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5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth: and will guide his words with discretion.

6 For he shall never be moved: and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.

7 He will not be afraid of any evil tiding: for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.

8 His heart is established, and will not shrink : until he see his desire upon his enemies.

9 He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth for ever ; his horn Mall be exalted with honour.

10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him: he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the defire of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm cxiji. Laudate, pueri.
RAISE the Lord, ye servants: 0 praise the Name

of the Lord. 2 Blessed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.

3 The Lord's Name is praised : from the rising up of the suni unto the going down of the fame.

4 The Lord is high above all heathen: and his glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high : and yet humbletli himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?

6 He taketh up the fimple out of the dust: and lifteth the

poor out of the mire ; 7 That he may set him with the princes: even with the princes of his people.

8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house : and to be a joyful mother of children.

Psalm cxiii.] This is a commemoration of the glory and condescensión of God, and the great works of his providence to the most afflicted abje& creatures.

$) Highly as our Lord is exalted above this system, above these heavens and this earth of ours, yet He condescendeth to regard every thing that passeth here, and to make us, the inhabitants of this lower world, and for our fakes all the other creatures in it, the objects of his peculiar care and Paternal love.



Psalm cxiv. In exitu Israel.
HEN Israel came out of Egypt: and the house of

Jacob from among the strange people, 2 Judah was his sanctuary: and Israel his dominion. 3 The sea faw that, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams : and the little hills like young sheep.

5 What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest: and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams: and ye little hills, like young sheep?

7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the God of Jacob;

8 Who turned the hard rock into a standing water: and the flint-stone into a springing well. Pfalm cxv.

Non nobis, Domine.
OT unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy

Name give the praise : for thy loving mercy, and for thy truth's fake.

2 Wherefore shall the heathen say: Where is now their God?

3 As for our God, he is in heaven : he hath done whatsoever pleased him.

4 Their idols are filver and gold: even the work of men's hands.


Psalm cxiv.] This is a brief recital of the miraculous works of God to his people the Jews, in their redemption out of Egypt, and journey to Canaan; an emblem of his greater mercy in the redemption of mankind by the death of his Son.

4] Mount Sinai; all the greater and lesser branches of it did gready more and shake. Exod xxvii. 8; Numb. xx.

Plalm cxv.) In this pfalm the true and only God is glorified in opposition to all idol deities, and all persons are called upon to place their whole trust in Him.

2) Should the infulting adversary ask the above question, " Where is now their God?" the faithful are ready with their reply, “Our God is in the heavens;" He is, where He ever was, upon his glorious throne, high crer all the kingdoms of the world, and the powers of created nature.

5 They have mouths, and speak not: eyes have they, and fee not.

6 They have ears, and hear not : noses have they, and smell not.

7 They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

8 They that make them are like unto them : and so are all such as put their trust in them.

9 But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their succour and defence.

Jo Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord : he is their helper and defender.

11 Ye that fear the Lord, put your trust in the Lord; he is their helper and defender.

12 The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us : even he shall bless the house of Ifrael, he Thall bless the house of Aaron.

13 He shall bless them that fear the Lord: both small

and great.

14 The Lord fhall increase you more and more : you and your children.

15 Ye are the blessed of the Lord: who made heaven and earth.

16 All the whole heavens are the Lord's: the earth hath he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not thee, O Lord: neither all shey that go down into silence.

18 But we will praise the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.

Praise the Lord.


Psalm cxvi. Dilexi, quoniam. I AM well pleased : that the Lord hath heard the voice


my prayer; Pfalm cxvi.) This is a grateful acknowledgment of God's seasonable deliverances, and gracious returns unto the prayers of his afflicted distressed servant. It is thought to have been composed by David upon his delivery from the rebellion of Absalom; after which he immediately had the power of returning to the fanctuary and public assembly at Jerufalem.

2 That he hath inclined his ear unto me: therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

3 The snares of death compaffed me round about: and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.

4 I shall find trouble and heaviness; and I will call upon the Name of the Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous: yea, our God is merciful.

6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was in misery, and he helped me.

7 Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul: for the Lord hath rewarded thee.

8 And why? thou hast delivered my soul from death: mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

9 I will walk before the Lord: in the land of the living.

10 I believed, and therefore will I speak; but I was sore troubled: I said in my harte, All men are liars.

11 What reward fhall I give unto the Lord : for all the benefits that he hath done unto me?

12 I will receive the cup of salvation: and call upon the Name of the Lord.

13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people: right dear in the fight of the Lord is the death of his faints.

14 Behold, O Lord, how that I am thy servant: I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast broken my bonds in funder.

15 I will offer to thee the facrifice of thanksgiving: and will call upon the Name of the Lord.

16 I will pay my vows unto the Lord, in the fight of all his people: in the courts of the Lord's house, even in the midst of thee, O Jerufalem. Praise the Lord.

12] The commemoration of the passover, or poftcænium, advanced by Chrift into the facrament of his blood, was concluded, after the Jewish custom, with a hymn. The modern Jews, when they annually celebrate tke deliverance of their forefathers in Egypt, take a cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord, finging a portion of the book of psalms. They drink the wine, and do not pour it upon the ground.

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Pfalm cxvii. Laudate Dominum. O Praise the Lord, all

Praise the Lord, all ye heathen : praise him, all ye 2 For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us : and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord.

Pfalm cxviii. Confitemini Domino.
Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious :

because his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let Israel now confess, that he is gracious; and that his mercy endureth for ever.

3 Let the house of Aaron now confess : that his mercy endureth for ever.

4 Yea, let them now that fear the Lord confess: that his mercy endureth for ever.

5 I called upon the Lord in trouble : and the Lord heard me at large.

6 The Lord is on my fide: I will not fear what man doeth unto me.

7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me : therefore Thall I see my desire upon mine enemies.

Psalm cxvii.) This seems to be altogether prophetical of the joy that all the world should experience at the coming of the Melliah, to give falvation, first to the Jews, and then to all other nations, according to his faithful promise.

1] It is remarkable that of fo short a psalm one verse is quoted in the New Testament by St. Paul; the secoud verse is explained, although not quoted, Rom. xv. 8, 9. " All the nations,” (Bib. tranf.) by which expresfton, all the people of the Gentile world, and the whole creation, are signified.

Pfalm cxviii.] This seems to be a gratulatory hymn to David upon his full and undifturbed possession of the kingdoní, after the ark was brought to Jerusalem; and was probably appointed to be fung at the Feast of Tabernacles, (some parts of it in the person of the people, and others in the person of the king himself) the most joyful folemnity in the whole year, as about this time the armies returned home from the field, and Hosanna was the acclamation then used of course, although noextraordinary accident had happened. It is applied both by our Saviour, Matth. xxi. 42; and by St. Peter, 1 Pet. ii. 4, to Christ the Son of David. It consists of praises to God for all his mercies.

1-18] The whole nation is invited to join with the king on this joyful occasion. He describes at large his danger, and his deliverance he alcribes to the power and goodness of Jehovah.


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