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Psalm 144. Benedictus Dominus.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Thirtieth Day - Morning Prayer.
  1. Blessed be the Lord my rock! *
    who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
  2. My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, *
    my shield in whom I trust, who subdues the peoples under me.
  3. O Lord, what are we that you should care for us? *
    mere mortals that you should think of us?
  4. We are like a puff of wind; *
    our days are like a passing shadow.
  5. Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down; *
    touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
  6. Hurl the lightning and scatter them; *
    shoot out your arrows and rout them.
  7. Stretch out your hand from on high; *
    rescue me and deliver me from the great waters, from the hand of foreign peoples,
  8. Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
    and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
  9. O God, I will sing to you a new song; *
    I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
  10. You give victory to kings *
    and have rescued David your servant.
  11. Rescue me from the hurtful sword *
    and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
  12. Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
    and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
  13. May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, *
    and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
  14. May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; *
    may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands; may our cattle be fat and sleek.
  15. May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, *
    no wailing in the public squares.
  16. Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
    happy are the people whose God is the Lord!
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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