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13. But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14. Thas I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15. For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

16. For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17. For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

18. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

21. Forsake me not, O Lord : O my God, be not far from me.

22. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.


Prayer of David when, having filed with his remaining adherents as

far as Baburim, he was railed at and charged with impre

cations by Shimei, who cast dust and stones at him. 2 Sam.
xvi. 5-13.

To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
To the giver of victory for a confession. A Psalm of David.

1. I SAID, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before



2. I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

3. My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned : then spake I with my tongue,

4. Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

5. Behold, thou hast made my days as 'an handbreadth ; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

6. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain : he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who sball gather them.

7. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

8. Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

9. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

10. Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

11. When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

12. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my

fathers were. 13. O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

PSALM XL. 111. Prayer of David, expressive of deep humility, confidence in God,

and willingness to suffer bis will, ou seeing himself still lest destitute at Mahanaim, surrounded by dangers from the pursuit of his son Absalom. Whilst he expresses his confidence in deliverance, David reverts with the most profound humiliation to his own sin, as the primary cause of his heavy and prolonged affliction. 2 Sam. xvii. 24.

To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

To the gider of victory. 4 Psalm of David. 1. I WAITED patiently for the Lord ; and he inclined unto me, and beard my cry.



2. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

3. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

4. Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

5. Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

6. Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

7. Then said I, LO, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me.

8. I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

9. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation : lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

10. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

11. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord : let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

12. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head : therefore my heart faileth me.

13. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: 0 Lord, make haste to help me.

14. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

15. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

16. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

17. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer ; make no tarrying, O my God.

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