Psalm 144



A King's Prayer

1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;

1 {A Psalm of David.} Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare,

1 Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my keen and firm Strength, Who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight -- "

2 My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.

2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

2 he is my gracious love and my fortress, my strong tower and my deliverer, my shield and the one in whom I find refuge, who subdues nations under me.

2 My Steadfast Love and my Fortress, my High Tower and my Deliverer, my Shield and He in Whom I trust and take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.

3 O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him?

3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

3 LORD, what are human beings, that you should care about them, or mortal man, that you should think about him?

3 Lord, what is man that You take notice of him? Or [the] son of man that You take account of him?

4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

4 The human person is a mere empty breath; his days are like a fading shadow.

4 Man is like vanity and a breath; his days are as a shadow that passes away.

5 Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

5 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

5 Bow your heavens, LORD, and descend; touch the mountains, and they will smolder.

5 Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

6 Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Send out Your arrows and confuse them.

6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy, shoot your arrows and confuse them.

6 Cast forth lightning and scatter [my enemies]; send out Your arrows and embarrass and frustrate them.

7 Stretch forth Your hand from on high; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, Out of the hand of aliens

7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

7 Reach down your hand from your high place; rescue me and deliver me from mighty waters, from the control of foreigners.

7 Stretch forth Your hand from above; rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, from the hands of hostile aliens (tribes around us)

8 Whose mouths speak deceit, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

8 Their mouths speak lies, and their right hand deceives,

8 Whose mouths speak deceit and whose right hands are right hands [raised in taking] fraudulent oaths.

9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

9 God, I will sing a new song to you. On a harp of ten strings I will play to you

9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp, an instrument of ten strings, will I offer praises to You.

10 Who gives salvation to kings, Who rescues David His servant from the evil sword.

10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

10 to you who gives victory to kings, rescuing his servant David from cruel swords.

10 You are He Who gives salvation to kings, Who rescues David His servant from the hurtful sword [of evil].

11 Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens, Whose mouth speaks deceit And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

11 Rescue me and deliver me from the control of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies, and whose right hand deceives.

11 Rescue me and deliver me out of the power of [hostile] alien [tribes] whose mouths speak deceit and whose right hands are right hands [raised in taking] fraudulent oaths.

12 Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;

12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

12 May our sons in their youth be like full-grown plants, and our daughters like pillars destined to decorate a palace.

12 When our sons shall be as plants grown large in their youth and our daughters as sculptured corner pillars hewn like those of a palace;

13 Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;

13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:

13 May our granaries be filled, storing produce in abundance; may our sheep bring forth thousands, even tens of thousands in our fields.

13 When our garners are full, affording all manner of store, and our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our pastures;

14 Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss, Let there be no outcry in our streets!

14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

14 May our cattle grow heavy with young, with no damage or loss. May there be no cry of anguish in our streets!

14 When our oxen are well loaded; when there is no invasion [of hostile armies] and no going forth [against besiegers -- "when there is no murder or manslaughter] and no outcry in our streets;

15 How blessed are the people who are so situated; How blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

15 Happy are the people to whom these things come; happy are the people whose God is the LORD. A Davidic Psalm

15 Happy and blessed are the people who are in such a case; yes, happy (blessed, fortunate, prosperous, to be envied) are the people whose God is the Lord!



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