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:16 Vilich day by day were fashioned: when 'as yet there was none of them.
17 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 sand: 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 nine 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. ELIVER me, O Lord, from the evil man: and preserve
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.
The proud have laid a fnare 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 iny prayers, O Lord.
$ This Psalm was composed against the Flatterers Monarch, of Saul who had mifieprefented 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 milchievous 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 prosper 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 sight.
* Psalm 141. Domine, clamavi. ORD, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me: and consider
my voice, when I cry unto thee. . 2 Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight 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, lest I eat of such things as please them.
5 Let the righteous rather finite me friendly : and reprove me.
6 But let not their precious balms break my head: yea, I will pray yet against their wickedness.
9 Let their judges be overthrown in stony places: that they may hear my
words for they are sweet. t. A Man full of Words shall not projper, uc By before David tied to Gath from Soul's ce ficutii", I this is meant one who is an Evillpeaker, Backbiter, or Sam. xxi. 10. When being a 'prehe.itive Sicophant. And indeed it is generally observed that among Idolatois he might be templet to fry or in to' such sort of People may fourish for a time: yet something inconfilter o win his dury, he earneft y im. fomer or later they meet with just punishment.
plores God's hclp and protection. • This Psalm was probably composed the Evening
† Psalm 142.
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. E V ENING PRA Y E R.
Voce mea ad Dominum. Cried unto the Lord with my voice : yea, even unto the Lord
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 saw there was no man that would know me. 5 I had no place to flee unto: and no man cared for
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
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.
unto me for thy truth and righteousness fáke. I David being concealed in the Cave of Adullam, || This is the 7th and last of the penitential Psalms and fourrounded by Saul's Army, here eai neftly intreats in which the royal Prophet humbly acknow ledges his God tu aisist 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,-- graciously to hear
M S. Day XXX 179 2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy light shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul, he hath smitten my lise 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, left I be like unto them that
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 fee 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.
11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Names sake: 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. M O R N I N G PRAY E R.
Benedi&tus Dominus. Lefsed 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 himn from his present distress.
and deliverances which God had granted to David:
* Psalm 144.
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 son 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 smoke.
6 Caft 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 fing a new song unto thee, O God: and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.
10 Thou hast given victory unto kings: and hast delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.
11 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 sons may grow up as the young plants: and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple.
1:3 That our garners n.ay be full and plenteous with all manner 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 that are in such a cale: yea, blessed. are the people who have the Lord for their God.
* Psalm 145. Exaltabo te, Deus, Will magnify thee, O God, my King: and I will praise thy
Name for ever and ever. and a prayer for the prosperity of Israeli
Tho' temporal Blelings seem here to be chiefly pray'd I That our Sons may grow up as the young, &c. for as the Law of Moses was founded upon temporal