Psalm 31 (Mid-hour of Third Hour, Holy Baptism)
(Psalm 32 – Hebrew Numbering)
Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not sin, and in whose mouth there is no guile.
Because I kept silence, my bones are waxed old through my crying all the day long.
For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me, I was reduced to misery whilst the thorn stuck fast in me.
Mine iniquity have I acknowledged, and my sin have I not hid.
I said: I will confess mine iniquities before the Lord against myself.
And Thou forgavest the ungodliness of my heart.
For this shall every one that is holy pray unto Thee in a seasonable time; moreover, in a flood of many waters shall they not come nigh unto him.
Thou art my refuge from the affliction which surroundeth me; O my Rejoicing, deliver me from them which have encircled me.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in this way which thou shalt go; I will fix Mine eyes upon thee.
Be ye not as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding; whose jaws thou must hold with bit and bridle, lest they come nigh unto thee.
Many are the scourges of the sinner, but mercy shall encircle him that hopeth in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous; and glory, all ye that are upright of heart.