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Psalm 77 Good News Translation (GNT)

Comfort in Time of Distress[a]

77 I cry aloud to God;
    I cry aloud, and he hears me.
In times of trouble I pray to the Lord;
    all night long I lift my hands in prayer,
    but I cannot find comfort.
When I think of God, I sigh;
    when I meditate, I feel discouraged.

He keeps me awake all night;
    I am so worried that I cannot speak.
I think of days gone by
    and remember years of long ago.
I spend the night in deep thought;[b]
    I meditate, and this is what I ask myself:
“Will the Lord always reject us?
    Will he never again be pleased with us?
Has he stopped loving us?
    Does his promise no longer stand?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
    Has anger taken the place of his compassion?”
10 Then I said, “What hurts me most is this—
    that God is no longer powerful.”[c]

11 I will remember your great deeds, Lord;
    I will recall the wonders you did in the past.
12 I will think about all that you have done;
    I will meditate on all your mighty acts.

13 Everything you do, O God, is holy.
    No god is as great as you.
14 You are the God who works miracles;
    you showed your might among the nations.
15 By your power you saved your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and of Joseph.

16 When the waters saw you, O God, they were afraid,
    and the depths of the sea trembled.
17 The clouds poured down rain;
    thunder crashed from the sky,
    and lightning flashed in all directions.
18 The crash of your thunder rolled out,
    and flashes of lightning lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and shook.
19 You walked through the waves;
    you crossed the deep sea,
    but your footprints could not be seen.
20 You led your people like a shepherd,
    with Moses and Aaron in charge.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 77:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by Asaph.
  2. Psalm 77:6 Some ancient translations deep thought; Hebrew song.
  3. Psalm 77:10 Verse 10 in Hebrew is unclear.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 77 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 77[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God for help;
    I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
    at night I stretched out untiring hands,
    and I would not be comforted.

I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b]
You kept my eyes from closing;
    I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days,
    the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night.
    My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

“Will the Lord reject forever?
    Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
    Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters saw you, God,
    the waters saw you and writhed;
    the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
    the heavens resounded with thunder;
    your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
    your lightning lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 77:1 In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.
  2. Psalm 77:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15.
New International Version (NIV)

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