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Memor esto servi tui.
Think upon thy servant, as concerning thy word:

wherein thou haft caused me to put my trust. 2 The same is my comfort in my trouble: for thy word hath quickened me.

3 The proud have had me exceedingly in derision : yet have I not shrinked from thy law.

4 For I remembered thine everlasting judgments, 0 Lord : and received comfort.

5 I am horribly afraid : for the ungodly that forsake thy law.

6 Thy statutes have been my songs : in the house of my pilgrimage.

7 I have thought upon thy Name, O Lord, in the night-season : and have kept thy law. 8 This I had: because I kept thy commandments.

Portio mea, Domine, THO "HOU art my porțion, O Lord: I have promised to

keep thy law. 2 I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart: O be merciful unto me according to thy word.

3 I called mine own ways to remembrance; and turned

my feet unto thy testimonies, 4 I made haste, and prolonged not the time: to keep thy commandments.

5 The congregations of the ungodly have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

6 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee: because of thy righteous judgments.

7 I am a companion of all them that fear thee: and keep thy commandments,

Memar esto fervi tui.-3] The haughty infidel will scoff at him for one part of his conduct, the insolent worldling will ridicule him for the, other ; but neither will induce him to disbelieve, or to disobey.

Portio mea, Domine.-1] I have confidered and made my choice ; from benceforth I renounce all things for the love of Thee. 6 Paul and Silas, with their feet fast in the stocks, " sang praises at midnight."

8 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: O tcach me thy statutes.

Bonitatem fecisti. O Lord, thou haft dealt graciously with thy servant :

2 O learn me true onderstanding and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

3 Before I was troubled, I went wrong: but now have I kept thy word.

4 Thou art good and gracious: 0 teach me thy statutes.

5 The proud have imagined a lie against me: but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart. : 6 Their heart is as fat as brawn : but my delight hath been in thy law.

7 It is good for me that I have been in trouble: that I may learn thy statutes.

8 The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me: than thousands of gold and silver.



Manus tuæ fecerunt me. HY hands have made me, and fashioned me : Ogive me

that I may learn tby commandments,

2 They that fear thee, will be glad when they see me: because I have put my trust in thy word.

Bonitatem fecisti.- 3] When afflictions fail to have their due effect, the cafe is defperate. They are the latt remedy which indulgent Providence uses, and if they fail, we muft languish and die in misery and contempi. When we pray against 'misfortunes, and when we fear them moft, we want them moft.

4] Thou art in thine own nature kind and good, and nothing else can proceed from Thee, who defigneft our good, even when thou afficteft us. Take what methods Thou pleaseft with me, only teach me effe&ually to do as Thou wouldest have me.

8) “The merchandize of it is better than the merchandize of filver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” Prov. iii. 14.

æ fecerunt me.-2] I shall be a cause of joy to all pious men, who know nat I have depended on thy promifed alistance, when they see me thus sur ported by Thee.

3 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right; and that thou of very faithfulness haft caused me to be troubled.

4 O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort: accord. ing to thy word unto thy servant.

5 o let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live : for thy law is my delight.

6 Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me: but I will be occupied in thy commandments.

7 Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies: be turned unto me.

8 O let my heart be found in thy statutes : that I be not alhamed,

Defecit anima mea.
Y soul hath longed for thy falvation; and I have a

good hope because of thy word. 2 Mine eyes long fore for thy word: saying, O when wilt thou comfort me? 3 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke :

yet I not forget thy statutes.

4 How many are the days of thy fervant : when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecure me?

5 The proud have digged pics for me : which are not after thy law.

6 All thy commandments are true: they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.

7 They had almost made an end of me upon earth: but I forsook not thy commandments.

8 O quicken me after thy loving-kindness: and so Thall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

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Defecit anima mea.-3. A bottle in the smoke] My appearance in my present state is as different from what it was when I dwelt at court, as the furniture of a palace differs from that of a poor Arab's tent, among whom I now dwell. ' Just thus the prophet laments that “ the precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold,” or vessels of fine gold, funk in their eftimation, and were considered as no better than earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter. Lam. iv. 2.

4 How many] How many days are appointed or aligned me, not for the continuance of life, but of the pressures or afflictions that are upon me.

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In æternum, Doniinc..
Lord, thy word: endureth for ever in heaven.

2 Thy truth also remaineih from one generation to another : thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.

3 They continue this day according to thine ordinance : for all things serve thee.

4 If my delight had not been in thy law: I should have perihed in my trouble.

5 I will never forget thy commandments: for with them thou hast quickened me.

6 I am thine, O fave me : for I have sought thy commandments.

7 The ungodly laid wait for me, to destroy me: buz I will consider thy testimonies.

8 I fee that aří things come to an end: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Quomodo dilexi!
ORD, what love

long is my study 2 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wifer than mine enemies : for they are ever with me.

3 I have more understanding than my teachers : for thy testimonies are my study.

4 I am wiser than the aged: because I keep thy commandments. 5 I have refrained

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that I may keep thy word.

6 'I have not shrunk from thy judgments : for thou teachest me.

7 O how sweet are thy words unto my throat : yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth.

8 Through thy commandments I get understanding: therefore I hate all evil ways.

In æternum, Domine.—8] I have seen that there is a bound to every region, but to the extent of thy commandments, and that is wider and de than that its extremity may be attained unto.

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Lucerna pedibus meis.
HY word is a lantern unto my feet : and a light

unto 2 I have sworn, and am stedfastly purposed : to keep thy righteous judgments.

3 I am troubled above measure: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy word.

4 Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O Lord : and teach me thy judgments.

5 My soul is alway in my hand : yet do I not forget thy law.

6 The ungodly have laid a snare for me: but yet I swerved not from me thy commandments.

7 Thy testimonies have 1 claimed as mine heritage for ever : and why? they are the very joy of my heart.

8 I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes alway: even unto the end.

Iniquos odio halui. I Hate them that imagine evil things : but thy law do

2 Thou art my defence and shield : and my trust is in thy word.

3 Away from me, ye wicked : I will keep the commandments of my God.

4. O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live : and let me not be disappointed of my hope.

s Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe : yea, my delight shall be ever in thy statutes.

Lucerna pedibus meis.-; In my hand). So 1 Sam. xix. 5, “ He put his life in his hand, and few the Philistine;” that is, by venturing his own life, he killed the other; and chap. xxviii. 21, “ I have put my life in thy hand, and hearkened to thy words;" that is, run the hazard of my life to obey thee.

Iniquos odio habui.-3] In time of visitation Christ litteth among his People“ as a refiner and purifier of silver,” purging away all drofs, that out of what remains may be made“ veffels of honour, meet for the maiter's ute.”

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