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XL. 2 He brought me out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. He delivered me out of extreme distress and misery, and out of so woeful a condition, as wherein there was neither comfort nor bope; and set me upon the firm ground of good assurance and stedfast safety.
XL. 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire ; mine ears hasi thou opened : burnt offerings and sin offerings hast thou not required. I do not come to thee, O Lord, in the formalities of legal sacrifices, as thinking to please thee by these outward acts of devo
but I bring a sincere heart to thee, and a prepared ear, in comparison whereof, burnt offerings and sin offerings are of no value to thee.
XL. 7, 8 Then said I, Lo, I come : in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O God. When thou hadst thus addressed my heart and my ear, then I said cheerfully, Behold, Lord, I am ready to consecrate myself unto thee: in the volume of thine everlasting counsel, signified by thy revealed will, it is written both of me, and especially of thy Blessed Son, whose type I bear, that we should do thy will cheerfully and cffectually.
XL. 12 Mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up. These evils, which mine iniquities have brought upon me, are so many
great, that I am not able to sustain them, but must needs droop under them, without thy merciful release.
XLII. 1 As the hart panteth for the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. The thirsty and panting deer, in the extremity of drought, doth not more eagerly long for the water brooks, wherein to cool and refresh bimself, than I do for my access to thy boly sanctuary, () Lord, even to thy tabernacle from whence I am forcibly driven.
XLII. 2 My soul thirsleth for God.
XLII. 4 Il'hen I remember these things, I pour out iny soul in mc: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise. When I remember my former happiness, how I had the liberty and favour of leading the multitude up to thy holy tabernacle, and bethink myself with what joy and melody we went up heretofore to this house of thinc, I cannot but pour out my soul into tears and lamentations, to consider my grievous restraint and exile from it.
XLII. 6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me : therefore raill I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Ilcrmonites, from the hill Mizar. My soul is cast down with this affliction : in whom should I then scek for comfort, but in thee, O God? Therefore, since I cannot be present at thy house, yet I will ever remember and think upon it, wherever I ain in my utnost banishment; whether in that
eastern land beyond Jordan, or the southern coast of the mountains of Hermonim, or in this little obscure hill wherein I now am.
XLII. 7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy water spouts. One affliction, like so many waves, comes in the neck of another; and, in a miserable succession as it were, calls for the next; upon thy predetermination of these my adversities, which do as it were gush out from thee, by those conveyances which thou hast ordained.
XLII. 8 Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me. The Lord will be graciously present, to help and comfort me; and, as in the day time he will cheer me up with the sense of his loving kindness, so in the night also he will put songs of praise and thanksgiving into my mouth.
XLIV. 12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price. We are made more base, () God, than those bond slaves, that are sold by their victors: there is somewhat given for them to their owners; but as for us, () Lord, thou hast sold us for nothing; and hast as it were cast us away, as unworthy to be prized.
XLIV. 19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons. Though thou have humbled us so low, as to the very bottom of the deep; and hast cast us down into the extremest degree of sorrow and misery.
XLV. 1 I speak of the things which I have made touching the king : my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. I speak of that holy ditty, which I have made touching king Solomon, in the type of him, that was greater than Solomon, even the King of Glory, the great Bridegroom of his Spouse the Church : my tongue shall be swift and free, in her expressions of his just praises.
XLV. 2 Thou art fuirer than the children of men : grace is poured into thy lips. O Saviour, there is more true inward beauty in thee, than in all the sons of men; yea all the glory and excellence which they have, is only derived from thee: so full of grace were thy lips, that thou spakest as never man spake.
XLV. 3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, 0 most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. As thou art armed with infinite power, O) thou Lord of Hosts, so let it please thee to buckle thyself to the exercise of this power, to the subduing of the many and mighty enemies of thy Church, and deck thyself with such glory and majesty, as may confound
XLV. 4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terriblc things.
Go thou on, happily, to execute the great administration of thy Kingly office, in the behalf of thy. Church, because of the meetness of thy person, and truth of thy word, and righteousness of thy promises and performances; and the right band of thy power shall bring to pass strange and fearful things.
XLV. 5 Thine arrow's are sharp, in the heart of the king's enemies ; vhereby the people fall under thee. Thy judgments are severely and mortally executed upon the enemies of thy Divine Sovereignty; and upon the sight thereof, the people of the world are glad to humble themselves under thine Almighty Hand.
XLV. 6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. The thrones of earthly princes are, like themselves, brittle and variable, and their government many times drawn aside to protect evil and depress good; but thy throne, O Saviour, is everlasting: even when heaven shall pass, it shall continue; and thy government can be no other than holy and righteous.
XLV. 7 Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee from everlasting, as the King, Priest, and Prophet of thy Church, with that heavenly oil, whereby he hath gladded the hearts of all thy chosen people; and hath endowed thinc assumed Humanity, with all di. vine graces,
above all mere mankind. XLV. 8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. As thy garments, () Solomon, are perfumed with that precious confection, which is made of the choicest odours, when thou comest out of thine ivory palaces; with which excellent fragrancies, thine attendants have cheered thy heart : so it is with thee, o Saviour ; thy human nature, wherewith thou art clad, is furnished with all graces and perfections, when thou descendest out of the glorious palace of heaven, whereby thou wert cheerfully enabled to perforın this great work of thy mediation.
XLV. 9 Kings daughters were among thy honourable women : upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. Thou hast the honourable attendance of many noble and famous congregations, that desire and delight to wait upon thine ordinances; but the Spouse, thy holy Catholic Church, is so honoured by thee, that she is set upon thy right hand, clothed with all true glory and magnificence.
XLV. 10 Hearken, 0 daughter, and consiler, and incline thine ear'; forget also thy father's house. And now, O daughter of Egypt, hear what I shall say to thee, in type of the true Church and Spouse of my Saviour: in lieu of so great mercy, as God hath shewed thee, in singling thee out of the world, it is thy duty to forget the corrupt condition of thy nature, and to be aliened in thine aifections, from all earthly things; it is
not for thee to think any more of the Egypt of this world, but to be as a stranger to all earthly vanities.
XLV. 11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty : for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. So shall God take pleasure in those graces, wbich he hath given thee thus to improve; and be graciously affected with thy holy obedience, which thou justly reservest for him alone; for he is the Lord thy God, and therefore all thy worship and service is due to none but him.
XLV. 12, and the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour. The neighbouring, and yet foreign churches, shall, in an acknowledgment of thy great honour and happiness, present thice with the service of their love and gifts of their bounty; and those, that are great and famous in their reputation, shall seek communion with thce.
XLV. 13 The king's daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold. Solomon's bride the daughter of Pharaoh, and Christ's Spouse the daughter of the King of Heaven, are both inwardly glorious; the one, with rich embroideries, the other, with excellent and heavenly graces; the one is clothed with gold, the other with the righteousness of her Saviour and with all divine virtues.
XLV. 14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework : the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. Neither hath she this glory put upon her, only to please and amaze the eyes of the beholders, but the main use of this goodly bravery, is, that she shall appear glorious in the eyes of the King of Glory, her celestial Husband, to whom she shall be presented in this goodly habit of grace; not without the attendance of all those believe ing souls, that appertain to that blessed train of hers.
XLV. 15 Il'ith gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought : they shall enter into the king's palace. With unspeakable joy and triumph shall they be presented unto the throne of glory: even into that palace, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, the seat and mansion of the everliving God, shall they b: brought, by the ministry and with the acclamation of the blessed angels of God.
XLV. 16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. This happy marriage of thine shall be blessed with multitudes of children, who shall succeed their fathers, in a comfortable and during government; the issue and condition whereof shall be so large and happy, that they shall be so many kings upon earth; and all thrones shall be furnished with princes from thy loins, forasmuch as all thy spiritual children are a royal generation unto God.
XLV. 17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations : therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. O my God and Saviour, I, who by thy gracious inspiration have made this bridal-song unto thee, will celebrate and praise thy Blessed Name to all generations, and will stir up thy people to bless and praise thee for ever and ever.
XLVI. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God. Let the sea of this world roar and he never so unquiet, the holy city Jerusalem, the type of God's Church, hath a little river, even Gihon or Kidron, whose calm and gentle streams shall abundantly refresh it: and the mystical Jerusalem bath both the waters of life, the word of the everliving God, to comfort and satisfy it here; and those living waters of life eternal in the Paradise of God, to make it everlastingly happy.
XLVI. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bore, and cutteth the spear in pieces; he burneth the chariot in the fire. He can, when he pleaseth, put an end to those broils and tyrannous oppositions and persecutions, wherewith his Church is wont to be infested, and can cause the enemies thereof to be still.
XLVII. 4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. He hath graciously made choice of us for his peculiar people, and of the land of Canaan for an inheritance for us; and hath purchased and prepared a more glorious inheritance for us above, even the inheritance of his saints in light; and, in the mean time, hath graced us with all those noble privileges, which are appropriated to the seed of Jacob, whom he loved.
XLVII. 5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. As the ark of God is gone with much triumph and joy to be placed in the temple of the Lord, so the Son of God is with much rejoicing of angels and men, both received into his Evangelical Church on earth, and afterwards taken up into the glory of heaven.
XLVII, 9 For the shielils of the earth belong unto God. Unto God only belongeth the safe and gracious protection of his Church and children; and he accordingly raiseth up and defendeth those princes and governo rs, under whose rule his Church is preserved in peace,
XLVIII, 4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. The heathen kings, especially Sennacherib, and his mighty host and assistants, came up against Jerusalem, with menaces of utter, destruction; but they staid not long before those walls, ere they were sent away with shame and slaughter.
XLVIII. 7 Thou breaktst the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. As a navy by sea is dispersed by a furious cast wind, so didst thou, O Lord, scatter and discomfit those mighty enemies, that came up against Jerusalem.