50:10. To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.
50:11. Tukrn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
50:12. Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels.
50:13. Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
50:14. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.
50:15. I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee.
50:16. Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice.
50:17. O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise.
50:18. For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.
50:19. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
50:20. Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
50:21. Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.
Psalms Chapter 51
David condemneth the wickedness of Doeg, and foretelleth his destruction.
51:1. Unto the end, understanding for David,
51:2. When Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul: David went to the house of Achimelech.
51:3. Why dost thou glory in malice, thou that art mighty in iniquity?
51:4. All the day long thy tongue hath devised injustice: as a sharp razor, thou hast wrought deceit.
51:5. Thou hast loved malice more than goodness: and iniquity rather than to speak righteousness.
51:6. Thou hast loved all the words of ruin, O deceitful tongue.
51:7. Therefore will God destroy thee for ever: he will pluck thee out, and remove thee from thy dwelling place: and thy root out of the land of the living.
51:8. The just shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, and say:
51:9. Behold the man that made not God his helper: But trusted in the abundance of his riches: and prevailed in his vanity.
51:10. But I, as a fruitful olive tree in the house of God, have hoped in the mercy of God for ever, yea for ever and ever.
51:11. I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name, for it is good in the sight of thy saints.
Psalms Chapter 52
The general corruption of man before the coming of Christ.
52:1. Unto the end, for Maeleth, understandings to David. The fool said in his heart: There is no God.
Maeleth... Or Machalath. A musical instrument, or a chorus of musicians, for St. Jerome renders it, per chorum.
52:2. They are corrupted, and become abominable in iniquities: there is none that doth good.
52:3. God looked down from heaven on the children of men: to see if there were any that did understand, or did seek God.
52:4. All have gone aside, they are become unprofitable toegther, there is none that doth good, no not one.
52:5. Shall not all the workers of iniquity know, who eat up my people as they eat bread?
52:6. They have not called upon God: there have they trembled for fear, where there was no fear. For God hath scattered the bones of them that please men: they have been confounded, because God hath despised them.
God hath scattered the bones, etc... That is, God has brought to nothing the strength of all those that seek to please men, to the prejudice of their duty to their Maker.
52:7. Who will give out of Sion the salvation of Israel? when God shall bring back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psalms Chapter 53
Deus, in nomine tuo.
A prayer for help in destress.
53:1. Unto the end, in verses, understanding for David.
53:2. When the en of Ziph had come and said to Saul: Is not David hidden with us? [1 Kings 23.19]
53:3. Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me in thy strength.
53:4. O God, hear my lprayer: give ear to the words of my mouth.
53:5. For strangers have rrisen up against me; and the mighty have sought after my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.
53:6. For behold God is my helper: and the Lord is the protector of my soul.
53:7. Turn back the evils upon my enemies; and cut them off in thy truth.
53:8. I will freely sacrifice to thee, and will give praise, O God, to thy name: because it is good:
53:9. For thou hast delivered me out of all trouble: and my eye hath looked down upon my enemies.