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unto me: and consider my voice I will (u) pray yet against their when I cry unto thee.

wickedness. 2. Let my prayer be set forth 7. Let (x) their judges be in thy sight as (o) the incense : overthrown in stony places: that and let the lifting up of my hands they may hear my words, for they be an (0) evening sacrifice.

are sweet. 3. Set a watch, O Lord, before 8. Our bones (y) lie scattered my mouth : and keep the door of before the pit: like as when one my lips.

breaketh and heweth wood upon 4. O let not mine heart be the earth. inclined to any evil thing: let me 9. But mine eyes look unto not be occupied in ungodly works thee, O Lord God: in thee is my with the men that work (P) wicked trust, О cast not out my soul.

. ness, lest I eat of (9) such things 10. Keep me from the snare as please them.

that they have laid for me: and 5. Let (r) the righteous rather from the traps of the wicked doers

. smite me friendly: and reprove me. 11. Let (%) the ungodly fall into

6. But let not their precious their own nets together: and let balms (s) break my (t) head : yea, me ever escape them.

interview with Saul at the cave of Engedi, ceptable than the warmest commenda. or at a later period when he fled from tions or greatest indulgencies from the bad. Achish, king of Gath. It prays for God's (s) v. 6. “ Their precious balms," i. e. assistance to restrain his tongue, and keep (perhaps) “ the ointments used in the him from the practices, either of the “ idolatrous worship of the heathen." wicked or of the heathen: it notices the (t) “ Break,” or “ touch." difference between his conduct to Saul, (u) “ Pray, &c." and so shall I be deand Saul's conduct to him, and looks to livered from their attempts. God to deliver him.-- Mr. Peters has (x) v. 7. “ Let, &c.” or “ their leaders entered into a full explanation of it in his “ were spared in the sides of the rock : Dissertation on Job, 335 to 357.

they heard my words that they were (0) v. 2. “ As the incense,” “an evening “ kind.” This seems the literal trans" sacrifice." David was at a distance lation. He probably alludes to his confrom the tabernacle, so that he could not duct towards Saul, either at Engedi, where attend where the incense and evening he might have killed him in the cave but sacrifice were offered ; and he devoutly only cut off the skirt of his robe, or at prays that his prayers may be accepted as Hachilah, where, upon a similar opporthe one, and the lifting up of his hands tunity, he took away his spear, and cruse as the other.

of water.

See 1 Sam. xxiv. and xxvi.(p) v. 4.

• Work wickedness," or Parkh. 748. « practise idolatry."

(y) v. 8. “ Our bones, &c." i. e. (pro(9) “ Lest I eat of,” or “ neither let bably) “ we are cut down with as much “ me eat of." “ Let me not fall into their “ indifference as a hewer cuts down wood; “ habits, nor partake of their idolatrous “ our lives as much disregarded as a work, “ festivals.” If he was going over to the “ man's chips.” This verse is supposed heathen, what more natural than to pray to refer to the sacrifice of the priests and that he should not be drawn into their of their city, because they had given sins? In his complaint to Saul, (1 Sam. David assistance, (See 1 Sam. xxi. 1 to 7. xxvi. 19.) he considers his persecution and xxiii. 17 to 19.); and he contrasts as driving him from the inheritance of his forbearance towards Saul, with Saul's Jehovah, and saying to him in effect, Go, blood-thirstiness against him. serve other gods."

(z) v. 11. “Let, &c.” or “the ungodly (r) v. 5. « Let, &c.”

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Lessons for the Twenty-ninth Day of the Month throughout the Year. January 29. February 29.

March 29.

April 29. Morn. Exod. iv. Morn. Deut. xiii. Morn. Ruth iii. Morn. 1 Kings iv. Matt. xxvi.

Matt. vii. (2) John xvi. (4) Acts. xxvi. Even. Exod. v. Even. Deut. xiv. Even. Ruth iv. Even. 1 Kings v. 1 Cor. x. (1) Rom. xii. (3) Philemon.

1 John v. (5)

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for me.

my trouble.

EVENING PRAYER.

7. Consider my complaint: for Psalm cxlii. (a)

I am brought very low. I cried unto the Lord with my

8. O deliver me from my per

secutors : for they are too strong voice : yea, even unto the Lord did I make my supplication. 2. I poured out my complaints that I may give thanks unto thy

9. Bring my soul out of prison, before him : and shewed him of

Name : which thing if thou wilt 3. When my spirit was in hea-grant me, then shall the righteous viness, thou knewest my path :

resort unto my company. in the way wherein I walked

Psalm cxlij. (6) have they privily laid a snare

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and 4. I looked also upon my right consider my desire : hearken unhand : and saw there was no man to me for thy truth and righteousthat would know me.

ness' sake. 5. I had no place to flee unto: 2. And enter not into judgeand no man cared for my soul. ment with thy servant : for in

6. I cried unto thee, O Lord, thy sight shall no man living be and said : “ Thou art my hope, justified. “and my portion in the land of 3. For the enemy hath perse“ the living."

cuted my soul ; he hath smitten (a) The account of an appeal to God in One of the proper Psalms for Ash some great danger.

Wednesday (6) An earnest supplication for deliver

for me.

ance.

my life down to the ground : he 10. Teach me to do the thing hath laid me in the darkness, as that pleaseth thee; for thou art the men that have been long my God : let thy loving Spirit dead.

lead me forth into the land (e) 4. Therefore is my spirit vexed of righteousness. within me : and my heart within 11. Quicken me, O Lord, for me is desolate.

thy Name's sake (g) : and for 5. Yet do I remember the time thy righteousness' sake bring my past; I muse upon all thy works : soul out of trouble; yea, I exercise myself in the works 12. And of thy goodness slay of thy hands.

mine enemies : and destroy all 6. I stretch forth my hands them that vex my soul, for I am unto thee : my soul gaspeth (c) thy servant. unto thee as a thirsty land.

7. Hear me, O Lord, and that soon; for my spirit waxeth faint :

MORNING PRAYER. hide not thy face from me, lest I

Psalm cxliv. (h) be like unto them that

go

down into the pit. (d)

BLESSED be the 8. Olet me hear thy loving- strength:

strength : who teacheth my kindness betimes in the morning ;

hands to war, and my fingers to for in thee is my trust : shew thou fight; me the way that I should walk 2. My hope and my fortress, in ; for I lift up my soul unto my castle and deliverer, my dethee.

fender in whom I trust : who 9. Deliver me, O Lord, from subdueth my people (i) that is mine enemies : for I fee unto

under me. thee to hide me.

3. Lord (k), what is man, that

Lord my

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(c) v. 6.“ Gaspeth,” i. e. as much as and if the Jews understood that the “ land in time of drought gaspeth for Messiah was to be of the divine nature, and “ water." So Ps. xlii. 2. “ My soul is

as St. Paul calls him, (1 Cor. xv. 47. athirst for God ;” and Ps. Ixiii. 3. “ My “ The Lord from heaven," the title "soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth “ Lord” in many of the Psalms might refer " after thee, in a barren and dry land, to him as then being in heaven, and might “ where no water is.”

be addressed to him as one of the proper (d) v. 7. “ Pit,” i. e. “ grave."

objects of prayer, thanksgiving, and praise. (e) v. 10. “ The land, &c." or

(i) v. 2. «

My people, &c." or " the “ land." “ A place of safety," or "a land “ nations." “ in which righteousness is 'regarded." (k) v. 3. “ Lord, &c." A burst of rap• The" is not in the original.

ture upon considering the disparity be(g) v. 11. “ Thy Name's sake," i. e. tween God and man, and the abundant " that thou mayest be glorified for the kindness of God in making man the object “ protection thou vouchsafest to those of so much attention. It occurs also in " who trust in thee."

Ps. viii. which is supposed to look forward (h) A spirited thanksgiving for deli- prophetically to man's deliverance by the verance and success, and a prayer for Messiah, and it is not improbable this further protection. It was perhaps sung Psalm looked forward to the same event. in parts by two sets of singers. David Job has a similar passage, (Job vii. 17.) is supposed to have been the author. Dr. “ What is man, that thou shouldest magnify Hammond says, “ The Jews (Kimchi and “ him, and that thou shouldest set thine “ Saadiah Gaon) refer it to the Messiah ;" “ heart upon him !"

thou hast such respect unto him : 11. Save me, and deliver me or the son of man, that thou so from the hand of strange chilregardest him!

dren : whose mouth talketh of 4. Man is like a thing of nought: vanity, and their right (c) hand is his time passeth away like a a right hand of iniquity. shadow.

12. That our sons may grow up 5. (1) Bow thy heavens, O as the young plants : and that our Lord, and come down : touch (m) daughters may be as the polished the mountains, and they shall corners of the temple. smoke.

13. That our garners may be 6. Cast forth thy lightning and full and plenteous with all mantear them : shoot out thine ner of store : that our sheep may arrows and consume them.

bring forth thousands and ten 7. Send down thine hand from thousands in our streets. (P) above : deliver me and take me 14. That our oxen may be out of the great waters (n), from strong to labour, that there be the hand of strange children; no decay: no leading into cap

8. Whose mouth talketh of tivity, and no complaining in our vanity : and their right hand (0) streets. is a right hand of wickedness. 15. Happy are the people that

9. I will sing a new song unto are in such a case : yea, blessed thee, O God: and sing praises are the people who have the Lord unto thee upon a ten-stringed for their God. lute.

Psalm cxlv. (9) 10. Thou hast given victory unto kings : and hast delivered I will magnify thee, O God, David thy servant from the peril my King : and I will praise thy of the sword.

Name for ever and ever.

(1) v. 5. In the magnificent descrip- (o) v. 8. 11.“Right hand, &c." Abp. Tiltion of God's interposition in Ps. xviii, he lotson apprehends that this alludes to one is described as having done what in this of the Jewish modes of swearing, the lifting and the next two verses he is entreated to up the hand to heaven. See note on Ps. do. “ He bowed the heavens also, and cvi. 26. It may mean either, that their

came down, and it was dark under his oaths are oaths of wickedness, or that their "feet. There went a smoke out in his strength (of which the right hand is a

presence, and a consuming fire out of symbol) is only to do evil. “ his mouth." “ He sent out his arrows, (p) v. 13. “ Streets,” or

fields." “ and scattered them; he cast forth light- 1. Lowth's Isaiah, 37. “nings and destroyed them. He shall (9) An elevated hymn, pointing out

" he sent”) “ down from as grounds for praising God, the wisdom on high to fetch me, and shall take” (or of his works, his kindness and mercy, took")

me out of many waters.” Ps. his providence in meeting the wants of xvii. 8, 9. 14. 16.

whatever he has created, his protection (na) “ Touch, &c." So Ps. civ. 32. to the afflicted and to the good, and his de“ The earth shall tremble at the look of reliction of the bad. In the Hebrew it is him

; if he do but touch the hills they shall alphabetical; and it was a saying of the “ smoke."

antient Hebrews, that “ he could not fail (n) v. 7.“ Waters," figuratively, for “pe

" to be a child of the world to come, who "rils ;” “what seems likely to overwhelm “ should repeat this Psalm three times as a torrent."

every day,” that is (figuratively) “ who

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ness.

2. Every day will I give thanks

every man : and his mercy is unto thee : and praise thy Name over all his works. for ever and ever.

All thy works praise 3. Great is the (r) Lord and thee (u), O Lord : and thy saints marvellous, worthy to be prais- give thanks unto thee. ed: there is no end of his great- 11. They shew the glory of

thy kingdom : and talk of thy 4. One generation shall praise power ; thy works unto another : and 12. That thy power, thy glory, declare thy power.

and mightiness of thy kingdom : 5. As for me, I will be talking might be known unto men. of thy worship : thy glory, thy 13. Thy kingdom is an everpraise, and wondrous works; lasting (2) kingdom : and thy do

6. So that men shall speak of minion endureth throughout all the might of thy marvellous acts :

ages. (y) and I will also tell of thy great- 14. The Lord upholdeth all

such as fall : and lifteth up all 7. The memorial (s) of thine those that are down. abundant kindness shall be

15. The eyes of all (3) wait shewed : and men shall sing (1) upon thee, O Lord : and thou of thy righteousness.

givest them their meat in due 8. The Lord is gracious, and merciful ; long-suffering, and of 16. Thou openest thine hand: great goodness.

and fillest all things living with 9. The Lord is loving unto plenteousness.

pess.

season.

“ King."

“ should constantly have it so strong upon Messiah, described Dan. vii. 14. “ His s his mind, as always to act up to the im- “ dominion is an everlasting dominion, “pressions it is calculated to make, and “ which shall not pass away, and his king.

never to act against them." It is one “ dom that which shall not be destroyed.” of the proper Psalms for Whitsunday, See also Ps. lxxii. 8. and perhaps refers throughout to the Mes- (y) The Sept. here adds, “The siah, and addresses him in verse 1. by the “ Lord is faithful in all his words, and appellations of “ God” and “

“ holy in all his works ;'' (nearly similar So Cocc. “ it doubtless belongs to the to verse 17.) without which there is no • kingdom of Christ." From the changes verse beginning with N. of person, sometimes speaking of God, or (z) v. 15. “ All." So Ps. civ. 21. “ the the Messiah, and sometimes to him, it “ lions roaring after their prey, do seek was probably sung by alternate sets of “ their meat from God;” and Ps. civ. singers.

27. after speaking of the creatures of (r) v. 3. 8, 9, 10. 14. 17, 18. 20, 21. the

sea, these wait all upon thee, that “ Lord,” Hebr. “ Jehovah." Gr. Kúpsos. “ thou mayest give them meat in due sea.

(s) v. 7. “ Memorial," i. e. “ marks," son;" and see Psalm cxlvii. 9. So in “ what impresses it upon the memory." that magnificent description of God's (?) “ Sing,” or “ sing heartily:" with all providence and power, Job xxxviii

, the their powers ; with a force and impetu- question is put to Job, verse 39, 40. “ wilt osity nothing can oppose.

« thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill (ů) v. 10. “ Praise thee," i. e. furnish " the appetites of the young lions, when “ grounds for praising thee." See note " they couch in their dens, and abide in on Ps. cxlviii. 3.

“ the covert to lie in wait?” implying the (2) v. 13. “ Everlasting, &c." So that impotence of man in this respect, the it has the same characters as that of the

power and providence of God.

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