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PSALM 92*

A Hymn of Thanksgiving for God’s Fidelity

1A psalm. A sabbath song.

I

2It is good to give thanks to the LORD,

to sing praise to your name, Most High,a

3To proclaim your love at daybreak,

your faithfulness in the night,

4With the ten-stringed harp,

with melody upon the lyre.b

5For you make me jubilant, LORD, by your deeds;

at the works of your hands I shout for joy.

II

6How great are your works, LORD!c

How profound your designs!

7A senseless person cannot know this;

a fool cannot comprehend.

8Though the wicked flourish like grassd

and all sinners thrive,

They are destined for eternal destruction;

9but you, LORD, are forever on high.

10Indeed your enemies, LORD,

indeed your enemies shall perish;

all sinners shall be scattered.e

III

11You have given me the strength of a wild ox;f

you have poured rich oil upon me.g

12My eyes look with glee on my wicked enemies;

my ears shall hear what happens to my wicked foes.h

13The just shall flourish like the palm tree,

shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon.i

14*Planted in the house of the LORD,

they shall flourish in the courts of our God.

15They shall bear fruit even in old age,

they will stay fresh and green,

16To proclaim: “The LORD is just;

my rock, in whom there is no wrong.”j

* [Psalm 92] A hymn of praise and thanks for God’s faithful deeds (Ps 92:25). The wicked, deluded by their prosperity (Ps 92:69), are punished (Ps 92:10), whereas the psalmist has already experienced God’s protection (Ps 92:1115).

* [92:14] Planted: the just are likened to trees growing in the sacred precincts of the Temple, which is often seen as the source of life and fertility because of God’s presence, cf. Ps 36:9, 10; Ez 47:112.

a. [92:2] Ps 33:1; 147:1.

b. [92:4] Ps 33:2; 144:9.

c. [92:67] Ps 131:1; 139:6, 17; Wis 13:1; 17:1.

d. [92:8] Ps 37:35.

e. [92:10] Ps 68:12; 125:5.

f. [92:11] Ps 75:11; Dt 33:17.

g. [92:11] Ps 23:5.

h. [92:12] Ps 91:8.

i. [92:13] Ps 1:3; 52:10; Jer 17:8.

j. [92:16] Dt 32:4.






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