Psalms 111 & 112

Confitebor tibi

IWILL give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart : secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
2. The works of the Lord are great : sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3. His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour : and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4. The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marvellous works : that they ought to be had in remembrance.
5. He hath given meat unto them that fear him : he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
6. He hath shewed his people the power of his works : that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7. The works of his hands are verity and judgement : all his commandments are true.
8. They stand fast for ever and ever : and are done in truth and equity.
9. He sent redemption unto his people : he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom : a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever.

Beatus vir

BLESSED is the man that feareth the Lord : he hath great delight in his commandments.
2. His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
3. Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house : and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4. Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness : he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
5. A good man is merciful, and lendeth : and will guide his words with discretion.
6. For he shall never be moved : and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
7. He will not be afraid of any evil tidings : for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.
8. His heart is established, and will not shrink : until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9. He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor : and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10. The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him : he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalms 109 & 110

Deus, laudem

HOLD not thy tongue, O God of my praise : for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
2. And they have spoken against me with false tongues : they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
3. For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part : but I give myself unto prayer.
4. Thus have they rewarded me evil for good : and hatred for my good will.
5. Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him : and let Satan stand at his right hand.
6. When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned : and let his prayer be turned into sin.
7. Let his days be few : and let another take his office.
8. Let his children be fatherless : and his wife a widow.
9. Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread : let them seek it also out of desolate places.
10. Let the extortioner consume all that he hath : and let the stranger spoil his labour.
11. Let there be no man to pity him : nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.
12. Let his posterity be destroyed : and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
13. Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the Lord : and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
14. Let them alway be before the Lord : that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth.
15. And that, because his mind was not to do good : but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.
16. His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him : he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.
17. He clothed himself with cursing, like as with a raiment : and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
18. Let it be unto him as the cloke that he hath upon him : and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.
19. Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies : and to those that speak evil against my soul.
20. But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy Name : for sweet is thy mercy.
21. O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor : and my heart is wounded within me.
22. I go hence like the shadow that departeth : and am driven away as the grasshopper.
23. My knees are weak through fasting : my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
24. I became also a reproach unto them : they that looked upon me shaked their heads.
25. Help me, O Lord my God : O save me according to thy mercy.
26. And they shall know, how that this is thy hand : and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
27. Though they curse, yet bless thou : and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
28. Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame : and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloke.
29. As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth : and praise him among the multitude.
30. For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor : to save his soul from the unrighteous judges.

Dixit Dominus

THE Lord said unto my Lord : Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
2. The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion : be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
3. In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee free-will offerings with an holy worship : the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.
4. The Lord sware, and will not repent : Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.
5. The Lord upon thy right hand : shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
6. He shall judge among the heathen; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies : and smite in sunder the heads over divers countries.
7. He shall drink of the brook in the way : therefore shall he lift up his head.

Psalms 107 & 108

Confitemini Domino

O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.
2. Let them give thanks whom the Lord hath redeemed : and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
3. And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west : from the north and from the south.
4. They went astray in the wilderness out of the way : and found no city to dwell in;
5. Hungry and thirsty : their soul fainted in them.
6. So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : and he delivered them from their distress.
7. He led them forth by the right way : that they might go to the city where they dwelt.
8. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
9. For he satisfieth the empty soul : and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10. Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : being fast bound in misery and iron ;
11. Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord : and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest;
12. He also brought down their heart through heaviness : they fell down, and there was none to help them.
13. So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.
14. For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death : and brake their bonds in sunder.
15. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
16. For he hath broken the gates of brass : and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.
17. Foolish men are plagued for their offence : and because of their wickedness.
18. Their soul abhorred all manner of meat : and they were even hard at death’s door.
19. So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.
20. He sent his word, and healed them : and they were saved from their destruction.
21. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
22. That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving : and tell out his works with gladness!
23. They that go down to the sea in ships : and occupy their business in great waters;
24. These men see the works of the Lord : and his wonders in the deep.
25. For at his word the stormy wind ariseth : which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26. They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep : their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
27. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man : and are at their wits’ end.
28. So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivereth them out of their distress.
29. For he maketh the storm to cease : so that the waves thereof are still.
30. Then are they glad, because they are at rest : and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
31. O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
32. That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people : and praise him in the seat of the elders!
33. Who turneth the floods into a wilderness : and drieth up the water-springs.
34. A fruitful land maketh he barren : for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35. Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water : and water-springs of a dry ground.
36. And there he setteth the hungry : that they may build them a city to dwell in;
37. That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards : to yield them fruits of increase.
38. He blesseth them so that they multiply exceedingly : and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39. And again, when they are minished and brought low : through oppression, through any plague or trouble;
40. Though he suffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants : and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
41. Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery : and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
42. The righteous will consider this, and rejoice : and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
43. Whoso is wise will ponder these things : and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.

Paratum cor meum

O GOD, my heart is ready, my heart is ready : I will sing and give praise with the best member that I have.
2. Awake, thou lute, and harp : I myself will awake right early.
3. I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people : I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
4. For thy mercy is greater than the heavens : and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
5. Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and thy glory above all the earth.
6. That thy beloved may be delivered : let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.
7. God hath spoken in his holiness : I will rejoice therefore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
8. Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine : Ephraim also is the strength of my head.
9. Judah is my law-giver, Moab is my wash-pot : over Edom will I cast out my shoe, upon Philistia will I triumph.
10. Who will lead me into the strong city : and who will bring me into Edom?
11. Hast not thou forsaken us, O God : and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
12. O help us against the enemy : for vain is the help of man.
13. Through God we shall do great acts : and it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalms 105 & 106

Confitemini Domino

O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his Name : tell the people what things he hath done.
2. O let your songs be of him, and praise him : and let your talking be of all his wondrous works.
3. Rejoice in his holy Name : let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
4. Seek the Lord and his strength : seek his face evermore.
5. Remember the marvellous works that he hath done : his wonders, and the judgements of his mouth.
6. O ye seed of Abraham his servant : ye children of Jacob his chosen.
7. He is the Lord our God : his judgements are in all the world.
8. He hath been alway mindful of his covenant and promise : that he made to a thousand generations;
9. Even the covenant that he made with Abraham : and the oath that he sware unto Isaac;
10. And appointed the same unto Jacob for a law : and to Israel for an everlasting testament;
11. Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan : the lot of your inheritance;
12. When there were yet but a few of them : and they strangers in the land;
13. What time as they went from one nation to another : from one kingdom to another people;
14. He suffered no man to do them wrong : but reproved even kings for their sakes;
15. Touch not mine Anointed : and do my prophets no harm.
16. Moreover, he called for a dearth upon the land : and destroyed all the provision of bread.
17. But he had sent a man before them : even Joseph, who was sold to be a bond-servant;
18. Whose feet they hurt in the stocks : the iron entered into his soul;
19. Until the time came that his cause was known : the word of the Lord tried him.
20. The king sent, and delivered him : the prince of the people let him go free.
21. He made him lord also of his house : and ruler of all his substance;
22. That he might inform his princes after his will : and teach his senators wisdom.
23. Israel also came into Egypt : and Jacob was a stranger in the land of Ham.
24. And he increased his people exceedingly : and made them stronger than their enemies;
25. Whose heart turned, so that they hated his people : and dealt untruly with his servants.
26. Then sent he Moses his servant : and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27. And these shewed his tokens among them : and wonders in the land of Ham.
28. He sent darkness, and it was dark : and they were not obedient unto his word.
29. He turned their waters into blood : and slew their fish.
30. Their land brought forth frogs : yea, even in their kings’ chambers.
31. He spake the word, and there came all manner of flies : and lice in all their quarters.
32. He gave them hail-stones for rain : and flames of fire in their land.
33. He smote their vines also and fig-trees : and destroyed the trees that were in their coasts.
34. He spake the word, and the grasshoppers came, and caterpillars innumerable : and did eat up all the grass in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
35. He smote all the first-born in their land : even the chief of all their strength.
36. He brought them forth also with silver and gold : there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
37. Egypt was glad at their departing : for they were afraid of them.
38. He spread out a cloud to be a covering : and fire to give light in the night-season.
39. At their desire he brought quails : and he filled them with the bread of heaven.
40. He opened the rock of stone, and the waters flowed out : so that rivers ran in the dry places.
41. For why? he remembered his holy promise : and Abraham his servant.
42. And he brought forth his people with joy: and his chosen with gladness;
43. And gave them the lands of the heathen : and they took the labours of the people in possession;
44. That they might keep his statutes : and observe his laws.

Confitemini Domino

O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.
2. Who can express the noble acts of the Lord : or shew forth all his praise?
3. Blessed are they that alway keep judgement : and do righteousness.
4. Remember me, O Lord, according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy people : O visit me with thy salvation;
5. That I may see the felicity of thy chosen : and rejoice in the gladness of thy people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.
6. We have sinned with our fathers : we have done amiss, and dealt wickedly.
7. Our fathers regarded not thy wonders in Egypt, neither kept they thy great goodness in remembrance : but were disobedient at the sea, even at the Red sea.
8. Nevertheless, he helped them for his Name’s sake : that he might make his power to be known.
9. He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up : so he led them through the deep, as through a wilderness.
10. And he saved them from the adversaries’ hand : and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.
11. As for those that troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them : there was not one of them left.
12. Then believed they his words : and sang praise unto him.
13. But within a while they forgat his works : and would not abide his counsel.
14. But lust came upon them in the wilderness : and they tempted God in the desert.
15. And he gave them their desire : and sent leanness withal into their soul.
16. They angered Moses also in the tents : and Aaron the saint of the Lord.
17. So the earth opened, and swallowed up Dathan : and covered the congregation of Abiram.
18. And the fire was kindled in their company : the flame burnt up the ungodly.
19. They made a calf in Horeb : and worshipped the molten image.
20. Thus they turned their glory : into the similitude of a calf that eateth hay.
21. And they forgat God their Saviour : who had done so great things in Egypt;
22. Wondrous works in the land of Ham : and fearful things by the Red sea.
23. So he said, he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the gap : to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest he should destroy them.
24. Yea, they thought scorn of that pleasant land : and gave no credence unto his word;
25. But murmured in their tents : and hearkened not unto the voice of the lord.
26. Then lift he up his hand against them : to overthrow them in the wilderness;
27. To cast out their seed among the nations : and to scatter them in the lands.
28. They joined themselves unto Baal-peor : and ate the offerings of the dead.
29. Thus they provoked him to anger with their own inventions : and the plague was great among them.
30. Then stood up Phinees and prayed : and so the plague ceased.
31. And that was counted unto him for righteousness : among all posterities for evermore.
32. They angered him also at the waters of strife : so that he punished Moses for their sakes;
33. Because they provoked his spirit : so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
34. Neither destroyed they the heathen : as the Lord commanded them;
35. But were mingled among the heathen : and learned their works.
36. Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which turned to their own decay : yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils;
37. And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters : whom they had offered unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was defiled with blood.
38. Thus were they stained with their own works : and went a whoring with their own inventions.
39. Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people : insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
40. And he gave them over into the hands of the heathen : and they that hated them were lords over them.
41. Their enemies oppressed them : and had them in subjection.
42. Many a time did he deliver them : but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.
43. Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity : he heard their complaint.
44. He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them according unto the multitude of his mercies : yea, he made all those that led them away captive to pity them.
45. Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen : that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.
46. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and world without end : and let all the people say, Amen.