A Hym. Of Solomon. For Help to the Holy.
When my soul slumbered, away from the Lord, I almost slipped In the lethargy of the sleep of those 1 Reading τω̂ν for τῳ̂. far from God – 2 My soul was almost poured out to death, Close to the gates of Sheol, alongside the sinner, 3 With my soul separated from the Lord God of Israel – Had not the Lord succoured me in his everlasting mercy. 4 He goaded me, as a horse is spurred, to awaken me to him, My saviour and helper at all times saved me. 5 I will give thanks to thee, O God, for thou didst help me, to save me, And thou didst not reckon me among sinners for destruction. 6 Remove not thy mercy from me, O God, Nor mindfulness of thee from my heart until death. 7 Hold me back 2 Lit. ‘prevail over me’. from wicked sin, O God, And from every wicked 3 Possibly read ποϱνείας (‘of unchastity’) for πονηϱα̂ς (‘wicked’). woman who causes the foolish to stumble; 8 And let not the beauty of a woman who acts lawlessly beguile me, Nor that of any useless thing which takes its origin in sin. 9 Direct the works of my hands before thee, 4 MSS ‘in thy place’. And preserve my footsteps in the mindfulness of thee. 10 Keep my tongue and my lips in words of truth: Anger and unreasoning wrath remove far from me. 11 Complaint and faint-heartedness in affliction keep far from me, When, if I sin, thou chastenest me to turn me back. 12 But confirm my soul with good will and cheerfulness: When thou strengthenest my soul, what is given me will suffice me. 13 For if thou strengthenest not, Who will endure chastisement in penury? 14 When a man is rebuked because of his corruption, Thy testing of him is in his flesh and in the affliction of penury. 15 If the righteous endures in all these, he shall receive mercy from the Lord.