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12 God is a righteous Judge, strong and patient: and God is provoked every day.

13 If a man will not turn, he will whet his sword: he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

14. He hath prepared for him the instruments of deach: he ordaineth his arrows against the perfecutors.

15 Behold, he travaileth with mischief: he hath conceived forrow, and brought forth ungodliness.

16 He hath graven and digged up a pir: and is fallen himself into the destruction that he made for other.

17 For his travail shall come upon his own head : and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate.

18 I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness: and I will praise the Name of the Lord most High.

Psalm viii. Domine, Dominus noster.
Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in

all the world : thou that haft set thy glory above che heavens !

2 Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings haft thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies : that thou mightest still the enemy, and the avenger.

3 For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers : the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained.

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him : and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5 Thou madeft him lower than the angels: to crown him with glory and worship.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psal. vii.] In this psalm we are taught to have recourse to God in our afflictions, as David had when he was persecuted by his enemies. But we are here likewise taught, that if we would have God hear us, there should be no iniquity found in us; that God searches the heart and reins, and favours those who walk in fincerity and uprightness of heart. As for the ungodly, David declares that God bears with them for a time ; but if they perfist in their wickedness, he will make the evil which they de. sign for others fall upon their own heads. These are powerful motives to induce us to adore the justice of God; to improve by his for bearance and long-suffering; and to avoid every thing that may expose us to his vergeance.

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ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 399 6 Thou makelt him to have dominion of the works of thy hands : and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;

7 All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field;

8 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the lea; and whatsoever walkech through the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord our Governor: how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

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ay Psalm ix. Confitebor tibi. Will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will speak of all thy marvellous works.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee : yea, my fongs will I make of thy Name, O thou moft Highest.

3. While mine enemies are driven back: they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

4. For thou hast maintained my right, and my cause : thou art set in the throne that judgest right.

5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the ungodly : thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

60 thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end : even as the cities which thou hast destroyed; their, memorial is perished with them.

? But the Lord shall endure for ever : he hath also prepared his feat for judgment.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. viii. This psalm engages our attention to the marks of God's infinite power, which we discover in the heavens, in the stars, and in the wonders we meet with by land and water. The use we ought to make of this meditation is to adore the majesty of the Lord, and from the due confideration of his greatness, and our own meanness, to say, “Lord, what is man, that thou art mindful of him; and the son of man, that thou vifiteit him !" And fince God has created us in his own image, enduing us with reason and understanding, that we may know and praise him, and has made other creatures subject to us, we ought gratefully to improve these advantages to his glory, and continually praise our creator and benefactor; saying, with David, “O Lord our governor, how excellent is thy name in all the world!"

8 For he shall judge the world in righteousness: and minister true judginent unto the people.

9 The Lord also will be a defence for the oppressed : even a refuge in due time of trouble.

10 And they that know thy Name, will put their cruft in thee: for thou, Lord, haft never failed them that seek thee.

11 O praise the Lord, which dwelleth in Sion : shew the people of his doings.

12 For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them : and forgeteth not the complaint of the poor.

13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider the trouble which I suffer for them that hate me : thou that liftest me up from the gates of death :

14 That I may shew all thy praises within the ports of the daughter of Sion : I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pic that they made : in the same net which they hid privily, is their foot caken.

16 The Lord is known to execute judgment : the ungodly is trapped in the work of his own hands.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell: and all the people that forget God.

18 For the poor shall not alway be forgotten : the pasient abiding of the meck shall not perish for ever.

19 Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand : let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O Lord : that the heathen may know themselves to be but men.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. ix.] In this song David Thews forth his piety, joy and gratitude, on account of the victories he had gained by the divine alliftance; which fhould likewise stir us up to praise God with all our heart, for the deliver: ances he grants us, and for all his favours to us. Not content with prail. ing him ourselves, we should, like David, publish abroad his kindnels to us, and by that means engage others to join with us in blessing God and in fcaring hin. Moreover, the psalmist here teaches us, that those who fear the Lord may rely upon him, and that the expectation of the righteous Mhall not be in vain.

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Psalm x. Ut quid, Domine? T H Y Itandest thou so far off, O Lord : and hidest · 7 thy face in the needful time of trouble ?

2 The ungodly for his own lust doch persecute the poor : let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.

3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own hearts desire : and speaketh good of the covetous whom God abhorreth.

4. The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God: neither is God in all his thoughts...

5 His ways are alway grievous : thy judgments are far above out of his fight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.

6 For he hach said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down': there shall no harm happen unto.me.

7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud : under his congue is ungodliness and vanity.

8 He ficteth lurking in the thievilh.corners of the streets : and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent ; his eyes are set against the poor.

9 For he lieth waiting secretly, even as a lion lurkech he in his den : that he may ravish the poor..

10 He doth ravish the poor: when he getteth him into his net.

ni He fallech down, and humbleth himself :'that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains. "

12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten : 'he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.

13 Arife, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand : forget not the poor.

14 Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God; while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou, God, careft not for it.

15 Surely thou hast seen it : for thou beholdeft ungodliness and wrong.

16 That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor commitreth himself unto thee ; for thou art she helper of the friendless,

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17 Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious : take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.

18 The Lord is King for ever and ever: and the heathen are perished out of the land.

19 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor : thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto;

20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right: that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.

Psalm. xi. In Domino confido. TN the Lord put I my trust: how fay ye then to my soul,

that she should fee as a bird unto the hill ?

2 For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, and make ready their arrows within the quiver : that they may privily shoot at them which are true of heart.

3 For the foundations will be cast down: and what hath the righteous done ? . 4 The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lord's seat is in heaven.

5 His eyes consider the poor : and his eye-lids try the children of men.

6 The Lord alloweth the righteous : but the ungodly, and him that delighteth in wickedness doch his soul abhor.

9 Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest : this shall be their portion to drink.

8 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness : his coun. tenance will behold the thing that is just.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psal. x.] The complaints which the faithful make in this psalm, teach as not to be surprifed if we fee the righteous sometimes oppreffed, and the wicked succeed in their unjust and cruel designs. But this pfalm teaches us likewise, that God does not always suffer the proud and unjoft to prevail, but takes vengeance on their crimes; and as for the meek and humble, that he beholds their afflictions, hears their cries and never for fakes them.

Psal. xi.] 1. This psalm furnishes us with an example of the conf dence which the righteous have in the Lord their God, who is their fure refage, cven when they are in the moft deplorable condition, and know not what will become of thein. 2. King David teaches us, that God has his throne in th : heavens; that he fees and knows both the good and the

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