To the director upon Muth-labʹben.* A melody of David. א [ʼAʹleph]* 9 I will laud [you], O Jehovah, with all my heart;+I will declare all your wonderful works.+ 2 I will rejoice and exult in you,+I will make melody to your name, O Most High.+ ב [Behth] 3 When my enemies turn back,+They will stumble and perish from before you.+ 4 For you have executed my judgment and my cause;+You have sat on the throne judging with righteousness.+ ג [Giʹmel] 5 You have rebuked nations,+ you have destroyed the wicked one.+Their name you have wiped out to time indefinite, even forever.*+ 6 O you enemy, [your] desolations have come to their perpetual finish,+And the cities that you have uprooted.+The very mention of them will certainly perish.+ ה [Heʼ] 7 As for Jehovah, he will sit to time indefinite,+Firmly establishing his throne for judgment itself.+ 8 And he himself will judge the productive land* in righteousness;+He will judicially try national groups in uprightness.+ ו [Waw] 9 And Jehovah will become a secure height for anyone crushed,+A secure height in times of distress.+ 10 And those knowing your name will trust in you,+For you will certainly not leave those looking for you, O Jehovah.+ ז [Zaʹyin] 11 Make melody, YOU people, to Jehovah, who is dwelling in Zion;+Tell among the peoples his deeds.+ 12 For, when looking for bloodshed,+ he will certainly remember those very ones;+He is sure not to forget the outcry of the afflicted ones.+ ח [Chehth] 13 Show me favor, O Jehovah; see my affliction by those hating me,+O you who are lifting me up from the gates of death,+ 14 In order that I may declare all your praiseworthy deeds+In the gates+ of the daughter of Zion,+That I may be joyful in your salvation.+ ט [Tehth] 15 The nations have sunk down into the pit that they have made;+In the net+ that they hid, their own foot has been caught.+ 16 Jehovah is known by the judgment that he has executed.+By the activity of his own hands the wicked one has been ensnared.*+Hig·gaʹion.* Seʹlah. י [Yohdh] 17 Wicked+ people will turn back to Sheʹol,*+Even all the nations forgetting God.*+ 18 For not always will the poor one be forgotten,+Nor will the hope of the meek ones ever perish.+ כ [Kaph] 19 Do arise, O Jehovah! Let not mortal man prove superior in strength.+Let the nations be judged before your face.+ 20 Do put fear into them,* O Jehovah,+That the nations may know that they are but mortal men.+ Seʹlah.
^ “Upon Muth-labben.” Heb., ʽal·muthʹ lab·benʹ, an unexplained Heb. expression, but translated by some as “concerning the death of the son.”
^ In M this psalm is linked with Ps 10 in alphabetic, or acrostic, arrangement with some letters omitted.
^ Or, “forever and ever.”
^ “Productive land.” Heb., te·velʹ; LXX, “the inhabited earth”; Vg, “the circle,” that is, of the earth.
^ “Has been ensnared,” by a change of vowel pointing; M, “is entrapping.”
^ “Higgaion.” A technical musical term, the meaning of which is uncertain.
^ “Sheol,” MTSy; Gr., haiʹden; Lat., in·ferʹnum. See App 4B.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ.
^ “Do put a curse upon them,” by a correction of M.