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2 How thou hast driven out the heathen with thy hand, and planted them in : how thou haft destroyed the mations, and caft them our.

3 For they gat not the land in poffeffion through their own sword: neither was it their own arm that helped them;

4 But thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance : because thou hadít a favour unto them.

5. Thou art my King, O God: send help unto Jacob.

6 Through thee will we overthrow our enemies; and in thy Name will we tread them under, that rife up against us.

7 For I will not trust in my bow: it is not my sword that shall help me;

8. But it is thou that savest us from our enemies: and puttest them to confusion that hate us.

9 We make our boast of God all day long: and will praise thy Name for ever.

10 But now thou art far off, and puttest us to confu. fion : and goeft not forth with our armies.

u Thou nakestus to turn our backs upon our enemies: so that they which hate us, spoil our goods.

12 Thou letcest us be eaten up like sheep i and hast scattered us among the heathen.

13 Thou sellest thy people for nought: and takest no money for them.

14 Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours: to be laughed to fcorn, and had in derision of them that are round about us.

15 Thou makest us to be a by-word among the heathen : and that the people shake their heads at us.

16 My confusion is daily before me: and the shame of my face hath covered me; ;

17 For the voice of the Nanderer and blafphemer : for the enemy and avenger.

18 And though all this be come upon us, yet do we not forget thee : ñor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.

19 Our heart is not turned back: neither our steps gone out of thy way;

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20 No, not when thou hast (mitten us into the place of dragons: and covered us with the shadow of death.

21 If we have forgotten the Name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange god: shall not God search it out? for he knoweth the very secrets of the beart,

22 For thy fake also are we killed all the day long: and are counted as sheep appointed to be lain.

23 Up, Lord, why sleepest thou : awake, and be not absent from us for ever.

24. Wherefore hidest thou thy face: and forgettelt our misery and trouble?

23 For our soul is brought low even unto the dust : our belly cleaveth unto the ground.

26 Arise, and help us : and deliver us for thy mercy's fake.

Psalm xlv. Eruclavit cor meum.
Y heart is inditing of a good matter : I speak of the

things which I have made unto the King. 2 My tongue is the pen : of a ready writer.

3 Thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips, because God hath blefled thee for ever.

4 Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most mighty: according to thy worship and renown.

5 Good luck have thou with thine honour : ride on, because of the word of truth, of meekness, and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee. terrible things.

6 Thy arrows are very sharp, and the people shall be subdued unto thee: even in the midst among the King's enemies.

20 Place of dragons) A desolate uninhabited country. Psalm xlv.) This is considered as a marriage song upon the nuptials of Solomon and the daughter of the King of Egypt, 1 Kings i. 1. It relates mystically to Christ and his Church, and it cannot be applied otherwise in the way of devotion.

4) They wear their swords on horseback under their thigh in the east. This explains the words“ ride on.”

s). "And in thy majefty ride prosperously.” Bib. trant. Perhaps, fays Merrick, the sense is this: thy right hand thall know its office; by habitual exercise shall render thee expert in war, and lead thee on from conqueft to conqueft.

67 “ Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies, whereby the people fall under thee.” Bib. trans.

7 Thy feat, O God, endureth for ever : the sceptre of chy kingdom is a right sceptre.

8 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

9 All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia: out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

10 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable wo. men : upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in a ves. ture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.

11 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, incline thine ear: forget also thine own people, and thy father's house.

12 So Thall the King have pleasure in thy beauty: for. he is thy Lord God, and worship thou him.

13 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift: like as the rich also among the people shall make their fupplications before thee.

14 The King's daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold.

15 She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needle-work: the virgins that be her fellows, Iball bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.

16 With joy and gladness shall they be brought: and shall enter into the King's palace.

17 Instead of thy fathers thou lhalt have children : whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.

18 I will remember thy Name from one generation to another: therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.

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Psalm xlvi. Deus noster refugium. OD is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble.

11) “ This alludes to the great respect and submission of women to... wards their husbands” in the east.

17] “ Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children.” Bib. trans. Plalm xlvi.] This is a profession of entire trust in God, and seems to have been written in the time of that tranquillity, which is mentioned, 2 Sam. yii. 5; 1 Chron. xviii. 14.

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2 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved: and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea,

3 Though the waters thereof rage and swell: and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the fame.

4 The rivers of the flood thereof fhall make glad the city of God: the holy place of the tabernacle of the most Highest.

s God is in the midst of her, therefore shall the not be removed: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen make mucb ado, and the kingdoms are moved: but God hath shewed his voice, and the earth fhall melt away.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord : what destruction he hath brought upon the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease in all the world : he breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in funder, and burneth the chariots in the fire.

To Be still then, and know that I am God: I will be ex. alted among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord of hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.

EVENING PRAYER.

Psalm xlvii. Omnes gentes, plaudite. O Clap, your hands

together, all ye people : 0 fing 2 For the Lord is high, and to be feared : he is the great King upon all the earth.

3 He shall subdue the people under us: and the nations under our feet.

6] “The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved : he uttered his voice, the earth melted." Bib. tranf.

Pfalm xlvii.] This is a summons and invitation to all to bless God in his power and mercy, expressed remarkably to the Jews in subduing the heathen nations around them, but mystically to the Christian church in bringing the potentates of the world to be members of it.

4 He shall choose out an heritage for us: even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.

5 God is gone up with a merry noise: and the Lord with the sound of the trump.

6 O sing praises, sing praises unto our God: O ling praises, sing praises unto our King.

7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

8 God reignech over the heathen: God fitteth upon his holy feat.

9 The princes of the people are joined unto the people of the God of Abraham: for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a laield.

Psalm xlviii. Magnus Dominus.

: in the city of our God, even upon his holy hill. 2 The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth: upon the north side lieth the city of the great King; God is well known in her palaces as a fure refuge.

3 For lo, the kings of the earth : are gathered, and gone by together.

4. They marvelled to see such things: they were aftonished, and suddenly cast down.

5 Fear came there upon chem, and forrow: as upon a woman in her travail.

6 Thou shalt break the ships of the sea : through the east wind.

4] “The excellency of Jacob." Bib. tranf.
5) This may allude to the carrying of the ark up to Sion.
9] “For the shields of the earth belong unto God.” Bib. trans.

Pfalm xlvi.) This is a hymn in honour of Jerufalem, as particularly chosen for the place of God's worship, and so defended by his more im. mediate care from all hoftilities of invading enemies. It feems to have been composed after some lignal defeat of an invading army.

3 Gone by] They departed without making any attempt.

6] As the east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish, fo the divine power struck the heathen kings with verror.'

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