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Pfalm. lxxix. Deus, venerunt.
holy temple have they defiled, and made Jerufalem an heap of ftones,
2 The dead bodies of thy fervants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the air: and the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the land.
3 Their blood have they fhed like water on every side of Jerusalem : and there was no man to bury them,
4 We are become an open shame to our enemies: a very scorn and derision unto them that are round abou: us.
5 Lord, how long wilt thou be angry: shall thy jealousy burn like fire for ever?
E Pour out chine indignation upon the heathen that have not known thee : and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy Name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob : and laid waste his dwelling-place,
8 O remember not our old lins, but have mercy upon us, and that soon : for we are come to great misery.
9 Help us, O God of our falvation, for the glory of thy Name: O deliver us, and be merciful unto our fins for thy Name's fake.
10 Wherefore do the heathen fay: Where is now their God? 11 O let the vengeance of thy servants blood that is shed :
O be openly shewed upon the heathen in our fight.
12 o let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come be. fore thee : according to the greatness of thy power preferve thou those that are appointed to die.
13 And for the blafphemy wherewith our neighbours have blasphemed thee : reward thou them, O Lord, leverfold, into their bosom.
14 So we that are thy people and sheep of thy pasture shall give thee thanks for ever: and will alway be Mhewing forth thy praise from generation to generation.
Pfalm. 1xxx. Qui regis Israel.
2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses : ftir up thy strength, and come and help us.
3 Turn us again, O God: Thew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole. 4 O Lord God of hosts : how long wilt thou be
angry with thy people that prayeth ?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears : and givest them plenteousness of tears to drink.
6 Thou haft made us a very strife unto our neighbours : and our enemies laugh us to scorn,
7 Turn us again, thou God of hosts : shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
8 Thou haft brought a vine out of Egypt : thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou madeft room for it : and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it: and the boughs thereof were like the godly cedar-trees.
11 She stretched out her branches unto the sea : and her boughs unto the river.
12 Why haft thou chen broken down her hedge : that all they that go by pluck off her grapes ?
13 The wild boar out of the wood doth root it up: and the wild beasts of the field devour it.
14 Turn thee again, thou Gud of hosts, look down from heaven: behold, and visit this vine ;
15. And the place of the vine-yard that thy right hand hath planted : and the branch that thou madest to strong for thy self.
16 It is burnt with fire, and cut down : and they shali perilh ac the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand : and upon the fon of man, whom thou madest so strong for thine own self.
18 And so will not we go back from thee: O let'us live, and we shall call upon thy Name.
19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts : thew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
Pfalm. lxxxi. Exultate Deo. ING we merrily unto God our strength : make a chear.
ful noise unto the God of Jacob. 2 Take the psalm, bring hither the cabret : che merry harp with the lute.
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new-moon: even in the time appointed, and upon our firemn fia-cay.
4 For this was made a statute for Ifrael: and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This he ordained in Jofeph for a testimony: when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
6 1 ealed his shoulder from the burden : and his hands were delivered from making the pots.
7 Thou calledlt upon me in troubles, and I delivered thée : and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.
8 I proved thee also: at the waters of strife.
9 Hear, O my people, and I will assure thee: 0 Israel : if thou wilt hearken unto me.
10 There shall no strange god be in thee : neither shalt thou worship any other God.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxix. Ixxx.) Observe, 1. That if the Israelites, who were the people of God, the sheep of his pasture, and the vineyard which be himself had planted, and cultivated with particular care, was exposed to so terrible a detolation as is here described; the sufferings of the Chriftian church should not surprise vs, especially since Jesus Christ has fore old it should be perfecuted. 2. That in a time of calamity and suffering we must apply t. God to be restored to his favour; and that the true way to pat a stop to his wrath is, to be converted, and never more to depart from him. Lastly, What is said in this last psalm, may be applied to the havock which wickedness and impiety usually make in the church, whea it enjoys peace and temporal prosperity ; and believers have not iela reason to beseech God to sanctify and defend it against it fpiritual enemies, than to pray that he would secure it againit persecutors, who feck to destroy it.
ri I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the Jand of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I shall fill it.
12 But my people would not hear my voice and Israel would not obey me
13 So I gave them up unto their own hearrs lufts: and let them follow their own imaginations:
14 O that my people would have hearkened unto me: for if Ifrael had walked in my ways,
15 I should soon have put down their enemies : and turned my hand against their adversaries.
16 The haters of the Lord Thould have been found liars : but their time should have endured for ever.
17. He should have fed them also with the finest wheatflour: and with honey out of the stony rock should I have fatisfied thee.
G Judge ramong Gods.
E V ENI NG PRAYER.
Psalm. Ixxxii. Deus ftetit.
. 2 How long will ye give wrong judgment : and accept the persons of the ungodly?
3 Defend the poor and fatherless : see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
4 Deliver the out-calt and poor : fave them from the hand of the ungodly.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxi.] 1. This psalm should excite us to praise God, and to pay him our homage in a most zealous and solenn manner. This duty does not less concern Christians than the Jews; and if God bestowed confiderable favours on the Jews, by bringing them out of Egypt, and giving them his law, he has done incomparably greater things for us, in redeeming us by Jesus Christ his Son, and giving us the knowledge of his gospel. 2.' God here declares, in the most clear and express manner, that he is always disposed to load men with his favours ; that he offers them ais grace; that he deare's nothing but their welfare and iaivation ; and that if men are miserable, it is only because they will not hear his voice, but wilfully harden their hearts.
5 They will not be learned nor understand, but walk om still in darkness : all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have said, Ye are Gods: and ye are all the children of the most Highest. 7 But ye
shall die like men: and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, and judge thou the earth: for thou shalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.
Pfalm. Ixxxiii. Deus, quis fimilis ?
refrain not thyself, O God. 2 For lo, thine enemies make a murmuring: and they that hate thee have lift up their head.
3 They have imagined craftily against thy people : and taken council against thy fecret ones.
4. They have said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people : and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 5 For they have calt their heads together with one consent: and are confederate against thee;
6 The tabernacles of the Edomites and the Ishmaelites : the Moabites and Hagarens ;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalech : the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre,
8 Affur also is joined with them : and have holpen the children of Lot. 9
But do thou to them as unto the Madianices : unto Sisera, and unto Jabin at the brook of Kison;
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxii.] Judges, magistrates, and all that are in authority, ought to improve by the subje&t of this psalm ; and remember, that God having established them for the adminiftration of justice, is present at their judgments; that it is therefore their duty to do right to every one, without respect of persons; and above all, to prote& the weak and innocent when oppreffed. For which reason, they ought to remember, that although they are set above others. yet they muit die one day like all the rest of mankind; and that then they thall appear before the fupreme Judge, to give an account of their actions,