Psalm 035

1    Plead, Lord, with those that plead; and fight

          with those that fight with me.

2    Of shield and buckler take thou hold,

          stand up mine help to be.

3    Draw also out the spear, and do

          against them stop the way

     That me pursue: unto my soul,

          I’m thy salvation, say.

4    Let them confounded be and sham’d

          that for my soul have sought:

     Who plot my hurt turn’d back be they,

          and to confusion brought.

5    Let them be like unto the chaff

          that flies before the wind;

     And let the angel of the Lord

          pursue them hard behind.

6    With darkness cover thou their way,

          and let it slipp’ry prove;

     And let the angel of the Lord

          pursue them from above.

7    For without cause have they for me

          their net hid in a pit,

     They also have without a cause

          for my soul digged it.

8    Let ruin seize him unawares;

          his net he hid withal

     Himself let catch; and in the same

          destruction let him fall.

9    My soul in God shall joy; and glad

          in his salvation be:

10   And all my bones shall say, O Lord,

          who is like unto thee,

     Which dost the poor set free from him

          that is for him too strong;

     The poor and needy from the man

          that spoils and does him wrong?

11   False witnesses rose; to my charge

          things I not knew they laid.

12   They, to the spoiling of my soul,

          me ill for good repaid.

13   But as for me, when they were sick,

          in sackcloth sad I mourn’d:

     My humbled soul did fast, my pray’r

          into my bosom turn’d.

14   Myself I did behave as he

          had been my friend or brother;

     I heavily bow’d down, as one

          that mourneth for his mother.

15   But in my trouble they rejoic’d,

          gath’ring themselves together;

     Yea, abjects vile together did

          themselves against me gather:

     I knew it not; they did me tear,

          and quiet would not be.

16   With mocking hypocrites, at feasts

          they gnash’d their teeth at me.

17   How long, Lord, look’st thou on? from those

          destructions they intend

     Rescue my soul, from lions young

          my darling do defend.

18   I will give thanks to thee, O Lord,

          within th’ assembly great;

     And where much people gather’d are

          thy praises forth will set.

19   Let not my wrongful enemies

          proudly rejoice o’er me;

     Nor who me hate without a cause,

          let them wink with the eye.

20   For peace they do not speak at all;

          but crafty plots prepare

     Against all those within the land

          that meek and quiet are.

21   With mouths set wide, they ‘gainst me said,

          Ha, ha! our eye doth see.

22   Lord, thou hast seen, hold not thy peace;

          Lord, be not far from me.

23   Stir up thyself; wake, that thou may’st

          judgment to me afford,

     Ev’n to my cause, O thou that art

          my only God and Lord.

24   O Lord my God, do thou me judge

          after thy righteousness;

     And let them not their joy ‘gainst me

          triumphantly express:

25   Nor let them say within their hearts,

          Ah, we would have it thus;

     Nor suffer them to say, that he

          is swallow’d up by us.

26   Sham’d and confounded be they all

          that at my hurt are glad;

     Let those against me that do boast

          with shame and scorn be clad.

27   Let them that love my righteous cause

          be glad, shout, and not cease

     To say, The Lord be magnify’d,

          who loves his servant’s peace.

28   Thy righteousness shall also be

          declared by my tongue;

     The praises that belong to thee

          speak shall it all day long.

Psalm 036

1    The wicked man’s transgression

          within my heart thus says,

     Undoubtedly the fear of God

          is not before his eyes.

2    Because himself he flattereth

          in his own blinded eye,

     Until the hatefulness be found

          of his iniquity.

3    Words from his mouth proceeding are,

          fraud and iniquity:

     He to be wise, and to do good,

          hath left off utterly.

4    He mischief, lying on his bed,

          most cunningly doth plot:

     He sets himself in ways not good,

          ill he abhorreth not.

5    Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heav’ns;

          thy truth doth reach the clouds:

6    Thy justice is like mountains great;

          thy judgments deep as floods:

     Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

7         How precious is thy grace!

     Therefore in shadow of thy wings

          men’s sons their trust shall place.

8    They with the fatness of thy house

          shall be well satisfy’d;

     From rivers of thy pleasures thou

          wilt drink to them provide.

9    Because of life the fountain pure

          remains alone with thee;

     And in that purest light of thine

          we clearly light shall see.

10   Thy loving-kindness unto them

          continue that thee know;

     And still on men upright in heart

          thy righteousness bestow.

11   Let not the foot of cruel pride

          come, and against me stand;

     And let me not removed be,

          Lord, by the wicked’s hand.

12   There fallen are they, and ruined,

          that work iniquities:

     Cast down they are, and never shall

          be able to arise.

Psalm 034

1    God will I bless all times; his praise

          my mouth shall still express.

2    My soul shall boast in God: the meek

          shall hear with joyfulness.

3    Extol the Lord with me, let us

          exalt his name together.

4    I sought the Lord, he heard, and did

          me from all fears deliver.

5    They look’d to him, and lighten’d were:

          not shamed were their faces.

6    This poor man cry’d, God heard, and sav’d

          him from all his distresses.

7    The angel of the Lord encamps,

          and round encompasseth

     All those about that do him fear,

          and them delivereth.

8    O taste and see that God is good:

          who trusts in him is bless’d.

9    Fear God his saints: none that him fear

          shall be with want oppress’d.

10   The lions young may hungry be,

          and they may lack their food:

     But they that truly seek the Lord

          shall not lack any good.

11   O children, hither do ye come,

          and unto me give ear;

     I shall you teach to understand

          how ye the Lord should fear.

12   What man is he that life desires,

          to see good would live long?

13   Thy lips refrain from speaking guile,

          and from ill words thy tongue.

14   Depart from ill, do good, seek peace,

          pursue it earnestly.

15   God’s eyes are on the just; his ears

          are open to their cry.

16   The face of God is set against

          those that do wickedly,

     That he may quite out from the earth

          cut off their memory.

17   The righteous cry unto the Lord,

          he unto them gives ear;

     And they out of their troubles all

          by him deliver’d are.

18   The Lord is ever nigh to them

          that be of broken sp’rit;

     To them he safety doth afford

          that are in heart contrite.

19   The troubles that afflict the just

          in number many be;

     But yet at length out of them all

          the Lord doth set him free.

20   He carefully his bones doth keep,

          whatever can befall;

     That not so much as one of them

          can broken be at all.

21     Ill shall the wicked slay; laid waste

          shall be who hate the just.

22     The Lord redeems his servants’ souls;

          none perish that him trust.

Psalm 020

1    Jehovah hear thee in the day

          when trouble he doth send:

     And let the name of Jacob’s God

          thee from all ill defend.

2    O let him help send from above,

          out of his sanctuary:

     From Sion, his own holy hill,

          let him give strength to thee.

3    Let him remember all thy gifts,

          accept thy sacrifice:

4    Grant thee thine heart’s wish, and fulfil

          thy thoughts and counsel wise.

5    In thy salvation we will joy;

          in our God’s name we will

     Display our banners: and the Lord

          thy prayers all fulfil.

6    Now know I God his king doth save:

          he from his holy heav’n

     Will hear him, with the saving strength

          by his own right hand giv’n.

7    In chariots some put confidence,

          some horses trust upon:

     But we remember will the name

          of our Lord God alone.

8    We rise, and upright stand, when they

          are bowed down, and fall.

9    Deliver, Lord; and let the King

          us hear, when we do call.

Psalm 021

1    The king in thy great strength, O Lord,

          shall very joyful be:

     In thy salvation rejoice

          how veh’mently shall he!

2    Thou hast bestowed upon him

          all that his heart would have;

     And thou from him didst not withhold

          whate’er his lips did crave.

3    For thou with blessings him prevent’st

          of goodness manifold;

     And thou hast set upon his head

          a crown of purest gold.

4    When he desired life of thee,

          thou life to him didst give;

     Ev’n such a length of days, that he

          for evermore should live.

5    In that salvation wrought by thee

          his glory is made great;

     Honour and comely majesty

          thou hast upon him set.

6    Because that thou for evermore

          most blessed hast him made;

     And thou hast with thy countenance

          made him exceeding glad.

7    Because the king upon the Lord

          his confidence doth lay;

     And through the grace of the most High

          shall not be mov’d away.

8    Thine hand shall all those men find out

          that en’mies are to thee;

     Ev’n thy right hand shall find out those

          of thee that haters be.

9    Like fiery ov’n thou shalt them make,

          when kindled is thine ire;

     God shall them swallow in his wrath,

          devour them shall the fire.

10   Their fruit from earth thou shalt destroy,

          their seed men from among:

11   For they beyond their might ‘gainst thee

          did plot mischief and wrong.

12   Thou therefore shalt make them turn back,

          when thou thy shafts shalt place

     Upon thy strings, made ready all

          to fly against their face.

13   In thy great pow’r and strength, O Lord,

          be thou exalted high;

     So shall we sing with joyful hearts,

          thy power praise shall we.

Psalm 022

1    My God, my God, why hast thou me

          forsaken? why so far

     Art thou from helping me, and from

          my words that roaring are?

2    All day, my God, to thee I cry,

          yet am not heard by thee;

     And in the season of the night

          I cannot silent be.

3    But thou art holy, thou that dost

          inhabit Isr’el’s praise.

4    Our fathers hop’d in thee, they hop’d

          and thou didst them release.

5    When unto thee they sent their cry,

          to them deliv’rance came:

     Because they put their trust in thee,

          they were not put to shame.

6    But as for me, a worm I am,

          and as no man am priz’d:

     Reproach of men I am, and by

          the people am despis’d.

7    All that me see laugh me to scorn;

          shoot out the lip do they;

     They nod and shake their heads at me,

          and, mocking, thus do say,

8    This man did trust in God, that he

          would free him by his might:

     Let him deliver him, sith he

          had in him such delight.

9    But thou art he out of the womb

          that didst me safely take;

     When I was on my mother’s breasts

          thou me to hope didst make.

10   And I was cast upon thy care,

          ev’n from the womb till now;

     And from my mother’s belly, Lord,

          my God and guide art thou.

11   Be not far off, for grief is near,

          and none to help is found.

12   Bulls many compass me, strong bulls

          of Bashan me surround.

13   Their mouths they open’d wide on me,

          upon me gape did they,

     Like to a lion ravening

          and roaring for his prey.

14   Like water I’m pour’d out, my bones

          all out of joint do part:

     Amidst my bowels, as the wax,

          so melted is my heart.

15   My strength is like a potsherd dry’d;

          my tongue it cleaveth fast

     Unto my jaws; and to the dust

          of death thou brought me hast.

16   For dogs have compass’d me about:

          the wicked, that did meet

     In their assembly, me inclos’d;

          they pierc’d my hands and feet.

17   I all my bones may tell; they do

          upon me look and stare.

18   Upon my vesture lots they cast,

          and clothes among them share.

19   But be not far, O Lord, my strength;

          haste to give help to me.

20   From sword my soul, from pow’r of dogs

          my darling set thou free.

21   Out of the roaring lion’s mouth

          do thou me shield and save:

     For from the horns of unicorns

          an ear to me thou gave.

22   I will shew forth thy name unto

          those that my brethren are;

     Amidst the congregation

          thy praise I will declare.

23   Praise ye the Lord, who do him fear;

          him glorify all ye

     The seed of Jacob: fear him all

          that Isr’el’s children be.

24   For he despis’d not nor abhorr’d

          th’ afflicted’s misery;

     Nor from him hid his face, but heard

          when he to him did cry.

25   Within the congregation great

          my praise shall be of thee;

     My vows before them that him fear

          shall be perform’d by me.

26   The meek shall eat, and shall be fill’d;

          they also praise shall give

     Unto the Lord that do him seek:

          your heart shall ever live.

27   All ends of th’ earth remember shall,

          and turn the Lord unto;

     All kindreds of the nations

          to him shall homage do:

28   Because the kingdom to the Lord

          doth appertain as his;

     Likewise among the nations

          the Governor he is.

29   Earth’s fat ones eat, and worship shall:

          all who to dust descend

     Shall bow to him; none of them can

          his soul from death defend.

30   A seed shall service do to him;

          unto the Lord it shall

     Be for a generation

          reckon’d in ages all.

31   They shall come, and they shall declare

          his truth and righteousness

     Unto a people yet unborn,

          and that he hath done this.

Psalm 023

1    The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
2          He makes me down to lie
     In pastures green: he leadeth me
          the quiet waters by.

3    My soul he doth restore again;
          and me to walk doth make
     Within the paths of righteousness,
          ev’n for his own name’s sake.

4    Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
          yet will I fear none ill:
     For thou art with me; and thy rod
          and staff me comfort still.

5    My table thou hast furnished
          in presence of my foes;
     My head thou dost with oil anoint,
          and my cup overflows.

6    Goodness and mercy all my life
          shall surely follow me:
     And in God’s house for evermore
          my dwelling-place shall be.

Psalm 024

1    The earth belongs unto the Lord,

          and all that it contains;

     The world that is inhabited,

          and all that there remains.

2    For the foundations thereof

          he on the seas did lay,

     And he hath it established

          upon the floods to stay.

3    Who is the man that shall ascend

          into the hill of God?

     Or who within his holy place

          shall have a firm abode?

4    Whose hands are clean, whose heart is pure,

          and unto vanity

     Who hath not lifted up his soul,

          nor sworn deceitfully.

5    He from th’ Eternal shall receive

          the blessing him upon,

     And righteousness, ev’n from the God

          of his salvation.

Psalm 025

First Version (S.M.)

1    To thee I lift my soul:

2          O Lord, I trust in thee:

     My God, let me not be asham’d,

          nor foes triumph o’er me.

3    Let none that wait on thee

          be put to shame at all;

     But those that without cause transgress,

          let shame upon them fall.

4    Shew me thy ways, O Lord;

          thy paths, O teach thou me:

5    And do thou lead me in thy truth,

          therein my teacher be:

     For thou art God that dost

          to me salvation send,

     And I upon thee all the day

          expecting do attend.

6    Thy tender mercies, Lord,

          I pray thee to remember,

     And loving-kindnesses; for they

          have been of old for ever.

7    My sins and faults of youth

          do thou, O Lord, forget:

     After thy mercy think on me,

          and for thy goodness great.

8    God good and upright is:

          the way he’ll sinners show.

9    The meek in judgment he will guide,

          and make his path to know.

10   The whole paths of the Lord

          are truth and mercy sure,

     To those that do his cov’nant keep,

          and testimonies pure.

11   Now, for thine own name’s sake,

          O Lord, I thee entreat

     To pardon mine iniquity;

          for it is very great.

12   What man is he that fears

          the Lord, and doth him serve?

     Him shall he teach the way that he

          shall choose, and still observe.

13   His soul shall dwell at ease;

          and his posterity

     Shall flourish still, and of the earth

          inheritors shall be.

14   With those that fear him is

          the secret of the Lord;

     The knowledge of his covenant

          he will to them afford.

15   Mine eyes upon the Lord

          continually are set:

     For he it is that shall bring forth

          my feet out of the net.

16   Turn unto me thy face,

          and to me mercy show;

     Because that I am desolate,

          and am brought very low.

17   My heart’s griefs are increas’d:

          me from distress relieve.

18   See mine affliction and my pain,

          and all my sins forgive.

19   Consider thou my foes,

          because they many are;

     And it a cruel hatred is

          which they against me bear.

20   O do thou keep my soul,

          do thou deliver me:

     And let me never be asham’d,

          because I trust in thee.

21   Let uprightness and truth

          keep me, who thee attend.

22   Redemption, Lord, to Israel

          from all his troubles send.

Second Version (C.M.)

1    To thee I lift my soul, O Lord:

2          My God, I trust in thee:

     Let me not be asham’d; let not

          my foes triumph o’er me.

3    Yea, let thou none ashamed be

          that do on thee attend:

     Ashamed let them be, O Lord,

          who without cause offend.

4    Thy ways, Lord, shew; teach me thy paths:

5         Lead me in truth, teach me:

     For of my safety thou art God;

          all day I wait on thee.

6    Thy mercies, that most tender are,

          do thou, O Lord, remember,

     And loving-kindnesses; for they

          have been of old for ever.

7    Let not the errors of my youth,

          nor sins, remember’d be:

     In mercy, for thy goodness’ sake,

           O Lord, remember me.

8    The Lord is good and gracious,

          he upright is also:

     He therefore sinners will instruct

          in ways that they should go.

9    The meek and lowly he will guide

          in judgment just alway:

     To meek and poor afflicted ones

          he’ll clearly teach his way.

10   The whole paths of the Lord our God

          are truth and mercy sure,

     To such as keep his covenant,

          and testimonies pure.

11   Now, for thine own name’s sake, O Lord,

          I humbly thee entreat

     To pardon mine iniquity;

          for it is very great.

12   What man fears God? him shall he teach

          the way that he shall chuse.

13   His soul shall dwell at ease; his seed

          the earth, as heirs, shall use.

14   The secret of the Lord is with

          such as do fear his name;

     And he his holy covenant

          will manifest to them.

15   Towards the Lord my waiting eyes

          continually are set;

     For he it is that shall bring forth

          my feet out of the net.

16   O turn thee unto me, O God,

          have mercy me upon;

     Because I solitary am,

          and in affliction.

17   Enlarg’d the griefs are of mine heart;

          me from distress relieve.

18   See mine affliction and my pain,

          and all my sins forgive.

19   Consider thou mine enemies,

          because they many are;

     And it a cruel hatred is

          which they against me bear.

20   O do thou keep my soul; O God,

          do thou deliver me:

     Let me not be asham’d; for I

          do put my trust in thee.

21   O let integrity and truth

          keep me, who thee attend.

22   Redemption, Lord, to Israel

          from all his troubles send.

Psalm 026

1    Judge me, O Lord, for I have walk’d

          in mine integrity:

     I trusted also in the Lord;

          slide therefore shall not I.

2    Examine me, and do me prove;

          try heart and reins, O God:

3    For thy love is before mine eyes,

          thy truth’s paths I have trode.

4    With persons vain I have not sat,

          nor with dissemblers gone:

5    Th’ assembly of ill men I hate;

          to sit with such I shun.

6    Mine hands in innocence, O Lord,

          I’ll wash and purify;

     So to thine holy altar go,

          and compass it will I:

7    That I, with voice of thanksgiving,

          may publish and declare,

     And tell of all thy mighty works,

          that great and wondrous are.

8    The habitation of thy house,

          Lord, I have loved well;

     Yea, in that place I do delight

          where doth thine honour dwell.

9    With sinners gather not my soul,

          and such as blood would spill:

10   Whose hands mischievous plots, right hand

          corrupting bribes do fill.

11   But as for me, I will walk on

          in mine integrity:

     Do thou redeem me, and, O Lord,

          be merciful to me.

12   My foot upon an even place

          doth stand with stedfastness:

     Within the congregations

          th’ Eternal I will bless.