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6 He goeth forth from the extremity of heaven,
And maketh his circuit to the end of it;
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul ; The precepts of the Lord are sure, making wise the
simple ; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart ; The commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening
the eyes ;
9 The service of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous al
together. 10 More precious are they than gold ; yea, than much fine
gold; Sweeter than honey, and the honeycomb. 11 By them also is thy servant warned,
And in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who knoweth his own offences ?
O cleanse thou me from secret faults !
Let them not have dominion over me!
I shall not be polluted with gross transgression. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart Be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer !
Prayer of a people for their king going to war. It may have been composed
when David was going to war with the Syrians. 2 Sam. ch. viii.- x.
For the leader of the music. A psalm of David.
1 May the Lord hear thee in the day of trouble ;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend thee! 2 May he send thee help from his sanctuary,
And strengthen thee out of Zion ! 3 May he have regard to all thine offerings,
And accept thy burnt sacrifice ! 4 May he grant thee thy heart's desire,
And fulfil all thy purposes !
We will triumph in the name of our God,
6 Now I know that the Lord helpeth his anointed,
That he heareth him from his holy heaven, And aideth him with the saving strength of his right hand. 7 Some glory in chariots, and some in horses,
But we in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They stumble and fall, But we stand and are erect.
Triumphal song of a people for the victories of their king.
For the leader of the music. A psalm of David.
1 The king rejoiceth in thy strength, O Lord !
Yea, he doth greatly exult in thy protection. 2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire,
And hast not denied him the request of his lips. 3 Yea, thou hast met him with rich blessings,
Thou hast placed a crown of pure gold upon his head. 4 He asked life of thee; thou gavest it him;
Even long life, enduring for ever. 5 Great is his glory through thine aid;
Honor and majesty hast thou laid upon him. 6 Thou hast made him blessed for evermore ;
Thou hast made him glad with the joy of thy countenance. 7 For the king trusteth in the Lord; And through the goodness of the Most High he shall
8 Thy hand shall overtake all thine enemies;
Thy right hand shall overtake them that hate thee. 9 Thou wilt make them like a burning oven in the time of
Jehovah shall swallow them up in his wrath,
And the fire shall devour them. 10 Their offspring shalt thou destroy from the earth;
And their race from the sons of men. 11 For they spread a net of mischief against thee;
They devised plots against thee, but they did not prevail.
12 Therefore thou wilt cause them to turn their backs;
Exalt thyself, O Lord, by thy strength!
A prayer of one in deep distress on account of his enemies, together with
expressions of confidence in divine aid, and hopes of future prosperity,
For the leader of the music. To the tune of “ The hind of the morn
ing.” A psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me ?
Why so far from mine aid, and from the words of my cry? 2 O my God, I cry during the day, but thou hearest not ;
In the night also, but I have no rest ! 3 And yet thou art holy,
Dwelling amid the praises of Israel !
They trusted, and thou didst save them.
They trusted in thee, and were not disappointed.
The reproach of men, and the scorn of the people.
They open wide the lips; they shake the head.
Surely thou art he that didst bring me into the world; Thou didst make me lie secure upon my mother's breast ! 10 Upon thee have I cast myself from my birth ;
Thou hast been my God from my earliest breath! 11 O be not far from me, for trouble is near;
For there is none to help! 12 Many bulls surround me;
Strong bulls of Bashan close me in on every side. 13 They open their mouths wide against me,
Like a ravening and roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water,
And all my bones are out of joint;
It melteth in my bosom.
And my tongue cleaveth to my jaws ;
Thou hast brought me to the dust of death! 16 For dogs have surrounded me;
The assembly of the wicked have encompassed me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones;
They gaze, and feast their eyes upon me. 18 They divide my garments among them,
And for my vesture they cast lots. 19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord !
O my strength, make haste to mine aid ! 20 Deliver my life from the sword ;
My blood from the power of the dog ; 21 Save me from the lion's mouth ;
Shield me from the horns of the buffaloes !
I will proclaim thy name to my brethren;