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SELECTIONS

FROM THE

BOOK OF PSA L M S.

SELECTION 1.

BLESSED is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season ; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so ; but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

SELECTION 2.

Thou, O Lord, art my shield, my glory and the lifter up of my head.

I cry unto the Lord with my voice, and he heareth me out of his holy hill.

I lay me down and sleep ; I awake, for the Lord sustaineth me.

Arise, O Lord ; save me, O my God; for salvation belongeth unto the Lord : thy blessing is upon thy people.

Hear me when I call, O merciful God : thou hast helped me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear niv prayer.

I know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with your own heart and be still.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good ? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Thou puttest gladness into my heart, for thou alone, O Lord, makest me dwell in safety.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only wise God, Be honor and glory, through Jesus Christ, forever and

AMEN.

ever.

SELECTION 3.

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

For thou art not a God that hast pleasure in wickedness ; neither shall evil dwell with thee.

As for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

Lead me,

O Lord, in thy righteousness, make thy way straight before my face.

Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice : let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them : let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

SELECTION 4.

O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! whose glory reaches above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained praise to silence thine enemies.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers ; the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained ;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Yet thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only wise God, Be honor and glory, through Jesus Christ, forever and

AMEN.

ever.

SELECTION 5.

I WILL praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works.

I will be and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou Most High.

For thou defendest my right and my cause ; thou sittest on the throne, a righteous judge.

The Lord shall endure forever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

The Lord also is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, has not forsaken them that seek thee.

Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion : declare among the people his doings.

An avenger of blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord : consider my trouble, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death :

That I may show forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion : I will rejoice in thy salvation.

The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten : the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail ; let the people be judged in thy sight.

Put them in fear, O Lord : that the nations may know themselves to be but men.

SELECTION 6.

The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven : his eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of

men.

For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth ; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

They speak falsehood every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

Who have said, “ With our tongues will we prevail ; our lips are our own : who is lord over us?”'

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that despiseth him.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

The words of the Lord are pure words : as silver refined in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? forever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me ?

How long shall I have anxiety in my soul, and sorrow in my heart all the day?

Consider and hear me,, O Lord my God; lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.

But I trust in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

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