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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Psalms

Chiastic Structure and Concentric Structure and Parallel of each pericope

[1]Psalms 1-2  (Ps1:1-2:12)
"1:1 Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, (1:1)"   
2:1 Why do the nations protest and the peoples grumble in vain?   
      C(2:4-6)      2:6 "I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain." (2:6)
"2:8 I will make your inheritance the nations, your possession the ends of the earth"   
2:12 Happy are all who take refuge in God (2:12)   
   A: Happy. B: Nations. C: Coronation.

[2]Psalm 3  (Ps3:1-9)
P(3:1)3:1 A psalm of David (3:1)
  A(3:2-3)  3:3 God will not save that one (3:3)
    B(3:4-5)    3:4 But you, LORD, are a shield around me; my glory, you keep my head high. (3:4)
    B'(3:6-7)    3:6 the LORD preserved me to rise again. (3:6)
  A'(3:8-9)  3:8 Arise, LORD! Save me, my God! (3:8)
   A: Salvation. B: Guard of the LORD.

[3]Psalm 4  (Ps4:1-9)
P(4:1)4:1 A psalm of David.(4:1)
  A(4:2)  Prayer
    B(4:3-6)    Exhortation
  A'(4:7-9)  Prayer
   A: Prayers. B: Exhortation.

[4]Psalm 5  (Ps5:1-13)
P(5:1)5:1 A psalm of David.(5:1)
  A(5:2-4)  5:3 Hear my cry for help
    B(5:5-7)    5:7 you destroy all who speak falsely. Murderers and deceivers the LORD abhors. (5:7)
      C(5:8)      5:8 I can worship in your holy temple (5:8)
    B'(5:9-11)    5:11 Declare them guilty, God; make them fall by their own devices. (5:11)
  A'(5:12-13)  5:13 you surround them with favor like a shield.(5:13)
   A: Salvation. B: The wicked. C: Worship.

[5]Psalm 6  (Ps6:1-11)
P(6:1)6:1 For the leader; with stringed instruments, "upon the eighth." A psalm of David.(6:1)
6:4 In utter terror is my soul   
    B(6:7-8)    6:7 I am wearied with sighing; (6:7)
6:11My foes will be terrified and disgraced   
   A: Fear. B: Sighing.

[6]Psalm 7  (Ps7:1-18)
P(7:1)7:1 A plaintive song of David (7:1)
  A(7:2-3)  7:2 save me from all who pursue me
    B(7:4-6)    7:6 Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life to the ground, and leave me dishonored in the dust.Selah (7:6)
"7:7 Rise up, LORD, in your anger; rise against the fury of my foes. Wake to judge as you have decreed. (7:7)"   
"7:9 O LORD, judge of the nations"   
    B'(7:11-14)    7:13 If sinners do not repent, God sharpens his sword, strings and readies the bow
  A'(7:15-18)  7:16 They open a hole and dig it deep, but fall into the pit they have dug. (7:16)
   A: Enemies. B: Punishment against sins. C: Judgement.

[7]Psalm 8  (Ps8:1-10)
P(8:1)8:1 For the leader; "upon the gittith." A psalm of David.(8:1)
"8:2 O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! (8:2)"   
    B(8:4)    8:4 When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place-- (8:4)
      C(8:5)      8:5 What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?(8:5)
    B'(8:6-9)    8:8 All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, (8:8)
"8:10 O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!(8:10)"   
   A: The name of the LORD. B: Creatures. C: What are humans?

[8]Psalms 9-10  (Ps9:1-10:18)
P(9:1)9:1 For the leader; according to Muth Labben. A psalm of David.(9:1)
9:9 It is God who governs the world with justice   
"9:10 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, stronghold in times of trouble."   
      C(9:16-21)      9:16 The nations fall into the pit they dig; in the snare they hide, their own foot is caught.
"10:1 Why, LORD, do you stand at a distance and pay no heed to these troubled times?"   
10:18 You win justice for the orphaned and oppressed    
   A: Judgement. B: Troubled times. C: Self-defeating.

Hebrew alphabet poem (Acrostic Psalms)

[9]Psalm 11  (Ps11:1-7)
P(11:1a)11:1 For the leader. Of David. (11:1)
"11:2 See how the wicked string their bows, fit their arrows to the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright. (11:2)"   
    B(11:4)    11:4 God's eyes keep careful watch; they test all peoples. (11:4)
"11:5 The LORD tests the good and the bad, hates those who love violence, (11:5)"   
   A: The wicked. B: God's eyes keep careful watch.

[10]Psalm 12  (Ps12:1-9)
P(12:1)12:1 For the leader; "upon the eighth." A psalm of David.(12:1)
  A(12:2)  12:2 no one loyal remains; the faithful have vanished from the human race (12:2)
    B(12:3-4)    12:3 Those who tell lies to one another speak with deceiving lips and a double heart. (12:3)
      C(12:5)      12:5 Those who say (12:5)
      C'(12:6)      12:6 says the LORD (12:6)
    B'(12:7-8)    12:7 The promises of the LORD are sure(12:7)
  A'(12:9)  12:9 the shameless are extolled by all.
   A: Evil generation. B: Lie and truth. C: Words.

[11]Psalm 13  (Ps13:1-6)
P(13:1)13:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(13:1)
13:3 How long will my enemy triumph over me?   
    B(13:4)    13:4 Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death
"13:5 Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed,"   
    B'(13:6)    13:6 I trust in your faithfulness
   A: Enemies. B: Prayer to the LORD.

[12]Psalm 14  (Ps14:1-7)
P(14:1a)14:1 For the leader. Of David. (14:1)
  A(14:1b)  14:1 Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."(14:1)
    B(14:2-3)    14:3 Not one does what is right, not even one. (14:3)
14:4 They devour my people as they devour bread; (14:4)   
  A'(14:5)  14:5 God is with the company of the just. (14:5)
    B'(14:6)    14:6 They would crush the hopes of the poor (14:6)
14:7 when the LORD restores his people!(14:7)   
   A: Existence of God. B: Evils. C: The people of the LORD.

[13]Psalm 15  (Ps15:1-5)
P(15:1a)15:1 A psalm of David. (15:1)
  A(15:1b)  15:1 LORD, who may abide in your tent?
    B(15:2-5a)    List of good person
  A'(15:5b)  15:5 Whoever acts like this shall never be shaken.(15:5)
   A: The person who shall never be shaken. B: List of good person.

[14]Psalm 16  (Ps16:1-11)
P(16:1a)16:1 A miktam of David. Keep me safe, O God; in you I take refuge(16:1)
  A(16:1b-2)  16:1 O God; in you I take refuge
    B(16:3-4)    16:4 They multiply their sorrows who court other gods. (16:4)
      C(16:5-6)      16:5 LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you have made my destiny secure. (16:5)
    B'(16:7-9)    16:8 I keep the LORD always before me; with the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken. (16:8)
  A'(16:10-11)  16:11 You will show me the path to life
   A: To give a life. B: Belief. C: LORD, my allotted portion.

[15]Psalm 17  (Ps17:1-15)
P(17:1a)17:1 A prayer of David. (17:1)
"17:1 Hear, LORD, my plea for justice; (17:1)"   
    B(17:3-5)    17:4 as humans often do. As your lips have instructed me, I have kept the way of the law. (17:4)
      C(17:6-8)      17:6 I call upon you; answer me, O God. (17:6)
    B'(17:9-12)    17:9 from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me. (17:9)
17:15 I am just--let me see your face; (17:15)   
   A: Justice. B: Good and evil. C: Call for salvation.

[16]Psalm 18  (Ps18:1-51)
P(18:1)18:1 For the leader. Of David, the servant of the LORD,(18:1)
"18:3 LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, my saving horn, my stronghold!(18:3)"   
    B(18:5-20)    18:18 He rescued me from my mighty enemy, from foes too powerful for me.
"18:21 The LORD acknowledged my righteousness, rewarded my clean hands. "   
"18:25 the LORD rewarded my righteousness, the cleanness of my hands in his sight"   
    B'(18:29-46)    18:38 I pursued my enemies and overtook them
18:47 The LORD lives! Blessed be my rock! (18:47)   
   A: The LORD is the rock. B: Victory against enemies. C: righteousness.

[17]Psalm 19  (Ps19:1-15)
P(19:1)19:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(19:1)
  A(19:2-7)  19:2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft. (19:2)
19:8 The law of the LORD is perfect (19:8)   
  A'(19:11)  19:11 More desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold, Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb
19:14 Then shall I be blameless (19:14)   
   A: Creatures. B: Perfect.

[18]Psalm 20  (Ps20:1-10)
P(20:1)20:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(20:1)
20:2 The LORD answer you in time of distress   
    B(20:6)    20:6 raise the banners in the name of our God
      C(20:7)      20:7 Now I know victory is given to the anointed of the LORD. (20:7)
    B'(20:8-9)    20:8 we on the name of the LORD our God
20:10 answer when we call upon you   
   A: Answer. B: The name of the LORD. C: Victory is given to the anointed.

[19]Psalm 21  (Ps21:1-14)
P(21:1)21:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(21:1)
"21:2 LORD, the king finds joy in your power; in your victory how greatly he rejoices! (21:2)"   
    B(21:3-7)    21:3 You have granted him his heart's desire; you did not refuse the prayer of his lips. Selah (21:3)
      C(21:8)      21:8 the king trusts in the LORD
    B'(21:9-13)    21:9 Your hand will reach all your enemies; your right hand will reach your foes! (21:9)
"21:14 Arise, LORD, in your power! We will sing and chant the praise of your might.(21:14)"   
   A: The power. B: Blessing for the king / Wrath against enemies. C: Faith of the king.

[20]Psalm 22  (Ps22:1-32)
P(22:1)22:1 For the leader; according to "The deer of the dawn." A psalm of David.(22:1)
22:4 you are the glory of Israel   
    B(22:7-9)    22:8 All who see me mock me; they curl their lips and jeer; they shake their heads at me: (22:8)
22:12 Do not stay far from me   
        D(22:13-19)        22:13 Many bulls surround me; fierce bulls of Bashan encircle me.(22:13)
"22:20 But you, LORD, do not stay far off; "   
    B'(22:23-25)    22:25 For God has not spurned or disdained the misery of this poor wretch(22:25)
22:26 I will offer praise in the great assembly    
   A: Praises. B: Insults. C: Do not stay far from me. D: Sufferings.

[21]Psalm 23  (Ps23:1-6)
P(23:1a)23:1 A psalm of David. (23:1)
  A(23:1b-2)  23:2 In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me; (23:2)
23:3 to restore my spirit   
  A'(23:5)  23:5 You set a table before me (23:5)
23:6 I will dwell in the house of the LORD   
   A: To feed. B: To return.

[22]Psalm 24  (Ps24:1-10)
P(24:1a)24:1 A psalm of David. (24:1)
  A(24:1b-2)  24:2 For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers. (24:2)
24:3 Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? (24:3)   
  A'(24:5-6)  24:5 They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God. (24:5)
24:8 Who is this king of glory? (24:8)   
   A: Acts of the LORD. B: Who is?

[23]Psalm 25  (Ps25:1-22)
P(25:1a)25:1 Of David. (25:1)
"25:1 I wait for you, O LORD; I lift up my soul(25:1)"   
    B(25:4-5)    25:4 Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. (25:4)
      C(25:6-7)      25:6 your compassion and love (25:6)
"25:8 Good and upright is the LORD, who shows sinners the way, (25:8)"   
          E(25:11)          25:11 For the sake of your name, LORD, pardon my guilt, though it is great. (25:11)
25:12 God shows them the way to choose   
      C'(25:15-16)      25:16 Look upon me, have pity on me (25:16)
    B'(25:17-19)    25:17 Relieve the troubles of my heart; bring me out of my distress. (25:17)
"25:20 Preserve my life and rescue me; do not let me be disgraced, (25:20)"   
   A: My soul. B: To lead. C: Pity. D: To teach the way. E: Confession of sins.

Hebrew alphabet poem (Acrostic Psalms)

[24]Psalm 26  (Ps26:1-12)
P(26:1a)26:1 Of David. (26:1)
26:1 I have walked without blame. (26:1)   
    B(26:4-5)    26:5 I hate the company of evildoers; with the wicked I do not sit. (26:5)
      C(26:6-8)      26:8 LORD, I love the house where you dwell, the tenting-place of your glory. (26:8)
    B'(26:9-10)    26:9 Do not take me away with sinners, nor my life with the violent. (26:9)
26:11 But I walk without blame; (26:11)   
   A: To walk without blame. B: Evils. C: To love the LORD.

[25]Psalm 27  (Ps27:1-14)
P(27:1a)27:1 Of David (27:1)
27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear? The LORD is my life's refuge; of whom am I afraid?(27:1)   
    B(27:2-3)    27:2 When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, These my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall.(27:2)
27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek   
"27:8 your face, LORD, do I seek"   
    B'(27:11-12)    27:11 lead me on a level path because of my enemies. (27:11)
27:13 But I believe I shall enjoy the LORD'S goodness in the land of the living.(27:13)   
   A: Life. B: Enemies. C: To seek.

[26]Psalm 28  (Ps28:1-9)
P(28:1a)28:1 Of David. (28:1)
  A(28:1b)  28:1 my Rock
28:2 Hear the sound of my pleading (28:2)   
      C(28:3-5)      28:4 For the work of their hands repay them; give them what they deserve. (28:4)
28:6 who has heard the sound of my pleading.(28:6)   
  A'(28:7-9)  28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield
   A: Metaphors of the LORD. B: Pleading. C: Punishment against evils.

[27]Psalm 29  (Ps29:1-11)
P(29:1a)29:1 A psalm of David. (29:1)
29:1 give to the LORD glory and might;(29:1)   
29:2 Give to the LORD the glory due God's name. (29:2)   
29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; (29:3)   
29:4 The voice of the LORD is power; (29:4)   
29:5 The voice of the LORD cracks the cedars; (29:5)   
29:7 The voice of the LORD strikes with fiery flame; (29:7)   
29:8 The voice of the LORD rocks the desert; (29:8)   
29:9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. (29:9)   
"29:9 All in his palace say, "Glory!"(29:9)"   
29:11 May the LORD give might to his people (29:11)   
   A: Might. B: Glory. C: The voice of the LORD.

[28]Psalm 30  (Ps30:1-13)
P(30:1)30:1 A psalm. A song for the dedication of the temple. Of David.(30:1)
  A(30:2)  30:2 I praise you, LORD, for you raised me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.(30:2)
    B(30:3-4)    30:3 O LORD, my God, I cried out to you and you healed me.(30:3)
      C(30:5-6)      30:6 For divine anger lasts but a moment; divine favor lasts a lifetime. (30:6)
  A'(30:7-8)  30:8 LORD, when you showed me favor I stood like the mighty mountains
    B'(30:9-11)    30:9 To you, LORD, I cried out; (30:9)
      C'(30:12-13)      30:12 You changed my mourning into dancing; you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. (30:12)
   A: Going up. B: Cried out. C: Salvation from sufferings.

[29]Psalm 31  (Ps31:1-25)
P(31:1)31:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(31:1)
  A(31:2-7)  Calling for salvation
    B(31:8-9)    Thanks to salvation
      C(31:10-14)      Enemies
        D(31:15-17)        Calling for salvation
      C'(31:18-21)      Enemies
    B'(31:22-23)    Thanks to salvation
  A'(31:24-25)  Calling for salvation
   A: Calling for salvation. B: Thanks to salvation. C: Enemies. D: Calling for salvation.

[30]Psalms 32-33  (Ps32:1-33:22)
P(32:1a)32:1 Of David. (32:1)
  A(32:1b-2)  32:1 Happy the sinner whose fault is removed, whose sin is forgiven.(32:1)
    B(32:3-7)    32:5 Then I declared my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide.(32:5)
      C(32:8-9)      32:8 I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel and watch over you. (32:8)
"32:11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart.(32:11)"   
"33:1 Rejoice, you just, in the LORD; praise from the upright is fitting.(33:1)"   
      C'(33:4-11)      33:4 For the LORD'S word is true; all his works are trustworthy. (33:4)
    B'(33:12-17)    33:15 The one who fashioned the hearts of them all knows all their works. (33:15)
  A'(33:18-22)  33:19 Delivering them from death, keeping them alive in times of famine.
   A: Salvation from death. B: To become clear. C: The words of the LORD. D: You just.

Hebrew alphabet poem (Acrostic Psalms)

[31]Psalm 34  (Ps34:1-23)
P(34:1)34:1 Of David (34:1)
34:3 My soul will glory in the LORD   
"34:7 In my misfortune I called, the LORD heard and saved me from all distress. (34:7)"   
34:10 Fear the LORD   
34:12 I will teach you the fear of the LORD   
"34:18 When the just cry out, the LORD hears and rescues them from all distress. (34:18)"   
34:23 The LORD redeems the life of his servants   
   A: Soul. B: To save from all distress. C: Fear the LORD.

[32]Psalm 35  (Ps35:1-28)
P(35:1a)35:1 Of David. (35:1)
"35:1 Oppose, LORD, those who oppose me; war upon those who make war upon me.(35:1)"   
    B(35:7-8)    Evils of Enemies
      C(35:9-10)      35:9 Who rescue the afflicted from the powerful, the afflicted and needy from the despoiler
        D(35:11-12)        Evils of Enemies
          E(35:13-14)          Beneficence
        D'(35:15-16)        Evils of Enemies
      C'(35:17-19)      35:17 Save me from roaring beasts
    B'(35:20-21)    Evils of Enemies
"35:23 Awake, be vigilant in my defense, in my cause, my God and my Lord.(35:23)"   
   A: The LORD opposes. B: Evils of Enemies. C: Salvation. D: Evils of Enemies. E: Beneficence.

[33]Psalm 36  (Ps36:1-13)
P(36:1)36:1 For the leader. Of David, the servant of the LORD.(36:1)
36:2 Sin directs the heart of the wicked   
"36:6 LORD, your love reaches to heaven(36:6)"   
      C(36:8-10)      36:8 How precious is your love, O God! (36:8)
36:11 Continue your kindness toward your friends (36:11)   
36:12 nor the hand of the wicked disturb me   
   A: The wicked. B: There is the love of the LORD. C: How precious is your love.

[34]Psalm 37  (Ps37:1-40)
P(37:1a)37:1 Of David. (37:1)
  A(37:1b-11)  37:2 Like grass they wither quickly; (37:2)
    B(37:12-17)    37:12 The wicked plot against the just and grind their teeth at them; (37:12)
      C(37:18-22)      37:22 For those blessed by the Lord will possess the land, but those accursed will be cut off
      C'(37:23-29)      37:28 For the LORD loves justice and does not abandon the faithful. When the unjust are destroyed, and the children of the wicked cut off, (37:28)
    B'(37:29-34)    37:32 The wicked spy on the just and seek to kill them. (37:32)
  A'(37:35-40)  37:36 When I passed by again, they were gone; though I searched, they could not be found. (37:36)
   A: Perish of the wicked. B: The just is protected. C: Comparison of good and evil.

Hebrew alphabet poem (Acrostic Psalms)

[35]Psalm 38  (Ps38:1-23)
P(38:1)38:1 A psalm of David. For remembrance.(38:1)
  A(38:2)  38:2 LORD, punish me no more in your anger; in your wrath do not chastise me! (38:2)
    B(38:3-9)    38:3 Your arrows have sunk deep in me; your hand has come down upon me.(38:3)
      C(38:10)      38:10 My Lord, my deepest yearning is before you; (38:10)
        D(38:11-15)        38:14 But I am like the deaf, hearing nothing, like the dumb, saying nothing, (38:14)
      C'(38:16-17)      38:16 LORD, I wait for you; O Lord, my God, answer me. (38:16)
    B'(38:18-21)    38:18 I am very near to falling; my pain is with me always. (38:18)
  A'(38:22-23)  38:22 Forsake me not, O LORD; my God, be not far from me! (38:22)
   A: Prayer. B: Sufferings. C: Prayer. D: Sufferings.

[36]Psalm 39  (Ps39:1-14)
P(39:1)39:1 For the leader, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.(39:1)
39:3 Dumb and silent before the wicked   
39:6 All mortals are but a breath   
      C(39:8-9)      39:9 From all my sins deliver me; let me not be the taunt of fools. (39:9)
39:10 I was silent and did not open my mouth (39:10)   
39:12 All mortals are but a breath   
      C'(39:13-14)      39:14 Turn your gaze from me, that I may find peace before I depart to be no more.(39:14)
   A: Silent. B: Emptiness. C: Prayer.

[37]Psalm 40  (Ps40:1-18)
P(40:1)40:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(40:1)
  A(40:2-5)  40:2 I waited, waited for the LORD; who bent down and heard my cry, (40:2)
    B(40:6-7)    40:6 Should I wish to declare or tell them, too many are they to recount. (40:6)
      C(40:8)      40:8 Here I am
    B'(40:9-11)    40:10 I announced your deed to a great assembly; I did not restrain my lips; (40:10)
  A'(40:12-18)  40:12 LORD, do not withhold your compassion from me; may your enduring kindness ever preserve me. (40:12)
   A: Prayer. B: To announce. C: Here I am.

[38]Psalm 41  (Ps41:1-14)
P(41:1)41:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(41:1)
  A(41:2-4)  41:4 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed, allays the malady when they are ill. (41:4)
"41:5 LORD, have mercy on me; (41:5)"   
      C(41:6-10)      41:6 My enemies say the worst of me: 'When will that one die and be forgotten?' (41:6)
"41:11 But you, LORD, have mercy and raise me up (41:11)"   
  A'(41:12-14)  41:13 For my integrity you have supported me and let me stand in your presence forever. (41:13)
   A: Prayer. B: Mercy. C: Enemies.

[39]Psalms 42-43  (Ps42:1-43:5)
P(42:1)42:1 For the leader. A maskil of the Korahites.(42:1)
  A1(42:2-5)  42:2 As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. (42:2)
    B1(42:6)    42:6 Why are you downcast, my soul; why do you groan within me? (42:6)
  A2(42:7-11)  42:7 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you From the land of the Jordan and Hermon, from the land of Mount Mizar.(42:7)
    B2(42:12)    42:12 Why are you downcast, my soul, why do you groan within me? (42:12)
  A3(43:1-4)  43:1 Grant me justice, God; defend me from a faithless people; (43:1)
    B3(43:5)    43:5 Why are you downcast, my soul? Why do you groan within me?(43:5)
   A: Wish for God. B: Why are you downcast, my soul, why do you groan within me?

[40]Psalm 44  (Ps44:1-27)
P(44:1)44:1 For the leader. A maskil of the Korahites.(44:1)
44:4 the light of your face for you favored them. (44:4)   
    B(44:5-9)    44:7 Not in my bow do I trust, nor does my sword bring me victory. (44:7)
      C(44:10-17)      44:10 But now you have rejected and disgraced us; (44:10)
    B'(44:18-23)    44:19 Our hearts have not turned back, nor have our steps strayed from your path.(44:19)
44:25 Why do you hide your face; (44:25)   
   A: The face of the LORD. B: Trust in the LORD. C: Victory of enemies.

[41]Psalm 45  (Ps45:1-18)
P(45:1)45:1 For the leader; according to "Lilies." A maskil of the Korahites. A love song.(45:1)
  A(45:2)  45:2 My heart is stirred by a noble theme, as I sing my ode to the king. (45:2)
    B(45:3-6)    45:4 Gird your sword upon your hip, mighty warrior! In splendor and majesty ride on triumphant! (45:4)
      C(45:7-9)      45:8 your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness
    B'(45:10-17)    45:10 Daughters of kings are your lovely wives; a princess arrayed in Ophir's gold comes to stand at your right hand.(45:10)
  A'(45:18)  45:18 I will make your name renowned through all generations;(45:18)
   A: Words. B: King and queen. C: Coronation.

[42]Psalm 46  (Ps46:1-12)
P(46:1)46:1 For the leader. A song of the Korahites. According to alamoth.(46:1)
  A(46:2-7)  46:3 Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea (46:3)
    B(46:8)    46:8 our stronghold is the God of Jacob. Selah(46:8)
  A'(46:9-11)  46:10 Who stops wars to the ends of the earth, breaks the bow, splinters the spear, and burns the shields with fire; (46:10)
    B'(46:12)    46:12 our stronghold is the God of Jacob. Selah(46:12)
   A: The power of the LORD. B: Our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

[43]Psalm 47  (Ps47:1-10)
P(47:1)47:1 For the leader. A psalm of the Korahites.(47:1)
  A(47:2)  47:2 All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries. (47:2)
    B(47:3-5)    47:3 For the LORD, the Most High, inspires awe, the great king overall the earth, (47:3)
    B'(47:6-9)    47:9 God rules over the nations; God sits upon his holy throne. (47:9)
  A'(47:10)  47:10 The princes of the peoples assemble with the people of the God of Abraham. (47:10)
   A: The people of God. B: The LORD became the king.

[44]Psalm 48  (Ps48:1-15)
P(48:1)48:1 A psalm of the Korahites. A song.(48:1)
  A(48:2-4)  48:4 God is its citadel, renowned as a stronghold. (48:4)
    B(48:5-8)    48:6 When they looked they were astounded; terrified, they were put to flight!
  A'(48:9-15)  48:14 Consider the ramparts, examine its citadels, that you may tell future generations: (48:14)
   A: The city of God. B: Enemies fled.

[45]Psalm 49  (Ps49:1-21)
P(49:1)49:1 For the leader. A psalm of the Korahites.(49:1)
49:4 My mouth shall speak wisdom (49:4)   
49:8 One cannot redeem oneself   
49:13 In prosperity people lose their good sense   
49:14 the end of those who are pleased with their lot    
49:16 But God will redeem my life   
49:21 In prosperity people lose their good sense   
   A: A mouth. B: To redeem. C: People in prosperity.

[46]Psalm 50  (Ps50:1-23)
P(50:1a)50:1 A psalm of Asaph. (50:1)
  A(50:1b-6)  50:6 God alone is the judge (50:6)
    B(50:7-13)    50:7 Israel, I will testify against you; (50:7)
50:14 Offer praise as your sacrifice to God; (50:14)   
    B'(50:16-22)    50:16 Why do you recite my commandments and profess my covenant with your lips? (50:16)
50:23 Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me; (50:23)   
   A: Judgement of God. B: Accusation. C: Confession.

[47]Psalm 51  (Ps51:1-21)
P(51:1-2)51:1 For the leader. A psalm of David,(51:1)
51:3 blot out my offense   
51:12 renew in me a steadfast spirit   
51:15 sinners may return to you   
"51:19 My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit"   
   A: Forgiveness of sins. B: A spirit.

[48]Psalm 52  (Ps52:1-11)
P(52:1-2)52:1 For the leader. A maskil of David,(52:1)
"52:3 Why do you glory in evil, you scandalous liar?"   
    B(52:8-9)    52:8 The righteous will look on with awe
52:10 I trust in God's faithful love forever.   
   A: Love of God. B: The righteous will look on with awe.

[49]Psalm 53  (Ps53:1-7)
P(53:1)53:1 For the leader; according to Mahalath. A maskil of David.(53:1)
  A(53:2)  53:2 Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right. (53:2)
    B(53:3-4)    53:3 God looks down from heaven upon the human race, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God.
  A'(53:5-6)  53:5 They devour my people as they devour bread; they do not call upon God. (53:5)
    B'(53:7)    53:7 when God restores the people
   A: The wicked. B: The people of God.

[50]Psalm 54  (Ps54:1-9)
P(54:1-2)54:1 For the leader. On stringed instruments. A maskil of David,(54:1)
"54:3 O God, by your name save me"   
    B(54:5)    Enemies
      C(54:6)      54:6 God is present as my helper
    B'(54:7)    Enemies
"54:8 praise your gracious name, LORD"   
   A: The name of the LORD. B: Enemies. C: Salvation of the LORD.

[51]Psalm 55  (Ps55:1-24)
P(55:1)55:1 For the leader. On stringed instruments. A maskil of David.(55:1)
  A(55:2-9)  55:2 Listen, God, to my prayer
    B(55:10-15)    55:10 Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech
      C(55:16)      55:16 Let death take them by surprise
  A'(55:17-20)  55:18 my prayer will be heard
    B'(55:21-22)    55:22 Softer than butter is their speech, but war is in their hearts
      C'(55:23-24)      55:24 These bloodthirsty liars will not live half their days
   A: To listen to a prayer. B: Words. C: Death.

[52]Psalm 56  (Ps56:1-14)
P(56:1)56:1 For the director. According to Yonath elem rehoqim. A miktam of David (56:1)
  A(56:2-3)  56:2 Have mercy on me, God, for I am treated harshly;
"56:4 when I am afraid, in you I place my trust. (56:4)"   
      C(56:6-9)      56:8 They are evil; watch them, God! Cast the nations down in your anger! (56:8)
"56:12 in you I trust, I do not fear. What can mere mortals do to me? (56:12)"   
  A'(56:13-14)  56:14 Once you have snatched me from death, kept my feet from stumbling
   A: Salvation from sufferings. B: Fear. C: Prayer in sufferings.

[53]Psalm 57  (Ps57:1-12)
P(57:1)57:1 For the director. Do not destroy. A miktam of David (57:1)
57:4 May God send fidelity and love   
57:5 I must lie down in the midst of lions hungry for human prey.   
      C(57:6)      57:6 Show yourself over the heavens, God; may your glory appear above all the earth. (57:6)
57:7 my soul is bowed down   
"57:11 For your love towers to the heavens; your faithfulness, to the skies. (57:11)"   
   A: Fidelity and love. B: Soul. C: Prayer.

[54]Psalm 58  (Ps58:1-12)
P(58:1)58:1 For the leader. Do not destroy. A miktam of David.(58:1)
"58:2 Do you indeed pronounce justice, O gods; do you judge mortals fairly?"   
    B(58:3-6)    58:4 The wicked have been corrupt since birth; liars from the womb, they have gone astray. (58:4)
    B'(58:7-10)    58:9 Let them dissolve like a snail that oozes away, like an untimely birth that never sees the sun.(58:9)
58:12 there is a God who is judge on earth   
   A: Judgement. B: Birth.

[55]Psalm 59  (Ps59:1-18)
P(59:1)59:1 For the director. Do not destroy. A miktam of David (59:1)
  A(59:2-5)  59:2 Rescue me from my enemies, my God; lift me out of reach of my foes. (59:2)
    B(59:6)    59:6 You, LORD of hosts, are the God of Israel!
"59:7 Each evening they return, growling like dogs, prowling the city. (59:7)"   
"59:10 you, God, are my fortress"   
  A'(59:11-13)  59:11 my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. (59:11)
    B'(59:14)    59:14 Then people will know God rules over Jacob
"59:15 Each evening they return, growling like dogs, prowling the city. (59:15)"   
59:17 you are my fortress   
   A: Salvation from enemies. B: God of Israel. C: Like a dog. D: Fortress.

[56]Psalm 60  (Ps60:1-14)
P(60:1-2)60:1 For the leader;
"60:3 O God, you rejected us"   
    B(60:8-10)    The words of the LORD
"60:12 Was it not you who rejected us, God? "   
   A: To reject. B: The words of the LORD.

[57]Psalm 61  (Ps61:1-9)
P(61:1)61:1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. Of David.(61:1)
"61:2 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer! (61:2)"   
61:5 Then I will ever dwell in your tent   
"61:6 O God, when you accept my vows and hear the plea"   
61:8 May he reign before God forever   
   A: To listen. B: Forever.

[58]Psalm 62  (Ps62:1-13)
P(62:1)62:1 For the leader; al Jeduthun. A psalm of David.(62:1)
"62:2 My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. (62:2)"   
"62:5 They delight in lies; they bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah (62:5)"   
"62:6 My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope. (62:6)"   
"62:10 Mortals are a mere breath, the powerful but an illusion; (62:10)"   
   A: Silence. B: Lies.

[59]Psalm 63  (Ps63:1-12)
P(63:1)63:1 A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.(63:1)
"63:2 for you my soul thirsts, Like a land parched"   
"63:5 I will lift up my hands, calling on your name"   
      C(63:6)      63:6 All my longings fulfilled as with fat and rich foods
    B'(63:7-9)    63:9 your right hand upholds me
63:10 they shall go down to the depths of the earth    
   A: Lands. B: To lift up hands. C: All my longings fulfilled.

[60]Psalm 64  (Ps64:1-11)
P(64:1)64:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(64:1)
  A(64:2-3)  64:3 Hide me
64:4 ready their bows for arrows of poison words   
      C(64:6)      Words of the wicked
      C'(64:7)      Words of the wicked
64:8 But God will shoot arrows at them and strike them unawares. (64:8)   
  A'(64:11)  64:11 The just will rejoice and take refuge in the LORD
   A: To take refuge. B: Arrows. C: Words of the wicked.

[61]Psalm 65  (Ps65:1-14)
P(65:1)65:1 For the leader. A psalm of David. A song.(65:1)
  A(65:2-4)  65:3 To you all flesh must come
    B(65:5)    65:5 May we be filled with the good things of your house, the blessings of your holy temple
  A'(65:6-9)  65:6 God our Saviour, hope of the whole wide world, even the distant islands
    B'(65:10-14)    65:10 You visit the earth and water it, make it abundantly fertile. (65:10)
   A: Hope of the whole wide world. B: The grace of the Lord.

[62]Psalm 66  (Ps66:1-20)
P(66:1a)66:1 For the leader. A song; a psalm.(66:1)
  A(66:1b-2)  66:1 Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth (66:1)
"66:3 Say to God: "How awesome your deeds! Before your great strength your enemies cringe. (66:3)"   
"66:8 Bless our God, you peoples; loudly sound his praise, (66:8)"   
  A'(66:13-15)  66:13 I will bring holocausts to your house; to you I will fulfill my vows
"66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, while I recount what has been done for me. (66:16)"   
"66:20 Blessed be God, who did not refuse me the kindness I sought in prayer.(66:20)"   
   A: Gratitude. B: Fear. C: Blessing.

[63]Psalm 67  (Ps67:1-8)
P(67:1)67:1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. A psalm; a song.(67:1)
67:2 May God be gracious to us and bless us   
"67:4 May the peoples praise you, God"   
      C(67:5)      67:5 you govern the peoples justly
"67:6 May the peoples praise you, God"   
"67:7 God, our God, blesses us"   
   A: Blessing. B: Praise. C: Judgement.

[64]Psalm 68  (Ps68:1-36)
P(68:1)68:1 For the leader. A psalm of David; a song.(68:1)
68:5 exalt the rider of the clouds. (68:5)   
    B(68:6-7)    68:7 Who gives a home to the forsaken, who leads prisoners out to prosperity, while rebels live in the desert.(68:7)
      C(68:8-11)      68:8 you marched through the desert
        D(68:12-17)        68:16 You high mountains of Bashan, you rugged mountains of Bashan
          E(68:18-22)          68:20 Blessed be the Lord day by day, God, our salvation, who carries us.
        D'(68:23-24)        68:23 Even from Bashan I will fetch them
      C'(68:25-28)      68:25 Your procession comes into view
    B'(68:29-31)    68:29 Summon again, O God, your power, the divine power you once showed for us. (68:29)
68:34 Who rides the heights of the ancient heavens    
   A: To ride. B: Salvation of God. C: March. D: Bashan. E: Blessed be the Lord.

[65]Psalm 69  (Ps69:1-37)
P(69:1)69:1 For the leader; according to "Lilies." Of David.(69:1)
"69:2 Save me, God"   
"69:8 For your sake I bear insult, shame covers my face. (69:8)"   
      C(69:14-19)      69:14 But I pray to you, LORD, for the time of your favor. God, in your great kindness answer me with your constant help. (69:14)
"69:20 You know my reproach, my shame, my disgrace"   
"69:36 God will rescue Zion, rebuild the cities of Judah "   
   A: Salvation. B: Shame. C: Salvation.

[66]Psalms 70-71  (Ps70:1-71:24)
P(70:1)70:1 For the leader; of David. For remembrance.(70:1)
70:3 Confound and put to shame those who seek my life   
71:6 My praise is continually of you   
      C(71:10-13)      71:13 Bring to a shameful end those who attack me; (71:13)
71:14 I will always hope in you and add to all your praise. (71:14)   
71:24 For those who sought my ruin will have been shamed and disgraced   
   A: Shame of enemies. B: Praise. C: Shame of enemies.

[67]Psalm 72  (Ps72:1-20)
P(72:1a)72:1 Of Solomon. (72:1)
72:2 your oppressed with right judgment   
72:5 May he live as long as the sun endures   
72:12 he rescues the poor   
"72:17 May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun, may his name endure. (72:17)"   
P'(72:20)72:20 The end of the psalms of David, son of Jesse.(72:20)
   A: Salvation of the poor. B: Prosperity of the king.

[68]Psalm 73  (Ps73:1-28)
P(73:1a)73:1 A psalm of Asaph. (73:1)
How good God is to the upright (73:1)   
    B(73:2-3)    73:2 I lost my balance; my feet all but slipped
      C(73:4-12)      Prosperity of enemies
        D(73:13-15)        73:13 Is it in vain that I have kept my heart clean, washed my hands in innocence
      C'(73:16-20)      Destruction of enemies
    B'(73:21-27)    73:22 I was stupid and could not understand; I was like a brute beast in your presence
"As for me, to be near God is my good (73:28)"   
   A: Good. B: Sins. C: Enemies. D: To kept a heart clean.

Yuriy Lishchinski contributed with useful comment for this structure. Thanks a lot.

[69]Psalm 74  (Ps74:1-23)
P(74:1a)74:1 A maskil of Asaph. (74:1)
74:2 Remember your flock that you gathered of old   
    B(74:4-8)    74:6 They smashed all your engraved work, pounded it with hammer and pick. (74:6)
      C(74:9-11)      74:10 How long, O God, shall the enemy jeer?
    B'(74:12-17)    74:13 You stirred up the sea in your might; you smashed the heads of the dragons on the waters. (74:13)
74:18 Remember how the enemy has jeered   
   A: To remember. B: Power of enemies / power of God. C: How long, O God, shall the enemy jeer?

[70]Psalm 75  (Ps75:1-11)
P(75:1)75:1 For the leader. Do not destroy! A psalm of Asaph; a song.(75:1)
75:6 Do not raise your horns against heaven   
    B(75:7-9)    75:8 But from God who decides, who brings some low and raises others high. (75:8)
"75:11 I will break off all the horns of the wicked, but the horns of the just shall be lifted up"   
   A: The words of the LORD. B: Judgement.

[71]Psalm 76  (Ps76:1-13)
P(76:1)76:1 For the leader; a psalm with stringed instruments. A song of Asaph. (76:1)
  A(76:2-4)  76:4 There the flashing arrows were shattered, shield, sword, and weapons of war
    B(76:5-7)    76:7 At your roar, O God of Jacob, chariots and steeds lay still
      C(76:8)      76:8 So terrible and awesome are you
    B'(76:9-11)    76:9 From the heavens you pronounced sentence; the earth was terrified and reduced to silence, (76:9)
  A'(76:12-13)  76:13 He cuts short the breath of princes, strikes terror in earthly kings
   A: Destruction by God. B: Subsided by God. C: So terrible and awesome are you.

[72]Psalm 77  (Ps77:1-21)
P(77:1)77:1 For the leader; al Jeduthun. A psalm of Asaph.(77:1)
"77:4 When I think of God, I groan; as I ponder, my spirit grows faint"   
77:6 I consider the days of old; the years long past (77:6)   
77:7 I remember. In the night I meditate in my heart; I ponder and my spirit broods: (77:7)   
"77:12 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, your wonders of old I will remember.(77:12)"   
   A: A spirit grows. B: Miracles of old age.

[73]Psalm 78  (Ps78:1-72)
P(78:1a)78:1 A maskil of Asaph. (78:1)
  A(78:1b-11)  78:8 They were not to be like their ancestors, a rebellious and defiant generation
    B(78:12-37)    78:12 In the sight of their ancestors God did wonders, in the land of Egypt, the plain of Zoan.(78:12)
      C(78:38-42)      78:38 God is merciful and forgave their sin
    B'(78:43-55)    78:43 When he displayed his wonders in Egypt, his marvels in the plain of Zoan.(78:43)
  A'(78:56-72)  78:57 They turned back, deceitful like their ancestors
   A: Sins of ancestors. B: Miracles in Egypt. C: God forgives sins.

[74]Psalm 79  (Ps79:1-13)
P(79:1a)79:1 A psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded your heritage; they have defiled your holy temple, have laid Jerusalem in ruins.(79:1)
"79:4 We have become the reproach of our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us."   
    B(79:5-7)    79:6 Pour out your wrath on nations that reject you, on kingdoms that do not call on your name
      C(79:8-9)      79:9 Deliver us, pardon our sins for your name's sake
    B'(79:10-11)    79:10 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"
"79:12 Lord, inflict on our neighbors seven fold the disgrace they inflicted on you."   
   A: Disgrace of neighbors. B: Unbelief of nations. C: Forgiveness of sins.

[75]Psalm 80  (Ps80:1-20)
P(80:1)80:1 For the leader; according to "Lilies." Eduth. A psalm of Asaph.(80:1)
"80:4 O LORD of hosts, restore us; Let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved"   
    B(80:5-7)    Sufferings
      C(80:8-12)      80:9 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove away the nations and planted it.(80:9)
    B'(80:13-14)    Sufferings
"80:20 LORD of hosts, restore us; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved."   
   A: Let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. B: Sufferings. C: Exodus.

[76]Psalm 81  (Ps81:1-17)
P(81:1)81:1 For the leader; "upon the gittith." Of Asaph.(81:1)
  A(81:2-6)  81:5 For this is a law in Israel, an edict of the God of Jacob, (81:5)
    B(81:7-8)    81:8 At the waters of Meribah I tested you and said: (81:8)
  A'(81:9-15)  81:9 If only you will obey me, Israel! (81:9)
    B'(81:16-17)    81:17 But Israel I would feed with the finest wheat, satisfy them with honey from the rock."(81:17)
   A: The law of God. B: Miracles of Exodus.

[77]Psalm 82  (Ps82:1-8)
P(82:1a)82:1 A psalm of Asaph. (82:1)
"82:1 God rises in the divine council, gives judgment in the midst of the gods"   
    B(82:2-5)    Condemnation against the wicked
    B'(82:6-7)    Condemnation against the wicked
"82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth"   
   A: Judgement of God. B: Condemnation against the wicked.

[78]Psalm 83  (Ps83:1-19)
P(83:1)83:1 A song; a psalm of Asaph.(83:1)
  A(83:2-4)  83:2 God, do not be silent
    B(83:5)    83:5 They say, "Come, let us wipe out their nation; let Israel's name be mentioned no more!" (83:5)
      C(83:6-9)      The people against God
      C'(83:10-12)      The people who were destroyed by God
    B'(83:13)    83:13 Who made a plan together, "Let us seize the pastures of God." (83:13)
  A'(83:14-19)  83:14 My God, turn them into withered grass
   A: Prayer for salvation. B: Words of enemies. C: The people against God.

[79]Psalm 84  (Ps84:1-13)
P(84:1)84:1 For the leader; "upon the gittith." A psalm of the Korahites.(84:1)
  A(84:2)  84:2 O LORD of hosts
84:3 My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. (84:3)   
      C(84:4b)      84:4 LORD of hosts
84:5 Happy are those who dwell in your house   
84:6 Happy are those who find refuge in you   
      C'(84:9)      84:9 LORD of hosts
84:11 Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. (84:11)   
  A'(84:13)  84:13 O LORD of hosts
   A: LORD of hosts. B: The court of the LORD. C: LORD of hosts. D: Happiness.

[80]Psalm 85  (Ps85:1-14)
P(85:1)85:1 For the leader. A psalm of the Korahites.(85:1)
"85:2 You once favored, LORD, your land, restored the good fortune of Jacob"   
    B(85:5)    85:5 Restore us once more, God our savior; abandon your wrath against us. (85:5)
      C(85:6-7)      85:6 Will you be angry with us forever, drag out your anger for all generations? (85:6)
    B'(85:8)    85:8 Show us, LORD, your love; grant us your salvation. (85:8)
85:10 prosperity will fill our land   
   A: The land of the LORD. B: Prayer for salvation. C: prayer for forgiveness.

[81]Psalm 86  (Ps86:1-17)
P(86:1a)86:1 A prayer of David. (86:1)
  A(86:1b-7)  86:1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and oppressed
    B(86:8-10)    86:8 None among the gods can equal you, O Lord; nor can their deeds compare to yours
  A'(86:11-17)  86:11 Teach me, LORD, your way
   A: Prayer for salvation. B: Greatness of the LORD.

[82]Psalm 87  (Ps87:1-7)
P(87:1a)87:1 A psalm of the Korahites. A song. (87:1)
  A(87:1b-3)  87:3 Glorious things are said of you
87:4 This one was born there   
87:6 This one was born here   
  A'(87:7)  87:7 So all sing in their festive dance
   A: Words of people. B: This one was born there.

[83]Psalm 88  (Ps88:1-19)
P(88:1)88:1 A song; a psalm of the Korahites. For the leader; according to Mahalath. (88:1)
  A(88:2-9)  88:9 Because of you my friends shun me
    B(88:10-13)    88:12 Is your love proclaimed in the grave, your fidelity in the tomb?
  A'(88:14-19)  88:19 Because of you companions shun me
   A: Sufferings. B: Nether world.

[84]Psalm 89  (Ps89:1-53)
P(89:1)89:1 A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.(89:1)
  A(89:2)  89:2 I will sing forever
89:4 I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: (89:4)   
89:14 your right hand is ever exalted   
"89:30 I will establish his dynasty forever, his throne as the days of the heavens"   
          E(89:31-33)          89:33 I will punish their crime with a rod and their guilt with lashes. (89:33)
"89:37 His dynasty will continue forever, his throne, like the sun before me"   
89:43 You have exalted the right hand of his foes   
"89:50 Where are your promises of old, Lord, the loyalty sworn to David? (89:50)"   
  A'(89:51-53)  89:53 Blessed be the LORD forever
   A: Forever. B: Swear to David. C: To exalt right hand. D: Dynasty. E: Sins.

[85]Psalms 90-91  (Ps90:1-91:16)
P(90:1a)90:1 A prayer of Moses, the man of God. (90:1)
  A(90:1b-2)  90:1 Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations.
    B(90:3-12)    Sufferings
"90:14 Fill us at daybreak with your love, that all our days we may sing for joy"   
  A'(91:1-2)  91:1 You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty
    B'(91:3-13)    Salvation from sufferings
91:16 With length of days I will satisfy them and show them my saving power   
   A: Shelter of God. B: Sufferings. C: Satisfaction.

[86]Psalms 92-97  (Ps92:1-97:12)
P(92:1)92:1 A psalm. A sabbath song.(92:1)
92:5 at the works of your hands I shout for joy   
    B(92:6-16)    92:10 indeed your enemies shall perish; all sinners shall be scattered. (92:10)
"93:1 The world will surely stand in place, never to be moved.(93:1)"   
        D(94:1-11)        94:3 How long, LORD, shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked glory? (94:3)
"94:13 You give them rest from evil days, while a pit is being dug for the wicked. (94:13)"   
            F(94:16-19)            94:18 your love, LORD, holds me up
94:21 Those who conspire against the just and condemn the innocent to death?   
        D'(95:1-11)        95:8 Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert.(95:8)
"96:10 The world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. (96:10)"   
    B'(97:2-7)    97:3 Fire goes before him; everywhere it consumes the foes. (97:3)
"97:8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice because of your judgments"   
   A: Joy. B: Enemies. C: The world will surely stand fast. D: Betrayal. E: The wicked. F: The love of the LORD.

[87]Psalms 98-99  (Ps98:1-99:9)
P(98:1a)98:1 A psalm. (98:1)
  A(98:1b-3)  98:3 Has remembered faithful love toward the house of Israel
98:9 To govern the world with justice   
"99:4 O mighty king, lover of justice"   
  A'(99:5-9)  99:6 they called on the LORD, who answered them
   A: The LORD answered. B: Justice.

[88]Psalm 100  (Ps100:1-5)
P(100:1a)100:1 A psalm of thanksgiving. (100:1)
  A(100:1b-2)  100:1 Shout joyfully to the LORD
    B(100:3)    100:3 Know that the LORD is God
  A'(100:4)  100:4 Enter the temple gates with praise, its courts with thanksgiving
    B'(100:5)    100:5 whose faithfulness lasts through every age
   A: Thanksgiving. B: The LORD is God.

[89]Psalm 101  (Ps101:1-8)
P(101:1a)101:1 A psalm of David. (101:1)
101:2 I follow the way of integrity   
    B(101:3-5)    101:3 I do not allow into my presence anyone who speaks perversely
101:6 Those who follow the way of integrity   
    B'(101:7-8)    101:7 No one who practices deceit can hold a post
   A: The way of integrity. B: To avoid evil.

[90]Psalm 102  (P102:1-29)
P(102:1)102:1 The prayer of one afflicted and wasting away whose anguish is poured out before the LORD.(102:1)
  A(102:2-12)  102:4 For my days vanish like smoke
"102:16 The nations shall revere your name, LORD"   
      C(102:17-19)      102:17 Once the LORD has rebuilt Zion and appeared in glory, (102:17)
102:22 Then the LORD'S name will be declared on Zion    
  A'(102:24-29)  102:24 God has cut short my days
   A: Ends of life. B: The name of the LORD. C: The LORD has rebuilt Zion.

[91]Psalms 103-107  (Ps103:1-107:43)
P(103:1a)103:1 Of David. (103:1)
  A(103:1b-13)  103:6 The LORD does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed. (103:6)
103:16 The wind sweeps over us and we are gone; our place knows us no more. (103:16)   
      C(104:1-12)      104:7 At your roar they took flight; at the sound of your thunder they fled.(104:7)
        D(104:13-23)        104:15 and wine to gladden our hearts, Oil to make our faces gleam, food to build our strength. (104:15)
          E(104:24-35)          104:35 May sinners vanish from the earth, and the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, my soul! Hallelujah!(104:35)
105:3 Glory in his holy name; rejoice   
              G(105:6-41)              History of Israel
"105:43 He brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with shouts of triumph"   
106:5 I may see the prosperity of your chosen   
              G'(106:6-42)              History of Israel
106:47 we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in praising you   
          E'(107:1-7)          107:2 Let that be the prayer of the LORD'S redeemed, those redeemed from the hand of the foe, (107:2)
        D'(107:8-14)        107:9 For he satisfied the thirsty, filled the hungry with good things. (107:9)
      C'(107:15-20)      107:16 For he broke down the gates of bronze and snapped the bars of iron. (107:16)
107:25 He commands and raises the stormy wind (107:25)   
  A'(107:31-43)  107:41 While the poor were released from their affliction; their families increased like their flocks. (107:41)
   A: Salvation for suffering people. B: Wind. C: Power of the LORD. D: To feed. E: Sins and redemption. F: The holy name. G: History of Israel. H: Chosen people.

[92]Psalm 108  (Ps108:1-14)
P(108:1)108:1 A song; a psalm of David(108:1)
  A(108:2-3)  108:2 Awake, my soul. (108:2)
    B(108:4-7)    108:7 Help with your right hand and answer us that your loved ones may escape. (108:7)
  A'(108:8-10)  108:8 Judah is my scepter. (108:9)
    B'(108:11-14)    108:13 Give us aid against the foe; worthless is human help. (108:13)
   A: Mine. B: To help.

[93]Psalm 109  (Ps109:1-31)
P(109:1a)109:1 For the leader. A psalm of David.(109:1)
  A(109:1b)  109:1 Do not be silent, O God of my praise. (109:1)
    B(109:2-5)    109:5 They repay me evil for good, hatred for my love. My enemies say of me: (109:5)
      C(109:6-7)      109:6 "Find a lying witness, an accuser to stand by his right hand,(109:6)
        D(109:8-19)        109:13 May his posterity be destroyed, his name cease in the next generation. (109:13)
      C'(109:20-21)      109:20 May the LORD bring all this upon my accusers, upon those who speak evil against me.(109:20)
    B'(109:22-29)    109:28 Though they curse, may you bless; shame my foes, that your servant may rejoice. (109:28)
  A'(109:30-31)  109:30 I will give fervent thanks to the LORD; before all I will praise my God. (109:30)
   A: Praise. B: Hostility of an enemy. C: Vengeance of the LORD. D: Vanishment of an enemy.

[94]Psalm 110  (Ps110:1-7)
P(110:1a)110:1 A psalm of David. (110:1)
  A(110:1b)  110:1 Take your throne at my righthand, while I make your enemies your footstool.(110:1)
    B(110:2-3)    110:2 The scepter of your sovereign might the LORD will extend from Zion. (110:2)
    B'(110:4)    110:4 Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever.(110:4)
  A'(110:5-7)  110:5 At your right hand is the Lord, who crushes kings on the day of wrath, (110:5)
   A: Righthand of the LORD. B: Priest.

[95]Psalms 111-112  (Ps111:1-112:10)
111:1 Hallelujah   
111:4 gracious and merciful is the LORD. (111:4)   
111:8 Established forever and ever   
        D(111:9-10)        111:10 Your praise endures forever.(111:10)
112:1 Hallelujah   
"112:4 they are gracious, merciful, and just. (112:4)"   
112:8 Their hearts are tranquil   
        D'(112:9-10)        112:9 Lavishly they give to the poor; their prosperity shall endure forever; (112:9)
   A: Hallelujah. B: Merciful. C: Established. D: Forever.

Hebrew alphabet poem (Acrostic Psalms)

[96]Psalms 113-118  (Ps113:1-118:29)
113:1 praise the name of the LORD.   
    B(113:4-9)    113:7 The LORD raises the needy from the dust, lifts the poor from the ash heap, (113:7)
      C(114:1-8)      114:1 When Israel came forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from an alien people,(114:1)
115:9 The house of Israel trusts in the LORD   
115:13 Will bless those who fear the LORD   
"115:17 The dead do not praise the LORD, all those gone down into silence.(115:17)"   
              G(116:1-4)              116:4 Then I called on the name of the LORD, "O LORD, save my life!" (116:4)
"116:7 Return, my soul, to your rest; the LORD has been good to you. (116:7)"   
                  I(116:9-11)                  116:9 I shall walk before the LORD in the land of the living.(116:9)
116:12 How can I repay the LORD for all the good done for me? (116:12)   
              G'(116:16-19)              116:16 LORD, I am your servant, your servant, the child of your maidservant; you have loosed my bonds. (116:16)
"117:1 Praise the LORD, all you nations! Give glory, all you peoples!(117:1)"   
118:4 Let those who fear the LORD say   
118:8 Better to take refuge in the LORD than to put one's trust in mortals.   
      C'(118:10-14)      118:10 All the nations surrounded me; in the LORD'S name I crushed them. (118:10)
    B'(118:15-24)    118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.(118:22)
118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.   
   A: The name of the LORD. B: Salvation of the weak. C: Escape from foreign country. D: Trust in the LORD. E: To fear the LORD. F: Praise the LORD. G: Prayer for salvation. H: Rewards of the LORD. I: I shall walk before the LORD.

[97]Psalm 119  (Ps119:1-176)
  A(119:1-8)  alef
    B(119:9-16)    bet
      C(119:17-24)      gimel
        D(119:25-32)        dalet
          E(119:33-40)          he
            F(119:41-48)            vav
              G(119:49-56)              zayin
                H(119:57-64)                chet
                  I(119:65-72)                  tet
                    J(119:73-80)                    yod
                      K(119:81-88)                      kaf
                      K'(119:89-96)                      lamed
                    J'(119:97-104)                    mem
                  I'(119:105-112)                  nun
                H'(119:113-120)                samech
              G'(119:121-128)              ayin
            F'(119:129-136)            pe
          E'(119:137-144)          tsadi
        D'(119:145-152)        kof
      C'(119:153-160)      resh
    B'(119:161-168)    shin
  A'(119:169-176)  tav
   Hebrew alphabet poem (Acrostic Psalms)

[98]Psalm 120  (Ps120:1-7)
P(120:1a)120:1 A song of ascents. (120:1)
  A(120:1b)  120:1 The LORD answered me when I called in my distress:(120:1)
"120:2 LORD, deliver me from lying lips, from treacherous tongues. (120:2)"   
"120:3 What will the Lord inflict on you, O treacherous tongue, and what more besides?"   
  A'(120:5-7)  120:5 Alas, I was an alien in Meshech, I lived near the tents of Kedar!(120:5)
   A: Sufferings. B: Treacherous tongue.

[99]Psalm 121  (Ps121:1-8)
P(121:1a)121:1 A song of ascents.(121:1)
  A(121:1b-2)  121:2 the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth
    B(121:3)    121:3 God will not allow your foot to slip; your guardian does not sleep. (121:3)
  A'(121:4-6)  121:4 the guardian of Israel
    B'(121:7-8)    121:7 The LORD will guard you from all evil, will always guard your life. (121:7)
   A: Other name of the LORD. B: To guard.

[100]Psalm 122  (Ps122:1-9)
P(122:1a)122:1 A song of ascents. Of David. (122:1)
122:1 Let us go to the house of the LORD   
    B(122:2)    122:2 And now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem. (122:2)
      C(122:3-5)      122:5 the thrones of the house of David
    B'(122:6-8)    122:7 May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity within your towers. (122:7)
122:9 For the house of the LORD   
   A: The house of the LORD. B: Inside of Jerusalem. C: The thrones of the house of David.

[101]Psalm 123  (Ps123:1-4)
P(123:1a)123:1 A song of ascents. (123:1)
  A1(123:1b-2a)  123:2 Yes, like the eyes of a servant on the hand of his master, Like the eyes of a maid on the hand of her mistress, So our eyes are on the LORD our God, till we are shown favor. (123:2)
  A2(123:2b-3a)  123:3 Show us favor, LORD, show us favor, for we have our fill of contempt. (123:3)
  A3(123:3b-4)  123:4 We have our fill of insult from the insolent, of disdain from the arrogant.(123:4)
   A: Repetition of same words.

[102]Psalm 124  (Ps124:1-8)
P(124:1a)124:1 A song of ascents. Of David. (124:1)
  A(124:1b-2)  124:1 I Had not the LORD been with us, let Israel say,(124:1)
124:3 Then   
124:4 Then   
124:5 Then   
  A'(124:6-8)  124:6 Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us to be torn by their fangs. (124:6)
   A: Help of the LORD. B: Then.

[103]Psalm 125  (Ps125:1-5)
P(125:1a)125:1 A song of ascents. (125:1)
  A(125:1b-2)  125:1 Like Mount Zion are they who trust in the LORD, unshakable, forever enduring.(125:1)
    B(125:3)    125:3 The scepter of the wicked will not prevail in the land given to the just, Lest the just themselves turn their hands to evil.(125:3)
  A'(125:4-5)  125:4 Do good, LORD, to the good, to those who are upright of heart. (125:4)
   A: The person who trusts in the LORD. B: Salvation from evils.

[104]Psalm 126  (Ps126:1-6)
P(126:1a)126:1 A song of ascents. (126:1)
"126:1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, then we thought we were dreaming.(126:1)"   
126:2 The LORD had done great things for them   
126:3 The LORD has done great things for us   
126:4 Restore again our fortunes   
   A: Restoration. B: Great things.

[105]Psalm 127  (Ps127:1-5)
P(127:1a)127:1 A song of ascents. Of Solomon. (127:1)
  A(127:1b)  127:1 in vain does the guard keep watch
    B(127:2)    127:2 all this God gives to his beloved in sleep
    B'(127:3-4)    127:3 Children too are a gift from the LORD
  A'(127:5)  127:5 They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate.(127:5)
   A: Gate of a town. B: The LORD gives.

[106]Psalm 128  (Ps128:1-6)
P(128:1a)128:1 A song of ascents. (128:1)
"128:1 Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the ways of God"   
    B(128:2b-3)    128:3 Like olive plants your children around your table. (128:3)
128:4 Just so will they be blessed who fear the LORD   
    B'(128:5b-6)    128:6 and live to see your children's children. Peace upon Israel!(128:6)
   A: The person who fear the LORD. B: Prosperity.

[107]Psalm 129  (Ps129:1-8)
P(129:1a)129:1 A song of ascents. (129:1)
129:1 now let Israel say   
    B(129:4-7)    129:4 But the just LORD cut me free from the ropes of the yoke of the wicked.
129:8 With none passing by to call out   
   A: To speak / not to speak. B: Salvation from wicked.

[108]Psalm 130  (Ps130:1-8)
P(130:1a)130:1 A song of ascents. (130:1)
  A(130:1b-2)  130:1 I call to you, LORD
"130:3 If you, LORD, mark our sins"   
  A'(130:5-6)  130:5 I wait with longing for the LORD
130:8 And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.(130:8)   
   A: Calling for salvation. B: Sins.

[109]Psalm 131  (Ps131:1-3)
P(131:1a)131:1 A song of ascents. Of David. (131:1)
  A(131:1b)  131:1 LORD, my heart is not proud
  A'(131:2)  131:2 Rather, I have stilled my soul
    B'(131:3)    131:3 Israel, hope in the LORD
   A: Patience. B: Israel, hope in the LORD.

In this poem, 131:1b and 131:2 are corresponding completely. However, 131:3 has no corresponding pair.
I think this is an exceptional pattern of parallel structure. 131:3 may be some type of epilogue.

[110]Psalm 132  (Ps132:1-18)
P(132:1a)132:1 A song of ascents. (132:1)
  A(132:1b)  132:1 LORD, remember David and all his anxious care
132:2 How he swore an oath to the LORD   
"132:8 Arise, LORD, come to your resting place, you and your majestic ark. "   
  A'(132:10)  132:10 David your servant
132:11 The LORD swore an oath to David   
"132:14 This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I desire it."   
   A: David is the servant of the LORD. B: Swear. C: Resting place of the LORD.

[111]Psalm 133  (Ps133:1-3)
P(133:1a)133:1 A song of ascents. Of David. (133:1)
  A(133:1b)  133:1 How good it is, how pleasant
133:2 running down the beard   
133:3 coming down upon the mountains of Zion   
  A'(133:3b)  133:3 There the LORD has lavished blessings, life for evermore!
   A: Goodness. B: Coming down.

[112]Psalms 134-137  (Ps134:1-137:9)
P(134:1a)134:1 A song of ascents. (134:1)
  A(134:1b-3)  134:3 May the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion.
    B(135:1-21)    Creation and Exodus
    B'(136:1-26)    Creation and Exodus
  A'(137:1-9)  137:1 we sat mourning and weeping when we remembered Zion.
   A: Zion. B: The creation and Exodus.

[113]Psalm 138  (Ps138:1-8)
P(138:1a)138:1 Of David. (138:1)
138:2 I praise your name for your fidelity and love. (138:2)   
    B(138:3)    138:3 When I cried out, you answered; you strengthened my spirit. (138:3)
      C(138:4-6)      138:5 They will sing of the ways of the LORD: "How great is the glory of the LORD!"
    B'(138:7)    138:7 Though I walk in the midst of dangers, you guard my life when my enemies rage. (138:7)
"138:8 LORD, your love endures forever. Never forsake the work of your hands!(138:8)"   
   A: Love. B: Salvation from sufferings. C: How great is the glory of the LORD.

[114]Psalm 139  (Ps139:1-24)
P(139:1a)139:1 For the leader. A psalm of David. (139:1)
  A(139:1b-6)  139:1 I LORD, you have probed me, you know me
    B(139:7-10)    139:7 Where can I hide from your spirit?
      C(139:11-12)      139:11 If I say, "Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light"
        D(139:13-16)        139:13 You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb.
      C'(139:17-18)      139:17 How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them!
    B'(139:19-22)    139:19 O God, and the bloodthirsty would depart from me!
  A'(139:23-24)  139:23 Probe me, God, know my heart
   A: To probe. B: To avoid. C: Greatness of the LORD. D: The LORD formed.

[115]Psalm 140  (Ps140:1-14)
P(140:1)140:1 For the leader. A psalm of David
"140:5 Keep me, LORD, from the clutches of the wicked"   
    B(140:7-8)    140:7 You are my God; listen, LORD, to the words of my prayer
140:12 evil will quickly entrap the violent   
    B'(140:13-14)    140:13 the LORD will secure justice for the needy
   A: The wicked. B: Salvation of the LORD.

[116]Psalm 141  (Ps141:1-10)
P(141:1a)141:1 A psalm of David.
  A(141:1b-5)  141:4 Do not let my heart incline to evil, or yield to any sin
    B'(141:6-7)    141:6 When their leaders are cast over the cliff
  A'(141:8-9)  141:9 Guard me from the trap they have set for me, from the snares of evildoers
    B'(141:10)    141:10 Into their own nets let all the wicked fall
   A: To avoid evils. B: Punishment against evils.

[117]Psalm 142  (Ps142:1-8)
P(142:1)142:1 A maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A prayer.(142:1)
142:2 With full voice I cry to the LORD   
    B(142:4)    142:4 Along the way I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
142:5 There is no escape for me; no one cares for me.    
"142:6 I cry out to you, LORD"   
    B'(142:7)    142:7 Rescue me from my pursuers, for they are too strong for me.
142:8 Lead me out of my prison   
   A: To cry to the LORD. B: Enemies. C: Salvation of a soul.

[118]Psalm 143  (Ps143:1-12)
P(143:1a)143:1 A psalm of David. (143:1)
  A(143:1b-2)  143:1 answer me in your justice
143:3 The enemy has pursued me   
143:4 My spirit is faint within me   
143:6 I stretch out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Selah (143:6)   
  A'(143:7-8)  143:7 Hasten to answer me
"143:9 Rescue me, LORD, from my foes"   
143:10 May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level.   
143:11 in your justice lead me out of distress   
   A: To answer. B: Enemies. C: Spirit. D: Soul.

[119]Psalm 144  (Ps144:1-15)
P(144:1a)144:1 Of David. (144:1)
  A(144:1b-4)  144:1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock
144:7 deliver me from the many waters; rescue me from the hands of foreign foes   
      C(144:9)      144:9 O God, a new song I will sing to you
144:11 deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreign foes.   
  A'(144:12-15)  144:15 happy the people whose God is the LORD.
   A: The people whose God is the LORD. B: To rescue from the foreign foes. C: I will sing a new song to God.

[120]Psalm 145  (Ps145:1-21)
P(145:1a)145:1 Praise. Of David. (145:1)
145:1 I will bless your name forever   
145:4 One generation praises your deeds to the next   
      C(145:8-9)      145:9 The LORD is good to all, compassionate to every creature.
        D(145:10-13)        145:13 Your reign is a reign for all ages
      C'(145:14-16)      145:14 The LORD supports all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
145:17 faithful in all your works   
145:21 all flesh will bless your holy name forever   
   A: The name. B: Deeds. C: Mercy. D: Reign of the LORD.

[121]Psalms 146-150  (Ps146:1-150:6)
"146:6 The maker of heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, Who keeps faith forever, (146:6)"   
    B(146:7-10)    146:7 secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free; (146:7)
147:1 how sweet to give fitting praise   
"147:19 The LORD also proclaims his word to Jacob, decrees and laws to Israel. (147:19)"   
148:1 Praise the LORD from the heavens   
"148:13 Let them all praise the LORD'S name, for his name alone is exalted, majestic above earth and heaven. (148:13)"   
    B'(148:14)    148:14 The LORD has lifted high the horn of his people; to the glory of all the faithful, of Israel, the people near to their God. Hallelujah!(148:14)
149:1 a hymn in the assembly of the faithful.   
149:9 To execute the judgments decreed for them-- such is the glory of all God's faithful. Hallelujah!(149:9)   
150:6 Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD   
   A: Heaven and earth. B: Salvation. C: Praise. D: Judgement. E: Hallelu.

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