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Psalm xxxiv. Benedicam Domino.
Will alway give thanks unto the Lord : his praise shall

ever be in my mouth. 2 My foul shall-make her boast in the Lord : the humble fhall hear thereof, and be glad.

3 O praise the Lord with me : and let us magnify his Name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me : yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.

5 They had an eye unto him, and were lightened : and their faces were not ashamed.

6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him : yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.

7 The Angel of the Lord tarriech round about them that fear him : and delivereth them.

8 O taste, and fee, how gracious the Lord is : bleffed is the man that truftech in hini.

9 O fear the Lord, ye that are his Saints : for they that fear him lack nothing.

10 The lions do lack and suffer hunger : but they who seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.

11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that lusteth to live: and would fain see good days?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips that they speak no guile.

14 Eschew evil, and do good : seek peace and enfue it. 15

of the Lord are over the righteous : and his ears are open unto their prayers.

16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart : and will lave such as be of an humble spirit.

19 Great are the troubles of the righteous : but the Lord delivereth hiin out of all;

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20 He keepeth all his bones: so that not one of them is broken.

21 But misfortune shall Nay thie ungodly : and they that hate the righteous shall be delolate. 22 The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants : and all

their trust in him, shall not be desticute.

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Psalm xxxv. Judicame me, Domine.
Lead thou my cause, O Lord, with them that strive

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2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler : and stand up to help me.

3 Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that' persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy falvation.

4 Let them be confounded, and put to sname, that seek after my soul : let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.

5 Let them be as the dust before the wind : and the Angel of the Lord scattering them.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the Angel of the Lord perfecute them.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.. Psalm xxxiv.] In this psalm. we are taught, i. That the Lord never fails to hear and delirer the righteous who call upon him in their distress, and employs even angels for their defence. 2. David in this psalm seems thoroughly affected with a sense of God's goodness, and the liappiness which those experience who are partakers of his love ; and describes, in a beautiful manner, the nure of piety, exhorting the saints to live always in the fear of the Lord, to be sincere in their words and actions, to by from evil, do qood, and seek peace. He fets before us the inestimable. benefits and a vantages of holirefs, fince they that fear the Lord can lack nothing; his eyes being always over the righteous, his ears open to their cries, and if they are exposed to many misfortunes, he delivers them frein them ail at the last ; whereas he tets his face againft the wicked for their destruction. Nothing can be of greater ufe, than continually to call ce mind these divine and excellent lefions, to have them continually before our cyes and in our hearts.

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433 7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause: yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.

8 Let' a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net that he hath laid privily catch himself : that he may fall into his own mischief.

9. And, my soul, be joyful in the Lord : it shall rejoice in his falvation.

10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him : yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?

11 False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

12 They rewarded me evil for good : to the great discomfort of my soul.

13 Nevertheless, when they were fick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting : and my prayer shall turn into mine own bosom.

14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend, or my brother: I went heavily as one that mourneth for his mother.

15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together : yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares, making mouths at me, and ceased not.

16 With the Aatterers were busy mockers : who gnashed upon me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this : O deliver my soul from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the lions.

18 So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

19 O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly: neither let them wink with their eyes that hate me without a cause.

20 And why ? their communing is not for peace : buc they imagine deceitful words againit them that are quiet in the land.

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21 They gaped upon nie with their mouths, and said: Fie on thee, fie on thee, we saw it with our eyes.

22 This thou hast seen, O'Lord: hold not thy tongue then, go not far from me, O Lord.

23 Awake, and stand up to judge my quarrel : avenge thou my cause, my God, and my Lord.

24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness : and let them not triumph over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, There, there, fo would we have it : neither let them say, We have devoured him.

26 Let them be put to confusion and shame together that rejoice at ny trouble : let them be cloched with rebuke and dishonour that boast themselves againft me.

27 Let them be glad and rejoice that fayour my righteous dealing : yea, let them say alway, Blessed be the Lord, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of his fervant.

28 And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of thy righteousness : and of thy praise all the day long.

Psalm xxxvi. Dixit injustus.
Y heart shewerh me the wickedness of the ungodly :

that there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flaccereth himself in his own sight: until his abo:vinable sin be found out. 3

The words of his mouth are unrighteous, and full of deceit: he hath left off to behave himself wisely, and to do good.

4 He imaginethi' mischief upon his bed, and hath set himself in no good way : neither doth he abhor any thing that is evil.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xxxv.] We must not conclude from what David says here against Ris enemies, that we are allowed to with evil to those who injure us, or to rejoice when any evil happens to them. We are to remember, that the enemies of David were enemies to God himself; and that David, as a prophet, and one who had an express promise of the divine afliktance, might denounce destruction againt those who opposed him.

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5 Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens : and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.

6 Thy righteousnels ftandeth like the strong mountains : thy judgments are like the great deep.

7 Thou, Lord, shalt fave both man and beaft: How excellent is thy mercy, O God: and the children of men shall put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

8 They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy house : and thou shalt give them drink of thy pleasures, as out of the river.

9 For with thee is the well of life: and in thy light shall we see light.

10 O continue forth thy loving kindness unto them that know thee : and thy righteousness unto them that are true of heart,

ni O let not the foot of pride come against me : and let not the hand of the ungodly cait me down.

12 There are they fallen, all that work wickedness: they are cast down, and shall not be able to stand.

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Psalm xxxvii. Noli emulari. "RET not thyself because of the ungodly: neither be

thou envious against the evil-doers.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm. xxxvi.}. 1. In this psalm we have a description of the sentiments and behaviour of the wicked and ungodly, who have no fear of God before their eyes, but flatter themselves, and are confirmed more and more in their wickedness, and without any dread of evil seek only to hurt · others. 2. David here observes, that the righteous have very,

diffe rent sentiments ; that they adore the power and juttice of God, manifelted in his works and all his judgments ; that they are transported with the confideration of his immense goodness, and the favours 'he bestows on those who love him and put their trust in him. The reading of shis pfalm teaches us to avoid all impiety, and to cleave fedfaltly to God by a sincere love and holy fear, that we may rejoice in him with righteousness, and say with David, “O God, how precious is thy goodness! the children of men hide themselves under the shadow of thy wings. We shall be Latisfied with the fatness of thy house, and thou shals give us to drink of the rivers of thy pleasures."

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