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deliverance, ver. 1-8. (2) His sad complaints of inward grief, bodily weakness, unkindness of friends, unjust censures of enemies, and horror of death ; attended with a solemn commitment of himself to God's mercy and care, and earnest supplication for deliverance from enemies ver. 9-18. (3) Ainidst admiration of God's kindness to his people, and thanksgiving for favours to himself, he encourageth himself and others firmly to trust in God, ver. 19-24.

While I sing let me be deeply affected with my sores, my maladies, and troubles; and cast all my burdens on the Lord. In the assured faith that he is God, even my. God, let me admire his gracious thoughts, words and deeds to me-ward; and commit myself wholly to his care and protection. TN thee, O Lord, I put my trust,

sham'd let me never be : According to thy righteousness,

do thou deliver me.
2 Bow down thine ear to me with speed,

send me deliverance :
To save me my strong rock be thou,

and my house of defence.
3 Because thou art my rock, and thee.

I for my fortress take : .
Therefore do thou me lead and guide,

ev’n for thine own name's sake.
4 And sith thou art my strength, therefore

pull me out of the net, Which they in subtilty for me

so privily have set.
5 Into thine hands I do commit

my sp’rit, for thou art he,
O thou JEHOVAH, God of truth,

that hast redeemed me.
- 6 Those that do lying vanities.

regard, I have abhorr'd :

But as for me, my confidence

is fixed on the Lord.
I'll in thy mercy gladly joy:

for thou my miseries
Consider'd hast; thou hast my soul

known in adversities :
8 And thou hast not inclosed me

within the en’my's hand;
And by thee have my feet been made

In a large room to stand.
9 O Lord, upon me mercy have,

for trouble is on me :
Mine eye, my belly, and my soul, .

with grief consumed be.
10 Because my life with grief is spent,

my years with sighs and groans : My strength doth fail; and for my sin

consumed are my bones. . A1 I was a scorn to all my foes,

and to my friends a fear;
And specially reproach'd of those

that were my neighbours near : When they me saw, they from me fled. 12 Ev’n so I am forgot, As men are out of mind when dead :

I'm like a broken pot. 13 For slanders I of many heard,

fear compass'd me, while they · Against me did consult and plot,

to take my life away.
14 But as for me, O Lord, my trust

upon thee I did lay;
And I to thee, thou art my God,

did confidently say.


15 My times are w holly in thine hands

do thou deliver me
From their hands, that mine enemies

and persecutors be.
16 Thy countenance to shine do thou

upon thy servant make : Unto me give salvation,

for thy great mercies' sake.
17 Let me not be asham’d, O Lord,

for on thee call’d I have :
Let wicked men be sham’d, let them

be silent in the grave.
18 To silence put the lying lips,

that grievous things do say,
And hard reports in pride and scorn,

on righteous men do lay.
19 How great's the goodness thou for them

that fear thee keep’st in store ; And wrought'st for them that trust in thee

the sons of men before! 20 In secret of thy presence, thou

shalt hide them from man's pride : From strife of tongues thoų closely shalt,

as in a tent them hide.
21 All praise and thanks be to the Lord :

for he hath magnified
His wondrous love to me, within

a city fortified.
22 For from thine eyes cut off I am,

(I in my haste had said,) My voice yet heard'st thou, when to thee

with críes my moan I made. 23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints;

because the Lord doth guard

The faithful, and he plenteously

proud doers doth reward.
24 Be of good courage, and he strength

unto your heart shall send.
All ye whose hope and confidence

doth on the Lord depend.


A Psalm of DAVID. MASCHIL. Perhaps this Psalm was composed for the great day of the national atonement, on the tenth day of the seventh month; Lev. xvi. In it observe (1) the exceeding riches of the grace of God, manifested in blessing men with forgiveness of sin, and with protection amidst dangers, and direction in duty ; ver. 1, 2, 7, 8. (2) The indispensable duty of them who desire new covenant blessings; viz. to acknowledge their offences to God; to implore his favour, which they need ; to walk humbly and circumspectly before hin, and to rejoice in him as God and their God; ver. 3-6.9-1l.

While I am truly conscious of my sinfulness, and deeply affected therewith, let the faith and experience of Jesus' full pardon of my sins, and of the communications of his grace, melt my heart, and animate me to every commanded duty. .

Blessed is the man, to whom
V is freely pardoned
All the transgression he hath done,

Whose sin is covered.
2 Bless'd is the man to whom the Lord

imputeth not his sin,
And in whose sp’rit there is no guile,

nor fraud is found therein.
3 When as I did refrain my speech,

and silent was my tongue;

My bones then waxed old, because !

I roared all day long. 4 For upon me, both day and night,

thine hand did heavy lie ; So that my moisture turne: is

in summer's drought thereby. 5 I thereupon have unto thee

my sin acknowledged,
And likewise mine iniquity

I have not covered :
I will confess unto the Lord

my tresspasses, said I;
And of my sin thou freely didst

forgive th’ iniquity.
6 For this shall ev'ry godly one

his prayer make to thee;
In such a time he shall thee seek,

as found thou mayest be.
Surely, when floods of waters great

do swell up to the brim,
They shall not overwhelm his soul,

nor once come near to him.
y Thou art my hiding place, thou shalt

from trouble keep me free : Thou with songs of deliverance

about shalt compass me. 8 I will instruct thee, and thee teach

the way that thou shalt go ; And, with mine eye upon thee set,

I will direction show. . 9 Then be not like the horse, or mule,

which do not understand ; Whose mouth, lest they come near to thee,

a bridle must command.

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