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3 Have mercy upon us, , O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are utterly despised.

4 Our soul is filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy: and with the despitefulness of the proud.

& Pfalm 124. Nifi quia Dominus. F the Lord himself had not been on our fide, now may Israel

if the Lord himself had not been on our fide, when men rose up against us;

2 They had swallowed us up quick : when they were so wrathfully displeased at us. 3 + Yea; the waters had drowned us: and the stream had

gone over our soul.

4. The deep waters of the proud: had gone even over our foul.

5 But praised be the Lord : who hath not given us over for a prey unto their teeth.

Ó Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler: the snare is broken, and we are delivered.

7 Our help ftandeth in the Name of the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.

* Psalm 125. Qụi confidunt. HEY that put their trust in the Lord, shall be even as the

mount Sion : which may not be removed, but ftandeth fast

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2 The hills stand about Jerusalem: even so standeth the Lord round about his people, fro.n this time forth for evermore.

3 + For the rod of the ungodly cometh not into the lot of the righteous: leít the righteous put their hand unto wickedness.

# Our Soul is filled with the cornful reproof of the This seems to be a Pfalm of Thanksgiving after wealthy, C. Rich-s and profperity are tou apt to obtaining fome fignat Victory: in which David acmake Alen forget themselves, and to treat their infe- knowledges, and exhorts the Praelites to acknowledge Fjols with haughty, overbearing infolence. So true is that their deliverance was owing to God's help alone : the obfervation of the Per, that

and that without bis, protection they had been liable ll'ant is the Scan of every wealthy Fool: to be destroyed long before. And Wit in Rags is turp'd 10 Ridicule.

t Yea the Waters bad dracuned us, &' This is a Great need there is therefore to remember the Pfalmift's metaphorical expression fignifying the violent impeadvice If Riches, increuje, fit not your Hearts upon them, tecfity with which they were attacked by their Enerjes.

* This Plalm is consolatosy : for it contains molt

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4 Do well, O J.ord: unto those that are good and true of heart.

5 As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness: the Lord shall lead them forth with the evil-doers, but peace shall be

upon Israel.



I Psalm 126. In convertendo. .
THEN the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion: then

were we like unto them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter: and our tongue with joy.

3 Then said they among the heathen: The Lord hath done great things for them.

4. Yea, the Lord hath done great things for us already: whereof we rejoice.

5 Turn our captivity, O Lord: as the rivers in the south. 6 They that sow in tears : shall reap in joy,

7 He that now goeth on his way weeping,' and beareth forth good seed: fhall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.

* Psalm 127. Nifi Dominus. Xcept the Lord build the house: their labour is but lost that

build it. 2 Except the Lord keep the city: the watchman waketh but in vain.

3 It is but lost labour that ye hafte to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness: for so he giveth bis beloved fleep. precious promises concerning the fecure establishment 1 The Jews here joyfully celebrate the wonderful of the Church and the continual detence of the Righ- deliverance which God had granted, in bringing them teous.

out of the Babylonis captivity: beseeching him to come + For the Rod of the Unged'y cometh nit, &c. This pleat their restoration. passage seems to be well explained by St. Paul, i * This Psalm tends to thew that all care for the Cor. X. 13. But God is faithful, who will not super prosperity of Cities and Families is unprofitable with

. you to be tempted above that ye are able; but wili wub out the protection of Providence: and that a fruitful the Truipt. tion also make a way 10 escape, that ye may offspring are the effects of his Blefling. be abe: to bear it.

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4 Lo, children and the fruit of the womb: are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord

5 Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant: even so are the

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6 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

$ Pfalm' 128. Beati omnes. Leffed are all they that fear the Lord: and walk in his ways,

2 For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands: O well is. thee, and happy shalt thou be.

! 3 Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine: upon the walls of thine house.

4 Thy children like the olive-branches: round about thy table. 5 Lo, thus shall the man be bleffed : that feareth the Lord.

6 The Lord from out of Sion shall fo bless thee: that thou. fhalt fee Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long. 7 Yea, that thou shalt fee thy childrens children: and peace up

E, # Plalm, 129. Sæpe expugnaverunt.
ANY a time have they fought against me from my youth

up: may Israel now say. 2 Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up: but they have not prevailed against me.

3 The plowers plowed upon my back: and made long furrows.

4. But the righteous Lord: hąth-hewn the snares of the ungodly in pieces.

5 Let them be confounded and turned backward: as many as have evil will at Sion.

6 Let them be even as the grass growing upon the house-tops : which whithereth afore it be plucked up.

$ This Plalm enumerates the woridiy bieiings # The i'ropnet here commemorates the dangers and whicu. God Listows upon the Righteous, vize success. deliverances of the People of God; and foreiels cere in their Labours; happy Wedlock; a douriling Off- tain destruction to their Enemies. fpring; social Prosperity; and numerous Defcendente.

on Israel.



* Psalm 130.

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7 Whereof the mower filleth not his hand: neither he that bindeth up the sheaves his bolom.

8 So that t'iey who go by say not so much as, The Lord prolper you: we wish you good luck in the Name of the Lord.

De profundis.
UT of the deep hare I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord,

hear my voice. 2 O let thine cars consider well: the voice of my complaint. 3

3. If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord: who may abide it?

4 For there is mercy with thee: therefore shalt thou be feared.

5. I look for the Lord, my foul doth wait for him: in his word is

6 My soul fleeth unto the Lord: before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.

7 O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy: and with him is plenteous redemption. 8 And he shall redeem Israel: froin all his fins.

* Psalm 131. Domine, non est.
ORD, I am not high-ıninded: I have no proud looks.

2 I do not exercise myself in great matters: which are too high for me.

3 But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother: yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.

4 O Israel, trust in the Lord: from this time forth for evermore. MORNING PRA Y E R.

Memento, Domine.
ORD, remember David : and all his trouble.

2 How he sware unto the Lord: and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;

† This is the fixth of the penitential Palms. Herein divine goodness. the Psalmist implores the Mercy of God, and the par * David solemnly protests in this Pfalm that he had don of his Sins; and expresses his confidence in the not entertained proud and haughty shoughts of himielf

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I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house: nor climb up into my bed;

4 I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep ; nor mine eye-lids to lumber: neither the temples of my head to take any rest,

5 Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord : an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

6 Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata: and found it in the wood.

7 We will go into his tabernacle: and fall low on our knees before his footstool.

8 Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou, and the ark of thy strength.

9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness: and let thy faints sing with joyfulness.

10 For thy servant Davids sake: turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.

II The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David: and he shall not shrink from it;

12 of the fruit of thy body: shall I set upon thy seat.

13 If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall learn them : their children also shall fit upon thy seat for evermore.

14 For the Lord hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself: he hath longed for her.

15 This shall be my rest for ever : here will I dwell, for I have 4 delight therein.

16 I will bless her victuals with increase: and will satisfy her poor with bread.

17 I will deck her priests with health : and her faints shall rejoice and sing. but had always studied to live in innocence and hu- his Father's intention of building a Temple to the

Lord. See 2 Sam. ix, and compare Verses vüi. ix, Tliis Psalm appears to have been composed by and xvi. with 2 Chron, vi. 41. Solomon when he had come to a sesolution of fulflling



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