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TORD, bless and pity us,

shine on us with thy face : 2 That th’ earth thy way, and nations all

may know thy saving grace. 3 Let people praise thee, Lord,

Let people all thee praise. 4 O let the nations be glad,

in songs their voices raise. Thou'lt justly people judge,

on earth rule nations all. 5 Let people praise thee, Lord, let them

praise thee, both great and small. 6 The earth her fruit shall yield,

our God shall blessing send. thy God shall us bless, men shall him fear,

unto earth’s utmost end.

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SECOND VERSION.
T ORD, unto us be merciful,

A do thou us also bless :
And graciously cause shine on us

the brightness of thy face.
2 That so thy way upon the earth,

to all men may be known;
Also among the nations all

thy saving health be shown,
3 O let the people praise thee, Lord,

let people all thee praise.
4 O let the nations be glad,

and sing for joy always :
For rightly thou shalt people judge,

and nations rule on earth.
5 Let people praise thee, Lord, let all

the folk praise thee with mirth.

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6 Then shall the earth yield her increase,

God, our God, bless us shall. hy God shall us bless, and of the earth

the ends shall fear him all.

PSALM LXVIII.

To the chief Musician. A Psalm or Song of DAVID.

Perhaps this Psalm was composed on the same occasion as the 24th and 47th, when David brought up the ark of God to that tabernacle, which he had pitched for it in Zion; 2 Sam. vi. We have in it, (1) Fervent supplications that God would scatter and defeat the projects of his enemies ; ver. 1, 2. (2) High praises to him for his infinite greatness and grace ; his righteous relieving of the afflicted and oppressed; his directing of Israel in the Arabian desert; his manifesting of his glory at Sinai; his comfortable providing for his people in the wilderness, and in Canaan, ver. 3—10. And for the easy conquest of their Canaanitish enemies; his fixing his temple on mount Zion ; for the ascension of Christ to glory, to receive gifts for men; and for the spread of the gospel among Jews and Gentiles, by means of the apostles; while the obstinate Jews are severely punished ; ver. 11-32. and, in fine, for his superior dominion ; his awful majesty ; his mighty power; for the glory of his sanctuary, and the grâce he bestows upon his people; ver. 33–35.

While I sing, let me behold, let me admire, what God is, and hath done for, and to my soul, and to the church of God, of which I am a member. Let me behold what God hath done, in instances unnumbered, in prosecution of the covenant he made with his eternal Son

T ET GOD arise, and scattered

let all his en’mies be: And let all those that do him hate

before his presence flee. 2 As smoke is driv’n, so drive thou them;

as fire melts wax away,

Before God's face let wicked men

so perish and decay. 3 But let the righteous be glad,

let them before God's sight Be very joyful ; yea, let them

rejoice with all their might. 4 To God sing, to his name sing praise:

extol him with your voice, That rides on heav'n by his name JAH,

before his face rejoice. 5 Because the Lord a father is

unto the fatherless : God is the widow's judge within

his place of holiness.
6. God doth the solitary set

in fam’lies : and from bands
The chain'd doth free; but rebels do

inhabit parched lands.
O God, what time thou didst go fortle

before thy people's face ;
And when through the great wilderness

thy glorious marching was ; 8 Then at God's presence shook the earth,

then drops from heaven fell ;
This Sinai shook before the Lord, .

the God of Israel.
9 O God, thou to thine heritage

didst send a plenteous rain ; Whereby thou, when it weary was,

didst it refresh again.
10 Thy congregation then did make

their habitation there :
Of thine own goodness for the poor,

O God, thou didst prepare.

o God, wond a plenon it wears

11 The Lord himself did give the word,

the word abroad did spread ; Great was the company of them

the same who published.
12 Kings of great armies foiled were,

and forc'd to flee away;
And women, who remain’d at home,

did distribute the prey.
13 Though ye have lain among the pots,

like doves ye shall appear, Whose wings with silver, and with gold

whose feathers cover'd are. 1+ When there the Almighty scatter'd kings,

like Salmon's snow 'twas white... 15 God's hill is like to Bashan hill,

like Bashan hill for height. 16 Why do ye leap, ye mountains high ?

this is the hill where God Desires to dwell; yea, God in it

for aye will make abode. 17 God's chariots twenty thousand are,

thousands of angels strong; In's holy place God is, as in

mount Sinai, them among.
18 Thou hast, O Lord, most glorious

ascended up on high ;
And, in triumph victorious, led

captive captivity :
Thou hast received gifts for men,

for such as did rebel;
Yea, ev’n for them that God the Lord

in midst of them might dwell. 19 Blest be the Lord, who is to us

of our salvation God,

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Who daily with his benefits

us plenteously doth load. 20 He of salvation is the God,

who is our God most strong'; And unto God the Lord from death

the issues do belong. 21 But surely God shall wound the head

of those that are his foes ;
The hairy scalp of him that still

on in his trespass goes.
22 God said, my people I will bring

again from Bashan hill; Yea, from the sea's devouring depths

them bring again I will; 23 That in the blood of enemies : ; thy foot imbru'd may be;

And of thy dogs dipt in the same

the tongues thou mayest seé. 2+ Thy goings they have seen, o God,

the steps of majesty,
Of my God, and my mighty King,

within the sanctuary...
25 Before went singers, players next

on instruments took way;
And them among the damsels were

that did on timbrels play. 26 Within the congregations

bless God with one accord; From Isr’el's fountain do ye bless

and praise the mighty Lord.
27 With their prinee little Benjamin,

princes and counsel there
Of Judah were, there Zebulon's

and Napht’li's princes were.

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