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Psalm chapter 101

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[A Davidic psalm.] I will sing of faithful love and justice; I will sing praise to You, LORD.
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I will pay attention to the way of integrity. When will You come to me? I will live with integrity of heart in my house.
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I will not set anything godless before my eyes. I hate the doing of transgression; it will not cling to me.
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A devious heart will be far from me; I will not be involved with evil.
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I will destroy anyone who secretly slanders his neighbor; I cannot tolerate anyone with haughty eyes or an arrogant heart.
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My eyes [favor] the faithful of the land so that they may sit down with me. The one who follows the way of integrity may serve me.
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No one who acts deceitfully will live in my palace; no one who tells lies will remain in my presence.
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Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, eliminating all evildoers from the LORD's city.

Psalm chapter 102

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[A prayer of an afflicted person who is weak and pours out his lament before the Lord.] LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry for help come before You.
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Do not hide Your face from me in my day of trouble. Listen closely to me; answer me quickly when I call.
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For my days vanish like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.
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My heart is afflicted, withered like grass; I even forget to eat my food.
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Because of the sound of my groaning, my flesh sticks to my bones.
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I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.
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I stay awake; I am like a solitary bird on a roof.
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My enemies taunt me all day long; they ridicule and curse me.
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I eat ashes like bread and mingle my drinks with tears
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because of Your indignation and wrath; for You have picked me up and thrown me aside.
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My days are like a lengthening shadow, and I wither away like grass.
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But You, LORD, are enthroned forever; Your fame [endures] to all generations.
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You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her-- the appointed time has come.
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For Your servants take delight in its stones and favor its dust.
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Then the nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth Your glory,
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for the LORD will rebuild Zion; He will appear in His glory.
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He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their prayer.
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This will be written for a later generation, and a newly created people will praise the LORD:
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He looked down from His holy heights-- the LORD gazed out from heaven to earth--
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to hear a prisoner's groaning, to set free those condemned to die,
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so that they might declare the name of the LORD in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem,
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when peoples and kingdoms are assembled to serve the LORD.
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He has broken my strength in midcourse; He has shortened my days.
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I say: "My God, do not take me in the middle of my life! Your years continue through all generations.
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Long ago You established the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.
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They will perish, but You will endure; all of them will wear out like clothing. You will change them like a garment, and they will pass away.
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But You are the same, and Your years will never end.
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Your servants' children will dwell [securely], and their offspring will be established before You."

Psalm chapter 103

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[Davidic.] My soul, praise the LORD, and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
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My soul, praise the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits.
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He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases.
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He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
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He satisfies you with goodness; your youth is renewed like the eagle.
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The LORD executes acts of righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
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He revealed His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel.
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The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and full of faithful love.
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He will not always accuse [us] or be angry forever.
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He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses.
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For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.
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As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
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As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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For He knows what we are made of, remembering that we are dust.
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As for man, his days are like grass-- he blooms like a flower of the field;
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when the wind passes over it, it vanishes, and its place is no longer known.
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But from eternity to eternity the LORD's faithful love is toward those who fear Him, and His righteousness toward the grandchildren
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of those who keep His covenant, who remember to observe His instructions.
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The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
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Praise the LORD, [all] His angels of great strength, who do His word, obedient to His command.
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Praise the LORD, all His armies, His servants who do His will.
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Praise the LORD, all His works in all the places where He rules. My soul, praise the LORD!

Psalm chapter 104

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My soul, praise the LORD! LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with majesty and splendor.
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He wraps Himself in light as if it were a robe, spreading out the sky like a canopy,
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laying the beams of His palace on the waters [above], making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind,
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and making the winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.
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He established the earth on its foundations; it will never be shaken.
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You covered it with the deep as if it were a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
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At Your rebuke the waters fled; at the sound of Your thunder they hurried away--
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mountains rose and valleys sank-- to the place You established for them.
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You set a boundary they cannot cross; they will never cover the earth again.
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He causes the springs to gush into the valleys; they flow between the mountains.
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They supply water for every wild beast; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
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The birds of the sky live beside [the springs]; they sing among the foliage.
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He waters the mountains from His palace; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of Your labor.
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He causes grass to grow for the livestock and [provides] crops for man to cultivate, producing food from the earth,
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wine that makes man's heart glad-- making his face shine with oil-- and bread that sustains man's heart.
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The trees of the LORD flourish, the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.
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There the birds make their nests; the stork makes its home in the pine trees.
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The high mountains are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for hyraxes.
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He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows when to set.
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You bring darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals stir.
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The young lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.
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The sun rises; they go back and lie down in their dens.
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Man goes out to his work and to his labor until evening.
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How countless are Your works, LORD! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.
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Here is the sea, vast and wide, teeming with creatures beyond number-- living things both large and small.
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There the ships move about, and Leviathan, which You formed to play there.
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All of them wait for You to give them their food at the right time.
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When You give it to them, they gather it; when You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
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When You hide Your face, they are terrified; when You take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.
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When You send Your breath, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth.
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May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in His works.
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He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they pour out smoke.
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I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.
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May my meditation be pleasing to Him; I will rejoice in the LORD.
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May sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. My soul, praise the LORD! Hallelujah!

Psalm chapter 105

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Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples.
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Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell about all His wonderful works!
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Honor His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
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Search for the LORD and for His strength; seek His face always.
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Remember the wonderful works He has done, His wonders, and the judgments He has pronounced,
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You offspring of Abraham His servant, Jacob's descendants-- His chosen ones.
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He is the LORD our God; His judgments [govern] the whole earth.
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He forever remembers His covenant, the promise He ordained for a thousand generations--
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[the covenant] He made with Abraham, swore to Isaac,
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and confirmed to Jacob as a decree and to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
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"I will give the land of Canaan to you as your inherited portion."
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When they were few in number, very few indeed, and temporary residents in Canaan,
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wandering from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another,
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He allowed no one to oppress them; He rebuked kings on their behalf:
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"Do not touch My anointed ones, or harm My prophets."
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He called down famine against the land and destroyed the entire food supply.
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He had sent a man ahead of them-- Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
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They hurt his feet with shackles; his neck was put in an iron collar.
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Until the time his prediction came true, the word of the LORD tested him.
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The king sent [for him] and released him; the ruler of peoples set him free.
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He made him master of his household, ruler over all his possessions--
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binding his officials at will and instructing his elders.
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Then Israel went to Egypt; Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
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The LORD made His people very fruitful; He made them more numerous than their foes,
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whose hearts He turned to hate His people and to deal deceptively with His servants.
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He sent Moses His servant, and Aaron, whom He had chosen.
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They performed His miraculous signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
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He sent darkness, and it became dark-- for did they not defy His commands?
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He turned their waters into blood and caused their fish to die.
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Their land was overrun with frogs, even in their kings' chambers.
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He spoke, and insects came-- gnats throughout their country.
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He gave them hail for rain, and lightning throughout their land.
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He struck their vines and fig trees and shattered the trees of their territory.
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He spoke and locusts came-- young locusts without number.
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They devoured all the vegetation in their land and consumed the produce of their soil.
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He struck all the firstborn in their land, all their first progeny.
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Then He brought Israel out with silver and gold, and no one among His tribes stumbled.
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Egypt was glad when they left, for dread of Israel had fallen on them.
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He spread a cloud as a covering and [gave] a fire to light up the night.
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They asked, and He brought quail and satisfied them with bread from heaven.
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He opened a rock, and water gushed out; it flowed like a stream in the desert.
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For He remembered His holy promise to Abraham His servant.
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He brought His people out with rejoicing, His chosen ones with shouts of joy.
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He gave them the lands of the nations, and they inherited what other peoples had worked for.
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[All this happened] so that they might keep His statutes and obey His laws. Hallelujah!