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16 Which day by day were fashioned: when as yet there was none of them. · 197 How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God: O how great is the sum of them!

18 If I tell them, they are more in number than the fand: when I wake up, I am present with thee.

19 Wilt thou not say the wicked, O God: depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.

20 For they speak unrighteously against thee : and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.

21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee : and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22 Yea, I hate them right fore: even as though they were mine enemies.

23. Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart: prove me, and examine my thoughts.

24. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me: and lead me in the way everlasting.

§ Psalm 140. Eripe me, Domine, D ELIVER me, O Lord, from the evil man: and preserve U me from the wicked man;

2 Who imagine mischief in their hearts : and stir up strife all the day long.

3. They have sharpened their tongues like a ferpent : adders poison is under their lips.

4 Keep me, O Lord, froin the hands of the ungodly: preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.

5 The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords : yea, and set traps in my way.

6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my prayers, O Lord.

$ This Pfalm was composed against the Flatterers Monarch. of Saul who had misieprefented David to that .

7 O Lord God, thou strength of my health: thou hast covered my head in the day of battel.

8 Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord: let not his mischievous imagination prosper, left they be too proud.

9 Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them : that compass me about.

10 Let hot burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.

II + A man full of words shall not profper upon the earth: evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.

12 Sure I am that the Lord will avenge the poor : and maintain the cause of the helpless.

13 The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name: and the just shall continue in thy fight.

* Psalm 141. Domine, clamavi. T ORD, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me: and consider U my voice, when I cry unto thee.

2 Let my prayer be set forth in thy fight as the incense: and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.

3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth : and keep the door of my lips.

4 O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing: let me not be occupied in ungodly works, with the men that work wick. edness, left I eat of such things as please them.

5 Let the righteous rather smite me friendly : and reprove me.

6 But let not their precious balms break my head: yea, I will pray yet against their wickedness.

7 Let their judges be overthrown in ftony places: that they may hear my words for they are sweet.

t A Man full of Words shall not projper, C. By before David tied to Gath from Saul's pe ficutit, i this is meant one who is an Evilspeaker, Backbiter, or Sam. xxi, 10. When being apprehenfive ca oy,,, Sycophant. And indeed it is generally observed that among Idolatois he might be tempted to fly or to tio' such sort of People may Nourish for a iime: yet something inconfiitent with his duy, he earneft'y im. fomer or later they meet with just punishment.

plores God's help and protection. * This Psalm was probably composed the Evening

8 Our bones lie scattered before the pit: like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.

9 But mine eyes look unto thee, O Lord God: in thee is my trust, o cast not out my soul.

10 Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me: and from the traps of the wicked doers.

11 Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together: and let me ever escape them.

EVENING PRA Y E R.

| Psalm 142. Voce mea ad Dominum. I Cried unto the Lord with my voice : yea, even unto the Lord I did I make my supplication.

2 I poured out my complaints before him: and shewed him of my trouble.

3 When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my path: in the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

4. I looked also upon my right hand : and faw there was no man that would know me.

5 I had no place to flee unto: and no man cared for my soul.

6 I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said: Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.

7. Consider my complaint: for I am brought very low. .8 O deliver me from my persecutors: for they are too strong for me.

9. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name: which thing if thou wilt grant me, then shall the righteous resort unto my company.

Pfalm 143. Domine, exaudi. L EAR my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire: hearken

I unto me for thy truth and righteousness fake.

I David being concealed in the Cave of Adullam, This is the 7th and last of the penitential Pfalm and surrounded by Saul's Army, here eai nestly intreats in which the royal Prophet humbly acknowledges his God tu atlift him in that eminent danger : vowing to own unworthiness of God's favour-intreats him to praise him for his deliverance.

'. regard his deplorable condition,--gracioudy to be

2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy fight shall no man living be justified.

3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul, he hath smitten my Jise down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.

4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me: and my heart within me is defolate.

5 Yet do I remember the time past, I muse upon all thy works: yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.

6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.:

7 Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit waxeth faint: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

8 O let me hear thy loving kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust: shew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.

9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: for I flee unto thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God: let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.

I Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Names fake: and for thy righteousness fake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And of thy goodness slay mine enemies; and destroy all them that vex my soul, for I am thy servant."

MORNING PRAY E R.

of Psalm 144. Benedi&tus Dominus. D Lessed be the Lord my strength: who teacheth my hands to

war, and my fingers to fight; 2 My hope, and my fortress, my castle, and deliverer, my dehis prayer,--to guide him by his fpirit and deliver † This is a Psalm of Thanksgiving for the victories him from his present distress. .

and deliverances which God had granted to David:*

fender in whom I trust : who subdueth my people that is under me.

3 Lord, what is man, that thou haftsuch respect unto him ; or the fon of man, that thou so regardest him?

4 Man is like a thing of nought: his time passeth away like a shadow.

5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down : touch the mountains, and they shall sinoke.

6 Cast forth thy lightning, and tear them : shoot out thine arrows, and consume them.

7. Send down thine hand from above: deliver ine, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strange children;

8 Whose mouth talketh of vanity: and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.

9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-ftringed lute.

10 Thou hast given victory unto kings: and hast delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.

in Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children: whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity.

12 I That our fons may grow up as the young plants: and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple.

13. That our garners n.ay be full and plenteous with all manñer of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our streets.

14 That our oxen may be strong to labour, that there be na decay: no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.

15 Happy are the people t'iat are in such a case: yea, blessed! are the people who have the Lord for their God.

* Psalm 145. Exaltabo te, Deus, I Will magnify thee, O God, my King: and I will praise thy

Name for ever and ever. and a prayer for the prosperity of Ifraela

- Tho' temporal Bledings seem here to be chiefly pray'd That our Sons may grow up as the young, Eco for as the Law of Mofes. was founded upon. temporal

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