The Psalms of David
Day 9. Morning Prayer
We have heard with
our ears, O God, our fathers have told us : what thou hast done in
their time of old;
2 How thou
hast driven out the heathen with thy hand, and planted them in :
how thou hast destroyed the nations and cast them out.
3 For they
gat not the land in possession through their own sword : neither
was it their own arm that helped them;
4 But thy
right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance :
because thou hadst a favour unto them.
5 Thou art my
King, O God : send help unto Jacob.
thee will we overthrow our enemies : and in thy Name will we tread
them under, that rise up against us.
7 For I will
not trust in my bow : it is not my sword that shall help me;
8 But it is
thou that savest us from our enemies : and puttest them to
confusion that hate us.
9 We make our
boast of God all day long : and will praise thy Name for ever.
10 But now
thou art far off, and puttest us to confusion : and goest not forth
with our armies.
makest us to turn our backs upon our enemies : so that they which
hate us spoil our goods.
lettest us be eaten up like sheep : and hast scattered us among the
sellest thy people for nought : and takest no money for them.
makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours : to be laughed to scorn,
and had in derision of them that are round about us.
makest us to be a by-word among the heathen : and that the people
shake their heads at us.
confusion is daily before me : and the shame of my face hath
17 For the
voice of the slanderer and blasphemer: for the enemy and
18 And though
all this be come upon us, yet do we not forget thee : nor behave
ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.
19 Our heart
is not turned back : neither our steps gone out of thy way;
20 No, not
when thou hast smitten us into the place of dragons : and covered
us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have
forgotten the Name of our God, and holden up our hands to any
strange god : shall not God search it out? for he knoweth the very
secrets of the heart.
22 For thy
sake also are we killed all the day long : and are counted as sheep
appointed to be slain.
23 Up, Lord,
why sleepest thou : awake, and be not absent from us for ever.
hidest thou thy face : and forgettest our misery and trouble?
25 For our
soul is brought low, even unto the dust : our belly cleaveth unto
26 Arise, and
help us : and deliver us for thy mercy's sake.
Eructavit cor meum
My heart is inditing
of a good matter : I speak of the things which I have made unto the
2 My tongue
is the pen : of a ready writer.
3 Thou art
fairer than the children of men : full of grace are thy lips,
because God hath blessed thee for ever.
4 Gird thee
with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most Mighty : according to
thy worship and renown.
5 Good luck
have thou with thine honour : ride on, because of the word of
truth, of meekness, and righteousness; and thy right hand shall
teach thee terrible things.
6 Thy arrows
are very sharp, and the people shall be subdued unto thee : even in
the midst among the King's enemies.
7 Thy seat, O
God, endureth for ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right
8 Thou hast
loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : wherefore God, even thy
God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy
9 All thy
garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia : out of the ivory
palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
daughters were among thy honourable women : upon thy right hand did
stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers
11 Hearken, O
daughter, and consider, incline thine ear : forget also thine own
people, and thy father's house.
12 So shall
the King have pleasure in thy beauty : for he is thy Lord God, and
worship thou him.
13 And the
daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift : like as the rich also
among the people shall make their supplication before thee.
14 The King's
daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought
15 She shall
be brought unto the King in raiment of needle-work : the virgins
that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought
16 With joy
and gladness shall they be brought : and shall enter into the
17 Instead of
thy fathers thou shalt have children: whom thou mayest make princes
in all lands.
18 I will
remember thy Name from one generation to another : therefore shall
the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.
Deus noster refugium
God is our hope and
strength : a very present help in trouble.
will we not fear, though the earth be moved : and though the hills
be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the
waters thereof rage and swell : and though the mountains shake at
the tempest of the same.
4 The rivers
of the flood thereof shall make glad the city of God : the holy
place of the tabernacle of the most Highest.
5 God is in
the midst of her, therefore shall she not be removed : God shall
help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen
make much ado, and the kingdoms are moved : but God hath shewed his
voice, and the earth shall melt away.
7 The Lord of
hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.
8 O come
hither, and behold the works of the Lord : what destruction he hath
brought upon the earth.
9 He maketh
wars to cease in all the world : he breaketh the bow, and knappeth
the spear in sunder, and burneth the chariots in the fire.
10 Be still
then, and know that I am God : I will be exalted among the heathen,
and I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord
of hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the
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