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I WILL love thee, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my stony rock, and my defence : my saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust, my buckler, the horn also of my salvation, and my refuge.
2 I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praised : so shall I be safe from mine enemies.
3 The sorrows of death compassed me : and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.
4 The pains of hell came about me : the snares of death overtook me.
5 In my trouble I will call upon the Lord : and complain unto my God.
6 So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple : and my complaint shall come before him, it shall enter even into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked : the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.
8 There went a smoke out in his presence : and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down : and it was dark under his feet.
10 He rode upon the cherubins, and did fly : he came flying upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place : his pavilion round about him, with dark water and thick clouds to cover him.
12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed : hail-stones, and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his thunder : hail-stones, and coals of fire.
14 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them : he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.
15 The springs of water were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered, at thy chiding, O Lord : at the blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.
16 He shall send down from on high to fetch me : and shall take me out of many waters.
17 He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me : for they are too mighty for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my trouble : but the Lord was my upholder.
19 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty : he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.
20 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing : according to the cleanness of my hands shall he recompense me.
21 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord : and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doth.
22 For I have an eye unto all his laws : and will not cast out his commandments from me.
23 I was also uncorrupt before him : and eschewed mine own wickedness.
24 Therefore shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing : and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eye-sight.
25 With the holy thou shalt be holy : and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.
26 With the clean thou shalt be clean : and with the froward thou shalt learn frowardness.
27 For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity : and shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.
28 Thou also shalt light my candle : the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be light.
29 For in thee I shall discomfit an host of men : and with the help of my God I shall leap over the wall.
30 The way of God is an undefiled way : the word of the Lord also is tried in the fire; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in him.
31 For who is God, but the Lord : or who hath any strength, except our God?
32 It is God, that girdeth me with strength of war : and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like harts’ feet : and setteth me up on high.
34 He teacheth mine hands to fight : and mine arms shall break even a bow of steel.
35 Thou hast given me the defence of thy salvation : thy right hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.
36 Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go : that my footsteps shall not slide.
37 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them : neither will I turn again till I have destroyed them.
38 I will smite them, that they shall not be able to stand : but fall under my feet.
39 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle : thou shalt throw down mine enemies under me.
40 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me : and I shall destroy them that hate me.
41 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them : yea, even unto the Lord shall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
42 I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind : I will cast them out as the clay in the streets.
43 Thou shalt deliver me from the strivings of the people : and thou shalt make me the head of the heathen.
44 A people whom I have not known : shall serve me.
45 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me : but the strange children shall dissemble with me.
46 The strange children shall fail : and be afraid out of their prisons.
47 The Lord liveth, and blessed be my strong helper : and praised be the Lord of my salvation;
48 Even the God that seeth that I be avenged : and subdueth the people unto me.
49 It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and setteth me up above mine adversaries : thou shalt rid me from the wicked man.
50 For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles : and sing praises unto thy Name.
51 Great prosperity giveth he unto his King : and sheweth loving-kindness unto David his Anointed, and unto his seed for evermore.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
- Revised Grail Psalter
- The Book of Psalms for Worship