Psalm 115         N.

Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre


   1  Not unto us, Lord, not to us,
         but to thy name give praise,
      Both for thy mercy and thy truth
         that are in thee always.
   2  Why shall the heathen scorners say,
         Where is their God become?
      Our God he is in heav'n, and what
         he willed, that he hath done.
   3  Their idols silver are and gold,
         work of men's hands they be;
      They have a mouth, but do not speak,
         and eyes, but do not see:
   4  And they have ears joined to their heads,
         but do not hear at all;
      Noses also they form-ed have,
         but not to smell withal:
   5  And hands they have, but handle not,
         and feet, but cannot walk:
      A throat they have, yet through the same
         they do not speak or talk.
   6  They and their makers are alike,
         and those whose trust they be:
      O Israel, trust in the Lord,
         thy help and shield is he.
   7  O Aaron's house, trust in the Lord,
         that still defendeth thee;
      Ye that do fear him, trust in him,
         your sure defense is he.
   8  The Lord of us hath mindful been,
         and will us bless also,
      On Israel and Aaron's house
         his blessings will bellow,
   9  They that be fearers of the Lord,
         he sure will bless them all,
      Yea, he will bless them ev'ry one,
         e'en both the great and small.
  10  To you always the living Lord
         will multiply his grace,
      And also to the children that
         shall follow of your race.
  11  Ye are the blessed of the Lord,
         e'en of the Lord most high,
      Who both the heav'ns and earth did make 
         and fix immovably.
  12  The heav'ns above the highest heav'n
         belong unto the Lord
      The earth unto the sons of men
         he gave of free accord.
  13  They that be dead do not with praise
         set forth the Lord's renown,
      Nor any that unto the place
         of silence do go down:
  14  But we will praise the Lord our God
         henceforth for evermore;
      He only worthy is of praise:
         Praise ye the Lord therefore.

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