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PS A L T E R,

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PS A L MS OF D A VID,
Pointed as they are to be sung or said in CHURCHES.

Morning Prayer.
THE FIRST DAY.

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LESSED is the man that hath not walked in the

counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of B

finners: and hath not fat in the feat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and

in his law will he exercife himfelf day and night. * And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-fide: that will bring forth his fruit in due feason.

4 His leaf also shall not wither: and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.

5 As for the ungodly, it is not fo with them: but they are like the chaff which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.

$ This Psalm is like a recommendatory Preface to the alluded to was probably the Palm; because it natuwhole following colle&tion: and describes the conduct rally flourishes most near Water, and is an Evergreen: and happiness of the Righteous, and the misery of the and is a proper emblem of a good Man, who is conWicked. The condition of the former is reprefented tinually watered by the Streams of the divine favour by a flourishing fruitful Tree; of the latter by Chaff and who flourishes equally amid the wintry scenes of which as it is unprofitable in itfelf, so it is easily Adversity, and the Summer-suns of Prosperity ; because dispersed by the Winds.

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6 Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judge ment; neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 7 #But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: and the of the ungodly shall perish.

|| Psalm 2. Quare fremuerunt gentes? HY do the heathen so furiously rage together: and why do

the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together: against the Lord, and against his Anointed.

3 Let us break their bonds asunder: and cast away their cords

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4 He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath: and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my King: upon my holy hill of Sion.

7 I will preach the law, whereof the Lord hath said unto me: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

8 Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance: and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron: and break them in pieces like a potters vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, Oye kings: be learned, ye that are judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord in fear: and rejoice unto him with reverence.

12 + Kiss the Son, left he be angry, and so ye perilh from the right way: if his wrath be kindled (yea, but a little) blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

§ Psalm 3. Domine, quid multiplicati? . ORD, how are they increased that trouble me: many are

they that rise against me. # But she Lord knowith the way, &c. i. e. he ap- celebration of David's victory over his Fuemies, and

safe establishment upon the Throne of Judah: yet it Though this Psalm may primarily be a triumphant is plainly prophetical likewise and relates to the King

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2 Many one there be that say of my soul: There is no help for him in his God.

3 But thou, O Lord, art my defender: thou art my worship, and the lifter up

of my head. 4 I did call upon the Lord with my voice: and he heard me out of his holy hill.

5 I laid me down and slept, and rofe up again: for the Lord suftained me.

6 I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people: that have set themselves against me round about.

.7 Up, Lord, and help me, O my God: # for thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheek-bane; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: and thy blessing is upon thy people.

|| Pfalm 4. Cum invocarem. EAR me when I call, O God of my righteousnefs : thou

haft set me at liberty when I was in trouble ; have upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.

2 Oye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour : and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after leasing?

3 Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himfeff the man that is godly: when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me. dom of the Messiah, which it was hereby foretold, deliver us from them, when he sees it best for us. should, in spite of all its Enemies, prevail through the | For thou. smiteft all mine Enemies upon the Cheet.

borie. This is a metaphorical expression signifying Kiss the Son left be be angry, &c. As a Kids a that God had utterly destroyed the power of his Enemong the Eastern People from a Subject to a Supe- mies, viz. of Saul, his descendents and followers. rior was considered as a token of homage and reve. Upon this the Royal Prophet builds his hopes of future rence ; fo this paffage, as it relates to Chriflians, is deliverance. an Exhortation to pay a due obedience to the Doctrine. This Praln seems to be a further invocation of of Christ,

God's help again At Absalom and his feditious party ; This Pfalm was occasioned by the Rebellion of whom David here reproves and exhorts to return to Absalom, when Duvid was obliged to fee from Jeru- their obedience-inftructing them in their duty; and falem. 2 Sam. xv. 14. From the sentiments which assuring them that true Happiness did not conhit in David expresses on this occafion we may learn amidit worldsy afluenre, but in God's favour, on which he our greatest Troubles to fix a firm reliance upon Provi. fixeth his sole dependence. dence: being fully assured that God both can and will

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4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart, in your

chamber, and be still. 's Offer the sacrifice of righteousness : and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There be many that say: Who will shew us any good ? 7 Lord, lift thou up : the light of thy countenance upon us.

8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart : since the time that their corn, and wine, and oil increased.

9 I will lay me down in peace, and take my reft : for it is thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in safety.

§ Pfalm 5. Verba mea auribus. ONDER my words, O Lord : consider my meditation.

2 O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I make my prayer,

3 My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord: early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

For thou art the God that hast no pleasure in wickedness : neither shall any evil dwell with thee.

5 Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight: for thou hatest all thein that work vanity.

6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing : the Lord will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, I will come into thine house, even upon the multitude of thy mercy : and in tły fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies: make thy way plain before my face.

Stana in awe and Sin not. This in the Septuagint they may afterwards have jatt cause to Repent. translation is be ye Angry and Sin not: which St. Paul The royal Prophet feems to have been in a state quotes, Ephef. iv, 26. but the sense is much the fame of Exile and AMiction at the time of the composition in bosh translations, as it contains an Exhortation to of this Psalm, whether from Saul or his own Son is the Rebels, not so to give way to their Pallion, as to uncertain, but, from the wickedness of his Enemies he carry on a Conspiracy against their lawful Sovereign, is encouraged to hope for deliverance fronı his Calamiand' it contains in it also an useful inftru&tion to all ties : because he is tully assured that the Righteous Men to be wale of indulging, their Anger to excef alone are God's favourites; and that to; him all Inileft it burry them into words and actions of which quity is an abomination.

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9 For there is no faithfulness in his mouth: their inward parts are very wickedness.

* Their throat is an open sepulchre: they flatter with their congue.

11 Destroy thou them, O God, let them perish through their own imaginations: cast them out in the multitude of their ungodliness; for they have rebelled against thee.

12 And let all them that put their trust in thee rejoice: they shall ever be giving of thanks, because thou defendest them; they that love thy Name, shall be joyful in thee;

13 For thou, Lord, wilt give thy bleffing unto the righteous: and with thy favourable kindness wilt thou defend him as with a shield.

E V E N I N G PRA Y ER.

|| Psalm 6. Domine, ne. LORD, rebuke me not in thine indignation: neither

chaften me in thy displeasure. 2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak: O Lord, heal for my

bones are vexed. 3 My Soul also is fore troubled : but, Lord, how long wilt thou punish me ?

4 Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O fave me for thy mercies fake.

5 + For in death no man remembereth thee: and who will give thee thanks in the pit ?

6 I am weary of my groaning, every night wash I my bed: and water my couch with my tears.

* Their Throat is an open Sepulchre. is ei as the is, as if he had faid, “ Save me from «estruction, Sepulchre is a wide open for the reception of the dead, “ that I may praise thee amongst the living: for if I so were David's Enemies earnestly set upon his def “ die, who, among the prefent degenerate Race of truction,

“ Mortals, will pay thee the worship and praise which is || This is the firft among the seven penitential" due to thee". To with for Life from a desire of praPfalms, in which David expresses a forrow and remorfe moting God's glory is certainly laudable: yet it should for his paft Sins, truly worthy of imitation in his cir- always be with fubmillion to his will. Becaule he needcumstances.

eth not our affiftance, but hath always fufficient power + For in death no Man remembereth thee,&o. Which to effe&t his own purpofes.

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