Beatus vir qui timet Dominum: in mandatis ejus volet nimis.
Potens in terra erit semen ejus; generatio rectorum benedicetur.
Gloria et divitiae in domo ejus: et justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi.
Exortum est in tenebris lumen rectis: misericors, et miserator, et justus.
Jucundus homo qui miseretur et commodat; disponet sermones suos in judicio:
quia in aeternum non commovebitur.
In memoria aeterna erit justus; ab auditione mala non timebit. Paratum cor ejus sperare in Domino,
confirmatum est cor ejus; non commovebitur donec despiciat inimicos suos.
Dispersit, dedit pauperibus; justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi:
cornu ejus exaltabitur in gloria.
Peccator videbit, et irascetur; dentibus suis fremet et tabescet:
desiderium peccatorum peribit.
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord : he hath great delight in his commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house : and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness : he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
A good man is merciful, and lendeth : and will guide his words with discretion.
For he shall never be moved : and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
He will not be afraid of any evil tidings : for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.
His heart is established, and will not shrink : until he see his desire upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor : and his righteousness remaineth for ever;
his horn shall be exalted with honour.
The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him : he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away;
the desire of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 112 (111 in Vulgate)
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)