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1 Are ye in earnest*, O faction, when ye talk of

righteousness, Do ye give-sentence uprightly, O ye sons of

men?

2 Nay, but in your heart you work wickedness upon

the earth,
You concert your schemes of violence. +[A]

3 The impious are alienated, from the womb; From the very-birth, they go astray t, speakers of

falsehood.

4. Their malignant temper [B] is like the serpent ;

Like the deaf adder that stoppeth his ear,

* The insinuation of a hypocritical pretence to righteousness, strongly points at the Scribes and Pharisees of our Lord's times.

t Schemes of violence, literally, “ the violence of your “ hands.” i. e. You lay out, in your imaginations, the schemes which your hands are to execute.

† “ They wander,” i. e. they are unprincipled ;-they wander over the field of life, not determined to any certain path.

5 Which will not hearken to the sound of muttered

charms, [To the voice] of the skilful enchanter. [C]

6 God is breaking their teeth in their mouths; The grinders of the young-lions Jehovah is break

ing out. [D]

7 They shall [E] melt away like water which is in

continual flow, He shall level his arrows against them, And like ***** they shall split in pieces. [F]

8 Thou shalt dissolve them like wax,

Like as a woman's untimely birth is gone, [G] Never seen of the sun *.

9 Before your pots feel the bramble, In whirlwind and hurricane he shall

sweep them

away. [H]

* Or, “ not having seen the sun."

10 The Just ONE shall rejoice when he seeth the

vengeance, He shall wash his feet in the blood of the impious

one:

11 So that mankind * shall say, Truly there is a re

ward for the Just ONE; Truly there is a God who executeth-judgement

in the earth.

* Literally, “a man.”

CRITICAL NOTES

UPON THE

PSALMS.

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