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nigh slipt.' But what can be inferred from these words, but that the speaker, in the circumstances supposed and described, was in great anxiety and pressure of spirit, almost overwhelmed and overcome by the consideration of the matter in his view ? Which is really confirmed and demonstrated by the next words, properly understood; although the translators, filled with nothing in their minds bat the persons, situations, and frailties of the penmen, as appears from their contents of all the Psalms, as well as of this, have accommodated the turn of the words to the state of their fancied speaker, and have made him say, 'I was envious,' &c. which, upon any occasion but the present, where they most deserved, would have been rendered thus, · I was moved with • zealous indignation,' or, I was exceedingly griev• ed at the foolish,' &c.—It would look very like af. fectation, and an useless display of what the most part of my readers would call pedantry, to endeavour to justify, by quotations from the critics, this observation upon ver. 3. which I shall leave to every honest and wise heart to consider; and pass on to ver. 16. " When I thought to know this, it was too painful
for me'-or rather as the margin * tells us, according to the Hebrew reading, “It was labour in mine
eyes.' Now what can be understood by this plain, Hebrew reading, but that it was painful or grievous to behold ?And how remarkably was this fulfilled, when Jesus saw the buyers and sellers in the temple, and in him was fulfilled this saying, “The zeal of • thinė house hath eaten me up?' John ii. 17.-Ver. 21. explains the whole in plain terms, . Thus my • heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my
reins, -But what shall be made of the next verse, So • foolish was I, and ignorant;' (Heb. as the margin, • I knew not'); “I was as a beast before thee;' (Heb. marg
with thee') ?--Psal. xcii. 6. is by no means parallel to this, although quoted on the margin. If the paraphrase of this verse should fail of giving
* Proçe Psalms of the Bible.
satisfaction to our bold objectors, I would ask them what good consistent sense they will put upon these words of the prophet, which the Holy Ghost is witness, are spoken of the Lord Jesus Christ ? " Who is “blind but my Servant? or deaf as my Messenger
that I sent? Who is blind as he that is perfect, and “blind as the Lord's servant ? Seeing many things, .but thou observest not ; opening the ears, but he heareth not ! Isa. xlii. 19, 20. He was led as a
sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb be'fore his shearers, so opened he not his mouth ;' Isa. liii. 7.—and, 'I am worm, and no man!' Psal. xxii.- Meaning, in all these passages, the appearances he made in his estate of humiliation among men, and the estimation wherein he was held of them: as a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief ; without form or beauty, in their eyes, why he should be desired, &c.
How zealously his spirit burn'd,
When he their bold deeds saw,
At breakers of the law !
Unto his holy hill.
To each pure-hearted one.
My feet were almost gone.
The foolish folk to see,
Their death of bands is free. 5 They are not toil'd like other men, Nor plagu’d, as others be.
6 Therefore their pride, like to a chain,
Them compasseth about ;
Doth cover them throughout. 7 Their eyes stand out with fat; they have
More than their hearts could wish. 8 They are corrupt; their talk of wrong
Both lewd and lofty is. 9 They set their mouth against the heav'n's
In their blasphemous talk;
The earth at large doth walk. 10 His people oftentimes for this
Look back, and turn about;
To these are poured out.
That God these things doth know?
Knowledge of things below?
Yet prosper at their will
In wealth and riches still. 13 I verily have done in vain
My heart to purify;
Washed my hands have I.
Great plagues I suffer'd have;
Did chastisement receive. 15 If in this manner foolishly
To speak I would intend,
Behold, I should offend.
16 When I this thought to know, it was
Too hard a thing for me; 17 Till to God's sanctuary I went,
Then I their end did see. 18 Assuredly thou didst them set
A slipp’ry place upon ;
To ruin brought are they !
They are consum'd away. 20 Ev’n like unto a dream, when
From sleeping doth arise ;
Their image shalt despise.
And me my reins opprest : 22 So rude was 1, and ignorant,
And in thy sight a beast. 23 Nevertheless continually,
O Lord, I am with thee:
And still upholdest me. 24 Thou, with thy counsel, while I live,
- Wilt me conduct and guide; And to thy glory afterward
Receive me to abide.
But thee, O Lord alone ?
Besides thee there is none. 26 My flesh and heart doth faint and fail,
But God doth fail me never:
And portion for ever:
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee
For ever perish shall;
Thou hast destroyed all. 28 But surely it is good for me
That I draw near to God :
I may declare abroad.
SIMILAR to Psalm xliv. which see.
The temple fir'd, the glory gone,
The people scatter'd to and fro,
Let all the world his judgments know.
And for himself his elect trains :
The same o'er all the Gentiles reigns. 10 GOD, why hast thou cast us off?
Is it for evermore?
Thine anger smoke so sore? 2 O call to thy rememberance
Still think the same upon :
Which thou redeemed hast,
Thy dwelling in times past. 2 To these long desolations
Thy feet lift, do not tarry ;