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to the multitude of thy mercies, do even for the living God: when shall away mine offences.

I come to appear before the presence Wash me thoroughly from my of GOD? wickedness, and cleanse me from My tears have been my meat day my sin :

and night; while they daily say unto For I acknowledge my faults, and me, Where is now thy GóD ? my sin is ever before me.

Now when I think thereupon, I Against thee only have I sinned, pour out my heart by myself ; for i and done this evil in thy sight, that went with the multitude, and brought thou mightest be justified in thy say them forth into the house of God, ing, and clear when thou art judged. In the voice of praise and thanks.

Behold, I was shapen in wicked-giving, among such as keep holyday. ness, and in sin hath my mother Why art thou so full of heaviness, conceived me.


my soul ? and why art thou so disBut lo, thou requirest truth in the quieted within me? inward parts, and shalt make me to Put thy trust in God; for I will understand wisdom secretly. yet give him thanks for the help of

Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, his countenance. and I shall be clean; thou shalt wash The LORD hath granted his lovingme, and I shall be whiter than snow. kindness in the day.time; and in the

Thou shalt make me hear of joy night-season did I sing of him, and and gladness, that the bones which made my prayer unto the God of my thou hast broken may rejoice. life.

Turn thy face from my sins, and I will say unto the God of my put out all my misdeeds.

strength, Why hast thou forgotten Make me a clean heart, O God, me? why go I thus heavily, while and renew a right spirit within me. the enemy oppresseth me?

Cast me not away from thy pre- Namely, while they say daily unto sence, and take not thy holy Spirit me, Where is now thy GOD ? from me.

Why art thou so vexed, O my O give me the comfort of thy help soul ? and why art thou so disquieted again, and stablish me with thy free within me? Spirit.


put thy trust in God; for I will Then shall I teach thy ways unto yet thank him, who is the help of my the wicked, and sinners shall be con. countenance and my God. verted unto thee.

Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my

SELECTION IV. health, and my tongue shall sing of

PSALM 37. Noli æmulari. thy righteousness.

FRET not thyself because of the Thou shalt open my lips, O LORD, ungodly; neither be thon envious and my mouth shall show thy praise. against the evil doers :

For thru desirest no sacrifice, else For they shall soon be cut down would I give it thee; but thou de- like the grass, and be withered even lightest not in burnt-offerings. as the green herb.

The sacrifice of God, is a troubled Put thou thy trust in the LORD, spirit: a broken and contrite heart, and be doing good; dwell in the

GOD, shalt thou not despise. land, and verily thou shalt be fed. From PSALM 42. Quemadmodum. shall give thee thy heart's desire.

Delight thou in the LORD, and he LIKE as the hart desireth the Commit thy way unto the LORD, water-brooks, so longeth my soul after and put thy trust in him, and he shall thee, O GOD.

bring it to pass. My soul is athirst for God, yea,

He shall make thy righteousness

as clear as the light; and thy just possess the land; and they that are dealing as the noon-day.

cursed of him, shall be rooted out. Hold thee still in the LORD, and The LORD ordereth a good man's abide patiently upon him; but grieve going, and maketh his ways acceptanot thyself at him whose way doth ble to himself. prosper, against the man that doeth Though he fall, he shall not be after evil counsels.

cast away; for the LORD upholdeth Leave off from wrath, and let go him with his hand. displeasure; fret not thyself, else I have been young, and now am shalt thou be moved to do evil. old, and yet saw I never the right.

Wicked doers shall be rooted out ; eous forsaken, nor his seed begging and they that patiently abide the their bread. LORD, those shall inherit the land. The righteous is ever merciful, and Yet a little while, and the ungodly lendeth;

and his seed is blessed. shall be clean gone; thou shalt look Flee from evil, and do the thing after his place, and he shall be away. that is good, and dwell for evermore.

But the meek-spirited shall possess For the LORD loveth the thing the earth, and shall be refreshed in that is right; he forsaketh not his the multitude of peace.

that be godly, but they are preserved The ungodly seeketh counsel for ever. against the just, and gnasheth upon The unrighteous shall be punished; him with his teeth.

as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall The LORD shall laugh him to be rooted out. scorn; for he hath seen that his day The righteous shall inherit the is coming.

land, and dwell therein for ever. The ungodly have drawn out the The mouth of the righteous is sword, and have bent their bow, to exercised in wisdom, and his tongue cast down the poor and needy, and will be talking of judgment. to slay such as are of a right conver. The law of his God is in his sation.

heart, and his goings shall not slide. Their sword shall go through The ungodly seeth the righteous, their own heart, and their bow shall and seeketh occasion to slay him. be broken.

The LORD will not leave him in A small thing that the righteous his hand, nor condemn him when he hath, is better than great riches of is judged. the ungodly;

Hope thou in the LORD, and keep For the arms of the ungodly shall his way, and he shall promote thee, be broken, and the LORD upholdeth that thou shalt possess the land: the righteous.

when the ungodly shall perish, thou The LORD knoweth the days of shalt see it. the godly; and their inheritance shall I myself have seen the angodly in endure for ever.

great power, and flourishing like a They shall not be confounded in green bay.tree. the perilous time; and in the days of I went by, and lo, he was gone: I dearth they shall have enough. sought him, but his place could no

As for the ungodly, they shall where be found. perish, and the enemies of the LORD

Keep innocency, and take heed shall consume as the fat of lambs; anto the thing that is right; for that yea, even as the smoke shall they shall bring a man peace at the last. consume away.

As for the transgressors, they shall The ungodly borroweth, and pay. perish together: and the end of the eth not again; but the righteous is ungodly is, they shall be rooted out merciful and liberal.

at the last Such as are blessed of God, shell But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the LORD, who is also He that sweareth unto his neigh. their strength in the time of trouble. bor, and disappointeth him not,

And the LORD shall stand by though it were to his own hindrance them, and save them; he shall de He that hath not given his money liver them from the ungodly, and upon usury, nor taken reward against shall save them, because they put the innocent: their trust in him.

Whoso doeth these things, shall never fall.

PSALM 91. Qui habitat.

WHOSO dwelleth under the de. Psalm 1. Beatus vir, qui non abiit. fence of the Most High, shall abide

BLESSED is the man that hath under the shadow of the Almighty. not walked in the counsel of the un- I will say unto the LORD, Thou godly, nor stood in the way of sin. art my hope, and my strong hold; ners, and hath not sat in the seat of my God, in him will I trust. the scornful :

For he shall deliver thee from the But his delight is in the law of the snare of the hunter, and from the LORD; and in his law will he exer. noisome pestilence. cise himself day and night.

He shall defend thee under his And he shall be like a tree planted wings, and thou shalt be safe under by the water-side, that will bring his feathers; his faithfulness and forth his fruit in due season. truth shall be thy shield and buckler. His leaf also shall not wither; and

Thou shalt not be afraid for any look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall terror by night, nor for the arrow prosper.

that flieth by day; As for the ungodly, it is not so For the pestilence that walketh in with them, but they are like the darkness, nor for the sickness that chaff which the wind scattereth away destroyeth in the noon-day. from the face of the earth.

A thousand shall fall beside thee, Therefore the ungodly shall not be and ten thousand at thy right hand; able to stand in the judgment, neither but it shall not come nigh thee. the sinners in the congregation of the Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou . righteous.

behold, and see the reward of the But the LORD knoweth the way of ungodly; the righteous; and the way of the For thou, LORD, art my hope ; ungodly shall perish.

thou hast set thine house of defence PSALM 15. Domine, quis habitabit.

very high.

There shall no evil happen unto LORD, who shall dwell in thy thee, neither shall any plague come tabernacle? or who shall rest upon nigh thy dwelling. thy holy hill ?

For he shall give bis angels charge Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt over thee, to keep thee in all thy life, and doeth the thing which is ways. right, and speaketh the truth from They shall bear thee in their hands; his heart:

that thou hurt not thy foot against a He that hath used no deceit in his stone. tongue, nor done evil to his neighbor, Thou shalt go upon the lion and and bath not slandered his neigh adder : the young lion and the dra. bor:

gon shalt thou tread under thy feet. He that setteth not by himself, Because he hath set his love upon but is lowly, in his own eyes, and me, therefore will I deliver him ; ! maketh much of them that fear the will set him up, because he hath

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He shall call upon me, and I will I look for the Lord; my soul doth hear him; yea, I am with him in wait for him; in his word is my trust. trouble ; I will deliver him, and bring My soul fleeth unto the LORD behim to honor.

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With long life will I satisfy him, the morning watch.
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O Israel, trust in the LORD; for
with the LORD there is mercy, and

with him is plenteous redemption. SELECTION VI.

And he shall redeem Israel from all

his sins. FROM PSALM 32. Beati, quorum.

PSALM 121, Levavi oculos meos. BLESSED is he whose unrighte.

I WILL lift mine ousness is forgiven, and whose sin is covered.

the hills, from whence cometh my Blessed is the man unto whom the help: LORD imputeth no sin, and in whose LORD, who hath made heaven and

My help cometh even from the spirit there is no guile.

I will acknowledge my sin unto
thee; and mine unrighteousness have moved, and he that keepeth thee will

He will not suffer thy foot to be
I not hid.
I said, I will confess my sins unto

not sleep: the LORD; and so thou forgavest the

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall

neither slumber nor sleep: wickedness of my sin.

The LORD himself is thy keeper ; For this shall every one that is

the LORD is thy defence upon thy godly make his prayer unto thee, in a time when thou mayest be found;

right hand :

So that the sun shall not burn thee but in the great water floods they by day;

neither the moon by night. shall not come nigh him. Thou art a place to hide me in; from all evil; yea, it is even he that

The LORD shall preserve thee! thou shalt preserve me from trouble; shall keep thy soul. thou shalt compass me about with

The LORD shall preserve thy going songs of deliverance. I will inform thee, and teach thee out and thy coming in, from this time

forth for evermore. in the way wherein thou shalt go; and I will guide thee with mine eye. SELECTION VII. Great plagues remain for the un

PSALM 23. Dominus regit me. godly; but whoso putteth his truet in the LORD, mercy embraceth him THE LORD is my shepherd; on every side.

therefore can I lack nothing. Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice

He shall feed me in a green pasture, in the LORD; and be joyful, all ye and lead me forth beside the waters of that are true of heart.


He shall convert my soul, and PSALM 130. De profu


bring me forth in the paths of right. OUT of the deep have I called eousness for his naine's sake. unto thee, O LORD; LORD, hear my Yea, though I walk through the voice.

valley of the shadow of death, I will O let thine ears consider well the fear no evil: for thou art with me; voice of my complaint.

thy rod and thy staff comfort me. If thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to Thou shalt prepare a table before mark what is done amiss, O LORD, me against them that trouble me; who may abide it?

thou hast anointed my head with oil, For there is mercy with thee; and my cup shall be full

. therefore shalt thou be feared.

But thy loying kindness and mercy

my fear.

shall follow me all the days of my The LORD is nigh unto those who life ; and I will dwell in the house of are of a contrite heart, and will save the LORD for ever.

such as are of an humble spirit.,

Great are the troubles of the PSALM 34. Benedicam Domino.

righteous; but the LORD delivereth I WILL alway give thanks unto him out of all. the LORD; his praise shall ever be He keepeth all his bones, so that in my mouth.

not one of them is broken. My soul shall make her boast in But misfortune shall slay the un. the LORD; the humble shall hear godly; and they that hate the righte. thereof, and be glad.

ous shall be desolate. O praise the LORD with me; and The LORD delivereth the souls of let us magnify his name together. his servants; and all they that put

I sought the LORD, and he heard their trust in him shall not be destime; yea, he delivered me out of all tute.

PSALM 65. Te decet hymnus. They had an eye unto him, and were lightened ; and their faces were THOU, O God, art praised in not ashamed.

Sion; and unto thee shall the vow be Lo, the poor crieth, and the LORD performed in Jerusalem. heareth him; yea, and saveth him Thou that hearest the prayer, unto out of all his troubles.

thee shall all flesh come. The angel of the LORD tarrieth My misdeeds prevail against me: round about them that fear him, and O be thou merciful unto our sins. delivereth them..

Blessed is the man whom thou O taste, and see how gracious the choosest, and receivesť unto thee: he LORD is: blessed is tho man that shall dwell in thy court, and shall be trusteth in him

satisfied with the pleasures of thy O fear the LORD, ye that are his house, even of thy holy temple. saints; for they that fear him lack Thou shalt show us wonderful nothing

things in thy righteousness, O GOD The lions do lack, and suffer hun. of our salvation ; thou that art the ger; but they who seek the LORD hope of all the ends of the earth, and shall want no manner of thing that of them that remain in the broad is good

Come, ye children, and hearken Who in his strength setteth fast unto me; † will teach you the fear of the mountains, and is girded about the LORD.

What man is be that lusteth to live, Who stilleth the raging of the sea, and would fain see good days? and the noise of his waves, and the Keep thy tongue from evil

, and thy madness of the people. lips, that they speak no guile. They also that dwell in the utter.

Eschew evil, and do good; seek most parts of the earth shall be afraid peace, and ensue it.

at thy tokens; thou that makest the The eyes of the LORD are over the out-goings of the morning and everighteous, and his ears are open unto ning to praise thee. their prayers.

Thou visitest the earth, and bless. The countenance of the LORD is est it; thou makest it very plenteous. against them that do evil, to root out The river of God is full of water. the remembrance of them from the thou preparest their corn, for so thou earth.

providest for the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD Thuu waterest her furrows; thou heareth them, and delivereth them sendest rain into the little valleys out of all their troubles.

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