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83. For I am become like a 10th Part. (1)
bottle (n) in the smoke : yet do I 73. Thy hands have made me not forget thy statutes. and fashioned me : 0 give me
84. How many are the days of understanding, that I may learn thy servant : when wilt thou be thy commandments.
avenged of them that persecute 74. They that fear thee will be me ? glad when they see me : because 85. The proud have digged pits I have put my trust in thy word. for me: which (o) are not after thy 75. I know, O Lord, that thy
law. judgements are right : and that 86. All thy commandments are thou of very faithfulness hast true : they persecute me falsely; caused me to be troubled.
O be thou my help: 76. O let thy merciful kindness 87. They had almost made an be my comfort : according to thy end of me upon earth : but I forword unto thy servant.
sook not thy commandments. 77. O let thy loving-mercies 88. O quicken me after thy come unto me, that I may live: loving-kindness : and so shall Î for thy law is my delight.
the testimonies of thy 78. Let the proud be confound
mouth. ed, for they go wickedly about
12th Part. (p) to destroy me : but I will be oc- 89. O Lord, thy word : encupied in thy commandments. dureth for ever in heaven.
79. Let such as fear thee and 90. Thy truth also remaineth have known thy testimonies : be from one generation to another: turned unto me.
thou hast laid the foundation of 80. O let my heart be sound the earth, and it abideth. in thy statutes : that I be not 91. They (9) continue this day ashamed.
according to thine ordinance : for 11th Part. (K)
all things serve thee. 81. My soul hath longed for 92. If my delight had not been thy salvation (1) : and I have in thy law : I should have perished a good hope, because of thy in my trouble. word. (m)
93. I will never forget thy com82. Nine eyes long sore for thy mandments : for with them thou word : saying, “ O when wilt thou hast quickened me. o comfort me?"
94. I am thine, O save me:
(i) Reflections in trouble, acknow- « liverance at thy hand," " the protection ledging the utmost dependence upon God
" thou canst give." and the justice of his judgments, praying (m) “ Word.” See note on verse 49. earnestly for deliverance, and resolving (n) v. 83. “ A bottle, &c.” Their to keep God's law.
bottles were of skin, or leather, and when (k) Reflections during trouble and per- hung up in the smoke became parched, secution, (probably written whilst David dried up, worn out. was concealed for fear of Saul,) noticing (o) v. 85.“ Which, &c.”i.e. the proud." the dangers he had undergone, and ear- (p) Upon the certainty of the fulfilnestly looking up to God for protec- ment of God's promises, and the comfort tion.
of keeping his commandments. (1) v. 81. “ Thy salvation," i. e. “de. (9) v. 91." They," i. e. “ all things."
for I have sought thy command- unto my throat : yea, sweeter (6) ments.
than honey unto my mouth! 95. The ungodly laid wait for 104. Through thy commandme to destroy me : but I will ments I get understanding : thereconsider thy testimonies.
fore I hate all evil ways. 96. I see that all things (r) come to an end (s): but thy command
MORNING PRAYER. ment is exceeding broad. (t)
14th Part. (c)
105. The word is a lantern unto thy law : all the day long is unto my feet : and a light unto my study in it!
my paths. 98. Thou, through thy com
106. I have sworn, and am mandments, hast made me wiser stedfastly purposed : to keep thy than mine enemies : for they (x) righteous judgements. are ever with me.
107. I am troubled above mea99. I have more understanding sure : quicken me, O Lord, acthan my teachers (y): for thy tes cording to thy word. timonies are my study,
108. Let the free-will offerings 100. I am wiser than the (y) aged: of my mouth please thee, O Lord: because I keep thy command and teach me thy judgements. ments.
109. My soul (d) is alway in 101. I have refrained my feet my hand : yet do I not forget thy from every evil way : that I may
law. keep thy word.
110. The ungodly have laid a 102. I have not shrunk (2) from snare for me : but yet I swerved thy judgements : for thou teachest not from thy commandments. . me. (a)
111. Thy testimonies have I 103. O how sweet are thy words claimed as mine heritage (e) for
(r) v. 96.“ All things," i. e.“ all earthly
6 be desired are they than gold; yea, "things."
“ than much fine gold ; sweeter also than (8) “Come to an end,” i.e.“ fail, perish.” “ honey, and the honeycomb."
(t) “ Broad,”' i. e. “ firm, stable, upon (c) Reflections in great distress, pro"a solid foundation, not” (like earthly fessing a constant adherence to God's law, things) “ coming to an end and perishing. and a firm resolution to continue it. (u) An eulogium upon God's law.
(d) v. 109. “My soul, &c." i. e. my (1) v. 98. “ They," i. e. “thy command- “ life is always in hazard;" probably, a "ments."
proverbial expression. So Judges xii. 3. (y) v. 99, 100.“ Teachers," and " aged." “ I put my life in my hands, and passed These verses imply that the writer was not over against the children of Ammon;" very far advanced in years.
and 1 Sam. xix. 5. “ he did put his life (z) v. 102. “ Not shrunk, &c.” i. e. “ I “ in his hand, and slew the Philistine." “ have borne my afflictions with patience."
So 1 Sam. xxviii, 21. when the witch of (a) “ Thou teachest me," i. e. (either)
Endor did that for Saul for which she was e not to shrink, &c." or, « thou makest punishable with death, she uses this ex“thy judgments instruments to teach pression, “ I have put my life in my hand,
6 and have hearkened unto thy word.” (b) v. 103. “ Sweeter, &c." So Ps, xix. (e) v. 111. “ Mine heritage,” i. e. my 9, 10. “ The judgments of the Lord are “ estate, possession. The thing above all “ true and righteous altogether : more to
“ others I prefer."
very joy of
ever : and why? they are the is lawful and right : 0 give me
not over unto mine oppressors. 112. I have applied my heart to 122. Make (k) thou thy serfulfil thy statutes alway : even vant to delight in that which is unto the end.
good : that the proud do me no 15th Part. (g)
wasted 113. I hate them, that imagine away (1) with looking for thy evil things : but thy law do I love.
health (m): and for the (n) word 114. Thou art my defence and shield : and my trust is in thy (h)
of thy righteousness.
124. O deal with thy servant word. 115. Away from me, ye wicked: according unto thy loving mercy:
and teach me thy statutes. I will keep the commandments of
125. I am thy servant; O grant 116. O stablish me according know thy testimonies.
me understanding : that I may to thy word, that I may live : and let me not be disappointed of
126. It is time for thee, Lord, to lay (0) to thine hand : for they
have destroyed (P) thy law. 117. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe : yea, my delight
127. For I love thy command
ments : above gold and precious shall be ever in thy statutes.
stone. 118. Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy all thy commandments : and all
128. Therefore bold I straight statutes :. for they imagine but deceit.
false ways I utterly abhor. 119. Thou puttest away all the
17th Part. (9) ungodly of the earth like dross :
129. The testimonies are wontherefore I love thy testimonies.
derful : therefore doth my soul 120. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee : and I am afraid of thy keep them.
130. When thy word goeth judgements.
forth it giveth light and under16th Part. (i)
standing unto the simple. 121. I deal with the thing that 131. I opened my mouth, and (g) A profession of confidence in God, (1) v. 123. “ Wasted away, &c.” i. e. and attachment to his laws; a prayer for “ from the earnestness and anxiety with protection, and an assurance that God " which I have looked.” does and will put down the wicked.
(m) " Health," i. e. "protection," “ de(h) v. 114. “ Thy word,” i. e. (proba- “ liverance by thee." bly) “ thy promises ;" either, what thou (n) “ The word, &c." i. e. (probably) hast promised in particular to me; or, what “ thy promises of protection." thou hast promised generally to all who (0) v. 126. “ To lay to thine hand," " to trust in thee.
vengeance upon the wicked.” (i) A protestation of innocence and (p)“ Destroyed, &c.” by disregarding trust in God, and a prayer for protection ; it themselves, and making others hold it written, (apparently) after long continuance
in contempt. in distress.
(9) A profession of delight in God's (k) v. 122. “ Make, &c." or, “be surety law, and a prayer for his guidance and “to thy servant for good (B.T.);" which protection. seems to agree better with the context.
drew in my breath (r) : for my 138. The testimonies that thou delight was in thy commandments. hast commanded : are exceeding
132. O look thou upon me, righteous and true. and be merciful unto me : as thou 139. My zeal (u) hath even usest to do unto those that love consumed me : because mine thy Name.
enemies have forgotten thy (x) 133. Order my steps in thy words. word : and so shall no wickedness 140. Thy word is tried to the uthave dominion over me.
termost: and thy servant loveth it. 134. O deliver me from the 141. I am small (y) and of no wrongful dealings of men : and reputation : yet do I not forget so shall I keep thy commandments. thy commandments.
135. Shew the light of thy 142. Thy righteousness is an countenance upon thy servant : everlasting righteousness : and and teach me thy statutes. thy law is the truth.
136. Mine eyes gush out with 143. Trouble and heaviness water (s) : because men keep not have taken hold upon me : yet is thy law.
my delight in thy commandments. 18th Part. (t)
144. The righteousness of thy 137. RIGHTEOUS art thou, O testimonies is everlasting: 0 Lord : and true is thy judge- grant me understanding, and I ment!
(u) v. 139. “ My zeal, &c." i. e. “ such “ is my reverence and attachment to thy “ law, that it has preyed upon my health " to see it disregarded." See post, verse 158.
(1) “ Words," i. e. “ commandments ;" so unrestrained are they by any fear of thee,
(y) v. 141. “ Small, &c.”. This implies that if David was the author, this part was written before he was upon the throne.
(s) v. 136. “ Water," i. e. o tears.”
(t) An eulogium upon God's commandments, fidelity and righteousness.
Lessons for the Twenty-sixth Day of the Month throughout the Year.
Lessons for the Twenty-sixth Day of the Month, continued.
20th Part. (c) EVENING PRAYER.
153. O CONSIDER mine adver19th Part. (z) 145. I CALL with
sity, and deliver me : for I do CALL with my whole
not forget thy law. heart : hear me, O Lord, I will
154. Avenge thou my cause, keep thy statutes.
and deliver me : quicken me ac146. Yea, even unto thee do I cording to thy word. call : help me, and I shall keep
155. Health is far from the unthy testimonies. 147. Early in the morning do I godly : for they regard not thy
statutes. cry unto thee : for in thy word is 156. Great is thy mercy, O
Lord : quicken me, as thou art 148. Mine eyes prevent (a) the wont. night-watches : that I might be
157. Many there are that trouoccupied in thy words.
ble me and persecute me : yet do 149. Hear my voice, O Lord, I not
swerve from thy testi. according unto thy loving-kind- monies. ness : quicken me according as
158. It grieveth me when I see thou art wont.
the transgressors : because they 150. They draw nigh that of keep not thy law. malice persecute me: and are far
159. Consider, O Lord, how I from thy law. 151. Be thou nigh at hand, o quicken' me according to thy
love thy commandments : 0 Lord : for all thy command
loving-kindness. ments (b) are true.
160. Thy word is true from 152. As concerning thy testi- everlasting : all the judgements monies, I have known long since: of thy righteousness endure for that thou hast grounded them for
(z) A protestation of earnestness and constancy in prayer, and a supplication for being heard.
(a) v. 148. “ Prevent, &c.” i.e. “ I am “ awake before the night watches come " round." See Ps. lvii. 9. - xcii. 2. and CXXX. 6.
(6) v. 151. “Commandments," i. e. « Promises." Dr. Lowth on Isaiah viii. 16.
(c) A prayer for protection and deliverance, professing a constant observance of God's commandments.