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39. And again, when they are minished and brought lov: through oppression, through any plague or trouble ;

40 Thougla he suffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants: and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;

4.1 Yet helpech he the poor out of misery: and maketh him housholds like a flock of sheep.

42 The righteous will consider this and rejoice : and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.

43 Wholo is wile will ponder these things: and they shall underitand the loving kindness of the Lord.

* Psalm 108. Paratuin cor ineum.

heart is ready, my heart is ready: + I will fing and give praise with the best member that I have. 2 Awake, thou lute and harp: I myself will awake right early.

3 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people: I will fing praises unto thee among the nations.

4. For thy mercy is greater than the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.

5 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.

6 That thy beloved may be delivered: let thy right hand fave them, and hear thou me.

7 God bath fpoken in his holiness: I will rejoice therefore and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

8 Gilead is mine, and Manaffes is mine: Ephraim also is the strength of my head.

9 Judah is iny law-giver, Moab is my wash pot: over Edom will I cast out my shoe ; upon Philistia will I triumph.

David here extols God's Mercy and Truth; and becaule by it he was enabled to utter publickly the implorus his autarce ; expreffing at the faine time praises of God, and make known tu mankind the dehis asurance that he should reign over the whole Land vout sentiments of his Heart. What pity it is that of ljrael, and be victorious over the Moabites, t domi- that which is here reckoned the best of our Members ses, and all who opposed him.

firould be lo oftea rendered the worst, yea as ruly + I will fong and give praise with the best Member, Evil, full of deadly Poison' and how much have its E. By this the Pfàlmist probably meant his Tongue: perverters. to answer for!

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10 Who will lead ine into the strong city: and who will bring me into Edom? 11 Hast not thou forsaken us, O God : and wilt not thou, O

forth with our hosts? 12 O help us against the enemy : for vain is the help of man.

13 Through God we shall do great acts: and it is he that shall tread down our enemies. HPsalm 109.

Deus laudum. YO'd not thy tongue, O God of my praise : for the mouth of

the ungoủly, yca, the mouth of the deceitful is opened up


On me.

2 And they have spoken against me with false tongues : they compaffed me about allo with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

3 For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part: but I give myself unto prayer.

4. Thus have they rewarded me evil for good : and hatred for

my good will.

5 Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

6 When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned : and let his prayer be turned into fin.

7 Let his days be few: and let another take his office.
8 Let his children be' fatherless: and his wife a widow.

9 Let his children be vagabonds: and beg their bread: let them feck it also out of desolate places.

10 Let the extortioner. consume all that he hath: and let the stranger spoil his labour.

11 Let there be no man to pity him: nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.

|| In this Psalın David describes the Malice and In- of his Accusers, and promises that he will joy'u lys juilice of his Enemies, and relates particularly their celebrace him as the Deliverer of the helpless from Imprecations against him. He then beseecheth God merciless Oppresfors. to deal kindly with him, and to disappoint the Malice I Set thou an ungodly Man to be Ruler over bim, &c

12 Let his pofterity be destroyed: and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.

13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the fight of the Lord: and let not the fin of his mother be done away.

14 Let them alway be before the Lord: that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth;

15 And that, because his mind was not to do good: but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.

16 His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him ; He loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.

17 He cloathed himself with cursing, like as with a raiment: and it shall come into his bowels like water and like oil into his bones.

18 Let it be unto him as the cloke that he hath upon him : and as the girdle that he is always girded withal.

19 Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies: and to those that speak evil against my soul.

20 But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy name: for sweet is thy mercy.

21 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor : and my heart is wounded within me.

22 I go hence like the shadow that departeth and am driven away as the grashopper,

23 My knees are weak through fasting: my Aesh is dried up for want of fatness.

24. I became also a reproach unto them: they that looked upon me, shaked their heads.

25 Help me, O Lord my God : O save me according to thy mercy. Ur. This and the following Imprecations are not to tered against one Person in the fingular. And if the be confidered as the words of David, but of David's Word saying, was added after the Expresjon good Will Enemies against him: as will appear by confidering in the end of the fourth Verse the Difficulty would be that he speaks of his Enemies in the fourth Verse in fufficiently cleared up. the Plural Number, whereas this Imprecation is uf


26 And they shall know, how that this is thy hand : and that thou, Lord, hast done it.

27 Though they curse, yet bless thou: and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.

28 Let mine adversaries be cloathed with shame : and let them cover themselves with their own confusion as with a cloke.

29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth: and praise him among the multitude.

30 For he shall fand at the right hand of the poor : to fave his foul from unrighteous judges.

§ Pfalm 110.

Dixit Dominus.
HE Lord said unto my Lord: Sit thou on ny right hand,

until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion: be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.

3 In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee freewill-offerings with an holy worship: * the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.

4 The Lord sware, and will not repent: Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchifedech.

5 The Jord upon thy right hand: shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.

6. He shall judge among the heathen; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies: and smite in funder the heads over divers countries.

7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up

his head. The Pfalmift, under the Image of a young Prince, ing. This is a remarkable Prophecy concerning the taking Poffefion of a Kingdom and going forth to extraordinary Propagation of the Gospel; fignifying fubdue all that oppofe him, here foretels that the that the Converts to Christianity should be more Meffiabfhaald be exalted to the right of God; that he fplendid and namerous than the Drops of pearly Dew laould be the King and High Priest of the Church, which bespangle the Grafs on some fair Summer's that he should gloriously eftablish his Kingdom, and Morning : and like that too refreshing and fertilizing triumph over all his Enemies.

all around them by their heavenly Doctrine and Ex. Iba Dow of thy Birth is of the Womb of the Morn- amples


*. Psalm 11. Confitebor tibi. Will give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart : fecretly

among ihe faithful, and in the congregation.

2 'l he works of the Lord are great: sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

3 His work is worthy to be prailed and had in honour: and his rightcousness endureth for ever:

4 The mercisul and gracious Lord háth fo done' his marvellous works: that they ought to be had in remembrance.

5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he shall ever be mindful of liis covenant.

. 6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works: that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

Ź The works of his hands are verity and judgment: all his commandments are true.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever: and are done in truth and equity

9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name. i 10+: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wifdom: a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever.

§ Psalm 112. Beatus viri L E SS E-D is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great his commandments.

soja 2 His feed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.


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tends to the improvement of our understandings. frf letter of every Verse representing the order of the I do not mean only that itinfructs us in the know. Hebrew Alphabet ; and was probably done as an help ledge of divine and spiritual things, and makes us to the men oy: Hercin the Prophet recounts the di to underliand the great interch of our Souls

, and the vine benefits, as well in general, with respect to the concernments of Eternity better, but that, in gecreation and preservation of all things, as those which “ neral, it dcth raise and enlarge the minds of Men, had been peculiariy befowed upon the Jews. “ and make shem more capable of true knowledge, by

The fear of the Lora' is the beginning of wisdom, &c. “ fubduing their Lusts, and moderating their paflicus. With respect to this pallage, Dr. Tillcijon, faith" Re. “ Because the more any Man's Soul is cleansed from

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