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cruel insultation; they both bite me with their teeth, and bay at me with their impure throats: thus do my implacable enemies persecuté me; yea they have done that to me, in figure and representation, which they shall do really to thee my Saviour, they bave pierced my hands and my feet.

XXII. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword ; my darling from the power of the dog. Deliver thou, O Lord, my dear life, from the power and cruelty of these


and merciless enemies. XXII. 29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before thee : and none can keep alive his own soul. Not only the poor and needy shall cheerfully eat of thy sacrifices, but even the wealthy and great also shall partake thereof, and worship thee; yea all those that humble themselves even to the dust of death for the profession of thy name, even those that have no care to keep themselves alive when their life may stand in the way of thy honour, they shall humbly adore thee.

XXII. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this. They shall make report of the righteous judgments of God, unto that posterity which is yet unborn; and shall declare that it is he, that hath done these great things.

XXIII. 4 I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Aš I am thy sheep, and thou my shepherd, () God, so shall I be ever confident in thy protection. What can the sheep fear, while they see their shepherd ready to defend them? Thus shall I ever hold myself safe, and sure under thy defence, and thy gracious direction. XXIII. 5 Thou anointest my

head with oil; my cup runneth over. Thou givest me abundance of all helps and conforts, not only for necessity, but even for pleasure also.

XXIV. 2 He hath founded it upon the seas. He hath caused the waters to lie lower than the surface of the earth, for the convenience of man's habitation ; so hath he therefore lifted the earth over the sea, as if, to our sense, it were founded thereupon.

XXIV. 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. This is the generation of those that do truly and sincerely serve God, with a holy worship; the true sons of thee, O Jacob, who faithfully apply themselves to serve the God of Jacob.

XXIV. i Lift up your heads, O) ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the king of Glory shall come in. It shall not be long, that God shall dwell in these moving tabernacles : ere long, he shall settle his abode in a fixed and lasting habitation of his temple; Otherefore ye firm and everduring doors

of his temple, open yourselves cheerfully to receive that King of Glory which shall come to dwell in those sacred walls, and triumph in so blessed a guest ; and ye, the faithful hearts of all believers, who are his living temple shadowed by that other, raise up your souls, to entertain him unto your everlasting comfort.

XXV. 3 Let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Magnify thou thy justice, in pouring shame upon the face of those which rise up against me spitefully, without any just cause or occasion of provocation on my part.

XXV. 14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him. The Lord bears a secret love and favour to those that fear him, however they may seem outwardly neglected ; and, in a gracious familiarity, he imparts unto them the great mysteries of his will and their salvation.

XXVI. 1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity. O God, do thou stand out for me, and give sentence with me; for thou knowest I have walked in uprightness and sincerity before thee: however I may have failed in weakness, yet my purposes and desires have been truly devoted to thee.

XXVI. 6 I will wash my hands in inocency : so will I compass thine altar, O LORD. Lord, thou requirest holiness in them that come near thee, which thou hast signified by those many legal cleansings and lotions: 1 will be careful accordingly, to purge my heart and hands from all the impurity of my sins; and then will I approach to thine altar, and offer my sacrifices to thee.

XXVI. 9 Gather not my soul with sinners. Oh do not take away my soul with sinners: thou seest I would not do as they do; Oh let me not speed as they do.

XXVII. 2 And my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh. When my savage and cruel enemies came against me, like ravenous beasts, in an intention to worry and devour me.

XXVIII. 3 Draw me not away with the wicked. Do not inwrap me in thy judgments together with the wicked ; whom thou draggest to their execution suddenly.

XXIX. 2 Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Worship ye the Lord in that beautiful and glorious Sanctuary, where he exhibits his presence to his people.

XXIX. 3 The voice of the LORD is upon (or, over) the waters, &c. The dreadful thunder, wherein God speaks his power unto us, is above in those higher waters of the clouds: there, and thence doth God speak unto us, more loud and terribly than all the roaring of these lower waters.

XXIX. 6 He maketh them to skip like a calf ; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of this thunder makes the very earth to shake, so, as the great mountains of Lebanon and Hermon are, as it were, moved out of their places with this horrible agitation.

XXIX. 7 The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. This voice of the thunder causeth the fearful Hashes of the lightnings to break forth of the clouds, to the astonishing of the world.

XXIX. 9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests. The terror of this voice causeth the binds, which do not easily deliver themselves of their burden, to cast their calves, for fear; and so shaketh down, not the leaves and twigs only, but the very trees of the forest, that they are left bare, and open to all

eyes. XXX. 7 Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong. Thou hast settled my habitation so firm and safe, in my mountain of Sion.

XXX. 9 Shall the dust praise thee? See Psalm vi. 5.

XXX. 12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee. To the end that my tongue, which is the only instrument whereby we can express glory, may sing praise unto thee.

XXXI. 8 Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy : thou hast set my feet in a large room. Thou hast not given me over into the power of mine enemy; but hast enlarged me, and set me free from the fear or danger of his attempts.

XXXI. 12 I am like a broken vessel. I am cast aside like a broken vessel, quite past all use or regard.

XXXI. 20 Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. As that, which is hid in some secret and sure corner, is safe from all eyes; so, through thy merciful care, are they laid up, under the covert of thy providence, from all their enemies, and from the issue of all those slanderous suggestions which they make against them.

XXXII. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old, &c. When I concealed and suppressed my guiltiness, and smothered my sin, in my bosom ; I was extremely afflicted therewith; my body decayed and languished.

XXXII. 6 Surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Surely, in the greatest extremity of troubles and persecution, there shall no evil have power to seize upon him, whom thou hast taken to thy protection.

XXXII. 9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding. Be not either stupid or refractory under the hand of God, like to brute beasts, which have no understanding.

XXXIII. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in store houses. The element of waters, though it be fluid and naturally apt to spread and diffuse itself, yet hath he, in his providence and power, gathered it up and compacted it close together, as into one heap; and part thereof, instead of overflowing the face of the earth, he hath confined into the secret receptacles thereof.

XXXIII. 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. In vain, shall the crafty ones of the world think to bring about their plots against God: He formed, and fashioned their hearts, as well as the simplest and silliest of all his creatures ; and therefore he well knows and considers all that they go about.

XXXIV. 20 He keepeth all his bones : not one of them is broken. He taketh charge of all that belongs to his children; so as no violence shall be prejudicial unto them : not only their bones, but the very hairs of their head are numbered: in vain shall their enemies hope to fasten any evil upon them, which the wise Providence of God hath not foreappointed for their good.

XXXV. 5 Let them be as chaff before the wind : and the angel of the LORD scattering them. Though thou hast ways enough by natural and ordinary means to plague thine enemies, yet, besides, do thou give them over into the hands of thine angels, whether good or evil, to vex them according to their deserts.

XXXV. 10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee ? All the powers and parts of my soul and body shall praise thee ; and confess thee to be my only good and gracious God.

XXXV. 14 I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. I hanged down my head in a serious humiliation, as one that had lost his dearest friend, even the mother that bore him.

XXXV. 16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth. Those pretended false friends of mine, at their feasts, made me their table-talk; and there signified their malicious conceits against me.

XXXV. 17 My darling from the lions. Deliver my dear and precious life from these cruel and brutish enemies.

XXXV. 19 Neither let them wink with their eyes that hate me without a cause. Those, that do secretly scorn me, by their privy gestures of con



tempt, winking with their eyes, and wrying their faces at me, in a disdainful manner, do thou meet with them, and let them not have cause to insult over me.

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XXXVI. 1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. So lewdly doth the wicked man demean himself, that my heart easily and justly tells me, that there is no fear of God within him.

XXXVI. 6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains, Thy righteousness is like some huge and high mountain, which we may see afar off; but can never comprehend with our eye all the extent and largeness of it, &c.

XXXVI. 8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house ; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. They shall be abundantly satisfied with all thy blessings, both temporal and spiritual ; and shall not only be fed up to a sufficiency, but shall be furnished with thy merciful provisions, even to delight and pleasure.

XXXVI. 9 For with thee is the fountain of life: and in thy light shall we see light. In, and from thee, is the ground of all true comfort : all life and happiness is derived only from thee; and of that infinite store of joy and contentment that is in thee, we shall partake in our measure, enjoying thy blessings and gracious illuminations.

XXXVI. il Let not the foot of pride come against me. Let not the proud man prevail against me: oh do thou deliver me from his insolent insultations.

XXXVII. 13 The LORD shall laugh at him : for he seeth that his day is coming. The Lord, who takes notice of all his secret plots, shall laugh him to scorn; for, howsoever the foolish wicked man Aatters himself in the conceit of his safety and stability of condition, yet the Allwise God sees that his destruction is at hand.

XXXVII. 20 They shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume ; into smoke shall they consume away. They shall vanish away into smoke; as the fat of lambs, which is laid upon the altar in sacrifice, so shall they be suddenly consumed.

XXXVII. 21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again : but
the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
T'he wicked man shall be punished with such want, that when he
shall be driven to borrow, he shall not have wherewith to repay;
but the righteous shall have enough, both for his own use, and for
the charitable supply of others.

XXXVII. 25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I
not seen the rightcous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
In all my life-time, I have diligently observed the good hand, that
God hath held over his righteous servants; whose provision for

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