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9 He will not alway be chid- place thereof shall know it no ing: neither keepeth he his anger more.
17 But the merciful goodness 10 He hath not dealt with us of the Lord endureth for ever after our sins : nor rewarded us and ever upon them that fear according to our wickednesses.
him : and his righteousness upon 11 For look, how high (u) the children's children; heaven is, in comparison of the 18 Even upon such as keep earth : so great is his mercy also his covenant : and think upon toward them that fear him.
his commandments to do them. 12 Look, how wide also the 19 The Lord hath prepared east is from the west : so far hath his seat in heaven : and his kinghe set our sins from us.
dom ruleth over all. 13 Yea, like as a father pitieth 20 O praise the Lord, ye anhis own children: even so is the gels of his ; ye that excel in Lord merciful unto them that fear strength : ye that fulfil his comhim.
mandment, and hearken unto the 14 For he knoweth whereof | voice of his words. we are made : he remembereth 21 O praise the Lord, all ye that we are but dust.
his hosts : ye servants of his, that 15 The days of man are but do his pleasure. as grass : for he flourisheth as a 22 Ospeak good of the Lord, flower of the field.
all ye works of his, in all places 16 For as soon as the wind of his dominion ; praise thou the goeth over it, it is gone : and the Lord, O my soul.
Lessons for the Twentieth Day of the Month throughout the Year. January 20. February 20. March 20.
April 20. Morn. Gen.xxxviii. Morn. Numb. xxxi. Morn. Judges viii
. Morn. 2 Sam. xii. Matt. xviii.(1)
Acts xvii. Even. Gen. xxxix. Even. Numb.xxxii. Even. Judges ix. Even. 2 Sam. xiii. 1 Cor. ii.
Gal. iii. (2)
1 Pet. iv. (3)
• 7. At thy rebuke they flee : Psalm civ. (x)
at the voice of thy thunder they Praise the Lord, O my soul :
are afraid. O Lord my God, thou art be- 8 They go up as high as the come exceeding glorious, thou hills, and down to the valleys beart clothed with majesty and ho
neath · even
unto the place
which thou hast appointed for nour. 2 Thou deckest thyself with
them. light, as it were with a garment :
9 Thou hast set them their and spreadest out the heavens like bounds (a), which they shall not a curtain.
pass : neither turn again to cover 3 Who layeth the beams of his
the earth. chambers in the waters : and 10 He sendeth his springs (6) maketh the clouds his chariot,
into the rivers : which run among and walketh upon the wings of
the hills. the wind.
11 All beasts of the field 4 He maketh his angels spi.
drink thereof : and the wild asses rits ( y) : and his ministers a quench their thirst. flaming fire.
12 Beside them shall the fowls 5 He laid the foundations of
of the air have their habitation : the earth : that it never should and sing among the branches. move at any time.
13 He watereth the hills from 6 Thou coveredst () it with above (c): the earth is filled with the deep, like as with a garment :
the fruit of thy works. the waters stand in the hills.
14 He bringeth forth grass for
(x) On the wisdom, &c. of God in the formation and regulation of the world, so as to provide for the wants and comforts of all his creatures. Dr. Nichols says of this Psalm, it is one of the most exalted pieces of poetry extant in antiquity. It is one of the Psalms for Whit. sunday.
(g) " His angels spirits, &c.” This may mean," he maketh the wind and air “ his messengers, and a flaming fire his “ minister," using them as instruments to perform his wishes as in Ps. 148. viii.
wind and storm fulfilling his word."
(z) “ Thou coveredst, &c. This perhaps refers to what was the case at the time of the creation, before God issued that command, Gen. i. g. “ Let the “ waters under the heaven be gathered 6 together unto one place, and let the “ dry land appear;" and then we should read, as it is in the Bible translation, “ The waters stood in the hills ;” and the verbs in the two following verses should be in the past tense, fled," " were afraid," and “went.”
(a) “ Their bounds,” &c. In Job Xxxviii. 8. 11. God refers to this as an instance of his power,
“ Who shut up “ the sea with doors, and said hitherto “ shalt thou come, but no further, and “ here shall thy proud waves be stayed." And in Jer. v. 22. he mentions it as a foundation why he should be feared: “ Fear ye not me, saith the Lord? will
ye not tremble at my presence? which “ have placed the sand for the bound of
sea, by a perpetual decree that it cannot pass
: and though the waves “ thereof toss themselves, yet can they “ not prevail : though they roar, yet “ can they not pass over it.”
(6) " His springs,” &c. After pointing out how the great body of water was removed, the Psalmist shews what provision was made for supplying what was necessary for the earth.
(c) “ Above,” i.e. from the clouds. So Ps. cxlvii. 8. it is suggested as a ground for praising God, that he " coar vereth the heaven with clouds, and
prepareth rain for the earth ; and
the cattle : and green herb for thy works : in wisdom hast thou the service of men ;
made them all; the earth is full 15 That he may bring food of thy riches! out of the earth, and wine that 25 So is the great and wide maketh glad the heart of man : sea also : wherein are things and oil to make him a cheerful creeping (b) innumerable, both countenance, and bread
to small and great beasts. strengthen man's heart.
26 There go the ships, and 16 The trees of the Lord also there is that Leviathan : whom are full of sap (d) : even the ce- thou hast made to take his pas. dars of Libanus, which he hath time therein. planted ;
27 These wait all upon thee : 17 Wherein the birds make that thou mayest give them meat their nests : and the fir-trees are in due season (i). a dwelling for the stork.
28 When thou givest it them, 18 The high hills (e) are a re- they gather it : and when thou fuge for the wild goats : and so openest thy hand, they are filled are the stony rocks for the conies.
29 When thou hidest thy 19 He appointed the moon for face, they are troubled : when certain seasons : and the sun thou takest away their breath, knoweth his going down.
they die, and are turned again to 20 Thou makest darkness, that their dust. it
may be night : wherein (f) all 30 When thou lettest thy the beasts of the forest do move. breath go forth, they shall be
21 (8) The lions roaring after made : and thou shalt renew the their prey : do seek their meat face of the earth. from God.
31 The glorious Majesty of 22 The sun ariseth, and they the Lord shall endure for ever: get them away together : and lay the Lord shall rejoice in his them down in their dens.
works. 23 Man goeth forth to his 32 The earth shall tremble(k) work, and to his labour : until at the look of him : if he do but
touch (1) the hills, they shall 24 O Lord, how manifold are smoke.
grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of man.”
(d) “ Sap,” so that moisture is conveyed to all the branches.
() “ High hills" and “stony rocks," so that those parts from which man derives no benefit, have their use in protect
ing other creatures. b. “Wherein," &c. So that they
are not disturbed by man, nor man by
them. 1. (8) See Job xxxviii. 39. post Ps. cxlv.
(6) For “ creeping" read “moving," v.25. and for “beasts' read “ creatures.". (i) So Ps. cxlv. 15.
“ The eyes of 0.27. « all wait upon thee, O Lord, and thou “ givest them their meat in due season : “ thou openest thine hand, and fillest all
things living with plenteousness."
(k) *** Tremble," &c. This is highly v.33. poetical. So Ps.cxiv. 7. “ Tremble thou is earth at the presence of the Lord, at « the
presence of the God of Jacob." (1) « Touch," &c. So Ps. cxliv. 5. v.32.
?! 33 I will sing unto the Lord, wonders, and the judgements of as long as I live : I will praise his mouth; my God, while I have my being. 6 O ye seed of Abraham his 34 And so shall my words
servant : ye children of Jacob please him ; my joy shall be in his chosen. the Lord.
7 He is the Lord our God: 35 As for sinners, they shall his judgements are in all the be consumed out of the earth, world. and the ungodly shall come to an 8 He hath been alway mindful end : praise thou the Lord, o of his covenant and promise': that my soul, praise the Lord,
he made to a thousand genera
9 Even the covenant that he
made with Abraham : and the MORNING PRAYER.
oath that he sware unto Isaac; Psalm cy. (m)
10 And appointed the same O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, unto Jacob for a law : and to and call upon his Name : tell the Israel for an everlasting testapeople what things he hath done. ment:
2 O let your songs be of him, u Saying, " Unto thee will I and praise him ; and let your “ give the land of Canaan (n) : talking be of all his wondrous 6 the lot of
12 When they were yet but 3 Rejoice in his holy Name : a few of them; and they strangers let the heart of them rejoice that in the land; seek the Lord,
13 What time as they went 4 Seek the Lord, and his from one nation to another : from strength : seek his face ever- one kingdom to another people; more.
14 He suffered no man to do 5 Remember the marvellous them wrong : but reproved even works that he hath done ; his kings for their sakes;
(m) A spirited invocation to the praise of God, enumerating many of his acts of favour to the Jews, and of judgment upon their enemies, from Abraham's time to the time of their settlement in the land of Canaan. The first fifteen yerses are part of the hymn which Dayid delivered to Asaph and his brethren, the day he removed the ark of God from the house of Obed Edom to Mount Sion. See 1 Chron. xvi. 7 to 22. This occurred about 1043 years before the birth of Christ. The latter part of that hymn forms the 96th Psalm.
(n) “ Of Canaan.” When Abraham was 99 years old, and before he had any son, God said unto him, “ I will make " thee exceeding fruitful, and I will give " unto thee and
to thy seed after thee all
o the land of Canaan," Gen. xvii. 5. 8. And this prediction was most fully accomplished : for without reckoning the Ishmaelites and Edomites (the descendants of Ishmael and Esau) about 1490 years before the birth of Christ, the offspring of Jacob alone (Abraham's grand. son) exclusive of the tribe of Levi, and reckoning of the other tribes none but the males, and of them such only as were able to go out to war, amounted to 603,550 ; the males of the tribe of Levi, from one month old and upwards, were 22,000; and in less than 50 years after, wards the Israelites under the command of Joshua subdued the whole land of Canaan. See Numb. i. 46.--. 32.—XXXU. 39.
15 “ Touch not mine Anoint- servant : and Aaron whom he “ed : and do my prophets no
had chosen ; “ harm."
27 And these shewed his 16 Moreover he called for a tokens among them: and wonders dearth upon the land : and de- in the land of Ham. stroyed all the provision of bread. 28 He sent darkness, and it
17 But he had sent a man was dark : and they were not obebefore them : even Joseph, who
dient unto his word. was sold to be a bond-servant; 29 He turned their waters into
18 Whose feet they hurt in blood : and slew their fish. the stocks : the iron entered into 30 Their land brought forth his soul;
frogs : yea, even in their king's 19 Until the time came that chambers. his cause (0) was known : the 31 He spake the word, and word of the Lord tried him. there came all manner of flies :
20 The king sent, and deli- and lice in all their quarters. vered him : the prince of the 32 He gave them hailstones people let him go free.
for rain : and flames, of fire in 21 He made him lord also of their land. his house : and ruler of all his 33 He smote their vines also substance;
and fig-trées : and destroyed the 22 That he might inform his trees that were in their coasts. princes after his will : and teach 34 He spake the word, and his senators wisdom,
the grasshoppers came, and cater23 Israel also came into Egypt: pillars innumerable : and did eat and Jacob was a stranger() in
grass in their land, and the land of Ham(9).
devoured the fruitof their ground. 24 And he increased his peo- 35 He smote all the first-born ple exceedingly : and made them in their land : even the chief of stronger than their enemies;
all their strength. 25 Whose heart turned so, 36 He brought them forth also that they hated his people : and with silver (r) and gold : there dealt untruly with his servants.
was not one feeble person among 26 Then sent he Moses his their tribes.
up all the
(6) For “ cause" the reading should perhaps be “ power," viz. of interpret. ing dreams; and the meaning of the latter part of the verse may be,“ his gift " of interpretation." The word God put into his mouth tried him, that is,
distinguished him, shewed his value. 13. (p) For ss was a stranger," in the Bible translation is “ sojourned,'
,” which seems preferable. 13. (9) "The land of Ham," i.e. Egypt.
(T) “ Silver,” &c. According to the account, Exod. xi. 2. God directed that the people should borrow of the Egyptiang jewels of silver, &c. and the people
borrowed them accordingly, Exod. xii. 35, 36. But the translation should perhaps be, that they were directed to ask them as gifts, and that they did so. It seems inconsistent with our notions that they should borrow what they would never be in a condition to restore. In Gen. xx. 13, 14. where God foretold their bondage in Egypt for 400 years, he adds, " and afterward shall they come “ out with great substance.” So that it was his intention that they should be enriched with the property of the Egyptians, for whom indeed they had been working many years.