.2Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God.
.3My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God?
.4My tears have become my bread, by night, by day, as I hear it said all the day long: "Where is your God?"
.5These things will I remember as I pour out my soul: how I would lead the rejoicing crowd into the house of God, amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving, the throng wild with joy.
.6Why are you cast down, my soul, why groan within me? Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.
.7My soul is cast down within me as I think of you, from the country of Jordan and Mount Hermon, from the Hill of Mizar.
.8Deep is calling on deep, in the roar of waters; your torrents and all your waves swept over me.
.9By day the Lord will send his loving kindness; by night I will sing to him, praise the God of my life.
.10I will say to God, my rock: "Why have your forgotten me? Why do I go mourning oppressed by the foe?"
.11With cries that pierce me to the heart, my enemies revile me, saying to me all day long: "Where is your God?"
.12Why are you cast down, my soul, why groan within me? Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.
Psalm 43(42) Judica me, Deus
1Defend me, O God, and plead my cause against a godless nation. From deceitful and cunning men rescue me, O God.
2Since you, O God, are my stronghold, why have you rejected me? Why do I go mourning oppressed by the foe?
3O send forth your light and your truth; let these be my guide. Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
4And I will come to the altar of God, the God of my joy. My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp, O God, my God.
5Why are you cast down my soul, why groan within me? Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.
Psalm 44(43) Deus, auribus
.2We heard with our own ears, O God, our fathers have told us the story of the things you did in their days, you yourself, in days long ago.
.3To plant them you uprooted the nations; to let them spread you laid peoples low. .4No sword of their own won the land; no arm of their own brought them victory. It was your right hand, your arm and the light of your face; for you loved them.
.5It is you, my king, my God, who granted victories to Jacob. .6Through you we beat down our foes; in your name we trampled down our aggressors.
.7For it was not in my bow that I trusted nor yet was I saved by my sword: .8it was you who saved us from our foes, it was you who put our foes to shame. .9All day long our boast was in God and we praised your name without ceasing.
.10Yet now you have rejected us, disgraced us; you no longer go forth with our armies. .11You make us retreat from the foe and our enemies plunder us at will.
.12You make us like sheep for the slaughter and scatter us among the nations. .13You sell your own people for nothing and make no profit by the sale.
.14You make us the taunt of our neighbors, the laughing stock of all who are near. .15Among the nations, you make us a byword, among the peoples a thing of derision.
.16All day long my disgrace is before me; my face is covered with shame .17at the voice of the taunter, the scoffer, at the sight of the foe and avenger.
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.18This befell us though we had not forgotten you, though we had not been false to your covenant, .19though we had not withdrawn our hearts; though our feet had not strayed from your path. .20Yet you have crushed us in a place of sorrows and covered us with the shadow of death.
.21Had we forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to another god .22would not God have found this out, he who knows the secrets of the heart? .23It is for you that we face death all day long and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
.24Awake, O Lord, why do you sleep? Arise, do not reject us for ever! .25Why do you hide your face and forget our oppression and misery?
.26For we are brought down low to the dust; our body lies prostrate on the earth. .27Stand up and come to our help! Redeem us because of your love!
Psalm 45(44) Eructavit cor meum
.2My heart overflows with noble words. To the king I must speak the song I have made, my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.
.3You are the fairest of the children of men and graciousness is poured upon your lips: because God has blessed you for evermore.
.4O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh; /.5in splendor and state, ride on in triumph for the cause of truth and goodness and right.
Take aim with your bow in your dread right hand. .6Your arrows are sharp, peoples fall beneath you. The foes of the king fall down and lose heart.
.7Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever. A scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom. .8Your love is for justice; your hatred for evil.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above other kings: .9your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.
From the ivory palace you are greeted with music. .10The daughters of kings are among your loved ones. On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
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.11Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words: forget your own people and your father's house. .12So will the king desire your beauty: He is your lord, pay homage to him.
.13And the people of Tyre shall come with gifts, the richest of the people shall seek your favor. .14The daughter of the king is clothed with splendor, her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold.
.15She is led to the king with her maiden companions. .16They are escorted amid gladness and joy; they pass within the palace of the king.
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.17Sons shall be yours in place of your fathers: you will make them rulers over all the earth.
.18May this song make your name for ever remembered. May the peoples praise you from age to age.
Psalm 46(45) Deus noster refugium
.2God is for us a refuge and strength, a helper close at hand, in time of distress, .3so we shall not fear though the earth should rock, though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea; .4even though its waters rage and foam, even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.
The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
.5The waters of a river give joy to God's city, the holy place where the Most High dwells. .6God is within, it cannot be shaken; God will help it at the dawning of the day. .7Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken: he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.
.8The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
.9Come, consider the works of the Lord, the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth. .10He puts an end to wars over all the earth; the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps. (He burns the shields with fire.) .11"Be still and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!"
.12The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Psalm 47(46) Omnes gentes, plaudite
.2All peoples, clap your hands, cry to God with shouts of joy! .3For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear, great king over all the earth.
.4He subdues peoples under us and nations under our feet. .5Our inheritance, our glory, is from him, given to Jacob out of love.
.6God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. .7Sing praise for God, sing praise, sing praise to our king, sing praise.
.8God is king of all the earth, sing praise with all your skill. .9God is king over the nations; God reigns on his holy throne.
.10The princes of the people are assembled with the people of Abraham's God. The rulers of the earth belong to God, to God who reigns over all.
Psalm 48(47) Magnus Dominus
.2The Lord is great and worthy to be praised in the city of our God. /.3His holy mountain rises in beauty, the joy of all the earth.
Mount Zion, true pole of the earth, the Great King's city! .4God, in the midst of its citadels, has shown himself its stronghold.
.5For the kings assembled together, together they advanced. .6They saw; at once they were astounded; dismayed, they fled in fear.
.7A trembling seized them there, like the pangs of birth. .8By the east wind you have destroyed the ships of Tarshish.
.9As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of our God, in the city of the Lord of hosts which God upholds for ever.
.10O God, we ponder your love within your temple. .11Your praise, O God, like your name reaches the ends of the earth.
With justice your right hand is filled. .12Mount Zion rejoices; the people of Judah rejoice at the sight of your judgments.
.13Walk through Zion, walk all round it; count the number of its towers. .14Review all its ramparts, examine its castles,
that you may tell the next generation .15that such is our God, our God for ever and always. It is he who leads us.
Psalm 49(48) Audite haec, omnes
.2Hear this, all you peoples, give heed, all who dwell in the world, .3men both high and low, rich and poor alike!
.4My lips will speak words of wisdom. My heart is full of insight. .5I will turn my mind to a parable, with the harp I will solve my problem.
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.6Why should I fear in evil days the malice of the foes who surround me, .7men who trust in their wealth, and boast of the vastness of their riches?
.8For no man buy his own ransom, or pay a price to God for his life. .9The ransom of his soul is beyond him. .10He cannot buy life without end, nor avoid coming to the grave.
.11He knows that wise men and fools must both perish and must leave their wealth to others. .12Their graves are their homes for ever, their dwelling place from age to age, though their names spread wide through the land.
.13In his riches, man lacks wisdom; he is like the beasts that are destroyed.
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.14This is the lot of those who trust in themselves, who have others in their beck and call. .15Like sheep they are driven to the grave, where death shall be their shepherd and the just shall become their rulers.
With the morning their outward show vanishes and the grave becomes their home. .16But God will ransom me from death and take my soul to himself.
.17Then do not fear when a man grows rich, when the glory of his house increases. .18He takes nothing with him when he dies, his glory does not follow him below.
.19Though he flattered himself while he lived: "Men will praise me for all my success," .20yet he will go to join his fathers, and will never see the light any more.
.21In his riches, man lacks wisdom; he is like the beasts that are destroyed.
Psalm 50(49) Deus deorum
1The God of gods, the Lord, has spoken and summoned the earth, from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2Out of Zion's perfect beauty he shines.
3(Our God comes, he keeps silence no longer.)
Before him fire devours, around him tempest rages. 4He calls on the heavens and the earth to witness his judgment of his people.
5"Summon before me my people who made covenant with me by sacrifice." 6The heavens proclaim his justice, for he, God, is the judge.
7"Listen, my people, I will speak; Israel, I will testify against you, for I am God, your God. 21cI accuse you, lay the charge before you.
8I find no fault with your sacrifices, your offerings are always before me. 9I do not ask more bullocks from your farms, nor goats from among your herds.
10For I own all the beasts of the forest, beasts in their thousands on my hills. 11I know all the birds in the sky, all that moves in the field belongs to me.
12Were I hungry, I would not tell you, for I own the world and all it holds. 13Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14Pay your sacrifice of thanksgiving to God and render him your votive offerings. 15Call on me in the day of distress. I will free and you shall honor me."
16(But God says to the wicked:)
"But how can you recite my commandments and take my covenant on your lips, 17you who despise my law and throw my words to the winds,
18you who see a thief and go with him; who throw in your lot with adulterers, 19who unbridle your mouth for evil and whose tongue is plotting crime,
20you who sit and malign your brother and slander your own mother's son. 21You do this, and should I keep silence? Do you think that I am like you?
22Mark this, you who never think of God, lest I seize you and you cannot escape; 23a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me and I will show God's salvation to the upright."
Psalm 51(50) Miserere mei, Deus
.3Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. .4O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.
.5My offenses truly I know them; my sin is always before me .6Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done.
That you may be justified when you give sentence and be without reproach when you judge, .7O see, in guilt I was born, a sinner was I conceived.
.8Indeed you love truth in the heart; then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom. .9O purify me, then I shall be clean; O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.
.10Make me hear rejoicing and gladness, that the bones you have crushed may thrill. .11From my sins turn away your face and blot out all my guilt.
.12A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. .13Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.
.14Give me again the joy of your help; with a spirit of fervor sustain me, .15that I may teach transgressors your ways and sinners may return to you.
.16O rescue me, God, my helper, and my tongue shall ring out your goodness. .17O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise.
.18For in sacrifice you take no delight, burnt offering from me you would refuse, .19my sacrifice, a contrite spirit, a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.
.20In your goodness, show favor to Zion: rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. .21Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, (burnt offerings wholly consumed), then you will be offered young bulls on your altar.
Psalm 52(51) Quid gloriaris ?
.3Why do you boast of your wickedness, you champion of evil, .4planning ruin all day long, (your tongue like a sharpened razor), you master of deceit?
.5You love evil more than good, lies more than truth. .6You love the destructive word, you tongue of deceit.
.7For this God will destroy you and remove you for ever. He will snatch you from your tent and uproot you from the land of the living.
.8The just shall see and fear. They shall laugh and say: .9"So this is the man who refused to take God as a stronghold, but trusted in the greatness of his wealth and grew powerful by his crimes."
.10But I am like a growing olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.
.11I will thank you for evermore; for this is your doing. I will proclaim that your name is good, in the presence of your friends.
Psalm 53(52) Dixit insipiens
.2The fool has said in his heart: "There is no God above." Their deeds are corrupt, depraved; not a good man is left.
.3God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if any are wise, if any seek God.
.4All have left the right path; depraved, every one; There is not a good man left, no, not even one.
.5Will the evil-doers not understand? They eat up my people as though they were eating bread; they never pray to God.
.6See how they tremble with fear without cause for fear, for God scatters the bones of the wicked. They are shamed, God rejects them.
.7O that Israel's salvation might come from Zion! When God delivers his people from bondage, then Jacob will be glad and Israel rejoice.
Psalm 54(53) Deus, in nomine
.3O God, save me by your name; by your power, uphold my cause. .4O God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth.
.5For proud men have risen against me, ruthless men seek my life. They have no regard for God.
.6But I have God for my help. The Lord upholds my life. .7Let the evil recoil upon my foes; you who are faithful, destroy them.
.8I will sacrifice to you with willing heart and praise your name for it is good: .9for you have rescued me from all distress and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes.
Psalm 55(54) Exaudi, Deus
.2O God, listen to my prayer, do not hide from my pleading, .3attend to me and reply; with my cares, I cannot rest.
/.4I tremble at the shouts of the foe, at the cries of the wicked; for they bring down evil upon me. They assail me with fury.
.5My heart is stricken within me, death's terror is on me, .6trembling and fear fall upon me and horror overwhelms me.
.7O that I had wings like a dove to fly away and be at rest. .8So I would escape far away and take refuge in the desert.
.9I would hasten to find a shelter from the raging wind, from the destructive storm, O Lord, .10and from their plotting tongues.
For I can see nothing but violence and strife in the city. .11Night and day they patrol high on the city walls.
It is full of wickedness and evil; .12it is full of sin. Its streets are never free from tyranny and deceit.
.13If this had been done by an enemy I could bear his taunts. If a rival had risen against me, I could hide from him.
.14But it is you, my own companion, my intimate friend! .15(How close was the friendship between us.) We talked together in harmony in the house of God.
.16May death fall suddenly upon them! Let them go to the grave; for wickedness dwells in their homes and deep in their hearts.
.17As for me, I will cry to God and the Lord will save me. .18Evening, morning and at noon I will cry and lament.
.19He will deliver my soul in peace in the attack against me; for those who fight me are many, .18cbut he hears my voice.
.20God will hear and will humble them, the eternal judge; for they will not amend their ways. They have no fear of God.
.21The traitor has turned against his friends; he has broken his word. .22His speech is softer than butter, but war is in his heart, His words are smoother than oil, but they are naked swords.
.23Entrust your cares to the Lord and he will support you. He will never allow the just man to stumble.
.24But you, O God, will bring them down to the pit of death. Deceitful and bloodthirsty men shall not live half their days.
O Lord, I will trust in you.
Psalm 56(55) Miserere mei, Deus
.2Have mercy on me, God, men crush me; they fight me all day long and oppress me. .3My foes crush me all day long, for many fight proudly against me.
.4When I fear, I will trust in you, .5in God, who word I praise. In God I trust, I shall not fear; what can mortal man do to me?
.6All day long they distort my words, all their thought is to harm me. .7They band together in ambush, track me down and seek my life.
.8Repay them, God, for their crimes; in your anger, cast down the peoples. .9You have kept an account of my wanderings; you have kept a record of my tears; (are they not written in your book?) .10Then my foes will be put to flight on the day that I call to you.
This I know, that God is on my side. .11In God, whose word I praise, (in the Lord whose word I praise,) .12in God I trust; I shall not fear; what can mortal man do to me?
.13I am bound by the vows I have made you. O God, I will offer you praise .14for you have rescued my soul from death, you kept my feet from stumbling that I may walk in the presence of God and enjoy the light of the living.
Psalm 57(56) Miserere mei, Deus
.2Have mercy on me, God, have mercy for in you my soul has taken refuge. In the shadow of your wings I take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by.
.3I call to you God the Most High, to you who have always been my help. .4May you send from heaven and save me and shame those who assail me.
O God, send your truth and your love.
.5My soul lies down among lions, who would devour the sons of men. Their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongue a sharpened sword.
.6O God, arise above the heavens; may your glory shine on earth!
.7They laid a snare for my steps my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my path but fell in it themselves.
.8My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready. I will sing, I will sing your praise. .9Awake, my soul; awake, lyre and harp, I will awake the dawn.
.10I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples, among the nations I will praise you .11for your love reaches to the heavens and your truth to the skies.
.12O God, arise above the heavens; may your glory shine on earth.
Psalm 58(57) Si vere utique
.2Do you truly speak justice, you who hold divine power? Do you mete out fair judgment to the sons of men? .3No, in your hearts you devise injustice; your hands deal out violence to the land.
.4In their wickedness they have gone astray from their birth; they wandered among lies as soon as they were born. .5Their venom is like the venom of the snake; they are heedless as the adder that turns a deaf ear .6lest it should catch the snake-charmer's voice, the voice of the skillful dealer in spells.
.7O God, break the teeth in their mouths, tear out the fangs of these wild beasts, O Lord! .8Let them vanish like water that runs away; let them wither like grass that is trodden under foot: .9let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime; like a woman's miscarriage that never sees the sun.
.10Before they put forth thorns, like a bramble, let them be swept away, green wood or dry! .11The just shall rejoice at the sight of vengeance; they shall bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. .12"Truly", men shall say, "the just are rewarded. Truly there is a God who does justice on the earth."
Psalm 59(58) Eripe me de inimicis
.2Rescue me, God, from my foes; protect me from those who attack me. .3O rescue me from those who do evil and save me from blood-thirsty men.
.4See, they lie in wait for my life; powerful men together against me. For no offense, no sin of mine, Lord, .5for no guilt of mine they rush to take their stand.
Awake, come to my aid and see! .6Lord of hosts, you are Israel's God. Rouse yourself and punish the nations; show no mercy to evil traitors.
.7Each evening they come back like dogs. They howl and roam about the city; they prowl in search of food; they snarl till they have their fill.
.8See how they gabble open-mouthed; their lips are filled with insults. "For who," they say, "will hear us?" .9But you, Lord, will laugh them to scorn. You make light of all the nations.
.10O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn, for you, O God, are my stronghold, .11the God who shows me love.
O God, come to my aid and let me look in triumph on my foes. .12God, kill them lest my people be seduced; rout them by your power, lay them low.
It is you, O Lord, who are our shield. .13For the sins of their mouths and their lips, for the curses and lies that they speak let them be caught in their pride.
.14Destroy them, Lord, in your anger. Destroy them till they are no more. Let the world know that you are the ruler over Jacob and the ends of the earth.
.15Each evening they come back like dogs. They howl and roam about the city; .16they prowl in search of food, they snarl till they have their fill.
.17As for me, I will sing of your strength and each morning acclaim your love for you have been my stronghold, a refuge in the day of my distress.
.18O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn, for you, O God, are my stronghold, the God who shows me love.
Psalm 60(59) Deus, repulisti nos
.3O God, you have rejected us and broken us. You have been angry; come back to us.
.4You have made the earth quake, torn it open. Repair what is shattered for it sways. .5You have inflicted hardships on your people and made us drink a wine that dazed us.
.6You have given those who fear you a signal to flee from the enemy's bow. .7O come, and deliver your friends, help with your right hand and reply.
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.8From his holy place God has made this promise; "I will triumph and divide the land of Shechem, I will measure out the valley of Succoth.
.9Gilead is mine and Manasseh, Ephraim I take for my helmet, Judah for my commander's staff.
.10Moab I will use for my washbowl; on Edom I will plant my shoe. Over the Philistines I will shout in triumph."
.11But who will lead me to conquer the fortress? Who will bring me face to face with Edom? .12Will you utterly reject us, O God, and no longer march with our armies?
.13Give us help against the foe: for the help of man is vain. .14With God we shall do bravely and he will trample down our foes.
Psalm 61(60) Exaudi, Deus
.2O God, hear my cry! Listen to my prayer! .3From the end of the earth I call; my heart is faint.
On a rock too high for me to reach set me on high, .4O you who have been my refuge, my tower against the foe.
.5Let me dwell in your tent for ever and hide in the shelter of your wings. .6For you, O God, hear my prayer, grant me the heritage of those who fear you.
.7May you lengthen the life of the king; may his years cover many generations. .8May he ever sit enthroned before God: bid love and truth be his protection.
.9So I will always praise your name and day after day fulfill my vows.
Psalm 62(61) Nonne Deo
.2In God alone is my soul at rest; my help comes from him. .3He alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress; I stand firm.
.4How long will you all attack one man to break him down, as though he were a tottering wall, or a tumbling fence?
.5Their plan is only to destroy; they take pleasure in lies. With their mouth they utter blessing but in their heart they curse.
.6In God alone be at rest, my soul; for my hope comes from him. .7He alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress; I stand firm.
.8In God is my safety and glory, the rock of my strength. /.9Take refuge in God, all you people. Trust him at all times. Pour out your hearts before him for God is our refuge.
.10Common folk are only a breath, great men an illusion. Placed in the scales, they rise; they weigh less than a breath.
.11Do not put your trust in oppression nor vain hopes on plunder. Do not set your heart on riches even when they increase.
.12For God has said only one thing; only two do I know: that to God alone belongs power .13and to you, Lord, love; and that you repay each man according to his deeds.
Psalm 63(62) Deus, Deus meus
.2O God, you are my God, for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you like a dry, weary land without water. .3So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory.
.4For your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise. .5So I will bless you all my life, in your name I will lift up my hands. .6My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, my mouth shall praise you with joy.
.7On my bed I remember you. On you I muse through the night .8for your have been my help; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice. .9My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast.
.10Those who seek to destroy my life shall go down to the depths of the earth. .11They shall be put into the power of the sword and left as the prey of the jackals. .12But the king shall rejoice in God; (all that swear by him shall be blessed,) for the mouth of liars shall be silenced.
Psalm 64(63) Exaudi, Deus
.2Hear my voice, O God, as I complain, guard my life from dread of the foe. .3Hide me from the band of the wicked, from the throng of those who do evil.
.4They sharpen their tongues like swords; they aim bitter words like arrows .5to shoot at the innocent from ambush, shooting suddenly and recklessly.
.6They scheme their evil course; they conspire to lay secret snares. They say: "Who will see us? .7Who can search out our crimes?"
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He will search who searches the mind and knows the depths of the heart. .8God has shot them with his arrow and dealt them sudden wounds. .9Their own tongue has brought them to ruin and all who see them mock.
.10Then will all men fear; they will tell what God has done. They will understand God's deeds. .11The just will rejoice in the Lord and fly to him for refuge. All the upright hearts will glory.
Psalm 65(64) Te decet hymnus
.2To you our praise is due in Zion, O God. To you we pay our vows, .3you who hear our prayer.
To you all flesh will come .4with its burden of sin. Too heavy for us, our offenses, but you wipe them away.
.5Blessed is he whom you choose and call to dwell in your courts. We are filled with the blessings of your house, of your holy temple.
.6You keep your pledge with wonders, O God our savior, the hope of all the earth and of far distant isles.
.7You uphold the mountains with your strength, you are girded with power. .8You still the roaring of the seas, (the roaring of their waves,) and the tumult of the peoples.
.9The ends of the earth stand in awe at the sight of your wonders. The lands of sunrise and sunset you fill with your joy.
.10You care for the earth, give it water; you fill it with riches. Your river in heaven brims over to provide its grain.
And thus you provide for the earth; .11you drench its furrows; you level it, soften it with showers; you bless its growth.
.12You crown the year with your goodness. Abundance flows in your steps; .13in the pastures of the wilderness it flows.
The hills are girded with joy, .14the meadows covered with flocks, the valleys are decked with wheat. They shout for joy, yes they sing.
Psalm 66(65) Jubilate Deo
1Cry out with joy to God all the earth, 2O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise. 3Say to God: "How tremendous are your deeds!
Because of the greatness of your strength your enemies cringe before you. 4Before you all the earth shall bow, shall sing to you, sing to your name!"
5Come and see the works of God, tremendous his deeds among men. 6He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the river dry-shod.
Let our joy then be in him; 7he rules for ever by his might. His eyes keep watch over the nations: let rebels not rise against him.
8O peoples, bless our God; let the voice of his praise resound, 9of the God who gave life to our souls and kept our feet from stumbling.
10For you, O God, have tested us, you have tried us as silver is tried; 11you led us, God, into the snare; you laid a heavy burden on our backs.
12You let foes ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water but then you brought us relief.
13Burnt offering I bring to your house; to you I will pay my vows, 14the vows which my lips have uttered, which my mouth spoke in my distress.
15I will offer burnt offerings of fatlings with the smoke of burning rams. I will offer bullocks and goats.
16Come and hear, all who fear God, I will tell what he did for my soul: 17to him I cried aloud, with high praise ready on my tongue.
18If there had been evil in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19But truly God has listened; he has heeded the voice of my prayer.
20Blessed be God who did not reject my prayer nor withhold his love from me.
Psalm 67(66) Deus misereatur
.2O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. .3So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your saving help.
.4Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
.5Let the nations be glad and exult for you rule the world with justice. With fairness you rule the peoples, you guide the nations on earth.
.6Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
.7The earth has yielded its fruit for God, our God, has blessed us. .8May God still give us his blessing till the ends of the earth revere him.
Psalm 68(67) Exsurgat Deus
.2Let God arise, let his foes be scattered. Let those who hate him flee before him. .3As smoke is blown away so will they be blown away; like wax that melts before the fire, so the wicked shall perish at the presence of God.
.4But the just shall rejoice at the presence of God, they shall exult and dance for joy. .5O sing to the Lord, make music to his name; make a highway for him who rides on the clouds. Rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence.
.6Father of the orphan, defender of the widow, such is God in his holy place. .7God gives the lonely a home to live in; he leads the prisoners forth into freedom; but rebels must dwell in a parched land.
.8When you went forth, O God, at the head of your people, /.9when you marched across the desert, the earth trembled: the heavens melted at the presence of God, at the presence of God, Israel's God.
.10You poured down, O God, a generous rain; when your people were starved you gave them new life. .11It was there that your people found a home, prepared in your goodness, O God, for the poor.
.12The Lord gives the word to the bearers of good tidings: "The Almighty has defeated a numberless army .13and kings and armies are in flight, in flight while you were at rest among the sheepfolds."
.14At home the women already share the spoil. They are covered with silver as the wings of a dove, its feathers brilliant with shining gold .15and jewels flashing like snow on Mount Zalmon.
.16The mountains of Bashan are mighty mountains; high-ridged mountains are the mountains of Bashan. .17Why look with envy, you high-ridged mountains, at the mountain where God has chosen to dwell? It is there that the Lord shall dwell for ever.
.18The chariots of God are thousands upon thousands. The Lord has come from Sinai to the holy place. .19You have gone up on high; you have taken captives, receiving men and women in tribute, O God, even those who rebel, into your dwelling, O Lord.
.20May the Lord be blessed day after day. He bears our burdens, God our savior; .21this God of ours is a God who saves. The Lord our God holds the keys of death. .22And God will smite the head of his foes, the crown of those who persist in their sins.
.23The Lord said: "I will bring them back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depth of the sea. .24Then your feet will tread in their blood and the tongues of your dogs take their share of the foe."
.25They see your solemn procession, O God, the procession of my God, of my king, to the sanctuary: .26the singers in the forefront, the musicians coming last, between them, maidens sounding their timbrels.
.27"In festive gatherings, bless the Lord; bless God, O you who are Israel's sons." .28There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head, Judah's princes, a mighty throng, Zebulun's princes, Naphtali's princes.
.29Show forth, O God, show forth your might, your might, O God, which you have shown for us. .30For the sake of your temple high in Jerusalem may nations come to you bringing their tribute.
.31Threaten the wild beast that dwells in the reeds, the bands of the mighty and rulers of the peoples. Let them bow down offering silver. Scatter the peoples who delight in war. .32Envoys will make their way from Egypt; Ethiopia will stretch out her hands to God.
.33Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, praise the Lord .34who rides on the heavens, the ancient heavens. He thunders his voice, his mighty voice. .35Come, acknowledge the power of God.
His glory is on Israel; his might is in the skies. .36God is to be feared in his holy place. He is the Lord, Israel's God. He gives strength and power to his people.
Blessed be God!
Psalm 69(68) Salvum me fac
.2Save me, O God, for the waters have risen to my neck.
.3I have sunk into the mud of the deep and there is no foothold. I have entered the waters of the deep and the waves overwhelm me.
.4I am wearied with all my crying, my throat is parched. My eyes are wasted away from looking for my God.
.5More numerous than the hairs on my head are those who ate without cause. Those who attack me with lies are too much for my strength.
How can I restore what I have never stolen? .6O God, you know my sinful folly; my sins you can see.
.7Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord of hosts: let not those who seek you be dismayed through me, God of Israel.
.8It is for you that I suffer taunts, that shame covers my face, .9that I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother's sons. .10I burn with zeal for your house and taunts against you fall on me.
.11When I afflict my soul with fasting they make it a taunt against me. .12When I put on sackcloth and mourning then they make me a byword, .13the gossip of men at the gates, the subject of drunkard's songs.
.14This is my prayer to you, my pray for your favor. In your great love, answer me, O God, with your help that never fails; .15rescue me from sinking in the mud, save me from my foes.
Save me from the waters of the deep .16lest the waves overwhelm me. Do not let the deep engulf me nor death close its mouth on me.
.17Lord, answer, for your love is kind; in your compassion, turn towards me. .18Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly for I am in distress. .19Come close to my soul and redeem me; ransom me pressed by my foes.
.20You know how they taunt and deride me; my oppressors are all before you. .21Taunts have broken my heart; I have reached the end of my strength. I looked in vain for compassion, for consoles; not one could I find.
.22For food they gave me poison; in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. .23Let their table be a snare to them and their festive banquets a trap. .24Let their eyes grow dim and blind; let their limbs tremble and shake.
.25Pour out your anger upon them, let the heat of your fury overtake them. .26Let their camp be left desolate; let no one dwell in their tents: .27for they persecute one whom you struck; they increase the pain of one you wounded.
.28Charge them with guilt upon guilt; let them never be found just in your sight. .29Blot them out from the book of the living; do not enroll them among the just. .30As for me in my poverty and pain, let your help, O God, lift me up.
.31I will praise God's name with a song; I will glorify him with thanksgiving. .32A gift pleasing God more than oxen, more than beasts prepared for sacrifice.
.33The poor when they see it will be glad and God-seeking hearts will revive; .34for the Lord listens to the needy and does not spurn his servants in their chains. .35Let the heavens and the earth give him praise, the sea and all its living creatures.
.36For God will bring help to Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah and men shall dwell there in possession. .37The sons of his servants shall inherit it; those who love his name shall dwell there.
Psalm 70(69) Deus, in adjutorium
.2O God, make haste to my rescue, Lord, come to my aid! .3Let there be shame and confusion on those who seek my life.
O let them turn back in confusion, who delight in my harm, .4let them retreat, covered with shame, who jeer at my lot.
.5Let there be rejoicing and gladness for all who seek you. Let them say for ever: "God is great," who love your saving help.
.6As for me, wretched and poor, come to me, O God. You are my rescuer, my help, O Lord, do not delay.
Psalm 71(70) In te, Domine, speravi
1In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. 2In your justice rescue me, free me; pay heed to me and save me.
3Be a rock where I can take refuge, a mighty stronghold to save me; for you are my rock, my stronghold. 4Free me from the hand of the wicked, from the grip of the unjust, of the oppressor.
5It is you, O Lord, who are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. 6On you I have leaned from my birth; from my mother's womb you have been my help. My hope has always been in you.
7My fate has filled many with awe but you are my strong refuge. 8My lips are filled with your praise, with your glory all the day long. 9Do not reject me now that I am old; when my strength fails do not forsake me.
10For my enemies are speaking about me; those who watch me take counsel together. 11Saying: "God has forsaken him; follow him, seize him; there is no one to save him." 12O God, do not stay far off: my God, make haste to help me!
13Let them be put to shame and destroyed, all those who seek my life. Let them be covered with shame and confusion, all those who seek to harm me.
14But as for me, I will always hope and praise you more and more. 15My lips will tell of your justice and day by day of your help (though I can never tell it all).
16Lord, I will declare your mighty deeds, proclaiming your justice, yours alone. 17O God, you have taught me from my youth and I proclaim your wonders still.
18Now that I am old and gray-headed, do not forsake me, God. /19Let me tell of your strength and justice to the skies, tell of you who have worked such wonders. O God, who is like you?
20You have burdened me with bitter troubles but you will give me back my life. You will raise me from the depths of the earth; 21you will exalt me and console me again.
22So I will give you thanks on the lyre for your faithful love, O God. To you will I sing with the harp, to you, the Holy One of Israel. 23When I sing to you my lips shall rejoice and my soul, which you have redeemed.
24And all the day long my tongue shall tell the tale of your justice: for they are put to shame and disgraced, all those who seek to harm me.
Psalm 72(71) Deus, judicium
1O God, give your judgment to the king, to a king's son your justice, 2that he may judge your people in justice and your poor in right judgment.
3May the mountains bring forth peace for the people and the hills, justice. 4May he defend the poor of the people and save the children of the needy (and crush the oppressor).
5He shall endure like the sun and the moon from age to age. 6He shall descend like rain on the meadow, like raindrops on the earth.
7In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails. 8He shall rule from sea to sea, from the Great River to earth's bounds.
9Before him his enemies shall fall, his foes lick the dust. 10The kings of Tarshish and the seacoasts shall pay him tribute.
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring him gifts. 11Before him all kings shall fall prostrate, all nations shall serve him.
12For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless. 13He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor.
14From oppression he will rescue their lives, to him their blood is dear. 15(Long may he live, may the gold of Sheba be given him.) They shall pray for him without ceasing and bless him all the day.
16May corn be abundant in the land to the peaks of the mountains. May its fruit rustle like Lebanon; may people flourish in the cities like grass on the earth.
17May his name be blessed for ever and endure like the sun. Every tribe shall be blessed in him, all nations bless his name.
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Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel, who alone works wonders, ever blessed his glorious name. Let his glory fill the earth.