Psalms 21
Joy in the Salvation of Yahweh
For the music director. A psalm of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1O Yahweh, the king will rejoice in your strength,
and how greatly he will delight in your help.#Or “victory”
2You have given him the desire of his heart,
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
3For you meet him with blessings of good things.
You set on his head a crown of fine gold.
4He asked life from you; you gave it to him—
length of days forever and ever.
5His honor is great because of your help.#Or “victory”
Splendor and majesty you have bestowed upon him.
6For you set on him blessings forever.
You make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7Because the king trusts Yahweh,
and through the steadfast love#Or “loyal love” of the Most High
he shall not be moved.
8Your hand will find all your enemies;
your right hand will find those who hate you.
9You will make them like your fiery furnace
at the time of your appearance.
Yahweh will swallow them in his wrath
and fire will consume them.
10You will destroy their offspring#Literally “fruit” from the earth,
and their descendants#Literally “seed” from among the children of humankind.
11Though they have plotted#Literally “spread out” evil against you,
though they have planned a scheme, they will not prevail.
12For you will turn them to flight;#Literally “make them a shoulder”
you will aim arrows on your bowstrings at their faces.
13Be exalted, O Yahweh, in your strength,
and we sing and praise your power.
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