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Psalm 1(1) Beatus vir qui non abiit001


1 Happy indeed is the man

who follows not the counsel of the wicked,

nor lingers in the way of sinners

nor sits in the company of scorners,

2 but whose delight is the law of the Lord

and who ponders his law day and night.


3 He is like a tree that is planted

beside the flowing waters,

that yields its fruit in due season

and whose leaves shall never fade;

and all that he does shall prosper.

4 Not so are the wicked, not so!


For they like winnowed chaff

shall be driven away by the wind.

5 When the wicked are judged they shall not stand,

nor find room among those who are just;

6 for the Lord guards the way of the just

but the way of the wicked leads to doom.


Psalm 2(2) Quare fremuerunt gentes002


1 Why this tumult among nations,

among peoples this useless murmuring?

2 They arise, the kings of the earth,

princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.

3 “Come, let us break their fetters,

come, let us cast off their yoke.”


4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord is laughing them to scorn.

5 Then he will speak in his anger,

his rage will strike them with terror.

6 “It is I who have set up my king on Zion,

my holy mountain.”


7 (I will announce the decree of the Lord:)


The Lord said to me: “You are my Son.

It is I who have begotten you this day.

8 Ask and I will shall bequeath you the nations,

put the ends of the earth in your possession.

9 With a rod of iron you will break them,

shatter them like a potter’s jar.”


10 Now, O kings, understand,

take warning, rulers of the earth;

11 serve the Lord with awe

and trembling, pay him your homage

12 lest he be angry and you perish;

for suddenly his anger will blaze.


Blessed are they who put their trust in God.


Psalm 3(3) Domine, quid multiplicati003


2 How many are my foes, O Lord!

How many are rising up against me!

3 How many are saying about me:

“There is no help for him in God.”


4 But you, Lord, are a shield about me,

my glory, who lift up my head.

5 I cry aloud to the Lord.

He answers from his holy mountain.


6 I lie down to rest, and I sleep.

I wake, for the Lord upholds me.

7 I will not fear even thousands of people

who are ranged on every side against me.


8 Arise, Lord; save me, my God,

you who strike my foes on the mouth,

you who break the teeth of the wicked!

9 O Lord of salvation, bless your people!


Psalm 4(4) Cum invocarem004


2 When I call, answer me, O God of justice;

from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!


3 O men, how long will your hearts be closed,

will you love what is futile and seek what is false?


4 It is the Lord who grants favors to those whom he loves;

the Lord hears me whenever I call him.


5 Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still

6 Make justice your sacrifice, and trust in the Lord.


7 “What can bring us happiness?” many say.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.


8 You have put into my heart a greater joy

than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.


9 I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once

for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.


Psalm 5(5) Verba mea auribus005


2 To my words give ear, O Lord,

give heed to my groaning.

3 Attend to the sound of my cries,

my King and my God.


/.4 It is you whom I invoke, O Lord.

In the morning you hear me;

in the morning I offer you my prayer,

watching and waiting.


5 You are no God who loves evil;

no sinner is your guest.

6 The boastful shall not stand their ground

before your face.


7 You hate all who do evil;

you destroy all who lie.

The deceitful and bloodthirsty man

the Lord detests.


8 But I through the greatness of your love

have access to your house.

I bow down before your holy temple,

filled with awe.


9 Lead me, Lord, in your justice,

because of those who lie in wait;

make clear your way before me.


10 No truth can be found in their mouths,

their heart is all mischief,

their throat a wide-open grave,

all honey their speech.


11 Declare them guilty, O God.

Let them fail in their designs.

Drive them out for their many offenses,

for they have defied you.


12 All those you protect shall be glad

and ring out their joy.

You shelter them; in you they rejoice,

those who love your name.


13 It is you who bless the just man

you surround him with favor as with a shield.


Psalm 6(6) Domine, ne in furore006


2 Lord, do not reprove me in your anger;

punish me not in your rage.

3 Have mercy on me, Lord, I have no strength;

Lord, heal me, my body is racked;

4 my soul is racked with pain.


But you, O long?

5 Return, Lord, rescue my soul.

Save me in your merciful love;

6 for in death no one remembers you;

from the grave, who can give you praise?


7 I am exhausted with my groaning;

every night I drench my pillow with tears;

I bedew my bed with weeping.

8 My eye wastes away with grief;

I have grown old surrounded by my foes.


9 Leave me, all you who do evil;

for the Lord has heard my weeping.

10 The Lord has heard my plea;

The Lord will accept my prayer.

11 All my foes will retire in confusion,

foiled and suddenly confounded.


Psalm 7(7) Domine, Deus meus007


2 Lord God, I take refuge in you.

From my pursuer save me and rescue me,

3 lest he tear me to pieces like a lion

and drag me off with no one to rescue me.


4 Lord God, if my hands have done wrong,

5 if I have paid back evil for good,

I who saved my unjust oppressor:

6 then let my foe pursue me and seize me,

let him trample my life to the ground

and lay my soul in the dust.


* * *


7 Lord, rise up in your anger,

rise against the fury of my foes;

my God, awake! You will give judgment.

8 Let the company of nations gather round you,

taking your seat above them on high.

9 (The Lord is judge of the peoples.)


Give judgment for me, Lord; I am just

and innocent of heart.

10 Put an end to the evil of the wicked!

Make the just stand firm,

you who test mind and heart,

O just God!


11 God is the shield that protects me,

who saves the upright of heart.

12 God is a just judge

slow to anger;

but he threatens the wicked every day,

13 men who will not repent.


* * *


God will sharpen his sword;

he has braced his bow and taken aim.

14 For them he has prepared deadly weapons;

he barbs his arrows with fire.

15 Here is one who is pregnant with malice,

who conceives evil and brings forth lies.


16 He digs a pitfall, digs it deep;

and in the trap he has made he will fall.

17 His malice will recoil on himself;

on his own head his violence will fall.


* * *


18 I will thank the Lord for his justice:

I will sing to the Lord, the Most High.


Psalm 8(8) Domine, Dominus noster008


2 How great is your name, O Lord our God,

through all the earth!


Your majesty is praised above the heavens;

3 on the lips of children and of babes

you have found praise to foil your enemy,

to silence the foe and the rebel.


4 When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,

the moon and the stars which you arranged,

5 what is man that you should keep him in mind,

mortal man that you care for him?


6 Yet you have made him little less than a god;

with glory and honor you crowned him,

7 gave him power over the works of your hands,

put all things under his feet.


8 All of them, sheep and cattle,

yes, even the savage beasts,

9 birds of the air, and fish

that make their way through the waters.


10 How great is your name, O Lord our God

through all the earth!


Psalm 9(9.1) Confitebor tibi009


2 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;

I will recount all your wonders.

3 I will rejoice in you and be glad,

and sing psalms to your name, O Most High.


4 See how my enemies turn back,

how they stumble and perish before you.

5 You upheld the justice of my cause;

you sat enthroned, judging with justice.


6 You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked;

you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.

7 The foe is destroyed, eternally ruined.

You uprooted their cities; their memory has perished.


8 But the Lord sits enthroned for ever.

He has set up his throne for judgment;

9 he will judge the world with justice,

he will judge the peoples with his truth.


10 For the oppressed let the Lord be a stronghold,

a stronghold in times of distress.

11 Those who know your name will trust you;

you will never forsake those who seek you.


12 Sing psalms to the Lord who dwells in Zion.

Proclaim his mighty works among the peoples,

13 for the Avenger of blood has remembered them,

has not forgotten the cry of the poor.


14 Have pity on me, Lord, see my sufferings,

you who save me from the gates of death;

15 that I may recount all your praise

at the gates of the city of Zion

and rejoice in your saving help.


16 The nations have fallen in the pit which they made,

their feet caught in the snare they laid.

17 The Lord has revealed himself, and given judgment.

The wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.


18 Let the wicked go down among the dead,

all the nations forgetful of God;

19 for the needy shall not always be forgotten

nor the hopes of the poor be in vain.


20 Arise, Lord, let men not prevail!

Let the nations be judged before you.

21 Lord, strike them with terror,

let the nations know they are but men.


Psalm 10(9.2) Ut quid Domine010


1 Lord, why do you stand afar off

and hide yourself in times of distress?

2 The poor man is devoured by the pride of the wicked:

he is caught in the schemes that others have made.


3 For the wicked man boasts of his heart’s desires;

the covetous blasphemes and spurns the Lord.

4 In his pride the wicked says: “He will not punish.

There is no God.” Such are his thoughts.


5 His path is ever untroubled;

your judgment is far from his mind.

His enemies he regards with contempt.

6 He thinks: “Never shall I falter:

misfortune shall never be my lot.”


7 His mouth is full of cursing, guile, oppression;

mischief and deceit are under his tongue.

8 He lies in wait among the reeds;

the innocent he murders in secret.


His eyes are on the watch for the helpless man.

9 He lurks in hiding like a lion in his lair;

he lurks in hiding to seize the poor;

he seizes the poor man and drags him away.


10 He crouches, preparing to spring,

and the helpless fall beneath such strength.

11 He thinks in his heart: “God forgets,

he hides his face, he does not see.”


12 Arise then, Lord, lift up your hand!

O God, do not forget the poor!

13 Why should the wicked spurn the Lord

and think in his heart: “God will not punish”?


14 But you have seen the trouble and sorrow,

you note it, you take it in hand.

The helpless trusts himself to you;

for you are the helper of the orphan.


15 Break the power of the wicked and the sinner!

Punish their wickedness till nothing remains!

16 The Lord is king for ever and ever.

The heathen shall perish from the land he rules.


17 Lord, you hear the prayer of the poor;

you strengthen their hearts; you turn your ear

18 to protect the rights of the orphan and oppressed:

so that mortal man may strike terror no more.


Psalm 11(10) In Domine confido011


1 In the Lord I have taken my refuge.

How can you say to my soul:

“Fly like a bird to its mountain.


2 See the wicked bracing their bow;

they are fixing their arrows on the string

to shoot upright men in the dark.

3 Foundations once destroyed, what can the just do?”


4 The Lord is in his holy temple,

the Lord, whose throne is in heaven.

His eyes look down on the world;

his gaze tests mortal men.


5 The Lord tests the just and the wicked;

the lover of violence he hates.

6 He sends fire and brimstone on the wicked;

he sends a scorching wind as their lot.


7 The Lord is just and loves justice;

the upright shall see his face.


Psalm 12(11) Salva me fac012


2 Help, O Lord, for good men have vanished;

truth has gone from the sons of men.

3 Falsehood they speak one to another,

with lying lips, with a false heart.


4 May the Lord destroy all lying lips,

the tongue that speaks high-sounding words,

5 those who say: “Our tongue is our strength;

our lips are our own, who is our master?”


6 “For the poor who are oppressed and the needy who groan

I myself will arise,” says the Lord,

“I will grant them the salvation for which they thirst.”


7 The words of the Lord are words without alloy,

silver from the furnace, seven times refined.


8 It is you, O Lord, who will take us in your care

and protect us for ever from this generation.

9 See how the wicked prowl on every side,

while the worthless are prized highly by the sons of men.


Psalm 13(12) Usquequo, Domine?013


2 How long, O Lord, will you forget me?

How long will you hide your face?

3 How long must I bear grief in my soul,

this sorrow in my heart day and night?

How long shall my enemy prevail?


4 Look at me, answer me, Lord my God!

Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death,

5 lest my enemy say: “I have overcome him”;

lest my foes rejoice to see my fall.


6 As for me, I trust in your merciful love.

Let my heart rejoice in your saving help:

7 Let me sing to the Lord for his goodness to me,

singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High.


Psalm 14(13) Dixit insipiens014


1 The fool has said in his heart:

“There is no God above.”

Their deeds are corrupt, depraved;

not a good man is left.


2 From heaven the Lord looks down

on the sons of men

to see if any are wise,

if any seek God.


3 All have left the right path,

depraved, every one;

there is not a good man left,

no, not even one.


4 Will the evil-doers not understand?

They eat up my people

as though they were eating bread:

they never pray to the Lord.


5 See how they tremble with fear

without cause for fear:

for God is with the just.

6 You may mock the poor man’s hope,

but his refuge is the Lord.


7 O that Israel’s salvation might come from Zion!

When the Lord delivers his people from bondage,

then Jacob will be glad and Israel rejoice.


Psalm 15(14) Domine, quis habitabit?015


1 Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent

and dwell on your holy mountain?


2 He who walks without fault;

he who acts with justice

and speaks the truth from his heart;

3 he who does not slander with his tongue;


He who does no wrong to his brother,

who casts no slur on his neighbor,

4 who holds the godless in disdain,

but honors those who fear the Lord;


he who keeps his pledge, come what may;

5 who takes no interest on a loan

and accepts no bribes against the innocent.

Such a man will stand firm forever.


Psalm 16(15) Conserva me, Domine016


1 Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.

2 I say to the Lord: “You are my God.

My happiness lies in you alone.”


3 He has put into my heart a marvelous love

for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.

4 Those who choose other gods increase their sorrows.

Never will I offer their offerings of blood.

Never will I take their name upon my lips.


5 O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;

it is you yourself who are my prize.

6 The lot marked out for me is my delight:

welcome indeed the heritage that falls to me!


7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,

who even at night directs my heart.

8 I keep the Lord ever in my sight:

since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.


9 And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;

even my body shall rest in safety.

10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead,

nor let your beloved know decay.


11 You will show me the path of life,

the fullness of joy in your presence,

at your right hand happiness for ever.


Psalm 17(16) Exaudi Domine017


1 Lord, hear a cause that is just,

pay heed to my cry.

Turn your ear to my prayer:

no deceit is on my lips.


2 From you may my judgment come forth.

Your eyes discern the truth.


3 You search my heart, you visit me by night.

You test me and you find in me no wrong.

/4 My words are not sinful as are men’s words.


I kept from violence because of your word,

5 I kept my feet firmly in your paths;

there was no faltering in my steps.


6 I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God.

Turn your ear to me; hear my words.

7 Display your great love, you whose right hand saves

your friends from those who rebel against them.


8 Guard me as the apple of your eye.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings

9 from the violent attack of the wicked.


My foes encircle me with deadly intent.

10 Their hearts tight shut, their mouths speak proudly.

11 They advance against me, and now they surround me.


Their eyes are watching to strike me to the ground,

12 as though they were lions ready to claw

or like some young lion crouched in hiding.


13 Lord, arise, confront them, strike them down!

Let your sword rescue my soul from the wicked;

14 let your hand, O Lord, rescue me from men,

from men whose reward is in this present life.


You give them their fill of your treasures;

they rejoice in abundance of offspring

and leave their wealth to their children.


15 As for me, in my justice I shall see your face

and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.


Psalm 18(17) Diligam te, Domine018


2 I love you, Lord, my strength,

3 my rock, my fortress, my savior.

My God is the rock where I take refuge;

my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.

4 The Lord is worthy of all praise,

when I call I am saved from my foes.


5 The waves of death rose about me;

the torrents of destruction assailed me;

6 the snares of the grave entangled me;

the traps of death confronted me.


7 In my anguish I called to the Lord;

I cried to God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice;

my cry came to his ears.


8 Then the earth reeled and rocked;

the mountains were shaken to their base:

they reeled at his terrible anger.

9 Smoke came forth from his nostrils

and scorching fire from his mouth:

coals were set ablaze by its heat.


10 He lowered the heavens and came down,

a black cloud under his feet.

11 He came enthroned on the cherubim,

he flew on the wings of the wind.


12 He made the darkness his covering,

the dark waters of the clouds, his tent.

13 A brightness shone out before him

with hailstones and flashes of fire.


14 The Lord thundered in the heavens;

The Most High let his voice be heard.

15 He shot his arrows, scattered the foe,

flashed his lightnings and put them to flight.


16 The bed of the ocean was revealed;

the foundations of the world were laid bare

at the thunder of your threat, O Lord,

at the blast of the breath of your anger.


17 From on high he reached down and seized me;

he drew me forth from the mighty waters.

18 he snatched me from my powerful foe,

from my enemies whose strength I could not match.


19 They assailed me in the day of my misfortune,

but the Lord was my support.

20 He brought me forth into freedom,

he saved me because he loved me.


21 He rewarded me because I was just,

repaid me, for my hands were clean,

22 for I have kept the way of the Lord,

and have not fallen away from my God.


23 For his judgments are all before me:

I have never neglected his commands.

24 I have always been upright before him;

I have kept myself from guilt.


25 He repaid me because I was just

and my hands were clean in his eyes.

26 You are loving with those who love you:

you show yourself perfect with the perfect.


27 With the sincere you show yourself sincere,

but the cunning you outdo in cunning.

28 For you save a humble people

but humble the eyes that are proud.


29 You, O Lord, are my lamp,

my God who lightens my darkness.

30 With you I can break through any barrier,

with my God I can scale any wall.


31 As for God, his ways are perfect;

the word of the Lord, purest gold.

He indeed is the shield

of all who make him their refuge.


32 For who is God but the Lord?

Who is a rock but our God?

33 the God who girds me with strength

and makes the path safe before me.


34 My feet you make swift as the deer’s;

you have made me stand firm on the heights.

35 You have trained my hands for battle

and my hands to bend the heavy bow.


36 You gave me your saving shield;

you upheld me, trained me with care.

37 You gave me freedom for my steps;

my feet have never slipped.


38 I pursued and overtook my foes,

never turning back till they were slain.

39 I smote them so they could not rise;

they fell beneath my feet.


40 You girded me with strength for battle;

you made my enemies fall beneath me,

41 you made my foes take flight;

those who hated me I destroyed.


42 They cried, but there was no one to save them;

they cried to the Lord, but in vain.

43 I crushed them fine as dust before the wind;

trod them down like dirt in the streets.


44 You saved me from the feuds of the people

and put me at the head of the nations.

People unknown to me served me:

45 when they heard of me they obeyed me.


Foreign nations came to me cringing:

46 foreign nations faded away.

They came trembling out of their strongholds.


47 Long life to the Lord, my rock!

Praised be the God who saves me,

48 the God who gives me redress

and subdues people under me.


49 You saved me from my furious foes.

You set me above my assailants.

You saved me from violent men,

50 so I will praise you, Lord, among the nations:

I will sing a psalm to your name.


51 He has given great victories to his king

and shown his love for his anointed,

for David and his sons for ever.


Psalm 19(18) Caeli enarrant019


2 The heavens proclaim the glory of God,

and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.

3 Day unto day takes up the story

and night unto night makes known the message.


4 No speech, no word, no voice is heard

5 yet their span extends through all the earth,

their words to the utmost bounds of the world.


There he has placed a tent for the sun;

6 it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent,

rejoices like a champion to run its course.


7 At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun;

to the furthest end of the sky is its course.

There is nothing concealed from its burning heat.


* * *


8 The law of the Lord is perfect,

it revives the soul.

The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,

it gives wisdom to the simple.


9 The precepts of the Lord are right,

they gladden the heart.

The command of the Lord is clear,

it gives light to the eyes.


10 The fear of the Lord is holy,

abiding for ever.

The decrees of the Lord are truth

and all of them just.


11 They are more to be desired than gold,

than the purest of gold

and sweeter are they than honey,

than honey from the comb.


12 So in them your servant finds instruction;

great reward is in their keeping.

13 But who can detect all his errors?

From hidden faults acquit me.


14 From presumption restrain your servant

and let it not rule me.

Then shall I be blameless,

clean from grave sin.


15 May the spoken words of my mouth,

the thoughts of my heart,

win favor in your sight, O Lord,

my rescuer, my rock!


Psalm 20(19) Exaudiat te Dominus020


2 May the Lord answer in time of trial;

may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.


3 May he send you help from his shrine

and give you support from Zion.

4 May he remember all your offerings

and receive your sacrifice with favor.


5 May he give you your heart’s desire

and fulfill every one of your plans.

6 May we ring out our joy at your victory

and rejoice in the name of our God.

(May the Lord grant all your prayers.)


7 I am sure now that the Lord

will give victory to his anointed,

will reply from his holy heaven

with the mighty victory of his hand.


8 Some trust in chariots or horses,

but we in the name of the Lord.

9 They will collapse and fall,

but we shall hold and stand firm.


10 Give victory to the king, O Lord,

give answer on the day we call.


Psalm 21(20) Domine, in virtute tua021


2 O Lord, your strength gives joy to the King;

how your saving help makes him glad!

3 You have granted him his heart’s desire;

you have not refused the prayer of his lips.


4 You came to meet him with the blessings of success,

you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.

5 He asked you for life and this you have given,

days that will last from age to age.


6 Your saving help has given him glory.

You have laid upon him majesty and splendor,

7 you have granted your blessings to him forever.

You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence.


8 The king has put his trust in the Lord:

through the mercy of the Most High he shall stand firm.

9 His hand will seek and find all his foes,

his right hand find out those that hate him.


10 You will burn them like a blazing furnace

on the day when you appear.

And the Lord will destroy them in his anger;

fire will swallow them up.


11 You will wipe out their race from the earth

and their children from the sons of men.

12 Though they plan evil against you,

though they plot, they shall not prevail.


13 For you will force them to retreat;

at them you will aim with your bow.

14 O Lord, arise in your strength;

we shall sing and praise your power.


Psalm 22(21) Deus, Deus meus022


2 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

You are far from my plea and the cry of my distress.

3 O my God, I call by day and you give no reply;

I call by night and I find no peace.


4 Yet you, O God, are holy,

enthroned on the praises of Israel.

5 In you our fathers put their trust;

they trusted and you set them free.

6 When they cried to you, they escaped.

In you they trusted and never in vain.


7 But I am a worm and no man,

scorned by men, despised by the people.

8 All who see me deride me.

They curl their lips, they toss their heads.

9 “He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;

let him release him if this is his friend.”


10 Yes, it was you who took me from the womb,

entrusted me to my mother’s breast.

11 To you I was committed from my birth,

from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

12 Do not leave me alone in my distress;

Come close, there is none else to help.


13 Many bulls have surrounded me,

fierce bulls of Bashan close me in.

14 Against me they open wide their jaws,

like lions, rending and roaring.


15 Like water I am poured out,

disjointed are all my bones.

My heart has become like wax,

it is melted within my breast.


16 Parched as burnt clay is my throat,

my tongue cleaves to my jaws.


17 Many dogs have surrounded me,

a band of the wicked beset me.

They tear holes in my hands and my feet

16c and lay me in the dust of death.


18 I can count every one of my bones.

These people stare at me and gloat;

19 they divide my clothing among them.

They cast lots for my robe.


20 O Lord, do not leave me alone,

my strength, make haste to help me!

21 Rescue my soul from the sword,

my life from the grip of these dogs.

22 Save my life from the jaws of these lions,

my poor soul from the horns of these oxen.


23 I will tell of your name to my brethren

and praise you where they are assembled.

24 “You who fear the Lord give him praise;

all sons of Jacob, give him glory.

Revere him, Israel’s sons.


25 For he has never despised

nor scorned the poverty of the poor.

From him he has not hidden his face,

but he heard the poor man when he cried.”


26 You are my praise in the great assembly.

My vows I will pay before those who fear him.

27 The poor shall eat and shall have their fill.

They shall praise the Lord, those who seek him.

May their hearts live for ever and ever!


28 All the earth shall remember and return to the Lord,

all families of the nations worship before him;

29 for the kingdom is the Lord’s, he is ruler of the nations.

30 They shall worship him, all the mighty of the earth;

before him shall bow all who go down to the dust.


31 And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him.

They shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come,

32 declare his faithfulness to peoples yet unborn:

“These things the Lord has done.”


Psalm 23(22) Dominus regit me023


1 The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I shall want.

2 Fresh and green are the pastures

where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me,

3 to revive my drooping spirit.


He guides me along the right path;

he is true to his name.

4 If I should walk in the valley of darkness

no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;

with these you give me comfort.


5 You have prepared a banquet for me

in the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

my cup is overflowing.


6 Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

all the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

for ever and ever.


Psalm 24(23) Domini est terra024


1 The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,

the world and all its peoples.

2 It is he who set it on the seas;

on the waters he made it firm.


3 Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?

Who shall stand in his holy place?

4 The man with clean hands and pure heart,

who desires not worthless things,

(who have not sworn so as to deceive their neighbor.)


5 He shall receive blessings from the Lord

and reward from the God who saves him .

6 Such are the men who seek him,

seek the face of the God of Jacob.


* * *


7 O gates, lift high your heads;

grow higher, ancient doors.

Let him enter, the king of glory!


8 Who is the king of glory?

The Lord, the mighty, the valiant,

the Lord, the valiant in war.


9 O gates, lift high your heads;

grow higher, ancient doors.

Let him enter, the king of glory!


10 Who is he, the king of glory?

He, the Lord of armies,

he is the king of glory.


Psalm 25(24) Ad te, Domine, levavi025


1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

2 I trust you, let me not be disappointed;

do not let my enemies triumph.

3 Those who hope in you shall not be disappointed,

but only those who wantonly break faith.


4 Lord, make me know your ways.

Lord, teach me your paths.

5 Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:

for you are God my savior.


In you I hope all day long

7c because of your goodness, O Lord.

6 Remember your mercy, Lord,

and the love you have shown from of old.

7 Do not remember the sins of my youth.

In your love remember me.


8 The Lord is good and upright.

He shows the path to those who stray,

9 He guides the humble in the right path,

He teaches his way to the poor.


10 His ways are faithfulness and love

for those who keep his covenant and law.

11 Lord, for the sake of your name

forgive my guilt, for it is great.


12 If anyone fears the Lord

he will show him the path he should choose.

13 His soul shall live in happiness

and his children shall possess the land.

14 The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him;

to them he reveals his covenant.


15 My eyes are always on the Lord;

for he rescues my feet from the snare.

16 Turn to me and have mercy

for I am lonely and poor.


17 Relieve the anguish of my heart

and set me free from my distress.

18 See my affliction and my toil

and take all my sins away.


19 See how many are my foes;

how violent their hatred for me.

20 Preserve my life and rescue me.

Do not disappoint me, you are my refuge.

21 May innocence and uprightness protect me:

for my hope is in you, O Lord.


22 Redeem Israel, O God, from all its distress.


Psalm 26(25) Judica me, Domine026


1 Give judgment for me, O Lord:

for I walk the path of perfection.

I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.


2 Examine me, Lord, and try me;

O test my heart and my mind,

3 for your love is before my eyes

and I walk according to your truth.


4 I never take my place with liars

and with hypocrites I shall not go.

5 I hate the evil-doer’s company:

I will not take my place with the wicked.


6 To prove my innocence I wash my hands

and take my place around your altar,

7 singing a song of thanksgiving,

proclaiming all your wonders.


8 O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,

the place where your glory abides.


9 Do not sweep me away with sinners,

nor my life with bloodthirsty men

10 in whose hands are evil plots,

whose right hands are filled with gold.


11 As for me, I walk the path of perfection.

Redeem me and show me your mercy.

12 My foot stands on level ground:

I will bless the Lord in the assembly.


Psalm 27(26) Dominus illuminatio027


1 The Lord is my light and my help;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

before whom shall I shrink?


2 When evil-doers draw near

to devour my flesh,

it is they, my enemies and foes,

who stumble and fall.


3 Though an army encamp against me

my heart would not fear.

Though war break out against me

even then would I trust.


4 There is one thing I ask of the Lord,

for this I long,

to live in the house of the Lord,

all the days of my life,

to savor the sweetness of the Lord,

to behold his temple.


5 For there he keeps me safe in his tent

in the day of evil.

He hides me in the shelter of his tent,

on a rock he sets me safe.


6 And now my head shall be raised

above my foes who surround me

and I shall offer within his tent

a sacrifice of joy.


I will sing and make music for the Lord.


7 O Lord, hear my voice when I call;

have mercy and answer.

8 Of you my heart has spoken:

“Seek his face.”


It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;

9 hide not your face.

Dismiss not your servant in anger;

you have been my help.


Do not abandon or forsake me,

O God my help!

10 Though father and mother forsake me,

the Lord will receive me.


11 Instruct me, Lord, in your way;

on an even path lead me.

/12 When they lie in ambush protect me

from my enemy’s greed.

False witnesses rise against me,

breathing out fury.


13 I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness

in the land of the living.

14 Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.

Hope in the Lord!


Psalm 28(27) Ad te Domine028


1 To you, O Lord, I call,

my rock, hear me.

If you do not heed I shall become

like those in the grave.


2 Hear the voice of my pleading

as I call for help,

as I lift up my hands in prayer

to your holy place.


3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,

with the evil-doers,

who speak words of peace to their neighbors

but with evil in their hearts.


4 Repay them as their actions deserve

and the malice of their deeds.

Repay them for the works of their hands;

give them their desserts.

5 For they ignore the deeds of the Lord

and the work of his hands.

(May he ruin them and never rebuild them.)


6 Blessed be Lord for he has heard

my cry, my appeal.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;

in him my heart trusts.

I was helped, my heart rejoices

and I praise him with my song.


8 The Lord is the strength of his people,

a fortress where his anointed find salvation.

9 Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.

Be their shepherd and carry them for ever.


Psalm 29(28) Afferte Domino029


1 O give the Lord, you sons of God,

give the Lord glory and power;

2 give the Lord the glory of his name.

Adore the Lord in his holy court.


3 The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,

the Lord on the immensity of waters;

4 the voice of the Lord, full of power,

the voice of the Lord, full of splendor.


5 The Lord’s voice shattering the cedars,

the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon;

6 he makes Lebanon leap like a calf

and Sirion like a young wild ox.


7 (The Lord’s voice flashes flames of fire.)


8 The Lord’s voice shaking the wilderness,

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh;

9 the Lord’s voice rending the oak tree

and stripping the forest bare.


3b The God of glory thunders.

10 In his temple they all cry: “Glory!”

The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;

the Lord sits as king for ever.


11 The Lord will give strength to his people,

the Lord will bless his people with peace.


Psalm 30(29) Exaltabo te, Domine030


2 I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me

and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.


* * *


3 O Lord, I cried to you for help

and you, my God, have healed me.

4 O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,

restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.


5 Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,

give thanks to his holy name.

6 His anger lasts a moment; his favor all through life.

At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.


7 I said to myself in my good fortune:

“Nothing will ever disturb me.”

8 Your favor had set me on a mountain fastness,

then you hid your face and I was put to confusion.


9 To you, Lord, I cried,

to my God I made appeal:

10 “What profit would my death be, my going to the grave?

Can dust give you praise or proclaim your truth?


11 The Lord listened and had pity.

The Lord came to my help.

12 For me you have changed my mourning into dancing,

you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

13 So my soul sings psalms to you unceasingly.

O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.


Psalm 31(30) In te, Domine, speravi031


2 In you, O Lord, I take refuge.

Let me never be put to shame.

In your justice, set me free,

3 hear me and speedily rescue me.


Be a rock of refuge for me,

a mighty stronghold to save me,

4 for you are my rock, my stronghold.

For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.


5 Release me from the snares they have hidden

for you are my refuge, Lord.

6 Into your hands I commend my spirit.

It is you who will redeem me, Lord.


/.7 O God of truth, you detest

those who worship false and empty gods.

8 As for me, I trust in the Lord:

let me be glad and rejoice in your love.


You who have seen my affliction

and taken heed of my soul’s distress,

9 have not handed me over to the enemy,

but set my feet at large.


* * *


10 Have mercy on me, O Lord,

for I am in distress.

Tears have wasted my eyes,

my throat and my heart.


11 For my life is spent with sorrow

and my years with sighs.

Affliction has broken down my strength

and my bones waste away.


12 In the face of all my foes

I am a reproach,

an object of scorn to my neighbors

and of fear to my friends.


Those who see me in the street

run far away from me.

13 I am like a dead man, forgotten,

like a thing thrown away.


14 I have heard the slander of the crowd,

fear is all around me,

as they plot together against me,

as they plan to take my life.


15 But as for me, I trust in you, Lord;

I say: “You are my God.

16 My life is in your hands, deliver me

from the hands of those who hate me.


17 Let your face shine on your servant.

Save me in your love.

18 Let me not be put to shame for I call you,

let the wicked be shamed!


Let them be silenced in the grave,

19 let lying lips be dumb,

that speak haughtily against the just

with pride and contempt.”


* * *


20 How great is the goodness, Lord,

that you keep for those who fear you,

that you show to those who trust you

in the sight of men.


21 You hide them in the shelter of your presence

from the plotting of men;

you keep them safe within your tent

from disputing tongues.


22 Blessed be the Lord who has shown me

the wonders of his love

in a fortified city.


23 “I am far removed from your sight”

I said in my alarm.

Yet you heard the voice of my plea

when I cried for help.


24 Love the Lord, all you saints.

He guards his faithful

but the Lord will repay to the full

those who act with pride.


25 Be strong, let your heart take courage,

all who hope in the Lord.


Psalm 32(31) Beati quorum032


1 Happy the man whose offense is forgiven,

whose sin is remitted.

2 O happy the man to whom the Lord

imputes no guilt,

in whose spirit is no guile.


3 I kept it secret and my frame was wasted.

I groaned all day long,

4 for night and day your hand was heavy upon me.

Indeed my strength was dried up

as by the summer’s heat.


5 But now I have acknowledged my sins;

my guilt I did not hide.

I said: “I will confess

my offense to the Lord.”

And you, Lord, have forgiven

the guilt of my sin.


6 So let every good man pray to you

in the time of need.

The floods of water may reach high

but him they shall not reach.

7 You are my hiding place, O Lord;

you save me from distress.

(You surround me with cries of deliverance.)


* * *


8 I will instruct you and teach you

the way you should go;

I will give you counsel

with my eye upon you.


9 Be not like horse and mule, unintelligent,

needing bridle and bit

else they will not approach you.

10 Many sorrows has the wicked

but he who trusts in the Lord,

loving mercy surrounds him.


* * *


11 Rejoice, rejoice in the Lord,

exult, you just!

O come, ring out your joy,

all you upright of heart.


Psalm 33(32) Exultate, justi033


1 Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;

for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.


2 Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,

with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.

3 O sing him a song that is new,

play loudly, with all your skill.


4 For the word of the Lord is faithful

and all his works to be trusted.

5 The Lord loves justice and right

and fills the earth with his love.


6 By his word the heavens were made,

by the breath of his mouth all the stars.

7 He collects the waves of the ocean;

he stores up the depths of the sea.


8 Let all the earth fear the Lord

all who live in the world revere him.

9 He spoke; and it came to be.

He commanded; it sprang into being.


10 He frustrates the designs of the nations,

he defeats the plans of the peoples.

11 His own designs shall stand for ever,

the plans of his heart from age to age.


12 They are happy, whose God is the Lord,

the people he has chosen as his own.

13 From the heavens the Lord looks forth,

he sees all the children of men.


14 From the place where he dwells he gazes

on all the dwellers on the earth;

15 he who shapes the hearts of them all;

and considers all their deeds.


16 A king is not saved by his army,

nor a warrior preserved by his strength.

17 A vain hope for safety is the horse;

despite its power it cannot save.


18 The Lord looks on those who revere him,

on those who hope in his love,

19 to rescue their souls from death,

to keep them alive in famine.


20 Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

The Lord is our help and our shield.

21 In him do our hearts find joy.

We trust in his holy name.


22 May your love be upon us, O Lord,

as we place all our hope in you.


Psalm 34(33) Benedicam Dominum034


2 I will bless the Lord at all times,

his praise always on my lips;

3 in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.

The humble shall hear and be glad.


4 Glorify the Lord with me.

Together let us praise his name.

5 I sought the Lord and he answered me;

from all my terrors he set me free.


6 Look towards him and be radiant;

let your faces not be abashed.

7 This poor man called, the Lord heard him

and rescued him from all his distress.


8 The angel of the Lord is encamped

around those who revere him, to rescue them.

9 Taste and see that the Lord is good.

He is happy who seeks refuge in him.


10 Revere the Lord, you his saints.

They lack nothing, those who revere him.

11 Strong lions suffer want and go hungry

but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.


12 Come, children, and hear me

that I may teach you the fear of the Lord.

13 Who is he who longs for life

and many days, to enjoy his prosperity?


14 Then keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit.

15 Turn aside from evil and do good;

seek and strive after peace.


16 The Lord turns his face against the wicked

to destroy their remembrance from the earth.

17 The Lord turns his eyes to the just

and his ears to their appeal.


18 They call and the Lord hears

and rescues them in all their distress.

19 The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;

those whose spirit is crushed he will save.


20 Many are the trials of the just man

but from them all the Lord will rescue him.

21 He will keep guard over all his bones,

not one of his bones shall be broken.


22 Evil brings death to the wicked;

those who hate the good are doomed.

23 The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants.

Those who hide in him shall not be condemned.


Psalm 35(34) Judica, Domine035


1 O Lord, plead my cause against my foes;

fight those who fight me.

2 Take up your buckler and shield;

arise to help me.


3 Take up the javelin and the spear

against those who pursue me.

O Lord, say to my soul:

“I am your salvation.”


4 Let those who seek my life

be shamed and disgraced.

Let those who plan evil against me

be routed in confusion.


5 Let them be like chaff before the wind;

let God’s angel scatter them.

6 Let their path be slippery and dark;

let God’s angel pursue them.


7 They have hidden a net for me wantonly;

they have dug a pit.

8 Let ruin fall upon them

and take them by surprise.

Let them be caught in the net they have hidden;

let them fall into their pit.


9 But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord

and rejoice in his salvation.

10 My whole being will say:

“Lord, who is like you

who rescue the weak from the strong

and the poor from the oppressor?”


11 Lying witnesses arise

and accuse me unjustly.

12 They repay me evil for good;

my soul is forlorn.


13 When they were sick I went into mourning,

afflicted with fasting.

My prayer was ever on my lips,

14 as for a brother, a friend.

I went as though mourning a mother,

bowed down with grief.


15 Now that I am in trouble they gather,

they gather and mock me.

They take me by surprise and strike me

and tear me to pieces.

16 They provoke me with mockery on mockery

and gnash their teeth.


17 O Lord, how long will you look on?

Come to my rescue!

Save my life from these raging beasts,

my soul from these lions.

18 I will thank you in the great assembly,

amid the throng I will praise you.


19 Do not let my lying foes

rejoice over me.

Do not let those who hate me unjustly

wink eyes at each other.


20 They wish no peace to the peaceful

who live in the land.

They make deceitful plots

21 and with mouths wide open

their cry against me is: “Yes!”

We saw you do it!”


22 O Lord, you have seen, do not be silent,

do not stand afar off!

23 Awake, stir to my defense,

to my cause, O God!


24 Vindicate me, Lord, in your justice,

do not let them rejoice.

25 Do not let them think: “Yes, we have won,

we have brought you to an end!”


26 Let them be shamed and brought to disgrace

who rejoice at my misfortune.

Let them be covered with shame and confusion

who raise themselves against me.


27 Let there be joy for those who love my cause.

Let them say without end:

“Great is the Lord who delights

in the peace of his servant.”

28 Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,

and all day long of your praise.


Psalm 36(35) Dixit injustus036


2 Sin speaks to the sinner

in the depths of his heart.

There is no fear of God

before his eyes.


3 He so flatters himself in his mind

that he knows not his guilt.

4 In his mouth are mischief and deceit.

All wisdom is gone.


5 He plots the defeat of goodness

as he lies on his bed.

He has set his foot on evil ways,

he clings to what is evil.


* * *


6 Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven;

your truth to the skies.

7 Your justice is like God’s mountain,

your judgments like the deep.


To both man and beast you give protection.

/.8 O Lord, how precious is your love.

My God, the sons of men

find refuge in the shelter of your wings.


9 They feast on the riches of your house;

they drink from the stream of your delight.

10 In you is the source of life

and in your light we see light.


11 Keep on loving those who know you,

doing justice for upright hearts.

12 Let the foot of the proud not crush me

nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.


13 See how the evildoers fall!

Flung down, they shall never arise.


Psalm 37(36) Noli aemulari037


1 Do not fret because of the wicked;

do not envy those who do evil,

2 for they wither quickly like grass

and fade like the green of the fields.


3 If you trust in the Lord and do good,

then you will live in the land and be secure.

4 If you find your delight in the Lord,

he will grant your heart’s desire.


5 Commit your life to the Lord,

trust in him and he will act,

6 so that your justice breaks forth like the light,

your cause like the noon-day sun.


7 Be still before the Lord and wait in patience;

do not fret at the man who prospers;

a man who makes evil plots

14c to bring down the needy and the poor.


8 Calm your anger and forget your rage;

do not fret, it only leads to evil.

9 For those who do evil shall perish;

the patient shall inherit the land.


10 A little longer--and the wicked shall have gone.

Look at his place, he is not there.

11 But the humble shall own the land

and enjoy the fullness of peace.


12 The wicked man plots against the just

and gnashes his teeth against him;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked

for he sees that his day is at hand.


14 The sword of the wicked is drawn,

his bow is bent to slaughter the upright.

15 Their sword shall pierce their own hearts

and their bows shall be broken to pieces.


16 The just man’s few possessions

are better than the wicked man’s wealth;

17 for the power of the wicked shall be broken

and the Lord will support the just.


18 He protects the lives of the upright,

their heritage will last for ever.

19 They shall not be put to shame in evil days,

in time of famine their food shall not fail.


20 But all the wicked shall perish

and all the enemies of the Lord.

They are like the beauty of the meadows,

they shall vanish, they shall vanish like smoke.


21 The wicked man borrows without repaying,

but the just man is generous and gives.

22 Those blessed by the Lord shall own the land,

but those he has cursed shall be destroyed.


23 The Lord guides the steps of a man

and makes safe the path of one he loves.

24 Though he stumble he shall never fall

for the Lord holds him by the hand.


25 I was young and now I am old,

but I have never seen the just man forsaken

nor his children begging for bread.

26 All the day he is generous and lends

and his children become a blessing.


27 Then turn away from evil and do good

and you shall have a home for ever;

28 for the Lord loves justice

and will never forsake his friends.


The unjust shall be wiped out for ever

and the children of the wicked destroyed.

29 The just shall inherit the land;

there they shall live for ever.


30 The just man’s mouth utters wisdom

and his lips speak what is right;

31 the law of his God is in his heart,

his steps shall be saved from stumbling.


32 The wicked man watches for the just

and seeks occasion to kill him.

33 The Lord will not leave him in his power

nor let him be condemned when he is judged.


34 Then wait for the Lord, keep to his way.

It is he who will free you from the wicked,

raise you up to posses the land

and see the wicked destroyed.


35 I have seen the wicked triumphant,

towering like a cedar of Lebanon.

36 I passed by again; he was gone.

I searched; he was nowhere to be found.


37 See the just man, mark the upright,

for the peaceful man a future lies in store,

38 but sinners shall all be destroyed.

No future lies in store for the wicked.


39 The salvation of the just comes from the Lord,

their stronghold in time of distress.

40 The Lord helps them and delivers them

and saves them: for their refuge is in him.


Psalm 38(37) Domine, ne in furore038


2 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger;

do not punish me, Lord, in your rage.

3 Your arrows have sunk deep in me;

your hand has come down upon me.

4 Through your anger all my body is sick:

through my sin, there is no health in my limbs.


5 My guilt towers higher than my head;

it is a weight too heavy to bear.

6 My wounds are foul and festering,

the result of my own folly.

7 I am bowed and brought to my knees.

I go mourning all the day long.


8 All my frame burns with fever;

all my body is sick.

9 Spent and utterly crushed,

I cry aloud in anguish of heart.


10 O Lord, you know all my longing:

my groans are not hidden from you.

11 My heart throbs, my strength is spent;

the very light has gone from my eyes.


12 My friends avoid me like a leper;

those closest to me stand afar off.

13 Those who plot against my life lay snares;

those who seek my ruin speak of harm,

planning treachery all the day long.


14 But I am like the deaf who cannot hear,

like the dumb unable to speak.

15 I am like a man who hears nothing

in whose mouth is no defense.


16 I count on you, O Lord:

it is you, Lord God, who will answer.

17 I pray: “Do not let them mock me,

those who triumph if my foot should slip.”


18 For I am on the point of falling

and my pain is always before me.

19 I confess that I am guilty

and my sin fills me with dismay.


20 My wanton enemies are numberless

and my lying foes are many.

21 They repay me evil for good

and attack me for seeking what is right.


22 O Lord, do not forsake me!

My God, do not stay afar off!

23 Make haste and come to my help,

O Lord, my God, my savior!


Psalm 39(38) Dixi, custodiam039


2 I said: “I will be watchful of my ways

for fear I should sin with my tongue.

I will put a curb on my lips

when the wicked man stands before me.”

3 I was dumb, silent and still.

His prosperity stirred my grief.


4 My heart was burning within me.

At the thought of it, the fire blazed up

and my tongue burst into speech:

5 “O Lord, you have shown me my end,

how short is the length of my days.

Now I know how fleeting is my life.


6 You have given me a short span of days;

my life is as nothing in your sight.

A mere breath, the man who stood so firm,

7 a mere shadow, the man passing by;

a mere breath the riches he hoards,

not knowing who will have them.”


8 And now, Lord, what is there to wait for?

In you rests all my hope.

9 Set me free from all my sins,

do not make me the taunt of the fool.

10 I was silent, not opening my lips,

because this was all your doing.


11 Take away your scourge from me.

I am crushed by the blows of your hand.

12 You punish man’s sins and correct him;

like the moth you devour all he treasures.

Mortal man is no more than a breath;

13 O Lord, hear my prayer.


O Lord, turn your ear to my cry.

Do not be deaf to my tears.

In your house I am a passing guest,

a pilgrim, like all my fathers.

14 Look away that I may breathe again

before I depart to be no more.


Psalm 40(39) Expectans, expectavi040


2 I waited, I waited for the Lord

and he stooped down to me;

he heard my cry.


3 He drew me from the deadly pit,

from the miry clay.

He set my feet upon a rock

and made my footsteps firm.


4 He put a new song into my mouth,

praise of our God.

Many shall see and fear

and shall trust in the Lord.


5 Happy the man who has placed

his trust in the Lord

and has not gone over to the rebels

who follow false gods.


6 How many, O Lord my God,

are the wonders and designs

that you have worked for us;

you have no equal.

Should I proclaim and speak of them,

they are more than I can tell!


7 You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,

but an open ear.

You do not ask for holocaust and victim.

8 Instead, here am I.


In the scroll of the book it stands written

9 that I should do your will.

My God, I delight in your law

in the depth of my heart.


10 Your justice I have proclaimed

in the great assembly.

My lips I have not sealed;

you know it, O Lord.


11 I have not hidden your justice in my heart

but declared your faithful help.

I have not hidden your love and your truth

from the great assembly.


12 O Lord, you will not withhold

your compassion from me.

Your merciful love and your truth

will always guard me.


13 For I am beset with evils

too many to be counted.

My sins have fallen upon me

and my sight fails me.

They are more than the hairs of my head

and my heart sinks.


14 O Lord, come to my rescue;

Lord, come to my aid.

15 O let there be shame and confusion

on those who seek my life.


O let them turn back in confusion,

who delight in my harm.

16 Let them be appalled, covered with shame,

who jeer at my lot.


17 O let there be rejoicing and gladness

for all who seek you.

Let them ever say: “The Lord is great”,

who love your saving help.


18 As for me, wretched and poor,

the Lord thinks of me.

You are my rescuer, my help,

O God, do not delay.


Psalm 41(40) Beatus qui intelligit041


2 Happy the man who considers the poor and the weak.

The Lord will save him in the day of evil,

3 will guard him, give him life, make him happy in the land

and will not give him up to the will of his foes.

4 The Lord will help him on his bed of pain,

he will bring him back from sickness to health.


5 As for me, I said: “Lord, have mercy on me,

heal my soul for I have sinned against you.”

6 My foes are speaking evil against me.

“how long before he dies and his name be forgotten?”

7 They come to visit me and speak empty words,

their hearts full of malice, they spread it abroad.


8 My enemies whisper together against me.

They all weigh up the evil which is on me.

9 “Some deadly thing has fastened upon him,

he will not rise again from where he lies.”

10 Thus even my friend, in whom I trusted,

who ate my bread, has turned against me.


11 But you, O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let me rise once more and I will repay them.

12 By this I shall know that you are my friend,

if my foes do not shout in triumph over me.

13 If you uphold me I shall be unharmed

and set in your presence for ever more.

14 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel

from age to age. Amen. Amen.



Psalm 42(41) Quemadmodum042


2 Like the deer that yearns

for running streams,

so my soul is yearning

for you, my God.


3 My soul is thirsting for God,

the God of my life;

when can I enter and see

the face of God?


4 My tears have become my bread,

by night, by day,

as I hear it said all the day long:

“Where is your God?”


5 These things will I remember

as I pour out my soul:

how I would lead the rejoicing crowd

into the house of God,

amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,

the throng wild with joy.


6 Why are you cast down, my soul,

why groan within me?

Hope in God; I will praise him still,

my savior and my God.


7 My soul is cast down within me

as I think of you,

from the country of Jordan and Mount Hermon,

from the Hill of Mizar.


8 Deep is calling on deep,

in the roar of waters;

your torrents and all your waves

swept over me.


9 By day the Lord will send

his loving kindness;

by night I will sing to him,

praise the God of my life.


10 I will say to God, my rock:

“Why have your forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning

oppressed by the foe?”


11 With cries that pierce me to the heart,

my enemies revile me,

saying to me all day long:

“Where is your God?”


12 Why are you cast down, my soul,

why groan within me?

Hope in God; I will praise him still,

my savior and my God.


Psalm 43(42) Judica me, Deus043


1 Defend me, O God, and plead my cause

against a godless nation.

From deceitful and cunning men

rescue me, O God.


2 Since you, O God, are my stronghold,

why have you rejected me?

Why do I go mourning

oppressed by the foe?


3 O send forth your light and your truth;

let these be my guide.

Let them bring me to your holy mountain,

to the place where you dwell.


4 And I will come to the altar of God,

the God of my joy.

My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,

O God, my God.


5 Why are you cast down my soul,

why groan within me?

Hope in God; I will praise him still,

my savior and my God.


Psalm 44(43) Deus, auribus044


2 We heard with our own ears, O God,

our fathers have told us the story

of the things you did in their days,

you yourself, in days long ago.


3 To plant them you uprooted the nations;

to let them spread you laid peoples low.

4 No sword of their own won the land;

no arm of their own brought them victory.

It was your right hand, your arm

and the light of your face; for you loved them.


5 It is you, my king, my God,

who granted victories to Jacob.

6 Through you we beat down our foes;

in your name we trampled down our aggressors.


7 For it was not in my bow that I trusted

nor yet was I saved by my sword:

8 it was you who saved us from our foes,

it was you who put our foes to shame.

9 All day long our boast was in God

and we praised your name without ceasing.


10 Yet now you have rejected us, disgraced us;

you no longer go forth with our armies.

11 You make us retreat from the foe

and our enemies plunder us at will.


12 You make us like sheep for the slaughter

and scatter us among the nations.

13 You sell your own people for nothing

and make no profit by the sale.


14 You make us the taunt of our neighbors,

the laughing stock of all who are near.

15 Among the nations, you make us a byword,

among the peoples a thing of derision.


16 All day long my disgrace is before me;

my face is covered with shame

17 at the voice of the taunter, the scoffer,

at the sight of the foe and avenger.


* * *


18 This befell us though we had not forgotten you,

though we had not been false to your covenant,

19 though we had not withdrawn our hearts;

though our feet had not strayed from your path.

20 Yet you have crushed us in a place of sorrows

and covered us with the shadow of death.


21 Had we forgotten the name of our God,

or stretched out our hands to another god

22 would not God have found this out,

he who knows the secrets of the heart?

23 It is for you that we face death all day long

and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.


24 Awake, O Lord, why do you sleep?

Arise, do not reject us for ever!

25 Why do you hide your face

and forget our oppression and misery?


26 For we are brought down low to the dust;

our body lies prostrate on the earth.

27 Stand up and come to our help!

Redeem us because of your love!


Psalm 45(44) Eructavit cor meum045


2 My heart overflows with noble words.

To the king I must speak the song I have made,

my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.


3 You are the fairest of the children of men

and graciousness is poured upon your lips:

because God has blessed you for evermore.


4 O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh;

/.5 in splendor and state, ride on in triumph

for the cause of truth and goodness and right.


Take aim with your bow in your dread right hand.

6 Your arrows are sharp, peoples fall beneath you.

The foes of the king fall down and lose heart.


7 Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever.

A scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom.

8 Your love is for justice; your hatred for evil.


Therefore God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of gladness above other kings:

9 your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.


From the ivory palace you are greeted with music.

10 The daughters of kings are among your loved ones.

On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir.


* * *


11 Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words:

forget your own people and your father’s house.

12 So will the king desire your beauty:

He is your lord, pay homage to him.


13 And the people of Tyre shall come with gifts,

the richest of the people shall seek your favor.

14 The daughter of the king is clothed with splendor,

her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold.


15 She is led to the king with her maiden companions.

16 They are escorted amid gladness and joy;

they pass within the palace of the king.


* * *


17 Sons shall be yours in place of your fathers:

you will make them rulers over all the earth.


18 May this song make your name for ever remembered.

May the peoples praise you from age to age.


Psalm 46(45) Deus noster refugium046


2 God is for us a refuge and strength,

a helper close at hand, in time of distress,

3 so we shall not fear though the earth should rock,

though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea;

4 even though its waters rage and foam,

even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.


The Lord of hosts is with us:

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.


5 The waters of a river give joy to God’s city,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

6 God is within, it cannot be shaken;

God will help it at the dawning of the day.

7 Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken:

he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.


8 The Lord of hosts is with us:

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.


9 Come, consider the works of the Lord,

the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.

10 He puts an end to wars over all the earth;

the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps.

(He burns the shields with fire.)

11 “Be still and know that I am God,

supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!”


12 The Lord of hosts is with us:

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.


Psalm 47(46) Omnes gentes, plaudite047


2 All peoples, clap your hands,

cry to God with shouts of joy!

3 For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

great king over all the earth.


4 He subdues peoples under us

and nations under our feet.

5 Our inheritance, our glory, is from him,

given to Jacob out of love.


6 God goes up with shouts of joy;

the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

7 Sing praise for God, sing praise,

sing praise to our king, sing praise.


8 God is king of all the earth,

sing praise with all your skill.

9 God is king over the nations;

God reigns on his holy throne.


10 The princes of the people are assembled

with the people of Abraham’s God.

The rulers of the earth belong to God,

to God who reigns over all.


Psalm 48(47) Magnus Dominus048


2 The Lord is great and worthy to be praised

in the city of our God.

/.3 His holy mountain rises in beauty,

the joy of all the earth.


Mount Zion, true pole of the earth,

the Great King’s city!

4 God, in the midst of its citadels,

has shown himself its stronghold.


5 For the kings assembled together,

together they advanced.

6 They saw; at once they were astounded;

dismayed, they fled in fear.


7 A trembling seized them there,

like the pangs of birth.

8 By the east wind you have destroyed

the ships of Tarshish.


9 As we have heard, so we have seen

in the city of our God,

in the city of the Lord of hosts

which God upholds for ever.


10 O God, we ponder your love

within your temple.

11 Your praise, O God, like your name

reaches the ends of the earth.


With justice your right hand is filled.

12 Mount Zion rejoices;

the people of Judah rejoice

at the sight of your judgments.


13 Walk through Zion, walk all round it;

count the number of its towers.

14 Review all its ramparts,

examine its castles,


that you may tell the next generation

15 that such is our God,

our God for ever and always.

It is he who leads us.


Psalm 49(48) Audite haec, omnes049


2 Hear this, all you peoples,

give heed, all who dwell in the world,

3 men both high and low,

rich and poor alike!


4 My lips will speak words of wisdom.

My heart is full of insight.

5 I will turn my mind to a parable,

with the harp I will solve my problem.


* * *


6 Why should I fear in evil days

the malice of the foes who surround me,

7 men who trust in their wealth,

and boast of the vastness of their riches?


8 For no man buy his own ransom,

or pay a price to God for his life.

9 The ransom of his soul is beyond him.

10 He cannot buy life without end,

nor avoid coming to the grave.


11 He knows that wise men and fools must both perish

and must leave their wealth to others.

12 Their graves are their homes for ever,

their dwelling place from age to age,

though their names spread wide through the land.


13 In his riches, man lacks wisdom;

he is like the beasts that are destroyed.


* * *


14 This is the lot of those who trust in themselves,

who have others in their beck and call.

15 Like sheep they are driven to the grave,

where death shall be their shepherd

and the just shall become their rulers.


With the morning their outward show vanishes

and the grave becomes their home.

16 But God will ransom me from death

and take my soul to himself.


17 Then do not fear when a man grows rich,

when the glory of his house increases.

18 He takes nothing with him when he dies,

his glory does not follow him below.


19 Though he flattered himself while he lived:

“Men will praise me for all my success,”

20 yet he will go to join his fathers,

and will never see the light any more.


21 In his riches, man lacks wisdom;

he is like the beasts that are destroyed.


Psalm 50(49) Deus deorum050


1 The God of gods, the Lord,

has spoken and summoned the earth,

from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion’s perfect beauty he shines.


3 (Our God comes, he keeps silence no longer.)


Before him fire devours,

around him tempest rages.

4 He calls on the heavens and the earth

to witness his judgment of his people.


5 “Summon before me my people

who made covenant with me by sacrifice.”

6 The heavens proclaim his justice,

for he, God, is the judge.


7 “Listen, my people, I will speak;

Israel, I will testify against you,

for I am God, your God.

21c I accuse you, lay the charge before you.


8 I find no fault with your sacrifices,

your offerings are always before me.

9 I do not ask more bullocks from your farms,

nor goats from among your herds.


10 For I own all the beasts of the forest,

beasts in their thousands on my hills.

11 I know all the birds in the sky,

all that moves in the field belongs to me.


12 Were I hungry, I would not tell you,

for I own the world and all it holds.

13 Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls,

or drink the blood of goats?


14 Pay your sacrifice of thanksgiving to God

and render him your votive offerings.

15 Call on me in the day of distress.

I will free and you shall honor me.”


16 (But God says to the wicked:)


“But how can you recite my commandments

and take my covenant on your lips,

17 you who despise my law

and throw my words to the winds,


18 you who see a thief and go with him;

who throw in your lot with adulterers,

19 who unbridle your mouth for evil

and whose tongue is plotting crime,


20 you who sit and malign your brother

and slander your own mother’s son.

21 You do this, and should I keep silence?

Do you think that I am like you?


22 Mark this, you who never think of God,

lest I seize you and you cannot escape;

23 a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me

and I will show God’s salvation to the upright.”


Psalm 51(50) Miserere mei, Deus051


3 Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.

In your compassion blot out my offense.

4 O wash me more and more from my guilt

and cleanse me from my sin.


5 My offenses truly I know them;

my sin is always before me

6 Against you, you alone, have I sinned;

what is evil in your sight I have done.


That you may be justified when you give sentence

and be without reproach when you judge,

7 O see, in guilt I was born,

a sinner was I conceived.


8 Indeed you love truth in the heart;

then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.

9 O purify me, then I shall be clean;

O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.


10 Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,

that the bones you have crushed may thrill.

11 From my sins turn away your face

and blot out all my guilt.


12 A pure heart create for me, O God,

put a steadfast spirit within me.

13 Do not cast me away from your presence,

nor deprive me of your holy spirit.


14 Give me again the joy of your help;

with a spirit of fervor sustain me,

15 that I may teach transgressors your ways

and sinners may return to you.


16 O rescue me, God, my helper,

and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.

17 O Lord, open my lips

and my mouth shall declare your praise.


18 For in sacrifice you take no delight,

burnt offering from me you would refuse,

19 my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,

a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.


20 In your goodness, show favor to Zion:

rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

21 Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,

(burnt offerings wholly consumed),

then you will be offered young bulls on your altar.


Psalm 52(51) Quid gloriaris ?052


3 Why do you boast of your wickedness,

you champion of evil,

4 planning ruin all day long,

(your tongue like a sharpened razor),

you master of deceit?


5 You love evil more than good,

lies more than truth.

6 You love the destructive word,

you tongue of deceit.


7 For this God will destroy you

and remove you for ever.

He will snatch you from your tent and uproot you

from the land of the living.


8 The just shall see and fear.

They shall laugh and say:

9 “So this is the man who refused

to take God as a stronghold,

but trusted in the greatness of his wealth

and grew powerful by his crimes.”


10 But I am like a growing olive tree

in the house of God.

I trust in the goodness of God

for ever and ever.


11 I will thank you for evermore;

for this is your doing.

I will proclaim that your name is good,

in the presence of your friends.


Psalm 53(52) Dixit insipiens053


2 The fool has said in his heart:

“There is no God above.”

Their deeds are corrupt, depraved;

not a good man is left.


3 God looks down from heaven

on the sons of men

to see if any are wise,

if any seek God.


4 All have left the right path;

depraved, every one;

There is not a good man left,

no, not even one.


5 Will the evil-doers not understand?

They eat up my people

as though they were eating bread;

they never pray to God.


6 See how they tremble with fear

without cause for fear,

for God scatters the bones of the wicked.

They are shamed, God rejects them.


7 O that Israel’s salvation might come from Zion!

When God delivers his people from bondage,

then Jacob will be glad and Israel rejoice.


Psalm 54(53) Deus, in nomine054


3 O God, save me by your name;

by your power, uphold my cause.

4 O God, hear my prayer;

listen to the words of my mouth.


5 For proud men have risen against me,

ruthless men seek my life.

They have no regard for God.


6 But I have God for my help.

The Lord upholds my life.

7 Let the evil recoil upon my foes;

you who are faithful, destroy them.


8 I will sacrifice to you with willing heart

and praise your name for it is good:

9 for you have rescued me from all distress

and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes.


Psalm 55(54) Exaudi, Deus055


2 O God, listen to my prayer,

do not hide from my pleading,

3 attend to me and reply;

with my cares, I cannot rest.


/.4 I tremble at the shouts of the foe,

at the cries of the wicked;

for they bring down evil upon me.

They assail me with fury.


5 My heart is stricken within me,

death’s terror is on me,

6 trembling and fear fall upon me

and horror overwhelms me.


7 O that I had wings like a dove

to fly away and be at rest.

8 So I would escape far away

and take refuge in the desert.


9 I would hasten to find a shelter

from the raging wind,

from the destructive storm, O Lord,

10 and from their plotting tongues.


For I can see nothing

but violence and strife in the city.

11 Night and day they patrol

high on the city walls.


It is full of wickedness and evil;

12 it is full of sin.

Its streets are never free

from tyranny and deceit.


13 If this had been done by an enemy

I could bear his taunts.

If a rival had risen against me,

I could hide from him.


14 But it is you, my own companion,

my intimate friend!

15 (How close was the friendship between us.)

We talked together in harmony

in the house of God.


16 May death fall suddenly upon them!

Let them go to the grave;

for wickedness dwells in their homes

and deep in their hearts.


17 As for me, I will cry to God

and the Lord will save me.

18 Evening, morning and at noon

I will cry and lament.


19 He will deliver my soul in peace

in the attack against me;

for those who fight me are many,

18c but he hears my voice.


20 God will hear and will humble them,

the eternal judge;

for they will not amend their ways.

They have no fear of God.


21 The traitor has turned against his friends;

he has broken his word.

22 His speech is softer than butter,

but war is in his heart,

His words are smoother than oil,

but they are naked swords.


23 Entrust your cares to the Lord

and he will support you.

He will never allow

the just man to stumble.


24 But you, O God, will bring them down

to the pit of death.

Deceitful and bloodthirsty men

shall not live half their days.


O Lord, I will trust in you.


Psalm 56(55) Miserere mei, Deus056


2 Have mercy on me, God, men crush me;

they fight me all day long and oppress me.

3 My foes crush me all day long,

for many fight proudly against me.


4 When I fear, I will trust in you,

5 in God, who word I praise.

In God I trust, I shall not fear;

what can mortal man do to me?


6 All day long they distort my words,

all their thought is to harm me.

7 They band together in ambush,

track me down and seek my life.


8 Repay them, God, for their crimes;

in your anger, cast down the peoples.

9 You have kept an account of my wanderings;

you have kept a record of my tears;

(are they not written in your book?)

10 Then my foes will be put to flight

on the day that I call to you.


This I know, that God is on my side.

11 In God, whose word I praise,

(in the Lord whose word I praise,)

12 in God I trust; I shall not fear;

what can mortal man do to me?


13 I am bound by the vows I have made you.

O God, I will offer you praise

14 for you have rescued my soul from death,

you kept my feet from stumbling

that I may walk in the presence of God

and enjoy the light of the living.


Psalm 57(56) Miserere mei, Deus057


2Have mércy on me, Gód, have mercy

for in yóu my soul has taken refuge.

In the shádow of your wings I take refuge

till the stórms of destruction pàss by.


3I cáll to Gód the Most High,

to Gód who has always been my help.

4May he sénd from heaven ànd save me

and shame those whò assail me.


May Gód, send his truth ànd hìs love.


5My sóul lies dówn among lions,

who would devour the sons óf men.

Their téeth are spears ànd arrows,

their tongue a shàrpened sword.


6O Gód, arise above thé heavens;

may your glory shìne òn earth!


7They láid a snáre for my steps

my soul was bòwed down.

They dúg a pit in mý path

but fell in ìt themselves.


8My heart is ready, O God,

my heart is ready.

I will sing, I will sing your praise.


9Awake, mý soul;

awake, lyre ànd harp,

I will awake thè dawn.


10I will thánk you, Lórd, among the peoples,

among the nations I wíll praise you

11 for your lóve reaches to thè heavens

and your truth tò thè skies.


12O Gód, aríse above the heavens;

may your glory shine ón earth.


Psalm 58(57) Si vere utique058


2 Do you truly speak justice, you who hold divine power?

Do you mete out fair judgment to the sons of men?

3 No, in your hearts you devise injustice;

your hands deal out violence to the land.


4 In their wickedness they have gone astray from their birth;

they wandered among lies as soon as they were born.

5 Their venom is like the venom of the snake;

they are heedless as the adder that turns a deaf ear

6 lest it should catch the snake-charmer’s voice,

the voice of the skillful dealer in spells.


7 O God, break the teeth in their mouths,

tear out the fangs of these wild beasts, O Lord!

8 Let them vanish like water that runs away;

let them wither like grass that is trodden under foot:

9 let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime;

like a woman’s miscarriage that never sees the sun.


10 Before they put forth thorns, like a bramble,

let them be swept away, green wood or dry!

11 The just shall rejoice at the sight of vengeance;

they shall bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

12 “Truly”, men shall say, “the just are rewarded.

Truly there is a God who does justice on the earth.”


Psalm 59(58) Eripe me de inimicis059


2 Rescue me, God, from my foes;

protect me from those who attack me.

3 O rescue me from those who do evil

and save me from blood-thirsty men.


4 See, they lie in wait for my life;

powerful men together against me.

For no offense, no sin of mine, Lord,

5 for no guilt of mine they rush to take their stand.


Awake, come to my aid and see!

6 Lord of hosts, you are Israel’s God.

Rouse yourself and punish the nations;

show no mercy to evil traitors.


7 Each evening they come back like dogs.

They howl and roam about the city;

they prowl in search of food;

they snarl till they have their fill.


8 See how they gabble open-mouthed;

their lips are filled with insults.

“For who,” they say, “will hear us?”

9 But you, Lord, will laugh them to scorn.

You make light of all the nations.


10 O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,

for you, O God, are my stronghold,

11 the God who shows me love.


O God, come to my aid

and let me look in triumph on my foes.

12 God, kill them lest my people be seduced;

rout them by your power, lay them low.


It is you, O Lord, who are our shield.

13 For the sins of their mouths and their lips,

for the curses and lies that they speak

let them be caught in their pride.


14 Destroy them, Lord, in your anger.

Destroy them till they are no more.

Let the world know that you are the ruler

over Jacob and the ends of the earth.


15 Each evening they come back like dogs.

They howl and roam about the city;

16 they prowl in search of food,

they snarl till they have their fill.


17 As for me, I will sing of your strength

and each morning acclaim your love

for you have been my stronghold,

a refuge in the day of my distress.


18 O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,

for you, O God, are my stronghold,

the God who shows me love.


Psalm 60(59) Deus, repulisti nos060


3 O God, you have rejected us and broken us.

You have been angry; come back to us.


4 You have made the earth quake, torn it open.

Repair what is shattered for it sways.

5 You have inflicted hardships on your people

and made us drink a wine that dazed us.


6 You have given those who fear you a signal

to flee from the enemy’s bow.

7 O come, and deliver your friends,

help with your right hand and reply.


* * *


8 From his holy place God has made this promise;

“I will triumph and divide the land of Shechem,

I will measure out the valley of Succoth.


9 Gilead is mine and Manasseh,

Ephraim I take for my helmet,

Judah for my commander’s staff.


10 Moab I will use for my washbowl;

on Edom I will plant my shoe.

Over the Philistines I will shout in triumph.”


11 But who will lead me to conquer the fortress?

Who will bring me face to face with Edom?

12 Will you utterly reject us, O God,

and no longer march with our armies?


13 Give us help against the foe:

for the help of man is vain.

14 With God we shall do bravely

and he will trample down our foes.


Psalm 61(60) Exaudi, Deus061


2 O God, hear my cry!

Listen to my prayer!

3 From the end of the earth I call;

my heart is faint.


On a rock too high for me to reach

set me on high,

4 O you who have been my refuge,

my tower against the foe.


5 Let me dwell in your tent for ever

and hide in the shelter of your wings.

6 For you, O God, hear my prayer,

grant me the heritage of those who fear you.


7 May you lengthen the life of the king;

may his years cover many generations.

8 May he ever sit enthroned before God:

bid love and truth be his protection.


9 So I will always praise your name

and day after day fulfill my vows.


Psalm 62(61) Nonne Deo062


2 In God alone is my soul at rest;

my help comes from him.

3 He alone is my rock, my stronghold,

my fortress; I stand firm.


4 How long will you all attack one man

to break him down,

as though he were a tottering wall,

or a tumbling fence?


5 Their plan is only to destroy;

they take pleasure in lies.

With their mouth they utter blessing

but in their heart they curse.


6 In God alone be at rest, my soul;

for my hope comes from him.

7 He alone is my rock, my stronghold,

my fortress; I stand firm.


8 In God is my safety and glory,

the rock of my strength.

/.9 Take refuge in God, all you people.

Trust him at all times.

Pour out your hearts before him

for God is our refuge.


10 Common folk are only a breath,

great men an illusion.

Placed in the scales, they rise;

they weigh less than a breath.


11 Do not put your trust in oppression

nor vain hopes on plunder.

Do not set your heart on riches

even when they increase.


12 For God has said only one thing;

only two do I know:

that to God alone belongs power

13 and to you, Lord, love;

and that you repay each man

according to his deeds.


Psalm 63(62) Deus, Deus meus063


2 O God, you are my God, for you I long;

for you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you

like a dry, weary land without water.

3 So I gaze on you in the sanctuary

to see your strength and your glory.


4 For your love is better than life,

my lips will speak your praise.

5 So I will bless you all my life,

in your name I will lift up my hands.

6 My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,

my mouth shall praise you with joy.


7 On my bed I remember you.

On you I muse through the night

8 for your have been my help;

in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

9 My soul clings to you;

your right hand holds me fast.


10 Those who seek to destroy my life

shall go down to the depths of the earth.

11 They shall be put into the power of the sword

and left as the prey of the jackals.

12 But the king shall rejoice in God;

(all that swear by him shall be blessed,)

for the mouth of liars shall be silenced.


Psalm 64(63) Exaudi, Deus064


2 Hear my voice, O God, as I complain,

guard my life from dread of the foe.

3 Hide me from the band of the wicked,

from the throng of those who do evil.


4 They sharpen their tongues like swords;

they aim bitter words like arrows

5 to shoot at the innocent from ambush,

shooting suddenly and recklessly.


6 They scheme their evil course;

they conspire to lay secret snares.

They say: “Who will see us?

7 Who can search out our crimes?”


* * *


He will search who searches the mind

and knows the depths of the heart.

8 God has shot them with his arrow

and dealt them sudden wounds.

9 Their own tongue has brought them to ruin

and all who see them mock.


10 Then will all men fear;

they will tell what God has done.

They will understand God’s deeds.

11 The just will rejoice in the Lord

and fly to him for refuge.

All the upright hearts will glory.


Psalm 65(64) Te decet hymnus065


2 To you our praise is due

in Zion, O God.

To you we pay our vows,

3 you who hear our prayer.


To you all flesh will come

4 with its burden of sin.

Too heavy for us, our offenses,

but you wipe them away.


5 Blessed is he whom you choose and call

to dwell in your courts.

We are filled with the blessings of your house,

of your holy temple.


6 You keep your pledge with wonders,

O God our savior,

the hope of all the earth

and of far distant isles.


7 You uphold the mountains with your strength,

you are girded with power.

8 You still the roaring of the seas,

(the roaring of their waves,)

and the tumult of the peoples.


9 The ends of the earth stand in awe

at the sight of your wonders.

The lands of sunrise and sunset

you fill with your joy.


10 You care for the earth, give it water;

you fill it with riches.

Your river in heaven brims over

to provide its grain.


And thus you provide for the earth;

11 you drench its furrows;

you level it, soften it with showers;

you bless its growth.


12 You crown the year with your goodness.

Abundance flows in your steps;

13 in the pastures of the wilderness it flows.


The hills are girded with joy,

14 the meadows covered with flocks,

the valleys are decked with wheat.

They shout for joy, yes they sing.


Psalm 66(65) Jubilate Deo066


1 Cry out with joy to God all the earth,

2 O sing to the glory of his name.

O render him glorious praise.

3 Say to God: “How tremendous are your deeds!


Because of the greatness of your strength

your enemies cringe before you.

4 Before you all the earth shall bow,

shall sing to you, sing to your name!”


5 Come and see the works of God,

tremendous his deeds among men.

6 He turned the sea into dry land,

they passed through the river dry-shod.


Let our joy then be in him;

7 he rules for ever by his might.

His eyes keep watch over the nations:

let rebels not rise against him.


8 O peoples, bless our God;

let the voice of his praise resound,

9 of the God who gave life to our souls

and kept our feet from stumbling.


10 For you, O God, have tested us,

you have tried us as silver is tried;

11 you led us, God, into the snare;

you laid a heavy burden on our backs.


12 You let foes ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water

but then you brought us relief.


13 Burnt offering I bring to your house;

to you I will pay my vows,

14 the vows which my lips have uttered,

which my mouth spoke in my distress.


15 I will offer burnt offerings of fatlings

with the smoke of burning rams.

I will offer bullocks and goats.


16 Come and hear, all who fear God,

I will tell what he did for my soul:

17 to him I cried aloud,

with high praise ready on my tongue.


18 If there had been evil in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened.

19 But truly God has listened;

he has heeded the voice of my prayer.


20 Blessed be God who did not reject my prayer

nor withhold his love from me.


Psalm 67(66) Deus misereatur067


2 O God, be gracious and bless us

and let your face shed its light upon us.

3 So will your ways be known upon earth

and all nations learn your saving help.


4 Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.


5 Let the nations be glad and exult

for you rule the world with justice.

With fairness you rule the peoples,

you guide the nations on earth.


6 Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.


7 The earth has yielded its fruit

for God, our God, has blessed us.

8 May God still give us his blessing

till the ends of the earth revere him.


Psalm 68(67) Exsurgat Deus068


2 Let God arise, let his foes be scattered.

Let those who hate him flee before him.

3 As smoke is blown away so will they be blown away;

like wax that melts before the fire,

so the wicked shall perish at the presence of God.


4 But the just shall rejoice at the presence of God,

they shall exult and dance for joy.

5 O sing to the Lord, make music to his name;

make a highway for him who rides on the clouds.

Rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence.


6 Father of the orphan, defender of the widow,

such is God in his holy place.

7 God gives the lonely a home to live in;

he leads the prisoners forth into freedom;

but rebels must dwell in a parched land.


8 When you went forth, O God, at the head of your people,

/.9 when you marched across the desert, the earth trembled:

the heavens melted at the presence of God,

at the presence of God, Israel’s God.


10 You poured down, O God, a generous rain;

when your people were starved you gave them new life.

11 It was there that your people found a home,

prepared in your goodness, O God, for the poor.


12 The Lord gives the word to the bearers of good tidings:

“The Almighty has defeated a numberless army

13 and kings and armies are in flight, in flight

while you were at rest among the sheepfolds.”


14 At home the women already share the spoil.

They are covered with silver as the wings of a dove,

its feathers brilliant with shining gold

15 and jewels flashing like snow on Mount Zalmon.


16 The mountains of Bashan are mighty mountains;

high-ridged mountains are the mountains of Bashan.

17 Why look with envy, you high-ridged mountains,

at the mountain where God has chosen to dwell?

It is there that the Lord shall dwell for ever.


18 The chariots of God are thousands upon thousands.

The Lord has come from Sinai to the holy place.

19 You have gone up on high; you have taken captives,

receiving men and women in tribute, O God,

even those who rebel, into your dwelling, O Lord.


20 May the Lord be blessed day after day.

He bears our burdens, God our savior;

21 this God of ours is a God who saves.

The Lord our God holds the keys of death.

22 And God will smite the head of his foes,

the crown of those who persist in their sins.


23 The Lord said: “I will bring them back from Bashan;

I will bring them back from the depth of the sea.

24 Then your feet will tread in their blood

and the tongues of your dogs take their share of the foe.”


25 They see your solemn procession, O God,

the procession of my God, of my king, to the sanctuary:

26 the singers in the forefront, the musicians coming last,

between them, maidens sounding their timbrels.


27 “In festive gatherings, bless the Lord;

bless God, O you who are Israel’s sons.”

28 There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head,

Judah’s princes, a mighty throng,

Zebulun’s princes, Naphtali’s princes.


29 Show forth, O God, show forth your might,

your might, O God, which you have shown for us.

30 For the sake of your temple high in Jerusalem

may nations come to you bringing their tribute.


31 Threaten the wild beast that dwells in the reeds,

the bands of the mighty and rulers of the peoples.

Let them bow down offering silver.

Scatter the peoples who delight in war.

32 Envoys will make their way from Egypt;

Ethiopia will stretch out her hands to God.


33 Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, praise the Lord

34 who rides on the heavens, the ancient heavens.

He thunders his voice, his mighty voice.

35 Come, acknowledge the power of God.


His glory is on Israel; his might is in the skies.

36 God is to be feared in his holy place.

He is the Lord, Israel’s God.

He gives strength and power to his people.


Blessed be God!


Psalm 69(68) Salvum me fac069


2 Save me, O God,

for the waters have risen to my neck.


3 I have sunk into the mud of the deep

and there is no foothold.

I have entered the waters of the deep

and the waves overwhelm me.


4 I am wearied with all my crying,

my throat is parched.

My eyes are wasted away

from looking for my God.


5 More numerous than the hairs on my head

are those who ate without cause.

Those who attack me with lies

are too much for my strength.


How can I restore

what I have never stolen?

6 O God, you know my sinful folly;

my sins you can see.


7 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame

through me, Lord of hosts:

let not those who seek you be dismayed

through me, God of Israel.


8 It is for you that I suffer taunts,

that shame covers my face,

9 that I have become a stranger to my brothers,

an alien to my own mother’s sons.

10 I burn with zeal for your house

and taunts against you fall on me.


11 When I afflict my soul with fasting

they make it a taunt against me.

12 When I put on sackcloth and mourning

then they make me a byword,

13 the gossip of men at the gates,

the subject of drunkard’s songs.


14 This is my prayer to you,

my pray for your favor.

In your great love, answer me, O God,

with your help that never fails;

15 rescue me from sinking in the mud,

save me from my foes.


Save me from the waters of the deep

16 lest the waves overwhelm me.

Do not let the deep engulf me

nor death close its mouth on me.


17 Lord, answer, for your love is kind;

in your compassion, turn towards me.

18 Do not hide your face from your servant;

answer me quickly for I am in distress.

19 Come close to my soul and redeem me;

ransom me pressed by my foes.


20 You know how they taunt and deride me;

my oppressors are all before you.

21 Taunts have broken my heart;

I have reached the end of my strength.

I looked in vain for compassion, for consoles;

not one could I find.


22 For food they gave me poison;

in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

23 Let their table be a snare to them

and their festive banquets a trap.

24 Let their eyes grow dim and blind;

let their limbs tremble and shake.


25 Pour out your anger upon them,

let the heat of your fury overtake them.

26 Let their camp be left desolate;

let no one dwell in their tents:

27 for they persecute one whom you struck;

they increase the pain of one you wounded.


28 Charge them with guilt upon guilt;

let them never be found just in your sight.

29 Blot them out from the book of the living;

do not enroll them among the just.

30 As for me in my poverty and pain,

let your help, O God, lift me up.


31 I will praise God’s name with a song;

I will glorify him with thanksgiving.

32 A gift pleasing God more than oxen,

more than beasts prepared for sacrifice.


33 The poor when they see it will be glad

and God-seeking hearts will revive;

34 for the Lord listens to the needy

and does not spurn his servants in their chains.

35 Let the heavens and the earth give him praise,

the sea and all its living creatures.


36 For God will bring help to Zion

and rebuild the cities of Judah

and men shall dwell there in possession.

37 The sons of his servants shall inherit it;

those who love his name shall dwell there.


Psalm 70(69) Deus, in adjutorium070


2 O God, make haste to my rescue,

Lord, come to my aid!

3 Let there be shame and confusion

on those who seek my life.


O let them turn back in confusion,

who delight in my harm,

4 let them retreat, covered with shame,

who jeer at my lot.


5 Let there be rejoicing and gladness

for all who seek you.

Let them say for ever: “God is great,”

who love your saving help.


6 As for me, wretched and poor,

come to me, O God.

You are my rescuer, my help,

O Lord, do not delay.


Psalm 71(70) In te, Domine, speravi071


1 In you, O Lord, I take refuge;

let me never be put to shame.

2 In your justice rescue me, free me;

pay heed to me and save me.


3 Be a rock where I can take refuge,

a mighty stronghold to save me;

for you are my rock, my stronghold.

4 Free me from the hand of the wicked,

from the grip of the unjust, of the oppressor.


5 It is you, O Lord, who are my hope,

my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

6 On you I have leaned from my birth;

from my mother’s womb you have been my help.

My hope has always been in you.


7 My fate has filled many with awe

but you are my strong refuge.

8 My lips are filled with your praise,

with your glory all the day long.

9 Do not reject me now that I am old;

when my strength fails do not forsake me.


10 For my enemies are speaking about me;

those who watch me take counsel together.

11 Saying: “God has forsaken him; follow him,

seize him; there is no one to save him.”

12 O God, do not stay far off:

my God, make haste to help me!


13 Let them be put to shame and destroyed,

all those who seek my life.

Let them be covered with shame and confusion,

all those who seek to harm me.


14 But as for me, I will always hope

and praise you more and more.

15 My lips will tell of your justice

and day by day of your help

(though I can never tell it all).


16 Lord, I will declare your mighty deeds,

proclaiming your justice, yours alone.

17 O God, you have taught me from my youth

and I proclaim your wonders still.


18 Now that I am old and gray-headed,

do not forsake me, God.

/19 Let me tell of your strength and justice to the skies,

tell of you who have worked such wonders.

O God, who is like you?


20 You have burdened me with bitter troubles

but you will give me back my life.

You will raise me from the depths of the earth;

21 you will exalt me and console me again.


22 So I will give you thanks on the lyre

for your faithful love, O God.

To you will I sing with the harp,

to you, the Holy One of Israel.

23 When I sing to you my lips shall rejoice

and my soul, which you have redeemed.


24 And all the day long my tongue

shall tell the tale of your justice:

for they are put to shame and disgraced,

all those who seek to harm me.


Psalm 72(71) Deus, judicium072


1 O God, give your judgment to the king,

to a king’s son your justice,

2 that he may judge your people in justice

and your poor in right judgment.


3 May the mountains bring forth peace for the people

and the hills, justice.

4 May he defend the poor of the people

and save the children of the needy

(and crush the oppressor).


5 He shall endure like the sun and the moon

from age to age.

6 He shall descend like rain on the meadow,

like raindrops on the earth.


7 In his days justice shall flourish

and peace till the moon fails.

8 He shall rule from sea to sea,

from the Great River to earth’s bounds.


9 Before him his enemies shall fall,

his foes lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tarshish and the seacoasts

shall pay him tribute.


The kings of Sheba and Seba

shall bring him gifts.

11 Before him all kings shall fall prostrate,

all nations shall serve him.


12 For he shall save the poor when they cry

and the needy who are helpless.

13 He will have pity on the weak

and save the lives of the poor.


14 From oppression he will rescue their lives,

to him their blood is dear.

15 (Long may he live,

may the gold of Sheba be given him.)

They shall pray for him without ceasing

and bless him all the day.


16 May corn be abundant in the land

to the peaks of the mountains.

May its fruit rustle like Lebanon;

may people flourish in the cities

like grass on the earth.


17 May his name be blessed for ever

and endure like the sun.

Every tribe shall be blessed in him,

all nations bless his name.


- - -


18 Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel,

who alone works wonders,

19 ever blessed his glorious name.

Let his glory fill the earth.


Amen! Amen!



Psalm 73(72) Quam bonus Israel!073


1 How good God is to Israel,

to those who are pure of heart.

2 Yet my feet came close to stumbling,

my steps had almost slipped

3 for I was filled with envy of the proud

when I saw how the wicked prosper.


4 For them there are no pains;

their bodies are sound and sleek.

5 They do not share in men’s sorrows;

they are not stricken like others.


6 So they wear their pride like a necklace,

they clothe themselves with violence.

7 Their hearts overflow with malice,

their minds seethe with plots.


8 They scoff; they speak with malice;

from on high they plan oppression.

9 They have set their mouths in the heavens

and their tongues dictate to the earth.


10 So the people turn to follow them

and drink in all their words.

11 They say: “How can God know?

Does the Most High take any notice?”

12 Look at them, such are the wicked,

but untroubled, they grow in wealth.


* * *


13 How useless to keep my heart pure

and wash my hands in innocence,

14 when I was stricken all day long,

suffered punishment day after day.


15 Then I said: “If I should speak like that,

I should betray the race of your sons.”


16 I strove to fathom this problem,

too hard for my mind to understand,

17 until I pierced the mysteries of God

and understood what becomes of the wicked.


* * *


18 How slippery the paths on which you set them;

you make them slide to destruction.

19 How suddenly they come to their ruin,

wiped out, destroyed by terrors.

20 Like a dream one wakes from, O Lord,

when you wake you dismiss them as phantoms.


21 And so when my heart grew embittered

and when I was cut to the quick,

22 I was stupid and did not understand,

no better than a beast in your sight.


23 Yet I was always in your presence;

you were holding me by my right hand.

24 You will guide me by your counsel

and so you will lead me to glory.


25 What else have I in heaven but you?

Apart from you I want nothing on earth.

26 My body and my heart faint for joy;

God is my possession for ever.


27 All those who abandon you shall perish;

you will destroy all those who are faithless.

28 To be near God is my happiness.

I have made the Lord God my refuge.

I will tell of your works

at the gates of the city of Zion.


Psalm 74(73) Ut quid, Deus?074


1 Why, O God, have you cast us off for ever?

Why blaze with anger at the sheep of your pasture?

2 Remember your people whom who chose long ago,

the tribe you redeemed to be your own possession,

the mountain of Zion where you made your dwelling.


3 Turn your steps to these places that are utterly ruined!

The enemy has laid waste the whole of the sanctuary.

4 Your foes have made uproar in your house of prayer:

they have set up their emblems, their foreign emblems,

5 high above the entrance to the sanctuary.


/6 Their axes have battered the wood of its doors.

They have struck together with hatchet and pickax.

7 O God, they have set your sanctuary on fire;

they have razed and profaned the place where you dwell.

8 They said in their hearts: “Let us utterly crush them;

let us burn every shrine of God in the land.”

9 There is no sign from God, nor have we a prophet,

we have no one to tell us how long it will last.


10 How long, O God, is the enemy to scoff?

Is the foe to insult your name for ever?

11 Why, O Lord, do you hold back your hand?

Why do you keep your right hand hidden?


12 Yet God is our king from time past,

the giver of help through all the land.

13 It was you who divided the sea by your might,

who shattered the heads of the monsters in the sea.


14 It was you who crushed Leviathan’s heads

and gave him as food to the untamed beasts.

15 It was you opened springs and torrents;

it was you who dried up ever-flowing rivers.


Yours is the day and yours is the night.

17 It was you who appointed the light and the sun;

it was you who fixed the bounds of the earth:

you who made both summer and winter.


18 Remember this, Lord, and see the enemy scoffing;

a senseless people insults your name.

19 Do not give Israel, your dove, to the hawk

nor forget the life of your poor ones for ever.


20 Remember your covenant; every cave in the land

is a place where violence makes its home.

21 Do not let the oppressed return disappointed;

let the poor and the needy bless your name.


22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause!

Remember how the senseless revile you all the day.

23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes,

the daily increasing uproar of your foes.


Psalm 75(74) Confitebimur tibi075


2 We give thanks to you, O God,

we give thanks and call upon your name.

We recount your wonderful deeds.


* * *


3 “When I reach the appointed time,

then I will judge with justice.

4 Though the earth and all who dwell in it may rock,

it is I who uphold its pillars.


5 To the boastful I say: ‘Do not boast,’

to the wicked: ‘Do not flaunt your strength,

6 do not flaunt your strength on high.

Do not speak with insolent pride.’ “


7 For neither from the east nor the west,

nor from desert or mountains comes judgment,

8 but God himself is the judge.

One he humbles, another he exalts.


9 The Lord holds a cup in his hand,

full of wine, foaming and spiced.

He pours it; they drink it to the dregs;

all the wicked on the earth must drain it.


10 As for me, I will rejoice for ever

and sing psalms to Jacob’s God.

11 He shall break the power of the wicked,

while the strength of the just shall be exalted.


Psalm 76(75) Notus in Judaea076


2 God, you are made known in Judah;

in Israel your name is great.

3 You set up your tent in Jerusalem

and your dwelling place in Zion.

4 It was there you broke the flashing arrows,

the shield, the sword, the armor.


5 You, O Lord, are resplendent,

more majestic than the everlasting mountains.

6 The warriors, despoiled, slept in death;

the hands of the soldiers were powerless.

7 At your threat, O God of Jacob,

horse and rider lay stunned.


8 You, you alone, strike terror.

Who shall stand when your anger is roused?

9 You uttered your sentence from the heavens;

the earth in terror was still

10 when you arose to judge,

to save the humble of the earth.


11 Men’s anger will serve to praise you;

its survivors surround you with joy.

12 Make vows to your God and fulfill them.

Let all pay tribute to him who strikes terror,

13 who cuts short the breath of princes,

who strikes terror in the kings of the earth.


Psalm 77(76) Voce mea ad Dominum077


2 I cry aloud to God,

cry aloud to God that he may hear me.


3 In the day of my distress I sought the Lord.

My hands were raised at night without ceasing;

my soul refused to be consoled.

4 I remembered my God and I groaned.

I pondered and my spirit fainted.


5 You withheld sleep from my eyes.

I was troubled, I could not speak.

6 I thought of the days of long ago

and remembered the years long past.

7 At night I mused within my heart.

I pondered and my spirit questioned.


8 “Will the Lord reject us for ever?

Will he show us his favor no more?

9 Has his love vanished for ever?

Has his promise come to an end?

10 Does God forget his mercy

or in anger withhold his compassion?”


11 I said: “This is what causes my grief;

that the way of the Most High has changed.”

12 I remember the deeds of the Lord,

I remember your wonders of old,

13 I muse on all your works

and ponder your mighty deeds.


14 Your ways, O God, are holy.

What god is as great as our God?

15 You are the God who works wonders.

You showed your power among the peoples.

16 Your strong arm redeemed your people,

the sons of Jacob and Joseph.


17 The waters saw you, O God,

the waters saw you and trembled;

the depths were moved with terror.

18 The clouds poured down rain,

the skies sent forth their voice;

your arrows flashed to and fro.


19 Your thunder rolled round the sky,

your flashes lighted up the world.

The earth was moved and trembled

20 when your way led through the sea,

your path through the mighty waters

and no one saw your footprints.


21 You guided your people like a flock

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


Psalm 78(77) Attendite, popule078


1 Give heed, my people, to my teaching;

turn your ear to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable

and reveal hidden lessons of the past.


3 The things we have heard and understood,

the things our fathers have told us,

4 these we will not hide from their children

but will tell them to the next generation:


the glories of the Lord and his might

and the marvelous deeds he has done,

5 the witness he gave to Jacob,

the law he established in Israel.


He gave a command to our fathers

to make it known to their children

6 that the next generation might know it,

the children yet to be born.


7 They too should arise and tell their sons

that they too should set their hope in God

and never forget God’s deeds

but keep every one of his commands,


8 so that they might not be like their fathers,

a defiant and rebellious race,

a race whose heart was fickle,

whose spirit was unfaithful to God.


* * *


9 The sons of Ephraim, armed with the bow,

turned back in the day of battle.

10 They failed to keep God’s covenant

and would not walk according to his law.


11 They forgot the things he has done,

the marvelous deeds he had shown them.

12 He did wonders in the sight of their fathers,

in Egypt, in the plains of Zoan.


13 He divided the sea and led them through

and made the waters stand up like a wall.

14 By day he led them with a cloud,

by night, with a light of fire.


15 He split the rocks in the desert.

He gave them plentiful drink as from the deep.

16 He made streams flow out from the rock

and made waters run down like rivers.


* * *


17 Yet still they sinned against him;

they defied the Most High in the desert.

18 In their heart they put God to the test

by demanding the food they craved.


19 They even spoke against God.

They said: “Is it possible for God

to prepare a table in the desert?


20 It was he who struck the rock,

water flowed and swept down in torrents.

But can he also give us bread?

Can he provide meat for his people?”


21 When he heard this the Lord was angry.

A fire was kindled against Jacob,

his anger rose against Israel

22 for having no faith in God;

for refusing to trust in his help.


23 Yet he commanded the clouds above

and opened the gates of heaven.

24 He rained down manna for their food,

and gave them bread from heaven.


25 Mere men ate the bread of angels.

He sent them abundance of food;

26 he made the east wind blow from heaven

and roused the south wind by his might.


27 He rained food on them like dust,

winged fowl like the sands of the sea.

28 He let it fall in the midst of their camp

and all around their tents.


29 So they ate and had their fill;

and he gave them all they craved.

30 But before they had sated their craving,

while the food was still in their mouths,


31 God’s anger rose against them.

He slew the strongest among them,

struck down the flower of Israel.


32 Despite this they went on sinning;

they had no faith in his wonders:

33 so he ended their days like a breath

and their years in sudden ruin.


34 When he slew them then they would seek him,

return and seek him in earnest.

35 They would remember that God was their rock,

God the Most High their redeemer.


36 But the words they spoke were mere flattery;

they lied to him with their lips.

37 For their hearts were not truly with him;

they were not faithful to his covenant.


38 Yet he who is full of compassion

forgave them their sin and spared them.

So often he held back his anger

when he might have stirred up his rage.


39 He remembered they were only men,

a breath that passes never to return.


* * *


40 How often they defied him in the wilderness

and caused him pain in the desert!


41 Yet again they put God to the test

and grieved the Holy One of Israel.

42 They did not remember his deeds

nor the day he saved them from the foe;


43 when he worked his miracles in Egypt,

his wonders in the plains of Zoan;

44 when he turned their rivers into blood,

made their streams impossible to drink.


45 He sent dog-flies against them to devour them

and swarms of frogs to molest them.

46 He gave their crops to the grub,

the fruit of their labor to the locust.


47 He destroyed their vines with hail,

their sycamore trees with frost.

48 He gave up their cattle to plague,

their flocks and herds to pestilence.


49 He turned on them the heat of is anger,

fury, rage and havoc,

a troop of destroying angels.

50 He gave free course to his anger.


He did not spare them from death

but gave their lives to the plague.

51 He struck all the first-born in Egypt,

the finest flower in the dwellings of Ham.


52 Then he brought forth his people like sheep;

he guided them safely in the desert.

53 He led them safely with nothing to fear,

while the sea engulfed their foes.


54 So he brought them to his holy land,

to the mountain which his right hand had won.

55 He drove out the nations before them,

and divided the land for their heritage.


Their tents he gave as a dwelling

to each one of Israel’s tribes.


* * *


56 Still they put God to the proof and defied him;

they refused to obey the Most High.


57 They strayed, faithless like their fathers,

like a bow on which the archer cannot count.

58 With their mountain shrines they angered him;

made him jealous with the idols they served.


59 God saw this and was filled with fury:

he utterly rejected Israel.

60 He forsook his dwelling place in Shiloh,

the tent where he lived among men.


61 He gave his ark into captivity,

his glorious ark into the hands of the foe.

62 He gave up his people to the sword,

in his anger against his chosen ones.


63 So war devoured their young men,

their maidens had no wedding songs;

64 their priests fell by the sword,

and their widows made no lament.


65 Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep,

like a warrior overcome with wine.

66 He struck his foes from behind

and put them to everlasting shame.


67 He rejected the tent of Joseph;

He did not choose the tribe of Ephraim

68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,

the hill of Zion which he loves.


69 He built his shrine like the heavens,

or like the earth which he made firm for ever.

70 And he chose David his servant

and took him away from the sheepfolds.


71 From the care of the ewes he called him

to be shepherd of Jacob his people,

Of Israel is own possession.

72 He tended them with blameless heart,

with discerning mind he led them.


Psalm 79(78) Deus, venerunt079


1 O God, the nations have invaded your land,

they have profaned your holy temple.

They have made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.

2 They have handed over the bodies of your servants

as food to feed the birds of heaven

and the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.


3 They have poured out blood like water in Jerusalem;

no one is left to bury the dead.

4 We have become the taunt of our neighbors,

the mockery and scorn of those who surround us.

5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever;

how long will your anger burn like fire?


6 Pour out your rage on the nations,

the nations that do not know you.

Pour out your rage on the kingdoms

that do not call on your name,

7 for they have devoured Jacob

and laid waste the land where they dwell.


8 Do not hold the guilt of our father against us.

Let your compassion hasten to meet us;

we are left in the depths of distress.

9 O God our savior, come to our help.

Come for the sake of the glory of your name.

O Lord our God, forgive us our sins;

rescue us for the sake of your name.


10 Why should the nations say: “Where is their God?”


Let us see the nations around us repaid

with vengeance for the blood of your servants that was shed!

11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;

let your strong arm reprieve those condemned to die.


12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times over

the taunts with which they taunted you, O Lord.

13 But we, your people, the flock of your pasture,

will give you thanks for ever and ever.

We will tell your praise from age to age.


Psalm 80(79) Qui regis Israel080


2 O shepherd of Israel, hear us,

you who lead Joseph’s flock,

shine forth from your cherubim throne

3 upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.

O Lord, rouse up your might,

O Lord, come to our help.


4 God of hosts bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


5 Lord God of hosts, how long

will you frown on your people’s plea?

6 You have fed them with tears for their bread,

and abundance of tears for their drink.

7 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,

our enemies laugh us to scorn.


8 God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


9 You brought a vine our of Egypt;

to plant it you drove out the nations.

10 Before it you cleared the ground;

it took root and spread through the land.


11 The mountains were covered with its shadow,

the cedars of God with its boughs.

12 It stretched out its branches to the sea,

to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.


13 Then why have you broken down its walls?

It is plucked by all who pass by.

14 It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,

devoured by the beasts of the field.


15 God of hosts, turn again, we implore,

look down from heaven and see.

/.16 Visit the vine and protect it,

the vine your right hand has planted.

17 They have burnt it with fire and destroyed it.

May they perish at the frown of your face.


18 May your hand be on the man you have chosen,

the man you have given your strength.

19 And we shall never forsake you again;

give us life that we may call upon your name.


20 God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


Psalm 81(80) Exulate Deo081


2 Ring out your joy to God our strength,

shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.


3 Raise a song and sound the timbrel,

the sweet-sounding harp and the lute;

4 blow the trumpet at the new moon,

when the moon is full, on our feast.


5 For this is Israel’s law,

a command of the God of Jacob.

6 He imposed it as a rule on Joseph,

when he went out against the land of Egypt.


A voice I did not know said to me:

7 “I freed your shoulder from the burden;

your hands were freed from the load.

8 You called in distress and I saved you.


I answered, concealed in the storm cloud;

at the waters of Meribah I tested you.

9 Listen, my people, to my warning.

O Israel, if only you would heed!


10 Let there be on foreign god among you.

no worship of an alien god.

11 I am the Lord your God,

who brought you from the land of Egypt.

Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.


12 But my people did not heed my voice

and Israel would not obey,

13 so I left them in their stubbornness of heart

to follow their own designs.


14 O that my people would heed me,

that Israel would walk in my ways!

15 At once I would subdue their foes,

turn my hand against their enemies.


16 The Lord’s enemies would cringe at their feet

and their subjection would last for ever.

But Israel I would feed with finest wheat

and fill them with honey from the rock.”


Psalm 82(81) Deus stetit082


1 God stands in the divine assembly.

In the midst of the gods he gives judgment.


2 “How long will you judge unjustly

and favor the cause of the wicked?

3 Do justice for the weak and the orphan,

defend the afflicted and the needy.

4 Rescue the weak and the poor;

set them free from the hand of the wicked.


5 Unperceiving, they grope in the darkness

and the order of the world is shaken.

6 I have said to you: ‘You are gods

and all of you, sons of the Most High.’

7 And yet, you shall die like men,

you shall fall like any earthly princes.”


8 Arise, O God, judge the earth,

for you rule all the nations.


Psalm 83(82) Deus, quis similis?083


2 O God, do not keep silent,

do not be dumb and unmoved, O God,

3 for your enemies raise a tumult.

Those who hate you lift up their heads.


4 They plot against your people,

conspire against those you love.

5 They say: “Come, let us destroy them as a nation;

let the name of Israel be forgotten.”

6 They conspire with a single mind,

they make common alliance against you,


7 the camps of Edom and of Ishmael,

the camps of Moab and Hagar,

8 the land of Ammon and Amalek,

Philistia, with the people of Tyre.

9 Assyria, too, is their ally

and joins hands with the sons of Lot.


10 Treat them like Midian, like Sisera,

like Jabin at the River Kishon,

11 the men who were destroyed at Endor,

whose bodies rotted on the ground.


12 Make their captains like Oreb and Zeeb,

all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

13 the men who said: “Let us take

the fields of God for ourselves.”

14 My God, scatter them like chaff,

drive them like straw in the wind!


15 As fire that burns away the forest,

as flame that sets the mountains ablaze,

16 drive them away with your tempest

and fill them with terror at your storm.

17 Cover their faces with shame,

till they seek your name, O Lord.


18 Shame and terror be theirs for ever;

let them be disgraced, let them perish!

19 Let them know that your name is the Lord,

the Most High over all the earth.


Psalm 84(83) Quam dilecta!084


2 How lovely is your dwelling place,

Lord, God of hosts.


3 My soul is longing and yearning,

is yearning for the courts of the Lord.

My heart and my soul ring out their joy

to God, the living God.


4 The sparrow herself finds a home

and the swallow a nest for her brood;

she lays her young by your altars,

Lord of hosts, my king and my God.


5 They are happy, who dwell in your house,

for ever singing your praise.

6 They are happy, whose strength is in you,

in whose hearts are the roads to Zion.


7 As they go through the Bitter Valley

they make it a place of springs

(the autumn rain covers it with blessings).

8 They walk with ever growing strength,

they will see the God of gods in Zion.


9 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer,

give ear, O God of Jacob.

10 Turn your eyes, O God, our shield,

look on the face of your anointed.


11 One day within your courts

is better than a thousand elsewhere.

The threshold of the house of God

I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.


12 For the Lord God is a rampart, a shield;

he will give us his favor and glory.

The Lord will not refuse any good

to those who walk without blame.


13 Lord, God of hosts,

happy the man who trusts in you!


Psalm 85(84) Benedixisti, Domine085


2 O Lord, you once favored your land

and revived the fortunes of Jacob,

3 you forgave the guilt of your people

and covered all their sins.

4 You averted all your rage,

you calmed the heat of your anger.


5 Revive us now, God, our helper!

Put an end to your grievance against us.

6 Will you be angry with us for ever,

will your anger never cease?


7 Will you not restore again our life

that your people may rejoice in you?

8 Let us see, O Lord, your mercy

and give us your saving help.


* * *


9 I will hear what the Lord God has to say,

a voice that speaks of peace,

peace for his people and his friends

and those who turn to him in their hearts.

10 His help is near for those who fear him

and his glory will dwell in our land.


11 Mercy and faithfulness have met;

justice and peace have embraced.

12 Faithfulness shall spring from the earth

and justice look down from heaven.


13 The Lord will make us prosper

and our earth shall yield its fruit.

14 Justice shall march before him

and peace shall follow his steps.


Psalm 86(85) Inclina, Domine086


1 Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer

for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my life, for I am faithful;

save the servant who trusts in you.


3 You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord,

for I cry to you all the day long.

4 Give joy to your servant, O Lord,

for to you I lift up my soul.


5 O Lord, you are good and forgiving,

full of love to all who call.

6 Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer

and attend to the sound of my voice.


7 In the day of distress I will call

and surely you will reply.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;

nor work to compare with yours.


9 All the nations shall come to adore you

and glorify your name, O Lord:

10 for you are great and do marvelous deeds,

you who alone are God.


11 Show me, Lord, your way

so that I may walk in your truth.

Guide my heart to fear your name.


12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart

and glorify your name for ever;

13 for your love to me has been great:

you have saved me from the depths of the grave.


14 The proud have risen against me;

ruthless men seek my life;

to you they pay no heed.


15 But you, God of mercy and compassion,

slow to anger, O Lord,

abounding in love and truth,

16 turn and take pity on me.


O give your strength to your servant

and save your handmaid’s child.

17 Show me the sign of your favor

that my foes may see to their shame

that you console me and give me your help.


Psalm 87(86) Gundamenta ejus087


1 On the holy mountain is his city

cherished by the Lord.

2 The Lord prefers the gates of Zion

to all Jacob’s dwellings.

3 Of you are told glorious things,

O city of God!


4 Babylon and Egypt I will count

among those who know me;

Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia,

these will be her children

5 and Zion shall be called “Mother”

for all shall be her children.”


It is he, the Lord Most High,

who gives each his place.

6 In his register of peoples he writes:

“These are her children,”

7 and while they dance they will sing:

“In you all find their home.”


Psalm 88(87) Domine, Deus088


2 Lord my God, I call for help by day;

I cry at night before you.

3 Let my prayer come into your presence.

O turn your ear to my cry.


4 For my soul is filled with evils;

my life is on the brink of the grave.

5 I am reckoned as one in the tomb;

I have reached the end of my strength,


6 Like one alone among the dead,

like the slain lying in their graves,

like those you remember no more,

cut off, as they are, from your hand.


7 You have laid me in the depths of the tomb,

in places that are dark, in the depths.

8 Your anger weighs down upon me;

I am drowned beneath your waves.


9 You have taken away my friends

and made me hateful in their sight.

Imprisoned, I cannot escape;

10 my eyes are sunken with grief.


I call to you, Lord, all the day long;

to you I stretch out my hands.

11 Will you work your wonders for the dead?

Will the shades stand and praise you?


12 Will your love be told in the grave

or your faithfulness among the dead?

13 Will your wonders be known in the dark

or your justice in the land of oblivion?


14 As for me, Lord, I call to you for help;

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

15 Lord, why do you reject me?

Why do you hide your face?


16 Wretched, close to death from my youth,

I have borne your trials; I am numb.

17 Your fury has swept down upon me;

your terrors have utterly destroyed me.


18 They surround me all the day like a flood,

they assail me all together.

19 Friend and neighbor you have taken away:

my one companion is darkness.


Psalm 89(88) Misericordias Domini089


2 I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;

through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.

3 Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,

that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.


4 “With my chosen one I have made a covenant;

I have sworn to David my servant:

5 I will establish your dynasty for ever

and set up your throne through all ages.”


6 The heavens proclaim your wonders, O Lord;

the assembly of your holy ones proclaims your truth.

7 For who in the skies can compare with the Lord

or who is like the Lord among the sons of God?


8 A God to be feared in the council of the holy ones,

great and dreadful to all around him.

9 O Lord God of hosts, who is your equal?

You are mighty, O Lord, and truth is your garment.


10 It is you who rule the sea in its pride;

it is you who still the surging of its waves.

11 It is you who trod Rahab underfoot like a corpse,

scattering your foes with your mighty arm.


12 The heavens are yours, the world is yours.

It is you who founded the earth and all it holds;

13 it is you who created the North and the South.

Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.


14 Yours is a mighty arm, O Lord;

your hand is strong, your right hand ready.

15 Justice and right are the pillars of your throne,

love and truth walk in your presence.


16 Happy the people who acclaim such a king,

who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,

17 who find their joy every day in your name,

who make your justice the source of their bliss.


18 For you, O Lord, are the glory of their strength;

by your favor it is that our might is exalted;

19 for our ruler is in the keeping of the Lord;

our king in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel.


* * *


20 Of old you spoke in a vision.

To your friends the prophets you said:

“I have set the crown on a warrior,

I have exalted one chosen from the people.


21 I have found David my servant

and with my holy oil anointed him.

22 My hand shall always be with him

and my arm shall make him strong.


23 The enemy shall never outwit him

nor the evil ones oppress him.

24 I will beat down his foes before him

and smite those who hate him.


25 My truth and my love shall be with him;

by my name his might shall be exalted.

26 I will stretch out his hand to the Sea

and his right hand as far as the River.


27 He will say to me: ‘You are my father,

my God, the rock who saves me.’

28 And I will make him my first-born,

the highest of the kings of the earth.


29 I will keep my love for him always;

with him my covenant shall last.

30 I will establish his dynasty for ever,

make his throne endure as the heavens.


31 If his sons forsake my law

and refuse to walk as I decree

32 and if ever they violate my statutes,

refusing to keep my commands;


33 then I will punish their offenses with the rod,

then I will scourge them on account of their guilt.

34 But I will never take back my love,

my truth will never fail.


35 I will never violate my covenant

nor go back on the word I have spoken.

36 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness.

‘I will never l