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9. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him ;

That glory may dwell in our land. 10. Mercy and truth are met together ;

Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11. Truth shall spring out of the eartb;

And righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good;

And our land shall yield her increase. 13. Righteousness shall go before him ;

And shall set us in the way of his steps.

NOTES ON PSALM LXXXV.

Verse 1. The land of Jehovah is Palestine.-The captivity of Jacob, means the captives of Jacob.

Verse 2. To cover sin means to pardon it.
Verse 4. Turn us, namely, to the way of righteousness.

Verse 6. Wilt thou not revive us again, namely, to the exercise of holiness.

Verse 8. The psalmist appears to have received a gracious and supernatural communication from Jehovah. Peace means prosperity.--Folly means sin.

Verse 9. Glory here means prosperity.

Verses 10 and 11. Sentiment : every thing is full of mercy, truth, righteousness and peace.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM LXXXV.

1. What is the subject of this psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is the land of Jehovah, in the first verse ? 4. What is meant by the captivity of Jacob, in the same

verse? 5. What is meant by covering sin, in the second verse ? 6. What is meant by turn us, in the fourth verse ? 7. What is meant by the clause, wilt thou not revive us

again, in the sixth verse ? 8. What do you say of the eighth verse ?

9. What is meant by peace, in the same verse ? 10. What is meant by folly, in the same verse ? 11. What is meant by glory, in the ninth verse? 12. What is the sentiment of the tenth and eleventh verses?

PSALM LXXXVI.

Prayer and praise.

1. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me :

For I am poor and needy. 2. Preserve my soul; for I am holy:

O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. 3. Be merciful unto me, O LORD :

For I cry unto thee daily. 4. Rejoice the soul of thy servant ;

For unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. 5. For thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive ;

And plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. 6. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;

And attend to the voice of my supplications. 7. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee :

For thou wilt answer me. 8. Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O LORD;

Neither are there any works like unto thy works. 9. All nations whom thou hast made

Shall come and worship before thee, O LORD;

And shall glorify thy name. 10. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things:

Thou art God alone.
11. Teach me thy way, O LORD ;

I will walk in thy truth :
Unite

my

heart to fear thy name.

12. I will praise thee, O LORD my God, with all my heart :

And I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13. For

great is thy mercy toward me : And thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. 14. O God, the proud are risen against me,

And the assemblies of violent men have sought after

my soul ;

And have not set thee before them. 15. But thou, O LORD, art a God full of compassion, and

gracious,

Long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 16. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me;

Give thy strength unto thy servant,

And save the son of thine handmaid, 17. Shew me a token for good;

That they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed:
Because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

NOTES ON PSALM LXXXVI.

Verses 1 and 2. The psalmist is conscious of his sincerity, at the same time that he feels his need of God's mercy.

Verse 4. Unto thee do I lift up my soul, namely, in prayer.

Verse 8. Sentiment: Jehovah is very different from the gods of the heathen, which in reality are nothing.

Verse 9. The psalmist anticipates the future progress of true religion.

Verse 11. Thy way, i. e. the course of conduct which thou requirest.-Thy truth, i. e. the law which thou hast made known.—Unite my heart, i. e. concentrate all my energies.

Verse 13. The lowest hell, i. e. the deep recesses of hades or the future world.

Verse 14. The psalmist complains of his enemies.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM LXXXVI.

1. What is the subject of this psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What remark do you make on the first and second

verses? 4. In what way does the psalmist lift up his soul unto God,

as mentioned in the fourth verse ? 5. What is the sentiment of the eighth verse ? 6. What do you say of the ninth verse ? 7. What is meant by thy ways, in the eleventh verse? 8. What is meant by thy truth, in the same verse? 9. What is meant by the phrase unite my heart, in the

same verse? 10. What is meant by the lowest hell, in the thirteenth verse? 11. What do you say of the fourteenth verse ?

PSALM XC.

The eternity of God, and the frailty of human life.

1. LORD, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all ge

nerations. 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,

Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. 3. Thou turnest man to destruction :

And sayest, “Return, ye children of men.” 4. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday

when it is past, And as a watch in the night. 5. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as

a sleep : In the morning they are like grass which groweth up. 6. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up;

In the evening it is cut down, and withereth. 7. For we are consumed by thine anger,

And by thy wrath are we troubled. 8. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee,

Our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. 9. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath :

We spend our years as a tale that is told. 10. The days of our years are threescore years and ten;

And if by reason of strength they be fourscore years,
Yet is their strength labor and sorrow;

For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 11. Who knoweth the power of thine anger ?

Even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. 12. So teach us to number our days,

That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. 13. Return, O LORD, how long ?

And let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 14. O satisfy us early with thy mercy ;

That we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast

afflicted us,

And the

years
wherein

we have seen evil. 16. Let thy work appear unto thy servants,

And thy glory unto their children. 17. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us :

And establish thou the work of our hands upon us ;
Yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

NOTES ON PSALM XC.

Verse 1. Our dwelling-place, i.e. our refuge.
Verse 5. A sleep, i. e. a dream.

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