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But while the meat was in their mouths,

which they did so require,
31 God's wrath upon them came, and slew

the fattest of them all ;
So that the choice of Israel,

o’erthrown by death did fall. 32 Yet notwithstanding of all this,

they sinned still the more ; And though he had great wonders wrought

believ'd him not therefore. 33 Wherefore their days in vanity

he did consume and waste ; And by his wrath their wretched years · away in trouble past. 34 But when he slew them, then they did ,

to seek him shew desire ;
Yea, they return'd, and after God,

right early did enquire.
33 And that the Lord had been their rock

they did remember then ;
Ev’n that the high Almighty God,

had their redeemer been.
36 Yet with their mouth they flatter'd him,

and spake but feignedly; And they unto the God of truth

with their false tongues did lie. 37 For tho’ their words were good, their heart

with him was not sincere : Unstedfast and perfidious

they in his cov’nant were. 38 But, full of pity, he forgave

their sin, them did not slay;
Nor stirr'd up all his wrath, but oft

his anger turn'd away.

39 For that they were but fading flesh

to mind he did recall; : A wind that passeth soon away,

and not returns at all.
40 How often did they him provoke

within the wilderness ;
And in the desert him did grieve

with their rebelliousness ?
41 Yea, turning back, they tempted God,

and limits set upon
Him, who in the midst of Isr'el is

the only holy One.
42 They did not call to mind his pow'r,

nor yet the day when he
Deliver'd them out of the hand .

of their fierce enemy.
43 Nor how great signs in Egypt land

he openly had wrought ; What miracles in Zoan’s field

his hand to pass had brought. 44 How lakes and rivers every where

he turned into blood :
So that no man nor beast could drink

of standing lake or flood. 45 He brought among them swarms of flies

which did them sore annoy ; And divers kinds of filthy frogs • he sent them to destroy 16 He to the caterpillar gave

the fruits of all their soil ; Their labours he deliver'd up

unto the locusts' spoil. 47 Their vines with hail, their sycamores.

he with the frost did blast,

48 Their beasts to hail he gave, their flocks

hot thunder-bolts did waste. 49 Fierce burning wrath he on them cast,

and indignation strong,
And troubles sore, by sending forth

ill angels them among. 50 He to his wrath made way : their soul

from death he did not save; But over to the pestilence

the lives of them he gave. 51 In Egypt land the first-born all

he smote down every where ; Among the tents of Ham, ev’n these : chief of their strength that were. 52 But his own people like to sheep,

thence to go forth he made ; And, he amidst the wilderness,

them, as a flock, did lead. 53 And he them safely on did lead,

so that they did not fear : Whereas their en’mies by the sea

quite overwhelmed were. 64 To borders of his sanctuary

the Lord his people led, Ev’n to the mount, which his right hand

for them had purchased. 55 The nations of Canaan,

by his almighty hand, Before their face he did expel

out of their native land :
Which for inheritance to them

by line he did divide,
And made the tribes of Israel

within their tents abide,

56 Yet God most high they did provoke,

and tempted ever still,
And to obserye his testimonies

did not incline their will.
57 But like their fathers turned back,

and dealt unfaithfully : Aside they turned, like a bow

· that shoots deceitfully. 58 For they to anger did provoke

him with their places high ; And with their graven images

mov'd him to jealousy. 59 When God heard this, he waxed wroth,

and much loth'd Isr’el then : 60 So Shiloh's tent he left, the tent

which he had plac'd with men : 61 And he his strength delivered

into captivity :
He left his glory in the hand

of his proud enemy.
62 His people also he gave o'er

unto the sword's fierce rage : So sore his wrath inflamed was

against his heritage. 63 The fire consum’d their choice young men;

their maids no marriage had : 64 And when their priests fell by the sword,

their wives no mourning made. 65 But then the Lord arose, as one

that doth from sleep awake; And like a giant, that by winé

refresh'd, a shout doth make, 66 Upon his en’mies' hinder parts

he made his stroke to fall,

s, unto the also heemy.

And so upon them he did put

a shame perpetual. 67 Moreover, he the tabernacle

of Joseph did refuse ; . The mighty tribe of Ephraim

he would in no wise chuse.
68 But he did chuse Jehudah’s tribe

. to be the rest above;
And of mount Zion he made choice,

which he so much did love. 69 And he his sanctuary built

like to a palace high :
Like to the earth which he did found

to perpetuity
70 Of David, that his servant was,

he also choice did make;
And even from the folds of sheep,

71 From pleased him to tos of sheep,

71 From waiting on the ewes with youngs

he brought him forth to feed Israel his inheritance,

his people, Jacob's seed, 172 So after the integrity

he of his heart them fed ;
And by the good skill of his hands
them wisely governed.


A Psalm of ASAPH. This Psalm relates to the havock made of the Jewish capital and nation, by the Chaldeaps and Syro-grecians, as typical of the afflictions of the gospel church. Observe, (1) How deplorable the condition of these people of God was, when their enemies raged against their

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