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Why standest thou so far off, O Lord: and hidest thy face in the needful time of trouble?

The ungodly for his own lust doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.

For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire and speaketh good of the covetous, whom God abhorreth.

The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God: neither is God in all his thoughts.

His ways are always grievous: thy judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.

For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down: there shall no harm happen unto me.

His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud: under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.

He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets: and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are set against the poor.

For he lieth waiting secretly, even as a lion lurketh he in his den: that he may ravish the poor.

He doth ravish the poor: when he getteth him into his net. He falleth down, and humbleth himself: that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.

He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten: he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.

Arise, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand: forget not the poor. Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God: while he doth say in heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it.

Surely thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.

That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendless.

Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious: take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.

The Lord is King for ever and ever: and the heathen are perished out of the land.

Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor: thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto.

To help the fatherless and poor unto their right: that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them. Glory be, &c. Psalm 11. (8) In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye then to my soul, that she should flee as a bird unto the hill?

For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, and make ready their arrows within the quiver: that they may privily shoot at them which are true of heart.

For the foundations will be cast down: and what hath the righteous done?

The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lord's seat is in heaven. His eyes consider the poor: and his eyelids try the children of men.

The Lord alloweth the righteous: but the ungodly, and him that delighteth in wickedness, doth his soul abhor.

Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest: this shall be their portion to drink.

For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness: his countenance will behold the thing that is just. Glory be, &c.

(d) Antiphon. God is a righteous judge, strong and patient: shall God be angry every day?

(e) Antiphon. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord.

Psalm 12. (9) Help me, Lord, for there is not one godly man left : for the faithful are minished from among the children of men.

They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour: they do but flatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.

The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips: and the tongue that speaketh proud things.

Which have said, with our tongue will we prevail: we are they that ought to speak; who is Lord over us?

Now for the comfortless troubles' sake of the needy: and because of the deep sighing of the poor;

I will up, saith the Lord and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set him at rest.

The words of the Lord are pure words: even as the silver which from the earth is tried, and purified seven times in the fire.

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord thou shalt preserve him from this generation for ever.

The ungodly walk on every side: when they are exalted, the children of men are put to rebuke. Glory be, &c.

Psalm 13. (10) How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever: how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be so vexed in my heart how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes that I sleep not in death;

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him: for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.

But my trust is in thy mercy: and my heart is joyful in thy salvation.

I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest. Glory be, &c.

Psalm 14. (11)

The fool hath said in his heart: There is no God. They are corrupt, and become abominable in their doings: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and seek after God. But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become abominable: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues have they deceived: the poison of asps is under their lips.

Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are swift to shed blood.

Destruction and unhappiness is in their ways, and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes.

Have they no knowledge, that they are all such workers of mischief: eating up my people as it were bread, and call not upon the Lord?

There were they brought in great fear, even where no fear was : for God is in the generation of the righteous.

As for you, ye have made a mock at the counsel of the poor : because he putteth his trust in the Lord.

Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion! when the Lord turneth the captivity of his people: then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Glory be, &c.

Psalm 15. (12) Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle: or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?

Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.

He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour and hath not slandered his neighbour.

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He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes; and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.

He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not though it were to his own hindrance.

He that hath not given his money upon usury: nor taken reward against the innocent.

Whoso doeth these things shall never fall. Glory be, &c.

(e) Antiphon. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord: thou shalt preserve

him.

(f) Verse and Response. I have thought upon thy Name, O Lord, in the night season.

And have kept thy law.

The Lord's Prayer. (Privately till the last two petitions.)

Our Father, &c.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Absolution. O Lord Jesu Christ, hear the prayers of thy servants, and have mercy upon us, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

[Jube, Domine, benedicere.] Reader.-Sir, be pleased to bless us. Benediction 1. Minister.-The Father everlasting, bless us with a perpetual blessing. Amen.

Lesson 1. 1 Sam. xvii. 1-7. Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.

And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.

And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a val. ley between them.

And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philis. tines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Thanks be to God.

Response 1. Prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods from among you.

And He will deliver you out of the hands of the Philistines.

Reader.-Sir, be pleased to bless us.

Benediction 2. Minister.—The only-begotten Son of God, vouchsafe to bless and succour us. Amen.

Lesson 2. 1 Sam. xvii. 8-11. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day : give me a man that we may fight together.

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

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But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Thanks be to God.

Response 2. God is the avenger of all men.

He hath sent His angel,

and taken me from my Father's sheep; and hath anointed me with the oil of His mercy.

The Lord hath delivered me out of the mouth of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear.

And hath anointed me with the oil of His mercy.

Reader.-Sir, be pleased to bless us.

The Benediction. 3. Minister.-The grace of the Holy Ghost illuminate our minds and hearts.

Amen.

Lesson 3. 1 Sam. xvii. 12-16. Now David was the son of that Ephrathite

of Beth-lehem-judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.

And the three eldest sons of Jesse went, and followed Saul to the battle and the names of his three sons that went to the bat. tle were Eliab the first-born; and next unto him, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.

And David was the youngest; and the three eldest followed Saul. But David went and returned from Saul, to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

And the Philistine drew near, morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Thanks be to God.

Response 3. The Lord, who delivered me out of the mouth of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He shall deliver me from the hands of mine enemies.

God hath sent forth His mercy and truth; my soul is among lions.

He shall deliver me from the hands of mine enemies.

Glory be, &c.

He shall deliver me from the hands of mine enemies,

NOCTURN II.

(g) Antiphon. My goods.

Psalm 16. (13) Preserve me, O God: for in thee I have put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord: thou art my God, my goods are nothing unto thee.

All my delight is upon the saints, that are in the earth and upon such as excel in virtue.

But they that run after another god: shall have great trouble. Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer: neither make mention of their names within my lips.

The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup thou shalt maintain my lot.

The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground: yea, I have a goodly heritage.

I will thank the Lord for giving me warning: my reins also chasten me in the night-season.

I have set God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.

Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced my flesh also shall rest in hope.

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