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101

1 My song is of ′ mercy · and ′ justice:
to ′ you O ′ Lord · I will ′ sing.
2 I will give heed to the ′ way · that is ′ blameless:
O Lord ′ when ′ will you ′ come to me?
3 I will walk with′in my ′ house:
in ′ puri′ty of ′ heart.
4 No base aim will I set be′fore my ′ eyes:
I hate the ways of disloyalty,
and I will ′ have no ′ part with ′ them.
5† Perversity of heart shall be ′ far from ′ me:
I will ′ have no ′ dealings · with ′ evil.
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7 I will look with favour on the faithful in the land,
that they may ′ dwell with ′ me:
whoever leads a blameless ′ life shall ′ be my ′ servant.
8 No treacherous person shall ′ live · in my ′ house:
the liar shall be ′ banished ′ from my ′ presence.

102Day 20 Morning

PART ONE

1 Hear my ′ prayer O ′ Lord:
and let my ′ cry ′ come be′fore you.
2 Do not hide your face from me in my ′ time of ′ trouble:
incline your ear to me,
and be swift to ′ answer · me ′ when I ′ call.
3 For my days pass a′way like ′ smoke:
and my bones are burnt ′ up as ′ in a ′ furnace.
4 I am beaten down and ′ withered · like ′ grass:
I waste away, be′cause I ′ cannot ′ eat.
5 I ′ groan ′ loudly:
I am ′ nothing · but ′ skin and ′ bones.
6 I am like a vulture ′ in the ′ wilderness:
like an ′ owl in ′ desol·ate ′ places.
7 I lie a′wake ′ moaning:
I am like a sparrow a′lone up′on a ′ housetop.
8 My enemies taunt me ′ all the · day ′ long:
and those who deride me ′ use my ′ name in ′ cursing.
9 The bread I eat ′ is like ′ ashes:
and tears are ′ mingled ′ with my ′ drink,
10 because of your ′ anger · and ′ fury:
for you have picked me ′ up and ′ flung · me a′way.
11† My days decline as the ′ shadows ′ lengthen:
and I ′ wither · a′way like ′ grass.

PART TWO

12 But you O Lord shall ′ reign for ′ ever:
and your name shall be remembered‿
through′out all ′ gener′ations.
13 You will arise and have mercy ′ on Je′rusalem:
for the ′ time has ′ come to ′ pity her.
14 Even her tumbled stones are ′ dear · to your ′ servants:
it moves them with pity to ′ see her ′ in the ′ dust.
15 The nations shall fear your ′ name O ′ Lord:
and all the ′ kings · of the ′ earth your ′ majesty,
16 when you build up Je′rusalem · a′gain:
and ′ show your·self ′ in your ′ glory,
17 when you turn to the ′ prayer · of the ′ destitute:
and do′ not re′ject · their ap′peal.
18 Let this be written for ′ those who · come ′ after:
and a people yet to be ′ born shall ′ praise the ′ Lord,
19 ‘The Lord looked down from the holy ′ place on ′ high:
out of heaven the ′ Lord ′ looked · at the ′ earth,
20 ‘to hear the groaning of ′ those held ′ prisoner:
and give freedom to those ′ under ′ sentence · of ′ death,
21 ‘so that the Lord’s name may be pro′claimed · in Je′rusalem:
and God’s praises ′ in the ′ holy ′ city,
22† ‘when peoples are ′ gathered · to′gether:
and ′ kingdoms · to ′ serve the ′ Lord.’
23 God has broken my strength be′fore my ′ time:
and shortened the ′ number ′ of my ′ days.
24 O my God, do not take me away in the ′ midst · of my ′ life:
for your life en′dures through ′ all · gener′ations.
25 You Lord in the beginning laid the ′ earth’s found′ations:
and the ′ heavens · are the ′ work of · your ′ hands.
26 They shall perish, but ′ you · shall en′dure:
like clothes they shall all wear out,
you will cast them off‿
like a ′ cloak and ′ they shall ′ vanish.
27 But you remain the ′ same for ′ ever:
and your ′ years shall ′ have no ′ end.
28 The children of your servants shall ′ dwell se′cure:
and their posterity ′ shall stand ′ fast · in your ′ sight.

103

PART ONE

1 Praise the Lord ′ O my ′ soul:
and all that is within me ′ praise God’s ′ holy ′ name.
2 Praise the Lord ′ O my ′ soul:
and forget not ′ all that ′ God has ′ done for you.
3 The Lord forgives you ′ all your ′ sin:
and heals you of ′ all ′ your in′firmities.
4 The Lord saves your ′ life · from the ′ grave:
and ′ crowns you · with ′ love and ′ mercy.
5† The Lord fills your life with ′ good ′ things:
so that your ′ youth · is re′newed · like the ′ eagle’s.
 
6 You Lord are righteous ′ in your ′ acts:
and bring justice to ′ all that ′ are op′pressed.
7 You showed your ′ ways to ′ Moses:
your ′ deeds · to the ′ children · of ′ Israel.
8 You are full of com′passion · and ′ mercy:
slow to ′ anger · and ′ rich in ′ kindness.
9 You will not ′ always · be ′ chiding:
nor do you ′ keep your ′ anger · for ′ ever.
10 You have not dealt with us ac′cording · to our ′ sins:
nor punished us ac′cording ′ to our ′ wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high a′bove the ′ earth:
so great is your ′ mercy · over ′ those who ′ fear you.
12 As far as the east is ′ from the ′ west:
so far have you put a′way our ′ sins ′ from us.
13 As parents have compassion ′ on their ′ children:
so do you Lord‿
have com′passion · on ′ those who ′ fear you.
14† For you know what ′ we are ′ made of:
you re′member · that we ′ are but ′ dust.

PART TWO


15 Our days are ′ like the ′ grass:
we flourish ′ like a ′ flower · of the ′ field.
16 But as soon as the wind goes over it, ′ it is ′ gone:
and its ′ place shall ′ know it · no ′ more.
17 But your merciful goodness O Lord‿
extends for ever toward ′ those who ′ fear you:
and your ′ righteousness · to ′ children’s ′ children,
18 when they are true ′ to your ′ covenant:
and re′member · to ′ keep · your com′mandments.
 
19 You O Lord have established your ′ throne in ′ heaven:
and you rule as ′ sovereign ′ over ′ all.
20 O praise the Lord all you angels,
you mighty ones who ′ do God’s ′ bidding:
and heed the com′mand · of the ′ Most ′ High.
21 Praise the Lord all you ′ heaven·ly ′ hosts:
you ′ servants · who ′ do God’s ′ will.
22 Praise the Lord all things created,
in all places ′ under · God’s ′ rule:
praise the ′ Lord ′ O my ′ soul.

104Day 20 Evening

PART ONE

1 Praise the Lord ′ O my ′ soul:
O Lord my God you are great indeed,
you are ′ clothed in ′ majesty · and ′ splendour.
2 You cover yourself with light as it were ′ with a ′ garment:
you have spread out the ′ heavens ′ like a ′ tent.
3 You laid out the beams of your dwelling‿
on the ′ waters · a′bove:
you make the clouds your chariot,
and ride up′on the ′ wings · of the ′ wind.
4 You make the ′ winds your ′ messengers:
and ′ flames of ′ fire your ′ servants.
5 You fixed the earth on ′ its found′ations:
so that ′ it can ′ never · be ′ shaken.
6 You wrapped it with the ocean ′ as · with a ′ cloak:
the ′ waters ′ covered · the ′ mountains.
7 The waters fled at ′ your re′buke:
at the voice of your ′ thunder · they ′ rushed a′way.
8 They flowed over the mountains,
and down ′ into · the ′ valleys:
to the place ′ you · had ap′pointed ′ for them.
9 You set the limits which they ′ may not ′ pass:
lest they should re′turn to ′ cover · the ′ earth.
10 You cause springs to gush ′ forth · in the ′ valleys:
their waters ′ flow be′tween the ′ hills.
11 They give drink to the ′ beasts · of the ′ field:
and the wild ′ asses ′ quench their ′ thirst.
12 The birds make their nests‿
in the trees a′long their ′ banks:
and ′ sing a′mong the ′ branches.
13 From your dwelling on high you ′ water · the ′ hills:
the earth is filled with the ′ fruits ′ of your ′ bounty.
14 You cause the grass to ′ grow · for the ′ cattle:
and ′ plants for ′ us to ′ cultivate,
15 that we may bring out ′ food · from the ′ earth:
and ′ wine to ′ gladden · our ′ heart,
16 oil to give us a ′ shining ′ face:
and ′ bread to ′ give us ′ strength.
17 The trees of the Lord are ′ watered · a′bundantly:
the cedars of Lebanon ′ which the ′ Lord has ′ planted.
18 There the birds ′ make their ′ nests:
and the stork has its ′ home ′ in their ′ tops.
19 The high hills are a refuge for the ′ wild ′ goats:
and the boulders are a ′ shelter ′ for the ′ rabbits.
20 You created the moon to ′ mark the ′ seasons:
and the sun ′ knows the ′ time · for its ′ setting.
21 You make darkness that it ′ may be ′ night:
when all the ′ beasts · of the ′ forest · creep ′ out.
22 The young lions ′ roar · for their ′ prey:
and ′ seek their ′ food from ′ God.
23 When the sun rises they ′ slink a′way:
and ′ go to ′ rest · in their ′ dens.
24 The labourer goes ′ out to ′ work:
and will ′ toil un′til the ′ evening.

PART TWO

25 O Lord how manifold ′ are your ′ works:
in wisdom you have made them all,
the ′ earth is ′ full of · your ′ creatures.
26 There is the great and ′ mighty ′ sea:
which teems with living ′ things both ′ great and ′ small.
27 Upon it ′ sail the ′ ships:
and there is Leviathan,
the ′ monster · you ′ made to ′ sport in it.
28 All these ′ look to ′ you:
to, give them their ′ food in ′ due ′ season.
29 What you give them they ′ gather ′ up:
when you open your hand,
they are ′ filled with ′ good ′ things.
30 But when you hide your face ′ they · are dis′mayed:
when you take away their breath they die,
and re′turn · to the ′ dust they ′ came from.
31 When you send out your spirit they ′ are cre′ated:
and you re′new the ′ face · of the ′ earth.
32 May your glory O Lord en′dure for ′ ever:
may you re′joice O ′ Lord · in your ′ works.
33 When you look at the ′ earth it ′ trembles:
when you ′ touch the ′ mountains · they ′ smoke.
34 I will sing to the Lord as ′ long · as I ′ live:
I will praise my God ′ while I ′ have have my ′ being.
35 May my meditation ′ please the ′ Lord:
as I ′ show my ′ joy in ′ God.
36 Let sinners vanish from the earth,
and the wicked ′ come · to an ′ end:
bless the Lord O my soul.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

105Day 21 Morning

PART ONE

1 Give thanks and call upon the ′ name of the ′ Lord:
make known to the ′ nations · what ′ God has ′ done.
2 Sing to God, O ′ sing God’s ′ praise:
tell of all the wonderful ′ deeds · of the ′ Most ′ High.
3 Exult in God’s ′ holy ′ name:
let the heart of those who ′ seek the ′ Lord re′joice.
4 Turn for help to the ′ Lord your ′ strength:
and ′ constant·ly ′ seek God’s ′ presence.
5 Remember the marvellous things the Most ′ High has ′ done:
the wonders, and the ′ judgments ′ God has ′ given,
6 O children of Abraham the ′ servant · of ′ God:
O offspring of Jacob the ′ chosen ′ of the ′ Lord.
7 You are the ′ Lord our ′ God:
and your judgments ′ are in ′ all the ′ earth.
8 You are mindful of your ′ coven·ant ′ always:
and of the promise you made‿
to a ′ thousand ′ gener′ations,
9 the covenant that you ′ made with ′ Abraham:
and the ′ oath · that you ′ gave to ′ Isaac,
10 which you confirmed to ′ Jacob · as ′ binding:
as your ever′lasting ′ covenant · with ′ Israel,
11 saying, ‘To you I will give the ′ land of ′ Canaan:
as ′ your ap′pointed · in′heritance.’
12 They were as yet ′ few in ′ number:
and ′ ali·ens ′ in that ′ land,
13 wandering from ′ country · to ′ country:
and from one ′ kingdom ′ to an′other.
14 But you let ′ no one · op′press them:
and re′buked · even ′ kings for · their ′ sake,
15† saying, ‘Do not touch my an′ointed ′ servants:
and ′ do my ′ prophets · no ′ harm.’
 
16 You called down famine ′ on the ′ land:
and cut ′ off · the sup′ply of ′ bread.
17 But you had sent a ′ man be′fore them:
Joseph ′ who was ′ sold · as a ′ slave,
18 whose feet they ′ bound with ′ fetters:
and a collar of ′ iron · was ′ round his ′ neck.
19 Until his pre′dictions · came ′ true:
he was ′ tested ′ by · your com′mand.
20 The king ′ sent · and re′leased him:
the ruler of ′ nations ′ let him · go ′ free.
21 He made him′ lord · of his ′ household:
and ruler ′ over ′ all · his pos′sessions,
22† to correct his ′ officers · at ′ will:
and to ′ teach his ′ counsel·lors ′ wisdom.

PART TWO

23 Then Israel ′ came · into ′ Egypt:
Jacob settled ′ in the ′ land of ′ Ham.
24 There Lord you made your ′ people ′ fruitful:
and they became ′ stronger ′ than their ′ enemies,
25 whose hearts you turned to hatred ′ of your′ people:
and to deceitful ′ dealing ′ with your ′ servants.
26 Then you sent ′ Moses · your ′ servant:
and ′ Aaron · whom ′ you had ′ chosen.
27 They performed your ′ signs a′mong them:
and your wonders ′ in the ′ land of ′ Ham.
28 You sent darkness, and all ′ was ′ dark:
but they would ′ not o′bey your ′ word.
29 You turned their waters ′ into ′ blood:
and ′ caused their ′ fish to ′ die.
30 Their land ′ swarmed with ′ frogs:
yes, even ′ in the ′ rooms · of the ′ palace.
31 You commanded, and there rose up ′ clouds of ′flies:
and ′ gnats · throughout ′ all their ′ country.
32 You gave them ′ hail for ′ rain:
and ′ lightning · flashed ′ over · their ′ land.
33 You struck their ′ vines · and their ′ fig-trees:
and shattered the ′ trees with′in their ′ borders.
34 You gave the word,
and grasshoppers came, and ′ locusts · in′numerable:
they ate up everything green in the land,
and devoured all ′ produce ′ of the ′ soil.
35† You struck down all the first-born ′ in the ′ land:
the ′ first-fruits · of ′ their vir′ility.
 
36 You led Israel out, with spoil of ′ silver · and ′ gold:
among the tribes not one ′ person ′ fell be′hind.
37 The Egyptians were glad ′ when they ′ went:
for dread of ′ Israel · had ′ fallen up′on them.
38 You O Lord spread out a cloud ′ as a ′ screen:
and ′ fire · to give ′ light at ′ night.
39 The people asked, and you ′ sent them ′ quails:
and you ′ filled · them with ′ bread from ′ heaven.
40 You opened a rock and ′ water · gushed ′ out:
it flowed like a river ′ through the ′ arid ′ land.
41 For you remembered your ′ sacred ′ promise:
which you had made to ′ Abra′ham your ′ servant.
42 So you led out your ′ people · re′joicing:
your ′ chosen ones · with ′ songs of ′ gladness.
43 You gave them the ′ lands · of the ′ heathen:
and they took pos′session · where ′ others had ′ toiled,
44† so that they might keep your statutes and o′bey your ′ laws:
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

106Day 21 Morning

PART ONE

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
O give thanks, for the ′ Lord is ′ good:
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
2 Who can recount your mighty ′ acts O ′ Lord:
or ′ tell of ′ all your ′ praise?
3 Blessed are those who ′ act ′ justly:
and ′ always· do ′ what is ′ right.
4 Remember me Lord,
when you show favour ′ to your ′ people:
and come to me ′ with your ′ saving ′ help.
5† So that I may see the prosperity ′ of your ′ chosen:
rejoice with the nation’s gladness,
and exult with the people ′‿
you have ′ made your ′ own.
 
6 We have sinned ′ like our ′ ancestors:
we have erred, and ′ we have′ acted ′ wickedly.
7 They made light of your wonders in Egypt,
they did not recall your many great ′ acts of ′ kindness:
but showed themselves re′bellious · at the ′ Red ′ Sea.
8 Yet you saved them for your ′ name’s ′ sake:
so that they might make ′ known your ′ mighty ′ power.
9 At your rebuke the Red Sea ′ dried ′ up:
and you led them through the deep as ′ over ′ dry ′ land.
10 Thus you saved them ′ from their ′ adversary:
and delivered them ′ out of the ′ ene·my’s ′ hand.
11 As for their oppressors, the waters ′ over′whelmed them:
not ′ one of them · was ′ left a′live.
12† Then they be′lieved your ′ words:
then too they ′ sang ′ your ′ praises.
 
13 But they soon forgot all the ′ Lord had ′ done:
they would not ′ wait to ′ hear God’s ′ counsel.
14 Greed came upon them ′ in the ′ wilderness:
and they tried God’s ′ patience ′ in the ′ desert.
15 So the Lord gave them ′ what they ′ asked for:
but sent a ′ wasting ′ sickness · a′mong them.
16 Some in the camp grew ′ envious · of ′ Moses:
and of Aaron the ′ Lord’s ′ holy ′ servant.
17 So the earth opened and ′ swallowed · up ′ Dathan:
and closed over the ′ compa·ny ′ of A′biram.
18 Fire broke ′ out a′mong them:
and the ′ flames burnt ′ up · the un′godly.
19 They made a young ′ bull in ′ Horeb:
and ′ worshipped · that ′ molten ′ image.
20 So they exchanged the ′ glory · of ′ God:
for the image of a ′ creature · that ′ feeds on ′ grass.
21 They forgot that you were the ′ God · who had ′ saved them:
by your ′ mighty ′ acts in ′ Egypt,
22 wonderful things in the ′ land of ′ Ham:
and awesome things ′ at the ′ Red ′ Sea.
23† So you would have destroyed them‿
but for ′ Moses · your ′ chosen one:
who stood before you in the breach,
to turn back your ′ wrath from ′ their de′struction.

PART TWO

24 They thought ill of the ′ pleasant ′ land:
because they did ′ not be′lieve God’s ′ promise.
25 They complained in′side their ′ tents:
and would not ′ listen · to the ′ voice of · the ′ Lord.
26 So you lifted your ′ hand and ′ vowed:
that you would ′ strike them ′ down · in the ′ wilderness,
27 and scatter their descendants a′mong the ′ nations:
and dis′perse them · through′out the ′ world.
28 They joined in the worship of ′ Baal of ′ Peor:
in the feasts of ′ gods that ′ have no ′ life.
29 Their wanton deeds provoked the ′ Lord to ′ anger:
and ′ plague broke ′ out a′mong them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and ′ inter′ceded:
and ′ so the ′ plague was ′ checked,
31 and this was counted ′ in his ′ favour:
throughout ′ all · gener′ations · for ′ ever.
32 Then they angered the Lord at the ′ waters · of ′ Meribah:
and Moses ′ suffered · on ′ their ac′count.
33 For they em′bittered · his ′ spirit:
and he uttered ′ ill-con′sidered ′ words.

PART THREE

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35 They intermarried ′ with the ′ heathen:
and ′ learned to ′ follow · their ′ ways.
36 They worshipped foreign idols,
which be′came a ′ snare to them:
they sacrificed their ′‿
sons · and their ′ daughters · to ′ demons.
37 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of those ′ sons and ′ daughters:
and the ′ land · was de′filed with ′ blood.
38 Thus they polluted themselves ′ by their ′ deeds:
and wantonly broke ′ faith ′ with their ′ Lord.
39 Therefore your wrath was ′ kindled a′gainst them:
and you loathed the ′‿
people · you had ′ made your ′ own.
40 You gave them into the ′ hands · of the ′ nations:
and people who ′ hated them · be′came their ′ rulers.
41 Their ′ enemies · op′pressed them:
and made them ′ subject ′ to their ′ power.
42 Many a ′ time you ′ rescued them:
but they were bent on rebellion,
and were brought ′ low ′ by their ′ wickedness.
43 Yet you gave heed to ′ their dis′tress:
when′ever · you ′ heard their ′ cry.
44 You remembered your covenant with them,
and in your boundless love ′ you re′lented:
causing even their ′ captors · to ′ pity ′ them.
45 Deliver us O Lord our God,
and gather us from a′mong the ′ nations:
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and ′ make it · our ′ glory · to ′ praise you.
46 Blessèd be the Lord our God‿
from age to ′ age for ′ ever:
and let all the people say, `Amen.′
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′- the ′ Lord.

107Day 22 Morning

PART ONE

1 ‘O give thanks, for the ′ Lord is ′ gracious:
God’s steadfast ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.’
2 So let the people say whom the ′ Lord · has re′deemed:
whom the Lord has redeemed‿
from the ′ hand ′ of the ′ enemy,
3† and gathered out of the lands,
from the east and ′ from the ′ west:
from the ′ north and ′ from the ′ south.
4 Some went astray in the ′ desert ′ wastes:
and found no way to a ′ city ′ where · they could ′ dwell.
5 They were ′ hungry · and ′ thirsty:
and their ′ soul was ′ fainting · with′in them.
6 Then they cried to you O Lord ′ in their ′ trouble:
and you rescued ′ them from ′ their dis′tress.
7 You led them by a ′ straight ′ path:
until they came to a ′ city ′ where · they could ′ live.
8 Let them thank you O Lord for your ′ steadfast ′ love:
for the ′ wonders ′ that you ′ do for us.
9 For you ′ satisfy · the ′ thirsty:
and fill the ′ hungry · with ′ good ′ things.
 
10 Some lay in ′ darkness · and ′ gloom:
prisoners fast ′ bound in ′ fetters · of ′ iron,
11 because they had defied the ′ words · of the ′ Lord:
and spurned the ′ counsel · of ′ God most ′ high.
12 So their hearts were subdued by ′ hard ′ labour:
they ′ stumbled · with ′ no one · to ′ help them.
13 Then they cried to you O Lord ′ in their ′ trouble:
and you ′ rescued them · from ′ their dis′tress.
14† You brought them out of ′ darkness · and ′ gloom:
and ′ broke their ′ fetters · in ′ pieces.
15 Let them thank you O Lord for your ′ steadfast ′ love:
for the ′ wonders ′ that you ′ do for us.
16 For you break open ′ doors of ′ bronze:
and ′ smash the ′ bars of ′ iron.

PART TWO

17 Some were sick be′cause of · their ′ sins:
afflicted ′ on ac′count · of their ′ wrongdoing.
18 They loathed every ′ kind of ′ food:
and drew ′ near · to the ′ gates of ′ death.
19 Then they cried to you O Lord ′ in their ′ trouble:
and you ′ rescued them · from ′ their dis′tress.
20 You sent forth your ′ word and ′ healed them:
and ′ saved their ′ life · from the ′ grave.
21 Let them thank you O Lord for your ′ steadfast ′ love:
for the ′ wonders ′ that you ′ do for us.
22 Let them offer the ′ sacrifice · of ′ thanksgiving:
and tell of your ′ deeds with ′ shouts of ′ joy.
 
23 Those who go down to the ′ sea in ′ ships:
and ply their ′ trade on ′ great ′ waters,
24 they have seen your ′ works O ′ Lord:
and the ′ wonders · you ′ do in the ′ deep.
25 At your command the stormy ′ wind a′rose:
and ′ lifted ′ up the ′ waves.
26 They were carried up to the sky,
and down again ′ to the ′ depths:
their courage ′ melted · a′way · in their ′ peril.
27 They reeled to and fro, and staggered ′ as if ′ drunken:
their seafaring skill was ′ utterly · with′out a′vail.
28 Then they cried to you O Lord ′ in their ′ trouble:
and you ′ rescued them · from ′ their dis′tress.
29 You made the ′ storm be ′ still:
and the ′ roaring ′ waves were ′ hushed.
30 Then they were glad be′cause it · was ′ calm:
and so you brought them to the harbour‿
where ′ they had ′ longed to ′ be.
31 Let them thank you O Lord for your ′ steadfast ′ love:
for the ′ wonders ′ that you ′ do for us.

32 Let them extol you in the as′sembly · of the ′ people:
and praise you ′ in the ′ council · of ′ elders.

PART THREE

33 The Lord turns rivers ′ into ′ desert:
and springs of water ′ into ′ thirsty ′ ground.
34 A fruitful land you make a ′ salty ′ waste:
because of the ′ wickedness · of ′ those who ′ live in it.
35 You turn desert into ′ standing ′ pools:
and dry land ′ into ′ springs of ′ water.
36 There you ′ settle · the ′ hungry:
and they ′ build there · a ′ city · to ′ live in.
37 They sow fields and ′ plant ′ vineyards:
which ′ yield them · a ′ bounti·ful ′ harvest.
38 You bless them, and their ′ numbers · in′crease:
and you permit ′ no de′crease · of their ′ herds.
39 When they are weakened and ′ brought ′ low:
through stress of mis′fortune ′ and ′ sorrow,
40 you pour contempt on their ′ princely · op′pressors:
whom you send a′stray · in the ′ trackless ′ desert.
41 But the poor you ′ lift · out of ′ misery:
and increase their ′ families · like ′ flocks of ′ sheep
45 The upright see it, ′ and are ′ glad:
but the ′ wicked · are ′ put to ′ silence.
43† Let those who are wise ′ ponder · these ′ things:
and consider the ′ Lord’sun′failing ′ love.

108Day 22 Evening

1 My heart is steadfast O God, my ′ heart is ′ steadfast:
I will ′ sing and ′ make ′ melody.
2 Awake my soul, awake ′ lute and ′ harp:
I myself · will a′waken · the ′ dawn.
3 I will give thanks to you Lord a′mong the′ peoples:
I will ′ praise you · a′mong the ′ nations.
4 For the greatness of your love ′ reaches · to the ′ heavens:
and your ′ faithful·ness ′ up · to the ′ clouds.
5 Show yourself O God a′bove the ′ heavens:
let your glory shine ′ over ′ all the ′ earth,
6 so that your belovèd may ′ be de′livered:
O save us by ′ your right ′ hand and ′ answer us.
7 You have spoken in your ′ holy ′ place:
`I will go up and divide Shechem,
and measure ′ out the ′ valley · of ′ Succoth.
8 ‘Gilead and Man′asseh · are ′ mine:
Ephraim is my helmet, ′ Judah ′ is my ′ sceptre,
9† ‘Moab is my wash-basin, to Edom I will ′ throw my ′ shoe:
and over Philistia ′ I will ′ shout in ′ triumph.’
 
10 Who will bring me to the ′ forti·fied ′ city:
who will ′ lead me ′ into ′ Edom,
11 since you O ′ God · have re′jected us:
and no ′ longer · go ′ out · with our ′ armies?
12 Grant us help a′gainst the ′ enemy:
for vain is ′ any ′ human ′ help.
13 With the help of our God we ′ shall do ′ valiantly:
for it is God who will ′ tread ′ down our ′ enemies.

109

1 Be silent no longer O ′ God · of my ′ praise:
for the mouth of the wicked and‿
de′ceitful · is ′ opened · a′gainst me.
2 They speak against me with ′ lying ′ tongues:
they beset me with words of hatred,
and at′tack me · with′out · any ′ cause.
3 In return for my love ′ they ac′cuse me:
though I con′tinue · to ′ pray for ′ them.
4 Thus have they repaid me ′ evil · for ′ good:
and ′ hatred · for ′ my good′will.
  * * *
20 O Lord my God, deal with me as be′fits your ′ name:
in the goodness of your ′ steadfast ′ love de′liver me.
21 For I am ′ poor and ′ needy:
and my ′ heart is ′ wounded · with′in me.
22 I fade like a ′ shadow · at ′ evening:
I am ′ shaken ′ off · like a ′ locust.
23 My knees are ′ weak from ′ fasting:
my body is ′ gaunt from ′ meagre ′ nourishment.
24† I have become the scorn of ′ my ac′cusers:
when they see me, they ′ toss their ′ heads · in de′rision.
25 Help me O ′ Lord my ′ God:
save me ′ in your ′ steadfast ′ love,
26 that all may know this is ′ your ′ doing:
and that you a′lone O ′ Lord have ′ done it.
27 They may curse, but ′ you will ′ bless:
my assailants will be put to shame,
and your ′ servant ′ will re′joice.
28 Let my accusers be ′ clothed · with dis′honour:
let them be covered in ′ shame as ′ with a ′ cloak.
29 As for me, loud thanks to the Lord are ′ on my ′ lips:
I will praise the Lord ′ in the ′ midst · of the ′ throng.
30 For the Lord stands at the right ′ hand · of the ′ poor:
to save from death ′ those un′justly · con′demned.

110Day 23 Morning

1 The Lord ′ said to ′ my lord:
‘Sit at my right hand,
until I ′ make your ′ enemies · your ′ footstool.’
2 From the holy mountain‿
the Lord hands you the ′ sceptre · of ′ power
saying, ′‘Rule · in the ′ midst · of your ′ enemies.’
3 On the day of your power your people‿
shall willingly ′ offer · them′selves:
in holy array they will come to you‿
like ′ dew · at the ′ birth of · the ′ morning.
4 The Lord has sworn an oath that will never ′ be re′tracted:
‘You are a priest for ever ′‿
in the ′ line · of Mel′chizedek.’
  * * *

111

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
I will thank you O Lord with ′ all my ′ heart:
in the company of the ′ upright · in ′ their as′sembly.
2 Great are your ′ works O ′ Lord:
and to be ′ studied · by ′ all · who de′light in them.
3 Your deeds are full of ′ majesty · and ′splendour:
and your ′ righteousness · en′dures for ′ ever.
4 You have caused your marvellous acts to ′ be re′membered:
you Lord are ′ gracious · and ′ full of · com′passion.
5 You give food to ′ those who ′ fear you:
you keep your ′ cove·nant ′ always · in ′ mind.
6 You have shown your people your ′ power in ′ action:
by giving them the ′ lands of ′ other ′ nations.
7 The works of your hands are ′ faithful· and ′ just:
and ′ all your ′ precepts · are ′ trustworthy.
8 They stand fast for ′ ever · and ′ ever:
they are ′ grounded · in ′ truth and ′ justice.
9 You sent redemption to your people,
you decreed your e′ternal ′ covenant:
holy and ′ awesome ′ is your ′ name.
10 The fear of you O Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
those who revere you have ′ good · under′standing:
your ′ praise · shall en′dure for ′ ever.

112

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
Blessèd are those who ′ fear the ′ Lord:
and greatly de′light in ′ God’s com′mandments.
2 Their descendants will be ′ mighty · in the ′ land:
the children of the ′ upright ′ will be ′ blessed.
3 Riches and plenty shall ′ fill their ′ houses:
righteousness ′ shall be ′ theirs for ′ ever.
4 They are a light in the darkness ′ for the ′ upright:
being ′ gracious · com′passionate · and ′ just.
5 It goes well with those who are ′ generous · in ′ lending:
who con′duct · their af′fairs with ′ justice.
6 For the righteous will ′ never · be ′ shaken:
they will be ′ kept · in re′membrance · for ′ ever.
7 They will not live in fear of ′ bad ′ news:
because with steadfast ′ heart they ′ trust · in the ′ Lord.
8 Their heart is steady, they ′ will not ′ fear:
in the end they shall ′ see their ′ ene·mies′ ′ downfall.
9 They give freely ′ to the ′ poor:
their righteousness stands for ever,
and they will hold ′ up their ′ head with ′ honour.
The wicked will be vexed ′ when they ′ see it:
they will grind their teeth and slink away,
for the hopes of the ′ wicked · shall ′ come to ′ nothing.

113

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
O praise the Lord, you servants ′ of the ′ Lord:
O ′ praise the ′ name · of the ′ Lord.
2 Blessèd be the ′ name · of the ′ Lord:
both ′ now · and for ′ ever′more.
3 The Lord’s′ name be ′ praised:
from the ′ rising · of the ′ sun to its ′ setting.
4 The Lord is high a′bove the ′ nations:
and the glory of the ′ Lord a′bove the ′ heavens.
5 Who can be likened to the Lord our God,
who sits en′throned on ′ high:
yet deigns to look ′ down from ′ heaven · to ′ earth?
6 The Lord lifts the weak ′ out · of the ′ dust:
and raises the ′ poor ′ from the ′ dung-heap,
7 to make them ′ sit with ′ princes:
with the ′ princes ′ of God’s ′ people.
8 The Lord gives the barren ′ woman · a ′ home:
and makes her the joyful mother of children.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

114Day 23 Evening

1 When Israel came ′ out of ′ Egypt:
the house of Jacob‿
from among a ′ people · of an ′ ali·en ′ tongue,
2 Judah became the ′ Lord’s ′ temple:
and ′ Israel · be′came God’s ′ kingdom.
3 The sea fled ′ at the ′ sight of it:
and ′ Jordan · turned ′ back · in its ′ course.
4 The mountains ′ skipped like ′ rams:
and the ′ hills like ′ yearling ′ sheep.
5 Why was it that you ′ fled O ′ sea:
and you Jordan ′ that you ′ turned ′ back,
6 you mountains that you ′ skipped like ′ rams:
and you ′ hills like ′ yearling ′ sheep?
7 Tremble O earth at the ′ presence · of the ′ Lord:
at the ′ presence · of the ′ God of ′ Jacob,
8 who turned the hard rock into a ′ pool of ′ water:
and the flint-stone ′ into · a ′ gushing ′ spring.

115

1 Not to us O Lord not to us,
but to your name ′ give the ′ glory:
because of your ′ love ′ and your ′ faithfulness,
2 lest the ′ nations · should ′ ask:
‘And ′ where then ′ is their ′ God?’
3 You O God ′ are in ′ heaven:
you ′ do what′ever · you ′ will.
4 As for their idols, they are ′ silver · and ′ gold:
the ′ work of ′ human ′ hands.
5 They have mouths that ′ cannot ′ speak:
and ′ eyes that ′ cannot ′ see.
6 They have ears that ′ cannot ′ hear:
and ′ noses · that ′ cannot ′ smell.
7 With their hands they cannot feel,
with their feet they ′ cannot ′ walk:
and no ′ sound comes ′ from their ′ throat.
8 Those who make idols ′ grow · to be ′ like them:
and so do all who ′ put their ′ trust in ′ them.
9 But you O Israel, put your ′ trust · in the ′ Lord:
God is your ′ help ′ and your ′ shield.
10 O house of Aaron, put your ′ trust · in the ′ Lord:
God is your ′ help ′ and your ′ shield.
11 You that fear the Lord, put your ′ trust · in the ′ Lord:
God is your ′ help ′ and your ′ shield.
12 The Lord has remembered us, ′ and will ′ bless us:
the Lord will bless the house of Israel,
the Lord will ′ bless the ′ house of ′ Aaron.
13† You Lord will bless ′ those who ′ fear you:
the ′ little · no ′ less · than the ′ great.
 
14 May the Lord increase you ′ more and ′ more:
both ′ you · and your ′ children ′ after you.
15 May you be ′ blessed · by the ′ Lord:
the Lord who ′ made ′ heaven · and ′ earth.
16 The heavens be′long · to the ′ Lord:
but the earth has been ′ given · to ′ human′kind.
17 It is not the dead who ′ praise the ′ Lord:
nor do those who ′ go down ′ into ′ silence.
18† But we the living ′ bless the ′ Lord:
now and for ever.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

116Day 24 Morning

PART ONE


1 I love you O Lord because you ′ heard my ′ voice:
when I ′ made my ′ suppli′cation,
2 because you turned your ′ ear to ′ me:
when I ′ called up′on your ′ name.
3 The cords of death entangled me,
and the grip of ′ Sheol · laid ′ hold on me:
distress and ′ anguish · de′scended · up′on me.
4 Then I called upon the ′ name · of the ′ Lord:
‘Deliver me O ′ Lord ′ I be′seech you.’
5 Gracious is the ′ Lord and ′ righteous:
truly our God ′ is a ′ God · of com′passion.
6 The Lord preserves the ′ simple-′hearted:
when I was brought ′ low the ′ Lord ′ saved me.
7 Be at rest once more ′ O my ′ soul:
for the ′ Lord has ′ treated · you ′ kindly.
8 The Lord has ′ saved me · from ′ death:
and kept my eyes from ′‿
tears · and my ′ feet from ′ stumbling,
9† so that I may walk in the presence ′ of the ′ Lord:
in the ′ land ′ of the ′ living.

PART TWO

10 I kept my faith,
even when I said, ‘I am in ′ sore dis′tress’:
in my haste I said, ′ ‘No one ′ can be ′ trusted.’
11 How can I re′pay you · O ′ Lord:
for all the good things ′ you have ′ done to ′ me?
12 I will take up the ′ cup · of sal′vation:
and call on the ′ name ′ of the ′ Lord.
13 I will pay my ′ vows · to the ′ Lord:
in the ′ presence · of ′ all God’s ′ people.
14 Grievous in the ′ sight · of the ′ Lord:
is the ′ death · of a ′ faithful ′ servant.
15 Lord I am your servant, the ′ child · of your ′ maidservant:
you have ′ freed me ′ from my ′ bonds.
16 I will offer a ′ sacrifice · of ′ thanksgiving:
and call on the ′ name ′ of the ′ Lord.
17 I will pay my ′ vows · to the ′ Lord:
in the ′ presence · of ′ all God’s ′ people,
18† in the courts of the ′ Lord’s′ house:
in your midst O Jerusalem.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

117

1 Praise the Lord ′ all you ′ nations:
acclaim the Most ′ High ′ all you ′ peoples.
2 For great is God’s ′ love for ′ us:
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

118

PART ONE

1 We give thanks to you O Lord for ′ you are ′ gracious:
and your ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
2 Let the house of ′ Israel ′ say:
‘God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.’
3 Let the house of ′ Aaron ′ say:
‘God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.’
4 Let those who fear the ′ Lord ′ say:
‘God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.’
5 I called to you O Lord in ′ my dis′tress:
and your ′ answer · was to ′ set me ′ free.
6 The Lord is on my side, I ′ will not ′ fear:
for what can human ′ power ′ do to ′ me?
7 The Lord is on my ′ side to ′ help me:
I will ′ triumph ′ over · my ′ enemies.
8 It is better to take refuge ′ in the ′ Lord:
than to ′ put · any ′ trust in ′ people.
9† It is better to take refuge ′ in the ′ Lord:
than to ′ put · any ′ trust in ′ princes.
10 The nations ′ all sur′rounded me:
but in the name of the ′ Lord I ′ drove them ′ back.
11 They hemmed me in,
they hemmed me in on ′ every ′ side:
but in the name of the ′ Lord I ′ drove them ′ back.
12 They swarmed around me like bees,
they blazed like fire a′mong the ′ thorns:
but in the name of the ′ Lord I ′ drove them ′ back.
13 They pressed hard upon me, so that I ′ almost ′ fell:
but the ′ Lord ′ came · to my ′ help.
14† The Lord is my strength and ′ my de′fence:
and has be′come ′ my de′liverer.
15 There are shouts of joy and deliverance‿
in the ′ tents · of the ′ righteous:
the right hand of the ′ Lord does ′ mighty ′ things.
16 The right hand of the Lord ′ raises ′ up:
the right hand of the ′ Lord does ′ mighty ′ things.
17 I shall not ′ die but ′ live:
and pro′claim · what the ′ Lord has ′ done.
18 The Lord in′deed has ′ punished me:
but did not ′ give me ′ over · to ′ death.

PART TWO

19 Open to me the ′ gates · of the ′ temple:
that I may enter and give ′ thanks ′ to the ′ Lord.
20 This is the ′ gate · of the ′ Lord:
through ′ which the ′ righteous · shall ′ enter.
21 I will thank you because ′ you have ′ answered me:
and you have be′come ′ my de′liverer.
22 The stone which the ′ builders re′jected:
has be′come the ′ head · of the ′ corner.
23 This is the ′ Lord’s′ doing:
and it is ′ marvel·lous ′ in our ′ eyes.
24 This is the day which the ′ Lord has ′ made:
let us re′joice ′ and be ′ glad in it.
25 Save us O ′ Lord we ′ pray:
Lord we ′ pray · you to ′ give us · suc′cess.
26 Blessèd is the one who comes in the ′ name · of the ′ Lord:
we bless you ′ from the ′ house · of the ′ Lord.
27 The Lord is God, and has ′ given · us ′ light:
with branches in your hands,
go forward in procession up to the ′ horns ′ of the ′ altar.
28 You are my God and ′ I will ′ thank you:
you are my ′ God and ′ I · will ex′tol you.
29† We give thanks to you O Lord for ′ you are ′ gracious:
and your ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.

119Day 24 Evening

 

A

1 Blessèd are those who live a ′ blameless ′ life:
who ′ follow · your ′ law O ′ Lord.
2 Blessèd are those who o′bey · your in′struction:
and ′ seek you · with ′ all their ′ heart.
3 They also ′ do no ′ wrong:
but ′ always ′ walk · in your ′ ways.
4 You laid ′ down your ′ precepts:
for ′ us to ′ keep them ′ diligently.
5 O that my ways ′ might be ′ steadfast:
in the ′ keeping ′ of your ′ statutes.
6 Then I would not be ′ put to ′ shame:
when I give ′ heed to ′ all · your com′mandments.
7 I will truly thank you ′ from the ′ heart:
when I ′ learn your ′ just de′crees.
8 I will ′ keep your ′ statutes:
O ′ do not ′ utterly · for′sake me.
 

B

9 How shall the young keep themselves ′ unde′filed:
surely by ′ obeying ′ your ′ word.
10 With my whole ′ heart I ′ seek you:
let me not ′ stray from ′ your com′mandments.
11 I treasure your word ′ in my ′ heart:
for fear ′ I should ′ sin a′gainst you.
12 Blessèd are ′ you O ′ Lord:
O ′ teach me ′ your ′ statutes.
13 With my lips have ′ I been ′ telling:
of all the ′ judgments ′ you have ′ uttered.
14 I have found more joy‿
in the way of ′ your com′mandments:
than in ′ all ′ manner · of ′ riches.
15 I will meditate ′ on your ′ precepts:
and I will give ′ heed ′ to your ′ ways.
16 I will delight ′ in your ′ statutes:
and I will ′ not for′get your ′ word.
 

C

17 Deal kindly with your servant that ′ I may ′ live:
and living ′ I shall ′ keep your ′ word.
18 Take the veil away ′ from my ′ eyes:
that I may see the ′ wonder·ful ′ things · of your ′ law.
19 I am but a ′ stranger · on ′ earth:
do not ′ hide · your com′mandments ′ from me.
20 My soul is con′sumed · with the ′ longing:
it has at ′ all times ′ for your ′ judgments.
21 You have re′buked the ′ insolent:
and cursed are those ‿
who ′ stray from ′ your com′mandments.
22 Turn from me their re′proach and ′ scorn:
for ′ I have ′ kept your ′ testimonies.
23 Rulers sit ′ plotting · a′gainst me:
but your servant will give ′ thought ′ to your ′ statutes.
24 For your testimonies are ′ my de′light:
and ′ they ′ are my ′ counsellors.
 

D

25 I lie ′ prone · in the ′ dust:
revive me ac′cording ′ to your ′ word.
26 I acknowledged my ways, ′ and you ′ answered me:
in′struct me ′ in your ′ statutes.
27 Help me to understand the ′ way of · your ′ precepts:
and I will ′ medi·tate ′ on your ′ wonders.
28 My soul melts a′way through ′ sorrow:
strengthen me ac′cording ′ to your ′ word.
29 Keep me from the ′ way of ′ falsehood:
and in your ′ goodness ′ teach me · your ′ law.
30 I have chosen the ′ way of ′ faithfulness:
and ′ set your ′ judgments · be′fore me.
31 I hold fast to your de′crees O ′ Lord:
let me ′ never · be ′ put · to con′fusion.
32 I will run the way of ′ your com′mandments:
when you en′large my ′ under′standing.
 

E Day 25 Morning

33 Teach me Lord the ′ way · of your ′ statutes:
and in keeping them ′ I shall ′ have · my re′ward.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall ′ keep your ′ law:
I shall ′ keep it · with ′ all my ′ heart.
35 Make me walk in the path of ′ your com′mandments:
for ′ that is ′ my de′sire.
36 Incline my heart to ′ your in′struction:
and a′way from ′ covetous · de′sires.
37 Turn away my eyes from what is ′ empty · and ′ false:
and ′ give me ′ life · in your ′ way.
38 Fulfil your promise ′ to your ′ servant:
your ′ promise · to ′ those who ′ fear you.
39 Turn away from me the scorn ′ that I ′ dread:
for your ′ judgments · are ′ very ′ good.
40 How I ′ long · for your ′ precepts:
in your ′ righteous·ness ′ give me ′ life.
 

F

41 Let your steadfast love come to ′ me O ′ Lord:
your saving help ac′cording ′ to your ′ promise.
42 Then shall I have my answer for ′ those who ′ taunt me:
for my ′ trust is ′ in your ′ word.
43 Let my mouth never fail to ′ speak the ′ truth:
for my ′ hope is ′ in your ′ judgments.
44 I shall always ′ keep your ′ law:
I shall ′ keep it · for ′ ever · and ′ ever.
45 I shall walk in the ′ path of ′ freedom:
because I ′ study · your ′ precepts.
46 I will speak of your de′crees be·fore ′ kings:
and I will ′ not · be a′bashed in · their ′ presence.
47 I find delight in ′ your com′mandments:
which ′ I have ′ greatly ′ loved.
48 I will revere your com′mandments · and ′ love them:
and I will ′ medi·tate ′ on your ′ statutes.
 

G

49 Remember your ′ word · to your ′ servant:
by ′ which · you have ′ given · me ′ hope.
50 This is my ′ comfort · in ′ trouble:
for your ′ promise · has ′ given · me ′ life.
51 The arrogant may ′ utterly · de′ride me:
but I ′ do not ′ swerve · from your ′ law.
52 I remember your ′ judgments · of ′ old:
and ′ then O ′ Lord · I take ′ comfort.
53 I am seized with ′ hot · indig′nation:
because of the wicked ′ who for′sake your ′ law.
54 But your statutes are the ′ theme · of my ′ song:
in the ′ house ′ of my ′ pilgrimage.
55 I remember your name O Lord ′ in the ′ night:
and ′ dwell up′on your ′ law.
56 This is ′ true of ′ me:
be′cause · I have ′ kept your ′ precepts.
 

H

57 You Lord are ′ all · that I ′ have:
I have ′ promised · to ′ keep your ′ word.
58 I have sought your favour with ′ all my ′ heart:
be gracious to me ac′cording ′ to your ′ promise.
59 I have given thought ′ to my ′ ways:
and always turned ′ back to ′ your in′struction.
60 I made ′ no de′lay:
but hastened to ′ keep ′ your com′mandments.
61 Though the nets of the ′ wicked · en′snared me:
I did ′ not for′get your ′ law.
62 At midnight I rise to ′ give you ′ thanks:
for the ′ justice · of ′ your de′crees.
63 I keep company with ′ those who ′ fear you:
with ′ those who ′ keep · your com′mandments.
64 The earth is full of your un′failing ′ love:
O Lord in′struct me ′ in your ′ statutes.
 

I

65 Lord you have been ′ good · to your ′ servant:
ac′cording ′ to your ′ word.
66 Teach me good ′ judgment · and ′ knowledge:
for I ′ trust in ′ your com′mandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I ′ went a′stray:
but ′ now I ′ keep your ′ word.
68 You are good, and your ′ deeds are ′ good:
in′struct me ′ in your ′ statutes.
69 The proud have ′ smeared me · with ′ lies:
but I will keep your ′ precepts · with ′ all my ′ heart.
70 Their heart is ′ gross like ′ fat:
but my de′light is ′ in your ′ law.
71 It is good for me that ′ I · was af′flicted:
so that ′ I might ′ learn your ′ statutes.
72 The law from your mouth is to ′ me more ′ precious:
than a ′ fortune · in ′ gold and ′ silver.
 

J Day 25 Evening

73 Your hands have ′ made me · and ′ shaped me:
give me understanding ‿
that ′ I may ′ learn · your com′mandments.
74 Let those who fear you be glad ′ when they ′ see me:
because I ′ trust in your ′ word.
75 Lord I know that your de′crees are ′ just:
and that in your very faithfulness‿
you have ′ caused · me to ′ be af′flicted.
76 Let your unfailing love ′ be my ′ comfort:
according to your ′ promise ′ to your ′ servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me, that ′ I may ′ live:
for your ′ law is ′ my de′light.
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame,
for with their lies ′ they have ′ wronged me:
but I will ′ medi·tate ′ on your ′ precepts.
79 Let those who fear you ′ turn to ′ me:
that ′ they may ′ know your ′ testimonies.
80 Let my heart be sound ′ in your ′ statutes:
so that I may ′ never · be ′ put to ′ shame.
 

K

81 I yearn for your ′ saving ′ help:
hoping for the ful′filment ′ of your ′ word.
82 My eyes are strained with ′ watching · for your ′ promise:
and I say, ‘When O ′ Lord · will you ′ comfort me?’
83 I am shrivelled like a wineskin ′ in the ′ smoke:
yet I do ′ not for′get your ′ statutes.
84 How long must your ′ servant ′ wait:
for you to give ′ judgment ′ on my ′ persecutors?
85 The arrogant have dug ′ pitfalls · to ′ trap me:
and ′ thus they ′ flout your ′ law.
86 All your com′mandments · are ′ true:
help me, for ′ they pur′sue me · with ′ lies.
87 They had almost made an end of ′ me on ′ earth:
but I did ′ not for′sake your ′ precepts.
88 Give me life, because of your ′ steadfast ′ love:
so that I may keep the ′ testi·monies ′ of your ′ mouth.
 

L

89 Your word O Lord is ′ ever′lasting:
it is ′ firmly ′ fixed · in the ′ heavens.
90 Your faithfulness endures throughout ′ all · gener′ations:
stable as the earth you created and ′ made to ′ stand ′ firm.
91 Your ordinances stand fast ′ to this ′ day:
for ′ all things ′ are your ′ servants.
92 If my delight had not ′ been · in your ′ law:
I should have ′ perished · in ′ my af′fliction.
93 I will never for′get your ′ precepts:
for by them ′ you have ′ given · me ′ life.
94 I am ′ yours O ′ save me:
for ′ I have ′ studied · your ′ precepts.
95 Though the wicked lie in wait ′to de′stroy me:
I will apply my ′ mind to ′ your in′struction.
96 I see that all things ′reach a ′ limit:
but your com′mandment ′ has no ′ bounds.
 

M

97 Lord how I ′ love your ′ law:
all the day long ′ it is ′ in my ′ mind.
98 Your commandment has made me wiser ′ than my ′enemies:
for ′ it is ′ always ′ with me.
99 I have more understanding than ′ all my ′ teachers:
for your in′struction ′ is my ′ study.
100 I am wiser ′ than the ′ agèd:
be′cause I ′ keep · your com′mandments.
101 I have held back my feet from every ′ evil ′ way:
in ′ order · to ′ keep your ′ word.
102 I have not swerved ′ from your ′ judgments:
because ′ you your′self have ′ taught me.
103 How sweet are your ′ words · to my ′ taste:
sweeter than ′ honey ′ in my ′ mouth.
104 Through your commandments I get ′ under′standing:
therefore I hate ′ all the ′ ways of ′ falsehood.
 

N Day 26 Morning

105 Your word is a lamp ′ for my ′ feet:
and a ′ light up′on my ′ path.
106 I have sworn an oath,′ and con′firmed it:
to ′ keep your ′ righteous ′ judgments.
107 I am in ′ deep dis′tress:
revive me O Lord, ac′cording ′ to your ′ word.
108 Accept O Lord the willing tribute ′ of my ′ lips:
and ′ teach me ′ your de′crees.
109 I take my life in my ′ hands con′tinually:
yet I ′ never · for′get your ′ law.
110 The wicked have ′ laid a ′ snare for me:
but I ′ have not ′ strayed · from your ′ precepts.
111 Your testimonies are my ′ heritage · for ′ ever:
they are the ′ very ′ joy · of my ′ heart.
112 I have applied my heart to ful′fil your ′ statutes:
for ′ ever · and ′ to the ′ end.
 

O

113 I detest those who are not ′ single-′minded:
but my ′ love is ′ for your ′ law.
114 You are my shelter ′ and my ′ shield:
my ′ hope is ′ in your ′ word.
115 Away from me, ′ you · that do ′ evil:
I will keep the com′mandments ′ of my ′ God.
116 Support me Lord according to your promise,
so that ′ I may ′ live:
and let me not be disap′pointed ′ in my ′ hope.
117 Hold me up and I ′ shall be ′ safe:
and I shall be occupied ′ with your ′ statutes · con′tinually.
118 You spurn all those who ′ swerve · from your ′ statutes:
their ′ cunning · is ′ all in ′ vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth are to you as ′ so much ′ dross:
therefore I ′ love ′ your in′struction.
120 My flesh trembles with ′ dread of ′ you:
I ′ stand in ′ awe · of your ′ judgments.
 

P

121 I have done what is ′ just and ′ right:
do not a′bandon me · to′ my op′pressors.
122 Stand surety for your ′ servant′s ′ welfare:
let ′ not the ′ arrogant · op′press me.
123 My eyes grow dim from watching for your ′ saving ′ help:
for the fulfilment ′ of your ′ righteous ′ promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your ′ loving ′ mercy:
and ′ teach me ′ your de′crees.
125 I am your servant, O give me ′ under′standing:
that ′ I may ′ know your ′ testimonies.
126 It is time for you O ′ Lord to ′ act:
for people have ′ flouted ′ your ′ law.
127 I love your commandments ′ more than ′ gold:
yes, ′ more than the ′ finest ′ gold.
128 Therefore I direct my steps by ′ all your ′ precepts:
and I hate ′ all the ′ ways of ′ falsehood.
 

Q

129 Your in′struction · is ′ wonderful:
therefore I ′ keep it · with ′ all my ′ heart.
130 The unfolding of your ′ word gives ′ light:
and those who are untaught re′ceive ′ under′standing.
131 I open my ′ mouth and ′ sigh:
with ′ longing · for ′ your com′mandments.
132 Turn to me and be ′ merci·ful ′ to me:
as is your ′ way with ′ those who ′ love you.
133 Keep steady my footsteps, according ′ to your ′ promise:
and let no evil get ′ master·y ′ over ′ me.
134 Rescue me from ′ human · op′pression:
so that ′ I may ′ keep your ′ precepts.
135 Let your face ′ shine · on your ′ servant:
and ′ teach me ′ your de′crees.
136 Tears stream ′ from my ′ eyes:
because people ′ do not ′ heed your ′ law.
 

R

137 Lord you are ′ just in′deed:
and ′ upright ′ are your ′ judgments.
138 The decrees that ′ you have ′ made:
are ex′ceeding·ly ′ righteous · and ′ true.
139 My indig′nation · con′sumes me:
because my enemies ′ have for′gotten · your ′ words.
140 Your promise has been tested ′ to the ′ uttermost:
and ′ therefore · your ′ servant ′ loves it.
141 I am small and of ′ little · ac′count:
but I do ′ not for′get · your com′mandments.
142 Your justice is an ever′lasting ′ justice:
and your ′ law ′ is the ′ truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have′ fallen · up′on me:
yet my de′light · is in ′ your com′mandments.
144 The righteousness of your decrees is ′ ever′lasting:
O give me under′standing · that ′ I may ′ live.
 

S Day 26 Evening

145 I call with my ′ whole ′ heart:
answer me Lord, ′ I will ′ keep your ′ statutes.
146 I cry out to ′ you to ′ save me:
that ′ I may ′ keep your ′ testimonies.
147 I rise before dawn and ′ call to ′ you:
for my ′ hope is ′ in your ′ word.
148 I wake before the ′ hour · of my ′ night-watch:
so that I may ′ medi·tate ′ on your ′ words.
149 Hear me in your un′failing ′ kindness:
and give me ′ life by ′ your de′crees.
150 Those who pursue me with ′ malice · draw ′ near:
and they are ′ far ′ from your ′ law.
151 But you O Lord are ′ near at ′ hand:
and ′ all · your com′mandments · are ′ true.
152 I have long known from ′ your de′crees:
that you have ′ given them · e′ternal · found′ations.
 

T

153 Consider my affliction ′ and de′liver me:
for I do ′ not for′get your ′ law.
154 Plead my cause and ′ win · my re′lease:
true to your ′ promise ′ give me ′ life.
155 Salvation is ′ far · from the ′ wicked:
for they ′ give no ′ heed · to your ′ statutes.
156 Great is your com′passion · O ′ Lord:
give me ′ life by ′ your de′crees.
157 Many are those who persecute ′ me and ′ trouble me:
yet I do not ′ swerve from ′ your in′struction.
158 I looked at the ′ faithless · with ′ loathing:
because they ′ do not ′ keep · your com′mandments.
159 Consider O Lord how I ′ love your ′ precepts:
and in your steadfast ′ love pre′serve my ′ life.
160 The sum of your ′ words is ′ truth:
and all your just de′crees en′dure for ′ ever.
 

U

161 Princes oppress me without ′ any ′ cause:
but my heart ′ stands in ′ awe · of your ′ word.
162 I rejoice ′ at your ′ promise:
as ′ one who ′ finds great ′ spoil.
163 Lies I ′ hate · and de′test:
but your ′ law · is the ′ thing · that I ′ love.
164 Seven times a ′ day I ′ praise you:
for the ′ justice · of ′ your de′crees.
165 Great is the peace of those who ′ love your ′ law:
and ′ nothing · shall ′ make them ′ stumble.
166 Lord I have waited for your ′ saving ′ help:
and I have ful′filled ′ your com′mandments.
167 From my heart I have o′beyed · your in′struction:
and ′ I have ′ loved it ′ deeply.
168 I have kept your precepts ′ and com′mands:
for all my ′ ways are ′ open · be′fore you.
 

V

169 Let my cry come be′fore you · O ′ Lord:
give me understanding ac′cording ′ to your ′ word.
170 Let my supplication ′ come be′fore you:
save me ac′cording ′ to your ′ word.
171 My lips shall pour ′ forth your ′ praise:
because ′ you have ′ taught me · your ′ statutes.
172 My tongue shall ′ sing · of your ′ word:
for ′ all · your com′mandments · are ′ just.
173 Let your hand be ′ ready · to ′ help me:
for ′ I have ′ chosen · your ′ precepts.
174 Lord I long for your ′ saving ′ help:
and your ′ law is ′ my de′light.
175 Let me live, that ′ I may ′ praise you:
and let your ′ judgments · be ′ my sup′port.
176 I have gone astray like a ′ sheep · that is ′ lost:
O seek your servant,
for I do ′ not for′get · your com′mandments.

120Day 27 Morning

1 In my distress I called to ′ you O ′ Lord:
I ′ called · to you ′ and you ′ answered me.
2 ‘Deliver me from lying ′ lips,’ I ′ cried:
‘and ′ from a ′ treacher·ous ′ tongue.’
3 What shall be ′ given to ′ you:
what more shall God do to ′ you O ′ treacher·ous ′ tongue?
4 It will be a warrior′s ′ sharp ′ arrows:
tempered with ′ hot ′ glowing ′ charcoal.
5 Alas, I live like an ′ exile · in ′ Meshech:
or like one who dwells a′mong the ′ tents of ′ Kedar.
6 Too long have I ′ had my ′ dwelling:
among ′ those · who are ′ enemies · to ′ peace.
7† I am for peace, but ′ when I ′ speak of it:
they ′ make them·selves ′ ready · for ′ war.

121

1 I lift up my ′ eyes · to the ′ hills:
but ′ where · shall I ′ look for ′ help?
2 My help ′ comes · from the ′ Lord:
who has ′ made ′ heaven · and ′ earth.
3 The Lord will not let your ′ foot ′ stumble:
the one who ′ guards you ′ will not ′ sleep.
4 The one who keeps watch ′ over · this ′ people:
shall ′ neither ′ doze nor ′ sleep.
5 The Lord is the one ′ who will ′ guard you:
the Lord at your right ′ hand will ′ be · your de′fence,
6 so that the sun shall not ′ strike you · by ′ day:
nor ′ yet the ′ moon by ′ night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from ′ all ′ evil:
yes it is the ′ Lord · who will ′ keep you ′ safe.
8 The Lord shall take care of your‿
going out, and your ′ coming ′ in:
from this time ′ forth ′ and for ′ ever.

122

1 I was glad when they ′ said to ′ me:
‘Let us ′go · to the ′ house · of the ′ Lord.’
2 And now our ′ feet are ′ standing:
within your ′ gates · O Je′rusalem,
3 Jerusalem that is ′ built · as a ′ city:
where people ′ come to′gether · in ′ unity.
4 There the tribes go up, the ′ tribes · of the ′ Lord:
as was decreed for Israel,
to give ′ thanks · to the ′ name · of the ′ Lord.
5† There are set ′ thrones of ′ judgment:
the ′ thrones · of the ′ house of ′ David.
6 Pray for the ′ peace · of Je′rusalem:
may ′ those who ′ love you ′ prosper.
7 Peace be with′in your ′ walls:
and pros′perity · with′in your ′ palaces.
8 For the sake of my kinsfolk ′ and com′panions:
I will ′ pray that ′ peace · may be ′ with you.
9 Because of the house of the ′ Lord our ′ God:
I will ′ pray ′ for your ′ good.

123

1 To you I lift ′ up my ′ eyes:
to you that are en′throned ′ in the ′ heavens.
2 As the eyes of servants are on the ′ hand · of their ′ masters:
and the eyes of a ′ maid · on the ′ hand of · her ′ mistress,
3† so our eyes are on you O ′ Lord our ′ God:
as we wait ′ till you ′ show us · your ′ favour.
4 Have mercy on us O ′ Lord, have ′ mercy:
for we have had ′ more · than e′nough of · con′tempt.
5 Too long have we suffered the ′ scorn · of the ′ wealthy:
and the con′tempt ′ of the ′ arrogant.

124

1 ‘If the Lord had not been on our side,’
now may ′ Israel ′ say:
‘If the Lord had not been on our side‿
when our ′ enemies · rose ′ up a′gainst us,
2 ‘then they would have ′ swallowed us · a′live:
when their ′ fury · was ′ roused a′gainst us.
3 ‘Then the flood would have ′ swept us · a′way:
and the ′ torrent ′ would have ′ covered us.
4 ‘Then the ′ raging ′ waters:
would have ′ gone right ′ over · our ′ heads.
5 ‘But praised ′ be the ′ Lord:
who has not given us as a ′ prey ′ to their ′ teeth.
6 ‘We have escaped like a bird from the ′ fowler′s ′ snare:
the snare is ′ broken · and ′ we are ′ free.
7† ‘Our help is in the ′ name · of the ′ Lord:
who has ′ made ′ heaven · and ′ earth.’

125

1 Those who trust in the Lord are ′ like Mount ′ Zion:
which cannot be ′ shaken · but ′ stands for ′ ever.
2 As the hills en′fold Je′rusalem:
so you enfold your people O Lord, ′ now ′ and for ′ ever.
3 The sceptre of the wicked shall not hold sway‿
over the land as′signed · to the ′ just:
lest the just should put out their ′ hand to ′ do ′ evil.
4 Do good O Lord to ′ those · who are ′ good:
to ′ those · who are ′ upright · in ′ heart.
5† As for those who turn aside into crooked ways,
the Lord shall lead them away with ′ evil-′doers:
but upon ′ Israel ′ there shall · be ′ peace.

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