A. M. 2983. B.C. 1021. Shiggaion
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. According to Shigionoth.
When David had gone a little beyond the summit, Ziba, Mephibosheth's servant, was right there to meet him. He had a pair of saddled donkeys loaded with 200 loaves of bread, 100 clusters of raisins, 100 [bunches] of summer fruit, and a skin of wine.
The king said to Ziba, "Why do you have these?" Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride, the bread and summer fruit are for the young men to eat, and the wine is for those who become exhausted to drink in the desert."
"Where is your master's son?" the king asked. "Why, he's staying in Jerusalem," Ziba replied to the king, "for he said, 'Today, the house of Israel will restore my father's kingdom to me.'"
The king said to Ziba, "All that belongs to Mephibosheth is now yours!" "I bow [before you]," Ziba said. "May you look favorably on me, my lord the king!"
When King David got to Bahurim, a man belonging to the family of the house of Saul was just coming out. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he was yelling curses as he approached.
He threw stones at David and at all the royal servants, the people and the warriors on David's right and left.
Shimei said as he cursed: "Get out, get out, you worthless murderer!
The LORD has paid you back for all the blood of the house of Saul in whose place you rule, and the LORD has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. Look, you are in trouble because you're a murderer!"
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut his head off!"
The king replied, "Sons of Zeruiah, do we agree on anything? He curses [me] this way because the LORD told him, 'Curse David!' Therefore, who can say, 'Why did you do that?'"
Then David said to Abishai and all his servants, "Look, my own son, my own flesh and blood, intends to take my life-- how much more now this Benjaminite! Leave him alone and let him curse [me]; the LORD has told him to.
Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and restore goodness to me instead of Shimei's curses today."
So David and his men proceeded along the road as Shimei was going along the ridge of the hill opposite him. As Shimei went, he cursed [David], and threw stones and dirt at him.
Finally, the king and all the people with him arrived exhausted, so they rested there.
Now Absalom and all the Israelites came to Jerusalem. Ahithophel was also with him.
When David's friend Hushai the Archite came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, "Long live the king! Long live the king!"
"Is this your loyalty to your friend?" Absalom asked Hushai. "Why didn't you go with your friend?"
"Not at all," Hushai answered Absalom. "I am on the side of the one that the LORD, the people, and all the men of Israel have chosen. I will stay with him.
Furthermore, whom will I serve if not his son? As I served in your father's presence, I will also serve in yours."
Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give [me] your advice. What should we do?"
Ahithophel replied to Absalom, "Sleep with your father's concubines he left to take care of the palace. When all Israel hears that you have become repulsive to your father, everyone with you will be encouraged."
So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.
Now the advice Ahithophel gave in those days was like someone asking about a word from God-- such was the regard that both David and Absalom had for Ahithophel's advice.
Consider me and answer, LORD, my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death,
But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance.
LORD, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.
LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
so that I can sing to You and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise You forever.
Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the lyre, God, my God.
He will call to Me, 'You are my Father, my God, the rock of my salvation.'
My brothers who went with me caused the people's hearts to melt with fear, but I remained loyal to the LORD my God.
I have heard Ephraim moaning: You disciplined me, and I have been disciplined like an untrained calf. Restore me, and I will return, for you, LORD, are my God.
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: Ah, Lord-- the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant with those who love Him and keep His commandments--
Lord, hear! Lord, forgive! Lord, listen and act! My God, for Your own sake, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before Yahweh my God concerning the holy mountain of my God--
You will flee by My mountain valley, for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come and all the holy ones with Him.
[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!
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
My God, I trust in You. Do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me.
[Davidic.] Vindicate me, LORD, because I have lived with integrity and have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
[For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.] LORD, I seek refuge in You; let me never be disgraced. Save me by Your righteousness.
Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the LORD will have faithful love surrounding him.
Do not trust in nobles, in man, who cannot save.
When his breath leaves him, he returns to the ground; on that day his plans die.
Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He remains faithful forever,
Who among you fears the LORD, listening to the voice of His servant? Who [among you] walks in darkness, and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD; let him lean on his God.
who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Rise up, LORD! Save me, my God! You strike all my enemies on the cheek; You break the teeth of the wicked.
Display the wonders of Your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against Your right hand.
Guard me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings
from the wicked who treat me violently, my deadly enemies who surround me.
The course of my life is in Your power; deliver me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors.
[Davidic.] Oppose my opponents, LORD; fight those who fight me.
Take Your shields-- large and small-- and come to my aid.
Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers, and assure me: "I am your deliverance."
You know, LORD; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience, don't take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor.
But the LORD is with me like a violent warrior. Therefore, my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. Since they have not succeeded, they will be utterly shamed, an everlasting humiliation that will never be forgotten.
So those who suffer according to God's will should, in doing good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.