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5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness : and in sin hath my mother conceived me.

6 But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts : and Nialt make me to understand wisdom secretly.

7 Thou shalt purge me with hyffop, and I shall be clean : thou shalt wah me, and I shall be whiter than liow.

8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladnels : thać the bones which thou hast broken, may mjoyce.

9. Turn thy face from iny sins : and put out all my misdeeds.

10 Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right fpirit within me.

11 Caft me not away from thy presence : and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

12 O give me the comfort of thy help again ! and stablishi me with thy free Spirit.

iz Then Mall I reach thy ways unto the wicked : and finners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health : and my tongue fhall sing of thy righteousness.

15 Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall shew thy praise.

16 For thou desirelt no sacrifice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest nor in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit: a brokeri and concrite heart; O God, fhalt thou nor defpife.

18 O be favourable and gracious unto Sion : build thou the walls of Jerufalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleafed with the facrifice of righ geouiness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations : then shali young bullocks

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pralin li.) David's example in this pfalm teaches us, 1. That it is the dury of finners, and particularly of those that have fallen into great fins; to be fenable of the greatness of them, humbly to acknowledge and confefs them, and even publicly before men', when it is neceflary ; earnestly zo implore the mercy of God with true contrition, and to beg of him a fincere conversion, and the ailistance of his spirit, that they may never

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Pfalm lii. Quid gloriaris ?
Y boastest thou thyself, thou tyrant : that thou

canft do mischief;
2 Whereas the goodness of God: endureth yet daily?

3 Thy tongue imagineth wickedness: and with lies thou cuctest like a sharp rafor.

4 Thou hast loved unrighteousness more than goodness : and to talk of lies more than righteousness.

5 Thou hast loved to speak all words, that may đo hurt: o thou false tongue.

6 Therefore sallGod destroy thee for ever : he shall take thee, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling, and root thee out of the land of the living.

7 The righteous allo shall see this, and fear : and shall laugh him to scorn.

8 Lo, this is the man that took not God for his strength : but trusted unto the multitude of his riches, and (trengthened himself in his wickedness.

9 As for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: my trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.

10 I will always give thanks unto thee for that thou hast done: and I will hope in thy name, for thy saints like it well.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. more fall into fin. 2. That a penitent finner, who is truly humbled for -his fins, confiders himself indiipensably obliged to repair the scandal be has given, and contribute his uimoft towards the conversion of other Anners, and the edification of all by his example, by his exhortations, and by his prayers. This is the only way to obtain pardon for the fins we bave committed, and to procure peace of conscience, and the renewal of the grace of God.

Pfalm lii.) We may gather from this pfalm, 1. That the wicked, and particularly cruel men and Nanderers, such as Doeg was, receive from God the punishment they deferve; and that God abhors lying and ca. lumny. 2. That those who erust in their riches, or in their address, be. come examples of the juft judgment of God: whilft he bestows his favour oa chose chat put their trust in him, and walk in his ways.

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Psalm liji Dixit infipiens.
THE foolish body hath laid in his heart : There is no

God. 2 Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickedness : there is none chat doeth good.

3 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and feek after God,

4. But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become abominable: there is also none that doeth good, no not one.

5 Are not they without understanding, that work wickednels : eating up my people as if they would eat bread ? they have not called

6 They were afraid, where no fear was : for God hath broken the bones of him that besieged chee : thou hast puc them to confufton, because God hath despifed them.

7 Oh that the falvation were given unto Israel out of Sion: Oh that the Lord would Deliver his people out of captivity!

8 Then should Jacob rejoice: and Israel should be right glad.

Plalm. liv. Deus, in Nomine.
AVE me, O God, for thy Name's fake : and avenge me

in thy ftrength. -2. Hear my prayer, O God: and hearken unto the words of my mouth, .

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS Psalm liii.)

!. The complaint which David here makes of the impiecy of the men of his age, may be applied to a great number of Cristians, who profess to know God, but in works deny him, giving themselves up to all manner of impiety. 2. It appears, however, from the evils which David says the righteous are exposed to by means of the ungodly, and from the promises made to che godly in ami&ions, that when the corruption is most general, God has always some crue worshippers, who lament this corruption, endeavour to keep shemkelves free from the infection, and, in the midst of the disorders that prevail, always loo : up to God, ind put th-ir truk in him. 3. It should be remarked, thi: St Paul, (Ron. iii.) qtes this psalm, to prove that the Jews were fin ers as well as th: heathe ; that consequently they could rot be jufaid by the law of Moses, but only by faith in Jefus Chrik.

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459 g. For strangers are risen up against me: and cyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.

4 Behold, God is my helper : the Lord is with them that uphold my soul

5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies : destroy thou them in try truth.

6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise, thy Name, O Lord: because it is so comfortable.

7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble : and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

Psalm. lv. Exaudi, Deus.
EAR my prayer, O God: and hide not thy self from

my petition. 2 Take heed unto me, and hear me: how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.

3 The enemy cricch so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast: for they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciousy are they set against me

4 My heart is disquieted within me; and the fear of death is fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.

6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove : for then would I Nee away, and be at rest.

7 Lo, then would I get me away far off : and remain in the wilderness.

8 I would make haste to escape ; because of the stormy wind and tempeít.

9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them: for I bave spied uprighteoulness and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about wichin the walls thereof: mischief also and forrow are in the midit of it.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm. liv.] In this psalm the royal prophet teaches us by his example, that prayor thould be always our refuge in time of danger; that even when men have conspired our ruin, if we call upon the Lord with a pure heart, he will pro cct us; and that when he has heard us we ought to bless him with all our heart, and make grateful acknowleugests.

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11 Wickedness is therein : deceit and guile go not out of their streets.

12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour : for then I could have borne it;

13 Neither, was it mine adversary chat did magnify himself against me : for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him ;

14 But it was even thou, my companion : my guide, and mine own familiar friend..

15 We took sweet council together and walked in the house of God as friends.

16 Let death come haftily upon them, and Let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and

17 As for me, I will call upon God and the Lord fhall fave me

18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that instantly: and he shall hear my voice.

19-It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace, from the battle that was against me: for there were many with nte.

29 Yca, even God that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down : for they will not curn, nor fear God.

21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him; and he brake his covenant,

22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, ha. 'ving war in his heart: his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords.

23 O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he fhall y nourish thee: and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for

2+ And as for them : thou, o God, Thalt bring them into the pit of destruction.

25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live our half their days : neverthelefs, my truft fhall be in thee, O Lord.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION s. Pfalm lv.). We must take care not to make an ill use of this psalm, and some others of the like naspre, flee on Psalm xxxv, lix. lxix.) by

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