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17 Enlarg’d the griefs are of mine heart;
Me from distress relieve. 18 See mine affliction and my pain,
And all my sins forgive. 19 Consider thou mine enemies,
Because they many are;
Which they against me bear.
Do thou deliver me :
Do put my trust in thee. 21 O let integrity and truth
Keep me, who thee attend, 22 Redemption, Lord, to Israel
From all his troubles send.
PSALM XXVI. Read this Psalm in the light of the glorious gospel; behold the glory of God as it shines in the face of Jesus; consider the parallels as cited in the margin, * and those mentioned in the illustration of the first Psalm: and then judge for thyself as to the
propriety of the interpretation proposed in the following paraphrase. † It concerns the reader thereof to be in the right, as much as the writer.
Messiah pleads his innocence
* Prose Psalms of the Bible.
1 JUDGE me, O Lord, for I have walk'd
In mine integrity:
Slide therefore shall not I.
Try heart and reins; O God : 3 For thy love is before mine eyes,
Thy truth's paths I have trode. 4 With persons vain I have not sat,
Nor with dissemblers gone : 5 Th' assembly of ill men I hate;
To sit with such I shun.
I'll wash and purify;
And compass it will I :
May publish and declare,
That great and wondrous are. 8 The habitation of thy house,
Lord, I have loved well;
Where doth thine honour dwell. 9 With sinners gather not my soul,
And such as blood would spill: 10 Whose hands mischievous plots, right hand
: Corrupting bribes do fill. 11 But as for me, I will walk on
In mine integrity :
Be merciful to me.
Doth stand with stedfastness :
Th' Eternal I will bless.
SEE the illustration of Psalm iii.
Though all the pow'rs of darkness roar,
Who shall make me dismay'd ?
Then shall I be afraid?
They stumbled and did fall.
My heart yet fearless is : Though war against me rise, I will
Be confident in this. 4 One thing I of the Lord desir'd,
And will seek to obtain, That all.days of my life I may
Within God's house remain. That I the beauty of the Lord
Behold may and admire, And that I in his holy place
May rev’rently enquire. 5 For he in his pavilion shall
Me hide in evil days;
And on a rock me raise,
6 And now, ev'n at this present time,
Mine head shall lifted be
And round encompass me:
I'll sacrifices bring
When I do cry to thee :
And do thou answer me.
Then unto thee reply
Thy face, Lord, seek will I.
Put not away from thee
An helper been to me. :
Leave me not, nor forsake: 10 Though me my parents both should leave,
The Lord will me uptake.
To me a leader be
That hatred bear to me.
For witnesses that lie
As breathe out cruelty. 13 I fainted had, unless that I
Believed had to see
14 Wait on the Lord, and be thou strong,
And he shall-strength afford
I say, upon the Lord.
SEE the last two Psalms,
Their blood upon their own head lies,
And your neglected day deplore,
cry» , O
I by thy silence be. 2 The voice hear of my humble pray’rs, When unto thee I
cry ; When to thine holy oracle
I lift mine hands on high.
That work iniquity:
Their hearts doth mischief lie.
And ills endeavoured :
To them be rendered.
Who would not understand