1 O Thou my soul, JEHOVAH bless,
his praise aloud proclaim,
Let all my pow'rs in me conspire,
to bless his holy name.
2 Still O my soul, JEHOVAH bless,
and ne'r do thou forget
His benefits so undeserv'd
so num'rous and so great.
3 He who most graciously forgives
all thine iniquities;
He all thy sicknesses removes,
and thine infirmities.
4 Who from the pit thy life redeems,
when ready to go down;
Does thee with loving-kindnesses,
and tender mercies crown.
5 Who with good things abundantly
doth satisfy thy mouth;
That like reviving eagles, so
renewed is thy youth.
6 Judgment and justice still the LORD,
for all th' oppress'd will do:
7 His ways to Moses, and his acts
to Isra'ls race did shew.
8 Most merciful JEHOVAH is,
most gracious to be found;
To anger He is very slow,
in mercy does abound.
9 Tho' He contend with us a while,
He will not always chide;
Nor keep his anger in his breast
for ever to abide.
10 He hath not dealt with us in wrath
according to our sin;
Nor has He recompenced us
as our deserts have been.
11 But as the heav'n above the earth
in height surpasses far;
His mercy so transcends to all
who Him supreamly fear.
12 As far as east is from the west
in their vast distances,
So far hath He remov'd away
from us our trespasses.
13 The pity of a father's heart
which he his sons doth bear,
The LORD such pity has for all
Who Him, as children, fear:
14 Because He knows this frame of ours,
He minds that dust are we:
15 Man's days like grass; like a field flow'r,
so flourishing is he;
16 Rut as the wind swift o'er it moves,
so quick away it goes;
And thence the place where it appear'd
no mere it ever knows,
17 But yet on them who fear the LORD,
His mercy ever is;
And on their children's children, so
descends his righteousness.
18 On such as keep his covenant
with strict integrity,
And his commandments bear in mind,
to do them faithfully.
19 The LORD hath in the heav'ns on high
established his throne:
And as the world his kingdom is.
He reigns o'er all, alone.
20 O ye his angels that excel
in strength, bless ye the LORD;
Who his commandments always do
and hearken to his word.
21 O all ye armies of the LORD,
to bless JEHOVAH join;
His ministers, who to perform
his will, with joy combine.
22 O praise the LORD, all ye his works,
with which the world is full,
In his dominion every where:
the LORD bless, O my soul!