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And those sound rules, which thou prescrib'st,
all due respect shall find.
shall be my constant joy;
do thou my life defend,
my future time may spend.
that so I may discern
who thy just precepts learn.
from place to place I stray, * Thy righteous judgments from my sight
remove not thou away. 20 My fainting soul is almost pin'd,
with earnest longing spent, Whilst always on the eager search
of thy just will intent. 21 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud,
whom still thy curse pursues; Since they to walk in thy right ways
presumptuously refuse. 22 But far from me do thou, O Lord,
contempt and shame remove; For I thy sacred laws affect
with undissembled love. 23 Though princes oft, in council met,
against thy servant spake; Yet I thy statutes to observe
my constant business make. 24 For thy commands have always been
my comfort and delight; By them I learn, with prudent care, to guide my steps aright.
DALETH. 25 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care,
close to the dust does cleave; Revive me, Lord, and let me now
thy promis'd aid receive. 26 To thee I still declar'd my ways,
and thou inclin'st thine ear; O teach me then my future life
by thy just laws to steer. 27 If thou wilt make me know thy laws,
and by their guidance walk.
The wondrous works which thou hast done shall be
my constant talk. 28 But see, my soul within me sinks,
press'd down with weighty care; Do thou, according to thy word,
my wasted strength repair. 29 Far, far from me be all false ways
and lying arts remov'd; But kindly grant I still may keep
the path by thee approv'd.
my happy choice I've made;
before me always laid.
life with thy commands agree; O then preserve thy servant, Lord,
from shame and ruin free. 32 So in the way of thy commands
shall I with pleasure run, And, with a heart enlarg'd with joy, successfully go on.
HE. 33 Instruct me in thy statutes, Lord,
thy righteous paths display; And I from them, through all my life,
will never go astray. 34 If thou true wisdom from above
wilt graciously impart, To keep thy perfect laws I will
devote my zealous heart. 35 Direct me in the sacred ways
to which thy precepts lead; Because my chief delight has been
thy righteous paths to tread. 36 Do thou to thy most just commands
incline my willing heart; Let no desire of worldly wealth
from thee my thoughts divert. 37 From those vain objects turn my eyes,
which this false world displays; But give me lively power and strength
to keep thy righteous ways. 38 Confirm the promise which thou mad'st,
and give thy servant aid, Who to transgress thy sacred laws
is awfully afraid. 39 The foul disgrace I justly fear,
in mercy, Lord, remove; For all the judgments thou ordain'st
are full of grace and love.
40 Thou know'st how after thy commands
my longing heart does pant; O then make haste to raise me up, and promis'd succour grant.
VAU. 41 Thy constant blessing, Lord, bestow,
to cheer my drooping heart; To me, according to thy word,
thy saving health impart. 42 So shall I, when my foes upbraid,
this ready answer make; “ In God I trust, who never will
“ his faithful promise break.” 43 Then let not quite the word of truth
be from my mouth remov'd; Since still my ground of steadfast hope
thy just decrees have prov'd. 44 So I to keep thy righteous laws
will all my study bend; From
age to age my time to come in their observance spend. 45 Ere long I trust to walk at large,
from all incumbrance free; Since I resolve to make
life with thy commands agree. 46 Thy laws shall be my constant talk;
and princes shall attend, Whilst I the justice of thy ways
with confidence defend. 47 My longing heart and ravish'd soul
shall both o’erflow with joy, When in thy lov'd commandments I
my happy hours employ. 48 Then will I to thy just decrees
lift up my willing hands; My care and business then shall be to study thy commands.
ZAIN. 49 According to thy promis'd grace,
thy favour, Lord, extend; Make good to me the word on which
thy servant's hopes depend. 50 That only comfort in distress
did all my griefs control; Thy word, when troubles hemm’d me round,
reviv'd my fainting soul. 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 judgments then of ancient date,
I quickly call to mind,
did speedy comfort find.
with deadly horror struck,
have thy just laws forsook.
my cheerful anthems made; Whilst through 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 night: 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'd, By strict obedience to thy will I hạppily obtain’d.
and sure possession art;
I did thy grace implore;
thy mercy's boundless store.
on all my ways I thought;
my wand'ring steps I brought.
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,
abundantly is shed;
O make me then exactly learn thy sacred paths to tread.
TETH 65 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt
most graciously, O Lord; Repeated benefits bestow'd,
according to thy word. 66 Teach me the sacred skill, by which
right judgment 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 my fix'd heart, without reserve,
thy precepts shall retain. 70 While pamper'd, they, with prosp'rous ills,
in sensual pleasures live, My soul can relish no delight,
but what thy precepts give. 71 'Tis good for me that I have felt
affliction's chastning rod, That I might duly learn and keep the statutes of
my God. 72 The law that from thy mouth proceeds,
of more esteem 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 heavenly 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 judgments 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 needfül aid;