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12 O let the forrowful fighing of the prisoners come before thee: according to the greatness of thy power, preserve thou those that are appointed to die..

13 And for the blasphemy wherewith our neighbours have blafphemed thee: reward thou them, O Lord, seven-fold into their bosom. .

blue 14 So we that are thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever: and will always be shewing forth thy praile from generation to generation. ',

I Psalm 80. Qui regis Israel. . L E AR, O thou shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph

like a sheep: shew thyself also, thou that fittest upon the cherubims.

2 Before Ephraim; Benjamin, and Manasses: ftir up thy ftrength, and come and help us.

3 Turn us again, O God: shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.

4 O Lord God of hosts: how long wilt thou be angry with thy people that prayeth?

5 Thou feedeft them with the bread of tears: and givest them plenteousness of tears to drink.

6 Thou hast made us a very strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7 Turn us again, thou God of hosts: shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole. . 8. * Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.

I The argument of this Psalm is much the same * Thou haft brought a Vine out of Egypt, &c. The with that of the foregoing. For the Ifraelites here allegory whereby the Jewish Nation is here represented also represent the extreme mifery and desolation to may, in a spiritual sense, be juftly referred also to the which they were reduced: commemorate God's past Christian Church; which hath equally experienced the Meicies towards them under a beautiful allegory of a divine goodness in its establishment, Tuppost, and im Vine and Vine-yard; and most ardently iinplore his provement: and we have no less reason, than they had, afliitance, with a promise to praise and serve him with to pray that he will defend it from its spiritual Enenew obedience.

mies, who are continually seeking its deroction.

9 Thou madest room for it: and when it had taken root, it filled the land.. .

10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it: and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedar-trees.

II She stretched out her branches unto the fea: and her boughs unto the river.

12 Why haft thou then broken down her hedge: that all they that go bý, pluck off her grapes ?

13 The wild boar out of the wood doth root it up: and the wild beasts of the field devour it.

14 Turn thee again, thou God of hosts, look down from heaven: behold, and visit this vine.

. 15 And the place of the vineyard that thy right hand hath plant-, ed: and the branch that thou madest so strong for thyself. 1.16 It is burnt with fire and cut down: and they shall perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon the son of man, whom thou madest so strong for thine own self..

18 And so will not we go back from thee; O let us live, and we shall call upon thy Name.

19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts: shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.

S Psalm 81. Exultate Deo. CING we merrily unto God our strength: make a cheerful noise D unto the God of Jacob.

2 Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret: the merry harp with the lute.

3 Blow up the trumpet in the new-moon: even in the time appointed, and upon our folemn seast-day.

4 For this was made a statute for Israel: and a law of the God of Jacob.

$ This Psalm was composed to be sung upon the the general argument and end of it is an exhortation of Feast of Trumpets, or of the first new Moon of the civil the Ifraelites to obedience, from the confideration of ycar. See Levit. xxiii. 24. and Num. xxix. 1, and the paternal affection, benefits, and promises of Gode

5 # This he ordained in Jofeph for a testimony: when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.

6 I ealed his shoulder from the burden: and his hands were delivered from making the pots.

9 Thou calledit upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee: and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.

8 I proved thee also: at the waters of strife.

9 Hear, O my people, and I will affure thee, O Israel: if thou wilt hearken unto me,

10 There shall no strange god be in thee: neither shalt thou worship any other god,

u I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I shall fill it.

12 But my people would not hear my voice: and Israel would not obey me.

13 So I gave them up unto their own hearts lusts: and let them follow their own imaginations.

14. O that my people would have hearkened unto me: for if Ilrael had walked iö my ways,

15 I should soon have put down their enemies: and turned my hand against their adversaries.

16 The haters of the Lord should have been found liars: but their time should have endured for ever. . .17 He should have fed them also with the finest wheat-flour: and with hony out of the stony rock should I have fatisfied thee.


. | Pfalm 82. Deus ftetit. N o D ftandeth in the congregation of princes: he is a judge

J among gods.

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| This he ordained in Jofeph for a teftimcay when he keep up in their minds a thankful remembrance of scame, &c. If the Ifraelites were thus engaged to com- their Redemption from the bondage of Sin and Death memorate their qeliverance from Egyptian Slavery; then by Jesus Chrift! That was temporalmthis is eternal bow much tronger an obligation lies upon Christians to

2 How long will ye give wrong judgment: and accept the persons of the ungodly?

3 Defend the poor and fatherless: see that such as are in need and necessity have right. : 4 Deliver the out-cast and poor: save them from the hand of the ungodly.

5 They will not be learned nor understand, but walk on still in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

6 I have said, Ye are gods: and ye are all the children of the most Highest.

7 * But ye shall die like men: and fall like one of the princes.

8 Arise, O God, and judge' thou the earth: for thou shalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.

I Psalm 83. Deus, quis fimilis? LTOLD not thy tongue, O God, keep not still filence: re. M frain not thyself, o God.

2 For lo, thine enemies make a murmuring: and they that hate thee have lift up their head.

3 They have imagined craftily against thy people: and taken counsel against thy secret ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people: and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

5 For they have cast their heads together with one consent: and are confederate against thee;

6 *The tabernacles of the Edomites and the Ismaelites: the Moabites and Hagarens;

7 Gebal, and Ainmon, and Amalech: the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre.

This is a grave remonstrance to Judges and Magiftrates : in which the Prophet Exhorts them to a faithful administration of Justice from the confideration that they are under God's inspection that they are mortal

and inuft one Day be accı vuntable for their conduct.

But ye fail die like Men. &c. How should it humble all human pride, and bring down the high

looks of the haughty, to consider that the King and the Beggar must be put upon a level in the Grave; and that in another state Mankind will be arranged, not according to the titles or distinctions which they bore in this World, but according as they have excelled one another in Virtue."

several of the neighbouring Nations having allema. bled themselves to make War against the Ifraelites, the . a Wild Man; his hand will be again every Man, and Prophet intreats God to subdue them as he had for every Man's band against him: and he hall dwell in the merly done to the Kings who made War againk Ifrael prejence of all is Brethren.

8 Assur also is“joined with them: and have holpen the children of Lot.

9 But do thou to them as unto the Madianites: unto Sisera, and unto Jabin at the brook of Kison;

10'Who perished at , Endor: and became as the dung of the earth.

11 Make them and their princes like Oreb and Zeb: yea, make all their princes like as Zeba and Salmana;

12. Who say, Let us take to ourselves: the houses of God in possession.

13 O my God make them like unto a wheel. and as the stubble before the wind;

14. Like as the fire that burneth up the wood: and as the Aame that consumeth the mountains.

15 Persecute them even so with thy tempest: and make them afraid with thy storm. · 16 Make their faces ashamed, O Lord: that they may seek thy name.

17. Let them be confounded and vexed ever more and more: let "them be put to shame and perish.

18 And they shall know that thou whose Name is Jehovah: art only the most Highest over all the earth.

Psalm 84. Quam dile&ta!
HOW amiable are thy dwellings thou Lord of hosts! "

2 My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the

in the times of the Judges. This Psalm is thought to. The royal Prophet being excluded from the pub. (Iefer to the affair related in 2 Chron. XX. 137 .lic worship of God in the Tabernacle, by his Son

* The Tabernacles of the Edomites and the Ismaelires, Abjalom's Rebellion, expresses a most ardent desire of Esc. There is great propriety in the expreffion Taber- being restored to it,-celebrates the happiness of those nacles. For the wild Arabs who are the descendents of who could attend it at all times and declares he Ilmciel live in Tenis continually, as well in Peace as th:uld prefer that happiness before every other worldly War. And in them is fulfilled at this very Day that advantage without it. " remarkable Prophecy Genesis xvi. 13. He will be

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