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Verses And, Lord, let this be granted me,

That, to thy lasting praise,
Thy fervant David's house may be

Before thee fix'd always.
27 25 For thou, my God, didst this impart,

That built my house shall be ;
Thy fervant hence found in his heart

pray'r to thee.
28 26 And now, O Lord, thou art that God,

And true thy words will prove,
Thou haft me promis'd all this load

Of goodnefs, in thy love.
29 27 O then, Lord, to thy servant's house,

The promis'd bliss convey,
That it may stand, for holy ufe,

Before thy face for ay. .
For since thy word is past, O Lord,

That blest my house shall be,
With blessings shall my house be stor'd,
And blest eternally.

David's Thanksgiving and Prayer, wben be and

the Princes offered willingly for building of the

1 Chron. xxix. 10, -19.
BE ,
E thou for ever bless'd, O Lord,

Our father Ifra'l's God;
For ever be thy name ador’d,

And celebrate abroad.
II O Lord, the greatness and the might,

And victory is thine ;
Glory belongs to thee of right,

With majesty divine ;
For all's thine own, both great and finall,

That heav'n and earth contain:
The kingdom's thine, thou doft 'bove all

As head exalted reign.
12 Both wealth and honour come of thee?
O'er all thou hast command,

As fov’reign Lord; ability
And might is in thy hand.

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Ver. Yea, thine it is to make them' great

And high, that once were low;
And strength on all in weakest state

Benignly to bestow.
13 Now, therefore, O our gracious God,

We thank thee, and proclaim,
With grateful lips, the praise abroad

Of thy most glorious name.
14 But, who am I! and what are these

My folk, that ev'n to us
Strength ihould-be giv’n, with willingness,

To bring such off'rings thus?
For all things come of thee, O Lord;

We give thee but thine own;
And what thy bunty did afford

Restore to thy renown.
14. We but fojourn like strangers here,

A's all our fathers did;
Our days a passing shade appear,

.None do on earth abide.
16 Of thine own hand, O Lord, it came,

That we prepar'd this store,
To build a house for thy great name;

For all was thine before.
17 My God, I'm also sure of this,

Thou try'lt the heart and reins;
And that thy heart in uprightness

A pleasure entertains.
Now, as for me, with heart upright,

Glad with these gifts I came;
And here I see a joyful sight,

The folk have done the same.
13 Our fathers God, this frame of heart

Keep thou continually,
Within thy people's inward part,

And fix their heart to thee.
19 Give Sol'mon too a heart sincere,

To serve thee evermore ;
And to erect the palace fair

For which I heap'd such store.




David's lift Words, viewed in a twofold Lights

2 Sam. xxiii. 3,-7.

SECT. 1.

Viewed as a Direction to Kings and Rulers.

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THE mighty God of heav'n hath spoke, 3 Let kings on earth attend; To then and me doth Ifra’l's Rock

The following message send;
Let mortals over mortals reign,

In just and pious mode,
With scepters righteous toward men,

Religious toward God.
4 Then beauteous, like the morning ray;

Shall be the ruling train;
And sweet, like fragrant Aw'ry May,

Refreih'd with fun and rain.
5 Though not my house nor throne be lo

Grown up with God, I grant, Yet he hath made with me, I know,

A gracious covenant : 'Tis everlasting, sure, entire,

Well order'd ev'ry way; 'Tis my whole bliss, my whole desire,

Though he the growth delay. 6,7 But rebel fons of Belial must

The sceptre's value know,
As both a fhield to fence the just,

And fword to lash the foe.
To justice, hurtful thorns he doom'd,

Nit touch'd with naked hand,
But quite with fire and sword consum’d,
In places where they stand.


Tbe same Words viewed, according to some interpreiers, and the Dutch Translation, as a Propbecy of Christ, the King of Zion : Wbence bey may be parapbrased in tbe following manner.

Ver. A GLORIOUS Ruler over men, 3. Shall in due time appear; Just, ruling still without a stain,

And in Jewovah's fear.
4 Bright, like the rising fun, shall he

In light unclouded shine ;
Spread, like the verdant spring, shall be

llis influence divine.
5 Although my house be not with God

So, as it ought indeed;
Yet stands his cov’nant, wide and broad,

With me and with my feed :
To which it fall for ever sure,

And all in order stay,
Till he in whom my lines secure,

his throne for ay.
He's my falvation, my desire,

My all that God can bring;
'Though, till the time design'd expire,

He makes him not to spring.
6, 7 But, when he mounts, in royal state,

His throne of righteousness,
(Though still he'll keep the mercy-seat,

And thence his subjects bliss,)
Yet shall his sword of justice chase

The rebel crew to hell,
And walie his murd'rers in the place,

Ev’n Salem, where they dwell,

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JOB's HYMNS; or, Songs on several Selečt Places

in the Book of Job.

P R E FACE. The occasion of composing these Songs, upon this Book, was, that after

a report made in an open Synod, that most of the Scupture Songs were already attempted in common metre, and ready to be transcribed, a question was put, Whether the book of Job was considered in that category? And though a doubt was raised by the Author, if it was to be reckoned among the number of the Scripture Songs, yet the question set him afterwards a musing upon the subject

of this book. It is much doubted, among the learned, whether this book of Job is

written originally in metre, yea, or not; but though they are of different judgments on this head, yet it is acknowledged by them all, that the subject of it is treated in a poetical manner, and that therein

is discovered a great air of what is called epic poetry. That there was such a man as Jos, eminent for patience in adversity,

is not only evident from this book, that goes under bis name, but from several other places of scripture, that make honourable mention of him. And as it is probable, froin scripture t, that he was of the posterity of Nachor, Abraham's brother; so it may be thence allo gathered, that the place where he lived was in the eaftern parts of Arabia, and, perhaps, near the river Euphrates, probably not far froin Or; for, it is granted by writers, that the land of Uz, the country of Job, was exposed to the incursions and depredations of the Caldeans, and that Caldea was eastward

of Arabia. The time when Job lived is thought to be before Mosus, there being,

in this whole booki, no mention made of the law or the prophets, nor any of the wonders God wrought for Ifrael in Egypt, or their travels to the land of Canaan. It is likewise thought, that the Jong life of Job, which was protracted to two hundreu

years, agrees much with the time of the old patriarchs; and hence it is reckoned probable, that this book of Jub is the oldest book in the world, Whence also his eminent picty and devotion is the more reinarkable, that he had no advantage froin the divine revelations made to Moses and the Jewith prophets. The liglit il at directed him, must have been that which the old patriarchis had by oral tradition from Adam and Noah; or by wliat God was pleased to communicate sometimes

by dreains and visions in those early ages of the world. The book of Job is doctrinal; it is a collection of divine morals:

it directs us what we are to belicve concerning God. It presents us,


* Ezek, xiy. 14. James v. 11.

† Gen. xsi. 20, 21. and xxxi. 53.

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