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6 Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes : for they imagine but deceit.
7 Thou puttest away all the ungodly of the earth like drofs: therefore I love thy testimonies.
8 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee : and I am afraid of thy judgments.
Feci judicium. Deal with the thing that is lawful and right: 0 give me not over unto mine oppressors.
2 Make thou thy servant to delight in that which is good : that the proud do me no wrong.
3 Mine eyes are wasted away with looking for tby health: and for the word of thy righteousness.
4 O deal with thy servant according unto thy loving mercy : and teach me thy statutes.
I am thy fervant, o grant me understanding : that I may know thy testimonies.
6 It is time for thee, Lord, to lay to thine hand : for they have destroyed thy law.
Ź For I love thy commandments : above gold and precious stone.
8 Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments : and all false ways I utterly abhor.
Mirabilia. ΤΗΣ HY testimonies are wonderful : therefore doth my
soul keep them. 2 When thy word goeth forth : it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.
3.I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath : for my delight was in thy commandments.
4 O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me: as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.
5 Order my steps in thy word : and so fliall do wickedness have dominion over me.
6 O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men : and so shall I keep thy commandments.
Feci judicium.—6 Lay to thine hand) It is time to perform to God, or worship Him. If others frustrate God's law by neglect and contempt, it is a fit motive for the diligent observance of it by his feryanu.
7 Shew the light of thy countenance upon thy servant: and teach me thy statutes.
8 Mine eyes gush out with water : because men keep not thy law.
Fuftus es, Domine.
judgment. 2 The testimonies that thou hast commanded : are execeding righteous and true.
3 My zeal hath even consumed me : because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
4 Thy word is tried to the uttermost: and thy servant loveth it.
5 I am small, and of no reputation : yet do I not forget thy commandments.
6 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness: and thy law is the truth.
7 Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me: yet is my delight in thy commandments.
8 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: O grant me understanding, and I shall lvie.
Clamavi in toto corde meo. Call with my whole heart : hear me, O Lord, I will keep thy statutes; 2 Yea, even unto thee do I call : help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
3 Early in the morning do I cry unto thee: for ia thy word is my trust.
4 Mine eyes prevent the night-watches : that I miglit be occupied in thy words.
5 Hear my voice, O Lord, according unto thy lovingkindness : quicken me according as thou art wont.
Clamavi in toto corde meo.—4 Prevent! He was beforehand with the light itself; therefore his eyes prevented the watches;" into which the night was divided by the Jews, he heeded not the watchman's call, but was stirring before it could be given.
.6 They draw nigh that of malice persecute me : and are far from thy law.
7 Be thou nigh at hand, O Lord : for all thy commandments are true.
8 As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long fince : that thou hast grounded them for ever.
Vide bumilitatem. O
Consider mine adversity, and deliver me: for I do
not forget thy law. 2 Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
3 Health is far from the ungodly : for they regard not thy statutes.
4 Great is thy mercy, O Lord: quicken me as thou art wont.
5 Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me : yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.
6 It grieveth me when I see the transgressors : because they keep not thy law.
7 Confider, O Lord, how I love thy commandments : O quicken me, according to thy loving-kindness.
8 Thy word is true from everlasting: all the judg. ments of thy righteousness endure for evermore.
Principes persecuti sunt.
my heart standeth in awe of thy word. 2 I am as glad of thy word : 'as one that findeth great spoils.
3 As for lies, I hate and abhor them : but thy law do I love.
4 Seven times a day do I praise thee : because of thy righteous judgments.
5 Great is the peace that they have who love thy law: and they are not offended at it.
Principes.--5 Offended] This offence means stumbling blocks of any kind. They have an immunity from temptations and snares; and this is the security which the love of God's commandments will give men, when nothing else will.
6 Lord, I have looked for thy faving health : and done after thy commandments.
7 My soul hath kept thy testimonies: and loved them exceedingly.
8 I have kept thy commandments and testimonies : for all my ways are before thee.
me understanding, according to thy word. 2 Let my fupplication come before thee: deliver me, according to thy word.
3 My lips shall speak of thy praise : when thou halt taught me thy statutes.
4 Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteous.
5 Let thine hand help me : for I have chosen thy commandments.
6 I have longed for thy saving health, O Lord: and in thy law is my delight.
7.O let my soul live, and it shall praise thee: and thy judgments shall help me.
8 I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost: O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.
and he heard me. Appropinquet deprecatio.—8 A sheep} I cannot conclude this psalm better than with a part of the extract from Merrick, cited by Bishop Horne:
“ Thinc eyes in me the sheep behold,
In plaintive accents vents its woe.” Psalm cxx.] This is a prayer against calumniators and malicious perfons, and a complaint of the infelicity of being joined with such compauloos. It is called a pfalm of ascents or degrees; because, as it is fup
2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips : and from a deceitful tongue.
3 What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou falle tongue: even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals.
4 Wo is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Me fech : and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar!
5 My soul hath long dwelt among them : that are enemies unto peace.
6 I labour for peace, but when I speak unto them thereof: they make them ready to battle.
Psalm cxxi. Levavi oculos.
I Womcift mp mine eyes unto the hills : from whence
cometh my help
2 My help cometh even from the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : and he that keeperh thee will not sleep.
4 Behold, he that keepeth İsrael : shall neither slumber nor fleep.
s The Lord himself is thy keeper : the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
6 So that the sun thall not burn thee by day: neither the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil : yea, it is even he that fall keep thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in : from this time forth for evermore. posed, it was appointed to be sung by the Levites on some elevated place. The fourteen following psalms also have this name.
4] The psalmist laments his long continuance among these deceitful and malicious men, whom he compares to the wild, barbarous, and idolatrous Arabs, the descendants of Kedar, the son of Ishmael.
Psalm cxxi.] In this pfalm the prophet introduces a person, most probably an Ifraelite, on his way to Jerufalem, expreling his trust and confidence in Jehovah, of whose favour and protection at all times, and in all dangers, the prophet afsures him. Lowth supposes that the two first verses of this psalm are spoken by the king, on his approaching as a fuppliant to the ark, preparatory to some warlike expedition; and that the remainder of the pfalm is the high-prielt's answer, delivered from the tabernacle.
6 Moon by night] The moon was supposed, at the time of the pfalmift, to have some malignant power.