Psalms 41 Through 45 (AMPC) Posted on 9 Sep 06:14 , 2 comments

Psalm 41-45 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Psalm 41 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. 1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who considers the weak and the poor; the Lord will deliver him in the time of evil and trouble. 2 The Lord will protect him and keep him alive; he shall be called blessed in the land; and You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. 3 The Lord will sustain, refresh, and strengthen him on his bed of languishing; all his bed You [O Lord] will turn, change, and transform in his illness. 4 I said, Lord, be merciful and gracious to me; heal my inner self, for I have sinned against You. 5 My enemies speak evil of me, [saying], When will he die and his name perish? 6 And when one comes to see me, he speaks falsehood and empty words, while his heart gathers mischievous gossip [against me]; when he goes away, he tells it abroad. 7 All who hate me whisper together about me; against me do they devise my hurt [imagining the worst for me]. 8 An evil disease, say they, is poured out upon him and cleaves fast to him; and now that he is bedfast, he will not rise up again. 9 Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted (relied on and was confident), who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. 10 But You, O Lord, be merciful and gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. 11 By this I know that You favor and delight in me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 And as for me, You have upheld me in my integrity and set me in Your presence forever. 13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting and to everlasting [from this age to the next, and forever]! Amen and Amen (so be it). Book Two Psalm 42 To the Chief Musician. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of the sons of Korah. 1 As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. 2 My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, Where is your God? 4 These things I [earnestly] remember and pour myself out within me: how I went slowly before the throng and led them in procession to the house of God [like a bandmaster before his band, timing the steps to the sound of music and the chant of song], with the voice of shouting and praise, a throng keeping festival. 5 Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God. 6 O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon, from the little mountain Mizar. 7 [Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts; all Your breakers and Your rolling waves have gone over me. 8 Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will say to God my Rock, Why have You forgotten me? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 10 As with a sword [crushing] in my bones, my enemies taunt and reproach me, while they say continually to me, Where is your God? 11 Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 43 1 Judge and vindicate me, O God; plead and defend my cause against an ungodly nation. O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! 2 For You are the God of my strength [my Stronghold—in Whom I take refuge]; why have You cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3 O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling. 4 Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God! 5 Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my [sad] countenance, and my God. Psalm 44 To the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of the sons of Korah. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem. 1 We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us [what] work You did in their days, in the days of old. 2 You drove out the nations with Your hand and it was Your power that gave [Israel] a home by rooting out the [heathen] peoples, but [Israel] You spread out. 3 For they got not the land [of Canaan] in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your countenance [did it], because You were favorable toward and did delight in them. 4 You are my King, O God; command victories and deliverance for Jacob (Israel). 5 Through You shall we push down our enemies; through Your name shall we tread them under who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in and lean on my bow, neither shall my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our foes and have put them to shame who hate us. 8 In God we have made our boast all the day long, and we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 9 But now You have cast us off and brought us to dishonor, and You go not out with our armies. 10 You make us to turn back from the enemy, and they who hate us take spoil for themselves. 11 You have made us like sheep intended for mutton and have scattered us in exile among the nations. 12 You sell Your people for nothing, and have not increased Your wealth by their price. 13 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors, a scoffing and a derision to those who are round about us. 14 You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the heads among the people. 15 My dishonor is before me all day long, and shame has covered my face 16 At the words of the taunter and reviler, by reason of the enemy and the revengeful. 17 All this is come upon us, yet have we not forgotten You, neither have we been false to Your covenant [which You made with our fathers]. 18 Our hearts are not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Your path, 19 Though You have distressingly broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with deep darkness, even with the shadow of death. 20 If we had forgotten the name of our God or stretched out our hands to a strange god, 21 Would not God discover this? For He knows the secrets of the heart. 22 No, but for Your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 23 Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arouse Yourself, cast us not off forever! 24 Why do You hide Your face and forget our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our lives are bowed down to the dust; our bodies cleave to the ground. 26 Rise up! Come to our help, and deliver us for Your mercy’s sake and because of Your steadfast love! Psalm 45 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Lilies” [probably a popular air. A Psalm] of the sons of Korah. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem. A song of love. 1 My heart overflows with a [a]goodly theme; I address my psalm to a King. My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer. 2 You are fairer than the children of men; graciousness is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever. 3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty! 4 And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things. 5 Your arrows are sharp; the peoples fall under You; Your darts pierce the hearts of the King’s enemies. 6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness, uprightness, and right standing with God and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows. 8 Your garments are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia; stringed instruments make You glad. 9 Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. 10 Hear, O daughter, consider, submit, and consent to my instruction: forget also your own people and your father’s house; 11 So will the King desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, be submissive and reverence and honor Him. 12 And, O daughter of Tyre, the richest of the people shall entreat your favor with a gift. 13 The King’s daughter in the inner part [of the palace] is all glorious; her clothing is inwrought with gold. 14 She shall be brought to the King in raiment of needlework; with the virgins, her companions that follow her, she shall be brought to You. 15 With gladness and rejoicing will they be brought; they will enter into the King’s palace. 16 Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You will make princes in all the land. 17 I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shall the people praise and give You thanks forever and ever. Footnotes: Psalm 45:1 Jesus spoke of what was written of Him “in the Psalms” (see Luke 24:44). This is one such Messianic psalm. However, the capitalization indicating the deity is offered provisionally. The chapter is written against the background of a secular royal wedding. But the New Testament reference to this psalm in Heb. 1:8, 9, where verses 6 and 7 of Psalm 45 are quoted and applied to Christ, makes any other interpretation seem incidental in importance. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation