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holy temple have they defiled, and made Jerufalem an heap of ftones,
2 The dead bodies of thy fervants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the air: and the flesh of thy faints unto the beafts of the land.
3 Their blood have they fhed like water on every fide of Jerufalem and there was no man to bury them,
4 We are become an open fhame to our enemies: a very fcorn and derifion unto them that are round about us.
5 Lord, how long wilt thou be angry: shall thy jealousy
burn like fire for ever?
Pour out thine indignation upon the heathen that have not known thee: and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy Name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob: and laid waste his dwelling-place,
8 O remember not our old fins, but have mercy upon us, and that foon: for we are come to great mifery.
9 Help us, O God of our falvation, for the glory of thy Name: O deliver us, and be merciful unto our fins for thy Name's fake.
10 Wherefore do the heathen say: Where is now their God?
11 O let the vengeance of thy fervants blood that is fhed: be openly fhewed upon the heathen in our fight.
12 Olet the forrowful fighing of the prifoners come before thee: according to the greatness of thy power preferve thou those that are appointed to die.
13 And for the blafphemy wherewith our neighbours have blafphemed thee: reward thou them, O Lord, fevenfold, into their bofom.
14 So we that are thy people and fheep of thy pafture fhall give thee thanks for ever: and will alway be fhewing forth thy praise from generation to generation.
Pfalm. lxxx. Qui regis Ifrael.
EAR, O thou fhepherd of Ifrael, thou that leadest Jofeph like a sheep: fhew thyself also, thou that fitteft upon the Cherubims.
2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses: stir up thy ftrength, and come and help us.
3 Turn us again, O God: fhew the light of thy countenance, and we fhall be whole.
4 O Lord God of hofts: how long wilt thou be angry with thy people that prayeth?
5 Thou feedeft them with the bread of tears: and giveft them plenteousness of tears to drink.
6 Thou haft made us a very strife unto our neighbours : and our enemies laugh us to fcorn.
7 Turn us again, thou God of hofts: fhew the light of thy countenance, and we fhall be whole.
8 Thou haft brought a vine out of Egypt: thou haft cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou madeft room for it: and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
To The hills were covered with the fhadow of it: and the boughs thereof were like the godly cedar-trees....
II She ftretched out her branches unto the fea: and her boughs unto the river.
12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedge: that all they that go by pluck off her grapes?
13 The wild boar out of the wood doth root it up: and the wild beafts of the field devour it.
14 Turn thee again, thou God of hofts, look down from heaven: behold, and vifit this vine;
15. And the place of the vine-yard that thy right hand hath planted and the branch that thou madeft fo strong for thyself.
16 It is burnt with fire, and cut down: and they fhali perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand : and upon the fon of man, whom thou madeft fo ftrong for thine own felf.
18 And fo will not we go back trom thee: O let us live, and we shall call upon thy Name.
19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hofts: fhew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole,
Pfalm. lxxxi. Exultate Deo.
ING we merrily unto God our frength: make a chearful noife unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take the pfalm, bring hither the tabret: the merry harp with the lute.
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new-moon: even in the time appointed, and upon our folemn feaft-day.
4 For this was made a ftatute for Ifrael: and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This he ordained in Jofeph for a teftimony: when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
6 I eafed his fhoulder from the burden: and his hands were delivered from making the pots..
7 Thou calledft upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee and heard thee what time as the ftorm fell upon thee. 8 I proved thee alfo: at the waters of strife.
9 Hear, O my people, and I will affure thee: O Ifrael: if thou wilt hearken unto me.
10 There fhall no ftrange god be in thee: neither fhalt thou worship any other God.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S.
Pfalm lxxix. Ixxx.] Obferve, 1. That if the Ifraelites, who were the people of God, the fheep of his pafture, and the vineyard which he himfelf had planted, and cultivated with particular care, was expofed to fo terrible a defolation as is here defcribed; the fufferings of the Chriftian church fhould not furprise us, efpecially fince Jefus Christ has foretold it fhould be perfecuted. 2. That in a time of calamity and fuffering we must apply to God to be reftored to his favour; and that the true way to pat a stop to his wrath is, to be converted, and never more to depart from him. Laftly, What is faid in this laft pfalm, may be applied to the havock which wickednefs and impiety ufually make in the church, when it enjoys peace and temporal profperity; and believers have not iel reafon to befeech God to fanctify and defend it against it fpiritual enemies, than to pray that he would fecure it against perfecutors, who feck to destroy it.
ri I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I fhall fill it. 12 But my people would not hear my voice: and Ifrael would not obey me
13 So I gave them up unto their own hearts lufts: and let them follow their own imaginations:
14 O that my people would have hearkened unto me: for if Ifrael had walked in my ways,
15 I fhould foon have put down their enemies: and turned my hand against their adverfaries.
16 The haters of the Lord fhould have been found liars: but their time should have endured for ever.
17 He fhould have fed them alfo with the fineft wheatflour and with honey out of the ftony rock fhould I have fatisfied thee.
Pfalm. lxxxii. Deus ftetit.
OD ftandeth in the congregation of princes: he is a
2 How long will ye give wrong judgment: and accept the perfons of the ungodly?
3 Defend the poor and fatherlefs: fee that fuch as are in need and neceffity have right.
4 Deliver the out-caft and poor : fave them from the hand of the ungodly.
Pfalm lxxxi.] 1. This pfalm fhould excite us to praise God, and to pay him our homage in a moft zealous and folemn manner. This duty does not lefs concern Chriftians than the Jews; and if God bestowed confiderable favours on the Jews, by bringing them out of Egypt, and giving them his law, he has done incomparably greater things for ds, in redeeming us by Jefus Chrift his Son, and giving us the knowledge of his gofpel. z. God here declares, in the most clear and express manner, that he is always difpofed to load men with his favours; that he offers them his grace; that he defires nothing but their welfare and salvation; and that if men are miferable, it is only because they will not hear his voice, but wilfully harden their hearts.
5 They will not be learned nor understand, but walk on ftill in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have faid, Ye are Gods: and ye are all the children of the moft Higheft.
7 But ye fhall die like men: and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arife, O God, and judge thou the earth: for thou fhalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.
Pfalm. lxxxiii. Deus, quis fimilis?
TOLD not thy tongue, O God, keep not ftill filence: refrain not thyself, O God.
2 For lo, thine enemies make a murmuriug: and they that hate thee have lift up their head.
3 They have imagined craftily against thy people: and taken council against thy fecret ones.
4 They have faid, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people: and that the name of Ifrael may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have caft their heads together with one confent: and are confederate against thee;
6 The tabernacles of the Edomites and the Ishmaelites : the Moabites and Hagarens ;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalech: the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre,
8 Affur alfo is joined with them: and have holpen the children of Lot.
9 But do thou to them as unto the Madianites unte Sifera, and unto Jabin at the brook of Kison;
Pfalm lxxxii.] Judges, magiftrates, and all that are in authority, ought to improve by the fubject of this pfalm; and remember, that God having established them for the adminiftration of juftice, is prefent at their judgments; that it is therefore their duty to do right to every one, without refpect of perfons; and above all, to protect the weak and innocent when oppreffed. For which reafon, they ought to remember, that although they are fet above others. yet they muit die one day like all the rest of mankind; and that then they fhall appear before the fupreme Judge, to give an account of their actions. PRAC.