The Psalms of David
Day 18. Morning Prayer
Lord, thou hast been
our refuge : from one generation to another.
2 Before the
mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were
made : thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
turnest man to destruction : again thou sayest, Come again, ye
children of men.
4 For a
thousand years in thy sight are but as yester-day : seeing that is
past as a watch in the night.
5 As soon as
thou scatterest them they are even as a sleep : and fade away
suddenly like the grass.
6 In the
morning it is green, and groweth up : but in the evening it is cut
down, dried up, and withered.
7 For we
consume away in thy displeasure : and are afraid at thy wrathful
8 Thou hast
set our misdeeds before thee : and our secret sins in the light of
9 For when
thou art angry all our days are gone : we bring our years to an
end, as it were a tale that is told.
10 The days
of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so
strong that they come to fourscore years : yet is their strength
then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are
11 But who
regardeth the power of thy wrath : for even thereafter as a man
feareth, so is thy displeasure.
12 So teach
us to number our days : that we may apply our hearts unto
13 Turn thee
again, O Lord, at the last : and be gracious unto thy servants.
14 O satisfy
us with thy mercy, and that soon : so shall we rejoice and be glad
all the days of our life.
15 Comfort us
again now after the time that thou hast plagued us : and for the
years wherein we have suffered adversity.
16 Shew thy
servants thy work : and their children thy glory.
17 And the
glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the
work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handywork.
Whoso dwelleth under
the defence of the most High : shall abide under the shadow of the
2 I will say
unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold : my God, in
him will I trust.
3 For he
shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter : and from the
4 He shall
defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his
feathers : his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and
5 Thou shalt
not be afraid for any terror by night: nor for the arrow that
flieth by day;
6 For the
pestilence that walketh in darkness : nor for the sickness that
destroyeth in the noon-day.
7 A thousand
shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand : but it
shall not come nigh thee.
8 Yea, with
thine eyes shalt thou behold : and see the reward of the
9 For thou,
Lord, art my hope : thou hast set thine house of defence very
shall no evil happen unto thee : neither shall any plague come nigh
11 For he
shall give his angels charge over thee : to keep thee in all thy
12 They shall
bear thee in their hands : that thou hurt not thy foot against a
13 Thou shalt
go upon the lion and adder : the young lion and the dragon shalt
thou tread under thy feet.
14 Because he
hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him : I will
set him up, because he hath known my Name.
15 He shall
call upon me, and I will hear him : yea, I am with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
16 With long
life will I satisfy him : and shew him my salvation.
Bonum est confiteri
It is a good thing
to give thanks unto the Lord : and to sing praises unto thy Name, O
2 To tell of
thy loving-kindness early in the morning : and of thy truth in the
3 Upon an
instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute : upon a loud
instrument, and upon the harp.
4 For thou,
Lord, hast made me glad through thy works : and I will rejoice in
giving praise for the operations of thy hands.
5 O Lord, how
glorious are thy works : thy thoughts are very deep.
6 An unwise
man doth not well consider this : and a fool doth not understand
7 When the
ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of
wickedness do flourish : then shall they be destroyed for ever; but
thou, Lord, art the most Highest for evermore.
8 For lo,
thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perish : and all the
workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
9 But mine
horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn : for I am
anointed with fresh oil.
10 Mine eye
also shall see his lust of mine enemies : and mine ear shall hear
his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree : and shall spread abroad
like a cedar in Libanus.
12 Such as
are planted in the house of the Lord : shall flourish in the courts
of the house of our God.
13 They also
shall bring forth more fruit in their age : and shall be fat and
14 That they
may shew how true the Lord my strength is : and that there is no
unrighteousness in him.
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