Psalm 36

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    The wicked man's transgression
       within my heart thus says,
     Undoubtedly the fear of God
       is not before his eyes.
2    Because himself he flattereth
       in his own blinded eye,
     Until the hatefulness be found
       of his iniquity.

3    Words from his mouth proceeding are,
       fraud and iniquity:
     He to be wise, and to do good,
       hath left off utterly.
4    He mischief, lying on his bed,
       most cunningly doth plot:
     He sets himself in ways not good,
       ill he abhorreth not.

5    Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heav'ns;
       thy truth doth reach the clouds:
6    Thy justice is like mountains great;
       thy judgments deep as floods:
     Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
7      How precious is thy grace!
     Therefore in shadow of thy wings
       men's sons their trust shall place.

8    They with the fatness of thy house
       shall be well satisfy'd;
     From rivers of thy pleasures thou
       wilt drink to them provide.
9    Because of life the fountain pure
       remains alone with thee;
     And in that purest light of thine
       we clearly light shall see.

10   Thy loving-kindness unto them
       continue that thee know;
     And still on men upright in heart
       thy righteousness bestow.
11   Let not the foot of cruel pride
       come, and against me stand;
     And let me not removed be,
       Lord, by the wicked's hand.

12   There fallen are they, and ruined,
       that work iniquities:
     Cast down they are, and never shall
       be able to arise.

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