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3 Though an host of men were laid against me, fet Thall not my heart be afraid : and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
4. One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require: even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and io visit his temple. 5
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle: yea, in the secret place of his dwelling lhall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.
6 And now shall he lift up mine head: above mine enemies round about me.
7 Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness: 'I will fing, and speak praises unto the Lord. 8 Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when I
unto thee: have mercy upon me, and hear me.
9 My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face : thy face, Lord, will I feek.
10 O hide not thou thy face from me: nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
11 Thou haft been my succour : leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my falvation.
12 When my father and my mother forsake me: the Lord taketh me up.
13 Teach me thy way, O Lord : and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.
14 Deliver me not over into the will of mine adverfaries: for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.
15 I should utterly have fainted: but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
3 Laid against me) “Encamped."-Bib. tranf. 4 Require] “ Seek after.”—Bib. tranf.
12 Father and mother) As there seems to be some difficulty in fupposing the Psalmist's parents to have“ deserted” him, they might perhaps be said to have " forsaken” him, (as Mudge conjectures;) that is, to have left him behind them, as being dead.
16 O tarry thou the Lord's leisure: be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the Lord.
Psalm xxviii. Ad te, Domine. thee will I
cry, O no scorn of me; left, if thou make as though thou hearest not, I become like them that go down into the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto thee: when I hold up my hands towards the mercyseat of thy holy temple.
3 O pluck me nor away, neither destroy me with the ungodly and wicked doers : which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts.
4 Reward them according to their deeds: and according to the wickedness of their own inventions.
5 Recompense them after the work of their hands : pay them that they have deserved.
6 For they regard not in their mind the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands: therefore shall he break them down, and not build them up.
7 Praised be the Lord: for he hath heard the voice of my humble petitions.
8 The Lord is my strength, and my shield; my heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped : therefore my heart dancech for joy, and in my song will I praise him.
9 The Lord is my strength: and he is the wholesome defence of his Anointed.
16 0 tarry] An earnest exhortation to patience, to “ wait on the Lord,” till the few and evil days of our pilgrimage pass away, and we arrive at the mansions prepared for us in the house of our heavenly father; till our warfare is accomplished.
Psalm xxviii.] This psalm, like the 22d, and many others, consists of two parts. In the first, David appears in a ftate of suffering, and prays for deliverance; in the fecond, he fings a short hymn of triumph.
6 Not build them up] This comparison to a building thrown down is not uncommon among ancient writers; and the learned reader is referred to a very beautiful paffage of Plautus, quoted by Merrick in his annotations on this verse.
] Here the song of triumph begins. 9 Wholesome defence] “Saving strength."-Bib. trans.
10 O fave thy people, and give thy blessing onto thine inheritance: feed them, and set them up for ever.
Psalm xxix. Afferte Domino. B
RING unto the Lord, Oye mighty, bring young
rams unto the Lord: ascribe unto the Lord worship and strength.
2 Give the Lord the honour due unto bis Name: worship the Lord with holy worship.
3 It is the Lord, that commandeth the waters : it is the glorious God, that maketh the thunder.
4 It is the Lord, that ruleth the sea ; the voice of the Lord is mighty in operation : the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar-trees: yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf : Libanus also, and Sirion, like a young unicorn. 7
The voice of the Lord dividerh the sames of fire ; the voice of the Lord Ihaketh the wilderness : yea, the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Cades.
8 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discovereth the thick bushes : in his temple doth every man speak of his honour.
9 The Lord fitteth above the water-floods : and the Lord remaineth a King for ever. 10 Set them up] “Lift them up,” (Bib. trans.) when they are fallen.
Pfalm xxix.] David seems to have composed this plalm in consequence of the victory which he had gained over the heathen kings by the atfiftance of the Almighty, who, it is supposed from the frequent occurrence of the mention of their effects, discomfited the enemy by the terror of his thunder and lightning. The Bible translation of this pfalm ought to be read for its great beauty and fublimity.
3 The waters] The waters upon which this voice is faid to be, and the many waters from which in the next words He is said to thunder, or to be upon them when He thunders, and the water-foods upon which He is faid to fit, are still those waters above the firmament, the clouds, as in pfalm xviii. 11. “He maketh darkness his secret place, with dark waters and thick clouds to cover Him."
6] Neighbouring mountains of great height.
10 The Lord shall give strength unto his people: the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
I will magnify the cos Lord, for thou haft fet me up:
and not made
foes over 2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou haft
3 Thou, Lord, hast brought my foul out of hell: thou bast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.
4 Sing praises unto the Lord, O ye faints of his : and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness. 5
For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye; and in his pleasure is life: heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be removed: thou, Lord, of thy goodness hadst made my hill so strong.
7 Thou diaft turn thy face from me: and I was troubled.
8 Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and gat me to my Lord right humbly.
9 What profit is there in my blood: when I go down to the pit?
10 Shall the dust give thanks unto thee, or shall it declare thy truth?
u Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me : Lord, be thou my helper.
12. Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy: thou haft put off my fackcloth, and girded me with gladness.
Psalm xxx.] In this devout hymn, written by David probably on revisiting the fanctuary; after a recovery from some dangerous fickness, he returns thanks; compares temporary sufferings and eternal rewards ; defcribes his prosperity and his afHictions; mentions his fupplications to the Almighty in his distress; celebrates his deliverance, and glorifies God for
I Set me up] “ Drawn me out," namely, out of the pit,
13 Therefore shall every good man fing of thy praise without ceasing: 0 my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Pfalm xxxi. In te, Domine, speravi.
put to confusion; deliver me in thy righteousness.
3 And. be thou my strong rock, and house of defence; that thou mayest save me.
4 For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's fame.
5 Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
7 I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities: and my trust hath been in the Lord.
8 I will be glad, and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adversities,
9 Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy : but halt set my feet in a large room.
10 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.
u For my life is waxen old with heaviness : and my years with mourning.
13] “ That my glory may sing praise to thee.”—Bib. tranf. The notion of glory for the tongue or heart of man praising God, as elsewhere.
Pfalm xxxi.] There is an admirable combination of prayer and praise in this pfàlm of David. It is thought to have been written after his escape from Keilah, and his flight through the wilderness. 1 Sam. xxii. .
6) The first words of this verse our Saviour repeated when he was expiring on the cross. It is no objection against the use of the psalms by ourtelves for the purposes of devotion, that in many of them there are prophetical references to our Lord's character and situation, and therefore that he might ute them with more propriety than ourselves ; but our Saviour evidently cites palliges of a general nature, as from an inspired book well known to every Jew.
?] “Thou (O God) hat ft.” Superstitious vanities are the idols, the diviners, augurs, &c. of the heathen.