1 Blessed be the
LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers
2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer;
my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under
3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the
son of man, that thou makest account of him!
4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth
5 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains,
and they shall smoke.
6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows,
and destroy them.
7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of
great waters, from the hand of strange children;
8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right
hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and
an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth
David his servant from the hurtful sword.
11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children,
whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right
hand of falsehood:
12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that
our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude
of a palace:
13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store:
that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in
14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking
in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy
is that people, whose God is the LORD.