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5 Hold up my goings, Lord, me guide

In those thy paths divine,
So that my footsteps may not slide

Out of those ways of thine. 6 I called have on thee, O God,

Because thou wilt me hear:
That thou may'st hearken to my speech,

To me incline thine ear.
7 Thy wond'rous loving-kindness show,

Thou that, by thy right hand,
Sav'st them that trust in thee from those

That up against them stand.
8 As th' apple of the eye me keep;

In thy wings shade me close 9 From lewd oppressors, compassing

Me round, as deadly foes. 10 In their own fat they are enclos’d:

Their mouth speaks loftily. 11 Our steps they compass’d, and to ground

Down bowing set their eye. 12 He like unto a lion is

That's greedy of his prey,
Or lion young, which lurking doth

In secret places stay.
13 Arise, and disappoint my foe,

And cast him down, O Lord :
My soul save from the wicked man;

The man which is thy sword. 14 From men, which are thy hand, O Lord,

From worldly men me save,
Which only in this present life

Their part and portion have.
Whose belly with thy treasure hid

Thou fill'st: they children have
In plenty: of their goods the rest
They to their children leave,

15 But as for me, I thine own face,

In righteousness will see ;
And with thy likeness, when I wake,

I satisfied shall be.

PSALM XVIII. This remarkable Psalm, which is, every syllable, spoken by one person, stands forth in a memorable manner, and in the first line of a multitude of others, rescued from the mercy of all the commentators, (who like the unbelieving Jews of old, seldom allow free speech, even to the Holy Ghost, concerning the patriarch David); as the honest and free-hearted reader will be convinced by consulting the apostolic interpretation thereof, (and surely that is genuine), which applies it absolutely as spoken by the Rock of Israel, even by David's Lord himself; in whom every article of it is fulfilled; as the promise of Abraham's being the heir of the world was fulfilled no more in the person even of Isaac, than it was in that of Ishmael, but only in Christ, the one seed, in whom all the nations are blessed, and all the promises yea and amen:

For this cause I will confess to thee among the nations,' &c. Psalm xviii. 49. Rom. xv. 8-13.

Behold the song that David sung,

From Saul, and all his foes made free-
Messiah's praises fill d his tongue,

When he Messiah's day did see.
For David's wars, and battles won,
Were only

present signs, from God,
Of David's Lord, and David's Son,

Upon the saints of old besion'd.
HEE will I love, O Lord, my strength,

My fortress is the Lord,
My rock, and he that doth to me

Deliverance afford :

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My God, my strength, whom I will trust,

A buckler unto me,
The horn of my salvation,

And my high tow'r, is he.
3 Upon the Lord, who worthy is

Of praises, will I cry:
And then shall I preserved be

Safe from mine enemy.
4 Floods of ill men affrighted me,
Death's
pangs

about me went ; 5 Hell's sorrows me environed;

Death's snares did me prévent.
6 In
my

distress I call'd on God,
Cry to my God did I;
He from his temple heard my voice,

To his ears came my cry. 7 Th’ earth, as affrighted, then did shake,

Trembling upon it siez’d:
The hills' foundations moved were,

Because he was displeas'd.
8 Up from his nostrils came a smoke,

And from his mouth there came
Devouring fire, and coals by it

Were turned into flame.
9 He also bowed down the heay'ns,

And thence he did descend;
And thickest clouds of darkness did

Under his feet attend.
10 And he upon a cherub rode,

And thereon he did fly;
Yea, on the swift wings of the wind

His flight was from on high.
11 He darkness made his secret place:

About him, for his tent,
Dark waters were, and thickest clouds

of th' airy firmament.

12 And at the brightness of that light, Which was before his

eye, His thick clouds pass'd away, hailstones,

And coals of fire did fly.
13 The Lord God also in the heav'ns

Did thunder in his ire;
And there the Highest gave his voice,

Hailstones and coals of fire. 14 Yea, he his arrows sent abroad,

And them he scattered ;
His lightnings also he shot out,

And them discomfited.
15 The waters' channels then were seen,

The world's foundations vast At thy rebuke discover'd were,

And at thy nostrils' blast. 16 And from above the Lord sent down,

And took me from below; From many waters he me drew,

Which would me overflow. 17 He me reliev'd from

my strong foes, And such as did me hate; Because he saw that they for me

Too strong were, and too great. 18 They me prevented in the day

of my calamity; But even then the Lord himself

A stay was unto me. 19 He to a place where liberty

And room was hath me brought; Because he took delight in me,

He my deliv'rance wrought.' 20 According to my righteousness

He did me recompense,
He me repaid according to
My hands' pure innocence.

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21 For I God's ways kept, from my

God Did not turn wickedly. 22 His judgments were before me, I

His laws put not from me.
23 Sincere before him was my heart,

With him upright was I;
And watchfully I kept myself

From mine iniquity.
24 After mý righteousness the Lord

Hath recompensed me,
After the cleanness of my

hands
Appearing in his eye.
25 Thou gracious to the gracious art,

To upright men upright; 26 Pure to the pure, froward thou kyth'st

Unto the froward wight.
27 For thou wilt the afflicted save

In grief that low do lie:
But wilt bring down the countenance

Of them whose looks are high. 28 The Lord will light my candle so,

That it shall shine full bright;
The Lord my God will also make ,

My darkness to be light. 29 By thee through troops of men 1-break,

And them discomfit all;
And, by my God assisting me,

I overleap a wall.
30 As for God, perfect is his way :

The Lord his word is try'd;
He is a buckļer to all those

Who do in him confide.
31 Who but the Lord is God ? but he

Who is a rock and stay ? 32 "Tis God that girdeth me with strength,

And perfect makes my way.

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