Hear this, all you peoples;
Give ear, all you inhabitants of the world.
2 Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
3 My mouth shall speak wisdom;
And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a parable:
I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When iniquity at my heels compasses me about?
6 They that trust in their wealth,
And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to Elohim a ransom for him;
8 (For the redemption of their life is costly,
And it fails forever;)
9 That he should still live always,
That he should not see corruption.
10 For he shall see it.
Wise men die;
The fool and the brutish alike perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue forever,
And their dwelling-places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
12 But man being in honor shall not remain:
He is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly:
Yet after them men approved their sayings.
14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd:
And the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
And their beauty shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for it.
15 But Elohim will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol;
For he will receive me.
16 Be not afraid when one is made rich,
When the glory of his house is increased:
17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul.
(And men praise you, when you do well to yourself,)
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never see the light.
20 Man that is in honor, and understands not, Is like the beasts that perish.
A Psalm of Asaph.
The Mighty El, Yahweh, has spoken,
And called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down of it.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
Elohim has shined forth.
3 Our Elohim comes, and does not keep silence:
A fire devours before him, and it is very tempestuous all around him.
4 He calls to the heavens above,
And to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 Gather my saints together to me,
Those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness;
For Elohim is judge himself.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak
O Israel, and I will testify to you:
I am Elohim, even your Elohim.
8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices;
And your burnt-offerings are continually before me.
9 I will take no bullock out of your house,
Nor he-goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
And the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains;
And the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is mine, and the fulness of it.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to Elohim the sacrifice of thanksgiving;
And pay your vows to the Most High:
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
16 But to the wicked Elohim says,
What have you to do to declare my statutes,
And that you have taken my covenant in your mouth?
17 Since you hate instruction,
And cast my words behind you.
18 When you saw a thief, you were pleased with him,
And have been partaker with adulterers.
19 You give your mouth to evil,
And your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things have you done, and I kept silence;
You thought that I was altogether such a one as yourself:
But I will reprove you, and set them in order before your eyes.
22 Now consider this, you that forget Eloah, lest I tear you in pieces,
and there be none to deliver:
23 Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me;
And to him that orders his way aright
Will I show the salvation of Elohim.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Have mercy upon me, O Elohim, according to your lovingkindness:
According to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin
3 For I know my transgressions:
And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned,
And done that which is evil in your sight;
That you may be justified when you speak,
And be clear when you judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity;
And in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts;
And in the hidden part you will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness,
That the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O Elohim;
And renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence;
And take not your holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation;
And uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors your ways;
And sinners shall be converted to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O Elohim, Elohim of my salvation;
And my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 Yahweh, open my lips;
And my mouth shall show forth your praise.
16 For you delight not in sacrifice; else I would give it:
You have no pleasure in burnt-offering.
17 The sacrifices of Elohim are a broken spirit:
A broken and a contrite heart, O Elohim, you will not despise.
18 Do good in your good pleasure to Zion:
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then will you delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,
In burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering:
Then will they offer bullocks upon your altar.
For the Chief Musician. Maschil of David; when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said to him, David has come to the house of Ahimelech.