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18 So will I give Thee thanks in the great congregation : I will praise Thee among much people.

19 O let not them that are mine enemies 19. Ungodlyi.l., triumph over me ungodly: neither let them wrongfully, unjusti

fiably triumph over wink with their eyes that hate me without

me. Wink with their a cause.

eyes i. e., secretly 20 And why? their communing is not congratulate one an

other. for peace : but they imagine deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.

21 They gaped upon me with their 21. Fie ; from the mouths, and said : Fie on thee, fie on thee,

Anglo-Saxon fian, to

hate. The Hebrew we saw it with our eyes.

term is one of insolent 22 This Thou hast seen, O LORD : hold joy=Aha, as in ver. not Thy tongue then, go not far from me,

25, and in Ps. xl. 16.

It should be omitted. O LORD.

“We have seen ”23 Awake, and stand up to judge my i.e., generally, what quarrel : avenge Thou my cause, my God, has happened to thee. and my LORD.

24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Thy righteousness : and let them not triumph over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, 25. There, there. There, there, so would we have it : neither

| The same word as in

ver. 21. let them say, We have devoured him.

26 Let them be put to confusion and shame together, that rejoice at my trouble : let them be clothed with rebuke and dishonour, that boast themselves against me.

27 Let them be glad and rejoice, that favour my righteous dealing : yea, let them say alway, Blessed be the LORD, who hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.

28 And as for my tongue, it shall be talking of Thy righteousness : and of Thy praise all the day long.

Psalm 36. Dixit injustus. (A Psalm of David, describing the insolent career

of the wicked, and their eventual downfall.] My heart sheweth me the wickedness of the 1. The thought in ungodly : that there is no fear of God before the original is, “The

wicked man is satishis eyes.

fied with himself, and 2 For he flattereth himself in his own has no fear of God." sight : until his abominable sin be found The language is ob

scure. out.

2. He flatters him. 3 The words of his mouth are unright- self that his sin will eous, and full of deceit : he hath left off to not be found out. behave himself wisely, and to do good.

4 He imagineth mischief upon his bed, and hath set himself in no good way : neither doth he abhor anything that is evil.

5 Thy mercy, O LORD, reacheth unto the 5. The contrast beheavens : and Thy faithfulness unto the tween God and the

wicked. clouds.

6 Thy righteousness standeth like the strong mountains : Thy judgments are like the great deep.

7 Thou, LORD, shalt save both man and 7. Shadow of Thy beast; how excellent is Thy mercy, O God : | wings. An illustra

tion taken from a and the children of men shall put their trust

bird's care of her under the shadow of Thy wings.

young.-Deut. xxxii. 8 They shall be satisfied with the plen

11. Cf. S. Matt.

xxiii. 37. teousness of Thy house : and Thou shalt give them drink of Thy pleasures, as out of the river.

9 For with Thee is the well of life : and 9. Christ gives "a in Thy light shall we see light.

well of water spring10 O continue forth Thy loving-kindness | ing Tife," S. John

ing up into everlastunto them that know Thee : and Thy right- iv. 14 ; and He is eousness unto them that are true of heart.

“the true Light," ib. 11 0 let not the foot of pride come against me : and let not the hand of the ungodly cast me down.

i. 9.

12 There are they fallen, all that work | 12. There; yonder, wickedness : they are cast down, and shall | as if pointing them not be able to stand.

out.

19.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 37. Noli æmulari.
CA Psalm of David ; the third of the Alphabetical

Psalms, exhorting the righteous to endure, and
assuring them of eventual blessedness, although
they are cast down at the seeming triumph of
the wicked. The temporal promises in the
Law for those who keep it must be borne in

mind in reading this Psalm.] FRET not thyself because of the ungodly : 1. This verse is neither be thou envious against the evil hou envious against the evil | found in Prov. xxiv.

found doers.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like 2. This illustration the grass : and be withered even as the

is enlarged in S.

James i, 10, 11. green herb.

3 Put thou thy trust in the LORD, and 3. Dwell in the land, be doing good : dwell in the land, and verily

&c.—i.e., be in peace,

be assured of thy food. thou shalt be fed.

-S. Matt. vi. 31-34. 4 Delight thou in the LORD : and He shall give thee thy heart's desire.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD, and 5. Bring [it] to pass put thy trust in Him : and He shall bring i.e., He will do all,

all that His promises it to pass.

have led thee to ex6 He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light : and thy just dealing as

6. Noon; Heb.

"double light”-i.e., the noon-day.

the brightest time of 7 Hold thee still in the LORD, and abide the day. Noon, nona, patiently upon Him : but grieve not thyself

the ninth hour, when

day is brightest, 3 at him, whose way doth prosper, against the

o'clock P.M. man that doeth after evil counsels.

7. Hold thee still8 Leave off from wrath, and let go dis- | i.e., be at rest. At

... against-i.e., pleasure : fret not thyself, else shalt thou

: be moved to do evil.

on account of.

pect.

9 Wicked doers shall be rooted out : and they that patiently abide the LORD, those shall inherit the land.

10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone : thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.

11 But the meek-spirited shall possess 11. "Blessed are the the earth : and shall be refreshed in the

meek, for they shall

inherit the earth,” S. multitude of peace.

Matt. v. 5. 12 The ungodly seeketh counsel against the 12. Seeketh counsel ; just : and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

plotteth against, as

the Jews " watched” 13 The LORD shall laugh him to scorn : | Jesus in the Pharifor He hath seen that his day is coming. see's house.-S. Luke 14 The ungodly have drawn out the

xiv. 1. The same sword, and have bent their bow : to cast | Septuagint and Greek

word is used in the down the poor and needy, and to slay such Testament. as are of a right conversation.

15 Their sword shall go through their own heart : and their bow shall be broken.

16 A small thing that the righteous hath : 16. “Better is the is better than great riches of the ungodly.

righteous man's little,

than the abundance 17 For the arms of the ungodly shall

of many wicked men.” be broken : and the LORD upholdeth the -KAY. righteous.

17. And; rather,

but. 18 The LORD knoweth the days of the

noweth the days of the 18. The LORD knowgodly : and their inheritance shall endure eth, &c. ; “The times for ever.

of the godly are in

His hand,” Ps. xxxi. 19 They shall not be confounded in the 17. perilous time : and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.

20 As for the ungodly, they shall perish : 20. The fat of lambs; and the enemies of the LORD shall consume rather, the precious

ness of the meadows as the fat of lambs : yea, even as the smoke,

on which lambs feed shall they consume away.

-i.e., grass. They 21 The ungodly borroweth, and payeth

shall be as grass burnt

up, and vanish into not again : but the righteous is merciful,

smoke. The same and liberal.

word, here translated lambs, is used for meadows in Ps. lxv. 14.

21. The ungodly is reduced to inability to repay, through God's anger resting on him ; for “Such as,” &c.

and yet saw begging the ever

22 Such as are blessed of God shall possess the land : and they that are cursed of Him shall be rooted out.

23 The LORD ordereth a good man's going : and maketh his way acceptable to Himself.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be cast 24. With His hand; away : for the LORD upholdeth him with lit. , upholdeth his His hand.

hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old : 25. To the rightand yet saw I never the righteous forsaken. / eous all things work

together for their nor his seed begging their bread.

eventual good. 26 The righteous is ever merciful, and 26. What I gave, lendeth : and his seed is blessed.

that I have. 27 Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good : and dwell for evermore.

28 For the LORD loveth the thing that 28. That is right; is right : He forsaketh not His that be Heb. judgment, as godly, but they are preserved for ever.

| infra, ver. 31. 29 The unrighteous shall be punished : 29. The first half as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be

of this verse is in the

Vulgate, not in the rooted out.

Hebrew. 30 The righteous shall inherit the land : and dwell therein for ever.

31 The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom : and his tongue will be talking of judgment.

32 The law of his God is in his heart : 32. Slide - i. e., and his goings shall not slide.

totter. 33 The ungodly seeth the righteous : and seeketh occasion to slay him.

34. Cf. Ps. cxviii. 34 The LORD will not leave him in his

6, “The LORD is on hand : nor condemn him when he is judged. / fear; what can man

my side, I will not 35 Hope thou in the LORD, and keep do unto me?”. His way, and He shall promote thee, that

35. When the un

godly, &c. ; as the Isthou shalt possess the land : when the un raelites saw the Egypgodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.

tians in the Red Sea. 36 I myself have seen the ungodly in

36. Bay-tree; lit. a

tree that has not been great power : and flourishing like a green | moved, and so on its bay-tree.

own soil ; vigorous.

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