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1:16: That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor. comunitteth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendlefs.

17. Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious: take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.

18 The Lord is King for ever and ever: and the heathen are perished out of the land,

19 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor: thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto.

20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right; that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.

§ Psalm 11. In Domino confido. IN the Lord put I my trust: how fay ye then to my foul, that

she should fee as a bird unto the hill ? 2. For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, and make ready their arrows within the quiver: that they may privily shoot at them which are true of heart.

3 For the foundations will be cast down: and what hath the righe teous done? ... 4 The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lords feat is in heaven.

5 His eyes consider the poor: and his eye-lids try the children of men.

6 The Lord alloweth the righteous: but the ungodly and him that delightech in wickedness doth his soul abhor.

7 * Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest: this shall be their portion to drink.

This Psalm seems to have been composed at the might full as properly have been translated as it is in time of Saul's persecution, when David was. advised the Margin of the Bible Verfion, he foall rain burning by some of his Friends to retire to some place of con- Coals. This terrible and sublime description of God's cealment. He however relies upon the justice of his taking vengeance upon the Wicked seems to be taken cause, and comforts himself with the confideration of his from the account of the destruction of Sodoni, which being under God's protection, who as he approveth though the language is figurative serves to intimate to the conduct of the Righteous, so he will also most af- us the sudden and dreadful punishment which God wi! furedly and dreadfully punish the Wicked.

infict upon all the workers of Iniquity. . . . Upon the ungodly be foall rain, snares, &c. It

...8.For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness: his countenance will behold the thing that is just.

EVENING PRA Y E R...

$Psalm 12. Salvum me fac. *I J Elp me, Lord for there is not one godly man left: for the

Ti faithful are minished from among the children of men. in 2 They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour: they do. but flatter with their lips, and diffemble in their double heart. .

3 The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips: and the tongue that speaketh proud things.

4 Which have said, With our tongue will we prevail: we are they that ought to speak, who is lord over us?

Ś Now for the comfortless troubles fake of the needy: and be cause of the deep fighing of the poor;

6 I will up, faith the Lord: and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set hiin at reft.

The words of the Lord are pure words: even as the silver, which from the earth is tried, and purified seven times in the fire.

8 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord: thou shalt preserve him from this generation for ever. -9 The ungodly walk on every side: when they are exalted, the children of men are put to rebuke.

|| Psalm 13. Usque quo, Domine? *LTOW long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever : how 'n long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

$ David in this Psalm complains of the general cor- to God by Prayer as a means to preserve us from op. ruption of Manners of the age he then lived in; and presion and corruption. implores God's protection, whom he also introduces | In this Psalm David, being in the utmoft distress, speaking and promising his assistance. This Psalm complains that God had foi faken him ; that his fora seems to have been compofed when he was in danger of rows were increased, and his Enemy grown insolent being betrayed by Doeg and the Ziphites

with success. He therefore intreats God to comfort * "Help me Lord, for there is not, &c. David's come and deliver him from his terrors. In the midst of which plaint of the small number of good People in his time, however, he is inspired with an holy confidence in and his Prayer to God on that occafion, teach us, the divine goodness; and promises to thew himself that when we see Integrity fail, and Iniquity abound thankful for it. in the World, it is then our wisdom to have recourse * How long wilt thou forget, &c. This Pfalm is

2. How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be fo vexed in my heart: how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?

3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death. · 4 Left mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him: for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.

5 But my trust is in thy mercy: and my heart is joyful in thy falvation.

6 I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me: yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.

|| Psalm 14. Dixit insipiens. THE fool hath said in his heart: There is no God.

1 2 * They are corrupt, and become abominable in their doings: there is none that doeth good, no not one.

3 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to fee if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.

4. But they are all gone out of the way; they are altogether become abominable : there is none that doeth good, no not one.

5 Their throat is an open fepulchre, with their tongues have they deceived: the poison of asps is under their lips.

6 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are fwift to shed blood.

C7 Destruction and unhappiness is in their ways, and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes. . 8 Have they no knowledge, that they are all such workers of mischief: earing up my people as it were bread, and call not upon the Lord? : .9 There were they brought in great fear, even where no fear was: for God is in the generation of the righteous. :

very proper for Persons in affliction. Since they are * They are corrupt and become abominable, &c. It here taught by the example of David where to apply were much to be wishea that the complaint which the for relief and deliverance in all distresses. Since God is Psalmift here makes of the People in his time were not able to enlighten their darknefs--to speak comfort applicable to the prefent Profeffors of a more enligh. to their Souls to remove their calamities--to turn thcir tened Dispensation! But baphy would it be wouid every forrows into joy, and their mournings into fongs of one endeavour to prevent the reproach by a diligent rés

formation of himself, and all that are under his influ. David in this Pfalm, describes the great and gene- ence : rather than to nourish in himself spiritual Pride, ral Corruption, the Wickedness and Impiety of the by indulging himself in unprofitable complaints of the Men of his age.

Wickedness of his Neigblours.is

praise.

10 As for you, ye have made a mock as the counsel of the poor; because he putteth his trust in the Lord. 511 Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion? When the

Lord turneth the captivity of his people: then shall Jacob rejoice, änd Israel shall be glad. .:: MORNING PRA Y ER. '.

§ Psalm 15. Domine, quis habitabit ? T ORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle: or who shall rest U upon thy holy hill?

2 Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.'

13 He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour : and hath not slandered his neighbour. ..:4 He that fetteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes: and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.

5 He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not: though it were to his own hindrance. .6 He that hath not given his money upon usury: nor taken reward against the innocent. 7 Whoso doeth these things : shall never fall.

Psalm 16. Conserva me, Domine. DReserve me, O God: for in thee have I put my trust.

P 2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord: thou art my God, my goods are nothing unto thee.

$ In this Psalm is pointed out to us what qualifica- monies: but that we ought also to thew forth its infutions were requisite for such as would serve God ac- ence upon our Lives and Conversations by becoming ceptably in his Tabernacle.

fruitful in all good Works; viz. by abstaining from * Lord wbo ball dwell in thy Tabernacle ? &c. From Slander, Injustice and Opprefion, by a strict adherence this instructive Psalm we learn that it is not sufficient to Sincerity and Uprightness, tho' it lould prove to for obtaining the divine favour that we be merely Prao our temporal disadvantage--and giving all due epo Jefjors of a pure and rational Religion : or that we couragement to Men of Virtue and Holiness Suchi conform ourselves ftri&lly to its outward Rites and Cere. even season tells us, are the distinguishing marks of Glory.

ļ3 All my delight is upon the faints that are in the earth: and upon such as excel in virtue.

4 But they that run after another god: shall have great trouble.

5 Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer: neither inake mention of their names within my lips.

6 The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: thou shalt maintain my lot.

7 The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground: yea, I have a goodly heritage.

8 I will thank the Lord for giving me warning: my reins also chasten me in the night-feafon.

9 * I have set God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.

16 Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced : my Aesh also shall rest in hope.

11 For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell: neither shalt thou suffer thy holy One to see corruption.

12 Thou shalt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy: and at thy right hand there is pleafure for everinore.

|| Psalm 17. Exaudi, Domine. I JEAR the right, o Lord, consider my complaint: and N hearken unto my prayer that goeth not out of feigned lips..

2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence: and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.

true Religion ; and they who are pollefled of them God strengthned, and cheered with the hope of being raised will one Day most affuredly acknowledge as his Fa- from death to a life of endles Happiness. From the vourites, and admit them as Citizens of the New Jerue interpretation of St. Peter and Paul in the ad and 13th Jalem. Whili to all mere nominal Believers, of whats of Acts David in this Pfalm represents Christ, prophecyever fe&, he will declare, I know you not, depart from ing concerning his own Resurrection, and cternal me all ye that work Iniquity.

$ In this Psalm David implores the divine protection, I have for God always before me, &c. i. e. by not as due to his Merit, but as an act of Mercy: pro- considering him as always present with him,- privy to mifing to fhew his Gratitude for God's goodness, by his most secret Thoughts, Words and Actions ; and an affectionate regard to all such as are truly religious; ready to help and allt him under all dangers and and an utter abhorrence of Idolatry and Prophane- distresses. “And would we hope to Mare in God's fa. nefs, acknowleding that Jehovah is the only true God, vour and protection, it is necessary that we live always his chief good, and the Author and Fountain of all as in his presence. good, by whom he is alifted, defended, governed, The royal Prophet in this Hyma intreats. God

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