111  Confitebor tibi
1 Hallelujah!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *
    in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the deeds of the LORD! *
    they are studied by all who delight in them.
3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
    and his righteousness endures for ever.
4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
    the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
    he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
    in giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
    all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
    because they are done in truth and equity.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant for ever; *
    holy and awesome is his Name.



754    Psalm 111


10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; *
    those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
    his praise endures for ever.
  112  Beatus vir
1 Hallelujah!
Happy are they who fear the Lord *
    and have great delight in his commandments!
2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
    and their righteousness will last for ever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
   the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5 It is good for them to be generous in lending *
    and to manage their affairs with justice.
6 For they will never be shaken; *
    the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
    their heart is right;
    they put their trust in the Lord.
8 Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
    until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9 They have given freely to the poor, *
    and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
    they will hold up their head with honor.
10 The wicked will see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
    the desires of the wicked will perish.



Psalm 112     755


  113  Laudate, pueri
1 Hallelujah!
Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
    praise the Name of the LORD.
2 Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
    from this time forth for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down *
    let the Name of the LORD be praised.
4 The LORD is high above all nations, *
    and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
    but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6 He takes up the weak out of the dust *
    and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7 He sets them with the princes, *
    with the princes of his people.
8 He makes the woman of a childless house *
    to be a joyful mother of children.
  Twenty-third Day: Evening Prayer
  114  In exitu Israel
1 Hallelujah!
When Israel came out of Egypt, *
    the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2 Judah became God's sanctuary *
    and Israel his dominion.



756    Psalms 113, 114


3 The sea beheld it and fled; *
    Jordan turned and went back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams, *
    and the little hills like young sheep.
5 What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
    O Jordan, that you turned back?
6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
    you little hills like young sheep?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
    and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
  115  Non nobis, Domine
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
but to your Name give glory; *
    because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
2 Why should the heathen say, *
   "Where then is their God?"
3 Our God is in heaven; *
    whatever he wills to do he does.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, *
    the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
    eyes have they, but they cannot see;
6 They have ears but they cannot hear; *
    noses, but they cannot smell;



Psalm 115     757


7 They have hands, but they cannot feel;
feet, but they cannot walk; *
    they make no sound with their throat.
8 Those who make them are like them, *
    and so are all who put their trust in them.
9 O Israel, trust in the LORD; *
    he is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; *
    he is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; *
    he is their help and their shield.
12 The LORD has been mindful of us, and he will bless us; *
    he will bless the house of Israel;
    he will bless the house of Aaron;
13 He will bless those who fear the LORD, *
    both small and great together.
14 May the LORD increase you more and more, *
    you and your children after you.
15 May you be blessed by the LORD, *
    the maker of heaven and earth.
16 The heaven of heavens is the LORD'S, *
    but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
17 The dead do not praise the LORD, *
    nor all those who go down into silence;
18 But we will bless the LORD, *
    from this time forth for evermore.



758    Psalm 115


  Twenty-fourth Day: Morning Prayer
  116  Dilexi, quoniam
1 I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of
                              my supplication, *
    because he has inclined his ear to me whenever
                              I called upon him.
2 The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
    I came to grief and sorrow.
3 Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
   "O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
4 Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
    our God is full of compassion.
5 The LORD watches over the innocent; *
    I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul. *
    for the LORD has treated you well.
7 For you have rescued my life from death, *
    my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8 I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
    in the land of the living.
9 I believed, even when I said,
"I have been brought very low." *
    In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
10 How shall I repay the LORD *
    for all the good things he has done for me?
11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
    and call upon the Name of the LORD.



Psalm 116     759


12 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
    in the presence of all his people.
13 Precious in the sight of the LORD *
    is the death of his servants.
14 O LORD, I am your servant; *
    I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
    you have freed me from my bonds.
15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
    and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
    in the presence of all his people,
17 In the courts of the LORD'S house, *
    in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
  117  Laudate Dominum
1 Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
    laud him, all you peoples.
2 For his loving-kindness toward us is great, *
    and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever.
  118  Confitemini Domino
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
    his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
   "His mercy endures for ever."



760    Psalms 117, 118


3 Let the house of Aaron now proclaim, *
   "His mercy endures for ever."
4 Let those who fear the LORD now proclaim, *
   "His mercy endures for ever."
5 I called to the LORD in my distress; *
    the LORD answered by setting me free.
6 The LORD is at my side, therefore I will not fear; *
    what can anyone do to me?
7 The LORD is at my side to help me; *
    I will triumph over those who hate me.
8 It is better to rely on the LORD *
    than to put any trust in flesh.
9 It is better to rely on the LORD *
    than to put any trust in rulers.
10 All the ungodly encompass me; *
    in the Name of the LORD I will repel them.
11 They hem me in, they hem me in on every side; *
    in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
12 They swarm about me like bees;
they blaze like a fire of thorns; *
    in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
13 I was pressed so hard that I almost fell, *
    but the LORD came to my help.
14 The LORD is my strength and my song, *
    and he has become my salvation.
15 There is a sound of exultation and victory *
    in the tents of the righteous:



Psalm 118     761


16 "The right hand of the LORD has triumphed! *
    the right hand of the LORD is exalted!
    the right hand of the LORD has triumphed!"
17 I shall not die, but live, *
    and declare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD has punished me sorely, *
    but he did not hand me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
    I will enter them;
    I will offer thanks to the LORD.
20 "This is the gate of the LORD; *
    he who is righteous may enter."
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
    and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
    has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the LORD'S doing, *
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the LORD has acted; *
    we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Hosanna, LORD, hosanna! *
    LORD, send us now success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
    we bless you from the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; *
    form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.



762    Psalm 118


28 "You are my God, and I will thank you; *
    you are my God, and I will exalt you."
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
    his mercy endures for ever.
  Twenty-fourth Day: Evening Prayer
  Aleph    Beati immaculati
1 Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
    who walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Happy are they who observe his decrees *
    and seek him with all their hearts!
3 Who never do any wrong, *
    but always walk in his ways.
4 You laid down your commandments, *
    that we should fully keep them.
5 Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
    that I might keep your statutes!
6 Then I should not be put to shame, *
    when I regard all your commandments.
7 I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
    when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep your statutes; *
    do not utterly forsake me.



Psalm 119:1     763


  Beth    In quo corrigit?
9 How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
    By keeping to your words.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; *
    let me not stray from your commandments.
11 I treasure your promise in my heart, *
    that I may not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O LORD; *
    instruct me in your statutes.
13 With my lips will I recite *
    all the judgments of your mouth.
14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
    than in all manner of riches.
15 I will meditate on your commandments *
    and give attention to your ways.
16 My delight is in your statutes; *
    I will not forget your word.
  Gimel    Retribue servo tuo
17 Deal bountifully with your servant, *
    that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see *
    the wonders of your law.
19 I am a stranger here on earth; *
    do not hide your commandments from me.
20 My soul is consumed at all times *
    with longing for your judgments.



764    Psalm 119:9, 17


21 You have rebuked the insolent; *
    cursed are they who stray from your commandments!
22 Turn from me shame and rebuke, *
    for I have kept your decrees.
23 Even though rulers sit and plot against me, *
    I will meditate on your statutes.
24 For your decrees are my delight, *
    and they are my counselors.
  Daleth    Adhœsit pavimento
25 My soul cleaves to the dust; *
    give me life according to your word.
26 I have confessed my ways, and you answered me; *
    instruct me in your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of your commandments, *
    that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow; *
    strengthen me according to your word.
29 Take from me the way of lying; *
    let me find grace through your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; *
    I have set your judgments before me.
31 I hold fast to your decrees; *
    O LORD, let me not be put to shame.
32 I will run the way of your commandments, *
    for you have set my heart at liberty.



Psalm 119:25     765


  Twenty-fifth Day: Morning Prayer
  He    Legem pone
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, *
    and I shall keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
    I shall keep it with all my heart.
35 Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
    for that is my desire.
36 Incline my heart to your decrees *
    and not to unjust gain.
37 Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
    give me life in your ways.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
    which you make to those who fear you.
39 Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
    because your judgments are good.
40 Behold, I long for your commandments; *
    in your righteousness preserve my life.
  Waw    Et veniat super me
41 Let your loving-kindness come to me, O LORD, *
    and your salvation, according to your promise.
42 Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
    because I trust in your words.
43 Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
    for my hope is in your judgments.



766    Psalm 119:33, 41


44 I shall continue to keep your law; *
    I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45 I will walk at liberty, *
    because I study your commandments.
46 I will tell of your decrees before kings *
    and will not be ashamed.
47 I delight in your commandments, *
    which I have always loved.
48 I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
    and I will meditate on your statutes.
  Zayin    Memor esto verbi tui
49 Remember your word to your servant, *
    because you have given me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my trouble, *
    that your promise gives me life.
51 The proud have derided me cruelly, *
    but I have not turned from your law.
52 When I remember your judgments of old, *
    O LORD, I take great confort.
53 I am filled with a burning rage, *
    because of the wicked who forsake your law.
54 Your statutes have been like songs to me *
    wherever I have lived as a stranger.
55 I remember your Name in the night, O LORD, *
    and dwell upon your law.
56 This is how it has been with me, *
    because I have kept your commandments.



Psalm 119:49     767


  Heth    Portio mea, Domine
57 You only are my portion, O LORD; *
    I have promised to keep your words.
58 I entreat you with all my heart, *
    be merciful to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways *
    and turned my feet toward your decrees.
60 I hasten and do not tarry *
    to keep your commandments.
61 Though the cords of the wicked entangle me, *
    I do not forget your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give you thanks, *
    because of your righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all who fear you *
    and of those who keep your commandments.
64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your love; *
    instruct me in your statutes.
  Teth    Bonitatem fecisti
65 O LORD, you have dealt graciously with your servant, *
    according to your word.
66 Teach me discernment and knowledge, *
    for I have believed in your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, *
    but now I keep your word.
68 You are good and you bring forth good; *
    instruct me in your statutes.



768    Psalm 119:57, 65


69 The proud have smeared me with lies, *
    but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is gross and fat, *
    but my delight is in your law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, *
    that I might learn your statutes.
72 The law of your mouth is dearer to me *
    than thousands in gold and silver.
  Twenty-fifth Day: Evening Prayer
  Yodh    Manus tuœ fecerunt me
73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me; *
    give me understanding, that I may learn your
74 Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, *
    because I trust in your word.
75 I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right *
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, *
    as you have promised to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, *
    for your law is my delight.
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me
                              with lies; *
    but I will meditate on your commandments.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me, *
    and also those who know your decrees.



Psalm 119:73     769


80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes, *
    that I may not be put to shame.
  Kaph    Defecit in salutare
81 My soul has longed for your salvation; *
    I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes have failed from watching for your promise, *
    and I say, "When will you comfort me?"
83 I have become like a leather flask in the smoke, *
    but I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 How much longer must I wait? *
    when will you give judgment against those who
                              persecute me?
85 The proud have dug pits for me; *
    they do not keep your law.
86 All your commandments are true; *
    help me, for they persecute me with lies.
87 They had almost made an end of me on earth, *
    but I have not forsaken your commandments.
88 In your loving-kindness, revive me, *
    that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.
  Lamedh    In œternum, Domine
89 O LORD, your word is everlasting; *
    it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; *
    you established the earth, and it abides.



770    Psalm 119:81, 89


91 By your decree these continue to this day, *
    for all things are your servants.
92 If my delight had not been in your law, *
    I should have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your commandments, *
    because by them you give me life.
94 I am yours; oh, that you would save me! *
    for I study your commandments.
95 Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, *
    I will apply my mind to your decrees.
96 I see that all things come to an end, *
    but your commandment has no bounds.
  Mem    Quomodo dilexi!
97 Oh, how I love your law! *
    all the day long it is in my mind.
98 Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
    and it is always with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
    for your decrees are my study.
100 I am wiser than the elders, *
    because I observe your commandments.
101 I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
    that I may keep your word.
102 I do not shrink from your judgments, *
    because you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste! *
    they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.



Psalm 119:97     771


104 Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
    therefore I hate every lying way.
  Twenty-sixth Day: Morning Prayer
  Nun    Lucerna pedibus meis
105 Your word is a lantern to my feet *
    and a light upon my path.
106 I have sworn and am determined *
    to keep your righteous judgments.
107 I am deeply troubled; *
    preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
108 Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, *
    and teach me your judgments.
109 My life is always in my hand, *
    yet I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, *
    but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111 Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
    truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
    for ever and to the end.
  Samekh    Iniquos odio habui
113 I hate those who have a divided heart, *
    but your law do I love.



772    Psalm 119:105, 113


114 You are my refuge and shield; *
    my hope is in your word.
115 Away from me, you wicked! *
    I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, *
    and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
117 Hold me up, and I shall be safe, *
    and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
118 You spurn all who stray from your statutes; *
    their deceitfulness is in vain.
119 In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; *
    therefore I love your decrees.
120 My flesh trembles with dread of you; *
    I am afraid of your judgments.
  Ayin    Feci judicium
121 I have done what is just and right; *
    do not deliver me to my oppressors.
122 Be surety for your servant's good; *
    let not the proud oppress me.
123 My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation *
    and for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your loving-kindness *
    and teach me your statutes.
125 I am your servant; grant me understanding, *
    that I may know your decrees.
126 It is time for you to act, O LORD, *
    for they have broken your law.



Psalm 119:121     773


127 Truly, I love your commandments *
    more than gold and precious stones.
128 I hold all your commandments to be right for me; *
    all paths of falsehood I abhor.
  Pe    Mirabilia
129 Your decrees are wonderful; *
    therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130 When your word goes forth it gives light; *
    it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant; *
    I long for your commandments.
132 Turn to me in mercy, *
    as you always do to those who love your Name.
133 Steady my footsteps in your word; *
    let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Rescue me from those who oppress me, *
    and I will keep your commandments.
135 Let your countenance shine upon your servant *
    and teach me your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, *
    because people do not keep your law.
  Sadhe    Justus es, Domine
137 You are righteous, O LORD, *
    and upright are your judgments.



774    Psalm 119:129, 137


138 You have issued your decrees *
    with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
139 My indignation has consumed me, *
    because my enemies forget your words.
140 Your word has been tested to the uttermost, *
    and your servant holds it dear.
141 I am small and of little account, *
    yet I do not forget your commandments.
142 Your justice is an everlasting justice *
    and your law is the truth.
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, *
    yet your commandments are my delight.
144 The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; *
    grant me understanding, that I may live.
  Twenty-sixth Day: Evening Prayer
  Qoph    Clamavi in toto corde meo
145 I call with my whole heart; *
    answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146 I call to you;
oh, that you would save me! *
    I will keep your decrees.
147 Early in the morning I cry out to you, *
    for in your word is my trust.
148 My eyes are open in the night watches, *
    that I may meditate upon your promise.



Psalm 119:145     775


149 Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; *
    according to your judgments, give me life.
150 They draw near who in malice persecute me; *
    they are very far from your law.
151 You, O LORD, are near at hand, *
    and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your decrees *
    that you have established them for ever.
  Resh    Vide humilitatem
153 Behold my affliction and deliver me, *
    for I do not forget your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me; *
    according to your promise, give me life.
155 Deliverance is far from the wicked, *
    for they do not study your statutes.
156 Great is your compassion, O LORD; *
    preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157 There are many who persecute and oppress me, *
    yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158 I look with loathing at the faithless, *
    for they have not kept your word.
159 See how I love your commandments! *
    O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160 The heart of your word is truth; *
    all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.



776    Psalm 119:153


  Shin    Principes persecuti sunt
161 Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, *
    but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162 I am as glad because of your promise *
    as one who finds great spoils.
163 As for lies, I hate and abhor them, *
    but your law is my love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise you, *
    because of your righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they who love your law; *
    for them there is no stumbling block.
166 I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, *
    and have fulfilled your commandments.
167 I have kept your decrees *
    and I have loved them deeply.
168 I have kept your commandments and decrees, *
    for all my ways are before you.
  Taw    Appropinquet deprecatio
169 Let my cry come before you, O LORD; *
    give me understanding, according to your word.
170 Let my supplication come before you; *
    deliver me, according to your promise.
171 My lips shall pour forth your praise, *
    when you teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue shall sing of your promise, *
    for all your commandments are righteous.



Psalm 119:161, 169     777


173 Let your hand be ready to help me, *
    for I have chosen your commandments.
174 I long for your salvation, O LORD, *
    and your law is my delight.
175 Let me live, and I will praise you, *
    and let your judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; *
    search for your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.
  Twenty-seventh Day: Morning Prayer
  120  Ad Dominum
1 When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD; *
    I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
2 Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips *
    and from the deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be done to you, and what more besides, *
    O you deceitful tongue?
4 The sharpened arrows of a warrior, *
    along with hot glowing coals.
5 How hateful it is that I must lodge in Meshech *
    and dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I had to live *
    among the enemies of peace.
7 I am on the side of peace, *
    but when I speak of it, they are for war.



778    Psalm 120