The Bible – Old Testament
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.
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.