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Psalm 36

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The grievous estate of the wicked.

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

36:1 An oracle is within my heart about the disobedience of the wicked:
“There is no fear of God before his eyes.”

36:2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes,
too much to detect and hate his sin.

36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit.
He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

36:4 He plots iniquity on his bed.
He sets himself in a way that is not good.
He doesn’t abhor evil.

36:5 Your loving kindness, Yahweh, is in the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

36:6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God.
Your judgments are like a great deep.
Yahweh, you preserve man and animal.

36:7 How precious is your loving kindness, God!
The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

The excellency of God's mercy.

36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the abundance of your house.
You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures.

36:9 For with you is the spring of life.
In your light shall we see light.

David prays for favour to God's children.

36:10 Oh continue your loving kindness to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.

36:11 Don’t let the foot of pride come against me.
Don’t let the hand of the wicked drive me away.

36:12 There the workers of iniquity are fallen.
They are thrust down, and shall not be able to rise.

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