ePub 版

Who saves the harmless, and to me Than on the greatest human power
Does timely help afford.

For safety to depend. 7 Then free from pensive cares, my soul, 10, 11 Though many nations, closely leagu’d, Resume thy wonted rest;

Did oft beset me round; For God has wondrously to thee

Yet, by his boundless power sustain'd, His bounteous love exprest.

I did their strength confound. 8 When death alarm’d me, he remov'd 12 They swarm'd like bees, and yet their rage My dangers and my fears;

Was but a short-liv'd blaze; My feet from falling he secur'd,

For whilst on God I still rely'd, And dry'd my eyes from tears.

I vanquish'd them with ease. 9 Therefore my life's remaining years, 13 When all united press'd me hard, Which God to me shall lend,

In hopes to make me fall, Will I in praises to his name,

The Lord vouchsaf'd to take my part, And in his service spend.

And save me from them all. 10, 11 In God I trusted, and of him

14 The honour of my strange escape In greatest straits did boast;

To him alone belongs ; For in my fight all hopes of aid

He is my Saviour and my strength, From faithless men were lost.

He only claims my songs.
12, 13 Then what return to him shall I 15 Joy fills the dwelling of the just,
For all his goodness make?

Whom God has sav'd from harm;
I'll praise his name, and with glad zeal For wondrous things are brought to pass
The cup of blessing take.

By his Almighty arm.
14, 15 I'll pay my vows among his saints, 16 He, by his own resistless power,
Whose blood, howe'er despis’d

Has endless honour won; By wicked men, in God's account

The saving strength of his right hand 'Is always highly priz'd.

Amazing works has done. 16 By various ties, O Lord, must I

17 God will not suffer me to fall, To thy dominion bow;

But still prolongs my days; Thy humble handmaid's son before,

That, by declaring all his works, Thy ransom'd captive now!

I may advance his praise. 17,18 To thee I'll oft'rings bring of praise; 18 When God had sorely me chastis'd, And whilst I bless thy name,

Till quite of hopes bereav'd, The just performance of my vows

His mercy from the gates of death To all thy saints proclaim.

My fainting life reprier'd. 19 They in Jerusalem shall meet,

19 Then open wide the temple-gates, And in thy house shall join,

To which the just repair, To bless thy name with one consept,

That I may enter in, and praise
And mix their songs with mine.

My great Deliv'rer there.

20, 21 Within those gates of God's abode,

To which the righteous press,

Since thou hast heard, and set me safe,
To heaven raise;

Thy holy name I'll bless.
Let all, inspir'd with godly mirth,

22, 23 That which the builders once refus'd, Sing solemn hymns of praise.

Is now the corner stone; 2 God's tender mercy knows no bound, This is the wondrous work of God, His truth shall ne'er decay;

The work of God alone. Then let the willing nations round

24, 25 This day is God's; let all the land Their grateful tribute pay.

Exalt their cheerful voice;

Lord we beseech thee, save us now,

And make us still rejoice.

26 Him that approaches in God's name, His mercies ne'er decay ;

Let all th' assembly bless; That his kind favours ever last,

“ We that belong to God's own house Let thankful Israel say.

“ Have wish'd you good success.” 3, 4 Their sense of his eternal love

27 God is the Lord, through whom we all Let Aaron's house express;

Both light and comfort find; And that it never fails, let all

Fast to the altar's horn, with cords, That fear the Lord confess.

The chosen victim bind. 5 To God I made my humble moan,

28 Thou art my Lord, O God, and still With troubles quite opprest;

I'll praise thy holy name; And he releas'd me from my straits,

Because thou only art my God, And granted my request.

I'll celebrate thy fame. 6 Since therefore God does on my side 29 O then with me give thanks to God, So graciously appear;

Who still does gracious prove; Why should the vain attempts of men

And let the tribute of our praise Possess my soul with fear?

Be endless as his love. 7 Since God with those that aid my cause

PSALM CXIX. Vouchsafes my part to take.,

ALEPH. To all my foes I need not doubt

row bless'd are they, who always keep A just return to make. 8, 9 For better 'tis to trust in God,

Who never from the sacred paths And have the Lord our friend,

of God's commandments stray!

WTH cheerful notes let all the earth

O is good,

2 How bless'd, who to his righteous laws 19 Though, like a stranger in the land, Have still obedient been!

From place to place I stray, And have with fervent humble zeal

Thy righteous judgments from my sight His favour sought to win!

Remove not thou away. 3 Such men their utmost caution use

20 My fainting soul is almost pin’d, To shun each wicked deed;

With earnest longing spent, But in the path which he directs

Whilst always on the eager search With constant care proceed.

Of thy just will intent. • Thou strictly hast enjoin'd us, Lord, 21 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud, To learn thy sacred will;

Whom still thy curse pursues ; And all our diligence employ

Since they to walk in thy right ways Thy statutes to fulfil.

Presumptuously refuse. 3 O then that thy most holy will

22 But far from me do thou, O Lord, Might o'er my ways preside,

Contempt and shame remove ; And I the course of all my life

For I thy sacred laws affect By thy direction guide!

With undissembled love. 6 Then with assurance should I walk, 23 Though princes oft, in council met, From all confusion free;

Against thy servant spake; Convinc'd, with joy, that all my ways Yet I thy statutes to observe With thy commands agree.

My constant business make. 7 My upright heart shall my glad mouth 24 For thy commands have always been With cheerful praises fill;

My comfort and delight;
When, by thy righteous judgments taught, By them I learn, with prudent care,
I shall have learnt thy will.

To guide my steps aright. 8 So to thy sacred laws shall I

All due observance pay;
O then forsake me not, my God,

25 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care, Nor cast me quite away.

Close to the dust does cleave;

Revive me, Lord, and let me now

Thy promis'd aid receive. 9 How shall the young preserve their ways,

26 To thee I still declar'd my ways, From all pollution free?

And thou inclin'st thine ear; By making still their course of life

O teach me then my future life With thy commands agree.

By thy just laws to steer. 10 With hearty zeal for thee I seek, 27 If thou wilt make me know thy laws, To thee for succour pray ;

And by their guidance walk, O suffer not my careless steps

The wondrous works which thou hast done From thy right paths to stray.

Shall be my constant talk. 11 Safe in my heart, and closely hid, 28 But see, my soul within me sinks, Thy word, my treasure lies;

Press'd down with weighty care; To succour me with timely aid,

Do thou, according to thy word, When sinful thoughts arise.

My wasted strength repair. 12 Secur'd by that, my grateful soul 29 Far, far from me be all false ways Shall ever bless thy name;

And lying arts remov'd; O teach me then by thy just laws

But kindly grant I still may keep My future life to frame.

The path by thee approv'd. 13 My lips, unlock'd by pious zeal,

30 Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth, To others have declar'd

My happy choice I've made; How well the judgments of thy mouth Thy judgments, as my rule of life, Deserve our best regard.

Before me always laid. 14 Whilst in the way of thy commands 31 My care has been to make my life More solid joy I found,

Vith thy commands agree; Than had I been with vast increase

O then preserve thy servant, Lord, Of envy'd riches crown'd.

From shame and ruin free.
15 Therefore thy just and upright laws 32 So in the way of thy commands
Shall always fill my mind ;

Shall I with pleasure run,
And those sound rules, which thou prescrib’st, And, with a heart enlarg’d with joy,
All due respect shall find.

Successfully go on.
16 To keep thy statutes undefac'd
Shall be my constant joy;

The strict remembrance of thy word 33 Instruct me in thy statutes, Lord,
Shall all my thoughts employ.

Thy righteous paths display;

And I from them, through all my life,

Will never go astray. 17 Be gracious to thy servant, Lord, 34 If thou true wisdom from above Do thou my life defend,

Wilt graciously impart, That I, according to thy word,

To keep thy perfect laws I will My future time may spend.

Devote ny zealous heart. 18 Enlighten both my eyes and mind, 35 Direct me in the sacred ways That so I may discern

To which thy precepts lead; The wondrous works which they behold, Because my chief delight has been Who thy just precepts learn.

Thy righteous paths to tread.

[ocr errors]

36 Dɔ thou to thy most just commands 53 Sometimes I stand amaz'd, like one Incline my willing heart;

With deadly horror struck, Let no desire of worldly wealth

To think how all my sinful foes From thee my thoughts divert.

Have thy just laws forsook. 37 From those vain objects turn my eyes, 54 But I thy statutes and decrees Which this false world displays;

My cheerful anthems made; Bu give me lively power and strength Whilst through strange lands and desert wilde To keep thy righteous ways.

I like a pilgrim stray'd. 38 Confirm the promise which thou mad'st, 55 Thy name, that cheer'd my heart by day. And give thy servant aid,

Has filld my thoughts by night: Who to transgress thy sacred laws

I then resolv'd by thy just laws Is awfully afraid.

To guide my steps aright. 39 The foul disgrace I justly fear,

56 That peace of mind, which has my soul In mercy, Lord, remove;

In deep distress sustain'd, For all the judgments thou ordain'st By strict obedience to thy will Are full of grace and love.

I happily obtain'd. 40 Thou know'st how after thy commands

My longing heart does pant;
O then make haste to raise me up,

57 O Lord, my God, my portion thou And promis'd succour grant.

And sure possession art;

Thy words I steadfastly resolve

To treasure in my heart. 41 Thy constant blessing, Lord, bestow, 58 With all the strength of warm desire To cheer my drooping heart;

I did thy grace implore; To me, according to thy word,

Disclose, according to thy word, Thy saving health impart.

Thy mercy's boundless store. 42 So shall I, when my foes upbraid. 59 With due reflection and strict care This ready answer make;

On all my ways I thought; * In God I trust, who never will

And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths, “ His faithful promise break.”

My wand'ring steps I brought.
43 Then let not quite the word of truth 60 I lost no time, but made great haste,
Be from my mouth remov'd;

Resolv'd, without delay,
Since still my ground of steadfast hope To watch, that I might never more
Thy just decrees have prov’d.

From thy commandments stray. 44 So I to keep thy righteous laws

61 Though num'rous troops of sinful men Will all my study bend;

To rob me have combin'd, From age to age my time to come

Yet I thy pure and righteous laws In their observance spend.

Have ever kept in mind. 45 Ere long I trust to walk at large,

62 In dead of night I will arise From all incumbranee free;

To sing thy solemn praise ; Since I resolve to make my life

Convinc'd how much I always ought With thy commands agree.

To love thy righteous ways. 46 Thy laws shall be my constant takk; 63 To such as fear thy holy name And princes shall attend,

Myself I closely join; Whilst I the justice of thy ways

To all who their obedient wills With confidence defend.

To thy commands resign. 47 My longing heart and ravish'd soul 64 O’er all the earth thy mercy, Lord, Shall both o'erflow with joy,

A bundantly is shed; When in thy lov'd commandinents I

O make me then exactly learn My happy hours employ:

Thy sacred paths to tread. 48 Then will I to thy just decrees

Lift up my willing hands;
My care and business then shall be

65 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt To study thy commands.

Most graciously, O Lord;

Repeated benefits bestow'd,

According to thy word. 49 According to thy promis'd grace, 66 Teach me the sacred skill, by which Thy favour, Lord, extend;

Right judgment is attain'd, Make good to me the word on which Who in belief of thy commands Thy servant's hopes depend.

Have steadfastly remain'd. 50 That only comfort in distress

67 Before affliction stopp'd my course, Did all my griets control ;

My foot-steps went astray: Thy word, when troubles hemm’d me round, But I have since been disciplin'd Reviv'd my fainting soul.

Thy precepts to obey. 51 Insulting foes did proudly mock, 68 Thou art, O Lord, supremely good, And all my hopes deride;

And all thou dost is so; Yet fiom thy law not all their scoffs

On me, thy statutes to discern, Could make me turn aside.

Thy saving skill bestow.
52 Thy judgments then, of ancient date, 69 The proud have forg'd malicious lies,
I quickly cali'd to mind,

My spotless fame to stain;.
Till, ravish'ı with such thoughts, my soul But 'my fix'd heart, without reserve,
Did speer!y comfort finde

Thy precepts shall retain.

70 While pamper'd they, with prosp'rous ills, 187 With close designs against my life In sensual pleasures live,

They had almost prevail'd; My soul can relish no delight,

But in obedience to thy will, But what thy precepts give.

My duty never fail'd. 71 'Tis good for me that I have felt 88 Thy wonted kindness, Lord, restore, Affliction's chast’ning rod,

My drooping heart to cheer; That I might duly learn and keep

That by thy righteous statutes I The statutes of my God.

My life's whole course may steer. 72 The law that from thy mouth proceeds,

Of more esteem I hold
Than untouch'd mines, than thousand mines 89 For ever and for ever, Lord,
Of silver and of gold.

Unchang'd thou dost remain;

Thy word, establish'd in the heavens,

Does all their orbs sustain. 73 To me, who am the workmanship 90 Through circling ages, Lord, thy truth Of thy Almighty hands,

Immoveable shall stand, The heavenly understanding give

As doth the earth, which thou uphold'st To learn thy just commands.

By thy Almighty hand. 74 My preservation to thy saints

91 All things the course by thee ordain'd Strong comfort will afford,

Even to this day fulfil; To see success attend my hopes,

They are thy faithful subjects all, Who trusted in thy word.

And servants of thy will. 75_That right thy judgments are, I now 92 Unless thy sacred law had been By sure experience see;

My comfort and delight, And that in faithfulness, O Lord,

I must have fainted, and expir'd Thou hast afflicted me.

In dark affliction's night. 76 O let thy tender mercy now

93 Thy precepts, therefore, from my thoughts Afford me needful aid ;

Shall never, Lord, depart; According to thy promise, Lord,

For thou by them hast to new life To me, thy servant, made.

Restor'd my dying heart. 77 To me thy saving grace restore,

94 As I am thine, entirely thine, That I again may live;

Protect me, Lord, from harm, Whose soul can relish no delight

Who have thy precepts sought to know, But what thy precepts give.

And carefully perform. 78 Defeat the proud, who, unprovok'd, 95 The wicked have their ambush haid To ruin me have sought,

My guiltless life to take; Who only on thy sacred laws

But in the midst of danger I Employ my harmless thought.

Thy word my study make. 79 Let those that fear thy name espouse

96 I've seen an end of what we call My cause, and those alone

Perfection here below;
Who have, by strict and pious search, But thy com niandments, like thyself,
Thy sacred precepts known.

No change or period know.
80 In thy blest statutes let my heart
Continue always sound;

That guilt and shame, the sinner's Ict, 97 The love that to thy laws I bear
Míay never me confound.

No language can display ;

They with fresh wonders entertain

My ravish'd thoughts all day. 81 My soul with long expectance faints 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow To see thy saving grace;

Than all my subtile foes ; Yet still on thy unerring word

For thy sure word doth me direct, My confidence I place.

And all my ways dispose. 32 My very eyes consume and fail

99 From me my former teachers now With waiting for thy word ;

May abler counsel take; 0! when wilt thou thy kind relief

Because thy sacred precepts I And promis'd aid afford!

My constant study make. 83 My skin like shrivel'd parchment shows, 100 In understanding I excel That long in smoke is set;

The sages of our days; Yet no affliction me can force

Because by thy unerring rules Thy statutes to forget.

I order all

my ways. 84 How many days must I endure

101 My feet with care I have refrain'd Of sorrow and distress?

From every sinful way, When wilt thou judgment execute

That to thy sacred word í might On them who me oppress?

Entire obedience pay. 85 The proud have digg'd a pit for me, 102 I have not from thy judgments stray'd, That have no other foes,

By vain desires misled; But such as are averse to thee,

For, Lord, thou hast instructed me And thy just laws oppose.

Thy righteous paths to tread. 86 With sacred truth's eternal laws

103 How sweet are all thy words to me! All thy commands agree;

O what divine repast ! Men persecute me without cause;

How much more grateful to my

sou) Thou, Lord, my helper be.

Than honey to my taste!

104 Taught by thy sacred precepts, I

With heavenly skill am blest,
Through which the treach'rous ways of sin 121 Judgment and justice I have lov'd;
I utterly detest.

O therefore, Lord, engage

In my defence, nor give me up

To my oppressor's rage. 105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,

122 Do thou be surety, Lord, for me, The way of truth to show;

And so shall this distress A watch-light to point out the path Prove good for me; nor shall the proud In which I ought to go.

My guiltless soul oppress. 106 I swear, and from my solemn oath 123 My eyes, alas! begin to fail, Will never start aside,

In long expectance held; That in thy righteous judgments I

Till thy salvation they behold, Will steadfastly abide.

And righteous word fulfill'd. 107 Since I with griefs am so opprest, 124 To me, thy servant, in distress, That I can bear no more,

Thy wonted grace display, According to thy word do thou

And discipline my willing heart My fainting soul restore.

Thy statutes to obey. 108 Let still my sacrifice of praise

125 On me, devoted to thy fear, With three acceptance find;

Thy sacred skill bestow, And in thy righteous judgments, Lord, That of thy testimonies I Instruct my willing mind.

The full extent may know. 109 Though ghastly dangers me surround, 126 'Tis time, high time for thee, O Lord, My soul they cannot awe,

Thy vengeance to employ; Nor with continual terrors keep

When men with open violence From thinking on thy law.

Thy sacred law destroy. 110 My wicked and invet’rate foes

127 Yet their contempt of thy commands For me their snares have laid;

But makes their value rise Yet I have kept the upright path,

In my esteem, who purest gold, Nor from thy precepts stray'd.

Compar'd with them, despise. 111 Thy testimonies I have made

128 Thy précepts therefore I account, My heritage and choice;

In all respects, divine; For they, when other comforts fail,

They teach me to discern the right, My drooping heart rejoice.

And all false ways decline. 112 My heart with early zeal began

Thy statutes to obey,
And till my course of life is done,

129 The wonders which thy laws contain Shall keep thy upright way.

No words can represent;

Therefore to learn and practise them

My zealous heart is bent. 113 Deceitful thoughts and practices 130 The very entrance to thy word I utterly detest;

Celestial light displays, But to thy law affection bear

And knowledge of true happiness Too great to be exprest.

To simplest minds conveys. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, 131 With eager hopes I waiting stood, And shield art thou, ó Lord;

And fainting with desire; I firmly anchor all my hopes

That of thy wise commands I might On thy unerring word.

The sacred skill acquire. 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, 132 With favour, Lord, look down on me, Approach not my abode;

Who thy relief implore; For firmly I resolve to keep

As thou art wont to visit those The precepts of my God.

Who thy blest name adore. 116 According to thy gracious word, 133 Directed by thy heavenly word From danger set me free;

Let all my footsteps be; Nor make me of those hopes asham’d, Nor wickedness of any kind That I repose in thee.

Dominion have o'er me. 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe,

134 Release, entirely set me free And rescu'd from distress;

From persecuting hands, To thy decrees continually

That, unmolested, I may learn My just respect address.

And practise thy commands. 118 The wicked thou hast trod to earth, 135 On me, devoted to thy fear, Who from thy statutes stray’d;

Lord, make thy face to shine; Their vile deceit the just reward

Thy statutes both to know and keep, Of their own falsehood made.

My heart with zeal incline. 119 The wicked from thy holy land

136 My eyes to weeping fountains turos Thou dost like dross remove;

Whence briny rivers flow,
I therefore, with such justice charm'd, To see mankind against thy laws
Thy testimonies love.

In bold defiance go.
120 Yet with that love they make me dread,
Lest I should so offend,

TSADDI. When op transgressors I behold

137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom Thy judgments thus descend

Wrong'd innocence may trust;

« 上一頁繼續 »