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Thou shalt increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.
I will also praise thee with the psaltery,
Even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing
With the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee;
And my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all

the day long: For they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek

my

hurt.

LXXII

A Psalm for Solomon Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the children of the needy, And shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun And moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: As showers that water the earth.

In his days shall the righteous flourish;
And abundance of peace so long as the moon en-

dureth.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the river unto the ends of the earth.
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before

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him;

And his enemies shall lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring

presents:
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
Yea, all kings shall fall down before him:
All nations shall serve him.
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth;
The poor also, and him that hath no helper.
He shall

spare

the

poor and needy,
And shall save the souls of the needy.
He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence:
And precious shall their blood be in his sight.
And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the

gold of Sheba:
Prayer also shall be made for him continually;
And daily shall he be praised.
There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon

the top of the mountains;
The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon:
And they of the city shall flourish like

grass

of the earth.

His name shall endure for ever:

His name shall be continued as long as the sun:
And men shall be blessed in him:
All nations shall call him blessed.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who only doeth wondrous things.
And blessed be his glorious name for ever:
And let the whole earth be filled with his glory;

Amen, and Amen.
The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

LXXIII

A Psalm of Asaph Truly God is good to Israel, Even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: But their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; Neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; Violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: They have more than heart could wish.

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They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning

oppression:
They speak loftily.
They set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue walketh through the earth.
Therefore his people return hither:
And waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
And they say, How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the most High?
Behold, these are the ungodly,
Who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain,
And washed my hands in innocency.
For all the day long have I been plagued,
And chastened every morning.
If I say, I will speak thus;
Behold, I should offend against the generation of thy

children.
When I thought to know this,
It was too painful for me;
Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
Then understood I their end.
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places:
Thou castedst them down into destruction.
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awaketh;

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So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise

their image. Thus

my

heart was grieved, And I was pricked in my

reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: But God is the strength of my heart, and my portion

for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from

thee.
But it is good for me to draw near to God:
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
That I may declare all thy works.

LXXIV

Maschil of Asaph O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of

thy pasture?

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