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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 33

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Psalm 33: Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice

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

1 Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice; it comely is and right, That upright men, with thankful voice, should praise the Lord of might.

2 Praise God with harp, and unto him sing with the psaltery; Upon a ten-string’d instrument make ye sweet melody.

3 A new song to him sing, and play with loud noise skilfully; 4 For right is God’s word, all his works are done in verity.

5 To judgment and to righteousness a love he beareth still; The loving-kindness of the Lord the earth throughout doth fill.

6 The heavens by the word of God did their beginning take; And by the breathing of his mouth he all their hosts did make.

7 The waters of the seas he brings together as an heap; And in storehouses, as it were, he layeth up the deep.

8 Let earth, and all that live therein, with rev’rence fear the Lord; Let all the world’s inhabitants dread him with one accord.

9 For he did speak the word, and done it was without delay; Established it firmly stood, whatever he did say.

10 God doth the counsel bring to nought which heathen folk do take; And what the people do devise of none effect doth make.

11 O but the counsel of the Lord doth stand for ever sure; And of his heart the purposes from age to age endure.

12 That nation blessed is, whose God Jehovah is, and those A blessed people are, whom for his heritage he chose.

13 The Lord from heav’n sees and beholds all sons of men full well: 14 He views all from his dwelling-place that in the earth do dwell.

15 He forms their hearts alike, and all their doings he observes. 16 Great hosts save not a king, much strength no mighty man preserves.

17 An horse for preservation is a deceitful thing; And by the greatness of his strength can no deliv’rance bring.

18 Behold on those that do him fear the Lord doth set his eye; Ev’n those who on his mercy do with confidence rely.

19 From death to free their soul, in dearth life unto them to yield. 20 Our soul doth wait upon the Lord; he is our help and shield.

21 Sith in his holy name we trust, our heart shall joyful be. 22 Lord, let thy mercy be on us, as we do hope in thee.