The Psalter

Concerning the Psalter

The Psalter is a body of liturgical poetry. It is designed for vocal,
congregational use, whether by singing or reading. There are several
traditional methods of psalmody. The exclusive use of a single method
makes the recitation of the Psalter needlessly monotonous. The
traditional methods, each of which can be elaborate or simple, are the

Direct recitation denotes the reading or chanting of a whole psalm, or
portion of a psalm, in unison. It is particularly appropriate for the psalm
verses suggested in the lectionary for use between the Lessons at the
Eucharist, when the verses are recited rather than sung, and may often be
found a satisfactory method of chanting them.

Antiphonal recitation is the verse-by-verse alternation between groups of
singers or readers; e.g., between choir and congregation, or between one
side of the congregation and the other. The alternate recitation concludes
either with the Gloria Patri, or with a refrain (called the antiphon) recited
in unison. This is probably the most satisfying method for reciting the
psalms in the Daily Office.

Responsorial recitation is the name given to a method of psalmody in
which the verses of a psalm are sung by a solo voice, with the choir and
congregation singing a refrain after each verse or group of verses. This
was the traditional method of singing the Venite, and the restoration of
Invitatory Antiphons for the Venite makes possible a recovery of this
form of sacred song in the Daily Office. It was also a traditional manner
of chanting the psalms between the Lessons at the Eucharist, and it is
increasingly favored by modern composers.

Responsive recitation is the method which has been most frequently used
in Episcopal churches, the minister alternating with the congregation,
verse by verse.

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The version of the Psalms which follows is set out in lines of poetry. The
lines correspond to Hebrew versification, which is not based on meter or
rhyme, but on parallelism of clauses, a symmetry of form and sense. The
parallelism can take the form of similarity (The waters have lifted up, O
Lord I the waters have lifted up their voice; / the waters have lifted up
their pounding waves. Psalm 93:4), or of contrast (The Lord knows the
ways of the righteous; / but the way of the wicked is doomed. Psalm 1:6),
or of logical expansion (Our eyes look to the Lord our God, / until he
show us his mercy. Psalm 123:3).

The most common verse is a couplet, but triplets are very frequent, and
quatrains are not unknown; although quatrains are usually distributed
over two verses.

An asterisk divides each verse into two parts for reading or chanting. In
reading, a distinct pause should be made at the asterisk.

Three terms are used in the Psalms with reference to God: Elobim
(“God”), Adonai (“Lord”) and the personal name YHWH. The “Four-
letter Name” (Tetragrammaton) is probably to be vocalized Yahweh; but
this is by no means certain, because from very ancient times it has been
considered too sacred to be pronounced; and, whenever it occurred,
Adonai was substituted for it. In the oldest manuscripts, the Divine
Name was written in antique and obsolete letters; in more recent
manuscripts and in printed Bibles, after the invention of vowel points, the
Name was provided with the vowels of the word Adonai. This produced
a hybrid form which has been transliterated “Jehovah.”

The Hebrew reverence and reticence with regard to the Name of God has
been carried over into the classical English versions, the Prayer Book
Psalter and the King James Old Testament, where it is regularly render
“Lord”. In order to distinguish it, however, from “Lord” as a translation
of AdonaiYHWH is represented in capital and small capital letters:

From time to time, the Hebrew text has Adonai and YHWH in
conjunction. Then, the Hebrew custom is to substitute Elohim for
, and our English tradition follows suit, rendering the combine
title as “Lord GOD.”

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In two passages (Psalm 68:4 andPsalm 83:18), the context requires that
the Divine Name be spelled out, and it appears as YAHWEH. A similar
construction occurs in the Canticle, “The Song of Moses.”

The ancient praise-shout, “Hallelujah,” has been restored, in place of its
English equivalent, “Praise the Lord.” The Hebrew form has been used,
rather than the Latin form “Alleluia,” as being more appropriate to this
context; but also to regain for our liturgy a form of the word that is
familiar from its use in many well-known anthems. The word may, if
desired, be omitted during the season of Lent.

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The Psalter

Book One
First Day: Morning Prayer
I    Beatus vir qui non abiit
1Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of
                             the wicked, *
    nor lingered in the way of sinners,
    nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *
    and they meditate on his law day and night.
3They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
    everything they do shall prosper.
4It is not so with the wicked; *
     they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when
                              judgment comes, *
    nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *
    but the way of the wicked is doomed.

Psalm 1    585

2    Quare fremuerunt gentes?
1Why are the nations in an uproar? *
    Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together, *
    against the LORD and against his Anointed?
3“Let us break their yoke,” they say; *
    “let us cast off their bonds from us.”
4He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; *
    the Lord has them in derision.
5Then he speaks to them in his wrath, *
    and his rage fills them with terror.
6“I myself have set my king *
   upon my holy hill of Zion.”
7Let me announce the decree of the LORD: *
    he said to me, “You are my Son;
    this day have I begotten you.
8Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for
                             your inheritance *
    and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9You shall crush them with an iron rod *
   and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”
10And now, you kings, be wise; *
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11Submit to the LORD with fear, *
    and with trembling bow before him;
12Lest he be angry and you perish; *
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.

586    Psalm 2

13Happy are they all *
    who take refuge in him!
3    Domine, quid multiplicati
1LORD, how many adversaries I have! *
    how many there are who rise up against me!
2How many there are who say of me, *
     “There is no help for him in his God.”
3But you, O LORD, are a shield about me; *
    you are my glory, the one who lifts up my head.
4I call aloud upon the LORD, *
    and he answers me from his holy hill;
5I lie down and go to sleep; *
    I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
6I do not fear the multitudes of people *
    who set themselves against me all around.
7Rise up, O LORD; set me free, O my God; *
    surely, you will strike all my enemies across the face,
    you will break the teeth of the wicked.
8Deliverance belongs to the LORD. *
    Your blessing be upon your people!
4    Cum invocarem
1Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
    you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 3, 4    587

2“You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
    how long will you worship dumb idols
    and run after false gods?”
3Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
    when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.
4Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
    speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5Offer the appointed sacrifices *
    and put your trust in the LORD.
6Many are saying,
“Oh, that we might see better times!” *
    Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
7You have put gladness in my heart, *
    more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
    for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.
5    Verba mea auribus
1Give ear to my words, O LORD; *
    consider my meditation.
2Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, *
    for I make my prayer to you.
3In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
    early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
4For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
    and evil cannot dwell with you.
5Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *
    you hate all those who work wickedness.

588    Psalm 5

6You destroy those who speak lies; *
    the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
7But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will
                              go into your house; *
    I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
8Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness,
because of those who lie in wait for me; *
    make your way straight before me.
9For there is no truth in their mouth; *
    there is destruction in their heart;
10Their throat is an open grave; *
    they flatter with their tongue.
11Declare them guilty, O God; *
    let them fall, because of their schemes.
12Because of their many transgressions cast them out, *
    for they have rebelled against you.
13But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *
    they will sing out their joy for ever.
14You will shelter them, *
    so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
15For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
    you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.
First Day: Evening Prayer
6    Domine, ne in furore
1LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
    do not punish me in your wrath.

Psalm 6    589

2Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; *
    heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.
3My spirit shakes with terror; *
    how long, O LORD, how long?
4Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; *
    save me for your mercy’s sake.
5For in death no one remembers you; *
    and who will give you thanks in the grave?
6I grow weary because of my groaning; *
    every night I drench my bed
    and flood my couch with tears.
7My eyes are wasted with grief *
    and worn away because of all my enemies.
8Depart from me, all evildoers, *
    for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
9The LORD has heard my supplication; *
    the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; *
    they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.
7    Domine, Deus meus
1O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; *
    save and deliver me from all who pursue me;
2Lest like a lion they tear me in pieces *
    and snatch me away with none to deliver me.
3O LORD my God, if I have done these things: *
    if there is any wickedness in my hands,

590    Psalm 7

4If I have repaid my friend with evil, *
    or plundered him who without cause is my enemy;
5Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, *
    trample my life into the ground,
    and lay my honor in the dust.
6Stand up, O LORD, in your wrath; *
    rise up against the fury of my enemies.
7Awake, O my God, decree justice; *
    let the assembly of the peoples gather round you.
8Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; *
    O LORD, judge the nations.
9Give judgment for me according to my
                              righteousness, O LORD, *
     and according to my innocence, O Most High.
10Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous; *
    for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.
11God is my shield and defense; *
    he is the savior of the true in heart.
12God is a righteous judge; *
    God sits in judgment every day.
13If they will not repent, God will whet his sword; *
    he will bend his bow and make it ready.
14He has prepared his weapons of death; *
    he makes his arrows shafts of fire.
15Look at those who are in labor with wickedness, *
    who conceive evil, and give birth to a lie.

Psalm 7    591

16They dig a pit and make it deep *
    and fall into the hole that they have made.
17Their malice turns back upon their own head; *
    their violence falls on their own scalp.
18I will bear witness that the LORD is righteous; *
    I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.
8    Domine, Dominus noster
1O LORD our Governor, *
    how exalted is your Name in all the world!
2Out of the mouths of infants and children *
    your majesty is praised above the heavens.
3You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
    to quell the enemy and the avenger.
4When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
    the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
5What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
    the son of man that you should seek him out?
6You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
    you adorn him with glory and honor;
7You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
    you put all things under his feet:
8All sheep and oxen, *
    even the wild beasts of the field,
9The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
    and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
10O LORD our Governor, *
    how exalted is your Name in all the world!

592    Psalm 8

Second Day: Morning Prayer
9    Confitebor tibi
1I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
    I will tell of all your marvelous works.
2I will be glad and rejoice in you; *
    I will sing to your Name, O Most High.
3When my enemies are driven back, *
    they will stumble and perish at your presence.
4For you have maintained my right and my cause; *
    you sit upon your throne judging right.
5You have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked; *
    you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin, *
    their cities plowed under, the memory of them perished;
7But the LORD is enthroned for ever; *
    he has set up this throne for judgment.
8It is he who rules the world with righteousness; *
    he judges the peoples with equity.
9The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
    a refuge in time of trouble.
10Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *
    for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
11Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; *
    proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
12The Avenger of blood will remember them; *
    he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.

Psalm 9    593

13Have pity on me, O LORD; *
    see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
14So that I may tell of all your praises
and rejoice in your salvation *
    in the gates of the city of Zion.
15The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *
    and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
16The LORD is known by his acts of justice; *
    the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
17The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *
    and also all the people that forget God.
18For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
    let them be judged before you.
20Put fear upon them, O LORD; *
    let the ungodly know they are but mortal.
10    Ut quid, Domine?
1Why do you stand so far off, O LORD, *
    and hide yourself in time of trouble?
2The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
    but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
3The wicked boast of their heart’s desire; *
    the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
4The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; *
    their only thought is, “God does not matter.”

594    Psalm 10

5Their ways are devious at all times;
your judgments are far above out of their sight; *
    they defy all their enemies.
6They say in their heart, “I shall not be shaken; *
    no harm shall happen to me ever.”
7Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; *
    under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
8They lurk in ambush in public squares
and in secret places they murder the innocent; *
    they spy out the helpless.
9They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert;
they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; *
    they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
10The innocent are broken and humbled before them; *
    the helpless fall before their power.
11They say in their heart, “God has forgotten; *
    he hides his face; he will never notice.”
12Rise up, O LORD;
lift up your hand, O God; *
    do not forget the afflicted.
13Why should the wicked revile God? *
    why should they say in their heart, “You do not care”?
14Surely, you behold trouble and misery; *
    you see it and take it into your own hand.
15The helpless commit themselves to you, *
    for you are the helper of orphans.
16Break the power of the wicked and evil; *
    search out their wickedness until you find none.

Psalm 10    595

17The LORD is King for ever and ever; *
    the ungodly shall perish from his land.
18The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *
    you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
19To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
    so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.
11    In Domino confido
1In the LORD have I taken refuge; *
    how then can you say to me,
    “Fly away like a bird to the hilltop;
2For see how the wicked bend the bow
and fit their arrows to the string, *
    to shoot from ambush at the true of heart.
3When the foundations are being destroyed, *
    what can the righteous do?”
4The LORD is in his holy temple; *
    the LORD’S throne is in heaven.
5His eyes behold the inhabited world; *
    his piercing eye weighs our worth.
6The LORD weighs the righteous as well as the wicked, *
    but those who delight in violence he abhors.
7Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and
                             burning sulphur; *
     a scorching wind shall be their lot.
8For the LORD is righteous;
he delights in righteous deeds; *
    and the just shall see his face.

596    Psalm 11

Second Day: Evening Prayer
12    Salvum me fac
1Help me, LORD, for there is no godly one left; *
    the faithful have vanished from among us.
2Everyone speaks falsely with his neighbor; *
    with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
3Oh, that the LORD would cut off all smooth tongues, *
    and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
4Those who say, “With our tongue will we prevail; *
    our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
5“Because the needy are oppressed,
and the poor cry out in misery, *
    I will rise up,” says the LORD,
    “and give them the help they long for.”
6 The words of the LORD are pure words, *
    like silver refined from ore
    and purified seven times in the fire.
7O LORD, watch over us *
    and save us from this generation for ever.
8The wicked prowl on every side, *
    and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.
13    Usquequo, Domine?
1How long, O LORD?
will you forget me for ever? *
    how long will you hide your face from me?

Psalm 12, 13    597

2How long shall I have perplexity in my mind,
and grief in my heart, day after day? *
    how long shall my enemy triumph over me?
3Look upon me and answer me, O LORD my God; *
    give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
4Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” *
    and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
5But I put my trust in your mercy; *
    my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
6I will sing to the LORD, for he has dealt with me richly; *
    I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.
14    Dixit insipiens
1The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” *
    All are corrupt and commit abominable acts;
    there is none who does any good.
2The LORD looks down from heaven upon us all, *
    to see if there is any who is wise,
    if there is one who seeks after God.
3Every one has proved faithless;
all alike have turned bad; *
    there is none who does good; no, not one.
4Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers *
    who eat up my people like bread
    and do not call upon the LORD?
5See how they tremble with fear, *
    because God is in the company of the righteous.
6Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, *
    but the LORD is their refuge.

598    Psalm 14

7Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! *
    when the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
    Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.
Third Day: Morning Prayer
15    Domine, quis habitabit?
1LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
    who may abide upon your holy hill?
2Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
    who speaks the truth from his heart.
3There is no guile upon his tongue;
he does no evil to his friend; *
    he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
4In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
    but he honors those who fear the LORD.
5He has sworn to do no wrong *
    and does not take back his word.
6He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
    nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
7Whoever does these things *
    shall never be overthrown.
16    Conserva me, Domine
1Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
    I have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord,
    my good above all other.”

Psalm 15, 16    599

2All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
    upon those who are noble among the people.
3But those who run after other gods *
    shall have their troubles multiplied.
4Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
    nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
5O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *
    it is you who uphold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
    indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
7I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
    my heart teaches me, night after night.
8I have set the LORD always before me; *
    because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
    my body also shall rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
    nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11You will show me the path of life; *
    in your presence there is fullness of joy,
    and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
17    Exaudi, Domine
1Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD;
give heed to my cry; *
    listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.

600    Psalm 17

2Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
    let your eyes be fixed on justice.
3Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
    melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
4I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
    I have heeded the words of your lips.
5My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
    in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
6I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
    incline your ear to me and hear my words.
7Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
    O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand
    from those who rise up against them.
8Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
    hide me under the shadow of your wings,
9From the wicked who assault me, *
    from my deadly enemies who surround me.
10They have closed their heart to pity, *
    and their mouth speaks proud things.
11They press me hard,
now they surround me, *
    watching how they may cast me to the ground,
12Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *
    and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; *
    deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
14Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand *
    from those whose portion in life is this world;

Psalm 17    601

15Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *
    who are well supplied with children
    and leave their wealth to their little ones.
16But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
    when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding
                            your likeness.
Third Day: Evening Prayer
Part I    Diligam te, Domine.
1I love you, O LORD my strength, *
    O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven.
2My God, my rock in whom I put my trust, *
    my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge;
    you are worthy of praise.
3I will call upon the LORD, *
    and so shall I be saved from my enemies.
4The breakers of death rolled over me, *
    and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid.
5The cords of hell entangled me, *
    and the snares of death were set for me.
6I called upon the LORD in my distress *
    and cried out to my God for help.
7He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; *
    my cry of anguish came to his ears.

602    Psalm 18

8The earth reeled and rocked; *
    the roots of the mountains shook;
    they reeled because of his anger.
9Smoke rose from his nostrils
and a consuming fire out of his mouth; *
    hot burning coals blazed forth from him.
10He parted the heavens and came down *
    with a storm cloud under his feet.
11He mounted on cherubim and flew; *
    he swooped on the wings of the wind.
12He wrapped darkness about him; *
    he made dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.
13From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds, *
    burst hailstones and coals of fire.
14The LORD thundered out of heaven; *
    the Most High uttered his voice.
15He loosed his arrows and scattered them; *
    he hurled thunderbolts and routed them.
16The beds of the seas were uncovered,
and the foundations of the world laid bare, *
    at your battle cry, O LORD,
    at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
17He reached down from on high and grasped me; *
    he drew me out of great waters.
18He delivered me from my strong enemies
and from those who hated me; *
    for they were too mighty for me.
19They confronted me in the day of my disaster; *
    but the LORD was my support.

Psalm 18    603

20He brought me out into an open place; *
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Psalm 18:  Part II    Et retribuet mihi
21The LORD rewarded me because of my righteous dealing; *
    because my hands were clean he rewarded me;
22For I have kept the ways of the LORD *
    and have not offended against my God;
23For all his judgments are before my eyes, *
    and his decrees I have not put away from me;
24For I have been blameless with him *
    and have kept myself from iniquity;
25Therefore the LORD rewarded me according to my
                              righteous dealing, *
    because of the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
26With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; *
     with the forthright you show yourself forthright.
27With the pure you show yourself pure, *
    but with the crooked you are wily.
28You will save a lowly people, *
    but you will humble the haughty eyes.
29You, O LORD, are my lamp; *
    my God, you make my darkness bright.
30With you I will break down an enclosure; *
    with the help of my God I will scale any wall.
31As for God, his ways are perfect;
the words of the LORD are tried in the fire; *
    he is a shield to all who trust in him.

604    Psalm 18

32For who is God, but the LORD? *
    who is the Rock, except our God?
33It is God who girds me about with strength *
    and makes my way secure.
34He makes me sure-footed like a deer *
    and lets me stand firm on the heights.
35He trains my hands for battle *
    and my arms for bending even a bow of bronze.
36You have given me your shield of victory; *
    your right hand also sustains me;
    your loving care makes me great.
37You lengthen my stride beneath me, *
    and my ankles do not give way.
38I pursue my enemies and overtake them; *
    I will not turn back till I have destroyed them.
39I strike them down, and they cannot rise; *
    they fall defeated at my feet.
40You have girded me with strength for the battle; *
    you have cast down my adversaries beneath me;
    you have put my enemies to flight.
41I destroy those who hate me;
they cry out, but there is none to help them; *
    they cry to the LORD, but he does not answer.
42I beat them small like dust before the wind; *
    I trample them like mud in the streets.
43You deliver me from the strife of the peoples; *
    you put me at the head of the nations.
44A people I have not known shall serve me;
no sooner shall they hear than they shall obey me; *
     strangers will cringe before me.

Psalm 18    605

45The foreign peoples will lose heart; *
    they shall come trembling out of their strongholds.
46The LORD lives!   Blessed is my Rock! *
    Exalted is the God of my salvation!
47He is the God who gave me victory *
    and cast down the peoples beneath me.
48You rescued me from the fury of my enemies;
you exalted me above those who rose against me; *
    you saved me from my deadly foe.
49Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O LORD, *
    and sing praises to your Name.
50He multiplies the victories of his king; *
    he shows loving-kindness to his anointed,
    to David and his descendants for ever.
Fourth Day: Morning Prayer
19    Caeli enarrant
1The heavens declare the glory of God, *
    and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2One day tells its tale to another, *
    and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3Although they have no words or language, *
    and their voices are not heard,
4Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
    and their message to the ends of the world.
5In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
    it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
    it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

606    Psalm 19

6It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
    nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7The law of the LORD is perfect
                             and revives the soul; *
    the testimony of the LORD is sure
                             and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8The statutes of the LORD are just
                             and rejoice the heart; *
    the commandment of the LORD is clear
                             and gives light to the eyes.
9The fear of the LORD is clean
                             and endures for ever; *
    the judgments of the LORD are true
                             and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold,
                             more than much fine gold, *
     sweeter far than honey,
                             than honey in the comb.
11By them also is your servant enlightened, *
    and in keeping them there is great reward.
12Who can tell how often he offends? *
    cleanse me from my secret faults.
13Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
    then shall I be whole and sound,
    and innocent of a great offense.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
                             heart be acceptable in your sight, *
    O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

Psalm 19    607

20    Exaudiat te Dominus
1May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, *
    the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2Send you help from his holy place *
    and strengthen you out of Zion;
3Remember all your offerings *
    and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4Grant you your heart’s desire *
    and prosper all your plans.
5We will shout for joy at your victory
and triumph in the Name of our God; *
    may the LORD grant all your requests.
6Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; *
    he will answer him out of his holy heaven,
    with the victorious strength of his right hand.
7Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *
    but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
8They collapse and fall down, *
    but we will arise and stand upright.
9O LORD, give victory to the king *
    and answer us when we call.
21    Domine, in virtute tua
1The king rejoices in your strength, O LORD; *
    how greatly he exults in your victory!
2You have given him his heart’s desire; *
    you have not denied him the request of his lips.

608    Psalm 21

3For you meet him with blessings of prosperity, *
    and set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
4He asked you for life, and you gave it to him: *
    length of days, for ever and ever.
5His honor is great, because of your victory; *
    splendor and majesty have you bestowed upon him.
6For you will give him everlasting felicity *
    and will make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7For the king puts his trust in the LORD; *
    because of the loving-kindness of the Most High, he
                             will not fall.
8Your hand will lay hold upon all your enemies; *
    your right hand will seize all those who hate you.
9You will make them like a fiery furnace *
    at the time of your appearing, O LORD;
10You will swallow them up in your wrath, *
    and fire shall consume them.
11You will destroy their offspring from the land *
    and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.
12Though they intend evil against you
and devise wicked schemes, *
    yet they shall not prevail.
13For you will put them to flight *
    and aim your arrows at them.
14Be exalted, O LORD, in your might; *
    we will sing and praise your power.

Psalm 21    609

Fourth Day: Evening Prayer
22    Deus, Deus meu
1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
    and are so far from my cry
    and from the words of my distress?
2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
    by night as well, but I find no rest.
3Yet you are the Holy One, *
    enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
5They cried out to you and were delivered; *
    they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
    scorned by all and despised by the people.
7All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
    they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8“He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
    let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”
9Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
    and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.
10I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
     you were my God when I was still in my
                             mother’s womb.
11Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
    and there is none to help.

610    Psalm 22

12Many young bulls encircle me; *
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13They open wide their jaws at me, *
    like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint; *
    my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
    and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16Packs of dogs close me in,
and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
    they pierce my hands and my feet;
    I can count all my bones.
17They stare and gloat over me; *
    they divide my garments among them;
    they cast lots for my clothing.
18Be not far away, O LORD; *
    you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19Save me from the sword, *
    my life from the power of the dog.
20Save me from the lion’s mouth, *
    my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21I will declare your Name to my brethren; *
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
    stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
    all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.

Psalm 22    611

23For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; *
    but when they cry to him he hears them.
24My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
    I will perform my vows in the presence of those who
                             worship him.
25The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
    “May your heart live for ever!”
26All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to
                             the LORD, *
    and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
    he rules over the nations.
28To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down
                             in worship; *
    all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
    they shall be known as the LORD’S for ever.
30They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
    the saving deeds that he has done.
23    Dominus regit me
1The LORD is my shepherd; *
    I shall not be in want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures *
    and leads me beside still waters.

612    Psalm 23

3He revives my soul *
    and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You spread a table before me in the presence of those
                            who trouble me; *
    you have anointed my head with oil,
    and my cup is running over.
6Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
                            of my life, *
    and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Fifth Day: Morning Prayer
24    Domini est terra
1The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, *
    the world and all who dwell therein.
2For it is he who founded it upon the seas *
    and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3“Who can ascend the hill of the LORD? *
    and who can stand in his holy place?”
4“Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *
    who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
    nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5They shall receive a blessing from the LORD *
    and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”
6Such is the generation of those who seek him, *
    of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 24    613

7Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
    and the King of glory shall come in.
8“Who is this King of glory?” *
    “The LORD, strong and mighty,
    the LORD, mighty in battle.”
9Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
    and the King of glory shall come in.
10“Who is he, this King of glory?” *
    “The LORD of hosts,
    he is the King of glory.”
25    Ad te, Domine, levavi
1To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
    let me not be humiliated,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
    let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3Show me your ways, O LORD, *
    and teach me your paths.
4Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
     for you are the God of my salvation;
    in you have I trusted all the day long.
5Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, *
    for they are from everlasting.

614    Psalm 25

6Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
    remember me according to your love
    and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
7Gracious and upright is the LORD; *
     therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8He guides the humble in doing right *
    and teaches his way to the lowly.
9All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness *
    to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10For your Name’s sake, O LORD, *
    forgive my sin, for it is great.
11Who are they who fear the LORD? *
    he will teach them the way that they should choose.
12They shall dwell in prosperity, *
    and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13The LORD is a friend to those who fear him *
    and will show them his covenant.
14My eyes are ever looking to the LORD, *
    for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15Turn to me and have pity on me, *
    for I am left alone and in misery.
16The sorrows of my heart have increased; *
    bring me out of my troubles.
17Look upon my adversity and misery *
    and forgive me all my sin.
18Look upon my enemies, for they are many, *
    and they bear a violent hatred against me.

Psalm 25    615

19Protect my life and deliver me; *
    let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, *
    for my hope has been in you.
21Deliver Israel, O God, *
    out of all his troubles.
26    Judica me, Domine
1Give judgment for me, O LORD,
for I have lived with integrity; *
    I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2Test me, O LORD, and try me; *
    examine my heart and my mind.
3For your love is before my eyes; *
    I have walked faithfully with you.
4I have not sat with the worthless, *
    nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5I have hated the company of evildoers; *
    I will not sit down with the wicked.
6I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, *
    that I may go in procession round your altar,
7Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
    and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
8LORD, I love the house in which you dwell *
    and the place where your glory abides.
9Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
    nor my life with those who thirst for blood,

616    Psalm 26

10Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
    and their right hand full of bribes.
11As for me, I will live with integrity; *
    redeem me, O LORD, and have pity on me.
12My foot stands on level ground; *
    in the full assembly I will bless the LORD.
Fifth Day: Evening Prayer
27    Dominus illuminatio
1The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
    the LORD is the strength of my life;
    of whom then shall I be afraid?
2When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
    it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who
                             stumbled and fell.
3Though an army should encamp against me, *
    yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4And though war should rise up against me, *
    yet will I put my trust in him.
5One thing have I asked of the LORD;
one thing I seek; *
    that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days
                             of my life;
6To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
    and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27    617

7For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe
                             in his shelter; *
    he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
    and set me high upon a rock.
8Even now he lifts up my head *
    above my enemies round about me.
9Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; *
    I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *
    have mercy on me and answer me.
11You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” *
    Your face, LORD, will I seek.
12Hide not your face from me, *
    nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13You have been my helper;
cast me not away; *
    do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
    the LORD will sustain me.
15Show me your way, O LORD; *
    lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
    for false witnesses have risen up against me,
    and also those who speak malice.
17What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the LORD *
    in the land of the living!

618    Psalm 27

18O tarry and await the LORD’S pleasure;
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
    wait patiently for the LORD.
28    Ad te, Domine
1O LORD, I call to you;
my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; *
    lest, if you do not hear me,
    I become like those who go down to the Pit.
2Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, *
    when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
3Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the
                             evildoers, *
    who speak peaceably with their neighbors,
    while strife is in their hearts.
4Repay them according to their deeds, *
    and according to the wickedness of their actions.
5According to the work of their hands repay them, *
    and give them their just deserts.
6They have no understanding of the LORD’S doings,
nor of the works of his hands; *
    therefore he will break them down and not
                             build them up.
7Blessed is the LORD! *
    for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
8The LORD is my strength and my shield; *
    my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped;
9Therefore my heart dances for joy, *
    and in my song will I praise him.

Psalm 28    619

10The LORD is the strength of his people, *
    a safe refuge for his anointed.
11Save your people and bless your inheritance; *
    shepherd them and carry them for ever.
29    Afferte Domino
1Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name; *
    worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
    the LORD is upon the mighty waters.
4The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
    the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.
5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
    the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
    and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
    the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
    and strips the forests bare.
9And in the temple of the LORD *
    all are crying, “Glory!”
10The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
    the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.

620    Psalm 29

11The LORD shall give strength to his people; *
    the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Sixth Day: Morning Prayer
30    Exaltabo te, Domine
1I will exalt you, O LORD,
because you have lifted me up *
    and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
    and you restored me to health.
3You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
    you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
    give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
    his favor for a lifetime.
6Weeping may spend the night, *
    but joy comes in the morning.
7While I felt secure, I said,
I shall never be disturbed. *
    You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as
                             the mountains.”
8Then you hid your face, *
    and I was filled with fear.
9I cried to you, O LORD; *
    I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
    will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

Psalm 30    621

11Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; *
    O LORD, be my helper.”
12You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
    you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
    O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.
31    In te, Domine, speravi
1In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; *
    deliver me in your righteousness.
2Incline your ear to me; *
    make haste to deliver me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
    for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
    for you are my tower of strength.
5Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
    for you have redeemed me,
    O LORD, O God of truth.
6I hate those who cling to worthless idols, *
    and I put my trust in the LORD.
7I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy; *
    for you have seen my affliction;
    you know my distress.

622    Psalm 31

8You have not shut me up in the power of the enemy; *
    you have set my feet in an open place.
9Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; *
    my eye is consumed with sorrow,
    and also my throat and my belly.
10For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing; *
    my strength fails me because of affliction,
    and my bones are consumed.
11I have become a reproach to all my enemies and
                             even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
    when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
    I am as useless as a broken pot.
13For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is all around; *
    they put their heads together against me;
    they plot to take my life.
14But as for me, I have trusted in you, O LORD. *
    I have said, “You are my God.
15My times are in your hand; *
    rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
    and from those who persecute me.
16Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
    and in your loving-kindness save me.”
17LORD, let me not be ashamed for having called upon you; *
    rather, let the wicked be put to shame;
    let them be silent in the grave.

Psalm 31    623

18Let the lying lips be silenced which speak against
                             the righteous, *
    haughtily, disdainfully, and with contempt.
19How great is your goodness, O LORD!
which you have laid up for those who fear you; *
    which you have done in the sight of all
    for those who put their trust in you.
20You hide them in the covert of your presence from those
                             who slander them; *
    you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21Blessed be the LORD! *
    for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a
                             besieged city.
22Yet I said in my alarm,
I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes.” *
    Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty
    when I cried out to you.
23Love the LORD, all you who worship him; *
    the LORD protects the faithful,
    but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
24Be strong and let your heart take courage, *
    all you who wait for the LORD.
Sixth Day: Evening Prayer
32    Beati quorum
1Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
    and whose sin is put away!

624    Psalm 32

2Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, *
    and in whose spirit there is no guile!
3While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
    because of my groaning all day long.
4For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
    my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
5Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
    and did not conceal my guilt.
6I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” *
    Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
7Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in
                             time of trouble; *
    when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
8You are my hiding-place;
you preserve me from trouble; *
    you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
9“I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you
                             should go; *
    I will guide you with my eye.
10Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; *
    who must be fitted with bit and bridle,
    or else they will not stay near you.”
11Great are the tribulations of the wicked; *
    but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
12Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; *
    shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Psalm 32    625

33    Exultate, justi
1Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
    it is good for the just to sing praises.
2Praise the LORD with the harp; *
    play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3Sing for him a new song; *
    sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4For the word of the LORD is right, *
    and all his works are sure.
5He loves righteousness and justice; *
    the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
6By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
    by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
7He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
    and stores up the depths of the sea.
8Let all the earth fear the LORD; *
    let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
9For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
    he commanded, and it stood fast.
10The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
    he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11But the LORD’S will stands fast for ever, *
    and the designs of his heart from age to age.
12Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *
    happy the people he has chosen to be his own!

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13The LORD looks down from heaven, *
    and beholds all the people in the world.
14From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *
    on all who dwell on the earth.
15He fashions all the hearts of them *
    and understands all their works.
16There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *
    a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
    for all its strength it cannot save.
18Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *
    on those who wait upon his love,
19To pluck their lives from death, *
    and to feed them in time of famine.
20Our soul waits for the LORD; *
    he is our help and our shield.
21Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
    for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *
    as we have put our trust in you.
34    Benedicam Dominum
1I will bless the LORD at all times; *
    his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2I will glory in the LORD; *
    let the humble hear and rejoice.
3Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; *
    let us exalt his Name together.

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4I sought the LORD, and he answered me *
    and delivered me out of all my terror.
5Look upon him and be radiant, *
    and let not your faces be ashamed.
6I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me *
    and saved me from all my troubles.
7The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, *
    and he will deliver them.
8Taste and see that the LORD is good; *
    happy are they who trust in him!
9Fear the LORD, you that are his saints, *
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *
    but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good.
11Come, children, and listen to me; *
    I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12Who among you loves life *
    and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
13Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *
    and your lips from lying words.
14Turn from evil and do good; *
    seek peace and pursue it.
15The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, *
    and his ears are open to their cry.
16The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, *
    to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

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17The righteous cry, and the LORD hears them *
    and delivers them from all their troubles.
18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted *
    and will save those whose spirits are crushed.
19Many are the troubles of the righteous, *
    but the LORD will deliver him out of them all.
20He will keep safe all his bones; *
    not one of them shall be broken.
21Evil shall slay the wicked, *
    and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22The LORD ransoms the life of his servants, *
    and none will be punished who trust in him.
Seventh Day: Morning Prayer
35    Judica, Domine
1Fight those who fight me, O LORD; *
    attack those who are attacking me.
2Take up shield and armor *
    and rise up to help me.
3Draw the sword and bar the way against those
                             who pursue me; *
    say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”
4Let those who seek after my life be shamed and humbled; *
    let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed.
5Let them be like chaff before the wind, *
    and let the angel of the LORD drive them away.

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6Let their way be dark and slippery, *
    and let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
7For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause; *
    without a cause they have dug a pit to take me alive.
8Let ruin come upon them unawares; *
    let them be caught in the net they hid;
    let them fall into the pit they dug.
9Then I will be joyful in the LORD; *
    I will glory in his victory.
10My very bones will say, “LORD, who is like you? *
    You deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them,
    the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
11Malicious witnesses rise up against me; *
    they charge me with matters I know nothing about.
12They pay me evil in exchange for good; *
    my soul is full of despair.
13But when they were sick I dressed in sack-cloth *
    and humbled myself by fasting.
14I prayed with my whole heart,
as one would for a friend or a brother; *
    I behaved like one who mourns for his mother,
    bowed down and grieving.
15But when I stumbled, they were glad and gathered together;
they gathered against me; *
    strangers whom I did not know tore me to pieces and
                             would not stop.
16They put me to the test and mocked me; *
    they gnashed at me with their teeth.

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17O Lord, how long will you look on? *
    rescue me from the roaring beasts,
    and my life from the young lions.
18I will give you thanks in the great congregation; *
    I will praise you in the mighty throng.
19Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me, *
    nor let those who hate me without a cause
                             wink at each other.
20For they do not plan for peace, *
    but invent deceitful schemes against the
                             quiet in the land.
21They opened their mouths at me and said, *
    “Aha! we saw it with our own eyes.”
22You saw it, O LORD; do not be silent; *
    O Lord, be not far from me.
23Awake, arise, to my cause! *
    to my defense, my God and my Lord!
24Give me justice, O LORD my God,
according to your righteousness; *
    do not let them triumph over me.
25Do not let them say in their hearts,
“Aha! just what we want!” *
    Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced; *
    let those who boast against me be clothed with
                             dismay and shame.
27Let those who favor my cause sing out with joy and be glad; *
    let them say always, “Great is the LORD,
    who desires the prosperity of his servant.”

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28And my tongue shall be talking of your righteousness *
    and of your praise all the day long.
36     Dixit injustus
1There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
    there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2He flatters himself in his own eyes *
    that his hateful sin will not be found out.
3The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; *
    he has left off acting wisely and doing good.
4He thinks up wickedness upon his bed
and has set himself in no good way; *
    he does not abhor that which is evil.
5Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
    and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep; *
    you save both man and beast, O LORD.
7How priceless is your love, O God! *
    your people take refuge under the
                     shadow of your wings.
8They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
    you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9For with you is the well of life, *
    and in your light we see light.
10Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
    and your favor to those who are true of heart.

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11Let not the foot of the proud come near me, *
    nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! *
    they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.
Seventh Day: Evening Prayer
Part I    Noli aemulari
1Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
    do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
    and like the green grass fade away.
3Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
    dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4Take delight in the LORD, *
    and he shall give you your heart’s desire.
5Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
    and he will bring it to pass.
6He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
    and your just dealing as the noonday.
7Be still before the LORD *
    and wait patiently for him.
8Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
    the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
    do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.

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10For evildoers shall be cut off, *
    but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
    you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12But the lowly shall possess the land; *
    they will delight in abundance of peace.
13The wicked plot against the righteous *
    and gnash at them with their teeth.
14The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
    because he sees that their day will come.
15The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, *
    to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
    and their bow shall be broken.
17The little that the righteous has *
    is better than great riches of the wicked.
18For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
    but the LORD upholds the righteous.
Psalm 37: Part II    Novit Dominus
19The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
    and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
    and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
    and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of
                             the meadows, shall vanish;
    they shall vanish like smoke.

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22The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
    but the righteous are generous in giving.
23Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
    but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
24Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
    he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
25If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
    for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26I have been young and now I am old, *
    but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
    or their children begging bread.
27The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
    and their children shall be a blessing.
28Turn from evil, and do good, *
    and dwell in the land for ever.
29For the LORD loves justice; *
    he does not forsake his faithful ones.
30They shall be kept safe for ever, *
    but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31The righteous shall possess the land *
    and dwell in it for ever.
32The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
    and their tongue speaks what is right.
33The law of their God is in their heart, *
    and their footsteps shall not falter.
34The wicked spy on the righteous *
    and seek occasion to kill them.

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35The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
    nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36Wait upon the LORD and keep his way; *
    he will raise you up to possess the land,
    and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
    flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
    I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39Mark those who are honest;
observe the upright; *
    for there is a future for the peaceable.
40Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
    the future of the wicked is cut off.
41But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
    he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
    he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
    because they seek refuge in him.
Eighth Day: Morning Prayer
38    Domine, ne in furore
1O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
    do not punish me in your wrath.
2For your arrows have already pierced me, *
    and your hand presses hard upon me.

636    Psalm 38

3There is no health in my flesh,
because of your indignation; *
    there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin.
4For my iniquities overwhelm me; *
    like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.
5My wounds stink and fester *
    by reason of my foolishness.
6I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; *
    I go about in mourning all the day long.
7My loins are filled with searing pain; *
    there is no health in my body.
8I am utterly numb and crushed; *
    I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.
9O Lord, you know all my desires, *
    and my sighing is not hidden from you.
10My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, *
    and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.
11My friends and companions draw back from my affliction; *
    my neighbors stand afar off.
12Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; *
    those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin
    and plot treachery all the day long.
13But I am like the deaf who do not hear, *
    like those who are mute and who do not open their mouth.
14I have become like one who does not hear *
    and from whose mouth comes no defense.
15For in you, O LORD, have I fixed my hope; *
    you will answer me, O Lord my God.

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16For I said, “Do not let them rejoice at my expense, *
    those who gloat over me when my foot slips.”
17Truly, I am on the verge of falling, *
    and my pain is always with me.
18I will confess my iniquity *
    and be sorry for my sin.
19Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty, *
    and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
20Those who repay evil for good slander me, *
    because I follow the course that is right.
21O LORD, do not forsake me; *
    be not far from me, O my God.
22Make haste to help me, *
    O Lord of my salvation.
39    Dixi, Custodiam
1I said, “I will keep watch upon my ways, *
    so that I do not offend with my tongue.
2I will put a muzzle on my mouth *
    while the wicked are in my presence.”
3So I held my tongue and said nothing; *
    I refrained from rash words;
    but my pain became unbearable.
4My heart was hot within me;
while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
    I spoke out with my tongue:

638    Psalm 39

5LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
    so that I may know how short my life is.
6You have given me a mere handful of days,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *
    truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
7We walk about like a shadow,
and in vain we are in turmoil; *
    we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
8And now, what is my hope? *
    O Lord, my hope is in you.
9Deliver me from all my transgressions *
    and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *
    for surely it was you that did it.
11Take your affliction from me; *
    I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
12With rebukes for sin you punish us;
like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; *
    truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
13Hear my prayer, O LORD,
and give ear to my cry; *
    hold not your peace at my tears.
14For I am but a sojourner with you, *
    a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *
    before I go my way and am no more.

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40    Expectans, expectavi
1I waited patiently upon the LORD; *
    he stooped to me and heard my cry.
2He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; *
    he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.
3He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God; *
    many shall see, and stand in awe,
    and put their trust in the LORD.
4Happy are they who trust in the LORD! *
    they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.
5Great things are they that you have done, O LORD my God!
how great your wonders and your plans for us! *
    there is none who can be compared with you.
6Oh, that I could make them known and tell them! *
    but they are more than I can count.
7In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure *
    (you have given me ears to hear you);
8Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required, *
    and so I said, “Behold, I come.
9In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: *
    ‘I love to do your will, O my God;
    your law is deep in my heart.'”
10I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; *
    behold, I did not restrain my lips;
    and that, O LORD, you know.
11Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; *
    I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the
                             great congregation.

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12You are the LORD;
do not withhold your compassion from me; *
    let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever,
13For innumerable troubles have crowded upon me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see; *
    they are more in number than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails me.
14Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; *
    O LORD, make haste to help me.
15Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed
who seek after my life to destroy it; *
    let them draw back and be disgraced
    who take pleasure in my misfortune.
16Let those who say “Aha!” and gloat over me be confounded, *
    because they are ashamed.
17Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; *
    let those who love your salvation continually say,
    Great is the LORD!”
18Though I am poor and afflicted, *
    the Lord will have regard for me.
19You are my helper and my deliverer; *
    do not tarry, O my God.
Eighth Day: Evening Prayer
41    Beatus qui intelligit
1Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! *
    the LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble.

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2The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive,
so that they may be happy in the land; *
    he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
3The LORD sustains them on their sickbed *
    and ministers to them in their illness.
4I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; *
    heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5My enemies are saying wicked things about me: *
    When will he die, and his name perish?”
6Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; *
    their heart collects false rumors;
    they go outside and spread them.
7All my enemies whisper together about me *
    and devise evil against me.
8“A deadly thing,” they say, “has fastened on him; *
    he has taken to his bed and will never get up again.”
9Even my best friend, whom I trusted,
who broke bread with me, *
    has lifted up his heel and turned against me.
10But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up, *
    and I shall repay them.
11By this I know you are pleased with me, *
    that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12In my integrity you hold me fast, *
    and shall set me before your face for ever.
13Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, *
    from age to age. Amen. Amen.

642    Psalm 41

Book Two
42    Quemadmodum
1As the deer longs for the water-brooks, *
    so longs my soul for you, O God.
2My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; *
    when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3My tears have been my food day and night, *
    while all day long they say to me,
    Where now is your God?”
4I pour out my soul when I think on these things; *
    how I went with the multitude and led them into the
                             house of God,
5With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, *
    among those who keep holy-day.
6Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
    and why are you so disquieted within me?
7Put your trust in God; *
    for I will yet give thanks to him,
    who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
8My soul is heavy within me; *
    therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan,
    and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.
9One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; *
    all your rapids and floods have gone over me.
10The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; *
    in the night season his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.

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11I will say to the God of my strength,
“Why have you forgotten me? *
    and why do I go so heavily while the enemy
                             oppresses me?”
12While my bones are being broken, *
    my enemies mock me to my face;
13All day long they mock me *
    and say to me, “Where now is your God?”
14Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
    and why are you so disquieted within me?
15Put your trust in God; *
    for I will yet give thanks to him,
    who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
43    Judica me, Deus
1Give judgment for me, O God,
and defend my cause against an ungodly people; *
    deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
2For you are the God of my strength;
why have you put me from you? *
    and why do I go so heavily while the enemy
                             oppresses me?
3Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, *
    and bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling;
4That I may go to the altar of God,
to the God of my joy and gladness; *
    and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.

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5Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
    and why are you so disquieted within me?
6Put your trust in God; *
    for I will yet give thanks to him,
    who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
Ninth Day: Morning Prayer
44    Deus, auribus
1We have heard with our ears, O God,
our forefathers have told us, *
    the deeds you did in their days,
    in the days of old.
2How with your hand you drove the peoples out
and planted our forefathers in the land; *
    how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
3For they did not take the land by their sword,
nor did their arm win the victory for them; *
    but your right hand, your arm, and the
                             light of your countenance,
    because you favored them.
4You are my King and my God; *
    you command victories for Jacob.
5Through you we pushed back our adversaries; *
    through your Name we trampled on those who
                             rose up against us.
6For I do not rely on my bow, *
    and my sword does not give me the victory.
7Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries *
    and put those who hate us to shame.

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8Every day we gloried in God, *
    and we will praise your Name for ever.
9Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us *
    and do not go forth with our armies.
10You have made us fall back before our adversary, *
    and our enemies have plundered us.
11You have made us like sheep to be eaten *
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12You are selling your people for a trifle *
    and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, *
    a mockery and derision to those around us.
14You have made us a byword among the nations, *
    a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15My humiliation is daily before me, *
    and shame has covered my face;
16Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, *
    because of the enemy and avenger.
17All this has come upon us; *
    yet we have not forgotten you,
    nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18Our heart never turned back, *
    nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, *
    and covered us over with deep darkness.
20If we have forgotten the Name of our God, *
    or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21Will not God find it out? *
    for he knows the secrets of the heart.

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22Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; *
    we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? *
    Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24Why have you hidden your face *
    and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25We sink down into the dust; *
    our body cleaves to the ground.
26Rise up, and help us, *
    and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.
45    Eructavit cor meum
1My heart is stirring with a noble song;
let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; *
    my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.
2You are the fairest of men; *
    grace flows from your lips,
    because God has blessed you for ever.
3Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior, *
    in your pride and in your majesty.
4Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth *
    and for the sake of justice.
5Your right hand will show you marvelous things; *
    your arrows are very sharp, O mighty warrior.
6The peoples are falling at your feet, *
    and the king’s enemies are losing heart.

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7Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever, *
    a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom;
    you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
8Therefore God, your God, has anointed you *
    with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
9All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, *
    and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.
10Kings’ daughters stand among the ladies of the court; *
    on your right hand is the queen,
    adorned with the gold of Ophir.
11“Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
    forget your people and your father’s house.
12The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
    he is your master; therefore do him honor.
13The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
    the rich among the people seek your favor.”
14All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
    her gown is cloth-of-gold.
15In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
    after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
16With joy and gladness they are brought, *
    and enter into the palace of the king.
17“In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
    you shall make them princes over all the earth.
18I will make your name to be remembered
from one generation to another; *
    therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever.”

648    Psalm 45

46    Deus noster refugium
1God is our refuge and strength, *
    a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *
    and though the mountains be toppled into the
                             depths of the sea;
3Though its waters rage and foam, *
    and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.
4The LORD of hosts is with us; *
    the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
5There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, *
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
6God is in the midst of her;
she shall not be overthrown; *
    God shall help her at the break of day.
7The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; *
    God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.
8The LORD of hosts is with us; *
    the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
9Come now and look upon the works of the LORD, *
    what awesome things he has done on earth.
10It is he who makes war to cease in all the world; *
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
    and burns the shields with fire.

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11“Be still, then, and know that I am God; *
    I will be exalted among the nations;
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
12The LORD of hosts is with us; *
    the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Ninth Day: Evening Prayer
47    Omnes gentes, plaudite
1Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
    shout to God with a cry of joy.
2For the LORD Most High is to be feared; *
    he is the great King over all the earth.
3He subdues the peoples under us, *
    and the nations under our feet.
4He chooses our inheritance for us, *
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
5God has gone up with a shout, *
    the LORD with the sound of the ram’s-horn.
6Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7For God is King of all the earth; *
    sing praises with all your skill.
8God reigns over the nations; *
    God sits upon his holy throne.
9The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
    with the people of the God of Abraham.
10The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
    and he is highly exalted.

650    Psalm 47

48    Magnus Dominus
1Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; *
    in the city of our God is his holy hill.
2Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the
hill of Zion, *
    the very center of the world and the city of the great King.
3God is in her citadels; *
    he is known to be her sure refuge.
4Behold, the kings of the earth assembled *
    and marched forward together.
5They looked and were astounded; *
    they retreated and fled in terror.
6Trembling seized them there; *
    they writhed like a woman in childbirth,
    like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.
7As we have heard, so have we seen,
in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; *
    God has established her for ever.
8We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, *
    in the midst of your temple.
9Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to
                            the world’s end; *
    your right hand is full of justice.
10Let Mount Zion be glad
and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
    because of your judgments.
11Make the circuit of Zion;
walk round about her; *
    count the number of her towers.

Psalm 48    651

12Consider well her bulwarks;
examine her strongholds; *
    that you may tell those who come after.
13This God is our God for ever and ever; *
    he shall be our guide for evermore.
49    Audite haec, omnes
1Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
    you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
2My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
    and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
3I will incline my ear to a proverb *
    and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
4Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
    when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
5The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
    and boast of their great riches?
6We can never ransom ourselves, *
    or deliver to God the price of our life;
7For the ransom of our life is so great, *
    that we should never have enough to pay it,
8In order to live for ever and ever, *
    and never see the grave.
9For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish *
    and leave their wealth to those who come after them.

652    Psalm 49

10Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
    though they call the lands after their own names.
11Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
    they are like the beasts that perish.
12Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, *
    and the end of those who delight in their own words.
13Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die;
Death is their shepherd; *
    they go down straightway to the grave.
14Their form shall waste away, *
    and the land of the dead shall be their home.
15But God will ransom my life; *
    he will snatch me from the grasp of death.
16Do not be envious when some become rich, *
    or when the grandeur of their house increases;
17For they will carry nothing away at their death, *
    nor will their grandeur follow them.
18Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived, *
    and were praised for their success,
19They shall join the company of their forebears, *
    who will never see the light again.
20Those who are honored, but have no understanding, *
    are like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 49    653

Tenth Day: Morning Prayer
50    Deus deorum
1The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken; *
    he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to
                            its setting.
2Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
    God reveals himself in glory.
3Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
    before him there is a consuming flame,
    and round about him a raging storm.
4He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
    to witness the judgment of his people.
5“Gather before me my loyal followers, *
    those who have made a covenant with me
    and sealed it with sacrifice.”
6Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
    for God himself is judge.
7Hear, O my people, and I will speak:
“O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *
    for I am God, your God.
8I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *
    your offerings are always before me.
9I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *
    nor he-goats out of your pens;
10For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *
    the herds in their thousands upon the hills.

654    Psalm 50

11I know every bird in the sky, *
    and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.
12If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *
    for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.
13Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *
    or drink the blood of goats?
14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
    and make good your vows to the Most High.
15Call upon me in the day of trouble; *
    I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.”
16But to the wicked God says: *
    Why do you recite my statutes,
    and take my covenant upon your lips;
17Since you refuse discipline, *
    and toss my words behind your back?
18When you see a thief, you make him your friend, *
    and you cast in your lot with adulterers.
19You have loosed your lips for evil, *
    and harnessed your tongue to a lie.
20You are always speaking evil of your brother *
    and slandering your own mother’s son.
21These things you have done, and I kept still, *
    and you thought that I am like you.”
22“I have made my accusation; *
    I have put my case in order before your eyes.
23Consider this well, you who forget God, *
    lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.

Psalm 50    655

24Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving
                            honors me; *
    but to those who keep in my way will I show
                            the salvation of God.”
51    Miserere mei, Deus
1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your
                            loving-kindness; *
    in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
    and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my transgressions, *
    and my sin is ever before me.
4Against you only have I sinned *
    and done what is evil in your sight.
5And so you are justified when you speak *
    and upright in your judgment.
6Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
    a sinner from my mother’s womb.
7For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
    and will make me understand wisdom secretly
8Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
    wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
9Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
    that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10Hide your face from my sins *
    and blot out all my iniquities.

656    Psalm 51

11Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
    and renew a right spirit within me.
12Cast me not away from your presence *
    and take not your holy Spirit from me.
13Give me the joy of your saving help again *
    and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
14I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *
    and sinners shall return to you.
15Deliver me from death, O God, *
    and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
    O God of my salvation.
16Open my lips, O Lord, *
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
17Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, *
    but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.
18The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
19Be favorable and gracious to Zion, *
    and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
20Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices,
with burnt-offerings and oblations; *
    then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.
52    Quid gloriaris?
1You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness *
    against the godly all day long?

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2You plot ruin;
your tongue is like a sharpened razor, *
    O worker of deception.
3You love evil more than good *
    and lying more than speaking the truth.
4You love all words that hurt, *
    O you deceitful tongue.
5Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, *
    topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling,
    and root you out of the land of the living!
6The righteous shall see and tremble, *
    and they shall laugh at him, saying,
7“This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, *
    but trusted in great wealth
    and relied upon wickedness.”
8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; *
    I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
9I will give you thanks for what you have done *
    and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence
                            of the godly.
Tenth Day: Evening Prayer
53    Dixit insipiens
1The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” *
    All are corrupt and commit abominable acts;
    there is none who does any good.

658    Psalm 53

2God looks down from heaven upon us all, *
    to see if there is any who is wise,
    if there is one who seeks after God.
3Every one has proved faithless;
all alike have turned bad; *
    there is none who does good; no, not one.
4Have they no knowledge, those evildoers *
    who eat up my people like bread
    and do not call upon God?
5See how greatly they tremble,
such trembling as never was; *
    for God has scattered the bones of the enemy;
    they are put to shame, because God has rejected them.
6Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! *
    when God restores the fortunes of his people
    Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.
54    Deus, in nomine
1Save me, O God, by your Name; *
    in your might, defend my cause.
2Hear my prayer, O God; *
    give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For the arrogant have risen up against me,
and the ruthless have sought my life, *
    those who have no regard for God.
4Behold, God is my helper; *
    it is the Lord who sustains my life.
5Render evil to those who spy on me; *
    in your faithfulness, destroy them.

Psalm 54    659

6I will offer you a freewill sacrifice *
    and praise your Name, O LORD, for it is good.
7For you have rescued me from every trouble, *
    and my eye has seen the ruin of my foes.
55    Exaudi, Deus
1Hear my prayer,O God; *
    do not hide yourself from my petition.
2Listen to me and answer me; *
    I have no peace, because of my cares.
3I am shaken by the noise of the enemy *
    and by the pressure of the wicked;
4For they have cast an evil spell upon me *
    and are set against me in fury.
5My heart quakes within me, *
    and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
6Fear and trembling have come over me, *
    and horror overwhelms me.
7And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! *
    I would fly away and be at rest.
8I would flee to a far-off place *
    and make my lodging in the wilderness.
9I would hasten to escape *
    from the stormy wind and tempest.”
10Swallow them up, O Lord;
confound their speech; *
    for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

660    Psalm 55

11Day and night the watchmen make their rounds
                            upon her walls, *
    but trouble and misery are in the midst of her.
12There is corruption at her heart; *
    her streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
13For had it been an adversary who taunted me,
then I could have borne it; *
    or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me,
    then I could have hidden from him.
14But it was you, a man after my own heart, *
    my companion, my own familiar friend.
15We took sweet counsel together, *
    and walked with the throng in the house of God.
16Let death come upon them suddenly;
let them go down alive to the grave; *
    for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
17But I will call upon God, *
    and the LORD will deliver me.
18In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday,
I will complain and lament, *
    and he will hear my voice.
19He will bring me safely back from the battle
                            waged against me; *
    for there are many who fight me.
20God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and
                            bring them down; *
    they never change; they do not fear God.
21My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade; *
    he has broken his covenant.

Psalm 55    661

22His speech is softer than butter, *
    but war is in his heart.
23His words are smoother than oil, *
    but they are drawn swords.
24Cast your burden upon the LORD,
and he will sustain you; *
    he will never let the righteous stumble.
25For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful *
    down to the pit of destruction, O God.
26They shall not live out half their days, *
    but I will put my trust in you.
Eleventh Day: Morning Prayer
56    Miserere mei, Deus
1Have mercy on me, O God,
for my enemies are hounding me; *
    all day long they assault and oppress me.
2They hound me all the day long; *
    truly there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
3Whenever I am afraid, *
    I will put my trust in you.
4In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
    for what can flesh do to me?
5All day long they damage my cause; *
    their only thought is to do me evil.

662    Psalm 56

6They band together; they lie in wait; *
    they spy upon my footsteps;
    because they seek my life.
7Shall they escape despite their wickedness? *
    O God, in your anger, cast down the peoples.
8You have noted my lamentation;
put my tears into your bottle; *
    are they not recorded in your book?
9Whenever I call upon you, my enemies will be put to flight; *
    this I know, for God is on my side.
10In God the LORD, whose word I praise,
in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
    for what can mortals do to me?
11I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; *
    I will present to you thank-offerings;
12For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet
from stumbling, *
    that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
57    Miserere mei, Deus
1Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful,
for I have taken refuge in you; *
    in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge
    until this time of trouble has gone by.
2I will call upon the Most High God, *
    the God who maintains my cause.
3He will send from heaven and save me;
he will confound those who trample upon me; *
    God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.

Psalm 57    663

4I lie in the midst of lions that devour the people; *
    their teeth are spears and arrows,
    their tongue a sharp sword.
5They have laid a net for my feet,
and I am bowed low; *
    they have dug a pit before me,
    but have fallen into it themselves.
6Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
    and your glory over all the earth.
7My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *
    I will sing and make melody.
8Wake up, my spirit;
awake, lute and harp; *
    I myself will waken the dawn.
9I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; *
    I will sing praise to you among the nations.
10For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
    and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
    and your glory over all the earth.
58    Si vere utique
1Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? *
    do you judge the peoples with equity?
2No; you devise evil in your hearts, *
    and your hands deal out violence in the land.
3The wicked are perverse from the womb; *
    liars go astray from their birth.

664    Psalm 58

4They are as venomous as a serpent, *
    they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
5Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, *
    no matter how skillful his charming.
6O God, break their teeth in their mouths; *
    pull the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
7Let them vanish like water that runs off; *
    let them wither like trodden grass.
8Let them be like the snail that melts away, *
    like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
9Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; *
    like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
10The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; *
    they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11And they will say,
“Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; *
    surely, there is a God who rules in the earth.”
Eleventh Day: Evening Prayer
59    Eripe me de inimicis
1Rescue me from my enemies, O God; *
    protect me from those who rise up against me.
2Rescue me from evildoers *
    and save me from those who thirst for my blood.
3See how they lie in wait for my life,
how the mighty gather together against me; *
    not for any offense or fault of mine, O LORD.

Psalm 59    665

4Not because of any guilt of mine *
    they run and prepare themselves for battle.
5Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; *
    for you, LORD God of hosts, are Israel’s God.
6Awake, and punish all the ungodly; *
    show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil.
7They go to and fro in the evening; *
    they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
8Behold, they boast with their mouths,
and taunts are on their lips; *
    “For who,” they say, “will hear us?”
9But you, O LORD, you laugh at them; *
    you laugh all the ungodly to scorn.
10My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; *
    for you, O God, are my stronghold.
11My merciful God comes to meet me; *
    God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
12Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; *
    send them reeling by your might
    and put them down, O Lord our shield.
13For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips,
for the cursing and lies that they utter, *
    let them be caught in their pride.
14Make an end of them in your wrath; *
    make an end of them, and they shall be no more.
15Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, *
    and to the ends of the earth.
16They go to and fro in the evening; *
    they snarl like dogs and run about the city.

666    Psalm 59

17 They forage for food, *
    and if they are not filled, they howl.
18For my part, I will sing of your strength; *
    I will celebrate your love in the morning;
19For you have become my stronghold, *
    a refuge in the day of my trouble.
20To you, O my Strength, will I sing; *
    for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God.
60    Deus, repulisti nos
1O God, you have cast us off and broken us; *
    you have been angry;
    oh, take us back to you again.
2You have shaken the earth and split it open; *
    repair the cracks in it, for it totters.
3You have made your people know hardship; *
    you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
4You have set up a banner for those who fear you, *
    to be a refuge from the power of the bow.
5Save us by your right hand and answer us, *
    that those who are dear to you may be delivered.
6God spoke from his holy place and said: *
   “I will exult and parcel out Shechem;
    I will divide the valley of Succoth.
7Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
    Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.

Psalm 60    667

8Moab is my wash-basin,
on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
    and over Philistia will I shout in triumph.”
9Who will lead me into the strong city? *
    who will bring me to Edom?
10Have you not cast us off, O God? *
    you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
11Grant us your help against the enemy, *
    for vain is the help of man.
12With God we will do valiant deeds, *
    and he shall tread our enemies under foot.
61    Exaudi, Deus
1Hear my cry, O God, *
    and listen to my prayer.
2I call upon you from the ends of the earth
with heaviness in my heart; *
    set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
3For you have been my refuge, *
    a strong tower against the enemy.
4I will dwell in your house for ever; *
    I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.
5For you, O God, have heard my vows; *
    you have granted me the heritage of those
                             who fear your Name.
6Add length of days to the king’s life; *
    let his years extend over many generations.

668    Psalm 61

7Let him sit enthroned before God for ever; *
    bid love and faithfulness watch over him.
8So will I always sing the praise of your Name, *
    and day by day I will fulfill my vows.
Twelfth Day: Morning Prayer
62    Nonne Deo?
1For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
    from him comes my salvation.
2He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
    my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
3How long will you assail me to crush me,
all of you together, *
    as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
4They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; *
    lies are their chief delight.
5They bless with their lips, *
    but in their hearts they curse.
6For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
    truly, my hope is in him.
7He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
    my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8In God is my safety and my honor; *
    God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9Put your trust in him always, O people, *
    pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62    669

10Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
    even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
    all of them together.
12Put no trust in extortion;
in robbery take no empty pride; *
    though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
    that power belongs to God.
14Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
    for you repay everyone according to his deeds.
63    Deus, Deus meus
1O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
    my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
    as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
2Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
    that I might behold your power and your glory.
3For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
    my lips shall give you praise.
4So will I bless you as long as I live *
    and lift up my hands in your Name.
5My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
    and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
6When I remember you upon my bed, *
    and meditate on you in the night watches.
7For you have been my helper, *
    and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

670    Psalm 63

8My soul clings to you; *
    your right hand holds me fast.
9May those who seek my life to destroy it *
    go down into the depths of the earth;
10Let them fall upon the edge of the sword, *
    and let them be food for jackals.
11But the king will rejoice in God;
all those who swear by him will be glad; *
    for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
64    Exaudi, Deus
1Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; *
    protect my life from fear of the enemy.
2Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, *
    from the mob of evildoers.
3They sharpen their tongue like a sword, *
    and aim their bitter words like arrows,
4That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush; *
    they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
5They hold fast to their evil course; *
     they plan how they may hide their snares.
6They say, “Who will see us?
who will find out our crimes? *
    we have thought out a perfect plot.”
7The human mind and heart are a mystery; *
    but God will loose an arrow at them,
    and suddenly they will be wounded.

Psalm 64    671

8He will make them trip over their tongues, *
    and all who see them will shake their heads.
9Everyone will stand in awe and declare God’s deeds; *
    they will recognize his works.
10The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, *
    and all who are true of heart will glory.
Twelfth Day: Evening Prayer
65    Te decet hymnus
1You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; *
    to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
2To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, *
    because of their transgressions.
3Our sins are stronger than we are, *
    but you will blot them out.
4Happy are they whom you choose
and draw to your courts to dwell there! *
    they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house,
    by the holiness of your temple.
5Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness,
O God of our salvation, *
    O Hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the seas that are far away.
6You make fast the mountains by your power; *
    they are girded about with might.
7You still the roaring of the seas, *
    the roaring of their waves,
    and the clamor of the peoples.

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8Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your
                             marvelous signs; *
    you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.
9You visit the earth and water it abundantly;
you make it very plenteous; *
    the river of God is full of water.
10You prepare the grain, *
    for so you provide for the earth.
11You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; *
    with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.
12You crown the year with your goodness, *
    and your paths overflow with plenty.
13May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, *
    and the hills be clothed with joy.
14May the meadows cover themselves with flocks,
and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; *
    let them shout for joy and sing.
66    Jubilate Deo
1Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
    sing the glory of his Name;
    sing the glory of his praise.
2Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! *
    because of your great strength your enemies
                             cringe before you.
3All the earth bows down before you, *
    sings to you, sings out your Name.”

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4Come now and see the works of God, *
    how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.
5He turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
    and there we rejoiced in him.
6In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations; *
    let no rebel rise up against him.
7Bless our God, you peoples; *
    make the voice of his praise to be heard;
8Who holds our souls in life, *
    and will not allow our feet to slip.
9For you, O God, have proved us; *
    you have tried us just as silver is tried.
10You brought us into the snare; *
    you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
11You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
    but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.
12I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
    which I promised with my lips
    and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
13I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
with the smoke of rams; *
    I will give you oxen and goats.
14Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
    and I will tell you what he has done for me.

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15I called out to him with my mouth, *
    and his praise was on my tongue.
16If I had found evil in my heart, *
    the Lord would not have heard me;
17But in truth God has heard me; *
    he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
18Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
    nor withheld his love from me.
67    Deus misereatur
1May God be merciful to us and bless us, *
    show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
2Let your ways be known upon earth, *
    your saving health among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
    let all the peoples praise you.
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *
    for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide all the nations upon earth.
5Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
    let all the peoples praise you.
6The earth has brought forth her increase; *
    may God, our own God, give us his blessing.
7May God give us his blessing, *
    and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

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Thirteenth Day: Morning Prayer
68    Exsurgat Deus
1Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
    let those who hate him flee before him.
2Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
    as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at
                             the presence of God.
3But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
    let them also be merry and joyful.
4Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;
exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *
    YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!
5Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
    God in his holy habitation!
6God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners
                             into freedom; *
    but the rebels shall live in dry places.
7O God, when you went forth before your people, *
    when you marched through the wilderness,
8The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
    at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
    you refreshed the land when it was weary.
10Your people found their home in it; *
    in your goodness, O God, you have made provision
                             for the poor.

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11The Lord gave the word; *
    great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
12“Kings with their armies are fleeing away; *
    the women at home are dividing the spoils.”
13Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, *
    you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver,
    whose feathers are like green gold.
14When the Almighty scattered kings, *
    it was like snow falling in Zalmon.
15O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! *
    O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!
16Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain,
at the hill which God chose for his resting place? *
    truly, the LORD will dwell there for ever.
17The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
even thousands of thousands; *
    the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.
18You have gone up on high and led captivity captive;
you have received gifts even from your enemies, *
    that the LORD God might dwell among them.
19Blessed be the Lord day by day, *
    the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.
20He is our God, the God of our salvation; *
    God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.
21God shall crush the heads of his enemies, *
    and the hairy scalp of those who go on still in their

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22The Lord has said, “I will bring them back from Bashan; *
    I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
23That your foot may be dipped in blood, *
    the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies.”
24They see your procession, O God, *
    your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
25The singers go before, musicians follow after, *
    in the midst of maidens playing upon the hand-drums.
26Bless God in the congregation; *
    bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
27There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head;
the princes of Judah in a company; *
    and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.
28Send forth your strength, O God; *
    establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
29Kings shall bring gifts to you, *
    for your temple’s sake at Jerusalem.
30Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, *
    and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.
31Trample down those who lust after silver; *
    scatter the peoples that delight in war.
32Let tribute be brought out of Egypt; *
    let Ethiopia stretch out her hands to God.
33Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *
    sing praises to the Lord.
34He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *
    he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

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35Ascribe power to God; *
    his majesty is over Israel;
    his strength is in the skies.
36How wonderful is God in his holy places! *
    the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!
    Blessed be God!
Thirteenth Day: Evening Prayer
69    Salvum me fac
1Save me, O God, *
    for the waters have risen up to my neck.
2I am sinking in deep mire, *
    and there is no firm ground for my feet.
3I have come into deep waters, *
    and the torrent washes over me.
4I have grown weary with my crying;
my throat is inflamed; *
    my eyes have failed from looking for my God.
5Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs
                             of my head;
my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. *
    Must I then give back what I never stole?
6O God, you know my foolishness, *
    and my faults are not hidden from you.
7Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,
                             Lord GOD of hosts; *
    let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me,
                             O God of Israel.

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8Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, *
    and shame has covered my face.
9I have become a stranger to my own kindred, *
    an alien to my mother’s children.
10Zeal for your house has eaten me up; *
    the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11I humbled myself with fasting, *
    but that was turned to my reproach.
12I put on sack-cloth also, *
    and became a byword among them.
13Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, *
    and the drunkards make songs about me.
14But as for me, this is my prayer to you, *
    at the time you have set, O LORD:
15“In your great mercy, O God, *
    answer me with your unfailing help.
16Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; *
    let me be rescued from those who hate me
    and out of the deep waters.
17Let not the torrent of waters wash over me,
neither let the deep swallow me up; *
    do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind; *
    in your great compassion, turn to me.”
19“Hide not your face from your servant; *
    be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
20Draw near to me and redeem me; *
    because of my enemies deliver me.

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21You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; *
    my adversaries are all in your sight.”
22Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; *
    I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
    for comforters, but I could find no one.
23They gave me gall to eat, *
    and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24Let the table before them be a trap *
    and their sacred feasts a snare.
25Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, *
    and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26Pour out your indignation upon them, *
    and let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
27Let their camp be desolate, *
    and let there be none to dwell in their tents.
28For they persecute him whom you have stricken *
    and add to the pain of those whom you have pierced.
29Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, *
    and let them not receive your vindication.
30Let them be wiped out of the book of the living *
    and not be written among the righteous.
31As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; *
    your help, O God, will lift me up on high.
32I will praise the Name of God in song; *
    I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33This will please the LORD more than an offering of oxen, *
    more than bullocks with horns and hoofs.

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34The afflicted shall see and be glad; *
    you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35For the LORD listens to the needy, *
    and his prisoners he does not despise.
36Let the heavens and the earth praise him, *
    the seas and all that moves in them;
37For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; *
    they shall live there and have it in possession.
38The children of his servants will inherit it, *
    and those who love his Name will dwell therein.
70    Deus, in adjutorium
1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me; *
    O LORD, make haste to help me.
2Let those who seek my life be ashamed
and altogether dismayed; *
    let those who take pleasure in my misfortune
    draw back and be disgraced.
3Let those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat over me turn back, *
    because they are ashamed.
4Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; *
    let those who love your salvation say for ever,
    “Great is the LORD!”
5But as for me, I am poor and needy; *
    come to me speedily, O God.
6You are my helper and my deliverer; *
    O LORD, do not tarry.

682    Psalm 70

Fourteenth Day: Morning Prayer
71    In te, Domine, speravi
1In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; *
    let me never be ashamed.
2In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *
    incline your ear to me and save me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
    you are my crag and my stronghold.
4Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
    from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
5For you are my hope, O LORD God, *
    my confidence since I was young.
6I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; *
    my praise shall be always of you.
7I have become a portent to many; *
    but you are my refuge and my strength.
8Let my mouth be full of your praise *
    and your glory all the day long.
9Do not cast me off in my old age; *
    forsake me not when my strength fails.
10For my enemies are talking against me, *
    and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.
11They say, “God has forsaken him;
go after him and seize him; *
    because there is none who will save.”

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12O God, be not far from me; *
    come quickly to help me, O my God.
13Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and
                             be disgraced; *
    let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn
                             and reproach.
14But I shall always wait in patience, *
    and shall praise you more and more.
15My mouth shall recount your mighty acts
and saving deeds all day long; *
    though I cannot know the number of them.
16I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord GOD; *
    I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.
17O God, you have taught me since I was young, *
    and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.
18And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not
                             forsake me, *
    till I make known your strength to this generation
    and your power to all who are to come.
19Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; *
    you have done great things;
    who is like you, O God?
20You have showed me great troubles and adversities, *
    but you will restore my life
    and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.
21You strengthen me more and more; *
    you enfold and comfort me,

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22Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your
                             faithfulness, O my God; *
    I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
23My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *
    and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.
24My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, *
    for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought
                             to do me harm.
72    Deus, judicium
1Give the King your justice, O God, *
    and your righteousness to the King’s son;
2That he may rule your people righteously *
    and the poor with justice.
3That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
    and the little hills bring righteousness.
4He shall defend the needy among the people; *
    he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
    from one generation to another.
6He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
    like showers that water the earth.
7In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
    there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall
                             be no more.
8He shall rule from sea to sea, *
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

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9His foes shall bow down before him, *
    and his enemies lick the dust.
10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *
    and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11All kings shall bow down before him, *
    and all the nations do him service.
12For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
    and the oppressed who has no helper.
13He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
    he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
    and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15Long may he live!
and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
    may prayer be made for him always,
    and may they bless him all the day long.
16May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
growing thick even on the hilltops; *
    may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
    and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17May his Name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures; *
    may all the nations bless themselves in him and
                             call him blessed.
18Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel, *
    who alone does wondrous deeds!
19And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! *
    and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
    Amen. Amen.

686    Psalm 72

Book Three
Fourteenth Day: Evening Prayer
73    Quam bonus Israel!
1Truly, God is good to Israel, *
    to those who are pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *
    I had almost tripped and fallen;
3Because I envied the proud *
    and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
4For they suffer no pain, *
    and their bodies are sleek and sound;
5In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *
    they are not afflicted as others are;
6Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *
    and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.
7Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *
    and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
8They scoff and speak maliciously; *
    out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
9They set their mouths against the heavens, *
    and their evil speech runs through the world.
10And so the people turn to them *
    and find in them no fault.
11They say, “How should God know? *
    is there knowledge in the Most High?”

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12So then, these are the wicked; *
    always at ease, they increase their wealth.
13In vain have I kept my heart clean, *
    and washed my hands in innocence.
14I have been afflicted all day long, *
    and punished every morning.
15Had I gone on speaking this way, *
    I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
16When I tried to understand these things, *
    it was too hard for me;
17Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
    and discerned the end of the wicked.
18Surely, you set them in slippery places; *
    you cast them down in ruin.
19Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *
    come to an end, and perish from terror!
20Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *
    when you arise you will make their image vanish.
21When my mind became embittered, *
    I was sorely wounded in my heart.
22I was stupid and had no understanding; *
    I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23Yet I am always with you; *
    you hold me by my right hand.
24You will guide me by your counsel, *
    and afterwards receive me with glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but you? *
    and having you I desire nothing upon earth.

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26Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
    God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *
    you destroy all who are unfaithful.
28But it is good for me to be near God; *
    I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
29I will speak of all your works *
    in the gates of the city of Zion.
74    Ut quid, Deus?
1O God, why have you utterly cast us off? *
    why is your wrath so hot against the sheep of your pasture?
2Remember your congregation that you purchased long ago, *
    the tribe you redeemed to be your inheritance,
    and Mount Zion where you dwell.
3Turn your steps toward the endless ruins; *
    the enemy has laid waste everything in your sanctuary.
4Your adversaries roared in your holy place; *
    they set up their banners as tokens of victory.
5They were like men coming up with axes to a grove of trees; *
    they broke down all your carved work with hatchets
                             and hammers.
6They set fire to your holy place; *
    they defiled the dwelling-place of your Name
    and razed it to the ground.
7They said to themselves, “Let us destroy them altogether.” *
    They burned down all the meeting-places of God
                             in the land.

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8There are no signs for us to see;
there is no prophet left; *
    there is not one among us who knows how long.
9How long, O God, will the adversary scoff? *
    will the enemy blaspheme your Name for ever?
10Why do you draw back your hand? *
    why is your right hand hidden in your bosom?
11Yet God is my King from ancient times, *
    victorious in the midst of the earth.
12You divided the sea by your might *
    and shattered the heads of the dragons upon the waters;
13You crushed the heads of Leviathan *
    and gave him to the people of the desert for food.
14You split open spring and torrent; *
    you dried up ever-flowing rivers.
15Yours is the day, yours also the night; *
    you established the moon and the sun.
16You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; *
    you made both summer and winter.
17Remember, O LORD, how the enemy scoffed, *
    how a foolish people despised your Name.
18Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; *
    never forget the lives of your poor.
19Look upon your covenant; *
    the dark places of the earth are haunts of violence.
20Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed; *
    let the poor and needy praise your Name.
21Arise, O God, maintain your cause; *
    remember how fools revile you all day long.

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22Forget not the clamor of your adversaries, *
    the unending tumult of those who rise up against you.
Fifteenth Day: Morning Prayer
75    Confitebimur tibi
1We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, *
    calling upon your Name and declaring all your
                             wonderful deeds.
2“I will appoint a time,” says God; *
    “I will judge with equity.
3Though the earth and all its inhabitants are quaking, *
    I will make its pillars fast.
4I will say to the boasters, ‘Boast no more,’ *
    and to the wicked, ‘Do not toss your horns;
5Do not toss your horns so high, *
    nor speak with a proud neck.'”
6For judgment is neither from the east nor from the west, *
    nor yet from the wilderness or the mountains.
7It is God who judges; *
    he puts down one and lifts up another.
8For in the LORD’S hand there is a cup,
full of spiced and foaming wine, which he pours out, *
    and all the wicked of the earth shall drink and
                             drain the dregs.
9But I will rejoice for ever; *
    I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10He shall break off all the horns of the wicked; *
    but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

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76    Notus in Judœa
1In Judah is God known; *
    his Name is great in Israel.
2At Salem is his tabernacle, *
    and his dwelling is in Zion.
3There he broke the flashing arrows, *
    the shield, the sword, and the weapons of battle.
4How glorious you are! *
    more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
5The strong of heart have been despoiled;
they sink into sleep; *
    none of the warriors can lift a hand.
6At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, *
    both horse and rider lie stunned.
7What terror you inspire! *
    who can stand before you when you are angry?
8From heaven you pronounced judgment; *
    the earth was afraid and was still;
9When God rose up to judgment *
    and to save all the oppressed of the earth.
10Truly, wrathful Edom will give you thanks, *
    and the remnant of Hamath will keep your feasts.
11Make a vow to the LORD your God and keep it; *
    let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy
                             to be feared.
12He breaks the spirit of princes, *
    and strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

692    Psalm 76

77    Voce mea ad Dominum
1I will cry aloud to God; *
    I will cry aloud, and he will hear me.
2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; *
    my hands were stretched out by night and did not tire;
    I refused to be comforted.
3I think of God, I am restless, *
    I ponder, and my spirit faints.
4You will not let my eyelids close; *
    I am troubled and I cannot speak.
5I consider the days of old; *
    I remember the years long past;
6I commune with my heart in the night; *
    I ponder and search my mind.
7Will the Lord cast me off for ever? *
    will he no more show his favor?
8Has his loving-kindness come to an end for ever? *
    has his promise failed for evermore?
9Has God forgotten to be gracious? *
    has he, in his anger, withheld his compassion?
10And I said, “My grief is this: *
    the right hand of the Most High has lost its power.”
11I will remember the works of the LORD, *
    and call to mind your wonders of old time.
12I will meditate on all your acts *
    and ponder your mighty deeds.
13Your way, O God, is holy; *
    who is so great a god as our God?

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14You are the God who works wonders *
    and have declared your power among the peoples.
15By your strength you have redeemed your people, *
    the children of Jacob and Joseph.
16The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and trembled; *
    the very depths were shaken.
17The clouds poured out water;
the skies thundered; *
    your arrows flashed to and fro;
18The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world; *
    the earth trembled and shook.
19Your way was in the sea,
and your paths in the great waters, *
    yet your footsteps were not seen.
20You led your people like a flock *
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Fifteenth Day: Evening Prayer
Part I    Attendite, popule
1Hear my teaching, O my people; *
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2I will open my mouth in a parable; *
    I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.

694    Psalm 78

3That which we have heard and known,
and what our forefathers have told us, *
    we will not hide from their children.
4We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, *
    and the wonderful works he has done.
5He gave his decrees to Jacob
and established a law for Israel, *
    which he commanded them to teach their children;
6That the generations to come might know,
and the children yet unborn; *
    that they in their turn might tell it to their children;
7So that they might put their trust in God, *
    and not forget the deeds of God,
    but keep his commandments;
8And not be like their forefathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation, *
    a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
    and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9The people of Ephraim, armed with the bow, *
    turned back in the day of battle;
10They did not keep the covenant of God, *
    and refused to walk in his law;
11They forgot what he had done, *
    and the wonders he had shown them.
12He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, *
    in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13He split open the sea and let them pass through; *
    he made the waters stand up like walls.

Psalm 78    695

14He led them with a cloud by day, *
    and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
    and gave them drink as from the great deep.
16He brought streams out of the cliff, *
    and the waters gushed out like rivers.
17But they went on sinning against him, *
    rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
18They tested God in their hearts, *
    demanding food for their craving.
19They railed against God and said, *
    “Can God set a table in the wilderness?
20True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the
                             gullies overflowed; *
    but is he able to give bread
    or to provide meat for his people?”
21When the LORD heard this, he was full of wrath; *
    a fire was kindled against Jacob,
    and his anger mounted against Israel;
22For they had no faith in God, *
    nor did they put their trust in his saving power.
23So he commanded the clouds above *
    and opened the doors of heaven.
24He rained down manna upon them to eat *
    and gave them grain from heaven.
25So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
    he provided for them food enough.

696    Psalm 78

26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens *
    and led out the south wind by his might.
27He rained down flesh upon them like dust *
    and wingèd birds like the sand of the sea.
28He let it fall in the midst of their camp *
    and round about their dwellings.
29So they ate and were well filled, *
    for he gave them what they craved.
30But they did not stop their craving, *
    though the food was still in their mouths.
31So God’s anger mounted against them; *
    he slew their strongest men
    and laid low the youth of Israel.
32In spite of all this, they went on sinning *
    and had no faith in his wonderful works.
33So he brought their days to an end like a breath *
    and their years in sudden terror.
34Whenever he slew them, they would seek him, *
    and repent, and diligently search for God.
35They would remember that God was their rock, *
    and the Most High God their redeemer.
36But they flattered him with their mouths *
    and lied to him with their tongues.
37Their heart was not steadfast toward him, *
    and they were not faithful to his covenant.

Psalm 78    697

38But he was so merciful that he forgave their sins
and did not destroy them; *
    many times he held back his anger
    and did not permit his wrath to be roused.
39For he remembered that they were but flesh, *
    a breath that goes forth and does not return.
Psalm 78: Part II    Quoties exacerbaverunt
40How often the people disobeyed him in the wilderness *
    and offended him in the desert!
41Again and again they tempted God *
    and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42They did not remember his power *
    in the day when he ransomed them from the enemy;
43How he wrought his signs in Egypt *
    and his omens in the field of Zoan.
44He turned their rivers into blood, *
    so that they could not drink of their streams.
45He sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *
    and frogs, which destroyed them.
46He gave their crops to the caterpillar, *
    the fruit of their toil to the locust.
47He killed their vines with hail *
    and their sycamores with frost.
48He delivered their cattle to hailstones *
    and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.

698    Psalm 78

49He poured out upon them his blazing anger: *
    fury, indignation, and distress,
    a troop of destroying angels.
50He gave full rein to his anger;
he did not spare their souls from death; *
    but delivered their lives to the plague.
51He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *
    the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
52He led out his people like sheep *
    and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53He led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *
    but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54He brought them to his holy land, *
    the mountain his right hand had won.
55He drove out the Canaanites before them
and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *
    he made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56But they tested the Most High God, and defied him, *
    and did not keep his commandments.
57They turned away and were disloyal like their fathers; *
    they were undependable like a warped bow.
58They grieved him with their hill-altars *
    they provoked his displeasure with their idols.
59When God heard this, he was angry *
    and utterly rejected Israel.
60He forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *
    the tabernacle where he had lived among his people.

Psalm 78    699

61He delivered the ark into captivity, *
    his glory into the adversary’s hand.
62He gave his people to the sword *
    and was angered against his inheritance.
63The fire consumed their young men; *
    there were no wedding songs for their maidens.
64Their priests fell by the sword, *
    and their widows made no lamentation.
65Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *
    like a warrior refreshed with wine.
66He struck his enemies on the backside *
    and put them to perpetual shame.
67He rejected the tent of Joseph *
    and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68He chose instead the tribe of Judah *
    and Mount Zion, which he loved.
69He built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *
    like the earth which he founded for ever.
70He chose David his servant, *
    and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71He brought him from following the ewes, *
    to be a shepherd over Jacob his people
    and over Israel his inheritance.
72So he shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *
    and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

Psalm 78    699

Sixteenth Day: Morning Prayer
79    Deus, venerunt
1O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance;
they have profaned your holy temple; *
    they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.
2They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the
                             birds of the air, *
    and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts
                             of the field.
3They have shed their blood like water on every side
                             of Jerusalem, *
    and there was no one to bury them.
4We have become a reproach to our neighbors, *
    an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
5How long will you be angry, O LORD? *
    will your fury blaze like fire for ever?
6Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not
                             known you *
    and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon
                             your Name.
7For they have devoured Jacob *
    and made his dwelling a ruin.
8Remember not our past sins;
let your compassion be swift to meet us; *
    for we have been brought very low.
9Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name; *
    deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name’s sake.

Psalm 79    701

10Why should the heathen say, “Where is their God?” *
    Let it be known among the heathen and in our sight
    that you avenge the shedding of your servants’ blood.
11Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you, *
    and by your great might spare those who are
                             condemned to die.
12May the revilings with which they reviled you, O Lord, *
    return seven-fold into their bosoms.
13For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture; *
    we will give you thanks for ever
    and show forth your praise from age to age.
80    Qui regis Israel
1Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
    shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
    stir up your strength and come to help us.
3Restore us, O God of hosts; *
    show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
4O LORD God of hosts, *
    how long will you be angered
    despite the prayers of your people?
5You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
    you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
6You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
    and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

702    Psalm 80

7Restore us, O God of hosts; *
    show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
8You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
    you cast out the nations and planted it.
9You prepared the ground for it; *
    it took root and filled the land.
10The mountains were covered by its shadow *
    and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
11You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
    and its branches to the River.
12Why have you broken down its wall, *
    so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
13The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
    and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
14Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *
    preserve what your right hand has planted.
15They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
    at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.
16Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
    and son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17And so will we never turn away from you; *
    give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
    show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80    703

81    Exultate Deo
1Sing with joy to God our strength *
    and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
2Raise a song and sound the timbrel, *
    the merry harp, and the lyre.
3Blow the ram’s-horn at the new moon, *
    and at the full moon, the day of our feast.
4For this is a statute for Israel, *
    a law of the God of Jacob.
5He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, *
    when he came out of the land of Egypt.
6I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, *
    “I eased his shoulder from the burden;
    his hands were set free from bearing the load.”
7You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; *
    I answered you from the secret place of thunder
    and tested you at the waters of Meribah.
8Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: *
    O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9There shall be no strange god among you; *
    you shall not worship a foreign god.
10I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
    “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
11And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
    and Israel would not obey me.
12So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
    to follow their own devices.

704    Psalm 81

13Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
    that Israel would walk in my ways!
14I should soon subdue their enemies *
    and turn my hand against their foes.
15Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, *
    and their punishment would last for ever.
16But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
    and satisfy him with honey from the rock.
Sixteenth Day: Evening Prayer
82    Deus stetit
1God takes his stand in the council of heaven; *
    he gives judgment in the midst of the gods:
2“How long will you judge unjustly, *
    and show favor to the wicked?
3Save the weak and the orphan; *
    defend the humble and needy;
4Rescue the weak and the poor; *
    deliver them from the power of the wicked.
5They do not know, neither do they understand;
they go about in darkness; *
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6Now I say to you, ‘You are gods, *
    and all of you children of the Most High;
7Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, *
    and fall like any prince.'”

Psalm 82    705

8Arise, O God, and rule the earth, *
    for you shall take all nations for your own.
83    Deus, quis similis?
1O God, do not be silent; *
    do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God;
2For your enemies are in tumult, *
    and those who hate you have lifted up their heads.
3They take secret counsel against your people *
    and plot against those whom you protect.
4They have said, “Come, let us wipe them out from among
                             the nations; *
    let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
5They have conspired together; *
    they have made an alliance against you:
6The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; *
    the Moabites and the Hagarenes;
7Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; *
    the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
8The Assyrians also have joined them, *
    and have come to help the people of Lot.
9Do to them as you did to Midian, *
    to Sisera, and to Jabin at the river of Kishon:
10They were destroyed at Endor; *
    they became like dung upon the ground.
11Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeëb, *
    and all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,

706    Psalm 83

12Who said, “Let us take for ourselves *
    the fields of God as our possession.”
13O my God, make them like whirling dust *
    and like chaff before the wind;
14Like fire that burns down a forest, *
    like the flame that sets mountains ablaze.
15Drive them with your tempest *
    and terrify them with your storm;
16Cover their faces with shame, O LORD, *
    that they may seek your Name.
17Let them be disgraced and terrified for ever; *
    let them be put to confusion and perish.
18Let them know that you, whose Name is YAHWEH, *
    you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
84    Quam dilecta!
1How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! *
    My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of
                             the LORD;
    my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
2The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; *
    by the side of your altars, O LORD of hosts,
    my King and my God.
3Happy are they who dwell in your house! *
    they will always be praising you.
4Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *
    whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.

Psalm 84    707

5Those who go through the desolate valley will find
                             it a place of springs, *
    for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.
6They will climb from height to height, *
    and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.
7LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
    hearken, O God of Jacob.
8Behold our defender, O God; *
    and look upon the face of your Anointed.
9For one day in your courts is better than
                             a thousand in my own room, *
    and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
    than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
10For the LORD God is both sun and shield; *
    he will give grace and glory;
11No good thing will the LORD withhold *
    from those who walk with integrity.
12O LORD of hosts, *
    happy are they who put their trust in you!
85    Benedixisti, Domine
1You have been gracious to your land, O LORD, *
    you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
2You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
    and blotted out all their sins.
3You have withdrawn all your fury *
    and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.

708    Psalm 85

4Restore us then, O God our Savior; *
    let your anger depart from us.
5Will you be displeased with us for ever? *
    will you prolong your anger from age to age?
6Will you not give us life again, *
    that your people may rejoice in you?
7Show us your mercy, O LORD, *
    and grant us your salvation.
8I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, *
    for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
    and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
    that his glory may dwell in our land.
10Mercy and truth have met together; *
    righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
    and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, *
    and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness shall go before him, *
    and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
Seventeenth Day: Morning Prayer
86    Inclina, Domine
1Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, *
    for I am poor and in misery.

Psalm 86    709

2Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
    save your servant who puts his trust in you.
3Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; *
    I call upon you all the day long.
4Gladden the soul of your servant, *
    for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
5For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, *
    and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, *
    and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
    for you will answer me.
8Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, *
    nor anything like your works.
9All the nations you have made will come and
                             worship you, O LORD, *
    and glorify your Name.
10For you are great;
you do wondrous things; *
    and you alone are God.
11Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth; *
    knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, *
    and glorify your Name for evermore.
13For great is your love toward me; *
    you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.

710    Psalm 86

14The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
    they have not set you before their eyes.
15But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
    slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
    give your strength to your servant;
    and save the child of your handmaid.
17Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
    because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
87    Fundamenta ejus
1On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
    the LORD loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2Glorious things are spoken of you, *
    O city of our God.
3I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
    behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia:
    in Zion were they born.
4Of Zion it shall be said, “Everyone was born in her, *
    and the Most High himself shall sustain her.”
5The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
    “These also were born there.”
6The singers and the dancers will say, *
    “All my fresh springs are in you.”

Psalm 87    711

88    Domine, Deus
1O LORD, my God, my Savior, *
    by day and night I cry to you.
2Let my prayer enter into your presence; *
    incline your ear to my lamentation.
3For I am full of trouble; *
    my life is at the brink of the grave.
4I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; *
    I have become like one who has no strength;
5Lost among the dead, *
    like the slain who lie in the grave,
6Whom you remember no more, *
    for they are cut off from your hand.
7You have laid me in the depths of the Pit, *
    in dark places, and in the abyss.
8Your anger weighs upon me heavily, *
    and all your great waves overwhelm me.
9You have put my friends far from me;
you have made me to be abhorred by them; *
    I am in prison and cannot get free.
10My sight has failed me because of trouble; *
    LORD, I have called upon you daily;
    I have stretched out my hands to you.
11Do you work wonders for the dead? *
    will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?
12Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? *
    your faithfulness in the land of destruction?

712    Psalm 88

13Will your wonders be known in the dark? *
    or your righteousness in the country where all
                             is forgotten?
14But as for me, O LORD, I cry to you for help; *
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.
15LORD, why have you rejected me? *
    why have you hidden your face from me?
16Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the
                             point of death; *
    I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
17Your blazing anger has swept over me; *
    your terrors have destroyed me;
18They surround me all day long like a flood; *
    they encompass me on every side.
19My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, *
    and darkness is my only companion.
Seventeenth Day: Evening Prayer
Part I    Misericordias Domini
1Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
    from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
    you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3“I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
    I have sworn an oath to David my servant:

Psalm 89    713

4‘I will establish your line for ever, *
    and preserve your throne for all generations.'”
5The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, *
    and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
6For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
    who is like the LORD among the gods?
7God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
    great and terrible to all those round about him.
8Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
    O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
9You rule the raging of the sea *
    and still the surging of its waves.
10You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
    you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
    you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12You have made the north and the south; *
    Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13You have a mighty arm; *
    strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
    love and truth go before your face.
15Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
    they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
16They rejoice daily in your Name; *
    they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17For you are the glory of their strength, *
    and by your favor our might is exalted.

714    Psalm 89

18Truly, the LORD is our ruler; *
    The Holy One of Israel is our King.
Psalm 89: Part II    Tunc locutus es
19You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: *
    “I have set the crown upon a warrior
    and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20I have found David my servant; *
    with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21My hand will hold him fast *
    and my arm will make him strong.
22No enemy shall deceive him, *
    nor any wicked man bring him down.
23I will crush his foes before him *
    and strike down those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
    and he shall be victorious through my Name.
25I shall make his dominion extend *
    from the Great Sea to the River.
26He will say to me, ‘You are my Father, *
    my God, and the rock of my salvation.’
27I will make him my firstborn *
    and higher than the kings of the earth.
28I will keep my love for him for ever, *
    and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29I will establish his line for ever *
    and his throne as the days of heaven.”

Psalm 89    715

30“If his children forsake my law *
    and do not walk according to my judgments;
31If they break my statutes *
    and do not keep my commandments;
32I will punish their transgressions with a rod *
    and their iniquities with the lash;
33But I will not take my love from him, *
    nor let my faithfulness prove false.
34I will not break my covenant, *
    nor change what has gone out of my lips.
35Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: *
    ‘I will not lie to David.
36His line shall endure for ever *
    and his throne as the sun before me;
37It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, *
    the abiding witness in the sky.'”
38But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; *
    you have become enraged at him.
39You have broken your covenant with your servant, *
    defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground.
40You have breached all his walls *
    and laid his strongholds in ruins.
41All who pass by despoil him; *
    he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42You have exalted the right hand of his foes *
    and made all his enemies rejoice.
43You have turned back the edge of his sword *
    and have not sustained him in battle.

716    Psalm 89

44You have put an end to his splendor *
    and cast his throne to the ground.
45You have cut short the days of his youth *
    and have covered him with shame.
46How long will you hide yourself, O LORD?
will you hide yourself for ever? *
    how long will your anger burn like fire?
47Remember, LORD, how short life is, *
    how frail you have made all flesh.
48Who can live and not see death? *
    who can save himself from the power of the grave?
49Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, *
    which you promised David in your faithfulness?
50Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, *
    how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
51The taunts your enemies have hurled, O LORD, *
    which they hurled at the heels of your anointed.
52Blessed be the LORD for evermore! *
    Amen, I say, Amen.
Book Four
Eighteenth Day: Morning Prayer
90    Domine, refugium
1Lord, you have been our refuge *
    from one generation to another.

Psalm 90    717

2Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born, *
    from age to age you are God.
3You turn us back to the dust and say, *
    “Go back, O child of earth.”
4For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday
                             when it is past *
    and like a watch in the night.
5You sweep us away like a dream; *
    we fade away suddenly like the grass.
6In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
    in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7For we consume away in your displeasure; *
    we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
8Our iniquities you have set before you, *
    and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
9When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10The span of our life is seventy years,
perhaps in strength even eighty; *
    yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow,
    for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11Who regards the power of your wrath? *
    who rightly fears your indignation?
12So teach us to number our days *
    that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? *
    be gracious to your servants.

718    Psalm 90

14Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
    so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
    and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16Show your servants your works *
    and your splendor to their children.
17May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; *
    prosper the work of our hands;
    prosper our handiwork.
91    Qui habitat
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
    abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
2He shall say to the LORD,
“You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
    my God in whom I put my trust.”
3He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4He shall cover you with his pinions,
and you shall find refuge under his wings; *
    his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.
5You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
    nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *
    nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.
7A thousand shall fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, *
    but it shall not come near you.

Psalm 91    719

8Your eyes have only to behold *
    to see the reward of the wicked.
9Because you have made the LORD your refuge, *
    and the Most High your habitation,
10There shall no evil happen to you, *
    neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
    to keep you in all your ways.
12They shall bear you in their hands, *
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13You shall tread upon the lion and the adder; *
    you shall trample the young lion and the serpent
                             under your feet.
14Because he is bound to me in love,
therefore will I deliver him; *
    I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
    I am with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16With long life will I satisfy him, *
    and show him my salvation.
92    Bonum est confiteri
1It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, *
    and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;
2To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning *
    and of your faithfulness in the night season;

720    Psalm 92

3On the psaltery, and on the lyre, *
    and to the melody of the harp.
4For you have made me glad by your acts, O LORD; *
    and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
5LORD, how great are your works! *
    your thoughts are very deep.
6The dullard does not know,
nor does the fool understand, *
    that though the wicked grow like weeds,
    and all the workers of iniquity flourish,
7They flourish only to be destroyed for ever; *
    but you, O LORD, are exalted for evermore.
8For lo, your enemies, O LORD,
lo, your enemies shall perish, *
    and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
9But my horn you have exalted like the horns of wild bulls; *
    I am anointed with fresh oil.
10My eyes also gloat over my enemies, *
    and my ears rejoice to hear the doom of the wicked who
                             rise up against me.
11The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, *
    and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
12Those who are planted in the house of the LORD *
    shall flourish in the courts of our God;
13They shall still bear fruit in old age; *
    they shall be green and succulent;
14That they may show how upright the LORD is, *
    my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

Psalm 92    721

Eighteenth Day: Evening Prayer
93    Dominus regnavit
1The LORD is King;
he has put on splendid apparel; *
    the LORD has put on his apparel
    and girded himself with strength.
2He has made the whole world so sure *
    that it cannot be moved;
3Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; *
    you are from everlasting.
4The waters have lifted up, O LORD,
the waters have lifted up their voice; *
    the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.
5Mightier than the sound of many waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea, *
    mightier is the LORD who dwells on high.
6Your testimonies are very sure, *
    and holiness adorns your house, O LORD,
    for ever and for evermore.
94    Deus ultionum
1O LORD God of vengeance, *
    O God of vengeance, show yourself.
2Rise up, O Judge of the world; *
    give the arrogant their just deserts.
3How long shall the wicked, O LORD, *
    how long shall the wicked triumph?

722    Psalm 93, 94

4They bluster in their insolence; *
    all evildoers are full of boasting.
5They crush your people, O LORD, *
    and afflict your chosen nation.
6They murder the widow and the stranger *
    and put the orphans to death.
7Yet they say, “The LORD does not see, *
    the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8Consider well, you dullards among the people; *
    when will you fools understand?
9He that planted the ear, does he not hear? *
    he that formed the eye, does he not see?
10He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish? *
    he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?
11The LORD knows our human thoughts; *
    how like a puff of wind they are.
12Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *
    whom you teach out of your law;
13To give them rest in evil days, *
    until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14For the LORD will not abandon his people, *
    nor will he forsake his own.
15For judgment will again be just, *
    and all the true of heart will follow it.
16Who rose up for me against the wicked? *
    who took my part against the evildoers?
17If the LORD had not come to my help, *
    I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.

Psalm 94    723

18As often as I said, “My foot has slipped,” *
    your love, O LORD, upheld me.
19When many cares fill my mind, *
    your consolations cheer my soul.
20Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *
    one which frames evil into law?
21They conspire against the life of the just *
    and condemn the innocent to death.
22But the LORD has become my stronghold, *
    and my God the rock of my trust.
23He will turn their wickedness back upon them
and destroy them in their own malice; *
    the LORD our God will destroy them.
Nineteenth Day: Morning Prayer
95    Venite, exultemus
1Come, let us sing to the LORD; *
    let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
    and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
3For the LORD is a great God, *
    and a great King above all gods.
4In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
    and the heights of the hills are his also.
5The sea is his, for he made it, *
    and his hands have molded the dry land.

724    Psalm 95

6Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
    and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
    Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
8Harden not your hearts,
as your forebears did in the wilderness, *
    at Meribah, and on that day at Massah,
    when they tempted me.
9They put me to the test, *
    though they had seen my works.
10Forty years long I detested that generation and said, *
    “This people are wayward in their hearts;
    they do not know my ways.”
11So I swore in my wrath, *
    “They shall not enter into my rest.”
96    Cantate Domino
1Sing to the LORD a new song; *
    sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
2Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *
    proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
3Declare his glory among the nations *
    and his wonders among all peoples.
4For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
    he is more to be feared than all gods.

Psalm 96    725

5As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
    but it is the LORD who made the heavens.
6Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
    Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
7Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
    ascribe to the LORD honor and power.
8Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name; *
    bring offerings and come into his courts.
9Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; *
    let the whole earth tremble before him.
10Tell it out among the nations: “The LORD is King! *
    he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *
    let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
12Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
before the LORD when he comes, *
    when he comes to judge the earth.
13He will judge the world with righteousness *
    and the peoples with his truth.
97    Dominus regnavit
1The LORD is King;
let the earth rejoice; *
    let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2Clouds and darkness are round about him, *
    righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

726    Psalm 97

3A fire goes before him *
    and burns up his enemies on every side.
4His lightnings light up the world; *
    the earth sees it and is afraid.
5The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
    at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6The heavens declare his righteousness, *
    and all the peoples see his glory.
7Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in false gods! *
    Bow down before him, all you gods.
8Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
    because of your judgments, O LORD.
9For you are the LORD,
most high over all the earth; *
    you are exalted far above all gods.
10The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
    he preserves the lives of his saints
    and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
    and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
    and give thanks to his holy Name.
Nineteenth Day: Evening Prayer
98    Cantate Domino
1Sing to the LORD a new song, *
    for he has done marvelous things.

Psalm 98    727

2With his right hand and his holy arm *
    has he won for himself the victory.
3The LORD has made known his victory; *
    his righteousness has he openly shown in
                             the sight of the nations.
4He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to
                             the house of Israel, *
    and all the ends of the earth have seen the
                             victory of our God.
5Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands; *
    lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6Sing to the LORD with the harp, *
    with the harp and the voice of song.
7With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
    shout with joy before the King, the LORD.
8Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
    the lands and those who dwell therein.
9Let the rivers clap their hands, *
    and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD,
    when he comes to judge the earth.
10In righteousness shall he judge the world *
    and the peoples with equity.
99    Dominus regnavit
1The LORD is King;
let the people tremble; *
    he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
    let the earth shake.

728    Psalm 99

2The LORD is great in Zion; *
    he is high above all peoples.
3Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
    he is the Holy One.
4“O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
    you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
5Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
    he is the Holy One.
6Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
    they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
7He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
    they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
8“O LORD our God, you answered them indeed; *
    you were a God who forgave them,
    yet punished them for their evil deeds.”
9Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
    for the LORD our God is the Holy One.
100    Jubilate Deo
1Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
    serve the LORD with gladness
    and come before his presence with a song.
2Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
    he himself has made us, and we are his;
    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100    729

3Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
    give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
4For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
    and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
101    Misericordiam et judicium
1I will sing of mercy and justice; *
    to you, O LORD, will I sing praises.
2I will strive to follow a blameless course;
oh, when will you come to me? *
    I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house.
3I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; *
    I hate the doers of evil deeds;
    they shall not remain with me.
4A crooked heart shall be far from me; *
    I will not know evil.
5Those who in secret slander their neighbors I will destroy; *
    those who have a haughty look and a proud
                             heart I cannot abide.
6My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may
                             dwell with me, *
    and only those who lead a blameless life shall
                             be my servants.
7Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house, *
    and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight.
8I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land, *
    that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

730    Psalm 101

Twentieth Day: Morning Prayer
102    Domine, exaudi
1LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; *
    hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.
2Incline your ear to me; *
    when I call, make haste to answer me,
3For my days drift away like smoke, *
    and my bones are hot as burning coals.
4My heart is smitten like grass and withered, *
    so that I forget to eat my bread.
5Because of the voice of my groaning *
    I am but skin and bones.
6I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, *
    like an owl among the ruins.
7I lie awake and groan; *
    I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.
8My enemies revile me all day long, *
    and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me.
9For I have eaten ashes for bread *
    and mingled my drink with weeping.
10Because of your indignation and wrath *
    you have lifted me up and thrown me away.
11My days pass away like a shadow, *
    and I wither like the grass.
12But you, O LORD, endure for ever, *
    and your Name from age to age.

Psalm 102    731

13You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to have mercy upon her; *
    indeed, the appointed time has come.
14For your servants love her very rubble, *
    and are moved to pity even for her dust.
15The nations shall fear your Name, O LORD, *
    and all the kings of the earth your glory.
16For the LORD will build up Zion, *
    and his glory will appear.
17He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *
    he will not despise their plea.
18Let this be written for a future generation, *
    so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD.
19For the LORD looked down from his holy place on high; *
    from the heavens he beheld the earth;
20That he might hear the groan of the captive *
    and set free those condemned to die;
21That they may declare in Zion the Name of the LORD, *
    and his praise in Jerusalem;
22When the peoples are gathered together, *
    and the kingdoms also, to serve the LORD.
23He has brought down my strength before my time; *
    he has shortened the number of my days;
24And I said, “O my God,
do not take me away in the midst of my days; *
    your years endure throughout all generations.
25In the beginning, O LORD, you laid the foundations
                             of the earth, *
    and the heavens are the work of your hands;

732    Psalm 102

26They shall perish, but you will endure;
they all shall wear out like a garment; *
    as clothing you will change them,
    and they shall be changed;
27But you are always the same, *
    and your years will never end.
28The children of your servants shall continue, *
    and their offspring shall stand fast in your sight.”
103    Benedic, anima mea
1Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
    and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
    and forget not all his benefits.
3He forgives all your sins *
    and heals all your infirmities;
4He redeems your life from the grave *
    and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5He satisfies you with good things, *
    and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6The LORD executes righteousness *
    and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7He made his ways known to Moses *
    and his works to the children of Israel.
8The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, *
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
9He will not always accuse us, *
    nor will he keep his anger for ever.

Psalm 103    733

10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
    nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
    so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12As far as the east is from the west, *
    so far has he removed our sins from us.
13As a father cares for his children, *
    so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
14For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
    he remembers that we are but dust.
15Our days are like the grass; *
    we flourish like a flower of the field;
16When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
    and its place shall know it no more.
17But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever
                             on those who fear him, *
    and his righteousness on children’s children;
18On those who keep his covenant *
    and remember his commandments and do them.
19The LORD has set his throne in heaven, *
    and his kingship has dominion over all.
20Bless the LORD, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
    and hearken to the voice of his word.
21Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, *
    you ministers of his who do his will.
22Bless the LORD, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion; *
    bless the LORD, O my soul.

734    Psalm 103

Twentieth Day: Evening Prayer
104    Benedic, anima mea
1Bless the LORD, O my soul; *
    O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness!
    you are clothed with majesty and splendor.
2You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak *
    and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
3You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; *
    you make the clouds your chariot;
    you ride on the wings of the wind.
4You make the winds your messengers *
    and flames of fire your servants.
5You have set the earth upon its foundations, *
    so that it never shall move at any time.
6You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; *
    the waters stood higher than the mountains.
7At your rebuke they fled; *
    at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
8They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, *
    to the places you had appointed for them.
9You set the limits that they should not pass; *
    they shall not again cover the earth.
10You send the springs into the valleys; *
    they flow between the mountains.
11All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, *
    and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12Beside them the birds of the air make their nests *
    and sing among the branches.

Psalm 104    735

13You water the mountains from your dwelling on high; *
    the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.
14You make grass grow for flocks and herds *
    and plants to serve mankind;
15That they may bring forth food from the earth, *
    and wine to gladden our hearts,
16Oil to make a cheerful countenance, *
    and bread to strengthen the heart.
17The trees of the LORD are full of sap, *
    the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
18In which the birds build their nests, *
    and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.
19The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, *
    and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.
20You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, *
    and the sun knows the time of its setting.
21You make darkness that it may be night, *
    in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.
22The lions roar after their prey *
    and seek their food from God.
23The sun rises, and they slip away *
    and lay themselves down in their dens.
24Man goes forth to his work *
    and to his labor until the evening.
25O LORD, how manifold are your works! *
    in wisdom you have made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.

736    Psalm 104

26Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number, *
    creatures both small and great.
27There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan, *
    which you have made for the sport of it.
28All of them look to you *
    to give them their food in due season.
29You give it to them; they gather it; *
    you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
    you take away their breath,
    and they die and return to their dust.
31You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
    and so you renew the face of the earth.
32May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *
    may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
33He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
    he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *
    I will praise my God while I have my being.
35May these words of mine please him; *
    I will rejoice in the LORD.
36Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, *
    and the wicked be no more.
37Bless the LORD, O my soul. *

Psalm 104     737

Twenty-first Day: Morning Prayer
Part I    Confitemini Domino
1Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; *
    make known his deeds among the peoples.
2Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
    and speak of all his marvelous works.
3Glory in his holy Name; *
    let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4Search for the LORD and his strength; *
    continually seek his face.
5Remember the marvels he has done, *
    his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
    O children of Jacob his chosen.
7He is the LORD our God; *
    his judgments prevail in all the world.
8He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
    the promise he made for a thousand generations:
9The covenant he made with Abraham, *
    the oath that he swore to Isaac,
10Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
    an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11Saying, “To you will I give the land of Canaan *
    to be your allotted inheritance.”

738    Psalm 105

12When they were few in number, *
    of little account, and sojourners in the land,
13Wandering from nation to nation *
    and from one kingdom to another,
14He let no one oppress them *
    and rebuked kings for their sake,
15Saying, “Do not touch my anointed *
    and do my prophets no harm.”
16Then he called for a famine in the land *
    and destroyed the supply of bread.
17He sent a man before them, *
    Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18They bruised his feet in fetters; *
    his neck they put in an iron collar.
19Until his prediction came to pass, *
    the word of the LORD tested him.
20The king sent and released him; *
    the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21He set him as a master over his household, *
    as a ruler over all his possessions,
22To instruct his princes according to his will *
    and to teach his elders wisdom.
Psalm 105: Part II    Et intravit Israel
23Israel came into Egypt, *
    and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.

Psalm 105    739

24The LORD made his people exceedingly fruitful; *
    he made them stronger than their enemies;
25Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *
    and dealt unjustly with his servants.
26He sent Moses his servant, *
    and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27They worked his signs among them, *
    and portents in the land of Ham.
28He sent darkness, and it grew dark; *
    but the Egyptians rebelled against his words.
29He turned their waters into blood *
    and caused their fish to die.
30Their land was overrun by frogs, *
    in the very chambers of their kings.
31He spoke, and there came swarms of insects *
    and gnats within all their borders.
32He gave them hailstones instead of rain, *
    and flames of fire throughout their land.
33He blasted their vines and their fig trees *
    and shattered every tree in their country.
34He spoke, and the locust came, *
    and young locusts without number,
35Which ate up all the green plants in their land *
    and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36He struck down the firstborn of their land, *
    the firstfruits of all their strength.
37He led out his people with silver and gold; *
    in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.

740    Psalm 105

38Egypt was glad of their going, *
    because they were afraid of them.
39He spread out a cloud for a covering *
    and a fire to give light in the night season.
40They asked, and quails appeared, *
    and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.
41He opened the rock, and water flowed, *
    so the river ran in the dry places.
42For God remembered his holy word *
    and Abraham his servant.
43So he led forth his people with gladness, *
    his chosen with shouts of joy.
44He gave his people the lands of the nations, *
    and they took the fruit of others’ toil,
45That they might keep his statutes *
    and observe his laws.
Twenty-first Day: Evening Prayer
Part I    Confitemini Domino
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.
2Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD *
    or show forth all his praise?

Psalm 106    741

3Happy are those who act with justice *
    and always do what is right!
4Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have
                             for your people, *
    and visit me with your saving help;
5That I may see the prosperity of your elect
and be glad with the gladness of your people, *
    that I may glory with your inheritance.
6We have sinned as our forebears did; *
    we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
7In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works,
nor remember the abundance of your love; *
    they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
8But he saved them for his Name’s sake, *
    to make his power known.
9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up, *
    and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10He saved them from the hand of those who hated them *
    and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11The waters covered their oppressors; *
    not one of them was left.
12Then they believed his words *
    and sang him songs of praise.
13But they soon forgot his deeds *
    and did not wait for his counsel.
14A craving seized them in the wilderness, *
    and they put God to the test in the desert.

742    Psalm 106

15He gave them what they asked, *
    but sent leanness into their soul.
16They envied Moses in the camp, *
    and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD.
17The earth opened and swallowed Dathan *
    and covered the company of Abiram.
18Fire blazed up against their company, *
    and flames devoured the wicked.
Psalm 106: Part II    Et fecerunt vitulum
19Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *
    and worshiped a molten image;
20And so they exchanged their Glory *
    for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.
21They forgot God their Savior, *
    who had done great things in Egypt,
22Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *
    and fearful things at the Red Sea.
23So he would have destroyed them,
had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, *
    to turn away his wrath from consuming them.
24They refused the pleasant land *
    and would not believe his promise.
25They grumbled in their tents *
    and would not listen to the voice of the LORD.
26So he lifted his hand against them, *
    to overthrow them in the wilderness,

Psalm 106    743

27To cast out their seed among the nations, *
    and to scatter them throughout the lands.
28They joined themselves to Baal-Peor *
    and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29They provoked him to anger with their actions, *
    and a plague broke out among them.
30Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, *
    and the plague came to an end.
31This was reckoned to him as righteousness *
    throughout all generations for ever.
32Again they provoked his anger at the waters of Meribah, *
    so that he punished Moses because of them;
33For they so embittered his spirit *
    that he spoke rash words with his lips.
34They did not destroy the peoples *
    as the LORD had commanded them.
35They intermingled with the heathen *
    and learned their pagan ways,
36So that they worshiped their idols, *
    which became a snare to them.
37They sacrificed their sons *
    and their daughters to evil spirits.
38They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters, *
    which they offered to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was defiled with blood.

744    Psalm 106

39Thus they were polluted by their actions *
    and went whoring in their evil deeds.
40Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against
                             his people *
    and he abhorred his inheritance.
41He gave them over to the hand of the heathen, *
    and those who hated them ruled over them.
42Their enemies oppressed them, *
    and they were humbled under their hand.
43Many a time did he deliver them,
but they rebelled through their own devices, *
    and were brought down in their iniquity.
44Nevertheless, he saw their distress, *
    when he heard their lamentation.
45He remembered his covenant with them *
    and relented in accordance with his great mercy.
46He caused them to be pitied *
    by those who held them captive.
47Save us, O LORD our God,
and gather us from among the nations, *
    that we may give thanks to your holy Name
    and glory in your praise.
48Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting; *
    and let all the people say, “Amen!”

Psalm 106    745

Book Five
Twenty-second Day: Morning Prayer
Part I    Confitemini Domino
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
    and his mercy endures for ever.
2Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
    that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3He gathered them out of the lands; *
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
4Some wandered in desert wastes; *
    they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
5They were hungry and thirsty; *
    their spirits languished within them.
6Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
    and he delivered them from their distress.
7He put their feet on a straight path *
    to go to a city where they might dwell.
8Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
    and the wonders he does for his children.
9For he satisfies the thirsty *
    and fills the hungry with good things.

746    Psalm 107

10Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *
    bound fast in misery and iron;
11Because they rebelled against the words of God *
    and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12So he humbled their spirits with hard labor; *
    they stumbled, and there was none to help.
13Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
    and he delivered them from their distress.
14He led them out of darkness and deep gloom *
    and broke their bonds asunder.
15Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
    and the wonders he does for his children.
16For he shatters the doors of bronze *
    and breaks in two the iron bars.
17Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
    they were afflicted because of their sins.
18They abhorred all manner of food *
    and drew near to death’s door.
19Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
    and he delivered them from their distress.
20He sent forth his word and healed them *
    and saved them from the grave.
21Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
    and the wonders he does for his children.
22Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
    and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

Psalm 107    747

23Some went down to the sea in ships *
    and plied their trade in deep waters;
24They beheld the works of the LORD *
    and his wonders in the deep.
25Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
    which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
    their hearts melted because of their peril.
27They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
    and were at their wits’ end.
28Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29He stilled the storm to a whisper *
    and quieted the waves of the sea.
30Then were they glad because of the calm, *
    and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
    and the wonders he does for his children.
32Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
    and praise him in the council of the elders.
Psalm 107: Part II    Posuit flumina
33The LORD changed rivers into deserts, *
    and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34A fruitful land into salt flats, *
    because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35He changed deserts into pools of water *
    and dry land into water-springs.

748    Psalm 107

36He settled the hungry there, *
    and they founded a city to dwell in.
37They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
    and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; *
    he did not let their herds decrease.
39Yet when they were diminished and brought low, *
    through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40(He pours contempt on princes *
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41He lifted up the poor out of misery *
    and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42The upright will see this and rejoice, *
    but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
    and consider well the mercies of the LORD.
Twenty-second Day: Evening Prayer
108    Paratum cor meum
1My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *
    I will sing and make melody.
2Wake up, my spirit;
awake, lute and harp; *
    I myself will waken the dawn.
3I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; *
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.

Psalm 108    749

4For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
    and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
    and your glory over all the earth.
6So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, *
    save with your right hand and answer me.
7God spoke from his holy place and said, *
    “I will exult and parcel out Shechem;
    I will divide the valley of Succoth.
8Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
    Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
9Moab is my washbasin,
on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
    and over Philistia will I shout in triumph.”
10Who will lead me into the strong city? *
    who will bring me into Edom?
11Have you not cast us off, O God? *
    you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
12Grant us your help against the enemy, *
    for vain is the help of man.
13With God we will do valiant deeds, *
    and he shall tread our enemies under foot.
109    Deua, laudem
1Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; *
    for the mouth of the wicked,
    the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.

750    Psalm 109

2They speak to me with a lying tongue; *
    they encompass me with hateful words
    and fight against me without a cause.
3Despite my love, they accuse me; *
    but as for me, I pray for them.
4They repay evil for good, *
    and hatred for my love.
5Set a wicked man against him, *
    and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
6When he is judged, let him be found guilty, *
    and let his appeal be in vain.
7Let his days be few, *
    and let another take his office.
8Let his children be fatherless, *
    and his wife become a widow.
9Let his children be waifs and beggars; *
    let them be driven from the ruins of their homes.
10Let the creditor seize everything he has; *
    let strangers plunder his gains.
11Let there be no one to show him kindness, *
    and none to pity his fatherless children.
12Let his descendants be destroyed, *
    and his name be blotted out in the next generation.
13Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered before
                             the LORD, *
    and his mother’s sin not be blotted out;
14Let their sin be always before the LORD; *
    but let him root out their names from the earth;

Psalm 109    751

15Because he did not remember to show mercy, *
    but persecuted the poor and needy
    and sought to kill the brokenhearted.
16He loved cursing,
let it come upon him; *
    he took no delight in blessing,
    let it depart from him.
17He put on cursing like a garment, *
    let it soak into his body like water
    and into his bones like oil;
18Let it be to him like the cloak which he
                             wraps around himself, *
    and like the belt that he wears continually.
19Let this be the recompense from the LORD to my accusers, *
    and to those who speak evil against me.
20But you, O Lord my God,
oh, deal with me according to your Name; *
    for your tender mercy’s sake, deliver me.
21For I am poor and needy, *
    and my heart is wounded within me.
22I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens; *
    I am shaken off like a locust.
23My knees are weak through fasting, *
    and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
24I have become a reproach to them; *
    they see and shake their heads.
25Help me, O LORD my God; *
    save me for your mercy’s sake.

752    Psalm 109

26Let them know that this is your hand, *
    that you, O LORD, have done it.
27They may curse, but you will bless; *
    let those who rise up against me be put to shame,
    and your servant will rejoice.
28Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace *
    and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
29I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth; *
    in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
30Because he stands at the right hand of the needy, *
    to save his life from those who would condemn him.
Twenty-third Day: Morning Prayer
110    Dixit Dominus
1The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, *
    until I make your enemies your footstool.”
2The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, *
    saying, “Rule over your enemies round about you.
3Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; *
    in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
    like dew from the womb of the morning.”
4The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: *
    “You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
5The Lord who is at your right hand
will smite kings in the day of his wrath; *
    he will rule over the nations.

Psalm 110    753

6He will heap high the corpses; *
    he will smash heads over the wide earth.
7He will drink from the brook beside the road; *
    therefore he will lift high his head.
111    Confitebor tibi
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *
    in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2Great are the deeds of the LORD! *
    they are studied by all who delight in them.
3His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
    and his righteousness endures for ever.
4He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
    the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
5He gives food to those who fear him; *
    he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6He has shown his people the power of his works *
    in giving them the lands of the nations.
7The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
    all his commandments are sure.
8They stand fast for ever and ever, *
    because they are done in truth and equity.
9He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant for ever; *
    holy and awesome is his Name.

754    Psalm 111

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; *
    those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
    his praise endures for ever.
112    Beatus vir
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
    and have great delight in his commandments!
2Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
    and their righteousness will last for ever.
4Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
    the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5It is good for them to be generous in lending *
    and to manage their affairs with justice.
6For they will never be shaken; *
    the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
    their heart is right;
    they put their trust in the Lord.
8Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
    until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9They have given freely to the poor, *
    and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
    they will hold up their head with honor.
10The wicked will see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
    the desires of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 112    755

113    Laudate, pueri
Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
    praise the Name of the LORD.
2Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
    from this time forth for evermore.
3From the rising of the sun to its going down *
    let the Name of the LORD be praised.
4The LORD is high above all nations, *
    and his glory above the heavens.
5Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
    but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6He takes up the weak out of the dust *
    and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7He sets them with the princes, *
    with the princes of his people.
8He makes the woman of a childless house *
    to be a joyful mother of children.
Twenty-third Day: Evening Prayer
114    In exitu Israel
When Israel came out of Egypt, *
    the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2Judah became God’s sanctuary *
    and Israel his dominion.

756    Psalm 113, 114

3The sea beheld it and fled; *
    Jordan turned and went back.
4The mountains skipped like rams, *
    and the little hills like young sheep.
5What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
    O Jordan, that you turned back?
6You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
    you little hills like young sheep?
7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
    and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
115    Non nobis, Domine
1Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
but to your Name give glory; *
    because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
2Why should the heathen say, *
    “Where then is their God?”
3Our God is in heaven; *
    whatever he wills to do he does.
4Their idols are silver and gold, *
    the work of human hands.
5They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
    eyes have they, but they cannot see;
6They have ears but they cannot hear; *
    noses, but they cannot smell;

Psalm 115    757

7They have hands, but they cannot feel;
feet, but they cannot walk; *
    they make no sound with their throat.
8Those who make them are like them, *
    and so are all who put their trust in them.
9O Israel, trust in the LORD; *
    he is their help and their shield.
10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; *
    he is their help and their shield.
11You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; *
    he is their help and their shield.
12The LORD has been mindful of us, and he will bless us; *
    he will bless the house of Israel;
    he will bless the house of Aaron;
13He will bless those who fear the LORD, *
    both small and great together.
14May the LORD increase you more and more, *
    you and your children after you.
15May you be blessed by the LORD, *
    the maker of heaven and earth.
16The heaven of heavens is the LORD’S, *
    but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
17The dead do not praise the LORD, *
    nor all those who go down into silence;
18But we will bless the LORD, *
    from this time forth for evermore.

758    Psalm 115

Twenty-fourth Day: Morning Prayer
116    Dilexi, quoniam
1I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of
                             my supplication, *
    because he has inclined his ear to me whenever
                             I called upon him.
2The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
    I came to grief and sorrow.
3Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
    “O LORD, I pray you, save my life.”
4Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
    our God is full of compassion.
5The LORD watches over the innocent; *
    I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *
    for the LORD has treated you well.
7For you have rescued my life from death, *
    my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
    in the land of the living.
9I believed, even when I said,
“I have been brought very low.” *
    In my distress I said, “No one can be trusted.”
10How shall I repay the LORD *
    for all the good things he has done for me?
11I will lift up the cup of salvation *
    and call upon the Name of the LORD.

Psalm 116    759

12I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
    in the presence of all his people.
13Precious in the sight of the LORD *
    is the death of his servants.
14O LORD, I am your servant; *
    I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
    you have freed me from my bonds.
15I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
    and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
    in the presence of all his people,
17In the courts of the LORD’S house, *
    in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
117    Laudate Dominum
1Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
    laud him, all you peoples.
2For his loving-kindness toward us is great, *
    and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever.
118    Confitemini Domino
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
    his mercy endures for ever.
2Let Israel now proclaim, *
    “His mercy endures for ever.”

760    Psalm 117, 118

3Let the house of Aaron now proclaim, *
    “His mercy endures for ever.”
4Let those who fear the LORD now proclaim, *
    “His mercy endures for ever.”
5I called to the LORD in my distress; *
    the LORD answered by setting me free.
6The LORD is at my side, therefore I will not fear; *
    what can anyone do to me?
7The LORD is at my side to help me; *
    I will triumph over those who hate me.
8It is better to rely on the LORD *
    than to put any trust in flesh.
9It is better to rely on the LORD *
    than to put any trust in rulers.
10All the ungodly encompass me; *
    in the Name of the LORD I will repel them.
11They hem me in, they hem me in on every side; *
    in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
12They swarm about me like bees;
they blaze like a fire of thorns; *
    in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
13I was pressed so hard that I almost fell, *
    but the LORD came to my help.
14The LORD is my strength and my song, *
    and he has become my salvation.
15There is a sound of exultation and victory *
    in the tents of the righteous:

Psalm 118    761

16“The right hand of the LORD has triumphed! *
    the right hand of the LORD is exalted!
    the right hand of the LORD has triumphed!”
17I shall not die, but live, *
    and declare the works of the LORD.
18The LORD has punished me sorely, *
    but he did not hand me over to death.
19Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
    I will enter them;
    I will offer thanks to the LORD.
20“This is the gate of the LORD; *
    he who is righteous may enter.”
21I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
    and have become my salvation.
22The same stone which the builders rejected *
    has become the chief cornerstone.
23This is the LORD’S doing, *
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24On this day the LORD has acted; *
    we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25Hosanna, LORD, hosanna! *
    LORD, send us now success.
26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
    we bless you from the house of the LORD.
27God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; *
    form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

762    Psalm 118

28“You are my God, and I will thank you; *
    you are my God, and I will exalt you.”
29Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
    his mercy endures for ever.
Twenty-fourth Day: Evening Prayer
Aleph    Beati immaculati
1Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
    who walk in the law of the LORD!
2Happy are they who observe his decrees *
    and seek him with all their hearts!
3Who never do any wrong, *
    but always walk in his ways.
4You laid down your commandments, *
    that we should fully keep them.
5Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
    that I might keep your statutes!
6Then I should not be put to shame, *
    when I regard all your commandments.
7I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
    when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8I will keep your statutes; *
    do not utterly forsake me.

Psalm 119:1    763

Beth    In quo corrigit?
9How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
    By keeping to your words.
10With my whole heart I seek you; *
    let me not stray from your commandments.
11I treasure your promise in my heart, *
    that I may not sin against you.
12Blessed are you, O LORD; *
    instruct me in your statutes.
13With my lips will I recite *
    all the judgments of your mouth.
14I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
    than in all manner of riches.
15I will meditate on your commandments *
    and give attention to your ways.
16My delight is in your statutes; *
    I will not forget your word.
Gimel    Retribue servo tuo
17Deal bountifully with your servant, *
    that I may live and keep your word.
18Open my eyes, that I may see *
    the wonders of your law.
19I am a stranger here on earth; *
    do not hide your commandments from me.
20My soul is consumed at all times *
    with longing for your judgments.

764    Psalm 119:9, 17

21You have rebuked the insolent; *
    cursed are they who stray from your commandments!
22Turn from me shame and rebuke, *
    for I have kept your decrees.
23Even though rulers sit and plot against me, *
    I will meditate on your statutes.
24For your decrees are my delight, *
    and they are my counselors.
Daleth    Adhœsit pavimento
25My soul cleaves to the dust; *
    give me life according to your word.
26I have confessed my ways, and you answered me; *
    instruct me in your statutes.
27Make me understand the way of your commandments, *
    that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
28My soul melts away for sorrow; *
    strengthen me according to your word.
29Take from me the way of lying; *
    let me find grace through your law.
30I have chosen the way of faithfulness; *
    I have set your judgments before me.
31I hold fast to your decrees; *
    O LORD, let me not be put to shame.
32I will run the way of your commandments, *
    for you have set my heart at liberty.

Psalm 119:25    765

Twenty-fifth Day: Morning Prayer
He    Legem pone
33Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, *
    and I shall keep it to the end.
34Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
    I shall keep it with all my heart.
35Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
    for that is my desire.
36Incline my heart to your decrees *
    and not to unjust gain.
37Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
    give me life in your ways.
38Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
    which you make to those who fear you.
39Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
    because your judgments are good.
40Behold, I long for your commandments; *
    in your righteousness preserve my life.
Waw    Et veniat super me
41Let your loving-kindness come to me, O LORD, *
    and your salvation, according to your promise.
42Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
    because I trust in your words.
43Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
    for my hope is in your judgments.

766    Psalm 119:33, 41

44I shall continue to keep your law; *
    I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45I will walk at liberty, *
    because I study your commandments.
46I will tell of your decrees before kings *
    and will not be ashamed.
47I delight in your commandments, *
    which I have always loved.
48I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
    and I will meditate on your statutes.
Zayin    Memor esto verbi tui
49Remember your word to your servant, *
    because you have given me hope.
50This is my comfort in my trouble, *
    that your promise gives me life.
51The proud have derided me cruelly, *
    but I have not turned from your law.
52When I remember your judgments of old, *
    O LORD, I take great comfort.
53I am filled with a burning rage, *
    because of the wicked who forsake your law.
54Your statutes have been like songs to me *
    wherever I have lived as a stranger.
55I remember your Name in the night, O LORD, *
    and dwell upon your law.
56This is how it has been with me, *
    because I have kept your commandments.

Psalm 119:49    767

Heth    Portio mea, Domine
57You only are my portion, O LORD; *
    I have promised to keep your words.
58I entreat you with all my heart, *
    be merciful to me according to your promise.
59I have considered my ways *
    and turned my feet toward your decrees.
60I hasten and do not tarry *
    to keep your commandments.
61Though the cords of the wicked entangle me, *
    I do not forget your law.
62At midnight I will rise to give you thanks, *
    because of your righteous judgments.
63I am a companion of all who fear you *
    and of those who keep your commandments.
64The earth, O LORD, is full of your love; *
    instruct me in your statutes.
Teth    Bonitatem fecisti
65O LORD, you have dealt graciously with your servant, *
    according to your word.
66Teach me discernment and knowledge, *
    for I have believed in your commandments.
67Before I was afflicted I went astray, *
    but now I keep your word.
68You are good and you bring forth good; *
    instruct me in your statutes.

768    Psalm 119:57, 65

69The proud have smeared me with lies, *
    but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.
70Their heart is gross and fat, *
    but my delight is in your law.
71It is good for me that I have been afflicted, *
    that I might learn your statutes.
72The law of your mouth is dearer to me *
    than thousands in gold and silver.
Twenty-fifth Day: Evening Prayer
Yodh    Manus tuœ fecerunt me
73Your hands have made me and fashioned me; *
    give me understanding, that I may learn your
74Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, *
    because I trust in your word.
75I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right *
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, *
    as you have promised to your servant.
77Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, *
    for your law is my delight.
78Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me
                             with lies; *
    but I will meditate on your commandments.
79Let those who fear you turn to me, *
    and also those who know your decrees.

Psalm 119:73    769

80Let my heart be sound in your statutes, *
    that I may not be put to shame.
Kaph    Defecit in salutare
81My soul has longed for your salvation; *
    I have put my hope in your word.
82My eyes have failed from watching for your promise, *
    and I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83I have become like a leather flask in the smoke, *
    but I have not forgotten your statutes.
84How much longer must I wait? *
    when will you give judgment against those who
                             persecute me?
85The proud have dug pits for me; *
    they do not keep your law.
86All your commandments are true; *
    help me, for they persecute me with lies.
87They had almost made an end of me on earth, *
    but I have not forsaken your commandments.
88In your loving-kindness, revive me, *
    that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.
Lamedh    In œternum, Domine
89O LORD, your word is everlasting; *
    it stands firm in the heavens.
90Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; *
    you established the earth, and it abides.

770    Psalm 119:81, 89

91By your decree these continue to this day, *
    for all things are your servants.
92If my delight had not been in your law, *
    I should have perished in my affliction.
93I will never forget your commandments, *
    because by them you give me life.
94I am yours; oh, that you would save me! *
    for I study your commandments.
95Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, *
    I will apply my mind to your decrees.
96I see that all things come to an end, *
    but your commandment has no bounds.
Mem    Quomodo dilexi!
97Oh, how I love your law! *
    all the day long it is in my mind.
98Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
    and it is always with me.
99I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
    for your decrees are my study.
100I am wiser than the elders, *
    because I observe your commandments.
101I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
    that I may keep your word.
102I do not shrink from your judgments, *
    because you yourself have taught me.
103How sweet are your words to my taste! *
    they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

Psalm 119:97    771

104Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
    therefore I hate every lying way.
Twenty-sixth Day: Morning Prayer
Nun    Lucerna pedibus meis
105Your word is a lantern to my feet *
    and a light upon my path.
106I have sworn and am determined *
    to keep your righteous judgments.
107I am deeply troubled; *
    preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
108Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, *
    and teach me your judgments.
109My life is always in my hand, *
    yet I do not forget your law.
110The wicked have set a trap for me, *
    but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
    truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
    for ever and to the end.
Samekh    Iniquos odio habui
113I hate those who have a divided heart, *
    but your law do I love.

772    Psalm 119:105, 113

114You are my refuge and shield; *
    my hope is in your word.
115Away from me, you wicked! *
    I will keep the commandments of my God.
116Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, *
    and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
117Hold me up, and I shall be safe, *
    and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
118You spurn all who stray from your statutes; *
    their deceitfulness is in vain.
119In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; *
    therefore I love your decrees.
120My flesh trembles with dread of you; *
    I am afraid of your judgments.
Ayin    Feci judicium
121I have done what is just and right; *
    do not deliver me to my oppressors.
122Be surety for your servant’s good; *
    let not the proud oppress me.
123My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation *
    and for your righteous promise.
124Deal with your servant according to your loving-kindness *
    and teach me your statutes.
125I am your servant; grant me understanding, *
    that I may know your decrees.
126It is time for you to act, O LORD, *
    for they have broken your law.

Psalm 119:121    773

127Truly, I love your commandments *
    more than gold and precious stones.
128I hold all your commandments to be right for me; *
    all paths of falsehood I abhor.
Pe    Mirabilia
129Your decrees are wonderful; *
    therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130When your word goes forth it gives light; *
    it gives understanding to the simple.
131I open my mouth and pant; *
    I long for your commandments.
132Turn to me in mercy, *
    as you always do to those who love your Name.
133Steady my footsteps in your word; *
    let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134Rescue me from those who oppress me, *
    and I will keep your commandments.
135Let your countenance shine upon your servant *
    and teach me your statutes.
136My eyes shed streams of tears, *
    because people do not keep your law.
Sadhe    Justus es, Domine
137You are righteous, O LORD, *
    and upright are your judgments.

774    Psalm 119:129, 137

138You have issued your decrees *
    with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
139My indignation has consumed me, *
    because my enemies forget your words.
140Your word has been tested to the uttermost, *
    and your servant holds it dear.
141I am small and of little account, *
    yet I do not forget your commandments.
142Your justice is an everlasting justice *
    and your law is the truth.
143Trouble and distress have come upon me, *
    yet your commandments are my delight.
144The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; *
    grant me understanding, that I may live.
Twenty-sixth Day: Evening Prayer
Qoph    Clamavi in toto corde meo
145I call with my whole heart; *
    answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146I call to you;
oh, that you would save me! *
    I will keep your decrees.
147Early in the morning I cry out to you, *
    for in your word is my trust.
148My eyes are open in the night watches, *
    that I may meditate upon your promise.

Psalm 119:145    775

149Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; *
    according to your judgments, give me life.
150They draw near who in malice persecute me; *
    they are very far from your law.
151You, O LORD, are near at hand, *
    and all your commandments are true.
152Long have I known from your decrees *
    that you have established them for ever.
Resh    Vide humilitatem
153Behold my affliction and deliver me, *
    for I do not forget your law.
154Plead my cause and redeem me; *
    according to your promise, give me life.
155Deliverance is far from the wicked, *
    for they do not study your statutes.
156Great is your compassion, O LORD; *
    preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157There are many who persecute and oppress me, *
    yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158I look with loathing at the faithless, *
    for they have not kept your word.
159See how I love your commandments! *
    O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160The heart of your word is truth; *
    all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.

776    Psalm 119:153

Shin    Principes persecuti sunt
161Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, *
    but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162I am as glad because of your promise *
    as one who finds great spoils.
163As for lies, I hate and abhor them, *
    but your law is my love.
164Seven times a day do I praise you, *
    because of your righteous judgments.
165Great peace have they who love your law; *
    for them there is no stumbling block.
166I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, *
    and have fulfilled your commandments.
167I have kept your decrees *
    and I have loved them deeply.
168I have kept your commandments and decrees, *
    for all my ways are before you.
Taw    Appropinquet deprecatio
169Let my cry come before you, O LORD; *
    give me understanding, according to your word.
170Let my supplication come before you; *
    deliver me, according to your promise.
171My lips shall pour forth your praise, *
    when you teach me your statutes.
172My tongue shall sing of your promise, *
    for all your commandments are righteous.

Psalm 119:161, 169    777

173Let your hand be ready to help me, *
    for I have chosen your commandments.
174I long for your salvation, O LORD, *
    and your law is my delight.
175Let me live, and I will praise you, *
    and let your judgments help me.
176I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; *
    search for your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.
Twenty-seventh Day: Morning Prayer
120    Ad Dominum
1When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD; *
    I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
2Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips *
    and from the deceitful tongue.
3What shall be done to you, and what more besides, *
    O you deceitful tongue?
4The sharpened arrows of a warrior, *
    along with hot glowing coals.
5How hateful it is that I must lodge in Meshech *
    and dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6Too long have I had to live *
    among the enemies of peace.
7I am on the side of peace, *
    but when I speak of it, they are for war.

778    Psalm 120

121    Levavi oculos
1I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
    from where is my help to come?
2My help comes from the LORD, *
    the maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot be moved *
    and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
    shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5The LORD himself watches over you; *
    the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
6So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
    nor the moon by night.
7The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
    it is he who shall keep you safe.
8The LORD shall watch over your going out and
                             your coming in, *
    from this time forth for evermore.
122    Lœtatus sum
1I was glad when they said to me, *
    “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
2Now our feet are standing *
    within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem is built as a city *
    that is at unity with itself;

Psalm 121, 122    779

4To which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD, *
    the assembly of Israel,
    to praise the Name of the LORD.
5For there are the thrones of judgment, *
    the thrones of the house of David.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
    “May they prosper who love you.
7Peace be within your walls *
    and quietness within your towers.
8For my brethren and companions’ sake, *
    I pray for your prosperity.
9Because of the house of the LORD our God, *
    I will seek to do you good.”
123    Ad te levavi oculos meos
1To you I lift up my eyes, *
    to you enthroned in the heavens.
2As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
    and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3So our eyes look to the LORD our God, *
    until he show us his mercy.
4Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, *
    for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
    and of the derision of the proud.

780    Psalm 123

124    Nisi quia Dominus
1If the LORD had not been on our side, *
    let Israel now say;
2If the LORD had not been on our side, *
    when enemies rose up against us;
3Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
    in their fierce anger toward us;
4Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
    and the torrent gone over us;
5Then would the raging waters *
    have gone right over us.
6Blessed be the LORD! *
    he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
    the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8Our help is in the Name of the LORD, *
    the maker of heaven and earth.
125    Qui confidunt
1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, *
    which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
2The hills stand about Jerusalem; *
    so does the LORD stand round about his people,
    from this time forth for evermore.
3The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the
                             land allotted to the just, *
    so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.

Psalm 124, 125    781

4Show your goodness, O LORD, to those who are good *
    and to those who are true of heart.
5As for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
the LORD will lead them away with the evildoers; *
    but peace be upon Israel.
Twenty-seventh Day: Evening Prayer
126    In convertendo
1When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
    then were we like those who dream.
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
    and our tongue with shouts of joy.
3Then they said among the nations, *
    “The LORD has done great things for them.”
4The LORD has done great things for us, *
    and we are glad indeed.
5Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
    like the watercourses of the Negev.
6Those who sowed with tears *
    will reap with songs of joy.
7Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
    will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
127    Nisi Dominus
1Unless the LORD builds the house, *
    their labor is in vain who build it.

782    Psalm 126, 127

2Unless the LORD watches over the city, *
    in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
3It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
    vain, too, to eat the bread of toil,
    for he gives to his beloved sleep.
4Children are a heritage from the LORD, *
    and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
5Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
    are the children of one’s youth.
6Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
    he shall not be put to shame
    when he contends with his enemies in the gate.
128    Beati omnes
1Happy are they all who fear the LORD, *
    and who follow in his ways!
2You shall eat the fruit of your labor; *
    happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
3Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, *
    your children like olive shoots round about your table.
4The man who fears the LORD *
    shall thus indeed be blessed.
5The LORD bless you from Zion, *
    and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days
                             of your life.
6May you live to see your children’s children; *
    may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 128    783

129    Sœpe expugnaverunt
1“Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth,” *
    let Israel now say;
2“Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, *
    but they have not prevailed against me.”
3The plowmen plowed upon my back *
    and made their furrows long.
4The LORD, the Righteous One, *
    has cut the cords of the wicked.
5Let them be put to shame and thrown back, *
    all those who are enemies of Zion.
6Let them be like grass upon the housetops, *
    which withers before it can be plucked;
7Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, *
    nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
8So that those who go by say not so much as,
“The LORD prosper you. *
    We wish you well in the Name of the LORD.”
130    De profundis
1Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice; *
    let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
    O LORD, who could stand?
3For there is forgiveness with you; *
    therefore you shall be feared.

784    Psalm 129, 130

4I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
    in his word is my hope.
5My soul waits for the LORD,
more than watchmen for the morning, *
    more than watchmen for the morning.
6O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
    for with the LORD there is mercy;
7With him there is plenteous redemption, *
    and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
131    Domine, non est
1O LORD, I am not proud; *
    I have no haughty looks.
2I do not occupy myself with great matters, *
    or with things that are too hard for me.
3But I still my soul and make it quiet,
like a child upon its mother’s breast; *
    my soul is quieted within me.
4O Israel, wait upon the LORD, *
    from this time forth for evermore.
Twenty-eighth Day: Morning Prayer
132    Memento, Domine
1LORD, remember David, *
    and all the hardships he endured;

Psalm 131, 132    785

2How he swore an oath to the LORD *
    and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3“I will not come under the roof of my house, *
    nor climb up into my bed;
4I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
    nor let my eyelids slumber;
5Until I find a place for the LORD, *
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6“The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
    we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7Let us go to God’s dwelling place; *
    let us fall upon our knees before his footstool.”
8Arise, O LORD, into your resting-place, *
    you and the ark of your strength.
9Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
    let your faithful people sing with joy.
10For your servant David’s sake, *
    do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11The LORD has sworn an oath to David; *
    in truth, he will not break it:
12“A son, the fruit of your body *
    will I set upon your throne.
13If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
    their children will sit upon your throne for evermore.”
14For the LORD has chosen Zion; *
    he has desired her for his habitation:
15“This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
    here will I dwell, for I delight in her.

786    Psalm 132

16I will surely bless her provisions, *
    and satisfy her poor with bread.
17I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
    and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
    I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
    but as for him, his crown will shine.”
133    Ecce, quam bonum!
1Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
    when brethren live together in unity!
2It is like fine oil upon the head *
    that runs down upon the beard,
3Upon the beard of Aaron, *
    and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
4It is like the dew of Hermon *
    that falls upon the hills of Zion.
5For there the LORD has ordained the blessing: *
    life for evermore.
134    Ecce nunc
1Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
    you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
2Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
    the LORD who made heaven and earth bless
                             you out of Zion.

Psalm 133, 134    787

135    Laudate nomen
Praise the Name of the LORD; *
    give praise, you servants of the LORD.
2You who stand in the house of the LORD, *
    in the courts of the house of our God.
3Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; *
    sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.
4For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself *
    and Israel for his own possession.
5For I know that the LORD is great, *
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
6The LORD does whatever pleases him, in heaven and on earth, *
    in the seas and all the deeps.
7He brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth; *
    he sends out lightning with the rain,
    and brings the winds out of his storehouse.
8It was he who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
    the firstborn both of man and beast.
9He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, *
    against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10He overthrew many nations *
    and put mighty kings to death:
11Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the king of Bashan, *
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
12He gave their land to be an inheritance, *
    an inheritance for Israel his people.

788    Psalm 135

13O LORD, your Name is everlasting; *
    your renown, O LORD, endures from age to age.
14For the LORD gives his people justice *
    and shows compassion to his servants.
15The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, *
    the work of human hands.
16They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
    eyes have they, but they cannot see.
17They have ears, but they cannot hear; *
    neither is there any breath in their mouth.
18Those who make them are like them, *
    and so are all who put their trust in them.
19Bless the LORD, O house of Israel; *
    O house of Aaron, bless the LORD.
20Bless the LORD, O house of Levi; *
    you who fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
21Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, *
    who dwells in Jerusalem.
Twenty-eighth Day: Evening Prayer
136    Confitemini
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.
2Give thanks to the God of gods, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 136    789

3Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.
4Who only does great wonders, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
5Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
6Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
7Who created great lights, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
8The sun to rule the day, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
9The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.
10Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
11And brought out Israel from among them, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
12With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
13Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
14And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
15But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;

790    Psalm 136

16Who led his people through the wilderness, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.
17Who struck down great kings, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
18And slew mighty kings, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
19Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
20And Og, the king of Bashan, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
21And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
22An inheritance for Israel his servant, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.
23Who remembered us in our low estate, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
24And delivered us from our enemies, *
    for his mercy endures for ever;
25Who gives food to all creatures, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.
26Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
    for his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 136    791

137    Super flumina
1By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
    when we remembered you, O Zion.
2As for our harps, we hung them up *
    on the trees in the midst of that land.
3For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth: *
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4How shall we sing the LORD’S song *
    upon an alien soil?
5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
    let my right hand forget its skill.
6Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you, *
    if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
7Remember the day of Jerusalem, O LORD,
against the people of Edom, *
    who said, “Down with it! down with it!
    even to the ground!”
8O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
    happy the one who pays you back
    for what you have done to us!
9Happy shall he be who takes your little ones, *
    and dashes them against the rock!

792    Psalm 137

138    Confitebor tibi
1I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
    before the gods I will sing your praise.
2I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, *
    because of your love and faithfulness;
3For you have glorified your Name *
    and your word above all things.
4When I called, you answered me; *
    you increased my strength within me.
5All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, *
    when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6They will sing of the ways of the LORD, *
    that great is the glory of the LORD.
7Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; *
    he perceives the haughty from afar.
8Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
    you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
    your right hand shall save me.
9The LORD will make good his purpose for me; *
    O LORD, your love endures for ever;
    do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 138    793

Twenty-ninth Day: Morning Prayer
139    Domine, probasti
1LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
    you know my sitting down and my rising up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
2You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
3Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
    but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4You press upon me behind and before *
    and lay your hand upon me.
5Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
    it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
    where can I flee from your presence?
7If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
    if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8If I take the wings of the morning *
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9Even there your hand will lead me *
    and your right hand hold me fast.
10If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, *
    and the light around me turn to night,”
11Darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day; *
    darkness and light to you are both alike.
12For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

794    Psalm 139

13I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
    your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14My body was not hidden from you, *
    while I was being made in secret
    and woven in the depths of the earth.
15Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
    they were fashioned day by day,
    when as yet there was none of them.
16How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
    how great is the sum of them!
17If I were to count them, they would be more in number
                             than the sand; *
    to count them all, my life span would need to
                             be like yours.
18Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
    You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
19They speak despitefully against you; *
    your enemies take your Name in vain.
20Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? *
    and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
21I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
    they have become my own enemies.
22Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
    try me and know my restless thoughts.
23Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
    and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

Psalm 139    795

140    Eripe me, Domine
1Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; *
    protect me from the violent,
2Who devise evil in their hearts *
    and stir up strife all day long.
3They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; *
    adder’s poison is under their lips.
4Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; *
    protect me from the violent,
    who are determined to trip me up.
5The proud have hidden a snare for me
and stretched out a net of cords; *
    they have set traps for me along the path.
6I have said to the LORD, “You are my God; *
    listen, O LORD, to my supplication.
7O Lord GOD, the strength of my salvation, *
    you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O LORD, *
    nor let their evil plans prosper.
9Let not those who surround me lift up their heads; *
    let the evil of their lips overwhelm them.
10Let hot burning coals fall upon them; *
    let them be cast into the mire, never to rise up again.”
11A slanderer shall not be established on the earth, *
    and evil shall hunt down the lawless.
12I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor *
    and render justice to the needy.

796    Psalm 140

13Surely, the righteous will give thanks to your Name, *
    and the upright shall continue in your sight.
Twenty-ninth Day: Evening Prayer
141    Domine, clamavi
1O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
    hear my voice when I cry to you.
2Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
    the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD,
and guard the door of my lips; *
    let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
4Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
    nor eat of their choice foods.
5Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
    for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
    that they may know my words are true.
7As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
    let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
8But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
    in you I take refuge;
    do not strip me of my life.
9Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
    and from the traps of the evildoers.
10Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
    while I myself escape.

Psalm 141    797

142    Voce mea ad Dominum
1I cry to the LORD with my voice; *
    to the LORD I make loud supplication.
2I pour out my complaint before him *
    and tell him all my trouble.
3When my spirit languishes within me, you know my path; *
    in the way wherein I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
4I look to my right hand and find no one who knows me; *
    I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for me.
5I cry out to you, O LORD; *
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”
6Listen to my cry for help, for I have been brought very low; *
    save me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
7Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your Name; *
    when you have dealt bountifully with me,
    the righteous will gather around me.
143    Domine, exaudi
1LORD, hear my prayer,
and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; *
    answer me in your righteousness.
2Enter not into judgment with your servant, *
    for in your sight shall no one living be justified.

798    Psalm 142, 143

3For my enemy has sought my life;
he has crushed me to the ground; *
    he has made me live in dark places like those who
                             are long dead.
4My spirit faints within me; *
    my heart within me is desolate.
5I remember the time past;
I muse upon all your deeds; *
    I consider the works of your hands.
6I spread out my hands to you; *
    my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
7O LORD, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; *
    do not hide your face from me
    or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
8Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for I put my trust in you; *
    show me the road that I must walk,
    for I lift up my soul to you.
9Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD, *
    for I flee to you for refuge.
10Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; *
    let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11Revive me, O LORD, for your Name’s sake; *
    for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
12Of your goodness, destroy my enemies
and bring all my foes to naught, *
    for truly I am your servant.

Psalm 143    799

Thirtieth Day: Morning Prayer
144    Benedictus Dominus
1Blessed be the LORD my rock! *
    who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
2My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, *
    my shield in whom I trust,
    who subdues the peoples under me.
3O LORD, what are we that you should care for us? *
    mere mortals that you should think of us?
4We are like a puff of wind; *
    our days are like a passing shadow.
5Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; *
    touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6Hurl the lightning and scatter them; *
    shoot out your arrows and rout them.
7Stretch out your hand from on high; *
    rescue me and deliver me from the great waters,
    from the hand of foreign peoples,
8Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
    and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
9O God, I will sing to you a new song; *
    I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
10You give victory to kings *
    and have rescued David your servant.
11Rescue me from the hurtful sword *
    and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
12Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
    and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.

800    Psalm 144

13May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, *
    and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
14May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner
                             of crops; *
    may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands
                             and tens of thousands;
    may our cattle be fat and sleek.
15May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, *
    no wailing in the public squares.
16Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
    happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
145    Exaltabo te, Deus
1I will exalt you, O God my King, *
    and bless your Name for ever and ever.
2Every day will I bless you *
    and praise your Name for ever and ever.
3Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
    there is no end to his greatness.
4One generation shall praise your works to another *
    and shall declare your power.
5I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
    and all your marvelous works.
6They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
    and I will tell of your greatness.
7They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
    they shall sing of your righteous deeds.

Psalm 145    801

8The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, *
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
9The LORD is loving to everyone *
    and his compassion is over all his works.
10All your works praise you, O LORD, *
    and your faithful servants bless you.
11They make known the glory of your kingdom *
    and speak of your power;
12That the peoples may know of your power *
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
    your dominion endures throughout all ages.
14The LORD is faithful in all his words *
    and merciful in all his deeds.
15The LORD upholds all those who fall; *
    he lifts up those who are bowed down.
16The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *
    and you give them their food in due season.
17You open wide your hand *
    and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
18The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
    and loving in all his works.
19The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
    to all who call upon him faithfully.
20He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
    he hears their cry and helps them.
21The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
    but he destroys all the wicked.

802    Psalm 145

22My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; *
    let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.
146    Lauda, anima mea
Praise the LORD, O my soul! *
    I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
2Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
    for there is no help in them.
3When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
    and in that day their thoughts perish.
4Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
    whose hope is in the LORD their God;
5Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
    who keeps his promise for ever;
6Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
    and food to those who hunger.
7The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; *
    the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
8The LORD loves the righteous;
the LORD cares for the stranger; *
    he sustains the orphan and widow,
    but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9The LORD shall reign for ever, *
    your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

Psalm 146    803

Thirtieth Day: Evening Prayer
147    Laudate Dominum
How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
    how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
2The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem; *
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3He heals the brokenhearted *
    and binds up their wounds.
4He counts the number of the stars *
    and calls them all by their names.
5Great is our LORD and mighty in power; *
    there is no limit to his wisdom.
6The LORD lifts up the lowly, *
    but casts the wicked to the ground.
7Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; *
    make music to our God upon the harp.
8He covers the heavens with clouds *
    and prepares rain for the earth;
9He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
    and green plants to serve mankind.
10He provides food for flocks and herds *
    and for the young ravens when they cry.
11He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
    he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
12But the LORD has pleasure in those who fear him, *
    in those who await his gracious favor.

804    Psalm 147

13Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; *
    praise your God, O Zion;
14For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; *
    he has blessed your children within you.
15He has established peace on your borders; *
    he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
16He sends out his command to the earth, *
    and his word runs very swiftly.
17He gives snow like wool; *
    he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
18He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; *
    who can stand against his cold?
19He sends forth his word and melts them; *
    he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.
20He declares his word to Jacob, *
    his statutes and his judgments to Israel.
21He has not done so to any other nation; *
    to them he has not revealed his judgments.
148    Laudate Dominum
Praise the LORD from the heavens; *
    praise him in the heights.
2Praise him, all you angels of his; *
    praise him, all his host.
3Praise him, sun and moon; *
    praise him, all you shining stars.

Psalm 148    805

4Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
    and you waters above the heavens.
5Let them praise the Name of the LORD; *
    for he commanded, and they were created.
6He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
    he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
7Praise the LORD from the earth, *
    you sea-monsters and all deeps;
8Fire and hail, snow and fog, *
    tempestuous wind, doing his will;
9Mountains and all hills, *
    fruit trees and all cedars;
10Wild beasts and all cattle, *
    creeping things and wingèd birds;
11Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
    princes and all rulers of the world;
12Young men and maidens, *
    old and young together.
13Let them praise the Name of the LORD, *
    for his Name only is exalted,
    his splendor is over earth and heaven.
14He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants, *
    the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

806    Psalm 148

149    Cantate Domino
Sing to the LORD a new song; *
    sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
2Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; *
    let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3Let them praise his Name in the dance; *
    let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
4For the LORD takes pleasure in his people *
    and adorns the poor with victory.
5Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; *
    let them be joyful on their beds.
6Let the praises of God be in their throat *
    and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7To wreak vengeance on the nations *
    and punishment on the peoples;
8To bind their kings in chains *
    and their nobles with links of iron;
9To inflict on them the judgment decreed; *
    this is glory for all his faithful people.
150    Laudate Dominum
Praise God in his holy temple; *
    praise him in the firmament of his power.

Psalm 149, 150    807

2Praise him for his mighty acts; *
    praise him for his excellent greatness.
3Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn; *
    praise him with lyre and harp.
4Praise him with timbrel and dance; *
    praise him with strings and pipe.
5Praise him with resounding cymbals; *
    praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
6Let everything that has breath *
    praise the Lord.

808    Psalm 150

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