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: 5 Gather my faints togerher unto me: those that have made a covenant with me with facrifice. : 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.

Hear, o my people, and I will speak: I myself will testify, againft thee, O Israel; for I am God, even thy God.

8 I will not reprove thee, because of thy facrifices, or for thy - burnt-offerings: because they were not alway before me.'

9 I will take no bullock out of thine house: nor he-goat bút of thy folds.

1101 10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine: and so are the cattle upon a thousand bills.

11 I know all the fowls upon the mountains: and the wild beasts? of the field are in any sight....

12 If I be hungry, I will not tell thee: for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein. :

13 Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls-flesh: and drink the blood of goats? ,

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving: and pay thy vows unto the most Highest.

15 And call upon me in the time of trouble: fo will I hear thee, and thou shalt praise me.

16 But unto the ungodly said God: Why dost thou preach my? laws, and takest my covenant in thy mouth;

17 Whereas thou hatest to be reformed: and hast cast my words behind thee?

18 When thou faweft a thief, thou consentedft unto him: and haft been partaker with the adulterers.

19 Thou hast let thy mouth speak wickedness: and with thy tongue thou hast set forth deceit.

facrifices and outward ceremonies of Religion, burt and the other virtues. In order to give greater weight Father with fincere devotion of Mind, and praise to these Doctrines, God himself is introduced by the x which flows from a grateful Heart : altho' even thiese Pfalmift as delivering them in all the awful pomp of toarks of piety will not be acceptable without justice divine Majetty, as be did the Law from Sinasa ili

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.: 20 Thou fattest and spakest against thy brother: yea, and hast slandered thine own mothers son. . .

21 These things hast thou done, and I held my tongue, and thou thoughtest wickedly, , that I am even such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that thou hast done.

22 O consider this, ye that forget God: left I pluck you away, and there. be noneto deliver you. 1:23 * Whoso offereth me thanks and praise, he honoureth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation right, will I shew the fälvation of God.

$ Psalm 51. Miserere mei, Deus. I TAve mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness: acé 11 cording to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences. | 2 Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my faults: and my fin is ever before me.

4 Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.

5 $ Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my mother conceived me. ..

6 But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts; and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.

7 Thou shalt purge me with hyffop, and I shall be clean: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. i.

Whoso offereth me Thanks and Praisė, &c. “ Pub- posed by David upon the reproof which he received lic Praises and Thanksgivings (says Dr. Clarke) are from Nathan the Prophet, after his Adultery with Barbo se acceptable to God, as part of our religious Worship fheba 2 Sam. xii. An A&t of public penitence which « and Adoration of him; but are then only so, when such crimes loudly call for !,.

. a " the declarations of our mouths are the real figni- I Behold I was jhapen in Wickedness, &c. Grotius says s tications of the intentions of our hearts, and our de the sense of this passage is, “I have not only com “ ligos are not to abuse those mercies which we thank mited a grievous crime at present, but have often *** him for."

“finned from my childhood, and is an hyperbolical This is the fourth of the penitential Psalms, some kind of speaking, as appears by cump:ng it with Job

; 8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Turn thy face from my sins: and put out all my misdeeds.

10 Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right fpirit within me. "

11 Caft me not away from thy presence: and take not thy holy Spirit from me."

12 O give me the comfort of thy help agáin: and stablish inę with thy free Spirit.

13 Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked: and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, o God, thou that art the God of my health: and my tongue shall sing of thy righte. oufness.

15. Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall shew thy praife. ::-16 For thou desireft no facrifice, else would I give it thée: but thou delighteft not in burnt-offerings.

17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled fpirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.

18 O be favourable and gracious unto Sion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the facrifice of righteousness, with the burnt offerings, and oblations: then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.

- [Psalm 52. Quid gloriaris? W H Y boastest thou thyself thou tyrant: that thou canst do.

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Bi 2 Whereas the goodness of God: endureth yet daily?

xxxi. 28. Psalm xxii. 10. 11. and lviii. . and lxxi. 5. against us. 6. Isaiah xlviii. 8. When the conscience is deeply 8 This Psalm was occafioned by the Naughter of the wounded with a sense of any notorinus crime, our Priests through the Calumnies of Doeg the Edomite, as it other smaller offences will be apt to stand up in array is related i Sam. xxij.

3 Thy tongue imagineth wickedness: and with lies thou cuttest like a Mharp razor.

4. Thou hast loved unrighteousness more than goodness:..and, to talk of lies more than righteousness.

5 Thou hast loved to speak all words that may do hurt: 0, thou false, tongue.

6 Therefore shall God destroy thee for ever: he shall, take thee, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling, and root thee out of the land of the living.

7 The righteous also sha'l see this, and sear; and shall laugh him to scorn

8 * Lo, this is the man that took not God for his strength: but trusted unto the multitude of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

9 As for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: my trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever. ;

10 I will always give thanks unto thee for that thou hast done: and I will hope in thy name, for thy saints like it, well.

EV E NING PRA Y E R.

Psalm 53. Dixit infipiens. *THE foolish body hath said in his heart: There is no God.

I 2 Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickedness: there is none that doeth good.

3 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.. . 4 But they are all gone out of the way they are altogether become abominable: there is also none that doeth good, no not one.

* Lo this is the Man that took not God, &c. The promises the righteous help and deliverance from the Lesson, (says Dr. Young) ,, that this example does Almighty. most genuinely teach us. is this. That when a man * The foolift Body hail faid in bis Heart, go. This or once ceases to take God for his strength (which was does not imply that all Sinners actually believe there *6 Doeg's first fault) when he once neglects to apply is no God; but the meaning is that the impiety of the • himself to heaven for conduct and support, that man people in the Prophets time was so great and general 16 paturally falls from one fin to another, and there is that wicked men lived as if they denied the Being of a uno Security of stopping betwixt indevotion and the God. Well were it if this Complaint might not bewith e bottomless Pit.""

too much justice applied to a great pumber of Christians, The Prophet here describes the extreme impiety who profess to know God, but in Works dery bim, giving and general cossuption of the time in which he lived themselves up to all manner of Wickedness, she thrcatens the wicked with divine vengeance, and

iş Are not they without understanding, that work wickedness: eating up my people as if they would eat bread? they have not called upon God.

6. They were afraid where no fear was : for God hath broken the bones of him that besieged thee; thou hast put them to confusion, because God hath despised them. .

7 Oh that the salvation were given unto Israel out of Sion: Oh that the Lord would deliver his people out of captivity.' 8 Then should Jacob rejoice: and Israel should be right glad.

| Psalm 54. Deus, in nomine. CAVE me, O God, for thy Names sake; and avenge me in thy S strength.

2 Hear my prayer, O God: and hearken unto the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers are rifen up against me: and tyrants which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.

4 +Behold, God is my helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: destroy thou them in thy truth...

6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O Lord: because it is fo comfortable.

7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon minė enemies.'

. Psalm 55. Exaudi, Deus. I TEAR my prayer, O God: and hide not thyself from my. T i petition. · .

I The treachery of the Ziphues and the artifices of ledgement to God for his deliverance. ; ) ! Saul to take David gave occasion to this Psalm fee t Bebold God is my He'per; the Lord, &c. This sud.

Sam xxiii and xxvi. David therefore, tho' in great den change in David's language might perhaps be danger, commends himself with firm confidence to occasioned by his being told amidit his Prayer that God's protection foretells the punishment which should Saul was called off from the purfuit of him by the i fall upon his enemies, and makes a grateful acknow- Philiftines i Sam. xxiii, 27. and he therefore suddenly.

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