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Ś Let then be confounded and turned backward : as many as have evil will ar Sion.
6 Let them be even as the grass growing upon the house-tops: which withereth afore it be plucked up;
7 Whereof the mower filleth not his hand: neither he that bindeth up the fheaves, his bofom.
8 So that they who go by say not so much as, The Lord prosper you: we wilh you good luck in the Name of the Lord.
Psalm cxxx. De profundis.
Lord, hear my voice. 2 O let thine ears consider well : the voice of my complaint.
If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord, who may abide it?
4 For there is mercy with thee: therefore shalt thou be feared.
5 I look for the Lord, my soul doth wait for him : in his word is my trust.
6 My soul fleeth unto the Lord: before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.
61 Maundrell says, “All that occurred to us new in these days' travel was a particular way used by the country people in gathering their corn, it being now harvest-time. They plucked it up by handfuls from the roots."
8]. This refers to the custom of blelling the reapers at their work; of which we have an instance, Ruth ij. 4 ; “ And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you: and they answered him, The Lord bless thee.” It may be remarked, after Merrick, that Hefiod describes one of these bad harvests in a similar manner; the small handfuls, the reaper sitting in order to lay hold of the short stalk, turning the roots opposite to each other, and to binding the sheaf for the same reason, and the tew persons who should gaze on him when thus employed. There are two other circumstances highly characteristic, which it may not be improper to add; the reaper covered with duft when binding up the fheaves, and the whole scanty harvest carried home in baskets.
Psalm exxx.) This is an affectionate devout prayer to God for mercy, pardon, and propitiation, together with a confident dependence upon Him for it. It seems to have been composed in the time of the captivity for deliverance out of it. This is the sixth penitential pfalm.
6] My soul hafteneth to the Lord from the morning watches, that is, from the tin e when they hasten to their watches; in other words, the guards every morning that hasten to their watches are not earlier than i am in my daily addresles to God.
7 O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy: and with him is plentcous redemption. 8 And he shall redeem Israel : from all his sins.
Psalm cxxxi. Domine, non eft.
2 I do not exercise myself in great matters : which are too high for me.
3 But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother: yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
4 O Israel, trust in the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
Psalm cxxxii. Memento, Domine.
2 How he sware unto the Lord : and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob; 3
I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house: nor climb up into my bed ;
4. I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to lumber: neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
Psalm cxxxi.] David seems to have been the author of this psalm. He vindicates himself from the accusation of his enemics, that he designed mischief against Saul, and wished to obtain the throne for himself. It was used after the return from the captivity, as it was well adapted by its straip of humility and expressions of trust in God for those who had received great mercies.
3 Weaned child] I have endeavoured to wean myself from my natural affections and desires, as an infant is when he is estranged from his mother's breaft.
Psalm cxxxii. This pfalm was probably compofed by Solomon upon the building of the temple, as part of it, ver. 8, 9, 10, is inserted in solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple, i Chron. vi. 41, 42. It records David's care of the ark, and God's promises made to him and his pofterity; and also the peculiar destination of Sion for the situation of the temple. After the return from the captivity, it was used when the walls were !
ebuilt. 3, 4, 5) If David's words are to be taken in a literal sense, is it not pola fible that he might on the very day in which he made his vow fix upon a place in which he determined to build the temple; though bis intention was afterwards fuperseded by divine direction?
5 Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord : an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
6 Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata : and found it in the wood.
7. We will go into his tabernacle: and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
8 Arise, O Lord, into thy resting-place : chou, and the ark of thy strength.
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness : and let thy saints fing with joyfulness. 1o For thy servant David's sake : turn not away
the presence of thine Anointed.
11 The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David : and he shall not shrink from it;
12 Of the fruit of thy body: shall I set upon thy feat.
13 If thy children will keep my covenant, and my tes. timonies that I shall learn them : their children also shall fit upon thy seat for evermore.
14 For the Lord hath chofen Sion to be an habitation for himself: he hath longed for her.
15 This shall be my rest for ever : here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
16 I will bless her victuals with increase : and will fatisfy her poor with bread.
17 I will deck her priests with health : and her saints fhall rejoice and sing.
18 There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.
19 As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Psalm cxxxiii. Ecce, quam bonum.
to dwell together in unity!
18] Luke i. 69, “ And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his fer vant David."
Pfalm cxxxii) This short and pleasing psalm was composed either to recommend unity among the tribes of Ifrael, or to celebrate it when it had taken place.
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard : even unto Aaron's beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
3 Like as the dew of Hermon : which fell upon the bill of Sion.
4 For there the Lord promised his blessing : and life for evermore.
Psalm cxxxiv. B
EHOLD now, praise the Lord: all ye servants of
2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord : even in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary: and praise the Lord.
4. The Lord that made heaven and earth: give thee blessing out of Sion.
praise it, О ye servants of the Lord; 2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord: in the courts of the house of our God.
3 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
4 For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself: and Israel for his own possession.
5 For I know that the Lord is great : and that our Lord is above all gods.
3) “ As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Sion.” Bib. trans. There is an abfurdity in the translation, which makes the dew of Hermon, a mountain on one fide of Jordan, towards the eastern extremity of Canaan, descend on the mountain of Sion, which was situated on the other side of Jordan, at Jerusalem.
Psalm cxxxiv.! The three first verses of this pfalm seem to be the voice of the people, or of fome devout person exciting the priests to be intent on their office of praising God, and praying for the people.
2 By night) Lev. viii. 35.
Psalm cxxxv.] This is a thanksgiving to God for all his mercies and deliverances afforded to his people.
6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in licaven, and in earth : in the sea, and in all deep places.
7 He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world: and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasures.
8 He smote the first-born of Egypt: both of man and beast.
9 He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt: upon Pharoah and all his fervants.
10 He smote divers nations: and flew mighty kings ;
11 Sehon king of the Amorites, and Og the king of Bafan: and all the kingdoms of Canaan ;
12 And gave their land to be an heritage: even an heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy Name, O Lord, endureth for ever: fo doth thy memorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.
14 For the Lord will avenge his people: and be gra. cious unto his fer vants.
15 As for the images of the heathen, they are but filver and gold : the work of men's hands.
16 They have mouths, and speak not: eyes have they, but they fee not.
17 They have ears, and yet they hear not: neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 They that make them are like unto them : and so are all they that put their trust in them. .
19 Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel : praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.
20 Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi : ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord.
21 Praised be the Lord out of Sion : who dwelleth at Jerusalem.
1] They who in old time paid their devotions to the elements, imagined thefe elements to be capable of giving or withholding rain at plealure. Therefore we find the prophet Jeremiah reclaiming that power to Jehorah, as the God who made and governed the world: " Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain, or can the heavens give showers ? Art not thou He, O Jehovah, our God? Therefore we will wait upon Thee ; for thou haft made all these things." Jer. xiv. 22.
14] “ Will judge." Bib. tranf. He will return to mercy and favour towards those with whom He was formerly displeased.