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4 Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after my soul: let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
5 Let them be as the dust before the wind: and the Angel of the Lord scattering them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the Angel of the Lord persecute them.
7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause: yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my foul.
8 Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net that he hath laid privily catch himself: that he may fall into his own mischief.
9 And, my soul, be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him: yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 * They rewarded me evil for good: to the great discomfort of my soul.
13 Nevertheless, when they were fick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting: and my prayer shall turn into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself, as though it had been my friend, or my brother: I went heavily as one that mourneth for his inother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares making mouths at me, and ceased not.
. I bey rewarded me evil for good, &c. Never do we can take upon an ungrateful Enemy is to forgive the Arrows of Malice pierce lo deeply as when they are him, to pray for him, and to do bim kind offices accordpointed with Ingratitude. Yet the noblef revenge that ing as we have opportunity ; because we not only here
16 With the flatterers were busy mockers: ; whọ gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this: O deliver my soul from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the lions,
18 So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly: neither let them wink with their eyes, that hate me without a cause.
20 And why? their communing is not for peace: but they imagine deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.
21 They gaped upon me 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 my trouble: let them be clothed with rebuke and dishonour that boast themselves against me.
27 Let them be glad and rejoice, that favour my righteous dealing: yea, let them say alway, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servants.
28 And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteoufness: and of thy praise all the day long. by gain the victory over our angry passions; but take mame and remorse ; and to melt him down into Rethe most efc&ual means to inspire our Adversary with pentance.
$ Psalm 36. Dixit injustus. Y heart sheweth me the wickedness of the ungodly: that
there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flattereth himself in his own sight: until his abominable fin 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 imagineth mischief upon his bed, and hath fet himself in no good way: neither doth he abhor any thing that is evil.
5 * Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens: and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness standeth like the strong, mountains: thy judgments are like the great deep
7 Thou, Lord, shalt save 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 fhall 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.
11 O let not the foot of pride come against me:, and let not the hand of the ungodly cast me down.
12 There are they fallen, all that work wickedness: they are cast down, and shall not be able to stand.
E V ENING PRA Y ER.
|| Psalm 37. Noli. æmulari. RET not thyself because of the ungodly: neither be thou
envious against the evil doers. This Psalm opens with a description of Hypo- that deserve punishment; and in providing such abua. crites and the Uogodly. From whence the Pfalmift dant happiness for his People. takes occasion to celebrate the goodness and mercy Tby Mercy, O Lord, reacbeth unto obe Heavens, t'e. of God towards his Creatures in general not only As this description of God's viercy is master of great in preserving the innocent, but also in sparing those comfort to the fincere Christian, 'to is it just caule of
L M S. Day vii. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass: and be withered even as the
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 desire.
5. Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him: and he shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light: and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
7. Hold thee ftill in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him: but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels.
8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: fret not thyself, else 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 fhalt look after his place, and he shall be away.
11 | But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth: and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.
12 The ungodly feeketh counsel against the just: 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 slay such as are of a right conversation. terror to the nardened habitual Sinner: fince they that that we should not be surprized if the Wicked are despise the risbes of God's goodnefs and forbearance and fometimes prosperous, and the Righteous afflicted: tong-suffering, ni confidering bat the goodness of God fince Sooner or later God fails not to deliver the Vire headerbobomi Repentance ihese treajure up unto them. tuous, and reward their Piery; and to make the felves wratb againff the Day of wrath, and revelation of Wicked feel the effects of his wrath. the rigbtcoms judgment of God, Rom. ii. 4. 5.
1 But tbe merkfpirited fall poljefs the Earıb, o's. in The delign of this Píalm is principally.co Mew Tho' this in its primary fignification might imply
15 Their sword shall go through their own heart: and their bow fhall 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 inberitance shall endure for ever.
19 They shall 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 fat of lambs: yea, even as the fmoke 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 his 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 seed begging their bread.
26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth: and his feed is bleffed.
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. only that such should inherit the promised Land: yet meekness secures a Man against many injuries, which in a more general sense it fignifies that the meek Man he might otherwise be exposed to; a soft answer being Hall enjoy what he has, be it little, or much, with powerful to turn away wrath: or at least enables him comfort and satisfaction of mind; because he is ree to bear the injuries with tranquility, and frengthens Signed to every difpenfation on Providence, and con- him to uvercome tem with good... Anes his wants to his present circamitances. Besides