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2 For thine arrows stick fast in nie: and thy hand presseth me fore.

3. There is no health in my flesh, because of thy displeasure : neither is there any rest in my bones by reason of my fin.

4 For my wickednesses are gone over my head: and are like a fore burden, too heavy for me to bear.

5 My wounds stink, and are corrupt : through my foolishness.

6 I am brought into fo great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.

loins are filled with a fore disease: and there is no whole part in my body.

8 I am feeble, and fore smitten: I have roared for the very difquietness of my heart.

: 9 Lord, thou knowest all my desire': and my groaning is not hid from thee.

10 My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me: and the fight of mine eyes is gone from me.

11 My lovers and my neighbours did stand looking upon my trouble: and my kinsmen stood afar off 12 They also that sought after '

my life, laid snares for me: and they that went about to do me evil, talked of wickedness, and imagined deceit all the day long.

13 As for me, I was like a deaf man, and heard not: and as one that is dumb, who doth not open his mouth.

14 I became even as a man that heareth not: and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15 For in thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: thou shalt answer for me, O Lord my God. ness of his Crimes expresses the utmost sorrow and it seem as if David was affliated with some bodily diso concern for them; represents himself as utterly de temper: yet, according to the genius of the Hebrew pief d under the load of his iniquities, forsaken by Language (which frequently describes inward percepHi Fri nds, and persecuted by his Enemies. He there- tions by bodily sensations) it only implies, that he fore humbly applies to God for pardon and deliver was deeply affected with grief from a sense of his

Sins: infomuch that the burden of them was moc are filled with a fore d fease, &c. Tho' than he was able to bear.-Surely that pleasure is dear shis and some other passages in this Psalm may make bought that is attended with so much pain! yet happy

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16. I have required that they, even mine enemies, should not triumph over me: for when my foot slipped, they rejoiced greatly against me.

17 And I, truly, am set in the plague: and my heaviness is ever in my fight.

18 For I will confess my wickedness: and be sorry for my sin.

19 But mine enemies live, and are mighty: and they that hate me wrongfully, are many in number.

20 They alfo that reward evil for good, are against me: because I follow the thing that good is.

21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far from me. 22 Hafte thee to help me: O Lord God of my salvation.

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tongue. 2. I will keep my mouth: as it were with a bridle: while the ungodly is in my fight.

3 I held my tongue, and spake nothing I kept filence, yea, even From good words; but it was pain and grief to me.

4 My heart was hot within ine, and while I was thus mufing, the fire kindled:, and at the laft I spake with my tongue.

5. Lord, let me know my end, and the number of my days: that I may be certified how long I have to live.

6 Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span longa and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee, and yerily every man living is altogether vanity.

7. For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquietetli himserf in vain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them. are they who, after imitating David in their crimes these Temptations by confidering the fortrets of Tefemble him equally in their Repentance!

this life and the vanity of all worldly enjoyment, | David declares in this Psalm ihat he had made a beseeches God to pardon his Sins, and deliver him Srm resolution not to murmur at the prosperity of the from his afflictions; and humbly fubmits to the chosen Wicked nor his own sufferings that he had overcome tisements inficted upon him.

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8 And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is, even in thee.

9 Deliver ne from all mine offences: and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.

I became dumb, and opened not my mouth; for it was thy doing.

11 Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.

12 When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for fin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.

13. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears.

14 For I ain a stranger with thee, and a sojourner: as all my fathers were.

15 O fpare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before hence, and be no more feen.

§ Pfalm 40. Expe&tans expectavi. Waited patiently for the Lord: and he inclined unto me, and heard

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calling 2 He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay: and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.

3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth: even a thankfgiving unto our God.

4 Many shall see it, and fear: and shall put their trust in the Lord.

5 Blessed is the man that hąth set his hope in the Lord: and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.

6 O Lord my God, great are the wonderous works which thou hast done, like as be also thy thoughts which are' to us-ward.; and yet

there no man that ordereth them unto thee. * I became dumb and opened not my Mouth, &c. Holiness-This ought to be a continual motive to paWhen we consider that all our afflictions come upon tience and refignation. us, not by chance, but by the permission and direction of The royal Prophet here praises God for the deli. an infinitely wise and good' God, who always designs verances and favours he had receiv d through his good. them for our profit, ibat we may be darlákers of bis sels--devotes himself to his serviceam and acknowded.

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8 * Sacrifice, and meat-offering thou wouldest not : but mine ears hast thou opened.

9 Burnt-offerings, and facrifice for fin haft thou not required: then said I, Lo, I come.

10 In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O my God: I am content to do it, yea, thy law is within my heart,

11 I have declared thy righteousness in the congregation : lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowest.

12 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart: my talk hath been of thy truth, and of thy salvation.

I have not kept back thy loving mercy and truth: from the great congregation.

14 Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord: let thy loving kindnefs, and thy truth alway preserve me.

15 For innumerable troubles are come about me; my sins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up: yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my

heart hath failed me.

16 O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me: make hafte, o Lord, to help me

17 Let them be ashamed, and confounded together, that seek after my soul to destroy it: let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil.

18 Let them be desolate, and rewarded with shame: that say unto me,

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thee. ges that by submission to the will of God. rather This and the two following verses are applied in a than by Sacrifices he hoped to be accepted_He vows prophetical lense to Cbrift, by St. Paul in Heb. x. and to praise God in the most publick mander, beseeches are defigned to prove that the rites and ceremonies of him to aft him in his affictions and dangers, and the Law of Moses, are abolished by the coming, and

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above all to deliver him from his Sins.

19 Let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say alway, The Lord be praised.

20 As for me, I am poor and needy: but the Lord careth

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be blessed upon earth: and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.

3 The Lord comfort him when he lieth fick upon his bed: make thou all his bed in his fickness.

4 - I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul, for I have finned against thee.

5 Mine enemies speak evil of me: When shall he die, and his name perish?

6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: and his heart conceiveth falshood within himself, and when he cometh forth, he telleth it.

7 All mine enemies whisper together against me: even against me do they imagine this evil.

8. Let the sentence of guiltiness proceed against him: and now that he lieth, let him rise up no more.

9 *Yea, even mine own familiar friend, whom I trusted: who did also eat of my bread, hath laid great wait for me.

# The Pfalmift here pronounces particular blessings passage our Saviour himself quotes as, a prophecy conon those that behave themselves charitably towards the cerning the treachery of Judas, John, xiii. 18. Let us ami&ed; and complains of the cruelty of his Ene- take heed that the base ingratitude of that Traytor mies, and even of those who had been "his pretended be not chargeable upon us through forsaking our alFriends; who instead of compassionating his miseries, legiance to be Lord that bought us ; and giving up ourwished for his death, and reprefented his calamities as felves to the dominion of our finful Lufts and Ap. the punishment of his crimes.

petites, Yea, even mine own familiar Friend, &c. This.

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