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28. For the kingdom is the Lord's, and he is the governor among the nations.

29. All the rich ones of the earth have eaten ; but they shall be humbled; defcending to the duft, they shall proftrate themselves before him; and none of them shall preserve his foul alive.

30. My feed fhall ferve him, it fhall be counted to the Lord for ever.

31. They fhall come and fhall declare, unto the people that fhall be born, the righteousness which he has done.

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PSALM XXIII.

This Pfalm was probably written during the exile and wanderings of David; he expreffes his fatisfaction in the protection and providence of God, and his firm bope of restoration.

1. THE Lord is my fhepherd, therefore I fhall lack nothing.

2. He will feed me in green pastures, and lead me forth befide quiet waters.

3. He will bring me back, and guide me in the paths of righteousness, for his name's fake.

4. Yea, though I ftray into the valley of the hadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou wilt

be with me, thy ftaff and thy crook, they will com

fort me.

5. Thou wilt prepare a table for me, in the prefence of mine enemies; thou wilt anoint my head with oil, and my cup fhall run over.

6. Surely goodness and mercy fhall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the houfe of the Lord for ever.

FIFTH MORNING.

Morning Prayer.

PSALM XXIV.

This Pfalm was probably compofed on bringing off the Ark to Mount Zion, after the defeat of the Jebusites.

I. THE earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the compafs of the world, and they that dwell therein.

2. For he has founded it upon the feas, and eftablished it upon the floods.

3. Who fhall afcend into the hill of the Lord, and who fhall ftand in his holy place?

4. He that hath clean hands and a pure heart, who hath not lift up his foul unto vanity, nor fworn with deceit.

5. He fhall receive bleffing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his falvation.

6. This is the generation of them that feek, that feek thy face, O thou God of Jacob.

7. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory fhall come in.

8. Who is the King of Glory? the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

9.

Lift

up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory fhall come in.

10. Who is the King of Glory? the Lord of hofts-he is the King of Glory.

PSALM XXV.

This Pfalm appears to have been written when David, befides the hatred of his enemies, was tormented with the confcience of his juvenile fins. Venema is of opinion, that it was written particularly at that crifis, when David, informed by Jonathan of his father's determined purpose to put him to death, was let down

through a window by his wife Michal, and fo with difficulty efcaped, 1 Sam. xix.

1. UNTO thee, O Lord, do I lift up my foul; 0 my God in thee do I trust, let me not be ashamed, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.

2. O let none that hope in thee be ashamed; let them be afhamed, who deal treacherously without cause.

3. Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

4. Lead me in the truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of falvation, and in thee hath been my hope all the day.

5. Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies, and thy loving kindness, for they have been ever of old.

6. Remember not the fins of my youth, and my tranfgreffions; according to thy mercy remember thou me, for thy goodness fake, O Lord.

7. Gracious and upright is the Lord, therefore will he teach finners in the way.

8. The meek will he guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach his way.

9. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, unto fuch as keep his covenant and his testi

monies.

10. For thy name's fake, O Lord, be merciful unto my fin, for it is great.

11. What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach the way that he should chufe.

12. His foul fhall dwell at eafe, and his feed shall inherit the land.

13. The counfel of the Lord is with them that fear him, and he will fhew them his covenant.

14. Mine eyes are ever towards the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

15. Turn thee unto me and have mercy upon for I am defolate and afflicted.

me;

16. Enlarge the ftraightnefs of my heart, and bring me out of my diftrefs.

17. Look upon my

forgive me all my fins.

affliction and my pain, and

18. Confider mine enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with unjust hatred.

19.

O keep my foul and deliver me, let me not be ashamed, for I put my truft in thee.

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20. Let integrity and righteousness preserve me, my hope is in thee.

21. Deliver Ifrael, O God, out of all his troubles.

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