Psalm 144

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    O blessed ever be the Lord,
       who is my strength and might,
     Who doth instruct my hands to war,
       my fingers teach to fight.
2    My goodness, fortress, my high tow'r,
       deliverer, and shield,
     In whom I trust: who under me
       my people makes to yield.

3    Lord, what is man, that thou of him
       dost so much knowledge take?
     Or son of man, that thou of him
       so great account dost make?
4    Man is like vanity; his days,
       as shadows, pass away.
5    Lord, bow thy heav'ns, come down,
       touch thou the hills, and smoke shall they.

6    Cast forth thy lightning, scatter them;
       thine arrows shoot, them rout.
7    Thine hand send from above, me save;
       from great depths draw me out;
     And from the hand of children strange,
8      Whose mouth speaks vanity;
     And their right hand is a right hand
       that works deceitfully.

9    A new song I to thee will sing,
       Lord, on a psaltery;
     I on a ten-string'd instrument
       will praises sing to thee.
10   Ev'n he it is that unto kings
       salvation doth send;
     Who his own servant David doth
       from hurtful sword defend.

11   O free me from strange children's hand,
       whose mouth speaks vanity;
     And their right hand a right hand is
       that works deceitfully.
12   That, as the plants, our sons may be
       in youth grown up that are;
     Our daughters like to corner-stones,
       carv'd like a palace fair.

13   That to afford all kind of store
       our garners may be fill'd;
     That our sheep thousands, in our streets
       ten thousands they may yield.
14   That strong our oxen be for work,
       that no in-breaking be,
     Nor going out; and that our streets
       may from complaints be free.

15   Those people blessed are who be
       in such a case as this;
     Yea, blessed all those people are,
       whose God Jehovah is.

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