tunes: Torwood, Psalm 107]
To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg
the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is
come to the house of Ahimelech.
1Why dost thou boast, O mighty man,
of mischief and of ill?
goodness of Almighty God
endureth ever still.
2Thy tongue mischievous calumnies
to a razor sharp to cut,
3Ill more than good, and more than truth
thou lovest to speak wrong:
4Thou lovest all-devouring words,
O thou deceitful tongue.
5So God shall thee destroy for aye,
remove thee, pluck thee out
from thy house, out of the land
of life he shall thee root.
6The righteous shall it see, and fear,
and laugh at him they shall:
7Lo, this the man is that did not
make God his strength at all:
he in his abundant wealth
his confidence did place;
he took strength unto himself
from his own wickedness.
8But I am in the house of God
like to an olive green:
confidence for ever hath
upon God's mercy been.
9And I for ever will thee praise,
because thou hast done this:
on thy name will wait; for good
before thy saints it is.
The Psalms in Metre