A Psalm of David.
Blessed be the LORD my
strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:||
"The Lord ... teacheth my hands to war."
The God of Peace teaches us to kill each other in war.
Is God warlike or peaceful?
My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield,
and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man,
that thou makest account of him!
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.||
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and
Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters,
from the hand of strange children;||
Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of
I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument
of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.||
It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his
servant from the hurtful sword.||
Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth
speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:||
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters
may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:||
That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our
sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:||
That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor
going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.||
Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people,
whose God is the LORD.