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61 And he delivered their strength into captivi-| According to the greatness of thy arm, take ty: and their beauty into the hands of the enemy. possession of the children of them that have 62 And he shut up his people under the sword: and he despised his inheritance.
been put to death.
63 Fire consumed their young men and their maidens were not lamented.
12 And render to our neighbours sevenfold in their bosom: the reproach wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
64 Their priests fell by the sword: and their widows did not mourn.
13 But we thy people, and the sheep of thy pasture, will give thanks to thee for ever. We will shew forth thy praise, unto generation and generation.
65 And the Lord was awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that hath been surfeited with wine.
66 And he smote his enemies on the hinder parts: he put them to an everlasting reproach. 67 And he rejected the tabernacle of Joseph: and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:
68 But he chose the tribe of Juda, mount Sion
which he loved.
69 And he built his sanctuary as of unicorns,
in the land which he founded for ever.
70 And he chose his servant David, and took him from the flocks of sheep: he brought him from following the ewes great with young, 71 To feed Jacob his servant, and Israel his
72 And he fed them in the innocence of his heart and conducted them by the skilfulness of his hands.
GOD, the are
tance, they have defiled thy holy temple: they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit. 2 They have given the dead bodies of thy servants to be meat for the fowls of the air: the flesh of thy saints for the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out their blood as water, round about Jerusalem, and there was none to bury them.
4 We are become a reproach to our neighbours ; a scorn and derision to them that are round
A prayer for the church in tribulation, commemorating
Thou that sittest upon the cherubims, shine
5 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy servant? 6 How long wilt thou feed us with the bread of tears and give us for our drink tears in measure? 7 Thou hast made us to be a contradiction to our neighbours: and our enemies have scoffed at us. 8 O God of hosts, convert us: and shew thy face, and we shall be saved.
9 Thou hast brought a vineyard out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the Gentiles and planted it. 10 Thou wast the of its in sight: thou plantedst the roots thereof, and it filled the land.
Jer. 10. 25.-b Isa. 64. 9.
Ver. 69. As of unicorns. That is, firm and strong, like the horn of the unicorn. This is one of the chiefest of the propositions of this psalm, foreshewing the firm establishment of the one, true, and everlasting sanctuary of God, in his church.
the branches thereof the cedars of God.
12 It stretched forth its branches unto the sea, and its boughs unto the river.
13 Why hast thou broken down the hedge thereof; so that all they who pass by the way do pluck it?
14 The boar out of the wood hath laid it waste: 15 Turn again, O God of hosts, look down from and a singular wild beast hath devoured it. heaven, and see, and visit this vineyard:
hath planted: and upon the son of man whom 16 And perfect the same which thy right hand thou hast confirmed for thyself.
17 Things set on fire and dug down shall perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
18 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon the son of man whom thou hast
confirmed for thyself.
9 Help us, O God, our Saviour and for the glory of thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for thy name's sake.
10 Lest they should say among the Gentiles: Where is their God? And let him be made known among the nations before our eyes,
By the revenging the blood of thy servants, which hath been shed: 11 let the sighing of 1 the prisoners come in before thee.
quicken us: and we will call upon thy name. 19 And we depart not from thee, thou shalt
20 O Lord God of hosts, convert us: and shew thy face, and we shall be saved.
An invitation to a solemn praising of God. Unto the end, for the wine-presses, a psalm for Asaph himself.
the God of Jacob.
2REJOICE to God our helper: sing aloud to
4 Blow up the trumpet on the new moon, on the noted day of your solemnity. 5 For it is a commandment in Israel, and a judgment to the God of Jacob.
6 He ordained it for a testimony in Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt: he heard a tongue which he knew not.
7 He removed his back from the burdens: his hands had served in baskets.
1 A canticle of a psalm for Asaph.
GOD, who shall be like to thee? hold not
thy peace, neither be thou still, O God. 3 For lo, thy enemies have made a noise: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 4 They have taken a malicious counsel against thy people, and have consulted against thy saints 5 They have said: Come and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation: and let the name of Israel be remembered no more.
was to be sung at the feast of the tabernacles after the gathering in of the vintage.
6 For they have contrived with one consent: they have made a covenant together against thee, 7 the tabernacles of the Edomites, and the Ismahelites:
Moab, and the Agarens, 8 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalec: the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre.
9 Yea, and the Assyrian also is joined with them: they are come to the aid of the sons of Lot. 10 Do to them has thou didst to Madian and to Sisara: as to Jabin at the brook of Cisson. 11 Who perished at Endor, and became as dung for the earth.
12 Make their princes like Oreb, and Zeb, and Zebee, and Salmana.
All their princes, 13 who have said: Let us posess the sanctuary of God for an inheritance. 14 O my God, make them like a wheel; and as stubble before the wind.
2 How long will you judge unjustly: and ac-1 cept the persons of the wicked?'
Ver. 8. In the secret place of tempest. Heb., Of thunder. When thou soughtest to hide thyself from the tempest: or, when I came down to mount Sina, hidden from thy eyes in a storm of thunder.
15 As fire which burneth the wood: and as a flame burning mountains:
16 So shalt thou pursue them with thy tempest: and shalt trouble them in thy wrath. 17 Fill their faces with shame; and they shall seek thy name, O Lord.
18 Let them be ashamed and troubled for ever and ever: and let them be confounded and perish.
19 And let them know that the Lord is thy name: thou alone art the most High over all the earth. PSALM LXXXIII. Quam delecta.
The soul aspireth after hearen; rejoicing in the mean
time, in being communion of God's church upon earth.
Unto the end, for the wine-presses, a psalm
for the sons of Core.
3 Judge for the needy and fatherless: do jus
tice to the humble the poor.
4 Rescue the poor; and deliver the needy out of the hand of the sinner.
5 They have not known nor understood; they
walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth shall be moved.
6 I have said: You are gods, and all of you
the sons of the most High.
7 But you like men shall die: and shall fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, judge thou the earth: for thou shalt inherit among all the nations.
Deus, quis similis.
A prayer against the enemies of God's church.
Gen. 41. 29.b Exo. 17. 5.- Exo. 20. 3.- Acts, 14. 15.-
How lovely are thy tabernacles. O Lord
of my longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.
4 For the sparrow hath found herself a house, and the turtle a nest for herself where she may lay her young ones:
Thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God.
5 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, O Lord: they shall praise thee for ever and ever: 6 Blessed is the man whose help is from thee. in his heart he hath disposed to ascend by steps, 7 in the vale of tears, in the place which he hath set. 8 For the lawgiver shall give a blessing, they Ver. 16. Their time shall be for ever. Impenitent
Ps. 83. v. 6. In his heart, he hath disposed to ascend by steps, &c., ascensiones in corde suo disposuit. As by steps men ascended to the temple of God, situated on a hill; so the good christian ascends towards the eternal temple by certain steps of virtue disposed or ordered withi the heart: And whilst he lives as yet in the body, in this vale of tears, the place which man hath
shall go from virtue to virtue: the God of gods shall be seen in Sion.
9 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.
10 Behold, O God our protector: and look on the face of thy Christ.
11 For better is one day in thy courts above thousands.
I have chosen to be an abject in the house of my God, rather than to dwell in the tabernacles
12 For God loveth mercy and truth: the Lord will give grace and glory.
13 He will not deprive of good things them that walk in innocence: O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. PSALM. LXXXIV. Benedixisti, Domine.
The coming of Christ, to bring peace and salvation to
7 Thou wilt turn, O God, and bring us to life: and thy people shall rejoice in thee.
8 Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy; and grant us
9 I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are
converted to the heart.
1 A prayer for David himself. NCLINE thy ear, O Lord, and hear me : for
I am needy and poor.
10 Surely his salvation is near to them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land. 11 Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have kissed.
19 Truth is sprung out of the earth: and jus
tice hath down from heaven.
13 For the Lord will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit.
14 Justice shall walk before him: and shall set his steps in the way.
A prayer for God's grace to assist us to the end.
2 Preserve my soul, for I am holy save thy servant, O my God, that trusteth in thee. 3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I have cried to thee all the day. 4 Give joy to the soul of thy servant, for to thee, O Lord, I have lifted up my soul. 5 For thou, O Lord, art sweet and mild: and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon thee. 6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer: and attend to the voice of my petition.
7 I have called upon thee in the day of my trouble: because thou hast heard me.
8 There is none among the gods like unto thee: OLord: and there is none according to thy works. 9 All the nations thou hast made shall come and adore before thee, O Lord: and they shall glorify thy name.
10 For thou art great and dost wonderful things: thou art God alone.
11 Conduct me, O Lord, in thy way, and I will may fear thy name. walk in thy truth: let my heart rejoice that it
12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with my 13 For thy mercy is great towards me: and whole heart, and I will glorify thy name for ever: thou hast delivered my soul out of the lower hell. and the assembly of the mighty have sought my 14 O God, the wicked are risen up against me, soul: and they have not set thee before their eyes. 15 And thou, O Lord, art a God of compassion, and merciful, patient, and of much mercy, and
16 O look upon me, and have mercy on me : give thy command to thy servant, and save the son of thy handmaid.
hate me may see, and be confounded, because thou
The glory of the church of Christ. 1 For the sons of Core, a psalm of a canticle. THE foundations thereof are in the holy
2 The Lord loveth the gates of Sion above all the tabernacles of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God. 4 I will be mindful of Rahab and of Babylon knowing me.
Behold the foreigners, and Tyre, and the people of the Ethiopians, these were there.
Joel, 2. 13.
set: that in which he hath brought himself to: being cast out of paradise for his sin.
5 Shall not Sion say: This man and that man is born in her ? and the highest himself hath founded her.
Pa 85 v2. I am holy. I am by my office and pro-6 The Lord shall tell in his writings of peoples
fosion dedicated to thy service,
and of princes, of them that have been in her.
P. 86. v. 1. The holy mountains. The apostles and prophets, Apk, ch. 2. v, 20.
Ver. 4. Bahab, Egypt, fe To this Sion, which is the church of God, many shall resort from all nations. Vor A. Shall not Sion'say, &c. The meaning is, that , vi, the church, shall not only be able to commemorate this or that particular person of renown born in her, but also to glory in great multitudes of people and princes, of her communion; who have been foretold in the writings of the prophets, and registered in the Writings of the apostles,
A canticle of a psalm for the sons of Core: unto the end, for Maheleth, to answer, understanding of Eman the Ezrahite.
Pa 87. v. 1. Maheleth. A musical instrument, or chorus of musicians, to answer one another.--Ibid. Un
derstanding. Or a psalm of instruction, composed by LORD, the God of my salvation: I have or by David, in name. cried in the day,and inthe night before thee
prayer of one under grievous affliction: it agrees to Christ in his passion, and alludes to his death and burial.
3 Let my prayer come in before thee: incline] thy ear to my petition.
4 For my soul is filled with evils: and my life hath drawn nigh to hell.
5 I am counted among them that go down to the pit: I am become as a man without help, 6 free among the dead.
Like the slain sleeping in the sepulchres, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cast off from thy hand.
7 They have laid me in the lower pit: in the dark places, and in the shadow of death. 8 Thy wrath is strong over me: and all thy waves thou hast brought in upon me.
9 Thou hast put away my acquaintance far from me: they have set me an abomination to themselves.
I was delivered up, and came not forth: 10 my eyes languished through poverty. All the day I cried to thee, O Lord: I stretched out my hands to thee.
11 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? or shall physicians raise to life and give praise to thee?
12 Shall any one in the sepulchre declare thy mercy and thy truth in destruction?
13 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark; and thy justice in the land of forgetfulness? 14 But I, O Lord, have cried to thee: and in the morning my prayer shall prevent thee.
15 Lord, why castest thou off my prayer: why turnest thou away thy face from me?
161 am poor, and in labours from my youth: and being exalted have been humbled and troubled. 17 Thy wrath hath come upon me: and thy terrors have troubled me.
9 O Lord God of hosts, who is like to thee? thou art mighty, O Lord, and thy truth is round about thee.
10 Thou rulest the power of the sea: and ap peasest the motion of the waves thereof.
6 The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord and thy truth in the church of the saints. 7 For who in the clouds can be compared to the Lord: or who among the sons of God shall be like to God?
8 God, who is glorified in the assembly of the saints: great and terrible above all them that are about him.
11 Thou hast humbled the proud one, as one that is slain with the arm of thy strength thou hast scattered thy enemies.
12 Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth: the world and the fulness thereof thou hast founded: 13 the north and the sea thou hast created.
Thabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name: 14 thy arm is with might.
Let thy hand be strengthened, and thy right hand exalted: 15 justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne.
Mercy and truth shall go before thy face: 16 blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation. They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance: 17 and in thy name they shall rejoice all the day, and in thy justice they shall be exalted.
18 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy good pleasure shall our horn be exalted. 19 For our protection is of the Lord, and of our king the Holy One of Israel.
20 Then thou spokest in a vision to thy saints, and saidst: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, and have exalted one chosen out of my people.
21 I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him.
22 For my hand shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen him.
23 The enemy shall have no advantage over him: nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him.
24 And I will cut down his enemies before his face; and them that hate him I will put to flight 25 And my truth and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. 26 And I will set his hand in the sea; and his right hand in the rivers.
27 He shall cry out to me: Thou art my father: my God, and the support of my salvation. 28 And I will make him my first-born, high above the kings of the earth.
29 I will keep my mercy for him for ever: and my covenant faithful to him.
30 And I will make his seed to endure for evermore: and his throne as the days of heaven. 31 And if his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments:
32 If they profane my justices; and keep not my commandments:
33 I will visit their iniquities with a rod and their sins with stripes.
34 But my mercy I will not take away from him: nor will I suffer my truth to fail.
35 Neither will I profane my covenant: and the words that proceed from my mouth I will not make void.
36 Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David: 37 his seed shall endure for ever.
38 And his throne as the sun before me: and 2 Kin. 7. 12-b Gen. 1. 2 — 1 Kin. 16. 1. & 12 Acts, 13. as the moon perfect for ever, and a faithful wit
22-42 Kin. 7. 16.
ness in heaven.
39 But thou hast rejected and despised: thou hast been angry with thy anointed.
40 Thou hast overthrown the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his sanctuary on the earth.
41 Thou hast broken down all his hedges: thou hast made his strength fear.
42 All that pass by the way have robbed him: he is become a reproach to his neighbours. 43 Thou hast set up the right hand of them that oppress him: thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
50 Lord, where are thy ancient mercies, according to what thou didst swear to David in thy truth?
44 Thou hast turned away the help of his
48 Remember what my substance is: for hast
51 Be mindful, O Lord, of the reproach of thy servants (which I have held in my bosom) of many nations:
52 Wherewith thy enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the change of thy anointed.
53 Blessed be the Lord for evermore. So be it, so be it.
A prayer for the mercy of God; recounting the short-
LORD, thou hast been our refuge from gen
eration to generation.
7 For in thy wrath we have fainted away: and are troubled in thy indignation.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thy eyes. our life in the light of thy countenance. 9 For all our days are spent ; and in thy wrath we have fainted away.
2 Kin. 7. 11.-b Eccli. 18. 8.- Mat. 4. 6. Luke, 4. 10. Ps. 88. v. 40. Overthrown the covenant, &c. All this seems to relate to the time of the captivity of Babylon, in which, for the sins of the people and their princes;
God seemed to have set aside for awhile the covenant he made with David.
Ps. 89. v. 3. Turn not man away, &c. Suffer him not quite to perish from thee, since thou art pleased to call upon him to be converted to thee.
Ver. 9. As a spider. As frail and weak as a spider's web; and miserable withal, whilst, like a spider, we spend our bowels in weaving webs to catch flies.
Our years shall be considered as a spider: 10 the days of our years in them are three-score and ten years.
But if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is labour and sorrow. For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be corrected.
11 Who knoweth the power of thy anger? and for thy fear 12 can number thy wrath? So make thy right hand known: and men learned in heart, in wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord, how long? and be entreat
Ver. 10. Mildness is come upon us, &c. God's mild
ness corrects us; inasmuch as he deals kindly with us, in shortening the days of this miserable life; and so weaning our affections from all its transitory enjoyments, and teaching us true wisdom.
14 We are filled in the morning with thy mercy: and we have rejoiced, and are delighted all our days.
15 We have rejoiced for the days in which thou hast humbled us: for the years in which we have seen evils.
The just is secure under the protection of God. 1 The praise of a canticle for David. HE that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob.
2 He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector,and my refuge: my God, in him will I trust. 3 For he hath delivered me from the snare of
the hunters: and from the sharp word.
4 He will overshadow thee his 2 Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world were formed; from eternity 5 His truth shall compass thee with a shield: and under his wings thou shalt trust. and to eternity thou art God. 3 Turn not man away to be brought low: and thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night. thou hast said: Be converted, Oye sors of men.siness that walketh about in the dark: of inva 6 Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the bu
sion, or of the noon-day devil.
thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not 7 Á thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday, which is past. And as a watch in the night, 5 things that are counted nothing, shall their years be. 6 In the morning man shall grow up like grass, in the morning he shall flourish and pass away: in the evening he shall fall, grow dry and wither.
16 Look upon thy servants and upon their works: and direct their children.
17 And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us: and direct thou the works of our hands over us; yea, the work of our hands do thou direct.
come nigh thee.
8 But thou shalt consider with thy eyes: and shalt see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou, O Lord, art my hope thou hast made the most High thy refuge.
10 There shall no evil come to thee: nor shall
the scourge come near thy dwelling.
11 For he hath given his Angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon.
14 Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him because he hath known my name.
15 He shall cry to me and I will hear him: I