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Therefore in shadow of thy wings

men's sons their trust shall place. 8 They with the fatness of thy house

shall be well satisfy’d:
From rivers of thy pleasures thou

wilt drink to them provide.
9 Because of life the fountain pure

remains alone with thee;
And in that purest light of thine,

we clearly light shall see.
10 Thy loving-kindness unto them

continue that thee know;
And still on men upright in heart

thy righteousness bestow.
11 Let not the foot of cruel pride

come, and against me stand : And let me not removed be,

Lord, by the wicked's hand... 12 There fall’n are they, and ruined,

that work iniquities :
Cast down they are, and never shall
be able to arise.

PSALM XXXVII.

A Psalm of DAVID. This Psalm is wholly of the instructive kind. As the Mosaic system, and the covenant between God and Israel, as his peculiar people, promised remarkable temporal felicity, to such as were obedient to the law, and de. nounced temporal miseries against those that were impia ous and profane ; the Psalmist here cautions against stumbling at particular providences, which might appear contrary to the tenor of that covenant. Here are (1) Plain and express warnings against fretfulness at the prosperity of the wicked, in their wickedness; ver. 1,7, 8. with the arguments and reasons enforcing the same, viz. that the character of the wicked is ignominious, while that of the righteous is lionourable ; ver. 12, 14, 21, 26, 30, 31, 32. That the wicked, in the very height of their prosperity, are near to destruction, while the righteous, even in their adversity, have special protection from God, and shall never be ruined; ver. 2, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 28, 33, 40. And that God hath special blessings in store for, and even in this life manifests distinguished kindness to the righteous and their seed; ver. 11, 16, 18, 19, 22-25, 28, 29, 37. (2) Here are proper and eflectual remedies to prevent sinfui fretting at the prosperity of the wicked, or troubles of the godly, viz. hoping in God as our saviour, delighting in God as our companion, friend, and portion ; following him as our guide; departing from evil and doing good; waiting on the Lord, and keeping his way ; ver. 3—6, 27, 34.

Be thou, my soul, an accurate observer, of the matter and circumstances of every providence. Carefully compare them, one with another : and all with the perfections, conyenant, and promises of God, in order that thou mayest never be offended thereat.

TNOR evil-doers fret thou not
7 thyself unquietly;
Nor do thou envy bear to those

that work iniquity.
2 For, even like unto the grass,

soon be cut down shall they ; And, like the green and tender herb,

they wither shall away. 3 Set thou thy trust upon the Lord,

and be thou doing good ; And so thou in the land shalt dwell,

and verily have food. 4 Delight thyself in God, he'll give

thine heart's desire to thee.

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5 Thy way to God commit, him trust,

it bring to pass shall he.
6 And, like unto the light, he shall

thy right’ousness display ;
And he thy judgment shall bring forth,

like noon-tide of the day.
hy Rest in the Lord, and patiently

wait, for him : do not fret
For him who prospering in his way,

success in sin doth get.
8 Do thou from anger cease, and wrath

see thou forsake also :
Fret not thyself in any wise,

that evil thou should'st do. 9 For those that evil-doers are

shall be cut off and fall :
But those that wait upon the Lord

the earth inherit shall.
io For yet a little while, and then

the wicked shall not be ;
His place thou shalt consider well,

but it thou shalt not see. 11 But, by inheritance the earth

the meek ones shall possess : They also shall delight themselves

in an abundant peace. 12 The wicked plots against the just,

and at him whets his teeth. 13 The Lord shall laugh at him because

his day be coming seeth. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword,

and bent their bow, to slay
The poor and needy, and to kill :

men of an upright way.

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15 But their own sword, which they have

shall enter their own heart : [drawn, . Their bows which they have bent shall and into pieces part,

[break, 16 A little that a just man hath

is more and better far,
Than is the wealth of many such

as lewd and wicked are.
17 For sinners' arms shall broken be;

but God the just sustains, 18 God knows the just man's days, and still

their heritage remains.
19 They shall not be asham’d, when they

the evil time do see;
And when the days of famine are ;

they satisfy'd shall be.
20 But wicked men, and foes of God,

as fat of lambs decay,
They shall consume; yea, into smoke

they shall consume away.
21 The wicked borrows, but the same

again he doth not pay;
Whereas the rightous mercy shows,

and gives his own away. 22 For such as blessed be of him

the earth inherit shall;
And they that cursed are of him

shall be destroyed all.
23 A good man's footsteps by the Lord

are ordered aright :
And in the way wherein he walks,

he greatly doth delight.
21 Although he fall, yet shall he not

cibe cast down utterly :

A 900/ be dest curseshall;

Because the Lord with his own hand

upholds him mightily.
23 I have been young, and ow am old ;

yet have I never seen
The just man left, nor that his seed

for bread have beggars been. 26 He's ever merciful, and lends :

his seed is blest therefore. 27 Depart from evil, and do good,

and dwell for evermore. 29 For God loves judgment, and his saints

leaves not in any case ;
They are kept ever : but' cut off

shall be the sinner's race.
29 The just inherit shall the land,

and ever in it dwell. 30 The just man's mouth doth wisdom speak: I his tongue doth judgment tell. 31 In's heart the law is of his God,

his steps slide not away. 32 The wicked man doth watch the the just:

. and seeketh him to slay:. 33 Yet him the Lord will not forsake,

nor leave him in his hands : , The right’ous will he not condemn,

when he in judgment stands.
3+ Wait on the Lord, and keep his way,

and thee exalt shall he
Th' earth to inherit, when cut off

the wicked thou shalt see.
35 I saw the wicked great in pow'r,

spread like a green bay-tree. 36 He past, yea, was not: him I sough but found he could not be..

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