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Psalm lv. Exaudi, Deus. EAR my prayer, O God: and hide not thyself from my petition.

. 2 Take heed unto me, and hear me : how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.

3 The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so faft: for they are minded to do me some inischief, so maliciously are they set against me.

4 My heart is disquieted within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.

6 And I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove : for then would I flee away, and be at reft.

7 Lo, then would I get me away far off: and remain in the wilderness.

8 I would make haste to escape: because of the stormy wind and tempeft.

9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them : for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

11 Wickedness is thereia : deceit and guile go not out of their streets.

12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour: for then I could have borne it.

13 Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify himself against me: for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him.

14 But it was even thou, my companion: my guide, and mine own familiar friend.

15 We took sweet counsel together : and walked in the house of God as friends.

Pfalmlv.] David mournfully recounts his distresses in the time of Abfalom's rebellion, and the perfidiousness of his own principal servants and counsellors, who were the chief authors of it; yet confidently resorts to God for his aid, and cheerfully depends on it.

9 Divide their tongues Confound their counsels, by causing some disagreement among them.

16 Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

17 As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save ine.

18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that inítanily: and he shall hear my voice.

1g It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace from the batile that was against me: for there were many with me.

20 Yea, even God, that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down: for they will not turn, nor fear God.

21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him: and he brake his covenant.

22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart : his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very fwords.

23 O cast thy burthen upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee; and shall not fuffer the righteous to fall for ever.

24 And as for them: thou, O God, shalt bring them into the pit of destruction.

25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days: nevertheless, my trust thall be in theę, O Lord.



Psalm lvi. Miferere mei, Deus.
E merciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to

devour me: he is daily fighting, and troubling me. 2 Minè enemies are daily in hand to swallow me up: for they þe many that fight against me, O thou most Highest

. 18 Morning, evening, and noon, were three of the hours of prayer in the Jewish church. Daniel observed them in Babylon, when the royal decree made it death for him to do so:“continuing instant in prayer."

Psalm lvi.] David composed this psalm in remembrance of his great deliverance out of the hand of Saul, and of the time when he was with the Philistinęs.

3 Nevertheless, though I'am sometime afraid : yet puc I my trust in thee.

4 I will praise God, because of his word : I have put my trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do

untó me.

s They daily mistake my words ; all that they imagine is to do me evil.

6 They hold all altogether, and keep themselves close: and mark my steps, when they lay wait for my soul.

7 Shall they escape for their wickedness: thou, O God, in thy displeasure Chalc cast them down.

8 Thou tellest my flittings ; put my tears into thy botde: are not these things noted in thy book?

9 Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to fight : this I know; for God is on my side.

10 la God's word will I rejoice: in the Lord's word will I comfort me.

11 Yea, in God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows : unto thee will I give thanks.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling: that I may walk before God in the light of the living

Psalm lvji. Miferere mei, Deus.
E merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me,

for my soul trusteth in thee: and under the Shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this tyranny be over-palt.

2 I will call unto the most high God: even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand.

3 He shall send from heaven: and save me from the reproof of him that would eat me up.

4 God shall send forth his mercy and truth: my soul is among

lions. 8 Flittings] The word to fit is in use in the North, for a removal from one place to another.

Psalm lvii.] This psalm was compofed by David on occasion of what happened in Saul's pursuit of him, when David finding Saul in the care might have killed, if he would, but spared him. 1 Sam. xxiv. 3.


5 And I lie even among the children of men, that are set on fire: whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

6 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and thy glory above all the earth.

7 They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul : they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it themselves.

8 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed : I will sing, and give praise.

9 Awake up, my glory; awake, lute and harp: I myfelf will awake right early.

10 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will fing unto thee among the nations.

11 For the greatness of thy mercy reachech upto the heavens: and thy truth unto the clouds.

12 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and thy glory above all the earth.

Psalm lviii. Si vere utique.
RE your minds set upon righteousness, O ye con-

gregation : and do ye judge the thing that is right, O ye sons of men ?

2 Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth : and your hands deal with wickednefs.

3 The ungodly are froward, even from their mother's womb : as soon as they are born, they go astray, and speak lies.

4 They are as venomous as the poison of a serpent : even like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ears;

5 Which refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer : charm he never so wisely.

6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths ; smite the jaw-bones of the lions, O Lord: let them fall away

s] “ The stroke of a sword is lighter than the stroke of a congue, for that wounds the body, but this the loul.”-Pythagoras.

Psalm lviii.] This is a meditation of David on the injustice and incor: rigible wickedness of men, especially of his enemies, who exasperated Saul against him, together with the unexpected speedy vengeance of that Almighty on them.

like water that runneth apace; and when they shoot their arrows, let them be rooted out.

7 Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman : and let them not see the sun.

8 Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns : so let indignation vex him, even as a thing that is raw.

9 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly;

10 So that a man mall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: doubtless there is a God that judgeth the earth.


Psalm lix. Eripe me de inimicis.

ELIVER me from mine enemies, O God: defend

me from them that rise up against me. 2 O deliver me from the wicked doers: and save me from the blood-thirsty men.

3 For lo, they lie waiting for my soul : the mighty men are gathered against me, without any offence or fault of me, O Lord. 4. They run and prepare themselves without


fault : arise thou therefore to help me, and behold.

5 Stand up, O Lord God of hosts, thou God of Israel, to visit all the heathen: and be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness.

6 They go to and fro in the evening : they grin like a dog, and run about through the city.

6] “When he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be cut in pieces.” Bib. trans.

8 Or ever your pots be made hot] This is to denote the suddenness of his punishment." Before your pots can feel the thorns, (used in the East for fuel) he fall take them away as with a whirl-wind," alive, in his wrath. Bib. tranf. in part.

Psalm lix.] The occasion of this psalm is thought to be this : Saul threw his javelin at David, who fled to his own house, and Saul fent perfons to watch the house during the night, that they might say him in the morning; but David, by Michal's help, being let down by a window, escaped. He here celebrates his deliverance.


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