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ý Ó let my mouth be filled with thy praise : that I may fing of thy glory and honour all the day long.

8 Cast me not away in the time of age: forsake me not when my strength faileth me.

9 For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul take their counsel together, saying : God hath forsaken him ; persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him.

10 Go not far from me, O God: my God, haste thee to help me.

11 Let them be confounded and perish, that are against my soul : let them be covered with thatne and dishonour, that seek to do me evil.

12 As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.

13 My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and falvacion: for I know no end thereof.

14 I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God: and will make mention of thy righteousness only.

15 Thou, O God, haft taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works. · 16 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am grey-headed : until I have lhewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.

17 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high: and great things are they that thou hast done: 0 God, who is like unto thee?

18 O what great troubles and adverfities hast thou Thewed me! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me : yea, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.

67 Monster is “ wonder,” in Bib. trans. I am reproached by many for talking of relief from heaven, when in the eye of man I am so low, and ia such a loft condition; but yet I am not disheartened by this. I know whom I have trusted.

12] Whatever their triumphs or fcoffs are, they shall not hinder me from proclaiming to all men the exceeding goodness of that God on whom I wait.

14] Whatsoever I undertake shall not be in confidence of my own Atrength, but in full reliance upon that of God alene.



19 Thou hast brought me to great honour : and com. forted me on every fide,

20 Therefore will I praise thee and thy faithfulness, O God, playing upon an instrument of music: unto thee will I fing upon the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel,

21 My lips will be fain when I sing unto thee : and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.

22 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded and brought upto shame, that seek to do me evil.

Psalm lxxi. Deus, judicium,
IVE the King thy judgments, O God: and thy

righteousness unto the King's son, 2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor.

3 The mountains also shall bring peace : and the little hills righteousness unto the people.

4. He shall keep the simple folk by their right : defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong-doer.

5. They shall fear thee, as long as the sun and moon endurerh: from one generation to another.

6 He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth.

7 In his time shall the righteous flourilh: yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.

8 His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other; and from the flood unto the world's end.

9. They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him: his enemies shall lick the dust.

19] “ Thou shalt increase my greatness.” Bib. trans. Thou shalt exal me higher than I was before the turning of thy face from me.

21 Fain] “ Shall greatly rejoice.” Bib. tranf. Psalm lxxü.] David, praying for Solomon, foretelleth his peaceful and glorious reign; and under that figure, in most lively and beautiful colours, pourtrays the kingdom of the Melliah, as the Jews themselves acknowledge.

1 King's fort] This is generally understood of Solomon. 6) There cannot be a more lively, image of a flourishing condidoa. When the fun clear shining succeeds the showers of spring, the field puts forth its belt strength, and is more beautifully arrayed than even Solomon in all his glory.-Sherlock.

10 The kings of 'Tharsis and of the illes shall give presents: the kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring gifts.

or All kings fhall fall down before him: all nations Ihall do him service.

12 For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall be favourable to the fimple and needy: and shall preserve the souls of the poor.

14 He fhall deliver their souls from falfehood and wrong: and dear shall their blood be in his fight.

15 He fhall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia : prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall be be praised.

16 There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills: his fruit fhall shake like Libanus, and Thall be green in the city like grafs upon the earth.

17 His Name shall endure for ever ; his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities : which fhall bo blessed through him; and all the heathen shall praise him.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel : which only doeth wondrous things;

19. And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever : and all the earth shall be filled with bis Majesty. Amen, Amen.



Psalm lxxiii. Quam bonus Israel ? "RULY God is loving unto Ifrael: even unto fuch

as are of a clean heart. 15] He shall see many days.

16].“ There shall be a handful of corn in the earth.” Bib. traps. There hall be a handful of corn sown on the top of the hills, the most barren spot, and yet the fruit thereof even in this foil shall shake like Libanus.

19] End. The prayers of David the fon of Jesle are ended. The plalms which, follow were composed by Afaph and other persons. There are also some of David's written after the completion of this book.

Palm lxxiii. This pfalm feems to have been compofed by Afaph, other the recorder, 1 Chron. xvi. 5, or some other person of that name of later times. It is a discourse of God's providence, and its wife purposes in permitting wicked men to prosper, although but for a time.

Their eyes

2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone : my tread. ings had well-nigh lipt.

3 And why? I was grieved at the wicked : I do allo see the ungodly in such prosperity.

4 For they are in no peril of death: but are lusty and strong.

5 They come in no misfortune like other folk: neither are they plagued like other men.

6 And this is the cause they are so holden with pride : and overwhelmed with cruelty, 7

swell with fatness: an dthey do even what they lust.

8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy: their talking is against the most High.

9 For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven: and their tongue goeth through the world.

10 Therefore fall the people unto them: and thereout suck they no small advantage.

11 Tush, say they, how should God perceive it: is there knowledge in the most High?

12 Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have riches in poffeffion : and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and walhed my hands in innocency.

13 All the day long have I been punished : and chastened every morning.

3) “ I was envious.” Bib. tranf.

4] “ For there are no pangs in their death." Bib.trans. Their death is not caused by those painful and violent pangs as those of other men frequently are.

7“ Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.” Bib. trans.

8They deride and speak maliciously: from on high they speak oppreffion. Heb. “ On high," probably refers to the seat of judgment.

9] “ They set their mouth against the heavens.” Bib. tranf.

10] Of this difficult verfe, I can offer only this explanation. His people return thither, or turn their mind thither, namely, to the consideration why the wicked should fo prosper, and why the waters of a full cup of prosperity should be wrung out to them. We read of rain descending upon a fleece of wool; and perhaps the metaphor is drawn from this cir

. cumstance.

14 Yea, and I had almost said even as they: but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.

15 Then thought I to understand this : but it was too

hard for me,

16 Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then usderstood I the end of these men ;

17 Namely, how thou dost set them in slippery places: and castest them down, and destroyest them.

18 Oh, bow suddenly do they consume: perich, and come to a fearful end !

19 Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh: so shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.

20 Thus my heart was grieved : and it went even through my reins.

21 So foolish was I, and ignorant : even as it were a a beast before thee.

22 Nevertheless, I am alway by thee ; for thou haft holden me by my right hand.

23 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel: and after that receive me with glory,

24 Whom have I in heaven but thee : and there is Done upon earth that I defire in comparison of thee.

25 My filesh and my heart faileth : but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

26 For lo, they that forsake thee shall perilh : thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee.

27 But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God: and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

Psalm lxxiv. Ut quid, Deus.
O , us fo

why is thy wrath so hot against the lheep of thy pasture?

14) “ If I say, I will speak thus ; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.” Bib. trans. The generation namely of God's children, who profess to believe in God's providence, which to deny is to deal treacherously.

19] “ Thou shalt despise their image." Bib. traps,

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