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23 Praise him, ye worshippers of Jehovah !

Extol him, all ye race of Jacob,

And fear him, all ye race of Israel ! 24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the misery of the

afflicted, Nor hath he hid his face from him ;

But when he cried unto him, he heard. 25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation;

I will pay my vows before them that fear him! 26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied ;

They that seek the Lord shall praise him ;

Your hearts shall be glad for ever and ever! 27 All the ends of the earth shall remember, and turn to the Lord;

All the families of the nations shall worship before thee ! 28 For the kingdom is the Lord's ;

He is the governor of the nations. 29 All the rich of the earth shall eat and worship ; They also shall bow before him, who are going down to

the dust, Who cannot keep themselves alive. 30 The future generation shall serve him ;

The race which is to come shall hear of the Lord. 31 They shall come, and declare his righteousness;

His mighty deeds to the people that shall be born.

PSALM XXIII.

God our shepherd.

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ; He leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He reviveth my spirit;

He leadeth me in the right paths, For his name's sake. 4 When I walk through the darkest valley,

I fear no evil, for thou art with me; Thy crook and thy staff, they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me, In the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil ; My cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days

of my life, And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

PSALM XXIV.

Hymn to Jehovah, occasioned by the introduction of the ark of the cove

nant into the tabernacle, or temple.

A psalm of David.

1 The earth is the Lord's, and all that is therein;

The world, and they who inhabit it. 2 For he hath founded it

upon

the seas, And established it upon the floods.

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord ?

And who shall stand in his holy place ?

4 He that hath clean hands and a pure heart ;

Who hath not inclined his soul to falsehood,
Nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive a blessing from the Lord,

And favor from God, his helper. 6 This is the race of them that seek him ;

That seek thy face, O God of Jacob !

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Lift up your heads, O ye gates!
Lift yourselves up, ye everlasting doors,
That the glorious king may enter in !

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9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates !

Lift yourselves up, ye everlasting doors,
That the glorious king may enter in !

10

“Who is this glorious king ?Jehovah, God of hosts, he is the glorious king.

PSALM XXV.

A prayer for deliverance from enemies, for instruction in duty, for divine

forgiveness, and for a distressed nation.

A psalm of David.

1

To thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul ! 2 O my God, I trust in thee! Let me not be put to shame!

Let not my enemies triumph over me ! 3 Yea, none that hope in thee shall be put to shame; They shall be put to shame who wickedly forsake thee.

Cause me to know thy ways, O Lord; Teach me thy paths ! 6 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; For thou art the God from whom cometh my help ; In thee do I trust at all times ! 6 Remember thy loving-kindness, O Lord, and thy tender

mercy, Which thou hast exercised of old ! 7 Remember not the faults and transgressions of my youth; According to thy mercy remember thou me, For thy goodness' sake, O Lord !

8 Good and righteous is the Lord,

Therefore showeth he to sinners the way; 9 The humble he guideth in his statutes,

And the humble he teacheth his way. 10 All the doings of the Lord are mercy and truth,

To those who keep his covenant and his precepts. 11 For thy name's sake, O Lord,

Pardon my iniquity, for it is great!

12 Who is the man that feareth the Lord ?

Him doth he show the way which he should choose. 13 He shall himself dwell in prosperity,

And his offspring shall inherit the land. 14 The Lord is the friend of them that fear him,

And he will teach them his covenant. 15 Mine eyes are ever directed to the Lord,

For he will pluck my feet from the net.

16 Look upon me, and pity me,

For I am desolate and afflicted ! 17 Lighten the sorrows of my heart,

And deliver me from my troubles !

18 Look upon my affliction and distress,

And forgive all my sins ! 19 Consider how many are my enemies,

And with what violence they hate me ! 20 Guard thou my life, and deliver me !

Let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in thee ! 21 Let innocence and uprightness preserve me,

For on thee do I rest my hope ! 22 Redeem Israel, O God, from all his troubles !

PSALM XXVI.

A prayer for deliverance from distress, with protestations of the righteous

ness of him who offers it. It is commonly supposed to relate to the persecution of David by Saul.

A psalm of David.

i Be thou my judge, O Lord, for I have walked in up

rightness! I have put my trust in the Lord, therefore shall I not fall. 2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me ;

Try my reins and my heart ! 3 For thy kindness is ever before my eyes,

And I walk in thy truth. 4 I sit not with men of falsehood,

And go not in company with dissemblers. 5 I hate the assembly of evil-doers,

And do not sit with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands in innocence, And

go

around thine altar, O Lord, 7 To utter the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all thy wondrous works !

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