New English Translation
For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; a psalm of David.
1 I will thank the LORD with all my heart! I will tell about all your amazing deeds!
2 I will be happy and rejoice in you! I will sing praises to you, O sovereign One!
3 When my enemies turn back, they trip and are defeated before you.
4 For you defended my just cause; from your throne you pronounced a just decision.
5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry; you destroyed the wicked; you permanently wiped out all memory of them. 6 The enemy's cities have been reduced to permanent ruins; you destroyed their cities; all memory of the enemies has perished.
7 But the LORD rules forever; he reigns in a just manner.
8 He judges the world fairly; he makes just legal decisions for the nations.
9 Consequently the LORD provides safety for the oppressed; he provides safety in times of trouble.
10 Your loyal followers trust in you, for you, LORD, do not abandon those who seek your help.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who rules in Zion! Tell the nations what he has done!
12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; he did not overlook their cry for help
13 when they prayed: "Have mercy on me, LORD! See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, O one who can snatch me away from the gates of death!
14 Then I will tell about all your praiseworthy acts; in the gates of Daughter Zion I will rejoice because of your deliverance."
15 The nations fell into the pit they had made; their feet were caught in the net they had hidden.
16 The LORD revealed himself; he accomplished justice; the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. (Higgaion. Selah)
17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; this is the destiny of all the nations that ignore God,
18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed.
19 Rise up, LORD! Don't let men be defiant! May the nations be judged in your presence!
20 Terrify them, LORD! Let the nations know they are mere mortals! (Selah)
King James Version
To the chief Musician upon Muth-labben, A Psalm of David.
1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.
5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.
7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.