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118:39. Turn away my reproach, which I have apprehended: for thy
judgments are delightful.

118:40. Behold I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy


118:41. Let thy mercy also come upon me, O Lord: thy salvation
according to thy word.

118:42. So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I
have trusted in thy words.

118:43. And take not thou the word of truth utterly out of my mouth:
for in thy words, I have hoped exceedingly.

118:44. So shall I always keep thy law, for ever and ever.

118:45. And I walked at large: because I have sought after thy

118:46. And I spoke of thy testimonies before kings: and I was not

118:47. I meditated also on thy commandments, which I loved.

118:48. And I lifted up my hands to thy commandments, which I loved:
and I was exercised in thy justifications.


118:49. Be thou mindful of thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast
given me hope.

118:50. This hath comforted me in my humiliation: because thy word hath
enlivened me.

118:51. The proud did iniquitously altogether: but I declined not from
thy law.

118:52. I remembered, O Lord, thy judgments of old: and I was

118:53. A fainting hath taken hold of me, because of the wicked that
forsake thy law.

118:54. Thy justifications were the subject of my song, in the place of
my pilgrimage.

118:55. In the night I have remembered thy name, O Lord: and have kept
thy law.

118:56. This happened to me: because I sought after thy justifications.


118:57. O Lord, my portion, I have said, I would keep thy law.

118:58. I entreated thy face with all my heart: have mercy on me
according to thy word.

118:59. I have thought on my ways: and turned my feet unto thy

118:60. I am ready, and am not troubled: that I may keep thy

118:61. The cords of the wicked have encompassed me: but I have not
forgotten thy law.

118:62. I rose at midnight to give praise to thee; for the judgments of
thy justification.

118:63. I am a partaker with all them that fear thee, and that keep thy

118:64. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy


118:65. Thou hast done well with thy servant, O Lord, according to thy

118:66. Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge; for I have
believed thy commandments.

118:67. Before I was humbled I offended; therefore have I kept thy

118:68. Thou art good; and in thy goodness teach me thy justifications.

118:69. The iniquity of the proud hath been multiplied over me: but I
will seek thy commandments with my whole heart.

118:70. Their heart is curdled like milk: but I have meditated on thy

118:71. It is good for me that thou hast humbled me, that I may learn
thy justifications.

118:72. The law of thy mouth is good to me, above thousands of gold and


118:73. Thy hands have made me and formed me: give me understanding,
and I will learn thy commandments.

118:74. They that fear thee shall see me, and shall be glad : because I
have greatly hoped in thy words.

118:75. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are equity: and in thy truth
thou hast humbled me.

118:76. O! let thy mercy be for my comfort, according to thy word unto
thy servant.

118:77. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, and I shall live: for thy
law is my meditation.

118:78. Let the proud be ashamed, because they have done unjustly
towards me: but I will be employed in thy commandments.

118:79. Let them that fear thee turn to me: and they that know thy

118:80. Let my heart be undefiled in thy justifications, that I may not
be confounded.


118:81. My soul hath fainted after thy salvation: and in thy word I
have very much hoped.

118:82. My eyes have failed for thy word, saying: When wilt thou
comfort me?

118:83. For I am become like a bottle in the frost: I have not
forgotten thy justifications.

118:84. How many are the days of thy servant: when wilt thou execute
judgment on them that persecute me?

118:85. The wicked have told me fables: but not as thy law.

118:86. All thy statutes are truth: they have persecuted me unjustly,
do thou help me.

118:87. They had almost made an end of me upon earth: but I have not
forsaken thy commandments.

118:88. Quicken thou me according to thy mercy: and I shall keep the
testimonies of thy mouth.


118:89. For ever, O Lord, thy word standeth firm in heaven.

118:90. Thy truth unto all generations: thou hast founded the earth,
and it continueth.

118:91. By thy ordinance the day goeth on: for all things serve thee.

118:92. Unless thy law had been my meditation, I had then perhaps
perished in my abjection.

118:93. Thy justifications I will never forget: for by them thou hast
given me life.

118:94. I am thine, save thou me: for I have sought thy justifications.

118:95. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have
understood thy testimonies.

118:96. I have seen an end of all perfection: thy commandment is
exceeding broad.


118:97. O how have I loved thy law, O Lord! it is my meditation all the

118:98. Through thy commandment, thou hast made me wiser than my
enemies: for it is ever with me.

118:99. I have understood more than all my teachers: because thy
testimonies are my meditation.

118:100. I have had understanding above ancients: because I have sought
thy commandments.

118:101. I have restrained my feet from every evil way: that I may keep
thy words.

118:102. I have not declined from thy judgments, because thou hast set
me a law.

118:103. How sweet are thy words to my palate! more than honey to my

118:104. By thy commandments I have had understanding: therefore have I
hated every way of iniquity.


118:105. Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths.

118:106. I have sworn and am determined to keep the judgments of thy

118:107. I have been humbled, O Lord, exceedingly: quicken thou me
according to thy word.

118:108. The free offerings of my mouth make acceptable, O Lord: and
teach me thy judgments.

118:109. My soul is continually in my hands: and I have not forgotten
thy law.

118:110. Sinners have laid a snare for me: but I have not erred from
thy precepts.

118:111. I have purchased thy testimonies for an inheritance for ever:
because they are the joy of my heart.

118:112. I have inclined my heart to do thy justifications for ever,
for the reward.


118:113. I have hated the unjust: and have loved thy law.

118:114. Thou art my helper and my protector: and in thy word I have
greatly hoped.

118:115. Depart from me, ye malignant: and I will search the
commandments of my God.

118:116. Uphold me according to thy word, and I shall live: and let me
not be confounded in my expectation.

118:117. Help me, and I shall be saved: and I will meditate always on
thy justifications.

118:118. Thou hast despised all them that fall off from thy judgments;
for their thought is unjust.

118:119. I have accounted all the sinners of the earth prevaricators:
therefore have I loved thy testimonies.

118:120. Pierce thou my flesh with thy fear: for I am afraid of thy


118:121. I have done judgment and justice: give me not up to them that
slander me.

118:122. Uphold thy servant unto good: let not the proud calumniate me.

118:123. My eyes have fainted after thy salvation: and for the word of
thy justice.

118:124. Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy: and teach me thy

118:125. I am thy servant: give me understanding that I may know thy

118:126. It is time, O Lord, to do: they have dissipated thy law.

118:127. Therefore have I loved thy commandments above gold and the

118:128. Therefore was I directed to all thy commandments: I have hated
all wicked ways.


118:129. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore my soul hath sought

118:130. The declaration of thy words giveth light: and giveth
understanding to little ones.

118:131. I opened my mouth, and panted: because I longed for thy

118:132. Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me according to the
judgment of them that love thy name.

118:133. Direct my steps according to thy word: and let no iniquity
have dominion over me.

118:134. Redeem me from the calumnies of men: that I may keep thy

118:135. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: and teach me thy

118:136. My eyes have sent forth springs of water: because they have
not kept thy law.


118:137. Thou art just, O Lord: and thy judgment is right.

118:138. Thou hast commanded justice thy testimonies: and thy truth

118:139. My zeal hath made me pine away: because my enemies forgot thy

118:140. Thy word is exceedingly refined: and thy servant hath loved

118:141. I am very young and despised; but I forget not thy

118:142. Thy justice is justice for ever: and thy law is the truth.

118:143. Trouble and anguish have found me: thy commandments are my

118:144. Thy testimonies are justice for ever: give me understanding,
and I shall live.


118:145. I cried with my whole heart, hear me, O Lord: I will seek thy

118:146. I cried unto thee, save me: that I may keep thy commandments.

118:147. I prevented the dawning of the day, and cried: because in thy
words I very much hoped.

118:148. My eyes to thee have prevented the morning: that I might
meditate on thy words.

118:149. Hear thou my voice, O Lord, according to thy mercy: and
quicken me according to thy judgment.

118:150. They that persecute me have drawn nigh to iniquity; but they
are gone far off from thy law.

118:151. Thou art near, O Lord: and all thy ways are truth.

118:152. I have known from the beginning concerning thy testimonies:
that thou hast founded them for ever.


118:153. See my humiliation and deliver me for I have not forgotten thy

118:154. Judge my judgment and redeem me: quicken thou me for thy
word's sake.

118:155. Salvation is far from sinners; because they have not sought
thy justifications.

118:156. Many, O Lord, are thy mercies: quicken me according to thy

118:157. Many are they that persecute me and afflict me; but I have not
declined from thy testimonies.

118:158. I beheld the transgressors, and pined away; because they kept
not thy word.

118:159. Behold I have loved thy commandments, O Lord; quicken me thou
in thy mercy.

118:160. The beginning of thy words is truth: all the judgments of thy
justice are for ever.


118:161. Princes have persecuted me without cause: and my heart hath
been in awe of thy words.

118:162. I will rejoice at thy words, as one that hath found great

118:163. I have hated and abhorred iniquity; but I have loved thy law.

118:164. Seven times a day I have given praise to thee, for the
judgments of thy justice.

118:165. Much peace have they that love thy law, and to them there is
no stumbling. block.

118:166. I looked for thy salvation, O Lord: and I loved thy

118:167. My soul hath kept thy testimonies and hath loved them

118:168. I have kept thy commandments and thy testimonies: because all
my ways are in thy sight.


118:169. Let my supplication, O Lord, come near in thy sight: give me
understanding according to thy word.

118:170. Let my request come in before thee; deliver thou me according
to thy word.

118:171. My lips shall utter a hymn, when thou shalt teach me thy

118:172. My tongue shall pronounce thy word: because all thy
commandments are justice.

118:173. Let thy hand be with me to save me; for I have chosen thy

118:174. I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my

118:175. My soul shall live and shall praise thee: and thy judgments
shall help me.

118:176. I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost: seek thy
servant, because I have not forgotten thy commandments.

Psalms Chapter 119

Ad Dominum.

A prayer in tribulation.

A gradual canticle.

A gradual canticle. . .The following psalms, in number fifteen, are
called gradual psalms, or canticles, from the word gradus, signifying
steps, ascensions, or degrees: either because they were appointed to be
sung on the fifteen steps, by which the people ascended to the temple:
or, that in the singing of them the voice was to be raised by certain
steps or ascensions: or, that they were to be sung by the people
returning from their captivity and ascending to Jerusalem, which was
seated amongst mountains. The holy fathers, in a mystical sense,
understand these steps, or ascensions, of the degrees by which
Christians spiritually ascend to virtue and perfection; and to the true
temple of God in the heavenly Jerusalem.

119:1. In my trouble I cried to the Lord: and he heard me.

119:2. O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful

119:3. What shall be given to thee, or what shall be added to thee, to
a deceitful tongue?

119:4. The sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals that lay waste.

119:5. Woe is me, that my sojourning is prolonged! I have dwelt with
the inhabitants of Cedar:

119:6. My soul hath been long a sojourner.

119:7. With them that hated peace I was peaceable: when I spoke to them
they fought against me without cause.

Psalms Chapter 120

Levavi oculos.

God is the keeper of his servants.

A gradual canticle.

120:1. I have lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from whence help
shall come to me.

120:2. My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

120:3. May he not suffer thy foot to be moved: neither let him slumber
that keepeth thee.

120:4. Behold he shall neither slumber nor sleep, that keepeth Israel.

120:5. The Lord is thy keeper, the Lord is thy protection upon thy
right hand.

120:6. The sun shall not burn thee by day: nor the moon by night.

120:7. The Lord keepeth thee from all evil: may the Lord keep thy soul.

120:8. May the Lord keep thy coming in and thy going out; from
henceforth now and for ever.

Psalms Chapter 121

Laetatus sum in his.

The desire and hope of the just for the coming of the kingdom of God,
and the peace of his church.

121:1. A gradual canticle.

I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the
house of the Lord.

121:2. Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem.

121:3. Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together.

121:4. For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the
testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.

121:5. Because their seats have sat in judgment, seats upon the house
of David.

121:6. Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and
abundance for them that love thee.

121:7. Let peace be in thy strength: and abundance in thy towers.

121:8. For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbours, I spoke peace
of thee.

121:9. Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good
things for thee.

Psalms Chapter 122

Ad te levavi.

A prayer in affliction, with confidence in God.

A gradual canticle.

122:1. To thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven.

122:2. Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their
masters, As the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress:
so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he have mercy on us.

122:3. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly
filled with contempt.

122:4. For our soul is greatly filled: we are a reproach to the rich,
and contempt to the proud.

Psalms Chapter 123

Nisi quia Domini.

The church giveth glory to God for her deliverance, from the hands of
her enemies.

123:1. A gradual canticle. If it had not been that the Lord was with
us, let Israel now say:

123:2. If it had not been that the Lord was with us, When men rose up
against us,

123:3. Perhaps they had swallowed us up alive. When their fury was
enkindled against us,

123:4. Perhaps the waters had swallowed us up.

123:5. Our soul hath passed through a torrent: perhaps our soul had
passed through a water insupportable.

123:6. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us to be a prey to their

123:7. Our soul hath been delivered as a sparrow out of the snare of
the fowlers. The snare is broken, and we are delivered.

123:8. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalms Chapter 124

Qui confidunt.

The just are always under God's protection.

124:1. A gradual canticle. They that trust in the Lord shall be as
mount Sion: he shall not be moved for ever that dwelleth

124:2. In Jerusalem. Mountains are round about it: so the Lord is round
about his people from henceforth now and for ever.

124:3. For the Lord will not leave the rod of sinners upon the lot of
the just: that the just may not stretch forth their hands to iniquity.

124:4. Do good, O Lord, to those that are good, and to the upright of

124:5. But such as turn aside into bonds, the Lord shall lead out with
the workers of iniquity: peace upon Israel.

Psalms Chapter 125

In convertendo.

The people of God rejoice at their delivery from captivity.

125:1. A gradual canticle. When the Lord brought back the captivity of
Sion, we became like men comforted.

125:2. Then was our mouth filled with gladness; and our tongue with
joy. Then shall they say among the Gentiles: The Lord hath done great
things for them.

125:3. The Lord hath done great things for us: we are become joyful.

125:4. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as a stream in the south.

125:5. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

125:6. Going they went and wept, casting their seeds.

125:7. But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their

Psalms Chapter 126

Nisi Dominus.

Nothing can be done without God's grace and blessing.

126:1. A gradual canticle of Solomon. Unless the Lord build the house,
they labour in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he
watcheth in vain that keepeth it.

126:2. It is vain for you to rise before light, rise ye after you have
sitten, you that eat the bread of sorrow. When he shall give sleep to
his beloved,

It is vain for you to rise before light. . .That is, your early rising,
your labour and worldly solicitude, will be vain, that is, will avail
you nothing, without the light, grace, and blessing of God.

126:3. Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the
fruit of the womb.

126:4. As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them
that have been shaken.

126:5. Blessed is the man that hath filled the desire with them; he
shall not be confounded when he shall speak to his enemies in the gate.

Psalms Chapter 127

Beati omnes.

The fear of God is the way to happiness.

127:1. A gradual canticle. Blessed are all they that fear the Lord:
that walk in his ways.

127:2. For thou shalt eat the labours of thy hands: blessed art thou,
and it shall be well with thee.

127:3. Thy wife as a fruitful vine, on the sides of thy house. Thy
children as olive plants, round about thy table.

127:4. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.

127:5. May the Lord bless thee out of Sion: and mayst thou see the good
things of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

127:6. And mayst thou see thy children's children, peace upon Israel.

Psalms Chapter 128

Saepe expugnaverunt.

The church of God is invincible : her persecutors come to nothing.

128:1. A gradual canticle. Often have they fought against me from my
youth, let Israel now say.

128:2. Often have they fought against me from my youth: but they could
not prevail over me.

128:3. The wicked have wrought upon my back: they have lengthened their

128:4. The Lord who is just will cut the necks of sinners:

128:5. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Sion.

128:6. Let them be as grass upon the tops of houses: which withereth
before it be plucked up:

128:7. Who with the mower filleth not his hand: nor he that gathereth
sheaves his bosom.

128:8. And they that passed by have not said: The blessing of the Lord
be upon you: we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 129

De profundis.

A prayer of a sinner, trusting in the mercies of God. The sixth
penitential psalm.

129:1. A gradual canticle. Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O

129:2. Lord, hear my voice. Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of
my supplication.

129:3. If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it.

129:4. For with thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of
thy law, I have waited for thee, O Lord. My soul hath relied on his

129:5. my soul hath hoped in the Lord.

129:6. From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the

129:7. Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with him plentiful

129:8. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalms Chapter 130

Domine, none est.

The prophet's humility.

130:1. A gradual canticle of David. Lord, my heart is not exalted: nor
are my eyes lofty. Neither have I walked in great matters, nor in
wonderful things above me.

130:2. If I was not humbly minded, but exalted my soul: As a child that
is weaned is towards his mother, so reward in my soul.

130:3. Let Israel hope in the Lord, from henceforth now and for ever.

Psalms Chapter 131

Memento, Domine.

A prayer for the fulfilling of the promise made to David.

131:1. A gradual canticle. O Lord, remember David, and all his

131:2. How he swore to the Lord, he vowed a vow to the God of Jacob:

131:3. If I shall enter into the tabernacle of my house: if I shall go
up into the bed wherein I lie:

131:4. If I shall give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids,

131:5. Or rest to my temples: until I find out a place for the Lord, a
tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

131:6. Behold we have heard of it in Ephrata: we have found it in the
fields of the wood.

We have heard of it in Ephrata. . .When I was young, and lived in
Bethlehem, otherwise called Ephrata, I heard of God's tabernacle and
ark, and had a devout desire of seeking it; and accordingly I found it
at Cariathiarim, the city of the woods: where it was till it was
removed to Jerusalem. See 1 Par. 13.

131:7. We will go into his tabernacle: we will adore in the place where
his feet stood.

131:8. Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which
thou hast sanctified.

131:9. Let thy priests be clothed with justice: and let thy saints

131:10. For thy servant David's sake, turn not away the face of thy

131:11. The Lord hath sworn truth to David, and he will not make it
void: of the fruit of thy womb I will set upon thy throne.

131:12. If thy children will keep my covenant, and these my testimonies
which I shall teach them: Their children also for evermore shall sit
upon thy throne.

131:13. For the Lord hath chosen Sion: he hath chosen it for his

131:14. This is my rest for ever and ever: here will I dwell, for I
have chosen it.

131:15. Blessing I will bless her widow: I will satisfy her poor with

131:16. I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall
rejoice with exceeding great joy.

131:17. There will I bring forth a horn to David: I have prepared a
lamp for my anointed.

131:18. His enemies I will clothe with confusion: but upon him shall my
sanctification flourish.

Psalms Chapter 132

Ecce quam bonum.

The happiness of brotherly love and concord.

132:1. A gradual canticle of David. Behold how good and how pleasant it
is for brethren to dwell together in unity:

132:2. Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the
beard, the beard of Aaron, Which ran down to the skirt of his garment:

132:3. As the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. For
there the Lord hath commanded blessing, and life for evermore.

Psalms Chapter 133

Ecce nunc benedicite.

An exhortation to praise God continually.

133:1. A gradual canticle. Behold now bless ye the Lord, all ye
servants of the Lord: Who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts
of the house of our God.

133:2. In the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless
ye the Lord.

133:3. May the Lord out of Sion bless thee, he that made heaven and

Psalms Chapter 134

Laudate nomen.

An exhortation to praise God: the vanity of idols.

134:1. Alleluia. Praise ye the name of the Lord: O you his servants,
praise the Lord:

134:2. You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the
house of our God.

134:3. Praise ye the Lord, for the Lord is good: sing ye to his name,
for it is sweet.

134:4. For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself: Israel for his own

134:5. For I have known that the Lord is great, and our God is above
all gods.

134:6. Whatsoever the Lord pleased he hath done, in heaven, in earth,
in the sea, and in all the deeps.

134:7. He bringeth up clouds from the end of the earth: he hath made
lightnings for the rain. He bringeth forth winds out of his stores:

134:8. He slew the firstborn of Egypt from man even unto beast.

134:9. He sent forth signs and wonders in the midst of thee, O Egypt:
upon Pharao, and upon all his servants.

134:10. He smote many nations, and slew mighty kings:

134:11. Sehon king of the Amorrhites, and Og king of Basan, and all the
kingdoms of Chanaan.

134:12. And gave their land for an inheritance, for an inheritance to
his people Israel.

134:13. Thy name, O Lord, is for ever: thy memorial, O Lord, unto all

134:14. For the Lord will judge his people, and will be entreated in
favour of his servants.

134:15. The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of
men's hands.

134:16. They have a mouth, but they speak not: they have eyes, but they
see not.

134:17. They have ears, but they hear not: neither is there any breath
in their mouths.

134:18. Let them that make them be like to them: and every one that
trusteth in them.

134:19. Bless the Lord, O house of Israel: bless the Lord, O house of

134:20. Bless the Lord, O house of Levi: you that fear the Lord, bless
the Lord.

134:21. Blessed be the Lord out of Sion, who dwelleth in Jerusalem.

Psalms Chapter 135

Confitemini Domino.

God is to be praised for his wonderful works.

135:1. Alleluia. Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

Praise the Lord. . .By this invitation to praise the Lord, thrice
repeated, we profess the Blessed Trinity, One God in three distinct
Persons, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

135:2. Praise ye the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:3. Praise ye the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:4. Who alone doth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:5. Who made the heavens in understanding: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

135:6. Who established the earth above the waters: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

135:7. Who made the great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:8. The sun to rule the day: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:9. The moon and the stars to rule the night: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

135:10. Who smote Egypt with their firstborn: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

135:11. Who brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

135:12. With a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

135:13. Who divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for

135:14. And brought out Israel through the midst thereof: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

135:15. And overthrew Pharao and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

135:16. Who led his people through the desert: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

135:17. Who smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:18. And slew strong kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:19. Sehon king of the Amorrhites: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:20. And Og king of Basan: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:21. And he gave their land for an inheritance: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

135:22. For an inheritance to his servant Israel: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

135:23. For he was mindful of us in our affliction: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

135:24. And he redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for

135:25. Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

135:26. Give glory to the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for

135:27. Give glory to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for

Psalms Chapter 136

Super flumina.

The lamentation of the people of God in their captivity in Babylon.

A psalm of David, for Jeremias.

For Jeremias. . .For the time of Jeremias, and the captivity of Babylon.

136:1. Upon the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept: when we
remembered Sion:

136:2. On the willows in the midst thereof we hung up our instruments.

136:3. For there they that led us into captivity required of us the
words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a
hymn of the songs of Sion.

136:4. How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?

136:5. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.

136:6. Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee: If I
make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy.

136:7. Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem:
Who say: Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

136:8. O daughter of Babylon, miserable: blessed shall he be who shall
repay thee thy payment which thou hast paid us.

136:9. Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against
the rock.

Dash thy little ones, etc. . .In the spiritual sense, we dash the little
ones of Babylon against the rock, when we mortify our passions, and
stifle the first motions of them, by a speedy recourse to the rock
which is Christ.

Psalms Chapter 137

Confitebor tibi.

Thanksgiving to God for his benefits.

137:1. For David himself. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole
heart: for thou hast heard the words of my mouth. I will sing praise to
thee in the sight of the angels:

137:2. I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to
thy name. For thy mercy, and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy
holy name above all.

137:3. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me: thou shalt
multiply strength in my soul.

137:4. May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee: for they have
heard all the words of thy mouth.

137:5. And let them sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the
glory of the Lord.

137:6. For the Lord is high, and looketh on the low: and the high he
knoweth afar off.

137:7. If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, thou wilt quicken
me: and thou hast stretched forth thy hand against the wrath of my
enemies: and thy right hand hath saved me.

137:8. The Lord will repay for me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for
ever: O despise not the works of thy hands.

Psalms Chapter 138

Domine, probasti.

God's special providence over his servants.

138:1. Unto the end, a psalm of David. Lord, thou hast proved me, and
known me:

138:2. Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up.

138:3. Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line
thou hast searched out.

138:4. And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my

There is no speech, etc. . .Viz., unknown to thee: or when there is no
speech in my tongue; yet my whole interior and my most secret thoughts
are known to thee.

138:5. Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those
of old: thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me.

138:6. Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I
cannot reach to it.

138:7. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from
thy face?

138:8. If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell,
thou art present.

138:9. If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the
uttermost parts of the sea:

138:10. Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand
shall hold me.

138:11. And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be
my light in my pleasures.

138:12. But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be
light all the day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are
alike to thee.

138:13. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from
my mother's womb.

138:14. I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful
are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well.

138:15. My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in
secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.

138:16. Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall
be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them.

138:17. But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable:
their principality is exceedingly strengthened.

138:18. I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the
sand, I rose up and am still with thee.

138:19. If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart
from me:

138:20. Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in

Because you say in thought, etc. . .Depart from me, you wicked, who plot
against the servants of God, and think to cast them out of the cities
of their habitation; as if they have received them in vain, and to no

138:21. Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pined away
because of thy enemies?

138:22. I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become
enemies to me.

I have hated them. . .Not with an hatred of malice, but a zeal for the
observance of God's commandments; which he saw were despised by the
wicked, who are to be considered enemies to God.

138:23. Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my

138:24. And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in
the eternal way.

Psalms Chapter 139

Eripe me, Domine.

A prayer to be delivered from the wicked.

139:1. Unto the end, a psalm of David.

139:2. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: rescue me from the unjust

139:3. Who have devised iniquities in their hearts: all the day long
they designed battles.

139:4. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: the venom of
asps is under their lips.

139:5. Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the wicked: and from unjust
men deliver me. Who have proposed to supplant my steps:

139:6. The proud have hidden a net for me. And they have stretched out
cords for a snare: they have laid for me a stumblingblock by the

139:7. I said to the Lord: Thou art my God: hear, O Lord, the voice of
my supplication.

139:8. O Lord, Lord, the strength of my salvation: thou hast
overshadowed my head in the day of battle.

139:9. Give me not up, O Lord, from my desire to the wicked: they have
plotted against me; do not thou forsake me, lest they should triumph.

139:10. The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips
shall overwhelm them.

139:11. Burning coals shall fall upon them; thou wilt cast them down
into the fire: in miseries they shall not be able to stand.

139:12. A man full of tongue shall not be established in the earth:
evil shall catch the unjust man unto destruction.

139:13. I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy, and will
revenge the poor.

139:14. But as for the just, they shall give glory to thy name: and the
upright shall dwell with thy countenance.

Psalms Chapter 140

Domine, clamavi.

A prayer against sinful words, and deceitful flatterers.

A psalm of David.

140:1. I have cried to thee, O Lord, hear me: hearken to my voice, when
I cry to thee.

140:2. Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting
up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.

140:3. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my

140:4. Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins.
With men that work iniquity: and I will not communicate with the
choicest of them.

140:5. The just man shall correct me in mercy, and shall reprove me:
but let not the oil of the sinner fatten my head. For my prayer shall
still be against the things with which they are well pleased:

Let not the oil of the sinner, etc. . .That is, the flattery, or
deceitful praise.--Ibid. For my prayer, etc. . .So far from coveting
their praises, who are never well pleased but with things that are
evil; I shall continually pray to be preserved from such things as they
are delighted with.

140:6. Their judges falling upon the rock have been swallowed up. They
shall hear my words, for they have prevailed:

Their judges, etc. . .Their rulers, or chiefs, quickly vanish and
perish, like ships dashed against the rocks, and swallowed up by the
waves. Let them then hear my words, for they are powerful and will
prevail; or, as it is in the Hebrew, for they are sweet.

140:7. As when the thickness of the earth is broken up upon the ground:
Our bones are scattered by the side of hell.

140:8. But to thee, O Lord, Lord, are my eyes: in thee have I put my
trust, take not away my soul.

140:9. Keep me from the snare, which they have laid for me, and from
the stumblingblocks of them that work iniquity.

140:10. The wicked shall fall in his net: I am alone until I pass.

I am alone, etc. . .Singularly protected by the Almighty, until I pass
all their nets and snares.

Psalms Chapter 141

Voce mea.

A prayer of David in extremity of danger.

141:1. Of understanding for David, A prayer when he was in the cave. [1
Kings 24.]

141:2. I cried to the Lord with my voice: with my voice I made
supplication to the Lord.

141:3. In his sight I pour out my prayer, and before him I declare my

141:4. When my spirit failed me, then thou knewest my paths. In this
way wherein I walked, they have hidden a snare for me.

141:5. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, and there was no one that
would know me. Flight hath failed me: and there is no one that hath
regard to my soul.

141:6. I cried to thee, O Lord: I said: Thou art my hope, my portion in
the land of the living.

141:7. Attend to my supplication: for I am brought very low. Deliver me
from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

141:8. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the
just wait for me, until thou reward me.

Psalms Chapter 142

Domine, exaudi.

The psalmist in tribulation calleth upon God for his delivery. The
seventh penitential psalm.

142:1. A psalm of David, when his son Absalom pursued him. [2 Kings 17.]
Hear, O Lord, my prayer: give ear to my supplication in thy truth:
hear me in thy justice.

142:2. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight
no man living shall be justified.

142:3. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul: he hath brought down my
life to the earth. He hath made me to dwell in darkness as those that
have been dead of old:

142:4. And my spirit is in anguish within me: my heart within me is

142:5. I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all thy works: I
meditated upon the works of thy hands.

142:6. I stretched forth my hands to thee: my soul is as earth without
water unto thee.

142:7. Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit hath fainted away. Turn not
away thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the

142:8. Cause me to hear thy mercy in the morning; for in thee have I
hoped. Make the way known to me, wherein I should walk: for I have
lifted up my soul to thee.

142:9. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, to thee have I fled:

142:10. Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God. Thy good spirit
shall lead me into the right land:

142:11. for thy name's sake, O Lord, thou wilt quicken me in thy justice.
Thou wilt bring my soul out of trouble:

142:12. And in thy mercy thou wilt destroy my enemies. And thou wilt
cut off all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

Psalms Chapter 143

Benedictus Dominus.

The prophet praiseth God, and prayeth to be delivered from his enemies.
No worldly happiness is to be compared with that of serving God.

A psalm of David against Goliath.

143:1. Blessed be the Lord my God, who teacheth my hands to fight, and
my fingers to war.

143:2. My mercy, and my refuge: my support, and my deliverer: My
protector, and I have hoped in him: who subdueth my people under me.

143:3. Lord, what is man, that thou art made known to him? or the son
of man, that thou makest account of him?

143:4. Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.

143:5. Lord, bow down thy heavens and descend: touch the mountains, and
they shall smoke.

143:6. Send forth lightning, and thou shalt scatter them: shoot out thy
arrows, and thou shalt trouble them.

143:7. Put forth thy hand from on high, take me out, and deliver me
from many waters: from the hand of strange children:

143:8. Whose mouth hath spoken vanity: and their right hand is the
right hand of iniquity.

143:9. To thee, O God, I will sing a new canticle: on the psaltery and
an instrument of ten strings I will sing praises to thee.

143:10. Who givest salvation to kings: who hast redeemed thy servant
David from the malicious sword:

143:11. Deliver me, And rescue me out of the hand of strange children;
whose mouth hath spoken vanity: and their right hand is the right hand
of iniquity:

143:12. Whose sons are as new plants in their youth: Their daughters
decked out, adorned round about after the similitude of a temple:

143:13. Their storehouses full, flowing out of this into that. Their
sheep fruitful in young, abounding in their goings forth:

143:14. Their oxen fat. There is no breach of wall, nor passage, nor
crying out in their streets.

143:15. They have called the people happy, that hath these things: but
happy is that people whose God is the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 144

Exaltabo te, Deus.

A psalm of praise, to the infinite majesty of God.

144:1. Praise, for David himself. I will extol thee, O God my king: and
I will bless thy name for ever; yea, for ever and ever.

144:2. Every day will I bless thee: and I will praise thy name for
ever; yea, for ever and ever.

144:3. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: and of his
greatness there is no end.

144:4. Generation and generation shall praise thy works: and they shall
declare thy power.

144:5. They shall speak of the magnificence of the glory of thy
holiness: and shall tell thy wondrous works.

144:6. And they shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and
shall declare thy greatness.

144:7. They shall publish the memory of the abundance of thy sweetness:
and shall rejoice in thy justice.

144:8. The Lord is gracious and merciful: patient and plenteous in

144:9. The Lord is sweet to all: and his tender mercies are over all
his works.

144:10. Let all thy works, O lord, praise thee: and let thy saints
bless thee.

144:11. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom: and shall tell of
thy power:

144:12. To make thy might known to the sons of men: and the glory of
the magnificence of thy kingdom.

144:13. Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages: and thy dominion endureth
throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words: and
holy in all his works.

144:14. The Lord lifteth up all that fall: and setteth up all that are
cast down.

144:15. The eyes of all hope in thee, O Lord: and thou givest them meat
in due season.

144:16. Thou openest thy hand, and fillest with blessing every living

144:17. The Lord is just in all his ways: and holy in all his works.

144:18. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him: to all that
call upon him in truth.

144:19. He will do the will of them that fear him: and he will hear
their prayer, and save them.

144:20. The Lord keepeth all them that love him; but all the wicked he
will destroy.

144:21. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh
bless his holy name forever; yea, for ever and ever.

Psalms Chapter 145

Lauda, anima.

We are not to trust in men, but in God alone.

145:1. Alleluia, of Aggeus and Zacharias.

145:2. Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord: I
will sing to my God as long as I shall be. Put not your trust in

145:3. In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.

145:4. His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth:
in that day all their thoughts shall perish.

145:5. Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his helper, whose
hope is in the Lord his God:

145:6. Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things that are in

145:7. Who keepeth truth for ever: who executeth judgment for them that
suffer wrong: who giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth them that
are fettered:

145:8. The Lord enlighteneth the blind. The Lord lifteth up them that
are cast down: the Lord loveth the just.

145:9. The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless
and the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.

145:10. The Lord shall reign for ever: thy God, O Sion, unto generation
and generation.

Psalms Chapter 146

Laudate Dominum.

An exhortation to praise God for his benefits.

146:1. Alleluia. Praise ye the Lord, because psalm is good: to our God
be joyful and comely praise.

146:2. The Lord buildeth up Jerusalem: he will gather together the
dispersed of Israel.

146:3. Who healeth the broken of heart, and bindeth up their bruises.

146:4. Who telleth the number of the stars: and calleth them all by
their names.

146:5. Great is our Lord, and great is his power: and of his wisdom
there is no number.

146:6. The Lord lifteth up the meek, and bringeth the wicked down even
to the ground.

146:7. Sing ye to the Lord with praise: sing to our God upon the harp.

146:8. Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the
earth. Who maketh grass to grow on the mountains, and herbs for the
service of men.

146:9. Who giveth to beasts their food: and to the young ravens that
call upon him.

146:10. He shall not delight in the strength of the horse: nor take
pleasure in the legs of a man.

146:11. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him: and in them
that hope in his mercy.

Psalms Chapter 147

Lauda, Jerusalem.

The church is called upon to praise God for his peculiar graces and
favours to his people. In the Hebrew, this psalm is joined to the


147:12. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion.

147:13. Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates, he hath
blessed thy children within thee.

147:14. Who hath placed peace in thy borders: and filleth thee with the
fat of corn.

147:15. Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth: his word runneth

147:16. Who giveth snow like wool: scattereth mists like ashes.

147:17. He sendeth his crystal like morsels: who shall stand before the
face of his cold?

He sendeth his crystal. . .That is, his ice. Some understand it of hail,
which is, as it were, ice, divided into particles or morsels.

147:18. He shall send out his word, and shall melt them: his wind shall
blow, and the waters shall run.

147:19. Who declareth his word to Jacob: his justices and his judgments
to Israel.

147:20. He hath not done in like manner to every nation: and his
judgments he hath not made manifest to them. Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 148

Laudate Dominum de caelis.

All creatures are invited to praise their Creator.


148:1. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high

148:2. Praise ye him, all his angels, praise ye him, all his hosts.

148:3. Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and

148:4. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that
are above the heavens

148:5. Praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke, and they were made:
he commanded, and they were created.

148:6. He hath established them for ever, and for ages of ages: he hath
made a decree, and it shall not pass away.

148:7. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye deeps:

148:8. Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds, which fulfil his word:

148:9. Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars:

148:10. Beasts and all cattle: serpents and feathered fowls:

148:11. Kings of the earth and all people: princes and all judges of
the earth:

148:12. Young men and maidens: let the old with the younger, praise the
name of the Lord:

148:13. For his name alone is exalted.

148:14. The praise of him is above heaven and earth: and he hath
exalted the horn of his people. A hymn to all his saints to the
children of Israel, a people approaching to him. Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 149

Cantate Domino.

The church is particularly bound to praise God.


149:1. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the
church of the saints.

149:2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of
Sion be joyful in their king.

149:3. Let them praise his name in choir: let them sing to him with the
timbrel and the psaltery.

149:4. For the Lord is well pleased with his people: and he will exalt
the meek unto salvation.

149:5. The saints shall rejoice in glory: they shall be joyful in their

149:6. The high praises of God shall be in their mouth: and two-edged
swords in their hands:

149:7. To execute vengeance upon the nations, chastisements among the

149:8. To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles
of iron.

149:9. To execute upon them the judgment that is written: this glory is
to all his saints. Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 150

Laudate Dominum in sanctis.

An exhortation to praise God with all sorts of instruments.


150:1. Praise ye the Lord in his holy places: praise ye him in the
firmament of his power.

150:2. Praise ye him for his mighty acts: praise ye him according to
the multitude of his greatness.

150:3. Praise him with the sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery
and harp.

150:4. Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and

150:5. Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of
joy: let every spirit praise the Lord. Alleluia.


This Book is so called, because it consists of wise and weighty
sentences: regulating the morals of men: and directing them to wisdom
and virtue. And these sentences are also called PARABLES, because great
truths are often couched in them under certain figures and similitudes.

Proverbs Chapter 1

The use and end of the proverbs. An exhortation to flee the company of
the wicked: and to hearken to the voice of wisdom.

1:1. The parables of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel,

1:2. To know wisdom, and instruction:

1:3. To understand the words of prudence: and to receive the
instruction of doctrine, justice, and judgment, and equity:

1:4. To give subtilty to little ones, to the young man knowledge and

1:5. A wise man shall hear, and shall be wiser: and he that
understandeth shall possess governments.

1:6. He shall understand a parable and the interpretation, the words of
the wise, and their mysterious sayings.

1:7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise
wisdom and instruction.

1:8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the
law of thy mother:

1:9. That grace may be added to thy head, and a chain of gold to thy

1:10. My son, if sinners shall entice thee, consent not to them.

1:11. If they shall say: Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood,
let us hide snares for the innocent without cause:

1:12. Let us swallow him up alive like hell, and whole as one that
goeth down into the pit.

1:13. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses
with spoils.

1:14. Cast in thy lot with us, let us all have one purse.

1:15. My son, walk not thou with them, restrain thy foot from their

1:16. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

1:17. But a net is spread in vain before the eyes of them that have

1:18. And they themselves lie in wait for their own blood, and practise
deceits against their own souls.

1:19. So the ways of every covetous man destroy the souls of the

1:20. Wisdom preacheth abroad, she uttereth her voice in the streets:

1:21. At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the
gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying:

1:22. O children, how long will you love childishness, and fools covet
those things which are hurtful to themselves, and the unwise hate

1:23. Turn ye at my reproof: behold I will utter my spirit to you, and
will shew you my words.

1:24. Because I called, and you refused: I stretched out my hand, and
there was none that regarded.

1:25. You have despised all my counsel, and have neglected my

1:26. I also will laugh in your destruction, and will mock when that
shall come to you which you feared.

1:27. When sudden calamity shall fall on you, and destruction, as a
tempest, shall be at hand: when tribulation and distress shall come
upon you:

1:28. Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear: they shall
rise in the morning, and shall not find me:

1:29. Because they have hated instruction, and received not the fear of
the Lord,

1:30. Nor consented to my counsel, but despised all my reproof.

1:31. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and shall be
filled with their own devices.

1:32. The turning away of little ones shall kill them, and the
prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

1:33. But he that shall hear me, shall rest without terror, and shall
enjoy abundance, without fear of evils.

Proverbs Chapter 2

The advantages of wisdom: and the evils from which it delivers.

2:1. My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and wilt hide my
commandments with thee,

2:2. That thy ear may hearken to wisdom: incline thy heart to know

2:3. For if thou shalt call for wisdom, and incline thy heart to

2:4. If thou shalt seek her as money, and shalt dig for her as for a

2:5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and shalt find
the knowledge of God:

2:6. Because the Lord giveth wisdom: and out of his mouth cometh
prudence and knowledge.

2:7. He wilt keep the salvation of the righteous, and protect them that
walk in simplicity,

2:8. Keeping the paths of justice, and guarding the ways of saints.

2:9. Then shalt thou understand justice, and judgment, and equity, and
every good path.

2:10. If wisdom shall enter into thy heart, and knowledge please thy

2:11. Counsel shall keep thee, and prudence shall preserve thee,

2:12. That thou mayst be delivered from the evil way, and from the man
that speaketh perverse things:

2:13. Who leave the right way, and walk by dark ways:

2:14. Who are glad when they have done evil, and rejoice in the most
wicked things:

2:15. Whose ways are perverse, and their steps infamous.

2:16. That thou mayst be delivered from the strange woman, and from the
stranger, who softeneth her words;

2:17. And forsaketh the guide of her youth,

2:18. And hath forgotten the covenant of her God: for her house
inclineth unto death, and her paths to hell.

2:19. None that go in unto her, shall return again, neither shall they
take hold of the paths of life.

2:20. That thou mayst walk in a good way: and mayst keep the paths of
the just.

2:21. For they that are upright, shall dwell in the earth; and the
simple shall continue in it.

2:22. But the wicked shall be destroyed from the earth: and they that
do unjustly, shall be taken away from it.

Proverbs Chapter 3

An exhortation to the practice of virtue.

3:1. My son, forget not my law, and let thy heart keep my commandments.

3:2. For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of life, and

3:3. Let not mercy aud truth leave thee, put them about thy neck, and
write them in the tables of thy heart.

3:4. And thou shalt find grace, and good understanding before God and

3:5. Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon
thy own prudence.

3:6. In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.

3:7. Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil:

3:8. For it shall be health to thy navel, and moistening to thy bones.

3:9. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of
all thy fruits;

3:10. And thy barns shall be filled with abundance, and thy presses
shall run over with wine.

3:11. My son, reject not the correction of the Lord: and do not faint
when thou art chastised by him:

3:12. For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth: and as a father in the
son he pleaseth himself.

3:13. Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and is rich in prudence:

3:14. The purchasing thereof is better than the merchandise of silver,
and her fruit than the chief and purest gold:

3:15. She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are
desired, are not to be compared to her.

3:16. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches
and glory.

3:17. Her ways are beautiful ways, and all her paths are peaceable.

3:18. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and he that
shall retain her is blessed.

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