10 The Lord shall give strength unto his people: the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

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healed me.

and not made my foes to triumph over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou hart

3 Thou, Lord, halt brought my foul out of hell: thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.

4 Sing praises unto the Lord, O ye faints of his : and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness. 5

For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye; and in his pleasure is life: heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be removed: thou, Lord, of thy goodness hadít made my hill so strong.

7 Thou didst turn thy face from me: and I was troubled.

8 Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and gat me to my Lord right humbly.

9 What profit is there in my blood: when I go down to the pit?

10 Shall the dust give thanks unto thee, or shall it declare thy truth?

u Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

12. Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy: thou haft put off my fackcloth, and girded me with gladness.

Psalm xxx.] In this devout hymn, written by David probably on revisiting the fanctuary; after a recovery from some dangerous fickness, he returns thanks; compares temporary sufferings and eternal rewards ; defcribes his prosperity and his afHictions; mentions his fupplications to the Almighty in his distress; celebrates his deliverance, and glorifies God for

his mercy.

I Set me up] “ Drawn me out," namely, out of the pit,
3 Hell] From the grave."-Bib. trapf.
9) This is David's fupplication.

13 Therefore shall every good man fing of thy praise without ceasing : O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Pfalm xxxi. In te, Domine, Speravi.
N thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: let me never be

put to confusion ; deliver me in thy righteousness.
2 Bow down thine ear to me: make haste to deliver me.

3 And. be thou my strong rock, and house of defence; that thou mayeft save me.

4 For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's fame.

5 Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou haft redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

7 I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities: and my trust hath been in the Lord.

8 I will be glad, and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou haft considered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adverfities.

9 Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: but hast set my feet in a large room.

10 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.

11 For my life is waxen old with heaviness : and my years with mourning.

13] “ That my glory may sing praise to thee."-Bib. tranf. The notion of glory for the tongue or heart of man praising God, as elsewhere.

Psalm xxxi.] There is an admirable combination of prayer and praise in this pfalm of David. It is thought to have been written after his escape from Keilah, and his flight through the wilderness. I Sam. xxiii.

6] The first words of this verse our Saviour repeated when he was expiring on the cross. It is no objection against the use of the psalms by ourselves for the purposes of devotion, that in many of them there are prophetical references to our Lord's character and situation, and therefore that he might use them with more propriety than ourselves; but our Savi. our evidently cites passages of a general nature, as from an inspired book well known to every Jew.

7] “Thou (O God) hateft.” Superftitious vanities are the idols, the diviners, augurs, &c. of the heathen.

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12 My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity: and my bones are consumed.

13 I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours: and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me; and they that did see me without conveyed themselves from me.

14 I am clean forgotten, as a dead man out of mind; I am become like a broken veffel.

15 For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude : and fear is on every side, while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.

16 But my hope hath been in thee, O Lord: I have faid, Thou art my God.

17 My time is in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies: and from them that persecute me.

18 Shew thy servant the light of thy countenance: and and save me for thy mercy's sake.

19 Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee : let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put to filence in the grave.

20 Let the lying lips be put to silence : which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully speak against the righteous.

21 O how plentiful is thy goodness, which thou haft laid up for them that fear thee: and that thou hart prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the fons of men!

22 Thou shalt hide them privily by thine own prefence from the provoking of all men : thou shalt keep them secretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.

23 Thanks be to the Lord: for he hath shewed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.

24 And when I made haste, I said: I am cast out of the fight of thine eyes.

13 A reproof] A bye word. 1.17 My time] This word fignifies what our Litany so well expresses : " in all time of our tribulation, in all time of our wealth," any of the vicilftudes in the circumstances of life.

22). “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride," Bib. Trans. or “ conspiracies of men.” 24] For I said in my hafte."-Bib. tranf.

25 Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer: when I cried unto thee.

26 O love the Lord, all ye his faints: for the Lord preferveth them that are faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.

27 Be strong, and he shall establish your heart: all ye that put your trust in the Lord.

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and whose fin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man, unto whom the Lord imputeth no fin: and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 For while I held my tongue: my bones consumed away through my daily complaining.

4 For thy hand is heavy upon me day and night: and my moisture is like the drought in summer.

I will acknowledge my sin unto thee: and mine unrighteousness have I not hid.

6 I said, I will confess my fins unto the Lord: and so thou forgavest the wickedness of

my fin. 7 For this shall every one that is godly make his prayer unto thee, in a time when thou mayeit be found: but in the great water-floods they shall not come nigh him.

8 Thou art a place to hide me in; thou shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

9 I will inform thee, and teach thee in the way wherein thou shalt go: and I will guide thee with mine eye.

27 Establish] “Strengthen.”-Bib. Trans.

Pfalm xxxii.] This is the second penitential psalm. David extolls the blessedness of those whose fins are forgiven; defcribes his own torment till he had confessed them, the goodness of God in pardoning them after confession; and foretells that others should obtain the like mercy.

7 Water-floods) When the Lord is executing his judgments, as breaking up the fountains of the great deep, or opening the windows of heaven, it is too late to pray. He will not then be found.

91 The Almighty is here introduced, promising wisdom and grace to the penitent, and warning finners againit obftinacy.


10 Be ye not like to horse and mule, which have no understanding: whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle, lest they fall upon thee.

u Great plagues remain for the ungodly : but whoso purteth their trust in the Lord, mercy embraceth him on

every side.

12 Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord : and be joyful, all ye that are true of heart.

Pfalm xxxiii. Exultate, justi. R

EJOICE in the Lord, O ye righteous : for it be

cometh well the just to be thankful. 2 Praise the Lord with harp : fing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings.

3 Sing unto the Lord a new song : fing praises lustily unto him with a good courage.

4 For the word of the Lord is true: and all his works are faithful.

5 He loveth righteousness and judgment : the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made: and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon an heap: and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.

8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: stand in awe of him, all ye that dwell in the world ;

9 For he spake, and it was done : he commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and cafteth out the counsels of princes.

1 The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever: and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.

12). This verse is thought to have been the first of the next psalm, and indeed the repetition of the words would be very elegant.

Pfalm xxxiii.) The Psalmist exhorts the faithful to praise God for his truth, righteousness, and mercy, for his power displayed in the works of creation, and for the providential care of his people. The righteous declare their trust in God their Saviour, and pray for his manifestation. 3) With a fhout, like that of soldiers when they triumph.


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