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Psalm 102

Domine, exaudi

  1. HEAR my prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come unto thee.
  2. Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon.
  3. For my days are consumed away like smoke: and my bones are burnt up as it were a firebrand.
  4. My heart is smitten down, and withered liked grass: so that I forget to eat my bread.
  5. For the voice of my groaning: my bones will scarce cleave to my flesh.
  6. I am become like a pelican in the wilderness: and like an owl that is in the desert.
  7. I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow: that sitteth alone upon the house-top.
  8. Mine enemies revile me all the day long: and they that are mad upon me are sworn together against me.
  9. For I have eaten ashes as it were bread: and mingled my drink with weeping;
  10. And that because of thine indignation and wrath: for thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.
  11. My days are gone like a shadow: and I am withered like grass.
  12. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever: and thy remembrance throughout all generations.
  13. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion: for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.
  14. And why? thy servants think upon her stones: and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.
  15. The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy majesty;
  16. When the Lord shall build up Sion: and when his glory shall appear;
  17. When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute: and despiseth not their desire.
  18. This shall be written for those that come after: and the people which shall be born shall praise the Lord.
  19. For he hath looked down from his sanctuary: out of the heaven did the Lord behold the earth;
  20. That he might hear the mournings of such as are in captivity: and deliver the children appointed unto death;
  21. That they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion: and his worship at Jerusalem;
  22. When the people are gathered together: and the kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
  23. He brought down my strength in my journey: and shortened my days.
  24. But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine age: as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.
  25. Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
  26. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
  27. And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
  28. The children of thy servants shall continue: and their seed shall stand fast in thy sight.

Psalm 103

Benedic, anima mea

  1. PRAISE the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me praise his holy Name.
  2. Praise the Lord, O my soul: and forget not all his benefits;
  3. Who forgiveth all thy sin: and healeth all thine infirmities;
  4. Who saveth thy life from destruction: and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness;
  5. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things: making thee young and lusty as an eagle.
  6. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgement: for all them that are oppressed with wrong.
  7. He shewed his ways unto Moses: his works unto the children of Israel.
  8. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering, and of great goodness.
  9. He will not alway be chiding: neither keepeth he his anger for ever.
  10. He hath not dealt with us after our sins: nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.
  11. For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth: so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.
  12. Look how wide also the east is from the west: so far hath he set our sins from us.
  13. Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children: even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.
  14. For he knoweth whereof we are made: he remembereth that we are but dust.
  15. The days of man are but as grass: for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
  16. For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone: and the place thereof shall know it no more.
  17. But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him: and his righteousness upon children's children;
  18. Even upon such as keep his covenant: and think upon his commandments to do them.
  19. The Lord hath prepared his seat in heaven: and his kingdom ruleth over all.
  20. O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words.
  21. O praise the Lord, all ye his hosts: ye servants of his that do his pleasure.
  22. O speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion: praise thou the Lord, O my soul.