Lord, remember David *
and all his trouble;
How he sware unto the Lord *
and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;
I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house *
nor climb up into my bed;
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to slumber *
neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord *
an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata *
and found it in the wood.
We will go into his tabernacle *
and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
Arise, O Lord, into thy resting-place *
thou, and the ark of thy strength.
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness *
and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.
For thy servant David’s sake *
turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.
The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David *
and he shall not shrink from it;
Of the fruit of thy body *
shall I set upon thy seat.
If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall learn them *
their children also shall sit upon thy seat for evermore.
For the Lord hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself *
he hath longed for her.
This shall be my rest for ever *
here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
I will bless her victuals with increase *
and will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will deck her priests with health *
and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
There shall I make the horn of David to flourish *
I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.
As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame *
but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Ecce, quam bonum!
Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is *
brethren, to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard *
even unto Aaron’s beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
Like as the dew of Hermon *
which fell upon the hill of Sion.
For there the Lord promised his blessing *
and life for evermore.
Behold now, praise the Lord *
all ye servants of the Lord;
Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord *
even in the courts of the house of our God.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary *
and praise the Lord.
The Lord that made heaven and earth *
give thee blessing out of Sion.
O praise the Lord, laud ye the Name of the Lord *
praise it, O ye servants of the Lord;
Ye that stand in the house of the Lord *
in the courts of the house of our God.
O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious *
O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself *
and Israel for his own possession.
For I know that the Lord is great *
and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven and in earth *
and in the sea, and in all deep places.
He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world *
and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasures.
He smote the first-born of Egypt *
both of man and beast.
He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt *
upon Pharaoh, and all his servants.
He smote divers nations *
and slew mighty kings;
Sehon king of the Amorites, and Og the king of Basan *
and all the kingdoms of Canaan;
And gave their land to be an heritage *
even an heritage unto Israel his people.
Thy Name, O Lord, endureth for ever *
so doth thy memorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.
For the Lord will avenge his people *
and be gracious unto his servants.
As for the images of the heathen, they are but silver and gold *
the work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, and speak not *
eyes have they, but they see not.
They have ears, and yet they hear not *
neither is there any breath in their mouths.
They that make them are like unto them *
and so are all they that put their trust in them.
Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel *
praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.
Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi *
ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord.
Praised be the Lord out of Sion *
who dwelleth at Jerusalem.