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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,
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 cost more to redeem their souls: so that he must let that alone for ever: 9 Yea, though he live long: and see not the
grave. 19 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 lheep; death gnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall have dominion over them in the morning : their beauty Ihall 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 shall 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.
Psalm 1. Deus deorum. THE HE Lord, even the most mighty God hath spoken:
and called the world, from the rising up of the fup, unto the going down thereof.
2. Que of Sion hath God appeared : in perfe&t beauty,
3 Our God thall come, and shall not keep filence: there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be stirred up round about him.
4 He shall call the heaven from above: and the earth, that he may judge his people.
5 Gather my faints together unto me: those that have made a covenant with me with sacrifice.
6 And the heaven shall declare his righteousness: for God is Judge himself.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak: I myself will testify against thee, O Israel; for I am God, even thy God.
8 I will not reprove thee, because of thy facrifices, or for thy burnt-offerings : because they were not alway before me. 9
I will take no bullock out of thine boufe: nor hegoat out of thy folds.
10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine : and so are the cattle upon a thousand hills.
il I know all the fowls upon the mountains : and the wild beasts of the field are in my fight,
12 If I be hungry, I will not tell thee: for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein.
13. Thinkest thou, that I will eat bulls' flela : and drink the blood of goats?
Psalm 1.) The design of this psalm is to shew that God has no pleasure in sacrifices, or the external rites of religion, but prefers a fincere and unaffe&ted piety, and the praifes offered up to him by a grateful heart, and these accompanied by the practice of justice and other virtues.
4]. The Almighty assembles the whole world by á falemn decree ta hear him judge his people: the dread tribunal is in Sion: the majefty of the approach of the Deity is expressed by imagery taken from his defcent on Mount Sinai. Heaven and earth are called upon as witnesses of the justice of God, and at last the Deity himself is introduced as pronouncing che sentence.-Lowth.
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving : and pay thy vows unto the most Highest;
15 And call upon me in the time of trouble: so will I hear thee, and thou shalt praise me.
16 But unto the ungodly said God: why doft thou preach my laws, and takest my covenant in thy mouth;
17. Whereas thou hatest to be reformed : and haft cast my words behind thee?
18 When thou fawest a thief, thou consentedft unto him: and has been partaker with the adulterers.
19 Thou hast let thy mouth speak wickedness: and with thy tongue thou hast set forth deceit.
20. Thou latest, and spakelt against thy brother : yea, and hast slandered thine own mother's son.
21 These things hast thou dope, and I held my tongue: and thou thoughtest wickedly, that I am even such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that thou hast done.
22 O consider this, ye that forget God: lest I pluck you away, and there be none to deliver you.',
23 Whoso offereth me thanks and praise, he honoureth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation right, will I lhew the salvation of God.
Plalm li. Miferere mei, Deus.
away mine offences.
2 Walh me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my fin.
3 For I acknowledge my faults : and my fin is ever
4 Against thee only have I finned, and done this evil in thy fight: that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
Psalm li.] The occasion of this psalm is well known. It is a perfect naodel of penitential devotion.
4] So that thou shalt be justified in thy doings, and overcome when thou contendelt in a fuit against me. I have nothing to plead in my
5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in fin hath my mother conceived me.
6 But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
7 Thou shalt purge me with hyffop, and I lhall be clean: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Turn thy face from my fias: and put out all my misdeeds.
10 Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.
1 Cast me not away from thy presence: and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of thy help again: and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
13 Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked : and finners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health : and my tongue shall fing of thy righteousnefs.
15 Thou lhalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth fhali shew thy praise.
16 For thou desirest no facrifice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.
17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
18 O be favourable and gracious unto Sion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the facrifice of righteousness, with the burnt offerings and oblations: then shall they offer young
thine altar. Psalm lii. Quid gloriaris? HY boastest thou thyself, thou tyrant: that thou
canst do mischief; 2] The unclean person was sprinkled with a bunch of hyffop dipped in the water of separation. Numb. xix.
14] He here fupplicates as if he saw the murdered Uriah coming upon him for vengeance.