Psalm 105

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Give thanks to God, call on his name;
       to men his deeds make known.
2    Sing ye to him, sing psalms; proclaim
       his wondrous works each one.
3    See that ye in his holy name
       to glory do accord;
     And let the heart of ev'ry one
       rejoice that seeks the Lord.

4    The Lord Almighty, and his strength,
       with stedfast hearts seek ye:
     His blessed and his gracious face
       seek ye continually.
5    Think on the works that he hath done,
       which admiration breed;
     His wonders, and the judgments all
       which from his mouth proceed;

6    O ye that are of Abr'ham's race,
       his servant well approv'n;
     And ye that Jacob's children are,
       whom he chose for his own.
7    Because he, and he only, is
       the mighty Lord our God;
     And his most righteous judgments are
       in all the earth abroad.

8    His cov'nant he remember'd hath,
       that it may ever stand:
     To thousand generations
       the word he did command.
9    Which covenant he firmly made
       with faithful Abraham,
     And unto Isaac, by his oath,
       he did renew the same:

10   And unto Jacob, for a law,
       he made it firm and sure,
     A covenant to Israel,
       which ever should endure.
11   He said, I'll give Canaan's land
       for heritage to you;
12   While they were strangers there, and few,
       in number very few:

13   While yet they went from land to land
       without a sure abode;
     And while through sundry kingdoms they
       did wander far abroad;
14   Yet, notwithstanding suffer'd he
       no man to do them wrong:
     Yea, for their sakes, he did reprove
       kings, who were great and strong.

15   Thus did he say, Touch ye not those
       that mine anointed be,
     Nor do the prophets any harm
       that do pertain to me.
16   He call'd for famine on the land,
       he brake the staff of bread:
17   But yet he sent a man before,
       by whom they should be fed;

     Ev'n Joseph, whom unnat'rally
       sell for a slave did they;
18   Whose feet with fetters they did hurt,
       and he in irons lay;
19   Until the time that his word came
       to give him liberty;
     The word and purpose of the Lord
       did him in prison try.

20   Then sent the king, and did command
       that he enlarg'd should be:
     He that the people's ruler was
       did send to set him free.
21   A lord to rule his family
       he rais'd him, as most fit;
     To him of all that he possess'd
       he did the charge commit:

22   That he might at his pleasure bind
       the princes of the land;
     And he might teach his senators
       wisdom to understand.
23   The people then of Israel
       down into Egypt came;
     And Jacob also sojourned
       within the land of Ham.

24   And he did greatly by his pow'r
       increase his people there;
     And stronger than their enemies
       they by his blessing were.
25   Their heart he turned to envy
       his folk maliciously,
     With those that his own servants were
       to deal in subtilty.

26   His servant Moses he did send,
       Aaron his chosen one.
27   By these his signs and wonders great
       in Ham's land were made known.
28   Darkness he sent, and made it dark;
       his word they did obey.
29   He turn'd their waters into blood,
       and he their fish did slay.

30   The land in plenty brought forth frogs
       in chambers of their kings.
31   His word all sorts of flies and lice
       in all their borders brings.
32   He hail for rain, and flaming fire
       into their land he sent:
33   And he their vines and fig-trees smote:
       trees of their coasts he rent.

34   He spake, and caterpillars came,
       locusts did much abound;
35   Which in their land all herbs consum'd,
       and all fruits of their ground.
36   He smote all first-born in their land,
       chief of their strength each one.
37   With gold and silver brought them forth,
       weak in their tribes were none.

38   Egypt was glad when forth they went,
       their fear on them did light.
39   He spread a cloud for covering,
       and fire to shine by night.
40   They ask'd, and he brought quails: with bread
       of heav'n he filled them.
41   He open'd rocks, floods gush'd, and ran
       in deserts like a stream.

42   For on his holy promise he,
       and servant Abr'ham, thought.
43   With joy his people, his elect
       with gladness, forth he brought.
44   And unto them the pleasant lands
       he of the heathen gave;
     That of the people's labour they
       inheritance might have.

45   That they his statutes might observe
       according to his word;
     And that they might his laws obey.
       Give praise unto the Lord.

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