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ST. NICHOLAS | Bible Passage
Holdroyd's The Spiritual Man's Companion, 1753, as adapted in Scottish Psalmody, 1854
1 O LORD my God, in thee do I
My confidence repose;
Save and deliver me from all
My persecuting foes;
2 Lest that the enemy my soul
Should, like a lion, tear,
In pieces rending it, while there
Is no deliverer.
3 O Lord my God, if it be so
That I committed this;
If it be so that in my hands
Iniquity there is;
4 If I rewarded ill to him
That was at peace with me;
(Yea, even the man that without cause
My foe was I did free;)
5 Then let the foe pursue and take
My soul, and my life thrust
Down to the earth, and let him lay
Mine honour in the dust.
6 Rise in thy wrath, Lord, raise thyself,
For my foes raging be;
And, to the judgment which thou hast
Commanded, wake for me.
7 Of nations the assembled host
Around thee shall draw nigh;
And over them do thou return
Unto thy place on high.
8 Jehovah shall the people judge;
My judge, Jehovah, be,
After my righteousness and mine
Integrity in me.
9 O let the wicked's mischief end;
The righteous fortify;
Because the righteous God art thou
Who heart and reins dost try.
10 In God, who saves the upright in heart,
Is my defence and stay.
11 God is a righteous Judge, and God
Is angry every day.
12 If he do not repent and turn,
Then he his sword will whet;
His bow he hath already bent,
And hath it ready set:
13 He also hath for him prepared
The instruments of death;
Against the persecutors he
His shafts ordained hath.
14 Behold, he with iniquity
Doth travail as in birth;
A mischief he conceived hath,
And falsehood shall bring forth.
15 He made a pit, and digged it deep,
Another there to take;
But he is fallen into the ditch
Which he himself did make.
16 On his own head shall be returned
The mischief he hath wrought;
The violence that he hath done,
Shall on himself be brought.
17 According to his righteousness
The Lord I'll magnify;
And praise will sing unto his name,
Who is the Lord most high.
1 ¬∂ O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
10 ¬∂ My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.