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106:24. These have seen the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the
106:25. He said the word, and there arose a storm of wind: and the
waves thereof were lifted up.
106:26. They mount up to the heavens, and they go down to the depths:
their soul pined away with evils.
106:27. They were troubled, and reeled like a drunken man; and all
their wisdom was swallowed up.
106:28. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he brought
them out of their distresses.
106:29. And he turned the storm into a breeze: and its waves were
106:30. And they rejoiced because they were still: and he brought them
to the haven which they wished for.
106:31. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his
wonderful works to the children of men.
106:32. And let them exalt him in the church of the people: and praise
him in the chair of the ancients.
106:33. He hath turned rivers into a wilderness: and the sources of
waters into dry ground:
106:34. A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them
that dwell therein.
106:35. He hath turned a wilderness into pools of waters, and a dry
land into water springs.
106:36. And hath placed there the hungry; and they made a city for
106:37. Anti they sowed fields, and planted vineyards: and they yielded
fruit of birth.
106:38. And he blessed them, and they were multiplied exceedingly: and
their cattle he suffered not to decrease.
106:39. Then they were brought to be few: and they were afflicted
through the trouble of evils and sorrow.
106:40. Contempt was poured forth upon their princes: and he caused
them to wander where there was no passing, and out of the way.
106:41. And he helped the poor out of poverty: and made him families
like a flock of sheep.
106:42. The just shall see, and shall rejoice, and all iniquity shall
stop her mouth.
106:43. Who is wise, and will keep these things; and will understand
the mercies of the Lord?
Psalms Chapter 107
Paratum cor meum.
The prophet praiseth God for benefits received.
107:1. A canticle of a psalm for David himself.
107:2. My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready: I will sing, and
will give praise, with my glory.
107:3. Arise, my glory; arise, psaltery and harp: I will arise in the
107:4. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing
unto thee among the nations.
107:5. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth even
unto the clouds.
107:6. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory over
all the earth:
107:7. That thy beloved may be delivered. Save with thy right hand and
107:8. God hath spoken in his holiness. I will rejoice, and I will
divide Sichem and I will mete out the vale of tabernacles.
107:9. Galaad is mine: and Manasses is mine and Ephraim the protection
of my head. Juda is my king:
107:10. Moab the pot of my hope. Over Edom I will stretch out my shoe:
the aliens are become my friends.
107:11. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into
107:12. Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off ? and wilt not thou,
O God, go forth with our armies?
107:13. O grant us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
107:14. Through God we shall do mightily: and he will bring our enemies
Psalms Chapter 108
Deus, laudem meam.
David in the person of Christ, prayeth against his persecutors; more
especially the traitor Judas: foretelling and approving his just
punishment for his obstinacy in sin and final impenitence.
108:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David.
108:2. O God, be not thou silent in my praise: for the mouth of the
wicked and the mouth of the deceitful man is opened against me.
108:3. They have spoken against me with deceitful tongues; and they
have compassed me about with words of hatred; and have fought against
me without cause.
108:4. Instead of making me a return of love, they detracted me: but I
gave myself to prayer.
108:5. And they repaid me evil for good: and hatred for my love.
108:6. Set thou the sinner over him: and may the devil stand at his
Set thou the sinner over him, etc. . .Give to the devil, that
arch-sinner, power over him: let him enter into him, and possess him.
The imprecations, contained in the thirty verses of this psalm, are
opposed to the thirty pieces of silver for which Judas betrayed our
Lord; and are to be taken as prophetic denunciations of the evils that
should befall the traitor and his accomplices the Jews; and not
properly as curses.
108:7. When he is judged, may he go out condemned; and may his prayer
be turned to sin.
108:8. May his days be few: and his bishopric let another take.
108:9. May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
108:10. Let his children be carried about vagabonds, and beg; and let
them be cast out of their dwellings.
108:11. May the usurer search all his substance: and let strangers
plunder his labours.
108:12. May there be none to help him: nor none to pity his fatherless
108:13. May his posterity be cut off; in one generation may his name be
108:14. May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered in the sight of
the Lord: and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
108:15. May they be before the Lord continually, and let the memory of
them perish from the earth:
108:16. because he remembered not to shew mercy,
108:17. But persecuted the poor man and the beggar; and the broken in
heart, to put him to death.
108:18. And he loved cursing, and it shall come unto him: and he would
not have blessing, and it shall be far from him. And he put on cursing,
like a garment: and it went in like water into his entrails, and like
oil in his bones.
108:19. May it be unto him like a garment which covereth him; and like
a girdle with which he is girded continually.
108:20. This is the work of them who detract me before the Lord; and
who speak evils against my soul.
108:21. But thou, O Lord, do with me for thy name's sake: because thy
mercy is sweet. Do thou deliver me,
108:22. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is troubled within me.
108:23. I am taken away like the shadow when it declineth: and I am
shaken off as locusts.
108:24. My knees are weakened through fasting: and my flesh is changed
For oil. . .Propter oleum. The meaning is, my flesh is changed, being
perfectly emaciated and dried up, as having lost all its oil or
108:25. And I am become a reproach to them: they saw me and they shaked
108:26. Help me, O Lord my God; save me; according to thy mercy.
108:27. And let them know that this is thy hand: and that thou, O Lord,
hast done it.
108:28. They will curse and thou wilt bless: let them that rise up
against me be confounded: but thy servant shall rejoice.
108:29. Let them that detract me be clothed with shame: and let them be
covered with their confusion as with a double cloak.
108:30. I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth: and in the
midst of many I will praise him.
108:31. Because he hath stood at the right hand of the poor, to save my
soul from persecutors.
Psalms Chapter 109
Christ's exaltation and everlasting priesthood.
109:1. A psalm for David. The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou at my
right hand: Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
109:2. The Lord will send forth the sceptre of thy power out of Sion:
rule thou in the midst of thy enemies.
109:3. With thee is the principality in the day of thy strength: in the
brightness of the saints: from the womb before the day star I begot
109:4. The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest
for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.
109:5. The Lord at thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of his
109:6. He shall judge among nations, he shall fill ruins: he shall
crush the heads in the land of many.
109:7. He shall drink of the torrent in the way: therefore shall he
lift up the head.
Psalms Chapter 110
Confitebor tibi, Domine.
God is to be praised for his graces, and benefits to his church.
110:1. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; in the council
of the just, and in the congregation.
110:2. Great are the works of the Lord: sought out according to all his
110:3. His work is praise and magnificence: and his justice continueth
for ever and ever.
110:4. He hath made a remembrance of his wonderful works, being a
merciful and gracious Lord:
110:5. He hath given food to them that fear him. He will be mindful for
ever of his covenant:
110:6. He will shew forth to his people the power of his works.
110:7. That he may give them the inheritance of the Gentiles: the works
of his hands are truth and judgment.
110:8. All his commandments are faithful: confirmed for ever and ever,
made in truth and equity.
110:9. He hath sent redemption to his people: he hath commanded his
covenant for ever. Holy and terrible is his name:
110:10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A good
understanding to all that do it: his praise continueth for ever and
Psalms Chapter 111
The good man is happy.
Alleluia, of the returning of Aggeus and Zacharias.
Of the returning, etc. . .This is in the Greek and Latin, but not in the
Hebrew. It signifies that this psalm was proper to be sung at the time
of the return of the people from their captivity; to inculcate to them,
how happy they might be, if they would be constant in the service of
111:1. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight
exceedingly in his commandments.
111:2. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the
righteous shall be blessed.
111:3. Glory and wealth shall be in his house: and his justice
remaineth for ever and ever.
111:4. To the righteous a light is risen up in darkness: he is
merciful, and compassionate and just.
111:5. Acceptable is the man that sheweth mercy and lendeth: he shall
order his words with judgment:
111:6. Because he shall not be moved for ever.
111:7. The just shall be in everlasting remembrance: he shall not fear
the evil hearing. His heart is ready to hope in the Lord:
111:8. His heart is strengthened, he shall not be moved until he look
over his enemies.
111:9. He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor: his justice
remaineth for ever and ever: his horn shall be exalted in glory.
111:10. The wicked shall see, and shall be angry, he shall gnash with
his teeth and pine away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Psalms Chapter 112
God is to be praised for his regard to the poor and humble.
112:1. Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord.
112:2. Blessed be the name of the Lord, from henceforth now and for
112:3. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the
name of the Lord is worthy of praise.
112:4. The Lord is high above all nations; and his glory above the
112:5. Who is as the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high:
112:6. and looketh
down on the low things in heaven and in earth?
112:7. Raising up the needy from the earth, and lifting up the poor out
of the dunghill:
112:8. That he may place him with princes, with the princes of his
112:9. Who maketh a barren woman to dwell in a house, the joyful mother
Psalms Chapter 113
In exitu Israel.
God hath shewn his power in delivering his people: idols are vain. The
Hebrews divide this into two psalms.
113:1. When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a
113:2. Judea was made his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
113:3. The sea saw and fled: Jordan was turned back.
113:4. The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like the lambs of
113:5. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou didst flee: and thou,
O Jordan, that thou wast turned back?
113:6. Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye hills, like
lambs of the flock?
113:7. At the presence of the Lord the earth was moved, at the presence
of the God of Jacob:
113:8. Who turned the rock into pools of water, and the stony hill into
fountains of waters.
113:1. Not to us, O Lord, not to us; but to thy name give glory.
113:2. For thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake: lest the Gentiles
should say: Where is their God?
113:3. But our God is in heaven: he hath done all things whatsoever he
113:4. The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of the
hands of men.
113:5. They have mouths and speak not: they have eyes and see not.
113:6. They have ears and hear not: they have noses and smell not.
113:7. They have hands and feel not: they have feet and walk not:
neither shall they cry out through their throat.
113:8. Let them that make them become like unto them: and all such as
trust in them.
113:9. The house of Israel hath hoped in the Lord: he is their helper
and their protector.
113:10. The house of Aaron hath hoped in the Lord: he is their helper
and their protector.
113:11. They that fear the Lord have hoped in the Lord: he is their
helper and their protector.
113:12. The Lord hath been mindful of us, and hath blessed us. He hath
blessed the house of Israel: he hath blessed the house of Aaron.
113:13. He hath blessed all that fear the Lord, both little and great.
113:14. May the Lord add blessings upon you: upon you, and upon your
113:15. Blessed be you of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
113:16. The heaven of heaven is the Lord's: but the earth he has given
to the children of men.
113:17. The dead shall not praise thee, O Lord: nor any of them that go
down to hell.
113:18. But we that live bless the Lord: from this time now and for
Psalms Chapter 114
The prayer of a just man in affliction, with a lively confidence in
114:1. I have loved, because the Lord will hear the voice of my prayer.
114:2. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me: and in my days I will
call upon him.
114:3. The sorrows of death have compassed me: and the perils of hell
have found me. I met with trouble and sorrow:
114:4. And I called upon the name of the Lord. O Lord, deliver my soul.
114:5. The Lord is merciful and just, and our God sheweth mercy.
114:6. The Lord is the keeper of little ones: I was humbled, and he
114:7. Turn, O my soul, into thy rest: for the Lord hath been bountiful
114:8. For he hath delivered my soul from death: my eyes from tears, my
feet from falling.
114:9. I will please the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalms Chapter 115
This in the Hebrew is joined with the foregoing psalm, and continues to
express the faith and gratitude of the psalmist.
115:10. I have believed, therefore have I spoken; but I have
been humbled exceedingly.
115:11. I said in my excess: Every man is a liar.
115:12. What shall I render to the Lord, for all the things that he
hath rendered to me?
115:13. I will take the chalice of salvation; and I will call upon the
name of the Lord.
115:14. I will pay my vows to the Lord before all his people:
115:15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
115:16. O Lord, for I am thy servant: I am thy servant, and the son of
thy handmaid. Thou hast broken my bonds:
115:17. I will sacrifice to thee the sacrifice of praise, and I will
call upon the name of the Lord.
115:18. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the sight of all his people:
115:19. In the courts of the house of the Lord, in the midst of thee, O
Psalms Chapter 116
All nations are called upon to praise God for his mercy and truth.
116:1. O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
116:2. For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord
remaineth for ever.
Psalms Chapter 117
The psalmist praiseth God for his delivery from evils: putteth his
whole trust in him; and foretelleth the coming of Christ.
117:1. Give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
117:2. Let Israel now say, that he is good: that his mercy endureth for
117:3. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for
117:4. Let them that fear the Lord now say, that his mercy endureth for
117:5. In my trouble I called upon the Lord: and the Lord heard me, and
117:6. The Lord is my helper: I will not fear what man can do unto me.
117:7. The Lord is my helper: and I will look over my enemies.
117:8. It is good to confide in the Lord, rather than to have
confidence in man.
117:9. It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in
117:10. All nations compassed me about; and, in the name of the Lord I
have been revenged on them.
117:11. Surrounding me they compassed me about: and in the name of the
Lord I have been revenged on them.
117:12. They surrounded me like bees, and they burned like fire among
thorns: and in the name of the Lord I was revenged on them.
117:13. Being pushed I was overturned that I might fall: but the Lord
117:14. The Lord is my strength and my praise: and he is become my
117:15. The voice of rejoicing and of salvation is in the tabernacles
of the just.
117:16. The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength: the right
hand of the Lord hath exalted me: the right hand of the Lord hath
117:17. I shall not die, but live: and shall declare the works of the
117:18. The Lord chastising hath chastised me: but he hath not
delivered me over to death.
117:19. Open ye to me the gates of justice: I will go in to them, and
give praise to the Lord.
117:20. This is the gate of the Lord, the just shall enter into it.
117:21. I will give glory to thee because thou hast heard me: and art
become my salvation.
117:22. The stone which the builders rejected; the same is become the
head of the corner.
117:23. This is the Lord's doing , and it is wonderful in our eyes.
117:24. This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and
117:25. O Lord, save me: O Lord, give good success.
117:26. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord. We have
blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
117:27. The Lord is God, and he hath shone upon us. Appoint a solemn
day, with shady boughs, even to the horn of the altar.
117:28. Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, and I
will exalt thee. I will praise thee, because thou hast heard me, and
art become my salvation.
117:29. O praise ye the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
Psalms Chapter 118
Of the excellence of virtue consisting in the love and observance of
the commandments of God.
Aleph. . .The first eight verses of this psalm in the original begin
with Aleph, which is the name of the first letter of the Hebrew
alphabet. The second eight verses begin with Beth, the name of the
second letter of the Hebrew alphabet; and so to the end of the whole
alphabet, in all twenty-two letters, each letter having eight verses.
This order is variously expounded by the holy fathers; which shews the
difficulty of understanding the holy scriptures, and consequently with
what humility, and submission to the Church they are to be read.
118:1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the
118:2. Blessed are they that search his testimonies: that seek him with
their whole heart.
His testimonies. . .The commandments of God are called his testimonies,
because they testify his holy will unto us. Note here, that in almost
every verse of this psalm (which in number are 176) the word and law of
God, and the love and observance of it, is perpetually inculcated,
under a variety of denominations, all signifying the same thing.
118:3. For they that work iniquity, have not walked in his ways.
118:4. Thou hast commanded thy commandments to be kept most diligently.
118:5. O! that my ways may be directed to keep thy justifications.
118:6. Then shall I not be confounded, when I shall look into all thy
118:7. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have
learned the judgments of thy justice.
118:8. I will keep thy justifications: O! do not thou utterly forsake
118:9. By what doth a young man correct his way? by observing thy
118:10. With my whole heart have I sought after thee: let me not stray
from thy commandments.
118:11. Thy words have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against
118:12. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy justifications.
118:13. With my lips I have pronounced all the judgments of thy mouth.
118:14. I have been delighted in the way of thy testimonies, as in all
118:15. I will meditate on thy commandments: and I will consider thy
118:16. I will think of thy justifications: I will not forget thy
118:17. Give bountifully to thy servant, enliven me: and I shall keep
118:18. Open thou my eyes: and I will consider the wondrous things of
118:19. I am a sojourner on the earth: hide not thy commandments from
118:20. My soul hath coveted to long for thy justifications, at all
118:21. Thou hast rebuked the proud: they are cursed who decline from
118:22. Remove from me reproach and contempt: because I have sought
after thy testimonies.
118:23. For princes sat, and spoke against me: but thy servant was
employed in thy justifications.
118:24. For thy testimonies are my meditation: and thy justifications
118:25. My soul hath cleaved to the pavement: quicken thou me according
to thy word.
118:26. I have declared my ways, and thou hast heard me: teach me thy
118:27. Make me to understand the way of thy justifications: and I
shall be exercised in thy wondrous works.
118:28. My soul hath slumbered through heaviness: strengthen thou me in
118:29. Remove from me the way of iniquity: and out of thy law have
mercy on me.
118:30. I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments I have not
118:31. I have stuck to thy testimonies, O Lord: put me not to shame.
118:32. I have run the way of thy commandments, when thou didst enlarge
118:33. Set before me for a law the way of thy justifications, O Lord:
and I will always seek after it.
118:34. Give me understanding, and I will search thy law; and I will
keep it with my whole heart.
118:35. Lead me into the path of thy commandments; for this same I have
118:36. Incline my heart into thy testimonies and not to covetousness.
118:37. Turn away my eyes that they may not behold vanity: quicken me
in thy way.
118:38. Establish thy word to thy servant, in thy fear.
118:39. Turn away my reproach, which I have apprehended: for thy
judgments are delightful.
118:40. Behold I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy
118:41. Let thy mercy also come upon me, O Lord: thy salvation
according to thy word.
118:42. So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I
have trusted in thy words.
118:43. And take not thou the word of truth utterly out of my mouth:
for in thy words, I have hoped exceedingly.
118:44. So shall I always keep thy law, for ever and ever.
118:45. And I walked at large: because I have sought after thy
118:46. And I spoke of thy testimonies before kings: and I was not
118:47. I meditated also on thy commandments, which I loved.
118:48. And I lifted up my hands to thy commandments, which I loved:
and I was exercised in thy justifications.
118:49. Be thou mindful of thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast
given me hope.
118:50. This hath comforted me in my humiliation: because thy word hath
118:51. The proud did iniquitously altogether: but I declined not from
118:52. I remembered, O Lord, thy judgments of old: and I was
118:53. A fainting hath taken hold of me, because of the wicked that
forsake thy law.
118:54. Thy justifications were the subject of my song, in the place of
118:55. In the night I have remembered thy name, O Lord: and have kept
118:56. This happened to me: because I sought after thy justifications.
118:57. O Lord, my portion, I have said, I would keep thy law.
118:58. I entreated thy face with all my heart: have mercy on me
according to thy word.
118:59. I have thought on my ways: and turned my feet unto thy
118:60. I am ready, and am not troubled: that I may keep thy
118:61. The cords of the wicked have encompassed me: but I have not
forgotten thy law.
118:62. I rose at midnight to give praise to thee; for the judgments of
118:63. I am a partaker with all them that fear thee, and that keep thy
118:64. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy
118:65. Thou hast done well with thy servant, O Lord, according to thy
118:66. Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge; for I have
believed thy commandments.
118:67. Before I was humbled I offended; therefore have I kept thy
118:68. Thou art good; and in thy goodness teach me thy justifications.
118:69. The iniquity of the proud hath been multiplied over me: but I
will seek thy commandments with my whole heart.
118:70. Their heart is curdled like milk: but I have meditated on thy
118:71. It is good for me that thou hast humbled me, that I may learn
118:72. The law of thy mouth is good to me, above thousands of gold and
118:73. Thy hands have made me and formed me: give me understanding,
and I will learn thy commandments.
118:74. They that fear thee shall see me, and shall be glad : because I
have greatly hoped in thy words.
118:75. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are equity: and in thy truth
thou hast humbled me.
118:76. O! let thy mercy be for my comfort, according to thy word unto
118:77. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, and I shall live: for thy
law is my meditation.
118:78. Let the proud be ashamed, because they have done unjustly
towards me: but I will be employed in thy commandments.
118:79. Let them that fear thee turn to me: and they that know thy
118:80. Let my heart be undefiled in thy justifications, that I may not
118:81. My soul hath fainted after thy salvation: and in thy word I
have very much hoped.
118:82. My eyes have failed for thy word, saying: When wilt thou
118:83. For I am become like a bottle in the frost: I have not
forgotten thy justifications.
118:84. How many are the days of thy servant: when wilt thou execute
judgment on them that persecute me?
118:85. The wicked have told me fables: but not as thy law.
118:86. All thy statutes are truth: they have persecuted me unjustly,
do thou help me.
118:87. They had almost made an end of me upon earth: but I have not
forsaken thy commandments.
118:88. Quicken thou me according to thy mercy: and I shall keep the
testimonies of thy mouth.
118:89. For ever, O Lord, thy word standeth firm in heaven.
118:90. Thy truth unto all generations: thou hast founded the earth,
and it continueth.
118:91. By thy ordinance the day goeth on: for all things serve thee.
118:92. Unless thy law had been my meditation, I had then perhaps
perished in my abjection.
118:93. Thy justifications I will never forget: for by them thou hast
given me life.
118:94. I am thine, save thou me: for I have sought thy justifications.
118:95. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have
understood thy testimonies.
118:96. I have seen an end of all perfection: thy commandment is
118:97. O how have I loved thy law, O Lord! it is my meditation all the
118:98. Through thy commandment, thou hast made me wiser than my
enemies: for it is ever with me.
118:99. I have understood more than all my teachers: because thy
testimonies are my meditation.
118:100. I have had understanding above ancients: because I have sought
118:101. I have restrained my feet from every evil way: that I may keep
118:102. I have not declined from thy judgments, because thou hast set
me a law.
118:103. How sweet are thy words to my palate! more than honey to my
118:104. By thy commandments I have had understanding: therefore have I
hated every way of iniquity.
118:105. Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths.
118:106. I have sworn and am determined to keep the judgments of thy
118:107. I have been humbled, O Lord, exceedingly: quicken thou me
according to thy word.
118:108. The free offerings of my mouth make acceptable, O Lord: and
teach me thy judgments.
118:109. My soul is continually in my hands: and I have not forgotten
118:110. Sinners have laid a snare for me: but I have not erred from
118:111. I have purchased thy testimonies for an inheritance for ever:
because they are the joy of my heart.
118:112. I have inclined my heart to do thy justifications for ever,
for the reward.
118:113. I have hated the unjust: and have loved thy law.
118:114. Thou art my helper and my protector: and in thy word I have
118:115. Depart from me, ye malignant: and I will search the
commandments of my God.
118:116. Uphold me according to thy word, and I shall live: and let me
not be confounded in my expectation.
118:117. Help me, and I shall be saved: and I will meditate always on
118:118. Thou hast despised all them that fall off from thy judgments;
for their thought is unjust.
118:119. I have accounted all the sinners of the earth prevaricators:
therefore have I loved thy testimonies.
118:120. Pierce thou my flesh with thy fear: for I am afraid of thy
118:121. I have done judgment and justice: give me not up to them that
118:122. Uphold thy servant unto good: let not the proud calumniate me.
118:123. My eyes have fainted after thy salvation: and for the word of
118:124. Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy: and teach me thy
118:125. I am thy servant: give me understanding that I may know thy
118:126. It is time, O Lord, to do: they have dissipated thy law.
118:127. Therefore have I loved thy commandments above gold and the
118:128. Therefore was I directed to all thy commandments: I have hated
all wicked ways.
118:129. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore my soul hath sought
118:130. The declaration of thy words giveth light: and giveth
understanding to little ones.
118:131. I opened my mouth, and panted: because I longed for thy
118:132. Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me according to the
judgment of them that love thy name.
118:133. Direct my steps according to thy word: and let no iniquity
have dominion over me.
118:134. Redeem me from the calumnies of men: that I may keep thy
118:135. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: and teach me thy
118:136. My eyes have sent forth springs of water: because they have
not kept thy law.
118:137. Thou art just, O Lord: and thy judgment is right.
118:138. Thou hast commanded justice thy testimonies: and thy truth
118:139. My zeal hath made me pine away: because my enemies forgot thy
118:140. Thy word is exceedingly refined: and thy servant hath loved
118:141. I am very young and despised; but I forget not thy
118:142. Thy justice is justice for ever: and thy law is the truth.
118:143. Trouble and anguish have found me: thy commandments are my
118:144. Thy testimonies are justice for ever: give me understanding,
and I shall live.
118:145. I cried with my whole heart, hear me, O Lord: I will seek thy
118:146. I cried unto thee, save me: that I may keep thy commandments.
118:147. I prevented the dawning of the day, and cried: because in thy
words I very much hoped.
118:148. My eyes to thee have prevented the morning: that I might
meditate on thy words.
118:149. Hear thou my voice, O Lord, according to thy mercy: and
quicken me according to thy judgment.
118:150. They that persecute me have drawn nigh to iniquity; but they
are gone far off from thy law.
118:151. Thou art near, O Lord: and all thy ways are truth.
118:152. I have known from the beginning concerning thy testimonies:
that thou hast founded them for ever.
118:153. See my humiliation and deliver me for I have not forgotten thy
118:154. Judge my judgment and redeem me: quicken thou me for thy
118:155. Salvation is far from sinners; because they have not sought
118:156. Many, O Lord, are thy mercies: quicken me according to thy
118:157. Many are they that persecute me and afflict me; but I have not
declined from thy testimonies.
118:158. I beheld the transgressors, and pined away; because they kept
not thy word.
118:159. Behold I have loved thy commandments, O Lord; quicken me thou
in thy mercy.
118:160. The beginning of thy words is truth: all the judgments of thy
justice are for ever.
118:161. Princes have persecuted me without cause: and my heart hath
been in awe of thy words.
118:162. I will rejoice at thy words, as one that hath found great
118:163. I have hated and abhorred iniquity; but I have loved thy law.
118:164. Seven times a day I have given praise to thee, for the
judgments of thy justice.
118:165. Much peace have they that love thy law, and to them there is
no stumbling. block.
118:166. I looked for thy salvation, O Lord: and I loved thy
118:167. My soul hath kept thy testimonies and hath loved them
118:168. I have kept thy commandments and thy testimonies: because all
my ways are in thy sight.
118:169. Let my supplication, O Lord, come near in thy sight: give me
understanding according to thy word.
118:170. Let my request come in before thee; deliver thou me according
to thy word.
118:171. My lips shall utter a hymn, when thou shalt teach me thy
118:172. My tongue shall pronounce thy word: because all thy
commandments are justice.
118:173. Let thy hand be with me to save me; for I have chosen thy
118:174. I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my
118:175. My soul shall live and shall praise thee: and thy judgments
shall help me.
118:176. I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost: seek thy
servant, because I have not forgotten thy commandments.
Psalms Chapter 119
A prayer in tribulation.
A gradual canticle.
A gradual canticle. . .The following psalms, in number fifteen, are
called gradual psalms, or canticles, from the word gradus, signifying
steps, ascensions, or degrees: either because they were appointed to be
sung on the fifteen steps, by which the people ascended to the temple:
or, that in the singing of them the voice was to be raised by certain
steps or ascensions: or, that they were to be sung by the people
returning from their captivity and ascending to Jerusalem, which was
seated amongst mountains. The holy fathers, in a mystical sense,
understand these steps, or ascensions, of the degrees by which
Christians spiritually ascend to virtue and perfection; and to the true
temple of God in the heavenly Jerusalem.
119:1. In my trouble I cried to the Lord: and he heard me.
119:2. O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful
119:3. What shall be given to thee, or what shall be added to thee, to
a deceitful tongue?
119:4. The sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals that lay waste.
119:5. Woe is me, that my sojourning is prolonged! I have dwelt with
the inhabitants of Cedar:
119:6. My soul hath been long a sojourner.
119:7. With them that hated peace I was peaceable: when I spoke to them
they fought against me without cause.
Psalms Chapter 120
God is the keeper of his servants.
A gradual canticle.
120:1. I have lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from whence help
shall come to me.
120:2. My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
120:3. May he not suffer thy foot to be moved: neither let him slumber
that keepeth thee.
120:4. Behold he shall neither slumber nor sleep, that keepeth Israel.
120:5. The Lord is thy keeper, the Lord is thy protection upon thy
120:6. The sun shall not burn thee by day: nor the moon by night.
120:7. The Lord keepeth thee from all evil: may the Lord keep thy soul.
120:8. May the Lord keep thy coming in and thy going out; from
henceforth now and for ever.
Psalms Chapter 121
Laetatus sum in his.
The desire and hope of the just for the coming of the kingdom of God,
and the peace of his church.
121:1. A gradual canticle.
I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the
house of the Lord.
121:2. Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem.
121:3. Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together.
121:4. For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the
testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.
121:5. Because their seats have sat in judgment, seats upon the house
121:6. Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and
abundance for them that love thee.
121:7. Let peace be in thy strength: and abundance in thy towers.
121:8. For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbours, I spoke peace
121:9. Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good
things for thee.
Psalms Chapter 122
Ad te levavi.
A prayer in affliction, with confidence in God.
A gradual canticle.
122:1. To thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven.
122:2. Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their
masters, As the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress:
so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he have mercy on us.
122:3. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly
filled with contempt.
122:4. For our soul is greatly filled: we are a reproach to the rich,
and contempt to the proud.
Psalms Chapter 123
Nisi quia Domini.
The church giveth glory to God for her deliverance, from the hands of
123:1. A gradual canticle. If it had not been that the Lord was with
us, let Israel now say:
123:2. If it had not been that the Lord was with us, When men rose up
123:3. Perhaps they had swallowed us up alive. When their fury was
enkindled against us,
123:4. Perhaps the waters had swallowed us up.
123:5. Our soul hath passed through a torrent: perhaps our soul had
passed through a water insupportable.
123:6. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us to be a prey to their
123:7. Our soul hath been delivered as a sparrow out of the snare of
the fowlers. The snare is broken, and we are delivered.
123:8. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalms Chapter 124
The just are always under God's protection.
124:1. A gradual canticle. They that trust in the Lord shall be as
mount Sion: he shall not be moved for ever that dwelleth
124:2. In Jerusalem. Mountains are round about it: so the Lord is round
about his people from henceforth now and for ever.
124:3. For the Lord will not leave the rod of sinners upon the lot of
the just: that the just may not stretch forth their hands to iniquity.
124:4. Do good, O Lord, to those that are good, and to the upright of
124:5. But such as turn aside into bonds, the Lord shall lead out with
the workers of iniquity: peace upon Israel.
Psalms Chapter 125
The people of God rejoice at their delivery from captivity.
125:1. A gradual canticle. When the Lord brought back the captivity of
Sion, we became like men comforted.
125:2. Then was our mouth filled with gladness; and our tongue with
joy. Then shall they say among the Gentiles: The Lord hath done great
things for them.
125:3. The Lord hath done great things for us: we are become joyful.
125:4. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as a stream in the south.
125:5. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
125:6. Going they went and wept, casting their seeds.
125:7. But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their
Psalms Chapter 126
Nothing can be done without God's grace and blessing.
126:1. A gradual canticle of Solomon. Unless the Lord build the house,
they labour in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he
watcheth in vain that keepeth it.
126:2. It is vain for you to rise before light, rise ye after you have
sitten, you that eat the bread of sorrow. When he shall give sleep to
It is vain for you to rise before light. . .That is, your early rising,
your labour and worldly solicitude, will be vain, that is, will avail
you nothing, without the light, grace, and blessing of God.
126:3. Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the
fruit of the womb.
126:4. As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them
that have been shaken.
126:5. Blessed is the man that hath filled the desire with them; he
shall not be confounded when he shall speak to his enemies in the gate.
Psalms Chapter 127
The fear of God is the way to happiness.
127:1. A gradual canticle. Blessed are all they that fear the Lord:
that walk in his ways.
127:2. For thou shalt eat the labours of thy hands: blessed art thou,
and it shall be well with thee.
127:3. Thy wife as a fruitful vine, on the sides of thy house. Thy
children as olive plants, round about thy table.
127:4. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
127:5. May the Lord bless thee out of Sion: and mayst thou see the good
things of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
127:6. And mayst thou see thy children's children, peace upon Israel.
Psalms Chapter 128
The church of God is invincible : her persecutors come to nothing.
128:1. A gradual canticle. Often have they fought against me from my
youth, let Israel now say.
128:2. Often have they fought against me from my youth: but they could
not prevail over me.
128:3. The wicked have wrought upon my back: they have lengthened their
128:4. The Lord who is just will cut the necks of sinners:
128:5. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Sion.
128:6. Let them be as grass upon the tops of houses: which withereth
before it be plucked up:
128:7. Who with the mower filleth not his hand: nor he that gathereth
sheaves his bosom.
128:8. And they that passed by have not said: The blessing of the Lord
be upon you: we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.
Psalms Chapter 129
A prayer of a sinner, trusting in the mercies of God. The sixth
129:1. A gradual canticle. Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O
129:2. Lord, hear my voice. Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of
129:3. If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it.
129:4. For with thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of
thy law, I have waited for thee, O Lord. My soul hath relied on his
129:5. my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
129:6. From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the
129:7. Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with him plentiful
129:8. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Psalms Chapter 130
Domine, none est.
The prophet's humility.
130:1. A gradual canticle of David. Lord, my heart is not exalted: nor
are my eyes lofty. Neither have I walked in great matters, nor in
wonderful things above me.
130:2. If I was not humbly minded, but exalted my soul: As a child that
is weaned is towards his mother, so reward in my soul.
130:3. Let Israel hope in the Lord, from henceforth now and for ever.
Psalms Chapter 131
A prayer for the fulfilling of the promise made to David.
131:1. A gradual canticle. O Lord, remember David, and all his
131:2. How he swore to the Lord, he vowed a vow to the God of Jacob:
131:3. If I shall enter into the tabernacle of my house: if I shall go
up into the bed wherein I lie:
131:4. If I shall give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids,
131:5. Or rest to my temples: until I find out a place for the Lord, a
tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
131:6. Behold we have heard of it in Ephrata: we have found it in the
fields of the wood.
We have heard of it in Ephrata. . .When I was young, and lived in
Bethlehem, otherwise called Ephrata, I heard of God's tabernacle and
ark, and had a devout desire of seeking it; and accordingly I found it
at Cariathiarim, the city of the woods: where it was till it was
removed to Jerusalem. See 1 Par. 13.
131:7. We will go into his tabernacle: we will adore in the place where
his feet stood.
131:8. Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which
thou hast sanctified.
131:9. Let thy priests be clothed with justice: and let thy saints
131:10. For thy servant David's sake, turn not away the face of thy
131:11. The Lord hath sworn truth to David, and he will not make it
void: of the fruit of thy womb I will set upon thy throne.
131:12. If thy children will keep my covenant, and these my testimonies
which I shall teach them: Their children also for evermore shall sit
upon thy throne.
131:13. For the Lord hath chosen Sion: he hath chosen it for his
131:14. This is my rest for ever and ever: here will I dwell, for I
have chosen it.
131:15. Blessing I will bless her widow: I will satisfy her poor with
131:16. I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall
rejoice with exceeding great joy.
131:17. There will I bring forth a horn to David: I have prepared a
lamp for my anointed.
131:18. His enemies I will clothe with confusion: but upon him shall my
Psalms Chapter 132
Ecce quam bonum.
The happiness of brotherly love and concord.
132:1. A gradual canticle of David. Behold how good and how pleasant it
is for brethren to dwell together in unity:
132:2. Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the
beard, the beard of Aaron, Which ran down to the skirt of his garment:
132:3. As the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. For
there the Lord hath commanded blessing, and life for evermore.
Psalms Chapter 133
Ecce nunc benedicite.
An exhortation to praise God continually.
133:1. A gradual canticle. Behold now bless ye the Lord, all ye
servants of the Lord: Who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts
of the house of our God.
133:2. In the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless
ye the Lord.
133:3. May the Lord out of Sion bless thee, he that made heaven and
Psalms Chapter 134
An exhortation to praise God: the vanity of idols.
134:1. Alleluia. Praise ye the name of the Lord: O you his servants,
praise the Lord:
134:2. You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the
house of our God.
134:3. Praise ye the Lord, for the Lord is good: sing ye to his name,
for it is sweet.
134:4. For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself: Israel for his own
134:5. For I have known that the Lord is great, and our God is above
134:6. Whatsoever the Lord pleased he hath done, in heaven, in earth,
in the sea, and in all the deeps.
134:7. He bringeth up clouds from the end of the earth: he hath made
lightnings for the rain. He bringeth forth winds out of his stores:
134:8. He slew the firstborn of Egypt from man even unto beast.
134:9. He sent forth signs and wonders in the midst of thee, O Egypt:
upon Pharao, and upon all his servants.
134:10. He smote many nations, and slew mighty kings:
134:11. Sehon king of the Amorrhites, and Og king of Basan, and all the
kingdoms of Chanaan.
134:12. And gave their land for an inheritance, for an inheritance to
his people Israel.
134:13. Thy name, O Lord, is for ever: thy memorial, O Lord, unto all
134:14. For the Lord will judge his people, and will be entreated in
favour of his servants.
134:15. The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of
134:16. They have a mouth, but they speak not: they have eyes, but they
134:17. They have ears, but they hear not: neither is there any breath
in their mouths.
134:18. Let them that make them be like to them: and every one that
trusteth in them.
134:19. Bless the Lord, O house of Israel: bless the Lord, O house of
134:20. Bless the Lord, O house of Levi: you that fear the Lord, bless
134:21. Blessed be the Lord out of Sion, who dwelleth in Jerusalem.
Psalms Chapter 135
God is to be praised for his wonderful works.
135:1. Alleluia. Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
Praise the Lord. . .By this invitation to praise the Lord, thrice
repeated, we profess the Blessed Trinity, One God in three distinct
Persons, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
135:2. Praise ye the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:3. Praise ye the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:4. Who alone doth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:5. Who made the heavens in understanding: for his mercy endureth
135:6. Who established the earth above the waters: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
135:7. Who made the great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:8. The sun to rule the day: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:9. The moon and the stars to rule the night: for his mercy endureth
135:10. Who smote Egypt with their firstborn: for his mercy endureth
135:11. Who brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth
135:12. With a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
135:13. Who divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for
135:14. And brought out Israel through the midst thereof: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
135:15. And overthrew Pharao and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
135:16. Who led his people through the desert: for his mercy endureth
135:17. Who smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:18. And slew strong kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:19. Sehon king of the Amorrhites: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:20. And Og king of Basan: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:21. And he gave their land for an inheritance: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
135:22. For an inheritance to his servant Israel: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
135:23. For he was mindful of us in our affliction: for his mercy
endureth for ever.
135:24. And he redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for
135:25. Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:26. Give glory to the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for
135:27. Give glory to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for
Psalms Chapter 136
The lamentation of the people of God in their captivity in Babylon.
A psalm of David, for Jeremias.
For Jeremias. . .For the time of Jeremias, and the captivity of Babylon.
136:1. Upon the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept: when we
136:2. On the willows in the midst thereof we hung up our instruments.
136:3. For there they that led us into captivity required of us the
words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a
hymn of the songs of Sion.
136:4. How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?
136:5. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
136:6. Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee: If I
make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy.
136:7. Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem:
Who say: Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
136:8. O daughter of Babylon, miserable: blessed shall he be who shall
repay thee thy payment which thou hast paid us.
136:9. Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against
Dash thy little ones, etc. . .In the spiritual sense, we dash the little
ones of Babylon against the rock, when we mortify our passions, and
stifle the first motions of them, by a speedy recourse to the rock
which is Christ.
Psalms Chapter 137
Thanksgiving to God for his benefits.
137:1. For David himself. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole
heart: for thou hast heard the words of my mouth. I will sing praise to
thee in the sight of the angels:
137:2. I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to
thy name. For thy mercy, and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy
holy name above all.
137:3. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me: thou shalt
multiply strength in my soul.
137:4. May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee: for they have
heard all the words of thy mouth.
137:5. And let them sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the
glory of the Lord.
137:6. For the Lord is high, and looketh on the low: and the high he
knoweth afar off.
137:7. If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, thou wilt quicken
me: and thou hast stretched forth thy hand against the wrath of my
enemies: and thy right hand hath saved me.
137:8. The Lord will repay for me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for
ever: O despise not the works of thy hands.
Psalms Chapter 138
God's special providence over his servants.
138:1. Unto the end, a psalm of David. Lord, thou hast proved me, and
138:2. Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up.
138:3. Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line
thou hast searched out.
138:4. And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my
There is no speech, etc. . .Viz., unknown to thee: or when there is no
speech in my tongue; yet my whole interior and my most secret thoughts
are known to thee.
138:5. Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those
of old: thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me.
138:6. Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I
cannot reach to it.
138:7. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from
138:8. If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell,
thou art present.
138:9. If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the
uttermost parts of the sea:
138:10. Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand
shall hold me.
138:11. And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be
my light in my pleasures.
138:12. But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be
light all the day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are
alike to thee.
138:13. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from
my mother's womb.
138:14. I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful
are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well.
138:15. My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in
secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.
138:16. Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall
be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them.
138:17. But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable:
their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
138:18. I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the
sand, I rose up and am still with thee.
138:19. If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart
138:20. Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in
Because you say in thought, etc. . .Depart from me, you wicked, who plot
against the servants of God, and think to cast them out of the cities
of their habitation; as if they have received them in vain, and to no
138:21. Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pined away
because of thy enemies?
138:22. I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become
enemies to me.
I have hated them. . .Not with an hatred of malice, but a zeal for the
observance of God's commandments; which he saw were despised by the
wicked, who are to be considered enemies to God.
138:23. Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my
138:24. And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in
the eternal way.