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16 A small thing that the righteous hath is better than great riches of the ungodly.
17 For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken : and the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the godly: and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
19 They shall not be confounded in the perilous time: and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.
20 As for the ungodly, they shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord shall consume as the fat of lambs: yea, even as the smoke, shall they consume away.
21 The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again : but the righteous is merciful, and liberal.
22 Such as are blessed of God shall possess the land: and they that are cursed of him shall be rooted out. 23 The Lord ordereth a good man's going maketh his way acceptable to himself.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be cast away: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old: and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.
26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth : and his seed is blessed.
27 Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good : and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth the thing that is right: he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
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30 The righteous shall inherit the land: and dwell therein for ever.
31 The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wis→ dom and his tongue will be talking of judgement. 32 The law of his God is in his heart and his goings shall not slide.
33 The ungodly seeth the righteous and seeketh occasion to slay him.
34 The Lord will not leave him in his hand : nor condemn him when he is judged.
35 Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land: when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
36 I myself have seen the ungodly in great power: and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
29 The unrighteous shall be punished seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
37 I went by, and lo, he was gone: I sought him, but his place could no where be found.
38 Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
39 As for the transgressors, they shall perish toge ther and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
40 But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the Lord who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
41 And the Lord shall stand by them, and save them he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.
PSALM 38. Domine, ne in furore.
me not to rebuke, O Lord, in thine anger : neither chasten me in thy heavy displeasure. 2 For thine arrows stick fast in me; and thy hand presseth me sore.
3 There is no health in my flesh, because of thy displeasure neither is there any rest in my bones, by reason of my sin.
4 For my wickednesses are gone over my head: and are like a sore burden, too heavy for me to bear.
5 My wounds stink, and are corrupt: through my foolishness.
6 I am brought into so great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with a sore disease: and there is no whole part in my body.
8 I am feeble, and sore smitten: I have roared for the very disquietness of my heart.
9 Lord, thou knowest all my desire : and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me: and the sight of mine eyes is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my neighbours did stand looking upon my trouble: and my kinsmen stood afar off.
12 They also that sought after my life laid snares for me and they that went about to do me evil talked of wickedness, and imagined deceit all the day long.
13 As for me, I was like a deaf man, and heard not: and as one that is dumb, who doth not open his mouth.
14 I became even as a man that heareth not: and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: thou shalt answer for me, O Lord my God.
16 I have required that they, even mine enemies, should not triumph over me: for when my foot slipped, they rejoiced greatly against me.
17 And I, truly, am set in the plague viness is ever in my sight.
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18 For I will confess my wickedness: and be sorry for my sin.
19 But mine enemies live, and are mighty: and they that hate me wrongfully are many in number.
20 They also that reward evil for good are against me: because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far from me.
22 Haste thee to help me : O Lord God of my salvation.
PSALM 39. Dixi, custodiam.
I SAID, I will take heed to my ways: that I offend
not in my tongue.
2 I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle : while the ungodly is in my sight.
3 I held my tongue, and spake nothing: I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
4 My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus musing the fire kindled and at the last I spake with my tongue;
5 Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6 Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
7 For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain : he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8 And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is even in thee.
9 Deliver me from all mine offences and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
10 I became dumb, and opened not my mouth for it was thy doing.
11 Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
12 When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears.
14 For I am a stranger with thee: and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
15 O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before I go hence, and be no more seen. PSALM 40. Expectans expectavi.
I WAITED patiently for the Lord; and he inclined
unto me, heard my calling.
2 He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay : and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth : even a thanksgiving unto our God.
4 Many shall see it, and fear: and shall put their trust in the Lord.
5 Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Lord and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.
6 O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which thou hast done, like as be also thy thoughts which are to us-ward and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee.
7 If I should declare them, and speak of them: they should be more than I am able to express.
8 Sacrifice, and meat-offering, thou wouldest not: but mine ears hast thou opened.
9 Burnt-offerings, and sacrifice for sin, hast thou not required: then said I, Lo, I come,
10 In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O my God: I am content to do it; yea, thy law is within my heart.
11 I have declared thy righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowest.
12 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart : my talk hath been of thy truth, and of thy salvation.
13 I have not kept back thy loving mercy and truth: from the great congregation.
14 Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord:
let thy loving-kindness and thy truth alway preserve
15 For innumerable troubles are come about me; my sins have taken such hold upon me that I am not able to look up yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me. 16 O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me: make haste, Ó Lord, to help me.
17 Let them be ashamed, and confounded together, that seek after my soul to destroy it let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil.
18 Let them be desolate, and rewarded with shame : that say unto me, Fie upon thee, fie upon thee.
19 Let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee and let such as love thy salvation say alway, The Lord be praised.
20 As for me, I am poor and needy: but the Lord careth for me.
21 Thou art my helper and redeemer : make no long tarrying, O my God.
PSALM 41. Beatus qui intelligit.
LESSED is he that considereth the poor and
2 The Lord preserve him, and keep him alive, that he may be blessed upon earth and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord comfort him, when he lieth sick upon his bed make thou all his bed in his sickness.
4 I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
5 Mine enemies speak evil of me: When shall he die, and his name perish?
6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: and his heart conceiveth falshood within himself, and when he cometh forth he telleth it.
7 All mine enemies whisper together against me: even against me do they imagine this evil.
8 Let the sentence of guiltiness proceed against him and now that he lieth, let him rise up no more.
9 Yea, even mine own familiar friend, whom I trust