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BOOKS AND CHAPTERS
OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT;
WITH PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.
WRITTEN ORIGINALLY IN FRENCH, BY THE
REV. MR. OSTERVALD,
PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY, AND ONE OF THE MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH AT
And by him presented to The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE, PALL MALL.
BOOK OF PSALMS.
The Book of Psalms is a collection of sacred Hymns, most of which were composed by King David. In this Book there are some Psalms of praise and adoration, which display the majesty, power, goodness, and other attributes of the Divine Being; others are songs of thanksgiving, blessing God for mercies vouchsafed, either to the Israelites in general, or to some particular persons; others again of the Psalms are prayers, in which David, or some other Prophet, the Author of them, implores the mercy of God, the pardon of sins, or deliverance from dangers and afflictions; some of the Psalms are historical, composed with a design to preserve the remembrance of the most considerable events which befel the Jewish nation. Lastly, Some of them are prophetical, presenting us with several predictions relating to our Lord Jesus Christ, and the times of the Gospel. It is evident from this view, that the reading and meditating on this divine Book may be attended with very great advantage; and therefore, that it ought to be of general and common use among Christians.
In this first Psalm David represents the happiness of good men, and the miseries of the ungodly.