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When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my path ; in the way wherein I walked, have they privily laid a snare for me.

I looked also upon my right hand, and saw there was no man who would know me.

I had no place to flee unto; and no man cared for my soul.

I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said, Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.

Consider my complaint; for I am brought very low.

O deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy name; the righteous shall compass me about, when thou hast dealt so bountifully with me.

PSALM CXLIII.

Penitential psalm. HEAR my prayer, O Lord, and consider my

I desire ; hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.

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

I remember the days of old ; I muse upon all thy works; yea, I meditate on the works of thy hands.

I stretch forth my hands unto thee; my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.

Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint; hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto those who go down into the pit.

O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust; show thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies; for I flee unto thee to hide me.

Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee; for thou art my God; let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.

Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake ; and for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

Now unto the King eternal, etc.
Be honor and glory, etc.

EVENING PRAYER.

PSALM CXLIV. Thanksgiving and supplication for blessings. RLESSED be the Lord, my strength ; my hope

and my fortress ; my castle and deliverer ; my defender, in whom I trust.

Lord, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him ? or the son of man, that thou so regardest him ?

Man is like a thing of naught; his life passeth away like a shadow.

Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down ; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Stretch forth thine hand from above; deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strange nations ;

Whose mouth talketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness..

I will sing a new song unto thee, O God; and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.

Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strange nations, whose mouth talketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity;

That our sons may grow up as the young plants ; and that our daughters may be as the polished columns of the temple ;

That our garners may be full and plenteous with all manner of store ; that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our streets;

That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no decay, no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.

Happy are the people that are in such a case ; yea, blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.

PSALM CXLVI.

The justice and mercy of God. PRAISE the Lord, O my soul; while I live will 1 I praise the Lord; yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto my God.

O put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man ; for there is no help in them.

Their breath goeth forth : they return to the dust; and then all their thoughts perish.

Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his help, and whose hope is in the Lord his God;

Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; who keepeth his promise forever.

Who helpeth those to right who suffer wrong ; who feedeth the hungry.

The Lord looseth men out of prison; the Lord openeth the eyes of the blind.

The Lord helpeth those who are fallen; the Lord careth for the righteous.

The Lord careth for the strangers ; he defendeth the fatherless and widow ; but the way of the ungodly he doth utterly overturn.

The Lord shall reign forever; even thy God, O Sion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.

Now unto the King eternal, etc.
Be honor and glory, etc.

The Thirtieth Day.
MORNING PRAYER.

PSALM CXLVII.
The power of God, and his goodness to Israel.
PRAISE the Lord ; for it is a good thing to

sing praises unto our God; yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.

The Lord doth build up Jerusalem, and gather together the outcasts of Israel.

He healeth those who are broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

He numbereth the stars; and calleth them all by their names.

Great is our Lord, and great is his power; yea, and his wisdom is infinite. .

The Lord lifteth up the meek; and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.

O sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving ; sing praises upon the harp unto our God;

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth, and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains ;

Who giveth to the beast his food, and feedeth the young ravens that cry.

He hath no pleasure in the strength of the horse; neither delighteth he in the force of man ;

But the Lord's delight is in those who fear him, and put their trust in his mercy.

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Sion.

For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates; and hath blessed thy children within thee.

He maketh peace in thy borders; and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth; and his word is instantly obeyed.

He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

He casteth forth his ice like morsels; who can stand before his cold ?

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