Page images

2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord: Thou art my God; my goods are nothing unto thee.

3 All my delight is upon the faints, that are in the earth: and upon such as excel in virtue.

4 But they that run after another God: shall have great trouble.

5 Their drink offerings of blood will I not offer: neither make mention of their names within my lips.

6 The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: thou shalt maintain my lot.

7 The' lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground: yea, I have a goodly heritage.

8 I will thank the Lord for giving me warning: my reins also chasten me in the night-season.

9 I have set God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I Mall not fall.

10 Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced: my flesh also Mall rest in hope.

11 For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell: neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.

12 Thou shalt Ihew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy: and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

Psalm xvii. Exaudi, Domine. (EAR the right, O Lord, consider my complaint: and hearken unto my prayer,

that goeth not out of feigned lips.

2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence: and let thine


upon the thing that is equal. 2] I have nothing good which is not thy gift.

6 Cup] This word was proverbially used by the Hebrews to denote any event, good or bad.. Matt. xx. 22, "Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of?” « Let this cup pass from me."

12] The return of Christ from the grave is beautifully described as dif. covering a path of life, leading through the valley of the shadow of death, to the mount of God in heaven.

Psalm xvii.] David refers the decision of his cause to the Almighty, and prays for protection against his enemies, on the ground of sincere trust in the power of God, and of innocence of life.

11) God will judge and avenge the cause of his own elect, who cry day and night to him. I tell you, faith Christ himself, that he will avenge them fpeedily.”


3 Thou hast proved, and visited mine heart in the night-season; thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wick. edness in me: for I am utterly purposed that my mouth thall not offend.

4 Because of men's works that are done against the words of thy lips : I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.

5 Ó held thou up my goings in thy paths: that my footfteps flip not.

6 I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me: inchine thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.

7 Shew thy marvellous loving-kindoess, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee: from such as refiit thy right hand.

8 Keep me as the apple of an eye: hide me under the fhadow of thy wings.

9 From the ungodly that trouble me: mine enemies compass me round about to take away my soul,

10 They are inclosed in their own fat: and their mouth fpeakech proud things.

1 They lie waiting in our way on every fide: turning their eyes down to the ground.

12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey: and as it were a lion's whelp, lurking in secret places.

13 Up, Lord, disappoint him, and cast him down : deliver my foul from the ungodly, which is a sword of thine.

14 From the men of thy hand, O Lord, from the men, I fay, and from the evil world: which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.

15 They have children at their desire: and leave che act of their fubftance for their babes.

4 Dil reser] The violent and wicked. Bib. tranf. “ Concerning the works of inen (the practices of the world) by the words of thy lips I have lept me from the paths of the deftroyer.”

7] Bib. tranf. “ From those that rise up against them."

81 “ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings.”

13) Zechariah ix. 13, “ When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raited up thy fons, O Sion, against thy fons, O Greece, and made thee as a sword of a mighty man." This will explain alios ** Ach of thy hand;" imployed by thy hand.

16 But as for me, I will behold thy presence in righteousness: and when I awake up after thy likeness, I lhall be satisfied with it.



Psalm xviii. Diligam te, Domine. WILL love thee, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is

my stony rock, and my defence : my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust, my buckler, the horn also of my falvation, and my refuge.

2 I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praifed: fo fhall I be safe from mine enemies.

3 The sorrows of death compassed me: and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.

4. The pains of hell came about me: the fnares of death overtook mé.

5 In my trouble I will call upon the Lord: and complain unto my God.

6 So fall he hear my voice out of his holy temple: and my complaint shall come before him, it shall enter even into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked; the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.

8 There went a smoke out in his presence: and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and it was dark under his feet,


161 " I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness;" Bib. trans. David seems to have used several of his psalms as religious exercises before he retired to rest. He speaks of lying down in peace in one, and here of

night, and the night-watches in other places. It seems as if he meant that his enemies would be scattered by the morning light. At our awakening from the tomb, our last enemy will be destroved; we shall bear the diyine likeness, we shall fee God face to face, we thall see him as he is, and be satisfied with the fulness of joy.

Psalm xviii.) David wrote this plalm after he had been delivered out of the hand of all bis enemics, and out of the hand of Saul. Sam. xxii, 1,

10 He rode upon the Cherubims, and did fy: he came flying upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his secret place: his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.

12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed: hail-ftones, and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his thunder: hail-Itones, and coals of fire.

14 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them: he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.

15 The springs of waters were seen, and the foundalions of the round world were discovered at thy chiding, O Lord: at the blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.

16 He shall send down from on high to fetch me: and shall take me out of many waters.

17 He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me: for they are too mighty for me.

18 They prevented me in the day of my trouble: but the Lord was my upholder.

19 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty: he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.

20 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing: according to the cleanness of my hands shall he recompense me.

21 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord : and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doth.

22 For I have an eye unto all his laws: and will not cast out his commandments from me.

23 I was also uncorrupt before him: and eschewed mine own wickedness

24 Therefore shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing: and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eye-light.

25 With the holy thou shalt be holy: and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.

18 Prevented] They were too quick for me.

20] These expressions, considered as David's, must be confined either to his stedfast adherence to the true worship in opposition to idolatry, or to his innocency with regard to some particular crimes fallly alleged against him by his adversaries.

• 26 With the clean thou shalt be clean: and with the froward thou shalt learn frowardoels.

27 For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity: and shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.

28 Thou also fhalt light my candle: the Lord my God Shall make my darkness to be light.

29 For iu thee I shall discomfit an host of men : and with the help of my God I fhall leap over the wall.

30 The way of God is an undefiled way: the word of the Lord also is tried in the fire; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in him.

31 For who is God, but the Lords or who hath any strength, except our God?

32 It is God that girdeth me with strength of war: and maketh my way perfect.

33 He maketh my feet like hari's feet: and settech me up on high.

34. He teachetk mine hands to fight: and mine arms Thall break even a bow of steel.

35 Thou hast given me the defence of thy falvation: chy right hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.

36 Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go: that my foot-steps thall not flide.

37 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them: neither will I turn again till I have destroyed them.

38 I will smite them, that they shall not be able to stand: but fall under my feet.

39 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou shalt throw down mine enemies under me.

40 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me: and I fall destroy them that hate me.

41 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them: yea, even unto the Lord Ihall they cry, but he shall not hear them.

26] Thou shalt learn frowardness, thou shalt wrestle or strive with the perverse. Heb.

27] “God relisteth the proud, and giveth gracetothe humble.” Jam.iv.6. 28] It shall never be extinguished. In the East they burn lamps, not soly all the night long, but in all the inhabited apartments of a houle; and

« PreviousContinue »