Poetical Psalms

An English language poetical translation by David Veliquette Before, during and shortly after my divorce, from about 1998 to 2002, I began to translate what was to end up being thirty-plus Psalms into English poetry; comprising meter and rhyming schemes. I’ve come to understand that the purpose of the project was more cathartic for me…

Psalm 1

To the chief musician on wind instruments, a Psalm of David How happy the man godless guidance won′t walk, He won′t stand with sinners, sit with those who mock. But rather the law of the Lord, his delight; He meditates in His law both day and night. By water streams planted, he stands like a…

Psalm 2

To the chief musician on wind instruments, a Psalm of David And why do the nations churn, ponder vain things? The rulers all gather, to stand with earth’s kings. Against His Anointed, they say of the Lord: Let’s break all their bands off and cast off their cord. The Lord sits in heaven; He laughs…

Psalm 3

A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom, his son O Lord, how they increase… those troubling foes! How multiplied many against me arose! And many there be which will say of my soul, “No help in his maker, his God won’t console.” But You are my shield, Lord; my glory instead. You do…

Psalm 4

To the chief musician on stringed instruments, a Psalm of David Oh, hear my call, I’m clean, you did declare. Have mercy, free from trouble, hear my prayer. My reputation, will you turn to shame? With groundless accusations still you blame? Yes, for himself, the Lord sets saints apart. He’ll answer when I call him…

Psalm 5

To the chief musician on wind instruments, a Psalm of David Give ear to my words, Lord, consider my sighs. I pray, King and God, hear the sound of my cries. My voice shall You hear, Lord, prayer ordered at dawn; For solely on You, Lord will I wait upon. For You’re not a God…

Psalm 6

To the chief musician on stringed instruments, 
a Psalm of David Oh Lord don’t rebuke me, with anger hasten, In Your hot displeasure, please do not chasten. Have mercy upon me, Oh Lord, I am weak; And heal my vexed bones, Lord; it’s You, Who I seek. My soul is vexed also, for how long,…

Psalm 7

And ode of David, which he sang unto the Lord,
 concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite Oh Lord my God, in You I give my trust to: So save and deliver, from those who pursue. Lest he, like a lion, my soul tears in two; He’ll rend it in pieces, while none to rescue….

Psalm 8

For the choir director, on the Philistine lute,
 a Psalm of David O Lord, our Lord, mighty is Your name on earth! Far greater than heavens, Your glory, Your worth. From mouths of mere infants and babes your strength willed, because of your enemies, vengeance is stilled. When pondering the heavens, the work of Your…

Psalm 9

To the chief musician, a Psalm of David With all of my heart, Lord, Oh, You will I praise; All Your works of wonder I’ll show forth and raise. And I will be glad and rejoice in You, Lord: I’ll sing praise to Your name, O God, most adored. When my foes are turned back…

Psalm 10

To the chief Musician—a Psalm of David O Lord, why stand far off, why there you abide? In times of my trouble yourself do you hide? In pride have the wicked the poor swiftly sought: In their own devices let them now be caught. The wicked is boasting of his heart’s reward, The greedy he…

Psalm 11

To the chief Musician—a Psalm of David In God, I place my trust; soul why sound this word? “Go to your high mountain, escape like a bird. The wicked with bow bent, are aiming their dart, to shoot in the darkness the upright in heart. For if the foundation is broken in two, what then…

Psalm 12

To the chief musician upon stringed instruments,
 a Psalm of David LORD, help, for the godly man ceases to be; And from among men’s sons the faithful none see. And each to his neighbor, their speech is all vain: With flattering lips, double heart they explain. And so may the Lord cut off flattering lips,…

Psalm 13

To the Chief Musician, A Psalm of David How long, Oh Lord, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide, your face from me sever? How long soul take counsel in heart’s daily grief? My enemy how long above me is chief? Oh Lord God consider and answer my cries: Lest I sleep…

Psalm 14

To the Chief Musician, a Psalm of David The fool in his heart has said, “There is no God.” Corrupt, they’ve done bad deeds; none do good to laud. The Lord looks from heaven on sons of mankind, To see who is wise, who seek God, and Him find. They’ve all turned aside and have…

Psalm 15

A Psalm of David Oh, Lord in your tent, now, just who abides still? And who shall remain there in your holy hill? It’s he who walks upright, and works righteousness, Who speaking the truth; in his heart he’ll confess. His tongue will not slander, toward neighbor harm do; Against the one near him reproach…

Psalm 16

A poem of David Preserve me, Oh God, I in you refuge take. My soul said, “You’re my Lord, your good; not mine make.” And as for the saints, all that are in the land, In these all delight, mine: majestic ones, grand. Their sorrows be increased who chase others, for: Their names not on…

Psalm 17

A Prayer of David Oh Lord, hear a just cause, attend to my cries; Give ear to my lip’s prayer; deceit won’t arise. And, so may my sentence come forth from your sight; And let your eyes see things, the fair and upright. Your night visit tried me; found naught, proved my heart; I’ve purposed…

Psalm 18

To the Chief Musician, a Psalm of David, the servant of
 the Lord, who spoke unto the Lord the words of this
 song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand 
of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul; and he said: I love you, Oh God, You’re my strength,…

Psalm 19

To the chief musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens they herald, God’s glory they share; The heavens, the works of His hands do declare. It faithfully pours forth its speech day by day; And night after night will its knowledge display. And while there’s no speech and no language nor word; Yet, even without…