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28 Let them fall from one wickedness to another: and not come into thy righteousness.

29 Let them be wiped out of the book of the living: and not be written among the righteous.

30 As for me, when I am pooF and in heaviness: thy help, 0 God, (hall lift me up.

31 I will praise the name os God with a song: and magnify it with thanksgiving.

32 This also shall please the Lord: better than a bullock that bath horns and hoofs.

33 The humble shall consider this, and be glad: seek ye after God, and your soul mail live.

34 For the Lord heareth the poor: and despiseth not his prisoners.

35 Let heaven and earth praise him :the sea and all that moveth therein.

36 For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Juda: that men may dwell there, and have it in possession.

37 The posterity also of his servants shall inherit iti and they that love his Name mall dwell therein.

|j Psalm 70. Deus in adjutorium.

HASTE thee, O God, to deliver me: make haste to help me, O Lord.

2 Let them be ashamed-and confounded, that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward and put to confusion, that wish me evil.

3 Let them for their reward be soon brought to shame: that cry over me, There, there.

4 But let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee: and let all such as delight [in thy salvation, say alway, The Lord be praised.

5 ;j;As for me I am poor and in misery:, haste thee unto me, 0 God.

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H David being obliged-by his Son AbsalomXO flee % Ai for mt 1 am poor ami in misery. This .is tie 'from Jtru/aitm, here implores the divine aid against language of one, who, perhaps, a few Days fcefo*i TJlis Enemie*,. was one of the happiest ana most potent Princes of the

& Thou art my helper, and my Redeemer: O Lord, make.no long tarrying.

MORNING PRAYER,

(1 Psalm 71. In tey Domine.

IN thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be put to confusion: but rid me, and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

2 Be thou my strong hold whereunto I may alway resort: thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house os defence and my castle.

3 Deliver me, O my God, out os the hand os the ungodly: out os the hand os the unrighteous and cruel man.

4. For thou, O Lord God, art the thing that I long for:, thou art my hope even from my youth.

5 Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born* thou art he that took me out of my mothers womb,, my praifemall be always of thee.

6 I am become as it were a monster unto many: but my sure trust is in thee.

7 O let my mouth be filled with thy praise: that I may sing of thy glory and honour all the day long.

8 Cast me not away in the time os age: forsake me not when my . strength faileth me.

9 For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul, take their counsel together,, saying: God hath forsaken him, persecute him, and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

-1 rl0 Go not far from me, O God: my God, haste thee to help me. 11 Let them be confounded and perish, that are against my soul:

E;U}. So uncertain is-human greatness! so frail is our sion: in which, David beseeches God to deliver him,

dependence upon worldly enjoyments !—How. strongly and to let him again experience the fame goodness,

Qught this to inspire those that are rich in this World which he had felt the effects of from his Youth. rHe

"1?lth~Humrrity and Moderation! complains of the insults and cruelties of his Enemies;

\ This-Psalm seems to {have a connection with the and, in full assurance that God will protect him* is

preceding, as it was probably wrotc.OJVthe fame occa- filled with an holyj«y»-and vows to praise him forever;

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let them be covered with shame and dishonour, that seek to do me evil.

12 As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.

13 My mouth shall daily speak os thy righteousness and salvation: for I know no end thereof.

14 I will go forth in the strength os the Lord God: * and will make mention os thy righteousness only.

15 Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.

16 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am grayheaded: until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.

17 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high: and great things are they that thou hast done; O God, who is like unto thee?

18 O what great troubles and adversities hast thou shewed me I and yet didst thou turn and refresh me: yea, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.

19 Thou hast brought me to great honour: and comforted me on every side.

20 Therefore will I praise thee and thy faithfulness, O God, playing upon an instrument of mulick: unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou holy One os Israel.

21 My lips will be fain when I sing unto thee: and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered. .

22 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, and brought unto shame, that seek to do me evil.

jl Psalm 72. DeuSy judicium.

GIVE the king thy judgments, O God: and thy righteousness unto the kings son.

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And ivi/i make mention of thy Rigbleoufnefi only- places of Scripture (when it relates to Ged) signifies. The word t\igkttoujneft here as wtll as in many other saving Mtrcy, or preserving goodness'. And this pasiage

2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor.

3 The mountains also shall bring peace: and the little hills righteousness imto the people.

4. He shall keep the simple folk by their right: defend the children os the poor, and punish the wrong doer.

5 They shall fear thee as long as the fun and moon endureth: from one generation to another.

6 *He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth.

7 In his time shall the righteous flourish: yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.

8 His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other 1 and from the flood unto the worlds end. \

9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him: his enemies shall lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tharsis, and of the ifles shall give presents: the kings of Arabia, and Saba shall bring gifts.

11 All kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall do him service.

12 For he shall deliver the poor when hecrieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall be favourable to the simple and needy: and shall preserve the souls of the poor.

He lhall deliver their fouls from falshood and wrong: and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

implies that David would alwav* gratefully acknow- him to govern his People: describing, at the sams ledge the divine goodness towa him in delivering time, the future glory and extent of Solomon's Kin<*hlmfrom his Enemies: ascribing the glory to God, and dom, and the happiness his Subjects would enjoy under to him alone. Such is the conduct of him whole Heart him. Yet, several of the antient JexviJ/j Writers is duly affected with a fense of God's Mercies. allow that this Psalm relates, in amore exalted sense,

j This Psaim was pr bably wrote a little before to the Mejsiah. DaviiTt death, when he had declared Soltfisn to be • He Jb.tll ame diivn Me the Rain, si?,-. This may his successor, had ordered him to be anointed by Zadoe, be applied in a temporal lense to Solomon's wife admiand publickly inaugurated, I Kings i. Herein he com- nistration of jullice, whereby his Kingdom and People , JBfiAW his Son to God, beseeching him to endue him should flourilh and increase. But it seems to be molh . *itb1 such Wisdom und Righteousiieii as would enable perfectly fulfilled in the influence which Clirilt's Dee

f 5 He shall live, and unto him shall be given os the gold os Arabia: prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily mall he he praised.

16 There shall be an heap os corn in the earth, high upon the hills: his fruit mall make like Libanus, and shall be green in the city like grass upon the earth.

17 His Name shall endure for ever, his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities: which shall be blessed through him, and all the heathen shall praise him.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, even the God os Israel: which only doeth wondrous things;

19 And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever: and all the earth shall be filled with his Majesty. Amen, Amen.

EVENING PRAYER.

Psalm 73. £$uam bonus Israel!

TRULY God is loving unto Israel: even unto such as are of a clean heart.

2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone: my treadings had well-nigh stipt.

3 And why? I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in luch prosperity.

4 For they are in no peril os death: but are lusty and strong.

5 They come in no misfortune like other folk: neither are they plagued like other men.

6 And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride: and overwhelmed with cruelty.

7 Their eyes swell with fatness: and they do even what they lust.

8 They corrupt other, and speak os wicked blasphemy: their talking is against the most High.

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trine hath upon all true Believers: by which they are the prospeuty or the Wicked, and the afflictions 0 rendered fruitful in every gocd Work, increasing with the Righteous. For that the felicity of the Wicked the increase ofGcd, Col. i. 10. See also Isaiah lv. 10, 11. is, at best, but fleeting, transitory and unsubstantial; i| This Pialm teacheth us how we ought to judge of whereas the Righteous enjoy comfort and peace, amidst

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