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25 But murmured in their tents': and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.

26 Then lift he up his hand against them: to overthrow them in the wilderness;

27 To cast out their feed among the nations : and to scatter them in the lands.

28 They joined themselves unto Baal-peor : and ate the offerings of the dead.

29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their own inventions : and the plague was great among them.

30 Then food up Phinees, and prayed : and so the plague ceased.

31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness : among all posterities for evermore.

32 They angered him also at the waters of strife: so that he punished Moses for their fakes;

33 Because they provoked his spirit : so that he fpake unadvisedly with his lips.

34 Neither destroyed they the heathen : as the Lord commanded them.

35 But were mingled among the heathen : and learned their works.

36 Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which turned to their own decay: yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils;

37 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters: whom they offered unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was defiled with blood.

38 Thus were they stained with their own works : and went a whoring with their own inventions.

39 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people: infomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.

28 Dead) Lowth understands by these offerings, facrifices offered to deities that were only dead men.

30 Prayed] “Executed judgment;” (Bib. tranfl.) which Lowth thinks much more agreeable to the common meaning of the word, and to the history. He took

a javelin, and killed an Ifraelitish man and a Midianitish woman. It is probable that as he was the son of Eleazar, the fon of Aaron, he was one of the judges of Israel ; and if so, he had received authority from Mofes for what he did. He had “ said to the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his man, that were joined to Baal-peor." Numb. xxy. s.

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40 And he gave them over into the hand of the hea. then : and they that hated them, were lords over them.

41 Their enemies, oppressed them : and had them in subjection.

42 Many å time did he deliver them: but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.

43 Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity : he heard their complaint.

44 He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them, according unto the multitude of his mercies : yea, he made all those that led them away captive to pity them.

45 Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather 'us from among the heathen : that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.

46 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and world without end : and let all the people say, Amen.

MORNING PRAYER.

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Psalm cvii. Confitemini Domino.
Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and

his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Ler them give thanks, whom the Lord hath re. deemed : and delivered from the hand of the enemy;

3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west: from the north, and from the south.

4 They went astray in the wilderness out of the way: and found no city to dwell in;

5 Hungry, and thirsty; their soul fainted in them. Pfalm cvii.] All persons are called upon in this psalm to acknowledge the mercies of God in rescuing them from several dangers to which they are exposed during every part of their lives, peculiarly from huoger, imprifonment, disease, and danger by sea. The author, and the occasion of this psalm, are unknown. It was sung in parts alternately,

4] Their paffage through the wilderness not being a journeying such as when men pass on in a road to fome inhabited place, and though they are at present in the wilderness, yet if they have provision for a time, they will soon arrive at the end of their labours, but a wandering up and down from all path and road in an endless maze.

6 So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble: and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He led them forth by the right way : that they might go to the city where they dwelt.

8 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

9 For he satisfieth the empty soul : and filleth, the hungry soul with goodness ;

10 Such as fit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : being fast bound in misery and iron.

11 Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord : and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest ;

12 He also brought down their heart through heavi. ness: they fell down, and there was none to help them.

13 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.

14 For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death : and brake their bonds in sunder.

15 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass : and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.

17 Foolish men are plagued for their offence : and because of their wickedness.

18 Their soul abhorred all manner of meat : and they were even hard at death's door.

19 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.

20 He sent his word, and healed them: and they were saved from their destruction.

21 O that men wonld therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

22 That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving: and tell out his works with gladness!

23 They that go down to the sea in fhips : and occupy their business in great waters;

34. These men see the works of the Lord: and his wonders in the deep.

25 For at his word the stormy wind ariseth : which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep : their soul melteth away because of the trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man : and are at their wit's end.

28 So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivereth them out of their distress.

29 For he maketh the storm to cease : so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they are at rest : and fo he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.

31 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness : and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!

32 That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people: and praise him in the seat of the elders,

33 Who turneth the floods into a wilderness : and drieth up the water-springs.

34 A fruitful land maketh he barren : for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water : and water-springs of a dry ground.

36 And there he setteth the hungry: that they may build them a city to dwell in ;

37 That they may low their land, and plant vineyards : to yield them fruits of increase.

38 He blefreth them, fo that they multiply exceed. ingly : and suffereth not their catile to decrease.

39 And again, when they are minished and brought low: through oppression, through any plague, or trouble ;

40 Though he suffer them to be evil-entreated through tyrants : and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;

41 Yet helpeth he the poor out of mifery: and maketh him housholds like a flock of sheep.

42 The righteous will consider this, and rejoice : and mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.

43 Whoso is wise, will ponder these things : and they fhall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.

EVENING PRAYER.

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Pfalm cviii. Paratum cor meum.
GOD, my heart is ready, my heart is ready: I will

fing and give praise with the best member that I have. 2 Awake, thou lute and harp: I myself will awake right early.

3 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people : I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

4 For thy mercy is greater than the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.

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

6 That thy beloved may be delivered: let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.

7 God hath spoken in his holiness : I will rejoice therefore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

8 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine: Ephraim also is the strength of my head. .

9 Judah is my law-giver, Moab is my wash-pot: over Edom will I cast out my shoe ; Apon Philistia will I triumph.

10 Who will lead me into the strong city: and who will bring me into Edom?

11 Haft not thou forsaken us, o God: and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts ?

Pfalm cvüi.] This psalm was composed by David. The first five verses are taken from pfalm Ivii. 9-11; and the last eight are found in pfalm lx. $-12. It commemorates God's mercies to David in the victories obtained by him over his enemies round about, particularly at the taking of Rabba, (2 Sam. xii. 29;) together with a prayer for a continuance of God's mercies.

11) This paffage, although in words the fame as in pfalm lx. 10, must yet be understood in a somewhat different sense. All that was said there in an address to God for his allistance, is here repeated in a triumphant Itrain. Let them now that ask that question, which formerly they

did by way of scorn, buť now have little reason to ask, "Wilt not thou, o God,

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