O Book 1.2: The Backslidden and Rebellious Saint
C Part 1: The Backslidden Saint
O Chapter 1.1: The backslider focused on the greatness and mercy of Jehovah (Psalm 102)
¶U Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and let my cry come to you. Hide not your face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline your ear to me; in the day when I call answer me speedily: for my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones stick to my skin. I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert. I watch; and am as a sparrow alone upon the housetop. My enemies reproach me all day long; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me: for I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, because of your indignation and your wrath: for you have lifted me up, and cast me down. My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.
¶C But you, O Jehovah, shall endure forever; and your remembrance to all generations. You shall arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, moreover, the set time, has come: for your servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor its dust. So shall the heathen fear the Name of Jehovah, and all the kings of the earth your glory.
¶C When Jehovah shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people who shall be created shall praise Jehovah. For he has looked down from the height of his Sanctuary; from Heaven did Jehovah behold the earth: to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to release those that are appointed to death; to declare the Name of Jehovah in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve Jehovah.
¶O He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days. I said, “O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days; your years are throughout all generations.”
¶O You laid the foundation of the earth of old; and the heavens are the work of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall endure; moreover, all of them shall grow old like a garment; as a vesture shall you change them, and they shall be changed; but you are the same, and your years shall have no end. The children of your servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before you.
O Chapter 1.2: The backslider remembered the grace of Jehovah toward Israel (Psalm 77)
¶O I cried to God with my voice, even to God with my voice; and he gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble, I sought the Lord. My hand stretched out to God in the night, and did not cease; my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
¶O You hold my eyes awake; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night; I commune with my own heart, and my spirit made diligent search, saying: “Will the Lord cast off forever? And will he no longer be favorable? Has his mercy completely gone forever? Does his promise fail forevermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his tender mercies?” Selah.
¶C And I said, “This is my infirmity; but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of JAH; surely I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate also of all your work, and talk of your doings.
¶C Your way, O God, is in the Sanctuary. Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God that does wonders; you have declared your strength among the people. You have with your arm redeemed your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
¶U The waters saw you, O God; the waters saw you; they were afraid; the depths also were troubled. The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound; your arrows also went abroad. The voice of your thunder was in the heaven; the lightning lightened the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way is in the sea, and your path in the great waters; and your footsteps are not known. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
C Chapter 1.3: The backslider rejoiced in the forgiveness of Jehovah (Psalm 30)
¶U I will extol you, O Jehovah: for you have lifted me up, and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.
¶C O Jehovah my God, I cried to you, and you healed me.
¶C O Jehovah, you have brought up my soul from the grave; you have kept me alive, so that I would not go down to the grave.
¶U Sing to Jehovah, O you saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness: for his anger endures only for a moment; in his favor is Life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
¶C But in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”
¶C Jehovah, only by your favor have you made my mountain to stand strong; you hid your face, and I was troubled.
¶O I cried to you, O Jehovah, and to Jehovah I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the grave? Shall the dust praise you? Shall it declare your truth?
¶O Hear, O Jehovah, and have mercy upon me. O Jehovah, be my helper.
¶C You have turned for me my mourning into dancing.
¶C You have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to you, and not be silent.
¶U O Jehovah my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
C Chapter 1.4: The backslider repented of his sins (Psalm 51)
¶U Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
¶C Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin: for I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is always before me.
¶C Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight, that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge.
¶U Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
¶C Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.
¶C Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which you have broken may rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
¶O Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free Spirit.
¶O Then will I teach transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted to you.
¶C Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
¶C O Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall show forth your praise: for you do not desire sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; you do not delight in burnt offering. The true sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
¶U Do good in your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then shall you be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering. Then shall they offer bulls upon your altar.
U Chapter 1.5: The backslider was restored to fellowship with Jehovah (Psalm 116)
¶U I love Jehovah, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he has inclined his ear to me; therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
¶C The sorrows of death surrounded me, and the pains of Hell laid hold upon me; I found trouble and sorrow.
¶C Then I called upon the Name of Jehovah, “O Jehovah, please, deliver my soul.”
¶O Gracious is Jehovah, and righteous; moreover, our God is merciful. Jehovah preserves the simple. I was brought low, and he helped me.
¶O Return to your rest, O my soul: for Jehovah has dealt bountifully with you: for you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before Jehovah in the land of the living.
¶C I believed; therefore have I spoken. I was greatly afflicted; I said in my haste, “All men are liars.”
¶C What shall I render to Jehovah for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of Jehovah. I will pay my vows to Jehovah now in the presence of all his people.
¶U Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints.
¶C O Jehovah, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, and the son of your maidservant; you have loosened my bonds.
¶C I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of Jehovah.
¶U I will pay my vows to Jehovah now in the presence of all his people, in the courts of Jehovah’s House, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise Jehovah!
C Part 2: The Rebellious Saint
O Chapter 2.1: The rebellious saint pled for mercy from Jehovah (Psalm 6)
¶U O Jehovah, rebuke me not in your anger; neither discipline me in your hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O Jehovah: for I am weak. O Jehovah, heal me: for my bones tremble. My soul is also greatly afraid; but you, O Jehovah, how long?
¶C Return, O Jehovah, deliver my soul; oh save me for your mercies’ sake: for in death there is no remembrance of you; in the grave who shall give you thanks?
¶C I am weary with my groaning; I make my bed to swim all night long; I water my couch with my tears. My eye is consumed because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies.
¶O Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity: for Jehovah has heard the voice of my weeping. Jehovah has heard my supplication; Jehovah will receive my prayer.
¶O Let all my enemies be ashamed and afraid; let them return and be suddenly ashamed.
O Chapter 2.2: The rebellious saint did not understand the wrath of God upon him (Psalm 88)
¶O O Jehovah God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you, and incline your ear to my cry: for my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave. I am counted with them that go down into Hell; I am as a man that has no strength; adrift among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom you no longer remember; and they are cut off from your hand. You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. Your wrath lies hard upon me, and you have afflicted me with all your waves. Selah.
¶O You have put away my acquaintance far from me; you have made me an abomination to them. I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. My eye mourns by reason of affliction.
¶C Jehovah, I have called daily upon you; I have stretched out my hands to you. Will you show wonders to the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah. Shall your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in destruction? Shall your wonders be known in the dark, and your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
¶C But I have cried to you, O Jehovah; and in the morning shall my prayer come before you. Jehovah, why do you cast off my soul? Why do you hide your face from me? I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors I am distracted. Your fierce wrath goes over me; your terrors have cut me off. They came around me daily like water; they surrounded me together.
¶U Loved one and friend have you put far from me, and my acquaintance into darkness.
C Chapter 2.3: The rebellious saint was consumed by the blow of God’s hand (Psalm 39)
¶U I said, “I will take heed to my ways, so that I do not sin with my tongue; I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked are before me.”
¶C I was mute with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
¶C My heart was hot within me; while I was musing the fire burned.
¶U I spoke with my tongue, “Jehovah, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.
¶C Behold, you have made my days as a handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you; truly every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
¶C Surely every man walks in a vain display; surely they are disquieted in vain. He heaps up riches, and does not know who shall gather them.
¶O And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.
¶O Deliver me from all my transgressions; make me not the reproach of the foolish. I was mute; I did not open my mouth, because you did it. Remove your stroke away from me; I am consumed by the blow of your hand. When you correct man with rebukes for his iniquity, you make his beauty to consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah.
¶C Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and give ear to my cry.
¶C Hold not your peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with you, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
¶U O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go from here, and be no more.”
C Chapter 2.4: The rebellious saint was pressed sore by the hand of Jehovah (Psalm 38)
¶U O Jehovah, rebuke me not in your wrath; neither discipline me in your hot displeasure: for your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me sore.
¶C There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin: for my iniquities have gone over my head; as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
¶C My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all day long: for my groin is filled with a loathsome disease; and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken; I have cried by reason of the turmoil of my heart.
¶U Lord, all my desire is before you; and my groaning is not hidden from you. My heart pants; my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.
¶C My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore, and my relatives stand far away.
¶C They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; and they that seek my harm speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all day long.
¶O But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was like a mute man that opens not his mouth. Thus I was like a man that hears not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
¶O For in you, O Jehovah, do I hope. You will hear, O Lord my God: for I said, “Hear me, lest they should rejoice over me; when my foot slips, they magnify themselves against me.” For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me: for I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
¶C But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong. And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
¶C They also that render evil for good are my adversaries, because I follow that which is good.
¶U Forsake me not, O Jehovah; O my God, be not far from me. Hurry to help me, O Lord my salvation.
U Chapter 2.5: The rebellious saint repented of his sins (Psalm 32)
¶U Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
¶C Blessed is the man to whom Jehovah does not impute not iniquity;
¶C and in whose spirit there is no guile.
¶O When I kept silence, my bones became old through my crying all day long: for day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
¶O I acknowledged my sin to you, and I have not hidden my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to Jehovah”; and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
¶C For this reason every one that is godly shall pray to you in a time when you may be found. Surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come near to him.
¶C You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
¶U “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go; I will guide you with my eye. Be not as the horse or the mule, which have no understanding, whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near you.”
¶C Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
¶C but he that trusts in Jehovah, mercy shall surround him.
¶U Be glad in Jehovah, and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you that are upright in heart.