For the director of music. A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord.
1I have a message from God in my heart.
It is about the evil ways of anyone who sins.
They don’t have any respect for God.
2They praise themselves so much
that they can’t see their sin or hate it.
3Their mouths speak words that are evil and false.
They do not act wisely or do what is good.
4Even as they lie in bed they make evil plans.
They commit themselves to a sinful way of life.
They never say no to what is wrong.
5Lord, your love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithful love reaches up to the skies.
6Your holiness is as great as the height of the highest mountains.
You are as honest as the oceans are deep.
Lord, you keep people and animals safe.
7How priceless your faithful love is!
People find safety in the shadow of your wings.
8They eat well because there is more than enough in your house.
You let them drink from your river that flows with good things.
9You have the fountain of life.
We are filled with light because you give us light.
10Keep on loving those who know you.
Keep on doing right to those whose hearts are honest.
11Don’t let the feet of those who are proud step on me.
Don’t let the hands of those who are evil drive me away.
12See how those who do evil have fallen!
They are thrown down and can’t get up.
Psalm 36In Hebrew texts 36:1-12 is numbered 36:2-13.
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.
1I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:36:1 Or A message from God: The transgression of the wicked / resides in their hearts.
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
2In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
3The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
4Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
5Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
7How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8They feast in the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
10Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12See how the evildoers lie fallen –
thrown down, not able to rise!