The Psalms of David
Day 27. Morning Prayer
When I was in
trouble I called upon the Lord : and he heard me.
2 Deliver my
soul, O Lord, from lying lips : and from a deceitful tongue.
3 What reward
shall be given or done unto thee, thou false tongue : even mighty
and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals.
4 Woe is me,
that I am constrained to dwell with Mesech : and to have my
habitation among the tents of Kedar.
5 My soul
hath long dwelt among them : that are enemies unto peace.
6 I labour
for peace, but when I speak unto them thereof : they make them
ready to battle.
I will lift up
mine eyes unto the hills : from whence cometh my help.
2 My help
cometh even from the Lord : who hath made heaven and earth.
3 He will not
suffer thy foot to be moved : and he that keepeth thee will not
4 Behold, he
that keepeth Israel : shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord
himself is thy keeper : the Lord is thy defence upon thy right
6 So that the
sun shall not burn thee by day : neither the moon by night.
7 The Lord
shall preserve thee from all evil : yea, it is even he that shall
keep thy soul.
8 The Lord
shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in : from this time
forth for evermore.
I was glad when
they said unto me : We will go into the house of the Lord.
2 Our feet
shall stand in thy gates : O Jerusalem.
is built as a city : that is at unity in itself.
4 For thither
the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord : to testify unto
Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.
5 For there
is the seat of judgement : even the seat of the house of David.
6 O pray for
the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be
within thy walls : and plenteousness within thy palaces.
8 For my
brethren and companions' sakes : I will wish thee prosperity.
because of the house of the Lord our God : I will seek to do thee
Ad te levavi oculos meos
Unto thee lift I up
mine eyes : O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters,
and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress : even so
our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until he have mercy upon
3 Have mercy
upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us : for we are utterly
4 Our soul is
filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy : and with the
despitefulness of the proud.
Nisi quia Dominus
If the Lord himself
had not been on our side, now may Israel say : if the Lord himself
had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;
2 They had
swallowed us up quick : when they were so wrathfully displeased at
3 Yea, the
waters had drowned us : and the stream had gone over our soul.
4 The deep
waters of the proud : had gone even over our soul.
5 But praised
be the Lord : who hath not given us over for a prey unto their
6 Our soul is
escaped even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler : the snare
is broken, and we are delivered.
7 Our help
standeth in the Name of the Lord : who hath made heaven and
They that put their
trust in the Lord shall be even as the mount Sion : which may not
be removed, but standeth fast for ever.
2 The hills
stand about Jerusalem : even so standeth the Lord round about his
people, from this time forth for evermore.
3 For the rod
of the ungodly cometh not into the lot of the righteous : lest the
righteous put their hand unto wickedness.
4 Do well, O
Lord : unto those that are good and true of heart.
5 As for such
as turn back unto their own wickedness : the Lord shall lead them
forth with the evil-doers; but peace shall be upon Israel.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the
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