|81 Exultate Deo|
|1||Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
|2||Raise a song and sound the timbrel, *
the merry harp, and the lyre.
|3||Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon, *
and at the full moon, the day of our feast.
|4||For this is a statute for Israel, *
a law of the God of Jacob.
|5||He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, *
when he came out of the land of Egypt.
|6||I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, *
"I eased his shoulder from the burden;
his hands were set free from bearing the load."
|7||You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; *
I answered you from the secret place of thunder
and tested you at the waters of Meribah.
|8||Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: *
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
|9||There shall be no strange god among you; *
you shall not worship a foreign god.
|10||I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
"Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."
|11||And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me.
|12||So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
to follow their own devices.
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|13||Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways!
|14||I should soon subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes.
|15||Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, *
and their punishment would last for ever.
|16||But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy him with honey from the rock.
|Sixteenth Day: Evening Prayer|
|82 Deus stetit|
|1||God takes his stand in the council of heaven; *
he gives judgment in the midst of the gods:
|2||"How long will you judge unjustly, *
and show favor to the wicked?
|3||Save the weak and the orphan; *
defend the humble and needy;
|4||Rescue the weak and the poor; *
deliver them from the power of the wicked.
|5||They do not know, neither do they understand;
they go about in darkness; *
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
|6||Now I say to you, 'You are gods, *
and all of you children of the Most High;
|7||Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, *
and fall like any prince.'"
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|8||Arise, O God, and rule the earth, *
for you shall take all nations for your own.
|83 Deus, quis similis?|
|1||O God, do not be silent; *
do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God;
|2||For your enemies are in tumult, *
and those who hate you have lifted up their heads.
|3||They take secret counsel against your people *
and plot against those whom you protect.
|4||They have said, "Come, let us wipe them out from among
the nations; *
let the name of Israel be remembered no more."
|5||They have conspired together; *
they have made an alliance against you:
|6||The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; *
the Moabites and the Hagarenes;
|7||Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; *
the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
|8||The Assyrians also have joined them, *
and have come to help the people of Lot.
|9||Do to them as you did to Midian, *
to Sisera, and to Jabin at the river of Kishon:
|10||They were destroyed at Endor; *
they became like dung upon the ground.
|11||Make their leaders like Oreb and ZeŽb, *
and all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
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|12||Who said, "Let us take for ourselves *
the fields of God as our possession."
|13||O my God, make them like whirling dust *
and like chaff before the wind;
|14||Like fire that burns down a forest, *
like the flame that sets mountains ablaze.
|15||Drive them with your tempest *
and terrify them with your storm;
|16||Cover their faces with shame, O LORD, *
that they may seek your Name.
|17||Let them be disgraced and terrified for ever; *
let them be put to confusion and perish.
|18||Let them know that you, whose Name is YAHWEH, *
you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
|84 Quam dilecta!|
|1||How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
|2||The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; *
by the side of your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.
|3||Happy are they who dwell in your house! *
they will always be praising you.
|4||Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.
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|5||Those who go through the desolate valley will find
it a place of springs, *
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.
|6||They will climb from height to height, *
and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.
|7||LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
hearken, O God of Jacob.
|8||Behold our defender, O God; *
and look upon the face of your Anointed.
|9||For one day in your courts is better than
a thousand in my own room, *
and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
|10||For the LORD God is both sun and shield; *
he will give grace and glory;
|11||No good thing will the LORD withhold *
from those who walk with integrity.
|12||O LORD of hosts, *
happy are they who put their trust in you!
|85 Benedixisti, Domine|
|1||You have been gracious to your land, O LORD, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
|2||You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.
|3||You have withdrawn all your fury *
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
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|4||Restore us then, O God our Savior; *
let your anger depart from us.
|5||Will you be displeased with us for ever? *
will you prolong your anger from age to age?
|6||Will you not give us life again, *
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your mercy, O LORD, *
and grant us your salvation.
|8||I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to him.
|9||Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
|10||Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
|11||Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
|12||The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.
|13||Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
|Seventeenth Day: Morning Prayer|
|86 Inclina, Domine|
|1||Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
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|2||Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant who puts his trust in you.
|3||Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
|4||Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
|5||For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
|6||Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
|7||In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
|8||Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, *
nor anything like your works.
|9||All the nations you have made will come and
worship you, O LORD, *
and glorify your Name.
|10||For you are great;
you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.
|11||Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
|12||I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.
|13||For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
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|14||The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.
|15||But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
|16||Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.
|17||Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
|87 Fundamenta ejus|
|1||On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
the LORD loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
|2||Glorious things are spoken of you, *
O city of our God.
|3||I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia:
in Zion were they born.
|4||Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, *
and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
|5||The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
"These also were born there."
|6||The singers and the dancers will say, *
"All my fresh springs are in you."
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|88 Domine, Deus|
|1||O LORD, my God, my Savior, *
by day and night I cry to you.
|2||Let my prayer enter into your presence; *
incline your ear to my lamentation.
|3||For I am full of trouble; *
my life is at the brink of the grave.
|4||I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; *
I have become like one who has no strength;
|5||Lost among the dead, *
like the slain who lie in the grave,
|6||Whom you remember no more, *
for they are cut off from your hand.
|7||You have laid me in the depths of the Pit, *
in dark places, and in the abyss.
|8||Your anger weighs upon me heavily, *
and all your great waves overwhelm me.
|9||You have put my friends far from me;
you have made me to be abhorred by them; *
I am in prison and cannot get free.
|10||My sight has failed me because of trouble; *
LORD, I have called upon you daily;
I have stretched out my hands to you.
|11||Do you work wonders for the dead? *
will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?
|12||Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? *
your faithfulness in the land of destruction?
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|13||Will your wonders be known in the dark? *
or your righteousness in the country where all
|14||But as for me, O LORD, I cry to you for help; *
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
|15||LORD, why have you rejected me? *
why have you hidden your face from me?
|16||Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the
point of death; *
I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
|17||Your blazing anger has swept over me; *
your terrors have destroyed me;
|18||They surround me all day long like a flood; *
they encompass me on every side.
|19||My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, *
and darkness is my only companion.
|Seventeenth Day: Evening Prayer|
|Part I Misericordias Domini|
|1||Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
|2||For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
|3||"I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
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|4||'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
|5||The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, *
and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
|6||For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
who is like the LORD among the gods?
|7||God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
great and terrible to all those round about him.
|8||Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
|9||You rule the raging of the sea *
and still the surging of its waves.
|10||You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
|11||Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
|12||You have made the north and the south; *
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
|13||You have a mighty arm; *
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
|14||Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
love and truth go before your face.
|15||Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
|16||They rejoice daily in your Name; *
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
|17||For you are the glory of their strength, *
and by your favor our might is exalted.
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|18||Truly, the LORD is our ruler; *
The Holy One of Israel is our King.
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|19||You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: *
"I have set the crown upon a warrior
and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
|20||I have found David my servant; *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
|21||My hand will hold him fast *
and my arm will make him strong.
|22||No enemy shall deceive him, *
nor any wicked man bring him down.
|23||I will crush his foes before him *
and strike down those who hate him.
|24||My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
and he shall be victorious through my Name.
|25||I shall make his dominion extend *
from the Great Sea to the River.
|26||He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
|27||I will make him my firstborn *
and higher than the kings of the earth.
|28||I will keep my love for him for ever, *
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
|29||I will establish his line for ever *
and his throne as the days of heaven."
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|30||"If his children forsake my law *
and do not walk according to my judgments;
|31||If they break my statutes *
and do not keep my commandments;
|32||I will punish their transgressions with a rod *
and their iniquities with the lash;
|33||But I will not take my love from him, *
nor let my faithfulness prove false.
|34||I will not break my covenant, *
nor change what has gone out of my lips.
|35||Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: *
'I will not lie to David.
|36||His line shall endure for ever *
and his throne as the sun before me;
|37||It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, *
the abiding witness in the sky.'"
But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; *
you have become enraged at him.
|39||You have broken your covenant with your servant, *
defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground.
|40||You have breached all his walls *
and laid his strongholds in ruins.
|41||All who pass by despoil him; *
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
|42||You have exalted the right hand of his foes *
and made all his enemies rejoice.
|43||You have turned back the edge of his sword *
and have not sustained him in battle.
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|44||You have put an end to his splendor *
and cast his throne to the ground.
|45||You have cut short the days of his youth *
and have covered him with shame.
|46||How long will you hide yourself, O LORD?
will you hide yourself for ever? *
how long will your anger burn like fire?
|47||Remember, LORD, how short life is, *
how frail you have made all flesh.
|48||Who can live and not see death? *
who can save himself from the power of the grave?
|49||Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, *
which you promised David in your faithfulness?
|50||Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, *
how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
|51||The taunts your enemies have hurled, O LORD, *
which they hurled at the heels of your anointed.
Blessed be the LORD for evermore! *
Amen, I say, Amen.
|Eighteenth Day: Morning Prayer|
|90 Domine, refugium|
|1||Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.
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|2||Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.
|3||You turn us back to the dust and say, *
"Go back, O child of earth."
|4||For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday
when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.
|5||You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.
|6||In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
|7||For we consume away in your displeasure; *
we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
|8||Our iniquities you have set before you, *
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
|9||When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
|10||The span of our life is seventy years,
perhaps in strength even eighty; *
yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow,
for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
|11||Who regards the power of your wrath? *
who rightly fears your indignation?
|12||So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.
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|14||Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
|15||Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.
|16||Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.
|17||May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands;
prosper our handiwork.
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