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2 Wherefore fhall the heathen say: Where is now their God? 3 As for our God, he is in heaven: he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
4 Their idols are filver and gold: cven the work of mens hands. 5 They have mouths and speak not: eyes have they and fee
6 They have ears and hear not: nofes have they and smell not. 7 They have hands and handle not; feet have they and walk not: neither fpeak they through their throat.
8 They that make them are like unto them: and fo are all fuch as put their truft in them.
9 But thou, houfe of Ifrael, truft thou in the Lord: he is their fuccour and defence.
10 Ye houfe of Aaron, put your truft in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.
1 Ye that fear the Lord, put your truft in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.
12 The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he fhall blefs us: even he shall blefs the house of Ifrael, he fhall blefs the houfe of Aaron.
13 He fhall blefs them that fear the Lord: both fmall and great.
14 The Lord fhall increate you more and more: you and your
15 Ye are the bleffed of the Lord: who made heaven and earth. C. 16 All the whole heavens are the Lords: the earth hath "he given to the children of men.
which the former was but a faint emblem.
This Palm feems to have been wrote when the Ifraelites were under fome grievous and public calamity. The Pfalmift herein implores their deliverance defcribes the vanity of Idols-and reprefents the hap pinefs of those who serve and worship the true God.
He ball bless them that fear the Lord, bath mall and great, &c. Be of good comfort therefore ye poor
yet faithful Servants of God. The Mafter whom ye ferve is no refpecter of Perfons He takes care for the lowest as well as the higheft of the Sons of Men: and he diftinguishes his Favourites only in proportion as they excel each other in Virtue and H linefs. A diftinction which the poor Man, has an equal oppors tunity of haring in with the ich.
17 The dead praise not thee, O Lord: neither all they that go down into filence.
18 But we will praise the Lord: from this time forth for evermore. Praise the Lord.
PRAYE R. || Pfalm 116. Dilexi, quoniam.
AM well pleased: that the Lord hath heard the voice of my
2 That he hath inclined his ear unto me: therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3 The fnares of death compassed me round about: and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.
4 I fhall find trouble and heavinefs, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord: O Lord, I befeech thee, deliver my foul. 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous: yea, our God is, merciful.
6 The Lord preferveth the fimple: I was in mifery, and he helped me.
7 Turn again then unto thy reft, O my foul: for the Lord hath rewarded thee.
8 And why? thou haft delivered my foul from death: mine eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the Lord: in the land of the living.
10 I believed, and therefore will I fpeak, but I was fore troubled: I faid in my hafte, All men are liars.
II What reward fhall I give unto the Lord; for all the benefits that he hath done unto me?
12 I will receive the cup. of falvation: and call upon the Name of the Lord.
This feems to be a Pfalm of Thankigiving after a recovery from Sicknefs, or deliverance from fome grievous calamity. In which the Pfalmift affectingly def cribes the diftrefs to which he had been reduced: and praifes God for his Mercies towards him, in ftrains of the most fervent gratitude.
13 I will pay my vows now in the prefence of all his people: right dear in the fight of the Lord is the death of his faints.
14 Behold O Lord, how that i am thy fervant: I am thy fervant, and the son of thine handmaid, thou haft broken my bonds in funder.
15 I will offer to thee the facrifice of thanksgiving: and will call upon the Name of the Lord.
16 I will pay my vows unto the Lord, in the fight of all his people: in the courts of the Lords house, even in the midft of thee, O Jerufalem. Praife the Lord.
+ Pfalm 117. Laudate Dominum.
Praise the Lord, all ye heathen: praise him, all ye nations. 2 For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord. || Pfalm 118. Confitemini Domino.
Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious: because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Ifrael now confefs, that he is gracious: and that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now confess: that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Yea, let them now that fear the Lord confess: that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the Lord in trouble: and the Lord heard me at large.
6 The Lord is on my fide: I will not fear what man doeth
"was vaiu; and that God was his only fure depen"dence."
+ The Pfalmift here calls upon all the Nations of the World to praise God, because of his Meray and Truth.
O praise the Lord all ye Heathen, &c. This paffage St. Paul confiders as a prophecy concerning the converfion of the Gentiles: and as a reafon why the Gentiles fhould fhare with the Jews in offering up their united praises to God for his Mercies in Chrift Jefus.
Rom. xv. 11. Becaufe as all People partake in the divine goodness, all certainly ought to join alfo in thanks! to their common Benefactor.
David here exhorts all the Ifraelites to celebrate the goodness of God: and fervently praifes him for enabling him to triumph over his Enemies. The People answering his invitations, by bleffing the Lord, and praying for the profperity of their Sov reign. The latter part of this Pfalm relates to our Lord Jefus Chrift•
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore fhall I fee my defire upon mine enemies.
8 It is better to truft in the Lord: than to put any confidence
9 It is better to truft in the Lord: than to put any confidencè in princes.
io All nations compaffed me round about: but in the name of the Lord will I deftroy them.
11 They kept me in on every fide, they kept me in, I fay, on every fide: but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.
12 They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns: for in the Name of the Lord I will deftroy them.
13 Thou haft thrust fore at me, that I might fall: but the: Lord was my help.
14 The Lord is my ftrength and my fong: and is become my falvation.
15 The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righ teous: the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass. 16 The right hand of the Lord hath the preeminence: the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pafs.
17 I fhall not die but live: and declare the works of the Lord. 18 The Lord hath chaftened and corrected me: but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open me the gates of righteousness: that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord: the righteous shall enter into it. 21 I will thank thee, for thou haft heard me: and art become my falvation.
*The fame ftone which the builders refufed: is become the head-ftone in the corner.
The fame Stone which the Builders refufed, is, &c. Tho' this paffage may in fome degree relate to David, as he was defpised by his Brethren and the great Men
of Ifrael; and was yet notwithstanding advanced to the Kingdom, yet it more fully and completely belongs to Chrifi. Becaufe as the Head-Stone in the Corner is
23 This is the Lords doing: and it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Help me now, O Lord: O Lord, fend us now profperity. 26 Bleffed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord: we have wished you good luck ye that are of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord who hath fhewed us light: bind the facrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will thank thee: thou art my God, and I will praise thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is mercy endureth for ever.
gracious: and his
PRA Y E R. § Pfalm 119. Beati immaculati.
Leffed are those that are undefiled in the way: and walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Bleffed are they that keep his teftimonies: and feek him with their whole heart.
3 For they who do no wickedness: walk in his ways.
4 Thou haft charged: that we shall diligently keep thy com
5 O that my ways were made so direct: that I might keep thy ftatutes!
6 So fhall I not be confounded: while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart: when I fhall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.
8 I will keep thy ceremonies: O forfake me not utterly.
that which is put as the Angle of a Building, to join both Walls together; as well as to fuftain the Weight of the Structure: So Jefus Chrift is that Corner Stone which was rejected by the Jews, but is become the Corner Stone of the Church, and the Stone that binds and unites the Jews and Gentiles in the union of the fame Faith.
This Pfalm confiks of twenty-two divifions, con
taining eight Verfes a piece. Each of the divisions, in the original, beginning with a different Letter, in the order of the Hebrew Alphabet: and was probably done with a defign to prepare the attention of the Reader, and help the memory. The chief purport of this Pfalm is to fhew that a happy Life confifts in the obfervation of the Law.