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And who shall stand in his holy place ?

He that hath clean hands and a pure heart;
Who hath not inclined his soul to falsehood,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive a blessing from Jehovah,
And favour from God, his helper.
This is the race of those who seek Him;
Who seek thy face, O God of Jacob!

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

Who is this glorious King ?
Jehovah, strong and mighty ;
Jehovah, mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O) ye gates!
Lift yourselves up, ye everlasting doors,
Thai the glorious King may enter in.

Who is this glorious King ?
Jehovah, God of hosts, He is the glorious King.

GOD OUR REFUGE.

PSALM XLVI.

God is our refuge and strength ;
A powerful help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth change,
Though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea :
Its waters roar and are troubled;
The mountains shake with its raging.

There is a river, whose brooks gladden the city of God; The holy dwelling-place of the Most High. God is within her: she shall not be moved : God shall help her, earlier than the dawning. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were stirred : He uttered his voice, the earth melted. Jehovah of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our Refuge.

Come, behold the doings of Jehovah ! What astonishments he hath wrought in the earth. He quieteth wars to the end of the earth; The bow he breaketh in pieces, and cutteth asunder the spear; The chariots he burneth in fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

Jehovah of hosts is with us ; The God of Jacob is our Refuge

CONFIDENCE IN THE MERCY OF GOD,

PSALM LXV.

To thee belong submission and praise, O God, in Zion!
And to thee shall the vow be performed.
O Hearer of prayer! to thee all flesh must come.
The plagues of iniquity are strong against me,
But our sins, thou shalt purge them away.
Blessed are the people whom thou choosest and bringest near;

they shall rest in thy courts. We shall be satisfied with the glory of thy house, of thy holy

temple. By wonderful things in mercy wilt thou answer us, O God of

our salvation; The confidencu of all the ends of the earth, and of the remotest

parts of the sea. Establishing the mountains by his strength : girded with

power. Who stilleth the roar of the seas, The roar of the waves and the tumult of the people. The remotest dwellers venerate thy wonderful exhibitions. Thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to re

joice.
Thou visitest the earth and waterest it abundantly;
Thou enrichest it: the channels of God are full of water:
Thou preparest corn, because, for this hast thou provided it.
Thou dost moisten its furrows; thou smoothest its ridges;
Thou makest it soft with showers, thou blessest the springing

plants.
Thou crownest the year of thy goodness,
And thy paths drop fruitfulness.
The meadows of the wilderness do drop;
The hills also are girded with exultation.
The pastures are clothed with flocks,
And the valleys are covered with corn.
They shout for joy; yea, they sing.

PRAISE TO JEHOVAH.

PSALM XCV.

O come, Let us sing unto Jehovah !
Let us shout to the Rock of our salvation !
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout to him with songs!
For a great God is Jehovah,
And a great king over all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth,
And his are the heights of the mountains.

The sea is his, and he made it,
The dry land also, which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before Jehovah, our Maker.
For he is our God; and we
Are the people of his pasture, and the flock of his hand.

To-day, if his voice ye will hear,
Harden not your heart, as in Meribah,
As in the day of repining in the wilderness;
When
your

fathers tempted me,
Tried me, and saw my works.
Forty years was I grieved with this generation;
And I said, -A people that err in their heart,
And they have not reverenced my ways:
Unto whom I sware in my wrath,
They shall not enter into my rest.

ASPIRATIONS AFTER GOD.

PSALM XLII.

TRANSLATED BY THE REV. GEORGE R. NOYES,

As the hart panteth for streams of water,
So panteth my soul for thee, O God!
My soul thirsteth for God, the living God;
When shall I come, and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me continually, Where is thy God:
When I think of it, I pour out my soul in grief;
How I once walked in the procession to the house of God,
Amid joyful shouts and praises of the festive multitudes !

Why art thou cast down, O my soul !
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God! for I will yet praise him,
Him, my deliverer, and

my

God!

My soul is cast down within me,
While I remember thee from the land of Jordan and Her-

mon,
From the mountain Mizar.
Deep calleth for deep; thy cataracts roar;
All thy waves and billows have gone over me!
Once Jehovah commanded his kindness by day,
And by night his praise was with me,
And my prayer to the God of

my
Now I say to God, my rock, Why dost thou forget me?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
The reproaches of the enemy are like the crushing of my

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While they say to me continually, Where is thy God?

Why art thou cast down, O my soul ?
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God! for I will yet praise him ;
Him, my deliverer, and my

God!

THE CONDESCENSION OF GOD TO MAN.

PSALM VIII.

TRANSLATED BY THE SAME.

O JEHOVAH, our Lord !
How excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Thou hast set thy glory above the heavens !
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained

praise,
To put thine adversaries to shame,
And to silence the enemy and avenger.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him,
And the son of man, that thou carest for him!
Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels;
Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour,
Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands ;
Thou hast put all things under his feet;
All sheep and oxen,
Yea, and the beasts of the forest;
The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea,
And whatever passeth through the paths of the deep,

O Jehovah, our Lord !
How excellent is thy name in all the earth!

LIFE TRANSITORY, BUT GOD THE EVERLASTING REFUGZ

PSALM XC.

LORD, thou hast been our refuge in all generations:
Before the mountains were created,
Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction,
And thou sayest, Return ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight
Are as yesterday when it is passed,
And like a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away; they are a dream.

In the morning they are like grass, which reneweth its ver

dure; In the morning it flourisheth, and becometh verdant, In the evening it is cut down and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, And by thy wrath are we destroyed. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, Our secret transgressions in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath ; Our years disappear like a thought. As to the days of our years, in them are seventy years; And if by reason of strength there be eighty years, Yet is their pride wearisome labour and sorrow; For it passeth hastily, and we fly away.

Who knoweth the power of thine anger ? And who, with becoming reverence, acknowledgeth thy

wrath ? * So teach us to number our days, That we may be guided by the heart of wisdom.

Return, O Lord! how long? And have compassion on thy servants. Satisfy us early with thy mercy, And we will be glad and rejoice in thee. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflictThe years in which we have experienced adversity. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, And thy glory unto their children. And let the mercy of the Lord our God be upon us ; And the work of our hands, establish it for us, Yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

ed us,

PRAISE TO JEHOVAH.

PSALM xcvi.
O sing unto Jehovah a new song !
Sing to Jehovah, all the earth!
Sing to Jehovah, bless his name,
Publish joyfully his salvation from day to day,
Declare his glory among the heathen,
His wonders among the people.
For Jehovah is great, and greatly to be praised :
He is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols;
But Jehovah created the heavens.

* A possible rendering of this line is the following.

Even like thy greatness, so is thy wrath. + See and compare I. Chronicles, chapter xvi. verses 8–36.

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