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25 But murmured in their tents: and hearkned not unto the voice of the Lord.

:26 Then lift he up his hand against them: to overthrow them in the wilderness;

27 To cast out their feed among the nations: and to scatter them in the lands.

28 They joined themselves unto Baalpeor: and ate the offerings of the dead.

29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their own inventions: and the plague was great among them.

30 Then stood up Phinees and prayed: and so the plague ceased.

31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness: among all posterities for evermore.

32 They angred him also at the waters of strife: so that he punished Moses for their fakes;

33 Because they provoked his spirit: so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

34 Neither destroyed they the heathen: as the Lord commanded them;

35 But were mingled among the heathen: and learned their works.

36 Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which turned to their own decay: yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils,

37 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters: whom they offered unto the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled with blood.

38 Thus were they stained with their own works: and went a whoring with their own inventions.

39. Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people: inlomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.

40 And he gave them over into the hand of the heathen: and they that hated them, were lords over them.

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41 Their enemies oppressed them: and had them in subjection.

42 Many a time did he deliver them : but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.

43 : Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity: he heard their complaint.

44 He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them, according unto the multitude of his mercies: yea, he made all those that led them away captive to pity them. 45

Deliver O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen: that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.

46 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and world without end: and let all the people say, Amen.

MORNING PRA Y ER.

of Psalm 107. Confitemini Domino. GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious: and his

mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let them give thanks whom the Lord hath redeemed: and delivered from the hand of the enemy;

3. And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west: from the north, and from the south.

4. They went astray in the wilderness out of the way: and found no city to dwell in ;

5 Hungry and thirsty: their soul fainted in them.

6 So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble: and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He led them forth by the right way: that they might go to the city where they dwelt.

8 Ó that men would iherefore praise he Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

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9 For he fatis fieth the empty soul: and filleth the hungry soul with geo:lness;

10 Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: being fast bound in misery and iron.

11 Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord : and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest;

12 He also brought down their heart through heaviness: they fell down, and there was none to help them.

13 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble: he delivered them out of their distress.

14 For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death: and brake their bonds in funder.

15 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !

16 For he hath broken the gates of brafs: and smitten the bars of iron in funder,

17 Foolish men are plagued for their offence: and because of their wickedness.

18 Their foul abhorred all manner of meat: and they were even hard at deaths door,

19 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble: he delivered them out of their distress.

20 He sent his word, and healed them: and they were saved from their destruction,

21 O that inen would therefore praife the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

22 That they would offer unto him the facrifice of thanksgiving: and tell out his works with gladness! in celebrates the goodness and mei cy of God towards us to think upon. God, and to cry unto him.-because we all Men in their greatef calamities, in his lending a then more particularly discover the vanity and insufiready Ear to their requests.

ciency of all worldly help without him. 'How kind is. * 'So when tbey cried unto the Lord, &c. Such is the it then in. Providence to suffer Men to feel the effects happy tendency of affliction where it falls upon a mind of their own tollies, or to inflia upon them needfuke which is difpoled for its reception-I naturally leads chastisements, in order to bring them back.co Duty!

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23 They that go down to the sea in ships: and occupy their business in great waters,

24 These men see the works of the Lord: and his wonders in the deep.

25 For at his word the stormy wind ariseth: which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep: their foul melteth away because of the trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man: and are at their wits end.

28 So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble: he delivereth them out of their distress.

29 For he maketh the storm to cease: so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad, because they are at rest: and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.

31 0 that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth the for children of men!

32 That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people: and praise him in the seat of the elders! 33 Who turneth the floods into a wilderness : and drieth

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34 A fruitful land maketh he barren : 'for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water : and water-springs of a dry ground.

36 And there he setteth the hungry: that they may build them a city to dwell in.

3o That they may low their land, and plant vineyards : to yield them fruits of increase.

38 He blesseth them so that they multiply exceedingly: and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

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39 And again, when they are minished and brought low: through oppression, through any plague or trouble ;

40 Thougla -he fuffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants: and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;

4.1 Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery: and maketh him housholds like a flock of sheep.

42 The righteous will consider this and rejoice : and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.

43. Wholo is wile will ponder these things: and they shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord.

E V E N IN G PRAY E R.

* Psalm 108. Paratuin cor meum. God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready: t I will sing and

give praise with the beit member that I have. 2 Awake, thou lute and harp: I myself will awake right early.

3 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

4. For thy mercy is greater than the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.

5. Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.

6 That thy beloved may be delivered: let thy right hand fave them, and hear thou me.

7 God bath fpoken in his holiness: I will rejoice therefore and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

8 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine: Ephraim also is the strength of my head.

9 Judah is iny law-giver, Moab is my wash pot : over Edom will I cast out my shoe ; upon Philistia will I triumph.

Lavid here extols God? Mercy and Truth; and becaule by it he was enabled to uter publickly the implor, s his ainfarce ; expreffing at the fame time praises of God, and make known to mankind the dehis asurance that he should reign over the whole Land vout senciments of his Heart. What pity: it is that of lfrael, and be victorious over the Moabites, Edomithat which is here reckoned the best of our Members des, and all who opposed him.

Nould be so oftea rendered the worst, yea ar urub. + I will fong and give praise with the best Member, Evil, full of deadly Poison' and how much have its Es By this the Psalmist probably meant his Tongue: perverters, to answer for!

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