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90:2. He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge:
my God, in him will I trust.

90:3. For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from
the sharp word.

90:4. He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings
thou shalt trust.

90:5. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be
afraid of the terror of the night.

90:6. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh
about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.

90:7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right
hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.

90:8. But thou shalt consider with thy eyes: and shalt see the reward
of the wicked.

90:9. Because thou, O Lord, art my hope: thou hast made the most High
thy refuge.

90:10. There shall no evil come to thee: nor shall the scourge come
near thy dwelling.

90:11. For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in
all thy ways.

90:12. In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot
against a stone.

90:13. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt
trample under foot the lion and the dragon.

90:14. Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him
because he hath known my name.

90:15. He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in
tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.

90:16. I will fill him with length of days; and I will shew him my

Psalms Chapter 91

Bonum est confiteri.

God is to be praised for his wondrous works.

91:1. A psalm of a canticle on the sabbath day.

91:2. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O
most High.

91:3. To shew forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the

91:4. Upon an instrument of ten strings, upon the psaltery: with a
canticle upon the harp.

91:5. For thou hast given me, O Lord, a delight in thy doings: and in
the works of thy hands I shall rejoice.

91:6. O Lord, how great are thy works! thy thoughts are exceeding deep.

91:7. The senseless man shall not know: nor will the fool understand
these things.

91:8. When the wicked shall spring up as grass: and all the workers of
iniquity shall appear: That they may perish for ever and ever:

91:9. But thou, O Lord, art most high for evermore.

91:10. For behold thy enemies, O lord, for behold thy enemies shall
perish: and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

91:11. But my horn shall be exalted like that of the unicorn: and my
old age in plentiful mercy.

91:12. My eye also hath looked down upon my enemies: and my ear shall
hear of the downfall of the malignant that rise up against me.

91:13. The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up
like the cedar of Libanus.

91:14. They that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in
the courts of the house of our God.

91:15. They shall still increase in a fruitful old age: and shall be
well treated,

91:16. That they may shew, That the Lord our God is righteous, and
there is no iniquity in him.

Psalms Chapter 92

Dominus regnavit.

The glory and stability of the kingdom; that is, of the church of

Praise in the way of a canticle, for David himself, on the day before
the sabbath, when the earth was founded.

92:1. The Lord hath reigned, he is clothed with beauty: the Lord is
clothed with strength, and hath girded himself. For he hath established
the world which shall not be moved.

92:2. My throne is prepared from of old: thou art from everlasting.

92:3. The floods have lifted up, O Lord: the floods have lifted up
their voice. The floods have lifted up their waves,

92:4. With the noise of many waters. Wonderful are the surges of the
sea: wonderful is the Lord on high.

92:5. Thy testimonies are become exceedingly credible: holiness
becometh thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

Psalms Chapter 93

Deus ultionum.

God shall judge and punish the oppressors of his people.

A psalm for David himself on the fourth day of the week.

93:1. The Lord is the God to whom revenge belongeth: the God of revenge
hath acted freely.

93:2. Lift up thyself, thou that judgest the earth: render a reward to
the proud.

93:3. How long shall sinners, O Lord: how long shall sinners glory?

93:4. Shall they utter, and speak iniquity: shall all speak who work

93:5. Thy people, O Lord, they have brought low: and they have
afflicted thy inheritance.

93:6. They have slain the widow and the stranger: and they have
murdered the fatherless.

93:7. And they have said: The Lord shall not see: neither shall the God
of Jacob understand.

93:8. Understand, ye senseless among the people: and, you fools, be
wise at last.

93:9. He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? or he that formed the
eye, doth he not consider?

93:10. He that chastiseth nations, shall he not rebuke: he that
teacheth man knowledge?

93:11. The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.

93:12. Blessed is the man whom thou shalt instruct, O Lord: and shalt
teach him out of thy law.

93:13. That thou mayst give him rest from the evil days: till a pit be
dug for the wicked.

Rest from the evil days. . .That thou mayst mitigate the sorrows, to
which he is exposed, during the short and evil days of his mortality.

93:14. For the Lord will not cast off his people: neither will he
forsake his own inheritance.

93:15. Until justice be turned into judgment: and they that are near it
are all the upright in heart.

Until justice be turned into judgment, etc. . .By being put in
execution; which will be agreeable to all the upright in heart.

93:16. Who shall rise up for me against the evildoers? or who shall
stand with me against the workers of iniquity?

93:17. Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in

93:18. If I said: My foot is moved: thy mercy, O Lord, assisted me.

93:19. According to the multitude of my sorrows in my heart, thy
comforts have given joy to my soul.

93:20. Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in

Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, etc. . .That is, wilt thou, O
God, who art always just, admit of the seat of iniquity: that is, of
injustice, or unjust judges, to have any partnership with thee? Thou
who framest, or makest, labour in commandment, that is, thou who
obligest us to labour with all diligence to keep thy commandments.

93:21. They will hunt after the soul of the just, and will condemn
innocent blood.

93:22. But the Lord is my refuge: and my God the help of my hope.

93:23. And he will render them their iniquity : and in their malice he
will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalms Chapter 94

Venite exultemus.

An invitation to adore and serve God, and to hear his voice.

Praise of a canticle for David himself.

94:1. Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God
our saviour.

94:2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a
joyful noise to him with psalms.

94:3. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

94:4. For in his hand are all the ends of the earth: and the heights of
the mountains are his.

94:5. For the sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry

94:6. Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that
made us.

94:7. For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture
and the sheep of his hand.

94:8. To day if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts:

94:9. As in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the
wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my

94:10. Forty years long was I offended with that generation, and I
said: These always err in heart.

94:11. And these men have not known my ways: so I swore in my wrath
that they shall not enter into my rest.

Psalms Chapter 95

Cantate Domino.

An exhortation to praise God for the coming of Christ and his kingdom.

95:1. A canticle for David himself, when the house was built after the
captivity. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all
the earth.

When the house was built, etc. . .Alluding to that time, and then
ordered to be sung: but principally relating to the building of the
church of Christ, after our redemption from the captivity of Satan.

95:2. Sing ye to the Lord and bless his name: shew forth his salvation
from day to day.

95:3. Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all

95:4. For the Lord is great, and exceedingly to be praised: he is to be
feared above all gods.

95:5. For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made
the heavens.

95:6. Praise and beauty are before him: holiness and majesty in his

95:7. Bring ye to the Lord, O ye kindreds of the Gentiles, bring ye to
the Lord glory and honour:

95:8. Bring to the Lord glory unto his name. Bring up sacrifices, and
come into his courts:

95:9. Adore ye the Lord in his holy court. Let all the earth be moved
at his presence.

95:10. Say ye among the Gentiles, the Lord hath reigned. For he hath
corrected the world, which shall not be moved: he will judge the people
with justice.

95:11. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, let the sea
be moved, and the fulness thereof:

95:12. The fields and all things that are in them shall be joyful. Then
shall all the trees of the woods rejoice

95:13. before the face of the Lord, because he cometh: because he
cometh to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with justice, and
the people with his truth.

Psalms Chapter 96

Dominus regnavit.

All are invited to rejoice at the glorious coming and reign of Christ.

96:1. For the same David, when his land was restored again to him. The
Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let many islands be glad.

96:2. Clouds and darkness are round about him: justice and judgment are
the establishment of his throne.

Clouds and darkness. . .The coming of Christ in the clouds with great
terror and majesty to judge the world, is here prophesied.

96:3. A fire shall go before him, and shall burn his enemies round

96:4. His lightnings have shone forth to the world: the earth saw and

96:5. The mountains melted like wax, at the presence of the Lord: at
the presence of the Lord of all the earth.

96:6. The heavens declared his justice: and all people saw his glory.

96:7. Let them be all confounded that adore graven things, and that
glory in their idols. Adore him, all you his angels:

96:8. Sion heard, and was glad. And the daughters of Juda rejoiced,
because of thy judgments, O Lord.

96:9. For thou art the most high Lord over all the earth: thou art
exalted exceedingly above all gods.

96:10. You that love the Lord, hate evil: the Lord preserveth the souls
of his saints, he will deliver them out of the hand of the sinner.

96:11. Light is risen to the just, and joy to the right of heart.

96:12. Rejoice, ye just, in the Lord: and give praise to the
remembrance of his holiness.

Psalms Chapter 97

Cantate Domino.

All are again invited to praise the Lord, for the victories of Christ.

97:1. A psalm for David himself. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle:
because he hath done wonderful things. His right hand hath wrought for
him salvation, and his arm is holy.

97:2. The Lord hath made known his salvation: he hath revealed his
justice in the sight of the Gentiles.

97:3. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of
Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

97:4. Sing joyfully to God, all the earth; make melody, rejoice and

97:5. Sing praise to the Lord on the harp, on the harp, and with the
voice of a psalm:

97:6. With long trumpets, and sound of cornet. Make a joyful noise
before the Lord our king:

97:7. Let the sea be moved and the fullness thereof: the world and they
that dwell therein.

97:8. The rivers shall clap their hands, the mountains shall rejoice

97:9. At the presence of the Lord: because he cometh to judge the
earth. He shall judge the world with justice, and the people with

Psalms Chapter 98

Dominus regnavit.

The reign of the Lord in Sion: that is, of Christ in his church.

98:1. A psalm for David himself. The Lord hath reigned, let the people
be angry: he that sitteth on the cherubims: let the earth be moved.

Let the people be angry. . .Though many enemies rage, and the whole
earth be stirred up to oppose the reign of Christ, he shall still

98:2. The lord is great in Sion, and high above all people.

98:3. Let them give praise to thy great name: for it is terrible and

98:4. And the king's honour loveth judgment. Thou hast prepared
directions: thou hast done judgment and justice in Jacob.

Loveth judgment. . .Requireth discretion.--Ibid. Directions. . .Most
right and just laws to direct men.

98:5. Exalt ye the Lord our God, and adore his footstool, for it is

Adore his footstool. . .The ark of the covenant was called, in the Old
Testament, God's footstool: over which he was understood to sit, on his
propitiatory, or mercy seat, as on a throne, between the wings of the
cherubims, in the sanctuary: to which the children of Israel paid a
great veneration. But as this psalm evidently relates to Christ, and
the New Testament, where the ark has no place, the holy fathers
understand this text, of the worship paid by the church to the body and
blood of Christ in the sacred mysteries: inasmuch as the humanity of
Christ is, as it were, the footstool of the divinity. So St. Ambrose,
L. 3. De Spiritu Sancto, c. 12. And St. Augustine upon this psalm.

98:6. Moses and Aaron among his priests: and Samuel among them that
call upon his name. They called upon the Lord, and he heard them:

Moses and Aaron among his priests. . .By this it is evident, that Moses
also was a priest, and indeed the chief priest, inasmuch as he
consecrated Aaron, and offered sacrifice for him. Lev. 8. So that his
pre-eminence over Aaron makes nothing for lay church headship.

98:7. He spoke to them in the pillar of the cloud. They kept his
testimonies, and the commandment which he gave them.

98:8. Thou didst hear them, O Lord our God: thou wast a merciful God to
them, and taking vengeance on all their inventions.

All their inventions. . .that is, all the enterprises of their enemies
against them, as in the case of Core, Dathan, and Abiron.

98:9. Exalt ye the Lord our God, and adore at his holy mountain: for
the Lord our God is holy.

Psalms Chapter 99

Jubilate Deo.

All are invited to rejoice in God the creator of all.

99:1. A psalm of praise.

99:2. Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve ye the Lord with
gladness. Come in before his presence with exceeding great joy.

99:3. Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we
ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

99:4. Go ye into his gates with praise, into his courts with hymns: and
give glory to him. Praise ye his name:

99:5. For the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever, and his truth
to generation and generation.

Psalms Chapter 100

Misericordiam et judicium.

The prophet exhorteth all by his example, to follow mercy and justice.

100:1. A psalm for David himself. Mercy and judgment I will sing to
thee, O Lord: I will sing,

100:2. And I will understand in the unspotted way, when thou shalt come
to me. I walked in the innocence of my heart, in the midst of my house.

I will understand, etc. . .That is, I will apply my mind, I will do my
endeavour, to know and to follow the perfect way of thy commandments:
not trusting to my own strength, but relying on thy coming to me by thy

100:3. I will not set before my eyes any unjust thing: I hated the
workers of iniquities.

100:4. The perverse heart did not cleave to me: and the malignant, that
turned aside from me, I would not know.

100:5. The man that in private detracted his neighbour, him did I
persecute. With him that had a proud eye, and an unsatiable heart, I
would not eat.

100:6. My eyes were upon the faithful of the earth, to sit with me: the
man that walked in the perfect way, he served me.

100:7. He that worketh pride shall not dwell in the midst of my house:
he that speaketh unjust things did not prosper before my eyes.

100:8. In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land: that I
might cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 101

Domine, exaudi.

A prayer for one in affliction: the fifth penitential psalm.

101:1. The prayer of the poor man, when he was anxious, and poured out
his supplication before the Lord.

101:2. Hear, O Lord, my prayer: and let my cry come to thee.

101:3. Turn not away thy face from me: in the day when I am in trouble,
incline thy ear to me. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear
me speedily.

101:4. For my days are vanished like smoke, and my bones are grown dry
like fuel for the fire.

101:5. I am smitten as grass, and my heart is withered: because I
forgot to eat my bread.

101:6. Through the voice of my groaning, my bone hath cleaved to my

101:7. I am become like to a pelican of the wilderness: I am like a
night raven in the house.

A pelican, etc. . .I am become through grief, like birds that affect
solitude and darkness.

101:8. I have watched, and am become as a sparrow all alone on the

101:9. All the day long my enemies reproached me: and they that praised
me did swear against me.

101:10. For I did eat ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with

101:11. Because of thy anger and indignation: for having lifted me up
thou hast thrown me down.

101:12. My days have declined like a shadow, and I am withered like

101:13. But thou, O Lord, endurest for ever: and thy memorial to all

101:14. Thou shalt arise and have mercy on Sion: for it is time to have
mercy on it, for the time is come.

101:15. For the stones thereof have pleased thy servants: and they
shall have pity on the earth thereof.

101:16. All the Gentiles shall fear thy name, O Lord, and all the kings
of the earth thy glory.

101:17. For the Lord hath built up Sion: and he shall be seen in his

101:18. He hath had regard to the prayer of the humble: and he hath not
despised their petition.

101:19. Let these things be written unto another generation: and the
people that shall be created shall praise the Lord:

101:20. Because he hath looked forth from his high sanctuary: from
heaven the Lord hath looked upon the earth.

101:21. That he might hear the groans of them that are in fetters: that
he might release the children of the slain:

101:22. That they may declare the name of the Lord in Sion: and his
praise in Jerusalem;

101:23. When the people assemble together, and kings, to serve the

101:24. He answered him in the way of his strength: Declare unto me the
fewness of my days.

He answered him in the way of his strength. . .That is, the people,
mentioned in the foregoing verse, or the penitent, in whose person this
psalm is delivered, answered the Lord in the way of his strength: that
is, according to the best of his power and strength: or when he was in
the flower of his age and strength: inquiring after the fewness of his
days: to know if he should live long enough to see the happy
restoration of Sion, etc.

101:25. Call me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are unto
generation and generation.

101:26. In the beginning, O Lord, thou foundedst the earth: and the
heavens are the works of thy hands.

101:27. They shall perish but thou remainest: and all of them shall
grow old like a garment: And as a vesture thou shalt change them, and
they shall be changed.

101:28. But thou art always the selfsame, and thy years shall not fail.

101:29. The children of thy servants shall continue and their seed
shall be directed for ever.

Psalms Chapter 102

Benedic, anima.

Thanksgiving to God for his mercies.

102:1. For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that
is within me bless his holy name.

102:2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all he hath done for

102:3. Who forgiveth all thy iniquities: who healeth all thy diseases.

102:4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with
mercy and compassion.

102:5. Who satisfieth thy desire with good things: thy youth shall be
renewed like the eagle's.

102:6. The Lord doth mercies, and judgment for all that suffer wrong.

102:7. He hath made his ways known to Moses: his wills to the children
of Israel.

102:8. The Lord is compassionate and merciful: longsuffering and
plenteous in mercy.

102:9. He will not always be angry: nor will he threaten for ever.

102:10. He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded
us according to our iniquities.

102:11. For according to the height of the heaven above the earth: he
hath strengthened his mercy towards them that fear him.

102:12. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
iniquities from us.

102:13. As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord
compassion on them that fear him:

102:14. For he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust:

102:15. Man's days are as grass, as the flower of the field so shall he

102:16. For the spirit shall pass in him, and he shall not be: and he
shall know his place no more.

102:17. But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity and unto eternity
upon them that fear him: And his justice unto children's children,

102:18. To such as keep his covenant, And are mindful of his
commandments to do them.

102:19. The lord hath prepared his throne in heaven: and his kingdom
shall rule over all.

102:20. Bless the Lord, all ye his angels: you that are mighty in
strength, and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his orders.

102:21. Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts: you ministers of his that do
his will.

102:22. Bless the Lord, all his works: in every place of his dominion,
O my soul, bless thou the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 103

Benedic, anima.

God is to be praised for his mighty works, and wonderful providence.

103:1. For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God,
thou art exceedingly great. Thou hast put on praise and beauty:

103:2. And art clothed with light as with a garment. Who stretchest out
the heaven like a pavilion:

103:3. Who coverest the higher rooms thereof with water. Who makest the
clouds thy chariot: who walkest upon the wings of the winds.

103:4. Who makest thy angels spirits: and thy ministers a burning fire.

103:5. Who hast founded the earth upon its own bases: it shall not be
moved for ever and ever.

103:6. The deep like a garment is its clothing: above the mountains
shall the waters stand.

103:7. At thy rebuke they shall flee: at the voice of thy thunder they
shall fear.

103:8. The mountains ascend, and the plains descend into the place
which thou hast founded for them.

103:9. Thou hast set a bound which they shall not pass over; neither
shall they return to cover the earth.

103:10. Thou sendest forth springs in the vales: between the midst of
the hills the waters shall pass.

103:11. All the beasts of the field shall drink: the wild asses shall
expect in their thirst.

103:12. Over them the birds of the air shall dwell: from the midst of
the rocks they shall give forth their voices.

103:13. Thou waterest the hills from thy upper rooms: the earth shall
be filled with the fruit of thy works:

103:14. Bringing forth grass for cattle, and herb for the service of
men. That thou mayst bring bread out of the earth:

103:15. And that wine may cheer the heart of man. That he may make the
face cheerful with oil: and that bread may strengthen man's heart.

103:16. The trees of the field shall be filled, and the cedars of
Libanus which he hath planted:

103:17. There the sparrows shall make their nests. The highest of them
is the house of the heron.

103:18. The high hills are a refuge for the harts, the rock for the

103:19. He hath made the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going

103:20. Thou hast appointed darkness, and it is night: in it shall all
the beasts of the woods go about:

103:21. The young lions roaring after their prey, and seeking their
meat from God.

103:22. The sun ariseth, and they are gathered together: and they shall
lie down in their dens.

103:23. Man shall go forth to his work, and to his labour until the

103:24. How great are thy works, O Lord ? thou hast made all things in
wisdom: the earth is filled with thy riches.

103:25. So is this great sea, which stretcheth wide its arms: there are
creeping things without number: Creatures little and great.

103:26. There the ships shall go. This sea dragon which thou hast
formed to play therein.

103:27. All expect of thee that thou give them food in season.

103:28. What thou givest to them they shall gather up: when thou
openest thy hand, they shall all be filled with good.

103:29. But if thou turnest away thy face, they shall be troubled: thou
shalt take away their breath, and they shall fail, and shall return to
their dust.

103:30. Thou shalt send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created:
and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

103:31. May the glory of the Lord endure for ever: the Lord shall
rejoice in his works.

103:32. He looketh upon the earth, and maketh it tremble: he troubleth
the mountains, and they smoke.

103:33. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise
to my God while I have my being.

103:34. Let my speech be acceptable to him: but I will take delight in
the Lord.

103:35. Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, and the unjust, so
that they be no more: O my soul, bless thou the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 104

Confitemini Domino.

A thanksgiving to God for his benefits to his people Israel.


104:1. Give glory to the Lord, and call upon his name: declare his
deeds among the Gentiles.

104:2. Sing to him, yea sing praises to him: relate all his wondrous

104:3. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that
seek the Lord.

104:4. Seek ye the lord, and be strengthened: seek his face evermore.

104:5. Remember his marvellous works which he hath done; his wonders,
and the judgments of his mouth.

104:6. O ye seed of Abraham his servant; ye sons of Jacob his chosen.

104:7. He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

104:8. He hath remembered his covenant for ever: the word which he
commanded to a thousand generations.

104:9. Which he made to Abraham; and his oath to Isaac:

104:10. And he appointed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for
an everlasting testament:

104:11. Saying: To thee will I give the land of Chanaan, the lot of
your inheritance.

104:12. When they were but a small number: yea very few, and sojourners

104:13. And they passed from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to
another people.

104:14. He suffered no man to hurt them: and he reproved kings for
their sakes.

104:15. Touch ye not my anointed: and do no evil to my prophets.

104:16. And he called a famine upon the land: and he broke in pieces
all the support of bread.

104:17. He sent a man before them: Joseph, who was sold for a slave.

104:18. They humbled his feet in fetters: the iron pierced his soul,

104:19. Until his word came. The word of the Lord inflamed him.

104:20. The king sent, and he released him: the ruler of the people,
and he set him at liberty.

104:21. He made him master of his house, and ruler of all his

104:22. That he might instruct his princes as himself, and teach his
ancients wisdom.

104:23. And Israel went into Egypt: and Jacob was a sojourner in the
land of Cham.

104:24. And he increased his people exceedingly: and strengthened them
over their enemies.

104:25. He turned their heart to hate his people: and to deal
deceitfully with his servants.

He turned their heart, etc. . .Not that God (who is never the author of
sin) moved the Egyptians to hate and persecute his people; but that the
Egyptians took occasion of hating and envying them, from the sight of
the benefits which God bestowed upon them.

104:26. He sent Moses his servant: Aaron the man whom he had chosen.

104:27. He gave them power to shew them signs, and his wonders in the
land of Cham.

104:28. He sent darkness, and made it obscure: and grieved not his

Grieved not his words. . .That is, he was not wanting to fulfil his
words: or he did not grieve Moses and Aaron, the carriers of his words:
or he did not grieve his words, that is, his sons, the children of
Israel, who enjoyed light whilst the Egyptians were oppressed with

104:29. He turned their waters into blood, and destroyed their fish.

104:30. Their land brought forth frogs, in the inner chambers of their

104:31. He spoke, and there came divers sorts of flies and sciniphs in
all their coasts.

Sciniphs. . .See the annotation, Ex.8.16.

104:32. He gave them hail for rain, a burning fire in the land.

104:33. And he destroyed their vineyards and their fig trees: and he
broke in pieces the trees of their coasts.

104:34. He spoke, and the locust came, and the bruchus, of which there
was no number.

Bruchus. . .An insect of the locust kind.

104:35. And they devoured all the grass in their land, and consumed all
the fruit of their ground.

104:36. And he slew all the firstborn in their land: the firstfruits of
all their labour.

104:37. And he brought them out with silver and gold: and there was not
among their tribes one that was feeble.

104:38. Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them lay
upon them.

104:39. He spread a cloud for their protection, and fire to give them
light in the night.

104:40. They asked, and the quail came: and he filled them with the
bread of heaven.

104:41. He opened the rock, and waters flowed: rivers ran down in the
dry land.

104:42. Because he remembered his holy word, which he had spoken to his
servant Abraham.

104:43. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with

104:44. And he gave them the lands of the Gentiles: and they possessed
the labours of the people:

104:45. That they might observe his justifications, and seek after his

His justifications. . .That is, his commandments; which here, and in
many other places of the scripture, are called justifications, because
the keeping of them makes man just. The Protestants render it by the
word statutes, in favour of their doctrine, which does not allow good
works to justify.

Psalms Chapter 105

Confitemini Domino.

A confession of the manifold sins and ingratitudes of the Israelites.


105:1. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

105:2. Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth
all his praises?

105:3. Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all

105:4. Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people: visit us with
thy salvation.

105:5. That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in
the joy of thy nation: that thou mayst be praised with thy inheritance.

105:6. We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have
wrought iniquity.

105:7. Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt: they remembered
not the multitude of thy mercies: And they provoked to wrath going up
to the sea, even the Red Sea.

105:8. And he saved them for his own name's sake: that he might make
his power known.

105:9. And he rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up: and he led them
through the depths, as in a wilderness.

105:10. And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he
redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

105:11. And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not
one of them left.

105:12. And they believed his words: and they sang his praises.

105:13. They had quickly done, they forgot his works: and they waited
not for his counsel.

105:14. And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted
God in the place without water.

105:15. And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their

105:16. And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the

105:17. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the
congregation of Abiron.

105:18. And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned
the wicked.

105:19. They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven

105:20. And they changed their glory into the likeness of a calf that
eateth grass.

105:21. They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in

105:22. Wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in the Red

105:23. And he said that he would destroy them: had not Moses his
chosen stood before him in the breach: To turn away his wrath, lest he
should destroy them.

105:24. And they set at nought the desirable land. They believed not
his word,

105:25. And they murmured in their tents: they hearkened not to the
voice of the Lord.

105:26. And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the

105:27. And to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter
them in the countries.

105:28. They also were initiated to Beelphegor: and ate the sacrifices
of the dead.

Initiated. . .That is, they dedicated, or consecrated themselves to the
idol of the Moabites and Madianites, called Beelphegor, or Baal-Peor.
Num. 25.3.--Ibid. The dead. . .Viz., idols without life.

105:29. And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction
was multiplied among them.

105:30. Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter

105:31. And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and
generation for evermore.

105:32. They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and
Moses was afflicted for their sakes:

105:33. Because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with
his lips.

He distinguished with his lips. . .Moses, by occasion of the people's
rebellion and incredulity, was guilty of distinguishing with his lips;
when, instead of speaking to the rock, as God had commanded, he said to
the people, with a certain hesitation in his faith, Hear ye, rebellious
and incredulous: Can we from this rock bring out water for you? Num.

105:34. They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto

105:35. And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their

105:36. And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.

105:37. And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.

105:38. And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of
their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan. And the
land was polluted with blood,

105:39. And was defiled with their works: and they went aside after
their own inventions.

105:40. And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he
abhorred his inheritance.

105:41. And he delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they
that hated them had dominion over them.

105:42. And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under
their hands:

105:43. Many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with
their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities.

105:44. And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their

105:45. And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to
the multitude of his mercies.

105:46. And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that
had made them captives.

105:47. Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among the nations:
That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise.

105:48. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to
everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.

Psalms Chapter 106

Confitemini Domino.

All are invited to give thanks to God for his perpetual providence over


106:1. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

106:2. Let them say so that have been redeemed by the Lord, whom he
hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy: and gathered out of the

106:3. From the rising and from the setting of the sun, from the north
and from the sea.

106:4. They wandered in a wilderness, in a place without water: they
found not the way of a city for their habitation.

106:5. They were hungry and thirsty: their soul fainted in them.

106:6. And they cried to the Lord in their tribulation: and he
delivered them out of their distresses.

106:7. And he led them into the right way, that they might go to a city
of habitation.

106:8. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him: and his wonderful
works to the children of men.

106:9. For he hath satisfied the empty soul, and hath filled the hungry
soul with good things.

106:10. Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death: bound in
want and in iron.

106:11. Because they had exasperated the words of God: and provoked the
counsel of the most High:

106:12. And their heart was humbled with labours: they were weakened,
and there was none to help them.

106:13. Then they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he
delivered them out of their distresses.

106:14. And he brought them out of darkness, and the shadow of death;
and broke their bonds in sunder.

106:15. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his
wonderful works to the children of men.

106:16. Because he hath broken gates of brass, and burst iron bars.

106:17. He took them out of the way of their iniquity: for they were
brought low for their injustices.

106:18. Their soul abhorred all manner of meat: and they drew nigh even
to the gates of death.

106:19. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he
delivered them out of their distresses.

106:20. He sent his word, and healed them: and delivered them from
their destructions.

106:21. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him: and his
wonderful works to the children of men.

106:22. And let them sacrifice the sacrifice of praise: and declare his
works with joy.

106:23. They that go down to the sea in ships, doing business in the
great waters:

106:24. These have seen the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the

106:25. He said the word, and there arose a storm of wind: and the
waves thereof were lifted up.

106:26. They mount up to the heavens, and they go down to the depths:
their soul pined away with evils.

106:27. They were troubled, and reeled like a drunken man; and all
their wisdom was swallowed up.

106:28. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he brought
them out of their distresses.

106:29. And he turned the storm into a breeze: and its waves were

106:30. And they rejoiced because they were still: and he brought them
to the haven which they wished for.

106:31. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his
wonderful works to the children of men.

106:32. And let them exalt him in the church of the people: and praise
him in the chair of the ancients.

106:33. He hath turned rivers into a wilderness: and the sources of
waters into dry ground:

106:34. A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them
that dwell therein.

106:35. He hath turned a wilderness into pools of waters, and a dry
land into water springs.

106:36. And hath placed there the hungry; and they made a city for
their habitation.

106:37. Anti they sowed fields, and planted vineyards: and they yielded
fruit of birth.

106:38. And he blessed them, and they were multiplied exceedingly: and
their cattle he suffered not to decrease.

106:39. Then they were brought to be few: and they were afflicted
through the trouble of evils and sorrow.

106:40. Contempt was poured forth upon their princes: and he caused
them to wander where there was no passing, and out of the way.

106:41. And he helped the poor out of poverty: and made him families
like a flock of sheep.

106:42. The just shall see, and shall rejoice, and all iniquity shall
stop her mouth.

106:43. Who is wise, and will keep these things; and will understand
the mercies of the Lord?

Psalms Chapter 107

Paratum cor meum.

The prophet praiseth God for benefits received.

107:1. A canticle of a psalm for David himself.

107:2. My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready: I will sing, and
will give praise, with my glory.

107:3. Arise, my glory; arise, psaltery and harp: I will arise in the
morning early.

107:4. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing
unto thee among the nations.

107:5. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth even
unto the clouds.

107:6. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory over
all the earth:

107:7. That thy beloved may be delivered. Save with thy right hand and
hear me.

107:8. God hath spoken in his holiness. I will rejoice, and I will
divide Sichem and I will mete out the vale of tabernacles.

107:9. Galaad is mine: and Manasses is mine and Ephraim the protection
of my head. Juda is my king:

107:10. Moab the pot of my hope. Over Edom I will stretch out my shoe:
the aliens are become my friends.

107:11. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into

107:12. Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off ? and wilt not thou,
O God, go forth with our armies?

107:13. O grant us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

107:14. Through God we shall do mightily: and he will bring our enemies
to nothing.

Psalms Chapter 108

Deus, laudem meam.

David in the person of Christ, prayeth against his persecutors; more
especially the traitor Judas: foretelling and approving his just
punishment for his obstinacy in sin and final impenitence.

108:1. Unto the end, a psalm for David.

108:2. O God, be not thou silent in my praise: for the mouth of the
wicked and the mouth of the deceitful man is opened against me.

108:3. They have spoken against me with deceitful tongues; and they
have compassed me about with words of hatred; and have fought against
me without cause.

108:4. Instead of making me a return of love, they detracted me: but I
gave myself to prayer.

108:5. And they repaid me evil for good: and hatred for my love.

108:6. Set thou the sinner over him: and may the devil stand at his
right hand.

Set thou the sinner over him, etc. . .Give to the devil, that
arch-sinner, power over him: let him enter into him, and possess him.
The imprecations, contained in the thirty verses of this psalm, are
opposed to the thirty pieces of silver for which Judas betrayed our
Lord; and are to be taken as prophetic denunciations of the evils that
should befall the traitor and his accomplices the Jews; and not
properly as curses.

108:7. When he is judged, may he go out condemned; and may his prayer
be turned to sin.

108:8. May his days be few: and his bishopric let another take.

108:9. May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

108:10. Let his children be carried about vagabonds, and beg; and let
them be cast out of their dwellings.

108:11. May the usurer search all his substance: and let strangers
plunder his labours.

108:12. May there be none to help him: nor none to pity his fatherless

108:13. May his posterity be cut off; in one generation may his name be
blotted out.

108:14. May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered in the sight of
the Lord: and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

108:15. May they be before the Lord continually, and let the memory of
them perish from the earth:

108:16. because he remembered not to shew mercy,

108:17. But persecuted the poor man and the beggar; and the broken in
heart, to put him to death.

108:18. And he loved cursing, and it shall come unto him: and he would
not have blessing, and it shall be far from him. And he put on cursing,
like a garment: and it went in like water into his entrails, and like
oil in his bones.

108:19. May it be unto him like a garment which covereth him; and like
a girdle with which he is girded continually.

108:20. This is the work of them who detract me before the Lord; and
who speak evils against my soul.

108:21. But thou, O Lord, do with me for thy name's sake: because thy
mercy is sweet. Do thou deliver me,

108:22. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is troubled within me.

108:23. I am taken away like the shadow when it declineth: and I am
shaken off as locusts.

108:24. My knees are weakened through fasting: and my flesh is changed
for oil.

For oil. . .Propter oleum. The meaning is, my flesh is changed, being
perfectly emaciated and dried up, as having lost all its oil or

108:25. And I am become a reproach to them: they saw me and they shaked
their heads.

108:26. Help me, O Lord my God; save me; according to thy mercy.

108:27. And let them know that this is thy hand: and that thou, O Lord,
hast done it.

108:28. They will curse and thou wilt bless: let them that rise up
against me be confounded: but thy servant shall rejoice.

108:29. Let them that detract me be clothed with shame: and let them be
covered with their confusion as with a double cloak.

108:30. I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth: and in the
midst of many I will praise him.

108:31. Because he hath stood at the right hand of the poor, to save my
soul from persecutors.

Psalms Chapter 109

Dixit Dominus.

Christ's exaltation and everlasting priesthood.

109:1. A psalm for David. The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou at my
right hand: Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.

109:2. The Lord will send forth the sceptre of thy power out of Sion:
rule thou in the midst of thy enemies.

109:3. With thee is the principality in the day of thy strength: in the
brightness of the saints: from the womb before the day star I begot

109:4. The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest
for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.

109:5. The Lord at thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of his

109:6. He shall judge among nations, he shall fill ruins: he shall
crush the heads in the land of many.

109:7. He shall drink of the torrent in the way: therefore shall he
lift up the head.

Psalms Chapter 110

Confitebor tibi, Domine.

God is to be praised for his graces, and benefits to his church.


110:1. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; in the council
of the just, and in the congregation.

110:2. Great are the works of the Lord: sought out according to all his

110:3. His work is praise and magnificence: and his justice continueth
for ever and ever.

110:4. He hath made a remembrance of his wonderful works, being a
merciful and gracious Lord:

110:5. He hath given food to them that fear him. He will be mindful for
ever of his covenant:

110:6. He will shew forth to his people the power of his works.

110:7. That he may give them the inheritance of the Gentiles: the works
of his hands are truth and judgment.

110:8. All his commandments are faithful: confirmed for ever and ever,
made in truth and equity.

110:9. He hath sent redemption to his people: he hath commanded his
covenant for ever. Holy and terrible is his name:

110:10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A good
understanding to all that do it: his praise continueth for ever and

Psalms Chapter 111

Beatus vir.

The good man is happy.

Alleluia, of the returning of Aggeus and Zacharias.

Of the returning, etc. . .This is in the Greek and Latin, but not in the
Hebrew. It signifies that this psalm was proper to be sung at the time
of the return of the people from their captivity; to inculcate to them,
how happy they might be, if they would be constant in the service of

111:1. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight
exceedingly in his commandments.

111:2. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the
righteous shall be blessed.

111:3. Glory and wealth shall be in his house: and his justice
remaineth for ever and ever.

111:4. To the righteous a light is risen up in darkness: he is
merciful, and compassionate and just.

111:5. Acceptable is the man that sheweth mercy and lendeth: he shall
order his words with judgment:

111:6. Because he shall not be moved for ever.

111:7. The just shall be in everlasting remembrance: he shall not fear
the evil hearing. His heart is ready to hope in the Lord:

111:8. His heart is strengthened, he shall not be moved until he look
over his enemies.

111:9. He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor: his justice
remaineth for ever and ever: his horn shall be exalted in glory.

111:10. The wicked shall see, and shall be angry, he shall gnash with
his teeth and pine away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Psalms Chapter 112

Laudate, pueri.

God is to be praised for his regard to the poor and humble.


112:1. Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord.

112:2. Blessed be the name of the Lord, from henceforth now and for

112:3. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the
name of the Lord is worthy of praise.

112:4. The Lord is high above all nations; and his glory above the

112:5. Who is as the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high:

112:6. and looketh
down on the low things in heaven and in earth?

112:7. Raising up the needy from the earth, and lifting up the poor out
of the dunghill:

112:8. That he may place him with princes, with the princes of his

112:9. Who maketh a barren woman to dwell in a house, the joyful mother
of children.

Psalms Chapter 113

In exitu Israel.

God hath shewn his power in delivering his people: idols are vain. The
Hebrews divide this into two psalms.


113:1. When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a
barbarous people:

113:2. Judea was made his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

113:3. The sea saw and fled: Jordan was turned back.

113:4. The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like the lambs of
the flock.

113:5. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou didst flee: and thou,
O Jordan, that thou wast turned back?

113:6. Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye hills, like
lambs of the flock?

113:7. At the presence of the Lord the earth was moved, at the presence
of the God of Jacob:

113:8. Who turned the rock into pools of water, and the stony hill into
fountains of waters.

113:1. Not to us, O Lord, not to us; but to thy name give glory.

113:2. For thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake: lest the Gentiles
should say: Where is their God?

113:3. But our God is in heaven: he hath done all things whatsoever he

113:4. The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of the
hands of men.

113:5. They have mouths and speak not: they have eyes and see not.

113:6. They have ears and hear not: they have noses and smell not.

113:7. They have hands and feel not: they have feet and walk not:
neither shall they cry out through their throat.

113:8. Let them that make them become like unto them: and all such as
trust in them.

113:9. The house of Israel hath hoped in the Lord: he is their helper
and their protector.

113:10. The house of Aaron hath hoped in the Lord: he is their helper
and their protector.

113:11. They that fear the Lord have hoped in the Lord: he is their
helper and their protector.

113:12. The Lord hath been mindful of us, and hath blessed us. He hath
blessed the house of Israel: he hath blessed the house of Aaron.

113:13. He hath blessed all that fear the Lord, both little and great.

113:14. May the Lord add blessings upon you: upon you, and upon your

113:15. Blessed be you of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

113:16. The heaven of heaven is the Lord's: but the earth he has given
to the children of men.

113:17. The dead shall not praise thee, O Lord: nor any of them that go
down to hell.

113:18. But we that live bless the Lord: from this time now and for

Psalms Chapter 114


The prayer of a just man in affliction, with a lively confidence in


114:1. I have loved, because the Lord will hear the voice of my prayer.

114:2. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me: and in my days I will
call upon him.

114:3. The sorrows of death have compassed me: and the perils of hell
have found me. I met with trouble and sorrow:

114:4. And I called upon the name of the Lord. O Lord, deliver my soul.

114:5. The Lord is merciful and just, and our God sheweth mercy.

114:6. The Lord is the keeper of little ones: I was humbled, and he
delivered me.

114:7. Turn, O my soul, into thy rest: for the Lord hath been bountiful
to thee.

114:8. For he hath delivered my soul from death: my eyes from tears, my
feet from falling.

114:9. I will please the Lord in the land of the living.

Psalms Chapter 115


This in the Hebrew is joined with the foregoing psalm, and continues to
express the faith and gratitude of the psalmist.


115:10. I have believed, therefore have I spoken; but I have
been humbled exceedingly.

115:11. I said in my excess: Every man is a liar.

115:12. What shall I render to the Lord, for all the things that he
hath rendered to me?

115:13. I will take the chalice of salvation; and I will call upon the
name of the Lord.

115:14. I will pay my vows to the Lord before all his people:

115:15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

115:16. O Lord, for I am thy servant: I am thy servant, and the son of
thy handmaid. Thou hast broken my bonds:

115:17. I will sacrifice to thee the sacrifice of praise, and I will
call upon the name of the Lord.

115:18. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the sight of all his people:

115:19. In the courts of the house of the Lord, in the midst of thee, O

Psalms Chapter 116

Laudate Dominum.

All nations are called upon to praise God for his mercy and truth.


116:1. O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

116:2. For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord
remaineth for ever.

Psalms Chapter 117

Confitemini Domino.

The psalmist praiseth God for his delivery from evils: putteth his
whole trust in him; and foretelleth the coming of Christ.


117:1. Give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

117:2. Let Israel now say, that he is good: that his mercy endureth for

117:3. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for

117:4. Let them that fear the Lord now say, that his mercy endureth for

117:5. In my trouble I called upon the Lord: and the Lord heard me, and
enlarged me.

117:6. The Lord is my helper: I will not fear what man can do unto me.

117:7. The Lord is my helper: and I will look over my enemies.

117:8. It is good to confide in the Lord, rather than to have
confidence in man.

117:9. It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in

117:10. All nations compassed me about; and, in the name of the Lord I
have been revenged on them.

117:11. Surrounding me they compassed me about: and in the name of the
Lord I have been revenged on them.

117:12. They surrounded me like bees, and they burned like fire among
thorns: and in the name of the Lord I was revenged on them.

117:13. Being pushed I was overturned that I might fall: but the Lord
supported me.

117:14. The Lord is my strength and my praise: and he is become my

117:15. The voice of rejoicing and of salvation is in the tabernacles
of the just.

117:16. The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength: the right
hand of the Lord hath exalted me: the right hand of the Lord hath
wrought strength.

117:17. I shall not die, but live: and shall declare the works of the

117:18. The Lord chastising hath chastised me: but he hath not
delivered me over to death.

117:19. Open ye to me the gates of justice: I will go in to them, and
give praise to the Lord.

117:20. This is the gate of the Lord, the just shall enter into it.

117:21. I will give glory to thee because thou hast heard me: and art
become my salvation.

117:22. The stone which the builders rejected; the same is become the
head of the corner.

117:23. This is the Lord's doing , and it is wonderful in our eyes.

117:24. This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and
rejoice therein.

117:25. O Lord, save me: O Lord, give good success.

117:26. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord. We have
blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

117:27. The Lord is God, and he hath shone upon us. Appoint a solemn
day, with shady boughs, even to the horn of the altar.

117:28. Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, and I
will exalt thee. I will praise thee, because thou hast heard me, and
art become my salvation.

117:29. O praise ye the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

Psalms Chapter 118

Beati immaculati.

Of the excellence of virtue consisting in the love and observance of
the commandments of God.



Aleph. . .The first eight verses of this psalm in the original begin
with Aleph, which is the name of the first letter of the Hebrew
alphabet. The second eight verses begin with Beth, the name of the
second letter of the Hebrew alphabet; and so to the end of the whole
alphabet, in all twenty-two letters, each letter having eight verses.
This order is variously expounded by the holy fathers; which shews the
difficulty of understanding the holy scriptures, and consequently with
what humility, and submission to the Church they are to be read.

118:1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the

118:2. Blessed are they that search his testimonies: that seek him with
their whole heart.

His testimonies. . .The commandments of God are called his testimonies,
because they testify his holy will unto us. Note here, that in almost
every verse of this psalm (which in number are 176) the word and law of
God, and the love and observance of it, is perpetually inculcated,
under a variety of denominations, all signifying the same thing.

118:3. For they that work iniquity, have not walked in his ways.

118:4. Thou hast commanded thy commandments to be kept most diligently.

118:5. O! that my ways may be directed to keep thy justifications.

118:6. Then shall I not be confounded, when I shall look into all thy

118:7. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have
learned the judgments of thy justice.

118:8. I will keep thy justifications: O! do not thou utterly forsake


118:9. By what doth a young man correct his way? by observing thy

118:10. With my whole heart have I sought after thee: let me not stray
from thy commandments.

118:11. Thy words have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against

118:12. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy justifications.

118:13. With my lips I have pronounced all the judgments of thy mouth.

118:14. I have been delighted in the way of thy testimonies, as in all

118:15. I will meditate on thy commandments: and I will consider thy

118:16. I will think of thy justifications: I will not forget thy


118:17. Give bountifully to thy servant, enliven me: and I shall keep
thy words.

118:18. Open thou my eyes: and I will consider the wondrous things of
thy law.

118:19. I am a sojourner on the earth: hide not thy commandments from

118:20. My soul hath coveted to long for thy justifications, at all

118:21. Thou hast rebuked the proud: they are cursed who decline from
thy commandments.

118:22. Remove from me reproach and contempt: because I have sought
after thy testimonies.

118:23. For princes sat, and spoke against me: but thy servant was
employed in thy justifications.

118:24. For thy testimonies are my meditation: and thy justifications
my counsel.


118:25. My soul hath cleaved to the pavement: quicken thou me according
to thy word.

118:26. I have declared my ways, and thou hast heard me: teach me thy

118:27. Make me to understand the way of thy justifications: and I
shall be exercised in thy wondrous works.

118:28. My soul hath slumbered through heaviness: strengthen thou me in
thy words.

118:29. Remove from me the way of iniquity: and out of thy law have
mercy on me.

118:30. I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments I have not

118:31. I have stuck to thy testimonies, O Lord: put me not to shame.

118:32. I have run the way of thy commandments, when thou didst enlarge
my heart.


118:33. Set before me for a law the way of thy justifications, O Lord:
and I will always seek after it.

118:34. Give me understanding, and I will search thy law; and I will
keep it with my whole heart.

118:35. Lead me into the path of thy commandments; for this same I have

118:36. Incline my heart into thy testimonies and not to covetousness.

118:37. Turn away my eyes that they may not behold vanity: quicken me
in thy way.

118:38. Establish thy word to thy servant, in thy fear.


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