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unfeigned heart : when I shall vant : that I may live, and keep
18 Open thou mine eyes: that 8 I will keep thy ceremonies : I
may see the wondrous things O forsake me not utterly! of thy law.
19 I am a stranger upon earth: 2d Part. (f)
O hide not thy commandments 9 WHEREWITHAL shall
) young man cleanse his way :
for the very
fervent desire : the even by ruling himself after thy
it hath alway unto thy judge word. 10 With my whole heart have
21 Thou hast rebuked the I sought thee: O let me not go
proud : and cursed are they that wrong out of thy command
do err from thy commandments
22. () turn from me shame 11 Thy words have I hid (8)
and rebuke : for I have kept thy within my heart : that I should
testimonies, not sin against thee.
23 Princes also did sit and 12 Blessed art thou, O Lord : O teach me thy statutes.
speak against me : but thy ser
vant is occupied in thy statutes. 13 With my lips have I been telling : of all the judgements of
24 For thy testimonies are my thy mouth.
delight : and my counsellors.
4th Part. (k)
My soul cleaveth to the
25 15 I will talk of thy com
dust : O quicken thou me acmandments : and have respect cording to thy word.
26 I have acknowledged my unto thy ways.
ways, and thou heardest me: 0 16 My delight shall be in thy
teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the
way of thy commandments : and 3d Part. (b)
so shall í talk of thy wondrous
princes, i. e. Saul's courtiers, did sit and speak against him.
(i)“ Breaketh out," &c. The earnest- 4.28 ness with which he looked up to God is strongly expressed in Ps. lxii. 2. " My • soul ibirstein for thee, my Aesh also
longeth after thee ; in a barren and dry “ land, where no water is." And see Ps. xlii. 2.-cxlij. 6.
(k) Reflections, resolutions, and praye ers, during great distress.
very heaviness : comfort thou 38 Ostablish thy word in thy me according unto thy word. servant : that I
fear thee. 29 Take from me the way of 39 Take away the rebuke that lying : and cause thou me to I am afraid of : for thy judgemake much of thy law.
ments are good. 30 I have chosen the way of 40 Behold, my delight is in truth : and thy judgements have thy commandments : O quicken I laid before me.
me in thy righteousness. 31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies : O Lord, confound me
6th Part. (c) not.
41 Let thy loving- mercy 32 I will run the way of thy come also unto me, O Lord : commandments : when thou hast even thy salvation, according set my heart at liberty. :
unto thy word.
42 So shall I make answer
unto my blasphemers (p) : for MORNING PRAYER. my trust is in thy word.
43 O take not the word of 5th Part. (1)
thy truth (9) utterly out of my 33 Teach me, O Lord, the mouth : for my hope is in thy way of thy statutes : and I shall judgements. keep it unto the end.
44 So shall I alway keep thy 34 Give me understanding, law : yea, for ever and ever. and I shall keep thy law : yea, 45 And I will walk at liberty: I shall keep it with my whole for I seek thy commandments. heart.
46 I will speak of thy testimo35 Make me to go in the path nies also, even before kings (r) : of thy commandments : for therein and will not be ashamed. is
47 And my delight shall be in 36 Incline my heart unto thy thy commandments : which I have testimonies :' and not to covet- loved. ousness (m).
48 My hands (s) also will I lift 37 O turn away mine eyes, up unto thy commandments, lest they behold (n) vanity : and which I have loved : and my quicken thou me in thy way. study shall be in thy statutes.
(?) A prayer for God's assistance to be instructed and kept in the ways of goodness.
(m) “ Covetousness," i. e. (perhaps) every species of inordinate desire.
(a) « Lest they behold," i. e. so as they may not behold.
( ) A prayer for protection, and resolutions to keep God's laws and courage
ously to speak of his testimonies. bo (p)“ Blasphemers," i. e. those who
scoff at me for my dependence upon thee. 3 (9) “ The word of thy truth," i. e.
(perhaps) thy promise of protection to
them who trust in thee. Let me not lose
(r) “ Before kings." This implies v. 46.
“ My hands," &c. The meaning v.48. is, either " I will adhere vigorously to
thy commandments,” or, I will swear solemnly to follow them; one of the Jewish modes of swearing was by lifting up the hand to heaven. See note on Ps. xliv. 21.
60 I made haste, and prolonged 7th Part. (1)
not the time : to keep thy com49 0 THINK upon thy ser- mandments. vant, as concerning thy word (u): 61 The congregations of the wherein thou hast caused me to
ungodly have robbed me : but I put my trust.
have not forgotten thy law. 50 The same is my comfort in
62 At midnight I will rise to my trouble : for thy word hath give thanks unto thee : because of quickened me.
thy righteous judgements. 51 The proud have had me 63 I am a companion of all exceedingly in derision : yet have them that fear thee : and keep I not shrinked from thy law; thy commandments. 52 For I remembered thine
64 The earth, O Lord, is full everlasting judgements, O Lord :
of thy mercy : 0 teach me thy and received comfort.
gth Part. (z)
graciously with thy servant : acName, O Lord, in the night-sea- 66 o learn me true under. son : and have kept thy law. 56 This I had : because I kept
standing and knowledge : for I
have believed thy command. thy commandments. 8th Part. (y)
67 Before I was troubled, I
went wrong : but now have I 57 Thou art my portion, o kept thy word. Lord : I have promised to keep 68 Thou art good and gra.
cious : 0 teach me thy statutes. 58
I made my humble petition 69 The proud have imagined in thy presence with my whole a lie against me : but I will keep heart : O be merciful unto me thy commandments with my according to thy word.
whole heart. 59 I called mine own ways to 70 Their heart is as fat (a) as remembrance : and turned my brawn : but my delight hath been feet unto thy testimonies.
in thy law.
(c) A prayer for protection .
(u) “ Thy word,” &c. This may allude to God's promise to David mentioned, 2 Sam. v. 2. « Thou shalt feed “ my people Israel, and thou shalt be a “ captain over Israel."
(x) “House of my pilgrimage.” Perhaps the places where he concealed himself for fear of Saul.
(1) Reflections, resolutions, &c. after prayer and self-examination.
(z) A thanksgiving after deliverance from trouble, praying for further knowledge, and resolving to walk in God's commandment.
(a) “ Fat,"' &c. An expression to denote their arrogance. So Ps. xvii. 10, “ They are inclosed in their own fat, and “ their mouth speaketh proud things and Ps. lxxiii. 7." Their eyes swell with
fatness, and they do even what they « lust."
71 It is good for me that I 72 The law of thy mouth is have been in trouble : that I may dearer unto me : than thousands learn thy statutes.
of gold and silver.
April 25. Morn. Wisd. v. Morn. Deut. v. Morn. Ecclus. ï. Morn. Ecclus. iv. Aets xxii. to 0.22.
Luke viii. (1)
1 John i. (3)
77 O let thy loving-mercies Ioth Part. (6)
come unto me, that I may live ;'
for thy law is my delight. 73 Thy hands have made
78 Let the proud be confoundme, and fashioned me : give ed, for they go wickedly about me understanding, that I may to destroy me : but I will be oclearn thy commandments, cupied in thy commandments. 74 They that fear thee will be
79 Let such as fear thee and glad when they see me : because have known thy testimonies : be I have put my trust in thy word. turned unto me. 75 I know, O Lord, that thy
80 O let my heart be sound judgements are right : and that in thy statutes : that I be not thou of very faithfulness hast
ashamed. caused me to be troubled. 76 O let thy merciful kindness
11th Part. (c) be my comfort : according to thy word unto thy servant.
8. My soul hath longed for
(6) Reflections in trouble, acknowledging the utmost dependence upon God and the justice of his judgments, praying earnestly for deliverance,
to keep God's law.
(c) Reflections during trouble and per. secution, (probably written whilst David was concealed for fear of Saul) earnestly looking up to God for protection, and noticing the dangers he had undergone.
thy salvation (d) : and I have a 92 If my delight had not been good hope, because of thy word. in thy law : I should have perished
82 Mine eyes long sore for thy in my trouble. word: saying, “ O when wilt thou 93 I will never forget thy com" comfort me?”
mandments : for with them thou 83 For I am become like a hast quickened me. bottle (e) in the smoke : yet do I 94 I am thine, O save me : not forget thy statutes.
for I have sought thy command84 How many are the days of ments. thy servant : when wilt thou be 95 The ungodly laid wait for avenged of them that persecute me to destroy me : but I will
consider thy testimonies.
ment is exceeding broad (k).
13th Part. (1)
97 Lord, what love have I 87 They had almost made an
unto thy law : all the day long is end of me upon earth : but I for. sook not thy commandments. 98 Thou, through thy com
88 O quicken me after thy | mandments, hast made me wiser loving-kindness : and so shall í than mine enemies : for they are keep the testimonies of thy ever with me. mouth.
99 I have more understanding
than my teachers (m): for thy tes12th Part.
timonies are my study. 89 O Lord, thy word : en- 100 I am wiser than the aged : dureth for ever in heaven. because I keep thy command90 Thy truth also remaineth
ments. from one generation to another : 101 I have refrained my feet thou hast laid the foundation of from every
evil way : that I may the earth, and it abideth.
keep thy word. 91 They (8) continue this day 102 I have not shrunk(n) from according to thine ordinance : for thy judgements : for thou teaches all things serve thee.
my study in it!
7.81. (d) “ Thy salvation," i.e. deliverance
at thy hand. v.83.
“ A bottle," &c. Their bottles were of skin, or leather, and when hung up in the smoke became parched, dried up, worn out. So here David is almost worn out by waiting.
(8) Upon the certainty of the fulfilment of God's promises, and the comfort
of keeping his commandments. 0.91. (8) “ They,'' i. e. either the founda
tions of the earth, or all things.
“All things,” i.e. all earthly thing .. (i) “Come to an end," i. e. fail, peristy (k
“ Broad," i. e. firm, stable, upon tyle a solid foundation, not (like earthly things) coming to an end, &c.
(1) An eulogium upon God's law.
“ Teachers, and verse 100, aged.” These verses imply that the writer was not very far advanced in years.
(u) “ Not shrunk," &c. i. e. I have . born my affli&tions with patience.
(0) · Thou teachest me," i.e. eitler !