For the director of music. To the tune of ‘Do Not Destroy’. A psalm of Asaph. A song.1 We praise you, God,
we praise you, for your Name is near;
people tell of your wonderful deeds.
2 You say, ‘I choose the appointed time;
it is I who judge with equity.
3 When the earth and all its people quake,
it is I who hold its pillars firm. ▼
▼ The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
4 To the arrogant I say, “Boast no more,”
and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horns. ▼
▼ Horns here symbolise strength; also in verses 5 and 10.
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
do not speak so defiantly.”’
6 No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7 It is God who judges:
He brings one down, he exalts another.
8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs.
9 As for me, I will declare this for ever;
I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
10 who says, ‘I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.’
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