Wickedness of Men and Lovingkindness of God.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord.
1Transgression speaks [like an oracle] to the wicked (godless) [deep] within his heart;
There is no fear (dread) of God before his eyes.
For he flatters and deceives himself in his own eyes
Thinking that his sinfulness will not be discovered and hated [by God].
The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful;
He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
He plans wrongdoing on his bed;
He sets himself on a path that is not good;
He does not reject or despise evil.
Your lovingkindness and graciousness, O Lord, extend to the skies,
Your faithfulness [reaches] to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God,
Your judgments are like the great deep.
O Lord, You preserve man and beast.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
The children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You allow them to drink from the river of Your delights.
For with You is the fountain of life [the fountain of life-giving water];
In Your light we see light.
O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness (salvation) to the upright in heart.
Do not let the foot of the proud [person] overtake me,
And do not let the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There those who [are perverse and] do evil have fallen;
They have been thrust down and cannot rise.