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let them be covered with shame and dishonour, that seek to do me evil.
12 As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.
13 My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and falvation: for I know no end thereof.
14 I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God; * and will make mention of thy righteousness only.
15 Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.
16 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am grayheaded: until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
19 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high: and great things are they that thou hast done; O God, who is like unto thee?
18 what great troubles and adversities hast thou shewed me! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me: yca, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.
19 Thou hast brought me to great honour: and comforted ine on every fide.
20 Therefore will I praise thee and thy faithfulness, o God, - playing upon an instrument of musick: unto thee will I sing upon the harp, 0 thou holy One of Israel.
21 My lips will be fain when I sing unto thee: and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.
22 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, and brought unto shame, that seek to do me evil.
| Psalm 72. Deus, judicium. D IVE the king thy judgments, O God: and thy righteousness
J unto the kings son. * And will make mention of thy Righteousness only. places of Scripture (when it relates to Ged) fignifies, The word kighteoufnefs here as well as in many other saving Mercy, or preserving goodness: And this pallage
2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor.
3 The mountains also shall bring peace: and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
A He Thall keep the simple folk by their right: defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong doer.
5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endureth: from one generation to another. .6 *He Thall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth.
7 In his time shall the righteous flourish: yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.
8 His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other: and from the flood unto the worlds end.
o They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him: his enemies shall lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tharsis, and of the isles shall give presents: the kings of Arabia, and Saba shall bring gifts.
11 All kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall do him fervice,
12 For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper.
13 He shall be favourable to the simple and needy: and shall preferve the souls of the poor.
He thall deliver their fouls from falfhood and wrong: and dear fhall their blood be in his fight.
implies that David would always gratefully acknows him to govern his People: describing, at the same ledge the divine goodness towards him in delivering time, the future glory and extent of Solomon's King. him from his Enemies : ascribing the glory to God, and dom, and the happiness his Subjects would enjoy under to him alone. Such is the conduct of him whore Heart him. Yet, several of the antient Yewih Writers is daly affected with a sense of God's Mercics.
allow that this Psalm relates, in a more exalted fenfe, This Psalm was probably wrote a little before to the Meffiah. David's death, when he had declared Solomon to be * He shall come down like the Rain, &c. This may his fucceffor, had ordered him to be anointed by Zadoc, be applied in a temporal tense to Solomon's wise admin and publickly inauqurated, 1 Kings i. Hercin he com- nistration of justice, whereby his Kingdom and People mends his Son to God, beseeching him to cndue him should flourish and increase. But it Teems to be molt with such Wisdom and Righteousness as would enable perfectly fulfilled in the influence which Christ's Dop. trine hath upon all true Believers : by which they are the prosperity of the Wicked, and the affli&tions o rendered fruitful in every good Work, increasing with the Righteous. For that the felicity of the Wicked the increase of God, Col. i. 10. See also lsaiah lv. 10, 11. is, at best, but fleeting, transitory and unsubstantial ;
15 He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia: prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall he be praised.
16 There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills: his fruit shall shake like Libanus, and shall be green in the city like grass upon the earth.
17 His Name shall endure for ever, his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities: which shall be blessed through him, and all the heathen shall praise him.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel: which only doeth wondrous things ; . 19 And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever: and all the earth shall be filled with his Majesty. Amen, Amen.
E V ENING P R A Y E R.
Psalm 73. Quam bonus Ifrael! TRULY God is loving unto Ifrael: even unto such as are of 1 a clean heart.
2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone: my treadings had well-nigh slipt.
3 And why? I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in luch prosperity.
4 For they are in no peril of death: but are lusty and strong.
5 They come in no misfortune like other folk: neither are they plagued like other men.
6 And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride: and overwhelmed with cruelty.
7 Their eyes swell with fatness: and they do even what they luft.
8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy: their talking is against the most High.
ll This Plalm teacheth us how we ought to judge of whereas the Righteous enjoy comfort and peace, amida
9 For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven: and their tongue goeth through the world.
10 Therefore fall the people unto them: and thereout fuck they no small advantage.
in Tush, say they, how should God perceive it: is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have' riches in poffeffion : aud I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and washed mine hands in innocency.
13 All the day long have I been punished : and chastened every morning:
14 Yea, and I had almost said even as they: but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.
15 Then thought I to understand this: but it was too hard for
16 Until I went into the fanctuary of God: then understood I the end of these men;
17 Namely, how thou dost set them in Nippery places : and castest them down, and destroyest them.
18 Oh how suddenly do they consume: perish, and come to a fearful end ! .. .
19 Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh fo shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city...
20 Thus my heart was grieved: and it went even through my reins.
21 So foolish was I, and ignorant: even as it were a beast before thee. i.
22 Nevertheless, I am alway by thee: for thou hast holden me by my right hand.
:23 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel: and after that receive me with glory.
their deepelt distresses, from the considération that they cious God, who will make all things work together for are under the continual care and protection of a gra- gooá to them that love him.
24 * Whom have I in heaven but thee: and there is none upon earth, that I desire in comparison of thee. .
25 My Hesh, and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
26 For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish: thou haft destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee.
27 But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God: and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
|| Pfalm 74. Ut quid, Deus ? GOD, wherefore art thou absent frorn us so long: why is U thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture?
2 O think upon thy congregation whom thou hast purchased, and redeemed of old.
3 Think upon the tribe of thine inheritance: and mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
4 Lift up thy feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every ene. my: which hath done evil in thy fanctuary.
'5 Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations: and fet up their banners for tokens.
6 He that hewed timber afore out of the thick trees: was known to bring it to an excellent work.
7 But now they break down all the carved work thereof: with axes and hammers.
8 They have fet fire upon thy holy places: and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.
9 Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havock of them altogether: thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.
: * Whom have I in Beaven but thee, &c. “ If a Man The destruction of the Temple feems to have been " were to chuse a Happiness for himself, (Says Dr. Tit. the occafion of this Pfalm in which the Jewish Nation “ lotfon, on this passage,) and were to ransack Heaven describes the melancholy fituation to which it is redu" and Earth for it; atter all his search and enquiry he ced in its captivity-implores the affiftance of the Al. *** would at last fix upon God, as the chief happiness mighty, and is comforted with the consideration of 6 of Man, and the true and only ret and center of our the deliverances he had formerly granted to that peo4 Soul."
ple, and the proofs of his power in the order of the