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21 Because I silence kept,
While thou these things hast wrought;
Thyself, hath been thy thought;
And thine iniquities.
This carefully consider;
And none can you deliver. 23 Whoso doth offer praise
Me glorifies ; and I
Another of the same. 1 THE mighty God, the Lord hath spoke,
And call'd the earth upon,
Unto his going down.
Where the perfection high
Hath shined gloriously.
Be silent, but speak out:
Shall compass him about.
And to the earth below,
Before his people show.
Unto me gathered;
Those that by sacrifice with me
A covenant have made.
His righteousness abroad:
None else is judge but God.
O Israel by name,
God ev'n thy God, I am. 8 I for thy sacrifices few
Reprove thee never will,
Before me offer'd still.
From house nor folds of thine :) 10 For beasts of forests, cattle all
On thousand hills, are mine.
Thàt mountains high do yield;
The wild beasts of the field. 12 If I were hungry, I would not
To thee for need complain;
To me of right pertain.
Take pleasure dost thou think?
The blood of goats to drink ? 14 Nay, rather unto me, thy God,
Thanksgiving offer thou:
And fully pay thy vow:
See that thou call on me;
I will deliver thee, and thou
My name shalt glorify.
Why should'st thou mention make
commands ? how dar'st thou in
All good instruction ;
And slight'st my words each one.
Thou joind'st with them in sin; And with the vile adulterers
Thou hast partaker been. 19 Thy mouth to evil thou dost give,
Thy tongue deceit doth frame. 20 Thou sitt'st, and 'gainst thy brother speak’st,
Thy mother's son to shame.
And I have silent been:
And did approve thy sin:
And I will order right
In presence of thy sight. 22 Consider this, and be afraid,
Ye that forget the Lord, Lest I in pieces tear you all,
When none can help afford, 23 Who offreth praise me glorifies :
I will shew God's salvation To him that ordereth aright
His life and conversation.
AFTER all that has already been advanced at great length in the general preface concerning the penmen of the Psalms, the times and occasions whereon they were penned, &c. and concerning this Psalm in par ticular, the reader may sum up
the whole process of the argument for its interpretation, and application to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Mediator and Surety of the better Testament, as attempted in the following paraphrase, * in this manner : The Psalm is evidently, every word of it, spoken by one person: the words in ver. 16. - Thou desirest not sacrifice, &c. clearly importing the same meaning with ver. 8. of the last Psalm, I will not reprove thee for thy sac
crifices, fc. and with ver: 6. of Psalm xl. Sacrifice and offerings thou didst not desire,' &c. are expressly (as observed in the illustration of Psalm xl. which is the key to this one and all its parallels) applied by the Holy Ghost, the alone witness of those things, as spoken by Christ coming into the world, Heb. x, 6, 8c.-If any man, now, pretend to give another turn to those words, he says thereby, that he is wiser than God and he who provokes him to jealousy, should consider, if he be stronger too! The subsequent paraphrase is made particularly large and full upon every sentence in the Psalm, to shew, that there is no blasphemy (as many have most blasphemously alleged there is) in this manner of interpretation; which must either be admitted, or the New Testament made void! See particularly the whole Epistle to the Hebrews.
N. B. From ver. 5. to 18. of the Psalm, those sentences, which in our version stand in the form of petitions or prayers, are in the paraphrase turned into the form of predictions of things, which were to be. fulfilled in the Son of God. Thus, Create in me,'
• See Note, page 94.
or rather, - Thou shalt create in me a clean heart; ()
God' fc. respect the human nature in its perfection, prepared or created for the eternal Son of God, who behoved to be made in all things, respecting that nature, like unto his brethren, except sin.-This liberty of changing the form of the above sentences, all the commentators allow, when they tell us the curses or imprecations in the Psalms should rather be rendered predictions. However, either way, the sense
is the same: so that there needs be thought no occasion of stumbling here upon that account. - God hath made Christ to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him,' 2 Cor. v. 21. Isa. liii. Gal. iii. 13. 1 Pet. ii. 24.---See all the parallels of these passages, and of this Psalm ; and then judge,
Let God be true, and every man a liar.' Amen.
When David sinn'd with Bathsheba,
And shed Uriah's blood;
The king corrected stood :
On thee the sword shall be :
His wife debauch'd by thee :
Thy guilt is covered:
« For thee his blood shall shed.'-
this Psalm ; Messiah's labours to record
His sin-struck soul to calm.
| AFTER thy loving-kindness, Lord,
Have mercy upon me:
All mine iniquity.