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THE PSALTER:

A REVISED EDITION

OF THE

SCOTTISH METRICAL VERSION

OF THE PSALMS,

WITH

ADDITIONAL PSALM-VERSIONS.

PREPARED AND PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN IRELAND.

BLACKIE & SON:
89 TALBOT STREET, DUBLIN, AND
97 DONEGAL STREET, BELFAST.

1881.

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PREFACE.

In this Psalter the Scottish Metrical Version of the Psalms has been revised.

The time, it was believed, had come for attempting to remove the blemishes which mar to some extent that admirable version. As it is now more than two hundred years old, several of its words and phrases, and not a few of its grammatical forms, have become antiquated; while, through the progress of Hebrew scholarship and the labours of critical expositors, some of its renderings have been shown to be inaccurate.

In the present work an attempt has been made to remove these blemishes by emendations of those portions where there are erroneous renderings, errors of syntax, faulty rhymes, obsolete words, or want of correspondence between the rhythm of sense and the rhythm of sound. And while the Old Version, out of regard for the place which it has in the memory and affections of the people, has been very tenderly dealt with, it is hoped that most of its graver blemishes have been removed, and that something has been done to make it a more faithful conveyance of the original and a more suitable vehicle of the Church's praise. The additional Psalm-Versions give a little more variety of metre than is to be

ind in the Scottish Version.

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THE PSALMS.

Psalm I.

Dunfermline, 15. 1 MTHAT man hath perfect blessedness

1 Who walketh not astray
In counsel of ungodly men,

Nor stands in sinners' way.
Nor sitteth in the scorner's chair:
2 But placeth his delight
Upon God's law, and meditates

On his law day and night.

3 He shall be like a tree that hath

Been planted by a river,
Which in its season yields its fruit,

And its leaf fadeth never:
And all he doth shall prosper well.
4 The wicked are not so;
But like they are unto the chaff,

Which wind drives to and fro.

5 In judgment therefore shall not stand

Such as ungodly are;
Nor in the assembly of the just

Shall wicked men appear.
6 Because the way of godly men

Unto the Lord is known; Whereas the way of wicked men

Shall quite be overthrown.

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