A Psalm of David.
1 I will sing to thee, O Lord, of mercy and judgment; I will sing a psalm, 2 and I will be wise in a blameless way. When wilt thou come to me? I walked in the innocence of my heart, in the midst of my house. 3 I have not set before mine eyes any unlawful ting; I have hated transgressors. 4 A perverse heart has not cleaved to me; I have not known an evil man, forasmuch as he turns away from me. 5 Him that privily speaks against his neighbour, him have I driven from me: he that is proud in look and insatiable in heart,--with him I have not eaten. 6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walked in a perfect way, the same ministered to me. 7 The proud doer dwelt not in the midst of my house; the unjust speaker prospered not in my sight. 8 Early did I slay all the sinners of the land, that I might destroy out of the city of the Lord all that work iniquity.
A Prayer for the Poor; when he is deeply afflicted, and pours out his supplication before the Lord.
1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come to thee. 2 Turn not away thy face from me: in the day when I am afflicted, incline thine ear to me: in the day when I shall call upon thee, speedily hear me.
3 For my days have vanished like smoke, and my bones have been parched like a stick. 4 I am blighted like grass, and my heart is dried up; for I have forgotten to eat my bread. 5 By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bone has cleaved to my flesh. 6 I have become like a pelican of the wilderness; 7 I have become like an owl in a ruined house. I have watched, and am become as a sparrow dwelling alone on a roof. 8 All the day long mine enemies have reproached me; and they that praised me have sworn against me. 9 For I have eaten ashes as it were bread, and mingled my drink with weeping; 10 because of thine anger and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and dashed me down.
11 My days have declined like a shadow; and I am withered like grass. 12 But thou, Lord, endurest for ever, and thy memorial to generation and generation. 13 Thou
16 For the Lord shall build up Sion, 1and shall appear in his glory. 17 He has had regard to the prayer of the lowly, and has not despised their petition. 18 Let this be written for another generation; and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord. 19 For he has looked out from the height of his sanctuary; the Lord looked upon the earth from heaven; 20 to hear the groaning of the fettered ones, to loosen the sons of the slain; 21 to proclaim the name of the Lord in Sion, and his praise in Jerusalem; 22 when the people are gathered together, and the kings, to serve the Lord.
23 He answered him in the way of his strength: tell me the fewness of my days. 24 Take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are 2through all generations. 25 In the 3beginning thou, O Lord, didst lay the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou remainest: and they all shall wax old as a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold 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 dwell securely, and their seed shall 4prosper for ever.
1 Or, then shall be.
3 Gr. plural.
4 Or, be directed aright.
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