1 O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; ♦
my soul is athirst for you.
2 My flesh also faints for you, ♦
as in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
3 So would I gaze upon you in your holy place, ♦
that I might behold your power and your glory.
4 Your loving-kindness is better than life itself ♦
and so my lips shall praise you.
5 I will bless you as long as I live ♦
and lift up my hands in your name.
6 My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness, ♦
and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
7 When I remember you upon my bed ♦
and meditate on you in the watches of the night.
8 For you have been my helper ♦
and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.
9 My soul clings to you; ♦
your right hand shall hold me fast.
10 But those who seek my soul to destroy it ♦
shall go down to the depths of the earth;
11 Let them fall by the edge of the sword ♦
and become a portion for jackals.
12 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all those who swear by him shall be glad, ♦
for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
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