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8 Mine enemies revile me all the day long: and they that are mad upon me, are sworn together against me.

9 For I have eaten alhes as it were bread: and mingled iny drink with weeping;.

10 And that because of thine indignation and wrath: for thou haft taken me up, and cast me down.

11 My days are gone like a shadow: and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance throughout all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion: for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.

14 And why? thy servants think upon her stones: and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.

15 The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy Majefty; : so When the Lord shall build up Sion: and when his glory shall appear;

17 When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute: and despiseth not their desire; '; 18: This shall be written for thofe that come after: and the people which shall be born shall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from his fanctuary: out of the heaven did the Lord behold the earth ;

20 That he might hear the mournings of such as are in captivity: and deliver the children appointed unto death;

21 That they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion: and his worship at Jerusalem;

22 When the people are gathered together: and the kingdoms also to ferve the Lord.

23 He brought down my strength in my journey: and shortened my days.

24 But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine

able fituation, exprefs also their firm truft in God that glorious condition as should attract the admiration 15 he would deliver them, and reinftate them in such a all Nations.

age: as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.

25 Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

27 And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: || but thou art the fame, and thy years fhall not fail.

28 The children of thy fervants shall continue: and their feed shall stand fast in thy sight.

Psalm 103. Benedic, anima, mea. D RAISE the Lord, O my foul: and all that is within me V praise his holy Name.

2 Praise the Lord, O my soul: and forget not all his benefits; 3 Who forgiveth all thy sin: and healeth all thine infirmities;

4 Who saveth thy life from destruction; and crowneth thee with mercy and loving kindnefs ;

5 Who fatisfieth thy mouth with good things: making thee young and lusty as an eagle..

6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment: for all them that are oppreffed with wrong.

7 He shewed his ways unto Moses: his works unto the children of Ísrael.

8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: * long-suffering and of great goodness.

9 He will not alway be chiding: neither keepeth he is anger for ever.

| But thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. whole sacred collection. The Poet herein celebrates All orber things are changeable and perishable ; even the numerous benefits of God to Mankind, both tem. the frame of the Heavens above, and the foundations of poral and spiritual: and earnestly exhorts others to the Earth beneath: but God is the fame, the Same imitate his example. But particularly he displays the unchangeable through all Eternity: and therefore his infinite goodness and mercy of God: whereby he, tho? love of Virtue, and his hatred of Vice, his promises eternal, condescends to take care of the frail, Aeeting, to the godly, and his threatnings against the Wicked short lived human species, and lastly invites Angels will be always fure, fixed, and fully determined. and all created Beings to join with him in praising the

I This is an Hymn of Thanksgiving: and is per- Lord. haps one of the mof beautiful and elegant in the long-suffering. Let Sinners however take heed

10 He hath not dealt with us after our fins : nor rewarded us. according to our wickednesses.

11 For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth: so great is his mercy allo toward them that fear him.

12 Look how wide also the east is from the west: so far hath he set our sins from us.

13 Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children: even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth whereof we are made: he remembereth that we are but dust.

15 The days of man are but as grass: for he flourisheth as a Aower of the field.

16 For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone: and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him: and his righteousness upon childrens children ;

18 Even upon such as keep his covenant: and think upon his commandments to do them. '

19 The Lord hath prepared his seat in heaven: and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words.

21. O praise the Lord, all ye his hosts: ye servants of his that do his pleasure.

22 Ō speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion: praise thou the Lord, O my soul.


* Psalm 104. Benedic, anima mea.

how they abuse his patience: for God reccor. penserh to goodness and forbearance, and long-suffering (not consider. the impenitent for the Moviefs of his punifhment hy ing that his goodness leaderb them to Repentance) treafure the weight of it. For as St. Paul well observes in the up unto themselves wrath again the day of wratb and 20 ct Ron:ans, they that despise the riches of God's rerelation of the righteous judgment of God.

DRAISE the Lord, my, soul: O Lord my God, thou art

I become exceeding glorious, thou art clothed with majesty and honour.

2. Thou deckest thyself with light as it were with a garment: and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain. :

3. Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.

4 He maketh his angels spirits: and his ministers a flaming fire. · 5 He laid the foundations of the earth: that it never should move at any time.

.6 Thou coveredst it with the deep like as with a garment: the waters stand in the hills.

7 At thy rebuke they flee: at the voice of thy thunder they are afraid. · 8 They go up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath: even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them. ..ŷ Thou hast set them their bounds which they Thall not pass: neither turn again to cover the earth.

10 He sendeth the springs into the rivers: which run among the hills.

11 All beasts of the field drink thereof: and the wild asses quench their thirst. .

12 Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation: and sing among the branches.

13. He watereth the hills from above : the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works. · 14 He bringeth forth grass for the cattle: and green herb for the service of men.

* The Pfalmift here celebrates the power, wisdom ments of this Psalm are incomparably beautiful and and goodness of God by a survey of his works of poetical. . Creation and Providence. The language and senti,

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* 15. That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man: and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen mans heart..

:'16. The trees of the Lord also are full of fap: even the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted.

17 Wherein the birds make their nefts: and the fir-trees are a dwelling for the stork. · 18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats: and so are the ftony rocks for the conies.

19. He appointed the moon for certain feasons: and the fun knoweth his going down. · 20. Thoų makeft darkness that it may be night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do move.

21 The lions roaring after their prey: do seek their meat from God.

22 The fun ariseth, and they get them away together: and lay them down in their dens. .: 23 Man goeth forth to his work, and to his labour: until the evening.

24 *0. Lord, how manifold are thy works: in wisdom hast thou made them all, the earth is full of thy riches.

-25. So is the great and wide fea also: wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

26 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan: whom thou haft made to take his pastime therein. ..27. These wait all upon thee: that thou mayest give them meat in due season.

.28. When thou givest it them, they gathered it: and when thou openeft thy hand, they are filled with good.

29. When thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: when thou

O Lord how manifold are thy Works : in Wisdom, and, where our Mort-lighted Understandings are not &c. As the visible things of the Creation naturally able to comprehend his counsels, ftill to acknowledge learn to the knowledge of God; fo should they induce that he is wife and just and good in all his dealings tous also to worship him as God-cheerfully to obey wards the Children of Men. his commands-humbly to adore his dispenfations

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