Lord, thou hast been our refuge *
from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made *
thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
Thou turnest man to destruction *
again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday *
seeing that is past as a watch in the night.
As soon as thou scatterest them they are even as a sleep *
and fade away suddenly like the grass.
In the morning it is green, and groweth up *
but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
For we consume away in thy displeasure *
and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee *
and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
For when thou art angry all our days are gone *
we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years *
yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
But who regardeth the power of thy wrath *
for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure.
So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last *
and be gracious unto thy servants.
O satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
Comfort us again now after the time that thou hast plagued us *
and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
Shew thy servants thy work *
and their children thy glory.
And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us *
prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handywork.
Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High *
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold *
my God, in him will I trust.
For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter *
and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers *
his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night *
nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
For the pestilence that walketh in darkness *
nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand *
but it shall not come nigh thee.
Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold *
and see the reward of the ungodly.
For thou, Lord, art my hope *
thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
There shall no evil happen unto thee *
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee *
to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee in their hands *
that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder *
the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him *
I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
He shall call upon me, and I will hear him *
yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
With long life will I satisfy him *
and shew him my salvation.
Bonum est confiteri
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord *
and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most Highest;
To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning *
and of thy truth in the night-season;
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute *
upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy works *
and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.
O Lord, how glorious are thy works *
thy thoughts are very deep.
An unwise man doth not well consider this *
and a fool doth not understand it.
When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish *
then shall they be destroyed for ever; but thou, Lord, art the most Highest for evermore.
For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perish *
and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
But mine horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn *
for I am anointed with fresh oil.
Mine eye also shall see his lust of mine enemies *
and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree *
and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.
Such as are planted in the house of the Lord *
shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.
They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age *
and shall be fat and well-liking.
That they may shew how true the Lord my strength is *
and that there is no unrighteousness in him.