i. Psalm 6

 

O Lord, do not be bitter with me in your wrath; do not send punishment on me in the heat of your passion. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am wasted away: make me well, for even my bones are troubled. My soul is in bitter trouble; and you, O Lord, how long?  Come back, O Lord, make my soul free;

 

O Lord give me salvation because of your mercy. For in death there is no memory of you; in the underworld who will give you praise? The voice of my sorrow is a weariness to me; all the night I make my bed wet with weeping; it is watered by the drops flowing from my eyes. My eyes are wasting away with trouble; they are becoming old because of all those who are against me.

 

Go from me, all you workers of evil; for the Lord has given ear to the voice of my weeping. The Lord has given ear to my request; the Lord has let my prayer come before him. Let all those who are against me be shamed and deeply troubled; let them be turned back and suddenly put to shame.

 

ii. Psalm 8

 

O Lord, our Lord, whose glory is higher than the heavens, how noble is your name in all the earth!

 

You have made clear your strength even out of the mouths of babies at the breast, because of those who are against you; so that you may put to shame the cruel and violent man.

 

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have put in their places; What is man, that you keep him in mind? the son of man, that you take him into account? For you have made him only a little lower than the gods, crowning him with glory and honour.

 

You have made him ruler over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet; All sheep and oxen, and all the beasts of the field; The birds of the air and the fish of the sea, and whatever goes through the deep waters of the seas.

 

O Lord, our Lord, how noble is your name in all the earth!

 

iii. Psalm 11

 

In the Lord put I my faith; how will you say to my soul, Go in flight like a bird to the mountain? See, the bows of the evil-doers are bent, they make ready their arrows on the cord, so that they may send them secretly against the upright in heart. If the bases are broken down, what is the upright man to do?

 

The Lord is in his holy Temple, the Lord’s seat is in heaven; his eyes are watching and testing the children of men. The Lord puts the upright and the sinner to the test, but he has hate in his soul for the lover of violent acts. On the evil-doer he will send down fire and flames, and a burning wind; with these will their cup be full.

 

For the Lord is upright; he is a lover of righteousness: the upright will see his face.

 

iv. Psalm 12

 

Send help, Lord, for mercy has come to an end; there is no more faith among the children of men. Everyone says false words to his neighbour: their tongues are smooth in their talk, and their hearts are full of deceit. The smooth lips and the tongue of pride will be cut off by the Lord. They have said, With our tongues will we overcome; our lips are ours: who is lord over us?

 

Because of the crushing of the poor and the weeping of those in need, now will I come to his help, says the Lord; I will give him the salvation which he is desiring. The words of the Lord are true words: like silver tested by fire and burned clean seven times. You will keep them, O Lord, you will keep them safe from this generation for ever. The sinners are walking on every side, and evil is honoured among the children of men.

 

v. Psalm 16

 

Keep me safe, O God: for in you I have put my faith.

 

O my soul, you have said to the Lord, You are my Lord: I have no good but you. As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the noble in whom is all my delight. Their sorrows will be increased who go after another god: I will not take drink offerings from their hands, or take their names on my lips.

 

The Lord is my heritage and the wine of my cup; you are the supporter of my right. Fair are the places marked out for me; I have a noble heritage.

 

I will give praise to the Lord who has been my guide; knowledge comes to me from my thoughts in the night. I have put the Lord before me at all times; because he is at my right hand, I will not be moved.

 

Because of this my heart is glad, and my glory is full of joy: while my flesh takes its rest in hope. For you will not let my soul be prisoned in the underworld; you will not let your loved one see the place of death.   You will make clear to me the way of life; where you are joy is complete; in your right hand there are pleasures for ever and ever.

 

vi. Psalm 23

 

The Lord takes care of me as his sheep; I will not be without any good thing. He makes a resting-place for me in the green fields: he is my guide by the quiet waters. He gives new life to my soul: he is my guide in the ways of righteousness because of his name. Yes, though I go through the valley of deep shade, I will have no fear of evil; for you are with me, your rod and your support are my comfort.

 

You make ready a table for me in front of my haters: you put oil on my head; my cup is overflowing. Truly, blessing and mercy will be with me all the days of my life; and I will have a place in the house of the Lord all my days.

 

vii. Psalm 27

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; who is then a cause of fear to me? the Lord is the strength of my life; who is a danger to me? When evil-doers, even my haters, came on me to put an end to me, they were broken and put to shame. Even if an army came against me with its tents, my heart would have no fear: if war was made on me, my faith would not be moved.

 

One prayer have I made to the Lord, and this is my heart’s desire; that I may have a place in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, looking on his glory, and getting wisdom in his Temple. For in the time of trouble he will keep me safe in his tent: in the secret place of his tent he will keep me from men’s eyes; high on a rock he will put me. And now my head will be lifted up higher than my haters who are round me: because of this I will make offerings of joy in his tent; I will make a song, truly I will make a song of praise to the Lord.

 

O Lord, let the voice of my cry come to your ears: have mercy on me, and give me an answer. When you said, Make search for my face, my heart said to you, For your face will I make my search. Let not your face be covered from me; do not put away your servant in wrath; you have been my help: do not give me up or take your support from me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother are turned away from me, then the Lord will be my support.

 

Make your way clear to me, O Lord, guiding me by the right way, because of my haters. Do not give me into their hands, because false witnesses have come out against me, and men breathing destruction. I had almost given up my hope of seeing the blessing of the Lord in the land of the living. Let your hope be in the Lord: take heart and be strong; yes, let your hope be in the Lord.

 

viii. Psalm 31

 

In you, O Lord, have I put my hope; let me never be shamed; keep me safe in your righteousness. Let your ear be turned to me; take me quickly out of danger; be my strong Rock, my place of strength where I may be safe. For you are my Rock and my strong tower; go in front of me and be my guide, because of your name. Take me out of the net which they have put ready for me secretly; for you are my strength. Into your hands I give my spirit; you are my saviour, O Lord God for ever true.

 

I am full of hate for those who go after false gods; but my hope is in the Lord. I will be glad and have delight in your mercy; because you have seen my trouble; you have had pity on my soul in its sorrows; And you have not given me into the hand of my hater; you have put my feet in a wide place.

 

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eyes are wasted with grief, I am wasted in soul and body. My life goes on in sorrow, and my years in weeping; my strength is almost gone because of my sin, and my bones are wasted away. Because of all those who are against me, I have become a word of shame to my neighbours; a cause of shaking the head and a fear to my friends: those who saw me in the street went in flight from me. I have gone from men’s minds and memory like a dead man; I am like a broken vessel. False statements against me have come to my ears; fear was on every side: they were talking together against me, designing to take away my life.

 

But I had faith in you, O Lord; I said, You are my God. The chances of my life are in your hand; take me out of the hands of my haters, and of those who go after me. Let your servant see the light of your face; in your mercy be my saviour. Let me not be shamed, O Lord, for I have made my prayer to you; let the sinners be shamed, and let their mouths be shut in the underworld. Let the false lips be shut, which say evil against the upright, looking down on him in their pride.

 

O how great is your grace, which you have put in store for your worshippers, and which you have made clear to those who had faith in you, before the sons of men! You will keep them safe in your house from the designs of man; in the secret of your tent will you keep them from angry tongues.

 

May the Lord be praised, because he has made clear to me the wonder of his grace in a strong town. And as for me, I said in my fear, I am cut off from before your eyes; but you gave ear to the voice of my prayer, when my cry went up to you.

 

O have love for the Lord, all you his saints; for the Lord keeps safe from danger all those who are true to him, and gives the workers of pride their right reward. Put away fear and let your heart be strong, all you whose hope is in the Lord.

 

ix. Psalm 46

 

God is our harbour and our strength, a very present help in trouble. For this cause we will have no fear, even though the earth is changed, and though the mountains are moved in the heart of the sea; Though its waters are sounding and troubled, and though the mountains are shaking with their violent motion.

 

There is a river whose streams make glad the resting-place of God, the holy place of the tents of the Most High. God has taken his place in her; she will not be moved: he will come to her help at the dawn of morning. The nations were angry, the kingdoms were moved; at the sound of his voice the earth became like wax. The Lord of armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower.

 

Come, see the works of the Lord, the destruction which he has made in the earth.  He puts an end to wars over all the earth; by him the bow is broken, and the spear cut in two, and the carriage burned in the fire.

 

Be at peace in the knowledge that I am God: I will be lifted up among the nations, I will be honoured through all the earth. The Lord of armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower.

 

x. Psalm 67

 

May God give us mercy and blessing, and let the light of his face be shining on us; So that men may see your way on the earth, and your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples give you praise, O God; let all the peoples give you praise. O let the nations be glad, and make song of joy; for you will be the judge of the peoples in righteousness, guiding the nations of the earth.

 

Let the peoples give you praise, O God; let all the peoples give you praise. The earth has given her increase; and God, even our God, will give us his blessing. God will give us his blessing; so let all the ends of the earth be in fear of him.

 

xi. Psalm 77

 

I was crying to God with my voice; even to God with my voice, and he gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble, my heart was turned to the Lord: my hand was stretched out in the night without resting; my soul would not be comforted.

 

I will keep God in memory, with sounds of grief; my thoughts are troubled, and my spirit is overcome.

 

You keep my eyes from sleep; I am so troubled that no words come.

 

My thoughts go back to the days of the past, to the years which are gone. The memory of my song comes back to me in the night; my thoughts are moving in my heart; my spirit is searching with care.  Will the Lord put me away for ever?

 

Will he be kind no longer? Is his mercy quite gone for ever? has his word come to nothing? Has God put away the memory of his pity? are his mercies shut up by his wrath?  And I said, It is a weight on my spirit; but I will keep in mind the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will keep in mind the works of Jah [ie. God]: I will keep the memory of your wonders in the past. I will give thought to all your work, while my mind goes over your acts of power.

 

Your way, O God, is holy: what god is so great as our God? You are the God who does works of power: you have made your strength clear to the nations. With your arm you have made your people free, the sons of Jacob and Joseph.

 

The waters saw you, O God; the waters saw you, they were in fear: even the deep was troubled. The clouds sent out water; the skies gave out a sound; truly, your arrows went far and wide. The voice of your thunder went rolling on; the world was flaming with the light of the storm; the earth was shaking. Your way was in the sea, and your road in the great waters; there was no knowledge of your footsteps. You were guiding your people like a flock, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 

xii. Psalm 90

 

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

 

Lord, you have been our resting-place in all generations. Before the mountains were made, before you had given birth to the earth and the world, before time was, and for ever, you are God. You send man back to his dust; and say, Go back, you children of men. For to you a thousand years are no more than yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. In the morning it is green; in the evening it is cut down, and becomes dry.

 

We are burned up by the heat of your passion, and troubled by your wrath. You have put our evil doings before you, our secret sins in the light of your face. For all our days have gone by in your wrath; our years come to an end like a breath. The measure of our life is seventy years; and if through strength it may be eighty years, its pride is only trouble and sorrow, for it comes to an end and we are quickly gone. Who has knowledge of the power of your wrath, or who takes note of the weight of your passion?   So give us knowledge of the number of our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.   Come back, O Lord; how long? let your purpose for your servants be changed. In the morning give us your mercy in full measure; so that we may have joy and delight all our days. Make us glad in reward for the days of our sorrow, and for the years in which we have seen evil. Make your work clear to your servants, and your glory to their children. Let the pleasure of the Lord our God be on us: O Lord, give strength to the work of our hands.

 

xiii. Psalm 96

 

O make a new song to the Lord; let all the earth make melody to the Lord. Make songs to the Lord, blessing his name; give the good news of his salvation day by day. Make clear his glory to the nations, and his wonders to all the peoples.

 

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all other gods. For all the gods of the nations are false gods; but the Lord made the heavens. Honour and glory are before him: strong and fair is his holy place.

 

Give to the Lord, O you families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory of his name; take with you an offering and come into his house. O give worship to the Lord in holy robes; be in fear before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, The Lord is King; yes, the world is ordered so that it may not be moved; he will be an upright judge of the peoples. Let the heavens have joy and the earth be glad; let the sea be thundering with all its waters; Let the field be glad, and everything which is in it; yes, let all the trees of the wood be sounding with joy, Before the Lord, for he is come; he is come to be the judge of the earth; the earth will be judged in righteousness, and the peoples with unchanging faith.

 

xiv. Psalm 118

 

O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.  Let Israel now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. Let all worshippers of the Lord now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. I made my prayer to the Lord in my trouble: and the Lord gave me an answer, and put me in a wide place. The Lord is on my side; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me? The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters. It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in man. It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in rulers. All the nations have come round me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. They are round me, yes, they are all about me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. They are round me like bees; but they are put out like a fire among thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. I have been hard pushed by you, so that I might have a fall: but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. The sound of joy and salvation is in the tents of the upright; the right hand of the Lord does works of power. The right hand of the Lord is lifted up; the right hand of the Lord does works of power. Life and not death will be my part, and I will give out the story of the works of the Lord. The hand of Jah has been hard on me; but he has not given me up to death. Let the doors of righteousness be open to me; I will go in and give praise to the Lord. This is the door of the Lord’s house; the workers of righteousness will go in through it. I will give you praise, for you have given me an answer, and have become my salvation. The stone which the builders put on one side has become the chief stone of the building. This is the Lord’s doing; it is a wonder in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it. Send salvation now, O Lord; Lord, send us your blessing. A blessing be on him who comes in the name of the Lord; we give you blessing from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has given us light; let the holy dance be ordered with branches, even up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give you praise; my God, and I will give honour to your name. O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

 

xv. Psalm 135

 

O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever. Let Israel now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. Let all worshippers of the Lord now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever. I made my prayer to the Lord in my trouble: and the Lord gave me an answer, and put me in a wide place. The Lord is on my side; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me? The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters.

 

It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in man. It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in rulers.

 

All the nations have come round me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. They are round me, yes, they are all about me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down. They are round me like bees; but they are put out like a fire among thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

 

I have been hard pushed by you, so that I might have a fall: but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. The sound of joy and salvation is in the tents of the upright; the right hand of the Lord does works of power. The right hand of the Lord is lifted up; the right hand of the Lord does works of power.

 

Life and not death will be my part, and I will give out the story of the works of the Lord. The hand of Jah has been hard on me; but he has not given me up to death.

 

Let the doors of righteousness be open to me; I will go in and give praise to the Lord. This is the door of the Lord’s house; the workers of righteousness will go in through it. I will give you praise, for you have given me an answer, and have become my salvation.

 

The stone which the builders put on one side has become the chief stone of the building. This is the Lord’s doing; it is a wonder in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it.

 

Send salvation now, O Lord; Lord, send us your blessing. A blessing be on him who comes in the name of the Lord; we give you blessing from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has given us light; let the holy dance be ordered with branches, even up to the horns of the altar.

 

You are my God, and I will give you praise; my God, and I will give honour to your name.

 

O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

 

xvi. Psalm 138

 

I will give you praise with all my heart: I will make melody to you before the gods. I will give worship before your holy Temple, praising your name for your mercy and for your unchanging faith: for you have made your word greater than all your name. When my cry came to your ears you gave me an answer, and made me great with strength in my soul.

 

All the kings of the earth will give you praise, O Lord, when the words of your mouth come to their ears. They will make songs about the ways of the Lord; for great is the glory of the Lord.

 

Though the Lord is high, he sees those who are low; and he has knowledge from far off of those who are lifted up. Even when trouble is round me, you will give me life; your hand will be stretched out against the wrath of my haters, and your right hand will be my salvation. The Lord will make all things complete for me: O Lord, your mercy is eternal; do not give up the works of your hands.

 

xvii. Psalm 141

 

Lord, I have made my cry to you; come to me quickly; give ear to my voice, when it goes up to you. Let my prayer be ordered before you like a sweet smell; and let the lifting up of my hands be like the evening offering.

 

O Lord, keep a watch over my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Keep my heart from desiring any evil thing, or from taking part in the sins of the evil-doers with men who do wrong: and let me have no part in their good things.

 

Let the upright give me punishment; and let the god-fearing man put me in the right way; but I will not let the oil of sinners come on my head: when they do evil I will give myself to prayer. When destruction comes to their judges by the side of the rock, they will give ear to my words, for they are sweet. Our bones are broken up at the mouth of the underworld, as the earth is broken by the plough. But my eyes are turned to you, O Lord God: my hope is in you; let not my soul be given up to death. Keep me from the net which they have put down for me, and from the designs of the workers of evil. Let the sinners be taken in the nets which they themselves have put down, while I go free.

 

xviii. Psalm 148

 

Give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised from the heavens: give him praise in the skies. Give praise to him, all you his angels: give praise to him, all his armies. Give praise to him, you sun and moon: give praise to him, all you stars of light. Give praise to him, you highest heavens, and you waters which are over the heavens. Let them give praise to the name of the Lord: for he gave the order, and they were made. He has put them in their places for ever; he has given them their limits which may not be broken.

 

Give praise to the Lord from the earth, you great sea-beasts, and deep places: Fire and rain of ice, snow and mists; storm-wind, doing his word: Mountains and all hills; fruit-trees and all trees of the mountains: Beasts and all cattle; insects and winged birds: Kings of the earth, and all peoples; rulers and all judges of the earth: Young men and virgins; old men and children:

 

Let them give glory to the name of the Lord: for his name only is to be praised: his kingdom is over the earth and the heaven. He has put on high the horn of his people, for the praise of all his saints; even the children of Israel, a people which is near to him. Let the Lord be praised.