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MORNING PRAYER.

PLEAD thou

my cause, O Lord, with them that strive

Psalm xxxv. Judica me, Domine.
LEAD

O with me: and fight thou against them that fight against me.

2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler: and stand up to help me.

3 Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

4 Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after my soul: let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.

5 Let them be as the dust before the wind : and the Angel of the Lord scattering them.

6 Let their way be dark and flippery: and let the Angel of the Lord persecute them,

7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause : yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.

8 Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net, that he hath laid privily, catch himself: thas he may

fall into his own mischief. 9. And, my soul, be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his falvation.

10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him: yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?

11 False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

12 They rewarded me evil for good: to the great comfort of my soul.

13 Nevertheless, when they were fick, I put on fack. cloth, and humbled my soul with fasting: and my prayer Iball turn into mine own bosom.

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Pfalm xxxv.] This is a complaint of David againft his enemies, joined with an appeal to God, and a prayer for his deliverance.

14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend, or my brother: I went heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together : yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares, making mouths at me, and ceased not.

16 With the flatterers were busy mockers: who gnalhed upon me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this : O deliver my soul from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the lions.

18 So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation : I will praise thee among much people.

19 O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly : neither let them wink with their

eyes,

that hate me without a cause.

20 And why? their communing is not for peace : but they imagine deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.

21 They gaped upon me with their mouths, and said: Fie on thee, fie on thee, we saw it with our eyes.

22 This thou hast seen, O Lord: hold not thy tongue then; go not far from me, O Lord.

23 Awake, and stand up to judge my quarrel: avenge thou my cause, my God, and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness : and let them not triumph over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, There, there, so would we have it: neither let them say, We have devoured him.

26 Let them be put to confusion and shame together, that rejoice at my trouble: let them be clothed with rebuke and dishonour, that boast themselves against me. 14 I went heavily] “I bowed down heavily.” Bib. tranf. Is Abjects] Any base, vile, or wicked person. The Bib. tranf. add, and I knew it not,” I was not conscious of any guilt.

16 With the flatterers] “With hypocritical mockery in feasts,” Bib. trans.; nothing more common with such kind of fatterers than by deriding and scoffing of others to entertain them who give them their meat.

25 There, there, so would we have it] They applaud their doings, rejoicing and triumphing in the prosperity thereof.

27 Let them be glad and rejoice, that favour my righteous dealing: yea, let them say away, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

28 And as for my tongue, it Mall be talking of thy righteousness: and of thy praise all the day long.

Psalm xxxvi. Dixit injustus. MY,

Y heart sheweth me the wickedness of the ungodly: that there is no fear of God before his

. 2 For he flattereth himself in his own fight : until his abominable fin be found out.

3 The words of his mouth are unrighteous, and full of deceit : he hath left off to behave himself wisely, and to do good.

4 He imagined mischief upon his bed, and hath set himself in no good way: neither doth he abhor any thing that is evil.

5 Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens : and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.

6 Thy righteousness standeth like the strong moun. tains: thy judgments are like the great deep.

7 Thou, Lord, Malt fave both man and beast; How excellent is thy mercy, O God: and the children of men shall put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

8 They ihall be fatisfied with the plenteousness of thy house: and thou shalt give them drink of thy pleasures, as out of the river.

9 For with thee is the well of life: and in thy light shall we fee light.

10 O continue forth thy loving-kindness unto them that know thice: and thy righteonfness unto them that are true of heart.

27. My righteous dealing] “My righteous caufc." Bib. tranf.

Pfalm xxxvi] This psalm was composed by David, when reflecting upon his fincere dependence upon God in the time of his distress, when Saul perfecuted him.

1 Any one who considers the actions of the wicked, cannot but conclude either that they do not believe there is a God, or that they do not in earnest fear or care for him. 2] Even when their fin is ready to be found out.

“ Thou preservert." Bib. trans. “ How often would I hare gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her w.n_s, ind ye would not.'

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1 O let not the foot of pride come against me: and fet not the hand of the ungodly cast me down.

12 There are they fallen, all that work wickedness : they are cast down, and shall not be able to stand.

Plalm xxxvii. Noli æmulari. 'RET not thyself because of the ungodly: neither

be thou envious against the evil doers. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like grass : and be withered even as the green herb.

3 Put thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good: dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thou in the Lord : and he shall give thee thy heart's desire.

5 Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him: and he shall bring it to pass.

6 He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light: and thy just dealing as the noon-day.

7 Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him : but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counfels.

8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.

9 Wicked doers shall be rooted out: and they that patiently abide the Lord, those fhall inherit the land.

10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.

11 But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth : and shall be refreshed in the mulcitude of peace.

12 The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just: and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord fhall laugh him to scorn: for he hath seen that his day is coming.

Psalm xxxvii.] This pfalm is an exhortation to contentment, and submission to all the dispensations of the Almighty, especially that of permitting wicked men to prosper for a time. He enforces his exhortation by reflections on the happier condition of righteous men.

3) The more prudent and thriving course is to adhere to God, to place thy full trust in him, to keep his commandments, and continue in faithfülness to him; or, thou shalt dwell in the land and be fed constantly, as in V. 27, Do good, and dwell for evermore.

12 Seeketh counjel] “ Plotteth.” Bib. tranf.

14 The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow : to cast down the poor and needy, and to Alay such as are of a right conversation.

15 Their sword shall go through their own heart : and their bow shall be broken.

16 A small thing that the righteous hath: is better than great riches of the ungodly.

17 For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken : and the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the days of the godly: and their inheritance shall endure for ever.

19 They shall not be confounded in the perilous time: and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.

20 As for the ungodly, they shall perish; and the ene. mies of the Lord shall consume as the fat of lambs : yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.

21 The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again : but the righteous is merciful and liberal.

22 Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land: and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.

23 The Lord ordereth a good man's going: and maketh his way acceptable to himself.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be cast away: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old : and yet faw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his feed begging their bread,

26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth : and his feed is blessed.

27 Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good : and dwell for evermore.

28 For the Lord loveth the thing that is right: he forsaketh not his that be godly; but they are preserved

29 The unrighteous shall be punished: as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.

30 The righteous shall inherit the land : and dwell therein for ever.

for ever.

20 As the fat of lambs] As they consume when offered in facrifice

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