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8 Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land: that they may dwell with me. 9 Whoso leadeth a godly life: he shall be

my servant. 10 There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

11 I shall soon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land: that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.

MORNING PRAYER.

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Psalm cii. Domine, exaudi.
EAR my prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come

unto thee. 2 Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right foon.

3 For my days are consumed away like smoke: and my bones are burnt up as it were a fire-brand.

4. My heart is smitten down, and withered like grass : so that I forget to eat my bread.

5 For the voice of my groaning: my bones will scarce cleave to my flesh.

6 I am become like a pelican in the wilderness: and like an owl that is in the defert.

7 I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow; that fitteth alone upon the house-top.

8 Mine enemies revile me all the day long : and they that are mad upon me, are sworn together against me.

9 For I have eaten alhes as it were bread : and mingled my drink with weeping;

10 And that, because of thine indignation and wrath : for thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.

11] Soon is rendered “ early” in the Bib. tranf. and“ in the morning,” according to the llebrew. The courts of judicature allembled in the morning. This verse may refer to the season when David, as a judge, entering the tribunal, destroys and cuts off all wicked men.

Psalm cii.] A prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord. It seems to have been com. poled during the time of the captivity. It is the fifth penitential plalm.

11 My days are gone like a shadow: and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance throughout all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion : for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.

14 And why? thy fervants think upon her stones : and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.

15 The heathen thall fear thy Name, O Lord : and all the kings of the earth thy Majesty ;

16 When the Lord thall build up Sion: and when his glory fall appear;

17 When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute : and defpifeth not their desire.

18 This shall be written for those that come after : and the people which shall be born shall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from his fanctuary: out of the heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

20 That he might hear the mournings of such as are in captivity: and deliver the children appointed unto death;

21 That they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion : and his worship at Jerusalem ;

22 When the people are gathered together : and the kingdoms also, to ferve the Lord.

23 He brought down my strength in my journey: and fhortened my days.

24 But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine age: as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.

25 Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

14] Formerly they regarded lightly the sanctuary, and sinned against it, but they now fought after it, honouring even the duft thereof; how much more the building, if it might be built.

26] The frequent changing of clothes is a piece of eastern magnificence: how wonderfully fublime then, in this view, is this representation of the grandeur of God, Thou shalt change these heavens as a prince changes

his vetture,

27 And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the fame, and thy years Thall not fail.

28 The children of thy servants shall continue : and their feed shall stand talt in thy fight.

Psalm ciii. Benedic, anima mea. PRAIS RAISE the Lord, O my soul : and all that is within

me praise his holy Name. 2 Praise the Lord, O my soul: and forget not all his benefits;

3 Who forgiveth all thy sin : and healeth all thine infirmities;

4 Who saveth thy life from destruction : and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness;

5 Who fatisfieth thy mouth with good things : making thee young and lusty as an eagle.

6 'The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment; for all them that are oppressed with wrong.

7 He shewed his ways unto Moses : his works unto the children of Israel.

8 The Lord is fuli of compassion and mercy: longsuffering, and of great goodness.

9 He will not alway be chíding: neither keepeth he his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins: nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.

11 For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth : so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.

Pfalm ciii.] This is a folemn acknowledgment of the great mercies of God, especially that of pardoning his fin, and not exacting the punishment due to it; a consideration which must be interwoven in every mercy which sinful men experience. It is thought to have been composed by David upon his

recovery from fickness. 5. Eagle) This bird, even when old, casts its feathers, and is furnished with new ones.

6] It might have been observed before, that there is no subject of complaint to which more frequent allusions occur throughout the book of Pfalms and the other books of the Old Testament, than the perversion of public justice by corrupt judges. It was one of the great national lins among the Jews,

12 Look how wide allo the east is from the west : so far hath he set our sins from us.

13 Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children : even fo is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth whereof we are made: he remembereth that we are but duft.

15 The days of man are but as grafs : for he flourishcth as a flower of the field. 16 For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is

gone: and the place thereof shall know it po more.

17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him: and his righteousness upon children's children;

18 Even upon such as keep his covenant: and think upon his commandments to do them.

19 The Lord hath prepared his seat in heaven : and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 O praise the Lord, ye Angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words. 21 O praise the Lord, all ye his house:

ye

fervants of bis that do his pleasure.

22 O speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion : praise thou the Lord, O

my soul.

EVENING PRAYER.

Pfalm civ. Benedic, anima mea.
RAISE the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God,

thou art become exceeding glorious, thou art clothed with majefty and honour.

2 Thou deckest thyself with light as it were with a garment: and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain.

17. Children's children] He will shew mercy unto thousands in them that love him, and keep his commandments. '“ A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children.” Prov. xii. 22.

Psalm civ.) This is a most pious and beautiful meditation upon the power and wisdom of God in making and preserving all the creatures in the world.

3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind,

4 He maketh his angels spirits : and his ministers a flaming fire.

5 He laid the foundations of the earth : that it never fhould move at any time.

6 Thou coverelt it with the deep like as with a garment: the waters stand in the hills.

7 At thy rebuke they flee : at the voice of thy thunder they are afraid.

8 They go up as high as the hills, and down to the vallies beneath : even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them.

9 Thou halt set them their bounds which they shall not pass : neither turn again to cover the earth.

10 He sendeth the springs into the rivers : which run among the hills.

11 All beasts of the field drink thereof: and the wild asses quench their thirst.

12 Beside them thall the fowls of the air have their habitation : and fing among the branches.

13 He watereth the hills from above : the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.

14 He bringeth forth grass for the cattle ; and green herb for the service of men;

15 That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man: and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen man's heart.

16 The trees of the Lord also are full of sap: even the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted;

3 IVaters] Those superior waters in the upper regions of the air, me

mentioned in Gen, i. 7.

6) · The water stood above the mountains,” (Bib. tranf.) at the time of the creation.

ir Wild a Res). This is here peculiarly remarked of the asses in the dry, remote, and landy deserts. They are taught by Providence the way to the waters; and there is no better expedient for the thirsty traveller, than to observe the herds of them ducending to the freams.

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