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the assemblies of the violent have fought after my soul, and have not set thee before them.

15. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy

and truth. 16. O turn unto me and have mercy on me, give strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

17. Shew for me a token of thy goodness, that they, who hate me, may see it and be ashamed, because thou, O Lord, hast holpen me and comforted me.


The triumphant song of a Few on bis return from Ba

bylon, and the rebuilding' of Jerusalem, in which be sets up for the superiority of Jerusalem over all beathen cities, even the most celebrated, in respect of the number of eminent persons born in her. The Targum seems to thew, that the ancient title of this Psalm was, “ The Foundations on the Holy Mountains."

1. THE Lord loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings in Jacob.

Glorious things are spoken of thee, thou city of God.


3. I will make mention of Egypt and Babylon amongst my acquaintance, of Philistia also and Tyre, with Ethiopia, saying, “ this man was born there.' 4. But of Sion it shall be said,

this great man, and that great man was born in her, and the Most High himself hath established her.”

5. The Lord when he writeth the registry of nations shall declare, " this man was born there;

6. But of princes of renown, all my springs are in thee.'


The lamentation of a person confined by an infectious

disease, probably the leprosy.

1, O LORD God of my falvation, I cry day and night before thee.

2. O let my prayer enter into thy presence, incline thine ear unto my calling. 3. For my soul is full of troubles, and


life draweth nigh unto the grave.

4. I am counted with them that go down into the pit; I am as a man that hath no strength. 5. Prostrate amongst the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more, and that are cut away from thy hand.

6. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the shadow of death.

7. Thy indignation lieth hard upon me, and thou hast poured out all thy waves upon me.

8. Thou hast put away my acquaintance far from me, and made me to be abhorred of them; I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

9. Mine eyesight fạileth through affliction; Lord I call daily unto thee, I stretch out my hands unto thee.

10. Wilt thou shew wonders among the dead? Shall they arise and praise thee?

II. Shall thy loving kindness be shewed in the grave? Thy faithfulness in destruction?

12. Shall thy mercy be known in the fepulchre ? And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13. Yet unto thee, O Lord, do I cry; and in the morning doth my prayer come before thee.

14. Lord, why castest thou off my soul ? Why hidest thou thy face from me? 15.

I have been afflicted from my youth, I have born thy terrors with a troubled mind.

16. Thy wrathful displeasure goeth over me ; and thy fear hath cut me off.

17. They have come about me every day like water ; they have compassed me about together.

18. Lover and friend halt thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance haft thou withdrawn from my fight.


Evening Prayer.


The Pfalmift bere prays for the preservation of the

kingdom of David, when threatened with imminent danger. He grounds his confidence on the promise made by the prophet Nathan to David, 2 Sam.

70 This Pfalm is supposed by most commentators to have been written in the reign of Hezekiah, when he had been almost driven from Jerufalem by Sennacherib, and was dangerously ill, nor had he got a fon to fucceed him in the kingdom.

1. MY song shall be alway of the loving kindness of the Lord ; with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. 2. I said, mercy shall be built


ever, thy faithfulness thou didst establish in the very heavens.


3. “ I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David


servant. 4. Thy feed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations.

5. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord, thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

6. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord ?

7. God is greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones; and to be had in remembrance of all those that are round about him.

8. O Lord God of hosts, who is a mighty Lord like unto thee, and to thy truth of those that are round about thee?

9. Thou ruleft the raging of the sea ; when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

10. Thou hast crushed Egypt, as one that is flain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with the arm of thy strength.

11. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; the world and the fullness thereof; thou hast founded them.

12. The north and the south, thou didst create them ; Tabor and Hermon, they rejoice in thy



Thou hast a mighty arm; strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

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