I exalt you, LORD, for you have lifted me up, and my enemies could not gloat over me.
Do not let my deceitful enemies gloat over me, nor let those who hate me without justification mock me with their eyes.
Later, King Hiram of Tyre sent a delegation to David, accompanied by cedar logs, carpenters, and stone masons. They built a palace for David.
Otherwise, my enemy will say, "I have overcome him;" Otherwise, my persecutor will rejoice when I am shaken.
Deliver your people and bless your inheritance! Shepherd them and lift them up forever! A Davidic Psalm.
I will speak highly of you, my God and King, and I will bless your name forever and ever.
In conclusion, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and give glory to the King of heaven: For everything he does is true, his ways are just, and he is able to humble those who walk in pride."
"Furthermore, let the officials ask the army, "Is there a man here who has built a new house but has not yet dedicated it? Let him go back home. Otherwise, he may die in battle and another man dedicate it.
When David returned to bless his household, Saul's daughter Michal came out to meet him and called out, "How the king of Israel honored himself today by undressing himself right in front of his women staff members, just like any pervert would dare to expose himself!"
he told the prophet Nathan, "Look now, I'm living in a cedar palace, but the Ark of God resides behind a tent curtain."
When David arrived at his palace in Jerusalem, the king took the ten mistresses whom he had left behind to keep the palace in order and placed them in a separate house, providing for them under the care of a protective guard. He never visited them again, so they were under care until they died, living as if their husbands had died.
built an altar to the LORD there, and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD answered David's prayers for the land and the pestilence on Israel was averted.
Levi and Benjamin were not included in the census, because what the king had commanded was unethical to Joab.
Now my head will be lifted up above my enemies, even those who surround me. I will sacrifice in his tent with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melodies to the LORD.
Magnify the LORD with me! Let us lift up his name together!
Judge me according to your righteousness, LORD my God! But do not let them gloat over me.
In this way I will know that you are pleased with me, and that my enemies will not shout in triumph over me.
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let vengeance for the blood of your servants be meted out before our eyes and among the nations.
All who pass by on their way plunder him; he has become a reproach to his neighbors.
Never grant, LORD, the desires of the wicked; never condone their plans so they cannot exalt themselves. Interlude
Everyone who passes by on the road shake their fists at you. They hiss and shake their heads at cherished Jerusalem: "Is this the city men used to call "The Perfection of Beauty,' and "The Joy of the Entire Earth'"?