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53 But as for his own people, he led them forth like theep: and carried them in the wilderness like a flock.

54 He brought them out fafely, that they should not fear: and overwhelmed their enemies with the sea.

55 And brought them within the borders of his fanctuary: even to his mountain which he purchased with his right hand.

56 He calt out the heathen also before them : caused their land to be divided among them for an heritage, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

57 So they tempted and difpleased the most high God: and kept not his teftimonies;

58 But turned their backs, and fell away like their forefathers: starting aside like a broken bow.

59 For they grieved him with their hill-altars : and provoked him to displeasure with their images.

60 When God heard this, he was wroth: and took fore displeasure at Ifrael ;

61 So that he forfook the tabernacle in Silo : even the tent that he had pitched among men.

62 He delivered their power into captivity: and their beauty into the enemy's hand.

63 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.

64 The fire consumed their young men : and their maidens were not given to marriage.

65 Their priests were slain with the sword: and there were no widows to make lamentation.

66 So the Lord awaked as one out of fleep: and like a giant refreshed with wine.

67 He smote his enemies in the hinder parts : and put them to a perpetual shame.

68 He refused the tabernacle of Joseph: and eboke not the tribe of Ephraim;

69 But chose che tribe of Judah: even the hill of Sion which he loved.

68 He refused; The ark after its retury went no more to Shiloh, which was in the tribe of Ephraim, the fon of Joseph, but was brought first to Kiriathaim, 1 Sam. vi. 21, 4 city of the tribe of Judah; and thence, after a short stay at the house of Obed. Édom, te Mount Sion. Chron. xix. and X

70 And there he built his temple on high: and laid the foundation of it like the ground which he hath made continually,

71 He chose David allo his servant: and took him away from the sheep-folds.

72 As he was following the ewes great with young ones, he took him : that he might feed Jacob his people, and Ifrael his inheritance.

73 So he fed them with a faithful and true heart : and ruled them prudently with all his power.

MORNING PRAYER.

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Psalm lxxix. Deus, venerunt.
GOD, the heathen are come into thine inheritance:

thy holy temple have they defiled, and made Jerufalem an heap of stones.

2 The dead bodies of thy servants have ihey given to be meat unto the fowls of the air : and the flesh of thy. faints unto the beasts of the land.

3 Their blood have they shed like water on every fide of Jerusalem ; and there was no man to bury them.

4 We are become an open shame to our enemies : a very scorn and derision unto them that are round about us.

$ Lord, how long wilt thou be angry: shall thy jea. lousy burn like fire for ever?

6. Pour out thy indignation upon the heathen that have not known thee: and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy Name.

7 For they have devoured Jacob: and laid waste his dwelling-place.

8 O remember not our old fins, but have mercy upon us, and that soon : for we are come to great misery.

9 Help us, O God of our falvation, for the glory of thy Name: O deliver us, and be merciful unto our sins for thy Name's fake.

Pfalm lxxix] This pfalm is either a prediction, or a relation of fome great calamity that had befallen the Jews, or which they might expect, perhaps the deftruction of the temple in the time of Nebuchadnezzar.

10 Wherefore do the heathen say: Where is now their God?

11 O let the vengeance of thy servants' blood that is shed: be openly shewed upon the heathen in our sight.

12 O let the sorrowful fighing of the prisoners come before thee: according to the greatnefs of thy power, preferve thou those that are appointed to die.

13 And for the blasphemy wherewith our neighbours have blafphemed thee : reward thou them, O Lord, sevenfold into their bofom.

14 So we, that are thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever: and will alway be lhewing forth thy praise from generation to generation.

Psalın lxxx. Qui regis Ifrael.
EAR, O thou shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest

Joseph like a sheep : shew thyself also, thou that fittest upon the Cherubims.

2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses : stir up thy strength, and come, and help us.

3 Turn us again, God: thew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.

4 O Lord God of Hosts: how long wilt thou be angry with thy people that prayeth?

5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears: and givest them plenteousness of tears to drink.

10 Heathen fay] If thou doft not interpofe for our relief, the idolatrous nations will declare that our God is not able to defend us, and thus they will reproach and blaspheme thee. Be thou therefore pleased to shew thy power in relieving us and avenging our cause, that thy enemies may know thee by the juftice of their punishment, and the might of thy hand.

Psalm lxxx. This is a complaint of the troubles of God's church and people, probably in time of captivity; or it is a prediction of it, and a prayer for deliverance.

I] We cannot avoid remarking here that he who leadeth Joseph like a flock, is he also that fitteth between the cherubim.

2 Before Ephraim] These tribes are particularly mentioned perhaps, because they immediately followed the ark and cherubim, the symbols of the divine presence. Numb. xi. 18.

3 Turn us] Restore us again. 4 Prayeth) “He may cover himself with a cloud, that their prayers wld not pass through." Lam. iii. 44.

6 Thon haft made us a very ftrife unto our neighbours : and our enemies laugh us to fcorn.

7 Turn us again, thou God of hosts : shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.

8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it;

9 Thou madeft room for it: and when it had taken root, it filled the land.

10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it: and and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedar-trees.

11 She stretched out her branches unto the sea : and her boughs unto the river.

12 Why halt thou then broken down her hedge: that all they that go by pluck off her grapes ?

13 The wild boar out of the wood doth root ic up: and the wild beasts of the field devour it.

14 Turn thee again, thou God of hosts, look down from heaven: behold, and visit this vine;

15 And the place of the vineyard that thy right hand hath planted : and the branch that thou madeft fo ftrong

for thyself,

16 It is burnt with fire, and cut down : and they fhall perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand : and upon the son of man, whom thou madest fo stroog for thine own self.

18 And so will not we go back from thee: O let us live, and we fhall call upon ihy Name.

19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts : fhew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.

Psalm 1xxxi. Exultate Deo. we merrily unto God our strength : make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob. 2 Take the pfalm, bring hither the tabret : the merry harp with the lute.

7] This is the choral part of this hymn, which hence feems to have been performed as a service.

Psalm lxxxi.] This psalm is a folemn invitation to all to fing praises to God for his great deliverances and mercies to his people, whole lins only turn away his favour, and occasion their misery.

SING

3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon: even in the time appointed, and upon our solemn feast-day.

4 For this was made a statute for Israel: and a law of the God of Jacob.

5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony: when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.

6 1 eased his shoulder from the burden : and his hands were delivered from making the pots.

7 Thou calledft upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee: and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.

8 I proved thee also: at the waters of strife.

9.Hear, O my people, and I will assure thee, O Israel : if thou wilt hearken unto me, : 10 There lhall no strange god be in thee : neither shalt thou worship any other god.

11 I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I shall fill it.

12 But my people would not hear my voice: and Israel would not obey me.

13 Sol gave them up unto their own heart's lust: and let them follow their own imaginations.

14 ( that my people would have hearkened unto me: for if Israel had walked in my ways,

15 I should foon have put down their enemies : and turned my hand against their adversaries.

16 The haters of the Lord should have been found liars : but their time should have endured for ever.

17 He should have fed them also with the finest wheat flour : and with honey out of the itony rock should I haye satisfied thee.

6 Pots] “ The Egyptians made their lives bitter with hard bondage in mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field.” Exod. I. 14. Their occupation consisted chiefly in making bricks for building.

16 Their time] Their is emphatical: the time of my people.

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