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3 For ftrangers are rifen up against me: and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, feek after my foul. 4 Behold, God is my helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my foul

5 He fhall reward evil unto mine enemies: deftroy thou them in the truth.

6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praife, thy Name, O Lord: because it is fo comfortable.

7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble; and mine eye hath feen his defire upon mine enemies.

Pfalm. lv. Exaudi, Deus.

H my petition.

EAR my prayer, O God: and hide not thyself from

2 Take heed unto me, and hear me: how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.

3 The enemy crieth fo, and the ungodly cometh on fo faft: for they are minded to do me fome mifchief, so maliciously are they fet against me

4. My heart is difquieted within me; and the fear of death is fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.

6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove: for then would I fee away, and be at rest.

7 Lo, then would I get me away far off: and remain in the wilderness.

8 I would make hafte to escape; because of the ftormy wind and tempeft,

9 Deftroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them: for I have fpied unrighteouinefs and ftrife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about within the walls thereof: mifchief alfo and forrow are in the midst of it.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.

Pfalm. liv.] In this pfalm the royal prophet teaches us by his example, that prayer should be always our refuge in time of danger; that even when men have confpired our ruin, if we call upon the Lord with a pure heart, he will protect us; and that when he has heard us we ought to bless him with all our heart, and make grateful acknowledg beats.

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11 Wickedness is therein: deceit and guile go not out of their streets.

12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this difhonour for then I could have borne it;

13 Neither was it mine adverfary that did magnify himfelf against me: for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him;

14 But it was even thou, my companion: my guide, and mine own familiar friend...

15 We took fweet council together and walked in the houfe of God as friends.

16 Let death come haftily upon them, and Let them go down quick into hell: for wickednefs is in their dwellings, and among them.

17 As for me, I will call upon God: and the Lord fhall

fave me.

18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that inftantly: and he fhall hear my voice.

19-It is he that hath delivered my foul in peace, from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

20 Yea, even God that endureth for ever, fhall hear me, and bring them down for they will not turn, nor fear God.

21 He laid his hands upon fuch as be at peace with him; and he brake his covenant.

22 The words of his mouth were fofter than butter, ha ́ving war in his heart: his words were fmoother than oil, and yet be they very fwords.

23 O caft thy burden upon the Lord, and he fhall nourish thee: and fhall not fuffer the righteous to fall for

ever.

24 And as for them: thou, O God, fhalt bring them into the pit of destruction.

25 The blood-thirty and deceitful men fhall not live out half their days: nevertheless, my truft fhall be in thee, O Lord.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.

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MORNING PRAYER.
Pfalm lvi. Miferere mei, Deus.

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E merciful unto me, O God, 'for man goeth about to devour me: he is daily fighting, and troubling me. 2 Mine enemies are daily in hand to fwallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou moft Highest. 3 Nevertheless, though I am fometime afraid: yet put I my trust in thee.

4 I will praife God, because of his word: I have put my truft in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto

me.

5 They daily mistake my words: all that they imagine is to do me evil.

6 They hold all together, and keep themselves clofe: and mark my steps, when they lay wait for my foul.

7 Shall they escape for their wickedness: thou, O God, in thy difpleasure fhalt caft them down.

8 Thou telleft my flittings, put my tears into thy bottle: are not these things noted in thy book?

9 Whenfoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to flight: this I know; for God is on my fide.

10 In God's word will I rejoice in the Lords word will I comfort me.

11 Yea, in God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows: unto thee will I give thanks."

13 For thou haft delivered my foul from death, and my feet from falling: that I may walk before God in the light of the living..

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applying what David fays against his perfecutors to the occafions which we have of complaining against others, for any uneafiness or displeasur which we may be expofed to by them, The offences we receive are generally (peaking, trifling: and if not, a Chriftian is bound to forgive all, and to hate no man; and should be fo far from making imprecations against any, that he ought to pray for those who do him the greateft injury, herein conforming to the laws of the gofpel, and to that pattern of patience and meekness which our Lord has given us in his life and death.

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Pfalm lvii. Miferere mei, Deus.

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E merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me, for my foul trusteth in thee: and under the fhadow of thy wings fhall be my refuge until this tyranny be over-past. 2 I will call unto the most high God: even unto the God that fhall perform the cause which I have in hand. 3 He hall fend from heaven and fave me from the reproof of him that would eat me up.

4 God fhall fend forth his mercy and truth: my foul is among lions.

5 And I lie even among the children of men, that are set on fire: whofe teeth are fpears and arrows, and their tongue a fharp fword.

6 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens and thy glory above all the earth.

7 They have laid a net for my feet, and preffed down my foul they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it themselves.

8 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will fing, and give praife.

9 Awake up, my glory; awake, lute and harp: I my felf will awake right early.

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o I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people and I will fing unto thee among the nations.

PRACTICAL

OBSERVATIONS,

Palm Ivi, lvii,] We find in these as in the preceeding pfalms, that David, animated by his piety and fupported by his faith, always applied to God for deliverance in the dangers that threatened him. Though we . are not expofed to dangers like thofe of David formerly, and therefore cannot apply to ourselves all we read in these pfalms, we may nevertheJefs from hence conclude in general, that in our neceffities we should draw nigh to God, and hide ourselves under the shadow of his wings; being fully perfuaded, that he will not fail to fend us help from heaven, and to deliver us. But that we may thus truft in him, we must always adhere ftedfaftly to our duty, and never make use of any unworthy means to extricate ourselves from any preffing difficulties; herein imitating David, who when he had it in his power to take away Saul's life, when that king came into the cave where he was, would not do it. Laftly, As David at the end of the pfalm praifes God with holy tranfports of joy; fo is it our duty, after we have experienced the divine affiftance, to thank and praife his holy name, and every where publifh his goodness towards us.

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11 For the greatnefs of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens and thy truth unto the clouds.

12 Set up thyfelf, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.

Pfalm Iviii. Si vere utique.

RE your minds fet upon righteoufnefs, O ye congre

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2 Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth: hands deal with wickedness.

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3 The ungodly are froward, even from their mothers womb: as foon as they are born, they go aftray, and speak

lies.

4 They are as venomous as the poifon of a ferpent: even like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her ears;

5 Which refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer: charm he never fo wifely.

6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths, fmite the jaw-bones of the lions, O Lord: let them fall away like water that runneth apace, and when they fhoot their arrows. let them be rooted out.

7 Let them confume away like a frail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman: and let them not fee the fun.

8 Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns: fo let indignation vex him, even as a thing that is raw.

9 The righteous fhall rejoice when he feeth the vengeance: he hall wafh his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly.

10 So that a man fhall fay, Verily there is a reward for the righteous doubtlefs there is a God that judgeth the earth.

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OBSERVATIONS.

Pfalm Iviii.] This is a pfalm which thofe in public offices ought to take good notice of, becaufe it teaches them, that if they do not adminifter ftri&t justice, if they opprefs the innocent with artifice or violence, the vengeance of God will overtake them. And in general, we fee here, that all thofe who harden themselves in their evil ways, without hearkening to the voice of God, are likewise threatened with his vengeance.

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