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scattered the people that delight || he doth send out his voice (b), in war;

yea, and that a mighty voice. 31 Then shall the princes 34 Ascribe ye the power to come out of Egypt : the Morians” | God over Israel : his worship land (8) shall soon stretch out and strength is in the clouds. her hands unto God.

350 God, wonderful art thou 32 Sing unto God, O ye king-' || in thy holy places : even the God doms of the earth : 0 sing praises of Israel, he will give strength unto the Lord,

and power unto his people; bles33 Who sitteth in the heavens Il sed be God. over all from the beginning : lo, ll

Lessons for the Thirteenth Day of the Month throughout the Year. .

January 13. February 13. March 13. April 13.11: :: Morn. Gen. xxiii. Morn. Numb. xi. Morn. Josh. vi. Morn. i Sam. xxix. Matt. xi. (1)

Mark xiii. Luke xxiv.(2) Acts x. (4) Even. Gen. xxiv. Even. Numb. xii. Even. Josh. vii. Even. Sam, xxx.

Rom. xi. 2 Cor. ix. | 1 Thess. iv, (3) - James ii.
May 13.

June 13. - July 13. - August 13
Morn. 2 Kings viii. Morn. Job xix. Morn. Eccles. v. (Morn. Lam. ii.
Matt. xi.(5)| Mark xiii.

John i. (7)

Acts xi.(8) Even, 2 Kings ix. | Even. Job xx. | Even. Eccles. vi. Even. Lam. iii.

Rom. xii.(6) 2 Cor. x. !" 1 Thess. v, Inc. James ii. v. September 13. 1 October 13. November 13. December 13. Morn. Nahum i. Morn. Wisd. i. Morn. Ecclus.xxxix. Morn. Isa. xxxix. Matt. xiv. Mark xvi.(9) John v.

Acts. xiii. (10) Even. Nahum ii. Even. Wisd. ii. Even. Ecclus. xl. | Even. Isa. xl.(in]

Rom. xiv. I 2 Cor. xii. I Tim. i. t Pet. i.

(1) ante 31. 81. (2) ante 129. 132.
(6) ante 53. 55. 57. (7) ante 38. 33.
(11) ante 172.

(3) ante 83. (4) ante 128. 156.

(8) ante 167. 186. (9) ante 151.

(s) ante 31. 81.

(10) ante 131,


Psalm lxix. (i)
Save me, O God : for the wa-

ters are come in, even 'unto my soul.

2 I stick fast in the deep mire,

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1. (8) “ Morian's land," i.e. (probably,) | tress, mentioning the troubles he had un

Æthiopia, put indefinitely for any hea dergone, complaining bitterly of the then land. This is probably one of the conduct of his enemies, and calling for many predi&tions which looked forward or foretelling their punishment and downto the conversion of the Gentiles. . See fall; but ending triumphantly, as if note on Ps. xxii. 27.—Ixxxvi. 9.. upon an assurance of God's assistance.

(6) “ His voice,” perhaps alluding to It is one of the proper Psalms for Good thunder, which is often called, particu Friday, and might be written prophetilarly in Ps. xxix. “ the voice of the cally (as Ps. xxii. was) with a view to “ Lord.”

our Saviour's sufferings and treatment, (i) An anxious prayer for deliverance, David, who was a type of the Messiah, seemingly written in time of great dis- || speaking of things as referable to himself,

where no ground (k) is ; I am || 9 For the zeal (n), of thine come into deep waters, so that the house hath even eaten me : and floods run over me.

the rebukes () of them that re3 I am weary of crying ; my | buked thee are fallen upon me(). throat is dry : my sight faileth 10 I wept (9) and chastened me for waiting so long upon my myself with fasting : and that God.

was turned to my reproof. 4 They that hate me without 11 I put on sackcloth also : a cause are more than the hairs and they jested upon me. of my head : they that are mine 12 They that sit (r) in the enemies, and would destroy me gate speak against me ; and the guiltless, are mighty.

drunkards make songs upon me. 5 I paid them the things that 13 But, Lord, I make my I never took : God, thou know prayer unto thee : in an acceptest my simpleness, and my faults able time. are not hid from thee.

14 Hear me, O God, in the 6 Let not them that trust in multitude of thy mercy : even in thee, O Lord God of hosts, be the truth of thy salvation. ashamed for my cause(1) : let 15 Take me out of the mire, not those, that seek thee, be con that I sink not : O let me be de. founded through me, O Lord God livered from them that hate me, of Israel.

and out of the deep waters (s). 7 And why? for thy (m) sake 16 Let not the water-flood have I suffered reproof : shame drown me, neither let the deep hath covered my face.

swallow me up : and let not the 8 I am become a stranger unto pit shut her mouth upon me. my brethren : even an alien unto | 17 Hear me, O Lord, for thy my mother's children.

loving-kindness is comfortable :

which were only to happen to the Messiah. It seems to be so considered, John ij. 17.-Rom, xv. 3.-xi. 9. David

is mentioned as the author, Rom. xi. 9. V. 2. (k) " No ground,” nothing to pre

vent my sinking still deeper.

(1) · For my cause," and “ through “ me," i. e. (probably) on account of the misery in which I am ; let them not be deterred from adhering to thee from

witnessing the sufferings I endure.
w.. (m) “ For thy sake," i. e. (probably)

it is for my adherence to thee, that I
have suffered reproof, that shame hath
covered my face, &c.

(n)“ The zeal,” &c. When our Sa-
viour drove the money changers, &c.
from the temple, saying, “ Make not
“ my Father's house an house of mer.
di chandize, his disciples remembered
“ that it was written,” (referring to this
passage) “ The zeal of thine house hath
" eaten me up."

(6) "Rebukes,'' perhaps by insinuating that he could not be the true God, who could suffer his servant to be so afAicted.

( “ Fallen upon me,”? When Saint Paul exhorted the Roman converts to give up their own gratification to advance the salvation of others, he told them, “ that even Christ pleased net “ himself, but, as it is written," (allad. ing to this Psalm) “ the reproaches of « them that reproached thee fell on me." Rom. xv. 3.

(9) “ Wept," &c, so that even my acts of devotion were turned against me.

(r) “ That sit in the gate," i, e. the judges ; so that I am equally the object of scorn, &c. to the grave and serious, and to the thoughtless and dissipated.

(s) “ Deep waters,” an expression to signify great dangers. See Ps. xviii. 3.16. -cxxiv. 3, s.-cxliv. 7.

turn thee unto me, according to 24 Let their eyes be blinded, the multitude of thy mercies. that they see not : and ever bow

18 And hide not thy face thou down their backs. from thy servant, for I am in 25 Pour out thine indignatrouble : O haste thee, and hear tion upon them : and let thy me.

wrathful displeasure take hold of 19 Draw nigh unto my soul, them. and save it : O deliver me, be 26 Let (z) their habitation be cause of mine enemies.

void : and no .man to dwell in 20 Thou hast known my re their tents. proof, my shame, and my disho 27 For they persecute him,

nour : mine adversaries are all whom thou hast smitten : and { in thy sight.

they talk how they may vex 21 Thy rebuke hath broken them whom thou hast wounded. | my heart; I am full of heaviness : 28 Let them fall(a) from one : I looked for some to have pity on wickedness to another : and not me; but there was no man; come into thy righteousness.. neither found I any to comfort me. 29 Let them be wiped out of

22 They gave me gall (t) to the book of the living : and not eat : and when I was thirsty, they be written among the righteous. gave me vinegar to drink.

30 As for me, when I am poor 23 Let (u) their table (a) be and in heaviness : thy help, o made a snare (y) to take them God, shall lift me up. selves withal : and let the things 31 I will praise the Name of that should have been for their God with a song : and inagnify wealth, be unto them an occasion it with thanksgiving.

32 This (6) also shall please

of falling.

12. (1) “ Gall,” “ vinegar;" what would

increase my sufferings, not what would diminish them. When our Saviour was taken to the place of crucifixion, “ they "gave him" (according to Matt. xxvii. 14) “ vinegar to drink, mingled with "gall; and when he had tasted thereof, " he would not drink." It was usual to give the convicts what would deaden their sense of pain ; this was calculated to heighten it. According to John xix. 28. it was that some scripture might be fulfilled that Jesus, whilst upon the cross, said, " I thirst;" and when they had lifted up a spunge, filled with vinegar, and he had received it, he said, it is finished, and bowed his head, and gave up the ghost, and it is to this passage he is sup.

posed to have alluded. 3. (u) " Let." &c. Dr. Hammond ob

serves from St. Augustine and the Jewish Arab, that this and the following verses are to be understood in the future tense, as predictions, not as imprecations.

(x) “ Let their table," &c. St. Paul v.23. cites this and the following verse, but with some little variation, Rom. xi. 9, 10. and he introduces his citation with “ Da“ vid saith, Let their table,'' &c, so that he ascribes the Psalm to David. .

(v) “ Their table be made a snare,'' v.23. &c. This was perhaps a proverbial expression. The meaning, which corre. sponds with that in the latter part of the verse, is obvious, that their table, their very food, that which should support them, should be their ruin.

(2) St. Peter refers to this passage, 26. Acts i. 20. in his history of Judas's conduet, and his exhortation to the disciples to choose another in his stead. "For," says he, “ it is written in the Book of 66 Psalms, let his habitation be desolate, " and let no man dwell therein."

(a) “ Fall," &c.i.e.advance in sinfulness. v. 28.

ib) « This," i.e. praise and thank- v. 32. fulness will be more acceptable to God than sacrifice. See Ps. 1. 13, 14.

the Lord : better than a bullock | soon brought to shame : that cry that hath horns and hoofs. . over me, “ There, there.”

33 The humble (e) shall con 4 But let all those that seek sider this, and be glad : seek ye thee, be joyful and glad in thee : after God, and your soul shall and let all such as delight in thy live.

salvation, say (8) alway, “ The 34 For the Lord heareth the " Lord be praised.” poor : and despiseth not his Il 5 As for me, I am poor, and prisoners.

in misery : haste thee unto me, 35 Let heaven and earth praise O God. him : the sea, and all that moveth 6 Thou art my helper, and my therein.

redeemer : O Lord, make no long
36 For God will saye Sion, tarrying.
and build the cities of Judah :
that men may dwell there, and

have it in possession.,
37 The posterity also of his

Psalm lxxi. (1) servants shall inherit it : and they IN (i) thee, O Lord, have I put that love. his name shall dwell my trust; let me never be put to therein,

confusion : but rid me, and de

liver me in thy righteousness; Psalm lxx. (d)

incline thine ear unto me, and

save me. Haste thee, O God, to deliver 2 Be thou my strong hold, me : make haste to help me, whereunto I may alway resort: O Lord.

thou hast promised to help me; 2 Let(e) them be ashamed and for thou art my house of defence, confounded, that seek after my and my castle. soul (f) : let them be turned 3 Deliver me, O my God, out backward, and put to confusion, of the hand of the ungodly : out that wish me evil.

of the hand of the unrighteous 3 Let them for their reward be and cruel man.

». 33.

(c) “ The humble," &c. It is matter of consolation to the poor and lowly, that that offering which God most highly values, the offering of praise and thanksgiving, is as much within their power, as within the power of the rich.

(d) An anxious prayer for deliverance from his enemies, nearly the same as the last six verses of Ps, xl, David is con

sidered the author, v. 2. (e) This verse occurs, Ps. XXXV, 4,

xl. 17,- lxxi. II. N. 2. (S) Soul," i. e. life. 9. 4. (3) “ Say," i.e. haye occasion to say,

from thy protection.

(b) An anxious prayer for deliverance, calling to mind the protection he had

received through life, and concluding a if fresh deliverance was youchsafed him in the progress of the Psalm. Supposed to have been written by David at t time of Absalom's rebellion. The WrIe describes himself, verse 8. as “ in the “ time of age," and verse 16. as " in his " old age, and grey-headed ;" and yet, in yerse 19. as having been “ brought to “ great honour, and comforted on every « side ;" so that if David was the au• thor, the time of writing it was probably in Absalom's rebellion. It is the Psalm appointed to be read at the Visitation of the Sick.

(i) Nearly the same as the beginning of of Ps, xxxi,

4. For thou, O Lord God, art | 12 As for me, I will patiently the thing that I long for ; thou abide alway: and will praise thee art my hope, even from my more and more. youth.:

13 My mouth shall daily speak 5 Through thee have I been ll of thy righteousness and salvaholden up, ever since I was born : tion : for I know no end thereof, thou (k) art he, that took me out 14. I will go forth in the of my mother's womb; my praise strength of the Lord God : and shall be always of thee. . 7 will make mention (m) of thy

6 I am become as it were a righteousness only. monster unto many : but my sure 15 Thou, O God, hast taught trust is in thee.

me from my youth up until now : 70 let my mouth be filled therefore will I tell of thy wonwith thy praise : that I may sing drous works. of thy glory and honour all the 16 Forsake me not, O God, day long.

in mine old age, when I am gray, 8 Cast me not away in the headed : until I have shewed thy time of age : forsake me not when strength unto this generation, and my strength faileth me.

thy power to all them that are 9 For mine enemies speak yet for to come. against me; and they that lay 17 Thy righteousness, O God, wait for my soul take their coun. is very high : and great things are sel together, saying: “God hath they that thou hast done; O God, “ forsaken him ; persecute him, who is like unto thee! " and take him ; for there is 18 O what great troubles (n) 66 none to deliver him.”

and adversities hast thou shewed 10 Go not far from me, O me! and yet didst thou turn and God : my God, haste thee to refresh me : yea, and broughtest help me.

me from the deep of the earth (0) 11 Let (1) them be confounded again. and perish that are against my 19 Thou hast brought me to soul : let them be covered with great honour (p) : and comforted shame and dishonour that seek to me (9) on every side. do me evil.

20 Therefore will I praise thee

every side.


(k) “ Thou,” &c. So Ps. xxii. 9. “ Thou art he that took me out of “ my mother's womb; thou wast my “ hope, when I hanged yet on my mo

“ ther's breasts." 1. (1) This verse occurs Ps. xxxv. 4.

xl. 17.-xx, ii,
to (m) “ Make mention,” i. e. perhaps,

rely upon. They were forbidden to
make mention of the name of any other
“ God, or to let it be heard out of their
“ mouth,” Exod. xxiii. 13. and in Ps.
xvi. 5. the writer professes that he will
not " make mention of their names" (viz.the
Names of other gods) “ within his lips."

(n) “ Troubles,” &c. He probably v.18. alludes to his troubles and deliverances whilst he was persecuted by Saul.

(0) “ Deep of the earth," i. e. the 0.18, grave. So Ps. Ixiii. 10. “ These also “ that seek the hurt, of my soul, they “ shall go under the earth," i.e. shall die, perish.

(p)“ Great honour." This corre. v. 19. sponds with David's circumstances; God had raised him to great honour, by giving him the kingdom.

(9) “ Comforted me," i. e. given me v. 19. comfort which ever way I turned.

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