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For the Chief Musician. By David, the servant of Yahweh.

36 A revelation is within my heart about the disobedience of the wicked:
    “There is no fear of God before his eyes.”
For he flatters himself in his own eyes,
    too much to detect and hate his sin.
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit.
    He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
He plots iniquity on his bed.
    He sets himself in a way that is not good.
    He doesn’t abhor evil.

Your loving kindness, Yahweh, is in the heavens.
    Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God.
    Your judgments are like a great deep.
    Yahweh, you preserve man and animal.
How precious is your loving kindness, God!
    The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the abundance of your house.
    You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures.
For with you is the spring of life.
    In your light we will see light.
10 Oh continue your loving kindness to those who know you,
    your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Don’t let the foot of pride come against me.
    Don’t let the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the workers of iniquity are fallen.
    They are thrust down, and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 36[a]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.

I have a message from God in my heart
    concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b](A)
There is no fear(B) of God
    before their eyes.(C)

In their own eyes they flatter themselves
    too much to detect or hate their sin.(D)
The words of their mouths(E) are wicked and deceitful;(F)
    they fail to act wisely(G) or do good.(H)
Even on their beds they plot evil;(I)
    they commit themselves to a sinful course(J)
    and do not reject what is wrong.(K)

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness(L) to the skies.(M)
Your righteousness(N) is like the highest mountains,(O)
    your justice like the great deep.(P)
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.(Q)
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!(R)
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(S)
They feast on the abundance of your house;(T)
    you give them drink from your river(U) of delights.(V)
For with you is the fountain of life;(W)
    in your light(X) we see light.

10 Continue your love(Y) to those who know you,(Z)
    your righteousness to the upright in heart.(AA)
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
    nor the hand of the wicked(AB) drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
    thrown down, not able to rise!(AC)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 36:1 In Hebrew texts 36:1-12 is numbered 36:2-13.
  2. Psalm 36:1 Or A message from God: The transgression of the wicked / resides in their hearts.

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