The Psalms of David
Day 27. Evening Prayer
When the Lord turned
again the captivity of Sion : then were we like unto them that
2 Then was
our mouth filled with laughter : and our tongue with joy.
3 Then said
they among the heathen : The Lord hath done great things for
4 Yea, the
Lord hath done great things for us already : whereof we
5 Turn our
captivity, O Lord : as the rivers in the south.
6 They that
sow in tears : shall reap in joy.
7 He that now
goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed : shall
doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.
Except the Lord
build the house : their labour is but lost that build it.
2 Except the
Lord keep the city : the watchman waketh but in vain.
3 It is but
lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest,
and eat the bread of carefulness : for so he giveth his beloved
children and the fruit of the womb : are an heritage and gift that
cometh of the Lord.
5 Like as the
arrows in the hand of the giant : even so are the young
6 Happy is
the man that hath his quiver full of them : they shall not be
ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Blessed are all they
that fear the Lord : and walk in his ways.
2 For thou
shalt eat the labours of thine hands : O well is thee, and happy
shalt thou be.
3 Thy wife
shall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thine house.
children like the olive-branches : round about thy table.
5 Lo, thus
shall the man be blessed : that feareth the Lord.
6 The Lord
from out of Sion shall so bless thee : that thou shalt see
Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long.
7 Yea, that
thou shalt see thy children's children: and peace upon Israel.
Many a time have
they fought against me from my youth up : may Israel now say.
2 Yea, many a
time have they vexed me from my youth up : but they have not
prevailed against me.
3 The plowers
plowed upon my back : and made long furrows.
4 But the
righteous Lord : hath hewn the snares of the ungodly in pieces.
5 Let them be
confounded and turned backward: as many as have evil will at
6 Let them be
even as the grass growing upon
the house-tops : which withereth afore it be
7 Whereof the
mower filleth not his hand : neither he that bindeth up the sheaves
8 So that
they who go by say not so much as, The Lord prosper you : we wish
you good luck in the Name of the Lord.
Out of the deep have
I called unto thee, O Lord : Lord, hear my voice.
2 O let thine
ears consider well : the voice of my complaint.
3 If thou,
Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord, who may
4 For there
is mercy with thee : therefore shalt thou be feared.
5 I look for
the Lord; my soul doth wait for him : in his word is my trust.
6 My soul
fleeth unto the Lord : before the morning watch, I say, before the
7 O Israel,
trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy : and with him
is plenteous redemption.
8 And he
shall redeem Israel : from all his sins.
Domine, non est
Lord, I am not
high-minded : I have no proud looks.
2 I do not
exercise myself in great matters : which are too high for me.
3 But I
refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned
from his mother : yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
4 O Israel,
trust in the Lord : from this time forth for evermore.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the
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