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LXXIII. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee : thou hast holden me by my right hand. Notwithstanding, thou hast not taken advantage of my infirmities, but renewest thy favours upon me continually; and keepest both my heart and my steps aright with thee; and hast, by thy mighty power, upheld me from miscarrying under this temptation.

LXXIV. 3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations ; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in thy sanctuary. O God, do thou stir up thyself to work the perpetual desolations of thy enemies: trample them so down, that they may never rise up again : come speedily, and take notice of all that niischief, which the enemy hath wrought against thy sanctuary.

LXXIV. 4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs. Thine enemies insult and triumph, in scorn of thy holy assemblies; and display proudly the monuments of their idolatry, and despite of thy worship, to the world ; that all men may applaud their success, and witness thy dishonour.

LXXIV. 5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up ares upon the thick trees. It was heretofore thought an employment of much honour and merit, in those men who did cut down and square the timber trees for the building of thy holy sanctuary.

LXXIV. 6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers. But now, it is come to that pass, that every man thinks himself to deserve most thanks, that can do most havoc to thine holy place; that can most spitefully demolish the walls, and break down the goodly ceilings and clirious ornaments, of thy Temple.

LXXIV. 9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet : neither is there among us any that knoweth how long, We have no testimonies left us any more of God's gracious presence with us : he hath so withdrawn himself, as that we have none of the wonted evidences of his favour to us: we have no prophet, of whom we might ask counsel of God's purposes towards us, and be informed how long we shall groan under this grievous calamity.

LXXIV. 13 Thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou didst confound the great and mighty enemies of thine Israel, in the Red Sea.

LXXIV. 14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. Thou didst destroy the great princes of Egypt, and gavest their flesh to be a prey unto wild beasts and ravenous fowls.

LXXIV. 15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood : thou driedst up mighty river's, Thou clavest the rock in sunder; and broughtest out a fountain from thence, which flowed forth in plentiful streams: thou driedst


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up the great river of Jordan, that it might give free passage to thy people, through the channels thereof.

LXXV. 2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly When I shall, in thine appointed time, take upon me the charge of thy people, I will rule them justly and unpartially.

LXXV. 3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved : I bear up the pillars of it. Both the whole world, and thy Church in special, are full of troubles, and dangerous affrights: it is I, whom thou hast, from all eternity, ordained to be a Mediator betwixt thee and it, that sustain and uphold it from ruin,

LXXV. 8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture ; and he poureth out of the same : but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring out, and drink them. God hath set to every man his measure of sorrow and affliction and to the wicked he bath determined very grievous plagues and sufferings, which they must of force undergo : and if his children drink of the clear wine of this bitter cup, they, which are his enemies, shall drink of the lees and dregs thereof, and shall be judged in his extreme displeasure.

LXXV. 10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off, The proud strength and power of wicked men, wherein they boast themselves, shall be abated and utterly disappointed, to their shame,

LXXVI. 3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. There did he discomfit the mighty host of Sennacherib; and confounded them in their military projects, and defeated their bloody executions.

LXXVI. 4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mounO God, thou shewedst thyself more mighty than all the forces of those Assyrians, which dwell upon the mountains ; yea, than the strongest powers upon earth, though seconded with the advantage of the steep and rocky mountains,

LXXVI. 5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.

The mighty warriors, that came up against Jerusalem, are spoiled, and have slept their last sleep, even in death ; neither could any of those great champions be able to resist the destroying angel,

LXXVI. 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee; the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Thou canst and dost so order the matter, that, from the spite and malice of thine enemies, thou shalt take occasion to win praise and glory to thy name even their mischief shall, in despite of them, glorify thee; in that those judgments, which their malice draws from thee, shall cause others to acknowledge and magnify

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thy power and justice; and, for the sequel, thou canst and wilt so restrain their power and tyranny, that they shall do no further mischief to thy people.

LXXVII. 2 My sorc ran in the night, and ceased not. My pain of body and the sorrow of my soul continued upon me, without any intermission.

LXXVII. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled. I looked up to God, and remembered him, who is the God of Comfort, in whom I was wont to find relief; and yet now my remembrance of him added to my trouble, in that I could not feel that aid and consolation from him which I expected, but rather found his countenance bid and estranged from me.

LXXVII. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night : I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. I call to remembrance those songs of praise, which I have heretofore made unto thee, in the deepest night of mine afflictions. I reasoned with myself; my soul made diligent search into the experiments of thy former mercies.

LXXVII. 10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most high. Thus I said, but I took myself in the manner, and corrected my own error; and found that it was nothing but my infirmity, that I gave way to this temptation : but now I will stir up my drooping heart, and recal the thought of those many and ancient favours, which the bountiful hand of God hath heaped upon me of old,

LXXVII. F3 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary, Thy counsels and judgments, O God, are hidden from our reach; thou hast reserved them to thyself in the cabinet of heaven : it is fitter for us to adore, than search them,

LXXVII. 16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid. The waters of the Red Sea and of Jordan were sensible of thy divine presence and power, O Lord; and, as if they had been afraid of thee, they ran away, and divided themselves into several courses.

LXXVII. 17 Thine arrows also went abroad. Thy lightnings were shot forth of thy clouds, as so many arrows out of thy bow; and thy hailstones were as so many bullets, sent out from thence


thine enemies. LXXVII. 19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, Thou shewedst thy power, in going before thy people and making way for them, through the midst of the sea ; which is only subject to thy sovereign command, and either stands or moves according to thy will,

LXXVIII, 9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and car. rying bows, turned back in the day of battle. Éphraim, which was the chief of the tęp revolted tribes of Israel, though they were well armed, and furnished with those weapons which might gall the enemy afar off, yet, as a punishment from God upon them, they cowardly fled before the enemy, and gave a foul example of base flight to the rest of their brethren.

LXXVIII. 10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused. to walk in his law. They, with their revolted associates, kept not the covenant which God had made with them, but turned aside to follow Jeroboam in his wicked idolatry; forsaking the law and temple of their God.

LXXVIII. 12 In the field of Zoan. In the territories that belong to Zoan, a chief city of Egypt, and the court of Pharaoh ; where those miraculous works would be so much more noted.

LXXVIII. 25 Man did eat angels' food. Man did eat of that bread, which descended from heaven, the glorious mansion of angels.

LXXVIII. 49 By sending evil angels among them. By giving them over into the power of evil angels, which are the executioners of God's wrath; so as, by their hand, many of those judgments, which were inflicted upon Egypt, were wrought.

LXXVIII. 54 He brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand hath purchased. He brought them into the possession of this promised land, where he hath placed his sanctuary; and to this boly hill of Sion, which he hath chosen to that purpose, having cast out the Jebusites, who formerly possessed it, by his mighty power.

LXXVIII. 60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, &c. So that he forsook that tabernacle of his, which was pitched in Shiloh ; and had no further respect to that chosen place.

LXXVIII, 61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hund, And withal gave up his very ark, which was the strength and glory of Israel ; and that sign of his presence, whereby he manifested his strength and glory to Israel ; that ark did he give up into the hands of the Philistines.

LXXVIII. 65 Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. Then the Lord, who seemed to sleep while he winked at the captivity of the ark, roused up himself, to a revenge of these insolencies of the Philistines, and laid about him, as some mighty giant, whose spirits are cheered with abundance of wine, dealing judgments on all sides.

LXXVIII. 66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts : he put them to a perpetual reproach. And he smote the Philistines with a grievous and shameful disease, in their binder parts ; even with sore emerods, to their great pain and reproach.

LXXVIII. 67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim : Moreover he refused to dwell any longer in Shiloh, which was in the tribe of Ephraim, the son of Joseph, where his ark had long sojourned :

*LXXVIII. 68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. And made choice to fix himself at Jerusalem, within the tribe of Judah; even upon mount Sion, which he hath preferred to all the earth.

LXXX. i Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock ; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. () thon great Ruler and Protector of thy people Israel; thou, that both guidest and defendest the posterity of Joseph, as a good shepherd doth his flock; thou, that art graciously wont to mani. fest thy presence in thy mercy-seat, which is between the wings of the cherubims; look down graciously upon us, and shew thy power in our deliverance.

LXXX. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come to save us. Before those holy remainders of the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, which still held close unto thee, notwithstanding the miserable defection of their brethren, even before these thy faithful servants, stir up thy strength, and work our deliverance.

LXXX. 8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thy Church of Israel is some generous and pleasant vine, which thou hast brought out of that barren and hard soil of Egypt; and, having cast out the Canaanites, which were the wild and natural plants of this place, hast here set, in this good land of thy promise. · LXXX. 13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beasts of the field do devour it. The heathenish tyrants, that came up from Babylon and Assyria in open hostility to thy people, have made havock of this thy vine. yard, having rooted up the plants, and torn down the branches of it; and their wicked complices and followers derour the grapes thereof.

LXXX. 15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. Be gracious to thy whole Church, and especially to that thine anointed servant, whom thou hast set over thy people, and advanced for the defence of thine own cause, and the safeguard of thine inheritance.

LXXX. 17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. Do thou prosper and bless the great work of thy dear and powerful Messiah ; even that Son of Man, that Son of God, that God and Man, whom thou hast set apart for this blessed work of mediation, and furnished with power and graces fit for so glorious an employment,

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