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$ Let then be confounded and turned backward : as many as have evil will at Sion,

6 Let them be even as the grass growing upon the house-tops: which withereth afore it be plucked up;

7 Whereof the mower filleth not his hand : neither he that bindeth up the sheaves, his bofom.

8 So that they who go by say not so much as, The Lord prosper you: we wilh you good luck in the Name of the Lord.

Psalm cxxx. De profundis.
UT of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord:

Lord, hear 2 O let thine ears conlider well: the voice of my complaint.

3 If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord, who may abide it?

4 For there is mercy with thee: therefore thalt thou be feared.

5 I look for the Lord, my soul doth wait for him : in his word is my trust.

6 My soul fleeth unto the Lord : before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.

67 Maundrell says, “ Al! that occurred to us new in thefe days' travel was a particular way used by the country people in gathering their corn, it being now harvest-time. They plucked it up by handfuls from the roots.”

8] This refers to the custom of blessing the reapers at their work; of which we have an instance, Ruth ii. 4 ; " And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you: and they answered him, The Lord bless thee.” It may be remarked, after Merrick, that Hefiod describes one of these bad harvests in a similar manner; the small handfuls, the reaper sitting in order to lay hold of the short stalk, turning the roots opposite to each other, and to binding the sheaf for the same reason, and the few persons who should gaze on him when thus employed. There are two other circumstances highly characteristic, which it may not be improper to add; the reaper covered with duft when binding up the fheaves, and the whole scanty harvest carried home in baskets.

Psalm cxxx.) This is an affectionate devout prayer to God for mercy, pardon, and propitiation, together with a confident dependence upon Him for it. It seems to have been composed in the time of the captivity for deliverance out of it. This is the sixth penitential pfalm.

6] My soul hafteneth to the Lord from the morning watches, that is, from the tine when they hasten to their watches; in other words, the guards every morning that hasten to their watches are not earlier than I am in my daily addresses to God.

7 o Ifrael, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy: and with him is plenteous redemption. 8 And he shall redeem Israel : from all his sins.

Psalm cxxxi. Domine, non eft.
ORD, I am not high-minded : 1 have no proud looks.

2 I do not exercise myself in great matters : which are too high for me.

3 But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother : yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.

4 O Israel, trust in the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.

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Psalm cxxxii. Memento, Domine.
ORD, remember David: and all his trouble ;

2 How he sware unto the Lord : and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;

3 I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house: nor climb up into my bed ;

4 I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to lumber: neither the temples of my head to take any rest;

Psalm cxxxi.] David seems to have been the author of this psalm. He vindicates himself from the accusation of his enemies, that he designad mischief against Saul, and withed to obtain the throne for himfelf. It was used after the return from the captivity, as it was well adapted by its strain of humility and exprefhons of trust in God for those who had received great mercies.

3 Weaned child] I have endeavoured to wean myself from my natural affections and desires, as an infant is when he is estranged from his mother's breaft.

Psalm cxxxii.) This pfalm was probably composed by Solomon upon the building of the temple, as part of it, ver. 8, 9, 10, is interted in solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple, 1 Chron. vi. 41, 42. It records David's care of the ark, and God's promises made to him and his pofterity; and also the peculiar destination of Sion for the situation of the temple. After the return from the captivity, it was used when the walls were rebuilt.

3, 4, 5) If David's words are to be taken in a literal sense, is it not pofsible that he might on the very day in which he made his vow fix upon a place in which he determined to build the temple; though bis intention was afterwards fuperfeded by divine direction

5 Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord : an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

6 Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata : and found it in the wood.

7 We will go into his tabernacle : and fall low on our knees before his footstool.

8 Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place : thou, and the ark of thy strength.

9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness : and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.

10 For thy servant David's fake : turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.

II The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David : and he shall not shrink from it;

12 Of the fruit of thy body: shall I set upon thy feat.

13 If thy children will keep my covenant, and my tes. timonies that I shall learn them : their children also fall sit upon thy seat for evermore.

14 For the Lord hath chofen Sion to be an habitation for himself: he hath longed for her.

15 This shall be my rest for ever : here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.

16 I will bless her victuals with increase : and will fatisfy her poor with bread.

17 I will deck her priests with health : and her saints shall rejoice and fing.

18 There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.

19 As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Psalm cxxxiii. Ecce, quam bonum. BEH EHOLD, how good and joyful a thing it is : brethren,

to dwell together in unity! 6] I cannot offer any satisfactory explanation of this verse.

18] Luke i. 69, “ And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David." Psalm cxxxii) This short and pleasing psalm was composed either to

] recommend unity among the cribes of Israel, or to celebrate it when it had taken place.

2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard : even unto Aaron's beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.

3 Like as the dew of Hermon : which fell upon the bill of Sion.

4 For there the Lord promised his blefling: and life for evermore. Psalm cxxxiv.

Ecce nunc. BE EHOLD now, praise the Lord: all ye servants of

the Lord; 2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord : even in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary: and praise the Lord.

4 The Lord that made heaven and earth: give thee blessing out of Sion.

Psalm cxxxv. Laudate Nomen.
Praise the Lord, laud ye the Name of the Lord :

praise it, О ye servants of the Lord; 2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord: in the courts of the house of our God.

3 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.

4 For why? the Lord harh chosen Jacob unto himfelf: and Israel for his own possession.

5 For I know that the Lord is great: and that our Lord is above all gods.

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3)." As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Sion.” Bib. tranf. There is an absurdity in the translation, which makes the dew of Hermon, a mountain on one fide of Jordan, towards the eastern extremity of Canaan, descend on the mountain of Sion, which was situated on the other side of Jordan, at Jerufalem.

Psalm cxxxiv.! The three first verses of this psalm seem to be the voice of the people, or of fome devout person exciting the priests to be intent on their office of praising God, and praying for the people.

2 By night) Lev. vii. 35.

Pfalm cxxxv.] This is a thanksgiving to God for all his mercies and deliverances afforded to his people.

6 Whatsoever the Lord pleafed, that did hc in bcavca, and in earth : in the sea, and in all deep places.

7 He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world: and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasures.

8 He fmote the first-born of Egypt: both of man and beast.

9 He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt: upon Pharoah and all his servants.

10 He smote divers nations: and flew mighty kings ;

11 Sehon king of the Amorites, and Og the king of Bafan : and all the kingdoms of Canaan;

12 And gave their land to be an heritage: even aa heritage unto Israel his people.

13 Thy Name, O Lord, endureth for ever: fo doth thy memorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.

14 For the Lord will avenge his people: and be gra. cious unto his fervants.

15 As for the images of the heathen, they are but filver and gold : the work of men's hands.

16 They have mouths, and speak not: eyes have they, but they fee not.

27 They have ears, and yet they hear not: neither is there any breath in their mouths.

18. They that make them are like unto them : and so are all they that put their trust in them.

19 Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel : praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.

20 Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi : ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord,

21 Praised be the Lord out of Sion : who dwelleth al Jerusalem.

1) They who in old time paid their devotions to the elements, imagined these elements to be capable of giving or withholding rain at pleasure

. Therefore we find the prophet Jeremiah reclaiming that power to Jehorah, as the God who made and governed the world: " Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain, or can the heavens give sliowers ? Art not thou He, O Jehovah, our God? Therefore we will wait upon Thee ; for thou haft made all these things.” Jer. xiv. 22.

14] “ Will judge." Bib. trans. He will return to mercy and favour towards those with whom He was formerly displeased.

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