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2 +Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteoufaefs and judg nent are the habitation of his feat.

3 There fhall go a fire before him: and burn up his enemies on every fide.

4 His lightnings gave fhine unto the world: the earth faw it, and was afraid.

5 The hills melted like wax at the prefence of the Lord: at the prefence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens have declared his righteousness: and all the people have seen his glory.

7 Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain gods: worship him, all ye gods.

8 Sion heard of it, and rejoiced: and the daughters of Juda were glad, because of thy judgments, O Lord.

9 For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth: thou art exalted far above all Gods.

10 O ye that love the Lord, fee that ye hate the thing which is evil: the Lord preferveth the fouls of his faints; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.

11 There is fprung up a light for the righteous: and joyful! gladness for such as are true-hearted.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous: and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.


Pfalm 98. Cantate Domino.

Sing unto the Lord a new fong: for he hath done marvellous



lecrate the juice and Mercy, the Majeity and Om nipotence of God, and the Glory of his Kingdom, and to rejoice in the advantages which accrue to his faithful Subjects from his Government.

+ Clouds and Darkness are round about him, &c. That is, though God's effence is unfearchable, and his ways paft hnding out: yet that he acts with Mercy and Juftice in all his dealings towards the Children of Men. So that tho' we are not able at prefent to account for all the proceedings of his Providence: yet

whatever is by his permition or direction is ft ictly right: and that however the Righteous maybe afflicted, at prefent, and the Wicked in profperity: yet both will on. Day be dealt with according to Juftice, and rewarded or punithed according to their Works.

This is an Exhortation to praise God for the Redemption of his People, and to rejoice in the coming of his Kingdom: and contains a remarkable prophecy concerning the conversion of the Gentiles,

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2 With his own right hand, and with his holy arm: hath he gotten himself the victory.

3 The Lord declared his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly fhewed in the fight of the heathen.

4 He hath remembred his mercy and truth toward the house of Ifrael: and all the ends of the world have seen the falvation of our God.

5 Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands: fing, rejoice, and give thanks.

6 Praise the Lord upon the harp: fing to the harp with a pfalm of thanksgiving.

7 With trumpets alfo and shawms: O fhew yourselves joyful before the Lord the King.

8 Let the fea make a noise, and all that therein is: the round world, and they that dwell therein.

9 Let the foods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord: for he is come to judge the earth,

10 With righteousness shall he judge the world: and the people with equity.

§ Pfalm 99. Dominus regnavit.


HE Lord is King, be the people never fo impatient: he fitteth between the cherubims, be the earth never fo unquiet. 2 The Lord is great in Sion: and high above all people. 3 They fhall give thanks unto thy Name: which is great, wonderful, and holy.

4 The kings power loveth judgment thou haft prepared equity: thou haft executed judgment and righteoufnefs in Jacob.

5 O magnify the Lord our God: and fall down before his footftool, for he is holy.


5 This Pfalm feems primarily to be referr'd to the establishment of David, upon his Throne; but photically to the Kingdom of the Meffiab: and is partly defigned as a confolation under affliction; and partly as an Exhortation to celebrate the divine benefits.

And all the ends of the World bave feen the Salvasion, &c. This feems to have been fully completed when the glad tidings of Salvation by Jefus Chrift were published to the Gentiles, and they were turned from darkness to light, and from Idols to ferve the living God.

6 Mofes and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among fuch as call upon his Name: thefe called upon the Lord, and he heard them.

7 He spake unto them out of the cloudy pillar: for they kept his teftimonics, and the law that he gave them.

8 Thou heardeft them, O Lord our God: thou forgavest them, O God, and punishedft their own inventions.

9 O magnify the Lord our God, and worship him upon his holy hill: for the Lord our God is holy.

§ Pfalm 100. Jubilate Deo.


BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: ferve the Lord with gladnefs, and come before his prefence with a fong. 2 Be ye fure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

3 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.

4 For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlafting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

+ Pfalm 101. Mifericordiam & judicium.


Y fong fhall be of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I fing.

2 O let me have understanding: in the way of godlinefs. 3 When wilt thou come unto me: I will walk in my houfe with a perfect heart.

4 I will take no wicked thing in hand; I hate the fins of unfaithfulness: there fhall no fuch cleave unto me.

Mofes and Aaron among his Priefts, and Samuel, &c. The Pfalmift makes use of these inftances as well by way of encouragement to hope for deliverance under affliction as of Exhortation, that we might imitate their pious examples, and call upon God as a means to obtain Mercy, and find help in time of need.

Mankind in general are here called upon publickly to acknowledge God as their Creator and preferver;

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and to celebrate his Mercy and Truth. This was ufually fung by the Jews at the time of their facrificing their Peace Offering.

† David here declares his refolution of well govern ing his People and, (in order to that) of making a proper choice of his Minifters, by difcouraging and punishing the Wicked, and advancing to favour Men of real goodness and merit.

5 A froward heart fhall depart from me: I will not know a wicked perfon.

6 Whofo privily flandereth his neighbour: him will I destroy. -7 7 Whofo hath also a proud look, and high ftomach: I will not fuffer him.

8 Mine eyes look upon fuch as are faithful in the land: that they may dwell with me.

9 * Whofo leadeth a godly life: he fhall be my fervant. 10 There shall no deceitful perfon dwell in my houfe: he that telleth lies, fhall not tarry in my fight.

11 I shall foon deftroy all the ungodly that are in the land. that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the Lord. MORNING PRAYER.

Pfalm 102. Domine exaudi.


EAR my prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come unto thee.] 2 Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ears unto me when I call; O hear me and that right foon.

3 days are confumed away like fmoke: and my bones are burnt up as it were a fire-brand.

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4 My heart is fmitten down, and withered like grass: fo that I forget to eat my bread.

5 For the voice of my groaning: my bones will scarce cleave to my flesh.

6 I am become like a pelican in the wilderness; and like an owl that is in the defert.

7 I have watched, and am even teth alone upon the house-top.

W bojo leadeth a godly life shall be my Servant. How ever defirable this might be to all Mafters, yet it was perhaps more in David's power, than that of moft People to effect this. But would Matters pay a proper attention to the principles and conduct of their Servants, and be careful to inftruct them in their duty, not only by precepts, but alfo by their own good examples; they would probably find abundantly lefs rea

as it were a fparrow: that fit

fon to complain in this refpect-would be adding to their own Happinefs, as well as that of Society in general-and difcharging a Duty, for the neglect of which they muft one Day be affuredly accountable.

This is the fifth of those which are called peniten tial Pfalms; and feems to have been wrote during the Babylonish Captivity. In which the Jews whilft they reprefent the defolation of Jerufalem, and their deplor

. 8 Mine enemies revile me all the day long: and they that are mad upon me, are sworn together against me.

9 For I have eaten afhes as it were bread: and mingled my drink with weeping;

10 And that because of thine indignation and wrath: for thou haft taken me up, and caft me down.

11 My days are gone like a fhadow: and I am withered like grass. 12 But thou, O Lord, fhalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance throughout all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion: for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.

14 And why? thy fervants think upon her stones: and it pitieth them to fee her in the duft.

15 The heathen fhall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy Majefty;

16 When the Lord fhall build up Sion: and when his glory shall appear;

17 When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute: and despiseth not their defire


18 This fhall be written for thofe that come after: and the people which shall be born fhall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from his fanctuary: out of the heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

20 That he might hear the mournings of fuch as are in captivity: and deliver the children appointed unto death;

21 That they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion: and his worship at Jerufalem;

22 When the people are gathered together: and the kingdoms alfo to ferve the Lord.

23 He brought down my strength in my journey: and shortened my days.

24 But I faid, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine able fituation, exprefs alfo their firm truft in God that glorious condition as should attract the admiration of he would deliver them, and reinftate them in fuch a all Nations.

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