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Evening Prayer. First Penitential Psalm.
dinary Humiliation. Ham.
Lord, me nor in
thine indignation : neither chasten me in thy displea
sure. 2 * Bones, Reins, In 2. Have mercy upon me, O ward part, do often in Lord, for I am weak : O Lord Scripture signifie the fame, as, Heart, Soul,
heal me, for my * bones are Thought. See Psalm vexed. XXXV. 10. and so pro 3. My soul also is fore troubably it fignifies here, bled : but, Lord, how long viz. my Thoughts or Heart.
wilt thou punish ine?
4. Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me
for thy mercies fake. 5 [in the Grave I
5 [For in death no man recan have no opportu. membreth thee : and who will niry to do cliee Service: As long as I live I will give thee thanks in the pit?] thew forth thy Praise ; 6 I am weary of my groanhue who can celebrare ing, every night wash I my thy Name, and instruct thy People in the bed; and water my couch with Grave?] Ep. Patrick. my tears.
Psalms Explain’d. 7 My beauty is gone for very trouble : and worn away because of all mine enemies.
8 Away from me, all ye that work vanity: for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
9 The Lord hath heard my petition: the Lord will receive my prayer.
10 All mine enemies shall be [confounded,] and fore vexed: 10 [Alham'd and dirthey shall be turned back, and order'd.] put to shame suddenly. Shiggaion; that is, a Psalm or Song (Says Dr. Ham.)
of David, which he sang to the Lord, concerning the
have I put my trust: save
2 By the Lian here, a lion, and tear it in pieces : Saul, whose Name he
we are to understand while there is none to help. conceals, as Sć. Paul
does Nero's, 2 Tim. iv. 17. See Psal. xix. 12. 3 O Lord my God, if I have 3.+ As Culh falsly done any such thing to or if charges me with. there be any wickedness in my our.) So hands signify.
[Actions or Behavi, [hands;]
fon. iii. 8. 4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that dealt friendly with me : yea, I have [delivered] 4 [Betrayed.] him that without any cause is mine enemy;
§ Then let mine enemy persecute my soul, and take me
yea, let him tread my life down upon the earth, and lay mine
honour in the dust. 6 [Do thou, O God,
6 Stand up, O Lord, in thy exert
thy self in execu- wrath, and lift up thy self, beting that Judgment against Cush, which he enemies : [arise up for me in
cause of the indignation of mine has deferved, and thou ordained in thy Law, the judgment that thou hast Deut.xix: 16,17,18,19. commanded.] viz. That he who bears false Witness shall have it so done to him, as he had thought to have done to his Brother.]
7 And fo shall the congre7 + As thou haft done gation of the people come about
thee : for their fakes therefore formerly to vindicate the Innocent,
lift up thy self againt:
8 The Lord Thall judge the
people; give sentence T with 8 [On my fide.]
me,jo Lord: according to my righteousness, and according to the innocency that is in me,
9 O let the wickednefs of the ungodly come to an end : but
guide thou the juft. 10 [Secret thoughts, ] 10 For the righteous God': trifo Reins ] signiffes, eth the very hearts and (reins.] Jej. xii. 2, &c.
II My help cometh of God; whọ preserveth them that are true of heart.
12 God is a righteous judge, strong and patient : and God is
provoked every day. 13 [If the wicked Man
13 [Ifa Man will not turn, he will not return and repent, God will sharpen
will whet his sword:] he hath his Instrurnents of death bent his bow, and made it ready. and destruction.] 14 He hath prepared for him
the instruments of death: he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
thine enemies: that thou might- the whole Army of the
15 Behold, she travaileth is (Cush is big, as it with mischief: he hath con were in travail, with ceived sorrow, and brought has taken great Pains in
some great Mischief; he forth ungodliness.]
hatching it, and is at 16 He hath graven and dig- last deliver'd of an ugged up a pit : and is fallen him- ly monstrous Villany. self into the destruction that he made for other.
17 For his travail shall come upon his own head : and his wickedness fhall fall on his own pate.
18 I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteousness : and I will praise the Name of the Lord most High. A Psalm of David, on his killing Goliah of Gath,
I Sam. vii. (as is generally thought) in which he was eminently a Type of Christ, who came to destroy of overcome the Devil, the great Enemy of our Souls. Domine, Dominus noster. Pfal. VIII.
1 Lord' our Governour
how, excellent is thy Name in all the World : thou that hast fet' thy glory above the heavens! 2. (Out of the mouth of very
2 [ Thou gavest babes and sucklings haft thou strength to me, who am ordained strength, because of comparison of that lofest still the enemy and the avenger.]
Philistines ; which I
did not do by virtue of my Sword or Sling, so much as by that declaration of Faith and Confidence in God, which then proceeded out of my Mouth, 1 Sam. xvii. 45, 46, 47. And fo on other occasions, thou wilt make use of Persons of an Infant-like Temper, Mat. 18. 3, 4. to confound the mightiest Powers upon Earth by their Preaching, 1 Cor. 1. 27. and by the Hofanna's which the Children shall fing
4 What is
to the Meffias, fhalt silence and dash the arrogance and insolence of the Priests and ruling Jews towards him.] 4 [Thy special Pro
that thou art vidence does in fo pr. mindful of him : and the son of ricular a manner watch over him.). So [Vifit), man, that (thou visitest him ?] fignifies, Gen. xxi. 1. Pfal. cvi. 4.
5 + Little. See Ge. 5. [Thou madeft him t lower neral Notes. 2. than the angels: to crown him
5 [Thou hast indeed with glory and worship.] made Mankind some.
6 Thoù makest him to have what lower than the Angels, (and that but dominion of the works of thy very little, as appears hands : and thou hast put all employed in that which things in subje&ion under his is the proper business feet; af Angels, to chastife
7 All sheep and oxen: yea, and subdue thy Ene. and the beasts of the field; mies :) And thy.. own 8 The fowls of the air, and Son shall hereafter take upon him humane Na, the fishes of the sea : and whatture; and in this re foever walketh through the Sped, for a while, be paths of the seas. lower than the Angels.
9 O Lord our Governour : But thou hast. placed Men in a state below how excellent is thy Name in Angels, that by beha- all the world! ving themselves well in this condition, they may be preferr'd to a degree of Happiness and Dignity like to that of Angels in another World: And thy Son shall thus for a time humble himself, that by suffering Death he may be crown'd with Glory and Ho. nour , and even in his Humane Nature be exalted above Angels, Eph. i. 20, 21.
The Second Day. Morning Prayer. A Pfalm of David; wherein be thanks God for the great Success he had againft
" the Philistines, and other Enemies; and begs God's Assistance in his present Difficulties.
Confitebor tibi. Pfal. IX.
Will give thanks unto thee,
O Lord, with my whole heart; I will speak of all thy marvellous works.