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From Psalm li. Miserere mei, Deus.
AVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; according to the multitude of thy mercies, do away mine
Wash me throughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts, and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds. Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within
Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again, and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health; and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall show thy praise.
For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
From Psalm xlii.
IKE as the hart desireth the water-brooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: Wher shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?
Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself; for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;
In the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among such as keep holy-day.
Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why art thou so disquieted within me?
Put thy trust in God; for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance.
The LORD hath granted his loving-kindness in the day-time; and in the night-season did I sing of him, and made my prayer unto the God of my life.
I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me? Namely, while they say daily unto me, Where is now thy God? Why art thou so vexed, O my soul? and why art thou so disquieted within me?
O put thy trust in God; for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
RET not thyself because of the ungodly; neither be thou envious against the evil doers.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and be withered even as the green herb.
Put thou thy trust in the LORD, and be doing good; dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thou in the LORD, and he shall give thee thy heart's desire.
Commit thy way unto the LORD, and put thy trust in him, and he shall bring it to pass.
He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light, and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
Hold thee still in the LORD, and abide patiently upon him: but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the mar that doeth after evil counsels.
Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.
Wicked doers shall be rooted out; and they that patiently abide the LORD, those shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.
But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth, and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.
The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
The LORD shall laugh him to scorn; for he hath seen that his day is coming.
The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as are of a right conversation.
Their sword shall go through their own heart, and their bow shall be broken.
A small thing that the righteous hath, is better than great riches of the ungodly.
For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, and the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
The LORD knoweth the days of the godly; and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
They shall not be confounded in the perilous time; and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.
As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall consume as the fat of lambs: yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.
The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again; but the righteous is merciful and liberal.
Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land; and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.
The LORD ordereth a good man's going, and maketh his way acceptable to himself.
Though he fall, he shall not be cast away; for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
I have been young, and now am old; and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.
The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good; and dwell for
For the LORD loveth the thing that is right; he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
The unrighteous shall be punished; as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom, and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
The law of his God is in his heart, and his goings shall not slide. The ungodly seeth the righteous, and seeketh occasion to slay him.
The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
Hope thou in the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land: when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
I myself have seen the ungodly in great power, and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
I went by, and lo, he was gone: I sought him, but his place could nowhere be found.
Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right; for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
As for the transgressors, they shall perish together; and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the LORD, who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
And the LORD shall stand by them, and save them he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.
Psalm i. Beatus vir, qui non abiit.
LESSED is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side, that wil bring forth his fruit in due season.
His leaf also shall not wither; and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
As for the ungodly, it is not so with them; but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judg ment, neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous. But the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous; and the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm xv. Domine, quis habitabit?
LORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? or who shall rest
upon thy holy hill?
Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life, and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart:
He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour, and hath not slandered his neighbour.
He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes, and maketh much of them that fear the LORD.
He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not, though it were to his own hindrance.
He that hath not given his money upon usury, nor taken reward against the innocent.
Whoso doeth these things shall never fall.
Psalm xci. Qui habitat.
HOSO dwelleth under the defence of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say unto the LORD, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold; my God, in him will I trust.
For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day;