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22 They gave me gall to eat: and when I was thiry, they gave me vinegar to drink.

23 Let their table be made a snare to take themselves withal : and let the things that should have been for their wealth, be unto them an occasion of falling.

24 Let their eyes be blinded, that they fee not : and ever bow thou down their backs.

25 Pour out thine indignation upon them: and let thy wrathful displeasure take hold of them.

26 Let their habitation be void: and no man to dwell in their tents.

27 For they perfecute him whom thou hast smitten: and they talk how they may vex them whom thou hast wounded.

28 Let them fall from one wickedness to another: and not come into thy righteousness.

29 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living: and not be written among the righteous.

30 As for me, when I am poor and in heaviness: thy help, O God, shall lift me up.

31 I will praise the Name of God with a song: and magoify it with thanksgiving.

32 This also shall please the Lord: better than a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

33 The humble shall consider this, and be glad: seek ye after God, and your souls shall live.

34 For the Lord heareth the poor: and despiseth not his prisoners.

35 Let heaven and earth praise him : the sea, and all that moveth therein.

36 For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Juda : that men may dwell there, and have it in poffeffion.

37 The posterity also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his Name thall dwell therein.

Palm lxx. Deus in adjutorium.

HASTE eee, O God, to deliver me: make hafte to

me, O Lord 23) These imprecations must be here understood as prophetical of events which would happen, rather than as a with that they should.

2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul : let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that wish me evil.

3 Let them for their rewará be soon brought to shame: that cry over me, There, there.

4 But let all those that seek thee, be joyful and glad in thee: and let all such as delight in thy falvation fay alway, The Lord be praised.

5 As for me, I am poor and in mifery : halte thee unto me, O God.

6 Thou art my helper and my redeemer : O Lord, make no long tarrying.



Plalm lxxi. In te, Domine, speravi. N thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be

pur to confusion : but rid me, and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

2 Be thou my strong hold, whereunto I may alway resort : thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castle.

3 Deliver me, () my God, out of the hand of the ungodly: out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

4 For thou, O Lord God, art the thing that I long for: thou art my hope, even from my youth.

5 Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born : thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb; my praise shall be always of thee.

6 I am become as it were a monster unto many: but my sure trust is in thee.

Psalm Ixx.] The words of this psalm occur without any material variation in pfalm xi. 13, to the end. It is a mournful and affectionate praver to God for relief out of his present miseries, and that He will at length remember him. · Psalm 1xxi.] The pfalmift, greatly distressed in his old age by the rebellion of Abiálom, prays for the divine allittance, pleading the righteousness and the promise of the Almighty.

2] “ The name of the Lord is a strong tower : the righteous runneth into it, and is fafe.” Prov. xviii, 10.

ý Ó let my mouth be filled with thy praise : that I may fing of thy glory and honour all the day long.

8 Cast me not away in the time of age: forsake me not when my strength faileth me.

9 For mine eriemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul take their counsel together, saying : God hath forsaken him ; persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him.

10 Go not far from me, O God: my God, haste thee to help me.

11 Let them be confounded and perish, that are against my soul : let them be covered with thatne and dishonour, that seek to do me evil.

12 As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.

13 My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and salvation for I know no end thereof.

14 I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God: and will make mention of thy righteousness only.

15 Thou, O God, haft taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works. · 16 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am grey-headed : until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.

17 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high: and great things are they that thou hast done: 0 God, who is like unto thee?

18 O what great troubles and adverfities hast thou Thewed me! and yet didit thou turn and refresh me : yea, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.

6] Monster is a wonder," in Bib. tranf. I am reproached by many for talking of relief from heaven, when in the eye of man I am so low, and ia such a loft condition; but yet I am not disheartened by this. I know whom I have trusted.

12] Whatever their triumphs or scoffs are, they shall not hinder me from proclaiming to all men the exceeding goodness of that God on whom I wait.

14] Whatsoever I undertake shall not be in confidence of my own Atrength, but in full reliance upon that of God alege.



19 Țhou hast brought me to great honour : and comforted me on every fide,

20 Therefore will I praise thee and thy faithfulness, O God, playing upon an instrument of music: unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel,

21 My lips will be fain when I sing unto thee: and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.

22 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded and brought upto shame, that seek to do me evil.

Psalm Ixxii. Deus, judicium.
IVE the King thy judgments, O God: and thy

righteousness unto the King's son, 2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor.

3 The mountains also shall bring peace : and the little hills righteousness unto the people.

4 He shall keep the simple folk by their right : defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong-doer.

5. They shall fear thee, as long as the sun and moon endureth: from one generation to another.

6 He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth.

7 In his time shall the righteous flourish: yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.

8 His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other: and from the flood unto the world's end.

9. They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him: his eneinies shall lick the dust.

19] “ Thou shalt increase my greatness.” Bib. tranf. Thou shalt exalt me higher than I was before the turning of thy face from me. 21 Fain] “ Shall greatly rejoice.” Bib. trans.

Psalm lxxü.] David, praying for Solomon, foretelleth his peaceful and glorious reign; and under that figure, in most lively and beautiful colours, pourtrays the kingdom of the Melliah, as the Jews themselves acknowledge.

1 King's fon] This is generally understood of Solomon. 6) There cannot be a more lively, image of a flourishing condition, When the sun clear shining succeeds the showers of spring, the field puts forth its bett ftrength, and is more beautifully atrayed than even Solomon in all his glory.--Sherlock.

10 The kings of 'Tharsis and of the illes shall give presents: the kings of Arabia and Saba fhall bring gifts.

or All kings fhall fall down before him: all nations Thall do him service.

12 For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall be favourable to the fimple and needy: and shall preserve the souls of the poor.

14 He fhall deliver their souls from falsehood and wrong: and dear shall their blood be in his fight.

15 He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia : prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall be be praised.

16 There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills: his fruit fhall shake like Libanus, and Thall be green in the city like grafs upon the earth.

17 His Name shall endure for ever ; bis Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities : which shall be bleffed through him; and all the heathen shall praise him.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel: which only doeth wondrous things;

19 And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever : and all the earth shall be filled with bis Majesty. Amen, Amen.


Psalm lxxiii.

Quam bonus Israel ? "RULY God is loving unto Ifrael: even unto fuch

as are of a clean heart. 15] He shall see many days.

16].“ There shall be a handful of corn in the earth.” Bib. traps. There hall be a handful of corn sown on the top of the hills, the most barren spot, and yet the fruit thereof even in this foil shall shake like Libanus.

19] End. The prayers of David the fon of Jesle are ended. The plalms which, follow were composed by Afaph and other persons. There are also some of David's written after the completion of this book.

Pfalm lxxiii.] This pfalm feems to have been compofed by Afaph, other the recorder, 1 Chron. xvi. 5, or some other person of that name of later times. It is a discourse of God's providence, and its wife purposes, in permitting wicked men to prosper, although but for a time.

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