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And those sound rules, which thou prescrib'st,

all due respect shall find.
16 To keep thy statutes undefac'd

shall be my constant joy;
The strict remembrance of thy word
shall all my thoughts employ.

17 Be gracious to thy servant, Lord,

do thou my life defend,
That I, according to tlry word,

my future time may spend.
18 Enlighten both my eyes and mind,

that so I may discern
The wondrous work which they behold,

who thy just precepts learn.
19 Though, like a stranger in the land,

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.
30 Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth,

my happy choice I've made;
Thy judgments, as my rule of life,

before me always laid.
31 My care has been to make


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.

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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,
Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soul

did speedy comfort find.
53 Sometimes I stand amaz'd, like one

with deadly horror struck,
To think how all my sinful foes

have thy just laws forsook.
54 But I thy statutes and decrees

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.

57 O Lord, my God, my portion thou

and sure possession art;
Thy words I steadfastly resolve
to treasure in


58 With all the strength of warm desire

I did thy grace implore;
Disclose, according to thy word,

thy mercy's boundless store.
59 With due reflection and strict care

on all my ways I thought;
And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths,

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,

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;

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