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Do ye, O congregation

Do ye, O congregation, Indeed speak righteousness

Published in 2 hymnals

Full Text

1 Do ye, O congregation,
indeed speak righteousness?
O ye that are the sons of men,
judge ye with uprightness?

2 Yea, ev’n within your very hearts
ye wickedness have done;
And ye the vi’lence of your hands
do weigh the earth upon.

3 The wicked men estranged are,
ev’n from the very womb;
They, speaking lies, do stray as soon
as to the world they come.

4 Unto a serpent’s poison like
their poison doth appear;
Yea, they are like the adder deaf,
that closely stops her ear;

5 That so she may not hear the voice
of one that charm her would,
No, not though he most cunning were,
and charm most wisely could.

6 Their teeth, O God, within their mouth
break thou in pieces small;
The great teeth break thou out, O Lord,
of these young lions all.

7 Let them like waters melt away,
which downward still do flow:
In pieces cut his arrows all,
when he shall bend his bow.

8 Like to a snail that melts away,
let each of them be gone;
Like woman’s birth untimely, that
they never see the sun.

9 He shall them take away before
your pots the thorns can find,
Both living, and in fury great,
as with a stormy wind.

10 The righteous, when he vengeance sees,
he shall be joyful then;
The righteous one shall wash his feet
in blood of wicked men.

11 So men shall say, The righteous man
reward shall never miss:
And verily upon the earth
a God to judge there is.

Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases, 1800

Text Information

First Line: Do ye, O congregation, Indeed speak righteousness
Title: Do ye, O congregation
Meter: 8.6.8.6

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