Psalm 75 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 75[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.

  1. We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds.
  2. You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity.
  3. When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.[b]
  4. To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.[c]
  5. Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.’”
  6. No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves.
  7. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.
  8. In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.
  9. As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
  10. who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”


a. Psalm 75:1 In Hebrew texts 75:1-10 is numbered 75:2-11.
b. Psalm 75:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
c. Psalm 75:4 Horns here symbolize strength; also in verses 5 and 10.

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Psalm 75 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

  1. Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, Unto thee do we give thanks: For that thy name is near Thy wondrous works declare.
  2. When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
  3. The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
  4. I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: And to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
  5. Lift not up your horn on high: Speak not with a stiff neck.
  6. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, Nor from the south.
  7. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.
  8. For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; It is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: But the dregs thereof, All the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.
  9. But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
  10. All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.