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Day 9 Morning Prayer

Psalm 44

Deus, auribus

  1. WE HAVE heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us: what thou hast done in their time of old;
  2. How thou hast driven out the heathen with thy hand, and planted them in: how thou hast destroyed the nations and cast them out.
  3. For they gat not the land in possession through their own sword: neither was it their own arm that helped them;
  4. But thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance: because thou hadst a favour unto them.
  5. Thou art my King, O God: send help unto Jacob.
  6. Through thee will we overthrow our enemies: and in thy Name will we tread them under, that rise up against us.
  7. For I will not trust in my bow: it is not my sword that shall help me;
  8. But it is thou that savest us from our enemies: and puttest them to confusion that hate us.
  9. We make our boast of God all day long: and will praise thy Name for ever.
  10. But now thou art far off, and puttest us to confusion: and goest not forth with our armies.
  11. Thou makest us to turn our backs upon our enemies: so that they which hate us spoil our goods.
  12. Thou lettest us be eaten up like sheep: and hast scattered us among the heathen.
  13. Thou sellest thy people for nought: and takest no money for them.
  14. Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours: to be laughed to scorn, and had in derision of them that are round about us.
  15. Thou makest us to be a by-word among the heathen: and that the people shake their heads at us.
  16. My confusion is daily before me: and the shame of my face hath covered me;
  17. For the voice of the slanderer and blasphemer: for the enemy and avenger.
  18. And though all this be come upon us, yet do we not forget thee: nor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.
  19. Our heart is not turned back: neither our steps gone out of thy way;
  20. No, not when thou hast smitten us into the place of dragons: and covered us with the shadow of death.
  21. If we have forgotten the Name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange god: shall not God search it out? for he knoweth the very secrets of the heart.
  22. For thy sake also are we killed all the day long: and are counted as sheep appointed to be slain.
  23. Up, Lord, why sleepest thou: awake, and be not absent from us for ever.
  24. Wherefore hidest thou thy face: and forgettest our misery and trouble?
  25. For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the ground.
  26. Arise, and help us: and deliver us for thy mercy's sake.

Psalm 45

Eructavit cor meum

  1. MY HEART is inditing of a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made unto the King.
  2. My tongue is the pen: of a ready writer.
  3. Thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.
  4. Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most Mighty: according to thy worship and renown.
  5. Good luck have thou with thine honour: ride on, because of the word of truth , of meekness, and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
  6. Thy arrows are very sharp, and the people shall be subdued unto thee: even in the midst among the King's enemies.
  7. Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
  8. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
  9. All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia: out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
  10. Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.
  11. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, incline thine ear ; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house.
  12. So shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty: for he is thy Lord God, and worship thou him.
  13. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift: like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee.
  14. The King's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
  15. She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needle-work: the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.
  16. With joy and gladness shall they be brought: and shall enter into the King's palace.
  17. Instead of thy fathers thou shalt have children: whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.
  18. I will remember thy Name from one generation to another: therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.

Psalm 46

Deus noster refugium

  1. GOD is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble.
  2. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved: and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea;
  3. Though the waters thereof rage and swell: and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.
  4. The rivers of the flood thereof shall make glad the city of God: the holy place of the tabernacle of the most Highest.
  5. God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be removed: God shall help her, and that right early.
  6. The heathen make much ado, and the kingdoms are moved: but God hath shewed his voice, and the earth shall melt away.
  7. The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.
  8. O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord: what destruction he hath brought upon the earth.
  9. He maketh wars to cease in all the world: he breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder, and burneth the chariots in the fire.
  10. Be still then, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.
  11. The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.