|31 In te, Domine, speravi|
|1||In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.
|2||Incline your ear to
make haste to deliver me.
|3||Be my strong rock, a
castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
|4||Take me out of the net
that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.
|5||Into your hands I
commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me,
O LORD, O God of truth.
|6||I hate those who cling
to worthless idols, *
and I put my trust in the LORD.
|7||I will rejoice and be
glad because of your mercy; *
for you have seen my affliction;
you know my distress.
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|8||You have not shut me
up in the power of the enemy; *
you have set my feet in an open place.
|9||Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
and also my throat and my belly.
|10||For my life is wasted
and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction,
and my bones are consumed.
|11||I have become a
reproach to all my enemies and
even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
|12||I am forgotten like a
dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.
|13||For I have heard the
whispering of the crowd;
fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me;
they plot to take my life.
|14||But as for me, I have
trusted in you, O LORD. *
I have said, "You are my God.
|15||My times are in your
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.
|16||Make your face to
shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."
let me not be ashamed for having called upon you; *
rather, let the wicked be put to shame;
let them be silent in the grave.
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|18||Let the lying lips be
silenced which speak against
the righteous, *
haughtily, disdainfully, and with contempt.
|19||How great is your
goodness, O LORD!
which you have laid up for those who fear you; *
which you have done in the sight of all
for those who put their trust in you.
|20||You hide them in the
covert of your presence from those
who slander them; *
you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
|21||Blessed be the LORD! *
for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a
|22||Yet I said in my
"I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes." *
Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty
when I cried out to you.
|23||Love the LORD, all you who worship him; *
the LORD protects the faithful,
but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
|24||Be strong and let your
heart take courage, *
all you who wait for the LORD.
|Sixth Day: Evening Prayer|
|32 Beati quorum|
|1||Happy are they whose
transgressions are forgiven, *
and whose sin is put away!
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|2||Happy are they to whom
the LORD imputes no guilt, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
|3||While I held my
tongue, my bones withered away, *
because of my groaning all day long.
|4||For your hand was
heavy upon me day and night; *
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
|5||Then I acknowledged my
sin to you, *
and did not conceal my guilt.
|6||I said, "I will
confess my transgressions to the LORD." *
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
|7||Therefore all the
faithful will make their prayers to you in
time of trouble; *
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
|8||You are my
you preserve me from trouble; *
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
|9||"I will instruct you
and teach you in the way that you
should go; *
I will guide you with my eye.
|10||Do not be like horse
or mule, which have no understanding; *
who must be fitted with bit and bridle,
or else they will not stay near you."
|11||Great are the
tribulations of the wicked; *
but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
|12||Be glad, you
righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; *
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.
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|33 Exultate, justi|
|1||Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
it is good for the just to sing praises.
|2||Praise the LORD with the harp; *
play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
|3||Sing for him a new
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
|4||For the word of the LORD is right, *
and all his works are sure.
|5||He loves righteousness
and justice; *
the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
|6||By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
|7||He gathers up the
waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
and stores up the depths of the sea.
|8||Let all the earth fear
the LORD; *
let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
|9||For he spoke, and it
came to pass; *
he commanded, and it stood fast.
|10||The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
|11||But the LORD'S will stands fast for ever, *
and the designs of his heart from age to age.
|12||Happy is the nation
whose God is the LORD! *
happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
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|13||The LORD looks down from heaven, *
and beholds all the people in the world.
he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *
on all who dwell on the earth.
fashions all the hearts of them *
and understands all their works.
no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *
a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
is a vain hope for deliverance; *
for all its strength it cannot save.
the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *
on those who wait upon his love,
their lives from death, *
and to feed them in time of famine.
waits for the LORD; *
he is our help and our shield.
our heart rejoices in him, *
for in his holy Name we put our trust.
loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *
as we have put our trust in you.
|34 Benedicam Dominum|
bless the LORD at all times; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
glory in the LORD; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.
with me the greatness of the LORD; *
let us exalt his Name together.
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|4||I sought the LORD, and he answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.
|5||Look upon him and be
and let not your faces be ashamed.
|6||I called in my
affliction and the LORD heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.
|7||The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, *
and he will deliver them.
|8||Taste and see that the
LORD is good; *
happy are they who trust in him!
|9||Fear the LORD, you that are his saints, *
for those who fear him lack nothing.
|10||The young lions lack
and suffer hunger, *
but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good.
|11||Come, children, and
listen to me; *
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
|12||Who among you loves
and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
|13||Keep your tongue from
and your lips from lying words.
|14||Turn from evil and do
seek peace and pursue it.
|15||The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, *
and his ears are open to their cry.
|16||The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, *
to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
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|17||The righteous cry, and
the LORD hears them *
and delivers them from all their troubles.
|18||The LORD is near to the brokenhearted *
and will save those whose spirits are crushed.
|19||Many are the troubles
of the righteous, *
but the LORD will deliver him out of them all.
|20||He will keep safe all
his bones; *
not one of them shall be broken.
|21||Evil shall slay the
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
|22||The LORD ransoms the life of his servants, *
and none will be punished who trust in him.
|Seventh Day: Morning Prayer|
|35 Judica, Domine|
|1||Fight those who fight
me, O LORD; *
attack those who are attacking me.
|2||Take up shield and
and rise up to help me.
|3||Draw the sword and bar
the way against those
who pursue me; *
say to my soul, "I am your salvation."
|4||Let those who seek
after my life be shamed and humbled; *
let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed.
|5||Let them be like chaff
before the wind, *
and let the angel of the LORD drive them away.
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|6||Let their way be dark
and slippery, *
and let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
|7||For they have secretly
spread a net for me without a cause; *
without a cause they have dug a pit to take me alive.
|8||Let ruin come upon
them unawares; *
let them be caught in the net they hid;
let them fall into the pit they dug.
|9||Then I will be joyful
in the LORD; *
I will glory in his victory.
|10||My very bones will
say, "LORD, who is like you? *
You deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them."
rise up against me; *
they charge me with matters I know nothing about.
|12||They pay me evil in
exchange for good; *
my soul is full of despair.
|13||But when they were
sick I dressed in sack-cloth *
and humbled myself by fasting.
|14||I prayed with my whole
as one would for a friend or a brother; *
I behaved like one who mourns for his mother,
bowed down and grieving.
|15||But when I stumbled,
they were glad and gathered together;
they gathered against me; *
strangers whom I did not know tore me to pieces and
would not stop.
|16||They put me to the
test and mocked me; *
they gnashed at me with their teeth.
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|17||O Lord, how long will
you look on? *
rescue me from the roaring beasts,
and my life from the young lions.
|18||I will give you thanks
in the great congregation; *
I will praise you in the mighty throng.
|19||Do not let my
treacherous foes rejoice over me, *
nor let those who hate me without a cause
wink at each other.
|20||For they do not plan
for peace, *
but invent deceitful schemes against the
quiet in the land.
|21||They opened their
mouths at me and said, *
"Aha! we saw it with our own eyes."
|22||You saw it, O LORD; do not be silent; *
O Lord, be not far from me.
|23||Awake, arise, to my
to my defense, my God and my Lord!
|24||Give me justice, O LORD my God,
according to your righteousness; *
do not let them triumph over me.
|25||Do not let them say in
"Aha! just what we want!" *
Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up."
|26||Let all who rejoice at
my ruin be ashamed and disgraced; *
let those who boast against me be clothed with
dismay and shame.
|27||Let those who favor my
cause sing out with joy and be glad; *
let them say always, "Great is the LORD,
who desires the prosperity of his servant."
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|28||And my tongue shall be
talking of your righteousness *
and of your praise all the day long.
|36 Dixit injustus|
|1||There is a voice of
rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
there is no fear of God before his eyes.
|2||He flatters himself in
his own eyes *
that his hateful sin will not be found out.
|3||The words of his mouth
are wicked and deceitful; *
he has left off acting wisely and doing good.
|4||He thinks up
wickedness upon his bed
and has set himself in no good way; *
he does not abhor that which is evil.
|5||Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
|6||Your righteousness is
like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep; *
you save both man and beast, O LORD.
|7||How priceless is your
love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the
shadow of your wings.
|8||They feast upon the
abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
|9||For with you is the
well of life, *
and in your light we see light.
loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.
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|11||Let not the foot of
the proud come near me, *
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
|12||See how they are
fallen, those who work wickedness! *
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.
|Seventh Day: Evening Prayer|
|Part I Noli aemulari|
|1||Do not fret yourself
because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
|2||For they shall soon
wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
|3||Put your trust in the
LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
|4||Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
|5||Commit your way to the
LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
|6||He will make your
righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
|7||Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
|8||Do not fret yourself
over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
|9||Refrain from anger,
leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
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|10||For evildoers shall be
cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
|11||In a little while the
wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
|12||But the lowly shall
possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
|13||The wicked plot
against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
|14||The Lord laughs at the
because he sees that their day will come.
|15||The wicked draw their
sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
|16||Their sword shall go
through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
|17||The little that the
righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
|18||For the power of the
wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
|Psalm 37: Part II Novit Dominus|
|19||The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
|20||They shall not be
ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
|21||As for the wicked,
they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of
the meadows, shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
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|22||The wicked borrow and
do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
|23||Those who are blessed
by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
|24||Our steps are directed
by the LORD; *
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
|25||If they stumble, they
shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
|26||I have been young and
now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging bread.
|27||The righteous are
always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
|28||Turn from evil, and do
and dwell in the land for ever.
|29||For the LORD loves justice; *
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
|30||They shall be kept
safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
|31||The righteous shall
possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
|32||The mouth of the
righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
|33||The law of their God
is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
|34||The wicked spy on the
and seek occasion to kill them.
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|35||The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
|36||Wait upon the LORD and keep his way; *
he will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
|37||I have seen the wicked
in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
|38||I went by, and behold,
they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
|39||Mark those who are
observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
|40||Transgressors shall be
destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
|41||But the deliverance of
the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
|42||The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because they seek refuge in him.
|Eighth Day: Morning Prayer|
|38 Domine, ne in furore|
|1||O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
|2||For your arrows have
already pierced me, *
and your hand presses hard upon me.
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|3||There is no health in
because of your indignation; *
there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin.
|4||For my iniquities
overwhelm me; *
like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.
|5||My wounds stink and
by reason of my foolishness.
|6||I am utterly bowed
down and prostrate; *
I go about in mourning all the day long.
|7||My loins are filled
with searing pain; *
there is no health in my body.
|8||I am utterly numb and
I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.
|9||O Lord, you know all
my desires, *
and my sighing is not hidden from you.
|10||My heart is pounding,
my strength has failed me, *
and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.
|11||My friends and
companions draw back from my affliction; *
my neighbors stand afar off.
|12||Those who seek after
my life lay snares for me; *
those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin
and plot treachery all the day long.
|13||But I am like the deaf
who do not hear, *
like those who are mute and who do not open their mouth.
|14||I have become like one
who does not hear *
and from whose mouth comes no defense.
|15||For in you, O LORD, have I fixed my hope; *
you will answer me, O Lord my God.
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|16||For I said, "Do not
let them rejoice at my expense, *
those who gloat over me when my foot slips."
|17||Truly, I am on the
verge of falling, *
and my pain is always with me.
|18||I will confess my
and be sorry for my sin.
|19||Those who are my
enemies without cause are mighty, *
and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
|20||Those who repay evil
for good slander me, *
because I follow the course that is right.
|21||O LORD, do not forsake me; *
be not far from me, O my God.
|22||Make haste to help me,
O Lord of my salvation.
|39 Dixi, Custodiam|
|1||I said, "I will keep
watch upon my ways, *
so that I do not offend with my tongue.
|2||I will put a muzzle on
my mouth *
while the wicked are in my presence."
|3||So I held my tongue
and said nothing; *
I refrained from rash words;
but my pain became unbearable.
|4||My heart was hot
while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
I spoke out with my tongue:
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|5||LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
so that I may know how short my life is.
|6||You have given me a
mere handful of days,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
|7||We walk about like a
and in vain we are in turmoil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
|8||And now, what is my
O Lord, my hope is in you.
|9||Deliver me from all my
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
|10||I fell silent and did
not open my mouth, *
for surely it was you that did it.
|11||Take your affliction
from me; *
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
|12||With rebukes for sin
you punish us;
like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; *
truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
|13||Hear my prayer, O LORD,
and give ear to my cry; *
hold not your peace at my tears.
|14||For I am but a
sojourner with you, *
a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
|15||Turn your gaze from
me, that I may be glad again, *
before I go my way and am no more.
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|40 Expectans, expectavi|
|1||I waited patiently
upon the LORD; *
he stooped to me and heard my cry.
|2||He lifted me out of
the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; *
he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.
|3||He put a new song in
a song of praise to our God; *
many shall see, and stand in awe,
and put their trust in the LORD.
|4||Happy are they who
trust in the LORD! *
they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.
|5||Great things are they
that you have done, O LORD my God!
how great your wonders and your plans for us! *
there is none who can be compared with you.
|6||Oh, that I could make
them known and tell them! *
but they are more than I can count.
|7||In sacrifice and
offering you take no pleasure *
(you have given me ears to hear you);
sin-offering you have not required, *
and so I said, "Behold, I come.
|9||In the roll of the
book it is written concerning me: *
'I love to do your will, O my God;
your law is deep in my heart.'"
righteousness in the great congregation; *
behold, I did not restrain my lips;
and that, O LORD, you know.
have I not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; *
I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the
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|12||You are the LORD;
do not withhold your compassion from me; *
let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever,
troubles have crowded upon me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see; *
they are more in number than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.
|14||Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; *
O LORD, make haste to help me.
|15||Let them be ashamed
and altogether dismayed
who seek after my life to destroy it; *
let them draw back and be disgraced
who take pleasure in my misfortune.
|16||Let those who say
"Aha!" and gloat over me be confounded, *
because they are ashamed.
|17||Let all who seek you
rejoice in you and be glad; *
let those who love your salvation continually say,
"Great is the LORD!"
|18||Though I am poor and
the Lord will have regard for me.
|19||You are my helper and
my deliverer; *
do not tarry, O my God.
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