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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 35

Dixit injustus.

The malice of sinners, and the goodness of God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 36

Noli aemulari.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 37

Domine, ne in furore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 38

Dixi custodiam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 39

Expectans expectavi.

Christ's coming, and redeeming mankind.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 40

Beatus qui intelligit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 41

Quemadmodum desiderat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 42

Judica me, Deus.

The prophet aspireth after the temple and altar of God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 43

Deus auribus nostris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 44

Eructavit cor meum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 45

Deus noster refugium.

The church in persecution trusteth in the protection of God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 46

Omnes gentes, plaudite.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 47

Magnus Dominus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 48

Audite haec, omnes gentes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 49

Deus deorum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 50


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 51

Quid gloriaris.

David condemneth the wickedness of Doeg, and foretelleth his

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalms Chapter 52

Dixit insipiens.

The general corruption of man before the coming of Christ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

52:6. They have not called upon God: there have they trembled for fear,
where there was no fear. For God hath scattered the bones of them that
please men: they have been confounded, because God hath despised them.

God hath scattered the bones, etc. . .That is, God has brought to
nothing the strength of all those that seek to please men, to the
prejudice of their duty to their Maker.

52:7. Who will give out of Sion the salvation of Israel? when God shall
bring back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel
shall be glad.

Psalms Chapter 53

Deus, in nomine tuo.

A prayer for help in distress.

53:1. Unto the end, in verses, understanding for David.

53:2. When the en of Ziph had come and said to Saul: Is not David
hidden with us? [1 Kings 23.19]

53:3. Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me in thy strength.

53:4. O God, hear my prayer: give ear to the words of my mouth.

53:5. For strangers have risen up against me; and the mighty have
sought after my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.

53:6. For behold God is my helper: and the Lord is the protector of my

53:7. Turn back the evils upon my enemies; and cut them off in thy

53:8. I will freely sacrifice to thee, and will give praise, O God, to
thy name: because it is good:

53:9. For thou hast delivered me out of all trouble: and my eye hath
looked down upon my enemies.

Psalms Chapter 54

Exaudi, Deus.

A prayer of a just man under persecution from the wicked. It agrees to
Christ persecuted by the Jews, and betrayed by Judas.

54:1. Unto the end, in verses, understanding for David.

54:2. Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication:

54:3. Be attentive to me and hear me. I am grieved in my exercise; and
am troubled,

54:4. At the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner.
For they have cast iniquities upon me: and in wrath they were
troublesome to me.

54:5. My heart is troubled within me: and the fear of death is fallen
upon me.

54:6. Fear and trembling are come upon me: and darkness hath covered

54:7. And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove, and I will fly
and be at rest?

54:8. Lo, I have gone far off flying away; and I abode in the

54:9. I waited for him that hath saved me from pusillanimity of spirit,
and a storm.

54:10. Cast down, O Lord, and divide their tongues; for I have seen
iniquity and contradiction in the city.

54:11. Day and night shall iniquity surround it upon its walls: and in
the midst thereof are labour,

54:12. And injustice. And usury and deceit have not departed from its

54:13. For if my enemy had reviled me, I would verily have borne with
it. And if he that hated me had spoken great things against me, I would
perhaps have hidden my self from him.

54:14. But thou a man of one mind, my guide, and my familiar,

54:15. Who didst take sweetmeats together with me: in the house of God
we walked with consent.

54:16. Let death come upon them, and let them go down alive into hell.
For there is wickedness in their dwellings: in the midst of them.

Let death, etc. . .This, and such like imprecations which occur in the
psalms, are delivered prophetically; that is, by way of foretelling the
punishments which shall fall upon the wicked from divine justice, and
approving the righteous ways of God: but not by way of ill will, or
uncharitable curses, which the law of God disallows.

54:17. But I have cried to God: and the Lord will save me.

54:18. Evening and morning, and at noon I will speak and declare: and
he shall hear my voice.

54:19. He shall redeem my soul in peace from them that draw near to me:
for among many they were with me.

Among many, etc. . .That is, they that drew near to attack me were many
in company all combined to fight against me.

54:20. God shall hear, and the Eternal shall humble them. For there is
no change with them, and they have not feared God:

54:21. He hath stretched forth his hand to repay. They have defiled his

54:22. They are divided by the wrath of his countenance, and his heart
hath drawn near. His words are smoother than oil, and the same are

They are divided, etc. . .Dispersed, scattered, and brought to nothing,
by the wrath of God; who looks with indignation on their wicked and
deceitful ways.

54:23. Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall
not suffer the just to waver for ever.

54:24. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of
destruction. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their
days; but I will trust in thee, O Lord.

Psalms Chapter 55

Miserere mei, Deus.

A prayer of David in danger and distress.

55:1. Unto the end, for a people that is removed at a distance form the
sanctuary: for David, for an inscription of a title (or pillar) when
the Philistines held him in Geth.

55:2. Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot; all
the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me.

55:3. My enemies have trodden on me all the day long; for they are many
that make war against me.

55:4. From the height of the day I shall fear: but I will trust in

The height of the day. . .That is, even at noonday, when the sun is the
highest, I am still in danger.

55:5. In God I will praise my words, in God I have put my trust: I will
not fear what flesh can do against me.

My words. . .The words or promises God has made in my favour.

55:6. All the day long they detested my words: all their thoughts were
against me unto evil.

55:7. They will dwell and hide themselves: they will watch my heel. As
they have waited for my soul,

55:8. For nothing shalt thou save them: in thy anger thou shalt break
the people in pieces. O God,

For nothing shalt thou save them. . .That is, since they lie in wait to
ruin my soul, thou shalt for no consideration favour or assist them,
but execute thy justice upon them.

55:9. I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set me tears in thy
sight, As also in thy promise.

55:10. Then shall my enemies be turned back. In what day soever I shall
call upon thee, behold I know thou art my God.

55:11. In God will I praise the word, in the Lord will I praise his
speech. In God have I hoped, I will not fear what man can do to me.

55:12. In me, O God, are vows to thee, which I will pay, praises to

55:13. Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, my feet from
falling: that I may please in the sight of God, in the light of the

Psalms Chapter 56

Miserere mei, Deus. The prophet prays in his affliction, and praises
God for his delivery.

56:1. Unto the end, destroy not, for David, for an inscription of a
title, when he fled from Saul into the cave. [1 Kings 24.]

Destroy not. . .Suffer me not to be destroyed.

56:2. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me: for my soul trusteth
in thee. And in the shadow of thy wings will I hope, until iniquity
pass away.

56:3. I will cry to God the most high; to God who hath done good to me.

56:4. He hath sent from heaven and delivered me: he hath made them a
reproach that trod upon me. God hath sent his mercy and his truth,

56:5. And he hath delivered my soul from the midst of the young lions.
I slept troubled. The sons of men, whose teeth are weapons and arrows,
and their tongue a sharp sword.

56:6. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above
all the earth.

56:7. They prepared a snare for my feet; and they bowed down my soul.
They dug a pit before my face, and they are fallen into it.

56:8. My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready: I will sing, and
rehearse a psalm.

56:9. Arise, O my glory, arise psaltery and harp: I will arise early.

56:10. I will give praise to thee, O Lord, among the people: I will
sing a psalm to thee among the nations.

56:11. For thy mercy is magnified even to the heavens: and thy truth
unto the clouds.

56:12. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above
all the earth.

Psalms Chapter 57

Si vere utique.

David reproveth the wicked, and foretelleth their punishment.

57:1. Unto the end, destroy not, for David, for an inscription of a

57:2. If in very deed ye speak justice: judge right things, ye sons of

57:3. For in your heart you work iniquity: your hands forge injustice
in the earth.

57:4. The wicked are alienated from the womb; they have gone astray
from the womb: they have spoken false things.

57:5. Their madness is according to the likeness of a serpent: like the
deaf asp that stoppeth her ears:

57:6. Which will not hear the voice of the charmers; nor of the wizard
that charmeth wisely.

57:7. God shall break in pieces their teeth in their mouth: the Lord
shall break the grinders of the lions.

57:8. They shall come to nothing, like water running down; he hath bent
his bow till they be weakened.

57:9. Like wax that melteth they shall be taken away: fire hath fallen
on them, and they shall not see the sun.

57:10. Before your thorns could know the brier; he swalloweth them up,
as alive, in his wrath.

Before your thorns, etc. . .That is, before your thorns grow up, so as
to become strong briers, they shall be overtaken and consumed by divine
justice, swallowing them up, as it were, alive in his wrath.

57:11. The just shall rejoice when he shall see the revenge: he shall
wash his hands in the blood of the sinner.

Shall wash his hands, etc. . .Shall applaud the justice of God, and take
occasion from the consideration of the punishment of the wicked to wash
and cleanse his hands from sin.

57:12. And man shall say: If indeed there be fruit to the just: there
is indeed a God that judgeth them on the earth.

Psalms Chapter 58

Eripe me.

A prayer to be delivered from the wicked, with confidence in God's help
and protection. It agrees to Christ and his enemies the Jews.

58:1. Unto the end, destroy not, for David for an inscription of a
title, when Saul sent and watched his house to kill him. [1 Kings 19.]

58:2. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; and defend me from them
that rise up against me.

58:3. Deliver me from them that work iniquity, and save me from bloody

58:4. For behold they have caught my soul: the mighty have rushed in
upon me:

58:5. Neither is it my iniquity, nor my sin, O Lord: without iniquity
have I run, and directed my steps.

58:6. Rise up thou to meet me, and behold: even thou, O Lord, the God
of hosts, the God of Israel. Attend to visit all the nations: have no
mercy on all them that work iniquity.

58:7. They shall return at evening, and shall suffer hunger like dogs:
and shall go round about the city.

58:8. Behold they shall speak with their mouth, and a sword is in their
lips: for who, say they, hath heard us?

58:9. But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them: thou shalt bring all the
nations to nothing.

58:10. I will keep my strength to thee: for thou art my protector:

58:11. My God, his mercy shall prevent me.

58:12. God shall let me see over my enemies: slay them not, lest at any
time my people forget. Scatter them by thy power; and bring them down,
O Lord, my protector:

58:13. For the sin of their mouth, and the word of their lips: and let
them be taken in their pride. And for their cursing and lying they
shall be talked of,

58:14. When they are consumed: when they are consumed by thy wrath, and
they shall be no more. And they shall know that God will rule Jacob,
and all the ends of the earth.

58:15. They shall return at evening and shall suffer hunger like dogs:
and shall go round about the city.

58:16. They shall be scattered abroad to eat, and shall murmur if they
be not filled.

58:17. But I will sing thy strength: and will extol thy mercy in the
morning. For thou art become my support, and my refuge, in the day of
my trouble.

58:18. Unto thee, O my helper, will I sing, for thou art God my
defence: my God my mercy.

Psalms Chapter 59

Deus, repulisti nos.

After many afflictions, the church of Christ shall prevail.

59:1. Unto the end, for them that shall be changed, for the inscription
of a title, to David himself, for doctrine,

59:2. When he set fire to Mesopotamia of Syria and Sobal: and Joab
returned and slew of Edom, in the vale of the saltpits, twelve thousand

59:3. O God, thou hast cast us off, and hast destroyed us; thou hast
been angry, and hast had mercy on us.

59:4. Thou hast moved the earth, and hast troubled it: heal thou the
breaches thereof, for it has been moved.

59:5. Thou hast shewn thy people hard things; thou hast made us drink
the wine of sorrow.

59:6. Thou hast given a warning to them that fear thee: that they may
flee from before the bow: That thy beloved may be delivered.

59:7. Save me with thy right hand, and hear me.

59:8. God hath spoken in his holy place: I will rejoice, and I will
divide Sichem; and will mete out the vale of tabernacles.

59:9. Galaad is mine, and Manasses is mine: and Ephraim is the strength
of my head. Juda is my king:

59:10. Moab is the pot of my hope. Into Edom will I stretch out my
shoe: to me the foreigners are made subject.

The pot of my hope. . .Or my watering pot. That is, a vessel for meaner
uses, by being reduced to serve me, even in the meanest
employments.--Ibid. Foreigners. . .So the Philistines are called, who
had no kindred with the Israelites; whereas the Edomites, Moabites, etc.,
were originally of the same family.

59:11. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into

59:12. Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O
God, go out with our armies?

59:13. Give us help from trouble: for vain is the salvation of man.

59:14. Through God we shall do mightily: and he shall bring to nothing
them that afflict us.

Psalms Chapter 60

Exaudi, Deus.

A prayer for the coming of the kingdom of Christ, which shall have no

60:1. Unto the end, in hymns, for David.

60:2. Hear, O God, my supplication: be attentive to my prayer.

60:3. To thee have I cried from the ends of the earth: when my heart
was in anguish, thou hast exalted me on a rock. Thou hast conducted me;

60:4. For thou hast been my hope; a tower of strength against the face
of the enemy.

60:5. In thy tabernacle I shall dwell for ever: I shall be protected
under the covert of thy wings.

60:6. For thou, my God, hast heard my prayer: thou hast given an
inheritance to them that fear thy name.

60:7. Thou wilt add days to the days of the king: his years even to
generation and generation.

60:8. He abideth for ever in the sight of God: his mercy and truth who
shall search?

60:9. So will I sing a psalm to thy name for ever and ever: that I may
pay my vows from day to day.

Psalms Chapter 61

Nonne Deo.

The prophet encourageth himself and all others to trust in God, and
serve him.

61:1. Unto the end, for Idithun, a psalm of David.

61:2. Shall not my soul be subject to God? for from him is my

61:3. For he is my God and my saviour: he is my protector, I shall be
moved no more.

61:4. How long do you rush in upon a man? you all kill, as if you were
thrusting down a leaning wall, and a tottering fence.

61:5. But they have thought to cast away my price; I ran in thirst:
they blessed with their mouth, but cursed with their heart.

61:6. But be thou, O my soul, subject to God: for from him is my

61:7. For he is my God and my saviour: he is my helper, I shall not be

61:8. In God is my salvation and my glory: he is the God of my help,
and my hope is in God.

61:9. Trust in him, all ye congregation of people: pour out your hearts
before him. God is our helper for ever.

61:10. But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the
balances: that by vanity they may together deceive.

Are liars in the balances, etc. . .They are so vain and light, that if
they are put into the scales, they will be found to be of no weight;
and to be mere lies, deceit, and vanity. Or, They are liars in their
balances, by weighing things by false weights, and preferring the
temporal before the eternal.

61:11. Trust not in iniquity, and cover not robberies: if riches
abound, set not your heart upon them.

61:12. God hath spoken once, these two things have I heard, that power
belongeth to God,

61:13. And mercy to thee, O Lord; for thou wilt render to every man
according to his works.

Psalms Chapter 62

Deus Deus meus, ad te.

The prophet aspireth after God.

62:1. A psalm of David while he was in the desert of Edom.

62:2. O God, my God, to thee do I watch at break of day. For thee my
soul hath thirsted; for thee my flesh, O how many ways!

62:3. In a desert land, and where there is no way, and no water: so in
the sanctuary have I come before thee, to see thy power and thy glory.

62:4. For thy mercy is better than lives: thee my lips will praise.

62:5. Thus will I bless thee all my life long: and in thy name I will
lift up my hands.

62:6. Let my soul be filled as with marrow and fatness: and my mouth
shall praise thee with joyful lips.

62:7. If I have remembered thee upon my bed, I will meditate on thee in
the morning:

62:8. Because thou hast been my helper. And I will rejoice under the
covert of thy wings:

62:9. My soul hath stuck close to thee: thy right hand hath received

62:10. But they have fought my soul in vain, they shall go into the
lower parts of the earth:

62:11. They shall be delivered into the hands of the sword, they shall
be the portions of foxes.

62:12. But the king shall rejoice in God, all they shall be praised
that swear by him: because the mouth is stopped of them that speak
wicked things.

Psalms Chapter 63

Exaudi Deus orationem.

A prayer in affliction, with confidence in God that he will bring to
nought the machinations of persecutors.

63:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David.

63:2. Hear O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to thee: deliver
my soul from the fear of the enemy.

63:3. Thou hast protected me from the assembly of the malignant; from
the multitude of the workers of iniquity.

63:4. For they have whetted their tongues like a sword; they have bent
their bow a bitter thing,

63:5. To shoot in secret the undefiled.

63:6. They will shoot at him on a sudden, and will not fear: they are
resolute in wickedness. They have talked of hiding snares; they have
said: Who shall see them?

63:7. They have searched after iniquities: they have failed in their
search. Man shall come to a deep heart:

A deep heart. . .That is, crafty, subtle, deep projects and designs;
which nevertheless shall not succeed; for God shall be exalted in
bringing them to nought by his wisdom and power.

63:8. And God shall be exalted. The arrows of children are their

The arrows of children are their wounds. . .That is, the wounds,
stripes, or blows, they seek to inflict upon the just, are but like the
weak efforts of children's arrows, which can do no execution: and their
tongues, that is, their speeches against them come to nothing.

63:9. And their tongues against them are made weak. All that saw them
were troubled;

63:10. And every man was afraid. And they declared the works of God,
and understood his doings.

63:11. The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in him: and
all the upright in heart shall be praised.

Psalms Chapter 64

Te decet.

God is to be praised in his church, to which all nations shall be

64:1. To the end, a psalm of David. The canticle of Jeremias and
Ezechiel to the people of the captivity, when they began to go out.

Of the captivity. . .That is, the people of the captivity of Babylon.
This is not in the Hebrew, but is found in the ancient translation of
the Septuagint.

64:2. A hymn, O God, becometh thee in Sion: and a vow shall be paid to
thee in Jerusalem.

64:3. O hear my prayer: all flesh shall come to thee.

64:4. The words of the wicked have prevailed over us: and thou wilt
pardon our transgressions.

64:5. Blessed is he whom thou hast chosen and taken to thee: he shall
dwell in thy courts. We shall be filled with the good things of thy
house; holy is thy temple,

64:6. Wonderful in justice. Hear us, O God our saviour, who art the
hope of all the ends of the earth, and in the sea afar off.

64:7. Thou who preparest the mountains by thy strength, being girded
with power:

64:8. Who troublest the depth of the sea, the noise of its waves. The
Gentiles shall be troubled,

64:9. And they that dwell in the uttermost borders shall be afraid at
thy signs: thou shalt make the outgoings of the morning and of the
evening to be joyful.

64:10. Thou hast visited the earth, and hast plentifully watered it;
thou hast many ways enriched it. The river of God is filled with water,
thou hast prepared their food: for so is its preparation.

64:11. Fill up plentifully the streams thereof, multiply its fruits; it
shall spring up and rejoice in its showers.

64:12. Thou shalt bless the crown of the year of thy goodness: and thy
fields shall be filled with plenty.

64:13. The beautiful places of the wilderness shall grow fat: and the
hills shall be girded about with joy,

64:14. The rams of the flock are clothed, and the vales shall abound
with corn: they shall shout, yea they shall sing a hymn.

Psalms Chapter 65

Jubilate Deo.

An invitation to praise God.

65:1. Unto the end, a canticle of a psalm of the resurrection. Shout
with joy to God, all the earth,

65:2. Sing ye a psalm to his name; give glory to his praise.

65:3. Say unto God, How terrible are thy works, O Lord! in the
multitude of thy strength thy enemies shall lie to thee.

65:4. Let all the earth adore thee, and sing to thee: let it sing a
psalm to thy name.

65:5. Come and see the works of God; who is terrible in his counsels
over the sons of men.

65:6. Who turneth the sea into dry land, in the river they shall pass
on foot: there shall we rejoice in him.

65:7. Who by his power ruleth for ever: his eyes behold the nations;
let not them that provoke him be exalted in themselves.

65:8. O bless our God, ye Gentiles: and make the voice of his praise to
be heard.

65:9. Who hath set my soul to live: and hath not suffered my feet to be

65:10. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us by fire, as
silver is tried.

65:11. Thou hast brought us into a net, thou hast laid afflictions on
our back:

65:12. Thou hast set men over our heads. We have passed through fire
and water, and thou hast brought us out into a refreshment.

65:13. I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee
my vows,

65:14. Which my lips have uttered, And my mouth hath spoken, when I was
in trouble.

65:15. I will offer up to thee holocausts full of marrow, with burnt
offerings of rams: I will offer to thee bullocks with goats.

65:16. Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will tell you what
great things he hath done for my soul.

65:17. I cried to him with my mouth: and I extolled him with my tongue.

65:18. If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear

65:19. Therefore hath God heard me, and hath attended to the voice of
my supplication.

65:20. Blessed be God, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor his
mercy from me.

Psalms Chapter 66

Deus misereatur.

A prayer for the propagation of the church.

66:1. Unto the end, in hymns, a psalm of a canticle for David.

66:2. May God have mercy on us, and bless us: may he cause the light of
his countenance to shine upon us, and may he have mercy on us.

66:3. That we may know thy way upon earth: thy salvation in all

66:4. Let people confess to thee, O God: let all people give praise to

66:5. Let the nations be glad and rejoice: for thou judgest the people
with justice, and directest the nations upon earth.

66:6. Let the people, O God, confess to thee: let all the people give
praise to thee:

66:7. The earth hath yielded her fruit. May God, our God bless us,

66:8. May God bless us: and all the ends of the earth fear him.

Psalms Chapter 67

Exurgat Deus.

The glorious establishment of the church of the New Testament,
prefigured by the benefits bestowed on the people of Israel.

67:1. Unto the end, a psalm of a canticle for David himself.

67:2. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them
that hate him flee from before his face.

67:3. As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish away: as wax melteth
before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

67:4. And let the just feast, and rejoice before God: and be delighted
with gladness.

67:5. Sing ye to God, sing a psalm to his name, make a way for him who
ascendeth upon the west: the Lord is his name. Rejoice ye before him:
but the wicked shall be troubled at his presence,

Who ascendeth upon the west. . .Super occasum. St. Gregory understands
it of Christ, who after his going down, like the sun, in the west, by

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