1    Sin whispers to the wicked, in the depths of their heart;  

there is no fear of God before their eyes.

2    They flatter themselves in their own eyes  

that their abominable sin will not be found out.

3    The words of their mouth are unrighteous and full of deceit;  

they have ceased to act wisely and to do good.

4    They think out mischief upon their beds

    and have set themselves in no good way;  

nor do they abhor that which is evil.

5    Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens  

and your faithfulness to the clouds.

6    Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains,

    your justice like the great deep;  

you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.

7    How precious is your loving mercy, O God!  

All mortal flesh shall take refuge

    under the shadow of your wings.

8    They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house;  

they shall drink from the river of your delights.

9    For with you is the well of life  

and in your light shall we see light.

10  O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you  

and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.

11  Let not the foot of pride come against me,  

nor the hand of the ungodly thrust me away.

12  There are they fallen, all who work wickedness.  

They are cast down and shall not be able to stand.


Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.

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