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16 With the flatterers were busy mockers: who 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, so 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 name and remorse ; and to melt him down into Rethe most efc&ual means to inspire our Adversary. with pentance.
§ Psalm 36. Dixit injuftus. 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 fight: 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 ftandeth 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 shait 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.
II 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 PRAY E R.
, æmulari. RET not thyfelf 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 abun. crites and the Ungodly. From whence the Pfalmift dant happiness for his people. takes occasion to celebrate the goodness and mercy * Tby Mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the Heavens, &c. of God towards his Creatures in general 'not only As this description of God's Mercy is matter of great in preserving the innocent, but also in sparing those comfort to the fincere Christian, 'fo is it just caule of
Day' vii. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass: and be withered even as the
herb. 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 Leáve 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 hardened habitual Sinner: fince they that that we should not be surprized if the Wicked are despise the riches of God's goodness and forbearance and fometimes prosperous, and the Righteous afflicted: tong-suffering, nui confdering bat the goodness of God fince sooner or later God fails not to deliver the Viro headerbobom Repentance—ihese treajure up unto them- tuous, and reward their Piéry; and to make the felves wratb against the Day of wrath, and revelation of Wicked feel the effe&ts of his wrath. be rigbtcoms judgment of God, 'Rom. ii. 4. 5.
* Buitbe merkfpirited ball poslejs ibe Baribin 8. in the delign of shis Pfalm is principally.40 Men 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 inheritance 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 laınbs: 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, fhall 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.
29 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 be might otherwise be exposed to; a soft answer being Mall 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 rea to bear the injuries with tranquility, and strengthens Agned to every difpenfation on Providence, and con- him to yvercome them with good... Anes his wants to his prefent circumstances. Besides
,29 The unrighteous shall be punished: as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
:30 The righteous shall inherit the land : and dwell therein for
130 The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
32 The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings shall not dide.
33 The ungodly feeth the righteous: and seeketh occasion to
34 The Lord will not leave him in his hand: nor condemn him when he is judged.
35 Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land: when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
36 I myself have feen the ungodly in great power: and flourlhing like a green bay-tree.
37 I went by, and lo, he was gone: I sought him, but his place could no where be found.
38. Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right: for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
39 As for the transgressors, they shall perish together; and the end of the ungodly is, They shall be rooted out at the last.
40 But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the Lord: who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
41 And the Lord Thall stand by them, and save them: he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall fave them, because they put their trust in him.
M O R N I N G PRA Y ER.
$ Psalm 38. Domine,, ne in furore. UT me not to rebuke, O Lord, in thine anger: neither chaf
ten me in thy heavy displeasure. This is the third of the penitential Pfalms: in which David under a deep conviction of the heinout