This very beautiful and consoling
Psalm assures us that God never abandons his children. He rescues them
from every peril and rewards them richly. Like a refrain, four
times repeated, one mighty theme stands out: the just man cried out to God,
and God delivered him from every peril.
The experience of the week so far, together with the
inspiring verses of this Psalm, should give us strength and courage to
continue the battle of the week. Psalm 33 was a great favorite among
the early Christians and was often chanted as a Communion hymn during holy
Benedícam Dóminum in omni témpore : * semper laus ejus in
2 In Dómino laudábitur ánima mea : * áudiant mansuéti, et
3 Magnificáte Dóminum mecum : * et exaltémus nomen ejus in
I will bless the Lord alway; * his praise shall ever be in
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; * the humble shall
hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O praise the Lord with me, * and let us magnify his Name
4 Exquisívi Dóminum, et exaudívit me : * et ex ómnibus
tribulatiónibus meis erípuit me.
5 Accédite ad eum, et illuminámini : * et fácies vestræ non
6 Iste pauper clamávit, et Dóminus exaudívit eum : * et de
ómnibus tribulatiónibus ejus salvávit eum.
7 Immíttet Angelus Dómini in circúitu timéntium eum : * et
8 Gustáte, et vidéte quóniam suávis est Dóminus : * beátus vir,
qui sperat in eo.
9 Timéte Dóminum, omnes sancti ejus : * quóniam non est inópia
10 Dívites eguérunt et esuriérunt : * inquiréntes autem Dóminum
non minuéntur omni bono.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me; * yea, he delivered me out
of all my troubles.
5 Come ye unto him, and be enlightened; * and your faces
shall not be ashamed.
6 Lo, the poor hath cried out, and the Lord heard him; * yea, and
him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord shall tarry round about them that fear him, *
and he shall deliver them.
8 O taste, and see that the Lord is gracious: * blessed is the man
that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the Lord, ye that are his saints; * for they that fear
him lack nothing.
10 The rich have wanted, and have suffered hunger; * but they who seek the
Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.
11 Veníte, fílii, audíte me : * timórem Dómini docébo vos.
12 Quis est homo qui vult vitam : * díligit dies vidére bonos?
13 Próhibe linguam tuam a malo : * et lábia tua ne loquántur
14 Divérte a malo, et fac bonum : * inquíre pacem, et perséquere
15 Oculi Dómini super justos : * et aures ejus in preces eórum.
16 Vultus autem Dómini super faciéntes mala : * ut perdat de
terra memóriam eórum.
17 Clamavérunt justi, et Dóminus exaudívit eos : * et ex ómnibus
tribulatiónibus eórum liberávit eos.
18 Juxta est Dóminus iis, qui tribuláto sunt corde : * et
húmiles spíritu salvábit.
19 Multæ tribulatiónes justórum : * et de ómnibus his liberábit eos Dóminus.
20 Custódit Dóminus ómnia ossa eórum : * unum ex his non
21 Mors peccatórum péssima : * et qui odérunt justum,
22 Rédimet Dóminus ánimas servórum suórum : * et non delínquent
omnes qui sperant in eo.
11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me; * I will teach you the fear
of the Lord.
12 What man is he that lusteth to live, * and would fain see good
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, * and thy lips, that they speak no
14 Eschew evil, and do good; * seek peace, and ensue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, * and his ears are
open unto their prayers.
16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil, * to
root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous have cried out, and the Lord heard them, * and
them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart, * and
will save such as be of an humble spirit.
19 Great are the troubles of the righteous; * but the Lord delivereth him out of all.
20 He keepeth all his bones, * so that not one of them is broken.
21 But the death of the ungodly is most evil; * and they that hate the
righteous shall be desolate.
22 The Lord shall redeem the souls of his servants; * and all they
that put their trust in him shall not be destitute.