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4 But they are all gone out of the way they are altogether become abominable: there is also none that doeth good, no not one.

5 Are not they without understanding, that work wickedness: eating up my people as if they would eat bread? they have not called

6 They were afraid where no fear was : for God hath broken the bones of him that besieged thee; thou hast put them to confusion, because God hath despised them.

7 Oh that the salvation were given unto Israel out of Sion: Oh that the Lord would deliver his people out of captivity. 8 Then should. Jacob rejoice: and Israel should be right glad.

|| Psalm 54. Deus, in nomine. A VE me, O God, for thy Names fake; and avenge me in thy

strength. 2 Hear my prayer, O God: and hearken unto the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers are risen up against me: and tyrants which have not God before their eyes, seek after my

foul. 4 +Behold, God is my helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: destroy thou them in thy truth..

6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise thy Name, O Lord: because it is so comfortable.

7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

|| Pfalm 55. Exaudi, Deus. EAR my prayer, O God: and hide not thyself from my

petition. || The treachery of the Ziphures and the artifices of ledgement to God for his deliverance. Saul to take David gave occasion to this Psalm see Bebold God is my He/per, the Lord, &c. This sud. 1 Sam. xxiii and xxvi. David therefore, tho' in great den change in David's language might perhaps he danger, commends himself with firm confidence to occasioned by his being told amids his Prayer that God's protection foretells the punishment which should Saul was called off from the pus fuit of him by the fall upon his enemies, and inakes a grateful acknow. Philistines 1 Sam. xxiii, 27. and he therefore suddenly


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2 Take heed unto me, and hear me: how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.

3 The enemy crieth so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast: for they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciously are they set against me.

4 My heart is disquieted within me: and the fear of death is fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.

6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove: for then would I flee away, and be at reft.

7 Lo, then would I get me away far off: and remain in the wilderness.

8 I would make haste to escape: because of the stormy wind and tempeft.

9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them: for I have spied unrighteousness and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: milchief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

11 Wickedness is therein: deceit and guile go not out of their ftreets.

12 For it is not an open enemy, that liath done me this difhonour: for then I could have borne it.

13 Neither was it mine adversary that did magnify himself against me: for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him.

14 But it was even thou, my companion: my guide, and mine own familiar friend.

15 We took sweet counsel together: and walked in the house of God as friends. 16 I Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go


proke forth intothese words. Fervent Prayer seldom is Achitophel had forsaken hiin, and joined Ab!alom in his yttered in vain.

rebellion against him. This Pfaim was probably composed by David after # Let Death come haflily upon them, &c. Z his feeming imprecation is rather to be considered as a Prophecy meekness which our Lord in his Life and Death hath of what should befall David's Enemies; and is not to fet before us. be applied by Christians to those who for whom they David having been discovered, and in danger of have received injuries. On the contrary it is our duty being apprehended by the Philiftines in Gath, i Sam. to pray for our Persecutors ; herein conforming to the xxi. entreats God to preserve him; and praises him for Laws of the Gospel, and to that pattern of patience and his deliverance.

quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

17. As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord shall save me,

18 In the evening and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that instantly: and he shall hear my voice.

19 It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace, from the battel that was against me: for there were many with me.

20 Yea, even God that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down: for they will not turn, nor fear God.

21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him: and he brake his covenant.

22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in bis heart: his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they

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23 O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee: and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for ever.

24. And as for them: thoạ, o God, fhalt bring them into the pit of destruction,

25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days : nevertheless my trust shall be in thee, O Lord.


$ Psalm 56. Miferere mei, Deus. E merciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to devour

me: he is daily fighting and troubling me. 2 Mine enemies are daily in hand to swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most Highest.

3 Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid: yet put I my trust in thee.



4 I will praise God, because of his word: I have put my trul in God, and will not fear what felh can do unto me.

5 They daily mistake my words: all that they imagine is to do

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6 They hold altogether, and keep themselves : close: and mark my steps when they lay wait for my soul.

7 Shall they escape for their wickedness: thou, o God, in thy displeasure shalt cast them down.

8 Thou tellest my flittings, put my tears into thy bottle: *are not these things noted in thy book ?

9 Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to Aight: this I know; for God is on my side.

10 In Gods word will I rejoice: in the Lords word will I com

fort me.

11 Yea, in God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid what man can do, unto me.

12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows: unto thee will I give thanks.

13. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling: that I may walk before God in the light:of the living.

|| Psalm 57. Miferere mei, Deus.
E merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me, for my

foul trusteth in thee : and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge until this tyranny be over-past.

2 I will call unto the most high God : even unto the God that shall perform the caufe which I have in hand.

3 He shall send from heaven : and fave me from the reproof of him that would eat me up.


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Are not these Things noted in thy Book. The mean- iofinite knowledge, may we learn to- live constantly an, ing of this-and-such-like expressions is, that every ac- der its Convi&tion, in all holy and godly Conversation! tion of every Man, is more certainly known to God, | David flying before Saul, and being hid in 2 and remembered unto jadgment; than things are made Cave, where he was surprized by the King, Sara

. certain to be remembered among Men, by being

wrftten 24. here offers up his Prayers to God tor altance, and down in Books, Dr. Clarke, From a sense of God's expresses his firm Confidence in the divine Protection..

God shall send forth his mercy and truth : my soul is among lions.

5 And I lie even among the children of men, that are set on fire: whose teeth are spéars and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

6 Set up thyself, o God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.

7 They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul : they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it themselves.

8 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed : I will sing and give praise.

g * Awake up, my glory; awake, lute and harp: I myself will awake right early.

10 I wilgive thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people : and I will sing unto thee among the nations.

11 For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens : and thy truth unto the clouds.

12 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth,

|| Pfalm 58. Si vere utique. RE your minds fet upon righteousness, Oye congregation:

and do ye judge the thing that is right, Oye fons of men ? 2 Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth : and your hands deal with wickedness.

3. The ungodly are froward, even from their mothers womb: as foon as they are born, they go astray, and speak lies.

4. They are as venemous as the poison of a serpent: even like, the deaf adder that stoppeth, her ears ;;


Awake up my Glory. By this is meant the Tongue must they be who abuse it to the Purposes of Phrowhich is that peculiar Excellency, wherein chiefly, phaneness, Imparity and Injustice ! except reason, Man surpasses. all other Creatures. || This is a Complaint of David againli Saul's wicked How reasonable then is it that that which is such a Counsellors, whose Impiety and Obstinacy he strongly diitinguishing part of our nature should be employed describes : and foretells that the divine Vengeance the service of our Creator! And how very blameable would shortly overtake and destroy tbem..

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