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17 And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handy-work.

Pfalm xci. Qui habitat.
HOSO dwellech under the defence of the most

High: thall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold: my God, in hin will I trust.

3 For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter: and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be fafe under his feathers : his faithfulness and truth thall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness : nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.

7 A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not coine nigh thee.

8 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold: and see the reward of the ungodly.

9 For thou, Lord, art my hope: thou hast set thine house of defence very high.

10 There shall no evil happen unto thee: neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

ii For he thall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee in their hands : that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.

Pfalm xci.] This psalm declares the security of the righteous man under the care and protection of heaven in time of danger. The Almighty himself is introduced promising him deliverance, exaltation, glory, and immortality. The pfalm is addressed primarily to Messiah. That it related to him, Jews and Christians are agreed; and the devil cited two verses from it, (11 and 12) as universally known and allowed to have been spoken of him. It is said to have been composed by David.

4 His wingsi This image of tenderness and affection frequently occurs in the plalms; and of our Saviour's use of it, so well known, we may say, “ So God loved the world.”

9 For thou} O Lord, thou art my hope, thou hast made the most High my refuge. Heb.

13 Thou fhalt go upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.

14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will fet him up, because he hath known my Name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him : yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.

16 With long life will I satisfy him: and hew him

my falvation,


Psalm xcii. Bonum est confiteri. T is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord : and

to sing praises unto thy Name, O most Highest;

2 To tell of thy loving.kindness early in the morning: and of thy truth in the night-feafon,

3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute: upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.

4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy works : and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.

5 O Lord, how glorious are thy works: thy thoughts are very deep!

6 An unwise man doch not well consider this : and a fool doth not understand it.

7 When the ungodly are green as the grafs, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish: then thall they be destroyed for ever; but thou, Lord, art the most Highest for evermore.

8 For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perish : and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.

9 But mine horn fhall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn: for I am anointed with fresh oil.

10 Mine eye shall see his lust of mine enemies : and mine carshall hear his desire of the wicked that arife up against me.

Pfalm xcö.] This pfalm also is afcribed to David. It is a meditation on the gracious works of God toward his people, and his judgments au wicked men.

7] This is the circumstance which the unwife and the fool does not understand; the prosperity of the wicked. The explanation of their fate is this : They perilh in the midtt of their posseflions and enjoyments.

11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree : and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.

12 Such as be planted in the house of the Lord: Ihall flourilh in the courts of the house of our God.

13 They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age : and shall be fat and well-liking.

14 That they may shew how true the Lord my strength is : and that there is no unrighteousness in him.



Psalm xciii. Dominus regnavit. 'HE Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel :

the Lord liath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.

2 He hath made the round world fo sure : that it cannot be moved.

3 Ever since the world began hath thy feat been pre. pared : thou art from everlasting.

4 The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice: the floods lift up their waves.

5 The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly: but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.

6 Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure: holiness becometh thine house for ever.

Psalm xciv. Deus ultionum.
Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth : thou

God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. 12 Planted] Trees were planted in the courts of the houses in the East. The Jews were forbidden to plant a grove of trees near the altar of God; but the courts of his temple and his altar had not the same fanctity.

Pfalm xciii.] This is a meditation on the power and providence of God, as in the works of creation, and the stability of the laws by which all are governed, not withitanding the tumults of this fublunary world, so also in ettablishing his church in peace, and in performing his promises to his servants.

.] This metaphor, being clothed, is an eastern one ; as the magnificence of the oriental princes confifts in a great measure in their clothes, and they change their dress frequently when they appear in public on any solemn or joyous occasions.


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2 Arise, thou Judge of the world : and reward the proud after their deserving.

3. Lord, how long shall the ungodly: how long shall the ungodly triumph?

4 How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully: and make such proud boasting?

5 They smite down thy people, O Lord : and trouble thine heritage.

6 They murder the widow, and the stranger : and put the fatherless to death.

7 And yet they say, Tush, the Lord shall not see: neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

8 Take heed, ye unwise among the people: Oye fools, when will ye understand?

9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear : or he that made the eye, shall he not see?

10 Or he that nurtureth the heathen : it is he that teacherh man knowledge, shall not he punish?

11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man: that they are but vain.

12 Blessed is the man whom thou chaftenelt, O Lord: and teachelt him in thy law;

13 That thou mayest give him patience in time of adversity : until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.

14 For the Lord will not fail his people: neither will he forsake his inheritance ;

15 Until righteousness turn again unto judgment : all such as are true in heart, shall follow it.

16 Who will rise up with me agaiust the wicked: or who will take my part against the evil-doers?

17 If the Lord had not helped me: it had not failed but my soul had been put to silence.

18 But when I said, My foot hath slipped : thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

Psalm xciv.) This is an earnest prayer to God, and an expression of ful confidence in Him that He will frustrate the attempts of wicked med, and support the righteous.

15! The time shall come when all wrong judgments shall be reversed, that the sufferings of good men shall be turned to their advantage, and the righteous man lhall be the most prosperous, even in this world.

19 In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart : thy comforts have refreshed my soul.

20 Wilt thou have any thing to do with the stool of wickedness: which imagineth mischief as a law?

21 They gather them together against the soul of the righteous : and condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my refuge: and my God is the strength of my confidence.

23 He shall recompense them their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice: yea, the Lord our God shall destroy them.


Psalm xcv.

Venite, exultemus. O

Come, let us sing, unto the Lord : let us heartily

rejoice in the strength of our falvation. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above

all gods.

4 In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is his also.

5 The sea is his, and he made it : and his hands prepared the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

7 For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

20] Let men set up wickedness on the throne, or on the tribunal of justice, confound all distinction between right and wrong, and substitute oppreffion and rapine instead of justice; God will never favour such impiety.

Psalm xcv.] The occasion of this psalm is uncertain. It is said to have been written by David, and was perhaps adapted by him to the solemnity of bringing the ark to the place of God's reit.

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