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Verse 8. Secret sins here means sins inadvertently committed.

Verse 13. Return, O LORD, how long ? i.e. return into favor with us, O LORD, how long wilt thou be angry?

Verse 16. Thy work, namely, of kindness.

Verse 17. Beauty, better, grace or favor.-To establish here means to make prosperous.


1. What is the subject of this psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is meant by our dwelling-place, in the first verse? 4. What is meant by a sleep, in the fifth verse? 5. What is meant by secret sins, in the eighth verse ? 6. What is meant by the first clause of the thirteenth verse? 7. What is meant by thy work, in the sixteenth verse ? 8. What is meant by beauty, in the seventeenth verse ? 9. What is meant by establishing, in the same verse ?


The safety of him that trusteth in God.

1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my

fortress : My God; in him will I trust." 3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the

And from the noisome pestilence.
4. He shall cover thee with his feathers,

And under his wings shall thou trust :
His truth shall be thy shield and buckler,

5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;

Nor for the arrow that fieth by day ; 6. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;

Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right-hand;

But it shall not come nigh thee. 8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold

And see the reward of the wicked. 9. Because thou hast made the LORD which is my refuge,

Even the Most High, thy habitation ; 10. There shall no evil befall thee,

Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee,

To keep thee in all thy ways. 12. They shall bear thee up in their hands,

Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder : The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample un

der feet. 14. “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will

I deliver him:

I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him :

I will be with him in trouble ;

I will deliver him, and honor him. 16. With long life will I satisfy him, And shew him




General remark. The language in this psalm is very beautiful and highly poețical,

Verse 1. Sentiment: he that dwelleth under the shelter of the Most High, shall be safe under his protection.

Verse 2. The psalmist forgets himself, as it were, and speaks in his own person.

Verse 4. Truth here means faithfulness.

Verse 8. Sentiment: without danger to thyself, thou shalt see the punishment of the wicked.

Verse 9. Thy habitation, i.e. thy refuge.
Verse 10. The dragon, better the serpent.

Verses 14, 15 and 16. The psalmist, in these verses, introduces Jehovah as immediately addressing the godly man. -He hath known my name, i. e. he hath regarded me.


1. What is the subject of this psalm?

Will you please to repeat the psalm? 3. What is the general remark on the psalm ? 4. What is the sentiment of the first verse ? 5. What do you say of the second verse? 6. What does truth, in the fourth verse, mean? 7. What is the sentiment of the eighth verse? 8. What is meant by thy habitation, in the ninth verse? 9. What is meant by the dragon, in the tenth verse ? 10. What do you say of the three last verses ? 11. What is meant by knowing God's name, in the four

teenth verse?


Praise to God for his goodness.

1. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,

And to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High : 2. To shew forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, And thy faithfulness every night,

3. Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery;

Upon the harp with a solemn sound. 4. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work:

I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 5. O LORD, how great are thy works!

And thy thoughts are very deep. 6. A brutish man knoweth not;

Neither doth a fool understand this. 7. When the wicked spring as the grass,

And when all the workers of iniquity do flourish;

It is that they shall be destroyed for ever : 8. But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. 9. For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies

shall perish;

All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. 10. But


horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 11. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, And mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that

rise up against me. 12. The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree;

He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD

Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age ;

They shall be fat and flourishing ; 15. To shew that the LORD is upright:

He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.


Verse 2. In the morning and every night, i.e. at all times.
Verse 4. Thy work, namely, of kindness.
Verse 6. Knoweth not, i.e. regardeth not.

Verse 10. The Hebrews use the word horn as emblematic of strength.-An unicorn, more correctly a buffalo or

wild ox.


1. What is the subject of this psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. What is meant, in the second verse, by in the morning

and every night? 4. What is meant by thy work, in the fourth verse ? 5. What is meant by not knowing, in the sixth verse ? 6. What does the word horn, in the tenth verse, denote? 7. How should the word unicorn, in the same verse, have

been rendered ?


God reigneth supreme.

1. The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; The LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath

girded himself : The world also is established, that it cannot be moved. 2. Thy throne is established of old :

Thou art from everlasting. 3. The floods have lifted up, O LORD,

The floods have lifted up their voice ;

The floods lift up their waves. 4. The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many

waters, Yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. 5. Thy testimonies are very sure :

Holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.

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