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3. Know ye that the LORD he is God :
It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves ;
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts
with praise :
His mercy is everlasting ;
QUESTIONS ON PSALM C,
1. What is the title of this psalm?
Praise to Jehovah for his distinguished benefits.
1. Bless the LORD, O my soul:
And all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2. Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all his benefits: 3. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
Who healeth all thy diseases; 4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction ; Who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender
mercies; 5. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
So that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6. The LORD executeth righteousness And judgment for all that are oppressed,
7. He made known his ways unto Moses,
His acts unto the children of Israel. 8. The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9. He will not always chide :
Neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10. He hath not dealt with us after our sins;
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11. For as the heaven is high above the earth,
So great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12. As far as the east is from the west,
So far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13. Like as a father pitieth his children,
So the LORD pitieth them that fear him, 14. For he knoweth our frame;
He remembereth that we are dust. 15. As for man, his days are as grass :
As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
And the place thereof shall know it no more. 17. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to ever
lasting upon them that fear him, And his righteousness unto children's children; 18. To such as keep his covenant,
And to those that remember his commandments to do
them. 19. The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens ;
And his kingdom ruleth over all. 20. Bless the LORD, ye his angels,
That excel in strength, that do his commandments,
21. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts ;
Ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22. Bless the LORD, all his works
In all places of his dominion :
NOTES ON PSALM CIII.
General remark. This psalm is remarkable for its simplicity, perspicuity and elegance.
Verses 1–5. The psalmist addresses himself as a moral being.
Verses 6-18. He enumerates God's benefits to Israel. -His ways and his acts, i. e. what he would do for the Israelites.
Verse 17. Righteousness here means goodness.
Verses 20–22. All creatures are called upon to praise God.-God's hosts means here his angels.
QUESTIONS ON PSALM CIII.
1. What is the subject of this psalm ?
of verses 6-18? 6. What is meant by his ways and his acts, in the seventh
verse ? 7. What is meant by righteousness, in the seventeenth verse? 8. What do you say of verses 20–22. 9. What is meant by God's hosts, in the twenty first verse ?
God the creator and preserver of all things. 1. Bless the LORD, O my
2. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment :
Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain : 3. Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters :
Who maketh the clouds his chariot :
Who walketh upon the wings of the wind : 4. Who maketh his angels spirits ;
His ministers a flaming fire : 5. Who laid the foundations of the earth,
That it should not be removed for ever. 6. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment:
The waters stood above the mountains. 7. At thy rebuke they fled;
At the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. 8. They go up by the mountains; They go down by the valleys unto the place which
thou hast founded for them. 9. Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over;
That they turn not again to cover the earth. 10. He sendeth the springs into the valleys,
Which run among the hills. 11. They give drink to every beast of the field :
The wild asses quench their thirst. 12. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their ha
Which sing among the branches. 13. He watereth the hills from his chambers :
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. 14. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle,
And herb for the service of man:
That he may bring forth food out of the earth; 15. And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
And oil to make his face to shine,
16. The trees of the LORD are full of sap;
The cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted ; 17. Where the birds make their nests :
As for the stork, the fir-trees are her house. 18. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats ;
And the rocks for the conies. 19. He appointeth the moon for seasons :
The sun knoweth his going down.
after their prey,
And lay them down in their dens. 23. Man goeth forth unto his work
And to his labor until the evening. 24. O LORD, how manifold are thy works!
In wisdom hast thou made them all :
The earth is full of thy riches. 25. So is this great and wide sea,
Wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small
and great beasts. 26. There go the ships :
There is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play
therein. 27. These wait all upon thee;
That thou mayest give them their meat in due season. 28. That thou givest them they gather :
Thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. 29. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled :
Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to