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14. Justice and judgment are the foundation of thy throne; mercy and truth go before thy face.

15. Blessed is the people that know thy praise; they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

16. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day; and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

17. For thou art the glory of their strength, and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.

18. For the Lord is our defence, and the holy one of Israel is our king.

19. Thou hast spoken some time in vision to thy holy ones, and said, I have given help to one that is strong, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

20. I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him.

21. My hand shall hold him fast, mine arm also shall strengthen him.

22. The enemy shall have no advantage over him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

23. I will beat down his foes before his face, and smite them that hate him. 24. And my faithfulness and

shall be with him; and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

my mercy

25. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.

26. He shall cry unto me; Thou art my father, my God, and my strong falvation.

27. And I will make him my first born, higher than the kings of the earth.

28. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, my covenant shall stand fast with him.

29. His feed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

30. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments,

31. If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments,

32. Then will I visit their offences with the rod, and their fin with stripes.

33. Nevertheless, my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor fuffer

my

truth to fail. 34. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my mouth.

35. Once have I sworn by my holiness, that I will not lie unto David.

36. His feed fhall endure for ever, and his throne as the fun before me.

37. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as the faithful witness in heaven.

38. Yet thou haft cast off and rejected, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.

39. Thou haft made void the covenant of thy servant, thou haft profaned his diadem on the earth. 40. Thou haft broken down all his defences, thou haft brought his strong holds to ruin.

41. All that pass by the way, spoil him; he is a reproach to his neighbours.

42. Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries ; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

43. Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.

44. Thou hast made his brightness to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.

45. The days of his youth hast thou shortened ; thou hast covered him with shame.

46. How long, Lord, wilt thou hide thyself? shall thy wrath burn like fire for ever?

47. Remember, Lord, what their time is! to what vanity thou haft made all the fons of men.

48. What man liveth and shall not see death ; or shall deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?

49. Lord, where are thy former loving kindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth.

50. Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy fervants : that I bear in my bosom all the railings of the people.

51. Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Lord, have reproached the steps of thine anointed.

52. Blessed be the Lord for evermore. Amen, , and Amen.

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EIGHTEENTH MORNING.

Morning Prayer.

P S A L M XC.

This Psalm is by many supposed to have been the me

ditation of Moses, when the Israelites offended fo highly against God in the wilderness, that be fbortened their lives to seventy or eighty years (at the most) and suffered them not to arrive at the age of their ancestors, or of Moses, Caleb, or Joshua, whose lives he prolonged to an hundred and twenty years.

But though the Psalmis, as the learned Mr. Green observes, laments the diminution of life, no one expresfion limits it to the shortened period of that generation who were untimely cut off for their fins. But it plainly and wholly refers to the decrease of man's age from a thousand years, the original fum, to leventy or eighty at the most, a diminution fufficient to make him treat the present life of man as a phantom, or watch in the night. Dr. Kennicott thinks that it was probably written about the return from the captivity; which seems to receive some confirmation from verse 13, 15, 17.

3.

1. LORD thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another.

2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Thou turnest man to destruction, and sayest, return ye children of men.”

4. Verily a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday, when it is past; and as a watch in the night.

5. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a dream in the morning, they are as grass which changeth.

6. In the morning, it flourisheth and groweth up; and, in the evening, it is cut down and withereth.

7. So we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath we are troubled.

8. Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee, out secret fins in the light of thy countenance.

9. For our days pass away; in thy wrath are we consumed, our years are as a vapour.

10. The days of our years are threescore years and ten;

and if, by reason of strength, they be four score years, yet is their number labour and forrow; for foon it passeth away, and we are gone.

11. Who knoweth the power of thine anger, and the fear of thy wrath ?

12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom!

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