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And satisfy them from the rock
1 GOD in the great assembly stands
2 How long will ye pervert the right
Dispatch the poor man's cause, And raise the man in deep distress By just and equal laws.
4 Defend the poor and desolate, And rescue from the hands
Of wicked men the low estate
Of him that help demands.
5 They know not, nor will understand, In darkness they walk on,
The earth's foundations all are mov'd,
And out of order gone.
6 I said that ye were Gods, yea all
The sons of God most high;
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall As other princes die.
8 Rise, God, judge thou the earth in might, This wicked earth redress,
For thou art he who shalt by right
The nations all possess.
1 BE not thou silent now at length, O God, hold not thy peace,
Sit thou not still, O God of strength,
We cry, and do not cease.
2 For lo thy furious foes now swell,
And storm outrageously,
And they that hate thee proud and fell
Exalt their heads full high.
3 Against thy people they contrive
Their plots and counsels deep, Them to insnare they chiefly strive, Whom thou dost hide and keep.
4 Come, let us cut them off, say they, Till they no nation be,
That Israel's name for ever may
Be lost in memory.
5 For they consult with all their might,
And all as one in mind
Themselves against thee they unite,
6 The tents of Edom, and the brood
Moab, with them of Hagar's blood,
That in the desert dwell,
7 Gebal and Ammon there conspire, And hateful Amalec,
The Philistines, and they of Tyre, Whose bounds the sea doth check. 8 With them great Ashur also bands,
And doth confirm the knot:
All these have lent their armed hands
To aid the sons of Lot.
9 Do to them as to Midian bold,
That wasted all the coast,
To Sisera, and as is told
Thou didst to Jabin's host,
They were repuls'd and slain, 10 At Endor quite cut off, and roll'd As dung upon the plain.
11 As Zeb and Oreb evil sped,
So let their princes speed,
As Zeba and Zalmunna bled,
So let their princes bleed.
12 For they amidst their pride have said, By right now shall we seize
God's houses, and will now invade
Their stately palaces.
13 My God, oh make them as a wheel,
No quiet let them find,
Giddy and restless let them reel
Like stubble from the wind.
14 As when an aged wood takes fire
The greedy flame runs higher and higher
15 So with thy whirlwind them pursue,
16 And till they yield thee honour due, Lord, fill with shame their face.
17 Asham'd, and troubled let them be, Troubled and sham'd for ever,
Ever confounded, and so die
With shame, and scape it never.
18 Then shall they know that thou, whose name Jehovah is alone,
Art the most high, and thou the same
1 How lovely are thy dwellings fair!
Where thou dost dwell so near!
2 My soul doth long and almost die Thy courts, O Lord, to see;
My heart and flesh aloud do cry,
O living God, for thee.
3 There ev'n the sparrow freed from wrong
Hath found a house of rest,
The swallow there, to lay her young
Hath built her brooding nest,
Ev'n by thy altars, Lord of Hosts,
And home they fly from round the coasts
4 Happy, who in thy house reside,
Where thee they ever praise,
5 Happy, whose strength in thee doth bide, And in their hearts thy ways.
6 They pass through Baca's thirsty vale, That dry and barren ground,
As through a fruitful watry dale
Where springs and show'rs abound.
7 They journey on from strength to strength
With joy and gladsome cheer,
Till all before our God at length
In Sion do appear.
8 Lord God of Hosts, hear now my prayer,
O Jacob's God, give ear,
9 Thou God our shield, look on the face
Of thy anointed dear.
10 For one day in thy courts to be
Is better, and more blest,
Had rather keep a door,