Bishops' Bible

Psalms 144

David blesseth God for his mercy both to him and to man.

Psalms 144:1 {Of Dauid.} Blessed be God my rocke: who teacheth my handes to warre, and my fingers to fyght. Psalms 144:2 My holynesse and my fortresse, my refuge, and my only deliuerer: my buckler, in hym I haue put my trust, who subdueth my people vnder me. Psalms 144:3 O God, what is man that thou doest knowe hym? what is the sonne of man that thou doest thynke of hym? Psalms 144:4 Man is lyke a thyng of naught: his dayes be lyke a shadowe that passeth away.

He prayeth that God would powerfully deliver him from his enemies.

Psalms 144:5 Bowe thy heauens O God and come downe: touche the mountaynes and they shall smoke. Psalms 144:6 Cast out terrible lightninges and feare them: shoote out thyne arrowes and consume them. Psalms 144:7 Sende downe thine hand from aboue: deliuer me and take me out of the great waters, from the hande of the children of an other deuotion then I am. Psalms 144:8 Whose mouth vttereth vanitie: and their ryght hande is a ryght hande of falshood.

He promiseth to praise God.

Psalms 144:9 O Lorde I wyll syng a newe song vnto thee: and I wyll syng psalmes vnto thee vpon a Lute, [and vpon] an instrument of ten strynges. Psalms 144:10 Who geueth victorie vnto kynges: who redeemeth Dauid his seruaunt from peryll of the sworde.

He prayeth for the happy state of the kingdom.

Psalms 144:11 Redeeme me and deliuer me from the hande of the children of an other deuotion then I am: whose mouth vttereth vanitie, and their ryght hande is a ryght hande of falshood. Psalms 144:12 That our sonnes may growe vp in their youth as young plantes: that our daughters may be as corners [stones] grauen after the fashion as a palace is. Psalms 144:13 That the corners of our houses may be fylled, yeeldyng foorth all maner of stoore: that our cattell may bring foorth thousandes, [yea] ten thousandes in our streates. Psalms 144:14 That our oxen may be strong [to labour] that there be no decay: no leadyng into captiuitie, and no complaynyng in our streates. Psalms 144:15 Happy are the people that be in such a case: blessed is the people who haue God for their Lorde.

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