Psalms Chapter 90

Qui habitat.

The just is secure under the protection of God.

90:1     The praise of a canticle for David.  He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob.
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 salvation.

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 night:
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 Christ.

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 injustice?
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 hell.
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 commandment?

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 hee?  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

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

Praise of a canticle for David himself.

Venite exultemus.

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 land.
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 works.
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 f 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 people.
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 sanctuary.
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 about.
96:4     His lightnings have shone forth to the world:  the earth saw and trembled.
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 sing.
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 together
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 equity.

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 prevail.

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 holy:
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 holy.

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, etween 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 as 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, he 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 n thy coming to me by thy grace.

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 flesh.
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 housetop.
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 weeping.
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 grass.
101:13 But thou, O Lord, endurest for ever:  and thy memorial to all generations.
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 glory.
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 Lord.
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 f 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 ong 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 thee.
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 flourish.
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 irchins.
103:19 He hath made the moon for seasons:  the sun knoweth his going down.
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 evening.
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.

Alleluia.

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 works.
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 therein:
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 possession.
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 nvying 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 words.

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, he children of Israel, who enjoyed light whilst the Egyptians were oppressed with darkness.

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

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

104:31 Bruchus. . .An insect of the locust kind.
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.
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 gladness.
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 law.

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 rotestants render it by the word statutes, in favour of their doctrine, which does not allow good works to justify.

Psalms Chapter 105

Alleluia.

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 times.
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 souls.
105:16 And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the Lord.
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 thing.
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 Egypt,
105:22 Wondrous works in the land of Cham:  terrible things in the Red Sea.
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 desert;
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 ithout 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 ceased.
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 ommanded, 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. 20.10.

105:34 They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them.
105:35 And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works:
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 prayer.
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 men.

Alleluia.

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 countries.
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 deep.
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 still.
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 Edom?
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 salm, 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 ews; 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 offspring.
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 ntrails, 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 fatness.

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 thee.
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 wrath.
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

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

Alleluia.

Confitebor tibi, Domine.

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 wills.
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 ever.

Psalms Chapter 111

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; o inculcate to them, how happy they might be, if they would be constant in the service of God.

Alleluia, of the returning of Aggeus and Zacharias.

The good man is happy.

Beatus vir.

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.

Alleluia.

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 ever.
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 heavens.
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 people.
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.

Alleluia.

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

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?

Judea was made his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

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

The sea saw and fled:  Jordan was turned back.

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

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?

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.

Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye hills, like lambs of the flock?

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

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

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

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

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 children.
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 ever.

Psalms Chapter 114

Dilexi.

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

Alleluia.

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

Credidi.

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

Alleluia.

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 Jerusalem.

Psalms Chapter 116

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

Alleluia.

Laudate Dominum.

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.

Alleluia.

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 ever.
117:3   Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
117:4   Let them that fear the Lord now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
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 princes.
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 salvation.
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 Lord.
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

ALEPH.

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 ame 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 athers; which shews the difficulty of understanding the holy scriptures, and consequently with what humility, and submission to the Church they are to be read.

Alleluia.

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

Beati immaculati.

118:1   Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
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 re 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 commandments.
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 me.

BETH.

118:9   By what doth a young man correct his way?  by observing thy words.
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 thee.
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 riches.
118:15 I will meditate on thy commandments:  and I will consider thy ways.
118:16 I will think of thy justifications:  I will not forget thy words.

GIMEL.

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

DALETH.

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 justifications.
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 forgotten.
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.

HE.

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 desired.
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.
118:39 Turn away my reproach, which I have apprehended:  for thy judgments are delightful.
118:40 Behold I have longed after thy precepts:  quicken me in thy justice.

VAU.

118:41 Let thy mercy also come upon me, O Lord:  thy salvation according to thy word.
118:42 So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I have trusted in thy words.
118:43 And take not thou the word of truth utterly out of my mouth: for in thy words, I have hoped exceedingly.
118:44 So shall I always keep thy law, for ever and ever.
118:45 And I walked at large:  because I have sought after thy commandments.
118:46 And I spoke of thy testimonies before kings:  and I was not ashamed.
118:47 I meditated also on thy commandments, which I loved.
118:48 And I lifted up my hands to thy commandments, which I loved: and I was exercised in thy justifications.

ZAIN.

118:49 Be thou mindful of thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast given me hope.
118:50 This hath comforted me in my humiliation:  because thy word hath enlivened me.
118:51 The proud did iniquitously altogether:  but I declined not from thy law.
118:52 I remembered, O Lord, thy judgments of old:  and I was comforted.
118:53 A fainting hath taken hold of me, because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
118:54 Thy justifications were the subject of my song, in the place of my pilgrimage.
118:55 In the night I have remembered thy name, O Lord:  and have kept thy law.
118:56 This happened to me:  because I sought after thy justifications.

HETH.

118:57 O Lord, my portion, I have said, I would keep thy law.
118:58 I entreated thy face with all my heart:  have mercy on me according to thy word.
118:59 I have thought on my ways:  and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
118:60 I am ready, and am not troubled:  that I may keep thy commandments.
118:61 The cords of the wicked have encompassed me:  but I have not forgotten thy law.
118:62 I rose at midnight to give praise to thee; for the judgments of thy justification.
118:63 I am a partaker with all them that fear thee, and that keep thy commandments.
118:64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy:  teach me thy justifications.

TETH.

118:65 Thou hast done well with thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word.
118:66 Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge; for I have believed thy commandments.
118:67 Before I was humbled I offended; therefore have I kept thy word.
118:68 Thou art good; and in thy goodness teach me thy justifications.
118:69 The iniquity of the proud hath been multiplied over me:  but I will seek thy commandments with my whole heart.
118:70 Their heart is curdled like milk:  but I have meditated on thy law.
118:71 It is good for me that thou hast humbled me, that I may learn thy justifications.
118:72 The law of thy mouth is good to me, above thousands of gold and silver.

JOD.

118:73 Thy hands have made me and formed me:  give me understanding, and I will learn thy commandments.
118:74 They that fear thee shall see me, and shall be glad :  because I have greatly hoped in thy words.
118:75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are equity:  and in thy truth thou hast humbled me.
118:76 O! let thy mercy be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
118:77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, and I shall live:  for thy law is my meditation.
118:78 Let the proud be ashamed, because they have done unjustly towards me:  but I will be employed in thy commandments.
118:79 Let them that fear thee turn to me:  and they that know thy testimonies.
118:80 Let my heart be undefiled in thy justifications, that I may not be confounded.

CAPH.

118:81 My soul hath fainted after thy salvation:  and in thy word I have very much hoped.
118:82 My eyes have failed for thy word, saying:  When wilt thou comfort me?
118:83 For I am become like a bottle in the frost:  I have not forgotten thy justifications.
118:84 How many are the days of thy servant:  when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
118:85 The wicked have told me fables:  but not as thy law.
118:86 All thy statutes are truth:  they have persecuted me unjustly, do thou help me.
118:87 They had almost made an end of me upon earth:  but I have not forsaken thy commandments.
118:88 Quicken thou me according to thy mercy:  and I shall keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

LAMED.

118:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word standeth firm in heaven.
118:90 Thy truth unto all generations:  thou hast founded the earth, and it continueth.
118:91 By thy ordinance the day goeth on:  for all things serve thee.
118:92 Unless thy law had been my meditation, I had then perhaps perished in my abjection.
118:93 Thy justifications I will never forget:  for by them thou hast given me life.
118:94 I am thine, save thou me:  for I have sought thy justifications.
118:95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me:  but I have understood thy testimonies.
118:96 I have seen an end of all perfection:  thy commandment is exceeding broad.

MEM.

118:97 O how have I loved thy law, O Lord! it is my meditation all the day.
118:98 Through thy commandment, thou hast made me wiser than my enemies:  for it is ever with me.
118:99 I have understood more than all my teachers:  because thy testimonies are my meditation.
118:100           I have had understanding above ancients:  because I have sought thy commandments.
118:101           I have restrained my feet from every evil way:  that I may keep thy words.
118:102           I have not declined from thy judgments, because thou hast set me a law.
118:103           How sweet are thy words to my palate! more than honey to my mouth.
118:104           By thy commandments I have had understanding:  therefore have I hated every way of iniquity.

NUN.

118:105           Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths.
118:106           I have sworn and am determined to keep the judgments of thy justice.
118:107           I have been humbled, O Lord, exceedingly:  quicken thou me according to thy word.
118:108           The free offerings of my mouth make acceptable, O Lord:  and teach me thy judgments.
118:109           My soul is continually in my hands:  and I have not forgotten thy law.
118:110           Sinners have laid a snare for me:  but I have not erred from thy precepts.
118:111           I have purchased thy testimonies for an inheritance for ever: because they are the joy of my heart.
118:112           I have inclined my heart to do thy justifications for ever, for the reward.

SAMECH.

118:113           I have hated the unjust:  and have loved thy law.
118:114           Thou art my helper and my protector:  and in thy word I have greatly hoped.
118:115           Depart from me, ye malignant:  and I will search the commandments of my God.
118:116           Uphold me according to thy word, and I shall live:  and let me not be confounded in my expectation.
118:117           Help me, and I shall be saved:  and I will meditate always on thy justifications.
118:118           Thou hast despised all them that fall off from thy judgments; for their thought is unjust.
118:119           I have accounted all the sinners of the earth prevaricators: therefore have I loved thy testimonies.
118:120           Pierce thou my flesh with thy fear:  for I am afraid of thy judgments.

AIN.

118:121           I have done judgment and justice:  give me not up to them that slander me.
118:122           Uphold thy servant unto good:  let not the proud calumniate me.
118:123           My eyes have fainted after thy salvation:  and for the word of thy justice.
118:124           Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy:  and teach me thy justifications.
118:125           I am thy servant:  give me understanding that I may know thy testimonies.
118:126           It is time, O Lord, to do:  they have dissipated thy law.
118:127           Therefore have I loved thy commandments above gold and the topaz.
118:128           Therefore was I directed to all thy commandments:  I have hated all wicked ways.

PHE.

118:129           Thy testimonies are wonderful:  therefore my soul hath sought them.
118:130           The declaration of thy words giveth light:  and giveth understanding to little ones.
118:131           I opened my mouth, and panted:  because I longed for thy commandments.
118:132           Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me according to the judgment of them that love thy name.
118:133           Direct my steps according to thy word:  and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
118:134           Redeem me from the calumnies of men:  that I may keep thy commandments.
118:135           Make thy face to shine upon thy servant:  and teach me thy justifications.
118:136           My eyes have sent forth springs of water:  because they have not kept thy law.

SADE.

118:137           Thou art just, O Lord:  and thy judgment is right.
118:138           Thou hast commanded justice thy testimonies:  and thy truth exceedingly.
118:139           My zeal hath made me pine away:  because my enemies forgot thy words.
118:140           Thy word is exceedingly refined:  and thy servant hath loved it.
118:141           I am very young and despised; but I forget not thy justifications.
118:142           Thy justice is justice for ever:  and thy law is the truth.
118:143           Trouble and anguish have found me:  thy commandments are my meditation.
118:144           Thy testimonies are justice for ever:  give me understanding, and I shall live.

COPH.

118:145           I cried with my whole heart, hear me, O Lord:  I will seek thy justifications.
118:146           I cried unto thee, save me:  that I may keep thy commandments.
118:147           I prevented the dawning of the day, and cried:  because in thy words I very much hoped.
118:148           My eyes to thee have prevented the morning:  that I might meditate on thy words.
118:149           Hear thou my voice, O Lord, according to thy mercy:  and quicken me according to thy judgment.
118:150           They that persecute me have drawn nigh to iniquity; but they are gone far off from thy law.
118:151           Thou art near, O Lord:  and all thy ways are truth.
118:152           I have known from the beginning concerning thy testimonies: that thou hast founded them for ever.

RES.

118:153           See my humiliation and deliver me for I have not forgotten thy law.
118:154           Judge my judgment and redeem me:  quicken thou me for thy word's sake.
118:155           Salvation is far from sinners; because they have not sought thy justifications.
118:156           Many, O Lord, are thy mercies:  quicken me according to thy judgment.
118:157           Many are they that persecute me and afflict me; but I have not declined from thy testimonies.
118:158           I beheld the transgressors, and pined away; because they kept not thy word.
118:159           Behold I have loved thy commandments, O Lord; quicken me thou in thy mercy.
118:160           The beginning of thy words is truth:  all the judgments of thy justice are for ever.

SIN.

118:161           Princes have persecuted me without cause:  and my heart hath been in awe of thy words.
118:162           I will rejoice at thy words, as one that hath found great spoil.
118:163           I have hated and abhorred iniquity; but I have loved thy law.
118:164           Seven times a day I have given praise to thee, for the judgments of thy justice.
118:165           Much peace have they that love thy law, and to them there is no stumbling.  block.
118:166           I looked for thy salvation, O Lord:  and I loved thy commandments.
118:167           My soul hath kept thy testimonies and hath loved them exceedingly.
118:168           I have kept thy commandments and thy testimonies:  because all my ways are in thy sight.

TAU.

118:169           Let my supplication, O Lord, come near in thy sight:  give me understanding according to thy word.
118:170           Let my request come in before thee; deliver thou me according to thy word.
118:171           My lips shall utter a hymn, when thou shalt teach me thy justifications.
118:172           My tongue shall pronounce thy word:  because all thy commandments are justice.
118:173           Let thy hand be with me to save me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
118:174           I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my meditation.
118:175           My soul shall live and shall praise thee:  and thy judgments shall help me.
118:176           I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost:  seek thy servant, because I have not forgotten thy commandments.

Psalms Chapter 119

A gradual canticle. . .The following psalms, in number fifteen, are called gradual psalms, or canticles, from the word gradus, signifying steps, ascensions, or degrees:  either because they ere appointed to be sung on the fifteen steps, by which the people ascended to the temple: or, that in the singing of them the voice was to be raised by certain steps or ascensions:  or, that they ere to be sung by the people returning from their captivity and ascending to Jerusalem, which was seated amongst mountains.  The holy fathers, in a mystical sense, understand these steps, or scensions, of the degrees by which Christians spiritually ascend to virtue and perfection; and to the true temple of God in the heavenly Jerusalem.

A gradual canticle.

Ad Dominum.

A prayer in tribulation.

119:1   In my trouble I cried to the Lord:  and he heard me.
119:2   O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue.
119:3   What shall be given to thee, or what shall be added to thee, to a deceitful tongue?
119:4   The sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals that lay waste.
119:5   Woe is me, that my sojourning is prolonged!  I have dwelt with the inhabitants of Cedar:
119:6   My soul hath been long a sojourner.
119:7   With them that hated peace I was peaceable:  when I spoke to them they fought against me without cause.

Psalms Chapter 120

Levavi oculos.

God is the keeper of his servants.

A gradual canticle.

120:1   I have lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from whence help shall come to me.
120:2   My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
120:3   May he not suffer thy foot to be moved:  neither let him slumber that keepeth thee.
120:4   Behold he shall neither slumber nor sleep, that keepeth Israel.
120:5   The Lord is thy keeper, the Lord is thy protection upon thy right hand.
120:6   The sun shall not burn thee by day:  nor the moon by night.
120:7   The Lord keepeth thee from all evil:  may the Lord keep thy soul.
120:8   May the Lord keep thy coming in and thy going out; from henceforth now and for ever.Psalms Chapter 121

The desire and hope of the just for the coming of the kingdom of God, and the peace of his church.

Laetatus sum in his.

121:1   A gradual canticle.

I rejoiced at the things that were said to me:  We shall go into the house of the Lord.

121:2   Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem.
121:3   Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together.
121:4   For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord:  the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.
121:5   Because their seats have sat in judgment, seats upon the house of David.
121:6   Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem:  and abundance for them that love thee.
121:7   Let peace be in thy strength:  and abundance in thy towers.
121:8   For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbours, I spoke peace of thee.
121:9   Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good things for thee.

Psalms Chapter 122

Ad te levavi.

A prayer in affliction, with confidence in God.

A gradual canticle.

122:1   To thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven.
122:2   Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, As the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he have mercy n us.
122:3   Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us:  for we are greatly filled with contempt.
122:4   For our soul is greatly filled:  we are a reproach to the rich, and contempt to the proud.

Psalms Chapter 123

Nisi quia Domini.

The church giveth glory to God for her deliverance, from the hands of her enemies.

123:1   A gradual canticle.  If it had not been that the Lord was with us, let Israel now say:
123:2   If it had not been that the Lord was with us, When men rose up against us,
123:3   Perhaps they had swallowed us up alive.  When their fury was enkindled against us,
123:4   Perhaps the waters had swallowed us up.
123:5   Our soul hath passed through a torrent:  perhaps our soul had passed through a water insupportable.
123:6   Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us to be a prey to their teeth.
123:7   Our soul hath been delivered as a sparrow out of the snare of the fowlers.  The snare is broken, and we are delivered.
123:8   Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalms Chapter 124

Qui confidunt.

The just are always under God's protection.

124:1   A gradual canticle.  They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Sion:  he shall not be moved for ever that dwelleth
124:2   In Jerusalem.  Mountains are round about it:  so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth now and for ever.
124:3   For the Lord will not leave the rod of sinners upon the lot of the just:  that the just may not stretch forth their hands to iniquity.
124:4   Do good, O Lord, to those that are good, and to the upright of heart.
124:5   But such as turn aside into bonds, the Lord shall lead out with the workers of iniquity:  peace upon Israel.

Psalms Chapter 125

In convertendo.

The people of God rejoice at their delivery from captivity.

125:1   A gradual canticle.  When the Lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted.
125:2   Then was our mouth filled with gladness; and our tongue with joy.  Then shall they say among the Gentiles:  The Lord hath done great things for them.
125:3   The Lord hath done great things for us:  we are become joyful.
125:4   Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as a stream in the south.
125:5   They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
125:6   Going they went and wept, casting their seeds.
125:7   But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves.

Psalms Chapter 126

Nothing can be done without God's grace and blessing.

Nisi Dominus.

126:1   A gradual canticle of Solomon.  Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.  Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it.
126:2   It is vain for you to rise before light, rise ye after you have sitten, you that eat the bread of sorrow.  When he shall give sleep to his beloved,

It is vain for you to rise before light. . .That is, your early rising, your labour and worldly solicitude, will be vain, that is, will avail you nothing, without the light, grace, and blessing of od.

126:3   Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children:  the reward, the fruit of the womb.
126:4   As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them that have been shaken.
126:5   Blessed is the man that hath filled the desire with them; he shall not be confounded when he shall speak to his enemies in the gate.

Psalms Chapter 127

Beati omnes.

The fear of God is the way to happiness.

127:1   A gradual canticle.  Blessed are all they that fear the Lord: that walk in his ways.
127:2   For thou shalt eat the labours of thy hands:  blessed art thou, and it shall be well with thee.
127:3   Thy wife as a fruitful vine, on the sides of thy house.  Thy children as olive plants, round about thy table.
127:4   Behold, thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
127:5   May the Lord bless thee out of Sion:  and mayst thou see the good things of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
127:6   And mayst thou see thy children's children, peace upon Israel.

Psalms Chapter 128

Saepe expugnaverunt.

The church of God is invincible :  her persecutors come to nothing.

128:1   A gradual canticle.  Often have they fought against me from my youth, let Israel now say.
128:2   Often have they fought against me from my youth:  but they could not prevail over me.
128:3   The wicked have wrought upon my back:  they have lengthened their iniquity.
128:4   The Lord who is just will cut the necks of sinners:
128:5   Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Sion.
128:6   Let them be as grass upon the tops of houses:  which withereth before it be plucked up:
128:7   Who with the mower filleth not his hand:  nor he that gathereth sheaves his bosom.
128:8   And they that passed by have not said:  The blessing of the Lord be upon you:  we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 129

De profundis.

A prayer of a sinner, trusting in the mercies of God.  The sixth penitential psalm.

129:1   A gradual canticle.  Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord:
129:2   Lord, hear my voice.  Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
129:3   If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:  Lord, who shall stand it.
129:4   For with thee there is merciful forgiveness:  and by reason of thy law, I have waited for thee, O Lord.  My soul hath relied on his word:
129:5   my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
129:6   From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
129:7   Because with the Lord there is mercy:  and with him plentiful redemption.
129:8   And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalms Chapter 130

Domine, none est.

The prophet's humility.

130:1   A gradual canticle of David.  Lord, my heart is not exalted:  nor are my eyes lofty.  Neither have I walked in great matters, nor in wonderful things above me.
130:2   If I was not humbly minded, but exalted my soul:  As a child that is weaned is towards his mother, so reward in my soul.
130:3   Let Israel hope in the Lord, from henceforth now and for ever.

Psalms Chapter 131

Memento, Domine.

A prayer for the fulfilling of the promise made to David.

131:1   A gradual canticle.  O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness.
131:2   How he swore to the Lord, he vowed a vow to the God of Jacob:
131:3   If I shall enter into the tabernacle of my house:  if I shall go up into the bed wherein I lie:
131:4   If I shall give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids,
131:5   Or rest to my temples:  until I find out a place for the Lord, a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
131:6   Behold we have heard of it in Ephrata:  we have found it in the fields of the wood.

We have heard of it in Ephrata. . .When I was young, and lived in Bethlehem, otherwise called Ephrata, I heard of God's tabernacle and ark, and had a devout desire of seeking it; and ccordingly I found it at Cariathiarim, the city of the woods:  where it was till it was removed to Jerusalem.  See 1 Par. 13.

131:7   We will go into his tabernacle:  we will adore in the place where his feet stood.
131:8   Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place:  thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified.
131:9   Let thy priests be clothed with justice:  and let thy saints rejoice.
131:10 For thy servant David's sake, turn not away the face of thy anointed.
131:11 The Lord hath sworn truth to David, and he will not make it void:  of the fruit of thy womb I will set upon thy throne.
131:12 If thy children will keep my covenant, and these my testimonies which I shall teach them:  Their children also for evermore shall sit upon thy throne.
131:13 For the Lord hath chosen Sion:  he hath chosen it for his dwelling.
131:14 This is my rest for ever and ever:  here will I dwell, for I have chosen it.
131:15 Blessing I will bless her widow:  I will satisfy her poor with bread.
131:16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall rejoice with exceeding great joy.
131:17 There will I bring forth a horn to David:  I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
131:18 His enemies I will clothe with confusion:  but upon him shall my sanctification flourish.

Psalms Chapter 132

The happiness of brotherly love and concord.

Ecce quam bonum.

132:1   A gradual canticle of David.  Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity:
132:2   Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, Which ran down to the skirt of his garment:
132:3   As the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion.  For there the Lord hath commanded blessing, and life for evermore.

Psalms Chapter 133

An exhortation to praise God continually.

Ecce nunc benedicite.

133:1   A gradual canticle.  Behold now bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord:  Who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
133:2   In the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless ye the Lord.
133:3   May the Lord out of Sion bless thee, he that made heaven and earth.

Psalms Chapter 134

Laudate nomen.

An exhortation to praise God:  the vanity of idols.

134:1   Alleluia.  Praise ye the name of the Lord:  O you his servants, praise the Lord:
134:2   You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
134:3   Praise ye the Lord, for the Lord is good:  sing ye to his name, for it is sweet.
134:4   For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself:  Israel for his own possession.
134:5   For I have known that the Lord is great, and our God is above all gods.
134:6   Whatsoever the Lord pleased he hath done, in heaven, in earth, in the sea, and in all the deeps.
134:7   He bringeth up clouds from the end of the earth:  he hath made lightnings for the rain.  He bringeth forth winds out of his stores:
134:8   He slew the firstborn of Egypt from man even unto beast.
134:9   He sent forth signs and wonders in the midst of thee, O Egypt: upon Pharao, and upon all his servants.
134:10 He smote many nations, and slew mighty kings:
134:11 Sehon king of the Amorrhites, and Og king of Basan, and all the kingdoms of Chanaan.
134:12 And gave their land for an inheritance, for an inheritance to his people Israel.
134:13 Thy name, O Lord, is for ever:  thy memorial, O Lord, unto all generations.
134:14 For the Lord will judge his people, and will be entreated in favour of his servants.
134:15 The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of men's hands.
134:16 They have a mouth, but they speak not:  they have eyes, but they see not.
134:17 They have ears, but they hear not:  neither is there any breath in their mouths.
134:18 Let them that make them be like to them:  and every one that trusteth in them.
134:19 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel:  bless the Lord, O house of Aaron.
134:20 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi:  you that fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
134:21 Blessed be the Lord out of Sion, who dwelleth in Jerusalem.

Psalms Chapter 135

Confitemini Domino.

God is to be praised for his wonderful works.

135:1   Alleluia.  Praise the Lord, for he is good:  for his mercy endureth for ever.

Praise the Lord. . .By this invitation to praise the Lord, thrice repeated, we profess the Blessed Trinity, One God in three distinct Persons, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

135:2   Praise ye the God of gods:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:3   Praise ye the Lord of lords:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:4   Who alone doth great wonders:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:5   Who made the heavens in understanding:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:6   Who established the earth above the waters:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:7   Who made the great lights:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:8   The sun to rule the day:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:9   The moon and the stars to rule the night:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:10 Who smote Egypt with their firstborn:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:11 Who brought out Israel from among them:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:12 With a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:13 Who divided the Red Sea into parts:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:14 And brought out Israel through the midst thereof:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:15 And overthrew Pharao and his host in the Red Sea:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:16 Who led his people through the desert:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:17 Who smote great kings:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:18 And slew strong kings:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:19 Sehon king of the Amorrhites:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:20 And Og king of Basan:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:21 And he gave their land for an inheritance:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:22 For an inheritance to his servant Israel:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:23 For he was mindful of us in our affliction:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:24 And he redeemed us from our enemies:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:25 Who giveth food to all flesh:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:26 Give glory to the God of heaven:  for his mercy endureth for ever.
135:27 Give glory to the Lord of lords:  for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalms Chapter 136

For Jeremias. . .For the time of Jeremias, and the captivity of Babylon.

A psalm of David, for Jeremias.

Super flumina.

The lamentation of the people of God in their captivity in Babylon.

136:1   Upon the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept:  when we remembered Sion:
136:2   On the willows in the midst thereof we hung up our instruments.
136:3   For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs.  And they that carried us away, said:  Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.
136:4   How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?
136:5   If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
136:6   Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee:  If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy.
136:7   Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem: Who say:  Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
136:8   O daughter of Babylon, miserable:  blessed shall he be who shall repay thee thy payment which thou hast paid us.
136:9   Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock.

Dash thy little ones, etc. . .In the spiritual sense, we dash the little ones of Babylon against the rock, when we mortify our passions, and stifle the first motions of them, by a speedy ecourse to the rock which is Christ.

Psalms Chapter 137

Thanksgiving to God for his benefits.

Confitebor tibi.

137:1   For David himself.  I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart:  for thou hast heard the words of my mouth.  I will sing praise to thee in the sight of the angels:
137:2   I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to thy name.  For thy mercy, and for thy truth:  for thou hast magnified thy holy name above all.
137:3   In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me:  thou shalt multiply strength in my soul.
137:4   May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee:  for they have heard all the words of thy mouth.
137:5   And let them sing in the ways of the Lord:  for great is the glory of the Lord.
137:6   For the Lord is high, and looketh on the low:  and the high he knoweth afar off.
137:7   If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, thou wilt quicken me:  and thou hast stretched forth thy hand against the wrath of my enemies:  and thy right hand hath saved me.
137:8   The Lord will repay for me:  thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever:  O despise not the works of thy hands.

Psalms Chapter 138

God's special providence over his servants.

Domine, probasti.

138:1   Unto the end, a psalm of David.  Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me:
138:2   Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up.
138:3   Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off:  my path and my line thou hast searched out.
138:4   And thou hast foreseen all my ways:  for there is no speech in my tongue.

There is no speech, etc. . .Viz., unknown to thee:  or when there is no speech in my tongue; yet my whole interior and my most secret thoughts are known to thee.

138:5   Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those of old:  thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me.
138:6   Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me:  it is high, and I cannot reach to it.
138:7   Whither shall I go from thy spirit?  or whither shall I flee from thy face?
138:8   If I ascend into heaven, thou art there:  if I descend into hell, thou art present.
138:9   If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea:
138:10 Even there also shall thy hand lead me:  and thy right hand shall hold me.
138:11 And I said:  Perhaps darkness shall cover me:  and night shall be my light in my pleasures.
138:12 But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light all the day:  the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee.
138:13 For thou hast possessed my reins:  thou hast protected me from my mother's womb.
138:14 I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified:  wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well.
138:15 My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret:  and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.
138:16 Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written:  days shall be formed, and no one in them.
138:17 But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
138:18 I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand, I rose up and am still with thee.
138:19 If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God:  ye men of blood, depart from me:
138:20 Because you say in thought:  They shall receive thy cities in vain.

Because you say in thought, etc. . .Depart from me, you wicked, who plot against the servants of God, and think to cast them out of the cities of their habitation; as if they have received hem in vain, and to no purpose.

138:21 Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee:  and pined away because of thy enemies?
138:22 I have hated them with a perfect hatred:  and they are become enemies to me.

I have hated them. . .Not with an hatred of malice, but a zeal for the observance of God's commandments; which he saw were despised by the wicked, who are to be considered enemies o God.

138:23 Prove me, O God, and know my heart:  examine me, and know my paths.
138:24 And see if there be in me the way of iniquity:  and lead me in the eternal way.

Psalms Chapter 139

A prayer to be delivered from the wicked.

Eripe me, Domine.

139:1   Unto the end, a psalm of David.
139:2   Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man:  rescue me from the unjust man.
139:3   Who have devised iniquities in their hearts:  all the day long they designed battles.
139:4   They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent:  the venom of asps is under their lips.
139:5   Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the wicked:  and from unjust men deliver me.  Who have proposed to supplant my steps:
139:6   The proud have hidden a net for me.  And they have stretched out cords for a snare:  they have laid for me a stumblingblock by the wayside.
139:7   I said to the Lord:  Thou art my God:  hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication.
139:8   O Lord, Lord, the strength of my salvation:  thou hast overshadowed my head in the day of battle.
139:9   Give me not up, O Lord, from my desire to the wicked:  they have plotted against me; do not thou forsake me, lest they should triumph.
139:10 The head of them compassing me about:  the labour of their lips shall overwhelm them.
139:11 Burning coals shall fall upon them; thou wilt cast them down into the fire:  in miseries they shall not be able to stand.
139:12 A man full of tongue shall not be established in the earth: evil shall catch the unjust man unto destruction.
139:13 I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy, and will revenge the poor.
139:14 But as for the just, they shall give glory to thy name:  and the upright shall dwell with thy countenance.

Psalms Chapter 140

Domine, clamavi.

A prayer against sinful words, and deceitful flatterers.

A psalm of David.

140:1   I have cried to thee, O Lord, hear me:  hearken to my voice, when I cry to thee.
140:2   Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.
140:3   Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth:  and a door round about my lips.
140:4   Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins. With men that work iniquity:  and I will not communicate with the choicest of them.
140:5   The just man shall correct me in mercy, and shall reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner fatten my head.  For my prayer shall still be against the things with which they are well leased:

Let not the oil of the sinner, etc. . .That is, the flattery, or deceitful praise.--Ibid.  For my prayer, etc. . .So far from coveting their praises, who are never well pleased but with things that re evil; I shall continually pray to be preserved from such things as they are delighted with.

140:6   Their judges falling upon the rock have been swallowed up.  They shall hear my words, for they have prevailed:

Their judges, etc. . .Their rulers, or chiefs, quickly vanish and perish, like ships dashed against the rocks, and swallowed up by the waves.  Let them then hear my words, for they are owerful and will prevail; or, as it is in the Hebrew, for they are sweet.

140:7   As when the thickness of the earth is broken up upon the ground: Our bones are scattered by the side of hell.
140:8   But to thee, O Lord, Lord, are my eyes:  in thee have I put my trust, take not away my soul.
140:9   Keep me from the snare, which they have laid for me, and from the stumblingblocks of them that work iniquity.
140:10 The wicked shall fall in his net:  I am alone until I pass.

I am alone, etc. . .Singularly protected by the Almighty, until I pass all their nets and snares.

Psalms Chapter 141

Voce mea.

A prayer of David in extremity of danger.

141:1   Of understanding for David, A prayer when he was in the cave.  [1 Kings 24.]
141:2   I cried to the Lord with my voice:  with my voice I made supplication to the Lord.
141:3   In his sight I pour out my prayer, and before him I declare my trouble:
141:4   When my spirit failed me, then thou knewest my paths.  In this way wherein I walked, they have hidden a snare for me.
141:5   I looked on my right hand, and beheld, and there was no one that would know me.  Flight hath failed me:  and there is no one that hath regard to my soul.
141:6   I cried to thee, O Lord:  I said:  Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living.
141:7   Attend to my supplication:  for I am brought very low.  Deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
141:8   Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name:  the just wait for me, until thou reward me.

Psalms Chapter 142

The psalmist in tribulation calleth upon God for his delivery.  The seventh penitential psalm.

Domine, exaudi.

142:1   A psalm of David, when his son Absalom pursued him.  [2 Kings 17.] Hear, O Lord, my prayer:  give ear to my supplication in thy truth: hear me in thy justice.
142:2   And enter not into judgment with thy servant:  for in thy sight no man living shall be justified.
142:3   For the enemy hath persecuted my soul:  he hath brought down my life to the earth.  He hath made me to dwell in darkness as those that have been dead of old:
142:4   And my spirit is in anguish within me:  my heart within me is troubled.
142:5   I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all thy works:  I meditated upon the works of thy hands.
142:6   I stretched forth my hands to thee:  my soul is as earth without water unto thee.
142:7   Hear me speedily, O Lord:  my spirit hath fainted away.  Turn not away thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
142:8   Cause me to hear thy mercy in the morning; for in thee have I hoped.  Make the way known to me, wherein I should walk:  for I have lifted up my soul to thee.
142:9   Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, to thee have I fled:
142:10 Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God.  Thy good spirit shall lead me into the right land:
142:11 for thy name's sake, O Lord, thou wilt quicken me in thy justice. Thou wilt bring my soul out of trouble:
142:12 And in thy mercy thou wilt destroy my enemies.  And thou wilt cut off all them that afflict my soul:  for I am thy servant.

Psalms Chapter 143

A psalm of David against Goliath.

The prophet praiseth God, and prayeth to be delivered from his enemies. No worldly happiness is to be compared with that of serving God.

Benedictus Dominus.

143:1   Blessed be the Lord my God, who teacheth my hands to fight, and my fingers to war.
143:2   My mercy, and my refuge:  my support, and my deliverer:  My protector, and I have hoped in him:  who subdueth my people under me.
143:3   Lord, what is man, that thou art made known to him?  or the son of man, that thou makest account of him?
143:4   Man is like to vanity:  his days pass away like a shadow.
143:5   Lord, bow down thy heavens and descend:  touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
143:6   Send forth lightning, and thou shalt scatter them:  shoot out thy arrows, and thou shalt trouble them.
143:7   Put forth thy hand from on high, take me out, and deliver me from many waters:  from the hand of strange children:
143:8   Whose mouth hath spoken vanity:  and their right hand is the right hand of iniquity.
143:9   To thee, O God, I will sing a new canticle:  on the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings I will sing praises to thee.
143:10 Who givest salvation to kings:  who hast redeemed thy servant David from the malicious sword:
143:11 Deliver me, And rescue me out of the hand of strange children; whose mouth hath spoken vanity:  and their right hand is the right hand of iniquity:
143:12 Whose sons are as new plants in their youth:  Their daughters decked out, adorned round about after the similitude of a temple:
143:13 Their storehouses full, flowing out of this into that.  Their sheep fruitful in young, abounding in their goings forth:
143:14 Their oxen fat.  There is no breach of wall, nor passage, nor crying out in their streets.
143:15 They have called the people happy, that hath these things:  but happy is that people whose God is the Lord.

Psalms Chapter 144

Exaltabo te, Deus.

A psalm of praise, to the infinite majesty of God.

144:1   Praise, for David himself.  I will extol thee, O God my king:  and I will bless thy name for ever; yea, for ever and ever.
144:2   Every day will I bless thee:  and I will praise thy name for ever; yea, for ever and ever.
144:3   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised:  and of his greatness there is no end.
144:4   Generation and generation shall praise thy works:  and they shall declare thy power.
144:5   They shall speak of the magnificence of the glory of thy holiness:  and shall tell thy wondrous works.
144:6   And they shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts:  and shall declare thy greatness.
144:7   They shall publish the memory of the abundance of thy sweetness: and shall rejoice in thy justice.
144:8   The Lord is gracious and merciful:  patient and plenteous in mercy.
144:9   The Lord is sweet to all:  and his tender mercies are over all his works.
144:10 Let all thy works, O lord, praise thee:  and let thy saints bless thee.
144:11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom:  and shall tell of thy power:
144:12 To make thy might known to the sons of men:  and the glory of the magnificence of thy kingdom.
144:13 Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages:  and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.  The Lord is faithful in all his words:  and holy in all his works.
144:14 The Lord lifteth up all that fall:  and setteth up all that are cast down.
144:15 The eyes of all hope in thee, O Lord:  and thou givest them meat in due season.
144:16 Thou openest thy hand, and fillest with blessing every living creature.
144:17 The Lord is just in all his ways:  and holy in all his works.
144:18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him:  to all that call upon him in truth.
144:19 He will do the will of them that fear him:  and he will hear their prayer, and save them.
144:20 The Lord keepeth all them that love him; but all the wicked he will destroy.
144:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord:  and let all flesh bless his holy name forever; yea, for ever and ever.

Psalms Chapter 145

Lauda, anima.

We are not to trust in men, but in God alone.

145:1   Alleluia, of Aggeus and Zacharias.
145:2   Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord:  I will sing to my God as long as I shall be.  Put not your trust in princes:
145:3   In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.
145:4   His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth: in that day all their thoughts shall perish.
145:5   Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his helper, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
145:6   Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things that are in them.
145:7   Who keepeth truth for ever:  who executeth judgment for them that suffer wrong:  who giveth food to the hungry.  The Lord looseth them that are fettered:
145:8   The Lord enlighteneth the blind.  The Lord lifteth up them that are cast down:  the Lord loveth the just.
145:9   The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and the widow:  and the ways of sinners he will destroy.
145:10 The Lord shall reign for ever:  thy God, O Sion, unto generation and generation.

Psalms Chapter 146

Laudate Dominum.

An exhortation to praise God for his benefits.

146:1   Alleluia.  Praise ye the Lord, because psalm is good:  to our God be joyful and comely praise.
146:2   The Lord buildeth up Jerusalem:  he will gather together the dispersed of Israel.
146:3   Who healeth the broken of heart, and bindeth up their bruises.
146:4   Who telleth the number of the stars:  and calleth them all by their names.
146:5   Great is our Lord, and great is his power:  and of his wisdom there is no number.
146:6   The Lord lifteth up the meek, and bringeth the wicked down even to the ground.
146:7   Sing ye to the Lord with praise:  sing to our God upon the harp.
146:8   Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth.  Who maketh grass to grow on the mountains, and herbs for the service of men.
146:9   Who giveth to beasts their food:  and to the young ravens that call upon him.
146:10 He shall not delight in the strength of the horse:  nor take pleasure in the legs of a man.
146:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him:  and in them that hope in his mercy.

Psalms Chapter 147

Lauda, Jerusalem.

The church is called upon to praise God for his peculiar graces and favours to his people.  In the Hebrew, this psalm is joined to the foregoing.

Alleluia.

147:12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem:  praise thy God, O Sion.
147:13 Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates, he hath blessed thy children within thee.
147:14 Who hath placed peace in thy borders:  and filleth thee with the fat of corn.
147:15 Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth:  his word runneth swiftly.
147:16 Who giveth snow like wool:  scattereth mists like ashes.
147:17 He sendeth his crystal like morsels:  who shall stand before the face of his cold?

He sendeth his crystal. . .That is, his ice.  Some understand it of hail, which is, as it were, ice, divided into particles or morsels.

147:18 He shall send out his word, and shall melt them:  his wind shall blow, and the waters shall run.
147:19 Who declareth his word to Jacob:  his justices and his judgments to Israel.
147:20 He hath not done in like manner to every nation:  and his judgments he hath not made manifest to them.  Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 148

Laudate Dominum de caelis.

All creatures are invited to praise their Creator.

Alleluia.

148:1   Praise ye the Lord from the heavens:  praise ye him in the high places.
148:2   Praise ye him, all his angels, praise ye him, all his hosts.
148:3   Praise ye him, O sun and moon:  praise him, all ye stars and light.
148:4   Praise him, ye heavens of heavens:  and let all the waters that are above the heavens
148:5   Praise the name of the Lord.  For he spoke, and they were made: he commanded, and they were created.
148:6   He hath established them for ever, and for ages of ages:  he hath made a decree, and it shall not pass away.
148:7   Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye deeps:
148:8   Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds, which fulfil his word:
148:9   Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars:
148:10 Beasts and all cattle:  serpents and feathered fowls:
148:11 Kings of the earth and all people:  princes and all judges of the earth:
148:12 Young men and maidens:  let the old with the younger, praise the name of the Lord:
148:13 For his name alone is exalted.
148:14 The praise of him is above heaven and earth:  and he hath exalted the horn of his people.  A hymn to all his saints to the children of Israel, a people approaching to him.  Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 149

Cantate Domino.

The church is particularly bound to praise God.

Alleluia.

149:1   Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle:  let his praise be in the church of the saints.
149:2   Let Israel rejoice in him that made him:  and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king.
149:3   Let them praise his name in choir:  let them sing to him with the timbrel and the psaltery.
149:4   For the Lord is well pleased with his people:  and he will exalt the meek unto salvation.
149:5   The saints shall rejoice in glory:  they shall be joyful in their beds.
149:6   The high praises of God shall be in their mouth:  and two-edged swords in their hands:
149:7   To execute vengeance upon the nations, chastisements among the people:
149:8   To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of iron.
149:9   To execute upon them the judgment that is written:  this glory is to all his saints.  Alleluia.

Psalms Chapter 150

Alleluia.

An exhortation to praise God with all sorts of instruments.

Laudate Dominum in sanctis.

150:1   Praise ye the Lord in his holy places:  praise ye him in the firmament of his power.
150:2   Praise ye him for his mighty acts:  praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness.
150:3   Praise him with the sound of trumpet:  praise him with psaltery and harp.
150:4   Praise him with timbrel and choir:  praise him with strings and organs.
150:5   Praise him on high sounding cymbals:  praise him on cymbals of joy:  let every spirit praise the Lord.  Alleluia.