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5. The Lord trieth the righteous :
But the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, Fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest :
This shall be the portion of their cup. 7. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness ;
His countenance doth behold the upright.
Verse 4. God's holy temple here evidently means heaven.
Verse 6. The figurative expressions which are here used, are dreadful emblems of what the wicked have to fear from the displeasure of the Almighty.
Verse 7. To behold in this verse means to behold with favor.
The course of thought in the whole passage is very clear and distinct : God resides and reigns in heaven; he beholds the conduct of men; he regards them according to their character ; he will punish the wicked and bless the righteous.
QUESTIONS ON PSALM XI. 4-7. 1. What is the subject of this passage ? 2. Will you please to repeat the passage ? 3. What is meant by God's holy temple in the fourth verse ? 4. What are the figurative expressions in the sixth verse
intended for ? 5. What is meant by beholding in the last verse ? 6. What is the course of thought in the whole passage?
Requisites of a true worshiper of Jehovah.
1. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
Who shall dwell in thy holy hill ?
2. He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness,
And speaketh the truth in his heart. 3. He that backbiteth not with his tongue,
Nor doeth evil to his neighbor,
Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor. 4. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned;
But he honoreth them that fear the LORD.
He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5. He that putteth not out his money to usury,
Nor taketh reward against the innocent.
He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
NOTES ON PSALM XV.
Verse 1. The tabernacle was a sacred tent devoted to the worship of Jehovah.-The holy hill was mount Zion, on which David erected this tent.—The purport of the inquiry is : Who shall approach God with the hope of acceptance ?
Verses 2, 3, 4, and 5. These verses contain the answer to the inquiry in the first verse. They enumerate the requisites in a true worshiper of Jehovah, viz. uprightness, truth, innocence, regard to religion, and integrity.—The conclusion of the whole psalm is : he that observeth these requisitions shall be fixed in safety forever.
QUESTIONS ON PSALM XV.
1. What is the subject of the fifteenth psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalın? 3. What was the tabernacle mentioned in the first verse ? 4. What was the holy hill mentioned in the first verse ? 5. What is the purport of the inquiry in the first verse ? 6. What are the requisites of a true worshiper of Jeho
vah, as enumerated in the answer? 7. What is the conclusion of the whole psalm?
Praise to God from his Works and from his Word.
I. FROM HIS WORKS.
1. The heavens declare the glory of God :
And the firmament sheweth his handy work. 2. Day unto day uttereth speech,
And night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3. There is no speech nor language,
Where their voice is not heard. 4. Their line is gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6. His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
And his circuit unto the ends of it:
II. FROM HIS WORD,
7. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the
simple. 8. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandmentof the LORD is pure, enlightening the
eyes. 9. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever : The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous alto
gether. 10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much
11. Moreover by them is thy servant warned :
And in keeping of them there is great reward. 12. Who can understand his errors ?
Cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins ;
Let them not have dominion over me :
And I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14. Let the words of my mouth,
And the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
NOTES ON PSALM XIX.
Verse 1. Sentiment: the works of God exhibit his glory.
Verse 2. Sentiment: one day rehearseth to another, and one night to another, this knowledge of God's glory.
Verses 3 and 4. Sentiment: this voice of nature is intelligible to men of every tongue, and its sound is heard in every land which is visited by the sun.-Line in the fourth verse evidently means sound.—In them, i. e. in the heavens.
Verses 5 and 6. These verses contain a poetical description of the majestic march of the sun through the heavens, and of his all-pervading influence.
Verses 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. In these verses the excellence of God's written law is dwelt upon, and exhibited in various aspects, arising both from its perfect nature, and from its beneficial effects on human character.
Verse 12. This view of the divine law leads the psalmist to reflect how often, and how unconsciously he trangresses it.
-Secret faults are those which a persons commits inadvertently, and, as it were, unconsciously.
Verse 13. In this verse the psalmist prays, that he may be saved from daring transgression, as the means of securing him from final apostasy.
Inference from the whole psalm : a just view of God's glory and of the requirements of his law, will make a person more cautious, lest he should offend in thought, word, or deed.
QUESTIONS ON PSALM XIX.
1. What is the title of the nineteenth psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is the sentiment of the first verse ? 4. What is the sentiment of the second verse ? 5. What is the sentiment of the third and fourth verses ? 6. What does line in the fourth verse mean? 7. What is meant by in them in the same verse ? 8. What do the fifth and sixth verses contain ? 9. Will you please to give an account of the seventh,
eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh verses? 10. What does this view of the divine law lead the psalmist
to in the twelfth verse ? 11. What are secret faults? 12. What does the psalmist pray for in the thirteenth verse ? 13. What is the inference from the whole psalm ?
God a kind shepherd and bountiful provider.
1. The Lord is my shepherd :
I shall not want. 2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures :
He leadeth me beside the still waters. 3. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
For his name's sake. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
I will fear no evil : for thou art with me; [death,