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His ways they always grevious are;

thy judgments from his sight Removed are : at all his foes

he puffeth with despite. 6 Within his heart he thus hath said,

I shall not moved be; And no adversity at all

shall ever come to me. His mouth with cursing, fraud, deceit,

is fill'd abundantly :
And underneath his tongue there is

mischief and vanity.
8 He closely sits in villages :

he slays the innocenti Against the poor, that pass him by,

· his cruel eyes are bent. ' 9 He, lion-like, lurks in his den: - he waits the poor to take : And when he draws him in his net

his prey he doth him make. 10 Himself he humbleth very low,

he croucheth down withal, That so a multitude of poor,

“ may by his strong ones fall. 11 He thus hath said within his heart,

the Lord hath quite forgot : ? He hides his countenance, and he i forever sees it not. 12 O Lord, do thou arise ; O God,

lift up thine hand on high : Put not the meek afflicted ones

out of thy memory. ' 13 Why is it that the wicked man

thus doth the Lord despise

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Because, that God will it require,

he in his heart denies.
14 Thou hast it seen, for their mischief,

and spight thou wilt repay :
The poor commits himself to thee,

thou art the orphans' stay.
15 The arm break of the wicked man,

and of the evil one :
Do thou seek out his wickedness,

until thou findest none.
16 The Lord is king through ages all,

ev’n to eternity :
The heathen people from his land

are perish'd utterly.
17 O Lord, of those that humble are

thou the desire did'st hear :
Thou wilt prepare their heart, and thon

to hear wilt bend thine ear.
18 To judge the fatherless, and those

that are oppressed sore ;
That man, that is but sprung of earth,
may them oppress no more,

PSALM XI. To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Behold here (1) David, tempted by his timerous friends to escape to some mountain, and hide himself from the fury of Saul, or of Absalom, as if that were his only safe course now, when his enemies were exerting themselves to the uttermost, and all things were in disorder and confusion, ver. 1-3. (2) David baffling the temptation by a resolute profession of his trust in God, as the observer of all men; as the holy and righteous punisher of the wicked, and friend of the godly, ver. 4—7.

Let no temptation decoy me from my duty. Let no

danger deter me from it." While JEHOVAX, my reconciled God and Father, manageth and judgeth the world, my safest course is to commit myself to him in well doing. Let the just vengeance of God upon sinners detor: my heart from sinning, and his kindness to his people entcourage me to holiness in all manner of conversation.

T IN the Lord do put my trust :

how is it then that ye
Say to my soul, flee as a bird

. unto your mountain high ?
2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow,

their shafts on string they fit : That those who upright are in heart

they privily may hit. 3 If the foundations be destroy'd,

what hath the righteous done ? 4 God in his holy tomple is.

in heaven is his throne : His eyes do see, his eye-lids try õ men's sons. The just he proves : But his soul hates the wicked man,

and him that vi’lence loves. 6 Snares, fire and brimstone, furious storms,

on sinners he shall rain : '
This, as the portion of their cup,

doth unto them pertain.
Because the Lord most righteous doth

in righteousness delight;
- And with a pleasant countenance
beholdeth the upright.

To the chief Musician upon SHEMINITN.

A Psalm of DAVID.
In this psalm, which was probably penned, during the

This, as to them. mostris

reign of Saul, observe, (1) The times rendered extremeJy bad by the almost universal death of the godly, the general decay of piety and honesty, the common prevalence of dissimulation and flattery; and by the proud and daring contempt of God, and oppression of the poor; and by the protection and encouragement of wickedness, by those that bare rule in church or state, ver. 1-4, 8. [2] Enough in God to balance the evils of the worst of times. He is ready to help. He will in due time reckon with the wicked, and restrain their insolence. He will seasonably and effectually relieve his oppressed people. His words are pure, firm and faithful; and he will always secure a remnant for himself, ver. 1-5, 6, 7.

In evil times, do thou my soul, live on thy God. Walk humbly with thy God. Hope continually in thy God and rejoice in his new-covenant promises to men,tome

TTELP, Lord, because the godly man

doth daily fade away; And from among the sons of men

the faithful do decay.
3 Unto his neighbour every one

doth utter vanity :
They with a double heart do speak,

and lips of flattery.
3 God shall cut off all flattring lips,

tongues that speak proudly, thus, 4 We'll with our tongue prevail, our lips

are ours : who's Lord o’er us? 5 For poor oppress’d, and for the sighs

of needy, rise will I, Saith God, and him in safety set

from such as him defy.
6 The words of God are words most pure;

they be like silver try'd
In earthen furnace, seven times

that hath been purify’d.

ng Lord, thou shalt them preserve and keep

for ever from this race. 8 On each side walk the wicked, when

vile men are high in place.


To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Here we have the Psalmist sowing in tears, but reaping in joy. Observe (1) his extreme distress, occasioned by God's apparent unkindness, and by inward anguish of soul, and insolence of enemies, ver. 1, 2. (2) his fervent supplications that God would consider his case, strengthen his faith, direct his goings, and comfort his heart, ver. 3, 4, (3) Sudden deliverance, flowing from a fixed trust in God, and inducing to a triumphant joy in him, ver. 5, 6.

Think, my soul, how divine withdrawments, sensibly perceived, sting a renewed heart! How changeable the saints' spiritual frames are, while they contique in this world. Weeping endures for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. And behold, how quickly the prayers of faith are answered, and its expectations fulfilled! ITOW long'wilt thou forget me, Lord, I shall it for ever be ? O how long shall it be that thou.

wilt hide thy face from me ? 2 How long take council in my soul,

still sad in heart, shall I ? How long exalted over me

shall be mine enemy? 3 O Lord, my God, consider well,

and answer to me make: Mine eyes enlighten, lest the sleep

of death me overtake: 4 Lest that mine enemy should say, against him I prevail'd;


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