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CULROSS | Same-Tune Hymns | Bible Passage
Melody from Scottish Psalter, 1634
1 PLEAD, Lord, with those that plead; and fight
With those that fight with me.
2 Of shield and buckler take thou hold,
Stand up mine help to be.
3 Draw also out the spear, and stop
My persecutors' way;
And in thy mercy, to my soul,
I'm thy salvation, say.
4 Let them confounded be and shamed
That for my soul have sought:
Who plot my hurt turned back be they,
And to confusion brought.
5 Let them be like unto the chaff
That flies before the wind;
And let the angel of the Lord
Pursue them hard behind.
6 With darkness cover thou their way,
And let it slippery prove;
And let the angel of the Lord
Pursue them from above.
7 For without cause have they for me
In secret hid their snare;
And they a pit without a cause
Did for my soul prepare.
8 Let ruin seize him unawares;
His net he hid withal
Himself let catch; and in the same
Destruction let him fall.
9 My soul in God shall joy, and glad
In his salvation be:
10 And all my bones shall say, O Lord,
Who is like unto thee,
Who dost the poor set free from him
That is for him too strong;
The poor and needy from the man
That spoils and does him wrong?
11 False witnesses arose; 'gainst me
Things that I knew not laid:
12 They to the spoiling of my soul
Me ill for good repaid.
13 But as for me, when they were sick,
In sackcloth sad I mourned;
My humbled soul did fast, my prayer
Into my bosom turned.
14 I bore myself as for a friend,
Or brother dear to me;
As one who for a mother mourns,
I bowed down heavily.
15 But in my trouble they rejoiced,
And they together met;
The abjects vile together did
Themselves against me set.
I knew it not; they did me tear,
And quiet would not be.
16 With mocking hypocrites at feasts
They gnashed their teeth at me.
17 How long, Lord, look'st thou on? from those
Destructions they intend
Rescue my soul, from lions young
My darling do defend.
18 I will give thanks to thee, O Lord,
Within the assembly great;
And where much people gathered are
Thy praises forth will set.
19 Let not my wrongful enemies
Proudly rejoice o'er me;
Nor let them wink with scornful eye,
Who hate me causelessly.
20 For peace they do not speak at all:
But crafty plots prepare
Against all those within the land
That meek and quiet are.
21 Their mouths they open wide at me,
They say, Ha, ha! we see:
22 Lord, thou hast seen, hold not thy peace;
Lord, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself; wake, that thou may'st
Judgment to me afford,
Even to my cause, O thou that art
My only God and Lord.
24 O Lord my God, do thou me judge
After thy righteousness;
And let them not their joy o'er me
25 Nor let them say within their hearts,
Ah, we would have it thus;
Nor suffer them to say, Lo, he
Is swallowed up by us.
26 Shamed and confounded be they all
That at my hurt are glad;
Let those against me that do boast
With shame and scorn be clad.
27 Let them who love my righteous cause
With gladness shout, nor cease
To say, The Lord be magnified,
Who loves his servant's peace.
28 Thy righteousness shall also he
Declared by my tongue;
The praises that belong to thee
Speak shall it all day long.
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Psalm 55 · HEAR thou my prayer, O God, hide not
1 ¬∂ Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
11 ¬∂ False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 ¬∂ Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.