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The vanity of worldly riches.

PSALMS. God's pleasure is in sincerity.

2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the abideth not: he is like the beasts that whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides perish.

Selah.

of the north, the city of the great King. 13 This their way is their folly: yet 3 God is known in her palaces for a their posterity approve their sayings. refuge. 4 For lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.

5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away. 6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.

9 We have thought of thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. 10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth thy right hand is full of righteousness.

11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, con

14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul, (and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,)

19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish. PSALM L.

sider her palaces; that ye may tell it to THE

the generation following.

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever he will be our guide even unto death. PSALM XLIX.

To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the

sons of Korah.

A Psalm of Asaph.

HE mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

3 Our God shall come, and shall not

HEAR this, all ye people; give ear, keep silence: a fire shall devour before

all ye inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

5 Gather my saints together unto me; 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: those that have made a covenant with me I will open my dark saying upon the harp. by sacrifice. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days 6 And the heavens shall declare his of evil, when the iniquity of my heels righteousness: for God is judge himself. shall compass me about?

Selah.

6 They that trust in their wealth, and 7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak ; boast themselves in the multitude of their O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I riches; am God, even thy God.

7 None of them can by any means re- 8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrideem his brother, nor give to God a ran-fices or thy burnt-offerings, to have been som for him: continually before me.

8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he-goats out of thy folds.

10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.

11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.

11 Their inward thought is, that their! 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell houses shall continue for ever, and their thee: for the world is mine, and the fuldwelling-places to all generations; they ness thereof. call their lands after their own names.

13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink

12 Nevertheless man being in honour the blood of goats?

The hypocrite is rebuked.

PSALMS. David describes human depravity.

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and] pay thy vows unto the Most High:

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto

15 And call upon me in the day of thee. trouble I will deliver thee, and thou

shalt glorify me.

14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O LORD, open thou my lips, and my

16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in mouth shall shew forth thy praise. thy mouth?

17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.

18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.

20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be

none to deliver.

23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

PSALM LI.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt-offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. PSALM LII.

T To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

chief, O mighty man? the goodness

HY boastest thou thyself in mis

of God endureth continually.

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2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 3 Thou lovest evil more than good; To the chief Musician, A Psalm of Da-lying rather than to speak righteousness. vid, when Nathan the prophet came unto Selah. him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. 4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O HAVE mercy upon me, O God, accord-thou deceitful tongue.

ing to thy loving-kindness: accord- 5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ing unto the multitude of thy tender mer-ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck cies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from mine quity, and cleanse me from my sin.

thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root ini-thee out of the land of the living. Selah. 6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than

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7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

8 But I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints. PSALM LIII. T To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.

fo God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

HE fool hath said in his heart, There

2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4 Have the workers of iniquity no know.

David prays for salvation:

PSALMS.

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AVE me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

2 Hear my prayer, O God: give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

4 Behold, God is my helper: the LORD is with them that uphold my soul.

His confidence in God. magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:

13 But it was thou, a man mine eq al, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. 15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell; for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God: and the LORD shall save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

19 God shall hear and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

21 The words of his mouth were smooth

5 He shall reward evil unto mine ene-er than butter, but war was in his heart: mies; cut them off in thy truth. his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

PSALM LV.

To the chief Musician on Neginoth,
Maschil, A Psalm of David.
IVE O God;

22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee. PSALM LVI.

Glide car to my prayer, Glication. To the chief Musician upon Jonath

2 Attend unto me, and hear me; I mourn

in my complaint, and make a noise;

3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked:

elem-rechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath. mould swallow me up; he fighting E merciful unto me, O God: for man

for they cast iniquity upon me, and in daily oppresseth me. wrath they hate me.

4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said,Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at

rest.

7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

9 Destroy, O LORD, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou Most High.

3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in

thee.

4 In God I will praise his word, in God have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

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5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: 9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine deceit and guile depart not from her streets. enemies turn back this I know; for God 12 For it was not an enemy that re- is for me.

proached me; then I could have borne it: 10 In God will I praise his word: in neither was it he that hated me that did, the LORD will I praise his word.

David reproves the wicked:

PSALMS.

He complains of his enemies.

11 In God have I put my trust: I will run continually when he bendeth his bow not be afraid what man can do unto me. to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I pieces. will render praises unto thee.

8 As a snail which melteth, let every one 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from of them pass away: like the untimely birth death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from of a woman, that they may not see the sun. falling, that I may walk before God in the 9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, light of the living? he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

PSALM LVII.

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.

E merciful unto me, O God, be mer

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 So that a man shall say, Verily there

But into me: for my soul trusteth is a reward for the righteous: verily he is

in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

2 I will cry unto God Most High; unto God that performeth all things for me.

3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth,

4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

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God that judgeth in the earth.
PSALM LIX.

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him. ELIVER me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.

3 For lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.

4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and

5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have behold. digged a pit before me, into the midst 5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. the God of Israel, awake to visit all the 7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart heathen: be not merciful to any wicked is fixed: I will sing and give praise. transgressors. Selah.

8 Awake up, my glory; awake psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

9 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people I will sing unto thee among the

nations.

10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth. PSALM LVIII.

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith,

6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.

7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

8 But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. 10 The God of my mercy shall prevent O ye indeed speak righteousness, O me: God shall let me see my desire upon

Michtam of David.

Dcongregation? do ye judge uprightly, mine enemies.

O ye sons of men?

11 Slay them not, lest my people for2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; get: scatter them by thy power; and ye weigh the violence of your hands in bring them down, O LORD our shield.

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12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.

13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.

14 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.

15 Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.

David's comfort in God's promise. PSALMS. Power and mercy belong to God.

16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, O prepare mercy and truth, which may I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morn-preserve him.

ing for thou hast been my defence and 8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for refuge in the day of my trouble. ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

17 Unto thee, O my Strength, will I

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PSALM LX.

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Psalm of David.

RULY my soul waiteth upon God: To the chief Musician upon Shushanfrom him cometh my salvation. eduth, Michtam of David, to teach;| 2 He only is my rock and my salvation; when he strove with Aram-naharaimand he is my defence; I shall not be greatly with Aram-zobah, when Joab returned, moved. and smote of Edom in the valley of Salt twelve thousand.

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GOD, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.

3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as tottering fence.

4 They only consult to cast him down 2 Thou hast made the earth to trem-from his excellency: they delight in lies: ble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches they bless with their mouth, but they curse thereof; for it shaketh. inwardly. Selah.

3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.

4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

5 That thy beloved may be delivered save with thy right hand, and hear me.

6 God hath spoken in his holiness; will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Judah is my lawgiver;

8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.

9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?

10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?

11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

PSALM LXI.

To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.

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EAR my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. 5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

7 He shall abide before God for ever:

5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory : the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

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8 Trust in him at all times; ye people,
pour out your heart before him: God is a
refuge for us. Selah.

9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase set not your heart upon them.

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11 God hath spoken once; twice have heard this; that power belongeth unto God. 12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

PSALM LXIII. TA Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

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GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3 Because thy loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. 7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will rejoice.

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8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

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