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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book V
Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity
A Psalm of David.
[1]  BLESSED be Jehovah my rock,
Who teacheth my hands to war,
And my fingers to fight:
[2]  My lovingkindness, and my fortress,
My high tower, and my deliverer;
My shield, and he in whom I take refuge;
Who subdueth my people under me.
[3]  Jehovah, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him?
Or the son of man, that thou makest account of him?
[4]  Man is like to vanity: 1
His days are as a shadow that passeth away.
[5]  Bow thy heavens, O Jehovah, and come down:
Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
[6]  Cast forth lightning, and scatter them;
Send out thine arrows, and discomfit them.
[7]  Stretch forth thy hand from above;
Rescue me, and deliver me out of great waters,
Out of the hand of aliens;
[8]  Whose mouth speaketh deceit,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
[9]  I will sing a new song unto thee, O God:
Upon a psaltery of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
[10]  Thou art he that giveth salvation unto kings;
Who rescueth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
[11]  Rescue me, and deliver me out of the hand of aliens,
Whose mouth speaketh deceit,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
[12]  When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth,
And our daughters as cornerstones hewn after the fashion of a palace;
[13]  When our garners are full, affording all manner of store,
And our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;
[14]  When our oxen are well laden;
When there is no breaking in, and no going 2 forth,
And no outcry in our streets:
[15]  Happy is the people that is in such a case;
Yea, happy is the people whose God is Jehovah.
Note 1. Heb. a breath. [back]
Note 2. Or, sallying. [back]


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