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5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of

mine enemies : Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days

of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

NOTES ON PSALM XXIII.

Verse 1. By a most beautiful figure, the psalmist compares himself to a sheep, and Jehovah to a provident shepherd.

Verse 2. The figure is continued : God does all which a kind shepherd is accustomed to do.

Verses 3 and 4. The psalmist deserts the figure in the third verse, but returns to it again in the fourth.

Verse 5. By a new figure, the psalmist represents Jehovah under the image of a generous host, that provides richly for his guests. The use of fragrant oils for anointing the head is an accompaniment of rich feasts in eastern countries.

Verse 6. The psalmist expresses bis confidence in the continued goodness of God, and his hope of worshiping God without interruption.

Inference from the whole psalm : God's goodness is worthy of gratitude.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM XXIII.

1. What is the subject of the twenty third psalm ?
2. Will you please to repeat the psalm?
3. What is the figure in the first verse

? 4. Is this figure continued in the second verse ? 5. Is this figure continued in the third and fourth verses. 6. What is the figure in the fifth verse ? 7. Will you explain the phrase, thou anointest my head

with oil. 8. What does the psalmist express in the last verse ? 9. What is the inference from the whole psalm ?

PSALM XXIV.

Psalm at the introduction of the ark of God into the sanc

tuary prepared for it on mount Zion. 1. The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof;

The world, and they that dwell therein. 2. For he hath founded it

upon

the seas, And established it upon the floods. 3. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD?

Or who shall stand in his holy place? 4. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; Who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn

deceitfully. 5. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6. This is the generation of them that seek him,

That seek thy face, O Jacob. 7. Lift up your heads, Oye gates ; And be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;

And the King of glory shall come in. 8. Who is this king of glory?

The LORD strong and mighty,

The LORD mighty in battle. 9. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; Even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;

And the King of glory shall come in. 10. Who is this king of glory?

The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.

NOTES ON PSALM XXIV.

Verses 1 and 2. Sentiment: the God of Israel is sovereign of the whole earth by the right of creation. The se

cond verse appears to refer to the formation of the dry land, as described in Gen. I.

Verse 3. The purport of the inquiry here is : Who can worship such a God acceptably ?—The hill of the Lord is mount Zion, where God was worshiped.

Verses 4, 5, and 6. These verses contain the answer to the inquiry in the preceding verse, and describe the character of an acceptable worshiper.To lift up one's soul in the fourth verse means to swear.-Vanity in the same verse means falsehood.-Righteousness in the fifth verse means favor or kindness.--The God of one's salvation in the same verse, by a peculiarity of the Hebrew language, means one's preserving God.—Thy face, i. e. God's face. -O Jacob, more correctly in Jacob, i. e. among the Israelites.

Verse 7. By a bold and beautiful personification, the psalmist calls upon the ancient and venerable portals of the sanctuary, to prepare for the admission of the sacred ark and of the glorious king that sits enthroned upon it.

Verse 8. The portals respond, as it were, and ask, Who is this king of glory?

Verses 9 and 10. These verses contain a beautiful repetition of the two preceding verses slightly altered, for the sake of force and emphasis.—The hosts of God are angels and stars.

Inference from the whole psalm : every thing connected with God and his worship is most holy and sublime.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM XXIV.

1. What is the title of the twenty fourth psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is the sentiment of the first and second verses? 4. To what does the second versé refer? 5. What is the purport of the inquiry in the third verse ? 6. What is the hill of the LORD? 7. What do the fourth, fifth, and sixth verses contain ? 8. What does the phrase, to lift up one's soul, in the

fourth verse, mean? 9. What does the word vanity, in the same verse, mean? 10. What does righteousness, in the fifth verse, mean? 11. What does the phrase, God of one's salvation, in the same verse,

mean

? 12. What does thy face, in the sixth verse, mean? 13. How ought the words 0 Jacob to be rendered ? 14. What is the figure in the seventh verse? 15. Will you give an account of this figure ? 16. Will you give an account of the eighth verse ? 17. What do the ninth and tenth verses contain ? 18. What are the hosts of God? 19. What is the inference from the whole psalm?

PSALM XXV.

Prayer of David for protection from his enemies, instruc

tion in piety, the forgiveness of his sins, and for the good of his people. 1. Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 2. O my God, I trust in thee : let me not be ashamed,

Let not mine enemies triumph over me. 3. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed :

Let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. 4. Shew me thy ways, O LORD;

Teach me thy paths. 5. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me :

For thou art the God of my salvation ;

On thee do I wait all the day. 6. Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies, and thy lov

ing-kindnesses ; For they have been ever of old. 7. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgres

sions : According to thy mercy remember thou me

For thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

8. Good and upright is the LORD :

Therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 9. The meek will he guide in judgment :

And the meek will he teach his way. 10. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth

Unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 11. For thy name's sake, O LORD,

Pardon mine iniquity ; for it is great. 12. What man is he that feareth the Lord ?

Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 13. His soul shall dwell at ease;

And his seed shall inherit the earth. 14. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him;

And he will shew them his covenant. 15. Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD;

For he shall pluck my feet out of the net. 16. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me;

For I am desolate and afflicted. 17. The troubles of my heart are enlarged :

O bring thou me out of my distresses. 18. Look upon mine affliction and my pain;

And forgive all my sins. 19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many;

And they hate me with cruel hatred. 20. O keep my soul, and deliver me:

Let me not be ashamed;

For I put my trust in thee. 21. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;

For I wait on thee. 22. Redeem Israel, O God,

Out of all his troubles,

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