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33:30. That he may withdraw their souls from corruption, and enlighten
them with the light of the living.

33:31. Attend, Job, and hearken to me, and hold thy peace, whilst I

33:32. But if thou hast any thing to say, answer me, speak: for I would
have thee to appear just.

33:33. And if thou have not, hear me: hold thy peace, and I will teach
thee wisdom.

Job Chapter 34

Eliu charges Job with blasphemy: and sets forth the power and justice
of God.

34:1. And Eliu continued his discourse, and said:

34:2. Hear ye, wise men, my words, and ye learned, hearken to me:

34:3. For the ear trieth words, and the mouth discerneth meats by the

34:4. Let us choose to us judgment, and let us see among ourselves what
is the best.

34:5. For Job hath said: I am just, and God hath overthrown my

34:6. For in judging me there is a lie: my arrow is violent without any

34:7. What man is there like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?

34:8. Who goeth in company with them that work iniquity, and walketh
with wicked men?

34:9. For he hath said: Man shall not please God, although he run with

34:10. Therefore, ye men of understanding, hear me: far from God be
wickedness, and iniquity from the Almighty.

34:11. For he will render to a man his work, and according to the ways
of every one he will reward them.

34:12. For in very deed God will not condemn without cause, neither
will the Almighty pervert judgment.

34:13. What other hath he appointed over the earth? or whom hath he set
over the world which he made?

34:14. If he turn his heart to him, he shall draw his spirit and breath
unto himself.

34:15. All flesh shall perish together, and man shall return into

34:16. If then thou hast understanding, hear what is said, and hearken
to the voice of my words.

34:17. Can he be healed that loveth not judgment? and how dost thou so
far condemn him that is just?

34:18. Who saith to the king: Thou art an apostate: who calleth rulers

34:19. Who accepteth not the persons of princes: nor hath regarded the
tyrant, when he contended against the poor man: for all are the work of
his hands.

34:20. They shall suddenly die, and the people shall be troubled at
midnight, and they shall pass, and take away the violent without hand.

34:21. For his eyes are upon the ways of men, and he considereth all
their steps.

34:22. There is no darkness, and there is no shadow of death, where
they may be hid who work iniquity.

34:23. For it is no longer in the power of man to enter into judgment
with God.

34:24. He shall break in pieces many and innumerable, and shall make
others to stand in their stead.

34:25. For he knoweth their works: and therefore he shall bring night
on them, and they shall be destroyed.

34:26. He hath struck them, as being wicked, in open sight.

34:27. Who as it were on purpose have revolted from him, and would not
understand all his ways:

34:28. So that they caused the cry of the needy to come to him, and he
heard the voice of the poor.

34:29. For when he granteth peace, who is there that can condemn? When
he hideth his countenance, who is there that can behold him, whether it
regard nations, or all men?

34:30. Who maketh a man that is a hypocrite to reign for the sins of
the people?

34:31. Seeing then I have spoken of God, I will not hinder thee in thy

34:32. If I have erred, teach thou me: if I have spoken iniquity, I
will add no more.

34:33. Doth God require it of thee, because it hath displeased thee?
for thou begannest to speak, and not I: but if thou know any thing
better, speak.

34:34. Let men of understanding speak to me, and let a wise man hearken
to me.

34:35. But Job hath spoken foolishly, and his words sound not

34:36. My father, let Job be tried even to the end: cease not from the
man of iniquity.

34:37. Because he addeth blasphemy upon his sins, let him be tied fast
in the mean time amongst us: and then let him provoke God to judgment
with his speeches.

Job Chapter 35

Eliu declares that the good or evil done by man cannot reach God.

35:1. Moreover Eliu spoke these words:

35:2. Doth thy thought seem right to thee, that thou shouldst say: I am
more just than God?

35:3. For thou saidst: That which is right doth not please thee: or
what will it profit thee if I sin?

35:4. Therefore I will answer thy words, and thy friends with thee.

35:5. Look up to heaven and see, and behold the sky, that it is higher
than thee.

35:6. If thou sin, what shalt thou hurt him? and if thy iniquities be
multiplied, what shalt thou do against him?

35:7. And if thou do justly, what shalt thou give him, or what shall he
receive of thy hand?

35:8. Thy wickedness may hurt a man that is like thee: and thy justice
may help the son of man.

35:9. By reason of the multitude of oppressors they shall cry out: and
shall wail for the violence of the arm of tyrants.

35:10. And he hath not said: Where is God, who made me, who hath given
songs in the night?

35:11. Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and
instructeth us more than the fowls of the air.

35:12. There shall they cry, and he will not hear, because of the pride
of evil men.

35:13. God therefore will not hear in vain, and the Almighty will look
into the causes of every one.

35:14. Yea, when thou shalt say: He considereth not: be judged before
him, and expect him.

35:15. For he doth not now bring on his fury, neither doth he revenge
wickedness exceedingly.

35:16. Therefore Job openeth his mouth in vain, and multiplieth words
without knowledge.

Job Chapter 36

Eliu proceeds in setting forth the justice and power of God.

36:1. Eliu also proceeded, and said:

36:2. Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee: for I have yet somewhat
to speak in God's behalf.

36:3. I will repeat my knowledge from the beginning, and I will prove
my Maker just.

36:4. For indeed my words are without a lie, and perfect knowledge
shall be proved to thee.

36:5. God doth not cast away the mighty, whereas he himself also is

36:6. But he saveth not the wicked, and he giveth judgment to the poor.

36:7. He will not take away his eyes from the just, and he placeth
kings on the throne for ever, and they are exalted.

36:8. And if they shall be in chains, and be bound with the cords of

36:9. He shall shew them their works, and their wicked deeds, because
they have been violent.

36:10. He also shall open their ear, to correct them: and shall speak,
that they may return from iniquity.

36:11. If they shall hear and observe, they shall accomplish their days
in good, and their years in glory.

36:12. But if they hear not, they shall pass by the sword, and shall be
consumed in folly.

36:13. Dissemblers and crafty men prove the wrath of God, neither shall
they cry when they are bound.

36:14. Their soul shall die in a storm, and their life among the

36:15. He shall deliver the poor out of his distress, and shall open
his ear in affliction.

36:16. Therefore he shall set thee at large out of the narrow mouth,
and which hath no foundation under it: and the rest of thy table shall
be full of fatness.

Out of the narrow mouth. . .That is, out of hell, whose entrance is
narrow, and its depth bottomless; but figuratively meant here, that is,
from his miseries and calamity to be restored to his former state of

36:17. Thy cause hath been judged as that of the wicked, cause and
judgment thou shalt recover.

36:18. Therefore let not anger overcome thee to oppress any man:
neither let multitude of gifts turn thee aside.

36:19. Lay down thy greatness without tribulation, and all the mighty
of strength.

36:20. Prolong not the night that people may come up for them.

36:21. Beware thou turn not aside to iniquity: for this thou hast begun
to follow after misery.

For this thou hast begun to follow after misery. . .Eliu charges Job,
that notwithstanding his misery, he does not fear God as he ought: but
in his judgment, falls into iniquity.

36:22. Behold, God is high in his strength, and none is like him among
the lawgivers.

36:23. Who can search out his ways? or who can say to him: Thou hast
wrought iniquity?

36:24. Remember that thou knowest not his work, concerning which men
have sung.

36:25. All men see him, every one beholdeth afar off.

36:26. Behold, God is great, exceeding our knowledge: the number of his
years is inestimable.

36:27. He lifteth up the drops of rain, and poureth out showers like

36:28. Which flow from the clouds that cover all above.

36:29. If he will spread out clouds as his tent,

36:30. And lighten with his light from above, he shall cover also the
ends of the sea.

36:31. For by these he judgeth people, and giveth food to many mortals.

36:32. In his hands he hideth the light, and commandeth it to come

36:33. He sheweth his friend concerning it, that it is his possession,
and that he may come up to it.

Job Chapter 37

Eliu goes on in his discourse, shewing God's wisdom and power, by his
wonderful works.

37:1. At this my heart trembleth, and is moved out of its place.

37:2. Hear ye attentively the terror of his voice, and the sound that
cometh out of his mouth.

37:3. He beholdeth under all the heavens, and his light is upon the
ends of the earth.

37:4. After it a noise shall roar, he shall thunder with the voice of
his majesty, and shall not be found out, when his voice shall be heard.

37:5. God shall thunder wonderfully with his voice, he that doth great
and unsearchable things.

37:6. He commandeth the snow to go down upon the earth, and the winter
rain, and the shower of his strength.

37:7. He sealeth up the hand of all men, that every one may know his

He sealeth up, etc. . .When he sends those showers of his strength, that
is, those storms of rain, he seals up, that is, he shuts up the hands
of men from their usual works abroad, and confines them within doors,
to consider his works; or to forecast their works, that is, what they
themselves are to do.

37:8. Then the beast shall go into his covert, and shall abide in his

37:9. Out of the inner parts shall a tempest come, and cold out of the

37:10. When God bloweth there cometh frost, and again the waters are
poured out abundantly.

37:11. Corn desireth clouds, and the clouds spread their light:

37:12. Which go round about, whithersoever the will of him that
governeth them shall lead them, to whatsoever he shall command them
upon the face of the whole earth:

37:13. Whether in one tribe, or in his own land, or in what place
soever of his mercy he shall command them to be found.

37:14. Hearken to these things, Job: Stand, and consider the wondrous
works of God.

37:15. Dost thou know when God commanded the rains, to shew his light
of his clouds?

37:16. Knowest thou the great paths of the clouds, and the perfect

37:17. Are not thy garments hot, when the south wind blows upon the

37:18. Thou perhaps hast made the heavens with him, which are most
strong, as if they were of molten brass.

37:19. Shew us what we may say to him: or we are wrapped up in

37:20. Who shall tell him the things I speak? even if a man shall
speak, he shall be swallowed up.

He shall be swallowed up. . .All that man can say when he speaks of God,
is so little and inconsiderable in comparison with the subject, that
man is lost, and as it were swallowed up in so immense an ocean.

37:21. But now they see not the light: the air on a sudden shall be
thickened into clouds, and the wind shall pass and drive them away.

37:22. Cold cometh out of the north, and to God praise with fear.

37:23. We cannot find him worthily: he is great in strength, and in
judgment, and in justice, and he is ineffable.

37:24. Therefore men shall fear him, and all that seem to themselves to
be wise, shall not dare to behold him.

Job Chapter 38

God interposes and shews from the things he hath made, that man cannot
comprehend his power and wisdom.

38:1. Then the Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind, and said:

The Lord. That is, an angel speaking in the name of the Lord.

38:2. Who is this that wrappeth up sentences in unskilful words?

38:3. Gird up thy loins like a man: I will ask thee, and answer thou

38:4. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? tell me
if thou hast understanding.

38:5. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest or who hath
stretched the line upon it?

38:6. Upon what are its bases grounded? or who laid the corner stone

38:7. When the morning stars praised me together, and all the sons of
God made a joyful melody?

38:8. Who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth as issuing
out of the womb:

38:9. When I made a cloud the garment thereof, and wrapped it in a mist
as in swaddling bands?

38:10. I set my bounds around it, and made it bars and doors:

38:11. And I said: Hitherto thou shalt come, and shalt go no further,
and here thou shalt break thy swelling waves.

38:12. Didst thou since thy birth command the morning, and shew the
dawning of the day its place?

38:13. And didst thou hold the extremities of the earth shaking them,
and hast thou shaken the ungodly out of it?

38:14. The seal shall be restored as clay, and shall stand as a

38:15. From the wicked their light shall be taken away, and the high
arm shall be broken.

38:16. Hast thou entered into the depths of the sea, and walked in the
lowest parts of the deep?

38:17. Have the gates of death been opened to thee, and hast thou seen
the darksome doors?

38:18. Hast thou considered the breadth of the earth? tell me, if thou
knowest all things?

38:19. Where is the way where light dwelleth, and where is the place of

38:20. That thou mayst bring every thing to its own bounds, and
understand the paths of the house thereof.

38:21. Didst thou know then that thou shouldst be born? and didst thou
know the number of thy days?

38:22. Hast thou entered into the storehouses of the snow, or hast thou
beheld the treasures of the hail:

38:23. Which I have prepared for the time of the enemy, against the day
of battle and war?

38:24. By what way is the light spread, and heat divided upon the

38:25. Who gave a course to violent showers, or a way for noisy

38:26. That it should rain on the earth without man in the wilderness,
where no mortal dwelleth:

38:27. That it should fill the desert and desolate land, and should
bring forth green grass?

38:28. Who is the father of rain? or who begot the drops of dew?

38:29. Out of whose womb came the ice? and the frost from heaven who
hath gendered it?

38:30. The waters are hardened like a stone, and the surface of the
deep is congealed.

38:31. Shalt thou be able to join together the shining stars the
Pleiades, or canst thou stop the turning about of Arcturus?

Pleiades. . .Hebrew, Cimah. A cluster of seven stars in the
constellation Taurus or the Bull. Arcturus, a bright star in the
constellation Bootes. The Hebrew name Cesil, is variously interpreted;
by some, Orion; by others, the Great Bear is understood.

38:32. Canst thou bring forth the day star in its time, and make the
evening star to rise upon the children of the earth?

38:33. Dost thou know the order of heaven, and canst thou set down the
reason thereof on the earth?

38:34. Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that an abundance of
waters may cover thee?

38:35. Canst thou send lightnings, and will they go, and will they
return and say to thee: Here we are?

38:36. Who hath put wisdom in the heart of man? or who gave the cock

Understanding. . .That instinct by which he distinguishes the times of
crowing in the night.

38:37. Who can declare the order of the heavens, or who can make the
harmony of heaven to sleep?

38:38. When was the dust poured on the earth, and the clods fastened

38:39. Wilt thou take the prey for the lioness, and satisfy the
appetite of her whelps,

38:40. When they couch in the dens and lie in wait in holes?

38:41. Who provideth food for the raven, when her young ones cry to
God, wandering about, because they have no meat?

Job Chapter 39

The wonders of the power and providence of God in many of his creatures.

39:1. Knowest thou the time when the wild goats bring forth among the
rocks, or hast thou observed the hinds when they fawn?

39:2. Hast thou numbered the months of their conceiving, or knowest
thou the time when they bring forth?

39:3. They bow themselves to bring forth young, and they cast them, and
send forth roarings.

39:4. Their young are weaned and go to feed: they go forth, and return
not to them.

39:5. Who hath sent out the wild ass free, and who hath loosed his

39:6. To whom I have given a house in the wilderness, and his dwellings
in the barren land.

39:7. He scorneth the multitude of the city, he heareth not the cry of
the driver.

39:8. He looketh round about the mountains of his pasture, and seeketh
for every green thing,

39:9. Shall the rhinoceros be willing to serve thee, or will he stay at
thy crib?

39:10. Canst thou bind the rhinoceros with thy thong to plough, or will
he break the clods of the valleys after thee?

39:11. Wilt thou have confidence in his great strength, and leave thy
labours to him?

39:12. Wilt thou trust him that he will render thee the seed, and
gather it into thy barnfloor?

39:13. The wing of the ostrich is like the wings of the heron, and of
the hawk.

39:14. When she leaveth her eggs on the earth, thou perhaps wilt warm
them in the dust.

39:15. She forgetteth that the foot may tread upon them, or that the
beasts of the field may break them.

39:16. She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not
hers, she hath laboured in vain, no fear constraining her.

39:17. For God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he given her

39:18. When time shall be, she setteth up her wings on high: she
scorneth the horse and his rider.

39:19. Wilt thou give strength to the horse or clothe his neck with

39:20. Wilt thou lift him up like the locusts? the glory of his
nostrils is terror.

39:21. He breaketh up the earth with his hoof, he pranceth boldly, he
goeth forward to meet armed men.

39:22. He despiseth fear, he turneth not his back to the sword.

39:23. Above him shall the quiver rattle, the spear and shield shall

39:24. Chasing and raging he swalloweth the ground, neither doth he
make account when the noise of the trumpet soundeth.

39:25. When he heareth the trumpet he saith: Ha, ha: he smelleth the
battle afar off, the encouraging of the captains, and the shouting of
the army.

39:26. Doth the hawk wax feathered by thy wisdom, spreading her wings
to the south?

39:27. Will the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest in
high places?

39:28. She abideth among the rocks, and dwelleth among cragged flints,
and stony hills, where there is no access.

39:29. From thence she looketh for the prey, and her eyes behold afar

39:30. Her young ones shall suck up blood: and wheresoever the carcass
shall be, she is immediately there.

39:31. And the Lord went on, and said to Job:

39:32. Shall he that contendeth with God be so easily silenced? surely
he that reproveth God, ought to answer him.

39:33. Then Job answered the Lord, and said:

39:34. What can I answer, who hath spoken inconsiderately? I will lay
my hand upon my mouth.

Spoken inconsiderately. . .If we discuss all Job's words (saith St.
Gregory), we shall find nothing impiously spoken; as may be gathered
from the words of the Lord himself, chap. 42, ver. 7, 8; but what was
reprehensible in him, was the manner of expressing himself at times,
speaking too much of his own affliction, and too little of God's
goodness towards him, which here he acknowledges as inconsiderate.

39:35. One thing I have spoken, which I wish I had not said: and
another, to which I will add no more.

Job Chapter 40

Of the power of God in the behemoth and the leviathan.

40:1. And the Lord answering Job out of the whirlwind, said:

40:2. Gird up thy loins like a man: I will ask thee, and do thou tell

40:3. Wilt thou make void my judgment: and condemn me, that thou mayst
be justified?

40:4. And hast thou an arm like God, and canst thou thunder with a
voice like him?

40:5. Clothe thyself with beauty, and set thyself up on high, and be
glorious, and put on goodly garments.

40:6. Scatter the proud in thy indignation, and behold every arrogant
man, and humble him.

40:7. Look on all that are proud, and confound them, and crush the
wicked in their place,

40:8. Hide them in the dust together, and plunge their faces into the

40:9. Then I will confess that thy right hand is able to save thee.

40:10. Behold behemoth whom I made with thee, he eateth grass like an

Behemoth. . .In Hebrew, behema, which signifies in general an animal;
but many authors explain, that here it is put for the elephant.

40:11. His strength is in his loins, and his force in the navel of his

40:12. He setteth up his tail like a cedar, the sinews of his testicles
are wrapped together.

40:13. His bones are like pipes of brass, his gristle like plates of

40:14. He is the beginning of the ways of God, who made him, he will
apply his sword.

He will apply his sword. . .This text is variously explained: some
explain the sword, the horn given to the animal for his defence:
others, the power that God hath given to the animal for his defence:
others, the power that God hath given to man to slay him,
notwithstanding his great size and strength.

40:15. To him the mountains bring forth grass: there all the beasts of
the field shall play.

40:16. He sleepeth under the shadow, in the covert of the reed, and in
moist places.

40:17. The shades cover his shadow, the willows of the brook shall
compass him about.

40:18. Behold, he will drink up a river, and not wonder: and he
trusteth that the Jordan may run into his mouth.

40:19. In his eyes as with a hook he shall take him, and bore through
his nostrils with stakes.

40:20. Canst thou draw out the leviathan with a hook, or canst thou tie
his tongue with a cord?

Leviathan. . .The whale or some sea monster.

40:21. Canst thou put a ring in his nose, or bore through his jaw with
a buckle?

40:22. Will he make many supplications to thee, or speak soft words to

40:23. Will he make a covenant with thee, and wilt thou take him to be
a servant for ever,

40:24. Shalt thou play with him as with a bird, or tie him up for thy

40:25. Shall friends cut him in pieces, shall merchants divide him?

40:26. Wilt thou fill nets with his skin, and the cabins of fishes with
his head?

40:27. Lay thy hand upon him: remember the battle, and speak no more.

40:28. Behold his hope shall fail him, and in the sight of all he shall
be cast down.

Job Chapter 41

A further description of the leviathan.

41:1. I will not stir him up, like one that is cruel, for who can
resist my countenance?

41:2. Who hath given me before that I should repay him? All things that
are under heaven are mine.

41:3. I will not spare him, nor his mighty words, and framed to make

41:4. Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can go into the
midst of his mouth?

41:5. Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round

41:6. His body is like molten shields, shut close up with scales
pressing upon one another.

41:7. One is joined to another, and not so much as any air can come
between them:

41:8. They stick one to another and they hold one another fast, and
shall not be separated.

41:9. His sneezing is like the shining of fire, and his eyes like the
eyelids of the morning.

41:10. Out of his mouth go forth lamps, like torches of lighted fire.

41:11. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, like that of a pot heated and

41:12. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame cometh forth out of his

41:13. In his neck strength shall dwell, and want goeth before his

41:14. The members of his flesh cleave one to another: he shall send
lightnings against him, and they shall not be carried to another place.

41:15. His heart shall be as hard as a stone, and as firm as a smith's

41:16. When he shall raise him up, the angels shall fear, and being
affrighted shall purify themselves.

Angels. . .Elim, Hebrew: which signifies here, the mighty, the most
valiant, shall fear this monstrous fish, and in their fear shall seek
to be purified.

41:17. When a sword shall lay at him, it shall not be able to hold, nor
a spear, nor a breastplate.

41:18. For he shall esteem iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

41:19. The archer shall not put him to flight, the stones of the sling
are to him like stubble.

41:20. As stubble will he esteem the hammer, and he will laugh him to
scorn who shaketh the spear.

41:21. The beams of the sun shall be under him, and he shall strew gold
under him like mire.

Under him. . .He shall not value the beams of the sun; and gold to him
shall be like mire.

41:22. He shall make the deep sea to boil like a pot, and shall make it
as when ointments boil.

41:23. A path shall shine after him, he shall esteem the deep as
growing old.

The deep as growing old. . .Growing hoary, as it were with the froth
which he leaves behind him.

41:24. There is no power upon earth that can be compared with him who
was made to fear no one,

41:25. He beholdeth every high thing, he is king over all the children
of pride.

He is king, etc. . .He is superior in strength to all that are great and
strong amongst living creatures: mystically it is understood of the
devil, who is king over all the proud.

Job Chapter 42

Job submits himself. God pronounces in his favour. Job offers sacrifice
for his friends. He is blessed with riches and children, and dies

42:1. Then Job answered the Lord, and said:

42:2. I know that thou canst do all things, and no thought is hid from

42:3. Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore I
have spoken unwisely, and things that above measure exceeded my

42:4. Hear, and I will speak: I will ask thee, and do thou tell me.

42:5. With the hearing of the ear, I have heard thee, but now my eye
seeth thee.

42:6. Therefore I reprehend myself, and do penance in dust and ashes.

42:7. And after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, he said to
Eliphaz the Themanite: My wrath is kindled against thee, and against
thy two friends, because you have not spoken the thing that is right
before me, as my servant Job hath.

42:8. Take unto you therefore seven oxen and seven rams, and go to my
servant Job, and offer for yourselves a holocaust, and my servant Job
shall pray for you: his face I will accept, that folly be not imputed
to you: for you have not spoken right things before me, as my servant
Job hath.

42:9. So Eliphaz the Themanite, and Baldad the Suhite, and Sophar the
Naamathite went, and did as the Lord had spoken to them, and the Lord
accepted the face of Job.

42:10. The Lord also was turned at the penance of Job, when he prayed
for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

42:11. And all his brethren came to him, and all his sisters, and all
that knew him before, and they ate bread with him in his house: and
bemoaned him, and comforted him upon all the evil that God had brought
upon him. And every man gave him one ewe, and one earring of gold.

42:12. And the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his
beginning. And he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels,
and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

42:13. And he had seven sons, and three daughters.

42:14. And he called the name of one Dies, and the name of the second
Cassia, and the name of the third Cornustibii.

42:15. And there were not found in all the earth women so beautiful as
the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among
their brethren.

42:16. And Job lived after these things, a hundred and forty years, and
he saw his children, and his children's children, unto the fourth
generation, and he died an old man, and full of days.


The psalms are called by the Hebrews TEHILLIM, that is, Hymns of
Praise. The author, of a great part of them at least, was king David:
but many are of opinion that some of them were made by Asaph, and
others whose names are prefixed in the titles.

Psalms Chapter 1

Beatus vir.

The happiness of the just and the evil state of the wicked.

1:1. Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of

1:2. But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall
meditate day and night.

1:3. And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running
waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season. And his leaf
shall not fall off: and all whatsoever he shall do shall prosper.

1:4. Not so the wicked, not so: but like the dust, which the wind
driveth from the face of the earth.

1:5. Therefore the wicked shall not rise again in judgment: nor sinners
in the council of the just.

1:6. For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the
wicked shall perish.

Psalms Chapter 2

Quare fremuerunt.

The vain efforts of persecutors against Christ and his church.

2:1. Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things?

2:2. The kings of the earth stood up, and the princes met together,
against the Lord, and against his Christ.

2:3. Let us break their bonds asunder: and let us cast away their yoke
from us.

2:4. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them: and the Lord shall
deride them.

2:5. Then shall he speak to them in his anger, and trouble them in his

2:6. But I am appointed king by him over Sion, his holy mountain,
preaching his commandment.

2:7. The Lord hath said to me: Thou art my son, this day have I
begotten thee.

2:8. Ask of me, and I will give thee the Gentiles for thy inheritance,
and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.

2:9. Thou shalt rule them with a rod of iron, and shalt break them in
pieces like a potter's vessel.

2:10. And now, O ye kings, understand: receive instruction, you that
judge the earth.

2:11. Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto him with trembling.

2:12. Embrace discipline, lest at any time the Lord be angry, and you
perish from the just way.

2:13. When his wrath shall be kindled in a short time, blessed are all
they that trust in him.

Psalms Chapter 3

Domine, quid multiplicati.

The prophet's danger and delivery from his son Absalom: mystically, the
passion and resurrection of Christ.

3:1. The psalm of David when he fled from the face of his son Absalom.

3:2. Many say to my soul: There is no salvation for him in his God.

3:4. But thou, O Lord, art my protector, my glory, and the lifter up of
my head.

3:5. I have cried to the Lord with my voice: and he hath heard me from
his holy hill.

3:6. I have slept and have taken my rest: and I have risen up, because
the Lord hath protected me.

3:7. I will not fear thousands of the people surrounding me: arise, O
Lord; save me, O my God.

3:8. For thou hast struck all them who are my adversaries without
cause: thou hast broken the teeth of sinners.

3:9. Salvation is of the Lord: and thy blessing is upon thy people.

Psalms Chapter 4

Cum invocarem.

The prophet teacheth us to flee to God in tribulation, with confidence
in him.

4:1. Unto the end, in verses. A psalm for David.

Unto the end. . .Or, as St. Jerome renders it, victori, to him that
overcometh: which some understand of the chief musician; to whom they
suppose the psalms, which bear that title, were given to be sung: we
rather understand the psalms thus inscribed to refer to Christ, who is
the end of the law, and the great conqueror of death and hell, and to
the New Testament.--Ibid. In verses, in carminibus. . .In the Hebrew, it
is neghinoth, supposed by some to be a musical instrument, with which
this psalm was to be sung.--Ibid. For David, or to David. . .That is,
inspired to David himself, or to be sung.

4:2. When I called upon him, the God of my justice heard me: when I was
in distress, thou hast enlarged me. Have mercy on me: and hear my

4:3. O ye sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? why do you
love vanity, and seek after lying?

4:4. Know ye also that the Lord hath made his holy one wonderful: the
Lord will hear me when I shall cry unto him.

4:5. Be ye angry, and sin not: the things you say in your hearts, be
sorry for them upon your beds.

4:6. Offer up the sacrifice of justice, and trust in the Lord: many
say, Who sheweth us good things?

4:7. The light of thy countenance, O Lord, is signed upon us: thou hast
given gladness in my heart.

4:8. By the fruit of their corn, their wine, and oil, they rest:

4:9. In peace in the self same I will sleep, and I will rest:

4:10. For thou, O Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope.

Psalms Chapter 5

Verba mea auribul.

A prayer to God against the iniquities of men.

5:1. Unto the end, for her that obtaineth the inheritance. A psalm for

For her that obtaineth the inheritance. . .That is, for the church of

5:2. Give ear, O Lord, to my words, understand my cry.

5:3. Hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God.

5:4. For to thee will I pray: O Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear my

5:5. In the morning I will stand before thee, and I will see: because
thou art not a God that willest iniquity.

5:6. Neither shall the wicked dwell near thee: nor shall the unjust
abide before thy eyes.

5:7. Thou hatest all the workers of iniquity: thou wilt destroy all
that speak a lie. The bloody and the deceitful man the Lord will abhor.

5:8. But as for me in the multitude of thy mercy, I will come into thy
house; I will worship towards thy holy temple, in thy fear.

5:9. Conduct me, O Lord, in thy justice: because of my enemies, direct
my way in thy sight.

5:10. For there is no truth in their mouth: their heart is vain.

5:11. Their throat is an open sepulchre: they dealt deceitfully with
their tongues: judge them, O God. Let them fall from their devices:
according to the multitude of their wickednesses cast them out: for
they have provoked thee, O Lord.

5:12. But let all them be glad that hope in thee: they shall rejoice
for ever, and thou shalt dwell in them. And all they that love thy name
shall glory in thee.

5:13. For thou wilt bless the just. O Lord, thou hast crowned us, as
with a shield of thy good will.

Psalms Chapter 6

Domine, ne in furore.

A prayer of a penitent sinner, under the scourge of God. The first
penitential psalm.

6:1. Unto the end, in verses, a psalm for David, for the octave.

For the octave. . .That is, to be sung on an instrument of eight
strings. St. Augustine understands it mystically, of the last
resurrection, and the world to come; which is, as it were, the octave,
or eighth day, after the seven days of this mortal life: and for this
octave, sinners must dispose themselves, like David, by bewailing their
sins, whilst they are here upon earth.

6:2. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy indignation, nor chastise me in thy

6:3. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord, for my
bones are troubled.

6:4. And my soul is troubled exceedingly: but thou, O Lord, how long?

6:5. Turn to me, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercy's

6:6. For there is no one in death, that is mindful of thee: and who
shall confess to thee in hell?

6:7. I have laboured in my groanings, every night I will wash my bed: I
will water my couch with my tears.

6:8. My eye is troubled through indignation: I have grown old amongst
all my enemies.

6:9. Depart from em, all ye workers of iniquity: for the Lord hath
heard the voice of my weeping.

6:10. The Lord hath heard my supplication: the Lord hath received my

6:11. Let all my enemies be ashamed, and be very much troubled: let
them be turned back, and be ashamed very speedily.

Psalms Chapter 7

Domine, Deus meus.

David, trusting in the justice of his cause, prayeth for God's help
against his enemies.

7:1. The psalm of David, which he sung to the Lord, for the words of
Chusi, the son of Jemini.

7:2. O Lord, my God, in thee have I put my trust; same me from all them
that persecute me, and deliver me.

7:3. Lest at any time he seize upon my soul like a lion, while there is
no one to redeem me, nor to save.

7:4. O Lord, my God, if I have done this thing, if there be iniquity in
my hands:

7:5. If I have rendered to them that repaid me evils, let me deservedly
fall empty before my enemies.

7:6. Let the enemy pursue my soul, and take it, and tread down my life,
on the earth, and bring down my glory to the dust.

7:7. Rise up, O Lord, in thy anger: and be thou exalted in the borders
of my enemies. And arise, O Lord, my God, in the precept which thou
hast commanded:

7:8. And a congregation of people shall surround thee. And for their
sakes return thou on high.

7:9. The Lord judgeth the people. Judge me, O Lord, according to my
justice, and according to my innocence in me.

7:10. The wickedness of sinners shall be brought to nought; and thou
shalt direct the just: the searcher of hearts and reins is God. Just

7:11. Is my help from the Lord; who saveth the upright of heart.

7:12. God is a just judge, strong and patient: is he angry every day?

7:13. Except you will be converted, he will brandish his sword; he hath
bent his bow, and made it ready.

7:14. And in it he hath prepared to instruments of death, he hath made
ready his arrows for them that burn.

For them that burn. . .That is, against the persecutors of his saints.

7:15. Behold he hath been in labour with injustice: he hath conceived
sorrow, and brought forth iniquity.

7:16. He hath opened a pit and dug it: and he is fallen into the hole
he made.

7:17. His sorrow shall be turned on his own head: and his iniquity
shall come down upon his crown.

7:18. I will give glory to the Lord according to his justice: and will
sing to the name of the Lord the most high.

Psalms Chapter 8

Domine, Dominus noster.

God is wonderful in his works; especially in mankind, singularly
exalted by the incarnation of Christ.

8:1. Unto the end, for the presses: a psalm for David.

The presses. . .In Hebrew, Gittith, supposed to be a musical instrument.

8:2. O Lord, our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth!
For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens.

8:3. Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected
praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and
the avenger.

8:4. For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon
and the stars which thou hast founded.

8:5. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that
thou visitest him?

8:6. Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast
crowned him with glory and honour:

8:7. And hast set him over the works of thy hands.

8:8. Thou hast subjected all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen:
moreover, the beasts also of the fields.

8:9. The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through
the paths of the sea.

8:10. O Lord, our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth!

Psalms Chapter 9

Confitebor tibi, Domine. The church praiseth God for his protection
against her enemies.

9:1. Unto the end, for the hidden things of the Son. A psalm for David.

The hidden things of the Son. . .The humility and sufferings of Christ,
the Son of God; and of good Christians, who are his sons by adoption;
are called hidden things, with regard to the children of this world,
who know not the value and merit of them.

9:2. I will give praise to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will
relate all thy wonders.

9:3. I will be glad, and rejoice in thee: I will sing to thy name, O
thou most high.

9:4. When my enemy shall be turned back: they shall be weakened, and
perish before thy face.

9:5. For thou hast maintained my judgment and my cause: thou hast sat
on the throne, who judgest justice.

9:6. Thou hast rebuked the Gentiles, and the wicked one hath perished;
thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.

9:7. The swords of the enemy have failed unto the end: and their cities
thou hast destroyed. Their memory hath perished with a noise:

9:8. But the Lord remaineth for ever. He hath prepared his throne in

9:9. And he shall judge the world in equity, he shall judge the people
in justice.

9:10. And the Lord is become a refuge for the poor: a helper in due
time in tribulation.

9:11. And let them trust in thee who know thy name: for thou hast not
forsaken them that seek thee, O Lord.

9:12. Sing ye to the Lord, who dwelleth in Sion: declare his ways among
the Gentiles:

9:13. For requiring their blood, he hath remembered them: he hath not
forgotten the cry of the poor.

9:14. Have mercy on me, O Lord: see my humiliation which I suffer from
my enemies.

9:15. Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death, that I may
declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

9:16. I will rejoice in thy salvation: the Gentiles have stuck fast in
the destruction which they prepared. Their foot hath been taken in the
very snare which they hid.

9:17. The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgments: the sinner
hath been caught in the works of his own hands.

9:18. The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget

9:19. For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience
of the poor shall not perish for ever.

9:20. Arise, O Lord, let not man be strengthened: let the Gentiles be
judged in thy sight.

9:21. Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: that the Gentiles may know
themselves to be but men.

Here the late Hebrew doctors divide this psalm into two, making ver. 22
the beginning of Psalm 10. And again they join Psalms 146 and 147 into
one, in order that the whole number of psalms should not exceed 150.
And in this manner the psalms are numbered in the Protestant Bible.

Psalm 10 according to the Hebrews.

9a:1. Why, O Lord, hast thou retired afar off? why dost thou slight us
in our wants, in the time of trouble?

9a:2. Whilst the wicked man is proud, the poor is set on fire: they are
caught in the counsels which they devise.

9a:3. For the sinner is praised in the desires of his soul: and the
unjust man is blessed.

9a:4. The sinner hath provoked the Lord, according to the multitude of
his wrath, he will not seek him:

9a:5. God is not before his eyes: his ways are filthy at all times. Thy
judgments are removed form his sight: he shall rule over all his

9a:6. For he hath said in his heart: I shall not be moved from
generation to generation, and shall be without evil.

9a:7. His mouth is full of cursing, and of bitterness, and of deceit:
under his tongue are labour and sorrow.

9a:8. He sitteth in ambush with the rich, in private places, that he may
kill the innocent.

9a:9. His eyes are upon the poor man: he lieth in wait, in secret, like
a lion in his den. He lieth in ambush, that he may catch the poor man:
so catch the poor, whilst he draweth him to him.

9a:10. In his net he will bring him down, he will crouch and fall, when
he shall have power over the poor.

9a:11. For he hath said in his heart: God hath forgotten, he hath turned
away his face, not to see to the end.

9a:12. Arise, O Lord God, let thy hand be exalted: forget not the poor.

9a:13. Wherefore hath the wicked provoked God? for he hath said in his
heart: He will not require it.

9a:14. Thou seest it, for thou considerest labour and sorrow: that thou
mayst deliver them into thy hands. To thee is the poor man left: thou
wilt be a helper to the orphan.

9a:15. Break thou the arm of the sinner and of the malignant: his sin
shall be sought, and shall not be found.

9a:16. The Lord shall reign to eternity, yea, for ever and ever: ye
Gentiles shall perish from his land.

9a:17. The Lord hath heard the desire of the poor: thy ear hath heard
the preparation of their heart.

9a:18. To judge for the fatherless and for the humble, that man may no
more presume to magnify himself upon earth.

Psalms Chapter 10

In Domino confido.

The just man's confidence in God in the midst of persecutions.

10:1. Unto the end. A psalm to David.

10:2. In the Lord I put my trust: how then do you say to my soul: Get
thee away from hence to the mountain, like a sparrow.

10:3. For, lo, the wicked have bent their bow: they have prepared their
arrows in the quiver, to shoot in the dark the upright of heart.

10:4. For they have destroyed the things which thou hast made: but what
has the just man done?

10:5. The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven.
His eyes look on the poor man: his eyelids examine the sons of men.

10:6. The Lord trieth the just and the wicked: but he that loveth
iniquity, hateth his own soul.

10:7. He shall rain snares upon sinners: fire and brimstone, and storms
of winds, shall be the portion of their cup.

10:8. For the Lord is just, and hath loved justice: his countenance
hath beheld righteousness.

Psalms Chapter 11

Salvum me fac.

The prophet calls for God's help against the wicked.

11:1. Unto the end: for the octave, a psalm for David.

11:2. Save me, O Lord, for there is now no saint: truths are decayed
from among the children of men.

11:3. They have spoken vain things, every one to his neighbour: with
deceitful lips, and with a double heart have they spoken.

11:4. May the Lord destroy all deceitful lips, and the tongue that
speaketh proud things.

11:5. Who have said: We will magnify our tongue: our lips are our own:
who is Lord over us?

11:6. By reason of the misery of the needy, and the groans of the poor,
now will I arise, saith the Lord. I will set him in safety: I will deal
confidently in his regard.

11:7. The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried by the
fire, purged from the earth, refined seven times.

11:8. Thou, O Lord, wilt preserve us: and keep us from this generation
for ever.

11:9. The wicked walk round about: according to thy highness, thou hast
multiplied the children of men.

Psalms Chapter 12

Usquequo, Domine.

A prayer in tribulation.

12:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David. How long, O Lord, wilt thou
forget me unto the end? how long dost thou turn away thy face from me?

12:2. How long shall I take counsels in my soul, sorrow in my heart all
the day?

12:3. How long shall my enemy be exalted over Me?

12:4. Consider, and hear me, O Lord, my God. Enlighten my eyes, that I
never sleep in death:

12:5. Lest at any time my enemy say: I have prevailed against him. They
that trouble me, will rejoice when I am moved:

12:6. But I have trusted in thy mercy. My heart shall rejoice in thy
salvation: I will sing to the Lord, who giveth me good things: yea, I
will sing to the name of the Lord, the most high.

Psalms Chapter 13

Dixit insipiens.

The general corruption of man before our redemption by Christ.

13:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David. The fool hath said in his heart:
There is no God. They are corrupt, and are become abominable in their
ways: there is none that doth good, no not one.

13:2. The Lord hath looked down from heaven upon the children of men,
to see if there be any that understand and seek God.

13:3. They are all gone aside, they are become unprofitable together:
there is none that doth good: no not one. Their throat is an open
sepulchre; with their tongues they acted deceitfully: the poison of
asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of cursing and
bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood. Destruction and
unhappiness in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known:
there is no fear of God before their eyes.

13:4. Shall not all they know that work iniquity, who devour my people
as they eat bread?

13:5. They have not called upon the Lord: there have they trembled for
fear, where there was no fear.

13:6. For the Lord is in the just generation: you have confounded the
counsel of the poor man; but the Lord is his hope.

13:7. Who shall give out of Sion the salvation of Israel? when the Lord
shall have turned away the captivity of his people, Jacob shall
rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalms Chapter 14

Domine, quis habitabit.

What kind of men shall dwell in the heavenly Sion.

14:1. A psalm for David. Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? or
who shall rest in thy holy hill?

14:2. He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice:

14:3. He that speaketh truth in his heart, who hath not used deceit in
his tongue: Nor hath done evil to his neighbour: nor taken up a
reproach against his neighbours.

14:4. In his sight the malignant is brought to nothing: but he
glorifieth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his neighbour,
and deceiveth not;

14:5. He that hath not put out his money to usury, nortaken bribes
against the innocent: He that doth these things, shall not be moved for

Psalms Chapter 15

Conserva me, Domine.

Christ's future victory and triumph over the world and death.

15:1. The inscription of a title to David himself. Preserve me, O Lord,
for I have put my trust in thee.

The inscription of a title. . .That is, of a pillar or monument,
staylographia: which is as much as to say, that this psalm is most
worthy to be engraved on an everlasting monument.

15:2. I have said to the Lord, thou art my God, for thou hast no need
of my goods.

15:3. To the saints, who are in his land, he hath made wonderful all my
desires in them.

15:4. Their infirmities were multiplied: afterwards they made haste. I
will not gather together their meetings for bloodofferings: nor will I
be mindful of their names by my lips.

15:5. The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: it is
thou that wilt restore my inheritance to me.

15:6. The lines are fallen unto me in goodly places: for my inheritance
is goodly to me.

15:7. I will bless the Lord, who hath given me understanding: moreover,
my reins also have corrected me even till night.

15:8. I set the Lord always in my sight: for he is at my right hand,
that I be not moved.

15:9. Therefore my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced:
moreover, my flesh also shall rest in hope.

15:10. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; nor wilt thou give
thy holy one to see corruption.

15:11. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life, thou shalt fill me
with joy with thy countenance: at thy right hand are delights even to
the end.

Psalms Chapter 16

Exaudi, Domine, justitiam.

A just man's prayer in tribulation against the malice of his enemy.

16:1. The prayer of David. Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to my
supplication. Give ear unto my prayer, which proceedeth not from
deceitful lips.

16:2. Let my judgment come forth from thy countenance: let thy eyes
behold the things that are equitable.

16:3. Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast
tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.

16:4. That my mouth may not speak the works of men: for the sake of the
words of thy lips, I have kept hard ways.

16:5. Perfect thou my goings in thy paths: that my footsteps be not

16:6. I have cried to thee, for thou, O God, hast heard me: O incline
thy ear unto me, and hear my words.

16:7. Shew forth thy wonderful mercies; thou who savest them that trust
in thee.

16:8. From them that resist thy right hand keep me, as the apple of thy
eye. Protect me under the shadow of thy wings.

16:9. From the face of the wicked who have afflicted me. My enemies
have surrounded my soul:

16:10. They have shut up their fat: their mouth hath spoken proudly.

Their fat. . .That is, their bowels of compassion: for they have none
for me.

16:11. They have cast me forth, and now they have surrounded me: they
have set their eyes bowing down to the earth.

16:12. They have taken me, as a lion prepared for the prey; and as a
young lion dwelling in secret places.

16:13. Arise, O Lord, disappoint him and supplant him; deliver my soul
from the wicked one; thy sword

16:14. From the enemies of thy hand. O Lord, divide them from the few
of the earth in their life: their belly is filled from thy hidden
stores. They are full of children: and they have left to their little
ones the rest of their substance.

Divide them from the few, etc. . .That is, cut them off from the earth,
and the few trifling things thereof; which they are so proud of, or
divide them from the few; that is, from thy elect, who are but few;
that they may no longer have it in their power to oppress them. It is
not meant by way of a curse or imprecation; but, as many other the like
passages in the psalms, by way of a prediction, or prophecy of what
should come upon them, in punishment of their wickedness. Ibid. Thy
hidden stores. . .Thy secret treasures, out of which thou furnishest
those earthly goods, which, with a bountiful hand thou hast distributed
both to the good and the bad.

16:15. But as for me, I will appear before thy sight in justice: I
shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear.

Psalms Chapter 17

Diligam te, Domine.

David's thanks to God for his delivery from all his enemies.

17:1. Unto the end, for David, the servant of the Lord, who spoke to
the Lord the words of this canticle, in the day that the Lord delivered
him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: and he

17:2. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength:

17:3. The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. My God is
my helper, and in him will I put my trust. My protector, and the horn
of my salvation, and my support.

17:4. Praising, I will call upon the Lord: and I shall be saved from my

17:5. The sorrows of death surrounded me: and the torrents of iniquity
troubled me.

17:6. The sorrows of hell encompassed me: and the snares of death
prevented me.

17:7. In my affliction I called upon the Lord, and I cried to my God:
And he heard my voice from his holy temple: and my cry before him came
into his ears.

17:8. The earth shook and trembled: the foundations of the mountains
were troubled and were moved, because he was angry with them.

17:9. There went up a smoke in his wrath: and a fire flamed from his
face: coals were kindled by it.

17:10. He bowed the heavens, and came down, and darkness was under his

17:11. And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; he flew upon the
wings of the winds.

17:12. And he made darkness his covert, his pavilion round about him:
dark waters in the clouds of the air.

17:13. At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, hail
and coals of fire.

17:14. And the Lord thundered from heaven, and the Highest gave his
voice: hail and coals of fire.

17:15. And he sent forth his arrows, and he scattered them: he
multiplied lightnings, and troubled them.

17:16. Then the fountains of waters appeared, and the foundations of
the world were discovered: At thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the
spirit of thy wrath.

17:17. He sent from on high, and took me: and received me out of many

17:18. He delivered me from my strongest enemies, and from them that
hated me: for they were too strong for me.

17:19. They prevented me in the day of my affliction: and the Lord
became my protector.

17:20. And he brought me forth into a large place: he saved me, because
he was well pleased with me.

17:21. And the Lord will reward me according to my justice; and will
repay me according to the cleanness of my hands:

17:22. Because I have kept the ways of the Lord; and have not done
wickedly against my God.

17:23. For all his judgments are in my sight: and his justices I have
not put away from me.

17:24. And I shall be spotless with him: and shall keep myself from my

17:25. And the Lord will reward me according to my justice: and
according to the cleanness of my hands before his eyes.

17:26. With the holy thou wilt be holy; and with the innocent man thou
wilt be innocent:

17:27. And withe the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse
thou wilt be perverted.

17:28. For thou wilt save the humble people; but wilt bring down the
eyes of the proud.

17:29. For thou lightest my lamp, O Lord: O my God, enlighten my

17:30. For by thee I shall be delivered from temptation; and through my
God I shall go over a wall.

17:31. As for my God, his way is undefiled: the words of the Lord are
fire-tried: he is the protector of all that trust in him.

17:32. For who is God but the Lord? or who is God but our God?

17:33. God, who hath girt me with strength; and made my way blameless.

17:34. Who hath made my feet like the feet of harts: and who setteth me
upon high places.

17:35. Who teacheth my hands to war: and thou hast made my arms like a
brazen bow.

17:36. And thou hast given me the protection of thy salvation: and thy
right hand hath held me up: And thy discipline hath corrected me unto
the end: and thy discipline, the same shall teach me.

17:37. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; and my feet are not

17:38. I will pursue after my enemies, and overtake them: and I will
not turn again till they are consumed.

17:39. I will break them, and they shall not be able to stand: they
shall fall under my feet.

17:40. And thou hast girded me with strength unto battle; and hast
subdued under me them that rose up against me.

17:41. And thou hast made my enemies furn their back upon me, and hast
destroyed them that hated me.

17:42. They cried, but there was none to save them, to the Lord: but he
heard them not.

17:43. And I shall beat them as small as the dust before the wind; I
shall bring them to nought, like the dirt in the streets.

17:44. Thou wilt deliver me from the contradictions of the people; thou
wilt make me head of the Gentiles.

17:45. A people which I knew not, hath served me: at the hearing of the
ear they have obeyed me.

17:46. The children that are strangers have lied to me, strange
children have faded away, and have halted from their paths.

17:47. The Lord liveth, and blessed by my God, and let the God of my
salvation be exalted.

17:48. O God, who avengest me, and subduest the people under me, my
deliverer from my enraged enemies.

17:49. And thou wilt lift me up above them that rise up against me:
from the unjust man thou wilt deliver me.

17:50. Therefore will I give glory to thee, O Lord, among the nations,
and I will sing a psalm to thy name.

17:51. Giving great deliverance to his king, and shewing mercy to
David, his anointed: and to his seed for ever.

Psalms Chapter 18

Coeli enarrant.

The works of God shew forth his glory: his law is greatly to be
esteemed and loved.

18:1. Unto the end. A Psalm for David.

18:2. The heavens shew forth the glory of God, and the firmament
declareth the work of his hands.

18:3. Day to day uttereth speech, and night to night sheweth knowledge.

18:4. There are no speeches nor languages, where their voices are not

18:5. Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth: and their words
unto the ends of the world.

18:6. He hath set his tabernacle in the sun: and he as a bridegroom
coming out of his bridechamber, Hath rejoiced as a giant to run the

18:7. His going out is from the end of heaven, And his circuit even to
the end thereof: and there is no one that can hide himself from his

18:8. The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls: the testimony
of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones.

18:9. The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts: the
commandment of the Lord is lightsome, enlightening the eyes.

18:10. The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for ever and ever: the
judgments of the Lord are true, justified in themselves.

18:11. More to be desired than gold and many precious stones: and
sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.

18:12. For thy servant keepeth them, and in keeping them there is a
great reward.

18:13. Who can understand sins? from my secret ones cleanse me, O Lord:

18:14. And from those of others spare thy servant. If they shall have
no dominion over me, then shall I be without spot: and I shall be
cleansed form the greatest sin.

18:15. And the words of my mouth shall be such as may please: and the
meditation of my heart always in thy sight. O Lord, my helper and my

Psalms Chapter 19

Exaudiat te Dominus.

A prayer for the king.

19:1. Unto the end. A psalm for David.

19:2. May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation: may the name of
the God of Jacob protect thee.

19:3. May he send thee help from the sanctuary: and defend thee out of

19:4. May he be mindful of all thy sacrifices: and may thy whole
burntoffering be made fat.

19:5. May he give thee according to thy own heart; and confirm all thy

19:6. We will rejoice in thy salvation; and in the name of our God we
shall be exalted.

19:7. The Lord fulfil all thy petitions: now have I known that the Lord
hath saved his anointed. He will hear him from his holy heaven: the
salvation of his right hand is in powers.

The salvation of his right hand is in powers. . .That is, in strength.
His right hand is strong and mighty to save them that trust in him.

19:8. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will call upon
the name of the Lord, our God.

19:9. They are bound, and have fallen: but we are risen, and are set
upright. O Lord, save the king: and hear us in the day that we shall
call upon thee.

Psalms Chapter 20

Domine, in virtute.

Praise to God for Christ's exaltation after his passion.

20:1. Unto the end. A psalm for David.

20:2. In thy strength, O Lord, the king shall joy; and in thy salvation
he shall rejoice exceedingly.

20:3. Thou hast given him his heart's desire: and hast not withholden
from him the will of his lips.

20:4. For thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness: thou
hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.

20:5. He asked life of thee: and thou hast given him length of days for
ever and ever.

20:6. His glory is great in thy salvation: glory and great beauty shalt
thou lay upon him.

20:7. For thou shalt give him to be a blessing for ever and ever: thou
shalt make him joyful in gladness with thy countenance.

20:8. For the king hopeth in the Lord: and through the mercy of the
most High he shall not be moved.

20:9. Let thy hand be found by all thy enemies: let thy right hand find
out all them that hate thee.

20:10. Thou shalt make them as an oven of fire, in the time of thy
anger: the Lord shall trouble them in his wrath, and fire shall devour

20:11. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth: and their seed
from among the children of men.

20:12. For they have intended evils against thee: they have devised
counsels which they have not been able to establish.

20:13. For thou shalt make them turn their back: in thy remnants thou
shalt prepare their face.

In thy remnants thou shalt prepare their face. . .Or thou shalt set thy
remnants against their faces. That is, thou shalt make them see what
punishments remain for them hereafter from thy justice. Instead of
remnants, St. Jerome renders it funes, that is, cords or strings, viz.,
of the bow of divine justice, from which God directs his arrows against
the faces of his enemies.

20:14. Be thou exalted, O Lord, in thy own strength: we will sing and
praise thy power.

Psalms Chapter 21

Deus Deus meus.


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