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PSALM XVII.

HEAR that which is honest, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer that goeth not out of false lips.

Let me receive my sentence from thy presence; let thine eyes see what is right.

Prove my heart; visit me in the night; try me, my thoughts shall not vary from my speech.

Support my steps in thy paths, that my feet slip not.

I call upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee.

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only wise God, Be honor and glory, through Jesus Christ, forever

Amen.

and ever.

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The Third Day.

MORNING PRAYER.

PSALM XVIII.

I LOVE thee, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I trust; my buckler, and my high tower.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.

When the waves of death compassed me, and the floods of destruction dismayed me;

The sorrows of the grave compassed me about: the toils of death overtook me;

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God; he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

To the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; to an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.

To the pure, thou wilt appear pure; and to the wrathful man thou wilt appear wrathful.

For thou wilt save the afflicted; but wilt bring down the haughty countenance.

For thou causest my light to shine: the Lord my God enlighteneth my darkness.

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried : he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under

my

feet might not slip.

The Lord liveth; and blessed be my Rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people, and sing praises unto thy name.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only wise God, honor and glory, through Jesus Christ, forever

me, that

Amen.

and ever.

The Third Day.

EVENING PRAYER.

PSALM XIX.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth the work of his hands.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, and their voice is not heard ;

Yet their sound is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. There hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a hero to run a race.

He goeth forth from one end of the heaven, and his circuit is to the other end of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The law of the Lord is perfect, giving life unto the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Who can understand his errors ? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.

PSALM XX.

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble ; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

We will rejoice in thy protection, and we will triumph in the name of our God; the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.

Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

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