A. M. 2970. B.C. 1034. A Psalm
[ For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.] As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.
[For the choir director: according to "The Lilies." A Maskil of the sons of Korah. A love song.] My heart is moved by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
[For the choir director. A Davidic Maskil. When Doeg the Edomite went and reported to Saul, telling him, "David went to Ahimelech's house."] Why brag about evil, you hero! God's faithful love is constant.
[For the choir director: on Mahalath. A Davidic Maskil.] The fool says in his heart, "God does not exist." They are corrupt, and they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good.
[For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic Maskil.] God, listen to my prayer and do not ignore my plea for help.
How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the LORD's instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.
How happy is the man who has put his trust in the LORD and has not turned to the proud or to those who run after lies!
LORD of Hosts, happy is the person who trusts in You!
Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; LORD, they walk in the light of Your presence.
How happy are those who uphold justice, who practice righteousness at all times.
How happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the law of the LORD!
Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart.
[A song of ascents.] How happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways!
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD.
He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn't fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.
Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
And Jesus responded, "Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.
He said, "Even more, those who hear the word of God and keep it are blessed!"
"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
"Come, let us discuss this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.
"It is I who sweep away your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more.
I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.
Who is a God like You, removing iniquity and passing over rebellion for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not hold on to His anger forever, because He delights in faithful love.
He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you,
and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything, which you could not be justified from through the law of Moses.
Likewise, David also speaks of the blessing of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
How happy those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered!
How happy the man whom the Lord will never charge with sin!
You took away Your people's guilt; You covered all their sin. Selah
Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provoked the builders.