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A prayer for deliverance, in the confident hope of being heard.

For the leader of the music. A psalm of David. 1 In thee, O Jehovah, do I trust; let me never be

pnt to shame; According to thy goodness deliver me! 2 Bow down thine ear to me; help me speedily ; Be to me a strong rock, a high fortress, for my deliv

erance ! 3 For thou art my rock and my high fortress; Be thou also my guide, and lead me, for thy name's

sake! 4 Draw me out of the net, which they have secretly

laid for me, For thou art my strength ! 5 Into thy hand I commit my

Thou wilt deliver me, O Jehovah, thou God of truth! 6 I hate those, who regard lying vanities,

And put my trust in Jehovah. n I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy,

That thou hast looked upon my trouble,

And hast had regard to my distress ; 8 That thou hast not given me up to the hands of my

enemies, But hast set my feet in a wide place.

life ;

9 Have pity upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble !

My face is consumed with grief;
Yea, my spirit, and my body.

10 For my life is wasted with sorrow,

And my years with sighing ;
My strength faileth by reason of my affliction,
And my bones are consumed, on account of all my

11 I have become the scorn of my neighbours,

And the terror of my acquaintance;

They who see me abroad flee from me. 12 I am forgotten, like a dead man;

I am like a broken vessel. 13 I hear the slander of many ; fear is on every side;

For they take counsel together against me;
They devise to take away my life.

14 But I trust in thee, O Jehovah !

“ Thou art my God!” 15 My destiny is in thy hand; Deliver me from the



enemies and persecutors! 16 Let thy face shine upon thy servant,

And save me through thy mercy! 17 Let me not be put to shame, O Jehovah! for I have

called upon thee ;
Let the wicked be put to shame;

Let them be silenced in the grave ! 18 Let lying lips be put to silence,

Which speak proud things against the righteous,
With insolence and contempt !

19 O how great is thy goodness, which thou treasurest

up for them that fear thee; Which thou showest to them that trust in thee, be

fore the sons of men !

20 Thou hidest them in the secret place of thy presence

from the machinations of men; Thou shelterest them in thy pavilion from the violence

of tongues. 21 Praised be Jehovah, for he hath shown me his won

derful kindness, As in a fortified city. 22 I said in my distress, “I am cut off from before thine

eyes ;"

But thou didst hear the voice of my supplication,
When I cried unto thee.


O love the Lord, all ye his servants,
For the Lord preserveth the faithful,

And requiteth the proud in full measure !
24 Be of good courage; let your hearts be strong,

All ye, who trust in Jehovah !


The happiness of him, whose sins are forgiven. This psalm is commonly

supposed to express the feelings of David after his reproof by Nathan the prophet. See 2 Sam. ch. xii.

A psalm of David. 1 Happy is he, whose transgression is forgiven ; whose

sin is pardoned ; 2 Happy the man, to whom Jehovah imputeth not in

And in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 While I kept silence, my bones were wasted,

By reason of my groaning all the day.

4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me;

My moisture dried up, as in summer's drought.
5 At length I acknowledged to thee my sin,

And did not hide my iniquity.
I said, I will confess my transgression to the Lord ;

And thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin !
6 Therefore shall every pious man pray to thee, while

thou mayest be found ; Surely the floods of great waters shall not come near

him. 7 Thou art my hiding-place; thou preservest me from

trouble; Thou compassest me about with songs of deliverance.

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8 I will instruct thee, and show thee the way thou

shouldst go ; I will give thee counsel and keep mine eye upon thee. 9 Be ye not like the horse or the mule, which have no

understanding, Whose mouths must be pressed with the bridle and

Because they will not come near thee!
10 The wicked hath many sorrows ;
But he that trusteth in the Lord is encompassed with

11 Rejoice in the Lord, and be glad, ye righteous;

Shout for joy, ye that are upright in heart!
V. 3. While I kept silence, i. e. did not confess my sins,

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A hymn to Jeborah as the creator and governor of the world, and the

special protector of the Jewish nation.



1 REJOICE, O ye righteous, in the Lord,

For praise becometh the upright. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp ;

Sing to him with the ten-stringed psaltery! 3 Sing to him a new song;

Play skilfully amid the sound of trumpets !




4 For the word of the Lord is right,

And all his acts are faithful. 5 He loreth justice and equity;

The earth is full of the goodness of Jehovah. 6 By the word of the Lord were the hearens made,

And all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea, as a heap;

He laveth up the deep in store-houses. 8 Let all the earth rerere Jehovah ; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of

him ! 9 For he spake, and it was done ;

He commanded, and it stood fast. 10 Jehovah bringeth the devices of the nations to noth

ing; He frustrateth the designs of kingdoms. 11 The purposes of Jehovah stand for ever;

The designs of his heart to all generations.

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12 Happy the nation, whose God is Jehovah ;

The people whom he hath chosen for his inheritance. 13 Jehovah looketh down from heaven;

He beholdeth all the children of men ;

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