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The fins and crimes of my youth remember not; remember me, according to thine own bounty!
3. LAMED. For the fake of thine own name, JEHOVAH ! pardon mine iniquity although great it is.
| B, MEM. Who is the man that reyereth JEHOVAH? to him he will show the most eligible way.
5. NUN. That man shall enjoy prosperity; and his seed shall inherit the land.
D. SAMECH. The secret of Jehovah is for those who revere him; 15 and to them he maketh known his covenant.
Y. AIN. Mine eyes are ever directed to JehovAH, because out of the snare he can draw my feet.
5, PHE. . Regard me, and have compassion on me; for desolate and miserable am I.
3. Tsade. The sorrows of mine heart are increased : bring me out of my perplexities.
P. KOPH. Meet my afflictions and my sufferings; and pardon all my transgressions.
7. RESH. See, how mine enemies multiply: and hate me with hate outrageous.
W. shin. Preserve my life, and deliver me: let me not be confounded, since in thee I trust.
1. THAU. May integrity and justice protect me; fince on thee I depend, JEHOVAH.
O God! redeem Ifrael from all his distresses.
Ver. 1. My God. These words, in the present Heb. text have been disjointed from ver. 1. and begin ver. 2. which destroys the alphabetic arrangement. This is not all: several words have been dropt after My God: and I can see nothing so probable as the words which I have fupplied in Italics, from psalm 86. 2. which psalm resembles this fo very much, that the one seems to be modelled on the other.Ver. 6. Here again, a letter of the first comma has been dropt; and the whole second comma has been transposed to the end of ver. 7. This I have restored to its proper place, and supplied the letter wanting, represented in my version by And. Ver. 19. This verse in the present Heb. begins not with a kopb, but with a resh, which is the letter of the following verse. Another word therefore must be sought to rectify the mistake: and various substitutes have been thought of. Some think the word or words wanting should be cut port, others prefer Draw near. I am clearly of opinion, with Michaëlis, that the word wanting is Meet. “ Meet my afflictions, &c." in the same fense as we say to meet one's wishes, de fires, &c.— Ver. 23. This is an extra verse; and may have been added by some transcriber.
PSALM XXVI.--al. XXY. I see no reason to doubt of this psalm baving been composed by David, in distress; that is, during the rebellion of Absbalom. See wer. 7. and 8.
A PSALM OF DAVID. JUDGE thou my cause, Jehovah ! for in mine innocence I have walked :
fince I trust in Jehovah ! I shall not totter. Ź Search me, JEHOVAH ! and bring me to the test;
explore my reins and mine heart :
and according to thy truth I have walked.
nor associated with hypocrites.
with the wicked I never fit down.
NOTES. Ver. 3. Thy bounty bath ever been before mine eyes, &c. The meaning is, that he has made God's goodness and truth the model of his own.Ver. 12. When my foot shall stand on even ground, i. e. when I shall be delivered out of my present situation, and be again restored to a state of security. Some modern translators paraphrase thus: I now perceive that I fall be saved.
PSALM XXVII.—al. XXVI. Of the same stamp with the preceding one; and most probably composed on the same occasion.
A PSALM OF DAVID. JEHOVAH is my light, and my salvation : whom then shall I fear? Jehovah is the safeguard of my life: whom then shall I dread?
When to devour my flesh the malevolent advanced 2 those who persecuted me, and were mine enemies;
they themselves stumbled, and fell back! 3. Should an host encamp about me,
mine heart would not be afraid :
and place me in perfect security.
above all my surrounding enemies,
and sing and psalmodize to Jehovah. y Listen, JEHOVAH ! to my voice :
when I cry, have pity and answer me, 8 To thee mine heart speaketh: . 77 turkey hus til no com-uluita • my looks thy looks beseech :
I to justify the wide devia
tini ? hide not, JEHOVAH ! from me thy face: shun not, in ire, thy servant: thou art my refuge, abandon me not;:
nor forsake me, O God of my falvation !
let Jehovah take me up.
on account of mine enemies :