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Psalm x. Ut quid, Domine ?
HY ftandelt thou so far off, O Lord : and hidest

thy face in the needful time of trouble ?
2 The ungodly for his own lust doch persecute the poor :
let them be caken in the crafty wiliness that they have ima-
gined.

3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own hearts delire : and speaketh good of the covetous whom God abhorreth.

4. The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God: neither is God in all his thoughts.

5 His ways are alway grievous : thy judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.

6 For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down : there shall no harm happen unto.me.

7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud : under his congue is ungodliness and vapicy,

8 He fitteth lurking in the thievish.corners of the streets : and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent ; his eyes are set against the poor.

9 For he lieth waiting secretly, even as a lion lurkech he in his den: that he may ravish the poor.

10 He doth ravish the poor : when he getteth him into his net.

II He fallech down, and humbleth himself : that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.

12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten : he hideth away his face, and he will never fee it.

13 Arife, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand : forget not the poor.

14 Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God; while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou, God, carest not for it.

15 Surely thou hast seen it : for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.

16 That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee ; for thou art the helper of the friendlers,

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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 : chou prepareft their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto;

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

Psalm. xi. In Domino confido. N the Lord put I my trust : how say ye then to my soul, that she should flee 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 righteous done?

4 The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lord's seat 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 delighteth 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.

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

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. x.] The complaints which the faithful make in this pfalm, teach us not to be surprifed if we fee the righteous sometimes oppreffed, and the wicked succeed in their unjust and cruel designs. But this pfalm teaches us likewise, that God does not always suffer the proud and unjoft to prevail, båt takes vengeance on their crimes; and as for the meek and humble, that he beholds their afficions, hears their cries and never for fakes them.

Psal. xi.] 1. This psalm furnishes us with an example of the consdence which the righteous have in the Lord their God, who is their sure refuge, even when they are in the most deplorable condition, and know not what will become of thein.

2. King David teaches us, that God has his throne in th: heavens ; that he sees and knows both the good and the

wicked;

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Psalm xii. Salvum me fac. ELP me, Lord, for there is not one godly man left: for the faithful are minilhed from

among the children of men.

2 They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour : they do but fatter with their lips, and dissemble 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 congue will we prevail : we are they that ought to speak, who is lord over us?

5 Now for the comfortless troubles sake of the needy : and because 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 him at reft.

7 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.

Pfalm xiii. Usque quo, Domine ?
Ow long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever :

how long wilt thou hide thy face from me ?

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. wicked ; that his soul hates those that love unrighteousness ; that he will cause the fire of his vengeance to fall upon them; and as he is perfectly jut himself, he loves justice above all things, and always favours the upright.

Pfal. xii.) David's complaint of the small number of good people in his time, and his prayer to God upon that occasion, teach us, that when we see iniquity abound, and how little there remains of honety and fincerity among men, we ought to pray to God, that he would deliver us from the snares and malice of the wicked, and especially from imitating chem.

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

3. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God : lighten mirre eyes, that I neep not in death :

4 Lett 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 salvation.

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 xiv. Dixit infipiens.
HE fool hath said in his heart: There is no God.

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

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5 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues have they deceived: the poison of alps is under their lips.

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

7 Destruction and unhappiness is in their ways, and the way

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peace have they not known : there is no fear of God before their eyes.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psal. xiii.) This psalm is very proper for persons in amiction, and especially for those that labour under their fins, and are deprived of the fense of God's love. Such as are in this fad condition, should not despair, but rai her have recourse to God with confidence, implore his compassion, and bi seech him to comfort them, and enlighten them with his grace, left they fink onir tie load of their amictions; and when God has de livered them, it is their duty to celebrate his mercy, and praise him for all his goodnes.

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405 8 Have they no knowledge, that they are all such workers of mischief: eating 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.

10 As for you, ye have made a mock at the counsel of the poor : because he puitech his trust in the Lord.

1 Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion ? When the Lord turneth the captivity of his people: then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

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Psalm xv. Domine, quis babitabit ?
ORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle : or who shall

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2 Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doth the
thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
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He that hath ufed no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour: and hath not Nandered his neighbour.

4. He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own cyes : and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.

5 He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointech 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.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfal. xiv.] David's description of the men of his time, agrees in many respects with what we see among Christians ; among whom fo few seek God sincerely, and so many live as if they believed there where no God. Therefore we ought seriously to meditate upon what is said in this pfalm, that we may be preserved from such corruption ; to which end we ought to consider, as David here teaches, that if the wickedness and depravation of men is great, God will take vengeance; and that in the worst of times, there are always some faithful and righteous men that fear God, who partake of his love and protection.

Psal. xv.] This very instructive pfalm teaches us, that God will not admit all men into his presence, nor esteem them true members of his

church;

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