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ll. Pfalm 28. Ad te, Dornine, . NTO thee will I cry, O Lord my strength: think no

scórn of me, lest if thou make as though thou heareft not, I become like them that


down into the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto thee: when I hold up my hands towards the mercy-fcat of thy: holy temple.

3 O pluck me not away, neither destroy me with the ungodly. and wicked doers: which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts.

4 Reward 'them according to their deeds: and according to the wickedness of their own inventions.

5 Recompense them after the works of their hands: pay them that they have deserved.

6 * For they regard not in their mind the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands: therefore shall he break them down, and not build them

up. 7 Praised be the Lord: for he hath heard the voice of my humble petitions.

8 The Lord is my strength, and my shield, my heart hath trufted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart danceth for joy, and in my song will I praise him.

9, The Lord is my strength : and he is the wholsomc defence of his Anointed.

10 O save thy people, and give thy blessing unto thine inheritance : feed them, and fet them

up § Pfalm 29. Afferte Domino RING unto the Lord, Oye mighty, bring young ranis unto

the Lord: ascribe unto the Lord worship and strength. # The Pfalmilt here in treats God to defund him from For they regard not in their Mind the works, Sc. the malice and artifices of his Enemies, and from the It may be juftly observed here that in.considerion is the judgments that should fall upon them. He praises root of irreligion and all iniquity. i'or did mankind him likewise for his providential care and protection- duly reflect upon God's wonde:ful works of Creation, exprefles a firm reliance upon him, and prays for the Providence and Redemption; they would be almost prosperity of Ifrael.

necessarily induced to love, worship, and obey llin.

for ever.


2 Give the Lord the honour due unto his name: worship the Lord with holy worship.

3. It is the Lord that commandeth the waters: it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.

4. It is the Lord that ruleth the sea; the voice of the Lord is mighty in operation: the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.

5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar-trees: yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.

6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf: Libanus also, and Sirion like a young unicorn.

7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire, the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness: yea, the Lord Thaketh the wilderness of Cades.

8 I The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discoverth the thick bushes: in his temple doth every man speak of his honour.

9 The Lord fitteth above the water-flood: and the Lord remaineth a King for ever.

10 The Lord fall give strength unto his people: the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

|| Psalm 30.

Exaltabo te, Domine.
Will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou haft set me up: and not

made my foes to triumph over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou hast healed me.

3 Thou, Lord, hast brought my foul out of hell: thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.

$ This Psalm is supposed to have been occafio..ed Poetry. Præl 27. p. 363. Deservedly was a Thunder by a violent florm. From the terrible noise and won form made here a subject of sacred Poetry. For either derful force of the Thunder David proves the sue he must le more than Man, or less than Brute who can preme dominion and infinite power of God.

be entirely unaffected on such an occasion. But we are | The voice of the Lurd maketh the Hinds to bring affected to small purpose if it do not inspire us with an forib, &c. This might have been full as properly awful sense of God's power and majesty. translated, the voice of the Lord, i. e. the Thunder | This Píalm is supposed to have been fung upon basierab ibe Oaks. See Ds. Lowth on the Hebrew the dedication of David's House which had been polo


4 Sing praises unto the Lord, Oye faints of his: and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness. ,

5 For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life: heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 * And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be removed: thou, Lord, of thy goodness hadit made my hill so strong.

7 Thou didft turn thy face from me: and I was troubled.

8 Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and gat me to my Lord right humbly.

9 What profit is there in my blood: when I go down to the pit?

10 Shall the dust give thanks unto thee: or shall it declare thy truth?

11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

12 Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy: thou hast put off my fackloth, and girded me with gladness.

13 Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing: O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

$ Psalm 31. In te, Domine, speravi. N thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: let me never be put to

confusion, deliver me in thy righteousness.
2 Bow down thine ear to me; make hafte to deliver me.

3 And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence: that thou mayest save me.


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3. ted by the crimes of Absalom, 2 Sam. xvi. 21, 22. And in inga prisperity I said, I fall never, &c and xvii. 1. &c. and xx. 3. And he therefore se- What was David's case here is too common in some turns fclemn Thanks to God that he had delivered degree even to the best of Men. Prosperity being too him and in Wrath remembered Mercy. He acknow- apt to put them off their guard, and nake their troet ledges that he had in prosperity forgot himself, and themselves. How kind therefore is it in Col uken Therefore God had chaftened him to bring him to a by Ami&tions he endeavours to bring us to : proper sense of his duty, and to remind him of his dependence sense of ourselves, and our duty! and how much ea. upon him; and he vows he will praise God for ever, fon have we even amiatt his class top ile because he had heard him



4. For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Names fake.

5 Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemd me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

z I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities: and my trust hath been in the Lord.

8 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adversities.

9 Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: but haft set my feet in a large room.

10 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.

11 For my life is waxen old with heaviness: and my years with mourning

12 My strength faileth ine, because of mine iniquity: and my bones are consumed.

13 I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours: and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me, and they that did see me without, conveyed themselves

from me,

14 I am clean forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am be€ome like a broken veffel.

15 For I have heard the blafphemy of the multitude: and fear is on every side, while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.

16 But my hope hath been in thee, O Lord: I have said, Thou art my God.

17 My time is in thy hand, deliver me from the hand of mine enemies: and from thein that persecute me.

18 Shew thy fervant the light of thy countenance: and save me for thy mercies fake.

David appears to have composed this l'alm upon and distress; as it affords a lively description of afiichis flight from Saul: and it seems to be well adapted tion, anxiety, earnest. desire and humble confidence to the use of all good People who are in extreme danger in God.

19 Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee: let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put to filence

in the grave.

20 Let the lying lips be put to silence: which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully speak against the righteous.

21 O how plentiful is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee: and that thou hast prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the sons of men !

22 Thou shalt hide them privily by thine own presence from the provoking of all men: thou shalt keep them secretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.

23 Thanks be to the Lord: for he hath shewed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.

24 And when I made haste, I said: I am cast out of the fight

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25 Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer: cried unto thee,

26 10 love the Lord, all ye his faints: for the Lord preservethi them that are faithful, and plenteoully, rewardeth the proud doer.

27 Be strong, and he shall establish your heart: all ye that put your trust in the Lord.


| Psalm 32. Beati, quorum. Lessed is he, whose unrighteousness is forgiven: and whose

sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth no fin: and in whose spirit there is no guile.

O love the Lord, all ye bis Saints, &c. If David Pfalms; and teaches us that van’s true happinel confound reason for such an affectionate exclamation on sists in the pardon of his Sins, and in the purity of his account of some temporal deliverance: then how much Conscience which is to be obtained by finca.ely conought it to be the sentiment of every Christian who felling, and forsaking our Iniquities and concludes enjoys the light of the blessed Gospel; in which God with an earnest Exhortation to Repentance, and lio. hath declared that he will reward every Man according liness of Life. to his works, in the Day when he shall judge the secrets § Blessed is he whole Unrighteousness, &c. This para of Men by Christ Jefus.

age is quoted by St. Paal in the fourth chapter i he || This is the fecond in the number of the penitential Epistle to the Romans with a design to shiew that e



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