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21 They gaped upon nie with their mouths, and said: Fie on thee, fie on thee, we saw it with our eyes.
22 This thou hast seen, O'Lord: hold not thy tongue then, go not far from me, O Lord.
23 Awake, and stand up to judge my quarrel : avenge thou my cause, my God, and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness : and let them not triumph over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, There, there, fo would we have it : neither let them say, We have devoured him.
26 Let them be put to confusion and shame together that rejoice at ny trouble : let them be cloched with rebuke and dishonour that boast themselves againft me.
27 Let them be glad and rejoice that fayour my righteous dealing : yea, let them say alway, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his fervant.
28 And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteousness : and of thy praise all the day long.
Psalm xxxvi. Dixit injustus.
that there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flaccereth himself in his own sight: until his abo:vinable sin be found out. 3
The words of his mouth are unrighteous, and full of deceit: he hath left off to behave himself wisely, and to do good.
4 He imaginethi' mischief upon his bed, and hath set himself in no good way : neither doth he abhor any thing that is evil.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xxxv.] We must not conclude from what David says here against Ris enemies, that we are allowed to with evil to those who injure us, or to rejoice when any evil happens to them. We are to remember, that the enemies of David were enemies to God himself; and that David, as a prophet, and one who had an express promise of the divine afliktance, might denounce destruction againt those who opposed him.
5 Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens : and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousnels ftandeth like the strong mountains : thy judgments are like the great deep.
7 Thou, Lord, shalt fave both man and beaft: How excellent is thy mercy, O God: and the children of men shall put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house : and thou shalt give them drink of thy pleasures, as out of the river.
9 For with thee is the well of life: and in thy light shall we see light.
10 O continue forth thy loving kindness unto them that know thee : and thy righteousness unto them that are true of heart,
ni O let not the foot of pride come against me : and let not the hand of the ungodly cait me down.
12 There are they fallen, all that work wickedness: they are cast down, and shall not be able to stand.
E V EN ING PRAY E R.
Psalm xxxvii. Noli emulari. "RET not thyself because of the ungodly: neither be
thou envious against the evil-doers.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm. xxxvi.}. 1. In this psalm we have a description of the sentiments and behaviour of the wicked and ungodly, who have no fear of God before their eyes, but flatter themselves, and are confirmed more and more in their wickedness, and without any dread of evil seek only to hurt · others. 2. David here observes, that the righteous have very,
diffe rent sentiments ; that they adore the power and juttice of God, manifelted in his works and all his judgments ; that they are transported with the confideration of his immense goodness, and the favours 'he bestows on those who love him and put their trust in him. The reading of shis pfalm teaches us to avoid all impiety, and to cleave fedfaltly to God by a sincere love and holy fear, that we may rejoice in him with righteousness, and say with David, “O God, how precious is thy goodness! the children of men hide themselves under the shadow of thy wings. We shall be Latisfied with the fatness of thy house, and thou shals give us to drink of the rivers of thy pleasures."
THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass: and be withered even as the green herb.
3. Put thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good : dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thou in the Lord : and he shall give thee thy hearts's desire.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him: and he shall bring it to pass.
6 He Mall make thy righteousness as clear as the light: and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
7 Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him : but grieve not thyself at him whore way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels,
8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure : fret not thyself, elfe shalt thou be moved to do evil.
9 Wicked doers shall be rooted out: and they that patiently abide the Lord, those shall inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone : thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away,
11 But the meek-spirited fall possess the earth: and shall be refreshed in the multitude of
peace. 12 The ungodly seekech counsel against the juft: and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh him to scorn : for he hath seen that his day is coming.
14 The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow: to cast down the poor and needy, and to Nay such as are of a right conversation.
15 Their sword shall go through their own heart: and their bow shall be broken.
16 A small thing that the righteous hath: is better than great riches of the ungodly.
17 For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken : and the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the godly: and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
19 They thall not be confounded in the perilous time : and in the days of dearth they shall have enough,
20 As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall consume as the fac of lambs: yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.
21 The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again ; but the righteous is merciful, and liberal.
22 Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land : and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.
23 The Lord ordereth a good mans going: and maketh bis
way acceptable to himself.
24. Though he fall, he shall not be cast away: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old : and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his feed begging their bread.
26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth ; and his feed is blessed.
27 Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good : and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth the thing that is right : he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
29 The unrighteous shall be punished: as for the feed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
30 The righteous shall inherit the land : and dwell therein for ever.
3. The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom : and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
32 The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings Thall not Qide.
33 The ungodly feeth the righteous : and seeketh occasion to say him.
34 The Lord will not leave him in his hand : nor con: demn him when he is judged.
35 Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt poffess the land : when che ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
36 I myself have seen the ungodly in great power; and Pourishing like a green bay-tree.
37 I went by, and lo, he was gone : I sought him, but his place could no where be found.
38 Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right : for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
39 As for the transgreffors, they shall perish together : and the end of the ungodly is, They shall be rooted out af the last.
40 But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the Lord: who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
41 And the Lord Ihall stand by them, and save them ; he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.
MORNING PRAY E R.
Psalm xxxviii. Doinine, ne in furore
ther chaiten me in thy 'heavy displeaiure.
3. There is no health in my Aesh, because of thy displeasure : neither is there any rest in my bones, by reason of.
. 4 For my wickednesses are gone over my headand are like a fore burden, too heavy for me to bear.
5 My wounds stink, and are corrupt : through my foolishness.
6 I am brought into fo great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xxxvij.] The sum of the doctrine contained in this psalm is, that we ought not to envy the happiness which the wick”d enjoy in this world, nor be offended at the afflictions of good men. For if the latter are sometimes in affiction, in their trials they experience the divine afsistance, and have a happy issue out of all their troạbles : But it is not fo with the ungodly; their prosperity is only imaginary, and of hort duration ; God confounds their unjuft designs; and bis anger, in a very sen. fible manner, falls upon them and all that belongs to them. Every day's experience verifies what this pralm teaches ; and therefore the effect which the reading of it should produce, is to convince us, that our whole happiness depends on our perseverance in piety, which is attended with suck lure and glorious rewards.