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1. THE wicked meditates on iniquity in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.

2. He pleaseth himself in his own fight, while he deviseth his abominable fin.

3. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; he hath left off to behave himself wisely, and to do good.

4. He imagineth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himfelf in a way that is not good, he rejecteth not any ev

5. Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

6. Thy righteousness is like the lofty mountains, thy judgments are like the great deep; O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

7. Great is thy loving kindness, O God, to the fons of men! under the shadow of thy wings they shall find shelter.

8. They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

9. For with thee is the well of life; in thy light shall we see light.

10. O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee, and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

11. Let not the foot of pride tread upon me, and let not the hand of the wicked cast me down. ..

12. There are the workers of iniquity fallen ; they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.

SEVENTH EVENING.

Evening Prayer.
PSALM XXXVII.

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tain, and therefore not to be envied : whereas the good, though perhaps unfortunate for a time, will be at length permanently rewarded. This Psalm was probably written when Solomon was proclaimed king, and received his father's instructions and exhortations ; 1. Kings i. 2. i Chron. xxii. 27. for David was then far advanced in years, see v. 25. nor were there then wanting evil persons, as Adonijah, Yoab, and Simei, who were disposed to disturb Solomon in his government.

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1. Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3. Trust in the Lord, and do good; fo shalt thou dwell in the land, and shalt be fed with its riches.

4. Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desire of thine heart.

5. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.

6. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light; and thy justice as the noon day.

7. Hold thee to the Lord, and abide patiently for him ; grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man who bringeth evil counsels to pass.

8. Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure ; fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.

9. For wicked doers shall be rooted out; but they that patiently abide the Lord, shall inherit the land.

10. For yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone; yea thou shalt diligently seek for his habitation, but it shall be no more.

11. But the meek shall possess the land, and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.

12. The ungodly plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13. The Lord shall laugh him to scorn ; for he seeth that his day is coming.

14. The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow; to cast down the poor and 24. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. . 25. I have been young, and now am old, yet faw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his feed begging their bread...:: ::...

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needy, and to slay such as are of upright conversation.

15. Their sword shall go through their own heart, and their bow shall be broken. - 16. A little that the righteous hath, is better than great riches of the ungodly. . 17. For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, but the Lord upholdeth the righteous. , - 18. The Lord knoweth the days of the godly, and their inheritance shall endure for ever. .

19. They shall not be confounded in the perilous time; and in the days of dearth they shall have enough. : ::

20. But the ungodly shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall consume as fat of lambs; yea, even as smoke shall they consume away. :

21. The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again; but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22. They that bless him shall inherit the land, and they that curse him shall be rooted out.

23. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he taketh pleasure in his way. iin

26 He is ever merciful and lendeth, and his feed is blessed.

27. Flec from ovil, and do the thirig that is good, and thou shalt continue for evermore.

28. For the Lord loveth the thing that is right, and forsaketh not his that are godly.

29. Tranfgressors fhall be destroyed for ever; and the seed of the ungodly shall be rooted out.

30. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

31. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wifdom, and his tongue uttereth judgment.

32. The law of his God is in his heart, none of his steps shall flide.

33. The ungodly watcheth the righteous, and seeketh occasion to flay him.

34. The Lord will not leave him in bis hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

35. Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee to poffefs the land; when the ungodly are cut off, thou fhalt fee it.

36. I have seen the ungodly in great power, and fpreading himself like a green bay tree.

37. I passed by, and lo he was gone; yea, I fought him but he could not be founde

38. Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right; for there fhall be a posterity for the man of peace.

39. But transgressors shall be destroyed together, the posterity of the ungodly shall be rooted out.

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