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21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee: and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22 Yea, I hate them right sore: even as though they were mine enemies.

23 Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart : prove me, and examine my thoughts.

24 Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me: and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm cxl. Eripe me, Domine. DELerve

me from the wicked man; ELIVER me, O Lord, from the evil man : and pre2 Who imagine mischief in their hearts : and stir up flrife all the day long.

3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent : adder's poison is under their lips.

4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the ungodly: preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.

5 The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords : yea, and set traps in my way.

6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my prayers, O Lord.

7 O Lord God, thou strength of my health : thou haft covered my head in the day of battle.

8 Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord : let not his mischievous imagination prosper, left they be too proud. 9 Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon

the head of them : that compass me about.

10 Let hot burning coals fall upon them : let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.

11 A man full of words shall not profper upon the earth: evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him. he had said, And wilt not Thou, O God, who feeft and knowett all things, who haft formed and bitberto preserved thy servant in fo wonderful a manner, “ wilt Thou not Nay the wicked, and deliver me as Thou haft promised to do, out of their hands?” I know Thou wilt.

Pfalm cxl.) David prays for deliverance from his malicious and creacherous enemies, and predicts their final destruction.

12 Sure I am that the Lord will avenge the poor : and maintain the cause of the helpless.

13 The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name: and the just hall continue in thy sight.

Pfalm cxli. Domine, clamavi.
ORD, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me: and

consider my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2 Let my prayer be set forth in thy fight as the incense: and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening facrifice.

3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and keep the door of my lips.

4 O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing : let me not be occupied in ungodly works with the men that work wickedness, left I eat of such things as please them.

5 Let the righteous rather smite me friendly: and reprove me. 6 But let not their precious balms break my

head : yea, I will pray yet against their wickedness.

7 Let their judges be overthrown in stony places : that they may hear my words, for they are sweet.

Pfalm cxli.] David prays earnestly for deliverance from his enemies, and especially for patience, that he may not by their oppofition, or the incitement of others, be moved out of his course of meekness, piety, and other duties incumbent on him. It seems to have been composed on the occasion of Saul's perfecuting him to the cave of Engeddi.

4 Eat] The Syriac-has, “ I will not eat falt with them.” I will not bave any social intercourse with them.

6] “ Let not the oil of the wicked bedew my head;" according to the Seventy and Syriac. As in the preceding verfé, to eat of fuch things as please them, or “ of their dainties,” (Bil. trans.) seems to have a literal lignification, and we know that the anointing of the head was a custom uled at featts; it is perhaps therefore most natural to suppose that the pfalmift speaks of real unguents;

“but give not these to Med “ The wasteful fragrance o'er my


MERRICK. 7) This paffage will receive its explanation from the story, 1 Sam. xxiv; where Saul, seeking David upon the rocks of the wild goats, left his captains and followers on the sides of the rock, whilst he went into the cave to cover his feet. Saul himself “ lift up his voice and wept, saying, My fon David, thou art more righteous than I. The Lord reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day." 1 Sam. xxiv. 16.


8 Our bones lie scattered before the pit : like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.

9 But mine eyes look unto thee, O Lord God : in thee is my trust; O cast not out my soul.

10 Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me: and from the traps of the wicked doers.

11 Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together : and let me ever escape them.

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the Lord did I make my supplication. 2 I poured out my complaints before him : and liewed him of my trouble.

3 When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my path: in the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

4 I looked allo upon my right hand: and saw there was no man that would know me.

5 I had no place to flee unto : and no man cared for

my soul.

6 I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said : Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.

7 Consider my complaint: for I am brought very low.

8 O deliver me from my persecutors : for they are too Itrong for me.

9 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name: which thing if thou wilt grant me, then fhall the righteous resort unto my company.

Psalm cxlii.] David prays for assistance in his helpless state, when hav. ing escaped the treachery of the Keilites, he was now in the cave of Engeddi.

4 Right hand] This phrase is taken from the courts of judicature, where the advocate stood upon the right hand of the person accused, as well as the accuser himself; for in psalm cix. 5, the accufer has this place alligned him.

9 Righteous] On occasion of me the righteous shall be multiplied, when they see thy merciful returns or dealings towards me.

Psalm cxliii. Domine, exaudi.
EAR my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire:

2 And enter not into judginent with thy servant: for in thy sight Mall no man living be justified.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul, he hath smitten my life down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.

4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me: and my heart within me is desolate. 5

Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works: yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.

6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee : my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.

7 Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pot.

8 O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust: Thew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.

9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies : for I flee Unto thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God : let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.

11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Name's fake : and for thy righteousness' fake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And of thy goodness flay mine enemies : and destroy all them that vex my soul : for I am thy servant.

Psalm cxliii.] This pfalm was composed by David at the time of his being persecuted by Saul in the cave of Engeddi. This is the seventh penitential psalm.

11, 12] The verbs in the two laft verses should be rendered in the future, “ thou shalt quicken, &c.” and then the psalm will end as usual, with an act of faith and assurance that all those mercies which have been alked fhall be obtained ; that God, for the sake of his name and his right cousness, of his glory and his faithfulness in the performance of his promises, will not fail to be favourable and gracious to his servants.


Psalm cxliv. Benedifius Dominus.
LESSED be the Lord my strength : who teacheih

my hands to war, and my fingers to fight; 2 My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in whom I trust : who subdueth my people that is under me.

3 Lord, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him : or the son of man, that thou so regardest him?

4 Man is like a thing of nought : his time passeth away like a shadow.

5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down : touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

6 Cast forth thy lightning, and tear them : shoot out chine arrows, and consume chem.

7 Send down thine hand from above : deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strange children;

8 Whose mouth talketh of vanity: and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.

9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: and fing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.

10 Thou bast given victory unto kings : and haft delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.

il Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children : whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity.

12 That our fons may grow up as the young plants : and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple.

13 That our garners may be full and plenteous, with all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thou{ands, and ten thousands in our streets.

Psalm cxliv.] It appears from ver. 2 and 10, that this psalm was compored by David after his accession to the throne. He prays for deliverance from his enemies, and for the prosperity of his people, founded on his former experience of God's interposition.

13 Streets] Folds or pastures without doors, or in the open air. This is the full import of the original word.

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