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years (k) wherein we have suf- || ness and truth shall be thy shield fered adversity. Shto 978 Zylib tall and buckler.

16 Shew thy servants thy || 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for work : and their children thy any terror by night : nor for the glory. In a

arrow that flieth by day; 17 And the glorious majesty 6 For the pestilence that walk. of the Lord our God be upon us : eth in darkness : nor for the prosper thou the work of our sickness that destroyeth in the hands upon us, O prosper thou noon-day. our handy-work. 8 WORTE 9 A thousand shall fall beside

thee, and ten thousand at thy ads Psalın xci. (1)

right hand : but it shall not come Whoso dwelleth under the de nigh thee. fence of the Most High : shall 8 Yea, with thine eyes (n) shalt abide under the shadow (m) of the || thou behold : and see the reward Almighty. THE

of the ungodly. Yo 12 I will say unto the Lord, 9 For thou, Lord, art my “ Thou art my hope, and my hope : thou hast set thine house s strong hold : my God, in him of defence very high (). 56 will I trust." bar

10 There shall no evil happen 3. For he shall deliver thee unto thee: neither shall any from the snare of the hunter : plague come nigh thy dwelling. and from the noisome pestilence. in For (p) he shall give his

14 He shall defend thee under angels charge over thee: to keep his wings, and thou shalt be safe thee in all thy ways. under his feathers : his faithful 12 They shall bear thee in their


years ?

together covered, or surrounded by the (1) Upon the extent, &c. of God's Almighty Power. The expressions protection. Bp. Patrick thinks this figurative, from the protection a hen af Psalm was written upon the dreadful pes fords her chickens, by covering them tilence in David's time, 2 Sam. xxiv. with her wings. See post. verse 4. and about 1017 years before the birth of ante, note on Ps. xvii. 8. Christ, to impress upon the minds of the (n)“ With thine eyes," &c.i.e people, from that awful calamity, the ad (perhaps) thou shalt see it only, in its vantages of a reliance upon God. Bp. coming upon others ; it shall not reach Smalridge says of it, that “it elegantly ll thee. “ sets forth the reliance upon God for ( “ Thine house of defence very “ security in all dangers and distresses ; “high," i. e. figuratively, thou puttest “ verse I. stating the safety of those who them whom thou protectest in a place “ dwell under the defence of the Most above the reach of danger. “ High ; verse 2, the answer of a by () This is the passage Satan men“ stander, who with great alacrity of tioned to our Saviour during his tempta“ spirit declares a resolution to trust in tion in the wilderness, to induce him to “God; the following verses pointing throw himself from the pinnacle of the “ out instances of the protections God temple, that, by being miraculously pre" would vouchsafe ; and at verse 14. served, he might satisfy himself he was

hands : that thou hurt not thy || I will rejoice in giving praise for foot against a stone.

|| the operations of thy hands. 13 Thou shalt go upon the 5 O Lord, how glorious are lion and adder : the young lion thy works : thy thoughts are very and the dragon shalt thou tread

deep! under thy feet.

6 An unwise man doth not 14 “ Because he hath set his well consider this : and a fool « love upon me, therefore will doth not understand it. 6 I deliver him : I will set him 7 When (r) the ungodly are " up, because he hath known green as the grass, and when all my Name.

the workers of wickedness do 15 “ He shall call upon me, flourish : then shall they be de. " and I will hear him : yea, I am stroyed for ever ; but thou, Lord, “ with him in trouble; I will art the Most Highest for ever“ deliver him, and bring him to more. “ honour.

8 For lo, thine enemies, O 16 « With long life will I Lord, lo, thine enemies shall 6 satisfy him : and shew him my perish : and all the workers of 6 salvation.”

wickedness shall be destroyed.

9 But mine horn shall be ex. Psalm xcü. (9)

alted like the horn of an unicorn: It is a good thing to give thanks for I am anointed with fresh oil. unto the Lord ; and to sing 10 Mine eye also shall see his praises unto thy Name, O Most lust (s) of mine enemies : and Highest;

mine ear shall hear his desire of the 2 To tell of thy loving-kind wicked, that arise up against me. ness early in the morning : and 11 The righteous shall flourish of thy truth in the night-season; like a palm-tree (t): and shall

3 Upon an instrument of ten spread abroad like a cedar in strings, and upon the lute : upon Libanus. a loud instrument, and upon the 12 Such as be planted in the harp.

house of the Lord : shall flourish 4 For thou, Lord, hast made in the courts of the house of our me glad through thy works : and God.

what he assumed to be, the Son of God. Matt. iv. 6. See ante 82.

(9) A spirited invocation to the praise of God, noticing the punishments he brings upon the wicked, and the exaltation to which he advances the righteous. It was used by the Jews on their Sabbath.

(r) “When," &c. The, certain downfall of the wicked is the subject of the 37th and 73d Psalms, and how exquisitely is it described, Job xx. 4 to 8. « Knowest thou not this of old, since “ man was placed upon earth, that the “ triumphing of the wicked is short,

« and the joy of the hypocrite but for a
“ a moment: though his excellency
“ mount up to the heavens, and his head
reach unto the clouds, yet he shall
“ perish for ever; they which have seen
“ him shall say, “ Where is he?" He
“ shall fly away as a dream, and shall not
“ be found ; yea, he shall be chased
« away as a vision of the night.”

(s)“ See his lust.” The same ex- v.10.
pression frequently occurs. See Ps.
liv. 7.-lix. 10.-cxii. 8.-cxviii. 7.

(0) “ A palm tree," which is more v. 11. fertile as it is older.

13 They also shall bring forth | true (x) the Lord my strength is:
more fruit (u) in their age : and and that there is no unrighteous-
shall be fat and well-liking; ness in him.
14 That they may shew how |

Lessons for the Eighteenth Day of the Month throughout the rear.
January 18. February 18. 1 March 18. 1 April 18.
Morn. Gen. xxxiii. Morn. Numb. xxiv. Morn. Judg. iv. Morn. 2 Sam. vii.
Matt. xvi.(1) Lukei. 39.(2) John v.

Acts xv.
Even. Gen. xxxiv. Even. Numb. xxv. Even. Judg. v. Even. 2 Sam. is.
Rom. xvi.

i Tim. i.

i Pet. i. (A

Gal. i.

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hath thy seat been prepared : EVENING PRAYER.

thou art from ever-lasting.

4. The floods (z) are risen, 0 Psalm xciii. (y)

Lord, the floods have lift up

their voice : the floods lift up T. Land is King and hath put ll their waves. The Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel : the Lord 5 The waves of the sea are hath put on his apparel, and mighty, and rage horribly : but girded himself with strength. yet the Lord, who dwelleth or

2 He hath made the round high, is mightier. world so sure : that it cannot be 6 Thy testimonies, O Lord, moved.

are very sure : holiness becometh 3. Ever since the world began, thine house for ever.


v.13. (u) “ More fruit,”' &c. like the palm

tree mentioned in verse 11.

(x) “ True," i. e. steady to those who trust in him ; never deserting those who do not desert him.

(y) A spirited hymn on the transcen. dency of God's power.

(z) “ The floods,” i. e. (perhaps) the great men of the earth. In 2 Sam.

xxii. 5. and in the Bible translation a Ps. xviii. d. David speaks of the floods of ungodly men" as making him atrad; and in that fine passage, Is. lix. 19..the impetuosity of an enemy is described by resembling it to a flood : “ when this “ enemy shall come in like a flood, thespi; “ rit of the Lord shall lift up a standard " against him."


Psalm xciv. (1)

11 The Lord knoweth the O LORD God, to whom ven- | thoughts of man : that they are geance belongeth (b): thou God, but vain. to whom vengeance belongeth,

12 Blessed is the man whom shew thyself.

thou chastenest, O Lord : and 2 Arise, thou Judge of the teachest him in thy law; world : and reward the proud

L 13 That thou mayest give after their deserving.

him (d) patience in time of ad3 Lord, how long shall the versity : until the pit be digged ungodly : how long shall the un up for the ungodly. ? godly triumph?

14. For the Lord will not fail 4 How long shall all wicked his people : neither will he fordoers, speak so disdainfully : and sake his inheritance; make such proud boasting ?

15 Until (c) righteousness turn 5 They smite down thy people, ll again unto judgement : all such O Lord ; and trouble thine as are true in heart shall follow heritage..

6 They murder the widow 16 Who will rise up with me and the stranger : and put the against the wicked : or who will fatherless to death.

take my part against the evil 7 And yet they say, “Tush, the doers? « Lord shall not see: neither shall 17 If the Lord had not helped 56 the God of Jacob regard it.” me : it had not failed, but my

8 Take heed, ye unwise among soul (f) had been put to silence. the people : 0 ye fools, when 18 But when I said, “ My will ye understand ?

foot hath slipped :" thy mercy, 9 He that planted the ear, O Lord, held me up. shall he not hear : or he that 19 In the multitude of the sormade the eye, shall he not see? rows that I had in my heart :

10 Or he that nurtureth the thy comforts have refreshed my heathen : it is he that teacheth (c) man knowledge, shall not he 20 Wilt thou have any thing punish?

to do with the stool of wicked



(a) An earnest prayer to God for de God hath said shall belong wholly to liverance from the persecutions and unjust himself, decisions of the wicked, and a confident (c) “ Teacheth," &c. i.e. (probably) v. 10. assurance in his protection,

if he is at the pains to teach, shall not he (6) “ To whom vengeance belongeth.” punish those who will not learn, who disIn the Song of Moses, about 1450 years regard his teaching? before our Saviour's birth, Deuter, (d) That thou mayest give him," v. 13. xxxii. 35. God is represented as saying, I i. e. (perhaps.) so as to give him, or in “ To me belongeth vengeance and re order to give him. "compence;" and St. Paul refers to it (e) “ Until,” &c. i.e. (perhaps) until v.15. in that admirable passage, Rom. xij. 19. the righteous again prevail ; until righte(ante 57.) “ It is written, vengeance is ousness again possesses the seat of judg“mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.”. ment, and gives its recompence to every Before man taketh upon himself to re act. venge, it is worth considering whether (9) “My soul," &c. i.e. my life had v.17. he is not encroaching upon that which been taken away.

ness (g). • which imagineth (b) | 7 For he is the Lord our mischief as a law?

God : and we are the people of 21 They gather them together his pasture, and the sheep of his against the soul (i) of the righte hand. Qus : and condemn the innocent 8 To-day if ye will hear his blood. W oipood

voice, harden not your hearts : 22 But the Lord is my re as in the provocation, and as fuge : and my God is the strength in the day of temptation in the of my confidence.

wilderness; 23 He shall recompence them 9 When your fathers tempted their wickedness and destroy. me : proved me, and saw my them in their own malice : yea, works. the Lord our God shall destroy 10 Forty years long was I them. ;;!

grieved with this generation, and said : “It is a people that do err

“ in their hearts; for they have MORNING PRAYER. “ not known my ways." Psalm xcv. (k)

11 Unto whom I sware in my O Come, let us sing unto the

wrath : that they should not enter Lord : let us heartily rejoice in

into my rest.
the strength of our salvation.
.2 Let us come before his pre-

Psalm xcvi. (1)
sence with thanksgiving : and SING unto the Lord a new
shew ourselves glad in him with song : sing unto the Lord, all the

whole earth. 3 For the Lord is a great 2 Sing unto the Lord, and God : and a great King above praise his Name : be telling of his all gods.

salvation (m) from day to day. 4 In his hand are all the 3 Declare his honour unto the corners of the earth : and the heathen : and his wonders unto strength of the hills is his also. all people.

5 The sea is his, and he made 4 For the Lord is great, and it : and his hands prepared the cannot worthily be praised : he dry land.

is more to be feared than all 6 O come, let us worship and gods. fall down : and kneel before the 5 As for all the gods of the Lord our Maker;

heathen, they are but idols (n) :


0.20. (g) “The stool of wickedness,”i.e. (pro

bably) the judgment-seat of wicked judges.

(b) “Imagineth," &c. i. e. (perhaps) 0.20. treateth mischief as a law, as a rule of


(0) « Soul,” i. e. life. v.21. (:) See ante, p. 3. where this Psalm

ed by David to Asaph and his brethren, about 1043 years before the birth of Christ, on the day he brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom to Mount Sion. See 1 Chron. xvi. 7. and 23 to 34. The former Part of the hymn is to be found in

also occurs.

(O) A spirited invocation to the praise of God. It is part of the hymn deliver.

(m) “ His salvation," i. e. the aid he gives. ° (n) “Idols.” The absurdity of idol :

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