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    Reading: Psalm 1-2 Psalm 1-2

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    Psalms 1-2

    Book One

    The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

    1 Blessed is the man1
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
    nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    but his delight is in the law2 of the LORD,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
    He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
    that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
    In all that he does, he prospers.
    The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
    for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

    The Reign of the Lord's Anointed

    2 Why do the nations rage3
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
    “Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”
    He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
    Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
    “As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”
    I will tell of the decree:
    The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
    Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
    You shall break4 them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
    Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
    Serve the LORD with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
    Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

    [1] 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface
    [2] 1:2 Or instruction
    [3] 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble
    [4] 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule


    Reading: Psalm 15 Psalm 15

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    Psalm 15

    Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?

    A Psalm of David.

    15 O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
    He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
    who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
    in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the LORD;
    who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
    who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
    He who does these things shall never be moved.

    Reading: Psalm 22-24 Psalm 22-24

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    Psalms 22-24

    Why Have You Forsaken Me?

    To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

    22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
    O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.
    Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises1 of Israel.
    In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
    To you they cried and were rescued;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
    But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
    All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
    “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
    Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
    On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
    Be not far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is none to help.
    Many bulls encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
    they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.
    I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
    my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
    my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.
    For dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
    they have pierced my hands and feet2
    I can count all my bones—
    they stare and gloat over me;
    they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.
    But you, O LORD, do not be far off!
    O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
    Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dog!
    Save me from the mouth of the lion!
    You have rescued3 me from the horns of the wild oxen!
    I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
    You who fear the LORD, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
    For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
    and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.
    From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
    The afflicted4 shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
    May your hearts live forever!
    All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the LORD,
    and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
    For kingship belongs to the LORD,
    and he rules over the nations.
    All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not keep himself alive.
    Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
    they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside still waters.5
    He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness6
    for his name's sake.
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,7
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
    You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    Surely8 goodness and mercy9 shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell10 in the house of the LORD

    The King of Glory

    A Psalm of David.

    24 The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,12
    the world and those who dwell therein,
    for he has founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
    Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
    He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to what is false
    and does not swear deceitfully.
    He will receive blessing from the LORD
    and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
    Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.13 Selah
    Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
    Who is this King of glory?
    The LORD, strong and mighty,
    the LORD, mighty in battle!
    Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And lift them up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
    Who is this King of glory?
    The LORD of hosts,
    he is the King of glory! Selah

    [1] 22:3 Or dwelling in the praises
    [2] 22:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts like a lion [they are at] my hands and feet
    [3] 22:21 Hebrew answered
    [4] 22:26 Or The meek
    [5] 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    [6] 23:3 Or in right paths
    [7] 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    [8] 23:6 Or Only
    [9] 23:6 Or steadfast love
    [10] 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    [11] 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
    [12] 24:1 Or and all that fills it
    [13] 24:6 Septuagint, Syriac, and two Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text Jacob, who seek your face


    Reading: Psalm 47 Psalm 47

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    Psalm 47

    God Is King over All the Earth

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    47 Clap your hands, all peoples!
    Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
    For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
    a great king over all the earth.
    He subdued peoples under us,
    and nations under our feet.
    He chose our heritage for us,
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
    God has gone up with a shout,
    the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
    Sing praises to God, sing praises!
    Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
    For God is the King of all the earth;
    sing praises with a psalm!1
    God reigns over the nations;
    God sits on his holy throne.
    The princes of the peoples gather
    as the people of the God of Abraham.
    For the shields of the earth belong to God;
    he is highly exalted!

    [1] 47:7 Hebrew maskil


    Reading: Psalm 68 Psalm 68

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    Psalm 68

    God Shall Scatter His Enemies

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

    68 God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
    and those who hate him shall flee before him!
    As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
    as wax melts before fire,
    so the wicked shall perish before God!
    But the righteous shall be glad;
    they shall exult before God;
    they shall be jubilant with joy!
    Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
    lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
    his name is the LORD;
    exult before him!
    Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
    is God in his holy habitation.
    God settles the solitary in a home;
    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
    O God, when you went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
    the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
    Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
    you restored your inheritance as it languished;
    your flock1 found a dwelling in it;
    in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
    The Lord gives the word;
    the women who announce the news are a great host:
    “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
    The women at home divide the spoil—
    though you men lie among the sheepfolds—
    the wings of a dove covered with silver,
    its pinions with shimmering gold.
    When the Almighty scatters kings there,
    let snow fall on Zalmon.
    O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
    O many-peaked2 mountain, mountain of Bashan!
    Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,
    at the mount that God desired for his abode,
    yes, where the LORD will dwell forever?
    The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
    thousands upon thousands;
    the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
    You ascended on high,
    leading a host of captives in your train
    and receiving gifts among men,
    even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.
    Blessed be the Lord,
    who daily bears us up;
    God is our salvation. Selah
    Our God is a God of salvation,
    and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
    But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
    the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
    The Lord said,
    “I will bring them back from Bashan,
    I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
    that you may strike your feet in their blood,
    that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”
    Your procession is3 seen, O God,
    the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
    the singers in front, the musicians last,
    between them virgins playing tambourines:
    “Bless God in the great congregation,
    the LORD, O you4 who are of Israel's fountain!”
    There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
    the princes of Judah in their throng,
    the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
    Summon your power, O God,5
    the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
    Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings shall bear gifts to you.
    Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
    the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
    Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
    scatter the peoples who delight in war.6
    Nobles shall come from Egypt;
    Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
    O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
    sing praises to the Lord, Selah
    to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
    behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
    Ascribe power to God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    and whose power is in the skies.
    Awesome is God from his7 sanctuary;
    the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.
    Blessed be God!

    [1] 68:10 Or your congregation
    [2] 68:15 Or hunch-backed; also verse 16
    [3] 68:24 Or has been
    [4] 68:26 The Hebrew for you is plural here
    [5] 68:28 By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew Your God has summoned your power
    [6] 68:30 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
    [7] 68:35 Septuagint; Hebrew your


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