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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 4

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Psalm 4: Give ear unto me when I call

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.

Meter: C.M. (8,6,8,6)

1 Give ear unto me when I call, God of my righteousness: Have mercy, hear my pray’r; thou hast enlarg’d me in distress.

2 O ye the sons of men! how long will ye love vanities? How long my glory turn to shame, and will ye follow lies?

3 But know, that for himself the Lord the godly man doth chuse: The Lord, when I on him do call, to hear will not refuse.

4 Fear, and sin not; talk with your heart on bed, and silent be. 5 Off ‘rings present of righteousness, and in the Lord trust ye.

6 O who will shew us any good? is that which many say: But of thy countenance the light, Lord, lift on us alway.

7 Upon my heart, bestow’d by thee, more gladness I have found Than they, ev’n then, when corn and wine did most with them abound.

8 I will both lay me down in peace, and quiet sleep will take; Because thou only me to dwell in safety, Lord, dost make.