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2 Thou art about my path, and about my bed: and spiest out all my ways.
3 For so, there is not a word in my tongue : but thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether.
4 Thou hast fashioned me behind and before: and laid thine hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me I cannot attain unto it.
6 Whither shall I go then from thy fpirit: or whither shall I go then from thy presence ?
7. If I climb up into heaven, thou art there : if I go down to hell, thou art there alfo.
8 If I take the wings of the morning: and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
9 Even there also shall thy hand lead me : and thy right hand fhall hold me.
10. If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me: then shall my night be turned to day.
11 Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day: the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
12 For my reins are thine: thou hast covered me in my mathers womb.
13 I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works, and that my foul know.eth.
14 My bones are not hid from thee: though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.. 15 Thine eyes
my substance, yet being imperfect: and in thy book. were all my members written;
|| David here celebrates God's Omnipresence, his in- very sublime and awful defcription of God's universal finite Knowledge and wonderful Skill in the forma presence and perfect knowledge of all things affords tion of the human Body. He expresses his delight in a most powerfal motive to Virtue, and discouragement contemplating the Works of Providence--and his to Vice. For what Man:could dare to live wickedly averfion to Sin--and earneftly intreats God to cleanse under the apprehension that he is continually in the him from all Iniquity.
presence of an infieitely holy and just God, who will * O. Lord thou hafi searcked me out, &c. &c. This. moft, affuredly. punish all Workers of. Iniquity!
16 Vilich day by day were fashioned: when as yet there was none of them.
17 How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God: O how great is the sum of them!
13 If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand: when I wake up, I am present with thee.
ig Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God: depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.
20 For they speak unrighteously against thee : and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee : and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 Yea, I hate them right sore: even as though they were mine enemies.
23. Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart: prore me, and examine my thoughts.
24. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.
§ Psalm 14.0. Eripe me, Domine. ELIVER me, O Lord, from the evil man: and preserve
me from the wicked man ; 2 Who imagine mischief in their hearts : and stir up strife all the day long.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: adders poison is under their lips.
4 Keep me, O Lord, froin the hands of the ungodly: preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords : yea, and set traps in my way,
6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of iny prayers, O Lord.
This Psalm was composed against the Flatterers Monarch, of Saul who had mifeprefented David to that
7 O Lord God, thou strength of my health: thou hast covered my head in the day of battel.
8 Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord: let not his milchievous imagination prosper, left they be too proud.
9 Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them : that compass me about.
10 Let hot burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.
1 + A man full of words shall not profper upon the earth: evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.
12 Sure I am that the Lord will avenge the poor : and maintain the cause of the helpless.
13 The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name: and the just shall continue in thy sight.
* Psalm 141. Domine, clamavi. ORD, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me: and consider
my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2 Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense: and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth : and keep the door of my lips.
4 O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing : let me not be occupied in ungodly works, with the men that work wickedness, left I eat of such things as please them.
5 Let the righteous rather finite me friendly : and reprove me.
6 But let not their precious balms break my head: yea, I will pray yet against their wickedness.
7 Let their judges be overthrown in ftony places: that they may hear
my words for they are sweet. . A Man full of Words shall not projper, or By before David Hed to Gath from Saul's qe cutii this is meant one who is an Evilspeaker, Backbiter, or Sam. xxi. 10. When being aprehe. five S'cophant. And indeed it is generally observed that among Idolatois he might be templet to ruy or tio'such sort of People may nourish for a iime: yet something inconsiitert with his day, hc carnett y ima' fooner or later they meet with just punishment.
plores God's help and protection, • This Psalm was probably composed the Evening
8 Our bones lie scattered before the pit: like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.
9 But mine eyes look unto thee, O Lord God: in thee is my trust, o cast not out my soul.
10 Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me: and from the traps of the wicked doers.
11 Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together: and let me ever escape them.
E V E N I N G PRAY E R.
# Psalm 142. Voce mea ad Dominum. Cried unto the Lord with my voice : yea, even unto the Lord
did I make my supplication.
2 I poured out my complaints before him: and shewed him of my trouble.
3 When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my path: in the way
wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. 4. I looked also upon my right hand : and saw there was no man that would know me. 5 I had no place to fee unto: and no man cared for
foul, 6 I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said: Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.
7 Consider my complaint: for I am brought very low.
9. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name: which thing if thou wilt grant me, then shall the righteous resort unto my company.
unto me for thy truth and righteousness fake. I David being concealed in the Cave of Adullam, || This is the 7th and last of the penitential Psalms and surrounded by Saul's Army, here eai nestly intreats in which the royal Prophet humbly acknow ledges bis God tu allist him in that eminent danger : vowing to praise him for his deliverance.
regard his deplorable condition,-- graciously to hear
# Pfalm 143.
own unworthiness of God's favour-intreats him to
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy fight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul, he hath smitten my lise down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.
4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me: and my heart within me is defolate.
5 Yet do I remember the time past, I muse upon all thy works: yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land. 7
O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that
down into the pit.
8 O let me hear thy loving kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust: shew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: for I flee unto thee to hide me.
10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God: let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.
11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Names fake: and for thy righteousness fake bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And of thy goodness slay mine enemies: and destroy all them that vex my soul, for I am thy servant.
M O R N I N G PRAY E R.
+ Psalm 144. Benedi&tus Dominus. . Lessed be the Lord my strength: who teacheth my hands to
war, and my fingers to fight; 2 My hope, and my fortress, my castle, and deliveter, my dehis prayer,--to guide him by his fpirit and deliver him from his present diftress.
+ This is a Psalm of Thanksgiving for the victories and deliverances which God had granted to David: