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THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 9 Juda is my law.giver, Moab is my wash-pot : over Edom wili I cast out my ihoe ; upon Philistia will I triumph.
io Who will lead me into the strong city : and who will bring me into Edom?
II Haft not thou forsaken us, O God : and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
12 O help us against the enemy : for vain is the help of man,
13 Through God we shall do great acts : and it is he that shall tread down our enemies.
Plalm cix. Deus laudum.
mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
2 And they have spoken against me with false congues : they compaffed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
3 For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part : but I give myself unto prayer.
4 Thus have they rewarded me evil for good : and hatred for my good will.
5 Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
6 When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned : and let his prayer be turned into fin,
7 Let his days be few and let another take his office. 8 Let his children be fatherless : and his wife a widow.
9 Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread : let them seek it also out of defolate places.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cviii. 1. This pfalm should inspire us with great devotion and ardent zeal to praise God, and to celebrate his mercy and truth. 2. It 1hould fill the saints with a firm trust in the divine aslistance, and COD-vince them that those whom God loves will always be delivered, 3. David teaches us, that all our strength and all our happiness depends on God; that human assistance is båt vanity; and that therefore we ought to fix our hope in God clone.
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537 io Let the extortioner consume all that he hath : and let the stranger spoil his labour.
11 Let there be no man to picy him : nor to have compaffion upon his fatherless children.
12 Let his posterity be destroyed : and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remem- . brance in the light of the Lord i and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
14 Let them alway be before the Lord : that he may root out the memoral of them from of the earth ;
15 And that because his mind was not to do good: but persecured the poor helpless man, that he might nay him that was vexed at the heart.
16 His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him : he loved not blefling, therefore shall it be far from him.
17. He clothed himself with cursing like as with a raiment and it shall 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 alway girded withal.
19 Let it thus happen from the Lord uito 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 sweet 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 departech : and am driven away as the grashopper.
23 My knees are weak through fasting : my Aesh is dried up for want of fatness.
24 I became also a reproach unto them : they that looked upon me shaked their heads.
25 Help me, O Lord my God : O save me according to thy mercy,
26 And they shall know how that this is thy hand : and that thou, Loru, halt done it.
THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 27 Though they curfe, yet blefs chou : and let them be confounded that rise up against me ; but let thy servant rejoice.
28 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame : and let them cover themselves with their own confufion, as with a cloke.
29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouch : and praise him among the multitude.
30 For 'he shall stand at the right hand of the poor : to save his soul from unrighteous judges.
hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstoo). 2 The Lord shall send che rod of thy power out of Sion : be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
3 In the day of thy power shall 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 sware, and will not repent: Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cix.] We may learn in general from this pfalm, that as God protects good men, his curse does usually pursue the wicked, and even cleaves to their poterity; and that the evil which they have done or wished to others, often falls upon themselves. But care mult be taken not to pervert this psalm, by imagining we are at any time allowed to with that the vengeance of God may fall upon those who hate us and do us hurt. David here speaks in quality of a king chosen by God, and of 2 prophet. He rather foretold than defired the destruction of his enemies ; he even returned them good for evil, as he himself says, and love for hatred. Besides, what is here said regards only the enemies of God, and certain great finners, such as Judas, to whom some of the words of this psalm are applied in the New Testament. But above all, let us remember, that a Christian Mould hate no man; and that the character we beas as disciples of Jesus Christ, obliges us to love all men, even our greateft enemies, to pray for them with all our heart, and to wish and do to them all the good in our power.
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539 5 The Lord upon thy right hand : shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He shall judge among the heathen ; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies and smice in fünder the heads over divers countries,
7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up his head.
Psalm cxi. Confitebor tibi.
2 The works of the Lord are great : fought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour : and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marvellous works : that they ought to be had in remembrance.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed 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.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm cx.] Jesus Christ himself and the apottles, teach us in the New Testament, that this pfalm relates to the Melliah. We bere learn the divine dignity of his person ;' the nature of kis kingdom, which was to be spiritual and heavenly; the fupreme glory to which God would exalt him, by letting him at his right hand ; and the power by which he would establith his empire, by the deitruction of his enemies. The holy Spirit here likewise foretels, that the Messiah should be not only a powerful king, but also our high priest, who should atone for our fins; as St Paul proves, Heb, vii. This psalm teaches us further, that those who are the subjects of this glorious King, should be a willing people, and that they would submit without restraint, willingly and joyfully obeying him. Lastly, What is here faid suffers us not to doubt but Jesus Christ will for ever reign over the faithful, and that he will one day tread under his feet all his and our enemies; which will be especially accomplished when he shall destroy death, our last enemy, by a happy refurrc&ion, as St Paul remarks, 1 Cor. xv.
23 THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. : 8 They stand fast for ever and ever : and are done in truth and equity,
9 He sent 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 wisdom: 4 good understanding have all they that do thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever.
Psalm cxii. Beatus vir.
delight in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generatioa of the faithful shall be blessed.
3 Richęs and plenteousness shall be in his house : and his righteousness endureth for ever:
4. Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness; he is merciful, loving, and righteous
5 A good man is merciful, and lendech : and will guide his words with discretion,
6 For he shall never be moved ; and the righteous Ihall be had in everlalling remembrance,
7 He will not be afraid of any evil gidings: for his heart ftandech fast, and believeth in the Lord.
8 His heart is ftablished, and will not shrink : Until he see his defire upon his enemies. 9
He hach dispersed abroad, and given to the poor : and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn Malt be exalted with honour.
10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him: he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away, the desire of the ungodly shall perish.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxi.] We ought to join our praises to those which are offered on God in this fong: we have even more reason than the faithful of old had, to confess that the works of God are great and wonderful ; that he is meciful, righteous, and full of companion ; that he has remembered his covenani, and sent salvation and redemption to his people.