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let them be covered with shanie and dishonour, that seek to do me evil.

12 As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.

13 My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and falvation: for I know no end thereof.

14 I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God; * and will make mention of thy righteousness only.

15 Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works. 16 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray

: headed: until I have sewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.

17 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high: and great things are they that thou hast done; O God, who is like unto thee?

18 O what great troubles and adversities halt thou shewed me! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me: yca, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.

19 Thou hast brought me to great honour: and comforted ine on every fide.

20 Therefore will I praise thee and thy faithfulness, o God, playing upon an instrument of musick: unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou holy One of Israel.

21 My lips will be fain when I'fing unto thee: and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.

22 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, and brought unto shame, that seek to do me evil.

|| Psalm 72. Deus, judicium. MIVE the king thy judgments, O God: and thy righteousness J unto the kings son.

And will make mention of thy Righteousness only. places of Scripture (when it relates to God) fignifies, The word highteoulness here as well as in many other faving Mircy, or preserving goodness: And this passage

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2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor.

3 The mountains also shall bring peace: and the little hills righteousness unto the people.

4 He shall keep the simple folk by their right: defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong doer.

. 5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endureth: from one generation to another.

6 *He Thall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth.

7 In his time shall the righteous flourish: yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.

8 His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other: and from the flood unto the worlds end.

9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him: his enemies shall lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tharsis, and of the illes shall give presents: the kings of Arabia, and Saba shall bring gifts.

11 All kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall do hii service.

12 For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall be favourable to the simple and needy: and shall preferve the souls of the

poor. He shall deliver their souls from fallhood and wrong: and dear shall their blood be in his fight.

implies that David would always gratefully

, acknow him to govern his People: describing, at the same ledge the divine goodness towards him in delivering time, the future glory and extent of Solomon's Kinghim from his Enemies: ascribing the glory to God, and dom, and the happiness his Subjects would enjoy under 10 him alone. Such is the conduct of him whore Heart him. Yet, several of the antient Jewish Writers is daly affected with a sense of God's Mercics. allow that this Psalm relates, in a more exalted sense,

This Psalm was pr bably wrote a little before to the Meffiah. David's death, when he had declared Solazion to be * He shall come down like the Rain, &c. This may his successor, had ordered him to be anointed by 2 adoc, be applied in a temporal tense to Solomon's wise admi. and publickly inaugurated, 1 Kings i. Hercin he com- nistration of justice, whereby his Kingdom and People mends his Son to God, beseeching him to endue him hould Aourith and increase. But it seems to be mot! with such Wisdom and Righteousness as would enablc perfe&tly fulfilled in the influence which Chrilt's Dop.

15 He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Alabia: prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall he be praised.

16 There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills: his fruit shall shake like Libanus, and shall be green the city like grass upon the earth.

17 His Name shall endure for ever, his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities: which shall be blessed through him, and all the heathen shall praise him.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel: which only doeth wondrous things ;

19 And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever: and all the earth shall be filled with his Majesty. Amen, Amen.

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Psalm 73. Quam bonus Ifrael!
RULY God is loving unto Ifrael: even unto such as are of

a clean heart. 2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone: my treadings had well-nigh slipt.

3 And why? I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in luch prosperity. 4. For they are in no peril of death: but are lusty and strong.

They come in no misfortune like other folk: neither are they plagued like other men.

6 And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride: and overwhelmed with cruelty.

7 Their eyes (well with fatness: and they do even what they lust.

8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy: their talking is against the most High. trine hath upon all true Believers : by which they are the prosperity of the Wicked, and the afflictions o rendered fruitful in every goed Work, increasing with the Righteous. For that the felicity of the Wicked the increase of God, Col. i. 10. See also Isaiah 1v. 10, 11. is, at best

, but fleeting, transitory and unsubstantial; | This Plalm teacheth us how we ought to judge of whereas the Righteous enjoy comfort and peace, amidi

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9 For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven: and their tongue goeth through the world.

10 Therefore fall the people unto them: and thereout suck they no small advantage.

11 Tush, say they, how should God perceive it: is there knowledge in the most High?

12 Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have' riches in poffeffion : and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and washed mine hands in innocency.

13 All the day long have I been punished : and chaftened every morning.

14. Yea, and I had almost said even as they: but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.

15 Then thought I to understand this: but it was too hard for me,

16 Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I the end of these men;

17 Namely, how thou doft set them in Nippery places : and castest them down, and destroyest them.

18 Oh how suddenly do they consume: perish, and come to a fearful end I

19 Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh fo shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.

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heart was grieved: and it went even through my reins.

21 So foolish was I, and ignorant: even as it were a beast before thee.

22 Nevertheless, I am alway by thee: for thou hast holden me by my right hand.

23 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel: and after that receive me with glory: their deepest diitresses, from the confideration that they cions God, who will make all things work together for are under the continual care and protection of a gra- good to them that love him,

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Whom have I in heaven but thee: and there is none upon earth, that I desire in comparison of thee.

25 My flesh, and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

26 For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee.

27 But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God: and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

|| Pfalm 74. Ut quid, Deus ? GOD, wherefore art thou absent froin us so long: why is

thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture? 2 O think upon thy congregation whom thou hast purchased, and redeemed of old.

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the tribe of thine inheritance: and mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Lift up thy feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every ene. my: which hath done evil in thy sanctuary. 5

Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations: and set up their banners for tokens.

6 He that hewed timber afore out of the thick trees: was known to bring it to an excellent work.

7 But now they break down all the carved work thereof: with axes and hammers.

8 They have fet fire upon thy holy places: and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.

9 Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havock of them altogether : thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the Jand.

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* Whom have ! in Heaven but thee, 8c. “ If a Man \ T'he destruction of the Temple feems to have been “ were to chuse a Happiness for himself

, (Says Dr. Til the occasion of this Pfalm in which the Jewish Nation letfon, on this passage,) and were to ransack Heaven describes the melancholy fituation to which it is redoand Earth for it; after all

his search and enquiry he ced in its captivity-implores the affiftance of the Al'“ would at last fix upon God, as the chief happiness mighty, and is comforted with the consideration of of Man, and the true and only red and center of our the deliverances he had formerly granted to that Peo4 Soul."

ple, and the proofs of his power in the order of the

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