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9 I have preached righteousness in the great con
10 I have not kept thy righteousness hidden in my
11 Lay thou no restraint, O Jehovah, upon thy ten
derness to me; Let thy tender-love and thy truth ever preserve
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.
. 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
blushes all-together ;
15 They shall immediately go off with their-due-dis
grace + [E]
* 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.”
16 All who seek thee, shall rejoice and be glad in
The lovers of thy salvation shall ever say, Mag
nified be Jehovah.
17 Although I am helples and poor, * [F]
Jehovah [G] thinketh of me;
A PRAYER OF THE MESSIAH IN HIS HUMILIATION.
i Blessed is he who giveth attention t to him that
is reduced to poverty ; [A]
* 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,
3 May Jehovah give him strength upon the couch
of languor ; [C].
4 For me, I have said, O Jehovah, have pity upon
me, O heal my soul, Surely I bear blame before
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
* 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
8 “ Some cursed thing t presseth heavily upon
“ him, " And when he is once down, he will rise no
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.