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7 Their eyes swell with fat
2 [And yet my Faith :-:22[Nevertheless, my feet were began to be stagger'd, almost gone : my treadings I was tempted to doubt had well-nigh slipt.] of God's Care and Love to Good Men.)
3. And why? I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in fuch profperity:
4 For they are in no peril of death: but are lüfty and strong,
Ś They come in no misfortune like other folk: neither
are they plagued like other men. [ Their escaping 6 And [this]is the cause that Punishnient from Men, their Health, and Pro. they are so * holden with pride: sperity:1 ver. 4, 5, and overwhelmed with cruelty.
* Holden,] bound, or wrape up,
ness : and they do even what 7 [Lift.] See Vocaloi
they [luft.) 38 Blasphemy,] that 8 [They corrupt other, and is, Slander, FalisAso speak of wicked * blafphemy: Men ; for the Hebren their talking is against the moft word does not usually High.] signify any thing said or done against God. See Blaspheme, &c. in the Vocabulary.
(They are always endeavouring to debauch other Meng and those whom they cannot gain to their Party, they are always. plotting to insnare, and oppress by Lyes, and maliciously contrived Stories : Nor do they ftop fiere, but vent their profane Discourse against God himself.]
2 (For the Tongues of such Men (pare neis ileheir mouth unto the heaven:
9. [For they stretch forth ther God nor Man.], and their tongue goeth through
? the world) S 10** Fall:] chat, jsou v 10 Therefore *fall the people Fall away, (in our present Language) become unto them and thereout fuck of their side.
they no fmall advantage. Observe an emphasical.THE.
[By their boldness and arrogance (as it often happens) they bring many over to their Party, and even some of the Jews them selves, who are miserably led atvay, and pancake with chać wicked in their finful Pleasures and Profics.]
1. Tush, say, they, how should God perceive it: is there know. ledge in the most High?
12 Lo, these are the ungod 12 [If ic fare better ly, these prosper in the world, the good,
'tis to no pur
with the bad, than wich and these have riches in, pofpofe chat I have ensession: and I said, [Then have deavoured to keep my I cleansed my heart in vain, Heart from all evil and washed mine hands in in- from all finful Actions.] nocency.
13 [All the day long have 13 * Morning) in the I been punished : and chasten
Scripture signifies often
all the lightsome part ed every * morning.)
of the four and twenty Hours. So Gen. i. s. Job 7. 18. Isai. xxiii. 2. (For notrichstanding my Integricy, yet have I had a large Share of Trouble and Aniction.]
14 Yea, and I had, almost 14 [In effect accused faid even as they : but lo, then all them of Folly, who
are true to thee and I should have [condemned the
their own Consciences] generation of thy children.]
15 Then thought I to understand this : but it was too hard for me, 16 Until I went into the
16 + To hear thy word fanctuary of God t: then un
read and expounded, and derstood I the end of these men; to pray for, and obtain a
17 Namely, how thou doft right understanding of it. set them in slippery places 't: 17 + Where they can and cafteft them down, and have no sure or steady destroyeft them.
footing 18 O how suddenly do they consume: perish, and come to a fearful end!
19 Yea, even like as a dream 19 [Pomp, and oura when one awaketh: so fhalt ward Glory, which was
at best buc a meer shathou make their [image] to va dow, and appearance mish out of the city.
of Happiness.] L2
20[So unreasonably, 20 [Thus] my heart was and without grounds.] grieved: and it went even
through my reins.
21 So foolish was I, and ignorant: even as it were a beast
before thee. 22 (Near, or with 22 Nevertheless, I am alway thee under the care of [by thee]: for thou hast holden shy good Providence. + To support and di
me by my right hand t. re&t me.
23 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel: and after that receive me with glory.
24 Whom have I in heaven but thee: and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee.
25 My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
26 For lo, they that forsake
thee shall perish : thou hast de26 [ Depart from stroyed all them that [commit thee, and worship false fornication against thee.] Gods.] Hif. iv. 14.
27 But is is good for me to hold ine fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God: and
to speak of all thy works in 27 (Cicy.) See Plal. the gates of the [daughter ] ix. 14
A Psalm of Afaph, wherein he bežails the destruction of
Jerusalem, and the Temple, by Nebuchadnezzar and bis Army. 'Tis uncertain who this Afaph was, who composed it : But this seems evident enough, that be was one of those who were permitted to stay in their Native Country, and was a Spectator of all those Tras gedies that were acted by the Babylonians, both in Jerusalem, and other parts of the Land. See Jer. lij.
Ut quid, Deus ? Pfal. LXXIV. O
God, wherefore art thoų
absent from us so long : why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture?
2 Othink upon thy [con 2 [Church.] gregation] : whom thou haft purchased, and redeemed of old.
3. [Think upon the tribe of 3 The Tribe which thine inheritance: and Mount
God did in an especial
mander chuse for the Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.] place of publick WorMhip, and the Royal Seat was fuda, Psal. Ixxviii. 6. For it is certain, chat some part of the City Jerusalem stood within the bounds of this Tribe, fosh. xv. 63. and if any, then of consequence Zion, which stood on the South-side of Jerusalem, which was that part of the City which look'd toward Juda, Pf. xlviii. 3.
[Consider, in an especial manner, that Tribe which thou hast singled out from all the rett; and as it were appropriated to thy self: Think on the whole Tribe, for the sake of that which is the chief glory of it Mount-Zion, where thou thoughtest fic to fix the Token of thy Presence, the Ark.
4 [Lift up thy feet,] that 4 [Come, or make thou mayest utterly, deftroy Phrafe is used,Gen. xxix.
hafte. So the like every enemy : which hath done 'cis there translated in evil in thy sanctuary:
our present English Bi. bles (went on his fourney,] but the Hebrem Phrase is pus in the Margent.
Ś Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations; and set up their banners for to
st of their Triumph kens t.
6 [He whọ at the
6 [He that hewed timber building of the Temple, afore out of the thick trees : hew'd and carved the Timber and other Ma.
was known to bring it to an terials for that purpose, excellent work.] was a Man famously known, and spoken of all the carved work thereof:
7 But now they break down with Honour; for his admirable Performan- with axes and hammers. ces of this kind.) 8 They have set fire upon 2 Chron. ii.
13,14: thy holy places : and have deJer. lii. 12, 13. filed the dwelling-place of thy
Name, even unto the ground. 9 [Synagogues, places 9 Yea, they said in their for praying and hear hearts, Let us make havock of ing the Law.]
them altogether: thus have they burnt upall[the houses of God]
in the land. 10 (Miracles, as in 10 We see not our [tokens,] former times.)
there is not one prophet moret: + Here in our Native Country; for there were
* no not one is there among us Prophets among the Cap- that understandeth any more. tives in Babylon, as Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, doc. but there were done at home after the death of Jeremiah ; when this Psalm must therefore have been composed.
* No not one among us that understandeth any inere,] that is, our Staresmen and Generals, and all that were skilful in any Science, are now vanish'd and gone. See Ifai iii. 2, 3.
II O God, how long shall the adversary do this dishonour: how long shall the enemy blafpheme thy Name, for ever?
12 Why, withdraweft thou thy hand : why pluckest thou not thy right hand out of thy bofom to consume the enemy
13 For God is my king of old: the help that is done upon
earth, he doth it himself. Exod. xiy, 14 Thou didit divide the sca through thy power : thou