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5 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

6 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour: him will I destroy.

7 Whoso hath also a proud look, and high stomach: I will not suffer him.

8 Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land: that they may

dwell with me. 9 * Whoso. leadeth a godly life: he shall be

my fervant. 10 There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house: he that telleth lies, shall not tarry in my fight.

i I shall foon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land. that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.

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# Psalm 102.

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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 soon.

3 days are consumed away like smoke: and ny bones are burnt up as it were a fire-brand.

4. My heart is smitten 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

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

7 I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow: that fitteth alone upon the house-top.

i bojo leadeth a godly life shall be my Servant. How fon to complain in this respect--would be adding to ever desirable this might be to all Masters, yet it was their own Happiness, as well as that of Society in perhaps more in David's power, than that of moft general-and discharging a Duty, for the negle& of People to effe&t this. But would Masters pay a proper which they must one Day be aíturedly accountable, attention to the principles and conduct of their ser- | This is the fifth of those which are called penitene vants, and be careful to instruct them in their duty, tial Psalms; and seems to have been wrote during the not only by precepts, but also by their own good ex- Babylonih Captivity: In which the Jews whill they euples; they would probably find abundantly less rea- represent the desolation of Jerufalem, and their deplor


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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 alhes as it were bread: and mingled my drink with wecping;

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 shadow: and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remem. brance 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 servants think upon her stones: and it pitieth them to fce her in the dust.

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

16 When the Lord shall 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 desire;

18 This shall be written for those that come after: and the people which shall be born shall 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 such 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 Jerusalem ;

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

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

my days.

24 But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midft of mine able situation, exprefs also their firm truf in God that glorious condition as fhould attract the admiratou if

he would deliver them, and reinftate them in such a all Nations.


age: as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.

25 Thou, Lord, in the beginning haft laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They thall perish, but thou shult endure: they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

27 And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: || but thou art the fame, and thy years shall not fail.

28 The children of thy fervants shall continue: and their feed shall stand faft in thy sight.

| Psalm 103. Benedic, anima, mea. RAISE the Lord, O my foul: and all that is within me

praise his holy Name. 2 Praise the Lord, O my soul: and forget not all his benefits; 3 Who forgiveth all thy sin: and healeth all thine infirmities;

4 Who saveth thy life from destruction: and crowneth thee with mercy and loving kindness;

5 Who fatisfieth thy mouth with good things: making thee young and lusty as an eagle.

6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment: for all them that are oppressed with wrong.

7 He shewed his ways unto Moses: his works unto the children of Israel,

8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: * long-suffering and of great goodness.

9 He will not alway be chiding: neither keepeth he is anger for ever.

But thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. whole sacred collection The Poet herein celebrates Al other things are changeable and perishable ; even the numerous benefits of God to Mankind, both tem. the frame of the Heavens above, and the foundations of poral and spiritual: and earnestly exhorts others to the Earth beneath: but God is the same, the Same imitate his example. But particularly he displays the unchangeable through all Eternity: and therefore his infinite goodness and mercy of God: whereby hé, tho? love of Virtue, and his hatred of Vice, his promises eternal, condescends to take care of the frail, Aecting, to the godly, and his threatnings against the Wicked fort lived human species, and lastly invites Angels will be always fure, fixed, and fully determined. and all created Beings to join with him in praifing the

1 This is an Hymn of Thanksgiving: and is per. Lord. haps one of the most beautiful and elegant in the Long-suffering. Let Sinners however take heed E V E N I N G PRAY E R.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our fins : nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.

11 For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth: so great is his mercy allo toward them that fear him.

12 Look how wide also the east is from the west: so far hath he fet our sins from us.

13 Yca, like as a father pitieth his own children: even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth whereof we are made: he remembereth that we are but duft.

15 The days of man are but as grass: for he flourisheth as a Aower of the field.

16 For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone: and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him: and his righteousness upon childrens children;

18 Even upon such as keep his covenant: and think upon his commandments to do them.

19 The Lord hath prepared his seat in heaven: and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words.

21 O praise the Lord, all ye his hosts: ye servants of his that do his pleasure.

22 O speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion: praise thou the Lord, O my soul.

* Psalm 104. Benedic, anima mea. how they abuse his patience: for God recompenseth to goodness and forbearance, and long-suffering (not consider. the impenitent for the flowess of his punishment hy ing that his goodness leadeth them to Repentance) treasure The weight of it. For as St. Paul well observes in the up unto themselves wrath against the day of arab and 20 ct Ronans, they that despise the riches of God's perelation of the righteous judgment of God.



RAIS E the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God, thou art

become exceeding glorious, thou art clothed with majesty and honour.

2 Thou deckeft thyself with light as it were with a garment: and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain.

Ź Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: and makech the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.

4 He maketh his angels spirits: and his ministers a Aaming fire.

5 He laid the foundations of the earth : that it never should move at any time.

6 Thou coveredst it with the deep like as with a garment: the waters stand in the hills.

7 At thy rebuke they flee: at the voice of thy thunder they are afraid.

8 They go up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath: even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them.

Thou hast set them their bounds which they shall not pass: neither turn again to cover the earth.

10 He sendeth the springs into the rivers: which run among the hills.

11 All beasts of the field drink thereof: and the wild asses quench their thirst.

12 Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation: and fing among the branches.

13 He watereth the hills from above : the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.

14 He bringeth forth grass for the cattle: and green herb for the service of men.

• The Pfalmift here celebrates the power, wisdom ments of this Psalm are incomparably beautiful and and goodness of God by a survey of his works of poetical. Creation and Providence. The language and senti

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