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SOLD BY F. C. & J. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD;
AND LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, & BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1815.

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A PRAYER OF THE MESSIAH, COMPLAINING OF HIS ENEMIES,

AND PREDICTING THEIR PUNISHMENT.

This Psalm hath no particular relation to the fact mentioned in the title ; namely, Saul's attempt to cut off David by assassination. From expressions in the 5th, 11th, and 13th verses, I should guess that it was composed after David was king, when the public safety was intimately connected with his own; and that the danger to the author and the state was not from private assassins, but from a foreign enemy openly in arms; nor from a single enemy, but from a powerful confederacy, (2, ..) The principal enemy is described as a perfidious enemy, who had broken faith with the Psalmist without provocation,

VOL. II.

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