1 O God, thou art my righteousness,
Lord, hear me when I call:
Thou hast set me at liberty,
when I was bound in thrall:
2 Have mercy, Lord, therefore on me,
and grant me my request;
For unto thee incessantly
to cry I will not rest.
3 O mortal men, how long will ye
my glory thus despise?
Why wander ye in vanity,
and follow after lies?
4 Know ye that good and godly men
the Lord doth take and choose;
And when to him I make complaint,
he doth me not refuse.
5 Sin not, but stand in awe therefore,
examine well your heart;
And in your chamber quietly
see yourselves convert.
6 Offer to God the sacrifice
of righteousness and praise;
And look that in the living Lord
ye put your trust always.
7 The greater sort crave worldly goods
and riches do embrace;
But, Lord, grant us thy countenance,
thy favor and thy grace:
8 For thou thereby shalt make my heart
more joyful and more glad,
Than they that of their corn and wine
full great increase have had.
9 In peace therefore lie down will I,
taking my rest and sleep;
For thou only dost me, O Lord,
preserve and safely keep.