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7 Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever : the sceptre of chy kingdom is a right sceptre.

'8 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

9 All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and caffia: out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

10 Kings daughters were among thy honourable wo. men : upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in a ves. ture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.

11 Hearken, o daughter, and consider, iacline thine ear: forget also thine own people, and thy father's house.

12 So shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty: for he is thy Lord God, and worship thou him.

13 And the daughter of Tyre fhall be there with a gift: like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplications before thee.

14 The King's daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold.

15 She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needle-work: the virgins that be her fellows, shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.

16 With joy and gladness shall they be brought: and shall enter into the King's palace.

17 Instead of thy fathers thou thalt have children ; whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.

18 I will remember thy Name from one generation to another: therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.

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Psalm xlvi. Deus noster refugium. OD is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble.

11) “ This alludes to the great respect and submillion of women to-... wards their husbands” in the east.

27] “ Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children.” Bib. tranf. Plalm xlvi.] This is a profession of entire truft in God, and seems to bave been written in the time of that tranquillity, which is mentioned, 2 Sam. Yüü. 5; 1 Chron. xviii. 14.

2 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved: and though the hills be carried into the midit of the sea,

3 Though the waters - thereof rage and swell: and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the fame.

4 The rivers of the flood thereof fhall make glad the city of God: the holy place of the tabernacle of the most Highest.

s God is in the midst of her, therefore shall the not be removed : God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen make mucb ado, and the kingdoms are moved: but God hath thewed his voice, and the earth fhall melt away.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord: what destruction he hath brought upon the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease in all the world : he breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in funder, and burneth the chariots in tbe fire.

To Be still then, and know that I am God: I will be exalced among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.

u The Lord of hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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EVENING PRAYER.
Psalm xlvii. Omnes gentes, plaudite.
Clap your hands together, all ye people: O ling

unto God with the voice of melody, 2 For the Lord is high, and to be feared: he is the great King upon all the earth.

3 He shall subdue the people under us: and the nations under our feet.

6] “The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. "Bib. tranf.

Pfalm xlvii.) This is a lummons and invitation to all to bless God in his power and mercy, exprelied remarkably to the Jews in subduing the heathen nations around them, but mystically to the Christian church in bringing the potentates of the world to be members of it.

4 He shall choose out an heritage for us: even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.

5 God is gone up with a merry noise: and the Lord with the sound of the trump:

6 O sing praises, sing praises unto our God: 0 fing praises, sing praises unto our King.

7 For God is the King of all the earth: fing ye praises with understanding.

8 God reigneth over the heathen: God fitteth upon his holy feat.

9 The princes of the people are joined unto the people of the God of Abraham: for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a laield.

Psalm xlviii. Magnus Dominus. GREAT is the Lord, and highly to be praised : in the

2 The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth: upon the north fide lieth the city of the great King; God is well known in her palaces as a fure refuge.

3 For lo, the kings of the earth: are gathered, and gone by together.

4. They marvelled to see such things: they were aftonished, and suddenly cast down.

5 Fear came there upon chem, and forrow: as upon a woman in her travail.

6 Thou shalt break the ships of the sea : through the east wind.

4) “The excellency of Jacob.” Bib. tranf.
3] This may allude to the carrying of the ark up to Sion.
9) “For the fields of the earth belong unto God.” Bib. tranf.

Plalm xlvii.) This is a hymn in honour of Jerusalem, as particularly chosen for the place of God's worship, and fo defended by his more im. mediate care from all hoftilities of invading enemies. It seems to have been composed after some lignal defeat of an invading army,

3 Gone by] They departed without making any attempt.

6) As the east wind shatters the ships of Tarlaith, fo the divine power struck the heathen kings with terror.

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7 Like as we have heard, so have we seen in the city the Lord of liosts; in the city of our God: God upholdeth the same for ever.

8 We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God: in the midst of thy temple.

9 God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the world's end : thy right hand is full of righteousness.

10 Let the mount Sion rejoice, and the daughter of Juda be glad: because of thy judgments.

11 Walk about Sion, and go round about her : and tell the towers thereof.

12 Mark well her bulwarks, set up her houses: that ye may tell them that come after.

13 For this God is our God for ever and ever : he shall be our guide unto death.

Psalm xlix. Audite hæc, omnes. Hear ye this, all ye people: ponder it with your ears,

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ye that dwell in the world. 2 High and low, rich and poor: one with another.

3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom: and my heart shall muse of understanding.

4 I will incline mine ear to the parable: and shew my dark speech upon the harp.

5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of wickedness: and when the wickedness of my heels compaffeth me round about?

6 There be some that put their trust in their goods : and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches.

7 But no man may deliver his brother: nor make agreement unto God for him;

12 Set up her houses] “Consider her palaces." Bib. tranf. 13] This God will be our God to all eternity, and (by that power which He has already exerted in our protection) will conduct us through life with safety.

Pfalm xlix.] We have here a confolation against the terrors of death in time of old age or lickness, and a meditation on the transitory nature of worldly greatnefs and prosperity, which are fo sure

to fade suddenly. 5] Why should I give way to fear and despondency in the time of calamity, when the wickedness of my wealthy and powerful adyer. 23 compasses me about to supplant and overthrow mc ?

8 For it coft more to redeem their souls : so that he must let that alone for ever: 9 Yea, though he live long: and fee not the

grave. 10 For he seeth that wise men also die, and perish together : as well as the ignorant and foolish, and leave their riches for other.

11 And yet they think that their houses shall continue for ever: and that their dwelling places shall endure from one generation to another; and call the lands after their own pames.

12 Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour : seeing he

may be compared unto the beasts that perish; this is the way of them.

13 This is their foolishness : and their posterity praise their saying.

14 They lie in the hell like sheep; death gnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall have dominion over them in the morning : their beauty shall consume in the sepul. chre out of their dwelling.

15 But God hath delivered my soul from the place of hell: for he shall receive me.

16 Be not thou afraid, though one be made rich : or if the glory of his house be increased;

17 For he shall carry nothing away with him when he dieth: neither shall his pomp follow him.

18 For while he lived, he counted himself an happy man: and so long as thou doest well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.

19 He lhall follow the generation of his fathers : and shall never see light.

20 Man being in honour hath no understanding : but is compared unto the beasts that perish.

14] I give the interpretation of this obscure verse, which appears to me to be the most probable. See Merrick, p. 106. “They lie in the grave like sheep. Death shall be their shepherd and have dominion over them; their honour shall be no more, their form fhall moulder away, the grave Thall be their habitation,"

20] “Man that is in honour and woderstandeth not." Bib. tranf.

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