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LXXXIX. 39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant : thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. But now, as if thou meantesť to reverse and recant that word of thine, and to frustrate the covenant with thine Anointed, thou hast, for the time, suffered his crown to be pulled off his head and to be cast upon the ground, and his government to be openly despised.

XC. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger ? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath, O Lord, who is able to conceive how fearful a thing thine anger is ? and yet, it is fit to tremble at the conceit thereof; for, according as men do more or less tremble at thy judgments, so dost thou more or less execute them.

XC. 13 Let it repent thee concerning thy servants. Call back those evils, which are threatened, and, as it were, gone out against thy servants; and do, as we men are wont, when we repent of our actions, forbear to punish us thy servants any more.

XCI. I He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. He, that puts himself under the protection of the Almighty, shall be sure to be safely preserved under the shadow of his wings.

XCI. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisom pestilence. He shall deliver thee from those secret dangers, which the craft of devils or men has devised to entangle thee in; and from the fearful and noisome contagion of the pestilence.

XCI. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Thou shalt be freed from the fear of either secret or open evils, whether by day, or by night; inward, or outward: from all the violent machinations of enemies; and from the immediate judga ments of God, that strike swiftly and insensibly :

XCI. 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. Thou shalt not be afraid of that plague of pestilence, that infecteth secretly, and spreadeth insensibly, and yet destroyeth openly; and, where it rageth, leaves the footsteps of death to be lamentably viewed at midday.

XCI. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. In a common mortality, God shall make a difference betwixt his own and others : for his own, save where and when he sees it best for them to suffer and hath decreed their advantage by the stroke, he shall save, and preserve them; so as, while many thousands fall on each hand of them, yet they shall be free.

XCI. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. So great is his care of the good of his children, that, besides his own immediate protection, he shall give charge to his most glo.



rious creatures, the angels of heaven, and that not to one, but to
many of them, to attend upon



ways. XCI. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder : the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample upon. Thou shalt be delivered from the danger and annoyance, of whatsoever creatures may be hurtful unto thee; whether by their violence, or by their venom: so as the most fierce or the most poisonous shall be trampled upon by thee without harm.

XCII. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. Those, that are truly planted in God's Church, being rooted in a lively and stedfast faith, shall flourish and spread forth into a fruitful profession to the glory of their God, and benefit of others, and their own happiness.

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XCIII. 3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The

great waters roar loud; and the combined multitude of the enemies of thy Church, () Lord, make great noises of threats, and furious attempts against thee and thy people.

XCIII. 4 The Lord on high is mightier, &c.
But the Lord on high can allay and quiet them, at pleasure.

XCIV. 19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy com-
forts delight my soul.
In the multitude of the sad and perplexed thoughts of my heart,
the comforts of thy word and Spirit have cheered up my soul.

XCIV. 20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law ? Wilt thou, O Lord, have any thing to do with, or give any supportation to, the tyrannical government of wicked persecutors, which do enact sin and mischief; countenancing it both by their example and authority? No, thou hatest them and their devilish


XCVII. 2 Clouds and darkness are round about him. See 2 Sam. xxi. 12.

XCVII. 3, 4 A fire goeth before him. His lightnings enlightened the world. See 2 Sam. xxii. 9, 13, 14.

XCVII. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. There is much joy and happiness laid up in store for the godly man ; howsoever it do not yet make any shew to carnal minds : the seed of their comfort lies under the clods of affliction, for the time; but it shall surely sprout out, and fill their hearts, when their harvest comes, with gladness.

XCIX. 1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble : he sitteth between the cherubims ; let the earth be moved.

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The Lord of Heaven ruleth and defendeth his Church, and executes judgments upon the enemies of it; let all the people of the world therefore, in an humble fear, submit themselves to him: he manifesteth his presence upon his mercy-seat, between the cherubims; let the earth therefore tremble at his majesty, and be afraid to oppose him and his Church.

XCIX. 5 And worship at his footstool. Worship him, and bow down upon the pavement of his sanctuary.

XCIX. 6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. How gracious respect God gives to his faithful ones, doth well

appear in those proofs of his merciful audience which he Moses and Aaron, among the prime rulers and peers of his Church, and to Samuel amongst his prophets; all which were intercessors for God's people, upon many occasions, and were heard so far as to prevail for them.

CI. 1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. O Lord, I will celebrate both thy mercy in blessing and forgiving thy people, and thy judgment in avenging thine enemies; and I will withal imitate thee in both, labouring to rule thy people both wisely and justly.

CI. 2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I have vowed unto myself a holy and strict obedience and wise carriage before thee, in all my actions; that when thou shalt come to take an account of me, as I do unfeignedly desire thou shouldest, I may be well approved for my true sincerity of heart and life, in thy presence.

CI. 8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land ; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD. I will roundly set myself to purge the land of all notorious offenders; and will endeavour that the Church of God may be freed from those wicked ones, which are a burden and a slander unto it,

CII. 3 My bones are burned as an hearth. My very bones are dried up with sorrow, and are burnt black therewith, as a hearth is with the fire.

CII. 4 So that I forget to eat my bread. My heart is so wholly taken up with sorrow, that I cannot think of any earthly comforts; no, not so much as of my necessary sustenance.

CII. 6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness : I am like an owl of the desert. I am left and forsaken of all; and live, like one of those solitary and dismal birds, which shriek out their mournful notes in a desert

wilderness; where, either none heareth them, or those that do hear them hate their noise as portending evil.

CII. 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping. As I have lain grovelling upon the earth in my sorrow, I have taken no sustenance at all, except I have perhaps licked up the dust where I lay, and drunk in my tears instead of other liquors.

CII. 14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. For, howsoever the glory of thy temple is utterly defaced, yet thy servants love the very rubbish of those walls, and favour the very dust into which it is mouldered.

CII. 26, 27 As a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same. O God, the very heavens themselves, through our sin, are made subject to corruption: they shall be both folded up once, as a garment; and changed, as an old garment is changed for a new; so as these heavens shall be once other than they are: only thou art eternally immutable.

CIII. 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. Who abundantly furnisheth thee with all good things, and reviveth thee when thou droopest under thy afflictions; as the eagle, by casting her feathers and her beak, seems to receive a new youthfulness.

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CIV. 2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment : Who art kept from all mortal eyes, by that inaccessible light wherein thou dwellest above :

CIV. 3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot : who walketh upon the wings of the wind : Who layeth the floor of his upper loft, which is the higher region of the air, in the clouds; on which, as on some chariot, he seemeth to ride, in that he directs the uncertain motion thereof; and so disposeth of the winds, as ordering their quick and unsteady agitations.

CIV. 4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire. Who maketh those glorious spirits of heaven, his messengers, which he sends on his holy errands, down into the world; and causeth these celestial ministers of his, to appear in the forms of fire; and maketh both the winds and fire, to execute those offices of revenge or preservation, which he committeth unto them.

CIV. 6 Thou coverest it with the deep as with a garment. In the first creation, thou hadst covered all the face of that, which we now call earth, with the waters, as with a garment that inwrapped it.

CIV. 8 They go up by the mountains (or, the mountains ascend,

The vallies descend) unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Upon thy command, the waters sunk down into one place; so as, the hills (thereupon appearing) seemed to ascend, and the valleys to go down into their settled hollow ness: thither, by thy powerful appointment, did the waters gather themselves, and there abide.

CIV. 10 He sendeth the springs into the vallies, which run among the hills. It is he, that causeth the springs to break forth into large rivers, which find passage in the lower plains, betwixt the hills.

CIV. 13 He watereth the hills from his chambers. Out of the chambers of the clouds, he sendeth rain to water the dry and barren hills.

CIV. 16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted. Those trees, which the Lord hath caused to grow, even those goodly cedars, which he set in Lebanon, are full of sap and thriving moisture, so that they grow tall and spreading.

CIV. 18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and &c. He hath given to every creature a several disposition, and a several way and means of life, and hath fitted them with places meet for their disposition; so as, the hills are the refuge for the wild goats, which to other creatures were inaccessible, &c.

CIV. 21 And seek their meat from God. And seek to satisfy their hunger, with that prey, which the providence of God hath ordained for them, without their knowledge and expectation.

CIV. 30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created : and thou renewest the face of the earth. That Spirit of thine, which moved, at the first, upon the face of the waters, is still sent forth by thee, for the renewing of those several creatures, whose daily mortality requires the supply of a continual succession and propagation.

CIV. 32 He toucheth the hills, and they smoke. If he do but touch the hills, they smoke for fear of his mighty power, which can shake or remove them, at pleasure.

CV. 15 Touch not mine anointed. Do not dare to lay hands upon those, whom I have peculiarly consecrated to myself and my service.

CV. 16 He brake the whole staff of bread. He caused a great scarcity of bread, whereby the life of man is upheld and maintained.

CV. 28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. He commanded a palpable darkness to spread itself over the whole land of Egypt; and, as Moses and Aaron obeyed in giving the command, so all the creatures yielded their willing obedience to it.

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