Misericordiam et judicium
My song shall be of mercy and judgement *
unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.
O let me have understanding *
in the way of godliness.
When wilt thou come unto me *
I will walk in my house with a perfect heart.
I will take no wicked thing in hand; I hate the sins of unfaithfulness *
there shall no such cleave unto me.
A froward heart shall depart from me *
I will not know a wicked person.
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour *
him will I destroy.
Whoso hath also a proud look and high stomach *
I will not suffer him.
Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land *
that they may dwell with me.
Whoso leadeth a godly life *
he shall be my servant.
There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house *
he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
I shall soon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land *
that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.
Hold not thy tongue, O God of my praise *
for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
And they have spoken against me with false tongues *
they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part *
but I give myself unto prayer.
Thus have they rewarded me evil for good *
and hatred for my good will.
But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy Name *
for sweet is thy mercy.
O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor *
and my heart is wounded within me.
I go hence like the shadow that departeth *
and am driven away as the grasshopper.
My knees are weak through fasting *
my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
I became also a reproach unto them *
they that looked upon me shaked their heads.
Help me, O Lord my God *
O save me according to thy mercy.
And they shall know, how that this is thy hand *
and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
Though they curse, yet bless thou *
and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame *
and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloke.
As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth *
and praise him among the multitude.
For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor *
to save his soul from the unrighteous judges.