- 1 2 For the leader; according to Muth Labben. A psalm of David.
- I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
- I will delight and rejoice in you; I will sing hymns to your name, Most High.
- For my enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.
- You upheld my right and my cause, seated on your throne, judging justly.
- You rebuked the nations, you destroyed the wicked; their name you blotted out for all time
- The enemies have been ruined forever; you destroyed their cities; their memory has perished.
- The LORD rules forever, has set up a throne for judgment.
- It is God who governs the world with justice, who judges the peoples with fairness.
- The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, stronghold in times of trouble.
- Those who honor your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, LORD.
- Sing hymns to the LORD enthroned on Zion; proclaim God's deeds among the nations!
- For the avenger of bloodshed remembers, does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
- Have mercy on me, LORD; see how my foes afflict me! You alone can raise me from the gates of death.
- 3Then I will declare all your praises, sing joyously of your salvation in the gates of daughter Zion.
- The nations fall into the pit they dig; in the snare they hide, their own foot is caught.
- 4 The LORD is revealed in this divine rule: by the deeds they do the wicked are trapped. Higgaion. Selah
- To Sheol the wicked will depart, all the nations that forget God.
- The needy will never be forgotten, nor will the hope of the afflicted ever fade.
- Arise, LORD, let no mortal prevail; let the nations be judged in your presence.
- Strike them with terror, LORD; show the nations they are mere mortals. Selah
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Footnotes1 [Psalms 9-10] Psalm 9 and Psalm 10 in the Hebrew text have been transmitted as separate poems but they actually form a single acrostic poem and are so transmitted in the Greek and Latin tradition. Each verse of the two psalms begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet (though several letters have no corresponding stanza). The psalm states loosely connected themes: the rescue of the helpless poor from their enemies, God's worldwide judgment and rule over the nations, the psalmist's own concern for rescue (Psalm 9:14-15). 2 Muth Labben: probably the melodic accompaniment of the psalm, now lost.
3 Daughter Zion: an ancient Near Eastern city could sometimes be personified as a woman or a queen, the spouse of the god of the city.
4 The Lord is revealed in this divine rule: God has so made the universe that the wicked are punished by the very actions they perform.
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