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20 My fainting soul is almost pined, 136 Do thou to thy most just commands with earnest longing spent,

incline my willing heart; Whilst always on the eager search

Let no desire of worldly wealth of thy just will intent.

From thee my thoughts divert. 21 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud, 37 From those vain objects turn my eyes, whom still thy curse pursues ;

which this false world displays; Since they lo walk in thy right ways But give me lively power and strength presumptuously refuse.

to keep thy righteous ways. 22 But far from me do thou, O Lord, 38 Confirm the promise which thou mad'st, contempt and shame remove;

and give thy servant aid, For I thy sacred laws affect

Who to transgress thy sacred laws with undissembled love.

is awfully afraid. 23 Though princes oft, in council met, 39 The foul disgrace I justly fear, against thy servant spake;

in mercy, Lord, remove; Yet I thy statutes to observe

For all the judgments thou ordain'st my constant business make.

are full of grace and love. 24 For thy commands have always been 40 Thou know'st how after thy commands my comfort and delight;

my longing heart does pant; By them I learn, with prudent care,

O then make baste to raise me up, to guide my steps aright.

and promised succour grant. DALETH

VAU. 25 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care, 41 Thy constant blessing, Lord, bestow, close to the dust does cleave;

to cheer my drooping heart; Revive me, Lord, and let me now

To me, according to thy word, thy promised aid receive.

thy saving health impart. 26 To thee I still declared my ways,

42 So shall I, when my foes upbraid, and thou inclin'st thine ear;

this ready answer make; O teach me then my future life

“ In God I trust, who never will by thy just laws to steer.

“ his faithful promise break." 27 If thou wilt make me know thy laws, 43 Then let not quite the word of truth and by their guidance walk,

be from my mouth removed ; The wondrous works which thou hast done Since still my ground of steadfast hope shall be my constant talk.

thy just decrees have proved. 28 But see, my soul within me sinks, 44 So I to keep thy righteous laws press'd down with weighty care;

will all my study bend; Do thou, according to thy word,

From age to age my time to come my wasted strength repair.

in their observance spend. 29 Far, far from me be all false ways 45 Ere long I trust to walk at large, and lying arts removed ;

from all incumbrance free; But kindly grant I still may keep

Since I resolve to make my life the path by thee approved.

with thy commands agree. 30 Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth, 46 Thy laws shall be my constant talk; my happy choice I've made;

and princes shall attend, Thy judgments, as my rule of life,

Whilst 'I the justice of thy ways before me always laid.

with confidence defend. 31 My care has been to make my life 47 My longing heart and rarish'd soul with thy commands agree;

shall both o'erflow with joy, O then preserve thy servant, Lord,

When in thy loved commandments I from shame and ruin free.

my happy hours employ. 32 So in the way of thy commands

48 Then will I to thy just decrees shall I with pleasure run,

lift up my willing hands; And, with a heart enlarged with joy,

My care and business then shall be successfully go on.

to study thy commands. HE.

ZAIN. 33 Instruct me in thy statutes, Lord, 49 According to thy promised grace, thy righteous paths display ;

thy favour, Lord, extend; And'1 from them, through all my life, Make good to me the word on which will never go astray.

thy servants hopes depend. 34 If thou true wisdom from above

50 That only comfort in distress wilt graciously impart,

did all my griefs control; To keep thy perfect laws I will

Thy word, when troubles hemm'd me round, devote my zealous heart.

reviv'd my fainting soul. 35 Direct me in the sacred ways

51 Insulting foes did proudly mock, to which thy precepts lead;

and all my hopes deride ; Because my chief delight has been

Yet from thy law not all their scoffs thy righteous paths to tread.

could make me turn aside.

52 Thy judgments then of ancient date, 68 Thou art, O Lord, supremely good, I quickly call to mind,

and all thou dost is so; Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soul On me, thy statutes to discern, did speedy comfort find.

thy saving skill bestow. 53 Sometimes I stand amazed, like one 69 The proud have forged malicious lies, with deadly borror struck,

my spotless fame to stain; To think how all my sinful foes

But my fix'd heart, without reserve, have thy just laws forsook.

thy precepts shall retain. 54 But I thy statutes and decrees

70 While pamper'd, they, with prosperous ille, my cheerful anthems made:

in sensual pleasures live, Whilst through strange lands and desert wilds My soul can relish no delight, I like a pilgrim stray'd.

but what thy precepts give. 55 Thy name, that cheer'd my heart by day, 71 'Tis good for me that I have felt has bll'd my thoughts by night:

affliction's chastening rod, I then resolved by thy just laws

That I might duly learn and keep to guide my steps aright.

the statutes of my God. 56 That peace of mind, which has my soul 72 The law that from thy mouth proceeds, in deep distress sustain'd,

of more esteem I hold, By strict obedience to thy will

Than untouch'd mines, than thousand mines I happily obtain'd.

of silver and of gold. CHETH.

JOD. 67 O Lord, my God, my portion thou 73 To me, who am the workmanship and sure possession art ;

of thy Almighty hands, Thy words 1 steadfastly resolve

The heavenly understanding give to treasure in my heart.

to learn thy just commands. 58 With all the strength of warm desire 74 My preservation to thy saints I did thy grace implore ;

strong comfort will afford, Disclose, according to thy word,

To see success attend my hopes, thy mercy's boundless store.

who trusted in thy word. 69 With due reflection and strict care 75 That right thy judgments are, I now on all my ways I thought;

by sure experience see; And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths,

And that in faithfulness, O Lord, my wandering steps í brought.

thou hast afflicted me. 60 I lost no time, but made great haste, 76 O let thy tender mercy now resolved, without delay,

afford me needful aid; To watch, that I might never more

According to thy promise, Lord, from thy commandments stray.

to me, thy servant, made. 61 Though numerous troops of sinful men 77 To me thy saving grace restore, to rob me have combined,

that I again may live : Yet I thy pure and righteous laws

Whose soul can relish no delight, have ever kept in mind.

but what thy precepts give. 62 In dead of night I will arise

78 Defeat the proud, who, unprovoked, to sing thy solemn praise ;

to ruin me have sought, Convinced how much I always ought

Who only on thy sacred laws to love thy righteous ways.

employ my harmless thought. 63 To such as fear thy holy name,

79 Let those that fear thy nanie espouse myself I closely join ;

my cause, and those alone To all who their obedient wills

Whó bave, by strict and pious search, to thy commands resign.

thy sacred precepts known. 64 O'er all the earth thy mercy, Lord, 80 In thy blest statutes let my heart abundantly is shed;

continue always sound; O make me then exactly learn

That guilt and shame, the sinner's lot, thy sacred paths to tread.

may never me confound. TETH

CAPA. 65 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt 81 My soul with long expectance faints most graciously, O Lord;

to see thy saving grace; Repeated benefits bestow'd,

Yet still on thy unerring word according to thy word.

my confidence I place. 66 Teach me the sacred skill, by which 82 My very eyes consume and fail right judgment is attain'd,

with waiting for thy word; Who in belief of thy commands

0! when wilt thou thy kind relief have steadfastly remain'd.

and promised aid atford ? 67 Before affliction stopp'd my course,

83 My skin like shrivell’d parchment shows, my footsteps went astray;

that long in smoke is set; But I have since been disciplined

Yet no affliction me can force thy precepts to obey.

thy statutes to forget.

84 How many days must I endure

1100 In understanding I excel of sorrow and distress?

the sages of our days; When wilt thou judgment execute

Because by thy unerring rules on them who me oppress?

I order all my ways. 86 The proud have digg'd a pit for me, 101 My feet with care I have refrain'd that have no other foes,

from every sinful way, But such as are averse to thee,

That to thy sacred word I might and thy just laws oppose.

entire obedience pay. 86 With sacred truth's eternal laws

102 I have not from thy judgments stray'd, all thy commands agree;

by vain desires misled; Men persecute me without cause;

For, Lord, thou hast instructed me thou, Lord, my helper be.

Thy righteous paths to tread. 87 With close designs against my life 103 How sweet are all thy words to me! they had almost prevail'd;

O what divine repast ! But in obedience to thy will,

How much more grateful to my soul my duty never fail'd.

than honey to my taste ! 89 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, 104 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I my drooping heart to cheer;

with heavenly skill am blest, That by thy righteous statutes I

Through which the treacherous ways of sin my life's whole course may steer.

I utterly detest.
LAMED.

NUN. 89 For ever and for ever, Lord,

105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp, unchanged thou dost remain ;

the way of truth to show; Thy word, establish'd in the heavens, A watch-light to point out the path does all their orbs sustain.

in which I ought to go. 90 Through circling ages, Lord, thy truth 106 I swear, and from my solemn oath immoveable shall stand,

will never start aside, As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st That in thy righteous judgments I by thy Almighty hand.

will steadfastly abide. 91 All things the course by thee ordain'd 107 Since I with griefs am so opprest, e'en to this day fulfil ;

that I can bear no more, They are thy faithful subjects all,

Aecording to thy word do thou and servants of thy will.

my fainting soul restore. 92 Unless thy sacred law had been

108 Let still my sacrifice of praise my comfort and delight,

with thee acceptance find; I must have fainted, and expired

And in thy righteous judgments, Lord, in dark affliction's night.

instruct my willing mind. 93 Thy precepts, therefore, from my thoughts 109 Though ghastly dangers me surround, shall never, Lord, depart;

my soul they cannot awe, For thou by them hast to new life

Nor with continual terrors keep restored my dying heart.

from thinking on thy law. 94 As I am thine, entirely thine,

110 My wicked and inveterate foes protect me, Lord, from harm,

for me their snares have laid ; who have thy precepts sought to know, Yet I have kept thy upright path, and carefully perform.

nor from thy precepts stray'd. 95 The wicked have their ambush laid 111 Thy testimonies I have made my guiltless life to take;

my heritage and choice; But in the midst of danger I

For they when other comforts fail, thy word my study make.

my drooping heart rejoice. 96 I've seen an end of what we call

112 My heart with early zeal began perfection here below;

thy statutes to obey; But thy commandments, like thyself,

And till my course of life is done, no change or period know.

shall keep thy upright way. MEM. .

SAMECH. 97 The love that to thy laws I bear

113 Deceitful thoughts and practices no language can display;

I utterly detest; They with fresh wonders entertain

But to thy law affection bear my ravish'd thoughts all day.

too great to be exprest. 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow 114 My hiding place, my refuge-tower, than all my subtile foes ;

and shield art thou, O Lord; For thy sure word doth me direct,

I firmly anchor all my hopes and all my ways dispose.

on thy unerring word. 99 From me my former teachers now 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, may abler counsel take ;:

approach not my abode; Because thy sacred precepts I

For firmly I resolve to keep my constant study make.

the precepts of my God.

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116 According to thy gracious word, | 132 With favour, Lord, look down on me, from danger set me free;

who thy relief implore; Nor make me of those hopes ashamed, As thou art wont to visit those that I repose in thee.

who thy blest name adore. 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,

133 Directed by thy heavenly word and rescued from distress;

let all my footsteps be; To thy decrees continually

Nor wickedness of any kind my just respects address.

dominion have o'er me. 118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth, 134 Release, entirely set me free who from thy statutes stray'd ;

from persecuting hands, Their vile deceit, the just reward

That, unmolested, I may learn of their own falsehood made.

and practise thy commands. 119 The wicked from thy holy land

135 On me, devoted to thy fear, thou dost like dross remove;

Lord, make thy face to shine ; I therefore, with such justice charm'd, Thy statutes both to know and keep, thy testimonies love.

my heart with zeal incline. 120 Yet with that love they make me dread, 136 My eyes to weeping fountains turn, lest I should'so offend,

whence briny rivers flow, When on transgressors I behold

To see mankind against thy laws thy judgments thus descend.

in bold defiance go. AIN.

TSADDI. 121 Judgment and justice I have loved ; 137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom O therefore, Lord, engage

wrong'd innocence may trust; In my defence, nor give me up

And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord, to my oppressor's rage.

in all respects are just. 122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me, 138 Most just and true those statutes were, and so shall this distress

which thou didst first decree ; Prove good for me ; nor shall the prou And all with faithfulness perform'd, my guiltless soul oppress.

succeeding times shall see, 123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail,

139 With zeal my flesh consumes away, in long expectance held;

my soul with anguish frets, Till thy salvation they behold,

To see my foes contemn at once and righteous word fulfill'd.

thy promises and threats. 124 To me, thy servant, in distress,

140 Yet each neglected word of thine, thy wonted grace display,

howe'er by them despised, And discipline my willing heart

Is pure, and for eternal truth thy statutes to obey,

by me, thy servant, prized. 125 On me, devoted to thy fear,

141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate,' thy sacred skill bestow,

contempt from all I find; That of thy testimonies I

Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive the full extent may know.

thy precepts from my mind. 126 'Tis time, high time for thee, O Lord, 142 Thy righteousness shall then endure, thy vengeance to employ;

when time itself is past; When men with open violence

Thy law is truth itself, that truth thy sacred law destroy.

which shall for ever last. 127 Yet their contempt of thy commands 143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and dread, but makes their value rise

to compass me unite; In my esteem, who purest gold,

Beset with danger, still I make compared with them, despise.

thy precepts my delight. 128 Thy precepts therefore I account, 144 Eternal and unerring rules in all respects, divine ;

thy testimonies give: They teach me to discern the right,

Teach me the wisdom that will make and all false ways decline.

my soul for ever live. PE.

KOPH. . 129 The wonders which thy laws contain 145 With my whole heart to God I call'd, no words can represent;

Lord, hear my earnest cry; Therefore to learn and practise them

And I thy statutes to perform my zealous heart is bent.

will all my care apply. 130 The very entrance to thy word

146 Again more fervently I pray'd, celestial light displays,

O save me, that I may And knowledge of true happiness

Thy testimonies throughly know, to simplest minds conveys.

and steadfastly obey. 131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, 147 My earlier prayer the dawning day and fainting with desire,

prevented, while I cry'd That of thy wise commands I might

To him, on whose engaging word the sacred skill ire.

my bope alone rely

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148 With zeal have I awaked before 164 Seven times a day, with grateful voice, the midnight watch was set,

thy praises I resound, That I of thy mysterious word

Because I find thy judgments all might perfect knowledge get.

with truth and justice crown'd. 149 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, 165 Secure substantial peace have they and wonted favour show:

who truly love thy law; O quicken me, and so approve

No smiling mischief them can tempt thy judgment ever true.

nor frowning danger awe. 150 My persecuting foes advance,

166 For thy salvation I have hoped, and hourly nearer draw;

and though so long delay'd, What treatment can I hope from them With cheerful zeal and strictest care that violate thy law?.

all thy commands obey'd. 151 Though they draw nigh, my comfort is, 167 Thy testimonies I have kept, thou, Lord, art yet more near;

and constantly obey'd; Thou, whose commands are righteous all, Because the love I bore to thein thy promises sincere.

thy service easy made. 152 Concerning thy divine decrees,

168 From strict observance of thy laws my soul has known of old,

I never yet withdrew ; That they were true, and shall their truth Convinced that my most secret ways to endless ages hold.

are open to thy view. RESCH.

TAU. 163 Consider my affliction, Lord,

169 To my request and earnest cry, and me from bondage draw;

attend, o gracious Lord; Think on thy servant in distress,

Inspire my heart with heavenly skill, who ne'er forgets thy law.

according to thy word. 154 Plead thou my cause; to that and me 170 Let my repeated prayer at last thy timely aid afford;

before thy throne appear ; With beams of mercy quicken me,

According to thy plighted word, according to thy word.

for my relief draw near. 156 From harden'd sinners thou remov'st 171 Then shall my grateful lips return salvation far away;

the tribute of their praise, "Tis just thou should'st withdraw from them

When thou thy counsels hast reveal'd, who from thy statutes stray.

and taught me thy just ways. 156. Since great thy tender mercies are

172 My tongue the praises of thy word to all who thee adore ;

shall thankfully resound, According to thy judgments, Lord,

Because thy promises are all my fainting hopes restore.

with truth and justice crown'd. 157 A numerous host of spiteful focs

173 Let thy Almighty arm appear, against my life combine ;

and bring me timely aid; But all too few to force my soul

For I the laws thou hast ordain'd thy statutes to decline.

my heart's free choice have made. 158 Those bold transgressors I beheld, 174 My soul has waited long to see and was with grief oppress'd,

thy saving grace restored; To see with what audacious pride

Nor comfort knew, but what thy laws thy covenant they transgress'd.

thy heavenly laws afford. 159 Yet while they slight, consider, Lord, 175 Prolong my life that I may sing how I thy precepts love;

my great Restorer's praise; Otherefore quicken me with beams

Whose justice, from the depths of wo, of mercy from above.

my fainting soul shall raise. 160 As from the birth of time thy truth

176 Like some lost sheep I've stray'd, til I has held through ages past,

despair my way to find; So shall thy righteous judgments firm

Thou, therefore, Lord, thy servant seek, to endless ages last.

who keeps thy laws in mind, SCHIN.

PSALM 120. 161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause, N deep distress I oft have cry'd

conspire my blood to shed, Thy sacred word has power alone

to rescue me oppress'd with wrong to fill my heart with dread.

2 Once more, O Lord, deliverance seni, 162 And yet that word my joyful breast From lying lips my soul defend, with heavenly rapture warms;

and from the rage of slandering tongül. Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war, 3 What little profit can accrue, have such transporting charms.

And yet what heavy wrath is due, 163 Perfidivus practices and lies

o thou perfidious tongue, to thee! I utterly detest;

4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn; But to thy laws affection bear,

Of lasting flames, that fiercely burn too vast to be exprest.

the constant fuel thou shalt be.

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