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4 Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacoo for his help, and whose hope is in the LORD his God:
5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; who keepeth his promise for ever;
6. Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong; who feedeth the hungry.
7 The LORD looseth men out of prison; the LORD giveth sight to the blind.
8 The LORD helpeth them that are fallen; the LORD careth for the righteous.
9 The LORD careth for the strangers; he defendeth the fatherless and widow as for the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upside down.
10 The LORD thy God, O Sion, shall be King for evermore, and throughout all generations.
Psalm cxlvii. Laudate Dominum.
PRAISE the LORD, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful. 2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem, and gather together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth those that are broken in heart, and giveth medicine to heal their sickness.
4 He telleth the number of the stars, and calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power; yea, and his wisdom is infinite.
6 The LORD setteth up the meek, and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.
7 O sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praises upon the harp unto our God;
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men;
9 Who giveth fodder unto the cattle, and feedeth the young ravens that call upon him.
10 He hath no pleasure in the strength of an horse; neither delighteth he in any man's legs.
11 But the LORD's delight is in them that fear him, and put their trust in his mercy.
12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Sion.
13 For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the flour of wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth, and his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool, and scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who is able to abide his frost?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he bloweth with his wind, and the waters flow.
19 He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and ordinances unto Israel.
10 He hath not dealt so with any nation; neither have the heathen knowledge of his laws.
Psalm cxlviii. Laudate Dominum.
PRAISE the LORD of heaven: praise him in the height. 2 Praise him, all ye angels of his praise him, all his hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.
4 Praise him, all ye heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens.
5 Let them praise the Name of the LORD: for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath made them fast for ever and ever: he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.
7 Praise the LORD upon earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
8 Fire and hail, snow and vapours, wind and storm, fulfilling his word:
9 Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars:
10 Beasts and all cattle; worms and feathered fowls:
11 Kings of the earth and all people; princes and all judges of the world:
12 Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the
Name of the LORD: for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
13 He shall exalt the horn of his people: all his saints shall praise him; even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.
Psalm cxlix. Cantate Domino.
SING unto the LORD a new song; let the congregation of saints praise him.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him, and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his Name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with tabret and harp.
4 For the LORD hath pleasure in his people, and helpeth the meek-hearted.
5 Let the saints be joyful with glory; let them rejoice in their beds.
6 Let the praises of God be in their mouth; and a two-edged sword in their hands;
7 To be avenged of the heathen, and to rebuke the people;
8 To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with links of iron.
9 That they may be avenged of them; as it is written, Such honour have all his saints.
Psalm cl. Laudate Dominum.
O PRAISE God in his holiness: praise him in the firmament
of his power.
2 Praise him in his noble acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: praise him upon the lute and harp.
4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances: praise him upon the strings and pipe.
5 Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: praise him upon the loud cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.
THE END OF THE PSALTER.
AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF THE PROTESTANI' EPISCO. PAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN CONVENTION, ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1801.
ARTICLE 1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
HERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
ART. II. Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man.
The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.
ART. III. Of the going down of Christ into Hell.
As Christ died for us, and was buried; so also is it to be believed, that he went down into Hell.
ART. IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the last day.
ART. V. Of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
ART VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation. Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to sal vation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church
OF THE NAMES AND NUMBER OF THE CANONICAL BOOKS.
The First Book of Samuel,
The First Book of Kings,
The First Book of Chronicles,
The Book of Job,
Ecclesiastes or Preacher,
And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of lif and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine: such are these following:
The Third Book of Esdras,
The rest of the Book of Esther,
Jesus the Son of Sirach,
Baruch the Prophet,
The Song of the Three Children,
Of Bel and the Dragon,
The Second Book of Maccabees.
All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive and account them Canonical.
ART. VII. Of the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is not contrary to the New: for both in the Old and New Testarent everlasting life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign that the old Fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called Moral.
ART. VIII. Of the Creeds.
The Nicene Creed, and that which is commonly called the Apostles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture.
ART. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin.
Original sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk ;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea in them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in Greek, pgóvŋua oagxòs, (which some do expound the wisdom, some sensuality, some the affection, some the desire, of the flesh,) is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe and are baptized; yet the Apostle doth confess, that Boncupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.
ART. X. Of Free-Will.
The condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable