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13. The boar of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
1.4. Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, behold and visit this vine:
15. Even the plant which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch which thou madest strong for thyself!
16. Let those that have burnt it with fire and fpoiled it, perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17. Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
18. So will we not go back from thee; quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.
O Lord God of hosts; cause thy face to shine, and we shall be whole !
PSA L M LXXXI.
The Psalmist, who is supposed to have been Afaph, ex
borts the Israelites to celebrate the praises of God at the new moon, according to divine appointment; and then introduces God himself explaining the occasion of this folemnity.
1. SING aloud unto God our strength, make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2. Lift up the song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. 3. Blow
in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
4. For this was made a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
5. This he ordained in Jofeph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt; where he heard a language that he understood not.
6. “ I eafed his shoulder from the burden, his hands were delivered from the pannier.
7. Thou calledst upon me in trouble, and I delivered thee, I answered from the hidden place of the thunder ; I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.
8. Hear, O my people, and I will make a testimony with thee, O Israel, if thou wilt hearken
9. There shall no strange God be in thee, neither shalt thou worship any other God.
10. I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt; open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11. But my people would not hearken to my voice, and Israel would not obey me. 12. So I gave them
up to their own heart's lust, and let them follow their own imaginations.
13. O that my people had hearkened unto me, and Ifrael had walked in my ways.
I would soon have subdued their enemies, and turned
my hand against their adversaries. 15. The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto them; but their time should have endured for ever.
16. They should have fed themselves also with the finest of the wheat, and with honey out of the rock would I have satisfied them.”
The Psalmist reprehends the judges for negligence of
their duty; and reminds them that God is the witness of their actions, and they themselves subject to bis judgment. He is supposed to have been Afaph the seer, wbo lived in the reign of Hezekiab; when the courts of judicature were so corrupt, that isaiah called the judges rulers of Sodom, ff. i. 10. 23.
1. GOD standeth in the congregation; God giveth sentence in the midst of the judges.
2. “ How long will ye judge unjustly, and lift up
the face of the wicked ? 3. Defend the
poor and fatherless; see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
4. Deliver the outcast and poor, rid them out of the hand of the wicked.”
4. They do not know, neither will they understand ; they walk on in darkness; all the foundations of the land are shaken.
6. I have said, ye were Gods, and all of you sons of the Most High ; 7 But ye
shall die like other men, and fall like one of the poor.
8. Arise, O God, judge the earth, for thou shalt take all nations to thine inheritance.
PSA L M LXXXIII.
It is generally supposed, that the combination of powerful enemies, against which the Pfalmift bere implores assistance, was that mentioned in 2 Chron. xx. in the days of Jebolhaphat. From verse seven it appears, that it cannot be referred to the time of David, for the Tyrians were then in friendship and alliance with the Israelites.
1. KEEP not thou silence, O God; O God, hold not thy peace, and be not still.
2. For lo, thine enemies make a tumult, and they that hate thee have lift up the head.
3. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy favoured ones.
4. They have said, come and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5. For they have taken counsel together with one heart; they are confederate against thee.
6. The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; the Moabites and Hagarenes.
7. Gebah and Ammon and Amalek; the Philiftines with the inhabitants of Tyre.
8. Afsur also is joined with them; they have holpen the children of Lot.
9. Do unto them as unto the Midianites, as to Sisera, as to Jabin ;
10. That perished at the brook of Kison, that became as dung for the earth at Endor.
11. Make them and their nobles like Oreb and like Zeb, and all their princes as Zebah and Zal
12. Who have said, “ let us possess ourselves of the habitation of God."
13. O my God, make them like chaff, as the stubble before the wind.