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My beauty is gone for very trouble: and worn away because of all mine enemies.
8. Away from me, all ye that work vanity for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
9 The Lord hath heard my petition: the Lord will receive my prayer.
to All mine enemies fhall be confounded, and fore vexed: they fhall be turned back, and put to shame fuddenly.
|| Pfalm 7. Domine, Deus meus.
LORD my God, in thee have I put my trust: save me from all them that perfecute me, and deliver me;
2 Left he devour my foul like a lion, and tear it in pieces: while there is none to help.
3 O Lord my God, If I have done any fuch thing: or if there any wickedness in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that dealt friendly with me: yea, I have delivered him that without any caufe is mine enemy;
5 Then let mine enemy perfecute my foul, and take me: yea, let him tread my life down upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the duft.
6 Stand up, O Lord, in thy wrath, and lift up thyself, because of the indignation of mine enemies: arife up for me in the judg ment that thou haft commanded.
7 * And fo fhall the congregation of the people come about thee for their fakes therefore lift up thyfelf again.
8 The Lord fhall judge the people; give fentence with me, O Lord: according to my righteousness, and according to the innocency that is in me.
The reproaches of Shimei the Benjamite seem to have given occafion to this Pfalm, 2 Sam. xvi. In which David appeals to the great fearcher of Hearts for the integrity of his conduct, calling for the divine vengeance upon himself if the charge were true that was laid against him. At the fame time warning his Enemies to repent of their Crimes, left they should provoke God to inflict his judgments upon them,
*And fo fhall the Congregation of the People, &e. David here intreats God to affert his caufe, by fubduing his Enemies: becaufe by giving fuch a teftimony to his innocence, the People would be induced to pay a readier obedience to David, and he would be thereby the better enabled to promote the worship of the true God,
O let the wickedness of the ungodly come to an end: but
guide thou the juft.
10 For the righteous God: trieth the very hearts and reins. 11 My help cometh of God: who preferveth them that are true of heart.
12 God is a righteous judge, ftrong, and patient: and God is provoked every day.
13 If a man will not turn, he will whet his fword: he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
14 He hath prepared for him the inftruments of death: he ordaineth his arrows against the perfecutors.
15 Behold, he travaileth with mischief: he hath conceived forrow, and brought forth ungodliness.
16 He hath graven and digged up a pit: and is fallen himself into the deftruction that he made for other.
17 For his travail fhall come upon his own head: and his wickedness shall fall on his own pate.
18 I will give thanks unto the Lord, according to his righteoufand I will praife the name of the Lord moft high.
§ Pfalm 8. Domine, Dominus nofter.
LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world: thou that haft set thy glory above the heavens ! 2 Out of the mouth of very babes and fucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies: that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 For I will confider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers: the moon and the ftars which thou haft ordained.
4 ‡ What is man, that thou art mindful of him: and the fon of man that thou vifiteft him.
David in this Pfalm celebrates the power and majefty of God difplayed in the works of the Creation: but especially the divine goodness in exalting Man to be Lord over all Things. Tho' this appears to have been fully verified in none but Jefus Chrift as St. Paul juftly remarks in the 2d of Hebrews.
What is Man, that thou art mindful, &c. The confideration of God's greatness and majefly, which are fo wonderfully fet forth in the Creation, ought (after the example of David) to infpire us with Humility: fo a fenfe of his goodness in forming us rational Beings, -enabling us to know and ferve him,-and making
5 Thou madeft him lower than the angels: to crown him with glory and worship.
6 Thou makeft him to have dominion of the works of thy hands: and thou haft put all things in fubjection under his feet. 7 All fheep and oxen: yea, and the beafts of the field;
8 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the fea; and whatfoever walketh through the paths of the feas.
9:0 Lord our Governor; how excellent is thy Name in all the world!
Will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will speak of all thy marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: yea, my fongs will I make of thy Name, O thou moft Highest.
3 While mine enemies are driven back: they fhall fall and rish at thy prefence.
4 For thou haft maintained my right and my caufe: thou art fet in the throne that judgest right.
5 Thou haft rebuked the heathen, and deftroyed the ungodly: thou haft put out their name for ever and ever.
6. * O thou enemy, deftructions are come to a perpetual end: even as the cities which thou haft deftroyed; their memorial is perished with them.
7 But the Lord fhall endure for ever: he hath also prepared his feat for judgment.
other Creatures fubject unto us, fhould engage us gratefully to improve these advantages to his glory, and continually to praise our Creator and Benefactor.
This is a Pfalm of Thanksgiving for fome fignał Victory which David had obtained over fome principal Enemy: in which he equally discovers his Piety and Gratitude to his mighty Deliverer.
O thou Enemy, deftructions are come, &c. This paffage feems well explained in the New Verfion of the Pfalms by Tate and Brady.
Miftaken Foes! your haughty Threats
8. For he shall judge the world in righteousness: and minifter true judgment unto the people.
9 The Lord alfo will be a defence for the oppreffed: even a refuge in due time of trouble.
10 And they that know thy Name will put their truft in thee: for thou, Lord, haft never failed them that feek thee.
II O praise the Lord which dwelleth in Sion: fhew the people of his doings.
12 For when he maketh inquifition for blood, he remembereth them: and forgetteth not the complaint of the poor.
13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; confider the trouble which I fuffer of them that hate me: thou that lifteft me up from the gates of death.
14 That I may shew all thy praises within the ports of the daughter of Sion: I will rejoice in thy falvation.
15 The heathen are funk down in the pit that they made: in the fame net whichthey hid privily is their foot taken.
16 The Lord is known to execute judgment: the ungodly is trapped in the work of his own hands.
17 The wicked fhall be turned into hell: and all the people that forget God.
18 For the poor shall not alway be forgotten: the patient abiding of the meek fhall not perish for ever.
19 Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand: let the heathen be judged in thy fight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the heathen may know themselves to be but men.
HY ftandeft thou fo far off, O Lord: and hideft thy face in the needful time of trouble?
This Pfalm confifts of forrowful complaining, and fervent prayer: in which the Enemies of the Church are drawn in lively colours, and petition is made that
God would deliver the undefervedly afflicted Righ
2 The ungodly for his own luft doth perfecute the poor: let then be taken in the crafty wilinefs that they have imagined.
3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own hearts defire: and fpeaketh good of the covetous whom God abhorreth.
4 The ungodly is fo proud, that he careth not for God: *neither is God in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are always grievous: thy judgments are far above out of his fight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
6 For he hath faid in his heart, Tufh, I fhall never be caft down: there fhall no harm happen unto me.
7 His mouth is full of curfing, deceit, and fraud: under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
8 He fitteth lurking in the thievifh corners of the streets: and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
9 For he lieth waiting fecretly, even as a lion lurketh he in his den: that he may ravish the poor.
10 He doth ravish the poor: when he getteth him into his net." 11 He falleth down and humbleth himself: that the congrega tion of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
12 He hath faid in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten: he hideth away his face, and he will never fee it.
13 Arife, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand: forget not the poor.
14 Wherefore fhould the wicked blafpheme God: while he doth fay in his heart, Tufh, thou, God careft not for it.
15 Surely thou haft seen it: for thou beholdest ungodlinefs and wrong.
Neither is God in all his Thoughts, &c. It is worthy of obfervatiaton that in the ftriking picture which the Pfalmift here prefents us with of an abandoned Sinner, one of his principal features is a total difregard of Religion: He careth not for God, neither is God in all kis Thoughts. The confequence of which we are too plainly told in the following verfe viz that kis ways are always grievous. For when a Man is be
come infenfible to all religious impreffions, he will foon become an eafy prey to every Temptation; and nothing will be fufficient to reftrain him from running a full courfe of Iniquity. Human Laws will be ineffectual to keep him within the bounds of his duty and no Man may fafely rely upon his integrity, any further than that will ferve his prefent intereft.