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Psalm xvii (a)
"Díligo te"

      1.  I love Thee, O Lord, my strength, * O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.

      2.  My God, my rock of refuge, * my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!

      1.  Praise be the Lord, I exclaim, * and I am safe from my enemies.

      2.  The breakers of death surged round about me, * the destroying floods overwhelmed me;

      1.  The cords of the nether world enmeshed me, * the snares of death overtook me.

      2.  In my distress I called upon the Lord * and cried out to my God;

      1.  From His temple He heard my voice, * and my cry to Him reached His ears.

      2.  The earth swayed and quaked; the foundations of the mountains trembled * and shook when His wrath flared up.

      1.  Smoke rose from His nostrils, and a devouring fire from His mouth * that kindled coals into flame.

      2.  And He inclined the heavens and came down * with dark clouds under His feet.

      1.  He mounted a cherub and flew, * borne on the wings of the wind.

      2.  And He made darkness the cloak about Him; * dark, misty rain clouds His wrap.

      1.  From the brightness of His presence * coals were kindled to flame.

      2.  And the Lord thundered from heaven; * the Most High gave forth His voice;

      1.  He sent forth His arrows to put them to flight, * with frequent lightnings He routed them.

      2.  Then the bed of the sea appeared, * and the foundations of the world were laid bare,

      1.  At the rebuke of the Lord, * at the blast of the wind of His wrath.

      2.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost.

      1.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end.  Amen.

Psalm xvii (b)

      1.  He reached out from on high and grasped me; * He drew me out of the deep waters.

      2.  He rescued me from my mighty enemy * and from my foes, who were too powerful for me.

      1.  They attacked me in the day of my calamity, * but the Lord came to my support.

      2.  He set me free in the open, * and rescued me, because He loves me.

      1.  The Lord rewarded me according to my justice; * according to the cleanness of my hands He requited me;

      2.  For I kept the ways of the Lord * and was not disloyal to my God;

      1.  For His ordinances were all present to me, * and His statutes I put not from me.

      2.  But I was wholehearted toward Him, * and I was on my guard against guilt.

      1.  And the Lord required me according to my justice, * according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

      2.  Toward the faithful Thou art faithful, * toward the wholehearted Thou art wholehearted.

      1.  Toward the sincere Thou art sincere, * but toward the crooked Thou art astute;

      2.  For lowly people Thou save * but haughty eyes Thou bring low;

      1.  Thou indeed, O Lord, give light to my lamp; * O my God, Thou brighten the darkness about me;

      2.  For with thine aid I run against an armed band, * and by the help of my God I leap over a wall.

      1.  God's way is unerring, the promise of the Lord is fire-tried; * He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

      2.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost.

      1.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end.  Amen.

Psalm xvii (c)

      1.  Who is God except the Lord? *  Who is a rock, save our God?

      2.  The God who girded me with strength * and kept my way unerring;

      1.  Who made my feet swift as those of hinds * and set me on the heights;

      2.  Who trained my hands for war * and my arms to bend a bow of brass.

      1.  Thou hast given me Thy saving shield; Thy right hand has upheld me, * and Thou hast stooped to make me great.

      2.  Thou made room for my steps; * unwavering was my stride.

      1.  I pursued my enemies and overtook them, * nor did I turn again until I made an end of them.

      2.  I smote them and they could not rise; * they fell beneath my feet.

      1.  And Thou girded me with strength for war; * Thou subdued my adversaries beneath me.

      2.  Mine enemies Thou put to flight before me, * and those who hated me Thou destroyed.

      1.  They cried for help, but no one saved them; * to the Lord, but He answered them not.

      2.  I ground them fine as the dust before the wind; * like the mud in the streets I trampled them down.

      1.  Thou rescued me from the strife of the people; * Thou made me head over nations;

      2.  A people I had not known became my slaves; * as soon as they heard me they obeyed.

      1.  The foreigners fawned and cringed before me; * they staggered forth from their fortresses.

      2.  The Lord live!  And Blessed be my Rock! * Extolled be God my savior.

      1.  O God, who granted me vengeance, * who made peoples subject to me

      2.  And preserved me from my enemies, truly above my adversaries Thou exalt me * and from the violent man Thou hast rescued me.

      1.  Therefore will I proclaim Thee, O Lord, among the nations, * and I will sing praise to Thy name,

      2.  Thou who gave great victories to Thy king and showed kindness to Thine anointed, * to David and his posterity forever.

      1.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost.

      2.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end.  Amen.  


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