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491 27 He caused the east-wind to blow under heaven : and through his power he brought in the south-west-wind.
28 He rained Aesh upon them as thick as dust: and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea.
29 He let it fall among their tents : even round about their habitation.
30 So they did eat, and were well filled, for he gave them their own desire : they were not disappointed of their luft,
31 But while the meat was yet in their mouths, the heavy wrath of God came upon them, and sew the wealthiest of them : yea, and smote down the chosen men that were in Ifrael.
32 But for all this they sinned yet more: and believed not his wonderous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity : and their years in trouble.
34 When he flew them, they fought him: and curned them early, and enquired after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their strength : and that the high God was their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless, they did but facter him with their mouch: and diffembled with him in their tongue.
37 For their heart was not whole with him: neither continued they stedfast in his covenant.
38 But he was so merciful, that he forgave their misdeeds: and destroyed them not.
39 Yea, many a time turned he his wrath away: and would not suffer his whole displeasure to arise.
40 For he considered that they were but Acth : and that they were even a wind that paffech away, and cometh riut again
41 Many a time did they provoke him in the wilderness : and grieved him in the desert.
42 They turned back, and tempted God: and moved the holy One in Israel.
43 They thought not of his hand : and of the day when he delivered them from the hand of the enery;
44 How he hai wrought his miracles in Egypt: and his wonders in the fild of Zoan.
THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 45 He turned their waters into blood : fo that they might not drink of the rivers.
46 He jent lice among them, and devoured them up: an frogs to destroy them.
47 He gave their fruit unto the caterpillar : and their labour unt the grashopper.
48 He destroyed their vines with hailftones: and their mulberry-trees with their ft.
49 He (mote their cattle also with hailstones : and their flocks with hot thunder bolts.
59 He caft upon them the furiousness of his wrath, anger, displeasure, and trouble: and sent evil angels among them.
^ He made a way to his indignation, and spared not their foul from death : but gave their life over to the peftiler ce.
52 And smote all the first-born in Egypt: the most principal and mightiest in the dwellings of Ham.
53 But as for his own people, he led them forth like fheep: and carried them in the wilderness like a fock.
54 He brought them out fately, that they lould not fear and overwhelmed their enemies with the sea.
55 And brought them within the borders of his fan&uary: even to his mountain which he purchased with his right hand.
56 He cast out the heathen also before them : caused their land to be divided among them for an heritage, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
57 So they tempted and displeased the most high God: and kept not his testimonies;
58 But turned their backs, and fell away like their forefathers : starting aside like a broken bow:
59 For they grieved him with their hill-altars : and provoked him to displeasure with their images.
60 When God heard this, he was wroth: and took sore displeasure at Ifrael,
61 So that he forfook the tabernacle in Silo: even the tent that he liad pitched among men.
62 He delivered their power into captivity : and their beauty into the enemies hand.
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493 63 He gave his people over alfo unto the sword: and was wroch with his inheritance.
64 The fire consumed their young men : and their maidens were not given to marriage.
65 Their priests were Nain with the sword : and there were no widows to make lamentation.
66 So the Lord awaked as one out of Neep: and like a giant refreshed with wine.
67 He smote his enemies in the hinder parts : and put them to a perpetual shaine.
68 He refused che tabernacle of Joseph: and chose not the cribe or Ephraim ;
69 But chose the cribe of Judah: even the hill of Sion which he loved.
70 And there he built his temple on high: and laid the foundation of it like the ground which he hath made continually.
71 He chose David also his servant : and took him away from the sheep-tol 's.
72 As he was following the ews great with young ones, he took hiin: that he might feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
73 So he fed them with a faithful and true heart : and ruled them prudently with all his power.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm lxxvii.) This psalm, which was written for the initruction of the Israelites, should likewise serve for ours, and may teach us, 1. That we ought carefully to preserve the remembrance of God's me cies; and that it is the duty of parents to teach them to their children and chir pofterity. 2. That the mercies of God should engage us to love and fear him; and that if the Jews became guilty before God, by their fins and frequent r bellions, our ing atitude would be itill more heinous, if. after all that God has done for us, we should prove faithiels. 3. The judgments which fell upon the Jews, inform us, that God cannot leave thole fins unpunished, which are commit.ed hi persons who have received great favours from him; and that if we imitate the Jews in their rebellion, we have reason to expect the most drua.ful effects of God's wrathe and vengeance. Lastly, The judgments of God upon the enemies of his people, and the favours he bestowed on them after he had afl'Aed them, should convince us, that God cannrt neglect to promote his own glory, and will for ever be the support and defender of his church
Pfalm. lxxix. Deus, venerunt.
holy temple have they defiled, and made Jerufalem an heap of ftones,
2 The dead bodies of thy fervants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the air: and the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the land.
3 Their blood have they fhed like water on every side of Jerusalem : and there was no man to bury them,
4 We are become an open shame to our enemies: a very scorn and derision unto them that are round abou: us.
5 Lord, how long wilt thou be angry: shall thy jealousy burn like fire for ever?
E Pour out chine indignation upon the heathen that have not known thee : and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy Name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob : and laid waste his dwelling-place,
8 O remember not our old lins, but have mercy upon us, and that soon : for we are come to great misery.
9 Help us, O God of our falvation, for the glory of thy Name: O deliver us, and be merciful unto our fins for thy Name's fake.
10 Wherefore do the heathen fay: Where is now their God?
11 O let the vengeance of thy servants blood that is shed : be openly shewed upon the heathen in our fight.
12 o let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come be. fore thee : according to the greatness of thy power preferve thou those that are appointed to die.
13 And for the blafphemy wherewith our neighbours have blasphemed thee : reward thou them, O Lord, leverfold, into their bosom.
14 So we that are thy people and sheep of thy pasture shall give thee thanks for ever: and will alway be Mhewing forth thy praise from generation to generation.
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495 Pfalm. 1xxx. Qui regis Israel. TEAR, O thou shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest
Joseph like a sheep : fhew thyself also, thou that fittest upon the Cherubims.
2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses: ftir up thy strength, and come and help us.
3 Turn us again, O God: Thew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
4 O Lord God of hosts : how long wilt thou be angry it with thy people that prayeth?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears : and givest them plenteousness of tears to drink.
6 Thou hast made us a very strife unto our neighbours : and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Turn us again, thou God of hosts : shew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
8 Thou haft brought a vine out of Egypt : thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou madest room for it: and when it had taken root, it filled the land. 3 10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it: and the boughs thereof were like the godly cedar-trees..
I She stretched out her branches into the sea : and her - boughs unto the river,
12 Why halt thou then broken down her hedge : that all , they that go by pluck off her grapes ?
13 The wild boar out of the wood doth root it up: and the wild beasts of the field devour it.
14 Turn thee again, thou God of hosts, look down from heaven: behold, and visit this vine ;
15. And the place of the vine-yard that thy right hand hath planted : and the branch that thou madest to strong for thyself.
16 It'is burnt with fire, and cut down : and they shali perilh at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand : and upon the fon of man, whom thou madelt so strong for chine own felf.