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1,7 My beauty is gone for very trouble : and worn away because ol" all mine enemies.
8. Away from me;. all ye that work vanity : for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
9 The Lord hath heard my petition : the Lord will receive my prayer.
To All mine enemies shall be confounded, and fore vexed: they shall be turned back, and put to shame suddenly.
|| Psalm 7. Domine, Deus meus. LORD my God, in thee have I put my trust: fave me from
all them that persecute me, and deliver me ; 2 Left he devour my soul like a lion, and tear it in pieces : while there is none to help.
3 O Lord my God, If I have done any such thing: or if there be any wickedness in my hands;
4 Íf I have rewarded evil unto him that dealt friendly with me: yea, I have delivered him that without any cause is mine enemy; 5
Then let mine enemy perfecute my soul, and take me : yea, let him tread my life down upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust.
6 Stand up, O Lord, in thy wrath, and lift up thyself, because of the indignation of mine enemies : arise up for me in the judgment that thou hast commanded.
7 * And so Ihall the congregation of the people come about thee: for their fakes therefore lift up thyfelf again.
8 The Lord shall judge the people ; give fentence with me, O Lord : according to my righteousness, and according to the innocency that is in me.
The reproaches of Shimei the Benjamite seem to . And so all the Congregation of the People, &e. have given occasion to this Psalm, 2 Sam. xvi. In David here in treats God to aisert his cause, tý subduwhich David appeals to the great searcher of Hearts ing his Enemies: because by giving such a testimony for the integrity of his conduct, calling for the divine to his innocence, the People would be induced to pay vengeance upon himself if the charge were true that was a readier obedience to David, and he would be thereby laid against him. At the same time warning his Ene- the better enabled to promote the worhip of the true mies to repent of their Crimes, left they thould pro- God. voke God to inflict his judgments upon them.
9 O'let the wickedness of the ungodly come to an end: but guide thou the just. *10 For the righteous God : trieth the very hearts and reins.
11 My help cometh of God: who preserveth them that are true of heart.
12 God is a righteous judge, strong, and patient: and God is provoked every day.
13 If a man will not turn, he will whet his sword: he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
14 He hath prepared for him the instruments of death : he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
15 Behold, he travaileth with mischief: he hath conceived forrow, and brought forth ungodliness.
16 He hath graven and digged up a pit: and is fallen himself into the destruction that he made for other.
17 For his travail shall come upon his own head': and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate.
18 I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness : and I will praise the name of the Lord most high.
§ Psalm 8. Domine, Dominus noster. LORD our Governar, how excellent is thy Name in all
the world : thou that haft set thy glory above the heavens ! 2 Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies: that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers : the moon and the stars which thou haft ordained.
4 | What is inan, that thou art mindful of him: and the son of man that thou visitest him.
| David in this Psalm celebrates the power and ma- I What is Man, that obou art mindful, &c. The confijesty of God displayed in the works of the Creation: deration of God's greatness and majesty, which are so but especially the divine goodness in exalting Man to wonderfully set forth in the Creation, ought (after the be Lord over all Things. Tho' this appears to have been example of David) to inspire us with Humility: fo a fully verified in none but Jesus Christ as St. Paul juftlyfense of his goodness in forming us rational Beings, remarks in the ad of Hebrews.
-enabling us to know and serve him,--and making other Creatures subject unto us, should engage us * Othou Enemy, deftrutions are come, &c. This gratefully to improve these advantages to his glory, and passage seems well explained in the New Verfion of the continually to praise our Creator and Benefactor. Plalms by Tate and Brady.
5 Thou madest him lower than tlię angels: to crown him with glory and worship.
6. Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands: and thou hast put all things in fubjection under his feet.
7 All sheep and oxen: yea, and the beasts of the field; si 8 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatfoever walketh through the paths of the seas. : 9:0 Lord our Governor: how excellent is thy Name in all the world!
MORNING PRA Y E R.
§ Psalm 9. Confitebor tibi. Will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: 1
will speak of all thy marvellous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: yea, my fongs will I make of thy Name, O thou moft Higheft.
3 While mine enemies are driven back: they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
4. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause: thou art fet in the throne that judgest right. ; 5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the ungodly: thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
6. * O thou enemy, deftructions are come to a perpetual end : even as the cities which thou hast destroyed; their memorial is perished with them.
7 But the Lord shall endure for ever : he hath also prepared his feat for judgment.
This is a Plalm of Thanksgiving for fome signal Mistaken Foes ! your haughty Threats Vi&ory which David had obtained over fome princi- Are to a period come. pal Enemy: in which he equally discovers his Piety Our City stands, which you defigned and Gratitude to his mighty Deliverer.
To be our common Tomb.
8 For he shall judge the world in righteousness: and minister true judgment unto the people.
9 The Lord also will be a defence for the oppressed: even a refuge in due time of trouble.
10 And they that know thy Name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast never failed them that seek thee.
11 O praise the Lord whịch dwelleth in Sion: shew the people of his doings.
12 For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: and forgetteth not the complaint of the poor.
13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider the trouble which I suffer of them that hate me: thou that liftest me up from the gates of death.
14 That I may shew all thy praises within the ports of the daughter of Sion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
15 The heathen are funk down in the pit that they made: in the same net whichthey hid privily is their foot taken.
16 The Lord is known to execute judgment: the ungodly is trapped in the work of his own hands.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell: and all the people that forget God.
18 For the poor shall not alway be forgotten: the patient abiding of the meek shall not perish for ever.
19 Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand: let the heathen be judged in thy fight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the heathen may know themselves to be but men.
|| Psalm 1o. Ut quid, Domine? HY ftandeft, thou so far off, O Lord: and hidest thy face in
the needful time of trouble ?
This Psalm consists of sorrowful complaining, and God would deliver the undeservedly amicted Righfervent prayer: in which the Enemies of the Church teous-disappoint the cruel artifices of their Enemies, are drawn in lively colours, and petition is made that and inflict upon them just punishment.
M M S. 2 The ungodly for his own lust doth persecute the poor: let then be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own hearts defire: and speaketh good of the covetous whom God abhorreth.
4 The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God: *neither is God in all his thoughts. 5 His
ways are always grievous : thy judgments are far above out of his fight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
6 For he hath' said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down: there shall no harm happen unto me.
7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud: under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
8 He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets: and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor. 19 For he lieth waiting fecretly, even as a lion lurketh he in his den: that he may ravish the poor.
10 He doth ravish the poor : when he getteth him into his net.
I1 He falleth down and humbleth himself: that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten: hte hideth away his face, and he will never fee it.
13 Arise, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand: forget not
14 Wherefore should the wicked blafpheme God: while he dothi fay in his heart, Tush, thou, God carest not for it.
15 Surely thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.
Neither is God in all bis Thoughts, &c. It is come insensible to all religious impressions, he will foon worthy of obfervatiaton that in the Atriking picture become an easy prey to every Temptation; and nowhich the Pfalmift bere presents us with of an aban- thing will be sufficient to reftrain him from running a doned Sinner, one of his principal features is a total full course of Iniquity. Human Laws will be ineftecdisregard of Religion: He careth not for God, neither tual to ke p him within the bounds of his duty: ad is God in all bis Thoughts. The consequence of which no Man may safely rely upon his integrity, an, turubu we are too plainly cold in the following verfe viz that than that will serve his present interelt. dis ways are always grievous. For when a Man is be