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rufalem. This Psalm must have been written after he had obtained the government of the twelve tribes, because he mentions the city of God, which was not in his polefion before that time.

1. I WILL fing of mercy and judgment; unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.

2. I will conduct myself wisely in the perfect way; when thou shalt come unto me, I will walk within my house in the uprightness of my

heart. 3. I will fet no wicked thing before mine eyes; I hate him that committeth transgressions, he shall not cleave unto me.

4. A froward heart shall depart from me; I will not know a wicked perfon,

5. Whoso privily Nandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off; him that hath a high look, and a proud heart, I will not suffer.

6. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in the way that is perfect shall serve me.

7. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house; he that telleth lies shall not tarry fight.

8. In the mornings I will destroy the ungodly of the land ; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.

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Morning Prayer. .


This Psalm was written about the end of the captivity ;

it pathetically describes the melancholy condition of the Jews.

1. HEAR my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

2. Hide not thy face from me; in the day when I am in trouble, incline thine ear unto me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily.

3. For my days are consumed like smoke; and my bones are burnt as a fire-brand.

4. My heart is smitten, and withereth like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

5. By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bones cleave to my skin. .

6. I am like the pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the defart.

7. I watch, and am as the lonely bird upon the

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8. Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me, make a curfe of me.

9. Surely I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping:

10. Because of thine indignation and wrath ; because thou hast made me defolate and cast me down.

11. My days are like a shadow that declineth, and I am withered like grass.

12. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy memorial unto all generations.

13. Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favour her, yea the set time is come.

14. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15. So shall the nations fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16. When the Lord fhall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17. He will regard the prayer of the deftitute, and not despise their desire.

18. This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people that shall be born, shall praise the Lord.

19. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary, from heaven did the Lord behold the earth.

20. To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose the children of death.

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21. To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem,

22. When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms to serve the Lord.

23. He hath weakened my strength in the way, he hath shortened my days.

24. I have said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days; thy years are throughout all generations.

25. Of old hast thou laid the foundations of the carth; and the heaven are the works of thy hands.

26. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure; yea, all of them shall wax old as a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed.

27. But thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

28. The children of thy servants shall continue in the land, and their feed shall be established before thee,


In this Psalm the Author exhorts himself and the whole

creation to praise and celebrate God for his great goodness and the righteousness of his government.

1. PRAISE the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.

2. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

3. Who forgiveth all thy fins; who healeth all thine infirmities.

4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction ; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies.

5. Who filleth the morning of thy life with good things; and reneweth thy youth as an eagle's.

6. The Lord executeth righteousness, and judgment for all that are oppressed with wrong.

7. He made known his ways unto Moses, his works unto the children of Israel.

8. The Lord is full of compaflion and mercy, long-suffering, and of great goodness. 9. He will not always chide, neither keepeth he

for ever. 10. He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

his anger

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