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11 They lie waiting in our way on every side : turning their eyes down to the ground, 12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey

ceay of his prey : and as it were a lion's whelp lurking in secret places.

13 Up, Lord, disappoint him, and cast him down: deliver my soul froin the ungodly, which is a sword of thine.

14 From the men of thy hand, O Lord, from the men, I say, and from the evil world : which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou filieit with thy hid treasure.

15 They have children at their desire : and leave the rest of their fubstance for their babes.

+6 But as for me, I will behold thy presence in righteousness: and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.


Psalm xviii. Diligam te, Domine. I Will love thee, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my I ftony rock, and my defence : my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will truft, my buckler, the horn allo of my salvation, and my refuge.

2 I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praised : so shall I be safe from mine enemies.

3 The sorrows of death compassed me : and the overflowings of ungodlinefs made me afraid.

4. The pains of hell came about me: the fnares of death overtook me.

5 In my trouble I will call upon the Lord: and complaia unto my God.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.' Psal. xvii ] 1. The confidence with which David calls upon the Lord in this plalm, Thews the great advantage of an honest and fincere hcart;

Since in all conditions good men can apply to God with assurance, koow'ing that he will always be their protector; "that he preserves them as the apple of his eye, and keeps them under the fhadow of his wings.” 2. The last words of this plalm, “But as for me, I will behold thy prefence in righteousness; and when I awake up after thy likeness, I fall be fitisfied with it;" should raise our thoughts to the defire and expectation of eternal happiness, which the righteous fhall enjoy after the resurrection.

6 So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple: and my complaint shall come before him ; it shall enter even into his ears

2 The earth trembled and quaked : the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroch.

8 There went a smoak out in his presence : and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindlec ac it.

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down : and it was dark under his feet.

10 He rode upon the cherubins, and did fly: he came fly- . ing upon the wings of the wind.

1 He made darkness his secret place : his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.

12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed : hail-stones, and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his chunder: hajl-stones, and coles of fire.

14 He fent out his arrows, and scattered chem: he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them. • 15 The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered at thy chiding, O Lord : at the blasting of the breath of thy difpleasure.

16 He Thall send down from on high to fetch me: and shall take me out of many waters.

17 He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me : for they are too mighty for me..

18 They prevented me in the day of my trouble : buc the Lord was my upholder. '

19 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty : lie brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.

20 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing: according to the cleannels of my hands shall he recompense me.

2i Because I have kept the ways of the Lord : and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doch.

22 For I have an eye unto all his laws: and will not cast out his commandments from me,

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23 I was also uncorrupt before him : and eschewed mine own wickedness.

24 Therefore shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing: and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eye-fight.

25 With the holy chou shalt be holy: and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.

26 With the clean thou shall be clean : and with the frowar I thou shalt learn frowardness.

27 For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity : and shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.

28 Thou also shalt light my candle : the Lord my God Shall make my darkness to be light. ..

29 For in thee I shall discomfit an hoft of men : and with the help of my God I shall leap over the wall.

30 The way of God is an undefiled way: the word of the Lord also is tried in the fire ; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in him.

31 For who is God, but the Lord : or who hath any strength except our God?

32 It is God that girdeth me with strength of war: and maketh my way perfect.

33 He maketh my feet like harts feet : and setteth me up on high.

34 He teacheth mine hands to fight : and mine arms shall break even a bow of steel.

35 Thou haft given me the defence of thy falvation : thy right hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.

36 Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go : that my footsteps shall not side.

37 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them : neither will I curn again eill I have destroyed them.

38. I will smite them that they shall not be able to stand : but fall under my feet.

39 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle : thou halt throw down mine enemies under me. ,40 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me: and I fall destroy them that hate me.

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41 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them : yea, even unto the Lord Ihall they cry, but he shall not hear them.

42 I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind : I will cast them out as the clay in the streets.

43 Thou shalt deliver me from the Atrivings of the people: and thou shalt make me the head of the heathen.

44 A people whom I have not known : shall serve me.

45 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: but the strange children shall diffemble wich me.

46 The strange children shall fail : and be afraid out of their prisons.

47 The Lord liveth, and blessed be my strong helper : and praised be the God of my salvation.

48 Even the God that seech that I be avenged : and subdueth the people unto me.

49 It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and setteth me up above mine adversaries : chou shalt rid me from the wicked man.

50 For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles : and sing praises unto thy Name.

51 Great prosperity giveth he unco his King: and sheweth loving-kindness unto David his Anointed, and unto his feed for evermore.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xviii.] 1. From the first words of this song we learn, that the divine favours and deliverances should inspire us with the most tender and fincere affection, and lead us to praise God continually. 2. David's account of the extreme dangers he had been exposed to, and the wonderful power of God displayed in his deliverance, thews, that whatever extremities we fall into, we should never despair of God's assistance, if we fear him ; that his power is greater than man's; and that he never wants means to deliver those who hope in him. 3. When David says, that God had rewarded him according to his righteousness, it cannot mean, that he thought himself innocent before God; but he thus speaks, first, to fignify that God had maintained the justice of his cause against Saul, and all those who had persecuted him unjustly, or would not own him for kiog; and secondly, to shew that God had approved of his never forfaking the pure religion, and the worship of the true God.. 4. We observe in this psalm, the unhappy state of the wicked; since, as David fays, when they are in distress, there is none to deliver them, and when


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Psalm xix. Cæli enarrant. THE heavens declare the glory of God: and the firma.

I ment fheweth his handy-work. .. 2 One day tellech another: and one night certifieth another.

3 There is neither speech, nor language : but their voices are heard among them.

4 Their found is gone out into all lands : and their words into the ends of the world.

5 In them hath he fet a tabernacle for the sun : which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chaniber, and rejoicech as a giant to run his course.

6 lc goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again : and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wildom unto the simple.

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart : the commandment of the Lord is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and endureth for ever : the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether,

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold : sweeter also than hony, and the hony-comb.

11 Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can tell how oft he offendeth ; O cleanse thou me from my ficret faults.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION Ş. they cry to the Lord, he will not hear them. The confideration of so inclancholy a condition, ought to be a powerful motive to deter us from fin. Lally, David's zeal, expressed in the lalt verses of this pfalm, proves, that it is not luficient to praise God in private for his mercies, bu: iliat we ought to proclaim his prailes and loving kindness to the utmoit of our power, that his holy name may be glorified by us, and by all iner,


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