1 May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble,
the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 Send you help from his sanctuary
and strengthen you out of Zion;
3 Remember all your offerings
and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4 Grant you your hearts desire
and fulfil all your mind.
5 May we rejoice in your salvation
and triumph in the name of our God;
may the Lord perform all your petitions.
6 Now I know that the Lord will save his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven,
with the mighty strength of his right hand.
7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we will call only on the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought down and fallen,
but we are risen and stand upright.
9 O Lord, save the king
and answer us when we call upon you.
1 The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord;
how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation!
2 You have given him his hearts desire
and have not denied the request of his lips.
3 For you come to meet him with blessings of goodness
and set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
4 He asked of you life and you gave it him,
length of days, for ever and ever.
5 His honour is great because of your salvation;
glory and majesty have you laid upon him.
6 You have granted him everlasting felicity
and will make him glad with joy in your presence.
7 For the king puts his trust in the Lord;
because of the loving-kindness of the Most High,
he shall not be overthrown.
8 Your hand shall mark down all your enemies;
your right hand will find out those who hate you.
9 You will make them like a fiery oven
in the time of your wrath;
the Lord will swallow them up in his anger
and the fire will consume them.
10 Their fruit you will root out of the land
and their seed from among its inhabitants.
11 Because they intend evil against you
and devise wicked schemes
which they cannot perform,
12 You will put them to flight
when you aim your bow at their faces.
13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your own might;
we will make music and sing of your power.
16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. 17You must diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his decrees, and his statutes that he has commanded you. 18Do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may go in and occupy the good land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give you, 19thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised.
20 When your children ask you in time to come, What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord our God has commanded you? 21then you shall say to your children, We were Pharaohs slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22The Lord displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. 23He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24Then the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our lasting good, so as to keep us alive, as is now the case. 25If we diligently observe this entire commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, we will be in the right.
19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you?
20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, I am not the Messiah.*
21And they asked him, What then? Are you Elijah? He said, I am not. Are you the prophet? He answered, No.
22Then they said to him, Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?
I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
Make straight the way of the Lord ,
as the prophet Isaiah said.
24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah,* nor Elijah, nor the prophet? 26John answered them, I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal. 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
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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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