his own heart's desire : and speaketh good good, &c. ;, rather, of the covetous, whom God abhorreth.

“ blesseth the cove

tous, despiseth the 4 The ungodly is so proud, that he careth

LORD.” not for God : neither is God in all his 4. All his thoughts thoughts.

are, “there is no

God.” 5 His ways are alway grievous : Thy

5. Grievous. It judgments are far above out of his sight, should be prosperous. and therefore defieth he all his enemies.

The Heb. word means

to twist, turn-hence 6 For he hath said in his heart, Tush,

to be strong. I shall never be cast down : there shall no 6. Cf. “Take thine harm happen unto me. .

ease, eat, drink, and

be merry,” S. Luke 7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit,

xii. 19. and fraud : under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.

8 He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets : and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.

9 For he lieth waiting secretly, even as 1 9. Ravish 2. e., a lion lurketh he in his den : that he may catch and plunder. ravish the poor.

10 He doth ravish the poor : when he getteth him into his net.

11 He falleth down, and humbleth him 11. Rather transself : that the congregation of the poor may late : But he (the

poor man) is crushed fall into the hands of his captains.

and low: the help12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God less fall by his strong hath forgotten : He hideth away His face, ones. and He will never see it.

13 Arise, O LORD God, and lift up Thine hand : forget not the poor.

14 Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God : while he doth say in his heart, Tush, Thou God carest not for it.

15 Surely Thou hast seen it : for Thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.

16 That Thou mayest take the matter into Thine hand : the poor committeth himself unto Thee; for Thou art the helper of the friendless.

out 1

17 Break Thou the power of the ungodly | 17. Rather : Seek and malicious : take away his ungodliness,

” until it is all destroyand Thou shalt find none.

ed. 18 The LORD is King for ever and ever : and the heathen are perished out of the land.

19 LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the poor : Thou preparest their heart, and Thine ear hearkeneth thereto;

20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right : that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.

PSALM 11. In Domino confido. [A Psalm of David, composed in trouble, such as at

the time of Absalom's rebellion.] In the LORD put I my trust : how say ye then to my soul, that she should flee as a bird unto the hill ?

2 For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, 2. Quiver ; Heb. and make ready their arrows within the on the string., quiver : that they may privily shoot at

3. Foundations ;

Heb. columns-i.e., them which are true of heart. . the noblest and best

3 For the foundations will be cast down : | men. In the general and what hath the righteous done?

confusion and an

archy, what can the 4 The LORD is in His holy temple : the righteous do ? LORD's seat is in heaven.

5 His eyes consider the poor : and His eye-lids try the children of men.

6. Alloweth; ra6 The LORD alloweth the righteous : but ther, trieth, testeth. the ungodly, and him that delighteth in

1 7. The description

of a storm against the wickedness doth His soul abhor.

wicked, as the simoom 7 Upon the ungodly He shall rain snares, in the desert, with fire and brimstone, storm and tempest : this

an allusion to the de

struction of Sodom shall be their portion to drink.

and Gomorrah. 8 For the righteous Lord loveth right 8. His countenance, eousness : His countenance will behold the

&c. Modern trans

lators read this pasthing that is just.

sage, “The upright | shall behold His face."

Evening Prayer.

PSALM 12. Salvum me fac. TA Psalm of David, composed at a time of deep | To be sung upon depression at the ungodliness of the times.] Sheminith : i. e., by

bass voices. HELP me, LORD, for there is not one godly 1. Cf. the desolaman left : for the faithful are minished

tion and complaint of

Elijah, 1 Kings xix. from among the children of men.

10: “I, even I only, 2 They talk of vanity every one with his am left; and they seek neighbour : they do but flatter with their | my life, to take it

away.” lips, and dissemble in their double heart.

2. Vanity i. l., 3 The LORD shall root out all deceitful emptiness, unreality. lips : and the tongue that speaketh proud

3. Root out; rather,

cut off — i. e., from things;

all communion with 4 Which have said, With our tongue Himself. will we prevail : we are they that ought to

4. We are, &c.; lit.

our lips are with us, speak, who is lord over us ?

are our own. 5 Now for the comfortless troubles' sake 5. The comfortless of the needy : and because of the deep sigh troubles' sake ; lit.

for, on account of the ing of the poor,

desolation. 6 I will up, saith the LORD : and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set him at rest.

7 The words of the LORD are pure words : 7. Silver. The cueven as the silver, which from the earth is pelling process (from

cupel, the cup in which tried, and purified seven times in the fire.

the alloy and lead are 8 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD : Thou placed) of refining silshalt preserve him from this generation for

ver is described in Ez. ·

xxii. 20,“They gather ever.

silver, and brass, and 9 The ungodly walk on every side : when | iron, and lead, and they are exalted, the children of men are

tin, into the midst of

the furnace, to blow put to rebuke.

the fire upon it, to melt it.”

9. “This return to

gloom and doubt is, Psalm 13. Usque quo, Domine ?

I believe, without

parallel at the con[A Psalm of David, showing the progress of sorrow,

clusion of a Psalm." through prayer and faith, to victory.]

-PEROWNE. How long wilt Thou forget me, O LORD, for |

ever': how long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me ?

2 How long shall I seek counsel in my | 2. And be ; rather, soul, and be so vexed in my heart : how 1.having sorrow in

my heart all day.” long shall mine enemies triumph over me ?

Notice "how long," 3 Consider, and hear me, O LORD my four times repeated. God : lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in

3. Lighten. Cf. Jon

athan's "eyes were death.

enlightened ” - i. e., 4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed refreshed -1 Sam. against him : for if I be cast down, they xxiv. 27. that trouble me will rejoice at it.

5 But my trust is in Thy mercy : and my heart is joyful in Thy salvation.

6 I will sing of the LORD, because He 6. Yea, &c. This hath dealt so lovingly with me : yea, I will half indly with me. ve I will | half of the verse is

not found in our Hepraise the Name of the LORD most Highest.

brew version.

Psalm 14. Dixit insipiens. [A Psalm of David, lamenting the terrible corrupt.

ness of the times. It is repeated, with a few

alterations, as Ps. liii.] The fool hath said in his heart : There is 1. The fool; the no God.

vile person. “Na

bal,” the man with2 They are corrupt, and become abomin

out taste or discern. able in their doings : there is none that ment. doeth good, no not one.

3 The LORD looked down from heaven 3. Cf. “The king upon the children of men : to see if there

came in to see the

guests ;” also Gen. were any that would understand, and seek xi. 5 — "The Lord after God.

came down to see the 4 But they are all gone out of the way,

city and the tower,

| which the children of they are altogether become abominable : | men builded.” there is none that doeth good, no not one. 4. Cf. “ The whole [5 Their throat is an open sepulchre, with

| head is sick, and the

whole heart faint. their tongues have they deceived : the poison From the sole of the of asps is under their lips.

foot even unto the 6 Their mouth is full of cursing and bit

head there is nosound

ness in it,” Isa. i. 5, 6. terness : their feet are swift to shed blood. Verses' 5. 6. 7 are 7 Destruction and unhappiness is in their not in the Hebrew,

ways, and the way of peace have they not but are transferred known : there is no fear of God before their

from Rom. iii. 10,

where S. Paul quotes eyes.]

them from other parts 8 Have they no knowledge, that they of the Bible. They are all such workers of mischief : eating up

found their way into

this text through the my people as it were bread, and call not

LXX. and Vulgate. upon the Lord ?

8. Eating up, &c. 9 There were they brought in great fear, - i.e., the leaders

made the people their even where no fear was : for God is in the

victims. generation of the righteous.

9. Even where, &c. 10 As for you, ye have made a mock at

| - i. e., no outward

cause of fear ; the the counsel of the poor : because he putteth

words are transferred his trust in the LORD.

from Ps. liii. 6, and 11 Who shall give salvation unto Israel

are not found in the

Hebrew in this Psalm. out of Sion? When the LORD turneth the

11. “This may suit captivity of His people : then shall Jacob the desire of David, rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

2 Sam. xv. 25, 26; or the verse may have been added at a later date.”—PEROWNE.

Morning Prayer.

DAY 3. Psalm 15. Domine, quis habitabit ? Ascension Day. [A Psalm of David, generally understood to have

The second Psalm been composed on the occasion of the removal

at Morning Prayer, of the ark from the house of Obed-edom to the

followed by Ps. xxi. holy hill of Zion.] LORD, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle : or 1. Dwell ; rather, who shall rest upon Thy holy hill ?

sojourn—i.e., be re

ceived as a guest. 2 Even he, that leadeth an uncorrupt life : and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.

3 He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour : and hath not slandered his neighbour. 4 He that setteth not by himself, but is

4. Otherwise trans

lated, as in the Bible lowly in his own eyes : and maketh much version, “in whose of them that fear the LORD.

eyes a vile person is

despised.” Hence the Psalmist is despised in his own eyes—i.e., he is meek and lowly.

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