The Psalms of David
Day 3. Evening Prayer
Diligam te, Domine
I will love
thee, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my stony rock, and my
defence : my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust,
my buckler, the horn also of my salvation, and my refuge.
2 I will call
upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praised : so shall I be safe
from mine enemies.
3 The sorrows
of death compassed me : and the overflowings of ungodliness made me
4 The pains
of hell came about me : the snares of death overtook me.
5 In my
trouble I will call upon the Lord : and complain unto my God.
6 So shall he
hear my voice out of his holy temple: and my complaint shall come
before him, it shall enter even into his ears.
7 The earth
trembled and quaked : the very foundations also of the hills shook,
and were removed, because he was wroth.
8 There went
a smoke out in his presence : and a consuming fire out of his
mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.
9 He bowed
the heavens also, and came down : and it was dark under his
10 He rode
upon the cherubins, and did fly : he came flying upon the wings of
11 He made
darkness his secret place : his pavilion round about him, with dark
water and thick clouds to cover him.
12 At the
brightness of his presence his clouds removed : hail-stones, and
coals of fire.
13 The Lord
also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his thunder :
hail-stones, and coals of fire.
14 He sent
out his arrows, and scattered them : he cast forth lightnings, and
springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world
were discovered, at thy chiding, O Lord : at the blasting of the
breath of thy displeasure.
16 He shall
send down from on high to fetch me : and shall take me out of many
17 He shall
deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me :
for they are too mighty for me.
prevented me in the day of my trouble : but the Lord was my
19 He brought
me forth also into a place of liberty: he brought me forth, even
because he had a favour unto me.
20 The Lord
shall reward me after my righteous dealing : according to the
cleanness of my hands shall he recompense me.
21 Because I
have kept the ways of the Lord : and have not forsaken my God, as
the wicked doth.
22 For I have
an eye unto all his laws : and will not cast out his commandments
23 I was also
uncorrupt before him : and eschewed mine own wickedness.
shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing : and according
unto the cleanness of my hands in his eye-sight.
25 With the
holy thou shalt be holy : and with a perfect man thou shalt be
26 With the
clean thou shalt be clean : and with the froward thou shalt learn
27 For thou
shalt save the people that are in adversity : and shalt bring down
the high looks of the proud.
28 Thou also
shalt light my candle : the Lord my God shall make my darkness to
29 For in
thee I shall discomfit an host of men : and with the help of my God
I shall leap over the wall.
30 The way of
God is an undefiled way : the word of the Lord also is tried in the
fire; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in
31 For who is
God, but the Lord : or who hath any strength, except our God?
32 It is God,
that girdeth me with strength of war: and maketh my way
33 He maketh
my feet like harts' feet : and setteth me up on high.
teacheth mine hands to fight : and mine arms shall break even a bow
35 Thou hast
given me the defence of thy salvation : thy right hand also shall
hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.
36 Thou shalt
make room enough under me for to go : that my footsteps shall not
37 I will
follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them : neither will I turn
again till I have destroyed them.
38 I will
smite them, that they shall not be able to stand : but fall under
39 Thou hast
girded me with strength unto the battle : thou shalt throw down
mine enemies under me.
40 Thou hast
made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me : and I shall
destroy them that hate me.
41 They shall
cry, but there shall be none to help them : yea, even unto the Lord
shall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
42 I will
beat them as small as the dust before the wind : I will cast them
out as the clay in the streets.
43 Thou shalt
deliver me from the strivings of the people : and thou shalt make
me the head of the heathen.
44 A people
whom I have not known : shall serve me.
45 As soon as
they hear of me, they shall obey me: but the strange children shall
dissemble with me.
strange children shall fail : and be afraid out of their
47 The Lord
liveth, and blessed be my strong helper : and praised be the God of
48 Even the
God that seeth that I be avenged : and subdueth the people unto
49 It is he
that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and setteth me up above
mine adversaries : thou shalt rid me from the wicked man.
50 For this
cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles :
and sing praises unto thy Name.
prosperity giveth he unto his King : and sheweth loving-kindness
unto David his Anointed, and unto his seed for evermore.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the
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