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to his people] PSALMS.

[Israel. 30 Their land brought forth frogs waters gushed out; they ran in the dry in abundance, in the chambers of their places like a river. kings.

42 For he remembered his holy 31 He spake, and there came di- promise, and Abraham his servant. vers sorts of flies, and lice in all their 43 And he brought forth his peocoasts.

ple with joy, and his chosen with 22 He gave them hail for rain, and gladness : faming fire in their land.

44 And gave them the lands of the 33 He smote their vines also and heathen: and they inherited the labour their fig trees; and brake the trees of of the people ; their coasts.

45 That they might observe his 34 He spake, and the locusts came, statutes, and keep his laws. Praise and caterpillars, and that without ye the LORD. (K) number,

PSALM CVI. 35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of PRAISE ye the LORD.... give their ground.

thanks unto the LORD; for he is 36 He smote also all the first-born good : for his mercy endureth for in their land, the chief of all their strength.

2 Who can utter the mighty acts of 37 He brought them forth also the LORD? who can shew forth all his with silver and gold : and there was praise ? not one feeble person among their 3 Blessed are they that keep judgtribes.

ment, and he that doeth righteousness 38 Egypt was glad when they de- at all times. parted : for the fear of them fell upon 4 Remember me, O Lord, with

the favour that thou bearest unto thy 39 He spread a cloud for a cover • people : 0 visit me with thy salvation ; ing; and fire to give light in the night. 5 That I may see the good of thy

40 The people asked, and he chosen, that I may rejoice in the brought quails, and satisfied them with gladness of thy nation, that I may the bread of heaven.

glory with thine inheritance. 41 He opened the rock, and the 6 We have sinned with our fathers,

ever.

them.

EXPOSITION.
PSALM CV.

tion to praise God, we have a general view

of his mercies towards Israel, Irom the co(K) A review of God's mercies to Israel. venant made with Abraham to their taking -This is another of those psalms usually possession of the land of Canaan ; aud the called historical, or narrative. The first great end of all his dispensations towards

them, (Psalm lxxviii.) has been already them, in the close of the chapter, is stated considered, and is attributed to Asaph. to be, that “ they might obscrve his staThis we know (at least the first fifteen tutes and keep bis laws.” So, under the verses, was composed by David, on occa- New Testament dispensation, the great sion of placing the ark of God in Zion. object of Christ's redemption is stated to (1 Chron. xvi.) Much of the matter of be, that “he might redeem us from all ini." this psalm is similar to that of the seventy- quity, and purify unto himself a pecueighth, above alluded to, with which it liar people, zealous of good works." may be compared, as also with the scrip- (Titus ii. 14.) tures referred to in our potes. The nature

“ Give thanks to God, invoke his name, of our plan prevents us from going repeat- And tell the world his grace; edly over the same ground. Suffice it 10 Sound through the earth his deeds of fame, remark here, that after a general exhorta

That all may seek his face."

Watts.

nin hail."

NOTES. Per. 32. Hail for rain – Heb." He gave their

Ver. 40. Quails.-Exod. xvi. 12, &c.

Ver. 43. With gladness-Heb. 125

Singing."

Red sea.

sea.

Israel)

PSALMS

[exkorted we have committed iniquity, we have into the similitude of an ox that eateth done wickedly.

grass. 7 Our fathers understood not thy 21 They forgat God their saviour, wonders in Egypt; they remembered which had done great things in Egypt; not the multitude of thy mercies; but 22 Wondrous works in the land of provoked him at the sea, even at the Ham, and terrible things by the Red

8 Nevertheless he sared them for 23 Therefore he said that he would his name's sake, that he might make destroy them, had not Moses his chosen his mighty power to be known. stood before him in the breach, to turn

9 He rebuked the Red sea also, away his wrath, lest he should destroy and it was dried up: so he led them them. through the depths, as through the 24 Yea, they despised the pleasant wilderness.

land, they believed not his word: 10 And he saved them from the 25 But murmured in their tents, hand of him that hated them, and and hearkened not unto the voice of redeemed them from the hand of the the LORD. enemy.

26 Therefore he lifted up his hand 11 And the waters covered their against them, to overthrow them in enemies: there was not one of them the wilderness :

27 To overthrow their seed also 12 Then believed they his words; among the nations, and to scatter them they sang his praise.

in the lands. 13 They soon forgat his works ; 28 They joined themselves also unto they waited not for his counsel : Baal-peor, and ate the sacrifices of the

14 But lusted exceedingly in the dead. wilderness, and tempted God in the 29 Thus they provoked him to andesert,

ger with their inventions: and the 15 And he gave them their request; plague brake in upon them. but sent leanness into their soul. 30 Then stood up Phinehas, and

16 They envied Moses also in the executed judgment: and so the plague camp, and Aaron the saint of the was stayed. Lord.

31 And that was counted unto him 17 The earth opened and swallowed for righteousness unto all generations up Dathan, and covered the company for evermore. of Abiram.

32 They angered him also at the 18 And a fire was kindled in their waters of strife, so that it went ill with company; the flame burned up the Moses for their sakes : wicked,

33 Because they provoked his 19 They made a calf in Horeb, and spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly worshipped the molten image. with his lips.

20 Thus they changed their glory 34 They did not destroy the natious,

left.

NOTES. PSALM CVI. Ver. 1. Praise ye the Lord-Heb. Ver. 23. Therefore he said.-Exod. xxxii. 10. " Hallelujah.”

Ver. 24. The pleasant land-Heb. " The land of Ver 7. Provoked him-" Thee," as harmonizing desire." better with the former member of the verse. See Ver. 27. To overthrow_Heb.“Tomake fall," &c. Exod. xiv. 11, 12.

Ver. 28. Baal-peor.--See Num. XXV.3. Ver. 11. Not one of them left. Exod. xir. 28. Ver. 30. Then stood up Phinehas.--Nam. xxv.7.

Ver. 12. They sung his praise.-Exod. xiv. 31.- Ver. 32. Waters of strife-That is, at Meribak. xv. 1, &c.

Num. xx. 13. Ver. 13. They soon forgat his works - Heb. Ver. 34. The nations concerning #kom, &c.# They made haste, they forgat," &c. i. e. " They Deut. vii. 2, 3. hurried to forget his works."

Ver. 37. Unto devils-Or demons. See Note on Ver. 14. They lusted exceedingly-Heb. “ They Ps. xcvi. 5. lusted a lust.” See I Cor. x. 6.

Ver. 43. Brought lon-Marg," Impoverished, or Ver. 16. They envied Moses.Num. xvi. 1, &c. weakened."

[God.

to praise]

PSALMS. concerning whom the LORD com- 45 And he remembered for them manded them :

his covenant, and repented according 35 But were mingled among the to the multitude of his mercies. heathen, and learned their works. 46 He made them also to be pitied

36 And they served their idols : of all those that carried them captives, which were a snare unto them.

47 Save us, O Lord our God, and 37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons gather us from among the heathen, to and their daughters unto devils; give thanks unto thy holy name, and

38 And shed innocent blood, even to triumph in thy praise. the blood of their sons and of their 48 Blessed be the LORD God of daughters, whom they sacrificed unto Israel from everlasting to everlasting: the idols of Canaan: and the land was and let all the people say, Amen. polluted with blood.

Praise ye the LORD. (L) 39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring

PSALM CVII. with their own inventions.

40 Therefore was the wrath of the O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for LORD kindled against his people, in- he is good : for his mercy endureth somuch that he abhorred his own in- for ever. heritance.

2 Let the redeemed of the LORD 41 And he gave them into the hand say so, whom he hath redeemed from of the heathen; and they that hated the hand of the enemy; them ruled over them.

3 And gathered them out of the 42 Their enemies also oppressed lands, from the east, and from the thein, and they were brought into sub- west, from the north, and from the jection under their hand.

south. 43 Many times did he deliver them; 4 They wandered in the wilderness but they provoked him with their in a solitary way; they found no city counsel, and were brought low for to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul 44 Nevertheless he regarded their fainteth in them. affiction, when be heard their cry: 6 Then they cried unto the LORD

their iniquity:

EXPOSITION.
PSALM CVI.

ignorance, superstition, and even bar

barism ; so that they worshipped animals, (L) A Psalm of praise, confession, and like their Egyptian masters, and were lost prayer. This is another of the historical to every sentiment of national independpsalms, and recapitulates the same won, ence, freedom, or ambition; insomuch derful deliverances on the part of Goil, and that they were' hardly prevailed upon to the like perverse rebellion on the part of accept the liberty that was offered them; Israel. The points particularly reproved and murmured at the divine interference, in the conduct of the latter are-their as if the object had beeu to lead them into murmuring in the wilderness for want of slavery, instead of advancing them to food and water, which were miraculously privileges and to honour, above all the nasupplied ;-the rebellion of Kurab and his tions that were around them. Their reconfederates ; – the worshipping of a calf peated crimes, however, were followed by in Horeh;—and the idolatry of Baal-peor. repeated pardons, and reiterated deliverThese circumstances mark the Jewish cha

Many times did he deliver them, facter with a degree of perverseness, in- but they provoked him; . : .. and were

ances.

who have a deep acquaintance with the less, he regarded their affliction when he
gratitude, and folly, credible only to those brought low for their iniquities. Neverthe-
depravity of human nature. But to this heard their cry."
of their character during their state of
slavery in Egypt, when they seemed to
bave been reduced to a state of extreme

we may add also, the farther degradation

« Let Israel bless the Lord,

Who lov'd their ancient race;
And Christians join the solemn word

Amen, to all the praise."

127

atts

General exhortations]

PSALMS.

to praise. in their trouble, and he delivered LORD for his goodness, and for his them out of their distresses.

wonderful works to the children of 7 And he led them forth by the men ! right way, that they might go to a

22 And let them sacrifice the sacricity of habitation.

fices of thanksgiving, and declare his 8 Oh that men would praise the works with rejoicing. LORD for his goodness, and for his 23 They that go down to the sea in wonderful works to the children of ships, that do business in great waters; men !

24 These see the works of the 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, LORD, and his wonders in the deep. and filleth the hungry soul with 25 For he commandeth, and raiseth goodness.

the stormy wind, which lifteth up the 10 Such as sit in darkness and in waves thereof. the shadow of death, being bound in 26 'They mount up to the heaven, affliction and iron;

they go down again to the depths : 11 Because they rebelled against their soul is melted because of trouble

. the words of God, and contemned the .27 They reel to and fro, and stage counsel of the Most High:

ger like a drunken man, and are at 12 Therefore he brought down their their wit's end. heart with labour ; they fell down, and 28 Then they cry unto the LORD there was none to help.

in their trouble, and he bringeth them 13 Then they cried unto the Lord out of their distresses. in their trouble, and he saved them 20 He maketh the storm a calm, out of their distresses.

so that the waves thereof are still. 14 He brought them out of dark- 30 Then are they glad because ness and the shadow of death, and they be quiet; so he bringeth them brake their bands in sunder.

unto their desired haven. 15 Oh that men would praise the 31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of wonderful works to the children of men!

men! 16 For he hath broken the gates of 32 Let them exalt him also in the brass, and cut the bars of iron in congregation of the people, and praise sunder.

him in the assembly of the elders. 17 Fools because of their trans- 33 He turneth rivers into a wilgression, and because of their iniqui- derness, and the watersprings into dry ties, are afflicted.

ground; 18 Their soul abhorreth all manner 34 A fruitful land into barrenness, of meat; and they draw near unto the for the wickedness of them that dwell. gates of death,

therein. 19 Then they cry unto the LORD 35 He turneth the wilderness into in their trouble; he saveth them out a standing water, and dry ground into of their distresses.

watersprings. 20 He sent his word, and healed 36 And there he maketh the hunthem, and delivered them from their gry to dwell, that they may prepare destructions.

a city for habitation; 21 Oh that men would praise the 37 And sow the fields, and plant to praise] PSALMS.

NOTES. PSALM CVII. Ver. 3. From the south

-Heh.

himself upright. " From the sea."

Ver. 27. At their wil's end--Heb.“ All their wis Ver. 18. Their soul abhorreth.-See Job xxxiii. 20. dom is swallowed up." Ver. 22. With rejoicing-Heb. " singing."

Ver. 34. Barrenness---Heb. Saltness." Ver. 25. Raiseth-Heb. “ Maketh to stand.” The Ver. 40. Wilderness---Marg. " Void place." rising tempest is here compared to a giant, raising Ver. 41. From---Marg." After " affliction.

[God. concerning whom the LORD com- 45 And he remembered for them manded them :

his covenant, and repented according 35 But were mingled among the to the multitude of his mercies. heathen, and learned their works. 46 He made them also to be pitied

36 And they served their idols: of all those that carried them captives, which were a snare unto them.

47 Save us, O LORD our God, and 37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons gather us from among the heathen, to and their daughters unto devils; give thanks unto thy holy name, and

38 And shed innocent blood, even to triumph in thy praise. the blood of their sons and of their 48 Blessed be the LORD God of daughters, whom they sacrificed unto Israel from everlasting to everlasting : the idols of Canaan: and the land was and let all the people say, Amen. polluted with blood.

Praise ye the LORD. (L) 39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring

PSALM CVII. with their own inventions.

40 Therefore was the wrath of the O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for
LORD kindled against his people, in- he is good : for his mercy endureth
somuch that he abhorred his own in- for ever.
heritance.

2 Let the redeemed of the LORD
41 And he gave them into the hand say so, whom he hath redeemed from
of the heathen; and they that hated the hand of the enemy;
thern ruled over them.

3 And gathered them out of the 42 Their enemies also oppressed lands, from the east, and from the them, and they were brought into sub- west, from the north, and from the jection under their hand.

south, 43 Many times did he deliver them; 4 They wandered in the wilderness but they provoked him with their in a solitary way; they found no city counsel, and were brought low for to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul 44 Nevertheless he regarded their fainteth in them. afliction, when he heard their cry: 6 Then they cried unto the LORD

4

their iniquity:

EXPOSITION.

ignorance, superstition, and even barPSAL CVI.

barism; so that they worshipped animals, (L) A Psalm of praise, confession, and like their Egyptian masters, and were lost prayer. This is another of the historical to every sentiment of national independpsalms, and recapitulates the same won- ence, freedom, or ambition; insomuch derful deliverances on the part of Goil, and that they were hardly prevailed upon to the like perverse rebellion on the part of accept the liberty that was offered them; Israel. The points particularly reproved and murmured at the divine interference, in the conduct of the latter are their as if the object had beeu to lead them into murmuring in the wilderness for want of slavery, instead of advanciog them to food and water, which were miraculously privileges and to honour, above all the nasupplied--the rebellion of Korah and his tions that were around them. Their reconfederates ;- the worshipping of a calf peated crimes, however, were followed by in Horeb;—and the idolatry of Baal-peor. repeated pardons, and reiterated deliverThese circumstances mark the Jewish cha

Many times did he deliver them, racter with a degree of perverseness, in- but, they provoked him; . . . . and were gratitude, and folly, credible only to those brought low for their iniquities. Neverthewho have a deep acquaintance with the less, he regarded their affliction when he depravity of human nature. But to this heard their cry.” we may add also, the farther degradation " Let Israel bless the Lord, of their character during their state of Who lov'd their ancient race; slavery in Egypt, when they seemed to And Christians join the solemn word have been reduced to a state of extreme

Amen, to all the praise."

Watts,

ances.

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