Page images

2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone : my treadings had well-nigh Nipt.

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

8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blafphemy: 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.

u 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 poffefsion : 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.

8) They 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 thould 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 understood I the end of these men ;

17 Namely, how thou doft fec them in slippery places: and castest them down, and destroyest them.

18 Oh, how suddenly do they consume: perish, and come to a fearful end !

19 Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh : fo halt 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 pone upon earth that I defire in comparison of thee.

25 My flesh 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 perish : 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,

2 O think upon thy congregation : whom thou hast purchased, and redeemed of old.

3 Think upon the tribe of thine inheritance: and mount Sion, wherein thou haft dwelt.

4 Lift up thy feet, that ihou mayest utterly destroy every enemy: which hath done evil in thy fanctuary.

5 Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations : and set up their banners for tokens.

6 He that hewed timber afore out of the thick trees : was known to bring it to an excellent work.

7 But now they break down all the carved work thereof: with axes and hammers.

8 They have set fire upon thy holy places: and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.

9 Yea, they faid in their hearts, Let us make havock of them all together : thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.

19 We see not our tokens; there is not one prophet more : no, not one is there among us, that understandech any more.

11 O God, how long fhall the adverfary do this dishonour : how long that the enemy blaspheme thy Name, for ever?

12 Why withdrawest thou thy hand: why pluckeft thou not thy right hand out of thy bosom to consume the enemy?

13 For God is my King of old : the help that is done upon earth, he doeth it himself.

14 Thou didst divide the sea through thy power : thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

Palm Ixxiv.] This is a prayer composed by Afaph for deliverance, and protection of God's church and people from their enemies. It seems to have been written in the time of the captivity, and describes the sacking of Jerufalem by Nebuchadnezzar, and their ftate of fadness under the re moval from Judea. 4) Make hafte.

12 Bofom This is an expression indicating indolence and unconcern. ** Nothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not fo much as bring it to his mouth again." Prov. xix. 24.

14) " Art thou not it, that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? ilt thou n it, hat hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep?" Halal li. 1o, 3.

15 Thou smotest the heads of Leviathan in pieces : and gavest him to be meat for the people in the wilderness.

1ố Thou broughtest out fountains and waters out of the hard rocks : thou driedft up mighty waters.

17 The day is thine, and the night is thine : thou haft prepared the light and the sun.

18 Thou hast see all the borders of the earth; thou haft made summer and winter.

19 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy hath rebuked: and how the foolish people hath blasphemed thy Name.

20 O deliver not the soul of thy turtle dove unto the multitude of the enemies : and forget not the congregation of the poor for ever.

2i Look upon the covenant : for all the earth is full of darkness and cruel habitations.

22 O let not the simple go away ashamed: but let the poor and needy give praise unto thy Name.

23 Arise, O God, maintain thine own cause : remember how the foolish man blasphemeth thee daily. 24 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the

prefumption of them that hate thee increaseth ever more and more.

Pfalm lxxv. Confitebimur tibi.
O , :

. 2 Thy Name also is so high : and that do thy wondrous works declare.

3. When I receive the congregation : I shall judge according unto right.

15 People in the wilderness) The wild beasts of the wilderness are the people here meant.

22] O let not our trust in thee be disappointed. Pfalm lxxv.} This psalm was composed by Afaph, in which he praises God for all his wondrous acts of mercy and of justice upon the enemies

3) When I shall have a fit season. God is judge, he will put down one and set up another.

of his people.

4 The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof: I bear up the pillars of it.

5 I said unto the fools, Deal not so madly: and to the ungodly, Ser not up your horn.

6 Set not up your horn on high : and speak not with a stiff neck.

7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west: nor yet from the south.

8 And why? God is the Judge: he putteth down one, and fetreth up another,

9 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red : it is full mixed, and he poureth out of the same.

10 As for the dregs thereof: all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and suck them out.

11 But I will talk of the God of Jacob: and praise him

for ever.

12. All the horns of the ungodly also will I break; and the horns of the righteous Thall be exalted.

Pfalm lxxvi. Notus in Judaa. . 'N Jewry is God known: his Name is great in Israel




There brake he the arrows of the bow: the laield, the sword, and the battle.

4 Thou art of more honour and might : than the hills of the robbers,

5 The proud are robbed, they have slept their sleep: and all the men, whose hands were mighty, have found nothing

7] Nor from the defert mountains, nor from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south, cometh this judgment; namely, the setting up one and putting down another.

Psalm lxxvi.] This is a commemoration of the power and majesty of God, in overthrowing the heathen invaders, and executing judgment on the enemies of his

people, and of his mercy, in hearing and answering their prayers for allistance.

Jewry] A name for Judah, 4 The hills of the robbers] Thy presence, O God, in this hill of Sion hath a far greater and more glorious power for guarding us and overcoming our enemies, than the mountains of most strength and advantage, where our enemies are gathered together, have for the fortifying themselyes, or distrelling us.

« PreviousContinue »