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Psalm chapter 11

1
[For the choir director. Davidic.] I have taken refuge in the LORD. How can you say to me, "Escape to the mountain like a bird!
2
For look, the wicked string the bow; they put the arrow on the bowstring to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
3
When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
4
The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; He examines everyone.
5
The LORD examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of violence.
6
He will rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked; a scorching wind will be their portion.
7
For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds. The upright will see His face.

Psalm chapter 12

1
[For the choir director: according to Sheminith. A Davidic psalm.] Help, LORD, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race.
2
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.
3
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks boastfully.
4
They say, "Through our tongues we have power; our lips are our own-- who can be our master?"
5
"Because of the oppression of the afflicted and the groaning of the poor, I will now rise up," says the LORD. "I will put in a safe place the one who longs for it."
6
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.
7
You, LORD, will guard us; You will protect us from this generation forever.
8
The wicked wander everywhere, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

Psalm chapter 13

1
[For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.] LORD, how long will You continually forget me? How long will You hide Your face from me?
2
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me?
3
Consider me and answer, LORD, my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death,
4
my enemy will say, "I have triumphed over him," and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
5
But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance.
6
I will sing to the LORD because He has treated me generously.

Psalm chapter 14

1
[For the choir director. Davidic.] The fool says in his heart, "God does not exist." They are corrupt; their actions are revolting. There is no one who does good.
2
The LORD looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God.
3
All have turned away; all alike have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.
4
Will evildoers never understand? They consume my people as they consume bread; they do not call on the LORD.
5
Then they will be filled with terror, for God is with those who are righteous.
6
You [sinners] frustrate the plans of the afflicted, but the LORD is his refuge.
7
Oh, that Israel's deliverance would come from Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

Psalm chapter 15

1
[A Davidic psalm.] LORD, who can dwell in Your tent? Who can live on Your holy mountain?
2
The one who lives honestly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges the truth in his heart--
3
who does not slander with his tongue, who does not harm his friend or discredit his neighbor,
4
who despises the one rejected by the LORD, but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his word whatever the cost,
5
who does not lend his money at interest or take a bribe against the innocent-- the one who does these things will never be moved.