Old Testament

Psalm 144
Psalm 144
A Prayer for the Nation
By David.
1Blessed be the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for battle,
my fingers for war.
2He shows me mercy.
He is my stronghold, my high fortress.
He is my deliverer and my shield,
so I take refuge in him.
He subdues peoples[] under me.
3 Lord, what is man that you notice him,
the son of man that you consider him?
4Man is like a breath.[]
His days are like a passing shadow.
5 Lord, rip open your heavens and come down.
Touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6Send out lightning and scatter them.
Shoot your arrows and rout them.
7Reach down your hand from on high.
Rescue me and snatch me from the mighty waters,
from the hand of foreigners 8whose mouths speak lies,
who raise their right hands to a false oath.[]
9God, I will sing a new song to you.
On the ten-stringed harp I will make music to you,
10to you who gives victory to kings,
to you who delivers David his servant from the evil sword.
11Rescue me and snatch me from the hand of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
who raise their right hands to a false oath.
The Results of Victory
12Then our sons in their youth will be like full-grown plants.
Our daughters will be like corner pillars carved to decorate a palace.
13Our storehouses will be filled with produce of every kind.
Our flocks will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our countryside.
14Our oxen will pull heavy loads.
There will be no breaking through our walls,
no exile into captivity,
no cry of distress in our city squares.
15How blessed are the people for whom this is so.
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.


  • 144:2 Hebrew variant. The main Hebrew reading is my people.
  • 144:4 Or vapor
  • 144:8 Literally their right hand a right hand of falseness