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Michtam of David

O ye assembly, do ye now

Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O ye assembly, do ye now,
speak righteousness indeed?
In judgment do ye sons of men,
With uprightness proceed?
2 Or do ye mischief in your hearts
devise; and with your hand
Then weigh, and deal out violence
throughout the injur'd land?

3 The wicked from the womb estrang'd
from ev'ry holy way;
And from the birth their practice is
to lie and go astray.
4 Ev'n like a serpent's poison is
the poison that they bear;
And they are like the adder deaf
That stops up close her ear.

5 Who will not hear the charmer's voice,
but deaf will still remain;
And tho' he charms with utmost skill,
can no attention gain.
6 Break Thou their teeth within their mouths,
O GOD of mighty pow'r;
The great teeth, LORD, of lions young,
prepared to devour.

7 They shall as waters melt away,
which run continually;
And all their arrows ready bent
that cut to pieces be.
8 As melting snails shall they dissolve,
and all shall pass away;
And even like untimely births,
that never see the day.

9 Ere pots perceive the blaze of thorns,
He'll seize on them alive;
And bare them in his wrath away,
as whirlwinds stubble drive.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when they
this righteous vengeance see;
And in the blood of impious men
their feet shall washed be.

11 So men shall say; sure for the just
there is a recompence;
Sure there's a GOD, a Judge on earth,
who justice will dispense.

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.) #PLVIII

Text Information

First Line: O ye assembly, do ye now
Title: Michtam of David
Language: English
Publication Date: 1758
Copyright: Public Domain


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