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14 They lie in the hell like theép, death gnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall have domination over them in the morning: their beauty shall consume in the fepulchre out of their dwelling

15 But God hath delivered any foul from the place of hell: for he shall receive me.

16 Be not thou afraid, though one be made rich : or if the glo ry of his house be increased ;

.17 For he Thall carry nothing away with him when he dieth : neither shall his pomp follow him.

18 For while he lived, he counted himself an happy man: and fo long as thou douft well unto thyself, men will fpeak good of thee.

19 He shall follow the generation of his fathers : and fhall never see light.

Man being in honour hath no understanding : but is compared unto the beasts that perish.


| Psalm 5o. Deus deorum. HE Lórd, even the most mighty God hath fpoken :: and

called the world from the rising up of the fun, náto the going down thereof.

2 Out of Sion hath God appeared : in perfect beauty.

3. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be ftirred up round about him.

4. He shall call the heaven from above : and the earth, that he may judge his people.

Man being in honour bath no underftanding, Ge. This are furgetful from wnom, and to what end they are feems to be more properly tranlated in the Bible ver- bestowed upon them. For as furh are apt to abute them fi n. Man that is in bonour and underftanderb.not, is like to the work of purposes: fo by the riograuta, eto God, the Beasts that perifh. From hence we may difeers how the giver they descend to a level wich Brures. dangerous riches and worldly advancemeot are to our l This Pálm is of a'mural intructive nature: agd. eternal interests: and especially where their pofleflors is designed to faew tukt God is not pleased with che


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5 Gather my faints togerher unto me: those that have made a covenant with me with facrifice.

6. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.

7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak: I myself will testify againft thee, O Israel; for I am God, even thy God.

8 I will not reprove thee, because of thy facrifices, or for thy burnt-offerings: because they were not alway before me.

9 I will take no bullock out of thine house: nor he-goat out of thy folds.

10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine: and so are the cattle upon a thousand bills.

11 I know all the fowls upon the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are in my light.

12 If I be hungry, I will not tell thee: for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein.

Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls-flesh: and drink the blood of goats ?

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving: and pay thy vows unto the most Higheft.

15 And call upon me in the time of trouble: so will I hear thee, and thou shalt praise me.

16 But unto the ungodly said. God: Why dost thou preach my laws, and takest my covenant in thy mouth;

Whereas thou hateft to be reformed: and hast cast my words behind thee?

18 When thou saweft a thief, thou consentedit unto him: and haft been pártaker with the adulterers.

19 Thou hast let thy mouth speak wickedness: and with thy tongue thou hast set forth deceit. facrifces and outward ceremonies of Religion, but and the other virtues. In order to

greater weight Tatber with fincere devotion of Mind, and praise to these Doctrines, God himself is introduced by the which flows from a grateful Heart : altho' even thiese Pfalmift as delivering them in all the awful pomp of taurkis of piety will not be acceptable without justice. divine Majetty, as he did the Law from Simais




L M J. Day 'x. 20 Thou sattest and spakest against thy brother: yea, and has flandered thine own mothers son.

21 These things hast thou done, and I held my tongue, and thou thoughtest wickedly, that I am even such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that thou hast done.

22 O consider this, ye that forget God: left I pluck you away, and there. be noneto deliver you.

23 * Whoso offereth me thanks and praise, he honoureth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation right, will I shew the salvation of God.

§ Psalm 51. Miserere mei, Deus. Ave mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness: ac

cording to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.

2 Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my faults: and my fin is ever before me.

4 Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy fight: that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.

5 # Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my mother conceived me.

6 But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalç make me to understand wisdom secretly.

7 Thou shalt purge me with hyffop, and 'I shall be clean: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

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Whoso offereth me Thanks and Praisė, &c. “ Pub- posed by David upon the reproof which he received ! lic Praises and Thanksgiving (fays Dr, Clarke) are from Nathan the Prophet, after his Adultery with Barba " acceptable to God, as part of our religious Worship beba 2 Sam. xii. An Act of public penitence which “ and Adoration of him; but are then only so, when such crimes loudly call for!., “ the declarations of our mouths are the real figni- I Behold I was shapen in Wickedness, &c. Grotius says “ fications of the intentions of our hearts, and our de. the fense of this passage is, “I have not only com

figns are not to abuse thole mercies which we thank mitied a grievous crime at present, but have cften ** him for.”

“finned from my childhood, and is an hyperbolical This is the fourth of the penitential Psalms, some kind of speaking, as a; pears by cumpir ng it with Job

; 8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Turn thy face from my sins: and put out all


misdeeds. 10 Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Caft me not away from thy presence: and take not thy holy Spirit from me.

12 O give me the comfort of thy help agáin: and stablish 'me with thy free Spirit.

13 Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked: and finners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health: and my tongue shall sing of thy righte. ousness.

15. Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall thew thy praife.

16 For thou desireft no sacrifice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.

17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled fpirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise.

18 O be favourable and gracious unto Sion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the facrifice of righteousness, with the burnt offerings, and oblations: then shall they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.

Į Psalm 52. Quid gloriaris?
HY boastest thou thyself thou tyrant: that thou canst do

2 Whereas the goodness of God: endureth yet daily?

Xxxi. 28. Pfalm xxii. 10. 11, and lviii. . and lxxi. 5. against us 6. Maiah xlviii. 8. When the conscience is deeply # This Pfalm was occafioned by the slaughter of the wounded with a sense of any notorious crime, our Priests through the Calumnies of Doeg the Edomite, as it. other smaller offences will be apt to fand up in array is related i Sam. xxij.


M Day 3 Thy tongue imagineth wickedness: and with lies thou cuttest like a sharp razor.

4. Thou hast loved unrighteousness more than goodness: and, to talk of lies more than righteousness.

5 Thou hast loved to speak all words that may do hurt: 0 thou false tongue.

6 Therefore shall God destroy thee for ever: he shall take thee, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling, and root thee out of the land of the living.

7 The righteous also shall see this, and sear; and shall laugh him to scorn.

8 Lo, this is the inan that took not God for his strength: but trusted unto the multitude of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

9 As for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: my trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.

10 I will always give thanks unto thee for that thou hast done: and I will hope in thy name, for thy saints like it well.


§ Psalm 53. Dixit infipiens. HE foolish body hath said in his heart: There is no God,

2 Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickedness: there is none that doeth good.

3 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any thal would understand, and seek after God.


* Lo this is the Man that took not God, &c. The promises the righteous help and deliverance from the Leífon, (says Dr. Young) , that this example does Almighty. most genuinely teach us. is this. That when a man * The foolish Body hath said in bis Heari, &c. This is once ceases to take God for his strength (which was does not imply that all Sinners actually believe there Doeg's first fault) when he once neglects to apply is no God; but the meaning is that the impiety of the • himielf to heaven for conduct and support, that man people in the Prophets time was fo great and general s natually falls from one fio to another, and there is that wicked men lived as if they denied the Being of a Security of topping betwixt indevotion and the God. Well were it if this Complaint might nos bewith e bottomless Pit."

too much justice applied to a great number of Chriltans, $ The Prophet here descrites the extreme impiety who profess to know God, but in Works dery, bim, giving and general cossuption of the time in which he lived themselves up to all manner of Wickedness,

he ibrcatens the wicked with divine vengeance, and

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