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O bless'd is he that wisely doth

O bless'd is he that wisely doth

Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O bless'd is he that does the poor
consider and relieve!
The LORD deliv'rance will to him
in time of trouble give.
2 The LORD will keep and make him live;
on earth he bless'd shall be;
Thou wilt not give him to the will
of any enemy.

3 Upon the bed of languishing
the LORD will him sustain;
Yea thou wilt easy make his bed
when sick or seiz'd with pain.
4 I said, "JEHOVAH now to me
"thy tender grace I crave;
"Heal Thou my wounded soul, because,
"I sinn'd against Thee have.

5 Those men who are mine enemies,
with evil me defame;
Their speeches are - "when will he die,
"and perish shall his name?"
6 And when they come to visit me,
they wholly speak in fraud;
But gather evil in their hearts,
and spread it then abroad.

[2 Part]

7 My foes against me all conspire
and whisper secretly,
Concerning me; to work my hurt,
they plot maliciously.
8 With joy they say, "There cleaves to him
"some bad disease or sore;
"Which mortifies and casts him down,
"that he shall rise no more."

9 Yea, ev'n my own familiar friend,
on whom I did rely;
Who eat my bread, yet hath his heel
against me lifted high.
10 But Thou, O LORD, be merciful
to me, I humbly pray;
And raise me up, that i their crimes
may properly repay.

11 By this I know assuredly,
I favour'd am by Thee;
That thou allowest not my foes
to triumph over me.
12 But Thou, in mine integrity,
dost always me sustain;
And settest me before thy face
for ever to remain.

13 The LORD, the God of Israel,
hath from eternity
Been bless'd, and shall be evermore:
AMEN, AMEN, say we.

Source: The Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, faithfully translated into English Metre: being the New-England Psalm-Book, revised and improved... (2nd ed.) #PXLI

Text Information

First Line: O bless'd is he that wisely doth
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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