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our God, and holden up our hands to any strange God : shall not God search it out? for He knoweth the very secrets of the heart.
22 For Thy sake also are we killed all 22. This is taken the day long : and are counted as sheep by S. day long. and are counted as sheen by S. Paul as the
| description of the appointed to be slain.
Church of God under 23 Up, LORD, why sleepest Thou : awake, persecution, in spite and be not absent from us for ever.
öf which it continues
faithful.-Rom. viii. 24 Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face : and forgettest our misery and trouble ? : 25 For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust : our belly cleaveth unto the ground.
26 Arise, and help us : and deliver us for Thy mercy's sake.
To be sung upon
But the meaning is [This Psalm is a marriage ode-possibly, if not
uncertain. probably, referring to the nuptials of Solomon Christmas Day. with the Egyptian princess; thence transferred The second Psalm to the marriage of Christ and the Church. But at Morning Prayer, it is impossible to understand the Psalm apart followed by Ps. lxxxv.
from a distinctly Messianic idea.] My heart is inditing of a good matter : 1 1. Inditing; lit. speak of the things which I have made unto which I have made unto | boiling or bubbling,
so overflowing, inthe King.
spired with. Unto; 2 My tongue is the pen : of a ready rather, concerning. writer.
3 Thou art fairer than the children of 3. Because ; Heb. men : full of grace are Thy lips, because therefore. God hath blessed Thee for ever.
4 Gird Thee with Thy sword upon Thy thigh, 0 Thou most Mighty : according to Thy worship and renown.
5 Good luck have Thou with Thine hon-| 5. Because of—i.l., our : ride on, because of the word of truth, | in behalf of. of meekness, and righteousness : and Thy right hand shall teach Thee terrible things.
6 Thy arrows are very sharp, and the
people shall be subdued unto Thee : even in the midst among the King's enemies.
7 Thy seat, o God, endureth for ever : 7. Seat-i.e., throne. the sceptre of Thy kingdom is a right sceptre. | A right sceptre-i.l.,
a sceptre of righteous8 Thou hast loved righteousness, and
ness. hated iniquity : wherefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.
9 All Thy garments smell of myrrh, 9. Cassia. A bark aloes, and cassia : out of the ivory palaces. | similar to cinnamon. whereby they have made Thee glad.
10 Kings' daughters were among Thy 10. The queen—i.l., honourable women : upon Thy right hand unable women . unon Thy right hand the queen consort.
Vesture of gold ; lit. did stand the queen in a vesture of gold,
gold of Ophir. India wrought about with divers colours.
is suggested as the 11 Hearken, o daughter, and consider,
most probable geo
| graphical position of incline thine ear : forget also thine own
the region of Ophir. people, and thy father's house.
11. The Psalmist's 12 So shall the King have pleasure in
address to the bride.
12. He is thy Lord thy beauty : for He is thy Lord God, and
- i.e., ruler. Omit worship thou Him.
God, Heb. 13 And the daughter of Tyre shall be 13. Daughter of there with a gift : like as the rich also
Tyre - i.e., Tyre it.
a among the people shall make their supplica- | in which David was tion before thee.
held by Hiram, king 14 The King's daughter is all glorious
of Tyre. uaughter is an glorious | 14. Within - i.e., within : her clothing is of wrought gold. She sits all glorious 15 She shall be brought unto the King in the palace.
15. Needle - work ; in raiment of needle-work : the virgins that
cf. the regard for em. be her fellows shall bear her company, and broidery. Jud. v. 30, shall be brought unto Thee.
“To Sisera a prey of . 16 With joy and gladness shall they be
divers colours ...
of divers colours of brought : and shall enter into the King's needle-work, of divers palace.
colours of needle17 Instead of Thy fathers Thou shalt
work on both sides."
17. The Psalm conhave children : whom Thou mayest make cludes with a conprinces in all lands.
gratulatory address to 18 I will remember Thy Name from one gen
the king. eration to another : therefore shall the people give thanks unto Thee, world without end.
Psalm 46. Deus noster refugium.
Ps. xlvi. is to be
sung “upon Alam[This and the two following Psalms appear to cele oth" - i.e., virgin
brate the deliverance from Sennacherib. The voices : soprano.
"Ein feste Burg ist
unser Gott," Luther's Divine deliverance.]
hymn, is founded on
this Psalm. God is our hope and strength : a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will we not fear, though the | 2. Though the hills, earth be moved : and though the hills be &c. - i.e., NOTHING carried into the midst of the sea.
shall make us distrust
God. 3 Though the waters thereof rage and 3. [SELAH.] swell : and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.
4 The rivers of the flood thereof shall 4. Heb. “There is make glad the city of God : the holy place
a river whose streams
shall gladden the city of the tabernacle of the most Highest. of God." The con
5 God is in the midst of her, therefore trast between the shall she not be removed : God shall help
| gentle stream of Si
loam and the turbuher, and that right early.
lent river to which 6 The heathen make much ado, and the the Assyrian host is kingdoms are moved : but God hath shewed | compared.—Isa. viii. His voice, and the earth shall melt away.
5. Right early; lit. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us : the when the morning God of Jacob is our refuge.
dawns. “When they
[the Israelites] arose 8 O come hither, and behold the works
early in the morning, of the LORD : what destruction He hath behold they (the Asbrought upon the earth.
syrians] were all dead
corpses,” 2 Kings xix. 9 He maketh wars to cease in all the
35. world : He breaketh the bow, and knappeth [ SELAH. 1 the spear in sunder, and burneth the chariots
7. Hosts ; Heb. Sa
baoth, hosts, armies ; in the fire.
as in the Te Deum, 10 Be still then, and know that I am Lord God of Sabaoth. God : I will be exalted among the heathen,
8. Destruction ; des
olation and wonder and I will be exalted in the earth.
i. e., He vindicated
of the tabernhe city of food then
His power by the miraculous destruction of the enemy.
9. Chariots ; 2 Kings xix. 23, “Thou . . . hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up."
11 The LORD of hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.
The second Psalm PSALM 47. Omnes gentes, plaudite. at Evening Service,
followed by Ps. cviii. O CLAP your hands together, all ye people : O sing unto God with the voice of melody.
2 For the LORD is high, and to be feared : 2. The LORD is He is the great King upon all the earth. high, &c. ; lit. the
LORD most High is 3 He shall subdue the people under us :
terrible. and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose out an heritage for 4. Worship; Heb. us : even the worship of Jacob, whom He
the ornament, glory.
Here it signifies the loved.
Holy Land. 5 God is gone up with a merry noise : [ SELAH. ] and the LORD with the sound of the trump.
5. A reference to
the entry of the ark 6 O sing praises, sing praises unto our
into Sion. God has God : 0 sing praises, sing praises unto our executed His judgKing.
ment and returned to
heaven. 7 For God is the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the heathen : God sitteth upon His holy seat.
9 The princes of the people are joined 9. For God, &c.; unto the people of the God of Abraham :
Heb. “For all the
shields of the earth for God, which is very high exalted, doth
are God's : greatly is defend the earth, as it were with a shield. He exalted.” Shields,
princes, as in Hos.
iv. 18, marg. Psalm 48. Magnus Dominus.
Whitsunday. GREAT is the LORD, and highly to be praised : | Morning Prayer, fol
The first Psalm at in the city of our God, even upon His holy lowed by Ps. Ixviii. hill.
2. Three parts men2. The hill of Sion is a fair place, and tioned, B. V.: 1, Sion; the joy of the whole earth : upon the north- 2, sides of the north ;
side lieth the city of the great King; God is ' 3, the city. The hill well known in her palaces as a sure refuge. Of
| city; sides of the north 3 For lo, the kings of the earth : are
- i. l., the Temple, gathered, and gone by together.
N. E. of Sion ; the 4 They marvelled to see such things : / city of the Great King
- i. e., Jerusalem they were astonished, and suddenly cast
3. Kings—i.e., trib5 Fear came there upon them, and sor- | utary princes, &c. ;
such as would accomSow : as upon a woman in her travail.
pany the great As6 Thou shalt break the ships of the sea : syrian emperor. through the east-wind.
5. There—i.e., fear
seized them there, on .7 Like as we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in 6. “ Sea; Heb. of the city of our God : God upholdeth the
Tarshish — i. e., the
strongest ships, so same for ever.
helplessly were the 8 We wait for Thy loving-kindness, O enemy scattered. God : in the midst of Thy temple.
7. The same—i.e.,
the city. [SELAH.] 9 O God, according to Thy Name, so is 8. Wait for : Heb. Thy praise unto the world's end : Thy right we have thought upon hand is full of righteousness.
by a thanksgiving 10 Let the mount Sion rejoice, and the
| service. daughter of Judah be glad : because of Thy 10. Daughter; Heb. judgments.
daughters — i.e., vil
lages. 11 Walk about Sion, and go round about 11. The siege is her : and tell the towers thereof.
over, and the city 12 Mark well her bulwarks, set up her
12. Set up; lit. houses : that ye may tell them that come divide - i. e.; accu. after.
rately contemplate. 13 For this God is our God for ever and
13. Unto death. The
meaning of this is disever : He shall be our guide unto death.
puted. Some render the preposition 'over'
-i.e., beyond; others PSALM 49. Audite hæc, omnes. understand it to mean
‘for ever.' [The Psalmist's anticipation of the parable of the
rich man and Lazarus.) O HEAR ye this, all ye people : ponder it! 1. This Psalm is with your ears, all ye that dwell in the addressed to ALL
mankind. world ;
2 High and low, rich and poor : one with another.