The book of Psalms contains some of the greatest words ever written, sung, and prayed.
The psalms are often lyrics of songs for worship. When you read the Psalms, try to imagine the movement of the people at worship in the Temple. Also, remember that the Psalms are poetry. Therefore, they are more to be proclaimed than explained.
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Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
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Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
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Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
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Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
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Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
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For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
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Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
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And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
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All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
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False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
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They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
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But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
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I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
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But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
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With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
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Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
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I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
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Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
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For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
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Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
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This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
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Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
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Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
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Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
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Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
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Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
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And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.
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IMPORTANT: All Scripture text has context and background. Scripture should never be read literally or in isolation. Always seek clarification from religious scholars and teachers. In general, Scripture adheres to four principles: (1) Literal Meaning - What the Scripture says (2) Historical Setting - The story events; how the Scripture was understood in its time (3) Grammar - The surrounding sentence and paragraph; textual context (4) Synthesis - A comparison with similar Scripture to give a better contextual understanding