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upon Israel.

4. Thy children like the olive that bindeth up the sheaves, his branches : round about thy table. bosom.

5. Lo, thus shall the man be 8. So that they, who go by, blessed : that feareth the Lord. say not so much as, “ The Lord 6. The Lord from out of Sion

prosper you :

we wish you shall so bless thee : that thou shalt “ good luck in the Name of the see Jerusalem in prosperity all " Lord.” thy life long;

Psalm cxxx. (p) 7. Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children: and peace Out of the deep (9) have I

called unto thee, O Lord : Lord,

hear my voice. Psalm cxxix. (m)

2. 0 let thine ears consider

well : the voice of my complaint. Many a time have they fought 3. If thou, Lord, wilt be exagainst me from my youth up : treme to mark what is done may Israel now say;

amiss: 0 Lord, who may abide it? 2. Yea, many a time have they

4. For there is mercy with vexed me from my youth up : thee : therefore shalt thou be but they have not prevailed

not prevailed feared. (r) against me.

5. I look for the Lord; my 3. The plowers (n) plowed upon soul doth wait for him : in his my back : and made long fur

word is my trust.

6. My soul fleeth unto the 4. But the righteous Lord : Lord : before the morning watch, hath hewn the snares of the

I say, before the morning watch. ungodly in pieces.

7. O Israel, trust in the Lord; 5. Let them be confounded and

for with the Lord there is mercy: turned backward : as many as and with him is plenteous rehave evil will at Sion.

demption. 6. Let them be even as the

8. And he shall redeem Israel: grass growing upon the house

from all his sins. (s) tops : which withereth afore it be plucked up;

Psalm cxxxi. (t) 7. Whereof (0) the mower fillo | Lord, I am not high-minded : eth not his hand : neither he,

I have no proud looks.



(m) A thankful acknowledgment to God for past deliverance, and an imprecation against future adversaries.

(n) v. 3.“ Plowers, &c.A figurative expression, to mark the sufferings they had undergone.

(0) v. 7. “ Whereof, &c.” “ which is so “ worthless, that no one gives himself the " trouble to gather it.”

(p) An earnest prayer for deliverance ; concluding confidently that it would be granted. It is one of the seven Penitential

Psalms, and appointed for Ash-Wednes.
(q) v. 1. “ The deep," i.

16 the ex. “ treme of distress."

(r) v. 4. “ Feared," i. e. “ reverenced, “ worshipped."

(s) v. 8. “ Sins," i. e. (probably) “af“ fictions,” sent as punishments for sin.

(t) A profession of humility. This Psalm was (probably) used after the return from the captivity, to remind the Jews of their own weakness without God's assistance.

for me;

2. I do not exercise myself in 3. " I will not come within the great matters : which are too high 66 tabernacle of mine house : nor

“ climb up into my bed; 3. But I refrain my soul, and 4. “ I will not suffer mine eyes keep it low, like as a child that is “ to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to weaned (u) from his mother : “ slumber : neither the temples yea, my soul is even as (r) a “ of my head to take any rest; weaned child.

5. « Until I find out a place 4. O Irael, trust in the Lord : “ for the temple (a) of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore. “ an habitation for the mighty

« God of Jacob."

6. Lo, we heard of the same at MORNING PRAYER.

Ephrata (6): and found it in the

wood. Psalm cxxxii. (y)

7. We will go into his taberLord, remember David : and all nacle : and fall low on our knees his trouble (2);

before his footstool. 2. How he sware unto the 8. (c) Arise, O Lord, into thy Lord : and vowed a vow unto the resting-place : thou, and the ark Almighty God of Jacob;

of thy strength.

(u) v. 3. “ Weaned," and therefore low and of hundreds, and with every leader, or depressed; because deprived of food and proposed to all the congregation of it likes and is accustomed to, and driven Israel, to send abroad to their brethren to what it does not like, and to which it is everywhere in all the land of Israel, and to not accustomed.

the priests and Levites in their cities and (1) “ Even as, &c." i. e. “ as low, as suburbs, to gather themselves together, “ much cast down.”

to bring again the ark of God unto them. (y) A hymn and prayer, upon some re- (See 1 Chron. xiii. 1, 2, 3.) This was near moval of the ark; perhaps, upon its be- 100 years after the Philistines had taken ing carried to Solomon's temple. See the ark, and David might therefore at 2 Chron. v. It notices David's anxiety first have some difficulty in finding out either to discover the ark, or to fix upon

where the ark was.

This therefore is a place for receiving it; prays for God's (probably) what is here meant by his favour for David's sake, mentions God's " trouble.” oath unto David, and his blessing upon (a) v. 5. For“ a place for the temple," Sion. It is one of the proper Psalms for and “ an habitation for," the reading Christmas Day.

should perhaps be," the place of the (z) v. 1. “ His trouble,” i. e. (probably) “ tabernacle," and “ the habitation of.” “ the pains he took to find where the ark What they heard of at Ephrata, and

was, to bring it up to Jerusalem, and to found in the wood, (as in verse 6.) was proprepare a place for it there." It was bably the place where the ark then was, taken by the Philistines in Eli's time. (See not the place where it was to be. 1 Sam. iv. 11. 22.) The Philistines sent it (6) v. 6.“ Ephrata," a district in Judea, about from place to place, till the men of within which, probably, Kirjathjearim and Kirjathjearim (which belonged to Judah, Jerusalem both lay. 1 Chron. xiii. 5, 6.) fetched it up from (c) v. 8, 9, 10. The conclusion of SoloBethshemesh, (1 Sam. vii. 1.) It remained

mon's prayer at the consecration of the at Kirjathjearim 20 years, and all the temple is nearly in the words of these house of Israel lamented after the Lord, verses, (2 Chron. vi. 40, 41.) “ Now there(1 Sam. vii. 2.) No inquiry was made at it “ fore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting during the days of Saul, (i Chron. xiii. 3.) “ place, thou and the ark of thy strength: When David was king over all Israel, he “ Let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed consulted with the captains of thousands “ with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice

12. "

9. Let thy priests be clothed “ with increase : and will satisfy with righteousness : and let thy “ her poor with bread. saints sing with joyfulness.

17. * I will deck her priests 10. For thy servant David's “ with health : and her saints sake : turn (d) not away the pre- “ shall rejoice and sing. sence of thine Anointed. (e) 18. “ There shall I make the

11. The Lord hath made a “ horn (h) of David to flourish :I faithful oath unto David : and he “ have ordained a lantern for shall not shrink from it;

“ mine Anointed. (1) (8) Of the fruit of thy 19. “ As for his enemies, 1 “ body : shall I set upon thy

« shall clothe them with shame :

“ but upon himself shall his crown 13. “ If thy children will keep “ flourish." my covenant, and my testimo" nies that I shall learn them :

Psalm cxxxiii. (K) “ their children also shall sit upon BEHOLD, how good and joyful a thy seat for evermore."

thing it is : brethren, to dwell to14. For the Lord hath chosen gether in unity! Sion to be an habitation for him- 2. It is like (1) the precious self : he hath longed for her. ointment (m) upon the head, that

15. “ This shall be my rest for ran down unto the beard : even « ever : here will I dwell, for I unto Aaron's beard, and went “ have a delight therein.

down to the skirts of his clothing: 16. “I will bless her victuals 3. Like (1) as the dew (n) of

66 seat.

« in goodness. O Lord God, turn not Acts ii. 30. “ David being a prophet, and “ away the face of thine anointed : re- “ knowing that God had sworn with an “ member the mercies of David thy ser- oath unto him, that of the fruit of his “ vant."

loins, according to the flesh, he would (d) u. 10. “ Turn not away, &c." i. e. raise up Christ to sit on his throne: he (perhaps) “ deprive us not of the favour seeing this before, spake of the resur« and countenance, or coning, of thy “ rection of Christ, that his soul was not « Messiah."

“ left in hell, &c.It is for this reasoo, (e) “ Anointed,” Hebr. Messiah." probably, that this Psalm is selected for And it is the same Hebrew word, 2 Chron. Christmas Day. See also Ps. lxxxix. 80 vi. 41. in note (c).

to 36. (g) v 12, 13. When David proposed (h) v. 18. “ The horn of David," i. e. building God a house, and God forbad it, " the Messiah." he gave David this promise, “ I will set (i) “ Mine anointed," Hebr. * my

up thy seed after thee, which shall be of “ Messiah." “thy sons; he shall build me a house, (k) A panegyric upon brotherly union. “ and I will stablish the throne of his king- in) u. 2, 3. "Like," i. e. “ as grauify. dom for ever : I will settle him in my "ing, as delightful." “ house, and in my kingdom for ever ; (m) “ Precious ointment." The oil “ and his throne shall be established for poured on the head of Aaron and his evermore. (See 2 Sam. vii, 12 to 16. sons, to consecrate thein, that they might “ 1 Chron. xvii. 11 to 14.") See also minister in the priest's office, was made of 1 Kings viii. 25. and 2 Chron. vi. 16. The pure myrrh, sweet cinnamon, sweet calapromise in this Psalm, as well as that mus, cassia, and olive oil, (Exod. xxx. 23, above cited from 2 Sam. and i Chron., is 24. 30. and Levit, viij. 12.) It must theregenerally supposed to have meant that the fore have been a very rich perfume. Messiah should be of the seed of David, (n) v. 3. “ Dew." Dew and rain are freand so St. Peter clearly considers it, quently referred to as symbols of blessing.

Hermon (0): which fell upon

the 2. Ye that stand in the house hill of Sion.

of the Lord : in the courts of the 4. For there (p) the Lord pro

house of our God. mised his blessing : and life for 3. O praise the Lord; for the evermore.

Lord is gracious : O sing praises Psalm cxxxiv. (9)

unto his Name ; for it is lovely.

4. For ($) why? the Lord hath Behold now, praise the Lord :

chosen Jacob unto himself : and all ye servants of the Lord;

Israel for his own possession. 2. Ye that by night stand in the

5. For I know, that the Lord is house of the Lord : even in the great : and that our Lord is above courts of the house of our God.

all gods. 3. Lift up your hands in the

6. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, sanctuary : and praise the Lord.

that did he in heaven (t), and in 4. The Lord, that made heaven

earth: in the sea, and in all deep and earth : give thee blessing out

places. of Sion.

7. He bringeth (u) forth the Psalm cxxxv. (r)

clouds from the ends of the world: O PRAISE the Lord, laud ye the and sendeth forth lightnings (2) Name of the Lord : praise it, o with the rain (x), bringing the ye servants of the Lord ;

winds (x) out of his treasures.

O ye

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Thus, Deut. xxxii. 1, 2. “ Give ear,

(r) An invocation to the praise of God, “ heavens, and I will speak; and hear, o on account of the unlimited extent of his « earth, the words of my mouth: my doc- power, his peculiar favour to the Israel“ trine shall drop as the rain, my speech ites, and the instances in which he had “shall distil as the dew : as the small rain exerted it over the heathen, with a ridi

upon the tender herb, and as the showers cule of idols, the gods of the heathen. upon the grass." So Prov. xix. 12. (s) v. 4. So Psalm cxiv. 2. “ Judah “ The king's favour is like dew upon the was his sanctuary, and Israel his

grass ;” and Hos. xiv. 5. “ I will be as “ dominion.” “ the dew unto Israel.” See also Ps. i. 3. (t) 0.6. “ In heaven, &c.” The object and Ps. lxxii. 6.

in this and the next verse may be to shew (o) v. 3. “Herinon,” according to the universality of God's power, in oppoDeuter, iv. 48. another name for Sion. sition to a notion of the heathen, that “ Even unto mount Sion, which is Her- there were different gods over different “mon:" though Sion is spelt differently places, elements, &c.

places, elements, &c. When Ahab had there in the original. Hermon and Sion smitten the Syrians, the servants of the might be names for different parts of the king of Syria encouraged him to go up same hill; and the meaning probably is, again against the Israelites, by saying, as refreshing as the dew is which rises “ Their gods are gods of the hills, therefrom Hermon, and falls upon the heights “ fore they were stronger than we; but of Sion. In those hot countries, high hills “ let us fight against them in the plain, (which do not long retain moisture) must “ and surely we shall be stronger than have derived great benefit from heavy “ they. The Lord (i. e. Jehovah) is God dews. Sion, as spelt here, signifies “ of the hills, but he is not God of the 6 parched ground.” In Ps. xlii. 8. mention

valleys.See 1 Kings xx. 21. 23. 28. is made of " the little hill of Hermon." (u) v. 7. "Bringeth forth.” So Jer. x. 13.

(p) v. 4. “ There,” or “ to that,” viz. the same ideas and expressions. “ to brethren's dwelling together in unity." (3) "Lightnings," "rain," and “winds."

(9) An exhortation and benediction to So that he has controul over the elements the night watch in the temple, at the to which they belong, fire, water, and air, shutting up of the gates, to excite them as well as over the earth. to thanksgiving and devotion.

8. He smote (y) the first- 15. As for the images (g) of born (2) of Egypt: both of man the heathen, they are but silver and beast.

and gold : the work of men's 9. He hath sent tokens (a) and hands. wonders into the midst of thee, 16. They have mouths, and O thou land of Egypt : upon speak not : eyes have they, but Pharaoh, and all his servants. they see not.

10. He smote divers nations : 17. They have ears, and yet and slew mighty kings ;

they hear not : neither is there 11. Sehon (6) king of the any breath in their mouths. Amorites, and Og the king of 18. They that make them are Basan : and all the kingdoms of like unto them : and so are all Canaan (c);

they that put their trust in 12. And gave their land to be them. an heritage (d): even an heritage 19. Praise the Lord, ye house unto Israel his people.

of Israel : praise the Lord, ye 13. Thy Name, O Lord, en- house of Aaron. dureth for ever: so doth thy 20. Praise the Lord, ye house memorial (e), O Lord, from one of Levi : ye that fear the Lord, generation to another.

praise the Lord. 14. For the Lord will avenge 21. Praised be the Lord out his people : and be gracious unto of Sion : who dwelleth at Jeruhis servants.


(y) v. 8. “ He smote, &c.” So that (c) “ Of Canaan." In Joshua's time. bis

power is also over the nations of the See Joshua throughout. earth.

(d) v. 12. “An heritage." See Joshua (z) “ The first-born, &c." See Exod. xii. 1 to 24. xii. 29.

(e) v. 13. “ Thy memorial," i. e. " the (a) v. 9. “ Tokens, &c." They are “proofs of thy power,” “the works which enumerated, Psalm lxxviii. 44 to 52. and “ call thee to our remembrance.” Psalm cv. 28 to 35.

(g) v. 15. " The images, &c.” A similar (6) v. 11. “ Sehon” and “ Og." This derision of the heathen idols, in nearly was in the journey from Egypt towards the same words, occurs Ps. cxv. 4.; and Canaan, in the time of Moses. See see the note there. See also Deut. xxxii. Numb. xxi. 23 to 35.

37, 38. - Judg. x. 14.
Lessons for the Twenty-eighth Day of the Month throughout the Year.
January 28. February 28.

March 28.

April 28. Morn. Exod. ii. Morn. Deut. xi. Morn. Ruth i. Morn. 1 Kings ii. Matt. xxv. Luke xi. (2) John xv. (4)

Acts XXV. Even. Exod. iii. Even. Deut. xii. Even. Ruth ii. Even. 1 Kings iii. 1 Cor. ix. (1) Eph. v. (3)

Tit. ii. iii.

1 John iv. (5)

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