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Hear when I call to thee; that day .

An answer speedily return. 3 My days like smoke consume away, . And, as an hearth, my bones do burn. 4 My heart is wounded very sore,

And withered, like grass, doth fade :
I am forgetful grown therefore

To take and eat my daily bread. 5 By reason of my smart within,

And voice of my most grievous groans, My flesh consumed is; my skin

All parch’d, doth cleave unto my bones 6 The pelican of wilderness,

The owl in desart, I do match :
hy And, sparrow-like, companionless,

Upon the house's top I watch.
8 I all day long am made a scorn,
Reproach'd by my malicious foes :
The mad men are against me sworn,

The men against me that arose. 9 For I have ashes eaten up,

To me as if they had been bread;
And with my drink, I in my cup,

Of bitter tears, a mixture made. 10 Because thy wrath was not appeas'd,

And dreadful indignation :
Therefore it was that thou me rais’d,

And thou again didst cast me down. 11 My days are like a shade alway,

Which doth declining swiftly pass :
And I am withered away, -:

Much like unto the fading grass. 12 But thou, O Lord, shalt stiil endure, From change and all mutation free ;

And to all generations sure

Shall thy remembrance ever be. 13 Thou slialt arise, and mercy yet

Thou to mount Zion shalt extend :
Her time for favour which was set,

Behold is now come to an end.
1+ Thy saints take pleasure in her stones;

Her very dust to them is dear.' 15 All heathen lands and kingly thrones,

On earth, thy glorious name shall fear.. 16 God in his glory shall appear,

When Zion he builds and repairs. 47 He shall regard and lend his ear,

Unto the needy's humble pray’rs.

Th’ afflicted's pray’r he will not scorn. 18 All times this shall be on record ;

And generations yet unborn

Shall praise and magnify the Lord. 19 He from his holy place look'd down;

The earth he view'd from heav'n on high 20 To hear the pris’ner's mourning groan,

And free them that are doom'd to die : 21 That Zion and Jerus’lem too,

His name and praise may well record : 2 When people, and the kingdoms do

Assemble all to praise the Lord. 23 My strength he weaken'd in the way;

My days of life he shortened. 2+ My God, O take me not away . In mid-time of my days, I said :

Thy years throughout all ages last. 35 Of old thou hast established

The earth’s foundation firm and fast :
Thy mighty hands the heav'ns have made,

26 They perish shall, as garments do :

But thou shalt evermore endure :
. As vestures thou shalt change them so,

And they shall all be changed sure.
27 But from all changes thou art free;

Thy endless years do last for aye.
28 Thy servants and their seed who be,
Establish'd shall before thee stay.


A Psalm of David. Here, (1) The Psalmist earnestly stirs up himself to praise God, for favours to himself in particular; for pardon of sins, healing of diseases, redemption from death ; ver. 1--5. and for his mercies to his people, in revealing his mind to them ; pardoning their sins; sympathizing with their weakness; pitying their afflictions; and perpetuating his new covenant mercy towards them and their seed; ver. 6-18. (2) Conscious of his own insufficiency, he requests the assistan ce of angels, and of all the works of God to praise Him who is their Sovereign ; ver. 19_22.

Thus, my soul, let all my inward powers be stirred up to praise and thank my Redeemer, for all that he hath done for me, and for his church on earth.

THOU my soul, bless God the Lord;

and all that in me is,
Be stirred up, his holy name

to magnify and bless.
2 Bless, ő my soul, the Lord thy God,

and not forgetful be
Of all his gracious benefits

he hath bestow'd on thee.
3 All thine iniquities who doth

most graciously forgive ; Who thy diseases all and pains

doth heal, and thee relieve.

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4 Who doth redeem thy life, that thod

to death may'st not go down :: Who thee with loving-kindness doth

and tender mercies crown. 5 Who with abundance of good things,

doth satisfy thy mouth :
So that, ev'n as the eagle’s age,

renewed is thy youth.
6 God righteous judgment executes

for all oppressed ones. p His way to Moses, he his acts .

made known to Isr'el's sons. 8 The Lord our God is merciful,

and he is gracious ; Long-suffering, and slow to wrath,

in mercy plenteous. g He will not chide continually,

nor keep his anger still. 10 With us he dealt not as we sinn'd,

nor did requite our ill. 11 For as the heaven in its height

the earth surmounteth far : . So great to those that do him fear

his tender mercies are. 12 As far as east is distant from

the west, so far hath he From us removed, in his love,

all our iniquity.
13 Such pity as a father hath

unto his children dear :
Like pity shews the Lord to such

as worship him in fear.
14 For he remembers we are dust,

and he our frame well knows.

12 Sucb pits children dearn to such

15 Frail man, his days are like the grass,

as flow'r in field he grows.
16 For over it the wind doth pass,

and it away is gone;
And of the place where once it was

it shall no more be known.
17 But unto them that do him icar •

God's mercy never ends;
And to their children's children still

, his righteousness extends.
18 To such as keep his covenant,

and mindful are alway
Of his most just cominandements,

that he may them obey.
19 The Lord prepared hath his throng

in heavens firm to stand : And ev'ry thing that being hath

his kingdom doth command. . 20 O ye his angels, that excel

in strength, bless ye the Lord ;
Ye who obey what he commands, i

and hearken to his word.
21 O bless and magnify the Lord,

ye glorious hosts of his; Ye ministers, that do fulfil

whate'er his pleasure is. 22 O bless the Lord, all ye his works,

wherewith the world is stor'd In his dominions every where :

my soul, bless thou the Lord.


This Psalm was perhaps composed along with the preceding one ; and contains, (1) High celebrations of God,

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