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Psalm 51:17

The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit 
 a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.


Psalm 51 appears a lot in Lent. No wonder: in Latin its first word is "miserere"--have mercy--and it's the text which has been so often set to music and known by that name. This verse is also especially familiar to many Protestants. The King James translation is very similar. The Grail, on the other hand, seems to me a bit weaker: 

My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Psalm 81:5-7

This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony
 when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
I eased his shoulder from the burden 
 and his hands were delivered from making the pots.
Thou calledst upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee *
 and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.


This is one of the few instances I've seen where there's a striking discrepancy in the translations. The standard liturgical translation has:

An unfamiliar speech I hear:
"I relieved his shoulder of the burden
his hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I rescued you."
Unseen, I answered you in thunder...

Psalm 25:3-4

Shew me thy ways, O Lord
 and teach me thy paths.
Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me
 for thou art the God of my salvation; in thee hath been my hope all the day long.


Interesting "wrong" use of "learn" there. It survived, maybe still does, in the South, among uneducated people. 

Psalm 42:1-2

Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks
 so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God--
 when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?



Psalm 19:7

The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul;
 the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.


cf. Grail: "The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul"

Psalm 31:5-6

Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me 
 for thou art my strength.
Into thy hands I commend my spirit 
 for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.


Psalm 50:16-17

(I missed yesterday, due to a significant variation in my daily routine. I don't do well with those.) 

Why dost thou preach my laws, and takest my covenant in thy mouth;
Whereas thou hatest to be reformed and hast cast my words behind thee?