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12 * What man is he that lusteth to live: and would fain fee good days?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips that they speak no guile.
14. Eschew evil, and do good: seek peace, and ensue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: and his ears are open unto their prayers.
16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lordheareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart r and will save such as be of an humble spirit.
19 Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: Co that not one of them is broken.
21 But misfortune mall flay the ungodly: and they that hate the righteous, shall be desolate.
22 The Lord delivereth the fouls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him shall not be destitute.
MORNING P R A Y E R.
PLEAD thou my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: and fight thou against them that fight against me.
2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler: and stand up to help me.
3 Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
"H bat Man is bt that-lustetb to /rut, bfc. It |s David here earnestly implores God's assistance, as
may be obfe'ved upon this passage in the words-of Arch well against Saul and hi» Forecs; as at ihe nth verse
Bilhop TiVotfin, that " no Man knows in the chance against some fa'fe Accusers, who though they had rs
"of things ai'Q the mutability of human affairs, ceived favours from him, yet mal'cioussy misreprefent
"whose kincness or goodwill he may come to stand in ed him to the King. The imprecation which Da vid
u need of before he dies. So that did a Man only here pronounces against his Adversaries, are chiefly to
"consult his own safety and quiet, he ought to be considered as Prophetical. But, as- Christians.
** refrain from evil speaking," our duty to love and pray for our Enemies..,
■'- .4 Lt* them be confounded, and put to mame, that seek aster 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 soul.
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 fay, 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 rife up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 *They rewarded me evil for good: to the great discomfort os my foul.
i 3 Nevertheless, when they were sick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting: and my prayer shall tarn into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself, as though it had been my fiend, or my brother: I went heavily as one that mourneth for his mother.
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.
"Ibey rewarded me evil fir good, £sV. Never do we can take upon an ungrateful Enemy is to forgive the Arrows of Malice pierce so deeply as when they are him, to pray for him, and to do bim kind offices accord* pointed with Ingratitude. Yet the noblest revenge that ing as we hate opportunity ; because we not only here
16 With the flatterers were busy mockers: who gnastied upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this: O deliver my foul 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 fay in their hearts, There, there, so would we have it: neither let them fay, We have devoured him.
26 Let them be put to confusion and lhame 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 savour my righteous dealing: yea, let them fay al way, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the prosperity os his servants,
28 And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteousness: and of thy praise all the day long.
by gain the victory over our angry passions; but take sliame and remorse} and to melt him dewn into Rethe most effectual means to inspire our Adversary with pentance. ,
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§ Psalm 36. Dixit injujius.
MY heart meweth me the wickedness os the ungodly: that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flattereth himself in his own sight: until his abominable sin be found out.
3 The words of his mouth are unrighteous, and full of deccitr he hath left off to behave himself wisely, and to do good.
4 He imagineth mischief upon his bed, and hath set himself in no goqd 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 a*id beast: How excellent is thy mercy,. O God: and the children os men shall put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They mall be satisfied with the plenteoufnefs 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 mall we-feelight.
10 O continue forth thy loving kindness unto them that knovv thee: and thy righteousness uato 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 mail not be able to stand.
FRET not thyself because of the ungodly: neither, be;thou envious against the evil doers.
<j This i'salm opens with a description of Hypo- that deserve punishment; and in providing such abim<
crites and the Ungodly.; From whence the Psalmist dant happiness for his People, takes occasion to celebrate the goodness and mercy * Thy Mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the Heavent,\3c.
of, God. towards his Creatures in general not only As this description of God's 'Wercy is matter ofgrraf
jp Reserving the innocent, but also in sparing (hose comfort to the sincere Christian, 'sa is it ju.t cause"of 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass: and be withered even as the green herb.
,3 Put ihou 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 still 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 mall 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 shalt look aster his place, and he shall be away.
ir X But the meek-spirited mall possess the earth: and shall be%* refreshed in the multitude of peace.
12 The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just: and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord mall 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.
terroi to U.e nardciiccl h.bitual Sinner: since they that that we ihoald not be surprized if the Wicked are dt/fist tie riibes of God's gtodmfi and. forbearance and sometimes prosperous, and the Righteous afflicted; king-suffering, Mt considering bat the gccdnefi of God since sooner or later God fails not to deliver the Vir» leadctbtbimt R'pentance—these treajure up unto them- tuous, and reward theif Piety; and to make the ielves turatb against the Day ofwratb, and revelation of Wicked feel the effects of his wrath. tjurigbleimsjudgment of God, Rom. ii. 4. 5. % But the mekfpiritcd Jball pejfcst tbt Earths hfe.
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