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TSADDI. 137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom
wrong'd innocence may trust; And, like thyself, thy judgments, 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
flesh consumes away, my soul with anguish frets, To see my foes contemn at once
thy promises and threats. 140 Yet each neglected word of thine,
howe'er by them despis'd, Is pure, and for eternal truth
by me thy servant, priz'd. 141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate,
contempt from all I find; Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive
thy precepts from my mind. 142 Thy righteousness shall then endure,
when time itself is past; Thy law is truth itself, that truth
which shall for ever last. 143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and dread,
to compass me unite; Beset with danger, still I make
thy precepts my delight. 144 Eternal and unerring rules
thy testimonies give: Teach me the wisdom that will make my soul for ever live.
КОРН. 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.
O save me, that I may
and steadfastly obey.
prevented, while I cry'd To him, on whose engaging word
my hope alone rely d. 148 With zeal have I awak'd before
the midnight watch was set, That I of thy mysterious word
might perfect knowledge get.
149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice,
and wonted favour show: O quicken me, and so approve
thy judgment ever true. 150 My persecuting foes advance,
and hourly nearer draw; What treatment can I hope from them
that 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 affliction, 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 shouldst withdraw from them
who from thy statutes stray. 156 Since great thy tender mercies are
to all who thee adore; According to thy judgments, Lord,
my fainting hopes restore. 157 A numerous host of spiteful foes
against my life combine; But all too few to force
soul thy statutes to decline. 158 Those bold transgressors I beheld,
and was with grief oppress'd, To see with what audacious pride
thy covenant they transgress’d. 159 Yet while they slight, consider, Lord,
how I thy precepts love; Otherefore 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 judgments firm
to endless ages last.
SCHIN. -161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause,
conspire my blood to shed, Thy sacred word has power alone
to fill my heart with dread. 162 And yet that word my joyful breast
with heavenly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war,
have such transporting charms. 163 Perfidious practices and lies
I utterly detest;
too vast to be exprest.
thy praises I resound, Because I find thy judgments all
with truth and justice crown'd. 165 Secure substantial peace have they
who truly love thy law; No smiling mischief them can tempt,
nor frowning danger awe. 166 For thy salvation I have hop'd,
and though so long delay'd, With cheerful zeal and strictest care
all thy commands obey'd. 167 Thy testimonies I have kept,
and constantly obey’d; Because the love I bore to them
thy service easy made.
I never yet withdrew;
attend, O gracious Lord;
according to thy word.
before thy throne appear;
relief draw near.
the tribute of their praise,
and taught me thy just ways.
shall thankfully resound, Because thy promises are all
with truth and justice crown'd.
IN deep distress Loft have cry's
PSALM 120, 121. 173 Let thy Almighty arm appear,
and bring me timely aid; For I the laws thou hast ordain'd
my heart's free choice have made. 174 My soul has waited long to see
thy saving grace restor'd; Nor comfort knew, but what thy laws,
thy heavenly laws afford. 175 Prolong my life that I may sing
my great Restorer's praise; Whose justice, from the depths of woe
my fainting soul shall raise. 176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, till I
despair my way to find; Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek, who keeps thy laws in mind.
PSALM CXX. 1 IN
to rescue me oppress'd with wrongs; 2 Once more, O Lord, deliv’rance send, From lying lips my soul defend,
and from the rage of sland'ring tongues. 3 What little profit can accrue, And yet what heavy wrath is due,
O thou perfidious tongue, to thee! 4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn; Of lasting flames, that fiercely burn,
the constant fuel thou shalt be. 15 But, O! how wretched is my doom, Who am a sojourner become
in barren Mesech's desert soil ! With Kedar's wicked tents enclos'd, To lawless savages expos'd,
who live on nought but theft and spoil. 6 My hapless dwelling is with those Who peace and amity oppose,
and pleasure take in other's harms: 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek; But when to them of peace I speak, they straight cry out, To arms, to arms.
PSALM CXXI. 1
NO Sion's bill I lift my eyes, 2 From Sion's hill, and Sion's God,
who heaven and earth has made. 3 Then thou, my soul, in safety rest,
thy Guardian will not sleep: 4 His watchful care, that Israel guards,
will Israel's monarch keep.
5 Shelter'd beneath th’ Almighty's wings
thou shalt securely rest, 6 Where neither sun por moon shall thee
by day or night molest. 7 From common accidents of life
his care shall guard thee still; 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and foes
that lie in wait to kill. 9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war,
thy God shall thee defend; Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage safe to thy journey's end.
PSALM CXXII. 1 'TWAS a joyful sound to hear
our tribes devoutly say, Up, Israel, to the temple haste,
and keep your festal day! 2 At Salem's courts we must appear,
with our assembled powers, 3 In strong and beauteous order rang'd,
like her united towers. 4. 'Tis thither, by divine command,
the tribes of God repair, Before his ark to celebrate
his name with praise and prayer. 5 Tribunals stand erected there,
where equity takes place: There stand the courts and palaces
of royal David's race. 6 O, pray we then for Salem's peace,
for they shall prosp'rous be, Thou holy city of our God,
who bear true love to thee. 7 May peace within thy sacred walls
a constant guest be found; With plenty and prosperity
thy palaces be crown'd. 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends
no less than brethren dear, I'll pray---May peace in Salem's towers
a constant guest appear. 9 But most of all I'll seek thy good,
and ever wish thee well, For Sion and the temple's sake, where God vouchsafes to dwell.
PSALM CXXIII. 1, 2
N thee, who dwell'st above the skies,