Psalms 22-37

Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?*
and are so far from my cry
   and from the words of my distress?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime,
   but you do not answer;*
by night as well, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are the Holy One,*
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4 Our forebears put their trust in you;*
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 They cried out to you and were delivered;*
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man,*
scorned by all and despised by the people.
7 All who see me laugh me to scorn;*
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8 ‘He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him;*
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.’
9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb,*
and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.
10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born;*
you were my God
   when I was still in my mother’s womb.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near,*
and there is none to help.
12 Many young bulls encircle me;*
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13 They open wide their jaws at me,*
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water;
   all my bones are out of joint;*
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15 My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
   my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;*
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16 Packs of dogs close me in,
   and gangs of evildoers circle around me;*
they pierce my hands and my feet;
   I can count all my bones.
17 They stare and gloat over me;*
they divide my garments among them;
   they cast lots for my clothing.
18 Be not far away, O Lord;*
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19 Save me from the sword,*
my life from the power of the dog.
20 Save me from the lion’s mouth,*
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21 I will declare your name to my people;*
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22 Praise the Lord, you that fear him;*
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
   all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
23 For he does not despise nor abhor
   the poor in their poverty;
   neither does he hide his face from them;*
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24 My praise is of him in the great assembly;*
I will perform my vows
   in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
   and those who seek the Lord shall praise him:*
‘May your heart live for ever!’
26 All the ends of the earth
   shall remember and turn to the Lord,*
and all the families of the nations
   shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the Lord;*
he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth
   bow down in worship;*
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
   my descendants shall serve him;*
they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn*
the saving deeds that he has done.
Merciful God,
your Son came to free us from sin,
overcoming death and rising in triumph:
may we, who are redeemed by his blood
be made ready to meet you face to face;
this we ask for Jesus’ sake.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd;*
I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures*
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul*
and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
   I shall fear no evil;*
for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me
   in the presence of those who trouble me;*
you have anointed my head with oil,
   and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me
   all the days of my life,*
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
For your Name’s sake, O God,
lead us in the paths of righteousness
and let your mercy follow us
that we may dwell with you for ever.

Psalm 24

1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,*
the world and all who dwell therein.
2 For it is he who founded it upon the seas*
and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3 ‘Who can ascend the hill of the Lord?*
and who can stand in his holy place?’
4 ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,*
who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
   nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5 ‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord*
and a just reward from the God of their salvation.’
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,*
of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, O gates;
   lift them high, O everlasting doors;*
and the King of glory shall come in.
8 ‘Who is this King of glory?’*
‘The Lord, strong and mighty,
   the Lord, mighty in battle.’
9 Lift up your heads, O gates;
   lift them high, O everlasting doors;*
and the King of glory shall come in.
10 ‘Who is he, this King of glory?’*
‘The Lord of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.’
O Lord of Hosts,
purify our hearts
that the King of glory may come in,
even your Son, Jesus our Redeemer.

Psalm 25

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
   my God, I put my trust in you;*
let me not be humiliated,
   nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2 Let none who look to you be put to shame;*
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3 Show me your ways, O Lord,*
and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me in your truth and teach me,*
for you are the God of my salvation;
   in you have I trusted all the day long.
5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,*
for they are from everlasting.
6 Remember not the sins of my youth
   and my transgressions;*
remember me according to your love
   and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
7 Gracious and upright is the Lord;*
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8 He guides the humble in doing right*
and teaches his way to the lowly.
9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness*
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10 For your name’s sake, O Lord,*
forgive my sin, for it is great.
11 Who are they who fear the Lord?*
he will teach them the way that they should choose.
12 They shall dwell in prosperity,*
and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him*
and will show them his covenant.
14 My eyes are ever looking to the Lord,*
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15 Turn to me and have pity on me,*
for I am left alone and in misery.
16 The sorrows of my heart have increased;*
bring me out of my troubles.
17 Look upon my adversity and misery*
and forgive me all my sin.
18 Look upon my enemies, for they are many,*
and they bear a violent hatred against me.
19 Protect my life and deliver me;*
let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,*
for my hope has been in you.
21 Deliver Israel, O God,*
out of all his troubles.
Free us, God of mercy,
from all that keeps us from you,
relieve the misery of the poor and destitute
and fulfil us all with the hope of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 26

1 Give judgement for me, O Lord,
   for I have lived with integrity;*
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2 Test me, O Lord, and try me;*
examine my heart and my mind.
3 For your love is before my eyes;*
I have walked faithfully with you.
4 I have not sat with the worthless,*
nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5 I have hated the company of evildoers;*
I will not sit down with the wicked.
6 I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord,*
that I may go in procession round your altar,
7 Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving*
and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
8 Lord, I love the house in which you dwell*
and the place where your glory abides.
9 Do not sweep me away with sinners,*
nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
10 Whose hands are full of evil plots,*
and their right hand full of bribes.
11 As for me, I will live with integrity;*
redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;*
in the full assembly I will bless the Lord.
Have mercy on us and redeem us, O Lord,
for our merits are your mercies
and in your judgement is our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
   whom then shall I fear?*
the Lord is the strength of my life;
   of whom then shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh,*
it was they, my foes and my adversaries,
   who stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army should encamp against me,*
yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4 And though war should rise up against me,*
yet will I put my trust in him.
5 One thing have I asked of the Lord;
   one thing I seek;*
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
   all the days of my life;
6 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord*
and to seek him in his temple.
7 For in the day of trouble
   he shall keep me safe in his shelter;*
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
   and set me high upon a rock.
8 Even now he lifts up my head*
above my enemies round about me;
9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
   with sounds of great gladness;*
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call;*
have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, ‘Seek my face.’*
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
12 Hide not your face from me,*
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13 You have been my helper;
   cast me not away;*
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14 Though my father and my mother forsake me,*
the Lord will sustain me.
15 Show me your way, O Lord;*
lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries,*
for false witnesses have risen up against me,
   and also those who speak malice.
17 What if I had not believed
   that I should see the goodness of the Lord*
in the land of the living!
18 O tarry and await the Lord’s pleasure;
   be strong and he shall comfort your heart;*
wait patiently for the Lord.
O God our defender,
give us the light of truth and wisdom
that all our hope may be fixed on you,
and on your Son, Jesus the Christ.

Psalm 28

1 O Lord, I call to you;
   my rock, do not be deaf to my cry;*
lest, if you do not hear me,
   I become like those who go down to the Pit.
2 Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you,*
when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
3 Do not snatch me away with the wicked
   or with the evildoers,*
who speak peaceably with their neighbours,
   while strife is in their hearts.
4 Repay them according to their deeds,*
and according to the wickedness of their actions.
5 According to the work of their hands repay them,*
and give them their just deserts.
6 They have no understanding of the Lord’s doings,
   nor of the works of his hands;*
therefore he will break them down
   and not build them up.
7 Blessèd is the Lord!*
for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
8 The Lord is my strength and my shield;*
my heart trusts in him and I have been helped;
9 Therefore my heart dances for joy,*
and in my song will I praise him.
10 The Lord is the strength of his people,*
a safe refuge for his anointed.
11 Save your people and bless your inheritance;*
shepherd them and carry them for ever.
Hear us, Shepherd of your people,
you who commanded us to love our neighbours
with our whole hearts:
forgive us our sins
and make us whole in body and soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,*
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name;*
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
   the God of glory thunders;*
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;*
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendour.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;*
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,*
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;
   the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;*
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe*
and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the Lord*
all are crying, ‘Glory!’
10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;*
the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.
11 The Lord shall give strength to his people;*
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Open our ears to hear you, O God,
and our mouths to proclaim your glory
and the beauty of your holiness
as revealed to us in your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 30

1 I will exalt you, O Lord,
   because you have lifted me up*
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you,*
and you restored me to health.
3 You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;*
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4 Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;*
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,*
his favour for a lifetime.
6 Weeping may spend the night,*
but joy comes in the morning.
7 While I felt secure, I said,
   ‘I shall never be disturbed.*
You, Lord, with your favour,
   made me as strong as the mountains.’
8 Then you hid your face,*
and I was filled with fear.
9 I cried to you, O Lord;*
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10 ‘What profit is there in my blood,
   if I go down to the Pit?*
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11 ‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;*
O Lord, be my helper.’
12 You have turned my wailing into dancing;*
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy;
13 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;*
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.
Hear our prayers, O Lord, and have mercy upon us;
turn our heaviness into joy
and clothe us with gladness and salvation
that we may give thanks to you for ever.

Psalm 31

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
   let me never be put to shame;*
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me;*
make haste to deliver me.
3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
   for you are my crag and my stronghold;*
for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4 Take me out of the net
   that they have secretly set for me,*
for you are my tower of strength.
5 Into your hands I commend my spirit,*
for you have redeemed me,
   O Lord, O God of truth.
6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols,*
and I put my trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy;*
for you have seen my affliction;
   you know my distress.
8 You have not shut me up in the power of the enemy;*
you have set my feet in an open place.
9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;*
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
   and also my throat and my belly.
10 For my life is wasted with grief,
   and my years with sighing;*
my strength fails me because of affliction,
   and my bones are consumed.
11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies
   and even to my neighbours,
   a dismay to those of my acquaintance;*
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12 I am forgotten like the dead, out of mind;*
I am as useless as a broken pot.
13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
   fear is all around;*
they put their heads together against me;
   they plot to take my life.
14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord.*
I have said, ‘You are my God.
15 ‘My times are in your hand;*
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
   and from those who persecute me.
16 ‘Make your face to shine upon your servant,*
and in your loving-kindness save me.’
17 Lord, let me not be ashamed
   for having called upon you;*
rather, let the wicked be put to shame;
   let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be silenced
   which speak against the righteous,*
haughtily, disdainfully and with contempt.
19 How great is your goodness, O Lord,
   which you have laid up for those who fear you;*
which you have done in the sight of all
   for those who put their trust in you.
20 You hide them in the covert of your presence
   from those who slander them;*
you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessèd be the Lord!*
for he has shown me the wonders of his love
   in a besieged city.
22 Yet I said in my alarm,
   ‘I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes.’*
Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty
   when I cried out to you.
23 Love the Lord, all you who worship him;*
the Lord protects the faithful,
   but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,*
all you who wait for the Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
in our pilgrimage through this life,
rescue us from evil,
and make your face to shine on us,
for you are our Lord and our God.

Psalm 32

1 Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven,*
and whose sin is put away!
2 Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,*
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
3 While I held my tongue, my bones withered away,*
because of my groaning all day long.
4 For your hand was heavy upon me day and night;*
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you,*
and did not conceal my guilt.
6 I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’;*
then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
7 Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you
   in time of trouble;*
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
8 You are my hiding-place;
   you preserve me from trouble;*
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
9 ‘I will instruct you and teach you
   in the way that you should go;*
I will guide you with my eye.
10 ‘Do not be like horse or mule,
   which have no understanding;*
who must be fitted with bit and bridle,
   or else they will not stay near you.’
11 Great are the tribulations of the wicked;*
but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
12 Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord;*
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.
Have mercy on your prodigal children, O God,
and teach us to acknowledge our sinfulness,
so that, in repentance,
we may come to know your forgiveness
which is the fulfilment of our life in your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 33

1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous;*
it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;*
play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for him a new song;*
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4 For the word of the Lord is right,*
and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;*
the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made,*
by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
7 He gathers up the waters of the ocean
   as in a water-skin*
and stores up the depths of the sea.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;*
let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke and it came to pass;*
he commanded and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the will of the nations to naught;*
he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11 But the Lord’s will stands fast for ever,*
and the designs of his heart from age to age.
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord!*
happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13 The Lord looks down from heaven,*
and beholds all the people in the world.
14 From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze*
on all who dwell on the earth.
15 He fashions all the hearts of them*
and understands all their works.
16 There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army;*
the strong are not delivered by great strength.
17 The horse is a vain hope for deliverance;*
for all its strength it cannot save.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord
   is upon those who fear him,*
on those who wait upon his love,
19 To pluck their lives from death,*
and to feed them in time of famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;*
he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him,*
for in his holy name we put our trust.
22 Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,*
as we have put our trust in you.
Feed your people, O Lord,
with your holy Word
and free us from the temptations
which lead us away from you
that, being filled with your mercy,
we may be admitted to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 34

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;*
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 I will glory in the Lord;*
let the humble hear and rejoice.
3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;*
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord and he answered me*
and delivered me out of all my terror.
5 Look upon him and be radiant,*
and let not your faces be ashamed.
6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me*
and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord
   encompasses those who fear him,*
and he will deliver them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;*
happy are they who trust in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints,*
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger,*
but those who seek the Lord
   lack nothing that is good.
11 Come, children, and listen to me;*
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who among you loves life*
and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking*
and your lips from lying words.
14 Turn from evil and do good;*
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,*
and his ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,*
to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry and the Lord hears them*
and delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted*
and will save those whose spirits are crushed.
19 Many are the troubles of the righteous,*
but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.
20 He will keep safe all his bones;*
not one of them shall be broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,*
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants,*
and none will be punished who trust in him.
Send your holy angels to watch over us,
O loving God,
that on our lips will be found your truth
and in our hearts your love;
for his sake who died for love of our love,
even Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Psalm 35

1 Fight those who fight me, O Lord;*
attack those who are attacking me.
2 Take up shield and armour*
and rise up to help me.
3 Draw the sword and bar the way
   against those who pursue me;*
say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’
4 Let those who seek after my life be shamed and humbled;*
let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed.
[5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,*
and let the angel of the Lord drive them away.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery,*
and let the angel of the Lord pursue them.
7 For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause;*
without a cause they have dug a pit to take me alive.
8 Let ruin come upon them unawares;*
let them be caught in the net they hid;
   let them fall into the pit they dug.]
9 Then I will be joyful in the Lord;*
I will glory in his victory.
10 My very bones will say, ‘Lord, who is like you?*
You deliver the poor
   from those who are too strong for them,
   the poor and needy from those who rob them.’
11 Malicious witnesses rise up against me;*
they charge me with matters I know nothing about.
12 They pay me evil in exchange for good;*
my soul is full of despair.
13 But when they were sick I dressed in sack-cloth*
and humbled myself by fasting;
14 I prayed with my whole heart,
   as one would for a friend or a brother;*
I behaved like one who mourns for his mother,
   bowed down and grieving.
15 But when I stumbled,
   they were glad and gathered together;
   they gathered against me;*
strangers whom I did not know
   tore me to pieces and would not stop.
16 They put me to the test and mocked me;*
they gnashed at me with their teeth.
17 O Lord, how long will you look on?*
rescue me from the roaring beasts,
   and my life from the young lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great congregation;*
I will praise you in the mighty throng.
19 Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me,*
nor let those who hate me without a cause
   wink at each other.
20 For they do not plan for peace,*
but invent deceitful schemes
   against the quiet in the land.
21 They opened their mouths at me and said,*
‘Aha! we saw it with our own eyes.’
22 You saw it, O Lord; do not be silent;*
O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Awake, arise, to my cause!*
to my defence, my God and my Lord!
24 Give me justice, O Lord my God,
   according to your righteousness;*
do not let them triumph over me.
25 Do not let them say in their hearts,
   ‘Aha! just what we want!’*
Do not let them say, ‘We have swallowed him up.’
26 Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced;*
let those who boast against me
   be clothed with dismay and shame.
27 Let those who favour my cause
   sing out with joy and be glad;*
let them say always, ‘Great is the Lord,
   who desires the prosperity of his servant.’
28 And my tongue shall be talking of your righteousness*
and of your praise all the day long.
Free us from all oppression, O God,
and bring justice to the nations,
that all may rejoice to name you
as King of kings and Lord of lords,
now and for ever.

Psalm 36

1 There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked;*
there is no fear of God before their eyes.
2 They flatter themselves in their own eyes*
that their hateful sin will not be found out.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;*
they have left off acting wisely and doing good.
4 They think up wickedness upon their beds
   and have set themselves in no good way;*
they do not abhor that which is evil.
5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
   your justice like the great deep;*
you save both human and beast, O Lord.
7 How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.
10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you,*
and your favour to those who are true of heart.
11 Let not the foot of the proud come near me,*
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12 See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness!*
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.
O God,
the fountain and source of everlasting life,
in your light we see light:
increase in us the the brightness of knowledge
that we may be lightened with the radiance of your wisdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 37, Part I

1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers;*
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2 For they shall soon wither like the grass,*
and like the green grass fade away.
3 Put your trust in the Lord and do good;*
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4 Take delight in the Lord,*
and he shall give you your heart’s desire.
5 Commit your way to the Lord
   and put your trust in him,*
and he will bring it to pass.
6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light*
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord*
and wait patiently for him.
8 Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers,*
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9 Refrain from anger, leave rage alone;*
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10 For evildoers shall be cut off,*
but those who wait upon the Lord
   shall possess the land.
11 In a little while the wicked shall be no more;*
you shall search out their place,
   but they will not be there.
12 But the lowly shall possess the land;*
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13 The wicked plot against the righteous*
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14 The Lord laughs at the wicked,*
because he sees that their day will come.
15 The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
   to strike down the poor and needy,*
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16 Their sword shall go through their own heart,*
and their bow shall be broken.
17 The little that the righteous have*
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18 For the power of the wicked shall be broken,*
but the Lord upholds the righteous.

Psalm 37, Part II

19 The Lord cares for the lives of the godly,*
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20 They shall not be ashamed in bad times,*
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21 As for the wicked, they shall perish,*
and the enemies of the Lord,
   like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish;
   they shall vanish like smoke.
22 The wicked borrow and do not repay,*
but the righteous are generous in giving.
23 Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land,*
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
24 Our steps are directed by the Lord;*
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
25 If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong,*
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
26 I have been young and now I am old,*
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
   or their children begging bread.
27 The righteous are always generous in their lending,*
and their children shall be a blessing.
28 Turn from evil and do good,*
and dwell in the land for ever.
29 For the Lord loves justice;*
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
30 They shall be kept safe for ever,*
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31 The righteous shall possess the land*
and dwell in it for ever.
32 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,*
and their tongue speaks what is right.
33 The law of their God is in their heart,*
and their footsteps shall not falter.
34 The wicked spy on the righteous*
and seek occasion to kill them.
35 The Lord will not abandon them to their hand,*
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36 Wait upon the Lord and keep his way;*
he will raise you up to possess the land,
   and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37 I have seen the wicked in their arrogance,*
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38 I went by and, behold, they were not there;*
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39 Mark those who are honest; observe the upright;*
for there is a future for the peaceable.
40 Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all;*
the future of the wicked is cut off.
41 But the deliverance of the righteous
   comes from the Lord;*
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42 The Lord will help them and rescue them;*
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
   because they seek refuge in him.
Blessèd and holy God,
ever merciful and forgiving:
may we turn from what is evil
and do what is good in your sight,
that we might be saved by the cross
of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.