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2 The ungodly for his own lust doth persecute the poor: let theni be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own hearts defire: and speaketh good of the covetous whom God abhorreth.
4 The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God: *neither is God in all his thoughts. 5 His
ways are always grievous : thy judgments are far above out of his fight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
6 For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down: there shall no harm happen unto me.
7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud: under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
8 He fitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets: and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor. ::9 For he lieth waiting fecretly, even as a lion lurketh he in his den: that he
may 10 He doth ravish the poor : when he getteth him into his net.
11 He falleth down and humbleth himself: that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten: he hideth away his face, and he will never fee it.
13 Arise, o Lord God, and lift up thine hand: forget not
ravish the poor.
14 Wherefore should the wicked blafpheme God: while he doth fay in his heart, Tush, thou, God carest not for it.
15 Surely thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong
Neither is God in all his Thougbus, &c. It is come insensible to all religious imprellions, he will foc a worthy of observatiaton that in the friking pi&ture become an easy prey to every Temptation; and nowhich the Pfalmift here presents us with of an aban- thing will be fufficient to reitrain hini from running a doned Sinner, one of his principal features is a total full course of Iniquity. Human Laws will be ineties. difregard of Religion: He careth not for God, neither tual to kerp him within the bounds of his dury: ad jis God in all bis I boughts. The consequence of which no Man may fafely rely upon his integrity, an, turite we are too plainly told in the following verde viz that than that will serve his present intecelt. bis ways are always grievouse For when a Man is be
M Day, i. It :-16: That thou mayest take the matter into
who hand: the poor. committeth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendless.
17 Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious: take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.
18 The Lord is King for ever and ever: and the heathen are perished out of the land,
19 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor: thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto.
20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right: that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.
In Domino confido. N the Lord put I my trust: how say ye then to my soul, that
she should fee as a bird unto the hill ?
2 For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, and make ready their arrows within the quiver: that they may privily shoot at them which are true of heart.
3 For the foundations will be cast down: and what hath the righe teous done?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lords seat is in heaven.
5 His eyes consider the poor: and his eye-lids try the children of men.
6 The Lord alloweth the righteous: but the ungodly and him that delighteth in wickedness doth his soul abhor.
7 * Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest: this shall be their portion to drink.
This Pfalm seems to have been composed at the might full as properly have been translated as it is in time of Saul's persecution, when David was
, advised the Margin of the Bible Version, he fall rain burning by some of his Friends to retire to some place of con- Coals. This terrible and sublime description of God's cealment. He however relies upon the justice of his taking vengeance upon the Wicked seems to be taken cause, and comforts himself with the consideration of his from the account of the destruction of Sodon, which being under God's protection, who as he approveth though the language is figurative serves to intimate to the conduct of the Righteous, so he will also most af- us the sudden and dreadful punishment which God wi! furedly and dreadfully punish the Wicked.
infiet upon all the workers of Iniquity. Upon the ungedly be fall rain snares, &c. It
8 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness: his countenance will behold the thing that is just.
E V ENING PRAY E R.
$ Pfalm 12. Salvum me fac. Elp me, Lord for there is not one godly man left: for the
faithful are ininished from among the children of men. 2 They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour: they do. but fiatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.
3 The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips: and the tongue that speaketh proud things.
4 Which have said, With our tongue will we prevail: we are they that ought to speak, who is lord over us?
5 Now for the comfortless troubles sake of the needy: and because of the deep fighing of the poor;
6 I will up, faith the Lord: and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set hiin at rest.
7 The words of the Lord are pure words: even as the filver, which from the earth is tried, and purified seven times in the fire.
8 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord: thou shalt preserve him from this generation for ever.
9 The ungodly walk on every side: when they are exalted, the children of men are put to rebuke.
|| Psalm 13. Usque quo, Domine? W long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever: how
long wilt thou hide thy face from me? § David in this Pfalm complains of the general cor- to God by Prayer as a means to preserve us from opo ruption of Manners of the age he then lived in; and prelion and corruption. implores God's protection, whom he also introduces || In this Psalm David, being in the utmoft distress, speaking and promising his afiftance. This Psalm complains that God had forsaken him ; that his forseems to have been composed when he was in danger of rows were increased, and his Enemy grown insolent being betrayed by Doeg and the Ziphites.
with success. He therefore intreats God to comfort Help me Lord, for there is not, Úc. David's come and deliver him from his terrors. In the midst of which plaint of the small number of good People in his time, however, he is inspired with an holy confidence in and his Prayer to God on that occafion, teach us, the divine goodness; and promises to Mew himself that when we fee Integrity fail, and Iniquity abound thankful for it. in the World, it is then our wisdom to have recourse How long wilt thou forget, &c. This Psalm is 8 Have they no knowledge, that they are all such workers of Very proper for Persons in Miction. Since they are They are corrupt and become abominable, &c. It · here taught by the example of David where to apply were much to be wilhea that the complaint which the for relief and deliverance in all distresses. Since God is Pfalmift here makes of the People in his time were not able to enlighten their darkness-to speak comfort applicable to the prefent Professors of a more enligh. to their Souls--to remove their calamities--to turn their tened Dispensation! But bappy would it be would every forrows into joy, and their mournings into fongs of one endeavour to prevent the reproach by a diligent répraise.
2. How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be fo vexed in my heart: how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death.
4 Left mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him: for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.
5 trust is in thy mercy: and my heart is joyful in thy falvation.
6 I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me: yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.
|| Psalm 14.
They are corrupt, and become abominable in their doings: there is none that doeth good, no not one.
3 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.
4 But they are all gone out of the way; they are altogether become abominable : there is none that doeth good, no not one.
5 Their throat; is an open sepulchre, with their tongues have they deceived: the poison of asps is under their lips.
6 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are fwift to shed blood.
7 Destruction and unhappiness is in their ways, and the way of peace have they not known. there is no fear of God before their eyes.
formation of himself, and all that are under his influ. || David in this Pfalm, describes the great and gene- ence : rather than to nourish in himself (piritual Pride, ral Corruption, the Wickedness and impiety of the by indulging himfelf in unprofitable complaints of the Men of his age.
Wickedness of his Noigblours.
mischief: caring up my people as it were bread, and call not upon the Lord?
9 There were they brought in great fear, even where no fear was: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
10 As for you, ye have made a mock as the counsel of the poor; because he putteth his trust in the Lord.
1 Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion? When the Lord turneth the captivity of his people: then shall Jacob rejoice, änd Israel shall be glad.
MORNING PRAY E R.
§ Pfalm 15. Domine, quis habitabit ? ORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle: or who shall rest
thy holy bill? 2 Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
3 He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour : and hath not slandered his neighbour.
4 He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes: and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.
5 He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not: though it were to his own hindrance.
6 He that hath not given his money upon usury: nor taken reward against the innocent. 7 Whoso doeth these things : shall never fall.
§ Psalm 16. Conserva me, Domine. Reserve me, O God: for in thee have I put my
foul, thou hast said unto the Lord: thou art my God, my goods are nothing unto thee.
$ In this Psalm is pointed out to us what qualifica- monies: but that we ought also to thew forth its infigtions were requisite for such as would serve God ac- ence upon our Lives and Conversations by becomiag ceptably in his Tabernacle.
fruitful in all good Works; viz. by abstaining from Lord who shall dwell in thy Tabernacle ? &c. From Slander, Injustice and Oppreßion, by a ftrict adherence this inflructive Psalm we learn that it is not sufficient to Sincerity and Uprightness, tho' it should prove to for obtaining the divine favour that we be merely Pro• our temporal disadvantage-and giving all due ese fefiors of a pure and rational Religion; or that we couragement to Men of Virtue and Holiness + Such; conform ourselves ftri&lly to its ourward Rites and Cere- even reason tells us, are the distinguishing marks of