December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 2 For the leader; al Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
- My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation.
- God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.
- How long will you set upon people, all of you beating them down, As though they were a sagging fence or a battered wall?
- Even from my place on high they plot to dislodge me. They delight in lies; they bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah
- My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope.
- God alone is my rock and my salvation, my secure height; I shall not fall.
- My safety and glory are with God, my strong rock and refuge.
- Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge! Selah
- 3 Mortals are a mere breath, the powerful but an illusion; On a balance they rise; together they are lighter than air.
- Do not trust in extortion; in plunder put no empty hope. Though wealth increase, do not set your heart upon it.
- 4 One thing God has said; two things I have heard: Power belongs to God;
- 3) so too, Lord, does kindness, And you render to each of us according to our deeds.
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1 [Psalm 62] A song of trust displaying serenity from experiencing God's power (the refrains of Psalm 62:2-3 and Psalm 62:6-7) and anger toward unjust enemies (Psalm 62:4-5). From the experience of being rescued, the psalmist can teach others to trust in God (Psalm 62:9-12).
2  'Al Jeduthun: apparently the Hebrew name for the melody.
3  On a balance they rise: precious objects were weighed by balancing two pans suspended from a beam. The lighter pan rises.
4  One thing . . . two things: parallelism of numbers for the sake of variation, a common device in Semitic poetry. One should not literally add up the numbers. Cf Amos 1:3; Proverb 6:16-19; 30:15, 18, 21.
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