1 How long will you forget me, O Lord; for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long shall I have anguish in my soul
and grief in my heart, day after day?
How long shall my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look upon me and answer, O Lord my God;
lighten my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
4 Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed against him,
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
5 But I put my trust in your steadfast love;
my heart will rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
for he has dealt so bountifully with me.
1 If the Lord himself had not been on our side,
now may Israel say;
2 If the Lord had not been on our side,
when enemies rose up against us;
3 Then would they have swallowed us alive
when their anger burned against us;
4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us
and the torrent gone over our soul;
over our soul would have swept the raging waters.
5 But blessed be the Lord
who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
6 Our soul has escaped
as a bird from the snare of the fowler;
the snare is broken and we are delivered.
7 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who has made heaven and earth.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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10 February 2011