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God's providence and justice.
David prayeth to God. 2 For lo, the wicked bend are our own: who is lord over their bow, they make ready us? their arrow upon the string, 5 For the oppression of the that they may privily shoot at poor, for the sighing of the the upright in heart.
needy, now will I arise, saith 3 If the foundations be de- the LORD; I will set him in stroyed, what can the righteous safety from him that puffeth at do?
him. 4 The LORD is in his holy 6 The words of the LORD are temple, the LORD's throne is pure words: as silver tried in a in heaven: his eyes behold, his furnace of earth, purified seven eyelids try the children of men
times. 5 The LORD trieth the righ- 7 Thou shalt keep them, o teous : but the wicked and him LORD, thou shalt preserve them that loveth violence his soul from this generation for ever. hateth.
8 The wicked walk on every 6 Upon the wicked he shall side, when the vilest men are rain snares, fire and brimstone, exalted. and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
1 David complaineth of God's delay to help him: 7 For the righteous LORD 3 he prayeth God to support him, that his
enemies may not insult over him: 5 he trustetk loveth righteousness; his coun- in the divine mercy. tenance doth behold the up- To the chief Musician, A Psalm of right.
OW long wilt thou forget i David complaining of the perfidiousness of me, O LORD? for ever?
mankind, craveth the help of God: 3 he comforteth himself in the assurance of God's how long wilt thou hide thy judgments on the wicked, 6 and in the face from me ? faithfulness of his promises to protect the righteous.
2 How long shall I take coun1 To the chief Musician upon Shemi-sel in my soul, having sorrow nith, A Psalm of David.
in my heart daily? how long HELP, LORD; for the godly shall mine enemy be exalted
; ful fail from among the children 3 Consider and hear me, O
LORD my God: lighten mine 2 They speak vanity every one eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of with his neighbour: with flat- death; tering lips and with a double
4 Lést mine enemy say,
I heart do they speak.
have prevailed against him; and 3 The LORD shall cut off all those that trouble me rejoice flattering lips, and the tongue when I am moved. that speaketh proud things : | 5 But I have trusted in thy
4 Who have said, With our mercy; my heart shall rejoice tongue will we prevail; our lips l in thy salvation.
The proper character
of a citizen of Zion. 6. I will sing unto the LORD, 2 He that walketh uprightly, because he hath dealt bounti- and worketh righteousness, and fully with me.
speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with 1 David describeth the generat corruption of his tongue, nor doeth evil to his munkind. 7 He wisheth to see the salvation neighbour, nor taketh up a reof God. To the chief Musician, A Psalm of proach against his neighbour.
4 In whose eyes a vile person THE HE fool hath said in his is contemned; but he honour
heart, There is no God. eth them that fear the LORD. They are corrupt, they have He that sweareth to his own done abominable works, there is hurt, and changeth not. none that doeth good.
5 He that putteth not out his 2 The LORD looked down money to usury, nor taketh refrom heaven upon the children ward against the innocent. He of men, to see if there were any that doeth these things shall that did understand, and seek never be moved. God. 3 They are all gone aside, they David fleeth to God for preservation, disclaiming
all merit, and professing hatred of idolatry · are all together become filthy : 5 he rejoiceth in having God for his portion : there is none that doeth good,
8 he confideth in God's present protection,
and in a future resurrection, and life everno, not one.
lasting. 4 Have all the workers of ini
Michtam of David. quity no knowledge ? who eat PRESERVE me, o God:
I put and call not upon the LORD.
5 There were they in great 2 O my soul, thou hast said fear: for God is in the genera- unto the LORD, Thou art my tion of the righteous.
Lord: my goodness extendeth 6 Ye have shamed the counsel not to thee; of the poor, because the LORD
3 But to the saints that are in is his refuge.
the earth, and to the excellent, 7 Oh that the salvation of in whom is all my delight. Israel were come out of Zion! 4 Their sorrows shall be mulwhen the LORD bringeth back tiplied that hasten after another the captivity of his people, god : their drink-offerings of Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel blood will I not offer, nor take shall be glad.
up their names into my lips.
5 The LORD is the portion PSALM XV.
of mine inheritance and of my The proper character of a citizen of Zion. TA Psalm of David.
cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto who shall thy tabernacle ? who shall me in pleasant places ; yea, I dwell in thy holy hill ?
have a goodly heritage.
David appealeth to God
for his innocence. 7 I will bless the LORD, who 5 Hold up my goings in thy hath given me counsel: my paths, that my footsteps slip not. reins also instruct me in the 6 I have called upon thee, for night seasons.
thou wilt hear me, O God: in8 I have set the LORD always cline thine ear unto me, and before me : because he is at hear my speech. my right hand, I shall not be 7 Shew thy marvellous lovingmoved.
kindness, O thou that savest by 9 Therefore my heart is glad, thy right hand them which put and my glory rejoiceth: my their trust in thee from those flesh also shall rest in hope. that rise up against them.
10. For thou wilt not leave 8 Keep me as the apple of the my soul in hell ; neither wilt eye, hide me under the shadow thou suffer thine Holy One to of thy wings, see corruption.
9 From the wicked that op11 Thou wilt shew me the press me, from my deadly ene path of life: in thy presence mies, who compass me about. is fulness of joy; at thy right
at thy right | 10 They are inclosed in their hand there are pleasures for
for own fat: with their mouth they
11 They have now compassed David appealeth to God for his innocence, and us in our steps : they have set prayelh to be saved from his enemies : 10 their eyes bowing down to the he sheweth their pride and eagerness to ruin him: 13 he prayeth against worldly men,
earth; expressing his own confidence in God.
12 Like as a lion that is greedy | A Prayer of David.
of his prey, and as it were a HE
EAR the right, O LORD, young lion lurking in secret
attend unto my cry, give places. ear unto my prayer, that goeth 13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint not out of feigned lips.
him, cast him down: deliver 2 Let my sentence come forth my soul from the wicked, which from thy presence; let thine is thy sword : eyes behold the things that are 14 From men which are thy equal.
hand, O LORD, from men of the 3 Thou hast proved mine world, which have their portion heart ; thou hast visited me in in this life, and whose belly thou the night; thou hast tried me, fillest with thy nid treasure : and shalt find nothing : I am they are full of children, and purposed that my mouth shall leave the rest of their substance not transgress
to their babes. 4 Concerning the works of 15 As for me, I will behold men, by the word of thy lips thy face in righteousness : ) I have kept me from the paths shall be satisfied, when I awake, of the destroyer.
with thy likeness.
David's psalm of
thanksgiving for God's PSALM XVIII.
and did fly: yea, he did fly upDavid's psalm of thanksgiving for Gods mighty on the wings of the wind.
deliverances and manifold blessings. 11 He made darkness his T To the chief Musician, A Psalin of secret place ; his pavilion round
David, the servant of the LORD, who about him were dark waters and spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD thick clouds of the skies. delivered him from the hand of all 12 At the brightness that was his enemies, and from the hand of before him his thick clouds passSaul: And he said,
ed, hail-stones and coals of fire. WILL love thee, O LORD, 13 The LORD also thundered I my strength.
in the heavens, and the Highest 2 The LORD is my rock, and gave his voice; hail-stones and my fortress, and my deliverer; i coals of fire. my God, my strength, in whom 14 Yea, he sent out his arI will trust; my buckler, and rows, and scattered them; and the horn of my salvation, and he shot out lightnings, and dismy high tower.
comfited them. 3 I will call upon the LORD,
15 Then the channels of wawho is worthy to be praised :ters were seen, and the foundaso shall I be saved from mine tions of the world were discovenemies.
ered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at 4 The sorrows of death com- the blast of the breath of thy passed me, and the floods of nostrils. ungodly men made me afraid. 16 He sent from above, he
5 The sorrows of hell com- took me, he drew me out of passed me about: the snares many waters. of death prevented me.
17 He delivered me from
my 6 In my distress I called upon strong enemy, and from them the LORD, and cried unto my which hated me : for they were God: he heard my voice out of too strong for me. his temple, and my cry came 18 They prevented me in the before him, even into his ears. day of my calamity: but the
7 Then the earth shook and LORD was my stay. trembled; the foundations also 19 He brought me forth also of the hills moved and were into a large place : he delivered shaken, because he was wroth. me, because he delighted in me.
8 There went up a smoke out 20 The LORD rewarded me of his nostrils, and fire out of according to my righteousness; his mouth devoured : coals were according to the cleanness of kindled by it.
my hands hath he recompensed 9 He bowed the heavens also, me. and came down: and darkness 21 For I have kept the ways was under his feet
of the LORD, and have not wick10 And he rode upon a cherub | edly departed from my God.
and manifold blessings. 22 For all his judgments were 35 Thou hast also given me before me, and I did not put the shield of thy salvation : and away his statutes from me . thy right hand hath holden me
23 I was also upright before up, and thy gentleness hath him, and I kept myself from made me great. mine iniquity.
36 Thou hast enlarged my 24 Therefore hath the LORD steps under me, that my feet recompensed me according to did not slip. my righteousness, according to 37 I have pursued mine enethe cleanness of my hands in mies, and overtaken them : his eyesight.
neither did I turn again till 25 With the merciful thou they were consumed. wilt shew thyself merciful; with 38 I have wounded them that an upright man thou wilt shew they were not able to rise : they thyself upright;
are fallen under my feet. 26 With the pure thou wilt 39 For thou hast girded me shew thyself pure; and with with strength unto the battle : the froward thou wilt shew thou hast subdued under me thyself froward.
those that rose up against me. 27 For thou wilt save the af- 40 Thou hast also given me flicted people; but wilt bring the necks of mine enemies; down high looks.
that I might destroy them that 28 For thou wilt light my can- hate me. dle : the LORD my God will 41 They cried, but there was enlighten my darkness.
none to save them : even unto 29 For by thee I have run the LORD, but he answered through a troop; and by my them not. God have I leaped over a wall
. 42 Then did I beat them small 30 As for God, his way is as the dust before the wind : I perfect: the word of the LORD did cast them out as the dirt in is tried: he is a buckler to all the streets. those that trust in him.
43 Thou hast delivered me 31 For who is God save the from the strivings of the people; LORD? or who is a rock save and thou hast made me the
head of the heathen: a people 32 It is God that girdeth me whom I have not known shall with strength, and maketh my serve me. way perfect
44 As soon as they hear of 33 He maketh my feet like me, they shall obey me: the hinds' feet, and setteth me upon strangers shall submit themmy high places.
selves unto me. 34 He teacheth my hands to 45 The strangers shall fade war, so that a bow of steel is away, and be afraid out of their broken by mine arms.