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So our eyes

2. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of

their masters, And as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress ;

wait
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the LORD our God, Until that he have mercy upon us. 3. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us :

For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4. Our soul is exceedingly filled

With the scorning of those that are at ease,
And with the contempt of the proud.

NOTES ON PSALM CXXIII.

Verse 1. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, namely, with reverence and desire.

General remark. This psalm has the same peculiarity as Psalm cxxi.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM CXXIII.

1. What is the subject of this psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm? 3. What is meant by the clause, unto thee lift I up mine

eyes, in the first verse ? 4. What is the general remark?

PSALM CXXVIII.

The happiness of him that feareth God.

1. Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD;

That walketh in his ways. 2. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands :

Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

3. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine

By the sides of thine house : Thy children like olive plants

Round about thy table. 4. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed

That feareth the LORD. 5. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion : And thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem

All the days of thy life. 6. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children,

And peace upon Israel.

NOTES ON PSALM CXXVIII.

Verse 1. The ways of the Lord, i. e. the ways in which he commandeth men to walk.

Verse 2. Sentiment of the first clause: thou, and not another, shalt enjoy the fruit of thy labor.

Verse 3. By the sides of thine house, more correctly in the interior of thine house.

Verse 5. Zion, or the mount of the temple, was God's peculiar residence.Thou shalt see, means here thou shalt enjoy.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM CXXVIII.

1. What is the subject of this psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is meant by the ways of the Lord, in the first verse? 4. What is the sentiment of the first clause of the second

verse ? 5. What is meant by the sides of thine house, in the third

verse ? 6. Why is the blessing of Jehovah said to come out of

Žion, in the fifth verse? 7. What is meant by seeing, in the same verse ?

PSALM CXXX.

A prayer for the forgiveness of sin.

1. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2. LORD, hear my voice : Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplica

tions. 3. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities,

O LORD, who shall stand? 4. But there is forgiveness with thee,

That thou mayest be feared. 5. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait,

And in his word do I hope. 6. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch

for the morning : I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7. Let Israel hope in the LORD:

For with the LORD there is mercy,

And with him is plenteous redemption. 8. And he shall redeem Israel

From all his iniquities.

NOTES ON PSALM CXXX.

Verse 1. Out of the depths, i. e. out of great calamities. Verse 3. To mark iniquities means here to punish them.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM CXXX.

1. What is the subject of this psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is meant by the phrase, out of the depths, in the

first verse ? 4. What is meant by marking iniquities, in the third verse?

PSALM CXXXIII.

Praise of harmony among brethren. 1. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, That ran

down

upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, That went down to the skirts of his garments; 3. As the dew of Hermon, And as the dew that descended upon the mountains of

Zion :
For there the LORD commanded the blessing,
Even life for evermore.

NOTES ON PSALM CXXXIII.

Verse 2. This verse alludes to the holy anointing oil, with which the high-priest was anointed ; (comp. Ex. 30: 30.) -Aaron stands here for any high-priest.

Verse 3. Hermon and Žion stand here for any mountains.--There, i. e. where brethren dwell together in unity.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM CXXXIII.

1. What is the subject of this psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What does the second verse allude to ? 4. What does Aaron stand for? 5. What do Hermon and Zion, in the third verse, stand for? 6. Where is it that the LORD commands the blessing?

PSALM CXXXVIII.

Praise for deliverance from danger. 1. I will praise thee with my whole heart :

Before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

2. I will worship toward thy holy temple, And praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for

thy truth : For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 3. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me,

And strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. 4. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD,

When they hear the words of thy mouth. 5. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD:

For great is the glory of the LORD. 6. Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the

lowly :
But the proud he knoweth afar off.
7. Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

Thou wilt revive me :
Thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of

mine enemies,
And thy right-hand shall save me.
8. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:

Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever:
Forsake not the works of thine own hands.

NOTES ON PSALM CXXXVIIK..

Verse 1. Before the gods, i. e. in their presence.

Verse 2. Thou hast magnified thy words, i. e. thou hast gloriously fulfilled thy promise.

Verse 4. When they hear the words of thy mouth, i. e. when they learn the fulfillment of thy promises.

Verse 5. They shall sing in the ways of the Lord, i. e. they shall celebrate the ways or works of the LORD.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM CXXXVIII.

1. What is the subject of this psalm?
2. Will you please to repeat the psalm?

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