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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;
And it a cruel hatred is

Which they against me bear.
20 O do thou keep my soul; O God,

Do thou deliver me :
Let me not be asham'd; for I

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
And justice for his sure defence ;'
Though justice try his heart and reins,
Yet justice nothing there arraigns :
The Surety, therefore, boldly claims
Salvation jor his elect names :
His righteousness shall stand for theirs,
Who stand his legal sons and heirs.

* Prose Psalms of the Bible.
+ See Note, page 94.

1 JUDGE me, O Lord, for I have walk'd

In mine integrity:
I trusted also in the Lord;

Slide therefore shall not I.
2 Examine me, and do me prove;

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.
6 Mine hands in innocence, O Lord,

I'll wash and purify;
So to thine holy altar go,

And compass it will I :
7 That I, with voice of thanksgiving,

May publish and declare,
And tell of all thy mighty works,

That great and wondrous are. 8 The habitation of thy house,

Lord, I have loved well;
Yea, in that place I do delight

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 :
Do thou redeem me, and, O Lord,

Be merciful to me.
12 My foot upon an even place

Doth stand with stedfastness :
Within the congregations

Th' Eternal I will bless.


SEE the illustration of Psalm iii.


persons all,

Though all the pow'rs of darkness roar,
And rage like seas against the shore,
The Lord's the light, the Lord's the Rock
Of his Messiah and his flock-
Messiah one thing hath desir'd,
And for his people hath acquir'd,
To dwell with God for evermore,
That they his glory may explore.
NHE Lord's my light and saving health,

Who shall make me dismay'd ?
My life's strength is the Lord, of whom

Then shall I be afraid?
2 When as mine enemies and foes,

Most wicked
To eat my flesh against me rose,

They stumbled and did fall.
3 Against me though an host encamp,

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;
In secret of his tent me hide,

And on a rock me raise,

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6 And now, ev'n at this present time,

Mine head shall lifted be
Above all those that are my foes,

And round encompass me:
Therefore unto his tabernacle

I'll sacrifices bring
Of joyfulness; I'll sing, yea,

To God will praises sing.
70 Lord, give ear unto my voice,

When I do cry to thee :
Upon me also mercy have,

And do thou answer me.
8 When thou didst say, Seek ye my face,

Then unto thee reply
Thus did my heart, Above all things

Thy face, Lord, seek will I.
i 9 Far from me hide not thou thy face";

Put not away from thee
Thy servant in thy wrath: thou hast

An helper been to me. :
O God of my salvation,

Leave me not, nor forsake: 10 Though me my parents both should leave,

The Lord will me uptake.
11 O Lord, instruct me in thy way,

To me a leader be
In a plain path, because of those ' ..

That hatred bear to me.
12 Give me not to mine en’mies will ;

For witnesses that lie
Against me risen are, and such

As breathe out cruelty. 13 I fainted had, unless that I

Believed had to see
The Lord's own goodness in the landi,
Of them that living be.

14 Wait on the Lord, and be thou strong,

And he shall-strength afford
Unto thine heart; yea, do thou wait,

I say, upon the Lord.


SEE the last two Psalms,

Their blood upon their own head lies,
'Gainst whom the blood of Jesus cries :
O unbelievers, then, take heed ;
For, if bereav’d, bereav'd indeed!
Your souls descend alive to hell,
In darkness evermore to dwell :,
How shall ye mourn for evermore,

And your neglected day deplore,
VO thee I'll

cry» , O
Hold not thy peace to me;
Lest like those that to pit descend

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.
3 With ill men draw me not away

That work iniquity:
That speak peace to their friends, while in

Their hearts doth mischief lie.
4 Give them according to their deeds

And ills endeavoured :
And as their handy-works deserve,

To them be rendered.
5 God shall not build, but them destroy,

Who would not understand

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