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47 What man is he that liveth, and fhall not fee death: and fhall he deliver his foul from the hand of hell?

48 Lord, where are thy old loving kindneffes: which thou fwareft unto David in thy truth?

49 Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy fervants have: and how I do bear in my bofom the rebukes of many people;

50 Wherewith thine enemies have blafphemed thee, and flandered the footsteps of thine Anointed: praised be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

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Pfalm 90. Domine, refugium.

ORD, thou haft been our refuge from one generation to



2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.

3 Thou turneft man to deftruction: again thou fayeft, Come again, ye children of men.


4 For a thousand years in thy fight are but as yesterday: feeing that is paft as a watch in the night.

5 As foon as thou scattereft them, they are even as a fleep: and fade away fuddenly like the grafs.

6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.

This Pfalm was compofed by Mofes, probably whilft the Uraelites were in the Wilderness, and at the time of fome public Mortality, when God was


7 For we consume away in thy difpleasure: and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.

8 Thou haft fet our misdeeds before thee: and our fecret fins in the light of thy countenance.

9 For when thou art angry, all our days are gone: we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.

executing his vengeance against them for their per verfenefs as threatned in the 14th Chap. of Numbers. In which he seriously reflects In which he feriously reflects upon the many examples

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10 The days of our age are threefcore years and ten; and though men be fo ftrong that they come to fourfcore years: yet is their ftrength then but labour and forrow; fo foon paffeth it away, and we are gone.

But who regardeth the power of thy wrath: for even thereafter as a man feareth, fo is thy displeasure.

12 So teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13 Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last: and be gracious unto thy fervants.

14 O fatisfy us with thy mercy, and that foon: so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

15 Comfort us again, now after the time that thou haft plagued us: and for the years wherein we have fuffered adverfity.

16 Shew thy fervants thy work: and their children thy glory. 17 And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: profper thou the work of our hands upon us, O profper thou our handy-work.

|| Pfalm 91. Qui habitat.

HOSO dwelleth under the defence of the moft High: fhall abide under the fhadow of the Almighty.


2 I will fay unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold: my God, in him will I trust.

3 For he fhall deliver thee from the fnare of the hunter: and from the noisome peftilence.

4 He fhall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be fafe under his feathers: his faithfulness and truth fhall be thy fhield and buckler.

toon Letore nim of God's difpleasure against Sin, and
by fervent Prayer endeavours to engage the divine
mercy and protection towards the People for the future.

So teach us to number cur Days, &c. He that
ferioufly and frequently confiders how bort the time is
which we have to pafs in this World, and how long
that Eternity of happiness or mifery as which is to
fucceed it, will be aloft neceffarily induced to apply

his Heart to Wisdom, i. e. to the practice of Religion and Holiness. What pity is it then that that which is our greatest concern, hould, by many, be least thought of!

This Pfalm can never be fufficiently admired for the peculiar elegance and fublimity both of its language and fentiment. The fubject of it is the fecurity victory, and reward of the Virtuous.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: nor for the arrow that flleth by day;


6 For the peftilence that walketh in darknefs: nor for the ficknefs that deftroyeth in the noon-day.


7 A thousand shall fall beside theè, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it fhall not come nigh thee. 78 Yea, with thine eye fhalt thou behold: and fee the reward of the ungodly.

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9 For thou, Lord, art my hope: thou haft fet thine house of defence very high.

10 There fhall no evil happen unto thee: neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 *For he fhall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They fhall bear thee in their hands: that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon fhalt thou tread under thy feet.

14 Because he hath fet his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will fet him up, because he hath known my Name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him: yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour. 16 With long life will I fatisfy him: and fhew him my salva


§ Pfalm 92.

Bonum eft confiteri.

T is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to fing

"I praifes unto thy Name, O moft Higheft;

For he fhall give his Angels charge over thee, &c. This paffage Satan quoted in order to induce our Saviour to caft himself down from a Pinnacle of the Temple, Mat. ii. And tho' our Lord very properly repulfed the Temptation by another quotation: yet ve y good Chriftian may juftly hope for the fupport and protection of God and his Angels amidst dangers and diftreffes that are not of his own procuring. But if we rafhly and unneceffarily expofe ourselves to troubles and difficulties in conndence of a fupernatu

ral deliverance; we thereby tempt God, and muft expect to reap the fruits of our Faits."

This Pfalm was par.icularly compofed to be fung upon the Sabbath Day. The Ffa mit berein joyfully celebrates the wonderful works of God; but especially the wife condutt of his Providence towards the Wicked and the Righteous: reprefenting that though the Wicked may flourish fo. a time, yet they are rooted out at the lat; whereas the Righteous partak enti nually and abundantly in God's favour and protection.

2 To tell of thy loving kindness early in the morning: and of thy truth in the night-season;

3 Upon an inftrument of ten ftrings, and upon the lute: upon a loud inftrument, and upon the harp.

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4 For thou, Lord, haft made me glad through thy works: and

I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.


O Lord, how glorious are thy works: thy thoughts are very deep. 6 An unwife man doth not well confider this: and a fool doth' not understand it.

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7 When the ungodly are green as the grafs, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish: then fhall they be destroyed for ever; but thou, Lord, art moft Highest for evermore..


8 For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies fhall perish: and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.,

9 But mine horn fhall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn: for I am anointed with fresh oil.

10 Mine eye alfo fhall fee his luft of mine enemies: and mine ear fhall hear his defire of the wicked that arise up against me.

II The righteous fhall flourish like a palm-tree: and fhall fpread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.

13 Such as be planted in the houfe of the Lord: fhall flourish in the courts of the houfe of our God.

14 They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age: and fhall be fat and well liking.

15 That they may fhew how true the Lord my ftrength is: and that there is no unrighteoufness in him.

‡ Pfalm 93. Dominus regnavit.

HE Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel: the
Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himself withstrength.


It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, &c. To celebrate the praifes of God ought defervedly to be a part of every Days employment; but especially of the Lord's Day: which was defigne. not fo much to afford a fluggish eafe to the Body, as an enlivening

relt to the Mind, that Man being detached from all worldly Bufinefs, might collect all his faculties to me ditate upon and celebrate the works of Ged.

The removal of the Ak to Mount Sion is fuppofed to have been the occafion of this Pfalm; in which the

2 He hath made the round world fo fure: that it cannot be moved.

3 Ever fince the world began hath thy feat been prepared: thou art from everlasting.

4 The floods are rifen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice: the floods lift up their waves.

5 The waves of the fea are mighty, and rage horribly: but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.

6 Thy teftimonies, O Lord, are very fure: holiness becometh thine house for ever.

Pfalm 94. Deus ultionum.

Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth: thou God, to whom vengeance belongeth, fhew thyself.


2 Arife, thou Judge of the world: and reward the proud after their deferving.

3 Lord, how long fhall the ungodly: how long shall the ungodly triumph?

4 How long fhall all wicked doers fpeak fo difdainfully: and make fuch proud boasting?

5 They fmite down thy people, O Lord: and trouble thine heritage.

6 They murder the widow, and the stranger: and put the fatherlefs to death.

7 And yet they fay, Tufh, the Lord fhall not fee: neither fhall the God of Jacob regard it.

8 Take heed, ye unwife among the people: O ye fools, when will understand?


Prophet celebrates the Majefty of God, and the Sovereign power by which he governs the World, and particularly his People

From the nature of this Pfalm it feems to have been compofed in the Babylonifh captivity, or under fome other grievous oppreffion. The Pfalmift here defcribing the distress to which the Ifraelites were

reduced by the cruelty of their Enemies; whofe in folence, impiety and blafphemies he represents i very ftriking light. He however adores the wildom and goodness of God in the chaftifements he had in flicted upon his People; and foretels their deliverance and the deftruction of their Enemies.


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