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thou hast done; like as be also thy || my lips, O Lord, and that thou
thoughts, which are to us-ward : || knowest.
and yet there is no man that 12. I have not hid (0) thy
ordereth them unto thee.

righteousness within my heart :
7 If I should declare them, my talk hath been of thy truth,
and speak of them : they should and of thy salvation.
be more than I am able to 13 I have not kept back (9)

thy loving mercy and truth : from 8 Sacrifice and meat-offering the great congregation. thou wouldest not (m): but mine 14 Withdraw not thou thy ears (n) hast thou opened.. mercy from me, O Lord : let

9 Burnt-offerings and sacrifice thy loving-kindness and thy truth for sin hast thou not required : alway preserve me. . then said I, “ Lo, I come.”

15 For innumerable troubles 10 In the volume of the book are come about me; my sins (r) it is written of me, that I should have taken such hold upon me, fulfil thy will, O my God : I am that I am not able to look content to do it ; yea, thy law is up : yea, they are niore in num. within my heart.

ber than the hairs of my head, 11 I have declared thy right- and my heart hath failed (5) eousness in the great congrega me. tion (0) : lo, I will not refrain 16 O Lord, let it be thy

In the votos I com quired:

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(m) « Wouldest not," and " hast not.
« required,” i. e, either absolutely, mean-
ing that the sacrifice of animals, &c. was
to be wholly discontinued, or compara-
tively, that they were not to be so much
regarded as submission, obedience, inter-
nal and spiritual service.

(n) For “ mine ears," &c. the quota-
tion in Hebr. x. 5. is, “a body hast
" thou prepared me," and the variation
of a small part of three Hebrew letters
would warrant that translation. But the
present reading, when explained, is per
fectly intelligible. Where a bondman
preferred perpetual bondage with his
master to being made free, he was to be
brought before the Judges, and in their
presence the master was to bore his ear
through with an awl, and then he was to
serve the master for ever. See Exod.
xxi. I to 6. and Deut. xv. 12 to 17.
This passage, therefore, implies, that the
service or obedience which the bondman
under such circumstances engaged to
render, viz. “ to serve for ever," was
what God required; and the “Lo, I
es come,” in verse 9. imports that such.
service and obedience the person speaking
was ready to perform. The same prac-
tice is probably referred to in the pro-

phetic account, Is. l. 5. ante 104. “ The # Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I “ was not rebellious, neither turned

away back.”

(0) “ Great congregation,'' i. e. the e great religious assembly of the Jews. See ante, Ps. xxii. 25.-xxxv. 18. and the notes there,

( “ Hid,” &c. i.e. confined it to my own meditations, but have made it the subject of conversation with others.

co) « Kept back," i. e, concealed.

(a) “My sins.” If this part is considered as prophetic, looking forward to the Messiah, by my sins" must be intended the sins laid upon him, those he was to bear ; for he - did no sin, neither “ was guile found in his mouth;'' 1 Pet. ii. 22. but “ the Lord laid on him the “ iniquity of us all.” Is. liï. 6. 11, 12,

(s) « Hath failed,”' &c. Just before our Saviour was betrayed, “ his soul “ was exceeding sorrowful, even unto “ death, and he fell on his face, and “ prayed, O my Father, if it be pos. “sible, let this cup pass from me; so that though his heart did not fail, bis agony was such as would have overa powered any other.

pleasure to deliver me : make | 19 Let all those that seek thee, haste, O Lord, to help me.. be joyful and glad in thee : and

17 Let them be ashamed and let such a's love thy salvation, confounded together, that seek say (u) alway, " The Lord be after my soul (0) to destroy it : I“ praised.” let them be driven backward, and 20 As for me, I am poor and put to rebuke, that wish me evil. needy : but the Lord careth for

i8 Let them be desolate, and me. rewarded with shame : that say 21 Thou art my helper and unto me, “ Fie upon thee, fie || redeemer : make no long tarry“ upon thee."

ling, O my God.
Lessons for the Eighth Day of the Month throughout the rear.

Ivo January 8. February 8. March 8.

April 8. Morn. Gen. xiii. Morn. Exod. xxii. Morn. Deut. xxx.

Matt. vi. (1) Mark viii. (3) Luke xix. (5) A&ts v.(7) Even. Gen. xiv. | Even. Exod. xxiii. | Even. Deut. xxxi. | Even. 1 Sam. xx.

Rom. vi. (2) - 2 Cor. iv. (4) Col. iii. (6) Heb. x. (8)

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September 8. . October 8. " November 8. December 8. Morn. Jonah i. Morn. Judith vii. Morn. Ecclus. xxix. Morn. Isaiah xxix.

Matt. ix. (11) Mark xi. . 1 Luke xxiv. (12) Acts vui. (14) Even. Jonah ü. i. Even. Judith viii. Ev. Ecclus. XXX. to v. 18. Even. Isaiah xxx. 1 Rom. ix. . 2 Cor. vii. Thess. iv. (13)1 Jam i. (15) (1) ante 79. 199. (2) ante 178. 180. (3) ante 180. (4) ante 203. (5) ante 188. (6) ante 127. 66. G) ante 195. (8) ante 118. (9) ante 79. 199. (10) ante 81. (11) ante 209. 204. 221. (12) ante 129. 132. (13) ante 83. (14) ante 158. (15) ante 143. 146. 148.

2 The Lord preserve him, and EVENING PRAYER. keep him alive, that he may be

blessed upon earth : and deliver Psalm xli. (x)

not thou him into the will of Blessed is he that considereth his enemies. the poor and needy : the Lord 3 The Lord comfort him when shall deliver him in the time of || he lieth sick upon his bed : make trouble.

thou all his bed in his sickness.

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117. () « Soul,” i.e. life.

friendship and kindnesses his sickness or $19. (u) “Say," i. e. have occasion to say, adversity had not diminished, complains

from the protection, &c. thou givest of the conduct of those who had deserted me.

him and of his enemies, prays for God's (*) This was written by David, either assistance, and thankfully acknowledges daring sickness or some great trouble. the marks of it he had received. It calls for blessings on those whose !

4 I said, “ Lord, be merciful | 11 By this I know thou fa. « unto me : heal my soul, for I || vourest me : that mine enemy " have sinned against thee.” doth not triumph against me.

5: Mine enemies speak evil of 12 And when I am in my me : “ When shall he die, and health, thou upholdest me : and “ his name perish?"

shalt set me before thy face for 6 And if he (y) come to see ever. me, he speaketh vanity : and his | 13 Blessed (6) be the Lord heart conceiveth falsehood within || God of Israel: world without himself; and when he cometh end. Amen. forth, he telleth it. 7 All mine enemies whisper

Psalm xlii.(c). together against me : even against Like as the hart desireth the me do they imagine this evil ; water-brooks : so longeth my soul

8 " Let (z) the sentence of after thee, O God. « guiltiness proceed against him : 2 My soul is athirst (d) for " and now that he lieth, let him God, yea, even for the living “ rise up no more."

God : when shall I come to ap9 Yea, even mine own familiar pear before the presence of God? friend (a), whom I trusted : who 3 My tears have been my meat did also eat of my bread, hath day and night : while they daily laid great wait for me.

say unto me, “ Where is now thy 10 But be thou merciful unto “ God ?” me, O Lord : raise thou me 4 Now when I think thereup again, and I shall reward upon, I pour out my heart by them.

myself : for I went (e) with the

0.6 0) “ He," i. e. mine enemy.

Matt. ii. 15. In Ps. lv. 12 to 15. David 28. (x).6 Let," &c. These are the words ll makes a similar complaint of the condud

of his enemies; this the evil they ima of some faithless friend, perhaps the same gine, or wish.

person. (a) “ Friend," probably Ahitophel, (6) This benediction is supposed to who joined Absalom against him. See have been added by the compiler, on the 2 Sam. xv. 12.—xvi. 23. It is to this conclusion of the first book. . verse our Saviour is supposed to refer, (c) This is the first Psalm of the Se. when, in foretelling Judas's perfidy, he cond Book. It is supposed to have been says, John xiii. 18. “ I know whom I written by David on his fight from Ab" have chosen, but that the Scripture salom. He laments his absence from the “ may be fulfilled, he that eateth bread tabernacle at Jerusalem, complains of the “ with me bath lifted up his heel against taunting reproaches of his enemies, me;" not, probably, that he meant points out the greatness of his distress, that this passage was written prophetically burt declares at the same time his firm with a view to Judas, but merely refer- || reliance upon God. See Ps. lxxxiv. ring to it, as applicable to him. It was a (d) “ Athirst.” The same idea oco & common mode of expression, to say that curs, Ps. Ixiii. 2. “My soul thirstet for a particular thing was done “ that a pas " thee, my flesh also longeth after thee, sage in scripture might be fulfilled," “ in a barren and dry land, where no though the scripture passage had no pro

" water is.” And Ps. cxliii. 6. “My phetic allusion to that particular thing, • soul gaspeth unto thee as athirsty land: and though nothing more was meant

· (e) “ I went," &c. He here calls ? than that in that thing also the passage to mind the triumphant manner in which would be verified. See ante 44. note on

he used to go up to the tabernacle, where

multitude, and brought them | enemies, that trouble me, cast me forth into the house of God; in the teeth ;

5 In the voice of praise and 13 Namely, while they say thanksgiving : among such as daily unto me : “ Where is now keep holy-day.

“ thy God?” 6 Why art thou so full of 14 Why art thou so vexed, heaviness, O my soul : and why I O my soul : and why art thou so art thou so disquieted within disquieted within me? me ?

15 O put thy trust in God : i 7 Put thy trust in God : for (f) for(i) I will get thank him, which

I will yet give him thanks for the | is the help of my countenance, help of his countenance.

and my God. 8 My God, my soul is vexed within me : therefore will I re.

Psalm xliii. (k) member thee concerning (8) the Give sentence with me, O God, land of Jordan, and the little hill and defend my cause against the of Hermon.

ungodly people : 0 deliver me i 9 One deep(b) calleth another, from the deceitful and wicked

because of the noise of the water man.
pipes : all thy waves and storms 2 For thou art the God of my
are gone over me.

strength; why hast thou put me
10 The Lord hath granted his from thee : and why go I so
loving-kindness in the day-time : heavily, while the enemy op-
and in the night-season did I sing presseth me?
of him, and made my prayer unto 30 (1) send out thy light and
the God of my life.

thy truth, that they may lead in I will say unto the God of me : and bring me unto thy holy my strength, 6 Why hast thou hill, and to thy dwelling. “ forgotten me : why gu I thus 4 And that I may go unto the "heavily, while the enemy op altar of God, even unto the God " presseth me?”

of my joy and gladness : and i2 My bones are smitten asun- upon the harp will I give thanks der as with a sword : while mine unto thee, O God, my God.

the ark of God was. Ps. xxvi. 8. that one might be said to call unto asxxvii. 4.- xliii. 3, 4.

other, one might invite another to suc) For “will," B. T. reads “ shall," ceed; each as it were within hearing of 7. which seems preferable, as expressing his what preceded.

reliance that God would give him fresh (i) For.“ will” read “shall.” See v. 15. ground for praise, by giving him further note on verse 7. assistance.

(2) This is supposed to be a continua. (8) For “ concerning," read “even tion of the preceding Psalm. It might 1." from," i. e. If I cannot lift up my be added upon some new trouble. It

soul unto thee in the tabernacle at Jerusa. appeals anxiously to God for deliverance,
lem, I will even from the land of Jordan, and seems to have been written when
&c. So Ps. Ixi. 2. “ from the ends of the there was no power of going up to the
" carib will I call upon thee, when my || usual place of worship.
"heart is in heaviness."

(1) The joy of going up to the taber- v.3. 9. (b) “ One deep,” &c. i. e. calamities || nacle is here again referred to. See Ps. came upon me in such quick succession, | xlii. 3.

5 Why art thou so heavy, || 5. Thou art my King, O God: O my soul : and why art thou send help unto Jacob, so disquieted within me?

6 Through thee will (9) we 60 put thy trust in God : overthrow our enemies : and in for I will (m) yet give him thanks, thy Name will we tread them which is the help of my coun under that rise up against us. tenance, and my God.

7 For I will not trust in my bow : it is not my sword that shall help me;

8 But it is thou that savest us MORNING PRAYER. from our enemies : and puttest Psalm xliv. (n).

them to confusion that hate us.

9 We make our boast of God ! We have heard with our ears, || all day long : and will praise thy

O God, our fathers have told Name for ever. us : what thou hast done in their 10 But now thou art far off, time of old ;

and puttest us to confusion : and 2 How thou hast driven out goest not forth with our armies. the heathen with thy hand, and 1 Thou makest us to turn our planted them (6) in : how thou backs upon our enemies : so that hast destroyed the nations, and they, which hate us, spoil our cast them out (o).

3 For they gat not the land in 12 Thou lettest us be eaten possession through their own | up like sheep : and hast scattered sword : neither was it their own I us among the heathen. arm that helped them;

13 Thou sellest thy people 4 But thy right hand, and for nought (r) : and takest no thine arm, and the light of thy | money for them. countenance : because thou hadst 14 Thou makest us to be rea favour unto them.

buked of our neighbours : to be


9.6. (m) For "will" read “ shall.”

« flourish” them, in both parts of the (n) An anxious Prayer to God for verse refers 'to “ our Fathers ;' and the deliveranoe, written after some calami

antithesis is, between what God had ties and in a time of great dismay, calling done to the Heathen, and for them. It to mind what God had before done for alludes probably to the driving out the the nation, ascribing their former suc nations from the land of Canaan in cesses to his assistance, appealing to their Joshua's time; continuance in God's worship during (9) For “ will” read “shall." ! their distress, and still professing their (r) “ For nought," i. e, treatest them! confidence in him. It is supposed to have as what is better parted with for nothing, been written in Hezekiah's time, about than kept. When Moses denounced upon 713 years before the birth of Christ, the people what they should suffer for when Sennacherib King of Assyria, disobedience, he told them (among other after having taken the fenced cities of things) Deuter. xxvM. 68.' “ Ye shall Judah, sent a great host against Jerusalem.

" be sold unto your enemies for bond. See 2 Kings xviii, 13:17.-Isaiah xxxvi. “ men and bondwomen, and no man shall 1, 2.

buy you." Meaning probably that they (6) “ Planted them," i.e. our fathers, should be so much despised, that scarcely v.2. ) For “cast them out” read “ madell any one would be willing to give any

66 them," (i. e. our Fathers) " to thing for them,

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