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Date: 200-100 B.C.
Location: Qumran Cave 4
Contents: (non-canonical order) Psalms 5:8-12 (Hebrew 5:9-13); 6:1, 3, 5 (Hebrew 6:2, 4, 6); 25:8, 10, 12, 15; 31:23-24; 33:2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, 21; 34:20-21 (Hebrew 34:1, 21-22); 35:2, 13-18, 20; 26-27; 36:2, 4-6, 8 (Hebrew 36:1, 3, 5-7, 9); 38:1, 3, 5, 7-9, 11,13, 15-22 (Hebrew 38:2, 4, 6, 8-10, 12, 14,16-23); 71:1-14; 47:2; 53:1, 3-4, 6 (Hebrew 53: 2, 4-5, 7); 54:1, 3-4 (Hebrew 54:2-3, 5-6); 56:3 (Hebrew 56:4); 62:12 (Hebrew 62:13); 63:2, 4; 66:16, 18-20; 67:1, 3-7 (Hebrew 67:1-2, 4-8); 69:1-18 (Hebrew 69:1-19)
8 Lead me, Yahweh, in your righteousness because of my enemies.
Make your way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth.
Their heart is destruction.
Their throat is an open tomb.
They flatter with their tongue.
10 Hold them guilty, God.
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Thrust them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all those who take refuge in you rejoice,
Let them always shout for joy, because you defend them.
Let them also who love your name be joyful in you.
12 For you will bless the righteous.
Yahweh, you will surround him with favor as with a shield.
1 Yahweh, don’t rebuke me in your anger,
neither discipline me in your wrath.
3 My soul is also in great anguish.
But you, Yahweh—how long?
5 For in death there is no memory of you.
In Sheol, who shall give you thanks?
8 Good and upright is Yahweh,
therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
10 All the paths of Yahweh are loving kindness and truth
to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
12 What man is he who fears Yahweh?
He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.
15 My eyes are ever on Yahweh,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
22 As for me, I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before your eyes.”
Nevertheless you heard the voice of my petitions when I cried to you.
23 Oh love Yahweh, all you his saints!
Yahweh preserves the faithful,
and fully recompenses him who behaves arrogantly.
2 Give thanks to Yahweh with the lyre.
Sing praises to him with the harp of ten strings.
4 For Yahweh’s word is right.
All his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice.
The earth is full of the loving kindness of Yahweh.
6 By Yahweh’s word, the heavens were made;
all their army by the breath of his mouth.
8 Let all the earth fear Yahweh.
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
10 Yahweh brings the counsel of the nations to nothing.
He makes the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh,
the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.
20 Our soul has waited for Yahweh.
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in him,
because we have trusted in his holy name.
By David; when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.
20 He protects all of his bones.
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall kill the wicked.
Those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler,
and stand up for my help.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth.
I afflicted my soul with fasting.
My prayer returned into my own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother.
I bowed down mourning, as one who mourns his mother.
15 But in my adversity, they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together.
The attackers gathered themselves together against me, and I didn’t know it.
They tore at me, and didn’t cease.
16 Like the profane mockers in feasts,
they gnashed their teeth at me.
17 Lord, how long will you look on?
Rescue my soul from their destruction,
my precious life from the lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly.
I will praise you among many people.
20 For they don’t speak peace,
but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
26 Let them be disappointed and confounded together who rejoice at my calamity.
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause.
Yes, let them say continually, “Yahweh be magnified,
who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant!”
For the Chief Musician. By David, the servant of Yahweh.
2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes,
too much to detect and hate his sin.
4 He plots iniquity on his bed.
He doesn’t abhor evil.
5 Your loving kindness, Yahweh, is in the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God.
Your judgments are like a great deep.
Yahweh, you preserve man and animal.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the abundance of your house.
You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures.
1 Yahweh, don’t rebuke me in your wrath,
neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation,
neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.
5 My wounds are loathsome and corrupt,
because of my foolishness.
7 For my waist is filled with burning.
There is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am faint and severely bruised.
I have groaned by reason of the anguish of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is before you.
My groaning is not hidden from you.
My kinsmen stand far away.
13 But I, as a deaf man, don’t hear.
I am as a mute man who doesn’t open his mouth.
15 For in you, Yahweh, do I hope.
You will answer me, Lord, because you are my God.
16 For I said, “Don’t let them gloat over me,
or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.”
17 For I am ready to fall.
My pain is continually before me.
18 For I will declare my iniquity.
I will be sorry for my sin.
19 But my enemies
who hate me
20 They who
evil for good
21 Don’t forsake me,
My God, don’t be far from me.
22 Hurry to me to help me,
Lord, my salvation.
1 In you, Yahweh, I take refuge.
Never let me be disappointed.
2 Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me.
Turn your ear to me, and save me.
3 Be to me a rock of
Give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
4 Rescue me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For you are my hope, Lord Yahweh;
my confidence from my youth.
6 I have relied on you from the womb.
I will always praise you.
7 I am a marvel to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
with your honor all day long.
9 Don’t reject me in my old age.
Don’t forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies talk about me.
Those who watch for my soul conspire together,
11 saying, “God has forsaken him.
Pursue and take him, for no one will rescue him.”
12 God, don’t be far from me.
My God, hurry to help me.
Let them be covered with disgrace and scorn who want to harm me.
14 But I will always hope,
and will add to all of your praise.
1 Oh clap your hands, all you nations.
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity.
There is no one who does good.
3 Every one of them has gone back.
They have become filthy together.
There is no one who does good, no, not one.
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and don’t call on God?
that the salvation of Israel would come
When God brings back his people from captivity,
then Jacob shall rejoice,
and Israel shall be glad.
when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Isn’t David hiding himself among us?”
1 Save me, God, by your name.
Vindicate me in your might.
3 For strangers have risen up against me.
Violent men have sought after my soul.
They haven’t set God before them.
4 Behold, God is my helper.
The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.
3 When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in you.
12 Also to you, Lord, belongs loving kindness,
for you reward every man according to his work.
1 God, you are my God.
I will earnestly seek you.
My soul thirsts for you.
My flesh longs for you,
in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
3 Because your loving kindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise you.
16 Come, and hear, all you who fear God.
I will declare what he has done for my soul.
18 If I cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord wouldn’t have listened.
19 But most certainly, God has listened.
He has heard the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer,
nor his loving kindness from me.
For the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm. A song.
1 May God be merciful to us, bless us,
and cause his face to shine on us. Selah.
3 let the peoples praise you, God.
Let all the peoples praise you.
4 Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you will judge the peoples with equity,
and govern the nations on earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, God.
Let all the peoples praise you.
6 The earth has yielded its increase.
God, even our own God, will bless us.
7 God will bless
All the ends of the earth shall fear him.
For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Lilies.” By David.
1 Save me, God,
for the waters have come up to my neck!
2 I sink
I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
3 I am weary with my crying.
My throat is dry.
4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head.
Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty.
I have to restore what I didn’t take away.
My sins aren’t hidden from you.
let those who wait for you be shamed
Don’t let those who seek you be
brought to dishonor
7 Because for your sake, I have borne reproach.
Shame has covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s children.
9 For the zeal of your house consumes me.
The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10 And surely when
that was to my reproach.
11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,
I became a byword to them.
12 Those who sit in the
13 But as for me, what is my prayer
God, in the abundance of your loving kindness, answer me in the truth of your salvation.
14 Deliver me out of the mire, and don’t let me sink, nor let the one who seizes me take me.
15 Don’t let the flood waters overwhelm me,
let the deep
let the pit shut
16 Answer me,
According to the multitude of your tender mercies, turn to me.
17 Don’t hide your face from your servant,
for I am in distress.
Answer me speedily!
18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it.
Ransom me because of my enemies.
 Psalms 5:9 in the scroll begins with a different Hebrew word than the MT. The Hebrew word begins with the letter aleph, but that is all that can be read.
 Psalms 32 is apparently omitted from the scroll.
 In this scroll, Psalms 71 follows immediately after Psalms 38
 Meaning is unclear
 The scroll is different from the MT, but the meaning is unclear
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