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2 Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away : and like as wax melteth at the fire, fo let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God: let them also be merry and joyful.

4 O sing unto God, and fing praises unto his name : magnify him that rideth upon the heavens, as it were upon an horfe; praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.

5 He is a father of the fatherlefs, and defendeth the cause of the widows : even God in his holy habitation.

6 He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringesh the prisoners out of captivity: but letterh the runagates continue in fcarceness.

7 O God, when thou wentest forth before the people: when thou wentest through the wilderness,

8 The earth fhook, and the heavens dropped at the prefence of God: even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.

9 Thou, O God, fentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance: and refreshedst it when it was weary.

10 Thy congregation shall dwell therein: for thou, O God, haft of thy goodness prepared for the poor.

i The Lord gave the word : great was the company of the preachers.

judgments inflicted on their enemies; especially in that of their coming up out of Egypt. It mystically predicts the refurrection of Christ, and the confequent exaltation of the Christian church.

1] Dr. Chandler supposes, that this part of the psalm, from ver. 1 to 6 inclusive, to have been sung when the ark was taken up on the shoulders of the Levites.

61 “ Maketh the destitute dwell at home,”-Hammond. The mer. ciful-minded person that takes care of the deftitute, is one who makes him dwell at home; that is, relieves him, that he need not seek allittance abroad. Latter part of the verse, “ But the rebellious dwell in a dry land." Bib. trans. This allusion to the deliverance from the Egyptian thraldom, and the destruction of the murmurers in the desert, introduces the fubject of the coming out of Egypt in the next verse.

7] According to Chandler, this verse to verfe 14 was fung when the procession began, and lasted till mount Sion was in view.

11] The Lord shall afford matter of triumphant fong. “Great was the company of those that published it.”

12 Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfired : and they of the houshold divided the spoil.

13 Though ye have lien among the pots, yet Iball ye be as the wings of a dove: that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered kings for their fake: then were they as white aś snow in Salmon.

15 As the hill of Bafan, so is God's hill: even an high hill, as the hill of Balan.

1.6 Why hop ye so, ye high hills ? this is God's hill, in the which it pleasech him to dwell : yea, the Lord will abide in it for ever.

17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels : and the Lord is among them, as in the holy place of Sinai.

18 Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men : yea, even for thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.

19 Praised be the Lord daily : even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.

20 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh fal. sation : God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.

21 God shall wound the head of his enemies : and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in hie wickedness.

12) This is thought to be the song sung by the choir mentioned in the preceding verse. Chandler adds to it the next verse; “ And she that tarried at home, divided the spoil.” Bib. transl.

13] Job in the lowest state of affliction sat down amongit ashes and potlheards. Job xi. 8.

14) This verse Lowth thought inexplicable. If the whiteness is here contrafted with the state of the people when they lay among the potleards, it has some fort of meaning: at present it has done.

15) When the ark came in view of mount Sion, and when they began to ascend it, this and the two following verfes were fung.

18] When the ark had reached mount Sion, and was deposited in its place, the fingers proceeded with this part of the pfalm.

18 Led captivity captive) Thou hast made a great number of captives: " Received,” in order to give.

20 Escape death] Unto God the Lord belong the issues of death.

22 The Lord bath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Bafan: mine own will I bring again, as I did fometime from the deep of the sea.

23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies : and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the fame.

24 It is well feen, O God, how thon goeft : how thou, my God and King, goeft in the fanctuary.

25 The singers go before, the minstrels follow after : in the midst are the damsels playing with the timbrels.

26 Give thanks, O Israel, unto God the Lord in the congregations : from the ground of the heart.

27. There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their council : the princes of Zabulon, and the princes of Nephthali.

28 Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee : stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us,

29 For thy temple's fake at Jerusalem : so shall kings bring presents unto thee.

30 When the company of the spear-men, and muli. tude of the mighty are scattered abroad among the beasts of the people, so that they humbly bring pieces of filver: and when he hath scattered the people that delight in war;

31 Then Mall the princes come out of Egypt: the Morians' land shall foon stretch out her hands unto God.

23] “ And the tongue of thy dogs in the fame.” Bib. trans.

24] When the ark was deposited, the sacrifices offered, and the folemnity nearly finished, and the whole assembly about to return, the fingers began and joined in the remaining part of this noble anthem.

27] Four only of the tribes of Ifrael are mentioned-Benjamin and Ju. dah, who dwelt nearest to the city of David; Zabulon and Nephthali were the farthest distant from it: to Thew, according to Chandler, the unanimity of the whole nation, and of all the tribes, far and near, in attending this folemnity:

30] “Rebuke the company of the spear-men, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one fabmit himself with pieces of silver : fcatter thou the people that delight in war." Bib. tranf. Neither their armies nor their gods would avail them. Lowth allows the Hebrew word to signify to excite ; and according to the Vulgate, it is translated “ feftinare;" but take either, and “ cum fragmentis auri,” is the literal rendering of the other part of the sentence.“ Haften with pieces of filver," in token of submission. The word “foon" in the next verfe seems to confii the explanation.

31] “ Then" omitted in the Bib. trans. Ambassadors shall come out of Egypt; fo Hammond from the Héb. Alexander made war on the Ara32 Sing unto God, Oye kingdoms of the earth : 0 sing praises unto the Lord,

33 Who fitterhi in the heavens over all from the beginning : lo, he doch send out his voice, yea, and that a mighty voice.

34 Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel : his wor. fhip and strength is in the clouds.

35 O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places : even the God of Israel ; he will give strength and power unto his people; blessed be God.

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AVE me, O God: for the waters are come in, even

unto my soul. 2 1 stick fast in the deep mire, where no grouud is: I am come into 'deep waters, fo thacahe foods run over me.

3 I am weary of crying ; my throat is dry: my light faileth me for waiting fo long upon my God.

4 They that hare me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head : they that are mine enemies, and would destroy me guiltless, are mighry.

5 I paid them the things that I never took : God, thou knowelt my fimpleness, and my faults are not hid from thee.

6 Let not them that trust in thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my cause: let not those that feek thee, be confounded through me, O Lord God of Israel.

bians; alleging as the cause of his hostility, that they had not fent ambassadors to him.--Strabo. Æthiopia, or the land of the Morians, Mauri or Mauritani, shall stretch out her hands unto God; as the Magi came with presents from the East, so shall they come in other times from the weftern extremity of the world; from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the fame. The whole verse denotes aconqueror on the que hand, and submision on the other..

Psalm Ixix.] This is a praver and a complaint to God against his enemies, and'a prediction of the judgments that should befall them. It was Composed at the season of impending distrets.

7 And why? for thy fake have I suffered reproof: fhame hath covered my face.

8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren: even an alien unto my mother's children.

9 For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me: and the rebukes of them that rebuked thee, are fallen upon me.

10 I wept, and chaftened myself with fasting : and that was turned to my reproof.

11 I put on fackcloth also : and they jested upon me.

12 They that fit in the gate speak against me: and the drunkards make songs upon me,

13 But, Lord, I make my prayer unto thee: in an ac. ceptable time.

14 Hear me, O God, in the multitude of thy mercy : even in the truth of thy falvation. 15

Take me out of the mire, that I link not: 0 let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

16 Let not the water-flood drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up: and let not the pit fhut her mouth upon me.

17 Hear me, O Lord, for thy loving-kindness is comfortable : turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.

18 And hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble : 0 haste thee, and hear me.

19 Draw nigh unto my soul, and save it: Q deliver me, because of mine enemies.

20 Thou hast known my reproof, my shame, and my dilhonour: mine adversaries are all in thy light.

21 Thy rebuke hath broken my heart; I am full of heaviness: I looked for some to have pity on me, but there was no man, neither found I any to comfort me.

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9) I have shewed myself zealous for thy honour and worship, and this hath brought upon me hatred and persecution. The laft part of this verse is applied by St. Paul,“ Even Christ pleased not himself, but as it is written, the reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” Rom. XV. 3.

21) “ They gave him to drink vinegar mingled with gall.” Matth. xxvii. 34; John xix. 28.

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