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2 Whereas the goodness of God: endureth yet daily?

3 Thy tongue imagineth wickedness: and with lies thou cutteft like a sharp razor.

4 Thou hast loved unrighteousness more than goodness: and to talk of lies more than righteousness.

5 Thou hast loved to speak all words that may do hurt: 0 thou false tongue.

6 Therefore thall God destroy thee for ever : he shall take thee, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling, and root thee out of the land of the living.

7 The righteous also shall see this, and fear : and shall laugh him to scorn.

8 Lo, this is the man that took not God for his strength: but trusted unto the multitude of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

9 As for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: my trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.

10 I will always give thanks unto thee for that thou hast done: and I will hope in thy Name, for thy saints like it well.

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Psalm liii. Dixit insipiens.
HE foolish body hath said in his heart: There is no

God. 2 Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickednels : there is none that doeth good.

Psalm lii.] The occasion of this psalm was the cruel malice of Doeg the Edomite, who accused and slew Abimelech the high priest with all his family, and destroyed the city of the priests, for no other reason than that he had shewed respect and kindness to David. 1 Sam. xxii.

1) The pfalmift thought it strange that any man should value himself for being able to do mischief, when God esteemed it his glory to do good. Norris. 3) Thy tongue, like a sharp instrument, cuts before one is aware of it. 10] " For it is good before thy faints.” Bib. trans. It looks well before the friends of God to see me prailing him, and putting my trust in him.

Psalm liü.] This psalm does not differ much from the xivth, first composed by David on occasion of the general revolt in Absalom's rebellion. 1; is accommodated to some other event, perhaps the first captivity,

3 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and feek after God.

4 But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become abominable: there is also none that doeth good, do not one.

5 Are not they without understanding, that work wick. edness: eating up my people as if they would eat bread? they have not called upon God.

6. They were afraid where no fear was: for God hath broken the bones of him that besieged thee; thou haft put them to confusion, because God hath despised them.

7 Oh, that the falvation were given unto Israel out of Sion : Oh, that the Lord would deliver his people out of captivity!

8 Then should Jacob rejoice: and Israel thould be right glad:

Psalm liv. Deus, in Nomine.
AVE me, O God, for thy Name's fake: and avenge

in thy strength. Hear my prayer, O God : and hearken unto the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers are risen up against me: and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my foul.

4 Behold, God is my helper : the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies : destroy thou them in thy truth.

6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O Lord : because it is so comfortable.

7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble: and mine eye bath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

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Psalm liv.] David, as it is supposed, when betrayed by the Ziphites, and furrounded by Saul, preferreth his prayer to God, and expreffes his aflurance of the divine favour, and the destruction of his enemies. Being delivered from his danger, he blesseth and praiseth God. 1 Sam. Xxü..

3) Bring them in thy just judgment to utter destruction. 61" For it is good.” Bib. tranf.

Pfalm lv. Exaudi, Deus.

HEAR my prayer, O God: and hide not thyself

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from 2 Take heed unto me, and hear me : how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.

3 The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so faft: for they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciously are they set against me.

4 My heart is disquieted within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an borrible dread hath overwhelmed me.

6 And I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove : for then would I fee away, and be at rest.

7 Lo, then would I get me away far off: and remain in the wilderness.

8 I would make haste to escape: because of the stormy wind and tempeft.

9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them : for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the cily.

10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: mischief also add sorrow are in the midst of it.

u Wickedness is therein : deceit and guile go not out of their streets.

12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour: for then I could have borne it.

13 Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify himself against me: for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him.

14. But it was even thou, my companion: my guide, and mine own familiar friend.

15 We took sweet counsel together : and walked in the house of God as friends.

Pfalmlv.1 David mournfully recounts his distresses in the time of Abfalom's rebellion, and the perfidiousness of his own principal fervants and counsellors, who were the chief authors of it; yet confidently resorts to God for his aid, and cheerfully depends on it.

9 Divide their tongues Confound their counsels, by causing some disagreement among them.

16 Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

17 As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save ine.

18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that inítanily: and he shall hear my voice.

1g It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace from the batile that was against me: for there were many with me.

20 Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down: for they will not turn, nor fear God.

21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him: and he brake his covenant.

22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart : his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very fwords.

23 O cast thy burthen upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee; and shall not fuffer the righteous to fall for ever.

24 And as for them: thou, O God, shalt bring them into the pit of destruction.

25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days: nevertheless, my trust thall be in theę, O Lord.

MORNING PRAYER.

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Psalm lvi. Miferere mei, Deus.
E merciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to

devour me: he is daily fighting, and troubling me. 2 Minè enemies are daily in hand to swallow me up: for they þe many that fight against me, O thou most Highest

. 18 Morning, evening, and noon, were three of the hours of prayer in the Jewish church. Daniel observed them in Babylon, when the royal decree made it death for him to do so:“continuing instant in prayer."

Psalm lvi.] David composed this psalm in remembrance of his great deliverance out of the hand of Saul, and of the time when he was with the Philistinęs.

3 Nevertheless, though I'am sometime afraid : yer puc I my trust in thee.

I will praise God, because of his word : I have put my trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do

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5 They daily mistake my words: all that they imagine is to do me evil.

6 They hold all altogether, and keep themselves close: and mark my iteps, when they lay wait for my soul.

7 Shall they escape for their wickedness: thou, O God, in thy displeasure thalt cast them down.

8 Thou tellest my flittings ; put my tears into thy botde: are not these things noted in thy book?

9 Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to flight : this I know; for God is on my side.

io la God's word will I rejoice: in the Lord's word will I comfort me.

1 Yea, in God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows : unto thee will I give thanks.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling : that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Psalm lvii. Miferere mei, Deus.
E merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me,

for my soul trusteth in thee: and under the Shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this tyranny be over-past.

2 I will call unto the most high God: even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand.

3 He shall send from heaven : and save me from the reproof of him that would eat me up.

4 God shall send forth his mercy and truth: my soul

is among lions.

& Flittings] The word to fit is in use in the North, for a removal from one place to another.

Psalm lvii.] This psalm was composed by David on occasion of happened in Saul's pursuit of him, when David finding Saul in the care might have killed, if he would, but fpared him. 1 Sam. Xxiv. 3.

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