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15 There is no king that can | boast in the Lord : the humble(9) be saved (n) by the multitude of shall hear thereof, and be glad. an host : neither is any mighty 3 () praise the Lord with me : man delivered by much strength. and let us magnify his Name 16 A horse is counted but a

together. vain thing to save a man : neither 4 I sought the Lord, and he shall he deliver any man by his heard me : yea, he delivered me great strength.

out of all my fear. 17 Behold, the eye (0) of the 5 They (r) had an eye unto Lord is upon them that fear him : him, and were lightened : and and upon them that put their their faces were not ashamed. trust in his mercy;

6 Lo, the poor crieth, and 18 To deliver their soul from the Lord heareth him : yea, and death : and to feed them in the saveth him out of all his troubles. time of dearth.

7 (s) The angel (t) of the Lord 19 Our soul hath patiently tarrieth round about them that tarried for the Lord : for he is fear him : and delivereth them. our help, and our shield.

8 O taste, and see how gra20 For our heart shall rejoice cious the Lord is : blessed is the in him : because we have hoped man that trusteth in him. in his holy Name.

9 O fear the Lord, ye that are 21 Let thy merciful kindness, || his saints : for they that fear him O Lord, be upon us : like as we lack nothing. do put our trust in thee.

10 The lions do lack, and suf.

fer hunger : but they who seek Psalm xxxiv. (p)

the Lord shall want no manner I WILL alway give thanks unto of thing that is good. the Lord : his praise shall ever U 11 Come, ye children, and be in my mouth.

hearken unto me : I will teach 2 My soul shall make her you the fear of the Lord (u).

7.15. (n) “ Saved," &c. The object is, to feigning madness. See 1 Sam. xxi. 10, &c.

shew that God's protection transcends In the Hebrew it is an alphabetical psalm. what any human efforts can effect. The (9) “ The humble,” i.e. perhaps "the strength, &c. of man or beast can give

" aflicted,” the oppressed. no assistance, in comparison with what (r) Read “1,"**« was," and "my! God can give.

« face was.'' 1.17. (O) “ The eye,” &c. i.e. he is willing (s) The verse which now stands last and ready to assist, as well as ahle.

should be inserted after verse 6. It be (p) A spirited thanksgiving for deli gins in the Hebrew with the 7th letter of verance, piously ascribing it to God, and the Hebrew alphabet comfortable assurances of the certainty

(1) “ The angel," &c. See ante 98. of God's protection and favour to those Isaiah lxiü. 9. where, in speaking of the who trust in him. David is considered mercics, &c. from God to the house of as the author, and he is supposed to have Israel, it is said, “ In all their afliction written it in remembrance of his escape “ he was afflicted, and the angel of bus from Achish, king of Gath. He had presence saved them ;" and see the note fled to Gath to avoid Saul, but being re there. cognized there as the conqueror of Go (u) « The fear of the Lord.” The ? liath, the champion of Gath, he was in fear of the Lord is very different from great danger, and effected his escape by | the dread which power unrestrained by

12 What man is he that lust. || they that put their trust in him eth to live (x) : and would fain | shall not be destitute. see good days? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil :

MORNING PRAYER. and thy lips, that they speak no guile.

Psalm xxxv. () 14 Eschew evil, and do good: Plead thou my cause, O Lord, seek peace, and ensue it.

with them that strive with me : 15 The eyes of the Lord are and fight thou against them that over the righteous : and his ears fight against me. are open unto their prayers.

2 Lay hand upon the shield 16 The countenance of the and buckler : and stand up to Lord is against them that do evil : help me. to root out the remembrance of 3 Bring forth the spear, and them from the earth.

stop the way against them that 17 The righteous cry, and the persecute me : say unto my soul, Lord heareth them : and deli. “ I am thy salvation." vereth them out of all their 4 Let(z) them be confounded, troubles.

and put to shame, that seek after 18 The Lord is nigh unto them my soul : let them be turned that are of a contrite heart : and back, and brought to confusion, will save such as be of an humble that imagine mischief for me. spirit.

5 Let them be as the dust be19 Great are the troubles of fore the wind : and the angel of the righteous : but the Lord the Lord scattering them. delivereth him out of all.

6 Let their way be dark and 20 He keepeth all his bones : || slippery : and let the angel of the so that not one of them is broken. Lord persecute them.

21 But misfortune shall slay 7 For they have privily laid the ungodly : and they that hate their net to destroy me without a the righteous shall be desolate. cause : yea, even without a cause

22 The Lord delivereth the have they made a pit for my soul. souls of his servants : and all 8 Let a sudden destruction

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goodness inspires : it is the awe and re. verence, the filial respect and veneration which is raised when we consider his uncontroulable power, and his unbounded

goodness. See Ps. cxi. 10. 12. (x) “ Lusteth to live." Length of

days is often mentioned as one of the recompences in this world for a godly life. Thus, Prov. iii. 1. “ My son, forget not "my law, but let thine heart keep "my commandments : for length of days " and long life, and peace shall they add " unto thee.” And verse 16. speaking of wisdom, “ Length of days is in her " right hand, and in her left hand riches " and power.” And Prov. x. 27. “ The

“ fear of the Lord prolongeth days, but
- the years of the wicked shall be short-
" ened.”

(y) A prayer of David's for deliver-
ance whilst he was persecuted by Saul.

(2) “ Let,” &c. This and the other v.4. verbs in this Psalm which are put optatively, as imprecations, might be put in the future tense, so as only to express a confidence or belief that thus it would be ; not that they furnish any reasonable ground of objection, if they are imprecations. David was most unjustly pur. sued, and he might properly pray that the attempts against him might be defeated, and that in so signal a manner, as

come upon him (a) unawares, and 14 I behaved myself as though his net that he hath laid privily, it had been my friend or my catch himself : that he may fall brother : I went heavily, as one into his own mischief.

that mourneth for his mother. 9 And, my soul, be joyful in 15 But in mine adversity they the Lord : it shall rejoice in his rejoiced, and gathered themselves salvation (6).

together : yea, the very abjects 10 All my bones shall say, came together against me un“ Lord, who is like unto thee, awares, making mouths at me, 66 who deliverest the poor from and ceased not. “ him that is too strong for him : 16 With the flatterers were “ yea, the poor, and him that is busy mockers: who gnashed « in misery, from him that spoil || upon me with their teeth. 66 eth him?"

17 Lord, how long wilt thou 11 False witnesses did rise up: look upon this : o deliver my they laid to my charge things that soul from the calamities which I knew not (c).

they bring on me, and my 12 They rewarded me evil for darling (f) from the lions. good : to the great discomfort of 18 So will I give thee thanks my soul (d).

in the great congregation (8): 13 Nevertheless (e), when they I will praise thee among much were sick, I put on sackcloth, people. and humbled my soul with fast 19 O let not them that are ing : and my prayer shall turn mine enemies triumph over me into mine own bosom.

ungodly (b) : neither let them

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to discourage his enemies from going on
with their hostilities ; he does not pray
for punishment upon them in the next
life, nor for general calamities upon
them in this, but merely for discomfiture
upon them in their ungrounded attacks
upon him.

(a) For “ him," “ his,”' “ himself,"
“ he," and "his" read “them,” “their,"
" themselves,” “ they,” and “ their."
The connection requires it, and the alter-
ation is supported by many of the an-

tient versions. v... (6) “ His salvation," i. e. the preser

vation he shall vouchsafe me.
v.11. (c) “ That I knew not," i. e. things

of which I had not the least knowledge.
Acts that had never entered even into my

(d) “ Discomfort of my soul,” i. e.

danger of my life. 012. (e) “ Nevertheless," &c. He con.

trasts bis behaviour towards them, with

theirs towards him. 7. 17. (f) “ My darling” i. e. my life,

what is most precious to me. So Ps.

xxii. 20. “ Deliver my soul from the “ sword, my darling from the power of " the dog."

(3) “ The great congregation," and “ among much people," i. e. in the great religious meetings of the people. Šo Ps. xxii. 25. “ My praise is of the “ in the great congregation, my vows will “ I perform in the sight of them that fear “ him ;” and cxvi. 16. «i I will pay my “ vows unto the Lord in the sight of all his people, in the courts of the Lord's “ house, even in the midst of thee, O “ Jerusalem." And Ps. xl. 11.13:", “ have declared thy righteousnes in the great congregation,” and “ I have not “ kept back thy mercy and truth from " the great congregation."

(b) For “enemies triumph over | “ ungodly," read “ enemies wrongoli

“ triumph over me;" this is the Bible
translation; and “they that hate me wil
“ out a cause," answers to those " who
“ are mine enemies wrongfully."
Ps. xxxviii. 10.

wink with their eyes (i), that hate | 27 Let them be glad and re. me without a cause.

joice, that favour my righteous 20 And why? their commun dealing : yea, let them say alway, ing (k) is not for peace : but they “ Blessed (n) be the Lord, who imagine deceitful words(1) against “ hath pleasure in the prosperity them that are quiet in the land. 6 of his servant.”

21 They gaped upon me with 28 And as for my tongue, it their mouths, and said : “ Fie on shall be talking of thy righteous. " thee, fie on thee, we saw (m) ness : and of thy praise all the “ it with our eyes.”

day long. 22 This thou hast seen, O Lord : hold not thy tongue then,

Psalm xxxvi. (0) go not far from me, O Lord.

23 Awake, and stand up to My heart sheweth me the wick. judge my quarrel : avenge thou edness of the ungodly : that there my cause, my God, and my is no fear of God before his eyes. Lord.

2 For he flattereth himself in 24 Judge me, O Lord my his own sight : until his abominGod, according to thy righteous able sin be found out. ness : and let them not triumph 3The words of his mouth are over me.

unrighteous, and full of deceit : 25. Let them not say in their | he hath left off to behave himself hearts, “ There, there, so would wisely, and to do good. 66 we have it" : neither let them | 4 He imagineth mischief upon say, “ We have devoured him.” his bed (P), and hath set himself

26 Let them be put to con- || in no good way : neither doth he fusion and shame together, that abhor any thing that is evil. rejoice at my trouble : let them 5 Thy mercy, O Lord, reachbe clothed with rebuke and dis eth (9) unto the heavens : and thy honour, that boast themselves faithfulness unto the clouds. against me.

6 Thy righteousness standeth

v. 19. (*) “ Wink with their eyes," i. e. in

derision, or exultation. v.20. (b) “ Their communing," &c. i.e. if

they consult together, it is not for peaceful purposes, but to bring mischief upon

them that are quiet, &c. V. 20. (1) For “ imagine deceitful words,"

the reading may be, “ fabricate false

“ stories."
V.21. (ne) « Saw," &c. imputing not only

that he had done what was heinous, but
that they had themselves seen it, so as to
exclude all doubt upon the matter.

(n) “ Blessed,” &c. Give them this
additional motive for looking up to thee,
and glorifying thy name. He often in-
sinuates that God's protection to the
good furnishes ground for praising and
depending upon him, and that his suffer.

ing them to be oppressed and in ad-
versity, gives occasion to the ungodly to
question his providence and power.

(0) Supposed to have been written
by David during his persecution by
Saul. It characterizes the conduct of
his enemies, as being unrestrained by
any fear of God, &c. notices the cer-
tainty and all-sufficiency of God's pro-
tection and prays for its continuance,
and concludes as if his enemies had met
with some fresh discomfiture during the

()“Upon his bed.” This strongly v. 4. marks its malevolent character : not the transport of sudden indignation, but the result of cool deliberation.

(9) “ Reacheth,” &c. So that nothing v. 5. 1 is beyond its compass.

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like the strong mountains (r): || of life : and in thy light (z) shall thy judgements are like the great || we see light. deep (s).

10 > continue forth thy 9 Thou, Lord, shalt save (t) loving-kindness unto them that both man and beast; How excel know thee : and thy righteous. lent is thy mercy, O God : and ness unto them that are true of the children of men shall put heart. their trust under the shadow (u) 11 O let not the foot of pride of thy wings.

come against me : and let not 8 They shall be satisfied with || the hand of the ungodly cast me the plenteousness of thy house : down. and thou shalt give them drink (x) 12 There are they fallen, all of thy pleasures as out of the that work wickedness ; they are river.

cast down, and shall not be able 9 For with thee is the well(y) Il to stand.

Lessons for the Seventh Day of the Month throughout the rear.

January 7.
Morn. Gen. ix.

Matt, v. (1)
Even. Gen. xii.

Rom. v.

February 7. March 7.

April 7. Morn. Exod. xx. Morn. Deut. xxviii. Morn. i Sam. xvii. Mark vii.(2) Luke xviii. (3)

Acts iv. Even. Exod. xxi. Even. Deut. xxix. Even. Sam. xvill. 2 Cor. iii.

Col. ii.

- Heb. ix. (4)

May 7.

June 7.
Morn. 1 Kings xviii. Morn. Job viii.

Matt. v. (5) Mark viïi.(7)
Even. 1 Kings xix. Even. Job ix.
Rom. vi.(6)

2 Cor. v.

July 7.

August 7.
Morn. Prov. xxiii. Morn. Jer. xli.

Luke xix. (8) Acts v.(10)
Even. Prov. xxiv. Even. Jer. xlii.

Col. iii. (9) Heb. x.(11)

September 7. October 7. 1 November 7. 1 December 7. Morn. Amos ix. Morn. Judith v. Morn. Ecclus. xxvii. Morn. Isaiah xxvii.

Matt. viii. (12) Mark x. | Luke xxiii. (15) | Acts vii. v.30.(16) Even. Obad. Even. Judith vi. Even. Ecclus. xxviii. Even. Isaiah xxv.

Rom. viii. (13) 2 Cor. vi. (14) Thess. iii. 1 Heb. xiii.

(1) ante 220. 179.
(6) ante 178. 180.
(11) ante u 8.
(16) ante 39.

(2) ante 191.

() ante 180
(12) ante 57. 61.

(3) ante 190. 76. (4) ante 89. 107.

(8) ante 188. (9) ante 1 27. 66.
(13) ante 181. 170. (14) ante 81.

(5) ante 220. 179

(10) ante 195 (15) ante 115.


(r) “ Like the strong mountains,” || a supply of pleasures, as a river would i. e. fixed, immoveable, or obvious to furnish of drink. view.

(5) « The well,” &c. i.e. an inex- .9 (s)“ Like the great deep,” i.e. (per. haustible fountain of real life. See John haps,) more than our weak imaginations iv. 10 to 14. where our Saviour speaks can fathom.

of the water he could give, as " a well (For “ shalt save," the Bible trans.

" of water springing up into everlasting lation (which seems better,) is “ pre " life.” "servest."

(2) “ In thy light." &c. i.e. if we 6.9 (u) “ The shadow,” or “ covering.” | (R)

have thy favour, we cannot fail of real Sec ante, note on Ps. xvii. 8.

joy, &c. (x) “ Drink," &c. i. e, as abundant ll

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