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but the night shineth as the day : the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins : thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made : marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance,
16 yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when they existed not. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, o 17
God! how great is the sum of them! Could I count them, they are more in number than 18
sand : when I awake, I am still with thee. Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O JEHOVAH, that hate thee? 21 and am not I grieved with those that rise up against
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try me, and know my thoughts :
TO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN; A PSALM OF DAVID. DELIVER me, O JEHOVAH, from the malig
nant man: preserve me from the man of violence; Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah. Keep me, O JEHOVAH, from the hands of the
wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the way-side ; they have set grins for me. Selah. I said unto JEHOVAH, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O JEHOVAH. O GOD JEHOVAH, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O JEHOVAH, the desires of the wicked; further not their wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. Let burning coals fall upon them : let them be cast into the fire ; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: JI evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. I know that JEHOVAH will maintain
5. 12 the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.. Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: 13 the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
A PSALM OF DAVID. I INVOKE thee, O JEHOVAH; hasten to my relief. Give ear to my voice, when thee I invoke. Let my prayer be as incense presented to thee; the raising up of my hands an evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth; . Keep the door of my lips. Let not my heart be inclined to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work
iniquity : and let me not eat of their dainties. Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness : and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head : . for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.. When their judges are overthrown in stony places, 6 they shall hear my words ; for they are sweet. Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, 7 as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
But mine eyes are toward thee, O GOD JEHOVAH:
PSALM CXLII. .
MASCHIL OF DAVID; A PRAYER WHEN HE WAS IN
THE CAVE. .
in the land of the living.”
Bring my soul out of prison,
A PSALM OF DAVID,
HEAR my prayer, O JEHOVAH; give ear to my supplications in thy faithfulness; answer me in thy righteousness. But enter not into judgment with thy servant : for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee : my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O JEHOVAH, my spirit faileth : hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the
morning; for in thee do I trust : cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.