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That stand in the house of the LORD in the

night seasons. 2 Lift up your hands to the sanctuary,

And bless ye the LORD.

3 The LORD bless thee out of Zion;

Even He that made heaven and earth.

Song of Zion

137 There we sat down, yea, we wept,

By the rivers of Babylon, When we remembered Zion. 2 Upon the willows in the midst thereof

We hanged up our harps. 3 For there they that led us captive asked of

us words of song,
And our tormentors asked of us mirth:

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.'
4 How shall we sing the LORD's song

In a foreign land? 5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,

Let my right hand forget her cunning. 6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my

mouth,
If I remember thee not;
If I set not Jerusalem
Above my chiefest joy.

God Is Everywhere

For the Leader. A Psalm of David.

139 For the Leader.

O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known

me.

2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine up

rising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou measurest my going about and my

lying down, And art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue,

But, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast hemmed me in behind and be

fore, And laid Thy hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

Too high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from Thy spirit?

Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in the nether-world, be

hold, Thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the

sea; 10 Even there would Thy hand lead me,

And Thy right hand would hold me. 11 And if I say: 'Surely the darkness shall en

velop me, And the light about me shall be night'; 12 Even the darkness is not too dark for Thee,

But the night shineth as the day;
The darkness is even as the light.

In the Cave

142

Maschil of David, when he was in the cave; a Prayer.

2 With my voice I cry unto the LORD; With my voice I make supplication unto

the LORD. 3 I pour out my complaint before Him,

I declare before Him my trouble;
4 When my spirit fainteth within me-

Thou knowest my path-
In the way wherein I walk

Have they hidden a snare for me. 5 Look on my right hand, and see,

For there is no man that knoweth me;
I have no way to flee;
No man careth for my soul.

6 I have cried unto Thee, O LORD;

I have said: “Thou art my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.' 7 Attend unto my cry;

For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors;

For they are too strong for me. 8 Bring my soul out of prison,

That I may give thanks unto Thy name;
The righteous shall crown themselves be-

cause of me;
For Thou wilt deal bountifully with me.

A Plea for Deliverance

A Psalm of David. 143 O LORD, hear my prayer, give ear to my

supplications; In Thy faithfulness answer me, and in Thy

righteousness.

2 And enter not into judgment with Thy serv

ant; For in Thy sight shall no man living be

justified.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul;

He hath crushed my life down to the ground;
He hath made me to dwell in dark places,

as those that have been long dead. 4 And my spirit fainteth within me;

My heart within me is appalled. 5 I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all Thy doing;

I muse on the work of Thy hands. 6 I spread forth my hands unto Thee; My soul (thirsteth] after Thee, as a weary land.

Selah

7 Answer me speedily, O LORD,

My spirit faileth;
Hide not Thy face from me;
Lest I become like them that go down into

the pit.

8 Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the

morning, For in Thee do I trust; Cause me to know the way wherein I should

walk, For unto Thee have I lifted up my soul.

9 Deliver me from mine enemies, O LORD;

With Thee have I hidden myself. 10 Teach me to do Thy will,

For Thou art my God;
Let Thy good spirit

Lead me in an even land. 11 For Thy name's sake, O LORD, quicken me; In Thy righteousness bring my soul out of

trouble. 12 And in Thy mercy cut off mine enemies,

And destroy all them that harass my soul;
For I am Thy servant.

Against the Treacherous

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144 [A Psalm] of David.

Blessed be the Lord my Rock,
Who traineth my hands for war,

And my fingers for battle;
2 My lovingkindness, and my fortress,

My high tower, and my deliverer;
My shield, and He in whom I take refuge;
Who subdueth my people under me.

3 LORD, what is man, that Thou takest knowl

edge of him? Or the son of man, that Thou makest ac

count of him? 4 Man is like unto a breath;

His days are as a shadow that passeth away. 5 O LORD, bow Thy heavens, and come down;

Touch the mountains, that they may smoke. 6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them;

Send out Thine arrows, and discomfit them. 7 Stretch forth Thy hands from on high; Rescue me, and deliver me out of many

waters, Out of the hand of strangers; 8 Whose mouth speaketh falsehood,

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