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And praise Thee upon the 'harp, O God, my

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul?

And why moanest thou within me?
Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise

The salvation of my countenance, and my God.

God Our Fortress


For the Leader; [a Psalm] of the sons of
Korah; upon Alamoth. A Song.

2 God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble. 3 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth

do change, And though the mountains be moved into

the heart of the seas; 4 Though the waters thereof roar and foam, Though the mountains shake at the swelling thereof.


5 There is a river, the streams whereof make

glad the city of God, The holiest dwelling-place of the Most High. 6 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be

moved; God shall help her, at the approach of morn

ing. 7 Nations were in tumult, kingdoms were

moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 8 The Lord of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our high tower. Selah

9 Come, behold the works of the LORD,

Who hath made desolations in the earth. 10 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the

earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear

in sunder; He burneth the chariots in the fire. 11 'Let be, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will

be exalted in the earth.' 12 The LORD of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our high tower. Selah

Death Comes to All

49 For the Leader; a Psalm of the sons of


2 Hear this, all ye peoples;

Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world, 3 Both low and high,

Rich and poor together.
4 My mouth shall speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart shall be

5 I will incline mine ear to a parable;

I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 6 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, When the iniquity of my supplanters com

passeth me about, 7 of them that trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of

their riches? 8 No man can by any means redeem his brother,

Nor give to God a ransom for him

9 For too costly is the redemption of their

soul, And must be let alone for ever10 That he should still live alway,

That he should not see the pit. 11 For he seeth that wise men die,

The fool and the brutish together perish,

And leave their wealth to others. 12 Their inward thought is, that their houses

shall continue for ever, And their dwelling-places to all generations;

They call their lands after their own names. 13 But man abideth not in honour;

He is like the beasts that perish. 14 This is the way of them that are foolish, And of those who after them approve their sayings.

Selah 15 Like sheep they are appointed for the nether

world; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall have dominion over

them in the morning; And their form shall be for the nether-world

to wear away, That there be no habitation for it. 16 But God will redeem my soul from the power

of the nether-world; For He shall receive me.


17 Be not thou afraid when one waxeth rich,

When the wealth of his house is increased; 18 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing “Men will praise thee, when thou shalt do

away; His wealth shall not descend after him. 19 Though while he lived he blessed his soul:

well to thyself'; 20 It shall go to the generation of his fathers;

They shall never see the light. 21 Man that is in honour understandeth not;

He is like the beasts that perish.



For the Leader. A Psalm of David;

2 when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.

3 Be gracious unto me, O God, according to

Thy mercy;
According to the multitude of Thy compas-

sions blot out my transgressions.
4 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

And cleanse me from my sin. 5 For I know my transgressions;

And my sin is ever before me.
6 Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned,

And done that which is evil in Thy sight;
That Thou prayest be justified when Thou

And be in the right wher Chou judgest.

7 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

And in sin did my mother conceive me. 8 Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward

parts; Make me, therefore, to know wisdom in mine

inmost heart. 9 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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19 Make me to hear joy and gladness; That the bones which Thou hast crushed

may rejoice. 11 Hide Thy face from my sins,

And blot out all mine iniquities. 12 Create me a clean heart, O God;

And renew a stedfast spirit within me. 13 Cast me not away from Thy presence;

And take not Thy holy spirit from me. 14 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;

And let a willing spirit uphold me. 15 Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways;

And sinners shall return unto Thee. 16 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,

Thou God of my salvation;
So shall my tongue sing aloud of Thy right-


17 O Lord, open Thou my lips;

And my mouth shall declare Thy praise. 18 For Thou delightest not in sacrifice, else

would I give it; Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering. 19 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou

wilt not despise.

A Plea for God's Judgment
For the Leader; with string-music. Maschil

55 of David.

2 Give ear, O God, to my prayer;

And hide not Thyself from my supplication. 3 Attend unto me, and answer me;

I am distraught in my complaint, and will


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