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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 Nay 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 cver.
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 enemies 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 Hot again : but the righteous is merciful and liberal.
22 Such as are blessed of God, fhall poffess 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
fay I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.
26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth : and his seed 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 fhall inherit the land ; and dwell therein for ever.
20 As the fat of lambs] As they consume when offered in facrifice
31 The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom; and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
32 The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings shall not slide.
33 The ungodly seeth the righteous : and seeketh occasion to say him.
34 The Lord will not leave him in his hand: nor condemn him when he is judged.
35 Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he hall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land : when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
36 I myself have seen the ungodly in great power: and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
37 I went by and lo, he was gone: I fought him, but his place could no where be found.
38 Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right : for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
39 As for the transgreffors, they shall perish together: and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
40 But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the Lord: who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
41 And the Lord shall stand by them, and save them: he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.
Psalm xxxviii. Domine, ne in furore.
neither chasten me in thy heavy displeasure.
36. A green bay-treel Flourishing like a green tree. The exaltation and fall of the great King of Babylon was designated by this image : “Hew down the tree and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves and scatter his fruit.” Dan. iv. 10. Our translators have added the word bay, to suit the fimile to their own climate.
38] “ Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.” Bib. tranf.
Pfalm xxxviii.) This is a mournful complaint of David, reciting his prefent miseries, and calling upon God to remember, to pity, and to re tieve him. This is the third penitential psalm.
9 Deliver me from all mine offences : 'and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
10 I became dumb, and opened not my mouth : for it was thy doing.
u Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by means of thy heavy hand.
12 Whenthou withrebukesdoft chasten man forfin, thou makeit his beauty to consume away, like as it were a morb fretting a garment : every man therefore is but vanity.
13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears;
14 For i am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner : as all my
fathers were. 15 O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Psalm xl. Expectans expectavi. Waited patiently for the Lord : and he inclined unto
me, and heard my calling.
2 He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay : and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth: even a thanksgiving unto our God. 4 Many thall fee it, and fear : and shall
their trust in the Lord.
5 Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Loid: and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.
6 O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which thou hast done, like as be also thy thoughts, which are to us-ward: and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee.
7 If I should declare them, and speak of them : they should be more than I am able to express.
21 Plague] Scourge.
Pfalm xl. David here acknowledges, in a strain of thanksgiving, the mercies of the Almighty; and prophetically mentions the plan of the redemption of man by God the Father, and Christ the Son; and remarks the inefficacy of legal fucritices for this purpose.
17 And I truly, am set in the plague: and my heaviness is ever in my fight.
18 For I will confess my wickedness: and be sorry for my fin. : 19 But mine enemies live, and are mighty: and they that hate me wrongfully, are many in number.
20 They also that reward evil for good, are against me: because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far from me. 22 Halte thee to help me: O Lord God of my salvation.
Pfalm xxxix. Dixi, cuftodiam. I SAID, I will take heed to my ways : that I offend not in my tongue.
2 I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle: while the ungodly is in my fight.
3 I held my tongue, and spake nothing : I kept filence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
4 My heart was hot within me; and while I was thus musing, the fire kindled: and at the last I spake with my tongue;
5 Lord, let me know my end, and the number of my days : that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6 Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long: and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
7 For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8 And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is even in thee.
17] For I am ready to fall. Pfalm xxxix.] The subject of this pfalm of David is the same as that of the xxxviith; the observation of the prosperity of the wicked, whilft he was in misery; to which is joined, reflections on the vanity of worldly things, às a motive to repress all impatience in adversity.
4) Although I restrained my tongue from all anger and impatience toward men, yet there was no reason why I should repress it from making my moan to God.