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7 For my loins are filled with a fore disease: and there is no whole part in my body.

8 I am feeble, and fore fmitten: I have roared for the very disquietness of my heart. 9 Lurd, thou knowest all my desire: and my groaning

, is not hid from thee.

10 My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me : and the fight of mine eyes is gone from me.

1. My lovers and my neighbours did stand looking upon my trouble : and my kinsmen stood afar off.

12 They allo that sought after my life, laid snares for me : and they that went about to do me evil, talked of wickedness, and imagined deceit all the day long.

13 As for me, I was like a deaf man, and heard not : and as one that is dumb, who doth not open his mouth.

14 I became even as a man that heareth not: and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15 For in thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: thou Malt answer for me, O Lord my God.

16 I have required that they, even mine enemies, should not triumph over me : for when my foot flipped, they rejoiced greatly against me.

17 And I, truly, am set in the plague : and my heavinels is ever in my light.

18 For I will confess my wickedness : and be forry for

my fin.

19 Buc mine enemies live, and are mighty : and they that hate me wrongfully, are many in nu!nber.

20 They also that reward evil for good, are against me : becaule I follow the thing that good is.

-21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far

from me.

22 Haste thee to help me: O Lord God of my

salvation,

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Palm xxxviii.) What is said in this psalm is very proper for the inAruction and confolation of those who are afflicted with pains and diseases, or in any other manner : David teaches them by his own example, to Jook apon the evils that befal them, how severe soever they be, as a juit Correction for their ens, and to ask Got pardon for them.

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Psalm xxxix. Dixi, Cuftodiam. Said, I will take head to my ways : that I offend not in my tongue.

2 'I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle : while the ungodly is in my light,

3 I held my tongue and spake nothing : I kept silence, yea, even from good words: but it was pain and grief to nie.

4 My heart was hot within me ; and while I was thus musing, the fire kindled: and at the last I spake with my tongue. 5 Lord, let me know my end, and the number of

my days: that I may be certified how long I have to live.

6 Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long : and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee ; and verily every man living is altogether vanity. 7

For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquietech himself in vain : he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.

8 And now, Lord, what is my hope : truly my hope is even in thee.

9 Deliver me from all mine offences : and make me nec a rebuke unto the foolish.

10 I became dumb, and opened not my mouth : for is was thy doing.

11 Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.

12 When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for fin, thou makelt his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.

13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears con dider my calling : hold not thy peace at my tears.

14 For I am a stranger with thue : and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

15 O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength : before I go hence, and be no more feen.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xxxix.) 1. This psalm contains an excellent doctrine ; which is, that the way never to fill into murmuring, when we see the tem poral

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Psalm xl. Expectans expe&tavi.
Waited patiently for the Lord : and he inclined unto me,

and heard my calling.
2 He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the
mire and clay: and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered
my goings.

3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth: even a thanksgiving unto our God.

4 Many shall see it, and fear : and shall put their trust in the Lord.

5 Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Lord. and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.

6 0 Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which thou hast done, like as be also thy thoughts, which are to us-ward : and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee.

7 If I should declare them, and speak of them: they should be more than I am able to express.

8 Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldít not : but mine cars haft chou opened.

9 Burnt-offerings and sacrifice for fin hast thou not required : then said I, Lo, I come.

10 In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, "O my God: I am content to do it, yea, thy law is within my heart.

u I have declared thy righteousness in the great congre. gation : lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowelt.

12 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart my talk hath been of thy truth, and of thy salvation.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. prosperity of the wicked, is to represent to ourselves the Ahortness of our lives, and the infignificancy of the good things of this world. 2. David teaches us, that God can put an end to our lives when he pleases, and deprive us of all oor advantages; that we are only strangers and fojourners here below; and that the only remedy for the miseries and vanity of human life is, to put all our hope in the Lord, to ask his affiftance, and pardon of our fins, and to fubmit with resignation to his holy will.

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13 I have not kept back thy loving mercy and truth : from the great congregation.

14 Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord: let thy loving kindness and thy truth alway preferve me.

15 For innumerable troubles are come about me, my fins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up : yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.

16 O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me : make hafte, O Lord, to help me.

17 Let them be ashamed and confounded together, that feek after my soul to destroy it : let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil.

18 Let them be defolate and rewarded with shame : that fay unto me, Fie upon thee, fie upon thee.

19 Let all those that seek thee, be joyful and glad in chee: and let such as love thy salvation fay alway, The Lord be praised.

20 As for me, I am poor and needy : but the Lord carech for me.

21 Thou art my helper and redeemer : make no long tarrying, O my God

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Plalm xs. This pfalm contains extraordinary strains of piety and gratitude. 17e here observe the sentiments of a heart full of confidence, and affected with a lively fenfe of God's mercies, with profound humility, and an ardent defire to be entirely devoted to him. Therefore the infructions we here meer with are thele. 1. That in our afflictions, we ought to wait patiently for the Lord; who, though he delay for a time, will come at lait to the affittance of those that hope in him. 2. That the true happiness of man confills in chusing the Lord for his refuge, without feeking for it in men, or in the things of the world. 3. That the mere cies of God towards us are so many in number, that we cannot reckon them, nor celebrate theni as they deferve. 4. That what God chiefly requires of us is, that we should fubmit ourselves to him without reserve; fa: ing, “Lo, I come to do thy will, o God, thy law is within my hcart:" and that we should publish his praises and his truth before all the 'world. We see in this plalm, chat this is the only service that is pleafing to God; and that when we are in this condition, we may call upon him with a fuil asfurance of his asistance. Lally, We muit confider, shas David speaks in this pralim, as the type of Jesus Chrift, when he fays,

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EVENING PRAYER.

Psalm xdi. Beatus qui intelligit.
Lessed is he that considereth the poor and needy : the

Lord shall deliver him in the tiine of trouble. 2 The Lord preserve him, and keep him alive, that he may be blessed upon earth : and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.

3 The Lord comfort him when he lieth fick upon his bed : make thou all his bed in his sickness. 4

I said, Lord be merciful unto me : heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.

5 Mine enemies speak evil of me: When fhall he die, and his name perish?

6 And if he come to fee me, he speakerh vanity : and his heart conceiveth fallhood within himself, and when he com. eth forth he tellech it.

7 All mine enemies whisper together against me : even against me do they imagine this evil.

8 Let the sentence of guilciness proceed against him: and now that he lieth, let him rise up no more.

9 Yea, even mine own familiar friend, whom I trusted : who did also eat of my brerd, hath laid great wait for me.

io But be thou merciful unto me, O Lord: raise thou me up again, and I shall reward them.

11 By this I know thou favoureft me: that mine enemy doch noi triumph against me.

12 And when I am in my health, thou upholdest me : and faalt fer me before thy face for ever,

13 Bleffed be the Lord God of Israel : world without end. Amen,

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. “ Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldest not, but mine ears hast thou Opened. Then said I, Lo, I come to do thv will, O my God.” St. Paul applies thefe words to our Lord in the epiftle to the Hebrews; and remarks, that by Jesus Christ's oblation and facrifice of himfelf, we are fanctified and dedicated to God. This affords us a powerful motive to celebrate the infinite love of our Redeemer, to devote ourselves to the Lord, and conform in all things to his will,

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