Who turneth the floods into a wilderness *
and drieth up the water-springs.
A fruitful land maketh he barren *
for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water *
and water-springs of a dry ground.
And there he setteth the hungry *
that they may build them a city to dwell in;
That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards *
to yield them fruits of increase.
He blesseth them so that they multiply exceedingly *
and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
And again, when they are minished and brought low *
through oppression, through any plague or trouble;
Though he suffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants *
and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery *
and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
The righteous will consider this, and rejoice *
and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
Whoso is wise will ponder these things *
and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.
Paratum cor meum
O God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready *
I will sing and give praise with the best member that I have.
Awake, thou lute, and harp *
I myself will awake right early.
I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people *
I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
For thy mercy is greater than the heavens *
and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens *
and thy glory above all the earth.
That thy beloved may be delivered *
let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.
God hath spoken in his holiness *
I will rejoice therefore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine *
Ephraim also is the strength of my head.
Judah is my law-giver, Moab is my wash-pot *
over Edom will I cast out my shoe, upon Philistia will I triumph.
Who will lead me into the strong city *
and who will bring me into Edom?
Hast not thou forsaken us, O God *
and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
O help us against the enemy *
for vain is the help of man.
Through God we shall do great acts *
and it is he that shall tread down our enemies.