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19. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distress,

20. He sendeth his word and healeth them, and rescueth them from destruction.

21. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men !

22. That they would offer unto him the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell out his works with gladness.

23. They that go down to the sea in ships, that occupy their business in the great waters :

24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25. For he commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth


the waves thereof. 26. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths, their soul is melted because of trouble.

27. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and all their skill is swallowed up.

28. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distress.

29. He stilleth the storm to silence and the waves of the sea are still. 30.

Then do they rejoice because they are at rest, and he bringeth them unto the haven of their desire.

31. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men !

32. That they would exalt him in the assembly of the people, and praise him in the council of the elders.

33. He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and water springs into a dry ground:

34. A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35. He turneth the wilderness into a standing pool, and dry ground into fprings of water.

36. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, and they build a city for their habitation:

37. And low the fields, and plant vineyards, and make a fruitful increase.

38. He blesseth them also, so that they are greatly multiplied, and suffereth not their cattle to de'crease:

39. While others are diminished and brought low, with oppression, affliction and forrow.

46. Hé poureth contempt upon the great ones, and maketh them wander through a pathless desert.

41. While he raiseth the distressed from affliction, and maketh their families like a flock.

42. The righteous see this and rejoice, and all iniquitý stops its mouth.

53. Whofo is wise will ponder these things; and he shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord.


Evening Prayer.


This Psalm is composed of the 8th and following verses

of the 57th Pfalm, and of the 7th and following verses of the both Psalm. The complaints of those Psalms are omitted, and their triumphal parts are bere united into one Psalm of thanksgiving.

1. MY heart is fixed, O God, I will sing and give praise.

2. Awake up my glory, I will awaken the psaltery and harp betimes in the morning. 3.

I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people, I will fing unto thee among the nations.

4. For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

5. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth.

6. That thy beloved people may be delivered ; fave with thy right hand and hear me. 7: God hath spoken in his fanctuary : therefore


I will rejoice, I will divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

8. Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine; Ephraim also is my defender, Judah is my law-giver.

9. Moab is the pot of my ablution; to Edom I will cast my shoe ; over Philistia will I triumph.

10. Who will lead me to the fenced city? who has brought me into Edom?

11. Who but thou, O God, who has cast us off, and didst not go out with our armies.

12. Oh! give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man.

13. Through God we shall do valiantly, for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.


Dadid bere implores the divine asistance against his

enemies, who persecuted bim with unmerited calumny and rancour. He then gives (v. 6-19) a dreadful picture of the curses which they called down upon him, in return for his kindness to them : But instead of such evils he prays that God may deal with bim according to his innocency, and that his enemies may be ashamed of their cruelty and injustice. Take this Psalm, fays Dr. Sykes, as containing a recital of curses and imprecations of very Nanderous men against the Psalmist bimself, from v. 5. to 20. and all is clear. David says, v.

David says, v. 3. that they compassed him about with words of hatred, and v. 2. that the mouth of the wicked and deceitful is opened against bim ; and when he had urged his love and his good actions to those enemies of his, v. 4, 5. then follow the evil wishes they expressed against him to v. 20. and at length, v. 27. he says, Let them curfe, but bless thou.. To this we may add, that David speaks of his enemies throughout the Psalm in the plural number, whereas the object of the imprecations is but one perfon. It is not improbable that David composed this Psalm, (which bears fome similitude to the 36th,) when he fled from Abfalom, and that he chiefly complained of the perfidy of Ahitophel, once his highly favoured friend,

1. HOLD not thy peace, O God of my praise ;

2. For the mouth of the wicked, and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

3. They have compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

4. For my love they are mine adversaries; but I give myfelf ụp unto prayer.

5. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my good will, saying,

6. Let an unjust judge be appointed over him, and a false accuser stand at his right hand.

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