21  Domine, in virtute tua
1 The king rejoices in your strength, O LORD; *
    how greatly he exults in your victory!
2 You have given him his heart's desire; *
    you have not denied him the request of his lips.



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3 For you meet him with blessings of prosperity, *
    and set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him: *
    length of days, for ever and ever.
5 His honor is great, because of your victory; *
    splendor and majesty have you bestowed upon him.
6 For you will give him everlasting felicity *
    and will make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king puts his trust in the LORD; *
    because of the loving-kindness of the Most High, he
                              will not fall.
8 Your hand will lay hold upon all your enemies; *
    your right hand will seize all those who hate you.
9 You will make them like a fiery furnace *
    at the time of your appearing, O L
10 You will swallow them up in your wrath, *
    and fire shall consume them.
11 You will destroy their offspring from the land *
    and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.
12 Though they intend evil against you
and devise wicked schemes, *
    yet they shall not prevail.
13 For you will put them to flight *
    and aim your arrows at them.
14 Be exalted, O LORD, in your might; *
    we will sing and praise your power.



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  Fourth Day: Evening Prayer
  22  Deus, Deus meu
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
    and are so far from my cry
    and from the words of my distress?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
    by night as well, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are the Holy One, *
    enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 They cried out to you and were delivered; *
    they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
    scorned by all and despised by the people.
7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
    they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8 "He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
    let him rescue him, if he delights in him."
9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
    and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
    you were my God when I was still in my
                              mother's womb.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
    and there is none to help.



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12 Many young bulls encircle me; *
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13 They open wide their jaws at me, *
    like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint; *
    my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15 My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
    and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16 Packs of dogs close me in,
and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
    they pierce my hands and my feet;
    I can count all my bones.
17 They stare and gloat over me; *
    they divide my garments among them;
    they cast lots for my clothing.
18 Be not far away, O LORD; *
    you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19 Save me from the sword, *
    my life from the power of the dog.
20 Save me from the lion's mouth, *
    my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21 I will declare your Name to my brethren; *
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22 Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
    stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
    all you of Jacob's line, give glory.



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23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; *
    but when they cry to him he hears them.
24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
    I will perform my vows in the presence of those who
                               worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the L
ORD shall praise him: *
    "May your heart live for ever!"
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to
                                the L
ORD, *
    and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
    he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down
                                in worship; *
    all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
    they shall be known as the L
ORD'S for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
    the saving deeds that he has done.
  23  Dominus regit me
1 The LORD is my shepherd; *
    I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
    and leads me beside still waters.



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3 He revives my soul *
    and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those
                             who trouble me; *
    you have anointed my head with oil,
    and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
                             of my life, *
    and I will dwell in the house of the L
ORD for ever.
  Fifth Day: Morning Prayer
  24  Domini est terra
1 The earth is the LORD'S and all that is in it, *
    the world and all who dwell therein.
2 For it is he who founded it upon the seas *
    and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3 "Who can ascend the hill of the LORD? *
    and who can stand in his holy place?"
4 "Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *
    who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
    nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5 They shall receive a blessing from the LORD *
    and a just reward from the God of their salvation."
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, *
    of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.



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7 Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
    and the King of glory shall come in.
8 "Who is this King of glory?" *
    "The L
ORD, strong and mighty,
    the L
ORD, mighty in battle."
9 Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
    and the King of glory shall come in.
10 "Who is he, this King of glory?" *
    "The L
ORD of hosts,
    he is the King of glory."
  25  Ad te, Domine, levavi
1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
    let me not be humiliated,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
    let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3 Show me your ways, O LORD, *
    and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    in you have I trusted all the day long.
5 Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, *
    for they are from everlasting.



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6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
    remember me according to your love
    and for the sake of your goodness, O L
7 Gracious and upright is the LORD; *
    therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8 He guides the humble in doing right *
    and teaches his way to the lowly.
9 All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness *
    to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10 For your Name's sake, O LORD, *
    forgive my sin, for it is great.
11 Who are they who fear the LORD? *
    he will teach them the way that they should choose.
12 They shall dwell in prosperity, *
    and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13 The LORD is a friend to those who fear him *
    and will show them his covenant.
14 My eyes are ever looking to the LORD, *
    for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15 Turn to me and have pity on me, *
    for I am left alone and in misery.
16 The sorrows of my heart have increased; *
    bring me out of my troubles.
17 Look upon my adversity and misery *
    and forgive me all my sin.
18 Look upon my enemies, for they are many, *
    and they bear a violent hatred against me.



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19 Protect my life and deliver me; *
    let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, *
    for my hope has been in you.
21 Deliver Israel, O God, *
    out of all his troubles.
  26  Judica me, Domine
1 Give judgment for me, O LORD,
for I have lived with integrity; *
    I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2 Test me, O LORD, and try me; *
    examine my heart and my mind.
3 For your love is before my eyes; *
    I have walked faithfully with you.
4 I have not sat with the worthless, *
    nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5 I have hated the company of evildoers; *
    I will not sit down with the wicked.
6 I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, *
    that I may go in procession round your altar,
7 Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
    and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
8 LORD, I love the house in which you dwell *
    and the place where your glory abides.
9 Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
    nor my life with those who thirst for blood,



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10 Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
    and their right hand full of bribes.
11 As for me, I will live with integrity; *
    redeem me, O L
ORD, and have pity on me.
12 My foot stands on level ground; *
    in the full assembly I will bless the L
  Fifth Day: Evening Prayer
  27  Dominus illuminatio
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
    the L
ORD is the strength of my life;
    of whom then shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
    it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who
                              stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army should encamp against me, *
    yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4 And though war should rise up against me, *
    yet will I put my trust in him.
5 One thing have I asked of the LORD;
one thing I seek; *
    that I may dwell in the house of the L
ORD all the days
                              of my life;
6 To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
    and to seek him in his temple.



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7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe
                               in his shelter; *
    he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
    and set me high upon a rock.
8 Even now he lifts up my head *
    above my enemies round about me.
9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; *
    I will sing and make music to the L
10 Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *
    have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
    Your face, L
ORD, will I seek.
12 Hide not your face from me, *
    nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13 You have been my helper;
cast me not away; *
    do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14 Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
    the L
ORD will sustain me.
15 Show me your way, O LORD; *
    lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
    for false witnesses have risen up against me,
    and also those who speak malice.
17 What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the L
    in the land of the living!



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18 O tarry and await the LORD'S pleasure;
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
    wait patiently for the L
  28  Ad te, Domine
1 O LORD, I call to you;
my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; *
    lest, if you do not hear me,
    I become like those who go down to the Pit.
2 Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, *
    when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
3 Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the
                              evildoers, *
    who speak peaceably with their neighbors,
    while strife is in their hearts.
4 Repay them according to their deeds, *
    and according to the wickedness of their actions.
5 According to the work of their hands repay them, *
    and give them their just deserts.
6 They have no understanding of the LORD'S doings,
nor of the works of his hands; *
    therefore he will break them down and not
                               build them up.
7 Blessed is the LORD! *
    for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
8 The LORD is my strength and my shield; *
    my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped;
9 Therefore my heart dances for joy, *
    and in my song will I praise him.



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10 The LORD is the strength of his people, *
    a safe refuge for his anointed.
11 Save your people and bless your inheritance; *
    shepherd them and carry them for ever.
  29  Afferte Domino
1 Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
    ascribe to the L
ORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name; *
    worship the L
ORD in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
    the L
ORD is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
    the voice of the L
ORD is a voice of splendor.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
    the L
ORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
    and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the L
ORD shakes the wilderness; *
    the L
ORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
    and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the LORD *
    all are crying, "Glory!"
10 The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
    the L
ORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.



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11 The LORD shall give strength to his people; *
    the L
ORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.
  Sixth Day: Morning Prayer
  30  Exaltabo te, Domine
1 I will exalt you, O LORD,
because you have lifted me up *
    and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
    and you restored me to health.
3 You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
    you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4 Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
    give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
    his favor for a lifetime.
6 Weeping may spend the night, *
    but joy comes in the morning.
7 While I felt secure, I said,
"I shall never be disturbed. *
    You, L
ORD, with your favor, made me as strong as
                              the mountains."
8 Then you hid your face, *
    and I was filled with fear.
9 I cried to you, O LORD; *
    I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10 "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
    will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?



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11 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; *
    O L
ORD, be my helper."
12 You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
    you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
    O L
ORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.













622    Psalm 30