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Psalm 15 (WEBP)

A Psalm by David.

[1] Yahweh, who shall dwell in your sanctuary?
Who shall live on your holy hill?
[2] He who walks blamelessly and does what is right,
and speaks truth in his heart;
[3] he who doesn’t slander with his tongue,
nor does evil to his friend,
nor casts slurs against his fellow man;
[4] in whose eyes a vile man is despised,
but who honors those who fear Yahweh;
he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn’t change;
[5] he who doesn’t lend out his money for usury,
nor take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be shaken.

Psalm 16 (WEBP)

A Poem by David.

[1] Preserve me, God, for I take refuge in you.
[2] My soul, you have said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord.
Apart from you I have no good thing.”
[3] As for the saints who are in the earth,
they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.

[4] Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
nor take their names on my lips.
[5] Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup.
You made my lot secure.

[6] The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
[7] I will bless Yahweh, who has given me counsel.
Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
[8] I have set Yahweh always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
[9] Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.
My body shall also dwell in safety.
[10] For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,°
neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
[11] You will show me the path of life.
In your presence is fullness of joy.
In your right hand there are pleasures forever more.

Psalm 16:10 Sheol is the place of the dead.

Psalm 17 (WEBP)

A Prayer by David.

[1] Hear, Yahweh, my righteous plea.
Give ear to my prayer that doesn’t go out of deceitful lips.
[2] Let my sentence come out of your presence.
Let your eyes look on equity.
[3] You have proved my heart.
You have visited me in the night.
You have tried me, and found nothing.
I have resolved that my mouth shall not disobey.
[4] As for the deeds of men, by the word of your lips,
I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
[5] My steps have held fast to your paths.
My feet have not slipped.
[6] I have called on you, for you will answer me, God.
Turn your ear to me.
Hear my speech.
[7] Show your marvelous loving kindness,
you who save those who take refuge by your right hand from their enemies.
[8] Keep me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me under the shadow of your wings,
[9] from the wicked who oppress me,
my deadly enemies, who surround me.
[10] They close up their callous hearts.
With their mouth they speak proudly.
[11] They have now surrounded us in our steps.
They set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.
[12] He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey,
as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
[13] Arise, Yahweh, confront him.
Cast him down.
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
[14] from men by your hand, Yahweh,
from men of the world, whose portion is in this life.
You fill the belly of your cherished ones.
Your sons have plenty,
and they store up wealth for their children.
[15] As for me, I shall see your face in righteousness.
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with seeing your form.

Psalm 18 (WEBP)

For the Chief Musician. By David the servant of Yahweh, who spoke to Yahweh the words of this song in the day that Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said,

[1] I love you, Yahweh, my strength.
[2] Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
[3] I call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised;
and I am saved from my enemies.
[4] The cords of death surrounded me.
The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
[5] The cords of Sheol° were around me.
The snares of death came on me.
[6] In my distress I called on Yahweh,
and cried to my God.
He heard my voice out of his temple.
My cry before him came into his ears.
[7] Then the earth shook and trembled.
The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken,
because he was angry.
[8] Smoke went out of his nostrils.
Consuming fire came out of his mouth.
Coals were kindled by it.
[9] He bowed the heavens also, and came down.
Thick darkness was under his feet.
[10] He rode on a cherub, and flew.
Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.
[11] He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him,
darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
[12] At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed,
hailstones and coals of fire.
[13] Yahweh also thundered in the sky.
The Most High uttered his voice:
hailstones and coals of fire.
[14] He sent out his arrows, and scattered them.
He routed them with great lightning bolts.
[15] Then the channels of waters appeared.
The foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, Yahweh,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
[16] He sent from on high.
He took me.
He drew me out of many waters.
[17] He delivered me from my strong enemy,
from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.
[18] They came on me in the day of my calamity,
but Yahweh was my support.
[19] He brought me out also into a large place.
He delivered me, because he delighted in me.
[20] Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness.
According to the cleanness of my hands, he has recompensed me.
[21] For I have kept the ways of Yahweh,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
[22] For all his ordinances were before me.
I didn’t put away his statutes from me.
[23] I was also blameless with him.
I kept myself from my iniquity.
[24] Therefore Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
[25] With the merciful you will show yourself merciful.
With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect.
[26] With the pure, you will show yourself pure.
With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.
[27] For you will save the afflicted people,
but the arrogant eyes you will bring down.
[28] For you will light my lamp, Yahweh.
My God will light up my darkness.
[29] For by you, I advance through a troop.
By my God, I leap over a wall.
[30] As for God, his way is perfect.
Yahweh’s word is tried.
He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.
[31] For who is God, except Yahweh?
Who is a rock, besides our God,
[32] the God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect?
[33] He makes my feet like deer’s feet,
and sets me on my high places.
[34] He teaches my hands to war,
so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.
[35] You have also given me the shield of your salvation.
Your right hand sustains me.
Your gentleness has made me great.
[36] You have enlarged my steps under me,
My feet have not slipped.
[37] I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them.
I won’t turn away until they are consumed.
[38] I will strike them through, so that they will not be able to rise.
They shall fall under my feet.
[39] For you have armed me with strength to the battle.
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
[40] You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,
that I might cut off those who hate me.
[41] They cried, but there was no one to save;
even to Yahweh, but he didn’t answer them.
[42] Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind.
I cast them out as the mire of the streets.
[43] You have delivered me from the strivings of the people.
You have made me the head of the nations.
A people whom I have not known shall serve me.
[44] As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me.
The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.
[45] The foreigners shall fade away,
and shall come trembling out of their strongholds.
[46] Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock.
Exalted be the God of my salvation,
[47] even the God who executes vengeance for me,
and subdues peoples under me.
[48] He rescues me from my enemies.
Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.
You deliver me from the violent man.
[49] Therefore I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations,
and will sing praises to your name.
[50] He gives great deliverance to his king,
and shows loving kindness to his anointed,
to David and to his offspring,§ forever more.

Psalm 18:5 Sheol is the place of the dead.
Psalm 18:50 or, seed

Proverbs 3 (WEBP)

[1] My son, don’t forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
[2] for they will add to you length of days,
years of life, and peace.
[3] Don’t let kindness and truth forsake you.
Bind them around your neck.
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
[4] So you will find favor,
and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
[5] Trust in Yahweh with all your heart,
and don’t lean on your own understanding.
[6] In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
[7] Don’t be wise in your own eyes.
Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil.
[8] It will be health to your body,
and nourishment to your bones.
[9] Honor Yahweh with your substance,
with the first fruits of all your increase;
[10] so your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will overflow with new wine.
[11] My son, don’t despise Yahweh’s discipline,
neither be weary of his correction;
[12] for whom Yahweh loves, he corrects,
even as a father reproves the son in whom he delights.

[13] Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gets understanding.
[14] For her good profit is better than getting silver,
and her return is better than fine gold.
[15] She is more precious than rubies.
None of the things you can desire are to be compared to her.
[16] Length of days is in her right hand.
In her left hand are riches and honor.
[17] Her ways are ways of pleasantness.
All her paths are peace.
[18] She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her.
Happy is everyone who retains her.
[19] By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth.
By understanding, he established the heavens.
[20] By his knowledge, the depths were broken up,
and the skies drop down the dew.
[21] My son, let them not depart from your eyes.
Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
[22] so they will be life to your soul,
and grace for your neck.
[23] Then you shall walk in your way securely.
Your foot won’t stumble.
[24] When you lie down, you will not be afraid.
Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.
[25] Don’t be afraid of sudden fear,
neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes;
[26] for Yahweh will be your confidence,
and will keep your foot from being taken.

[27] Don’t withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
[28] Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again;
tomorrow I will give it to you,”
when you have it by you.
[29] Don’t devise evil against your neighbor,
since he dwells securely by you.
[30] Don’t strive with a man without cause,
if he has done you no harm.
[31] Don’t envy the man of violence.
Choose none of his ways.
[32] For the perverse is an abomination to Yahweh,
but his friendship is with the upright.
[33] Yahweh’s curse is in the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the habitation of the righteous.
[34] Surely he mocks the mockers,
but he gives grace to the humble.
[35] The wise will inherit glory,
but shame will be the promotion of fools.