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12 My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity: and my bones are consumed.

13 I became a reproof among all mine enemies, buc especially among my neighbours: and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me; and they that did see me without conveyed themselves from me.

14. I am clean forgotten, as a dead man out of mind: I am become like a broken vefic).

15 For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude : and fear is on every side, while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.

16 But my hope hath been in thee, O Lord: I have faid, Thou art my God.

17 My time is in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies: and from them that persecute me.

18 Shew thy fervant the light of thy countenance: and and save me for thy mercy's sake.

19 Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee : let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put to silence in the grave.

20 Let the lying lips be put to silence : which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully speak against the righteous.

21 O how plentiful is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee: and that thou haft prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the fons of men!

22 Thou shalt hide them privily by thine own prefence from the provoking of all men : thou shalt keep them fecretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.

23 Thanks be to the Lord: for he hath shewed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.

24 And when I made haste, I said: I am cast out of the light of thine eyes.

13 1 reproof] A bye word. 17 My time] This word signifies what our Litany fo well expresses:

in all time of our tribulation, in all time of our wealth,” any of the viciffitudes in the circumstances of life. ' 22)." Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride,” Bib. Trans. or “ conspiracics of men.

24] “ For I said in my hafte.”-Bib. trans.

25 Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer: when I cried unto thee.

26 O love the Lord, all ye his faints: for the Lord preserveth them that are faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.

27 Be strong, and he shall establish your heart: all ye that put your trust in the Lord.

EVENING PRAYER.

Plalm xxxii. Beati, quorum.

B Land Surprisine; whole cunrighteousness is forgiven:

and whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man, unto whom the Lord imputeth no fin: and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 For while I held my tongue: my bones consumed away through my daily complaining.

4 For thy hand is heavy upon me day and night: and my moisture is like the drought in summer.

5 I will acknowledge my fin unto thee: and mine unrighteousness have I not hid.

6 I said, I will confess my fins unto the Lord: and so thou forgavest the wickedness of my fin.

7 For this shall every one that is godly make his prayer unto thee, in a time when thou mayeit be found: but in the great water-floods they shall not come nigh him.

8 Thou art a place to hide me in; thou shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. 9 I will inform thee, and teach thee in the

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wherein thou shalt go: and I will guide thee with mine eye.

27 Establisf] “ Strengthen." -Bib. Trans.

Pfalm xxxii.) This is the second penitential pfalm. David extolls the blessedness of those whose fins are forgiven; describes his own torment till he had confessed them, the goodness of God in pardoning them after confeffion; and foretells that others should obtain the like mercy.

Water-flords] When the Lord is executing his judgments, as breaking up the fountains of the great deep, or opening the windows of heaven, it is too late to pray. He will not then be found.

91 The Almighty is here introduced, promising wisdom and grace to the penitent, and warning lipers against obftinacy.

10 Be ye not like to horse and mule, which have no understanding: whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle, lest they fall upon thee.

11 Great plagues remain for the ungodly : but whoso purteth their trust in the Lord, mercy embraceth him on

every side.

12 Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord : and be joyful, all ye that are true of heart.

Pfalm xxxiii. Exultate, justi.
EJOICE in the Lord, O ye righteous : for it be-

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2 Praise the Lord with harp : sing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings.

3 Sing unto the Lord a new song: fing praises lustily unto him with a good courage.

4 For the word of the Lord is true; and all his works are faithful.

5 He loveth righteousness and judgment : the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made : and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon an heap: and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.

8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: stand in awe of him, all ye that dwell in the world ;

9 For he spake, and 4t was done : he commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and casteth out the counsels of princes.

11 The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever: and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.

12] This verse is thought to have been the first of the next psalm, and indeed the repetition of the words would be very elegant.

Pfalm xxxiï.) The Pfalmist exhorts the faithful to praise God for his truth, righteousness, and mercy, for his power displayed in the works of creation, and for the providential care of his people. The righteous declare their trust in God their Saviour, and pray for his manifestation. 3] With a fhout, like that of foldiers when they triumph.

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12 Blessed are the people, whose God is the Lord Jeho. vah : and blessed are the folk, that he hath chosen to him to be his inheritance.

13 The Lord looked down from heaven, and beheld all the children of men : from the habitation of his dwelling he considereth all them that dwell on the earth.

14 He fashioneth all the hearts of them: and underftandeth all their works.

15 There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an host: neither is any mighty man delivered by much strength.

16 A horse is counted but a vain thing to save a man: neither shall he deliver any man by his great strength.

17 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him : and upon them that put their trust in his mercy;

18 To deliver their foul from death : and to feed them in the time of dearth.

19 Our soul hath patiently tarried for the Lord: for he is our help and our shield.

20 For our heart shall rejoice in him: because we have hoped in his holy Name.

21 Let thy merciful kindness, O Lord, be upon us: like as we do put our trust in thee.

Psalm xxxiv. Bencdicam Domino.

I will alway, give thanks unto the Lord : his praise shall

ever my . 2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the lium. ble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3 O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his Name together.

12] The great Bible (from whence we have the prayer-book verlian of the pfalms) was published after P. Galatinus had brought in the pronouncing and writing of the name Jehovah, which had never before been heard of in any language.

13] Nothing can exceed this description of the watchful care and gracious condescenlion of the Almighty. “What is man, that thou art fo mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou so regardeft him ?”

Psalm xxxiv.] This pfalm is thought to have been composed by David in remembrance of the time, when, in his flight from Saul, he was brought to Achish king of the Philistines. He was discovered to be David, fo tamed for his victories over them; and he personated a man mad, and was des milied, and thus escaped.

4 I fought the Lord, and he heard me : yea, he delivered me out of all my fear,

5 They had an eye unto him, and were lightened : and their faces were not ashamed.

6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him : Fea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord tarrieth round about them that fear him: and delivereth them.

8 () taste, and see, how gracious the Lord is : blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

9 O fear the Lord, ye that are his faints: for they that fear him lack nothing.

10 The lions do lack, and suffer hunger : but they who seek the Lord, shall want no manner of thing that is good.

11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach

you the fear of the Lord. 12 What man is he that lusteth to live : and would fain see good days?

13. Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips, that they speak no guile.

14 Eschew evil, and do good: seek peace, and ensue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous : and his

ears are open unto their prayers. 16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and will save such as be of an humble spirit.

19 Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him cu: of all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: so that not one of them is broken.

21 But misfortune shall slay the ungodly : and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him, shall not be destitute.

$ They had an eye unto him] “ They looked unto him,” Bib. trans. that is, the humble.

20] This reminds us of our Saviour when dead on the cross they braké not his bone."

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