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6 Let nor them that trust in thee, O Lord God of hofts, be afhaned for my cault : let not those that seek thee, be confounded through me, O Lord Gol of Ifrael.

7 And why? for thy fake have I suffered reproof : shame hath covered iny face.

8 Ian bro me a stranger unto my brethren: even an alien unto my mothers children. 9

For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me: and the rebukes of them that rebuked thee, are fallen upon me.

10 I wept and chaftened myself with fasting : and that was turned to my reproof.

li I put on fackcloth also: and they jested upon me.

12 They that fit in the gate speak against me: and the drunkards make songs upon me.

13 But, Lord, I make my prayer unto theę ; in an acceptable time.

14 Hear me, O God, in the multitude of thy mercy : eyen in the truth of thy salvation,

15 Take me out of the mire, that I fink not : O let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

16 Let not the water-fland drown me, neither let the deep swallow mę upi and let not the pit shut her mouth po me,

17 Hear me, O Lord, for thy loving kindness is com, fortable: turn thee unto me, according to the multicude of thy mercies.

18 And hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble : O halte thee, and hear me.

19 Draw nigh mo ny soul, and save it: deliver me, because of nine enemies.

20 Thou haste known my reproof, my shame, and my dishonour : mine adversaries are all in thy sighe.

21 Thy rebuke hath broken my heart, I am full of heaviness: I looked for fome to have pity on me, but there was no man, neither found I any to coni ort me.

22 They gave me gall to eat; and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.

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ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 23 Let their table be made a snare to take themselves withal : and let the things that should have been for their wealth, be unto thein an occasion of falling.

24 Let their eyes be blinded, that they fee not : and ever bow thoy down their backs.

25 Pour out thine indignation upon them ; and let thy wrathful displeasure cake hold of them.

26 Let their habitation be void : and no man to dwell in their tents.

27 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten : and they talk how they may vex them whom thou haft wounded.

28 Let them fall from one wickedness to another; and not come into thy righteousness.

29 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living : and not be written among the righteous.

30 As for me, when I am poor and in heaviness: thy help, O God, hall lift me up.

31 I will praise the Name of God with a song: and magnity it with thanksgiving:

32 This also shall please the Lord : better than a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

33 The humble Thall consider this, and be glad : seek ye after God, and your soul shall live.

34 For the Lord heareth the poor : and despiseth not his prisoners.

35 Let heaven and earth praise him : the sea and all that move th therein.

36 For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Judah: that men may dwell there, and have it in possession.

37 The posterity also of his feryants shall inherit it ; and they that love his Name shall dwell therein.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxix.) David seems here in a very great affliction, and in a con dition almoft past remedy. But the prayers and thanksgivings which he joins to his complaints, hew, that the faithful in the midst of their greateft diftress Aill hope in God; that they call upon him for aid and allistance with fervency, humility, and confidence; and that, not only after, but even before he delivers them, they praise him, and give him thanks for the help they expect to receive from his goodness. It vid



Psalm lxx. Deus, in adjutorium."
ASTE thee, O God, to deliver me : make haste to

help me, O Lord.
2 Let them be ashamed and confounded, that seek after
my soul : let them be turned backward and put to confu-
fion, that wish me evil.

3 Let them for their reward be foon brought to shame: that cry over me, There, there.

4 But let all those that leek thee, be joyful and glad in thee : and let all such as delight in thy falvation, say alway, The Lord be praised.

5 As for me, I am poor, and in mifery : haste thee unto me, O God.

6 Thou art my helper and my redeemer : O Lord, make no long tarrying.

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Pfalm. lxxi. In te, Domine, speravi,
N thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be

to confusion: but rid me, and deliver me in thy righteousness : incline thine car 'unto me, and save me.


PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. expresses himself as if he seemed to desire the punishment of his enemies, we must confider, that they are not properly imprecations against them; they are rather predi&tions than wishes ; and therefore what he says will by no means juftify us in wishing evil to any person whatsoever, or to intercede with God to take vengeance on those who injure us. Laftly, We are to observe, that David speaks in this pfalm as a type of Jess Christ: here we see our Lord's zeal for the glory of God; the conter: to which he was exposed ; the gall and vinegar that was offered to him oa the cross; the fatal end of Judas; and the obstinacy and rejection of the Jews. This appears from the application which the apostles make in the New Testament of several passages of this psalm.

Psalm lxx.] This psalm teaches us, that God comes to the help cí fuch as are unjustly persecuted; that the expectation of the righteous in their afflictions is never vain, and that the deliverances he vouchsafe: them, gives them and all good men reason to rejoice, and celebrate goodnels.

2 Be thou my strong hold, whereunto I may alway resort:' thou haft promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castle.

3 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly : out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man,

4 For thou, O Lord God, art the thing that I long for : thou art my hope, even from my youth.

5 Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born : chou art he that took me out of my mother's womb : my praise shall be always of thee.

6 I am become as it were a monster unto many : but my fure trust is in thee.

7 O let my mouth be filled with thy praise : that I may fing of thy glory and honour all the day long.

8 Caft me not away in the time of age : forsake me not when my strength faileth me.

9 For mine enemies speak against me ; and they that lay wait for my soul, take their counsel together, saying : God hath forsaken him; persecute him, and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

10 Go not far from me, O God: my God haste thee to help me.

11. Let them be confounded and perish that are against my soul : let then be covered with shame and dishonour that seek to do me evil.

12 As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.

13 My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and salvation : for I know no end thereof.

14 I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God: and will make mention of thy righteousness only.

15 Thou, O God, haft taught me from my youth up until now : therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.

16 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am grey headed : until I have lhewed thy strength unto this generacion, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.

17 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high : and great things are they that thou hast done; O God, who is like unto thee?

18 O what

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18 O what great troubles and adversities haft thou shew. ed me! and yet didst thou turn and refreth me : yea, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.

19 Thou haft brought me to great honour : and com. forted me on every side.

20 Therefore will I praise thee, and thy faithfulness, O! God, playing upon an instrument of musici unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou Holy One of Ifrael.

21 My lips will be fain when I fing unto thee : and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.

22 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long : for they are confounded and brought unto shame, that seek to do me evil.

Psalm. Ixxii. Deus, judicium.
HIVE the king thy judgments, O God: and thy righte-

ousness unto the king's son. 2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor.

3 The mountains also shall bring peace : and the little hills righteousness unto the people.

4 He shall keep the simple folks by their right: defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong-doer.

5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endureth : from one generation to another.

6 He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wooll: even as the drops that water the earth.

7 In his time th:11 the righteous Aourilh : yea, and abundance of peace, fo long as the moon endureth.

8 His dominion shall be also from the one fea to the other : and from the food unto the world's end.


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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm 1xxi.) As David, for his comfort and encouragement to praise God, called to mind the favours he had received from him in time palt; fo should we preserve the remembrance of the mercies God has vouchSafed us from our youth, and through the whole course of our lives. In this meditation, we meet with occasions of joy and gratitude, and motives of comfort and confidence for the time to come; which is more especially the duty of those persons who, like David, are in an advanced age.


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