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PSALM CXXVII. READER, if thou art one Spirit with the Lord, does not thy very heart within thee burn and glow with holy indignation and shame, for the gross prostitution, and most unhallowed application, of this and the following divinely delicate Psalms, to the ordinary purposes of a breeding wife, with a parcel of children about her in a man's house !-How grossly have they insulted the Spouse of Christ ! The Lord, her Husband, vindicate his glory!

Christ's children are his heritage.

Whom he himself creates :
And for her sons, in ev'ry age,

The church his season waits.

1 XCEPT the Lord do build the house,

The builders lose their pain :
Except the Lord the city keep,

The watchmen watch in vain. 2 'Tis vain for you to rise betimes,

Or late from rest to keep,
To feed on sorrow's bread; so gives

He his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children are God's heritage,

The womb's fruit his reward. 4 The sons of youth as arrows are,

For strong men's hands prepard, 5 0 happy is the man that hath

His quiver filld with those ;
They unashamed in the gate
Shall speak unto their


PSALM CXXVIII. SEE the last Psalm, general preface, and margin. *

The glory of our Father's house,

With which the world shall ring,
The Lord Redeemer, and his Spouse,

The Spirit bids us sing. 1 BLESS'D is each one that fears the Lord,

And walketh in his ways; 2 For of thy labour thou shalt eat,

And happy be always.
3 Thy wife shall as a fruitful vine

By thy house sides be found:
Thy children like to olive plants

About thy table round.
4 Behold, the man that fears the Lord,

Thus blessed shall he be.
5 The Lord shall out of Sion give

His blessing unto thee:
Thou shalt Jerus'lem's good behold

Whilst thou on earth dost dwell.
6 Thou shalt thy children's children see,

And peace on Israel.


PSALM CXXIX. · Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an ample that we should follow his steps.' 1 Pet. ii. 20, 21.

The Lord for us a pattern left,

The Shepherd for his flock :
Of ev'ry human prop bereft,

He lean'd on God his Rock.

• Prose Psalms of the Bible.


FT did they vex me from my youth,

May Isr'el now declare; 2 Oft did they vex me from my youth,

Yet not victorious were. 3 The plowers plow'd upon my back ;

They long their furrows drew. 4 The righteous Lord did cut the cords

Of the ungodly crew. 5 Let Sion's haters all be turn'd

Back with confusion. 6 As grass on houses' tops be they, Which fades ere it be

grown: 7 Whereof enough to fill his hand

The mower cannot find :
Nor can the man his bosom fill,

Whose work is sheaves to bind. 8 Neither say they who do go by,

God's blessing on you rest:
We in the name of God the Lord

Do wish you to be blest.

PSALM CXXX. NEVER Psalm has been more grossly and groundlessly abused than this: It is the famous De profundis of the Papists; it has also been laid by the notable and, in many respects, great Dr Owen, as the grand foundation-work of his deep mysterious something concerning faith and repentance, which he supposed to lie somewhere hereabouts, which yet he could never perfectly define, nor clearly discover where it was really to be found: it has been offered by the modern Pharisees as a remarkable and eminent ground for minting at what they call believing, &c.—Bụt if Christians are allowed to be complete in Christ, without the complement of monastic dreams,

old wives tales, and the additional work of fond hypocritical fancies, which make void the word of God, the Psalm of itself is as plain as the sufferings of CHRIST, and the following glory.

From deeps. profound, lo, Jesus cries

(Where we deserv’d to lie); That he might raise us to the skies,

To sing with God on high. 1 LORD, from the depths to thee I cry'd.

My voice, Lord, do thou hear; 2 Unto my supplication's voice

Give an attentive ear. 3 Lord who shall stand, if thou, O Lord,

Should'st mark.iniquity ? 4 But yet with thee forgiveness is,

That fear'd thou mayest be. 5 I wait for God, my soul doth wait,

My hope is in his word.
6 More than they that for morning watch,

My soul waits for the Lord;
I say, more than they that do watch

The morning light to see. 7 Let Israel hope in the Lord,

For with him mercies be.
And plenteous redemption

Is ever found with him. [8 And from all his iniquities

He Israel shall redeem,


From henceforth, and for evermore, let the doat-' ing annotators, with their fairy tales, about David, with his speeches and patterns, in this Psalm, be stared out of countenance by the following New!

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Testament text; viz. · Let this mind be in you

which was also in Christ Jesus ; who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be

equal with God: but made himself of no reputa' tion, and took upon him the form of a servant, and

was made in the likeness of men : and, being · found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, • and became obedient unto death, even the death I of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly ' exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus


knee ' should bow, of things in heaven, and things in • earth, and things under the earth, and that every

tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, ' to the glory of God the Father.' Phil. ii5, &c.

The lowliness of Jesus see

In colours deep display'd :
All meek and lowly, as was he,

In dust let us be laid.
My heart not haughty is, O Lord,

Mine eyes not lofty be;
Nor do I deal in matters great,

Or things too high for me.
2 I surely have myself behav'd

With quiet sp'rit and mild.
As child of mother wean'd: my soul

Is like a weaned child.
3 Upon the Lord let all the hope

"Of Israel rely,
Ev’n from the time that present is

Unto eternity.

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PSALM CXXXII. MESSIAH reigning on his father David's throne, expressly called the throne of Jehovah, 1 Chron. xxix. ! 23. and 2 Chron. ix. 8. See Psal. ii.

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