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3 Thou haft taken away all thy displeasure and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.

4 Turn us then, O God our Saviour: and let thine anger cease from us.

5 Wilt thou be difpleafed at us for ever: and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?

6 Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord: and grant us thy falvation. 8 I will hearken what the Lord God will fay concerning me: for he fhall fpeak peace unto his people, and to his faints, that they turn not again.

9*For his falvation is nigh them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kiffed each other.

11 Truth shall flourish out of the earth: and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.

12 Yea, the Lord fhall fhew loving kindness: and our land fhall give her increase.

13 Righteoufnefs fhall go before him: and he fhall direct his going in the way.


|| Pfalm 86. Inclina Domine.


OW down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me: for I am poor and in mifery.

2 Preferve thou my foul, for I am holy: my God, fave thy servant that putteth his truft in thee.

began to be united into one body and to be elevated with hopes of their former glory Though, in a fublimer fente, it has been thought to refer to the times of the Mah.


but Jefus Chrift, concerning whom it is faid that e was made Flesh and dwelt among us (and we beh la his Glory, the Glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of Grace and Truth. John i. 14. He is alfa faid to be the Glory of his People Ifrael Luke ii. 32.

David, confcious of his own Weakness and need

For bis Salvation is nigh them that fear him; that Glory, &c. This was completely fulfilled in none

3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I will call daily upon thee. 4 Comfort the foul of thy fervant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my foul.

For thou, Lord, art good and gracious: and of great mercy unto all them that call


upon thee.

6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer: and ponder the voice of my humble defires.

7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou heareft me.

8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord: there is not one that can do as thou doeft.

9 Ail nations whom thou haft made, fhall come and worship thee, O Lord: and fhall glorify thy Name.

10 For thou art great, and doeft wondrous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in thy truth: 0 knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.

12 I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and will praise thy Name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou haft delivered my foul from the nethermoft hell.

14 O God, the proud are rifen against me: and the congregations of naughty men have fought after my foul, and have not fet thee before their eyes.

15 But thou, O Lord God, art full of compaffion and mercy: long-fuffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.

16 O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me: give thy ftrength unto thy fervant, and help the son of thine handmaid.

of the divine Affiftance, here earnestly calls upon God to help, teach, govern, and establish him in Innocency of Life. He prays to him with a firm confidence of being heard; and at the fame Time proclaims his infinite power, Majefty, and Mercy.

+ Preferve thou my Soul, for I am boly &c. This Ex. preflion may at first Sight appear harfh for David to utter concerning himself; because, he says elsewhere

that in God's fight no Man living fhall be justified: yet David might be faid to be holy in refpect of his enemies; and might therefore have reafon to hope that God on that account would fhew Kindness to him in preference to them, because, as the Man that had been born blind justly obferved, We know that God heareth not Sinners: bt if any Man be a Worshipper of God and doeth his Will, him he heareth John 9. 31.

17 Shew fome token upon me for good, that they who hate me may see it, and be afhamed: because thou, Lord hast holpen, me, and comforted me.

§ Pfalm 87. Fundamenta ejus.


ER foundations are upon the holy hills: the Lord loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 2 Very excellent things are spoken of thee: thou city of God. 3 I will think upon Rahab and Babylon: with them that

know me.

4 Behold ye the Philistines alfo: and they of Tyre, with the Morians; lo, there was he born.

5 And of Sion it fhall be reported that he was born in her: and the moft High shall stablish her.

6 The Lord shall rehearse it when he writeth up the people: that he was born there.

7 The fingers alfo and trumpeters fhall he rehearse: all my fresh fprings fhall be in thee.

Pfalm 88. Domine Deus.

Lord God of my falvation, I have cried day and night before thee: O let my prayer enter into thy prefence, incline thine ear unto my calling.


2 For my foul is full of trouble: and my life draweth nigh unto hell.

3 I am counted as one of them that go down into the pit: and

I have been even as a man that hath no strength.

4 Free among the dead, like unto them that are wounded, and lie in the grave: who are out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand.

5 Thou haft laid me in the loweft pit: in a place of darkness and in the deep.

The Prophet here celebrates the praifes ofthe City of Jerufalem and Mount Sion, in preference to all the neighbouring Kingdoms and Cities: who, although they might boaft of famous and remarkable Perfonages being born among them; yet could not equal

Judea as to the Men of renown who were natives of it.

This Pfalm feems to have been compofed by one who was under the deepelt Affliction, and almoft deprived of all confolation. He reprefents herein the violence and continuance of his Sufferigns, and the

6 Thine indignation lieth hard upon me: and thou haft vexed me with all thy forms.

7 Thou haft put away mine acquaintance far from me: and made me to be abhorred of them.

8 I am so fast in prifon: that I cannot get forth.

9 My fight faileth for very trouble: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have ftretched forth my hands unto thee.

10 Doft thou fhew wonders among the dead: or fhall the dead rife up again, and praife thee?

11 Shall thy loving kindness be fhewed in the grave: or thy faithfulness in deftruction?

12 Shall thy wondrous works be known in the dark: and thy righteousness in the land where all things are forgotten?

13 Unto thee have I cried, O Lord: and early fhall my prayer

come before thee.

14 Lord, why abhorreft thou my foul: and hideft thou thy face from me?

15 Iam in mifery, and like unto him that is at the point to die: even from my youth up thy terrors have I fuffered with a troubled mind.

16 Thy wrathful displeasure goeth over me: and the fear of thee hath undone me.

17 They came round about me daily like water: and compassed me together on every fide.

18 My lovers and friends haft thou put away from me: and hid mine acquaintance out of my fight.


Pfalm 89. Mifericordias Domini.

Y fong fhall be alway of the loving kindness of the Lord: with my mouth will I ever be fhewing thy truth from one generation to another.

Terrors which difcompofed his mind, complaining that God did not hear him, tho' he called upon him with great fervency. This Palm agrees with thofe

that are commonly called penitential.

This Piaim was compofed at a time when the Jews were under iome publick calamity. The writer

2 For I have faid, Mercy fhall be fet up for ever: thy truth fhalt thou ftablifh in the heavens.

3 I have made a covenant with my chofen: I have fworn unto David my fervant,

4 Thy feed will I stablish for ever: and fet up thy throne from one generation to another.

5 O Lord, the very heavens fhall praife thy wondrous works: and thy truth in the congregation of the faints.

6 For who is he among the clouds: that fhall be compared unto the Lord?

7 And what is he among the gods: that fhall be like unto the Lord?

8 God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the faints: and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.

9 O Lord God of hofts, who is like unto thee: thy truth, moft mighty Lord, is on every fide.

10 Thou ruleft the raging of the fea: thou ftilleft the waves thereof when they arise.

II Thou haft fubdued Egypt, and deftroyed it: thou haft feattered thine enemies abroad, with thy mighty arm.

12 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: thou haft laid the foundation of the round word, and all that therein is.

13 Thou haft made the north and the fouth: Tabor and Hermon fhall rejoice in thy Name.

14 Thou haft a mighty arm: ftrong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

15 Righteoufnefs and equity are the habitation of thy feat: mercy and truth fhall go before thy face.

16 Bleffed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in the: they fhall walk in the light of thy countenance.

here celebrates the majefty, power,and goodness of God which appeared in the deliverance of the raclites from Egyptian Bondage; and the Covenant that he made with David, to confirm the Throne to him and his

pofterity. He then reprefents the defolation to which Judah was reduced, and implores the divine compaffon.

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