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assisted Mr. Book and transcribed selections from the first editions
included as appendices.
This three volume e-text set comes from multiple editions of Challoner's
revised Douay-Rheims Version of the Holy Bible. The division of the Old
Testaments into two parts follows the two tome format of the 1609/1610
printing of the Old Testament. In 1568 English exiles, many from
Oxford, established the English College of Douay (Douai/Doway), Flanders,
under William (later Cardinal) Allen. In October, 1578, Gregory Martin
began the work of preparing an English translation of the Bible for
Catholic readers, the first such translation into Modern English.
Assisting were William Allen, Richard Bristow, Thomas Worthington, and
William Reynolds who revised, criticized, and corrected Dr. Martin's
work. The college published the New Testament at Rheims (Reims/Rhemes),
France, in 1582 through John Fogny with a preface and explanatory notes,
authored chiefly by Bristol, Allen, and Worthington. Later the Old
Testament was published at Douay in two parts (1609 and 1610) by Laurence
Kellam through the efforts of Dr. Worthington, then superior of the
seminary. The translation had been prepared before the appearance of the
New Testament, but the publication was delayed due to financial
difficulties. The religious and scholarly adherence to the Latin Vulgate
text led to the less elegant and idiomatic words and phrases often found
in the translation. In some instances where no English word conveyed the
full meaning of the Latin, a Latin word was Anglicized and its meaning
defined in a glossary. Although ridiculed by critics, many of these
words later found common usage in the English language. Spellings of
proper names and the numbering of the Psalms are adopted from the Latin
In 1749 Dr. Richard Challoner began a major revision of the Douay and
Rheims texts, the spellings and phrasing of which had become increasingly
archaic in the almost two centuries since the translations were first
produced. He modernized the diction and introduced a more fluid style,
while faithfully maintaining the accuracy of Dr. Martin's texts. This
revision became the 'de facto' standard text for English speaking
Catholics until the twentieth century. It is still highly regarded by
many for its style, although it is now rarely used for liturgical
purposes. The notes included in this electronic edition are generally
attributed to Bishop Challoner.
The 1610 printing of the second tome of the Old Testament includes an
appendix containing the non-canonical books 'Prayer of Manasses,' 'Third
Booke of Esdras,' and 'Fourth Booke of Esdras.' While not part of
Challoner's revision, the 1610 texts are placed in the appendices of
Vol. II of this e-text set. Also included are the original texts of two
short books, 'The Prophecie of Abdias' (Vol. II) and 'The Catholike
Epistle of Iude the Apostle' (Vol. III), to give the reader a sense of
the language of the first editions in comparison to the Challoner
revision. Further background on the Douay-Rheims version may be found in
a selection from the preface to the 1582 edition and the original
glossary included in the appendices of Vol. III.
The Second Part of the Old Testament
Book of Psalms
Book of Proverbs
Solomon's Canticle of Canticles
Book of Wisdom
Prophecy of Isaias
Prophecy of Jeremias
Lamentations of Jeremias
Prophecy of Baruch
Prophecy of Ezechiel
Prophecy of Daniel
Prophecy of Osee
Prophecy of Joel
Prophecy of Amos
Prophecy of Abdias
Prophecy of Jonas
Prophecy of Micheas
Prophecy of Nahum
Prophecy of Habacuc
Prophecy of Sophonias
Prophecy of Aggeus
Prophecy of Zacharias
Prophecy of Malachias
First Book of Machabees
Second Book of Machabees
The Prayer of Manasses
The Third Booke of Esdras
The Fourth Booke of Esdras
The Prophecie of Abdias
THE BOOK OF PSALMS
The psalms are called by the Hebrews TEHILLIM, that is, Hymns of
Praise. The author, of a great part of them at least, was king David:
but many are of opinion that some of them were made by Asaph, and
others whose names are prefixed in the titles.
Psalms Chapter 1
The happiness of the just and the evil state of the wicked.
1:1. Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of
1:2. But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall
meditate day and night.
1:3. And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running
waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season. And his leaf
shall not fall off: and all whatsoever he shall do shall prosper.
1:4. Not so the wicked, not so: but like the dust, which the wind
driveth from the face of the earth.
1:5. Therefore the wicked shall not rise again in judgment: nor sinners
in the council of the just.
1:6. For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the
wicked shall perish.
Psalms Chapter 2
The vain efforts of persecutors against Christ and his church.
2:1. Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things?
2:2. The kings of the earth stood up, and the princes met together,
against the Lord, and against his Christ.
2:3. Let us break their bonds asunder: and let us cast away their yoke
2:4. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them: and the Lord shall
2:5. Then shall he speak to them in his anger, and trouble them in his
2:6. But I am appointed king by him over Sion, his holy mountain,
preaching his commandment.
2:7. The Lord hath said to me: Thou art my son, this day have I
2:8. Ask of me, and I will give thee the Gentiles for thy inheritance,
and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
2:9. Thou shalt rule them with a rod of iron, and shalt break them in
pieces like a potter's vessel.
2:10. And now, O ye kings, understand: receive instruction, you that
judge the earth.
2:11. Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto him with trembling.
2:12. Embrace discipline, lest at any time the Lord be angry, and you
perish from the just way.
2:13. When his wrath shall be kindled in a short time, blessed are all
they that trust in him.
Psalms Chapter 3
Domine, quid multiplicati.
The prophet's danger and delivery from his son Absalom: mystically, the
passion and resurrection of Christ.
3:1. The psalm of David when he fled from the face of his son Absalom.
3:2. Many say to my soul: There is no salvation for him in his God.
3:4. But thou, O Lord, art my protector, my glory, and the lifter up of
3:5. I have cried to the Lord with my voice: and he hath heard me from
his holy hill.
3:6. I have slept and have taken my rest: and I have risen up, because
the Lord hath protected me.
3:7. I will not fear thousands of the people surrounding me: arise, O
Lord; save me, O my God.
3:8. For thou hast struck all them who are my adversaries without
cause: thou hast broken the teeth of sinners.
3:9. Salvation is of the Lord: and thy blessing is upon thy people.
Psalms Chapter 4
The prophet teacheth us to flee to God in tribulation, with confidence
4:1. Unto the end, in verses. A psalm for David.
Unto the end. . .Or, as St. Jerome renders it, victori, to him that
overcometh: which some understand of the chief musician; to whom they
suppose the psalms, which bear that title, were given to be sung: we
rather understand the psalms thus inscribed to refer to Christ, who is
the end of the law, and the great conqueror of death and hell, and to
the New Testament.--Ibid. In verses, in carminibus. . .In the Hebrew, it
is neghinoth, supposed by some to be a musical instrument, with which
this psalm was to be sung.--Ibid. For David, or to David. . .That is,
inspired to David himself, or to be sung.
4:2. When I called upon him, the God of my justice heard me: when I was
in distress, thou hast enlarged me. Have mercy on me: and hear my
4:3. O ye sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? why do you
love vanity, and seek after lying?
4:4. Know ye also that the Lord hath made his holy one wonderful: the
Lord will hear me when I shall cry unto him.
4:5. Be ye angry, and sin not: the things you say in your hearts, be
sorry for them upon your beds.
4:6. Offer up the sacrifice of justice, and trust in the Lord: many
say, Who sheweth us good things?
4:7. The light of thy countenance, O Lord, is signed upon us: thou hast
given gladness in my heart.
4:8. By the fruit of their corn, their wine, and oil, they rest:
4:9. In peace in the self same I will sleep, and I will rest:
4:10. For thou, O Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope.
Psalms Chapter 5
Verba mea auribul.
A prayer to God against the iniquities of men.
5:1. Unto the end, for her that obtaineth the inheritance. A psalm for
For her that obtaineth the inheritance. . .That is, for the church of
5:2. Give ear, O Lord, to my words, understand my cry.
5:3. Hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God.
5:4. For to thee will I pray: O Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear my
5:5. In the morning I will stand before thee, and I will see: because
thou art not a God that willest iniquity.
5:6. Neither shall the wicked dwell near thee: nor shall the unjust
abide before thy eyes.
5:7. Thou hatest all the workers of iniquity: thou wilt destroy all
that speak a lie. The bloody and the deceitful man the Lord will abhor.
5:8. But as for me in the multitude of thy mercy, I will come into thy
house; I will worship towards thy holy temple, in thy fear.
5:9. Conduct me, O Lord, in thy justice: because of my enemies, direct
my way in thy sight.
5:10. For there is no truth in their mouth: their heart is vain.
5:11. Their throat is an open sepulchre: they dealt deceitfully with
their tongues: judge them, O God. Let them fall from their devices:
according to the multitude of their wickednesses cast them out: for
they have provoked thee, O Lord.
5:12. But let all them be glad that hope in thee: they shall rejoice
for ever, and thou shalt dwell in them. And all they that love thy name
shall glory in thee.
5:13. For thou wilt bless the just. O Lord, thou hast crowned us, as
with a shield of thy good will.
Psalms Chapter 6
Domine, ne in furore.
A prayer of a penitent sinner, under the scourge of God. The first
6:1. Unto the end, in verses, a psalm for David, for the octave.
For the octave. . .That is, to be sung on an instrument of eight
strings. St. Augustine understands it mystically, of the last
resurrection, and the world to come; which is, as it were, the octave,
or eighth day, after the seven days of this mortal life: and for this
octave, sinners must dispose themselves, like David, by bewailing their
sins, whilst they are here upon earth.
6:2. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy indignation, nor chastise me in thy
6:3. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord, for my
bones are troubled.
6:4. And my soul is troubled exceedingly: but thou, O Lord, how long?
6:5. Turn to me, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercy's
6:6. For there is no one in death, that is mindful of thee: and who
shall confess to thee in hell?
6:7. I have laboured in my groanings, every night I will wash my bed: I
will water my couch with my tears.
6:8. My eye is troubled through indignation: I have grown old amongst
all my enemies.
6:9. Depart from em, all ye workers of iniquity: for the Lord hath
heard the voice of my weeping.
6:10. The Lord hath heard my supplication: the Lord hath received my
6:11. Let all my enemies be ashamed, and be very much troubled: let
them be turned back, and be ashamed very speedily.
Psalms Chapter 7
Domine, Deus meus.
David, trusting in the justice of his cause, prayeth for God's help
against his enemies.
7:1. The psalm of David, which he sung to the Lord, for the words of
Chusi, the son of Jemini.
7:2. O Lord, my God, in thee have I put my trust; same me from all them
that persecute me, and deliver me.
7:3. Lest at any time he seize upon my soul like a lion, while there is
no one to redeem me, nor to save.
7:4. O Lord, my God, if I have done this thing, if there be iniquity in
7:5. If I have rendered to them that repaid me evils, let me deservedly
fall empty before my enemies.
7:6. Let the enemy pursue my soul, and take it, and tread down my life,
on the earth, and bring down my glory to the dust.
7:7. Rise up, O Lord, in thy anger: and be thou exalted in the borders
of my enemies. And arise, O Lord, my God, in the precept which thou
7:8. And a congregation of people shall surround thee. And for their
sakes return thou on high.
7:9. The Lord judgeth the people. Judge me, O Lord, according to my
justice, and according to my innocence in me.
7:10. The wickedness of sinners shall be brought to nought; and thou
shalt direct the just: the searcher of hearts and reins is God. Just
7:11. Is my help from the Lord; who saveth the upright of heart.
7:12. God is a just judge, strong and patient: is he angry every day?
7:13. Except you will be converted, he will brandish his sword; he hath
bent his bow, and made it ready.
7:14. And in it he hath prepared to instruments of death, he hath made
ready his arrows for them that burn.
For them that burn. . .That is, against the persecutors of his saints.
7:15. Behold he hath been in labour with injustice: he hath conceived
sorrow, and brought forth iniquity.
7:16. He hath opened a pit and dug it: and he is fallen into the hole
7:17. His sorrow shall be turned on his own head: and his iniquity
shall come down upon his crown.
7:18. I will give glory to the Lord according to his justice: and will
sing to the name of the Lord the most high.
Psalms Chapter 8
Domine, Dominus noster.
God is wonderful in his works; especially in mankind, singularly
exalted by the incarnation of Christ.
8:1. Unto the end, for the presses: a psalm for David.
The presses. . .In Hebrew, Gittith, supposed to be a musical instrument.
8:2. O Lord, our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth!
For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens.
8:3. Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected
praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and
8:4. For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon
and the stars which thou hast founded.
8:5. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that
thou visitest him?
8:6. Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast
crowned him with glory and honour:
8:7. And hast set him over the works of thy hands.
8:8. Thou hast subjected all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen:
moreover, the beasts also of the fields.
8:9. The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through
the paths of the sea.
8:10. O Lord, our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth!
Psalms Chapter 9
Confitebor tibi, Domine. The church praiseth God for his protection
against her enemies.
9:1. Unto the end, for the hidden things of the Son. A psalm for David.
The hidden things of the Son. . .The humility and sufferings of Christ,
the Son of God; and of good Christians, who are his sons by adoption;
are called hidden things, with regard to the children of this world,
who know not the value and merit of them.
9:2. I will give praise to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will
relate all thy wonders.
9:3. I will be glad, and rejoice in thee: I will sing to thy name, O
thou most high.
9:4. When my enemy shall be turned back: they shall be weakened, and
perish before thy face.
9:5. For thou hast maintained my judgment and my cause: thou hast sat
on the throne, who judgest justice.
9:6. Thou hast rebuked the Gentiles, and the wicked one hath perished;
thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.
9:7. The swords of the enemy have failed unto the end: and their cities
thou hast destroyed. Their memory hath perished with a noise:
9:8. But the Lord remaineth for ever. He hath prepared his throne in
9:9. And he shall judge the world in equity, he shall judge the people
9:10. And the Lord is become a refuge for the poor: a helper in due
time in tribulation.
9:11. And let them trust in thee who know thy name: for thou hast not
forsaken them that seek thee, O Lord.
9:12. Sing ye to the Lord, who dwelleth in Sion: declare his ways among
9:13. For requiring their blood, he hath remembered them: he hath not
forgotten the cry of the poor.
9:14. Have mercy on me, O Lord: see my humiliation which I suffer from
9:15. Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death, that I may
declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
9:16. I will rejoice in thy salvation: the Gentiles have stuck fast in
the destruction which they prepared. Their foot hath been taken in the
very snare which they hid.
9:17. The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgments: the sinner
hath been caught in the works of his own hands.
9:18. The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget
9:19. For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience
of the poor shall not perish for ever.
9:20. Arise, O Lord, let not man be strengthened: let the Gentiles be
judged in thy sight.
9:21. Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: that the Gentiles may know
themselves to be but men.
Here the late Hebrew doctors divide this psalm into two, making ver. 22
the beginning of Psalm 10. And again they join Psalms 146 and 147 into
one, in order that the whole number of psalms should not exceed 150.
And in this manner the psalms are numbered in the Protestant Bible.
Psalm 10 according to the Hebrews.
9a:1. Why, O Lord, hast thou retired afar off? why dost thou slight us
in our wants, in the time of trouble?
9a:2. Whilst the wicked man is proud, the poor is set on fire: they are
caught in the counsels which they devise.
9a:3. For the sinner is praised in the desires of his soul: and the
unjust man is blessed.
9a:4. The sinner hath provoked the Lord, according to the multitude of
his wrath, he will not seek him:
9a:5. God is not before his eyes: his ways are filthy at all times. Thy
judgments are removed form his sight: he shall rule over all his
9a:6. For he hath said in his heart: I shall not be moved from
generation to generation, and shall be without evil.
9a:7. His mouth is full of cursing, and of bitterness, and of deceit:
under his tongue are labour and sorrow.
9a:8. He sitteth in ambush with the rich, in private places, that he may
kill the innocent.
9a:9. His eyes are upon the poor man: he lieth in wait, in secret, like
a lion in his den. He lieth in ambush, that he may catch the poor man:
so catch the poor, whilst he draweth him to him.
9a:10. In his net he will bring him down, he will crouch and fall, when
he shall have power over the poor.
9a:11. For he hath said in his heart: God hath forgotten, he hath turned
away his face, not to see to the end.
9a:12. Arise, O Lord God, let thy hand be exalted: forget not the poor.
9a:13. Wherefore hath the wicked provoked God? for he hath said in his
heart: He will not require it.
9a:14. Thou seest it, for thou considerest labour and sorrow: that thou
mayst deliver them into thy hands. To thee is the poor man left: thou
wilt be a helper to the orphan.
9a:15. Break thou the arm of the sinner and of the malignant: his sin
shall be sought, and shall not be found.
9a:16. The Lord shall reign to eternity, yea, for ever and ever: ye
Gentiles shall perish from his land.
9a:17. The Lord hath heard the desire of the poor: thy ear hath heard
the preparation of their heart.
9a:18. To judge for the fatherless and for the humble, that man may no
more presume to magnify himself upon earth.
Psalms Chapter 10
In Domino confido.
The just man's confidence in God in the midst of persecutions.
10:1. Unto the end. A psalm to David.
10:2. In the Lord I put my trust: how then do you say to my soul: Get
thee away from hence to the mountain, like a sparrow.
10:3. For, lo, the wicked have bent their bow: they have prepared their
arrows in the quiver, to shoot in the dark the upright of heart.
10:4. For they have destroyed the things which thou hast made: but what
has the just man done?
10:5. The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven.
His eyes look on the poor man: his eyelids examine the sons of men.
10:6. The Lord trieth the just and the wicked: but he that loveth
iniquity, hateth his own soul.
10:7. He shall rain snares upon sinners: fire and brimstone, and storms
of winds, shall be the portion of their cup.
10:8. For the Lord is just, and hath loved justice: his countenance
hath beheld righteousness.
Psalms Chapter 11
Salvum me fac.
The prophet calls for God's help against the wicked.
11:1. Unto the end: for the octave, a psalm for David.
11:2. Save me, O Lord, for there is now no saint: truths are decayed
from among the children of men.
11:3. They have spoken vain things, every one to his neighbour: with
deceitful lips, and with a double heart have they spoken.
11:4. May the Lord destroy all deceitful lips, and the tongue that
speaketh proud things.
11:5. Who have said: We will magnify our tongue: our lips are our own:
who is Lord over us?
11:6. By reason of the misery of the needy, and the groans of the poor,
now will I arise, saith the Lord. I will set him in safety: I will deal
confidently in his regard.
11:7. The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried by the
fire, purged from the earth, refined seven times.
11:8. Thou, O Lord, wilt preserve us: and keep us from this generation
11:9. The wicked walk round about: according to thy highness, thou hast
multiplied the children of men.
Psalms Chapter 12
A prayer in tribulation.
12:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David. How long, O Lord, wilt thou
forget me unto the end? how long dost thou turn away thy face from me?
12:2. How long shall I take counsels in my soul, sorrow in my heart all
12:3. How long shall my enemy be exalted over Me?
12:4. Consider, and hear me, O Lord, my God. Enlighten my eyes, that I
never sleep in death:
12:5. Lest at any time my enemy say: I have prevailed against him. They
that trouble me, will rejoice when I am moved:
12:6. But I have trusted in thy mercy. My heart shall rejoice in thy
salvation: I will sing to the Lord, who giveth me good things: yea, I
will sing to the name of the Lord, the most high.
Psalms Chapter 13
The general corruption of man before our redemption by Christ.
13:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David. The fool hath said in his heart:
There is no God. They are corrupt, and are become abominable in their
ways: there is none that doth good, no not one.
13:2. The Lord hath looked down from heaven upon the children of men,
to see if there be any that understand and seek God.
13:3. They are all gone aside, they are become unprofitable together:
there is none that doth good: no not one. Their throat is an open
sepulchre; with their tongues they acted deceitfully: the poison of
asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of cursing and
bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood. Destruction and
unhappiness in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known:
there is no fear of God before their eyes.
13:4. Shall not all they know that work iniquity, who devour my people
as they eat bread?
13:5. They have not called upon the Lord: there have they trembled for
fear, where there was no fear.
13:6. For the Lord is in the just generation: you have confounded the
counsel of the poor man; but the Lord is his hope.
13:7. Who shall give out of Sion the salvation of Israel? when the Lord
shall have turned away the captivity of his people, Jacob shall
rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psalms Chapter 14
Domine, quis habitabit.
What kind of men shall dwell in the heavenly Sion.
14:1. A psalm for David. Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? or
who shall rest in thy holy hill?
14:2. He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice:
14:3. He that speaketh truth in his heart, who hath not used deceit in
his tongue: Nor hath done evil to his neighbour: nor taken up a
reproach against his neighbours.
14:4. In his sight the malignant is brought to nothing: but he
glorifieth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his neighbour,
and deceiveth not;
14:5. He that hath not put out his money to usury, nortaken bribes
against the innocent: He that doth these things, shall not be moved for
Psalms Chapter 15
Conserva me, Domine.
Christ's future victory and triumph over the world and death.
15:1. The inscription of a title to David himself. Preserve me, O Lord,
for I have put my trust in thee.
The inscription of a title. . .That is, of a pillar or monument,
staylographia: which is as much as to say, that this psalm is most
worthy to be engraved on an everlasting monument.
15:2. I have said to the Lord, thou art my God, for thou hast no need
of my goods.
15:3. To the saints, who are in his land, he hath made wonderful all my
desires in them.
15:4. Their infirmities were multiplied: afterwards they made haste. I
will not gather together their meetings for bloodofferings: nor will I
be mindful of their names by my lips.
15:5. The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: it is
thou that wilt restore my inheritance to me.
15:6. The lines are fallen unto me in goodly places: for my inheritance
is goodly to me.
15:7. I will bless the Lord, who hath given me understanding: moreover,
my reins also have corrected me even till night.
15:8. I set the Lord always in my sight: for he is at my right hand,
that I be not moved.
15:9. Therefore my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced:
moreover, my flesh also shall rest in hope.
15:10. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; nor wilt thou give
thy holy one to see corruption.
15:11. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life, thou shalt fill me
with joy with thy countenance: at thy right hand are delights even to
Psalms Chapter 16
Exaudi, Domine, justitiam.
A just man's prayer in tribulation against the malice of his enemy.
16:1. The prayer of David. Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to my
supplication. Give ear unto my prayer, which proceedeth not from
16:2. Let my judgment come forth from thy countenance: let thy eyes
behold the things that are equitable.
16:3. Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast
tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.
16:4. That my mouth may not speak the works of men: for the sake of the
words of thy lips, I have kept hard ways.
16:5. Perfect thou my goings in thy paths: that my footsteps be not
16:6. I have cried to thee, for thou, O God, hast heard me: O incline
thy ear unto me, and hear my words.
16:7. Shew forth thy wonderful mercies; thou who savest them that trust
16:8. From them that resist thy right hand keep me, as the apple of thy
eye. Protect me under the shadow of thy wings.
16:9. From the face of the wicked who have afflicted me. My enemies
have surrounded my soul:
16:10. They have shut up their fat: their mouth hath spoken proudly.
Their fat. . .That is, their bowels of compassion: for they have none
16:11. They have cast me forth, and now they have surrounded me: they
have set their eyes bowing down to the earth.
16:12. They have taken me, as a lion prepared for the prey; and as a
young lion dwelling in secret places.
16:13. Arise, O Lord, disappoint him and supplant him; deliver my soul
from the wicked one; thy sword
16:14. From the enemies of thy hand. O Lord, divide them from the few
of the earth in their life: their belly is filled from thy hidden
stores. They are full of children: and they have left to their little
ones the rest of their substance.
Divide them from the few, etc. . .That is, cut them off from the earth,
and the few trifling things thereof; which they are so proud of, or
divide them from the few; that is, from thy elect, who are but few;
that they may no longer have it in their power to oppress them. It is
not meant by way of a curse or imprecation; but, as many other the like
passages in the psalms, by way of a prediction, or prophecy of what
should come upon them, in punishment of their wickedness. Ibid. Thy
hidden stores. . .Thy secret treasures, out of which thou furnishest
those earthly goods, which, with a bountiful hand thou hast distributed
both to the good and the bad.
16:15. But as for me, I will appear before thy sight in justice: I
shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear.
Psalms Chapter 17
Diligam te, Domine.
David's thanks to God for his delivery from all his enemies.
17:1. Unto the end, for David, the servant of the Lord, who spoke to
the Lord the words of this canticle, in the day that the Lord delivered
him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: and he
17:2. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength:
17:3. The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. My God is
my helper, and in him will I put my trust. My protector, and the horn
of my salvation, and my support.
17:4. Praising, I will call upon the Lord: and I shall be saved from my
17:5. The sorrows of death surrounded me: and the torrents of iniquity
17:6. The sorrows of hell encompassed me: and the snares of death
17:7. In my affliction I called upon the Lord, and I cried to my God:
And he heard my voice from his holy temple: and my cry before him came
into his ears.
17:8. The earth shook and trembled: the foundations of the mountains
were troubled and were moved, because he was angry with them.
17:9. There went up a smoke in his wrath: and a fire flamed from his
face: coals were kindled by it.
17:10. He bowed the heavens, and came down, and darkness was under his
17:11. And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; he flew upon the
wings of the winds.
17:12. And he made darkness his covert, his pavilion round about him:
dark waters in the clouds of the air.
17:13. At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, hail
and coals of fire.
17:14. And the Lord thundered from heaven, and the Highest gave his
voice: hail and coals of fire.
17:15. And he sent forth his arrows, and he scattered them: he
multiplied lightnings, and troubled them.
17:16. Then the fountains of waters appeared, and the foundations of
the world were discovered: At thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the
spirit of thy wrath.
17:17. He sent from on high, and took me: and received me out of many
17:18. He delivered me from my strongest enemies, and from them that
hated me: for they were too strong for me.
17:19. They prevented me in the day of my affliction: and the Lord
became my protector.
17:20. And he brought me forth into a large place: he saved me, because
he was well pleased with me.
17:21. And the Lord will reward me according to my justice; and will
repay me according to the cleanness of my hands:
17:22. Because I have kept the ways of the Lord; and have not done
wickedly against my God.
17:23. For all his judgments are in my sight: and his justices I have
not put away from me.
17:24. And I shall be spotless with him: and shall keep myself from my
17:25. And the Lord will reward me according to my justice: and
according to the cleanness of my hands before his eyes.
17:26. With the holy thou wilt be holy; and with the innocent man thou
wilt be innocent:
17:27. And withe the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse
thou wilt be perverted.
17:28. For thou wilt save the humble people; but wilt bring down the
eyes of the proud.
17:29. For thou lightest my lamp, O Lord: O my God, enlighten my
17:30. For by thee I shall be delivered from temptation; and through my
God I shall go over a wall.
17:31. As for my God, his way is undefiled: the words of the Lord are
fire-tried: he is the protector of all that trust in him.
17:32. For who is God but the Lord? or who is God but our God?
17:33. God, who hath girt me with strength; and made my way blameless.
17:34. Who hath made my feet like the feet of harts: and who setteth me
upon high places.
17:35. Who teacheth my hands to war: and thou hast made my arms like a
17:36. And thou hast given me the protection of thy salvation: and thy
right hand hath held me up: And thy discipline hath corrected me unto
the end: and thy discipline, the same shall teach me.
17:37. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; and my feet are not
17:38. I will pursue after my enemies, and overtake them: and I will
not turn again till they are consumed.
17:39. I will break them, and they shall not be able to stand: they
shall fall under my feet.
17:40. And thou hast girded me with strength unto battle; and hast
subdued under me them that rose up against me.
17:41. And thou hast made my enemies furn their back upon me, and hast
destroyed them that hated me.
17:42. They cried, but there was none to save them, to the Lord: but he
heard them not.
17:43. And I shall beat them as small as the dust before the wind; I
shall bring them to nought, like the dirt in the streets.
17:44. Thou wilt deliver me from the contradictions of the people; thou
wilt make me head of the Gentiles.
17:45. A people which I knew not, hath served me: at the hearing of the
ear they have obeyed me.
17:46. The children that are strangers have lied to me, strange
children have faded away, and have halted from their paths.
17:47. The Lord liveth, and blessed by my God, and let the God of my
salvation be exalted.
17:48. O God, who avengest me, and subduest the people under me, my
deliverer from my enraged enemies.
17:49. And thou wilt lift me up above them that rise up against me:
from the unjust man thou wilt deliver me.
17:50. Therefore will I give glory to thee, O Lord, among the nations,
and I will sing a psalm to thy name.
17:51. Giving great deliverance to his king, and shewing mercy to
David, his anointed: and to his seed for ever.
Psalms Chapter 18
The works of God shew forth his glory: his law is greatly to be
esteemed and loved.
18:1. Unto the end. A Psalm for David.
18:2. The heavens shew forth the glory of God, and the firmament
declareth the work of his hands.
18:3. Day to day uttereth speech, and night to night sheweth knowledge.
18:4. There are no speeches nor languages, where their voices are not
18:5. Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth: and their words
unto the ends of the world.
18:6. He hath set his tabernacle in the sun: and he as a bridegroom
coming out of his bridechamber, Hath rejoiced as a giant to run the
18:7. His going out is from the end of heaven, And his circuit even to
the end thereof: and there is no one that can hide himself from his
18:8. The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls: the testimony
of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones.
18:9. The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts: the
commandment of the Lord is lightsome, enlightening the eyes.
18:10. The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for ever and ever: the
judgments of the Lord are true, justified in themselves.
18:11. More to be desired than gold and many precious stones: and
sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
18:12. For thy servant keepeth them, and in keeping them there is a
18:13. Who can understand sins? from my secret ones cleanse me, O Lord:
18:14. And from those of others spare thy servant. If they shall have
no dominion over me, then shall I be without spot: and I shall be
cleansed form the greatest sin.
18:15. And the words of my mouth shall be such as may please: and the
meditation of my heart always in thy sight. O Lord, my helper and my
Psalms Chapter 19
Exaudiat te Dominus.
A prayer for the king.
19:1. Unto the end. A psalm for David.
19:2. May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation: may the name of
the God of Jacob protect thee.
19:3. May he send thee help from the sanctuary: and defend thee out of
19:4. May he be mindful of all thy sacrifices: and may thy whole
burntoffering be made fat.
19:5. May he give thee according to thy own heart; and confirm all thy
19:6. We will rejoice in thy salvation; and in the name of our God we
shall be exalted.
19:7. The Lord fulfil all thy petitions: now have I known that the Lord
hath saved his anointed. He will hear him from his holy heaven: the
salvation of his right hand is in powers.
The salvation of his right hand is in powers. . .That is, in strength.
His right hand is strong and mighty to save them that trust in him.
19:8. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will call upon
the name of the Lord, our God.
19:9. They are bound, and have fallen: but we are risen, and are set
upright. O Lord, save the king: and hear us in the day that we shall
call upon thee.
Psalms Chapter 20
Domine, in virtute.
Praise to God for Christ's exaltation after his passion.
20:1. Unto the end. A psalm for David.
20:2. In thy strength, O Lord, the king shall joy; and in thy salvation
he shall rejoice exceedingly.
20:3. Thou hast given him his heart's desire: and hast not withholden
from him the will of his lips.
20:4. For thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness: thou
hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
20:5. He asked life of thee: and thou hast given him length of days for
ever and ever.
20:6. His glory is great in thy salvation: glory and great beauty shalt
thou lay upon him.
20:7. For thou shalt give him to be a blessing for ever and ever: thou
shalt make him joyful in gladness with thy countenance.
20:8. For the king hopeth in the Lord: and through the mercy of the
most High he shall not be moved.
20:9. Let thy hand be found by all thy enemies: let thy right hand find
out all them that hate thee.
20:10. Thou shalt make them as an oven of fire, in the time of thy
anger: the Lord shall trouble them in his wrath, and fire shall devour
20:11. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth: and their seed
from among the children of men.
20:12. For they have intended evils against thee: they have devised
counsels which they have not been able to establish.
20:13. For thou shalt make them turn their back: in thy remnants thou
shalt prepare their face.
In thy remnants thou shalt prepare their face. . .Or thou shalt set thy
remnants against their faces. That is, thou shalt make them see what
punishments remain for them hereafter from thy justice. Instead of
remnants, St. Jerome renders it funes, that is, cords or strings, viz.,
of the bow of divine justice, from which God directs his arrows against
the faces of his enemies.
20:14. Be thou exalted, O Lord, in thy own strength: we will sing and
praise thy power.
Psalms Chapter 21
Deus Deus meus.
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
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
21:19. They parted my garments amongst them; and upon my vesture they
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
32:5. He loveth mercy and judgment; the earth is full of the mercy of
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
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
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
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.