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20 According to my righteousness,

he did me recompense ; He me repaid according to

my hands' pure innocence. 21 For I God's ways kept, from my God

did not turn wickedly. 22 His judgments were before me, I

his laws put not from me. 23 Sincere before him was my heart,

with him upright was I, And watchfully I kept myself

from mine iniquity.
24 After my righteousness the Lord

hath recompensed me,
After the cleanness of my hands

appearing in his eye.
25 Thou gracious to the gracious art,

to upright men upright. 26 Pure to the pure, froward thou kyth'st

unto the froward wig'it.
27 For thou wilt the afflicted save,

in grief that low do lie :
But will bring down the countenance

of them whose looks are high. 28 The Lord will light my candle so, . that it shall shine full bright : The Lord my God will also make

my darkness to be light. ' 29 By thiee through troops of men I break,

and them discomfit all :
And, by my God assisting ine,

I overleap a wall.
30 Ås for God, perfect is his way:

the Lord his word is try'd :

- He is a buckler to all those

who do in him confide. 31 Who but the Lord is God ? but he

who is a rock and stay? 32 'Tis God that girdeth me with strength,

and perfect makes my way. 33 He made my feet swift as the hind's,

set me on my high places. 3+ Mine hands to war he taught, mine arms,

brake bows of steel in pieces. 33 The shield of my salvation

Thou didst on me bestow :
Thy right hand held me up, and great

thy kindness made me grow.
36 And in my way my steps thou hast

enlarged under me;
That I go safely, and my feet

· are kept from sliding free. B7 mine en’mies I pursued have,

. and did them overtake : Nor did I turn again, till I

an end of them did make. 38 I wounded them, they could not rise ;

. they at my feet did fall. 39 Thou girdest me with strength for war :

my foes thou brought'st down all. 40 And thou hast given to me the necks

of all mine enemies :
That I might them destroy and slay

who did against me rise.
41 They cried out, but there was none

that would or could them save : Yea, they did cry unto the Lord, but he no answer gave.


42 Then did I beat them small as dus;

before the wind that flies :
And I did cast them out like dirt

upon the street that lies. 43 Thou mad'st me free from people's strife,

and heathen's head to be :
A people whom I have not known,

shall service do to me.
44 At hearing they shall me obey;

to me they shall submit. 45 Strangers for fear shall fade away,

who in close places sit. 46 God lives, bless'd be my rock: the God

of my health praised be. 47 God doth avenge me, and subdues

the people under me.
43 He saves me from mine enemies :

yea, thou hast lifted me
Above my foes : and from the man

of vi’lence set me free.
49 Therefore to thee will I give thanks

the heathen folk among :
And to thy name, O Lord, I will

sing praises in a song.
50 He great deliverance gives his king:

he mercy doth extend
To David, his anointed one,

and his seed without end.


To the chie, Musiciun. A Psalm of David. Now the books of God were opened, not for my trial and condemnation in the last judgment, but for my in$?!!ction. Let my soul look and read therein. (1) The book of creation and providence, in which all the works of God instruct mankind in general, concerning the eternal wisdom, power and goodness, of their Maker, ver. 1-6. (2) The book of inspiration, the sure, the right, the pure, the true, the perfect and powerful ora. cles of which instruct, convert, comfort, and warm the members of the church ; and in keeping of which there is an exceeding great and everlasting reward of glory obtained, ver. 7-11. (3) What conviction of sin! What supplication for pardon of it, and preservation from it ; and for the acceptance of our duties through Jesus'blood, doth or ought to ensue upon a proper perusal of these volumes of heaven, ver. 12-14.

While I sing these matters, let me, conscious of my own ignorance and folly, in all things consult the mind of God. Let me blush that my experience of the powerful influences of God's word is so scanty; and that in me, still dwell such fearful remains of sinful corruption : Let me cry mightily to God, for the subduing and destruction thereof. THE heav'ns God's glory do declare :

I the skies his hand-works preach. 2. Day utters speech to day, and night

to night doth knowledge teach. 3 There is no speech, nor tongue, to which

their voice doth not extend. 4 Their line is gone through all the earth,

their words to the world's end. In them he set the sun a tent, 5 Who bridegroom-like forth goes From's chamber, as a strong man doth,

to run his race, rejoice.
6 From heav'n's end is his going forth,

circling to th’ end again :
And there is nothing from his heat -

that hidden doth remain.
Y Gol's law is perfect, and converts

the soul in sin that lies :

God's testimony is most sure,

and makes the simple wise.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right,

and do rejoice the heart :
The Lord's command is pure, and dotti

light to the eyes impart.
9 Unspotted is the fear of God,

and doth endure for ever :
The judgments of the Lord are true

and righteous altogether. 10 They more than gold, yea, much fine gold,

to be desired are :
Than honey, honey from the comb

that droppeth, sweeter far.
11 Moreover, they thy servant warn

how he his life should frame : A great reward provided is

for them that keep the same. 12 Who can his errors understand ?

O cleanse thou me within 13 From secret faults. Thy servant keep

from all presumptuous sin;
And do not suffer them to have

dominion over me :
Then righteous and innocent

I from much sin shall be. 14 The words which from my mouth proceed;

the thoughts sent from my heart, Accept, O Lord; for thou my strength

and my redeemer art.


To the chief Musician. A Psalm of DAVID. Probably this Psalm was composed to be a prayer for

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