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6. Thou wilt destroy them that speak falsehood ; the Lord abhorreth the bloody and deceitful

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7. But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy; and in thy fear will I worship at thy holy temple.

8. Lead me, O Lord, for thy righteousness fake; because of mine enemies, make thy way straight

face. 9. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth, their inward

is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre, while they flatter with their tongue.

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10. Destroy thou them, o God ; let them fall by their own councils ; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, for they have rebelled against thee.

11. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice, let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them ; let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

12. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous, with favour wilt thou compass him, as with a fhield.

FIRST EVEN IN G.

Evening Prayer.

PSA L M VI.

A Pfalm of David when afflicted with some bodily

fickness, and the insulting malice of his enemies.

1. O LORD rebuke me not in thine anger ; neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord heal me, for my bones are vexed.

3. My soul also is fore troubled ; but thou, o Lord, how long

4. Return, O Lord ! deliver my soul ; O save me for thy mercy's fake.

5. For in death there is no remembrance of thee; in the grave who shall

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thee homage ? 6: I have fainted in my mourning ; all the night long make I my bed to swim, and water

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couch with my tears. 7. Mine eyes are consumed for

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trouble ; they wax dim because of all mine enemies.

8. Depart from me all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.

9. The Lord hath heard my fupplication, the Lord will receive my prayer.

10. Let all mine enemies be put to shame and sore vexed, again let them be put to shame.

PS A L M VII.

A Psalm of David on occasion of some false accusation of treason and conspiracy against Saul, in

which he asserts his 'innocence, and appeals to the jus judgment of God.

1. O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust, save me from all that persecute me, and deliver me.

2. Lest he tear my soul like a lion ; and rend it in pieces while there is none to deliver.

3. O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there be iniquity in my

hands. 4. If I have rewarded evil unto him that injured me; or have oppressed him that without cause is mine enemy.

5. Let the enemy persecute my soul and take it ; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust.

6. Arife O Lord, in thine anger lift thyself up, because of the rage of mine enemies, and roufe thyself for

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7. Thou hast commanded judgment, and the congregation of the people shall compass thee about

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thou shalt exalt thyself over them again. 8. The Lord shall judge the people; give fentence for me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and reward me according to my integrity. 9.

Let the iniquity of the wicked come to an end ; but do thou establish the just.

10. God who trieth the hearts and reins is righteous ; God who saveth the upright in heart

is my fhield.

11. God is a righteous judge, and is not always angry.

12. If a man will not return, he will whet his sword; he bendeth his bow and maketh it ready.

13. He prepareth for him the instruments of death; and ordaineth his arrows for those who

perfecute.

14. Behold, he hath conceived mischief ; he travaileth with iniquity, and hath brought forth falsehood.

15. He hath digged a pit and hollowed it; and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16. His mischief returneth upon his own head, and his violent dealing cometh down on his own pate.

17. I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness; and will fing unto the name of the Lord most high.

PS A L M VIII.

In this Psalm the author adores God for the supe

riority given to man over all the glorious works of the visible creation.

1. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who haft bestowed thy glory upon the heavens.

2. Out of the mouth of the babes and fucklings hast thou perfected praise, because of thine adversaries; that thou mightest filence the enemy, and him that avengeth himself.

3. When I consider the Heavens, the work of thy fingers ; the moon and stars which thou hast ordained :

4. What is man that thou art mindful of him! and the fon of man, that thou vifiteft him.

5. Thou hast made him little lower than the angels, and haft crowned him with glory and honour.

6. Thou madeft him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.

7. All flocks and herds, and also the wild beasts of the field.

8. The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea; and whatsoever pafseth through the paths of the waters.

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