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2 How long will ye give wrong judgment: and accept the persons of the ungodly?

3 Defend the poor and fatherless: fee that such as are in need and necessity have right.

4 Deliver the out-cast and poor: save them from the hand of the ungodly.

5 They will not be learned nor understand, but walk on still in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

6 I have said, Ye are gods: and ye are all the children of the most Highest.

7 * But ye mall die like men: and fall like one of the princes.

8 Arise, O God, and judge thou the earth: for thou shalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.

% Psalm 83. Deusy quis fimilisf

HOLD not thy tongue, O God, keep not still silence: re* frain not thyself, O God.*

2 For Jo, thine enemies make a murmuring: and they that hate thee have lift up their head.

3 rl hey have imagined craftily against thy people: and taken counsel against thy secret ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people: and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

5 For they have cast their heads together with one consent: and are confederate against thee;

6 *The tabernacles of theEdomitesand the Ifmaelites: the Moabites and Hagarens;

7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalech: the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre.

U Tins is a grave remonstrance to Judges and Ma- looks of the haughty, to consider that the King and

gistrates : in which the Prophet Exhorts them toafaith- the Beggar most be put upon a level in the Grave; so

lul administration of Justice from the consideration that that in another state Mankind will be arranged) not

they are under «->od's inspection—that they are mortal according to the titles or distinction* whicli they bore

—and mast one Day be accountable fer their conduct, in this World, but according as they have excelled on*

But ye jhail die like Men- &c. How should it another in Virtue."

humble all human pride, and bring down the high % Several of the neighbouring Nations having asiem'

8 Assur also is'joined with them: and have holpen the children of Lot.

9 But do thou to them as unto the Madianites: unto Sisera, and unto Jabin at the brook of Kifon;

'io Who perished at,Endor: and became as the dung of the earth.

11 Make them and their princes like Oreb and Zeb: yea, make all their princes like as Zeba and Salmana;

12 Who fay, Let us take to ourselves: the houses of God in posit ffion.

13 O my God make them like unto a wheel, and as the stubble before the wind;

14 Like as the sire that burneth up the wood: and as the flame that confumeth the mountains.

15 Persecute them even so with thy tempest: and make them afraid with thy storm.

16 Make their faces ashamed, O Lord: that they may seek thy name.

„. 17 Let them be confounded and vexed ever more and more: let them be put to shame and perish.

18 And they shall know that thou whose Name is Jehovah: art only the most Highest over all the earth.

§ Psalm 84. §uam dik&af

OH O W amiable are thy dwellings thou Lord of hosts! 2 My foul hath a desire and longing to enter into the

bled then-selves to make War against the Israelites, the a iUild Man; hit hand iviil be against every Man, and

Prophet intreats God to subdue them as he had for- every Man's band against him: and be Jbatt avueli in trie

jnerljr done to the Kings who made War against Israel presence of all is Brethren.

in the times of the Judges. This Psalm is thought to $ The royal Prophet being excluded from the pub

'rtfer'to the affair related in 2 Chron. xx. lie wpi ship of God in the 'Faberaach, by his Son

* Tie Tabernacles of the Edomites and the Ismaelites, Abjalonfs Rebellion, expresses a most ardent desire of

fcV. There is great propriety in the expression 'Taber- being rellore.1 to it,—-celebrates the hippuiese of those

nodes. For the wild Arabs who are the descendenti of who could attend it at all times—and declares he

l/'m&el live in Tents continually, as wtll in Peace as should prefer that happiness before every otherworldly

War. And in them is fulfii'ed at this very Day thai advantage without it. remarkable Prophecy Genesis xvi. IX. He will be


courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

3 Yea, the sparrow hath sound her, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young: even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, mv King and my God.;

4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be al way praising thee.

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee: in whose heart are thy ways.

6 Who going through the vale of misery, use it for a well: and the poo's are hlled with water.

7 They will go from strength to strength: and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.

8 O Lord God of hosts hear my prayer: hearken, O God of Jacob.

9 Behold, O God our defender: and look upon the face of thine Anointed.

Ig For o- e day in thy courts: is better than a thousand. 11 I had rather be a door-keeper in the house os my God: than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

1 2 For the Lord God is a light and defence: the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing mall he withhold from them that live a godly life.

13*0 Lord God of hosts: blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.

|| Psalm 85. Benedixifii^ Domine.

LORD, though art become gracious unto thy land: though hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.

2 Thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people: and covered all their sins.

* 0 Lord God cs bests: bltjstd is the Man that put- "prosperity when thou seest it best for us." Such a'so tab bis trust, Uc. Which is as if David had said may be the Consolation of cv ry sincere Christian un** Though we are at present distressed, and forced to der affliction.

"wander far distant from thy Tabernacle; yet, this || This Psalm is supposed to have been occasioned bj» "comfort still remains; we can still firmly rely on thy the ret rn of the Israelites from their Babylonian Capti*' goodness, that thou wilt deliver us, and restore us to vitv; when, the Temple being rebuilt &c. the people

3 Thou hast taken^away all thy displeasure: and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.

4 Turn us then, O God our Saviour: and let thine anger cease from us.

5 Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever: and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?

6 Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord: and grant us thy salvation.

8 I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me: for he shall speak peace unlo his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again.

9- * For his salvation is nigh them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall flourish out os the earth: and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.

12 Yea, the Lord shall mew loving kindness: and our land (hall give her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him: and he shall direct his going in the way.


|| Psalm 86. Inclina Domine.

BO W down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me: for I am poor and in misery.

2 % Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: my God, save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee.

began to be united into cne body and to be elevated but Jejus Christ, concerning whom it is iaid that ne wnh hopes ot their former gl'ny Though, in a sub- 'was made Fiejb and dwelt amorg ut (and <wt Leb la hit lim-r senle, it has been thought to refer to the times Glory, the Glory at 0/the only begotten of the Father) of iheMJiah. full of Grace i.nd truth. Joh 1 i. 14. He is alfa said

* For his Salvation is nigb them that fear him; to be the Glory of his People Israel Luke ii. 3Z. that Gkry, ijc. This was completely fulfilled in none |] David, eonlcious ot his own 'Weakness and need 3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I will call daily upon thee.

4 Comfort the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For thou, Lord, art good and gracious: and of great mercy umo all them that call upon thee.

6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer: and ponder the voice of my humble desires.

7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou nearest me.

8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord: there is not one that can do as thou doest.

9 Ail nations whom thou hast made, shall come and worship thee, O Lord: and shall glorify thy Name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in thy truth: 0 knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name. •

12 I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and Will praise thy Name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my foul from the nethermost hell.

14 O God, the proud are risen against me: and the congregations of naughty men have fought after my foul, and have not set thee before their eyes.

15 But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.

16 O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me: give thy strength unto thy servant, and help the son os thine handmaid.

©f the divine Assistance, here earnestly calls upon God that in God's sight m Man living jkall he justified: yet

to help, teach, govern, and establish him in Innocency David might be said to be holy in respect pf his ene

•of Life. He prays to him with a firm confidence of mies; and might therefore have reason to hope that

being heard; and at the same Time proclaims his in- God on that account would fli^w Kindness to him io

"finite power, Majesty, and Mercy. preference to them, because, as the Man that had

^ Preserve thou my Scut, for lam holy &e. This Ex- been born blind justly observed, Wi intw that Ctd

preflion may at first Sight appear harsh for David to beareth not Sinners: b t if any Man be a Worships er of

Utter concerning himself; because, he says elsewhere Cod and doeth bis Will, htm be beareth John 9- 31.

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