Day 22 Evening Prayer
Paratum cor meum
- O GOD, my heart is ready, my heart is ready: I will sing and give praise with the best member that I have.
- Awake, thou lute, and harp: I myself will awake right early.
- I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
- For thy mercy is greater than the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
- Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.
- That thy beloved may be delivered: let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.
- God hath spoken in his holiness: I will rejoice therefore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
- Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine: Ephraim also is the strength of my head.
- Judah is my law-giver, Moab is my wash-pot: over Edom will I cast out my shoe, upon Philistia will I triumph.
- Who will lead me into the strong city: and who will bring me into Edom?
- Hast not thou forsaken us, O God: and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
- O help us against the enemy: for vain is the help of man.
- Through God we shall do great acts: and it is he that shall tread down our enemies.
- HOLD not thy tongue, O God of my praise: for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
- And they have spoken against me with false tongues: they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
- For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part: but I give myself unto prayer.
- Thus have they rewarded me evil for good: and hatred for my good will.
- Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
- When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned: and let his prayer be turned into sin.
- Let his days be few: and let another take his office.
- Let his children be fatherless: and his wife a widow.
- Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread: let them seek it also out of desolate places.
- Let the extortioner consume all that he hath: and let the stranger spoil his labour.
- Let there be no man to pity him: nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.
- Let his posterity be destroyed: and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
- Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the Lord: and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
- Let them alway be before the Lord: that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth.
- And that, because his mind was not to do good: but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.
- His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him: he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.
- He clothed himself with cursing, like as with a raiment: and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
- Let it be unto him as the cloke that he hath upon him: and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.
- Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies: and to those that speak evil against my soul.
- But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy Name: for sweet is thy mercy.
- O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor: and my heart is wounded within me.
- I go hence like the shadow that departeth: and am driven away as the grasshopper.
- My knees are weak through fasting: my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
- I became also a reproach unto them: they that looked upon me shaked their heads.
- Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy.
- And they shall know, how that this is thy hand: and that thou, Lord, hast done it.
- Though they curse, yet bless thou: and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
- Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame: and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloke.
- As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth: and praise him among the multitude.
- For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor: to save his soul from the unrighteous judges.