The Psalter or Psalms of David
The Tenth Day.
Psalm 50. Deus deorum.
THE LORD, even the Most Mighty God, hath spoken, * and called
the world, from the rising up of the sun unto the going down
2 Out of Sion hath God appeared * in perfect beauty.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence; * there shall
go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be
stirred up round about him.
4 He shall call the heaven from above, * and the earth, that
he may judge his people.
5 Gather my saints together unto me; * those that have made a
covenant with me with sacrifice.
6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness; * for God
is Judge himself.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; * I myself will testify
against thee, O Israel; for I am God, even thy God.
8 I will not reprove thee because of thy sacrifices; * as for
thy burnt-offerings, they are alway before me.
9 I will take no bullock out of thine house, * nor he-goats out
of thy folds.
10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine, * and so are the
cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the fowls upon the mountains, * and the wild beasts
of the field are in my sight.
12 If I be hungry, I will not tell thee; * for the whole world
is mine, and all that is therein.
13 Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls' flesh, * and drink the
blood of goats?
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving, * and pay thy vows unto the Most
15 And call upon me in the time of trouble; * so will I hear
thee, and thou shalt praise me.
16 But unto the ungodly saith God, * Why dost thou preach my
laws, and takest my covenant in thy mouth;
17 Whereas thou hatest to be reformed, * and hast cast my words
18 When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst unto him; * and
hast been partaker with the adulterers.
19 Thou hast let thy mouth speak wickedness, * and with thy tongue
thou hast set forth deceit.
20 Thou sattest and spakest against thy brother; * yea, and hast
slandered thine own mother's son.
21 These things hast thou done, and I held my tongue, and thou
thoughtest wickedly, that I am even such a one as thyself; *
but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that
thou hast done.
22 O consider this, ye that forget God, * lest I pluck you away,
and there be none to deliver you.
23 Whoso offereth me thanks and praise, he honoureth me; * and
to him that ordereth his way aright, will I show the salvation
Psalm 51. Miserere mei, Deus.
HAVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; * according
to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.
2 Wash me throughly from my wickedness, * and cleanse me from
3 For I acknowledge my faults, * and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy
sight; * that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear
when thou shalt judge.
5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, * and in sin hath my mother
6 But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts, * and shalt
make me to understand wisdom secretly.
7 Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; * thou
shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the bones
which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Turn thy face from my sins, * and put out all my misdeeds.
10 Make me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within
11 Cast me not away from thy presence, * and take not thy holy
Spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of thy help again, * and stablish me
with thy free Spirit.
13 Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, * and sinners
shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the
God of my health; * and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
15 Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall show
16 For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee;
* but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: * a broken and
contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
18 O be favourable and gracious unto Sion; * build thou the walls
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness,
with the burnt-offerings and oblations; * then shall they offer
young bullocks upon thine altar.
Psalm 52. Quid gloriaris?
WHY boastest thou thyself, thou tyrant, * that thou canst do
2 Whereas the goodness of God * endureth yet daily?
3 Thy tongue imagineth wickedness, * and with lies thou cuttest
like a sharp razor.
4 Thou hast loved unrighteousness more than goodness, * and falsehood
more than righteousness.
5 Thou hast loved to speak all words that may do hurt, * O thou
6 Therefore shall God destroy thee for ever; * he shall take
thee, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling, and root thee out of
the land of the living.
7 The righteous also shall see this, and fear, * and shall laugh
him to scorn:
8 Lo, this is the man that took not God for his strength; * but
trusted unto the multitude of his riches, and strengthened himself
in his wickedness.
9 As for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God;
* my trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.
10 I will alway give thanks unto thee for that thou hast done;
* and I will hope in thy Name, for thy saints like it well.
Psalm 53. Dixit insipiens.
THE foolish body hath said in his heart, * There is no God.
2 Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickedness;
* there is none that doeth good.
3 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, * to
see if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.
4 But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become
abominable; * there is also none that doeth good, no not one.
5 Are not they without understanding that work wickedness, *
eating up my people as if they would eat bread? they have not
called upon God.
6 They were afraid where no fear was; * for God hath broken the
bones of him that besieged thee; thou hast put them to confusion,
because God hath despised them.
7 O that the salvation were given unto Israel out of Sion! *
O that the Lord would deliver his people out of captivity!
8 Then should Jacob rejoice, * and Israel should be right glad.
Psalm 54. Deus, in Nomine.
SAVE me, O God, for thy Name's sake, * and avenge me in thy strength.
2 Hear my prayer, O God, * and hearken unto the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers are risen up against me; * and tyrants, which
have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
4 Behold, God is my helper; * the Lord is with them that uphold
5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: * destroy thou them
in thy truth.
6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy
Name, O LORD; * because it is so comfortable.
7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble; * and mine
eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.
Psalm 55. Exaudi, Deus.
HEAR my prayer, O God, * and hide not thyself from my petition.
2 Take heed unto me, and hear me, * how I mourn in my prayer,
and am vexed;
3 The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast; * for
they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciously are they
set against me.
4 My heart is disquieted within me, * and the fear of death is
fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, * and an horrible
dread hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! * for then would
I flee away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I get me away far off, * and remain in the wilderness.
8 I would make haste to escape, * because of the stormy wind
9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them; * for I have
spied unrighteousness and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: * mischief
also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness is therein; * deceit and guile go not out of her
12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour;
* for then I could have borne it;
13 Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify himself against
me; * for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him;
14 But it was even thou, my companion, * my guide, and mine own
15 We took sweet counsel together, * and walked in the house
of God as friends.
16 Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down alive
into the pit; * for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among
17 As for me, I will call upon God, * and the LORD shall save
18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray,
and that instantly; * and he shall hear my voice.
19 It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle
that was against me; * for there were many that strove with me.
20 Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and
bring them down; * for they will not turn, nor fear God.
21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him, * and
he brake his covenant.
22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war
in his heart; * his words were smoother than oil, and yet be
they very swords.
23 O cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall nourish thee,
* and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.
24 And as for them, * thou, O God, shalt bring them into the
pit of destruction.
25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half
their days: * nevertheless, my trust shall be in thee, O Lord.