord, and let the just ones inherit the promise of God. 


      Psalm 13

1. The right hand of the Lord has covered me, the right hand of the Lord has spared us, the arm of the Lord has saved us from the sword that passed through, from famine, and from the death of sinners.

2. Noisy beasts ran upon them, with their teeth they tore their flesh, with their molars they crushed their bones, but from all these the Lord delivered 

3. The righteous was troubled on account of his errors - lest he be taken with the sinners, for terrible is the overthrow of the sinners, but not one of these things touches the righteous.

4. For the chastening of the righteous for sins done in ignorance is not the same as the overthrow of the sinners.

5. The righteous is chastened secretly, lest the sinners should rejoice over the righteous, for He corrects the righteous as a beloved son, and His discipline is as that to a first-born.

6. For the Lord spares His just ones, He blots out their errors by His chastening, for the life of the righteous shall be forever, but sinners shall be taken away into destruction.

7. Their memorial shall be found no more, but upon the just is the mercy of the Lord, and His compassion upon them that fear Him.


    Psalm 14

1. Faithful is the Lord to them that love Him in truth, to them that endure His chastening, to them that walk in the righteousness of His commandments.

2. In the law, which He commanded us, that we might live, the just ones shall live by it forever.

3. The trees of life in the Lord's Paradise are His devout ones, their planting is rooted forever, they shall not be plucked up all the days of heaven, for portion and the inheritance of God is Israel.

4. But not so for the sinners and transgressors who love the brief day spend in companionship with their sins, their delight is in fleeting corruption, they remember not God.

5. The ways of men are at all times known before God, He knows the secrets of the heart before they come to pass.

6. Therefore is their inheritance hell and darkness, and destruction, and they shall not be found in the day when the righteous obtain mercy.

7.  But the devout ones of the Lord shall inherit life in gladness.


     Psalm 15

1. When I was in distress I called upon the name of the Lord, I hoped for the help of the God of Jacob - and was saved, for Thou O God art the hope and refuge of the poor.

2.  For what strength is there in man but to in truth give thanks to Thee O Lord, and wherein shall man's power be - but to give glory to Thy name.

3. I will sing a new psalm, a song in the gladness of my heart; I will bring the fruit of the lips with a well-tuned instrument - the tongue, the first fruits of the lips from a devout and righteous heart.

4. He that offers these shall never be disturbed by evil, nor shall the flame of the fire of the wrath against the unrighteous touch him when it shall go forth against the sinners to destroy all their substance.

5. For the mark of God is upon the righteous that they may be saved, famine, sword, and pestilence shall be far from the righteous.

6. For they shall flee from the just as men pursued in war, but they shall pursue sinners and overtake them, for they that act lawlessly shall not escape the judgment of God.

7. They shall be overtaken as by enemies experienced in war, for the mark of destruction is upon their forehead.

8. The inheritance of sinners is destruction and darkness; their iniquities shall pursue them unto hell below.

9. Their inheritance shall not be found for their children, for sin's devastates the dwellings of sinners.

10. In the day of the Lord's judgment - sinners shall perish forever, when God visits the earth with judgment.

11. But they that fear the Lord shall find mercy therein, and live by the compassion of their God.


     Psalm 16

1. When my soul slumbered from the Lord I had all but slipped down to the pit, when I was far from God my soul had nearly been poured out unto death.

2. I was near to the gates of hell with sinners when my soul departed from the Lord God of Israel; I would have perished, had not the Lord helped me with His everlasting mercy.

3. He pricked me as a horse is pricked that I might serve Him, my Savior, and my Helper at all times saved me.

4. I will give thanks to Thee O God, for Thou helped me to Thy salvation, not counting me with sinners to destruction.

5.  Remove not Thy mercy from me O God, nor Thy memorial from my heart all my days.

6.  Rule me O God; keep me back from wicked sin, and from wicked women that cause the simple to stumble.

7.  Let not the beauty of a lawless woman beguile me, nor anyone that is subject to unprofitable sin.

8.  Establish the works of Thy hands before Thee; preserve my steps in the remembrance of Thee.

9.  Protect my tongue and my lips with words of truth, put anger and wrath far from me, and murmuring and impatience during afflictions.

10. When I sin, chasten me so I may return to Thee, support my soul with goodness and cheerfulness.

11. When Thou strengthen my soul, then Thy gift is sufficient for me, for if Thou do not give us strength - who can endure chastening with poverty?

12. When a man is rebuked by means of his corruption, Thy testing of him is in the flesh, in the affliction of poverty.

13. If the righteous endure in all these trials, he shall receive mercy from the Lord.


      Psalm 17

1. Thou O Lord art our King forever, for in Thee O Lord does our soul glory.

2. How long are the days of a man's life upon the earth?  As are his days so is his hope set upon him, but we hope in God our deliverer.

3. For the might of our God is forever with mercy, and the kingdom of our God is forever over the nations in judgment.

4. Thou O Lord chose David to be king over Israel, and swore to him concerning his seed that his kingdom should never fail before Thee.

5.  But for our sins - sinners rose up against us, they assailed us and cast us out, and they took from us with violence even that which was not promised them.

6.  In no way did they glorify Thy honorable name, they set a worldly monarchy in place of that which was Thy excellence, they laid the throne of David waste in tumultuous arrogance.

7.  But Thou O Lord cast them down, and removed their seed from the earth, because they raised up a man that was alien to our race.

8.  Thou rewarded them according to their sins O Lord, so that it came to them according to their deeds.

9.  God showed them no pity, He sought out their seed allowing not one of them to go free, and faithful is the Lord in all His judgments, which He performs upon the earth.

10. The lawless one wasted our land so that it was without inhabitants; they destroyed young and old together with their children.

11. In the heat of His anger He sent them away - even to the west, unsparingly He exposed the rulers of the land to derision.

12. And being alien the enemy acted proudly, thus he did in Jerusalem as well as in all the cities such things as Gentiles do to their gods.

13. And the children of the covenant, in the midst of these mingled people, surpassed them in evil, there was not one among them that wrought mercy and truth in Jerusalem.

14. They that loved the assemblies of the just, fled from them like sparrows that fly from their nest.

15. They wandered in deserts to save their lives from harm, each one was precious in the eyes of the Lord, they were scattered over the whole earth by lawless men.

16. The heavens withheld the rain from falling on the earth; the lasting springs were stopped from out of the deep that ran down lofty mountains.

17. For there was none among them that wrought righteousness and justice, from the chief of them to the least - all were sinful.

18. The king was a transgressor, the judge disobedient, and the people sinful.

19. Behold O Lord and raise their King up to them, the Son of David in Thy time that He may reign over Thy servant Israel.

20. Gird Him with strength that He may scatter unrighteous rulers, that He may purge Jerusalem from nations that trample her to destruction.

21. Wisely and righteously He shall cast out sinners from the inheritance, He shall destroy the prince of the sinners as a potter a jar.

22. With a rod of iron shall He break to pieces all their substance and destroy the godless nations with the word of His mouth.

23. Nations shall flee at His rebuke; He shall reprove sinners for the thought of their heart.

24. He shall gather a holy people, whom He shall lead in righteousness; He shall judge the tribes of the people that have been sanctified by the word of His God.

25. He shall not tolerate unrighteousness to lodge in their midst anymore, nor any man to dwell with them that knows wickedness.

26. For He shall know them all as sons of God, and divide them upon their land according to their tribes.

27.  Neither sojourner nor alien shall live with them anymore; He shall judge people and nations in the wisdom of His righteousness.


28. He shall have the heathen nations serve under His yoke, and glorify the Lord in a place most prominent in all the earth.

29.  He shall purge Jerusalem making it holy as of old, and nations shall come from the ends of the earth bringing as gifts her sons who had fainted, and to see the glory of the Lord wherewith God has glorified her.

30. He shall be a righteous King over them, taught of God, and there shall not be any unrighteousness in their midst in His days.

31. For all shall be holy, they and their King, the anointed of the Lord, He shall not put His trust in horse nor rider, nor in the bow, nor multiply for Himself gold or silver for war.

32. Nor shall He gather confidence from a multitude for a day of battle, for the Lord Himself is His King, the hope of Him that is mighty in His hope of God.

33. All nations shall be in fear before Him, for He will smite the earth with the sword of His mouth forever.

34. He will bless the people of the Lord with wisdom and gladness, and Himself will be pure of sin so that He may rule a great people.

35. He will rebuke rulers, and remove sinners by the might of His word, and in His reliance upon His God He will not stumble.

36. For God will make Him mighty by means of His Holy Spirit, and wise by means of the Spirit of understanding, with strength and righteousness.

37. The blessings of the Lord will be with Him, He will be strong and not stumble, His hope will be in the Lord, who then can prevail against Him?

38. He will be mighty in His works, and strong in the fear of God, He will be herding the flock of the Lord faithfully and righteously.

39. He will suffer none among them to stumble in their pasture, for He will lead all of them aright.

40. There will be no pride among them - that anyone should be oppressed, this will be the majesty of the King of Israel who knows God.

41. He will raise Him over the house of Israel to correct him, His words shall be more refined than costly gold, He will judge the people in the assemblies of the sanctified tribes.

42. His words shall be like the words of the Holy One's in the midst of sanctified peoples.

43. Blessed be they that shall be in those days, in that they shall see the good fortune of Israel, which God shall bring to pass in the gathering together of the tribes.

44. May the Lord hasten His mercy on Israel, may He deliver us from the uncleanliness of unholy enemies, the Lord Himself is our King forever and ever.


     Psalm 18

1.  Thy mercy Lord is over the works of Thy hands forever, Thy goodness over Israel a rich gift.

2. Thy eyes look upon them that none should suffer want; Thy ear listens to the hopeful prayer of the poor.

3. Thy judgments are executed upon the whole earth in mercy, and Thy love is towards the seed of Abraham, the children of Israel.

4. Thy discipline is upon us as upon a first-born, an only begotten one, to turn back the obedient soul from folly done in ignorance.

5. May God cleanse Israel against the day of mercy and blessings, against the appointed day when they that are within these days shall be blessed.

6. He brings His Anointed, and they shall see the goodness of the Lord, which He shall perform for the generations to come.

7. They shall see it under the rod of His discipline, in the fear of God, and in the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding and strength.

8. That He may direct every man in the deeds of righteousness, and establish all of them before the Lord, a good generation living in the fear of God in the days of mercy. 

9. Great is our God, and glorious living in the highest, it is He who established the lights of heaven in their courses to determine seasons from year to year.

10. And they have not turned aside from the way He appointed them, in the fear of the Lord they pursue their path every day from the day that God created them and forever more.

11. They have nor erred, not since their creation, since the generations of old they have not withdrawn from their path except where God commanded them by the commands of His servants.