2 The LORD shall send the rod of Thy 2. The militant power out of Sion : be Thou ruler, even in

starting from Jeruthe midst among Thine enemies.

salem, is to extend 3 In the day of Thy power shall the over His enemies. people offer Thee free-will offerings with an

3. Christ's people

offer themselves, a holy worship : the dew of Thy birth is of

free-will offering, as the womb of the morning.

His warriors. They 4 The LORD sware, and will not repent : 1 ar

are ever springing up

fresh as morning dew. Thou art a priest for ever after the order of "4. Christ was Melchisedech.

a priest, not of a 5 The LORD upon Thy right hand : people, as was Aaron,

| but of the world. shall wound even kings in the day of His Melchizedek was bewrath.

fore the Jewish dis6 He shall judge among the heathen ;

pensation, and receiv.

ed tithes from AbHe shall fill the places with the dead bodies :

| raham, the founder and smite in sunder the heads over divers and representative of countries.

that nation. 7 He shall drink of the brook in the ' 7. Theonward course way : therefore shall He lift up His head.

of triumph shall not be stayed. He shall refresh Himself with

the mountain torrent Psalm 111. Confitebor tibi.

as he hastens on, and proceed refreshed to

victory. Cf. the ac[This, with the 112th Psalm, is alphabetical—i.e.,

2.C., count of SAMSON, each Sentence is commenced by a letter of the Judges xv. 18. 19. Jewish alphabet, proceeding in regular order throughout the 22 letters. This Psalm declares the glory and work of God. It commences in Easter Day. the original version with HALLELUJAH.]

The last Psalm at

Morning Prayer. I will give thanks unto the LORD with my

1. Secretly; lit. whole heart : secretly among the faithful, | in the [smaller) asand in the congregation.

sembly of the up2 The works of the LORD are great :

right. sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

3 His work is worthy to be praised, and had in honour : and His righteousness en 4. Strictly, “He dureth for ever.

appointed a memo4 The merciful and gracious LORD hath

rial for His wondrous

deeds : gracious and so done His marvellous works : that they

that they compassionate is the ought to be had in remembrance.


5 He hath given meat unto them that 5. Meat; alluding fear Him : He shall ever be mindful of His | to the manna. So to

Christians, “My flesh covenant.

is meat indeed.” 6 He hath shewed His people the power of His works : that He may give them the heritage of the heathen. 7 The works of His hands are verity and

7. True i.e., judgment : all His commandments are true.

faithful, trustworthy,

sure. 8 They stand fast for ever and ever :

8. Equity; lit. upand are done in truth and equity.

rightness. 9 He sent redemption unto His people : 1 9. This verse conHe hath commanded His covenant for ever;

sists of three sentenholy and reverend is His Name.

ces, commencing re

spectively with the 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning 17th, 18th, and 19th of wisdom : a good understanding have all | letters. Redemption

-i.e., from Egypt. they that do thereafter; the praise of it

10. The three senendureth for ever.

tences of this verse complete the Hebrew

letters. The praise of Psalm 112. Beatus vir.

it; rather, of Him. [This Psalm is the complement of the former, show. As in the last

ing the attributes of God reflected in His Psalm, so in this, the people. It is similarly alphabetical in form, | last two verses conand commences with HALLELUJAH.]

tain three sentences

each. BLESSED is the man that feareth the LORD : he hath great delight in His commandments.

2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.

3 Riches and plenteousness shall be in 3. Our Lord prohis house : and his righteousness endureth / mises blessings a hun

dredfold in this time, for ever.

| and in the world to 4 Unto the godly there ariseth up light come eternal life, to in the darkness : He is merciful, loving, and He is merciful loving and those who leave all

and follow Him.-S. righteous.

Mark x. 29, 30. 5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth : 5. A good man, and will guide his words with discretion.

&c.; rather, happy is

the man, who, &c. 6 For he shall never be moved : and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.

7 He will not be afraid of any evil tidings : for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the LORD.

8 His heart is established, and will not 8. Until he see, &c. shrink : until he see his desire upon his -i.e., until he looks

down upon his eneenemies.

mies, conquered as in 9 He hath dispersed abroad, and given a battle-field.—Psalm to the poor : and his righteousness remain

liv. 7, “Mine eye

hath seen [his desire eth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with

upon) mine enemies.” honour.

9. S. Paul urges 10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall the Corinthians to

charity by citing this grieve him : he shall gnash with his teeth,

verse. —2 Cor. ix. 9. and consume away; the desire of the un 10. As the praise godly shall perish.

of God endureth for ever, Ps. cxi. 10, so the ungodly shall

wane before it. Psalm 113. Laudate, pueri. [With this Psalm begins the Hallel, or Praise ; and,

Easter Day. together with the five following Psalms, was! The first Psalm at sung at the three great feasts—Passover, Pente Evening Prayer, folcost, and the Feast of Tabernacles.]

lowed by Ps. cxiv.

HALLELUJAH. PRAISE the LORD, ye servants : 0 praise the Name of the LORD.

2 Blessed be the Name of the LORD : from this time forth for evermore.

3 The Lord's Name is praised : from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.

4 The LORD is high above all heathen: and His glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, that hath His dwelling so high : and yet humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth ?

6 and 7. The song 6 He taketh up the simple out of the

simple out of the l of Hannah. “He

raiseth up the poor dust : and lifteth the poor out of the mire; out of the dust, and

7 That he may set him with the princes : lifteth up the beggar even with the princes of His people.

from the dunghill,

to set them among 8 He maketh the barren woman to keep princes,” 1 Sam. ii. 8. house : and to be a joyful mother of children. I HALLELUJAH.

Easter Day.
Evening Prayer.

The second Psalm at

Evening Prayer, folPsalm 114. In exitu Israel.

lowed by Ps. cxviii.

“Emancipation [On the return from Babylon, the Psalmist recalls from the bondage of

the exodus, and celebrates its glories. All sin.”—Bp. MAGEE. nature was moved—why? At the presence of 1. The strange peoGod, who is introduced at the 7th verse.]

ple; lit. people speak

ing a foreign lanWHEN Israel came out of Egypt : and the guage. Strange=exhouse of Jacobfrom among the strange people,

traneous, outlandish.

3. Saw that; Heb. 2 Judah was His sanctuary : and Israel | saw. The sea saw, His dominion.

and fled. The divi3 The sea saw that, and fled : Jordan

sion of the Red Sea

marked the escape was driven back.

from Egypt; that of 4 The mountains skipped like rams : and the Jordan marked the little hills like young sheep.

the entry into Canaan

under Joshua. 5 What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou 5. Aileth; this fleddest : and thou Jordan, that thou wast word is supplied in driven back ?

the English; there is

no verb in the Heb. 6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like To ail is to suffer pain, rams : and ye little hills, like young sheep? from the Anglo-Saxon 7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of verb eguran.

8. “The rock ” the LORD : at the presence of the God of Jacob;

the Hebrew word, to 8 Who turned the hard rock into a stand- |

the miracle in Horeb,

after which the Amaing water : and the flint-stone into a spring- lekites attacked the ing well.

Israelites, and were conquered at Moses' intercession; "the

flint-stone” indicates Psalm 115. Non nobis, Domine.

the miracle at Kadesh, [This Psalm appears to have been composed for the

when Moses smote the Temple service, and parts of it suggest an anti

rock instead of speakphone between the people and the priest. It |

ing to it. has many references to, or quotations from,

cesto, or quotations from, | The antiphone is Isaiah. In some editions it has been errone

the most ancient form ously added to the former Psalm.]

of church music, conNot unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but

sisting of two choruses

singing in turns. Our unto Thy Name give the praise : for Thy word "anthem” is loving mercy, and for Thy truth's sake.

derived from it. 2 Wherefore shall the heathen say :

Perowne assigns the

opening verses to the Where is now their God ?



3 As for our God, He is in heaven : He 3. As for ; lit. and hath done whatsoever pleased Him.

-i.C., and, all the

while, our God is in 4 Their idols are silver and gold : even

heaven. the work of men's hands.

4. Idols; the He5 They have mouths, and speak not :

brew word used for

idols means things eyes have they, and see not.

cut and carved; they 6 They have ears, and hear not : noses are laboured and have they, and smell not.

costly productions of

men-costly, but use7 They have hands, and handle not; feet less. With part of have they, and walk not : neither speak they the wood the work. through their throat.

man cooks his food

and warms himself, 8 They that make them are like unto

and fashions a God them : and so are all such as put their trust | out of the rest. — Isa. in them.

xliv. 14, 15, 16.

8. Just as they are 9 But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in

like unto God who the LORD : He is their succour and defence. worship Him, Pss. 10 Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in | cxi. cxil., so are idol

aters like their idols. the LORD : He is their helper and defender.

9. LEVITES and 11 Ye that fear the LORD, put your trust | CHOIR. in the LORD : He is their helper and defender.

fence. The same word 12 The LORD hath been mindful of us, l'in Hebrew as in the and He shall bless us : even He shall bless two following verses, the house of Israel, He shall bless the house | He shall bless the house helper and defender;

lit. help and shield. of Aaron.

12. THE PRIEST. 13 He shall bless them that fear the LORD : both small and great.

14 The LORD shall increase you more and more : you and your children.

15 Ye are the blessed of the LORD : who made heaven and earth.

16 All the whole heavens are the LORD's : 16. THE CONGREthe earth hath He given to the children of GATION. men.

17 The dead praise not Thee, O LORD : 17. The dead. The neither all they that go down into silence.

Psalmist having re

ferred to the praise 18 But we will praise the LORD : from

given by the living this time forth for evermore. PRAISE THE | upon earth, speaks of LORD.

the dead as not hav

ing the power to give This praise. Bishop Wordsworth explains the dead to be the idols and their worshippers.

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