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shall take a set time.

I Judah in Goedeknown : his name

not up

+ Heb. desert.

The psalmist rebukelh the proud.

PSALMS.

Gods majesty in the church. thanks: for that thy name is near thy | To the chief Musician on Negiwondrous works declare.

noth, A Psalm or Song || of Asaph. Or,

for Asaph. 1 Or, When I 2 || When I shall receive the con N Judah is God known: his name gregation I will judge uprightly.

is great Israel. 3 The earth and all the inhabitants

2 In Salem also is his tabernacle,
thereof are dissolved : I bear up the and his dwelling place in Zion.
pillars of it. Selah.

3 There brake he the arrows of
4 I said unto the fools, Deal not the bow, the shield, and the sword,
foolishly : and to the wicked, Lift and the battle. Selah.
the horn:

4 Thou art more glorious and ex-
5 Lift not up your horn on high : cellent than the mountains of prey.
speak not with a stiff neck.

5 The stouthearted are spoiled,
6 For promotion cometh neither they have slept their sleep: and none
from the east, nor from the west, nor of the men of might have found their
from the + south.

hands.
7 But God is the judge: he putteth 6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob,
down one and setteth up another. both the chariot and horse are cast

8 For in the hand of the Lord into a dead sleep.
there is a cup, and the wine is red; it

7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared :
is full of mixture; and he poureth out and who may stand in thy sight when
of the same: but the dregs thereof, all once thou art angry?
the wicked of the earth shall wring 8 Thou didst cause judgment to
them out, and drink them.

be heard from heaven; the earth
9 But I will declare for ever; I

feared, and was still,
will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

9 When God arose to judgment,
JO All the horns of the wicked also to save all the meek of the earth.
will I cut off; but the horns of the Selah.
righteous shall be exalted.

10 Surely the wrath of man shall
PSALM LXXVI.

praise thee: the remainder of wrath

shalt thou restrain.
1 A declaration of God's majesty in the
church. 11 An exhortation to serve him

11 Vow, and pay unto the LORD
reverently.

your God: let all that be round about

Ver. 2. When I shall receive &c.] The first verse is 8. For in the hand &c.] As the choicest of heavenly spoken by many persons; here the speaker is one, and blessings are frequently in Scripture represented by the that one is plainly a ruler, who promises that when he salutary effects of wine, so from the noxious and intoxishall have“ received the congregation," or, as some cating qualities of that liquor, when drunk strong, and render it, “when he shall have gotten an appointed, or in too large a quantity, is borrowed a most tremendous fit time, or season,” that is, when he shall be established image of the wrath and indignation of Almighty God. in power and authority, at a fit time and place, he will | Bp. Horne. “judge uprightly, and introduce a thorough reforma it is full of mixture :] See the note from Bp. tion into the kingdom.” Bp. Horne.

Lowth on Isa. i. 22. 3. The earth and all &c.] In this verse seem to be This Psalm especially instructs us that it is God who the words of God in answer, that “ Now the time was establishes and strengthens kings, and gives peace to come for Him to do justice, and therefore the earth their dominions; and that it is the duty of kings and melted before Him:" this it might well do, as “ He had princes, and in general of all magistrates, to exercise first set up the pillars of it:" it stood firm only by his justice, to restrain the wicked and the proud, and to order, and therefore must be dissolved when He pleased. protect the innocent. Ostervald. Mudge, Dr. Kennicott.

4. Lift not up the horn :) Behave not yourselves Psalm LXXVI. This is a song of triumph on God's so insolently. Bp. Wilson.

deliverance of Jerusalem from a powerful army which 5. Lift not up &c.] For illustrations of this expres- threatened the destruction of it, probably the army of sion, see the note at 1 Sam. ii. 1. To which may be Sennacherib. Green. added, with a view to the particular phrase here em Ver. 4. than the mountains of prey.] Mountains ployed, that the crooked manner in which the Abys- often stand for great princes; and this may be a figurasinians hold the neck, when this ornament is on their tive expression for mighty conquerors who ravage the forehead, for fear it should fall forward, seems to agree earth. with what the Psalmist calls 'speaking with a stiff neck,' 5. The stouthearted &c.] The mighty, warriours for it perfectly shews the meaning of speaking with a that came up against Jerusalem are spoiled, and have stiff neck, when you hold the horn on high, or erect, slept the sleep of death ; neither were any of those like the horn of an unicorn." Bruce.

great champions able to resist the destroying angel. 6. For promotion cometh neither &c.] That is, suc- Bp. Hall. cess and advancement come not from any earthly 10. Surely the wrath &c.] From the spite and maquarter, but from God.

lice of thine enemies, Thou shalt take occasion to win

+ Heb. to fear.

tion.

| Or,

I

The psalmist's combat with diffidence. PSALMS.

The victory which he gained. him bring presents + unto him that 7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? ought to be feared.

and will he be favourable no more? 12 He shall cut off the spirit of 8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? princes: he is terrible to the kings of doth his promise fail + for evermore ? Heb, to the earth.

9 Hath God forgotten to be gra- and genera-
PSALM LXXVII.
cious ? hath he in anger shut up

his
1 The psalmist sheweth what fierce combat he tender mercies ? Selah.
had with diffidence. 10 The victory which

10 And I said, This is my infir-
he had by consideration of God's great and mity : but I will remember the

years
gracious works.

of the right hand of the most High.
I To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, 11 I will remember the works of

A Psalm || of Asaph. for Asaph.

the Lord: surely I will remember CRIED unto God with my voice, thy wonders of old.

12 I will meditate also of all thy
and he gave ear unto me.

work, and talk of thy doings.
2 In the day of my trouble I sought 13 Thy way, o God, is in the
the Lord: + my sore ran in the night, sanctuary: who is so great a God as
and ceased not: my soul refused to our God'!
be comforted.

14 Thou art the God that doest
3 I remembered God, and was wonders: thou hast declared thy
troubled : I complained, and my spi- strength among the people.
rit was overwhelmed. Selah.

15 Thou hast with thine arm re-
4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: deemed thy people, the sons of Jacob
I am so troubled that I cannot speak. and Joseph. Selah.

5 I have considered the days of 16 The waters saw thee, O God, old, the years of ancient times. the waters saw thee; they were afraid:

6 I call to remembrance my song the depths also were troubled. in the night: I commune with mine 17 + The clouds poured out water: 1 Heb. the own heart: and my spirit made dili- the skies sent out a sound: thine poured forth

arrows also went abroad.

+ Heb. my hand.

with waler.

gent search.

angry?"

praise and glory to thy name ; and Thou wilt so the power of the great Ruler of the universe ; with all restrain their power and tyranny, that they shall do no the ardour of gratitude and affection, he bursts forth further injury to thy people. Bp. Hall

.

into a strain of praise and exultation, ver. 13—19. In 12. - ihe spirit] The pride. Merrick.

this passage we are at a loss which to admire most, Why are the miraculous exertions of Omnipotence the ease and grace with which the digression is made, recorded in the Book of Life, but to suggest to us this the choice of the incidents, the magnificence of the reflection, that God, and God only, is the proper object imagery, or the force and elegance of the diction. Bp. of our fear; since neither the wisdom of the wise, nor Lowth. the power of the mighty, no, not the world itself, can Ver. 2. - my sore ran &c.] This is rendered more stand a single moment before Him, “when once He is literally by an ancient Greek version, “my hand was

Yet we continue to dread any frowns but stretched out in the night without intermission.” Bps. those of Heaven. Bp. Horne.

Horne and Lowth.

6. I call to remembrance &c.] I called to mind the Psalm LXXVII. This Psalm is of that diversified songs I had composed, in memory of thy signal merand unequal kind which ascends from a cool and de- cies ; I spent whole nights in silent meditation, and in liberate opening to a high degree of sublimity. The revolving in my mind what could be the cause, that Prophet, oppressed with a heavy weight of affliction, Thou shouldest forsake thy people. Travell, Bp. Padisplays the extreme dejection and perturbation of his trick. soul, and most elegantly and pathetically describes the 10. - This is my infirmity: &c.] “My weakness of conflicts and internal contests to which he is subjected, faith” to entertain such thoughts. Dr. Wells, Bp: before he is enabled to rise from the depths of woe to Horne. But I will remember that the power of God any degree of hope or confidence. In the character of endureth for ever. a suppliant he first pours forth his earnest prayers to 13. Thy way, &c.] The meaning is, The methods the God of his hope. He next endeavours to mitigate his of thy providence are just and holy. Bp. Patrick, Old sorrows by the remembrance of former times; but this, Translation. on the contrary, only seems to aggravate his sufferings, 16. The waters saw thee, &c.] The waters of the by the comparison of his present adversity with his Red sea are here beautifully represented as endued with former happiness. Again, recollecting the different sensibility, as seeing, feeling, and being confounded, methods by which the Almighty seeks the salvation of even to the lowest depths, at the presence and power of his people, appearing frequently to frown upon those their great Creator, when He commanded them to open " in whom he delighteth: reconsidering also the vast a way, and to form a wall on each side of it, until his series of mercies which He had bestowed upon his people were passed over. Bp. Horne. chosen people; the miracles which He had wrought in 17. – thiñe arrows] That is, thy lightnings, or their favour; in a word, the goodness, the holiness, thunderbolts. Poole.

a Exod. 14. 19.

forth.

An exhortation both to learn

PSALMS.

and to preach the law of God.
18 The voice of thy thunder was 6 That the generation to come
in the heaven: the lightnings light- might know them, even the children
ened the world: the earth trembled which should be born; who should
and shook.

arise and declare them to their chil-
19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy dren:
path in the great waters, and thy foot 7 That they might set their hope
steps are not known.

in God, and not forget the works of
20 a Thou leddest thy people like God, but keep his commandments :
a flock by the hand of Moses and 8 And might not be as their fa-
Aaron.

thers, a stubborn and rebellious gene

ration; a generation that set not + Heb. that PSALM LXXVIII. their heart aright, and whose spirit Feir heart. 1 An exhortation both to learn and to preach was not stedfast with God.

the law of God. 9 The story of God's 9 The children of Ephraim, being
wrath against the incredulous and disobe- armed, and + carrying bows, turned 1, Helbim
dient. 67 The Israelites being rejected, back in the day of battle.

throwing God chose Judah, Zion, and David.

10 They kept not the covenant Or, A

1 || Maschil of Asaph. Psalm for

of God, and refused to walk in his Asaph to give

G
LIVE ear, O my people, to my law;

law: incline your ears to the 11 And forgat his works, and his
words of my mouth.

wonders that he had shewed them.
2 * I will open my mouth in a pa 12 Marvellous things did he in the
rable: I will utter dark sayings of sight of their fathers, in the land of
old:

Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
3 Which we have heard and known, 13 ° He divided the sea, and caused • Exod. 14.
and our fathers have told us.

them to pass through; and he made 21. 4 We will not hide them from their the waters to stand as an heap. children, shewing to the generation 14 4 In the daytime also he led . Exod. 18. to come the praises of the Lord, and them with a cloud, and all the night his strength, and his wonderful works with a light of fire. that he hath done.

15 He clave the rocks in the wil- e Exod. 17.6. 5 For he established a testimony derness, and gave them drink as out Ps. 105.41. in Jacob, and appointed a law in of the great depths.

Israel, which he commanded our fa 16 He brought streams also out of b Deut. 4. 9. thers, b that they should make them the rock, and caused waters to run known to their children:

down like rivers.

instruction.

a Ps. 49. 4. Matt, 13. 35.

21. 14. 24.

1 Cor. 10. 4.

& 6. 7.

19. Thy way is &c.] God walked before his people served throughout; for the minute detail of so prothrough the sea, though He left no footsteps of Himself tracted a series of events could scarcely fail to tire in & behind Him. Mudge.

work of imagination. The Egyptian miracles are introA weak man cannot rightly judge of the actions of a duced in a very happy and elegant digression, and may man wiser than himself, of whose views and designs he be considered as forming a kind of episode. Bp. Lowth. is not master : much less can man judge of the ways of Ver. 2. parable :] See notes at Numb. xxiii. 7; God, to whose counsels he is not admitted, and to Job xxvii. 1. whose secrets he is a stranger. In complaining, the dark sayings] The original word means, a Psalmist followed the natural impressions of passion pointed or obscure saying ; such as requires, either for and impatience : in acknowledging the folly of his com- the conception or understanding of it, considerable inplaint, he spoke not only the language of grace, but of genuity. Bp. Lowth. But there is nothing obscure in sense and reason. But this good man, being well this Psalm, which contains instructive historical truths. grounded in religion, was able so far to get the better of Therefore the expression should be rendered “pointed his doubts and fears, as to pass a right judgment in his truths.” Street. own case, and to call to his assistance the proper reflec 5. - a testimony] Or solemn charge. Mudge. tions which the great works of Providence administered 9. The children of Ephraim, &c.] The history here for the support and confirmation of his hope and con- referred to is that of the Israelites going up, contrary fidence towards God. Here then was his comfort ; to God's command, to take possession of the land of here the cure of all his grief. Bp. Sherlock.

Canaan, when they were smitten before their enemies.

See Deut. i. 42. The Ephraimites are here specified, Psalm LXXVIII. This Psalm pursues the history of probably, as being the most warlike tribe, and as having the Israelites from the time of their departure from led on, perhaps, the rest of the tribes to the battle. Egypt to the reign of David, particularizing and illus- Green. trating all the leading events. The style is simple and 12. — in the field of Zoan.] In the territories that uniform, but the structure is poetical, and the senti- belong to Zoan, a chief city of Egypt, and the court of ments occasionally splendid. The historical, or rather Pharaoh, where those miraculous works would be so chronological, order cannot be said to be exactly pre- much more noted. Bp. Hall,

f Numb. 11. 4.

The story of God's wrath against PSALMS.

the incredulous and disobedient.
17 And they sinned yet more 33 Therefore their days did he
against him by provoking the most consume in vanity, and their years in
High in the wilderness.

trouble.
18 And they tempted God in their 34 When he slew them, then they
heart by asking meat for their lust, sought him: and they returned and

19 Yea, they spake against God; enquired early after God.
Heb.order, they said, Can God + furnish a table 35 And they remembered that God
in the wilderness?

was their rock, and the high God
g Exod. 17.6. 20 8 Behold, he smote the rock, their redeemer.
Numb.20.11.

that the waters gushed out, and the 36 Nevertheless they did flatter
streams overflowed; can he give him with their mouth, and they lied
bread also ? can he provide flesh for unto him with their tongues.
his people ?

37 For their heart was not right
21 Therefore the LORD heard this, with him, neither were they stedfast
and was wroth : so a fire was kindled in his covenant.
against Jacob, and anger also came 38 But he, being full of compas-
up against Israel;

sion, forgave their iniquity, and de-
22 Because they believed not in stroyed them not: yea, many a time
God, and trusted not in his salva- turned he his anger away, and did
tion :

not stir up all his wrath.
23 Though he had commanded the 39 For he remembered that they
clouds from above, and opened the were but flesh; a wind that passeth
doors of heaven,

away, and cometh not again.
24 h And had rained down manna 40 How oft did they || provoke !1 Or, rebel
upon them to eat, and had given him in the wilderness, and grieve him against him.
them of the corn of heaven.

in the desert! | 0r, Every 25 || Man did eat angels' food: he 41 Yea, they turned back and sent them meat to the full.

tempted God, and limited the Holy + Heb. to go. blow in the heaven: and by his power 26 He caused an east wind + to One of Israel.

42 They remembered not his hand, he brought in the south wind. nor the day when he delivered || them Or, from

27 He rained flesh also upon them from the enemy. 4 Heb. fowl as dust, and + feathered fowls like as 43 How he had wrought his + Heb. set. the sand of the sea :

signs in Egypt, and his wonders in 28 And he let it fall in the midst the field of Zoan: of their camp, round about their habi 44 k And had turned their rivers k Exod. 7. tations.

into blood; and their floods, that they 29 So they did eat, and were well could not drink. filled: for he gave them their own 45 'He sent divers sorts of flies 1 Exod. 8. 24. desire;

among them, which devoured them; 30 They were not estranged from and frogs, which destroyed them. Numb. 11. their lust. But I while their meat 46 m He gave also their increase m Exod. 10. was yet in their mouths,

unto the caterpiller, and their labour 31 The wrath of God came upon unto the locust.

them, and slew the fattest of them, 47 " He + destroyed their vines ? Exod. 9. 23. Heb. made and + smote down the || chosen men with hail, and their sycomore trees killed. 1 Or, young of Israel.

with || frost. 32 For all this they sinned still, 48 + He gave up their cattle also 1 Heb. He and believed not for his wondrous to the hail

, and their flocks to || hot or, works. thunderbolts.

lightnings,

h Exod. 16.
14.
John 6. 31.

one did eat the bread of the mighty.

affliction.

of wing.

20.

& 8. 6.

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to bowo.

| Or, great hailstones,

.18. -- they tempted God &c.] They were not content “the bread of the mighty," or of great men; that is, with the bountiful provision which God had made for the whole body of the people lived upon excellent food. them, but murmured against Him, and demanded meat Rosenmüller. to satisfy their craving appetite. Bp. Patrick, Travell. 30. They were not estranged from their lust.] They 21. - a fire was kindled against Jacob,] See note at obtained the object of their wishes.

33. Therefore their days &c.] Therefore He never 25. Man did eat angels' food:] That is, manna, suffered them to come into that land, but made them which may be called angels food, as coming from the wander up and down in the wilderness to no purpose, clouds of heaven, the habitation of angels. Dr. Wells

. and consumed them by various plagues. Travell. Or rather, the rendering should be, as in the margin, 41. -- and limited the Holy One of Israel.] This

Numb. xi. 1.

+ Heb. He

.

beasts to the murrain. Exod. 9. 3. o Exod. 12. 29. & 9. 3.

The story of God's wrath against PSALMS.

the incredulous and disobedient. 49 He cast upon them the fierce- anger with their high places, and ness of his anger, wrath, and indig- moved him to jealousy with their nation, and trouble, by sending evil graven images. angels among them.

59 When God heard this, he was 50 + He made a way to his anger; wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel : weighed a path. he spared not their soul from death, 60 So that he forsook the taber- sl Sam. 4. Or, their: but gave || their life over to the pes- nacle of Shiloh, the tent which he tilence;

placed among men;
51 • And smote all the firstborn in 61 And delivered his strength into
Egypt; the chief of their strength in captivity, and his glory into the
the tabernacles of Ham:

enemy's hand.
52 But made his own people to go 62 'He gave his people over also
forth like sheep, and guided them in unto the sword; and was wroth with
the wilderness like a flock.

his inheritance.
53 And he led them on safely, so 63 The fire consumed their young

that they feared not: but the sea men; and their maidens were not 2, Exod: 14. P+overwhelmed their enemies. #given to marriage.

+ Heb. 54 And he brought them to the

praised.

64 Their priests fell by the sword;
border of his sanctuary, even to this and their widows made no lamenta-
mountain, which his right hand had tion.
purchased.

65 Then the Lord awaked as one 55 He cast out the heathen also out of sleep, and like a mighty man 9 Josh. 13. 7. before them, and a divided them an that shouteth by reason of wine.

inheritance by line, and made the 66 And he smote his enemies in
tribes of Israel to dwell in their the hinder part: he put them to a
tents.

perpetual reproach.
56 Yet they tempted and provoked 67 Moreover he refused the taber-
the most high God, and kept not his nacle of Joseph, and chose not the
testimonies:

tribe of Ephraim :
57 But turned back, and dealt un 68 But chose the tribe of Judah,
faithfully like their fathers: they the mount Zion which he loved.
were turned aside like a deceitful 69 And he built his sanctuary like
bow.

high palaces, like the earth which he
58 * For they provoked him to hath + established for ever.

27. 10. + Heb. covered.

r Deut. 32. 21.

Heb. founded.

should be rendered, according to several ancient ver- Christ: therefore Christ is the Most High God. Jones sions, " and provoked the Holy One of Israel.” Di- of Nayland. mock.

61. delivered his strength &c.] That is, the ark of 49. He cast upon them &c.] Some of the Egyptian the covenant, which was the token of God's power and plagues having been specified in the foregoing verses, glory, was delivered up to the Philistines, 1 Sam. iv. 11. others of them are here thrown together, and the whole 22 ; and v. 1. Green. scene is affirmed to have been a full display of wrath 67. – he refused &c.] When the ark was brought and vengeance, executed upon the oppressors of the back, God did not permit it to be placed again in church by "evil angels, agents, or messengers ;”. whe- Shiloh, which was in the tribe of Ephraim, the son of ther by this expression we understand the material in- Joseph. Bp. Patrick. struments of Divine displeasure; or angels employed 69. And he built &c.]. On this hill Solomon built as ministers of vengeance; or the actual appearance and him a stately temple, which was not moveable, like his ministration of evil spirits, suffered to torment the former habitation, but remained perpetually fixed, like wicked in this world, as they certainly will do in the the earth on which it stood. Travell. next. Tradition seems to have favoured this last opi We cannot exercise our devotions more usefully upon nion, since the author of the Book of Wisdom describes any part of the Old Testament, than upon the history the Egyptian darkness as a kind of temporary hell, of God's wonderful loving-kindness to, and miraculous Wisd. xvii. Bp. Horne.

deliverances of, his own chosen people, the Jews. 51. Ham.] The father of the Egyptians. Bp. There we find all the most heightened acts of power, all Wilson.

the transcendent kindness, and bounty, and affection, 54. — this mountain,] , Zion, which_He took from which the most exalted imagination of man can suppose the Jebusites by the hand of David. Bp. Wilson. possible to result from Divinity itself; and there we

56. Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God,] find the most inexpressible ingratitude and baseness of St. Paul says, with reference to the same transactions, spirit, the foulest enormities and transgressions, and “ Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also the most barefaced contempt of that Power which had tempted,” i Cor. x. 9. These texts do both relate to preserved and protected them, which the malice of the the same rebellious acts of the Israelites in the wilder- devil himself can infuse into the heart of man. Again, ness. In the former of them, the Person they tempted we find, on the one hand, the patience and mercy of is called the Most High God; in the latter, He is called God contending to be too hard for that malice, check

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