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4 For thy mercy is greater than the heavens, and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.

5 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth,

6 That thy beloved may be delivered: let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.

7 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice therefore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

8 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of my head;

9 Juda is my law-giver; Moab is my wash-pot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; upon Philistia will I triumph.

10 Who will lead me into the strong city? and who will bring me into Edom?

11 Hast not thou forsaken us, O God? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?

12 O help us against the enemy; for vain is the help of

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mouth of the deceitful is opened

upon me.

2 And they have spoken against me with false tongues; they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

3 For the love that I had unte them, lo, they take now my contrary part; but I give myself unto prayer.

4 Thus have they rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my good-will.

5 Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him, and let Satan stand at his right hand.

6 When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned; and let his prayer be turned

into sin.

7 Let his days be few, and let another take his office.

8 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

9 Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread; let them seek it also out of desolate places.

10 Let the extortioner consume all that he hath; and let the stranger spoil his labour.

11 Let there be no man to pity him, nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.

12 Let his posterity be destroyed; and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.

13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the Lord, and let not the sin of his mother be done away.

14 Let them alway be before the Lord, that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth;

15 And that, because his mind was not to do good; but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.

16 His delight was in curs ing, and it shall happen unto him; he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.

17 He clothed himself with cursing like as with a raiment, and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

18 Let it be unto him as the

them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloak.

29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth, and praise him among the multitude:

30 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save his soul from unrighteous judges.

The twenty-third Day. MORNING PRAYER. Psalm cx. Dixit Dominus.

cloak that he hath upon him, THE Lord said unto my

and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.

19 Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies, and to those that speak evil against my soul.

20 But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy name; for sweet is thy mercy.

21 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor, and my heart is wounded within me.

22 I go hence like the shadow that departeth, and am driven away as the grasshopper. 23 My knees are weak through fasting; my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.

24 I became also a reproach unto them; they that looked upon me shaked their heads.

25 Help me, O Lord my God; O save me, according to thy mercy.

26 And they shall know how that this is thy hand, and that thou, Lord, hast done it.

27 Though they curse, yet bless thou; and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.

28. Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame; and let

Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion; be thou ruler even in the midst among thine enemies.

3 In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee freewill offerings with an holy worship: the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.

4 The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.

5 The Lord upon thy right hand shall wound even kings, in the day of his wrath.

6 He shall judge among the heathen; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies, and smite in sunder the heads over divers countries.

7 He shall drink of the brook in the way; therefore shall he lift up his head.

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2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

3 His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour, and his righteousness endureth for


4 The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marvellous works, that they ought to be had in remembrance.

5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him; he shall ever be mindful of his cove


6 He hath showed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are true.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption unto his people; he hath commanded

5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth, and will guide his words with discretion;

6 For he shall never be moved: and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.

7 He will not be afraid of any evil tidings; for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.

8 His heart is stablished, and will not shrink, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

9 He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor, and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him; he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm cxiii. Laudate, pueri.

his covenant for ever; holy and PRAISE the Lord, ye ser

reverend is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever.

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vants; O praise the name of the Lord.

2 Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time forth for evermore.

3 The Lord's name is praised, from the rising up of the sun, unto the going down of the


4 The Lord is high above all heathen, and his glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high, and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?

6 He taketh up the simple out of the dust, and lifteth the poor out of the mire;

7 That he may set him with the princes, even with the princes of his people.

8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.

EVENING PRAYER. Psalm cxiv. In exitu Israel.

WHEN Israel came out of

Egypt, and the house of Jacob from among the strange people,

2 Juda was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

3 The sea saw that, and fled; Jordan was driven back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like young sheep.

5 What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams? and ye little hills, like young sheep?

7 Tremble thou earth at the presence of the Lord; at the presence of the God of Jacob;

8 Who turned the hard rock into a standing water, and the flint-stone into a springing well. Psalm cxv. Non nobis, Domine.

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not; noses have they, and smell not.

7 They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not; neither speak they through their throat.

8 They that make them are like unto them; and so are all such as put their trust in them.

9 But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the Lord; he is their succour and defence.

10 Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord; he is their helper and defender.

11 Ye that fear the Lord,

Put your trust in the Lord; he is their helper and defender.

12 The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us; even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron.

13 He shall bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.

14 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

15 Ye are the blessed of the Lord, who made heaven and


16 All the whole heavens are the Lord's; the earth hath he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not thee, O Lord, neither all they that go down into silence;

18 But we will praise the Lord, from this time forth for evermore. Praise the Lord.

The twenty-fourth Day. MORNING PRAYER. Psalm cxvi. Dilexi, quoniamI Am well pleased that the

Lord hath heard the voice of my prayer;

2 That he hath inclined his

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6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was in misery, and he helped me.

7 Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath rewarded thee.

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8 And why? thou hast deli-Give thanks unto the Lord,

vered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

10 I believed, and therefore will I speak; but I was sore troubled: I said in my haste, All men are liars.

11 What reward shall I give unto the Lord, for all the benefits that he hath done unto me? 12 I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord:

13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people: right dear in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

14 Behold, O Lord, how that I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thy handmaid; thou hast broken my bonds in sunder.

15 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.

16 I will pay my vows unto the Lord, in the sight of all his

for he is gracious; because his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Let Israel now confess that he is gracious, and that his mercy endureth for ever.

3 Let the house of Aaron now confess, that his mercy endureth for ever.

4 Yea, let them now that fear the Lord confess, that his mercy endureth for ever.

5 I called upon the Lord in trouble; and the Lord heard me at large.

6 The Lord is on my side, I will not fear what man doeth unto me.

7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me; therefore shall I see my desire upon mine enemies.

8 It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put any confidence in man.

9 It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put any confidence in princes.

10 All nations compassed me round about; but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them,

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