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31 The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
32 The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings Thall not slide.
33 The ungodly seeth the righteous : and seeketh occasion to say him.
34 The Lord will not leave him in his hand: nor condemn him when he is judged.
35 Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he hall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land : when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
36 I myself have seen the ungodly in great power: and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
37 I went by and lo, he was gone : I fought him, but his place could no where be found.
38 Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right : for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
39 As for the transgreffors, they shall perish together: and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
40 But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the Lord: who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
41 And the Lord shall stand by them, and save them: he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.
Psalm xxxviii. Domine, ne in furore.
neither chasten me in thy heavy displeasure.
36. A green bay-treel Flourishing like a green tree. The exaltation and fall of the great King of Babylon was designated by this image : “Hew down the tree and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves and scatter his fruit.” Dan. iv. 10. Our translators have added the word bay, to suit the fimile to their own climate.
38] “ Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.” Bib. tranf.
Psalm xxxvü.) This is a mournful complaint of David, reciting his present miseries, and calling upon God to remember, to pity, and to retieve him. This is the third penitential psalm.
9 Deliver me from all mine offences : and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
10 I became dumb, and opened not my mouth : for it was thy doing.
u Take thy plague away from me: I am even confumed by means of thy heavy hand.
12 Whenthou withrebukesdoft chasten man for fin, thou makeit his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment : every man therefore is but vanity.
13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears corsider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears;
14 For i am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner : as all my
fathers were. 15 O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength: before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Psalm xl. Expectans expectavi. Waited patiently for the Lord : and he inclined unto me, and heard
2 He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay : and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth: even a thanksgiving unto our God.
4 Many thall see it, and fear : and shall put their trust in the Lord.
5 Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Loid: and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.
6 O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which thou haft done, like as be also thy thoughts, which are to us-ward: and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee.
7 If I should declare them, and speak of them : they should be more than I am able to express.
21 Plague] Scourge.
Pfalm xl. David here acknowledges, in a strain of thanksgiving, the mercies of the Almighty; and prophetically mentions the plan of the redemption of man by God the Father, and Christ the Son; and remarks the inefficacy of legal fucritices for this purpose.
17 And I truly, am set in the plague: and my heaviness is ever in my fight.
18 For I will confess my wickedness: and be sorry for my fin. : 19 But mine enemies live, and are mighty: and they that hate me wrongfully, are many in number.
20 They also that reward evil for good, are against me: because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far from me. 22 Halte thee to help me: O Lord God of my salvation.
Pfalm xxxix. Dixi, cuftodiam. I SAID, I will take heed to my ways : that I offend not in my tongue.
2 I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle: while the ungodly is in my fight.
3 I held my tongue, and spake nothing : I kept filence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
4 My heart was hot within me; and while I was thus musing, the fire kindled: and at the last I spake with my tongue;
5 Lord, let me know my end, and the number of my days : that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6 Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long: and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
7 For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8 And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is even in thee.
17] For I am ready to fall. Pfalm xxxix.] The subject of this pfalm of David is the same as that of the xxxviith; the observation of the prosperity of the wicked, whilft he was in misery; to which is joined, reflections on the vanity of worldly things, às a motive to repress all impatience in adversity.
4) Although I restrained my tongue from all anger and impatience toward men, yet there was no reason why I should repress it from making my moan to God.
- Birde, that I may recover my strength:
Yzbe no more seen.
for the Lord : and he inclined unto mbi sy calling,
- re 13 out of the horrible pit, out of mis sum: sed fet my feet upon the rock, and
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mis man that hath set his hope in the
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the Father, and Christ the Son; and remarks the 25 for this purpose.
8 Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldest not: bur mine ears hast thou opened.
9 Burnt-offerings, and facrifice for sin, halt thou not required: then said I, Lo, I come.
10 In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I llaould fulfil thy will, O my God: I am content to do it, yea, thy law is within my heart.
11 I have declared thy righteousness in the great congregation : lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowest.
12 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart: my talk hath been of thy truth, and of thy falvation.
13 I have not kept back thy loving mercy and truth: from the great congregation.
14 Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord: let thy loving-kindness, and thy truth alway preserve me.
15 For innumerable troubles are come about me; my fins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up : yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.
16 O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me: make haste, O Lord, to help me.
17 Let them be ashamed, and confounded together, that seek after my soul to destroy it: let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil.
18 Let them be desolate, and rewarded with shame: that say unto me, Fie upon thee, fie upon thee!
19 Let all those that seek thee, be joyful and glad in thee : and let such as love thy falvation lay alway, The Lord be praised.
20 As for me, I am poor and needy: but the Lord careth for me.
21 Thou art my helper and redeemer: make no long tarrying, O my God.
8 But mine ears haft tlou opened] Or bored. Thou hast preferred willing obedience to thy commands and laws. By the Mofaical law, a Dduntary slave was to have his ear bered by his matter, as a lign of perge. tual fervitude. Esod. xxi. 5o 6.