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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 36

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Psalm 36: The wicked man's transgression

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord.

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

1 The wicked man’s transgression within my heart thus says, Undoubtedly the fear of God is not before his eyes.

2 Because himself he flattereth in his own blinded eye, Until the hatefulness be found of his iniquity.

3 Words from his mouth proceeding are, fraud and iniquity: He to be wise, and to do good, hath left off utterly.

4 He mischief, lying on his bed, most cunningly doth plot: He sets himself in ways not good, ill he abhorreth not.

5 Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heav’ns; thy truth doth reach the clouds: 6 Thy justice is like mountains great; thy judgments deep as floods:

Lord, thou preservest man and beast. 7 How precious is thy grace! Therefore in shadow of thy wings men’s sons their trust shall place.

8 They with the fatness of thy house shall be well satisfy’d; From rivers of thy pleasures thou wilt drink to them provide.

9 Because of life the fountain pure remains alone with thee; And in that purest light of thine we clearly light shall see.

10 Thy loving-kindness unto them continue that thee know; And still on men upright in heart thy righteousness bestow.

11 Let not the foot of cruel pride come, and against me stand; And let me not removed be, Lord, by the wicked’s hand.

12 There fallen are they, and ruined, that work iniquities: Cast down they are, and never shall be able to arise.