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Psalm cxliii. Domine, exaudi.
EAR my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire:

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2 And enter not into judginent with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul, he hath smitten my life down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.

4. Therefore is my spirit vexed within me : and my heart within me is desolate.

5 Yet do I remember the time past; I mufe upon all thy works: yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.

6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee : my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.

7 Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like into them that

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down into the pit. 8 O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust: Thew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.

9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies : for I flee unto thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God : let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into , the land of righteousness.

11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Name's fake: and for thy righteousness' fake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And of thy goodness slay mine enemies : and destroy all them that vex my soul : for I am thy servant.

Psalm cxliii.] This pfalm was composed by David at the time of his being persecuted by Saul in the cave of Engeddi. This is the seventh penitential pfalm.

11, 12] The verbs in the two latt verses should be rendered in the future, " thou shalt quicken, &c." and then the psalm will end as usual, with an act of faith and assurance that all those mercies which have been aked Ahall be obtained ; that God, for the sake of his name and his rightcoufness, of his glory and his faithfulness in the performance of his promises, will not fail to be favourable and gracious to his fervants.

MORNING PRAYER.

Psalm cxliv. Benedictus Dominus. LESSED be the Lord my strength : who teachech

my hands to war, and my fingers to fight; 2 My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in whom I trust : who subdueth my people that is under me.

3 Lord, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him: or the son of man, that thou so regardest him?

4 Man is like a thing of nought : his time passeth away like a shadow.

5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down : touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

6 Cast forth thy lightning, and tear them : shoot out chine arrows, and consume them. 7 Send down thine hand from above : deliver me,

and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strange children;

8 Whose mouth talketh of vanity: and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.

9 will fing a new song unto thee, O God: and fing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.

10 Thou bast given victory unto kings : and haft delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.

11 Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children : whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity.

12 That our fons may grow up as the young plants : and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple.

13 That our garners may be full and plenteous with all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our streets.

Psalm cxliv.] It appears from ver. 2 and 10, that this psalm was composed by David after his accession to the throne. He prays for deliverance from his enemies, and for the prosperity of his people, founded 00 his former experience of God's interposition.

13 Streets) Folds or pastures without doors, or in the open air. This is the full import of the original word.

14 That our oxen may be strong to labour, that there be no decay: no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets,

15 Happy are the people that are in such a case : yea, blessed are the people who have the Lord for their God.

Psalm cxlv. Exaltabo te, Deus. I Will magnify thee, O God, my King: and I will

praise thy Name for ever and ever. 2 Every day will I give thanks unto thee : and praise thy Name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord, and marvellous, worthy to be praised : there is no end of his greatness.

4 One generation shall praise thy works unto another : and declare thy power.

5 As for me, I will be talking of thy worship : thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works ;

6 So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts: and I will also tell of thy greatness.

7 The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be Thewed : and men shall sing of thy righteousness.

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful : long-suffering, and of great goodness.

9 The Lord is loving unto every man : and his mercy is over all his works.

10 All thy works praise thee, O Lord : and thy saints give thanks unto thee.

1 They shew the glory of thy kingdom : and talk of thy power ;

12 That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom: might be known unto men.

13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom ; and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.

Pfalm cxlv.] Hitherto in this divine book we have been presented with checkered scenes of danger and deliverance, distress and mercy. The voice of complaint has sometimes been succeeded by that of thanklgiving; and praise at other times has termiņated in prayer. But now, as if the days of mourning in Zion were ended, henceforth we seem not to be upon earth, but in heaven, mingling with celestial spirits around the throne, and finging as in the following hymn.

14 The Lord upholdeth all such as fall : and lifteth up all those that are down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord: and thou givest them their meat in due season.

16 Thou openest thine hand : and fillest all things living with plenteousness.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways: and holy in all his works.

18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him: yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.

19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will help them.

20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord : and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.

Psalm cxlvi. Lauda, anima mea.

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praise the Lord: yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto my God. 2 Oput not your trust in princes, nor in any

child of man : for there is no help in them.

3 For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth : and then all his thoughts perish.

4 Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help; and whose hope is in the Lord his God;

5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is : who keepeth his promise for ever;

6 Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong: who feedeth the hungry.

15 The eyes of all] This figure is the same as that which is employed in psalm cxxiii. Behold, as the eyes of servapts look unto the hands of their matters, &c.

18 Faithfully) It fignifies the conftancy of the address, not giving up the petition when it is not immediately granted, but enforcing it with importunity.

Psalm cxlvi.] This is another folemn form of prafing God, his great power and mercy, his patronage to all that are in distress, bis judgments, and the eternity of his kingdom. It is thought to have been composed at the return from the captivity

7 The Lord looseth men out of prison : the Lord giveth sight to the blind.

8 The Lord helpeth them that are fallen : the Lord careth for the righteous.

9 The Lord careth for the strangers; he defendeth the fatherless and widow: as for the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upside down.

10 The Lord thy God, o Sion, shall be King for evermore : and throughout all generations.

EVENING PRAYER.

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Psalm cxlvii. ' Laudate Dominum.
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prases unto our God: yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.

2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: and gather together the cutcasts of Israel.

3 He healeth those that are broken in heart : and giveth medicine to heal their fickness.

4. He telleth the number of the stars : and calleth them all by their names.

5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power : yea, and his wisdom is infinite.

6 The Lord setteth up the meek : and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.

7 O sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving : sing praises upon the harp unto our God;

8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth : and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men.

2] It is remarkable that one of the spiritual characteristics of the Meffiah is drawn here from his protection of the oppressed against a corrupt judicature. I see the idea confirmed by numberless passages, that the perverfion of justice was a national sin among the Jews, and none can support it more strongly than those where the opposition to such a court and fuch judges is not literally designed, but is used to express generally the blessings of our Saviour's advent.

Psalm cxlvii.] It has been conjectured from ver. 2, that this pfalm was written to celebrate the return of Israel from Babylon, when Jerusalem and the temple were rebuilt. It is a folemn form of magnifying God in his works of power and mercy.

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