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531 30 Then stood up Phinees and prayed : and so the plague ceased.
31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness : among all posterities for evermore.
32 They angred him also at the waters of strife : so that he punished Moses for their sakes;
33 Because they provoked his fpirit : so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
34 Neither destroyed they the heathen : as the Lord commanded them ;
35 But were mingled among the heathen: and learned their works.
36 Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which turned to their own decay : yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils.
37 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their fons and of their daughters : whom they offered unto the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled with blood.
38 Thus were they stained with their own works : and went a whoring with their own inventions.
39 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people : insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
40 And he gave them over into the hand of the heathen: and chey that hated them, were lords over them.
41 Their enemies oppressed them: and had them in subjection.
42 Many a time did he deliver them : but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.
43 Nevertheless when he saw their adversity: he heard their complaint.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cvi.) To improve this psalm to our edification, we must observe chiefly these three things. i. The confesfion which the Jews made of their fins and rebellion, their murmurings and ingratitude, and the idolatry they had several times been guilty of. From hence we may learn, on one hand, not to imitate the ingratitude and infidelity of that people, fince God has conferred infinitely greater mercies on us than on them ; and on the other, to acknowledge and confess our fins before God, when
44 He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them, according unto the multitude of his mercies: yea, he made all thole that led them away captive to pity them.
45 Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen : that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.
46 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and world without end : and let all the people say, Amen.
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Psalm cvii. Confitemini Domino.
Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and
his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let them give thanks, whom the Lord hath redeemed: and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west : from the north, and from the south.
4 They went altray in the wilderness out of the way: and found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty : their soul fainted in them.
6 So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble: and he delivered them from their distress,
7 He led them forth by the right way: that they might go to the city where they dwelt.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. we have offended him. 2. We here see, that whenever-the Israelites fell into disobedience, they felt the effects of God's wrath. God does not fuffer the disobedience of men to go unpunished ; but punishes the sins of those whom he has received into his covenant, and who abuse his favous: which he does in order to recover them to their duty. Therefore, when God vifits us, either with gencral calamities, or particular afflictions, inRead of marmuring, we ought to acknowledge the justice of his chaftiiemaines, make a right use of them, and be afraid to draw new ones upan ourselves by the hardness of our hearts. 3. It is said in this psalm, that God in his great goodness had bome with the Jews, taken pity on inem, and even delivered them upon fereral cccations. These are proofs of God's great mercy; that he is full of compassion and long-suffering to men, cven to those who have offended him; and is always ready to pardonnen, as soon as thry grow better by his creation, and to make then
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533 8 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodnels : and declare the wonders that he doth for the children of men !
9 For he satisfieth the empty soul : and filleth the hungry soul with goodness ;
10 Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : being fast bound in misery and iron.
11 Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord : and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest:
12 He also brought down their heart through heaviness : they fell down, and there was none to help them.
13 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.
14 For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death : and brake their bonds in funder.
15 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass: and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.
Foolish men are plagued for their offence: and be cause of their wickedness,
18 Their soul abhorred all manner of meat: and they were even hard at deaths door.
19 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.
20 He sent his word, and healed them: and they were saved from their deftruction.
21 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
22 That they would offer unto him the facrifice of thanksgiving: and tell out his works with gladness!
23 They that go down to the sea in ships : and occupy their business in great waters.
24. These men see the works of the Lord : and his wonders in the deep.
25 For at his word the stormy wind ariseth : which lift; erk up the waves thereof.
26 They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep : their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man: and are at their wits end.
28 So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivereth them out of their diftress.
29 For he maketh the storm to cease : so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad, because they are at reft : and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
31 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
32 That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people: and praise him in the seat of the elders!
33 Who turneth the floods into a wildernefs : and drieth up the water-springs.
34 A fruitful land maketh he barren; for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water : and water-springs of a dry ground.
36 And there he fetteth the hungry: that they may build them a city to dwell in.
37 That they may fow their land, and plant vineyards : to yield them fruits of increase.
38 He bleffeth them, so that they multiply exceedingly : and fuffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 And again, when they are minished and brought low: through oppression, through any plague or trouble ;
40 Though he suffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants : and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness :
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cvii.) This very instructive psalm. serves to teach us, that God dies wisely dispense all that happens to men; and that when they are fugitives, and dispersed, captives, fick, and in danger of perithing, affixed with famine, or in some other manner, it is God that makes thea pass through all those trials, that he may engage them to call upon him, and have recourse to his power and goodnels. This pfalm thereíore hews
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535 41 Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery : and maketh him housholds like a flock of sheep.
42 The righteous will consider this and rejoice : and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
43 Whoso is wise will ponder these things : and they shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord.
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Psalm cviii. Paratum cor meum
fing and give praise with the best member that I have.
2 Awake thou lute and harp : I myself will awake right early.
3 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
4. For thy mercy is greater than the heavens : and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
5 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and thy glory above all the earth.
6 That thy beloved may be delivered : let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.
7 God hath spoken in his holiness : I will rejoice there. fore, and divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Succoch.
8 Gilead is mine, and Manasies is mine: Epraim allo is the strength of my head.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. us, that it is the duty of persons in affliction, to apply themselves to God by humble and fervent prayer for deliverance out of all their misfortunes ; ibat when men cry to God in their distress, and curn to him, he takes pity on them, and delivers them from all their troubles ; and that it is the daty of those, who, by the help of God, have escaped any great fickness, danger of death, or other amiations, to thew their gratitude to him all their lives, and to celebrate his loving-kindness before all. Those who have been in amiction should take particular notice of these things. It is very common with men to Ay to God in their sufferings ; but when the danger is over, they generally forget the divine favours, and fall into ingratitude.