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PIB Psalms 101-120

Psalms 101-120 
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A Psalm by David.

Psalm 101

Psalm 101 [1.] I will sing of loving kindness and justice.
   To you, Yahweh, I will sing praises.
I will be careful to live a blameless life.
   When will you come to me?
   I will walk within my house with a blameless heart.
I will set no vile thing before my eyes.
   I hate the deeds of faithless men.
   They will not cling to me.
A perverse heart will be far from me.
   I will have nothing to do with evil.

Psalm 101 [5.] I will silence whoever secretly slanders his neighbor.
   I won’t tolerate one who is haughty and conceited.
My eyes will be on the faithful of the land,
   that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in a perfect way,
   he will serve me.
He who practices deceit won’t dwell within my house.
   He who speaks falsehood won’t be established before my eyes.
Morning by morning, I will destroy all the wicked of the land;
   to cut off all the workers of iniquity from Yahweh’s city.



A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before Yahweh.

Psalm 102

Psalm 102 [1.] Hear my prayer, Yahweh!
   Let my cry come to you.
Don’t hide your face from me in the day of my distress.
   Turn your ear to me.
   Answer me quickly in the day when I call.
For my days consume away like smoke.
   My bones are burned as a torch.
My heart is blighted like grass, and withered,
   for I forget to eat my bread.
By reason of the voice of my groaning,
   my bones stick to my skin.
I am like a pelican of the wilderness.
   I have become as an owl of the waste places.
   I watch, and have become like a sparrow that is alone on the housetop.
My enemies reproach me all day.
   Those who are mad at me use my name as a curse.
For I have eaten ashes like bread,
   and mixed my drink with tears,

Psalm 102 [10.] Because of your indignation and your wrath,
   for you have taken me up, and thrown me away.
My days are like a long shadow.
   I have withered like grass.
But you, Yahweh, will remain forever;
   your renown endures to all generations.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
   for it is time to have pity on her.
   Yes, the set time has come.
For your servants take pleasure in her stones,
   and have pity on her dust.
So the nations will fear Yahweh’s name;
   all the kings of the earth your glory.
For Yahweh has built up Zion.
   He has appeared in his glory.
He has responded to the prayer of the destitute,
   and has not despised their prayer.
This will be written for the generation to come.
   A people which will be created will praise Yah.
For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary.
   From heaven, Yahweh saw the earth;

Psalm 102 [20.] to hear the groans of the prisoner;
   to free those who are condemned to death;
that men may declare Yahweh’s name in Zion,
   and his praise in Jerusalem;
when the peoples are gathered together,
   the kingdoms, to serve Yahweh.
He weakened my strength along the course.
   He shortened my days.
I said, “My God, don’t take me away in the middle of my days.
   Your years are throughout all generations.
Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth.
   The heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will endure.
   Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment.
   You will change them like a cloak, and they will be changed.
But you are the same.
   Your years will have no end.
The children of your servants will continue.
   Their offspring[a] will be established before you.”

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 102:28 or, seed.



By David.

Psalm 103

Psalm 103 [1.] Praise Yahweh, my soul!
   All that is within me, praise his holy name!
Praise Yahweh, my soul,
   and don’t forget all his benefits;
who forgives all your sins;
   who heals all your diseases;
who redeems your life from destruction;
   who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies;
who satisfies your desire with good things,
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Yahweh executes righteous acts,
   and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
   his deeds to the children of Israel.
Yahweh is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.
He will not always accuse;
   neither will he stay angry forever.

Psalm 103 [10.] He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
   nor repaid us for our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is his loving kindness toward those who fear him.
 As far as the east is from the west,
   so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Like a father has compassion on his children,
   so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him.
For he knows how we are made.
   He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass.
   As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone.
   Its place remembers it no more.
But Yahweh’s loving kindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear him,
   his righteousness to children’s children;
to those who keep his covenant,
   to those who remember to obey his precepts.
Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens.
   His kingdom rules over all.

Psalm 103 [20.] Praise Yahweh, you angels of his,
   who are mighty in strength, who fulfill his word,
   obeying the voice of his word.
Praise Yahweh, all you armies of his,
   you servants of his, who do his pleasure.
Praise Yahweh, all you works of his,
   in all places of his dominion.
   Praise Yahweh, my soul! 


Psalm 104

Psalm 104 [1.] Bless Yahweh, my soul.
   Yahweh, my God, you are very great.
   You are clothed with honor and majesty.
He covers himself with light as with a garment.
   He stretches out the heavens like a curtain.
He lays the beams of his rooms in the waters.
   He makes the clouds his chariot.
   He walks on the wings of the wind.
He makes his messengers[a] winds;
   his servants flames of fire.
He laid the foundations of the earth,
   that it should not be moved forever.
You covered it with the deep as with a cloak.
   The waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled.
   At the voice of your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose,
   the valleys sank down,
   to the place which you had assigned to them.
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over;
   that they don’t turn again to cover the earth.

Psalm 104 [10.] He sends springs into the valleys.
   They run among the mountains.
They give drink to every animal of the field.
   The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
The birds of the sky nest by them.
   They sing among the branches.
He waters the mountains from his rooms.
   The earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
He causes the grass to grow for the livestock,
   and plants for man to cultivate,
   that he may produce food out of the earth:
wine that makes glad the heart of man,
   oil to make his face to shine,
   and bread that strengthens man’s heart.
Yahweh’s trees are well watered,
   the cedars of Lebanon, which he has planted;
where the birds make their nests.
   The stork makes its home in the cypress trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats.
   The rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
He appointed the moon for seasons.
   The sun knows when to set.

Psalm 104 [20.] You make darkness, and it is night,
   in which all the animals of the forest prowl.
The young lions roar after their prey,
   and seek their food from God.
The sun rises, and they steal away,
   and lay down in their dens.
Man goes out to his work,
   to his labor until the evening.
Yahweh, how many are your works!
   In wisdom have you made them all.
   The earth is full of your riches.
There is the sea, great and wide,
   in which are innumerable living things,
   both small and large animals.
There the ships go,
   and leviathan, whom you formed to play there.
These all wait for you,
   that you may give them their food in due season.
You give to them; they gather.
   You open your hand; they are satisfied with good.
You hide your face: they are troubled;
   you take away their breath: they die, and return to the dust.

Psalm 104 [30.] You send out your Spirit and they are created.
   You renew the face of the ground.
Let Yahweh’s glory endure forever.
   Let Yahweh rejoice in his works.
He looks at the earth, and it trembles.
   He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing to Yahweh as long as I live.
   I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.
Let your meditation be sweet to him.
   I will rejoice in Yahweh.
Let sinners be consumed out of the earth.
   Let the wicked be no more.
   Bless Yahweh, my soul.
   Praise Yah! 


Psalm 105

Psalm 105 [1.] Give thanks to Yahweh! Call on his name!
   Make his doings known among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him!
   Tell of all his marvelous works.
Glory in his holy name.
   Let the heart of those who seek Yahweh rejoice.
Seek Yahweh and his strength.
   Seek his face forever more.
Remember his marvelous works that he has done;
   his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth,
you offspring[a] of Abraham, his servant,
   you children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is Yahweh, our God.
   His judgments are in all the earth.
He has remembered his covenant forever,
   the word which he commanded to a thousand generations,
the covenant which he made with Abraham,
   his oath to Isaac,

Psalm 105 [10.] and confirmed the same to Jacob for a statute;
   to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
   the lot of your inheritance”;
when they were but a few men in number,
   yes, very few, and foreigners in it.
They went about from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people.
He allowed no one to do them wrong.
   Yes, he reproved kings for their sakes,
“Don’t touch my anointed ones!
   Do my prophets no harm!”
He called for a famine on the land.
   He destroyed the food supplies.
He sent a man before them.
   Joseph was sold for a slave.
They bruised his feet with shackles.
   His neck was locked in irons,
until the time that his word happened,
   and Yahweh’s word proved him true.

Psalm 105 [20.] The king sent and freed him;
   even the ruler of peoples, and let him go free.
He made him lord of his house,
   and ruler of all of his possessions;
to discipline his princes at his pleasure,
   and to teach his elders wisdom.
Israel also came into Egypt.
   Jacob lived in the land of Ham.
He increased his people greatly,
   and made them stronger than their adversaries.
He turned their heart to hate his people,
   to conspire against his servants.
He sent Moses, his servant,
   and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
They performed miracles among them,
   and wonders in the land of Ham.
He sent darkness, and made it dark.
   They didn’t rebel against his words.
He turned their waters into blood,
   and killed their fish.

Psalm 105 [30.] Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in the rooms of their kings.
He spoke, and swarms of flies came,
   and lice in all their borders.
He gave them hail for rain,
   with lightning in their land.
He struck their vines and also their fig trees,
   and shattered the trees of their country.
He spoke, and the locusts came,
   and the grasshoppers, without number,
ate up every plant in their land;
   and ate up the fruit of their ground.
He struck also all the firstborn in their land,
   the first fruits of all their manhood.
He brought them out with silver and gold.
   There was not one feeble person among his tribes.
Egypt was glad when they departed,
   for the fear of them had fallen on them.
He spread a cloud for a covering,
   fire to give light in the night.

Psalm 105 [40.] They asked, and he brought quails,
   and satisfied them with the bread of the sky.
He opened the rock, and waters gushed out.
   They ran as a river in the dry places.
For he remembered his holy word,
   and Abraham, his servant.
He brought his people out with joy,
   his chosen with singing.
He gave them the lands of the nations.
   They took the labor of the peoples in possession,
that they might keep his statutes,
   and observe his laws.
   Praise Yah! 


Psalm 106

Psalm 106 [1.] Praise Yahweh!
   Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
   for his loving kindness endures forever.
Who can utter the mighty acts of Yahweh,
   or fully declare all his praise?
Blessed are those who keep justice.
   Blessed is one who does what is right at all times.
Remember me, Yahweh, with the favor that you show to your people.
   Visit me with your salvation,
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen,
   that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
   that I may glory with your inheritance.
We have sinned with our fathers.
   We have committed iniquity.
   We have done wickedly.
Our fathers didn’t understand your wonders in Egypt.
   They didn’t remember the multitude of your loving kindnesses,
   but were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake,
   that he might make his mighty power known.
He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up;
   so he led them through the depths, as through a desert.

Psalm 106 [10.] He saved them from the hand of him who hated them,
   and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
The waters covered their adversaries.
   There was not one of them left.
Then they believed his words.
   They sang his praise.
They soon forgot his works.
   They didn’t wait for his counsel,
   but gave in to craving in the desert,
   and tested God in the wasteland.
He gave them their request,
   but sent leanness into their soul.
They envied Moses also in the camp,
   and Aaron, Yahweh’s saint.
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
   and covered the company of Abiram.
A fire was kindled in their company.
   The flame burned up the wicked.
They made a calf in Horeb,
   and worshiped a molten image.

Psalm 106 [20.] Thus they exchanged their glory
   for an image of a bull that eats grass.
They forgot God, their Savior,
   who had done great things in Egypt,
   Wondrous works in the land of Ham,
   and awesome things by the Red Sea.
Therefore he said that he would destroy them,
   had Moses, his chosen, not stood before him in the breach,
   to turn away his wrath, so that he wouldn’t destroy them.
Yes, they despised the pleasant land.
   They didn’t believe his word,
   but murmured in their tents,
   and didn’t listen to Yahweh’s voice.
Therefore he swore to them
   that he would overthrow them in the wilderness,
   that he would overthrow their offspring[a] among the nations,
   and scatter them in the lands.
They joined themselves also to Baal Peor,
   and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
Thus they provoked him to anger with their deeds.
   The plague broke in on them.

Psalm 106 [30.] Then Phinehas stood up, and executed judgment,
   so the plague was stopped.
That was credited to him for righteousness,
   for all generations to come.
They angered him also at the waters of Meribah,
   so that Moses was troubled for their sakes;
because they were rebellious against his spirit,
   he spoke rashly with his lips.
They didn’t destroy the peoples,
   as Yahweh commanded them,
   but mixed themselves with the nations,
   and learned their works.
They served their idols,
   which became a snare to them.
Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.
   They shed innocent blood,
   even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,
   whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
   The land was polluted with blood.
Thus were they defiled with their works,
   and prostituted themselves in their deeds.

Psalm 106 [40.] Therefore Yahweh burned with anger against his people.
   He abhorred his inheritance.
He gave them into the hand of the nations.
   Those who hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies also oppressed them.
   They were brought into subjection under their hand.
Many times he delivered them,
   but they were rebellious in their counsel,
   and were brought low in their iniquity.
Nevertheless he regarded their distress,
   when he heard their cry.
He remembered for them his covenant,
   and repented according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
He made them also to be pitied
   by all those who carried them captive.
Save us, Yahweh, our God,
   gather us from among the nations,
   to give thanks to your holy name,
   to triumph in your praise!
Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting even to everlasting!
Let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise Yah! 

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 106:27 or, seed.


Psalm 107

Psalm 107 BOOK V[1.] Give thanks to Yahweh,[a]
   for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.
Let the redeemed by Yahweh say so,
   whom he has redeemed from the hand of the adversary,
   And gathered out of the lands,
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.
They wandered in the wilderness in a desert way.
   They found no city to live in.
Hungry and thirsty,
   their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble,
   and he delivered them out of their distresses,
he led them also by a straight way,
   that they might go to a city to live in.
Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
   for his wonderful deeds to the children of men!
For he satisfies the longing soul.
   He fills the hungry soul with good.

Psalm 107 [10.] Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   being bound in affliction and iron,
   because they rebelled against the words of God,[b]
   and condemned the counsel of the Most High.
Therefore he brought down their heart with labor.
   They fell down, and there was no one to help.
Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble,
   and he saved them out of their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
   and broke away their chains.
Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
   for his wonderful deeds to the children of men!
For he has broken the gates of brass,
   and cut through bars of iron.
Fools are afflicted because of their disobedience,
   and because of their iniquities.
Their soul abhors all kinds of food.
   They draw near to the gates of death.
Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble,
   he saves them out of their distresses.

Psalm 107 [20.] He sends his word, and heals them,
   and delivers them from their graves.
Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
   for his wonderful deeds to the children of men!
Let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
   and declare his deeds with singing.
Those who go down to the sea in ships,
   who do business in great waters;
   These see Yahweh’s deeds,
   and his wonders in the deep.
For he commands, and raises the stormy wind,
   which lifts up its waves.
They mount up to the sky; they go down again to the depths.
   Their soul melts away because of trouble.
They reel back and forth, and stagger like a drunken man,
   and are at their wits’ end.
Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble,
   and he brings them out of their distress.
He makes the storm a calm,
   so that its waves are still.

Psalm 107 [30.] Then they are glad because it is calm,
   so he brings them to their desired haven.
Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
   for his wonderful deeds for the children of men!
Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people,
   and praise him in the seat of the elders.
He turns rivers into a desert,
   water springs into a thirsty ground,
   and a fruitful land into a salt waste,
   for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
He turns a desert into a pool of water,
   and a dry land into water springs.
There he makes the hungry live,
   that they may prepare a city to live in,
   sow fields, plant vineyards,
   and reap the fruits of increase.
He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly.
   He doesn’t allow their livestock to decrease.
Again, they are diminished and bowed down
   through oppression, trouble, and sorrow.

Psalm 107 [40.] He pours contempt on princes,
   and causes them to wander in a trackless waste.
Yet he lifts the needy out of their affliction,
   and increases their families like a flock.
The upright will see it, and be glad.
   All the wicked will shut their mouths.
Whoever is wise will pay attention to these things.
   They will consider the loving kindnesses of Yahweh.

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 107:1 “Yahweh” is God’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “LORD” (all caps) in other translations.
b. Psalm 107:11 The Hebrew word rendered “God” is “אֱלֹהִ֑ים” (Elohim).



A Song. A Psalm by David.

Psalm 108

Psalm 108 [1.] My heart is steadfast, God.
   I will sing and I will make music with my soul.
Wake up, harp and lyre!
   I will wake up the dawn.
I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations.
   I will sing praises to you among the peoples.
For your loving kindness is great above the heavens.
   Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, God, above the heavens!
   Let your glory be over all the earth.
That your beloved may be delivered,
   save with your right hand, and answer us.
God has spoken from his sanctuary: “In triumph,
   I will divide Shechem, and measure out the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine. Manasseh is mine.
   Ephraim also is my helmet.
   Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my wash pot.
   I will toss my sandal on Edom.
   I will shout over Philistia.”

Psalm 108 [10.] Who will bring me into the fortified city?
   Who has led me to Edom?
Haven’t you rejected us, God?
   You don’t go out, God, with our armies.
Give us help against the enemy,
   for the help of man is vain.
Through God, we will do valiantly.
   For it is he who will tread down our enemies.



For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

Psalm 109

Psalm 109 [1.] God of my praise, don’t remain silent,
   for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me.
   They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
   and fought against me without a cause.
In return for my love, they are my adversaries;
   but I am in prayer.
They have rewarded me evil for good,
   and hatred for my love.
Set a wicked man over him.
   Let an adversary stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him come out guilty.
   Let his prayer be turned into sin.
Let his days be few.
   Let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless,
   and his wife a widow.

Psalm 109 [10.] Let his children be wandering beggars.
   Let them be sought from their ruins.
Let the creditor seize all that he has.
   Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor.
Let there be no one to extend kindness to him,
   neither let there be anyone to have pity on his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off.
   In the generation following let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by Yahweh.
   Don’t let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before Yahweh continually,
   that he may cut off their memory from the earth;
because he didn’t remember to show kindness,
   but persecuted the poor and needy man,
   the broken in heart, to kill them.
Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him.
   He didn’t delight in blessing, and it was far from him.
He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment.
   It came into his inward parts like water,
   like oil into his bones.
Let it be to him as the clothing with which he covers himself,
   for the belt that is always around him.

Psalm 109 [20.] This is the reward of my adversaries from Yahweh,
   of those who speak evil against my soul.
But deal with me, Yahweh the Lord,[a] for your name’s sake,
   because your loving kindness is good, deliver me;
   for I am poor and needy.
   My heart is wounded within me.
I fade away like an evening shadow.
   I am shaken off like a locust.
My knees are weak through fasting.
   My body is thin and lacks fat.
I have also become a reproach to them.
   When they see me, they shake their head.
Help me, Yahweh, my God.
   Save me according to your loving kindness;
that they may know that this is your hand;
   that you, Yahweh, have done it.
They may curse, but you bless.
   When they arise, they will be shamed,
   but your servant shall rejoice.
Let my adversaries be clothed with dishonor.
   Let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.

Psalm 109 [30.] I will give great thanks to Yahweh with my mouth.
   Yes, I will praise him among the multitude.
For he will stand at the right hand of the needy,
   to save him from those who judge his soul.

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 109:21 The word translated “Lord” is “Adonai.”



A Psalm by David.

Psalm 110

Psalm 110 [1.] Yahweh says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,
   until I make your enemies your footstool for your feet.”
Yahweh will send out the rod of your strength out of Zion.
   Rule among your enemies.
Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array.
   Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth.
Yahweh has sworn, and will not change his mind:
   “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

Psalm 110 [5.] The Lord is at your right hand.
   He will crush kings in the day of his wrath.
He will judge among the nations.
   He will heap up dead bodies.
   He will crush the ruler of the whole earth.
He will drink of the brook on the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.


Psalm 111

Psalm 111 [1.] Praise Yah![a]
   I will give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart,
   in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
Yahweh’s works are great,
   pondered by all those who delight in them.
His work is honor and majesty.
   His righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered.
   Yahweh is gracious and merciful.
He has given food to those who fear him.
   He always remembers his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
   in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are truth and justice.
   All his precepts are sure.
They are established forever and ever.
   They are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to his people.
   He has ordained his covenant forever.
   His name is holy and awesome!

Psalm 111 [10.] The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.
   All those who do his work have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 111:1 Psalm 111 is an acrostic poem, with each verse after the initial “Praise Yah!” starting with a letter of the alphabet (ordered from Alef to Tav).


Psalm 112

Psalm 112 [1.] Praise Yah![a]
   Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh,
   who delights greatly in his commandments.
His offspring[b] will be mighty in the land.
   The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house.
   His righteousness endures forever.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright,
   gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends.
   He will maintain his cause in judgment.
For he will never be shaken.
   The righteous will be remembered forever.
He will not be afraid of evil news.
   His heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahweh.
His heart is established.
   He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries.
He has dispersed, he has given to the poor.
   His righteousness endures forever.
   His horn will be exalted with honor.

Psalm 112 [10.] The wicked will see it, and be grieved.
   He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away.
   The desire of the wicked will perish.

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 112:1 Psalm 112 is an acrostic poem, with each verse after the initial “Praise Yah!” starting with a letter of the alphabet (ordered from Alef to Tav).
b. Psalm 112:2 or, seed


Psalm 113

Psalm 113 [1.] Praise Yah!
   Praise, you servants of Yahweh,
   praise Yahweh’s name.
Blessed be Yahweh’s name,
   from this time forward and forever more.
From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same,
   Yahweh’s name is to be praised.
Yahweh is high above all nations,
   his glory above the heavens.

Psalm 113 [5.] Who is like Yahweh, our God,
   who has his seat on high,
   Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?
He raises up the poor out of the dust.
   Lifts up the needy from the ash heap;
that he may set him with princes,
   even with the princes of his people.
He settles the barren woman in her home,
   as a joyful mother of children.
Praise Yah!


Psalm 114

Psalm 114 [1.] When Israel went out of Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;
Judah became his sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion.
The sea saw it, and fled.
   The Jordan was driven back.
The mountains skipped like rams,
   the little hills like lambs.

Psalm 114 [5.] What was it, you sea, that you fled?
   You Jordan, that you turned back?
You mountains, that you skipped like rams;
   you little hills, like lambs?
Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool of water,
   the flint into a spring of waters.


Psalm 115

Psalm 115 [1.] Not to us, Yahweh, not to us,
   but to your name give glory,
   for your loving kindness, and for your truth’s sake.
Why should the nations say,
   “Where is their God, now?”
But our God is in the heavens.
   He does whatever he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they don’t speak.
   They have eyes, but they don’t see.
They have ears, but they don’t hear.
   They have noses, but they don’t smell.
They have hands, but they don’t feel.
   They have feet, but they don’t walk,
   neither do they speak through their throat.
Those who make them will be like them;
   yes, everyone who trusts in them.
Israel, trust in Yahweh!
   He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 115 [10.] House of Aaron, trust in Yahweh!
   He is their help and their shield.
You who fear Yahweh, trust in Yahweh!
   He is their help and their shield.
Yahweh remembers us. He will bless us.
   He will bless the house of Israel.
   He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear Yahweh,
   both small and great.
May Yahweh increase you more and more,
   you and your children.
Blessed are you by Yahweh,
   who made heaven and earth.
The heavens are the heavens of Yahweh;
   but the earth has he given to the children of men.
The dead don’t praise Yah,
   neither any who go down into silence;
But we will bless Yah,
   from this time forward and forever more.
Praise Yah!

Psalm 116

Psalm 116 [1.] I love Yahweh, because he listens to my voice,
   and my cries for mercy.
Because he has turned his ear to me,
   therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death surrounded me,
   the pains of Sheol[a] got a hold of me.
   I found trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on Yahweh’s name:
   “Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul.”
Yahweh is Gracious and righteous.
   Yes, our God is merciful.
Yahweh preserves the simple.
   I was brought low, and he saved me.
Return to your rest, my soul,
   for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   and my feet from falling.
I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living.


Psalm 116 [10.] I believed, therefore I said,
   “I was greatly afflicted.”
I said in my haste,
   “All men are liars.”
What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me?
   I will take the cup of salvation, and call on Yahweh’s name.
I will pay my vows to Yahweh,
   yes, in the presence of all his people.
Precious in Yahweh’s sight is the death of his saints.
Yahweh, truly I am your servant.
   I am your servant, the son of your servant.
   You have freed me from my chains.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
   and will call on Yahweh’s name.
I will pay my vows to Yahweh,
   yes, in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of Yahweh’s house,
   in the middle of you, Jerusalem.
Praise Yah!

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 116:3 Sheol is the place of the dead.


Psalm 117

Psalm 117 [1.] Praise Yahweh, all you nations!
    Extol him, all you peoples!
For his loving kindness is great toward us.
    Yahweh’s faithfulness endures forever.
Praise Yah!


Psalm 118

Psalm 118 [1.] Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
    for his loving kindness endures forever.
Let Israel now say
    that his loving kindness endures forever.
Let the house of Aaron now say
    that his loving kindness endures forever.
Now let those who fear Yahweh say
    that his loving kindness endures forever.
Out of my distress, I called on Yah.
    Yah answered me with freedom.
Yahweh is on my side. I will not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?
Yahweh is on my side among those who help me.
    Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in Yahweh,
    than to put confidence in man.
It is better to take refuge in Yahweh,
    than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 118 [10.] All the nations surrounded me,
    but in Yahweh’s name, I cut them off.
They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me.
    In Yahweh’s name I indeed cut them off.
They surrounded me like bees.
    They are quenched like the burning thorns.
    In Yahweh’s name I cut them off.
You pushed me back hard, to make me fall,
    but Yahweh helped me.
Yah is my strength and song.
    He has become my salvation.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.
    “The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly.
The right hand of Yahweh is exalted!
    The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!”
I will not die, but live,
    and declare Yah’s works.
Yah has punished me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness.
    I will enter into them.
    I will give thanks to Yah.

Psalm 118 [20.] This is the gate of Yahweh;
    the righteous will enter into it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me,
    and have become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
This is Yahweh’s doing.
    It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that Yahweh has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it!
Save us now, we beg you, Yahweh!
    Yahweh, we beg you, send prosperity now.
Blessed is he who comes in Yahweh’s name!
    We have blessed you out of Yahweh’s house.
Yahweh is God, and he has given us light.
    Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you.
    You are my God, I will exalt you.
Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
    for his loving kindness endures forever. 



ALEPH

Psalm 119

Psalm 119 [1.] Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to Yahweh’s law.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes,
    who seek him with their whole heart.
Yes, they do nothing wrong.
    They walk in his ways.
You have commanded your precepts,
    that we should fully obey them.
Oh that my ways were steadfast
    to obey your statutes!
Then I wouldn’t be disappointed,
    when I consider all of your commandments.
I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart,
    when I learn your righteous judgments.
I will observe your statutes.
    Don’t utterly forsake me.

BET

Psalm 119 [9.] How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By living according to your word.
With my whole heart, I have sought you.
    Don’t let me wander from your commandments.
I have hidden your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, Yahweh.
    Teach me your statutes.
With my lips,
    I have declared all the ordinances of your mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies,
    as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts,
    and consider your ways.
I will delight myself in your statutes.
    I will not forget your word.

GIMEL

Psalm 119 [17.] Do good to your servant.
    I will live and I will obey your word.
Open my eyes,
    that I may see wondrous things out of your law.
I am a stranger on the earth.
    Don’t hide your commandments from me.
My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.
You have rebuked the proud who are cursed,
    who wander from your commandments.
Take reproach and contempt away from me,
    for I have kept your statutes.
Though princes sit and slander me,
    your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Indeed your statutes are my delight,
    and my counselors.

DALED

Psalm 119 [25.] My soul is laid low in the dust.
    Revive me according to your word!
I declared my ways, and you answered me.
    Teach me your statutes.
Let me understand the teaching of your precepts!
    Then I will meditate on your wondrous works.
My soul is weary with sorrow:
    strengthen me according to your word.
Keep me from the way of deceit.
    Grant me your law graciously!
I have chosen the way of truth.
    I have set your ordinances before me.
I cling to your statutes, Yahweh.
    Don’t let me be disappointed.
I run in the path of your commandments,
    for you have set my heart free.

HEY

Psalm 119 [33.] Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes.
    I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding, and I will keep your law.
    Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.
Direct me in the path of your commandments,
    for I delight in them.
Turn my heart toward your statutes,
    not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.
    Revive me in your ways.
Fulfill your promise to your servant,
    that you may be feared.
Take away my disgrace that I dread,
    for your ordinances are good.
Behold, I long for your precepts!
    Revive me in your righteousness.

WAW

Psalm 119 [41.] Let your loving kindness also come to me, Yahweh,
    your salvation, according to your word.
So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
    for I trust in your word.
Don’t snatch the word of truth out of my mouth,
    for I put my hope in your ordinances.
So I will obey your law continually,
    forever and ever.
I will walk in liberty,
    for I have sought your precepts.
I will also speak of your statutes before kings,
    and will not be disappointed.
I will delight myself in your commandments,
    because I love them.
I reach out my hands for your commandments, which I love.
    I will meditate on your statutes.

ZAYIN

Psalm 119 [49.] Remember your word to your servant,
    because you gave me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
    for your word has revived me.
The arrogant mock me excessively,
    but I don’t swerve from your law.
I remember your ordinances of old, Yahweh,
    and have comforted myself.
Indignation has taken hold on me,
    because of the wicked who forsake your law.
Your statutes have been my songs,
    in the house where I live.
I have remembered your name, Yahweh, in the night,
    and I obey your law.
This is my way,
    that I keep your precepts.

CHET

Psalm 119 [57.] Yahweh is my portion.
    I promised to obey your words.
I sought your favor with my whole heart.
    Be merciful to me according to your word.
I considered my ways,
    and turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hurry, and not delay,
    to obey your commandments.
The ropes of the wicked bind me,
    but I won’t forget your law.
At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you,
    because of your righteous ordinances.
I am a friend of all those who fear you,
    of those who observe your precepts.
The earth is full of your loving kindness, Yahweh.
    Teach me your statutes.

TET

Psalm 119 [65.] Do good to your servant,
    according to your word, Yahweh.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
    for I believe in your commandments.
Before I was afflicted, I went astray;
    but now I observe your word.
You are good, and do good.
    Teach me your statutes.
The proud have smeared a lie upon me.
    With my whole heart, I will keep your precepts.
Their heart is as callous as the fat,
    but I delight in your law.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
    that I may learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.

YUD

Psalm 119 [73.] Your hands have made me and formed me.
    Give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
Those who fear you will see me and be glad,
    because I have put my hope in your word.
Yahweh, I know that your judgments are righteous,
    that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Please let your loving kindness be for my comfort,
    according to your word to your servant.
Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my delight.
Let the proud be disappointed, for they have overthrown me wrongfully.
    I will meditate on your precepts.
Let those who fear you turn to me.
    They will know your statutes.
Let my heart be blameless toward your decrees,
    that I may not be disappointed.

KAF

Psalm 119 [81.] My soul faints for your salvation.
    I hope in your word.
My eyes fail for your word.
    I say, “When will you comfort me?”
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke.
    I don’t forget your statutes.
How many are the days of your servant?
    When will you execute judgment on those who persecute me?
The proud have dug pits for me,
    contrary to your law.
All of your commandments are faithful.
    They persecute me wrongfully.
    Help me!
They had almost wiped me from the earth,
    but I didn’t forsake your precepts.
Preserve my life according to your loving kindness,
    so I will obey the statutes of your mouth.

LAMED

Psalm 119 [89.] Yahweh, your word is settled in heaven forever.
Your faithfulness is to all generations.
    You have established the earth, and it remains.
Your laws remain to this day,
    for all things serve you.
Unless your law had been my delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
    for with them, you have revived me.
I am yours.
    Save me, for I have sought your precepts.
The wicked have waited for me, to destroy me.
    I will consider your statutes.
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
    but your commands are boundless. 


MEM

Psalm 119 [97.] How I love your law!
    It is my meditation all day.
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
    for your commandments are always with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
    because I have kept your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil way,
    that I might observe your word.
I have not turned aside from your ordinances,
    for you have taught me.
How sweet are your promises to my taste,
    more than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts, I get understanding;
    therefore I hate every false way.

NUN

Psalm 119 [105.] Your word is a lamp to my feet,
    and a light for my path.
I have sworn, and have confirmed it,
    that I will obey your righteous ordinances.
I am afflicted very much.
    Revive me, Yahweh, according to your word.
Accept, I beg you, the willing offerings of my mouth.
    Yahweh, teach me your ordinances.
My soul is continually in my hand,
    yet I won’t forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
    yet I haven’t gone astray from your precepts.
I have taken your testimonies as a heritage forever,
    for they are the joy of my heart.
I have set my heart to perform your statutes forever,
    even to the end.

SAMEKH

Psalm 119 [113.] I hate double-minded men,
    but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield.
    I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to your word, that I may live.
    Let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Hold me up, and I will be safe,
    and will have respect for your statutes continually.
You reject all those who stray from your statutes,
    for their deceit is in vain.
You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross.
    Therefore I love your testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of you.
    I am afraid of your judgments.

AYIN

Psalm 119 [121.] I have done what is just and righteous.
    Don’t leave me to my oppressors.
Ensure your servant’s well-being.
    Don’t let the proud oppress me.
My eyes fail looking for your salvation,
    for your righteous word.
Deal with your servant according to your loving kindness.
    Teach me your statutes.
I am your servant. Give me understanding,
    that I may know your testimonies.
It is time to act, Yahweh,
    for they break your law.
Therefore I love your commandments more than gold,
    yes, more than pure gold.
Therefore I consider all of your precepts to be right.
    I hate every false way.

PEY

Psalm 119 [129.] Your testimonies are wonderful,
    therefore my soul keeps them.
The entrance of your words gives light.
    It gives understanding to the simple.
I opened my mouth wide and panted,
    for I longed for your commandments.
Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
Establish my footsteps in your word.
    Don’t let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of man,
    so I will observe your precepts.
Make your face shine on your servant.
    Teach me your statutes.
Streams of tears run down my eyes,
    because they don’t observe your law.

TZADI

Psalm 119 [137.] You are righteous, Yahweh.
    Your judgments are upright.
You have commanded your statutes in righteousness.
    They are fully trustworthy.
My zeal wears me out,
    because my enemies ignore your words.
Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
    and your servant loves them.
I am small and despised.
    I don’t forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness.
    Your law is truth.
Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me.
    Your commandments are my delight.
Your testimonies are righteous forever.
    Give me understanding, that I may live.

KUF

Psalm 119 [145.] I have called with my whole heart.
    Answer me, Yahweh!
    I will keep your statutes.
I have called to you. Save me!
    I will obey your statutes.
I rise before dawn and cry for help.
    I put my hope in your words.
My eyes stay open through the night watches,
    that I might meditate on your word.
Hear my voice according to your loving kindness.
    Revive me, Yahweh, according to your ordinances.
They draw near who follow after wickedness.
    They are far from your law.
You are near, Yahweh.
    All your commandments are truth.
Of old I have known from your testimonies,
    that you have founded them forever.

RESH

Psalm 119 [153.] Consider my affliction, and deliver me,
    for I don’t forget your law.
Plead my cause, and redeem me!
    Revive me according to your promise.
Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they don’t seek your statutes.
Great are your tender mercies, Yahweh.
    Revive me according to your ordinances.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries.
    I haven’t swerved from your testimonies.
I look at the faithless with loathing,
    because they don’t observe your word.
Consider how I love your precepts.
    Revive me, Yahweh, according to your loving kindness.
All of your words are truth.
    Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.

SIN AND SHIN

Psalm 119 [161.] Princes have persecuted me without a cause,
    but my heart stands in awe of your words.
I rejoice at your word,
    as one who finds great plunder.
I hate and abhor falsehood.
    I love your law.
Seven times a day, I praise you,
    because of your righteous ordinances.
Those who love your law have great peace.
    Nothing causes them to stumble.
I have hoped for your salvation, Yahweh.
    I have done your commandments.
My soul has observed your testimonies.
    I love them exceedingly.
I have obeyed your precepts and your testimonies,
    for all my ways are before you.

TAV

Psalm 119 [169.] Let my cry come before you, Yahweh.
    Give me understanding according to your word.
Let my supplication come before you.
    Deliver me according to your word.
Let my lips utter praise,
    for you teach me your statutes.
Let my tongue sing of your word,
    for all your commandments are righteousness.
Let your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
I have longed for your salvation, Yahweh.
    Your law is my delight.
Let my soul live, that I may praise you.
    Let your ordinances help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep.
    Seek your servant, for I don’t forget your commandments. 



A Song of Ascents.

Psalm 120

Psalm 120 [1.] In my distress, I cried to Yahweh.
    He answered me.
Deliver my soul, Yahweh, from lying lips,
    from a deceitful tongue.
What will be given to you, and what will be done more to you,
    you deceitful tongue?
Sharp arrows of the mighty,
    with coals of juniper.

Psalm 120 [5.] Woe is me, that I live in Meshech,
    that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
My soul has had her dwelling too long
    with him who hates peace.
I am for peace,
    but when I speak, they are for war.