The Psalms of David
Day 14. Evening Prayer
Quam bonus Israel!
Truly God is loving
unto Israel : even unto such as are of a clean heart.
Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone : my treadings had well-nigh
3 And why? I
was grieved at the wicked : I do also see the ungodly in such
4 For they
are in no peril of death : but are lusty and strong.
5 They come
in no misfortune like other folk : neither are they plagued like
6 And this is
the cause that they are so holden with pride : and overwhelmed with
7 Their eyes
swell with fatness : and they do even what they lust.
corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy : their talking is
against the most High.
9 For they
stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven : and their tongue goeth
through the world.
fall the people unto them : and thereout suck they no small
11 Tush, say
they, how should God perceive it : is there knowledge in the most
12 Lo, these
are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have riches
in possession : and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain,
and washed mine hands in innocency.
13 All the
day long have I been punished : and chastened every morning.
14 Yea, and I
had almost said even as they : but lo, then I should have condemned
the generation of thy children.
thought I to understand this : but it was too hard for me,
16 Until I
went into the sanctuary of God : then understood I the end of these
how thou dost set them in slippery places : and castest them down,
and destroyest them.
18 O how
suddenly do they consume : perish, and come to a fearful end!
19 Yea, even
like as a dream when one awaketh : so shalt thou make their image
to vanish out of the city.
20 Thus my
heart was grieved : and it went even through my reins.
21 So foolish
was I, and ignorant : even as it were a beast before thee.
Nevertheless, I am alway by thee : for thou hast holden me by my
23 Thou shalt
guide me with thy counsel : and after that receive me with
24 Whom have
I in heaven but thee : and there is none upon earth that I desire
in comparison of thee.
25 My flesh
and my heart faileth : but God is the strength of my heart, and my
portion for ever.
26 For lo,
they that forsake thee shall perish : thou hast destroyed all them
that commit fornication against thee.
27 But it is
good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God
: and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of
Ut quid, Deus?
O God, wherefore art
thou absent from us so long : why is thy wrath so hot against the
sheep of thy pasture?
2 O think
upon thy congregation : whom thou hast purchased and redeemed of
3 Think upon
the tribe of thine inheritance : and mount Sion, wherein thou hast
4 Lift up thy
feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every enemy : which hath
done evil in thy sanctuary.
adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations : and set up
their banners for tokens.
6 He that
hewed timber afore out of the thick trees : was known to bring it
to an excellent work.
7 But now
they break down all the carved work thereof : with axes and
8 They have
set fire upon thy holy places : and have defiled the dwelling-place
of thy Name, even unto the ground.
9 Yea, they
said in their hearts, Let us make havock of them altogether : thus
have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.
10 We see not
our tokens, there is not one prophet more : no, not one is there
among us, that understandeth any more.
11 O God, how
long shall the adversary do this
dishonour : how long shall the enemy blaspheme
thy Name, for ever?
withdrawest thou thy hand : why pluckest thou not thy right hand
out of thy bosom to consume the enemy?
13 For God is
my King of old : the help that is done upon earth he doeth it
14 Thou didst
divide the sea through thy power : thou brakest the heads of the
dragons in the waters.
smotest the heads of Leviathan in pieces: and gavest him to be meat
for the people in the wilderness.
broughtest out fountains and waters out of the hard rocks : thou
driedst up mighty waters.
17 The day is
thine, and the night is thine : thou hast prepared the light and
18 Thou hast
set all the borders of the earth : thou hast made summer and
this, O Lord, how the enemy hath rebuked : and how the foolish
people hath blasphemed thy Name.
20 O deliver
not the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the multitude of the enemies :
and forget not the congregation of the poor for ever.
21 Look upon
the covenant : for all the earth is full of darkness and cruel
22 O let not
the simple go away ashamed : but let the poor and needy give praise
unto thy Name.
23 Arise, O
God, maintain thine own cause : remember how the foolish man
blasphemeth thee daily.
24 Forget not
the voice of thine enemies : the presumption of them that hate thee
increaseth ever more and more.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the
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