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must be held with bit and bridle, lest they | ter, or else they will fall upon thee.
not come nigh thee,
| i.e., do ye be gentle 11 Great plagues remain for the ungodly :
and obedient, and not but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD, self-willed and recal. mercy embraceth him on every side.
citrant like a young
colt. 12 Be glad, 0 ye righteous, and rejoice in the LORD : and be joyful, all ye that are true of heart.
Psalm 33. Exultate, justi. [A song of deliverance, such as that promised in the
last Psalm, verse 8. It celebrates the LORD as
the God of creation, providence, and grace.] REJOICE in the LORD, O ye righteous : for it becometh well the just to be thankful.
2 Praise the LORD with harp : sing praises unto Him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto the LORD a new song : sing 3. Lustily; lit. skil. praises lustily unto Him with a good courage. | fully, nobly.
4 For the word of the LORD is true : and all His works are faithful.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment : the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made : and all the hosts of them by the breath of His mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea 17. The power of together, as it were upon an heap : and lay- | God at creation, as
exhibited also at the eth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.
Red Sea and at the 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD : stand
Jordan. in awe of Him, all ye that dwell in the world. 9 For He spake, and it was done : He
9. It was done ; lit.
it was. Cf. Gen. i. commanded, and it stood fast.
3, &c. 10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of 10. The last senthe heathen to nought : and maketh the
tence, and castest, &c.,
is not in the Hebrew, devices of the people to be of none effect, but is taken from the and casteth out the counsels of princes. Vulgate.
11 The counsel of the LORD shall endure for ever : and the thoughts of His heart from generation to generation.
12 Blessed are the people, whose God is 12. “Happy art the LORD JEHOVAH : and blessed are the thou, O Israel : who
is like unto thee, O folk, that He hath chosen to Him to be His
people saved by the inheritance.
Lord,” Deut. xxxiii. 13 The Lord looked down from heaven, 29.
13. The PROVIDENCE and beheld all the children of men : from
of God. the habitation of His dwelling He considereth all them that dwell on the earth.
14 He fashioneth all the hearts of them : and understandeth all their works.
15 There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an host : neither is any mighty man delivered by much strength.
16 A horse is counted but a vain thing 16. A horse, &c. to save a man : neither shall he deliver any
Cf. the destruction
caused in the Canaanman by his great strength.
itish ranks by the 17 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon prancing and plung. them that fear Him : and upon them that | ing of their horses
at the battle of the put their trust in His mercy;
Kishon.-Jud. v. 22. 18 To deliver their soul from death : and to feed them in the time of dearth.
19 Our soul hath patiently tarried for the LORD : for He is our help, and our shield.
20 For our heart shall rejoice in Him : because we have hoped in His holy Name.
21 Let Thy merciful kindness, O LORD, be 21. This verse forms upon us : like as we do put our trust in Thee.
the last two suffrages in the Litany.
PSALM 34. Benedicam Domino. [A Psalm of David, supposed to refer to his visit to In ancient times
the Court of Achish, whose hereditary title was this Psalm was apAbimelech. See the title in the Bible version. pointed to be said in An Alphabetical Psalm.]
the Holy Communion,
while the congregaI WILL alway give thanks unto the LORD : tion was communicatHis praise shall ever be in my mouth. ing. Cf. ver. 8, “O
TASTE, AND SEE, how gracious the LORD is.”—Smith's Christ. Art.,' art. "Holy Communion.”
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD : the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O praise the LORD with me : and let us magnify His Name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me : yea, He delivered me out of all my fear. 5 They had an eye unto Him, and were
5. They—i.e., men
generally. lightened : and their faces were not ashamed. 6. Rather, This poor
6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the LORD hear man cried, and the eth him : yea, and saveth him out of all his
LORD heard him, &c.,
referring to a fact. troubles.
7. The angel of 7 The angel of the LORD tarrieth round the LORD, &c. This about them that fear Him : and delivereth
probably alludes to
the appearance of the them.
angels to Jacob, when 8 O taste, and see, how gracious the he called the place MaLORD is : blessed is the man that trusteth
(the root of which in Him.
word is here trans9 O fear the LORD, ye that are His saints : lated, "tarrieth "), for they that fear Him lack nothing.
and after that saw the
angel of the Lord. — 10 The lions do lack, and suffer hunger : Pusey's ‘Daniel.' but they who seek the LORD shall want no 10. Lions are very
frequently mentioned manner of thing that is good.
in the Old Testament, 11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto and are sometimes me : I will teach you the fear of the LORD. used to represent rich 12 What man is he that lusteth to live :
and cruel men. See
Job iv. 10, 11. So and would fain see good days ?
the Vulgate and LXX. 13 Keep thy tongue from evil : and thy translate here rich lips, that they speak no guile.
12. Fain - i. e., 14 Eschew evil, and do good : seek peace, gladly ; an adverb and ensue it.
formed from the An15 The eyes of the LORD are over the
glo-Saxon fognian, to
rejoice. It occurs in righteous : and His ears are open unto their | Pš. lxxi. 21, Job xxvii. prayers.
22, and S. Luke xv. 16 The countenance of the LORD is
16, “He would fain
have filled." against them that do evil : to root out the 14. Eschew — i.e., remembrance of them from the earth.
shun. Ensue — i.e.,
follow after. “Blessed 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD
are the peacemakers, heareth them : and delivereth them out of for they shall be called all their troubles.
the children of God.”
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that! 18. Contrite — i.e., are of a contrite heart : and will save such | ground and crushed
in the mill of afflicas be of an humble spirit.
tion — “broken and 19 Great are the troubles of the right contrite.” eous : but the LORD delivereth him out of all.
20 He keepeth all his bones : so that 20. An evident refnot one of them is broken.
erence to Ex. xii. 46
of the Paschal lamb, 21 But misfortune shall slay the ungodly :
“neither shall ye and they that hate the righteous shall be break a bone thereof." desolate.
21. Desolate ; Heb.
shall incur guilt and 22 The LORD delivereth the souls of His
be punished. The servants : and all they that put their trust same Hebrew verb is in Him shall not be destitute.
translated in the next verse, "shall be des.
eous anger of God on persons who, like Ahith-
against him.] PLEAD Thou my cause, O LORD, with them 1. Plead; the He. that strive with me : and fight Thou against
brew strictly means
to strive, then to them that fight against me.
strive in a law court 2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler : in behalf of some one. and stand up to help me.
In this Psalm it seems
used in both senses. 3 Bring forth the spear, and stop the
2. Shield - i. e., way against them that persecute me : say small; the buckler cov. unto my soul, I am Thy salvation.
ered the whole body. 4 Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after my soul : let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
5 Let them be as the dust before the 5. Dust. It should wind : and the angel of the LORD scattering be chaff, husk, sep
arated from the grain. them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery : 1 6. Persecute—i. e., and let the angel of the LORD persecute them. | pursue, chase.
7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause : yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.
8 Let a sudden destruction come upon 8. Him. Here the him unawares, and his net, that he hath laid | individual enemy is
specified. privily, catch himself : that he may fall into his own mischief.
9 And, my soul, be joyful in the LORD : it shall rejoice in His salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto Thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him : yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up : they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good : to 12. Rewarded—i.l., the great discomfort of my soul.
returned, repaid. 13 Nevertheless, when they were sick, I 13. I.e., the prayput on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with | er, with the blessings
| it invokes, returns to fasting : and my prayer shall turn into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend, or my brother : I went heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, 15. Making mouths ; and gathered themselves together : yea, the lit. they did tear me
(with words and very abjects came together against me un
curses). awares, making mouths at me, and ceased not.
16 With the flatterers were busy mock 16. The B. V. is ers : who gnashed upon me with their
nearer the sense of the
| original—with hypoteeth.
critical mockers in 17 LORD, how long wilt Thou look upon feasts (i.e., parasites) this : 0 deliver my soul from the calamities
they gnashed, &c.
17. My darlingwhich they bring on me, and my darling | i. e., my life, as in from the lions.