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than to trust in mankind :
it is better to rely on JEHOVAH,
than to trust in the great.

Many nations beset me round: but through Jehovah's aid I repulsed them. .. Again, and again, they beset me round: . 11 but through Jehovah's aid I repulsed them. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * They beset me round like bees;

12. they are quenched as the fire of thorns; for through JEHOVAH's aid I repulsed them.. Thou hast thrust sore, at me that I might fall : but Jehovah helped me. JEHOVAH is my strength and song, : and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous : the right hand of JEHOVAH doeth valiantly.

The right hand of Jehovah is exalted :
· the right hand of JEHOVAH doeth valiantly.

I shall not die,
but live, and declare the works of JEHOVAH.
JEHOVAH hath chastened me sore:
but he hath not given me over unto death. '
Open to me the gates of righteousness :
I will go into them: I will praise JEHOVAH:
This gate of JEHOVAH,
into which the righteous shall enter.

* The last sheets of manuscript which Dr. Geddes sent to the Printer, a few days before his death, extended to the eleventh verse of this psalm. The continuation of the work is printed from an interleaved copy of the Psalms from Wilson's Bible, with many corrections in the handwriting of Dr. Geddes.

21. I will praise thee: '

for thou hast heard me, and art become my salva- .

tion.
92 The stone which the builders refused

is become the head stone of the corner.
This is Jehováh's doing ; .
it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which JEHOVAH hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Save now, I beseech thee, O JEHOVAH !
O Jehovah, I beseech thee, send now prosperity:
Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah;
we have blessed you out of the house of JEHOVAH.
God is Jehovah, who hath showed us light:
bind the sacrifice with cords, unto the horns of the

altar.
28 'Thou art my, God, and thee I will praise :

thou art my God, thee I will exalt. 29 Give thanks unto JEHOVAH, for good is he : .

for everlasting is his benevolence. . i

PSALM CXIX. This is another' alphabetic psalm ; but of a different construction from all the preceding ones. Each of the 22 Hebrew letters has eight stanzas or verses under it ; that is, the first eight stanzas begin with an aleph, the 2d eight with a beth, and so on to the end. But that the reader may have a clearer idea of the mechanism of this curious composition, I have placed at the head of each octrain the name of its respective letter, and its Hebrew form at the beginning of every line, stanza, or verse, beginning ly that letter. For the rest, the psalm itself is a continual ring on one, or two ideas :--the excellence of the divine laws, and the felicity of those who observe them. The aim of the ingenious bard seems to have been, to try in how many various shapes, and with what copious

ALEPH.

ness of words, he could express those idegs. By Venema and Michaelis it is ascribed to David, before his elevation to the throne. I take it, as well as all the other alphabetic psalms, to be a much more modern composition. See C.R.

ALEPH. 8. HAPPY they, who in the path of innocence 1

walk according to JEHOVAH's law. 8. Happy they who observe his testimonies ;

and seek him with their whole heart. 8. For they who walk in his ways, commit no evil. 3 8. Thou (O Jehovah) hast commanded us

strictly to observe thy precepts. X. O may my paths be directed

to the observance of thy statutes.'' N. Then only shall I not be abashed, : :

when I shall respect thy commandments. 8. Then shall I praise thee with an upright heart, 9

when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. X. If I observe all thy statutes,

Thou wilt never forsake me.

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BETH.

9

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2. How shall a young man purify his morals; - but by regulating them according to thy word ? .. With my whole heart I have sought thee :

suffer me not to stray from thy commandments. 2. In my heart I have treasured thy words, ...

that I may not sin against thee.
Blessed art thou, O JBHOVAH, .

who hast taught me thy statutes.
2. With my lips I recount all thy decrees.
i 2. In the way of thy testimonies I rejoice,

as much as in all riches.

ne me they all tby rejoices

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15 1. I will meditate in thy precepts,

and have respect unto thy ways. :: :: 16 2. I will delight myself in thy statutes : I will not forget thy word.

GHIMEL. 17 d. Deal bountifully with thy servant,

that I may live, and keep thy word. 18 2. Open thou mine eyes,

that I may behold wondrous things out of thy

law. 19 2. I am a stranger in the earth :

hide not thy.commandments from me. 20 2. My soul breaketh for the longing

that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.,

2. Thou hast rebuked the accursed proud, ; -; who err from thy commandments.

2. Remove from me reproach and contempt;

since I have kept thy testimonies. 23 2. When chiefs sat and spoke against me,

thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. 24 2. Thy testimonies also are my delight

my counsellers.

DALETH.

25

26

7. My soul cleaveth unto the dust :

revive thou me according to thy word. 7. I have declared my ways, and thou heardest.

me:
teach me thy statutes.
7. Make me to understand the way of thy pre-

cepts:
so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

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7. My soul melteth for heaviness : : !

strengthen thou me according unto thy word. 7. Remove from me the way of lying:

and grant me thy law graciously. 7. I have chosen the way of truth:

thy judgments have I laid before me. 7. I have stuck unto thy testimonies :

O JEHOVAH, put me not to shame. 7. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

: HE.;. 07. Show me, O JEHOVAH, the way of thy statutes ; 33

and I shall keep in it unto the end. . jT Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; 34

yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart... 7. Make me to go in the path of thy command- 35 'ments ; ' .

i 's more for therein do I delight. 17. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, 7 3 6

and not to covetousness. 7. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity;":

and quicken thou me in thy way. " ." J. Stablish thy word unto thy servant,

who is devoted to thy fear. 07. Turn away my reproach which I fear :

for thy judgments are good. 07. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts :

quicken me in thy righteousness.

VAU.

7.

Let thy mercies come also unto me, O JEHOVAH, 41 even thy salvation, according to thy word,

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