The Psalms of David
Day 23. Morning Prayer
The Lord said unto my Lord : Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion : be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
3 In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee free-will offerings with an holy worship : the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.
4 The Lord sware, and will not repent : Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.
5 The Lord upon thy right hand : shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He shall judge among the heathen; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies : and smite in sunder the heads over divers countries.
7 He shall drink of the brook in the way : therefore shall he lift up his head.
I will give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart : secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
2 The works of the Lord are great : sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour : and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marvellous works : that they ought to be had in remembrance.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him : he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works : that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgement : all his commandments are true.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever : and are done in truth and equity.
9 He sent redemption unto his people : he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom : a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever.
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord : he hath great delight in his commandments.
2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
3 Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness : he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth : and will guide his words with discretion.
6 For he shall never be moved : and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
7 He will not be afraid of any evil tidings : for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.
8 His heart is established, and will not shrink : until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor : and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him : he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.
Praise the Lord, ye servants : O praise the Name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the Name of the Lord : from this time forth for evermore.
3 The Lord's Name is praised : from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
4 The Lord is high above all heathen : and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high : and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?
6 He taketh up the simple out of the dust : and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
7 That he may set him with the princes : even with the princes of his people.
8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house : and to be a joyful mother of children.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown,
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