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2 How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be so vexed in my heart : how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?

3. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God : lighten mirre eyes, that I neep not in death :

4 Lett mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him: for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.

5 But my trust is in thy mercy : and my heart is joyful in thy salvation.

6 I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me : yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.

Psalm xiv. Dixit infipiens.
HE fool hath said in his heart: There is no God.

2 They are corrupt, and become abominable in their doings : there is none that doeth good, no not one.

3 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to fee if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.

4 But they are all gone out of the way; they are altogether become abominable : there is none that doeth good, no

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5 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues have they deceived: the poison of alps is under their lips.

6 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are fwift to fhed blood.

7 Destruction and unhappiness is in their ways, and the way

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peace have they not known : there is no fear of God before their eyes.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psal. xiii.) This psalm is very proper for persons in amiction, and especially for those that labour under their fins, and are deprived of the fense of God's love. Such as are in this fad condition, should not despair, but rai her have recourse to God with confidence, implore his compassion, and bi seech him to comfort them, and enlighten them with his grace, left they fink onir tie load of their amictions; and when God has de livered them, it is their duty to celebrate his mercy, and praise him for all his goodnes.

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405 8 Have they no knowledge, that they are all such workers of mischief: eating up my people as it were bread, and call not upon the Lord ? 9

There were they brought in great fear, even where no fear was : for God is in the generation of the righteous.

10 As for you, ye have made a mock at the counsel of the poor : because he puitech his trust in the Lord.

1 Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion ? When the Lord turneth the captivity of his people: then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

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Psalm xv. Domine, quis babitabit ?
ORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle: or who shall

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2 Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doth the
thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
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He that hath ufed no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour: and hath not Nandered his neighbour.

4. He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes : and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.

5 He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointech him not : though it were to his own hindrance.

6 He that hath not given his money upon usury: nor taken reward against the innocent. 7

Whoso doeth these things : shall never fall.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfal. xiv.] David's description of the men of his time, agrees in many respects with what we see among Christians ; among whom fo few seek God sincerely, and so many live as if they believed there where no God. Therefore we ought seriously to meditate upon what is faid in this psalm, that we may be preserved from such corruption ; to which end we ought to confider, as David here teaches, that if the wickedness and depravation of men is great, God will take vengeance; and that in the worst of times, there are always some faithful and righteous men that fear God, who partake of his love and protection.

Pfal. xv.] This very instructive pfalm teaches us, that God will not admit all men into his presence, nor esteem them true members of his

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Psalm xvi. Conferva me, Domine.

O God : for in thee have I put my trust. 20 my soul, thou haft said unto the Lord: Thou art my God; my goods are nothing unto thee.

3 All my delight is upon the faints that are in the earth : and upon such as excel in virtue. ,

4 But they that run after another god : shall have great trouble.

5 Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer : neither make mention of their names within my lips.

6 The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: thou shalt maintain my lot.

7 The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground : yea, I have a goodly heritage.

8 I will thank the Lord for giving me warning: my reins also chaften me in the night-season.

ġ I have fet God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.

10 Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced : my flesh also shall rest in hope.

11 For why ? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell: neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to fee corruption.

12 Thou Male Mew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy : and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. church; but only those who walk in uprightness, who are faithful and fincere in their discourse and all their behaviour ; who avoid Dander, injeftice, and extortion; who love good men, and religiously keep their promises and engagements. Such is the character of a virtuous man, and one that fears God; and such is the glorious recompence that is promised to him: and since none but these can enjoy the effects of God's love in this world or the next, we ought to apply ourselves with great earneftness to all these duties, and live in innocence and integrity; and then thall we experience the truth of the promise made in this pfalm, “Whoro doeth these things shall never fall.”

Psal. xvi.] We are here to obferve the sentiments of the children of God, and their kappiness. As to their sentiments, Dand teaches us by his example, that they always truit in God; that they love and esteem che

Psalm xvii. Exaudi, Domine.
EAR the right, O Lord, consider my complaint: and

hearken unto my prayer, that goeth not out of teigned lips.

2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence: and lec thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.

3 Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the nightseason; thou hart tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me: for I am utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.

4. Because of mens works that are done against the words of thy lips : I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.

5 O hold thou up my goiogs in thy paths: that my footsteps Rip nor.

6 I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me: incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.

7. Shew thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee: from such as resist thy right hand.

8 Keep me as the apple of an eye : hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

9 From the ungodly that trouble me: mine eneinies compass me round about to take away my soul.

10 They are inclosed in their own fat : and their mouth speakech proud things.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. pious and virtuous above all; that they avoid the company and errors of the wicked, and adhere inviolably to the pure service of God. As to their happiness, this pfalm teaches us that it is very great ; that God himself is their portion and inheritance; that h: is on their right hand, that they may never be moved ; and that the sense of their happiness makes them rejoice and praise God continually; and that they are even convinced that God will not abandon them to the power of death. Lastly, though what has been said in this psalın may fuit David and all the faithful, yet it is to be observed, that those words, “ Thou wilt not leave my. foul in hell, neither shalt thou suffer thy holy One to see corruption, were compleatly fulfilled only in Chrift; who, (as St Peter takes notice, Ads ii. being the holy One of God, did not remain in the grive nor iee corruption ; but was raised the third day, and exaliet to heaven, where ke reignech over all things, and has prepared for all true believers joys that rever Thall expire.

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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: and as it were a lion's whelp lurking in secret places.

13 Up, Lord, disappoint him, and cast him down: deliver my soul from 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.

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EVENING PRAYER.

Psalm xviii. Diligam te, Domine.
Will love thee, O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my

stony rock, and my defence : my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will truft, my buckler, the horn also 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 snares of death overcook me.

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

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psal. xvii ] 1. The confidence with which David calls upon the Lord in this psalm, shews the great advantage of an honest and fincere heart; Ince in all conditions good men can apply to God with assurance, knowing that he will always be their protector ; "that he preserves them as the apple of his eye, and keeps them under the shadow of his wings." 2. The last words of this psalm, “But as for me, I will behold thy prefence in righteousness; and when I awake up after thy likeness, I thall be Tatisfied with it;" should raise our thoughts to the desire and expectation of eternal happiness, which the righteous Shall enjoy after the resurrection.

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