The Psalms of David
Day 22. Evening Prayer
Paratum cor meum
O God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready : I will sing and give praise with the best member that I have.
2 Awake, thou lute, and harp : I myself will awake right early.
3 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people : I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
4 For thy mercy is greater than the heavens : and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
5 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and thy glory above all the earth.
6 That thy beloved may be delivered : let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.
7 God hath spoken in his holiness : I will rejoice therefore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
8 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine : Ephraim also is the strength of my head.
9 Judah is my law-giver, Moab is my wash-pot : over Edom will I cast out my shoe, upon Philistia will I triumph.
10 Who will lead me into the strong city : and who will bring me into Edom?
11 Hast not thou forsaken us, O God : and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
12 O help us against the enemy : for vain is the help of man.
13 Through God we shall do great acts : and it is he that shall tread down our enemies.
Hold not thy tongue, O God of my praise : for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
2 And they have spoken against me with false tongues : they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
3 For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part : but I give myself unto prayer.
4 Thus have they rewarded me evil for good : and hatred for my good will.
5 Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him : and let Satan stand at his right hand.
6 When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned : and let his prayer be turned into sin.
7 Let his days be few : and let another take his office.
8 Let his children be fatherless : and his wife a widow.
9 Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread : let them seek it also out of desolate places.
10 Let the extortioner consume all that he hath : and let the stranger spoil his labour.
11 Let there be no man to pity him : nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.
12 Let his posterity be destroyed : and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the Lord : and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
14 Let them alway be before the Lord : that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth.
15 And that, because his mind was not to do good : but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.
16 His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him : he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.
17 He clothed himself with cursing, like as with a raiment : and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
18 Let it be unto him as the cloke that he hath upon him : and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.
19 Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies : and to those that speak evil against my soul.
20 But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy Name : for sweet is thy mercy.
21 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor : and my heart is wounded within me.
22 I go hence like the shadow that departeth : and am driven away as the grasshopper.
23 My knees are weak through fasting : my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
24 I became also a reproach unto them : they that looked upon me shaked their heads.
25 Help me, O Lord my God : O save me according to thy mercy.
26 And they shall know, how that this is thy hand : and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
27 Though they curse, yet bless thou : and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
28 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame : and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloke.
29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth : and praise him among the multitude.
30 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor : to save his soul from unrighteous judges.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown,
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