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Athanasian Grail Psalter - Book III

Psalms 73,74,75,76,77,78,79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89

Psalm 73(72) Quam bonus Israel!

1 How good God is to Israel,
to those who are pure of heart.
2 Yet my feet came close to stumbling,
my steps had almost slipped
3 for I was filled with envy of the proud
when I saw how the wicked prosper.

4 For them there are no pains;
their bodies are sound and sleek.
5 They do not share in men's sorrows;
they are not stricken like others.

6 So they wear their pride like a necklace,
they clothe themselves with violence.
7 Their hearts overflow with malice,
their minds seethe with plots.

8 They scoff; they speak with malice;
from on high they plan oppression.
9 They have set their mouths in the heavens
and their tongues dictate to the earth.

10 So the people turn to follow them
and drink in all their words.
11 They say: "How can God know?
Does the Most High take any notice?"
12 Look at them, such are the wicked,
but untroubled, they grow in wealth.

* * *

13 How useless to keep my heart pure
and wash my hands in innocence,
14 when I was stricken all day long,
suffered punishment day after day.

15 Then I said: "If I should speak like that,
I should betray the race of your sons."

16 I strove to fathom this problem,
too hard for my mind to understand,
17 until I pierced the mysteries of God
and understood what becomes of the wicked.

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18 How slippery the paths on which you set them;
you make them slide to destruction.
19 How suddenly they come to their ruin,
wiped out, destroyed by terrors.
20 Like a dream one wakes from, O Lord,
when you wake you dismiss them as phantoms.

21 And so when my heart grew embittered
and when I was cut to the quick,
22 I was stupid and did not understand,
no better than a beast in your sight.

23 Yet I was always in your presence;
you were holding me by my right hand.
24 You will guide me by your counsel
and so you will lead me to glory.

25 What else have I in heaven but you?
Apart from you I want nothing on earth.
26 My body and my heart faint for joy;
God is my possession for ever.

27 All those who abandon you shall perish;
you will destroy all those who are faithless.
28 To be near God is my happiness.
I have made the Lord God my refuge.
I will tell of your works
at the gates of the city of Zion.

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Psalm 74(73) Ut quid, Deus?

1 Why, O God, have you cast us off for ever?
Why blaze with anger at the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember your people whom who chose long ago,
the tribe you redeemed to be your own possession,
the mountain of Zion where you made your dwelling.

3 Turn your steps to these places that are utterly ruined!
The enemy has laid waste the whole of the sanctuary.
4 Your foes have made uproar in your house of prayer:
they have set up their emblems, their foreign emblems,
5 high above the entrance to the sanctuary.

/6 Their axes have battered the wood of its doors.
They have struck together with hatchet and pickax.
7 O God, they have set your sanctuary on fire;
they have razed and profaned the place where you dwell.
8 They said in their hearts: "Let us utterly crush them;
let us burn every shrine of God in the land."
9 There is no sign from God, nor have we a prophet,
we have no one to tell us how long it will last.

10 How long, O God, is the enemy to scoff?
Is the foe to insult your name for ever?
11 Why, O Lord, do you hold back your hand?
Why do you keep your right hand hidden?

12 Yet God is our king from time past,
the giver of help through all the land.
13 It was you who divided the sea by your might,
who shattered the heads of the monsters in the sea.

14 It was you who crushed Leviathan's heads
and gave him as food to the untamed beasts.
15 It was you opened springs and torrents;
it was you who dried up ever-flowing rivers.
Yours is the day and yours is the night.
17 It was you who appointed the light and the sun;
it was you who fixed the bounds of the earth:
you who made both summer and winter.

18 Remember this, Lord, and see the enemy scoffing;
a senseless people insults your name.
19 Do not give Israel, your dove, to the hawk
nor forget the life of your poor ones for ever.

20 Remember your covenant; every cave in the land
is a place where violence makes its home.
21 Do not let the oppressed return disappointed;
let the poor and the needy bless your name.

22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause!
Remember how the senseless revile you all the day.
23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes,
the daily increasing uproar of your foes.

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Psalm 75(74) Confitebimur tibi

.2 We give thanks to you, O God,
we give thanks and call upon your name.
We recount your wonderful deeds.

* * *

.3 "When I reach the appointed time,
then I will judge with justice.
.4 Though the earth and all who dwell in it may rock,
it is I who uphold its pillars.

.5 To the boastful I say: 'Do not boast,'
to the wicked: 'Do not flaunt your strength,
.6 do not flaunt your strength on high.
Do not speak with insolent pride.' "

.7 For neither from the east nor the west,
nor from desert or mountains comes judgment,
.8 but God himself is the judge.
One he humbles, another he exalts.

.9 The Lord holds a cup in his hand,
full of wine, foaming and spiced.
He pours it; they drink it to the dregs;
all the wicked on the earth must drain it.

.10 As for me, I will rejoice for ever
and sing psalms to Jacob's God.
.11 He shall break the power of the wicked,
while the strength of the just shall be exalted.

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Psalm 76(75) Notus in Judaea

.2 God, you are made known in Judah;
in Israel your name is great.
.3 You set up your tent in Jerusalem
and your dwelling place in Zion.
.4 It was there you broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, the armor.

.5 You, O Lord, are resplendent,
more majestic than the everlasting mountains.
.6 The warriors, despoiled, slept in death;
the hands of the soldiers were powerless.
.7 At your threat, O God of Jacob,
horse and rider lay stunned.

.8 You, you alone, strike terror.
Who shall stand when your anger is roused?
.9 You uttered your sentence from the heavens;
the earth in terror was still
.10 when you arose to judge,
to save the humble of the earth.

.11 Men's anger will serve to praise you;
its survivors surround you with joy.
.12 Make vows to your God and fulfill them.
Let all pay tribute to him who strikes terror,
.13 who cuts short the breath of princes,
who strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

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Psalm 77(76) Voce mea ad Dominum

.2 I cry aloud to God,
cry aloud to God that he may hear me.

.3 In the day of my distress I sought the Lord.
My hands were raised at night without ceasing;
my soul refused to be consoled.
.4 I remembered my God and I groaned.
I pondered and my spirit fainted.

.5 You withheld sleep from my eyes.
I was troubled, I could not speak.
.6 I thought of the days of long ago
and remembered the years long past.
.7 At night I mused within my heart.
I pondered and my spirit questioned.

.8 "Will the Lord reject us for ever?
Will he show us his favor no more?
.9 Has his love vanished for ever?
Has his promise come to an end?
.10 Does God forget his mercy
or in anger withhold his compassion?"

.11 I said: "This is what causes my grief;
that the way of the Most High has changed."
.12 I remember the deeds of the Lord,
I remember your wonders of old,
.13 I muse on all your works
and ponder your mighty deeds.

.14 Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
.15 You are the God who works wonders.
You showed your power among the peoples.
.16 Your strong arm redeemed your people,
the sons of Jacob and Joseph.

.17 The waters saw you, O God,
the waters saw you and trembled;
the depths were moved with terror.
.18 The clouds poured down rain,
the skies sent forth their voice;
your arrows flashed to and fro.

.19 Your thunder rolled round the sky,
your flashes lighted up the world.
The earth was moved and trembled
.20 when your way led through the sea,
your path through the mighty waters
and no one saw your footprints.

.21 You guided your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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Psalm 78(77) Attendite, popule

1 Give heed, my people, to my teaching;
turn your ear to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable
and reveal hidden lessons of the past.

3 The things we have heard and understood,
the things our fathers have told us,
4 these we will not hide from their children
but will tell them to the next generation:

the glories of the Lord and his might
and the marvelous deeds he has done,
5 the witness he gave to Jacob,
the law he established in Israel.

He gave a command to our fathers
to make it known to their children
6 that the next generation might know it,
the children yet to be born.

7 They too should arise and tell their sons
that they too should set their hope in God
and never forget God's deeds
but keep every one of his commands,

8 so that they might not be like their fathers,
a defiant and rebellious race,
a race whose heart was fickle,
whose spirit was unfaithful to God.

* * *

9 The sons of Ephraim, armed with the bow,
turned back in the day of battle.
10 They failed to keep God's covenant
and would not walk according to his law.

11 They forgot the things he has done,
the marvelous deeds he had shown them.
12 He did wonders in the sight of their fathers,
in Egypt, in the plains of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea and led them through
and made the waters stand up like a wall.
14 By day he led them with a cloud,
by night, with a light of fire.

15 He split the rocks in the desert.
He gave them plentiful drink as from the deep.
16 He made streams flow out from the rock
and made waters run down like rivers.

* * *

17 Yet still they sinned against him;
they defied the Most High in the desert.
18 In their heart they put God to the test
by demanding the food they craved.

19 They even spoke against God.
They said: "Is it possible for God
to prepare a table in the desert?

20 It was he who struck the rock,
water flowed and swept down in torrents.
But can he also give us bread?
Can he provide meat for his people?"

21 When he heard this the Lord was angry.
A fire was kindled against Jacob,
his anger rose against Israel
22 for having no faith in God;
for refusing to trust in his help.

23 Yet he commanded the clouds above
and opened the gates of heaven.
24 He rained down manna for their food,
and gave them bread from heaven.

25 Mere men ate the bread of angels.
He sent them abundance of food;
26 he made the east wind blow from heaven
and roused the south wind by his might.

27 He rained food on them like dust,
winged fowl like the sands of the sea.
28 He let it fall in the midst of their camp
and all around their tents.

29 So they ate and had their fill;
and he gave them all they craved.
30 But before they had sated their craving,
while the food was still in their mouths,

31 God's anger rose against them.
He slew the strongest among them,
struck down the flower of Israel.

32 Despite this they went on sinning;
they had no faith in his wonders:
33 so he ended their days like a breath
and their years in sudden ruin.

34 When he slew them then they would seek him,
return and seek him in earnest.
35 They would remember that God was their rock,
God the Most High their redeemer.

36 But the words they spoke were mere flattery;
they lied to him with their lips.
37 For their hearts were not truly with him;
they were not faithful to his covenant.

38 Yet he who is full of compassion
forgave them their sin and spared them.
So often he held back his anger
when he might have stirred up his rage.

39 He remembered they were only men,
a breath that passes never to return.

* * *

40 How often they defied him in the wilderness
and caused him pain in the desert!

41 Yet again they put God to the test
and grieved the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his deeds
nor the day he saved them from the foe;

43 when he worked his miracles in Egypt,
his wonders in the plains of Zoan;
44 when he turned their rivers into blood,
made their streams impossible to drink.

45 He sent dog-flies against them to devour them
and swarms of frogs to molest them.
46 He gave their crops to the grub,
the fruit of their labor to the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail,
their sycamore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle to plague,
their flocks and herds to pestilence.

49 He turned on them the heat of is anger,
fury, rage and havoc,
a troop of destroying angels.
50 He gave free course to his anger.

He did not spare them from death
but gave their lives to the plague.
51 He struck all the first-born in Egypt,
the finest flower in the dwellings of Ham.

52 Then he brought forth his people like sheep;
he guided them safely in the desert.
53 He led them safely with nothing to fear,
while the sea engulfed their foes.

54 So he brought them to his holy land,
to the mountain which his right hand had won.
55 He drove out the nations before them,
and divided the land for their heritage.

Their tents he gave as a dwelling
to each one of Israel's tribes.

* * *

56 Still they put God to the proof and defied him;
they refused to obey the Most High.

57 They strayed, faithless like their fathers,
like a bow on which the archer cannot count.
58 With their mountain shrines they angered him;
made him jealous with the idols they served.

59 God saw this and was filled with fury:
he utterly rejected Israel.
60 He forsook his dwelling place in Shiloh,
the tent where he lived among men.

61 He gave his ark into captivity,
his glorious ark into the hands of the foe.
62 He gave up his people to the sword,
in his anger against his chosen ones.

63 So war devoured their young men,
their maidens had no wedding songs;
64 their priests fell by the sword,
and their widows made no lament.

65 Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep,
like a warrior overcome with wine.
66 He struck his foes from behind
and put them to everlasting shame.

67 He rejected the tent of Joseph;
He did not choose the tribe of Ephraim
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
the hill of Zion which he loves.

69 He built his shrine like the heavens,
or like the earth which he made firm for ever.
70 And he chose David his servant
and took him away from the sheepfolds.

71 From the care of the ewes he called him
to be shepherd of Jacob his people,
Of Israel is own possession.
72 He tended them with blameless heart,
with discerning mind he led them.

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Psalm 79(78) Deus, venerunt

1 O God, the nations have invaded your land,
they have profaned your holy temple.
They have made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.
2 They have handed over the bodies of your servants
as food to feed the birds of heaven
and the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.

3 They have poured out blood like water in Jerusalem;
no one is left to bury the dead.
4 We have become the taunt of our neighbors,
the mockery and scorn of those who surround us.
5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever;
how long will your anger burn like fire?

6 Pour out your rage on the nations,
the nations that do not know you.
Pour out your rage on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name,
7 for they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste the land where they dwell.

8 Do not hold the guilt of our father against us.
Let your compassion hasten to meet us;
we are left in the depths of distress.
9 O God our savior, come to our help.
Come for the sake of the glory of your name.
O Lord our God, forgive us our sins;
rescue us for the sake of your name.

10 Why should the nations say: "Where is their God?"

Let us see the nations around us repaid
with vengeance for the blood of your servants that was shed!
11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
let your strong arm reprieve those condemned to die.

12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times over
the taunts with which they taunted you, O Lord.
13 But we, your people, the flock of your pasture,
will give you thanks for ever and ever.
We will tell your praise from age to age.

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Psalm 80(79) Qui regis Israel

.2 O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
you who lead Joseph's flock,
shine forth from your cherubim throne
.3 upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.

.4 God of hosts bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

.5 Lord God of hosts, how long
will you frown on your people's plea?
.6 You have fed them with tears for their bread,
and abundance of tears for their drink.
.7 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
our enemies laugh us to scorn.

.8 God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

.9 You brought a vine our of Egypt;
to plant it you drove out the nations.
.10 Before it you cleared the ground;
it took root and spread through the land.

.11 The mountains were covered with its shadow,
the cedars of God with its boughs.
.12 It stretched out its branches to the sea,
to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.

.13 Then why have you broken down its walls?
It is plucked by all who pass by.
.14 It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
devoured by the beasts of the field.

.15 God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
/.16 Visit the vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.
.17 They have burnt it with fire and destroyed it.
May they perish at the frown of your face.

.18 May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
.19 And we shall never forsake you again;
give us life that we may call upon your name.

.20 God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Psalm 81(80) Exulate Deo

.2 Ring out your joy to God our strength,
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

.3 Raise a song and sound the timbrel,
the sweet-sounding harp and the lute;
.4 blow the trumpet at the new moon,
when the moon is full, on our feast.

.5 For this is Israel's law,
a command of the God of Jacob.
.6 He imposed it as a rule on Joseph,
when he went out against the land of Egypt.

A voice I did not know said to me:
.7 "I freed your shoulder from the burden;
your hands were freed from the load.
.8 You called in distress and I saved you.

I answered, concealed in the storm cloud;
at the waters of Meribah I tested you.
.9 Listen, my people, to my warning.
O Israel, if only you would heed!

.10 Let there be on foreign god among you.
no worship of an alien god.
.11 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you from the land of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

.12 But my people did not heed my voice
and Israel would not obey,
.13 so I left them in their stubbornness of heart
to follow their own designs.

.14 O that my people would heed me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
.15 At once I would subdue their foes,
turn my hand against their enemies.

.16 The Lord's enemies would cringe at their feet
and their subjection would last for ever.
But Israel I would feed with finest wheat
and fill them with honey from the rock."

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Psalm 82(81) Deus stetit

1 God stands in the divine assembly.
In the midst of the gods he gives judgment.

2 "How long will you judge unjustly
and favor the cause of the wicked?
3 Do justice for the weak and the orphan,
defend the afflicted and the needy.
4 Rescue the weak and the poor;
set them free from the hand of the wicked.

5 Unperceiving, they grope in the darkness
and the order of the world is shaken.
6 I have said to you: 'You are gods
and all of you, sons of the Most High.'
7 And yet, you shall die like men,
you shall fall like any earthly princes."

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth,
for you rule all the nations.

Psalm 83(82) Deus, quis similis?

.2 O God, do not keep silent,
do not be dumb and unmoved, O God,
.3 for your enemies raise a tumult.
Those who hate you lift up their heads.

.4 They plot against your people,
conspire against those you love.
.5 They say: "Come, let us destroy them as a nation;
let the name of Israel be forgotten."
.6 They conspire with a single mind,
they make common alliance against you,

.7 the camps of Edom and of Ishmael,
the camps of Moab and Hagar,
.8 the land of Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
.9 Assyria, too, is their ally
and joins hands with the sons of Lot.

.10 Treat them like Midian, like Sisera,
like Jabin at the River Kishon,
.11 the men who were destroyed at Endor,
whose bodies rotted on the ground.

.12 Make their captains like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
.13 the men who said: "Let us take
the fields of God for ourselves."
.14 My God, scatter them like chaff,
drive them like straw in the wind!

.15 As fire that burns away the forest,
as flame that sets the mountains ablaze,
.16 drive them away with your tempest
and fill them with terror at your storm.
.17 Cover their faces with shame,
till they seek your name, O Lord.

.18 Shame and terror be theirs for ever;
let them be disgraced, let them perish!
.19 Let them know that your name is the Lord,
the Most High over all the earth.

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Psalm 84(83) Quam dilecta!

.2 How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord, God of hosts.

.3 My soul is longing and yearning,
is yearning for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy
to God, the living God.

.4 The sparrow herself finds a home
and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars,
Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

.5 They are happy, who dwell in your house,
for ever singing your praise.
.6 They are happy, whose strength is in you,
in whose hearts are the roads to Zion.

.7 As they go through the Bitter Valley
they make it a place of springs
(the autumn rain covers it with blessings).
.8 They walk with ever growing strength,
they will see the God of gods in Zion.

.9 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer,
give ear, O God of Jacob.
.10 Turn your eyes, O God, our shield,
look on the face of your anointed.

.11 One day within your courts
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
The threshold of the house of God
I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.

.12 For the Lord God is a rampart, a shield;
he will give us his favor and glory.
The Lord will not refuse any good
to those who walk without blame.

.13 Lord, God of hosts,
happy the man who trusts in you!

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Psalm 85(84) Benedixisti, Domine

.2 O Lord, you once favored your land
and revived the fortunes of Jacob,
.3 you forgave the guilt of your people
and covered all their sins.
.4 You averted all your rage,
you calmed the heat of your anger.

.5 Revive us now, God, our helper!
Put an end to your grievance against us.
.6 Will you be angry with us for ever,
will your anger never cease?

.7 Will you not restore again our life
that your people may rejoice in you?
.8 Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.

* * *

.9 I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace,
peace for his people and his friends
and those who turn to him in their hearts.
.10 His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.

.11 Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
.12 Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.

.13 The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
.14 Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.

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Psalm 86(85) Inclina, Domine

1 Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am faithful;
save the servant who trusts in you.

3 You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord,
for I cry to you all the day long.
4 Give joy to your servant, O Lord,
for to you I lift up my soul.

5 O Lord, you are good and forgiving,
full of love to all who call.
6 Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my voice.

7 In the day of distress I will call
and surely you will reply.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
nor work to compare with yours.

9 All the nations shall come to adore you
and glorify your name, O Lord:
10 for you are great and do marvelous deeds,
you who alone are God.

11 Show me, Lord, your way
so that I may walk in your truth.
Guide my heart to fear your name.

12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart
and glorify your name for ever;
13 for your love to me has been great:
you have saved me from the depths of the grave.

14 The proud have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
to you they pay no heed.

15 But you, God of mercy and compassion,
slow to anger, O Lord,
abounding in love and truth,
16 turn and take pity on me.

O give your strength to your servant
and save your handmaid's child.
17 Show me the sign of your favor
that my foes may see to their shame
that you console me and give me your help.

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Psalm 87(86) Gundamenta ejus

1 On the holy mountain is his city
cherished by the Lord.
2 The Lord prefers the gates of Zion
to all Jacob's dwellings.
3 Of you are told glorious things,
O city of God!

4 Babylon and Egypt I will count
among those who know me;
Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia,
these will be her children
5 and Zion shall be called "Mother"
for all shall be her children."

It is he, the Lord Most High,
who gives each his place.
6 In his register of peoples he writes:
"These are her children,"
7 and while they dance they will sing:
"In you all find their home."

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Psalm 88(87) Domine, Deus

.2 Lord my God, I call for help by day;
I cry at night before you.
.3 Let my prayer come into your presence.
O turn your ear to my cry.

.4 For my soul is filled with evils;
my life is on the brink of the grave.
.5 I am reckoned as one in the tomb;
I have reached the end of my strength,

.6 Like one alone among the dead,
like the slain lying in their graves,
like those you remember no more,
cut off, as they are, from your hand.

.7 You have laid me in the depths of the tomb,
in places that are dark, in the depths.
.8 Your anger weighs down upon me;
I am drowned beneath your waves.

.9 You have taken away my friends
and made me hateful in their sight.
Imprisoned, I cannot escape;
.10 my eyes are sunken with grief.

I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
to your I stretch out my hands.
.11 Will you work your wonders for the dead?
Will the shades stand and praise you?

.12 Will your love be told in the grave
or your faithfulness among the dead?
.13 Will your wonders be known in the dark
or your justice in the land of oblivion?

.14 As for me, Lord, I call to you for help;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
.15 Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you hide your face?

.16 Wretched, close to death from my youth,
I have borne your trials; I am numb.
.17 Your fury has swept down upon me;
your terrors have utterly destroyed me.

.18 They surround me all the day like a flood,
they assail me all together.
.19 Friend and neighbor you have taken away:
my one companion is darkness.

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Psalm 89(88) Misericordias Domini

.2 I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;
through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
.3 Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,
that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.

.4 "With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
I have sworn to David my servant:
.5 I will establish your dynasty for ever
and set up your throne through all ages."

.6 The heavens proclaim your wonders, O Lord;
the assembly of your holy ones proclaims your truth.
.7 For who in the skies can compare with the Lord
or who is like the Lord among the sons of God?

.8 A God to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
great and dreadful to all around him.
.9 O Lord God of hosts, who is your equal?
You are mighty, O Lord, and truth is your garment.

.10 It is you who rule the sea in its pride;
it is you who still the surging of its waves.
.11 It is you who trod Rahab underfoot like a corpse,
scattering your foes with your mighty arm.

.12 The heavens are yours, the world is yours.
It is you who founded the earth and all it holds;
.13 it is you who created the North and the South.
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.

.14 Yours is a mighty arm, O Lord;
your hand is strong, your right hand ready.
.15 Justice and right are the pillars of your throne,
love and truth walk in your presence.

.16 Happy the people who acclaim such a king,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
.17 who find their joy every day in your name,
who make your justice the source of their bliss.

.18 For you, O Lord, are the glory of their strength;
by your favor it is that our might is exalted;
.19 for our ruler is in the keeping of the Lord;
our king in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel.

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.20 Of old you spoke in a vision.
To your friends the prophets you said:
"I have set the crown on a warrior,
I have exalted one chosen from the people.

.21 I have found David my servant
and with my holy oil anointed him.
.22 My hand shall always be with him
and my arm shall make him strong.

.23 The enemy shall never outwit him
nor the evil ones oppress him.
.24 I will beat down his foes before him
and smite those who hate him.

.25 My truth and my love shall be with him;
by my name his might shall be exalted.
.26 I will stretch out his hand to the Sea
and his right hand as far as the River.

.27 He will say to me: 'You are my father,
my God, the rock who saves me.'
.28 And I will make him my first-born,
the highest of the kings of the earth.

.29 I will keep my love for him always;
with him my covenant shall last.
.30 I will establish his dynasty for ever,
make his throne endure as the heavens.

.31 If his sons forsake my law
and refuse to walk as I decree
.32 and if ever they violate my statutes,
refusing to keep my commands;

.33 then I will punish their offenses with the rod,
then I will scourge them on account of their guilt.
.34 But I will never take back my love,
my truth will never fail.

.35 I will never violate my covenant
nor go back on the word I have spoken.
.36 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness.
'I will never lie to David.
.37 His dynasty shall last for ever.
In my sight his throne is like the sun;
.38 like the moon, it shall endure for ever,
a faithful witness in the skies.' "

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.39 And yet you have spurned, rejected,
you are angry with the one you have anointed.
.40 You have broken your covenant with your servant
and dishonored his crown in the dust.

.41 You have broken down all his walls
and reduced his fortresses to ruins.
.42 He is despoiled by all who pass by;
he has become the taunt of his neighbors.

.43 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
.44 You have made his sword give way,
you have not upheld him in battle.

.45 You have brought his glory to an end;
you have hurled his throne to the ground.
.46 You have cut short the years of his youth;
you have heaped disgrace upon him.

.47 How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself for ever?

How long will your anger burn like a fire?
.48 Remember, Lord, the shortness of my life
and how frail you have made the sons of men.
.49 What man can live and never see death?
Who can save himself from the grasp of the grave?

.50 Where are the mercies of the past, O Lord,
which you have sworn in your faithfulness to David?
.51 Remember, Lord, how your servant is taunted,
how I have to bear all the insults of the peoples.
.52 Thus your enemies taunt me, O Lord,
mocking your anointed at every step.

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[.53] Blessed be the Lord for ever.
Amen, amen!

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