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Psalm 119

 

 

 ALEPH. THE FIRST PART


[Recommended tunes: Jackson, Haresfield]

8,6,8,6


1Blessed are they that undefil'd,

and straight are in the way;

Who in the Lord's most holy law

do walk, and do not stray.

2Blessed are they who to observe

his statutes are inclin'd;

And who do seek the living God

with their whole heart and mind.

 

3Such in his ways do walk, and they

do no iniquity.

4Thou hast commanded us to keep

thy precepts carefully.

5O that thy statutes to observe

thou would'st my ways direct!

6Then shall I not be sham'd, when I

thy precepts all respect.

 

7Then with integrity of heart

thee will I praise and bless,

When I the judgments all have learn'd

of thy pure righteousness.

8That I will keep thy statutes all

firmly resolv'd have I:

O do not then, most gracious God,

forsake me utterly.

 
 

BETH. THE Second PART


[Recommended tunes: St Paul, St David]
8,6,8,6

9By what means shall a young man learn

his way to purify?

If he according to thy word

thereto attentive be.

10Unfeignedly thee have I sought

with all my soul and heart:

O let me not from the right path

of thy commands depart.

 

11Thy word I in my heart have hid,

that I offend not thee.

12O Lord, thou ever blessed art,

thy statutes teach thou me.

13The judgments of thy mouth each one

my lips declared have:

14More joy thy testimonies' way

than riches all me gave.

 

15I will thy holy precepts make

my meditation;

And carefully I'll have respect

unto thy ways each one.

16Upon thy statutes my delight

shall constantly be set:

And, by thy grace, I never will

thy holy word forget.

 
 

GIMEL. THE THIRD PART


[Recommended tunes: Morven, St Matthias]

8,6,8,6


17With me thy servant, in thy grace,

Deal bountifully, Lord;

That by thy favour I may live,

and duly keep thy word.

18Open mine eyes, that of thy law

the wonders I may see.

19I am a stranger on this earth,

hide not thy laws from me.

 

20My soul within me breaks, and doth

much fainting still endure,

Through longing that it hath all times

unto thy judgments pure.

21Thou hast rebuk'd the cursed proud,

who from thy precepts swerve.

22Reproach and shame remove from me,

for I thy laws observe.

 

23Against me princes spake with spite,

while they in council sat:

But I thy servant did upon

thy statutes meditate.

24My comfort, and my heart's delight,

thy testimonies be;

And they, in all my doubts and fears,

are counsellors to me.

 

 

DALETH. THE FOURTH PART


[Recommended tunes: Bangor, Glenluce]

8,6,8,6


25My soul to dust cleaves: quicken me,

according to thy word.

26My ways I shew'd, and me thou heard'st:

teach me thy statutes, Lord.

27The way of thy commandements

make me aright to know;

So all thy works that wondrous are

I shall to others show.

 

28My soul doth melt, and drop away,

for heaviness and grief:

To me, according to thy word,

give strength, and send relief.

29From me the wicked way of lies

let far removed be;

And graciously thy holy law

do thou grant unto me.

 

30I chosen have the perfect way

of truth and verity:

Thy judgments that most righteous are

before me laid have I.

31I to thy testimonies cleave;

shame do not on me cast.

32I'll run thy precepts' way, when thou

my heart enlarged hast.

 

 

HE. THE FIFTH PART


[Recommended tunes: York, Farrant]

8,6,8,6


33Teach me, O Lord, the perfect way

of thy precepts divine,

And to observe it to the end

I shall my heart incline.

34Give understanding unto me,

so keep thy law shall I;

Yea, ev'n with my whole heart I shall

observe it carefully.

 

35In thy law's path make me to go;

for I delight therein.

36My heart unto thy testimonies,

and not to greed, incline.

37Turn thou away my sight and eyes

from viewing vanity;

And in thy good and holy way

be pleas'd to quicken me.

 

38Confirm to me thy gracious word,

which I did gladly hear,

Ev'n to thy servant, Lord, who is

devoted to thy fear.

39Turn thou away my fear'd reproach;

for good thy judgments be.

40Lo, for thy precepts I have long'd;

in thy truth quicken me.

 
 
VAU. THE SIXTH PART

[Recommended tunes: Bristol, Haresfield, Moravia]

8,6,8,6


41Let thy sweet mercies also come

and visit me, O Lord;

Ev'n thy benign salvation,

according to thy word.

42So shall I have wherewith I may

give him an answer just,

Who spitefully reproacheth me;

for in thy word I trust.

 

43The word of truth out of my mouth

take thou not utterly;

For on thy judgments righteous

my hope doth still rely.

44So shall I keep for evermore

thy law continually.

45And, sith that I thy precepts seek,

I'll walk at liberty.

 

46I'll speak thy word to kings, and I

with shame shall not be mov'd;

47And will delight myself always

in thy laws, which I lov'd.

48To thy commandments, which I lov'd,

my hands lift up I will;

And I will also meditate

upon thy statutes still.


 

ZAIN. THE SEVENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: Caithness , St Andrew]

8,6,8,6


49Remember, Lord, thy gracious word

thou to thy servant spake,

Which, for a ground of my sure hope,

thou causedst me to take.

50This word of thine my comfort is

in mine affliction:

For in my straits I am reviv'd

by this thy word alone.

 

51The men whose hearts with pride are stuff'd

did greatly me deride;

Yet from thy straight commandements

I have not turn'd aside.

52Thy judgments righteous, O Lord,

which thou of old forth gave,

I did remember, and myself

by them comforted have.

 

53Horror took hold on me, because

ill men thy law forsake.

54I in my house of pilgrimage

thy laws my songs do make.

55Thy name by night, Lord, I did mind,

and I have kept thy law.

56And this I had, because thy word

I kept, and stood in awe.

 

 

CHETH. THE EIghth PART


[Recommended tunes: Belmont, St David]

8,6,8,6


57Thou my sure portion art alone,

which I did chuse, O Lord:

I have resolv'd, and said, that I

would keep thy holy word.

58With my whole heart I did entreat

thy face and favour free:

According to thy gracious word

be merciful to me.

 

59I thought upon my former ways,

and did my life well try;

And to thy testimonies pure

my feet then turned I.

60I did not stay, nor linger long,

as those that slothful are;

But hastily thy laws to keep

myself I did prepare.

 

61Bands of ill men me robb'd; yet I

thy precepts did not slight.

62I'll rise at midnight thee to praise,

ev'n for thy judgments right.

63I am companion to all those

who fear, and thee obey.

64O Lord, thy mercy fills the earth:

teach me thy laws, I pray.

 

 

TETH. THE NINTH PART


[Recommended tunes: St James, St Thomas]

8,6,8,6


65Well hast thou with thy servant dealt,

as thou didst promise give.

66Good judgment me, and knowledge teach,

for I thy word believe.

67Ere I afflicted was I stray'd;

but now I keep thy word.

68Both good thou art, and good thou do'st:

teach me thy statutes, Lord.

 

69The men that are puff 'd up with pride

against me forg'd a lie;

Yet thy commandements observe

with my whole heart will I.

70Their hearts, through worldly ease and wealth,

as fat as grease they be:

But in thy holy law I take

delight continually.

 

71It hath been very good for me

that I afflicted was,

That I might well instructed be,

and learn thy holy laws.

72The word that cometh from thy mouth

is better unto me

Than many thousands and great sums

of gold and silver be.

 

 

JOD. THE TENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: St Fulbert, Martyrdom]

8,6,8,6


73Thou mad'st and fashion'dst me: thy laws

to know give wisdom, Lord.

74So who thee fear shall joy to see

me trusting in thy word.

75That very right thy judgments are

I know, and do confess;

And that thou hast afflicted me

in truth and faithfulness.

 

76O let thy kindness merciful,

I pray thee, comfort me,

As to thy servant faithfully

was promised by thee.

77And let thy tender mercies come

to me, that I may live;

Because thy holy laws to me

sweet delectation give.

 

78Lord, let the proud ashamed be;

for they, without a cause,

With me perversely dealt: but I

will muse upon thy laws.

79Let such as fear thee, and have known

thy statutes, turn to me.

80My heart let in thy laws be sound,

that sham'd I never be.

 

 

CAPH. THE ELEVENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: St Neot, Walsall]

8,6,8,6


81My soul for thy salvation faints;

yet I thy word believe.

82Mine eyes fail for thy word: I say,

When wilt thou comfort give?

83For like a bottle I'm become,

that in the smoke is set:

I'm black, and parch'd with grief; yet I

thy statutes not forget.

 

84How many are thy servant's days?

when wilt thou execute

Just judgment on these wicked men

that do me persecute?

85The proud have digged pits for me,

which is against thy laws.

86Thy words all faithful are: help me,

pursu'd without a cause.

 

87They so consum'd me, that on earth

my life they scarce did leave:

Thy precepts yet forsook I not,

but close to them did cleave.

88After thy loving-kindness, Lord,

me quicken, and preserve:

The testimony of thy mouth

so shall I still observe.

 

 

LAMED. THE TWElfth PART


[Recommended tunes: Palestrina, London New, Wiltshire]

8,6,8,6


89Thy word for ever is, O Lord,

in heaven settled fast;

90Unto all generations

thy faithfulness doth last:

The earth thou hast established,

and it abides by thee.

91This day they stand as thou ordain'dst;

for all thy servants be.

 

92Unless in thy most perfect law

my soul delights had found,

I should have perished, when as

my troubles did abound.

93Thy precepts I will ne'er forget;

they quick'ning to me brought.

94Lord, I am thine; O save thou me:

thy precepts I have sought.

 

95For me the wicked have laid wait,

me seeking to destroy:

But I thy testimonies true

consider will with joy.

96An end of all perfection

here have I seen, O God:

But as for thy commandement,

it is exceeding broad.

 

 

MEM. THE THIRTEENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: Bloxham, Contemplation]

8,6,8,6


97O how love I thy law! it is

my study all the day:

98It makes me wiser than my foes;

for it doth with me stay.

99Than all my teachers now I have

more understanding far;

Because my meditation

thy testimonies are.

 

100In understanding I excel

those that are ancients;

For I endeavoured to keep

all thy commandements.

101My feet from each ill way I stay'd,

that I may keep thy word.

102I from thy judgments have not swerv'd;

for thou hast taught me, Lord.

 

103How sweet unto my taste, O Lord,

are all thy words of truth!

Yea, I do find them sweeter far

than honey to my mouth.

104I through thy precepts, that are pure,

do understanding get;

I therefore ev'ry way that's false

with all my heart do hate.

 

 

NUN. THE FOURTEENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: St Ethelreda, Tallis]

8,6,8,6


105Thy word is to my feet a lamp,

and to my path a light.

106I sworn have, and I will perform,

to keep thy judgments right.

107I am with sore affliction

ev'n overwhelm'd, O Lord:

In mercy raise and quicken me,

according to thy word.

 

108The free-will-off 'rings of my mouth

accept, I thee beseech:

And unto me thy servant, Lord,

thy judgments clearly teach.

109Though still my soul be in my hand,

thy laws I'll not forget.

110I err'd not from them, though for me

the wicked snares did set.

 

111I of thy testimonies have

above all things made choice,

To be my heritage for aye;

for they my heart rejoice.

112I carefully inclined have

my heart still to attend;

That I thy statutes may perform

alway unto the end.

 

 

SAMECH. THE FIFTEENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: Ballerma, Blackbourn]

8,6,8,6


113I hate the thoughts of vanity,

but love thy law do I.

114My shield and hiding-place thou art:

I on thy word rely.

115All ye that evil-doers are

from me depart away;

For the commandments of my God

I purpose to obey.

 

116According to thy faithful word

uphold and stablish me,

That I may live, and of my hope

ashamed never be.

117Hold thou me up, so shall I be

in peace and safety still;

And to thy statutes have respect

continually I will.

 

118Thou tread'st down all that love to stray;

false their deceit doth prove.

119Lewd men, like dross, away thou putt'st;

therefore thy law I love.

120For fear of thee my very flesh

doth tremble, all dismay'd;

And of thy righteous judgments, Lord,

my soul is much afraid.

 

 

AIN. THE SIXTEENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: Torwood, Glenluce]

8,6,8,6


121To all men I have judgment done,

performing justice right;

Then let me not be left unto

my fierce oppressors' might.

122For good unto thy servant, Lord,

thy servant's surety be:

From the oppression of the proud

do thou deliver me.

 

123Mine eyes do fail with looking long

for thy salvation,

The word of thy pure righteousness

while I do wait upon.

124In mercy with thy servant deal,

thy laws me teach and show.

125I am thy servant, wisdom give,

that I thy laws may know.

 

126'Tis time thou work, Lord; for they have

made void thy law divine.

127Therefore thy precepts more I love

than gold, yea, gold most fine.

128Concerning all things thy commands

all right I judge therefore;

And ev'ry false and wicked way

I perfectly abhor.

 

 

PE. THE SEVENTEENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: Evan, St Mary, Ayrshire]

8,6,8,6


129Thy statutes, Lord, are wonderful,

my soul them keeps with care.

130The entrance of thy words gives light,

makes wise who simple are.

131My mouth I have wide opened,

and panted earnestly,

While after thy commandements

I long'd exceedingly.

 

132Look on me, Lord, and merciful

do thou unto me prove,

As thou art wont to do to those

thy name who truly love.

133O let my footsteps in thy word

aright still order'd be:

Let no iniquity obtain

dominion over me.

 

134From man's oppression save thou me;

so keep thy laws I will.

135Thy face make on thy servant shine;

teach me thy statutes still.

136Rivers of waters from mine eyes

did run down, when I saw

How wicked men run on in sin,

and do not keep thy law.

 

 

TSADDI. THE EIghteenth PART


[Recommended tunes: London New, St Bernard]

8,6,8,6


137O Lord, thou art most righteous;

thy judgments are upright.

138Thy testimonies thou command'st

most faithful are and right.

139My zeal hath ev'n consumed me,

because mine enemies

Thy holy words forgotten have,

and do thy laws despise.

 

140Thy word's most pure, therefore on it

thy servant's love is set.

141Small, and despis'd I am, yet I

thy precepts not forget.

142Thy righteousness is righteousness

which ever doth endure:

Thy holy law, Lord, also is

the very truth most pure.

 

143Trouble and anguish have me found,

and taken hold on me:

Yet in my trouble my delight

thy just commandments be.

144Eternal righteousness is in

thy testimonies all:

Lord, to me understanding give,

and ever live I shall.

 

 

KOPH. THE NINTEENTH PART


[Recommended tunes: Salzburg, Culross]

8,6,8,6


145With my whole heart I cry'd, Lord, hear;

I will thy word obey.

146I cry'd to thee; save me, and I

will keep thy laws alway.

147I of the morning did prevent

the dawning, and did cry:

For all mine expectation

did on thy word rely.

 

148Mine eyes did timeously prevent

the watches of the night,

That in thy word with careful mind

then meditate I might.

149After thy loving-kindness hear

my voice, that calls on thee:

According to thy judgment, Lord,

revive and quicken me.

 

150Who follow mischief they draw nigh;

they from thy law are far:

151But thou art near, Lord; most firm truth

all thy commandments are.

152As for thy testimonies all,

of old this have I try'd,

That thou hast surely founded them

for ever to abide.

 

 

RESH. THE TWENTIETH PART


[Recommended tunes: St Kilda, Cunningham]

8,6,8,6


153Consider mine affliction,

in safety do me set:

Deliver me, O Lord, for I

thy law do not forget.

154After thy word revive thou me:

save me, and plead my cause.

155Salvation is from sinners far;

for they seek not thy laws.

 

156O Lord, both great and manifold

thy tender mercies be:

According to thy judgments just,

revive and quicken me.

157My persecutors many are,

and foes that do combine;

Yet from thy testimonies pure

my heart doth not decline.

 

158I saw transgressors, and was griev'd;

for they keep not thy word.

159See how I love thy law! as thou

art kind, me quicken, Lord.

160From the beginning all thy word

hath been most true and sure:

Thy righteous judgments ev'ry one

for evermore endure.

 

 

CHIN. THE TWENTY-FIRST PART


[Recommended tunes: Bristol, Tallis]

8,6,8,6


161Princes have persecuted me,

although no cause they saw:

But still of thy most holy word

my heart doth stand in awe.

162I at thy word rejoice, as one

of spoil that finds great store.

163Thy law I love; but lying all

I hate and do abhor.

 

164Sev'n times a-day it is my care

to give due praise to thee;

Because of all thy judgments, Lord,

which righteous ever be.

165Great peace have they who love thy law;

offence they shall have none.

166I hop'd for thy salvation, Lord,

and thy commands have done.

 

167My soul thy testimonies pure

observed carefully;

On them my heart is set, and them

I love exceedingly.

168Thy testimonies and thy laws

I kept with special care;

For all my works and ways each one

before thee open are.

 

 

TAU. THE TWENTY-SECOND PART


[Recommended tunes: Farrant, Ballerma]

8,6,8,6


169O let my earnest pray'r and cry

come near before thee, Lord:

Give understanding unto me,

according to thy word.

170Let my request before thee come:

after thy word me free.

171My lips shall utter praise, when thou

hast taught thy laws to me.

 

172My tongue of thy most blessed word

shall speak, and it confess;

Because all thy commandements

are perfect righteousness.

173Let thy strong hand make help to me:

thy precepts are my choice.

174I long'd for thy salvation, Lord,

and in thy law rejoice.

 

175O let my soul live, and it shall

give praises unto thee;

And let thy judgments gracious

be helpful unto me.

176I, like a lost sheep, went astray;

thy servant seek, and find:

For thy commands I suffer'd not

to slip out of my mind.

 


 

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