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20 O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in ftrength : ye that fulfil his com mandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words. 21 O praise the Lord, all ye

in finition his hosts : ye, servants of his

in , ki that do his pleafure.

22 O speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all ? places of his dominion : praise thou the Lord, O my soul.


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Evening Prayer. This Psalm is generally thought to be David's, wherein is

set forth the Wisdom and Power of God in creating the World.

Benedic, anima mea. Pfal. CIV.
Raise the Lord, O my soul:

O Lord iny-God, thou art become exceeding glorious, thou art clothed with majesty and honour.

2 [Thou deckest thy self with 2 (The Light is thy light as it were with a garment: Robe, the Heaven thý and spreadest out the heavens Canopy,] like a curtain.]

3 (Who layeth the beams of 3*Waters] here fig his chambers in the * waters :

nify those superior Waand maketh the clouds his cha- in the upper Regions of

ters mentioned Gen. 1.7. iot, and walketh upon the the Air. wings of the wind.]

[He hath laid as

'rwere the Floors of his Palace Chambers in those middle Regions, which consist of Air and Water ; and when he vouchsafes to visit Mankind he uses a Cloud for his Carriage, Exod. xiii. 21, 22. Luke xxi. 27. and makes the Wind to serve as Wings to convey this his Chariot whereever he plcases.

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Gen. i. g.

Heb. i. 7.

4 [He maketh his angels 4 [+Tis He who made spirits: and his ministers a the Angels, those quick piercing {piritual Sub- flamingifire, sa stances; 'cis He that uses thefe Angels as his Attendants, or Minifters, who are like a flame of Fire, which nothing can withftand; and who execute his Commands with the utmost vigour and expedition, whether it be for the protecting, and doing Honour to his Friends, or for the destroying his Enemies.] 2 King.ii. s Be unsettled, put


He laid the foundations out of that posture of the earth that it never State, or condition, in which God at first should [move) at any time. placed it.] See Psal. xciii. 2. Gen. i. 2.

6 [Thou coveredst it with 6 [Thou didst at first, the deep like as with a garment: cover the earth all over: 4 with a deep Water, fo the waters stand in the hills.] deep that those parts of the Earth, which now make our highest Mountains, were then ander Warer.]

7 [At thy rebuke they flee: 7[Atrhy commanding Voice these Waters

at the voice of thy thunder start, and shrink away, they are afraid.] they retreat like a Slave when he hears the Thunder of his Master's Tongue.] Mem. Thunder is nor here taken in its most proper and natural sense, but as in this Paraphrase.

8 [These Waters, by & They go up as high as the
Secrec tracks and means hills, and down to the valleys
creep up to the rops of beneath : even unto the place
the highest Mountains, which thou hast appointed for
from whence they de-
scend in Streams and them.
Rivers into the Valleys, and from thence into that vast Channel
the Ocean, which thou didft make for this very purpose.]
9 [These Waters of 9 Thou hast set (them)

their bounds which they shall
not pass: neither turn again to

cover the earth,
10 [In stead of per 10 [He fendeth the springs
mitting the Sea to o-

into the rivers : which run averflow the Land, he conveys its Waters, by mong the hills. ] secret Paffages, into several parts of the Earth, where they break

the Sea:} :

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out into sweer Springs, and these empty themselves into the Ri-
vers, which run commonly between the Hills, and from them
receive constant Supplies, whereby their Streams are inlarged.].

II All bearts of the field
drink thereof: and the wild
asses quench their thirft.

12 Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation:

12 t of the Trees that
and sing among the branches t grew on the Banks of

13 He watereth the hills these Rivers.
from above: the earth is filled
with the fruit of thy works.

14 He bringeth forth grass
for the cattle: and green herb
for the service of men.

Is That he may bring food
out of the earth, and wine that
maketh glad the heart of man:
and oyl (to make him a cheerful anoint his face or

15. [ Wherewith:10
countenance,] and bread to Head.] See Ps.xxiii: 5.
strengthen mans heart.

16 The trees of the Lord also are full of sap: even the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted.

17 Wherein the birds make
their nefts: and the fir-trees
are a dwelling for the stork.

18 The high hills are a re-
fuge for the wild goats: and so
are the stony rocks for the co-
19 He appointed the moon

19 [To distinguish
for certain reasons]: and the Time into months and

the Night, to divide sun knoweth his going down. Weeks, and for che al

20 Thou maketh darkness (çertaining Religious that it may be night: wherein Feasts.] Mede on Res. all the beults of the forest do xlii. 6, 7.

xii. 1. Şee Ecclesiasticus move,

21 The

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21 The lions roring after of As Infants by their prey : do seek their meat their crying do the Mo- from God t. thers Breast, even before 22 The sun ariseth, and they they know her.

get them away together; and lay them down in their dens.

23 Man goeth forth to his work, and to his labour ; until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works: in wisdom haft thou made them all, the earth is full of thy riches.

25. So is the great and wide 95 (Animals or ll- sea also : wherein are things ving, Creatures.] See creeping innumerable, both Vocab.

small and great beasts. ] 26 Leviathan here 26 There go the ships, and fignifies the Whale, or there is that * Leviathan: whom Tome other Sea-monfter: thor the Crea thou hast made to take his dile, for that is an A- paftime therein. pimal belonging to Riyers. 87 [Depend.)

37: Thęfe [wait) all upon thee : that thou mayest give them meat in due season.

28 When thou givest it them, they gather it; and when thou openest thy hand,

they are filled with good. 99 (When thou with 29 [When thou hidest thy drawelt 'thy Bounty, face, they are troubled: ) when they pine away and

thou takeft away

their breath, ficken.)

they die, and are turned again

to their duft: 3. (When thou send;

30 [When thou lettest thy. et forth thy enlivening breath go forth, they shall be Power, attended with the gentle and warm

made : and thou shalt renew pierzes of the Spring, the face of the carth. ]


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new Animals are produced in great Plenty, and the Earth has a new and fresh Face.

31 The glorious Majesty of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoyce in his works.

32. [The earth shall tremble 32 [If God were nor at the look of him: if he do delighted in his works, but touch the hills, they shall nish, for his angty Pre

they must all foon vaa smoke.]

sence will soon make the Earth tremble, and break into shivers, and fer on fire che strongest Mountains, and thereby confume them.}

33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will praise my God while I have my being.

34 And so fhall my words please him; my joy shall be in the Lord.

35 As for finners, they shall be consumed out of the earth, and the ungodly shall come to an end : praise thou the Lord, O my soul, praise the Lord.

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The Twenty First Day. Morning Prayer. * 'Tis certain the former part of this Psalm is David's.

See 1 Chron. xvi. 8. and therefore it is probable, that
the latter part was done by the same Hand. It contains
a rehearsal of God's Mercies to the Jewift Nation,
from the time of Abraham, to their Settlement in the
promised Land.

Confitemini 'Domino. Pfal. Cv.
Give thanks unto the

Lord, and call upon his
Name : tell the people whát
things he hath done.
R 0 let your songs be of

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