A Prayer for National Safety
Of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1Blessed be Yahweh, my rock,
the one who trains my hands for battle,
my fingers for war—
2my loyal love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, and one in whom I take refuge,
the one who subdues peoples#Reading with many Hebrew manuscripts and versions; MT reads “my people” under me.
3O Yahweh, what is humankind that you take knowledge of him,
or the son of man that you take thought of him?
4Humankind is like a breath,
his days like a passing shadow.
5O Yahweh, bow the heavens and come down;
touch the mountains so that they smoke.
6Flash forth lightning and scatter them;
dispatch your arrows and rout them.
7Stretch out your hands from on high;
Rescue me and deliver me from many waters,
from the hand of foreigners,
8whose mouth speaks falsely,
and their right hand is a false right hand.
9O God, I will sing a new song to you.
With a lyre of ten strings I will sing praise to you,
10who gives victory to kings,
who rescues David his servant
from the evil sword.
11Rescue me and deliver me
from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouth speaks falsely,
and whose right hand is a false right hand,
12that our sons may be like plants,
full grown in their youth,
our daughters like corner pillars,
carved in the style of a palace,
13that our granaries may be full,
providing produce of all kinds,#Hebrew “from kind to kind”
that our sheep may produce by the thousands,
by the tens of thousands in our open fields,
14that our cattle may be pregnant;
that there be no breach in our walls,
and no going out in exile,
and no outcry in our plazas.
15Blessed are the people who have it thus.
Blessed are the people whose God is Yahweh.
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