Psalms 12 - 14
The Psalms of David
Day 2. Evening Prayer
Salvum me fac
Help me, Lord, for there is not one godly man left : for the faithful are minished from among the children of men.
2 They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour : they do but flatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.
3 The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips : and the tongue that speaketh proud things;
4 Which have said, With our tongue will we prevail : we are they that ought to speak, who is lord over us?
5 Now for the comfortless trouble's sake of the needy : and because of the deep sighing of the poor,
6 I will up, saith the Lord : and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set him at rest.
7 The words of the Lord are pure words : even as the silver, which from the earth is tried, and purified seven times in the fire.
8 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord : thou shalt preserve him from this generation for ever.
9 The ungodly walk on every side : when they are exalted, the children of men are put to rebuke.
Usque quo, Domine?
How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever : how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2 How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and
be so vexed in my heart : how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?
3 Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God : lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death.
4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him : for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.
5 But my trust is in thy mercy : and my heart is joyful in thy salvation.
6 I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me : yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.
The fool hath said in his heart : There is no God.
2 They are corrupt, and become abominable in their doings : there is none that doeth good, no not one.
3 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men : to see if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.
4 But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become abominable : there is none that doeth good, no not one.
5 Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues have they deceived : the poison of asps is under their lips.
6 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness : their feet are swift to shed blood.
7 Destruction and unhappiness is in their ways, and the way of peace have they not known : there is no fear of God before their eyes.
8 Have they no knowledge, that they are all such workers of mischief : eating up my people as it were bread, and call not upon the Lord?
9 There were they brought in great fear, even where no fear was : for God is in the generation of the righteous.
10 As for you, ye have made a mock at the counsel of the poor : because he putteth his trust in the Lord.
11 Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion? When the Lord turneth the captivity of his people : then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
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