The Psalms of David
Day 7. Morning Prayer
Plead thou my cause,
O Lord, with them that strive with me : and fight thou against them
that fight against me.
2 Lay hand
upon the shield and buckler : and stand up to help me.
3 Bring forth
the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me : say
unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be
confounded and put to shame, that seek after my soul : let them be
turned back and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for
5 Let them be
as the dust before the wind : and the angel of the Lord scattering
6 Let their
way be dark and slippery : and let the angel of the Lord persecute
7 For they
have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause : yea,
even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.
8 Let a
sudden destruction come upon him un-awares, and his net, that he
hath laid privily, catch himself : that he may fall into his own
9 And, my
soul, be joyful in the Lord : it shall rejoice in his
10 All my
bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the
poor from him that is too strong for him : yea, the poor, and him
that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
witnesses did rise up : they laid to my charge things that I knew
rewarded me evil for good : to the great discomfort of my soul.
Nevertheless, when they were sick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled
my soul with fasting : and my prayer shall turn into mine own
14 I behaved
myself as though it had been my friend or my brother : I went
heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in
mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together :
yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares, making
mouths at me, and ceased not.
16 With the
flatterers were busy mockers : who gnashed upon me with their
17 Lord, how
long wilt thou look upon this : O deliver my soul from the
calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the
18 So will I
give thee thanks in the great congregation : I will praise thee
among much people.
19 O let not
them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly : neither let
them wink with their eyes that hate me without a cause.
20 And why?
their communing is not for peace : but they imagine deceitful words
against them that are quiet in the land.
21 They gaped
upon me with their mouths, and said: Fie on thee, fie on thee, we
saw it with our eyes.
22 This thou
hast seen, O Lord : hold not thy tongue then, go not far from me, O
23 Awake, and
stand up to judge my quarrel : avenge thou my cause, my God, and my
24 Judge me,
O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness : and let them not
triumph over me.
25 Let them
not say in their hearts, There, there, so would we have it :
neither let them say, We have devoured him.
26 Let them
be put to confusion and shame together, that rejoice at my trouble
: let them be clothed with rebuke and dishonour, that boast
themselves against me.
27 Let them
be glad and rejoice, that favour my righteous dealing : yea, let
them say alway, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the
prosperity of his servant.
28 And as for
my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteousness : and of thy
praise all the day long.
My heart sheweth me
the wickedness of the ungodly : that there is no fear of God before
2 For he
flattereth himself in his own sight : until his abominable sin be
3 The words
of his mouth are unrighteous, and full of deceit : he hath left off
to behave himself wisely, and to do good.
imagineth mischief upon his bed, and hath set himself in no good
way : neither doth he abhor any thing that is evil.
5 Thy mercy,
O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens : and thy faithfulness unto the
righteousness standeth like the strong mountains : thy judgements
are like the great deep.
7 Thou, Lord,
shalt save both man and beast; How excellent is thy mercy, O God :
and the children of men shall put their trust under the shadow of
8 They shall
be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house : and thou shalt
give them drink of thy pleasures, as out of the river.
9 For with
thee is the well of life : and in thy light shall we see light.
10 O continue
forth thy loving-kindness unto them that know thee : and thy
righteousness unto them that are true of heart.
11 O let not
the foot of pride come against me : and let not the hand of the
ungodly cast me down.
12 There are
they fallen, all that work wickedness: they are cast down, and
shall not be able to stand.
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