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PSALM XXV. To ascertain the meaning of this Pfalm, as attempted in the paraphrase, and applied as spoken in the person of Christ, (for the whole thereof is spoken in one person), the candid inquirer will carefully consider not only the Píalm itself, but also the parallels, and, of thefe, particularly Pfalnis 1xxxvi. and cxlii.
The Man who never lifted up
His foul to any vanity;
Who never stooped to raise a lie;
I bough sin indeed he never knew;
In mediation, here we view! "To thee my clevated foul,
Jehovah, takes hers heav'nly flight;
And sings thy praise with sweet delight 2 My God, my God, in thee I hope;
Let not my hope be put to shame,
And basely flur thy holy name:
If I and mine were counted vile,
Unblessed with thy gracious smile! 3 But well I know, my faints with me
Shall ne'er be cover'd o'er with fhame,
And take our refuge in thy name,
Who, with abominable guile,
And meditate a purpose vile !:
4 Thy ways, Jehovah, make me know;
Thy footsteps cause my soul to keep : 5 Then, by thy truth, I'll boldly go :
Thy truth shall never cause me weep. Thou art my God; direct my way,
And cause me thy salvation see; For I have reckon'd night and day,
Till I shall come and dwell with thee. 6 Thy mercies, Lord, remember thou,
Thy mercies that have been of old; And, all my sins cancelled now,
No more the former things unfold. 7 My children have tranfgress'd thy law;
But thou hast laid their fins on me: My righteousness, without a flaw,
Peform’d for them, Jehovah, fee: According to thy tender love
Remember me, thy servant dear; And let thy Surety clearly prove,
His clients from the debt are clear. 8 How good and upright is the Lord ! The Ginners he will teach his
ways 9 He'll lead the humble by his word:
The humble hear what he will say. 10 Jehovah's paths are pure and plain;
Jehovah's teftimonies all
That can upon my spirit fall. 1. I'll keep thy holy covenant ;
Aad, underneath my heavy load Of în and forrow, when I pant,
I'll claim thy justice, O my God:
When mine iniquities so great,
12 Who, who is this that fears the Lord ?
That reckons so upon his love?
And pleads that he shall never move?
The way that his own soul thall chuse; 13 His foul shall dwell beyond the reach
Of mischiefs which his en'mies muse:
The earth and all therein is theirs;
For they are God's eternal heirs. 14 The secret of Jehovah dwells
With those who do Jehovah fear;
To those his love in mind who bear. 15 Jehovah's always in mine eye,
Because imy foul Jehovah frees
And makes them feem a gentle breeze. 16 I cry'd, Have mercy; I'm undone
Unless the Lord bis mercy shew; Have mercy, Father, on thy Son,
And thew me now thy mercy due: 17 The forrows of my heart abound,
And thousands more my heart await; My soul is dalh'd down to the ground,
And overpress'd with anguish great: 18 Let all my fins be wasn'd away,
And, with my blood, my forrows go; For those who hate me boldly say,
He falls, and fhall no rifing know. 19 My God preserve thy darling One,
And pluck me from the fiery flame; 20 When these confusion's all are gone,
That I may glory in thy name.
21 Perfection pure, and innocence,
Jehovah, thou wilt not refuse;
I come, my God, to pay my vows. 22 Let Isra'l all in triumph sing,
And Zion found aloud her joys;
Let Zion in her King rejoice.
Who bruis'd for us the serpent's head,
By bringing Jesus from the dead!.
PS A L M XXVI. Read this Pfalm in the light of the glorious gospel; behold the glory of God as it thines in the face of Jesus; consider the parallels as cited in the margin, and those mentioned in the illustration of the first Pfalm ; and then judge for thyself as to the propriety of the interpretation proposed in the following paraphrase. It concerns the reader thereof to be in the right, as much as the writer.
Meffiah pleads bis innocence
Behold, I have perform'd my vow :
2 Jehovah, lift me, Gft me well,
If any evil with me dwell;
If any cursed thing fhall flow.
According to thy holy word;
Thy loving kindness in mine eye. 4 I have not fat with perfons vain,
Nor own'd the lewd licentious train: 5
I hate th' afsemblies of the vile,
And fcorn to eat with men of guile. 6 I'll wala mine hands in innocence,
And claim thy noblest recompence;
And triumph in my juft reward. 7 Lord, I will all thy glory tell,
And on thy name for ever dwell; I'll lift aloud the voice of praise,
For thou accepteft all my ways. 8 Lord, I have lov'd thy dwelling-place,
The mansions of thy love and grace;
That I may all thy glory tell.
Nor shall be th their fentence ftupn'd: 10 Their hands are full of evil deeds,
For which my grieved fpirit bleeds. 11 Thou feeft the service I have done,
Let perfect love reward thy Son;
With thee my cause I'll safely lodge : 12 For I have walk'd in perfect love,
And therefore never shall remove;