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Praise the Lord, O my soul; and O praise the Lord, ye Angels of forget not all his benefits; his, ye that excel in strength; ye
Who forgiveth all thy sin, and that fulfil his commandment, and healeth all thine infirmities; hearken unto the voice of his words.
Who saveth thy life from de- O praise the Lord, all ye his struction, and crowneth thee with hosts; ye servants of his, that do mercy and loving kindness; his pleasure.
Who satisfieth thy mouth with O speak good of the Lord, all good things, making thee young ye works of his, in all places of his and lusty as an eagle.
dominion: Praise thou the Lord, The Lord executeth righteous- O my soul. ness and judgment, for all them that are oppressed with wrong.
SELECTION II. Heshowed his ways unto Moses, From Psalm 139. Domine, probasti. his works unto the children of Israel. LORD, thou hast searched
The Lord is full of compassion me out, and known me; thou and mercy, long-suffering, and of knowest my down-sitting, and great goodness.
mine up-rising; thou understandHe will not alway be chiding;nei-est my thoughts long before. ther keepeth he his anger for ever. Thou art about my path, and
He hath not dealt with us after about my bed, and spiest out all our sins; nor rewarded us accord- my ways. ing to our wickednesses.
For lo, there is not a word in
my For look how high the heaven tongue, but thou, O Lord, knowest is in comparison of the earth; so it altogether. great is his mercy also toward those Thou hast fashioned me behind who fear him !
and before, and laid thine hand Look how wide also the east is upon me. from the west; so far hath he set Such knowledge is too wonderour sins from us !
ful and excellent for me; I cannot Yea, like as a father pitieth his attain unto it. own children; even so is the Lord Whither shall I go then from merciful unto them that fear him. thy Spirit? or whither shall I go
For he knoweth whereof we then from thy presence? are made; he remembereth that If I climb up into heaven, thou we are but dust.
art there; If I go down to hell, The days of man are but as thou art there also. grays; for he flourisheth as a flower If I take the wings of the mornof the field.
ing, and remain in the uttermost For as soon as the wind goeth parts of the sea; over it, it is gone; and the place Even there also shall thy hand thereof shall know it no more. lead me, and thy right hand shall
But the merciful goodness of the hold me. Lord endureth forever and ever up- If I say, Peradventure the darkon those who fear him; and his righ- ness shall cover me; then shall
my teousness upon children's children; night be turned to day.
Even upon such as keep his Yea, the darkness is no darkcovenant, and think upon his com- ness with thee, but the night is as mandments to do them.
clear as the day; the darkness and The Lord hath prepared his seat light to thee are both alike. in heaven, and his kingdom ruleth For my reins are thine; thou hast over all.
covered me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks unto thee, for I man, and his mercy is over all his am fearfully and wonderfully made: works. Marvellous are thy works, and that All thy works praise thee, O my soul knoweth right well. Lord; and thy saints give thanks
My bones are not hid from thee, unto thee. though I be made secretly, and They show the glory of thy fashioned beneath in the earth. kingdom, and talk of thy power,
Thine eyes did see my sub- That thy power, thy glory, and stance, yet being imperfect; and in mightiness of thy kingdom, might thy book were all my members be known unto men. written.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting Which day by day were fashion- kingdom, and thy dominion ened, when as yet there was none of dureth throughout all ages. them.
The Lord upholdeth all such as How dear are thy counsels unto fall, and lifteth up all those who me, O God; O how great is the are down. sum of them!
The eyes of all wait upon thee, If I tell them, they are more in O Lord, and thou givest thema pumber than the sand : when I their meat in due season. wake up, I am present with thee. Thou openest thine hand, and
Try me, O God, and seek the fillest all things living with plenteground of my heart; prove me, and ousness. examine my thoughts.
The Lord is righteous in all his Look well if there be any way ways, and holy in all his works. of wickedness in me; and lead me The Lord is nigh unto all them in the way everlasting.
that call upon him ; yea, all such Psalm 145. Exaltabo te, Deus. as call upon him faithfully.
WILL magnify thee, O God, He will fulfil the desire of those I
my King, and I will praise thy who fear him; he also will hear name for ever and ever.
their cry, and will help them. . Every day will I give thanks un- The Lord preserveth all those to thee, and praise thy name for who love him; but scattereth abroad ever and ever.
all the ungodly. Great is the Lord, and marvel- My mouth shall speak the praise lous, worthy to be praised; there of the Lord : and let all flesh give is no end of his greatness. thanks unto his holy name for ever
One generation shall praise thy and ever. works unto another, and declare
SELECTION III. As for me, I will be talking of From Psal. 51. Miserere mei, Deus.
; So that men shall speak of the cording to the multitude of thy might of thy marvellous acts; and mercies, do away mine offences. I will also tell of thy greatness. Wash me thoroughly from my
The memorial of thine abundant wickedness, and cleanse me from kindness shall be showed, and men my sin: shall sing of thy righteousness. For I acknowledge my faults,
The Lord is gracious and mer- and my sin is ever before me. ciful ; long-suffering, and of great Against thee only have I sinned, goodness.
and done this evil in thy sight, that The Lord is loving unto every thou mightest be justified in thy say
ing, and clear when thou art judged. pour out my heart by myself; for I
Behold, I was shapen in wicked-went with the multitude, and ness, and in sin hath my mother brought them forth into the house conceived me.
of God, But lo, thou requirest truth in In the voice of praise and thanksthe inward parts, and shalt make giving, among such as keep holyme to understand wisdom secretly. day.
Thou shalt purge me with hys- Why art thou so full of heavisop, and I shall be clean; thou ness, O my soul? and why art thou skalt wash me, and I shall be so disquieted within me? whiter than snow.
Put thy trust in God; for I will Thou shalt make me hear of joy yet give him thanks for the help of and gladness, that the bones which his countenance. thou hast broken may rejoice. The Lord hath granted his lov
Turn thy face from my sins, and ing-kindness in the day-time; and put out all my misdeeds.
in the night-season did I sing of Make me a clean heart, O God, him, and made my prayer unto the and renew a right spirit within me. God of my life.
Cast me not away from thy I will say unto the God of my presence, and take not thy Holy strength, Why hast thou forgotten Spirit from me.
me? why go I thus heavily, while to give me the comfort of thy the enemy oppresseth me? help again, and stablish me with Namely, while they say daily thy free Spirit.
Where is now thy God? Then shall I teach thy ways un- Why art thou so vexed, O my to the wicked, and sinners shall soul ? and why art thou so disbe converted unto thee.
quieted within me? Deliver me from blood-guilti-o put thy trust in God; for I will ness, O God, thou that art the yet thank him, who is the help of God of my health; and my tongue my countenance and my God. shall sing of thy righteousness. Thou shalt open my lips, O
SELECTION IV. Lord, and my mouth shall show Psalm 37. Noli æmulari. thy praise.
VRET not thyself because of For thou desirest no sacrifice, the ungodly; neither be thou else would I give it thee; but thou envious against the evil doers : delightest not in burnt-offerings. For they shall soon be cut down
The sacrifice of God is a troubled like the grass, and be withered spirit: a broken and contrite heart, even as the green
herb. O God, shalt thou not despise. Put thou thy trust in the Lord, From Psalm 42. Quemadmodum. and be doing good ; dwell in the IKE as the hart desireth the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thou in the Lord, and soul after thee, O God.
he shall give thee thy heart's desire. My soul is athirst for God, yea, Commit thy way unto the Lord, even for the living God: When and put thy trust in him, and he shall I come to appear before the shall bring it to pass. presence of God?
He shall make thy righteousness My tears have been my meat as clear as the light ; and thy just day and night; while they daily say dealing as the noon-day. unto me, Where is now thy God? Hold thee still in the Lord, and
Now when I think thereupon, I abide patiently upon him; but
grieve not thyself at him whose that are cursed of him, shall be
The Lord ordereth a good
Wicked doers shall be rooted cast away; for the Lord upholdout; and they that patiently abide eth him with his hand. the Lord, those shall inherit the land. I have been young, and now
Yet a little while, and the un- am old, and yet saw I never the godly shall be clean gone; thou righteous forsaken, nor his seed shalt look after his place, and he begging their bread. shall be away.
The righteous is ever merciBut the meek-spirited shall pos- ful, and lendeth; and his seed is sess the earth, and shall be refresh- blessed. ed in the multitude of peace.
Flee from evil, and do the thing The ungodly seeketh counsel that is good, and dwell for everagainst the just, and gnasheth upon more. him with his teeth.
For the Lord loveth the thing The Lord shall laugh him to that is right; he forsaketh not his scorn; for he hath seen that his that be godly, but they are preday is coming
served for ever. The ungodly have drawn out The unrighteous shall be punishthe sword, and have bent their bow, ed; as for the seed of the ungodly, to cast down the poor and needy, it shall be rooted out. and to slay such as are of a right| The righteous shall inherit the conversation.
land, and dwell therein for ever. Their sword shall go through The mouth of the righteous is their own heart, and their bow exercised in wisdom, and his tongue shall be broken,
will be talking of judgment. A small thing that the righteous. The law of his God is in his hath, is better than great riches of heart, and his goings shall not slide. the ungodly;
The ungodly seeth the righteous, For the arms of the ungodly and seeketh occasion to slay him. shall be broken, and the Lord up- The Lord will not leave him in holdeth the righteous.
his hand, nor condemn him when The Lord knoweth the days of he is judged. the godly; and their inheritance Hope thou in the Lord, and shall endure for ever.
keep his way, and he shall proThey shall not be confounded in mote thee, that thou shalt possess the perilous time; and in the days the land: when the ungodly shall of dearth they shall have enough. perish, thou shalt see it.
As for the ungodly, they shall I myself have seen the ungodly perish, and the enemies of the Lord in great power, and flourishing shall consume as the fat of lambs; like a green bay-tree. yea, even as the smoke shall they I went by, and lo, he was gone: consume away.
I sought him, but his place could The ungodly borroweth, and no where be found. payeth not again; but the right- Keep innocency, and take heed eous is merciful and liberal. unto the thing that is right; for that
Such as are blessed of God, shall bring a man peace at the last. shall possess the land; and they As for the transgressors, they shall perish together: and the end. He that setteth not by himsell, of the ungodly is, they shall be but is lowly in his own eyes, and rooted out at the last.
maketh much of them that fear But the salvation of the right- the Lord : eous cometh of the Lord, who is He that sweareth unto his neighalso their strength in the time of bour, and disappointeth him not, trouble.
though it were to his own hinAnd the Lord shall stand by drance: them, and save them; he shall He that hath not given his deliver them from the ungodly, money upon usury, nor taken reand shall save them, because they ward against the innocent: put their trust in him.
Whoso doeth these things, shall SELECTION V.
Psalm 91. Qui habitat. Psalm 1. Beatus vir, qui non abiit. VHOSO dwelleth under the
LESSED is the man that defence of Most
sel of the ungodly, nor stood in the Almighty. the way of sinners, and hath not I will say unto the Lord, Thou sat in the seat of the scornful: art my hope, and my strong hold;
But his delight is in the law of my God, in him will I trust. the Lord; and in his law will he For he shall deliver thee from exercise himself day and night. the snare of the hunter, and from
And he shall be like a tree the noisome pestilence. planted by the water-side, that will He shall defend thee under his bring forth his fruit in due season. wings, and thou shalt be safe under
His leaf also shall not wither; his feathers; his faithfulness and and look, whatsoever he doeth, it truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid of any As for the ungodly, it is not so terror by night, nor for the arrow with them, but they are like the that flieth by day; chaff which the wind scattereth For the pestilence that walketh away from the face of the earth. in darkness, nor for the sickness
Therefore the ungodly shall not that destroyeth in the noon-day. be able to stand in the judgment, A thousand shall fall beside thee, neither the sinners in the congrega- and ten thousand at thy right hand; tion of the righteous.
but it shall not come nigh thee. But the Lord knoweth the way Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou of the righteous; and the way of behold, and see the reward of the the ungodly shall perish. ungodly. Psalm 15. Domine, quis habitabit ? For thou, Lord, art my hope;
ORD, who shall dwell in thy thou hast set thine house of de
tabernacle? who shall rest fence upon thy holy hill ?
There shall no evil happen unto Even he that leadeth an uncor- thee, neither shall any plague rupt life, and doeth the thing come nigh thy dwelling: which is right, and speaketh the For he shall give his Angels truth from his heart :
charge over thee, to keep thee in He that hath used no deceit in all thy ways. his tongue, nor done evil to his They shall bear thee in their neighbour, and hath not slandered hands; that thou hurt not thy foot his neighbour:
against a stone.