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PSALM 145. Exaltabo te, Deus.
2 Every day will I give thanks unto thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and marvellous, worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness.
4 One generation shall praise thy works unto another, and declare thy power.
5 As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;
6 So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; and I will also tell of thy greatness.
7 The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed; and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious and merciful; long suffering, and of great goodness.
9 The LORD is loving unto every man, and his mercy is over all his works.
10 All thy works praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
11 They show the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy
thee, O LORD; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him; yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; he also will hear. their cry, and will help them.
20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him; but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy name for ever and ever.
PSALM 146. Lauda, anima mea.
PRAISE the LORD, O my soul: while I live, will I praise the LORD; yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto my God.
20 put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man; for there is no help in them.
3 For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth, and then all his thoughts perish.
4 Blessed is he that hath the GoD of Jacob for his help; an whose hope is in the LORD his GOD;
5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is; who keepeth his promise for ever;
6 Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong; who feedeth the hungry.
7 The LORD looseth men out | cattle, and feedeth the young of prison; the LORD giveth sight | ravens that call upon him. to the blind. 10 He hath no pleasure in
8 The LORD helpeth them the strength of an horse: neithat are fallen; the LORD careth ther delighteth he in any man's for the righteous.
11 But the LORD's delight is
9 The LORD careth for the stranger; he defendeth the in them that fear him, and put fatherless and widow: as for their trust in his mercy. the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upside down.
10 The LORD thy God, O Sion, shall be King for evermore, and throughout all generations.
O PRAISE the LORD, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.
2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem, and gather together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth those that are broken in heart, and giveth medicine to heal their sickness. 4 He telleth the number of the stars, and calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our LORD, and great is his power; yea, and his wisdom is infinite.
6 The LORD setteth up the meek, and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.
7 O sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praises upon the harp unto our GoD;
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men;
12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy GOD, O Sion;
13 For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the flour of wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth, and his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool, and scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels; who is able to abide his frost?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them; he bloweth with his wind, and the waters flow.
19 He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and ordinances unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation; neither have the heathen knowledge of his laws.
PSALM 148. Laudate Dominum.
O PRAISE the LORD of heaven; praise him in the height.
2 Praise him, all ye angels of his; praise him, all his hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all ye stars and light. 4 Praise him, all ye heavens, and ye waters that are above
9 Who giveth fodder unto the the heavens.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD; for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath made them fast for ever and ever; he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.
7 Praise the LORD upon earth, ye dragons, and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and vapours, wind and storm, fulfilling his word;
9 Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle; worms and feathered fowls;
11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes and all judges of the world;
12 Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the name of the LORD; for his name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
13 He shall exalt the horn of his people: all his saints shall praise him; even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.
PSALM 149. Cantate Domino.
O SING unto the LORD a new song; let the congregation of saints praise him.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him, and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance; let them sing praises unto him with tabret and harp.
4 For the LORD hath pleasure in his people, and helpeth the meek-hearted.
5 Let the saints be joyful with glory; let them rejoice in their beds.
6 Let the praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hands.
7 To be avenged of the heathen, and to rebuke the people; 8 To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with links of iron.
9 That they may be avenged of them; as it is written, Such honour have all his saints.
PSALM 150. Laudate Dominum.
O PRAISE GOD in his holiness; praise him in the firma ment of his power.
2 Praise him in his noble acts; praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet; praise him upon the lute and harp.
4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances; praise him upon the strings and pipe.
5 Praise him upon the welltuned cymbals; praise him upon the loud cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD
THE END OF THE PSALTER.
AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY, AND LAITY OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN CONVENTION, ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1801.
ART. II. Of the WORD, or SON OF GOD, which was made very man.
The Son, which is the WORD of the FATHER, begotten from everlasting of the FATHER, the very and eternal GOD, of one substance with the FATHER, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the GODHEAD and manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one CHRIST, very GOD, and very man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his FATHER to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.
ART. III. Of the going down of CHRIST into Hell.
AS CHRIST died for us, and was buried ; so also is it to be believed, that he went down into
ART. IV. Of the Resurrection of CHRIST. CHRIST did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all men at the last day.
ART. V. Of the HOLY GHOST.
The HOLY GHOST, proceeding from the FATHER and the SON, is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the FATHER and the SON, very and eternal GOD.
ART. VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy
Scriptures for salvation.
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical books of the Old and New-Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.
Of the names and number of the
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numeri, Deuteronomium, Joshue, Judges, Ruth, The
First Book of Samuel, The Second Book of Samuel, The First Book of Kings, The Chronicles, The Second Book of Chronicles, Second Book of Kings, The First Book of The first Book of Esdras, The Second Book of Esdras, The Book of Hester, The Book siastes or Preacher, Cantica or Songs of of Job, The Psalms, The Proverbs, EccleSolomon, Four Prophets the greater, Twelve Prophets the less.
And the other books, (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following:
The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Tobias, The Book of Judith, The rest of the Book of Hester, The Book of Wisdom, Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet, The Song of the three Children, The Story of Susanna, Of Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manasses, The First Book of Maccabees, The Second Book of Maccabees.
All the books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive and account them canonical.
ART. VII. Of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered to mankind by CHRIST, who is the only mediator between GOD and man, being both GoD and man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign, that the old fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the law given from GOD by Moses, as touching ceremonies and rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the commandments which are called moral.
ART. VIII. Of the Creeds.
monly called the Apostles' Creed, ought The Nicene Creed, and that which is comthoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture.
ART. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. Original sin standeth not in the following of Adam (as the Pelagians do vainly talk; )but it is the fault and corruption of the nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone from originai righteousness. and is of his own nature inclined to evil, SO that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea, in
them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in Greek, póνnμа σаρкòs, which some do expound the Wisdom, some Sensuality, some the Affection, some the Desire of the Flesh, is not subject to the law of GOD. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe and are baptized; yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath
of itself the nature of sin.
ART. X. Of Free-Will.
The condition of man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon GoD: wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to GOD, without the grace of GOD by CHRIST preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us when we have that good will.
ART. XI. Of the Justification of Man. We are accounted righteous before GOD, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST by faith; and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification.
ART. XII. Of good Works.
Albeit that good works, which are the fruits of faith, and follow after justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of GOD's judgment; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to GoD in CHRIST, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively faith; insomuch that by them a lively faith may be as evidently known, as a tree discerned by the fruit.
ART. XIII. Of Works before Justification. Works done before the grace of CHRIST, and the inspiration of his Srinir, are not pleasant to GOD, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in JESUS CHRIST, neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the Schoolauthors say) deserve grace of congruity: yea rather, for that they are not done as GOD hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin.
ART. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. Voluntary works, besides over and above GOD's commandments, which they call Works of Supererogation, cannot be taught without arrogancy and impiety. For by them men do declare, That they do not only render unto GOD as much as they are bound to do, but that they do more for his sake than of bounden duty is required: whereas CHRIST saith plainly, When ye have done all that are commanded to you, say, We are unprofitable servants.
ART. XV. Of CHRIST alone without sin. CHRIST in the truth of our nature, was made like unto us in all things, sin only except, from which he was clearly void, both in his flesh, and in his spirit. He came to be a Lamb without spot, who by sacrifice of himself once made, should take away the sins of the world; and sin (as St. John saith) was not in him. But all we the rest (although baptized and born again in CHRIST) yet offend in many things; and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
ART. XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. Not every deadly sin, willingly committed after baptism, is sin against the HOLY GHOST, and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fal! into sin after baptism. After we have received the HOLY GHOST, we may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and by the grace of GoD (we may) arise again, and amend our lives. And therefore they are to be condemned, which say, they can no more sin as long as they live here, or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.
ART. XVII. Of Predestination and Election.
Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of GOD, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he hath constantly decreed, by his counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation, those whom he hath chosen in CHRIST out of mankind, and to bring them by CHRIST to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honour. Wherefore they which be endued with so excellent a benefit of GOD, be called according to God's purpose by his SPIRIT working in due season: they through grace obey the calling: they be justified freely: be made like the image of his only begotten they be made sons of GOD by adoption: they Son JESUS CHRIST: they walk religiously in good works; and at length by God's mercy they attain to everlasting felicity.
As the godly consideration of predestination, and our election in CHRIST, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the SPIRIT of CHRIST, mortifying the works of the flesh and their earthly mem bers, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation, to be enjoyed through CHRIST, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards GoD: so, for curious and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Onnisт, to have continually before their eyes the sentence of GOD's predestination, is a most dangerous downfall, whereby the devil doth thrust them either into desperation, or into wretchlessness of most unclean living, no less perilous than desperation.
Furthermore, we must receive God's promises in such wise as they be generally set forth to us in holy Scripture and in our doings, that will of God is to be followed, which we have expressly declared unto us in the word of GOD.
ART. XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Salvation only by the Name of CHRIST.
They are also to be had accursed, that prethe law or sect which he professeth, so that sume to say, that every man shall be saved by he be diligent to frame his life according to that law, and the light of nature. For holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the name of JESUS CHRIST, whereby men must be saved. ART. XIX. Of the Church.
The visible Church of CHRIST is a congregation of faithful men, in the which the pure word of God is preached, and the sacraments be duly ministered according to CHRIST's ordi nance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.
As the Church of Hierusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, have erred; so also the Church