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did all my griefs control; Thy word, when troubles hemm'd me round, reviv'd my fainting souls 51 Insulting foes did proudly mock, and all my hopes deride ; Yet from thy law not all their scoffs could make me turn aside 52 Thy judgements then, of ancient date, I quickly call’d to mind, Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soul did speedy comfort find. 53 Sometimes I stand ainaz'd, like one with deadly horror struck, To think how all my sinful focs
have thy just laws forsook. 54 But I thy statutes and decrees
my cheerful anthems made : Whilst thro' strange lands and desert wilds I like a pilgrim stray'd. 55 Thy name, that cheer'd my heart by day, has fill'd my thoughts by wight: I then resolv'd by thy just laws
to guide my steps aright. 56 That peace of mind, which has my soul in deep distress sustain's, By strict obcdience to thy will
I happily obtain’d.
сHETH. . 57 O Lord, my God, my portion thou and sure possession art; Tiny words I steadfastly resolve
to treasure in iny heart. 58 With all tne strength of warm desire
I did thy grace implore; Disciose, according to thy word,
thy mercy's boundless store, 59 With due reflection and strict care on all my ways I thought ; And so, reclaiin’d to thy just pathş, my wand'ring steps I brought. 60 I lost no time, but made great haste, resolv’d, without delay, To watch, that I might never more
from thy commandments stray. 61 Though num'rous troops of sinful men to rob me have combin’d, Yet I thy pure and righteous laws
have ever kept in mind. 62 In dead of night I will arise
to sing thy solemn praise; Convinc'd how much I always ought to love thy righteous ways, 63 To such as fear thy holy name
myself I closely join; To all who their obedient wills
to thy commands resign. 64 O'er all the earth thy mercy, Lord, abundantiy is shed ; O make me then exactly learn
thy sacred paths to tread:
65 With me, thy servąnt, thou hast dealt most graciously, O Lord; Repeated benefits bestow'd,
according to thy word. 66 Teach me the sacred skill, by which right judgement is attain'd, Who in belief of thy commands
have steadfastly remain’d. 67 Before affliction stopp'd my course, my footsteps went astray; But I have since been disciplin’d
thy precepts to obey. 68 'Thou art, O Lord, supremely good,
and all thou dost is so; On me thy statutes to discern,
thy saving skill bestow. 69 The proud have forg'd malicious lies, my spotless fame to stain ; But niy fix'd heart, without reserve,
thy precepts shall retain. 70 Wnile pamper'd, they, with prosp'rousills, in sensual picasures live, My soul can ruiish no delight,
but what thy precepts give, 7! 'Tis good for me that I have felt afdiction's chast'ning rod, That I miglit duly learn and keep
the statutes of my God. 72 The law that from thy moutn proceeds, of more esteen I hold Than untouch'd mines, than thousand mines of silver and of gold,
JOD. 73 To me, who am the workmanship of thy almighty hands, The heav'nly understanding give
to learn thy just commands 74 My preservation to thy saints strong comfort will afford, To see success attend my hopes,
who trusted in thy word. 75 That right thy judgements are, I now by sure experience see ; And that in faithfulness, O Lord,
thou hast afflicted me. 76 O let thy tender mercy now
afford me needful aid ; According to thy promise, Lord,
to me, thy servant, made, 77 To me thy saving grace restore, that I again may live ; Whose soul can relish no delight,
but what thy precepts give. 78 Defeat the proud, who, unprovok’d, to ruin me have sought, Who only on thy sacred laws
employ my harmless thought. 79 Let those that fear thy name espouse my cause, and those alone, Who have by strict and pious search, thy sacred precepts known. 80 In thy blest statutes let my heart continue always sound; That guilt and shame, the sinner's lot, may never me confound.
CAPH, , 81 My soul with long expectance faints to see thy saving grace ; Yet still on thy unerring word
my confidence I place. 82 My very eyes consume and fail with waiting for thy word; O! when wilt thou thy kind relief and promis d aid afford? 83 My skin like shrivell’d parchment shows, that long in smoke is set; Yet no affliction me can force
thy statutes to forget. 84 How many days must I endure of sorrow and distress? When wilt thou judgement execute on them who me oppress? 85 The proud have digg'd a pit for me, that have no other foes, But such as are averse to thee,
and thy just laws oppose. 86 With sacred truth's eternal laws all thy commands agree; Men persecute me without cause ; thou, Lord, my helper be. 87 With close designs against my life they had almost prevailid; But, in obedience to thy will,
my duty never fail'd. 88 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, my drooping heart to cheer; That by thy righteous statutes I my life's whole course may steer.
LAMED. 89 For ever and for ever, Lord,
unchang'd thou dost remain; Thy word, establish'd in the heav'ns, does all their orbs sustain. 20 Through circling ages, Lord, thy truth immoveable shall stand, · As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st by thy almighty hand. 91 All things the course by thee ordain’d ev'n to this day fulfil; They are thy faithful subjects all,
and servants of thy will. 92 Unless thy sacred law had been my comfort and delight, I must have fainted, and expir'd
in dark affliction's night. 93 Thy precepts therefore from my thoughts shall never, Lord, depart; For thou by them hast to new life restor'd my dying heart. 91 As I am thine, entirely thine,
protect me, Lord, from harm, Who have thy precepts sought to know, and carefully perform. 95 The wicked have their ambush laid my guiltless life to take ; But in the midst of danger I
thy word my study make..
96 I've seen an end of what we call perfection here below; But thy commandments, like thyself, no change or period know!
MEM. 97 The love that to thy laws I bear no language can display ; They with fresh wonders entertain my ravish'd thoughts all day. 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow than all my subtle foes ; For thy sure word doth me direct, and all my ways dispose. 99 From me my former teachers now may abler counsel take ; Because thy sacred precepts I
my constant study makė. 100 In understanding I excel
the sages of our days ; Because by thy unerring rules,
I order all my ways. 101 My feet with care I have refrain'd, from ev'ry sinful way, That to thy sacred word I might
entire obedience pay. 102 I have not from thy judgements stray'd, by vain desires misled; For, Lord, thou hast instructed me thy righteous paths to tread. 103 How sweet are all thy words to me! O what divine repast ! How much more grateful to my soul, than honey to my taste ! 104 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I with heav'nly skill am blest, Through which the treach'rous ways of sin I utterly detest.
NUN. 105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp, the
of truth to show; A watch light, to point out the path
in which I ought to go. 106 I swear, and from my solemn oath will never start aside, That in thy righteous judgements I will steadfastly abide. 107 Since I with griefs am so opprest,
that I can bear no more, According to thy word do thou
my fainting soul restore. 108 Let still my sacrifice of praise with thee acceptance find ; And in thy righteous judgements, Lord, instruct my willing mind. 109 Though ghastly dangers me surround, my soul they cannot awa, Nor with continual terrors keep
from thinking on thy law. 110 My wicked and invet'rate foes for me their snares have laid ; Yet I have kept the upright path,
por from thy precepts stray'd 111 Thy testimonies I have made my heritage and choice ; For they, when other comforts fail, my drooping heart rejoice. 112 My heart with early zeal began thy statutes to obey, And till my course of life is done, shall keep thy upright way.
SAMECH. 113 Deceitful thoughts and practices I utterly detest; But to thy law affection bear;
too great to be exprest. 114 My hiding place, my refuge tow'r, and shield art thou, O Lord; I firmly anchor all my hopes
on thy unerring word. 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, approach not my abode ; For firmly I resolve to keep
the precepts of my God. 116 According to thy gracious word, from danger st me free; Nor make me of those hopes asham’d, that I
in thee. 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe, and rescued from distress; To thy decrees continually
my just respect address. 118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth, who from thy statutes stray'd; Their vile deceit the just reward
of their own falsebood made. thy promises and threats. 140 Yet each neglected word of thine, howe'er by them despis’d, Is pure, and for eternal truth
119 The wicked from thy holy land thou dost like dross remove; I therefore with such justice charm’d, thy testimonies love. 120 Yet with that love they make me dread, lest I should so offend, When on transgressors 1 behold
thy judgements thus descend.
AIN. 121 Judgement and justice I have lov’d;
O therefore, Lord, engage In my defence, nor give me up
to my oppressors' rage. 122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me, and so shall this distress Prove good for me ; nor shall the proud my guiltless soul oppress. 123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail, in long expectance held; Till thy salvation they behold,
and righteous word fulfillid. 124 To me, thy servant, in distress, thy wonted grace display, And discipline my willing heart
thy statutes to obey. 125 On me, devoted to thy fear,
thy sacred skill bestow, That of thy testimonies I
the full extent may know. . 26 'Tis time, high time for thee, O Lord, thy vengeance to employ; When men with open violence
thy sacred law destroy. 127 Yet their contempt of thy commands but makes their value rise lj, v esteem, who purest gold,
compar'd with them, despise. 128 Tuy precepts therefore I account, in all respects, divine ; They teach me to discern the right, and all false ways decline.
PE. 129 The wonders which thy laws contain no words can represent ; Toerefore to learn and practise them my zealous heart is bent. 13) The very entrance to thy word
celestial light displays, And knowledge of true happiness
to simplest minds conveys. 131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, and fainting with desire; Taat of thy wise commands I might
the sacred skill acquire. 132 With favour, Lord, look down on me, who thy relief implore ; As tuou art wont to visit those
who thy blest name adore. 133 Directed by thy heav'nly word let all my footsteps be ; Nor wickedness of any kind
dominion have o'er me. 134 Release, entirely set me free
from persecuting hands, That, unmolested, I may learn
and practice thy commands. 135 On me, devoted to thy fear,
Lord, make thy face to shine ; Thy'statutes both to know and keep, my heart with zeal incline. 136 My eyes to weeping fountains turn, whence briny rivers flow, To see mankind against thy laws
in bold defiance go.
TSADDI. 137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom wrong'd innocence And, like thyself, thy judgements, Lord, in all respects are just. 138 Most just and true those statutes were, which thou didst first decree ; And all with faithfulness perform’d succeeding times shall see. 139 With zeal my flesh consumes away, my soul with anguish frets, To see my faes contemn at once,
by me, thy servant, priz'd. 14! Brought, for thy sake, to low estate, contempt from all I find; Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive thy precepts from my mind.
may trust : too vast to be exprest. 164 Sev'n times a day, with grateful voice, thy praises I resound, Because I find thy judgements all with truth and justice crown’d:
142 Thy righteousness shall then endure, when time itself is past ;
which shall for ever last..
thy precepts my delight. 144 Eternal and unerring rules
thy testimonies give : Teach me the wisdom that will make my soul for ever live,
КОР Н. 145 With my whole heart to God I call’d, Lord, hear my earnest cry ; And I thy statutes to perform
will all my care apply.
and steadfastly obey.
my hope alone relied.
might perfect knowledge get: 149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, and wonted favour shew : O quicken me, and so approve
thy judgement ever truc. 150 My persecuting foes advance, and hourly nearer draw; What treatment can I hope from them, who violate thy law ? 151 Though they draw nigh, my comfort is, thou, Lord, art yet more near; Thou, whose commands are righteous, all thy promises sincere. 152 Concerning thy divine decrees, my soul has known of old, That they were true, and shall their truth to endless ages hold.
RESCH. 153 Consider my affiction, Lord, and me from bondage draw; Think on thy servant in distress,
who ne'er forgets thy law. 154 Plead thou my cause ; to that and me thy timely aid afford; With beams of mercy quicken me, according to thy word. 155 From harden'd sinners thou remov'st salvation far away ; 'Tis just thou should’st withdraw from them, who from thy statutes stray. 156 Since great thy tender mercies are to all who thee adore ; According to thy judgements, Lord, my fainting hopes restore. 157 A num'rous host of spiteful foes against my life combine ; But all too few to force my soul
thy statutes to decline. 158 Those bold transgressors I beheld, and was with grief oppress’d, To see with what audacious pride
thy cov'nant they transgress'd. 159 Yet while they slight, consider, Lord, how I thy precepts love ; O therefore quicken me with beams of mercy from above. 160 As from the birth of time thy truth has held through ages past, So shall thy righteous judgements, firm, to endless ages last.
SCHIN. 161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause, conspire my blood to shed, Thy sacred word has pow'r alone
to fill my heart with dread.
I utterly detest;