1 Give ear to my words, O Lord; ♦
consider my lamentation.
2 Hearken to the voice of my crying, my King and my God, ♦
for to you I make my prayer.
3 In the morning, Lord, you will hear my voice; ♦
early in the morning I make my appeal to you, and look up.
4 For you are the God who takes no pleasure in wickedness; ♦
no evil can dwell with you.
5 The boastful cannot stand in your sight; ♦
you hate all those that work wickedness.
6 You destroy those who speak lies; ♦
the bloodthirsty and deceitful the Lord will abhor.
7 But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy,
I will come into your house; ♦
I will bow down towards your holy temple in awe of you.
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness,
because of my enemies; ♦
make your way straight before my face.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth,
in their heart is destruction, ♦
their throat is an open sepulchre,
and they flatter with their tongue.
10 Punish them, O God; ♦
let them fall through their own devices.
11 Because of their many transgressions cast them out, ♦
for they have rebelled against you.
12 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; ♦
let them sing out their joy for ever.
13 You will shelter them, ♦
so that those who love your name may exult in you.
14 For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; ♦
and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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