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7. He ruleth by his power

for ever ; His eyes behold the nations :

Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. 8. O bless our God, ye people,

And make the voice of his praise to be heard : 9. Which holdeth our soul in life,

And suffereth not our feet to be moved. 10. For thou, O God, hast proved us :

Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. 11. Thou broughtest us into the net; Thou laidst affliction


loins. 12. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads;

We went through fire and through water :

But thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. 13. I will go into thy house with burnt-offerings : I will pay thee

my vows, 14. Which my lips have uttered,

And my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. 15. I will offer unto thee burnt-sacrifices of fatlings, with

the incense of rams;

I will offer bullocks with goats. 16. Come and hear, all ye that fear God, ,

And I will declare what he hath done for my soul. 17. I cried unto him with my mouth,

And he was extolled with my tongue. 18. If I regard iniquity in my heart,

The LORD will not hear me : 19. But verily God hath heard me;

He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. 20. Blessed be God,

Which hath not turned away my prayer,
Nor his mercy from me.


Verse 6. This verse alludes to the passage of the Israelites through the Red Sea and through the Jordan.—They, i. e. the Israelites.-We, i. e. our ancestors.

Verses 11 and 12. These verses show how God tried the Israelites.- Into the net, i. e. into danger.—A wealthy place, i. e. a broad place.

Verse 13. An individual now speaks in the name of the whole people.


1. What is the subject of this psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm? 3. What does the sixth verse allude to? 4. Who were the persons that passed through the flood ? 5. To whom does the pronoun we refer? 6. What do the eleventh and twelfth verses show? 7. What is meant by into the net, in the eleventh verse? 8. What is meant by a wealthy place, in the twelfth verse? 9. Who is the speaker in the thirteenth verse?



Prayer that God may be known among all nations. 1. God be merciful unto us, and bless us; And cause his face to shine

upon 2. That thy way may be known upon earth,

Thy saving health among all nations. 3. Let the people praise thee, O God;

Let all the people praise thee,
4. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy:

For thou shalt judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations upon earth.

5. Let the people praise thee, O God;

Let all the people praise thee. 6. Then shall the earth yield her increase;

And God, even our own God, shall bless us. 17. God shall bless us;

And all the ends of the earth shall fear him.


Verse 1. Cause his face to shine upon us, i. e. look upon us with kindness.

Verse 2. Thy way, i. e. thy doings.
Verse 3, &c. The people, i. e. the nations.

Inference from the whole psalm : a pious mind will desire the extension of true religion.


1. What is the title of this psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is meant by God's causing his face to shine upon

us, in the first verse ? 4. What is meant by God's way, in the second verse ? 5. Who are the people spoken of in this psalm? 6. What is the inference from the whole psalm?


The psalmist prays for the destruction of the heathen

that had laid waste his country.

1. O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance ;

Thy holy temple have they defiled;

They have laid Jerusalem on heaps. 2. The dead bodies of thy servants have they given

To be meat unto the fowls of the heaven,

The flesh of thy saints

Unto the beasts of the earth. 3. Their blood have they shed like water round about

Jerusalem ; And there was none to bury them. 4. We are become a reproach to our neighbors,

A scorn and derision to them that are round about us. 5. How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever?

Shall thy jealousy burn like fire ?
6. Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen

That have not known thee,
And upon the kingdoms

That have not called upon thy name. 7. For they have devoured Jacob,

And laid waste his dwelling-place. 8. O remember not against us former iniquities : Let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us:

For we are brought very low. 9. Help us, O God of our salvation,

For the glory of thy name :
And deliver


purge away our sins, For thy name's sake. 10. Wherefore should the heathen say, “Where is their God?”

Let him be known among the heathen in our sight,
By the revenging of the blood of thy servants which

is shed.
11. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee;

According to the greatness of thy power preserve thou

those that are appointed to die; 12. And render unto our neighbors sevenfold into their

bosom Their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee,


13. So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture

Will give thee thanks for ever :
We will shew forth thy praise to all generations,


Verse 1. The heathen were the idolatrous nations around Palestine.—God's inheritance is Palestine or the land of Israel.

Verse 2. The servants and saints of God, here spoken of, were the pious Israelites.

Verse 4. This verse alludes to the conduct of the Edomites; (comp. Ps. 137:7. Obad. 10–14.)

Verse 5. God's jealousy here means his anger or indignation against sin.

Verse 6. That have not known thee, i. e. that have not acknowledged thee.—That have not called upon thy name, namely, in prayer,

Verse 7. Jacob here means the descendants of Jacob o Israel.

Verse 8. Let thy tender mercies prevent us, i. e. meet us with opportune assistance.

Verse 11. The prisoner, i. e. the Jewish captive.-— Those that are appointed to die, i. e. those expecting death from the hands of the cruel Babylonians.

Verse 12. Our neighbors, i.e. the Edomites and others.

Inference from the whole psalm : the wicked may opposed to true religion and to God's people, that even good men may desire their destruction; it being evident that one party must triumph to the ruin of the other.

be so


1. What is the subject of this psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm? 3. Who were the heathen spoken of in the first verse ? 4. What is meant by God's inheritance, in the same verse ? 5. Who were the servants and saints of God, in the se

cond verse ?

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