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Psalm 144. Benedictus Dominus.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Thirtieth Day - Morning Prayer.
  1. BLESSED be the Lord my strength, *
    who teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
  2. My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in whom I trust; *
    who subdueth my people that is under me.
  3. Lord, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him? *
    or the son of man, that thou so regardest him?
  4. Man is like a thing of nought; *
    his time passeth away like a shadow.
  5. Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down; *
    touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
  6. Cast forth thy lightning, and tear them; *
    shoot out thine arrows, and consume them.
  7. Send down thine hand from above; *
    deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strangers;
  8. Whose mouth talketh of vanity, *
    and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.
  9. I will sing a new song unto thee, O God; *
    and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.
  10. Thou hast given victory unto kings, *
    and hast delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.
  11. Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strangers, *
    whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity:
  12. That our sons may grow up as the young plants, *
    and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple;
  13. That our garners may be full and plenteous with all manner of store; *
    that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our fields;
  14. That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no decay, *
    no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.
  15. Happy are the people that are in such a case; *
    yea, blessed are the people who have the Lord for their God.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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