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73. So he fed, them with a faithful and true huario and ruled them prudently with all his power.
holy temple have they defiled, and made Jerusalem an heap of stones.
2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the air: and the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the land.
3 Their blood have they shed like water on every side of Jerufalem: and there was no man to bury then.
4 We are become an open shame to our enemies: a very scorn and derision unto them that are round about us.
5 Lord, how long wilt thou be angry: shall thy jealousy, bura like fire for ever.
6 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 dwellingplace.
8 *0 remember not our old fins, but have mercy upon us, and that soon: for we are come to great misery.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy Name: O deliver us, and be merciful unto our sins, for thy Names sake.
10 Wherefore do the heathen say: Where is now their God?
II O let the vengeance of thy servants blood that is shed: be openly shewed upon the heathen in our sight.
The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by God threatened he would visit upon them, Exod. xxxii. Nabuchodonazar seems to have been the occasion of 34. Whence arcfe that saying among the Jews. There this Psalm : in which the Jews intreat God to be re- is no punishment in Ifrael in which there is not an ounce of conciled to his People, und to punish the blasphemies the Calf. But it is no unutual Thing, in the course and cruelties of their Enem'es.
of Nature, for Men to suffer in their old-Age for the * remember not our old Sins. Some have thought Follies and Vices of their Youth. that referred to the Idolatry of the Golden Calf which
12 O let the forrowful sighing of the prisoners come before thee: according to the greatness of thy power, preserve thou those that are appointed to die.
13 And for the blasphemy wherewith our neighbours have blafphemed thee: reward thou them, O Lord, seven-fold into their bosom.
14 So we that are thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever: and will always be Thewing forth thy praise from generation to generation. I Plalm 80. Qui regis Ifrael
. EAR, O thou shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph
like a sheep: shew thyself also, thou that fittest upon the cherubims.
2 Before Ephraim; Benjamin, and Manaffes: stir up thy ftrength, and come and help us.
3 Turn us again, O God: shew the light of thy 'cbuntenance, and we shall be whole.
4 O Lord God of hosts: how long wilt thou be angry with thy people that prayeth?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears: and givest them plenteousness of tears to drink.
6 Thou hast made us a very strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Turn us again, thou God of hosts: shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
8 * Thou haft brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
I The argument of this Psalm is much the same * Thou haft brought a Vine out of Egypt, &c. The with that of the foregoing. For the Ifraelites here allegory whereby the Jewish Nation is here represented also represent the extreme mifery and defolation to may, in a spiritual sense, be juilly referred also to the which they were reduced: commmerate God's past Christian Church ; which hath equally experienced the Mecies towards them under a beautiful allegory of a divine goodness in its establishment, suppost, and ima. Vine and Vine-yard; and most ardently implore his provement: and we have no less reason, than they had, afiltance, with a promise to praise and serve him with to pray that he will defend it from its fpiritual' EneDew obedience.
mies, who are continually seeking its del roction.
9 Thou madest room for it: and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it: and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedar-trees.
11 She stretched out her branches unto the fea: and her boughs unto the river.
12 Why haft 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 beasts of the field devour it.
14 Turn thee again, thou God of hosts, look down from heaven: behold, and visit this vine.
15 And the place of the vineyard that thy right hand hath planted: and the branch that thou madest so strong for thyself.
16 It is burnt with fire and cut down: and they shall perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon the son of man, whom thou madest so strong for thine own self.
18 And so will not we go back froin thee: O let us live, and we shall call upon thy Name.
19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts: shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
§ Psalm 81 Exultate Deo. VING we merrily unto God our strength: make a cheerful noise
unto the God of Jacob. 2 Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret: the merry harp with the lute. 3 Blow
the trumpet in the new-moon: even in the time appointed, and upon our folemn seast-day.
4 For this was made a statute for Israel: and a law of the God of Jacob.
This Pfalm was composed to be sung upon the the general argument and end of it is an exhortation of Feast of Trumpets, or of the first new Moon of the civil the Ifraelites to obedience, from the confideration of year. See Levit. xxiii. 24. and Num. xxix. 1. and the paternal affection, benefits, and promises of God.
5 $ This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony: when he caine out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
6 I ealed his shoulder from the burden: and his hands were delivered from making the pots.
9 Thou calledlt upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee: and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.
8 I proved thee also: at the waters of strife.
9 Hear, O my people, and I will assure thee, O Israel: if thou wilt hearken unto me,
10 There shall no ftrange god be in thee: neither shalt thou worship any other god.
11 I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I shall fill it.
12 But my people would not hear my voice: and Israel would not obey me.
So I gave them up unto their own hearts lusts: and let them follow their own imaginations.
14 O that my people would have hearkened unto me: for if Ilsael had walked in my ways,
15 I should soon have put down their enemies: and turned my hand against their adversaries.
16 The haters of the Lord should have been found liars: but their time should have endured for ever.
17 He should have fed them also with the finest wheat-four: and with hony out of the stony rock should I have satisfied thee.
E V E N I N G PRAY E R.
|| Pfalm 82. Deus ftetit. OD ftandeth in the congregation of princes: he is a judge
among gods. This he ordeined in Jofeph for a teflimcay when we keep up in their minds a thankful remembrance of wame. &c. If the Israelites were thus engaged to com- their Redemption from the bondage of Sin and Death memorate their celiverance from Egyptian Slavery; then by Jesus Chrift! That was temporal this is eternal. boy much fronger an obligation lies upon Christians to
13 So I
M S. . Day xvi. 2 How long will ye give wrong judgment: and accept the persons of the ungodly?
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
4 Deliver the out-cast and poor: save them from the hand of the ungodly.
5 They will not be learned nor understand, but walk on still in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have said, Ye are gods: and ye are all the children of the most Highest. 7 But ye
shall die like men: and fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, and judge thou the earth: for thou shalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.
I Psalm 83. Deus, quis fimilis?
frain not thyself, o God. 2 For lo, thine enemies make a murmuring: and they that hate thee have lift up their head.
3 I hey have imagined craftily against thy people: and taken counsel against thy secret ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people: and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have cast their heads together with one consent: and are confederate against thee;
6 *The tabernacles of the Edomites and the Ismaelites: the Moabites and Hagarens;
7 Gebal, and Ainmon, and Amalech: the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre.
l This is a grave remonftrance to Judges and Ma- looks of the haughty, to consider that the King and giftrates : in which the Prophet Exhoris them to a faith- the Beggar must be put upon a level in the Grare; and Jul administration of Justice from the contideration that that in another state Mankind will be arrangej, dot they are under vod's inspection that they are mortal according to the titics or distinctions which they bore and inuft one Day be accountable for theis conduct. in this World, but according as they have excelled one
But ye nail die like Men. Gr. How should it another in Virtue.” humble all human pride, and bring down the high Several of the neighbouring Nations having aflex