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8 As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long since: that thou hast grounded them for ever.

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Consider mine adversity, and deliver me: for I do not

forget thy law. 2 Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me: quicken mo according to thy word.

3 Health is far from the ungodly : for they regard not thy statutes.

4 Great is thy mercy, O Lord : quicken me as thou art

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5 Many there are that trouble me, and perfecute me: yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.

6 It grieveth me when I see the transgreffors : because they keep not thy law.

7 Consider, O Lord, how I love thy commandments : O quicken me according to thy loving-kindness.

8 Thy word is true from everlasting: all the judgments of thy righteousness endure for evermore,

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Rinces have persecuted nie without a cause : but my

heart standeth in awe of thy word. 2 I am as glad of thy word : as one that findeth great fpoils,

3 As for lies, I hate and abhor them: but thy law do I love.

4 Seven times a day do I praise thee : because of thy righteous judgments.

5 Great is the peace that they have who love thy law : and they are not offended at it.

6 Lord, I have looked for thy saving health : and done after thy commandments.

7 My soul hath kept thy testimonies : and loved them exceedingly.

8 I have kept thy commandments and testimonies : for all my ways are before thee.

Appropinquet deprecatio.
ET my complaint come before thee, O Lord: give me

underitanding according to thy word. 2 Let my lupplication come before thee : deliver me according to thy word.

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557 3. My lips fhall speak of thy praise : when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

4 Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word : for all thy commandments are righteous.

5 Let thine hand help me: for I have chosen thy commandments.

6 I have longed for thy faving health , O Lord: and in thy law is my delight.

70 let my soul live and it shall praise thee : and thy judgments shall help me.

8 I have gone astray like a sheep that is loft: O feck thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.

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MORNING PRAY E R.
Psalm cxx.

Ad Dominum.
THEN I was in trouble, I called upon the Lord : and

he heard me. 2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips : and from a deceitful tongue.

3 What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou faile tongue : even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm cxix.) 1. In this psalm are set forth, the excellence of the law of God, and its most wonderful effects. David teaches us, that this divine law is the most perfect ; that it is a heavenly light which enlightens us; that it gives us understanding; that it purifies and rejoices the heart; that it supports us in afflictions; that it gives us unspeakable peace of conscience; and that it is infinitely better than all the treasures and riches in this world, 2. In this psalm we learn to distinguish good men. They are fincere and upright in their ways; they do that which is right; they walk in the law of the Lord, and meditate on it day and night; they love God and his word with all their heart; they abstain from evil, and from the company of the wicked ; they join themselves to the righteous; they are struck with terror at the fight of God's judgments; they traft in him, and are calm and patient under afli&tions. 3. Lastly, This psalm is full of many excellenc prayers, which should be continually in our mouths and in our hearts, begging God to enlighten our minds, to ieach us his law, to incline our hearts to obey him ; that he would take care of us, and guide us always by his providence and his holy Spirit.

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9.% THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 4 Wo is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Melech : and to have my habitation among che tengs of Kedar. 5

5 My fuul hach long dwelç among them : chat are enemies unto peace.

6 I labour for peace, but when I speak unto them thereof: they make them ready to batcle.

Psalm cxxi. Levavi oculos. Will lift up mine eyes unto the hills : from whence

I womedifmy Phelpine eyes unto the hills : from

2 My help cometh even from the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : and he that kcepeth thee will not neep.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel: Ihall neither Number nor Neep.

5 The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand

6 So that the sun shall not burn thee by day : neither the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil : yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in : from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm cxxii. Lætatus sum. Was glad when they said unto me : We will go into the

house of the Lord. 2 Our feet shall stand in thy gates : Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built as a city: that is at unicy in itself.

4 For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord: to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.

5 For there is the feat of judgment : even the seat of the house of David,

6 O pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee.

7 Peace be within thy walls; and plenteousness within thy palaces.

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559 8 For my brethren and companions fakes : I will with thee prosperity

9 Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God: I will seek to do thee good.

Psalm cxxiii. Ad te levavi oculos.
INTO thee lift I up mine eyes : O thou that dwellest

in the heavens.
2 Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand
of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hard
of her mistress : even so our eyes wait upon the Lord our
God, until he have mercy upon us.

3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us : for we are utterly despised.

4 Our soul is filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy: and with the despitefulness of the proud.

Psalm cxxiv. Nifi quia Dominus.
TF the Lord himself had not been on our fide, now may

Ifrael say: if the Lord himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us ;

2 They had swallowed us up quick : when they were so wrathfully displeased at us.

3 Yea, the waters had drowned us : and the strearn had gone over our Soul.

4 The decp waters of the proud : had gone even over

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5 But praised be the Lord: who hath not given us over for a prey unto their teeth.

6 Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the fnare of the fowler: the snare is broken, and we are deliver d.

7 Our help ftandeth in the Name of the Lord: who hath made heaven and earch.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm cxxiv.) This psalm is still better suited to the Christian than to the Jewish charch. What is here said, engages us to refle&t upon the different conditions the church of Christ has been in; and to consider, that notwithstanding the attempts which Satan and the world have made againA it, ever since its birth, it still sublifts. From whence we may conclude,

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Psalm cxxv. Qui confidunt.
HEY that put their trust in the Lord, shall be even

as the mount Sion : which may not be removed, but ftandeth fast for ever.

2 The hills stand about Jerusalem : even so standeth the Lord round about his people, from this time forth for ever

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• 3 For the rod of the ungodly cometh not into the lot of the righteous : left the righteous put their hand unto wickedness.

4 Do well, O Lord : unto those that are good and true of heart.

5 As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness : the Lord shall lead them forth with the evil-doers, but

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Psalm cxxvi. In convertendo.
HEN the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion :

then were we like unto them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter: and our tongue with joy.

3 Then said they among the heathen : The Lord hath done great things for them.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. that God will always be its strength and support, and will never permit it to be destroyed. Thus it is with all true believers, since it is impoffible God should forsake them, or cease to love them and take care of them.

Psalm cxxv.) This psalm represents to us in a few words the happy condition of those who fear God and put their trust in him. The pfalmift teaches us, that nothing can move them ; that God is always ready for their defence; that if he suffers them to be afflicted, he has regard to their weakness; and that he softens and shortens their troubles. He like vise affures us, that God always does good to the righteous, and to those that are upright in heart; whereas those who wander out of the right way, fall at lait into destruction. This meditation furnishes believers with powerful motives to be ever calm and serene, to put their whole confidence in od, and to be more strie attached to their duty.

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