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SELECTION VII. the voice of my complaint. If thou, LORD, wilt be ex

Psalm 23. Dominus regit me. treme to mark what is done THE LORD is my shepherd ; amiss, O LORD, who may abide therefore can I lack nothing. it ?

He shall feed me in a green For there is mercy with pasture, and lead me forth thee; therefore shalt thou be beside the waters of comfort. feared.

He shall convert my soul, I look for the LORD ; my and bring me forth in the paths soul doth wait for him; in his of righteousness for his name's word is my trust.

sake. My soul fleeth unto the LORD Yea, though I walk through before the morning watch ; the valley of the shadow of I say, before the morning death, I will fear no evil: for watch.

thou art with me; thy rod and O Israel, trust in the LORD ; thy staff comfort me. for with the LORD there is Thou shalt prepare a table mercy, and with him is plen- before me against them that teous redemption.

trouble me; thou hast anointed And he shall redeem Israel my head with oil, and my cup from all his sins.

shall be full.

But thy loving kindness and Psalm 121. Levavi oculos meos.

mercy shall follow me all the I WILL lift up mine eyes days of my life ; and I will unto the hills, from whence dwell in the house of the LORD cometh my help.

for ever. My help cometh even from

PSALM 34. Benedicam Domino the LORD, who hath made heaven and earth.

I WILL alway give thanks He will not suffer thy foot unto the LORD ; his praise shall to be moved, and he that keep- ever be in my mouth. eth thee will not sleep.

My soul shall make her boast Behold, he that keepeth Israel in the LORD į the humble shall shall neither slumber nor sleep. hear thereof, and be glad.

The LORD himself is thy O praise the LORD with me; keeper; the LORD is thy defence and let us magnify his name upon thy right hand :

together. So that the sun shall not I sought the LORD, and he burn thee by day; neither the heard me; yea, he delivered me moon by night.

out of all my fear. The LORD shall preserve thee They had an eye unto him, from all evil; yea, it is even he and were lightened ; and their that shall keep thy soul. faces were not ashamed. The Lord shall preserve thy

Lo, the poor crieth, and the going out and thy coming in, LORD heareth him; yea, and from this time forth for ever- saveth him out of all his



The angel of the LORD tar- they that put their trust in him rieth round about them that shall not be destitute. fear him, and delivereth them.

Psalm 65. Te decet hymnus. O taste, and see, how gracious the LORD is : blessed is the man THOU, O God, art praised that trusteth in him.

in Sion; and unto thee shall O fear the LORD, ye that are the vow be performed in Jeruhis saints; for they that fear salem. him lack nothing.

Thou that hearest the prayer, The lions do lack, and suffer unto thee shall all flesh come. hunger ; but they who seek the My misdeeds prevail against LORD shall want no manner of me: O be thou merciful unto thing that is good.

our sins. Come, ye children, and heark- Blessed is the man whom en unto me; I will teach you thou choosest, and receivest the fear of the LORD.

unto thee: he shall dwell in thy What man is he that lusteth court, and shall be satisfied with to live, and would fain see good the pleasures of thy house, even days?

of thy holy temple. Keep thy tongue from evil, Thou shalt show us wonderand thy lips, that they speak ful things in thy righteousness, no guile.

O God of our galvation; thou Eschew evil, and do good ; that art the hope of all the ends seek peace, and ensue it. of the earth, and of them that

The eyes of the Lord are remain in the broad sea. over the righteous, and his ears Who in his strength setteth are open unto their prayers. fast the mountains, and is

The countenance of the LORD girded about with power. is against them that do evil, to Who stilleth the raging of root out the remembrance of the sea, and the noise of his them from the earth.

waves, and the madness of the The righteous cry, and the people. LORD heareth them, and deliver- They also that dwell in the eth them out of all their troubles. uttermost parts of the earth

The Lord is nigh unto those shall be afraid at thy tokens, who are of a contrite heart, and thou that makest the out-goings will save such as are of an of the morning and evening to humble spirit.

praise thee. Great are the troubles of Thou visitest the earth, and the righteous; but the LORD blessest it; thou makest it very delivereth him out of all. plenteous.

He keepeth all his bones, so The river of God is full of that not one of them is broken. water: thou preparest their

But misfortune shall slay the corn, for so thou providest for ungodly; and they that hate the earth. the righteous shall be desolate. Thou waterest her furrows;

The LORD delivereth the thou sendest rain into the little souls of his servants; and all / valleys thereof; thou makest it


soft with the drops of rain, and For one day in thy courts is blessest the increase of it. better than a thousand, Thou crownest the

year with I had rather be a door-keeper thy goodness, and thy clouds in the house of my God, than drop fatness.

to dwell in the tents of ungodThey shall drop upon the liness. dwellings of the wilderness, For the LORD God is a light and the little hills shall rejoice and defence; the LORD will give on every side.

grace and worship ; and no The folds shall be full of good thing shall be withhold sheep; the valleys also shall from them that live a godly stand so thick with corn, that life. they shall laugh and sing. O LORD God of hosts, blessed

is the man that putteth his trust


PSALM 85. Benedizisti, Domine. FROM PSALM 84. Quam dilecta !

LORD, thou art become 0 HOW amiable are thy gracious unto thy land; thou dwellings, thou Lord of hosts! hast turned away the captivity

My soul hath a desire, and of Jacob. longing to enter into the courts Thou hast forgiven the offence of the LORD ; my heart and of thy people, and covered all my flesh rejoice in the living their sins. God.

Thou hast taken away all thy Yea, the sparrow hath found displeasure, and turned thyself her an house, and the swallow from thy wrathful indignation. a nest, where she may lay her Turn us then, O God our young; even thy altars, 0 LORD Saviour, and let thine anger of hosts, my King and my cease from us. God.

Wilt thou be displeased at us Blessed are they that dwell for ever? and wilt thou stretch in thy house; they will be out thy wrath from one generaalway praising thee.

tion to another ? Blessed is the man whose Wilt thou not turn again, and strength is in thee; in whose quicken us, that thy people may heart are thy ways.

rejoice in thee? Who going through the vale Show us thy mercy, O LORD of misery, use it for a well; and grant us thy salvation. and the pools are filled with I will hearken what the LORD water.

God will say concerning me; They will go from strength for he shall speak peace unto to strength, and unto the God his people, and to his saints, of gods appeareth every one that they turn not again. of them in Sion.

For his salvation is nigh O Lord God of hosts, hear them that fear him; that glory my prayer; hearken, O God may dwell in our land. of Jacob.

Mercy and truth are


together : righteous

His lightnings gave shine unto

peacel have kissed each other. the world in the earth is write,

Truth shall flourish out of the and was afraid. earth, and righteousness hath The hills melted like wax at looked down from heaven. the presence of the LORD; at

Yea, the LORD shall show the presence of the LORD of the loving kindness; and our land whole earth. shall give her increase.

The heavens have declared Righteousness shall go before his righteousness, and all the him; and he shall direct his people have seen his glory. going in the way.

Confounded be all they that Psalm 93. Dominus regnavit.

worship carved images, and

that delight in vain gods : THE LORD is king, and worship him, all ye gods. hath put on glorious apparel ; Sion heard of it, and rejoiced; the LORD hath put on his and the daughters of Juda were apparel, and girded himself with glad, because of thy judgments, strength.

O LORD. He hath made the round

For thou, LORD, art higher world so sure, that it cannot be than all that are in the earth;. moved.

thou art exalted far above all Ever since the world began, gods. hath thy seat been prepared : 0


that love the LORD, see Thou art from everlasting. that ye hate the thing which is

The floods are risen, O LORD, evil: the LORD preserveth the the floods have lift up their souls of his saints; he shall voice; the floods lift up their deliver them from the hand of

the ungodly. The waves of the sea are There is sprung up a light mighty, and rage horribly; but for the righteous, and joyful yet the LORD, who dwelleth on gladness for such as are true. high, is mightier.

hearted. Thy testimonies, 0 LORD, Rejoice in the LORD, ye are very sure : holiness be- righteous, and give thanks for cometh thine house for ever.

a remembrance of his holiness. Psalm 97. Dominus regnavit.

THE LORD is king, the earth SELECTION IX. may be glad thereof; yea, the

Psalm 8. Domine, Dominus noster. multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.

O LORD, our Governor, how Clouds and darkness are excellent is thy name in all the round about him; righteousness world ; thou that hast set thy and judgment are the habitation glory above the heavens ! of his seat.

Out of the mouth of very There shall go a fire before babes and sucklings hast thou him, and burn up his enemies ordained strength, because of side.

thine enemies, that thou might


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est still the enemy and the He gathereth the waters of avenger.

the sea together, as it were For I will consider thy upon an heap ; and layeth heavens, even the works of thy up the deep, as in a treasurefingers; the moon and the stars house. which thou hast ordained.

Let all the earth fear the What is man, that thou art LORD; stand in awe of him, all mindful of him ? and the son of ye that dwell in the world : man, that thou visitest him ? For he spake, and it wa

Thou madest him lower than done ; he commanded, and i the angels, to crown him with stood fast. glory and worship.

FROM PSALM 147. Laudate Dominum. Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy O PRAISE the LORD, for it hands; and thou hast put all is a good thing to sing praises things in subjection under his unto our God; yea, a joyful feet;

and pleasant thing it is to be All sheep and oxen; yea, and thankful. the beasts of the field;

The LORD doth build up The fowls of the air, and the Jerusalem, and gather together fishes of the sea; and what the outcasts of Israel. soever walketh through the He healeth those that are paths of the seas.

broken in heart, and giveth O LORD, our Governor, how medicine to heal their sickness. excellent is thy name in all the He telleth the number of the world!

stars, and calleth them all by

their names. FROM PSALM 33. Exultate, justi.

Great is our LORD, and great REJOICE in the Lord, O ye is his power ; yea, and his righteous ; for it becometh well wisdom is infinite. the just to be thankful.

The LORD setteth up the Praise the LORD with harp; meek, and bringeth the ungodly sing praises unto him with the down to the ground. lute, and instrument of ten O sing unto the LORD with strings.

thanksgiving ; sing praises upon Sing unto the LORD a new the harp unto our God; song; sing praises unto him Who covereth the heaven with a good courage.

with clouds, and prepareth rain For the word of the Lord for the earth; and maketh the is true, and all his works are grass to grow upon the mounfaithful.

tains, and the herb for the use He loveth righteousness and of men ;, judgment; the earth is full of Who giveth fodder unto the the goodness of the LORD. cattle, and feedeth the young

By the word of the LORv ravens that call upon him. were the heavens made, and all The Lord's delight is in the hosts of them by the breath those who fear him, and put of his mouth.

their trust in his mercy.

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