The Psalms of David
Day 21. Evening Prayer
O give thanks
unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for
2 Who can
express the noble acts of the Lord : or shew forth all his
3 Blessed are
they that alway keep judgement : and do righteousness.
me, O Lord, according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy
people : O visit me with thy salvation;
5 That I may
see the felicity of thy chosen : and rejoice in the gladness of thy
people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.
6 We have
sinned with our fathers : we have done amiss, and dealt
7 Our fathers
regarded not thy wonders in Egypt, neither kept they thy great
goodness in remembrance : but were disobedient at the sea, even at
the Red sea.
Nevertheless, he helped them for his Name's sake : that he might
make his power to be known.
9 He rebuked
the Red sea also, and it was dried up : so he led them through the
deep, as through a wilderness.
10 And he
saved them from the adversaries' hand : and delivered them from the
hand of the enemy.
11 As for
those that troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them : there was
not one of them left.
believed they his words : and sang praise unto him.
13 But within
a while they forgat his works : and would not abide his
14 But lust
came upon them in the wilderness : and they tempted God in the
15 And he
gave them their desire : and sent leanness withal into their
angered Moses also in the tents : and Aaron the saint of the
17 So the
earth opened, and swallowed up Dathan : and covered the
congregation of Abiram.
18 And the
fire was kindled in their company : the flame burnt up the
19 They made
a calf in Horeb : and worshipped the molten image.
20 Thus they
turned their glory : into the similitude of a calf that eateth
21 And they
forgat God their Saviour : who had done so great things in
works in the land of Ham : and fearful things by the Red sea.
23 So he
said, he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood
before him in the gap : to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest
he should destroy them.
24 Yea, they
thought scorn of that pleasant land : and gave no credence unto his
murmured in their tents : and hearkened not unto the voice of the
26 Then lift
he up his hand against them : to overthrow them in the
27 To cast
out their seed among the nations : and to scatter them in the
joined themselves unto Baal-peor : and ate the offerings of the
29 Thus they
provoked him to anger with their own inventions : and the plague
was great among them.
30 Then stood
up Phinees and prayed : and so the plague ceased.
31 And that
was counted unto him for righteousness : among all posterities for
angered him also at the waters of strife : so that he punished
Moses for their sakes;
they provoked his spirit : so that he spake unadvisedly with his
destroyed they the heathen : as the Lord commanded them;
35 But were
mingled among the heathen : and learned their works.
that they worshipped their idols, which turned to their own decay :
yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils;
37 And shed
innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters
: whom they offered unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was
defiled with blood.
38 Thus were
they stained with their own works: and went a whoring with their
was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people : insomuch
that he abhorred his own inheritance.
40 And he
gave them over into the hands of the heathen : and they that hated
them were lords over them.
enemies oppressed them : and had them in subjection.
42 Many a
time did he deliver them : but they rebelled against him with their
own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.
Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity : he heard their
44 He thought
upon his covenant, and pitied them according unto the multitude of
his mercies : yea, he made all those that led them away captive to
us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen : that we
may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy
46 Blessed be
the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and world without end : and
let all the people say, Amen.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the
rights in which are vested in the Crown,
is reproduced by permission of the Crown's Patentee, Cambridge