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s 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 lives and

7 [For man walketh in a acts in appearance rather than in reality, his

vain shadow, and disquiereth pleasures and enjoy- himself in vain]: he heapeth up

are but mere riches, and cannot tell who imaginary things. ]

shall gather them t. † Like him who labours in the Harvest.

8 And now, Lord, what is field, and binds the Corn, my hope: truly, my hope is and lays it in Cocks or even in thee. Heaps, but knows not whether he shall live to

9 Deliver me from all mine

offences: and make me not a Carry it into his Barn.

rebuke unto the foolifh. 10 [1 refrained my 10 [I became dumb, and oself, and did not so much as open my mouth pened not my mouth : for it by way of murmuring was thy doing.] or repining, because I knew the affliction was from thee. [ Stroke

11 Take thy [plague] away Scourge.] See Psal. from me: I am even consumed xxxyiii. 17,

by the means of thy heavy hand.

12 When thou with rebukes doft chasten man for sin, thou makest 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 consider my calling: hold not thy peace at my tears.

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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 t: of That so I may be before I go hence, and be no

capable nf doing some Sera vice to thee.

more feen.

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A Psalm of David, after deliverance from some great

Affliction, wherein he prays for God's protection for the future ; and in his own Person represents the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross in a Prophetical manner.

Expetans expe&tavi. Psal. XL. O
Waited patiently for the

Lord: and he inclined unto me, and heard my calling.

2 He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay: and set my feet upon a rock, and ordered my goings.

3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth : even a thanksgiving to our God. and

4 Many shall see it, and fear: and shall put their trust in the Lord. s

Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Lord : and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.

6 O Lord my God, great are thy wondrous works which thou hast done, like as be also thy thoughts, which are to usward : and yet there is no man

6 (Recounts them in that [ordereth them) unto thee. order, by way of thank

7 If I should declare them, fulness.) and speak of them; they should

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be moe than I am able to ex

press. 8 [ * Sacrifice and 8 [*Sacrifice, and meat-offerOblacions are no fit returns for fo great Mer: ing thou wouldest not]: but cies; nor didst thou mine ears haft thou opened t. express any great desire of them.] 1 Sam. XV. 22. Pfal. li. 16. Ho. vi. 6.

+ To hear, and readily obey thy Commands. [9 I come my self, and

9 Burnt-offerings, and facrioffer my Soul and Bodyfice for sin haft thou not requia Sacrifice to thee, as

red: then said I, Lo, [Icome.] the Messias hereafter shall in a more perfect manner.) * The Volume of

10 In the volume of the book the Book, fignifies the it is written of me, that I should Law of Moses, in which fulfil thy will, O my God: I am there was an express charge that the King

content to do it, yea, thy law is (as David now was) within my heart. Îhould have a copy of the Law by him, that he might study and practise it. Deut. xvii. 18, 19.

And these words are properly apply'd to Christ, Heb. x. s. forasmuch as all the Sacrifices under the Law, were but Types and Predictions of that one Sacrifice to be offered by him. Dr. Ham. understands the words in their first signification to relate to David; but by (the Volume of the Book,] when understood of Christ, he says is meant that Bill, or Roll of Contract berwixe God the Father and Son, wherein is supposed to be written the Agreement concerning Man's Redemption: by which Christ undertakes perfectly to fulfil the Will of God, even to Deach; and the Father, on the other side, promiseth, that Christ should become the Author of Erernal Salvacion to all them that believe. Mem (Sepher] signifie both Book, Indenture or Writing: And the Jews rolled up all their Writings, so that all of them might be called Volumes, that is, Rolls.

11 I have declared thy righteousness in the great congregation : lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowelt.

12 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart : my talk hath been of thy truth, and of thy salvation.

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 truth alway preserve me.

15 For innumerable troubles are come about me, my sins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up: yea, they are moe 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 ħafte, O Lord, to help me.

17 Let them be ashamedand (confounded] together that 17 [Disappointed.] feek after my foul to destroy it: let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil. 18 Let them be desolate and

iin · rewarded with shame : that say

unto me, Fie upon thee, fie upon thee.

19 Let all thofe that seek thee, be joyful and glad in thee: and let such as love thy falvation fay 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.

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Evening Prayer.
A Psalm of David, composed on occ fion of his Sickness,

and
muny

Enemies.
Beatus qui intelligit. Pfal. XLI. :)

Leffed is he that considereth

the poor and needy : the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble.

2 The Lord preserve him, and keep him alive, that he may be blessed upon earth: and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.

3 The Lord comfort him when he lieth fick upon his bed: make thou all his bed in his sickness.

4 I said, Lord, be merciful unto me : heal my soul, for I have sinned against chee.

5 Mine enemies speak evil of me: When shall he die and

his name perish? 6 ( He flatters and

6. And if he come to see me, pretends to condole me, [he speaketh vanity : and his all the time he is with heart conceiveth falshood withme he is invencing lies of me; and as soon as

in himseif, and when he cometh he is gone out of my forth he telleth it.] Doors, he relates his own Fictions for certain Truths.]

7 All mine enemies whisper

together against me: even a7 [Contrive.] Sce gainst me do they [imagine] the Vocabulary.

this evil. 8 (Let him be found

8 (Let the sentence of guilguilty of the Crimes tiness proceed against him: and with which he is falily charged, and when he now that he lieth let him rife

up is once cast, ler him ne no more.] ver recover his Credit again.]

9 Yea,

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