The Holy Bible: The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapter 81-89


      81[1-5] To the first musician on harp, a Hymn of Asaph. Sing aloud to God, who is our strength, and make a joyful sound to the God of Israel. Take a hymn, and bring the tambourine, and the pleasant sounding harp, along with all the other instruments. Sound the trumpet at the new moon, in the time set aside for our formal holiday. For this was a decree for Israel, a law of the God of Israel. This was ordained by God for a testimony in Joseph, when God went out through the land of Egypt, where I heard a language that I didn’t understand.

     [6-10] I took the load from your shoulders and your hands were delivered from the work.  When you called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the refuge of thunder: I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah!  Listen, My people, and I’ll testify to you: Israel, if you’ll only listen to me; No idolatry will be in you; nor are you to worship anything else but Me. I’m Yahweh, your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I’ll fill it.

     [11-16] But My people wouldn’t listen to My voice; and Israel wouldn’t have Me. So I gave them up to what they themselves wanted, and they walked in their own ways. Oh that My people would have listened to me, and Israel would have walked in My ways! I would have quickly restrained their enemies, and turned My strength against their enemies. Those who hate Yahweh should have submitted to Me: you shouldn’t have quit. I would have fed you with the finest of the wheat also, and I would have satisfied you with honey out of the rock crag.

     82[1-4] A Hymn of Asaph. God stands in the assembly of the mighty; God judges among the great ones. How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the sinful? Selah! Defend the poor and the survivors’ children and do justice to the abused and needy. Deliver the poor and needy, removing them from the power of the sinful.

     [5-8] They don’t know or understand, walking on in darkness; and all the foundations of the earth are off course. I’ve said, You are great ones; and all of You are children of the Most High God. But you’ll die as mere humans, and fall like one of the nobles. Awake, oh God, judge the earth: for You’ll inherit all the people of the nations.

     83[1-4] A Song or Hymn of Asaph. Don’t keep silence, oh God: Don’t hold Your peace, and don’t be still, oh God. See, Your enemies are in an uproar, and those that hate You have proudly lifted themselves. They’ve craftily counseled against Israel, and consulted against Your mysterious ones. They’ve said, Come and let’s destroy their nation so that the name of Israel will be forgotten.

     [5-12] For with one consent they’ve consulted together and are allied against You: These worshipers of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moabites, and the Hagarenes, the people of Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek, and the Philistines along with the people of Tyre; The people of Assur also joined with them, who helped the descendents of Lot. Selah! Do to them as You did to the Midianites; and to Sisera, and as to Jabin, who died at Endor at the creek of Kison, and became as manure for the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb: yes, all their rulers as Zebah and as Zalmunna, who said, Let’s take possession of the houses of God for ourselves.

     [13-18] Oh my God, make them like the sagebrush; rolling as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burns through a forest, and as the flames set the mountains on fire; persecute them with Your tempest, and let Your storm make them afraid. Fill them with shame; so that they’ll seek Your Name, oh Yahweh. Let them be confused and troubled forever; yes, let them be ashamed and die, so that people can know that You alone, whose Name is Yahweh, are the Most High God over the whole earth.

    84[1-5] To the first musician on harp, A Hymn for the children of Korah. How agreeable are Your sanctuaries, oh Yahweh, God of heavenly hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the house of Yahweh, my heart and strength crying out for the living God. Yes, the sparrow and the swallow have found nests for themselves, where they can lay their eggs, even on Your altars, oh Yahweh, God of heavenly hosts, my Savior and my God. Blessed are those that remain in Your House of God and are still praising You. Selah! Blessed are the people whose strength is in You, in whose heart are their ways known.

     [6] You, Who passing through the valley of Baca, make it spring up; with the rain filling the pools also. They go from one strength to another, every one of them in Jerusalem appearing before God. Oh Yahweh, God of heavenly hosts, hear my prayer; Listen, oh God of Israel. Selah! See, oh God, our defense, and look on the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your house is better than a thousand anywhere else. I had rather be a caretaker in the House of my God, than to remain in the house of evil. For Yahweh, my God, who gives grace and glory, is a light and a defense: no good thing will God withhold from those that walk uprightly. Oh Yahweh, God of heavenly hosts, the people that trust in You are truly blessed.

     85[1-4] To the first musician, A Hymn for the children of Korah. Yahweh, You’ve been gracious to Your nation, Israel: You’ve given us back our freedom. You’ve forgiven the sin of Your people, covering them all. Selah! You’ve taken Your anger away, turning from all its fierceness. Turn us back to You, oh God who saves us, and let Your anger toward us come to an end.

     [5-9] Will You be angry with us forever? Will You extend Your anger to all generations? Refresh us again and let Your people celebrate in You! Show us Your mercy, oh Yahweh, and grant us Your saving grace. I’ll hear what Yahweh God will speak, for You’ll speak peace to Your people, to the saints of God, but don’t let them turn again to stupidity. Surely the salvation of God is near those that respect You; so that Your glory can remain in our land.

     [10-13] Mercy and truth have come together; righteousness and peace have greeted each other with a kiss. Truth will spring out of the earth; and righteousness will look down from heaven. Yes, Yahweh will give that which is good; and our land will produce its increase. Righteousness will go before You; and will put us in the path of Your steps.

     86[1-5] A Prayer of David. Listen, oh Yahweh, listen to me; for I’m poor and needy. Save my soul; for I’m consecrated to You, oh my God; save me, the one who trusts in You. Be merciful to me, oh my God, for I cry to You daily. Let my soul celebrate: for I lift up my soul to You, oh my God. For You, my God, are good, and ready to forgive; and have great mercy to all those that call on You.

      [6-10] Listen, oh Yahweh, to my prayer; and pay attention to the voice of my request. In the day of my trouble I’ll call on You: for You’ll answer me. Among the great ones there’s none like You, oh my God; nor is there anything like Your creations. All the nations that You’ve made will come and worship before You, oh my God; and will glorify Your Name. For You are great, and do wonderful things: You, alone, are God.

     [11-17] Teach me Your way, oh Yahweh, and I’ll walk in Your truth: unify my heart to fully respect Your Name. I’ll praise You, oh Savior, my God, with all my heart, and I’ll glorify Your Name forever. For great is Your mercy toward me; You’ve delivered my soul from the depths of hell. Oh God, arrogant people come against me, and violent gangs seek after my soul; and haven’t respected You. But You, oh my God, are a God full of compassion, gracious, patient, and plentiful in mercy and truth. Oh turn to me, and have mercy on me; give me Your strength, and save the child of one of Your people. Show me a token for good; that those who hate me can see it, and be ashamed: because You, oh Yahweh, have helped me, and comforted me.

     87[1-7] A Hymn or Song for the children of Korah. Yahweh, Your foundation is in the holy mountains. Yahweh, You love the gates of Jerusalem more than all the homes of Israel. Glorious things are spoken of the city of God. Selah! I’ll make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those that know me, or Philistia, or Tyre, or Ethiopia; and they’ll reply, I was born there. But of Jerusalem it’ll be said, This one and that one was born there, and the Most High God will establish it. Yahweh will count, when writing up its citizens, that I was born there. Selah! The singers as well as the players of instruments will be there: all my heart is in Jerusalem.

88 [1] A Song or Hymn for the children of Korah, to the first musician, to The Sickness, to sing loudly, a poem of teaching of Heman, the Ezrahite. Oh Yahweh, God who saved me, I’ve cried day and night before You: Let my prayer come before You; listen to my cry; For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to death. I’m counted as dead: I have no more strength: I’m released among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, that You remember no more, and they’re removed from Your hand. You’ve laid me in the grave, in the depths of darkness.

     [7-12] Your anger is hard on me, and You’ve tormented me with all Your pressure. Selah! You’ve put away my acquaintances far from me; You’ve made me an insult to them: I’m a recluse, and I cannot come out. My eyes cry because of my misery: Yahweh, I’ve called on You daily, I’ve stretched out my hands to You. Will You show wonders to the dead? Will the dead awake and praise You? Selah! Shall Your love be declared in the grave; or Your faithfulness in destruction? Shall Your wonders be known in the dark and Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

     [13-18] But to You I’ve cried, oh Yahweh; and in the morning my prayer will forestall You. Yahweh, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me? I’ve been abused and wanted to die from my childhood up, worrying and afraid from all my suffering. Your fierce anger overwhelms me; Your terrors have all but finished me. They came around me daily like water; together they overtook me. You put lover and friend, and even all my acquaintances far away from me into obscurity.

     89[1-4] A poem of teaching of Ethan the Ezrahite. I’ll sing of the mercies of Yahweh forever, making known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I’ve said, Mercy will be established forever: Your faithfulness will be honored even in heaven. As You’ve said, I’ve made a covenant with my chosen, I’ve sworn to David, who serves Me, I’ll establish your descendents forever, and build up your reign in every generation. Selah!

     [5-10] And the angels of heaven will praise Your wonders, oh Yahweh: Your faithfulness will be praised in the people of God, also. For who in heaven can be compared to Yahweh? Who among the children of the great ones can be likened to Yahweh? You are greatly respected among the people of God, and held in respect by all those that come to You. Oh Yahweh, God of the heavenly hosts, who is strong like You? Or who else has the faithfulness which surrounds You? You rule the raging sea and when its waves are upset, You still them. You’ve divided the pride of Egypt in pieces as a dead one; You’ve scattered Your enemies with Your strength.

     [11-14] The heavens and the earth are Yours, and the whole universe: You established them all. You’ve created the north and the south: The mountains of Tabor and Hermon will celebrate, Your Name is written upon them. You are strong and mighty: Your hand is lifted high. Justice and judgment are the signs of Your reign: mercy and truth are with You.

     [15-18] Blessed are those that know the joyful announcement of Your presence: They walk in the light of Your countenance, oh Yahweh. They celebrate all day in Your Name, and they’re uplifted in Your righteousness. For You are the glory of our strength, and our instruments sound out by Your grace. For Yahweh is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our ruler.

     [19-26] Then in a vision You spoke to Your preacher, and said, I’ll send help by a mighty one; I’ve uplifted a chosen one from the people. I’ve set up David, who serves Me; who I’ve anointed with My holy oil; and who I’ll establish and strengthen. Who won’t be threatened by the adversary; nor be afflicted by the offspring of evil. And I’ll put down his enemies before his face, and plague those that hate him. But My faithfulness and My mercy will be with him, and in My Name will the trumpet call be raised. I’ll give him dominion in the sea, and in the rivers. And he will cry to Me, “You are My Creator, My God, and the Rock, who saves me.”

     [27-37] Also I’ll make him as My firstborn, higher than rulers on the earth. My mercy will keep him forever, and My covenant will stay with him. Also I’ll make his descendents to endure forever; and their reign as the eternal days of heaven. If their children give up on My word, and don’t walk in My judgments; If they break My decrees, and don’t keep My commandments; Then I’ll visit their sins with punishment and  defeat. Yet I won’t take My love from them all together, nor let My faithfulness fail them. I won’t break My covenant, nor change what has gone out of My mouth. Once I swore by My holiness that I wouldn’t lie to David.  His descendents will endure forever, and their reign as the sunlight.  It’ll be established forever as the moon, as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah!

     [38-44] But You’ve hated me and cast me away, being angry with Your anointed. You’ve voided the covenant with me: You’ve undermined my reign, tossing my crown to the ground. You’ve broken down all my boundaries; You’ve brought my strongholds to ruin. All that pass by the way defeat me: my neighbors bring accusations against me. You’ve given strength to my enemies; You’ve made all my enemies celebrate. You’ve disabled my defenses, and haven’t given me any victory. You’ve brought my glory to an end, and undermined my reign.

     [45-52] You’ve shortened my childhood, covering me with shame. Selah! How long will You hide Yourself, oh Yahweh? Will Your anger burn like fire forever? Remember how short my time is. Have You made us all for nothing? Who is it that will remain, and not see death? Will God save any soul from the power of the grave? Selah! My God, where is Your former kindheartedness, which You swore to David in Your truth? Remember, my God, the accusations against me; how I bear in my heart the blame of all the great people, in which Your enemies have accused, oh Yahweh; in which they’ve blamed the ways of Your anointed. Blessed be Yahweh forever. Amen and Amen.