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2 Prepare a hymn, prepare a song,
The timbrel hither bring,
3 Blow, as is wont, in the new moon
With trumpets' lofty sound,
4 This was a statute given of old
For Israel to observe,
5 This he a testimony ordained
In Joseph, not to change,
6 From burden, and from slavish toil,
I set his shoulder free:
7 When trouble did thee sore assail,
On me then didst thou call,
And led thee out of thrall.
With clouds encompassed round;
Of Meribah renowned.
8 Hear, O my people, hearken well,
I testify to thee,
9 Throughout the land of thy abode
No alien god shall be,
In honour bend thy knee. 10 I am the Lord thy God, which brought
Thee out of Egypt land;
Will grant thy full demand.
1 Be sether ragnam.
11 And yet my people would not hear,
Nor hearken to my voice;
12 Then did I leave them to their will,
And to their wandering mind;
13 Oh, that my people would be wise,
To serve me all their days!
14 Then would I soon bring down their foes,
That now so proudly rise,
15 Who hate the Lord should then be fain
To bow to him and bend;
Their time should have no end.
With flour of finest wheat,
With honey for their meat.
1 Gob in the 'great1 assembly stands
Of kings and lordly states,
2 How long will ye »pervert the right
With5 judgment false and wrong,
3 4 Regard the4 weak and fatherless,
4 Despatch the4 poor man's cause, And 5 raise the man in deep distress By5 just and equal laws,
1 Bagnadath-el. 3 Bekerev. 3 Tishphetu gnavel. 4 Shiphtu-dal. 5 Hatzdiku.
4 Defend the poor and desolate,
And rescue from the hands
5 They know not, nor will understand.
In darkness they walk on;
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall
As other princes die.
8 Rise, God,2 judge thou the earth in might.
This wicked* earth redress,
1 Be not thou silent now at length,
O God, hold not thy peace;
2 Forlo, thy furious foes now 3 swell,
And3 storm outrageously;
3 Against thy people they 4 contrive
5 Their plots and counsels deep,
4 Come, let us cut them off, say they,
Till they no nation be;
5 For they consult3 with all their might,
And all as one in mind
6 The tents of Edom, and the brood
Of scornful Ishmael,
7 Gebal and Ammon there conspire,
And hateful Amalec,
8 With them great Ashur also bands
And doth confirm the knot:
9 Do to them as to Midian bold,
That wasted all the coast,
Thou didst to Jabin's host.
They were repulsed and slain,
10 At Endor quite cut off, and rolled
As dung upon the plain.
11 As Zeb and Oreb evil sped,
So let their princes speed,
12 For they amidst their pride have said,
By right now shall we seize God's houses, and will now invade 1 Their stately palaces.
13 My God, oh make them as a wheel.
Giddy and restless let them reel
14 As when an aged wood takes Are
Which on a sudden strays,
15 So with thy whirlwind them pursue,
And with thy tempest chase; 10 sAnd till they8 yield thee honour due. Lord, fill with shame their face.
1 Neoth Elohira bears both. 2 Heb. They seek thy 17 Ashamed, and troubled, let them be,
Troubled and shamed for ever,
18 Then shall they know that thou, whose name
Jehovah is alone,
1 How lovely are thy dwellings fair
O Lord of Hosts, how dear
2 My soul doth long and almost die
Thy courts, O Lord, to see,
3 There even the sparrow freed from wrong
Hath found a house of rest,
Hath built her brooding nest;
They find, their safe abode;
Toward thee, my King, my God.
4 Happy, who in thy house reside,
Where thee they ever praise, 5 Happy, whose strength in thee doth bide, And in their hearts thy ways.
6 They pass through Baca's thirsty vale,
That dry and barren ground,
7 They journey on from strength to strength
With joy and gladsome cheer.
8 Lord God of Hosts, hear now my prayer,
O Jacob's God give ear;
9 Thou God, our shield, look on the face
Of thy anointed dear.