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The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment, for all them that are oppressed with wrong. He showed his ways unto Moses, his works unto the children of Israel. The Lord is full of compasson and mercy, long-suffering, and of great goodness. He will not alway be chiding; neither keepeth he his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses. For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth ; so great is his mercy also toward those whofearhim! Look how wide also the east is from the west; so far hath he set our sins from us ! Yea, like as a Father pitieth his own children; even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him. For he knoweth whereof we are made; he remembercth that we are but dust. The days of man are but as grass; for he flourishcth as a flower of the field. For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone ; and the place thereof shall know it no Inture. But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon those who fear him; and his righteousness upon children's children;
searched me out, and known me; thouknowest my down-sitting, and mine uprising; thou understandest my thoughts long before. Thou art about my path, and about my bed; and spiest out all my ways. For lo, there is not a word in my tongue, but thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether. Thou hast fashioned me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me ; I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit or whither shall I go then from thy presence : If I climb up into heaven
Even upon such as keep his covenant, and think upon his commandments to do them.
thou art there ; if I go down
morning, and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea ; Even there also shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me; then shall mynight beturned today. Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day : the darkness and light to thee are both alike. For my reins are thine; thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made : Marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well. My bones are not hid from thee, though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book were all my members written. Which day by day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God; O how great is the sum of them If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand; when I wake up, I am present with thee. Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart; prove me and examine my thoughts. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm colv. Exaltabo te, Deus. WILL magnify thee, O God, my King, and I will praise thy Name for ever and ever. Every day will I give thanks unto thee, and praise thy Name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and marvellous, worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness. One generation shall praise thy works unto another, and declare thy power. As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works ; So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; and I will also tell of thy greatness. The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed, and men shall sing of thy righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful; long-suffering, and of great goodness. * The Lord is loving unto every man, and his mercy is over all his works. All thy works praise thee, O Lord ; and thy saints give thanks unto thee. They show the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, might be known unto unen. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.andthy dominion endureth throughout all ages. The Lord upholdeth all such as fall, and lifteth up all those who are down. The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord, and thou givest them their meatin due season. Thou openest thine hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him; yea, all such as call upon him taithfully. He will sulfil the desire of those who fear him ; he also will hear their cry, and will help them. The Lord preserveth all those who love him ; but scattereth abroad all the ungodly. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Nanne for ever and ever.
From Psalm li. Miserere mei,
AVE mercy upon me, O God, after thy great
goodness ; according to the
multitude of thy mercies, do away mine offences. Wash methoroughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin: For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me. Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight, that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, and in sin hath my mother conceived me. But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts, and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly. Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean ; thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Turn thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds. Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. O give me the comfort of thy help again, and stablish me with thy free Spirit. Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked, and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health ; and |ny tongue shall sing of thy righteousness. Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall show thy praise. For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee; but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.
From Psalm xlii. modum. IKE as the hart desireth the water-brooks, so longeth my soul aster thee,0 God. My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: When shall I come to appear before the presence of God : My tears have been my meat day and night; while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God? Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself; for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God, In the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among such as keep holy-day. Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why art thou so disquieted within me? Put thy trust in God; for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance. The Lord hath granted his loving kindness in the daytime; and in the night season did I sing of him,and made my prayer unto the God of my life. I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me? Namely,while they say daily unto me, Where is now thy God? Why art thou so vexed, O my soul? and why art thou so disquieted within me ! O put thy trustin God; for I will yet thank him, who is
SELECTION IV. Psalm xxxvii.
F RET not thyself because of the ungodly; neither be thou envious against the evil doers : For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and be withered even as the green herb. Put thou thy trust in the Lord,and be doing good; dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thou in the Lord, and he shall give thee thy heart's desire. Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him, and he shall bring it to pass. He shall make thyrighteousness as clear as the light; and thy just dealing as the noonday. Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him; but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels. Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure ; fret not thyself.else shalt thou be moved to do evil. Wicked doers shall be rootedout; and they that patiently abide the Lord, those shall inherit the land. Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone ; thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away. But the meek spirited shall possess the earth, and shall be refreshed in the multitude of
The angodly seeketh coun. sel against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh him to scorn; for he hath seen that his day is coming. Theungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as are of a right conversation. Theirsword shallgothrough their own heart, and their bow shall be broken. A small thing that the righteous hath, is better than great riches of the ungodly; For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, and the Lord upholdeth the righteous. The Lord knoweth the days of the godly; and their inheTitance shall cndure for ever.
I have been young, and now am old, and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread. The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth ; and his seed is blessed. Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good, and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth the thing that is right; he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever. The unrighteous shall be punished; as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out. The righteous sliall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom, and his tongue will be talking of
They shall not be confound-judgment.
edin the perilous time; and in the days of dearth they shall have enough. As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall consume as the fat of lambs; yea, even
The law of his God is in his heart, and his goings shall not slide.
The ungodly seeth the righteous, and seeketh occasion to slay him.
The Lord will not leave
as the smoke shall they con-shim in his hand, nor condemn sume away. |him when he is judged. The ungodlybotroweth, and Hope thou in the Lord, and Poyeth notagain; but the righ-keep his way, and he shall lots is merciful and liberal. promote thee, that thou shalt Such as are blessed of God, possess the land: when the *all possess the land; and ungodly shall perish, thou they that are cursed of him,shalt see it. shall be rooted out. I myself have seen the unThe Lord ordereth a good'godly in great power, and flouman's going, and maketh hisjrishing like a green bay-tree. ways acceptable to himself. I went by, and lo, he was Though he fall, he shall not gone: I sought him, but his cast away; for the Lord place could no where be sound. "Pholdeth him with his hand. Keep innocency, and take Y