Psalm 9

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Lord, thee I'll praise with all my heart,
       thy wonders all proclaim.
2    In thee, most High, I'll greatly joy,
       and sing unto thy name.
3    When back my foes were turn'd, they fell,
       and perish'd at thy sight:
4    For thou maintain'dst my right and cause;
       on throne sat'st judging right.

5    The heathen thou rebuked hast,
       the wicked overthrown;
     Thou hast put out their names, that they
       may never more be known.
6    O en'my! now destructions have
       an end perpetual:
     Thou cities raz'd; perish'd with them
       is their memorial.

7    God shall endure for aye; he doth
       for judgment set his throne;
8    In righteousness to judge the world,
       justice to give each one.
9    God also will a refuge be
       for those that are oppress'd;
     A refuge will he be in times
       of trouble to distress'd.

10   And they that know thy name, in thee
       their confidence will place:
     For thou hast not forsaken them
       that truly seek thy face.
11   O sing ye praises to the Lord,
       that dwells in Sion hill;
     And all the nations among
       his deeds record ye still.

12   When he enquireth after blood,
       he then rememb'reth them:
     The humble folk he not forgets
       that call upon his name.
13   Lord, pity me; behold the grief
       which I from foes sustain;
     Ev'n thou, who from the gates of death
       dost raise me up again;

14   That I, in Sion's daughters' gates,
       may all thy praise advance;
     And that I may rejoice always
       in thy deliverance.
15   The heathen are sunk in the pit
       which they themselves prepar'd;
     And in the net which they have hid
       their own feet fast are snar'd.

16   The Lord is by the judgment known
       which he himself hath wrought:
     The sinners' hands do make the snares
       wherewith themselves are caught.
17   They who are wicked into hell
       each one shall turned be;
     And all the nations that forget
       to seek the Lord most high.

18   For they that needy are shall not
       forgotten be alway;
     The expectation of the poor
       shall not be lost for aye.
19   Arise, Lord, let not man prevail;
       judge heathen in thy sight:
20   That they may know themselves but men,
       the nations, Lord, affright.

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