Psalm 169 (Lost Psalm of David)

[It is always the general rule of thumb not to solely take the author’s word throughout these studies, but to pray and seek the face of Yahuah for one’s self, and let the Spirit lead you into all truth (John 16:13-15).]

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Reasoning Behind the Numerical Ordering
The numbering of these psalms of course should not be accounted as per se “official”. Following suit with the commonly known apocryphal Psalms 151-160; these psalms also plucked from the Dead Sea Scrolls, have different numbering depending on the original source you refer to (e.g. Psalms 151-155 being canonized in the Syriac, are not necessarily numbered as the same psalms when referring to the commonly accepted collective of Psalms 151-160). For the sake of simple clarity, continuing on in the Psalm 161 chronological general collective seems to be the only obvious step to move forward in, in an all-sincere attempt to rightfully divide, preserve, and freely share what is obviously Yahuah’s Inspired written Word. 


Originally Recovered from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hymns of Thanksgiving (1QHa, 1Q35, 4Q427-432):

This translation has been derived from:

Hymn 5, VII & VIII: “Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English”
Hymn 8: “A New Translation”
Hymn 9: “Qumran Psalter”


Psalm 169

  1. Blessed are You, O Yahuah of truth,
    […] a psalm to the chief [Musician] […] loud exultation,
    for those who magnify the majesty of […];
  2. and they shall love You forever,
    and I […]
    truth […]
  3. I have loved You freely;
    and with all my heart and being
    I have purged myself from iniquity.
  4. —Obedient to the vow of my soul,
    that I might not turn aside
    from any of Your commandments.
  5. I have clung to the Congregation,
    holding to all the appointed times,
    that I might not stray from any of Your ordinances.
  6. I know through the understanding which comes from You
    that righteousness is not in the hand of flesh,
    and the sons of Adam are not master of their way,
    nor is it not in mortals to direct their own step.
  7. I know that in Your hand is the inclination of every spirit,
    and all its ways You established before ever creating it.
  8. —How can any alter Your words?
  9. For You alone did create the just (Righteous One)
    and establish him from the womb, for the time of goodwill,
    that he might be guarded in Your covenant, and walk in all Your ways.
  10. And that You might show Yourself great to him
    in the multitude of Your mercies,
  11. and enlarge his straightened soul to eternal salvation,
    to perpetual and unfailing peace without want.
  12. Thus You raise up his glory
    from among mortal flesh.
  13. But the wicked You did create
    for Your zeal and time of wrath.
  14. You did vow them from the womb
    to the Day of Slaughter,
    for they walk in a way which does not profit:
  15. They reject Your covenant,
    and their soul abhors Your truth.
  16. They have taken no delight in all Your commandments,
    and have chosen that which You hate.
  17. For according to the mysteries of Your wisdom,
    (*alt. For according to the end-times of Your fury)
    You have ordained them for great chastisements
    before the eyes of all Your creatures,
  18. that they may serve as a sign and a wonder,
    for eternal generations,
    so all men may know of Your glory, and Your tremendous power.
  19. But what is flesh
    that it should understand these things?;
    and how should a creature of dust direct his steps?
  20. It is You who do shape the spirit
    and establish its work from the beginning;
    the way of all the living proceeds from You.
  21. I know that no riches equal to Your truth,
    therefore I have desired to enter the Council of Your holiness.
  22. I know that You have chosen them before others,
    and that they shall serve You for ever.
  23. You will take no bribe for the deeds of iniquity,
    nor ransom for the works of wickedness;
    for You are a Elohiym of truth.
  24. And all deceit You shall destroy for ever,
    and no wickedness shall exist before You.
  25. For I know that the way of every living being is Yours,
    and all their works You established from the beginning.
  26. And I know that they will walk
    by the spirit of Your holiness […]
  27. […]
  28. [*Estimated missing 8 verses]
  29. […] men of a wonderous sign You shall bring by number
  30. […] and in the mysteries of His wonder
    within the heavens and on the earth
  31. […] to sanctify without […] spirits,
    and in Your hand is the judgement of them all.
  32. […] for ever […] source of wickedness […]
    and what they are regarded […]
  33. And how shall he think?
    As each man who sanctifies himself will not turn aside to guilt
    to make straight his heart.
  34. And how shall he discern?
    As nothing is done apart from You onto eternity.
  35. […]
  36. And a source of light You opened […];
    and for the Council You have called me
    to praise Your holiness through the mouth of all Your works
    which You have done.
  37. And to come together
    with the host of Your Mighty Ones of eternity.
  38. The stiff-necked spirit […] to silence […],
    you were willing to do […]
  39. And according to Your counsel You visited a judgement,
    […] giving ear to Your glorious voice
    concerning Your works of […] 
  40. […] and a perverted spirit has ruled in
    the inclination of dust […]
  41. [*missing verse]
  42. […] from dust […] righteousness […]
  43. By Your Holy Spirit that You placed in me […]
    and the sons of Adam cannot […]
  44. Your Holy Spirit […]
  45. […] the fullness of heaven and earth
    […] Your glory;
    the fullness of the world […].
  46. And I know that in Your will towards man,
    You multiplied His inheritance through Your righteousness.
  47. Appointing him to understand by the secret of Your truth,
    all of Your works.
  48. And the righteous one guards over Your word
    that You laid in his heart,
    lest he should stray from Your commandments;
    in doing so, he will not stumble in all his ways.
  49. By my knowledge in all these things
    my tongue shall utter a reply.
    Falling prostrate; petitioning for mercy always,
    because of my transgressions.
  50. I will seek the spirit of knowledge,
    girding myself to the spirit of holiness.
  51. I will hold fast to the truth of Your Covenant,
    that I may serve You in truth and wholeness of heart;
    so that I may love Your name.  

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Translator’s video teaching and commentary on “Psalm 169″

Direct Sources of this Translation:

Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English:
A New Translation:
Qumran Psalter:

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