For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Thus you will walk in the ways of good men
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,and the swallow a nest for herself,where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;they are ever praising you.Blessed are those whose strength is in you,who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,they make it a place of springs;the autumn rains also cover it with pools.They go from strength to strength,till each appears before God in Zion.Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty;listen to me, O God of Jacob. Selah
Look upon our shield, O God;look with favor on your anointed one.Better is one day in your courtsthan a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Godthan dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withholdfrom those whose walk is blameless.O Lord Almighty,blessed is the man who trusts in you.