The Psalms of David
Day 17. Evening Prayer
My song shall be
alway of the loving-kindness of the Lord : with my mouth will I
ever be shewing thy truth from one generation to another.
2 For I have
said, Mercy shall be set up for ever : thy truth shalt thou
stablish in the heavens.
3 I have made
a covenant with my chosen : I have sworn unto David my servant;
4 Thy seed
will I stablish for ever : and set up thy throne from one
generation to another.
5 O Lord, the
very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works : and thy truth in the
congregation of the saints.
6 For who is
he among the clouds : that shall be compared unto the Lord?
7 And what is
he among the gods : that shall be like unto the Lord?
8 God is very
greatly to be feared in the council of the saints : and to be had
in reverence of all them that are round about him.
9 O Lord God
of hosts, who is like unto thee : thy truth, most mighty Lord, is
on every side.
rulest the raging of the sea : thou stillest the waves thereof when
11 Thou hast
subdued Egypt, and destroyed it : thou hast scattered thine enemies
abroad with thy mighty arm.
heavens are thine, the earth also is thine : thou hast laid the
foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
13 Thou hast
made the north and the south : Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in
14 Thou hast
a mighty arm : strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat : mercy and
truth shall go before thy face.
Blessed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in thee : they
shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
delight shall be daily in thy Name : and in thy righteousness shall
they make their boast.
18 For thou
art the glory of their strength : and in thy loving-kindness thou
shalt lift up our horns.
19 For the
Lord is our defence : the Holy One of Israel is our King.
spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst : I have
laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of
21 I have
found David my servant : with my holy oil have I anointed him.
22 My hand
shall hold him fast : and my arm shall strengthen him.
23 The enemy
shall not be able to do him violence: the son of wickedness shall
not hurt him.
24 I will
smite down his foes before his face : and plague them that hate
25 My truth
also and my mercy shall be with him: and in my Name shall his horn
26 I will set
his dominion also in the sea : and his right hand in the
27 He shall
call me, Thou art my Father : my God, and my strong salvation.
28 And I will
make him my first-born : higher than the kings of the earth.
29 My mercy
will I keep for him for evermore : and my covenant shall stand fast
30 His seed
also will I make to endure for ever : and his throne as the days of
31 But if his
children forsake my law : and walk not in my judgements;
32 If they
break my statutes, and keep not my commandments : I will visit
their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him :
nor suffer my truth to fail.
covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of
my lips : I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail
35 His seed
shall endure for ever : and his seat is like as the sun before
36 He shall
stand fast for evermore as the moon : and as the faithful witness
37 But thou
hast abhorred and forsaken thine Anointed : and art displeased at
38 Thou hast
broken the covenant of thy servant: and cast his crown to the
39 Thou hast
overthrown all his hedges : and broken down his strong holds.
40 All they
that go by spoil him : and he is become a reproach to his
41 Thou hast
set up the right hand of his enemies : and made all his adversaries
42 Thou hast
taken away the edge of his sword : and givest him not victory in
43 Thou hast
put out his glory : and cast his throne down to the ground.
44 The days
of his youth hast thou shortened : and covered him with
45 Lord, how
long wilt thou hide thyself, for ever: and shall thy wrath burn
46 O remember
how short my time is : wherefore hast thou made all men for
47 What man
is he that liveth, and shall not see death : and shall he deliver
his soul from the hand of hell?
where are thy old loving-kindnesses : which thou swarest unto David
in thy truth?
Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have : and how I do bear in my
bosom the rebukes of many people;
thine enemies have blasphemed thee, and slandered the footsteps of
thine Anointed : Praised be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and
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