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1. IN thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, let me not be put to confusion for ever.
2. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and rid me; incline thine ear to me and save me.
3. Be thou my strong hold, for an house of defence to save me, surely thou art my rock and my fortress.
4. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly, out of the hand of the unrightsous and cruel man.
5. For thou, O Lord God, art my hope, thou art my trust even from my youth.
6. By thee have I been holden up ever since I was born, thou haft dealt kindly towards me, from my mother's womb, my praise shall be always of thee.
7. I have been as a wonder unto many, for thou haft been my strong refuge.
8. My mouth shall be filled with thy praise, and with thy honour all the day,
9. Caft me not off in the time of old age, forfake me not when my strength faileth me.
10. For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
11. Saying, God hath forsaken him, persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him.
12. O God, be not far from me, O my God make haste to help me.
13. Let them be confounded and consumed, that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
14. But as for me, I will hope alway, and will praise thee more and more.
15. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day long; but I know not the numbers thereof.
16. I will set forth thy power, O Lord God, I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
17. O God thou hast taught me from my youth ; and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
18. Now also when I am old and grey-headed, O God, forsake me not, until I shall have shewed thy strength unto this generation; thy power and thy justice to every one that is to come.
19. O God on high, great are the things which thou hast done; O God, who is like unto thee.
20. Thou who haft shewed me great and fore
troubles, shall quicken me again, and bring me back from the depths of the earth.
21. Thou wilt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
22. I will also praise thee with the psaltery; thy truth, O God, will I celebrate ; to’thee, on the harp, O Holy One of Israel, will I fing.
23. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I fing unto thee, and my soul which thou hast redeemed.
24. My tongue also shall talk of thy righteoufness all the day long, when they are confounded, when they are brought into shame, that seek to do me evil.
PS A L M LXXII.
The argument of this Psalm, as Dathe observes, suits
a father expressing his hope and expectation of the happiness that would result from the government of bis fon, rather than the son himself, who could not, without extreme vanity, thus presage the blessings that would follow from his virtues. Besides it is without example to call a person the king's son, after the king's death. For these reasons we accede to those interpreters, who consider David as the author of this Psalm, which he probably wrote a short time before his death, when he had declared Solomon his successor in the
kingdom, and had seen him anointed by Zadok the priest in Gibon, 1 Kings i. 39.
1. GIVE the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
2. Then fhall he judge thy people according unto right, and defend the poor.
3. The mountains also shall bring peace, and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
4. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and break in pieces the oppressor.
5. He shall endure as long as the sun and moon, throughout all generations.
6. He shall come down like rain upon the mowen grass, as showers that water the earth. .
7. In his days shall righteousness flourish, and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
8. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the land. ,
9. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him, and his enemies shall lick the duft.
10. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents, the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
11. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him, all nations shall do him service.
12. For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth, the needy also, and him that hath no helper.
13. He shall spare the simple and needy, and shall preserve the lives of the poor.
14. He shall deliver their souls from falsehood and wrong, and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15. And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba : prayer also shall ever be made for him, and daily shall he be praised.
16. There shall be abundance of corn in the land; the fruit, on the top of the mountains, shall wave like Lebanon ; and they of the city shall flourish like the grass of the earth. - 17. His name shall endure for ever, his name shall be continued as long as the fun; all the tribes of the land shall be blessed through him; all the nations shall praise him.
18. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel who only doeth wondrous things.
19. And blessed be his glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with his glory, Amen and Amen.