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4 Do well, O Lord: unto those that are good and true of heart.

5 As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness: the Lord shall lead them forth with the evil-doers, but peace shall be

upon Ifrael.



I Psalm 126. In convertendo.
HEN the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion: then

were we like unto them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter: and our tongue

with joy.

3 'Then said they among the heathen: The Lord hath done great things for them.

4. Yea, the Lord hath done great things for us already: whereof we rejoice.

5 Turn our captivity, O Lord: as the rivers in the south. 6 They that sow in tears : shall reap in joy.

7 He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good feed: fhall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his Iheaves with him.

* Psalm 127. Nis Dominus. Xcept the Lord build the house: their labour is but lost that

build it. 2 Except the Lord keep the city: the watchman waketh but in vain.

3 It is but lost labour that ye hafte to rise up carly, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.


precious promises concerning the secure establishment 1 The Jews here joyfully celebrate the wonderful of the Church and the continual defence of the Righ- deliverance which God had granted, in bringing them teous.

out of the Babylonis captivity: beseeching him to come + For the Rod of the Ungodly cometh act, &c. This pleat their restoration. passage seems to be well explained by St. Paul, i * This Plalm tends to Mew that all care for the Cor. x. 13. But God is faithful, who will not juffer prosperity of Cities and Families is unprofitable withyou to be rempted above that ye are able; but wili wub out the protection of Providence : and that a fruitful the Truft tion also make a way to escape, that ye may offspring are the effects of his Blefling. be abe: to bear it.

4 Lo, children and the fruit of the womb: are an heritage and gift that corneth of the Lord

5 Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant: even so are the

young children.


6 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be aihamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

$ Psalm 128. Beati omnes. Lessed are all they that fear the Lord: and walk in his ways,

2 For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be. ! 3 Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine: upon the walls of thine house.

4-Thy children like the olive-branches: round about thy table. 5 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed: that feareth the Lord.

6 The Lord from out of Sion shall fo bless thee: that thou. fhalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long.

7 Yea, that thou shalt fee thy childrens children: and peace up

on Ifrael.


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# Piilm, 129. Sæpe' expugnaverunt. ANY a time have they fought against me from my youth

up: may Israel now say. 2 Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up: but they have not prevailed against me.

3 The plowers plowed upon my back: and made long furrows.

4. But the righteous Lord: hạth-hewn the snares of the ungodly in pieces.

Ś Let them be confounded and turned backward: as many as have evil will at Sion.

6 Let them be even as the grass-growing upon the touse-tops : which whithereth afore it be plucked up.

$ This Pfalm enumerates the woridiy bieitings # The i'ropnet here commemorates the dangers-and whicu God liitows upon the Righteous,, viz. success. deliverances of the People of God; and torecels cera in their Labours; happy Wealock; a sourishing Off- tain destruction to their Enemies. spring; focial Prosperity; and numerous Defcendente.

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of Psalm 130.



Whereof the mower filleth not his hand: neither he that bindeth


the sheaves his bofom. 8 So that they who go by fay not so much as, The Lord profper you: we wish you good luck in the Name of the Lord.

De profundis

. UT of the deep hare I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord,

hear my voice. 2 O let thine ears consider well: the voice of my complaint.

3 If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord: who may abide it ?

4 For there is mercy with thee: therefore shalt thou be feared.

5 I look for the Lord, my soul doth wait for him: in his word is my

trust. 6 My soul fleeth unto the Lord: before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.

7 O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy: and with him is plenteous redemption. 8 And he shall redeem Israel: froin all his sins.

Domine, non eft.
ORD, I am not high-ıninded: I have no proud looks.

2 I do not exercise myself in great matters: which are too high for ine.

3 But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother: yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.

4. O. Israel, trust in the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.

§ Psalm 132.

Memento, Domine.
ORD, remember David': and all his trouble.

2 How he sware unto the Lord: and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob;

+ This is the fixth of the penitential. Psalms. Herein divine goodness. the Psalmist implores the Mercy of God, and the par David folemnly protests in this Pfalm that he had don of his Sins ; and expresses his confidence in the not entertained proud and haughty thoughts of himself

* Psalm 131:


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I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house: nor climb


bed; 4 I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep ; nor mine eye-lids to Alumber: neither the temples of my head to take any rest,

5 Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord : an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

6 Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata: and found it in the wood.

7. We will go into his tabernacle: and fall low on our knees before his footstool.

8 Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou, and the ark of thy strength.

9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness: and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.

10 For thy servant Davids sake: turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.

II The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David : and he shall not shrink from it;

12 Of the fruit of thy body: shall I set upon thy seat.

13 If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall learn them : their children also shall fit upon thy seat for evermore.

14 For the Lord hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for him self: he hath longed for her.

15 This shall be my rest for ever : here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.

16 1 will bless her victuals with increase: and will satisfy her

poor with bread.

17 I will deck her priests with health : and her faints Thall rejoice and fing

but had always itudied to live in innocence and hu- his Father's intention of building a Temple to the mility :

Lord. See 2 Sam. ix, and compare Verses viii. ix. : $ This Psalm appears to have been composed by and xvi. with 2 Chron, vi. 41. Salomon when he had come to a resolution of fulflling


# Pfalm 133.

18 There shall I make the horn of David to flourith: I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.

19 As for his enernies, I shall clothe them with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Ecce, quam bonum ! Ehold, how good and joyful a thing it is : brethren to dwell together in

unity. 2. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard : even unto Aarons beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.

3 Like as the dew of Hermon: which fell upon the hill of Sion. 4. For there the Lord promised his blessing: and life for ever

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* Psalm 13.4.


Ecce nunc.
Ehold now, praise the Lord: all ye servants of the Lord ;

2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord: even in the courts of the house of our God.

2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary: and praife the Lord.

4 The Lord that made heaven and earth: give thee blessing out of Sion. # Psalm 135.

Laudate Nomen.
Praise the Lord, laud ye the Name of the Lord: praise it,

servants of the Lord ; 2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord : in the courts of the houfe of our God.

3 O. praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious:. O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.

4. For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob. unto himself: and Israel for his own poffefsion.

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I The Psalmist observing the numerous concourse, ploring the divine Blessing upon them. and harmony of the People affembled together for the I In this Psalm the Priets and Levites are particelebration of some Festival, expresses his sense of focularly excited publickly to celebrate the praises of joyful a spectacle in this Psalm.

God; the Pfalmift commemorating some of his works, The Pfalmift here exhorts the Levites to be watch and describing the vanity of Idols and the folly of Idos ful and diligent in the discharge of their office : im- latry..

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