Misericordias Domini
Misericordias Domini

MY SONG shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the Lord : with my mouth will I ever be shewing thy truth from one generation to another.
2 For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever : thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
3 I have made a covenant with my chosen : I have sworn unto David my servant;
4 Thy seed will I stablish for ever : and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
5 O Lord, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works : and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who is he among the clouds : that shall be compared unto the Lord?
7 And what is he among the gods : that shall be like unto the Lord?
8 God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints : and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
9 O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee : thy truth, most mighty Lord, is on every side.
10 Thou rulest the raging of the sea : thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
11 Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it : thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
12 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine : thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
13 Thou hast made the north and the south : Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
14 Thou hast a mighty arm : strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
15 Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat : mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
16 Blessed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in thee : they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
17 Their delight shall be daily in thy Name : and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
18 For thou art the glory of their strength : and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
19 For the Lord is our defence : the Holy One of Israel is our King.
20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst : I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
21 I have found David my servant : with my holy oil have I anointed him.
22 My hand shall hold him fast : and my arm shall strengthen him.
23 The enemy shall not be able to do him violence : the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
24 I will smite down his foes before his face : and plague them that hate him.
25 My truth also and my mercy shall be with him : and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
26 I will set his dominion also in the sea : and his right hand in the floods.
27 He shall call me, Thou art my Father : my God, and my strong salvation.
28 And I will make him my first-born : higher than the kings of the earth.
29 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore : and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
30 His seed also will I make to endure for ever : and his throne as the days of heaven.
31 But if his children forsake my law : and walk not in my judgements;
32 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments : I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
33 Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him : nor suffer my truth to fail.
34 My covenant I will not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips : I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
35 His seed shall endure for ever : and his seat is like as the sun before me.
36 He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon : and as the faithful witness in heaven.
37 But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine Anointed : and art displeased at him.
38 Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant : and cast his crown to the ground.
39 Thou hast overthrown all his hedges : and broken down his strong holds.
40 All they that go by spoil him : and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
41 Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies : and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
42 Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword : and givest him not victory in the battle.
43 Thou hast put out his glory : and cast his throne down to the ground.
44 The days of his youth hast thou shortened : and covered him with dishonour.
45 Lord, how long wilt thou hide thyself, for ever : and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
46 O remember how short my time is : wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
47 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death : and shall he deliver his soul from the hand of hell?
48 Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses : which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
49 Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have : and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people.
50 Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, and slandered the footsteps of thine Anointed : Praised be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and Amen.