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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 un

O godly : 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 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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THE COMMON PRAYER, &c, 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.

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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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9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him : his enemies shall lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tharsis and of the isles shall give presents : the kings of Arabia and Saba Ihall bring gifts.

1 All kings shall fall down before him : all nations Ihall do him service.

12 For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth : the needy also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall be favourable to the simple and needy: and Ihall preserve the souls of the poor.

14 He shall deliver their souls from falfhood and wrong: and dear shall their blood be in his fight.

15 He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia : prayer shall be made ever unto him ; and daily shall he be praised.

16 There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills : his fruit shall lake like Libanus, and shall be green in the city like grass upon the earth.

17 His Name shall endure for ever ; his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities : which shall be blessed through him : and all the heathen shall praile him.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel : which only doeth wondrous things ;

19 And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever : and all the earth shall be filled with his Majetty. Amen, Amen.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxii.) There are two things to be considered on this psalm : 1. The prayers that David made for the prosperity of Solomon, teach us, that kings and people ought to defire of God, as a thing of the greatett con fequence, that he would grant to those that rule over kingdoms, jurtice, wisdom, clemency, and all other virtues that are necessary for them: And that in order to secure the happiness and good government of the people, it is not sufficient that they have a powerful prince, and live in plenty, bat juftice should be adminiitered among them, the wicked Ihould be punished, and the righteous and innocent protected. 2. It is to be observed, that most of the things mentioned in this pfalm, agree more perfeAtly to the kingdom of our Lord than to that of Solomon ; fince Jesus Chrift was to be that glorious King, who was to bring the most distant people into fubje&tion, whose kingdom was to last to the end of the world, and under whose government men were to enjoy a compleat

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Pialm. Ixxii. Qugm bonus Ifrael! TRULY God is loving unto Ifrael: even unto such as

are of a clean heart 2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone: 'my treadings had well-night Ripped.

3 And why? I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see 'the ungodly in such prosperity.

4 For they are in no peril of death: but are lusty and strong.

5 They come in no misfortune like other folk : neither are they plagued like other men.

6 And this is the cause that they are fo holden with pride : and overwhelmed with cruelty.

7 Their eyes swell with fatness : and they do even what they luit.

8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy : their talking is against the most High.

9 For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven : and their tongue goeth through the world.

10 Therefore fall the people unto them : and thereout fuck they no small advantage.

11 Tush, say they, how should God perceive it : is their knowledge in the most High?

12 Lo, these are the ungodly, these profper in the world, and these have riches in poffeffion: and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and washed mine hands in innocency:

13 All the day long have I been punished : and chastened every morning.

14 Yea,and I had almost said even as they : but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. happiness, and be filled with the choicest blessings of heaven. We have therefore in this psalm the description of our own happiness; which should put into our mouths the praises with which David concludes this fong: “ Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel, which only doeth wondrous things: and blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever : and all the carth shall be filled with his Majesty. Amen, Amen.

PRAC.

15 Then thought I to understand this : but it was too hard for me.

16 Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I the end of these men.

17 Namely, how thou dost set them in Nippery places: and caftelt them down, and destroyeft them.

18 Oh, how suddenly do they consume : perish, and come to a fearful end !

19 Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh : so Ihalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.

20 Thu's my heart was grieved : and it went even through

my reins.

21 So foolish was I, and ignorant : even as it were a beast before thee.

22 Nevertheless, I am alway by thee: for thou hast holden me by my right hand.

23 Thou shalt guide me with thy council: and after that receive me with glory.

24 Whom have I in heaven but thee; and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison 'ot' thee.

25 My Aeth and my heart failer h : but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

26 For lo, they that forsake thee Mall perish ; thou hart destroyed all them that commit fornication as a nft ther.

27 But it is good for me to hold me tast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God : and to speak ut all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion. .

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm lxxiii.] This psalm teaches us how we ought to judge of the prosperity of the wicked, and afflictions of the righteous. We ou ht never to believe that wicked man, who live in mirth and plenty in this world, and who enjoy all their wishes, are truly happy; or that the righteous, because they are amicted, lovi God 'in vain. Asaph has taught us, that to resist this tempt.tion, which is a ve y dang roiis one, we must meditate upon the word of God, and the ways of providence ; that then we shall find, that the felicity of worldly men is vain and of short duration ; and that they ar- fet in fippery places, from where they fall suddenly If we add to these consider tions what the goí el his revealed concerning the condition of good and bad men after this lite, we Deall never be ftaggered, either at the prosperous flounthing ilate of the

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