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The desolation of Jerusalem.

PSALMS. The psalmist prayeth for deliverance. 70 * He chose David also his ser 7 For they have devoured Jacob, 2 Sam. 7. 8. vant, and took him from the sheep- and laid waste his dwelling place. folds :

8 0 0 remember not against us d Isa. 64. 9. 71 t u From following the ewes || former iniquities: let thy tender ! or, the u 2 Sam. 5. 2. great with young he brought him to mercies speedily prevent us: for we them that 1 Chron. 11. feed Jacob his people, and Israel his are brought very

low. inheritance.

9 Help us, O God of our salva72 So he fed them according to tion, for the glory of thy name: and the integrity of his heart; and guided deliver us, and purge away our sins, them by the skilfulness of his hands. for thy name's sake.

10 Wherefore should the heathen PSALM LXXIX.

say, Where is their God? let him be 1 The Psalmist complaineth of the desolation known among the heathen in our

of Jerusalem. 8 He prayeth for deliverance, sight by the frevenging of the blood Heb. 13 and promiseth thankfulness.

vengeance. of thy servants which is shed. 1 A Psalm || of Asaph.

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner Asaph.

come before thee; according to the O GOD: the heathen are come

into thine inheritance; thy holy greatness of + thy power + preserve + Heb. thine temple have they defiled; they have thou those that are appointed to die. ''Heb. laid Jerusalem on heaps.

12 And render unto our neigh- Children of 2 The dead bodies of thy servants bours sevenfold into their bosom death. have they given to be meat unto the their reproach, wherewith they have fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy reproached thee, O LORD. saints unto the beasts of the earth.

13 So we thy people and sheep of 3 Their blood have they shed like thy pasture will give thee thanks for water round about Jerusalem ; and ever: we will shew forth thy praise there was none to bury them.

† to all generations.
4 a We are become a reproach to

our neighbours, a scorn and derision 1 The psalmist in his prayer complaineth of
to them that are round about us. the miseries of the church. 8 God's former

5 How long, LORD? wilt thou favours are turned into judgments. 14 He
be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy

prayeth for deliverance. burn like fire ?

I To the chief Musician upon Sho6. Pour out thy wrath upon the

shannim-Eduth, A Psalm of 0r, for
heathen that have not known thee, Asaph.
and upon the kingdoms that have not
called upon thy name.

VIVE ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

thou that leadest Joseph like a

+ Heb. to generalion and generation.

a Ps. 44. 13.

b Ps. 89. 46.

c Jer. 10. 25.


ing and restraining this people from hurting themselves; respects the Edomites chiefly. See Psalm cxxxvii. 7. or permitting them to hurt themselves, till they grew Mudge. sensible of their wickedness; and then delivering them, into their bosom] The Arabs join together the because, and only because, they grew sensible: and, on two upper corners of their hyke, a garment like the the other hand, a perverseness so strong, and an obsti- plaid of the highlanders in Scotland, and after having nacy so powerful, an incorrigibleness so proud, that it placed them first over one of their shoulders, they then was too hard for that mercy, and drove it from them: fold the rest of it about their bodies. The outer fold and, in the last place, we find the indignation of God serves them frequently instead of an apron, wherein kindled, which could not be quenched without scatter- they carry herbs, loaves, corn, &c. There seem to be ing this rebellious nation over the face of the whole several allusions to this in Scripture; as

“rendering earth. Lord Clarendon.

sevenfold into their bosom, &c.Dr. Shaw.

Affliction hath then wrought its intended effect, when Psalm LXXIX. In this Psalm Asaph complains that it hath convinced us of sin, and led us to repentance ; the Babylonians had destroyed the city and temple of when, brought back by it, like the returning prodigal, Jerusalem, and beseeches God to be reconciled to his to the house and presence of our heavenly Father, we people, and to punish the blasphemies and cruelties of acknowledge our guilt as the cause of our misery, and their idolatrous enemies. Green. It is one of the Psalms entreat forgiveness of the one, in order to obtain a reappointed for the fast service on the thirtieth of January. lease from the other; not pleading our own merits, but

Ver. 8. let thy tender mercies &c.] Extend thy the mercies of God our Saviour, and the glory of his compassion to us without delay. Travell.

name. Bp. Horne. 10. let him be known] Or, make thyself known. Green.

Psalm LXXX. The subject of this Psalm has some 11. - those that are appointed to die.] Those whom resemblance to the former : it contains an application their enemies have condemned to death. Bp. Patrick. to God for help under some grievous affliction ; describes

12. — our neighbours] “Our neighbours ” probably the former exaltation of God's people, and their present

to us.

The psalmist complaineth of


the miseries of the church. flock; thou that dwellest between the 12 Why hast thou then broken cherubims, shine forth.

down her hedges, so that all they 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin which pass by the way do pluck

and Manasseh stir up thy strength, her? + Heb. come and + come and save us.

13 The boar out of the wood doth for salvation

3 Turn us again, o God, and waste it, and the wild beast of the
cause thy face to shine; and we shall field doth devour it.
be saved.

14 Return, we beseech thee, O
40 LORD God of hosts, how God of hosts : look down from hea-
+ Heb. wilt long + wilt thou be angry against the ven, and behold, and visit this vine;
thou smoke?
prayer of thy people ?

15 And the vineyard which thy
5 Thou feedest them with the right hand hath planted, and the
bread of tears; and givest them tears branch that thou madest strong for
to drink in great measure.

6 Thou makest us a strife unto 16 It is burned with fire, it is cut
our neighbours: and our enemies down: they perish at the rebuke of
laugh among themselves.

thy countenance.
7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, '17 Let thy hand be upon the man
and cause thy face to shine; and we of thy right hand, upon the son of
shall be saved.

man whom thou madest strong for
8 Thou hast brought a vine out of thyself.
Egypt: thou hast cast out the hea 18 So will not we go back from
then, and planted it.

thee: quicken us, and we will call
9 Thou preparedst room before it, upon thy name.
and didst cause it to take deep root, 19 Turn us again, O Lord God
and it filled the land.

of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and
10 The hills were covered with we shall be saved.

the shadow of it, and the boughs + Heb. thereof were like + the goodly ce

PSALM LXXXI. the cedars of dars.

1 An exhortation to a solemn praising of God. 11 She sent out her boughs unto

4 God challengeth that duty by reason of

his benefits. 8 God, exhorting to obedience, the sea, and her branches unto the

complaineth of their disobedience, which river.

proveth their own hurt.


depression, under the beautiful figure of a vine; and receding back to the plain and unornamented narrative. concludes with earnest prayer to God for a continuance Bp. Lowth. of his goodness. Travell.

11. She sent out &c.] Signifying, that Israel exVer. 1. thou that dwellest &c.] Thou that sittest tended its dominion from the Mediterranean sea to the enthroned above the ark of the covenant, shew us some river Euphrates. Dr. Wells. illustrious token of thy presence. Travell.

13. The boar] By this figure, the Psalmist means to 2. Before Ephraim &c.] God is entreated to go represent the fierce and unrelenting persecutor of the forth in his strength and his salvation, before the people of Israel. Bp. Horne. tribes of Israel, as formerly in the wilderness. Ephraim, 15. And the vineyard] “Even the plant.” Abp. Benjamin, and Manasseh, are particularly mentioned, Secker. perhaps, because, according to the established order, the branch] The family of David. Bp. Horne. those three tribes immediately followed the ark and The people of Israel. Rosenmüller. cherubim, the symbols of the Divine presence. See 17. - the man of thy right hand] That is, the people Numb. ii. 18. 24. Bp. Horne.

of Israel. Rosenmüller. Our prince. Mudge. The 3. Turn us again,] Restore us to our former hap- Messiah. Bp. Horne. piness. Bp. Patrick

Let not the Christian church imagine, that the suffer5. Thou feedest &c.] That is, we are in continual ings complained of in this Psalm relate only to her sorrow and distress, and have no degree of comfort or elder sister. Greater mercies and more excellent gifts refreshment but our lamentations. Dr. Hammond. should excite in her greater thankfulness, and call forth

6. Thou makest us &c.] The meaning is, Our neigh- more excellent virtues ; otherwise they will serve only to bours contend among themselves, who shall make the enhance her account, and multiply her sorrows. If she greatest prey of us, and we are become the scorn and sin, and fall after the same example of unbelief, she derision of our enemies. Travell, Bp. Patrick. must not think to be distinguished in her punishment,

8. Thou hast brought a vine &c.] The Psalmist, de- unless by the severity of it. Bp. Horne. scribing the people of Israel as a vine, has continued the metaphor, and happily drawn it out through a variety Psalm LXXXI. Throughout this Psalm appears an of additional circumstances. Among the many beau- exquisite union of sublimity and sweetness. It is an ties of this allegory, not the least graceful is that ode composed for the feast of trumpets, (Levit. xxiü. modesty, with which he enters upon and concludes his 24,) in the first new moon of the civil year. The obsubject, making an easy and gradual transition from ject and end of this poem appears to be an exhortation plain to figurative language, and no less delicately to obedience from the consideration of the paternal

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S strength : make a joyful noise elde in their

own counsels.

† Heb. lied.

An exhortation to praise God.


God exhorteth to obedience. (To the chief Musician upon Git-hearken to my voice; and Israel tith, A Psalm || of Asaph.

would none of me. Asaph. ING aloud unto

12 b So I gave them up | unto - Acts 14.16. God their own hearts' lust: and they walk- hardness of

their hearts, ed in their own counsels. unto the God of Jacob.

or, imagina

13 Oh that my people had heark- tions. 2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with ened unto me, and Israel had walked

in my ways!
the psaltery.

14 I should soon have subdued
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new their enemies, and turned my hand
moon, in the time appointed, on our
solemn feast day.

against their adversaries.

15 The haters of the Lord should 4 For this was a statute for Israel, have ll + submitted themselves unto your gielded and a law of the God of Jacob. 5 This he ordained in Joseph for a dured for ever.

him: but their time should have en- obedience. testimony, when he went out through

16 He should have fed them also 1 Or, against. || the land of Egypt: where I heard + with the finest of the wheat: and Well, with

a language that I understood not.
6 I removed his shoulder from the with honey out of the rock should I enteret

have satisfied thee. + Heb. passed burden: his hands + were delivered

from the pots.
7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I

delivered thee; I answered thee in the 1 The psalmist, having exhorted the judges,
a Exod. 17. 6. secret place of thunder: I a proved 5 and reproved their negligence, 8 prayeth
| Or, strife. thee at the waters of || Meribah. God to judge.

TA Psalm || of Asaph. ll Or, for 8 Hear, O my people, and I will

Asaph. testify unto thee: 0 Israel, if thou


LOD standeth in the congrega-

tion of the mighty; he judgeth
9 There shall no strange god be among the gods.
in thee; neither shalt thou worship 2 How long will ye judge un-
any strange god.

justly, and a
a accept the


of the a Deut. 1. 17. 10 I am the LORD thy God, which wicked ? Selah. brought thee out of the land of Egypt: 3 + Defend the poor and father- + Heb. Judge. open thy mouth wide, and I will fill less : do justice to the afflicted and it.

needy. 11 But my people would not 4 Deliver the poor and needy: 1. Prov. 24.


love, the beneficence, and the promises of the Deity, ning from the cloudy pillar. See Exod. xiv. 24, 25. and this is accomplished with wonderful art, elegance, Green. variety, and ingenuity. Bp. Lowth.

10. - open thy mouth wide, &c.] That is, I will satisfy Ver. 2. the timbrel,] See the note on Exod. xv. 20. thy desires, be they ever so large. Mudge.

- the psaltery.] See the note on Psalm xxxiii. 2. 15. their time &c.] That is, the Israelites should 3. Blow up the trumpet &c.]. In the Jewish church, have enjoyed a substantial and durable happiness. Bp. notice was given of feasts, jubilees, &c. by sound of Patrick. trumpet. All the new moons, or the beginnings of 16. honey out of the rock] See the note on Deut. months, were observed in this manner : (see Numb. x. xxxii. 13. 2:) but on the September new moon, or first day of the This Psalm should incite us to pay our praises and seventh month of the ecclesiastical year, was kept the our homage to God in a most zealous and solemn mangreat festival, called “the feast of trumpets,” (Numb. ner. A duty this, which concerns no less all Christians, xxix. 1,) which, probably, is here intended. Bp. Horne. than it did the Jews; for, if God bestowed very consi

5. This he ordained &c.] This feast-day is a charge derable favours on the Jews by bringing them out of which He gave to Joseph, when he came out of the Egypt, and giving them his law, He hath done incomland of Egypt, where he heard a language which he parably greater things for us, in redeeming us by Jesus understood not. Joseph is here used collectively for Christ his Son, and giving us the knowledge of his the sons of Joseph, or rather for the Israelites, to whom Gospel. Ostervald. Joseph had been a father in the land of Egypt. Green.

6. I removed &c.] In this verse God reminds Israel Psalm LXXXII. ver. 1. God standeth &c.] God is of their redemption, by his mercy and power, from

the present in the judicial assemblies, which He has apburdens and drudgery imposed on them in Egypt. Bp. pointed; and He will call the most powerful magistrates Horne.

to account. The Hebrew word for "gods” is often 7. Thou calledst &c.] That is, when the Egyptians applied to princes and magistrates, as representing, in followed after thee into the Red sea, in answer to thy some degree, the power and majesty of God. Travell. prayers, I confounded them with thunder and light 2. — accept the persons &c.] That is, overlook the

+ Heb. moved.

arm to the children of

The confederacy of


Israel's enemies. rid them out of the hand of the 5 For they have consulted togewicked.

ther with one + consent: they are + Heb. heart. 5 They know not, neither will confederate against thee: they understand; they walk on in 6 The tabernacles of Edom, and darkness : all the foundations of the the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the earth are tout of course.

c John 10. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Ama-

all of you are children of the most lek; the Philistines with the inhabit-

ants of Tyre;
7 But ye shall die like men, and 8 Assur also is joined with them:
fall like one of the princes.
† they have holpen the children of Heb. they

hare been as 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth : Lot. Selah. for thou shalt inherit all nations.

9 Do unto them as unto the a Mi- Lola

dianites; as to "Sisera, as to Jabin, at a,Judges 7. PSALM LXXXIII. the brook of Kison :

b Judges 4. 1 A complaint to God of the enemies' conspi 10 Which perished at En-dor: they

racies. 9. A prayer against them that op- became as dung for the earth.
press the church.

11 Make their nobles like · Oreb, Judges,7. || Or, for (A Song or Psalm || of Asaph. and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes Asaph.

EEP not thou silence, O God: as Zebah, and as Zalmunna :
hold not thy peace, and be not

Let us take to our-
still, O God.

selves the houses of God in posses-
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a sion.
tumult: and they that hate thee have 13 O my God, make them like a
lifted up the head.

wheel; as the stubble before the
3 They have taken crafty counsel / wind.
against thy people, and consulted 14 As the fire burneth the wood,
against thy hidden ones.

and as the flame setteth the mountains
4 They have said, Come, and let on fire;
us cut them off from being a nation ; 15 So persecute them with thy tem-
that the name of Israel may be no pest, and make them afraid with thy
more in remembrance.


15, 24.

25. & 8. 21.

merit of the cause, and give sentence according to your plain language, against those whom Thou protectest. respect or affection to the person. Poole.

Green. 5. They know not, &c.] They will not study the laws 6. The tabernacles &c.] The Edomites and Ishmaelof God, but are blinded by bribes; so that the very ites, who dwell in tents, are engaged in this enterprise, foundations of the kingdom, which are truth and jus- and so are the Moabites, and others descended from tice, are utterly shaken and confounded. Bp. Patrick. Hagar, the mother of Ishmael. Bp. Patrick.

6. I have said, Ye are gods ;] I have given you my 7. Gebal,] Some place Gebal in Phenicia near Tyre; authority, and even put my name upon you, John x. 34, and others in the mountainous country beyond Jordan. 35. Bp. Wilson.

Rosenmüller. 7. -- and fall like &c.] And ye shall fall, Oye princes, 8. Assur] The Assyrians. Dr. Wells. like any other man. Gataker, Rosenmüller, Dimock. This determines the date of this Psalm to the latter

8.-judge the earth : &c.] Vindicate mankind from times of the Jewish kingdom; for the other nations these impious judges, for Thou hast the rightful domi- here mentioned had molested them before; but the nion over all nations. Travell.

Assyrians not till towards the end. Dr. Wall. All magistrates should derive from this Psalm the in 12. - the houses of God] That land wherein God struction, that it is their duty to do right to all, without was pleased to dwell among the Israelites. Bp. Patrick. respect of persons, and especially to protect the weak 13. like a wheel ;] Rather, like the chaff whirled and innocent when oppressed. To this end, they should about. See Isa. xvii. 13. Bp. Lowth, Abp. Secker. remember that, although they are now placed above 14, 15. As the fire &c.] Let their destruction be as others, yet they must die one day like the rest of man- sudden and violent, as the effect of lightning on the kind, and must then appear before the one Supreme trees of the forest ; or as the devouring flame on the Judge, to give an account of all that they have done. parched grass that grows on the mountains. Travell. Ostervald.

The punishments inflicted by Heaven upon wicked

men are primarily intended to humble and convert Psalm LXXXIII. Several of the neighbouring na- | them. If they continue incorrigible under every distions being gathered together to make war against the pensation of merciful severity, they are at last cut off, Israelites, the Prophet entreats the Lord in this Psalm, and finally destroyed; that others, admonished by their to destroy those nations, as He had formerly destroyed example, may repent, and return, and give glory to God. the kings that assaulted their forefathers. Green. Salutary are the afflictions which bring men, and happy

Ver. 3.-against thy hidden ones.] Hebrew, “against the men who are brought by them, to an acknowledg; thy treasured ones,” that is, against those whom Thou ment of “Jehovah our righteousness," our exalted and hidest in the secret place of thy tabernacle; or, in more glorified Redeemer, “The Most High over all the

ways of them.

trees make

1. Or, from

to company.




amiable are thy tabernacles, God, than to dwell in the tents of short and


The blessedness of God's service. PSALMS. The prophet prayeth to be restored unto it.

16 Fill their faces with shame; 5 Blessed is the man whose strength that they may seek thy name, o is in thee; in whose heart are the LORD.

17 Let them be confounded and 6 Who passing through the valley troubled for ever; yea, let them bell of Baca make it a well; the rain . Or, of put to shame, and perish: also + filleth the pools.

mulberry 18 That men may know that thou, 7 They go || from strength to him a well, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, strength, every one of them in Zion + Heb. art the most high over all the earth. appeareth before God.

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear PSALM LXXXIV.

1 The prophet, longing for the communion of prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.
the sanctuary, 4 sheweth how blessed they

are that dwell therein. 8 He prayeth to be 9 Behold, O God our shield, and
restored unto it.

look upon the face of thine anointed.
To the chief Musician

upon Git

10 For a day in thy courts is bet1 Or, of. tith, A Psalm || for the sons of ter than a thousand. + I had rather + Heb. I Korah,

be a doorkeeper in the house of my rather to sit O Lord of hosts!

wickedness. 2 My soul longeth, yea, even

11 For the Lord God is a sun fainteth for the courts of the Lord: and shield: the LORD will give grace my heart and my flesh crieth out for and glory: « no good thing will he a Ps. 34. 9, the living God.

withhold from them that walk up3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an rightly. house, and the swallow a nest for her 12 O Lord of hosts, 6 blessed is b Ps. 2. 12. self, where she may lay her young, the man that trusteth in thee. even thine altars, Ó Lord of hosts,

PSALM LXXXV. my King, and my God.

4 Blessed are they that dwell in 1 The psalmist, out of the experience of former thy house: they will be still praising

mercies, prayeth for the continuance thereof.

8 He promiseth to wait thereon, out of thee. Selah.

confidence of God's goodness. earth;” whom all must acknowledge, and before whom which is this, that the Israelites, or some of them, all must appear to be judged, in the great and terrible passed, in their way to Jerusalem, through a valley that day. Bp. Horne.

had the name of “ Baca," à noun derived from a verb,

which signifies to "weep;” that in this valley they were Psalm LXXXIV. It is uncertain to what particular refreshed by plenty of water; that with renewed vigour time this beautiful composition relates : the author of they proceeded from stage to stage, until they presented it, under the figure of an Israelite deprived of all access themselves before God in Zion.°Bp. Horne. to Jerusalem and the sanctuary, laments his banish 9. of thine anointed.] He prays for the king as ment from the assemblies of the faithful, describes the the person in whom the prosperity of his country was happiness of those who are blessed with opportunities enwrapped: he was the shield” and protection of it of frequenting God's house, and beseeches God to make under God. See Ps. lxxxix. 18, and xlvii

. 9. Mudge. him a partaker of that happiness. Travell.

11.- a sun and shield:] A light, a glory, and deVer. 3. Yea, the sparrow &c.] The Psalmist is gene- fence. Bp. Wilson. rally supposed in this verse to lament his unhappiness in There cannot be a greater resemblance to the joys of being deprived of all access to the tabernacle or temple, heaven in any pleasure or happiness that we can enjoy a privilege enjoyed even by the birds, who were allowed to in this world, than in that tranquillity of mind and conbuild their nests in the neighbourhood of the sanctuary. science which naturally attends and accompanies our It is evidently the design of this passage to intimate to fervent devotions to God Almighty; when we have us, that in the house, and at the altar of God, a faithful deposited all our wishes with Him, and submitted and soul findeth freedom from care and sorrow,quiet of mind, resigned all our desires to Him. Nor can there be a and gladness of spirit; like a bird that has secured a more lively representation upon earth, of the court and little mansion, for the reception and education of her company of heaven, than in the assemblies and congreyoung. And there is no heart, endued with sensibility, gations of religious and pious men pouring out their which does not bear its testimony to the exquisite beauty prayers, and celebrating the praises of their Creator and and propriety of this affecting image. Bp. Horne. Redeemer. Lord Clarendon.

The swallow] Rather, the dove. Bp. Lowth, Merrick.

Psalm LXXXV. In celebrating the return of the 5.- in whose heart &c.] The meaning seems to be, Jews from the Babylonish captivity, the Psalmist is "whose heart is bent on travelling the ways to thy carried by a prophetick impulse to foretel a much temple.” Green, Merrick.

greater deliverance by the coming of Christ. Dimock. 6,7. Who passing &c.] After many uncertain con- This Psalm is appointed by the Church to be used on jectures offered by commentators upon the construction Christmas-day, when we celebrate the deliverance of of these two verses, it seems impossible for us to attain mankind from the captivity of sin, and the introduction to any other than a general idea of their true import; into the world of mercy and truth, righteousness and Vol. II.


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