|First Day: Morning Prayer|
|I Beatus vir qui non abiit|
|1||Happy are they who
have not walked in the counsel of
the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
|2||Their delight is in
the law of the LORD,
and they meditate on his law day and night.
|3||They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.
|4||It is not so with the
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
|5||Therefore the wicked
shall not stand upright when
judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
|6||For the LORD
knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.
Psalm 1 585
|2 Quare fremuerunt gentes?|
|1||Why are the nations in
an uproar? *
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
|2||Why do the kings of
the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together, *
against the LORD and against his Anointed?
|3||"Let us break their
yoke," they say; *
"let us cast off their bonds from us."
|4||He whose throne is in
heaven is laughing; *
the Lord has them in derision.
|5||Then he speaks to them
in his wrath, *
and his rage fills them with terror.
|6||"I myself have set my
upon my holy hill of Zion."
|7||Let me announce the
decree of the LORD:
he said to me, "You are my Son;
this day have I begotten you.
|8||Ask of me, and I will
give you the nations for
your inheritance *
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
|9||You shall crush them
with an iron rod *
and shatter them like a piece of pottery."
|10||And now, you kings, be
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
|11||Submit to the LORD
with fear, *
and with trembling bow before him;
|12||Lest he be angry and
you perish; *
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
586 Psalm 2
|13||Happy are they all *
who take refuge in him!
|3 Domine, quid multiplicati|
how many adversaries I have! *
how many there are who rise up against me!
|2||How many there are who
say of me, *
"There is no help for him in his God."
|3||But you, O LORD,
are a shield about me; *
you are my glory, the one who lifts up my head.
|4||I call aloud upon the
and he answers me from his holy hill;
|5||I lie down and go to
I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
|6||I do not fear the
multitudes of people *
who set themselves against me all around.
|7||Rise up, O LORD;
set me free, O my God; *
surely, you will strike all my enemies across the face,
you will break the teeth of the wicked.
|8||Deliverance belongs to
Your blessing be upon your people!
|4 Cum invocarem|
|1||Answer me when I call,
O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 3, 4 587
|2||"You mortals, how long
will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?"
|3||Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.
|4||Tremble, then, and do
not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
|5||Offer the appointed
and put your trust in the LORD.
|6||Many are saying,
"Oh, that we might see better times!" *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
|7||You have put gladness
in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
|8||I lie down in peace;
at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.
|5 Verba mea auribus|
|1||Give ear to my words,
O LORD; *
consider my meditation.
|2||Hearken to my cry for
help, my King and my God, *
for I make my prayer to you.
|3||In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
|4||For you are not a God
who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
and evil cannot dwell with you.
|5||Braggarts cannot stand
in your sight; *
you hate all those who work wickedness.
588 Psalm 5
|6||You destroy those who
speak lies; *
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
|7||But as for me, through
the greatness of your mercy I will
go into your house; *
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
|8||Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness,
because of those who lie in wait for me; *
make your way straight before me.
|9||For there is no truth
in their mouth; *
there is destruction in their heart;
|10||Their throat is an
open grave; *
they flatter with their tongue.
|11||Declare them guilty, O
let them fall, because of their schemes.
|12||Because of their many
transgressions cast them out, *
for they have rebelled against you.
|13||But all who take
refuge in you will be glad; *
they will sing out their joy for ever.
|14||You will shelter them,
so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
|15||For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.
|First Day: Evening Prayer|
|6 Domine, ne in furore|
|1||LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
Psalm 6 589
|2||Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; *
heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.
|3||My spirit shakes with
how long, O LORD, how long?
|4||Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; *
save me for your mercy's sake.
|5||For in death no one
remembers you; *
and who will give you thanks in the grave?
|6||I grow weary because
of my groaning; *
every night I drench my bed
and flood my couch with tears.
|7||My eyes are wasted
with grief *
and worn away because of all my enemies.
|8||Depart from me, all
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
|9||The LORD has heard my supplication; *
the LORD accepts my prayer.
|10|| All my enemies
shall be confounded and quake with fear; *
they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.
|7 Domine, Deus meus|
|1||O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; *
save and deliver me from all who pursue me;
|2||Lest like a lion they
tear me in pieces *
and snatch me away with none to deliver me.
|3||O LORD my God, if I have done these things: *
if there is any wickedness in my hands,
590 Psalm 7
|4||If I have repaid my
friend with evil, *
or plundered him who without cause is my enemy;
|5||Then let my enemy
pursue and overtake me, *
trample my life into the ground,
and lay my honor in the dust.
|6||Stand up, O LORD, in your wrath; *
rise up against the fury of my enemies.
|7||Awake, O my God,
decree justice; *
let the assembly of the peoples gather round you.
|8||Be seated on your
lofty throne, O Most High; *
O LORD, judge the nations.
|9||Give judgment for me
according to my
righteousness, O LORD, *
and according to my innocence, O Most High.
|10||Let the malice of the
wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous; *
for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.
|11||God is my shield and
he is the savior of the true in heart.
|12||God is a righteous
God sits in judgment every day.
|13||If they will not
repent, God will whet his sword; *
he will bend his bow and make it ready.
|14||He has prepared his
weapons of death; *
he makes his arrows shafts of fire.
|15||Look at those who are
in labor with wickedness, *
who conceive evil, and give birth to a lie.
Psalm 7 591
|16||They dig a pit and
make it deep *
and fall into the hole that they have made.
|17||Their malice turns
back upon their own head; *
their violence falls on their own scalp.
|18||I will bear witness
that the LORD is righteous; *
I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.
|8 Domine, Dominus noster|
|1||O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!
|2||Out of the mouths of
infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens.
|3||You have set up a
stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger.
|4||When I consider your
heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
|5||What is man that you
should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?
|6||You have made him but
little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor;
|7||You give him mastery
over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet:
|8||All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field,
|9||The birds of the air,
the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
|10||O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!
592 Psalm 8
|Second Day: Morning Prayer|
|9 Confitebor tibi|
|1||I will give thanks to
you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
I will tell of all your marvelous works.
|2||I will be glad and
rejoice in you; *
I will sing to your Name, O Most High.
|3||When my enemies are
driven back, *
they will stumble and perish at your presence.
|4||For you have
maintained my right and my cause; *
you sit upon your throne judging right.
|5||You have rebuked the
ungodly and destroyed the wicked; *
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
|6||As for the enemy, they
are finished, in perpetual ruin, *
their cities plowed under, the memory of them perished;
|7||But the LORD is enthroned for ever; *
he has set up this throne for judgment.
|8||It is he who rules the
world with righteousness; *
he judges the peoples with equity.
|9||The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
a refuge in time of trouble.
|10||Those who know your
Name will put their trust in you, *
for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
|11||Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; *
proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
|12||The Avenger of blood
will remember them; *
he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Psalm 9 593
|13||Have pity on me, O LORD; *
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
|14||So that I may tell of
all your praises
and rejoice in your salvation *
in the gates of the city of Zion.
|15||The ungodly have
fallen into the pit they dug, *
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
|16||The LORD is known by his acts of justice; *
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
|17||The wicked shall be
given over to the grave, *
and also all the people that forget God.
|18||For the needy shall
not always be forgotten, *
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
|19||Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
let them be judged before you.
|20||Put fear upon them, O
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.
|10 Ut quid, Domine?|
|1||Why do you stand so
far off, O LORD, *
and hide yourself in time of trouble?
|2||The wicked arrogantly
persecute the poor, *
but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
|3||The wicked boast of
their heart's desire; *
the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
|4||The wicked are so
proud that they care not for God; *
their only thought is, "God does not matter."
594 Psalm 10
|5||Their ways are devious
at all times;
your judgments are far above out of their sight; *
they defy all their enemies.
|6||They say in their
heart, "I shall not be shaken; *
no harm shall happen to me ever."
|7||Their mouth is full of
cursing, deceit, and oppression; *
under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
|8||They lurk in ambush in
and in secret places they murder the innocent; *
they spy out the helpless.
|9||They lie in wait, like
a lion in a covert;
they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; *
they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
|10||The innocent are
broken and humbled before them; *
the helpless fall before their power.
|11||They say in their
heart, "God has forgotten; *
he hides his face; he will never notice."
|12||Rise up, O LORD;
lift up your hand, O God; *
do not forget the afflicted.
|13||Why should the wicked
revile God? *
why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
|14||Surely, you behold
trouble and misery; *
you see it and take it into your own hand.
|15||The helpless commit
themselves to you, *
for you are the helper of orphans.
|16||Break the power of the
wicked and evil; *
search out their wickedness until you find none.
Psalm 10 595
|17||The LORD is King for ever and ever; *
the ungodly shall perish from his land.
|18||The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *
you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
|19||To give justice to the
orphan and oppressed, *
so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.
596 Psalm 10