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143 Trouble and anguish have "taken hold on me; Yet thy commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: Give me understanding, and I shall live.
145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
146 I cried unto thee;
"and I shall keep thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches,
That I might meditate in thy word.
149 Hear my voice according unto thy loving-kindness: O LORD! quicken me according to thy judgment. 150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief:
They are far from thy law.
151 Thou art near, O LORD!
And all thy commandments are truth. 152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old That thou hast founded them forever.
153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me;
For I do not forget thy law.
154 Plead" my cause, and deliver me:
26 Heb. found me.
27 Or, that I may keep. Psa. 5. 8. and 88. 13. and 130. 6.
Quicken me according to thy word. 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, For they seek not thy statutes.
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD! Quicken me according to thy judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies, Yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. 158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved, Because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts:
Quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
16. "Thy word is true from the beginning,
And every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.
161 Princes Phave persecuted me without a cause, But my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
162 I rejoice at thy word,
As one that findeth great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor lying,
But thy law do I love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise thee Because of thy righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they which love thy law, And "nothing shall offend them.
166 LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, And done thy commandments.
167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies,
For all my ways are before thee.
29 Heb. the beginning of thy word is true.
P1 Sam. 24. 11, 14. and 26. 18.
169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD! Give me understanding according to thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee:
When thou hast taught me thy statutes. 172 My tongue shall speak of thy word,
For all thy commandments are righteousness. 173 Let thy hand help me,
For I have chosen thy precepts.
174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD! And thy law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; And let thy judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
Seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy command
Jos. 24. 22. Prov. 1. 29. Luke 10. 42.
u Isa. 53. 6. Luke 15. 4, &c. 1 Pet. 2. 25.
INTRODUCTION TO PSALM I.
We know not who wrote the first Psalm, but it is generally supposed, that either David or Ezra was the author. It is commonly regarded as the preface to the book of Psalms, and it is probable that either Ezra wrote it for that purpose, or, finding it among the collection of Divine Psalms, took it and placed it in its present position in the catalogue, in view of the appropriateness of its subject-matter for this place. bears the same testimony to the paramount excellence of God's law which characterizes Psalm cxix. It declares, like that, the true and ultimate happiness of man to result from conformity to the Divine law, while his ruin and wretchedness inevitably followed from disobedience. The whole book of Psalms is an illustration of the excellence and certainties
of the reward of piety, and the dreadful contrast of the character and doom of the wicked. Psalm i, therefore, as to its theme, is a proper introduction to the whole book, while its chronology places it last of all the sacred lyrical compositions.
PLACED BY EZRA (AND PROBABLY WRITTEN BY HIM) AS
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WHOLE BOOK OF PSALMS.
The happiness of the godly, 1-3; the unhappiness of the ungodly, 4-6.
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the 'ungodly,
Nor standeth in the way of sinners,
Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
And in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of
That bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
His leaf also shall not 'wither;
And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so;
But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
■ John 18. 17.
1 Or, wicked.
b Joshua 1. 8.
1 Tim. 4. 15.
2 Heb. fude.
© Gen. 39. 3, 23. Psa. 128. 2.
Isa. 8. 10.
d Job 21. 18. Psa. 85. 5. Isa. 17. 18. Hos. 18. 8. Mat. 8. 12.
Nahum 1. 7. John 10. 14. 2 Tim. 2. 19.
e Psa. 37. 18.