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Christ's passion: and the conversion of the Gentiles.

21:1. Unto the end, for the morning protection, a psalm for David.

21:2. O God my God, look upon me: why hast thou forsaken me? Far from
my salvation are the words of my sins.

The words of my sins. . .That is, the sins of the world, which I have
taken upon myself, cry out against me, and are the cause of all my

21:3. O my God, I shall cry by day, and thou wilt not hear: and by
night, and it shall not be reputed as folly in me.

21:4. But thou dwellest in the holy place, the praise of Israel.

21:5. In thee have our fathers hoped: they have hoped, and thou hast
delivered them.

21:6. They cried to thee, and they were saved: they trusted in thee,
and were not confounded.

21:7. But I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the outcast
of the people.

21:8. All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken
with the lips, and wagged the head.

21:9. He hoped in the Lord, let him deliver him: let him save him,
seeing he delighteth in him.

21:10. For thou art he that hast drawn me out of the womb: my hope from
the breasts of my mother.

21:11. I was cast upon thee from the womb. From my mother's womb thou
art my God,

21:12. Depart not from me. For tribulation is very near: for there is
none to help me.

21:13. Many calves have surrounded me: fat bulls have besieged me.

21:14.They have opened their mouths against me, as a lion ravening and

21:15. I am poured out like water; and all my bones are scattered. My
heart is become like wax melting in the midst of my bowels.

21:16. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue hath
cleaved to my jaws: and thou hast brought me down into the dust of

21:17. For many dogs have encompassed me: the council of the malignant
hath besieged me. They have dug my hands and feet.

21:18. They have numbered all my bones. And they have looked and stared
upon me.

21:19. They parted my garments amongst them; and upon my vesture they
cast lots.

21:20. But thou, O Lord, remove not thy help to a distance from me;
look towards my defence.

21:21. Deliver, O God, my soul from the sword: my only one from the
hand of the dog.

21:22. Save me from the lion's mouth; and my lowness from the horns of
the unicorns.

21:23. I will declare thy name to my brethren: in the midst of the
church will I praise thee.

21:24. Ye that fear the Lord, praise him: all ye the seed of Jacob,
glorify him.

21:25. Let all the seed of Israel fear him: because he hath not
slighted nor despised the supplication of the poor man. Neither hath he
turned away his face form me: and when I cried to him he heard me.

21:26. With thee is my praise in a great church: I will pay my vows in
the sight of them that fear him.

21:27. The poor shall eat and shall be filled: and they shall praise
the Lord that seek him: their hearts shall live for ever and ever.

21:28. All the ends of the earth shall remember, and shall be converted
to the Lord: And all the kindreds of the Gentiles shall adore in his

21:29. For the kingdom is the Lord's; and he shall have dominion over
the nations.

21:30. All the fat ones of the earth have eaten and have adored: all
they that go down to the earth shall fall before him.

21:31. And to him my soul shall live: and my seed shall serve him.

21:32. There shall be declared to the Lord a generation to come: and
the heavens shall shew forth his justice to a people that shall be
born, which the Lord hath made.

Psalms Chapter 22

Dominus regit me.

God's spiritual benefits to faithful souls.

22:1. A psalm for David. The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing.

Ruleth me. . .In Hebrew, Is my shepherd, viz., to feed, guide, and
govern me.

22:2. He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on
the water of refreshment:

22:3. He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of
justice, for his own name's sake.

22:4. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they
have comforted me.

22:5. Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict
me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which
inebreateth me, how goodly is it!

22:6. And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I
may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.

Psalms Chapter 23

Domini est terra.

Who are they that shall ascend to heaven: Christ's triumphant ascension

23:1. On the first day of the week, a psalm for David. The earth is the
Lord's and the fulness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell

23:2. For he hath founded it upon the seas; and hath prepared it upon
the rivers.

23:3. Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord: or who shall
stand in his holy place?

23:4. The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, who hath not taken his
soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbour.

23:5. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God his

23:6. This is the generation of them that seek him, of them that seek
the face of the God of Jacob.

23:7. Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal
gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in.

23:8. Who is this King of Glory? the Lord who is strong and mighty: the
Lord mighty in battle.

23:9. Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal
gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in.

23:10. Who is this King of Glory? the Lord of hosts, he is the King of

Psalms Chapter 24

Ad te, Domine, levavi.

A prayer for grace, mercy, and protection against our enemies.

24:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David. To thee, O Lord, have I lifted
up my soul.

24:2. In thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed.

24:3. Neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on
thee shall be confounded.

24:4. Let all them be confounded that act unjust things without cause.
Shew, O Lord, thy ways to me, and teach me thy paths.

24:5. Direct me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art God my
Saviour; and on thee have I waited all the day long.

24:6. Remember, O Lord, thy bowels of compassion; and thy mercies that
are from the beginning of the world.

24:7. The sins of my youth and my ignorances do not remember. According
to thy mercy remember thou me: for thy goodness' sake, O Lord.

24:8. The Lord is sweet and righteous: therefore he will give a law to
sinners in the way.

24:9. He will guide the mild in judgment: he will teach the meek his

24:10. All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth, to them that seek
after his covenant and his testimonies.

24:11. For thy name's sake, O Lord, thou wilt pardon my sin: for it is

24:12. Who is the man that feareth the Lord? He hath appointed him a
law in the way he hath chosen.

24:13. His soul shall dwell in good things: and his seed shall inherit
the land.

24:14. The Lord is a firmament to them that fear him: and his covenant
shall be made manifest to them.

24:15. My eyes are ever towards the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet
out of the snare.

24:16. Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me; for I am alone and

24:17. The troubles of my heart are multiplied: deliver me from my

24:18. See my abjection and my labour; and forgive me all my sins.

24:19. Consider my enemies for they are multiplied, and have hated me
with an unjust hatred.

24:20. Deep thou my soul, and deliver me: I shall not be ashamed, for I
have hoped in thee.

24:21. The innocent and the upright have adhered to me: because I have
waited on thee.

24:22. Deliver Israel, O God, from all his tribulations.

Psalms Chapter 25

Judica me, Domine.

David's prayer to God in his distress, to be delivered, that he may
come to worship him in his tabernacle.

25:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David. Judge me, O Lord, for I have
walked in my innocence: and I have put my trust in the Lord, and shall
not be weakened.

25:2. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; burn my reins and my heart.

25:3. For thy mercy is before my eyes; and I am well pleased with thy

25:4. I have not sat with the council of vanity: neither will I go in
with the doers of unjust things.

25:5. I have hated the assembly of the malignant; and with the wicked I
will not sit.

25:6. I will wash my hands among the innocent; and will compass thy
altar, O Lord:

25:7. That I may hear the voice of thy praise: and tell of all thy
wondrous works.

25:8. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of thy house; and the place
where thy glory dwelleth.

25:9. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with
bloody men:

25:10. In whose hands are iniquities: their right hand is filled with

25:11. But as for me, I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and
have mercy on me.

25:12. My foot hath stood in the direct way: in the churches I will
bless thee, O Lord.

Psalms Chapter 26

Dominus illuminatio.

David's faith and hope in God.

26:1. The psalm of David before he was anointed. The Lord is my light
and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my
life: of whom shall I be afraid?

26:2. Whilst the wicked draw near against me, to eat my flesh. My
enemies that trouble me, have themselves been weakened, and have

26:3. If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart
shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I
be confident.

26:4. One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that
I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I
may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.

26:5. For he hath hidden me in his tabernacle; in the day of evils, he
hath protected me in the secret place of his tabernacle.

26:6. He hath exalted me upon a rock: and now he hath lifted up my head
above my enemies. I have gone round, and have offered up in his
tabernacle a sacrifice of jubilation: I will sing, and recite a psalm
to the Lord.

26:7. Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have
mercy on me and hear me.

26:8. My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O
Lord, will I still seek.

26:9. Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy
servant. Be thou my helper, forsake me not; do not thou despise me, O
God my Saviour.

26:10. For my father and my mother have left me: but the Lord hath
taken me up.

26:11. Set me, O Lord, a law in thy way, and guide me in the right
path, because of my enemies.

26:12. Deliver me not over to the will of them that trouble me; for
unjust witnesses have risen up against me; and iniquity hath lied to

26:13. I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the

26:14. Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage,
and wait thou for the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 27

Ad te, Domine, clamabo.

David's prayer that his enemies may not prevail over him.

27:1. A psalm for David himself. Unto thee will I cry, O Lord: O my
God, be not thou silent to me: lest if thou be silent to me, I become
like them that go down into the pit.

27:2. Hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication, when I pray to thee;
when I lift up my hands to thy holy temple.

27:3. Draw me not away together with the wicked; and with the workers
of iniquity destroy me not: Who speak peace with their neighbour, but
evils are in their hearts.

27:4. Give them according to their works, and according to the
wickedness of their inventions. According to the works of their hands
give thou to them: render to them their reward.

27:5. Because they have not understood the works of the Lord, and the
operations of his hands: thou shalt destroy them, and shalt not build
them up.

27:6. Blessed be the Lord, for he hath heard the voice of my

27:7. The Lord is my helper and my protector: in him hath my heart
confided, and I have been helped. And my flesh hath flourished again,
and with my will I will give praise to him.

27:8. The Lord is the strength of his people, and the protector of the
salvation of his anointed.

27:9. Save, O Lord, thy people, and bless thy inheritance: and rule
them and exalt them for ever.

Psalms Chapter 28

Afferte Domino.

An invitation to glorify God, with a commemoration of his mighty works.

28:1. A psalm for David, at the finishing of the tabernacle. Bring to
the Lord, O ye children of God: bring to the Lord the offspring of

28:2. Bring to the Lord glory and honour: bring to the Lord glory to
his name: adore ye the Lord in his holy court.

28:3. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of majesty hath
thundered, The Lord is upon many waters.

28:4. The voice of the Lord is in power; the voice of the Lord in

28:5. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars: yea, the Lord shall
break the cedars of Libanus.

28:6. And shall reduce them to pieces, as a calf of Libanus, and as the
beloved son of unicorns.

Shall reduce them to pieces, etc. . .In Hebrew, shall make them to skip
like a calf. The psalmist here describes the effects of thunder (which
he calls the voice of the Lord) which sometimes breaks down the tallest
and strongest trees; and makes their broken branches skip, etc. All
this is to be understood mystically of the powerful voice of God's word
in his church; which has broken the pride of the great ones of this
world, and brought many of them meekly and joyfully to submit their
necks to the sweet yoke of Christ.

28:7. The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire:

28:8. The voice of the Lord shaketh the desert: and the Lord shall
shake the desert of Cades.

28:9. The voice of the Lord prepareth the stags: and he will discover
the thick woods: and in his temple all shall speak his glory.

28:10. The Lord maketh the flood to dwell: and the Lord shall sit king
for ever. The Lord will give strength to his people: the Lord will
bless his people with peace.

Psalms Chapter 29

Exaltabo te, Domine.

David praiseth God for his deliverance, and his merciful dealings with

29:1. A psalm of a canticle, at the dedication of David's house.

29:2. I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upheld me: and hast not
made my enemies to rejoice over me.

29:3. O Lord my God, I have cried to thee, and thou hast healed me.

29:4. Thou hast brought forth, O Lord, my soul from hell: thou hast
saved me from them that go down into the pit.

29:5. Sing to the Lord, O ye his saints: and give praise to the memory
of his holiness.

29:6. For wrath is in his indignation; and life in his good will. In
the evening weeping shall have place, and in the morning gladness.

29:7. And in my abundance I said: I shall never be moved.

29:8. O Lord, in thy favour, thou gavest strength to my beauty. Thou
turnedst away thy face from me, and I became troubled.

29:9. To thee, O Lord, will I cry: and I will make supplication to my

29:10. What profit is there in my blood, whilst I go down to
corruption? Shall dust confess to thee, or declare thy truth?

29:11. The Lord hath heard, and hath had mercy on me: the Lord became
my helper.

29:12. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into joy: thou hast cut my
sackcloth, and hast compassed me with gladness:

29:13. To the end that my glory may sing to thee, and I may not regret:
O Lord my God, I will give praise to thee for ever.

Psalms Chapter 30

In te, Domine, speravi.

A prayer of a just man under affliction.

30:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David, in an ecstasy.

30:2. In thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded:
deliver me in thy justice.

30:3. Bow down thy ear to me: make haste to deliver me. Be thou unto me
a God, a protector, and a house of refuge, to save me.

30:4. For thou art my strength and my refuge; and for thy name's sake
thou wilt lead me, and nourish me.

30:5. Thou wilt bring me out of this snare, which they have hidden for
me: for thou art my protector.

30:6. Into thy hands I commend my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O
Lord, the God of truth.

30:7. Thou hast hated them that regard vanities, to no purpose. But I
have hoped in the Lord:

30:8. I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy. For thou hast regarded
my humility, thou hast saved my soul out of distresses.

30:9. And thou hast not shut me up in the hands of the enemy: thou hast
set my feet in a spacious place.

30:10. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am afflicted: my eye is troubled
with wrath, my soul, and my belly:

30:11. For my life is wasted with grief: and my years in sighs. My
strength is weakened through poverty and my bones are disturbed.

30:12. I am become a reproach among all my enemies, and very much to my
neighbours; and a fear to my acquaintance. They that saw me without
fled from me.

30:13. I am forgotten as one dead from the heart. I am become as a
vessel that is destroyed.

30:14. For I have heard the blame of many that dwell round about. While
they assembled together against me, they consulted to take away my

30:15. But I have put my trust in thee, O Lord: I said: Thou art my

30:16. My lots are in thy hands. Deliver me out of the hands of my
enemies; and from them that persecute me.

30:17. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; save me in thy mercy.

30:18. Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee.
Let the wicked be ashamed, and be brought down to hell.

30:19. Let deceitful lips be made dumb. Which speak iniquity against
the just, with pride and abuse.

30:20. O how great is the multitude of thy sweetness, O Lord, which
thou hast hidden for them that fear thee! Which thou hast wrought for
them that hope in thee, in the sight of the sons of men.

30:21. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy face, from the
disturbance of men. Thou shalt protect them in thy tabernacle from the
contradiction of tongues.

30:22. Blessed be the Lord, for he hath shewn his wonderful mercy to me
in a fortified city.

30:23. But I said in the excess of my mind: I am cast away from before
thy eyes. Therefore thou hast heard the voice of my prayer, when I
cried to thee.

30:24. O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord will require
truth, and will repay them abundantly that act proudly.

30:25. Do ye manfully, and let your heart be strengthened, all ye that
hope in the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 31

Beati quorum.

The second penitential psalm.

31:1. To David himself, understanding. Blessed are they whose
iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

31:2. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin, and in
whose spirit there is no guile.

31:3. Because I was silent my bones grew old; whilst I cried out all
the day long.

Because I was silent, etc. . .That is, whilst I kept silence, by
concealing, or refusing to confess my sins, thy hand was heavy upon me,

31:4. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: I am turned in my
anguish, whilst the thorn is fastened.

I am turned, etc. . .That is, I turn and roll about in my bed to seek
for ease in my pain whilst the thorn of thy justice pierces my flesh,
and sticks fast in me. Or, I am turned: that is, I am converted to
thee, my God, by being brought to a better understanding by thy
chastisements. In the Hebrew it is, my moisture is turned into the
droughts of the summer.

31:5. I have acknowledged my sin to thee, and my injustice I have not
concealed. I said I will confess against my self my injustice to the
Lord: and thou hast forgiven the wickedness of my sin.

31:6. For this shall every one that is holy pray to thee in a
seasonable time. And yet in a flood of many waters, they shall not come
nigh unto him.

31:7. Thou art my refuge from the trouble which hath encompassed me: my
joy, deliver me from them that surround me.

31:8. I will give thee understanding, and I will instruct thee in this
way, in which thou shalt go: I will fix my eyes upon thee.

31:9. Do not become like the horse and the mule, who have no
understanding. With bit and bridle bind fast their jaws, who come not
near unto thee.

31:10. Many are the scourges of the sinner, but mercy shall encompass
him that hopeth in the Lord.

31:11. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye just, and glory, all ye
right of heart.

Psalms Chapter 32

Exultate, justi.

An exhortation to praise God, and to trust in him.

32:1. A psalm for David. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just: praise
becometh the upright.

32:2. Give praise to the Lord on the harp; sing to him with the
psaltery, the instrument of ten strings.

32:3. Sing to him a new canticle, sing well unto him with a loud noise.

32:4. For the word of the Lord is right, and all his works are done
with faithfulness.

32:5. He loveth mercy and judgment; the earth is full of the mercy of
the Lord.

32:6. By the word of the Lord the heavens were established; and all the
power of them by the spirit of his mouth:

32:7. Gathering together the waters of the sea, as in a vessel; laying
up the depths in storehouses.

32:8. Let all the earth fear the Lord, and let all the inhabitants of
the world be in awe of him.

32:9. For he spoke and they were made: he commanded and they were

32:10. The Lord bringeth to nought the counsels of nations; and he
rejecteth the devices of people, and casteth away the counsels of

32:11. But the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever: the thoughts of
his heart to all generations.

32:12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom he
hath chosen for his inheritance.

32:13. The Lord hath looked from heaven: he hath beheld all the sons of

32:14. From his habitation which he hath prepared, he hath looked upon
all that dwell on the earth.

32:15. He who hath made the hearts of every one of them: who
understandeth all their works.

32:16. The king is not saved by a great army: nor shall the giant be
saved by his own great strength.

32:17. Vain is the horse for safety: neither shall he be saved by the
abundance of his strength.

32:18. Behold the eyes of the Lord are on them that fear him: and on
them that hope in his mercy.

32:19. To deliver their souls from death; and feed them in famine.

32:20. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: for he is our helper and

32:21. For in him our heart shall rejoice: and in his holy name we have

32:22. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have hooped in thee.

Psalms Chapter 33

Benedicam Dominum.

An exhortation to the praise, and service of God.

33:1. For David, when he changed his countenance before Achimelech, who
dismissed him, and he went his way. [1 Kings 21.]

33:2. I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall be always in
my mouth.

33:3. In the Lord shall my soul be praised: let the meek hear and

33:4. O magnify the Lord with me; and let us extol his name together.

33:5. I sought the Lord, and he heard me; and he delivered me from all
my troubles.

33:6. Come ye to him and be enlightened: and your faces shall not be

33:7. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him: and saved him out of
all his troubles.

33:8. The angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them that fear
him: and shall deliver them.

33:9. O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that
hopeth in him.

33:10. Fear the Lord, all ye his saints: for there is no want to them
that fear him.

33:11. The rich have wanted, and have suffered hunger: but they that
seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good.

33:12. Come, children, hearken to me: I will teach you the fear of the

33:13. Who is the man that desireth life: who liveth to see good days?

33:14. Keep thy tongue form evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

33:15. Turn away from evil and do good: seek after peace and pursue it.

33:16. The eyes of the Lord are upon the just: and his ears unto their

33:17. But the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil
things: to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

33:18. The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out
of all their troubles.

33:19. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he
will save the humble of spirit.

33:20. Many are the afflictions of the just; but out of them all will
the Lord deliver them.

33:21. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he
will save the humble of spirit.

33:22. The death of the wicked is very evil: and they that hate the
just shall be guilty.

33:23. The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants: and none of them
that trust in him shall offend.

Psalms Chapter 34

Judica, Domine, nocentes me.

David, in the person of Christ, prayeth against his persecutors:
prophetically foreshewing the punishments that shall fall upon them.

34:1. For David himself. Judge thou, O Lord, them that wrong me:
overthrow them that fight against me.

34:2. Take hold of arms and shield: and rise up to help me.

34:3. Bring out the sword, and shut up the way against them that
persecute me: say to my soul: I am thy salvation.

34:4. Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let
them be turned back and be confounded that devise evil against me.

34:5. Let them become as dust before the wind: and let the angel of the
Lord straiten them.

34:6. Let their way become dark and slippery; and let the angel of the
Lord pursue them.

34:7. For without cause they have hidden their net for me unto
destruction: without cause they have upbraided my soul.

34:8. Let the snare which he knoweth not come upon him: and let the net
which he hath hidden catch him: and into that very snare let them fall.

34:9. But my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; and shall be delighted in
his salvation.

34:10. All my bones shall say: Lord, who is like to thee? Who
deliverest the poor from the hand of them that are stronger than he;
the needy and the poor from them that strip him.

34:11. Unjust witnesses rising up have asked me things I knew not.

34:12. They repaid me evil for good: to the depriving me of my soul.

34:13. But as for me, when they were troublesome to me, I was clothed
with haircloth. I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer shall be
turned into my bosom.

34:14. As a neighbour and as an own brother, so did I please: as one
mourning and sorrowful so was I humbled.

34:15. But they rejoiced against me, and came together: scourges were
gathered together upon me, and I knew not.

34:16. They were separated, and repented not: they tempted me, they
scoffed at me with scorn: they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

34:17. Lord, when wilt thou look upon me? rescue thou my soul from
their malice: my only one from the lions.

34:18. I will give thanks to thee in a great church; I will praise thee
in a strong people.

34:19. Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: who
have hated me without cause, and wink with the eyes.

34:20. For they spoke indeed peaceably to me; and speaking in the anger
of the earth they devised guile.

34:21. And they opened their mouth wide against me; they said: Well
done, well done, our eyes have seen it.

34:22. Thou hast seen, O Lord, be not thou silent: O Lord, depart not
from me.

34:23. Arise, and be attentive to my judgment: to my cause, my God, and
my Lord.

34:24. Judge me, O Lord my God according to thy justice, and let them
not rejoice over me.

34:25. Let them not say in their hearts: It is well, it is well, to our
mind: neither let them say: We have swallowed him up.

34:26. Let them blush: and be ashamed together, who rejoice at my
evils. Let them be clothed with confusion and shame, who speak great
things against me.

34:27. Let them rejoice and be glad, who are well pleased with my
justice, and let them say always: The Lord be magnified, who delights
in the peace of his servant.

34:28. And my tongue shall meditate thy justice, thy praise all the day

Psalms Chapter 35

Dixit injustus.

The malice of sinners, and the goodness of God.

35:1. Unto the end, for the servant of God, David himself.

35:2. The unjust hath said within himself, that he would sin: there is
no fear of God before his eyes.

35:3. For in his sight he hath done deceitfully, that his iniquity may
be found unto hatred.

Unto hatred. . .That is, hateful to God.

35:4. The words of his mouth are iniquity and guile: he would not
understand that he might do well.

35:5. He hath devised iniquity on his bed, he hath set himself on every
way that is not good: but evil he hath not hated.

35:6. O Lord, thy mercy is in heaven, and thy truth reacheth even to
the clouds.

35:7. Thy justice is as the mountains of God, thy judgments are a great
deep. Men and beasts thou wilt preserve, O Lord:

35:8. O how hast thou multiplied thy mercy, O God! But the children of
men shall put their trust under the covert of thy wings.

35:9. They shall be inebriated with the plenty of thy house; and thou
shalt make them drink of the torrent of thy pleasure.

35:10. For with thee is the fountain of life; and in thy light we shall
see light.

35:11. Extend thy mercy to them that know thee, and thy justice to them
that are right in heart.

35:12. Let not the foot of pride come to me, and let not the hand of
the sinner move me.

35:13. There the workers of iniquity are fallen, they are cast out, and
could not stand.

Psalms Chapter 36

Noli aemulari.

An exhortation to despise this world; and the short prosperity of the
wicked; and to trust in Providence.

36:1. Be not emulous of evildoers; nor envy them that work iniquity.

36:2. For they shall shortly wither away as grass, and as the green
herbs shall quickly fall.

36:3. Trust in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land, and thou
shalt be fed with its riches.

36:4. Delight in the Lord, and he will give thee the requests of thy

36:5. Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in him, and he will do it.

36:6. And he will bring forth thy justice as the light, and thy
judgment as the noonday.

36:7. Be subject to the Lord and pray to him. Envy not the man who
prospereth in his way; the man who doth unjust things.

36:8. Cease from anger, and leave rage; have no emulation to do evil.

36:9. For evildoers shall be cut off: but they that wait upon the Lord,
they shall inherit the land.

36:10. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: and thou
shalt seek his place, and shalt not find it.

36:11. But the meek shall inherit the land, and shall delight in
abundance of peace.

36:12. The sinner shall watch the just man: and shall gnash upon him
with his teeth.

36:13. But the Lord shall laugh at him: for he foreseeth that his day
shall come.

36:14. The wicked have drawn out the sword: they have bent their bow.
To cast down the poor and needy, to kill the upright of heart.

36:15. Let their sword enter into their own hearts, and let their bow
be broken.

36:16. Better is a little to the just, than the great riches of the

36:17. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken in pieces; but the
Lord strengtheneth the just.

36:18. The Lord knoweth the days of the undefiled; and their
inheritance shall be for ever.

36:19. They shall not be confounded in the evil time; and in the days
of famine they shall be filled:

36:20. Because the wicked shall perish. And the enemies of the Lord,
presently after they shall be honoured and exalted, shall come to
nothing and vanish like smoke.

36:21. The sinner shall borrow, and not pay again; but the just sheweth
mercy and shall give.

36:22. For such as bless him shall inherit the land: but such as curse
him shall perish.

36:23. With the Lord shall the steps of a man be directed, and he shall
like well his way.

36:24. When he shall fall he shall not be bruised, for the Lord putteth
his hand under him.

36:25. I have been young and now am old; and I have not seen the just
forsaken, nor his seed seeking bread.

36:26. He sheweth mercy, and lendeth all the day long; and his seed
shall be in blessing.

36:27. Decline from evil and do good, and dwell for ever and ever.

36:28. For the Lord loveth judgment, and will not forsake his saints:
they shall be preserved for ever. The unjust shall be punished, and the
seed of the wicked shall perish.

36:29. But the just shall inherit the land, and shall dwell therein for

36:30. The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue
shall speak judgment.

36:31. The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be

36:32. The wicked watcheth the just man, and seeketh to put him to

36:33. But the Lord will not leave him in his hands; nor condemn him
when he shall be judged.

36:34. Expect the Lord and keep his way: and he will exalt thee to
inherit the land: when the sinners shall perish thou shalt see.

36:35. I have seen the wicked highly exalted, and lifted up like the
cedars of Libanus.

36:36. And I passed by, and lo, he was not: and I sought him and his
place was not found.

36:37. Keep innocence, and behold justice: for there are remnants for
the peaceable man.

36:38. But the unjust shall be destroyed together: the remnants of the
wicked shall perish.

36:39. But the salvation of the just is from the Lord, and he is their
protector in the time of trouble.

36:40. And the Lord will help them and deliver them: and he will rescue
them from the wicked, and save them because they have hoped in him.

Psalms Chapter 37

Domine, ne in furore.

A prayer of a penitent for the remission of his sins. The third
penitential psalm.

37:1. A psalm for David, for a remembrance of the sabbath.

For a remembrance. . .Viz., of our miseries and sins: and to be sung on
the sabbath day.

37:2. Rebuke me not, O Lord, in thy indignation; nor chastise me in thy

37:3. For thy arrows are fastened in me: and thy hand hath been strong
upon me.

37:4. There is no health in my flesh, because of thy wrath: there is no
peace for my bones, because of my sins.

37:5. For my iniquities are gone over my head: and as a heavy burden
are become heavy upon me.

37:6. My sores are putrified and corrupted, because of my foolishness.

37:7. I am become miserable, and am bowed down even to the end: I
walked sorrowful all the day long.

37:8. For my loins are filled with illusions; and there is no health in
my flesh.

37:9. I am afflicted and humbled exceedingly: I roared with the
groaning of my heart.

37:10. Lord, all my desire is before thee, and my groaning is not
hidden from thee.

37:11. My heart is troubled, my strength hath left me, and the light of
my eyes itself is not with me.

37:12. My friends and my neighbours have drawn near, and stood against
me. And they that were near me stood afar off:

37:13. And they that sought my soul used violence. And they that sought
evils to me spoke vain things, and studied deceits all the day long.

37:14. But I, as a deaf man, heard not: and as a dumb man not opening
his mouth.

37:15. And I became as a man that heareth not: and that hath no
reproofs in his mouth.

37:16. For in thee, O Lord, have I hoped: thou wilt hear me, O Lord my

37:17. For I said: Lest at any time my enemies rejoice over me: and
whilst my feet are moved, they speak great things against me.

37:18. For I am ready for scourges: and my sorrow is continually before

37:19. For I will declare my iniquity: and I will think for my sin.

37:20. But my enemies live, and are stronger than I: and they that hate
me wrongfully are multiplied.

37:21. They that render evil for good, have detracted me, because I
followed goodness.

37:22. For sake me not, O Lord my God: do not thou depart from me.

37:23. Attend unto my help, O Lord, the God of my salvation.

Psalms Chapter 38

Dixi custodiam.

A just man's peace and patience in his sufferings; considering the
vanity of the world, and the providence of God.

38:1. Unto the end, for Idithun himself, a canticle of David.

38:2. I said: I will take heed to my ways: that I sin not with my
tongue. I have set a guard to my mouth, when the sinner stood against

38:3. I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence from good things:
and my sorrow was renewed.

38:4. My heart grew hot within me: and in my meditation a fire shall
flame out.

38:5. I spoke with my tongue: O Lord, make me know my end. And what is
the number of my days: that I may know what is wanting to me.

38:6. Behold thou hast made my days measurable. and my substance is as
nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity: every man

38:7. Surely man passeth as an image: yea, and he is disquieted in
vain. He storeth up: and he knoweth not for whom he shall gather these

38:8. And now what is my hope? is it not the Lord? and my substance is
with thee.

38:9. Deliver thou me from all my iniquities: thou hast made me a
reproach to the fool.

38:10. I was dumb, and I opened not my mouth, because thou hast done

38:11. Remove thy scourges from me. The strength of thy hand hath made
me faint in rebukes:

38:12. Thou hast corrected man for iniquity. And thou hast made his
soul to waste away like a spider: surely in vain is any man disquieted.

38:13. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and my supplication: give ear to my
tears. Be no silent: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as
all my fathers were.

38:14. O forgive me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, and be
no more.

Psalms Chapter 39

Expectans expectavi.

Christ's coming, and redeeming mankind.

39:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David himself.

39:2. With expectation I have waited for the Lord, and he was attentive
to me.

39:3. And he heard my prayers, and brought me out of the pit of misery
and the mire of dregs. And he set my feet upon a rock, and directed my

39:4. And he put a new canticle into my mouth, a song to our God. Many
shall see, and shall fear: and they shall hope in the Lord.

39:5. Blessed is the man whose trust is in the name of the Lord; and
who hath not had regard to vanities, and lying follies.

39:6. Thou hast multiplied thy wonderful works, O Lord my God: and in
thy thoughts there is no one like to thee. I have declared and I have
spoken they are multiplied above number.

39:7. Sacrifice and oblation thou didst not desire; but thou hast
pierced ears for me. Burnt offering and sin offering thou didst not

39:8. Then said I, Behold I come. In the head of the book it is written
of me

39:9. That I should do thy will: O my God, I have desired it, and thy
law in the midst of my heart.

39:10. I have declared thy justice in a great church, lo, I will not
restrain my lips: O Lord, thou knowest it.

39:11. I have not hid thy justice within my heart: I have declared thy
truth and thy salvation. I have not concealed thy mercy and thy truth
from a great council.

39:12. Withhold not thou, O Lord, thy tender mercies from me: thy mercy
and thy truth have always upheld me.

39:13. For evils without number have surrounded me; my iniquities have
overtaken me, and I was not able to see. They are multiplied above the
hairs of my head: and my heart hath forsaken me.

My iniquities. . .That is, the sins of all mankind, which I have taken
upon me.

39:14. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me. look down, O Lord, to help

39:15. Let them be confounded and ashamed together, that seek after my
soul to take it away. Let them be turned backward and be ashamed that
desire evils to me.

39:16. Let them immediately bear their confusion, that say to me: 'T is
well, t' is well.

'T is well. . .The Hebrew here is an interjection of insult and
derision, like the Vah. Matt. 27.49.

39:17. Let all that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such
as love thy salvation say always: The Lord be magnified.

39:18. But I am a beggar and poor: the Lord is careful for me. Thou art
my helper and my protector: O my God, be not slack.

Psalms Chapter 40

Beatus qui intelligit.

The happiness of him that shall believe in Christ; notwithstanding the
humility and poverty in which he shall come: the malice of his enemies,
especially of the traitor Judas.

40:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David himself.

40:2. Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the
poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day.

40:3. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed
upon the earth: and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

40:4. The Lord help him on his bed of sorrow: thou hast turned all his
couch in his sickness.

40:5. I said: O Lord, be thou merciful to me: heal my soul, for I have
sinned against thee.

40:6. My enemies have spoken evils against me: when shall he die and
his name perish?

40:7. And if he came in to see me, he spoke vain things: his heart
gathered together iniquity to itself. He went out and spoke to the same

40:8. All my enemies whispered together against me: they devised evils
to me.

40:9. They determined against me an unjust word: shall he that sleepeth
rise again no more?

40:10. For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, who ate my
bread, hath greatly supplanted me.

40:11. But thou, O Lord, have mercy on me, and raise my up again: and I
will requite them.

40:12. By this I know, that thou hast had a good will for me: because
my enemy shall not rejoice over me.

40:13. But thou hast upheld me by reason of my innocence: and hast
established me in thy sight for ever.

40:14. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel from eternity to eternity.
So be it. So be it.

Psalms Chapter 41

Quemadmodum desiderat.

The fervent desire of the just after God: hope in afflictions.

41:1. Unto the end, understanding for the sons of Core.

41:2. As the hart panteth after the fountains of water; so my soul
panteth after thee, O God.

41:3. My soul hath thirsted after the strong living God; when shall I
come and appear before the face of God?

41:4. My tears have been my bread day and night, whilst it is said to
me daily: Where is thy God?

41:5. These things I remembered, and poured out my soul in me: for I
shall go over into the place of the wonderful tabernacle, even to the
house of God: With the voice of joy and praise; the noise of one

41:6. Why art thou sad, O my soul? and why dost thou trouble me? Hope
in God, for I will still give praise to him: the salvation of my

41:7. And my God. My soul is troubled within my self: therefore will I
remember thee from the land of Jordan and Hermoniim, from the little

41:8. Deep calleth on deep, at the noise of thy flood-gates. All thy
heights and thy billows have passed over me.

41:9. In the daytime the Lord hath commanded his mercy; and a canticle
to him in the night. With me is prayer to the God of my life.

41:10. I will say to God: Thou art my support. Why hast thou forgotten
me? and why go I mourning, whilst my enemy afflicteth me?

41:11. Whilst my bones are broken, my enemies who trouble me have
reproached me; Whilst they say to me day by day: Where is thy God?

41:12. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why dost thou disquiet
me? Hope thou in God, for I will still give praise to him: the
salvation of my countenance, and my God.

Psalms Chapter 42

Judica me, Deus.

The prophet aspireth after the temple and altar of God.

42:1. A psalm for David. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from
the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful

42:2. For thou art God my strength: why hast thou cast me off? and why
do I go sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

42:3. Sent forth thy light and thy truth: they have conducted me, and
brought me unto thy holy hill, and into thy tabernacles.

42:4. And I will go in to the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my

42:5. To thee, O God my God, I will give praise upon the harp: why art
thou sad, O my soul? and why dost thou disquiet me?

42:6. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to him: the salvation
of my countenance, and my God.

Psalms Chapter 43

Deus auribus nostris.

The church commemorates former favours, and present afflictions; under
which she prays for succour.

43:1. Unto the end, for the sons of Core, to give understanding.

43:2. We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to
us, The work thou hast wrought in their days, and in the days of old.

43:3. Thy hand destroyed the Gentiles, and thou plantedst them: thou
didst afflict the people and cast them out.

43:4. For they got not the possession of the land by their own sword:
neither did their own arm save them. But thy right hand and thy arm,
and the light of thy countenance: because thou wast pleased with them.

43:5. Thou art thyself my king and my God, who commandest the saving of

43:6. Through thee we will push down our enemies with the horn: and
through thy name we will despise them that rise up against us.

43:7. For I will not trust in my bow: neither shall my sword save me.

43:8. But thou hast saved us from them that afflict us: and hast put
them to shame that hate us.

43:9. In God shall we glory all the day long: and in thy name we will
give praise for ever.

43:10. But now thou hast cast us off, and put us to shame: and thou , O
God, wilt not go out with our armies.

43:11. Thou hast made us turn our back to our enemies: and they that
hated us plundered for themselves.

43:12. Thou hast given us up like sheep to be eaten: thou hast
scattered us among the nations.

43:13. Thou hast sold thy people for no price: and there was no
reckoning in the exchange of them.

43:14. Thou hast made us a reproach to our neighbours, a scoff and
derision to them that are round about us.

43:15. Thou hast made us a byword among the Gentiles: a shaking of the
head among the people.

43:16. All the day long my shame is before me: and the confusion of my
face hath covered me,

43:17. At the voice of him that reproacheth and detracteth me: at the
face of the enemy and persecutor.

43:18. All these things have come upon us, yet we have not forgotten
thee: and we have not done wickedly in thy covenant.

43:19. And our heart hath not turned back: neither hast thou turned
aside our steps from thy way.

43:20. For thou hast humbled us in the place of affliction: and the
shadow of death hath covered us.

43:21. If we have forgotten the name of our God, and if we have spread
forth our hands to a strange god:

43:22. Shall not God search out these things: for he knoweth the
secrets of the heart. Because for thy sake we are killed all the day
long: we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

43:23. Arise, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, and cast us not off to
the end.

43:24. Why turnest thou thy face away? and forgettest our want and our

43:25. For our soul is humbled down to the dust: our belly cleaveth to
the earth.

43:26. Arise, O Lord, help us and redeem us for thy name's sake.

Psalms Chapter 44

Eructavit cor meum.

The excellence of Christ's kingdom, and the endowments of his church.

44:1. Unto the end, for them that shall be changed, for the sons of
Core, for understanding. A canticle for the Beloved.

For them that shall be changed. . .i.e., for souls happily changed, by
being converted to God.--Ibid. The Beloved. . .Viz., Our Lord Jesus

44:2. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the king:
My tongue is the pen of a scrivener that writeth swiftly.

44:3. Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad
in thy lips; therefore hath God blessed thee for ever.

44:4. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most mighty.

44:5. With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously,
and reign. Because of truth and meekness and justice: and thy right
hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.

44:6. Thy arrows are sharp: under thee shall people fall, into the
hearts of the king's enemies.

44:7. Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of thy
kingdom is a sceptre of uprightness.

44:8. Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy
God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

44:9. Myrrh and stacte and cassia perfume thy garments, from the ivory
houses: out of which

44:10. The daughters of kings have delighted thee in thy glory. The
queen stood on thy right hand, in gilded clothing; surrounded with

44:11. Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear: and forget
thy people and thy father's house.

44:12. And the king shall greatly desire thy beauty; for he is the Lord
thy God, and him they shall adore.

44:13. And the daughters of Tyre with gifts, yea, all the rich among
the people, shall entreat thy countenance.

44:14. All the glory of the king's daughter is within in golden

44:15. Clothed round about with varieties. After her shall virgins be
brought to the king: her neighbours shall be brought to thee.

44:16. They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be
brought into the temple of the king.

44:17. Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee: thou shalt make
them princes over all the earth.

44:18. They shall remember thy name throughout all generations.
Therefore shall people praise thee for ever; yea, for ever and ever.

Psalms Chapter 45

Deus noster refugium.

The church in persecution trusteth in the protection of God.

45:1. Unto the end, for the sons of Core, for the hidden.

45:2. Our God is our refuge and strength: a helper in troubles, which
have found us exceedingly.

45:3. Therefore we will not fear, when the earth shall be troubled; and
the mountains shall be removed into the heart of the sea.

45:4. Their waters roared and were troubled: the mountains were
troubled with his strength.

45:5. The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful: the most
High hath sanctified his own tabernacle.

45:6. God is in the midst thereof, it shall not be moved: God will help
it in the morning early.

45:7. Nations were troubled, and kingdoms were bowed down: he uttered
his voice, the earth trembled.

45:8. The Lord of armies is with us: the God of Jacob is our protector.

45:9. Come and behold ye the works of the Lord: what wonders he hath
done upon earth,

45:10. Making wars to cease even to the end of the earth. He shall
destroy the bow, and break the weapons: and the shield he shall burn in
the fire.

45:11. Be still and see that I am God; I will be exalted among the
nations, and I will be exalted in the earth.

45:12. The Lord of armies is with us: the God of Jacob is our

Psalms Chapter 46

Omnes gentes, plaudite.

The Gentiles are invited to praise God for the establishment of the
kingdom of Christ.

46:1. Unto the end, for the sons of Core.

46:2. O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice
of joy,

46:3. For the Lord is high, terrible: a great king over all the earth.

46:4. He hath subdued the people under us; and the nations under our

46:5. He hath chosen for us his inheritance, the beauty of Jacob which
he hath love.

46:6. God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of

46:7. Sing praises to our God, sing ye: sing praises to our king, sing

46:8. For God is the king of all the earth: sing ye wisely.

46:9. God shall reign over the nations: God sitteth on his holy throne.

46:10. The princes of the people are gathered together, with the God of
Abraham: for the strong gods of the earth are exceedingly exalted.

Psalms Chapter 47

Magnus Dominus.

God is greatly to be praised for the establishment of his church.

47:1. A psalm of a canticle, for the sons of Core, on the second day of
the week.

47:2. Great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised in the city of
our God, in his holy mountain.

47:3. With the joy of the whole earth is mount Sion founded, on the
sides of the north, the city of the great king.

47:4. In her houses shall God be known, when he shall protect her.

47:5. For behold the kings of the earth assembled themselves: they
gathered together.

47:6. So they saw, and they wondered, they were troubled, they were

47:7. Trembling took hold of them. There were pains as of a woman in

47:8. With a vehement wind thou shalt break in pieces the ships of

47:9. As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the Lord of
hosts, in the city of our God: God hath founded it for ever.

47:10. We have received thy mercy, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

47:11. According to thy name, O God, so also is thy praise unto the
ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of justice.

47:12. Let mount Sion rejoice, and the daughters of Juda be glad;
because of thy judgments, O Lord.

47:13. Surround Sion, and encompass her: tell lye in her towers.

47:14. Set your hearts on her strength; and distribute her houses, that
ye may relate it in another generation.

47:15. For this is God, our God unto eternity, and for ever and ever:
he shall rule us for evermore.

Psalms Chapter 48

Audite haec, omnes gentes.

The folly of worldlings, who live on in sin, without thinking of death
or hell.

48:1. Unto the end, a psalm for the sons of Core.

48:2. Hear these things, all ye nations: give ear, all ye inhabitants
of the world.

48:3. All you that are earthborn, and you sons of men: both rich and
poor together.

48:4. My mouth shall speak wisdom: and the meditation of my heart

48:5. I will incline my ear to a parable; I will open my proposition on
the psaltery.

48:6. Why shall I fear in the evil day? the iniquity of my heel shall
encompass me.

The iniquity of my heel. . .That is, the iniquity of my steps or ways:
or the iniquity of my pride, with which as with the heel, I have
spurned and kicked at my neighbours: or the iniquity of my heel, that
is, the iniquity in which I shall be found in death. The meaning of
this verse is, Why should I now indulge those passions and sinful
affections, or commit now those sins, which will cause me so much fear
and anguish in the evil day; when the sorrows of death shall compass
me, and the perils of hell shall find me?

48:7. They that trust in their own strength, and glory in the multitude
of their riches,

They that trust, etc. . .As much as to say, let them fear that trust in
their strength or riches: for they have great reason to fear: seeing no
brother or other man, how much a friend soever, can by any price or
labour rescue them from death.

48:8. No brother can redeem, nor shall man redeem: he shall not give to
God his ransom,

48:9. Nor the price of the redemption of his soul: and shall labour for

And shall labour for ever, etc. . .This seems to be a continuation of
the foregoing sentence: as much as to say no man can by any price or
ransom prolong his life, that so he may still continue to labour here,
and live to the end of the world. Others understand it of the eternal
sorrows, and dying life of hell, which is the dreadful consequence of
dying in sin.

48:10. And shall still live unto the end.

48:11. He shall not see destruction, when he shall see the wise dying:
the senseless and the fool shall perish together: And they shall leave
their riches to strangers:

He shall not see destruction, etc. . .Or, shall he not see destruction?
As much as to say, however thoughtless he may be of his death, he must
not expect to escape; when even the wise and the good are not exempt
from dying.

48:12. And their sepulchres shall be their houses for ever. Their
dwelling places to all generations: they have called their lands by
their names.

They have called, etc. . .That is, they have left their names on their
graves, which alone remain of their lands.

48:13. And man when he was in honour did not understand; he is compared
to senseless beasts, and is become like to them.

48:14. This way of theirs is a stumblingblock to them: and afterwards
they shall delight in their mouth.

They shall delight in their mouth. . .Notwithstanding the wretched way
in which they walk, they shall applaud themselves with their mouths,
and glory in their doings.

48:15. They are laid in hell like sheep: death shall feed upon them.
And the just shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their
help shall decay in hell from their glory.

In the morning. . .That is, in the resurrection to a new life; when the
just shall judge and condemn the wicked. Ibid. From their
glory. . .That is, when their short-lived glory in this world shall be
past, and be no more.

48:16. But God will redeem my soul from the hand of hell, when he shall
receive me.

48:17. Be not thou afraid, when a man shall be made rick, and when the
glory of his house shall be increased.

48:18. For when he shall die he shall take nothing away; nor shall his
glory descend with him.

48:19. For in his lifetime his soul will be blessed: and he will praise
thee when thou shalt do well to him.

48:20. He shall go in to the generations of his fathers: and he shall
never see light.

48:21. Man when he was in honour did not understand: he hath been
compared to senseless beasts, and made like to them.

Psalms Chapter 49

Deus deorum.

The coming of Christ: who prefers virtue and inward purity before the
blood of victims.

49:1. A psalm for Asaph. The God of gods, the Lord hath spoken: and he
hath called the earth. From the rising of the sun, to the going down

49:2. Out of Sion the loveliness of his beauty.

49:3. God shall come manifestly: our God shall come, and shall not keep
silence. A fire shall burn before him: and a mighty tempest shall be
round about him.

49:4. He shall call heaven from above, and the earth, to judge his

49:5. Gather ye together his saints to him: who set his covenant before

49:6. And the heavens shall declare his justice: for God is judge.

49:7. Hear, O my people, and I will speak: O Israel, and I will testify
to thee: I am God, thy God.

49:8. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices: and thy burnt
offerings are always in my sight.

49:9. I will not take calves out of thy house: nor he goats out of thy

49:10. For all the beasts of the woods are mine: the cattle on the
hills, and the oxen.

49:11. I know all the fowls of the air: and with me is the beauty of
the field.

49:12. If I should be hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is
mine, and the fulness thereof.

49:13. Shall I eat the flesh of bullocks? or shall I drink the blood of

49:14. Offer to God the sacrifice of praise: and pay thy vows to the
most High.

49:15. And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and
thou shalt glorify me.

49:16. But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my
justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth?

49:17. Seeing thou hast hated discipline: and hast cast my words behind

49:18. If thou didst see a thief thou didst run with him: and with
adulterers thou hast been a partaker.

49:19. Thy mouth hath abounded with evil, and thy tongue framed

49:20. Sitting thou didst speak against thy brother, and didst lay a
scandal against thy mother's son:

49:21. These things hast thou done, and I was silent. Thou thoughtest
unjustly that I should be like to thee: but I will reprove thee, and
set before thy face.

49:22. Understand these things, you that forget God; lest he snatch you
away, and there be none to deliver you.

49:23. The sacrifice of praise shall glorify me: and there is the way
by which I will shew him the salvation of God.

Psalms Chapter 50


The repentance and confession of David after his sin. The fourth
penitential psalm.

50:1. Unto the end, a psalm of David,

50:2. When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had sinned with
Bethsabee. [2 Kings 12.]

50:3. Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And
according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.

50:4. Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

50:5. For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.

50:6. To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that
thou mayst be justified in thy words, and mayst overcome when thou art

50:7. For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my
mother conceive me.

50:8. For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things
of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me.

50:9. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou
shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

50:10. To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones
that have been humbled shall rejoice.

50:11. Turn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

50:12. Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit
within my bowels.

50:13. Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit
from me.

50:14. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with
a perfect spirit.

50:15. I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be
converted to thee.

50:16. Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my
tongue shall extol thy justice.

50:17. O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy

50:18. For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given
it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.

50:19. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and
humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

50:20. Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the
walls of Jerusalem may be built up.

50:21. Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and
whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.

Psalms Chapter 51

Quid gloriaris.

David condemneth the wickedness of Doeg, and foretelleth his

51:1. Unto the end, understanding for David,

51:2. When Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul: David went to the house
of Achimelech.

51:3. Why dost thou glory in malice, thou that art mighty in iniquity?

51:4. All the day long thy tongue hath devised injustice: as a sharp
razor, thou hast wrought deceit.

51:5. Thou hast loved malice more than goodness: and iniquity rather
than to speak righteousness.

51:6. Thou hast loved all the words of ruin, O deceitful tongue.

51:7. Therefore will God destroy thee for ever: he will pluck thee out,
and remove thee from thy dwelling place: and thy root out of the land
of the living.

51:8. The just shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, and say:

51:9. Behold the man that made not God his helper: But trusted in the
abundance of his riches: and prevailed in his vanity.

51:10. But I, as a fruitful olive tree in the house of God, have hoped
in the mercy of God for ever, yea for ever and ever.

51:11. I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I
will wait on thy name, for it is good in the sight of thy saints.

Psalms Chapter 52

Dixit insipiens.

The general corruption of man before the coming of Christ.

52:1. Unto the end, for Maeleth, understandings to David. The fool said
in his heart: There is no God.

Maeleth. . .Or Machalath. A musical instrument, or a chorus of
musicians, for St. Jerome renders it, per chorum.

52:2. They are corrupted, and become abominable in iniquities: there is
none that doth good.

52:3. God looked down from heaven on the children of men: to see if
there were any that did understand, or did seek God.

52:4. All have gone aside, they are become unprofitable together, there
is none that doth good, no not one.

52:5. Shall not all the workers of iniquity know, who eat up my people
as they eat bread?

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