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But I hope in thy word.

Mine eyes fail for thy word, 82

While I say, When wilt thou comfort me ?
For I am become like a ^* bottle in the smoke ; 83

Yet do I not forget thy statutes.
How many are the days of thy servant ? 84

When wilt thou execute judgement on them that per-
secute me ?
The proud have digged pits for me, 85

Who are not after thy law.

All thy commandments are faithful : 86

n Or. with Thev persecute me " wrongfully : help thou me.

They had almost consumed me upon earth ; 07

But I forsook not thy precepts.

Quicken me after thy lovingkindness ; 88

So shall I observe the testimony of thy mouth.



For ever, O Lord,

Thy word is settled in heaven.

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations :

Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
icor.^j/tfr 16 jhey abide this day according to thine ordinances ; 91
m^"sf^hey YoT all things are thy servants.
rf«/' " Unless thy law had been my delight,

I should then have perished in mine affliction.
. I will never forget thy precepts ; :

For with them thou hast quickened me.

I am thine, save me ;

For I have sought thy precepts.







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95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me ;
Bui I will consider thy testimonies.

96 I have seen an end of all perfection ;

But thy commandment is exceeding broad.


97 Oh how love I thy law !

It is my meditation all the day.

98 "Thy commandments make me wiser than i^ii^^ )3^^^; a*m

enemies ;
For they are ever with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers ;
For thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 I understand more than the aged,

Because I have kept thy precepts,
loi I have refrained my feet from every evil way.

That I might observe thy word.

102 I have not turned aside from thy judgements ;
For thou hast taught me.

103 How sweet are thy words unto my ^^ taste !
Yeay sweeter than honey to my mouth !

104 Through thy precepts I get understanding :
Therefore I hate every false way.

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105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet.
And light unto my path.

106 I have sworn, and have confirmed it,

'^Jiat I will observe thy righteous judgements.

107 I am afflicted very much :

Quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.
io8 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my
mouth, O Lord,

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1* Or, vaifi

M Heb.
eausesi to



And teach me thy judgements.

My soul is continually in my hand ;

Yet do I not forget thy law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me ;

Yet went I not astray from thy precepts.

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever; iii

For they are the rejoicing of my heart.

I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes, 112

For ever, even unto the end.

I hate them that are of a double mind ; 113

But thy law do I love.

Thou art my hiding place and my shield : 114

I hope in thy word.

Depart from me, ye evil-doers ; 115

That I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may

live ; 116

And let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe, 117

And shall have respect unto thy statutes continually.
Thou hast set at nought all them that err from thy

statutes ; 118

For their deceit is ^^ falsehood.
Thou ^Oputtest away all the wicked of the earth like

dross : 119

Therefore I love thy testimonies.
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee ; 120

And I am afraid of thy judgements.

y AIN.
I have done judgement and justice :
Leave me not to mine oppressors.




122 Be surety for thy servant for good :
Let not the proud oppress me.

123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation,
And for thy righteous word.

124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy,
And teach me thy statutes.

125 I am thy servant, give me understanding ;
That I may know thy testimonies.

126 It is time for the Lord to work ;
For they have made void thy law.

127 Therefore I love thy commandments
Above gold, yea, above fine gold.

128 Therefore I esteem ^i all thy precepts concerning all ^ ^e"^"**

things to be right ; « . •

And 1 hate every false way.

Syr. and
Vulg., ait thy

Prt^pts to
be right


129 Thy testimonies are wonderful :
Therefore doth my soul keep them.

130 The opening of thy words giveth light ;
It giveth understanding unto the simple.

131 1 opened wide my mouth, and panted ;
For I longed for thy commandments.

132 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me,

As thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

133 Order my footsteps in thy word ;

And let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from the oppression of man :
So will I observe thy precepts.

135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant ;
And teach me thy statutes.

136 Min^ eyes run down with rivers of water,
Because they observe not thy law.





119. 163


Righteous art thou, O Lord, 137

fJJ;;l;'JJy And upright 22 are thy judgements.

Thou hast commanded thy testimonies in righteous-

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And very faithfulness.
My zeal hath 2» consumed me,
Because mine adversaries have forgotten thy words.
ot"r«fw?''* ^^y word is very ^^ pure ;

' Therefore thy servant loveth it.
I am small and despised :
Yet do not I forget thy precepts.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And thy law is truth.

Trouble and anguish have ^ taken hold on me :
Yet thy commandments are my delight.
Thy testimonies are righteous for ever :
Give me understanding, and I shall live. .

fofmd me






I have called with my whole heart ; answer me, O
Lord : 145

I will keep thy statutes.

I have called unto thee ; save me, 146

And I shall observe thy testimonies.

I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried : 147

I hoped in thy words.

Mine eyes prevented the night watches, 148

, That I might meditate in thy word.
art wont Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness : 149
perl^ttt Quicken me, O Lord, ^^ according to thy judgements.
w'd^idfuss They draw nigh " that follow after wickedness ; 150


They are far from thy law.

151 Thou art nigh, O Lord ;

And all thy commandments are truth.

152 Of old have I known from thy testimonies,
That thou hast founded them for ever.


153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me ;
For I do not forget thy law.

154 Plead thou my cause, and redeem me :
Quicken me according to thy word.

155 Salvation is far from the wicked ;
For they seek not thy statutes.

156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord :
Quicken me according to thy judgements.

157 Many are my persecutors and mine adversaries ;
Yet have I not swerved from thy testimonies.

1*58 I beheld the treacherous dealers, and ^^ was grieved ; '/ or.
Because they observe not thy word.

159 Consider how I love thy precepts :

Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy loving-

160 The sum of thy word is truth ;

And every one of thy righteous judgements endureth
for ever.


161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause ;
But my heart standeth in awe of thy words.

162 I rejoice at thy word,

As one that findeth great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor falsehood ;


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Bui thy law do I love.

Seven times a day do I praise thee, 164

Because of thy righteous judgements.

Great peace have they which love thy law ; 165

And they have none occasion of stumbling.

I have hoped for thy salvation, O Lord, 166

And have done thy commandments.

My soul hath observed thy testimonies ; 167

And I love them exceedingly.

I have observed thy precepts and thy testimonies ; 168

For all my ways are before thee.


A Song of Ascents.

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Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord :
Give me understanding according to thy word.
Let my supplication come before thee :
Deliver me according to thy word.
Let my lips utter praise ;
For thou teachest me thy statutes.
Let my tongue sing of thy word ;
For all thy commandments are righteousness.
Let thine hand be ready to help me ;
For I have chosen thy precepts.
I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord ;
And thy law is my delight.
Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee ; .
And let thy judgements help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep ; seek thy ser-
vant ; 176
For I do not forget thy commandments.









169 ;;




1 In my distress I cried unto the Lord,
And he answered me.

2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips.
And from a deceitful tongue.

3 What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be

done more unto thee,
Thou deceitful tongue ?

4 * Sharp arrows of the mighty,
With coals of ^ juniper.

5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech,
That I dwell among the tents of Kedar !

6 My soul hath long had her dwelling
With him that hateth peace.

7 I am for peace :

But when I speak, they are for war.

121 A Song of Ascents.

1 1 will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains :
From whence shall my help come ?

2 My help cometh from the Lord,
Which made heaven and earth.

3 * He will not suffer thy foot to be moved :
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is thy keeper :

The. Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day.

Psalms 120-134. — These songs number fifteen, four of them
being ascribed to David (122, 124, 131, 133) and one to Solomon
(127). The title is a problem ; and the specific purpose of the
songs still awaits satisfactory explanation.


1 Or, It is as

the sharp

arrows of

the mighty


* Or, broom

not suffer...
let hitn not
slumber that




Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall keep thee from all evil ; 7

He shall keep thy soul.

The Lord shall keep thy going out and thy coming in, 8

From this time forth and for evermore. .

> Or, haxft

A Song of Ascents ; of David*

I was glad when they said unto me,

Let us go unto the house of the Lord.

Our feet * are standing

Within thy gates, O Jerusalem

Jerusalem, that art builded

As a city that is compact together :
• Heb./«^. Whither the tribes go up, even the

For a testimony unto Israel,

To give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
''Or.tt*;^ For there ^ are set thrones for judgement.

The thrones of the house of David.
< Or. saiuu * Pray for the peace of Jerusalem :

5 xhey shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls.

And prosperity within thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions' sakes,
6 Or. I will now ° say. Peace be within thee.

'^u^lng For the sake of the house of the Lord our God
'^" I will seek thy good.


tribes of *the

ye Jerusa-


A Song of Ascents.

Unto thee do I lift up mine eyes,
O thou that sittest in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of
their master, 2


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As the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of hermistress;
So our eyes look unto the Lord our God,
Until he have mercy upon us.

3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us :
For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

4 Our soul is exceedingly filled

With the scorning of those that are at ease,
And with the contempt of the proud.

124 A Song of Ascents ; of David.

1 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side.
Let Israel now say ;

2 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side.
When men rose up against us :

3 Then they had swallowed us up alive,
When their wrath was kindled against us :

4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us,
Th^ stream had gone over our soul :

5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

6 Blessed be the Lord,

Who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth .-

7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the

fowlers :
The snare is broken, and we are escaped.

8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

125 A Song of Ascents.

1 They that trust in the Lord

Are as mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but
abideth for ever.

2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,
So the Lord is round about his people,






From this time forth and for evermore.

For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest upon the lot

of the righteous ; 3

That the righteous put not forth their hands unto

Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, 4

And to them that are upright in their hearts.
But as for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, 5
The Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of

Peace be upon Israel.

A Song of Ascents.


I Or,

back thost
that re-

A Song of Ascents ; of Solomon.

Except the Lord build the house.
They labour in vain that build it :
Except the Lord keep the city,


When the Lord ^ turned again the captivity of Zion, i
We were like unto them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, a

And our tongue with singing :
Then said they among the nations,
The Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us ; 3

Whereof we are glad.

Turn again our captivity, O Lord, 4 g

As the streams in the South,

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy, 5 ^

?Or.3^flrm^xhoueh he eoeth on his way weeping, ^ bearing forth

M* measure o o -' -

o/seed the seed ; "

He shall come again with joy, bringing his sheaves
with him.



The watchman waketh but in vain.

2 It is vain for you that ye rise up early, and so late

take rest,
And eat the bread of toil :
For so he giveth unto his beloved ^ sleep. ior,i>ij/«^

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord :
And the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man,
So are the children of youth.

5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them :
They shall not be ashamed,

- When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

128 ^ Song of Ascents.

1 Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord,
That walketh in his ways.

2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands :
Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost

parts of thine house :
Thy children like olive plants, round about thy table.

4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed
That feareth the Lord.

5 The Lord ^ shall bless thee out of Zion : [P^.

^ blest thes

And ^thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the ^or, see thou
days of thy life.

6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children.

•' Peace be upon Israel. 3 0r.And

* peace upon


129 A Song of Ascents.

I ^ Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth ' ^^'^ ^"'^
Let Israel now say ; .





iOr.MucA 2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth
up : 3

Yet they have not prevailed against me.
The plowers plowed upon my back ; 3

They made long their furrows.

The Lord is righteous : 4

He hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
Let them be ashamed and turned backward, 5

All they that hate Zion.

Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, 6

Which withereth afore it ' groweth up :
Wherewith the reaper filleth not his hand, 7

Nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.
Neither do they which go by say, 8

The blessing of the Lord be upon you ;
We bless you in the name of the Lord.

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A Song of Ascents. 130

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice :
Let thine ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
I Hfih/ah. H thou, * Lord, shouldest mark iniquities,

Lord, who shall stand ?
But there is forgiveness with thee.
That thou may est be feared.

1 wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait.
And in his word do I hope.
My soul lookeih for the Lord,
More than watchmen look for the morning ;
Yea^ mote than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord ;
For with the Lord there is mercy,



And with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

131 A Song of Ascents ; of David.

1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty ;
Neither do I ^ exercise myself in great matters, i Hth.waik.
Or in things too wonderful for me.

2 Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul ;
Like a weaned child with his mother.

My soul is with me like a weaned child.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord

From this time forth and for evermore.

132 A Song of Ascents,

1 Lord, remember for David
All his affliction ;

2 How he sware unto the Lord,

And vowed imto the Mighty One of Jacob :

3 Surely I will not come into the * tabernacle of my 1 Heb. /#«/.

Nor go up into ^ my bed ;

4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes,
Or slumber to mine eyelids ;

5 Until I find out a place for the Lord,
^ A tabernacle for the Mighty One of Jacob.

6 Lo, we heard of it in * Ephrathah :
We found it in the field of ^ the wood.

7 We will go into his tabernacles ;
We will worship at his footstool.

8 Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place ;
Thou, and the ark of thy strength.

9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness ;


2 Heb. th€
couch offHy

3 Heh. 7a.

Or, Jaar
See I Chr.
xiii. 5.

132. 10



136. 10

And let thy saints shout for joy.

For thy servant David's sake lo

Turn not away the face of thine anointed.

The Lord hath sworn unto David in truth ; xi

He will not turn from it :

Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

If thy children will keep my covenant I2

And my testimony that I shall teach them,

Their children also shall sit upon thy throne for evermore.

For the Lord hath chosen Zion ; 13

He hath desired it for his habitation.

This is my resting place for ever : 14

Here will I dwell ; for I have desired it.
•Or, «*r//y J will ^'abuudautly bless her provision : 15

I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Her priests also will I clothe with salvation : 16

And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
] Or. ahorfi Thcrc will I make ^ the horn of David to bud : 17

to spring '

^Damd"^'^ I have ® ordained a lamp for mine anomted,
■ Or. His enemies will I clothe with shame : 18

But upon himself shall his crown flourish.

A Song of Ascents ; of David. 133

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is i

For brethren to dwell together in unity !
It is like the precious oil upon the head, 2

That ran down upon the beard,
Even Aaron's beard ;
I Or, coiiar Xhat camc down upon the * skirt of his garments ;

Like the dew of Hermon, 3

That cometh down upon the mountains of Zion :
For there the Lord commanded the blessing,
Even life for evermore




\o4: A Song of Ascents.

1 Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the

Which by night stand in the house of the Lord.

2 Lift up your hands ^ to the sanctuary.
And bless ye the Lord,

3 The Lord bless thee out of Zion ;
Even he that made heaven and earth.

135 * Praise ye the Lord,

Praise ye the name of the Lord ;
Praise him, O ye servants of the Lord :

2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord,
In the courts of the house of our God.

3 Praise ye the Lord ; for the Lord is good :
Sing praises unto his name ; for it is pleasant.

4 For 2 the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself,
And Israel for his peculiar treasure.

5 For I know that the Lord is great,
And that our Lord is above all gods.

6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that hath he done.
In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of

the earth ;
He maketh lightnings for the rain ;
He bringeth forth the wind out of his treasuries.

8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt,
Both of man and beast.

9 He sent signs and wonders into the midst of thee, O


Upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
10 Who smote 'many nations,

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' Or, great

136. II



136. 19






T' Heb.

And slew mighty kings ;
Sihon king of the Amorites,
And Og king of Bashan,
And all the kingdoms of Canaan :
And gave their land for an heritage,
An heritage unto Israel his people.
Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever ; 13

Thy memorial, O Lord, throughout iOl generations.
For the Lord shall judge his people,
And repent himself concerning his servants.
5. * The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
The work of men's hands.

They have mouths, but they speak not ;

Eyes have they, but they see not ;

They have ears, but they hear not ;

Neither is there any breath in their mouths.

They that make them shall be like unto them ;

Yea, every one that trusteth in theni.

O house of Israel, bless ye the Lord :

O house of Aaron, bless ye the Lord :

O house of Levi, bless ye the Lord :

Ye that fear the Lord, bless ye the Lord.

Blessed be the Lord out of Zion,

Who dwelleth at Jerusalem.

« Praise ye the Lord.

O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good
For his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods :
For his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the Lord of lords :
For his mercy endureth for ever.
To him who alone doeth great wonders :


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For his mercy endureth for ever.

5 To him that by understanding made the heavens :
For his mercy endureth for ever.

6 To him that spread forth the earth above the waters
For his mercy endureth for ever.

7 To him that made great lights :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

8 The sun to rule by day :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

9 The moon and stars to rule by night :
For his mercy endureth for ever.

10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

11 And brought out Israel from among them :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm
For his mercy endureth for ever.

13 To ^im which divided the Red Sea in sunder :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

15 But ^ overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red > Heb,

Sea :
For his mercy endureth for ever,

16 To him which led his people through the wilder

For his mercy endureth for ever.

17 To him which smote great kings :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

18 And slew famous kings :
For his mercy endureth for ever :

19 Sihon king of the Amorites :
For his mercy endureth for ever ;

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shook off.





1 Hcb. words
of song,

2 Or, our

And Og king of Bashan : 20

For his mercy endureth for ever :

And gave their land for an heritage : 21

For his mercy endureth for ever :

Even an heritage unto Israel his servant : 22

For his mercy endureth for ever.

Who remembered us in our low estate : 23

For his mercy endureth for ever :

And hath delivered us from our adversaries : 24

For his mercy endureth for ever.

He giveth food to all flesh : 25

For his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of heaven : 26

For his mercy endureth for ever.

By the rivers of Babylon, 137

There we sat down, yea, we wept,
When we remembered Zion.

Upon the willows in the midst thereof 2

We hanged up our harps.

For there they that led us captive required of us
^ songs, 3

And 2 they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying,
Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the Lord's song 4

In a strange land ?

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, 5

Let my right hand forget her cunning.
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, 6

If I remember thee not ;
If I prefer not Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
Remember, O Lord, against the children of Edom 7



The day of Jerusalem ;
Who said. Rase it, rase it.
Even to the foundation thereof.

8 O daughter of Babylon, » that art to be destroyed ;
Happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee

As thou hast served us.

9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy httle

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