THE BOOK OF ODES
I. FIRST ODE OF MOSES
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord
1 I will sing unto the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.
4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host he has cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom like a stone.
6 Your right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: your right hand, O Lord, has dashed in pieces the enemy.
7 And in the greatness of your excellency you have overthrown them that rose up against you: you sent forth your wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
8 And with the blast of your nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as a heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
10 You blew with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11 Who is like unto you, O Lord, among the gods? who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
12 You stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them.
13 You in your mercy have led forth the people which you have redeemed: you have guided them in your strength unto your holy habitation.
14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of your arm they shall be as still as a stone; till your people pass over, O Lord, till the people pass over, which you have purchased.
17 You shall bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which you have made for yourself to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
18 The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.
19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
II.THE SECOND ODE OF MOSES
1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew as raindrops on the tender herb and as showers on the grass.
3 For I proclaim the name of the Lord: ascribe greatness to our God.
4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
5 They have corrupted themselves; they are not His children, because of their blemish: a perverse and crooked generation.
6 Do you thus deal with the Lord, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?
7 Remember the days of old. Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you:
8 When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations. When He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.
9 For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.
10 He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings,
12 So the Lord alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him.
13 He made him ride in the heights of the earth, that he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock;
14 Curds from the cattle, and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs; and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the choicest wheat; and you drank wine, the blood of the grapes.
15 But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; you grew fat, you grew thick, you are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; with abominations they provoked Him to anger.
17 They sacrificed to demons, not to God, to gods they did not know, to new gods, new arrivals that your fathers did not fear.
18 Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten the God who fathered you.
19 And when the Lord saw it, He spurned them, because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.
20 And He said: I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith.
21 They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; they have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell. It shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 I will heap disasters on them; I will spend My arrows on them.
24 They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction; I will also send against them the teeth of beasts, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
25 The sword shall destroy outside; there shall be terror within for the young man and virgin, the nursing child with the man of gray hairs.
26 I would have said, I will dash them in pieces, I will make the memory of them to cease from among men,
27 Had I not feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should misunderstand, lest they should say, Our hand is high; and it is not the Lord who has done all this.
28 For they are a nation void of counsel, nor is there any understanding in them.
29 Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30 How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had surrendered them?
31 For their rock is not like our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom and of the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter.
33 Their wine is the poison of serpents, and the cruel venom of cobras.
34 Is this not laid up in store with Me, sealed up among My treasures?
35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.
36 For the Lord will judge His people and have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their power is gone, and there is no one remaining, bond or free.
37 He will say: Where are their gods, the rock in which they sought refuge?
38 Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise and help you, and be your refuge.
39 Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.
40 For I raise My hand to heaven, and say, As I live forever,
41 If I whet My glittering sword, and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, and repay those who hate Me.
42 I will make My arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh, with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the heads of the leaders of the enemy.
43 Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people and let all the gods worship Him; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people.
III. PRAYER OF ANNA MOTHER OF SAMUEL
And Anna prayed and said
1 My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.
2 There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.
5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
6 The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
8 He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and on them he has set the world.
9 He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.
IV. PRAYER OF HABAKKUK
1 O Lord, I have heard your speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
2 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
3 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
4 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
5 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
6 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
7 Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? was your anger against the rivers? was your wrath against the sea, that you rode upon your horses and your chariots of salvation?
8 Your bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even your word. Selah. You cleaved the earth with rivers.
9 The mountains saw you, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
10 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of your arrows they went, and at the shining of your glittering spear.
11 You marched through the land in indignation, You threshed the heathen in anger.
12 You went forth for the salvation of your people, even for salvation with your anointed; you wounded the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
13 You struck through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
14 You walked through the sea with your horses, through the heap of great waters.
15 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he comes up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
16 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
17 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
18 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon my high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
19 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early: for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
20 Let favor be shown to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
21 Lord, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yes, the fire of your enemies shall devour them.
22 Lord, you will ordain peace for us: for you also have wrought all our works in us.
23 O Lord our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us: but by you only will we make mention of your name.
24 They are dead ones, they shall not live; they are shades, they shall not rise: therefore you have visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
25 You have increased the nation, O Lord, you have increased the nation: you are glorified: you had removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.
26 Lord, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer when your chastening was upon them.
27 Like as a woman with child, that draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs; so have we been in your sight, O Lord.
28 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
29 Thy dead men shall live, together with my soul shall they arise. Awake and sing, all of you that dwell in dust: for your dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
30 Come, my people, enter into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over past.
V. PRAYER OF JONAH
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly
1 “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me.
2 “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice.
3 For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul. The deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God.
7 “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.
8 “Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.”
So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
VI. PRAYER OF AZARIAH
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked around in the flames, singing hymns to God, blessing the Lord. While standing and praying in the middle of the fire, Azariah spoke.
1 Blessed are you, Lord God of our ancestors.
2 You deserve to be praised and honored forever!
3 Everything you have done to us is fair.
4 All your actions are right, your ways consistent; all your decisions are sound.
5 You judged us fairly in all the things you have done to us and to Jerusalem, our ancestors’ holy city. You were honest and fair in doing all these things to us because of our sins.
6 We sinned and broke the law by turning from you; we sinned in everything we did.
7 We did not obey your commands; we did not keep them or do as you ordered us, although the orders were for our own good.
8 All that you have brought upon us, all that you have done to us, has been fair.
9 You handed us over to our enemies, immoral rebels who hate God’s laws, and to an unjust king, the most evil one in the whole world.
10 Now there’s nothing that we can say. Shame and blame cover your servants and those who worship you.
11 For the sake of your own reputation, please don’t hand us over permanently! Don’t set aside your covenant!
12 Don’t turn your mercy away from us! Hold to it for the sake of Abraham, whom you loved, and Isaac, your servant, and Israel, your holy one.
13 You told them you would give them descendants, as many as the stars of the sky and the grains of sand beside the sea.
14 Look, Lord, we have become smaller than any other nation. We are disgraced now in front of everybody because of our sins.
15 In this time we have no ruler or prophet or leader, no entirely burned offering or sacrifice, no special gift or incense, no place to bring gifts to you and find mercy.
16 Accept us, please, with our crushed souls and humble spirits, as if we brought entirely burned offerings of rams and bulls, as if we brought tens of thousands of fat lambs.
17 May this be the kind of offering we make in your presence today, and may we follow you completely, since no shame will come to those who come to terms with you.
18 Now we follow you with our hearts, honor you, and seek your presence.
19 Don’t put us to shame! Instead, deal with us in line with your kindness and great mercy.
20 As you have worked wonders before, so rescue us now! Build up your reputation, Lord!
21 Let all who mistreat your servants be humiliated. Let them be put to shame and lose all their authority; may their strength be smashed.
22 Let them know that you alone are the Lord God, more honored than anyone else in the world.
VII. CANTICLE OF THE THREE YOUNG MEN
Then with one voice the three began singing hymns, praising and blessing God right there in the furnace.
1 Blessed are you, Lord God of our ancestors. You are worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever. Blessed is your glorious and holy reputation, worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
2 Blessed are you in your glorious, holy temple, worthy of hymns and honored above all others forever.
3 Blessed are you, sitting on the winged creatures, looking down into the farthest depths, worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
4 Blessed are you on your royal throne, worthy of hymns and raised high above all others forever.
5 Blessed are you in the dome of the sky, worthy of hymns and honored forever.
6 All works of the Lord, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
7 Heavens, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
8 Angels serving the Lord, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
9 All you waters above the sky, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
10 All you heavenly powers, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
11 Sun and moon, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
12 Stars of the sky, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
13 Rain storms and dew, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
14 All you winds, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
15 Fire and burning, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
16 Cold and heat, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
17 Dew drops and falling snow, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
18 Nights and days, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
19 Light and darkness, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
20 Ice and winter, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
21 Frost and snow, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
22 Lightning and clouds, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
23 Let the earth bless the Lord. Let it sing hymns and lift God high above all others forever.
24 Mountains and hills, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
25 All you things that grow in the earth, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
26 Oceans and rivers, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
27 Running waters, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
28 Sea monsters and all you things that swarm in the water, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
29 All birds of the sky, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
30 Wild and tame animals, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
31 You human beings, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
32 Israel, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
33 Priests, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
34 You who serve the Lord, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
35 Spirits and souls of good people, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
36 You people who are holy and have humble hearts, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever.
37 Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, bless the Lord, sing hymns, and lift God high above all others forever, because he rescued us from the grave, and saved us from death. God pulled us out of the middle of the scorching furnace, and pulled us out of the middle of the fire.
38 Tell people that the Lord is good, because his mercy lasts forever.
39 All you who worship the Lord, the God of gods, bless him, sing hymns, and tell people that God’s mercy lasts forever!
VIII. CANTICLE OF MARY
1 “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
2 From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.
3 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
4 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
5 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
6 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
7 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
IX. BENEDICTUS, OR CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
1 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
2 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David as he said through his holy prophets of long ago, salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
3 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.
X. CANTICLE OF ISAIAH
1 I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
2 He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.
3 Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.
4 What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?
5 Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled.
6 I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it.
7 The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.
8 Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land.
9 The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing: Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants.
XI. PRAYER OF HEZEKIAH
1 I said, In the middle of my days I must depart; I am consigned to the gates of Sheol for the rest of my years.
2 I said, I shall not see the Lord, the Lord in the land of the living; I shall look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world.
3 My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me like a shepherd's tent; like a weaver I have rolled up my life; he cuts me off from the loom; from day to night you bring me to an end;
4 I calmed myself until morning; like a lion he breaks all my bones; from day to night you bring me to an end.
5 Like a swallow or a crane I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!
6 What shall I say? For he has spoken to me, and he himself has done it. I walk slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.
7 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. Oh restore me to health and make me live!
8 Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.
9 For Sheol does not thank you; death does not praise you; those who go down to the pit do not hope for your faithfulness.
10 The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness.
11 The Lord will save me, and we will play my music on stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the Lord.
XII. PRAYER OF MANASSEH
1 O Lord Almighty, God of our ancestors, of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and of their righteous offspring;
2 you who made heaven and earth with all their order;
3 who shackled the sea by your word of command, who confined the deep and sealed it with your terrible and glorious name;
4 at whom all things shudder, and tremble before your power,
5 for your glorious splendor cannot be borne, and the wrath of your threat to sinners is unendurable;
6 yet immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised mercy,
7 for you are the Lord Most High, of great compassion, long-suffering, and very merciful, and you relent at human suffering. O Lord, according to your great goodness you have promised repentance and forgiveness to those who have sinned against you, and in the multitude of your mercies you have appointed repentance for sinners, so that they may be saved.
8 Therefore you, O Lord, God of the righteous, have not appointed repentance for the righteous,
for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who did not sin against you, but you have appointed repentance for me, who am a sinner.
9 For the sins I have committed are more in number than the sand of the sea; my transgressions are multiplied, O Lord, they are multiplied! I am not worthy to look up and see the height of heaven because of the multitude of my iniquities.
10 I am weighted down with many an iron fetter, so that I am rejected* because of my sins, and I have no relief; for I have provoked your wrath and have done what is evil in your sight, setting up abominations and multiplying offenses.
11 And now I bend the knee of my heart, imploring you for your kindness.
12 I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge my transgressions.
13 I earnestly implore you, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me! Do not destroy me with my transgressions! Do not be angry with me for ever or store up evil for me; do not condemn me to the depths of the earth. For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent,
14 and in me you will manifest your goodness; for, unworthy as I am, you will save me according to your great mercy,
15 and I will praise you continually all the days of my life. For all the host of heaven sings your praise, and yours is the glory for ever. Amen.
XIII. NUNC DIMITTIS, OR CANTICLE OF SIMEON
1 Now let your servant depart, Lord, According to your word, in peace; for my eyes have seen your salvation,
2 Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples; a light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of your people Israel.
XIV. GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO, OR CANTICLE OF THE EARLY MORNING
1 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
2 he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues my peoples under me.
3 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
HERE ENDS THE BOOK OF ODES