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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book I
 
XXVIII
 
A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer
 
 
A Psalm of David.
 
 
[1]  UNTO thee, O Jehovah, will I call:
My rock, be not thou deaf unto me;
Lest, if thou be silent unto me,
I become like them that go down into the pit.
[2]  Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee,
When I lift up my hands toward 1 thy holy oracle.
[3]  Draw me not away with the wicked,
And with the workers of iniquity;
That speak peace with their neighbors,
But mischief is in their hearts.
[4]  Give them according to their work, and according to the wickedness of their doings:
Give them after the operation of their hands;
Render to them their desert.
[5]  Because they regard not the works of Jehovah,
Nor the operation of his hands,
He will break them down and not build them up.
 
[6]  Blessed be Jehovah,
Because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
[7]  Jehovah is my strength and my shield;
My heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped:
Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
And with my song will I praise him.
[8]  Jehovah is their strength,
And he is a stronghold of salvation to his anointed.
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance:
Be their shepherd also, and bear them up for ever.
 
Note 1. Or, toward the innermost place of thy sanctuary. [back]
 

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