The Psalms of David
Day 9. Evening Prayer
Omnes gentes, plaudite
O clap your
hands together, all ye people : O Sing unto God with the voice of
2 For the
Lord is high, and to be feared : he is the great King upon all the
3 He shall
subdue the people under us : and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall
choose out an heritage for us : even the worship of Jacob, whom he
5 God is gone
up with a merry noise : and the Lord with the sound of the
6 O sing
praises, sing praises unto our God : O sing praises, sing praises
unto our King.
7 For God is
the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding.
reigneth over the heathen : God sitteth upon his holy seat.
9 The princes
of the people are joined unto the people of the God of Abraham :
for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it
were with a shield.
Great is the Lord,
and highly to be praised : in the city of our God, even upon his
2 The hill of
Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth : upon the
north-side lieth the city of the great King; God is well known in
her palaces as a sure refuge.
3 For lo, the
kings of the earth : are gathered, and gone by together.
marvelled to see such things : they were astonished, and suddenly
5 Fear came
there upon them, and sorrow : as upon a woman in her travail.
6 Thou shalt
break the ships of the sea : through the east-wind.
7 Like as we
have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in
the city of our God : God upholdeth the same for ever.
8 We wait for
thy loving-kindness, O God : in the midst of thy temple.
9 O God,
according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the world's end : thy
right hand is full of righteousness.
10 Let the
mount Sion rejoice, and the daughters of Judah be glad : because of
11 Walk about
Sion, and go round about her : and tell the towers thereof.
12 Mark well
her bulwarks, set up her houses : that ye may tell them that come
13 For this
God is our God for ever and ever : he shall be our guide unto
Audite haec, omnes
O hear ye this,
all ye people : ponder it with your ears, all ye that dwell in the
2 High and
low, rich and poor : one with another.
3 My mouth
shall speak of wisdom : and my heart shall muse of
4 I will
incline mine ear to the parable : and shew my dark speech upon the
should I fear in the days of wickedness : and when the wickedness
of my heels compasseth me round about?
6 There be
some that put their trust in their goods : and boast themselves in
the multitude of their riches.
7 But no man
may deliver his brother : nor make agreement unto God for him;
8 For it cost
more to redeem their souls : so that he must let that alone for
9 Yea, though
he live long : and see not the grave.
10 For he
seeth that wise men also die, and perish together : as well as the
ignorant and foolish, and leave their riches for other.
11 And yet
they think that their houses shall continue for ever : and that
their dwelling-places shall endure from one generation to another;
and call the lands after their own names.
Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour : seeing he may be
compared unto the beasts that perish; this is the way of them.
13 This is
their foolishness : and their posterity praise their saying.
14 They lie
in the hell like sheep, death gnaweth upon them, and the righteous
shall have domination over them in the morning : their beauty shall
consume in the sepulchre out of their dwelling.
15 But God
hath delivered my soul from the place of hell : for he shall
16 Be not
thou afraid, though one be made rich : or if the glory of his house
17 For he
shall carry nothing away with him when he dieth : neither shall his
pomp follow him.
18 For while
he lived, he counted himself an happy man : and so long as thou
doest well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.
19 He shall
follow the generation of his fathers : and shall never see
20 Man being
in honour hath no understanding: but is compared unto the beasts
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