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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LXIII
 
The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God
 
 
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
 
 
[1]  O GOD, thou art my God; earnestly will I seek thee:
My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee,
In a dry and weary land, where no water is.
[2]  So have I looked upon thee in the sanctuary,
To see thy power and thy glory.
[3]  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise thee.
[4]  So will I bless thee while I live:
I will lift up my hands in thy name.
[5]  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow 1 and fatness;
And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips;
[6]  When I remember thee upon my bed,
And 2 meditate on thee in the night-watches.
[7]  For thou hast been my help,
And in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
[8]  My soul followeth hard after thee:
They right hand upholdeth me.
[9]  But those that seek my soul, to 3 destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
[10]  They shall be given 4 over to the power of the sword:
They shall be a portion for foxes. 5
[11]  But the king shall rejoice in God:
Every one that sweareth by him shall glory;
For the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
 
Note 1. Heb. fat. [back]
Note 2. Or, I meditate. [back]
Note 3. Or, shall be destroyed; They shall &c. [back]
Note 4. Or, poured out by. [back]
Note 5. Or, jackals. [back]
 

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