[These are Psalms 131 through 140 from the Holy Bible, Hoehn Version, copyright 2011. (Amazon) They have been revised from the King James Version into modern English by Frederick Hoehn.] |
___Psalm 131 1 Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes lofty, nor do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I've behaved and quieted myself, like a child that is weaned from his mother, my soul is like a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in the Lord from now on and forever.
___Psalm 132 1 A song of degrees. Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions, 2 How he swore to the Lord, and vowed to the mighty God of Jacob, 3 Surely I won't come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed, 4 I won't give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids, 5 Until I find a place for the Lord, a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. 6 See, we heard of it at Ephratah, we found it in the fields of the woods. 7 We will go into his tabernacles, we will worship at his footstool. 8 Arise, O Lord, into your rest, you, and the ark of your strength. 9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy. 10 For your servant David's sake don't turn away the face of your anointed. 11 The Lord has sworn in truth to David, he will not turn from it, of the fruit of your body I'll set on your throne. 12 If your children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit on your throne forever. 13 For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his habitation. 14 This is my rest forever, here I will live, for I have desired it. 15 I will abundantly bless her provision, I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout out loud for joy. 17 I will make the horn of David to bud there, I have ordained a lamp for my anointed. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but on himself, his crown shall flourish.
___Psalm 133 1 See, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down on the beard, Aaron's beard, that went down to the skirts of his garments, 3 Like the dew of Hermon, and like the dew that went down on the mountains of Zion, for the Lord commanded the blessing there, life forever.
___Psalm 134 1 See, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who at night stand in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. 3 The Lord that made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.
___Psalm 135 1 Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord, praise him, O you servants of the Lord. 2 You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, 3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good, sing praises to his name, for it is pleasant. 4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob to himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 6 The Lord did whatever he pleased in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. 7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth, he makes lightnings for the rain, he brings the wind out of his treasuries. 8 Who struck the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. 9 Who sent tokens and wonders among you, O Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his servants. 10 Who struck great nations, and killed mighty kings, 11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan, 12 And gave their land for a heritage, a heritage to Israel his people. 13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever, and your memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations. 14 For the Lord will judge his people, and he will change his mind concerning his servants. 15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 16 They have mouths, but they don't speak, they have eyes, but they don't see, 17 They have ears, but they don't hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make them are like them, so is everyone that trusts in them. 19 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel, bless the Lord, O house of Aaron, 20 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi, you that fear the Lord, bless the Lord. 21 Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, who lives at Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
___Psalm 136 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. 2 O give thanks to the God of gods, for his mercy endures forever. 3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his mercy endures forever. 4 To him who alone does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever. 5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens, for his mercy endures forever. 6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters, for his mercy endures forever. 7 To him that made great lights, for his mercy endures forever, 8 The sun to rule by day, for his mercy endures forever, 9 The moon and stars to rule by night, for his mercy endures forever. 10 To him that struck Egypt in their firstborn, for his mercy endures forever, 11 And brought out Israel from among them, for his mercy endures forever, 12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, for his mercy endures forever. 13 To him who divided the red sea into parts, for his mercy endures forever, 14 And made Israel to pass through the middle of it, for his mercy endures forever, 15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the red sea, for his mercy endures forever. 16 To him who led his people through the wilderness, for his mercy endures forever. 17 To him who struck great kings, for his mercy endures forever, 18 And killed famous kings, for his mercy endures forever, 19 Sihon king of the Amorites, for his mercy endures forever, 20 And Og the king of Bashan, for his mercy endures forever, 21 And gave their land for a heritage, for his mercy endures forever, 22 A heritage to Israel his servant, for his mercy endures forever. 23 Who remembered us in our low estate, for his mercy endures forever, 24 And has redeemed us from our enemies, for his mercy endures forever. 25 Who gives food to all flesh, for his mercy endures forever. 26 O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy endures forever.
___Psalm 137 1 By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down there, yes, we cried, when we remembered Zion. 2 We hung our harps on the willows in the middle of it. 3 For those who carried us away captive required of us a song there, and those who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4 How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. 6 If I don't remember you, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I don't prefer Jerusalem more than my top joy. 7 Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem, who said, "Raze it, raze it, to the foundation of it." 8 O daughter of Babylon, who is to be destroyed, happy shall he be, that rewards you like you have served us. 9 Happy shall he be, that takes and smashes your little ones against the stones.
___Psalm 138 1 I will praise you with my whole heart, before the gods I will sing praise to you. 2 I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name, for your loving kindness and for your truth, for you've magnified your word above all your name. 3 In the day when I called, you answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth. 5 Yes, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 6 Though the Lord is high, yet he has respect to the lowly, but the proud he knows afar off. 7 Though I walk in the middle of trouble, you'll revive me, you'll stretch out your hand against the anger of my enemies, and your right hand shall save me. 8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me, your mercy, O Lord, endures forever, don't forsake the works of your own hands.
___Psalm 139 1 O Lord, you've searched me, and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my getting up, you understand my thoughts from afar. 3 You surround my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my vocabulary, but see, O Lord, you know it completely. 5 You have beset me behind and before, and laid your hand on me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it is high, I can't attain to it. 7 Where shall I go from your spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, you're there, if I make my bed in hell, see, you're there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and live in the farthest parts of the ocean, 10 Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me," even the night shall be light around me. 12 Yes, the darkness doesn't hide from you, but the night shines like the day, the darkness and the light are both alike to you. 13 For you've possessed my reins, you have covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are marvelous, and my soul knows that very well. 15 My substance was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously made in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, yet being imperfect, and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there were none of them. 17 How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand, when I awake, I'm still with you. 19 Surely you will kill the wicked, O God, depart from me therefore, you bloody men. 20 For they speak against you wickedly, and your enemies take your name in vain. 21 Don't I hate them, O Lord, that hate you? And am I not grieved with those that rise up against you? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred, I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts, 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
___Psalm 140 1 Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man, preserve me from the violent man, 2 Who imagine mischiefs in their heart, continually they're gathered together for war. 3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent, adders' poison is under their lips. Selah. 4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked, preserve me from the violent man, who have purposed to overthrow my goings. 5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords, they've spread a net by the wayside, they've set traps for me. Selah. 6 I said to the Lord, "You are my God," hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord. 7 O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you've covered my head in the day of battle. 8 Don't grant the desires of the wicked, O Lord, don't further his wicked device, so that they don't exalt themselves. Selah. 9 As for the head of those that surround me, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. 10 Let burning coals fall on them, let them be thrown into the fire, into deep pits, so that they don't rise up again. 11 Don't let an evil speaker be established in the earth, evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. 12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. 13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name, the upright shall live in your presence.
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