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cedar-trees : yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Libanus.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a 6. Sirion ; the Sicalf : Libanus also, and Sirion, like a young donian name of Her
| mon, from its snowy unicorn.
tops irradiated by the 7 The voice of the LORD divideth the sun. Unicorn ; lit. flames of fire; the voice of the LORD shak
7. Cades ; Kadesh, eth the wilderness : yea, the LORD shaketh in the south of Pales. the wilderness of Cades.
tine, the scene of the 8 The voice of the LORD maketh the
great rebellion on the
return of the spies. — hinds to bring forth young, and discovereth Num. xiv. the thick bushes : in His temple doth every 8. Discovereth ; lit. man speak of His honour.
strips off their leaves.
Every man, &c.; lit. 9 The LORD sitteth above the water
all therein cry ‘Glory.' flood : and the LORD remaineth a King for 9. Flood. The Heever.
brew word (Mabbool)
is that used in Genesis 10 The LORD shall give strength unto
for the DELUGE, and His people : the LORD shall give His people nowhere else except
here. the blessing of peace.
10. Peace ; Jehovah's blessing. Num. vi. 26, “The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and
give thee PEACE.” Morning Prayer. Psalm 30. Exaltabo te, Domine.
DAY 6. [A Psalm of David, in which he commemorates 1 * " And it was at
recovery from sickness. It is said to have been Jerusalem the Feast
X. 22.*] I WILL magnify Thee, O LORD, for Thou hast 1. Set me up; raised set me up : and not made my foes to triumph me, as out of a pit. over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried unto Thee : and Thou hast healed me. 3 Thou, LORD, hast brought my soul out
3. Thou hast kept,
&c.; lit. Thou hast of hell : Thou hast kept my life from them saved me alive from that go down to the pit.
among them that, &c. 4 Sing praises unto the LORD, Oye saints of His : and give thanks unto Him for a remembrance of His holiness.
5 For His wrath endureth but the twink- 5. "Sorrow is as a ling of an eye, and in His pleasure is life : | wanderer who has ob
| tained a night's lodg. heaviness may endure for a night, but joying, but gives place cometh in the morning.
to joy in the morn6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall | ing:” K., never be removed : Thou, LORD, of Thy Zion.
6. My hill — i.e., goodness hast made my hill so strong.
7 Thou didst turn Thy face from me : and I was troubled.
8 Then cried I unto Thee, O LORD : and gat me to my LORD right humbly.
9 What profit is there in my blood : 9, 10, 11. The when I go down to the pit ?
prayer made. 10 Shall the dust give thanks unto Thee : or shall it declare Thy truth?
11 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me : LORD, be Thou my Helper.
12 Thou hast turned my heaviness into | 12. The answer rejoy : Thou hast put off my sackloth, and
ceived. girded me with gladness.
13 Therefore shall every good man sing 13. Therefore, &c.; of Thy praise without ceasing : 0 my God, | rather, to the end that I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.
| glory may praise Thee
-i.e., that I may refer my glory to God.
PSALM 31. In te, Domine, speravi.
ance from trouble. It seems to have been a
of David.] In Thee, O LORD, have I put my trust : let! The first three verses me never be put to confusion, deliver me in are found in Ps. lxxi. Thy righteousness.
2 Bow down Thine ear to me : make haste to deliver me.
3 And be Thou my strong rock, and house of defence : that Thou mayest save me.
4 For Thou art my strong rock and my castle : be Thou also my guide, and lead me for Thy Name's sake.
5 Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me : for Thou art my strength. • 6 Into Thy hands I commend my spirit : 6. Our Saviour's for Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, Thou | last prayer, “Father,
into Thy hands I comGod of truth.
mend My spirit,” S. 7 I have hated them that hold of super Luke xxiii. 46. stitious vanities : and my trust hath been
7. So Jonah in the
belly of the fish prayin the LORD.
ed, “They that ob. 8 I will be glad, and rejoice in Thy serve lying vanities, mercy : for Thou hast considered my trouble,
forsake their own and hast known my soul in adversities.
mercy," ii. 8. Vani
ties—i.e., idols. 9 Thou hast not shut me up into the 9. Large room ; hand of the enemy : but hast set my feet open ground, as op
| posed to being hemin a large room.
med in. 10 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble : and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.
11 For my life is waxen old with heaviness : and my years with mourning.
12 My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity : and my bones are consumed. .
13 I became a reproof among all mine! 13. Without-i.l., enemies, but especially among my neigh
avoided me, as they bours : and they of mine acquaintance were
would avoid a leper. afraid of me; and they that did see me without conveyed themselves from me.
14 I am clean forgotten, as a dead man out of mind : I am become like a broken "a chosen vessel,”
Acts ix. 15, he is now vessel.
“a vessel wherein is 15 For I have heard the blasphemy of no pleasure,” Jer. the multitude : and fear is on every side, xxii. 28. while they conspire together against me, I
in the streets.
and take their counsel to take away my | life.
16 But my hope hath been in Thee, O LORD : I have said, Thou art my God.
17 My time is in Thy hand; deliver me | 17. Time; lit. times from the hand of mine enemies : and from 1-i.e., the events of them that persecute me.
my life. 18 Shew Thy servant the light of Thy 18. Show, &c.; lit. countenance : and save me for Thy mercy's
make Thy face to shine
upon Thy servant. sake.
Cf. the high priest's 19 Let me not be confounded, O LORD, blessing, Num. vi. for I have called upon Thee : let the ungodly
25. be put to confusion, and be put to silence in the grave.
20 Let the lying lips be put to silence : which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully, speak against the righteous.
21 O how plentiful is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee : and that Thou hast prepared for them that put their trust in Thee, even before the sons of men !
22 Thou shalt hide them privily by Thine 22. Privily, &c.; own presence from the provoking of all lit. in the hiding
| place of Thy presence. men : Thou shalt keep them secretly in Thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.
23 Thanks be to the LORD : for He hath | 23. In a strong shewed me marvellous great kindness in a | city. Probably fig.
urative; an illustra. strong city.
tion from deliverance 24 And when I made haste, I said : I out of a besieged city. am cast out of the sight of Thine eyes.
24. He confesses 25 Nevertheless, Thou heardest the voice
| his own precipitancy. of my prayer : when I cried unto Thee.
26 O love the LORD, all ye His saints : 26. Saints ; lit. for the LORD preserveth them that are faith. | loved by God, and so
loving Him. ful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.
27 Be strong, and He shall establish your heart : all ye that put your trust in the LORD.
Ash Wednesday. [A Psalm of David ; the second of the seven Peni.
The second Psalm at tential Psalms. It probably records David's
Morning Prayer, fol. thankfulness after Nathan had said to him,
lowed by Ps. xxxviii. “ The LORD hath put away thy sin.” It is used in the synagogue at the conclusion of the
service for the day of atonement.] BLESSED is he whose unrighteousness is for 1. Covered - 1. e., given : and whose sin is covered.
by God. Cf. ver. 5, 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the
| I have not covered. LORD imputeth no sin : and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 For while I held my tongue : my 3. The misery of bones consumed away through my daily concealed sin. complaining.
4 For Thy hand is heavy upon me day 4. Moisture ; life. and night : and my moisture is like the blood. It was dried drought in summer.
[ SELAH. ] 5 I will acknowledge my sin unto Thee : 5. Hid; lit. coverand mine unrighteousness have I not hid. ed. Cf. ver. 1.
6 I said, I will confess my sins unto the 6. Confession to, LORD : and so Thou forgavest the wickedness and forgiveness from,
God. Cf. S. Peter's of my sin.
advice to Simon Ma7 For this shall every one that is godly gus, Acts viii. 22. make his prayer unto Thee, in a time when [ SELAH. ]
7. But in, &c. — Thou mayest be found : but in the great
i.e., the flood of di. water - floods they shall not come nigh vine judgments shall him.
not overtake the un
godly man who con8 Thou art a place to hide me in, Thou
fesses his sin. But ; shalt preserve me from trouble : Thou shalt better, assuredly. compass me about with songs of deliver 18. [SELAH.] ance.
9. The old com. 9 I will inform thee, and teach thee in
mentators understand the way wherein thou shalt go : and I will these to be the words guide thee with mine eye.
of God. God will
look graciously on 10 Be ye not like to horse and mule, His servant. which have no understanding : whose mouths / 10. Lest they; bet