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8 It is better to trust in the Lord: than to put any confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord : than to put any confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me round about : but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.
11 They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, I fay, on every side: but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.
ce 12 They came about me like bees, and are extina even as the fire among the thorns : for in the Name of the Lord I will destroy thein.
13 Thou hast thrust fore at me, that I might fall : but the Lord was my help.
14 The Lord is my strength, and my song: and is become my salvation.
The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord bringeh mighty things to pass.
16 The right hand of the Lord hath the pre-eminence: the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass.
17 I shall not die, but live : and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord hath chastened and corrected me: but lie hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open me the gates of righteousness: that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord: the righteous shall enter into it.
21. I will thank thee, for thou hast heard me : and art become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders refused : is become the head-stone in the corner.
23 This is the Lord's doing: and it is marvellous ia
19) Here ensues a kind of sacred dialogue. Being arrived at the temple, the victorious monarch speaks this verse; they that open the gate, the 20th; he again, as he enters, the 21st; they with him seem to speak the four next verses to the 25th; the priests of the temple, the 26th, the fift part to the king, the other to the people; the people, the 27th; he, the 28th; the 29th is the choral verse, concluding as it began.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Help me now, O Lord: O Lord, send us now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord: we have wished you good luck, ye that are of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord who hath shewed us light : bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar,
28 Thou art my God, and I will thank thee: thou art my God, and I will praise thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.
Pfalm cxix. Beati immaculati.
and walk in the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies : and seek him with their whole heart.
3 For they who do no wickedness: walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast charged: that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.
5 O that my ways were made fo direct: that I might keep thy statutes !
6 So Thall I not be confounded : while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
Pfalm cxix.-Beati immaculati.] This pfalm is a consideration of the divine law, the excellency, the necesfity, and advantages of it, descanting on the several appellations of it, with frequent reflections on ourselves by way of exhortation to a pious life, and constant adherence to God in time of distress.
1] It is observable, that the law of God has a great variety of names, and the observance of it is expressed by a correspondent difference in the terms. In this portion it is called the way, his testimonies, commandments, itatutes, judgments of the righteoulness of the Lord.
7 I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart: when I Thall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.
8 I will keep thy ceremonies : 0 forsake me not utterly.
In quo corriget?
even by ruling himself after thy word. 2 With my whole heart have I fought thee: Olet me not go wrong out of thy commandments.
3 Thy words have I bid within my heart: that I hould not sin against thee.
4 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
Ś With my lips have I been telling : of all the judg. ments of thy mouth.
6 I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies: as in all manner of riches.
7 I will talk of thy commandments: and have respect unto thy ways.
8 My delight shall be in thy statutes : and I will not forget thy word.
Retribue fervo tuo.
keep thy word. 2 Open thou mine eyes : that I may see the wondrous things of thy law.
3 I am a stranger upon earth : O hide not thy commandments from me.
O Recep Will yorathy servant : that I may live and
8 Utterly] To any great degree. God's not forsaking in any eminent degree, as it contains his not forsaking altogether, or for ever, so it is somewhat more than that, and a greater privilege of a pious man, not to be forsaken in any eminent degree than not to be forsaken eternally, whatfoever that degree be at present.
In. quo corriget.- 1] The law of the Lord is here named his word, and the judgments of his mouth.
3] Hid is here only laid up, because he afterwards says that he would talk of the commandments of the Lord.
Retribue feruo tuo.-1) In the foregoing parts of the pfalm we have heard the believer declaring the excellency of God's word, and express fing both his defire and his resolution to observe its directions. He now beseecheth God to remove all impediments, and to accomplish this work in him.
4 My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire : that it hath alway unto thy judgments.
5 Thou hast rebuked the proud: and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.
6 O curn from me shame and rebuke: for I have kept thy testimonies.
7 Princes also did fit and speak against me : but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes.
8 For thy testimonies are my delight : and my counsellors.
according to thy word. 2 I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me : 0 teach me thy statutes.
3 Make me to understand the way of thy command. ments: and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
4 My soul melteth away for very heaviness : comfort thou me according unto thy word.
5 Take from me the way of lying: and cause thou me to make much of thy law.
6 I have chosen the way of truth; and thy judgments have I laid before me.
7 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, confound me not.
8 I will run the way of thy commandments : when thou hast set my heart at liberty.
TEAball keep it unto the end.
Legen pone. "EACH me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes : and I
the end. 4) My soul is wholly taken up with the desire.
Adhalit pavimento. Dift) Does this express the dejected state of the person in the same manner as Job's lying among the potsherds?
3, 6) It is plain that “the way of truth,” in the latter of these two verses, is opposed to “ the way of lying," or of " falsehood," in the former,
n] The palmift does not say, “ I have followed,” but “ I have stuck unto thy testimonies.” Nothing could allure or force him from them.
2 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law: yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
3 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments : for therein is my desire.
4 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies : and no to covetousness.
5. O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity: and quicken thou me in thy way.
6 0 stablish thy word in thy servant : that I may fear thee.
away the rebuke that I am afraid of; for thy judgments are good.
8 Behold, my delight is in thy commandments: 0 quicken me in thy righteousness.
Et veniat super me.
even thy falvation, according unto thy word. 2 So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers : for my trust is in thy word.
3 O take not the word of thy truth utterly out of my mouth: for my hope is in thy judgments.
4 So shall I alway keep thy law: yea, for ever and ever.
5 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy commandments.
6 I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings: and will not be ashamed.
7 And my delight shall be in thy commandments : which I have loved.
8 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved : and my ftudy shall be in thy statutes.
Legem pone.—2] The law cannot be observed, unless it be understood; and it is understood in vain, unless it be observed.
s] Solomon took an inventory of the world and all the best things in it; he caft up the account, and the sum total was, vanity.
Et veniat fuper me. Blasphemers] “ Him that reproacheth me" (Bib. tra:11.) for my behaviour to Thee.
8 Lift up} I have vowed and promised under an oath a conftant obedi, ence to thy comniandments.