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126Day 27 Evening

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes ′ of this ′ people:
it ′ seemed · to us ′ like a ′ dream.
2 Then our mouth was ′ filled with ′ laughter:
and our tongues ′ uttered ′ shouts of ′ joy .
3 Then they said a′mong the ′ nations:
‘The Lord has ′ done great ′ things for ′ them.’
4 Great things indeed the Lord has ′ done for ′ us:
and ′ therefore ′ we are ′ glad.
5 Restore again our ′ fortunes · O ′ Lord:
as when streams re′fresh the ′ southern ′ dry-lands.
6 Those who ′ sow in ′ tears:
shall ′ reap with ′ shouts of ′ joy.
7† Those who go out weeping with ′ seed for ′ sowing:
shall come back in gladness ′‿
bringing · their ′ sheaves ′ with them.

127

1 Unless the Lord ′ builds the ′ house:
its builders ′ will have ′ laboured · in ′ vain.
2 Unless the Lord watches ′ over · the ′ city:
those who keep watch will ′ stay a′wake in ′ vain.
3 In vain you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of ′ anxious ′ toil:
for those whom the Lord ′ loves are ′ given ′ sleep.
4 Truly children are a gift ′ from the ′ Lord:
and offspring a re′ward from ′ God’s ′ hand.
5 Like arrows in a ′ warri·or’s ′ hand:
so indeed are the ′ children ′ of one’s ′ youth.
6 Happy are those who have their ′ quiver ′ full of them:
they will not be put to shame
when they meet their ′ adver·saries ′ at the ′ gate.

128

1 Blessèd are all those who ′ fear the ′ Lord:
those who ′ walk in ′ God′s ′ ways.
2 You shall eat the ′ fruit · of your ′ labours:
and ′ you · shall be ′ happy · and ′ prosper.
3 Your wife shall be like a ′ fruitful ′ vine:
within the ′ walls of · your ′ house;
4 your children like ′ slips of ′ olive:
planted ′ round a′bout your ′ table.
5† Thus shall all ′ those be ′ blessed:
who fear the ′ Lord ′ in their ′ heart.
6 May the Lord bless you from the ′ holy ′ city:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem ′‿
all the ′ days of · your ′ life.
7 May you live to see your ′ children′s ′ children:
and upon ′ Israel ′ let there · be ′ peace.

129

1 ‘Much have they afflicted me from the ′ time · of my ′ youth′:
may God′s ′ people ′ now ′ say,
2 ‘Much have they afflicted me ′ from my ′ youth:
but they have ′ not pre′vailed a′gainst me.
3 ‘They scored my back as ′ with a ′ ploughshare:
making ′ long their ′ furrows · up′on it.’
4 But the ′ Lord is ′ righteous:
and has cut me ′ free · from the ′ yoke · of the ′ wicked.
5 Let them be put to confusion and ′ driven ′ back:
all those who are ′ enemies · of ′ God′s ′ people.
6 Let them be like grass that ′ grows · on the ′ roof:
which withers be′fore · it is ′ full ′ grown,
7 which never fills a ′ reaper′s ′ hand:
nor ′ yields a ′ sheaf · for the ′ harvester,
8 so that passers-by will never say to them,
‘The blessing of the ′ Lord · be up′on you:
we ′ bless you · in the ′ name · of the ′ Lord.’

130

1 Out of the depths have I called to′ you O ′ Lord:
give ′ heed O ′ Lord · to my ′ cry.
2 Let your ears con′sider ′ well:
the ′ plea I ′ make for ′ mercy.
3 If you should keep account of what is ′ done a′miss:
who ′ then O ′ Lord could ′ stand?
4 But there is for′giveness · with ′ you:
therefore ′ you shall ′ be re′vered.
5 I wait for you Lord with ′ all my ′ soul:
and in your ′ word ′ is my ′ hope.
6 My soul waits for ′ you O ′ Lord:
more than those who watch by night‿
long for the morning,
more I say than those who watch by night′‿
long ′ for the ′ morning.
7 Wait in hope for the Lord,
for with the Lord there is ′ love un′failing:
and with the Lord ′ there is ′ ample · re′demption.
8 The Lord ′ will re′deem you:
from ′ all your ′ many ′ sins.

131

1 O Lord my ′ heart is · not ′ proud:
my ′ eyes · are not ′ raised too ′ high.
2 I do not occupy myself with ′ matters · too ′ great for me:
or with ′ marvels · that ′ are be′yond me.
3 But I have stilled and made quiet my soul,
like a weaned child nestling ′ to its ′ mother:
so like a child, my ′ soul is ′ quieted · with′in me.
4 O ′ trust · in the ′ Lord:
from ′ this time ′ forth · and for ′ ever.

132Day 28 Morning

1 O Lord re′member ′ David:
and all the ′ hardships ′ he en′dured.
2 How he swore an ′ oath · to the ′ Lord:
and made a vow to the ′ Mighty ′ One of ′ Jacob,
3 ‘I will not enter the house ′ where I ′ live:
nor will I climb ′ into · the ′ bed · where I ′ rest,
4 ‘I will not give ′ sleep · to my ′ eyes: or per′mit my ′ eyelids · to ′ droop,
5 ‘until I find a place ′ for the ′ Lord:
a dwelling for the ′ Mighty ′ One of ′ Jacob.’
6 At Ephrathah we heard of the′ ark of ′ God:
and we ′ found it · in the ′ region · of ′ Jearim.
7 And we said, ‘Let us go into‿
the dwelling-place of the ′ Most ′ High:
and kneel in ′ worship ′ at God′s ′ footstool.’
8 Arise O Lord and ′ enter · your ′ resting-place:
you and the ′ ark ′ of your ′ strength.
9 Let your priests be ′ clothed with ′ righteousness:
and let your faithful ′ people · cry ′ out for ′ joy.
10 For your servant ′ David′s ′ sake:
do not re′ject · your an′ointed ′ king.
11 The Lord made a sure ′ promise · to ′ David:
a promise that will ′ never ′ be re′voked,
12 ‘A son, the ′ fruit · of your ′ body:
I will ′ set up′on your ′ throne.
13 ‘If your sons keep my covenant,
and obey the teaching ′ that I ′ give them:
their descendants too shall sit on your‿
throne ′ in suc′cession · for ′ ever.’
14 For the Lord has ′ chosen · Je′rusalem:
the Lord desired it ′ for a ′ home and ′ said,
15† ‘This is my ′ resting-place · for ′ ever:
here I will dwell, for I ′ have · a de′light in ′ her.
16 ‘I will abundantly ′ bless · her pro′visions:
and ′ satisfy · her ′ poor with ′ bread.
17 ‘I will clothe her ′ priests · with sal′vation:
and her faithful ′ people · shall re′joice and ′ sing.
18 ‘There I will make a branch to spring‿
from the ′ stem of ′ David:
and I have prepared a lamp for ′ my an′ointed ′ king.
19 `His enemies I will ′ cover · with ′ shame:
but on him the crown he ′ wears will ′ shed its ′ lustre.’

133

1 How good and pleasant a ′ thing it ′ is:
when God′s people ′ live to′gether · in ′ unity.
2 It is like the precious oil on Aaron′s head,
which ran down ′ on to · his ′ beard:
and over the ′ collar ′ of his ′ vestment.
3 It is like the ′ dew of ′ Hermon:
falling up′on the ′ hill of ′ Zion.
4 For there the Lord ′ promised · the ′ blessing:
which is ′ life for ′ ever′more.

134

1 Come praise the Lord, all you ′ servants · of the ′ Lord:
you that stand by ′ night in the ′ house of · the ′ Lord.
2 Lift up your hands toward the ′ holy ′ place:
and ′ bless the ′ Lord your ′ God.
3 The Lord who made ′ heaven · and ′ earth:
give you ′ blessing ′ out of ′ Zion.

135

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
O praise the ′ name · of the ′ Lord:
give praise O you ′ servants ′ of the ′ Lord,
2 you that stand in the ′ house · of the ′ Lord:
in the ′ temple ′ courts · of our ′ God.
3 O praise the Lord, for the ′ Lord is ′ good:
sing praises to the name of the ′‿
Lord · for the ′ Lord is ′ gracious.
4 For you O God have chosen Jacob to ′ be your ′ own:
and Israel ′ as your ′ special ′ treasure.
 
5 For I know that you O ′ Lord are ′ great:
and that ′ you · are a′bove all ′ gods.
6 You do whatever you will in ′ heaven · and on ′ earth:
in the sea ′ and in ′ all the ′ depths.
7 You bring up the clouds from the ′ ends · of the ′ earth:
you send lightning with the rain,
and bring out the ′ wind ′ from your ′ storehouse.
8 You struck down the ′ first-born · of ′ Egypt:
both of ′ man and ′ also · of ′ beast.
9 You worked signs and ′ wonders · in ′ Egypt:
against ′ Pharaoh · and ′ all his ′ servants.
10 You struck down ′ great ′ nations:
and put to ′ death ′ mighty ′ kings,
11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
and Og the ′ king of ′ Bashan:
and ′ all · who were ′ rulers · in ′ Canaan,
12 and gave their ′ lands · as a ′ heritage:
a ′ heritage for ′ Israel · your ′ people.
13 Your name O Lord en′dures for ′ ever:
the remembrance of you through′out all ′ gener′ations.
14 You Lord will give your ′ people ′ justice:
and have compassion ′ on your ′ servants.
15 The gods of the heathen‿
are mere idols of ′ silver · and ′ gold:
which are ′ made by ′ human ′ hands.
16 They have mouths, but they ′ cannot ′ speak:
they have ′ eyes · but they ′ cannot ′ see.
17 They have ears, but they ′ cannot ′ hear:
and there is no ′ breath ′ in their ′ nostrils.
18 Those who make them ′ grow · to be ′ like them:
and so do all who ′ put their ′ trust in ′ them.
 
19 Praise the Lord O ′ house of ′ Israel:
praise the ′ Lord O ′ house of ′ Aaron.
20 Praise the Lord O ′ house of ′ Levi:
you that stand in ′ awe ′ praise the ′ Lord.
21 Praised be the Lord from the ′ holy ′ city:
the Lord who dwells in Jerusalem.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

136Day 28 Evening

1 O give thanks to the Lord,′ who is ′ gracious:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
2 Give thanks to the ′ God of ′ gods:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
3† Give thanks to the ′ Lord of ′ lords:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
4 The Lord alone ′ does great ′ wonders:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God′s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
5 The Lord by wisdom ′ made the ′ heavens:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
6 The Lord spread out the earth a′bove the ′ waters:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
7 The Lord made the ′ great ′ lights:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
8 the sun to rule ′ over · the ′ day:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
9 the moon and the stars to ′ govern · the ′ night:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
   
[10 The Lord struck down the ′ first-born · of ′ Egypt:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
11 and brought Israel ′ out · from a′mong them:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
12 with a mighty hand and ′ outstretched ′ arm:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
13 The Lord divided the Red ′ Sea in ′ two:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God′s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
14 and made Israel go ′ through the ′ midst of it:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
15 But as for Pharaoh and his host,
the Lord flung them ′ into · the ′ sea:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
16 The Lord led the people ′ through the ′ desert:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
17 The Lord overthrew ′ mighty ′ kingdoms:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God′s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
18 and struck down ′ famous ′ kings:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
19 Sihon ′ king · of the ′ Amorites:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
20 and Og the ′ king of ′ Bashan:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
21 and gave their ′ land · as a ′ heritage:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
22 a heritage to Israel ′ God’s ′ servant:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
23 The Lord remembered us when we ′ were in ′ trouble:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
24† and rescued us ′ from our ′ foes:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.]
 
25 The Lord gives food to ′ all things · that ′ live:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.
26 Give thanks to the ′ God of ′ heaven:
he mau tonu hoki ′ tana ′ mahi ′ tohu.
God’s ′ love en′dures for ′ ever.

137

1 By the waters of Babylon we sat ′ down and ′ wept:
when we re′membered · the ′ holy ′ city.
2 As for our harps, we ′ hung them ′ up:
on the ′ trees that ′ grew near′by.
3 Those who led us away captive‿
demanded of ′ us a ′ song:
our despoilers asked us for mirth,
‘Sing us,’ they said, ′ ‘one · of the ′ songs · of Je′rusalem.’
4 How can we sing the ′ Lord′s ′ song:
here ′ in an ′ ali·en ′ land?
5 If I forget you ′ O Je′rusalem:
let my ′ right hand ′ wither · a′way.
6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,
if I do ′ not re′member you:
if I do not set Jerusalem a′bove my ′ highest ′ joy.
  * * *

138

1 I will give thanks to you O Lord with ′ all my ′ heart:
before the gods ′ I will ′ sing your ′ praises.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple,
and give thanks because of your ′‿
love and ′ faithfulness:
for you have exalted‿
your name and your ′ word above ′ all things.
3 On the day that I ′ called, you ′ answered me:
and ′ put new ′ strength with′in me.
4 All the kings of the earth shall ′ praise you · O ′ Lord:
when they ′ hear the ′ words · of your ′ mouth.
5 They shall sing of the ′ ways · of the ′ Lord:
that the ′ glory · of the ′ Lord is ′ great.
6 For though Lord you are high,
yet you ′ care · for the ′ lowly:
as for the proud,
you ′ humble · them ′ from a′far.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble you ′ keep me ′ safe:
you stretch out your hand against my enemies′ rage,
and ′ your right ′ hand will ′ save me.
8 You will fulfil your purpose for me,
your love O Lord is ′ ever′lasting:
do not leave un′finished · the ′ work · of your ′ hands.

139Day 29 Morning

1 Lord you have searched me ′ out and ′ known me:
you know when I sit down and when I stand up,
you dis′cern my ′ thoughts · from a′far.
2 You mark my path, and the places ′ where I ′ rest:
you are ac′quainted · with ′ all my ′ ways.
3 Even before there is a ′ word · on my ′ tongue
you Lord ′ know it ′ alto′gether.
4 You guard me from be′hind · and be′fore:
and ′ cover · me ′ with your ′ hand.
5† Such knowledge is too ′ wonderful ′ for me:
so ′ high · that I ′ cannot · at′tain to it.
6 Where shall I ′ go · from your ′ spirit:
or where shall I ′ flee ′ from your ′ presence?
7 If I climb up to heaven ′ you are ′ there:
if I make my bed in the grave ′ you are ′ there ′ also.
8 If I take the ′ wings · of the ′ dawn:
and alight at the ′ utter·most ′ parts · of the ′ sea,
9 even there your ′ hand will ′ lead me:
and your right ′ hand will ′ hold me ′ fast.
10 If I say, ‘Let the ′ darkness ′ cover me:
and my ′ day be ′ turned to ′ night,’
11 the darkness is no darkness with you,
but the night is as ′ clear · as the ′ day:
for darkness and light to ′ you are ′ both a′like.
 
12 It was you that created my ′ inward ′ parts:
and pieced me together ′ in my ′ mother’s ′ womb.
13 I will praise you, for you are ′ awesome · and ′ wonderful:
marvellous are your works,
and you ′ know me ′ through and ′ through.
14 My body was not ′ hidden ′ from you:
when I was being fashioned in secret,
and woven together ′ in the ′ depths · of the ′ earth.
15 Your eyes ′ looked · at my ′ body:
while it was as ′ yet im′perfect·ly ′ formed.
16 In your book all the days of my ′ life were ′ written:
while as ′ yet there ′ was not ′ one of them.
17 How deep are your ′ thoughts O ′ God:
and how ′ great ′ is the ′ sum of them.
18 If I should count them,
they are more in number ′ than the ′ sand:
to finish the count,
my life-span must ′ needs be ′ equal · to ′ yours.
  * * *
23 Examine me O God and ′ know my ′ heart:
test me,′ and dis′cover · my ′ thoughts.
24 Watch closely, lest I follow a ′ path of ′ error:
and lead me in the ′ way ′ ever′lasting.

140

1 Deliver me O Lord ′ from the ′ wicked:
and pre′serve me ′ from the ′ violent,
2 who devise evil ′ in their ′ hearts:
and ′ stir up ′ strife con′tinually.
3 They have sharpened their tongues ′ like a ′ serpent’s:
adder′s ′ poison · is ′ under their ′ lips.
4 Keep me O Lord from the ′ hands of the ′ wicked:
from the violent, who ′ plan to ′ trip up · my ′ feet.
5 The proud have laid a snare for me,
and spread out a ′ net of ′ cords:
they have set ′ traps a′long my ′ path.
6 I said to the Lord, ′ ‘You are · my ′ God’:
hear O ′ Lord my ′ prayer for ′ mercy.
7 O Lord God, my ′ fortress · of ′ safety:
you have shielded my ′ head · in the ′ day of ′ battle.
8 Do not grant the wicked their de′sire O ′ Lord:
or permit their ′ evil · de′signs to ′ prosper.
  * * *
12 I am sure the Lord will maintain the ′ cause · of the ′ poor:
and up′hold the ′ rights · of the ′ destitute.
13 The righteous will give ′ praise · to your ′ name:
and the ′ upright · will ′ live · in your ′ presence.

141

1 Lord I call to you, come quickly ′ to my ′ help:
give heed to me ′ when I ′ cry to ′ you.
2 Let my prayer be set be′fore you · as ′ incense:
and the lifting up of my ′‿
hands · as the ′ evening ′ sacrifice.
3 Set a guard O Lord ′ over · my ′ mouth:
and keep watch ′ at the ′ door of · my ′ lips.
4 Keep my heart from any sinful inclination,
from joining the ill-disposed ′ in their ′ wickedness:
and let me ′ never ′ eat · at their ′ table.
5 Rather let the ′ righteous ′ strike me:
and ′ give me ′ friendly · re′buke,
6 than that the oil of the wicked should a′noint my ′ head:
for I pray con′tinually · a′gainst their ′ wickedness.
  * * *
9 But my eyes are fixed on ′ you Lord ′ God:
in you I take refuge, ′ do not ′ cast me ′ off.
10 Keep me from the snare ′ they have ′ laid for me:
and from the traps ′ evil′doers · have ′ set.
11† Let the wicked fall together into their ′ own ′ nets:
while ′ I pass ′ by un′harmed.

142Day 29 Evening

1 I cry aloud to ′ you O ′ Lord:
I ′ loudly ′ plead · for your ′ help.
2 I pour out my ′ trouble · be′fore you:
and make ′ known to · you ′ my dis′tress.
3 when my spirit is faint within me, you ′ know my ′ way:
in the path where I walk ′‿ they have ′ hidden · a ′ snare for me.
4 I look to my ′ right ′ hand:
and see ′ there is ′ no one · who ′ heeds me.
5 There is no ′ way · of es′cape:
and ′ no one ′ gives me · a ′ thought.
6 I cry to the Lord and say, ′ ′You are · my ′ refuge:
you are all that I have ′ in the ′ land of the ′ living.’
7 Give heed to my cry for I am brought ′ very ′ low:
deliver me from those who pursue me,′
for they ′ are too ′ strong for me.
8 Bring me ′ out · of my ′ prison:
so that I may give ′ thanks ′ to your ′ name.
9† When you show me your ′ loving ′ kindness:
the ′ righteous · will ′ gather a′round me.

143

1 Hear my ′ prayer O ′ Lord:
in your faithfulness give heed to my pleading,
and ′ answer · me ′ in your ′ righteousness.
2 Do not put your ′ servant · on ′ trial:
for in your sight ′ no one ′ living · is ′ innocent.
3 For my enemies have hunted me down,
and beaten me ′ to the ′ ground:
they have made me inhabit darkness,
like ′ those · who have ′ long been ′ dead.
4 Therefore my spirit ′ faints with′in me:
and my ′ heart is ′ numb with ′ grief.
5 Yet I remember times past,
I think about ′ all · you have ′ done:
I meditate on the ′ works of ′ your ′ hands.
6 I stretch out my ′ hands to ′ you:
I thirst for you as a ′ parched land ′ thirsts for ′ rain.
7 Make haste to answer me Lord, for my ′ spirit · is ′ failing:
do not hide your face from me,
or I shall be like ′ those who · go ′ down · to the ′ dead.
8 Let me hear of your steadfast love ′ in the ′ morning:
for in ′ you · I have ′ put my ′ trust.
9 Show me the way ′ I should ′ walk in:
for to ′ you · I lift ′ up my ′ soul.
10 Deliver me Lord ′ from my ′ enemies:
for I have ′ fled to ′ you for ′ refuge.
11 Teach me to do your will, for ′ you · are my ′ God:
let your good spirit ′ lead me · on an ′ even ′ path.
12 Keep me safe O Lord for your ′ name’s ′ sake:
and for your righteousness′ sake ′‿
bring me ′ out of ′ trouble.
  * * *

144Day 30 Morning

1 Blessèd be the ′ Lord my ′ rock:
who trains my hand for war ′ and my ′ fingers · for ′ battle,
2 my strength and my fortress, my stronghold and my refuge,
my shield in ′ whom I ′ trust:
who brings ′ people ′ under · my ′ rule.
3 Lord, what are we mortals that you should ′ care a′bout us:
mere human beings that ′‿
you should ′ give us · a ′ thought?
4 Each of us is like a ′ puff of ′ wind:
our days are ′ like a ′ passing ′ shadow.
5 Lower your heavens O Lord and ′ come ′ down:
touch the ′ mountains · and ′ they shall ′ smoke.
6 Send out your lightnings, and ′ scatter · the ′ enemy:
shoot out your ′ arrows · and ′ put them · to ′ flight.
7 Reach down your hand from on ′ high and ′ rescue me:
snatch me out of the deep waters,
from the ′ hands of ′ ali·en ′ foes,
8 whose mouths utter things ′ that are ′ false:
and whose right ′ hand is ′ raised in ′ perjury.
9 I will sing you a new ′ song O ′ God:
I will sing your praises ′ on a ′ ten-stringed ′ lute.
10 You give ′ victory · to ′ kings:
and de′liverance to ′ David · your ′ servant.
11 Save me from the ′ cruel ′ sword:
deliver me ′ from the ′ hands of ′ aliens,
12 whose mouths utter ′ things · that are ′ false:
and whose right ′ hand is ′ raised in ′ perjury.
13 May our sons in their youth be like ′ well-grown ′ saplings:
and our daughters like‿
sculptured ′ pillars · at the ′ corners · of ′ palaces.
14 May our barns be full to overflowing‿
with every ′ kind · of pro′vision:
our sheep bear young‿
in thousands upon ′ thousands ′ in our ′ fields.
15 May our cattle be fat and strong,
suffering no miscarriage or un′timely ′ birth:
and may there be no ′ cries · of dis′tress · in our ′ streets.
16 Happy are the people to whom such ′ blessings ′ fall:
happy the people whose ′ God ′ is the ′ Lord.

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1 I will extol you O ′ God my ′ king:
I will bless your ′ name for ′ ever · and ′ ever.
2 Every day will I give ′ thanks to ′ you:
and praise your ′ name for ′ ever · and ′ ever.
3 You are great O Lord, and worthy of ′ all ′ praise:
there are no ′ bounds ′ to your ′ greatness.
4 One generation shall praise your ′ works · to an′other:
and pro′claim your ′ mighty ′ acts.
5 I will speak of the glorious splendour ′ of your ′ majesty:
and of ′ all your ′ marvel·lous ′ works.
6 People shall speak of the might of your ′ awesome ′ deeds:
and I ′ too · will pro′claim your ′ greatness.
7† They shall pour out the story of your a′bundant ′ kindness:
and joyfully ′ sing ′ of your ′ righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and ′ full · of com′passion:
slow to anger ′ and a′bounding · in ′ love.
9 You Lord are ′ good to ′ all of us:
and your mercy ′ rests up·on ′ all your ′ creatures.
10 All your creation shall ′ praise you · O ′ Lord:
and your ′ servants · will ′ bless your ′ name.
11 They shall speak of the glory ′ of your ′ kingdom:
and their ′ talk shall ′ be of · your ′ power,
12 so that all may know of your ′ mighty ′ deeds:
and the glorious ′ splendour ′ of your ′ kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an ever′lasting ′ kingdom:
and your dominion en′dures from ′ age to ′ age.
14 The Lord upholds ′ those who ′ stumble:
and ′ raises · up ′ those · who are ′ down.
15 The eyes of all look to ′ you O ′ Lord:
and you give them their ′ food in ′ due ′ season.
16 You open ′ wide your ′ hand:
and give what they de′sire to ′ all things ′ living.
17 You Lord are righteous in ′ all your ′ ways:
and ′ loving · in ′ all your ′ deeds.
18 You Lord are near to ′ all who ′ call to you:
who call to ′ you in ′ singleness · of ′ heart.
19 You fulfil the desire of ′ those · who re′vere you:
you hear their ′ cry ′ and you ′ save them.
20 You protect ′ all who ′ love you:
but the ′ wicked · you ′ will des′troy.
21 My mouth shall speak the ′ praise · of the ′ Lord:
let everyone bless God’s holy ′ name for ′ ever · and ′ ever.

146

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord ′ O my ′ soul:
as long as I ′ live · I will ′ praise the ′ Lord.
2 Yes, as long as ′ I have ′ life:
I will sing ′ praises ′ to my ′ God.
3 Put no trust in princes, nor in any ′ human ′ power:
for in ′ them there ′ is no ′ help.
4 When they breathe their last, they re′turn to ′ dust:
then all their ′ plans ′ come to ′ nothing.
5 Happy are those whose helper is the ′ God of ′ Jacob:
whose hope is ′ in the ′ Lord their ′ God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea and ′ all · that is ′ in them:
who ′ keeps a ′ promise · for ′ ever,
7 who defends the ′ cause of · the op′pressed:
and gives ′ food ′ to the ′ hungry.
8 The Lord sets free the prisoner,
and gives ′ sight · to the ′ blind:
the Lord raises up those bowed down,
and ′ loves ′ those · who are ′ just.
9 The Lord cares for the stranger in the land,
and sustains the ′ widows · and ′ orphans:
but turns the ′ way · of the ′ wicked · to ′ ruin.
10 The Lord shall ′ reign for ′ ever:
your God O Jerusalem shall reign for all generations.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

147Day 30 Evening

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā, / Praise the Lord,
for it is good to sing praises ′ to our ′ God:
how pleasant and seemly it is to ′ praise the ′ Most ′ High.
2 You Lord are re′building · Je′rusalem:
and gathering the ′ scattered ′ exiles · of ′ Israel.
3 You are healing the ′ broken-′hearted:
and ′ binding ′ up their ′ wounds.
4 You count the ′ number · of the ′ stars:
and ′ call them ′ all · by their ′ names.
5 Great are you O Lord, and ′ mighty · your ′ power:
yes, ′ and your ′ wisdom · is ′ infinite.
6 You raise ′ up the ′ lowly:
and bring down the ′ wicked ′ to the ′ dust.
7 Sing to the ′ Lord in ′ thanksgiving:
make music on the ′ harp ′ to our ′ God,
8 who covers the sky with clouds,
and prepares ′ rain · for the ′ earth:
making the hills green with grass‿
and with ′ plants for ′ human ′ use.
9 You O Lord give the ′ cattle · their ′ food:
and the young ravens ′ when they ′ call to ′ you.
10 You set no store by the ′ power · of a ′ horse:
nor by the ′ strength · of a ′ warri·or′s ′ thighs.
11 But your delight is in ′ those · who re′vere you:
in ′ those · who re′ly on · your ′ mercy.
12 Praise the Lord ′ O Je′rusalem:
O holy ′ city ′ praise your ′ God.
13 For the Lord has strengthened the ′ bars · of your ′ gates:
and ′ blessed your ′ children · with′in you.
14 The Lord has established peace with′in your ′ borders:
and fed you amply ′ with the ′ finest ′ wheat.
15 You O Lord send your ′ word · to the ′ earth:
and your com′mand runs ′ very ′ swiftly.
16 You give ′ snow like ′ wool:
and ′ sprinkle ′ hoar-frost · like ′ ashes.
17 You scatter′ hailstones · like ′ breadcrumbs:
you send the cold, ′ and the ′ waters · stand ′ frozen.
18 You utter your word and the ′ ice is ′ melted:
you blow with your wind ′ and the ′ waters ′ flow.
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19 You make known your ′ word to ′ Jacob:
your ′ statutes · and de′crees to ′ Israel.
20 You have not done this for any ′ other ′ nation:
nor have you taught them your laws.
Whaka′moemi′titia a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

148

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord ′ from the ′ heavens:
O praise God ′ in the ′ heights a′bove.
2 Praise the Lord ′ all you ′ angels:
O praise God ′ all you ′ heaven·ly ′ host.
3 Praise the Lord ′ sun and ′ moon:
praise God ′ all you ′ shining ′ stars.
4 Praise the Lord you ′ highest ′ heavens:
and you ′ waters · a′bove the ′ heavens.
5 Let them praise the ′ name · of the ′ Lord:
who commanded, ′ and they ′ were cre′ated.
6 The Lord fixed them in their ′ places · for ′ ever:
by a law ′ which shall ′ never · be ′ broken.
7 Praise the Lord ′ from the ′ earth:
you sea-′monsters · and ′ ocean ′ depths,
8 fire and hail,′ snow and ′ ice:
stormy ′ wind o′beying · God′s ′ word,
9 all ′ mountains · and ′ hills:
all ′ fruit·bearing ′ trees and ′ cedars,
10 wild ′ beasts and ′ cattle:
reptiles and ′ birds ′ on the ′ wing,
11 kings of the earth and ′ all ′ peoples:
princes and all ′ rulers ′ of the ′ world,
12 young ′ men and ′ maidens:
old ′ people and ′ children · to′gether.
13 Let them praise your ′ name O ′ Lord:
for your name alone is exalted,
and your glory is a′bove ′ heaven · and ′ earth.
14 You have lifted up your people′s head,
with praise from ′ all your ′ servants:
from the people close to your heart.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

149

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
O sing to the Lord a ′ new ′ song:
give praise in the as′sembly ′ of the ′ faithful.
2 Let the people of God rejoice ′ in their ′ maker:
and let the servants of the Most High e′xult ′ in their ′ king.
3 Let them praise God’s ′ name · in the ′ dance:
let them sing God’s ′ praise with ′ timbrel · and ′ harp.
4 For you O Lord take de′light · in your ′ people:
and crown your ′ humble ′ folk with ′ victory.
5 Let the faithful exult ′ in their ′ triumph:
let them ′ shout for ′ joy · as they ′ feast.
6 Let the praises of God be ′ on their ′ lips:
and a two-edged sword in their hand.
Whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.
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150

1 Whakamoemititia a Ihowā. / Praise the Lord.
O praise God in the ′ holy ′ place:
praise our God ′ in the ′ mighty ′ heavens.
2 Praise the Lord for many ′ acts of ′ power:
praise our God for ′ greatness · be′yond ′ measure.
3 Praise the Lord with the ′ sound of the ′ trumpet:
praise our God up′on the ′ lute and ′ harp.
4 Praise the Lord with ′ timbrels · and ′ dancing:
praise our God up′on the ′ strings and ′ pipe.
5 Praise the Lord with ′ clash of ′ cymbals:
praise our God up′on re′sounding ′ cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath ′ praise the ′ Lord:
whaka′moemi′titia · a ′ Ihowā. / O ′ praise ′ - the ′ Lord.

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