The Psalms of David
Day 16. Evening Prayer
God standeth in the
congregation of princes : he is a Judge among gods.
2 How long
will ye give wrong judgement : and accept the persons of the
3 Defend the
poor and fatherless : see that such as are in need and necessity
4 Deliver the
outcast and poor : save them from the hand of the ungodly.
5 They will
not be learned nor understand, but walk on still in darkness : all
the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have
said, Ye are gods : and ye are all the children of the most
7 But ye
shall die like men : and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O
God, and judge thou the earth : for thou shalt take all heathen to
Deus, quis similis?
Hold not thy tongue,
O God, keep not still silence : refrain not thyself, O God.
2 For lo,
thine enemies make a murmuring : and they that hate thee have lift
up their head.
3 They have
imagined craftily against thy people: and taken counsel against thy
4 They have
said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people
: and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they
have cast their heads together with one consent : and are
confederate against thee;
tabernacles of the Edomites, and the Ismaelites : the Moabites and
7 Gebal, and
Ammon, and Amalek : the Philistines, with them that dwell at
8 Assur also
is joined with them : and have holpen the children of Lot.
9 But do thou
to them as unto the Madianites : unto Sisera, and unto Jabin at the
brook of Kison;
perished at Endor : and became as the dung of the earth.
11 Make them
and their princes like Oreb and Zeb : yea, make all their princes
like as Zeba and Salmana;
12 Who say,
Let us take to ourselves : the houses of God in possession.
13 O my God,
make them like unto a wheel : and as the stubble before the
14 Like as
the fire that burneth up the wood : and as the flame that consumeth
them even so with thy tempest : and make them afraid with thy
16 Make their
faces ashamed, O Lord : that they may seek thy Name.
17 Let them
be confounded and vexed ever more and more : let them be put to
shame, and perish.
18 And they
shall know that thou, whose Name is Jehovah : art only the most
Highest over all the earth.
O how amiable
are thy dwellings : thou Lord of hosts!
2 My soul
hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord : my
heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3 Yea, the
sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest where she
may lay her young : even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and
4 Blessed are
they that dwell in thy house : they will be alway praising
5 Blessed is
the man whose strength is in thee : in whose heart are thy
6 Who going
through the vale of misery use it for a well : and the pools are
filled with water.
7 They will
go from strength to strength : and unto the God of gods appeareth
every one of them in Sion.
8 O Lord God
of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, O God of Jacob.
9 Behold, O
God our defender : and look upon the face of thine Anointed.
10 For one
day in thy courts : is better than a thousand.
11 I had
rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God : than to dwell in
the tents of ungodliness.
12 For the
Lord God is a light and defence : the Lord will give grace and
worship, and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a
13 O Lord God
of hosts : blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.
Lord, thou art
become gracious unto thy land: thou hast turned away the
captivity of Jacob.
2 Thou hast
forgiven the offence of thy people : and covered all their
3 Thou hast
taken away all thy displeasure : and turned thyself from thy
4 Turn us
then, O God our Saviour : and let thine anger cease from us.
5 Wilt thou
be displeased at us for ever : and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath
from one generation to another?
6 Wilt thou
not turn again, and quicken us : that thy people may rejoice in
7 Shew us thy
mercy, O Lord : and grant us thy salvation.
8 I will
hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me : for he shall
speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not
9 For his
salvation is nigh them that fear him : that glory may dwell in our
10 Mercy and
truth are met together : righteousness and peace have kissed each
shall flourish out of the earth : and righteousness hath looked
down from heaven.
12 Yea, the
Lord shall shew loving-kindness : and our land shall give her
Righteousness shall go before him : and he shall direct his going
in the way.
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