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that would understand, and seek after God. 4. But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become abominable; there is also none that doeth good, no In Ot One. 5 Are not they without understanding that work wicked-ness, eating up my people as if they would eat bread?, they have not called upon God. 6 They were afraid, where no fear was; for God hath broken the bones of him that besieged thee; thou hast put them to confusion, because God hath despised them. 7 Oh that the salvation were given unto Israel out of Sion' Oh that the Lord would deliver his people out of captivity! 8. Then should Jacob rejoice, and Israel should be right glad.

Psalm liv. Deus, in Nomine.

AVE me, O God, for thy name’s sake, and avenge me in thy strength. 2 Hear my prayer, O God, and hearken unto the words of my mouth : 3 For strangers are risen up against me; and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul. 4 Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. 5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: destroy thou them in thy truth. 6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy name, O Lord; because it is so comfortable. , 7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble; and mine

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Ine. 6 And I said, O that I had wings like a dove; for then would I flee away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I get me away far off, and remain in the wilderness. 8 I would make haste to escape, because of the stormy wind and tempest. 9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them; for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof; mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness is therein; deceit and guile go not out of their streets. 12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour; for then I could have borne it: 13 Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify him

self against me; for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him : 14 But it was even thou, my companion, my guide, and mine own familiar friend. 15 We took sweet counsel together, and walked in the house of God as friends. 16 Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down quick into hell; for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. 17 As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save Ine

18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon day, will I pray, and that instantly; and he shall hear my voice. 19 It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace, from the battle that was against me; for there were many with me. 20 Yea, even God that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down; for they will not turn, nor fear God. 21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him, and he brake his covenant. 22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart; his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords. 23 O cast thy burthen upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee, and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.

24 And as for them, thou, I

O God, shalt bring them into

the pit of destruction. 25 The blood-thirsty and de

ceitful men shall not live out

half their days: nevertheless,

my Fus shall be in thee, O OrCo.

The eleventh Day.

MORNING PRAYER.

Psalm lwi. Miserere mei, Deus.

Emerciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to devour me; he is daily fighting and troubling me. 2 Mine enemies are daily in hand to swallow me up; for they be many that fight against me, O thou most Highest. 3 Nevertheless, though I am sometimes afraid, yet put I my trust in thee. 4 I will praise God because of his word: I have put my trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5 They daily mistake my words; all that they imagine is to do me evil. 6 They hold all together,

and keep themselves close, and

mark my steps, when they lay wait for my soul. 7. Shall they escape for their wickedness? thou, O God, in thy displeasure, shalt cast them down. 8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put my tears into thy bottle: are not these things noted in thy book? 9 Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to flight: this I know; for God is on my side. 10 In God’s word will I rejoice; in the Lord’s word will comfort me. 11 Yea, in God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows; unto thee will I give thanks. 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feel from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Psalmlvii. Miserere mei, Deus.

E merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me; for my soul trusteth in thee; and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this tyranny be overpast. 2 I will call unto the most high God, even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand. 3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproof of him that would eat me up. 4 God shall send forth his mercy and truth: my soul is among lions. 5 And I lie even among the children of men, that are set on fire, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp A sword. 6 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth. 7 They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul; they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it themselves. 8 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing, and give praise. 9 Awake up, my glory; awake, lute and harp : I myself will awake right early. 10 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people; and I will sing unto thee among the nations. ll For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

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

Psalm lwiii. Si were utique.

A'. your minds set upon righteousness, O ye congregation? and do § judge the thing that is right, O ye sons of men 2 2 Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth, and your hands deal with wickedness. 3 The ungodly are froward, even from their mother’s womb; as soon as they are o they go astray, and speak ICS. 4 They are as venomous as the poison of a serpent, even like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her ears; 5 Which refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. 6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths; Smite the jaw. bones of the lions, O Lord: let them fall away like water that runneth apace, and when they shoot their arrows, let them be rooted out. 7 Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman; and let them not see the sun. 8 Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns, so let indignation vex him, even as a thing that is raw. 9 The righteous shall rejoice, when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly. 10 So that a man shall say, Verily, there is a reward for the righteous; doubtless there is a God that judgeth the earth.

EVENING PRAYER.

Psalm lix. Eripe mede inimicis. ELIVER me from mine enemies, O God; defend me from them that rise up against me. 2 O deliver me from the wicked doers, and save me from the blood-thirsty men. 3 For lo, they lie waiting for my soul; the mighty men are gathered against me, without any offence or fault of me, O Lord. 4. They run and prepare themselves without my fault; arise thou therefore to help me, and behold. 5 Stand up, O Lord God of hosts, thou God of Israel, to visit all the heathen, and be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness. 6 They go to and fro in the evening, they grin like a dog, and run about through the city. 7 Behold, they speak with their mouth, and swords are in their lips; for who doth hear? 8 But thou, O Lord, shalt have them in derision, and thou shalt laugh all the heathen to SCOTIl. 9 My strength will I ascribe unto thee; for thou art the God of my refuge.

13 Consume them in thy wrath; consume them, that they may perish, and know that it is God that ruleth in Jacob, and unto the ends of the world. 14 And in the evening they will return, grin like a dog, and will go about the city. 15. They will run here and there for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied. 16 As for me, I will sing of thy power, and will praise thy mercy betimes in the morning; for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. 17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing; for thou, O God, art my refuge, and my merciful God.

Psalm lx. Deus, repulisti nos.

O God, thou hast cast us out, and scattered us abroad; thou hast also been displeased: O turn thee unto us again. 2 Thou hast moved the land, and divided it: heal the sores thereof, for it shaketh. 3 Thou hast showed thy people heavy things; thou hast given us a drink of deadly wine. 4 Thou hast given a token for such as fear thee, that they may triumph because of the

10 God showeth me his good- truth

ness plenteously: and God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemieS. ll. Slay them not, lest my people forget it; but scatter them abroad among the people, and put them down, O Lord, our defence. 12 For the sin of their mouth, and for the words of their lips, they shall be taken, in their pride: and why? their preaching is of cursing and lies.

5 Therefore were thy belov. ed delivered: help me with thy right hand, and hear me. 6 God hath spoken in his holiness, I will rejoice and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 7 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Juis my law-giver; 8 Moab is m over Edom will

wash-pot; cast out my

shoe; Philistia, be thouglad of

ine. 9 Who will lead me into the strong city? who will bring me into Edom? 10 Hast not thou cast us out, O God? wilt not thou, O God, go out with our hosts? . 11 O be thou our help in trouble; for vain is the help of

Imall. 12 Through God will we do

great acts; for it is he that shall

tread down our enemies.

Psalm lxi. Eacaudi, Deus. EAR my crying, O God, ive ear unto my prayer. 2 From the ends of the earth will I call upon thee, when my heart is in heaviness. 3 O set me up upon the rock that is higher than I; for thou hast been my hope, and a strong towerfor me against the enemy. 4 I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever, and my trust shall be under the covering of thy wings. 5. For thou, O Lord, hast heard my desires, and hast given an heritage unto those that fear thy name. 6 Thou shalt grant the King along life, that his years may endure throughout all generations. 7 He shall dwell before God for ever: O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him. 8. So will I always sing praise unto thy name, that I may daily perform my vows.

The twelfth Day. MORNING PRAYER. Psalm lxii. Nonne Deo 2 Y soul truly waiteth still upon God; for of him cometh my salvation.

2 He verily is my strength and my salvation; he is my deso so that I shall not greatly

3 How long will ye imagine mischief against every man? ye shall be slain all the sort of you; yea, as a tottering wall shall ye be, and like a broken hedge... . 4 Their device is only how to put him out whom God will exalt; their delight is in lies; they give good words with their mouth, but curse with their heart. 5 Nevertheless, my soul wait thou still upon God; for my hope is in him. 6 He truly, is my strength, and my salvation; he is my de. fence, so that I shall not fall. 7 in God is my health and glory, the rock of my might; and in God is my trust. 8 O put your trust in him alway, ye people; pour out your hearts before him; for God is our hope. 9 As for the children of men, they are but vanity; the chil. dren of men are deceitful upon the weights; they are altogether lighter than vanity itself. 10 O trust not in wrong and robbery; give not yourselves unto vanity: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. 11 God spake once, and twice I have also heard the same, that power belongeth unto God; 12. And that thou, Lord, art merciful; for thou rewardest every man according to his work. w

Psalm lxiii. Deus, Deus meus.

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee.

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