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6 They go to and fro in the evening: they grin like a dog, and run about through the city.

7 Behold, they fpeak with their mouth, and swords are in their lips: for who doth hear ?

8 But thou, O Lord, shalt have them in derision: and thou fhalt laugh all the heathen to scorn.

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12 For the sin of their mouth, and for the words of their lips they shall be taken in their pride: and why? their preaching is of cursing and lies.

13 Consume them in thy wrath, consunie them, that they may perilh: and know that it is Gud that ruleth in Jacob, and unto the ends of the world.

14 And in the evening they will return: grin like a dog, and will go

about the city. 15 They will run here and there for meat: and grudge if they be not satisfied.

16 As for me, I will fing of thy power, and will praise thy mercy betimes in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

17. Unto thee, O my strength, will I fing: for thou, O God, art my refuge, and my merciful God.

|| Psalm 60. Deus, repulisti nos. GOD, thou hast cast us out, and scattered us abroad: thou

haft also been displeased, O turn thee unto us again Saul: from whence we learn, that the Prayers of the | This Psalm seems to have been occasioned by the faithful, and their confidence in God is never in vain. calamities and public distresses to which the Israelites

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2 Thou hast moved the land and divided it: heal the fores there. of, for it shaketh.

3 Thou hast shewed thy people heavy things : thou hast given us a drink of deadly wine.

4. Thou hast given a token for such as fear thee: that they may triumph because of the truth.

5 Therefore were thy beloved delivered : l:elp me with thy right hand, and hear me.

6 God hath spoken in his holiness, I will rejoice, and divide Sichem i and mete out the valley of Succoth.

7 Gilead is mine, and Manaffes is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of my head : Judah is my law-giver.

8 * Moab is my washpot, over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philiftia, be thou glad of me.

9 Who will lead me into the strong city : who will bring me into Edom?

10 Haft not thou cast us out, O God: wilt not thou, O God, go out with our hosts ?

11 O be thou our help in trouble : for vain is the help of man,

12 Through God will we do great acts: for it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

§ Psalm 61. Exudi, Deus.
EAR my crying, O God: give ear unto my prayer.

2 From the ends of the earth will I call upon thee: when my heart is in heaviness.

3 O set me upon the rock that is higher than I : for thou haft been my hope, and a strong tower for me against the enemy. has been expoled, by their Wars against the AmoritesThis is a figurative ex preslión fignifying chat he would

and Syrians ; 2 Sam. viii. wh n God for a reduce these Countries to the lowest degree of llavery Time appeared to have deserted his People for their and subjection. Sins. David therefore earnestly intreats God in their $ In this Psalm David recommends himfelf and behalf; and, as f he had really obtained his petitions, his Kingdom to God's protection, by whom, he afferts, reckons vp the Victories they would assuredly gain Kingdoms are founded and established, and pious Rus over their Enemies: properly ascribing them, not to lers are defended; and vows eternal thanks to the Al. their own ftrength, but to the divine power and good- mighty for his goodness towards him.

I Hear my crying, O God, &c. Behold with what * Moab is my Wampot, over Edom will I caft, &c earnesness tie Pfalmift calls upon God for his help

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4 I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever : and my trust shall be under the covering of thy wings.

5 For thou, O Lord, hast heard my desires: and hast given an heritage unto those that fear thy name.

6 Thou shalt grant the King a long life : that his years may endure throughout all generations.

He shall dwell before God for ever : O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him.

8 So will I always sing praise unto thy name: that I may daily perform my vows.

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| Psalm 62. Nonne Deo. soul truly waiteth still upon God: for of him cometh my

falvation. 2 He verily is my strength and my salvation : he is my defence so that I shall not greatly fall. 3 How long will ye imagine mischief against every man: ye

shall be slain all the sort of you ; yea, as a tottering wall shall ye be, and like a broken hedge.

4 Their device is only how to put him out, whom God will exalt: their delight is in lies, they give good words with their mouth, but curse with their heart.

5 Nevertheless, my soul, wait thou still upon God : for any hope is in him.

6 He truly is my strength and my fálvation : he is my defence, so that I shall not fall.

In God is my health and my glory: the rock of my might, and in God is my trust. ang protection ! confidering him as his only deliverer || David professes in this Psalm that his confidence and iupport amidtt his Afdictions: and in him alone in God afforded him folid peace and tranquility of muft we hope to find sure confolation in such circum- Mind : and earneitly advises not to trust in Men, nor Atances; happy therefore are they that sincerely obey, worldly enjoyments, but in God alone, who is the

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8 O put your trust in him alway, ye people : pour out your learts before him, for God is our hope.

9 As for the chi dren of men, they are but vanity: the children of men are deceitful upon the weights, they are altogether lighter than va: ity itself.

10 O trust not in wrong and robbery, give not yourselves unto yanity : if riches increase, let not your heart upon

them. * God spake once, and twice I have also heard the fame : that power belongeth unto God;

12 And that thou, Lord, art merciful: for thou rewardest every man according to his work.

|| Pfalm 63. Deus, Deus meus. GOD, thou art my God: early will I seek thee.

2 My soul thirstech for thee, my flcíh also longeth after thee: in a barren and dry land where no water is.

3 Thus have I looked for thee in holiness: that I might behold thy power and glory.

4 For thy loving kindness is better than the life itfelf: my lips shall praise thee.

5 As long as I live will I magnify thee on this manner: and list up my hands in thy Name.

6 + My soul shall be satisfied even as it were with marrow and fatnefs: when my mouth praiseth thee with joyful lips.

7 Have I not remembered thee in my bed: and thought upon thee when I was waking ?

8 Because thou hast been my helper: therefore under the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

God spake once and twice I have, &c. This figni dah, expresies a most ardent defize of returning to the fies that God alone is poffeffed of power cffentially, place of God's publick worship: but at the lame time and therefore he only is able to support and preserve is filled with unipeakab.e joy from a sense of God's us. For tho' our fellow Creatures or the Things of goodness towards him, and in the exercise cf Religion ; this World are made instruments through him for our tu mly truiling that he ihall obtain a happy restoratiun. welfare: yet that in themselves they are vain, and # 'My Soul jhall be jatisfied, 3. Worldly plealu.es cannot profit us. How strongly thould this confidera are transient, temporary, and unsubitantiai: but the țion inspire us with a religious fear, and trust in the exercises of Religion to a tuiy good Man yield a

delight which is latting, folid, and jacisfactory : a deThe royal Prophet being an Exile from Jerusalem, light, which even Atil.ction is not able to deprive him. and forced to cunceal himsvif in the Wilderness of Jue of.

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10 These also that seek the hurt of my soul : They Thall der the earth.

II Let them fall upon the edge of the sword : that they may be a portion for foxes.

12 But the King shall rejoice in God; all they also that swear by him, shall be commended : for the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

§ Psalm 64. Exaudi, Deus. EAR my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from

the fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the gathering together of the froward : and from the insurrection of wicked doers.

3. Who have whet their tongue like a sword : and foot out their arrows, even bitter words.

4 That they may privily shoot at him that is perfect : suddenly do they hit him, and fear not.

5 They encourage themfelves in mischief: and commune among themselves how they may lay snares, and say, that no man shall fee them.

6 They imagine wickedness, and practise it: that they keep secret among themselves every man in the deep of his heart.

7 But God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow: that they shall be wounded.

8. Yea, their own tongue shall make thein fall; insomuch that whoso seeth them shall laugh them to scorn.

9 And all men that see it shall say, This hath God done: for they shall perceive that it is his work.

The Pfalmift here deicribes the Malice, the discovery of their iniquitous designs: yet some very Calumnies, and mischievous designs of his Enemies; remarkable instances of his Providence are upon reand foretels their ruin which he says will be manifest cord, in this respect; in which we may, 'as it were, to all, and be a cause of rejoicing to the Righteous. plainly behold the Finger of God. The In entors

| Yra their own Tongues mall make them fall, &c. of mischief being made the revealers of their own Tho' it does not please God always to interpole for the villanies ; and brought to deftru&tion through their panishment of the Wicked, in this Wòria, and the own accusations.

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