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I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is he that desireth life,
And loveth many days, that he may see good?
Keep thy tongue from evil,
And thy lips from speaking guile.
Depart from evil, and do good;
Seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
And his ears are open unto their cry.
The face of the Lord is against them that do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth,
And delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken


And saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
But the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
He keepeth all his bones:
Not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked:
And they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants:
And none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.


A Psalm of David Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with


Fight against them that fight against me.
Take hold of shield and buckler,
And stand up for mine help.
Draw out also the



way against them that persecute me: Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek

after my soul: : Let them be turned back and brought to confusion

that devise my hurt. Let them be as chaff before the wind: And let the angel of the Lord chase them. Let their way be dark and slippery: And let the angel of the Lord persecute them. For without cause have they hid for me their net in

a pit, Which without cause they have digged for my soul. Let destruction come upon him at unawares; And let his net that he hath hid catch himself: Into that very destruction let him fall. And

my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: It shall rejoice in his salvation. All my bones shall say,

Lord, who is like unto thee,
Which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong

for him,

Yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth

him? False witnesses did rise up; They laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good To the spoiling of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing

was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; And my prayer returned into mine own bosom. I behaved myself as though he had been my

friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his

mother. But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered

themselves together: Yea, the abjects gathered themselves together

against me, and I knew it not; They did tear me, and ceased not: With hypocritical mockers in feasts, They gnashed upon me with their teeth. Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, My darling from the lions. I will give thee thanks in the great congregation:

I will praise thee among much people.
Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully re-

joice over me: Neither let them wink with the eye that hate me

without a cause. For they speak not peace: But they devise deceitful matters against them that

are quiet in the land. Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, And said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. This thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, Even unto my cause, my God, and my Lord. Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy right

eousness; And let them not rejoice over me. Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we

have it: Let them not say, We have swallowed him up. Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion to

gether that rejoice at mine hurt: Let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that

magnify themselves against me. Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my

righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified,

Which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness And of thy praise all the day long.


To the chief Musician A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord The transgression of the wicked saith within my

heart, That there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, Until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: He hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; He setteth himself in a way that is not good; He abhorreth not evil. Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; And thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; Thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under

the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house;

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