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14 When the Most High destroyed the kings in the land,
It was white with their bones like Salmon. 15 Ye lofty hills, ye hills of Bashan,
Ye many-topped hills, ye hills of Bashan, 16 Why frown ye, ye many-topped hills,
At the hill, in which God is pleased to dwell,
17 The chariots of God are myriads, yea, thousands of
thousands ; God is in the midst of them, as upon Sinai, in the
Thou hast led captive the vanquished,
19 Praised be the Lord daily!
When we are heavy laden, the mighty One is our help. 20 Our God is a God of salvation ;
From the Lord God cometh deliverance from death. 21 But God smiteth the head of his enemies, Even the hairy crowns of those, who persist in their
iniquity. 22 “I will bring them back," saith Jehovah, “from
Bashan ; “I will bring them back from the deep sea ; 23 “ That thy foot may be dipped in their blood; “That thy dogs may drink the blood of thine ene
24 We have seen thy procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my king, to his sanctuary ! 25 The singers go before ; the minstrels follow,
Amidst damsels playing on timbrels.
26 Praise ye God in your assemblies;
Praise Jehovah, all ye from the fountain of Israel ! 27 Here is Benjamin, the youngest, their leader;
The chiefs of Judah, their strength ;
28 God has ordained thy strength, O Israel ! Show forth thy might, O God, thou who hast wrought
for us! 29 Because of thy temple in Jerusalem
Shall kings bring presents to thee. 30 Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,
The multitude of bulls with the calves of the nations,
Ethiopia shall hasten with outstretched hands to God.
32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth;
Sing praises to Jehovah ! 33 To him, who rideth upon the ancient heaven of heav
ens ; Behold he uttereth his voice, his mighty voice ! 34 Give glory to God, Whose majesty is in Israel, and whose might is in the
clouds ! 35 Terrible art thou, O God, from thy sanctuary ! The God of Israel giveth strength and power to his
people. Praised be God ! V. 13. In the stalls, i. e. in peaceful repose amongst your flocks, enriched with spoil. – V. 14. Like Sulmon, i. e. when it was covered with snow. V. 16. Why frown ye, i. e. through envy. – V. 30. The wild beast, i. e. the crocodile, an emblem of Egypt. Calves, i. e. kings. - V. 31. With outstretched hands, i. e. in supplication, or in bringing presents to the temple.
Prayer for aid against enemies. Hope of deliverance, and of return from exile.
Although the title gives this psalm to David, says Geddes, there are passages in it wbich strongly militate against the supposition, that he was the author of il; and it is highly probable that it is the composition of a bard at Babylon, bewailing his people's calamities in his own name. Even those critics, who ibink that the psalm might originally have been composed by David, allow that the last four verses must have been added after the captivity. But why not give the whole to the same person? Because Luke and John have accommodated some parts of this psalm to Christ, it has been called a prophetic psalm. The quotations in Luke and John may be explained on the same principle as that in the first chapter of Matthew, “ Out of Egyp! have I called my son;” which is evident. ly not a prediction, but an historical fact. Most of the modern German interpreters suppose the subject of the psalm to be the Jewish nation, represented under the image of an afflicted man; and compare it with ch. iii. of the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
For the leader of the music. Upon the Shoshannim.
A psalm of David.
For the waters press in to my very life!
I have come into deep waters, and the waves flow
3 I am weary with crying ; my throat is parched;
Mine eyes are wasted, while I wait for God.
Are they, who hate me without reason;
enemies without cause;
5 O God, thou knowest my offences,
And my sins are not hidden from thee!
6 Let not them that trust in thee, through me be put to
shame, O Lord Jehovah, God of hosts ! Let not them that seek thee, through me be confound
ed, O God of Israel ! 7 For on account of thee do I suffer reproach,
And shame covereth my face! 8 I am become a stranger to my brothers ;
Yea, an alien to my mother's sons. 9 For zeal for thy house consumeth me,
And the reproaches of them that reproach thee fall
10 When I weep and fast,
That is made my reproach ; 11 When I clothe myself in sackcloth,
Then I become their by-word. 12 They who sit in the gate speak against me,
And I am become the song of drunkards.
13 Yet will I address my prayer, O Jehovah, to thee ! May it be in an acceptable time according to thy
great goodness! Hear, O God, and afford me thy sure help! 14 Rescue me from the mire, and let me not sink; May I be delivered from my enemies - from the
deep waters ! 15 Let not the water-flood overflow me;
Let not the deep swallow me up,
And let not the pit close her mouth upon me ! 16 Hear me, O Lord, since great is thy goodness;
According to thine infinite kindness look upon me! 17 Hide not thy face from thy servant ;
I am greatly distressed, O make haste to mine aid !
18 Draw near to me, and redeem my life ;
Deliver me because of my enemies ! 19 Thou knowest my reproach, and dishonor, and shame;
All my adversaries are in thy view!
For comforters, but I find none. 21 For my food they give me gall,
And in my thirst they give me vinegar to drink.' 22 May their table be to them a snare;
In their prosperity may it be a trap! 23 May their eyes be darkened, that they may not see,
And their loins weak, that they may always stagger! 24 Pour out upon them thine indignation,
And may the heat of thine anger overtake them! 25 Let their habitation be desolate,
And let none dwell in their tents ! 26 For they persecute those, whom thou hast smitten, And increase the pain of those, whom thou hast
wounded. 27 Add iniquity to their iniquity,
And let them never partake of thy favor! 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living ;
Let not their names be written with the righteous !
29 But I am poor, and sorrowful;
May thine aid, O God, set me on high ! 30 Then will I praise the name of God in a song ;
I will give glory to him with thanksgiving. 31 More pleasing shall this be to Jehovah,
Than a full-horned and full-hoofed bullock. 32 The afflicted shall see, and rejoice ;
The hearts of them that fear God shall be revived.