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9 I have preached righteousness in the great con

gregation ;
Behold thou knowest, O Jehovah,
I have laid-no-restraint-upon my lips.

10 I have not kept thy righteousness hidden in my

heart,
Thy faithfulness and thy salvation I have pro-

claimed;
I have not concealed thy tender love,
And thy truth, in the great congregation.

11 Lay thou no restraint, O Jehovah, upon thy ten

derness to me; Let thy tender-love and thy truth ever preserve

me.

12 Truly, evils crowded upon me, till they were be

yond number; My iniquities [D] overtook me, till I could not

endure the sight;

* The congregation of the universal church, collected from the general mass of the whole human race, in opposition to the particular congregation of the Jewish people.

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. They were more than the hairs of my head, and

my heart failed me. ,

13 Jehovah was pleased to deliver me ; *

Jehovah hastens to my help.

14 They who seek my life to destroy it
Shall be brought-to-shame, and covered-with-

blushes all-together ;
They who delight in my hurt,
Shall be driven-back, and put to confusion.

15 They shall immediately go off with their-due-dis

grace + [E]
Who say to me, aha! aha!

* This Psalm is no prayer for deliverance from dangers threate ened, but a song of thanksgiving for dangers past, or at least prophetically described as past.

+ « Their-due-disgrace.Due,—this I take to be the force of the pronoun suffixed to the noun “disgrace.”

ORACULAR VOICE.

16 All who seek thee, shall rejoice and be glad in

thee;

The lovers of thy salvation shall ever say, Mag

nified be Jehovah.

MESSIAH.

17 Although I am helples and poor, * [F]

Jehovah [G] thinketh of me;
My helper and my deliverer art thou,
O my God, make no delay.

PSALM XLI.

A PRAYER OF THE MESSIAH IN HIS HUMILIATION.

i Blessed is he who giveth attention t to him that

is reduced to poverty ; [A]
In the evil day Jehovah shall deliver him.

* 18 MSS. and 8 printed editions of Kennicott's collation. + « Blessed is he who is not offended in me.”

2 May Jehovah guard him, and keep him alive,

Let him be blessed in the land,
And give him not up [B] to the will of his ene-

mies.

3 May Jehovah give him strength upon the couch

of languor ; [C].
Thou hast made all his bed in his sickness.

4 For me, I have said, O Jehovah, have pity upon

me, O heal my soul, Surely I bear blame before

thee. [D]

5 My enemies wish me evil ;

- When will he die and his name perish?”

6 If any one come to see me, he talks deceitfully;*

His heart of itself conceiveth some-base-surmise; t
He goeth abroad and uttereth it.

* Many of the Jews' who visited our Lord, came to him with insidious designs.

+ Literally, “ his heart gathereth iniquity (ix) to itself.” The iniquity which the heart of the deceitful visitor gathereth, I take to be base suspicions engendered in it, of its own malignity.

7 All they that hate me whisper all-together against

me,
To myself they impute my calamity.

8 “ Some cursed thing t presseth heavily upon

“ him, " And when he is once down, he will rise no

66 more.”

9 Even my own familiar friend, in whom I put con

fidence, Eating of my bread, has practised the greatest

treachery against me. [F]

10 But thou, O Jehovah, have pity upon me,

And raise me up, that I may requite them.

11 By this I know that thou takest-delight in me,

Because my enemy will not triumph over me.

* They consider my afflicted state as a judgement upon me for my own sins.

+ « Some cursed thing," i. e. the crime which they supposed to be the cause of the divine judgement upon him.

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