Imatges de pàgina
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6 So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple: and my complaint shall come before him ; it shall enter even into his ears

7 The earth trembled and quaked : the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.

8 There went a smoak out in his presence : and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindlec at it.

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down : and it was dark under his feet.

10 He rode upon the cherubins, and did Ay: he came flying upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his secret place: his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.

12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed: hail-stones, and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his chunder: hail-Itones, and coles of fire.

14 He fent out his arrows, and scattered them : he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.

15 The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered at thy chiding, O Lord : at the blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.

16 He shall send down from on high to fetch me: and shall take me out of many waters.

17 He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me : for they are too mighty for me.

18 They prevented me in the day of my trouble : but the Lord was my upholder.

He brought me forth also into a place of liberty : lie brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.

20 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing: according to the cleanneis of 'my hands shall he recompense me.

21 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord : and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doch.

22 For I have an eye unto all his laws: and will not cast out his cominandments from me.



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I was also uncorrupt before him : and eschewed mine own wickedness.

24 Therefore shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing and according unto the cleanness of in his eye-fight.

25 With the holy thou shalt be holy: and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.

:26 With the clean thou shalt be clean : and with the frowar I thou ihalt learn frowardness.

27 For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity : and shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.

28 Thou also shalt light my candle: the Lord my God fhall make my darkness to be light. 29

For in thee I Mall discomfit an hoft of men : and with the help of my God I shall leap over the wall.

30 The way of God is an undefiled way: the word of the Lord also is tried in the fire ; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in him.

31 For who is God, but the Lord : or who hath any strength except our God?

32 It is God that girdeth me with strength of war: and maketh my way perfect.

33 He maketh my feet like harts feet : and setteth me up on high.

34 He teacheth mine hands to fight: and mine arms shall break even a bow of steel.

35 Thou hast given me the defence of thy falvation: thy right hand also mall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.

36 Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go: that my footsteps shall not side.

37 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overcake chem: neither will I curn again till I have destroyed them.

38 I will smite them that they shall not be able to stand: but fall under my feet.

39 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou shalt throw down mine enemies under me.

40 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me: and I shall destroy them that hate me.

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41 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them : yea, even unto the Lord Ihall they cry, but he shall not hear them.

42 I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind : I will cast them out as the clay in the streets.

43 Thou shalt deliver me from the frivings of the people: and thou shalt make me the head of the heathen.

44 A people whom I have not known : shall serve me.

45 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: but the strange children shall diffemble with nie.

46 The strange children shall fail : and be afraid out of their prisons.

47 The Lord liveth, and blessed be my strong helper : and praised be the God of my salvation.

48 Even the God that seeth that I be avenged : and subdueth the people unto me.

49 It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and fetteth me up above mine adversaries : thou shalt rid me from the wicked man.

50 For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles : and sing praises unto thy Name.

51 Great prosperity giveth he unco his King: and sheweth loving-kindness unto David his Anointed, and unto his feed for evermore.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xviii.] 1. From the first words of this song we learn, that the divine favours and deliverances should inspire us with

the most tender and Gocere affection, and lead us to praise God continually. 7. David's account of the extreme dangers he had been exposed to, and the wonderful power of God displayed in his deliverance, Thews, that whatever extremities we fall into, we should never despair of God's asistance, if we fear him; that his power is greater than man's ; and that he never wants means to deliver those who hope in him. 3. When David says, that God had rewarded him according to his righteousness, it cannot mean, that he thought himself innocent before God; but he thus speaks, first, to signify that God had maintained the justice of his cause against Saul, and all those who had perfecuted him unjustly, or would not own him for king; and secondly, to thew that God had approved of his never forfaking the pure religion, and the worship of the true God. 4. We obferve in this psalm, the unhappy state of the wicked; since, as David fays, when they are in distress, there is none to deliver them, and when




Pralm xix. Cæli enarrant.
HE heavens declare the glory of God: and the firma.

ment fheweth his handy-work. 2 One day telleth another : and one night certifieth another.

3 There is neither speech, nor language : but their voices are heard among them.

4 Their found is gone out into all lands : and their words into the ends of the world.

5 In them hath he let a tabernacle for the sun : which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chaniber, and rejoicech as a giant to run his course.

6 Ic goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again : and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

7 The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wildom unto the simple.

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart : the commandment of the Lord is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and endureth for ever : the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether,

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold : fwerter also than hony, and the hony-comb.

11 Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12. Who can tell how oft he offendeth : O cleanse thou

. me from my ficret faults. .

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. they cry to the Lord, he will not hear them. The confideration of so "inelancholy a condition, ought to be a powerful motive to deter us from fin. Lainly, David's zeal, expresied in the last verses of this pfalm, proie', that it is not lufficient to praise God in private for his mercies, hutilat we ought to proclaim his prailes and loving kindness to the utmort of our power, that his holy name may be glorified by us, and by all ier,


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13 Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, left they get the dominion over me : fo fhall I be undefiled, and innocent from the great offence.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart : be alway acceptable in thy light, 15 O Lord: my Itrength, and my Redeemer,

Psalm xx.

Exaudiat te Dominus.
THE Lord hear thee in the day of trouble: the Name

of the God of Jacob defend thee.
2 Send the help from the fanctuary: and strengthen theç
qut of Sion.

3 Remember all thy offerings : and accept thy burnt- , sacrifice,

4 Grant thee thy hearts desire : and fulfil all thy mind.

5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God; the Lord perform all thy pe. titions.

6 Now know I, that the Lord helpeth his. Anointed, and will hear him from his holy heaven : even with the wholesome strength of his right hand.

7 Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses : but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. xix.] King David here mentions the two principal means by which God has made himself known to us; which are, ihe works of nature, and his word. Let us therefore make a good use of both these means; meditating upon the former, which affords us such proofs of his power and wisdom; but particularly let us apply ourselves to the reading and meditating on his word, David's high encomiums on God's word inform us, that it is a fure, evident, and unerring rule of faith and practice; that it is of infinitely more value than the most excellent things of this world ; that it was given to enlighten and fan&tify us, to rejoice and comfort the heart; that the fear of the Lord procures perfect happiness to those who are possessed with it; and that there is great reward in the keeping of his holy commandments. To these reflečtions let us add cur humble and hearty prayers to God, with David, that he would imprint these truths in our hearts; that he wouid pardon all our fins; thut he would preserve us above all from the fins of presumption ; and that ho would lo fanctify our thoughts, words, and actions, that they may be always acceptable in his fight.


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