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12 Let his pofterity be destroyed: and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.

13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the fight of the Lord: and let not the fin of his mother be done away.

14 Let them alway be before the Lord: that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth;

15 And that, because his mind was not to do good: but perfecuted the poor helpless man, that he might flay him that was vexed at the heart.

16 His delight was in curfing, and it shall happen unto him : He loved not bleffing, therefore shall it be far from him.

17 He cloathed himself with curfing, like as with a raiment: and it fhall come into his bowels like water and like oil into his bones.

18 Let it be unto him as the cloke that he hath upon him: and as the girdle that he is always girded withal.

19 Let it thus happen from the Lord unto mine enemies: and to those that speak evil against my soul.

20 But deal thou with me, O Lord God, according unto thy name: for fweet is thy mercy.

21 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor and my heart is wounded within me.

22 I go hence like the shadow that departeth and am driven away as the grafhopper,

23 My knees are weak through fafting: my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.

24 I became alfo a reproach unto them: they that looked upon me, shaked their heads.

25 Help me, O Lord my God: O fave me according to thy


U. This and the following Imprecations are not to be confidered as the Words of David, but of David's Enemies against him: as will appear by confidering that he speaks of his Enemies in the fourth Verfe in the Plural Number, whereas this Imprecation is ut

tered against one Perfon in the fingular. And if the Word faying, was added after the Expreffion good Will in the end of the fourth Verse the Difficulty would be fufficiently cleared up.

26 And they shall know, how that this is thy hand : and that thou, Lord, haft done it.

27 Though they curfe, yet blefs thou: and let them be confounded that rife up against me; but let thy fervant rejoice.

28 Let mine adverfaries be cloathed with fhame: and let them cover themfelves with their own confufion as with a cloke. 29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouth: and praise him among the multitude.

30 For he shall ftand at the right hand of the poor: to fave his foul from unrighteous judges.

§ Pfalm 110.

Dixit Dominus.


HE Lord faid unto my Lord: Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2 The Lord fhall fend the rod of thy power out of Sion: be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.

3 In the day of thy power fhall the people offer thee freewill-offerings with an holy worship: *the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.

4 The Lord fware, and will not repent: Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchifedech.

5 The Lord upon thy right hand: fhall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.

6 He fhall judge among the heathen; he fhall fill the places with the dead bodies: and fmite in funder the heads over divers countries.

7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he up his head.


The Pfalmift, under the Image of a young Prince, taking Poffeffion of a Kingdom and going forth to fubdue all that oppofe him, here foretels that the Meffiab fhould be exalted to the right of God; that he hould be the King and High Priest of the Church; that he fhould gloriously establish his Kingdom, and triumph over all his Enemies.

• The Dew of thy Birth is of the Womb of the Morn

ing. This is a remarkable Prophecy concerning the extraordinary Propagation of the Gospel; fignifying that the Converts to Christianity fhould be more fplendid and numerous than the Drops of pearly Dew which befpangle the Grafs on fome fair Summer's Morning and like that too refreshing and fertilizing all around them by their heavenly Doctrine and Examples..


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* Pfalm 111. Confitebor tibi. Will give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart: fecretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.


2 1 he works of the Lord are great: fought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

3 His work is worthy to be prailed and had in honour: and his rightcoufncfs endureth for ever:

4 The merciful and gracious Lord hath fo done his marvellous works: that they ought to be had in remembrance.

5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he fhall ever be mindful of his covenant. D 1

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6 He hath fhewed his people the power of his works: that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment: all his commandments are true.


8 They stand faft for ever and ever: and are done in truth and equity.


9 He fent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.

• 10, † The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wifdóm: a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever...

§ Pfalm 112. Beatus vir.:

LESSED is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments. San taybed boob


2 His feed fhall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the faithful fhall be bleffed.

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3 Riches and plenteousness fhall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

4 Unto the godly there arifeth up light in the darkness: he is merciful, loving, and righteous.

5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth: and will guide his words with difcretion.

6 For he fhall never be moved and the righteous fhall be had in everlasting remembrance.

7 He will not be afraid of any evil tidings: for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.

8 His heart is ftablished, and will not fhrink: until he fee his defire upon his enemies.

9. He hath difperfed abroad, and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn fhall be exalted with honour.

10 The ungodly shall see it, and it fhall grieve him: he fhall gnath with his teeth, and confume away; the defire of the ungodly fhall perish.

+ Pfalm 113. Laudate, peuri.

Raife the Lord, ye fervants: O praise the Name of the Lord. 2 Bleffed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.


3 The Lords Name is praised: from the rifing up of the fun, unto the going down of the fame.

4 The Lord is high above all heathen: and his glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like unto the Lord our God,

"the filth and dregs of fenfual Lufts the more nimble and expedite it will be in its operations. The more any Man conquers his paffions the more calm and fedate his Spirt is, and the greater equality he "maintains in his Temper, his apprehenfions of "Things will be the more clear and unprejudiced, "and his judgment more firm and fteddy."

This Pfalm is wrote alphabetically like the preceding, and may be faid to be an explication of that faying of St. Paul to Timothy, viz. that godliness bath T

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promife of the Life that now is, and of that which is to come. 1 Tim. iv. 8.

Bleed is the Man that feareth the Lord, he bath great, r. i. e. He who is a truly religion good Man will enjoy a fenfible pleasure in the difcharge of his Ducy. Happy is he who is arrived at such a pitch of Virtue.

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This is a Pfalm of Praise, and a Exhortation to celebrate the infinite Power, Majety, and Providence of God, by which all Things are governed and pre

so high: * and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?


6 He taketh up the fimple out of the duft: and lifteth the out of the mire ;

7 That he may fet him with the princes: even with the princes of his people.

8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house: and to be a joyful mother of children.


§ Pfalm 114.

In exitu Ifrael.


HEN Ifrael came out of Egypt: and the house of Jacob from among the ftrange people,

2 Juda was his fanctuary: and Ifrael his dominion.

3 The fea faw that and fled: Jordan was driven back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams: and the little hills like young sheep,

5 What aileth thee, O thou fea, that thou fleddeft: and thou, Jordan, that thou waft driven back?

6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams: and ye little hills like young sheep?

7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord: at the prefence of the God of Jacob.

8 Who turned the hard rock into a standing water: and the flint-ftone into a fpringing well.

Pfalm 115. Non nobis Domine.

OT unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise: for thy loving mercy, and for thy truths



ferved, and the lowly in particular are exaited

And yet bumbleth himjelf to behold the Things, Sc. When we confider the unspeakable distance there is be twixt God and his Creatures it must be confidered as an act of the greateft Damiliation in him to regard the Things that are in Heaven, where even his Angels must humbly acknowledge all their excellency to be received from him.

§ This Pfalm is a poetical narration of the miraculous conveyance of the Ifraelites from Egypt to Canaan.

When Ifrael came out of Egypt, &c. If the Jews had reafon to exalt the power and goodness of God on account of their deliverance from Egyptian flavery: much more reafon have Chriftians to praife and blefs him for their Redemption from Sin and Death: of

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