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O Lord, do thou so refresh us, with a full accomplishment of our return from this captivity, as if thou shouldst cause some comfortable stream to flow through a dry southern desert, for the pleasure of the passengers.
CXXVI. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him, As yet the return from the captivity is not perfect; and we, that are returned, are subject to much oppression and danger, from our heathen persecutors : but take comfort to yourselves, Oye people of God; for,' howsoever ye are now distressed, and have a wet seed-time, yet doubtless ye shall be at last abundantly comforted, and reap the fruit of your patient expectatioıı.
CXXVII. 2 For so he giveth his beloved sleep. Whereas worldly minded men spend themselves in carking and toiling, and yet prosper not in their designs; God will so bless his faithful ones, that they shall, without these turmoils and perplexities, enjoy theinselves and the comforts bestowed on them.
CXXVII, 5 They shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. They have those, who shall stand by them; and be ready to maintain their cause, in all quarrels, whether of law or violence.
CXXIX. 3 The plowers plowed upon my back : they made long their furrows. They have oppressed me with many and intolerable injuries, and exercised their utmost spight upon me.
CXXX. 6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that Toatch for the morning. My soul waiteth for the Lord, and longs for his comfortable presence, more than the watchman, that is forced to wake the whole night, waiteth for the break of day, that he may be dis; charged.
CXXXII. 6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah : we found it in the fields of the wood. Lo, we heard of thine ark, O Lord, that it was for many years pitched in Shiloh, within the tribe of Ephraim; and we found it, after the return from the Philistines, long fixed in the woody country of Kirjath-jearim.
CXXXII. 16 I will clothe her priests with salvation. I will spread my protection and defence over her priests, which are consecrated to me. .
CXXXII. 17 I will make the horn of David to bud; I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. I will enlarge the power and glory of the royal issue of king
David; and will cause a glorious successor to arise out of the loins of mine anointed.
CXXXIII. 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion : for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. It is as the comfortable dew, that falls upon and from the fruitful mountain of Herinon into the fields of Bashan; or the dew, that. falls upon the mountain of Zion: for where there is peace and concord, there God gives abundance of blessings, both for the present, and for the future life which is eternal.
CXXXVII. 7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the.. day of Jerusalem ; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. Remember, O Lord, the unkind and cruel posterity of Esau; how spitefully they behaved themselves in the day, when Jeru. salem was taken and sacked ; how they insulted; how they encouraged our enemies, to rase and demolish it even to the very ground.
CXXXVII. 8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed ; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. O thou Babylon, who, as thou hast destroyed this our goodly city, so thyself also art ordained to destruction; it shall be a happy work in those, that shall have a hand in thy ruin, to return thine own cruel measure back unto thee.
CXXXVIII. 1 Before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. Even publicly in the holy place, in thy presence, and the presence of thy blessed angels, who are there represented, and before the great peers of Israel, will I sing praise unto thee. .
CXXXVIII. 5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord. They shall celebrate and set forth all the wondrous works, that thou hast wrought; and all the courses, that thou hast taken with them : and tell what thou hast done, and what thou hast enjoined them to do.
CXXXVIII. 6 But the proud he knoweth afar off. He so knows the proud, that he will come near them no way, but in judgment; and to that he hath long since designed them.
CXXXIX. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid
CXXXIX. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for ine.
CXXXIX. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and drell in the uttermost parts of the sea.
If I could fly, as swift as the day, and remove myself into the utmost coasts of the world.
CXXXIX. 14 I will praise thee ; for I am fearfully and won. derfully made. If there were no other workmanship of thine, but that which thou hast shewed in framing the body, and inspiring the soul of man; O God, I can never praise and admire thee enough for this only work of thine.
. CXXXIX. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eye, and thy hand, was upon that original matter, whereof I was framed secretly, in the womb of my mother : thou sawest all the marvellous proceedings of iny conception and formation here below.
CXXXIX. 16 And in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Thou takest notice and keepest record of all the members of this body of mine, which thou hast made; which, by several degrees, were to be fashioned, in the womb: thou knewest, and in thy eternal decree hadst ordained them, when as yet they had no being.
CXXXIX. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, o God! how great is the sum of them! How wonderfully and inconceivably gracious are thy purposes towards me, O Lord; and how impossible is it for me, to express the specialties of thy bounty unto me!
CXL. 9 Let the mischief of their own lips cover them. Let that mischief, which the lips of wicked men have plotted and uttered and wished against me, befall unto themselves, and so inwrap them, that they may not be able to extricate themselves.
CXL. 10 Let burning coals fall upon them : let them be cast into the fire. Let all manner of judgments light upon them: let it not be enough, that fire falls down upon them, but let them be cast down into the fire.
CXLI. 2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Let my prayer ascend up unto thee, with so sweet acceptation, as that fragrant incense of the sanctuary, which is every morning offered up unto thee; and let my supplication be as pleasing to thee, as that prescribed meat-offering, which is every evening made unto thee.
CXLI. 5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me ; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head : for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
O God, let good men reprove me; this shall be a special favour and blessing to me, which, instead of hurt, shall be sovereign and profitable unto me: this shall not be as a stone to break my head, but as sweet oil to refresh and supple it; which I shall be ready to repay unto them, in the day of their calamity.
CXLI. 6 When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet. These men, when they shall see the judgments of God executed upon their rulers and commanders, .who set them on work, shall then find favour, in the day of affliction, in my words, and shall acknowledge the fidelity and good purpose thereof. .
CXLI. 7 Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cut teth and cleaveth wood upon the earth. Our bones lie scattered upon the mouth of the grave, through their cruelty, as chips are wont to lie scattered about, when a man heweth wood.
• CXLII. 7 The righteous shall compass me about. The godly men shall come about me, to see and applaud thy gracious deliverances of me, and to help me to praise thy mercy.
CXLIII. 5 I remember the days of old. I call to remembrance thy ancient mercies to me, and from thence fetch assurance of thy present goodness.
CXLIII. 7 Lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Lest I be utterly comfortless, as those that are forsaken of all hopes and possibilities of life, and have yielded themselves over to the grave.
CXLIV. 6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them : shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them. O God, do 'thou take this revenge into thine own immediate hand: do thou smite them with thy thunderbolt, or lightning from heaven : let those fiery darts of thine strike them through.
CXLIV. 12 That our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.
That our daughters may be both goodly and fruitful, like unto the corner stones of a royal building, upon which the structure of a fair and lasting pile may be raised.
CXLIV. 14 That there be no breaking in, nor going out; no complaining in our streets. That there be no sacking of our cities, no carrying away into captivity, no shrieking and outcries at the violence of an enemy raging in our streets.
CXLV. 14 He raiseth up all those that be bowed down. Those, that stoop under their afflictions, and are depressed to the earth, he raiseth up with seasonable comfort.
CXLVII. 4 He telleth the number of the stars ; he calleth them all by their names.
He well knoweth the number of the stars, which he hath created; and causeth them in their seasons, so to arise, as if he called them up by their several names.
CXLVII. 13 He maketh strong the bars of thy gates.' It is he, that makes thy cities strong and invincible.
CXLVII. 15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth : his word runneth very swiftly. Whatsoever his pleasure is concerning his creatures upon earth, it is speedily and effectually accomplished.
CXLVII. 18. He causeth his wind to bloze', and the waters flow. He causeth a moist and thawing wind to blow; and then the waters, which were bound up with a firm ice, do return to their former flowing.
CXLVIII. 6 He hath made a decree which shall not pass. He hath, by his eternal decree, ordered the motions and effects of these supernal creatures, which cannot be altered or eluded.
CXLVIII. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps. Let the great God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, have glory from all his wonderful works; let them shew forth his mighty power and wisdom, in creating and disposing of them; even from this inferior globe of the earth, and sea : let God be magnified in those huge and fearful whales and sea-dragons, which he hath made; and in those vast and deep waters, wherein he hath placed them.
CXLIX. 4 He will beautify the meek with salvation. Those, that meekly depend upon him, he will make glorious ; both with his rich blessings here, and with salvation hereafter.
CXLIX. '6' And a two edged sword in their hand. Let that sword of the Spirit, even that two edged sword, which divideth the hearts and reins, the word of truth, be in the mouths and hands of his holy ones.
CXLIX. 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; Which powerful word of his, in the mouths of his faithful messengers, shall be able to hamper and restrain the most furious tyrants of the earth; and bring the great potentates of the world, in humble subjection, to the Gospel of peace;
CXLIX. 9 To execute upon them the judgment written : this honour have all his saints. And, upon their perverseness and obstinate continuance in their sins, to denounce against them those judgments, which are written in the book of God. Behold then, what honour God hath put upon his saints, to be so powerful agents both in mercy and judgments.
CL. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Let erery creature, that liveth and breatheth upon the earth, praise the name of the Lord ; and, in his kind, yield glory to his Creator.