Psalms 65

God’s Care for the Earth

1For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. A song.

Praise is rightfully Yours,
Or Praise is silence to You, or Praise awaits You

God, in
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
vows to You will be fulfilled. c
2 All humanity will come to You,
the One who hears prayer. d
3 Iniquities overwhelm me;
only You can
atone/ atonement: A theological term for God's provision to deal with human sin. In the OT, it primarily means purification. In some contexts forgiveness, pardon, expiation, propitiation, or reconciliation is included. The basis of atonement is substitutionary sacrifice offered in faith. The OT sacrifices were types and shadows of the great and final sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
atone for
Or can forgive, or can wipe out
our rebellions. g
4 How happy is the one You choose
and bring near to live in Your courts!
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
the holiness of Your temple.
Or house, Your holy temple

5 You answer us in righteousness,
with awe-inspiring works,
God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the distant seas. j
6 You establish the mountains by Your
Some LXX mss, Vg; MT reads His
robed with strength. l
7 You silence the roar of the seas,
the roar of their waves,
and the tumult of the nations. m
8 Those who live far away are awed by Your signs;
You make east and west shout for joy. n

9 You visit the earth and water it abundantly,
enriching it greatly.
God’s stream is filled with water,
for You prepare the earth
Lit prepare it
in this way,
providing people with grain. p
10 You soften it with showers and bless its growth,
soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges. q
11 You crown the year with Your goodness;
Your ways overflow with plenty.
Lit ways drip with fat
12 The wilderness pastures overflow,
and the hills are robed with joy. t
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks
and the valleys covered with grain. u
They shout in triumph; indeed, they sing. v
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