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2. Take heed unto me, and hear me: how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.
3 The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast: for they are minded to do me some inischief, so maliciously are they set against me.
4 My heart is disquieted within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove: for then would I flee away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I get me away far off: and remain in the wilderness.
8 I would make haste to escape: because of the stormy wind and tempeft.
9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them: for I have spied uprighteousness and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: mischief also and forrow are in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness is therein: deceit and guile go not out of their ftreets.
12 For it is not an open enemy, that liath done me this difhonour: for then I could have borne it.
13 Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify himself against me: for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him.
14 But it was even thou, my companion: my guide, and mine own familiar friend.
15 We took sweet counfel together : and walked in the house of God as friends.
16 I Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down
proke forth intothese words. Fervent Prayer seldom is Achitophel had forfaken hiin, and' joined Ablalom in his yttered in vain.
rebellion against him. This Pfaim was prob.bly composed by David after I Let Death come haftily upon them, &c. This feem
quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
17 As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me.
18 În the evening and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that instantly: and he shall hear my voice.
19 It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace, from the battel that was against me: for there were many with me. 20 Yea, even God that endureth for ever, shall hear
and bring them down: for they will not turn, nor fear God.
21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him: and he brake his covenant.
22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart: his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they
23 O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee: and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.
24 And as for them: thou, o God, shalt bring them into the pit of destruction.
25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men fhall not live out half their days : nevertheless my trust Thall be in thee, O Lord.
MORNING PRA Y E R.
§ Psalm 56. Miferere mei, Deus. E merciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to devour
me: he is daily fighting and troubling me. 2 Mine enemies are daily in hand to swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most Highest.
3 Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid: yet put I my trust in thee.
ing imprecation is rather to be considered as a Prophecy meekness which our Lord in his Life and Death hath of what should befall David's Enemies; and is not to fet before us.
be applied by Christians to those who for whom they David having been diłcovered, and in danger of * have received injuries. On the contrary it is our duty being apprehended by the Philftines in Gath, i Sam, to pray for our Persecutors; herein conforming to the xxi. entreats God to preserve him; and praises him for Laws of the Gospel, and to that pattern of patience and his deliverance.
4 I will praise God, because of his word: I have put my truit in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5 They daily mistake my words: all that they imagine is to do
6 They hold altogether, and keep themselves : close: and mark my steps when they lay wait for my soul.
7 Shall they escape for their wickedness: thou, O God, in thy displeasure shalt cast them down.
8 Thou telleft my Aittings, put my tears into thy bottle: * not these things noted in thy book?
9 Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine eneinies be put to Aight: this I know; for God is on my side.
10 In Gods word will I rejoice: in the Lords word will I comfort me.
11 Yea, in God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid what man can do, unto me.
12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows: unto thee will I
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet. from falling: that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
|| Psalm 57. Miferere mei, Deus.: E merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me, for
foul trusteth in thee : and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge until this tyranny be over-past.
2 I will call unto the most high God: even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand.
3 He shall send from heaven : and fave me from the reproof him that would eat me up.
• Are not these Things noted in thy Book. The mean. iofinite knowledge, may we learn to live constantly uning of this and such-like expressions is, that every ac der its Conviction, in all holy and godly Conversation ! tion of every Man, is more certainly known to God, l! David flying before Saul, and being hid in a. and remembered unto jadgment; than things are made Cave, where he was surprized by the King, 1 Sam. certain to be remembered among Men, by being wittten 24. here offers up his Prayers to God for altance,and down in Books, Dr. Clarke, From a sense of God's expresses his firin Confidence in the divine Protection..
4 God shall send forth his mercy and truth : my soul is among lions.
5 And I lie even among the children of men, that are set on fire: whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
6 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.
7 They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul : they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it themselves.
8 My heart is fixed, O God; my heart is fixed : I will sing and give praise.
9. * Awake up, my glory; awake, lute and harp: I myself will awake right early.
10 I wil give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people : and I will sing unto thee among the nations.
11 For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens : and thy truth unto the clouds.
12 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth,
|| Psalm 58. Si vere utique.
minds set upon righteousness, O'ye congregation: and do ye judge the thing that is right, o ye fons of men ? 2 Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth : and your hands deal with wickedness.
3. The ungodly are froward, even from their mothers womb: as foon as they are born, they go astray, and speak lies.
4 They are as venemous as the poison of a serpent: even like, the deaf adder that stoppeth, her ears ;;
Awake up my Glory. By this is meant the Tongue muft they be who abuse it to the Purposes of Phrowhich is that peculiar Excelleney, wherein chiefly, phaneness, Imparity and Injustice! except reafon, Man furpasses all other Creatures. - This is a Complaint of David against Sant's wicked How reasonable then is it that that which is such a Counsellors, whose Impiety and Obstinacy he ftrongly. diftinguishing part of our nature should be employed describes : and foretells that the divine Vengeance zhe service of our Creator! And how very blameable would shortly, overtake and destroy them..
S. : Day xi. 5 Which refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer: charm he never so wisely
6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths, smite the jawbones of the lions, O Lord: let them fall away like water that runneth apace, and when they shoot their arrows, let them be rooted out.
7 Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman: and let them not see the sun.
8 Or cver your pots be made hot with thorns: so let indignation vex hiin, even as a thing that is raw.
9 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance : he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly.
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: doubtless there is a God that judgeth the earth.
E V ENING PRA Y E R.
|| Psalm 59. Eripe me de inimicis Eliver me from mine enemies, o God: defend me from
them that rise up against me. 2 O deliver me from the wicked doers: and save me from the blood thirsty men.
3. For lo, they lie waiting for my soul : the mighty men are gathered against me without any offence or fault of me, O Lord.
4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: arise thou therefore to help me, and behold. 5 Stand
up, O Lord God of hosts, thou God of Israel, to visit alt the heathen : and be not merciful unto them that offend of mali, cious wickedness.
* So that a Man fhalı say, Verily there is &c. Though persons whom Saul had fent to his house for that para God does not always interpose in this life for the pu. pose, 1 Sam. 19. represents to the Lord the danger he nillment of the Wicked: yet this is by no means to be is in; not doubling but God would deliver him from confidered as an impeachment of bis Justice: but rather his enemies, restrain their malice, and make them an as an additional argument for the truth of the Scrip- example to all the World. tures in which we are told that he hash afpointed a day * Deliver me from mine Enemies, &c. From the in whicb he will judge the World in righteousness by that History to which this relates we are informed that DaMan whom he hath ordained.
vid's Prayers were heard, and that Providence furnishDavid, in danger of being apprehended by fome ed him with the means of escaping the fury of