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: Sith waters of so full a cup
to these are poured out. 11 And thus they say, how can it be
that God these things doth know? Or, can there in the Highest be
knowledge of things below ? 12 Behold, these are the wicked ones,
yet prosper at their will In wordly things; they do increase
in wealth and riches still 13 I verily have done in vain
my heart to purify; . To no effect in innocence
washed my hands have I. 14 For daily, and all day throughout,
great plagues I suffer'd have ; Yea, ev'ry morning I of new
did chastisement receive. 15 If in this manner foolishly
to speak I would intend, Thy children's generation,
behold, I should offend. 16. When I this thought to know, it was
too hard a thing for me ; 17 Till to God's sanctuary I went,
then I their end did see.
a slippery place upon ; .
to ruin brought are they? With fearful terrors utterly
they are consum'd away,
20 Ev'n like unto a dream, when one
from sleeping doth arise ; So thou, O Lord, when thou awak'st
their image shalt despise. 21 Thus grieved was my heart in me,
and me my reins opprest; 22 So rude was I and ignorant,
and in thy sight a beast. 23 Nevertheless continually,
O Lord, I am with thee :
and still upholdest me.. 24 Thou with thy council, while I live,
wilt me conduct and guide ; And to thy glory afterward
receive me to abide.
but thee, O Lord, alone ?
besides thee, there is none. 26 My flesh and heart doth faint and fail,
but God doth fail me never :: For of my heart God is the strength,
and portion for ever.
for ever perish shall;
thou hast destroyed all.
that I draw near to God:
I may declare abroad,
25 wreceively glory strand guide. I live,
Maschil of Asaph. This Psalm relates to the destruction of the city and temple of Jerusalem by the. Chaldeans, or to some simifar disaster. In it we have, (1) the church's bitter complaints of God's displeasure ; of the outrage of their enemies; and of the apparent hopelessness of their case ; ver. I-II. (2) Strong and heart-encouraging plead. ings, with God, upon the account of his relation to them, and of the great things he had done for them, and that he was at once their God and the God of nature ; that therefore he would remember to execute just vengeance upon his sworn enemies, and grant help and relief to his covenant people ; ver. 12-23.
While I sing this, let me admire the sovereignty and holiness of God, in so severely correcting his own peo. ple. And let the broken the deserted condition of the church, in this land, deeply affect my heart, and excite my earnest prayers for her restoration,
GOD, why hast thou cast us off ?
thine anger smoke so sore ? 2 O call to thy rememberance
thy congregation, Which thou hast purchased of old.:
still think the same upon : The rod of thine inheritance,
which thou redeemed hast; This Zion hill, wherein thou had'st
thy dwelling in times past. 3 To these long desolations
thy feet lift, do not tarry : For all the ills thy foes have done
within thy sanctuary,
4 Amidst thy congregations,
thine enemies do roar :.
of triumph thee before.
in estimation, According as he lifted up
his axe thick trees upon.
and hammers they go to, .
they break, and quite undo. ✓ They fired have thy sanctuary,
and have defild the same,
the place where dwelt thy name.
destroy them out of hand :
of God within the land.
there is not us among
that knows the time how long.
thus in reproach exclaim ? And shall the adversary thus
always blaspheme thy name ? 11 Thy hand, evin thy right hand of might,
why dost thou thus draw back ? . Ofrom thy bosom pluck it out,
for our deliv'rance sake. 12 For certainly God is my king,
ev'n from the times of old,
Working in midst of all the earth
salvation manifold. 13 The sea, by thy great pow'r, to part
asunder thou didst make: And thou the dragons' heads, O Lord,
within the waters brake. . 14 The leviathans' heads thou brak'st
in pieces, and didst give Him to be meat unto the folk
in wilderness that live. 15 Thou clav'st the fountain and the flood,
which did with streams abound : Thou dry’dst the mighty waters up,
unto the very ground.
thine also is the night :
the sun and shining light.
were settled ev'ry where :
by thee created were.
O keep it in record ;
blasphem'd thy name, O Lord. 19 Unto the multitude do not
thy turtle's soul deliver : The congregation of thy poor,
do not forget for ever. 20 Unto thy cov’nant have respect :
for earth's dark places be Full of the habitations
of horrid cruelty.