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come abominable : there is none

MORNING PRAYER. that doeth good, no, not one.

Psalm xv. (z) 5. Their throat is an open Lord, who shall (a) dwell in (6) sepulchre (t); with their tongues have they deceived : the poison thy tabernacle (c) or who shalí of asps is under their lips.

rest upon thy (1) holy hill ? 6. Their mouth is full of curs

2. Even he that leadeth an uning and bitterness : their feet are

corrupt life : and doeth the thing swift to shed blood.

which is right, and speaketh the ?: Destruction and unhappiness truth from his heart. is in their ways, and the way of

3. He that hath used no deceit peace have they not known : there in his tongue, nor done evil to his is no fear of God before their eyes.

neighbour : and hath not slan8. Have they no knowledge, dered his neighbour. that they are all such workers of

4. He that setteth not by himmischief' : eating up my people self, but is lowly in his own eyes : as it were bread, and call not

and maketh much of them that

fear the Lord. upon the Lord ? 9. There were they brought in

5. He that sweareth (d) unto great fear, even where no fear (u) him not: though it were to his

his neighbour, and disappointeth was : for God (x) is in the generation of the righteous.

own bindrance. 10. As for you, ye have made a

6. He that hath not given his mock at the counsel of the

poor :

money, upon usury: nor taken because he putteth his trust in the

reward against the innocent. Lord.

7. Whoso doeth these things :

shall never fall. 11. Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion ? When the Lord turneth the captivity (y)

Psalm xvi. (e) of his people : then shall Jacob PRESERVE me, O God: for in thee rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. have I put my trust.

(t) v. 5. “An open sepulchre," i.e. “as good man, which it delineates, comes “ merciless as the grave.” See ante, 257. nearest to that of our Saviour, or because note on Ps. v. 10.

the carrying up the ark to the top of mount (u) v. 9. “No fear," i. e. “no cause for Sion was considered a type or figure of our « fear.” See Levit. xxvi. 17. 36.

Saviour's Ascension. (2) “ For God is in the generation, &c.” (a) v. 1. “ Dwell” and “rest,"i.e.“who and therefore assists them by raising “ shall have their abode there? who shall groundless fears in the minds of their “ be objects of thy protection? be admitted adversaries. This is perhaps the inference “ into thy presence ?". intended to be drawn.

(6) “ Thy tabernacle, thy holy hill," i.e. (y) v. 11. “ Turneth the captivity," i.e. “ heaven." (perhaps) “bettereth the condition.” See (c) v. 1,2. The same question, with nearly Ps. cxxvi. ). 5.

the same answer, occurs again, Ps. xxiv

. (z) An outline of the qualities for ap- 3, 4. which was also composed upon the proaching towards God. David is sup- carrying up of the ark. posed to have been the author; and it (d) v. 5.“ He that sweareth, &c." i. e. probably was used upon some solemn pro- “ he that disappointeth not his neighcession with the ark, (the symbol of God's « bour, after having sworn presence,) to the top of mount Sion, (the the merit is, not in having sworn, but symbol of heaven.) It is one of the Psalms in disregarding his own interest to fulfil for Ascension Day, and was probably se

his oath. sted, either because the character of a (e) A prayer expressing perfect confi

to him :"

my lips.


2. O my soul, thou hast said 7. The lot is fallen unto me in a unto the Lord (g): “Thou art my fair ground: yea, I have a goodly “God; my goods (h) are nothing heritage. “ unto thee."

8. I will thank the Lord (8) for 3. All my delight is upon the giving (1) me warning: my (m) saints that are in the earth: and reins also chasten me in the nightupon such as excel in virtue.

season. 4. But they that run after an- - 9. I have set (n) God (o) always other god :

shall have great before me: for he is on my right trouble.

hand, therefore I shall not fall. 5. Their drink-offerings of blood 10. Wherefore my heart (P) was will I not offer : neither make glad, and my glory (9) rejoiced mention (i) of their names within (p): my flesh also shall rest (r) in

hope (s). 6. The Lord () himself is the (

11. For why ? thou shalt not portion (k) of mine inheritance, leave my (t) soul in (u) hell: neiand of my cup: thou shalt main- | ther shalt thou suffer thy Holy One tain lot.

to see corruption. dence in God, attachment to the godly, ab- “ land, neither shalt thou have any part horrence of idolatry and idolaters, thank- among them: I am thy part and thine fulness for peculiar blessings received, and

inheritance among

the children of Israel." the expectation of a speedy resurrection So Ps. Ixxiii. 25. God is the strength after death. It was written by David ; “ of my heart, and my portion for ever ;" but though some authors consider him as and Ps. cxix. 57. “ Thou art my portion speaking in his own person, the more ge- O Lord, I have promised to keep thy neral opinion is, that he speaks in the

6 law." person of Christ, of whom he was a type. () v. 8. “ For giving, &c.” i. e. (proIn v. 11. Christ must be considered as the bably) “ for the warnings he gives me." speaker ; and if so, he is probably speaker (m) “ Reins,"i. e. “inward thoughts." throughout. See Pole's Synopsis, and Dr. in) v.9. “Set God, &c." i. e. (perhaps) Hales's Dissertations, 22 to 37.

“always considered myself as in his sight: (g) v.2.6.8. “The Lord.” Hebr. “ Je. “ considered him as looking upon me. “ hovah."

In Psalm lxxxvi. 14. the ungodly are said (h) v. 2. “ My goods, &c." i. e. (pro- to have sought after his soul, and not to bably,) “ my goods, in sacrifice, or other. have set God before their eyes. " wise, (or my goodness, B.T.), can be of (0) “God," Hebr. “ Jehovah." "no service to thee. What you require is (p) v. 10. “Was," or “is,” “rejoiced," or “not for your benefit, but for man's good: “ rejoiceth." " to increase his happiness, and qualify (9) My glory," i. e. (probably) “ my " him for thy favour.” Job has the same tongue,” called in Ps. cviii. 1. “the best dea, Job xxxv. 7. “ If thou be righteous, “ member that I have;" and in Ps. lvii. 9. " what givest thou him? or what receiveth

my glory."he of thine hand ?" And it is well ex- (r) “ Rest," i. e.“ in the grave.” pressed by Chrysostom on 1 Tim. Hom.16. (s)“ In hope," i. e. “ of being quickly "If I be just, what does God gain ? or if I “ raised.” "be wicked, what does he lose ?"

(t) v.ll. “My soul, &c.” St. Peter, in (i) v. 5. “ Make mention, &c.” It was his bold address, immediately after the gift part of the Jewish law, that they should of tongues, considers this verse as written make no mention of the name of other prophetically of Jesus Christ, “God hath "gods, neither let it be heard out of their * raised up Jesus, having loosed the pains mouth. Exod. xxiii. 13." See also Josh. “ of death ; because it was not possible that xxiij. 7. and Ps. Ixxi. 14.

" he should be holden of it: For David (k) v. 6. “ The portion, &c." So Numb. speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the xviii

. 20. “ the Lord spake unto Aaron, Lord always before my face, for he is on " thou shalt have no inheritance in their my right hand, that I should not be moved:

12. Thou shalt shew me the 4. Because of men's works that path of life (x); in thy presence is are done against the words of thy the fulness of joy: and at thy right lips (c): I have kept me from the hand there is pleasure forevermore. ways of the destroyer.

Ś. O hold thou up my goings in Psalm xvii. (y)

thy paths : that my footsteps slip Hear the right, O Lord, con- not. sider my complaint : and hearken 6. I have called upon thee, O unto my prayer, that goeth not God, for thou shalt hear me : inout of feigned lips.

cline thine ear to me, and hearken 2. Let my sentence come forth unto my words. from thy presence (2) : and let 7. Shew thy marvellous lovingthine eyes look upon the thing (a) kindness, thou that art the Saviour that is equal.

(d) of them which put their trust 3. Thou hast proved and visited in thee; from such as resist thy mine heart in the night season; right hand. thou hast tried me, and shalt (6) 8. Keep me as the apple (e) of find no wickedness in me : for I an eye :

hide me under the am (6) utterly purposed that my shadow (g) of thy wings, mouth shall (6) not offend.

9. From the ungodly that trouble " therefore did my heart rejoice, and my “ the road to life everlasting,” “ the way

tongue was glad; moreover also, my flesh " to eternal life.” shall rest in hope : because thou wilt not (y) A prayer of David's, protesting his « leave


soul in hell, neither wilt thou innocence, and earnestly intreating for desuffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” liverance. - Men and brethren, let me freely speak (z) v. 2. “From thy presence,” because “ unto you of the Patriarch David, that then it must be just. “ he is both dead and buried, and his (a) “ The thing, &c." i. e. (probably)

sepulchre is with us unto this day. “justice, impartiality.” “Therefore being a prophet, and know- (6) v. 3. Read, “ found," " was," and

ing that God had sworn with an oath “ should." “ unto him, that of the fruit of his loins (c) v. 4. “ The words of thy lips," i. e. " according to the flesh he would raise “thy commandments.”

up Christ to sit on his throne ; (See (d) v. 7. “ The Saviour, &c." i.e. "who « Ps. Ixxxix. 20 to 36. - cxxxii. 11, 12.) preservest from such as resist thy power “ he, seeing this before, spake of the resur- “ those who trust in thee," protecting the rection of Christ, that his soul was not latter from the former. “ left in hell, neither his flesh did see cor- (e) v. 8. “ The apple, &c.” The same “ ruption. Acts ii, 24 to 31." St. Paul similitude occurs in the song of Moses, also considers the latter branch of this Deut. xxxii. 10.; "he led him" (i. e. the verse as looking to the Messiah ; for after people of Israel) “ about, he instructed citing the words “ thou shalt not suffer #him, he kept him as the apple of his eye;" « thine Holy One to see corruption," he and in Zech. ii. 8. in speaking of the venadds, “ for David, after he had served his geance which should fall upon the nations

own generation by the will of God, fell which spoiled Jerusalem, this reason is on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, given, “for he that toucheth you,

toucheth ff and saw corruption : but he whom God “the apple of his eye.” The wonderful " raised again" (viz. Jesus) “saw no cor- formation of the eye, to protect it from in" ruption. Acts xiii. 35 to 37."

jury, and to answer the purposes of sight, is (u) p. 11. “ Hell." Hebr. “Sheol." Not among the instances of God's transcendant “ the place of torment,” but “ the place skill, and turns to ridicule the doubt,

where nothing can be seen; the dark and “ whether we are the effect of chance, or

unseen place;" answering to the Greek « the work of God's hand.” See Ps. “ ddns." See ante, 9, note (0).

cxxxix. 12 to 16. () v. 12. "Path of life," i, e. probably, (g) “Under the shadow, &c." or "cover

me: mine enemies compass me soul from the ungodly, which is round about to take away my

a sword of thine; soul. (h)

14. From the men of thy hand 10. They are inclosed in their (k), O Lord, from the men, I

say, own fat (); and their mouth and from the evil world : which speaketh proud things.

have their portion in this life (O), 11. They lie waiting in our way whose bellies (m) thou fillest with on every side; turning their eyes thy hid treasure. down to the ground:

15. They have children at their 12. Like as a lion that is greedy desire : and leave the rest of their of his prey : and as it were a substance (n) for their babes. lion's whelp lurking in secret 16. But as for me, I will (o) beplaces.

hold (p) thy presence in righteous13. Up, Lord, disappoint him, ness: and when I awake up afterthy and cast him down : deliver my I likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.

Lessons for the Third Day of the Month throughout the Year.

January 3.

Morn. Gen. iii.

Matt. ii. (1) Even. Gen. iv.

Rom. ii.

February 3.
March 3.

April 3.
Morn. Exod. xii. Morn. Deut. xix. Morn. 1 Sam. ix.
Mark iii.

Luke xiv. (3) John xxi. (5) Even. Exod. xiii. Even. Deut. xx. Even. 1 Sam. x. 1 Cor. xv. (2) Phil. ii. (4)

Heb. v.

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"ing." A highly poetical idea. It is to (i) v. 10. “ Inclosed in their own fat.be met with Ps. xxxvi. 7.-lvii. 1.-Ixi. 4. An expression to denote their arrogance. --xiii. 8.-Is. xxxiv. 15. and more par- So Ps. lxxiii. 7. “their eyes swell with ticularly in our Saviour's affectionate la- fatness;" and Ps.cxix. 70. " their heart is as mentation over Jerusalem : “ How often fat as brawn.” And in the sublime hymn "would I have gathered thy children to- of Moses, Deut. xxxii. 15. “ Jeshurun "gether, even

as a hen gathereth her “ waxed fat and kicked ; (thou art waxen ;" chickens under her wings, and ye

would fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered "not! Matt. xxiii. 37.-Luke xiii. 34."- “with fatness); then he forsook God which See also Ps. xci. 4.

“ made him, and lightly esteemed the (h) v. 9. “ Soul," i. e.“ life."

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ings of ungodliness (r) made me Psalm xviii. (9)

afraid. I will love thee, O Lord, my 4. The pains of hell came about strength; the Lord is my stony me: the snares of death overtook me. rock, and

defence :


Sa- 5. In my trouble I will call viour, my God, and my might, upon the Lord : and complain in whom I will trust; my buckler, unto my God. the horn also of my salvation, and 6. So shall he hear my voice out my refuge.

of his holy temple : and my com2. I will call upon the Lord, plaint shall come before him, it which is worthy to be praised : shall enter even into his ears. so shall I be safe from mine 7. The earth trembled (s) and enemies.

quaked : the very foundations also 3. The sorrows of death com- of the hills shook, and were repassed me : and the overflow- moved, because he was wroth.


(k) v. 14.“ The men of thy hand,” i. e. (r) v. 3. “ Overflowings of ungodliness," (probably) « those thou usest as instru- or, as it is in the Bible translation and *ments to execute thy vengeance;" the in 2 Sam. xxii. 5. “ the floods of ungodly same as in verse 13. “the ungodly, who

The same image is used, Is

. “ are a sword of thine." So Ps. lxxx. 17. lix. 19.“ when the enemy shall come in And in Is. x. 5. God calls the Assyrian as a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall “ the rod of mine anger, and the staff in “ lift up a standard against him.” “ their hand is mine indignation;" and see (s) v. 7. The earth trembled, &c." Is. xxxvii. 26.

This probably refers to some extraordi(l) · Their portion in this life," i. e.

nary interposition of God's assistance by (probably)" who look to nothing after thunder, lightning, and hail. Similar * this life, have no prospect of blessings interpositions are noticed in fine animated “ in a future state, and think they have language in the 29th and 97th Psalms, but “every thing if they have wealth, and it may be questioned, if this passage is any “ children, and worldly advantages." where surpassed in sublimity and majesty.

(m) “ Whose bellies thou fillest," i. e. Dr. Blair says of it, “ The descriptions of (perhaps) “who are fully satisfied by hav- “the Deity in the Psalms are wonderfully

ing worldly treasures, and thou reward- “noble, both from the grandeur of the “est them accordingly."

"object, and the manner of representing (n) v. 15. " Leave the rest of their sub. “it. What an assemblage, for instance, stance," i. e. (probably) “have substance “ of awful and sublime ideas is presented “ to leave behind them after their deaths." “ to us in that passage of the 18th Psalm, See Ps. xlix. 11.

“where an appearance of the Almighty is (0) v. 16.“ Will,” or “ shall."

“ described, verse 7., &c." And even in (p)

“ Behold, &c.” This probably Sternhold's version much of its spirit and alludes to his expectations after death, in magnificence is retained: opposition to the views of the worldly men before referred to, who have no thought

“ The Lord descended from above

“ And bow'd the heavens most high, beyond this life. See Ps. xlix. 15.

“ And underneath his feet he cast (9) “ The song of David, in the day that

“ The darkness of the sky. “ the Lord had delivered him out of the “ hand of all his enemies, and out of

“ On cherubs and on cherubims

“ Full royally he rode, " the hand of Saul." It is recorded also,

“And on the wings of mighty winds 2 Sam. xxii. Mr. Pierce considers it as

“ Came flying all abroad.” spoken in the person of Christ, and looks upon it as a hymn to God for raising him In the magnificent description of the lefrom the dead, for making him victorious viathan in Job, some of the imagery is so over his enemies, (the Jews,) and for giving like this, that the writer of the latter of him

a people among the Gentiles. Pierce the two compositions had probably seen on Rom. xv. 7. 9.

the former. See Job xli. 18 to 21.

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